Cardmaking, Joy Clair Stamps

Joy Clair Hugs and Smiles Stamps

I’m excited to be a part of the Joy Clair Design Team and every time I play with one of their new stamp sets, I get even more thrilled.  The team at Joy Clair produces great images that really lend themselves to a wide variety of uses.  Whether you’re creating a simple card, like I did today with watercolors, creating a mixed media project, or using the images and sentiments for scrapbooking, you’re sure to find sojoy_clair_cindy_dooley_hugs_and_smiles_closemething you’ll like on the website.

For today’s post, I used the Joy Clair Hugs and Smiles stamp set.  This set has a ton of sentiment combinations, perfect for Valentine’s Day or a simple “love you” card.

I thought the ranunculus made a great focal image for my card, so I used it twice, and paired them with two sentiments, the lower case font and the swoopy handwriting font. I stamped the images on the smooth side of Ranger Watercolor Cardstock using Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black. The flowers seemed a perfect time for me to pull out my Van Gogh by Royal Talens watercolors and play. I was having so much fun, I started adding splatters to the card front. I finished it up with a fishtail flag and a bow made from some black Hemptique. I added the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black after the watercolors and splatters were dry.  I layered the card front on a piece of Bazzill Blackberry Swirl Smoothie (my go-to black cardstock), then layered that on a scrap of black and white pattern paper from my stash.  The card base was also made from the black Bazzill cardstock and I left the inside blank so I can add a personal note inside using a white gel pen. This was a really simple card and took me less than 15 minutes to finish.

Make sure you check out Joy Clair Stamps.  I’m sure you’ll find something there you’ll love!


Blog Hop, Cardmaking, Laura's Loft Shop and Hop

Ringing in the Holidays with Laura’s Loft Shop and Hop


Today, I am Ringing in the Holidays with Laura over at Laura’s Loft! We have a group of amazing, talented women on this hop, so be sure you check out each stop along the way.

And if you do, Laura has a giveaway each month for all the hoppers who visit each stop and show some love for the design team.  (Details are below.) You can find complete rules and a picture of this month’s prize over at Laura’s Loft on Facebook:

If you need to start at the beginning, click HERE to go to the Laura’s Loft Blog.  You probably arrived here from Emma’s blog, so if you need to return to her blog, click HERE.

Our guest designer for this month is:

Jasmine Burgess

026 (2)I’ve been obsessed this holiday season with non-traditional colors for the cards I create.  The card I made for this hop is no exception.

I used a bunch of scraps from my stash in various shades of white and aqua, with little bits of purple, gray, and white thrown in.

I stamped one of the images from the Newton’s Nook Christmas Cuddles stamp set onto Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb. cardstock and then colored in the cats and their winter wear with Copics.031 (2)


I added some bling and gold foil accents, and some Hemptique Twine to highlight the transition between the different pattern papers.  I secured the simple card front onto a 5-1/2″x4-1/4″ card base and left the inside blank so I can write a personal note to the recipient.

For the sentiment, I used Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder, which is the perfect compliment to the gold foil doily.


Now it’s time to head on over to the next stop on the hop and don’t forget to leave a little blog love so you can be entered into the giveaway.  Rules, and a complete list of all the hoppers, are below.

Hop Map:

1. Laura
2. Deana Benson-
3. Robbie Rubala
4. LeeAnn McKinney
5. Debbie Brunssen:
6. Joy Hadden:
7. Lisa Bedigian –
8. Jasmine Burgess –
9. Heart of Craft- (Emma)
10. So Stinkin’ Crafty – Cindy Dooley – You Are Here!

Giveaway Rules:

1. Follow Laura’s Loft on IG @InLaurasLoft, like the IG Hop/Giveaway post and tag a friend. as many as you like but one tag per comment

2. Follow Laura’s Loft store page on facebook

3. Leave a comment at each stop on the blog hop


Blog Hop, Cardmaking, Laura's Loft Shop and Hop, Product Review

Trick-Or-Treat with Laura’s Loft Shop & Hop

Laura_s Loft Shop & Hop

This blog post is part of the Laura’s Loft October Shop and Hop.  You probably arrived here from Jasmine’s blog.  If you need to go back toLaura_s Loft Previous button her blog, just click on the Previous Hop Stop button.  To start at the beginning of the hop, head on over to Laura’s Blog. There are some amazing products featured by our cardmaking artists, so be sure you visit every stop along the way!

Guest designers for October:
Jasmine Burgess-
LeeAnn Mckinney:

And now, for my card…026

The video I made while I was creating this Teacher Thank You card was plagued by a comedy of errors. Camera troubles, audio difficulties, just plain human error: you name it, I dealt with it while trying to make this surprisingly simple card. So the YouTube video for the card is a bit slap dash (you’ve been warned) and doesn’t show the entire process of making the card like I usually do. My most sincere (and most definitely irritated) apologies.

Despite all the troubles, I love how this card came out.

It’s fall-inspired even though I didn’t use “traditional” fall colors. For me part of autumn is back to school, parent-teacher conferences, teacher appreciation days, etc.  It’s always nice to thank our teachers early in the year!

This quick card would be perfect for that.  It’s 027simple, pretty, and a little different from my usual cards. The stamped Gorjuss girl is a lot more cutesy and feminine than my typical choice and I’m okay with that. Sometimes it’s good to step out of the comfort zone.

Using the We R Memory Keepers Photo Sleeve Fuse (and Fuseables) to make this card was another step on the off-ramp of my comfort zone.

Prior to making this card, I’ve generally used the Fuse for scrapbooking. I’ve fused two page protectors together to get a look of continuity in a two page spread. (See my video and blog post on that, here.) I’ve used the Fuse to close the tops of pocket page scrapbooking protectors to seal in embellishments. I’ve also divided page protector pockets into smaller sections. But using the Fuse in cardmaking is a definite departure for me.

I also admit to some trepidation in using only the Fuse to adhere down most of the elements. I’m a confirmed Scotch ATG aficionado, with dabblings in Tombow, Scor-Tape, Glossy Accents, Ranger MultiMedia, and Zig 2-Way glue.  Using almost no adhesive of any kind on this card just seems horribly wrong!

But the simplicity of the process more than quelled my anxiety on the adhesive front. I filled the acetate FUSEable pocket with sequins and adhered it to the back of the card front using the Fuse.  Then I attached the card front to the card base, also using the Fuse.  I went over the edges several times with the Fuse roller and rolled the Fuse along in random places on the card front to add that bit of e20151012_105929xtra texture. It’s a little like adding a stitched detail with the sewing machine but so much faster.

For my stamped image, I used Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb. cardstock and Copic-friendly Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I used Copics to color in the Gorjuss Dear Apple stamp and adhered it to the card using my trusty ATG gun. That was it!  Aside from the Copic coloring, which still takes me an incredibly long time, the card took 5-10 minutes to complete.  (Quick note: all the paper products except the Gorjuss stamped image are We R Memory Keepers FUSEables – card base, card front, embellishments, and the sentiments.  I got my bundle from HSN.)

You can check out the full video for my card here:

If you have any questions or just want to say hi, I’d love to hear from you in the comments section! Don’t forget to leave a comment to be eligible for the giveaway!  (Details below.)

Laura is hosting a giveaway for her October blog hop! Click on the link to head over to her Facebook page and check out the giveaway prize! The giveaway begins on 10/14/2015 at 09:00 AM (Eastern Time (US & Canada)) and ends on 10/20/2015 at 12:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada).


1. Follow Laura’s Loft on IG @InLaurasLoft, like the IG Hop/Giveaway post and tag a friend. Tag as many people as you like but only one tag per comment, please.
2. Follow Laura’s Loft store page on facebook
3. Leave a comment at each stop on the October blog hopLaura_s Loft next button

The next stop on this hop is Emma’s blog, so click the Next Hop Stop button to head over there and see her amazing creation.

If you get lost along the way, here are the full list of hoppers:

1. Laura’s Loft-

2. Deana Benson-

3. Robbie Rubala-

4. Jasmine Burgess-

5. Cindy Dooley – YOU ARE HERE

6. Emma Hall-

8. Joy Hadden –

9. Lisa Bedigian –

10. LeeAnn McKinney –


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Cardmaking, Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Up! Best is Yet to Come Card

For today’s card, I used a technique I first learned about on Amy R’s blog, Prairie Paper and Ink.

I started with a  sentiment from the Best Thoughts Stampin’ Up! hostess set, stamped in Versamark Ink and heat embossed with American Crafts Zing! Clear Embossing Powder.

After creating a simple “smooshed” watercolor background using Peacock Feather Distress Ink, I removed the heat-set embossing powder with a regular household iron, revealing the unblemished, white watercolor cardstock.

I adhered the stamped hydrangea image that I watercolored with more Distress Ink–Barn Door and Cracked Pistachio–onto the front of the card with foam squares and then attached the watercolor card front to the red Doodlebug cardstock card base using 3M foam tape.

I kept the inside of the card simple – just Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb. cardstock stamped in Ranger Archival ink with the same hydrangea image from the front of the card.

I love the high contrast of the color palette and the dimension achieved from the foam adhesive.


Watch how I created this card on my YouTube video:

Cardmaking, Silhouette Studio, Tutorial

Bird Crazy Birthday Card and PixScan Mat Tutorial

This week, I put together a birthday card using the Stamper’s Anonymous Bird Crazy stamp set by Tim Holtz and the Stamper’s Anonymous Crazy Things Stamp Set, also by Tim Holtz, but designed by Kristina Werner.  I used the Silhouette PixScan mat on the Silhouette Cameo to cut out the images after stamping each of them onto Neenah Solar White Classic Crest cardstock, built a card base using a Stampin’ Up! designer series paper stack and some Doodlebug cardstock, did some simple Copic coloring, and then embellished with Ranger Glossy Accents, Hemptique black twine, and a Wink of Stella glitter pen.  I used a Hampton Arts miniature alphabet stamp set for the sentiment and colored in the letters with a Copic marker.  You can see the full tutorial for using the Silhouette PixScan mat with the Silhouette Cameo in the video below.  Enjoy!


Cardmaking, Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Up! Giggle Greetings Cardmaking and DIY Stamp Positioning Tool

Many of you have probably already seen the MISTI stamp positioning tool or even already have one.  I’ve been hesitant to purchase one because I’m more scrapper than cardmaker and couldn’t see a lot of use for me with the 8.5″x11″ format currently available.  I would have been first in line to get one if it had allowed for 12×12 paper.  Since it didn’t though, I haven’t hit the go button to buy it yet.

On the other hand, it’s a great concept for a tool and if they ever produce a 12×12 format, I’m there.  In the meantime, I repurposed an empty, plastic DVD case to mimic the functions of the MISTI tool in a smaller format that I am likely to use. Using a printable transparency sheet, 2 sheets of craft foam, and an empty DVD case I found at a thrift store for 9 cents, and a free, printable grid on the Internet, I created a simple tool that allows me to position my stamps exactly where I want them and restamp, if needed, to get perfect coverage.  My DIY stamp positioning tool will never take the place of the MISTI, because so much time and thought was clearly put into the design of that tool, but it works for me, for my purposes.

I used my DIY stamp positioning tool to create this fun birthday card, using the Stampin’ Up! Giggle Greetings Stamp Set again.  I watercolored the image using Ranger Distress Ink in several colors, including three of the new 2015 colors: Twisted Citron, Abandoned Coral, and Fossilized Amber.  I love the new line of colors and can’t wait to get the newest color, Hickory Smoke, which is a great, rich neutral gray.


Watch the YouTube video:

Cardmaking, Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Up Giggle Greetings Birthday Cardmaking Process Video

I’ve had the pleasure of trying out a new stamp set from Stampin’ Up this week. I used the Giggle Greetings stamp set to create this birthday card, along with the Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing folder, the Big Shot, and some supplies from my stash.

By covering up the bottom half of the sentiment on the stamp and changing the color of the berries, I customized this card for my son, who has a rather unusual history with blueberries. This is a great way to get even more use out of an awesome stamp set.  The sentiment on this particular stamp reads, “Sometimes life is just a bowl of cherries…and sometimes it’s just the pits,” so it was clearly intended as a “sorry you’re having some bad luck” type of card. But with a few changes, it became a bright, cheerful birthday card.

Watch the video on YouTube

Cardmaking, Stampin' Up!

Exciting Announcement!

I am now an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator!  Which just means I get to share my love of crafting, scrapbooking, and cardmaking in a completely different way! What does that mean for my blog and YouTube channel?  Not much, really.  I’ll still do process videos, product reviews, haul videos, and tutorials, but I’ll add in some information on Stampin’ Up! product releases!