Sending Sunshine

I had a little bit of free time yesterday and decided to use it to just stamp for fun.  I don't do that nearly enough these days and I'm determined to fit that back into my schedule.  I took my inspiration from this week's CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge.  It gave me the perfect opportunity to use the new WPlus9 Sending Sunshine stamp set and the Sunshine Layer Dies

I didn't use any colored card stock here, all of my pieces were sponged using WPlus9 dye inks.  My rainbow of color includes Sweet Gelato, Miami Spice, Falling Star, Beanstalk and Bo Peep.  I love that you don't NEED colored card stock and can coordinate your projects by sponging with ink.  I couldn't resist using the Pretty Pink Posh 4mm & 8mm Sparkling Clear sequins too ;)

I have a family member that could use a little extra sunshine, I hope this card brightens her day!

Make sure you pop in over the next week, I have TONS of posts scheduled so stay tuned!

Happy Friday!

Bright Wishes

I recently got a request for birthday cards and found that I don't have nearly enough in my stash.  Penny Black's Bright Wishes stamp set is the perfect set to make birthday cards quickly and easily!

I stamped the Bright Wishes stamp repeatedly along the bottom portion of a 4 x 5 1/4 " piece of white card  stock.  Next I colored the candles with Copic markers, no blending, just straight coloring.  I die cut the Tagged label from the stamped layer as well as a piece of purple card stock.  I heat embossed the birthday sentiment from Special Wishes with white embossing powder and inlaid it into my card.  For a little added detail I colored over the candles with Wink of Stella and tied the top with black and white twine.  This card is perfect for mass producing (if you don't mind some coloring) and perfectly flat for mailing! 

Looking for more ideas for the Bright Wishes stamp set?  Download my free App, CAS Birthday.  There you will find a Clean & Graphic Birthday card using Birthday Wishes!

Thanks so much for stopping in!

Penny Black Supplies:
40-297  Bright Wishes
30-229  Special Wishes
51-007  Tagged


Heather North has taken over planning the challenges for me over at StampNation.
3 years, 150+ Challenges and every event, I was all out of ideas.  Heather has brought our challenges to life with fun, fresh and different ideas. I'm thrilled that we asked her to take over.

This week is a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge.  For me, this was most definitely a challenge.  After lots of crumbled paper I came up with something I was happy with. 

Here's a peek...

Want to play along?

I hope to see you there!


The Rock & Roll technique is the first technique I learned and it's one I turn to time and time again!  I especially love using it on leaves in the Fall and flowers, it gives bold images such a realistic look.  Here I stamped the flowers from Penny Black Petal Power in Sweet Nectar ink and then rolled the edges in Sweet Gelato.  I did the same with Mojito and Appletini inks on the leaves.  The "enjoy" sentiment from the Penny Black Hooray die set was cut from black card stock and covered with Glossy Accents.  I love how that really makes a word die cut really pop!

To learn more about dye inks and a twist on the Rock & Roll technique, join us in our new class,  

Sign up by tomorrow and you'll receive a free bonus!!!  I promise, this alone is worth the price of the class!

Hope to see you there!

Penny Black Products used:
30-225  Petal Power
51-038  Hooray

Inspiration, Movement & Flow

I added a new video tutorial to the CAS Classroom at StampNation today.
This month I'm talking about movement and flow.

I also show the card I was inspired by and how I changed it to make a design all my own.

Here's a peek...

Members can click here to go right to my lesson.

Not a member yet?

WPlus9 TBT Challenge - Guiding Light

It's time for another TBT post on theWPlus9 Design Studio blog.
With the frigid temperatures in the Northeast I thought it was time to visit the beach!!!

This month I'm featuring the Guiding Light stamp set and dies & Guiding Light Sentiments. 

Here's a peek at my projects...

We want to see you using some throwback sets too!

Head over to the WPlus9 Design blog to see the full projects and to find out how you can win a WPlus9 store credit!

See you there!

Technique Toolbox is Here!

We've been working on this for months and I'm thrilled that the doors for this class open TODAY!

In Technique Toolbox: Creative ways to use dye ink pads, you'll find more than 20 video tutorials, 35+ samples and written tutorials all to teach you how to make the most of your dye ink pads.

Joining us as classroom teachers are...

Catherine Pooler
Kristie Goulet 
Heather North
Allison Cope 
Isha Gupta
Kay Miller 
Stephanie Klauck
& me of course :)

Here's a peek at some of the awesome projects in the class...

Not only do you get access to the class with your purchase, plus the free download, there are prizes and a coupon code to Ellen Hutson for class attendees as well.

Click here to register, I hope to see you there!

Technique Tool Box Opens This Week!

We are really excited to announce our next class which is all about Dye Ink Pads!  Ink pads are the most important tool stampers own and some of the most versatile.  This class will teach you how to make the most of your dye inks.

  • Registration begins on Tuesday, February 17th (TOMORROW!) for StampNation members with a $10 discount code!
  • General registration opens on Wednesday.
  • Sign up in the first week and receive a FREE (downloadable/printable) Quick Reference Guide for Dye Ink Pads (see below)...this alone is worth the price of the class!
  • Class attendees will receive a discount code to shop at Ellen Hutson through Feb 24th.
  • Class attendees will also be in the running for some amazing prizes!!
I truly believe that all stampers should join this class, it is an amazing resource!  There are so many techniques available right at your finger tips.  The downloadable PDF is a must-have, so make sure you join us in the first week, you don't want to miss out on having this reference guide.  I'm seriously going to print one for myself!

See you there!

Delicate Eloquence

Hi All!
I'm up today over at the Penny Black Simplicity blog.  
Here's a peek at my project...

Click here to view my full card, product list and instructions.  I hope to see you there!

Lil' Inker Designs Monthly Meet Up Challenge

*This is my second post today, please scroll down to see my Virginia's View Challenge post.

I'm so excited for the new Lil' Inker Designs Monthly Meet Up Challenge.  It's an easy, low key, anything goes challenge using Lil' Inker products!

Here's my Meet Up Challenge card:

I used the Eat More Donuts Stamp Set and Eat More Donuts Die set to make a fun card for a police officer who LOVES donut jokes ;)  I placed the donuts on a piece of white card stock that was die cut using the On the Diagonal die set.  The sentiment was heat embossed and the I scattered sprinkles to add flow and to bring the two parts of the card together.  If you've eaten sprinkled donuts this is usually what it looks like, right?!!!  Sprinkles everywhere ;)

Now, Here's what you need to do to play along:

  • Make a new project or share something you've been working on featuring LID goodies!
  • Post this project to your blog or favorite gallery.
  • Link your project to our challenge by using the InLinkz tool on the Lil' Inker Design blog.
  • You have through February 24th at 11:30 PM EST to link your project to be eligible to win a prize. Projects should exclusively feature LID goodies to be eligible to win but do not need to exclusively feature LID goodies to join our Meet Up.

I sure hope that you will play along!  The more entries, the bigger that prize!!!!

Guest Designer for Virginia's View Challenge

I'm thrilled to be a guest designer for the Virginia's View Challenge!  This month Pretty Pink Posh is the sponsor so some of the PPP designers are joining in the challenge.  Guess what the theme is...Shaker Cards, of course!!!

Here's my shaker.  
I couldn't resist using the cute ellie from WPlus9's new release Unforgettable!

My card features the new Pretty Pink Posh Silver Shimmer Seed Beads.  Aren't they fun!

Head over to Virginia's View Challenge to see more shaker cards with designs tips to get your mojo flowing!

Stamps:  Unforgettable, Bubble Talk (WPlus9)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento) Copics for coloring
Paper:  X-Press It, Bella Rouge (Pink Paislee)
Accessories:  Clear Cut Stackers:  Hearts, Sunshine Layer Dies (WPlus9) Silver Shimmer Seed Beads (Pretty Pink Posh)

WPlus9 February Release Available NOW!

It's here, it's here.  
The WPlus9 February release is available NOW!

Here's the full release...




  I have one last project left for you.  

I've been saving this one for the end because, well, I'm not so sure I like it.
I love the idea but...something isn't right.

You'll have to let me know your thoughts.  I asked so I can take it if it's a thumb down  ;)

Again I had Kare Mail for Kids on my mind when I was creating this card.  I thought that sweet kitty from Pick of the Litter would be so cute on a birthday card for kids!  I inked the "Happy" stamp from Whole Lotta' Happy first in Little Piggy, then I flipped it over and stamped in Bo Peep ink.  Next, I wiped off the end of the stamp and inked with Cockleshell.  I love these soft pretty colors!  This started out as a OLC, but I decided on a Faux Shaker instead.  I'm obsessed with that look right now.  I die cut a frame using the Holiday Aperatures Die set and added 4mm and 6mm Sparkling Clear, 4mm Aquamarine and Silver Star Sequins by Pretty Pink Posh. 

That's it from me.  I hope you've enjoyed my release posts!  
Happy shopping!

WPlus9 February Release - Day Four

WPlus9 release day is ALMOST here!!
I still have a few more projects to share with you.
Today I'm using the Hey Hi Hello Dies in classic CAS style.

This is my favorite kind of card to make, just a pop of color with contrasting black accents and all that glorious white space!   These dies are perfect for this type of card, especially since there are words included within the bubbles, you don't need to add much at all.

To make my card, I used a blending tool to add distress inks to a piece of watercolor paper.  Then I spritzed the paper with water until the colors started to blend.  Once the paper was dry, I die cut the Hey Hi Hello dies from the watercolor paper and from a piece of Black Cardstock.  I added some scor tape to the back of the watercolor pieces and placed the black words in the negative space.  I stamped a sentiment from Hand Lettered Hello and add a few Ink Splats too just to break up that white space a tad!

That's all from me today!  Are you excited for the release?  What's on your must-have list?

WPlus9 February Release - Day Three

I hope you've been enjoying my cards for the WPlus9 February Release!
All of the products that we are peeking will be available to purchase on February 5th.

Today's card features the Botanical Bunch and Sending Sunshine stamp sets and the Sunshine Layer Dies.

Get used to this Sunshine Layers Die!  I'm going to be using it a ton.

The Botanical Bunches stamp set is simply elegant!  Here I colored the stamped image with Copic Markers (yes, this is the third project in a row that I've used Copics on, ME?!!)  I think they'd look stunning as a stamped background or used with an emboss resist technique.   I bet Dawn has some watercolored creations up her sleeve!

Thanks for stopping by!

WPlus9 February Release - Day Two

Hello, it's day two of our countdown to the WPlus9 February release.
All of the products we are sharing will be available on February 5th!

My card today features the Sunshine Layers Die and Sending Sunshine stamp set.


You get such a variety of dies in the Sunshine Layer Die set!  You can use them all together or seperately.  The stitched scallop mat here, I'm so in love with that!!!

My card came together so quickly, these dies pretty much do the work for you!  I simply die cut all of the pieces and colored the sunshine word die and sun using Copic markers.  I also used the Wink of Stella pen on them, but that's hard to see in my photo.  I stamped the sentiment from Sending Sunshine and scattered Sparkling Clear Sequins around the card.  

Dawn featured these products on the WPlus9 Design blog yesterday, click here to see her amazing cards and she has more for you today.  Also check in with Joni & Kara for even more inspiration with these new products!

See you tomorrow!

WPlus9 February Release - Day One

It's release time at WPlus9!
I've had a blast creating with all of the new products and I'm excited to share my projects with you.

Today's card features a new stamp set called Unforgettable as well as two new ink colors from the Storybook Collection, Beanstalk and Bo Peep.

The elephants in Unforgettable are just too cute.  I can see myself using them a ton!  They are perfect for Kare Mail for Kidz, birthdays or just to send a smile just because.

To make my card, I started by coloring the elephant with Copic Markers (C01, C03, C05, R00).  I then die cut him and placed him on a heart that was first stamped and then sponged with Bo Peep and Beanstalk dye ink.  I stamped and fussy cut a sentiment from Bubble Talk and placed in behind the elephant which was added with dimensionals.  The background was stamped in the same inks using the Borders & Backgrounds 1 stamp set. 

Head on over to the WPlus9 Design blog to see the full reveal and amazing samples from Dawn!  You can also visit Joni and Kara for even more WPlus9 inspiration.

See you tomorrow!

WPlus9 Supplies:
Stamps:  Borders & Backgrounds 1, Unforgettable and Bubble Talk
Ink:  Bo Peep & Beanstalk
Accessories: Clear Cut Heart Stackers, Unforgettable Companion Dies