Saturday, April 17, 2021

Papertrey Ink / Ink To Paper "Hello Friend" Card and More!

It's the weekend--woohoo!  I'm still playing with Papertrey Ink / Ink To Paper's March release and had lots of fun making this sweet card!  I used their Feathered Friends Mini 9 stamp and coordinating die as the main feature for my card.  Have you seen their bird stamps?  They are so beautiful and I definitely have several on my wish list!

All of these stamps have layers to stamp and fill in the parts after you stamp the outline!  I love that!  I created a card base by die cutting the largest and next-to-largest Love to Layer: Torn Edges dies first from some red card stock.  (I have the products I used in a list below with links to shop.)  I adhered the white die cut to the red, and used tape runner to adhere the layers to an A2 card base.

Next I stamped the greeting in the upper right corner.  This sentiment is in the Prominent Petals stamp set that I used for the flowers.

Before I worked on the card front, I added a sentiment from the Inside Greetings: Appreciation mini stamp set and also some flower layers from the Prominent Petals set.

I stamped the outlines for the flowers, berries, and leaves from the Prominent Petals set in black ink.  Then I stamped the flower and leaf layers from several brands of ink in my stash.  Then I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  I did the same for the Feathered Friends Mini 9 stamp set.  There's a layer that you see for the spots on the wing.  I used it on the wing and also for the belly of the bird.  Here in Texas, we have varieties of woodpeckers that have lots of white streaks on their underside.  I stamped the speckles in Versamark, added white embossing powder, and heat set it.

I decided on my arrangement and then stamped the stems for the flowers.  I added foam tape to the flowers on the left and the woodpecker and adhered the other elements with glue.

I always love sparkle and shine, so I added some clear Wink of Stella to the purple flower centers and the berries.  The berries also got some Glossy Accents for more shine and dimension!


I shared two other cards on Instagram last month.  I'm sorry I just didn't have time to write up a blog post, but if you missed them, here you go!

See, I told you their bird sets are amazing!!  This card features the stand-alone die set called Feathered Friends 9.  His background features the Enchanting Roses set and, again, the Love to Layer: Torn Edges die set.

This next card might be my favorite!

I used the absolutely gorgeous Flying By stamps and coordinating dies.  This beautiful butterfly is frames out with the Border Bling: Dainty Deliveries Frame die.  I know this will not be the last time I used this one!

I was so very honored to have been Papertrey's guest designer in March--thank you Papertrey!!!  Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you've enjoyed my cards and will stop over at Papertrey Ink to see their amazing April release!   Have a wonderful weekend!

Papertrey Ink / Ink To Paper supplies:

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Happy 6th Birthday Honey Bee Stamps!

Hello crafty friends!  Today I have a floral birthday card to celebrate Honey Bee Stamps' 6th birthday!  Happy birthday Honey Bee!  I took inspiration from the tiger lilies in my backyard and transformed the Lovely Layers: Easter Lily Honey Cuts!

 Before I get to my card, I want to let you know that Honey Bee is celebrating their birthday with a sale of 20% off all of Honey Bee branded products!  It's a great time to check off that wish list!  You can click the image to go directly to Honey Bee's shop!

PSSST! Over on Instagram I have a fun giveaway of a $15 gift card to the Honey Bee shop!  Come over and leave a comment for your chance to win!  Click HERE to check it out!  :)

Now, on to my card!  For the card base I die cut 80# Neenah with the Hexagon Cover Plate: Stipple Layer, then I ran it through my machine again with the tan embossing mat and embossing plate.  This adds so much dimension to the awesome die!  (These dies were the very first cover plate dies I ever bought, and these are still at the top of my favorites!)  I used Bee Creative glue to adhere it to a yellow mat layer and then to the card base.

Next I die cut the Lovely Layers: Easter Lily pieces.  I die cut the flower parts twice, and the bud parts once.  I die cut several of the leaves and palm fronds to have extra in case I needed them.  Then I colored all of the die cut pieces with my Copic markers.  For the flowers I used YR07, YR04, YR02, Y15, Y13, and E18.  I used G07, YG09, and YG05 for the greenery.

Just so you can see what the flower looks like before assembly, here is a photo for you.  It's amazing how these pieces are transformed to a beautiful flower after I shaped and assembled it!

I used the tools from the Flower Shaping Kit to add dimension to all of the petals and leaves.  Then I used Bee Creative glue to assemble the flowers.  Next I added drops of Glossy Accents to the stamen tips and set them aside to dry.

I just had to add a few of these sweet little bees from the Busy Bees stamp set!  After I colored them, I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  Then I adhered the flowers and leaves to the card with Bee Creative glue.  I did add foam squares to the center flower to pop it up a bit.

I chose a sentiment from the Thanks A Bunch set.  I love how several of these sentiments have coordinating dies!  I added foam squares to the back and adhered them to my card.

I hope I've given you some inspiration to think about those die sets in a different way!  Don't forget to shop the 20% off all of Honey Bee's branded products sale!  Thank you so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Dog Loving Friendship Card | Rubbernecker Stamps

Today I'm sharing an adorable friendship card for those dog-loving friends you may have!  I've used Rubbernecker Stamps Dogs Front and Back stamp set and the coordinating dies.  This is a cool set as it stamps the front of the dogs and has another stamp that's a mirror image and stamps the back!  I pulled out my neglected Prismacolor Pencils and some Gamsol to color up these cuties!

First I began by coloring the row of dogs.

  • I stamped the Dogs Front and Back in black hybrid ink onto Neenah 80# Solar White card stock.
  • I used my Prismacolor pencils to color the dogs.  As I added each layer of pencil color I used a blending stump with Gamsol to blend out the colors.
  • Working with Gamsol and pencils is quite easy.  I played down the shadow color first, dipped the tip of the blending stump into Gamsol, then blended out the color.
  • The principal of coloring and shading is the same as any other coloring medium you might use.  If you are new to using pencils with Gamsol, do a search in YouTube and find one that suits your style to learn.
  • A tip for coloring the fronts and backs of the dogs is to color a dog's front, then find the back of him and color it right away.  I almost messed up one dog but was able to save it!
  • When I finished my coloring, I die cut the images with the coordinating dies.

Next I created the card base.  I wanted the rest of the card to be fairly simple so that the focus would stay on the dogs and the work I did coloring them!

  • First I took a side-folding A2 card base and trimmed part of the card front off.  I first cut along the score line from the top down to about 2-¾".  Then I trimmed along the horizontal line.  See the photo for a visual.  Click on the photo for a larger image.
  • Next I die cut two 1" strips of white card stock with one of the Slimline Grass Border dies.  Line them up together and trim to 5-¼".  Then I colored them with some green Copic markers.  NOTE:  Color one grass piece on the front and the other on the back so you will have mirror images!
  • Then I cut two 1-¼" strips of green striped paper and adhered them to the flap of the card front, one on the front, and the other on the back.
  • Now adhere the grass pieces on the front and back of the flap, lining up the grass blades of the die cut. Add strips of black card stock where the striped paper and bottom edge of the grass pieces meet.
  • Adhere the Dogs Front and Back pieces.  I used liquid glue for all of my attaching.
  • Next open up the card and ink on some clouds with a cloud stencil, a blending brush and Arctic ink (from Color Fuse Set #7).
  • Stamp the sentiments from the Kittie Says Friends set in black ink.

These little pups are just as cute from behind!

I like the element of the extra sentiment when the card is opened up.

Would you like this card displayed on your desk?  I think it turned out really adorable!

I really do appreciate you stopping by today!  Have a fabulous, and crafty, rest of the week!

Rubbernecker supplies:

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Altenew 7th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 3 + Giveaway (over $1,400 in Total Prizes!)

 Happy 7th anniversary to Altenew!!  Hello my friends!  I have been a fan of Altenew and their amazing products for many years and am so excited be joining in the celebration blog hop!  There are lots of amazing designers in this hop and I have the complete hop list at the end of this post.

You should have arrived here from the wonderful blog of Christine Pennington.  If you need to start at the beginning, please head on over to the Altenew Blog.

What's a celebration without some wonderful special offers from Altenew?!

Special offer:  Enjoy FREE U.S. shipping with code HAPPY7TH or $5 OFF international shipping with code ANNIV21 at checkout. Offer valid from 4/8/2021 at 12:01 am EDT through 4/11/2021 at 11:59 pm EDT. Shop here at the Altenew shop. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.


For my card to celebrate Altenew's 7th anniversary, I reached for the Beautiful Day stamp and die set, which is one of the very first sets I ever purchased from Altenew and at the top of my Altenew favorites list!  I paired this beautiful classic set with the new Altenew Enchanting Vines 3D Embossing Folder.

First I inked up the Enchanting Vines 3D embossing folder with some Pearlescent Coral ink.  Next I placed a piece of light pink card stock into the embossing folder and ran it through my machine.  Then I took a blending brush and very lightly added white pigment ink to the raised portions of the embossing.  I love the pearlescent shine of this!

For the flowers, I stamped the outline stamp of the Beautiful Day flower in black ink.  Then I used what would be the second layer and stamped it in the coral ink and set it aside to dry.  I stamped two more of the flower outline with the coral ink.  Then I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  The leaves are stamped in Limeade and Fresh Leaf Altenew inks.

I added foam tape to the pink flower and one leaf stem and adhered the other flowers and leaves with liquid glue.  Next I stamped the sentiment from the Label Love stamp set with the coral ink and trimmed it out.  Then I added foam tape to pop it up on the card front.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Be sure to leave a comment before hopping on to the next stop for your chance at some fabulous prizes!

Speaking of prizes, check out these amazing Giveaway Prizes!

Over $1,400 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $70 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 15 lucky winners. There are also 19 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

Be sure to leave comments by 4/18/2021 for a chance to win one of 41 prizes! To make the hop more exciting, start your comment with "Hi from (city or country where you're from)!" 41 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on 4/24/2021.

Your next stop on the blog hop is the sweetest, and so talented Keisha Charles!

Day 3 Blog Hop List:

Altenew Blog

Nicole Watt

Dana Joy

Virginia Lu

Kristina Pokazanieva

My Little Attic

Norine Borys

Michelle Short

Bumbleberry Papercrafts

Kymona Tracey

Kelly Griglione

Laurie Willison

Teresa Litchfield

Preeti Chandran

Christine Pennington

Carol Hintermeier << that's me!

Keisha Charles

Friday, April 9, 2021

Spellbinder's / Susan's Spring Flora Collection Parrot Tulip & Sweet Pea Etched Dies

 I'm so thrilled to have been invited to have a play with these beautiful Spellbinders' die from Susan's Spring Flora Collection by Susan Tierney-Cockburn.  Some of the very first dies I bought many years ago were flower shaping dies, so these dies are definitely right up my alley!  I've always loved creating these super dimensional flowers to make stunning cards!

My first card features the gorgeous Parrot Tulip dies.  This flower was not very familiar to me, so I just did a web search for images, and wow! there are so many colors of these beauties!

This post is mostly photos for you, along with colors and supplies I used.  I love how Spellbinders has videos, by the designer herself, to show us how to use these dies.  I will provide links to her videos, as well as links to the supplies I've used for my cards.

Before I got started on my card, I watched Susan's video for the Parrot Tulips.  My goodness me, she creates the most stunning cards with her dies!!!!  I used my Spellbinders' Platinum Die Cutting Machine to cut out the flower and leaves from white card stock.  I really like how the flower pieces are all on one die, and also there is a number etched into the die to tell you how many times it needs to be die cut to complete the flower!!!  

I colored my flower parts with my Copic markers.  I used R24, R14, R22, and YR28.  For the leaves I used YG17, YG25, and YG03.  I followed Susan's directions for assembling the flowers.  I did add a touch of glitter to the stamens, which I think you can see in the photo.

I created my card base by dry embossing the next-to-the-largest A2 Matting Basics A Card Creator die on an A2 card panel.  Next I die cut a rectangle with the middle-sized A2 Matting Basics A die.  I used the Embossing Plate and Mat to create more dimension around the edges of the rectangle.

Then I stamped the sentiment in black ink from a retired set in my stash in the upper right corner.  Next I added some coordinating spatters with Abandoned Coral Distress Ink and popped it up on the card front with some foam tape.  I arranged my flowers and adhered them with liquid glue.


My next card features the so sweet and very pretty Sweet Pea Etched Dies.  Susan's video for the shaping and assembly of these was so very helpful!

When I searched the images of Sweet Peas, I found so many beautiful colors, from pastels to brights!  As you see, I went with bright!

Again, I die cut these with my Platinum machine from white card stock.  Then I colored them with my Copic markers.  I used RV19, RV17, RV09, and YG17 and YG23 for the leaves.

Because I love gingham, and Sweet Peas just seem to fit, I adhered them to a card panel of pink gingham after I stamped my sentiment.  I added some clear acrylic hearts around these sweet flowers for a touch of bling!

I absolutely loved playing with these beautiful dies!  I thank you so much for stopping by and hope I've inspired you to give these a try!  Thank you for stopping by today, and I hope you have a wonderful, crafty weekend!

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Two Masculine Birthday Cards With One Candle Cover Plate Die | Honey Bee Stamps

 Happy Wednesday, friends!  Today I'm sharing two masculine cards I made using Honey Bee Stamps Candle Cover Plate die.  I actually made the 40th birthday card in March and hadn't planned on sharing it. But then I needed another guy card for his 60th birthday and these were so easy to make, I thought I'd share them with you!

For both cards I stenciled the background first using the stencils in the Birthday Candles background stencil set.  I used my Background Blender brushes with some Distress Inks to stencil in the candles.  I used Blueprint Sketch, Squeezed Lemonade, and Spiced Marmalade.  When I was finished with my stenciling I die cut the Candle Cover Plate die once from white card stock, and another from blue card stock.  I adhered the die cut panels onto the stenciled panels and added them to a top-folding A2 card base.

For this card I used the Balloon Numbers Honey Cuts and the Birthday Honey Cuts.  I die cut them three times each from blue card stock.  The strings were die cut once.  I adhered the layers together with Bee Creative glue.  Then I die cut the "birthday" shadow from white card stock and adhere the blue birthday sentiment to it.  I popped it up with some foam tape.

Next I popped up the balloon numbers and threaded the balloon strings underneath the birthday sentiment.  I stamped "happy" in some blue ink and added it to the card.

For my next card I changed it up a bit by using the Balloon Card Borders Honey Cuts!

I die cut the Balloon Card Borders from blue card stock.  Then I used the Birthday Candle Stencil to dry emboss it.  I just used the tan embossing mat and the appropriate embossing sandwich for my die cutting machine!  I love the fun effect this adds!  I popped the balloon up onto the card with foam tape.

Next I die cut the Balloon Numbers and Happy Honey Cut three times each from white card stock.  I die cut the balloon strings once.  I left one of each of the pieces in the negative die cut space to make it easier to use my Blender Brushes and ink blend on some Distress Ink.  I used the same colors that I used for the candles.  Then I adhered these to the white die cuts to create more dimension.  I adhered the "happy" to the white die cut shadow and popped it up onto the card with foam tape.  After I adhered the Balloon Numbers, I added Glossy Accents to them for some fun shine!

I stamped birthday in black ink (from the Thanks A Bunch stamp set) and adhered it with glue.  I also did some dry embossing on the envelope with the Birthday Candles stencil.  Love how this looks!

Both of the birthday guys loved their cards and I do too!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope I've given you some ideas for those masculine birthday cards!

Monday, April 5, 2021

Altenew Whimsical Wonder Stamps/Dies/Stencils/Embossing Folders Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello crafty friends!  Welcome to the Whimsical Wonder Blog Hop!  There is so much inspiration from lots of talented creators for the beautiful Whimsical Wonder release collection in this hop and I appreciate you stopping by my blog!

You should have arrived here from the blog of Ardyth Percy-Robb!  If you need to start at the beginning of the hop, head over the the Altenew Card Blog.  There are amazing prizes and I have the details, along with the full hop list, at the end of this post.

Altenew is running a free gift promotion to celebrate the release!  Here are three ways to get a FREEBIE to kickstart your creativity.  Free gift will be added to your cart automatically.

  • Get a FREE brand new Whimsical Wonder Stamp & Die Release Inspiration Guide (worth $5.99) with every order of high-value Whimsical Wonder release bundles. Shop HERE! *Exclusions apply.

  • Get a FREE brand new Creative Jump Start Class with every order from the new Storybook Fantasy release collection from 04/05/2021 through 04/11/2021. Shop HERE

  • Get a FREE brand new Whimsical Wonder Stamp & Die Release Mini Inspiration Guide with every order from 04/05/2021 through 04/07/2021. Shop HERE!


Now, onto my cards!  I have four cards to share so I'll keep my descriptions brief!  If you have any questions at all, please use the contact form at the bottom of the left column.  (You can click any product link to be taken directly to Altenew's shop for more details.)

Can you believe how beautiful this new Enchanting Vines Botanical 3D Embossing Folder is?!!!  I absolutely love it!  I paired it with the beautiful new Meadow Bush Layering Stencil Set and the Meadow Bush Die set.  Stenciling these flowers with the inks from the Northern Shore Mini Ink cube set was SO fun!  I kept the sentiment simple by using one from the Label Love stamp set.

My next card features the gorgeous new Marbled Blooms Layering Stamp and Marbled Blooms Die set!

I used the pinks and greens in the Spring Bouquet 6 Dye Ink Cube set to stamp the beautiful flower, bud, and leaves.  Then I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  I added some fun ink spatters to my card front along with a strip of paper from the A Love For Stripes Set A paper pack.

Oh my goodness, did I ever have fun with the Geometric Castle 3D embossing folder!  I paired it with the new Magical Memories Stamp Set for my whimsical card!

After I ran the Geometric Castle embossing folder through my machine, I used a blender brush to swipe on some gray ink to highlight all of the gorgeous details!  Then I masked off the castle and stenciled on a rainbow of clouds!

I think the rainbow clouds suit this perfectly!  I topped off the card by stamping the hot air balloon from the Magical Memories Outline Stamp Set in Versamark onto vellum.  I added silver embossing powder and heat set it.  Then I used the coordinating Magical Memories Die Set to cut it out.  The sentiment is also in the stamp set and I heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  Love the whimsical look of this card!

My final card features this adorable Tea For Two Outline Stamp Set.  I used a portion of an embossed piece to create my "tablecloth"!

For the tablecloth, I inked up the recessed side of the Ornamental Feature 3D Embossing Folder with Rouge ink and ran it through my machine.  I cut a 5-½" x 1-½" strip for my card and added a thin black card stock strip at the top.  (I liked how the ink got a bit blotchy at the edges, do you?)

I stamped and white heat embossed the adorable teapot.  I stamped the decorative flowers onto the pot with Jet Black ink.  Then I used the Tea For Two Simple Coloring Stencil to color it in with Rouge and Blush ink.  I also used a few Copic markers to add more shading on the pot: R24, R14, R32, R20.  My sister loves tea, so of course, I had to use this sentiment!  Shhh, don't tell her I'll send this card to her!   

I hope you have found some inspiration here for this awesome new release!  Thank you for stopping by!

Your next stop on the hop is the awesome Jenny Colacicco!

Giveaway Prizes

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $100 gift certificate to 1 lucky winner and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 04/11/2021 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will draw 9 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 04/13/2021.

Blog Hop Order

Altenew Card Blog

Nicole Watt

Jaycee Gaspar

Norine Borys


Emily Midgett

Verity Biddlecombe 

Nathalie DeSousa

Amanda Baldwin

Laurie Willison

Terri Koszler

Amber Rain Davis

Dana Joy

Kymona Tracey

Svitlana Shayevich

Michelle Short

Maryam Perez

Simon Hurley

Agnieszka MaƂyszek

Tania Ahmed

Zinia Redo

Therese Calvird

Virginia Lu

Tenia Nelson

Lilith Eeckels

Reiko Tsuchida

Ardyth Percy-Robb

Carol Hintermeier <<that's me!

Jenny Colacicco

Joylita Dsouza

Keren Baker

Sandhya Iyer


Teresa Litchfield

Tricia Schaden

Yoonsun Hur