Friday, April 21, 2017

A Year Of Card Techniques–Stamp Set Showdown


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Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we’ll feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of fabulous card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a wide variety of cards and ideas.

The month of April features a Showdown! A stamp set showdown, that is. We’re using one stamp set in various ways. Let’s face it, stamp sets are getting more and more expensive; so we’re here to inspire you by demonstrating how to s-t-r-e-t-c-h those stamps!

If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:

We have an amazing sponsor this month, Wilma Payne of Fun Stamper's Journey:

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Please take a moment to check out the great products Fun Stampers Journey has to offer. To visit Wilma's blog, click here and her Facebook Group here.

And the awesome prize this month is:

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We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. One winner will be chosen from all comments on the hop as of April 28, 2017. The winner will be announced in our May hop; so be sure to come back next month.

Since I’m the first stop in this hop, let’s get to hopping!




This challenge gave me a run for my money.  I had such a difficult time choosing a stamp set I wanted to use.  I finally decided on this one by Stampin’ Up called “Tea Shoppe”. 


Tea Shoppe Stampin Up Set


I also wanted to mention that, aside from my card bases and the stamped pieces, I have used digital papers that I printed myself on white cardstock for ALL of my cards today.  These papers are from various free sites on the internet.   There are tons of designers who create digital papers and offer them for free so I encourage you to give this a try sometime.  Now onto my projects…



Card #1 is fairly simple.  I used my Cameo to cut out a paper doily, a pink circle, a white circle, and a tall flag.  I stamp one tea cup in the centre of the white circle with Tim Holtz Tattered Rose distress ink and adhered it to the larger pink circle.  I then popped that up on top of the blue scalloped doily.  I cut a piece of white cardstock, adhered the tall flag to one side and stamp the bottom with the sentiment “A Cup Of Thanks” from the stamp set.  I adhered the pre-assembled tea cup to the card front.  Then I adhered the white cardstock to a pink cardstock mat and adhered that to the card base to finish it off.







Card #2 is made up of a bunch of different sized rectangular card pieces cut from various printed papers.  On a white piece of cardstock, I stamped each tea cup in a different color of Tim Holtz Distress inks – Squeezed Lemon, Evergreen Bough, and Tattered Rose – tilting them slightly as I stacked them up.  I added the “Just For You” sentiment from the set to the card to finish it of.






Card #3 uses the “Tea For Two” sentiment from the set which I stamped in the middle of an off-white piece of cardstock and adhered to a teal green mat.  I printed and cut a long rectangular piece of rose designer cardstock and adhered that to a darker rose mat. Then I adhered everything to a piece of printed designer cardstock that I applied to the front of a card base. I added a few blue pearl beads to finish it off.






Card #4 was a little trickier than the rest because I had to try and line the stamps up so they were spaced evenly.  I messed up a little but I did my best.  I cut 3 strips of white cardstock and stamped two tea cups to each piece in Tattered Rose, Squeezed Lemon, and Evergreen Bough distress ink by Tim Holtz.  I stamped the “You Suit Me To A Tea” sentiment from the set in between the two cups on each piece of stamped cardstock. I adhered the 3 pieces to a square piece of printed pink cardstock and applied that to a piece of printed designer cardstock along with a black grosgrain ribbon with white stitching.  I attached all of that to a card base to finish it off.




FriendshipVocab_onecraftymrsCard #5 was my most detailed card.  I cut each piece with my Cameo.  I adhered the largest piece of teal printed cardstock to the front of my card base and then adhered the coral piece to the front of that.  The border across the middle has a piece of cream ribbon threaded through it. I adhered the border to a dark burgundy piece of printed cardstock and adhered that onto the square coral piece.  I stamped the “Stay” sentiment from the set onto the flag with an arched top and added the small flower from the set above the sentiment.  I used Tim Holtz Tattered Rose distress ink and sponged around the edges of the flag.  I used some pop dots and adhered it to the middle of the card.  I added some off-white pearls to the front of the card to finish it off.



That’s it for me.  I hope you enjoyed what I shared with you today.  Now you’re off to visit with the amazing and talented Claudia. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog in the hop to increase your chances of winning!

Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:

See you next month with another great technique!

Monday, April 17, 2017

I Heart You Mom

Hi there Crafty Friends,

I’m back this week with a Mother’s Day card using a fun image from Sunsational Stamp’s “Hoppy Set”.  This stamp set is new and you can find it in the Sunsational Stamps Store.


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With the help of my Silhouette Cameo and some digital papers, I set to work making this sweet card.  The first thing I do when I create any card is to design it in my Silhouette Cameo software.  This allows me to visualize what my end product will be and helps me to keep things organized when it comes time to put the card together.  Here is a peek at what a typical design would look like when I set it up in my Cameo software.


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I have each piece laid out on my virtual mat with the digital papers chosen (the two pieces off to the right-side will need to be printed and cut on a second piece of paper).  I also have a template off to the left hand side of what I want the card to look like once it’s assembled. Once I am happy with the design, I will print it off and then send it to my Silhouette Cameo to cut each piece.

I used a couple of my Copic markers to color the bunny and the hearts. I brushed the edges of the bunny circle with a sponge brush and some Stampin’ Up Cameo Coral ink. I also brushed the edges of the sentiment with some Close To My Heart Sea Breeze ink.

I hope you have enjoyed my card today.  I’ll be back in two weeks to share another fabulous Sunsational Stamp card.  In the meantime, don't forget to check out all the other photo-polymer and digi stamps in the Sunsational Stamps Store.

Saturday, April 8, 2017


As a new DT member of SUNSATIONALSTAMPS.COM, I want to make sure you know about the giveaway happening  to celebrate the Grand Opening of our new store!  Head on over there now, click on the REWARDS tab on the right hand side and enter to win a card kit valued at $25 for six consecutive months.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

It’s A Ducky Life

Hi there crafty friends,

I’m so excited to be chosen as part of Sunsational Stamps new Design Team and today I’m sharing my first project with you using Lisa’s darling digital stamp “Spring Is Ducky” which can be found in her newly designed store.  Just click on this link to go there.

When I saw this cute little ducky upside down in the water I thought it would make a great encouragement card and just knew that I had to use him.  Below is a picture of the outside and inside of the card.

Outside Of Card:

Inside Of Card:

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I always have trouble trying to figure out what papers to use for my card so with this card I decided to take a look online to see if I could find anything and I came across this cute blog, and found some really nice papers. The papers I decided to use are from the Day Dream Set.  She has lots of other cute sets so click on the link to go visit her and check them out for yourself.

I printed the image onto some white Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper and used my Copic markers to color it.   I have a mish-mash of markers but today I decided to use my Copics.  I punched it out with my Fiskars circular punch and set it aside.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out my digital paper and the scalloped image that mats the punched image.  I also typed my sentiments (outside and inside), printed them, and cut them out.  Then I layered them onto some black cardstock.  I found a graphic of a pond online and printed it.  Then I cut around it and made a small slit in the water.  I printed, colored and cut out another ducky from the set. I slid the ducky’s feet through the slit in the water so that it looked like it was swimming on the water.  I adhered the feet to the back with some tape to hold it in place.  Once I had all my pieces completed and set aside, it was time to start putting everything together.

I took an 8.5x11-inch piece of white cardstock and cut it down the middle of the 8.5-inch side leaving me with two 4.25x11-inch pieces of cardstock.  I scored the long edge of one of them along the 5.5-inch mark and folded it in half.  This left me with a card base that was 4.25x5.5-inches.  I adhered my 2 pieces of designer paper onto the card base so that they each covered half of the base.  Then I layered a couple of rectangular pieces across the middle to hide the seam.  I wrapped a piece of black ribbon around the rectangular pieces before adhering them to the cardstock.  I mounted my punched image on top of the scalloped circle and adhered that to the front of the card along with the sentiment.  The front of the card was complete and now it was time to move onto the inside.

I cut a couple more rectangles out of the designer cardstock and adhered them across the bottom portion of the card.  I adhered the pond on top and added my sentiment and the card was finished!

Thanks for taking the time to drop by.  I hope you enjoyed my project and I’ll see you soon with another Design Team share.  The supplies I used are listed below:

Lisa’s “Spring Is Ducky”
Digital Stamp Set:


Copics Colors:


Bristol Smooth Paper
for Copic Coloring:

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Recollections Cardstock:

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Fiskars Circle Punch:


Black Grosgrain


Tombows AquaPit Liquid Glue:


Liana’s Digital Paper (Day Dream):


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Guest Designer At One Crazy Stamper—2nd Card

Hi Friends,

Here is my second card as a Guest Designer at One Crazy Stamper this month. This card was created using High Hopes Stamps Easter Bunny Stacks rubber stamp.

I had a lot of fun coloring this cute stamp with my PrismaColor Markers (and a couple of Copics).

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Bunny Fur – Cool Grey 20% (PM 109)

Bunny Ears, Paws, Nose & Cheeks – Salmon Pink (PM 122)

Bunny Bow Ties – True Blue (PB 39), Parrot Green (PB 32)

Sign – Goldenrod (PB 69), Terra Cotta (PM 82), Cocoa Bean (PM 214)

Easter Eggs – Mahogany Red (PB 150), Peach (PB 170), Aquamarine (PB 37)

Grass – *Copic* YG63, YG67

The pink and yellow gingham designer paper is from the K&Company Best Of Brenda Walton paper pad and the cardstock is Recollections Pink Buttons paper pack and Citrus Blend paper pack.


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OCS Card-Recollections Citrus Blend

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I finished it off with some pink ribbon from my stash and a few pink sequins.

I hope you have enjoyed what I created with this fabulous stamp.  Take a moment to pop on over to the One Crazy Stamper blog and check out all the other wonderful creations.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Guest Designer For March–One Crazy Stamper!

Hi there, friends.  I am delighted to let you in on a little secret I’ve been keeping.  I have been chosen as a Guest Designer for the month of March at One Crazy Stamper and I’m super thrilled!

I received two unmounted High Hopes Rubber Stamps in the mail to play with and today I’m using Carrot ExpressThe challenge this month is Anything Goes and you can find more details HERE.

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I had so much fun coloring this cute bunny with my PrismaColor markers and a few Copic markers. Here are the markers I used:

Bunny Fur - Cool Grey 20% (PM 109)

Bunny Ears, Nose & Cheeks - Salmon Pink (PM 122)

Carrots - Mineral Orange (PM ..), Deco Orange (PM...)

Carrot Leaves - *Copic* YG63, YG67

Bunny Shirts - True Blue (PB 39)

Bunny Jeans - *Copic* B93, B95, B97

Patch - *Copic* R27

Wagon - Terra Cotta (PM 82), Eggshell (PM 72)

Wheels & Handle - Cool Grey 50% (PM 112), Cool Grey 60% (PM 113), Cool Grey 70% (PM 114)

I used a piece of Recollections Kraft Paper as my card base and layered a piece of designer cardstock from my stash on top.  I stamped the image onto a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper before coloring then adhered it to a square piece of Kraft cardstock to mat it.

OCS Card-Recollections Kraft

OCS Strathmore Bristol Smooth


I typed the sentiment onto some white cardstock using the Tempus ITC font and adhered it to a piece of Kraft cardstock.  I used the same designer cardstock to layer underneath the sentiment.

I hope you have enjoyed what I created with this fabulous stamp by High Hopes Stamps.  Take a moment to pop on over to the One Crazy Stamper blog and check out all the other wonderful creations for this challenge.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Get Well Soon Blog Hop…

Welcome to the

Get Well Soon Blog Hop

Being Sick is definitely not fun! Recovering from a surgery, an accident, or severe illness is even worse. We are here to spread some sunshine and smiles and help inspire you to remember that sending even the simplest of cards to someone when they are feeling bad can help brighten their day.

You should have arrived from the amazing & talented Holli’s blog.

If you just happened upon this spectacular hop, Connie Can Crop is the first stop in this hop.

This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday to finish hopping and leaving your comments for all of these amazing crafters.

We have an awesome BRAND NEW sponsor for this month!



One lucky winner will win a super cute limited edition stamp set from FSJ!!


Be sure to visit her website HERE.

What do you need to do to win? Easy... become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 2/15/17
at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

Now onto the hop…

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I decided to use one of my newer stamp sets by My Favorite Things.  The name of this set (Adorable Elephants) is very appropriate.  I love these cute little guys.

Adorable Elephants Sample

I love me some shaker cards when I’m feeling down so I created this one for a friend of mine who is laid up in the hospital after having surgery this past week.  Since the sentiments in this set are geared more towards a ‘birthday’ or ‘thinking of you’ type card, I created my own sentiment instead.  I sure hope she likes it.

I’m the last participant in this hop so if you have made it this far, well done!

Here's our line up in case you get lost:

Shannon H-
Shannon M-
Sharon- *you are here*

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you will take a moment to follow my blog.  Don’t forget to check out al the FREE sentiments I have to offer while you are here.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Holiday Magic Blog Hop–Dec 10th

If you are looking for the Foil and Metallic Blog Hop, click here.

Welcome to the
Holiday Magic Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us for a weekend full of the magic of the Christmas Holidays! Our talented crafters have created all sorts of projects to inspire you and bring the joy of the season into your hearts!

You should have arrived from Alicia’s blog

If you just happened upon this magical hop, Connie Can Crop is the first stop in this hop.
This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment for all of these amazing crafters.

We have an awesome sponsor for this month!


One lucky winner will win a $21.00 gift certificate to shop their awesome products.
Be sure to visit them online here.
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What do you need to do to win? Easy... become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on Wednesday 12/14/16
at Connie Can Crop.

Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!




I was so excited when I found this cute little mitten freebie from Newton’s Nook.  I colored it using my Copics and then used my Silhouette Cameo to around it leaving a large white border.  I adhered the mittens to the top of four 1-inch x 1-inch pieces of designer paper using dimensionals. 





I’ll let you in on my little secret.  To get those squares of designer paper perfectly lined up and spaced evenly on my card-front, I used my Silhouette software and drew four squares where I wanted them to be on my rectangular piece of white cardstock.  Then I changed the cutting line into a light grey line and printed that out 4 times on a piece of 8-1/2 x 11-inch white cardstock.  After printing, I placed it on my Cameo mat and cut the rectangle out.  Now I could see exactly where to place each piece of designer paper.  I added a Lawn Fawn Wintery Scripty Sayings sentiment to finish it off.

Thanks to my daughter, Kayla, who helped with the assembling of these cards!  She’s the best assistant a mom can have … my little crafty elf.





I also did a green version with a slightly different sentiment that was purchased at Michaels.




Up next is the talented and amazing Jearise!

Here's our line up in case you get lost:

Shannon H
Sharon *you are here*

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!!!

And don't forget to check out the this month's challenge!!

Connie Can Crop Challenge #53
Baby It's Cold Outside
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Pacific Time

Friday, December 9, 2016

Technique Hop–Foil and Metallic

**If you are looking for the Holiday Magic Blog Hop, click here.



Can you believe it's month twelve of a Year of Card Techniques?  Here are the links in case you missed a month:


Be sure you've hopped and commented on each month for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Stampin Up or (Winner's Choice).  This is the last month of the year and we are focusing all our attention on metallics, whether it's foil, embossing powder, inks, cardstock, or anything else metallic and since it's December we just had to make it holiday too.  Now on with the projects.

Not only did I have a lot of fun with this hop but it also helped kickstart me into making my Christmas cards for this year.  I usually have them finished long before now but this year just really seemed to get away from me and prior to this hop I hadn’t even started!  Considering I usually make between 75 to 100 cards that’s just absolutely crazy.

So, without further adieu, here is my first completed Christmas card of the season.  I made sure to include foil in the form of some adhesive foil that my girls gave me for my birthday.  I hadn’t had a chance to use it yet so this hop was the perfect opportunity to give it a whirl.  I decided to take the foil and run it through my Cuttlebug.  I chose the only embossing folder I had that looked wintery (I’ll give you a hint … imagine snowflakes, lol).  I adhered the foil to a piece of burgundy cardstock which I had layered on top of a white card-base.  I added the burgundy ribbon and a scripty sentiment by Lawn Fawn which I embossed with gold sparkle embossing powder.  Take a peek at the finished product …


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For my second card, I used 4 pieces of cardstock that had foil bits throughout them.  I cut each piece of cardstock into a flag and layered those over each other from tallest to shortest.  I found some jingle bells in my stash so I thought they’d be a great addition since they were metallic.  I strung them on some twine and stapled it to my card.  I added a cute sentiment that I picked up from Michael’s to finish the card off.






The last card came in a card kit from Close To My Heart.  My co-worker is a representative and I like to support her every year by buying a kit of cards that I can assemble.  There isn’t a lot of flash to this card .. it’s actually kind of plain, lol .. but it did have some foil ribbon on it so I’m throwing it in as well.



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That’s it for me!  Up next is the ever talented Claudia.  Go visit and see what exciting things she has to share …  and don’t forget to check out the other awesome blogs and show them some love while you are there!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Revisiting Christmas Sentiments

I can’t believe that Christmas is only 5 weeks away!!  Yikes! Time has gotten away from me and I haven’t even started my Christmas cards yet.  I’m usually finished by now.  This weekend I’ll be hunkering down and plowing through the mess in my craft room to hopefully complete at least 60 cards (and probably make an even bigger mess, lol).  I’ll let you know if I’m successful.

With Christmas just around the corner, I wanted to take a minute to remind you of the FREE Christmas sentiments I have available.  I’ve put links to them below (just click on the preview below to be taken to the post with download links for the sentiment you wish to snag) and do hope you will take a minute or two to have a look and snag the ones you like.


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12-07-12-Deck The Halls preview

12-14-12-Tis The Season preview

12-21-12-Peace On Earth preview



I’ll be back soon with pictures of my cards and maybe another freebie or two.  Have a great day!