Friday, May 18, 2018

wedding card

It is the wedding season. Time to make those extra-special cards for an extra-special day. My card above features not only letterpress, but also a handmade wire-shaped word. I created the word using the new We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig. The tool is very cool! It comes with all the pegs, the board, and a wire cutter. Plus, there are many colors of wire that can be purchased as well. The Happy Jig even has its own Instagram account, full of instructions on how to make all sorts of designs. Check out all the information on the We R Memory Keepers Blog.

P.S. Yes, that is my veil from my own wedding day. It means so much when things like that get to come out and be useful. The roses are from my grandmother's funeral, and the necklace from my dearest friend and roommate, that I wore at her wedding. The love here is very, very real.

Sincerely Yours,





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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Matchbook Folding Cards - Spellbinders May Small Kit of the Month

I have been playing with the Spellbinders Small Kit of the Month for May! Play time is always the best! This month's set of dies includes 4 dies that cut words away from your cardstock. It allows for some pretty cool and unique card designs! As I looked at these dies, I thought it would be fun to create a matchbook folding card, so the words would be the highlight of the card!

These bright and fun cards were easy to make, especially with how smoothly these Spellbinders dies cut! One pass, no problems, even with the tiny parts!

Click play above to get a super fast look at how the matchbook fold card opens.
For those looking at this via email click here: Matchbook Fold Card

Because of the folding, I used 12x12" card stock to create my bases. It gave me more room to cut the words. You could certainly do this with a standard A2 base, but your closure will be much smaller. The final dimensions of these cards are 4.25" x 5."

To begin with, cut your cardstock to 4.25" x 12." Then score the cardstock at 2" and 7."

If you only have a smaller score board, here is a short cut to get the scores in the correct location. Score your cardstock at 2", then fold that part over. Place the fold against the left edge of your score board. Then score at 5." (2+5=7) I am terribly proud of the math I used to make this happen. Its the little triumphs each day, my friends! :D

To cut the flaps, I placed the dies, making sure the words were facing the correct direction, on the flap. Using tape, I secured the die in place, so that it will not slide during the cutting process in the machine.
Place the die and paper on your cutting mat, making sure to leave the flap exposed, and not covered by the rest of the card. If that happens, you will cut through your base.

On the portion of the card under the die cut flap, I added some watercolor designs I made the other day. I am taking a watercolor course via a book, but that's a post for another day. :D Anyways, why not use the fun things in front of you?! :D

How cute are these cards? Best part is, these cards stay within the standard A2 size, allowing you to use basic envelopes.

Each word in the set of dies has a different font, I love that!

This will make someone smile when they receive it in the mail! Plus, there is a ton of room on the inside for writing a special note!



What do you think? Have you made cards with a fold like this before? I am always late to the cool folds party, so catch me up! And don't miss out on this fantastic kit! Each month the Spellbinders Small Kit of the Month has great dies that will build up your collection!

Sincerely Yours,





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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

7 unique way to use a stencil for card making - Video Tutorial

One stencil, that is all it took to create these 7 unique and different cards. Pretty amazing what you can create with one awesome tool like a stencil! I fell in love with the Art Stencil Floral from Gina K Designs and I had more fun playing with it! So, I made a video tutorial for you on all the techniques I used. Each card has its own section in the video that is quick and short, but hopefully inspires you to give a few of these cool looks a try! 


For those who would like to watch this video in HD, or for those who are reading this via a reader or an email, please click here: 7 Unique Ways to Use a Stencil for Card Making

First up, color pencil. This one doesn't need much explaining, Simply color and add details!
This card above is embossing with highlights from wax paste! 

Gold foiling on clear transparencies? How elegant is this?! Special products from Therm O Web create this amazing look! All the supplies used are listed below.

Light modeling paste and the fabulous new ink colors from Gina K Designs. So easy, and so much pop! After adding the ink, I trimmed the image away from the cardstock it was upon for even more impact.

Copper metallic paste on navy blue paper. Stunning! And easy! Look at all the texture it creates.

The two-tone watercolor technique makes another appearance. Of course this could be done with basic watercolors as well, but why not add a twist for even more beauty?!

And finally, the basic inking technique. Nothing wrong with good, old-fashioned, perfection on a card! I hope you enjoy the video and reference for ideas for the next time you grab a stencil and start creating a card!

Sincerely Yours,


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Palm Beach layout

Whoa. A layout. From me. Its shocking, I know. But I had some great photos from our trip to Palm Beach, FL, great tools from We R Memory Keepers, and some perfect papers from DCWV. I love when my design team assignments line up with my own crafty plans!

Head over to the We R Memory Keepers blog to see the tools I used on this layout. Honestly, they made this layout so easy to create. Essential tools, for sure!

Sincerely Yours,

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Mother's Day Card

Mother's Day will be here before we know it. I love sending my mom extra special cards and this one I made for the We R Memory Keepers blog is no exception. Head on over to see how I made this flower, you will be surprised! 

Sincerely Yours,

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

two-tone watercolor blending video tutorial - its magic!

This magical watercolor effect on these hearts is created with Peerless Watercolors and a water brush. Isn't it magical?!? This technique is fun and easy!

Watch the video below to learn about Peerless Watercolors, the water brushes you will need for this technique, and then finally, how to create this look for yourself! 


For those who would like to watch the video in HD, you can click below:

Inside a water brush, I have placed cut-up, small pieces of Peerless water color. Peerless Watercolor is intense water color that has been applied to paper. You can create palettes of the watercolors easily. The color is picked up off the paper with any type of brush.

When the brush is filled with water, the water takes on the color of the paper. This allows your water brush to now become a colored brush. When you pick up a secondary color with the brush, you can easily create magical-looking blends. For examples of the colors in the brushes, and the blending combinations, be sure and watch the video above.

You can create large ombre images like the hearts from the Gina K Designs stamp set, Geo Thanks. Or, you can create smaller images with the same magic effect! By picking up a smaller amount of color on the brush tip, the smaller images are a breeze to color. Keep in mind that Peerless Watercolors are truly intense. They will also dry darker.

This is so much fun! I have had my Peerless filled brushes for over a year and I love them each time I take them out to play! Have fun creating two-tone magic on your next card!

Sincerely Yours,


Monday, April 16, 2018

Mail it Monday

National Card and Lettering Writing month continues. Today we are slightly over the half-way point of the month. How many cards have you been able to send? Even if its one, that is okay. You made someone so incredibly happy with that one piece of mail!

If you are just joining in, check out this post that has a calendar full of card-mailing prompts. Inspiring ideas for people to mail cards to! National Card and Letter Writing Month.


I have also updated the post from last week about What to Write on the Inside of Cards. I compiled everything we talked about last week on the Mail it Monday Instagram account. The card-mailers over in our little community are wise, clever, and so heartfelt! Thank you all again for sharing your greatest ideas! You inspired each and every one of us!

Keep on mailing those beautiful cards, my friends!

Sincerely Yours,
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