Category Archives: Art Impressions

more recent cards

Good morning! This is a very image heavy post today but I have quite a few cards to share. Thanks for sticking with me! I’ll try to keep the text short. ūüôā

The first card uses the Art Impressions 5319- Birthday Set, 5317- MB Template Dies, 5318- MB Envelope Dies, 5323- MB Wall Accessories, and 5324- MB Cat Accessories. I made this one a few months ago and overlooked it in my files. These are so fun to create and fold up so tiny!

My second card was made in support of Ukraine and was given to someone who has family in shelter there. Praying for everyone in this horrible situation. I used SNSS Beautiful Bouquets Bundle, SNSS Script Background, Sunny Studio Frilly Frames- Lattice, and SU! Stitched So Sweetly dies.

A masculine birthday card using Sizzix Circuit embossing folder and MFT Block Happy Birthday die. The small sentiment is Sweet ‘n Sassy Birthday Wordfetti.

I made a set of CAS thank you cards for a friend who’s father passed away. SU! Punch Party, Trio of Tags Dies, and Evergreen Forest embossing folder.

The next two cards use SU! Forever Fern, The Paper Studio- Eucalyptus paper, MFT Stitched Basic Edges and Scalloped Stitched Basic Edges, and Sizzix Layered Ovals. Colors- Soft Sky, Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon, Certainly Celery, Blue Bayou, Soft Seafoam.

A special card for a birthday girl! MFT Friendly Unicorns & Dies, Color Blast Die, and Grassy Hills Die, Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Borders, Sweet ‘n Sassy Birthday Wordfetti and Puffy Clouds Stencil.

I made a cute gnome shadow box card with Lawn Fawn Shadow Box Dies, and MFT Hanging With My Gnomies.

Next is two cards with SU! Hand-Penned Petals and Hand-Penned Memories & More cards & envelopes. I also used the SU! Stitched So Sweetly Dies. On the first card I also used a sentiment from SU! Friendly Hello and SSS Stitched Circles Dies. On the second card I also used SU! Here’s A Card, SU! Brick & Mortar embossing folder, and Gina Marie Stitched Rectangles. It was semi-cased from Elizabeth Price (Seeing Inkspots).

Simple black & white versions of a card using word dies… Hero Arts- Hello There stamp & die set.

I went with blue and browns for my bee card… SU! Honeybee Home, SU! Hive embossing folder, and circle punches.

A few alternates from the SU! January 2022 Paper Pumpkin kit. The embossed hearts are from an old Cuttlebug Love Language embossing folder. These were scored to change them from a trifold card to a gatefold. I love shaped cards!

Altenew is known for their florals and the Simple Beauty set was used here to make some sympathy cards. The diecut edge is from MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2.

I am late getting a start on this year’s Christmas cards but I squeaked out a few with the TH Snarky Christmas Cat set.

Another masculine birthday card. These are harder for me! SU! Snowfront used here with some woodgrain paper.

And lastly, some diecut birthday cards using Sweet ‘n Sassy Sweet Treats Stamp & Die Bundle, Sizzix Happy Birthday Drop-Ins Card Dies, Lawn Fawn Double sided adhesive sheets, and a bunch of 1/2″ cardstock strips!

Thanks for scrolling this far and have a great day!

snow friend like you

I have another card to share today. I was asked to guest design for the Art Impressions blog today and the theme is “Get In Shape…shaped cards…no squares or rectangles”. Well, I do love a shaped card! ūüôā

I used a sweeeet snowman, bunny, and bird image from Ai 4935- Sparkle & Cheer Set, along with an old mitten shaped die (Spellbinders Nested Mittens) to create my “cold weather friends” card.

If you don’t have a mitten die, you can easily draw your own pattern or use clip art to make one. Keep the top fold of the card base slightly below the top of the mitten to create the fold. Then add an additional mitten to the front. I embossed the front mitten with Sizzix Knit Set embossing folder and sponged some ink (SU! Pool Party) on it before adhering it to the card front. The images were colored with Copics.

Have a great Thursday!

2021 catch-up

Hello! Today I have several cards that I made throughout the year but never shared here (Five of them go back to April!). The first two were made with some Art Impressions Matchbook sets for two of my friends’ birthdays. I customized them to their hobbies and business. One friend likes to quilt as well as make cards. The other friend owns a stamp store, so I added her logo as a sign and made sure Fuzzy the cat was included! These fold up so tiny and cute.

Ai- 5317- MB Template Dies, 5318- MB Envelope Dies, 5321- MB Craft Room Set, 5323- MB Wall Accessories, and 5324- MB Cat Accessories.

Next I made an Accordion Lock Fold card. These are so fun! I used SU! Watercolor Wings, Butterfly Gala, Bold Butterfly Framelits, Butterfly Thinlits, and the sentiment is from A Touch of Ink. The pretty paper is The Paper Studio- Violet Bouquet. Ink colors- SU! Mauve Mist, Marvelous Magenta, and Eggplant Envy.

I LOVE the Anita Jeram stamps at Colorado Craft Company! I used the Gina Marie Scalloped Stitched Rectangles and Sizzix Falling Hearts dies with them to make an anniversary card.

Here I used Lawn Fawn’s Foursquare Backdrop: Portrait and Critter Concert with matching dies.

I played with a friend’s Gina K stencil set to make these pretty cards. Not sure what the name is!

Blue Iris card- here I used SU! Inspiring Iris and Heirloom Frames, SNSS Sentimental Mash-Up, and the tiny dots are Stamps by Judith. Paper- SU! Lost Lagoon and The Paper Studio- Eucalyptus. Ink- Soft Sky and Certainly Celery.

A few masculine cards with SU! Nature’s Beauty and Morning Meadow (sentiment), Stitched Nested Labels Dies, and Plaid Tidings dsp. I also used Paper Pizazz- Barnwood paper. Cardstock- Confetti Cream, Crumb Cake, and Early Espresso.

Next up is a pretty floral card using the SU! Pierced Blooms dies and Here’s A Card (sentiment). Colors- Night of Navy, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Rococco Rose, and Soft Seafoam.

Here’s a bunch of alternate cards I made with the April 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit.

Seahorse card- SU! Seaside Notions and Hero Arts Jellyfish Party Bold Prints. The background was done on Watercolor Distress Cardstock with Distress Wilted Violet and Peacock Feathers (Distress Smooch). Images were colored with Copics. I used Night of Navy, Island Indigo, Highland Heather, and Pool Party on the images stamped in color.

Lastly, I made this card for a friend who had a new grandbaby. SU! Treasures of Life and Scripty embossing folder, Sizzix Floral Frame 3-D Impresslits, and MFT Die-Namics Stitched Traditional Tags.

Thanks for popping in. Have a great week and wishes for a happy & healthy New Year!

Stamp & Swap thank you cards

This past weekend we held our 6th annual Stamp & Swap event. Our friend, Lou Ann, does an awesome job heading it up and keeping us organized! It’s always a great day to spend crafting with friends. Each year we are blessed to have a few companies donate some of their products to our door prizes and “goodie bags”. We are SO grateful and want them to know how much they are appreciated. Here’s five cards that I made to send out to them. (Our friend Lisa also made one for Stampendous).

Art Impressions- I used 5002- Sloth-some Set and 5135- Hexagon Double Stitched Dies. This also fits the current Ai Challenge!

My Favorite Things- Gifts from Santa & Dies, Evergreen Die-Namics and Stitched Basic Edges 2.

Unity Stamp Company- Crafty Girl.

Lawn Fawn- Fairy Friends and Long Distance Hugs.

Clearly Besotted- Look For Rainbows. (The turtle here is on an Art Impressions Action Wobble!)

Many, many thanks to these companies for helping to make our get-together a success!

Halloween party matchbook

Good morning! I am helping to fill in on the Art Impressions blog again this week and I’m back with another fun Matchbook project. If you missed the birthday matchbook I shared two weeks ago, you can check that out HERE. I have a pic in that post of just how tiny they are! These cute little 3-D scenes fold up and slip into a tiny envelope! This time I used images from several sets and created a little Halloween birthday party scene. Do you know someone with an October birthday who likes to celebrate it Halloween style?

Today I used 5319- Birthday Set, 5323- MB Wall Accessories, 5317- MB Template Dies, 5318- MB Envelope Dies, 5320- MB Kitchen Set, 5324- MB Cat Accessories, and 5038- Ghoul Friend Set.

The pumpkin face inside the picture frame is from a scrap of patterned paper. The tablecloth was also paper pieced and in the photo below you can see the patterned paper “rug” under the table. (Recollections- Midnight Magic Halloween and Doodlebug- Halloween Parade.) The tiny moon and cloud are from very old small McGill punches.

The back…

I hope you try these…they’re so fun! Thanks for popping in and have a great week!

woodland holiday wishes

Hello! I have another project to share today for the Art Impressions Tuesday blog post. This time I wanted to make a few holiday cards to start building up my pile to send out this Christmas. For these cards, I used 5193- Woodland Holiday Set and 5134- Banner Double Stitched Dies.

Isn’t this owl just the cutest? ‚ô• I couldn’t decide which way to turn the double-sided paper that I chose so I made the card both ways! lol. I love that the woodgrain side of this paper has the snow printed on it!

Be sure to check out the other cute images in this set. Thanks for popping in and have a great week!

stamps- Art Impressions 5193- Woodland Holiday Set; paper- white, Carta Bella- Merry Snowflakes; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- MISTI, Scor-Pal, Ai 5134- Banner Double Stitched Dies, Copics, SU! adhesive backed snowflakes, American Crafts glitter tape, circle punches.

Ai Birthday Matchbook

Hello! I have a super fun project to share today. I was thrilled to be asked to make a project for the Art Impressions blog today. I love Ai images and recently ordered some of the Matchbook series. I couldn’t wait to try them out and I wasn’t disappointed. They are adorable! You can customize the sweetest little 3-D scenes that fold up and slip into a tiny envelope! I used the birthday set with some old My Mind’s Eye papers (Dolled Up) to make a little party scene.

For this project, I used 5319- Birthday Set, 5323- MB Wall Accessories, 5317- MB Template Dies, and 5318- MB Envelope Dies.

Just to show the size of it folded up, here’s the envelope in my hand! This is the smallest card I’ve ever made! lol.

A few more photos of the inside…the cake table and cupboard pop away from the back wall. The tiny windows are optional to die cut but it’s so cute with them. Each accessory image has tabs on them to make it easy to adhere.

This is what it looks like opened up…

There’s even a die included to make a little stand on the back to help keep it standing up.

Folded up and ready to slip in the envelope…

If you like miniatures, you need to check these out! Thanks for popping in and have a great week!

recent journaling

Hello! Today I have a few recent bible journaling pages to share. I don’t always share them but with all that’s going on in the world today, I really needed to dig back in and hopefully these pages will brighten your day a bit too.

34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.
35 Cry out, “Save us, God our Savior;
    gather us and deliver us from the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name,
¬†¬†¬†¬†and glory in your praise.‚ÄĚ
36 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting.

Then all the people said ‚ÄúAmen‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúPraise the¬†Lord.‚ÄĚ

I started this Thanksgiving page at the holiday but never got around to water-coloring it until recently. I think I was a bit intimidated! lol. It wasn’t difficult after all and was really a lot of fun. I do love some cherry pie!¬† I followed¬†this tutorial by Scribbling Grace¬†with her free printable to create the page and added a red tassel to a paperclip for a tab. I used Kuretake watercolors and the SNSS With Love Alpha.

Ezekiel 11:19

19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.

My Christmas page wasn’t done on a Christmas verse in the bible but rather was based on the Grinch having a change of heart and the true meaning of Christmas. Our hearts are truly transformed by the Good News of Christ‚Äôs life, death, and resurrection. And no matter who we are or what we have done, there is hope for our future.

I used the Grinch stamp set by Gina Marie Designs and hand drew his head, body, and arms. The ornament was stamped again onto white cardstock. I wrote the words on it and colored, cut & layered it on. The popcorn garland is from SNSS Deck the Halls and the sleigh/present is from Warmth of Christmas. I colored with Inktense pencils.

9 But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
    nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has¬†prepared¬†for those who love him‚ÄĚ

Yesterday my friend, Lou Ann, shared a memory on Facebook of me ‚Äútrying to steal‚ÄĚ her dessert at one of our giggler dinners. LOL. Our large group of friends all miss getting together for fun crafty days and our monthly dinners so much! It reminded me of this page that I‚Äôve been wanting to do so I finally got it done. I was also inspired by¬†Stephanie Gammon’s page¬†and the following story that you’ve most likely heard:

I found a fork image online, turned and cropped it, and printed it onto a clear sticker sheet. All images were stamped with SU! Going Gray ink and the words with Versafine Black. The cake is from SNSS Make A Wish and the flowers are from Mason Jar Bouquet. I also sponged the gray ink with the Tim Holtz Doily Stencil. The words were done with SNSS Sunshine Girl Alpha, With Love Alpha, Teeny Alpha, and Inspirational Word Art 2. The tiny fork on the tab is from Sizzix Festive Treats dies.

9 Be not quick in your spirit to become angry,
    for anger lodges in the heart of fools.

My last page was created because of all the negative political posts lately that are getting many of us down. I used the Art Impressions Sloth-some Set and the SNSS Marker Alpha and Art Deco Alpha. The hat and balloon on the hanging sloth were masked off. The stencil is TCW Gabrielle Pollacco Mini Moving Vines. The grass is from SNSS Happy Camper. Images were colored with Inktense pencils.

Thanks for reading this far and have a great weekend!

virtual stamping

The past few weeks I have been doing some “virtual stamping” with friends, playing along with random challenges. It has been a great way to make a bunch of RAK’s to send and also connect with friends I haven’t seen in a while!

Here’s the cards that I made so far. The first photo is for a challenge to use bunnies or flowers and also uses the Scrappy Strip technique for the background. (I honestly didn’t watch the entire video and just winged it. If you want to skip the chit chat, go to the 20 minute mark.) I used the Spellbinders 24 Carrot dies and the following papers: black, white, SU! Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red and Daffodil Delight, Echo Park- Sunny Days Ahead.

This card was for a monochromatic challenge. The images are a free printable from A Jillian Vance Design.

My next card was for a challenge to make a humorous card. I used a free printable by Taylored Expressions for the sentiment and thought it would pair well with Ai’s Maude! The sentiment was cut with Gina Marie’s Scallop Stitched Rectangles. Papers are white, Lemon Lime Twist, Taken With Teal, navy, K&Co. Que Sera Sera.

This CAS card was for a sketch challenge and also using the colors Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry and Pool Party. I used the Sweet ‘n Sassy Birthday Borders and Lots of Love sets with patterned paper scraps (SU! Sycamore Street) to make the cake.

The ladybug card was also for sketch and color challenges, using SU! Little Ladybugs and matching dies. The background panel was embossed with the Subtle e.f. for a little texture. The matching envelope was a third challenge here.

Here’s a card with an older SU! set, Not So Seriously, for another sketch challenge. The paper is Simple Stories- Vintage Bliss.

This next card was actually my first one for the challenges and my least favorite. Next time I would use a lighter background. The challenges here were to use these colors and sketch and make it in 15 minutes. I obviously need more time than that. lol.

This was for 2 challenges (I combined them a lot. lol)… the colors and to make a masculine card. I used SU! Sailing Home and matching dies & paper.

Next card was for a fancy fold card challenge. I chose to make a Square Z-fold card. I used the Sweet ‘n Sassy Tea For Two and Colorbok’s Beach House paper.

Inside is an oval with Die-Namics Stitched Mini Scallop Ovals.

My last cards today were for a sketch challenge. I used the SNSS printable Encouraging Thoughts, Avery Elle Let It Snow Die, Sizzix Wildflower Stems #1, Jane Davenport watercolors, and SU! Square Lattice embossing folder. The flowers were diecut from watercolor paper.

After the watercolored flowers were dry, I added some Wink of Stella.

I am thankful for friends keeping me crafty during this time! Stay safe and have a good week!

loads of fun

Hello! I have four more cards today that I haven’t shared and then I think I’m caught up! These were made in December 2018 for the January 2019 trade show. I love, love, love Art Impressions stamps! They’re so fun. I especially love to paper piece their clothes, can you tell? lol.

My first card uses the 5110- Housework Set. This set even has a cat sitting on a Roomba! I paper pieced her dress to match with papers by My Mind’s Eye- Happy Day. The blue cardstock on all of the cards is SU! Baja Breeze. Other supplies for this card: Copics, Sizzix Dotted Squares & Ornate Labels, MFT Stitched Scalloped Edges, foam dimensionals, square brads and rhinestones.

Next I used the 5115- Birthday Laugh Lines set. I gave this guy matching pants and then pieced his shirt too. The papers here are Doodlebug- Sugar Shoppe. I also used MFT Stitched Rounded Rectangles, circle punches, and enamel dots.

My third card has a super cool lady from the 5111- Loads of Fun Set. She has some balance and coordination for her age! lol. Here I used papers from Pebbles- Garden Party. Other supplies: MFT Stitched Square Scallop Frames & Blueprints 20, Sizzix Ornate Labels, rhinestones.

And my last card uses the 5114- Never Too Old Laugh Lines set. I love that sentiment. Papers on this one are from My Mind’s Eye- Hello Gorgeous. I layered a bunch of diecut circles (Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles) on the bottom. Her balloon was paper pieced too.

If you love these as much as I do, click on my links to get them for yourself! Have a great day!