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Birthday card with Mr. Snailman


Today I’m here with a new card with Trinity Stamps Mr. Snailman to show you how versatile this stamp set is.  You can use it for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, Christmas, get better cards, happy mail and just because cards!

First I stamped all the images from the “Mr. Snailman”, “Rhino Bird Day” (birds & balloon) and “Let Love Grow” (happy birthday) stamp sets with Momento black ink.  I fussy cut some images and other images I cut out using my Brother CutNScan2.

Next I used the awesome blendability brushes to blend out dried marigold & spun sugar distress oxide inks on a stitched cut panel- I love the blended color where they overlap!


Next, I copic colored all the images- here are some of the colors I used:


I have a very limited supply of copics- so I often have to blend 2 colors (or sometimes 3) to get the final color I want, but it is worth it.  Copics are my favorite coloring tool and I’ll slowly add to my collection.  Don’t worry if you only have a few copics, just blend like I do and you’ll be fine!

Finally I adhered all the images in place with some double sided tape and added some “Fairy Rocks” gem stones for some shine.


Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day 🙂

Supplies from Trinity Stamps: “Mr. Snailman” stamp set, “Fairy Rocks” gems

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Sunrise-inspired Valentine’s Day card

Blog Feb3Two recent photos served as the inspiration for today’s card. My friend Alexia is a runner and gets up at the crack of dawn to run and photograph the sunrise.  Her photos are amazing!

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Her photos and a recent sneak peek of a card that Carly Tee Minner made helped me decide to make a sunrise with soft colors and turn a snowy sentiment into a Valentine’s Card.

I have often had trouble picking a palette of colors to use for a card, but it was easy this time.  Trying to mimic a sunrise’s colors of pinks and oranges, I chose several Distress Oxide inks: dried marigold, picked raspberry, spun sugar and worn lipstick.  The Trinity Stamps blendability brushes truly make blending easy and fun.  I have shied away from making backgrounds such as the one used to make this card because of the difficulty in getting an even transition in coloring.  I would never be able to make the perfect background in one try; invariably the color would be too heavy in one area where I wanted lighter coverage and vice versa.  It is easy to fix lighter coverage by simply adding more color, but not so for heavy coverage.  The blendability brushes give the control back to the user without having to first wipe off a lot of color.

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I used a cloud stencil from My Favorite Things (products used are below) to create the dreamy clouds using the distress oxide inks on a 4.25 by 5.5 inch cardstock panel.  I used Picked Raspberry & marigold at the top of the card, transitioned to worn lipstick & marigold in the middle and then spun sugar & marigold toward the bottom of the panel.  I never wiped the brush in between any of these transitions, which I think helped create a gradient of continuous and gradually lighter color.

I decided that to use the Trinity Stamp stamp set “If kisses were snowflakes, I’d send you a blizzard” in puff white embossing powder to tie it into the cloud scene and I love the result.  First apply a powder tool to lightly coat the panel and then use versamark ink to stamp the sentiment.  Apply the white puff embossing powder and shake off the excess before heat setting with a heat gun.

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The card needed some final small embellishments, so I used a die from a recent Ellen Hutson release- “Confetti Kisses & Tic Tac Toe” by one of my favorite designers Julie Ebersole.  I wanted the hearts to really pop, so I used the two darkest distress oxides (picked raspberry & worn lipstick) and apply these heavily to cardstock prior die cutting. The die cut hearts combined with the sweet & tart candy hearts from Trinity Stamps really pull the card together don’t you think?

Thank you for stopping by! Have a happy crafty day!

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Magical Wizard Valentines


I love to give my daughter a little card and gift each year for Valentine’s Day. This year I decided to change things up and make a little Valentine’s display that can be hung up on a wall or on a door.  We both happen to love the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and so I thought that I would combine the two and make it a Harry Potter Valentine’s Day. I used the Wizard Friends stamp setand the Magical Sentiments stamp setand die set.

Not having a die cut to make what I envisioned, I turned to my Silhouette Cameo and made a heart with a stitched line rectangle inside.  You can easily make one yourself, or feel free to download the one I made here.

I love to add sparkle to anything I make, so I decided to start out with Crafter’s Companion Shimmer Cardstock in rose pear; my cameo cut these out easily using the setting for “Silhouette-brand” chipboard (this cardstock is quite thick).  I then cut out 2 inch by 3 inch rectangles of lighter weight Neenah cardstock as can be seen in the photo here:


I ultimately decided for even more sparkle using various WOW embossing powders listed at the end of this post and shown here:


I decided to stamp my images with ink first prior to heat embossing with WOW powder.  Using a MISTI or similar tool allows one to do this easily. Simply stamp with the desired copic-friendly ink, wipe off the stamp then copic color so as not to have your copic colors interact with the embossing powder.  Now place the image again in the same spot in the MISTI, ink up the stamp with versamark ink and stamp again.  Add your favorite embossing powder and then heat set with a heat gun.  Easy peasy and the results are lovely!  I chose to do it this way because 1) some lighter embossing powders do not show up as well on light cardstock and 2) some images, such as the phoenix, need a mixture of gold and red to really come to life.

Once you have finished a 2 inch by 3 inch panel, adhere it to one of the hearts within the outlined area.  Gently fold along the dotted lines to make the heart into an envelope.  Adhere a inch ribbon to the front (as shown in the photo below); using this length of ribbon will allow you to intertwine the hearts as shown in the first photo. As a final touch you can add a heart to cover up the ribbon, so that when you fold it up, it will look like an envelope.

I hope that I inspired you to make your own valentines this year for all your valentines!  Thank you for stopping by!

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Traveler’s Notebook Layout with Wizard Friends

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I’m up on the Trinity Stamps YouTube channel with a video on how to make this traveler’s notebook insert layout.

First I printed out the Marauder’s Map from a tutorial found here; all the files that you need to make it can be downloaded in a safe zip file.  I used printer paper to print the files needed to make the Marauder’s Map, because I didn’t want to add too much bulk to the insert.  The insert is a standard Midori size (8.25 in by 4.33 in).

The insert itself is made with thick cardstock, patterned paper and vellum.  Don’t be afraid to make an insert with multiple types of paper in it- I think it creates interest and actually sparks creativity.

I hope that you will try to make a layout in a traveler’s notebook insert- the size is perfect for discretely journaling and documenting your trip or any new adventure!

Thank you for stopping by!

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Blendabilities Brushes Birthday Card


I usually try to have a blog post up on the same day as the corresponding YouTube video goes up on the Trinity Channel.  Sorry for the delay this week, here is the video for the card shown above.

I’m using a new product from Trinity Stamps- the blendability brushes.  I am so thrilled to have these brushes, they make blending so much easier than the foam pads I’ve used before.  There is no need to pounce the color off on a scrap piece of paper prior to adding it to your card- simply control the amount of color on your card by applying varying degrees of pressure- that’s it!  So use a light amount of pressure if you want a thin sheen of color and apply a large amount of pressure if you want a lot of color!

What’s new in this video is that I have used (what I call) a wet blending technique.  By mistake (a happy mistake) I cleaned off a brush and had residual water on it.  I started to blend using a wet brush and presto- not only did I get lovely blended color, but the paper expanded, just a little, in the areas I had applied color.  It’s difficult to see in the photos, but the white areas where I did not add color retained a tight, almost puffy, dimension when compared to the areas where I did add color.  Voila- puffy clouds!  Completely by accident!  I will definitely use this technique again and again.

I hope you will give the Trinity Stamps blendability brushes a try- they make blending truly effortless!

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Interactive “Magical” Card with Mini Internal Lantern

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Today I’m up with a new video, you can find the YouTube video here .  It is a take on a lantern that I made a few weeks ago.  I love to extend the use of a card by transforming it  something interactive.  I hope that the user will put a tea light/votive candle and use the card as intended!  Full details of the process can be found in the video.

Below are links to supplies used for this project; affiliate links are used at no extra cost to you.  Thank you for stopping by!


These are also available at Trinity Stamps!

Tools: Blendability brushes

Stamps: Wizard Friends, Magical Sentiments

Dies: Wizard Friends, Magical Sentiments, Castle Scene Builder

Inks: Distress oxides