My Mom's Welcoming Window

Window Flower Box Dies
Mother's Day will be here in 3 weeks... 3 weeks!!!!  Wow, time sure does fly.  I'm not panicking...are you panicking?  I spent the day making cards in preparation for the upcoming holiday and this one quickly became my favorite!!   The stamps and dies made this super easy!!

Items needed:

  • Welcoming Window stamps 
  • Window Flower Box dies
  • Inks: Smoky Slate, Garden Green, Fresh Freesia (new color)
  • Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Cinnamon Cider, Basic Black, Basic White, DSP for curtain( I used Oh So Ombre)


  1. Cut the Smoky Slate to 8½ x 5½, scoring it at 4¼. This will be your card base.
  2. Cut Basic White to 5¼ x 4.  
  3. Stamp the bricks using Smoky Slate ink.  You can stamp off to make some lighter, if preferred. There are no rules, just have fun.
  4. Use the "wooden" window, shutters and flower box dies to cut from the Cinnamon Cider cardstock.
  5. Cut the iron decorations from the Basic Black.
  6. Pick the paper you want to be your "curtain."  Cut the width to match the width of the window.  You can cut the scalloped edge by hand or you can use the edge die from the Prized Peony Suite if you have it.
  7. Stamp the greenery in Garden Green, then stamp the flowers in Fresh Freesia.  Repeat.  Cut the two flower arrangements using the coordinating die cut. 
  8. Assemble your card as shown above but be sure to glue your curtain BEHIND your window first.  Don't ask... it was a long day.  Use dimensionals behind your flowers.
  9. You can handwrite the "mom."  I found this from a Paper Pumpkin stampset I had laying around.  Say what??? You don't know what Paper Pumpkin is???  It is the easiest and inexpensive way to build up your stamps and inks when you are just starting out.  More info below!!
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Delivery from Doily Doldrums

Square Vellum Doilies

I will be honest, the Square Vellum Doilies are just not my favorite but I seem to have a truckload of them.  Are they like bunnies??? 

So I challenged myself to find other ways to use them.  

This tutorial will show you how I used them as a stencil.

Items needed:
Silver foil cardstock cut to 3"x 3"
StazOn black ink
Repositionable/temporary adhesive

  • Place a little temporary adhesive on the back of the doily and center it on the silver square. This will help hold it in place while you are sponging. **

  • Use the sponge to apply StazOn in over the doily.  

Applying the ink.

  • Remove the doily to reveal your stenciled design.  The inked doily can be used for another project.

  • On this card I used a plain doily behind the inked silver square. The silver appears different as the light bounces off it. Yu have to see it in person to get the full effect.

**Helpful hint: You will see that I missed punching out all the "hanging chads". Make sure that all the pieces of the vellum have been punched out before you ink it up.

Butterfly Baskets


Find out how to get these beautiful butterflies below!!

I was searching for party favors for my first Sip N Stamp. You heard that right-time to shake off the dust and put on my lipstick!!   Since Easter is two weeks away, a basket seemed to be the way to go.  These baskets have been around for a while in one shape or another but then I realized that baskets are not just for Easter.  Be sure to check out the bottom of this post for some other ideas!!

This tutorial will show you how to make a quick and easy basket using a 6"x 6" sheet of DSP! And what stamper doesn't have at least 3,000 sheets of DSP in this size laying around???  

My biggest dilemma???  Not eating the candy before the stamping party gets here!!


  • Pick any 6" x 6" DSP or cardstock. 
  • Score it at 2" and 4", then turn it 90 degrees and score it again at 2" and 4".  Fold it at all score lines.
Dotted Lines= Fold
Solid Lines= Cut
  • Now take your scissors and cut at the lines indicated in the photo.

  • Place glue at the areas indicated by the green marker.

  • Now bring the two outside pieces together, right side first, followed by the left side (with the glue on the corner). Match up the points at the top.  Hold for a moment to let the glue work.

  • Turn it over and repeat to make the other side.
  • Handle: Cut a strip of DSP to ¾" x 6".  Add Stampin' Seal+ as shown by the green marker lines. You can also use a heavy ribbon for the handle of your basket.


  • Adhere the strip to the inside of the basket, making it the desired height.

  • Now decorate the outside as desired and fill with goodies!  
Here are some other baskets I made and the items used to decorate them:
DSP: Peony Garden
Stampset: Prized Peony
Dies: Peony Dies
Ribbon: Metallic Mesh and Gray Granite Textured Weave

DSP: Gilded Autumn
Stampset: Whiskey Business
Ribbon: Faux Suede Trim

DSP: Golden Honey
Stampset: Honey Bee
Dies: Detailed Bee

DSP: In Color 2019-2021
Stampset: Butterfly Brilliance* see below
Dies: Forever Flourishing, Brilliant Wings

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Spread joy and appreciation with this simple, yet beautiful card.  

Items needed:

  • White Notecards and envelopes
  • DSP (Field and Flowers) cut to ¼ inch less than the height and width of your notecard
  • Rectangular Die from Nature's Thoughts
  • White cardstock, Coordinating Cardstock cut to 3⅛" x 4⅝"
  • Inks: Merry Merlot, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Memento Black
  • Stamps: Free as a Bird, Friends are Like Seashells

~Cut the white cardstock using the rectangular die in your embossing machine.  

~Using the largest shadow stamp in "Friends are Like Seashells", stamp the background at an angle and flip it around for the center stamp.  * You will stamp off each color.  (To "stamp off", stamp your image on a scrap piece before stamping it on your paper to achieve a lighter color.)  Start with Merry Merlot , then Crushed Curry, then Old Olive.

~Using Memento Black, stamp the birds and the "thank you." 

~Adhere your white piece to the coordinating cardstock. Adhere the DSP to the front of the notecard, and then adhere the matted artwork to the center.

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Black Ice Technique

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The Black Ice Technique has been around for a while but I was recently introduced to it by Ann Birchard of Crafting Experience with a Civil Engineer.  All it took was once and I was hooked!! Although it looks difficult, it is really easy.  If I can do it, so can you!  Try it with me!

Items needed:

  • Metallic cardstock
  • Inks: Stazon Jet Black and VersaMark
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Tools: Heat tool and repositionable tape

Start with your metallic cardstock cut to any size you prefer.

Any color works!

Stamp the image of your choice using Stazon ink and let it dry.  Enjoy the Moment was used in the feature card.  The photos below show Whale Done on Silver  and Prized Peony on Lovely Lipstick.

Secure the piece to scrap paper using repositionable tape (to help avoid fingerprints in your design).  Take the Stazon ink and swipe the whole way across the piece- starting left to right, then right to left. You can do this repeatedly until you get the amount of striations you desire.  Just be sure to use even pressure and fluid movement- do not stop in mid swipe! You must commit!!

Now take the VersaMark and lightly swipe across the piece, left to right.  
Apply clear embossing powder the the whole piece and carefully tap off any extra.
Photo shows powder before tapping off.

Take your heat tool and melt the powder.  It will become glossy (glassy) in appearance.
And voila!!! You are a magician!!  

Try it on the different metallic cardstock to see the difference it makes.  

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Sending Sunshine At a Snowy Retreat

Is anybody else tired of snow???  
I created this card at a recent stamping retreat hosted by BCreative Stamping.  Betsy Crider's retreats are fun, inspiring and refill your creative soul.  If you ever get the chance to go into the mountains of Central PA with Betsy, take it... but make sure you beat the snow getting there.  As we drove into Madisonburg Mountain, the snow-covered roads became a little scary--- but we were determined to go stamping!!!


Once we were there, the view was beautiful. These are the adorable cabins that we sleep in for the weekend.

Now, back to the card. 

Items used:
  • Sending Sunshine Stamp Set (in Annual Catalog 2020-2021)
  • Dies and Punches: Seasonal Layers, Heart die, and ½" circle punch 
  • Paper: Night of Navy Cardstock, Basic White (4" x 5¼") and smaller piece (4" x 4¼")
  • Inks: Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Misty Moonlight, Crumbcake and Early Espresso
  • Tools: Blender Brushes, Sponge
I used the Seasonal Layers Dies (retired) to cut the Adirondack chairs out of Early Espresso paper and a large heart die to cut the center of the basic white cardstock.  If you don't have a heart die, a circle or oval would also work.
On the smaller white paper, stamp the water in Misty Moonlight. Cut the circle with the punch and place it with temporary adhesive for the moon.  Using blender brushes, apply the ink starting with Highland Heather closest to the moon, then Gorgeous Grape. Then apply Misty Moonlight to the rest getting darker in the areas farthest from the moon.  When you are happy with it, remove the circle.  Voila!
Now, use a sponge to apply some Crumbcake in the lower area of your larger Basic White paper to be the sand.  Then use the stamps in Crumbcake to create the darker shadows that will be under the chairs and anywhere else you like. I put some coming off the paper on each side.  Stamp the plants in Early Espresso.  Use glue to adhere the chairs. 
Position your moonscape piece under the beach piece so that you know where it needs to be positioned before you adhere it to the cardstock.  Then adhere the beach piece using dimensionals- I used a lot of dimensionals. 
I know that it sounds hard and looks hard but it is not!!!  
Feel free to email me with any questions.  I would love to see what you make- send me pics!!

A Touch of Ink Thank you Card

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February 2021 Customer Appreciation Card

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"A Touch of Ink" stamps were a little out of my comfort zone.  I do better with coloring WITHIN the lines.  Life has rules... don't walk on other people's grass, don't wash whites with darks, and never wear your boots before Labor Day.  Abstract art is not my thing but life is all about growing and stretching our boundaries and skills.  Good news!! There is no skill needed with this stamp set- you can't do it wrong!

Items Needed:

  • A Touch of Ink Stamp Set (Free with $50 purchase during Sale-a-bration)
  • Inks: Blackberry Bliss, Pear Pizzazz, Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Purple Posy, Oh So Ombre DSP
  • Dies: Stitched Shapes
  • Embellishment: Blackberry Bliss Striped Ribbon
~ Stamp the flowers using Blackberry Bliss ink onto the purple posy cardstock cut to 4" x 5¼".

~Stamp the sentiment in the lower right corner using the same ink.

~Adhere it to the Blackberry Bliss Card Base (8½" x 5½", folded in half).
~Cut the Oh So Ombre paper to 1½" x 5½". Adhere horizontally.
~Add ribbon (4½") and adhere with glue dots.

~Using the square stitched dies, cut blackberry bliss cardstock with the largest size and basic white with the 2nd largest die.
~Stamp the butterfly in tuxedo black then the shadow stamp in pear pizzazz.
~Adhere is to the blackberry bliss square at an angle. Then adhere them to the card at an angle using dimensionals.  Snip the ribbon at an angle.
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Simply Love


Need something quick and easy for Valentine's Day, a birthday or just because? It doesn't get any easier than this.

Items needed:

  • Butterfly and Heart Punches
  • Circular Die (I used Tasteful Labels but a circle punch will work)
  • Sentiment is from Stampendous
  • Paper: Cherry Cobbler for cardbase and heart, woodgrain DSP, Basic White for butterflies and circle
  • Ink: Cherry Cobbler
~Cut woodgrain designed paper to 4" x 5¼" and adhere to card base.
~Punch small butterflies from Basic White cardstock.
~Punch heart from cherry cobbler. 
~Fold/bend the butterflies before adhering and use glue or dots in center only. I used thin strip of dimensional on some.
~Stamp the sentiment and use the die to cut it out. Adhere to card.

Not kidding. This was so easy but has such a great look.  Change it up or copy it exactly and send me a pic.  I would love to see what you come up with.

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