I’m Done Adulting. Let’s Be Mermaids!

Hello my crafty peeps! Maria here on the blog with you today sharing two summer-themed cards, showcasing one of my favorite stamp sets from the summer release called “Mermaid Treasures“, along with the Under the SeaOcean Waves and Mermaid Shimmer stencils.

For my under the sea card on the left, I started by inking up the background with my blending brushes and Ocean Waves and Under the Sea stencils using a combination of the Marina MadnessTropical Sea and Four Leaf hybrid inks.  I used the same stencil and some glitter glitz gel to add more texture to the school of fishies.  I also die-cut two borders using the By The Sea border die and foam-mounted these pieces onto the colored panel.  I adhered this to an A2 size card base.

Next, I stamped the images on some Neenah solar white card stock and colored them in with my alcohol markers.  I used the coordinating dies to die-cut them out and adhered them using either some foam or liquid adhesive for added dimension.

Lastly, I adhered some Sparkling Clear Droplets to my card for added texture.  Don’t they just look like bubbles?  Here’s another look:

Since I colored a lot of images, I decided to make another card.  I used some low-tack tape to mask both sides of my A2-size card panel.  I used my blending brushes with the Mermaid Shimmer stencil, and colored the background mixing the Fandango and Tangerine Dream hybrid inks.  

I used my glitter glitz gel to add more texture to the background.  I love the glittery effect it gave on the card.  I die-cut two strips of black card stock and adhered it both sides.  I also cut some strips of the patterned paper from the Seaside paper pack.

I foam-mounted my focal image and used my shimmer pen to add some highlights to her hair.

To finish my design, I stamped the sentiment with watermark ink and sprinkled some white embossing powder.  I used my heating tool to heat-set the sentiment and die-cut using the Sentiment Stack die.  I adhered this piece with some foam adhesive.  Here’s another look:

This card is really simple but I love the textured background!  

Don’t you just love the mermaid images on the Mermaid Treasures stamp set?  They are beyond adorable!  I also LOVE, love, love the new stencils!  I can’t really pick a favorite!  LDRS Creative has an amazing line of stencils that you can use to create a wonderful scene on your projects. 

I hope I have given you some great inspiration today.  The supplies I use are listed and linked below.  Thank you for stopping by the happy stamping!


Celebrate 4th of July with Spectrum Noir

Hello Spectrum Noir fans! I hope you are having a good week so far! 4th of July is just around the corner and since I am currently overseas, I am celebrating this eventful day a little early by creating this cute card. 

For my project today, I am showcasing some Spectrum Noir TriBlend Markers, Spectrum Noir Watermark ink and this cute (limited-edition) digital stamp set by Jessica Lynn Original called 4th of July Brentwood.

To begin, I printed my 4th of July Brentwood digi stamp on some Neenah solar white card stock and fussy-cut the image using my precision scissors.  I colored the image in with my Spectrum Noir TriBlend markers in Brown Grey Blend, True Blue Blend and Dark Red Blend.

On a piece of some Bristol smooth white card stock, I ink-blended some oxide inks using my mini ink blending tools.  I sprayed this with water using my distress sprayer and dabbed it with my paper towel to dry.  

I used my Stitched fireworks die and ran it through my Gemini Junior die-cutting machine to create an impression and added texture to my colored background.  I die-cut the hill using a border hill die from my stash and stamped the word “Celebrate” using  Spectrum Noir Watermark ink.  I sprinkled this with white embossing powder and heat-set with my heating tool.  I adhered this hill on my colored background.

I used foam adhesive to adhere my image on the card and added Diamond stickles all over the background.  I also used glossy accents to add more texture and dimension to the owl and the stars.  Here’s my card:

Lastly, I used my white gel pen and added dots to make them look like stars.  I really LOVE using my Spectrum Noir TriBlend markers when I’m coloring my images.   They are so easy to use and the colors just blend so well together.  Here’s a closer look:

I would like to thank Jessica Lynn Original for providing this cute 4th of July Brentwood Owl digital stamp that I used today.  

What are you all doing for the 4th of July?  My husband and I will celebrate quietly inside our humble abode, drinking champagne and thanking our forefathers for finding America and having the freedom that we now have today!  I am so proud to be an American!  God bless the United States of America!

I hope you like my project today and got inspired.  The supplies I used are listed and linked below.  Have an amazing day!


Newton’s Nook Inky Paws 100th Challenge

Hello Newton’s Nook fans! I’m back today with a project celebrating Newton’s Nook Designs Inky Paws Challenge #100! The rules for this challenge are, pick any of your favorite challenge or challenges from the previous Color, Sketch or Theme challenges and play it again!


It was quite challenging for me to pick a favorite but the one I’ve always wanted to try is Challenge # 34 – Summer Theme.  I used one of my favorite summer stamp set called Newton’s Summer Treats with its coordinating dies.  Ice cream is my favorite dessert and this stamp set is just adorable!



This was the challenge I chose, all you have to do is visit the Inky Paws Challenge page to choose your favorite and play along with us!  The challenge will run for two weeks from June 17-28, 2019.  You still have plenty of time to join.  For this special challenge, Newton’s Nook is hosting 4 link ups and will choose a random winner from each link up to win a $25 store credit (total of four winners!!!!)


Here’s what I made:



I started by stamping the images from the Newton’s Summer Treats stamp set and die-cut the same with its coordinating dies.


The background was ink-blended with Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry and Carved Pumpkin distress Oxide inks.  I used my distress sprayer to spray some water and dabbed it with some paper towel for added texture.


The palm tress and grass hills were die-cut from some dies from my stash.  I stamped the sentiment with versamark ink and sprinkled some white embossing powder and heat set with my heating tool.


I adhered the images on the front panel.  To finish my design, I used glossy accents and stardust stickles on the ice cream and popsicle for added dimension and interest.  Here’s a closer look:



Thank you for stopping by my blog today and I hope you like my project.  Have an amazing day and happy stamping!







Life is Better in Flip Flops

Hello everyone!  First of, let me apologize because this is my second post for the day.  I belong to a couple of design teams and I am doing a double-whammy kind of day!  Having said this, I am really looking forward to a short break.  I am currently back home in the Sunshine State, enjoying wearing tank tops, shorts and flip flops!


For my project today, I am showcasing the Flip Flop Life stamp set and Flip Flop Life coordinating dies.


I started out by die-cutting my frame and the other card stock that I needed for my project.  I stamped the images on some Neenah solar white card stock and colored them in with my Copic markers.  Since this is a summer-themed project, I wanted to create a card with cheerful colors.    I die-cut the images using the coordinating dies.


I adhered my stitched circle patterned frame onto my card base and also adhered the little flip flops.  To finish my design, I die-cut a piece of black card stock using a banner frame.  I stamped the sentiment using Versafine ink and heat-embossed it with white embossing powder.  I was going to add some glossy accents to the straps to make it shiny, but I didn’t have enough time to wait to let it dry before I take my photos.  I made this project a few hours before I left for the airport.  Anyways, here is my card:




Oh, I also added a small white bow just to make it cuter! Haha! Here’s another look:




Is anyone else enjoying the flip flops, shorts and a lot of sunshine?  I hope so!  I’m thinking about you all as I sip my Pina Colada’s by Cocoa Beach!




I hope you like my project today.  Please visit Newton’s Nook Designs to check out the July release.   I left the coupon code below if you’d like to avail of the promo going on until July 27, 2018.  Have an amazing day and happy crafting!



Just A Little Hello

Howdy Kat Scrappiness fans!  Maria here on the blog today with a simple card, showcasing the Crafter’s Essentials 1 die set.  If you are waiting for this die-set, you are in luck because they are arriving back in stock next week!  If you haven’t ordered this yet, you can now reserve it so that you don’t have to wait again.

To make things easier for me, I started out by choosing a sketch pattern from the Kat Scrappiness site (you can see this photo on the product sample).  I downloaded this sketch and inserted this piece in the envelope with the dies so I can use them for my future projects.  Sometimes, it is helpful to have it when you’re not feeling crafty!  I am having one of those days since the majority of my supplies are currently loaded in a shipping container, en-route to our home in FL.

I die-cut some A2 size card stock with the rounded-edge rectangle die.  I used the same die to die-cut a patterned paper.

I used the long strip die that is included in the set to die-cut another piece of some white card stock (slightly a different color from my card base).  I also used the stars die to die-cut  one pin pink, blue and yellow.

I stamped my images on some Neenah solar white card stock and colored it in with my Copic markers.  I die-cut the image with the coordinating die.  To finish my design, I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink and used my belli-roll pen to add more details to the images.  Here’s my card:

I love the simplicity of this card.  I didn’t do a lot as you can tell, but it turned out really cute!  This sketch is also perfect to create a “Welcome Baby” card.  Here’s another look:

This Crafter’s Essentials 1 die setis definitely a must-have for any paper crafter.  I think the little stitched star die is just the right size to add to your projects.  I love the stitching details to it as well.

I hope you like my card today.  Please don’t forget to use my coupon code “MARIA10” for 10% off your order at the shop.  Don’t forget to check the clearance section too!  I wish you all a wonderful day!  Happy crafting!


Crafter’s Essentials 1 Die Set by Kat Scrappiness

Hello my crafty friends! I hope you are all having a great week so far! Maria here with you today sharing some cards, showcasing the new Crafter’s Essentials 1 die set and a lot of products available at the shop.  This Crafter’s Essentials 1die-set is a must-have!  This set contains 12 steel-rule dies that you can use for all of your paper crafting projects!  Here’s what it looks like:

For my first card today, I stamped some images on some white card stock with my Lawn Fawn Jet black ink using my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform tool.  I colored the images in with my Copic markers and die-cut them using the coordinating dies.

I also die-cut another piece of white card stock using the storybook die from the set.  I wanted to create a birthday card.  I stamped the small images on the card stock and assembled my card.

I really love how this card turned out.  There are so many possibilities using this Crafter’s Essentials 1 die-set.  I also love all of the stitching details! Here another look:

For my second card below I wanted to use some new sequin and confetti mixes from the Shop and some Nuvo crystal drops.  I also used the new My Tribe stamp set by Honey Bee Stamps.   Here’s my shaker card:

This shaker card is actually going to a friend of mine who is also crazy about crafting!  I am so thankful that she is a part of my tribe!

I hope you got inspired today.  The Crafter’s Essentials 1die set is sold out at the moment but more are coming in the next 7 days or so.  You can RESERVE the dies so you don’t miss out again.  The supplies I used are listed and linked below.  Have an amazing day and happy crafting!


Enjoy the Ride with Paper House Productions

Hello Paper House Productions fans!  I cannot believe that time flew by so fast and I am sad to say that this is my last blog post for Paper House Productions.  I have been so FORTUNATE to be able to work with the AMAZING products by PHP, the talented design team and of course, everyone at Paper House Productions.  It has been a great journey to be a part of this design team which is why I chose “Enjoy the Ride” theme for my project today.


For our final project, we were asked to pick out our FAVORITE product from the Paper House Productions.  Mind you, this wasn’t an easy task!   I LOVE the paper pads, the stickers, washi tape, traveler’s notebook, etc.   However if there’s one thing that I’ve been loving (and buying) the most even before I got on this design team, it’s always been the stickers!   Sometimes when I want to create a beautiful card without stamping or doing a lot of fancy stuff, I always make cards with stickers.  I also love adding stickers to my scrapbook layouts and planners.


To start, I stamped an A2 size card stock with my background stamp with a mint green ink and die-cut the same with my Stitched Wonky Die.  I also die-cut another piece of white card stock to create the frame.


I have been dying to use this Stickypix “It Takes Two Cardstock Multi-Pack” stickers because I absolutely love everything in this pack.  It has all of my favorite color combination – Mint Green, Light Blue, Red, Pink and Gold.  I picked the bicycle, stars and flowers on this pack.


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This card took about less than 10 minutes to make and can be easily mass-produced.   Here’s my card:




I just love the gold-foil details on the bicycle and the flowers.




I also simply adore the little stars in the sticker pack.  I added a couple of them on my card.




It has been a great pleasure working with The Paper House Productions and the talented Design Team for Winter/Spring Term.  Thank you everyone for this amazing journey.  It really has been a great ride!





SUPPLIES:  Sticker Pix It Takes Two Cardstock Multi-Pack Stickers

Father’s Day Card with Dad’s Tools stamp set by Kat Scrappiness

Hello my crafty friends, Maria here with you today on the blog!  I hope you are all having a great week so far.  Father’s Day is fast approaching and it is time to honor all the AMAZING dads out there.  The new Dad’s tools – 6×8 Layered stamp set is perfect for this type of occasion, or you can even make just-because cards.  It doesn’t always just have to be for one day out of the year.  I know if my Dad were here, I probably would make him a card at least once a month.

I started out by stamping my images on Neenah solar white card stock, using my Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform.  I think it is a must-have tool for stamping layered images.  Since this stamp set did not have matching dies, I used my Brother Scan N Cut2 to die-cut the images.

I used the biggest of my Cross Stitched Rectangle dieto die-cut the blue patterned paper taken from the Gotta Have Gingham Petite Paper Pack 6×6 by Lawn Fawn.  I then used the third piece of the Cross Stitched Rectangle dieto die-cut a piece of silver card stock. I placed this card stock onto my We R Memory Keepers embossing folder and run it through my die-cutting machine to emboss this piece.

I adhered my blue patterned paper onto my card base and then layered the embossed silver cardstock on top for my foreground.  On another piece of white card stock, I die-cut the word Dad with the Uppercase Condensed Alphabet Dies.  To give it some dimension, I used my foam adhesive to adhere the word Dad onto my card.

I stamped the sentiment on a black card stock with my Versa-mark ink and used my white embossing powder then set it using my heating tool.  I also adhered the hammer and screwdriver images from the stamp set.  I finished the design by adhering my blue enamel dots on the four corners of my silver card stock embossed piece.  Here’s the card.


I honestly struggle with masculine cards so designing this was a bit of a challenge for me.  However, I love how this turned out.  Here’s a close-up look:


I hope you got inspired today.  Don’t forget to use my coupon code “MARIA10” for 10% off your order at the shop.  The supplies I used are listed and linked below.  Have a wonderful day!