Handmade with Love

19 November 2020

Sketchy Rose Teacups - RachelVassDesigns


Hello everyone and welcome back!  Today I am sharing a super pretty card using the last of the 4 new designs in the shop for the November release from RachelVassDesign called Sketchy Rose Teacups.  This couldn't be any more perfect for right now, as we can't really sit down with too many people to share a cup of tea, so the next best thing is a virtual cup filled with lots of love.  

18 November 2020

Merry Happy Christmas Slimline card


Hello and welcome back!  Today I have a fabulous new Say It Slimline design called Happy Merry Christmas from PolkaDotOrchard that will make it so easy to pump out those Christmas cards, but will still look amazing!  We all know that slimline cards are all the rage right now in the cardmaking world, so this new style from PDO is perfect! Keep on reading to see how I created this fabulously foiled card!

13 November 2020

In Love Rose - RVD


 Hello and happy Friday...Friday the 13th to be exact!  I hope you've all had a good week!  Today I am sharing a card made using the In Love Rose digital stamp set from the November release from RachelVassDesign, In Love Rose.  This is such a beautiful floral, it's perfect for wedding cards!
09 November 2020


Hello and happy Monday!  We are starting off the week with a new digi from Polka Dot Orchard called Oh Happy Day and something new for me.  Slimline cards are very popular right now amongst cardmakers, so I thought that I would give it a go and make my very first one!  How could I not when this super fun digi was released and designed for this type of card in mind!  Let's get to it!

06 November 2020

Bountiful Blooms - RachelVassDesigns

Hello and welcome back crafty friends!  Today I am sharing a card made with one of the newest digi releases for November from RachelVassDesigns called Bountiful Blooms.  This set is filled with beautiful blooms including a background image, a slimline version and different sentiments perfect for this season of gratitude. I used the background image for my card today.  Shall we get started?
03 November 2020

RachelVassDesigns November release and a giveaway

Hello and welcome back crafty friends!  Today it is a cool, grey and rainy day ( I love this kind of weather), so what better day than to stay in and get crafty!  Today is a great day as it is release day over at RachelVassDesigns and it is an exciting one, as she has 4 new beautiful designs to share with you all!  There is also an Instagram hop going on with the rest of the design team, where you have the chance to win the entire release, so head on over to Instagram to get more info and enter for your chance to get it all for free!  Today I am sharing the first of 4 cards I made with this release, so shall we get right to it?!

27 October 2020

Cheers Witches


Hello crafty friends! (I meant to post this a few days ago and forgot) It's a bit less than 1 week to go before Halloween, so I thought that I would share a fun card using the Witches Brew digital stamp set from Polka Dot Orchard.  The witch diving into the bubbling cauldron is just the cutest! She seems to be having a great time, so let's get started!

25 October 2020

Alcohol inks and shaving foam

Hello and welcome back crafty friends!  Today I have a fun technique to share with you all using ink and shaving foam!  The possibilities are endless with this and I can guarantee you will become addicted to it like I am!  I could have spent all day playing!  You may need to raid your significant others or even your medicine cabinet for one of the supplies or even make a quick emergency run to the store...but I promise you it is worth it!  Let's get right to it because today's post is a bit of a long one and has quite a few photos and even a wee video for you all.  Let's get to it!
22 October 2020

Webs of Life and some happy news!


  Hello and welcome back crafty friends!  We have a cool and rainy Thursday here, so what better day to share a bit of a creepy card and some good news with you all!  First with the good news....I am so happy and very proud to share with you all that I am now part of an amazing group of very talented women as the newest member of the Polka Dot Orchard Creative team!  I am honoured and very thankful that I was chosen to join this team!  So today I am here to share my first official card with them!  Let's get started, shall we?!

20 October 2020

Fabulous Floribunda


Hello there and welcome back!  Today I am sharing a quick and simple card made using the beautiful rose image from the Fabulous Floribunda release from RachelVassDesign back in July.  The images in this set are perfect for making a simple, quick and beautiful card when you don't have alot of time.  Let's get started, shall we?

19 October 2020

Jars of Peace

Hello and welcome back crafty friends!  This is my second post for today and it is a bit more sombre than the previous.  We all need sympathy cards from time to time, unfortunately and this digital stamp set, Jars of Peace from RachelVassDesign is perfect for making quick but lovely sympathy cards.  And I have 2 clean and simple almost 1 layer cards to share with you made using this set.

Winter Flowers Bouquet

Hello and welcome back crafty friends!  Today I am sharing a card made using a beautiful floral image from AlexSyberiaDesign called Winter Flowers Bouquet.  This is such a beautiful image to colour and easily makes a card equally as beautiful.  Let's get to it, shall we?
18 October 2020

Thank God for Fall


Hello and welcome back! Today I am back sharing a new card made using a digital stamp set from Polka Dot Orchard. It's a simple card but reminds us all that we need to give thanks...for all the little things and the big ones too.

10 October 2020

Ruffled Iris - RachelVassDesign


Hello crafty friends and welcome back!  Today is release day over at RachelVassDesign and I have a card to share using the newest digital stamp set, Ruffled Iris.  It includes a very pretty Iris flower and a selection of sentiments to go with it or any other project perfectly!  Shall we get to it?!

05 October 2020

Iris Ornaments

Hello and happy Monday crafty friends!  I found a technique awhile ago that I have been wanting to try and this weekend I finally sat down and did just that.  My first try with it was alright.  I made a few errors and definitely had a few things that I could improve on, but for a first go at it, I was pleased...if you follow me on Instagram, then you will have seen my first try.  Today I am back with 2 new cards and my second attempt at this technique....I was much more pleased with them this time.

03 October 2020

Fig and Pumpkin Wreath - RachelVassDesigns

Hello and happy Saturday/World Cardmaking Day my crafty friends!  Today we have a fabulous new release for you from RachelVassDesigns called Fig and Pumpkin Wreath and it is perfect for this time of year, when everyone is decorating their homes for Autumn and Thanksgiving if you are from Canada or the US.  This would be the perfect centrepiece to any decor or dinner table!  I made 2 different cards for this release and one of them has 2 slightly different versions.  Let's get to it!
01 October 2020

Vintage Art

Hello crafty friends!  I am back with my second post for today.  I actually meant to post this a few days ago, but of course I forgot to.  So better late than never, right?  This card was made for hubby's birthday and was perfect for him, as he is a tattoo artist!  I've actually had this set for several years now, but have only now used it.

Peace On Earth

Hello crafty friends and welcome back!  So I've decided that I really need to show some much needed love to all of my older stamps and supplies that I have and that are just as amazing as all the newer stuff.  And I also need to get a start on some Christmas cards, since they will be even more important to send out this year.  So today I have a CAS (clean and simple) card to share with you all doing just that...using some older products on a Christmas card.

29 September 2020

Happy National Coffee Day!

Hello and happy National Coffee Day!  What's better than an entire day dedicated to everyone's favourite caffeinated beverage, than 2 cards to go along with it!  For these cards I got a bit creative and actually made coffee stained paper for them...so these cards also smell like coffee!  They might actually make you think you are drinking the real thing....well, almost!
26 September 2020

Cup of Joe New Release - RachelVassDesigns

Welcome back and happy Saturday! Today we have a brand new release for you from RachelVassDesigns and it's called Cup of Joe. It's the perfect combination of coffee and flowers and is now available in Rachel's Etsy shop.  

I just love the versatility of digital images and how you can adjust them to suit each project individually and also how you can layer images on top of one another effortlessly to get the exact look you are after.  And that is exactly what I did for my first card.  And that is exactly what I did for both of the cards I made for this release, each completely different from the other.

23 September 2020

Happy Anniversary - RachelVassDesigns

Hello and welcome back! Today is release day over at RachelVassDesigns and it's a super pretty slimline digital design called Fun Flowers Slimline and today I am sharing a card I made using the newest release. It's going to be a great Wednesday when we start off with a new and fabulous digi release! I wanted to keep this card sweet and simple to showcase the beautiful arrangement of flowers. 

19 September 2020

Autumn Border New Release - RachelVassDesigns

Hello and happy Saturday! It's definitely a happy Saturday around here as it is release day over at RachelVassDesigns!  Today we have Autumn Border, which is a beautiful border digital stamp set that is giving me all the Autumnal vibes and is perfect to welcome in the new season, as we are only 2 days away from the official start and I'm here for it...bring on all the boots, cozy sweaters and hot chocolate! Shall we get started?

17 September 2020

You Are Beautiful New Release - RachelVassDesigns

Hello and welcome back! Yes I know this is my second post in one day, but I couldn't help myself!  I am back to share the second of 2 cards that I made using the newest release from RachelVassDesigns called Bold and Beautiful.  Although they both use the same image, they are both quite different from the other.  This is such a fabulous floral image to colour with any medium that you prefer to use.  For both of mine though I used Copic markers.  Let's get to it, shall we?

Bold and Beautiful New Release - RachelVassDesigns

Yeah....it's release day (okay was yesterday and I'm a day late with this post) over at RachelVassDesigns! Today I am back sharing the first of 2 cards made with this fabulous floral new release, Bold and Beautiful and she's definitely bold and beautiful! This digital stamp set features a beautiful sunflower and has some great sentiments to go with it.   For my first card I thought what better direction to go in than to make her as bold and beautiful as her name, hence the sentiment as well.

12 September 2020

Autumn Blessings

Welcome back and happy Saturday! Today is release day over at RachelVassDesigns and she has another fabulous design for us all! Fall leaves is giving me all the Autumn vibes...I love the simplicity of this design and there are so many possibilities to be had with this!  There is always beauty in the simplest of things and this garland of fall leaves is just that....simple and beautiful.  But although it may be simple, it doesn't make it any less fabulous.  And of course this was just begging to be gold foiled, so off I went, gold foil in hand.

11 September 2020

Bulbs of Flowers - RachelVassDesigns

Hello and welcome back! I hope you've all been well since last time. Today I am back to share another card made with the newest release Flowers of Bulbs digital stamp set from RachelVassDesigns. This is such a pretty set and there are so many possibilities for it! i couldn't help but make 3 cards with it. This is the 3rd card I am sharing with you today. Let's get started, shall we?

07 September 2020

Alcohol ink and flowers - RachelVassDesigns

Hello....I hope you are all having a wonderful day?!  Today I am back sharing another card made using the newest release from RachelVassDesigns called Bulbs of Flowers. This is such a fun and versatile digital stamp set! For this card I added a bit more drama to it than my previous with the help of some alcohol inks. Let's get started!

02 September 2020

Hello September!

 Hello and happy September 1st! I can't think of a better way to welcome in a new month than share with you all that I am now part of the design team over at Rachel Vass Designs.  I am very excited to finally be able to share this wonderful news with you all! I am so incredibly proud and happy that I have been chosen to be part of her wonderfully talented and amazing team! I have shared several cards as of late made with her beautiful designs and there are many more to come!

30 August 2020

You Light Up My Life

Hello and welcome back crafty friends! Today I am back sharing a DT card made with the newest release from RachelVassDesigns, Bulbs of Flowers and just today it is released! It's such a unique and fabulous stamp set and there are so many possibilities to create something amazing! Oh and also to help celebrate her new design team she currently has 30% in her Etsy store until Sept. 8. No code is needed, just go ahead and shop!

28 August 2020

Sitting in the Summer Sun


Today I am back to share a card made using the newest digital release from Rachel Vass Designs.....Summer Fruit Background. This is the perfect summery image and although the weather has turned a bit cooler here over the last few days, the warmth is sure to return. But in the meantime and while we are waiting, this is sure to make you think happy, warm and summery thoughts!

23 August 2020

Just Because

Sometimes simple is best! I am a sucker for a beautiful floral and this one doesn't disappoint! This floral bouquet is a digital stamp and it's from a shop on Etsy called StarJamLines. It has a lovely sketchy look to it and knew I had to have it when I saw it.

22 August 2020

Thinking of You

Another day, another beautiful floral digital image! Today I am back sharing another digital stamp from Rachel Vass Designs. And yes, I have foiled it again! I will admit that I am a foil addict! I guess there are worse things to be addicted to, right? Sign me up to FAA (foil addicts anonymous) lol

21 August 2020

Rainbow is my Favorite Color

Isn't rainbow everybody's favourite colour? It can't help but put a smile on your face...I know it does mine. This was a super easy card to create with the help of a few inks, a stencil and a fun greeting from a digital stamp set. The other day I had featured a beautiful gold foiled card made with a digital image from gracielliedesign and this sentiment is from another set from her. 

20 August 2020

You Are Appreciated

Is it okay if I add gold foil to everything? Hello and welcome back! Today I have yet another beautiful digital stamp to share with you all. I have discovered so many fabulous ones as of late and todays is no exception! This beautiful geometric floral is from Rachel Vass Designs and I absolutely adore it! As soon as I laid my eyes on it I knew it had to be foiled....well in all honesty what doesn't need to be foiled?! So off I went gold foil in hand!

19 August 2020

Welcome Little One

Today I have THE sweetest little baby cards ever! I had so much fun making these and yes, although they are a bit more involved, they are so worth it! I think anyone would love to receive a fun and cute card like this when they are welcoming a new little one to the world.  The only difference between these 2 cards are the colours for the ink blending and a slight variation with the sequins used. So let's get started shall we! 

18 August 2020

You are so beautiful!

Today I am back with a very simple card made with another beautiful digital stamp that I discovered recently. This gorgeous floral arrangement is from Angie Blom Digital Designs. It's such a pretty arrangement!  I am a sucker for a floral and especially one as pretty as this!

17 August 2020

There's Beauty in Ordinary Things

So I've discovered a new digital stamp shop, gracielliedesigns and her designs are gorgeous! I just had to get a few and this is one of them. It's one of her new designs and it's perfect as the seasons will be changing soon. This design is so delicate and detailed, the first thing that came to mind was kraft paper and gold foil. Oh...it'll be perfect for masculine cards too!

15 August 2020

You Can Do Anything

Hello and welcome back! Today I have an extra card that I had made as part of my AECP level 1 final assignment, but in the end I felt that the colours weren't quite right and as pretty as it is, I just didn't think it went with the rest of the set. So here it is!  But I still had to share it with you all!

14 August 2020

AECP Level 1 Final Challenge - Part 2 Feminine Cards

As you will have seen from my previous post, I am back with my final challenge to pass level 1 of the AECP...fingers crossed! I decided to break this assignment up into 2 posts, so as not to make it too long. For this challenge I was given the task of making 2 different but coordinating sets of cards…1 set of feminine and 1 set of masculine cards and to also create packaging for each set, which I am going to use a recycled element on.

For the set of feminine cards I have chosen to focus on Clean & Simple Boutique, Celebration: Stencil Techniques and All About Layering 1 & 2, but as with the masculine cards, there will be other class techniques used as well. I have also chosen to use shades of pink with accents of gold and black, to unify them as a set and also when I think of feminine, pink comes to mind right away. So sit back, grab some snacks and a beverage and let's get started!

Card #1 - Celebration: Stencil Techniques
To create this card I wanted to focus on stencil techniques. I started with a 4"x5.25" piece of mix media cardstock and adhered the Flowing Hearts stencil to it.  I then picked Rose Quartz, Cotton Candy and Puffy Heart inks and started to blend them over the stencil in an ombré pattern, going from lightest to darkest using a blender brush. And yes, my inks, blending brush and low tack tape all match lol.

While I still had the stencil in place and without removing it, I sponged on some champagne mist ink over it. I then removed the stencil carefully, so as not to smudge the ink. While it was still wet, I sprinkled on some clear embossing powder and heat embossed it, to give it a nice shine and to also help to prevent the champagne shimmer ink from smudging or coming off on your fingers and it also helps to seal it. The shimmer ink did soften the colours a bit and made it more of a pastel, which I really liked. This champagne shimmer ink has a very pretty slight golden shimmer to it.

ETA: when I switched blog hosts I lost a lot of my photos, so I have tried to attach as many as I could.

I then placed the stencil back on over top of the embossed image and grabbed my DecoFoil adhesive pen and went over the 4 different groupings of circles, so I could then add some gold foil on top. Next I took some black foil, and while it is a foil it is not metallic like most foils are, but rather has a nice shine to it, almost as if I went over it with glossy accents. I then put it through my Minc machine on a piece of toner sheet and cut out the Fancy Thanks die from the black foil and then 2 more times from black cardstock. I glued them altogether and adhered it to my stencilled cardfront. I then added some craft foam to the back of it to pop it up from my card base and then added a pink iridescent heart right under the thanks. I truly wish you could see all the shine and the shimmer in the photos....it's really very pretty!


I have a super fine metal tip on my bottle of liquid adhesive, so it easy to get in small areas and onto delicate diecuts.

  • Heat embossing over an image will help to richen the colour and make it a bit more vibrant.
  • When glueing on sequins or small embellishments, a liquid adhesive like Rangers Multi Medium Matte is great, because it dries matte, so if any leaks out the side or the embellishment moves around a bit once the glue dries you won't be able to see it as it dries matte.
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Card #2 - Celebration: Stencil Techniques


To create this card I focused on dry embossing using stencils from the Stencil Technique class and paired it with some floral stamp layering. I got out my Elegant Swirls stencil and ran it through my manual die cutting machine, using a silicone embossing mat rather that the usual hard die cutting plates. I then set it aside and stamped out the floral from the Regal Beauty stamp set using Frosty Pink, Rose Quartz, Cotton Candy and Coral Berry crisp dye inks, stamped the leaves from the Beautiful Day stamp set using Jet Black, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades and Evergreen crisp dye inks and finally the sentiment is from the Magnolias For Her stamp set using Jet Black crisp dye ink. To finish I adhered it all to my card base using foam tape and added the finishing touch of a few clear sequins in various sizes. I unfortunately forgot to take some process photos for this card.


  • dry embossing will give your card a lovely subtle texture to it 
  • using inks from the same colour family when doing layered stamping will give you a very pretty graduation of colour from one layer to the next
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Card #3 - Clean & Simple
For this card I wanted to try the letterpress technique that we had learned in the Clean & Simple Class. The first time I tried it, I didn't have great success, so I decided to try again. As they say....if at first you don't succeed, try, try again. So to do this technique I cut out the Mega Hello die 5 times from some 110lb cardstock that I had scraps of and then a final time from some pink vellum. I adhered them altogether and attached the vellum piece to the back of the hello. This part is very important, as the vellum will be the side touching your card front and when you put the hello on the paper, you don't want it to be reversed (I hope that makes sense).  The photo shows Coral berry ink with it, but I used Frosty Pink.

Next I took my Frosty Pink ink pad and smooshed it across the vellum hello. By smooshing it across, you will get a nice and even application and won't have the lines from tapping it on. Next I ran it through my manual die cutter. This was very extremely tight fit and at one point I thought it was going to up and break on me…thank goodness it didn't. I then took some black and gold metallic paint and very gently splattered them on the inked panel, as I didn't want it to overpower the hello. I stamped out the secondary part to the sentiment from the Mega Greetings stamp set in black ink and yes, although this is supposed to be clean and simple, I felt that 3 pink ones were the perfect compliment to the card. Hopefully you can see the impression the hello made into the paper.

  • When making a diecut stack for the letterpress technique don't add too many diecuts to it at first. Try 4 or 5 at first and then add more if it needs it. Everyones machine will be different too.
  • Once you have inked up the vellum part of the diecut word, hold it by the edge and very carefully place it on your cardstock, so as not to smudge the ink and get it all over your cardfront.
  • When adding ink splatters a light hand is always better at first.
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Card #4 - All About Layering 

For this card I did some layered stamping using the cupcake from the Layered Cupcake stamp set and decided to make it a fun shaker card. I first stamped the cupcake using Frosty Pink for the icing, Dew Drops for the wrapper and Dark Chocolate for the cake and cut it out. I added some small gold stars (same as the sequin mix for the shaker portion) for sprinkles on the icing....I may have added 1 or 2 too many. I set that aside and continued with the shaker portion. I took a piece of trimmed cardstock and added a bit of texture to it by scoring lines at 1/4' intervals using my score board. I did a bit of ink blending on a separate piece of paper using the same pink ink as the cupcake and also used my Feeling Dotty stencil on another piece to add some interest behind the shaker window. Next I cut out a circle using 2 circle dies measuring 2.5" and 3" on the scored card front and also to create a frame for the window from the ink blended piece.

For the window I cut out a piece of acetate slightly bigger than circle and adhered it to the back of the white scored piece and placed foam adhesive all over the piece and especially made sure the window was complete;y surrounded with tape, so as not to have any of the sequins escape. I then placed the polka dot stencilled piece and placed a mix of sequins where the window will be. I placed the scored piece on top of the the sequins and applied good pressure all over. To finish it I added the pink frame on the front and popped up the cupcake just to the side. I printed out the sentiment using a girly kind of font to match the feel of the card and gold foiled that using my Minc machine and added some foam adhesive to it. And it's not complete without a few matching sequins...you can never have too many. I think this is my favourite!

  • Adding score lines will add a subtle texture and some interest to plain cardstock
  • When adding foam tape to your shaker card, doubling it up is best as it gives your sequins more room to move around
  • To cut down on the static on your sequins, add some non static powder to them, the same as you would for heat embossing, before you add them to your card so you don't have access powder on your acetate window
  • Use the same colour of ink for your layered images, but inked up multiple times for each layer, to get an image that has perfectly co-ordinated colours.
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Card #5 - Celebration: Stencil Techniques

For this card I focused on doing some more stencilling...don't think I can get enough of it. I stamped the large frame from the Fancy Frames stamp set using Versafine Onyx black ink and heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. Next I used the Feeling Dotty stencil and started to blend Frosty Pink over it the embossed image, concentrating in the middle and gradually fading out. Without removing the stencil I sponged on some champagne mist ink over the pink. To set the ink I went over it gently with my heat tool so as not to disturb the embossing already done. 

I set that aside and stamped out 2 florals and 1 of the leaves from the Wallpaper Art stamp set and did some very simple Copic marker colouring with 1 marker for each, concentrating the colour more in the middle and lightly flicking out. I had to be careful when colouring near the black lines as I didn't use a Copic friendly ink, so I didn't want the black ink to bleed.. For the centers I added some gold foil and went over it with my fingers to take a bit of the shine of it. I cut the flowers out and added them to my embossed card front. The leaves were glued directly to it and the flowers added using foam tape. I added the sentiment in black from the Fancy Frames stamp set and added it all to my card base.


  • When doing stencilling or ink blending over top of a heat embossed image, take a soft cloth and give the embossed image a wipe after adding the ink to remove any excess and make the image a bit brighter, especially when done on white cardstock.
  • always be sure to use the proper ink for the colouring medium you are using. Not all black inks are made equal and for all techniques.
  • For a crisp black detailed heat embossed image, use a black pigment based ink and clear embossing powder over it. The pigment ink will stay wet long enough for you to heat emboss over it.
  • When heat embossing over very detailed images, it is best to use a fine detail embossing powder, as the powder granuals are smaller than regular embossing powder.
  • When using a heat tool on your paper, make sure to constantly move your the heat around so not to warp the paper from too much heat in one area.
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Card #6 - Layered Stamping 1 & 2

To create this card I grabbed 2 pink alcohol inks, isopropyl alcohol, one of the alloy inks and got to making! I started off by securing a piece of Yupo paper to my wooden board with some painters tape and started playing with my inks. I applied the ink in layers and dried each one using my heat tool on the low setting. I also added a bit of one of the new Alloy alcohol inks. I love it! I would normally use a straw or my heat tool to help and move the ink around but this time I used a new to me hand air puffer, designed for this very purpose. It also helps you to get a nice wispy look to it.

I then set that piece aside and started stamping my cupcake. I started by stamping the outline image using Jet Black crisp dye ink, Dew Drops and Teal Cave for the cupcake wrapper and then Rose Quartz and 2 other pink inks from my stash and I stamped Dark Chocolate twice for the cake, so as to make it appear like a nice dark chocolate cake. I used my Misti stamp positioning tool for this as it helps to make the layered stamping alot easier...at least for me it does. I added the gold sprinkles using my DecoFoil adhesive pen and immediately went over them with some gold foil. I picked a perfect sentiment from the Birthday Builder stamp set and stamped it using the same black ink as the cupcake on a piece of white cardstock. I then added foam dimensional adhesive to the back of the cupcake and centered it on the inked panel, added the sentiment across the wrapper and attached it to my card base. To finish it off I added some rose gold sequins, which I was afraid at first as I had used gold on the card and I didn't want to mix metals, but it turned out perfect!

  • When using alcohol inks an ink blower is very handy to have. It helps to give it a different look than using a heat tool....makes it a bit softer.
  • Using a stamp positioning tool helps to get the layers perfectly lined up
  • When adding small sentiments or even a diecut piece a pair of tweezers holding the piece is quite helpful.
  • When adding your stamped panel to your card base, it's easier to get it perfectly centred if you stand up and look down directly down on it.
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As with the masculine set of cards, I wanted the packaging to co-ordinate with the card set, so I looked through my rather large stash of scrapbook papers until I found 2 that lent the feel I was going for. I used the same recycled cardboard pieces for the base for my box, created the top using 1 of the sheets of scrapbook paper and used the same measurements for both the top and bottom. My dimensions ended up being 7 7/8" x 9.25" for the bottom of the box and then for the lid I added 1/16" to each of the 4 sides and it ended being perfect! I scored it on all 4 sides and then on each of the 4 corners you end up with a little flap where 2 of the scored lines interlap with another. For this part you want to cut on one of the scored lines only and then cut out a little indent here, so you end up with less bulk when folding the flaps in.

Next I created 2 belly bands with the paper I had picked out and then made a flat style of bow using some burlap and lace ribbon. To finish it I typed the A Gift For You sentiment, added some gold foil to it using my Minc machine, cut it out with a tag die and tie it on with some metallic gold striped twine. I am really happy with the packaging....it has the same girly and feminine style as the cards within!

And that's it for my level 1 assignement! I have really enjoyed this challenge. it has most definitely stretched and pushed my creativity, in most definitely a good way! I can't wait to see what's waiting ahead in level 2.

Thank you again so much for taking a few minutes out of your day to stop by and check out my post. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have loved making these cards! They will for sure be heading off to a very special recipient! Until next time...take care and have a wonderful and crafty day! Michelle :)

Other Supplies Used:

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb cardstock, Canson Mix Media paper, metallic gold cardstock, black cardstock, white card base, Yupo paper, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins, Metallic Rose Gold sequins, Little Things from Lucy Ballerina mix sequins and sequin shaker mix, white craft fun foam, Ranger Multi Medium Matte liquid adhesive, Tombow Multi Mono liquid glue, 3M foam tape, Sookwang double sided tape, Gansai Tambi watercolours, Distress Splatter paintbrush, Canon printer, Minc machine, Brother Scan N Cut, DecoFoil gold foil, DecoFoil adhesive pen, Martha Stewart score board, acetate sheets, Stampin' Up heat tool, Tsukineko Chamagne Mist All Purpose ink, yellow sponge, Little B circle dies, Stampendous Clear Detail embossing powder, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Ranger Shell Pink and Pink Sherbet Alcohol inks, Ranger Alloy Gilded ink, Ranger Alcohol Blending Solutionm, 96% isopropyl alcohol, Tonic Studios guillotine paper trimmer, Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, Wplus9 Piggy Pure Color Dye ink and Timeless Tags 2 die.

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