Build a Picnic Scene -New at ITD


I have a new digi stamp set in the shop today called, Build a Picnic, and I had some fun creating this card 😊  

This set is very versatile... what started out as one stamp became a set of 9 so you can use what you want from it and place them anywhere on your card!  

I'll be back later with the rest of my supply list.  Happy INKing!! 

April Digi-of-the-Month Spinner Cards Tutorial

 Hello crafty friends!  I do have another fun interactive card tutorial to share today - this time with a Mother's Day theme, but can be suited for any holiday or occasion!  I used images from my brand new digital kit and DOTM for April!  and better yet, they are both ON SALE all this month!!   I encourage you all to pop over and play along in our progressive digi-of-the-month challenge so you can receive next month's digi set FREE!  

Video Tutorial and list of supplies & tips below:



Card base = 11" x 4 1/4"; score at 5 1/2"
Top patterned layer = 4" x 5 1/4"
White piece between card base and patterned paper = 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Inside white piece = 4" x 5 1/4"

  • I pasted the images I wanted from kit into a MS Word Document then resized to fit my card. The widest part of the table top measures 3". Then I added the teapot kitty and shrunk it down to fit on table top. 
  • Whatever you are using for your spinner image, you'll want to size it slightly larger than the mechanism you use to make it spin. *If you don't have the Spinner Discs, you can punch circles and use round dimensionals (foam dots) and stick dimes or pennies to them. *Note: in my original spinner I used dimes, but even after cleaning them with alcohol, they left black scratch marks on the white table. So for tutorial I used the spin discs which I like better anyways. :)
Thanks for watching!

Easter Lamb of God

Happy Friday!  Easter is a week from Sunday, so I whipped up a couple more Easter cards since I was heading to the Post Office anyways today.  I had a few of these sunburst backgrounds that I made a while back and didn't finish the cards for whatever reason, so I pulled them out thinking it would make a nice Easter card.  There are so many names for Jesus Christ including Lamb of God, and Light of the World which are both reflected in this card.  

This digi set is called "Lamb with Cross" (since I already had a set called Lamb of God) and there are several versions including with a cross/banner and without... and one lamb or two.  All of my digi stamp sets include a black outline version for those who want to color it themselves (with Copics or other medium) as well as a digitally colored version for quick and easy crafting.

I hope you have all have a Blessed Easter ♥

Happy INKing!

Interactive Swing from the Clouds Easter Card

 Hello *Ü*  I look forward to the March edition of Paper Pumpkin each year because that's when they celebrate the birthday/anniversary of Paper Pumpkin, and so they include a free gift - sometimes an extra free stamp set, but this time they gave us 4 stencils and a sponge to play with.  

I recently saw some very cute and colorful cloud cards made with stencils on the internet so I gave it a try.  And since Easter is coming up, I thought it would be cute to have the bunny from SU!'s Springtime Joy set swinging from the clouds with her Easter basket... and so I created a li'l swing for her to sit on and made it swing!

I have some photos and instructions below, but here is my video tutorial....


  • I sponged my background, starting at top and working down.  

  • I stacked 2 pop dots on top of each other and adhered to the top middle of cardstock, about 3/4 inch or so down from the top.
  • Using a hole punch, I punched a hole 2x bigger than the pop dots from a piece of cardstock 1" x 1 3/4". Be sure it fits nicely around the pop dots to be able to swing.
  • Next I cut a rectangle from a piece of kraft cardstock for the swing. You want the width to be wider than the image you are placing on it, and tall enough to adhere to the white piece at top, but letting it hang down far enough under your clouds.

  • Cut the top corners of your white piece at a diagonal, not too close to the hole, and trim up the outsides of your "ropes" from the swing.
  • Punch a white circle that's larger than the hole you created for the pop dots and adhere over the hole.  This will prevent the mechanism from coming off the "track"

  • Using your stencil and a pencil, trace the clouds onto a piece of white cardstock cut at 2 3/4" x 4" and fussy cut around the clouds.
  • Add foam tape (or dimensionals) 2 stacked on top of each other, to each of the sides of your large cloud layer and add it to the top of your card.

  • If you want to add grass, you can glue it or pop dot it to the bottom of your card.

  • Add a sentiment to the top of your cloud layer if you'd like.  I also added Wink of Stella to the eggs and flowers on the bunny. 

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Stamps used: Stampin' Up! - Springtime Joy; March 2021 Paper Pumpkin - Here's to You

Dies & Punches: (?) - Grass; basic hole punch

Paper: SU! - Flirty Flamingo, Highland Heather, Almost Amethyst, Crumb Cake

Ink & Extras: SU! - (1st card) Flirty Flamingo, Highland Heather, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight; (2nd card) Soft Sky, Almost Amethyst, Mauve Mist, So Saffron Classic inks; Dimensionals; Copic - markers; Paper Trimmer; Scotch - ATG tape; Tombow multi liquid glue

Thanks for looking ~ Happy Inking :) 

A Pull Tab Slider with Rotating Mechanism

Today's interactive card is one that is new to me and trust me... it is easier than it looks and will be so fun for the kiddos!   And my new digi stamp set, "Gator Party" was a perfect set to use with this fun rotating mechanism!

The fact that he's got a birthday cake in his choppers goes perfectly with the sentiment on the slider.... "Time for CHOMPING on some Birthday Cake" riiiiiiiight?!!!  :) 

You may have noticed that I have the "Snappy Birthday" on here twice.   That is a mistake due to being overly focused on trying to get the sentiments printed on my slider piece a 2nd time after having messed up by printing it horizontal and there was clearly not enough room, so....  It was not suppose to be on the slider, just on the front of my card.  OH SNAP!  *giggle*

I was inspired to create this style after seeing one of Laura Dovalo's cards here.   I really wasn't sure how it would turn out on my very first attempt, so I did not film it, or take very many pictures along the way, but I'll share what I do have.  It will probably not make alot of sense here without seeing a video tutorial, so I highly suggest if you are trying to make one, to hop over and watch Laura's video first.  These are basically my notes as I fumbled my way through :)  

I started by resizing and printing the digis from this fun new set ...

Once I decided that I wanted the bigger alligator to open his mouth for a yummy cupcake, I printed 2 of him, and cut the portion of the head off of one and cut mostly the body and the lower jaw of the other.  I figured his big cheek was a good spot for the mechanism to be hiding under.   

Next I cut the top and bottom of my card at 5 1/4" x 4" and cut a 1" semicircle from the middle of one edge (for the pull tab).  Next, I layed my gator on top to see where I wanted the mechanism to go behind his head, and cut a small oval out.  It's suppose to be a tiny circle, but this was the smallest roundish die I had, which came from the "Suit & Ties" dies from SU!

Next I layed that top piece onto the back piece (cut same size) and made a pencil mark in the middle of the oval so I know where to attach the brad.

For my mechanism, I used SU!'s word window punch, but I did cut it down one one end and rounded it, not sure that was necessary though.  I cut 4 of them and glued 2 and 2 together before punching the holes on each end.  In the picture below, only the top brad is attached to the bottom card layer.  The brad on the left (upside down) is only attached to the sentiment slider piece.  And the brad on right is only attaching the 2 arms of the mechanism.  

Before attaching the mechanism to the slider piece, I put 2 layers of foam tape around the other 3 sides.  Then I measured inbetween, which was a tiny bit less than 3".  So that's how wide I cut my slider down to.  You don't want your slider to keep receeding back into the card (gator's head would be spinning 180 degrees!) so I added another small piece of foam tape to stop the slider.  Cut your slider so it's even with the left edge of card, poke a hole in middle of right side, and attach your brad.  (sorry for the blurry photo)

This is where I had messed up the first time.  With the arm extended as much as it will go, you know how much room you have to put your sentiment.  If any part of it is to the right of that card edge, it will not show when your pull your tab, so be sure your sentiment/s are to the left of that card edge line.

Next I worked on the front/top piece.  I made a semicircle from copy paper and sponged my grass on.  I cut a very thin line of the foam tape, removed the backing on it, and wrapped it around the top brad (in a circle) then added a 2nd layer on top of that so it stuck up as high or higher than my brad.  See Laura's video for a visual a I was so into figuring it out rather than doing a tutorial so I forgot to take pictures.  😜  

I peeled off all the backing to the foam tape around card and attached the top blue layer.  Then I glued the cupcake behind the gator's lower jaw and glued him just under the oval.  Next I added the head, making sure it would cover up the cupcake all the way when his mouth was shut.

I then popped up the balloons with foam tape and drew the strings in black permanent fine tip marker.  I also popped up some clouds to help fill the space and glued the girl gator.  Added some shadows with Copic markers and an arrow on the pull tab so recipient knows what to do.  

Lastly, I adhered the card to a white folded base so there's lots of room to write a message, although it would've worked to just glue a smaller white piece to the back of this card... I just felt like it needed a border around the blue.  :) 

It sounds like a lot of steps, but I really is easier than it seems.  I hope you'll try it too as these are going to make really FUN interactive cards for the kiddos!  Thanks for stopping by, happy INKing!

Floral Fantasy Girl and Her Kitties

Last month for my birthday I had received several BRAKS (Birthday Random Acts of Kindness) from crafters at SCS and one of them included this image of a girl and her 3 cats, so I made up this card and posted it along with my 'Thank You' to Lori, (aka. mybugandi45 on SCS).  

I cut her in half, or rather, I cut the 2 kitties out from the lower half of the image because I knew I wanted to put her inside one of these pretty frames that came in the 'Fantasy Floral' paper pad by Recollections that I got 50% off at Michaels this past week.  The papers are beautiful and are double-sided!  I do not know who the artist is of this image.  I messaged her but am awaiting an answer - when I hear back I will update this post.

 ♥ ♥ ♥

Stamps used: ? (will update as soon as I know)

Dies & Punches: SB - Venise Lace Hemstitch Dies; SU! Ornate Layers Dies

Paper: SU! - Blush Blossom, Misty Moonlight, Flirty Flamingo; Recollections - Fantasy Floral

Ink & Extras: SU! - Misty Moonlight, Flirty Flamingo Cassic Ink; Dimensionals; Copic - markers; We R Memory Keepers - Trim & Score Board; Scotch - ATG tape

Thanks for looking ~ Happy Inking :) 

Free Standing Pop-Up Easter Card - SU! Springtime Joy

Happy Sunday!  I'm really enjoying creating Springy cards with Stampin' Up!'s new set "Springtime Joy" from their Jan-June 2021 mini catalog.  I followed the tutorial over at SplitcoastStampers for this fancy fold card.

Here is a side view...

It folds up flat for mailing!

and here's one more picture as I just wanted to show you that among my stash of old eyelets, I found some pretty springy-colored butterflies!  So I used one that matched this Blushing Bride paper and ribbons perfectly!  

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Stamps used: SU! - Springtime Joy (mini Jan-June 2021 catalog)

Dies & Punches: SU! - Stitched Shapes Dies; Spellbinders - Scalloped Rectangles & Scalloped Circles Dies

Paper: SU! - 2020 Designer Series Paper; Succulent DSP; Pool Party, Basic White

Ink & Extras: SU! - Pear Pizzaz ink, Dimensionals, Champagne Rhinestone Gems, paper snips; Copic - markers; We R Memory Keepers - Trim & Score Board; Scotch - ATG tape; The Twinery - twine; (friend) - crinkle ribbon

Thanks for looking ~ Happy Inking :)