Sunday, January 19, 2020

Tri-Fold Coffee Card

Hi Everyone!
I'm over on the Scrap'n Stamp Blog sharing a Tri-Fold coffee themed card.
Come check it out - there's a video showing how to make it.

Here's a little sneak peek for you.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


Thursday, January 16, 2020

An Interactive Tunnel Card

Hi Everyone!
I've got a super fun card and video for you today.
This first pic looks like it's just a clean and simple card but... opens up to this!

I watched a video the other day by Jennifer Mcguire (I've linked to it below) where she made a few of these tunnel cards. She makes it look so easy. I'll be honest with you though, it took me I think 4 tries to get it right. I kept making the same mistakes but I explain that in my video so you don't make the same mistakes as I did. 

Here are all the measurements for cutting and scoring. I also explain it all in the video.

What you need to make the base:
2 pieces of card stock cut to 5 1/2" x 8"
1 piece of card stock cut to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
nesting dies of your choice

Measurements for scoring and cutting the card base:
- score one of the 5 1/2" x 8" pieces at 4 1/4" on the 8" side 
- fold on the score line (this gives you a side fold card base)
- cut 1/2" off of one of the 5 1/2" edges (this will be the back of the card)

Measurements for scoring the inside tunnel:
- score the other 5 1/2" x 8" piece along the 8" side at 1/2", 4 1/4" and 4 3/4" 
- cut a 1/8" strip off of the end with the 1/2" score line
- fold and burnish all the score lines

- cut a smidgen off the top and one side of the 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" panel
- place in your scoring tool with the 4 1/4 (ish) at the top and score 1/4" in on each side

Click on the video below to see how it all goes together.

You can check out my video on YouTube 

and here is a link to Jennifer McGuire's video - be sure to check hers out too as she has a few examples to share with you.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


Shopping list:

Below are links to all the goodies I used, just click on the picture to be taken to where you can purchase the product. I use affiliate links whenever possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support - I truly appreciate it!

Sunday, January 12, 2020


It's cold (-10C) and windy and dark and snowy and a perfect day to make a card that makes you feel like you're warm and sunny. So that's what I did.
What's warmer than the hot sun in a desert full of cacti?

I used Catherine Pooler Designs products. Her inks are AMAZING! I love stamping with them - the colors in the Spa Collection are my favorites - the colors are true to what you see on the lids, they have solid coverage, you can color and watercolor with them and I find they're great for ink blending techniques too.

All the colors in the pic below are from the Spa Collection except for Tiara which is from the Party Collection

I started with the Twisted Sunburst Stencil, some white cardstock and the Mini Ink Blending Tool from Tim Holtz. I like to use this one with this stencil because after I finish blending on the rays I ink up the tool and squish it down to make the hot sun. I like the blurred edges it gives.
Next I stamped out some cacti from the Wanna Hug Stamp Set using Midnight Ink. I colored them all in using a blender pen and some Green Tea Ink. I stamped two aloe plants with Green Tea ink as well and then cut them all out with the coordinating Wanna Hug Dies
I cut the sun piece with the largest straight stitched rectangle die from the Postage Stamp Dies (I use this one a lot), and then using the same die I cut a piece of kraft cardstock for the sand. I tore an edge and then adhered it to the bottom of the sun panel. 
I added all the cacti popping the aloe plant in the front up with craft foam. I stamped the sentiment from the For Everything Stamp Set (this is a great one to have in your collection) with Midnight ink and then I stamped out a few of the little flowers from the Wanna Hug Stamp Set, cut them out with the coordinating die, added them to the cacti and called this one done. 

The sound of the wind is stressing my dog out. I'm pretty sure she won't be getting her walk today. It's -11C now and according to Environment Canada it's going to keep dropping. Perfect excuse to stay in my craft room today.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


Shopping list:

Below are links to all the goodies I used, just click on the picture to be taken to where you can purchase the product. I use affiliate links whenever possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support - I truly appreciate it!

Friday, January 3, 2020



I was trying to think of some good New Year's resolutions last week when I decided instead to make New Life's resolutions. I want to make changes that will help me to have a better life and then it was easy. I decided that I would do more of the things that make me happy and healthy. 
And that's what I wish for everyone.
To be happy and healthy.

Okay, let's talk about this hop.
It's the first one of the year and it's a fun one!
I loved this idea and I think it's safe to say that the ladies on the design team at Scrap'N Stamp had a blast making cards with this theme in mind. 

And of course what's a hop without a prize?
One lucky person will receive a $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE to the 
Scrap'N Stamp Shop - just be sure to leave a comment at all the
stops along the hop for your chance to win.

Okay, now that we've taken care of the business let's talk about the card.

I went with a snarky birthday themed card.
When I showed my husband the card he thought it was really good but was worried the sentiment might be hurtful. I told him that the key to snarky being funny is knowing who to say it to. I would never give this card to anyone who was sensitive about their age. I'll most likely give it to one of my brothers who are 1 and 3 years older than me - and they appreciate a good snarky comment. 

All right, back to the card. I chose to use the Delightful Dinosaurs stamps and coordinating dies from My Favorite Things. I used them once before on a Christmas card that you can see here.
I started by stamping the dinosaurs and that bat thing (no idea what it's called) using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and my MISTI. I used my MISTI so that when I finished coloring them with my Copics (I colored the green one with my Prismacolor pencils), I put the paper back into my MISTI where I left all the stamps and re-stamped the images with the same black ink. This helps to make the images crisp again. Next I cut them out with the coordinating dies. I love a good stamp and die set!

Now to figure out the background. I knew I wanted it to look prehistoric-ish but I don't have any stamps and dies for that so I made it myself. I started by making a panel with a piece of white card stock from Lawn Fawn and the largest die from the Stitched Rectangle Die also from Lawn Fawn. I used the Cloud Stencil from My Favorite Things along with some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and an Ink Blending Tool to make the sky. Next I cut a piece of light brown card stock with the same rectangle die and tore off one edge, sponged all the edges with some 
Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then added it to the bottom of the panel. Next I grabbed some green card stock and with my scissors I cut some hills, sponged them with some Crushed Olive Distress Ink, added a few dots around the edges with my copics then added them to the panel tucking them in behind the ground piece.

The sentiment is stamped with the same black ink I stamped the images with. I did a little masking because the original sentiment only had one 'long' in it and I wanted 3 of them. 
I adhered the panel to the card using craft foam and then adhered the images to the panel. I adhered them all directly to the panel except for that creature on the bottom left - I used craft foam for him.

Now, which brother should I send it too? hmmmm

But more importantly, it's time to HOP!
But before you go, please leave me a comment for a chance to win that $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE that some lucky person will win.
PLUS we also have a coupon code for you to use this weekend - SNY20 will save you $20 on any order over $75! How cool is that!!! This is good until midnight, Sunday Jan 5th

Nancy E

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!


Shopping list:

Below are links to all the goodies I used, just click on the picture to be taken to where you can purchase the product. I use affiliate links whenever possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support - I truly appreciate it!

Thursday, January 2, 2020


As promised, here is part 2 of my year of cards in review.

I made this card with hair gel and had a blast playing with it when I was finished. 
You can see the video by clicking the month above.

I love the background I made for this card. You can watch how I made it HERE

This was another month that I had a hard time deciding on a favorite. I went with this one because I love that background for those beautiful and fun vintage ornaments. 

I love how these flowers look colored in and then paired with the black & white polka dotted paper.

I love how these poppies turned out colored with my zigs and the sentiment embossed on the side
 is something I want to do more of.

I love how the cacti look paired with the black & white pots and all that white background. 

So that's it. Those are all my faves (well most of them) from 2019.
I'm not sharing a shopping list for all of the cards above - if you're interested just click on the month above the card and it will take you to the original post and a shopping list.

What were your faves?
I'd love to hear - leave me a comment.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!


Wednesday, January 1, 2020



I've been laying kind of low over the last couple of weeks for a couple of reasons. The first being that it was Christmas and I wanted to spend all my time with my family. The second reason is that I've been sick and haven't had a lot of energy to do much. BUT I managed to make a card yesterday that I will be sharing Friday - then spent the rest of the day hunkered down on the couch watching You on Netflix with my daughter. It was a good day. Then spent a quiet evening at home with my husband and our dog who was not happy about all the fireworks that were being set off right behind our house. 
I decided to start the year off looking back at what I accomplished with my cards in 2019 and what I want to accomplish for 2020. It was going to be too long of a post so I decided to split in two. I'm sharing the first half of the year today and I'll be back tomorrow with the second half of the year.

I love all the texture on this card and the way that the keys turned out.

The sentiment. Need I say more - it's fantastic. And I love the stripes.

I love the looks of 'oh crap' on the cats faces.

I love the rustic feel of this card pairing those flowers with that woodgrain background and that sentiment is so true!

Is it okay to say that I had a hard time choosing for May. Catherine Pooler Designs came out with so many awesome products this month.
I chose this card as it was a labor of love.

Here is the video for the card above.

I chose two cards for June - both on the same post which is convenient.
I love this ice cream truck from Catherine Pooler Designs - it's so cute!

and these flowers are so pretty. And again, love the sentiment! Catherine Pooler Designs nailed it in the sentiment department this year!

Instead of linking to all the products for each card just click on the highlighted month and it will take you to the post for that card.

I also want to say a big
to all of you!
Thank you for reading my posts and leaving me comments. I read and appreciate every one of them and every one of you.

Here's to an awesome year!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


Thursday, December 26, 2019


I hope you're all having a wonderful holiday celebrating with family and friends. But wait, you forgot to open this gift.
Catherine from Catherine Pooler Designs has a 
FREE GIFT for you! It's her way of saying Thank You for being part of her crafty community.
Check it out!
Isn't is cute!

Here's a sample of cards Catherine made with it - super easy which is great since we are all so busy at this time of year.
And they're cute too!

No promo code is needed. 
Every order over $50 (before taxes and shipping) will automatically receive this gift with their order.

Please note that because it is the holidays all orders placed during this freebie promotion will ship after January 2nd.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!