Beautiful Origami Dress Card

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Welcome again to another challenge over at Aud Sentiments! This week’s challenge is ‘Anything Goes’. Be sure to view all of the other design team’s inspiration at the challenge blog!

I have a wonderful tutorial video for you today, so you can all see how the fun dress was created! This card is such a great idea for weddings, birthdays, and just a general uplifting card.




Supplies used were: Simon Says Stamp ‘Hello Beautiful’ stamp set, Ranger embossing ink, Ranger Gold embossing powder, MISTI, assorted pretty patterned papers!

Thanks for visiting today, and come back to see some of my other creations! This card will be available at my ETSY shop for a limited time!

I am participating in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge ‘Anything goes’ with this card as well!



Mondo Magnolia!

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A quick card to share with you today! Made for the Pin-Sights challenge.

I did some watercolouring with my Gansai Tambi watercolours overtop of my gold embossed stamps! The stamp used is called Mondo Magnolia.


Stay tuned for tomorrow, when I share my inspiration for the next challenge at Aud Sentiments!


My second creation for the MFT Cardmaking superstar!

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This card is a creation made for the My Favorite Things Cardmaking superstar contest! The TOP TEN win a $250 gift card to MFT Stamps!! This is huge!!! I would love to win this soooo much, especially because I am getting tired of these cats and magical unicorn cards!




Both my kitty and my mouse slide along as the cat is chasing the ball of yarn which is hanging from the mouses’ tail. (You can’t see the string very well). The mouse slider was easily hidden behind the wall shelf, but the cat slider I had a hard time hiding. I don’t own the MFT Slider die cuts (which would be something I would purchase if I won top 10)! so I had to use a craft knife, and the cut doesn’t really look all that good (I wish I could have hidden it).

So to start off here, I cut out all my shapes I thought I was going to use. I obviously cut out a lot more than I had used on the final card. You never know where your creativity will take you. The black spaces are where I line up my stamps.

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I slide each stamp around until I know where the edge is, and find the center.

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Once my stamps are lined up, I close the MISTI down, and pick up the stamps! I also place my die cut pieces back into the spaces on my page.

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I used Memento Black ink to stamp my cats. Using this technique with the MISTI I find much easier, since lining it up on the already die cut image I always end up off too much to one side!

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To make my first slider piece, I am using a hole punch since I do not have a die cut to easily create one (that is on the shopping list if I win)!


I am cutting two holes parallel to each other, and centered near the top. This is where I will have my shelf covering up this slider slot.


This is how that looks finished.


Using my craft knife, I am going to be connecting these two holes.


Once my slider hole was created, I needed to make my mouse a little bit higher than the shelf, which would be used to cover up the slider slot. I glued the mouse onto another piece of cardstock.


Here is the mouse and shelf all coloured and placed where I would like them. In order to make the mouse move back and forth, there were two foam squares sandwiched between the mouse and a dime.


Here is the back, where you see the dime. This makes the mouse slide easily.


The ball of yarn, I felt needed a bit more to make it actually look like yarn, so I strung some thread around it, and thought how cute it would be to have the mouse dragging the yarn around for the cat to chase!


This is that top portion all finished!


I had to also create a slider slot in the bottom of my card, for the cat to be able to move back and forth. I used the same technique with the hole punch.


I sandwiched some foam squares behind the cat, and in front of the dime, and then mounted the bottom panel with some adhesive foam. The foam keeps it off the card base, and allows it to slide around.


This is what the card looked like before the stamping of the sentiments!


And again here is my finished card!


Thanks for coming to see my fun card! Wish me luck!

Could I be a cardmaking superstar?!

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I thought I would try my hand at entering a contest to create something unique and creative while using the My Favorite Things products I had on hand. I wanted my kittycat to be looking out the window, and dreaming about what it would see on the other side.



So to start, I chose the papers that I thought would make the inside of the house look like wallpaper, and the outside of the house look like wood, or siding. I cut out the window on both pieces of patterned paper being careful that it lined up. I cut the window trim from white cardstock, and I cut out the curtains from some pretty patterned paper as well. I used spray adhesive to adhere all these smaller pieces together such as the windows, because of the thin middle.






Once the front side was glued on, the back patterned paper was attached, and this was the view, where you can see the curtains through the window.


Another window panel for the outside was cut out, and the shutters would be placed on either side in white as well.



To create my “dream” for the kitty cat on the inside of the card, I created a stencil of clouds, which I used as a guide for my distress inks. I used tumbled glass, and picked raspberry as lightly as possible just to create the look of clouds and depth to the card.


I cut out all of my magical elements from my Unicorns stamp set, and I coloured them all in using a Hobby Colour markers. I also cut out a kitty who will be peering through the window, and coloured him with the same markers.


Once i got to this point, i was pretty please with myself, except that I now realized I had no way to attach the card base. So I had to detach one side of the two papers to allow a card to slide between them. At this point I had decided this would be cool to be a tri-folding card. I wanted it to be a pop up card at first, but in the end it just didn’t all go together as well as I had hoped.

The additional cardstock I added was the size of a usual card base at 8.5 x 5.5 inches. Once this was glued to my card front, I carefully measured where I would be scoring the new piece in order for the card to be as even as possible.


Next I just had to rearrange my dream sequence onto the page, and I used some of the bigger objects to cover up some of my ink blending mistakes. You can also see the kitty through the window peering out into what he is dreaming of!


A few sequins and final touches were added to the card. Since I had to peel back my two papers on my card front at the beginning of this process, the paper looked a little bit distorted, and I used some glitter tape to cover that up.


Isn’t this card just the sweetest little thing? Here is a final shot of the inside as well.


Thanks for checking out my card! I am so proud of it! Do you think I have what it takes to make the top ten in the challenge?!

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Happy Birthday Card!

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I just wanted to quickly share an adorable birthday card that I made recently! I had been meaning to make a card similar to one I saw on another crafters blog. I just loved what she did with the cute critters, and thought this was definitely what these guys were meant to do. Here is the card I made!


Stamps used were WPlus 9 Going Places, and The Ton Bokeh Burst Star. I used a mix of Hobby Colour markers and Spectrum Noir markers for the critters and balloons. Distress Ink was used in the background in Mustard Seed and Picked Raspberry (Yes it was actually pink, but it blended out to look orange).

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Fall shaker card

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This post is for the Aud Sentiments Challenge #164 “Fall Colours”. We are sponsored by the Doodle Pantry for this challenge. If you want to participate head over to the Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog. You have just under two weeks to complete the challenge!


For my card I created a fall coloured shaker card. Using “Silly Critters” from Doodle Pantry, I manipulated my image in Microsoft word, and I placed the sentiment over the digital paper. The digital paper is also from Doodle Pantry from the “Hay Bale” Digital set.  I love how this turned out, instead of just having my sentiment on a plain white background.

To create my border around my shaker, I used these nesting dies from Spellbinders “Pierced Rectangles”. I used the 3 largest sizes and arranged them on my cardstock to be evenly spaced and taped them down. I ran this through my Cuttlebug die cut machine.


This is the border that I was left with.


After I had manipulated my image in Microsoft word, I printed it onto cardstock, and I am cutting it with the largest die that I had previously used for my border. This way it will all be exactly the same size on the card.


To make my shaker window have some dimension, and instead of using the foam tape which I usually used, I went with a one sided adhesive foam sheet which I cut down with the exact same dies as with the brown border. As you can see in the photo, I used the brown border to line up my dies so that it would be exact underneath and no white foam would be peeking out. The foam is usually flattened after you put it through the die cut machine, so I left the dies taped to the foam for a few hours to allow the foam to pop back into place, and continued with my card then.


I also cut a piece of clear acetate to fit behind my brown border, and this would be the clear shaker window which would keep all my sequins inside the card. These are the pieces that I was left with to put the card together. The owl used here is from Cute Critters (Doodle Pantry), and I used there coloured image to save time. I cut the little owl out myself and wanted to keep a white border around him.


The clear piece of acetate has now been glued onto the back of the brown border.


I used a glue runner, and applied glue around my pretty digital paper edges to lay the white foam overtop. I made sure my adhesive side of my foam was facing up, since I was going to use this side to attach to the top window layer of my card. I poured my different coloured sequins inside the foam area, and glued certain sequins inside so they wouldn’t all fall to the bottom of the card. I especially glued a whole bunch of sequins above my sentiment, because I wouldn’t have wanted the sentiment to be covered up by sequins. Once my glued sequins was dry, I lifted the tape covering the adhesive foam, and placed my brown border/clear window overtop, being as careful as I could be that all the edges lined up.



Now all that was left was to put my little owl friend onto the front. I wanted him to stand out a little bit, so I put some adhesive foam to the back of him, and placed him on my card.


Lastly I glued the shaker panel onto a top folding card base which measured 5.5 by 4.25 inches. This is a look at my final card!


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Thanks for stopping by to see how I made this adorable fall card, and be sure to check out all the wonderful projects the design team over at Aud Sentiments blog has made, along with all of the awesome participants!

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It’s Written in the *Stars* Shaker Card

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I love using my Gansai Tambi watercolours now! I think I have so many card fronts made up already, that I cannot wait to use! This was one of them, and I created a ‘galaxy’ background using some dark blues and purples. I just knew I had to use my Avery Elle Written in the Stars stamp set.

Here is a quick video of how the card was made:



I used the mama elephant stitched border die cut to cut my galaxy background down to the card front size, and I used the mama elephant scalloped border die to cut down black cardstock for behind the galaxy. I then used one star die cut to cut out multiple star holes which would be my ‘windows’ of my shaker. This took some time since I only had the one! I used clear acetate to close up the starry windows, and glued that onto the back of the card, and added foam tape to create a space for all of my sequins. Once my blue, silver and black sequins were on my acetate I placed the black cardstock carefully on top. I didn’t put it on straight (of course), so I had to take if off, and I am glad that happened, because I was able to add some silver glitter tape on the spaces that would be see through from the stars. This made my stars stand out wayy more. I was smart this time, and placed the sequins on the black cardstock and glitter tape, and placed my galaxy card front down onto the black cardstock.

For my sentiment I used the same black cardstock, and cut it into a stitched oval with the avery elle sweet scallops set, and stamped my sentiment using versamark ink. I poured some silver ranger embossing powder overtop and made sure I swept away any little bits that were not supposed to be there, since once this was heat set, it would be very noticeable. Once it was heat set, it still wasn’t shiny enough for me so I added some glossy accents, which I struggled to get out of the container. (If anyone has any tips on this stuff, please share). This definately added some shine, and I glued down the sentiment piece to the bottom left corder of my card.

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I used up all my little recycled bits of stars and used some foam tape to have them popping out a bit from the front.

I just love how this card turned out, and how I thought outside the box with the shaker window, and didn’t use my standard round or square shaker window.

Thank you for visiting me today, and check back soon for more ideas and inspiration.

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Aud Sentiments Challenge #162

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I am super excited to announce that I am a new Design Team member for the Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog! This is a great place for card makers to come to take part in bi-weekly challenges and a chance to win some great prizes! Check out the blog if you haven’t already!


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This challenge is for the men in our lives, sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps. The stamp I am using from Bugaboo stamps is called Puppy Pile and it is oh so cute! My sentiment is from My Favorite Things stamp set called I knead you.


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There are a lot of ‘firsts’ in this card challenge for me. This is my first time designing for another blog. It is also my first time using a Digital stamp or ‘digi stamp’. I was surprised how easy it was to produce a cute card front with this technique, and I know this will be opening up a whole new world for me in stamping.

If you are new to Digital stamps as well you may watch this video below where I have gone through my actions to unzip and manipulate the stamp in Microsoft Word.

To use a digi stamp, you download it from the store and use it as you will in a photo program or in microsoft word. It is so easy to manipulate and expand or shrink and the quality never gets distorted. With my puppy pile image, I used microsoft word to shrink the image so that it would fit on the card front and be the center of attention on my 4.25 x 5.5 inch card front. I printed off the digi stamp onto some 80 lb card stock and used a die cut frame to cut out a rectangle with a stitched border. The frame I used is from Mama Elephant and the set is the basic set. I also cut out a banner from the same set which I would stamp my sentiment on.

The card itself is grey, with a grey striped patterned paper. The card is a top folding card measuring 11 x 4.25 inches and scored halfway at 5.5 inches.

To colour in the pile of puppies, I used my Spectrum Noir markers. (BG4, BG2, BG1, IG10, IG8, IG6, IG4, IG2, IG1, OR3, OR2, DR2 and DR4). I also used a few Hobby Colour markers for the flowers and the doggy bone (Vanilla, Cream, Ivory, linen, pearly blue and sky blue). For the grass I used Distress Ink in mowed lawn, and the blue surrounding the dogs is also distress ink in tumbled glass.

I created a mask by printing off two of the pile of puppies, and cut around the ‘mask layer’ and using micropore tape to tape it down temporarily. I then blended the colours, starting from the inside and working my way out.

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Once the puppies were coloured I used some foam tape to attatch the white card front to my card. and some tombow liquid glue to attach my banner.

That was it, and I hope you enjoy my card! Thank you for visiting.

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Be sure to visit the Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog to look at the other design team members creations using Bugaboo stamps!

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