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You’ll Owl-Ways Be My Favorite

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Happy Thursday everyone!  I hope you’re having a spectacular week and have found some time to get creative!  I have been loving seeing what my fellow design team members have been creating in the last weeks.  So many fun projects!!

I felt like playing with a Concord & 9th Turnabout Stamp while in my creative space this week… and even though the punny blog hop comment winners were posted yesterday, I wanted to play with this great MFT stamp set.  I am truly not a big fan of birds (pictures, stamps or real) but I did like this owl set enough to buy it.

The items I’ve used are Concord & 9th Bitty Burst Turnabout, the Turnabout Jig, MFT I’m Owl Yours stamps and dies, Memento Tuxedo black ink and Versafine Claire ink.  I coloured the image with some Copics and used some inks from my stash on the Turnabout stamp.  And of course you can’t really use these Concord & 9th Turnabout stamps with a stamping platform of some sort.

Please head over to my blog if you’d like to see some more details about how I created this fun and colourful card.

Tuesday with Tara {take 193}

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Happy Tuesday (a day late… so that would be Wednesday.  sorry ’bout that)!

For todays card I limited myself to a simple color palette, starting with black Kraft Core card stock and adding purple & white. My original plan was to have an open windows so you could see through to the inside of the card, but I’m actually still debating if this will end up as just a card front so there is room to write inside… I do love two-toned card stock as a base for a card, especially when you can see both colors from the front!

After die cutting one of Tim’s new Wildflower Stems, I selected a Stacked Deckle frame to cut in a size that would give a nice overlap. I then selected a sentiment (this is from an older set by Dina Wakley) to fit the window. I chose Wilted Violet Distress Oxide to stamp & stencil some color into my background (which is mostly inside the card) and added some coordinating jute for texture.  I chose a honeycomb stencil by Tim Holtz for the natural design (it’s out of stock, but this similar one by Penny Black is available) and I applied some simple sponging with a mini ink blending tool.  I stamped my sentiment and a scribble from Media Marks in the same ink- it’s amazing how sponging and stamping can give these different variations of color with just one ink pad!  I decided to use a fine black pen to write over the stamped sentiment and give a sort of shadow effect, just to add a bit more weight to the words and make them stand out.

I added a few final details of white adhesive pearls and some Nuvo drops along the edge of my card.  Like I said earlier, I’m still debating if this will end up left as is, or turned into a card front (I would cut the front from the back and re-adhere them together with foam tape so the window is raised, but sturdy). For now I love it like this… and I guess it’s perfect if you don’t have much to say inside the card 🙂

I hope you like it!  I’ve got another card with a similar concept in process which I’ll share another time!

Inky hugs,


Simple Stamping – I’m a Puffer for You!

Friday, March 15th, 2019

Hello friends!  It’s Chala here for today’s blog post.

Things have been crazy in my world and I got so wrapped up in life and trying to survive that I almost forgot my husband’s birthday!  (Bad wife, I know!)  But this made me realize that creating does not have to be super complicated!  Sometimes we are so enamoured with what others create and the techniques they use that we forget that there is nothing wrong with creating a simple card!  In fact, they are just as beautiful and for me….just finding time for crafting therapy through the chaos of my life is what is important.

So, I am here to share a super simple and quick card with you that received just as much praise from my sweet husband as some of the complicated cards I have created.

I will be using the Hero Arts “I’m a Puffer for You” stamp and die combo set.

I stamp some of the cute puffer fish images and party accessories with Memento Tuxedo Black  ink onto some white card stock.  I colour the images with my Copic markers and die cut them with the coordinating dies.

I then wanted to create a super simple ink blended background.  I wanted something that wouldn’t take the focus off the cute little images. To do this I used the Distress ink in Mermaid Lagoon and my ink blended brush and blended the ink onto the middle top portion of an A2 size card base.

I cut an A2 size panel of yellow cardstock and adhered it to a top folding card with my adhesive tape runner. Then I die cut the ink blended panel with the Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangle Die that is slightly smaller that the A2 size panel and adhered that onto of the yellow cardstock.

To  add a bit of interest and to give the background an underwater feel I spray it with some water and lift the water droplets up with my microfibre cloth.

I then lay out the images and sentiments that I wanted to use on the inked panel.  I use Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp the sentiments.  I adhere the party accesories with some liquid adhesive  and pop the puffer fish images up with scotch 3M foam tape.

I also add one of the left over puffer die cut images onto the inside of the card and give all the puffer images a coating of clear Wink of Stella (because every card needs a bit of sparkle) and stamp one of the solid fish images onto the upper right hand corner of yellow envelope.

I felt like the card needed a little something special so I added these sparkling clear droplets.  You can also achieve this look by using Glossy Accents or Nuvo Crystal Glaze.  I didn’t have time to wait for those to dry so the sparkling clear droplets were perfect for this rush card!


Here are some photos of the completed card.


Thank you so much for dropping by for today’s blog post.  You can check out the video of how this card came together at my YouTube channel here:


Happy Crafting!

~ Chala