Blog Posts, Whimsy Stamp

Let the Adventure Begin!

I went with a simple design for these adore adventurers to really let them stand out.

These cuties are from the Whimsy Stamps new September release, stop on in to see all the adorable new stamps and dies!

0915-adventure slim line

I used a few Whimsy Stamps products to create this card:

I always begin my slimline cards with an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base and they fit perfectly into the size 9A envelopes!

0915-adventure slim line side

I used the leftover piece from creating my card base and inked the sides with scattered straw & dried marigold oxide inks.  I then heat embossed the adventure in black in the center.

Next, I stamped the adventurers in black memento ink, colored in copic markers, fussy cut out and added detail with a white pen.

0915-adventure slim line close up

To finish the card, I heat embossed the sentiments in white on a stitched banner and pop dotted above the adventure.  For my embellishments, I added some white nuvo drops & sparkly stars around the cuties.

List of copic markers used:

  • Dragon-BG05, BG02, BG01, BG000, BG0000, Y38, Y35, Y32, YR27, YR24, YR23, YR21, YR20, C3, C1, C0, C00 & 0
  • Bird-Y38, Y35, Y32, YR07 & 0
  • Frog-YG17, YG13, YG11
  • Sign-YR27, YR24, YR23, YR21, YR20 & 0
  • Rocks-C3, C1, C0, C00 & 0
  • Grass & leaves-YG05, YG01, YG00, YG0000 & 0
  • Possums-E37, E33, E31, E30, E000, E0000, R32, R30 &0
  • Branch-YR27, YR24, YR23, YR21, YR20 & 0

I love this set so much and, again, if you haven’t checked out the new September release from Whimsy Stamps you can do that here.

Thank you!



WS camping dragons stamp set

Camping Dragons stamp set


Quick Strips die set

Blog Posts, Purple Onion Designs

Cutest Trick or Treaters!

I am so over the moon to share with you that I have joined the super talented ladies on the Purple Onion Designs stamps Design Team!  Yeah!!!

I have been a huge fan of Purple Onion Designs, especially the gorgeous stamps created by Stacey Yacula Studio and look forward to sharing my creations with you!

Today, I have a sweet group of trick or treaters all dressed up to spook!

0910-trick or treaters

A little about Purple Onion Designs; they are a rubber stamp company, which makes their stamps detailed and inexpensive.  They even have a new clear mounting stamps that can be used in the Misti for perfect stamping!

The Purple Onion Designs products I used for this card:

0910-trick or treaters close up

I began my slimline card by creating an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base and this fits perfectly into the size 9A envelopes which can easily be found at your local craftstore or online!


To make the background, I blended blueprint sketch, shaded lilac & spun sugar on watercolor paper and splattered with white, silver and purple using a small paintbrush.

Next, I stamped Scary (rabbit)Spook (owl)Trouble (bat) & birch trees, colored with copic markers, and fussy cut out.

0910-trick or treaters side

To put the card together, I die cut long stitches from thick white cardstock and heat embossed the happy halloween in black.

For simple embellishments I added some sequins.

Thank you for visiting and hope to see you more as I enjoy creating with the amazing stamps from Purple Onion Designs!



Blog Posts, Create a Smile

A Very Pink Snow Day!

I have really been enjoying trying non traditional colors for seasons and holidays lately and I will most likely continue that trend since I am loving the results!

I also created this for an awesome crafty friend, Saedi, who spent tons of time talking with me about dropping my son off at college and was a great listener when I needed it!


I used some adorable snowmen stamp sets from Create a Smile:

I started my slimline with an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base and used the leftover piece for the front.  You can use size 9A envelopes which can easily be purchased at your local craft store or online.

0907-snowmen side

I created the sky background by heat embossing the ferris wheel of snowmen in white and blended with wilted violet, picked raspberry & spun sugar.  I then created a mask to cover the ferris wheel and with the snow stencil I created the falling snow with pearlescent mousse.

While I let that dry, I die cut the snowhills and lightly added some pumice stone to the tops.  Next, I heat embossed the sentiment in black.

0907-snowmen close up

I stamped all the adorable snowmen, colored with copics to match the sky, fussy cut out and then added some white pen accents.

To finish up the card, I layered the snowhills and pop dotted up the snowmen.  For my embellishments, I added some snowflakes and sequins that had the same coloring.

I love the results of these colors!  I hope you are inspired to try a non traditional color palette on your next card!  The easiest way is to pick 2-3 colors and use it throughout the card.

Thank you for visiting!


Blog Posts, Whimsy Stamp

A Fa La La Llama Christmas!

Ok, so you guys all know that I have become obsessed with creating slim line cards now and am soooo excited that Whimsy Stamps has come out with a new die that fits this slim line size!!!  I am doing a happy dance around my craft room!

This is just one of the really cool things in their new September release available today!  Check out all the new stuff after reading about this adorable card I created!

0901-pink llamas

The new Whimsy products (and some older) I used are:

I always start my card with an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base which fits perfectly into the size 9A envelopes which can be found at your local craft store or online!

0901-pink llamas side

I began my card by die cutting the slimline frame and inking the outside with spun sugar & worn lipstick creating the ombre fade.  Next, I stamped the inside pieces with the lots of dots stamp and heat embossed in white and inked with tea dye.

I then stamped all those adorable llamas, colored with copic markers and fussy cut out.

0901-pink llamas close up

To put it all together, I pop dotted the outside frame and the cuties along with the heat embossed sentiment from the llama set.  For my embellishments, I added some wink of stella to accent the llamas along with clear domes & white nuvo drops.

If you haven’t seen the new amazing release visit it here and for some amazing creations from the DT visit the Whimsy Stamps FB page!

Copic markers used:

  • E00, E000, E0000, R85, R83, R81, R20, W1, W0, W00, Y13, Y11, Y00, Y000, Y0000 & 0

I love using non traditional Christmas colors on cards and I love the softness of these Llamas!

Thank you for visiting!


WS fa la la llamas stamp set

Fa La La Llamas stamp set

WS slim line marquis die

Slimline Marquis die

WS lots of dots rubber background stamp

Lots of Dots Rubber Background stamp


Blog Posts, Create a Smile

You Rock!

I am completely smitten with this Floral Decorations stamp set from Create a Smile!  All of the accents go so perfectly together and I pretty much used all of them for the top of my card!

0828-you rock

The amazing Create a Smile products I used to create this are:

I started my slim line card by creating an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base which fits perfectly into the size 9A envelopes!

0828-you rock side

I created the floral border by stamping a row of floral decorations in memento black ink and a few individual pieces and colored with copic markers.  I then fussy cut around the edge and cut out the individual pieces.

I laid this out on the card front to gauge were to stamp the extra floral decorations and heat embossed them in black.  Next, I inked lightly around them with shabby shutters & bundled sage and pop dotted the border and individual pieces on top.

0828-you rock close up

I then stamped the rock & birds coloring with copics and the large You and then fussy cut around them all.

For the banner, I heat embossed the sentiment in white and adhered under the pop dotted you.  Just love the punny sentiment with elegant images!

For my final touches I added dots with black nuvo drops.

I just love the unique stamp sets that are in the Create a Smile shop and you can enter their two challenges for a chance to win yours!  You can enter our monthly Facebook challenge or the bi-weekly challenge!

I hope you are inspired to try some floral layering!

Thank you for stopping by!


Blog Posts, Craftin Desert Divas

A Huge Thank You to Craftin Desert Divas

I made this card for all those who have loved Craftin Desert Divas over the past few years!

I want to give a special thanks to Tara for letting me join my first Design Team ever and making lifetime friends!  I am thankful for all those who supported and liked the work I designed and have met some amazingly talented fellow crafters!

The store still has some product left at 65% off so take a moment and see what you need to have here.

0826-thanks leafy background

For this card, I used the leafy background stamp designed by the very talented Anna, heat embossing in white on thick watercolor paper.  I then colored with colored pencils in rainbow colors.  I pop dotted the two on each end.

0826-thanks leafy background close up

I then heat embossed the sentiment in pewter and trimmed into a banner and added the gold foil thanks with a vellum backing over it.

For my embellishments I added a few clear bubbles.

I hope to still see some amazing creations with all the great product Tara has released over the years from Craftin Desert Divas and wish her and her family the best!

Thank you!


Blog Posts, Whimsy Stamp

50 Shades of Color

I have been loving all the bright and fun rainbow creations the past few months and haven’t tired of making them!  I have another one for you today using Whimsy stamps new August release.

0825-polka dot rainbows

I started my card with an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base that fits perfectly into the 9A size envelopes that you can find at your local craft store or online.

A list of the Whimsy Stamps products used:

To make the polka dot background, I taped off the part for the sentiment and inked in rainbow color over the polka dot stencil.  The colors I used were: spun sugar, dried marigold, squeezed lemonade, shabby shutters, tumbled glass & milled lavender.

0825-polka dot rainbows side

For the rainbows I die six of them and inked in festive berries, carved pumpkin, squeezed lemonade, twisted citron, broken china & wilted violet gluing them and trimming off the edges.

I added a cloud at the end of the rainbows.  To make them shine a little, I added sparkletz in coordinating colors.

0825-polka dot rainbows close up

For the sentiments, I heat embossed them in black, coloring the “COLOR” with copic markers and the bottom one heat embossed on the banner.

Copic markers used:

  • R24, R22, R20, Y19, Y15, Y13, Y11, YG05, YG01, YG00, YG0000, BG05, BG02, BG01, BG000, V15, V12, V01 & V000

I hope you are inspired to try some rainbow cards before we all dive into the fall and holiday cards!




WS crayons stamp set

Crayons stamp set


Array of Rainbows die set

WS polka dot stencil

Polka Dot stencil


Quick Strips die set