Embossed Vellum Technique with Concord & 9th

Happy Mother's Day Embossed Vellum with Concord and 9th

This beautiful card started with a technique idea – Embossed Vellum. I knew I wanted a bold image behind the vellum to stand out. I found the perfect one in the Concord and 9th set Happy Words.

Starting with a base of soon-to-be retired Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip and a piece from the Kaisercraft Ooh La La paper pack, I stamped the large floral design in retired Stampin’ Up! Watermelon Wonder ink. I embossed the piece of lightweight vellum paper using my Big Shot and the retired Stampin’ Up! Brick Wall Embossing Folder. With a piece of Chocolate Chip card stock and adhesive sheet, I die cut the Happy with the Happy Card die set. I stamped Mother’s Day in Chocolate Chip ink on a piece of retired Stampin’ Up! Crisp Cantaloupe and die cut it out with the banner die from the Happy Card die set. I love this color combo. It reminds me of ice cream and summer and pretty clothes.

watermelon wonder crisp cantaloupe chocolate chip stampin up

I hope you enjoyed this card today. I hope that you were inspired by the technique, layout or color combo. It’s not too early to start on Mother’s Day cards for the special women in your life. Only two and a half weeks away!

This card is listed in my Etsy shop here.

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Delightfully Inspired by Nature – Gina K Stamps and Pencils


If someone could tell me why I forget how happy card making makes me from day to day, I’ll send this card to them. ūüôā

So, it’s only been three weeks since my last post. I do apologize. Every now and then my mind plays tricks on me. Makes me think that no one is interested in what I have to share with you.¬† And I know that’s just not true, is it? I’ll try to do better….

This card was inspired by a little weekend trip I took over Easter weekend.¬† I like to get in the car and drive. On my drive, the red bud trees, spirea and wisteria were in full bloom.¬† I always forget that Spring is coming, too.¬† It was a beautiful weekend, if a little chilly.¬† And I’ve been seeing those glorious colors in my mind’s eye ever since.

I thought the On My Mind and In My Heart stamp set by Gina K fit my desire to recreate Spring with the pinks, yellows and purples I’d seen on my trip. I’d never used Gina K. stamps before. I am pleased with the quality and the level of detail on the stamp. I stamped this in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on X-Press It Blending Card and used the very first set of colored pencils I got, Rose Art, to color in the stamp. I liked how this stamp inked up and stamped on the paper and I liked coloring with the colored pencils on the X-Press It Blending Card. It gave a smooth, crisp finish.



Delightfully Inspired with Gina K and Pencils @thecreativeblend

I used the retired Stampin’ Up! Spring Flowers embossing folder for the background. Any floral embossing folder will do to recreate this layout.

I hope you’ve been inspired today by my colors, technique and layout to recreate a little bit of Spring. And seriously, comment below to tell me why I forget how happy making cards makes me and I’ll mail you this card. Because we could all use a little happy mail every now and then. Have a great weekend!

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Quick Easter Card with The Paper Players – PP386

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This week, I’m playing with The Paper Players. I needed a last minute Easter card and this sketch layout was a great inspiration.¬† I’m using more paper from the Celebrate Easter 6″ X 6″ paper pad from Echo Park.



This card went together so quickly. The hardest part was figuring out what papers to use from the paper pad! Using the colors in the papers I selected, I used this color combo:


I love these soft pastels for this time of year.

I colored the bunny from Technique Tuesday’s Bailey the Bunny Animal House stamp set with only four Copic Markers (R20, W0, W3, W5)

@thecreativeblend Technique Tuesday Copics @thecreativeblend Copic Markers

He is really too adorable! I want to squeeze him and call him George! Anyone remember that?

With the sketch for inspiration, all the paper from the paper pad and a few swipes of Copic markers, this card went together in about 20 minutes! I hope my post inspired you today.  Happy Easter, everyone!



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March Birthdays – Stampin’ Up! Foil Frenzy


Last time I saw you, my girls and I were headed to NOLA for Phantom of the Opera. We had a fantastic time! Nine of us in the streets of the French Quarter on St. Patrick’s Day! The show was everything I hoped it would be and more, the food was spectacular and the company just could not be beat! I highly recommend the girls weekends. If you can throw in a road trip, even better!

I wanted to share with you today the cards that we made for March Birthdays for our charitable organization project. This charitable organization, Pilots for Patients, is so dear to our hearts. This is a local Louisiana organization making it easier for patients to get to medical treatment that is not in their immediate area.  My group and I make these birthday cards every month for the pilots that are donating their time, energy and airplane to fly these patients wherever they need to go at no cost. The cards are a small way to show our thankfulness for what they do.

I love the bright, cheerful color combo on these cards!¬† I dove into my stash of Stampin’ Up! materials to make these cards.¬† They feature Tangerine Tango, Lemon Lime Twist and Night of Navy.


Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Paper, Foil Frenzy, gives a celebratory feature. Also used is Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Paper, Birthday Bash, for a little accent.¬† The stamp set used is from Hero Arts Dude.




I hope you enjoyed this card and you were inspired by the layout or color combo.  As cardmakers, we always have an abundance of cards to share.  Find out how you can share your love of paper with those making a difference today!

Until next time,


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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

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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

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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.

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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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