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Gnome for the Holidays

Yep. I made another gnome card, I can’t help myself. I love them some much.

I decided to play along with Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #512. This is my first time joining this challenge.

Card recipe:

Diecut: Large Gnome wafer die from Simon Says Stamp

Embossing Folder: Snowflake embossing folder by Provo Craft

Embellishments: Green glitter washi tape from Target and Merry Christmas Label Stickers from Tim Holtz Idea-ology

Paper: Scrap of plaid, patterned paper and scrap of red cardstock and Hammermill 110# white cardstock

Other: Copic Markers, Spellbinders die cutting machine, Art Glitter Glue

Techiques: Dry Embossing, Copic coloring and Die cutting

Bonus for joining this challenge, I now have another holiday card ready to mail!

That’s it for now. Thanks so much for stopping by!


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Coffee Lovers Fall / Winter Blog Hop

Welcome to the Coffee Lovers Fall/Winter Blog Hop! I hope you will join in the fun and link up your caffeinated card. Head over to the blog for all of the details…/2021-fall-winter…/

I wanted to use a stamp set from one of our super sponsors Waffle Flower. I have loved this image for a while and thought it was the perfect choice to share during the hop.

My card is really simple. I started by stamping and Copic coloring the adorable Holly Bird image. I used the following Copic markers:

Bird: BG32, BG10, BG0000, E50, E51, R01

Hat: BG49,BG45, BG13, RV66, RV55, RV34, RV11,C00, C01, C02

Mug: RV66, RV55, RV34, RV11, E21, E23, E25

I added a few white, gel pen dots to the cheeks. Next, I fussy cut it. I masked off the bird image and splattered the background with perfect pearls. I love how those look like snow glistening in the background. I used a snowflake embossing folder to create the snowflake texture. The sentiment is also from Waffle Flower, Cozy Holiday Sentiments. I love that font so much! Don’t you? I attached the bird image and snowflake panel to the the white panel by using an eyelet. I then added a little bakers twine for the finishing touch.

I had so much fun creating a card with this cute image! I hope you are inspired to join in the fun with the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I look forward to seeing your creations.

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Thanks for stopping by!

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Kitty Coffee Cozy

Happy National Coffee Day! I was so excited to receive this fun Bear Cozy Kit from Ellen Hutson. I don’t sew or embroider, so I had to do a little research on how to stitch my cozy. I used the blanket stitch to attatch the two layers of felt together and the back stitch to join the two ends together. I have to admit, stitching is a bit therapeutic!

The kit includes materials to make a bear cozy, but I decided to turn mine into a kitty. Several of my fellow design team members got creative and made all sorts of cool projects! You can also use the dies to make paper cozys or a cute card project.

Kit Contents include enough materials to make TWELVE cozies!

  • 10-piece die set
  • 6 colors of Essentials by Ellen Wool Felt 8 1/2″ x 11″
  • 6 colors of DMC Floss
  • Large vinyl mesh zippered storage pouch

I hope you enjoy National Coffee Day and that you are inspired to create your own coffee cozy!

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S’more Fun

I posted these cards on my story on National S’mores Day, August 10th. I mean, who doesn’t want to celebrate S’mores day!

I had planned on making a s’mores inspired treat to give to our neighbor girls ( the weather was iffy and I didn’t think we’d be able to actually roast marshmallows). Jane and Julia love coming over to our fire pit to make s’mores, so I knew I wanted to commemorate the day. Also, I knew I had this cute s’more die from Lawn Fawn that I thought would be just perfect for their custom cards. I used Oliver’s ABC’s to personalize each card.

Jane and Julia enjoying a s’more earlier this summer.

I decided to attach each card to the front of their treat bag. I’m happy to report that they loved the card and enjoyed the treat too!

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Drink Up Witches

I have been having so much fun creating cards with products from The Rabbit Hole Designs !

This Halloween card features the adorable witch from the Cocktail Witch stamp set. I colored her earlier in the month as part of #thedailymarker30day coloring challenge. I colored with Copic markers and a little bit of Prismacolor colored pencils. I used the coordinating dies to cut out my witch.

For my background, I wanted to use the newly released Cat Eye Stencil. To start, I ink blended Black Soot and Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxides onto Hammermill 110# white card stock to create a night sky. I used a circle mask to create the moon. Next, I splattered Confetti White Perfect Pearls to add some stars. Then, using a sponge dauber on my stencil, I used versamark embossing ink. I decided to use clear embossing powder to add shine. Lastly, I used Distress Oxide inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed and a bit of Carved Pumpkin to color the moon. I love how this background turned out!

To finish the card, I added the sentiment and embossed with silver sparkle embossing powder. I thought the silver looked good with the splattered stars.

Halloween cards are so fun to create. I hope my card inspires you to create some spooky cards!

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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.