Coffee Loving Cardmakers – Hi Cutie

Happy Tuesday everyone! It’s time for tea over on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog today! I finally took a moment to ink up the adorable My Favorite Person stamp set from the last Mama Elephant release and it did not disappoint! SOOOOO CUTE!

I colored my critters first and then went in to the mugs and hearts with a bit of a muted rainbow palette just for something different. Then I chose a variety of the small sentiments in the set and heat embossed each heart with a different one.

Next, I stamped and heat embossed one of the regular strip sentiment on black cardstock and die cut it with a sentiment strip from my stash.

When it came to arranging my images, I kind of wanted the sentiments to read left and down to the right…so that’s what I did. I added that cute bear to the sentiment strip with a little liquid glue on his feet and popped them up with foam squares. Then I added the stack of mugs to the center and finished things off with the sweet fox and mouse on the right.

I added some teal strips to the top and bottom of my yellow dotted background and popped them up on a white card base. Then to finish things off and tie in the white card base I added some white clay hearts from the Twiddler’s Nook Sweethearts embellishment mix.

Products used today:
Mama Elephant My Favorite Person stamps and dies
Pink & Main Sunny Greetings dies (sentiment strip)
Bearly Art liquid glue
Twiddler’s Nook Sweethearts embellishment mix
Foam tape

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

Mama Elephant – Set of 4 Little Agenda Shaker Cards

Hello everyone. I hope your week is chugging along nicely. We have had some wild weather the last few days but it’s so sunny and nice today, it’s hard to believe the hail and downpours we had just yesterday.

Today I wanted to pop in and share a set of 4 cards I created using the most recent Mama Elephant release paired with shaker bits from the Twiddler’s Nook shop.

I couldn’t resist this adorable Little Line Agenda set. It was a freebie last year that I missed out on and was ecstatic when they brought it out for regular purchase. These cuties are so fun and these arrangements are great for so many occasions!

I stamped each of the images on Bristol Smooth cardstock with VersaFine ink and colored them with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. This is not my go-to coloring medium but sometimes a change is just so refreshing. I saw down and colored them all and then assembled them in the same layout for a great set to use or give as a gift.

I chose a textured cardstock from my stash for the background of each card, cut to 3.75×5 inches for that extra wide white edge. Then I used the new Two Scallop Frames die set to create the shaker mechanisms.

For sentiments on each card, I used the Easy Sentiments stamps and coordinating die. I absolutely love this set and being able to have multiple sentiments at a time is fantastic! I have pre-mades ready to go in white, kraft and black cardstock.

The shaker filler for each of these cards come from the Twiddler’s Nook shop. The kitties at the beginning have pink primrose confetti bits, the bunnies have fresh as a daisy clay bits, the puppies have a combo of love letters and sweethearts clay bits and the last card with the packages has wishing on rainbow stars confetti.

Aren’t these all just the sweetest!?! They have a really clean and simple design but I feel like the shaker adds so much and makes them so fun!

Products used today:
Mama Elephant Little Line Agenda stamps and dies
Mama Elephant Easy Sentiments stamps and dies
Mama Elephant Two Scallop Frames dies
Twiddler’s Nook Wishing on Rainbow Stars confetti
Twiddler’s Nook Fresh as a Daisy clay embellishments
Twiddler’s Nook Sweethearts clay embellishments
Twiddler’s Nook Love Letters clay embellishments
Twiddler’s Nook Primrose confetti – pink

I get all of my Mama Elephant goodies from Doodlebugs. If you’d like a 15% coupon to the shop, click HERE for my referral link.

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

Twiddler’s Nook Giveaway WINNERS

Happy Friday everyone! As promised, I’m back today with the winners from the giveaway earlier in the week.

Originally I was just going to choose one winner but thought it would be fun to choose a winner who asked for a mystery prize and another winner who asked for a gift certificate to the store! So that’s what I did.

Drum roll please…

Winner #1 – Sharon won a mystery prize pack.

And Winner #2 – Sherry won a $20 gift certificate to the Twiddler’s Nook shop.

If you both could please email me at twiddlersnook(AT)gmail(DOT)com to claim your prize. You have until next Friday, April 8, to do so or I’ll choose another winner.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated! I truly appreciate your time and support. Have a fabulous day!

Twiddler’s Nook Giveaway

Hey friends! I’ve been meaning to take a moment and put together a giveaway for some time now and it keeps getting put on the back burner. But no more waiting, I say! Let’s do this!

Here’s what I’m thinking…

Let’s give away some super fun crafty things from the shop. In the comments below, tell me if you’d prefer a surprise package or a gift certificate to the shop to choose what you want.

Then, for additional entries, follow the Instagram account and Facebook page and leave a separate comment for each letting me know you did.

Want more entries? Share an idea for a crafty tool that we should create. Bonus, if we choose your idea, you’ll even get one for free too!

Leave your comments by Friday, April 1, 12 p.m. PDT. Winner will be announced in a new blog post shortly after.

As always, I truly appreciate you sharing your time with me, your support and comments! Have a fabulous day!

Twiddler’s Nook – New Release

Hello everyone! I hope your weekend was wonderful. I wanted to pop in tonight to let you know that we just had a new mini release into the shop. We’ve got 5 new embellishments – some great for Easter and spring, and a few because they’re too cute! Plus we also have a new embellishment tray with a pour spout instead of just an opening.

Here’s a little at-a-glace of everything new. You can click HERE to head to the shop and have a look at everything we’ve got to offer.

Thanks for sharing your time with me. I truly appreciate it! Have a fabulous day!

MFT Stamps – Smile Card Duo

Hi there! I hope your weekend is off to a great start! Today I have a pair of cards to share with you that were inspired by one of the MFT Stamps designers last week. I couldn’t get the design out of my head and when I started creating I immediately had 2 ideas that I wanted to try.

The card on the left is the one that was inspired by Carly. Click HERE to see her card. Mine is a tad different but I’m not much for directly copying designs. Things just morph on their own as I start creating.

As soon as I die cut the word from the white panel for the first card, I had the idea to use it on another card so I had no waste. I love how they both turned out.

On this first card, I cut a white panel down to 4×5.25 inches and die cut the word using the Big Smile die. This has since sold out but you could do the same thing with any alphabet dies you may have, or even change it up completely for a different word.

Using the die cut panel as a guide I taped off the edge of my card base and used blending brushes to ink up a light rainbow where it will show through. Then I added foam tape to the back of the panel and popped it in place.

I stamped and heat embossed a small sentiment on black cardstock and cut it out with a banner die from the Trinity Stamps 4-Bar Card die set. I stamped and colored the koala from Weather With You and cut it out with the coordinating dies too. The banner and koala are adhered with liquid glue directly to the card front.

I finished things off with black glaze pen the the eyes, glossy accents to the nose and a scattering of pink clay hearts from the Twiddler’s Nook Sweethearts embellishment mix.

I think this is such a sweet card! It would be great to add a birthday message to the inside or maybe a congratulations too. It’s so versatile.

After making that first card, I had the letters from cutting the window and I thought it would be fun to do the idea in reverse by stacking the letters for dimension here instead of creating a window. So, I pulled out white scraps and cut the word 4 more times and adhered the layers together with liquid glue.

I cut another panel down to 4×5.25 inches and stamped it in a light gray ink with the All Lined Up Diagonally background stamp. I changed out the critter for the bunny in the same Weather With You stamp set. Popping it up with foam squares before adding another heat embossed sentiment across “smile.” I forgot to mention earlier, the small heat embossed sentiments are from a Pretty Pink Posh set called Let’s Party. I thought they fit perfectly.

This panel is popped up on a white card base with foam tape and the finishing touches are the same. This time I chose red hearts from the same embellishment mix for a little pop of bright on a neutral colored card and I think that is so fun and eye catching.

I love these critters so much and any excuse to ink them up is a good one to me!

Products used today:
Weather With You stamps and dies
Big Smile die
All Lined Up Diagonally background stamp
Trinity Stamps 4-Bar Card dies
Pretty Pink Posh Let’s Party stamps
Twiddler’s Nook Sweethearts embellishments
Glossy accents
Bearly Art liquid glue
Foam squares
Foam tape

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

Heffy Doodle – Hip Hip Hooray Shaker Tag

Well, hello again! Today I’m back with a super fun and snazzy shaker tag to share with you. I’ve been creating a fun, usually punny, tag for my daughter for each dance team competition she’s performed at. Today is State Championships and the last tag for this season.

For this one, I chose images from Bed Heads and Popping By from Heffy Doodle, along with their Tag Along die set. My sentiment is from the Wavy Banner Sentiments and coordinating dies.

To create my tag, I started by laying the images on the tag frame die to see what I could get to fit. I decided that the three cute critters and a couple of balloon bundles would be just perfect. So, I stamped everything out and colored them with my copic markers. Then, I used the coordinating dies to cut everything out and used liquid glue to adhere them together.

Next, I created my shaker tag using the solid die to cut 2 backing pieces from white cardstock and one more from acetate for my window. Then I cut the frame from silver glitter cardstock once and white cardstock six times. I added the silver frame to the acetate and the other white frames to one of the white solid backing pieces. I filled the shaker well with embellishments from my shop called Wishing on Rainbow Stars and sealed it up.

I added my images to the front of the tag with liquid glue. Then stamped and die cut a sentiment and banner from the Wavy Banner Sentiments set. I also added this with liquid glue.

For finishing touches I added black glaze pen to all of their eyes and glossy accents to all of their noses. Then I added a little sparkle to the balloons with Wink of Stella glitter brush pen, tied a ribbon through the hole and it’s ready for our message on the back and to be delivered to her with a small gift.

Products used today:
Popping By stamps and dies
Bed Heads stamps and dies
Wavy Banner Sentiments stamps and dies
Tag Along dies
Wishing on Rainbow Stars embellishments
Bearly Art liquid glue
Wink of Stella glitter brush pen

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

Coffee Loving Cardmakers – Double Pocket Card

Hey everyone! Today is Tuesday Tea over on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers. Today I’m bringing back an oldie but goodie folding technique called a double pocket card. I have made these in the past and filled the pockets with a variety of items – from double notes to the recipient to flower seed packets, Starbucks Via packets, gift cards, cash – lots of options! If you have other ideas, I would absolutely love for you to leave them in the comments below. Giving little gifts like this is a favorite of mine and I’m always looking to add things to the list.

To create my card base, I followed this tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers through step 7. Instead of folding the second layer over on the bottom pocket, I folded it back and actually created a regular card to go with my pockets.

Here’s a look at the inside. I used a 12×12 rainbow plaid paper from Lawn Fawn for a fun and bright card base and my Newton’s Nook Frames & Flags dies for the stitched rounded rectangles for my inserts. The front inserts have ribbon stapled to the top which adds a little whimsy and makes them easy to pull out. This is where I will add either gift cards or probably Starbucks Via packets taped with cute washi tape.

To decorate the front of my card, I used images from Pawsome Stamps Coffee Besties and Playful Pandas. They are colored with copic markers and cut out using the coordinating dies. My thought bubble is from Newton’s Nook and the sentiment today is a mini set from Impress Crafts. The scalloped edging on the pockets is a border die from Newton’s Nook too.

With all the folds and layers this card is a little thick on it’s own so my images are all adhered with liquid glue directly to the card front. Shocker, I know. I am quite addicted to my foam squares, we all know.

For finishing touches I added black glaze pen to the panda’s eyes and white gel pen highlights to all of the images. Then I glued a couple of clay hearts from Twiddler’s Nook Sweethearts embellishment mix and my card is all finished and ready for treats!

Products used today:
Pawsome Stamps Coffee Besties stamps and dies
Pawsome Stamps Playful Pandas stamps and dies
Newton’s Nook Speech Bubbles dies
Newton’s Nook Frames & Flags dies
Newton’s Nook Sky Borders dies
Twiddler’s Nook Sweethearts embellishments

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

Jane’s Doodles – You’re So Weird

Hey crafty friends! I’m back with a pair of super fun cards featuring the Weird digital stamp set from Jane’s Doodles. I just love these images and had so much fun getting inky creating scenes for them.

I started by printing out the whole set of images and sentiments from the Weird digital stamp set. I used my copic markes to color them and the scan-n-cut to cut them out. Then I cut 2 of the sentiments out with sentiment banner dies and set it all aside while I made a horrendously awesome inky mess!

For my first card, I inked up 2 strips of white cardstock with distress oxides in various green colors. One was crushed olive and mowed lawn while the other had those colors plus twisted citron for some bright areas. Then I took an A2 panel and inked it with salty ocean and tumbled glass distress oxide. I spritzed this panel with water and blotted it dry. Then I flicked some watered down blueprint sketch on the whole panel for added texture and interest.

I cut the green panels with the Lawn Fawn tropical vines and tropical leaves dies and arranged them on my blue panel. The vines were longer than my panel so I cut them and inserted the smaller sections in different areas to fill in the scene more. Once everything was where I liked it, I used liquid glue to adhere them all down.

Next, I popped up my sentiment and sloth image with foam squares and added a little glossy accents to his nose. To help the eyes pop a little I added black glaze pen to those and my card is all finished.

But we’re not done yet. Let’s get a whole new set of colors out and have some more inky fun!

This time I inked up white cardstock strips with twisted citron and and crushed olive distress oxide inks and spritzed them with water. I flicked watered down mowed lawn distress oxide ink and gold watercolor on those panels too. Once they were dry I die cut them with the Lawn Fawn tropical leaves border die and set them aside.

For my background panel, I inked up seedless preserves and wilted violet distress oxide ink on an A2 panel. I spritzed it with water and flicked more gold watercolor on it too. It seemed a bit brighter than I wanted so I added a little tea dye distress oxide around the edges after the watercolor was dry.

For assembly, I added the purple panel to a card base and glued one strip of leaves to the top. Then I cut a white cardstock strip 1.5 inches wide and popped it up with foam tape. I added a strip of washi tape before popping my image and sentiment banner up with foam tape as well.

For finishing touches on this card I added glossy accents to the sloth’s nose and flower centers. Then I glued down a few red clay hearts for a little extra something. I think they are so sweet and love the touch they add.

I hope you enjoyed today’s cards and found some inspiration to create something wonderful!

Products used:
Jane’s Doodles Weird digital stamp set
Pink & Main Large Sentiment Strip dies
Lawn Fawn Tropical Leaves dies
Lawn Fawn Tropical Leaves Border die
Lawn Fawn Tropical Vines Border dies
Distress Oxide Ink – salty ocean, tumbled glass, blueprint sketch, twisted citron, mowed lawn, crushed olive, wilted violet, seedless preserves, tea dye
Foam tape and squares
Glossy accents
Twiddler’s Nook Sweethearts clay embellishments

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

Lawn Fawn – Bee Yourself

Welcome to a fresh new week everyone! I’m stopping by today to share that a couple of weeks ago I posted my first YouTube video…it was pretty horrible but I had to kick myself to stop making excuses and just try it.

From that I had a fantastic friend reach out and offer to help me. So today I’m sharing that I posted a second video of this adorable Bee Yourself card.

I know I still have a lot to learn but I would love it if you’d head over and check the video out when you get a chance.

My goal is to have weekly videos but I don’t want to promise anything yet. Haha. Feel free to leave comments if there is anything that you would like to see a video of versus regular blog posts or that you’ve seen me create before but would like the video version. I’m ready to try new things.

I would also really love to know if you’d like me to still write up the usual blog post when I share a video or not. I know everyone has different preferences so please let me know in the comments.

Here are the products I used to create this card:
Lawn Fawn Fox Costumes Before ‘n Afters stamps and dies
Lawn Fawn Lots of Hearts stencil
Distress Oxide Ink – peacock feathers and cracked pistachio
Bearly Art liquid glue
Thermoweb 3D foam tape
Scrapbook Adhesives foam squares
Stickles – unicorn
Twiddler’s Nook Sweethearts clay embellishments
Twiddler’s Nook Embellishment Tray – paw
Twiddler’s Nook Pressure Pal

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