Friday, May 28, 2021

Waffle Flower Challenge - Use Vellum

Hello friends, and happy Friday!  I'm so very thrilled and honored to have been invited to join Galina Filippenko, from the Waffle Flower Design Team, for this week's Waffle Flower Challenge - Use Vellum.  I had so much fun creating my cards with vellum and some products from Waffle Flower's latest Social Butterfly release!

I was able to make three cards in just one day for this challenge!  Trust me, that never happens! LOL!  Since I have a lot of photos, I'll keep the description brief, and link all of the products I used at the end of my post.

For my first card I used these Waffle Flower products:  Spread Your Wings stamp set and matching dies; JJ's Rainbow paper; Thank You stamp and matching dies; and JJ's Rainbows Sample Pack paper.

First I heat embossed the butterflies on vellum.  I used a white sparkle embossing powder on 40# vellum for some fun sparkle!  (Be sure to use heavy vellum to minimize the warping.)

Then I used a couple of sentiments from the Thank You stamp set.  I love how the two large "thank you's" have coordinating dies!  I added all of the elements to a piece of patterned paper from JJ's Rainbows Sample Pack.

My second card features stenciling with Distress Oxide inks.  I had never tried using a stencil with vellum before, but I love the results!!

Waffle Flower products: Spread Your Wings stencil; and Thank you stamps and matching dies.  First  I used a blending brush to ink Distress Oxides with the Butterflies Background Stencil.  I used Kitsch Flamingo, Squeezed Lemonade, Cracked Pistachio, Salvaged Patina, and Wilted Violet Distress Oxides.  I love how EASY it is to blend inks on vellum and the soft look you get!  I added the stenciled vellum over a white card base.

Then I stamped the thank you sentiment with Kitsch Flamingo Distress Oxide.  I added foam tape to the back of both sentiment pieces for dimension.

For my final card, I used the vellum behind the window of the Flying Butterflies die cut to mute the patterned paper behind the vellum.  I also die cut some vellum butterflies and added them as an embellishment!

Waffle Flower products: Flying Butterflies die; Thank you stamps and matching dies; and JJ's Rainbows Sample Pack.  First I die cut the Flying Butterflies Die on a piece of Woodgrain card stock.  I added a piece of vellum behind the opening, then a rainbow patterned paper from JJ's Rainbows Sample Pack.  I adhered the outline from the Flying Butterflies die on top of the vellum.

Thank you so much for stopping by!!  I hope you'll pull out your Waffle Flower products and some vellum and  join us in the Use Vellum challenge!  There's a $25 gift card for a prize and you can play along three different ways!  Either link your project, via Link Party, to the Waffle Flower Blog, at the Waffle Flower Garden Facebook Group, or on Instagram using #WFC2105W4.  

Here are links to the supplies I used:

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Slimline Birthday Card with Hydrangeas | Honey Bee Stamps

 Happy Wednesday friends!  Today I'm sharing a slimline birthday card I made using Honey Bee Stamps gorgeous Lovely Layers: Hydrangea die set.  I love these layering dies and this made for a fairly quick card!  Read on for the details.

First I created my card base by scoring a piece of 8" x 9" 80# Neenah at 4".  After I folded it, I added a coordinating layer of purple card stock.  Then I die cut 80# Neenah with the Slimline Sentiments: Blanket die and adhered it to the purple layer.  All of the layers are adhered with the fantastic Bee Creative glue. (All products are linked below.)

Next I die cut all of the pieces of the Lovely Layers: Hydrangea from 80# Neenah.  I die cut five leaves.  Then I colored all of the pieces with my Copic markers.  For the flowers I used: BV17, BV04, BV13, BV02, BV31, G14, YG41, and YG11.  I colored the leaves with G28, YG17, YG25, and YG03.

I adhered the layers of the hydrangea together with thin foam squares.  OK, I'll admit to being pretty nervous for this next step, LOL!  I took my Tim Holtz scissors and cut the flower down a line I drew with my pencil.  These scissors were able to easily cut through the layers and the foam squares too!

I adhered the leaves and the flowers with Bee Creative glue.  Then I used a sentiment from the Bitty Buzzwords stamps and Honey Cuts, stamped them in black ink, and used the coordinating die to cut out "birthday".  The Bitty Buzzwords is such a fabulous set and one I will always keep!  I added thin foam strips to the back to the sentiments and adhered them to the card.

Thank you so very much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful, and crafty, rest of your week!

Links to the products I used:

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

True Friends Are Always Together--Copic Coloring on Vellum | Rubbernecker Stamps

 Hello my friends!  Today I have a card featuring Rubbernecker Stamps' beautiful Heavenly Hydrangeas stamp set and the Splatter Background stamp.  I used vellum for the flowers and colored them with Copic markers on the back side!  Read on for details.

Here are the steps for my card base:

Card elements:

  • Prep a piece of 40# vellum with anti-static powder to avoid stray bits of embossing powder.  It's important to use the 40# vellum to withstand the heat while embossing.
  • Stamp the flowers, leaves and stems from the Heavenly Hydrangeas set with clear Versamark embossing ink and sprinkle on white embossing powder.  Let your heat tool warm up for about a minute, and heat set the embossing powder.  Be sure to move the heat tool around to avoid warping the vellum.
  • Then I flipped the florals over and colored them with a few Copic markers.  I used RV04, RV13, YG67, and YG25.  When coloring on vellum, don't try to blend as it will just make a mess!  I found that coloring with the lightest shade first worked the best.  Also, coloring from behind avoids getting your marker tips in the embossing and also gives a lovely soft appearance to your coloring.  I snapped a quick photo of the back of them after I finished coloring.  Check out how vibrant and bright it looks!
  • Die cut the flowers with the coordinating dies.  Fussy cut the leaves and stems.
  • Next, I laid my floral elements on the card without adhering so that I could plan on where to stamp my sentiment.
  • Then I placed my card into my MISTI, removed the florals, and stamped the sentiment from the Best Friends set in Versamark Onyx Black ink.  I sprinkled on some clear embossing powder and heat set it.  I think this helps the sentiment to stand out from the Splatter Background!
  • I adhered the flowers, leaves, and stems with tiny circle foam dots and some rolled up glue dots.  I was surprised that the adhesives didn't show, but I think the Copic coloring helped to hide it.

I really enjoyed coloring these beautiful flowers on vellum and love how it turned out!  Thank you very much for stopping by!  I hope you have a wonderful, crafty week!

If you'd like, click these links for details of the products I used.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Lotus Outline Stamp Set Release + Giveaway ($200 in total prizes)

 Hello friends!  Welcome to the fun and inspirational blog hop to celebrate the release of Altenew's beautiful Paint-A-Flower: Lotus Outline Stamp!

You should have arrived here from the amazing Tenia Nelson's blog.  If you need to start at the beginning, head on over to the Altenew Card Blog.

The Paint-A-Flower: Lotus Outline Stamp is such a gorgeous stamp!  I love all of the sentiments in it too.  If you'd like to check it out, go to Altenew's shop for more details.

There are also two fabulous bundles for your to choose from: the Paint-A-Flower: Lotus Outline & Watercolor Essential 12 Pan Set Bundle, or the Paint-A-Flower: Lotus Outline & Watercolor Essential 24 Pan Set Bundle.  Click either photo to get to Altenew's shop for more details.

For my card with this beautiful set, I used my 36 Pan Watercolor set.  Read on for the details!

I began by stamping the beautiful Lotus image with black ink onto watercolor paper.  Then I used Pink Diamond, Puffy Heart, and Lagoon paints from the 36 Pan Watercolor set.  I used Mowed Lawn Distress re-inker to paint the leaves.  I added a very light layer of Lagoon to the leaves to give them more of an underwater look.

After the painting had dried, I stamped the included sentiment in clear embossing ink, sprinkled on some black embossing powder, and heat set it.  I really like this sentiment as it would work for several occasions!  I added a few clear droplets here and there in the water to mimic the bubbles for some fun dimension and shine!

I hope you've enjoyed my card and I've given you inspiration for the beautiful Paint-A-Flower: Lotus set.  Enjoy the rest of this amazing hop--lot's of inspiration is waiting for you!

Your next stop on the hop is sweet Ardyth Percy-Robb!

Giveaway Prizes:

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 05/28/2021 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 05/30/2021.

Blog Hop Order:

Altenew Card Blog

Emily Midgett

Keren Baker

Joylita Dsouza


Norine Borys

Erin Thompson

Sandhya Iyer

Erum Tasneem

Nathalie DeSousa

Terri Koszler

Lilith Eeckels

Jenny Colacicco

Verity Biddlecombe

Virginia Lu

Nandini Karmarkar


Tenia Nelson

Carol Hintermeier <<< that's me

Ardyth Percy-Robb

Linda Westfall

Teresa Litchfield

Helen Kalb

Amanda Baldwin 

Friday, May 21, 2021

Pawsome Stamps! An Awesome New Stamp Company!!

Hi crafty friends!!  I was absolutely thrilled to be invited to join in the launch of an awesome new stamp company called Pawsome Stamps!  There's a fun and inspirational Instagram hop happening today that will feature the other stamp sets being released today!  I had lots of fun playing with the new Cup of Tea stamp set and creating this cute scene with it!  Read on for details. 

I started by stamping the teacup image with Copic safe ink onto a white card stock panel that I die cut with a stitched rectangle die.  Next I stamped it onto masking paper and fussy cut it out.  Next I placed the mask onto the teacups and added a rectangle masking stencil over it.  Then I blended some Mowed Lawn and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide inks onto the card.  I love how this spotlights the adorable teacups!

Next I stamped the butterfly, the rock path, and the snail.  Then I removed the masking paper and colored the images with my Copic markers.   Next I chose one of the four sentiments from the Cup of Tea set and stamped it in black ink.  I used a stitched banner die to cut it out and popped it up with foam tape on the card front.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you'll join us on the Instagram hop.  You can get over there by clicking the Instagram link in the left column of this blog! 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Garden Apron Birthday Card | Honey Bee Stamps

 Happy Wednesday friends!  When Honey Bee released the awesome Apron A2 Card and the Apron: Garden Tools Add-on Honey Cuts, I couldn't wait to create with these!

I love all of the little gardening tools and the scalloped apron pocket that comes with the Apron Garden Tools Add-on!

First I created a white apron card base with the dies from the Apron A2 Card die set.  Next I die cut the pocket and two apron ties from gingham paper in the Sweet On You 6x6 paper pad.  Then I added the tie to the top of the apron and adhered the floral apron die cut to the card front.  The floral paper is from the Spring Fling 6x6 paper pad.  I adhered the second tie to the back of the card, making sure it lined up with the one on the card front.

Then I used the largest Scallop A2 Card Frames Honey Cut and die cut a few strips of the scallop edges.  I adhered them to the apron top and bottom with liquid glue.  To hide all of the pieces that were showing on the back of the card, I adhered another white apron die cut to cover it and give a clean look.

Next I stamped the sentiments on the inside in black ink.  I love all of the various sentiments found in the Inside: Birthday sentiments set!

Now it's time to add the adorable elements to the card front!  I die cut the gardening tools from some mat silver card stock.  Then I die cut them once more with coral and green card stock from my stash.  I trimmed off the handles and adhered them to the silver tools.  Next I adhered the apron pocket pieces together and glued it to the card front.  I only added glue around the curved edge so I could tuck the tools into the pocket.

I even created little paper flower buttons for the apron!  I die cut three flowers for each button and adhered the layers together.  Then I pulled out a needle and embroidery thread and added a French knot to each button.  

Next I used the Bitty Buzzwords stamp set and coordinating Honey Cuts and die cut "enjoy" three times from white card stock.  I adhered the layers together with glue and added them to the shadow.  I stamped "your day" with Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide to coordinate with the rest of the card.

I had a few extra pieces and added those to the inside of the card for that special touch!

I think the handwritten plant tags add a personal touch!

I hope you've enjoyed my card and have found some inspiration today!  Thanks so very much for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Altenew Classic Imagery Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello crafty friends!  Welcome to my stop of the blog hop celebrating Altenew's beautiful Classic Imagery Collection Release.

You should have arrived from the blog of the super talented Teresa Litchfield!  If you need to start at the beginning, you can hop back over to the Altenew Blog.

I've linked the full Classic Imagery Collection to this photo, but of course, all items are available individually and as a separate Embossing Folder Bundle or Stencil Bundle.  Click the photo to check it all out!


I had so much fun playing with the cool Illusion Twist Background Stencil for the first card I'm sharing!

First I placed the Illusion Twist Background Stencil over some 80# Neenah.  Then I inked through it using Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake and Lagoon Crisp Dye Inks (Sea Shore Mini Cube set).  Using a blending brush makes it really easy!  I trimmed it down to 4" x 5-¼" and added it to an A2 panel of Lagoon card stock.  Then I adhered the layers to a top-folding A2 card base.

For the sentiment I used the Simply Thank You die.  I die cut it five times.  On one of the die cuts I blended an ombré pattern of the same inks I used for the stencil.  I adhered all of the layers together with liquid glue.  Then I added some clear glitter pen and Glossy Accents over the top.  After it was dry, I adhered it to my card.  Such a fun, quick and easy card!


I am totally WOW'ed by the dimension of Altenew's 3D embossing folders!  When I saw the Daisy Bed 3D embossing folder, I just had to use it since daisies are some of my favorite flowers!

Before running the embossing folder through my die cutting machine with white card stock, I inked up one side of the embossing folder.  I smooshed Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide ink onto my silicone mat and used a brayer to apply the ink to the embossing folder.  Then I placed the card stock inside and used my machine to emboss it.  I repeated the steps once more to fill in a few places I missed.

I used a small blending brush to add a bit of Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide to the flower centers.  Next I added clear Wink of Stella to the flower's centers.  Then I used a green Copic marker to color in the few stems.  I trimmed the panel and matted it onto a black card panel and adhered it to my card base.

I love the font of the Handwritten Hello Die!  Also, how fabulous is it that there is a shadow die for it?!  I die cut the shadow three times from black card stock and adhered the layers together.  I topped it off with the white layer and added it to my card.


I LOVE Altenew's layering floral stencils and the Greenwood Flower Layering Stencil Set is another favorite!  For my next card I actually used two new stencils and one new 3D embossing folder and the top layer is actually all one layer.  Read on to see how I made this beauty!

First I used the Greenwood Flower Layering Stencil Set and created masks for the flowers and leaves.  This is easy to do.  I used a pencil to trace inside the first layer of the leaves and flowers stencil onto masking paper.  Then I fussy cut them out and will use them after the next step.

Next I inked up the gorgeous Greenwood Flowers Layering Stencil Set.  I used Shades of Purple inks, Chamomile, Sunray ink from the Golden Sunset set, and Forest Glades and Evergreen Crisp Dye inks from the Green Fields set.  The included layering guide makes inking up the layers so easy!  After I stenciled the yellow flower, I stuck the mask on top of it.  Then I inked up the purple flower, and then masked it.  The leaves got inked up next and also masked.

When all the elements had the masks on, I used the beautiful Fine Tulle Background Stencil and lightly inked some gray ink through it.  Then I added a shadow layer around the flowers and leaves with C3, C2, and C0 Copic markers.

I trimmed the panel down to 4" x 5-¼" and added it to a gray layer.  I popped this up onto a panel of white card stock that I embossed with the amazing Deck Planks 3D embossing folder!  I love the touch of texture peeking out!

Next I chose a sentiment from the Birthday Builder stamp set.  I heat embossed it onto a strip of gray card stock and popped it up onto the card front.

Now it time's to hop over to the awesome blog of Joylita Dsouza!

Giveaway Prizes

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners 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 05/24/2021 for a chance to win.  Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 05/26/2021.

Blog Hop Order

Altenew Blog

Nathalie DeSousa

Terri Koszler

Erum Tasneem

Jenny Colacicco

Emily Midgett


Norine Borys

Sandhya Iyer

Lilith Eeckels

Ardyth Percy-Robb

Michelle Short

Bridget Casey

Maryam Perez

Teresa Litchfield

Carol Hintermeier

Joylita Dsouza

Virginia Lu


Nandini Karmarkar

Christine Pennington

Tricia Schaden

Helen Kalb

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

You Are Sweet As Honey | Honey Bee Stamps

 Hello my friends!  Today my card is featuring the new Honey Bee Stamps' Honey awesome Honey Jar Paper Piecing die set!  I also tried out Honey Bee's new No-line Coloring ink (and I love it) for my stamped images.  Read on for the details!

First I created my card base by die cutting three shades of teal card stock with the Hexagon Cover Plate dies.  (These are available as a set, or individually.)  I used Bee Creative glue to adhere them together and then I glued the stack to a light teal panel.  Next I glued this to a top-folding A2 card base.  I love how these dies easily create a stunning card base!

My next step was to die cut the Honey Jar Paper Piecing dies from 80# white Neenah Solar White card stock.  To make coloring them easier, I put the pieces back into the negative space and held them with some purple tape on the back.  For the jar and honey drips I used Copic markers in these colors:  Y19, Y18, Y15, and Y13.  I shaded the honey jar lid with C2, C0 and C00.

Next I stamped the flowers, leaves, and bees in the NEW Bee Creative No-Line Coloring ink by Honey Bee Stamps.  These are in the Chin Up Buttercup and the Busy Bees stamp sets.  I colored the leaves with YG67, YG17, and YG23.  I shaded the flowers with the "C" markers listed previously.  The bees are colored with the same yellows as the honey jar. Next I used a Micron .05 black pen to add the eyes and antenna to the bees.

When I finished my coloring I used the coordinating Busy Bees and Chin Up Buttercup dies to cut out the images.  I popped up the honey jar with foam tape and arranged the flowers around the jar.  I also popped up a couple of the bees.  To finish up I stamped the sentiment from the Just Bee-cause stamp set and die cut it with the coordinating die.

I really do like Honey Bee's no-line coloring ink!  What I really like is the particular shade of the ink and that I did not have to stamp it more than once in order to see it!  Definitely at the top of the list for me!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you are having a wonderful, and crafty, week!