Honey Bee Stamps Summer Release Blog Hop – Day 2

Welcome to the Honey Bee Stamps Summer Release Blog Hop – Day 2!
To celebrate this huge release, Honey Bee Stamps is giving away a $25 gift certificate to the store for each day of the Hop! Be sure to comment on every stop along the way for Day 1 and Day 2 to win!

For each of my Beach House cards, I am using the following products:
Beach House Add-On Stamps | Beach House Add-On Honey Cuts | House Builder Card Base | Salvaged Brick Background Stencil | Watercolor Lines Background Stencils

I’m going to make a different roof for each house! I’m die cutting the roof from the Beach House Add-On Honey Cuts.
For my first house, I’m using Scattered Straw and Frayed Burlap distress ink and oxide. I’m also adding E34 to the embossed parts.
For the 2nd house, I’m using Copic markers and a flicking motion to color in the entire roof. I am using E41, E42, E43, and E44.
For the last house, I’m using the Scattered Straw and Frayed Burlap again, but doing a lighter coat.

For the house bases, I’m also going to try 3 different techniques.
For the 1st house, I’m using the Salvaged Brick Background Stencil and Frayed Burlap distress oxide.
For the 2nd and 3rd houses, I’m using the Watercolor Lines Background Stencils and distress oxides.

I’m using the doors and windows that come with the House Builder Base for the 2nd and 3rd houses and coloring them with Copic markers.

Now I’m going to start stamping my images from the Beach House Add-On Stamps and coloring them with Copic markers. Click on any image to view it larger! For my “Welcome” sign, I’m using a paddle as my stick!

For my palm trees, I’m going to blend Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron distress inks on a piece of white card stock and then die cut my leaves. For the trunk, I’m using E50, E31, E23, and E55.

Now I’m ready to start adhering my cards together! The process is the same for each card, so I’m only showing one house below. I am using 3D foam squares and strips for items I want to stick out (such as the palm tree, bike, and tiki torches). I am using a glue pen for tiny things, such as the leaves on the wreath and the palm leaves. I am using double sided tape for the fence.

Here’s another look at the finished cards!

For my 2nd project, I created these shaker tags!

To make these tags, I am using the Tag Along dies from Heffy Doodle. I am using the same tag die to cut the acetate for my shaker portion so that it fits perfectly.
Next, I’m blending some backgrounds with distress oxides and stencils.

I’m stamping my images using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then using my Copic markers to color my images.

I am adding “margarita salt” to the rim of my margarita using liquid glue and Frosted Sugar Powder from Dress My Craft. For my shakers, I’m using the Frosted Sugar Powder and Crystal Ice Cubes from Dress My Craft.

Here’s another photo of the finished tags!

Products for Beach Houses:
Beach House Add-On Stamps – NEW RELEASE
Beach House Add-On Honey Cuts – NEW RELEASE
House Builder Card Base
Salvaged Brick Background Stencil
Watercolor Lines Background Stencils

Products for Cocktail Tags:
Sip Sip Hooray Stamp Set – NEW RELEASE
Sip Sip Hooray Honey Cuts – NEW RELEASE
Raise A Glass Stamp Set – NEW RELEASE
Raise A Glass Honey Cuts – NEW RELEASE

Don’t forget to hop along with us for your chance to win a Honey Bee Stamps $25 gift card!

Blog Hop Lineup:
Honey Bee Stamps
Mindy Eggen
Sara Sherlock
Kelly Martin
Danielle Flynn
Brenda Noelke
Amy Tsuruta
Bobbi Lemanski
Amanda Fitterer (You are Here!)
Vera Yates
Ilda Dias
Laura Jane
Jenny Hall
Jessica Frost Ballas

Thank you so much for stopping by my post!
If you’re not already following me on Instagram, please follow me if you want to see more cards from me!
Xoxo, Amanda

Sweet Koalas

Hello all of my crafty friends! Today, I am sharing these super sweet koalas with you!

These koalas are a digital stamp by Kinda Cute. The Thank You Sentiments are also digital and printable.

I printed the images on 80lb. Neenah Solar White cardstock. I used my Copic markers to color the koalas. I used: N0, N1, N2, N3, N4, N6, R20. I used precision scissors to cut out the koalas.

The slimline dies are newly released from Heffy Doodle. The heart stencil I used for the background is also from Heffy Doodle! I used “Worn Lipstick” distress oxide to blend the background.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog to see this post!
‘Til next time!! Xoxo, Amanda

Heffy Doodle and Studio Katia Hop

Hi everyone and welcome to the Heffy Doodle and Studio Katia Collaboration Blog Hop! Our design teams have come together to share some amazing inspiration featuring Heffy Doodle and Studio Katia products, and there is a prize up for grabs, too!

To make my first card, I am using the “You’re Weird” stamp set from Heffy Doodle. I stamp the images and color them with my Copic markers. I am using distress oxides and a water spritzer to create my backgrounds for the card. For my front piece, I am using the Stargazer Backdrop die from Heffy Doodle and the Scallop Window die from Studio Katia. For my sentiment, I’m using the I Love You Shadow Heffy Cuts die. For my shaker, I’m using the Rainbow Dots Glitter.

For my 2nd card, I am using the European Window die from Studio Katia. I am also using the same Scallop Window die as I did on the last card to create my curtain. For my background “inside the house”, I am using the Fancy Foliage stencil and distress oxide. To create my bushes and grass, I am using the Forest Builder dies and the Grassy Lass Border dies and then coloring them with Copic markers. I am stamping my kitty from the Purrfect Day stamp set and coloring her with Copic markers. Lastly, I’m finishing off my card with some Poseidon Crystals and some Dazzling Celery Petals (which were thrown in for free with my order! Yay!)

For my slimline card, I used the same European Window die, the Hello Squeakheart stamp set and the Purrfect Day stamp set. The sentiment is from the Sweet Stuff stamp set from Heffy Doodle.


Heffy Doodle will be giving away a 25£ CG and Studio Katia a 25$ CG to their stores.
Winners will be chosen randomly and announced on July 7th on the Heffy Doodle and Studio Katia blogs.

Don’t forget to comment on every stop along the way to win!

Blog Hop Lineup:

Studio Katia Blog
Ashley Ebben
Kaja Vezenšek
Zsofia Molnar
Galina Filippenko
Cassie Trask
Ilda Dias
Cassie Tezak
Tracy Freeman
Ali Farmer
Tracey McNeely
Amanda Fitterer
Dana Gong
Heffy Doodle Blog

If you’re following along with the lineup, you’re next stop is: Dana Gong

Geometric Keychain, Earrings, and Cards

Hi friends! I’m back again with some more projects with the Hedgehog Hollow June 2020 subscription box! I had so much fun guest designing for them!

My first project is these adorable earrings I made using Shrink Prink (by Dress My Craft).  I stamped the images using Staz-On ink so it would dry quickly and not smear.

I colored the images with colored pencils on the matte (opposite) side.

I cut the images out with precision scissors and then used a 1/8″ hole punch on both leaves to create a whole for my earring wires.  

I used my heat tool to shrink them down and then added the earring wires.

The 2nd project I created was an elephant keychain.  I used the same steps as the earrings, but used a 1/4″ hole punch instead.

The next project I created was this beautiful watercolor elephant card.

I stamped the image with Catherine Pooler Midnight Black ink.  This ink pad is waterproof so I don’t have to worry about the watercolor smearing the ink.

I used Altenew watercolor markers and a water brush to color the image.  I then splattered the watercolor all over the card front.

The last project I did was a fun light-up card using Pear Blossom Press’s EZ Lights.

I used some dies to create a “window” for my card front.  I cut down a piece of vellum and folded it in half to make it thicker.  

I stamped my image with Staz-On ink so that it would dry quickly and not smear.

I colored the backside of the image with Copic markers.

I taped my vellum to the backside of the window with tape.  I also stamped my sentiments on black cardstock with VersaMark Watermark ink.  I used white embossing powder and heat embossed the sentiment with my heat gun.  I used scissors to cut the sentiments down.

I added 3D foam strips to the back of my card and taped my EZ Lights onto my card.  I used double sided tape and 3D foam strips to assemble the card so that when you press the sentiment “kind”, the card lights up!

I had such a fun time guest designing with this box!  Thank you so much for checking out my posts!  Xoxo, Amanda

Guest Designing for Hedgehog Hollow June Box

Hey all my crafty friends! I hope you are all doing well!
Hedgehog Hollow asked me to guest design for them using their June 2020 subscription box.

I created a video showing all of the contents of the June 2020 box, as well as the process for making 3 fun geometric cards!

To make these cards, I stamped the images with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and used my Copic markers to color them in. I used precision scissors to cut each image out.

I stamped my sentiments out with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and Frayed Burlap distress oxide.  I cut them out with scissors as well.

I cut down my beautiful patterned paper and cardstock pieces down to fit my card base and layered them on top of each other.  I adhered them to my card base with double sided tape.  I used liquid glue to adhere my chipboard pieces and 3D foam squares and strips to adhere my animals and sentiments.
These cards were so simple to make, but ended up looking so sophisticated and beautiful!

I can’t wait to show you some more projects next week, right here on the blog!  Xoxo, Amanda

Monster Lemonade Stand

Hello lovely friends! Thanks for stopping by my blog to to see this adorable monster selling lemonade! This cute digital stamp can be printed as one scene or as separate pieces and arranged in your own scene! You can find this stamp on Kinda Cute’s website!

I’m going to start by printing the digital stamp on 80lb. Neenah Solar White cardstock. I’m printing the images separately so that I can arrange my own scene. I’m also going to print a few extra lemonade pitchers!

I’m ready to color my images now! For the lemonade, I’m using Y00, Y04, and Y08. For the lemonade stand, I’m using E30, E31, E33, E35, and E37.

Now, I’m going to use YG00, YG01, and YG03 for the awning. I’m also using BG000, BG10 and BG11.

For my cute little monster, I’m using YG17, YG03, YG01, YG00. For his outfit and eye, I’m using BG0000, BG000, BG01, BG02, and 100 (to make stripes). I’m using T5, T6, T8, and T10 for his hairs.

Now, I’m going to cut all of my images out with some precision scissors. After I’m finished with that, I’m ready to arrange my scene. I am using some stencils and dies and distress oxides to create my background. The stencils are from Simon Says Stamp and the die is from Heffy Doodle.

I am going to heat emboss some sentiments with white embossing powder on black cardstock and then adhere everything to my card using 3D foam squares and strips.

Thank you so much for stopping by my site! Xoxo, Amanda

Papa Bear – Best Dad Ever!

Hey there! I’m so happy you’ve come to my blog to see this adorable card I made using Kinda Cute’s Papa Bear and Baby digital stamp! I think Father’s Day cards can be one of the hardest cards to make. Well, really, any masculine card is difficult in my opinion! But when I saw this digital stamp, I thought it was PERFECT for a dad! I hope you like it!

To make this card, I pulled the digital stamps into Adobe Illustrator and put the trees from the Tree Filler set behind the Bears. I printed them out on 80lb. Neenah Solar White cardstock.

Now, I’m ready to color them! I’m using my Copic markers to color in the trees. For the trunks, I’m using E23, E25, and E29. For the trees, I’m using G07, G05, G28, and G29.

For the bears, I’m using E44 (Papa only), E43, E42, E41, R20 (baby only), E50, E51, and E53. I also am using my white Gelly Roll pen for the baby’s cheeks.

I’m taking a textured towel and soaking a corner of it with Alcohol Blending Solution. Then, I’m carefully dabbing the Papa’s body with it, avoiding his face, the baby, and the trees.

Finally, I’m ready to assemble my card using double sided tape!

Such a simple and fun card to make for Dad! Thanks again for stopping by my blog! I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

Xoxo, Amanda

Sending Smiles

To create this fun tropical card, I used products from many of my favorite companies!  

I wanted to think a little “outside the box” so I decided to create a 2 part card!  For my outer pocket measuring 4.25” x 5.5”, I am using Heffy Doodle’s yellow cardstock.  I scored it with my 12” x 12” scoring board and cut it with scissors to create tabs to fold over and adhere.  To create a subtle background, I used Pretty Pink Posh’s “Tropical Background Stencil” and Mustard Seed distress oxide.  To create a little peek-a-boo hole, I used some stitched circle dies.

I cut down a piece of white cardstock to 4” x 5.25” to be my inner card.  Using the “Clouds for Days stencil” from Simon Says Stamp, I created a very subtle blue sky background using leftover ink on my blue blender brush.

I don’t have any waves dies, but I wanted to create a scene for my penguin that had waves!  I got a little crafty and decided to use Heffy Doodle’s “Silver Linings Cloud Dies”!  I focused on parts of the dies that looked the most like waves.  I cut them with my Easy Cuts die cutting machine and then colored them with Copic markers.

Since I don’t have a beach die either, I decided to get a little creative again!  I used Heffy Doodle’s “Forest Builder dies” and grabbed a tree that resembled the beach!  I cut it down to make it fit in corner of my card.  I also cut some “Swirly Clouds” out for my sky.

I grabbed a whole bunch of tropical stamp sets and picked a palm tree (from Pretty Pink Posh’s “Tropical Birds”), a penguin (from MFT’s “Penguins in Paradise”), and the little accessories (from Mama Elephant’s “Summer Days”).  I colored in all of my images with Copic markers.

For my 2 sentiments, I used Honey Bee Stamps “Blown Away” and Heffy Doodle’s “Whatcha Sayin’” stamp sets.

I put the whole scene together using 3D foam squares, strips, and glue.  I added a little bling by adding some Ink Road Stamps Crystal Sunshine beads as coconuts and some yellow twine on the outer pocket.

Thanks so much for checking out this blog post!! I hope you enjoyed it! Xoxo, Amanda

Products Used:
12”x12” Dress My Craft Score Board (affiliate link)
Dress My Craft Easy Cuts Die Cutting Machine (affiliate link)

Heffy Doodle Cardstock

Pretty Pink Posh “Tropical Birds”
My Favorite Things “Penguins in Paradise” (discontinued)
Mama Elephant “Summer Days”
Honey Bee Stamps “Blown Away”
Heffy Doodle “Whatcha Sayin'”

Heffy Doodle “Silver Linings Cloud Border Dies”
Heffy Doodle “Forest Builder Dies”
Heffy Doodle “Swirly Clouds Die”

Pretty Pink Posh “Tropical Background Stencil”
Simon Says Stamp “Clouds for Days Stencil”

Ink Road Stamps “Crystal Sunshine half beads
(Use code Amanda10 for 10% off order)

Stay Salty

Hello all of my crafty friends! I hope you are all doing well! I have been enjoying the warmer weather my kiddos and husband! We’ve been spending lots of time at the pool! I hope you are having nice weather as well!

Today, I have my very first card I’ve made for the Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez design team! It’s this adorable Mermaid in Shell digi stamp!

I printed the digital stamp on 80 lb. Neenah Solar White Card Stock. Then, using Copic markers, I colored in my mermaid. (Click on a photo below to view it larger.)

Next, I used the Ocean Scene Builder Stencil from Honey Bee to create my background. I used Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide and Copic markers (BG0000, BG000, BG11, and BG70). I also used Frayed Burlap for my plants.

I added just a few water droplets and a “Stay Salty” sentiment to complete the scene!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I hope you enjoyed this post! Til next time! Xoxo, Amanda

Aloha Pop-up Card

Hello my friends!! This post is a little bit longer than usual, but I wanted to show you step-by-step how I assembled this fun pop-up card!

I am starting with Pretty Pink Posh’s “Tropical Birds” stamp set and Mama Elephant’s “Summer Days” stamp set. I’m stamping everything on 110 lb. Neenah Solar White cardstock and coloring with Copic markers. Click on any photo to see the images zoomed in!

I’m cutting out everything using my Easy Cuts die cutting machine from Dress My Craft. I use purple tape to hold my dies in place so they don’t shift.

Now, I’m ready to start making my pop-up box. This die set is from Lawn Fawn.

I’m ready to start adhering my stamped images to the box! And then, I’m all done!!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this card as much as I did!

Wishing you Loads of FUN

Hello all my crafty friends! I hope you are all staying healthy and sane during this crazy time!

To create this funny little birthday card, I used Art Impression’s Loads of Fun stamp set. I also used Heffy Doodle’s Confetti Hearts stencil for the background.

For this lovely lady’s hair, I used V0000, T0, T2, T3, and BV23. The pinks are R83, R81 and RV34. The greens are BG93 and BG90. The oranges are YR20, YR30, and YR21.

I used scissors to cut out the stamped images. I adhered the images with 3D foam squares.

Stay healthy, friends! Xoxo, Amanda

Retail Therapy – City Streets

Hello crafty friends! I hope everyone is staying happy and healthy!

I made this card before this terrible Coronavirus epidemic. Now, I’m posting it because we all need a little reminder of what’s to come after this is all over! (Or, if you’re like me, you are already treating yourself to a little online retail therapy!!)

To make this card, I started with creating my own street using a ruler and my Copic markers. I used T7, T6, T5, and T4 to create the street.

I used Antique Linen distress ink and this cloud stencil to create a neutral sky.

I stamped my images from the Sunny Studio City Streets stamp set and colored them in with my Copic markers. To keep a certain color palette, I used the same markers throughout all the stamped images.

I stamped my sentiment with Versamark Watermark ink and used white detail embossing powder. I used my heat tool to emboss the sentiment.

I cut the images out with the coordinating dies and adhered them to my card front with 3D foam adhesive.

Here are a few close-up photos!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Stay healthy!! Xoxo, Amanda

Happy Purrthday!

Hello crafty friends! I hope everyone is staying healthy!

I wanted to share this cute card I made using Heffy Doodle’s Hello Squeakheart and Purrfect Day stamp sets.

I’m using Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp all of my images.

I’m coloring in my images with Copic markers.

For my background, I’m using this brick background stamp and Hickory Smoke distress oxide. I’m also cutting a stitched border with a die and black cardstock.

I’m using 3D foam squares, strips, and glue to adhere everything to my card.

Here are a few close-ups of the finished card!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Xoxo, Amanda

Heffy Doodle Catherine Pooler Collaboration Blog Hop

Hi everyone! Welcome to the Heffy Doodle and Catherine Pooler Designs Collaboration Blog Hop! Our design teams have come together to share some inspiration with the new Heffy Doodle and Catherine Pooler releases, and there is a prize up for grabs, too!

I had such a fun time playing with the new releases! The Catherine Pooler inks are so juicy and amazing! I had to make more than just one card!

Card 1

For the first card, I’m starting with these beautiful colors of Catherine Pooler inks: Mardi Gras, Aquatini, Mint To Be, Tutti Frutti, and Coral Cabana. The flowers are from the So Happy stamp set.

I am using one of the dies from the Fancy Nancy Frames set to create a cutout in the center of the top of my card front.

I’m using the Happy X Three dies to cut out a black inline and a white outline for my sentiment.

On a piece of Heffy Doodle Cherry on Top cardstock that I cut down to A2 size, I am placing my Fancy Foliage stencil and blending the pattern using Candied Apple and Fired Brick distress ink/oxide.

Now, I’m ready to stamp my Quill You Be Mine images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. This ink works well with Copic markers, which I will use to color in my stamped images.
Body: E41, E42, E43, R21, white Gelly Roll pen
Quills: E44, E43, and E42
Balloons (on 2nd attempt!): G0000, G00, and G02

After using the coordinating dies to cut my images out, I’m ready to start putting my card together. I’m using foam tape and squares to create a 3D layers.

I’m stamping my sentiment on black cardstock using Versamark Watermark ink. I’m adding white detail embossing powder and using my heat gun to emboss it. I am cutting down small strips of 1/8” foam tape and putting it on the back of my “happy” piece.

Now I’m ready to add my sentiments and it’s all done!

Card 2

For the next card, I’m going to make a slimline card, using the same Catherine Pooler inks and So Happy stamp set. I’m starting by laying out where I want things to be. I’m going to use some masking tape to cover the sentiment “HAPPY” because I’m going to stamp that in a different color. After stamping my sentiments, I’m using one of the Fancy Nancy frames to create some peek-a-boo cutouts. I’m using the Mint to Be ink pad to blend a background that will be peeking through my cutouts.

I’m stamping my bugs from the Big Bug Hugs and coloring them with Copic markers.

Now, I’m ready to adhere everything to the card using 3D foam adhesive!

Catherine Pooler and Heffy Doodle will be respectively giving away a $25 and a 25£ gift certificate to their stores! Make sure to comment on each post in the hop for your chance to win!
Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Tuesday, February 25th on the Heffy Doodle and Catherine Pooler blogs.

You’re next stop is Jen Carter!

Catherine Pooler Blog
Heffy Doodle Blog
Karen Baker
Davina Cantrell
Nanette Tracy
Amanda Fitterer (you are here!)
Jen Carter
Laura Volpes
Erica Andersson
Cassie Trask
Erin Thompson
Jenn Bena

Just One More Chapter

Hey crafty friends!! It’s time for a new card! There is quite a mix of products in this card! Check it out!

The first thing I’m going to do is make a window using Dress My Craft’s Window and Pocket Die. I’m using the Heffy Doodle Fancy Foliage stencil to create a pattern on my curtain.

I’m going to create a background using Heffy Doodle’s Sun Moon and Stars Dies. I’m also going to blend a background with some distress oxides and my blending brushes. I’m creating some very light stars with white distress ink and the Heffy Doodle Starfall Stencil. For my foreground, I’m using a brick stencil that I made myself and distress oxide.

I’m ready to stamp and color my Mama Elephant Book Worm images and my Good Reads sentiment!

After adhering everything to the card, it’s all done!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Til next time!! Xoxo, Amanda

Heffy Doodle New Release Blog Hop

Hi everyone and welcome to the Heffy Doodle Release Blog Hop! The new release is now available for purchase from Heffy Doodle and official retailers, and we are celebrating with lots of inspiration and a giveaway, too!

I am so in love with this new stamp set Pasta La Vista! It’s so versatile because you can add the hands, legs, faces and bows or leave them out! Plus, the sentiments are seriously amazing! Of course, you’ll want the coordinating dies as well!

To make this card, I am starting with a piece of white 110# Neenah Solar White cardstock. I am creating a blue background by blending “Tumbled Glass”, “Salty Ocean” and “Blueprint Sketch” distress oxides.

Tip: To avoid fingerprints on your background, use a piece of Memo Tape to hold your cardstock in place.

Next, I am cutting a Lawn Fawn PeekaBoo Backdrop. I have not glued my frame down yet, I’m just using it as a guide to place my sentiment. I am stamping my sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad.

I am using Darice 3D foam adhesive strips on the back of my backdrop.

Now, I’m ready to stamp my Pasta La Vista images! I am using Memento Tuxedo Black ink again because it’s Copic-friendly and I’m going to be using my Copic markers to color my images.

Tip: If you stamp more than you need, stick your extras back in the your stamp/die envelope!

Another tip: Use a pencil eraser to control your new stamps, since they are stickier and harder to handle with your fingers.

Time to color (my fav!!!)

We’re ready to die cut with the coordinating Pasta La Vista dies!

I’m putting 3D foam adhesive squares on the back of my pasta images.

Tip: Don’t remove the backing yet. Lay everything on your card where you think you like it first. That way, you can see what it looks like 3D before committing.

I’m thinking I need more leaves and another bow, so I’m going to go ahead and stamp and die cut those now!

Now, I’m ready to remove my backing from all my 3D foam and place my stamped images on the card! I’m using this little sticky tool to help place my legs and arms where I want them before I glue them all down.

I’m going to use a glue pen to adhere my little legs and arms because they’re so tiny.

The legs that are together have too much white space in them, so I’m just going to cut them down with my scissors.

I feel like the card is lacking something, so I’m using the Whatcha Sayin’ Stamp and Dies to add another little fun element to the card!

Now, I’m just going to adhere my word bubble down and it’s all finished!

Thank you so much for hopping along with us!


Prize – A fun prize pack including an exclusive Heffy Doodle T-Shirt, a Heffy Doodle pencil and a 50£ voucher to the Heffy Doodle Store!

The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Friday, January 10th on the Heffy Doodle Blog!

If you’re following along with the lineup below, you’ll want to go here next!

Blog Hop Lineup

Heffy Doodle Blog

Tallie Clewley

Ashley Ebben

Jenn Bena

Amanda Fitterer

Davina Cantrell

Mindy Baxter

Hello Squeak Heart

Hey guys!! I’m really excited to share this card with you!

I used Heffy Doodle’s “Hello Squeakheart” stamp set to create this adorable scene!

Keep scrolling to see how I put this card together!

I started by setting up my scene. This die is called “Peek-a-Boo Backdrop” by Lawn Fawn. I love it’s versatility and use it all the time!

I like to lay out my stamps on my backdrop, so that I can get an idea of how my scene will look. This is sort of the look I’m going for:

I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink because it is very Copic-friendly.

Then, I went ahead and started coloring my images! The photos show each of the markers used for each component.

Next, I took my background piece of cardstock and blended an “ombre” backgruond with Scattered Straw and Squeezed Lemonade.

I used Darice foam strips to give my frames some dimension.

I adhered everything with 3D foam adhesives and glue.

Once I had everything adhered, I wanted to add extra fun to the card! I stamped some more cheese and some sunflower seeds and colored them using the same Copic markers as above!

I adhered my new stamped images using 3D foam squares. I cut some of the squares in half for my sunflower seeds because they were too big. I also used a few Sunshine Crystals from Ink Road.

That’s it! Thanks so much for coming to my blog!!!



You're the Sweetest Gift Card Holder

Hi friends!

This is just the sweetest little shaker card with a gift card holder on the inside!

See the tutorial below! (Scroll all the way to the bottom to see the Copic markers I used!)

Start with a piece of 10.25″ x 5.5″ white card stock. Score it at 4″, flip the card 180° and score again at 2″.

I used a super pointy tool to make a hole in my card front. I measure it with a ruler to make sure I centered it correctly.

Next, I rounded all the edges with corner punch. This amazing 3 Corner Punch is from Dress My Craft and has 3 different options. I used R7mm, but any corner punch will do.

For the gift card holder that goes inside the card, I cut a piece of card stock to 4.25″ x 2.5″. Then, I scored it at 1″ and 3.25″. Then, I turned it 180° and scored at the 2″ mark.

This adorable Mini Score Board is also from Dress My Craft. It is my go-to score board because it’s so tiny and doesn’t take up any space!

I cut a diagonal line and then a straight line to create a better fold.

Using some Stitched Circle dies, I created a shaker. These Angel Mix and Pearls shaker elements are from Dress My Craft. I blended everything with Shaded Lilac and Spun Sugar distress oxides.

After figuring out where I wanted to place my shaker circle, I needed to cut out a circle from the flap so that the card would close properly. I held my die in place with some purple tape and then ran it through my die cut machine.

I used a Dotted Hearts background stamp from Simon Says Stamp along with Shaded Lilac distress oxide. I blended the entire card using Shaded Lilac and Spun Sugar.

I made a smaller circle die cut for the top portion of the card. And then I made one tiny circle that will be used to wrap my twine around.

I blended all the circles with Distress Oxides.

I stamped, colored, and die cut my Avery Elle “Peek-a-Boo Pals”. Please see the end of the post for the colors used.

Next, I got my littlest circle ready for a brad and the twine.

Next, I stamped a few sentiments onto black card stock with Versamark watermark. I heat embossed with white embossing powder.

Next, I adhered all my components to the front of the card, using glue and 3D foam dots.

For the inside fo the card, I stamped a sentiment onto my gift card holder.

I used super sticky double sided tape to hold my gift card holder together and placed it in the center of the inside of the card.

Next I adhered my hippo, being sure that the gift card would be able to go BEHIND the hippo.

I cut a piece of white card stock and rounded the edges. I adhered it on the left flap.

All finished!! Here are some more photos! (Keep scrolling down for the Copic markers used.)

For the bunny: W00, W1, W2, W3, W4 and RV10.

For the Hippo: C00, C1, C3, C4, and RV10.

For the Monkey: E40, E41, E42, E43, E0000, E02, and RV10.

For the Party Hats: V12, V15, V17, BV000, BV02, and BV04.

I used a white Gelly pen for the highlights.

Thanks for Bee-ing There

Hi guys! Amanda here!

I wanted to share this super cute bee card with you! Keep scrolling to see how I made this card!

I used 1 die from the Honey Bee’s “Hexagon Patterns” die set to create a honey comb pattern.

I used a pencil to trace my honeycomb pattern so i would know where to color.

Using different combinations of my yellow Copic markers, I colored in my honeycomb. I colored 2 of my die cut hexagons as well.

Using some Black Soot distress ink and a water brush, I made some black speckles on my card front.

I used a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp “Bee Yourself” stamp set. From the same set, I stamped 2 little bees and colored them with my yellow and gray Copic markers. Then, I die cut my bees with the coordinating dies.

After figuring out the placement of my bees, I stamped a few dotted lines (also from the “Bee Yourself” stamp set).

Here are some more photos! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wishing You Sunshiny Days

If you don’t have any Avery Elle Peek-a-Boo Pals in your crafty collection, you are missing out! This stamp set is “Peek-a-Boo Summer Pals”. To see more photos and how I made this card, please keep reading on!! Enjoy!!

Here’s how I put this card together:

1. Start with the My Favorite Things Inside and Out Stitched Rectangle dies.

2. Place them on the A2 100# Neenah cardstock for your DIY frames. (I use Purple tape to hold them in place. I re-use the same pieces of tape over and over until it’s no longer sticky.)

3. Now it’s time to stamp your images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I use this ink pad because it works well with Copic markers. I use the MISTI stamping tool to stamp with.

I grabbed a sentiment bubble from the Avery Elle “Peek-a-Boo Pets” as well.

4. Start coloring!!

I used Y0000, Y000, Y00, Y11, Y21, Y32, and Y26 for the seahorse.

I used R0000, R00, R01, R02, and R05 for the crab.

I used C1, C3, B0000, B000, B00, B21, and B34 for the shark.

For the shark’s belly, I used C00, C0, C1, and C3.

I used a white Gelly Roll pen to create some highlights on my stamped images.

5. Use the coordinating dies to cut your images out.

(Side note… I used the white gel pen on my word bubble, but didn’t like the way it looked. I ended up re-stamping the word bubble again.)

6. I used the “inside” squares to create little backgrounds for each frame.

For the biggest square, I used Faded Jeans and Salty Ocean distress oxides. I used this wave stencil from Pretty Pink Posh.

(You can use tape on the BACK of your square to hold your stencil in place!)

For my medium square, I used Candied Apple distress oxide and this Abstract Background stamp from My Favorite Things.

I used a makeup blending brush to blend in the square with Abandoned Coral.

For the smallest little guy, I used all my yellow Copics (that I used for the seahorse). I made the edges darker and got lighter in the center.

7. I decided to stamp this cute little sentiment from the Summer Pals set. I used Versafine Onyx Black because I like how deep and crisp this stamp pad makes the sentiment look.

8. I used 3D foam tape from Darice all along my frame cardstock.

9. I adhered that to a plain piece of 110# Neenah cardstock.

10. I put this super sticky Sookwang tape on the back of each of my squares and adhered them to the card.

11. I used 3D foam circles from Darice to adhere my stamped images.

12. The seahorse was lonely in his square, so I decided to give him some waves! This is a cheap stamp set I found at Michael’s years ago. It doesn’t even have a name! But the waves were perfect, so I stamped them in Salty Ocean distress oxide.

13. I fussy cut my waves out with my Tonic scissors.

14. I used B05 Copic to color in the white spots that I missed on the waves.

15. I used more 3D foam circles to adhere the waves to the card.

16. I then added the cute seahorse behind the wave. I had to add his little fins in the tight space behind him and the in front of the wave.

17. I used this sun die from My Favorite Things “Sun, Moon, and Stars”.

18. I cut it down so that it would fit behind the shark.

19. I colored it in with Y000, Y00, and Y11.

20. I used my sticky double sided tape to adhere it to the card.

21. I added sequins for the finishing touch! I used Gina K Connect glue and some tweezers!

Thanks so much for reading!

Tropical Birds – Just Because

I can’t get enough of this release from Pretty Pink Posh! The whole release coordinates so well together!

Keep reading to see how I put this card together!

First, I used these diamond dies from The Stamp Market:

On my background piece of card stock, I blended Lucky Clover and Cracked Pistachio distress oxides.

I wanted to add a little more excitement to my diamonds, so I used a Sharpie to add dot borders to each diamond.

I used Darcy 3D strip adhesives to adhere my foreground diamond piece to my background.

(I should’ve done this part first, but didn’t decide I wanted to use the stencil until it was too late!)

I used Tattered Rose distress ink and this stencil (from Pretty Pink Posh).

I stamped all my images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored them with Copic markers and used my white Gelly Roll pen for the highlights. The copics I used are in a photo below.

I adhered them using Darcy 3D foam circles.

I used some sentiments from the Stamp Market’s “Bear Hugs” stamp set and then die cut them with some word bubbles dies.

I adhered them with the same Darcy 3D foam circles.

I adhered my smaller stamps and embellishments last.

I used Gina K Connect glue for my gems (from Pretty Pink Posh, as well).

And voila! All finished! See below for close-up photos!

Have a Chill Summer

Using stamping mask paper, I stamped my 3 penguins from the “So Cool” stamp set from Pink and Main. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink – since I would be using Copics to color my penguins.

I went ahead and cut my little penguins out with my cute little tonic scissors.


I actually did everything below 2 times. The washi tape was NOT a good idea – it ripped up my card stock when I pulled it off. I ended up doing it again just using post-it notes! So in the steps below, DON’T use washi tape! Use masking paper or post-it notes! 🙂

I stamped my penguins above the washi tape / post-it notes.

Then I put their masks over top of them.

Then I stamped my middle guy.

And put his mask over him.

I stamped my sentiment.

When I re-made this card with post-it notes, I didn’t stamp my sentiment until the very end (since the post-its were in my way).

I blended the top portion using Lucky Clover, Twisted Citron, and Cracked Pistachio. I focused the Twisted Citron in the center and then went darker towards the edges.

I removed my masks.

Then, I colored in my little penguins using the Copic colors shown below.

I added some droplets with Nuvo drops on my frozen treats.

Here’s another look at the final card!

You're Going Places

I created this card for the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #440! I loved the sketch and thought it’d be a fun challenge!

I used the “Up in the Air” stamp set and coordinating dies from My Favorite Things.

I thought it would be fun to have the balloons and bird inset. I put the stamps where I wanted them (using the sketch as a guide). Then I put my dies in approximately the same location on another piece of cardstock.

I ran them through my die cut machine. This piece of cardstock will be my forefront of my card.

I had to lay my stamps on the other piece of card stock so they’d line up with the die cuts. This was a little tricky, so I tried it a few ways.

In the photo below, I put my stamp down (in my MISTI, so I’d be ready to stamp right away) in approximately where I thought it would go. Then, I checked to see if it was in the correct spot. I just nudged it one way or the other until it looked centered.

(I closed the lid to pick up the big balloon stamp so I wouldn’t accidentally move it.)

Another method I tried was to center it first (holding it behind the die cut) and then laying it down on the cardstock. That didn’t work at all! So I ended up nudging it until it lined up again.

(I shut the lid and picked up the smaller balloon.)

Since I already had the 2 balloons in place, it was easier to place the bird. I held it in FRONT of the die cut bird. Then, I lined up the cardstock with the 2 balloons. That was easier – but only because I already had the balloons set correctly.

FINALLY – ready for some ink! 🙂 I used Memento Black ink because I was going to use Copics to color in my images.

(You might notice that even though I just put all that effort into lining up my images and die cuts, it STILL didn’t end up perfect!! Oh well!!)

I lined up my sentiment so that I could find out where to make my cut on the “forefront” cardstock.

I made my cut so that it’d be about 1/8″ above my sentiment.

I stamped my sentiment with Versafine to get a more crisp and bold sentiment. (I wish I could use it all the time, but it doesn’t do so well with Copics!)

On my die cut piece of cardstock, I wanted to do clouds. I used this stencil from Simon Says Stamp. I wanted to have an ombre/fading effect, so I used a lot more ink at the top and then gradually lightened my blending towards the bottom. I used Tumbled Glass distress oxide.

See the below image for the colors of Copics I used on the balloons and bird.

I used 3D foam tape to adhere my forefront to my base.

I realized that I wanted to put another 3D cloud strip on the bottom of my card – so I had to get my distress oxide, blending brush, and stencil back out (*sigh* – have to clean it all again!) I added some quick, light clouds. I added 3D foam tape to this strip and adhered it to the base.

I used Nuvo drops and sequins to add a little more pizzazz!

Now to enter it into the MFT Challenge!!

Super quick + simple Dad card

Because – let’s be honest – is Dad really going to hold and treasure this handmade card forever? Or is it likely to hit the bottom of the trash can before the end of Father’s Day? 😉

I used this pearlized navy card stock that I purchase from The Paper Studio at Hobby Lobby.

This “Deco Borders and Corners” stamp set is from Simon Says Stamp. I stamped with VersaMark Watermark and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.

I stuck it back in my MISTI and did a smaller border on the top of the card.

These awesome DAD sentiments are from My Favorite Things. I used the same process on the sentiments that I used for the border.

Voila! So easy and only a few minutes to make!

Just wanted to say…

Hey ya’ll! Just wanted to share this super sweet SHAKER card with you and let you know how I made it!

I started off with this really fun background stamp from My Favorite Things. I used my anti-static tool from EK Tools to remove the static before stamping my background with Versamark Watermark ink.

I used clear embossing powder on the stamped image. Then, heat embossed with my heat gun.

I used Candied Apple and Abandoned Coral distress oxides with a blending makeup brush.

Pro Tip: Wipe off the excess ink/oxide with a paper towel. Some of the ink/oxide will sit on top of the embossed image, but will not stick to it. Later on, that might come off on your hand or another part of your card! Save yourself the heartbreak! 🙂

I used these diamond die cuts from The Stamp Market. With this crazy background, it was hard for me to “eyeball” where the dies would line up correctly.

Pro Tip: Use a “L” or “T” ruler to line up dies and then use washi tape to hold them there!

I grabbed another piece of white card stock for my base. On this one, I used Cracked Pistachio and Lucky Clover with a different blending makeup brush. (I only needed to blend where the diamonds would be.)

I started stamping my images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I chose this stamp pad because it works well with Copic alcohol markers! I used My Favorite Things “Aussie Friends” stamp set along with Avery Elle’s “Peek-a-Boo Pals” set.

I knew I wanted a limited color palette, so I stuck with muted greens that matched the distress oxides I used for the card base. (G46 and YG45)

Gray is always a great neutral, so I didn’t have to worry about which grays I used. I decided to use T3, T5, and T7 for my koala.

I used B41 for the Kookaburra’s wings. I tried to make it as subtle as possible because I was still trying to stick with that limited color palette. I used E40 and E41 for the rest of the bird’s feathers. I used T3 and T5 for his beak.

I kept with the T’s for my grays so they would all coordinate with each other nicely. I used T4, T5, and T6 for the panda. I used R20 and R32 for his pink spots.

I wanted to make the trunk of the tree subtle as well, so I did a light layer of E43 and E41.

For the shaker portion of the card, I grabbed my Acetate sheets. I cut a piece down that would be about 1/8″ – 1/4″ away from the edges of my card base. Then I used some foam adhesive strips all the way around the perimeter of my card base (again, 1/8″ – 1/4″ away from the edges), making sure that I didn’t leave any holes around the perimeter.

Pro Tip: Don’t pull the white sticker backing off of the adhesive strips yet! Wait until you’ve added all your sequins, glitter, prills, beads, etc. That way, nothing sticks to your adhesive strips!

After pulling of the white backing, I placed my acetate sheet on top. I then used a really tiny adhesive around the perimeter of the acetate sheet.

After pulling off the backing of that adhesive, I placed my pink diamond card stock on top, lining up the edges carefully.

I placed all my stamped images where I thought I wanted them.

Pro Tip: Snap a quick photo on your phone of your card at this step (just in case you start adhering pieces onto your card and forget where you had everything.)

Next, I started adhering everything where I wanted them using 3D foam dots and flat double sided tape.

Then, I was ready for my sentiments! I used these from the same Avery Elle stamp set. I used VersaMark watermark ink and used white embossing powder.

I embossed them with my heat gun.

I cut them down to the size I needed with my cutter.

I had to cut them down even farther, so I just used my scissors.

I used Connect glue from Gina K to adhere my black and gray sequins.

I added a few more clear drops with some Nuvo drops.

And that’s it! Make sure to tag me if you try this technique! @craftyandcreativevibes

Cocktails ARE the Answer :)

This card has a mix of quite a few products!

The palm tree is from Mama Elephant’s “Summer Days” stamp set.

The flamingo, flowers, sentiment and cocktail are from My Favorite Things’ “Let’s Flamingle” stamp set.

The background is from My Favorite Things.

The smaller sentiment is from Simon Says Stamps’ “Tiny Words” stamp set.

See below for the step-by-step process!

Using my anti-static powder, my Versamark watermark stamp pad and my background stamp, I stamped the image on a piece of cardstock.

I used white Wow! embossing powder on the stamped image and then heat embossed it with my heat gun.

I cut off about 1/4″ of the length and width of the card stock.

I used Squeezed Lemonade and Scattered Straw distress inks to make a blended background.

I used a paper towel to wipe off the ink that was on top of the embossed parts.

Here’s the finished background.

I used a couple of dies to create a scalloped edge stitched border that I will put on top of my yellow background cardstock.

I stamped my flamingo and my palm tree with Memento Black ink and then colored them in with my Copic markers.

I used clear Nuvo drops on just the wing of the flamingo to create some dimension.

I used a pin to pull the drops where I wanted them.

Once I set my flamingo and palm tree on the background, I realized I needed some more “props”, so I stamped a couple flowers and a cocktail.

For my sand, I used the Get Grounded stamp set from Ink Blot Shop. I used Rich Cocoa from Memento.

I colored the sand in with my Copic markers.

I fussy cut the sand out with scissors.

I also fussy cut the space between the flamingo’s legs because it was driving me crazy! 🙂

Then I started adhering all the pieces to the yellow background. I used 3d foam and also flat double sided tape. I used glue on the smaller pieces.

I used the same process for both of my sentiments. I used the Versamark watermark stamp pad, my anti-static powder and white Wow! embossing powder. I heat embossed with my heat gun.

I adhered them with 3d foam strips.

I used these sequins and glued them down with Gina K connect glue.

Here’s a few more photos of the finished card!

Missing You Polaroid

I am just obsessed with these little Peek-a-Boo Pals from Avery Elle!! I love how versatile they are! Read on to see how I threw this card together!

I stamped my little pals with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored them in with my Copic markers.

I used a blending brush (aka a makeup brush that I bought for cheap on Amazon!) to blend Twisted Citron and Lucky Clover distress oxides onto my Impression Obsession background stamp.

I used this polaroid die from Hello Bluebird to get one polaroid picture.

I used the same distress oxides to fill in the entire square.

On a scrap piece of black card stock, I stamped my sentiments using Versamark watermark.

I embossed with white powder and set it with my heat gun.

I used my white Gelly Roll pen to fill in my hearts. I die cut them using these word bubbles that came with this polaroid die set.

I used 3D foam adhesive to attach everything to my background.

Then I glued on some white string to give it a little more pizzazz!

Here’s another photo of the finished card!

Peek-a-Boo Pals

These little guys from Avery Elle are so versatile and perfect for peeking out of any shapes! Read below to see how I made this card step-by-step.

I started with these diamond dies from The Stamp Market.

I used this Stitched die border next.

On another piece of cardstock, I created a Distress Oxide background using Twisted Citron and Lucky Clover.

I sprinkled some water on the finished background with a water brush.

I used 3D foam tape to adhere the front piece to the background.

I grabbed my Peek-a-Boo pals with their little paws and a few party hats. I used Tuxedo Black Memento ink, since I wanted to use Copics to color the little guys in.

For the tiniest party hat, I used YG01, 03, 07, and 09.

For the cutie little panda, I used N0, 2, 4, 6, and R11.

For the elephant, I used T0, 1, 2, 3 and R11.

I used C00, 0, 2, and R11 for the koala.

I used YG01 and 03 for the bigger party hat.

I used the coordinating dies to cut out all my little pals and paws.

I used 3D foam tape behind the pals and used glue for the paws.

I decided to add some grass here and there, but ended up not using most of them. 🙂

I used glue to put some of the grasses behind the pals.

I layed some green sequins out where I wanted them and then used glue to adhere them.

I used green Nuvo drops as well.

At this point, I realized I forgot to put some sort of sentiment on the card! 🙂 Normally, I would’ve done the sentiments first before my sequins and Nuvo drops. I ended up doing the sentiments last and covered up a sequin and drop when I adhered them! Whoops! That’s card making for ya!

So I used Versamark watermark to stamp my sentiments (after dusting my cardstock with my anti-static tool.

I used my heat gun to heat emboss it.

Then I cut them into strips.

I used scissors to create angled edges on the strips.

I used glue and 3D foam on the “Thank You” sentiment and just glue on the other one.

Once I got my sentiments on, I realized I needed some more black to even it out. So I used the heart dies that are included in the Peek-a-Boo pals die set.

I then glued them on where I thought they balanced out the sentiments.

Here’s another look at the final card! Thanks for reading!

To My Beautiful Friend

This cute little card is for the MFT Color Challenge 114. I just adore these colors and thought they’d be perfect for a magical card!

Read on to see how I made this card and the colors I used!!

I started with my stitched dies to create the background for the card.

I used these grass dies from Simon Says Stamp so I could color them with Copics later.

I used Tumbled Glass distress oxide and a makeup brush to create a cloud background.

Then, I colored my grass with YG07 and YG06.

I used Squeezed Lemonade distress ink and a makeup brush to blend the pretty yellow background for the entire card.

I stamped the princess and horse from Once Upon a Time from MFT stamps with Black Tuxedo Memento ink.

I used YR 23/24 for the crown.

I used E000, E00, E21 and R20 for the skin.

I used RV21, RV02, RV 06 and RV09 for the dress and flowers.

I used Y000 and Y11 for the horse’s saddle.

I used E51, E43, E42, and E41 for the horse.

I used RV02, RV21, RV06, and RV09 for the horse’s mane.

I adhered my pieces to my yellow background cardstock.

I stamped my sentiment with Versamark Watermark and then used white Wow! Embossing powder on it. I used my heat gun to set it.

Then I cut it down to size and used my scissors to create banner ends.

Here’s another photo of the final product!! Thank you for reading!

Monster Birthday

Scroll down to see more images and how I made this card!

This Monster Love stamp set is from Concord and 9th and I think it is just the cutest! There are so many monster and accessory options! So sweet!

For the background, I used post-its to mask off the bottom so I could do this brick background (from IO stamps) using Hickory Smoke distress oxide.

Then I masked off the top and used E23 and E35 to make a floor.

I die cut a “2” and then colored it in.

I stamped my Monster Love stamps and then colored them in.

I die cut them with the coordinating dies.

I glued the “2” on my balloon.

And glued the monster’s arms where I wanted them.

I put 3D foam tape on all my images and adhered them to the background.

I used Nuvo crystal drops for a little added pizzazz!

Peek-a-Boo Card (without special interactive dies)

I recently watched a Jennifer McGuire video where she made a peek-a-boo interactive card. I didn’t have some of the dies she had, but I was determined to try it out anyway!

(See the video of the Peek-a-Boo on my instagram @craftyandcreativevibes )

Note: This seems like it’s a ton of work, but once you get the hang of it, it’s SO easy. It took me an hour to do it the first time! The second time only took a few minutes! I tried to take photos of every step, but if you’d be interested in a video tutorial of the process, just let me know!!

I used this background die from Lawn Fawn for the front of my card.

I placed a blank piece of card stock behind that piece and traced the “window” onto the blank piece.

I found a piece of plastic in our recycling that I could use as the “belt” mechanism. I cut a strip of plastic that was around 1/2″ wide. You could use any type of smooth plastic, such as a Ziploc bag. I’m using a packaging bubble that I cut to remove the air out of it.

On the back piece that has the traced window, I drew 2 lines that were about 3/4″ wide, directly in the center of the sheet. They need to be outside of the “window”. The farther apart they are from each other, the better.

Then, using an Exacto knife, I cut slits on the lines. They don’t have to be perfect because they won’t be seen. The most important thing is that your piece of plastic can move through it freely.

I put my piece of plastic through the 2 slits. You want them to overlap on the back (the side that doesn’t have your traced window).

Next, use a strong double sided tape to attach the overlapped pieces.

Don’t pull it tight when you’re adhering them together! You want there to be some “give” so that the plastic can rotate easily. But, you don’t want it to be too loose either! I ended up having to redo this a few times my first go-round! I ended up making it loose enough so that my finger could fit underneath it and not so loose that the plastic would overhang at the bottom.

Cut off any extra overlap plastic.

This is the view from the front.

On the back piece of card stock that has the window traced on it, I wanted to create a background, so I grabbed my Hog Heaven fence from My Favorite Things and my Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad.

I only colored in the part of the grass that fell “inside” the traced “window”.

My dog is going to be my peek-a-boo element. So I stamped him out (from You Make My Tail Wag from MFT) and colored him in.

Note: Make sure on the BACK of this sheet, your tape is at the TOP slit! (Like it is in the photo below:)

Now, on the front, place more double-sided tape on the plastic “belt” at the BOTTOM slit.

You want to put the dog’s toes (or near there) on the tape. Do not tape the top of him at all to the belt.

I also placed my sentiment at this time.

Now flip it over and place another piece of double-sided tape near the TOP slit.

Cut a 1/2″W x 3.5″L piece of cardstock. This will be your “PULL” tab, so it can be any color really. Place this piece on the double-sided tape so that there’s about a 1/2″ sticking out from the bottom. You just need to make sure your recipient can pull the piece, so make sure it’s sticking out enough for their fingers.

(At this point, you can test your Peek-A-Boo and make sure it will work. When you pull the tab, your dog should pop up in the front. If it’s not working, now is the time to fix it! You may have to cut another piece of plastic or use a different dog. It might be trial and error your first time around.

On my other piece of cardstock (the “front” piece), I blended Mowed Lawn distress ink.

I used 3D foam tape on the “Front” piece, AVOIDING where the dog will be. You cannot put anything there, or the dog won’t have room to move.

Next, I hand wrote “PULL” on the pull tab with a pen. I really wish I had a stamp that said “PULL”, but alas, I do not! If you do, use that instead!

I also stamped some grass with Mowed Lawn distress ink.

And it’s done!

Birthday Wishes Hippo

For my background, I used my diagonal stripe stencil that I made with my Silhouette Cameo machine. To see that post, click here: I used Cracked Pistachio and Lucky Clover to blend in the stripes.

I used Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp my images on white Neenah card stock.

I colored the images in with my Copic markers and then die cut them with the coordinating dies.

I used 3D foam tape to adhere them to the background. I stamped my sentiment with Black Versafine.

I added some little dots with Versafine as well.

I used some clear Nuvo drops over some of my dots and then randomly placed a few others.

Here are some more images of the finished card!

DIY Stencil with Die Cut Machine

This blog post will show you how to make your own stencils using the Silhouette Cameo!

Note: In my opinion, these stencils aren’t comparable to the ones you can buy online and in stores, but they will work for a time! 🙂

You’ll need:

– A laminator

– A laminating pouch (empty)

– Silhouette Cameo (or other die cut machine + the design software)

IMPORTANT NOTE: First, you’ll want to run your empty laminating pouch through the laminating machine. (Then, you’re done with the machine and can put it away!)

Next, you’ll want to find an image that’s similar to what you want your stencil to be. I just used Google to find some diagonal stripes. It doesn’t have to be perfect, because you’ll be able to fix the design in the Design software.

Save your image to your PC or Mac wherever you would like to.

Then, open your design software and open the image.

You can edit your image now. I wanted to crop it down, since I was going to be using it for cards and wanted to fit 2 stencils on one 8.5×11 sheet. I put a rectangle where I wanted cropped out. Then I right-clicked and chose “Make Compound Path”. This will remove the portion of the image under the rectangle. (Anything that isn’t caught in this step, you can use your Eraser tool to remove whatever you don’t want.)

Next, I clicked “Trace” from the toolbar.

I made a rectangle around the image.

For this particular image, I had to change my threshold to a higher percentage so that the lines were completely filled in.

Then, I clicked the Trace button.

Next, I removed my original image (by dragging and dropping) and then I deleted it.

Next, I copied and pasted it to my 8.5×11 design that already had another stencil on it.

I chose the “Sticker Paper, Clear” as my material type.

I put the laminated pouch on my cutting mat and started the machine.

(Because it’s clear, it’s so hard to see – Sorry!)

Before choosing to Unload the cutting mat, I made sure the pieces would easily come off (which they did!) If you have thicker laminating pouches, you may have to change your settings and re-cut.

And here’s what you’re left with!! Your very own stencils!! (Again, sorry it’s so hard to see!!)

This is how I used the diagonal stripes stencil!

Valentine's Bear!

What is cuter than a bear in a heart sweater? Oh my goodness!! This card was super simple to put together! Read on to see how to make it!

This bear was stamped from the Joyful Hearts Bear from MFT.

I colored this guy in with all the colors below (and there’s a timelapse video on my instagram! @craftyandcreativevibes)

This was one of the free dies from MFT this past month!

This Falling Background stamp is from Simon Says Stamp.

I used Versamark watermark to stamp my sentiment and then I used white embossing powder.

Then I adhered everything to the front of my card.

Here are some close-ups of the finished card!

have a beary good day!

How sweet is this card?! Read on to see how I made it!

I made this background with distress inks and oxides.

Using this Tiny Flowers die, I cut out a lot of tiny flowers (more than necessary for this card!)

I flipped my Tim Holtz platform over and used it as a pad to curl the edges of my flowers.

I used this Leafy Backdrop from Pink Fresh to create a background for my card.

I then placed my Woodland Animals where I wanted them on the card and stamped them with black ink.

I colored in all my stamped images (please see the photos for colors used.)

I glued my flowers on where I wanted them and used purple Nuvo drops in their centers.

I stamped my sentiment (from The Stamp Market) and then cut it out by hand.

Here are some close-ups of the finished card!

Hydrangea – Just Because

This Tiny Flowers die and the background stamp are both from Impression Obsession.

I used the Bundled Sage distress ink with the background stamp to create a soft, distressed image.

I created a frame around the background with this stitched border die from SSS.

On another piece of card stock, I created a purple-blue background with distress inks and oxides.

Using this Tiny Flowers die, I created a whole bunch of little flowers (more than what was needed for this project.)

With my scissors, I freehanded a stem and then I drew some leaves and cut them out as well.

Using G29 and G28, I colored the stem and leaves.

I used this stitched circle die to create a background for my hydrangea.

With a pencil, I drew an outline of my flower so that I could place the tiny flowers within the shape.

I don’t have a pad to curl flowers on, so I just flipped my Tim Holtz platform over and used the pad on the back of it to curl up the ends of my flowers.

I just pressed in the center of each little flower.

I started randomly gluing flowers down in the center of my penciled outline. Then I just continued to glue the flowers down until I filled most of the white spaces.

I used the Perlen-Pen to put a little pearl on the flowers that had centers visible.

I used this sentiment from The Stamp Market and the Bundled Sage distress ink. I used my scissors to cut it down and then used 3D foam tape to adhere it to the card.

Here are some close-ups of the final piece!

Valentine's Day Bear

To make this card, I started with the “You” sentiment from The Stamp Market. I cut the “You” out 5 times on black card stock with my die.

Using Tombow glue, I glued each of the pieces together.

Then I stamped the top of the “You” with the Watermark stamp pad from Versamark.

I used clear embossing powder on the top.

I used my heat tool to emboss it.

I ended up doing this process 2 times, but if I had used a thick embossing powder, I think 1 time would’ve been enough.

Then, I stamped this little adorable bear from My Favorite Things “Joyful Heart Bears”. (I stamped twice so that I could cut the heart balloon out of one stamped image for later.)

Using E51, E21, E33, E37, E29 and R20, I colored in my bear.

I stamped the little mouse from the “Woodland Gifts” stamp set from Mama Elephant.

I colored him in with E29, E37, E33, E21, and R20.

I cut out my extra heart from my 2nd stamped image. I colored it in with R59, R29, and R39.

I stamped my sentiment with black Versamark and then put clear embossing powder on it. I used my heat gun to emboss it.

I grabbed some heart stamps from the Stinkin’ Cute set from SSS. Colored with R59, R39, R29.

Finally, I glued some red sequins to the card and rounded off 3 of the 4 corners with a punch.

Here are some close-ups of the finished card!

Sorry I Was Snappy!

Truly adore this little Aussie Animals stamp set from MFT. This is definitely the first of many cards I will make from this set!

The stitched rolling landscape is from Lawn Fawn.

I used Copic markers to color in all of stamped images. I used a white Gelly Roll pen to create highlights.

I used the Cloud stencil from Simon Says Stamp with Salty Ocean distress ink.

I stamped the sentiment with Watermark Versamark ink and used white embossing powder. I cut it out with my scissors by hand.