Stamped Card Bases

One of my favorite ways to use border stamps is to stamp card bases.  This is a great way to add color and pattern without adding bulk to your card.  

You can stamp the entirety of your card base like I did on this first card...

Or you can add just a little bit of stamping on the edge of your card base for a pop of interest!

Either way is stunning!  What's your favorite way to use border stamps?

Casual Comfort

Sympathy cards are by far the hardest to make.  It’s a great idea to keep some on hand for when you need them.  My sympathy cards are always simple, based on natural elements.  I also tend to use shades of green and blue.  For me these colors are soothing, reminding me of the sound of the rolling waves in the ocean.  As I write this, I’m amazed at how many choices we make as card makers and how these choice affect the final outcome of our project!

Casual Comfort by CAS-ual Fridays, is the perfect stamp set to use for sympathy cards.  It lends itself to that natural feel I’m always looking for and looks beautiful stamped in blues and greens.  On my card today, I used the Layered Stamping technique.  I started by stamping the largest image in the lightest shade, gradually moving to smaller images and darker colors.

This is the trick to layered stamping, lightest color/largest stamp first and gradually move to the darkest color/smallest stamp.  To add a little more interest to the overall design, I did some faded sponging over the stamped images.  A simple sentiment is all that was needed to finish off this CAS design.

I hope you liked my card and mini-lesson on Sympathy cards :)

Thanks for stopping by!

One Layer Card for Mother's Day

Hi there, I'm popping in quickly today to share a one layer card I made based off of this week's CAS(E) this Sketch! Challenge.

The sketch is a floral explosion, how could I not play along?!  And now that Catherine Pooler added 8 new colors to her ink line, I was able to stamp all three layers of these flowers using her ink.  These inks layer beautifully, don't you think?

Thanks for stopping in!  I hope you all have a great week!

Pretty Modern Petals

Hello there, today's card features the newly released CAS-ual Fridays products:  Modern Petals & So Pretty.  I just love building my own backgrounds that I can use as a focal point, like I did here or to coordinate with images on my card...who needs patterned paper when you can make your own, right?!

I had so much fun stamping that I made two cards.  These cards are perfect for anyone and great to keep on hand.  You can make them quickly and easily, they are even mass producible!  

The designs on these cards are basically the same.  I couldn't decide if I wanted a split in the background or just to end stamping and leave a wide space at the bottom, so I did both :)

If you'd like to get your hands on these products, head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays store and use the code:  mamamo2017 to get 15% off.

Thanks for stopping by!  

Plaid Holiday Mittens for StampNation

With the help of our new bimonthly Christmas Card Challenge over at StampNation,
I'm chugging along toward my goal of 60 cards this year.  I'm at 17 completed in April, not too shabby!

A new challenge just went up, here's a peek at my cards...

Along with playing in these challenges, I've been making sets of four for some!
I loved this card so much I had to make a few :)

I'd love to have you join in the fun, BUT you have to be a member to play along!


Hi all!  Happy Tuesday.  I'm popping in quickly today to share a card that I made for the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #218.

I looked at this sketch for a few days and nothing was coming to me.  I wanted to do something fun and different with it.  Then the lightbulb went off...cut the top with a border die and place over a watercolored panel.  It's been ages since I did any kind of watercoloring.  I stamped and heat embossed the Curtis Background stamp on watercolor paper.  Then I pressed my distress inks (listed below) onto a craft mat and sprayed with water.  I wet the paper just a bit with a paint brush and then dropped in the ink.  Once my watercolored piece was dry, I added it to a white card base.  Then I adhered the die cut white panels with foam tape.  Easy Peasy!

I finished off the card by die cutting the newly released Spot On Sentiments:  Congrats die, from black and white card stock.  I layered them and added it across the bottom of the card, like the banner in the sketch.  Gosh, love this die!!!  Swoon...

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  I hope your week is off to a great start!