Copper Leaves

Copper Leaves


I love how copper and black look on kraft card stock.

To create my leaves, I used gel medium and copper embossing powder.  I applied the gel medium to my panel with a palette knife through a stencil, and while the gel medium was still wet, I sprinkled on the copper embossing powder.  After the gel medium had dried, I heat set the powder with a heat tool.  Love, love, love the results!!

The vine stencil (5×6) was from Stencil RevolutionCopper embossing powder is from Hero Arts.  The stamp is from the “Frame and Flowers 2” set by Gina K Designs as is the lighter Kraft card stock.  The black and kraft card base is by Recollections.  I stamped the greeting with versafine onyx black ink.

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Italian Ristorante Napkin Cards

Italian Ristorante Napkin Cards


(inside:  Wishing you an amazing birthday and your best year yet!)

My sister is very excited about her upcoming trip to Italy so I thought I’d make a card for her birthday using an “Italian Ristorante” scene napkin.  (I think the man and woman in the blue and red vaguely look like my sister and her husband – lol!)

I really struggled with this one and tried a few different layout ideas before “settling” on the design above.  The napkin was just so colorful and busy, and finding the point between “unfinished” and “a hot mess” was tough!!  It’s a good thing each napkin had 4 usable panels as I only ordered 3 individual napkins from Etsy!

The finished card measured 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches.  I made a square envelope with my envelope punch board so a trip to the post office was required to mail it .

Here are a few more of the samples that didn’t end up in the trash…

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I had to stack/layer several of the greeting die cuts on each of these in order for them to stand out.  In hindsight, I think a lighter background behind the “mosaic tiles” might have been better on the second sample.  And while I kind of liked both of these layout ideas, “my sister and brother-in-law” weren’t visible!

This next sample (5 x 7) was made using a sketch that was meant for an A2 sized card.


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I think mine ended up looking a little too tall and stretched out.  In hindsight, I think I would have liked it better as an A2 sized card.  (Not crazy about my diagonal size/placement either!)

At some point however, you just need to move on to the next project – lol!!

Click here to see how I created the napkin panels for my cards.

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Awesome At Any Age – Photo Collage Pop-up Card

Awesome At Any Age – Photo Collage Pop-up Card


It seems like only yesterday…

My triplets turned 21 today.  Happy Birthday, Kelly, Kevin, and Keith!  These fun (A2 sized) cards were made with the Karen Burniston “Photo Collage Pop-up” die set and a bunch of (mini) photos of Kelly, Kevin, and Keith when they were younger.



This is what the front of the cards looked like.  Kelly’s is on the left, and the boys’ is on the right.

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Here are the insides of each of the cards:




Kelly (again)…



and Kevin…



The card fronts were made with digital paper from MelanieBrittDigitals that I purchased on Etsy.  The “21” was created with the harrington font and cut with my Silhouette.  The greeting is from the “Itty Bitty Birthdays” stamp set from Stampin’ Up and was stamped with Gina K Designs Peach Bellini or Ocean Mist mixed with Soft Stone ink.  The small happy birthday stamp on the inside is from “Newton’s Birthday Bash” by Newton’s Nook Designs.  I ordered the photos (as 4×4 collage sheets) from Walgreens.

HERE is Karen’s video tutorial on how to create the pop-up photo collage.

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Cupcake Card

Cupcake Card


This fun birthday card features the Sizzix “Cupcake Fold-its” die set (#561843) and a stamp from Technique Tuesday’s “Sassy Birthday 2.0” stamp set.

The pink card stock used was “April Lovely” by Core’ dinations, “Party Time” by Pebbles, and PPR3109 by Love Nicole (no longer available?).  The greeting was stamped with Gina K Designs Bubblegum ink.

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Paris Napkin Birthday Card

Paris Napkin Birthday Cards


After discovering how to create “card stock” with napkins which can be used to create beautiful cards,  I now find I am always looking for “great” napkins when I’m out and about!

The napkin used to create the card front above was so pretty and had so much going on that I felt like it didn’t need much of anything else.  For this 5″ x 7″ card, I added a greeting on a matted die cut panel, a faux ribbon (ok- a strip of paper – lol), and a mat.

Click here to see how I created the napkin panel for my card.  (My technique was adapted from the instructions here in Karen’s video where I changed up a few things I was having trouble with.)

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