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Snuggle Up House Mouse Stamped Card

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Snuggle Up House Mouse Stamped Card with Carta Bella Cabin Fever

Hello, Friends!  After a lovely Thanksgiving break, I’m back to share this cute little Snuggle Up House Mouse Stamped Card.  I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving , and maybe managed to sneak a little play time in amid all the cleaning and cooking and entertaining.

The winter sweater from Carta Bella Cabin Fever seemed like a good pairing for these adorable mice.  After fussy cutting it from a 4×6 journal card, I inked the edges and added rhinestones to the collar.  Now it’s the perfect holiday sweater, don’t you think?

Stamping and Coloring

One of my goals for this year was to work on my stamping and coloring skills.  Stamping really isn’t the problem…but coloring is a big challenge for me.  I’ve tried all kinds of mediums: alcohol markers, Distress Markers, Colored Pencils, Water Color, Water Color Pencils…and I never seem to be really happy with my results.  But this time, I tried water coloring with Distress Oxide Inks and water brush pens.  And you know what?  I had fun!

First I stamped the image onto a piece of the white woodgrain patterned paper from Cabin Fever using Sepia Archival Ink. Then I immediately heat embossed with clear powder.  The light woodgrain pattern added instant background texture to the image, so half the work was done for me.

Next, I used my water brush to pick up the color directly from the ink pad.  Simply swipe the brush lightly over the pad a few times.  This seemed to pick up just the right amount of ink.  The embossed lines on the stamped image helped me keep the color inside the lines.  Distress Oxide Ink layers nicely without turning into “mud”.  That also seemed to work well for me.

A Little Mixed Media

First I tore the bottom edge of the tree stump away from the stamped panel to create a more organic looking edge.  Then I scribbled Dries Clear Adhesive along the top of the stump and sprinkled with Rajni Chawla Crystal Clear Glitter to create my faux snow.  Finally, I painted a wooden snowflake white, added Dries Clear and more glitter.  It doesn’t show up as well in the photo, but it sparkles nicely in real life.

Foam tape between my layers added some nice dimension while a perky plaid bow and jingle bells finished everything off nicely.

A Peek Inside

Adding a flap to the top half of the card creates space for a hidden sentiment panel….

…and a pocket for a little winter warm up treat on the bottom.  See how I repeated the sweater image on the inside?  That’s one of my favorite things to do.

I hope you’re enjoying a restful and joyful weekend, my friends!

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Thanks for stopping by!






Spellbinders Autumn Wonder Envelope Pocket Card Tutorial

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Spellbinders Autumn Wonder Envelope Pocket Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s Make & Take Tuesday, and I’m here to share this Spellbinders Autumn Wonder Envelope Pocket Card Tutorial with you.   It’s bursting with fall colors, die cut images, florals and all the things we love the most about fall.

Spellbinders recently released their Envelope of Wonder dies, and I could not resist purchasing the Autumn Wonder set.  All the pretty fall leaves, pumpkins, mushrooms, foliage, acorns and squash just called my name.  I’ve been waiting for a free moment to play with this set, and today is it!

Instead of using the Envelope of Wonder Die to create my envelope pocket, I pulled out my trusty envelope punch board.  Part of today’s tutorial will show you how to create a 5″ x 4″ envelope pocket and then line it.  If you have the die, you can skip that part of the tutorial.  But if you’ve always wanted to know how to create and line a custom envelope, I think you’ll enjoy the process.

Fall Fun

My envelope and my card are made with Carta Bella Fall Fun patterned papers.  The envelope pocket sits on a 6×6 kraft card base that I’ve dressed up with patterns and solids from the collection. One of the things that drew me to the Autumn Wonder die set was the fact that I could cut the shapes from scraps.  And you all know how I feel about using up my scraps.

A Peek Inside

The inside of the card features a flap page and a pocket.

You’ll learn how to make this clever pocket and hidden journaling card in the video tutorial, too.

Of course, there has to be a little tea wallet to go with the honey stick that is in the envelope pocket.

And of course the tea has to be Pumpkin Spice.  Anything else would be wrong!

Spellbinders Autumn Wonder Envelope Pocket Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how this sweet fall card came together, I hope you’ll enjoy this video tutorial.

Suddenly I feel the need for a steaming mug of pumpkin  chai!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!




Carta Bella Welcome Fall Shaped Tag Tea Party

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Carta Bella Welcome Fall Shaped Tag Tea Party with Reneabouquets & Heartfelt Creations Tag

Hello, Friends!  Would you like to learn how to make this adorable Carta Bella Welcome Fall Shaped Tag Tea Party in a Box?  Well, you’re in luck because that is our Throwback Thursday Tutorial this week.  I woke up wondering what to make with y’all and decided it would be fun to make a tag.  And then I thought, oooh…a tag book.  Next thing I knew I had my Heartfelt Creations Tag Album Dies, Reneabouquets goodies, mixed media supplies and pretty papers all over my desk.  That’s how the process works, my friends.  I just go where the inspiration takes me!

Mixed Media Layered Pumpkin

My favorite element on this tag is this mixed media layered pumpkin.  I started with a plain white Reneabouquets Beautiful Board pumpkin. Here’s how that came together:

  •   First, I layer scraps of  designer papers over the solid pumpkin background.
  • Then I  trim the overhang and ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
  • Next, dab embossing ink randomly over the paper and sprinkle with Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Texture.  Heat emboss.
  • Now apply Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Inks directly to the open pumpkin overlay.
  • Sprinkle with Seth Apter Beeswax Baked Texture and heat emboss.
  • Follow the same procedure with the fancy leaves tuck ins, only color with Gathered Twigs and heat emboss with Taos Sunset Baked Enamel.
  • Make a “nest” with Spanish moss and straw, adhere feathers, twine bow and button to the stem and sprinkle liberally with green peppercorns and mustard seeds.
  • Vintage buttons make a great accent on the domed edges.
Magnetic Flap Opening

The cool thing about this Shaped Tag Die is the fact that it can be used as a shaped magnetic closure.  I’ll show you how to do that in the tutorial.  I could not resist adding a little fall dangle charm to the spine.  Cute, right?

Here’s what the mixed media cover looks like when you open that magnetic flap.

And here’s a peek at the inside spread.  This clever die makes a great box pocket, too!

I was pleasantly surprised that I could fit all these goodies into the pocket.

There’s even a little 3  1/4″ x 4 1/4″ note card/tea wallet!  This was a very fun crafty adventure, my friends!

Carta Bella Welcome Fall Shaped Tag Tea Party in a Box Video Tutorial

Would you like to see this sweet little project come together?  Then please enjoy this video tutorial.


Fall makes me so happy!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!




Not So Scary Scarecrow

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Not So Scary Scarecrow for the Really Reasonable Ribbon September 2023 Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  This Not So Scary Scarecrow is my inspiration piece for the Really Reasonable Ribbon September 2023 Blog Hop.  Welcome to the hop! You should be coming here from Ginny’s gorgeous blog.  Our theme for the month is Halloween, and that’s what inspired me to pull out some beautiful ribbons, trims and mulberry flowers from my RRR Stash. .

TIP:  Add a textured border to your card design with layered ribbon!  Use 1/2″ Scor-Tape to secure Autumn Orange Shimmer Satin to your card.  Then top it with 1/4″ Scor-Tape and Autumn Bold Vertical Stripe Grosgrain Ribbon.  This combination “ties” all these fall colors together, plus it adds great texture to your card design.

Autumn Trims and Flowers

Top your Autumn Orange Shimmer Satin Bow with some Halloween Baker’s Twine. Don’t forget to tie some tiny Baker’s Twine Bows to tuck into the Mixed Earth Tone Chrysanthemum and Sweetheart Blossom floral cluster below your sweet scarecrow for the win.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at the inside of the card.  Of course, I added a pocket with a cute pumpkin tea/gift wallet tucked inside.

And you just have to have at least once cup of Pumpkin Spice something or other to make it really, truly feel like fall!

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what sweetness Cheryl has prepared for you. If  you get lost along the way, you can find the complete hop list on the RRR Blog.  You’ll want to be sure to finish up there and answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month so that your name can be added to the drawing for a $10 RRR Gift Certificate and the FREE Digital Stamp Set of your choice.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Enjoy the hop, my friends!




Pumpkin Patch Fall Greeting Card

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Pumpkin Patch Fall Greeting Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon and Carta Bella Welcome Fall

Hello, Friends!  This Pumpkin Patch Fall Greeting Card gives me all the happy fall feels!  It’s got plaid paper, plaid ribbon , Pumpkin Pie Baker’s Twine (mmmm…pumpkin pie!) and a sweet little milk bottle bouquet.  How could I not be happy?

If you’re like me, fall colors and patterns are your favorites!  I dressed up these pretty papers with some Copper and Cream Gingham Ribbon, Pumpkin Pie Baker’s Twine and pretty fall florals.  What could be better than that?

Well, if you toss in a cute little butterfly clothespin and a beautiful Champagne Butterfly from Reneabouquets, that ups the ante quite a bit!

Featuring a Small Focal Image

Here’s a handy tip for the next time you are using a small image as the focal on your card.  This darling little milk bottle bouquet stole my heart, but it was pretty tiny.  To amp up its presence on the card front, I adhered it to a couple of oversized fall blooms.

This trick is like killing two birds with one stone.  Not only did the milk bottle image now stand out front and center, but I found a good way to use those really BIG blossoms that never quite seem to work on a card.  Try it!  You’ll like it!

A Peek Inside

It’s always a happy day for me when I get to play with my autumn papers.  What joy to dress up the inside of this card with more pretty fall papers and images.

Here are some simple and fun ways to use up scraps of your pretty fall papers:

  • Group several fall patterns together on a 3×4 panel of cardstock to create a sweet little collage tag.  Then back it with cream cardstock and tuck into a pocket to be used as a note card.
  • Select images from a word block collage page and use them as accents and pockets.  So fun!
  • Score and fold a scrap of designer paper to make a little tea wallet.
  • Top a honey stick with a little banner flag cut from scraps.

This pretty packet of wildflower seeds was too good of a color match not to tuck into the pocket.  And am I the only person who selects tea bags according to the color of the packet?

Have you started your fall crafting yet?  It’s always my favorite season, and my favorite time to craft.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!



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