Teacher Inspiration

As the school year comes to an end, it’s nice to send some good cheer to our hard-working teachers.  My project today, which was first featured on the CutCardstock blog, is a card with a coordinating envelope that is perfect to pair with those end of the year mugs and gift cards.

I started off with a 5×7″ notecard created with Basis Cardstock in black and placed it on my stamp platform.  I had some school-themed Tim Holtz Blueprint stamps and decided to make a background with them using white pigment ink.


This gives kind of a chalkboard look that’s great for the teacher theme.


I adhered a simple band with foam tape using Cougar White Super Smooth cardstock stamped with an inspirational sentiment.


For the envelope, I used a Basis A-7 envelope in white and stamped a tree and an additional quote on the back.  I stamped the leaves of the tree in teal ink to coordinate with the card sentiment.





Adding that extra stamped detail to an envelope is one more way to get more mileage from your stamps and make that special teacher feel even more appreciated.  Thanks so much for joining me today!


Teach & Inspire stamp set-Papertrey Ink

Papertrey Ink Tropical Teal ink pad

Stampers Anonymous-Tim Holtz Mini Blueprint Schoolhouse stamp set

Simon Says Stamp white pigment ink pad

Papertrey Ink Tropical Teal ink pad

Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform

Spring and Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop



It’s time for another Coffee Lovers Bloghop!  This time, the focus is on Spring and Summer.  Of course, that means a rainbow for me.  For my project, I used the Layered Coffee Cup die and the “Got Coffee?” die, both by Kat Scrappiness.


To create the rainbow, going into the coffee cup, I created a mask using a curved die that I cut into some scrap cardstock.  I created the stripes coming down across my notecard using the 2 masks side by side, leaving space for the stripes.   I used a variety of Distress Oxide inks to  create the rainbow.


Next, I lined up the top of the coffee cup lid with the rainbow and drew some pencil lines where I wanted to continue the rainbow onto the lid.


I used the same mask to add more rainbow colors to the top of the lid.



I wanted to add a little bit of blue to the background, so I just used the mask again to blend some Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink onto the card.


I dry embossed a flower pattern onto my coffee cup to add a little texture.


A couple of butterflies and my sentiment finish the card.


A fun and whimsical take on a coffee-themed card.  Thanks for joining me today!  Be sure to head over to the Kat Scrappiness shop where Kat is offering 10% off your purchase May 25-June 1 using coupon code: ILOVECOFFEE.



Layered Coffee Cup die–Kat Scrappiness

Got Coffee?” die–Kat Scrappiness

Butterfly Layers stamp set by Mudra

Distress Oxide, Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmelade, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers

Sizzix embossing folder


Kat Scrappiness Design Team Project: Happy Birthday Mr. Fix It!

I love tools that have fun colors!  Today’s card is clean and simple using the new Dad’s Tools layering stamp set along with some Lawn Fawn inks.  Perfect for upcoming Father’s Day or your favorite guy’s birthday.

I knew I wanted to do some kind of grid with the screwdriver stamp, so I arranged the different screwdrivers around the sentiments I wanted to use.  The front of the stamp package is perfect for this because everything stays put as you’re arranging.


This is a peek at all the inks I used.  I only used 2 layers to stamp the handle this time.  For the bottom of the screwdriver, I used the 2 gray inks at the end.  I double stamped the Manatee ink to get a darker color for my 2nd layer.


A stamp platform is always handy for this type of precision stamping.


After getting all my images stamped onto my white panel, I arranged it at an angle with some repositionable tape on to the front of a blue notecard covered in patterned paper.  I trimmed off the excess with my scissors and popped the panel up with foam tape.


I added some Blue Steel sequins using mini glue dots and Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

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Thanks so much for joining me today.  All supplies I used from the Kat Scrappiness shop are listed below.


Dad’s Tools layering stamp set

Lawn Fawn–Moonstone, Blue Jay, Carrot, Sunflower, Peachy Keen, Lobster, Hippo, Manatee

Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform

Blue Steel sequins

Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Mini Glue Dotz


Cut Cardstock Design Team Project: Let the Good Times Roll


Retro graphics on cards bring a fun and carefree feel that I love.  I think they work really well for masculine cards too, so for today’s card, which I also featured over on the CutCardstock blog, I brought in some fun retro-style stamps and dies  to pair with  CutCardstock’s Basis Cardstock.

Since the stamp I’m using, features a man driving, I used a wavy die to kind of mimic the look of movement and give a fun, retro feel.


I used some Cougar White Super Smooth 100# card stock for my card base and placed the waves across the front overlapping each other.  I cut the waves out using Basic Cardstock in Teal and Blue.


I used a circle die to cut out my stamped image and place it along the middle of the waves with foam tape.  I did this with the sentiment also.


I added some stars die cut from Basis Light Yellow and popped them up on foam tape around the circles.

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Fun, old-timey style for the guy in your life.  Thanks for joining me today!


My Favorite Things: Ride the Wave die

Crafty Secrets:  Favorite Fellas stamp set

Papertrey Ink: Craft Brew stamp set

Kat Scrappiness: Never Ending Circle die set

Paper Smooches: Stars die set

Kat Scrappiness Design Team Project: Birthday Surprise


Hi Everyone!  Today, I have a project for Kat Scrappiness showcasing a new die set that just came out this month.  The new Stitched Flag dies from Kat Scrappiness are perfect not only for sentiments, but also for using up some of those 6×6 paper pads that we (I) like to collect :).

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I used some fun, birthday-themed paper and the the Celebration Box stamp set from Honeybee Stamps to create a “party in a box”.

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I have a video HERE if you would like to see how this card came together.  Be sure to head over to the the Kat Scrappiness shop to see everything that’s new this month.  Feel free to use my coupon code: Heidi10 to receive 10% off your purchase.  Thanks for joining me today!


Kat Scrappiness Stitched Flag dies

Honeybee Stamps Celebration Box stamp set

Hero Arts Birthday Messages stamp set

Lawn Fawn Ink–Forget Me Not, Celery Stick, Carrot, Pink Flamingo

Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Kat Scrappiness sequins–Mint Sprinkles, Fluffy Clouds

Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform


Layton’s Legacy Card Drive

Hi Everyone,

Today, I’m participating in a very special card drive dedicated to the memory of a dear little baby and to all parents that find themselves dealing with life in the NICU.  The drive was started by Lea Lawson, a card maker and mom, in honor of her little boy, Layton.   You can read more of Lea’s story here and find out how you can help.

For my project today, I am using this inspiration board that Lea has provided.  Cards created using this mood board can be mailed to Lea and she will be giving them to NICU parents at The University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital to provide encouragement.  All the details on how to participate are here.

I used an older stamp set from Papertrey Ink called Heart 2 Heart #6.  That little happy face on the sunshine is so sweet, I had to use it.  I punched out the sun using the circle from Enclosed: Sun and popped it up on the sun rays from that die set.  Before I did that, I ink blended both with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Ink.  For the spotlight circle, I just blended some Salty Ocean Distress Oxide over a circle mask.   The sentiment is from Simon Say Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts–a perfect set with lots of encouraging words.


Thanks so much for joining me today and be sure to head over to Lea’s blog to read her beautiful story.