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It's the Easter Piggy!

>> Saturday, February 16, 2019


I know it's probably a bit early for Easter cards, but I'm sure you know how it is when you get a new stamp - you just want to get it inky!

I started my card by stamping just the grass and flowers from Leonard Pig Blowing Bubbles several times on the bottom 1/3 of my card.  I made 2 masks of the grass and several cloud masks so I could cover the bottom and sponge my sky using turquoise ink.  I colored the grass using watercolor pencils and the flowers using markers.  I stamped our new Easter Leonard and some Jelly Beans on scrap and colored, fussy cut and attached them to the grass.  Since my Happy Easter Everybunny was already in pieces it was easy to stamp each section in the clouds.  I finished up by adding a black edge with a stamp pad and attaching it to a folded blue card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Toadally Magical

>> Friday, February 15, 2019

by Julie Warner - The Write Stuff
 Happy Friday!
I hope your week has gone well! I hope you like these toad ally magical colored toadstools..I had a very good reason for choosing these colors, but I can't show it to you yet. I also head up the Inspiration Challenge team on Splitcoaststampers & my colors came from the picture that inspired me, but the challenge won't go live until much later tonight. 

So anyway, I stamped the different toadstools, masking a little here & there, then colored them. I did my out of the box along the top and added the panel w/ the colored tree slice behind it. The extra toadstool & little frog were fussy cut & added.  I thought a couple of dragonflies would fit in so I added those, as well.
Here's a look at the inside & below it are the Copic I used.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

paper: X-Press It white, Staples 110# white
ink:  Memento tuxedo black
accessories: Copic markers, Rubbernecker stitched rectangles, stitched hills dies, Misti


Sleep Tight

>> Thursday, February 14, 2019

Good morning!
Oh yes, we have been having snow/hail and rain for about a week and
 expect more for the next week but I am happy as a clam!
Yes, we ALWAYS need as much water as possible in any form
 for our poor forest, lakes and reservoirs. So I say bring it on!!
I have to admit though, our lowest temps have only been in the 
teens not sub 0 degrees like some places! 
We have a nice cuddly woodstove that keeps us warm too!

I have a couple of Gnome cards for you today!  These guys are so cute!
This Gnome is sleeping under a starry starry night!  The background under the stars is done with Color Burst (Ken Oliver). I used DRS stamps: Tree Slice Woodgrain , Ladybug Toadstool and Sleeping Gnome .

The stars and plants- Sizzix dies, tree background- Karen Burniston die.

My other card Uses DRS stamps: Tree Home Gnome Snail Toadstool ,
Wonderful Day Gnome and Toadstools 

Dies by Spellbinder (upper part of tree trunk), MFTs (sun) and Memory Box (greenery).
All these toadstools, Gnomes and bitty bugs are so darling, they remind me of a fairy garden which I just love!
I wonder what scene you might make up with some of these guys.  Hope to see some on Facebook soon!
Thanks for visiting!


Magical Forest

>> Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Hope everyone is staying warm (or cool if you are lucky enough to live somewhere warm).  It was so warm here a few days last week that pollen released and covered our cars.  The next day we were shivering and bundled up in coats.  That is winter in Alabama - you never know what you are getting. 

This gnome is comfortable in his little magical forest.  I started with the Tree Home Gnome image.  It comes with part of the tree, the fun door, the gnome and some mushrooms, but I finished off the tree, added in some more trees, put in the start of a little bridge, and added some more mushrooms.  I also added in a mushroom from the new Snail Toadstool (I took off the snail) image.  For the sentiment I cut up the new Wonderful Day Gnome Greeting.  To finish it all off, I used a couple of butterflies from the 4-in-1 Garden Bugs image. I colored everything with watercolors. 

I do hope you have a wonderful day!




Little Bitty Ladybug

>> Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Hi Everyone,

The snow and ice are back in full force outside my window, so I thought a cheery ladybug card would be just the thing for today's post. 

I colored up the darling little Ladybug Toadstool, and punched it out using my 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circle punches.  Those sizes will tell you it's small, so I chose to make it more of an embellishment by pairing it up with the Ladybug Birthday Greeting, which I stamped, die cut and matted.

I made my background by choosing colors from my toadstool, and stamped the Easy Dot background in red and the Splatter background in green. Using a scallop border punch, some cardstock scraps and a bit of ric rack, I attached my border to the top of the card. 

After adhering my sentiment and image, I debated whether to add a flower embellishment, but ended up leaving well enough alone, deciding less is more :)

Thanks for stopping by and I'm wishing you a delightful day!



gnomes and toadstools

>> Monday, February 11, 2019

Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend. This has been a super busy week for me. I'm thankful for the free time between appointments, meetings, work and life to be able to stamp and get creative. It is so soothing for me. I have two cards to share with you today that feature the new Gnome greeting with some cute toad stools and gnomes!

The first card uses the tree home gnome and the new toadstools with a ladybug and a snail as well as the older toadstools. I stamped the gnome and new toadstools onto white CS, masked off the toadstools and stamped the large toadstool three times. Everything was colored with Copics and added to the kraft card base along with the greeting and some chevrons. The sketch is from Splitcoast Stampers. I added some Nuvo clear drops to the ladybug and snail to help them stand out a bit.


This card features the sleeping gnome. I added a bunch of toadstools to create a little forest around him. This required some masking, but was super easy to do. Everything is colored with copics and again I added some clear Nuvo drops to the ladybug. The kraft strips were stamped with the woodgrain background image using Vintage Photo DO ink. The ladybug button was from my stash. No idea where it came from, but thought it would look cute added to the card.

These new gnomes are so cute and fun to stamp and color. You can check them out here.

Thanks for stopping by today.



St. Patrick's Day Scroll

>> Saturday, February 9, 2019


Sometimes (well, most times :)  I just want an easy card and my card today definitely qualifies!

I stamped the bottom 3/4's of my card using our Polka Dot Background stamp and green ink and set it aside.  To stamp our new St. Patrick's Scroll I first inked it in green and then went over the scroll parts with my black pad and stamped it on scrap.  After die cutting it and the green oval behind it I stamped the end of our Shamrock Swag on scrap twice, I colored and fussy cut two single shamrocks and attached them as shown and mounted everything on a folded green card.  20 minutes and I'm on to my next card :)

Thanks for stopping by!!


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