Pearlescent Watercolor with Flower Stencil

Found a flower stencil at the dollar store and decided to use it with my Yasutomo Pearlescent Watercolors.  The card below is the result.  I decided to embellish it with self-adhesive gemstones.  With so many gemstones, I don’t feel it needs any greeting on the front, so I’ll put it inside.  That is just as well, since I didn’t make the card with anyone in particular in mind.  I was just feeling creative!  It will go in my stash to be used as a quick grab when I need it :0)

The Youtube video is below the image.


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The products I used on this card (or comparable items):

Yasutomo Pearlescent Watercolor Set, 21-Colors

Canson XL Series Mix Media Pad, 5.5″X8.5″ Side Wire

LorDac Arts Paint Brush Set — 7 Artist Brushes for Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor, Gouache and Plein Air Painting — Short Handles — Professional Travel Case

Jerry Q Art 12 PC White Synthetic Hair Round And Flat Paint Brush Set With Short Wood Handle For Acrylic, Watercolor and All Media JQ17931

2oz Blue Plastic Bottles Fine Mist Sprayer Atomizer Caps w/ Kraft Labels 4/pk Leak Proof

DCWV Double Sided Cardstock Stack, Textured, 58 Sheets, 12 x 12 inches

Studio G Self-Adhesive Gems Stickers 60 Pieces Green – 2 Pack (120 Pieces Total)

Hero Arts 103 Piece Gemstones, Clear

Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board and Envelope Tool

Fiskars 9 Inch SureCut Paper Trimmer
Plus Corporation Plus High Capacity Glue Tape Dispenser, 0.33-Inch by 72-Feet

Jot Self-Adhesive Stencil

Pop it Up Firework Card with Stampendous Make it Pop Cutting Dies

Hello and Happy 4th of July (almost)!

Today I have a firework card for you.  I used the Stampendous Fran’s Make it Pop Cutting Dies which also include some border dies which can be used on any kind/occassion card. The front panel and the firework on the inside was made from holographic paper I purchased at a dollar store.  The inside of the card contains a black background to replicate the night sky, which I thought would enhance the pop it up firework.  The image below doesn’t do credit to the card – it’s difficult to get a good pic of holographic paper. However, you can get a better view of it by watching my YouTube video on my channel Greeting Star.  Both are below.  The supplies I used are also linked beneath the video.


Products I used on this card:

Stampendous Make it Pop Cutting Die

My Favorite Things Die-namics Pierced Rectangle Stax

Spellbinders Nestabilities Circle Dies S4-114

Spellbinders Celebrations by Richard Garay Die SCD-014

We R Memory Keepers Brad Setter and Piercing Tool

Cuttlebug by Cricut

Plus Adhesive

Memento Dew Drop Dye Ink in Love Letter

Memento Dew Drop Dye Ink in Danube Blue

We R Memory Keepers 7 by 5-Inch Magnetic Mat and 6-Inch Ruler, Mini

Happy Memorial Day-Coloring Freebie!

I wish everyone a joyous day full of family, friends, and freedom. Thank you to all who have served! Please enjoy this flag I created with Adobe Illustrator which you can color.  To get this digital image, right click on the image and select, “Save image as” and then choose the folder you want to save it in.  Never use “Copy image” because the quality of the image will be degraded if you resize it before printing it.  Also, if you plan to color it, you will want to use a laser printer so the ink will not run when it comes into contact with the medium with which you choose to color the flower.  I have read that some people set ink jet images with a heat gun and it doesn’t run when coloring it, but I never had any luck with that method.


Happy Mother’s Day!

Hello and welcome to my blog,

Today I’m sharing a mother’s day card I made with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks.  In my opinion, these inks are great because they serve several purposes.  They accomplish this by being a hybrid between dye and pigment ink.  First, they can be used like a distress ink because they react with water to give a weathered look.  Second, they have a finish that looks like chalk ink, so they can be used for stamping, and they are beautiful on white cardstock (which is they way I used them for the card below).  Third, they can be used to heat emboss!  So if you are looking for an all purpose ink, these inks are it!!  They come in 12 colors currently, but I’m sure more are on the way!!  You can watch this card being made on my Youtube channel by clicking the video beneath the image of the card.  Thanks and have a great day:)


The products I used on this card:

Distress Oxide Inks by Tim Holtz /Ranger:
12 pack:
4 pack:
1 pack:
Colors Used:
Worn Lipstick
Wilted Violet
Fossilized Amber
Cracked Pistachio

Martha Stewart Crafts Floral Stamp Set (unnamed)

Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday Stamp Set CL-498:

Hampton Arts Studio G stamp set (not used)

Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock:

Canson Mixed Media 98lb paper:

Spellbinders Nestabilities Circle Dies S4-114:

Fiskars Paper Trimmer:

Hampton Art A La Mode 16 pk. Embossing Powder Set-Pastel:

Darice Heat Gun:

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Tool

X-acto Knife:

Generic makeup sponge:

Baby wipes to clean stamps:

Belated Valentine’s Day Card

I know this is quite a bit late, but I’ve been a busy girl lately.  Here is my final Valentine’s Day card of 2017.  I used some really cute heart die cuts by Little B™ to cut out a heart window. As a background, I used some really pretty rose patterned paper from an old Colorbok® paper pack. To create the shaker area, I used foam tape and two pieces of acetate. To see the card being made, check it out on my Youtube channel below. Thanks for reading/watching!


Products I used:

Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock:

Neenah Solar White Super Smooth 80lb Cardstock:

Elmer’s Foam Mounting Tape:

Colorbok Paperpack:   Rosewood – available in store only at Walmart

Little B Heart Dies:

Plus Glue Tape:


Iridescent Sequins:

Xacto Craft Knife:

Self Healing Cutting Mat:  (not the one I used, but comparable)

Versa Fine Black Onyx Ink:

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Tool:

Hero Arts Stamp & Cut (stamp and dies):

Cricut Cuttlebug Embossing and Die Cuttting Machine:

Post-it Tape (to hold die in place):

Darice Heat Gun:

Bonjour Mon Ami Acrylic Stamp:

Baby Wipes (to clean stamps):



Embossing: Dry and Heat

Today’s card is made using dry and heat embossing.  Embossing is creating a raised layer.  It can be done in many ways with varied tools.  The most popular for dry embossing is an embossing folder with pre-designed images which is run through a machine that presses the design into the paper.  Many companies make these machines, including the Cricut® Cuttlebug™, Sizzix® Big Shot, We R Memory Keepers® Evolution Advance and more.  Most can also be used with dies to cut out images and designs.  For heat embossing, embossing powder is used with a heat gun.  Below is a card which displays both dry and heat embossing.  The word, “LOVE” on the card has been heat embossed with a light purple embossing powder.  The purple background has been dry embossed with a Cricut® Cuttlebug™ embossing folder called, “Smitten” by Anna Griffin®.  Take a peek at my YouTube video below showing how this card was made.


Products I used on this card:

Cricut Cuttlebug:

Art C Stamp and Die set:

Versa Mark Embossing Pad:

Hampton Art Embossing Powder:

Darice Heat Gun:

AdTech Crafter’s Tape:

3D Pop Dots-square:

Neenah Creative Collection Classics Specialty Cardstock Starter Kit, 8 X 8 Inches, 72 Count (46406-01):

Anna Griffin Cricut Embossing Folder: “Smitten”

Acrylic Stamp Alphabet Letters (not the one I used, but with capital letters):

Heart Stencil Valentine’s Day Card


My second Valentine’s Day card this season is made with a heart stencil I created with a paper punch and transparency sheet.  The idea for the card came to me when I was thinking about how love should dictate our actions always…hence the greeting:  “Let LOVE reign in your heart this Valentine’s Day!”  I used Memento dye ink in the color Rose Bud to stencil in the hearts on the card and Memento Tuxedo Black for stamping the image.  The stamp set is a very cute set called, “Spring Short Stack” by Stampendous.  To color the image, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers were used.  As a finishing touch, a Zig Wink of Stella clear glitter pen was used to add some shine to the hearts.  Finally, for the greeting, I hand lettered the sentiments.  Hand lettering is fun to do and you can turn what looks like messy handwriting into neat handwriting by adding dots or lines to the edges of the letters.  I used dots in this card.  Using a fine tip pen or marker to write the letters and a bold tip to add the dots or lines produces a better result.  I used Faber Castell PITT Artist pens.  Another tip to make letters look neater:  always start writing from the top when printing.  Enjoy my YouTube video on the card beneath the picture.  Thanks for watching!


Products I used:

Martha Stewart Crafts Mount with Foam:

Memento Dye Ink Dew Drop in Tuxedo Black and Rosebud color:

Spring Short Stack Stamp Set by Stampendous:

Black Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen Fine Tip:

Spellbinders S4-114 Nestabilities Circle Dies:


Heart shaped craft punch (not the one I used, but similar):

Finger Sponge Daubers:

40 pack with storage case:

10 pack WITHOUT storage case:

Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers Yellows:

Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers Brights (contains the BP3):

Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers Lights (contains the BP1):

Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers Pinks (contain the BP2):

Black Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen Superfine Point (used to write the letters):

Black Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen Fine Point(used to add dots to the letters):

Middle Purple Pink Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen Superfine:

Middle Purple Pink Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen Brush:

Valentine’s Day Card

Love is in the air. Here is my first Valentine’s card…more to come.  This one was made using pattern paper from Colorbok called, “Rosewood,” and a stamp set by Recollections called, “Craft it Valentine” which I purchased at Michael’s last year.  I stamped the letters twice with my We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Tool and cut out the second set, which I “popped up” by adhering them to the first with mini foam square adhesive.  Enjoy my YouTube video below.


Products I used:

Colorbok Paperpack:   Rosewood – available in store only at Walmart

Craft-It Valentine Stamp Set by Recollections at Michaels: unavailable, but here is one that is similar:

X-acto Knife:

Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock:

Neenah Solar White Super Smooth 80lb Cardstock:

Versa Fine Black Onyx Ink(mini pad):

Versa Fine Black Onyx Ink (regular size):

Memento Dew Drop Dye Ink in Rhubarb Stalk:

Post-it Tape:

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Tool:

Baby Wipes (to clean stamps):

3D Pop Dots-square:

Self Healing Cutting Mat:  (not the one I used, but comparable)

Plus Glue Tape:

Inkadinkado Stamp-A-Ma-Jig Stamp Positioner:

Art Alternatives Chamois-5″x7″:

Zig Memory System Writer Dual-Tip Markers, Multicolor, 8-Pack:

Fiskars Stamp Block Set(didn’t use this brand, but it is comparable):



Magical Birthday Unicorn Card

This card was made using the free stamp set I received from Simon Says Stamp© for my birthday.  I had to order something on their website, but the stamp set was free!  I stamped the unicorn, rainbow, and greeting using the We R Memory Keepers© Precision Press Stamping Tool.  This tool is a lot like the MISTI©, but it is open on the bottom and left so a larger piece of paper can be used with it.  I colored the images with Spectrum Noir© alcohol markers. When that was done, I went over the unicorn and cloud with the clear Zig© Wink of Stella glitter marker to make them dazzle.  For the card base, I chose a pink cardstock.  Some little girl is going to love this card!  Enjoy the video below the image.


Products I used on this card:

Memento Dye ink Dew Drop in Black Onyx:

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Tool:

Simon Says Stamp Magical Birthday Stamp Set:

Wooden Ruler:

Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers:

Complete Set:

24 pack of Light colors:

Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Marker: