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Glitter Napkin Technique

Glitter Napkin Technique

Glitter Napkin Technique

While visiting my amazing Aunt Joanie in NY, I noticed these cute hand napkins in her bathroom.  I asked her if I could take a few and of course my sister laughed and told her I was going to turn it into something!  So yeah, I used it to make Aunt Joanie a cute thank you card.  She was tickled pink and couldn’t believe I had done it.  I used  a Hero Arts die cut for the work thanks and some Nuvo Crystal Drops for embellishment.  The technique for this has been around for a while, so you may have already given this a try.  If your interested,  here’s a link to Tina Weller’s video on the subject.  Thanks for stopping by!



Cards, Mixed Media

Mixed Media Rainy Day Card


Hi Everyone,  Yesterday I went to the Stamp Scrap Art Tour craft show in Hampton, VA.  It’s always fun to walk and browse and also sit and make some items with vendors who offer make and takes.  This card was inspired by a make and take I did with Pat Huntoon of Technique Junkies.  She’s got an awesome inventory of rubber stamps, stencils, and mixed media supplies.

For the background  I used Art Anthology Colorations sprays.  The main umbrella and boots image is a Technique Junkies stamp that I purchased at the show.  I colored the boots with some Art Anthology Shimmering ink.  The rain drops is a stamp by Designs By Ryn that always adds a big pop.  Hope you like!


Father’s Day Offerings

Father’s Day was quiet this year in my family since so many were out of town, but every dad still gets a handmade Dreamwood’s Butterfly card in my world so I just wanted to share the cards I made and how they fit so perfectly to the men in my life.  I’d love to see what you guys made out there!

This card was made for my son the mechanic.  I grunged up the background a bit to resemble a tool box and added some gears which I made by using acrylic medium and all sorts of inks to distress them a bit; since he works on escalators and elevators they were a nice touch.



This card was made for my brother in law who enjoys reading.  I truly enjoyed making this one.  I chose various printed card stocks that would resemble old books and added distress inks to age them a bit.  Thought the sentiment was placed well too.


This card was made for my brother, the watch lover.  OMG, my brother owns so many watches it’s ridiculous!  (But probably not more than all the craft supplies I own, so no judgement here!).  This was officially my first time using a digi stamp.  I found the stamp of the watch online and gave it a go, and I have to admit it was so easy and fun, since I sized it exactly the way I wanted it!  I see more digi stamps in my future for sure. 

Hope you enjoyed!


CREATIVE CHEMISTRY 101 – Mixing Oil & Water

For day 3 of Creative Chemistry 101 Tim introduced us to how to properly use alcohol inks and how we can use both water based and oil based inks together.  I loved this technique and can’t wait to explore it more.  For this to work, you need to use a glossy card stock.  You stamp and dry the oil based images first; Since I didn’t have any colored Archival Inks I used the only two colored Versafine inks that I own.  Once those images dried, I went in all over the card stock with my water based distress ink and then took a paper towel to wipe any extra ink off.  The alcohol technique shown in the right hand image I still need to work on, I think I tend to add too many inks which makes it mottled.  Practice, practice!









The holidays should always open our hearts to others who may not have love or family in their lives.  With this in mind, my card club besties and I have committed to donating our card creations to a local assisted living facility.  We’re starting with making sure that each resident receives a holiday card to brighten their spirits.  We’ll be sending along a number of get well, thinking of you, etc… cards so that whenever needed the staff can make sure a resident receives a card when needed.  Enjoy the below pictorial of my contribution for the Holiday cards.  Majority of the stamps, cardstock and dies are from Stampin’ Up! Although the sentiment labels were cut from my Silhouette.

Christmas Dots WM Christmas Plaid WM Noel Wreath WM Joy Wreath WM Seaon of Joy Wreath WM Noel Garland WM Rudolf In The Woods WM



Here’s a cute card I whipped up today last minute.  My SIL’s nephew is a Marine who happens to be stationed here in Norfolk.  He’s become a wonderful addition to our family times together and it’s so nice to be able to love on him since he’s away from his immediate family in New York.  I just found out his birthday is tomorrow and we’re gathering for our ritual cake, ice cream and “What Happened On This Day in History”.  The latter is thanks to my sister who insists on finding the most obscure historical facts to add to the person’s birthday celebration :-).  I’m always excited when I think of a male card.  Enjoy!

Aces WM

I started with the Cas-ual Fridays In the Cards stamp and Shuffle Fri-Dies Die Set.  I used Stampin’ Up! cardstocks Basic Gray, Basic Black and Real Red along with Neenah Solar White for toppers and the inside.  Insta used are Memento Tuxedo Black and Stampin’ Up! Real Red.  Rounding some of the corners just seemed to fit.  Check out the inside of the card below.  I thought adding a playing card inside was a nice touch!

Aces WM Inside


Cards, Techniques


When you’re relatively new to this crazy wonderful card making and paper crafts world like I am, you find yourself always looking for exciting techniques in card making, organization, art journalling and sewing.  So in honor of spending hours perusing sites for interesting techniques, I’m declaring Thursday “That’s How It’s Done Thursday”.  As I find interesting techniques, I’ll share them here so that we can all try them out and maybe learn something new along the way.

This first post is more about a wonderful blog I tripped across by way of Pinterest.  The Flowerbug Shop is a card making technique class based site run by LeeAnn Greff a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  What impressed me so much about her site was all the work she has put into offering low cost ($4-$12) card making techniques complete with great photos and PDF instructions that you can keep in a binder so that you always have them on hand.  I was also quite impressed with this way she has found to bring sales to her blog.  Go LeeAnn!.

She also offers a bundle which includes 36 months of techniques made with Stampin’ Up! products which is a great deal at $40.00.  It’s like having a huge arsenal of card ideas!  In the bundle she also includes these PDF technique cards so that you can keep a small version of the technique on a ring binder.  I think it’s genius! Below I’ve included pics of a great card box gift set that I will be doing shortly and will share my cards once done as well as a picture of the technique cards mentioned above.  Please head over to LeeAnn’s and check out her offerings!  And please visit me on Thursdays for more That’s How It’s Done!


I love the idea of giving a multi purpose box of cards that loved ones can then attached whatever sentiment matches their occassion!



Technique class sample cards (1)

Do you see how awesome the ring of techniques would be to have on hand!

Cards, Supplies, Techniques


Quite a bit to say huh? Well that’s why it’s simply called MISTI.  MISTI is the brain child of Iliana Myska of My Sweet Petunia.  A crafter since 2001 Iliana grew frustrated with inconsistent stamp impressions.  After some trial and error she came up with the MISTI.  MISTI is a stamp tool that will help you to perfectly align and stamp your images with no worry of the ink not fully making contact with you cardstock.  MISTI is made so that the stamp stays positioned in the same place so repeated inking to get a clear image is never a worry.  At $60.00 this is certainly an investment tool, but one that will pay for itself quickly when you see how much you will use it and how less stressful your craft time will be.  MISTI has become a major part of my craft studio and I wouldn’t want to be without it!



I’m sharing these cards and this story today in honor of Sara Jones and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I never met Sara, but about a month ago my DBIL Dave asked my help in creating breast cancer related cards for him to give as a gift to Old Dominion University coach Karen Barefoot who was a very close friend and co-worker. Sara was her assistant coach of the Lady Monarchs.  Sara was a firefighter, asst. coach, awesome aunt and friend too so many.  I prepared to make these cards by first reading about Sara.  This woman rocked!  She was an amazing blessing to the ODU team and is greatly missed.  It was an honor and a pleasure to make these cards in her memory.  Please read more about Sara here, you will be inspired!  Dave,  Thanks for involving me, I truly enjoyed getting to know Sara! Butterfly Ribbon

Inside Butterfly Ribbon

Hope Inside Hope



Saturday was our annual Christmas card & tag swap with my Bestie Nation.   Thank you to Ruby who is always a wonderful hostess.  To have an ultra relaxed day, we all arrived in pajamas, although I thought we were supposed to wear holiday pajamas.  Facials, yummy cocktails and food were on the menu along with a really good time of just a bunch of friends enjoying each other’s company and encouraging each other’s unique way of expressing our craft.  So to Ruby, Denise, Ingrid, Kathy, Beth, Julia, Lindy, Kelly, Lisa B.  and Tami, thanks for a good time with good friends!

Enjoy the view everyone!


Here’s my card made with Paper smooches A Blessed Christmas stamp set and die.  All yardstick was inked with Distress inks and the three wisemen are embossed on top of the cityscape.


My tag was made with MFT stitched tags dies and 1 1/2″, 3/4″, 1/2″ circle punches.


Besties Nation All decked out in PJs.  The cards below are made by the besties.  I learn so much from them all.

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