Creating texture with die cuts

Hello Everyone,

I am popping in today with a card I made late night yesterday for the MFT Sketch Challenge #347. I just love this sketch so much and could not let it go without making one card at least.

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I started with die cutting the frame using 2 nesting stitched arch dies from MFT several times: for the bottom layers I use white packaging leftovers and for the top I used Bristol Smooth cardstock. I stacked them together and set it aside. Then I took the inner piece and ran it through the Big Shot machine with the starry background die several times until I got it covered with the stars completely.

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Then I sponged Wilted Violet and Blueprint sketch distress inks on it and backed it with silver glitter paper. I cut a strip of blue violet cardstock and white heat embossed the sentiment on the bottom of it from the Written in the stars sentiment set.

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I adhered all the pieces to a white card base and glued all the little leftover stars on the white panel for texture. I love the white-on-white look, it is like I used an embossing folder.

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I needed some cute critters of course, so I used the Snuggling friends and the Somebunny loves you sets to stamp a few on Bristol Smooth cardstock and I used the Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers to colour them. I die cut them with the coordinating dies and used 3D foam squares to secure them on the card.

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A bit of Spectrum Noir Shimmer pen on the T-shirt of the bunny and black gel pen on the noses finished off this cute little scene. It can cheer anyone up in the upcoming school year.

I will link this project up on the MFT Sketch Challenge and to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge School or study related and to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Back to school. 

I hope you like my card and will return soon for more inspiration.

Have a wonderful day,



Recycling wrapping paper

Hello Everyone,

It is Monday again, unbelievable. The last one in the summer, and although I am not ready to let the vacation go, it is soon time to start the holiday cards. The new challenge (#54)  starting today at Inky Paws Challenges is Polka dots, such a great theme.

We recently got a present from a family friend from Germany and she used a gorgeous wrapping paper that I tried to save as much as I could from it. It is a bit thicker than the ones we have here in Hungary, perfect for recycling on a Christmas card. I cut a piece of it slightly smaller than an A2 sized card front, and adding a lot of double sided tape to the back of it I adhered it to a dark brown mat.

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I stamped the kitty from the Ornamental Newton on Copic friendly paper, coloured him with Copics and used the coordinating die to cut it out. I also used the die to trace the outer edge of it on the same dark brown cardstock with a pencil and cut it with my scissors. I used a craft knife to cut the hole of the ornament and used Lawn Fawn twine to hang it from the top of my pretty wrapping paper background. I used Ranger Multi Matte medium to adhere the twine, this glue is super strong and dries matte fast. I also made a little bow and added to the top. I popped up the image with 3D foam tape for more dimension.

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To make the ornament festive and match the background, I used Star Dust glitter pen from Sakura (it had a warm glittery look and more vivid than the Spectrum Noir shimmer pen) and trapped it under glossy accent. I was so happy how it turned out, it matched perfectly the tone of the wrapping paper.

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The sentiment I gold heat embossed on a dark brown stitched banner, which I adhered with 3D foam tape too. A few iridescent sequins finished it off.

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I hope you like my card and will try to recycle some of the gorgeous wrapping paper we all receive when getting presents. I am sure this was not the last card with this paper, I have a ton of it left and it is too pretty not to be used.

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See you soon with another card project.

Have a lovely week,





Birthday bunny

Hello Everyone,

Today is the birthday of my beloved niece and I had to make a card colourful and cute as she is. HAPPY BIRTHDAY RANA!

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I had a left over piece of a stencilled diagonal rainbow, which was a perfect starting point. I knew I wanted to use die cut letters and the Neat and Tangled Journaling alphas are skinny enough to spell Birthday easily.

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To make it cute, I stamped and coloured images from the Neat and Tangled Itty Bitty Welcoming committee and the Cottontail cuties set. Fussy cut them, dressed up the bunny with the rainbow birthday hat and adhered them around the die cut letters.

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I stamped the Happy from Cottontail cuties above, I just had to mask off the rest of the sentiment (as it is an Easter set). I love to get more use out of my stamps by using them not only for the occasion they were designed for.

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As a finishing touch I added a metallic pink stitched strip (Lawn Fawn Picket Fence die) and a bit of Spectrum Noir shimmer pen to the party hat and flower. Black glaze pen on the eyes, glossy accent on the noses and pompom finished it off.

I will link this project up to the Little Tangles Birthday Challenge #83.

I hope you like it and will return soon for more fun projects.

See you,


Ombre birthday card

Hello Again,

This is my second post today, I wanted to share my last card for the MFT Camp Create this year. It is the bonus task, Awesome Ombre, perfect finish for a wonderful crafty week.

My ombre card:

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I started with a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock, and applied 3 shades of Distress inks: Candied Apple, Abandoned coral and Worn Lipstick. Then I temporarily adhered the chunky herringbone stencil and sponged the same inks over it. Before removing the stencil, I spritzed it with Tsukineko Shimmer spritz for some delicate sparkle.

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To add more texture, I sprinkled it with water and dabbed it off with a paper towel after few seconds. I also added white, pink and red ink splatters. When it was dry, I die cut it with a stitched rectangle die and matted it with a scalloped white piece.

The sentiment is die cut from heavy weight white cardstock, and I also heat embossed a matching sentiment on dark red cardstock with white embossing powder.

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After I adhered the sentiment on the background I decided to bring in a cute critter from MFT Hog Heaven stamp set. I stamped the little pig with the heart on Copic friendly paper, coloured him with pink and red shades of Copics and die cut it with the coordinating die.

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A bit of Spectrum Noir shimmer pen and glossy accents on the heart and black glaze pen on the eyes I could not skip. The final touch was to add a few red/pink sequins.

I hope you enjoyed my cards for this lovely camp,

See you next time,


Toucan hugs – IPC reminder

Happy Monday,

Hello, it is time for a new inspirational post for the Inky Paws Challenge #53. It is a wonderful colour challenge using black, teal, white and pink.

Here is my card, using the lovely toucan couple from the Newton’s Nook Designs Toucan Party stamp set.

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I started with stamping and colouring the birds with Copic markers. I wanted to colour them like the one on the inspirational photo.

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I used the coordinating dies to cut them out. I cut another piece with the die from blank white cardstock, to layer the coloured one on top. It adds more dimension to my card.

I matted the toucans with a white circle, tiny smaller than the bird couple for more interest. I backed it with a pink dotted rectangle (MFT Blueprints) and glued it all on a piece of teal plaid patterned paper (Lawn Fawn).

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I white heat embossed the sentiment (MFT Essential sentiments) on a thin strip of black cardstock and used 3D foam tape to mount it on the card.

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If you follow me, you know that I add a bit of sparkle and shine to almost all my cards. I added them to the beaks of the toucans to make it shiny. I also used tiny pearls to decorate the flowers on the branch. A bit of black glaze on the eye and I was done with embellishing.

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I hope you like my card and will play along with us this week in the Inky Paws Challenge. You can win a 20USD gift certificate to the Newton’s Nook Designs online store.

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See you there,


White flowers and rainbow

Hello Again,

I just could not stop blogging and decided to publish my card for MFT Camp Create Day 5 as well. I have finished all my cards for the camp yesterday and I wanted to show them all as quickly as possible. So now that my little boy is having a nap and my daughter is watching a princess cartoon I can write this post too.

So Day 5 is about Delightful die-cutting. I still had leftover white flowers from Day 1 and a pretty rainbow background I made a few weeks ago. They were just shouting for each other. 

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The background was done with a diagonal stencil, I applied distress inks in rainbow order. After removing the stencil, I went back with the same inks for a more subtle look. I saw Nichol Spohr doing it once and I had to try this technique.

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I die cut it with a stitched scalloped border die and adhered a thin strip of purple foil cardstock on the top. It all went on a white top folding card base.

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I glued 3 stitched white flowers on the rainbow background, used an MFT Thanks die cut from the same purple foil and stamped a sentiment under it in black.

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A few matte enamel dots from Doodlebug in the middle of the flowers made the rainbow background pop even more.

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Hope you got inspired to use up every little piece left from your cardmaking sessions. Come back tomorrow for some more fun.

See you,


Monochromatic Magic with MFT

Hello Everyone,

I am back with the next card for MFT Camp Create Day 4: Monochromatic look.

I love purple, but on its own I rarely use it. I wanted to challenge myself and make a full purple card. Here it is:

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I started with stamping the Bold Diagonal BG stamp on Bristol Smooth cardstock with Versamark and heat embossed it with White Satin Pearl embossing powder from Hero Arts. I love the delicate look it has embossed on white, would be perfect for a wedding card too. But I wanted purple this time so I applied Milled Lavender Distress ink on it.

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I had a left over piece of cardstock from my previous card with four You cut out from it. I used it as a stencil by adhering it temporarily to my embossed panel. I sponged Wilted Violet distress ink on the words.

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I cut the panel down a bit and added a purple foil mat (only 2 thin strips to the sides to save on the specialty paper) and adhered it to a lavender cardstock piece. I chose a royal purple cardstock strip to hold the rest of the sentiment from the You stamp and heat embossed a leftover stitched flower (from Day 1) with the same embossing powder.

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A purple matte enamel dot from Doodlebug finished it off. I love how it turned out and I see myself making more cards like this for example with a gradient look or rainbow colours. Endless options, so fun!

I also decorated the inside a bit with the leftover piece from the background.

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I will upload this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge too, where it is all about adding a sentiment.

Hope you got inspired and will check back later today for another card idea.

Have a lovely day,




Background bonanza

Hello Everyone,

I am back today with a card I made for the MFT Camp Create Day 3 Background Bonanza.

Here is my take on the task:

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I took a funky MFT stencil I got recently at their retirement sale. I adhered it on a piece of previously inked Bristol Smooth cardstock and applied the same Distress Inks I used before (Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio). When the panel was dry I ran it through the Big Shot machine with a stitched rectangle die from Blueprint 15. I also cut a light blue cardstock with a dotted strip die from the same set.

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I wanted to make this a masculine birthday card and I cut the big YOU letters several times from light blue cardstock and once from blue foiled cardstock. I stacked them together and glued them on the dotted strip.

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I stamped the sentiment from the coordinating You stamp set in black above the die cut letters. A few enamel dots finished off this simple card.

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I hope you like it and will check back soon for more card ideas.

See you,


Clean and simple rainbow card

Hello Everyone,

I am a bit late posting my creations for the Online Card Classes Rainbow maker, but I wanted to share this clean and simple card with you. Rainbow cards do not have to be very difficult, all I used here were 5 markers, a black Versafine ink pad and clear embossing powder.

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I have the Create a smile Colour your heart out stamp set for a while, but never had a chance to use it. Today is the day of their new release (which looks awesome) and I wanted to share their celebration with making a card.

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I stamped in black a heat embossed in clear the striped heart image several times on Bristol Smooth cardstock. I used the Misti for this, which made it super easy to line the hearts perfectly in one row. I also stamped and heat embossed the sentiment (MFT All smiles) above the hearts. For the word “smile” I used the purple ZIG marker to match the colour of the heart. I stamped over it with Versamark ink and clear embossed it too.

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I used 5 colours from the ZIG Clean Colour Real Brush markers to create my rainbow. I added a bit of colour in the edges of the heart and used a Spectrum Noir Shimmer pen to move the colour and achieve this fun watercolour look. It made it super sparkly too.

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As a final touch I added some colourful gemstones from my daughter’s stash (I wish she doesn’t mind that I am stealing from these gems a lot lately)

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I will upload this card to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Add a sentiment and to the Online Card Classes Rainbow maker Day 4 Watercolour student gallery.

Very simple yet stunning result. I hope you like it and will return soon for more inspiration.

See you,



Make your own pattern

Hello Everyone,

Today I am showing you how to make your own patterned paper. I am using MFT Plentiful Petals stamps and dies and Altenew inks along with a pretty background die also from MFT (Romantic Script). I used the current MFT Sketch Challenge #346 as inspiration for the layout, and combined the homework from MFT Camp Create Magnificent Masking and Online Card Classes Rainbow maker Day 2: Rainbow stamping in one card.

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Here is my card:

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I started with die cutting the coordinating dies for some of the floral images from masking paper, and temporarily adhered those masks on a piece of white cardstock. I stamped the background stamp using black ink, and then removed the masks.

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I stamped each flower I the empty spots using colourful inks in a rainbow order.

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I die cut the panel with a die from the MFT Blueprint 22 set for a fancy look. I wrapped a strip of vellum around it. I also stamped and die cut the biggest flower from the stamp set, to hold my sentiment, which is partially stamped (MFT Essential sentiments) and die cut from glitter paper.

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As a finishing touch I added white glitter enamel dots to the flowers as embellishment.

I will link this project to the above mentioned challenges and also to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Add a sentiment.

I hope you like my card and will check back tomorrow for more fun.

See you,