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Halloween Step Card

The Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge is to make a step card. I made one of these at Easter, so I pulled out the instructions and tried making another one. I based it on a Halloween theme. – what can be more manly than ghosts aand goblins! I used a number of different elements.

Halloween Mummy, Boo Ghost, Sitting Goofy Cat – Bugaboo Stamps

Ghost#2 Die Cuts – Sizzix

Black grasses – Impression Obsession

Pumpkins, Stars, Heart Stickers from Close to my Heart – Hooligans

Patterned paper – Halloween Designer Paper – Stampin Up

I hand coloured all the stamped images with Copics, fussy and die cut elements and here is the completed card.

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I also entered my card into the following challenges:

Digitally “Sweet” Challenge – Guys Only

Stamplorations – Stamps and Die Cuts

UPDATE: My card was selected as one of the Top 3 at Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge



KIS – Only Stickers

This week at Keep it Simple, they challenged us to make a card using only stickers, and it has to be CAS. That is a lot harder than it sounds.

When I decide to make cards for challenges, I will jot the directions on a piece of paper, and go downstairs to  my craft to create. While looking through my sticker stash, I came across a retired Sticker set from Close to My Heart called Hooligans. Seeing I already had my halloween papers out, I decided to make up a quick card using only stickers. I have boxes of stickers, but I never use them, so I decided today was the day  was going to “shop my stash”. I got the card finished, and went to post it, I realized I missed one key step – CAS. While my card is cute, it was not clean and simple, so back to the craft room I went.

I created my second “sticker” only card using a cute typewriter and heart sticker from set by ink Paislee PEN PALS Puffy Stickers, October Afternoon – BLACK & CREAM and KEY CAPS Sticky Keys Stickers, plus some chipboard heart stickers from my stash (I coloured them red with Copics)

sticker card


I included my non-CAS too, because it was so cute!

sticker hoolagins

Clean and Simple Day 7 and 8


I am really enjoying this class. I have learnt a number of new techniques! For my Day 7 and 8 cards I focused on Simple Copic Colouring.


I got my inspiration from Kristina, but added the inset technique I learnt earlier. I used a die from Papertrey Ink - Tipped  Tops. I cut it three times, once in Neenah Solar White,   once in the patterned paper and once in solid green. I assembled it into a single layer card. I coloured the Happy, Happy with assorted Copics markers.


This card is my favorite so far in the class. I pulled out a new stamp set I purchased from Papertrey Ink. I set the stamps loosely on the card stock until I found a pattern I liked, then roughly coloured circles, then stamped on top. I love the whimsical design. I used assorted Copic markers on Neenah Solar White cardstock. The stamps are PI - Circle Scribbles & Funky Flora. I even made an envelope  to match!

UPDATE:  My card “Smile” was selected as a favorite of the week by the General Stamping Forum for the week ending March 23, 2014

Read more: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/2499644#ixzz2wp324Mwf


My smile card and envelope was also selected as an honourable mention in the Little Tangles “Don’t Forget the Envelope Challenge.



Clean and Simple Day 5 and 6


Every day the girls on Online Card Classes Clean & Simple Card Making offer new techniques that educate and inspire me.

For Day 5, my inspiration for my card was background masking. I made three masked cubes and stamped a flower on top to give the illusion of depth. I used distress inks and a stamp called Wildflowers – Umbells by Magenta Stamps.


For Day 6, I decided to try the Graffiti Stamping Style. I first stamped three coloured ladies and stamped words across them. My first attempt I left half the card blank, but my second attempt I stamped words completely over the images. I used stamps from Close to My Heart – Love Life/Live Out Loud/Take Note/Fashionista. I used Hero Arts ink.



Happy Birthday Card Making Day

I make cards for the seniors at the Belmont nursing home, and because there are more than 130 residents, I try to stay ahead of the game.

Happy Bee Day

Happy Bee Day

My first card uses a number of techniques. I embossed the background using a honeycomb embossing folder. I cut the squares and banners with my Cricut using the “George” cartridge. The bees and sentiment is from Simon Says Stamps - CIRCLE FRIENDS.

A little birdie told me

A little birdie told me

This card uses die cuts from MFT -Die-namics Notched Tag  and Memory Box - WOODLAND BRANCH  . The sentiment is from CTMH – Life is Tweet


An udder year older

An udder year older

This funny card used stamps from Whipper Snapper Designs – MOO’d Swing & Udder Year Older.


3-D flower cards

I received a flower cut-out set for Christmas by K and Co. I made card backings for the flowers with my Cricut and added a Happy Birthday tag and had an instant card.

Ewe go Girl!

The sheep cards can be used for more than a birthday. I used the Whipper Snapper Designs “Ewe Go Girl”, and the mini dolly & fishtail stax from MFT.

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Happy Birthday Tu-Tu You sentiment was computer generated. The little girls are from Whipper Snapper - Lil’ Ballerina and my favorite Spellbinder’s set - A2 Filigree Delight.

HB Fox

HB Fox

HB frog

HB frog

HB Squirrel

HB Squirrel

These three cards were designed using a water colour technique background. I tinted the water colour paper using distress ink and a spray bottle. When the paper was still wet, I stamped the ferns from PI – Meadow Greens in the matching colours. The fox and squirrel are from Lawn Fawn – Into the Woods . The frog is from Hero Arts - SPARKLE BIRTHDAY. The buttons are a Martha Stewart Punch.