Newton's Nook Designs: Masculine Birthday

Hello crafty friends!

Popping in to share a masculine birthday card for the Newton's Nook Designs Inky Paws Challenge #23: Summer Lovin.' One of our favorite thing to do as a family in the summer is to go camping (both our families loves camping) and will meet one weekend of the summer at Devil's Lake State Park in south central Wisconsin. One of the activity the guys love to do there is fishing. I thought the bear from Newton's Nook Campfire Tails was the perfect image to use for one of the guys birthday. I brought in a fish image and a sentiment from another Newton's Nook stamp set called Winston's Birthday. I love how these two sets goes so well together! I think they make a great companion set!

For today's card, I started by stamping Winston's (the bear) on a white cardstock and colored him with Copic Markers. I replaced the fish image that was hanging from the fishing pole with a hook. I stamped the fish on another white cardstock, colored him with Copics and carefully fussy cut him out. I masked him with a post it notes and used distress inks to create the grass and sky. The sentiment was stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black pigment ink and clear heat embossed. I die-cut a teal cardstock using Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card die and adhered my stamped image panel on top of it.

For the card base panel, I ran the card front with a honeycomb embossing folder and adhered a strip of red patterned paper to the middle. My focal panel was popped with foam dimensional adhesives. I added some clear Wink of Stella glitter to the bow on the fish as my last final touch on the card front.

I usually leave the inside of my cards blank, but since the sentiment on the front has a companion sentiment that goes with it, it only makes perfect sense to include it on the inside. And, it would be so much fun for the recipient to open and read the fun greeting instead of my own message. I also decided to include a little sparkly chocolate cupcake on the inside too. The cupcake was also colored with Copic Markers.

I really love how this masculine design came out! And I had a fun time coloring Winston and his fish present. :) That is all for me today! I hope you enjoyed today's card! Thanks for stopping by and see you again soon!


Mama Elephant Water Blooms: Make A Wish

Hello crafty friends!

I’m here today to share a floral birthday card I made for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: I Scream For... (I used IRIDESCENT sequins) and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Sparkle and Shine. I will be giving this card to my lovely sister because her birthday is this Sunday. We will be celebrating her birthday tonight actually because she is off to a wonderful secret getaway with her husband on her birthday. I tried to tailored this card for my sister. Her favorite color is lavender and she loves flowers. You should see her yard. She has beautiful flower beds! Also, she goes to the Chicago Botanical Garden every Spring and Summer in Glencoe, IL just to see all the flowers and plants there. I went there once with her, but I didn't enjoy it as much as her. Lol!

For my card today, I used the Mama Elephant Water Blooms set to create my floral background. I used various Mama Elephant pigment inks and black heat embossed the sentiment from Mama Elephant Make A Wish set. The vellum was die-cut using Mama Elephant Femme Frames. The card was finished off with some sparkling clear sequins and a couple of pink iridescent sequins.

I did the same stamping on the tag as I did on the card and used Lawn Fawn Violet's ABCs to spell out her name. Her name was black heat embossed. I left out the "to" and "from" on the tag because I thought she could reuse the tag as a bookmark later on. After uploading the photos here, I am feeling that this card looked a little more like a wedding card than a birthday card. What do you think? Regardless, I know my sister will love it as she is my #1 fan! :)

This card and tag came together pretty quickly and I had so much fun making it. Even though, I love to color critters and such, I think sometime it's fun to just stamp. I hope you enjoy today's projects! Thanks for stopping by and I wish you all a great weekend!


Mama Elephant Nursery Deco: Baby Thank You Card Set

Hello there!

I hope everyone is enjoying their week so far! Mine is going wonderfully! At my work this week, I am scheduled to work lesser hours than usual, so it is very nice! And yesterday evening, I was able to craft while my husband and his guy friends were at a baseball game. Yay! I also got a chance to organize my patterned papers too. You know for a girl who doesn't have that many papers still manages to make a BIG pile of mess! Lol!

Anyway, my older sister who is pregnant right now will be giving birth to a baby boy in late September, so I thought it be nice to make her some Baby Thank You cards. I know she'll be in need of them once those baby gifts starts arriving. I used Mama Elephant Nursery Deco, Basic Borders and Many Thanks sets to create these cute and simple designs. I also used my new SSS Stitched Square dies that I won from Christine 100th Followers Giveaway a couple weeks ago! Yay to free goodies! :) I used these dies to create the windows frames.

The polka dots backgrounds was stamped in Mama Elephant Fresh Mint pigment ink and the stamped images were colored with Copics. All the images was fussy cut and popped up with foam dimensional adhesives. One thing I'm a bit disappointed about this set was that Mama Elephant did not offer the coordinating die-cuts for it. :( It be nice to have the coordinating dies to help made the cutting process easier, and not to mention faster.

I hope you enjoy today's set of Baby Thank You cards! I had so much fun making them last night and I think I'm going to make a similar set with a feminine version using the teddy bear. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week!


Mama Elephant Make A Wish: Birthday Cards Set

Update: This set of cards won the Mama Elephant Stamp With ME Rainbow Challenge "Honorable Mentions" title!



Hope everyone had a wonderful and restful weekend! This weekend was one of the best weekends I had in a very long time! I pretty much did nothing, except a little crafting and watching a marathon of Game of Thrones. I was so happy to be able to relax and just chill with my husband.

I'm here today to share a set of birthday cards I made for my sister-n-law for her birthday in August. Last time I had so much fun creating a similar set using Mama Elephant Trifecta for the backgrounds. This time I decided to go for a rainbow of polka-dots backgrounds and changed up the sentiment color with a blue metallic embossing powder. I like both versions and they are so easy to mass produce!

I started by creating my backgrounds using a polka dots border stamp from Mama Elephant Basic Borders set. I stamped it in various Mama Elephant pigment inks. Then I die-cut the rainbow panel using a stitched rectangle from Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangles Stackables die set. I also die-cut two sheets of vellum using the second largest die from the Large Stitched Rectangles Stackables dies also from Lawn Fawn. I stamped my sentiment using VersaMark and embossed it with Zing Blue Metallic embossing powder. I adhered everything to the kraft cardstock and finished the card with some sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Thank you again for stopping by and I hope you like today's set of birthday cards! Have a great week!!!


Lawn Fawn Our Friendship Grows: Thank You Card

Hello crafty friends!

It's Friday! Woo-hoo! All day this week, I could not wait for Friday to arrive! It's not that I have any special plans for the weekend, but really I just wanted to rest my achy body and spend time with my Love. Work has been so hectic, so I am definitely going to rest and have myself a couple of lazy days! ;)

This afternoon while waiting for my Love to come home from work, I sat down to craft and made something for the current Sparkle and Shine Sketch Challenge, Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Anything Goes and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Get In Shape. I think it is so much fun to combine challenges together especially if you're able to make them work! I decided to turned the sketch into a circle card. Could you see the sketch in the card below? I really hope so!

I started this Thank You card by die-cutting a blue cardstock using a large scallop circle die from Stampin' Up! Circle Collection. I also die-cut two circles, one in white cardstock and one in light blue cardstock. Next, I stamped the sunflowers, stems and leaves from Lawn Fawn Our Friendship Grows stamp set and colored them with Copic Markers. I then stamped the vase in the same color cardstock as the card base and fussy cut. I stamped the red heart to the right side of the vase and added glossy accents to the entire vase.

While I waited for the vase to dry, I stamped the sentiment included in the set and black heat embossed onto a green cardstock. I created a sentiment banner by snipping the ends off. I love giving the flowers some dimension by popping some of the petals up. I assembled everything to the card base and finished the card by adding some sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and some black enamel accents from Ranger.

I hope you enjoyed my shape card! I had so much fun designing this card especially trying to make the shape card work with the sketch. I really hope I interpreted it well. Thank so much for stopping in! Wishing you all a wonderful and restful weekend!


SpiegelMom Scraps 5th Anniversary Scrap Party

Hello everyone and welcome to the 5th Anniversary Scrap Party of SpiegelMom Scraps!! Jody, aka SpiegelMom, brought us all together to celebrate and party with all of you! We have some fantastic fun planned for you, including prizes for all the challenges being introduced by each blogger. Jody has rounded up some wonderful prizes for the challenge winners from Marion Smith Designs, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, V’s Sweet Ideas (Vanessa and Nicole are with us today), Shimmerz Paints, May Designs, Willowfields Etsy Shop and American Crafts!!

To play along here’s what you need to do:
  1. Create a project based on any challenge introduced during this hop.
  2. You may enter one challenge or do them all!
  3. Link it up on this page under the appropriate InLinkz linky tool. You may link up a blog post with your newly created project (no back linking) OR use your Instagram account and link that up! Cool right!!
  4. Have fun and share the challenges with your crafty friends. Sharing is caring and you can win another prize just for sharing! The blog hop and challenges are open July 10-17th at midnight CST.
  5. Winners will be announced on July 20th on the SpiegelMom Scraps website.
Now, here’s the entire Scrap Party Line Up for you.

SpiegelMom Scraps Blog - Jody
V's Sweet Ideas - Vanessa
Charity – SMS Sparkler’s DT
Ka – Special Guest Designer
Lou – SMS Sparkler’s DT
Nicole - V's Sweet Ideas
Kat – SMS Sparkler’s DT

After you hop the blogs, there's a special bonus hop over on 3 YouTube Channels, starting at SpiegelMom Scrap's channel! Don't miss out on that, there's a fabulous prize for hoping there also!!

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Teresa Huckle

I am super excited today to be part of Jody, SpiegelMom Scraps Party blog hop as a guest designer! I am thrilled to be sharing projects alongside with her talented designers! :-) I have two shaker cards to share with you today. First up is a Bag Shaker Card. Since we're celebrating SpiegelMom Scraps anniveresary, I thought it be perfect to create a little festive scene using some of SpiegelMom Scraps embellishments.

I started the card by stamping the two pandas from Mama Elephant and die-cutting them with the coordinating dies. I used my R20 Copic Marker and colored in their cheeks for blushes. I also stamped two party hats from Newton's Nook Designs. They were colored with Copic Markers and carefully fussy cut. I used a red stars patterned paper for my background panel and since it was so bright, I placed a sheet of vellum over it to help tone it down. I also thought it be fun to add a stitched banner on top and a strip of yellow arrows on the bottom.

To create the shaker bag, I stamped the sentiment from Lawn Fawn Plus One set and heat embossed with Zing red glitter embossing powder. Then, I cut off the flap from one of the mini glassine bags. I then poured in the Black Beauty Iridescent Sequins, sealed the top with some adhesive, and ran the two ends of the bag with the Fiskars Crimper. I added the yellow baker's twine on each corners and adhered it to the card.

I finished off this card by adding some glittery shine on the party hats using the Clear Wink of Stella pen.

For this next shaker card, I decided to go in a complete different direction and create a simple birthday card. I used one of the penguins from Mama Elephant Love Quotes set. I colored him with Copic Markers and carefully fussy cut him out. I blended the background using Mama Elephant Fresh Mint, Piggy Bank, and Buttercup pigment inks. I die-cut a small stitched panel and created a window on that panel using Mama Elephant Sew Fancy dies. I stamped the birthday sentiment from Lawn Fawn Baked with Love set. I poured in some sequins from SpiegelMom Summer Meadow Sequins Mix and sealed it completely using Scotch Foam Tape.

I created a little tiny present box using a tiny heart from SpiegelMom Heart-Fetti Felt die-cuts (which is one of the products being reveal today) and a yellow baker's twine. To finish the card, I added some Ranger black enamel dots on the penguin eyes and scattered some more sequins on the top panel from the same sequins mix.

So, now that you seen both of my shaker cards, my challenge for you is to create a shaker card too! You can fill it with sequins, seed beads, small die-cut pieces, or anything as long as it shakes! And don't forget to link it up under the appropriate Inlinkz linky tool over at SpiegelMom site.

I had so much fun creating the cards for this hop and I absolutely love how they turned out. These little critters always make me smile :). I hope you were inspired by my cards and I cannot wait to see what you'll create! Don't forget to visit everybody's blogs for even more inspirations, challenges, and chances to win some amazing goodies from our wonderful sponsors! ♥ Your next stop is Lou! I know you'll love what she created for you!


Birthday Card Featuring Newton's Nook Designs Newton's Birthday Bash

Update: This card entry won the Newton's Nook Designs Inky Paws Challenge #22 Birthday Theme and claimed the title "Inky Paws Top Picks!"


Hi everyone!

Today I'm here to share a birthday card I made for Newton's Nook Inky Paws Challenge #22: Birthday Theme and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Furry Friends. I will be giving this card to a friend daughter's 6th birthday. The color palette came from the party d├ęcor that her mom will be using to decorate her party. It's pink/red with gray. I also included a cat in the birthday card because they have a family cat name Mia. She is just the cutest and sweetest little cat. I attempted to make the cat resemble Mia and I think I came pretty close. ;)

I started the card by stamping the cat from Newton's Birthday Bash set. I also stamped 4 balloons from Winston's Birthday set and another different balloon from Delightful Doxie set. These images were colored with Copic Markers and fussy cut.

I die-cut the scalloped frame in gray cardstock using Mama Elephant Femme Frames. All the stitched rectangles were die-cut using Lawn Fawn Large and Small Stitched Rectangles Stackables. I created a window frame on the white stitched panel using a smaller rectangle die. Then I black heat embossed all the strings from Winston's Birthday set onto the vellum sheet and adhered all the images to its place.

I assembled all the panels onto the card base. The sentiment was black heat embossed on a fishtail banner that I hand cut. I finished the card off with some glossy accents on the balloons and scattered some sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

I hope you were inspired by today's card! Thanks again for stopping in! Wishing you all a fabulous day! And don't forget to check back this Friday for my special post for SpiegelMom Scraps 5th Anniversary Blog Hop Party! There will be a ton of inspirations, challenges, and of course, prizes!!!

Supplies Used:
Stamps - Newton's Nook Designs Newton's Birthday Bash, Winston's Birthday, and Delightful Doxies
Papers - Neenah Solar White Cardstock 80 lbs; Stampin' Up! Gray Cardstock; Studio Calico San Diego; and The Paper Studio Vellum 29 lbs
Inks - Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic Markers T2, T3, R20, R22; VersaMark
Others - Mama Elephant Femme Frames; Lawn Fawn Large and Small Stitched Rectangles Stackables; Ranger Glossy Accents; Tombow Mono Adhesives


Fourth of July Inspired Card

Hello crafty friends!

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July weekend! I'm popping in to share a card that was inspired by the Sparkle and Shine Challenge blog. Their photo inspiration had a few windsocks in it and that's what really inspired me to create this card. I remembered as a kid, I would make windsocks for school projects and every once in a while just for the fun of it. They are such an easy and fun project to make. As a child, I remembered running on the soccer field, holding my windsock up high, and watching the ribbons move around. It was such a fun activity to do then and I'm sure it's still something fun for kids to do now!

I usually don't make or give 4th of July cards, so for today's card, I incorporated the color theme from the inspiration photo provided on their blog and created a congrats/celebrate-a-milestone type of card. I blended distress inks for the night sky and grass and used 3 different stamp sets to create this celebratory scene.

I paper pieced the kids from Mama Elephant In My Heart set and colored the faces with Copic Markers. And since I didn't have any windsock stamp, I decided to use the lantern from Mama Elephant Pandamonium set and tried to make it look like the windsocks in the photo inspiration. I attached some crochet threads on the bottom and popped the windsocks with foam dimensional adhesives.

I heat embossed the sentiment from Lawn Fawn Plus One stamp set in white embossing powder and randomly added some Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins on top. My husband thought the sequins are fireworks popping in the background, but I say it's confetti. But, however you see it is what it is. It doesn't matter to me. I just want it to be a festive scene in your eyes. ;-)

I hope you liked today's festive card! Thanks for stopping by and see you again soon!


Sending Hugs Card Featuring Lawn Fawn On The Mend

Happy Friday and Happy Fourth of July!

I hope everyone has fun-filled plans this holiday weekend. My husband and I are going out of town to visit my side of the family and will be watching the fireworks there on Saturday night. The fireworks there aren't as big and fancy as the ones here in town, but at least we get to be with our family and that is all that really matters.

I'm here today to share a card I made for a dear friend who is going through a break-up. I'm not so sure this card will help cheer her up, but I know that it will at least bring a smile to her face. Who wouldn't smile if they received a bouquet of smiling flowers? :0)

It was hard to find a stamp or stamp set in my current collection for break-up/divorce, but I did manage to make Lawn Fawn On The Mend set to work for this type of card. I decided to make a simple layout card by first cutting a white panel for the sentiment and die-cutting a couple of circles. I used Copic Marker R20 to create those stripes on the sentiment panel using a ruler as a guide.

I decided to use the tissue box image to create the background. I colored the images and added some shadows with copic markers. The bouquet of flowers was then carefully fussy cut. The vase has some glossy accents and those smiling flowers has little touches of glitter from the Clear Wink of Stella pen. I assembled all the pieces to its place and finished the card off with a yellow bow on the vase.

That's all for today! I hope you enjoyed today's card! Thanks for stopping by and hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!


Baby Card Featuring Lawn Fawn Plus One

Hello crafty friends! Happy Canada Day!

Are you ready for July? I can't believed we're already halfway through 2015! Wow! Hopefully this other half of the year will be a tad slower. I still have so much to do! SO MUCH! :)

Anyway, I wanted to pop in and share a baby card I made and sent to a good friend who just found out she's pregnant! Well she knew for a while, but wanted to wait until the first trimester passed before announcing. I feel like everybody I know are having babies this year! Lol! Both my sisters are expecting and my baby sister just had her son and a couple of my friends became first time moms. It's just incredibly unbelievable (and amazing)! :)

For this card, I wanted to keep the focus mainly on the crane carrying the baby package image from the Lawn Fawn Plus One set. I created my focal panel by die-cutting 2 white circles. I used one to frame the focal image and the other to stamp the crane and package. Since the sex of the baby is not yet known, I decided to color the package with a orange copic marker. I think orange, in my opinion, is pretty gender-neutral. Then I used a white gel pen to create some patterned dots.

For the background, I sponged tumbled glass distress ink and randomly stamped the little outlined heart included in the set in SSS Sea Glass. I sponged a little green distress ink on the bottom of the focal panel to help continue the hill line.

For the clouds, I pulled apart little pieces of cotton to adhere to the hand-cut clouds. I thought doing this gave the card some nice textures and dimensions. The finished clouds was then popped with dimensional glue dots. I finished the card off by white heat embossing the sentiment on the bottom and tying a green baker's twine on top.

This was such a quick card to make and I absolutely love how it turned out! It was fun to pulled out the cotton balls and play with them like in elementary school. I hope you enjoyed today's card! Thanks for stopping by! Hope you'll have a good start to July!