Rose Garden Thinlits - Wedding Anniversary greeting card


Happy Tuesday! 

Wedding Anniversary card by Adriana at

This weekend, I uncovered some really pretty paper in my stash. Although the detail doesn't show in this photo, the card base was made of textured cardstock. It's something we sold years ago and it has the texture of linen. It adds a nice subtle detail to this finished card where more white on white just wasn't cutting it. It also helped to tie in the golden sequins that are sprinkled about. Isn't it fun to unearth hidden treasure?

Layout for this card: Fab Friday 117 ↜ Click to visit

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A puppy and flowers make it better


This little girl is such a cutie - so is her pup! Who wouldn't be encouraged by this duo bringing fresh flowers?

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Note: I've had questions about the supplies I use these days… Like many of you I am "shopping my stash" and using what I have on-hand. Where applicable, I'll link to any currently available Stampin' Up! products.

Image is by Mo's Digital Pencil (link)
Colored with Copics, dots on the boots were added with a Signo gel pen
Cardstock, ribbon and button are from my stash of Stampin' Up! items.

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Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore


Seaside Shore stamp setWelcome to a blog hop by the Stamp Review Crew where we are sharing projects created using the ocean themed set, Seaside Shore. If you're already following the hop, that means you have just arrived from Ann's blog. Her projects are always so wonderfully detailed; a true gift to the eye! (If you're starting on my blog... welcome! You can follow the links at the bottom of each post to the other 9 stops.)

My first project uses just one image from the stamp set - the line of dots.

Yes, out of all those images I only chose one! Truth is, I'm working on a stack of cards to be donated to an organization that mails cards out to kids in hospitals. The cards need to mail easily and not include any embellishments that could cause harm. So, wanting to include birthday cards, I simply stamped the dots in rows using different ink colors from our Brights collection to imitate a brightly wrapped gift.

Seaside Shore birthday card

Next, I drew on the ribbon lines then added an image (from Happy Birthday Gorgeous) that looks like curly ribbon. The sentiment shared here is also from that set. Then to finish off the card, I tied a simple (albiet wonky) bow around the top-fold using white baker's twine and added a strip of washi tape across the bottom of the card.

This second project is a small tag and uses the colors that orginally came to mind when I saw this set - neutrals with blues and coral. It also uses the same sentiment from above.

This one's a little more layered, so for a closer look at the dimension…

Thanks for joining me on my little escape today! 😊 Now for the next stop, our super talented Tanya!

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Creating a watercolor background for your greeting card


Lately, I've fallen in love with watercolor paints. I can't draw to save my life, so my fascination with them has more to do with coloring things in or creating fun backgrounds with a wash of color. Recently I ran across this tutorial by Sandy Allnock showing how to use masking fluid and stencils to create backgrounds. I scrounged through my supplies and found a couple of stencils and gave it a try. 

Tip! In a lot of videos, the crafters encourage you to tape your watercolor paper down to a clipboard or cutting board to keep it from warping while you paint. Often they'll use the blue painter's tape, but I used washi since I had it on hand. I believe the idea is that a low-tack tape will hold the paper in place, but not damage the paper when it's time to peel it off. If you need to, tap the tape against your clothes a time or two before placing on your project. 

Here are a few pictures of my projects as they came along:

And now the finished cards 😁
Both use sentiments from our Color Seasons stamp set (linked below). I used VersaFine ink to stamp the sentiments onto the vellum. It didn't want to dry, so I poured on some embossing powder and heat set for a nice, shiny - no smudge! - finish. 

And a second using warmer colors:

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Birthday cake anyone?


Need a quick birthday card or something that your kids can make? Here's one you can make with markers, crayons or watercolor paints!

This card is based on one shared in a how-to video by Kristina Werner.  It's such an easy project, but it comes out so cute! I love that such simple ingredients can make such a festive card.

Thanks for joining me on my little escape today! To see another idea based on the above, be sure to stop by on the 17th for a way to make it with stamps. See you then!


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