Category Archives: Guest Design

YNS March Feature Day

Hi everyone.  Today is my final post as March guest designer for Your Next Stamp.  It’s Feature Day at YNS and this month’s theme is laughter.  Leave a comment on their blog post here for a chance to win a stamp set of your choice.  For my card, the idea came from this 😂 LOL emoji.  I initially added tears, but they looked like they were crying rather than laughing.

So…I nixed the tears and created this card.

YNS Supplies: Create a Character | Silly Monsters Chill OutCircles diesStitched Rectangle dies | Happy Spring Paper Pad | Gumdrops

First I die cut the stripe pattern paper with the largest Stitched Rectangle.  I didn’t have the right yellow colour cardstock so I coloured scraps of white cardstock with a Clarity brush and Mustard Seed distress ink.  I stamped the faces with black Versafine ink, heat embossed with clear embossing powder and then die cut them with a circle die.  To give them definition, the edges were outlined with a Y15 Copic marker.  All faces but one were attached to the upper 2/3 of a 3.25″ x 4.5″ white piece of cardstock before it was die cut with the third largest 3″x 4.2″ size Stitched Rectangle.

The sentiment was white heat embossed on a black stitched strip and then adhered below the laughing faces.  The last face was adhered to overhang the black sentiment strip.

The card was assembled on a white top folding card base and a few yellow gumdrops were added to finish.


YNS Challenge #60

Hi everyone.  I’m back again to share another guest design project for Your Next Stamp.  YNS challenge #60 is up and you can see more inspirations there.  This time I used the color challenge to create a birthday card.

And here’s my card.

I stamped the Darling Little Mermaid on an A2 piece of X-Press It paper and coloured with Copics.  Next I die cut it with a Stitched Rectangle.

The sentiment was white heat embossed on strips of black cardstock.  For a sunny background, a light dusting of Mustard Seed distress ink was added with a Clarity brush.

The stitched panel was adhered onto a white top folding card base with foam adhesive.  Clear WInk of Stella was added to her top, tail and select strands of her hair.  To finish, a few sparkly gumdrops were added.

This card would have been perfect for my niece two birthdays ago when she received a Mermaid swim suit for her birthday.  Hope she will like this and have good memories.



I am entering this in The Cat’s Pajamas challenge 333 – Water

Guest Designer for MarkerPop

Happy Sunday everyone.  Today I am sharing a card I created as the guest designer for challenge #116 at MarkerPop.  The theme is Lucky Pot of Gold and here’s the inspiration graphic.

And here’s my card

I don’t make and celebrate St. Patrick’s day so I made a friendship card instead. The pot of gold, face and sentiment were stamped.  All other elements are diecuts.  To start, I stamped the pot of gold with Intense Black ink on X-press It paper, then fussy cut it out.  Next, I masked the bottom half of a white A2 piece of cardstock and using a DIY diecut ray stencil, I blended Twisted Citron for the background.  I die cut the rainbow, hat, beer, arms and clover leaf from X-press It paper as well and coloured with Copics, giving them a no-line colouring look.

Next I adhered the rainbow and pot of gold to the panel then die cut it with a stitched rectangle die.  For some dimension and interest, I did the camouflage die cut technique using NBUS Stitched Scallop Rectangle Frames.  I die cut two more frames to stack them.

I stamped the face onto the clover and the sentiment inside the frame. To finish, I added clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle to the clover and gold coins and glossy accents to the beer mug.  Join in the fun and link up your Irish inspired creations for a chance to win a pack of X-Press It cardstock.



I am entering in the following challenges:
Words 2 Craft ByW2CB 39 Proverbs and Blessings
Happy Little StampersMarch Anything Goes with Dies
Addicted to Stamps and MoreMake Your Mark
Dies R Us68 Something New (frame die)
Craft StamperAnything Goes with Stamping


YNS March DT Dare

Hi there.  I’m back with another guest design project for Your Next Stamp.  Each month, YNS dares the DT and guests to create a project based on a theme using new released products.  This month the theme is Shades of Spring.  To view all the projects from the DT and guests, go to the YNS blog.  Be sure to leave a comment there for your chance to win a stamp set of your choice.  And now here’s my card.

So nothing says more spring to me than rainbows. 😉 To start, I die cut curvy masks from masking paper with the Double Stitched Hills die.  I trimmed off the stitching marks because I didn’t want them to show from ink blending.  On a white A2 panel, I stamped the butterflies and mini butterflies within the curved masked area and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

For the rainbow of colours, I die cut another curved mask, from acetate this time, and used it to blend different distress inks in sections. The bunny was stamped with black Memento ink on a scrap piece of X-press It paper, coloured with Copics and fussy cut out.  I adhered the bunny on the cardstock, then coloured in the ground and shadow.  Once again, I used a DIY cloud border stencil and Tumbled Glass distress ink to create the sky background.

Next, I die cut the A2 panel with a Stitched Rectangle die before stamping the sentiment in black.  To finish, I added gumdrops and clear Wink of Stella to the rainbow.

Now don’t forget to head over to the YNS blog and leave a comment for your chance to win a stamp set of your choice.  Thank you for stopping by.




I am entering in the folloing challenges:

Just Add Ink Challenge #349 Inspiration Photo
Send a Smile 4 Kids Spring Colors
Penny Black and More March Anything Goes


YNS 2017 March Release Blog Hop

Welcome to the 2017 March Release Blog Hop for Your Next Stamp!  There are many fantastic new products being released this month. And the best part?  They are available right now in the YNS store!  But first…

Okay, I love interactive cards, so for this hop, I decided to do a magic slider card featuring A Cute Stack stamp set.

This is my second time making a magic slider, so I created it from memory.  I’m sure a google search will yield plenty of tutorials for you if you wanted to make one yourself. The key is to align your images perfectly.  Here’s my card.

YNS Supplies: A Cute Stack | Cool Tag Banner Sentiments

And here’s a short video to see it in action.


And that is it from me, but keep on hopping to see more inspirational projects from the group.  Click on the blue button to access the blog links on the hop.


And don’t forget to leave a comment before you go.  A $25 gift card to the YNS store is up for grabs!  Then head over to the YNS store and use the discount code to save 20% on your entire order, including new releases!  Thank you for stopping by. Happy hopping!


YNS March Release Sneak Peeks

Hi there. It’s time for the March Release sneak peeks from Your Next Stamp!  For my card I decided to make a peek-a-boo baby card using the adorable Stacked with Fun stamp set.

YNS Supplies: Stacked with Fun | Cool Tag Banner Sentiments | Fancy Congrats die | Circles die | Circles Stitching Marks die

To see the other preview projects from the team, head on over to the YNS blog.  The full reveal starts tomorrow at 10:00 pm EST with a Blog Hop, giveaway opportunity and a sale!  See you then.

Your Next Stamp Challenge #59

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Hi there.  I am back today with my second GD post for Your Next Stamp.  Every two weeks, YNS runs a sketch and colour challenge with opportunities to win a GC to their store.  You have the option to do one or the other or really challenge yourself and combine them.  Today marks the start of challenge #59.

For my card today, I chose to use the sketch.

When I saw the Hoppy Friends stamp set released last month, I imagined these cuties parachuting.  So I stamped the image with black Memento ink on a white A2 piece of X-press It paper and then coloured with Copics.  I masked them off and then sponged the sky background with Tumbled Glass and a DIY cloud border stencil die cut from acetate.

The parachute was die cut from white cardstock using Circles dies,  then coloured with Copics and the edges outlined in black.  Using a black Copic multiliner I drew in the harness and with a ruler added the parachute lines.

The sentiment was white heat embossed on a strip of black cardstock and clear Wink of Stella was added to the parachute and the harness to finish.

I am linking to Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #231 Anything Goes.


Guest Designer for Your Next Stamp

Hi everyone.  I am excited to announce that I am guest designing at Your Next Stamp (YNS) for the whole month of March!  YNS offers fun and whimsical products including clear stamps, thin metal dies, inks, pattern paper pads and gumdrop embellishments.  If you’ve been following my blog, you may recognize many of their products that I’ve used on my cards.  So for today, I created a fun uplifting thank you card.

On a white Stitched Rectangle piece of X-press It paper, I stamped the balloons with Memento black ink.  On a scrap piece, I stamped Waddles.  They were both coloured with Copics and then Waddles was fussy cut out.  Highlights were added to the balloons with a white gel pen

Next, Squeezed Lemonade distress ink was added for the background. i adhered Waddles before stamping the sentiment.

The panel was mounted to a top folding card base.  To finish, I added glitter gumdrops and glossy accents to the balloons.

BTW, YNS is sponsoring challenge #332 Things with Wings this week over at Tuesday Throwdown, so I am linking my card there.  Any products are welcomed, so come play along for a chance to win a GC to the YNS store.


CAS Mix Up January Challenge

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Hi again!  You’re not seeing things.  I am back with a second post for today.  This time I am excited and honoured to be a guest designer for January CAS Mix Up Card Challenge.  This month’s challenge is liquid colours.

For my card, I chose to do the reinker spread technique. It is an easy technique to achieve a watercolour effect.

To do this technique, you need a line image stamp.  On Shimmery White cardstock, I white heat embossed the images.  I then added drops of reinkers into a pallet.  Next I generously spritz the embossed images with water.  Using a watercolor brush, I picked up a reinker colour and touched it to the areas where I want that colour.  You’ll see the colour disperse and spread.  And if you don’t then more water is needed.   I continued until the images were all coloured, and then set them aside to dry. You could use a heat tool to quicken the drying process, but I wanted the colours to flow and dry naturally.  Drying times will vary depending on how much water was used.  Once they were dry, I fussy cut them out.

For the background, I splattered some of the reinker colours onto a white A2 stitched rectangle panel.  I die cut the border sentiment from black cardstock.  I adhered the panel to a top folding white card base, assembled the card, then added glossy accents to the black sentiment to finish.  It’s hard to capture in a photo, but due to the cardstock, the images have a beautiful, subtle shimmer to them IRL.

Thank you for stopping by.



Guest Surprise Sweetie Challenge 387

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Happy Sunday everyone!  I’m back again and I am excited to be a guest Surprise Sweetie for Cupcake Inspirations Challenge 387.  This week it is a theme challenge and the theme is Snow Globe.

CIC 387

I was so happy to find out about this theme because I finally got to ink up images from a stamp set that I purchased many years ago.  Unfortunately, this set is no longer available.  Anyway, here’s my card.

Snow Globe Christmas Card

This was pretty simple to make.  I stamped the snow globe image with Intense Black ink in the centre of a white stitched rectangle panel  and then coloured with Prismacolor pencils.

Snow Globe Christmas Card

I wanted the snow globe to look like it’s glowing, so I sponged on some Bashful Blue ink, ensuring to leave white space around it.  For the starry background, I used a white Signo gel pen.  To make a few of the stars “shine”, I used a white Prismacolor pencil to add radiating lines.

Snow Globe Christmas Card

I die cut the sentiment twice from white cardstock and once from glitter paper to stack them for dimension.  The panel was mounted on a top folding white card base and glossy accents was added to the globe as the finishing touch.

Now it’s your turn.  Enter for a chance to win a prize from this week’s sponsor Digital Stamps by Louby Lou.



I am entering in the following challenges:

Uniko Studio – #38 Christmas
Time Out – #71 Christmas with optional Glitter/Shimmer
Naughty or Nice – #34 Christmas Carol vs. Frozen
Addicted to Stamps and More – Make Your Mark  
SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes