Wild Cards!

Currently I’m taking an online card class from Online Card Classes. The class is called Wild Card and it explores taking card making to another level beyond just opening a sentiment card. It will touch on 3D, movement, pop-ups, shakers and gift giving cards.

The most fun card to make so far in the class has been from the Day 2 class. It involved creating a slider mechanism to side part of the card element over to another. As always, I created a helpful tool with my Cricut Explore by having it cut out the slider part of the card. (file here).

Materials used:

  • Lawn Fawn Stitched hillside borders
  • Sunny Studio Sunny Snippits
  • Tim Holtz sentiments

A card they had us make on day 4 was something I’ve not thought of yet. It was taking a standard shaker card and turning it into a water filled shaker card. After watching Kelly Marie’s fabulous how-to video, I decided to try it on my own with materials I had on hand for a change :).

I didn’t have any small baggies like she was using so I decided to use my We R Memory Keeper’s Photo Sleeve Fuser. I took a photo sleeve, fused almost all the way around, filled it with sequins & water, then finished fusing it. through trial and error, I ended up using the pointed end of the fuser to secure the edges enough to keep the water in. Then I used my Cricut Explore to create a card with a circle cut in it, a babies rattle and the sentiment.

Materials used:

  • We R Memory Keepers Photo Sleeve fuser
  • Cricut Explore
  • Multi-color sequins.


Another creation in this class, I chose the card that Kristina gave us called Magic Slider Card, on day two. Of course I have to change and edit a few things as I create my own version but the style is the same. The premise is that you create a card with a cut out, stamp an image inside that you color brightly, then re-stamp on the outside where you color with more muted colors. You then create a pull tab that is covered with acetate film, when pulled, shows the colored area inside with a sentiment.

Materials I used were:

  • 80 lb Neenah Bristol White card stock
  • Colored pencils
  • Memento tuxedo black and red ink for stamping
  • Heartfelt Creations Sun Kissed Fleur Swirls stamp
  • Foam tape & adhesive

**Also… Kristina gave us a nice template to cut from, but… since I have a Cricut Explore cutting machine, I made myself a file that I can use to cut it all out. I also welded some of the pieces together to help simplify things. Here is a link to my file if you have an Explore: File Here


Sentiments With Impact

I’m taking a class from Altenew Academy, helping to up the game on card sentiments. Day one dealt with using more than one sentiment on the front of a card.

I chose to use vellum on top of purple card stock and then embossed a floral image and leaves from Altenew stamp set called Persian Motifs. I used fun foam to die cut the “Celebrate” sentiment I used from Tim Holtz thinlets die set.

I love the look of embossed vellum! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Altenew _sentiments 1

Adding the coloring

Today I’m posting a card I made for the Color Your Day class I’m taking. The process they wanted us to use was adding color. I used the Altenew Peony Bouquet layering stamp set. the instructor, Therese Calvird, who was great by the way, showed us how she cut out a thin rectangle after she stamped and layered the images.

I, of course, had to bring in my Cricut Explore and have it do it for me so it would be precise. I layered the middle section and popped it up to give it some dimension. And as always, added some glitter & Wink of Stella!

Color YourDay WrapUp

Color Your Day

This week I’m taking a class from Altenew. It’s called Color Your Day and the theme of the class is being inspired to use color around you to create cards and artwork. I decided to use a photograph I took recently around the pond by our property. It has some very pretty flowers, a trumpet vine, & very green foliage around it. So using these colors as a baseline, I embossed and water colored some flowers I stamped on a card which I added a sentiment to.


I’ve recently started using water coloring pens/brushes after attending a class hosted by Art Impressions. One of their artists, Bonnie Krebs who is amazingly talented, taught the class. AI is having a “29 Again & Anything goes”, show your art challenge, so I thought I’d post a couple of projects I’ve done. One is a little watercolor picture I’ve done. The other is a card I did with their Tryfolds stamps/dies set Hello Friend. The Tryfolds collections are very unique. You create your project, then using one of their custom dies, cut out an insert where it will reveal another project on the inside of the card. There is actually another stamp/die with this set, but for this project I chose only the two here. Watercolor pens I use are from Marvy UchidaAI watercolor birds

ai Card 2


Honing my embossing skills

I’m in the process of taking an online card class from Online Card Classes HW_participant-1 . It’s a class focused mainly on heat embossing techniques and skill development. Each day’s lesson is unique and shows the extreme talent the instructors have.

As homework, we are to create a card using some of the techniques used in that Day’s class.

  • Day 1 – I chose to stamp and heat emboss a black background of bouquet of flowers, then watercolor stamp the colors of the flowers. The flower stamp set is from Rubbernecker Stamps. For the sentiment I heat embossed and then lightly and sparsely heat embossed the edges of the sentiment outline to give it a rustic look.

Card class 1

  • Day 2 – Today’s class focused on heat embossing with different materials; glue, tape, water. I used a stamp set from Penny Black & the sentiment is part of a die set from Spellbinders. I embossed in black ink and then using the technique taught today, spotted glue on the flower petals and on the butterfly. Used a dark blue embossing powder on the flower and sentiment at the bottom and a gold on the butterfly.

Another technique they introduced to me today was the use of glue tape for a border and then embossing. I really like the way that turns out. It gives it sort of a leather look. Finally, with the sentiment, I used a technique they show us yesterday and die cut the word Thanks, then covered it with glue and clear embossing powder to give it a raised, shiny look.

Card class 2


Royal Treat

One of my favorite SVG sites to go to is Dreaming Tree. One of my Facebook groups Cricut Explore and More hosted by Narelle, had a creative competition using a free file from the Dreaming Tree. It is a treat box, similar to a french fry box. DT example of its use was for fathers day but my daughters birthday was coming up.

I changed it a bit, added glitter paper and made it into a treat box to hold my daughters birthday gift. Loved making it and it wasn’t hard at all. And the best part was that I won a prize for my creation!Royal Gift bag

3D Papercrafting


This week we received our Texas Rangers season tickets so I decided in honor of them, I’d create these 3D caps. My daughter & I and tackled this together. She did the small one and I the larger one.

I got the file from SVGcuts.com. They have such great templates & tutorials to help you through the process. The only part of it that was difficult was gluing the top pointed pieces together.

We thought it came out great and had fun together doing it. GO RANGERS!