Hello Hippo!!

Hello everyone!!  I popping in today with a cute card I created this weekend! I had some time to sit and color with my daughter.


This image from Gerda Steiner Designs!!  It’s the Hippo with Butterfly digital image.  Her hippos are super cute.  I have them all!!  I just need more time to color.

So which color shirt do you like?  I went with the orange one.  It just looks so cute on that hippo.

Take a look at my card:

Hello Hippo

Oh, look how cute that hippo looks!!  He tickles me!!

Wait before I continue, did you see my new watermark for my pictures!!!  I’m excited about it.  My good friend Kristina Beagle from Live Love Laugh Scrap created it for me.  Oh man, can I say she made my day yesterday!! Thanks you so much Kristina!!  Go and check her out, she is a fabulous card maker!

Now if you’ve been following me lately, you know that I have a love for shaker cards because of my new Fuse tool.  I can make shaker cards all day long.

This card was pretty easy to make as well.

1. I used Mama Elephant Femme Frames (which I can’t find as a stand along die anymore, I see them under the Basic Set) to cut out to frames from the Simon Says Stamp June 2015 card kit.

2. I used Mama Elephant Sew Fancy Circle die to cut a circle in the yellow pattern paper.

3. I used my We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool and the plastic slips to created a shaker pocket.

4. I added Pretty Pink Posh 4mm and 6mm sparkling clear sequins to the shaker pocket and used the fuse tool to seal it shut.

5. I adhered the shaker packet to the back of the yellow pattern paper with adhesive.

6. I attached that top panel to the orange panel with foam tape.

7. I attached the entire panel to the card base with adhesive.

8. I used Copic markers to color my hippo.

Y17, Y38, T0, T1, T2, B000

9. I used Top Dog Dies Hello Die to cut 2 hello’s for my sentiment. I adhered the two pieces together then attached it to the card front.

And there you have it!!  My cute hippo card.  Nothing to it!

Gerda Steiner Designs is have a Design Team Call and I figured why not put my name in the pot!

Gerda DT Call

I’m also linking up my card up to Challenge Up Your Life.



Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge.

So what do you think? Let me know below.

Supplies used:

Hippo with ButterflySSS June CK FEMME_FRAMES-CC_large SEW FANCY fuse bundlePretty Pink Posh Sequins 4mm Pretty Pink Posh 6mm Sequins TDD Hello Die Set


Thanks for stopping by!


Top Dog Dies – High in the sky

Hello everyone!!! It’s Top Dog Die Wednesday!!  I’m here today showcasing Top Dog Dies Hot Air Balloon!!

Hot Air Baloon DieI love this die set.  I’ve always wanted to take a ride in a hot air balloon.  My childhood friend and I schedule to take a trip in one of them when we had a girls trip in Arizona.  But we never woke up on time to catch the balloon.  Maybe next time, LOL.

Take a look at my card:

Hot Air Balloon

Tell me this card isn’t cute.  I love how everything worked together.

Now, have you notice something different about this card? Look closer.

You give up?  There is no stamping!!  That’s right no stamping.

I used Studio Calico pattern paper from there Walden Card Kit.

Then I die cut the balloons out of pink cardstock and adhered the balloons to the pattern paper.

Then I attached the pattern paper with fun foam for an even card front.

That’s it nothing major at all.

What do you think? Let me know below!  I would love to hear from you.

Supplies used:


I’m linking my card up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.


Thank you so much for stopping by!




CASology 148 – Story

Second Post

If your looking for the Giveaway Winner Post, click here.

 Hello everyone!!  It’s CASology Tuesday!!!  We are back with another Cue Card for you!!

How did you like last week’s cue card?  I loved it!! Wedding are always fun to attend.

Lets jump in!

Wek 148 - Story

Now take a look at my card:

True Story (CAS)

I love this School Girl image from Tiddly Inks.  I was introduced to this stamp company on Instagram, by @sugarbea.  She created some bookmakers with this digital stamp and I had to have it.

Look how fitting this image is for this weeks cue card.  All of the books have tons of stories in them.

I love how my coloring turned out.  I tested different colors before I settled down with the one I used for this card.


Did you check out her purple hair?  I have such a hard time coloring hair that I decided to go with a light non-traditional hair color to make things easy for myself.


This card was super doper easy to create!

1. All I did was resize my image in Photoshop.

2. Then I printed it on 80lb Neenah Solar White Cardstock.

3. Then I used my Copic Markers to color the image in.

Hat: E23, E35, R83

Dress and Shoes: B21, B45

Hair: BV00, BV02

Skin: E11, E23

Books: T0, T2, W1, W3, W5,C1, C3, C5, E42, E23, B21, B45

4. Once I was done with that, I fussy cut the image out with my craft scissors.

5. For the spaces around her arms, I used my craft knife to cut those spaces out.

6. I used Papertrey Ink Wet Paint II and stamped my sentiment with Versamark Ink.

7. I added Hero Arts White Embossing powder on top then heat set.

8. Once that embossing dried , I pop my image up using foam tape.

Nothing to it!!  I had so much fun coloring this image.  It allowed me to really see how the colors work with one another.

I would love to learn more about colors.  If anyone knows of a class that I can take to learn more about colors, please let me know.

So, what do you think?  Please let me know.

For more inspiration, check out my fellow Design Team members blog for more awesome work.


Gillian Ross

Hazel Hodgkins

Jen Wills

Joyce Mehrberg

Judy Marino

Kimberly Wiener

Kymona Tracey ←Me

May Park

Melissa Chipperfield

Tracey McNeely

Our Guest Designer this week:


Our Sponsor this week is The Ton.

Supplies used:

schoolgirlCopic MarkersWet Paint II  67f65-white2bembossing2bpowder classiccrestsolarwhtieVersamark

Thanks for stopping by!


Top Dog Dies Giveaway Winner

Hello everyone!!  I’m popping in this morning with the Winner’s name for that new Top Dog Die Wedding Die Set!!

TDD Wedding Die

First let me say thank you to all of you who left a comment.  I really appreciate all of you. I loved reading all of them.  I didn’t respond as to not mess up the numbers for the random count.  I will respond after this post goes live.  So no worries.

Now on to the winner!!!

The winner was chosen using Random.org.  There were 24 entries!!

Top Dog Dies Winner

Top Dog Dies Winner Iris T

Congrats Iris T!!!  You are the lucky winner!!  Thank you so much for stopping by and playing along.  Please send me your address using the contact me button above so that I can get that die set out to you.

Have a great day everyone and thanks for stopping by!


Waffle Flower Craft – Photo Inspiration Challenge

Hello everyone!! I’m here with our new Waffle Flower Crafts Photo Inspiration Challenge!!!

This is our ninth challenge for 2015! I love this challenge, it really takes me out of my safe space when creating.

This weeks photo is so lovely!

Take a look:

Waffle Flower Photo Inspiration May 25

This photo inspired me to create a shaker card!

Take a look:

With Love (WFC)

I told you I love the new release dies and stamps!! I couldn’t help myself in using this die again.

I’m also obsessed with shaker cards now that I know how to make them with ease!!

Let’s look at how I created this card:

1. I die cut all of my frames using Waffle Flower Craft Doily Square Die.

With Love 1

2.  To start I added adhesive to the front panel base die cut layer. I’m doing this so that my frames will stay in place.

With Love 2

3. I added the second die cut base that will hold my actually frame in place.

With Love 3

4. I added my pink frame to the base.  I also added the Kraft inserts around the pink frame.  I added to much tape so I decided to add these pieces to over up the tape.

With Love 4

5.  Now its time to make the shaker part of my card!!  Yayy!  I love this part.

Ok, I took one of my memory keepers scrapbook sleeves and cut it in half.  I taped down my die with washi tape to keep it in place.

With Love 5

6. I meant to take a photo of my actually using the fuse but I forgot but you will see it below.

I used my We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool to seal the edges.  Then I cut off the excess plastic. After tracing the edge of the die, your shaker pocket looks like this. Can you see what I did wrong here?  Yes, I sealed the entire thing before adding my sequin, LOL!  Ok, easy fix.  I just use my Kraft knife to open up a small portion.

I told you I love making these.  I get so excited.

With Love 6

7. After filling the pocket with Lucy Adams Phosphorescence Sequin, I used the fuse tool to seal the shaker pocket up. I just laid the die back on the pocket lining it up with the previous fuse.

With Love 7

8. Here is what the pocket looks like when its sealed and ready to add to your card.

What I notice what this pocket fit but it was to big.  I used the bigger die and didn’t need to.  I need to use the smaller die from that set.  So I started over.

With Love 8

9.  Ok, this die is much better.  The actually frame where the shaker will show is this size so there was no need for the bigger one.

So, I did the same thing I did above.

With Love 9

10. See here you can see me using the fuse to seal the sides of my shaker pocket.

With Love 10

11. Here you can see that I added the sequin and trimmed the edges down.  I’m sealing the opening so that my sequin doesn’t fall out.

With Love 11

12. Here is my finished pocket!  I left some of the edge so that I can adhere it to my card base.

With Love 12

13. I add tape to my card panel. So that my shaker pocket will stay in place.

With Love 13

14. I adhered the shaker pocket so that the fused line doesn’t show through the window of the card.

With Love 14

15. I added foam tape to the card panel that it will stick to the card base with some room for my sequin to shake.

With Love 15

16. I added the front panel to my card base. So how easy that was.  Super fun to create.

With Love 16

17.  To finish the card off, I die cut 4 Waffle Flower Craft With Love Word Die out of Simon Says Stamp Lemon Chiffon Yellow Cardstock.

With Love 17

18. I adhered them with Tombow Multipurpose Glue and adhered it to the front of my card.

That’s my card for this challenge.  I challenge you to make a shaker card. It’s super fun and pretty.

Do you see how I used the colors to create my card.  I love this color scheme.

So what do you think? Please let me know.

Now its your turn!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Supplies used:

Doily Square Die fuse bundlePhosphorescence SSS Lemon Chiffon YellowTombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive

Thank you for stopping by!!


Top Dog Dies Release and Sale

Hello everyone!!  I’m here with Top Dog Dies and their new phenomenal release.

They release 7 new dies on yesterday and I want to share all of them with you today!!

TDD Pocket Pages Banner Die

Pocket Pages Banner Die

Pocket Pages Summer Die

Pocket Pages Summer Die

Pennant Banner Die

Pennant Banner Die

Pretty Petals 2 Die

Pretty Petals 2 Die

Pretty Petals 3

Pretty Petals 3

TDD Leaves Die

Leaves Die

Wedding Die Set

Wedding Die Set

Aren’t these dies fantastic!!  This release is such a great release!

Here are some of my cards that I create for this release.

Thanks (TDD)

For this card, I used the Top Dog Dies Pretty Petals 2 Die and die cut the card panel and a watercolor panel.

Watercolor scrap

I adhered the watercolor flower to the card base. Then I used foam adhesive to attach the card panel.

I used Papertery Ink Enclosed: Apple Mini Stamp Set to stamp my sentiment in My Favorite Think Hybrid Black Ink.

I added a retired Stampin Up large rhinestone in the center.


Hello (TDD)

For this card, I used the Top Dog Dies Pocket Pages Banner Die Set  and Top Dog Dies Hello Die Set to create this card.

I die cut all of the pieces out of Snap Studio Just the Basics pattern paper and adhered them to my pocket page card.

To create this card, I just die cut my white cardstock using the two biggest die to create my card front and used only the biggest die for the back panel.

I attached the teal pattern paper behind the front card panel.

I scored a line to the top of the back card panel and added tape to attach the front and the back panel.  Since I added a score line the card can open.

I used Simon Says Stamps Lila’s Heart Stamp Set to stamp my sentiment.

Super cute.  Cute for a pocket page scrapbook too.


Wedding (TDD)Now this wedding card is the center of my giveaway which ends May 24th, 2015 at 11:59pm.

I created this card using Top Dog Dies Wedding Die Set and Top Dog Dies Pocket Pages Summer Die Set.

I’m giving away the Wedding Die to one lucky person who leaves me a comment on that blog post.

I die cut all of the pieces and adhered them to my card front using tape.

I used Simon Say Stamp Congratulations Stamp Set and stamped my sentiment.

I attached retired Stampin up clips to the top of the frame.

So what do you think?  I hope you enjoy what you see.

Guess what?

On top of my giveaway, Top Dog Dies is having a sale!!


You don’t want to miss this.  Here is your chance to get your hands on all of those dies!!

Supplies used:

Card 1:

PTI Apple Mini Stamp Set MFT Hybrid Black Ink

Card 2:

TDD Hello Die SetSnap Studio Just The BasicsLila's Heart

Card 3:

SSS Congratulations

Thank you for stopping by!


Top Dog Die Release Sneak Peak + Giveaway

Hello everyone!!!! Its Top Dog Dies Wednesday and I have a surprise for you. I have some exciting news to share!!!

Top Dog Die will release 7 new dies tomorrow, May 20th!! Yayyy, I can’t wait to you see these dies that are being released.  They are totally awesome!!  You will drool! I can’t wait to share these new dies with all of you!!


I was given permission to do a sneak peak of one of dies, (wait I used two new dies, shh don’t tell) before its time. Yayyyyyyy!!  I’m so happy to have this opportunity!

Yesterday, we found out that the CASology Cue Card is “Wedding” so I’m continuing with that theme!!

Take a look at my card:

Wedding (TDD)

This would have been perfect for that challenge.  I might enter it anyway, LOL!!

I told you, you were going to love these dies!! The Top Dog Dies Wedding Die Set is amazing.

TDD Wedding Die
This set has 9 die which are the suit, dress, rings, shirt, bow tie, flowers and a diamond shape.  You will not be disappointed in the least bit.  I can see a shaker card being created with this set too.

This card is full of die cuts.  Very clean and simple.  I used Simon Says Stamps Congratulations Stamp to stamp the sentiment.

I love working with this set.  I can’t wait to sit and play with them again.

I have more good news for all of you.  So, not only was I given a chance to showcase this die set early, I’m allowed to give one away!!!

Yes, I’m doing a giveaway!!

All you have to do is leave a comment below letting me know if you like attending wedding.  This giveaway will end 11:59pm May 24, 2015.

So what do you think of my card?  Please let me know below.

Don’t forget, the full release is will happen tomorrow, May 21!  Please be sure to come back so you can see what my fellow DT members and myself have created for this release!!

Thank you so much for stopping by!!!



CASology 147 – Wedding

Hello everyone!!  It’s CASology Tuesday!!  We are back with another Cue Card for you!!

This time of year is awesome! I love graduations, proms, birthdays, and wedding.  I love seeing all of the buzz and pretty dresses.   This week’s cue card is sure to please.

Week 147 - Wedding

Now take a look at my card:

Bridal showerNow I know your wondering, what in the world does my card have to do with the cue card.

The umbrella’s are not for a baby shower but for a bridal shower!! Yes, the bride-to-be has to have a bridal shower!!

Congratulations on her wedding to be!!  This is the place where she gets all of those sexy gifts.

Amazing right!  Are you wondering if this card is simple?  It took me all of five minutes to finish this card.

Here is how:

1. I cut my card base to an A2 size card, 5.50 by 4.25 scored at 4.25.

2. I cut my card panel to 5.25 by 4.00.

3. I used the 3rd largest Simon Say Stamps Stitched Circle die and the umbrella from WPlus9 Love Showers Layers Die to die cut both piece together at the same time. I die cut those 3 times.

4. I used the same circle die to cut the 3 circles out of My Mind’s Eye Fancy That pattern paper found in the Simon Says Stamp May 2015 card kit.

5. I adhered the circle together making sure the gold dots on the pattern paper was showing through the die cut umbrella.

6. I attached the 3 circles to the card panel with foam tape.

7. I stamped my sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Congratulations stamp set using the new Simon Says Stamp Blush Pink Ink Pad found in the May 2015 Card Kit.

8. I adhered the card panel to the card base using fun foam.

That’s it!  I told you it was simple.  Just some die cutting and stamping only once.  You too can achieve this look.

What do you think? Let me know below.

For more inspiration, check out my fellow Design Team members blog for more awesome work.


Gillian Ross

Hazel Hodgkins

Jen Wills

Joyce Mehrberg

Judy Marino

Kimberly Wiener

Kymona Tracey ←Me

May Park

Melissa Chipperfield

Tracey McNeely

Our Guest Designer this week:


Our Sponsor this week is Whimsy Stamps.

Supplies used:

Stitiched CircleWPlus9 LoveS howers Layers DieMay 2015 Card Kit Fun Foam

Thank you so much!!


Simple Foiling

Hello everyone!! I’m up on the So Suzy Stamp blog.

I’m here today to share with you a new technique that I love a lot!!  What is it you ask?  It’s called Foiling!!

So of you might have seen some cards with foiling on them and wonder how to do that.  I’m going to share how its done.

First lets take a look at what I created:

Foiled Butterfly

For the complete tutorial please stop So Suzy Stamps blog to see how I created this amazing tag!!

Thanks for stopping by,


Time To Shake!!


Shake, Shake, Shake That Card! It’s blog hop time again at Top Dog Dies. We have a whole lotta shaking going on this time for our blog hop. Shaker Cards! They are always a fun card to receive and make.

To add extra fun to our blog hop…we are offering up a prize! Three winners will receive the New Top Dog Dies Hot Air Balloon Die Set. For your chance to win, enter your email address below by 5/20/15. Winners will be posted on the Top Dog Dies blog after 5/20/15.

Here’s how it works…
Visit each blog on the hop in order. Each Design Team member has created a special shaker card using dies from Top Dog Dies. Visit each blog, check out the shaker projects and leave your comments. I’ve listed all of the participants below for your convenience. Don’t forget to enter to win.

So lets get start!!!

If you arrived from the fabulous Marcia Dehn-Nix then your on the right path.  If you didn’t please start at the talented Piali Biswas blog as to not miss any of the blogs and your chance to win our awesome prize.

Take a look at my card:

Hello There Shaker

I love making shaker cards but in the past they use to be so cumbersome with the foam tape and all.  Now that I have the We R Memory Tool Fuse, making shaker cards are a breeze!!  No bulk and no foam tape.

Thank you Jennifer McGuire for this amazing tip!!

You want to know how I created this?

Here you go:

1. I trimmed my card panel slightly smaller then my card base.

2. I used Top Dog Dies Heart Doily Die to cut a heart in the center of my card panel.

3. I used the negative and saved the heart shape for another card.

4. To create my shaker pocket, I used the heart die and placed it on my plastic window sheet.

heart fuse 1

5. I used the fuse tool and traced around the outside of the die to seal the plastic together, leaving a small portion open to add the sequin.

heart fuse 2

6. I add Lucy Adams Phosphorescence sequin from Lucy’s Card Little Things Collection to my shaker pocket.

heart fuse 4

7. I lined up the heart die with the shaker pocket and used the fuse to close up the hole in my shaker pocket.

heart fuse 5

8. I trimmed off the excess plastic around the heart.

9. I die cut my Studio Calico pattern paper, which is the NYC skyline, with the same heart die and adhered it the card base.

10. I used Mama Elephant Good Times Stamp Set to stamp my sentiment with My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink.

12. I adhered the shaker pocket to the back of the card panel with adhesive.

13. I wanted the card panel to lift off of the card base so I added Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals and adhered the card panel the card base.

Super easy to create!!  This has to be my all time favorite card to make now that its so easy.

Now on to talented Nicki Sheck for her fun shaker card!!

Just in case you missed someone or need to start over, I’ve listed my fellow design team members blog for your convenience.

Piali Biswas
Natalie Dever
Marcia Dehn-Nix
Kymona Tracey ← You’re here
Nicki Sheck
Jeanne Jachna
Vickie Zimmer
Kelly Griglione

Now all I need you to do is fill out the form below for your chance to win.  Super easy and exciting.

Fill out my onlineform.

I’m also linking my card up to Virginia’s View Challenge.

Layers and Dimensions

Supplies use:

fuse bundleTDD Heart Doily DiePhosphorescence  May Card Kit Good TimesMFT Hybrid Black Ink

Happy Hopping and Shaking!

Thanks for stopping by!