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Who’s The Leader of the Club That’s made for You and Me?

M-I-C-K-E-Y  M-O-U-S-E

The image is a clear All Night Media stamp, which I colored with Zig markers. I used patterned paper, textured cardstock, and a pre-cut card base as layers. A red eyelet, inked edges, and rounded corners complete this card.

I left it without a sentiment, only because it was more versatile without, but two I toyed around with were:

“Hey, There!”

“You’re A Star”

I am not a huge Mickey fan (gasp)…. I do like Donald, what a temper!… but when I saw this set from All Night Media, I had to have it. It included a lot of images, but also words like ‘My’, ‘Our’, ‘Favorite’, ‘Character’… I bought the stamp set mostly to scrapbook with.

I have yet to make a scrapbook page with them LOL but I do make cards. So at least I am using them.

Size: 4×5 inches


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African American Angel Christmas Card

My little cousin  has beautiful caramel-colored skin and the most wonderful curly hair. As I began to color this stamp by All Night Media, I found myself making this angel look like Cheyanne.

I chose yellow, red, and green (traditionally African colors) for her dress, added a sticker sentiment, and mounted the image on a piece of mulberry paper. I wanted the stamped image as the only focal point, so I used no three-dimensional embellishments.

Card Size: 5 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches

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One Stamp, Two Different Card Styles

When I began stamping, I felt like I had to have the perfect stamp for each  project. Many years later, I seek out new looks with the same old favorite images.

The more I look at this little mouse, the more I love him…

Above, I used traditional Christmas colors with a bit of black and pink thrown in, some fuzzy fiber, and a gold star (mini brass stencil used as a charm). Colored pencils give a soft, almost dreamy, feel to the card.

Here, same stamp… different card altogether. I printed my sentiment, and used markers to make this card cheery. I ‘popped up’ the sentiment using foam.

Stamp by House Mouse

More ideas for the same stamp:

Back in my eBay days, I belonged to a crafting group. One of the members’ daughters had given birth to a preemie… I stamped this image, colored it in with dark blue, light blue, turquoise, yellow, and red. I then added the sentiment ‘Tough Little Guy’ to it.

A man’s card for a wrestler or weightlifter… or perhaps a woman’s card for someone who has recently lost weight.

A thank you card ‘for a true lifesaver’.

A bag topper, stapled on top of a cello bag full of candy.

A card, tucked in a lunchbox or briefcase, reminding someone how strong you know they are… maybe as a good luck wish for an exam day or corporate meeting.

Card Size: 5×7 inches

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Belated Father’s Day Card for Pop-Pop

I was the first grandchild, and stubbornly changed ‘Poppa’ (which the family tried to get me to call my grandfather)  into ‘Pop-Pop’. The family is entirely female, so Pop-Pop is our Patriarch.

He doesn’t fish, or hunt anymore (he’s 87 years old,  he doesn’t do much but enjoy retirement with his wife LOL), nor does he camp… so I was at a total loss at what card to make. Most ‘manly’ stamps involve activities he doesn’t take part in anymore.

I used the Cricut cartridge A Child’s Year, for the scalloped shapes and the silhouette. I used my Sizzix embosser on the green scallop, and also on the little girl. Then I added Prima flowers, a bit of sheer ribbon, and glitter glue.

I inked the yellow cardstock with turquoise ink… when I had trouble getting the ink in the little corners, I cut apart a clean make-up sponge, squashed it into the ink pad, and ran it around the edges. I bought a bag of 30 really ugly cosmetic sponges for $1… and the ease of inking made them more than worth that.

It was so difficult to make a masculine card. I had trouble choosing colors. I had trouble figuring out a die-cut to use. And the nagging voice in my head kept yelling ‘Put more glitter on that card!’

I think overall it turned out nicely.

** Update: Pop-Pop loved the card…. he couldn’t believe I made it. AND it went right up on the Refrigerator (which is usually reserved for baby pictures and winning scratch-off tickets my grandparents have yet to redeem… a true place of honor!)

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Simple ‘Hello’ Card- Garden of Flowers

This card is proof that everything is nicer with flowers… the sentiment is by Stampin’ Up, which I matted on black cardstock. I added Colorbok patterned paper, and lots and lots of Prima flowers. The big flower is by an unknown company, and is velvety. I used clear glitter glue for the small flowers, and a rhinestone for the large one.

Card size: 4×5 inches

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Happy Birthday Cards for Lorna and her Preacher

I went to school with a woman named Lorna. She had two final exams on her birthday, so I made her a card and the class signed it to cheer her up.

I embossed the sentiment, used handmade papers from India, and silver Prima flowers. It’s difficult to see in the photo, but there are rhinestones in the flower’s centers. The stamp is by PSX.

Lorna loved the card, but it took her two days to realize I had made it… which was a huge compliment! I had even more of an ego boost when she asked me to make a card for her Preacher. I usually avoid making cards for men, but this was a fun challenge.

I used mulberry paper, handmade paper from India, and cream cardstock. The angel stamp is by Stampin’ Up. The ivy leaves are by Prima. I used the same sentiment for both cards, only embossed it on this card in gold. When I couldn’t find a matching brad, I made one using embossing powder and my heat gun. (Remember, metal gets hot LOL, so hold the brad with tweezers while you heat it)

Card Sizes: each 5×7 inches

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Flora’s Birthday Card

Let me start off by telling you all that Flora is just the sweetest, funniest, most ‘awesomest’ person. Ever. So when my mom, who works with her, mentioned Flora’s birthday was approaching… well… my new Cricut and I had a fun night!   

flora's birthday card

A sweet card for a sweet lady, on her birthday


I cut the card using the Wild Card cartridge’s shadow feature. The scalloped circles are actually tags from the A Child’s Year cartridge… i just hid most of the holes meant to hang the tags from, by skewing the tags. The cake serving platter was on the Wild Card cartridge.   

How could I make a card for Flora without adding flowers? I put a few little Prima flowers, and used black glitter for the centers. At the top of the card, I punched a hole, added an eyelet, and adorned it with sheer zebra-print ribbon.   

I love combining turquoise, black, white and grey… but I admit, I used those colors because my mom got Flora a zebra-print decorative bowl set as a gift. I am such a nerd I wanted the gift and the card to match.   

Then again, I got the Cricut so I could make everything match… so far, so good, I think.   

Card Size: 5 inch circle

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