Card Making Challenge - Paper Crafting Alphabet - Put Your Sentiment On A Banner

Today we continue the Paper Crafting Alphabet challenge that I posted about a few days ago. Be sure to see that post for full details. Today's challenge is to put your sentiment on a banner. I've also filmed a Watch Me Work for this card, so be sure to watch the video at the bottom of the post.

I chose the Lawn Fawn Year 4 Hippo Birdie To You stamp set. I think it is just so cute! I stamped my images using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and colored them in with various Copic and Spectrum Noir markers.

For the square in the center, after stamping my images, I die cut the grass using the Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die. I adhered it to my white card stock so the hippo was standing in the grass, and then I die cut the square using the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Squares die.

I added a little bit of white to the balloon with a white Gelly Roll pen.

For the sentiment, I stamped with Versamark and used some Ranger white embossing powder. I heat set that, and die cut it with a banner from the Stampin' Up! Project Life die set. The patterned paper is from an older Dear Lizzy 6x6 paper pad. It is trimmed to 4.75"x4.75", as my base is a 5"x5" card. I then attached everything to my card with my Scotch ATG gun (my favorite adhesive roller).

If you'd like to watch me make this card, check out this video below:

I'll be back in a couple of weeks with more cards for this challenge. Until then, have a great April!

Card Making Challenge - Paper Crafting Alphabet - Add A Border

I was browsing Pinterest for some sort of card making challenge to just kind of give me a direction, and came across this graphic (I screenshot this):

Now it took me a bunch of work but I believe the original post came from Nichole Heady's blog. I found this post link but it keeps forwarding to the main Papertrey Ink blog. If you quickly click on the X to stop the page from forwarding in your browser you can stop on the post if you want to read it. I cannot figure out why it keeps forwarding for me on every browser I've tried. Even if I click on her main blog header. But anyway, I screenshot the challenge. I believe the original challenge was to use a few of the letters on a single card, as I found a few posts by other bloggers where they'd done a card to fill the challenge, but I've decided to use this to do a separate card for each letter of the challenge alphabet. I like this because there are some techniques I have not yet tried.

Today I'm sharing letter A - Add A Border. Now, I generally add a border layer around a lot of my card front panels, so I decided to do something different and use one of my card border dies to create a card.

This is the full card I created:

To make this card, I used Stampin' Up! Sahara Sand card stock for my card base. I then die cut another panel of the Sahara Sand which I had trimmed to 5.5" wide with the Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders curved die. This created the curved panel you see on the front of the card. Under this panel, I chose to add a bit of patterned paper from the My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing 6x6 paper pack. (I've had this for years, I am not sure it is sold anymore). The patterned paper is glued right down to the card base, but I popped up the Sahara Sand panel with foam adhesive.

Along the border, I wanted to add a die cut word. I had decided to make this a Mother's Day card, so I found my Hero Arts Stamp and Cuts happy die and stamp set and die cut the 'happy' three times out of a card stock remnant I had that matched the patterned paper. I like that the die was slightly curved so it felt like it would work perfectly right along the edge of the card border. I then glued the three die cuts together so that it created a thicker sentiment.

Before placing the front panel and die cut sentiment on the card, I first stamped 'mother's day' at a curve (just by bending the stamp on the stamp block) with Stampin' Up! Night Of Navy ink. The patterned paper has a bit of a navy blue in some of the little round flower buds so I chose that ink to match.

Next I added the foam adhesive I mentioned previously to the back of the curved panel and attached that to the card front. Then I took some clear foam Kool Tak adhesive and cut tiny pieces to put behind the top part of the 'happy' sentiment. I put Ranger Collage Medium glue along the bottom of the 'happy' so that the bottom would lay flat on the curved panel but the top would pop up from the patterned paper.

To finish off the card, I used some Stampin' Up! Subtles Candy Dots along the very corner, attached with tiny Glue Dots. I've had these for a few years, and I think they've changed to using enamel dots instead.

I don't use my card border dies too often so I am already really excited about this challenge as I hope it will get me using supplies I don't often pull out.

I have letter B coming on Friday along with a Watch Me Work video, so stay tuned!

Craft Room Tour

It's not super pretty or perfectly organized with everything tucked away, but it's functional and I can find stuff and I filmed it for you:

Watch Me Work: Unicorns and Rainbows Card

Today I have a card for you that is so bright and fun! It's been a gray, dreary week here in MA, and I think I just needed something cheerful. I filmed this one too, so you can watch me make it. This video took me awhile to trim down - I had over 30 minutes of film time that I cut down to just over 8.

I used the Mama Elephant Unicorns & Rainbows stamp set, along with the Paper Smooches Rainbow die and the Lawn Fawn Stitched Cloud Backdrop die to create this card.

First, I trimmed a piece of Stampin' Up!'s Pool Party card stock and then ran that through my Big Shot with the Stitched Cloud Backdrop die. I just love the detail. Next I ran several different colors of glitter card stock through with the Rainbow die to create the different colors for the rainbow.

I punched the clouds using two different sizes of Fiskars cloud punches. I have three of these that I picked up awhile back at a craft show really cheap, and they were perfect for this card.

For the unicorn, I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo black ink, and colored it in with a mix of Copic markers, Spectrum Noir markers, and Gelly Roll pens. Then I carefully trimmed it out with scissors and a craft knife, and ran a Memento marker along the edge to clean up where I didn't cut so well.

I stamped the sentiment and cut that out using an older Stampin' Up! Project Life set die, and then attached everything to the card. I used double sided foam tape behind the sentiment, clouds, and unicorn to add dimension.

To finish the card, I took a Staedtler fine line marker and made some faux stitching along the edges of the clouds. I love how this card turned out! It's so pretty and I plan to save it for someone special :)

Watch me make this card below:

Diamond Painting?

Last week a user on Instagram introduced me to something I'd never heard of - Diamond Painting! I had to look up what this was. Basically, you have a canvas similar to a paint by number or cross stitch, but you place little gems in the spaces. I think the gems are referred to as diamonds because they have facets that make them sparkle in the light.

I found a whole bunch of kits on Amazon and settled on this Lotus pattern one. It was under $9 with free Prime shipping, so I figured it would be a good starting print to see if I liked the idea. And boy do I love it! 

The kit is simple - it comes with a sticky canvas covered in plastic (you gently pull the plastic away as you work - keeping it attached so you don't lose the stickiness. And it comes with bags of gems that are numbered so you know which colors to put in which spot on the canvas. The canvas has little squares exactly as you do on a cross stitch or paint by number.

To actually create the painting, you take the little gems and put them on the squares using this tool. This is basically a little hollow metal end that you stick wax into (which comes with the kit), and that sticks to the gems so you can pick them up and place them onto the sticky canvas. You could also use one of the Silhouette Pick-Me-Up tools or a jewel picker. I just found the one that came with the kit easier than the PMU tool.

I have only done a small section of the canvas but I absolutely love this. It's relaxing and fun, and so simple to do. I already have a bunch of other patterns on my Amazon wish list.

I did read the reviews on this one and it seems one of the colors may come up short for some folks, though other folks said they had plenty of gems to finish, so we will see. But for under $9 I figured if I have to use a few extra gems of a different color, I was ok with that. When I finish, I will update the blog with a final photo and let you know if I had any issues with the number of gems. 

This is the Lotus print I got and I think I'll be hanging it in my craft room, but I really love this Coffee print (I'm thinking for next to my coffee station in my kitchen), and then I like this Lighthouse one for our bedroom which has a beach/sea theme. There are SO many kits on Amazon! Lots with free Prime or regular shipping too. And I did see some websites in my searching where you can get custom ones, so I may do some of those in the future. 

Be sure to check out #diamondpainting on Instagram too! Lots of pretty results!

Oh, and for the little jewels - it is best if you have some tiny jars or bead storage containers. I just poured mine into this empty bead storage container I had and I cut the little numbers off the packages and stuck it inside each slot so I know which is which. I've seen where people label little jars with numbers as well. I didn't have enough slots in this tray so I am using a second one as well for the remaining numbers.

Update: I filmed a short video showing how this works:

My New Canvas Print

Recently, I was given a chance to review a custom canvas print for Canvas Press, Inc. ( and I am excited to share my thoughts!

Canvas Press, Inc. has been providing canvas prints since 2006. They are a made in the USA company and pride themselves on having the highest quality canvas prints available online. They offer a wide array of custom sizes, great customer service, and a lifetime guarantee. They also offer paper prints, metal prints, wall murals, and framing.

We are slowly adding more Disney art around our home, such as a painting of Castaway Cay in our bedroom, a signed Pirates of the Caribbean frame in our livingroom, and a print of the Haunted Mansion stretched paintings that we're waiting to have framed for above our fireplace. I had taken a photo (with my iPhone) a couple of years ago at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival during one of our Disney vacations, and I thought this photo would be the perfect addition to the walls of our home. It is one of my favorite Disney photos I've ever taken.

I chose a 20" wide by 14" size. I cropped the original photo down a bit - the right hand side had a lot more people and unnecessary noise in it that I didn't want on the canvas. The options I chose were Museum Matte (a non-glare matte canvas finish with a very high print quality and depth of color) and a Mirror Wrap (which basically takes the very edges of the photo and flips them to keep a bit of a seamless look around the edges) They also offer Image Wrap (which sort of crops the photo and the sides will end up on the edges) and a solid, Color Wrap option. I chose a 1.5" depth, but they also have a .75" depth and 2" depth option. Each canvas will come with Sawtooth hangers but you can opt for wire hangers or security hangers too.

I received my canvas in just 8 days, which to me is a quick processing and shipping time for a custom print like this. They note a 2-3 day turnaround on the website, so when you factor in a usual 5 day ground shipping time that sounds accurate. It came packaged very safely in a large box with lots of padding, and wrapped in a thick plastic.

Right away I noticed how vibrant the colors were - just like my photo - and I love the matte finish. It almost looks like a real painting. Here is a closeup so you can see the details in the finish.

Here you can really see the vibrancy of the colors:

We chose to hang this print in our front hallway, as we don't have anything there currently and I think it is a great addition to the space.

The canvas print is just perfect. I'm so happy to have my favorite Disney park photo on my wall so I can see it every day, and bring a little park magic home.

You can order your custom canvas print by visiting I just checked and today only they are running an Easter 60% off sale on canvas prints up to 30"x40", so head on over there now!

Thank you to Canvas Press, Inc. for providing me a canvas to review. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Maze Birthday Card

My son turns 7 tomorrow, and he's been into doing and drawing mazes for as long as I can remember. (Which is really cool, because I remember drawing mazes for my dad when I was a little girl). We even took him to the Museum of Science in Boston this past weekend for a special surprise - a mirror maze!

I wanted to make a maze birthday card for him. I found a maze design in the Silhouette Design Store for 99 cents that I knew would be perfect. The design comes with a card shape and a heart for the center but since this was a birthday card, I wanted to put a present at the end of the maze. I also wanted a larger card so I could include a sentiment on the front, so I just cut out the maze and the arrow.

I cut the maze and arrow from some black card stock. Once I figured out the placement I wanted on the card, I marked where the end of the maze would be on my card, and then I stamped a small present from the Lawn Fawn Party Animal stamp set. In the end, I ended up coloring in the ribbon & bow with a Gelly Roll Silver Star pen, and then I stamped the same present onto the light blue card stock used for the N in the sentiment and carefully cut out the "wrapping paper" part and glued them on top of the original stamped design.

On the front of the card, I used a combination of the "you're" stamp from the Avery Elle Handwritten Notes stamp set and die cut letters using the Stampin' Up! Little Letters Thinlets dies. I cut the letters using a rainbow of small cut Recollections card stock. (My mom gave me a small little pack of 2"x3" card stock in my Christmas stocking that was perfect for this project - I just ran them through my Sizzix Sidekick).

Under the front card panel (which was cut to about 5.25" x 7") I put strips of blue glitter card stock along the edges. The finished card size is 5.5"x7". I did not use foam adhesive behind the white panel but you could for some dimension.

On the inside of the card, I stamped "Happy Birthday To You" from the same Avery Elle Handwritten Note stamp set.

This card did take me a couple of hours to finish (mostly because every step of the way I messed something up, from my maze not sticking to the card, to my letters not being straight, to dropping my video setup right down on the almost finished card), but I know he's going to love it.

Watch Me Work: Mr & Mrs Card

I filmed another video today featuring a simple card for a wedding.

For this card, I used a gorgeous stamp set from Mama Elephant called Bountiful Blessings. I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and then added Stampendous Sterling Silver embossing powder (I believe this came from Michaels). After I heat set the sentiment, I stamped the tiny flowers and leaves using Hero Arts Field Greens and Passion Flower shadow inks. To the center of the flowers I added some subtle silver sparkle with a Gelly Roll Clear Stardust pen.

Once I placed my sentiment panel on the top folding card, I added a narrow strip of black card stock, and then a 3/4" strip of silver glitter card stock. I love how simple yet elegant this card is.

You can watch me make this card here:

Happy Birthday Card

Today I am sharing a card I made with no one particular in mind. I had picked up a gorgeous paper stack of watercolor patterns at Hobby Lobby a couple of months ago by Momenta. I thought the papers would be perfect for card backgrounds. I wanted to try out a die I had from Memory Box, the Fancy Happy Birthday die, and use the watercolor paper behind the negative space. (I don't think the company sells this particular die anymore).

After I ran this through my Big Shot, all the little bits in the center of the letters kind of "fell out" so I had to carefully put the 'happy birthday' back into the cutout space and fit in those centers while I glued them down, and then remove the word piece after. It took awhile, I'm not going to lie, but I love how simple and colorful the result is.

I attached the card front to some a piece of green card stock (Craft Smith brand found at Michaels) and then put that on a white card base. Then I stamped 'to you!' using the WPlus9 Strictly Sentiments 5 stamp set and Versamark ink onto black card stock. I used Stampin' Up! white embossing powder and my heat tool to emboss the sentiment and make it pop. I carefully cut the black card stock into a strip and used some foam adhesive for some dimension.

To finish the card, I added some purple sequins from Craft Medley and some tiny mini iridescent star sequins from Martha Stewart. I used Ranger Collage Medium adhesive and my craft tweezers to attach them to the card. They're so tiny, not easy to work with.

I hope whoever ends up with this card likes it! :)

Easter Card

My family doesn't really celebrate Easter. We're not religious. We used to get together for a family dinner that day but in the past several years we've all kind of done our own thing. But I have a few Easter stamps and thought it might be fun to do an Easter card.

I used a stamp from Outlines Rubber Stamp Co, which has since gone out of business. I do have a few of their stamps - they are wonderful for coloring. I'm not great at coloring, and I really don't know how to do shadows and blends but I still have fun with it.

I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and both Copic and Spectrum Noir markers to color in the scene.

The sentiment is stamped from two different sets - The Stamps of Life happycalligraphy2stamp, and Stampin' Up! Crazy About You. I used Memento Sweet Plum pink to stamp the sentiment. That color seemed to closely match the darker purple in the colored image.

I finished the card off by tracing the dashed lines in the image with a Gelly Roll Clear Stardust pen.