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.

Hi Crafty Friends! This month I made a card for Altenew’s Inspiration Challenge for September. This month is a fall inspired card. So I reached for the embossing folder from the Always Sunshine Craft Your Life Kit. I love the colors for this month’s challenge as they are from the color families that I reach for all the time.

Supplies for this card:

Fall is my favorite season. I love the beautiful colors nature presents us and I love how well they shine here on this card. This card really showcases ink blending and how it can add so much dimension.

  • I then lightly blended some Parrot Ink around the embossed image so it wasn’t such a contrast against the pure white cardstock.
  • I trimmed this panel down to 4×5.25 inches before adding some black splatters with Jet Black Ink Spray. I then splattered some Coral Bliss ink on the card panel as well. I use an acrylic block and a paint brush to splatter my ink. I kept the ink mostly toward the top portion of the panel.
  • While my background panel was drying, I ink blended a scrap piece of Blush Cardstock with Pink Pearl and Coral Bliss Crisp Dye Ink to create an ombre look.
  • I then used my Mini Blossom and the Hello from the Seasonal Blooms Kit. I cut one from the ombre piece of cardstock then 2 more from plain pink cardstock. I layered these together with liquid adhesive.
  • I did a little direct to paper with the Pink Pearl Crisp Dye Ink pad and my background panel. I ran the pad around the edge of the panel and slightly in about a quarter of an inch in places. I just like the added interest this gives but it is a bit hard to see in the photos.
  • I stamped my sub sentiment in Obsidian Black Ink under where Imy sentiment will be adhered.
  • The ombre sentiment was adhered to the panel.
  • The panel was adhered to a piece of Blush Cardstock with fun foam and then to a top folding heavy weight card base.
  • For the finishing touch I added several White Satin Sequins.

I love how this cards screams fall but still has so much pink in it. Pink is abundant in the fall foliage and I love how it turned out on this card. I hope you check out the September Inspiration Challenge. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hi Crafty Friends! I love the look of watercolored projects, so for me messy watercoloring is the way I achieve the watercolored look. Messy watercoloring is not as precise but I love the look and it fits my style. Check out my YouTube video to see in more detail how I messy watercolor. I grabbed the Altenew Craft Your Life: Floral Acanthus for these cards. I only used the stamp set and coordinating die but love that the Craft Your Life kits come with a stamp set, dies, stencils and embossing folder. The creative possibilities are endless.

Supplies used for these cards:

My first messy watercoloring technique uses Watercolor Brush Markers from Altenew. These have great pigment and this technique allows to color an image quickly.

  • I stamped and embossed black ink with clear embossing powder using the large stamp in this set. Then I laid down some water inside the embossed images. Next, I laid down some pigment from a watercolor brush marker. I used the Spring Garden Watercolor Brush Marker Set. I used Moss for the leaves then Midnight Violet and Rubellite for the floral images.
  • I used a heat tool to lightly heat set each layer of pigment. I tried to add more pigment toward the base of the leaves and petals for dimension.
  • After dry I die cut the image. I placed the flowers and leaves over my embossed background panel. I adhered those with foam tape and liquid glue.
  • My sentiment was from the Floral Acanthus stamp set and I stamped it in black ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder three times for lots of dimension and a nice smooth look.
  • I added some pearls and adhered the entire panel to a heavy weight card base.

My second messy watercolor technique gives a much softer result. The Distress Oxide Inks used blend together beautifully and move with the water so well. I kept this card super simple and and used the other floral image in another card that will be posted on Instagram soon. Watch my Instagram to see how I used it.

  • I used water then a paintbrush to add pigment to my stamped and embossed image. The water moves the pigment nicely and the two colors blend well and create dimension for the images. I heat set as needed and added more pigment where I wanted it.
  • I cut out a background panel from some Parchment cardstock, added some splatters.
  • I added my sentiment and adhered my die cut images directly to the panel.
  • This was mounted with fun foam unto a top folding heavy weight card base.
  • I added some crystals for some bling.

Please make sure to go watch the video for how these techniques are done and while there hit the subscribe button. This way you always know when I put up a new video. I give much more detail about these techniques and the cards in the video.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you are inspired to try some messy watercoloring with different mediums you have in your craft room.

Hi Crafty Friends!! Today I have an adorable card for you featuring some Pinkfresh Studio products. I love their fun style of floral designs. They have great stamp sets with coordinating stencils, dies and sometimes hot foil plates. They also have a great line of essential products that can be used for so many cards. I grabbed some of my favorite Pinkfresh Studio inks to stencil the image. The set I used in this video (Handpicked Flowers) was from the last Create and Connect event I attended from Pinkfresh Studio. I have given you an alternative to this set to achieve similar results. Please watch my YouTube video on how this card was made. Enjoy the tips and tricks mentioned in the video.

Products Used:

Please enjoy making this card by using the suggested stamp set, stencils and dies listed in the products above.

  • Stamp the large floral image and emboss with gold embossing powder.
  • Use blending brushes with stencils and ink pads to color image. Die cut image.
  • Stamp and emboss sentiment on black cardstock. Die cut sentiment plus 2 more. Stack and adhere with liquid glue.
  • Adhere floral image with foam tape to background panel created with the Cover Plate
  • Adhere background panel to blue A2 panel using foam tape.
  • Adhere jewels to card front
  • Use liquid adhesive to adhere card front to heavy weight card base.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Please enjoy the YouTube video that talks you through how to make this card. Pinkfresh Studio has 2 or 3 Create and Connect events each year. Not only do they feature talented card makers to teach classes but they send you some select products that can only be obtained by participating the event, just like the stamp set, stencils and dies I used to make this card. Watch for last minute registration for their upcoming event in October.

Hello Crafty Friends! Today I have cards that feature products by Kat Scrappiness. Their Fluttering By stamp set and coordinating dies are so darling. Be prepared for more cards made with these products. I also grabbed the super fun Lindy’s Magicals Powders to create the beautiful butterflies.

Products used:


  • I began by creating the cardstock I would then stamp and die cut the buttterflies from. I used Distress Watercolor Cardstock and sprinkled very lightly 2 colors from the Prairie Wilderflowers Magical Powders onto it. On one piece of the watercolor cardstock I used Bachelor Button Blue and Yellow Rose of Texas, then on another piece I used Peony Scarlet Red and Yellow Rose of Texas. You don’t need much of these powders so start with very little as you can always add more.
  • Spray the powders with water and watch them react. Add more powder as needed. When you have a background you like, set it aside to dry.


  • Use a piece of 110 lb cardstock with the Plaid Company Embossing Powder and run it through your die cut machine. Make sure to use the proper sandwich for your machine.
  • Trim this down to 4×5.25
  • Adhere this to an A2 piece of Saffron Cardstock with foam tape.
  • On the red and yellow Magicals background, stamp the 2nd and 3rd layer of the largest butterfly from the Fluttering By stamp set in black ink. You may need to stamp it twice.

  • Then use the coordinating die set to cut the butterflies out.
  • Adhere them to the embossed card panel using liguid glue only on the middle (body) part of the butterflies. Then place Foam Squares under each wing to add dimension.
  • Cut 3 Thanks from Saffron Cardstock. Adhere these together with liquid glue. Then adhere to a die cut black thanks shadow.
  • Adhere this above the butterflies.
  • Add Gold Baubles to the butterflies and a few around the card.
  • Adhere this panel to a heavy weight card base.


  • Dry emboss the Heart Sunburst on a piece of white cardstock using your die cut machine.
  • Trim this down on the dotted line that the cover die left when you dry embossed it.
  • Use foam tape to adhere this panel to an A2 piece of Matte Silver Cardstock.
  • Die cut Thanks once from the Metallic Jewels Kraft Cardstock and 2 more times from scrap white cardstock. Adhere these together with liquid glue. Then glue to dry embossed panel.
  • Once again stamp the 2nd and 3rd layers of the largest butterfly from the Fluttering By stamp set with silver ink.
  • Die cut the butterflies
  • Use liquid glue and foam squares to adhere the butterflies to the dry embossed panel just like in Card 1.
  • Adhere Bubbles to the butterflies and card panel.
  • Adhere entire panel to top folding heavy weight card base.

It is always fun to get inky and these powders create stunning results. I love how beautiful the butterflies turned out on these cards. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope this inspires you to get inky and create some stunning cards.

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Hello Crafty Friends!! I got all inky making this fun die cut card using Spellbinders August 2022 Large Die of the Month and Embossing Folder of the Month. All die cut cards are always so fun and for this card I used Distress Spray Stains to color my cardstock. I find that I get lost in the process of inking and die cutting.

Supplies Used:

I went through all my Distress Spray Stains and choose colors that went well together or that I wanted for different parts of my flowers. Then the messy fun of ink smooshing began.

  • I then added some Iridescent Shimmer Spray to both the pink and purple panels to add some shine to my flower die cut pieces. I used a splat box to keep the spray contained.

  • After these panels all dried completely. I began die cutting. I used my Mini Blossom as all the images were small. This little machine is a work horse. I used the fun Outlined Sentiments (August 2022 Small Die of the Month) for all my images.
  • I assembled all the flowers and let dry.

  • I then die cut a sentiments from the same set out of Onyx Black and white cardstock. I layered the black 3 times for some dimension.
  • I ran a piece of Fog cardstock through my Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine in the August 2022 Embossing Folder of the Month (Intertwined Lattice). I trimmed this down to 4 x 5.25 for a background panel.

  • I arranged the flowers on the bottom of this landscape panel. I adhered the flowers with foam squares and all the leaves and stems directly to the background panel.
  • I then used some fun foam on the back of the fog panel and adhered it to a heavy weight card base.

I hope this card inspires you to make your own colored panels for your die cut projects. You can use sprays, watercolors, copics, reinkers, ink pads, or any other color medium. Have fun and get inky.

Thank you so much for stopping by. You are all so much appreciated.

Hello Crafty Friends!! So happy you stopped by to see three ways to use one stencil. I am featuring two great products from Altenew. I will be using the Intricate Mandala Stencil to make 3 background panels using 3 different techniques. I will be finishing all the background panels using images from the Dazzling Dahlia Stamp Set and Stencil Set. To watch how I make these cards, please watch my YouTube video.

For these cards I used:

These 3 cards were inspired by a class I took from Altenew, Crafter Class Late Summer 2022. The first day of the class was taught by Bridget Casey Designs. She used the Spicy Yogurt cardstock and this color pallette. I didn’t have the exact ink sets she used but these substituted perfectly and I have fallen in love with these colors together.

  • I heat embossed a sentiment from the same stamp set and added some nuvo drops for accents to the flowers and leaves after they were adhered to the card.

  • The second technique I used was simple ink blending over the stencil. I used Misty Morning and Cloudy Sky from the Tranquility Crisp Dye Mini Ink Set to create a soft background. Make sure to use Pixie Spray on a detail stencil like this so none of the little pieces of the stencil moves while you ink blend.
  • I stamped and colored 2 butterflies, fussy cut them, then used Clear Crisp Embossing Powder over the entire butterfly to create gloss finish on both of them.

  • For my third technique I used White Glitz Glitter Gel over the Intricate Mandala stencil to create a subtle yet stunning background.
  • Give the panel plenty of time to dry before finishing your card. I usually let it dry over night.
  • I added an ink blended flower with leaves and a cute hummingbird from the Dazzling Dahlia Stamp Set and Stencil Set to this beautiful background panel.

Again to see exactly how these background panels were made and how they were assembled please watch the video. While there I would appreciate it if you liked and subscribed to my chanel.

I hope these cards inspire you to get out your stencils and find all the different techniques you can do with them. There are so many possibilities. Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day.

Hi Crafty Friends! I am so excited to share today’s card with you for a couple of reason. First off, my mom had a huge love of irises. We had a ton of them in our yard when I was growing up. I think of my mom whenever I see an iris. Secondly, this card is the feature of my very first YouTube video. So you can visit my channel and see exactly how I made this beautiful card.

This set is an older Build a Flower set from Altenew. They have since changed them to Build a Garden Sets. However, this Build a Flower: Bearded Iris is a stunner.

Products used:

I love that irises come in so many colors and these blues from the Icy Lake Crisp Mini Ink Set are stunning on this card. The layering guide with the Build a Flower: Bearded Iris set is so helpful to get everything lined up perfectly. To view the You Tube video on exactly how this card was made please go to my Altenew: Bearded Iris video. Make sure to Like and Subscribe while there.

I stamped the flower images starting with the lightest blue in the Icy Lake Crisp Mini Ink Set. I did the same with the leaves using the Tropical Forest Crisp Mini Ink Set. I added some interest to the background panel with a stitched detail rectangle die and some ink blending.

I embossed a sentiment from the Heartfelt Sentiments Set on black cardstock using the gorgeous Antique Crisp Embossing Powder. I then mounted everything on my ink blended card panel, adding a little bling to bring out the gold embossed sentiment. I added stability to my Parchment card base by adding a heavy weight card panel (4×5.25) to the inside then added the front card panel.

Again for more detailed instructions for this card, go watch my very first video here. Again make sure to Like and Subscribe while there.

I hope this beautiful card brightened your day and the video gives you lots of tips and tricks. Thank you for stopping by my blog and have a great day.

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Hello Crafty Friends!! I hope you all have been busy crafting. We had our daughter and grandson in town last week so we were busy enjoying their company. So that meant this week was a catch up week. I have filmed my first YouTube Video and have it edited. However, I am getting over a cold and am waiting for my voice to return to normal to do the voice over. Keep an eye out for the post that will feature my first video. I would love for you to watch and subscribe to my YouTube Channel.

Today, I am sharing this beautiful blue card I made using Spellbinder’s Large Die of the Month and Small Die of the Month from June 2022. I am loving Hello dies right now and the font on this one from the Paisley Dreams set is perfect. If you aren’t familiar with Spellbinders Club Kits, be sure to check them out. I have been a subscriber for quite some time now.

For this card I used the following:

I had sketched an idea for this card and as soon as I ink blended the background I totally changed my direction for the card. I actually combined two ideas into one and love the way it turned out. This card has no stamping on it. I just used dies and lots of them.

  • I began by die cutting one of the borders from Stylized Border Trio 12 times. I then stacked and glued 3 each to create 4 borders.
  • Next I ink blended the back ground on Distress White Heavystock, using Distress Oxide inks in Prize Ribbon, Stormy Sky and Tumbled Glass. I use a good old foam sponge to ink blend. I love the depth of color you get with with a foam sponge. Then trimmed it to 4×5.25.
  • I adhered the borders that I had die cut and glued together onto the ink blended background panel. I butted them up next to each other to cover the ink blended background. I put something heavy on this while it dried.
  • I used Prize Ribbon direct to paper ( just a scrap of white cardstock I keep in a drawer) to use for my Hello from the Paisley Dreams. I cut one blue Hello and 2 more Hellos out of scrap white cardstock. I glued and stacked these together.

  • I then used a Shimmer Pen to add some sparkle to the Hello. Then added 3 layers of Clear Embossing Powder to add more shine and dimension.
  • Next I used Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters direct to paper as well using scraps of white cardstock. Make sure to saturate the color on the white cardstock so you have a solid even covering of ink.
  • I then die cut flowers and stems from Paisley Dreams using these saturated scraps of cardstock. Honestly, it I find it easier to use my scraps of white cardstock and the direct to paper method to create colored cardstock then sort through my cardstock to find the colors I want to use.
  • I then assembled my 3 flower images and let dry.
  • I trimmed off the overhanging borders on my background panel.
  • Then I adhered the blue Hello to the center of this panel.
  • The flowers were adhered directly on the background panel as well.
  • I grabbed a reverse sentiment strip and adhered it directly below the Hello
  • To add some bling I used some Luminous Lemon Baubles in the flower centers and near the sentiment strip.
  • This panel was then adhered to a heavy weight top folding card base.

Die cut cards are always so fun to put together. I just get in a zone and die cut and assemble. I also decided to leave the overhanging flowers and stems on this card. I will use an A6 envelope to mail it in. I just couldn’t cut those cute little flowers.

I hope you enjoyed this card and it inspired you to get out your dies and create with them. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Hello Crafty Friends! The new Craft Your Life Kit: Always Sunshine, from Altenew is stunning. I couldn’t wait to create some cards with it when I received it in the mail. I made 3 very different cards using this product suite. I couldn’t pick a favorite if I had to. I love that the Craft Your Life Kits contain coordinating stamps, stencils, dies and embossing folder. This makes the possibilities endless.

Supplies used for all 3 cards:

For my first card, I decided to create a slimline card. I love this size of card and I just don’t make enough of them though. Also I need to reach for purples more often as it is such a regal color.

For my second card, I decided to use the embossing folder and some new products that have been sitting on my desk waiting to be played with. I used some Lindy’s Magicals. These powders are super pigmented and super fun to work with. A little powder goes a long ways.

  • Using a piece of Watercolor Paper that I spritzed with water, I ran it through my die cut machine in the embossing folder. Use the sandwich for your machine for embossing folders so you don’t damage your machine or warp your embossing folder.
  • I then took a fan brush to sprinkle some Bells of Ireland Green on my image. I focused this powder on the leaf image. Then in the areas to the side of the image I sprinked some Bachelor Button Blue powder.
  • I sprayed the cardstock several times with a mister to activate the powders and get them moving. I added more powder where needed and spritzed the cardstock again.
  • I set this aside to dry completely before running it through my die cut machine and embossing folder again to sharpen the image. The water can make the image flatten a bit when drying. I chose to emboss my image first as I wanted to see where to concentrate each powder. You can put the powders on first then only emboss once.

  • I die cut the Fancy Hello once in Slate Cardstock and two more times out of white cardstock. I glued and stacked these together.
  • I stamped a sub sentiment from the stamp set in black and die cut it using the Featured Sentiments Die.
  • I trimmed down my background panel to 4×5.25 and adhered it to a heavy weight card base with foam tape.
  • I adhered the Hello and the sub sentiment on the panel

My last card is a full panel shaker card. These are so fun and easy. Even better they use stamp packaging. I store my stamp sets in heavy storage pockets but I keep all the packaging that they come in. I use these for many things, one being full panel shakers.

  • I stamped the floral out line image in black on white cardstock. I ink blended the image with Mini Blending Brushes and the coordinating stencils. I used Sugared Candies (Rose Quartz, Pink Diamond, Puffy Heart) Crisp Dye Inks for the flowers, Green Valley (Firefly and Grass Fields) Crisp Dye Ink for the Leaves, and Citrus Burst and Firefly Crisp Dye Inks for the flower center.
  • I then used the detail stamps and Sugared Candies (Puffy Heart and Rubellite) Crisp Dye Inks for the flowers details and Green Valley (Shadow Creek) Crisp Dye Ink for the leaf details.
  • I trimmed down a piece of stamp packing to 5×6.25. I used 1/4″ Ultra Sticky Double Sided Tape around the edges on the back of the panel we just finished. Stay close to the edges and make sure the entire perimeter is covered in tape. Lay the panel face down on your stamp packaging and carefully adhere 3 sides of the packaging to the panel.
  • Using the open end of the shaker panel, pour in some flat embellishments. I used hearts and flat backed sequins. Find what you have in your stash that is relatively flat and you will have a great shaker.
  • Once I had it full enough, I sealed the last edge of the shaker by removing the paper on the double sided tape. I ran my bone folder over all the tape to make sure the packaging was well sealed.
  • I adhered the panel with more Ultra Sticky Double Sided Tape (to make sure it stays on the card base) to a heavy weight top folding card panel.
  • I die cut the Tiny Sentiments:Hello from Grean Leaf Cardstock.
  • Then I stamped a sub sentiment from the Tiny Sentiments: Hello in black on the green Hello strip.
  • I then die cut two more out of white cardstock. I glued and stacked these together.
  • I adhered this to the front middle of my card. Make sure to place something heavy on this until it is completely dry.

I love how well thought out the Craft Your Life Kits are and they are so versatile. I made three totally different beautiful cards from one kit. This kit had the stamp and stencil working together to create a beautiful detailed image and I love the outcome. I hope you are inspired to get out some products and come up with a few different cards using them.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy Crafting!!

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