Use My Stuff Love Challenge – Happy Heart Day


I’m really starting to like this “just don’t color it” technique!

I used a combination of images from Lawn Fawn for this card.  The circle in the background is another one that came from my backgrounds stash.

I heat embossed a heart background stamp with onto watercolor paper (it’s an older Simon Says Stamp background that is discontinued but I’m sure you can find something similar).  After the heat embossing cooled, I used Distress Ink mini cubes to smear color onto the paper, sprayed generously with water and let it dry.

Once it was dry, I die cut it using a really old wonky circle die from my stash – you could either cut a regular circle and leave it as is or trace it and hand-cut it for a similar look.

Everything was attached to standard A2 card with foam tape for dimension.

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Products Used:

Lawn Fawn Butterfly Kisses stamp set and dies

Lawn Fawn Open Me stamp set and dies

Lawn Fawn How You Bean? Conversation Hearts Add On stamps

Get Cracking on Christmas – January


Super excited to be joining in on the Get Cracking on Christmas fun this year!

I usually create card parts in batches – like lots of inked backgrounds at one time.  And if the background is blue, chances are good I’m going to stick a snowman on it at some point.  Something like this:


These Honey Bee snowmen are some of my favorites!  There’s just something about the expressions on their faces that I love.  Although, really I don’t want it to snow.  But at least he’s happy about it!

Products Used:

Honey Bee Stamps Snow Buddies stamp set and dies

Hello Bluebird Hill and Dale dies

Thankful for You – Brutus Monroe

BM Thankful for You

There are so many ways to use the branch image from the Feathered Homes stamp set from Brutus Monroe! I especially liked using just a portion of the stamp off the edge of my card panel to create an all-over pattern.

There is something about the way the image is drawn that reminds me of toile fabric patterns so keeping this card very simple with black and white stamping was my first thought.

The sentiment panel covers the center so I only stamped around the edges and it filled in perfectly.

The sentiment is from the Tree of Thanks set – so many well designed sentiments in that one!  I added a small pop of color behind the sentiment panel – just find a scrap of your favorite color cardstock!

BM Thankful for You close up

If you don’t want to stamp the entire border, you can just try a few at the top of a panel to give the impression of a canopy of trees.

For this card, I embossed the branches and sentiment with Alabaster embossing powder and ink blended over top with green and blue Distress Oxide inks using a blender brush.

BM Thank You Enough

I popped this smaller panel on top of a white card base that had been embossed with a woodgrain pattern (any pattern would work to just give a little texture here).

BM Thank You Enough close up

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Tree of Thanks – Brutus Monroe

BM Thank You

There is something so delicate and graceful about this tree image from the Tree of Thanks set by Brutus Monroe.  White embossing and soft ink blending seemed like the perfect fit for it!

I stamped both the tree and sentiment on bristol smooth cardstock using VersaMark ink and coated it with Alabaster embossing powder.

After the embossing powder cooled off, I started ink blending with a variety of Distress Oxide inks (Tattered Rose, Abandoned Coral and a tiny bit of Aged Mahogany).  I started at the bottom and worked up to only cover the tree at the top.

Finally, I wiped the embossed images with a dry cloth to remove the excess ink and added a few clear sequins for a bit of shimmer.

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Feathered Homes – Brutus Monroe

BM Welcome Home

As soon as I see a new stamp set, my first thought is almost always “can I make it rainbow?” with bonus points if I can make it a grid!  So the Feathered Homes stamp set from Brutus Monroe was a winner on both fronts!

BM Welcome Home close up

Using a stamping platform, I lined up the birdhouses and sentiment from the set and stamped them on bristol smooth cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color them but you could certainly use any coloring medium you have on hand.

I added soft ink blending on the edges using Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass ink and a blending brush.

Finally, I trimmed the panel to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and attached it to a standard A2 card base.

So quick and simple – just the way I like it!

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MFT New Best Friend – October Use My Stuff Challenge

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I consider this card a bit of a self-portrait – me holding our lab Finn (who is too big to be holdable now but, you know, artistic license) and our cat Ginger (making her “what the heck is that?” face).

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I don’t usually go for the “all over” scene card front (love them when other people do it but mine always look too busy).  This one I am good with!

The little sprigs of grass were just made by flicking a Copic marker – for sure, the most stressful part of making the card.

Products Used:

MFT BB New Best Friend Stamp Set

MFT BB New Best Friend Die-namics

MFT Mini Cloud Edges Stencil

Skull and Cross Buns Brush Heart Pattern Stencil

Peace on Earth Window Wreath – Reverse Confetti Anything Goes

Peace on Earth Window WM Square

Welcome to my final post as  ‘Fetti Friend!  It’s been so much fun sharing with you over the last few months – I hope you enjoyed my take on this great release!

As soon as I saw the negative of the Rounded Stitched Window Confetti Cut, I knew I wanted to add velum behind it for a window card.  The wreath from the Joyous Holiday set fits perfectly!


It’s hard to see in the full picture but behind the window is an ink blended panel (I used Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink) with the All The Stars Confetti Cuts die cut from it and backed in gold glitter paper.

I added a small twine bow to complete the light, rustic look of this card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Products Used:

All the Stars Confetti Cut

Joyous Holiday Stamp Set

Joyous Holiday Confetti Cuts

Rounded Stitched Window Confetti Cut

MFT Best in Show – October Use My Stuff Challenge

Get ready for a dog filled day!  These Best In Show stamps from My Favorite Things had been on my wish list so I was really happy to receive them in our swag bag at Junkie Fest this year!

After coloring and die cutting all of the images, I used post-it tape and oxide inks to create a blended little home for each scene.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Products Used:

BB Best in Show Stamp Set

BB Best in Show Die-namics

MFT Birthday Wishes – October Use My Stuff Challenge

Photo Oct 16, 7 48 56 PM

Products Used:

MFT SY Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes Stamp Set

MFT SY Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes Die-namics

The Stamp Market Birthday Cover Plate Die

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Products Used:

MFT SY Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes Stamp Set

MFT SY Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes Die-namics

The Stamp Market Birthday Cover Plate Die

The Stamp Market It’s Your Birthday Stamp Bundle

SSS Tiny Words Stamp Set