Joy, Love & Laughter



Today I’m sharing a Christmas card using 2 of my favorite Penny Black Christmas stamps.



SUPPLIES Stamps: White Christmas (40-255); A Cool Christmas (30-128); Season’s Gifts (30-316) Color: Clean Color Watercolor Brush Markers (Zig Kuretake); Versafine Black Onyx Ink (Tsukineko) Other: Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Bristol Paper (Strathmore)


These two stamp sets make me smile.  To start, I stamped and embossed the snowman landscape image from White Christmas (40-255) on Bristol Paper with Versafine Black Onyx Ink and clear EP.  The scene was colored with watercolor markers.  I then stamped and colored the happy eskimo and his friend sledding from A Cool Christmas (30-128) in the same manner.  I fussy cut the eskimo image and roughly cut the landscape image leaving a small white border around the image.

I stamped & embossed the landscape image again on a Bristol paper card panel toward the top and centered.  I carefully cut out the landscape image leaving the border creating a window.  I then stamped and embossed the sentiment from Season’s Gifts (30-316) to the bottom right of the window.  Using dimensional foam tape I added my watercolored landscape image to the back of the panel.  The panel was then added to a top folding card base.  Lastly, I added the little eskimo image onto the panel.

This cute eskimo can cheer anyone up.

Until next time.

Wedding Card

Hi there!

It’s beginning to feel like fall here in this part of the country.

Today I’m sharing a wedding a card I made for my brother and sister-in-law.  It was a summer wedding held at the beach and it was a day filled with a lot of love, joy and laughter.



SUPPLIES Stamps: Brett and Brenda (Stamping Bella); Happy Trails (Papertrey Ink) Color: Black Licorice Hybrid Ink (MFT); Inktense Watercolor Pencils (Derwent); Old Paper Distress ink (Ranger) Other: Bristol Paper (Strathmore); Paper Distresser (StampinUp); Clear Sequins

I really LOVE this image from Stamping Bella and thought it to be perfect for the wedding card.

I simply stamped the image with black ink and lightly watercolored the image using Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils.  I distressed the edges and added Old Paper Distress Ink to highlight the lovely couple.  To finish the card I added with clear sequins around the panel.  I decided not to add  a sentiment on the front as I just wanted the image to speak for itself.   The sentiment that I included from the card is from Papertrey Ink’s Happy Trails – “To love and be loved is everything” – a fitting statement.

Until next time.

Merry Christmas


It’s not often that I have a chunk of time to create cards.  My kids are in school and my time is usually devoted to volunteer work.  But for some reason, I had a bit of time and decided to make a few Christmas cards.  So, the next few posts I’ll be sharing what I made.

Here’s a simple card using the same set I used on the Simplicity Sisters blog.



SUPPLIES Stamps: Twinkle and Wish (30-313); Let It Snow (30-086) Color: Black Onyx Versafine (Tsukineko); Zig Clean Color Watercolor Markers (Kuretake); Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Blueprint Sketch, Seedless Preserves Distress Ink (Ranger) Other: Bristol Paper (Strathmore); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Star Sequins


This cute Mimi image was watercolored using Clean Color Watercolor Markers.  I fussy cut the image and set it aside.  On the card base I colored the night sky using various blue Distress Inks. I splattered water and added star sequins.  To finish, I added the Mimi image with dimensional foam.  Lastly, I added glossy accents to Mimi’s nose.


All About You


I made this birthday card a few months ago for my mom.  I decided to try a technique from Jennifer McGuire’s blog.  I loved it and had to try.  Anyway,  this was my take.



SUPPLIES Stamps: Friends Til the End (PTI); Sprinkles and Smiles (Penny Black) Color: Various Hues of Yellow Distress Inks (Ranger); Inktense Watercolor Pencils (Derwent); Black Onyx Versafine (Tsukineko) Other: White Embossing Powder (Ranger); Versamark (Tsukineko); Clear Gems (Pretty Pink Posh); Watercolor Paper (Strathmore)

It’s a beautiful technique and I will try it again in the next few weeks.



Card Duo



I have two simple cards cards to share.  Both use the same stamped image with different sentiments.  I thought I’d create something a little different than my usual style.

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SUPPLIES Stamps: Sprigs (30-284) Dies: Hello Frame (51-040); Wishes (51-036) Color: Candied Apple, Barn Door, Festive Berries, Picked Raspberries, Worn Lipstick Distress Ink (Ranger) Other: Queens Gold EP (Ranger); Versamark Ink; Wink of Stella Clear; Sequins

Both cards have an image stamped on black cardstock from the clear set Sprigs (30-284) which was heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  I stamped the image numerous times in different lengths and angles.

I then colored a small piece of white card stock with various hues of red and pink Distress Ink coloring from dark to light.  I sprinkled a little of water to add interest and allowed to dry.  I die cut two sentiments from Hello Frame (51-040) and Wishes (51-036).  I die cut the sentiments several times from black cardstock and adhered to the colored die cut to add thickness.  Sequins were also added as a final touch.

Until next time….