Mama Elephant Peonies In Bloom

Welcome everyone! I’m just popping in with a quick card to share using this beautiful Peonies In Bloom stamp set from Mama Elephant. I’m also entering this in their Top Card Contest over on Instagram. It’s pushing the deadline a little but I enjoyed coloring up this beauty.

I normally go for bright, bold colors but I really wanted to try this coral combination.

I stamped my images on Neenah Solar White card stock with copic friendly ink. Then colored with copic markers. For the blooms I used R12, R02, and R05. The leaves I colored with YG17, YG07 and YG01 and for the centers I used YR24, Y35 and Y23.

I used the coordinating die to cut the out with my Spellbinders Platinum Machine.

Using a piece of Neenah Solar white card stock, I lightly ink blended Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink with a blender brush. Next, I temporarily adhered the Mandala stencil to my card stock with purple. I ink blended some more of the Antique Linen Distress Ink for tone on tone effect.

Next, I applied glimmer paste over my stencil. It gives such amazing sparkle!

Once dry, I trimmed down my panel and attached to a white card base using craft foam for dimension. I then adhere my Peonies onto the front with liquid glue and some foam squares.

I kept the sentiment simple by using one the Sentiment Strips from Simon Says Stamp.

I don’t usually make birthday cards but definitely need them. I already have it planned to send this to my sister towards the end of the month for her birthday. I should actually just send it now because I’m horrible about mailing cards.

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MFT June Release

I’m thrilled to be helping showcase the latest release from My Favorite Things! I have a lot to share so grab a coffee or tea and enjoy!


I have a video creating the card shown below with these adorable ocean critters from the Friends with Fins stamp set. You can view the video down below or HERE on my Youtube channel.

Aren’t these critters the cutest!? EEeeek! I love them! I love them so much I created TWO cards with them.

Here is the second card featuring the Friends with Fins stamp set. I used every image on the set and put them all in the ocean. I also used the new Under the Sea Die-namics which cuts out the ocean floor, some rocks, coral and seaweed.

For the ocean, I ink blended Cracked Pistachio, Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide inks. The Friends with Fins coordinating die set also has this little wave die that I used to cut out some waves in my ink blended panel. This allowed me to tuck my whale into the water. How cool is that!?

The sentiment is also off of the Friends with Fins stamp set in which I heat embossed with white embossing powder onto Blue Denim card stock. I used the Slanted Sentiments Die-namics to cut it out and add to my card front.

Another stamp set being release is the super cute Fairy Good Friends. This set actually has three fairies on it but I decided to just use one as the focal point. I stamped with copic friendly ink, colored with copic markers and cut out with the coordinating die that you can purchase separately.

The background was created by ink blending Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire. I then used the In the Spotlight stencil and white pigment ink to add a light shining down on her.

Next up, we have the Fish You Were Here stamp set which actually coordinates perfectly with the Friends with Fins set. I decided to create a clean and simple card but making my own background with all the images on the set. Now… I messed up one of the fish. Can you spot which one? It’s kind of like Where’s Waldo.

To keep with the clean and simple look, I just used one color ink for each fish. I did no ink blending on them which was surprisingly difficult for me.

My Favorite Things has a few Die-manics sets with fun critters. They are adding to the collection with the Puppy Love set featuring this cute little puppy dog. You can customize the colors to whatever you like!

I added my puppy to a background I created by stenciling in the Staggered Pawprints stencil.

Next up is the Picnic Pals stamp set. How fun it would be to go on a picnic with these guys! I kept this one quite simple as well by stamping on white card stock, coloring with copic markers and cutting out with the coordinating die.

I added a soft hue of color by lightly ink blending Worn Lipstick to the center of the card. The sentiment is also from the Picnic Pals stamp set which I stamped in black ink. I then just adhered my images to the center of the card.

Last but not least is this big Thank You Die-namics. I adore the font on this and it’s nice and big. I went rainbow on this card. I die cut the Thank You from a rainbow variety of card stock.

I attached each of the pieces together, slightly offsetting each one, with liquid glue.

Whew! That was a ton to share all at once but I hope you stuck around til the end and enjoyed it.

Thank you MFT for inviting me to create with this amazing release!

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Jane Davenport

Welcome everyone! I have something a little out of my element for you today but it’s tons of fun !

Recently, Spellbinders sent me some products by Jane Davenport to play with. While it’s not my usual type of card, it was so fun to sit and just play! And you know, quite honestly, this first card makes me giggle each time I look at it.

I’m working with the Tentalicious Etched Dies for this card. I knew immediately I was going to create an underwater scene. I’m using a piece of Canson Watercolor card stock and my craft mat. I started by ink smooshing on to my craft mat some Twisted Citron Distress Oxide. I spritzed with water and smooshed my card stock down.

I dried the first layer of ink on my card with my heat tool. I repeated this process by using Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxides. Each time, I’m drying my ink before smooshing down another color.

Then I flicked some clear water onto the background with a paint brush. I trimmed this piece down to 4″x 5 1/4″ and added to a white card base made from Neenah Solar white card stock.

I die cut the Tentalicious Etched dies from Blue Denim card stock. The dark blue looks amazing against this background don’t ya think?

Since these are just dies I needed a sentiment for my card so I dug through my stash. I found the Sea Animals stamp set from Simon Says Stamp and it had this fun sentiment on it. Doesn’t it make you just giggle?! Maybe I entertain easily. I stamped the sentiment onto white card stock with Blue Denim ink to match the tentacles and trimmed down to thin strip. I added it to the card front with foam tape for a little dimension.

My next card is featuring the Mindful Pause stamp set from Jane Davenport. I went for clean and simple with this one. I stamped my images onto Neenah Solar White card stock with copic friendly ink and colored the image with copic markers. Now you can think this is orange juice …. or maybe something mixed in the orange juice, whichever you prefer.

I started by ink blending Cracked Pistachio around the outside edges with my Life Changing Blender brushes. Then I added Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink. I should have went with a different color of blue because all this did was create a very vibrant green, which is still really pretty!

Everyone needs to take a mindful pause in life and this card is a great reminder of it.

I hope you enjoyed taking a look at these new products. They were super fun to play and something totally different for me. Sometimes you have to do that.

Thank you to Spellbinders for sending these to me work with and just have a little fun.

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Picket Fence Studios First Birthday Party

Welcome everyone! Today is super exciting because I’m guesting with Picket Fence Studios to celebrate their First Birthday! Congrats to Picket Fence Studios. Not only do they have fun images and crazy awesome sentiments but they have taken my ink blending to a whole new level with their Life Changing Blender Brushes.


They have generously sponsored a $100 gift certificate to one lucky person. Wow!!! All you need to do is leave a comment here on this post by Friday, May 24, 2019 by midnight central time. I will pick one lucky winner and announce on my blog Saturday, May 25. I highly suggest signing up for my blog updates to be emailed to you so you can follow along and not miss it if you are the winner! You can sign up for updates by scrolling to the bottom of my blog and there will be a button you can click to sign up. You will have 3 days to claim your prize or I will pick a new winner.

ALSO, they are providing a discount code for your shopping on the Picket Fence Studios website. Be sure to enter the code PFS20 at checkout to receive 20% off your order. Discount code good for 30 days.

Now how about some inspiration? I’m kicking it off with this little sweetheart from the So Proud of You stamp set. I stamped the image in copic friendly ink and colored with copics markers. My color combination is E04, E11, E21, E01 for the skin, YG67,YG17, YG03, YG21 for the green and V17, V15, and V12 for the purples.

For my background, I ink smooshed Shaded Lilac and Milled Lavender Distress Oxide Inks onto Canson Watercolor card stock. I trimmed this panel down to 3 3/4″ x 5″ and added to a white card panel with foam tape. I attached my panel to a card base made from Lovely Lavender which tied in nicely with my purples.

Alrighty, my next card may be my favorite and I owe it all to my husband and my early 20’s. Keep reading – I’ll tell ya about it in a sec.

I started my card by masking off the bottom portion of my Bristol Smooth card stock with post it tape. Then I ink blended Faded Jeans, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Oxide ink with the amazing Life Changing Blender Brushes. I flicked with water and once dry, I removed the post it tape.

I lined up these fun silhouettes from the My Man My Friend set across the ink blended area using my Misti and stamped with Versafine Black ink. Picket Fence Studios is really good for having these fun, snarky sentiments. There are quite a few on this stamp set so be sure to visit the store and check it out. This brother sentiment cracked me up so I stamped it under my blending using Versafine ink.

Now, I showed my hubby my card (which I always do when I finish a card). His first response was, “who’s that? Backstreet Boys?”. OMG. I see it! I totally see it now! I didn’t even think of that when I stamped it but now that he said that, I am totally seeing the Boy Bands in this card and you know what? I love it! Yes, I loved my boy bands.

Did you like the “boy band era” ? Who was your favorite? Let me know in the comments – I’m totally curious. I was a huge Backstreet Boys and NSYNC fan. (secretly I still am. I pull it up on Pandora sometimes when I’m working)

My brothers are quite a bit older then me so they won’t get the whole “boy band era” but come on – totally cool right?!

Anywho, I hope you enjoyed today’s post and maybe have some boy bands songs stuck in your head now.

Be sure to leave a comment to be entered into the amazing GIVEAWAY! Happy First Birthday Picket Fence Studios! Thank you!

Neat & Tangled May Release Day 4 + GIVEAWAY

Welcome back to Day 4 of the May 2019 Release from Neat & Tangled. Our spotlight shines on the gorgeous Foliage Frame stamp set today.


I have a tutorial for my project today that you can view down below or HERE on my Youtube channel.

The Foliage Frame is a beautiful 6″x8″ stamp set featuring a large frame stamp, beautiful scripty sentiments and some individual stamps of foliage as well. This stamp set also has a coordinating die that you can purchase separately and will cut out the individual foliage and the center of the large image.

For my project, I stamped my large image onto Bristol Smooth cardstock with Versafine Ink. Then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

I ink blend Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch Distress Oixde Inks which are absolutely dreamy! Then I’ll wipe the excess ink from the heat embossed area to really make the black pop off the card. To add some more interest, I will flick on some perfect pearls that I mixed with water.

Using the coordinating die, I die cut out the center of the card. After I trimmed my ink blended card panel down to 4″ x 5 1/4″, I lined it up on top of a white card base using my Misti. That way I can line up the sentiment perfectly in the middle. Just be sure to remove the ink blended panel before stamping so you don’t smudge up your project.

For some dimension, I add foam tape to the back of my ink blended panel and attached to the card front.

How dreamy is this?! I adore this stamp set and the sentiments are so beautiful!

Be sure to leave a comment to be entered into the GIVEAWAY! Release goes LIVE tomorrow!