Harry the Stuffie Gets Happy Mail….A Birthday Card


Agh!  So little time!  I have been so busy making cards, photographing them, and mailing them out, but, oops, no time to do my blog posts!  LOL!  And, to add to my timelessness (is that a word????) I stumbled onto a free class from Kit and Clowder on Copic markers.  It is called Markers 101.  I’ve been coloring with Copic markers for some time, but so far (I’ve only made it part way through the class) it has been great!  I have learned a lot!  She breaks the class down into sections.  There are videos and written instructions.  I really liked the one on Lightsourcing Basics.  She really breaks down how to do shading of your object.  I’ve liked it so much, I signed up for her Pencil AND Copic class.  Hopefully you will see a few changes in my coloring over the next several months as I practice what she teaches.

Well, back to my card for today…


I used one of Stamping Bella’s images, Harry the Stuffie Gets Happy Mail.  I thought it would make a great birthday card, after all aren’t birthday cards “Happy Mail”?  Especially if they contain a little something for the receiver of the hand made card????  I used my Copics to color the images.  I used the color map that Elaine Hughes has created for the images for my color choices.  


I always seem to cut my image out and pop it up on the card.  I decided to try something different this time and pop up the background.  I first used Large Dots Stencil by Simon Says Stamp and some ink from W Plus 9, Lake House.  I really like the soft color.  Since this was for a young man, I thought this color was perfect. 


I took one of my circle dies and cut a circle from the card so that I could pop the background up over the image.  I added some fun foam to the back of my piece and glued it down over the image, making sure that I centered the image under the circle.  

I have the Avery Elle Numbered Balloons Elle Ments and recently purchased the Letter Balloons Elle Ments and thought they would be perfect for my greeting.  Since there was not a lot of room at the top for both the “Happy” and “Birthday”, I went with using just the “Happy” letters.  I inked up some paper using the same ink as my background and then cut the letters out.  I used the “Birthday” from Big Numbers stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.


I thought the card needed a little something more so I found a blue sparkle gel pen that I have had for a number of years and drew a stitched line around the inside of the circle die.  That was it, my card was complete and ready for me to mail.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Happy Crafting!



Copics Used:  E77, E74, E71, E70, 100, C9, C6, C4, C2, BV20, B0000, E55, E52, E50

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Happy Valentine’s Day!  With a grandson and 10 great nieces and nephews, I have been pretty busy making 11 of these Valentine’s Day cards. 


I used one of Stamping Bella’s new images, The Bee and the Heart.  It is such a cut image and it has a matching die.  Oh, and it comes with the perfect sentiment!


I used my Copics to color the images.  I started with the color map that Elaine Hughes has created for the images.  I changed up a few of the colors for my own personal preference.  The color maps for the images are always a great place to start.


Once I colored all of my images and then cut them out, I needed some background paper.  I used some of the small stamps from Simon Says Stamp’s Paper Hug to create some background paper.  My Misti sure came in handy as I could arrange some of the stamps on my paper, and then stamp them all at once.  Once I had them lined up for the first card, it was easy to stamp the remaining 10 backgrounds.  This saved me a lot of time!  I also die cut the image from fun foam so that I could pop my little bee up on my background. 


I used some of the same images from the Paper Hug stamp set to decorate the inside of the card.  With little time left to get these in the mail, I didn’t have time to create any embellishments with my Nuvo drops.  😦  Next card for sure!


Thanks for stopping by! 

Happy Crafting!



Copics Used:  R00 R21, R32, Y13, Y15, Y19, Y38, W5, W7, W10, R30, E44, E47, E49, E33, E35, E57, BG0000, BG10 BG11

Birthday Wishes


Wow, I haven’t posted for quite a few days…I need to catch up!  I had such a great plan for this year to keep up with regular posts…that seems to have been “misplaced”!  LOL!  I seem to have forgotten how many birthdays are in my family!  Starting with January 30th, then February 1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 14, and 21!  And that doesn’t even count Valentine’s Day!  And yes, we do have a Valentine’s Birthday in our family!  Love my large family, but I wish they would have spread some of these birthdays out a little bit!  LOL!


Today’s card is of course a birthday card.  This one is another masculine card.  The images are from the Birthday Wishes stamp set from Art Impressions.  I’ve used these images for another card recently, however on that card, I used the images on the inside of the card.  You can see that card on this post https://nanceecrafttime.blog/2017/01/06/happy-25th-birthday/.  Today, I used that image on the front of the card.  I decided to use my Polychromo pencils to color the image today.


I did some masking on the front of the card, first stamping the focal image and then masking him off so I could add the balloons and confetti around him.  I haven’t done a lot of masking in the past, but was very happy with the results.


Since the image had a lot of details, I wanted to keep the rest of the card pretty simple.  After coloring my image, I trimmed it down and adhered it to some blue cardstock and then added it to the front of my card.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set.


Once I was done, I of course had to add some Nuvo Crystal Drops, this time in Woodland Green.  I just love these! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Happy Crafting!



Polychromo Pencils used:  103, 132, 131, 130, 189, 179, 145, 151, 247, 267, 266, 112, 171, 225, 223, 118, 246, 152, 145, 153, 156, 154, 115, 113, 111, 108, 107, 106, 158, 161, 162, 109, 106, 104, 278, 112, 171, 194, 135, 119

Birthday Peony


I have a little different card to share today.  I decided I wanted to use my colored pencils and a stamp that I purchased several months ago, but hadn’t used yet.  It is a stamp I purchased from from an individual, and not a stamp company I normally purchase my stamps from.  Her blog address is http://eunjoa.blogspot.com/2016/07.    The blog post showing her stamps is the last blog post for July.  This stamp is the Peony.

These are rather large stamps that are mainly an outline stamp. 


I wanted to keep this card simple, so after stamping and coloring the image, I used some black cardstock to mat my image. 


I went through my paper stash and found some deep brown floral paper and mounted that on some light pink paper.


My sentiment is from Uptown Brittany the Birthday Girl by Stamping Bella.  I heat embossed it using my Silver Embossing powder by Gina K on some pink cardstock.


Three pink enamel dots were added for some interest, and my card was done.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Happy Crafting!



Polychromo Pencils used:  101, 174  165, 173, 278, 267, 167, 175, 235, 233, 225, 219, 127, 124, 129, 223, 109, 108

Yikes…A Card Without Coloring!


My card today is a little different for me…no color.  Nope.  No Copics.  No colored pencils.  Nadda!  Yikes!  I wanted to challenge myself to make a card using only stamps and my neglected stamp pads.


I usually get the monthly stamp kit from Simon Says Stamp and in the kit several months ago, they had some birthday card designs using the items you got in the kit.  I usually just file those away, but decided to look through the card sample sheet to see if there was a “simple” card that I could make for a masculine birthday.  I found one that I could use as a starting point.  After creating my first two layers with some paper I had on hand, I decided to create the next two layers myself.  I used one of the stripes from  Simon Says Stamp’s Basic Stripes and some Momento London Fog ink to create some basic stripes.  It was pretty easy to do using my Misti Mini.  There is some grid paper that comes with the Misti Mini which makes it easy to get your stripes straight. 


For my second layer, I stamped some random stars from the Birthday Bits stamp set using some Versamark ink and some clear embossing powder.  After heat setting the stars, I began adding some ink using Coastal Cabana ink from Stamping Up.  I think that color is retired now, but I love the color.  I started from the side and worked my way towards the middle of my paper using less ink to get a graduated color. 


I stamped the balloons using the ones from the same stamp set, Birthday Bits, adding the little strings.  I used the same Coastal Cabana ink and So Saffron from Stamping Up for the yellows.  I fussy cut them out as I didn’t have any dies to match.  To give them some sparkle, I added some clear Wink of Stella over the ink.  I then stamped some stars in both colors on my card.  The tag I cut using Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Banner Duo.  I also cut it out using fun foam so I could pop it up on my card.  The sentiment is also from the Birthday Bits stamp set, and I heat embossed it using Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  A little bit of black and white twine for some accent, and my card was done.


A little different for me, but I really liked how it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Crafting!



Game On!

Masculine cards are always a struggle.  Luckily, I had purchased Game On from Stamping Bella before it became unavailable.  I think this is a great image for a masculine card.


I colored the image using my Copic markers. I have listed the markers I used at the bottom of my post.


I used one of my “go to” dies, Stitched Squares by Lawn Fawn.  I also used the same dies to cut out my patterned paper to mount my image on.


I wanted something on the dark blue panel, but nothing over powering.  I used one of the Stitched Border dies also from Lawn Fawn down the sides of the panel. 


I then cut some flags using Avery Elle’s Dotted Elle-ments die.  My paper is from My Favorite Things, Birthday Blow Out


My sentiment is from Stamping Bella, The Bunny Wobble & The Peony.  I used Gina K’s Detail Black.  To finish my card, I created my dots using Nuvo Oyster Gray Crystal Drops.  I just love those drops and there are so many colors to choose from!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Crafting!



Copics Used:  E000, E00, E21, E11, BV000, E93, R43, R14, R24, R37, T2, T4, T6, Y15, Y17, R22, R24, B21, YG05, N3, N6, E70, E21, W3, C6, B23, E23, E57, B21, B26, B23, E23, BV00, BV000


Happy Birthday “Moose”

Well, my plan to make cards, catch up on my emails and blogs two days a week, and create my blog posts at least two days a week does not seem to be working too well…LOL!  I still have to finish my January cards and get started on my February birthday cards…and squeeze in the time to create my Valentine cards!  Oh well, at least it was a plan!  LOL! 

My card today is one I made for my great-nephew.  He is turning 3 and his nickname is “moose”.  He is such a cutie.  I had the stamp set from My Favorite Things, Merry Christmoose and thought what a great image to use for “Moose’s” card. 


I had first stamped the image, the cup, and the pillows and colored them with my Copic markers. 



When I was trying to figure out the layout I was having a hard time coming up with a design that I liked.  I knew that I wanted to use the matching dies to cut out my images, but my placement on the card was a bit of a puzzlement to me.  I wanted something in the background but wasn’t happy with any of the papers that I tried, so I decided to make my own.  I stamped the “set” of pillows on the background, masked it off, and then stamped the pillows again.  I repeated this each time angling the pillows a little to make them appear that they were in a sort of semi-circle.  I thought this would be great to create a little sitting area where we could share a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter night.   After coloring the pillows with my copics, I felt that the “room” needed some more color, so once again, I masked off the pillows and used some ink to softly ink the background.  I used a lighter shade at the top and a darker shade towards the bottom to give the appearance of a room.  I thought it turned out pretty good.


I adhered my cut out images to some fun foam and then arranged them on the card.  For the sentiment, I used Simon Says Stamp die, Happy Birthday.  I was going to color the die cut with my Copics, but then changed my mind.  I thought it looked okay in white over the background of my card.  To get my spacing when I was attaching the words, I used the negative from the die cut and simply glued the pieces into the negative spaces.  I then removed the negative background and my words were perfectly placed and spaced. 


I added a few of the Neptune Turquoise Crystal Drops that I had created when I choose the colors for my card.  Since it took me a couple of days to color (working all day limits my coloring time!), they were dry and easy to adhere to my card.


Well, I had better get back to card making…I do have a few more to make (don’t I always!)!

Happy Crafting…




Copics used:  R24, R46, R59, E23, E25, E27, E29, E71, E74, E77, E79, BG72, BG75, BG78, E42, E43, E44, YR61, YR02, YR04, YR18, B23, B26, B29, Y28, G03, G16, G29, R27, R29, R89, B91, B93, B95, B97, B99, E55, E57, E59, E51, E43, 0, C00, C2, C4, R20, R17, R46, R39, B14, B16, B18, B21, B23, B26, Y28, YR23