Pumpkin Spice in my Latte

Hello my crafty friends.  I am up for Kat Scrappiness today to share with you a simple coffee-themed shaker tag, showcasing products available at the shop.

I started out by stamping my images using the Pumpkin Spice Stamp Set and Dies by Lawn Fawn on Neenah solar white with my Memento Tuxedo black ink.  I colored the images in with my Copic markers and die-cut them with its coordinating.

I wanted to create a cute shaker tag to use some new sequins from the shop, the Teal Woodgrain Flat and 6mm Orange AB Hallow Circle mix so I die-cut a medium tag using my Kat Scrappiness Stitched Scalloped Nesting Dies with the Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall Collection Paper Pad.  I stamped my sentiment onto my tag, and assembled the shaker tag.

I hope you like my shaker tag.  I have also listed and linked the supplies I used below if you’re interested.  Please use my coupon code Maria10 for 10% off your order at the shop.  Have an amazing day!


Here’s a close-up:



Happy Haunting with MFT Stamps


The MFT 2017 Card Design Superstar is here and I am super excited to participate.  The card that you see below is my entry for the “Innovation Master” category.  I have always loved MFT Stamps and for today’s card, I am showcasing a lot of these stamps and dies.  The products I used will be listed below, and they are all available at www.mftstamps.com.


I started out by stamping my images on white card stock with the MFT Stamps Black Licorice Hybrid Ink and colored the images in with my Copic markers.  I thought the new Happy Haunting stamp set would be the perfect pair with the Frightful Friends stamp set (released by MFT Stamps last year).  I die-cut the images with the coordinating dies.


I die-cut all of the elements I needed for my scene. For the frame, I used the Die-namics Blueprints No. 32, the Die-namics Stitched Clouds Edges, and the Die-namics Birch Trees.


I die-cut an A2 size Vellum card stock because I wanted to create a see-through scene so that I can also use this card to display on my Halloween mantle. I wanted to use an LED tea-light to give a spooky glow behind Mr. and Mrs. Frankenstein. I love how this card turned out.


Here’s the card without the LED tea-light behind it.




Here’s the card with the LED Tea-Light on!  Don’t you just love the moon peaking from behind the clouds and birch trees?




Here’s a close-up of the card with the LED Tea-light.  It looks so good on my Halloween mantle display.




I hope you like my card.  Please visit http://www.mftstamps.com to purchase the products I have listed below.  Have an amazing day!


Happy Haunting Stamp Set

Happy haunting Die-namics

Frightful Friends Stamp Set

Frightful Friends Die-namics

Die-namics Blueprints No. 32

Die-namics Stitched Clouds Edges

Die-namics Birch Trees

Die-namics Hillside Grassy Hills

MFT Stamps Black Licorice Hybrid Ink

NND September Release – Day 4 – Newton’s Costume Party

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It is the last day of the September reveals at Newton’s Nook Designs and today’s stamp set is really special because it features our beloved Newton.  You have a chance to win each stamp set during release week so check out the details I have indicated at the end of this blog post.


For today’s cards, I am showcasing the Newton’s Costume Party stamp set and its coordinating dies.  The costume images on this set are super cute and the die set is a must-have because it cuts the inside portion of the costume to reveal Newton’s face.  It’s like dressing up paper dolls!


NND SEPT17_NewtonsCostumeParty Stamp


I stamped my images on Neenah solar white card stock using my stamping platform with my Memento Tuxedo black ink and colored my images in with my Copic markers. I die-cut the images using the coordinating dies.  I wanted to create a cute Halloween scene today and I used some cute patterned paper and dies I have from my stash.   Here’s my card:




And here’s a little Trick-or-Treat tag:




This “Newton’s Costume Party” stamp set and coordinating dies will be available for purchase on Friday, September 15th, at 8:00 a.m. CST.


Would you like to win the “Newton’s Costume Party” Stamp Set? This set will be given away to ONE lucky winner!


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, September 14th at 9pm CST to comment — winners will be announced on the NND blog post on Friday, September 15th.


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


Newton’s Nook Designs

Amanda Bodine

Holly Endress

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Juliana Michaels

Naki Rager

Maria Russell (you are here)

Jennifer Timko

Tatiana Trafimovich


A Halloween Hello



The MFT Card Design Superstar is finally here! The card that you see below is my entry for the “Clean and Simple Genius” category.


Sometimes, less is really more! I wanted to create a clean and simple Halloween card with non-traditional Halloween colors.  I also like the white pumpkins as fall decor, which is why I colored the pumpkins with light gray Copic markers. I wanted my focal point to be on the little witch and her cat. These images are so adorable!


I started out by stamping my images on Bristol Smooth 110 lb. white card stock using my MFT stamps Black Licorice hybrid ink. I used Copic markers to color my images in and used the coordinating dies to die-cut the images.


For my “subtle” sky scene, I used the clouds stencils with my light blue inkpad, lightly sponging the color on the card stock.


For the frame, I used my MFT Stamps Blueprints No. 32. I also die-cut the birch trees with the Birch Trees dies, also by MFT then lightly colored it with my Copic markers to give it some dimension.


To finish my design, I stamped the sentiment “A Halloween Hello” with my memento fog ink.


Here’s my card:



What do you guys think?  I hope you like my clean and simple card.  The supplies I used to create the card are listed and linked to the MFT online store.  Wish me luck and thank you for stopping by!


BB Witch Way is the Candy Stamp Set

BB Witch Way is the Candy Die-Namics

Birch Trees Die-Namics

Die-Namics Blueprints No. 32 

Clouds Stencil – Large

Clouds Mini Edges Stencil

Black Licorice Hybrid Ink










Happy Haunting ~ MFT Sketch Challenge # 347

There is a new sketch challenge at My Favorite Things so I decided to play along.  Here’s the sketch:




I am showcasing the BB Witch Way is the Candy stamp set and dies by MFT Stamps.  Don’t you just love the images on this set?  I hope you like my card and thank you so much for stopping by.  Have an amazing day!



Newton’s Nook and Xyron Inspiration Week Collaboration

Welcome to the Fun Collaboration Blog hop with Newton’s Nook Designs and Xyron! I am extremely excited to share this blog post because I belong to both design teams. There are prizes too!  Newton’s Nook is giving away a $25 gift certificate to the shop and Xyron is giving away a Mega Tape runner.  Please read all the way to the bottom to find out how you can win the prizes!


I am sure most of you know that I am still away from home taking care of my very sick father-in-law and I currently have very-limited crafting supplies with me.  This is why my card is going to be very simple.


For our collaboration, I am showcasing the Newton’s Perfect Pumpkin stamp set and my Xyron Mega-Tape Runner.  I know it is a little too early for Halloween but I wanted to create something fun for you and give you an idea of what’s to come from NND’s fall stamp release.  Stay tuned for next month’s release because you will absolutely love all of them!


I started out by stamping the images on Neenah solar white card stock using my new (favorite) Tim Holtz Stamping platform and color the images in with my alcohol markers.  I purchased these alcohol markers from Amazon and they are comparable to Copic markers (but a lot cheaper).  To be honest though, I still prefer my Copics but these markers are good enough when I am crafting from my home away from home.  I fuzzy-cut the images using my precision scissors.  I also stamped the spider web, bats, spider and sentiment on my card front.




To finish my design, I die-cut the clouds with my clouds border dies on black card stock.  To give the clouds a little dimension, I used my black fun foam and adhered them with my Xyron Mega Tape Runner (also my favorite).




Here’s the final card – simple and fun:



{Would you like to win a Prize pack including a Mega Runner from Xyron and a $25 store credit to Newton’s Nook Designs?}

Here’s how to win: Leave a comment on the NND & Design Team blog posts using Xyron products all week (July 31 – Aug 4) to enter. One winner will be randomly chosen from blog posts throughout the week so the more posts you leave comments on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Friday August 4th at midnight CST to comment. The winner will be announced on the NND blog post on Monday, August 7th.

Xyron will also be giving away a prize pack! Make sure to visit their facebook page each day this week for inspiration and leave comments there for another chance to win!  Have a great week!






Monster Halloween

I am not ready to give up making Halloween projects just yet so I figured this week is my last chance to create more cards and a tag. I’m back today to share with you my design team projects for Not2ShabbyShop, showcasing MFT Stamps Monster Love stamp set and dies.

Below is the photo and I have shared a process video for one of the cards. I have also listed and linked the supplies below. Have an amazing day!


Here’s the video: