19 September 2021

Technique Tuesday: Travel Promo

Hello, friends! 

I'm back (after a long break from blogging- it's a lot of work to write a post! LOL!) and super excited to share several projects today featuring some Technique Tuesday's stamps and dies. ***BONUS: Technique Tuesday has a SALE going on this weekend-- use code SHIP30 for 30% off $30 or more!

I might have been absent from the internet and blogging... but I've been super busy in my studio creating these special projects for this promotion! I have a few projects to share today including one of Trav's FAVORITE designs. 

For my first project, I created a magnetic vacation countdown frame using the Technique Tuesday My Trip stamp set and Amazing Arrows dies. As soon as I saw this set I knew I wanted to make a fun project that everyone could see in the home or office. 

Countdowns are fun for just about any occasions (birthdays, vacations, baby's due dates, Christmas, anniversaries, etc)! My vacation countdown has many different details: masked words, layered background (for dimension- even if it is behind the frame glass), and a marquee sentiment that was stamped on transparency paper! It's so fun! 
Techniques: fussy cutting, masking, die cutting, layering, stamping, transparency paper, marquee letters

I created the bent arrow (90* angle) by using a technique, partial die cutting, that I shared in a video 4 years ago. You can check it out HERE
Die cut only part of the arrow by moving the top plate over. Be sure to tape down your die image! 
This look like the same photo, but it's not! Flip the arrow and die cut again but not all the way to the previous cut. 
Use a cutting knife to carefully remove the arrow from your paper! This is an EASY technique and a great way to modify your dies! 

Supplies: TT My Trip stamps and Captions and Labels dies, Amazing Arrows dies; Ranger Oxide Distress inks: Faded Jeans, Speckled Egg, Pumice Stone; Archival ink: Jet Black; American Crafts Buenos Dias! 12x12 paper; magnetic photo frame and dry erase marker

Trav wanted to photobomb my picture because this is one of his favorite projects! LOL! 

I wanted to do something super simple for my next project, and I found the perfect pre-made cardbases from Joann's! This CAS travel card set is perfect for the adventurous friend, family member, or graduate! You could even give these to someone who is starting a new job or moving. You really can't go wrong with a simple sentiment embossed in gold on a fun cardbase (and this stamp set has multiple sentiments perfect for a card set!!!)! EASY! 
Techniques: CAS, stamping, embossing
Supplies: TT Adventure Awaits; ICT VersaMark ink and gold embossing powder; Place & Time Summertime Papercrafting cards and envelopes

After some simple designs, I wanted to push myself to focus on fussy cutting the globe image in the TT Adventure Awaits stamp set. This card was easy to make, but it really pushed my creativity style. I usually work with bold colors and patterned papers. This is more vintage and sophisticated (well, at least that's what I think when I see it! LOL!). 

This design actually was a mistake at first. I messed up my masking technique because I FORGOT to mask the word "new"! I was going to have it on a tiny tag with the airplane and then stapled to the globe. When I forgot to mask while stamping, I had to redesign that area. The sentiment is off centered due to this mistake, but I really like how it turned out overall:) 

 I love that matching map paper in the globe! So fun!  
Techniques: fussy cutting, stamping, layering, embossing, masking (not really)
Supplies: TT My Trip and Adventure Awaits stamps; ICT VersaMark ink; WOW Embossing Powder Metallic Platinum Super Fine; The Stamp Market Jade and Slate ink, Jade paper; American Crafts The color of Memories papers; Bazzill Basics Paper Kraft

I went really out of my comfort zone for my final creation! I was inspired by a travel themed card and video by Stamping with Alice. I don't normally use transparency paper or stamp on the inside of cards... but her card was so cute that I had to recreate it using my TT Adventure Awaits stamps. I used the same papers as I did for the previous card (I already had them on my desk- why not!? LOL!). This card was actually SUPER easy to create! 
I love that the compass MOVES! Both the inside and the outside compass move together when you spin the circle:) 
NOTE: For some unknown reason, the next to photos are a different color ??? Either way, it shows the inside of the card. I used a very small (and very OLD- at least 10 years old) brad for the spinning compass piece. It was perfect for this idea of having both compasses spin! 
Techniques: clear view, stamping inside a card, embossing, stamping, die cutting, layering

Supplies:  TT Adventure Awaits stamps; ICT VersaMark ink; WOW Embossing Powder Metallic Platinum Super Fine; The Stamp Market Navy paper and ink; Bazzzill Basics Paper Kraft; American Crafts The Color of Memories; Inspired by Alice Tomal

I think these creations using just a few Technique Tuesday stamps and dies were fun to create and really stretched my crafting abilities! I hope you are inspired by them! And don't forget to shop their SALE HERE!! ****SALE ends Sunday night!!

THANKS so much for stopping by! 
Be blessed ❤️

08 June 2021

first try rejects and the final project after try #2

Hello, friends! 

I have soooooooooooo many projects to share... and I've come up with a quick way to share them all within a few posts. You might be seeing lots of different designs (and not a lot of details) per post to make it easier on me! LOL! 

Today I'm sharing a project that I created in April for a sweet and dear friend, Kim! I love celebrating her birthday and this year she turned 50. That meant I needed to make a super special birthday card. 
I had a few ideas that included watercoloring a piece of paper one solid color. I tried this with a teal and navy (you can see them in the watercolor bin). I thought that I could then add colors to the areas where the flowers would be... but that didn't work out at all! #totalfail I set those two papers aside and started again focusing on watercoloring after I die cut the paper with the design first. I posted about it HERE on Instagram. 
HERE's stage two. It's looking much better than my first attempt! 
I finished this card and absolutely loved the design! Best fail ever! I think Kim enjoyed it too. My mom loved it so much that she requested I make another one just like it. *It was hard to replicate but I did it for my mom! LOL! 
Supplies: The Stamp Market watercolor palette, Just Add Flowers stamp set, Floral Cuts cover die

So what did I do with the first try rejects? Well... I used them for another project two weeks later! It took me that long to figure out what I wanted to do with them. The papers were watercolored teal and navy with different hues and markings. I wanted that to stand out and so I used them on a CAS white card base with a few die cuts and sentiments. EASY! And to be honest, I love how they turned out! Rejects aren't really rejects unless you throw it away. #lifelesson 

This "Thank You" card was created for a sweet couple that became family to me during Covid. They took private aqua fitness classes from me to stay active before they moved back home to WI. I knew the husband loved flowers (his wife's name is Rose! LOL!), so I made a simple white embossed flower bouquet the focal point of this card design. 
Supplies: The Stamp Market watercolor palette, Framed Floral, Gorgeous Greetings, Emboss ink

The navy rejected paper was big enough to make two cards! I love the bold navy with the white background.
Supplies: The Stamp Market watercolor palette, Botanical Print, Botanical Beauty die, Palm Leaf die, Navy/Slate paper and ink

I never throw anything away, and it's a good thing! These cards are some of my favorite! And I learned that rejections are not always bad; good can still come from it. 

That's it for me today. I will be sharing more soon! THANKS so much for stopping by!    

Be blessed ❤️

31 May 2021

Alcohol Ink + Under the Sea Baby card

Hello, sweet friends! 

I have absolutely missed being in the studio and creating!!! It has been SUPER crazy here the last two months! I barely had time for anything. Here's what I've been up to: 
  • I had to change my schedule to study for my AEA exam (MORE details on that later)
  • I started teaching aqua fitness classes at our community (6 group classes a week and 2 private classes)
  • I am still in a boot so that is interesting figuring out aqua fitness instruction on the deck and trying to rest it
  • I also was asked to create some special cards for TT's birthday promotion a week ago (click HERE for details).... and basically that has been L.I.F.E. 
All of that to say--- it's goooooooood to be back in the studio! And the *best* news will be shared soon! 

Anyhoo... back to my creation for the dayπŸ™ƒ I was asked by a sweet friend to create a baby card with an underwater theme, using teal, blue, green, purple/lilac colors. I was given a month to create it, and it took 29 days! LOL! 

I absolutely loooooooove how this card turned out. It started with some Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO Papers and alcohol inks. Now, if you know me... then you know I love bold colors and lots of inks when working with this technique! However, I went light with the ink; I even "watered it down" using alcohol. I thought it would be prettier if I created a soft look for a baby card. 
Next I cut the background up and created a second paper using bolder/additional alcohol colors for the critters. I stamped the images using ICT Stazon Jet Black ink and the My Sweet Petunia Misti. I couldn't have done it without this little gadget! 
I fussy cutting each Paper Smooches sea themed image (all sets retired πŸ˜ž) and die cutting the baby sentiment by The Stamp Market
Finishing was easy- adhere and layer every fussy cut and die cut image... and DONE! I love how this turned out! 
That's it for me today. I have at least 15 different backgrounds using alcohol inks just waiting for me to create with them! So there will be MORE to share soon! I also have about 50 birthday cards to complete as well. LOL! Now that I have the time, I will post more:) 

THANKS so much for stopping by!    

Be blessed ❤️

Paper: Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO Papers, Doodlebug White Glitter, vellum 
Inks: Ranger alcohol inks- Botanical, Patina, Purple Twilight, Limeade, Pistachio, Stream; ICT Stazon Jet Black
Stamps/dies: The Stamp Market Baby Layering diePaper Smooches Surf & Turf and Courteous Cuties stamp sets (retired)

ps... if you are interested in purchasing my cards, you can check them out on my Facebook PageSavannahland2ForSale!!! Click HERE for the photo album of the cards for sale:) 

16 May 2021

Technique Tuesday: Celebration!!!

Hello, friends! 

I'm back (after a long break from the internet) and super excited to share several projects today featuring some Technique Tuesday's stamps and dies. Check out the TT birthday promotion SALE--- use coupon code HBDAY21 for 20% off everything from May 16-20th. Read more about this promotion SALE and check out more amazing projects from the TT team HERE

I might have been absent from the internet and blogging... but I've been super busy in my studio creating these special projects for this promotion! I tried to create different designs using just two TT stamps and dies sets: Gertie and Garth Goat and Iris

For my first three projects I used the TT Gertie and Garth Goat stamp and die set. Isn't this goat just the cutest!?!?! This card design was inspired by a card that I created 10 years ago! I highlighted the two different goat images as if the one on the bottom is talking to the one on the top, calling him an “old goat”. It’s a whimsical and fun design with lots of detail in stenciling and layers, as well as a masculine feel but could be used (by switching colors) for just about any friend, neighbor, co-worker, or family member that’s OLD! :) 
Techniques: stenciling, layering, inspired by previous design by myself, stamping, die cutting, layering, fussy cutting

Supplies: TT Gertie & Garth Goat stamps/dies; Ranger distress inks: Cracked Pistachio, Spiced Marmalade; The Stamp Market inks/papers: Slate, Black, Melon Orange, Gravel, Tropic Teal; Recollections papers: Dark Gray, Kraft; May Arts black/white chevron ribbon; random silver and black gem brads (found in my stash from probably 10 years ago! LOL!)

My next card is simple, fun, and can be mass-produced quickly! It has three layers: a white card base, a black/white taped background piece, and the green center panel. The goat image was stamped on a watercolored paper that I quickly painted with gray hues and then fussy cut to make him stand out. I added a few drops of black and white Nuvo Crystal Drops to make his eyes pop. To finish the card, I cut the sentiment stamp and stamped the one multiple times in the corner and then the other sentiment in a tone-on-tone in the opposite corner. This card is perfect for just about anyone celebrating a birthday! 
Techniques: watercoloring, fussy cutting, stamping, layering, CAS
Supplies: TT Gertie & Garth Goat stamps/dies  NeocolorII Crayons Grey, Lt Grey, Black; The Stamp Market inks: Black, Cactus Green; Recollections papers Black, White, Green; Nuvo Crystal Drops Ebony Black and Simply White

I just love these goat images and wanted to use the male goat for a CAS, modern, masculine card. I think this design could be mass-produced EASILY! Using leftover journaling cards in my stash, I cut a few that created a small panel (and I left the curved corner for an accent!). Then I masked the larger sentiment stamp to create an emphasis on the words “Old Goats Club” with a darker ink than the rest of the sentiment. The trick to getting the goat image to stamp perfectly on the raised panel and card base is to use a stamping tool such as the Misti! It didn’t take but two inked tries and this goat was perfectly stamped on this modern birthday card:) 

Techniques: CAS, one layer, modern, masculine, masking, stamping
Supplies: TT Gertie & Garth Goat stamps;  The Stamp Market Black and Slate inks; Recollections Kraft papers; Becky Higgins Project Life journaling cards

For my last three projects, I used the TT Iris clear stamp and dies. I think this flower is BEAUTIFUL! I featured it three different ways on my cards. 

I’ve been inspired by CAS and modern designs lately, and I wanted to try a white-on-white design with a pop of color with this TT Iris clear stamp and die set. This card couldn’t be more simple to create- stamp, emboss, and die cut your flower image on white cardstock and then die cut it using any colored cardstock. Layer these two pieces so that just a pop of color shows. Stamp the sentiment in matching ink on the card base and add the flowers! To add a bit more pizazz, bunch up a bit of thread to add behind the flower piece and add some clear droplets. SIMPLE and yet STUNNING:) 

Techniques: CAS, stamping, layering, die cutting
Supplies: TT Iris stamps/dies; The Stamp Market papers/inks Emboss, Jade, Sea Glass, Cotton Candy, Peach, White; WOW Embossing Powder Opaque Bright White super fine; The Stamp Market clear droplets; white thread

You can add a lot of detail to a project using an embossing folder, as well as stamping an image multiple times for extra layers! I really like how the Iris flower has such soft details with the image stamped multiple times, fussy cut, and then layered together. Another easy card to assemble: emboss card base, stamp and emboss sentiment on vellum, add your layered and fussy cut flower on top! If you want you can add a little bow. So easy and yet FULL of detail! 

Techniques: fussy cutting, stamping, layering, die cutting, embossing
Supplies: TT Iris stamps/dies  The Stamp Market inks and papers Emboss, No Line, Navy, Mossy Green, Orchid; Recollections papers Kraft and Vellum; Nuvo Crystal Drops Buttermilk; WOW Embossing Powder Metallic Gold Rich super fine and Metallic Silver Sparkle; Park Lane Paperie Diagonal stripe and Diamond embossing folders; white thread

This is one of my favorite cards to date! I love the tone-on-tone Iris flower image on the card base with the popped watercolored flower in the center. I tried a new (to me) technique of no-line watercoloring. I didn’t really like the “no-line” look so I softly stamped the image after watercoloring with a light gray ink. I loooooooove how this turned out! You can’t get any simpler than this: stamp flower image on the left and right of your card base using a matching ink. Stamp and watercolor your flower image. Die cut the flower image and add foam on the back. Stamp and emboss your sentiment. To finish add the watercolored flower in the center of your card. SOOOOOOOOO easy and SUPER beautiful! 

Techniques: watercoloring, stamping, die cutting, layering, tone-on-tone
Supplies:  TT Iris stamps/dies  The Stamp Market papers and inks Fuchsia, Slate, Navy, Emboss; watercolor paper; WOW Embossing Powder Metallic Gold Rich super fine

I think I achieved my goal πŸ’―of trying to create several different designs using just two TT stamps and dies sets: Gertie and Garth Goat and IrisπŸ˜‰

I hope you will stop by the Technique Tuesday blog post HERE for more details and creations! And don't forget to shop their SALE HERE!! ****SALE ends May 20th!!

THANKS so much for stopping by! 
Be blessed ❤️

11 April 2021


It's sooooooooooooooooooo good to be back in the studio! 
I found some time this weekend to play with some watercolors. I have a special watercolored card that I will share on Friday this week- it's for one of my very very special friend's birthday! I don't want her to see it before she gets it in the mail. Stay tuned for the reveal:) 
Not sure why this photo is blurry! :( 

This card was super easy to whip up! I saw a pineapple embossing folder at JoAnns yesterday (only $2.50 plus 20% off!) and knew it would be perfect to create a card to welcome our new neighbors, as well as celebrate our friends and family who just moved/bought a new place.  
Instructions: emboss watercolor paper, add watercolors to pineapple images, add striped washi tape to side of card (channeling my inner Samantha Mann), attach embossed/colored paper to base, die cut sentiment and stamp coordinating sentiment, attach both sentiments to card base. DONE! Simple and fun! 

That's it for me today. Don't forget to stop by on Friday- I have another card to share. It took me around 3 hours to complete but it was totally worth it! LOL! 

THANKS so much for stopping by! 
Be blessed ❤️

Paper: watercolor paper, The Stamp Market Greenery
Inks: ICT Memento Wedding Dress, The Stamp Market Color Crush Watercolor Palette Pans
Stamps/dies: Paper Smooches Welcome dies and The Welcome Wagon stamp set
Other: Place & Time Pineapple/Summer embossing folder; NeocolorII Crayons Ocre, Golden Yellow, Emerald Green

ps... if you are interested in purchasing my cards, you can check them out on my Facebook PageSavannahland2ForSale!!! Click HERE for the photo album of the cards for sale:) 

31 March 2021

It's a happy day (when I get to play with alcohol inksπŸ™ƒ

Oh happy day, friends! 
THANKS for stopping by today! 

I created this card awhile back but haven't shared it yet. I'm hoping I get to have some crafty time in the studio soon! #SAVfact: I've been working on my AEA Aquatic Fitness Professional license and I've only got one and half chapters left!!! But with that means and large test, getting certified in CPR, figuring out insurance as a personal trainer and working in our community, etc. It's been taking all my time. PLUS-- my left foot is still not feeling great. HOWEVER-- my right shoulder is MUCH better! Praise the Lord!!! πŸ™ŒπŸ»

Anyway... enough about me (I don't want to waste your time!)! Here's today's card. Simple combo of some of my favorite items: alcohol inks, Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO PapersThe Stamp Market Oh Happy Day stamp and die set  and gold paper/embossing powder/ink. DONE! 
THANKS so much for stopping by! I hope you have a happy day! THANKS for always lifting me up and encouraging me- your friendship and love mean so much to me❤️

Be blessed ❤️

Paper: Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO Papers, white and gold cardstock
Inks: Ranger alcohol inks: Citrus, Limeade, Dandelion, Coral, Wild Plum, Purple Twighlight

ps... if you are interested in purchasing this card, you can check it out on my Facebook PageSavannahland2ForSale!!! Click HERE for the photo album of the cards for sale:) 

26 March 2021

🌈 MORE Rainbows 🌈

Hello and welcome back, sweet friends ❤️
I've been MIA (again)... well, because I can't catch a "break". I did catch a break but not in the way I wanted. I was placed in a foot boot (again) about two weeks ago. I stepped down on my left foot about a month ago and had the most intense pain. I knew that feeling from when I tore the 4-5 tendons in that same foot. I knew something was wrong but I didn't do anything about it for 30 days. #stubborn I'm supposed to be in a boot until April 8th. 

And just the other day I pulled the sheets on the bed to make it and pulled/strained/tore a muscle in my front right shoulder muscle. Oh man does it hurt to lift my arm! 

See why I say I can't catch a "break"!!?!?! I was doing so well with starting to workout daily, walking more, eating right, and getting back on track after a year of depression... well, now I'm on the couch most days. πŸ€¦πŸΌ‍♀️

But enough about me! I want to share some happy rainbow cards I made a month ago. These are some of my favorite! I loooooooooooove this Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO Papers!!! It's so smooth and takes the inks perfectly! 

I created another rainbow using the The Stamp Market Rainbow of Happiness dies. It created a negative and positive image, which means that I *HAD* to use both! #idon'tthrowanythingaway πŸ™ƒ Both cards were simple to make- create rainbow inked design using Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO Papers, die cut rainbows, place pieces on card base, stamp sentiment, think about it.... die cut small hearts from scraps (again #idon'tthrowanythingaway! LOL!) and finish card. SOOOOO easy! 
The second card is definitely my favorite of the two:) I love the hidden sentiment. I also love the difference of the rainbow paper- it's the SAME piece for both but it looks so different! 
That's it for me today. I do have several more cards to share--- I'm in a rainbow mood and am making over 50 birthday cards that are multiple shades of each color (making a rainbow)! It's taking me forever to finish them! LOL! I want them simple but simple cards and I do not get along; thus, why it's taking so long. πŸ˜‚
I also have this set of alcohol inked backgrounds to use for creations... GOODNESS! I need to find time to get into the studio this weekend:) 
Thanks so much for stopping by! And thank you for leaving me some love on my posts!!! You make my day! THANK YOU

Be blessed ❤️

Paper: Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO Papers), gold metallic, white cardstock
Inks: Ranger Alcohol Ink; T Black ink
Stamps/dies: The Stamp Market Rainbow of Happiness dies, Rainbow Greetings; Paper Smooches Tiny Hearts (retired)

ps... if you are interested in purchasing this card, you can check it out on my Facebook Page: Savannahland2ForSale!!! Click HERE for the photo album of the cards for sale:)