Sending Birthday Hugs & Wishes with LDRS Creative

I am back today to bring you another inspiration, showcasing some new and older stamp sets and dies by LDRS Creative.  Lately, it seems like I’m always running out of birthday cards so I decided to create one to add to my stash of cards. 

To make the card, I die-cut some Neenah Solar white card stock using the outer die from the Floral Foliage Slim Line die set.  I ink-blended this panel using the Magical Skies Stencil (hills & sky) and the Rainy Day stencil (grass), with the Swimming Hole and Pistachios-A-Plenty Hybrid Ink

Next, I stamped the images from the Up & Away Stamp Set with Raven Hybrid Ink and colored them in with alcohol markers.  I used the Up & Away coordinating dies to die-cut them out.  I adhered the images on the focal panel with liquid glue, as I didn’t think it needed any dimension. 

Next thing to do is to add a sentiment.  I stamped the sentiment/s from the Happy Birthday Sentiment Stack stamp set on some black card stock with the LDRS Watermark ink.  I sprinkled some LDRS White Embossing Powder and heat-set with my heating tool.  Using the Sentiment Stack Coordinating Dies made it possible to die-cut all of the sentiments in one go!  I saved the rest of the sentiment strips and put them inside my stamp pocket so I can use them for future projects! 

I adhered the sentiment onto the card, and added this focal panel on some White Slimline card base.  Finishing the card design, I added more interest to the balloons using white gel pen. Here’s another look: 

I love the colorful balloons and the cute little elephants flying up, up & away!  The magical sky just added that whimsical touch to the overall card design. 

I hope you like this card as much as I do.  The supplies I use are listed and linked below.  Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing day!


CC Designs Summer Release + Video

Happy Friday my crafty friends! I am back today to share with you some good news! I just recently joined the CC Designs Creative Team and I am so in-love with the Summer Release that I just had to share them with you today.

For today’s card, I am showcasing the Summer Together stamp set. The image I chose for my card below is perfect for any summer-themed projects or Father’s Day Card perhaps?!

The images were colored with alcohol markers and the background was ink-blended with distress oxide inks.

My process video is linked below if you’d like to see how I made the card.

I hope you like the card. The supplies I use are listed and linked below. Have an amazing weekend!


Kat Scrappiness May Release & Giveaway

Hello my crafty friends! It has been awhile since I posted my projects for Kat Scrappiness here. Since I am the Design Team Manager, I do most of the product releases on the Kat Scrappiness Blog. However, they have a HUGE release today and it is AMAZING! I thought it deserved to be showcased here as well because some of you may not have heard of Kat Scrappiness (if you are a new follower!).

The first project below features the Slimline Waterside Die. The die cuts out all the pieces you need to paper piece your very own waterside scene!  Make it day or night, a sunset scene perhaps?!  Customize the colors of all the different pieces using colored card stock, ink blending, or any other  coloring medium you can think of!  This die has unlimited potential to create the most beautiful scenes. Take a look:

I used the Sunscape Stencil to create the sunny scene behind the cute Quokka hanging by the beach. I ink-blended the water and the sand on some Bristol smooth white card stock with distress oxide inks, to create a realistic look and added the ripples with my white gel pen. I used some dies that I had from my collection to add the palm trees.

For my second project below, I am showcasing the Sending Paper Hugs Word Die with Shadow. Like most Kat Scrappiness dies, they cut like butter! One pass on the die-cutting machine is all it takes!

This next project features the Tag Essentials Die Set. This die set allows you to create an unlimited number of unique tags, including shaker tags, gift tags, or even bookmarks.  Switch up the top and bottoms and mix and match all of the other included elements to make your tag unique!

I created the Tag using the components from the die set and used the Quokka stamp set with the new sprinkles available at the shop. Isn’t it cute?

My next sample is a mini Slimline card. I am featuring the “Congrats” Word Die with shadow. You can use the sentiment with or without the shadow.  This die measures approximately 4″ x 1.25″.

The background was made by ink-blending the colors with distress oxide ink. I used my embossing folder to run it through my die-cutting machine for added dimension and finishing the design by adding the new Gold Pearls! I really LOVE how this one turned out:

For my fifth and final sample, I am showcasing the “Hello My Crafty Friend” Word Die. This great sentiment die has a 1/4″ shadow.  You can use the sentiment with or without the shadow.  This die measures approximately 4.75″ x 2.25″.

I did the same technique as the card above but reversed the colors on the word die, and finished the design by adding some Ballerina Pink Pearl Mix.

Which one is your favorite? I really can’t even pick one! The May 2021 products are AMAZING! The supplies I use are listed and linked below! Grab your favorites before they sell out!

Here’s the BEST part! You can WIN the entire May 2021 release by clicking on the Rafflecopter link. Have an amazing day!


You Make Rough Days Better with Newton’s Nook

Hello my crafty friends! I hope you are staying safe and having a nice week so far! I am back today to share with you a very simple card, showcasing the Puppy Friends stamp set and coordinating dies along with the Petite Clouds Stencil and the following dies –> Land Borders, Sky Scene Builder and Banner Trio.

I started by creating the background first. I used masking tape to mask off the left side of some Bristol smooth A2-size white notecard. I used some distress oxide ink and the Petite Clouds stencil to create the sky. I sprayed some water on the colored panel for added texture.

Next, I removed the masking tape and used some light gray ink to stamp the sentiment “You ARFF the BEST!” in random order.

I die-cut the clouds and the grass border and adhered them on the colored panel with some liquid glue. Since I already have the image that I colored and die-cut previously, I added adhesive and tucked it behind the grass panel.

The sentiment strip was die-cut and stamped with Versamark ink and heat set with my heating tool. Positioning the sentiment was pretty easy, covering the grass panel slightly. I finished my design by adding a red heart on one of the clouds and used my black gel pen to add more depth and texture to the puppy’s eyes and nose. Here’s another look:

I hope you like this card design today. It’s pretty simple but sometimes, less is really more!

The supplies I use are listed and linked below. Thanks for stopping by today and happy stamping!


Retiring Products Feature Week with Newton’s Nook Designs

Did you see that Newton’s Nook Designs is having a retiring sale on their website? It’s time to make room for new products so they are retiring select designs! These designs are available at up to 40% off while supplies last so hurry and get your favorites before they’re gone for good!

All throughout this week, the NND Design Team will be sharing inspiration using some of our favorite products from the retiring list!  Check out what I created today and don’t forget to check the NND Blog each day this week for more fun inspiration!

For my project today, I am showcasing the Newton Dreams of Paris Stamp Set and coordinating dies. I am really sad that this is retiring because it’s one of my favorites!

I started by stamping my images on Neenah solar white card stock and colored the images in with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

The background was created by die-cutting the scallop using the Slimline Frames & Portholes die set, on some Bristol Smooth White Card Stock. I used my masking tape to mask off the scallop portion of the card stock, then ink-blended this slimline panel using 3 of my favorite stencils –> Hills & Grass, Sunscape and Clouds Stencil. I took the masking tape and adhered this panel on a slimline card base.

I didn’t want any dimension on this card so I adhered the images with some liquid glue.

I finished my design by adding the sentiment from the Thankful Thoughts Stamp Set that I stamped and heat-embossed on some black card stock. Here’s another look at the card:

  I hope you like my “just-because” card today and got inspired.  The supplies I use are listed and linked below.  

Don’t forget to check out the Retiring Products Category by Newton’s Nook to see what is going away and grab your favorites now before they are gone for goodHere is a direct link to the retiring products page:


Seas the Day with Fairy Hugs Stamps

Hello my crafty friends! I hope you are all doing well. I have a fun “mermaid-themed” card to share with you today, showcasing the new Malila Stamp Set (FHS-152) by The Fairy Stamper.

I wanted a rainbow-themed background for my lovely mermaid. Who said the ocean can’t be in rainbow colors, right?!

I started by inking up some Bristol smooth white card stock with distress oxide inks in Kitsch Flamingo, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed and Peacock Feathers. I sprayed this background with water and picked up the excess with some paper towel.

Next, I stamped Malila using some Versafine Clair Ink in Nocturne. I love the intensity of the black against the colorful background.

To create the window panel, I die-cut some Neenah solar white card stock using a die from my collection. I colored the die-cuts with my alcohol markers and foam-mounted this piece on the card.

The last thing now is to add the sentiment. I wanted the sentiment to stand out so I stamped it on some black card stock with Versamark ink and sprinkled some white embossing powder. I heat-set the sentiment with my heating tool and adhered on my card. Here’s another look:

I hope you like my card today. The supplies I use are listed and linked below. Thanks for stopping by, and have an amazing day!


Mother’s Day Card with LDRS Creative

Hello LDRS Creative fans! I have a simple slimline card to share with you today, just in time for the upcoming Mother’s Day (or just-because), showcasing the Magnolia Stamp Set and Coordinating Dies with the Chloe Alpha Lowercase Die SetFloral Foliage Slimline Die Set.

I started by stamping the images on some Neenah Solar White card stock using Raven Hybrid Ink, and die-cut the images with the Magnolia Coordinating Dies.  I colored them in with alcohol markers. To create the background, I die-cut the Floral Foliage Slim Line Dies on some Neenah Solar white card stock and foam-mounted this on some beige slimline card base.  I wanted the white die-cut to stand out against the beige background.  I also foam-mounted the Magnolia flowers on the card for added dimension. 

The last thing to do is to add the sentiment.  The new Chloe Alpha Lowercase Die set is so beautiful and perfect for the soft look I was going for on this card.  I die-cut the word “mom” on some Neenah solar white card stock and just to give it a little more interest, I used the Soft Kisses Hybrid Ink with a blending brush to color half of the letters.  This gave it an ombre effect.  I foam-mounted the die-cuts on the card for added dimension, giving it more of a unified look!   

You really need to check out the new release! I absolutely LOVE all the new stamps, dies and stencils at the shop.  I’ve listed and linked them below if you’d like to purchase them.  Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Mother’s Day this Sunday, to all the moms out there!


Newton’s Nook and Therm-O-Web Collaboration Week + Giveaway

Welcome to Therm-O-Web and Newton’s Nook Designs collaboration. This week, NND and TOW are partnering for a fabulous inspiration week! All week long, both design teams will be sharing ways to add use Therm O Web products with Newton’s Nook Designs stamps! There are prizes too! Read all the way to the end of this post to find out how you can win!

Today is the last day of the collaboration so I figured I’ll share two projects to give you more inspiration! I used A LOT of products from both companies!

For my first card below, I’m showcasing Newton’s Birdbath stamp set and coordinating dies, Gnome Garden stamps & dies, Sky Scene Builder Die Set, Land Border Die Set, Circle Frames Dies, Heart Frames Dies, Petite Stencil, along with the AMAZING Deco-Foil Flock Transfer Sheets in White Latte, Sunshine Yellow, Green Envy, Black Velvet, and Emerald Green with DecoFoil Transfer Sheet in Enchanted Rose, Deco-Foil Transfer Gel Duo and iCraft Memory Tape Runner XL.

The background was created by applying Deco-Foil Transfer Gel Duo with the Petite Clouds Stencil on some blue card stock. I spread the gel evenly with the help of (one of my favorite tool) the Stencil Pal. I set this panel aside to let it dry for about half an hour.

Once the gel turns translucent, you are ready to do the flock transfer. Since I used the Deco-Foil Transfer Gel Duo, you can either run this panel through your laminator, or use your die-cutting machine. In this instance, I used my laminator. I put the panel inside my transfer sheet and cut a piece of the Deco-Foil Transfer Flock in White Latte (fussy side down). I run it through my laminator to transfer the flock. I love how the small clouds look so fluffy and realistic because of the flock sheet.

Next, I stamped the images from Newton’s Birdbath stamp set on some Neenah solar white card stock and colored them in with alcohol markers. I used the coordinating die to cut them out.

I die-cut the rest of the components together using the dies and flock transfer sheets (mentioned above) to and started building my scene. I like having a bit of a dimension on my cards so I used the iCraft 3d Foam Adhesives on the grass panel, clouds and sun. I also had some cute flowers that I’ve already die-cut from a previous project so I adhered them onto the card for added interest.

The last piece to add is the sentiment. I stamped it on some black card stock with Versamark ink and sprinkled some white embossing powder. I used my heating tool to heat-set, then die-cut using the smallest die from the Circle Frames Die set. I adhered the sentiment using the tape runner.

Simplicity is my main goal for the second card! I ink-blended the Deco-Foil Toner Card Front in Dainty Hearts with some of my favorite distress oxide inks. I cut some Deco Foil Transfer Sheet in Enchanted Rose (just enough to cover the panel), and run this through my laminator.

For my focal point, I die-cut the scallop heart on some Vellum and Deco Foil Flock Transfer in White Latte to ground my Gnome. Adhering the focal image on the foiled card panel was easy using the iCraft Tape Runner.

The word “hello” was die-cut using a die from my collection and the Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheet in Black Velvet. With a colorful background such as this card, I wanted the sentiments to stand out!

I finished my card design by using my white gel pen and drew some dots to the Gnome’s hat for added interest. Here’s another look:

Which one is your favorite -> Newton’s Birdbath or the cute Garden Gnome? I hope you like both cards because I love how they turned out. The supplies I use are also listed and linked below in case you are interested.

NOW HERE IS THE BEST PART! Would you like to win a $40 store credit from Therm O Web or  Newton’s Nook Designs? Visit the Newton’s Nook Designs blog and the Therm O Web Blog for a chance to win! Both companies will be giving away a prize this week!  Make sure to check out their blog posts for the announcement of the lucky winners!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and happy foiling and stamping!


NND April Release Day 4 – Heartfelt Blooms & Heartfelt Butterflies

I am a bit bummed that today is the last day of the reveals. I hope you were able to check out the first 3 days. Which one is your favorite so far? Don’t forget that have a chance to win the stamp set being revealed each day so please read through til the end of the blog post to find out more info.  [Just a little important note:  I know some of you had difficulties finding the comments section.  If you would like to leave a comment to participate in the giveaway, the “comments section” will only be ever visible when a single post on Word Press is being viewed. Please click on this particular blog post and you will be able to leave a comment below.  Thank you!]  

For Day 4, we are showcasing the Heartfelt Blooms and Heartfelt Butterflies stamp set and both stamps coordinate wit the Heart Frames die set.

To make my first card, I stamped the images on some Bristol Smooth white card stock with Versafine Vintage Sepia. I colored the images in with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

To ground the images and make them stand out, I colored the edges with some light blue tint.

I finished my card design by adding the sentiment that was stamped and heat-embossed, then die-cut using the Banner Trio die set.

My second card is just as easy as the first! The only difference is I dry-embossed the card stock first, using the scallop die from the Heart Frames die set.

Next, I stamped the images with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and colored them in with Spectrum Noir TriBlend markers.

I masked the colored image with masking paper. I used the Petite Flowers Stencil with some texture paste for added interest to the background. I set this aside to let it dry for about half an hour.

I finished my design by adding the sentiment, also using the Banner Trio die set and added glossy accents to the butterflies.

Here’s a closer look:

Would you like to win the “Heartfelt Blooms” or the “Heartfelt Butterflies” Stamp Set?  We will choose ONE lucky winner for each stamp set!

Here’s how to win: Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)!  The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning!  You have until Thursday, April 22nd at 9pm ET to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, April 23rd. 

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Newton’s Nook Designs

Ellen Haxelmans

Tina Herbeck

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar

Maria Russell (you are here)

Farhana Sarker

Tatiana Trafimovich

Samantha VanArnhem

Amanda Wilcox