Joy to the World

Christmas is just around the corner.  It's time to amp up my cardmaking game!  First up is this card colored with Zig Clean Color real brush markers.  Of all the coloring mediums I have tried, I think I like these best.  My only wish is that I had more colors! 

To bring a little more highlight to certain areas, I used a white gel pen.  After coloring them in I did a wash of wink of stella to add some sparkle, then used yellow stickles to help make them stamen pop. If you click on the picture to see the close up, you'll notice the embossed die cut of the Merry Label Die.  I just love that double line embossed detail. 

Stamps: Hello Gorgeous (Altenew) Snowy Sayings (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps) Candy Cane Lane (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Midnight, (Catherine Pooler Designs) Real Red, Tranquil Tide (SU)Versamark
Paper: Bristol Vellum (Strathmore) Lost Lagoon (SU) Fairy Dust, Silver Bells 6x6 (Kaiser Craft)
Accessories: 024, 029 (Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers) Clear Embossing Powder (WOW) Merry Label Die (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps) Yellow Stickles


Black Friday Deals

While some people enjoy waking up at the crack of dawn on Black Friday to fight the insane crowds for the best deal on the hottest electronic, I prefer sleeping in and getting on my laptop in my jammies to shop for stamping goodness.  <3   Here are some Black Friday deals for you.  The first 2 include affialate links.  When you shop after using these links it costs you nothing, but I get a tiny percentage to cover some of my cost of bringing stamping lovelies to this blog.

Shop Ellen Huston Gratitude
(Don't forget to check out the Clearance section)


No code needed to Shop CAS-ual Fridays Special, but you can
Use code cas-comfort at checkout for 15% off

Shop Altenew Sale

Shop Simon Says Stamp

Shop My Favorite Things Sale


Meeka's Birthday

Last month my niece turned 3.  It's hard to believe she is already 3 years old!  I wasn't able to make it down for her birthday so I sent her presents and a card.  My brother was nice enough to share this video footage of her opening her special card from Auntie Heather.

Isn't she the cutest?!!!  I think she liked her card even more than her presents!  Would you like to see her "Happy MYyyyy Birthday" card?

The background of this card was very similar to yesterday's card.  I used these cool make-up brushes that I found for a steal of a deal on Amazon and sponged the background.  This time I added even more of the Picked Raspberry so it would be a hot pink.  The ballerina was first stamped in Picked Raspberry, then heat embossed with Versamark and Wanderlust embossing powder.

For her name I used CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Flowercase.  Don't you just love that we can create our own custom names?  It's especially useful when you have a less common name such as my niece has.  These flower alphabets are perfect for a girl of any age, but I think a certain 3 year old might love them the best.  To create her name I stamped out each of the letters in versamark and embossed them in white.  Next I sponged ink over them and used a wet wipe to wipe off the extra ink from the embossing.  Since I didn't have dies to match, I just fussy cut the letters leaving a thin border.

The one thing I wasn't happy with was the swirl I tried to create with a fine line marker.  I tried to fix it by adding another circle, but then I hated it.  I thought about doing it over again before remembering that this was for a 3 year old and she would love it just because it was for her.  <3

Of course I added a little bit more bling with some sequins and a sparkle pen.


In case you were wondering, I was inspired by the new challenge at Calling All Sistahs.  You can add your card inspired by this photo for a chance to win a $25 to CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!

Stamps: Tutu; Flowercase (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Picked Raspberry Oxide (Tim Holtz Distress) Versamark, Gray Marker
Paper: Solar White (Neenah)
Accessories: Ballerina Fri-Dies (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps) Blueprints 20 (My Favorite Things) Wanderlust Embossing Powder, White Superfine Embossing Powder (WOW)