100 Day Destash-Day 7 Patterned Paper, Sequins & Die Cuts

So 100 days…..yeah. It’s a goal that I will complete. Does that mean I have to do 100 days consecutively? No, I can go at my own pace as this is my goal no one else’s.

It’s been a bit crazy lately transitioning my parents to a new apartment so the cards I have been doing have been pretty simple cards. Watching some of my favorite card makers always inspires me and today it was the awesome Jennifer McGuire.

I have used some ancient patterned paper, some acetate from packaging and a great heart die from another favorite, Gina K Designs. Some sequins were thrown in for bling. I love using scrap paper for dimension it is so much cheaper than foam tape. I used this behind the sentiment and the main card base. Thanks for stopping by!!

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100 Day Destash Challenge-Day 6 Die Cuts

There is nothing like a Good Friday night of crafting with Mary Gunn on Craft Roulette Challenge to get the creative juices flowing. This week’s parameters were the color orange plus 2 more, a circle, a stencil and a plant.

The stamps are from Create A Smile. The Stencil and scalloped die are from Gina K Designs Master Layout 4. Distress Oxide Inks were used on the stencil. Have a great weekend!!

100 Day Challenge-Day 5 Designer Series Paper

Designer series papers were something that always caught my eye and still do. However, I seem to have purchasing restraint now. But wow there are soooo many beautiful papers out there! I don’t want to discourage you from purchasing them. The point of the challenge is to encourage you to use these supplies.

This card was made with designer paper, my own die cut and white card stock. Other than gluing the die layers together it was very simple.

100 Day Challenge Day 3 & 4

Sequins and patterned paper are plentiful in my craft room. I think during the next 90 some days these two supplies will get used quite a bit.

Sequins are a supply I have tons of so I see shaker cards in the future. This card was created with a Gina K Design stencil and a Simon Hurley stamp set called Best Friends.

On Friday I have been taking part in the Craft Roulette Challenge. It is a group created by Mary Gunn on FaceBook. It starts at 6:30 pm. Check it out!!! Really gets the creative juices flowing!!! Pattern paper was destashed in this project.

Craft Roulette Challenge

The last two Fridays I have taken part in a Facebook live group called Craft Roulette Challenge. It is a lot of fun. It is a Mary Gunn production and each week she features a guest crafter, many of which have quite large followings.

There are four categories which are project, colors, elements and “random”. Tonight’s project was a gatefold card. The colors were yellow, green and blue. (Neutral colors are always allowed.). This week’s element was snowman and the random selection was to use some sort of shimmer. You have 48 hours to share your project at http://www.craftroulette.live.

I thought I was done with winter cards but I suddenly remembered that I had won an adorable set of snowmen from Sweet November Stamps that I had not used yet. I think I hit all of the categories. Let me know what you think! Thanks for stopping by and join us next Friday for Craft Roulette. It starts at 6:30pm CT.

Wild Thing…I Think I Love You

For some reason the background in this card reminds me of an animal print. The background was stenciled with an Elizabeth St Hilaire pattern from https://www.joggles.com/stencils/joggles-elizabeth-st-hilaire-stencils-and-masks

I used Distress Oxide in Black Soot. The hearts were cut out on my Silhouette Cameo in mirror paper and plain white card stock. The white paper was embossed with a Swiss dot folder.

I didn’t have any heart embellishments and this is one item I am not purchasing in 2021 so I made some out of my Nuvo drops (which I have PLENTY of). The LOVE die is from Gina K Designs A Little Love set. Thanks for stopping by.

You Always Gain by Giving Love

Isn’t that the truth! When you receive a card in the mail can’t you just feel the love? Especially if it is a handmade card. This card was created with a stencil from Gina K Designs and the A Little Love set. An old stamp was used for the blotchy silver background embossing. The heart was cut from my Silhouette Cameo. Thanks for stopping and have a beautiful Sunday!!

Love Is In the Air

For some reason this year I seem to be making a lot of Valentine’s Day Cards. Maybe because the world just needs a little more love ❤️.

Besides going to friends and family I plan on sending some in for Claire’s Card Drive go Seniors as well. If you have spare cards please check out the link in her profile on Instagram. She can be found at @claires_card_on

Now back to today’s card!

I am using Gina K Designs A LITTLE LOVE set. The set also includes dies and stencils. The background was made with Distress Oxide Black soot ink and a stencil. The hearts were created & cut on my Silhouette Cameo 3. One heart was cut from a mirror card stock, the other was cut from Neenah 80lb Solar white. The white heart was then embossed.

Some red hearts were made on my craft sheet and then later glued down. Remember this year I am using what I have and I didn’t have any little hearts. I hope you enjoyed this card. Please leave me comments with any questions.

I ❤️ Valentines Cards

This year I am making a bunch of Valentines to send out. I will send them mostly to organizations that distribute them to nursing homes, and other places. Once again I am trying to use only stamps and stuff I already own.

However, I did receive A Little Love stamp set from Gina K Designs as a gift and I am in love with the LOVE die. It’s perfect for the upcoming holiday and other occasions. Such a beautiful script.

The background is two pieces. The top half is embossed and the bottom was ink blended and then Nuvo glitter paste was applied over a stencil. The sentiment and LOVE are from Gina K Designs. Stay tuned for more tomorrow! Do you make Valentine cards? Do you have them all done? Thanks for visiting.

Bright and Cheery!

It felt like a day for a bright and cheery card. The past few days have been filled with Valentines card. So today I sat down with Gina K and her husband Tom and crafted with them. They used an old technique with torn paper.

You simply tear two strips of paper tape them down to your card front. Then you do some ink blending. Remove the paper, stamp or emboss whatever image you like and add a sentiment.

I used Distress Oxide Inks (mown lawn, blueprint sketch and squeezed lemonade). The stamp set is from Gina K Designs and is called Beautiful Butterflies. This set is so versatile. Don’t ask me where the hello die cut came from because I have no idea! Thanks for visiting!!!

Better Late Than Never

Ok…..I haven’t posted in a loooong time. This doesn’t mean I wasn’t being creative. I was just in a bit of a slump. Christmas cards took over my life I was doing a few orders and sending batches out to organizations to be passed out.

When the new year hit I took a look around and decided that my New Year resolution was to use what I already had. Of course I mean those items that cost the most and, quite frankly, get used the least. So for this year no new stamps, dies, or other major purchases. I will continue to purchase ink, neutral papers and adhesives (once I use up what I have).

I know you are all laughing yourselves silly but I am really going to try. I will be posting card creations a few times a week made with stuff I already have. I am going to try and get through ALL of the stamps I have purchased in the last 10-15 years. It has been reassuring to see people like Justine Hovey and Ingrid Blackburn doing this as well! I feel that’s pretty good company to keep.

The above card was created using two old Stampin Up sets:

Gorgeous Grunge & I Heart Hearts

The technique used for the background is probably one of the first ones I learned. It is called the “Masking Tape Technique. Basically you rip strips of masking tape (cheap tape) then ink up the sticky side and place where you want it. I then stamped and embossed (Nuvo Classic Gold) over the background and added an embossed heart from the heart set. I had forgotten what a great stamp set the grunge set was and will be using it more often.

I hope you enjoyed this project and get ready for more. If there is anything YOU want to see drop me a comment. As always THANKS!!


Today I am posting a “Thanks!” card as well as a photo of our rescue dog who is not very thankful :). I am thankful for my sister who helped me get my Etsy shop off the ground today. The card is made with a border die from Joggles which can be found here. It’s a great die for the slim line cards. It is a card for all of you who have taken time to stop by, say hello and drop me a comment.

My Etsy shop can be found at ExpressivePaperShop. Please stop by and see the offerings. So here is your thanks card, I appreciate all of you.

Now I suppose you want to know why our rescue is not thankful. Well about 7 years ago, my daughter found him on a hot summer day in Arizona. His original family had moved out leaving the 4 month old pup under a bush. During that time we were living in Dubai in the U.A.E. and she was here in AZ. Needless to say, as soon as we met him we all fell in love. Eventually, we brought him to live with us for the rest of our stay in Dubai. However, prior to his trip, he had to get paperwork done and during this time he stayed with my sister.

She kindly agreed to coordinate his trip details. Since his stay with my sister he has eyes for only one human being and that is her. We are all back in Arizona and recently my sister purchased her own home. The ungrateful rescue packed his bags and took up residence in her home. He has his own room and truly is her shadow. All stories have happy endings and Dee is certainly his happy ending.