Technique: Partial Die Cut Borders

Hey there friends! I am up on the CardMaker blog today confessing my love for matching stamp + die sets as well as sharing a technique for creating a partially die cut border. Drop in and check it out if you have a chance!

PS – - On this card I used a newly released product from Clearsnap that you are just going to love – Colorbox® 6-Pad Pigment ink pads! Find out more about them here.

Enjoy your afternoon!

Happy Easter, Happy Spring

Hey there! Are you enjoying the spring weather? We have been outside walking and playing for the last several days straight and I can tell from my sore behind just how long we’ve been cooped up in the house.

I have a spring-y, watercolor card and tag to share today for the new AEI♥U challenge #4 at Avery Elle.

I started with this little tag by wetting the vellum and then scribbling on it with markers. Vellum does NOT like to be wet, I discovered! It completely curled up on itself and took several pieces of tape of keep it lying semi-flat.

On the card, I tried the marker watercolor of cardstock. Much better! All the stamps are from the Avery Elle “Happy Spring” set.

See you soon!



CardMaker + Imagine Crafts


Hi there and welcome to the Cardmaker and Imagine Crafts blog hop! If you are just happening across this post by chance, stop by the CardMaker blog to start from the beginning, to find the complete hop list and to feast your eyes on much more inspiration using the Radiant Neon inkpads.

The card I created using the Radiant Neon inks went big and bold with the neon, which is exactly how I think it’s meant to be – bright in your face! And can you believe how many trends are stuffed onto this single card?! I count 7 in all, and somehow it seems to balance itself out.


This image was the inspiration – such a bright, playful design.

To get the look of so many different patterns, I simple masked off a few areas and stamped. First the chevron stripes in the center, following by the lace triangles on the edges and finally the aztec pattern at the bottom. The inks are nice and juicy and worked great for both stamping and applying direct-to-paper.

In addition to the hop, Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko is also giving away a full set of the Radiant Neon inkpads. In order to win, you will need to collect a word or phrase from each stop to complete a sentence. Mine is below. (Full details here)

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Thanks so much for dropping in and have a great day! Your next stop is Kazuko Kocho.

Floral Thinking of You

Hey there! I had a few extra moments today – and thanks to a double shot latte, an abundance of energy and inspiration – so I made a card for a couple of challenges that are going on now.

Papertrey Ink’s MIM#158 asks us to stamp with a watercolor medium – which I did here by stamping into a little puddle of water and then the dye inkpad. The watercolor effect is pretty subtle, but I prefer a more crisp image.

The stamps/dies are from Rosie Posie, Mini Blooms and Label Basics by PTI.

And since this is the last free day I’ll have in the next couple of weeks, I had to combine another 2 challenges in there as well – Stencils, both for the Moxie Fab World Stencils with Style challenge and Virginia’s View #2 stencil challenge .

The stencil used in the background is an older Crafter’s Workshop woodgrain.  There are so many awesome techniques that can be achieved with stencils but I love them simply because I can create a masked background without having to do any extra work – you can see right where you need to stop inking :)

Enjoy your Tuesday evening!



March PTI Blog Hop Challenge


Hello! Hoping your week is starting off well – we just finished up a week of spring break and are getting back into the swing of routine again. I have an Easter card to share today for the Papertrey Ink March Blog Hop Challenge.


I played around with the colors from the inspiration photo and the Circle Scribbles stamp set. First, just penciling in where the stamped shapes would be – then applying some pigment inks with an Art Dauber – then blending some gelatos over the top – and finally clear embossing the scribbles. The giant “&” symbol is also clear embossed but I guess that didn’t show up in the photo!


Inside I added a journaling card to hold a photo of the kids whenever we get that taken and then I can send this along to grandma :)

So glad you stopped by today!

Stamp – PTI Circle Scribbles
Ink – Colorbox® Classic Pigment Ink: Violet, Raspberry, Pool, Curry, Citrine, Picante
Gelatos – Faber Castell
Embossing Powder – Colorbox®
Embellies – Paper Issues March Swag Bag