Ellen Hutson’s Mondo Magnolia is….

…Mondo AMAZING!!!  Check out the beautiful magnolia image in this set and the great sentiments from Ellen Hutson’s  Mondo Magnolia stamp set…AMAZING is right!

Mondo Magnolia


I created this background using my alcohol reinkers. See the how-to video by the brilliant Julie Ebersole from Ellen Hutson here...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdTy-ggRzyY . I love this technique so much! You can make a bunch of them and no two will be the same.

Here is what it looks like up close…


Mondo Closeup


You can’t really see it here, but there is actually a “texture” created by the inks and alcohol. It’s a stunning effect.

Once my background was dry, all I had to do was stamp my image on to it, add my stripped washi tape and  then trim and paste it on my card base.  Voila!  I used Stazon Jet Black Ink to stamp my images because the paper that I used for the background has a coated finish and I wasn’t sure if my regular in would stick.

Hope you try this technique. Caution…it may get a little messy, you may want to wear gloves to keep your fingers from turning rainbow colors! lol

Thanks so very much for visiting today. I hope you have a blessed day!

Got Candy?

Hello all!  I got a coupon in the mail today for Fall scented candles…buy one, get one free…woot woot!  They were plugging their Halloween collection…spiced pumkin, black magic…with super cute Halloween inspired candle holders.  Thank you, Yankee Candle!  Of course, this inspired me to get into my Essentials by Ellen stamps stash and make this card featuring Got Candy by Julie Ebersole.


Got Candy


His name is Eddie and he is as cute as can be, no???  This is my first Halloween card of the year.

I created my background with Ranger Distress inks and I also used them to watercolor the pumpkins.  All the sentiments come with the stamp set too…thanks Julie! I used vellum for the speech bubble and also to make the banner to anchor the pumpkins.  This card came together very quickly with the coordinating Got Candy? dies.  I used a variety of sequins for just a touch of sparkle.


Got Candy Closeup


I have enjoyed our summer, but Fall is by far my favorite season of the year and I am just so tickled at how this card came out. Who knew that a coupon could be so inspirational??? LOL

Thank you for visiting with me today. I am off to the candle store!!

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Up the Happy!

Good morning! Here is another entry I had for Ellen Hutson’s PinSights Challenge. All the stamps are from the The Up the Happy set from Julie Ebersol at Ellen Hutson is to die for! Butterflies ARE my favorite after all!


Up The Happy


Note to self….photographing white cards on all white background is HAAAAARRRRRDDD!  lol. 

There are actually three layers in this oh-so-simple card. The first layer is the sentiment panel. The sentiment is embossed with gold embossing powder and popped-up with a layer of fun foam cut to size. The second layer is the cloud, die cut with the matching die-cuts from Up the Happy. I glued four layers of the die-cut to make it pop-up from the sentiment panel. The third layer is the beautiful butterfly. It is gold embossed and water-colored with my Gansai Tambi Watercolor paints. I adhered two layers of dimensionals on the left side of the butterfly so it would pop-up higher than the sentiment panel and the cloud panel. Get it?

Here is a close-up photo….

Up The Happy Closeup


BTW…these butterflies are so pretty, I had to make a stack of them to keep in my embellishments drawer.  They are so pretty and ready to go whenever I need a “little happy”.


Butterly stack


Thanks for stopping by this morning….have a blessed day!

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Ellen Hutson’s Pin-Sights Guest Artist Challenge…

…CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!  LOL!   Seriously, these designs by Julie Ebersol created exclusively for Ellen Hutson is beyond lovely! It is so so so so easy to make elegant/fun/simple/ whatever-you-want cards using these stamps.

This card I am submitting for the Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights challenge features two of Julie Ebersol’s stamp sets… Autumn Acorns (stamped in white StazOn Ink on vellum) and the adorable bear from All Inside stamp set and matching dies.


PinSights Challenge


Check out the awesome background I was able to creat with the images from Autum Acorns! I was so tickled with the results, that I created a stack of these vellum backgrounds and even a few on ACETATE!  I was careful to use StazOn ink so that it will stick to the vellum and acetate.

PinSights closeup


The bear die cuts out the ams for you so you can tuck anything you want into it. I gave him a leaf from EH Autumn acorns, watercolored with my Peerless Watercolors. My so-adorable-I-just-can’t stand-it bear was also colored with my Peerless Watercolors.

I just love how this card came out. Thank you Ellen Hutson and Julie Ebersol for making card making so fun and easy!  Love you guys!

Thank you for visiting my blog today. See you again real soon!

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Stampin’Up! Butterfly Thinlits

There is little I love more than butterflies.  So what better way to thank my friends than making them a special card with those beautiful creatures?

Butterfly Thinlit thank you

The butterfly was made with Butterfly Thinlits from Stampin’Up in their new color cardstock, Peekaboo Peach. The gorgeous leaf background was made by first embossing white cardstock with SU new Petal Burst embossing folder and  then sponging over it with Pool Party Ink. Such a simple but yet pretty card.

And of course I simply couldn’t throw away the remaining negative piece of Peekaboo piece! I used it to make this little notecard….

Thank you notecard

The sentiment is from the new Thoughtful Branches stamp set from Stampin’Up!.  I also used the sentiment to make my own background. I simply stamped the “thank you” repeatedly on the craft cardstock with Whisper White ink from SU.

And just beccause I couldn’t help myself, I made just one more card using the Butterfly Thinlits…This time I watercolored the butterfly and then gold embossed its edges. It give such an elegant effect!

Thankyou with insert


Butterfly thinlit insert notecard


See how many ways you can use this Butterfly Thinlit. I am sure you will discover that the possiblities are endless!!

Thank you for visiting…and have a blessed day.


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Welcome to the World of Pop-Ups!!!

Who doesn’t love pop-ups?????  It’s a card with a built in surprise! They have been “popping up” everywhere cards are sold (LOLOL), particularly in my fave bookstore, Barnes and Noble.  If you take a look at the pop-up cards they have near the registers, they will boggle your mind with their artistry. Craft supply companies out there such as My Favorite Things, Ellen Hutson, and Stampin’Up! provide dies that will help you make pop-ups in a flash!

Seeing all of this inspiration of course complelled me to make my own, and I made several pop-ups that I will be posting in the next few days.  I like to keep the pop-up structure very simple, adding lots of cute details to add interest and depth. These pop-ups are sure to please anyone who receives them!

My first pop-up were made using the adorable Warm and Fuzzy Friends stamp set from My Favorite Things.


Seriously, how cute are these guys?  The set also has matching dies that you can purchase to make things even easier on you.

Here is my card…

Warm and Fuzzy Pop-up cover

A SUPER simple front….

Warm and Fuzzy Pop-up

…with a super cute pop-up inside!

I colored the images with copic markers and adhered them to a super simple pop-up base.  Who wouldn’t want to receive this little gem???

Thank you so much for visitng me…..have a blessed day!