Masculine Birthday Card

happy birthday die with buffalo check

Nothing says masculine like neutrals color collection — Basic Black, Crumb Cake and Smoky Slate.   For the subtle tone-on-tone effect, I inked my Buffalo Check stamp with Crumb Cake ink and stamped on Crumb Cake cardstock.  I placed multipurpose adhesive sheet on the back of the Basic Black cardstock before diecutting the Happy Birthday Thinlits die.

happy birthday die with buffalo check embellishment

To add interest to this card design, I draped a piece of Gray Granite ribbon and tied on some Black Cord with Black Mini Sequin Trim with Silver Baker’s Twine.  The stamped piece was matted with Basic Black cardstock to anchor the design and provide balance.

happy birthday die with buffalo check

If you’d like to purchase any of the items to make this card, please click on the links provide to visit my on-line store.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Day Dreaming about Warm Sunshine

by the bay watercolor

Hello Crafters!  This crazy wet and cold weather in February is the perfect time to spend a lot of creative time stamping!  And, it is perfect time to warm up your creative juices while enjoying Stampin’ Up’s biggest sale of the year — now through March 31st.  Our Sale-a-Bration just got sweeter with another release of new free gifts –– more stamps, gorgeous designer series paper and a lovely embossing folder.  Now there are hundreds and hundreds of ways to find creative inspiration with 16 free gifts to choose from!

The By the Bay cling stamp set used  in this card is a FREE gift when you spend $50 during Sale-a-bration — but these are a limited edition, and inventories are getting low now at the half-way point of this promotion.  Please visit my on-line store to place your qualifying order and earn your special Sale-a-Bration gifts.

by the bay catalog imageAnd this stamp set is sure to have you day dreaming about walking in sunshine on the warm beach sand in another month or two.

by the bay sample 2

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes to chase those winter blues away!


More Seize the Day cards

seize the day - hank eacho retirement card

The Seize the Day stamp set makes a perfect masculine card.  Recently, I needed an extra large retirement card for my boss.  The stamped image is stamped in Soft Suede and Pear Pizzazz, matted for a regular A2 card and wrapped with Linen Thread.  The card design was enhanced by the extra white space of an A6 card and a piece of Nature’s Poem DSP for the larger card.

Here is a close up of the A6 card.

seize the day - lisa

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Sea of Texture

sea of textures sample

July is a big month for family birthday’s around here.  Here is the card that I designed for my nephew’s 21st birthday using Sea of Textures Bundle.

sea of textures andrew

I used my Stamparatus and Sponge Daubers to ink up half of the octopus in Poppy Parade.  After stamping, I carefully cleaned my stamp using my Simply Shammy and inked up the other half in Blueberry Bushel.  I used my blender pen to soften the blue color on the legs and arms of the octopus.  Then, I covered the octopus with Wink of Stella to add a wet and slimy shimmer to the octopus and then added two black rhinestones for eyes.   (TIP:  The black rhinestones are retired, but you can color any clear rhinestone with a Black Sharpie marker

The background piece was created using seaweed images from Sea of Textures and Magical Mermaid stamp sets in Blueberry Bushel, large splotches and tiny bubbles from Artisan Textures stamp sets using Pool Party and Balmy Blue.  All images were diecut from the Under the Sea Framelits.  The school of fish was created by first making a stencil from a scrap of cardstock, a die from the Under the Sea Framelits and a sponge dauber to pounce the ink into the small stencil openings.

sea of textures andrew close up.jpg

Fun Fact:  In 2008, European researchers discovered that the mysterious octopus has two legs and six arms and not tentacles!  The octopus is an invertebrate that moves across the ocean floor using their two rearmost limbs or legs, leaving the other six arms free for the important business of feeding.  Furthermore, octopuses are ambidextrous, though many seem to favor their third arm from the front to eat with.  

If you are interested in purchasing any of these products for some summertime fun, please click on the links provided.  Please note that you save 10% by purchasing the Sea of Textures Bundle — contains the Sea of Textures stamp set and Under the Sea Framelits.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



High Tide

high tide by faith

It’s summer time and beach is calling me!  I just love walking on the beach, especially at First Landing State Park (formerly Seashore State Park) in Virginia Beach.  I love seeing the Cape Henry light house at Fort Story, which marks the entrance into the Chesapeake Bay.


While this photograph showcases the Cape Henry lighthouses and U.S. Navy, I couldn’t quite replicate the strength and beauty it represents. 

However, this quick and easy card has the beauty of simplicity — with lots of white space and three inks:  Basic Black, Crumb Cake and Balmy Blue.  The card base is stamped with the water and seagull images.  And, the light house and banners are fussy cut and popped up with dimensionals.  And, double loops of linen thread provide texture as a circle of light.

high tide by faith

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes.


Layer, Texture & Embellish

bubble over inky angel

This card using Bubble Over Bundle is a terrific example of the Card Maker’s Rule of Three:  Add layers, texture and embellish. 

I love layers.  Layering is a simple technique for a WOW Factor.  The oval layers from Stitched Shapes framelit dies help to enhance the focal point on this card — a bottle of refreshment and the sentiment — from Bubble Over photopolymer stamp set and Bottles & Bubbles framelit dies.  For visual and tactile texture, I used the Scattered Sequins embossing folder and embellished with gold metallic pearls and linen thread.  The bottle was die cut from Daffodil Delight cardstock and sponged with Crushed Curry to add dimension.  First generation and second generation stamping was done to add interest for the bubbles and circles in Tangerine Tango and Bermuda Bay.

bubble over inky angel - close up

  • Inks:  Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry,  Early Espresso and Tangerine Tango. 
  • Cardstock:  Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango and Whisper White.
  • Accessories:  Scattered Sequins Embossing Folder, Gold Metallic pearls and Linen Thread.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Country Road

country road samples

There’s nothing better than driving down a country road with the windows down and country music up… but this stamp set comes pretty close! 

I live in rural area, and many of my girlfriends are horse-people or own chickens!  So that’s why I just had to get the Country Road stamp set from the new annual catalog.  It has all of the classic icons of country life — a weather vane with a galloping horse, fields of hay, a wagon wheel and barn stars.  And by switching up the colors, it is easy to design masculine and feminine cards with this stamp set.  

For the happy birthday card, I used my Stamparatus to ensure a good solid ink impression of the weather vane using Early Espresso ink on the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack.  I used another scrap of Wood Textures DSP for the banner and three gold Metallic Pearls for a nailed board effect.

For the just a note card, I used the Stamparatus to first stamp the weather vane in Basic Black Archival ink.  After cleaning my stamp with my Simply Shammy,  I inked parts of the weather vane with my VersaMark marker, stamped and then used Copper embossing powder to created a patena effect.  For the rest of the card, I used Poppy Parade (wheel & sentiment), Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz and Crumb Cake for the hay grass and star.  The panels were matted with Old Olive cardstock and Wood Textures DSP and embellished with Copper Trim.

country road sample 1

Supplies for making these cards are available from my on-line store, just click on the links provided.  And, I offer card classes and workshops in my home.  If you do not currently have a demonstrator, I’d love to offer you a complementary catalog and class.  Just contact me at

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Nature’s Poem Product Suite

The Nature’s Poem product suite celebrates everything that is beautiful in nature with images of majestic trees, leaves and tree rings.  This product suite, found on page 142-144 of the new annual catalog, has beautiful coordinating designer series paper, twine and metallic leaf embellishments which will help you create amazing projects — year round for men or women — using any combination of the following colors:  Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron, Petal Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide and Whisper White.

rooted in nature catalog samples

Here’s a Stampin’ Up! video showcasing this gorgeous product suite.

All of these products are available from my on-line store.  And, you can save 10% when you purchase the Rooted In Nature bundle (stamp set & coordinating dies).  Just click on the links provide.

Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Sea of Texture Diorama

Ever since I got my pre-order, I have been looking for inspiration for making something extra special with the Sea of Textures Bundle and Tranquil Textures designer series paper.  Making a bridge card provided me with the opportunity to create a 3-D diorama that featured Magical Mermaid with lots of shine and dimension.

sea of textures diorama front

For the mermaid, I stamped her on Whisper White cardstock using VersaMark ink and heat set Gold Stampin’ Embossing Powder.  I colored her arm and back with my Ivory Stampin’ Blends alcohol marker.  Her hair was colored with So Saffron and Clear Wink of Stella.  The torso and tail were colored with Tranquil Tide, with Wink of Stella on the tail fins.  Then, I fussy cut the mermaid, added mini Pearl Jewels to her head dress, and set her aside.

sea of textures diorama 2

For the octopus, I stamped him on Soft Sea Foam cardstock using VersaMark ink and heat set using Copper Stampin’ Embossing Powder.  I die cut him using the Under the Sea Framelits Dies, and added two mini Pearl Jewels as his eyes.

For the seaweed, coral, sand dollars and starfish, I used the Under the Sea Framelits Dies in following colors of cardstock Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide, Mint Macaron and Soft Sea Foam.

sea of textures diorama 3 top down with bridge

To create the diorama or bridge card, I cut a 4-1/4″ x 8″ piece of Tranquil Tide cardstock, and score it at 1-1/4″ and 2-1/2″ from both ends.  For the side panels, I used Soft Sea Form cardstock (1-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ – qty 2) and some green papers from Tranquil Textures designer series paper (1″x4″ – qty 2).  For the center panel and back, I used Soft Sea Foam (2-7/8″ x 4-1/8″ – qty 2); and for only the center panel, I used more Tranquil Textures designer series paper (2-3/4″x4″ – qty 1).

For the bridge across the front, I used piece of Tranquil Tide cardstock (1-1/4″ x 5-1/2″) and another piece of Tranquil Testures designer series paper ( 1″x5-1/4″).  Hidden behind the bridge, is another piece of Soft Sea Foam (3/4″ x 3-3/4″) and scored at 3/8″ from each end, with some Tear & Tape on each of the folded tabs.  This hidden bridge provides yet another place to decorate for additional dimension.

For the sentiment, I stamped a piece of Soft Sea Form cardstock with Tranquil Tide ink and punched using my Tailored Tag punch.  Then, I decorated the piece as desired using Snail adhesive and Fine-tip glue and of course, lots of Pearl Basic Jewels.

sea of textures diorama front

Obviously, this is not a card that you whip up in a few minutes.  While not difficult, it is time consuming to cut all the panels and to die cut all the sea life. 

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Another sneak peak: Lilypad Lake

Nothing says summertime more than sailboats and white herons!  Whether you love salt, or fresh water, Lilypad Lake stamp set is sure to please!

lilypad lake by sandy alexander

This card was designed by Inky Angels demonstrator by the name of Sandy Alexander.  She used So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Sahara Sand and Whisper White.  This card certainly celebrates summertime for me!

Lilypad Lake is a new stamp that will be available to purchase on 1 June from the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!