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Owl Hugs for my Son

Greetings! Earlier in the month, I shared THIS card that I made with the Unicorn Sparkle Blend from Doodles Paper Playground and 2 of the Give a Hoot stamps from Elizabeth Crafts. Today, I am sharing a card I made from my son using the same stamp set, but for the shaker I used a combination of Sparkle Blends.

I adore the sweetness of these owl stamps, and I knew my son would love a card with them just as much as my daughter. I had previously colored the "Momma" owl, so that helped me choose the directions for the baby and the rest of the card.

After I colored the owls, I used the coordinating dies to cut them out. Next I chose a couple of fun patterned papers from DCWV, and I cut a window in one of them using Elizabeth Craft Designs' Stitched Rectangles.

Then I moved on to choosing the Sparkle Blends for the card. It turned out that there wasn't one that was quite right for the card, so I decided to create my own! That's the beauty of playing with Sparkle Blends.…
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Black Cat Wreath

Greetings! I am so excited about my card today. This isn't for any challenge, or any Design Team...it's just because I was inspired and I had to make it. So I have totally fallen in love with the Gina K Wreath Builder Templates. I have seen a lot of beautiful wreaths with flowers and greenery from many people, but I wanted to step out of the box. Way out. The Wreath Builder Templates are perfect for making really cool cards for Halloween. I have a bunch made/in the works already, but this was my first, and i really love it.

I adore Hero Art's Luna the Halloween Cat stamp set. I love it's simplicity, it's elegance, and of course, all of the imagery. So I chose one of the lovely cats, and began to build my "wreath." I used VersaFine Clair in Nocturne to get a deep black, solid image. Then I moved on to the hats, and used Fantasia ink, also in VersaFine Clair. Of course, I also needed some moons and stars, and they were stamped with Brilliance ink in Sunflow…

Boo Banner: Get Kids Crafty Blog Hop

Hello crafty peeps! I am really excited to share today's project with you. It's for the September Get Kids Crafty Blog hop, and our theme is...wait for it....Halloween! It's the most wonderful time of year, and my daughter and I were really stoked to make this project together. Miss R really wanted to make some kind of decoration instead of a card, so we decided to make a banner together.


I have an old Sizzix banner die set that cuts out different parts of banners so that it is extremely customizable. She went through my Halloween papers, and of course fell in love with some glitter cardstock from an older Martha Stewart paper pad. Then she decided that she wanted a purple background and green letters for her "Boo." Knowing that the word is only 3 letters long, we thought that it needed to have at least 2 more sections, so we grabbed the Framed Witch Metal Stencil from Stampendous. The stencil is perfect, because we were able to easily have the witch facing in bo…

Holiday Birds: The Chickadee

Hello! This week, the Stampendous team has been sharing projects that use some of the wonderful stamp and die sets that are available for the holiday season. These sets are great because you get the stamps and dies altogether, in an inexpensive bundle. On Tuesday, I shared a card featuring the cardinal from the Holiday Birds set. Today, I am using the chickadee from the same collection.

I started off by stamping the chickadee with VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne, and coloring the mage with Zig Clean Color Markers. I die cut the image, and moved on to my background.

On a piece of white Mixed Media Paper from Stampendous, I stamped one of the longer sprigs from the Christmas Greenery Perfectly Clear stamp set with the Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor inks and stamped them all over the background. I like using those ink pads because you get multiple colors on your stamps in one quick step. I decided to dull the colors and the white background down a bit, so I swept Desert Sand Memento ink acros…

Holiday Birds: The Cardinal

Greetings! This week, the Stampendous Team will be showcasing the various Cling Stamp and Die sets that are currently offered for the holidays. I really like these sets because the stamps and dies are all in one well-priced package. Today, I am sharing a card that uses the cardinal from the Holiday Birds set.

I began making this card by stamping the cardinal with VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne on Mixed Media Paper by Canson. Die cutting this image was much faster than fussy cutting it out, so I was happy to have the coordinating die.

My background was a lot of fun to create. On my Tim Holtz Glass Mat, I applied some Golden Glitz and Celestial Copper Delicata Ink to the white section, so that I could see it easily. I spritzed the ink with Ink Potion No. 9 to help thin it out without breaking down the color. Then I applied it to my watercolor paper with a fat brush, with the gold on the top half, and the copper on the bottom. The Ink Potion No. 9 gives you plenty of time to work with t…

Owl Hugs for my Daughter

Hello! Today I have a new shaker card to share with you. I made this card for my daughter for her first day of school. I recently purchased the Give a Hoot stamp set from Elizabeth Craft Designs, and I knew using them would be perfect as she loves owls so much.

I colored them in some of our favorite colors and used the coordinating dies to cut them out. To stamp them, I used VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne, and to color the images, I used Zig Clean Color Markers.
My daughter loves vivid colors so I knew that I needed to use the gorgeous Unicorn Sparkle Blend on this card. It has so many stunning colors (including opalescent sequins), and it is truly our favorite of all the Blends. In the photo below, you can see the wide range of sizes and colors in this unique Blend. 
My daughter and I also really like to mix patterns, and I enjoy adding a fun pattern behind my shaker, for when the sequins and other bits fall to the bottom. So I chose a fun floral from DCWV to go with the polka dot p…

Shake 'N Bake

Hello! Today I have a new shaker card to share with you that I made for my sister's birthday. First, she loves to bake. Second, she loves pink and green. She also loves shaker cards and pretty much all things Lawn Fawn. Knowing all this, I had a fun challenge on my hands. The Flamingo Tropic Sparkle Blend from Doodles Paper Playground was an absolutely perfect choice for this card because of the colors.

I started off with the adorable oven from Lawn Fawn's Sprinkled with Joy stamp set and I colored it with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I fussy cut the oven, although I do have the coordinating dies. But for this card, I didn't want the white border around the image. I also used an X-Acto Knife to cut out the window for the oven. I colored a piece of scrap cardstock to go behind my shaker window to look like the interior of the oven.

After I completed my shaker (seriously, how perfect is Flamingo Tropic with this color combo?!, I moved on to my background. I wanted …