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My Favorite Things Stamps – Be Merry Shaker and a Bonus Card

Welcome everyone! Today I have a really simple and fun shaker card to share with you using MFT Stamps products. Then at the end I have a bonus card to share using leftover die cuts I had from the first card. They’re both so much fun and so festive!

I knew I wanted to make a shaker card with the Be Merry dies so I chose my cardstock, die cut a smaller rectangle and then cut the Be Merry from that. Be sure to se those letters aside, especially the little center pieces too! We’ll need it all in the end.

Line the back of your rectangle with tear tape and adhere acetate over the letter openings. Then add foam strips to create a well for your shaker bits. Sprinkle whatever you like – my daughter chose Snowy Day from my shop and blue sequins from our stash – then seal it up with white cardstock that’s about a half inch larger than the panel.

Stamp some adorable penguins from Polar Opposites (this set is retired but use whatever cute critters you have) and color them with copic markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out and popped them up over the words with foam squares. I used liquid glue to adhere the inside bits to my letters and then added the shaker mechanism to a white card base.

For finishing touches I added a bit of star dust Stickles to penguin’s hat and shirt, black glaze pen to their eyes and glossy accents to their beaks and feet.

Now, remember those letters we kept from the very beginning die cutting? Let’s not let those go to waste either!

I started by cutting the letters from white cardstock using some scraps 3 more times and glued them together for height and stability. Then I chose an ombre of green to white cardstock from my stash and cut 1/4 inch strips of each one. I adhered them all to a piece of copy paper and trimmed it down to fit on my card base.

Next, I did a little ink blending on my die cut letters to give them some shading at the bottom and mirrored the effect on an A2 piece of the same color cardstock that will go on my card front. I adhered the letters with liquid glue and added foam tape to the strips to pop it up on the red cardstock.

Then I glued the whole panel to a white card base and came in with my Wink of Stella glitter brush pen on the top layer of my letters. This subtle shimmer is super pretty but doesn’t detract from the fun design with all those holiday stripes!

I hope you enjoyed this cards today and find some holiday inspiration!

Products used:
MFT Stamps Polar Opposites stamps and dies
MFT Stamps Be Merry dies
Pink & Main Layered Rectangles dies
Twiddler’s Nook Snowy Day embellishments
Foam strips and squares
Liquid glue
Wink of Stella glitter brush pen
Stickles – star dust
Glossy accents

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Pink & Main – Winter Cardinals Tag

Hello everyone! I’m back on the Pink & Main blog today and wanted to share my project with you. I create one special tag for everyone in my family at Christmas and I’m a bit behind. This weekend I got some fun inspiration when we had snow flurries and I was watching the puffy flakes fall.

For this tag, I started by die cutting all the layers for my snowflake tag. I used one of the incredible papers from the Holographic 2 pad, along with green ,white and vellum. I stacked them together, adhering each layer with foam squares or strips except the vellum which is adhered with liquid glue hiding underneath the foam strips on the layer above it.

Then I chose this sweet bird from Winter Cardinals and colored him with my copic markers. I made him blue to stand out from the snowflake and candy canes. Then I color matched my markers and the green cardstock layer to make his scarf coordinate. I love it! He is popped up with foam squares as well. I love dimension and since this is a gift tag, I didn’t have to worry about it being “mailable” which was a bonus!

For finishing touches, I added a few white gel pen highlights to the image and black glaze pen to his eyes. Then I came in with star dust Stickles on both candy canes and a teeny bit of Touch of Gloss on his beak.

I die cut a second full snowflake shape from white cardstock to give me somewhere to write to and from and glued it to the back of the green layer. I also chose a sentiment from Winter Cardinals to stamp before adhering it. Then I strung some red sparkle twine through the snowflake layers and my tag is all finished!

Products used today:
Winter Cardinals stamps and dies
Stacked Snowflakes dies
Holographic 2 paper pad
EZ Squeeze liquid glue
Foam squares
Touch of Gloss
Stickles – star dust

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Spellbinders – Sealed Collection

Hey everyone! I’m super excited to be sharing that I’m guest designing for Spellbinders and their amazing Sealed Collection! If you haven’t tried making your own wax seals, I can’t recommend it enough! Every video I’ve watched and blog I’ve read touts how addicting and fun they are to create. Well, I’m here to confirm that is absolutely true! I have been making bunches of them. It’s so fun to try different colors of wax, mixing and matching, all the things!

I created a trio of cards today following about the same layout but with different backgrounds and extras. I hope you like them and find some inspiration to give this a try!

I started simple by die cutting a few of the Sealed Squiggles from different colors and the Sealed Sprigs too. I mixed and matched berry colors and adhered everything together. Then I started separating them into groups to create cards. I played off the gold glitter paper in the berries to cut the Sealed Twine from as well.

I kept the background simple with some ink blending in an ombre and used the lighter of the inks to stamp a sentiment using Mini Christmas Greetings stamp and die set. I used liquid glue to adhere everything together and topped the twine off with my favorite Christmas Truck wax seal and a mixture of red and gold wax.

Next, using all the same products, I stepped the background up a little by hot foiling the Layered Geometric Diamond plate on dark blue cardstock using Prism hot foil. I cut the foiled background down with a layered rectangle die, adhered all of my elements and popped the panel up with foam tape on a white card base.

For my last card share today, I hot foiled the same background but this time I did it on white cardstock and used the incredible layering stencil set that coordinates to fill in the openings and create a stunning background, full of interest and texture. This card is assembled the same as the one previous with a little dimension adding to the mix too.

I hope you enjoyed these projects and I would really love to know if you’ve jumped in with both feet on wax seal making as well! It’s so much fun. I’ve also started adding them to the back of envelopes too!

Products used today:
Wax Seal Starter Kit
Sending Flowers wax seal stamp
Christmas Truck was seal stamp
Sealed Berry Sprig dies
Sealed Squiggles dies
Geometric Diamond hot foil plate
Geometric Diamond layering stencils
Sealed Twine die
Wax Beads – red and pastel aqua
Mini Christmas Greetings stamps and dies
Glimmer Hot Foil Variety Pack – Spellbound

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Ellen Hutson – Merry Christmas Reindeer Die Cut Card

Welcome to my crafty space! I’m so glad you’re here today! I have a (mostly) die cut card to share with you today that is totally adorable and super fun! I used the new Ellen Hutson Sew Cute Deer die set with paper instead of felt stitching. Don’t worry, I’ll be stitching him up in felt very soon too! I just love making those fun ornaments!

Today though, I have this really fun card to share using him as a fabulous focal point on your Christmas cards! I cut all the pieces from various cardsotck colors, using glitter cardstock for the nose. I used liquid glue to adhere all the pieces together and set him aside.

Then I cut a piece of white cardstock from the Pink & Main Plaid cover die and adhered it to a white card base. Next, I stamped the sentiment and used a Pink & Main Mod Stitched Rectangle die to cut it out. Laying the reindeer and sentiment on my card front, I decided on placement. Holding the reindeer in place, I flipped it over and made marks where I would be trimming it off. This helped me keep the foam tape inside those areas to pop him up.

So, then I added the foam tape, adhered the reindeer and trimmed the edges. I used a combination of foam squares and liquid glue to adhere the sentiment rectangle.

Isn’t this just adorable and fun!?! It would be a fun design to mass produce if you have a lot of cards to make but still give great visual texture and interest.

Products used today:
Ellen Hutson Sew Cute Deer dies
Ellen Hutson It’s Christmastime stamps
Pink & Main Plaid cover die
Pink & Main Mod Stitched Rectangle dies
Liquid glue
Foam tape

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Lawn Fawn – Fortune Teller Tabby

Happy weekend crafty friends! I”m back with another Tag Time Saturday because, you guessed it, we are headed to another dance competition for me daughter.

After last time and finally getting to see the shows for the first time I switched gears to play off one of the girls’ performances for today’s tag.

I started with the Lawn Fawn Fortune Teller Tabby set and stamped the kitty to color with my copic markers. After that, I used the coordinating die to cut her out. I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment, using a sentiment strip die to cut that out too.

For my tag shape, I used the Lawn Fawn Puffy Stars dies. I took a scrap of white cardstock and ink smooshed different yellows all over it. Then I cut three sizes of stars from the panel plus two additional white stars from the largest one. I used liquid glue to adhere all the inked stars together and popped my fortune teller up with foam squares. I used a combo of liquid glue and foam strip to add the sentiment.

On one of the white stars, I stamped a sentiment from Lawn Fawn Lucky Stars and wrote a message to my daughter. Then, on the second white star I wrote her name and school so they know where to deliver it to. I layered them together and used a Fiskars punch to punch a hole and thread baker’s twine through.

To add a little whimsy to the fortune teller theme, I took the Pink & Main scratch off sticker sheets and die cut a circle to stick over the crystal ball. I used washi tape to stick a Pink & Main scratcher to the inside star so she can reveal the secret message when she gets it!

For finishing touches I just added glossy accents to the kitty’s nose and white gel pen highlights to the image.

Products used today:
Lawn Fawn Fortune Teller Tabby stamps and dies
Lawn Fawn Puffy Stars dies
Lawn Fawn Extra Sentiment Strip dies
Lawn Fawn Lucky Stars stamps
Pink & Main Scratch Off sticker sheet
Pink & Main Magic Anti-static brush
Pink & Main Frosting embossing powder
Pink & Main Embossing and Watermark ink
Pink & Main Scratchers
Foam squares and strips
Glossy accents

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Ellen Hutson/Newton’s Nook – Greetings from the North Pole

Hello everyone. Thanks for stopping by today. I was able to play with some new things that have been sitting on my desk for a minute this last weekend and I’m excited to start sharing them with you. Today I have a card featuring one of the new amazing sets from Ellen Hutson. It’s a little out of my comfort zone to try stamping in color rather than grabbing my copics and coloring everything in. But I really had a blast playing around and creating this card.

The stamp set is called North Pole Greetings. I used Catherine Pooler inks to stamp the images and Pink & Main embossing powder for the words. I cut everything out with the coordinating dies and liquid glue to adhere the little pieces together.

For my background, I inked up a white panel with the Newton’s Nook Snowfall stencil and more Catherine Pooler ink. Once the stenciling was finished, I used the ink left in my blending brush to add a little color around the edges and take away the stark white. Then I die cut the largest Newton’s Nook Framework die from vellum and heat embossed the rest of my sentiment in black.

I adhered the stamped images to the vellum with foam squares and hid tape runner behind them on the vellum to attach that to the stenciled panel. Then I added the panel to a white card base and my card is all finished.

Isn’t this super cute! I just adore that “greetings from” sentiment for Christmas. I think it’s whimsical and sweet.

Products used:
Ellen Hutson Greetings From stamps and dies
Newton’s Nook Snowfall stencil
Newton’s Nook Framework dies
Catherine Pooler Ink – Zen Garden and Urban Oasis mini collections
Foam squares
Liquid glue
Twiddler’s Nook Blending brush
Pink & Main embossing powder – licorice and frosting
Pink & Main Magic Anti-static brush
Pink & Main Watermark & Embossing ink

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Pink & Main – Santa Claws is Coming to Town

Hello everyone! I’m over on the Pink & Main blog today shopping my stash for some adorable Christmas critters. I can’t believe it but I still need more Christmas cards this year! How are you doing on your list?

After a bit of deliberation, I decided on these absolutely adorable bears from The Best Gift. I stamped and colored them with copic markers before using the coordinating die to cut them out. Then I chose a sentiment from the set to heat emboss on black cardstock and use an Extra Large Sentiment Strip to cut it out.

I used the plaid embossing folder on an A2 piece of white cardstock and a blending brush with green dye ink to give a little interest to my background. Then I splattered the background with the same ink and adhered it to a white card base.

I added foam squares to the back of my sentiment strip and image and popped them in place. For finishing touches I used Touch of Gloss on their noses, cheeks and toe beans.

Aren’t they just adorable!?! I love all the images in this set. Next up is the Santa bear for a gift tag this year!

Products used:
The Best Gift stamps and dies
Plaid embossing folder
Extra Large Sentiment Strip dies
Touch of Gloss
Magic Anti-static Brush
Embossing & Watermark ink
Frosting embossing powder
Foam squares

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Newton’s Nook – Llama Delivery

Hey crafty friends! I know I’ve been sparse lately and I apologize. I’ve been posting some fun on Instagram and Facebook so be sure you follow me there. Also, if there is something that doesn’t have a blog post and you’d like one, just reach out! I can always write one or answer questions if you wonder a specific color or technique.

Anyway, back to the real point for today’s popping in…super cute Newton’s Nook goodness for Christmas! I’m over on their blog today with some fa-la-la-la-llama delivery to share! I love this guy and just couldn’t have a Christmas season without a card or tag with him on it.

I had a plan in my head from the beginning, so today I started with all of the die cutting. I cut the pine branch, pinecones and bow from the Pines & Holly die set. Then I chose a circle size from the Circle Frames die set to arrange them around to create a wreath. I inked up the kraft circle with the Music Notes stencil before gluing the foliage down.

I stamped and colored the llama from Llama Delivery and used the coordinating die to cut him out. I used liquid glue to adhere him inside the cute wreath. Then I die cut a speech bubble and stamped a sentiment from the same set on it. Now for the background before we adhere all the pieces together.

I took an A2 white panel and blended at an angle cracked pistachio and salvaged patina distress oxide inks. I splattered water on the panel and blotted it dry. Then I splattered black paint and silver watercolor on it for extra texture. I popped my wreath up with foam tape and then added the speech bubble with half liquid glue and half foam squares so it lays flat.

For finishing touches, I added white gel pen highlights to the image and glossy accents to the llama’s nose. Full disclosure, I added white gel pen to the pine cones and hated it. I let it sit over night and hated it more in the morning. That’s okay though. I just die cut two more and glued them right on top. No one will every know!

Remember, it’s only paper and if you don’t like it you can probably fix it or cover it up!

Products used today:
Llama Deliver stamps and dies
Circle Frames dies
Pines & Holly dies
Music stencil
Foam tape
Liquid glue
Glossy accents
LH Watercolors – silver
Distress Oxide Ink – salvaged patina and cracked pistachio

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Pink & Main – Season’s Greetings

Hello crafty friends! Have you been working on Christmas cards yet? I am feeling a bit behind this year so I’m still working on some. Today I have this gorgeous, no coloring needed, card to share featuring Pink & Main stamps, dies, ink and embossing powders. So pretty!

I started this card by stamping a bundle of pine branches and pinecones from the Pine Boughs stamp set. I used the coordinating dies to cut everything out and started arranging them in the corners of an A2 blank card base. Once I had my placement, I taped them together with Pixie Tape and carefully added glue between the layers from the back side so I didn’t lose my positioning.

Next, I blended distress oxide ink on a 4×5.25 inch piece of white cardstock. I chose candied apple and festive berries today. I blended lighter toward the center at an angle. Then I splattered the panel with water and aged mahogany distress oxide ink. Once the panel was dry, I popped it up on an A2 card base with foam tape.

Next, I adhered the pine boughs with a combination of liquid glue and foam squares for the different sections. I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment from the same stamp set with platinum ring embossing powder, die cut it and popped it up as well.

For finishing touches I added a scattering of crystal clear enamel dots across the whole design. You could trim off the excess branches hanging over the edge but I really liked how they looked so I plan to just make a larger envelop to send this one out in.

Products used:
Pine Boughs stamps and dies
Magic Anti-static powder brush
Embossing & Watermark Ink
Platinum Ring embossing powder
EZ Squeeze liquid glue
Crystal Clear enamel dots
Pixie tape
Foam tape and squares
Distress oxide ink – festive berries, candied apple, aged mahogany

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Pink & Main – November Sneak Peek

Hey friends! I’m super excited to share with you my sneak peek for the November Pink & Main release! It’s not huge but it’s absolutely amazing and you’re going to LOVE IT!!!

Today I’m sneaking images and sentiments from Party Time and Happy New Year stamp sets. But, that’s not all friends!!! I’m doing a little ink blending using brand new ink pads!!! The colors I used today were Barbershop and Lakeside. They blended like butter and are gorgeous colors!

Still not done though. I stamped and heat embossed that gorgeous bit sentiment using the brand new Hydrangea embossing powder. It’s the most beautiful color shifting embossing powder I’ve ever seen! You’re going to love this!

The most sparkles ever, I swear! This isn’t even close to everything in the release. So much amazing coming your way on Friday, friends!

Products used today:
Party Time stamps and dies
Happy New Year stamps
Blizzard stencil
Large Sentiment Strip dies
Ergonomic Blending Brushes
Ink Pads – embossing & watermark, barbershop and lakeside
Embossing powder – hydrangea and frosting
Magic Anti-Static Brush
Touch of Gloss
Foam squares
Tape runner
Stickles – star dust

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!