Have a Norse Day

Hi there!

My daughter loves Norse (and Greek) mythology.  And what better way to celebrate her birthday by creating a card using Birdie Brown’s Viking.  What perfect timing!


SUPPLIES Stamps: BB Viking (MFT); Birthday Stamp Set (Ali Edwards) Dies: Rectangle Frames (MFT) Color: Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Dual Brush Pens (Tombow): Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT); Black Onyx Versafine (Tsukineko) Other: Wooden Star Embelisshments (Studio Calico); Arcrylic Paper (Strathmore); Clear EP (Ranger); Glossy Paper (Ranger)

I first create the background using some old glossy paper by Ranger.  Thought I’d get on the alcohol background coloring bandwagon and pulled out my colored bottles that have been left untouched for a number of years.  I just added the colored alcohol (blues) on the paper and dropped blending solution directly on the paper.  I trimmed the glossy paper and then created a frame using Arcrylic paper.  I love the subtle texture of Arcyrlic paper and thought it would be a nice contrast to the smooth glossy and card base.

I watercolored the Viking image using Tombow Dual Brush Pens.  The image was fussy cut and then adhered to the frame.  I attached the completed panel to my white card base.  The sentiment from a Ali Edwards Birthday stamp set was stamped with Versafine Black Onyx and clear embssed.  Finally, I added wooden star embellishments to complete the look.

My daughter loved it.  She’s into puns and she loved the inside Viking sentiment which was “Have a Norse Day”.


A Merry Little Christmas

Hi there!

Today I’m sharing a simple Christmas card.

For this card, I created a background on my card base using the smaller images from a Christmas stamp set, MFT’s Birdie Brown’s Santa’s Elves.  With the help of a T-square ruler, I stamped each image with black ink.  I just used 3 colors for the images and then simply added a sentiment on a die cut frame.  The sentiment is from a old Christmas set, Jingle All the Way, designed by Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday.  It was stamped and heat embossed with white EP.  I added clear sequins to finish off the card.

Until next time!





Find Joy Every Day


Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

I sent a birthday present (a framed family portrait) to my mother-in-law recently.  Of course I included a hand made card using MFT’s Birdie Brown creations.  I love her adorable stamps!

SUPPLIES Stamps: Adorable Elephants (MFT) Dies: Scallop Stitches Wafer (SSS) Color: Clean Color Watercolor Brush Markers (Kuretake), Black Licorice Hybrid Ink (MFT), Distress Ink (Ranger)

To create this card, I colored one of the cute little elephants with watercolor markers and then fussy cuts.  I die cut the “grass” mound from cardstock using SSS’s Scallop Stitches Wafer set.  The paper was then colored with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink.  The card panel was lightly colored with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  I stamped and colored several butterflies on my card panel.  The mound was adhered to the panel followed by the cute little elephant.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.  Finally, I mounted the panel to my card base using foam tape.

Until next time.



It’s Your Birthday

Hi there,

Here’s a card I made for my 2 year old niece.  She celebrated her birthday last month.

I love MFT’s Pure Innocence stamp series.  The images are just adorable and so fitting for a little girl.  This image is from a retired set, Fairy Girl.  It’s just so sweet.  I colored the image with watercolor markers.  The wings and wand have a little sparkle thanks to some Wink of Stella Clear Sparkle.  The die cut is from PTI’s Wet Paint Cuts.  I added a little patterned paper and clear sequins to just a little more interest and color to my card.

Until next time!


My Heart

Hey there!

I have another card to share this Valentine’s Day.


SUPPLIES:  Stamp:  Hog Heaven (MFT) Dies:  Flat Bottom Clouds (SSS); Mini Hearts Set (SSS); Stitched Rectangles (SSS) Color:  Clean Color Watercolor Brush Markers (Kuretake); Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT); Red Copic Markers Other: Sparkle Pen (Spectrum Noir)

SUPPLIES: Stamp: Hog Heaven (MFT) Dies: Flat Bottom Clouds (SSS); Mini Hearts Set (SSS); Stitched Rectangles (SSS) Color: Clean Color Watercolor Brush Markers (Kuretake); Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT); Red Copic Markers Other: Sparkle Pen (Spectrum Noir)

My husband and I really don’t make a deal on Valentine’s Day.  A box of chocolate would be nice but it’s not really necessary.  In any case, I try to make a card for him every year – just to start the day on a bright note.  I like to “surprise” him by placing the card the night before on his side of the closet so he can find something happy to open.

I love these little pigs from My Favorite Things – especially this cute little winged one.  I had to include it in a card flying over a few cards.  It was a hit and he loved it (despite it being cutesy).

Hope you all have a good day!

p.s.  I’m adding this to SSS Wednesday challenge (just made it on time).


Toasty Greetings

Hi There!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  The temperature has finally fallen and we enjoying brisk weather in our parts.

I have a Christmas card to share….



SUPPLIES: Stamps: Toasty Greetings (MFT). Dies: Stitched Slopes & Hills (SSS) Color: Clean Color Real Brush Markers (Zig Kuretake); Distress Ink (Ranger), Versafine Black Onyx (Tsukineko) Other: Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); White Embossing Powder (Ranger), Clear Sequins


I’ve been wanting to play with MFT’s Birdie Brown designs.  I decided to use the snowman set, Toasty Greetings, to create my card.   The snowman, penguin and fire images were stamped and heat embossed and then colored with watercolor markers.  I created the background by using various colors of dark blue and purple distress ink by simply pouncing on my panel using a small sponge ink dabber.  Once I completed the background, I die cut my snowy hill using SSS Stitched Slopes & Hills.  I placed my colored images on the panel and added a sentiment with white embossing powder.

I have a few more to share in the weeks to come.  And the cards that I’ve been showcasing so far are going towards the Caring Hearts Drive.  It’s not too late to contribute.  For details, click here.

Take care!



Christmas Tag


I’m a little late in sharing this.

I created this tag a few weeks back for a gift my daughter planned to give to her 1st grade buddy.  I wanted it to fun and colorful….


SUPPLIES Stamps: Silly Scape (Hero Arts); Jingle All the Way (MFT) Die:  Pierced Traditional Tag STAX (MFT) Color: Prismacolor Pencils; Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT); Black Archival Ink (Ranger); Tumbled Glass, Broken China Distress Ink (Ranger) Other: Sparkling Clear Pearl Pen (Viva)

I used a few stamps that hadn’t seen ink in a long time.  I simply stamped the cityscape with black ink.  The MFT Santa was stamped and colored with Prismacolor Pencils.  I fussy cut them and placed it on the tag with foam adhesive.  The tag was colored with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Ink to create a ombre effect.  I also used a sparkling pearl pen to create snow.  I eventually punched a hole in the tag and added a red tag hole reinforcement before I placed it on the Christmas gift.

One more day ’til Christmas!