Picket Fence Studios STAMPtember with Simon Says Stamp + VIDEO

Welcome to the next collaboration for Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember, Picket Fence Studios, Shake Your Flakes This Season!

This set is exclusive to Simon Says Stamp and is only available while supplies last. I’ll have links down below where you can pick up yours but don’t hesitate! Once it’s gone – it’s gone!


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


I’m so excited to share this fun new stamp set with you from Picket Fence Studios. It is a large 6″x 8″ stamp set with 5 different snowmen, some cute critters, a variety of sentiments and other fun Christmas/Winter elements.

I’m going to do something I don’t normally do. Masking. I’m not a fan of fussy cutting but it was one of those things that HAD to be done for the card I had in mind.

I’m starting by stamping my snowmen onto Neenah Solar White card stock with Picket Fence Studios Black Hybrid Ink. I’m also going to stamp this image onto Simon Says Stamp Masking paper and fussy cut just inside the stamped black line of the image. Then I can attach over my snowman on my card.

Using some post it tape, I’m going to create my own hills and layer that onto my card front to protect my snow while I create the sky.

I’m going to be working on my Waffle Flower Media Mat which is a Silicone mat that is great for working with different types of media. I like to ink blend on it because my card doesn’t slide around

Using the 2 1/2″ Blending Circle Stencil, I will mask off the mask and ink blend Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink in the circle. I’m just going to apply this lightly to the outer edges with my Life Changing Blender Brush.

I’ll remove the stencil and use the second piece of it which will cover the moon and protect my image while I do the sky.

I’m going to ink blend using Picked Raspberry, Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide inks. I can remove the stencil and masks but reattach the mask for my front hill. Then I’ll ink Tumbled Glass working from the top of the post tape up towards the top of the hill. I’m going to leave the top of the hill white to reflect a glow from the moon.

After I remove my masks, I will color in the snowman with my copic markers. The colors I used are listed below

  • Snowman – BV00, BV000,BV0000
  • Hat – R17, R22, R21
  • Buttons – G03
  • Carrot – YR18, YR14
  • Hat Pom Pom – C2- C0
  • Dog #1 – E27, E25, E23, E21
  • Dog #2 – W5, W4, W2, W1

Normally with an ink blended background, I’ll flick water onto it but this time I’m using Lawn Fawn’s Liquid Stardust. It’s absolutely gorgeous and so sparkly! I’ll shake the bottle up well and then squeeze a couple of drops onto my work surface. Then picking up with a paint brush I’ll flick this all across my background.

I stamped the sentiment in embossing ink onto black card stock and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I trimmed this down to a thin strip and attached to my card front with black foam squares.

I thought this was missing something so I also stamped out two dogs and colored those in with the copic markers. After fussy cutting the images out leaving a white border, I’ll attach to the card front with white foam squares.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card! Be sure to head on over and grab yours before it sells out !


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Is It Halloween Yet?

Welcome everyone! I have some exciting news to share! I’m so thrilled to be joining the Picket Fence Studios Design Team! I’m a huge fan of their Life Changing Blender Brushes and gosh, their stamps, dies and stencils are amazing!


I’m kicking off today creating a spooky Halloween scene. Halloween is my favorite holiday and I totally fell in love with the Wicked Together Stamp set.

I started by adhering the center of the 3 1/2″ Blending Stencil to my Bristol Smooth card stock with Pixie Spray from Thermoweb. Then I ink blended, Peacock Feathers, Pine Needles and Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide inks with the Life Changing Blender Brushes.

I removed the center stencil and temporarily adhered the other part of the stencil, where it covers the background, so I can ink the middle. I blended Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed Distress Oxide ink in that center area to create my moon.

To finish off my scene, I masked off the entire background with the Layers of Grass Stencil and ink blended the grass using Picket Fence Studios Black Hybrid Ink Pad. This was actually difficult to blend on top of the Distress Oxide, so I applied my ink pad directly over the area I wanted to stencil and dragged the ink pad across. This gave me a gorgeous deep black.

I love all the silhouette images on the Wicked Together stamp set but this cat on the broomstick stole my heart. I stamped the cat, the sentiment and a few bats using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink using my Misti Stamping Tool.

I hope you enjoyed my first project with Picket Fence Studios and can’t wait to create more!


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Stamping Friends Trifecta Blog Hop

Welcome everyone! I am part of an extra amazing blog hop today! My projects today are including products from Gina K Designs, My Sweet Petunia and Picket Fence Studios.


Each company is giving away a $50 gift certificate to their store so be sure leave your comments along the way for a chance to win! Winners will be announced on the company’s blogs no later than June 7.


I have a video today sharing how I created this card using products including Life Changing Blender Brushes, the Cut Align and Elegant Asters stamp set . You can view the video down below or HERE on my Youtube channel.

For my first card to share, I start out by stamping the butterfly from the Elegant Asters stamp set from Gina K Designs using Amalgam ink. I, of course, used the Misti tool to stamp my image as I rarely stamp without it. I used RV14, Y08 and BG45 to color my butterfly, over lapping the colors so they blend to form new colors and give me a hint of a rainbow.

The background is created by ink blending Soft Stone Ink onto Layering white card stock with the Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studio. I’m using the Floral Damask Stencil which is beautiful pattern that I’m using for subtle background to my card.

I’ve been in love with these brushes the moment I touched them. I’m a strong believer in them. They are made from plastic hairs which pick up the ink – not absorb like make up brushes. You can use a variety of inks including Dye based and also Distress Oxides. I’ve used most everything except permanent ink like Versafine or Staz on. These brushes are also easy to clean. You can either wipe off on a scratch sheet of card stock, a rag or rinse with a little soap and water. Just do not apply heat to dry them off! Are they a little more pricey then the cheap set on Amazon? Yes. But in my opinion – totally worth it. I want to support the companies that are out there putting their dreams into motion – not some cheap knock off on Amazon. (my two cents)

I trimmed my ink blended panel down and layered my card front with Black Onyx and Ocean Mist card stock.

Now for my sentiments, I die cut the Wishes from Ocean Mist card stock three times and layered with Connect glue. I added a little bit of ink blending with Turquoise Sea to the bottom half of the die cut word. The word Birthday comes from the Wishes Mini stamp set. I heat embossed in White onto Black card stock and used the Cut Align from My Sweet Petunia to trim out a perfect sentiment strip.

The Cut Align is really quite handy. I don’t have a lot of room on my craft table so if I’m working on a card and need to trim down a sentiment, I can pull out the Cut Align and my craft knife versus hauling out my electronic die cutting machine. You line up one of the guide lines from the Cut Align with the bottom/top of your sentiment and follow the Cut Align guide to trim out. I apply light pressure and go over the cut area multiple times. A trick I found is you can attach you card stock to your craft table with some purple tape and then that way you don’t have to worry about the card stock slipping on you.

WHEW! Lots of useful tips in those paragraphs so I hope you were able to sit down and have a good read.

My next card is using the Peacock Tail stencil from Picket Fence Studio. I lightly ink blended Ocean Mist and Key Lime Ink for a soft background.

I trimmed down my panel and layered my card front with White, Black and Ocean Mist card stock.

The big Hello word die is die cut from Black Onyx card stock. This word die came in the Elegant Asters card kit.

The small summer sentiment is from the Wishes Mini Stamp set. I stamped on white card stock and trimmed down with the Cut Align. This is such a great tool for these small sentiments.

One last touch, is by adding some drops drops around the tops of the peacock feathers with the Nuvo Dream Drops in Cloud 9. I honestly wasn’t going to add anything but I found spot on one of the feathers that I couldn’t get off so I decided to cover it up. This worked out perfectly.

Now that you’ve read my book, be sure to hop along for more inspiration! I hope you enjoyed my cards and tips along the way. Leave a comment on the blog hop to be entered into the giveaways!

You’re next stop on the hop is Stephanie Severin. I also have the complete line up listed below in case you get lost along the way.

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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!


Picket Fence Studios March Release

Welcome everyone! I’m excited to be sharing with you some products from the March 2019 release from Picket Fence Studios! I have lots to share so grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy!

My first card is featuring the BFF Girl Ava and this snarky sentiment from the I Snorted stamp set. I thought this girl was showing a little attitude and would match this fun sentiment.

I was going for an artsy feel with this one. I stamped my image with copic friendly ink and only colored in the skin with copics. I used the coordinating die to cut out my image. To create the shirt, I sprayed Picked Raspberry and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Sprays onto a piece of cardstock. Then stamped my image, cut out the shirt portion and attached to my copic colored image. Super cool right?!

My next card I’m super in love with! I think these would make great graduation type of cards. This is using Color Can Heal The Soul stamp set.

To create the multiple colors, I started by stamping my Cherry Red ink from Gina K Designs. I’m only inking up a portion of the stamp and before I stamp my card stock, I dab the edge where my ink ends with a sponge dauber. This will help ease the transition between colors. Once stamped (using my Misti tool), I clean the stamp and ink up with my next color which is Wild Dandelion. Same process. I’ll continue stamping this way, dabbing the edges and cleaning in between using Blue Raspberry and Wild Lilac.

Once all of my stamping is done, I’ll add the sentiment and trim my panel down to add to a notecard made from Fog card stock.

Next is using the stamp set Wild Rose Bouquet. To create this card, I sprayed Fossilized Amber and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Spray onto white card stock.

Using Versafine Black ink, I stamp my image in the bottom corner of the card. The sentiment is from the You Got This stamp set in which I stamped in Clear Ink onto a strip of Vellum and heat embossed with Gina K Designs Champagne Embossing Powder.

I’ll wrap this Vellum piece around the bottom of the card and secure on the back with some tape. Then I can attach this panel to a white notecard. This helps attach my Vellum without showing any adhesive.

My next card is also using the Wild Rose Bouquet stamp set. This time I stamped the image onto Neenah Solar White card stock with copic friendly ink. Then I only colored in the flowers with my copics markers. I was in an artsy mood when creating and decided to leave the rest white.

I added detail to the center of the flowers with a white gel pen. My sentiment comes from the Maddie Kitten stamp set. I trimmed down this panel and added to a white notecard.

One last card to share! Whew! Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Now this time I’m using one of the new stencils and paired it with the Let’s Hang Out stamp set. I started with ink blending Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide using the Life Changing blender brush and new stencil. Leaving the stencil in place, I applied Gina K Designs White Glitter Glitz Gel.

From a piece of white card stock I die cut a circle and stamped the sentiment at the bottom. I also had stamped the image and used the coordinating die to cut it out. I didn’t do any coloring to it (shocker!) and attached my image behind my window.

This is such an amazing release! I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration and thank you to Picket Fence Studios for letting me play with all of these new goodies.

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