Week 2 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello!

I’m back to share the next 7 cards for week 2 of Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge!  I have been dedicating myself to coloring a little bit everyday. I’ll admit I don’t have the time to color every day, but when I do, I try to double up so that I can account for missed days.  It’s so nice to have something to look forward to every day – if I’ve colored, I can at least put a card together a feel the joy of completion.  Let’s dive right in to the cards and images I’ve colored:

Day 8:  So Much Cake, So Little Room

Birthday Bear 1

I love this Beary Special Birthday stamp set by My Favorite Things.  These bears are adorable.  I used my favorite color on this card and I may be selfish and never give it away! I added some dots to the cake using a Copic 0 marker – gives it some detail and it’s so pretty!

Day 9:  Sending Hedgehugs

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I made a very similar card to this for Splitcoaststampers last spring. Since I’m coloring smaller images, I’m finding that 4 bar-sized cards are perfect!  This Hedgehugs stamp set by Lawn Fawn is very affordable and I think everyone should have it!

Day 10: Just a Little Note

Birdie Note

So coloring little chicks aren’t too exciting – but putting this card together was really fun!  I’ve seen projects with this same chick colored in several different colors and they’re all cute! This Birdie Notes stamp set by Pretty Pink Posh is also a smaller set at a great price point!

Day 11:  Birthday Dogs

Puppy birthday

My friend, Bonnie’s birthday was last week.  I asked her what her favorite color was and what animals/critters she liked.  She said hunter green and dog.  Boy……I had no idea what I wanted to do to put these two elements together!  The gate that you see is a stamp from Hog Heaven by My Favorite things and the dog is from Lunar Animals by Mama Elephant.  I stamped and colored the same dog 3 times and colored them different ways.  I’m no artist when it comes to dogs so forgive me if you don’t think those dogs look good.  I wanted to scrap it several times!  I think it turned out pretty cute though.

Day 12:  Mondo Magnolia

MondoWatercolor

I colored these magnolias using distress ink using watercoloring as my technique.  This Mondo Magnolia stamp set from Ellen Hutson is just STUNNING.  It stamps simple but the wow factor incredible with any coloring medium you choose!

Day 13:  It’s Always More Fun When We’re Together

Farm Frients

When I pre-stamped all these images prior to starting the challenge – my intention was to color ONE image – but I couldn’t just make a card with one farm animal!  This is a new stamp set by My Favorite Things called Farm Friends.  I’ve seen several farm animal sets and this one made me cave – I finally purchased one I really love!

Day 14:  Have a Ball!

Have a Ball 1

This Sweet Smiles stamp set by Lawn Fawn is another great value!  It stamps simple but you can do so many fun things with it!  My 4 year old LOVES gumball machines and when he saw this card, it disappeared from my craftroom.  It’s all bent up and well loved in his bedroom now.

I hope you enjoyed this post!  See you next week for another update!

XOXO,

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This Land is Your Land – Splitcoaststampers Month 6

It’s about time I shared my last month’s work as a Splitcoaststamper dirty dozen design team member right?! I cannot believe that was 7 months ago!!!  I’m such a slacker for not posting these sooner.  This will be a longer one so I will dive into sharing the photos – the supply list will be at the end for these.  The theme was “This Land is Your Land” and we could do anything that represents our culture/heritage, where we live, etc.

cherry-blossoms-2

This first card is made using a Cherry Blossom set from Fiskars. I got this stamp set on Amazon when I first got into stamping and had never used it before so I decided to use it on this card to create a full background. I colored these blossoms with Copics, then added white dots at the center of the flowers to highlight.  It was beautiful!  It reminds me of the Lunar New Year – which is very much a part of my Vietnamese background.

cherry-blossoms-1

I did a simple prayers sentiment and propped it up with some foam and added some glossy accent to make the word pop a little.

This second card is patriotic.  You can’t do this theme without a card with Red, White & Blue!  I used a stencil and brushed on color using Clarity Stencil brushes.  You can do this with foam applicators too!  The brushes allowed me to control the intensity of the color.

fountain-1

This card represents my hometown – Kansas City, Missouri.  Did you know that next to Rome, Kansas City has the most fountains?  It’s known as the city of fountains in the United States!

fountain

mermaid-for-you-2

This mermaid card was so fun to make! I stamped and colored all the images, cut them out and then layered them over blue cardstock and velum.  Actually – it’s the reason why I’m making myself post this today.  I want to give this card to a friend for her birthday!  hehe

mermaid-for-you

How does this card apply to the theme?  For me – it was a part of growing up to watch Disney movies and believe in magic! We all have, right?  These mermaids remind me of my youth and my younger sister- this movie was her favorite!

This orchid in a pot was so easy to stamp – Hero Arts kind of makes it fool-proof with their layering sets. I made this card a 4-bar sized card, which frames this orchid perfectly and makes the perfect note card.

snow-capped-mountains-1

Last but not least…I wanted to make a card to display the beauty of our mountains!  I have not been to Colorado – but I’ve seen amazing photos from friends who travel all over and I just dream of standing in their shoes! This card is simple stamping of the trees and layering of die cut pieces.

snow-capped-mountains

I hope you enjoyed these cards!

XOXO,

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SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

CHERRY BLOSSOM CARD:

Copic Colors: RV10, RV04, RV06, E25, B0000


Fiskars Asian Inspired
Fiskars Asian Inspired

HA Stamp & Dies with SSS - Prayers
HA Stamp & Dies with SSS – Prayers
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

Basic Black Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb EH | SSS

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST

Sandy Allnock Hex Chart
Sandy Allnock Hex Chart

White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform EH | SSS | AMZN
Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads EH | SSS | AMZN
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
HA White Embossing Powder

HA White Embossing Powder

SSS | EH


Sakura Gelly Roll
Sakura Gelly Roll
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN
Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents EH | SSS | AMZN
Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue
Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue EH | SSS | SU

Brother Scan N Cut 2
Brother Scan N Cut 2
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board EH | SSS

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched
Mini MISTI – Laser Etched
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS

SU Paper Piercing Tool
SU Paper Piercing Tool

Absorber
Absorber

WISH BIG FLAG CARD:
Distress Ink Color: Blueprint Sketch


Perpetual Birthday Calendar
Perpetual Birthday Calendar
MFT Count the Stars
MFT Count the StarsEH | SSS | MFT
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

Real Red Ink
Real Red Ink
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks EH | SSS

Basic Black Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb EH | SSS

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb

Clarity Stencil Brushes
Clarity Stencil Brushes
Ranger Mini Round Foam Blending Refills
Ranger Mini Round Foam Blending Refills EH | SSS | AMZN
Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools

Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools

EH | SSS | AMZN


White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform EH | SSS | AMZN
Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads EH | SSS | AMZN
MFT Stars & Wishes
MFT Stars & WishesEH | SSS | MFT
MFT Count the Stars
MFT Count the Stars EH | SSS | MFT
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
HA White Embossing Powder

HA White Embossing Powder

SSS | EH


SSS Diagonal Stripes
SSS Diagonal Stripes
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN
Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue
Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue EH | SSS | SU

2.5
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board EH | SSS
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS
C-Thru Ruler
C-Thru Ruler SSS | AMZN

Absorber
Absorber

BIRD BATH CARD:

Zig Colors: 094 Gray Brown, 051 Lemon Yellow, 052 Bright Yellow, 036 Light Blue, 032 Persian Blue, 066 Dark Oatmeal, 040 Green

MFT Things With Wings
MFT Things With Wings EH | SSS | MFT
Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black EH | SSS

Basic Black Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad EH | SSS | JOANN

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb

Pental Aquash Water Brush Set
Pental Aquash Water Brush Set
Zig Clean Color Real Brush
Zig Clean Color Real Brush EH | SSS | AMZN
Embossing Powder Bag
Embossing Powder Bag EH | SSS | SU
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
HA White Embossing Powder

HA White Embossing Powder

SSS | EH

WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine SSS | AMZN
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board EH | SSS

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched
Mini MISTI – Laser Etched

SU Paper Snips Scissors
SU Paper Snips Scissors
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS

Absorber
Absorber

MERMAID CARD:

Copic Markers: W3, W5, RV02, RV04, E21, E31, E55, R20, V04, FRV1, YR15, Y17, V01, V12, FB2, B28, C3, C5, G03, G05, YG41, RV29, RV25, E25, E27, Y02, Y21, YR24, YR27

LF Mermaid For You
LF Mermaid For You EH | SSS | LF

MFT Stitched Scallop Edges
MFT Stitched Scallop Edges

White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform EH | SSS | AMZN
Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads EH | SSS | AMZN

Calypso Coral Ink
Calypso Coral Ink

Emerald Envy Ink
Emerald Envy Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

Sweet Sugarplum Ink
Sweet Sugarplum Ink

Pacific Point Cardstock
Pacific Point Cardstock

Vellum Cardstock
Vellum Cardstock

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Copic Colorless Blender Solution 200cc
Copic Colorless Blender Solution 200cc EH | SSS

Sandy Allnock Hex Chart
Sandy Allnock Hex Chart
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue EH | SSS

Brother Scan N Cut 2
Brother Scan N Cut 2

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched
Mini MISTI – Laser Etched
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS
Stazon Jet Black Ink
Stazon Jet Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

ORCHID CARD:

HA Color Layering Orchid in a Pot
HA Color Layering Orchid in a Pot EH | SSS | HA

Chocolate Chip Ink
Chocolate Chip Ink

Flirty Flamingo Ink
Flirty Flamingo Ink

Garden Green Ink
Garden Green Ink

Melon Mambo Ink
Melon Mambo Ink

Pink Pirouette Ink
Pink Pirouette Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

Pink Pirouette Cardstock
Pink Pirouette Cardstock
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched
Mini MISTI – Laser Etched

SU Clear Block Bundle
SU Clear Block Bundle
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS

Absorber
Absorber
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb EH | SSS

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb

SNOW CAPPED MOUNTAINS CARD:

Copic Colors: B41, W1

MFT Because You
MFT Because You

EH | SSS | MFT

LF Let It Snow
LF Let It Snow

EH | SSS | LF

MFT Grassy Hills
MFT Grassy Hills

EH | SSS | MFT

ME Snow Capped Mountains
ME Snow Capped Mountains

EH | SSS | ME


White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform

EH | SSS | AMZN

Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads

EH | SSS | AMZN


Garden Green Ink
Garden Green Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


Chocolate Chip Cardstock
Chocolate Chip Cardstock

Basic Black Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock

Wild Wasabi Cardstock
Wild Wasabi Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb

EH | SSS


Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers

EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST

Copic Multiliner SP 10 pc Set
Copic Multiliner SP 10 pc Set

MERRIARTIST | SSS

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue
Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue

EH | SSS | SU

Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board

EH | SSS


Mini MISTI - Laser Etched

Mini MISTI – Laser Etched

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS


Absorber
Absorber

Somebunny

I have coworker named Winny who loves bunnies. I’m only guessing her obsession with them since I’m only told this – I work from home so it’s difficult to know what some people in the office are really like, especially when they live on the West Coast and I’m in the Midwest.  Some relationships are forged over conversation via Instant Messenger and that’s how I get to know everyone these days (or for the most of the past 3 years).

Winny lost a good high school friend suddenly yesterday. When she told me that, I knew I would be making a card for her. I got this My Favorite Things stamp set quite a while ago with her in mind, but kept pushing it back because there were other things I wanted to do – so it’s sad that this occasion would be the one to initiate me to make a card for her.

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There is so much sadness in the world. My husband is a medical resident and comes home with stories everyday and you can tell he is worn from the day’s work. I pull up Facebook and Instagram and see sad stuff all the time. But I’m reminded how spreading kindness is so important – so after making this card, I also prepared/sent one to a little girl in New York who is burn victim and lost her entire family in an intentional fire.  Safyre suffered severe burns and lost her right hand and left foot and all she wants for Christmas is to fill her Christmas tree card stand with Christmas cards. I don’t want to post a picture because it makes me sad to see how someone has flipped her world upside down.

Ready, Set, Snow 1

(this card is from my last post)

If you want to share kindness with this sweet little girl, here is where to send Safyre’s Christmas cards:
P.O. Box 6126
Schenectady, NY 12306, USA

I hope these cards will bring both Winny and Safyre smiles and remind them of hope and love.

Big hugs to everyone! There are so many people with struggles…no matter how big or small and I wish everyone could find time to slow down and smile and remember to embrace the little moments that make life worth – while.

By the way – yesterday was also my husband’s birthday. It was a long and emotional day with all these things tugging at my heart…but here is the card I made him just to end this post with a bit of warmth. I stamped our family using a stamp set called Tandem Ride. I even made mine to have a baby bump…hehe. I have never made a card using colored pencils only so I thought I would do something a little different. Enjoy and have a wonderful day! Blessings!

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SUPPLIES:

 

MFT Somebunny
MFT Somebunny

SSS | MFT

ME Tandem Ride
ME Tandem Ride

EH | SSS |ME

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


Old Olive Cardstock
Old Olive Cardstock

Wild Wasabi Cardstock
Wild Wasabi Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb

EH | SSS


Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks

EH | SSS

Ranger Mini Round Foam Blending Refills
Ranger Mini Round Foam Blending Refills

EH | SSS | AMZN

Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools

Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools

EH | SSS | AMZN

Prismacolor Pencils - 72ct
Prismacolor Pencils – 72ct

SSS | AMZN


Big Shot
Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform

EH | SSS | AMZN

Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads

EH | SSS | AMZN

MFT Grassy Fields Borders
MFT Grassy Fields Borders

EH | SSS | MFT

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue

EH | SSS

Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board

EH | SSS

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS

EK Success Powder Tool
EK Success Powder Tool

EH | SSS | AMZN

Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


White Embossing Powder
White Embossing Powder

Heat Tool
Heat Tool

One With Nature

When I saw the One With Nature stamp set by Simon Says Stamp, I knew I had to have it. I love how whimsy the leaves are – and the ability to stamp them in any color for layered effects.

The card I made for today was quick one. I used a lot of different colors, but it went pretty fast! I chose softer colors (this is me to the core).

One With Nature 1

As always, I created as I went – stamped them in random places and also decided I wanted to make a tag as an accent piece. I also felt it was missing some bold color, so I added a strip of washi.

One With Nature 2

Here’s my video for this card – ENJOY!

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).


SSS One With Nature
SSS One With Nature

Pink Pirouette Ink
Pink Pirouette Ink

Crisp Canteloupe Ink
Crisp Canteloupe Ink (Retired)

Soft Sky Ink
Soft Sky Ink

Marina Mist Ink
Marina Mist Ink

Pistachio Pudding Ink (Retired)
Pistachio Pudding Ink (Retired)

Wild Wasabi Ink
Wild Wasabi Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


Whisper White Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock

Pink Pirouette Cardstock
Pink Pirouette Cardstock

Soft Sky Cardstock
Soft Sky Cardstock

Epic Day Washi
Epic Day Washi

Note Tag Punch
Note Tag Punch

Linen Thread
Linen Thread
Crop-A-Dile Eyelet and Snap Punch
Crop-A-Dile Eyelet and Snap Punch

SSS | AMZN

Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board

EH | SSS


Tombow Permanent Tape Runner
Tombow Permanent Tape Runner
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS

You’ve Got This – I’m Here For You

Hi Everyone!

I honestly consider this a second full time job. I am always updating and organizing things. For the past two nights, I’ve been updating my inventory and recoding a lot of my supplies to include more than one place where items can be found/purchased. It’s a lot of work! Thumbs up and props to all you geeky friends out there!

I wasn’t planning on making a card today and thought I would take a break. But I couldn’t help myself. I thought I would make a card using one of my new Stampin’ Up sets to share.

You've Got This

This set is called You’ve Got This and I. SIMPLY. LOVE. IT.

You've Got This 2

And that Wink of Stella Clear Shimmer pen….WOWZA. I think I’ll be using this on EVERY card from now on.

You've Got This 1

This card was so simple to make! See how I made it in my video:

SUPPLIES (I’m sooo excited about this new format!):

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

[Copic Colors] pinks: R00, R20, R22; greens: G14, YG45; yellows: Y04, Y15


Sahara Sand Ink
Sahara Sand Ink
Stazon Jet Black Ink
Stazon Jet Black Ink
EH | SSS | AMZN
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
EH | SSS | AMZN
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
EH | SSS

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST

Tea Lace Paper Doilies
Tea Lace Paper Doilies
Wink of Stella Clear
Wink of Stella Clear
EH | SSS | AMZN

Stampin' Dimensionals
Stampin’ Dimensionals

Clear Block Bundle
Clear Block Bundle
ATG Gun
ATG Gun
EH | SSS | AMZN
Inkadinkadoo Stamping Mask Paper
Inkadinkadoo Stamping Mask Paper
EH | SSS

You've Got This
You’ve Got This
Fiskars SureCut Paper Trimmer
Fiskars SureCut Paper Trimmer
EH | SSS | AMZN

Serene Silhouettes Sympathy Watercolor Card

I made a quick card tonight using watercolor and Stampin’ Up! inks. I think it turned out really pretty considering I was just playing. I love the simplicity of it – and that you can complicate it as much as you want. I did two layers of inking and drying, stamped my image, and then ran a wet brush over the image to give it a weathered look. So easy!

Watercolor Serene Silhouette 2

 

Watercolor Serene Silhouette

 

SUPPLIES:


Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper

Crumb Cake Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock

Whisper White Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock

Bermuda Bay Ink

Bermuda Bay Ink

Soft Suede Ink

Soft Suede Ink

Serene Silhouettes
Serene Silhouettes

Teeny Tiny Wishes

Teeny Tiny Wishes
Linen Thread
Linen Thread

A Few Amateurish Cards

You can’t do much when you don’t have paper. Before I started investing in Stampin’ Up paper, I had a left over collection of pastel cardstock that I purchased to make baby shower invitations and just a handful of stuff that my next door neighbor Karen had given me. I couldn’t go without making a card, so here are a few that I made, which aren’t too impressive, but I’m sharing my humble beginnings as a card-maker and it’s nice to see how far I’ve come with the collection I’ve built.

This one is really simple – just some round paper cut outs, embossed on one for texture and the other with a stamp/sentiment from a set called Life’s Adventure. Nothing too special:

Life's Adventure

I sent this one to my neighbor using Bloom with Hope – I was missing her a lot, wishing she was still next door:

Bloom with Hope

I used some of the paper I got from a garage sale in this card I made for my mother-in-law’s birthday. It’s using a stamp set called Cupcake Party and a coordinating punch set called the Cupcake builder:

Cupcake Party

I made two of these for coworkers who had illness/death in their families using a set called Thoughts and Prayers

Thoughts and Prayers

These two cards were made using a stamp also from the Life’s Adventure set:

Life's Adventure

This one to welcome a new family into the neighborhood~

Life's Adventure - Welcome

This kit is not a Stampin’ Up kit, but I used Stampin’ Up Designer Series paper to choose my colors. It was made for my friend, Shanda, who really loves the color purple!

Turtle Card

This card was made using stamps from the set Polka-Dot Pieces and using the Positively Chevron Background Border stamp. The sentiment is from a retired hostess set (a set you’re only eligible for if you spend over a certain amount of money) called Banner Greetings:

Polka Dot Pieces

My friend Jessica, loves Hello Kitty. I have a box of Sanrio gift shop items that I still have from when I was living in California as an adolescent. So I rummaged through it and found some Hello Kitty notepads and cut it out to make this birthday card for her. The same banner sentiment from the set I recently mentioned. I embossed the paper using Stampin’ Up’s Chevron Textured Impressions embossing folder.

Hello Kitty

So these cards, I really consider amateurish – but hey – everyone’s gotta start somewhere, right? Thanks for sticking around until the end! 🙂