Hello Tag


It’s Day 1 of Kathy Racoosin’s Daily Marker Coloring Challenge.  I’ve never participated and I thought I will attempt to do it this time around.  I’ve had a little more time and thought, why not?!

Here’s a little tag I created (decided to also participated with the Wednesday SSS challenge as well) where I stamped a few sketchy roses from Altenew with a simple Hello sentiment from Hero Arts.


I stamped and embossed the roses as well as my sentiment.  The roses and leaves were colored with Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils with a watercolor pen.  The tag die is Avery Elle.

That’s it!

Until next time!


Thank You Notes


I have a few thank you notes to share with you today.

The last few weeks of school are always hectic.  This year was no exception.  I actually thought I planned well ahead to purchase/create gifts for kids’ teachers and then to create teacher themed cards for them.  That, unfortunately, never came to frution.

I usually like to make a baked item for the teachers.  This year, I made sour cream pound cake and cream cheese pound cake for them.  I also baked 2 batches of honey buttermilk biscuits.  With the biscuits, I also gave the teachers either a jar of honey or a jar of jam in the gift bag.  Yes, a lot of baking.  But I wanted to ensure that all my children’s teachers (all 8) had a special treat.

I needed to make quick and simple cards for the teachers since there were only 3 days left of school.   Since I had to make them “quick”, I knew I couldn’t spend any time doing any detailed coloring or adding many layers.  I recently purchased a few stamp sets from the new company Altenew.  I thought I’d use the very cute Ori Kami set.  I drew inspiration from this card and this card.




Here’s how I made these cards.  I used patterned paper similar to designs found on origami paper.  The designs should be tight – with not a lot of empty space.  I stamped the elephant (becuase it’s just too adorable) and the crane on the selected paper with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I then added clear EP and then heat set.  I stamped, in total, 16 images – 2 images for each card.

The next step was the most time consuming as I had to fussy cut each image.  To save some time, I cut them when I was on the school carpool line.  And my dear daughter (who LOVES origami) cut the rest for me.  Once that was done, I cut the second image for each card into several pieces.  I wanted to create a 3D effect of the image. For the crane, I cut the entire middle portion.  For the elephant, I cut the tail, the head and the front leg.  I then added these pieces to each respective whole image using foam tape.

I cut 8 CS panels (about 3.75 x 5.25″).  I then added color to each panel using various ink sprays.  I used inks that would complement each image.  Once the panels were dry, I added a “thank-you” sentiment.  In these cards, I used Mama Elephant’s Many Thanks  and Paper Smooches Word Up.  I then mounted my panel onto the card and then added my origami image onto the card panel.

Here’s one of my elephant cards.


The following are my crane cards.

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I was very pleased on how quick it was to assemble (well, after all that fussy cutting).  Just so simple and so elegant.

Until next time!

You. Me. Oui.


My husband and I recently celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary.   We couldn’t really celebrate since it was batting practice for my son’s team (and my husband is coach) that evening and I was preparing for my parents’ imminent arrival.  But no fear, we had a quiet celebration w/ homemade pizza and caught up to Game of Thrones.

Of course, I made him a card.  And here it is.


SUPPLIES Stamps Pandamonium (Mama Elephant); Superscript (Altenew); Smiten (Mama Elephant) Dies: Quotables (Paper Smooches); Mini Hearts Set (SSS) Ink  Versafine Black Onyx Ink (Tsukineko); Copic Markers Other Clear EP (Ranger); Glossy Accents (Ranger) Snippets Patterned Paper (Studio Calico)

SUPPLIES Stamps Pandamonium (Mama Elephant); Superscript (Altenew); Smitten (Mama Elephant) Dies: Quotables (Paper Smooches); Mini Hearts Set (SSS) Ink Versafine Black Onyx Ink (Tsukineko); Copic Markers Other Clear EP (Ranger); Glossy Accents (Ranger) Snippets Patterned Paper (Studio Calico)

I wanted to make something bright and colorful as well as whimsical.

I first stamped the 2 panda images from Pandamonium on white CS using black onyx Versafine ink.  I heat embossed with clear EP then fussy cut the images.  On scratch white CS, I scribbled several hues of red and then die cut hearts from this colored area.  I set the cut pandas and hearts aside.

I really love the latest trend of script font sentiments.  They can either stand alone or complement another sentiment.  On white CS measured to 4.25″ width, I stamped a script image from the ubercool stamp set from Altenew, Superscript with black onyx Versafine ink.  I then heat embossed with clear EP.  To complement the image, I used a sentiment from Mama Elephant’s Smitten.  Once all stamped and dried, I die cut the sentiments using one of the dies from Paper SmoochesQuotables.

I then prepared the card base.  I trimmed craft paper to measure the front of the card.  I then adhered my sentiment quote on the top of the card base with dimensional foam.  I then added the pandas and then the hearts.  Glossy accents were added to the hearts.

My husband loved it (of course 🙂

Hope you’ve been enjoying your weekend!