Hi Crafty Friends! Yes, I am still on my old blog but will be moving next week when I have some time to build my new site. I can’t wait for the move. Thank you for understanding that things may look a little different during this transition.

I got out my beautiful Distress Mica Stains to create a wonderful wreath with the Foliage Silhouettes Die Set from Sweet N Sassy Stamps. I am loving all the Distress Sprays and Stains lately and am grabbing for them to use in many projects. I have a YouTube Video on my channel showing my process for this card. To see the step by step details watch my video.

You can spray panels of white cardstock with your mica stains or do as I do for this card and die cut the images then spray using one or two colors for each die cut image. Remember that mica stains contain mica which settles in the bottle. Shake from side to side like you are ringing a bell to mix the mica with the pigment. I find this easiest if I lay my mica stain bottles on their sides.

Mica stains do take some time to dry so please allow for that. You can use a heat tool to speed up drying but I find it best to set the images aside to dry naturally.

The Speckled Egg Distress Spray Stain does not require much dry time and makes for beautiful background panels but there are so many options to use the spray stains for.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are having fun making your holiday cards and other items like gift tags. If you have any spray stains or mica stains, I hope you get them out and make some cards. I love that I get a little inky using these products and each project is unique when using them. Again thanks for your patience as I transition my blog to a new site so that I can bring you content in a better way.

Supplies can be found in the description block of my YouTube Video, you can find that here. Once my blog is moved, I will once again have all the links listed (but in an updated easier to use format) in each blog post and will be posting more often.

Hello Crafty Friends! So glad to have you stop by to see this wintery card with some glitter gel snowflakes. This card makes me want a cup of hot coco and a good Christmas Movie to watch. Sweet N Sassy Stamps has some of the sweetest wintery products and I use a few here today.

I am also having some technical issues with my blog and will be making some changes and upgrades to my website. I am super excited about these changes but in the mean time my blog post will not look the same. I can’t wait to have you see my first post with all the new changes. Thanks for hanging in there with me during this transition.

To see the step by step directions on how this card was made, please check out my YouTube video, here. You will also find all the supplies used in the description of my video as well. Sorry for the inconvenience while I make some changes and upgrades to my blog.

I used several of my favorite techniques for this card. I ink blended using my latest favorite color combo as will as I used a stencil with some glitter gel. Nothing makes a snowflakes sparkle like some glitter. I kept it simple with just a sentiment but made that sentiment the focal point of the card with layering and lots of embellishments around the sentiment.

I give you lots of little tips in the video for this card as well and I think we all enjoy tips to make crafting easier and more fun. I used the Snowstorm Stencil, Winter Hugs Stamp Set, and the Sparkle Snowflakes Die Set from Sweet N Sassy Stamps as the main products for this card.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope this card and video inspire you to make winter cards to send to your loved ones throughout the winter season. Grab a cup of coco and enjoy the video then create your own snowflake card.

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Hi Crafty Friends! Welcome to my blog!  Kat Scrappiness is pleased to be a super sponsor for the Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop for the Fall/Winter 2022.  The design team members have joined in to show you some of the fun and coffee themed cards they made using some of the Kat Scrappiness “Coffee” related products.  We currently have over 100 Coffee themed products available here! Remember, everything in our “Coffee” Category is 10% off from NOV 11-18TH!!!! use coupon code: “CAFFEINE2022” for 10% off your order). Since Kat Scrappiness is a super sponsor, we will be giving away a $25.00 gift card to the store to a lucky entry at the Coffee Lovers Hop Main Post!!! http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/20650

Ironically I don’t drink coffee but am married to a coffee lover. My husband takes his coffee very seriously. So my card is inspired by him and he said he would love to receive this card. I love all the fun coffee related products from Kat Scrappiness. The Coffee Splatter Stencil is so adorable and it is versatile. It can be used for a tea or hot cocoa lover as well. I am a tea lover and have a great friend who never misses her daily cup of hot cocoa.

Supplies used:

I am not sure why but hot drinks seem to always make some sort of splatter or leave a ring on a surface. Coffee lovers totally can relate to this ring and that is why I grabbed it for my background. I also know that the first thing coffee lovers go for in the morning is their hot cup of coffee to start the day.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop.

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Hi Crafty Friends! I am a huge fan of die cut cards and of the monthly club kits from Spellbinders. I actually get four kits each month from Spellbinders. I get the Large Die of the Month, Small Die of the Month, Glimmer Hot Foil Kit, and the Embossing Folder of the Month. I use three of these from October 2022 for this card. I grabbed dies from both die of the month kits to create the floral bunches on my card. Please watch my video on my YouTube channel on how I put this die cut Christmas card together.

Supplies Used:

I find die cutting to be very relaxing, so I ended up cutting way more images than I needed but I just put those in a clear envelope to use on another card. I also find it convenient to have small containers to put all your die cut pieces in to provent everything from getting lost. It also makes the assembly of cards easier. The following directions will be condensed. To see exactly how I put this card together please watch the video.

  • I began by die cutting all my images from Pomegranate, Poppy Field, Fern and Rainforest Essentials Cardstock. I used dies from both the Outlined Christmas Sentiments and Stitched Ornament & Display. I also cut a few of the greenery and flower centers from Matte Gold cardstock.
  • I spritzed a piece of 80 lb white cardstock and placed it in the the Scattered Christmas Embossing Folder then ran it through my Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine.
  • Then I sprayed it with the Sheer Shimmer Spritz. I set this panel aside to dry.
  • I layered my sentiments from the Outline Christmas Sentiments that I had cut 3 times and then adhered those to the shadow piece that was cut from Matte Gold.
  • Next I assembled all my flowers and put centers on them all. I use liquid glue to adhere my die cut pieces together.
  • I trimmed my embossed panel down to 4×5.25 inches and popped it up on a piece of Pomegranate cardstock using fun foam.
  • I then arranged my flower clusters and used Thin 3D Foam Squares to pop up my flowers.
  • Then I adhered all the leaves, greenery, gold branches, and berry branches using liquid glue. I also trimmed down any that needed to be to fit where I wanted those pieces to go.
  • I adhered the sentiment in the center of the card.
  • Then I adhered this panel to a heavy weight card base.

I hope you check out Spellbinders Club Kits and see all the possibilities that they can have. Also do you find die cutting lots of images as relaxing as I do? Let me know in the comments below. Thank you so much for stopping by and please check out my video.

Hi Crafty Friends! I have found that a great way to spark my creativity is to participate in a challenge. The parameters of colors, theme, products, design, etc. can sometimes be difficult and has been for me in the past. However, I am finding that lately these challenges really gets my creativity flowing. I so much enjoyed participating last month in Altenew’s Inspiration Challenge I decided to do this on a monthly basis. Please check out the October Inspiration Challenge and I hope you join in on the fun.

One of my favorite products from Altenew is the Hello Beautiful: Craft Your Life Kit. The floral images are very eye catching and as always the stamp set has wonderful sentiments and sub sentiments.

Supplies Used:

I never put the 3 colors for this challenge together intentionally so it was fun to pull out some ink pads and cardstock in these colors and think about how I wanted to use them. The idea came right as I was drifting off to sleep this same day and I quickly grabbed a post it note and made a quick sketch for the next day. I do sketch lots of ideas for cards but not all come out as I envisioned, but this card is exactly what I pictured.

  • I began by cutting my cardstocks into strips. The Lucky Clover is cut to 1×5.5″, Blush is .5×5.5″ and the Beeswax is .25×5.5″. I adhered this together layering them and stacking them on the right side of the Lucky Clover piece.
  • Next, I die cut my Fancy Hello one time from each color and I adhered those to be the same as the cardstock strip (Lucky Clover, Blush then Beeswax). I also offset these slightly so you can see all three colors. I love this look and I don’t think to do it often enough. It makes your word dies more versatile as it gives a little different look. Make sure to give this a try.
  • After I finished ink blending this image, I used the coordinating die to cut out the flower image.
  • I used a 4.25×5.5 piece of white cardstock and used Jet Black Ink Spray and a paint brush to splatter some ink onto the white panel.
  • Make sure the splatters are dry so you do not smear any of the ink splatters.
  • Then I adhered the layered cardstock strip to the left side of the panel.
  • Then under where I planned to place my “Hello,” I stamped my sub sentiment which is from the Hello Beautiful Stamp Set. I used Obsidian Black Ink to do this and let it dry completely before finishing my card.
  • I adhered the “Hello” in place.
  • Using Instant Dimension Foam Tape on the back of the floral image, I adhered it to my card.
  • Then I cut off any overhanging bits of the leaves and attached the entire panel to a top folding heavy weight card base.

I hope you give this Inspiration Challenge a try and see if it helps you get creative. Thank you for stopping by!!

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Hi Crafty Friends! In my last blog post, I told you that I would be making a video that shows the technique used for that card. Well, I have made the video and made a bunch of inky backgrounds using this scribble, spritz and emboss method. I have five cards for you today. Please view the video, here, so that you can see how I do this technique and all the tips and tricks. This blog post will not go into detail for this method but the video goes over it very well.

Supplies Used:

For my first card, I used Just Green (Autumn Festival), Sweet Leaf and Lime (Tropical Fiesta) watercolor brush markers with the Hosta 3D embossing folder.

I added a hello glitter die with a heat embossed sub sentiment, before finishing with a thin glitter strip and some pearls.

My second card used the Playful Circles 3D Embossing Folder with the Ultramarine and Ultraviolet (Autumn Festival) watercolor brush markers.

I cut off much of the pooling from the edges of this card (see video) and mounted on some brushed silver cardstock. I also die cut my hugs from this same cardstock and added a quick sub sentiment to finish this card.

Card three uses the cute Daisy Bed 3D Embossing Folder with the Rouge (Winter Wonderland) and Warm Sunshine (Spring Garden) watercolor brush markers. This two are so pretty to together.

I kept this card simple with a glitter Tiny Seniments: Hello and some pearls for some interest.

The next card uses the Layered Snowflakes 3D Embossing Folder and Sea Breeze (Spring Garden) and Turquoise (Tropical Fiesta) watercolor brush markers.

This is such a fun wintery Christmas card. There are so many possibilities for this folder and ways to finish this panel. I went with a scripty sentiment in glitter cardstock with a vellum shadow. A few white hearts finish this card.

Last but not least is the Perfect Poinsettias 3D Embossing Folder with Ruby Red (Winter Wonderland) and Crimson (Tropical Fiesta) watercolor brush markers.

I chose to use some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter for my sentiment and strip detail but gold would like great as well. I added just a few drops to finish this card but a cluster of gold pearls in the centers of the poinsettias would be pretty.

I kept my descriptions of how I put these cards very brief so to learn how to do this fun technique and get all the card details head over to the video to see it all. If you like to get inky this technique is a must try. No panels are ever the same. It does take a little experimenting to get a feel of how much pigment and water to use but it is great technique to mix things up with your embossing folders.

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

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Hi Crafty Friends! Welcome to the Altenew Educator’s Blog Hop and Linky Party plus Giveaway! Altenew’s Certified Educators have gotten together to bring you some awesome inspiration with their Secret Recipe projects. Plus there are AMAZING prizes too!! I am so excited to a part of this awesome blog hop.

Prizes:

$130 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $20 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners and a $15 gift certificate to 4 winners! To win, please comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 10/30/2022. 

There’s MORE! Join our party! We have included an Inlinkz at the Altenew blog for you to enter your beautiful, Altenew “Secret Card Recipe” creations. 

We will pick one of our favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party, and they will receive a $10 Altenew gift certificate!

Altenew will draw 5 random winners from the comments left on each blog hop stop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 10/31/2022.

My “Secret Recipe” is my scribble, spritz and emboss method for embossing folders. I love this quick, easy and unique technique that makes our embossing folders even more versatile. Plus I love the Watercolor Brush Markers from Altenew. Watch for an upcoming video tutorial on this fun technique.

Supplies for this card:

  • Use the Sweet Leaf and Lime markers from the Tropical Fiesta Watercolor Brush Marker set and the Just Green from the Autumn Festival Watercolor Brush Marker set along with the Hosta 3D Embossing Folder for this card.
  • Scribble the 3 colors of the brush markers directly on to your embossing folder. Apply this to the side of your embossing folder that has the Altenew label on it. This has the image indented in the folder. The pigment will pool in the images which is fine. For the Hosta folder you will need lots of the pigment to get the leaves covered. Do not put one pigment on top of the other as they will mix when embossed.
  • Next spray your watercolor paper, then spray your folder on the side with the pigment. You need to spray the folder several times. The more water the more the pigment moves. This does take a little experimenting to get a feel of what you like.
  • Close the folder and run it through your die cutting machine. Follow your machine’s folder for the proper sandwich.
  • Pigment will ooze out. Just wipe it up with a damp cloth or baby wipe.
  • Remove your embossed panel and let it dry.
  • Once dry spritz with the Iridescent spray for some shine. Let this dry.
  • Trim this panel down to 4×5.25
  • Stamp your sentiment on Jet Black Cardstock with Clear Embossing Ink and emboss with Silver Embossing Powder. Trim this down.
  • Cut a piece of Vellum to back your sentiment panel and to wrap around the card panel.
  • Adhere the Vellum on the back of your panel. This hides the adhesive so it doesn’t show through your vellum.
  • Adhere Sentiment to Vellum strip with Instant Dimension Foam Tape

Thank you for stopping by and joining in on the blog hop. You should have came here from the amazing Eva Bussom‘s blog. Next stop on the blog is the awesome Amy Hill.

Hop list:

Altenew Card Blog

Laurie Patterson

Irene Mejia

Roteja Galvan

Virginia Lu

Pam Boedeker

Neha Aggarwal

Nancy Souza

Helen Kalb

Rachael Shedeed

Rosie Neustaedter

Nicki Baxley

Joylita D’Souza

Lana Taber

Bridget Casey

Nandini Karmarkar

Teri Duncan

Eva Bussom

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Amy Hill <<<Next Stop

Jennifer Leonard

Annemarie Caister

Natasha Davies

Anna Patricia Mahtani

Fiona Duff

Hi Crafty Friends! We are almost 2 months away from Christmas. This year was a bit different as I was recovering from shoulder surgery and then we moved half way across the United States. All of that took much more time than I anticipated, so I am very behind on all my Christmas crafting. I like to make our gift tags, holiday cards, gift card holders, etc. I am thrilled to have these 10 tags made and I have a plan to get everything else done. Watch for a monthly holiday series with videos starting in January 2023.

I got this beautiful Holly Christmas Stamp and Die set from Sweet N Sassy Stamps and can’t put it down. I have made many cards and now tags with it. I love the detail and the sentiments are so great. I have a video on my YouTube channel showing you how I made these wonderful tags. Make sure to check it out!!

Supplies:

When mass producing projects I do like to work in an assembly line style. So I cut everything I need first, then I work from there. I use small containers for items so I don’t misplace anything.

  • After having all the tags and hole reinforcers die cut, I began stamping my sentiments from the Holly Christmas Stamp Set . I stamped the front and back sentiments on separate tags as I glue these together for a more sturdy tag.
  • I stamped and clear embossed all the sentiments.
  • Next I stamped the 2 large holly images from the Holly Christmas Stamp Set in black ink on watercolor cardstock then clear embossed these as well.
  • I then used a paint brush and Tree Lot and Peppermint Stick Mica Stain to paint the holly branches.
  • Once these where done, I splattered Tarnished Brass Mica Spray on the front tags.
  • The holy images were then die cut using the coordinating dies for the Holly Christmas Stamp Set. I also die cut 2 more of each image from 110 lb. cardstock. These will be adhered behind each image for dimension. So I die cut 10 more of each image.
  • I then adhered the tag fronts and backs together before adhering the gold hole reinforcers.
  • After adhering and stacking all the holly images, I glued them to the front of the tags above the sentiment.
  • Lastly, I cut my cord about 12 inches long then tied these to each tag.

I hope these tags inspire you to get busy with your holiday projects. I love how these turned out and am so excited to put them on gifts this holiday season. Please check out my video for more detailed instruction on how I created this wonderful little tags. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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Hi Crafty Friends! We have had a busy week with the grandbaby here the last couple days so I am off my schedule a bit. However, I have a super fun slimline card for you today featuring the Large Die of the Month: Kaleidoscope Floral Slimline set. I love the look of slimline cards but I do not make them often enough. I love that this set has tons of extra floral dies that can be used independently of the large slimline die. Die cutting is very therapeutic for me. I can really get into listening to a podcast and just die cut tons of images. I always die cut way more than I need and I just put all those extras in the storage pocket with my dies to use for a later project.

Spellbinders has great club kits that you receive monthly. I get four of their club kits and love each one. Make sure to check them all out as they have a large variety of kits to choose from or you can choose to get them them all.

Supplies used:

This card has some die cut inlay as well as the beautiful individual flowers that add some dimension. I thought about having green for my large die cut image but I love that I went the gold as it really makes the colored cardstock pop.

  • First I die cut the large die from the Kaleidoscope Floral Slimline set using Matte Gold Cardstock. I then cut two more from heavy weight white cardstock. I adhered these together with liquid adhesive. This is a fast and simple way to add dimension to a die cut without trying to cut very thin pieces of foam tape.
  • I then cut pieces of the Dahlia and Fern into pieces that covered the areas I wanted to inlay with the large die. No need to waste cardstock and cut the entire image just to get these areas cut. I just hold the cardstock into place using some low tack tape. Then rub it through my die cut machine.
  • I die cut the large layered flower from Wild Berry, Dahlia, Pink Sand and Beeswax Essentials Cardstock. I then layered these together with liquid adhesive. I did have one flower from this that I did not use.
  • Next, I die cut the other flowers from Pink Sand and Beeswax Cardstock.
  • Now that I have all the images for the large image die cut, I began assembling this part of the card. I adhered the gold background piece to a heavy weight slimline card base.

  • Then I inlaid the 2 large flowers and all the leaves. I used liquid adhesive to hold them in place and careful pushed them down into place with a craft pick. A stylus would work great for this as well.
  • I adhered the Beeswax and Pink Sand flowers in place as well as the larger layered floral images to the background die.
  • Then I added Gold Baubles to the center of those flowers.
  • Next, I die cut my sentiment from the Outline Sentiments set. I cut the shadow from Jet Black cardstock and three of the Congrats from Wild Berry cardstock. I then layered my Congrats with liquid adhesive before placing on the shadow piece.
  • I arranged this in the lower right hand corner and glued in place.
  • I placed a small sub sentiment below that.

I think this card is very elegant and eye catching. I hope you are inspired to get your die cut machine out and try some die cut therapy. Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate each of you very much.

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Hi Crafty Friends! Fall is my favorite season. We moved to North Texas at the end of April so I am looking forward to see what fall is like down here. I love leaf dies so was excited to grab the awesome Stitched Foliage from Kat Scrappiness to make this card. I love the stitched detail on the dies as it makes the leaves just a little more special. I have a YouTube video to show in more detail how I made this card, so please check it out here.

Supplies for this card:

I think using fun techniques and products to create panels to die cut from is so much fun and makes each card very unique. The Lindy’s Magical Powders make the leaves on this cards really pop. They are very unique and the light shimmer is a great addition to the card.

  • I created the panel to die cut my leaves from first by using the Nantucket Pearls Magical Powder set. I used Whale Watch Blue, Cape Cod Coral, and Sea Grass Green from this set.
  • I used a fan brush to add the powder to the watercolor cardstock. Then sprayed water to activate the powder. I did this until I was happy with the look of the panel.
  • I die cut all the leaves from the Stitched Foliage set from the panel.

  • I use the Dotted Swirls Debossing Cover Plate and A2 Reverse Scallop to create the frame for my card.
  • I layered up the Thanks that I die cut 3 times with liquid adhesive.
  • I adhered the leaves in a group, then adhered the sentiment over the leaves.
  • I applied Glossy Accents to the sentiment.
  • For some bling a added a sprinkling of sequins to the card and put the entire panel on a top folding card base.

I hope this card has you ready for fall and all the great things it brings. Please check out my YouTube video to watch me make this card and get lots of great tips. Thank you so much for stopping by.