May 132021

Here is a birthday card for my 12 year old granddaughter.  She loves cats, and she loves to read.

Her favorite books right now are the “Warriors” series written by Erin Hunter.  She loves them so much that I decided I would read them, too, so that we could talk about all the adventures of the many cats that the books are about.  Okay.  I didn’t realize that there were nearly 100 books (so far!).  My granddaughter has every one of them!  She reads them as quickly as they are released.  I am starting the 3rd or 4th series.  We have so much fun talking about all the quests and life’s lessons that the books present.

The card is a fancy fold card box.  My card is a total CASE of the one found HERE on the tutorial for the design.

The card closes to a standard 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ size perfect for mailing.

A sentiment was placed on the black card stock band which keeps the card closed until easily removed.

On a totally random note:

I love my Stamparatus, but the magnets are so strong that it can get really hard to pick them up and place them.  I saw this idea somewhere (wish I knew where now so that I could give credit).

Just wrap the magnets in some fun designer paper, and it makes a great flap.  It allows for a much easier and controlled pick up and placement of the magnet.  AND..  you get to have these super cute designer paper covered magnets.  Seriously, what could be better!

Happy Crafting!


Splitcoaststampers WT844 – Take the Scenic Route

The Sisterhood of Crafters – Spots & Stripes (The kitties have spots and stripes!)

Show Us Your Pussycats – Challenge #66 Furrything Goes

Allsorts Challenge – Week 623 Create a Landscape or Scene

Crafty Animals – Challenge #50

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – May 2021 (Love this blue mulberry paper with embossed silver stars!)

Love to Craft Challenge Blog – LTCCB #58 May Anything Goes


Stamps: SU “Nine Lives”; PTI “Keep It Simple: Birthday”

Papers: PTI Select White, True Black and Enchanted Evening; Stars Designer Mulberry Paper

Inks: SU Not Quite Navy; Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:

Accessories: Gingham Ribbon; SU “Cat” Punch; Martha Stewart Tree Border Punch; Fiscars “Grass” Punch; Circle Punch

Here is a quick and easy gift card holder design.  I’ve made these for Christmas giving, but a birthday or other occasion sentiment could just as easily be stamped and different patterned papers used.

Speaking of stamping, one of my most favorite stamping tools is my Stamparatus.  The sentiment on all of these cards had to be positioned only one time.  I could then stamp all the cards so fast and so easily with perfectly aligned/straight sentiments.  I’m not a Stampin’ Up demonstrator any more, but I still recommend this tool.  Love it!

A metal tab holds the card closed.  To open the card, just turn the tab.

Here’s a template if you want to give it try.

Oh and if you do decide to make this card holder design, be sure to attached the brad and tab before taping the sides of the card holder pocket.  (Believe me as I speak from experience, it’s much harder to put on the brad after the sides have been taped!)

Happy Crafting!


Splitcoaststampers FS740

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper April Challenge: Use Patterned Paper

Love to Craft LTCCB #57: April Anything Goes

Merry Little Christmas MLCCB#33 – April Anything Christmas Goes

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #402 – Christmas


Stamps: PTI “Tree Trimming Trio”

Papers: PTI Select White and Enchanted Evening; BoBunny “Powder Mountain” Designer Paper

Inks: SU Night of Navy

Accessories:  Metal Photo Corners and Brads

Apr 052021

Every once in awhile I just have to make a card with lots of layers and lots of patterned paper.  Today was such a day!

The butterfly and the popped up layers add some dimension.

It’s hard to see in the above pictures, but the black layer was embossed for even more texture.

So many layers + So much patterned paper = So much fun!! 

Happy Crafting!


Splitcoaststampers CC838: Black/White/Gray + One Other Color

Simon Says Monday Challenge: Layer It

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper April Challenge: Use Patterned Paper

Little Red Wagon Challenge #595: Happy Birthday

Pearly Sparkles Challenge #61: Animals, Birds and/or Insects

Love to Craft LTCCB #57: April Anything Goes


Stamps: PTI “Keep It Simple: Birthday III”

Papers: PTI Select White, Harvest Gold and True Black; Authentique “Classique: Beauty” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Pearls; SU “Square Lattice” Embossing Folder and “Butterfly Beauty” Dies; Stitched Rectangle Frame Dies

Here’s a birthday card for one of my granddaughters.  She introduced me to the song “I Am the Blue Whale”.  We sang the song over and over and giggled and had such fun.  Thought this was the perfect image for her card.

This big big big blue whale was colored with Copics and is popped up on foam tape to lift him right out of the water!

Happy Crafting!


Splitcoaststampers CAS631: Sea Creatures

Stamping Sensations: March – Monochromatic

We Love Chocolate Baroque: March – I Love …. (THE SEA!)

Addicted to CAS Challenge #194: Birthday

Happy Little Stampers: Anything Goes with Dies

Addicted to Stamps and More #401: Make Your Mark

Love to Craft Challenge Blog: LTCCB #56 – March Anything Goes


Stamps: PTI “Keep Swimming” and “Birthday Bash Sentiments”

Papers: PTI Select White and Enchanted Evening

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Bordering Blue and Not Quite Navy; Copics:

Accessories: PTI “Keep Swimming” Die; Sequins

Feb 012021

Patterned paper can make me so happy!  I remember when designer papers first started to be a real thing in the card making world.  I was so intimidated by them.  But now?  Oh my, I LOVE them!


This card was so FAST!  Picked a cheery and bright patterned paper and a fun border punch to backdrop the stamped image.  Placed a prima and VOILA!


Happy Crafting!


Splitcoaststampers CAS623:  Newsworthy

Crafyhazelnut’s February 2021 Patterned Paper Challenge:  Use Patterned Paper

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes

Love to Craft Challenge Blog:  LTCCB#55 February Anything Goes

The Creative Crafters:  Challenge #36 Anything Goes


Stamps: SU “You’re My Type”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; Pebbles “Fun In the Sun” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Prima; Rhinestone; SU Punch “Spiral Border”

Jan 182021

One of the most challenging cards to make for me is the ever needed masculine card.  With 4 sons and many brother-in-laws and nephews and grandsons..  well you get the picture!  Here’s a quick and fun card to stock that stash.  It works for almost any age, too.

The chess pieces are popped up on foam tape onto the checkerboard background which in turn is popped up on the card base.  I love to give my card designs some depth.

With a black card base a necessary white panel for a note was added to the inside.  And why not pop up that panel, too?  Here the foam tape is on 3 sides to make a pocket..  you know just in case you want to add a little surprise for the nephew.

Happy Crafting!


Splitcoaststampers CAS621 – Stock Your Stash

Country View Challenges January 2021 – “Squares”

Happy Little Stampers January Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Love to Craft LTCCB #54 – January Anything Goes

The Creative Crafters Challenge #36 – Anything Goes

Craft Rocket Challenges Challenge #77 – For the Boys/Men

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #396 – Make Your Mark


Stamps: SU “Game On”; PTI “Keep It Simple: Birthday”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; SU Going Gray

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Going Gray (Inside); Copics:

Accessories: Washi Tape; Baker’s Twine; Chess Die

Woohoo!!  It’s that time of the year for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges over at Splitcoastampers!  Dare to Get Dirty is a week packed with challenges and prizes for our Fan Club members. The event runs from August 22 through 28, with 5 or more challenges each day. It makes for an amazing week!

Here is the card that I made as a sample for my challenge.

The zebra has been die cut and then popped up on dimensional tape.  It is slightly offset from the negative die cut which creates a shadow effect.

Since this will be a birthday card for one of my sweet grands, a pocket was created inside for a surprise.

So come on over to Splitcoaststampers and join the fun. (You must be a member of the Fan Club to play along.)  Hope to see you there!


Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Oh So Cute

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper August Challenge

Aud Sentiments Challenge #258: Anything Goes + A Sentiment

Love to Craft: LTCCB #49 – August Anything Goes

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU “Zany Zebras”

Papers: PTI Select White and Dark Chocolate; Doodlebug Design “At the Zoo” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and SU Pink Passion (Inside)

Accessories: Rhinestones; Grosgrain Ribbon; 1-3/8″ Circle Punch

It’s been so much cooler than usual here in Seattle.  But according to a little birdie, summer will finally arrive today!


I applied the ink to the rubber stamp using horizontal strokes with a marker.  Love the textured effect on the tree trunk.

The little bird was cut out using a circle die and then popping up the image on foam tape.


Hope everyone is enjoying some sunshine, too.


Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge:  #IC763

Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Early Birds

Love to Craft LTCCB #48:  July Anything Goes

Creative Fingers Challenge #190:  Anything Goes

Stamping Sensations: July – All Creatures Great and Small

International Art & Soul Ch#87:  Tiny Things

Crafting Happiness Challenge #57:  Always Anything Goes

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU “Nuts About You” and “Hello Love”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Chocolate Chip

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Not Quite Navy and Pumpkin Pie

Accessories: SU Grosgrain Ribbon; We R Memory Keepers Washi; Spellbinders “Classic Circles” Die; EK 1″ Corner Rounder Punch

Decided to give a few old retired stamps some love today.  The number “1” stamped on the balloon is a set from 1998!  The sentiment is from a 2009 set.  The pretty kitty is from a 2016 stamp set.


The balloon is adhered with foam tape to the image panel which is also popped up for some depth and dimension.


Every once in awhile its fun to dig through those stacks of oldie goldie stamps and use them!


Splitcoaststampers F4A542: “Party Animals”

Retro Rubber Challenge 138: “Anything Goes”

The Card Concept #138a: Inspiration Photo

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge: July 2020

Love To Craft LTCCB #48: “July Anything Goes”

Crafty Animals #40: Anything Goes with an Animal

Tuesday Throwdown #461 – “Polka Dots”

Show Us Your Pussycats #56: “Furrything Goes”

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU “Pretty Kitty”, “Balloon Celebration”, “Look Who’s Turning” and “Alphabet Attitude Numbers”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Regal Rose and “Birthday Bouquet” Designer Series Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Black Gel Pen; Copics:

Accessories: Washi; Martha Stewart Border Punch; SU Balloon Punch

Apr 032020

For several months out of the year, I live in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  The symbol of PV is the seahorse.  So when I saw this stamp set I knew I had to have it!

All of the images were stamped and colored with Copics.  They have been cut and arranged into a fun beach scene.

So far PV has had very few cases of this virus that is traveling the world.  The governor of Jalisco (the state in which Puerto Vallarta is located) decided 2 weeks ago to have the state go on lockdown.. long before any cases were reported in the entire state.  Hoping now that that may have been a very wise (though at the time seemed drastic) decision.  Praying for the world.


Splitcoaststampers F4A528 Challenge: Beach Fun

Simon Says: Happy Birthday

The Card Concept #132: Photo Inspiration – I was inspired by the colors and composition of the different items in the picture.  I made a Clean and Layered card.

Love to Craft LTCCB#45: April Anything Goes

Try it on Tuesday: Beauty of Nature


Stamps: SU “Seaside Notions”; PTI “Keep It Simple: Birthday”

Papers: PTI Select White

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Not Quite Navy, Night of Navy, Creamy Caramel and Old Olive; Copics:

Accessories: Sequins; Pearls; Cuttlebug “Snowflakes” Embossing Folder

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