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November ’15 Top 5

Hello! Can you believe it’s December?! I still can’t get over how fast this year went. I love this time of year, I love making Christmas cards, decorating the house, and have a couple of days off from work! This month’s Top 5 is a little different (if you don’t remember why, check out my last post.) November’s Top 5 is my “Why didn’t I put these items on my Top 5?” list. There have been a couple of times where I catch myself using something and think “Why didn’t I? What was I thinking?” So here they are!

Top 5

1. Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink
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This has become my “go-to” ink. Not only do I love the quality of the ink but I love this size it comes in. I always get nice, crisp images when stamping and this is perfect for stamping sentiments. Below you can see my Halloween cards I made using this ink.


2. Paper Smooches Uplifters Stamp Set
December Fave 2

I just love Paper Smooches and I especially love this set with all the different sentiments. These pair up nicely with all of Paper Smooches images and are funny/sweet and random. Of course my favorite is “You’re kick ass”, but you can see below the sentiment I went with for the card made in this post.

3. Studio Calico Mia Alpha Stamp Set
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You know I love me an alpha stamp set and Studio Calico happens to have the best alphas. I like to use the Mia Alpha set on my calendar refill in my traveler’s notebook. I love the look of brush script or hand written fonts and I would rather use this than to use my own handwriting.

4. Judikins Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder
December Fave 4

One of my most favorite techniques to use on cards is heat embossing. I’m real picky on choosing embossing powders, I like for my images to look crisp and clean and I know I will get that with Judikins Embossing Powder. Not only is it a good powder but the iridescent sparkle powder is so pretty. I try to use this as much as I can because I just love how it looks once it dries. I used this powder on one of my favorite cards I made this year, you can check that card out on this post.

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5. Wendi Vecchi White Embossing Paste
December Fave 5

Another favorite technique of mine is embossing with paste. This jar has lasted me this whole year, and now I’m even using it to make my Christmas cards. I like how I can create different textures with it, how I can add a couple of drops of ink to it to make it any color, and I love how it dries. Before I used it, I always thought if you touched the dried paste it would chip off, but it doesn’t. Once it dries, it turns into a hard “gummy” texture, I always end up messing with it after it dries and it never messes up.

It is so easy to use and if I don’t have a stencil to use, I just make my own like I did below. I made the heart stencil using My Favorite Things’ Flamingos die set and the pear stencil with WPlus9’s Clear Cut Stackers: Pear Die.

I hope you guys enjoyed my Top 5, I had fun going through my old posts and seeing how I’ve used some of these products. I am working on getting my Christmas cards done and I can’t wait to share them with you! You will see that I used a couple of items from this list for my cards.

Thanks for stopping by!

Links to items mentioned:
Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink
Paper Smooches Uplifters Stamp Set
Studio Calico Mia Alpha Stamp Set
Judikins Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder
Wendi Vecchi White Embossing Paste

Card Making

I Think… You Are My Favorite

Hello again! I hope you guys are having a great week so far! I’ve been having a lot of fun these last couple of days because of The Daily Marker’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge. I have been keeping up with the challenge and been coloring everyday so far. I know we’re barely on day 4 but if you know me…. Anyway, you should really check out The Daily Marker site and look up #TheDailyMarker30Day2 on Instagram and see all the neat coloring going on.

For day 3 of the challenge I colored the unicorn from the Spectrum stamp set from Paper Smooches and decided to use it for a card. This is my third card using Spectrum and all because of this little unicorn, it’s adorbz! Also, I will be submitting this to the Paper Smooches SPARKS Anything Goes Challenge.


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I wanted the unicorn on top of a cloud and so when I do masking, I like to do it with masking tape. I stamp my image on a couple of pieces of tape, depending on how wide the image is. I know this might seem like more work but it’s easier for me to cut each strip and really because I have masking tape and no masking paper. I only cut the bottom portion of the unicorn’s body because I knew the cloud was going to only reach the top of it’s legs. I placed the tape on the stamped unicorn and stamped the cloud on top with my MISTI.I Think You Are My Favorite 3I just love how crisp the images look when stamped with the MISTI.
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I also decided to do partial die cutting. I cut the top of the unicorn after I colored it.

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Then I turned it around and cut the bottom of the cloud.

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I made an ombre background using Mini Distress Inks and sprinkled a little water on it. Here’s a tip, in order to make sure I masked the edges the same length, I used graph paper underneath.

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To finish it off, I colored the unicorn horn and cloud with clear Wink of Stella and stamped the rest of the sentiment inside the card.

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I just can’t get enough of this set! You can check out the two other cards I’ve made with this set here and here.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Card Making · Paper Crafts · Thank You Cards

Thanks For Being So Awesome

Hi guys! I’m back with a quick post. I wanted to make a spring themed thank you card for the Paper Smooches SPARKS Anything Goes ChallengeThanks For Being So Awesome 1

I used Paper Smooches’ Uplifters stamp set and Flower dies. I used the Ranger Blending Tool and Distress Inks to create a soft background for the flowers. For the paint splotches (is that what you call it?), I used the Tim Holtz Water brush with Papertrey Ink ink pads. I cut the flowers out of Papertrey Ink Paper and glued those on top. I added some sequins to finish off the background. I cut my card stock at an angle to have the flowers popping out behind it and stamped the sentiment with Memento ink.Thanks For Being So Awesome 2

I hope you guys have an awesome weekend, I’m planning on spending time in my craft room to see what else I can come up with. Thanks for stopping by!

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Additional Supplies:
Cartwright Moonshine 6mm Slightly Cupped Sequins

My Favorites

April ’15 Top 5

Hi everyone! I feel so bad because I’m late with my My Faves for April but I’ve been so busy this week and I haven’t even had time to craft or play with some new supplies I’ve bought. And here are the two reasons I’ve been busy this week:


We got ducks! Long story short, the first one (Lucky, the yellow one) was my son’s, given to him by the school as a project to help take care of the egg and raise the duckling at school. He (or she, we’re not sure) was able to come home on Tuesday. AJ won the black one (yet to be named), it was between AJ and another student.  We had asked for an extra one so Lucky wouldn’t be lonely, and he/she came home on Wednesday. They are just awesome, we love these ducks and have gotten so attached to them already. It has taken a little longer for our girls (dogs) to get used to them but they’re getting there.

So it was a crazy ending to April but slow for me overall. I didn’t get into my craft room as much as I wanted. One of my cards, Thanks Teacher, made it as a Featured Player though, on the Paper Smooches SPARKS Anything Goes Challenge for week 3! I was very happy about that! I also did get some very cool stuff this month that I’m very excited to use, check it out below!
April Top 5

1. My Sweet Petunia MISTI (Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented)April Faves 1

I finally bought a MISTI, I think I was the last card-maker to get one! I have not played with it yet. I’m hoping to watch some videos on YouTube to get ideas on different techniques. It was a little difficult to get since it was always out of stock but I was able to get it through Simon Says Stamp.

2. Hero Arts Ombre Ink PadApril Faves 2

I was so excited to find out Hobby Lobby was carrying these ink pads! This is actually my first Hero Arts product. This is the only ombre ink pad I have so far but I definitely want to get the rest. The color you see here is Pool to Navy, looks even better in person!

3. Paper Smooches Tag Stitched DieApril Faves 3

I really wanted a tag die and it was hard to choose one out of so many but I decided to go with Paper Smooches. I picked this one because of the size and the stitching along the edge. I used this on my Thanks Teacher card, and I want to use it for tags on gifts in the future.

4. Mama Elephant Block Party Letters Stamp SetApril Faves 4

I love these letters… this is my favorite letter stamp set right now. This font is so fun to use on cards, Project Life layouts, and scrapbook layouts. Another perk is Mama Elephant stamps are really good quality.

5. Tsukineko Versamark Versamarker Watermark Emboss Pen

April Faves 5Say that 3 times fast! Ok, this is awesome… you can emboss anything you write or draw with this pen. It is very simple to use and is as good as the VersaMark Emboss Ink Pad. This is definitely a must have!

That is my Top 5 for April, I hope you guys enjoyed! I hope to get into my craft room more this month for sure. Plus I have two new cute models to create some stuff with!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Card Making

Thanks Teacher

Hello everyone! Teacher appreciation week is fast approaching and I wanted to make a thank you card with my new Paper Smooches stamp set, Smarty Pants. I’m also submitting this in Paper Smooches SPARKS Anything Goes Challenge for week 3.30e9e-sparksbadgeSome of you might remember the black negative paper I had left over from my card “A Sassy Thanks”. I still had it lying around in my craft room and thought it would make a cute background for a card. I knew I wanted to use red and yellow paper for this card but I went back and forth with different colors for my tag and then I thought what better paper to use, than a regular wide ruled paper from AJ’s binder? I put it over white cardstock so it wouldn’t be so flimsy.
Thanks Teacher 2This is my first tag die and I love it, I wish I would’ve ordered this sooner. I finished it off with twine and colored in the apple and books with Copics.
Thanks Teacher 1I can’t wait to give this to AJ’s teachers (I need to make another one), I hope they love it!

Thanks for checking out today’s post, I hope you guys enjoyed!

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