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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


Wedding Congrats

Hi everyone.  Just dropping in quickly to share a super CAS wedding card today.

I stamped the connected rings on a scrap of white cardstock with silver pigment ink.  I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder and then die cut it out with the matching die.  To colour the image, I used a silver Gelly Roll pen for the band and a clear Spica pen for the diamond.

The diamond rays was stamped also with silver pigment ink on a Scalloped Stitched Rectangle piece, but this time it was heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  The congrats die cut sentiment was a leftover piece I had die cut in excess from this baby card.  I just die cut a second one from scraps to stack them for a little dimension.  I Ombré coloured the bottom in a teal colour with Copics.

The scallop panel was adhered to a white top folding card base.  The ring image was mounted with foam tape and a few sparkly clear sequins were added to finish.



I am playing in the following challenges:

Inkspirational- 129 Connect (rings, wedding)
Less is More – 318 Mainly Teal
Time Out – 3rd Birthday Party Love/Friendship optional spotlighting
STAMPlorations – March Anything CAS Goes optional sky blue
Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Weeks 271 and 272 Use Snippets (cardstock)


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.


Winter Wishes

Hi there.  Today I am sharing a fun CAS Christmas card.

To keep it CAS and to create dimensions without adding any layers, I double dry embossed an A2 size piece of white cardstock with a Wave embossing folder (EF) and a Circle Peek-a-Boo die.  Then I trimmed it down to 5-1/4″x4″.

I die cut a reverse circle mask and placed it around the circle.  I then heat embossed snowflakes with VersaMark ink and clear embossing powder. Next I masked a slope within the circle then sponged Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink (retired) and Blueprint Sketch inks to create the sky.  This sky colour combo is definitely outside the box for me, but I like it.

I stamped Waddles skiing on a scrap of white cardstock, coloured with Copics then die cut out with the matching die.  I added snow with a white gel pen.  The sentiment was white heat embossed on a strip of black cardstock.  The panel was mounted onto a white card base and clear Wink of Stella was added to the hat to finish.  I thought the double embossed background was enough, so no embellishments.

In that stamp set, there is a great image to create a coffee themed card, so I made a similar card for the 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop .  Because I used the other wave EF in the duo set on this card and it gives a more subtle embossed look, I added a few sequins on this one.

Updated to Add:  Please note that the circle is not inlaid. The double emboss technique dry embosses both patterns of the EF and the die on one single layer of cardstock with no die cutting involved.  There is only dry embossing.  The only die cutting I did was with Waddles.  I am having trouble finding the video where I saw this technique, but when I do find it, I will update and link it here.

Update with Link:  Good News!  I found the link!  I was searching the wrong terms.  Anywho, the technique is shown towards the end of this video HERE.



I am entering in the following challenges:

Your Next Stamp – Sketch Challenge #54
Merry Monday – #226 Winter Fun
Send a Smile 4 Kids – Winter Fun 4 Kids
CAS Mix Up – December Stamping + Sponging + Your Choice (embossing, die cut)
Addicted to Stamps and More – #224 CAS
MarkerPop – #110 Winter
Simon Says Stamps – National Christmas Card Day

O Christmoose Tree

Hi there.  I have a really fun moose tree Christmas card to share today. I love this Mini Merry Chris-moose stamp, so when I saw this penguin tree card by @carolinepaton1 on Instagram, I wanted to give it a try.

Instead of die cutting each one out like she did, I used the masking technique and stamped them on a white A2 size stitched rectangle panel with Memento black ink.

I coloured with Copics, then added clear Wink of Stella to the hats and scarves.

For the tree trunk, I stamped the sentiment with black Versafine ink, then heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  To anchor the moose, I drew the line with a black Copic multiliner.  I mounted the panel to a white card base, then added a few white snowflake sequins to finish.

From this point forward, I’ve decided to make two of everything (if I can).  Needless to say, there was a lot of colouring today. *lol*



I am playing in the following challenges:

Just Add Ink – #338 Inspiration (used colours for hats and scarves)
Your Next Stamp – Sketch #53
SSS Wednesday – “O” Christmas Tree
Send a Smile 4 Kids – Anything Goes
Weekly Christmas Card – #50 Anything Goes