Missing the beach…

It’s true…I am missing the beach.  Everything about it, the sand, the sun, the ocean, and the beautiful hot and humid weather!  


Sanibel Island- June 2014


Sanibel Island, FL- June 2014


So I thought I would post some of my beach themed cards.  


Uncle Greg’s Birthday Card

Supplies:  Stamps: By The Tide (Stampin Up), Cake Stamp Set- Camelot Card Kit (Studio Calico). Inks: Pool Party, Chocolate Chip, and Calypso Coral (Stampin Up). Other: Calypso Coral (Stampin Up), brass brads (Recollections) 



Thank you card

I used the masking technique to make the background of this card.  

Supplies: Stamps: Seaside (Stampin Up). Ink: Tempting Turquoise (Stampin Up) and Versa Mark.  Other: Gold embossing powder (Stampin Up), gold washi tape, gold ribbon (Studio Calico), post it notes. 



Thank You Set


Get Whale Soon

Supplies: Stamps: Cooper Mountain Card kit (Studio Calico), A Round Array (Stampin Up). Inks: Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Baja Breeze, and Pool Party (Stampin Up), Onyx Black (Memento). Other: Iridescent Ice embossing powder (Stampin Up), circle punch (Creative Memories), foam tape (Scotch), silver sequins.


I am still missing the beach.  Hope you liked these beach themed cards.

Happy Stamping




Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mother’s out there.  The first card I made was for my own Mom.  

Mom's card

Mom’s card

I was searching Pinterest for a different and unique idea to make my Mom for Mother’s Day.  After spending longer than I needed to on Pinterest, I came across a card, that I wanted to try or do something similar.  

Card by The Crafty Owl

Card by The Crafty Owl

The card above was created by Joanne James, who is a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator in the UK.  To find out more about Joanne and her projects visit her blog, The Crafty Owl.  

To make my Mom’s card, I cut the front of my white base in half so I had a flap.  I cut out a circle using the Couzzle cutting system.  I made sure that if it was attached to the front flap, it would not hang off over the edge of the card.  To make the flowers I used the Secret Garden stamp set and matching framelits.  I arranged them on the white circle, making sure they fit without hanging off the edge.  After I attached them, I punched out smaller flowers using solid card stock.  Then I stamped Mom in the center to finish the card.  Thanks to Joanne for the different card layout idea.  


Stamps: Secret Garden and Family Reunion (Stampin’ Up)

Inks: Pretty in Pink, Coastal Cabana, Pink Passion and Bermuda Bay (Stampin’ Up)

Other: teal, pink card stock and printed paper, flower punch (Stampin Up)

Next up is a card for my Grandma.  My Grandma is a watercolor artist, so I decided to make a watercolor Mother’s Day card.  

Grandma's Card

Grandma’s Card

To get the watercolor technique to look like watercolor it took me a few tries to get it to look like it should.  To make this card, I sprayed water all over the watercolor paper.  Then I used my juiciest ink pads; I quickly stamped the stamps on the ink pads and then on the wet watercolor paper.  I kept doing this with different colors and stamps.  When I noticed the paper was getting dry, I would spray it with more water.  Some of the stamped flowers look like they are supposed to with the colors blending and bleeding.  I had to let the watercolor paper dry overnight.  When it was dry, I attached it to a card and added a scalloped punched strip of teal paper and and gold piece of ribbon.  I then stamped the sentiment on a scalloped oval and added a butterfly.  

The next card is identical in layout to the card above, I just used different colors and a slightly different watercolor technique.

1st Mother's Day card

1st Mother’s Day card

This card is for my cousin, Peter’s wife, Hilarie.  Hilarie and Peter will both be celebrating their very first Mother’s and Father’s Day this year!!      

Luna at 4 months

My cousin, Luna at 4 months. 


I just love to look at her...

I just love to look at her…

Anyways back to the post…. 

First, I sprayed the watercolor paper lightly with a mist of water.  Then I used more juicy ink pads, and stamped the stamps in the ink and then I spritzed them again with water then I stamped them on the wet paper.  I continued on and would wet the paper when it was getting dry.  This method made the stamped flowers bleed and blend more than the second card.


Stamps: Secret Garden, Papillon Potpourri, and Family Reunion (Stampin’ Up)

Inks: Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Pretty in Pink, and Bermuda Bay (Stampin’ Up)

Other:  Butterfly punch, scalloped oval punch, Calypso Coral card stock (Stampin’ Up), teal card stock, gold ribbon, number 1 stamp, pink mini letter stickers (Studio Calico)

Hope you liked all my cards.  Let me know if you have any questions.  

Happy Stamping



Not So Easy Sympathy Cards

The last post was about two easy sympathy cards.  The next two took some time to plan and make.  My friend Jess had just lost her childhood friend to a drunk driver.  Her friend was walking home from work late one night and he was hit by a drunk driver and later died at the hospital.  Her friend’s Dad used to be a business partner with her Dad, so both families were very close.

Jess's card

Jess’s card

I looked high and low in my stash for an ivory patterned paper, it has a slight white flourish on it.  I used a butterfly template to put a slight sparkly pattern on top.  I set this piece off to the the side and started working on the butterflies.  I found three patterns in my 6×6 papers that matched my colors of black, grey, white and ivory.  I settled on three 6×6 patterns and then punched out 5 of each.  So each butterfly will have three patterns of paper.

Close up of butterflies

Close up of butterflies

Once I decided on the order of the pattern papers for the butterflies I glued them together using A LOT of Zots!  I laid the grey butterfly flat on the table with the grey side up.  Then I cut up a large Zot into strips.  I put one strip vertically on the body of the butterfly, then I line up the next patterned butterfly, which was a small newsprint pattern. I put another strip of a Zot vertically on the next butterfly, and I lined up the black and white patterned butterfly on top.  I did this for all of the 5 butterflies.  I gently folded the wings along their bodies on both sides.  To finish the body and make it look like a body, I cut a long piece of very sticky thin red tape.  Make sure the tape is long enough to wrap around the center of the body vertically and end on the back ok the butterfly stack.  I took a piece of ribbon and covered the sticky tape.  I then repeated this for all the stacks of butterflies.  

I arranged the stacks of butterflies on the background paper with the sparkly butterflies.  To attach them to paper, I used more sticky red tape.  In order to make the butterflies look real, I gave them a black gem for their head and I drew tiny little antennas out of the black gem. I attached the pattern paper background to a solid piece of black card stock.  I tied a white ribbon with a golden sparkle in a simple small bow.  To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark and covered it with gold embossing powder and used a heat gun to set it.  I cut the strip of paper into a banner and attached it with foam tape, so it wouldn’t be hidden by the bow. 



I noticed that the grey butterfly on the bottom of the pile would be hard to see, so I attached its wings with a small Zot to the background.  Then I folded the wings around the body so that the two top butterflies would stay up.  I added the tiny black butterflies in at the very end, when I thought that there were not enough butterflies on the card.


Ink: VersaMark. Stamps: A Dozen Thoughts (Stampin’ Up). Paper: ivory doily pattern paper, black card stock, 6×6 pattern papers from several sets.  Other: small butterfly template and Gold Spray Mists (Heidi Swapp), black gems, black ribbon, butterfly punch (Stampin’ Up), tiny butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), gold embossing powder (Stampin’ Up), Zots, thin red tape


To make the other card, I stuck with the same colors as used for the butterfly card.


First I cut all paper for this card.  The I stamped the ivory paper with Sahara Sand, Going Grey and Black with all the shells.  I added some gold embossed shells to the top to match the gold embossed sentiment.  I matted the shell paper with solid black card stock.  I attached both together and matted the newsprint on black card stock as well.  I cut a piece of the woven kraft ribbon and attached to all 4 layers using large Zots.  I then tied a simple bow on top and around all the layers.  

Jess loved both cards.


Inks: Sahara Sand and Going Grey (Stampin’ Up), Black, VersaMark.  Stamps: A Dozen Thoughts and By The Seashore (Stampin Up).  Paper: newsprint pattern paper (Stampin Up), ivory and black card stock.  Other: gold embossing powder (Stampin’ Up), black ribbon, woven kraft ribbon. 

Happy Stamping!




Sympathy Cards

This post is going to be short and sweet.  These two cards are sympathy cards as you can tell from the title of the post.   



The card above is fairly easy to make. Make the backgrounds and mats, then stamp on the white piece.  Cut out or use banner framelits to cut out two banners.  I cut the Baja Breeze banner a bit shorter than the black one.  I stamped the flower with the black gem in the center on a separate white scrap of card stock, then punched it out with a circle punch and attached it to the card.  Then I added some tiny flowers with gems in the center.






Ink: Black, Baja Breeze (Stampin’ Up)

Stamps: Kind Thoughts and Petal Parade (Stampin’ Up)

Paper: Baja Breeze card stock, white card stock, grey pattern paper

Other: Banner Framelits and Flower punch (Stampin’ Up), circle punch (Creative Memories), black ribbon, silver and black gems, Zots






Sorry for all the crazy placement of the text, but I am new to this and cannot figure out how to keep the text with no spaces in between lines.  Sometimes it does keeps it the way I want it, and other times it adds an extra space in between lines.  If you have any ideas as how to fix it, comment or email me.


The next card is pretty simple too.  I used the globe stamp first and stamped it three times with Baked Brown Sugar.  Then I stamped the journal stamp along the left side twice in Pacific Point.  I stamped the ship and compass on a separate piece and used a dry baby wipe to gently dip in the new juicy ink pad and smudge around the edge to give it some pop off the blue.  A dauber or sponge could also be used, but the dry baby wipe was close by.  I tied hemp cord around the background, tied it in a knot and attached it to the kraft base card. 



Masculine sympathy card


Ink: Baked Brown Sugar and Pacific Point (Stampin Up)

Stamps: Kind Thoughts and Open Sea (Stampin’ Up)

Other: hemp cord, blue card stock scrap, dry baby wipe


Happy Stamping!