Mama Elephant: Slimline Zodiac Tiger Card

My card was inspired by the Mama Elephant Slim Card Basics Creative Cuts that will be released on April 15th. I had bought this LDRS Creative Slim Line Scallop Die Set from my local store months ago but hadn’t tried it out yet. Today, I had a virtual crafting session with some friends where we challenged ourselves to make a non-A2 sized card. It was the perfect time to try making a slimline card.


I started by making my card base, card panel and die cutting the frames. I also cut a piece of acetate and the letters for “great” from the Mama Elephant Whimsy Alphas Creative Cuts. After ink blending my card panel with Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxides, I stamped and colored images from the Mama Elephant Zodiac Tiger and Zodiac Dragon sets. For my sentiment I used the “Have A Grrreat Birthday” but cut apart the “have a” and “birthday” so I could pair it with the die cut letters for “great”. I glued together my frames and adhered my acetate with scor-tape. I added a free sequin mix I got from Honey Bee Stamps awhile back, to my card base and then used thin foam strips to pop up my shaker window.

Once my shaker was assembled I adhered my sentiment and stamped images with some liquid glue. I love the inclusion of the dies to cut the paws of the tigers so they can hold the different items in the stamp set. It’s easy to mix and match the items from the other zodiac sets as well, like the dumpling from the dragon set.


I love how this card turned out and I can’t wait to get a set of the Slim Card Basics Creative Cuts once they’re released on April 15th.



Concord & 9th: April Release


Yesterday my order from Concord & 9th arrived and I used it to make all of the cards above. For three of the cards I used the new Fringe Frenzy kit.  The kit includes all of the materials and instructions to jump right into “fringing all the things.” The pineapple die I used for the fringe card in the middle, is actually from a Catherine Pooler set, but Concord & 9th has a great pineapple die as well that you can purchase.

The two middle cards in the top row were made using the Fashion Wear set. I could not wait to use these stamps since I loved Winter Wear so much. Both sets can be used together which I think is really smart.

I used Pinata Party stamps and dies to make the Pinata card.  He actually moves up and down on the ribbon because he’s attached to a straw (learned that from a make n’ take at my local store this weekend). Lastly, I used the freebie gem turnabout stamp and die set to create the first card in the top row.  I used Catherine Pooler inks in colors that reminded me of gemstones. Such a cute set.

If you liked my cards and wish to purchase any of the new release, you can find everything on the Concord & 9th website, here. Thanks for checking out my cards!



Spellbinders December Card Kit of the Month 10 Cards 1 Kit


One of my 2019 goals has been to get back into blogging. Along with that, I’ve figured out how to record and edit videos on my iPad. My first video is a 10 Cards 1 Kit using the Spellbinders December Card Kit of the Month.

This kit has a fun winter theme and comes with everything you need to make cards. I tried my hardest not to bring in too many outside supplies except for some adhesive, card stock and dies. Please check out the videos below to see an unboxing along with the cards I created.



2019 Crafty Resolutions

95637734-2019-new-year-two-thousand-nineteen-greeting-cardIt’s been a busy year with wedding planning, a new job, and meeting lots of new crafty friends. I’m getting married in just a few days, and I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want my 2019 to look like. Not only do I have personal goals like figuring out how to use my Instant Pot, but I also want to focus more on card making since it brings me joy.

So here are my top crafty resolutions for 2019:

1. Work on posting regularly on this blog and participate in some challenges.

I’m sure you’ve noticed that my last post was in 2017. Yeah, it’s been a busy year. 

2. Use the supplies I have instead of buying every new release I see.

I do my best to buy things on sale but as of late I’ve been buying faster than I can create.  Time to remedy that. Hoping that joining some challenges will help with this.

3. Reorganize my craft room.

I don’t have a ton of space since I’m in an apartment but I do have some great storage options thanks to Ikea. I had everything nice and organized until I bought all the cute Lawn Fawn and Christmas releases. Now my craft room is a hot mess. 

4. Destash.

Ugh. As much as I hate to admit it I am probably at the point where I could reduce my collection a bit. When I first started crafting I bought everything I could get my hands on, but now I know what style of products I like. Might be time to say goodbye to some things I haven’t used.

5. Try some new supplies/techniques.

Don’t laugh but I just started using Nuvo drops and they’re my new favorite thing. I also have the Spellbinders Glimmer Foil System that I need to experiment with more.  Not to mention, I still haven’t foiled with my actual laminator. 

What are your crafty resolutions for 2019?



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New Release: Sugar Pea Designs Indian Summer and Arrow Cover Plate

Today I wanted to feature a card I made using the new Sugar Pea Designs release. This was my first purchase with this company and I’m very pleased with the products I bought.

When I first saw sneak peeks of this release, I was instantly drawn to the Arrow Cover Plate.  I’m always looking for ways to make my card backgrounds more interesting.  I loved the cards that guest designers were creating with the Arrow Cover.  I was also smitten with the Indian Summer stamp set featuring adorable fall themed raccoons.

Release day was August 25th (also the same day I got engaged, haha) and I placed my order that evening (after celebrating with our family of course). My package arrived last week and I wasted no time creating my first card.  Below I’ll walk you through what I designed using these products.

Indian Summer

To make my card I started with an A2 Card base. I’ve thought about making my own but the pre-made ones save me time. I just buy mine at Jo-Ann in packs of 50.  They also come with matching envelopes.

Using the Sugar Pea Designs Arrow Coverplate, I die cut and embossed on Gina K Craft Cardstock.  I also used the Coverplate again with a teal polka dot paper from the Sugar Pea Designs Spots and Stripes Brights paper pad. I glued down the kraft background and then inlaid the teal polka dot paper in the die cut spaces.  I realized after the fact that I could have just glued the teal paper behind the Arrow Coverplate but at the time I had planned on making a second card from the scraps.

I stamped some of the raccoons and pumpkins from the Sugar Pea Designs Indian Summer stamp set with my Misti using Versafine ink.  For the first time, I watercolored with my Zig markers using a waterbrush.  I think they turned out pretty good.  I’m sure I’ll get better with practice though.

After I die cut all my images, I heat embossed the sentiment on a piece of vellum with gold powder. To adhere all my pieces I used foam squares and my tape runner. To finish off my design I added some enamel dots from WPlus9.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope I’ve inspired you to go out and purchase this set.  It will be great for all your fall and Thanksgiving themed cards.


Links to products mentioned:

Core’dinations A2 Card/Envelopes Pack http://www.joann.com/coredinations-card%2Fenvelopes–a2-white%3B-50-pack/13660816.html#q=core’dinations%2Bcard&start=1

Gina K. Craft Cardstock http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/product.sc?productId=1504&categoryId=292

Sugar Pea Designs Spots & Stripes Brights Patterned Paper Collection  http://www.sugarpeadesigns.com/product/spots-stripes-brights-patterned-paper-collection

Sugar Pea Designs Indian Summer Stamps http://www.sugarpeadesigns.com/product/indian-summer

Sugar Pea Designs Indian Summer Sugar Cuts http://www.sugarpeadesigns.com/product/sugarcut-indian-summer

Sugar Pea Designs Arrow Cover Plate http://www.sugarpeadesigns.com/product/sugarcut-arrow-cover-plate

WPlus9 Design Studios Enamel Dots Autumn Splendor Red https://hallmarkscrapbook.com/products/productswplus9-design-studios-enamel-dots-autum-splendor-red-html

Zig Markers 60 Count https://www.amazon.com/Kuretake-Clean-Color-Watercolour-Colours/dp/B007PMOH00/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_201_t_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=5HQP5SX4MHG0E42P0VE1

Zig Waterbrush Pen https://hallmarkscrapbook.com/products/brush-h20-watercolor-brush-detailer

Fundamentals A4 Plain Vellum https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product/Fundamentals-A4-PLAIN-VELLUM-SHEETS-Pack-FV63-FV63FUN?currency=USD

WOW Embossing Powder Super Fine Gold http://www.joann.com/wow-embossing-powder-super-fine/zprd_13593181a.html

EK Success Powder Tool https://hallmarkscrapbook.com/products/productsek-success-tools-powder-tool-applicator-html

Scrapbook Adhesives 3-D Foam Squares https://hallmarkscrapbook.com/products/scrapbook-adhesives-3-d-permanent-foam-squares-308pc

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Starting Out

I’ve been making cards on and off for about a year but my love for stamps started at a young age.  I remember my Mom dragging me to Stampin’ Up parties people from her work would host.  I loved the idea of taking a few stamps and making a variety of cards for every occasion.  Sometimes she would even let me pick out a few stamps to buy for myself.

I fell back into crafts through decorating planners.  Then, I discovered planner stamps and there was no going back.  I had the urge to decorate and use stickers on everything.  Card making came back into play last summer after my Mom gave me a bunch of her old stamps.  I’m not a huge fan of wood block stamps anymore but I’ll still use them on occasion.

Lately, I’ve been making cards and have decided to try selling them.  Here are a few of the ones I’ve made recently.

I’ll be posting projects on here and possibly blog more about how I make cards and decorate my planner.  If you see something you like and would be interested in a custom order, please feel free to email me.