Category Archives: Handmade Cards

Elegant Easter

I’ve made several “cute” Easter cards with bunnies and chocolate, so this time I wanted to create something different … something elegant and pretty.  Also, just to make sure you read until the end of this post, I have a link to the retiring products list from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog and Occasions Catalog.  Both catalogs will end on May 31, 2017 and the retiring products will only be available… Read More »

Solid Chocolate

What’s better for Easter than solid chocolate bunnies, right?  Ha!  Well, how about a nice Easter card about solid chocolate?  Hmm … not exactly the same, but it’s a cute idea. When I saw this sentiment for the Basket Bunch stamp set, I KNEW I had to use it on at least one card.  I mean, it’s really too perfect for words. Once again, I stamped my images on Shimmery… Read More »

Egg-stra Special!

It’s been an exciting week!  First, I had my Stamp Club on Thursday night (which I always love.)  I have so much fun getting together with these nice ladies once a month to create.  Then, I went home to realize my computer monitor bit the dust.  It’s frustrating to realize how much I rely on my computer!  No way to upload and edit pictures, which means no blog updates.  Yikes!… Read More »

Happy Celebrations

I have a great stamp set to share with you today.  It’s perfect for masculine cards, something I struggle with.  But not any longer, because now I’m flooded with great ideas!!! This stamp set coordinates with the Celebrations Duo Textured Impression Embossing Folders: one that says “HAPPY” and another that says “Celebrate.”  You can see a subtle impression of the HAPPY in the background of my card below. I stamped the… Read More »

Plastic Bag Watercolor Technique

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!!!  I’m spending mine having fun in my craft room.  Yay!!! I have a really fun technique to share with you today using watercolor paper and a plastic sandwich bag.  Sounds crazy, but it’s super easy and fun; and what’s great is that it turns out different every time you do it.  At the bottom of this post, you’ll find a link to download a complete… Read More »

Watercolor Pencil Technique

I have a fun new technique to share today.  It’s another way to use the new Watercolor Pencils.  This technique allows you to add color and definition to stamped images, but it’s time consuming so it’s not a technique I could easily teach in a class.  Therefore, it’s perfect for my blog. I used the Watercolor Pencils to add colors to the stamped images from the Special Reason stamp set.  Let me… Read More »

Inside the Lines – Watercolor Pencils

I thought and thought about whether to get the new Watercolor Pencils.  It’s true that I absolutely LOVE watercoloring, but I’m a big fan of Aqua Painters, so initially I wasn’t too keen on using Watercolor Pencils to basically achieve the same look.  BUT, I was wrong!!!  I started noticing some really beautiful cards on Pinterest that featured Watercolor Pencils, and I realized that the pencils actually resulted in quite… Read More »

An Oscar Thank You

On Oscar Sunday, my daughter had an incredible opportunity.  Her good friend Ian’s dad (who works as a Marketing Manager for an NBC affiliate in Sacramento) invited both Ian and Shannon to an Oscar party!!!  They arrived around noon to walk around and watch all the excitement.  The hotel, where they were going to the party, was right across the street from the Dolby Theater and the red carpet.  She… Read More »

Woodland Sunrise

My youngest sister is having a birthday next week, and I just learned a new technique, so it was a perfect opportunity for me to try it out this morning!!! I needed a textured impression embossing folder (TIEF) for this technique, and my sister lives in Mammoth Lakes in the beautiful mountains.  Therefore, I picked the Woodland TIEF with its beautiful aspen trees. I’m not going to go into too… Read More »

February Paper Pumpkin

It’s Paper Pumpkin time! I got my red box in the mail earlier this week.  It’s always a surprise and so much fun to open!!!  This month, the kit is called Many Happy Birthdays and it includes a photopolymer stamp set, TWO Stampin’ Spots (Island Indigo and Flirty Flamingo), and supplies to make nine die-cut cards or party invitations. The supplies are shown below including 9 printed die-cut card bases (3 each… Read More »

You’re A Good Egg

My card today features another fun Sale-A-Bration stamp set called Hey Chick.  You can earn this stamp set for free when you make a purchase of $50 between now and March 31, 2017. The stamps in this set are so fun, and they are perfect for watercoloring!  I stamped the chickens and eggs with Basic Black Archival ink on Shimmery White Paper.  That paper works great for watercoloring.  Plus, it’s… Read More »

Focus on Color

Did you know that on February 21, Stampin’ Up! added new Sale-A-Bration products that you can earn for free?  Go to the Catalog Tab on my blog, or click HERE to download the flyer with the additional Sale-A-Bration products.  Each time you purchase $50 between now and March 31, 2017, you can earn one Sale-A-Bration product for free!   You can pick an item from either the original Sale-A-Bration catalog… Read More »

Free Tutorials!

Hello friends!  You may have been wondering what happened to me, since I haven’t posted anything for a while.  Well, I spent five days in Southern California visiting my daughter at college, as well as my mom and sister who were also in town.  We had a super fun visit including a day at Universal Studios, a girls day shopping and seeing the movie La La Land, and a surprise birthday… Read More »

Keep It Simple

Last week, I participated in a card challenge to design a simple birthday card, and then duplicate it twice.  No problem, right? Well, maybe a problem for me.  I rarely make simple cards.  I always feel like I need to add detailed watercoloring, or something to make the card look like I spent time and effort.  But, I also realize that’s not always practical.  In fact, I have a bunch of guy… Read More »

Love & Hearts

I have one last Valentine card idea to share with you today using the Sending Love Suite. This weekend, I was wrapping gifts and addressing cards for Valentine’s Day, when I realized that I was one card short!  So I broke out my favorite suite of products and designed one last card.  Now, I know I’ve been using watercolor wash backgrounds a lot lately, but I can’t help it!!!  They are… Read More »

January Paper Pumpkin!

I get so excited when my Paper Pumpkin box arrives in the mail each month.  The contents are always a surprise.  It’s so fun to open it up and see what’s inside; and this month, I wasn’t disappointed.  Love is in the air!!! This month’s kit is called Adoring Arrows, and it includes supplies to make 24 adorable treat bags!!!  The contents of the box includes 24 gold foil food-safe treat bags… Read More »

Get Well Wishes

I have a good friend that hasn’t been feeling well lately.  I felt so bad for her.  She such a sweet person. I thought a pretty card might cheer her up, and it did!  I got a real nice message from her yesterday that she loved it:)  I think that’s the beauty of handmade cards; you’re making the effort to really let someone know you care. The concept of this card is… Read More »

Challenging Myself

First off, I want to give a big shout out to my mom who’s celebrating her birthday today!  Happy Birthday Mom and I love you!!!! Now on to my card.  Last week, there was an amazing Artisan Blog Hop featuring the Sent With Love stamp set and Love Notes Framelits.  If you’ve been reading my blog lately, you might have noticed that I really like that bundle of products and… Read More »

Sale-A-Bration Love!

Sale-A-Bration is so much fun!  You can earn free products each time you spend $50!!! Today, I’m featuring a card I made with the Delicate Details Sale-A-Bration stamp set (page 9.)  This is such a fun stamp set.  I’m a girly girl and love lace, so this stamp set is right up my alley. To create the background, I started with a sheet of Shimmery White Paper and watercolored a… Read More »

So Elegant and Detailed!

I have a lot of favorites in the new Occasions Catalog.  One in particular is the So In Love bundle on page 52.  I absolutely LOVE the lacy, delicate So Detailed Thinlits Dies!!!  For my card today, I used one of the pretty border thinlits. To cut out these thinlits, I recommend using the Precision Base Plate and Big Shot Die Brush.  The plate helps get a nice, clean cut… Read More »