Painted Flowers Thank You Card


Hello friends, and happy Friday! Today, I’d love to share my second guest designer project for Altenew—a thank you card created using the lovely Painted Flowers stamp and die bundle* along with the Live Your Dream scrapbook collection! These flowers are created with multi-step stamps, which means that you start with a lighter color, and work your way up to a darker color along the stamps to create a three-dimensional effect.


My favorite colors to use on these stamps are corals, which I love against the bright green leaves! I also love to stamp the final lines in black, to give them a super sketchy and modern feel. Once I had my flowers stamped and cut, I wanted to play up that bright green by choosing embellishment and paper from the Live Your Dream Scrapbook Collection.


Once my lovely polka-dot paper was in place (which I cut short to leave some clean, white space at the base of my card) I grouped my flowers around the lovely, big green chipboard heart from the Live Your Dream Scrapbook Collection. I wanted to ground my sentiment on something, and the chipboard banner created the perfect place to stamp “thank you”, using the Painted Butterflies stamp.

I’m sure you’d rather SEE my process than having me explain it, so watch this video to see how quickly this card came together, and how fun it was to stamp those pretty flowers!

Be sure to check out the Painted Flowers stamp and die bundle in the Altenew shop, currently on sale! Have a beautiful Easter weekend!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Altenew shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

Elle's Studio March Kit Reveal!

The March kit and add-ons* are now live in the Elle’s Studio shop, and I have a brand new unboxing video to show you all of the new goodies! Take a look:

How about a look at the beautiful, springy March 2019 kit?! These tags and die cuts will have you documenting your springtime memories in a beautiful way, whether you are recording everyday life, or special holiday events!

Don’t forget about these amazing add-ons to embellish your projects! From beautiful new patterns to yummy chocolate bunnies, you’ll want to add a few of these to your projects this month!

I started out by creating some Easter cards this month! I could not resist using the wonderful Easter wood veneer or acrylic pieces, and I had a great time with all of the patterns in the Springtime 6 x 6 paper stack!

Supplies | March 2019 Kit, March Digital Cut File, Spring Puffy Stickers, Wood Veneer Easter Eggs, Happy Easter Wood Veneer, Chocolate Acrylic Bunnies, Springtime 6 x 6 Paper Stack, The Details Stamp

Fun, right? I also created a new pocket page spread, all about my daughter’s favorite spring pastime: egg hunting! I love the happy day that this project documents, and the March kit and extras were perfect to pull it all together in my album.

Do you want to see how I put this pocket page spread together using my new ES goodies? Take a look!

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into my process, and I hope YOU enjoy creating with the Elle’s Studio March goodies as much as I have! Shop all of the product that I used to create this page via my gallery below, which will take you right to the ES shop. Thanks for your support of my YouTube feed and blog by clicking, and happy creating!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Elle's Studio shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

New Year Cards with American Crafts Sticker Books!

Hello there! 2019 is just around the corner, and today I’m here to share my first ever New Year cards with you. Yes, I said it! I’ve never made New Year greeting cards before, but when I received the new American Crafts All the Holidays cardmaking sticker book* and combined it with a few papers and embellishments, it was the perfect opportunity to change that!

Supplies | All the Holidays cardmaking sticker book, Vicki Boutin sticker book, Field Notes collection chipboard stickers, Field Notes collection washi tape, Bling sticker rhinestones, Shine On 6x6 paper pad, Shine On Forest paper, AC primaries cardstock

I fell in love with the large black and silver circle stickers that say, “Happy New Year!” and I decided to create a trio of cards to give to friends to wish them a happy new year.

My first two cards were created using the smaller silver, “Happy New Year!” stickers, and started off by layering colorful cardstock with neutral patterned paper from the Amy Tangerine Shine On collection. From there, I chose the colorful watercolor Field Notes collection washi tape, which set my color scheme for my three cards—purple, pink, orange, yellow and green.

The Vicki Boutin sticker book, my favorite sticker book in my growing collection, helped me to embellish with the year in colorful numbers, stars and arrows that say, “create magic,” and “time for some fun.” New Year cards wouldn’t be complete without some bling, so I added a few pink, purple and silver Bling sticker rhinestones.

I wanted to use the largest, “Happy New Year” circle for my third card, and with a sentiment so large, not much else was needed on the card. The colorful watercolor Field Notes collection washi tape created the perfect background, and after the sentiment sticker was added with dimensional adhesive, I added the large rhinestones to complete this quick and simple, but festive card.

You can find all of the products that I used to create these cards in the gallery below—it’s still a new year for as long as it takes to remember to write “2019,” so order today to send your own handmade new year greetings!

I’m excited to send these cards off to wish my loved ones a happy new year! I’d like to say the same to you, my lovely blog readers. I am wishing each and every one of you the best that life can bring in 2019! Happy creating!

*Clicking these links will take you to the shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your suppor

Altenew August 2018 Stamp and Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

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Hello, and welcome to my blog! I'm so excited to be joining in on the Altenew August 2018 blog hop, and if you're following the hop list, you've come here from Nicole Picadura's blog. This month I worked with these beautiful stamps from the entire line of new releases*:

This Inked Flora stamp set has beautiful, sketchy flowers perfect for making a statement on your project, along with plenty of handwritten sentiments.

I love the font combinations on the Mega Greetings 2 stamp! It's perfect for layout titles or card greetings, and you can also purchase the Mega Happy Die and the Mega You Die to coordinate with the stamp!

All of the new releases hitting the shop today come with tri-fold insert cards showcasing lots of added inspiration, project ideas, printed layering guides, and other useful information!

Using these new products, along with the Our Family scrapbook kit, I created a brand new 8-1/2" x 11" layout about my lovely little girl:


How pretty are those big flowers? I loved stamping them in different colors on my layout background, as well as embossing them and watercoloring the inside to create a beautiful embellishment piece.


The Mega Happy Die and the Mega You Die created the perfect title for this page. I cut "happy" twice: first with the purple paper from the Our Family scrapbook kit, then with a piece of gray cardstock to create a shadow. Using gold metallic cardstock for the "you" word created a nice visual triangle of gold on my page with the embossed florals.


I had so much fun creating this page that I didn't want to stop making! I decided to create a greeting card, too!


The gorgeous watercolor paper from the Our Family scrapbook kit created the perfect background for this simple and easy card. 


Using the washi tape from the Our Family scrapbook kit to create a shelf on the card front, I adhered the stamped and die-cut "you" using the Mega Greetings 2 stamp and die, then repeatedly stamped "amaze me" from the same stamp set. I just love how it turned out, and it was so easy to create! 


Now the part that you've come here for! The giveaways! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Wednesday, August 22nd for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 8/26/2018.

I'm excited to also be giving away a $30 gift certificate here on my blog! Simply leave a comment on this post by midnight CST on 8/21 letting me know what your favorite product is in the entire line-up of new releases to be entered! Be sure to leave your contact information when commenting, and I will contact a winner on 8/22. 

To continue on the hop, head over to Virginia Lu's blog for more inspiration! In case you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all of the participants below. Thanks so much for stopping by and happy creating! 


Altenew Card Blog

Rubeena Ianigro

Anna Komenda

Agnieszka Malyszek

Tania Ahmed

Erum Tasneem

Karin Åkesdotter

Simon Says Stamp Blog

May Sukyong Park

Keeway Tsao

Sveta Fotinia

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Vicky Papaioannou

Zinia Redo

Amber Rain Davis

Svitlana Shayevich

Zsoka Marko

Norine Borys

Lilith Eeckels

Nancy McClelland

Enza Gudor

Laurie Willison

Kymona Tracey

Nicole Picadura

Meghann Andrew

Virginia Lu

Mayline Jung

Sandra Dietrich

Lydia Evans

Mona Tóth

*Clicking these links will take you to the Altenew shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!


Birthday Greetings in a Hurry with American Crafts!

I don't know about you, but I typically realize that I've forgotten a birthday card right around the time I'm due to leave the house for a party. After that initial "oh sugar!" moment sets in, I typically grab the nearest cute paper crafting products that I have on hand to create a simple greeting, full of color and sparkle. I did this recently with the beautiful Stay Colorful collection* from American Crafts!

This collection is just full of bright colors and celebratory sayings, making it the perfect one to grab when you're short on time! I created three different cards quickly and easily:

Supplies | Mood Ring paper (yellow), Jive Talkin' paper ("hooray), 6" x 6" paper pad (sprinkles), cardstock stickers, self-adhesive sequins, rhinestone stickers

"Hip, hip, hooray!" is the perfect sentiment for a birthday card! This simple design looks like a million bucks when you use a colorful sprinkle background paper and back the sentiment with a bright yellow circle of color! To really focus the eye on the sentiment, I added the "hooray" manufacturer's strip behind the circle. Don't forget the sparkle! I added a few sticker sequins and rhinestones to dress it up.


Supplies | 8 Tracks paper (dots), 6" x 6" paper pad ("treat yo' self"), ephemera die-cutscardstock stickers, glitter enamel stars

What better day to "treat yo' self" than on your birthday? This little sentiment, cut from a sheet of patterned paper in the 6" x 6" paper pad was the perfect topper for a multi-colored polka dot, then accented with die-cut ephemera and sticker treats! 

Supplies | 6" x 6" paper pad (teal hearts), Jive Talkin' paper (banner), layered stickers (unicorn), cardstock stickers, enamel dotsrhinestone stickers

Birthdays should be magical, so why not add a magical creature to the card front? I loved adding this pretty ribbon-tailed unicorn to the card front, along with the "ride a unicorn" banner, cut from the Jive Talkin' paper. This card would be perfect for a special little girl! 

These three cards prove that you don't have to run by Target on your way to the birthday party! Create your own cards at home quickly and easily with the Stay Colorful collection from American Crafts, and "wow" that special birthday someone! Be sure to check out the product I used, via the gallery links to the store below:

(*All product links contained in this post are affiliate links. You don't pay any extra, but I get a small percentage of your sale! Thanks for your continued support of my YouTube feed and this blog!)

Thank You Greetings with American Crafts

I started my paper crafting journey as a cardmaker, and creating cards is a way for me to get back to my original love of paper crafting—a small canvas on which to get creative, and send a little sunshine someone's way. When American Crafts challenged me to create "thank you" cards with their latest collections, I was excited to get into the product to see what would inspire me.


These three cards were created in 5 minutes, 7 minutes and 10 minutes with beautiful supplies from Dear Lizzy Star Gazer, Shimelle Glitter Girl and Vicki Boutin All the Good Things collections. Can you guess which is which? 


"You are Magical" card supplies | Dear Lizzy Star Gazer collection: Make a Wish patterned paper,   Ephemera with foil accents, washi tape; Vicki Boutin All the Good Things collection: Ephemera; Shimelle Glitter Girl collection: Mixed embellishment pack

5-Minute Thanks | For my first card, "you are magical" is the perfect greeting to thank someone for something special. To go along with the "magic," I chose a pretty polka-dot background, with a dark blue star washi tape to ground my die-cut focal point. Just a few sequins finished off the card.


"Thanks" card supplies | Shimelle Glitter Girl collection: Make a Statement patterned paper, cardstock stickers, glitter shaker stickers, washi tape, Thicker alphabet stickers, enamel dotsMixed embellishment pack

7-Minute Thanks | This was another simple and easy card to create, taking only just a few minutes more than the previous card, the main reason being that I had more product to place, and I had to be sure those Thickers were straight on the card front. That's where the washi tape came in handy. I used it to give me a nice straight line from which to gauge where I placed my alphabet stickers. I LOVE this card. I love the clean, white background with the fun color pop on the border. I also LOVE those awesome glitter shaker stickers—they're perfect for cards or scrapbook pages!


"You're the Best" card supplies | Vicki Boutin All the Good Things collection: The Little Things patterned paper, Foundations media paper, dies and clear acrylic stamps—set 2, finishing embellishments, art crayons—set 1 warm, waterbrush set; Other: StazOn Jet Black ink

10-Minute Thanks | This ten-minute card used the least amount of supplies of all three that I created, but took the most time. Why? Because I used the beautiful dies and clear acrylic stamps to create the colorful flowers at the bottom corner of the design. By using Staz-On ink on the Foundations media paper, my flowers were ready to color in quickly with the amazing art crayons, in the warm tones to offset the background green trellis. Just a few of the pretty enamel dots finished it off! 

Scrapbook supplies can easily double as card making supplies, and a beautiful handmade "thank you" can be created in just minutes using the awesome Dear Lizzy Star GazerShimelle Glitter Girl and Vicki Boutin All the Good Things collections from American Crafts! Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Creating Cards with Ranger's Letter It Collection!

Given my love for stamping, I was SO excited to be contacted by one of my affiliate partners,*, to try out a new product line from Ranger called Letter It, which is ON SALE right now! Naturally, once I checked out the beautiful product, I jumped at the chance to create with it! 

The Letter It collection contains beautifully designed stamp sets in handwritten fonts, embossing powders, inks, pens and pearlescent powders, and I had so much fun making cards with it this week! 

(*I received this product to sample from, and all comments in this post are my honest opinion of the product, written after I had fun creating with it. All product links contained in this post are affiliate links. You don't pay any extra, but I get a small percentage of your sale! Thanks for your continued support of this blog and of my work!) 


With a few pieces of scrap patterned paper, and this beautiful new collection, I created three simple cards in no time! I love the beautiful script font, that I could not replicate myself—much easier to stamp than to hand write! This wedding stamp set created the perfect card when topped with sparkly embossing powder, and paired with a couple of fussy-cut flowers.


The ink pads in this collection show off the stamps so beautifully without any extra product needed, but the cute paintbrush and paint palette from the Amy Tangerine Sticker Book and Hustle and Heart 6" x 6" Paper Pad worked so well with this simple greeting to create a lovely card in less than 3 minutes.


Also included in this collection was a product I have never used before—pearlescent powder! It was like magic watching the metallic powder stick to the stamped words to create this celebratory card. 

Do you want an up-close look at all of these cards coming together? You're in luck! I have a process video for each of them, and I also show off the really beautiful Letter It metallic markers that would be perfect for lettering your envelopes!

Be sure to check out these awesome Letter It products at, where they are currently on SALE! The stamps sets are definitely a bargain! Thanks so much for stopping by and happy creating! 

Make it Yourself Mini Valentines with Elle's Studio Products

I LOVE, love, love the new products at Elle's Studio this month, but my favorite new item in the shop is the Love You Journaling Tags. I decided to use them to create mini valentines, and I'm sharing the step-by-step process for each simple card on the Elle's Studio blog today!

Using a few supplies from the Elle's Studio shop, you can create twelve different variations of these sweet little cards- perfect for your loves on Valentine's Day! 

Shop all of this Elle's Studio product through the links below, and follow the simple step-by-step instructions included in my post on Elle's Studio blog today! 

Happy Valentine's Day, and happy creating! 

Elle's Studio January Exclusive Kit Reveal

Happy Sunday! It's the 10th, which means the Elle's Studio January kit and add-ons, along with the new design team gallery, are now live!

This kit, which will help you document a story, or show someone how much you care, is full of colorful tags, as well as versatile neutrals that you can use with any other product!

My favorite tags in the kit this month are definitely the black, white and grey tags, and especially the doughnut and coffee 4" x 6" tag seen here.

The add-on stamp, acrylic and vellum hearts coordinate perfectly with the kit to help you embellish your project. Hands down, my favorite new product this month has to be the 'You're the Sweetest' stamp. On my first project, I used the stamp and the kit to create an 8-1/2" x 11" layout documenting a late night treat with a friend in New Orleans, with hidden journaling underneath the coffee and doughnuts tag, which I cut to 4" x 4" and hinged with a piece of washi tape.


To create those fun coffee rings, I made a little pool of black watercolor on a paper plate and dipped the bottom of my coffee mug in the liquid, then stamped it on the background cardstock.

Supplies: January exclusive kit, You're the Sweetest stampvellum hearts add-on, Thankful bits and pieces, Cienna collection paper pack

My second project of four easy Valentine's Day cards is a perfect example of the versatility of this kit! I used only tags from the kit, 1 small piece of patterned paper, 1 piece of watercolor paper, 'You're the Sweetest' stamp the vellum hearts add-on, and a few enamel dots. I only made 4 cards in one sitting, but with this kit, I could have made so many more! 

I especially loved the more masculine tags in the kit to create a Valentine perfect for that special guy in your life.

Also in the new products category this month are the 'This is Love' printablesJanuary cut files, and 'All My Heart' 12" x 12" cut file, so be sure to check them out too! 

Remember that the kit is available today for the launch price of $9.99, and after midnight PST, the price increases to $11.99. The kit and add-ons are limited, so once they've sold out, they are gone for good, so be sure to pick up your kit today! 

Elle's Studio March Kit Reveal

It's the day of the Elle's Studio March exclusive kit release and this kit is sure to help you document your spring (or just brighten up a dreary day) with it's beautiful bright colors, and today only, you can purchase the kit for $9.99. 

To go along with your kit, the March Daily Grind printables and digital cut files are sure to take your project to the next level.

In addition to the new kit, the new, gorgeous Cienna collection is also in the store! 

Using a combination of the March kit and the Cienna collection, I created this layout about my sweet girl. 

Then, when I saw the "eggcellent" and "thank you" tags in the kit, it inspired me to create a thank you card for your Easter host or hostess with the March kit and Cienna collection.

Be sure to pick up your kit today, and save on shipping by bundling with the new Cienna collection. They're perfect together for any papercrafting project! 

Elle's Studio February Kit Reveal

I'm excited to tell you that the Elle's Studio February exclusive kit is now live! I loved this month's kit and there are endless creative possibilities with it! 

I fell in love with the red, teal and yellow colors in the kit, with my favorite being the yellow ampersand card above. I used it to created the title on my layout. 

I used the kit, as well as this month's 'Always & Forever' stamp set (Elle's stamps are SO fantastic!) and 'Key to my Heart' wood veneer

I also created with the lovely digital files- the cut file and printables

My second project, a series of three Valentines Day cards, is a great example of how you can use kit contents to make your handmade greetings- simply or not-so-simply! 

For full details on the products I've used for all of my projects, please see the Elle's Studio design team gallery.  

Also, don't miss the Elle's Studio sale! I LOVE ES stamps- the quality and the designs- and you'll want to take advantage of these savings! 

Scraptastic January Projects

Last month I received the Scraptastic Kit Club's 'This Must Be the Place' kit and add-on, as well as the This Life Noted kit (sold out). I love what I created with the kits & I want to share them with you today.

'The Story of Us' was created as my Project Life 2014 title page. All of the details about this layout can be found at the post below.

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'Ba-Ta-Da' was created using the January sketchy Thursday challenge and records my daughter's love of butterflies, which she calls, 'ba-ta-das.'

I shared all of the information about this month's This Life Noted spreads on the Scraptastic blog, as well as a peek into my process for creating monthly Project Life spreads. If you're interested in using the Collect App for documenting, or are looking to switch from weekly to monthly layouts, check out this TLN Friday post

Finally, I made a few cards with pieces from the kits, and the awesome Sentiments Series Volume 4 stamp set, which I loved since it has SO many different phrases included! On this card, I stamped 'hello' repeatedly on the heart, as well as 'thinking of you' on the teal tag.

This card uses the 'Whoa!' This Life Noted 3"x4" card for part of the sentiment, but I also stamped 'Congratulations' and 'You Did It!' on the blank tag included in the kit. I used the gold vellum leaves die-cut to mimic the tail of a shooting star, which I created with the starburst sticker, a stamped star circle and a few sequins.

Some of the pieces from the kit were just too perfect for me not to get a jump on my Valentine's Day cards. For this one, I used the banners from the Teresa Collins die-cut pack, the exclusive wood veneer from Scraptastic, a Maggie Holmes vellum heart and 'I Treasure You' sentiment, and the Jillibean Soup cork 'love' sticker. 

The February kits from Scraptastic are now live and I am so excited to create with the 'It Takes Two' kit and add-on this month.

Be sure to check out all of the Scraptastic Kit Club's beautiful kits and stamp sets before they're gone! 

Elle's Studio January Reveal!

It's the 10th, and that means that it's time for a new Elle's Studio exclusive kit and add-on! As I say every month, this kit is beautiful and versatile to use on so many different projects. If you haven't checked them out yet, the price is reduced to $9.99 for the 10th ONLY. After midnight PST, the price will go up to $11.99, so take advantage of the savings and grab this lovely kit.

Since I am on the design team again, I will be creating two projects with the kit every month and sharing them here and at the design team gallery, which you'll want to check out for tons of inspiration! I started with a layout, and was so inspired by the pie-chart heart tag that I centered my entire layout around it, hand-stitching the lines to my photos. 

Supplies: January exclusive kit12"x12" heart cut file, January cut file,  'A Bushel & A Peck' stamp, 'Lots of Love' wood veneers'Love You More' paper collection'Hello 2015' stamp'Hello 2015' stickers

The heart background cut file is perfect for getting the tone-on-tone texture that I thought this layout needed to make the rest of the elements shine. The 'love' cut from the January cut file was perfect for my title, and the font is so on-trend! 

I also used the 'Bushel and a Peck' stamp to stamp 'You Love' on my journaling tag. 

Next, I created a BIG 6"x6" card based around the large 'thank you' tag in the kit. 

Supplies: January exclusive kit'A Bushel & A Peck' stamp'Lots of Love' wood veneers'Love You More' paper collection'Hello 2015' stickers

I used the stamp on the 'Bushel and a Peck' stamp set to stamp the background, stamping off on some of the hearts so that they were lighter than the others. A few other tags from the kit, a sheer ribbon, along with the wood veneer heart, embossed with gold embossing powder, finished the card off.

Thanks for stopping by to check out the new exclusive kit & be sure to take advantage of the reveal day savings! For more inspiration using the kit, check out the new 2015 design team gallery