Happy Birthday

I needed a birthday card and I was having crafters block!  I started playing around with the Thread Sketch and Brush Stroke stamp sets.  After coming up with my design, I started to stamp the words Happy Birthday from the Cake Time stamp set.  And as I was getting ready to put the card front on the base, I realized that I totally stamped the words – Happy Birthday in the wrong direction given that I already stamped the inside sentiment.

So I was in a dilemma, do I re-stamp the whole card front (which would have not taken me very long) or to I re-stamp the inside sentiment.  Or do I try to make it work.  Being pressed for time, I decided to see what I could do to make it work.

This is the end result.

Happy Birthday Sketch
Some mistakes turn out to be the best looking cards.

I decided to stamp the Happy Birthday in the other direction.  I was very pleased how it turned out.

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Then I went a little overboard with the Happy Birthday – but it looks fun!

Of course I need to add some of our Silver Silk and Sparkle Silk!!!  Never can have too much silk!

Note that the Brush Stroke was on the Break-up Sale list and is no longer available but you could get a similar look from using our dauber dowels.

May all you hand-made creations be Inked with Kindness, Stamped with Love.

Happy Crafting!!

You Fill My Days with Joy

From the first moment I saw the Peach Blossom set, I knew I had to emboss it in gold!!!!

Days with Joy
Peach Blossom Stamp set embossed in gold

I used the reinkers with our Fusion Blender to color in the flower.  You can come up with some fantastic color combinations.  You can either put the fusion blender in one of the blender brushes or put it on an acrylic block.   Then put a couple drops of the reinker on another acrylic block.  You would just keep picking up a little of the fusion blender and some of the color depending on how deep you want the color.  It is a nice alternative to color pencils.

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Sparkle Silk added to the pedals/Journey Glaze added to the center

I added some Sparkle Silk to the pedals of the flowers and then added some Journey Glaze in the middle of the flower.  Journey Glaze was added to random spots on the cardstock just to give it some added dimension.Days with Joy 2 copy

You can’t tell from the photo but I used one of the stamps from the Brushstroke stamp set to stamp the Buttercream card base.  I used Buttercream ink.  I wanted to add a little something to the cardstock but didn’t want it to over power the card.

I finished the card off with some Gold and Dark Roast silks.  Added Olive Green Satin Ribbon and was done.

I really like how the gold embossing really gives detail to the flower.

May all your hand-made creations be Inked with Kindness, Stamped with Love.

Happy Crafting!!

Backyard BBQ

I am just loving the Spring into Summer Trends Mini Catalog!!!!!  From the stamps sets to Sparkle Silk to the Silver Sparkle Tape to the embellishments.  All I can say is WOW!!!

I am in love with this chalk board look using Clear Pigment Ink and our Pan Pastels.

BBQ Bash/Meat Market/Bucket List

To get the chalk board look, you first stamp your image in Clear Pigment Ink. Then taking the Whip Cream Pan Pastels (from our Party Pop collection), you pat the color on the stamped images.  Once that is done you can wipe the whole piece of cardstock with the Whip Cream Pan Pastels.  Add as little or as much as you want.  It is very important to tap first so that you don’t smear the Clear Pigment Ink.

Chalk look using Clear Pigment Ink and Pan Pastels

I wanted to kick it up a notch so I decorated the inside of the card as well using the Simply Bootiful Bundle.  I really think it helped to finish off the card.

Added Sparkle Silk to the Boots to give them a little extra WOW!

What a fun way to invite guests to a Backyard BBQ, Pig Roast, Father’s Day Gathering, Graduation Party or Barn Raising!!!!  So kick up your heels this summer for some real BBQing!!!!


I can’t wait to come up with more creations using the BBQ Bash, Meat Market and Bucket List Stamp Sets from the Spring into Summer Trends Mini Catalog!!!

May all your hand-made creations be Inked with Kindness, Stamped with Love.

Happy Crafting!!

Beautiful America/America the Beautiful (Part 4 of 4)

I couldn’t think of a more fitting way to finish off the series of posts this week using the Beautiful America stamp set than with this America the Beautiful card.

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Beautiful America/America The Beautiful

After adhering the sentiment, I added some Special Celebration Sequins, Candy Apple Confetti Sparkle Elements  and Journey Silver Thread.

Below is a recap of the cards from this week’s posts.

Patriotic Recap

I hope you enjoyed the cards made with the Beautiful America stamp set.  Weather you are celebrating July 4th, thanking someone for their service or inviting someone to a background BBQ, this is  a great stamp set to have on hand.

Below is a list of supplies used for all the cards posted this week and can be purchased on my on-line store.

May all your hand-made creations be Inked with Kindness, Stamped with Love.

Happy Crafting!!

Wishing You Well

What a fun and easy card to make for any occasion.  I love using the triple stamping technique and of course the glitter, shimmer and shine!!!

You could really make a ton of these cards very quickly and change up the colors to get a completely different look.

Wishing you well
Wishing You Well

I hope you can see the glitter and shimmer in the photo on the flowers.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE our Sparkle Silk!!!  I can’t wait to share other uses for this great product in future posts.  The Sparkle Silk is definitely a must have for any crafter!!!

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Lemon Sparkle Tape was used over the Pumpkin Bread piece

It is always nice to carry over some of the stamps and elements from the front of your card to the inside.

I hope you enjoyed this card and that you will try out the Sparkle Silk!!!

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Sparkle Silk was used to add glitter/shimmer to the flowers.

Happy crafting!!!