Busy Bee

I’ve be pretty busy preparing for my upcoming classes that I haven’t had much time to create new projects. I tried this technique a few weeks ago that I saw on SCS.


While I don’t think my card turn out nearly as great at the tutorial author I am definitely interesting in giving this one another try soon! I’ve been trying lately to only use Stampin’ Up! products, but something I learned a long time ago about creativity…don’t limit your own creativity.

So in the next couple of weeks I will try to post both Stampin’ Up! product projects and non-SU projects….BUT I will tell you I use Stampin’ Up! products in combination with other products very often. I think that might be my favorite this about Stampin’ Up! It creates an awesome base of great products to use on all different cards and projects!

Thanks for visiting, come again soon!


A Fabulous Birthday!

Is it just me or does every card maker have to same problem? My problem lately has been that I cannot remember if I sent someone a birthday card using a specific birthday themed image I have. I love all of my images and frequently add new ones to my collection, but for the life of me I can never remember what has already been sent and to whom! I think I’m going to have to start doing what my Mom does. She uses the same image and sketch, but different papers and colors to make ALL of her birthday cards she anticipates needing for one year. I think I’ll start with this one since the image is brand new and I know I haven’t sent it to anyone yet.

I made this card using some new Echo Park DP I picked up last week at my LSS and my newest MFT a la mode-Big Birthday Wishes. This card is an easel card, which I made following the tutorial from SCS. Below is a side view.

I made the “stopper” for the card 3 layers thick and added the brads to ensure it would stand up.

I think this card would make a great choice for my new plan of action when it comes to making birthday cards…maybe after the holidays I’ll post a little swarm of Fabulous Birthday cards!

Window Card


I made this card following the SCS tutorial for tent cards. I saw a super cute little card made by a splitcoast user(and for life of me I cannot find the card again…I really should save these to my favorites), using MFT’s Start the Day With a Whee PI set. I couldn’t help myself! I used her card as inspiration to try a whole new technique and a little bit to order this little cutie direct from Heather Ellis! I have to be honest, I also bough the grass punch by fiskar especially for this card as well. I’ve since mad dozens of these little tent cards in various sizes. I think that are super cute to build a little 3D scene to send off and brighten someones day.

I used MME Lime Twist paper for this card (which I did not buy specifically for this card, but it came in handy). I also used SU Purely Pomegranate CS, a SU saying (I cannot remember to sets name), and a felt cloud I bought on clearance at Michaels.

I love sharing my creations with everyone, thanks for coming to visit!

I whipped this up…

I’ve been wanting to try making a tutorial to post on my blog. I’m not handy with a video camera and I dislike the sound of my voice on recordings, so I created this picture tutorial. I  hope everyone finds it helpful and useful. Here is how I like to paper piece:

Step 1: I choose and stamp my image onto card stock. In this case I chose Curious Metallics Cyrogen White using Momento Tuxedo Black Ink. I’ve only ever done paper piecing with stamped images, but one day I plan to conquer my fears and paper piece a digital image.

Step 2: I stamp my chosen patterned papers with the parts of the image I want to paper piece. In this case I used October Afternoon’s Modern Homemaker 8×8 pad. I made little notes on the picture to show you which pattern I used for which parts on the final image. When I ink my image I try to only ink the section I am going to use this way I don’t waste paper or ink. I’m done stamping now so I clean off my stamp and put it away. I’ve been known to “misplace” clear stamps before…yikes!

Step 3: Next I color the skin on my image. I use E11 and E00 for most of my faces and skin. I add R20 for the cheeks. I do this on my main image and also on any other piece I would need to cut out.

As you can see I color her arm and hand on both images. I don’t know why I do this, but I always seem to color extra part that will be covered by paper pieces. I also just now realized I didn’t color her neck…opps!

While I have my markers out I also color any other parts of my image that don’t have patterned paper pieces wait for them. I colors her pants with E31 and E33, her shoes with C5 and C7, and her hair with E53, her headband with R24, and the spoon and batter with E21 and E34. I’m done coloring for now so all markers go back in there containers. I like having a clean space to work in…you wouldn’t know that if you saw my desk!

Step 4: Now it’s time to cut! I’ve trimmed all my pieces to smaller parts and now I will diligently cut out all of the part.

If you look closely you will see I didn’t cut out her hand yet. In the past I’ve lost the little parts so I wait until I’ve ready to glue it on before I cut it out. Also you’ll notice that the apron isn’t perfectly cut out…don’t worry that part gets covered up.

Step 5: I begin to glue. I use Zip Dry Paper Glue for most of my paper crafting projects. I like that the glue is clear, you don’t need to use much, and it drys quickly. You’ll see in this picture that I’ve attached the apron and the bowl.  You can see that I covered up the part of the apron that wasn’t perfectly cut out. I will do the same with the bowl…covering up her hands and the spoon and batter.

All done! Now it’s time to assemble the card and put all the finishing touches on this beautiful image.

I made this card for the MFTGUESTDT0912 design team challenge. It’s so much fun to play along with all the great challenges different teams and companies have on the web. I hope everyone enjoys my creations as much as I enjoy creating them!