Monday, February 19, 2018

Mail It Monday

Happy Monday! Its sure a lot easier to have a great Monday when you remember to mail cards to the special people in your life. Or maybe even new friends? Or possibly even a stranger when you participate in a card drive. 
Mail on my friends and send a smile!

Sincerely Yours,
P.S. These next few weeks are crazy for me personally, so I will continue to post the Monday reminder and encourage you to mail those cards. But when I return, there will be tons of inspiration, and one inspiring guest!

Saturday, February 17, 2018


Thank you for all the lovely comments on the Spellbinders February 2018 Blog Hop Post! Those Corner Floral Etched dies truly are stunning! 

For those still looking for that "hidden heart" I was talking about in the post, you can see it at the end of the purple arrow I drew on the photo. It happened purely on its own when I was creating the alcohol ink background. Truly fitting for a Valentine's Day card!

And now for the winner...Please contact Spellbinders at by the 18th of February with the subject line Spellbinders February 2018 Blog Hop Winner from Kimberly’s Blog.

D.Ann C said...
I love the option of cutting in or completely out with these beautiful dies! Your cards are lovely! Yes, in addition to some of the leaves looking like hearts, there is that tiny little one, you snuck in there too. <3 p="">
February 13, 2018 at 3:03 PM

 Sincerely Yours,

Friday, February 16, 2018

Spellbinders February Small Die Kit of the Month

Spellbinders has several different kit options to choose from each month. Its a great way to build up your die collection, not to mention convenient! There are many different options and price points, so if you haven't before, visit their website and learn more; Spellbinders Kit of the Month
I am excited to play with February 2018's small kit of the month! You can see it above. The kit contains 4 absolutely lovely border dies. They are about 5.5" in length and have intricate details. It felt like I was looking at several patterns of lace. So pretty!

My eye immediately was drawn to the die on the top. It looked like eyelet lace to me. That made me think spring, so I grabbed some stamps and created a springy card full of layers.

Four of the borders were cut from white cardstock. Each of the borders was adhered to a panel of white cardstock with glue. I trimmed the ends down to fit my card front. After adhering the gingham patterned paper to my stamped cardstock base, the lace panel was applied. Twine tied around the card was the finishing touch. 

Tip: when you have borders (where two different objects meet) on your projects, break up that border.

 I did that two different ways on this card. First way was separating the stamped panel from the die cut panel with the gingham patterned paper. The second way was the twine tied between the gingham patterned paper and the die cut panel. Bonus, as the twine added some softness for a different texture.

This is truly a lovely look! Its a fun kit with beautiful design elements!

Sincerely Yours,

Thursday, February 15, 2018

inside out card

An inside out card? What?! Well, what I mean is, I put the envelope ON the card, instead of the card inside the envelope! I am obsessed with the Mini Envelope Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers, and I thought for my project this week, it would be fun to use the envelope on a card!

One of the envelope sizes you can make with the Mini Envelope Punch Board is perfect for holding not only 3x4 journaling cards, but also gift cards! Seeing as my son turned 12 the other day, the timing could not have been more perfect for this card and the ability to give a gift card!

Visit the We R Memory Keepers Blog and check out how to create this fun inside out card!

Sincerely Yours,

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Spellbinders February 13th, 2018 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Spellbinders February Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from the wonderful Amanda Korotkova's blog. Isn't she amazing?! This hop is going to be beautiful. And I am so honored to be a small part of it! The dies being released can be found at Elegant 3D Vingettes by Becca Feeken and Flower Garden by Sharon Sowell.

I am featuring a set of dies from Sharon Sowell called Shapeabilties Corner Floral Etched Dies. These dies are brilliant! When you cut the flower, with the center die only, it creates the negative image only. But when you add the center and the outline die, you get an amazing flower! I used the same die two different ways, to highlight the innovative design. 

First up, the center of the die only. This cuts out the floral image. Using this on a bright background has stunning results. I will not be putting down this die anytime soon! Because look at how beautiful!

The background is an alcohol ink background on Yupo paper. Yupo paper is wonderful for using with the inks. Once the paper is dry, which takes some time, it can be die cut. It may take more than one pass through your manual die cutting machine with intricate dies like these.

The second way to use Corner Floral Etched Dies, is to create the entire flower. Who doesn't love a good flower die cut? The possibilities are quite endless as these flowers could be cut from a million different mediums, or be water colored, or painted, or get the idea. :D

Oh, how exquisite is that?! (I have been watching Anne of Green Gables again...)

Time to visit Elena Salo's blog for more eye candy, but be sure and read to the end of the post before you hop away!

Now for the really good stuff! Prizes!

Giveaway #1: To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners. Please leave a comment on Spellbinders blog by Sunday February 18, 2018 at at 11:59 EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced in the blog hop post on Spellbinders blog the following day.

Giveaway #2: There is a $25 Spellbinders gift card up for grabs here! I am thrilled to be giving one away! Leave a comment on THIS post until Friday, February 16th, 2018 at 11:00 PM CDT. In your comment, tell me if you find the hidden heart on the love card... :D THIS PORTION OF THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you!

For more chances to win, visit all the blogs!

Becca Feeken
Sharyn Johnson Sowell
Debi Adams
Erum Tasneem
Amanda Korotkova
Kimberly Crawford
Helen Salo
Virginia Lu
Anna Kossakovskaya
Yana Smakula

Sincerely Yours, 

Supplies for Love card:

Supplies for Heart You card:

Monday, February 12, 2018

Mail It Monday - Pocket Letters

Happy Mail It Monday! Let's start the week off on a positive note by mailing a card, or two, or twenty, to people who are special in our lives! We all know how wonderful it feels to get happy mail, spread the love today!

Today I have a special guest with a fantastic and gorgeous idea! The idea of a pocket letter has been around for some time. They are a clever way to send something special in the mail. I know you will love this idea and will be totally inspired by the amazing, Wanda Guess!
Hi everyone! It's Wanda Guess and I'm so excited that Kimberly invited me to join her to talk about Mail it Monday this week. For some time I have been in love with the 'Pocket Letter' concept. I finally made one at Christmas time, and now I'm hooked on making them! Today I'm sharing a fun, colorful, crafty themed Pocket Letter! Perfect for sending to your crafty friends.

Basically, a pocket letter is a letter with pockets! You use a trading card plastic sleeve, and each pocket has a different item inside: sequins, stickers, paper, whatever you like! Then, when the letter is done, it folds in thirds and fits into a business envelope for mailing. People make all kinds of beautiful pocket letters and you can get inspiration from searching for them on Pinterest or Instagram. So fun, right? The trading card sleeves are inexpensive - I get mine at The Container Store, but they have them at any office supply store. 

One great (and easy) thing to use for Pocket Letters is the large 12x12 paper sheets that come in paper collections. The ones that already are divided into sections for Project Life, etc. Trim them to size! I also love using sequins and stickers. Anything you have on hand in your craft room will work. 

I use my We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool to seal the pockets with the sequins inside. I also like to create little accents to clip onto my Pocket Letters. To do this, use a plastic sleeve and your Fuse Tool to make any shape. For this project I free hand 'drew' a heart with my Fuse Tool and put some pretties inside. To finish it off, I use matching washi tape along the left edge to tie the whole project together. In this case I used some aqua/gold chevron washi tape. 

The only thing to remember? Have fun with it! Whoever gets these in the mail is sure to be happy and excited to receive such a treat! It's Mail It Monday! Thank you Kimberly, for inviting me to be part of the fun. XOXO
The papers are all from these two collections: Echo Park I'd Rather Be Crafting and Pebbles Girl Squad

Wow! Wow! Wow! What a fun idea! I could see adding stickers, tea bags, gift cards, stamped images, and more to those pockets! Imagine all the fun things you could find to mail a friend! Thank you so much, Wanda! Be sure and visit A Blog Called Wanda for more!

Sincerely Yours,

Friday, February 9, 2018

adding realism to your stamped images - video tutorial

Wow, right? I cannot believe what a little bit of colored pencil can do to a stamped image! It takes it from great to whoa! Yesterday I shared the 2018 Papertrey Ink anniversary set, Mix Bouquet with you. Today I am sharing a fun video tutorial on this fab technique!

Side note: I cannot thank you enough for the all the sweet comments and emails yesterday! You all made me feel so wonderful! Thank you all for being so kind and taking the time to make my day! :D

After stamping my image, color pencil was placed over the top. While I chose to use Distress Oxide inks, you can do this technique with any ink, and any color pencils. In fact, you can create this realistic look with any solid image stamp you have in your stash! I am just a wee bit partial to these images from the 2018 Papertrey Ink anniversary set, Mixed Bouquet, at the moment. Wink, wink. :D

Watch the video below to see how I colored and a little about why I chose the colors I did. When chosing colors for this technique, you want to add tone contrast and visual contrast. You also want to add more and less intensity of shading, depending on which portion of the image you are coloring. But, watch this, and hear me talk about it all. :D

For those wanting to watch this in HD, or for those reading this via email, please click here:

For those who are curious, here is a list of the Primacolor pencils I used. The rest of the supplies are listed below.
1077 Blender
912 Apple Green
989 Chartreuse
947 Dark Umber
1082 Chocoloate
942 Yellow Ochre
1002 Yellowed Orange
1098 Artichoke
1086 Sky Blue Light
1021 Jade Green

Sincerely Yours,

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