Tool Tip Tuesday: Keep It Straight


When you use the Simply Scored (122334) tool to score a line on a rectangle, it’s easy: just line up the card stock on the top edge and the left edge, right? But when you want to score something that doesn’t have straight edges (like a die-cut Top Note), it can be hard to follow the grooves on the Simply Scored tool. So, do what I did: use a Silver Sharpie pen to trace one of the lines from top to bottom. Then it is easy to position the shape at the top and bottom along that line and score.



Best Birds Birthday Card


This Best Birds Birthday Card was so much fun to make. A little stamping. A little coloring. A little cutting, A little bit of everything! Best of all, a little bit of birds.


Cut the Whisper White card base at 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″

Cut a 5″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Island Indigo card stock

Cut a piece of DSP at 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ and 4-3/4″ x 1-1/4″

On a scrap piece of Whisper White stamp the bird, flowers, and branch in Memento Black Ink,

With colored pencils color everything in then cut all the parts out with the BIG Shot and the Birds and Blooms Thinlits.


Stamp “Happy Birthday” in VersaMark on to a piece of Island Indigo card stock. Sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and melt with a Heat Tool.

With a large Scallop Punch punch out the “Happy Birthday”  greeting.

Adhere and layer the card as shown. Add Dimensionals to the backs of some flowers.

Add Basic Pearls to the center of the flowers.

Thanks for visiting.

Embrace the day,





Tool Tip: Embossing Buddy, Not Just for Embossing!

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The Embossing Buddy (103083) is a great tool to use to help you create a clear embossed image. Brush it over your cardstock before you stamp your image with VersaMark, add embossing powder and then heat emboss. Any unwanted embossing powder won’t stick.

Here’s my TIP: When you make a shaker card and use the Foam Adhesive Strips (141825), rub the Embossing Buddy around the inside of the tape once adhered to your card, but before you add your confetti. This will help remove any stickiness. Once your confetti is sealed inside the shaker card, it won’t stick to the sides.dashed-blog-divider


Swirly Bird Flowers and Vine Birthday


The Swirly Bird stamp set and the Swirly Scribbles Framelits can be used alone or combined to create many images including, flowers. Almost any color combination will work as well as any layout.  Cut out all the components and have them ready to go. The possibilities are endless. See if you don’t agree???


Cut a Whisper White card base at 7″ x 10″ and score it at 5″ and 4″ x 6″

Cut a piece of Calypso Coral at 6-1/2″ x 4-1/2″

Cut one solid circle and one of the large swirly circles out of Calypso Coral, Peek-A-Boo Peach and Melon Mambo.

Cut one swirly long piece from Wild Wasabi to use as the vine.

Cut 8-10 flowers from the Melon Mambo.

On the 4″ x 6″ piece of Whisper White stamp the greeting in Wild Wasabi Ink in the lower left hand corner.

Adhere and layer the card as shown, but before you adhere the flowers you need to stamp the leaves randomly in Emerald Envy Ink. Once the leaves are stamped add the flowers.

Adhere the flowers and add a Basic Pearl to each flower center.


It’s that simple to make and put these cards together. I have to tell you when I first saw this stampe set and framelits setI wan’t that thrilled, but the more I looked at it the more possibilities I saw. And, once I ordered it I haven’t stopped using it. Seriously!


Save 10% when you buy the Swirly Bird bundle

Make what you love and love what you make!!!

See you later next week.







Bunch of Blossoms: In a Jar of Love


Two great stampe sets were used here for this card; Bunch of Blossoms and Jar of Love. Both stamp sets are so versatile and can be used in many different ways,



Smokey Slate 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″

Whisper White 4″ x 5-1/4″ and 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ plus a scrap piece for stamping flowers

Playful Palette DSP 3-1/2″ x 1″

Flirty Flamingo 3-3/4″ x 5″

Irresistibly Floral Specility Paper 5″ x 3″ for stamping jar


  • On the piece of Irresistibly Paper stamp the jar from the Jar of Love stamp set on Basic Gray Ink.
  • On the back pf the stamped jar take a Dauber and Pool Party Ink and sponge over the Irresistibly Paper to look like water in the jar. This paper has a white-on-white design that shows up when paper is inked.
  • On the scrap piece of Whisper White Card Stock stamp the flower from the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set. The Bunch of Blossoms Stamp Set and coordinating ` makes stamping and punching easy.  The Bunch of Blossoms stamp set is a fun two-step photopolymer set, which makes for quick and easy stamp placement.  The flowers were stamped in Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride, You’ll want to stamp three.
  •  The stems were stamped in Wild Wasabi right on the 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ Whisper White piece of card stock. Placement is important, becasue you want to be able to have the stems coming out of the jar with enough room for the flower heads on top.
  • Stamp “Hello” in Calypso Coral Ink on a scrap of Whisper White and cut it out with a small label punch



  • With the Jar of Love Framelits and the Big Shot cut out the jar,
  • With the Builder Blossom Punch, punch out the three stamped flowers.

Adhere and layer everything as shown in the photo. Wrap a piece of blue and white Baker’s Twine on the front of the jar.

Check back often and I’ll see you then.


Embrace the day,






January 10: Houseplant Appreciation Day

house-plants-decor-grouping-0213Houseplants are a wonderful addition to any home, adding the freshness of nature;  just a bit of the outdoors in the indoors. While some people have difficulty being able to sustain these little treasures, it has been shown to be incredibly therapeutic to have this touch of the natural world inside your home.

iron21History of Houseplant Appreciation Day
Houseplant Appreciation Day was established by The Gardener’s Network, establishing an official opportunity to remind people of the benefits of houseplants. Often with the holiday’s fading into the past, our homes lose some of their beauty and joy. This makes Houseplant Appreciation Day the perfect opportunity to brighten up the home with the sharp splash of green of a living plant. There are so many things that houseplants can help with when it comes to enhancing your life. Aloe Vera grows quite well indoors, and is perfect for minor cuts and bruises, helping to moisturize skin, and healing minor burns. A small herb garden in your window sill can bring the delicious taste of fresh herbs to your meals, while catnip can make your cats happy. Though you may want to grow those someplace they can’t get to them.

How to Celebrate Houseplant Appreciation day
Houseplant appreciation day is all about bringing the joy and pleasure of the Houseplant into your home. Whether you decide to start growing a small group of flowering plants for their color and fragrance, or a small herb garden to enhance your kitchen, Houseplant Appreciation Day is your chance to really brighten up your home. If you’ve got a brown thumb, then try some of the plants that require very little attention. Aloe Vera is very forgiving as it’s a desert plant, it will actually prefer an environment where you DON’T water it too often. Household Appreciation Day is finally time to celebrate all the little nooks and crannies in your home, by filling them with plants!



Helping Me Grow: Birthday Card


This Helping Me Grow stamp set is great for watercoloring. The flowers provide a great outline for watercoloring with and Aqua Painter and puddles of ink on you Ink Pads. This is a pretty simple and straight forward card to make. So let’s get started…


The card base is a 7″ x 10″ piece of Whisper White scored at 5″ 

4″ x 6″  piece of Watercolor Paper

Cut a 6-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Dapper Denim

Stamp the “Happy Birthday” in Pear Pizzazz in the upper left hand corner of the 4″ x 6″ Whisper White layer.


Next stamp the Flower stamp in Black StazOn Ink. Let it dry.

Take a Melon Mambo and Blushing Bride Ink Pads and squeeze the pads so that puddles of ink form on the insde cover.

With an Aqua Painter pick up a bit of Melon Mambo and start coloring the flowers in. Start in the middle of the flower and pull the color toward the flower edges. Leave the tips for the Blushing Bride.

When you’re happy with the flowers color in the stems with Pear Pizzazz Ink. Take some Pear Pizzazz Ink dry brush the background of the flowers.

Adhere the card layers as shown once the water-coloring layer is dry. And, voile you’re done!

Stop by again soon.






Blooming with Kindness: Triple Time Technique


Today I am sharing a technique called Triple Time Stamping. It looks very impressive and complicated, but it goes together very quickly. It’s also a lot of fun! This card starts with varying sizes of Whisper White or Very Vanilla and a colored card stock of choice. I used Very Vanilla and Elegant Eggplant. 


The cutting dimensions are as follows:                                                                

Elegant Eggplant: 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″ Card Base

Very Vanilla: 4 x 5-1/4″

Elegant Eggplant: 3-1/4 x 4-1/2″

Very Vanilla: 3 x 4-1/4″

Elegant Eggplant: 2-1/4 x 3-1/2″

Very Vanilla: 2 x 3-1/4″

These layers are not adhered yet,

Layer the three pieces of Very Vanilla card stock on top of each other using a removable adhesive to hold the layers in place. The adhesive should go on the back. Stack the layers so that the smallest is on the top and so the layers stay in place when you stamp over them. Stamp your image(s) over all three layer at the same time.

Make sure you stamp the images on all three layers of Vary Vanilla. For this card, I stamped the Warmest Wishes sentiment first in Pool Party Ink on the smallest Very Vanilla layer and then stamped the flowers around it in Elegant Eggplant. Both the sentiment and the flowers are from the Blooming With Kindness stamp set.

Once you’re happy with your stamping, separate the Very Vanilla layers and adhere them to the corresponding Elegant Eggplant layers.

And the Triple Time Technique is that fun and easy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Embrace the day,





January 5: Bird Day


Anyone who knows me, knows I love birds. Today is Bird Day, observed primarily in the United States. Even though it’s Bird Day, it’s not a National Holiday.  For a day to technically be a National holiday, an Act of Congress is required, and there’s no evidence that has ever happened. That being said, it is popularly known as Bird Day, regardless of whatever Congress might think of that.

History of Bird Daygold-finch-1
Back in 1894, Charles Almanzo Babcock, the superintendent of schools in Oil City, Pennsylvania, declared the first holiday in the United States to celebrate birds. Babcock wanted to advance bird conservation as a moral value and it seems that his holiday caught on.  Bird Day marked the end of the annual Christmas Bird Count in the mid-21st century.

How to Celebrate Bird Day
Birds are important. Many of them sing and quite all of themare beautiful to look at. On a serious note, approximately 12 percent of the world’s bird species could face extinction in the next century. That includes nearly a third of the 330 different species of parrots. Things don’t look a lot better for numerous species of songbirds, not to mention some penguin species and others like the kiwi bird. The largest components of these threats of extinction are habitat destruction. You should celebrate the day by learning about all of the wonders of birds and educating your friends, because the survival of the world’s birds hinges on public awareness as well as support for conservation.dashed-blog-divider


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