Cards, Eat Cake Graphics Design Team 2015, Holidays

Jeepers Creepers

Here is my latest design team project for Eat Cake Graphics. When I first saw this haunted house stamp, I wanted to color the “stripes” on the house the colors of a candy corn…but I decided to go with a violet color instead. It was a simple card, I just stamped, embossed, colored, matted, and attached with pop dots to a card base. I added an orange moon above the roof by punching out a 1″ circle and using the negative paper as a moon “template”. A sponge was used to swirl in the ink color inside the circle. I have a sentiment stamp “Jeepers Creepers” that I think fits the card perfectly. I stamped the sentiment, cut it to size and stapled it on. Stardust Stickles was added for a little bling on the rooftop. And there you have it!


Eat Cake Graphics Design Team 2015

Happy Trails

Diane-Kaufman-Moose-bag      Diane-Kaufman-Moose-bag-details

Someday I will learn how to wrap presents with pretty wrapping paper, but in the meantime,  I’m sticking to putting goodies in gift bags. I stamped the bag with a stamp from Eat Cake Graphics called “Shoreline”. I used My Favorite Things hybrid ink pad in black licorice and colored in with Copic Markers. I love layering colors with Copics, as you can see in the greens in the trees. Star Dust Stickles were used to make the snow cap on the top of the mountain sparkly. A punched out tag with “Happy Trails” stamped on it was pop-dotted and added on for dimension. Happy trails to you this Labor Day weekend!


Always Wear Your Invisible Crown!

We probably all have our own way of interpreting what “always wear your invisible crown” means. To me, it means that we can’t all wear sashes & crowns and be queens or princesses, but we can act like them and wear invisible crowns!  We can show it by maintaining self-confidence, by being aware of our own self-worth without flaunting it, and by being humble. Maybe it means that we should imagine our worth through different eyes so we can have a confidence that we have never experienced before. Whatever this quote means, I love the way it sounds and the way it makes me feel!  Hold your head high and have a glorious day!

Always Wear Your Invisible Crown


Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda

I’ve had so many missed opportunities to post on my blog lately. I could figure out an excuse to tell you why I’ve neglected my little blog, but I won’t. I could tell you that I’ve been really, really busy…but I won’t do that either. Instead, I’m gonna share a tag project I worked on recently, and get back on track!

These pretty, tropical themed tags started out with using my Cricut. I know there are lots of versions of the Cricut machine available now, but I have the original machine and I love it. I started out by using the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the tag shape. On the tag, I stamped and embossed the image, and used ink & sponges to create the sunset effect.  Supplies used were: Stampin Up paper, Memento black ink,  Colorbox tropical color ink pad, my favorite old Stampscapes rubber stamp from 1995 called Palms w/Bungalows, embossing powder & heat tool, sponges for inking the sky, stardust Stickles to give the sand some shimmer, twine, ribbon (of course), and chalk to add some color on the hut roofs.


On the Paradise tag, I attached a scrap piece of black chalkboard paper, used a corner punch, and wrote with a pink Crayola chalk to write the word. In addition, I used the masking technique to create a moon in the colorful sky.

Did you notice my cool metal “frog and pin holder”? It is actually a needlepoint holder that is sometimes used for floral designs. I’ve wanted one for a long time to re-purpose as a card holder.  My sweet friend Celeste gave it to me as a gift, with a note attached that said Happy Blogging!  With the holidays quickly approaching, I know I will be making more tags and I also hope to finish my Recipe Recap project by the end of the year. Now that I’m back on track, I hope that you won’t have to hear me say shoulda, woulda, coulda anymore!

A little of this & a little of that

Keep it simple…

Here is the card I ended up making out of the cute stamped image I was working on for National Ice Cream Month…I kept the design simple. Using white cardstock, I made the card base. Then I covered the bottom half of the card using plaid paper. Next, I cut a strip of pink paper and adhered it to the top of the card. I matted the stamped image on to a piece of green cardstock. To add a little sparkle, I used Stickle’s glitter glue on the girl’s shirt, pony tail holders, and the on the poochie’s tag. I also added a cute metal clip as an embellishment. I would have used pop dots to attach the matted image to the card to make it stand out, but the card was going out in snail mail. I thought using pop dots might make the card to be too bulky in the envelope, so, I opted to glue on the matted image instead. For a simple design, it sure turned out to be sweet, dontcha think?



Did you know…

that July is National Ice Cream Month?

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” This is one celebration that you don’t have to convince me to commemorate!  In observance of this fun month-long event, I pulled out my cute stamp made by Eat Cake Graphics, that I think is so appropriate for this special summer declaration.

I stamped & embossed the image, then used my Copic markers to color. I’m not sure if this will become a card or a tag, but it sure was fun to make. I hope you are all having a great summer and are beating the heat by eating some of your favorite ice cream. A Dairy Queen® peanut butter cup blizzard has been calling my name lately…

For my fellow ice cream lovers, here are a few fun facts to get the party started:

  • Ice cream is an $11 billion retail industry
  • It takes 12 pounds of milk to make 1 gallon of ice cream
  • About 9% of all the milk produced in the United States is used to produce ice cream
  •  It usually takes 50 licks to polish off a single scoop of ice cream
  • The biggest ice cream sundae ever made was made in Alberta, Canada in 1988 and it weighed 24 tons
  •  Of all the days in the week, the most ice cream is bought on Sunday
  •  5% of ice cream eaters share their ice cream with their pets
  •  The first ice cream parlor in America was founded in 1776 (The same year our declaration was made)
  •  Vanilla is the top-selling flavor
  •  In ancient Rome, they ate snow and flavored it with fruit and honey as their ice cream