Final Fall Card

My final fall themed card uses the leaf die cuts from the previous card I made (see post below this one).  To color the leaves, I used distress ink in mustard seed, fired brick, frayed burlap, and dried marigold.  I “smooshed” the ink pads onto my craft mat and then spraying them with water.  By dragging the die cut leaves through the water activated ink, I was able to get all those gorgeous fall color onto the white cardstock leaves.  Tip:  add the light colors first…yellow being number one, and brown last.  Otherwise, you’ll never get the yellow to show through the darker colors.  Once they were dry, I used a brown Zig Clean Color Brush pen to flick some brown dots onto them…but you can use any water based marker you have.  Finally, I arranged the leaves into a circle shape to create a fall leaf wreath.  I used Glossy Accents to adhere them to the brown front panel.  I matted the front panel to an orange cardstock and then adhered them both to the card base. I used lightweight cardstock for the colored backgrounds and Neenah solar white 110lb for the cardbase.  Colored paper would work just as well. The sentiment is from a Words to the Rescue stamp set.  It was stamped using Versamark ink and then I used gold embossing powder and a Darice heat gun to set it.  Finally, I added some inexpensive glittery embellishments called Beads in a Bottle by Tulip. Now, onto Christmas cards next!  Please see the YouTube video below and the products I used are listed below that.


Products I used on this card (or similar items):

Distress Ink Mustard seed:

Distress Ink Fired brick:

Distress Ink Frayed burlap:

Distress Ink Dried marigold:

Fine Mist Spray Bottles:

Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock:

Darice Heat Tool:

Glossy Accents Adhesive:

Hero Arts DI315 Color Layering Leaves Die Cuts:

Tulip Beads in a Bottle:…

Words to the Rescue Sentiment Stamps:…

Happy Fall Y’all

This fall card has…surprise….leaves as the focal point.  The Hero Arts Color Layering Grateful Leaves stamp set and coordinating dies are so beautiful, I had use them to create the leaf windows on the front “cover” panel.  The sentiment, “Happy Fall Y’all,” comes from a Sizzix framelits die set with stamps by Jen Long.  I cut it out using an Art C stamp and cut set and then popped it up using foam tape.  The background panel was created by taking some inexpensive ink pads directly to the cardstock to create the fall colors.  They included all the “earth-tone” colors I love.  I then added the “vines” on the leaves by stamping them in gold ink.  Finally, I used a brown Zig Clean Color Brush pen by Kuretake to flick some brown spots onto the back panel to make the leaves look like they were deteriorating…just like real fall leaves.  Enjoy the YouTube video below the image. The products I used are listed below the video.


The Products I used on this card:

Sizzix 661630 Framelits Die Set with Stamps, Happy Fall Y’all by Jen Long (5/Pk)

Art C Stamp and Cut:

Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock:

Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock:

Hero Arts CL987 Color Layering Grateful Leaves Stamp Set:

Hero Arts DI315 Color Layering Leaves Frame Cuts Die Set:

Apple Pie Memories Acrylic stamping blocks:

WRMK Precision Press Stamping Tool:

Foam Tape:

Darice Heat Gun:

Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Watercolour Brush Pens:

Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist 2-Ounce, Walnut Gold Metallic:

Anna Griffin ink:…

WRMK Magnetic mini cutting mat:

Ink pads:

Tsukineko Full-Size VersaFine Instant Dry Pigment Ink, Onyx Black:

Autumn Card with Leaf Windows and Metallic Vellum

Autumn leaves are so beautiful and vellum is a unique medium, so it wasn’t too difficult to form the idea to combine them for this card.  As you can see, I used leaf dies to cut three “windows” out of my front panel.  Then, I backed the windows with three different colors of metallic vellumred, green, and purple.  However, I used gold vellum on top of each of the three colors to give each leaf a bit more shimmer and warmth.  I love how it gave the perfect autumn tone to each color.

leafwindowthumbnailThe vines on the leaves were made by stamping them with versmark ink and using gold embossing powder, then heat embossing them with a heat gun.   The sentiment was also heat embossed.  Finally, some gold, glittery washi tape was used to create a horizontal border on the left.  Please enjoy my YouTube video below.

Products I used on this card are listed below (or similar items):
Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock:
Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock:
Hero Arts CL987 Color Layering Grateful Leaves Stamp Set:
Hero Arts DI315 Color Layering Leaves Frame Cuts Die Set:
Cricut Metallic Vellum Sampler:
Assorted Colors Vellum Pack:
Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents:
Anti-static tool “Inkadinkado Embossing Magic”:
Hampton Art Basics Embossing Collection:
Tsukineko VersaMark Pigment Inkpad:
Apple Pie Memories Acrylic stamping blocks:
Gold Washi Tape:
WRMK Precision Press Stamping Tool:
Darice Heat Gun:
Foam Tape:
Darice Heat Gun:

Merry Christmas Recessed Panel Card

Greetings!  Today I have a Christmas card for you.  It features a recessed panel and starry sky to accommodate Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus.  The inspiration for the recessed panel came from Handcrafted by Helen on YouTube.  Links to the products I used are below.  Hope you like it :0)


I used a text background stamp by Stampendous with gift tissue paper to create the background, which is also the recessed panel (because it’s behind the blue panels that create the frame).  A little Golden matte medium to adhere the tissue paper to some tan cardstock, and then some Ranger Archival ink to stamp the image and I was ready to color it with Faber-Castel PITT artist brush pens (really more like markers).  The Hero Arts sentiment was heat embossed with Wow embossing powder.  I used some peel off stickers from the Paper Studio to line the edge of the blue starry sky panels.  The star is also a peel off sticker that I put on some cardstock and then colored it in with a Uniball Signo silver gel pen, which I also used to add some light rays coming from the star and to color Mary and Joseph’s headbands.  Happy early Merry Christmas!  Enjoy the YouTube video below.

The products I used on this card:

Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock:

Cardstock 65lb:

Ranger Distress Ink Salty Ocean:

Ranger Distress ink Stormy Sky:

Ranger Distress Ink Dusty Concord:

Ranger Archival Ink:

Pearlescent Watercolor:

Golden Matte Medium:

Paint Brush(I found these awesome paint brushes for gesso or matte medium):

Uniball Signo Silver Gelpen(includes white and gold):

Paper Studio Silver Classic Border Stickers:

Hero Arts Celebrate Everday Sentiment Stampes CL498:

Stampendous Dream Text Background Stamp:

Oriental Trading Nativity Stamp:  Unavailable

Alternative Nativity Stamp by Stampendous:

Foam Sponge Daubers (with case and ink pads!):

Foam Tape:

Wow Embossing Powder:

Darice Heat Gun:

Anti-Static Tool:

Gift Tissue Paper:

WRMK Quickstick:

WRMK Precision Press Stamping Tool:

Faber-Castel PITT Artist Pens:

Fall Clean and Simple Card for the SIP Challenge 116

So, I love clean and simple cards.  They tend to have an air of class and sophistication, but they can be fun and playful as well.  That is what I chose to do for the Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge 116 Clean and Simple Fall.  Instructions and video below.


To  make this card, I decided to use some pumpkin dies and a gel printing plate by Gelli Arts with red, yellow, and orange craft acrylic paints.  I used regular copy paper and a swivel x-acto knife to cut out a frame.  I also had to cover the edges in the image below where you can see the paint so that only that wonky boarder would print on my card.  BTW, I used a soft brayer to spread the paint on the gel printing plate.


Then, I used the pumpkin dies to create a pumpkin template.  I had to apply paint to my gel printing plate a second time to pull the pumpkin print.


When it was all dry, I used a Uniball Signo white gel pen to add some doodling details and a cute stamp set by Your Next Stamp ( called “Fun Faces” to add the faces to the pumpkins. I used versa-fine ink for this, but I should have used my Pitt artist brush pen in black to apply ink to the stamps instead. It works better on top of acrylic paint – less smudges. Thanks, and I hope you enjoyed the card.

Check out the YouTube video:

Here is a list and links to supplies I used:

Fun Faces Stamp set:

Uniball Signo White Gel Pen:

PITT Artist Brush Pen by Faber-Castel (to add ink to stamps): (Use this for the faces on the pumpkins instead of the Versa Fine Ink)

VersaFine Ink by Tsukineko(for the sentiment):

Gel Printing Plate by Gelli Arts (6X6):

Acrylic Paint Set:

Swivel X-acto knife:

X-Acto Knife:

We R Memory Keepers Magnetic  Mini Cutting Mat:

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Tool:

Impression Obsession Pumpkin Die Set (Steel Dies):

Speedball Brayer set (with 4 different brayers):

Nature Stamp and Stencil set by Recollections from Michael’s Item # 10467067  (unavailable at Amazon) – I used the sentiment “Hello” stamp from this set:

Monochromatic Male Birthday Card with Cricut Mini and Urban Graffiti Stamp Set

My son is 18!  Wow, it’s really been 18 years since I first saw his beautiful little face.  Of course, it goes without saying, he will ALWAYS be my baby!  I made this card for him using a stamp set designed by Sara Davies for Crafter’s Companion.  It’s a cool stamp set that can be used for tons of different projects-not just for males!  I decided to use the color blue in three different shades.  Below is the result.  See the video below the image and links to the products below that.




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

Ink pads:

Apple Pie Memories Acrylic stamping blocks

Cricut mini cutting machine:

Cricut cartridge fantastic fonts:

Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 80# Cover 8.5″x11″ 250/pack

Urban Graffiti Stamp Set from Sara Davies Just for Men collection at Crafter’s Companion:…

Hammermill Copy Paper 500 sheets (Archival):

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.