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Guest Designing for Where Creativity Meets C9 [Concord & 9th]!

Hello Crafty Friends!

I’m honored to be guest designing for Where Creativity Meets C9 this month!

Today, starts a new challenge and the theme is “Ink Only”.

When I saw Concord & 9th’s Pineapple Perfect Stamp set and dies, I was immediately in love and knew I had to use them with some new-to-me INKing techniques.

I used my distress inks and distress sprayer to create the foliage and flowers of the pineapple and a die cut out to create my cloud background.  As we go along, I will describe each card and whcat techniques I used to get there!  They are ALL quite Easy and Fast and of course so FUN to use Concord & 9th’s stamps and dies.

My Card Set:  “Fabulous Pineapple Floral”

In this card above, I started out with Bristol paper and my stamp positioning tool.   First, using my anti-static tool, then embossed the pineapple.  Then, I inked up each coordinating stamp [flower, leaves, berries…] with distress inks.  For the foliage I used Lucky clover and blended twisted citron. Spray with water and swoosh onto the paper.  I love that it looks like water color painted.

I used the same techniques and inks for the following cards except different papers and colors of embossing powder.

This card, I used NeeNah 80# card stock and made little crackle effect, when applying ink.


This card was hand painted with the same distress inks, for another effect.

And this card, was created using the stamps from the stamp set, inking them up in different colors of distress ink, spraying with water and stamping it onto the paper.

All the pineapples were then die cut out, adhered to my cloud background with foam adhesive.  Then, I adhered each sentiment with foam adhesive.  Each card sentiment coordinates  with the  same embossing powder for a more finished look.

Thank you, Where Creativity Meets C9 for having me 🙂

Remember to buzz on over to Where Creativitiy Meets C9 and enter your Ink Only project!

and thank you for visiting and remember to “Stay Strong and Craft on”!

Hugs and Blessings,




Beautiful Happy Card-Ellen Hutson August Pin-Sight Challenge!

Hello Crafty Friends!

Man, has this been a busy long weekend!  Besides getting ready for my oldest son’s wedding, we traditionally camp, go crabbing and salmon fishing, no exception this year!  So, I really had crafty-itis.  I hope you were able to get some crafting done?

I have to admit, I started my cards a couple weeks ago and returning home I just finished these for the Ellen Hutson’s Pin-Sight Challenge.   I hope you like them 🙂


My Cards:

I embossed in princess gold, liquid platinum, white and snowflake.  Then, I  used my ZIG’s and water colored both cards.  This was so fun and relaxing.

Thank you, for visiting and remember to “Stay Strong and Craft on”!

Until next project see you soon ♥

Hugs and Blessings,




Pansy Hugs Card-Altenew August Inspiration Challenge

Well-Hello Crafty Friends!  Welcome and I hope your week is going well 🙂  Are you ready for  summer to be over?   I know it’s coming, but it’s still in the 80’s here.   I’ve been busy with getting my youngest son off to school. I can hardly believe my youngest is going into 8th grade [breathe].

I am soooo Excited to enter this month’s Altenew Inspiration Challenge!

What a Gorgeous piece of Art we have to be inspired by done by Erum!  Her work is phenomenal right!?

And my entry “Pansy Hugs”

I started out with gold embossing my pansy pieces and leaves, on watercolor paper.

Then, watercolored each piece.  I used my Tambi Gansi’s #50 and #63 for the pansies and #51, #53  and #91 for the leaves.

To finish up the centers, I used the the 5th-layers of  the “Pretty Pansies” stamp set to stamp each center and used my black zig pen to color the eyes.

I used “Script Word” Hugs Die and Cut out two from white card stock.  For the top Gold layer, I saturated a white cardstock with Versamark and used Gold embossing powder and then cut the “Hugs” from that.

On white cardstock I gold embossed the leaves and sprinkled some pearl white and gold [#95 and #91 onto the paper.  I love the shimmer and shine!

Press’n seal worked like a charm to pick up my Pansy cluster.  I adhered my cluster with glue and foam dimensionals and laid it down and viola!  Beautiful Happy Pansy Hugs were born 🙂 lol

Thank you, for visiting and make sure to take a leap over to Altenew’s August Inspiration Challenge.


Remember to “Stay Strong and Craft on”!

Hugs and Blessings,



Cards of Honor!

Hello Weekend-Crafters!

I intended to get this post done-up, last week, but family first and my lil grandkids were here on a visit, while their sister went into surgery.   All went Great  🙂

Man!  I remember running after lil kids being Much easier in my 20s, 30s and 40s….this Gramma is Whipped! lol    Now, it’s late…kiddlings all nestled in their beds, I’m going to post.  Here goes….

Speaking of family, and on a much sadder note, these Marine’s families lost their beloved sons and husbands.   When I heard the word through a facebook group requesting cards, I was so touch and wanted to help.

These are the cards I came up for them and I hope the families are blessed and I pray they find comfort.

Just if you want to recreate these and help send comfort, thoughts and prayers to our American troops, I will follow with a tutorial.

I made several variances of the card, but they all use the same supplies.  So let’s get started….


On the left is the white background and white “prayers”.  On the right is Black background and silver “prayers”.

I started with some bristol white paper and Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Fireworks dies, placing them more at the top of the paper in an array.

Then, with my Mini-distress inks,  Candied Apple and Mermaid Lagoon and  Alternating stripes, I took the mini pad and drug it crossed the paper.

[This same process was used on the matching envelopes].

This time, the card above has been matted with black on white and all the card fronts are bumped up with fun foam.

I finished the card up by spraying some Glitz shimmer spray and droplets all over and stamping ‘sending hugs and’ in black  and also used the  ‘Prayers’ die by Simon Says Stamp/Hero Arts.

If you would like to send cards and get involved please go HERE and Operation Gratitude.

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend and I’ll see you back here next week with another project.

Until then, “Stay Strong and Craft on”!

Hugs and Blessings,



‘Treat Yo Self Happy’ Card Set!

Hello my crafty friends and happy weekend crafting ♥

I’m back with you today to share a set of happy, colorful and fun cards that I entered in the Ellen Hutson July Pin-Sights Challenge.

When I first laid eyes on the inspiration photo it just made me happy-happy and I knew right then I wanted to create something ‘happy’.  I just love all the bright colors and after all we should treat ourselves with some ‘happy’ ☼

My ‘Treat Yo Self Happy’ Card Set:

You know me,  I couldn’t just make ‘one’!  So, I made ‘five’ cards, in a splash of colors.  I used Distress inks, Squeezed Lemon, Twisted Citron, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Abandoned Coral and Peacock Feathers throughout my projects.

And if you know me even more, you know I love to shop at Ellen’s!  Of course, she’s local for me which could be dangerous…ha..well you know what I mean 😉  I’m Always greeted as soon as I open the door and Everyone is totally Friendly.   I just love that I can order and pick up my goodies usually the same day and it’s FREE Shipping!

Today, I used some of my favorite Ellen’s Essentials by Julie Ebersol called ‘Wonky Backdrops stamp set’ and ‘Treat Yo Self‘ die ♥

So, let’s get started…

For all the cards, I started embossing with the three lined circles from Wonky Backdrops  stamp set, but you can call them whatever Makes You Happy!  Candy…lime wedges…flowers….what’s yours?


[click on the photos above for a larger view]

Using my Misti tool, I tossed the circles all around and used anti-static tool and white embossing powder and embossed all the cards and set aside.

Then, I squished each color of ink on my  laminated white paper [my pallet…ha] and water colored each circle.  In this case, the two cards above I used Abandoned Coral and Peacock Feathers.

Then, I messy watercolored the background with Peacock Feathers.

Each card was set aside to dry.  I ended up cutting them down to 4 3/4″x 3  1/2″.

To make the sentiment, I used the ‘Treat Yo Self‘ die and cut some adhesive backed foam and some white cardstock.  Then, with each coordinating ink I colored the white cardstock die cuts and glued onto the foam.

Looking back, I should have just die cut the white cardstock  using a double-sided sheet and bamm it’s done and saves time!  HAHA  who’s looking back…onward forward…lol

Each card is adhered with the same fun foam I used for the sentiment with adhesive backing.  4 1/2″x 3 3/8″


[click on the photos above for a larger view]

I used neenah solar white cardstock for my cardbase which I took the distress mini cubes and ran them along the sides for a perfect ink match to the sentiments.

For some added detail and shine, I used wink of stella pen on the ‘Yo’!

I made matching envelopes, but putting them in my Misti, arranging the stamps and presto all done!

I really like how my card set turned out and think they would be great for teens at Children’s Hospital, a word of encouragement to someone in Hope House or an encouraging word to your loved ones.

‘Treat Yo Self’ and scoot on over to Ellen’s shop.  Right now, there’s a ‘Christmas in July’ 40% off sale going on, you won’t want to miss!

Lately, I’ve been on a creative roll.  So, I’ll be back and see you soon.  Until then, “Stay Strong and Craft on”!

Hugs and Blessings,



Happy Birthday Bouquet Card!

Well Hello Everyone!

As promised, I’m back with another card for the  Where Creativity meets C9 challenge!

If you missed my first card you can check it out HERE

Today, I’m sharing my ‘Happy Birthday Bouquet’ Card with you.

I started out by Embossing the Huge floral from Concord & 9th ‘Hello Lovely’ stamp set with White and Holographic embossing powders.

Then, layering a Lot of distress ink on the paper in several colors keeping the darkest color more in the center and away from the edges.

You can see the holographic embossing powder come though on this card above.  Soooo, beautiful!

This was my first time to use a large stamp like this and I have to say it was so much Fun~

This card has the white embossing powder and it’s striking!

After layering up the ink, I used a paint brush and some water to ‘paint’ the flowers and leaves taking up the color with a napkin and this results in a ‘bleaching’ effect!

And finally, I embossed a strip of vellum for my sentiment, using the  ‘happy birthday’ stamp from Concord & 9th ‘Enjoy it All‘ stamp set.

When I make cards I like to create multiples because I donate to Children’s Hospital and why not make a couple more…everything is already out anyway, right?!   And Concord & 9th stamps and dies are so fun to create with..I just can’t stop!

You still have time to enter this challenge .

See you soon.  Until then, “Stay Strong and Craft on”!

Hugs and Blessings,




Hello Hydrangea Garden Card-Altenew Inspiration Challenge!

Hello Crafty Friends!   I hope your week is getting off to a crafty start 🙂

This week, well and weekend has been busy exploring my love of cardmaking and I have a card to share with you I made to join Altenew’s Inspiration Challenge.

You can also join, by the link above or click on image below.

My Card “Hello Hydrangea Garden”:

Using Altenew’s Gorgeous ‘Garden Hydrangea’ Stamp set I first inked up all my flowers using three of four stamp layers.    I stamped the outline layer first, then the solid and then the center to create some shadows.

I used Altenew Crisp Inks in Blush, Velvet and Crimson Moss and Olive for the greens throughout my piece.

Then,  I cut them out with my Brother Scan n cut and set all those aside.

For something unexpected, I stamped the leaf’s  ‘spine’ stamp [from Altenew’s Gorgeous ‘Garden Hydrangea’ Stamp set] on the background of my card.

Then, I assembled my stamped images where I wanted them and adhered to my card front- bumping hill the center darker flower with foam squares.

I added wink of stella to the Middle flower’s centers and to all the leaves. You can see the ‘spines’ peeking from behind the flowers and leaves.  Really made my card pop!

To add a little more detail I made white ‘string-like’ Paper twine with very tiny Shavings of white neenah 80# cardstock. 

I’m so Amazed how easy and fast my card came together using these Gorgeous stamp sets.

Remember  you still have time to enter Altenew’s Inspiration Challenge , too!

See you soon!   Until then- Stay Strong and Craft on ♥

Hugs and Blessings,


Other Challenges:

Mod Squad Challenge


Oh Happy Day Wedding Card!

Well Hello Everyone and Welcome 🙂

Earlier this week, I stumbled onto a Challenge over on the Where Creativity meets C9 blog and thought “I love Concord and 9th” and I would enter.

So, I got busy and I’m here, today share with you my embossed card.

There’s still time to enter.  You can find this challenge HERE  or click on the below graphic 🙂

‘Tis the season for weddings!  So, I thought this would make a great wedding card, but of course an all occasion encouragement card or a birthday card, as well.

Here’s another photo showing I used Ranger’s Silver Embossing powder for my large sentiment, from Concord and 9th stamp set ‘Enjoy it All’  Bundle.

The Bundle also comes with a Gorgeous border die and man is it Great!  I used it in my Big Shot die Cut machine with the silver paper and some white cardshock as well, for a different look.

Under the die cut border, I embossed in Silver [White for the white card] some flowers, from the flower stamp in the Bundle

Then, I placed the die cut over the embossing… delicious right?  Ahhhh, I love it!

I was so inspired with this Concord and 9th stamp set ‘Enjoy it All’  Bundle.  I actually made 3 Different cards [please visit again, to see the other two cards]!

See you soon, with another CN9 Card.  Until then- Stay Strong and Craft on!

Hugs and Blessings,



Animated Birthday Cards with UCHI’S DESIGNS [VIDEO]

Hello Crafty Friends!

I hope your week is going good and you’ve got lots of craftiness done or in the works!  You know for those of us that have several projects ” in the works”  lol ♥

My excitement brings me to share with you my First project created with New UCHI’s Designs Animation Stamps!  Yes, you read that right…ANIMATION stamps!

I’m Totally Amazed and Impressed with these High-quality photopolymer clear Animation stamps.   These stamps are Perfect for Any occasion and since there’s so many birthday’s in our family, I choose to make these three Birthday cards using several sets of Animation stamps!

First, I used my copic marker [any alcohol ink will work] and colored my Animated Grid.  Then, with “Happy Birthday” Animation Clear Stamp set and stamped right on a A2 size card base [5.50″x4.25″], using my Misti stamping tool, but any stamping tool will do.  I use mine for placement and sometimes a work surface, too, as I don’t have a lot of space.   I inked up the Happy Birthday and the Party Animal [ha…my name for this Cute guy], with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

I used the circle dies from “Small Animation Envelope”.  Here’s a video I made with detail instructions and  more of these Awesome Animated Stamp sets and Dies, too!

To watch my youtube video on how to make your own animated cards click HERE!

I made my Ballerina  Animated card from UCHI’S DESIGN “Ballerina” Animated Stamp set!

I added a banner to hold onto the grid inside the card so, when slid will move and delight the recipient.  Added a sparkly heart and “3” [for 3 years old], but you could easily just layer another heart on top.

I used the  “Happy Birthday” Animation Clear Stamp set, again on my Patriotic Card.   I used Ranger Alcohol Inks in Red and Blue crossed the Animation Grid, to simulate a flag.

To add the stars, I took the two stars in UCHI’S DESIGN “Ballerina” Animated Stamp set and tossed them around in the background.

I really Love these New, FUN and Intelligent UCHI’s Designs Animation Stamps !   Can’t wait to make More of these and can’t wait to see what you create with them 🙂

See you soon.  Until then, Stay Strong and Craft on!

Hugs and Blessings,



Dotty Turnabout Prayers Card & Matching Envelope-VIDEO!

Welcome and Thank You for Visiting here!

Today, I’ve created a card with some of my favorite stamps by Concord & 9th.  I just adore these stamps and my goodness they are so FUN and versatile!  The stamp set comes with extra stamps on the side that can be useful in so many ways [stay tuned for more and more posts from these stamps, showing those features] ♥

I kept my card masculine and Seahawk colors, since this card is for a man that’s going home from the hospital tomorrow and he loves the Seahawks 🙂

Altenew inks, Desert Night, Parrot and Limestone were perfect colors for my card.

I started out die cutting a circle and used Inkadinkado masking paper and masked the center where I knew I wanted my sentiment.

With the same Altenew inks I splattered on some droplets of ink…love how it adds to the card’s background!

Then, with my Ranger Silver embossing powder I embossed one of the extra single stamps [stripe] that come in the same Concord & 9th  Dotty Turnabout Stamp set.

I made a full length video and afterward noticed it wasn’t recording…argg…twice this happened, but I think there’s enough on here to hopefully be inspired to make your own.  These cards can EASILY be mass produced.

To see code on YouTube click Here!

The video will also show how to create the matching envelope, but is also cut a lil short.  If you have Any Questions…please ask me below in the comment box, I will answer promptly.

Have a happy rest of your week and I appreciate you coming back  to see what else I’m up to 🙂

Stay Strong and Craft on with Hugs and Blessings,




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