Owl Pudgie Stamps & Dies - The Stamps of Life

I just love the new line of Pudgie Stamps & Dies designed by Stephanie Barnard for The Stamps of Life.  And this new set, called OwlPudgie7, does not disappoint!


It comes with a cute set of clear stamps and matching dies.  Perfect for so many occasions!

For my first card, I created a box card.  I used the SOL Exclusive Box Card Die Set for the base and added some patterned paper panels using the "Happiness" Collection Patterned Paper.  I stamped the owl with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on white cardstock and colored him using Copic Sketch Markers.

Colors used: Owl's Body: E31, E23, E37, E29; Owl's Beak: Y17, YR07

I used the branch dies from this set to create the branches in the back of the box and added some leaves using the leaf dies from the Sizzix Owls Stamps & Dies and some colored cardstock.

For my second card, I went in a slightly different direction and used the owl to make a baby card.  I used the Circle Dies and Stitched Only Circle Dies to create my stitched circle window.  I also used the Stitched Square Dies to cut my stitched square panel.     

For the flowers, I used the Mini Flower Dies and paired it with the leaf dies from the Sizzix Circle Stand Up Die Set.   The sentiment came from the Minionesie2cut Stamp & Die Set and the patterned paper piece from the "Darling" Collection Patterned Paper Pad.

And lastly, I went with an owl sitting in front of a full moon.  For the background, I blended some Sky, Blueberry and Licorice Inks onto smooth white cardstock and then splattered it with a little bit of white paint to look like stars.  I used the Stitched Circle Dies for the moon and added some "texture" using some Cool Grey Copic Sketch Markers.

For the white stitched frame around the card, I used both the Stitched Rectangle and Stitched ONLY Rectangle Dies

That's all for today!  Thank you for stopping by my blog.  Wishing you all a wonderful week!




Sizzix Pumpkin Fold-It Die Set

Hello! I know that it's still Summertime here in the U.S. but Fall will soon be arriving.  I would love to share with you a new die set from The Stamps of Life called the Sizzix Pumpkin Fold-its Die Set.  I made all of the fun Halloween/Fall items in the image above using this die set in combination with some others.

The first item that I made with this die set is a Pumpkin Treat Box.  I wanted to make something decorative that would also be useful.  It's perfect for candies or even as a decoration on its own!

To start, I first created the little box area that fits between the two pumpkins.  It took a little trial and error but I came up with some measurements that work perfectly.

First, trim a piece of cardstock (I used orange) to 7.5" x 8".  Then, with the 7.5" side laying flat against the top of the scoreboard, you want to score at 2" and 5.5".  Turn your paper 90 degrees until the 8" side is now resting against the top of the scoreboard.  Score again at 3" and 5".  Then it's just four straight cuts with the scissors and glueing it all together.  See the photo above for a better idea.

I then made the front of the pumpkin.  In order to do this, I cut my three front panels on white cardstock and used Banana, Tangerine, Gingersnap and Chocolate Inks to color my pumpkin via ink blending.

Once that was done, I used a double-sided adhesive foam sheet to adhere each panel onto my pumpkin.  I really can't say enough about this foam.  It's absolutely amazing!  Because it has adhesive on both sides, it makes crafting so much easier.  It's also very sturdy and holds up well.

To finish off the pumpkin, I simply glued the front and back pumpkins onto the box, added some ribbon, a button and a tag.  (I did not ink blend the back portion of my pumpkin.  It's just an orange piece of cardstock).  

For my second project, I combined the face dies from the Pumpkin Fold-it Die Set with the TSOL Handlebox Die.  These make perfect Halloween treat boxes!  I also stamped and diecut some bats using the Solids4halloween stamp set and matching dies.

For these treat bags, I combined the Sizzix Pumpkin Fold-it Die Set with the SOL Zig Zag Bag Die Set.  Super easy and super cute!

 Lastly, I created a Pumpkin Fold-it card.  Isn't that Jack O' Lantern so cute?

I stamped the word "Boo!" on the inside using the Solids4halloween Stamp Set.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  I hope I've been able to inspire you with different ways to use this super fun die set!  Wishing you all a lovely day!




Donuts2stamp - The Stamps of Life

Can you believe that it's August already?  That means there's a new Stamp of The Month over at The Stamps of Life!  This month, the stamp set is called donuts2stamp and it's so delicious!  It also has a fun coordinating die set that will be available to all non-club members on the 20th of this month.


How cute it this set?!  I love the option to either stamp a large or a small donut and the sprinkles are such a great embellishment.

My first example that I'd like to show you is a single layered card that I achieved from simply masking, stamping and coloring.  The masking took a little bit of time and I did have to try it twice before I got a design similar to what I was looking for.

Here's a quick photo tutorial that shows you how to mask and stamp.  It's a little bit tedious to fussy cut the donuts, but not difficult.

I colored my donuts with Copic Sketch Markers.  I used the following colors:

Chocolate Icing: E25, E27, E47, E49; Light Donut Bottoms: E41, E31, E55, E57; Dark Donut Bottoms: E71, E77, E79; White Icing: 0, C00, C0, C2; Pink Icing: RV000, RV00, RV11, RV13

For my second card, I used only the diecuts and some ink pads to create my donuts.  The cute base of the card was diecut using the Sizzix Triple Square Flip-its Card Die Set on white cardstock.  I used the SOL Darling Collection Patterned Paper for the panels.  This is one of my favorite patterned paper pads.  There are so many soft and beautiful patterns to choose from.

I tied a pink ribbon to one of the front panels of the card and added a tag with a stamped sentiment using the Sizzix Tags & Words Stamps & Dies Set.  For the inside sentiment, I diecut a stitched oval and used one of the sentiments from the donuts2stamp stamp set.

I really love the look of ink blending on die cuts.  It adds so much more dimension to your project and with a little practice and light hand, it's not a hard look to achieve.

If you look at the photo above, I first diecut my pieces, added my ink, pieced everything together and was done!

Lastly, I made another single layer card using masking and coloring.  I paired the Coffee4two stamp set with the Donuts2stamp Stamp Set to create this card.

I again used my Copic Sketch Markers to color this.  The colors that I used are as follows:

Chocolate Icing: E74, E77, E79; Donut Bottom: E41, E31, E55, E57; Beige Part on Coffee Cup: E81, E42, E43; Green Part on Coffee Cup: YG61, YG63, YG67; Coffee Cup Lid: 0, W0, W1, W3

I will be entering this card into the following challenge:

Simon Says Monday Challenge: Food and/or Drink

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  Feel free to leave any comments or questions!

Happy Stamping,



Mermaid Box Card - MFT Stamps

Hello friends!  I'd love to share with you another card that I made for the MFT Color Challenge #73.  For this card, I decided to make a box card featuring the MFT Stamps BB Mermazing, Seaside Seagulls and Ocean Pals Stamp Sets. 

MFT Color Challenge #73

I followed this inspiration photo (above) to choose my color scheme.  To start my card, I first created the box portion.  I usually follow THIS tutorial by Splitcoaststampers on how to create your own box card by hand.  I love having an open window covered with acetate in the front of my box cards.  It just gives so much more depth to your card.  If you're interested in seeing a few other box cards with a similar design, here are a few more examples that I've made in the past year or so.

Beach Box Card

Fishing Box Card

For the front of my box card (below), I used the MFT Die-namics Square Peek-a-Boo Window Die to die cut the window.  I love how the added stitches around the sides create the perfect frame for my underwater scene!

I stamped my images onto white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored them with Copic Sketch Markers.

The colors that I used are as follows: (Mermaid's Tail: YG01, YG06, YG17, G16; Mermaid's Hair: Y21, R35, R29, V15, R59; Mermaid's Top: V20, V04, V17, BV08; Mermaid's Skin: E0000, E01, E02, E13, E15; Clown Fish: Y15, YR04, YR07; Island: E31, E33, E35, E57; Crab:R17, R35, R59; Pelican's Bodies and clouds: 0, C00, C0, C1, C3).

I diecut all of the images with their coordinating dies and added some Clear Wink of Stella Glitter on the Mermaid's tail and bikini top for some added shimmer.

To go with my mermaid/beach theme, I added some dark grey scale-like patterned paper on the lower sides of the box and also stamped and added my sentiment "Sending You Oceans of Love" onto one of the box flaps.  In the background, you can see a small island with a crab and a fun palm tree.  I diecut the tree using the MFT Die-namics Beach Scene Builder and added some inks to the dicuts to give the pieces some shading.

I actually made this card for my Aunt's birthday.  She is an avid beach lover but sadly doesn't get to go except maybe once or twice a year.  My entire family goes on a beach vacation every summer (there are usually about 60 of us) and my Aunt is notorious for counting down the days for all of us on Facebook until the next vacation. :0)

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!  I appreciate all comments and questions!

I will also be entering this card into the following challenges: 

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #252: Make Your Mark

Hope you all have a wonderful day!


I Will Always Be Here For You - MFT Stamps "Adorable Elephants"

Hello!  I'd love to share with you today a card that I made for both the MFT Sketch and Color Challenge.  I made this for someone very dear to me who is going through a difficult time at the moment.

MFT Sketch Challenge #342
MFT Color Challenge #73

I followed these two inspirational photos to create my card.  To start, I first created the background of my card on Neenah Classic Crest 80lb Solar White Cardstock.  I began by simply blending some TSOL Sky Blue Ink onto my paper using a large Clarity Stencil Brush.  I then used the MFT Grassy Fields Die-namics and some Distress Ink (Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn and Forest Moss) to create my grass.  I followed THIS awesome video tutorial by Nina Marie Trapani to create my grass.  I love how it turned out!  The Copic Sketch Markers that I used to highlight my grass were YG07, YG09 and G09.

I then stamped and colored my images on a separate piece of paper using the MFT Adorable Elephants Stamp Set.  I have had this set for awhile now but have not had the chance to use them yet.  I was so excited to be able to do so since this set is one of my absolute favorites!

I once again used my Copic Sketch Markers to color my images.  The colors that I used are as follows: Elephant: C00, C0, C3, C5; Elephant's Ears: RV0000, RV10, R81; Butterflies: R11, R32, R22; Balloon: B000, B00, BG53, BG57.  I then used the coordinating dies to cut out my images.

I trimmed my background using the large stitched rectangle die that is part of the MFT Die-namics Blueprints 29 Die Set.  After adding some patterned paper from the MFT Proper Pinstripes Paper Pack, I then attached my background scene with a piece of foam.  Lastly, I added some white gel pen onto my images and background for some added accents.  For the "cloudy" border, I used the MFT Die-namics Stitched Scallop Basic Edges on white cardstock.  I stamped my sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and attached this scalloped border piece and all of my images to my card base with foam squares.

In addition to the challenges above, I will also be entering this card into the following challenge:

Simon Says Monday Challenge: You've Got The Edge

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  Wishing you all a lovely day!



Beach Themed Die Sets - FLASH SALE - The Stamps of Life

It's already the 20th of the month and that means that new/exclusive dies are available at The Stamps of Life!  There are two new sets available.  The first one that I'd like to share with you is available today at a special 40% off flashsale price!

Summer4fun Die Set

It's called the Summer4fun Die Set and it's filled with so many cute tropical/beach-themed dies.  I paired these with the matching Summer4fun Stamp Set for my first card (shown above).  I first stamped my image of the sand castle on white cardstock and colored with Copic Sketch Markers.  (Colors used for both the castle and the sand: 0 - colorless blender, E31, E35, E57, E13, E29).

I used the Stamps of Life Stitched Rectangles to create the frame around my shaker and then stamped my sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  For the surfboards, I simply diecut some Stamps of Life Patterned Paper and solid Cardstock and then attached them with foam squares.   For more inspiration using this stamp and die set, check out TSOL Gallery Webpage HERE.

Island2visit Die Set
For my second card, I used the Island2visit Die Set and matching Island2visit Stamp Set to create my beach scene.

To be honest, I felt quite out of my element as I tried creating/drawing my own background for the first time.  I followed THIS TUTORIAL by Sandy Allnock to create my scene.  Sandy is amazingly talented!  I have a lot to learn, but it was fun (yet intimidating) to try this!  After I created my background scene and stamped my sentiment, I simply diecut my palm tree and blended a few inks to give the tree a little bit of shading and dimension.  (Inks used on the trunk: TSOL Gingersnap and Chocolate Inks; Inks used for the palm fronds: TSOL Kiwi and Green Apple Inks).  For more inspiration using this stamp and die set, check out TSOL Gallery Webpage HERE.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  Feel free to leave any comments or questions!

Happy Stamping!




Happy Birthday Card - United We Flourish Stamp & Die Set

Hello crafty friends!  I'd love to share with you a card that I made for both the Ellen Huston/Lawn Fawn Mix-it-up Challenge and also the Lawn Fawnatics Color Inspiration Challenge.  I decided to combine the United We Flourish Stamp Set by Lawn Fawn with the Ellen Hutson Bear Ware and Lovely Stamp Sets.

I made this fun birthday card for my brother.  To start, I stamped my images with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on white cardstock and then colored everything with Copic Sketch Markers (colors used listed below).  The balloons and party hat came from the Ellen Hutson "Bear Ware" stamp set, the sentiment from the Ellen Hutson "Lovely" Stamp Set and the cute little monkey came from the "United We Flourish" Set.  I used the coordinating dies to cut everything out.

For my background, I blended some Broken China Distress Oxide Ink onto a piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb Cardstock and then spritzed lightly with water.  I then covered it with a piece of Essentials by Ellen 40lb Vellum and diecut both with Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle Stackables.

I then cut two pieces of cloud border using the Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Border Dies and then cut them again with the Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle Stackables to line up with the background.  Lastly, I used some foam squares to adhere my images to add some dimension to the card and then added some twine for the balloon strings.  I love those balloons from the Bear Ware Set!

I will be playing along and entering this card into the following challenges:

Essentials By Ellen Mix It Up Challenge: Lawn Fawn

Lawn Fawnatics Color Inspiration Board: Challenge #9

As promised, here are the Copic colors that I used for this card:

Pink Balloon: RV00, R81, RV55, RV66; Blue Balloon: B000, B00, BG53, BG57, Teal Balloon: BG10, BG11, BG23, BG13; Green Balloon: G00, YG41, G14, G17, Orange Balloon: YR00, YR02, YR04, YR18; Party Hat: B01, B12, B14 and C00, C02; Monkey Body: E44, E47, E49; Monkey Face: E33, E35, E37

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  Feel free to leave any comments or questions!

Happy Stamping,