Fuse Tool Fun

Hello Birthday Girl 2

I’ve decided it’s time for me to start cranking out some birthday cards to get a good jump on them this year. I always kick myself when I don’t have one on hand to send out when someone’s birthday creeps up on me. It’s all part of my resolution to be more organized in 2016.

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I also picked up a W R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool in November and finally put it to use a week or so ago. It’s great for creating quick shaker cards that aren’t so bulky. I also plan to use it for some photo album projects in the future. Essentially, you fuse two layers of plastic together using the heat of the tool and one of the nibs. I used a plastic stamp pocket for this – I just cut it to size and fused three sides together using the ruler as a guide. I tucked in a piece of patterned paper and added some sequins to the front before sealing up the fourth side.


Hello Birthday Girl 1

The patterned paper and the sequins used for this card came from a Simon Says Stamp monthly card kit. I also added a few seed beads to the shaker pocket. The “Hello” sentiment is the SSS Painted Hello die. I cut it out several times on black card stock and stacked them up on top of each other to give it a chipboard feel. The “Birthday Girl” sentiment comes from a Wplus9 stamp set called Hand Lettered Hello (which I use all the time…). I stamped that with Versafine onyx black ink on a piece of white cardstock and glued everything onto the shaker window with some glossy accents glue – because that stuff is strong!

Fuse Tool Birthday Card 1

I followed the same principles for the second card – sequins and patterned paper from a past SSS Monthly Card Kit, a few seed beads, SSS and Wplus9 sentiment combo. For this card, though, I mounted the window onto a piece of gray and white patterned paper before mounting it onto  an A2-sized card base.

Fuse Tool Birthday Card 2

I’ll certainly be making more of these!


Charmed // Thanks Again

Popping in today to share two more thank you cards. I made these two cuties using the Mama Elephant Charmed stamp set with coordinating dies, and my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers!


I’ve found that I like using the Zig markers with water to create a water-colored effect. I just lay down some color with the marker and use a paintbrush to pull the color around and do some shading. I only have the six color set, but it’s easy to blend colors and/or use varying amounts of water to achieve different color values. For the wreath around the fox I used a combination of blue, green and yellow in various places.


Since these cards are pretty clean and simple I used some foam tape to attach my critters and sentiments to give it some dimension. I also used my Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die  and some patterned paper for the panel to finish up this card. Then I did a little dance because this stamp set is just too cute!


Merci Times Three// I’m back from the dead

It’s time to resurrect this blog. I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long! No excuses, really. I got busy doing home improvement work (and I do plan to share some before and after photos soon), and then days turned into weeks turned into months. Going forward, I’m going to do my best to post weekly, and get back into the swing of things. I’ve even got a (mostly) functional craft room now, and having a space for creative work really makes a difference.

About a month ago, we had a housewarming party. It was great! Lots of friends and family came by to celebrate our new house with us and it was so nice to fill our new home with people we love. After the party, I got busy making thank you cards (lots of which have appeared on my instagram feed).

IMG_7987 This set of cards was relatively quick and easy. For two of the cards, I used the Brush Strokes stamp set from Mama Elephant, and an assortment of Mama Elephant pigment inks before stamping the Merci sentiment (from another Mama Elephant stamp set) on top of the brush strokes. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp the sentiments. IMG_7993

I also had a water colored panel lying around so I slapped a Merci sentiment on that, mounted it on a card base and called it a day.


Phew. It feels good to get a blog post written! For those of you who are still following along with me Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for sticking it out!

Christmas in July!

The hubby and I have been working away at painting, updating, cleaning and unpacking our new house (hence the lack of attention my blog is getting…). We aren’t officially moved in yet, but we will be soon, and it will be like Christmas! I’ll be so grateful to have a place to call our own, and the fact that we’ve worked our butts off to update it and make it our own will make it that much sweeter. Not to mention the fun of unpacking and finally getting to put to good use all of our “stuff” that’s been packed away in storage for nearly two years.

We’ve just been so busy between day jobs and home improvement (you can follow a lot of the progress on my instagram feed), that I’m just now getting around to sharing a little crafty Christmas in July project. I started this project as a way to jump into the Christmas in July contest happening over at PatienceBrewster.com


I used the medium tag dies from Simon Says Stamp to cut out a few dies, then stamped the Botanical Bunch stamp from Wplus9 on each tag. I didn’t want to center the stamp on each tag. Rather, I tried to vary the placement and make sure part of the stamp was cropped out on each tag. Then I colored with my Copic markers and added some dots and lines with my white signo gel pen. Each tag is a little different.



You may know that I like to give out little goodie bags around Christmas time, and these tags will be perfect for that.


Today’s the last day to join the Christmas in July contest over at patiencebrewster.com! If you decide to join in on the fun, take some time to also check out the Christmas ornaments page (it’s never too early to start shopping). I’m blown away by how beautiful her hand painted ornaments are. I love those zebras and the rhinoceros!

How will you be celebrating Christmas this summer?


*this post was not sponsored in any way, and all opinions are my own.

You Lift Me Up // Another Vellum Shaker Card

SC You Lift Me UpPhew, it’s been a while since my last post. It’s also been a while since I’ve made a card. I’m having serious withdrawals. Right now, about 99% of my time (outside of work) is taken up with prepping our new house. We’ve removed all kinds of wallpaper, and have added a layer of drywall to all of the to-be-painted rooms, and now we’re in the sanding and painting phase. Things are coming along. Slowly but surely. Otherwise, I’ve had no time to be creative and it’s making me a bit sad. Soon, I hope.

You Lift Me Up CardTo cure the longing, at least temporarily, I’m sharing a card I made several months ago using the Studio Calico Cirque Card Kit, some vellum, embossing powder, a Mama Elephant Lots of Stars die, a sewing machine.  I’m a little obsessed with using a sewing machine and thread to make shaker cards. I love how the vellum creates a soft look and allows you to make a shaker card with a lot less bulk (so it’s easier to send through the mail). I left little tails of thread hanging off of each side of the card because it somehow reminded me of hot balloons, or balloons in general, and added a little more whimsy.

Happy Wednesday!

Sending Prayers & Love // A Sympathy Card

Sending Prayers & LoveWell, my husband and I bought a house! And just a few days after closing on our house, my husband’s mother passed away rather suddenly. Needless to say, we have a lot going on at the moment, and I”m not sure I”m ready to blog about much of it yet, but I do plan to share some info on our house projects soon!

Today, (perhaps ironically), I want to share this card. It’s a sympathy card that I made for a friend a few months ago using the Simon Says Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set, some vellum and my trusty sewing machine! I stamped and heat embossed the sending sentiment on a piece of vellum that I had cut to fit over he 4.24″ X 5″ card base. I then stamped envelopes in various colors on the card base, die cut some hearts (I used washi tape on card stock in colors that coordinated with the inks I used), and assembled the shaker by sewing the vellum panel onto the card base.

Sending Happy Thoughts Sympathy CardIt’s always hard to lose a loved one. I hope this bright and cheery card helped to ease some of my friend’s pain.

Stamps: Sending Happy Thoughts (SSS)

Inks: Wplus9 Dye Inks, Memento Tuxedo Black

Dies: Lawn Fawn Joy to the Woods (the tiny heart die)

Paper: Neenah Solar White 80lb, Vellum

Other: Clear embossing powder, Glossy accents, 3m foam tape, Scotch washi tape, sewing machine


Tiny Heroes

Mama Elephant Tiny Superheros CardHow can you not love a card with at tiny super hero and her super hero cat on it?!

I think you're super duper cardFor this card, I simply die-cut a circle window into a card panel. Then, I stamped my super-girl onto another panel, masked her off and used distress inks to color a yellow and orange background (I even added a few water droplets to the distress ink because..why not?). It ended up looking like the little lady is flying a bit too close to the sun!

Mama Elephant Tiny HeroesI colored the little kitty to match, mounted him (her?) on the front of the panel next to the sentiment, and then stamped a few stars here and there to add a little oomph.