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Gnome One Like You

I decided to write a blog about this card for a few reasons.

  1. It took a while to create this card, so I thought it was worthy of a blog post.
  2. I was inspired to make a rainbow colored card for Pride month.
  3. You know how I feel about gnomes…I freaking love them.

For this card I used the Garden Gnome set from Lawn Fawn. It was an exclusive, limited edition set that was available while supplies last, from my local cardmaking/scrapbook store. I checked the Lawn Fawn website, and you cannot currently purchase this little guy. The die set also includes a mushroom and a lantern. It is really cute! Of course I HAD to have this set, but I hadn’t created with it until this card.

I also used an older die set from Lawn Fawn called Little Flowers. It too is a super cute die set.

Now it’s time for some honesty…I must be getting old, because inlaying all of those little pieces is getting harder for me. Dang, they are small! Why do they not look so tiny once they are inlayed? But when you are searching for the tiny little mushroom dot, it becomes invisible. You know what I’m talking about, right? This card took way too long to create. Of course, I had to cut out so many mushrooms to decide on the colors I wanted to use, and even now I’m not sure I like them.

My ultimate goal was to make a gnome card that had rainbowish colors for Pride. And I really wanted to use that sentiment from the Oh Gnome stamp set.

To make may card, I started with diecutting out my gnome from Concord and 9th’s Mushroom card stock. I love the neutralness (is that a word?) of it! Then I die cut him out of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Next came the playing around with how to dress him. Again, the goal was rainbow. At first, he had a mushroom colored beard and ‘stache, but then I decided orange* would be perfect! I opted to go with a patterned shirt to tie his out fit together.

Do gnomes even care about their outfit matching?

More honesty, when I inlayed the red hat, it didn’t butt up to the outline perfectly, and it left a bit of a gap at the top. To solve that, I grabbed a tiny red pom pom from my supplies and glued it on. I love that little detail.

Next, I cut out lots of mushrooms. Like I said earlier, I cut out so many because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to use for them. I thought that I should use the same color outline as the gnome, so I used more of the Mushroom card stock…which makes me smile since they are mushrooms, after all. And at first, most of the mushroom was created with that stock with just a little color. But, I thought they were too dark, so I changed them to kraft. I thought that worked a bit better and also let my colorful gnome stand out a bit more.

I next cut out some purple flowers. I thought my rainbow card needed more purple. I cut a large, stitched rectangle out of the same pattered paper as the gnome’s shirt. Then I die cut a smaller, white panel and stenciled some clouds for the background of my scene. I also die cut some grass for my mushrooms and flowers to grow in.

Lastly, I stamped the perfect sentiment and glued all of my pieces with foam squares to pop up my gnome. I adhered it all to an A2 card base.

Even now, looking at this card, I’m not sure I love it. I generally do not use that many colors. But I do love that little gnome!

If you’ve made it this far, I have some more truths to share. This gnome reminds me of someone. Shortly after my divorce, I went on a few dates with a guy I nicknamed “Scooter Boy.” He sold scooters to the elderly. He had strawberry blonde hair and beard and mustache. I honestly cannot remember this guys name! He remains known as Scooter Boy in my mind. He was a nice guy, but ultimately, not the guy for me. So, if you have read this, please go back to my original Instagram post and comment #scooterboy. It will make me laugh!

Thanks for visiting!

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Happy Hippo Friday

I am so thrilled to have been asked to be a guest designer for The Rabbit Hole Designs. Today I am featuring the new Hippo Botanical stamp set from their May release. Isn’t that hippo the cutest?!?

Have you heard of Fiona the hippo? She was born prematurely at the Cincinnati Zoo, weighing only 24 pounds. Now she is a thriving, healthy hippopotamus who loves the camera!

She’s so adorable!

I’m dedicating my card to Fiona. She is such an inspiration and I think the sentiment I selected is perfect for her!

I started creating my card by doing some ink smooshing with the latest Distress Oxide Ink, Salvaged Patina. It’s such a pretty color and I thought it was a nice color for water. Next, I stamped the hippo and leaf images from The Rabbit Hole Designs, Hippo Botanical with Momento Tuxedo black ink and colored everything with Copic Markers. I really love how Fiona turned out💗 I fussy cut all of the images so I could “float” them in the water. I die cut my inked background with a stitched rectangle and adhered it to a side-folding A2 card base. I decided I wanted to die cut some letters to spell out “ be you tiful”. Next, I decided where everything was going to be placed, so I could stamp the sentiment from the Turtle Botanical stamp set. I adhered my leaves and letters and then worked on my card flap. I wanted the pretty hippo to hide the sentiment for a little surprise.

Be sure to head over to The Rabbit Hole Designs to see all of the May release. And while you are there, be sure to check out all of the fun caffeinated critters! They are so sassy and fun!

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A Change of Heart

I am thrilled to be a part of the Growing in Unity blog hop! For this hop, I decided to go with a heart theme. I mean, it is time to start working on valentines, right?

For my first card, I used the kit “Wooden Heart.” I love the pretty sentiments and adorable wooden heart image. I thought this rustic image worked well for a masculine card.

I started by stamping the solid heart image twice in Concord and 9th’s Dove ink. Then I stamped the wooden heart in Concord and 9th’s Mushroom ink. The main sentiment was stamped with GinaK Cherry Red ink. The “xoxo” was stamped in Mushroom ink and then cut out and placed in the card. I cut the whole panel with a stitched rectangle and placed on some fun plaid paper. This card would be an easy card to mass produce for all of your valentines.

I made a card similar to this layout a few years ago, so I thought I’d make another one. I really like the plaid paper mixed with the stamped text background. I stamped the Giving it all Meaning background in Momento Tuxedo black ink and die cut with a stitched rectangle. Next, I die cut a large, wonky stitched heart. To create my design, I trimmed off part of the heart so it would line up with the edge of my background. I then stamped the sentiment from the November 2017 kotm and and heat embossed it with Brutus Monroe Alabaster White embossing powder. To finish my card, I layered everything and adhered it all to my top folding A2 card base. I also think this card would be easily mass produced.

This card is my favorite! I love the sentiment from the …so very grateful stamp set. Dont you think the font is so pretty?

To begin, I die cut a stitched rectangle and stamped the sentiment in Momento Tuxedo black ink. I then stamped the heart image from the November 2017 kotm. Next, I stamped the heart on GinaK masking magic and cut it out. I placed my mask over the heart and decided to stencil the rays surrounding the heart. I blended Ranger Scattered Straw Distress Ink to create the rays. I popped off the mask and then adhered my panel to some heart, patterned paper and then my side folding, A2 card base. Lastly, I added Glossy Accents to the heart to give my card some dimension and shine.

I hope my heart themed cards inspired you to get started on your Valentine cards. I’m excited to mail these out to my friends 🖤

Hope you will hop along with us today!

Candi –


Shannon –

Mary –

Linda –

Michelle –

Jennifer –

Holly –

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Oh Deer!

Those who know me, know I am not a fan of reindeer cars. You know what I’m talking about – cars or vans that have antlers on top and a red nose on the front. A good friend of mine sent this to me recently. It made me laugh because it’s exactly how I feel 😜!

Each year I count how many of those cars or vans I see. I’m up to 13.5 so far. (The .5 is for a car that only had its nose…antlers missing. My daughter calls those clown cars!) In years past, I would have seen at least 20, but because I’m not going out as much, I’m not having as many opportunities to spot them.

But when Lawn Fawn released this adorable stamp set, I knew I had to have it. I am a fan of cute reindeers! Here’s the card I created.

For this card, I used the Lawn Fawn sets: “Car Critters,” “Car Critters Christmas Add On,” Stamptember “Snow Bunnies,” and “Violet’sABS’s.” To begin, I stamped all of the images in Momemto Tuxedo Black ink and copic colored them. Next, I die cut the images and started thinking about how I wanted my layout to look. I decided to use the “Slimline Forest Border” to create some interest in the background. I die cut it out of white cardstock and then copic colored the little pine trees. I wanted my sentiment to say “Oh Deer!” so I made the sentiment out of “Violet’s ABC’s” and stamped it in red ink to match the reindeer nose on the car. For assembly, I cut a piece of kraft cardstock and then a piece of patterned paper from the Lawn Fawn paper pack “Let it Shine.” Next, I layered the piece with the tree line on top of the patterned paper. I made the road out of grey cardstock and lightly inked the edges with Ranger Picket Fence Distress Ink. Then, I added the road and the trees to the card and then the reindeer car. I added foam to the back of the car for some dimension. Lastly, I added some white gel pen to some of the images and then glitter gel pen to the snow line.

So, even though I am not a fan of reindeer cars, I think I would love seeing reindeers driving a reindeer car. What about you? Does your car have antlers on it right now?!?

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Growing in Unity- Day 3

Unity has so many beautiful stamps that come with wonderful sentiments. I have bought several sentiment sets from Unity over the years. I believe they are an excellent value because you get so many sentiments that can be used to create a wide variety of cards.

Two of my favorite sympathy sets are “May Hope Sustain You” and “My Sympathies.” I find the sentiments to be so thoughtful and caring and they work well for a card front as well as for stamping inside the card.

I typically don’t make multiples of the same card (except for holiday cards), so when I need a sympathy card, I make it. What I love about Unity stamps is the images are so beautiful, you don’t really need to do much to end up with a pretty card.

For this card, I stamped the floral image from “You are Forever Beautiful” and the sentiment is from “May Hope Sustain You.” I stamped my image and sentiment and then added a bit of color by daubing on Milled Lavender Oxide Ink. Next, I sprayed a bit of water with my Distress Sprayer and blotted with a paper towel. I love the slight oxidation that occurs and adds some interest to my card. Here is a close up of what it looks like:

This card came together quickly so I was able to get it in the mail in a timely fashion, which I think is important for expressing sympathy.

For my next sympathy card, I decided to simply leave it black and white. I especially like to do this if I am sending the sympathy card to a guy. A beautiful image and sentiment are perfect in this instance.

Another black and white sympathy card

For this card, I stamped the wreath from “Woodland Bunny” in Ranger Watering Can Archival Ink and then stamped the sentiment from “May Hope Sustain You.” I added a simple die cut oval frame. This would be a good card to make multiples of – I really need to do that so I have some sympathy cards on hand.

If I have time, I do like to Copic color the images. Below are a couple of cards that I created a while ago, where I colored the florals.

But in all honesty, I don’t think it really matters if you color or not. Your sympathy card will be loved by the recipient because you took the time to make and send them a card.

I hope my cards today have given you some options when you need to make a sympathy card.

Please leave me a comment so you have a chance to win some Unity stamps.

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Growing in Unity- Day 5

It has been such an honor and pleasure to be this weeks GIU gal. I hope my cards have inspired you to create with your Unity stamps.

Today I wanted to share a holiday project I created for some of my teacher friends where I work. I really fell in love with this sentiment and it inspired my gift idea. This sentiment can be found in the “Jesus and Germs” sentiment kit. I decided to make tags and tie them to packages of hand sanitizer from Bath and Body Works. I’ve been going through sanitizer like crazy, so I thought it would be a cute and practical little gift! This sentiment seems so appropriate for everything currently going on in our world.

I wanted to create a card from this sentiment kit as well. I fell in love with this beautiful floral image that Tierra Jackson created. Of course, everything stamped crisp and clean because it was made out of red rubber.

For this card, I once again stamped the image and sentiment in Copic friendly ink. I colored the flowers and greenery in traditional holiday colors. I masked off the sentiment and splattered some watered down, white acrylic paint, just to give it a wintery feel. I love the red roses with the white spatter!

I found this sweet gift tag sentiment in the stamp set “Fresh Start.” I love the beautiful font and it’s perfectly sized for a gift tag. What a simple way to make your gifts even more special! For one of the tags, I paired it with a cute holly stamp that I received in one of my Unity grab bags. I colored the image with Copics and the heat embossed the berries with clear glitter embossing powder. I really love how this tag turned out! For the second tag, I decided to keep it super simple so I could make a bunch. It just took some simple stamping and a bit of die cutting to create this cute tag.

I hope my little tags have inspired you to create your own holiday tags. Please visit Unity Stamp Company to look at their gorgeous stamps. Fill your cart up! And don’t forget to comment here for a chance to win some Unity goodies.

And thank you to Unity for this wonderful opportunity! I have truly enjoyed sharing some of my projects. I hope you have a safe and healthy holiday season filled with lots of cardmaking.

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Growing in Unity – Day 1

It’s hard for me to believe that this week is Thanksgiving. And I can’t believe my GIU week has finally arrived! I am so thrilled to get to share some of my ideas with you.

I thought I’d kick off my GIU week with some holiday inspiration.

This card was created using a kit of the month “Conspiracy of Love” from October 2017.

I stamped this pretty image in Momento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic markers. I wanted to go with some non traditional colors for this card. Next, I went over the image with clear Wink of Stella to add some sparkle and shine. I heat embossed the sentiment with Ranger Watering Can embossing powder and then cut out the panel. My original idea was to make a slimline card, but then I changed my mind and went with a standard 4 1/4 x 5 1/2” top folding card base. The layering panel is cut from Tonic Mirror Card in Burnished Rose. Isn’t that cardstock gorgeous?!? I’ve been hoarding that paper for a while but thought it would be pretty with these ornaments. Before adhering my stamped panel, I glued some white craft foam to the back to add some dimension to my card.

If you look closely, you’ll see the Wink of Stella.

I liked how this card turned out, so I decided to make another card. I followed a similar process, but I just stamped my sentiment on this version. This image is from the October 2018 kit of the month “All Winter Long” and the sentiment is from “Shine Bright Girls.”

I really like the soft, non-traditional colors and clean design of these cards.

I hope you will create some holiday cards this week. I know I still have lots to make!

Did you know that just by commenting on this blog post you might win some Unity goodies? I mean, who doesn’t want some free stamps, right?!?

I hope you’ll stop by tomorrow to see what I have to share!

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Peppermint Mocha Season

I had so much fun creating this card for the Coffee Loving Cardmaker’s Fall/Winter blog hop!

My entry

I started by stamping this adorable image from Stamplorations recent release with Momento Tuxedo Black ink. Then, I used my Copic markers to color it. I really enjoyed creating my mocha swirl inside the cup! Since I don’t have dies, I needed to fussy cut my colored image. My background was created by die cutting a tan piece of cardstock with Lawn Fawn’s Quilted Backdrop and adhered that to my card base. I added foam tape to the back of my cup image to give my card some dimension. Lastly, I added sparkly washi tape to add some more detail to my card.

I think I am ready for Peppermint Mocha season! How about you?

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Growing In Unity : Day 2

One of the things I love most about Unity Stamps is their sentiments. I love the variety of themes and fonts that can be found. I can always count on Unity to provide the perfect sentiment.

I made this card for a friend who always amazes me with her strength and courage. Her young son has brain cancer and every four months he has to be scanned to make sure the cancer hasn’t returned. I can only imagine the anxiety and fear she faces! I wanted to make a card to encourage her.

For this card, I used two stamp sets: “Planted” and “Stay Strong.”

I started by stamping my image in Momento Tuxedo Black Ink because it is a Copic friendly ink. Next, I colored the trees very simply, with the Copic colors YG63, YG95, and G99. I love how the graphic these trees are! I thought this image lent itself to a square shaped card, so I cut it out in a square and also die cut a green frame using the Newton’s Nook square stitched die. I adhered these to a larger square card base and used a corner rounder on the bottom corners of my card.

Then, I stamped the sentiment with the same black ink and die cut it with a stitched rectangle. I added some foam tape to the back of the sentiment to add a bit of dimension to my card.

Finally, I added some neutral twine for a little texture.

A simple card can make a big impact on the recipient…especially when the sentiment is encouraging.

I hope you will leave a comment for a chance to win some Unity goodies!

And if you’d like to see more of my card creations, please follow me on Instagram @maryredjr .

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Background Bowl Challenge 2020

A group that I’m in decided we wanted to try something different. One of the members said she had a bunch of backgrounds that needed used. She thought it would be fun to randomly select a background and mail it out to each of us. Then we needed to create a card utilizing her background. Sounds fun, right?

It was! Here is the background that was sent to me:

Isn’t it pretty? I’m not sure if this was created with a stencil and glitter paste or some other way. When I saw it, I immediately thought about a lady bug stamp set and how cute that would be with it. I was thinking about diecutting out a large flower from the red and black background. Unfortunately, every die I laid on there did not look right. 😔. Then I thought about drawing a flower and fussy cutting it out. But, I was too afraid I’d ruin the background.

Instead, I decided to use the lady bug set ( from Lawn Fawn ) and use the background as a background. Not super creative, but I think the colors work well together.

For the images, I Copic colored each item and then I added glossy accents to the lady bug wings.

I still had a nice piece of the background left, so I decided to make another card! Call me an over achiever lol! I’m sorta obsessed with these gnomes from Simon Says Stamp. I thought the pattern would look cute on their hats. I decided to go with a winter scene ( since it’s been in the 90’s here!).

For the sentiment, I used a phrase from Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strips. I wish I was hangin’ with my gnomies! Hopefully soon our little group of crafters can get together again. I really miss our monthly meetings.

I’m the mean time, stay safe and stay healthy!