Monday, October 18, 2021

Stamp Anniething Design Team Day: Have a Magical Day

Back in August, a crafty friend had given me an Amazon gift certificate for my birthday. I wanted to get something that I've always wanted, which is a gel printing plate. This craft tool is so fun to use to make some interesting backgrounds for  cards. I experimented using different mediums, which included acrylic paints, gesso, distress inks, and distress oxide inks. This background is the result of using distress oxide inks. I made a bunch of backgrounds and found this one to be perfect for my card using the Stamp Anniething mermaid stamp, Calliope - You are Strange and Wonderful. This stamp also has a coordinating outline die so you don't have to fussy cut!

Additional Stamp Anniething supplies used to make this 6x6 square card:
Skin: E04, E11, E21, E00, E000
Cheeks: R20, R30
Tongue: R21,R20
Hair: BG13, BG11, BG10, V15, V12, V000
Body: BG18, BG13, BG11, BG10, V15, V12, V000
Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful and creative week! 

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Paper Nest Dolls: True Friends are Always Together in Spirit

Inspired by the movie Mulan, Paper Nest Dolls has created this cute, fun, and versatile stamp called Warrior Princess. I found this sentiment just right for this card that I will be sending to a friend. This stamp comes in red rubber and in digital formats. I used the digital format for my card so that I could make it the size I want. I knew I wanted to make an A6 size card. 

To start, I printed the Warrior Princess stamp and colored it with Copic Markers.

Copic Markers Used
Warrior Princess:
Skin: E04, E11, E21, E00, E000
Cheeks: R20, R30
Hair: T9, T7, T5, T3
Red: R24, R22, R21, R20
Green: G45, G24, G21, G40
Blue: BG07, BG05, BG02, G00

Red: R24, R22, R21, R20
Yellow: YR15, Y19, Y13
Brown (nose): E37, E35, E31
Blue: BG05

Fur: E57, E55, E53, E51
Nose: T7, T3, T1
Inside ears: R24, R22
Collar: R21, R20

V15, V12, BV13, BV11

I used black cardstock and patterned washi paper to mat the card front. I adhered all the layers together with double-sided tape. Do not use liquid glue on washi paper or the paper will wrinkle. 

This is a easy one layer card to make so I hope you give it a try! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a creative week. 

Monday, October 11, 2021

Blank Page Muse/I Brake for Stamps: Shaking It Up for Halloween!

I first want to share the awesome news! Blank Page Muse has purchased the stamp company called I Brake for Stamps, another company with amazing red rubber stamps! So beginning next month, I will be also using stamps from I Brake for Stamps in my projects. Today's card features a Blank Page Muse stamp called Patches Halloween Witch. I put this cute little witch on a shaker card to send to a friend of mine who just loves Halloween. It's a fun ink-smooshing background and shaker card that's fun to make. 

You can save 15% on this stamp and all purchases at Blank Page Muse and I Brake for Stamps by using my special code BPMBetty. 

  • Blank Page Muse - Patches Halloween Witch Stamp
  • Happy Halloween sentiment stamp of choice
  • A6 White cardstock card base
  • Black cardstock mat - 4-3/8"W x 6-1/8"H
  • Watercolor paper 6"W x 4"H
  • White cardstock to stamp your image and sentiment
  • Black cardstock to mat sentiment (size will depend on the size of your stamp)
  • Coloring medium of choice - I used Copic markers
  • Nested hexagon dies (Shaker opening is approximately 3-1/4"W x 2-3/4"H)
  • Light weight chipboard
  • Halloween patterned paper
  • Acetate sheet
  • 1/8" Double-sided adhesive tape
  • Shaker bits in Halloween shapes and colors
  • Distress Inks in Black Soot, Seedless Preserves, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Vintage Photo
  • Ink blending brush
  • Water spray bottle
  • Watercolor paper
  • Heat gun
  • 1/2" Double-sided adhesive foam tape
  • 1/2" Double-sided adhesive tape
  • Leaf dies - approximated 1" size. I used ones from Stamp Anniething.
  • Your favorite liquid glue
  • Stamp the Patches Halloween Witch Stamp, color, and fussy cut. I used Copic markers:
    • Green: YG09, YG05, YG11
    • Pink cheeks: R20, R30
    • Purple: V17, V15, V12
    • Orange: YR09, YR04, YR01
  • How to make the shaker:
    • Tape the two nested hexagon dies together and cut out 6 frames using chipboard for the shaker. Also cut one frame using black cardstock for the front. Glue the 6 frames together with liquid glue and let dry.

    • Using the larger of the nested hexagon die, cut out one piece using the Halloween patterned paper and one from white cardstock for the back of the shaker and a piece of acetate for the shaker. 
    • Using the 1/8" double-sided adhesive tape, adhere the black cardstock onto the acetate. Using the 1/8" double-sided adhesive tape, adhere the acetate to the chipboard frames.
    • Adhere the white cardstock hexagon piece to the patterned paper. This will provide additional stability to the shaker. 
    • Add the shaker bits to the shaker piece, then adhere the patterned paper with liquid glue. Don't shake it until the glue dries. 
  • Ink Smooshing Background:
    • Apply distress inks on a craft mat then spritz the inks with water
    • Using watercolor paper, smoosh your paper over the inks gently, being careful not to mix the inks or it will get muddy. 
    • Dry between layers with a heat gun. Repeat the above steps until you get the desired look. 
    • After the paper is dry, adhere to the black cardstock mat.
  • Embedding the shaker:
    • Instead of having the shaker piece sit on top of the card, it will be "embedded" into the card. To do this, using the large hexagon die to cut out a hole in the card front. Save the piece that is cut out for the leaves to be cut later.
    • Insert the shaker piece and place piece of double-sided tape (not the foam tape, just regular tape) 
    • Using the 1/2" double-sided foam tape, add two to three layers (depends on how thick your foam tape is) to the back of the card front. The foam tape needs to be level with the thickness of the shaker. 
    • Adhere the card front to the A6 card base.

  • Leaf embellishments:
    • Using the hexagon piece that was cut out of the card front, use leaf dies to cut out 3 leaves. 
    • Ink the edges of the leaves using Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
    • Adhere the leaves to the card front
  • Finishing the card:
    • Adhere Patches Halloween Witch stamp onto the card.
    • Stamp your sentiment of choice on white cardstock and mat it with black cardstock and adhere onto the card.

I have to say this was one of the most fun cards I've made. I hope you give this one a try! 

Thank you for visiting today and have a very creative week!

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Friday, October 8, 2021

Stamp Anniething Sneak Peek Day 3: Donna - Dancing Queen

Welcome to Day 3 of Stamp Anniething's sneak peeks where the theme is Disco! Today I am showcasing the beautiful and groovy stamp called Donna - Dancing Queen. All I can hear right now is the song by ABBA called Dancing Queen..."You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life...Ooh, see that girl, watch that scene, digging the dancing queen." OK, now the song is stuck in my brain! So fun to listen to that song while making this card. All new releases are now available in the Stamp Anniething store! 

I first stamped Donna and then cut her out using the coordinated outline die. I then colored her using Copic markers.

Copic Markers Used
Skin: E04, E11, E21, E00, E000
Eyeshadow: B02
Cheeks: R20
Tongue: R32, R20
Hair: E18, E08, YR18, YR14

For the dress, I used a stencil from Sassy and Crafty called Paisley Fields and used Arteza Metallic Gel Pens in green, turquoise, pink, and purple. 

To create the background for this 6x6 card, I first used the Stamp Anniething Fancy Swirls stencil with Oxide Inks in Dusty Concord, Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade, and Mowed Lawn.

For the dance floor, I cut out a piece of white glitter paper and inked it with the oxide inks (same colors as above) using a blending brush. 

I cut out the word groovy using the new word die and Stamp Anniething glitter paper from the Glitter Paradise Pack. Using the same glitter cardstock, I used an old flower punch from Paper Shapers to cut out 2 flowers. In addition, I used the same cardstock to cut out mats for the sentiment.

I adhered everything with double-sided foam tape except for the sentiment and yellow flower. 

A fun card to make, so I hope you give it a try! 

Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoyed all the new releases. Have a crafty day!

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Stamp Anniething Sneak Peek Day 2: Jackie - Hey There Foxy Lady

Welcome to Day 2 of sneak peeks at Stamp Anniething where the theme this month is "Disco." Such a fun set to create your 70's themed and disco cards! Today's sneak peek stamp can't get any cuter! This is the Jackie - Hey There Foxy Lady stamp and she's got disco fever.  All new releases will be available in the store tomorrow, 9:00 AM PT/12:00 PM ET. 

I first stamped Jackie then used the coordinating outline die to cut her out. I colored this stamp using Copic markers.

Copic Markers and Arteza Gel Pens Used
Skin: E59, E57, E15, E33, E31
Cheeks: R22, R32
Hair: E49, E47, E44, E43
Blouse: YR24, YR23, YR21 plus Arteza metallic gel pen in silver, gold, and white gel pen
Pants: V17, V15, V12
Shoes: Arteza metallic pens in silver, purple, and white gel pen
Bracelet, Button, Belt: Arteza metallic pen

I made a 6x6 square card using the new Disco Stencil and stencil butter to create the dance floor and the word Disco.  I used an old stencil from my stash and Oxide Inks in Dusty Concord, Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade, and Mowed Lawn to create the wild background. 

To mat the card front, I used a sheet of Stamp Anniething's glitter paper from the Glitter Paradise Pack. I used the same cardstock to cut out a couple of ribbons to place on the dance floor. I adhered Jackie and the sentiment flat using liquid glue.

To finish the card, I added multi-colored sequins.

Thank you for stopping by and please come back tomorrow to see Day 3 of the sneak peeks! Have a creative day!

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Stamp Anniething Sneak Peek Day 1: Gary - You''re My Casanova

Who remembers the 70’s? I sure do! It was disco time! Those were the good old days. I still love the music from the 70’s, especially the disco songs. This month’s sneak peeks from Stamp Anniething is all about disco! Today’s card features the groovy “Gary - You're My Casanova” and he's on the dance floor boogie-ing to the disco music! I am loving the stamps, the dies, and the stencil in this new release. Links to all the new release products will be available on Friday, October 8.

I made a 6x6 square card using the Disco Ball Die, the Disco Stencil, and used the coordinating  outline die to cut out Gary. An additional stencil I used to make the circles is the Bubble stencil.  

I used Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers to color Gary.

Spectrum Noir Markers used
Skin: AP3, FS8, FS7, FS6,FS9
Cheeks: FS4
Tongue: PP4, PP2
Pants and Jacket: GB7, GB5, GB3, GB1
Shirt and shoes: LV3, LV2, LV1 plus Arteza glitter pen in purple and white gel pen
Eyes: White gel pen for the highlights 

The disco ball is cut out of white glitter cardstock then ink blended using Stamp Anniething's Hybrid Inks in Aspen Gold, Parakeet, Heather, and Shocking Pink using blending brushes. I used black cardstock for the background. I drew lines with yellow and white colored pencils for the light rays then used the Bubble Stencil to add the circles.

I used Prismacolor pencils to create the dance floor using the Disco Stencil and the circles on the rays of light. The Prismacolor Pencils used are PC1008, PC916, PC994, PC919, PC913, PC938.  I used the Disco Stencil, a white prismacolor pencil, and a white gel pen to add the white sparkly lights.

I adhered the disco ball flat on the cardstock and used double-sided foam tape for Gary. 

To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment, trimmed it to size, and added a black mat. I used double-sided foam tape to adhere it to the card. I trimmed the card front leaving a 1/8" white border around the card. 

 Thank you for visiting today and make sure you come back tomorrow for Day 2 of sneak peeks! Have a crafty day! 

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Conie Fong Art & Design: Witching You a Happy Halloween

It’s starting to look more like Halloween in my neighborhood. Several of my neighbors have put up their spooky Halloween decorations so now I’m really in the mood to make more Halloween cards. I made this card using the adorable digital stamp from Conie Fong Art & Design called Witchy Broomstick Gnome. There are seven images in this bundle. Head on over to the Conie Fong Etsy store for all the details. This stamp bundle is 25% off for a limited time. No coupon needed. 

I just love working with digital stamps so for this A2 card, I made sure that sized it on my cardstock the size I wanted. I then added the sentiment at the bottom of the card and printed it out.  I printed the stamp again without the sentiment on masking paper so that I can mask it to create the background. 

Before inking the background, I colored the stamp using Copic markers. You can do the background first if that’s your preference, but I find it easier to color the stamp first. 

Copic markers used

Skin: E13, E11, E21, E00, E000
Cheeks: R20, R30
Hair: E18, E08, YR18, YR14
Purple: V17, V15, V12
Green: YG09, YG05, YG01
Orange: YR09, YR04, YR02
Broom: YR27, YR23, Y18
Broom stick: E37, E34, E31
Cat: C5, C3, C1, R20
Moon: Y18, Y13, Y11, W1

To create the background, I masked the stamp I just colored then used Distress Inks in Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, and Black Soot.  I then sprinkled some Distress Ink Stain Spray in Picket Fence to create some stars. 

To finish the card, I added a black cardstock mat to the card front then adhered everything onto the card base.  A very simple, but cute card to make!

Thank you for visiting and I hope you give this card a try! Hope you have a very creative week!


Thursday, September 30, 2021

Scrappy Boy Stamps: Christmas Ornament Tags

I love making Christmas tags that can be saved and used as an ornament for a tree or a decoration. I made these ornaments using the adorable Scrappy Boy Stamps' Away in a Manger stamp set. It has all the stamps to make a nativity scene or just cute tags with a few of the stamps. 

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a card with a nativity scene. At this time, I colored a double set of stamps to save to make these ornament tags. Please refer back to this blog post, called Away in a Manger, for all the Copic colors used. 

To make the ornament tag, I used a die from Lawn Fawn called Stitched Circle Tags. I used Distress Inks and Oxide Inks to create the background. Colors are listed below each ornament.

Distress Inks used: Seedless Preserves, Blueprint Sketch

Distress Inks used: Wild Honey, Chipped Sapphire, Seedless Preserves

Oxide Inks used: Tumbled Glass, Dusty Concord

To finish the tags, I added a ribbon bow, jute for the string, and a few sequins on each. I used a white gel pen to add a few stars. 

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you give these tags a try. Fun to make with the entire family! Have a great day and a very creative week.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Paper Nest Dolls: Happy Birthday Dahling!

Inspired by the most loved puppy movie, The 101 Dalmatians, Paper Nest Dolls has created this adorable stamp called Puppy Villain. This stamp is one of the four stamps from their Villain Collection and it comes in red rubber and digital formats. I thought it would be fun to put her on a birthday card, but you can use it for other occasions. Check out their other stamps in the amazing Villain Collection!

I created a 6x6 square card and used the digital version so that I can make her large (4 inches tall) so that the fur details can be seen on her coat. I used a combination of Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils to color this stamp. 

Copic Markers Used
Hair (Black): T9, T7, T5, T3; Hair (White): T3, T1, T0
Skin: E04, E11, E21, E00, E000
Dress: T9, T5, T2, T2
Purse: T5, T3, T1, T0
Earrings, Shoes & Cigarette Holder: R29, R22
Puppy: T5, T3, T1

Prismacolor Pencils Used
Fur Coat: PC1065, PC1063, PC1060, PC938
Supplies used:
  • Patterned cardstock is from Echo Park, Magic and Wonder
  • Dalmatian clipart is from
  • Heart dies from Cricut Cuttlebug
  • Stitched rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs
  • I typed my own sentiment in Microsoft Word and printed it out.

This is a fun and easy card to make. I love using patterned paper from a paper pad since the colors are always coordinated. I hope you give this card a try!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by! Have a wonderful and creative week. 

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Blank Page Muse: Funny Cat Card

I had a cat that lived 17 years named Feisty. He was an awesome cat most of the time. He loved to play catch with a puff ball or a rolled up piece of paper. When he got older, he didn't play as much and I often thought he had an attitude! LOL! When I saw this stamp from Blank Page Muse, it reminded me of Feisty! This red rubber stamp is called Frederico Cat Words and Stencil Bundle designed by Donna Gray. The stamp set comes with a stencil. This funny cat is perfect for any cat or animal lover. You can save 15% on this stamp and all purchases at Blank Page Muse by using my special code BPMBetty. 

  • Blank Page Muse: Frederico Cat Words and Stencil Bundle designed by Donna Gray
  • A2 White Card Base
  • Card front: White cardstock 4.25"W x 5.5"H (I used an A2 stitched rectangle die)
  • Purple patterned paper of choice about 4"W x 6"H
  • White cardstock for sentiment about 3-1/2"W x 2"H
  • Your favorite coloring medium (I used Copic alcohol markers)
  • Black ink pad - use ink pad that is compatible with your coloring medium
  • Stamping block or stamp positioner
  • 3-1/4" (or 3") Circle Die (I used an in and out stitched circle die)
  • Purple texture paste (I used TCW Stencil Butter in Orchid)
  • Palette knife
  • Scraper
  • Light tack tape or washi tape
  • Purple sequins
  • Liquid glue
  • Cut out all the cardstock to the sizes indicated above
  • Stamp the image and sentiment
  • Using your favorite coloring medium, color the stamp. I used Copic Markers. Listed below are the colors I used.
    • Ears and nose: R20, R32
    • Fur: E74, W3, YR04, Y17, YR21, Y000
  • Fussy cut Frederico
  • For this next step with using texture paste or butter, work on a craft mat for easy clean up. Gather the patterned paper, paste, palette knife, scraper, and stencil. 
    • Tape the patterned paper onto the work surface. Place the stencil over the paper and tape it down so it won't move when stencil paste is applied.
    • Using a palette knife, apply the paste, ensuring the holes are filled in
    • Using the scraper, gently scrape ONE TIME and put the excess paste back in the jar
    • Carefully pull up the stencil. Let the stenciled paper dry for at least one hour. Do not use a heat gun. Quickly wash the stencil and palette knife with water and wipe up any paste from the craft mat. 
    • Using a circle die, cut a circle from the stenciled paper
    • Trim the sentiment to 2-7/8"W x 1"H. Using the patterned paper, create a mat 3"W x 1-1/8"H. Adhere the sentiment to the mat.
    • Adhere the stenciled circle onto the card stitched rectangular mat. Using double sided foam tape, adhere Frederico and the sentiment.
    • Adhere the card front to the card base
    • To finish the card, adhere the sequins. 

This is such a cute and fun card to make. I hope you give it a try! Thank you for visiting and have a creative week. 

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