Daisy Delight Birthday Cards (2018) |Gem Watercolors & Copic Markers

Hello! Welcome to my blog! I recently visited the Gina K store again in Wisconsin for a class on Brush Lettering. It was a fabulous class, and I learned a lot–more to come on that later. On the way out of her store it’s impossible not to stop and look at all the pretty things in her store. I came across this stamp set called Daisy Delight, and I couldn’t resist buying it. I love large flower stamps. They are so much fun to color in!!


I heat embossed this image with white embossing powder onto a piece of black card stock. I wanted to pull out my Kuretake Gem watercolors and play with them again. They look so dazzling on the black card stock. My pictures of this card hardly do it justice. I painted them in rainbow order, adding a few petals of pink. The trick with painting on black card stock is not to use too much water. Even then my panel buckled a little, but it flattened out as it dried.


For my second card panel I stamped the image onto a piece of kraft card stock. I’ve never used Copic markers on kraft before, but I found I really liked the effect! It’s more muted but still stunning. Below I scribbled the Copic markers I used for this project onto a piece of kraft as well as a piece of white card stock so you could see the difference.


I painted about two petals at a time to keep the paper wet–Copics blend better in the fibers of the paper this way.  I went lightest to darkest with my colors and then darkest to lightest again to get a good blend.


I did some partial die cutting on my two panels. I used a faux stitch die and cut out some of the panel, and then I used my scissors to cut around some of the petals.


I also used some fun foam behind these panels to add dimension. I added a happy birthday sentiment on these panels, a few embellishments, and these cards were done! I hope you give these techniques a try! They are definitely fun to do!


Here is the video for these cards! You can watch it here or over on my YouTube channel. Hope you enjoy!! Have a fabulous weekend!!

Supply List:

Daisy Delight stamp set – Gina K Designs

Black Onyx cardstock – Gina K Designs

Tomato Soup cardstock – Gina K Designs

Glimmery White Diamond cardstock – Simon Says Stamp

Nenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock

VersaMark Ink

Extreme Black Ink – My Favorite Things

Mini Misti

Kuretake Gem Colors watercolors

Silver Black Brush #4

White Embossing Powder – Hero Arts

Embossing Bag – Inkadinkado

Copic Markers – R32, R22, R24, R39, Y08

White Prismacolor Pencil

Die-namic – Inside & Out Stitch Round Rectangles – My Favorite Things

YNS Gumdrop Embellishment – Crystal Clear & Sparkle

Black, Gray & White Enamel Dots – Hobby Lobby

Magic Slider Cards | Copic Markers

Happy Friday to you all!  I have some fun cards to share today.  I’m using a die set from Lawn Fawn called Magic Color Slider.  I actually won this die set from Jennifer McGuire’s blog last December.  This was the first time I won anything, and I was so excited!!  Thank you, Jennifer!!  The set includes three different window frame dies, so I decided to create a card for each window!


This is what the set looked like before I opened it and started snipping the dies apart.


It took some time to chose the colors of cardstock I wanted to use and die cut them, but here are my cards all cut out.  It looks complicated, but once you create one, you get the hang of it, and it’s smooth sailing from there.


I used a Mini Misti to stamp the images onto Neenah White 110 pound cardstock using MFT’s Extreme Black Ink.  While the images where on the Misti door, I switched out the cardstock for a piece of acetate the same size and stamped the images again.  I used Stazon Ink to stamp on the acetate.  I used two different inks because Stazon is not Copic friendly, and I wanted to color all these images with Copics.


Once all my coloring was finished, I started to assemble my cards.  I put dot liner on the back of the colored panels, aligned them through the window, and then pressed them into place.  To align the acetate, I put down skor tape around the inside of the windows, peeled off the release paper, placed the acetate over the colored images so they aligned perfectly, and then closed the frame onto it.


Before sealing the sliders together, I made sure to put in my white slider piece, and then adhered the two sides together with more skor tape.  I pulled the white slider up and down a few times to get it slide smoothly.  These cards can be so addictive to play with!!  Lol!!  I added my sentiments and embellishments on the outside of the slider elements and then adhered them all onto card bases.  Some crafters don’t attach them onto card bases, which is fine, but I wanted to make them into mini cards and enable them to stand up.


Here is the video I created for these cards!  You can watch it here or over on my YouTube Channel in HD.

Thank you for visiting!  Have a nice weekend!!


Supplies used:

Magic Color Slider – Lawn Fawn

Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine

Skor Tape


Stazon Ink

Extreme Black Ink – MFT

Mini Misti stamp positioner

Blowing Kisses Stamp set – MFT

Sending a Smile Stamp set – MFT

Sweet Thing Stamp set – Gina K

Copic Markers

Neenah Solar White Cardstock

Connect Glue – Gina K

Clear Droplets – Pretty Pink Posh


Mini Heart Valentine’s Day Cards

Hello!  I wanted to show you the mini cards I created for my kids for Valentine’s Day.  The technique I used to make these hearts is really fun!  I call it paper strips piecing.


I chose some pretty cardstocks that mimic the colors of the Valentine heart candies.  However, this would be a great technique to use up the scrap paper we all have in our stash.


I used a paper trimmer to cut the cardstocks into strips.  I didn’t measure them out; I just cut.  I wanted the strips to be various widths.  I then used a sheet of Stick It adhesive on a thin sheet of typing paper and started putting down the paper strips onto it.  This part was very fun and relaxing to do.


I used a bone folder to press the paper strips into the adhesive and then die cut some hearts.  I love how these turned out!!


The lacy heart die cut I adhered to a bright pink 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 card base and added a sentiment banner over the heart.

For the second card, I cut two more smaller hearts out of the largest heart and adhered them to a gate-fold card base.

Here is the video tutorial for these cards!  You can watch them here or on my YouTube Channel in HD.  Thanks for stopping by!!  Hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!!


Supplies used:

Cotton Candy Cardstock- SSS

Lemon Chiffon Cardstock – SSS

Jelly Bean Green Cardstock – Gina K

Ocean Mist Cardstock – Gina K

Periwinkle Cardstock – MFT

Stick It Adhesive

Fiskars Paper Trimmer

Lacy Heart Stackables – Lawn Fawn

Outside In Stitched Heart Stackables – Lawn Fawn

Sizzix Big Shot Machine

Embossing Bag – Inkadinkado

Heart Filled Sentiments – Reverse Confetti

Love Notes Stamp Set – Neat & Tangled

Corner Chomper

Love You Valentine’s Day Shaker Cards

Hello!  Hope you’re all having a great week so far!  The card I’m showing you today is a twofer.  I created two cards from one card panel.  To create this panel, I used some Distress Oxide inks over a pretty stencil.  I taped everything down well so nothing would shift.  These Distress Oxide inks are so fun to play with–they glide on the paper so easily.  Once I pulled up the stencil, I had a gorgeous panel to work with.  I did allow the ink to dry for a while.


Next, I taped my die onto the panel with some low-tac tape and ran it through my die cutting machine.  I’m using the letter’s this die created for my first card.

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However, I’m only using three of these letters–L, V and E.  The O I’m substituting for a heart, and the Y, O and U I’ll save for another project.  I’m replacing them with a scripty “you” die.  There will be a tiny shaker element behind the heart, so I used foam tape to build my shaker well onto a piece of black cardstock.Image3

The letters will also have some dimension behind them.  I used the die to cut out the letters in some fun foam.  I glued the paper letters on top of the fun foam using some strong liquid adhesive and let them dry.  I used my acrylic block as a weight to hold the letters in place while they dried.


I also added some dimension to my “you” die cut.  For this, I die cut the word several times with white cardstock and glued them all together.  I thought it would be easier than cutting out such a delicate die with fun foam and trying to attached it to the cardstock die.  Once I adhered that, the card was complete!



My second card was supposed to be much simpler and faster to put together, but I was plagued with one mistake after another!  First, I forgot to adhere the acetate before I started creating my shaker well with the foam tape.  So, I carefully peeled off all the foam tape,  adhered the acetate, and replaced all the foam tape.  Then all I had to do was added the sequins–again–and adhere the cardstock to the back.  And that’s exactly what I did; however, the sentiment didn’t pop at all with the white cardstock backing it.  So, I peeled off the white cardstock and added pink cardstock.  That didn’t give me enough contrast either!  I peeled off the pink cardstock, added some dot liner over the paper still sticking to the foam tape, and put down a red piece of cardstock and called it done!  Oh, boy!  What a fiasco that was, but it turned out pretty cute in the end.



Here is the video tutorial for these cards!  However, the second card is more of a tutorial on what not to do!  Lol!!  You can watch it here or on my YouTube Channel in HD.

Thanks for visiting!!  Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Supplies Used:

Love You die MFT,

Thank You Fancy die – Hero Arts

Outside In Stitched Heart Stackables dies – Lawn Fawn

Sizzix Big Shot machine

Mini Swirly Garden stencil – Balzer Designs – Hobby Lobby

Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide

Candied Apple Distress Oxide

Mini Ink Blending Tool

Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper

Black Cardstock – SSS

Dusty Rose cardstock – Gina K

Red Velvet cardstock – Gina K


Fun Foam

Foam Tape

Kokuyo Dot Liner

Multi Medium Matte glue


Monster Sized Valentine’s Day Card 2018 | Zig Watercolors & Distress Oxides

Hello, Friends!  One of my favorite things to do with my stamps is to stack them; I think it looks so funny and cute.  They don’t even have to be from the same stamp set; however, in today’s card I stacked all four of the monsters from MFT’s Monster Sized set.  When I stacked my monsters, they ended up being too tall for the standard A2 sized card I usually make, so this card ended up being 7 1/2 by 4 1/2.


To stack your images, you need to stamp from the top and work your way down.  So, I stamped the smallest of the monsters first, masked him and then stamped the next monster under him–and so forth.  This way your images will look like they are actually standing on the image beneath it.


I used Bristol Smooth cardstock so I could color in my monsters with some Zig watercolor brushes.  This is excellent paper for that–and it’s also excellent for ink blending.  It has a nice coating on it that helps your mediums to blend well.  I used three different colors of Distress Oxides to create an hombre effect on this panel.


The sticky note masking paper protected my images perfectly.  Once I pull off the masks, I can start painting.


I heat emboss the sentiment right onto my card panel this time with Hero Arts white embossing powder.  I stamped it twice so it looked like a stripe running up the side of my panel.


I needed to create an envelope to fit my card, so I pulled out my 1-2-3 Punch Board.  This is a very fun tool to use, and so easy!


It comes with really great instructions to help you create the size of envelope you need.  I used a piece of 12 by 12 pattern paper so I could have a cute pattern on the inside of my card.


The sentiment on my card wasn’t popping enough for me, so I go back in with a little more distress ink and some masks to darken this up.


Here’s my video!  You can watch it here or over on my YouTube Channel in HD.  Thank you for visiting!!  Bye!

Supplies used:

Zigs: 042 Turquoise Green, 050 Yellow, 080 Violet, 083 Lilac, 025 Pink, 026 Light Pink, 090 Gray, 091 Light Gray, 024 Wine Red, 036 Light Blue

Distress Oxides: Candied Apple, Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick

Monster Sized Stamp Set MFT

Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper

123 Punch Board

Monster Sized Dies MFT

Xtreme Tombow Adhesive

Fiskars Paper Trimmer

Hero Arts White Embossing Powder

EK Success Tool – Anti-Static Powder

VersaMark Ink

MFT Poppy Cardstock

SSS Cotton Candy Cardstock


Monster Sized Birthday Card | Prismacolors & Distress Oxides

Hello, my friends!  Welcome back!  I’ve created a birthday card using MFT’s Monster Sized stamp set.  This set is the perfect set to use for creating kids’ birthday cards.  I’m also going to create some kids’ Valentine’s Day cards using this set soon.

I colored in my monsters with some Prismacolor pencils.  I’m using Strathmore Colored Pencil paper for this.  I decided not to use Gamsol to blend it all out–I like the sketchy look the colored pencils gave.


Fortunately, I had the coordinating dies.  I’m not the best fussy cutter, and I would not like to cut out these images by hand.  Although I probably should try it–I need the practice.


For the background panel, I created a mask with four squares that I created using a full sheet of my masking paper and my Fiskars Paper Trimmer.  I blended on some Distress Oxides using each monster’s complimentary color to really make them pop once I adhere them to the card.


I wanted to add some dimension to my monsters, so I put some foam tape behind them.  I also used some alphabet and number dies for the monsters to hold up.


I felt my card needed a sentiment besides the HB2U, so I used one of the sentiments from the set.  I used VeraMark ink to stamp the sentiment onto a strip of black cardstock, poured on some white embossing powder, and melted it with my heat gun.  I adhered it onto my card with foam tape so it would be popped up off my card as well.  This finished off my kid’s birthday card!  Now I just need to make more for my stash.


You can watch my card video here or at my YouTube channel in HD.  Thanks for visiting!!


Prismacolor Pencils used on the monsters:

Red & Pink Monster: Pink, Process Red, Pink Rose, Carmine Red, Crimson Lake, Apple Green

Green & Yellow Monster: Deco Yellow, Chartreuse, Apple Green, Prussian Green

Orange Monster: Yellowed Orange, Pale Vermilion, Deco Yellow

Purple & Blue Monster: Lavender, Parma Violet, Dark Purple, Light Cerulean Blue, Denim Blue

Supply Links:

Monster Sized Stamp Set MFT

Monster Sized Dies MFT


Strathmore Colored Pencil Paper

Neenah Solar White Cardstock 110 lb

Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock 100 lb

Concord & 9th Double-Cut Alphabet Dies

Concord & 9th Double-Cut Numbers Dies

Black Glaze Pen

Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Ink

Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide Ink

Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink

Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Ink

Foam Tape

Xtreme Tombow Adhesive

Inkadinkado Making Paper

Fiskars Paper Trimmer

Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting Machine





One-Layer Viking Valentine’s Day Card & MFT Haul

Happy Friday!! I have a fun one-layer card for you today using MFT’s new stamp called Viking.  Isn’t he adorable?!  He took a long time to color in, but I had a lot of fun figuring out how I wanted him and the scene behind him to look.


I stamped him right onto my grey card base using my Mini Misti.  The cardstock did stick out of the top, but that didn’t interfere with my stamping.  I made a point of leaving the stamps on my Misti door so that I could restamp it after the coloring was complete.  The colored pencils do obscure the inked lines, so it’s nice to crisp them up after the coloring is finished.


I have all the Prismacolor pencil colors I used on this cute guy listed below.  I went back and forth between my colored pencils and my Gamsol.  I used lots of layers and applied them gently so I didn’t damage the tooth of the paper and create a waxy bloom.


For my background scene,  I wanted to draw in a castle wall behind him.  I blended on some Distress Ink called Hickory Smoke.  I wasn’t concerned to apply it smoothly because I wanted it to look rough and distressed.  I also use Mowed Grass Distress Ink for the grass.  Next, I sprayed the front of my card with water, waited for half a minute, and then blotted it up with a paper towel.  It left behind this fabulous mottled look for my stones.


I allowed my card to dry completely before I continued on with my coloring.  I used various shades of warm grey pencils to draw in the castle wall behind him.  I wanted the wall to fade out as it reached the sides of the card.  I didn’t add too much detail to the wall because I wanted all the focus to be on the fun Viking.

To complete the card, I also added some detailing to the Viking’s fur coat and beard, as well as to the grass and stones.


Here is the video I created for this card!  You can watch it here or on my YouTube Channel in HD.

Thank you for visiting my blog!  Hope you have a wonderful, crafty weekend!!  Bye!



MFT Viking Stamp

SSS Fog Cardstock

Prismacolor Pencils

Copic Multiliner 0.3 Tip

Mini Misti Stamping Tool

Gamsol – Odorless Mineral Spirits

Distress Ink – Hickory Smoke

Distress Ink – Mowed Lawn

Prismacolor Pencils used to color in the Viking:

Skin: Peach Beige, Rosy Beige

Beard: Terra Cotta, Pumpkin Orange, Cadmium Orange Hue, Yellow Ochre

Fur Coat: Burnt Ochre, Chesnut, Dark Umber, Yellow Ochre

Shirt & Grass: Apple Green, Grass Green

Pants: Sand, Yellow Ochre

Boots; Dark Brown, Dark Umber, Terra Cotta

Hat: Terra Cotta, Sunburst Yellow, Deco Yellow, Ginger Root

Shield: Permanent Red, Crimson Red, Various Warm Greys


Gem Watercolor Birthday Card

Happy Monday to you all!  I hope you had a great weekend!  This weekend I tried out my new Gem Watercolors from Gansai Tambi, and I love them.  What started out as a simple watercolored card turned out kind of involved–I kept adding more and more to these cards.  I was in the crafty zone just having fun.

To begin this card, I powdered up my black cardstock panels with some EK Success Tool–this antistatic powder is a must if you don’t want your embossing powder to stick outside your stamped images.  I used Versamark ink to stamp out these flowers, then poured on my white embossing powder.  I love how the white embossing powder pops off the black cardstock!  I didn’t mask my images this time; I wanted to try to brush the unwanted embossing powder away.  It worked okay, but I think next time I would use masks over my images.  As an afterthought, I could have used a white gel pen to fix these lines as well.


Some of the stamps in my Hampton Arts flower set were solid stamps.  I wanted to add more greenery, so I used pigment ink to stamp them out.  I will add the color over the pigment ink later with some colored pencils.


The best part of creating this card was when I got to paint with these beautiful gem watercolors!  Out of curiosity, I tried these on white watercolor paper, and they aren’t as vibrant on this paper.  Black cardstock is what you need to use them on.


I pulled out a tube of white watercolor paint and watered it down to spatter it all over my panels.  I love this look!  I need to remember to do it more often.


After all my paint spatters were try, I pulled out my Faber Castell colored pencils to color over the white pigment ink.  This created a softer look than my watercolors.


Next–and there are a lot of “nexts” involved in this card–I used the Lawn Fawn Fancy Borders die to cut the sides of my panels.  I wanted to add some MFT Black & White Stripes paper on this card as well.  I love how the black stripes peek through the lacy border on this panel.

After I adhered my panels onto pink card bases, I wanted to add a little bit more to my cards.  On the first card, I added silver sparkling confetti with a little Multi Medium Matte glue.  Because the confetti mixes don’t have little holes in their centers, I’m starting to prefer them to sequins.  And the confetti is so much easier to glue down.



On the second card I used Nuvo Crystal Drops in Sherbert Shimmer.  I don’t know which card I like better, but it’s going to be fun to send these out in the mail!


Here is the video I created for this card.  You can watch it here or on my YouTube channel in HD.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!  Have a wonderful week!!  Bye!

Valentine’s Day Card 2018 using Gina K Stamp Set and Gina K Products Haul

Hello!!  Welcome to my blog!  This is my first Valentine’s Day card of 2018.  I think Valentine cards are my favorite kind of cards to create.  I’m using some fabulous new products for this card.  I took a little jaunt up to Wisconsin to Gina K’s shop called Village Paper and Ink.  It was only an hour away from where I live in Illinois.  I don’t know why I didn’t visit her store a long time ago!  I wanted to buy some new cardstocks, and I heard that her cardstocks were absolutely lovely.  And it’s true!!  I am loving her cardstocks; they are heavy-weight and luxurious.  I would highly recommend them!  At her beautiful store, I felt like a kid in a candy shop; there were so many beautiful products to look at.  She also displayed her card creations all around the store–they were so fun to see!  Below is a picture of the products I purchased there.


For today’s card, I’m using a stamp set I purchased at her store, and it’s called Sophie Pig.  It’s so adorable!  I’m stamping the pig image first that onto a Lawn Fawn Lacy Heart Die cut.  I want my pig to be in front of the other images I’ll be stamping.


I used some Inkadinkado masking paper on my pig so I could stamp my other images over him.  Then when I pull off my mask, he appears in the forefront.


I inked on some Distress Oxide ink called Worm Lipstick onto my next panel.  I wanted this pink color to peek out from behind my heart.  I still wanted some white space on this panel, so I was careful not to go too close to the edges.


I played with my Copic markers a lot to figure out the coloring for these images.  I keep my favorite color combinations in a notebook so I can refer back to them.  I love how this pig turned out!


I’m adding detailing to my images with a white Uni-ball Signo pen.  On one of my white lines, I applied the ink too thickly.  After it dried, I was able to scrape it off with a craft knife.  Then I added more brown marker to it.  I used a couple of my Blick alcohol markers to color in the mud.  My collections of alcohol markers consist of Copic and Blick markers.  I can’t really tell the difference between the two brands.


For the umbrella and mud puddle, I’m using a new product to me called Nuvo Crystal Glaze.  This adds some nice shine to my images.  This product is very similar to Glossy Accents.


I wanted to pop up my heart with some fun foam for a little dimension.  Skor tape is my choice of adhesives to use with fun foam.  It’s super strong!


I heat embossed the sentiment, Hogs & Kisses onto a strip of cardstock with white embossing powder.  I cut it down into a banner shape and adhered it to my card front with my tape runner.


I have some heart accents that I added to my card as well.


In the picture below, I’m tilting the card so you can see the fabulous shine of the Nuvo Crystal Glaze.  I love this stuff!


Lastly, I remembered to add rosy cheeks to my pig.  I didn’t blend them out because I wanted them to be very bright.


Here is the video of how I put this card together!  You can watch it here or on my YouTube channel.

I hope you enjoyed this card tutorial!  Thank you for visiting!!


Neenah Solar White Cardstock, 80 pound

Lawn Fawn Lacy Heart dies

Sophie Pig stamp set from Gina K

Red Velvet cardstock from Gina K

Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine

Mini Misti

Signo Uniball white gel pen

Nuvo Crystal Glaze

Distress Oxide – Worn Lipstick

Fun Foam

Alcohol Markers:

Pig – Copic E000, R00, R11, R22, R14

Mud – Blick 086, 002

Umbrella – Copic R22, R14, R24, C4, C 7

Masculine Birthday Cards

Happy Monday to you all!  I’m finally posting another card video on my blog and YouTube channel.  After Christmas I got a really bad cold, and I’m just trying to get back into the swing of things.  I have a birthday coming up this month that I needed a masculine card for, so I decided to make up a bunch of masculine cards for my stash.

These were very fun and quick to put together.  I received a bunch of block stamps from a dear friend who didn’t want them anymore–and I’m talking about a BUNCH of stamps–lol!  I went into a card making frenzy with all of them.  This card is one of the many designs I came up with.

I pulled out some inks that would be suitable for a masculine card and started stamping out the solid circle first all over my card panel.  Both my card panels are Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock, and I cut them out using a faux-stitched die.


Next I used the outline stamps to very messily stamp around each circle.  I thought this added to the modern feel of the card.


I did the same with my square stamps.  I stamped the squares in a wonky row alternating the colors and then used the outline stamp with black ink.



I love how messy and fun these panels turned out!  For the sentiment, I pulled out some black cardstock and some white embossing powder.  I like the look of white embossing powder on black cardstock.


I die cut the sentiments with a faux-stitched banner die and attached everything together with dry adhesive.  For my card bases, I used more black cardstock.  You could add a white panel of cardstock inside the card for a place to write the sentiment or you could use a white gel pen to write your sentiment onto the black cardstock.  I’m planning to use the white gel pen–it looks really fabulous on the inside of the card.  I added some flat enamel dots to brighten up the black cardstock and that completed my cards!


Below is the video I created for these cards.  You can watch it here or on my YouTube Channel.

Thanks for visiting, and Happy New Year to you all!!