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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!

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

Thanks for stopping by!






House Mouse Christmas for World Cardmaking Day

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House Mouse Christmas for World Cardmaking Day

Hello, Friends!  It’s World Cardmaking Day, and I have an adorable House Mouse Christmas card to get your crafty juices flowing.  While I’m not a fan of real live mice, I do enjoy storybook mice.  Since one of my goals for 2023 has been to improve my stamping and coloring skills, I decided I should stamp out this cute image and get in some much needed practice.

First, I stamped the image on to pearlized ivory cardstock with Jet Black Archival Ink.  Then I heat embossed with clear embossing powder to add a little dimension to the stamped image.  Next, I painted the image with Elizabeth Craft watercolors and a water brush.  Then I went back in with Arteza colored pencils to add some details and shading. Finally I added some glitter and dewdrops to liven up the evergreen branches.

I’m not much of a colorist, so using the paint with the colored pencils works better for me than alcohol markers.  All you alcohol marker super stars have my admiration!

Creating a Scene

While the glitter was drying, I used the Festive Branches 3D embossing folder to create a background for the holiday mice.  I used my finger to lightly brush the raised areas with Nuvo Mousse.  Then I matted the background on red cardstock and a black 7″ x 5″ top  fold card base.

To make the mice stand out, I fussy cut around them, backed them with foam tape and centered them over a Callista Shadow Box Frame die cut.  I wish the glitter showed up better in the photos.  It’s quite pretty in real life.

A Peek Inside

The patterned papers are retired Authenthique Vintage Christmas.  The little side pocket holds a Christmas tea bag and candy cane.  You can use the candy cane to stir the tea, and it acts as a sweetener, too.

Will you be making a card or two today?  I’m actually writing this on Friday, and will be with my husband at his 50th class reunion tomorrow, so I’ll be doing my card making on Sunday instead.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Wishing you all a joyful and creative World Card Making Day!




Part 3 Stamperia Sunflower Art Folio Tutorial

Stamperia Sunflower Art Trifold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Part 3 Stamperia Sunflower Art Folio Tutorial: Sweet and Simple Note Cards

Hello, Friends!  Today we dig into Part 3 Stamperia Sunflower Art Folio Tutorial.  It’s time to finish up the inside of the folio and create a set of four sweet and simple note cards.  Even if you are not making this folio along with me, I think you will find today’s tutorial is a useful tool for those moments when you need to make a quick gift.

We will use just one sheet of 12×12 paper and part of a sheet of 8×8 paper to make these pretty note cards.  Many of you have told me how you struggle when it comes to using patterned papers.  I think this easy technique will help you to break through in that area.

The note cards go into the center box pocket in our folio. Because they are flat, they mail easily.  And I’ll also show you how to dress up a simple kraft envelope.  You could easily make sets of these note cards from any paper collection.  They make great quick gifts or stocking stuffers, too.

Part 3 Stamperia Sunflower Art Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’re ready to get started with today’s lesson, please enjoy the video tutorial on my YouTube channel.


Need to Catch Up?

If you need to catch up on the first two installments of this series, here are some links for you.

  • Part 1: Building the wrapped chipboard folio base can be viewed HERE.
  • Part 2: Creating the interior mechanisms can be found HERE.

I’ll be back tomorrow to finish up this tutorial series.  We’ll put the cover art together, which is always my favorite part of any project.

You can find a linked supply list below this post for your shopping convenience.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!




Stampendous House Mouse Cards


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Stampendous House Mouse Cards

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a trio of super sweet Stampendous House Mouse Cards to share with you.  These are part of the new House Mouse Spring Collection from Spellbinders.  I’m not much of a stamper…well, let me clarify.  I love to stamp…I’m just not great at coloring.  But these images were so sweet that I could not pass them up.  So I broke out my stamping gear and some watercolor pencils and was surprised to find that I actually enjoyed the process.  Here’s a peek at the end results.

Berry Good House Mouse

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How cute is this stamped scene?  These little mice are absolutely gorging themselves on ripe, juicy raspberries!  I can’t decide which mouse I like the best, but I’m very partial to the one who has eaten so many berries that he has to lie down, and the little one who’s trying to reach a tempting treat that is just out of his reach!  I made sure to stain the little mouse hands and lips with a bit of raspberry juice when I colored in the image.

The inside of the card is dressed up with Carta Bella Here, There, Everywhere patterned papers.  I added a pocket (no surprise) and a gift card wallet (also no surprise).  Then I decided I wanted a secret message panel.  Surprise!  So I scored the bottom edge of the 3×4 image and adhered it behind the base panel.  You can write a secret message here, and then add a photo to the top of the 5 1/2″ square card.

Spring Rain Card

That little mouse on the end….right?

Once again, I used the CB Here, There, Everywhere papers to dress up the inside of the card.

Tea for Two

I’ve saved my favorite stamp for last.  What could be sweeter than sharing a cuppa with a friend while perched on a stalk of wildflowers?   This time I stamped two sets of the image.  I created an inky background on the first one.  Then I colored the mice, teacups and flowers on the 2nd image and cut them out.  Add foam tape to the back to create a little dimension.  Then position between two panels of LemonCraft Raspberry Garden paper and stitch around the edges.  This is my favorite card of the three.

Add a sweet stamped sentiment, bookmark, decorated sentiment panel and gift card wallet to the pocket to finish off this card in style.

One of my goals for 2023 was to work on my stamping skills, so these cards were a good stepping stone toward that goal.  I have a long way to go, but I’m mostly very pleased with the way these cards turned out.

Which one is your favorite?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!