Saturday, June 23, 2018

Cup of Java - TupeloDesignsLLC DT Project

Hi Everybody,

Coffee themed stamps and cards are really popular these days.  I saw this cute stamp from Penny Black called, Cup of Java and knew I wanted to make something with it for a coffee loving friend. 

This is for my weekly design team post for TupeloDesignsLLC.  They do have free shipping, no minimum purchase.  Keep in mind, they have a lot of great sales and you can use more than one discount code but you need to place a separate order for each one.  You get free shipping so it really doesn't matter that you need to do that to be able to use multiple codes. :)

One of my favorite colors is aqua so I decided to make a background using Nuvo Embellishment Mousse called, Aquamarine with a stencil from My Favorite Things called, Full of Heart. All you do to use this mousse, is tape the stencil down over the cardstock and use a palette knife, butter knife, etc., and spread it thinly over the openings of the stencil.  You can usually put the excess back into the jar. Immediately take the tape and stencil off and let this dry.  Wash your palette knife and stencil in warm, soapy water. You will get a beautiful pearly aqua color result from this with beautiful texture and dimension.  

I colored this cute stamp from Penny Black with Copic Markers called Cup of Java. I traced over the scrolly parts on the cup with a Metallic Silver Pen.  I cut the stamp out using a stitched heart die and sponged aqua ink inside the die while still taped down.

Next I cut out a coffee word die from Your Next Stamp called, Fancy Coffee.  I cut it out three times with aqua cardstock and decided to use metallic silver cardstock on top, making the aqua layers look like a drop shadow. 

This card is 5"x5" square by the way. 

I hope I inspired you to make a coffee themed cardTupeloDesignsLLC has a variety of stamps, dies, shaker cups (with matching cards), etc., so take some time to check out their online store.  They sell all of your favorite brands and who doesn't love some free shipping!  :) 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Sunday, June 17, 2018

You're My Favorite Human

Hi Everybody,

I have one more post today.... Barney, my half Pointer, half English Springer Spaniel wanted me to make his Daddy a card for Father's Day.  :)

This is Barney :)

I used this adorable stamp from Dreamerland Crafts called My Dear Puppy, coloring with Copic Markers.  A2 Circle Cut and Stitch is the cover die I used by CC Designs. The sentiment inside is from Wreath Builder Stamp Set by Gina K Designs. I just love this sentiment!  I started to write in parentheses (other than my Mommy) lol.

I really enjoyed making this card for Richie from Barney.  He loved it and it will go up in his office. I hope you're enjoying your Father's Day.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


For Daddy - Father's Day Card

Hi Everybody,

Happy Father's Day!  Enjoy your time with your Dads today.  I'm not getting to see mine today but we're having lunch next week so I'll give him this card next week.

My Dad is 74 and still rides a Harley Motorcycle so for the past few years, I made a card for him with motorcycles on them.

Here's an example of one of them lol.

This year, I wanted something more sentimental for him.  I found this super cute stamp from Penny Black called For Daddy and there's a story behind why I wanted to use this stamp.

When I was a little girl, my Dad worked second and third shifts mainly and when he would get ready to leave, I would grab his legs to try to keep him from leaving and he would say, "I have to go to work to buy you chocolate milk" and I would say, "Okay"... lol   

I'm assuming he will remember this if I do. :)

I colored with Copic Markers and I cut out a mask to put over the colored stamp.  Next I stamped the background around the stamp with Tree Rings by Stampin' Up.  I wanted a neutral, masculine background so the stamp itself would stand out but all that white area would be covered.  I used Altenew mini ink cubes in the grays called, Warm Gray and started with light and went down to the third color to create an ombre effect. It's hard to find good gray ink colors that work well together and I really like these. 

I had this Happy Father's Day die in my stash and cut out with black cardstock, adhering with a Zig Two Way Glue Pen.

The bottom layer gray cardstock is Bazzill brand, not sure of the color. I used the textured side. 

The inside says, have an amazing day. The sentiment inside is from The Ton Stamps, Thoughtful Poppies stamp set. 

I hope you like my card and the story behind it.  I can't wait to give it to him!  

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Love Ya- TupeloDesignsLLC DT Project

Hi Everybody,

I know many of you have been using Penny Black stamps for years and here's my question... why haven't I??  Flower stamps are my favorite and Penny Black has beautiful, detailed ones that look amazing when doing watercolor techniques, which are so popular right now.  I don't have many solid stamps so I got a few from TupeloDesignsLLC online store to color them with markers, colorburst, etc., so that is what I did with my card today.  A few weeks ago I sponged Oxide Inks onto a Penny Black stamp and here's a link to that post

This card was so easy and quick to make.  I used my MISTI stamping tool and colored the stamp with Memento Markers (you can also use Tombow Markers).  You need to use some kind of paper that works with water.  I used Arches Hot Press 140# paper for this card.  You can also used Cold Press paper as well and here is a link to Arches Cold Press 140# Block Paper. I used Flower Lanterns stamp from Penny Black for this card. I colored each part of the stamp a couple of times, first coloring and stamping and then coloring again and spritzing with water.  I colored the stems with Desert Sand, the leaves with Bamboo Leaves and the flowers with LuLu Lavender first and then parts of the flower with the darker purple, Sweet Plum.  You can't mess this up! 

Next, I masked around the stamp with tape and sponged inside the tape, around the flowers with a very light yellow ink and cut the panel down.

Sometimes purples can be difficult to match so I sponged the Sweet Plum ink along the edges of white cardstock that shows on each side of the card.  I also cut out a Lawn Fawn Die called, Love Ya Line Border, with white cardstock and sponged over it as well with the Sweet Plum.  I went over it again with the matching marker.  So anytime you can't match ink to cardstock, remember you can use white and sponge ink or marker on it for a perfect match. :)

To finish it off, I used some clear confetti as embellishments to add some shine. 

You'll notice the ones in the first picture I stamped with the white backgrounds... I couldn't stop making these because they're fast and pretty.  I think these would make great cards from everything from hello, happy birthday to sympathy cards as well. 

I hope you'll check out all of the Penny Black stamps and products at TupeloDesignsLLC online store.  Remember, you get FREE SHIPPING with NO Minimum Purchase. Gotta Love That!  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Wonderful Friend - TupeloDesignsLLC DT Project

Hi Everybody,

This is my second post for TupeloDesignsLLCHERE is a Link to the online store.  They sell all of your favorite brands at up to 20% off.  They also offer 
FREE SHIPPING WITH NO MINIMUM PURCHASE.  How fabulous is that??  If you're like me, you hate to pay shipping.  I'll order $100 worth of crafting supplies to avoid paying shipping lol.  

I really love how this card turned out.  It started as coloring for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge and morphed into this beautiful card.  I colored this stamp with Copic Markers. This is a stamp by Concord & 9th called Wonderful Florals.  There is a stamp set and a coordinating die set available.  You will want the die set trust me. There are so many fun things you can do with this. 

HERE is Link to the Wonderful Florals Stamp Set and to the coordinating Die Set.

So, there's a lot going on with this card.  As I said I colored with Copics First.  Then I cut the stamp out with the coordinating outline die.  Next, I wanted to do something with the Wonderful letters to make them stand out but not conflict with the colors in the flowers.  I decided to emboss the letters with gold embossing powder using the striped stamp in the set.  I used Ranger Superfine Detail Embossing Powder  

There are probably others ways to emboss the letters but this is how I did it:  I used a light color ink to stamp the wonderful stamp and then I cut out the wonderful letters part with the coordinating die.  Next, I used a tape runner and put a little bit of adhesive on a piece of copy paper and I adhered each letter.  The paper is creased so I can put the embossing powder back into the jar.  I stamped each one with Versamark Ink using striped stamp in the set.  Be sure to use your embossing buddy first so none of the powder sticks where you don't want it.  Pour the embossing powder over the letters and then pour back into the jar.  You can do all of this on this one piece of paper.  Then I glued the letters on the card over the letters already there. 

I love how the striped gold embossing looks!  I also embossed a couple other stamps from the set, 'For A' and 'Friend' with the gold embossing powder on white cardstock and cut out the strip.  I used foam squares to give them dimension. Scrapbook Adhesive 3D Foam Squares are perfect for this. 

I used foam under the Wonderful stamp to give it dimension as well.  I almost put this stamp on a white card base and then I decided to find a matching color cardstock and stamp some of the smaller stamps around the edge and emboss with clear embossing powder.  I used a small flower, leaves and a sprig. I used Ranger Clear Embossing Powder for this. It just adds some interest and shine but because it blends in with the cardstock, I don't think it is too busy or conflicts with the Wonderful stamp.  I finished it by adding some clear confetti.  

I really did have so much fun with this stamp set and dies.  You can also cut extra flowers out with the other dies and color them and then pop onto the card over the flowers to give more dimension.  

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great day!


Monday, June 4, 2018

Baseball Eclipse Card - Masculine Card

Hi Everybody,

This past Saturday I posted a couple of Eclipse Cards with instructions using the beautiful Alexandra Renke papers for a couple of ladies that helped me with physical therapy.  Links to the papers I used on the cards from Saturday are in that blog post.  Link to that post is below. 

I just wanted to post one more Eclipse Card I made and this is for the owner. He likes baseball because his son plays so I made a card for him using baseball patterned paper.  I think these can be great masculine cards.  

I made this card in about 15 minutes.  When you use patterned paper they are the fastest to make because you already have your background made, but the alcohol ink and stamped backgrounds are more fun because you made the background yourself. 

I used a Die-Namics die from My Favorite Things called Big Thanks.  This is the perfect size for these cards.  It's about 3-1/2" long.  A few people had asked me how big my card is because I think they thought the die was bigger than it is.  My card is an A2 card.  

Here's a link to my blog post with instructions.  

Here is a link to TupeloDesignsLLC online store where I got the Big Thanks die.  They offer Free Shipping with No Minimum Purchase so check them out.  They sell all of your favorite brands. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!


Saturday, June 2, 2018

Thanks Eclipse Cards - TupeloDesignsLLC DT Project

Hi Everybody,

I'm excited to be a guest designer for the company, TupeloDesignsLLC.  Here's a Link to TupeloDesignsLLC.  Check out all of your favorite brands.... 

This company offers FREE SHIPPING NO MINIMUM!!!  Who does that?? 

I recently discovered Alexandra Renke papers from a couple of my friends in the Stamp Junkies group on Facebook posting the most beautiful cards, like eye candy and I found out they used these papers on their cards.  Alexandra Renke's papers are actually her own artwork made into these gorgeous papers.  TupeloDesignsLLC also carries her washi tape, stamps and dies.  

I have been going to physical therapy because I recently had a knee replacement and I wanted a couple of quick, pretty cards to take to the girls that work there.  An eclipse card made from these papers are perfect!  

Here's a Link to the first paper I used called Autumn Design Paper 12"x12" Blackberry. I thought this paper was so beautiful and I don't see blackberries on patterned papers so I wanted to use it on a card for something different. 

Here's a Link to the second paper I used called Poppy Design Paper- Red.  Did I mention a 12x12 sheet is only $1.39 and it is thick, not flimsy like most 12x12 papers.  

An Eclipse Card is actually really easy to make:

Your background can be either 1) Patterned paper like I used here, 2) You can stamp your own background with flowers, etc., or 3) You can make a background with alcohol inks, colorburst, oxide inks, etc.

Once you have your background, choose either a word die or you can use your own alphabet letters to make a word(s).  I used a My Favorite Things Die-Namics called Big Thanks.  TupeloDesignsLLC has many MFT dies so check them out! 

Next you place the die/alphabet letters where you want them on your background.  I taped the die down to make sure it didn't move and then ran it through the die cutting machine.  Make sure you keep up with the inside parts of the letters.


For these cards I used a dark gray bottom layer cardstock.  Adhere your background with the word die cut out of it to this bottom layer.  Make sure you put adhesive in between the letters so those little parts stick too. I just used a tape runner for this.  If you have inside parts of letters, such as the 'A' I have in my Thanks die, put your letter A in the cut out place and glue in just the inside part.  You are placing the letter where it goes only to see where you need to glue that inside part and then you can take the letter out. 

I cut out Thanks again with the dark gray cardstock I used on the bottom layer about 4 times and I glued these to the backs of my patterned paper letters. You do not have to do this but it also will give it a slight shadow as well.  You can also just glue the letters right into the spaces with no height at all, it's up to you.  I like the way the letters look when they look 3D like this so that's why I used the 4 extra letters glued underneath.

Once you have glued all of that together, then just glue the letters into their respective places on your background.  You're finished unless you want to add a few sequins or other embellishments. I didn't add anything to the blackberry card because it has enough going on with the pattern itself.  I did glue some clear confetti to the red poppy card because there is a lot of white space but it isn't necessary.

I love how the gray cardstock layers give the letters a shadow around them.  

I hope I've inspired you to try an Eclipse Card.  They are easy and it was actually relaxing just sitting there gluing the letters together.  Alexandra Renke papers makes an Eclipse Card super easy.  She did half the work by providing such a gorgeous background to start with. If you make one, tag me on Facebook, I would love to see what you made.  Here's a Link to all of Alexandra Renke's products

Please join the Facebook Page, TDLLC (Award Winning) and post your creations  when you use their products.  We would love to see them!

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great day!


Thursday, May 31, 2018

New Design Team Announcement

Hi there!

I wanted to make an announcement on my blog that I am going to be a Guest Designer for the company, TupeloDesignsLLC.  My first post will be this Saturday.  I made a short video yesterday on Facebook providing some background on the company and doing an unboxing to show the quality of care they use with orders.  If you saw it, weren't you impressed with how the 12x12 Alexandra Renke papers were wrapped and in a larger box than 12x12 so the corners didn't get crinkled?  I was!  

HERE's a LINK to TupeloDesignsLLC.  Please spend some time on their site.  I would say take a few minutes but when you get to their site, you'll know why I didn't say that lol.  They sell SO many company's products that it is just amazing.  They sell all of your favorite brands and everything is up to 20% less in price.  

Here's something that will get your attention:  


Whaaaaat?  Who does that?  I originally ordered from this company because of the free shipping, no minimum.  Pretty incredible!  

If you don't see something you're looking for, please email Dan at and I'm sure he will get it if possible. 

I hope you'll take a peek at my unboxing video.  Something is wrong with my phone battery so in the middle of the video I saw low battery and started talking fast!  

I hope you'll follow my work with this company.  This is the first time I've been on a team that sold other company's products and it's quite exciting.  

Here's a link to my unboxing video that I did live on Facebook yesterday.

Thank you so much for your support.  Have a great day!