Good Friends Are Hard To Find

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My girls and I are heading to New Orleans tomorrow to take in Phantom of the Opera. I am so excited! And, yes, indeed, Good Friends ARE Hard to Find! I am so blessed with an abundance of good friends.

I had to use green on this card because, St. Patrick’s Day.

This Spring-like paper comes from Echo Park Celebrate Easter and the stamp set comes from Stampin’ Up! Lovely Friends.  I found that Stampin’ Up!’s 2017-2019 In Color Lemon Lime Twist coordinated perfectly with this paper.

Lovely Friends

I hand-cut the sentiment to let more of that paper show through.

I hope you enjoyed this card and found some inspiration in the layout and sentiment. Have a great weekend!

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Throwback… Wednesday? Emboss Resist

emboss resist

I’m feeling a bit under the weather this week, but I’m committed to bringing you a new post on my blog every Wednesday.  I reached back in my card archives and found one of my favorites! The technique used on this card is called Emboss Resist.

I stamped the butterflies from Stampin’ Up!’s Papillon Potpourri (retired) in the 2012-2014 Stampin’ Up! In Color Midnight Muse on white card stock. Then I colored over my stamping with a Versamarker pen, covered that with Clear Embossing Powder and used my Heat Tool to heat emboss the butterflies.  Since they are protected with embossing powder now, I sponged 2012-2014 Stampin’ Up! In Color Gumball Green over the butterflies to turn the white card stock Gumball Green.  I used a paper towel to remove the excess Gumball Green ink and let those butterflies shine through!

Papillon Potpourri

I finished the card up by adhering it to a card stock layer and card base.  I added some matching ribbon and punched a sentiment out.  I also added a few stamped and punched butterflies for some 3D interest.

If you couldn’t tell, I love green and blue together.  Here’s the color combo for this card:

gumball green midnight muse

I hope you enjoyed this card and I hope the layout, technique or color combo inspired you!
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Altenew Enchanted Louisiana Iris for PP383 and FMS327

Altenew Enchanted Louisiana Iris

I’m back with another Copic colored floral card.  This one, I’ve entered in to two challenges.  I’m playing again with the Paper Players and I’m playing over at Freshly Made Sketches this week.



This card goes together with a new-to-me paper crafts company, Altenew.  I fell in love with their floral-centric items and the first one I had to have was this Enchanted Iris.  I colored it with Copics to give it a Louisiana flavor.  These irises will be blooming around here soon.  I love the Reflections line of products and I can’t resist a 6″X6″ paper pad! Love the soft garden-themed prints!

Enchanted Louisiana Iris Copic

Here is a listing of product used on this card.  These links are affiliate links, which means if you purchase something from one of them, I will get a small commission at no extra cost to you!

EDIT: Check below for a special deal on the Floral Motifs bundle from Altenew!


3 Days Only! Save 30% on the Floral Motifs Stamp & Die Bundle from 3/9/2018 until 3/11/2018 at 11:59 PM EST. While supplies last. No coupon code needed to enjoy this deal!

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Sympathy Crocus with Copics

Sympathy Crocus with Copics


As card makers, there are always cards that we hate to make, but these often become the cards that we put more of our hearts.  I never can bring myself to make a stockpile of sympathy cards, as I always want to make something special for someone who is going through a difficult time.

This card starts with the Technique Tuesday Crocus set from January 2016. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts set “Remember.” I stamped the sentiment from Technique Tuesday Lily set from February 2018 on the inside of the card.

I used the Copic colors in the photo below to color in the crocus and the leaves.

Crocus Copics

I didn’t have the “right” color of ribbon. I wanted yellow, but all I had was white.  I dyed the white ribbon with a Daffodil Delight ink pad from Stampin’ Up! I simply put on my gloves and ran the ribbon through the ink pad and let it dry over night.

(The links below are the items I used to make this card and may be affiliate links, which means if you purchase from the links below, I get a small commission at no additional cost to you.)

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February Birthdays – Echo Park Jack and Jill

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I created this set of birthday cards for a charitable organization with all unavailable product that I had in my stash.  I am really feeling good about using stuff up!  Use the layout and color combo as inspiration!

These cards used some Stampin’ Up! colors Basic Gray, Night of Navy and Soft Sky.  The colors in the paper pack closely coordinate with Pumpkin Pie and Cherry Cobbler as well.

basic gray night of navy soft sky pumpkin pie cherry cobbler


On these cards I used Echo Park’s Jack and Jill Boy 6X6 paper pack and Hero Arts’ Glow Girl stamp set.  I love the retro look of the stamp mixed with these vintage papers.  And the fact that one item is boy and the other item is girl (and I use this sentiment on masculine cards all the time) is our little secret.

Echo Park Jack and Jill Boy Hero Arts Glow Girl


Let me know what you think about these cards in the comments!  I hope you’re inspired by my color combos and layout to craft something special today!

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Paper Piecing with Beth Duff Designs (Snarky Sentiments Challenge)

Beth Duff Dino

Beth Duff Designs is a startup stamp and vinyl design company that I found just a few days ago on Instagram.  Are you on Instagram?  Find me here.

BDD just named their Spring Design Team and is gearing up for their new product launch on March 1st.  To celebrate, BDD has a free digital stamp for you,  Old as a Dinosaur. BDD is hosting a challenge at their blog.  I couldn’t help but participate.  I printed the image using my Epson Artisan printer on white card stock, again on Stampin’ Up!’s Painted with Love Designer Series Paper and again on Stampin’ Up!’s Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper.  I thought these papers were just about perfect for paper piecing the dinosaur and the pterodactyl.

I hope you enjoyed this cute card.  Go on over to Beth Duff Designs to get your free digi and meet Beth.

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The Paper Players Challenge: PP381 – Cut Out to be Friends

Cut Out To Be Friends

This week, I’m playing with The Paper Players. Their clean and simple challenge was right up my alley and the Sew Much Fun theme proved to be challenging as I don’t have very much sewing-related items in my stash.

I started out with my favorite color combo, Stampin’ Up!’s Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive, with paper from the Petal Garden paper stack.

Rich Razzleberry Old Olive

The stamps I used are a combination of Crafting Forever and Christmas Quilt, which is versatile all year long!

This card was so much fun to make.  I love the little embellishments that I pulled out of my stash.  I colored the scissors with a silver metallic marker and Copics (V12 and V04).

Thank you for joining me today!  I hope you were inspired by The Paper Players Challenge, my layout, and color choice.


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Happy Valentine’s Day! Sure Do Love You!

#Valentines #handmade #cards
These cards were made with the Sure Do Love You Bundle and Heart Happiness stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  I also made the box and added the Narrow Note Cards and Envelopes.

Sure Do Love You Box

You can see detailed videos on how these projects come together so quickly, get and share ideas on paper crafts and more in my exclusive Facebook group, The Creative Blend Group.  Join today!

I used a color combo of Powder Pink, Melon Mambo and Calypso Coral. I was inspired by the gorgeous Designer Series Paper, Painted with Love.

Powder Pink Melon Mambo Calypso Coral
Painted With Love DSP


I hope you were inspired by my post today!  Leave a comment letting me know what you think!  And don’t forget to join my Facebook group today! Thank you!

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Birthday in Perfect Plum

#handmade #birthday #greeting


I made this birthday card for a special lady whose favorite color is purple.  I used a color combo of Perfect Plum and Wisteria Wonder because I thought it coordinated nicely with this retired Creative Memories paper pack I had in my stash. It has a wonderful assortment of purples.

wisteria wonder perfect plum

The Happy Birthday sentiment comes from the Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society stamp set Ranunculus.

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January Birthday Card – Party Animal + Delightful Dozen (Retired)

birthday card


January’s birthday card uses some retired Stampin’ Up! product that I had in my stash.  I made twelve birthday cards for the volunteers of a local charitable organization and four for friends of mine.

This card uses a Pacific Point, Soft Sky and Whisper White color combo.


It uses the retired stamp set Delightful Dozen, which I can’t part with because of the great sentiments and fonts, and it uses the chevron patterned stamp from the very first Paper Pumpkin, “Hello There.”  It also uses some products from the retired Party Animal Suite, the designer series paper and the washi tape.  You’ll be happy to know that the Washi Tape and Embellishments are still available in the Clearance Rack while supplies last.

Here are a few more projects that I made with these accessories when they were available last year.


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