Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Hello! Today's share is a Princess birthday card I made as inspiration for the Tuesday Color Challenge at The Outlawz! Head on over and check this week's challenge out - Bugaboo is our sponsor!

The image is from Bugaoo - I stamped the Princess phrase with black ink, then cut with decorative edge scissors, then matted on purple CS & again cut with decorative edge scissors. I colored in the image with Spectrum Noir alcohol ink markers, then accented with Stickles Icicles Glitter Glue - the pearls are completely Stickled, no coloring at all - then set aside to dry. 

I attached designer paper to the A2 card front and stamped the sentiments with black ink. After the Stickles dried, I matted again with gold die cuts and a white doily and attached this to the card front. Finally, I added pearls to the top right and bottom left corners and added a birthday poem to the inside.

I hope I have helped to inspire your creativity today! Smiles, Laura

Friday, May 13, 2016


Hello. I just created this card this morning using "Pigwit In The Planter" by From The Heart Stamps.  I colored the image in with alcohol inks markers & punched with a scallop circle punch. I then layered this on designer cardstock, & pink cardstock, punched 2 small holes to attach pink ribbon to, added paper flowers and then attached to the card front! I plan to enter this card into the From The Heart May Challenge.

From The Heart Shop:
From The Heart Stamp of the Month Challenge:

I hope I've helped to inspire your creativity today! Smiles, Laura

Thursday, May 12, 2016


Hello! We're getting some much needed rain today & rainy days are perfect for indoor activities - like rubber stamping & card making! Today I'm sharing a dry embossed wedding card I made for The Outlaws Twisted Thursday Challenge. The sentiments & images used to create this card are from a digital set called "With This Ring" by MHK Designs, who is sponsoring Twisted Thursday this month! Be sure to check out MHK Designs & share your creation with us at Twisted Thursday for a chance to win a prize from MHK Designs!


To create the outside, I cut a piece of 12" white glitter cardstock to 5 1/2" x 12, then embossed it with Anna Griffin's "Ribbon Flower Card" 12" embossing folder using my Big Shot & a special silicone embossing mat. After embossing, I trimmed the edges as needed with my paper trimmer & scissors. Then I folded at the score lines - yes, this folder creates the score lines, love it! I fussy cut the sentiment & attached it to blue & white CS punched with an oval scallop punch, tied sheer light blue ribbon onto it and attached to the card front with sticky-back small Velcro circles, so the card can easily be opened.

To decorate the inside of the card, I cut the blue & white CS - 1 piece at 5 1/4" square and 2 pieces at 1 3/8" x 5 1/4", and attached as seen in photo. Then I punched six 5/8" circles with a punch and attached these as shown. The oval filigree frame in the center is a Cricut cut - Fancy Frames, I believe.

And last, but not least, I printed the MHK images with my monochrome laser printer, fussy cut them and then applied holographic foil with a Minc machine! Here's a close-up of these in the frame:

The holographic foil is difficult to photograph, but do you see those thin lines of refracted color? The entire images do this when the card is tilted back & forth in the light! A stunning effect!

As always, I hope I have inspired your creativity today! Smiles, Laura

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Hello! I hope everyone had a fabulous & relaxing Mother's Day! Today I'm sharing a card I made for The Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge. I used "Silhouette Butterfly,"  a digital  image from Bugaboo, who is sponsoring our color challenge this month!

Okay, there's a lot going on in this card, but it was so fun to make! The background is handstamped, the butterflies have been foiled in purple with a Minc machine, then colored in with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers......


I printed the butterflies on blending cardstock, using A LASER PRINTER! The heat transfer foil for the Minc only bonds to BLACK laser toner (not inkjet ink). If you're thinking about getting a Minc, I strongly suggest investing in the laser printer as well - you can foil any digis you print with it. FYI: You can also stamp images onto a full sheet of cardstock with black ink and make laser copies of the sheet and then foil the copies - so if you have an extensive rubber stamp collection, you can open up a whole new range of foiled possibilities!


The background started as a 4" x 5 1/2" piece of white cardstock. I used a rubber stamp set called "Tea Stained" (TAC) with multiple colors of Brilliance Pearlescent Ink to create the background. Once stamped, I cut a 1/4" strip off the bottom and attached it to a purple scrap, then tore the edges of this, as seen in the photo (under the flower & small butterfly). Then I tore the bottom edge of the background piece and attached it to a purple A2 card. Next, I affixed the small strip about 1" above the torn edge. Finally, I stamped "Happy Birthday" in the upper left corner.


After foiling the laser butterfly images, I colored then with the alcohol markers and attached them to the card, leaving the wings up a bit to add dimension. Then I attched the flower and the pearls, and added a sentiment to the inside of the card.  NOTE: I was low on colored pearls, so I colored white ones with my alcohol ink markers to match the colors in this card!

Let me know what you think of this card in the comments section below - I'd love to hear from you! As always, I hope I've helped to inspire your creativity today! Smiles, Laura

Monday, May 9, 2016


Hello! Today's share is a card I made for my son, using a digi from Free Vintage Digital Stamps!
I printed and cut the image, then used alcohol ink markers to create the red stripes. I attached ribbon the star background paper with brads, then attachd the colored image and attached to a red card. Then I used stickles glitter glue to color the stars in the image and the white stars on the background paper. I set it aside to dry for about 1/2 hour & tada - the card is done!

I hope I have helped to inspire your creativity today! Smiles, Laura

Thursday, May 5, 2016


Hello! Today's share is a vintage save the date card I designed using MHK Designs digital set "With This Ring." Mynn from MHK Designs has a shop on Etsy with fabulous digis - here's the link: . (If the link doesn't work, please copy and paste into your browser)

The floral background is designer paper, cut to 3 3/4" x 5". I attached a piece of white lace to this and matted on peach CS, then attached to the pink card. Next, I "fussy cut" the digital image with sentiment, colored in with alcohol ink markers and attached to card, as shown. Then I attached the mauve paper flowers. Finally, I stamped the date with individual alphabet stamps, and the "save the date" sentiment (both with burnt umber dye ink). the final touch was adding the small pearls to the flower and the engagement ring! By the way, I colored white pearls with a lavender alcohol marker to get them to coordinate with colors in the background paper!

I created this card for The Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenges, as I'm also on this design team! This week's challenge is "Add A Sentiment," so head on over and share your creation with us!

I hope I've helped to inspire your creativity today! Smiles, Laura

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Hello! Today I'm sharing a birthday card I made for The Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge this week - the twist is "Choose Your Own Twist!" I chose dry embossing with color added to the embossing folder as my twist! The beautiful silhouette fairy image is a digi called "Day After Forever" from Bugaboo, who is sponsoring our challenge this month!

To create the background, I applied Brilliance Ink directly to the embossing folder (the side with the words), then placed a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of white CS inside & embossed - the ink is applied to the CS in the process! I then attached this to a blue A2 card front.

Next, I colored in the digi with alcohol ink markers and attached to the card. I stamped the sentiment on pink CS and fussy cut, then attached to card. I then added the leaf die cut and the pink flower, and added a rhinestone to the center of the flower!

Head on over the The Outlaws Tuesday Color Challenge and join the fun! I hope I've helped to inspire your creativity today! Smiles, Laura

Monday, May 2, 2016


May is here, and Mother's Day is fast approaching. Today I'm sharing a card that I created for The Outlawz Progressive Challenge. The image was created by Andrea Norris from SheepSki Designs - Thank you Andrea for the beautiful image!

I colored the image with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers as follows:
Flowers: PL1, 2, 3
Mom: TB 1, 3, 5
Sky: TB 2
Grass: LG 1,2, 4

I punched the corners of the image, then sponged the edges with a medium blue ink, then matted on medium purple CS, punched corners and sponged edges with dark purple ink. Next, I attached the image to the matt, and centered on a square doily, as shown above. Finally I attached this to a 5 1/4" square card, add the bow, flowers and rhinestones!

Check back again soon for new posts. I will be posting on Tuesdays and Thursdays regularly each week, with random posts on other days - my goal is to post here at least 3 times weekly!

I hope I've helped to inspire your creativity today! Smiles, Laura

Thursday, April 28, 2016


Welcome everyone! Today's share uses a digi from PpinkydollsArt - I just love their digis, they are so easy to color and shadow! I made this card for The Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge inspiration - head on over and check out all the great projects by the design team!

To make this card, I colored in the image with alcohol markers, then fussy cut the image and framed with blue CS. Then I stamped the sentiment "I feel so miserable..." with black ink. I attached the yellow paper flower to the cut image, then centered on the pink CS. Next, I attached the yellow flower in the upper left corner and stamped the other two sentiments. The last step was to add the rhinestones and attach to a blue A2 card!

I hope I have helped to inspire your creativity today! Smiles, Laura

Friday, April 22, 2016


Hello! I had so much fun designing today's share! It's a birthday card for my grandson, who is about to turn 2! The inside verse, not shown, says" "Happy Birthday, little monkey! Grami & Grampa are BANANAS 'bout you!" Being almost 2, Grayson is a very energetic, acrobatic monkey himself, climbing and swinging on everything, LOL, so I thought this card would be perfect for him!

The monkey image is by +Gerda Steiner , and I think it's soooo adorable! (Check out Gerda's site, you can get this image if you participate in the challenge!) I created the sentiment on the card front with a mini alphabet stamp set, and the green vines are a die cut. I cut the bananas by hand from yellow CS.

I hope I have helped to inspire your creativity today! Smiles, Laura

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Hello everyone! I'm so excited! I've just joined the The Outlaws Twisted Thursday Design Team (in addition to being on the Tuesday Color Design Team)! Today's share is the first card I've designed for TT, using images by PpinkydollsArt! Check out their images at Etsy, if the link isn't working, please copy & paste into your browser: .

To make this card, I stamped a lace swirl pattern onto pink CS (4 1/4" x 5 1/2" folded). Then I printed the adorable digi onto white blending CS & cut with a Spellbinders oval die. I colored in the image with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers and added Stickles Glitter Glue to the wing of the butterfly. After the glitter glue dried, I attached the brads, then attached the oval die cut to the card front. Finally, I colored the white polyester flowers with the alcohol ink markers, then attached them to the card with wonder tape. The final touch was to add the self adhesive pearls to the centers of the flower!

This weeks challenge at Twisted Thursday is Tic Tac Toe! Be sure to head on over to The Outlawz Challenges to check it out! I hope I've helped to inspire your creativity today! Smiles, Laura

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Hello and welcome! Today's share is 3 monochromatic cards I've designed! If you've never made a monochrome card before, don't let the technique scare you - monochrome cards are easy and fun to make. All you need to do is pick 1 color as your main color. You can add small amounts of a few other colors, if you choose, OR you can use different shades of just the one color! I'll discuss each of today's cards below to help you get started with yours!

My main color for this Princess Birthday Card is BLUE. As you can see, there's also some white in the sentiment and the bow, browns, red and flesh tones on the princess, and a silvery tone in the rhinestone flowers. But the predominant color is BLUE! So it's perfectly okay to add small amounts of other colors, as long as they don't overpower the MAIN COLOR.

The main color for the second card is PURPLE! In fact it's the ONLY color you see in this card! I've just used many different shades of purples to create this. When working with only one color, I find it helps to layer the different shades of CS to create an interesting card, as well as to add embellishments like the flowers and rhinestones. By the way, I didn't have any purple rhinestones, so I colored clear ones with purple alcohol markers! I've also stamped the background & the sentiment in a Violette ink.

Here is yet another take on a monochromatic card! This card uses close to equal amounts of white and light blue! So is it monochrome or not? It is monochrome, because the blue overpowers the white so you notice the blue more!  Therefore, BLUE is the predominant color! 

Okay, so now it's time for you to make your monochromatic card. Gather up your supplies and your favorite image(s)! Remember, if you have alcohol markers, you can color practically any embellishment to match your main color - I've colored rhinestones, ribbon, polyester and paper flowers, etc..... to make them match what I'm creating!

Have fun! And be sure to upload your monochrome creation to The Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge this week, as the challenge is, of course, MONOCHROME! I hope I have helped to inspire your creativity today! Smiles, Laura

Saturday, April 16, 2016


Hello! What a beautiful spring Saturday morning it is! The birds chirping so happily this morning inspired me to create this scenic birthday card for my son-in-law's birthday! The background stamp by TAC was stamped with black Memento ink and colored in with Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers. Then I stamped the motorcycle image (by Fun Stamper's Journey) with black Memento ink and colored in with the alcohol markers. I attached the motorcycle with pop dots for a 3-D effect, and stamped "Happy Birthday" on the top with black ink.

Next, I stamped the foliage image in teal blue on green CS, added the blue ribbon, attached to the card, and finally attached the main image to this! Although not shown, the inside verse says "Happy 32nd Birthday JJ! The only difference between men and boys, is the prices of their toys!" Of course, my SIL is into dirt bikes, 4 wheelers, and the like ......... so thought the phrase was perfect! LOL!

I hope I've helped to inspire your creativity today! Smiles, Laura

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Hello! Today I'm sharing a card I created for the Twisted Thursday Challenge at The Outlawz Challenges - "Anything with Wings" twist! I know, most vintage style cards use much softer colors than scarlet red, but I was feeling adventurous and broke all the rules with this one - I love this '20s flapper girl fairy image and decided to use the red anyway with her! After much ado trying to make this card work, I decided to combine 2 styles - and my final result is a VINTAGE/COLLAGE card!

The fairy and the sentiments on red are from a set called "Fly Fairy" from +Red Rubber Designs and its still available through the website! I decided to add the sentiment in the upper right corner "she drew recklessly that day" to fill in blank space, but its a bit of humor as well, as I "created recklessly today" - LOL! This sentiment is from a set called "Art Gave Her Wings", also still available at +Red Rubber Designs . This card will be a birthday card for a good friend of mine - she loves red and fairies!

I hope I have helped to inspire your creativity today! Don't be afraid to bend/break the "rules" once in a while! Smiles, Laura

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


Welcome! Today's share is a non-traditional graduation card that I made for my niece's upcoming graduation in May. Her school colors are orange & black, which I incorporated into the card, but she also loves butterflies and spring! I thought the sentiment on the inside was fitting advice for a "changeling" such as a high school graduate! Being on the design team for The Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge, this card is my inspiration for this week's challenge - head and over to The Outlaws and join us in the fun!

I made the background on the card front by cutting 3 different color of CS and piecing them together. The pink and yellow are 1 1/4" x 5 1/4" and the blue is 1 3/8" x 5 1/4". After these were attached, I stamped the floral background with black ink and added the ribbon to the top. Then I attached this to the purple A2 card.

Next I colored the Cricut die cut with alcohol ink markers so it would match the ribbon and stamped "fly" on it with black ink. Finally, I stamped the butterflies, colored with alcohol ink markers and hand cut each one and attached them to the card.

The inside of the card uses the same colors as the front, layered as shown in photo. The stamp sets used here are from +Red Rubber Designs , I'm not sure if they're still available, you'd have to check and see.

As always, I hope I've helped to inspire your creativity today! Smiles Laura

Friday, April 8, 2016


Happy Friday everyone! I designed this 3 step card for The Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge this week - it's for my granddaughter's birthday this summer, she'll be turning 4 and she loves flowers and butterflies. I wanted to mention that I found the template for this card at From My Craft Room, a blog by one very talented Norma! If this link doesn't work, please copy & paste into your browser:

If you're interested in creating 3-step cards and more, Norma has all kinds of templates for different types of cards - be sure to stop by her blog!

I hope I have helped to inspire your creativity today! Smiles, Laura

Wednesday, April 6, 2016


Welcome everyone! I had a lot of fun creating this 3-step card for Mother's Day. It took some time, as this is only the second step card I have ever made and was on a huge learning curve, but I just love this type of card! I'm looking forward to making side-step cards and more in the near future! I cut the lattice with my Cricut and also used Cuttlebug & Spellbinders dies, as well as adding some flowers. Here's the inside:

The mother/child image is from a Stampin' Up set. I honestly don't remember who made the pretty paper, I've had it in my collection for over 10 years and decided it was time to use it! I hope my MIL appreciates this one in May!

I hope I have helped to inspire your creativity today! Smiles, Laura

Hello! I spent some much needed time with some of my grandchildren over Easter break last week. My eldest granddaughter, Lexi & I had fun in this grandma's craft room! Lexi, age 10, is a very talented up & coming artist, and she created this card for her 5th grade teacher! She made the die cut with Cricut's Elegant Edges cartridge and colored the flower with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Ink markers, hand wrote her teacher's name, then topped the card off with Stickles Glitter Glue. What a beautiful card, her teacher is lucky to get it!

Monday, April 4, 2016


Welcome everyone! Today I'm sharing "Dream Catcher," a note card done in masculine colors.
It's an A2 card, and I've used a tan parchment CS for the card base. The images are from TAC and are retired now, I believe - not sure if any other companies have similar images. I stamped the dream catcher  image with black ink on cream CS and colored in with several shades of brown watercolor pencils,then "fussy cut" the image out.

The brown piece of distressed CS you see under the dream catcher started out as a scrap of the tan parchment CS used for the card base! First, I tore the edges to give them a rough look, then crumpled it up several times to wrinkle it. Then I dragged a terra cotta ink pad over it for the first base of color (direct-to-paper technique). After letting this air dry for a few minutes, I used a brayer to lightly apply burnt umber (dark brown) ink for the second coat of color (I did this step several times, until I liked the color.)

After this dried for 1/2 hour, I crumpled it one more time for good measure, then attached the dream catcher image to this. Then I layered this onto the green & terra cotta CS, attached the beaded leather strips with a brad and attached this to the card. Next I stamped the sentiment "DREAM" with black ink and stamped three arrowheads down the right side of the card. I colored the arrowheads brown watercolor pencils, and added shadows to them with a Tombow gray marker.

I hope I have helped to inspire your creativity today! Happy card-making to all & Smile, Laura

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Welcome everyone! I enjoyed spending time with my grandchildren for a few days over the past week, then was hit hard with influenza..... I am now feeling close to normal again, I'm happy to report, and I'm wishing all of my readers good health while this bug is running rampant (at least in my neck of the woods).

I managed to make this card over the weekend, which was inspired by the current challenge at The Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge. The main image is "Cosmos," by Digistamps4joy, which I've colored pink/purple with Spectrum Noir markers. The butterfly & oval die cuts are from Spellbinders, and the little flowers are Cricut cuts (Mother's Day Bouquet). The yellow cardstock was embossed with a Darice embossing folder. I chose to add a few pearls & some wide sheer yellow ribbon just to fill in the bare spaces.

I hope this card helps to inspire your creativity today! Head on over to the The Outlawz Challenges and check out all the fun challenges this week for more inspiration! Smiles, Laura

Wednesday, March 23, 2016


Welcome everyone! I will be taking a short break from blogging to spend time with my grandchildren over the Easter Holiday. I'll be posting again on March 30th. But before I go on break, I thought I'd share a birthday card I made for a friend!

This cute image and sentiment are from a digi set called "Tail Feathers" from +Pickled Potpourri . I colored the chick in with alcohol ink markers, then fussy cut & matted on black CS. I also fussy cut and matted the sentiment on black CS. I stamped "Happy Birthday" with black ink, then used a Darice chicken wire embossing folder on the pink background, and layered this on black CS. The flower brads were attached using my Crop a Dile Big Bite. After attaching the chick and sentiment, I attached to the yellow card. The last step was to apply Yellow Stickles glitter glue to the "Happy Birthday" sentiment and set aside to dry for a half hour!

I hope I have helped to inspire your creativity today! Happy Easter to all, and I'll be back nest Wednesday! Smiles, Laura

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Welcome! Today's share is an Easter card I made for The Outlawz Challenges Tuesday Color Challenge, using a bunny image from Digistamps4joy. If you're not a member of The Outlawz Challenges, check it out - it's a fun community of stampers who are not only nice, but very talented & creative!   If the link isn't working, please copy & paste into your browser.

The colors for the challenge are pink, blue & yellow! I'd love to see your Easter creations, so head on over to The Outlawz Color Challenge & upload your work - it's free to join & participate in the fun!
Smiles, Laura

Monday, March 21, 2016


Welcome everyone! Today I'm sharing a garden note card I made for the +Gerda Steiner March Monthly Challenge, using Gerda's "Carrot Bunny Digital Stamp." If you haven't been to this site, check it out, there are lots of cute digis & ideas there, in addition to the challenge!

I colored the bunny image with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, layered in on light marbled brown CS and hand wrote "in my garden". Next, I stamped the carrot background on white CS, colored it in and layered that on light marbled brown CS, after attaching the green gingham ribbon at the bottom. Then I attached this to a light green card.

I printed the "NO BUNNIES ALLOWED!" sentiment on the computer, punched it with a circle punch, then stamped & colored in the carrot. Finally I made the orange gingham bow, taped the green gingham ribbon around the center and attached to the card! I'm using this as a note card, but it could also easily be used as an Easter card - just change the sentiment!

I hope I've helped to inspire your creativity today! Smiles, Laura

Sunday, March 20, 2016


Welcome! With Easter only 1 week away, I have been fervently working away in my craft room trying to finish making all my Easter cards for family. And today's share is hot off my table! Okay, let's get started on this card, inspired by the fact that RABBITS DO MULTIPLY quickly!

The bunny image is called "Nerdy but Nice" from +Gerda Steiner ! Each of the bunnies was cut out with scissors by hand, then colored in with Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers. I used Icicle Stickles glitter glue on the glasses to give them that shiny, reflective look (and let them dry for 1/2 hour).  After they dried, I used glue & tape to position & attach all 10 of them to the turquoise CS, then trimmed that by hand to mat my not-so-little bunny family!

I cut the pink strip of CS with scalloped scissors, then punched 1/16" holes with a hand punch, then attached this to a strip of turquoise CS, trimmed again with scallop scissors and tied a big puffy bow from white sheer ribbon before adhering to the tan background, which was embossed with a wicker embossing folder. I then layered this onto turquoise & pink CS, and finally to a 6" x 6" card.

Finally, I attached the "Happy Easter!" sentiment to the card with pop dots, and added the little self-adhesive pearls & flowers.  I have to admit, it was a bit more work than I normally do when I have a lot of cards to make, but one down and three more to go - there's still time before Easter to get them done!

If you have any questions about how I made this card, please ask in the comment section below! I hope I have helped to inspire your creativity today! Smiles, Laura


Saturday, March 19, 2016

for Little Girl

Welcome! I made this card for my 8 year old granddaughter's birthday! Whenever she comes over, we share a cup of coffee together (of course, hers is watered down). Sharing coffee is one of those memories she'll have of me forever, according to her! So I incorporated that memory into her card!

Today, try creating a birthday card for a particular person and capture a personal memory in the card!
Happy creating & I hope I've helped to inspire your creativity today! Smiles, Laura

Friday, March 18, 2016


Happy Friday everyone! I've been creating Easter cards and thought I'd share "Blingy Bunny" with you today! The bunny is a digi by +Gerda Steiner and I had a lot of fun working with this image! Being very much in a "spring mood" today, I decided to celebrate with Stickles Icicle Glitter Glue and "blinged" almost everything on the card - The bunny (I think it looks SO COOL on the glasses), the Cricut cut flowers (Mother's Day cartridge), the egg and the border! And of course I needed to add some ribbon! If you have specific questions on how to make this card, please ask in the comment section below! I hope I've helped to inspire your creativity today! Happy crafting & Smiles, Laura

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Happy St. Urho's Day everyone! Here's my take on this Finnish Holiday! I do love working with purple & green. I was inspired by Wednesday Sketch at The Outlawz Challenges and hope this card helps to inspire your creativity! Smiles, Laura

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

"Enjoy the Ride"

Welcome! Spring has arrived early in Northern Michigan - I just saw the first robins in my yard the other day! To celebrate, I'm sharing this little spotted bunny card! My granddaughter challenged me to make "A spotted card, like PUT ME IN THE ZOO!" (her favorite book lately). So here's my take on it! I hope I've helped to inspire your creativity today! Smiles, Laura

The Outlawz Challenges has asked me to be on the Tuesday Color Design Team!
This is the first card I've design for the group!
If you are a card maker, scrapbooker, paper crafter or rubber stamper, you need to check out this group - it's a free community of like-minded people who enjoy the same hobbies!
Here's their URL (copy & paste into browser):

Happy St. Urho's Day! Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Happy Green Beer in General Day everyone!
(Methinks I'll go get meself a green cold one on Thursday to celebrate me good fortune!) LOL!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Skill Level: Easy       Card Type: CAS A7

Welcome! Today I'm sharing a quick & easy masculine card - this took me about 25 minutes to make, including design time. CAS style (Clean And Simple) simply means an uncluttered card with lots of "white" space - that doesn't mean there must be a lot of white, just a lot of OPEN space. Let's get started on this card!

The pine tree is a digi I got from +Christina Hor (she's got some nice digis, check her page out). I printed it on confetti kraft CS and cut it to 2 3/4" x 3 3/4", then attached it to a piece of 3" x 4" green CS and added the maple leaf brads. Next I used the smallest die from Nesting Book Pages by Darice to cut confetti kraft CS for the sentiment, which is stamped in green ink (sentiment by TAC). I then attached this to a piece of green CS and trimmed the edges with scissors, leaving a 1/8" mat on all four sides. The moose was cut using Cricut's Wildlife Cartridge.

The light green Bazzill CS background was cut to 4 3/4" x 6 3/4". I attached 2 colors of 7 1/4" length gingham ribbon - 3/8" brown & 1/4" green. The brown was started about 1 1/8" down from the top of the CS, and the green was attached directly below the brown. Next, I placed the matted tree image on the left side of the background, leaving about 1/2" border along the top, bottom & side. Then I attached the sentiment in the upper right corner, as shown, and centered the moose in the bottom right of the open space.  I also attached a small 1 1/2" bow made with the green gingham ribbon, just above the sentiment as shown.

And the final step was to attach this to a medium brown 5" x 7" card front, and stamp a sentiment on the inside! I will be giving this one to my brother-in-law on his birthday.

As always, I hope I have helped to inspire your creativity today! Smiles, Laura

Sunday, March 13, 2016


Happy Sunday! I just love SPRING! It's arrived early here in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and I'm celebrating by sharing "Sun Showers" with you today! The tulips & sentiment are from TAC and the little "umbrella girl" is from +Red Rubber Designs .

To make the background, I started with light blue CS, then tore the light green CS, as seen in photo, and attached to the blue CS (the entire background with these 2 pieces measures 4" x 5 1/4"). Next, I stamped the tulips on the green CS with black ink, and colored the tulips & leaves. The sun was made by cutting a circle with a circle punch, then cutting 1/4 of the circle with a paper cutter, and finally using scissors to cut the "V" edges into it.

I stamped the "umbrella girl" on blending card with Memento Tuxedo black ink, colored in with Spectrum Noir alcohol ink markers, then mounted to orange CS (same color as the A2 card base). "Happy Spring" was stamped on white CS with black ink, cut into a cloud shape by hand, then lightly sponged with a bright medium blue ink. I attached this to a scrap piece of light blue CS, and sponged the edges with the medium blue ink again. Both the girl & the cloud were attached to the background with pop dots.

And the final touch, after attaching to the A2 card, was adding something to look like water. I chose Stickles glitter glue - wonderful stuff! I added small dots of Icicle Stickles on the cloud and in the puddle. And the raindrops were created by drawing raindrops with Turquoise Stickles! I set the card aside for about 1/2 hour to dry and it was done!

I hope I have helped to inspire your creativity today! Happy creating & smiles, Laura

Saturday, March 12, 2016


Hello! Today I've got a soft pastel Easter Card RECIPE to share! Skill Level - EASY!


White CS - A2 card (4 1/4" x 5 1/2" when folded) & 3 1/4" x 4"
Pink CS - 4" x 5 1/4"
Pink & white ribbon - 6" length (I used a heart pattern, polka dots would work too)
Sheer white ribbon 7/8" - 7" length
Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies - Floral Ovals (2nd largest die)
Bunnies stamp - Spring Garden Stamp set, by Red Rubber Designs
Happy Easter Sentiment (TAC)
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers: PP1, PP2, CG1, CG2, IG1, IG2, Blender
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Matelasse
Embossing Machine (I used my Big Shot)
Stickles Icicle Glitter Glue
Pop dots


1. Stamp "Happy Easter" with black ink in lower right corner of pink CS.
2. Emboss pink CS with Matelasse Folder & attach pink & white ribbon across center, as seen in photo.
3. Cut smaller piece of white CS with Floral Ovals die, then stamp bunnies image with Memento Black ink.
4. Color in image with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, as shown in photo.
5. With PP2 Marker, color lightly the oval over the punched holes on the die cut (sorry, this did show up well in photo).
6. Attach colored oval to pink embossed CS with Pop Dots.
7. Attach finished piece to white A2 card front, then stamp sentiment on the inside.And the card is finished.

IDEAS: For a little variation, try changing the color of the background - instead of pink, try light blue, mint green, soft yellow or lavender. Or, try changing the color of the ribbon, add pearls or rhinestones, you decide....  I'd love to hear from you & see what you've come up with. I hope I've helped to inspire your creativity today!Smiles, Laura

Friday, March 11, 2016


Welcome & happy Friday! I've got a fun masculine card to share today! It's a 5 x 7", but the images would easily fit on an A2 card also, with minor rearrangement. The images are from FSJ, the sentiment from TAC.

I created the woodgrain background by using a Darice 5 x 7" embossing folder. First, I tore all 4 edges of a 5 x 7" piece of craft CS. Next, I inked the embossing folder with burnt umber dye ink, placed my torn edge craft CS into the folder & embossed. To add depth to this, I sponged in a little terra cotta ink around randomly, & sponged the edges with this as well. Next, I attached this to a piece of medium brown CS, tore the edges and sponged edges with burnt umber ink. Finally, I attached the ribbon to the left side of the background as shown.

I then stamped the images onto white Spectrum Noir blending card, added a bit of color with alcohol ink markers, and cut out with scissors. Before attaching the images to the background, I lightly sponged the edges of these with terra cotta ink.Once attached, I added 2 leaf brads and 3 self-adhesive rhinestones, as seen in photo. I then attached this to a 5" x 7" card front!

Try creating a card similar to this one during the weekend, using supplies you have on hand! I'd love to hear from you & see what you've come up with! As always, I hope I've helped to inspire your creativity today! Smiles, Laura

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Passing Art & Creativity Down to the Next Generation

I've been teaching my 9 year old granddaughter Mika to stamp and make cards and I just had to share her VERY FIRST Alcohol Ink Marker Portrait (image by Fun Stamper's Journey)! We had so much fun spending time together last week, and it's so important to teach the kids to express themselves artistically! I personally love the red streaks in the hair!

I hope you've enjoyed this post! Hit the +1 button if you think 9 year old Mika's got talent!
Smiles, Laura

Here's a little inspiration for St. Patrick's Day! The digis used in both cards are from Pickled Potpourri. Can't wait to get my annual glass of green beer next Thursday!

And this little leprechaun below looks like he's had one too many glasses of green beer!

 I hope these card ideas inspire your creativity toady! Smiles, Laura

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Embossing Folder PLUS Ink Technique

Hello all! I had so much fun creating this card, I just had to share it today! This realistic brick background is easy to make in just a few simple steps. As this is a more complex card, I'll only be discussing how to create the background today. Please leave a comment if you'd like me to post a "RECIPE" for how to make the entire card!

You'll need to gather the following supplies:

Darice Brick Wall Embossing Folder
Embossing machine (I used my Big Shot)
Terra cotta CS (4" x 5 1/4")
White ink pad (I used Brilliance Moonlight White)
Dark brown ink pad (I used burnt umber)
Medium brownish-orange ink pad (I used cognac)
Medium grey ink pad
*Q tip

To get the whitish-grey look to the mortar in the brick wall,  I applied white ink to the embossing folder BEFORE embossing. Open the embossing folder - the side with the print (Darice) has the RAISED mortar lines on the inside  - apply the white ink to this side by lightly tapping the pad directly on the surface until well coated. Next, place terra cotta CS into the folder on the side that does not have ink , close it, and run through your embossing machine! Upon removing the CS, you should see the white mortar lines indented into the terra cotta CS!

If the white lines are too light for your taste, adding more ink is easy. Pick up white ink with a Q-tip and drag over the lines until you achieve the desired look - it only takes an extra minute or two. NOTE: I've personally gotten the best results with Brilliance Moonlight White, I think it coats better, but I've also used white chalk ink  for this.

The next step is to create highlights and shadowing on the brick wall. I started highlighting with the cognac ink pad, picking up a little color with a sponge, then lightly dabbing this randomly 6 or 7 times on the brick background, Remember to dab lightly - you can always add more ink, but you can't remove it if it's too dark! IT'S OKAY TO GET A TINY BIT OF COGNAC ON THE MORTAR, just not too much!

Now its time for light shadowing. Pick up a little grey ink with a clean sponge, and randomly dab this lightly onto the background where there is no cognac 7 or 8 times. Here, it's okay to get a little more of the grey in the mortar lines, as they are inset & would naturally be a little more shadowed looking, as long as the ink is not too heavy!

To create darker shadows,  pick up a little burnt umber ink with a clean sponge. Very, very, very lightly dab this randomly 2 to 3 times in an area where you want a heavier shadow. If you look at the photo, you'll see I applied mine to the upper right corner (shadow from eaves) and the lower left corner (shadow from window) and just a smidgen where the vines are hanging in the upper left corner.

Finally, to finish off the background, I sponged around all the edges lightly with the burnt umber ink. This gives a little extra contrast when placing it on a lighter card base, such as the blue in the photo.
Now the brick wall background is complete & very realistic looking!

I hope I've helped to inspire your creativity today & have fun playing with this technique! Smiles, Laura

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Skill Level: Easy          Card Size: A2

Hello! I'm so happy, I am listening to the first thunderstorm of the year - Yay! Spring feels like it's actually here and I've got some spring-like cards to share with you today to celebrate. In these cards, I want to show what a difference an embossed background can make in the overall appearance of a card. And you'll get to see a little of my design process!

Okay, so in the first card you can see I've got some cute puffy flower stickers, some ribbon, a pretty pink background and my birthday sentiment. I think its okay (my 3 year old granddaughter would LOVE this - it has STICKERS!) but it's really kind of boring & blah, nothing really "pops".

Now in the second card, you can see flower stickers, ribbon with birthday sentiment, and -- oooh, I'm liking it better already - a lovely mint chevron embossed background! Funny here, the mint color background does not match any of the stickers, but the chevron pattern detracts the eye from that fact, so it works. This card pops, I like it! My 39-year-old-and-counting-backwards sister-in-law would go BANANAS over this one!

In the final card, there are only two puffy flower stickers, no ribbon, 3 brads, the birthday sentiment AND an embossed pink background with a twist - I picked up white chalk ink with my brayer (Brilliance Moonlight White Ink would also work here) and lightly rolled it over the embossed pink surface! It really softened up the whole card and made it pop! Notice there is no ribbon & not much bling at all on this one, yet it is still an attractive card. I think I'll give this one to my mother-in-law --- because I LIKE HER, not because I don't, if ya catch my drift! LOL!

Try experimenting with your embossing folders & see what you can come up with! And be sure to stop in tomorrow - I'll be sharing another card using ink directly on the embossing folder. I hope I've helped to inspire your creativity today! Happy embossing & smiles, Laura

Monday, March 7, 2016


With Easter being just around the corner, I've started making cards for my grandchildren's baskets! The cute images in today's card are from a stamp set called Springtime Garden (I got it from TAC a few years back, but Red Rubber Designs sells it now). I've listed the basic supplies I used below.

X-Press It Blending Card - 3 1/4" x 4 1/2"
Medium Blue CS - 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" & 4" x 5 1/4"
Lt Orchid CS - 3 3/4" x 5"
A2 Bright Yellow Card (folded - 4 /14" x 5 1/2"
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers:
LV 1 & 2; HB 1 & 2; CT 1, 2 &4; DG 1, 2 & 3; BT 2, 3 &5; TB 1, 2 & 3; TB 1, 2 & 3; IG 1, 2, 3 & 5; BP 2 & 4; PP 2, 3 & 4; TN 2, 3, 4 & 6; GB 6 & 9; Blender.
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad

I started by stamping the Bunny/Sign image with Memento ink on the blending card, then creating a mask for this image out of scrap copy paper. Next, I placed this mask over the stamped image and stamped the Birdhouse image to the left of sign & removed the mask. Then I began coloring with my alcohol markers! Here's a basic guide for my coloring:

For the birdhouse & sign - TNs & GBs      Leaves/Grass - DGs & BTs     Sky - TBs
Yellow Birds - CTs & GB6             Blue Bird - TBs              Bunny - IGs    
Purple Flowers - LVs, HBs & CTs       Pink Flowers - PPs & BPs   Blue Flowers - TBs

After coloring, I attached this to the matting, blue/orchid/blue, as shown, then attached to the front of the card. And finally I stamped the phrases in the sky & on the sign with Black Memento Ink and added the phrase on the inside!

Later this week, I'll be posting a masculine wildlife card & another polished stone card, to name a few! If you like what you're seeing on my blog, be sure to follow me with Google+, which is located in the sidebar on this page. And feel free to ask questions & leave comments! Thanks for stopping by today, I hope I've helped to inspire your creativity! Smiles, Laura

Sunday, March 6, 2016


Hello again everyone, if you're looking for embossing folders, Consumer Crafts ( has a great sale going on NOW! Today is the last day for free shipping on orders of $25 or more AND they've got Darice embossing folders for only $2.00 each! Usually you have to spend $75 or more to get the free shipping, so this is an awesome deal! It's a great time to pick up those folders you've been thinking about, I'm headed there right after this post!

I highly recommend this site, I've ordered from here several times over the past 6 months - really fast shipping, good selection, great sales! Hope this info helps you out! Smiles, Laura

Happy Sunday to you! The above card was in the Color Spotlight a few weeks back for a monochrome challenge, over at The Outlawz Challenges. If you haven't joined this site yet, you should! It's really a really fun group of creative people & terrific challenges- if the link isn't working, copy & paste into your browser

Okay, so monochromatic technique, in the strictest sense of the word, involves using ONE & ONLY ONE color on the entire card! If using only one color seems boring to you, or scary, let me assure you, it is neither of these! The secret to a great monochromatic card lies in the design.

As you can see in the blue card above, I centered the main image (large butterfly), but kept everything else on the card OFF-CENTER. Note that the medium blue CS in the background is wider than the light blue CS, the "Just a Note" phrase is stamped to the right of the label and the smaller butterfly is placed in the upper left corner, facing outwards, to the right. Also, the smaller butterfly is raised up with pop-dots, to add dimension and make the card more interesting.

Monochromatic, in a more liberal sense of the word, involves using MAINLY ONE COLOR, with just a little of another color added, as seen in the following card: mainly shades of purple, with a little white (my apologies for the crooked image).

Again, the secret to a great card lies in the design. Here I've used a medium purple background on a white card, dark purple matting around the image, purple & white in the main image, added a bit of sheer white ribbon, and stamped the phrase in purple. The ribbon adds texture & dimension, and tearing the purple CS to expose the white card makes the entire card look more interesting.

I hope you experiment with some monochromatic cards of your own! Some great color choices are greens, yellows, pinks, purples, blues, browns/tan, black/grey, reds & oranges. Have fun & I hope I've helped to inspire your creative side today! Smiles, Laura