Birthday Stacks Stamps & Dies with Concord & 9th

Hello everyone! Today I’m thrilled to be featuring the new Birthday Stacks Stamp Set and Birthday Stacks Dies by Concord & 9th.

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These new products are a delight to create with and I think you will agree…they are pretty revolutionary! The Birthday Stacks dies will cut a “surround” for your images so you can create a pop-up card that is completely mailable!

Here’s the first card I created with that die and the Birthday Stacks Stamp set:


The “celebrate” sentiment is also a die included in this die set. Here I colored it with Copic Markers to match my color scheme, and backed it with another die cut celebrate word in black cardstock. I heat embossed the “it’s your day” on black cardstock and attached it to the very front using foam tape.

I stamped and colored the candles, then used the coordinating die to cut it out. These dies also have a notch in them to show you where to fold so they fit perfectly in your surround!

Here’s a side view to show you the dimension:


And it folds down to perfectly fit into an A2 size envelope! Genius, Concord & 9th! Check out the Birthday Stacks Bundle here to buy them both at a discount.

The balloons were stamped on the back surround (before I scored and folded the sides) and colored with Copic markers. I added white gel pen accents and Nuvo jewel drops to finish it off.

My next card is for a pretty significant birthday boy who is turning FIFTY!! This time I created a black card and heat embossed in silver:


I used the presents in the set this time, and added Prismacolor colored pencil in white, light blue, lavender, and yellow for some interest. I also heat embossed the “happy birthday” sentiment in silver on the first panel.

The die cut I used is called “Hooray die” and is a *free earned reward when you spend $60 in the Concord & 9th shop! (until March 8, 2018 or while supplies last)

Here’s a look at the side view on this one:


The great thing about these sets is that you DON’T HAVE TO USE THEM FOR POP-UP CARDS ONLY! You can also use them for traditional cards.

I created a colorful card for someone who is getting up there in age as well…and used multiple lines of candles:


I love that you can simply mask the top of this stamp and create an entire background filled with candles! I heat embossed with white embossing powder, and used distress ink over the top.

That die “You’ve Got This” is from an earlier Concord & 9th Release. I die cut it from the background, then glued in some black fun foam die cut from the same phrase. I adhered the colorful, inked die cut phrase right over the top. What a fun card to give to someone who doesn’t appreciate birthdays as much! 😉


My last card is also an A2 card using these sets. I stamped and die cut several of the images, then popped them up on different levels using foam tape:


I used Daniel Smith watercolors on this card, for a fast (under five minute!) card….I love it when a card comes together easily and quickly!

Just a note on that sentiment: I stamped it first, allowed it to dry, then covered it with post-it tape before stamping the balloon strings! Such an easy technique, but so fun. :) There are two styles of balloon strings you can choose from, and I used both styles here.

I hope you enjoyed these cards today using the Birthday Stacks Bundle. A big thank you for stopping by!


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Concord & 9th New Everyday Greetings & Everyday Circles Die

Hello! Today I am excited to be Guesting with Concord & 9th for their new February 2018 release!

Featured here are the new Everyday Tintables card pack…this is a pack of beautiful watercolor cardstock with images pre-printed on them that will resist ink! I wanted to show the versatility of these background cardstock pages, so here I have tried 4 different techniques with them.

The first is watercolor. I did a simple watercolor wash using three different colors of Gansai Tambi watercolors. Look how beautifully that resist works on this background!


I have also used the Everyday Circle dies and the Everyday Greeting Stamp set to create a focal point. I heat embossed the Thanks sentiment with glitter embossing powder in three colors to match my background.

The next background features Distress Ink blending. I used only three colors here: Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, and Mermaid Lagoon…and they blended great on this paper and created the look of FIVE colors.


Again, I used the Everyday Circles die, but I cut it out of both black and white papers….see the black “frame” around the white circle? It cuts that small thin frame as a bonus…so you can frame your circle in a different color to give it a layered look! So cool.

This next background was created using the ink smooshing technique. This might be my favorite one of all…I love how it plays well with the background design that is already on the Concord & 9th papers!


Notice how the circle die has some designs cut out…there are many mix & match designs with this Everyday Circle die set! I love this one because it shows more of that amazing background. For the hello die (also part of this set), I cut it out of black foam and popped it up for that 3D effect.

Here’s a closer look:


My last card features the confetti background from the Everyday Tintables Card Pack using Distress Oxide Ink. These inks also blend well on this card set. For this one I popped up a birthday ribbon for the birthday boy (or girl) to wear!


I stamped that Happy Birthday sentiment from the Everyday Greetings Stamp Set with Distress Oxide Inks and then clear embossed over the top. For the background I inked blended Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean, and a little of the Wilted Violet Distress Oxide inks. I added a few sequins to add to the confetti celebration feel.

I also used those striped dies with the circle and paper pieced one of each of the colors into the circle.

Oh, and the other great news is you can buy this Everyday Greetings stamp set, Everyday Circles Dies, and the Tintables Card Stack as a BUNDLE for a discounted rate! Click here for more information.

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I hope you enjoyed these projects today! For more information, please visit the Concord & 9th site here.

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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One stamp, Five Polar Bear Valentines!

These MFT Polar Bears have got to be a new favorite! If you follow me, you already know that I have a soft spot in my heart for bear stamps (of any kind!) so I can make cards for my Dad…it’s become a thing. So yeah, I collect all the bear stamps I can find that I think he might like.

This year, I purchased this set called “Polar Pals” from My Favorite Things. When I got it in the mail, my 3-year-old nephew was with me and when he saw them, he exclaimed “Oh, I love polar bears!” Then he ran off with my stamp set! Lol. So I thought I’d better make a Polar Bear valentine for him.

I ended up making FIVE different valentines, using this stamp set and Stitched Alpha dies as the common theme. Here they are!


This was the card that started it all! I woke up one morning with the idea to have a bunch of Xs and Os in the background (white on white). Yes, I did quite a bit of die cutting that day!


Then, this cutie became one of the “Os” in this card. I colored up all the bears with Copic Markers. It may be hard to see…I used red glitter paper behind the die cut Xs and Os on this card, so it has a glittery pop!


This one HAD to hold up a heart! So, using that same glitter paper, I die cut a heart for him. Added a couple Xs and Os colored with the same Copic colors as his scarf, and put him standing on top of a snowy hill. The stencil background is a favorite of mine from Penny Black. And that frame is a new favorite from Our Daily Bread Designs.


This ice skating bear has got to be one of my favorite images from the bunch. I love it when a stamp set includes great images….so great that you love them all! Here, he is skating on a silver glitter “pond” with trees and snow in the background. I popped up the trees in the forefront so there is some good dimension to this card. Those Copic Colored Xs & Os really pop on the pink inked background!


And of course I had to make a shaker card! The cutest little red heart sequins are inside, along with a Valentine mix of sequins sure to make the recipient smile (I hope)!

I really enjoyed thinking of different ways to make a Valentine card with one stamp set! I hope you enjoyed and got inspired to make some of your own. :)

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Purple Onion Designs Surprise Blog Hop!


Welcome to the Surprise Bloghop for Purple Onion Designs! I have always loved these stamps and today I have a special holiday project to share with you (and a sale)!  To celebrate this weekend, Purple Onion Designs is offering 25% off all stamps in the shop here. Oh, I love a good sale!

There’s also prizes, stay tuned to see the details at the end of this post.

This first card project I’m sharing features some of my favorite characters:


The penguin is Frost, that cute bunny is named Fawn, and I also used the Log and Tree (that comes in a set of three different trees). The sentiment is Holly Jolly.. I love the mix of script and plain text!

Here’s a closer look at just how sweet these characters are! Don’t they make you feel like smiling?


Next is a tag featuring my all time favorite happy owl!


This is Flora and she’s just so happy! I love to color this stamp during the holiday season just to feel a bit of that joy… I used some striped washi tape for a more festive feel.

And the last project features my all-time favorite Santa:


Isn’t he great!? He has such a kindness about him. I simply colored up Santa, added some Copic coloring, and some swirly snow with a white gel pen. Voila! That’s really all you need with this image because it is such a great size for a card (this is a regular A2 size: 4.25″ x 5.5″). Love it!


In celebration of the hop, Sandy Allnock is giving away spots in a class of their choice to 3 lucky commenters along the bloghop – so be sure to comment everywhere! If the winner has already purchased a class during the current sale, that class fee can be refunded. Winner will be posted on Sandy’s blog on December 1, 2017. Good luck!

Here is the list of the hop! Your next stop is the talented Alice Wertz!

Sandy Allnock
Tracey MacDonald
Kelly Booth
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Sonja Kerkhoffs
Anna Lorenzetto
Sally On
Hannah Rubenstahl
Robyn Schultz
Simone Schwagler
Susen Srb
Nancy Thomas
Kari VanNoy  <— You are here!
Alice Wertz
Amy Yang
Vera Yates

Thank you so much for stopping by! I really appreciate your kind comments!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Mistletoe Greenery

Hello! Today I have a beautiful stamp to share with you…it’s called Mistletoe from Altenew and it is so fun to play with! It is a multi-layer stamp set, so you can use a variety of ink colors to make a beautiful image (no coloring required).

I have discovered my favorite green inks so far: the lighter green is Chirp Chirp from Waffle Flower, and the darker green ink is Fern from Simon Says Stamp. I am sure I will be using this combination many times this holiday season!


I added the red berries using Distress Oxide ink and added some shading with Prismacolor Pencil. Then I used the JOY die cut from My Favorite Things to cut out a red glitter paper sentiment. I love how this came together.

I love the holiday season and I hope to get a lot of cards made this year. Do you send out holiday cards?

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Big Bear Halloween Version, 4 ways

Hello! I have some fun Halloween cards for you using the “Boo” set from Waffle Flower, featuring one of my favorite characters: Big Bear! I use mostly Distress Oxide Inks to create these backgrounds and I really had a lot of fun!

This first one is the simplest to make: just stamp some black stripes for the background, color up your bear and pop him up using Scotch 3M foam tape! (This is my favorite and I buy it in a big roll!) I used the Plaid Play set to stamp these stripes in VersaFine Onyx Black ink.


[Here I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color the bear.] Then, I added the card panel to an orange card base, stamped the “Boo” sentiment in orange marmalade Distress Oxide ink and Voila! A cute Halloween card that didn’t take very long at all!

For the second card, I used the same stamp set, but got a very different look!


Oh, Big Bear, you look very cute with a cape! I just cut a small piece of felt in a “cape-like” shape and attached it to the car front using my favorite glue: Tombow Mono Multi glue. A little black twine tied in a knot makes it look like an official cape. Lol.

For the background, I used Distress Oxide Ink in Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, and Wilted Violet. (These are from the January 2017 Distress Oxide colors).  I added some die cut stars in silver glitter paper, and a moon shape and sentiment from the Waffle Flower “Reach for the Stars” set.

I love those ghosts in the corner!

My third card uses Distress Oxide ink in Spiced Marmalade to make a puff of smoke behind Big Bear. I cut my own mask in a smoke shape using Post-It Full Adhesive sheets, then inked on the orange color. Add some sparkly Stickles and White dots to create a magical look.


The background is made with Distress Oxides in Broken China and Faded Jeans colors and splashed with water droplets. I masked the bear first before this ink went on…it’s an *almost* one layer card! The Boo sentiment is heat embossed in white on a black strip of cardstock and adhered to the upper left of the card. I like the black card base for this one.

And my last card is one of my favorites…Big Bear flying over a graveyard!! (This grave stamp set is from My Favorite Things)


The Distress Oxides are wonderful for creating a background like this! I also inked on the gravestones using the Iced Spruce color. To get the granite-like texture on the gravestones, the Distress Spritzer is key! I used a few grey Distress Markers in the spritzer on the gravestones BEFORE I cut them out. Don’t they look cool?

For the stars in the sky, I used one of my favorite colors of Stickles: here. It creates a silvery/gold star in the sky! Just add some dots and they dry to a glittery perfection.

I hope you enjoyed these projects! I’d love to hear if you send out Halloween Cards. I have to say, that I don’t normally send Halloween cards, but when you have stamps as cute as these…now I love to make and send them!

Happy Halloween!

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Christmas Wish List and Deals

Christmas Wish List and Deals

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Here are some shopping ideas for Stampers. I will continue to update this list for deals and sales! Enjoy.


  White Dividers to Organize Stamps
Avery Elle Stamp Storage Dividers
 Deco Foil  Transfer Gel
Darice Ultra Fine Applicator Bottle
 Birch Wood Paper
 Cherry Wood Veneer Paper
 Glossy Accents

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Fight Like A Girl (Breast Cancer Awareness) Cards

I just have to give a shout out to Amuse Studio Stamps for offering a beautiful Breast Cancer Awareness stamp set called “Fight Like a Girl.” I received these stamps last week and purchased the die to go with them. Right now they are still offering this stamp set for free (you just have to pay shipping & handling). (The die is already sold out when I checked tonight.)

Here’s the cards I made to honor my friends and family for October Breast Cancer Awareness month:


I used the Hope stamp and the Pink Ribbon stamp (and die) on this card. [The flowers are from a Waffle Flower set called Wild & Free.] Of course, I had to add some diamond Stickles to the ribbon…I love a little sparkle! To add some pink highlights around the edges, I inked on some Distress Ink in “Spun Sugar.”


This card has some irridescent pink sequins. They look purple in this picture, but in real life they are beautiful and pink! I love this “Think Pink” sentiment! I used the negative of the ribbon die to make this card…I love it when you can make two cards with the same die!

Here is a link to the stamp set by Amuse Studio if you are interested: Fight Like A Girl.

I love these stamps and I hope you enjoyed my projects!

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Merry Making Class Day 5

Today I was inspired to try my hand at a holiday watercolor card. Debby Hughes is the master at watercoloring a scene, and she made a glorious card to show us her technique. Here, I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to watercolor my scene.


I adore this Stamping Bella image…so cute! That carrot is just waiting to be put on the snowman as a nose! Well, that wraps up the class projects this time around. I will take more time to finish up a few more projects I really wanted to try…soon!  I really enjoyed this class and can recommend any of these classes they offer. Enjoy!


May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Merry Making Class Day 4

I’m back with a great card using all die cuts, inspired by Nichol Spohr! Ok, ok, there is ONE stamp on this card: the greeting! But other than that, this is mostly die cuts colored up with some Distress Inks. I love how it turned out! These are some new stamps and dies from Right At Home Stamps and I love the car and that sentiment!


See you again for the last day of class projects tomorrow!


May your days be filled with sunshine,
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