Z Fold Card | Sweet Stamp Shop

Hello there!

I really loved this set from Sweet Stamp Shop’s latest release and I just HAD to do something fun with that girl on the trapeze. She had to hang from something right? I ended up using a z fold card to create the dimension I needed to do her justice.


Check out how I did it here:

A2 card panel: 11” x 4.25”, scored at 5.5”; Front panel of card scored at 2.75”
Long Black strip: 1.25 x 11”, scored at 5.5” and 2.75”
Long Red strip: 0.75” x 11”, scored at 5.5” and 2.75”
Interior black strip: 1.25” x 3.75”, scored at 0.5” on each edge (2.75” in the middle)
Interior red strip: 0.75” x 4/75”, scored at 1” on each edge (2.75” in the middle)

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Drop Shadow | Sweet Stamp Shop

Hi there. A couple releases back, I created some drop shadow postcards for Sweet Stamp Shop and I got a lot of questions about how I did it. I finally found the time to create a video to show off two ways of achieving this technique: using a scan n cut or using masking post its.

It’s a pretty simple technique but it creates a super cool effect. This time, I use it as a more subtle part of the card since I wanted the focus on the main stamp image and the sentiment. I looooove tequila so it was the perfect time for this.


Check out the video below for how I created it and also all the supplies I used to create these two cards.

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

Some products are provided by manufacturers for review and use. Affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.

Circle Spinner | Sweet Stamp Shop

Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing a fun card using the new circle spinner die from Sweet Stamp Shop. This die is pretty versatile because you can use it as an interactive card or you can use it as a frame to spotlight a scene. I am using it interactively today paired with the Reel It In Stamp & Die set.

I have gone fishing once in my lifetime and I thought it was pretty fun once I got the hang of it. Of course, I think casting and reeling in a fish was the most fun. Touching a fish… not so much, but I digress. I wanted to mimic the reel and the casting using the spinner card.

I also used one of the wave border dies that haven’t been released yet, but I find this a versatile die as well. You can use it for waves or to create a scalloped edge. In this case, I used it in the obvious manner for the waves in the ocean.

I have a video tutorial for how I created this card from start to finish. I hope you enjoy it! Everything I use will also be linked below. Have a great day!

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

Some products are provided by manufacturers for review and use. Affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.

Distress Ink Night Time Background

Hi everyone! Today, I wanted to share with you this card using Sweet Stamp Shop’s Motorhome. After making a ton of cards all last year, I’ve realized that whenever I need a quick background, or a splash of color, I turn to my distress inks. I love distress inks because they come in the mini ink cubes, so I can have a huge variety of colors without taking up too much space, and the price point is great!

There are a ton of techniques that come alongside using distress inks, but today I wanted to share my go-to process of creating a nighttime sky. With this particular stamp set, the nighttime sky matches an RV camping scene.

I use Bristol Smooth cardstock almost 90% of the time, when I want to create a distress ink background. The paper is a smooth texture that makes blending distress inks really easy and it really does make a difference. Luckily, today’s technique to create a night time sky, doesn’t require much time or precision at all!

First, I pick colors I want to use (yes, I said colors!) and I like the bright ones (pickled raspberry, mowed lawn, wilted violet, fossilized amber). I just add colors in different areas of the paper and it looks like a big unblended mess, but that’s ok! It’s perfect the way it is. I’ve learned that with distress inks, it always looks a mess until you are done.

Photo 1Second, I pull out my Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot distress inks. This is where the night time effect comes in. I’ll go over the colors lightly with Chipped Sapphire: enough where I can still see the colors, but dark enough where the blue covers up and dulls the brightness of the inks. ’ll take Black Soot and blend the color on the edges of my paper.

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Lastly, a night time sky isn’t complete until there’s some stars shining bright. For this, I use Copic’s Opaque White Ink. I just put a little bit on an acrylic block, and use a small water brush to flick on “stars”. It really completes the night sky background and it’s perfect to use!

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I stamped out a small scene with most of the images from this stamp set to make it look like an RV going down the road to its campsite. This scene works perfectly with the starry night time background. I loved how this card ended up and this background goes so well with it!

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Sweet Stamp Shop & Chibi Lights

I personally love interactive cards and am always looking for a way to take my cards to the next level. I’m a huge fan of fairy tales and so I had to use the Hope Princess mixed with Wear a Crown set. It reminds me of one of my favorite movies. Can you guess which?

I actually had a bunch of ideas for this project, but ended up with a pretty simple one. I think it’s amazing regardless. To start, I wanted to draw out a scene to work out with this idea I had.1

Once I had that, I colored it in trying to keep it pretty simple. I have never used Chibitronics but when I opened up the kit, there was a booklet that gives you all the instructions you need for using these lights to create a project. Additionally, they provide two batteries, a handful of different colored lights, and copper wire. The instructions are straightforward with picture examples so it was easy to understand and to follow.


For my particular card, I wanted the rose and the mirror to light up so I got to work on mapping out my layout. I find it super helpful to map out how you want to lay out the copper wire so you know exactly where things need to go instead of repeated trial and error. I mark the lines from the housing and where the positive and negative lines go.


Once I finished planning, I’ll add the copper wire and varnish it to make sure the connection will be smooth. I also try to keep the positive and negative placement close together so the lights can fit perfectly in between. I chose a red light (for the rose) and a white light (for the mirror). They are marked clearly on the sticker as well as the positive and negative side.3

I use two layers of foam tape because the battery housing is about two layers high.4

After that, I attach the card base to housing that holds the Chibi lights and then attach that to a black card base.5

Once you press on the princess, the rose and the mirror light up. I get really giddy every time. I just love how this card turned out.6


Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.


Evil Background for an Evil Queen

Last year, I started learning how to brush letter and naturally, I picked up some Tombow Dual Brush Pens to practice. Although I still letter from time to time to address envelopes, the majority of my use of these pens is now for my card making.

My favorite medium for these brush pens is on watercolor paper. The pens glide so smoothly on the paper and when mixed with a brush pen or watercolor brush, it works like watercolors but with more control. I always heat emboss my images when I use the Tombows because helps keep the color and water contained within the image.


To color, the technique is easy: you use the pens to lay down the color you want and using a water brush pen, you drag out the color to look like you are shading your images.


Coloring with the pens is super easy, but for me, creating a background is my favorite thing to use Tombows for. It’s easy, fun, and unique, since you’ll never be able to recreate exactly. For this particular background, I used two colors for creating dimension on the ground: N15 (Black), 879 (Brown).

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I scribbled horizontal lines using these two colors and used a waterbrush to mix it up. I use the same technique for the sky. I’m creating a background for Maleficent after all, so it needs to be sky of green: 346 (Sea Green), 245 (Sap Green), 173 (Willow Green), and 133 (Chartreuse). Isn’t that cool?

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Once I have everything ready, I’ll fussy cut my image and glue it down using the Mono Multi liquid glue. I’ve always thought of this glue as a staple in the crafting world; so many people love it and I know why! You can’t tell from the photos but I actually didn’t like where I placed the image. Since the glue doesn’t dry right away, it allowed me to move my image to where I wanted it. Once my image is down my front panel is complete I’ll use the permanent adhesive to tape the card front to a card base.

I only used a few colors to create this image and background but I think the card came out to be super cool. An evil background for an evil queen!

–> Supplies <—
Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for review and use. All other items were personally purchased.

Canson XL watercolor paper: http://amzn.to/2wS7f6k
*Sweet Stamp Shop – Queen: https://goo.gl/4f1MGA
*Sweet Stamp Shop – Evil Background: https://goo.gl/zLZTc5
Versafine Black Onyx ink: http://amzn.to/2yEl71i
Hero Arts Clear embossing Powder: http://amzn.to/2xDi0IA
Wagner heat Gun: http://amzn.to/2k0nCI4
*Tombow Dual Brush Pens (Primary): http://amzn.to/2xDBywh
*Tombow Dual Brush Pens (Brights): http://amzn.to/2xxBH2F
Pentel Aquash Water Brush: http://amzn.to/2wSAZjK
*Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue: http://amzn.to/2yExDhw
*Tombow Permanent Adhesive: http://amzn.to/2yDMoRH

Pure Imagination – Double Slider with Hidden Slider

Hello! This is my very first video so I’m a bit nervous but I’ve gotten quite a few questions on how to make this so I finally got around to sharing the details. A double slider card is one of my favorite types of card to make since it’s such a surprise for the recipient. Sweet Stamp Shop’s Pure Imagination stamp set really inspired me to spruce it up a little more!

Youtube video 


It was much easier to create a video of the process than explain via words. I’m more of a visual learner anyway.

Hopefully, after you watch it, you’ll be inspired to create this kind of card. It truly is a card for someone special.


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and a Magical … Puzzle!

Hello everyone!

My sister’s birthday was yesterday so I can finally share this cute “card”, which really isn’t a card. She loves doing puzzles and so I always had it in my head to make a puzzle for her.

I used Neenah 80lb cardstock and stamped a ton of images from Sweet Stamp Shop’s Wizards, Grand Wizard, and Magical Friends sets since they all coordinate together to form the Harry Potter clan. For the letters, I used the Balloon Alpha set from The Sasssy Club.


I searched high and low for a puzzle set that wasn’t just a few pieces and did find one on Amazon. I couldn’t find any other puzzle die set with a good number of pieces.

In my head, I wanted some thickness to the puzzle instead of just paper pieces so I used Stick It adhesive on this card and stuck it on a piece of craft foam. This did make it a lot thicker to cut through my BigKick but I ran it a few times. and voila! a puzzle!


Just a fun way to switch it up using just a die!

Until next time!

Neenah Solar white 80lb cardstock
Spectrum Noir markers
Craft foam
Stick It Adhesive
Puzzle die from Amazon

Stamp Set:
Sweet Stamp Shop – Wizards, Magical Wizards, Grand Wizards
The Sassy Club – Balloon Alpha

DIY – Magnetic Bookmarks

I had posted a picture of my Harry Potter bookmarks that I had made as stocking stuffers and a few people had asked how to make them. I’m happy to report, it’s pretty darn easy.


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I used Canson XL watercolor paper, a 2 inch circle die, and some Love Cynthia stamps.


Using the circle die, I placed it on the folded strip of paper and ran it through my Sizzix Big Kick. This way it will come out with a folded circle.




I folded the paper in half and place the circle die on it leaving space at the top, so that when I ran it through my Sizzix Big Kick, it would have a folded circle.



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I stamped using black Versafine ink and used Hero Arts clear embossing powder. I thought that heat embossing it made it looked a lot prettier.



Then the fun part, coloring! I used Spectrum Noir markers. They blend well on this Canson XL watercolor paper.





I found these magnet sheets at Daiso ($1.50 store). They have the white backing you see but it’s easily removeable. I remove it because it adds additional thickness that you don’t need. But I use it to cut 1 inch sIMG_3070 (1).jpgquares.



Then I used Scor-pal double-sided adhesive to the magnets and added it to the bookmarks.



Then you’re done and ready to use it in your planner or book!

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Until next time… 

Items Used:

  • Love Cynthia – Clear stamps, Make Happiness a Habit
  • Canson XL watercolor paper
  • Hero Arts – Nested Circle Dies
  • Sizzix – Big Kick
  • Black Versafine ink
  • Acrylic Block
  • Hero Arts – Clear, Embossing Powder
  • Spectrum Noir markers
  • Daiso Magnet Sheet
  • Scor-pal, 1/4 double-sided adhesive