Another Way to Use Papercrafting Dies

I have a limited collection of dies, so I’m always looking for new ways to use them.  Since it’s feeling like spring here in North Carolina, I decided to use one of my most favorite die sets–Waffle Flower’s Pretty Butterflies.  This is the card I made…

My Empty Nest Creations Multi Color Ink Blended Butterflies card

I started off by cutting the large butterfly twice out of some card stock scraps.  I made two stencils because I knew that I was going to ink blend, and I didn’t want any ink transferring when I changed colors.  To give the border a little character, I used Avery Elle’s Wonky Stitches dies.  I was able to fit 3 butterflies onto my 4×5.25 piece of Bristol paper with very limited masking.  For my ink blended butterflies, I used Distress Oxides in Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves and Spiced Marmalade.  The butterflies looked a little too muted for what I had in mind, so I pulled out my Zig Embossing Marker and outlined the butterflies.  I stamped the sentiment from Hero Art’s Stamp & Cut Yes set, and black heat embossed everything.

I’m going to be honest here…I wasn’t very careful when I heat embossed.  Black flecks were small but noticeable, so I had to somehow camouflage them.  I just splattered some watered down black paint and now they look intentional 🙂

To finish it off, I matted the card front with black card stock and adhered it to a top folding card base using foam tape.

Thanks for visiting!

Computer Signature



CAS(E) Sketch #197

I’m so happy that I’ve gotten involved in a few card sketch challenges.  It has really sparked my creative juices.

Here’s the latest sketch from the CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge

cts_197I have to admit, I struggled with this sketch initially.  It took a couple of “trial and error” cards to figure out what I really wanted to do.  I think where I kept getting stuck was the uphill slant on the design.




Here’s what I decided on…

11_8_16-homes-on-hill-holiday-card-img_0628I started with an A2 white card stock base.  I roughly masked off the bottom portion and stamped the Hero Arts Tiny Star background stamp with Versamark ink.  I heat embossed with Recollections gold embossing powder.  Then I did some ink blending for the sky using Chipped Sapphire and Blueprint Sketch Distress Inks.  I was careful to be light handed near the bottom portion to give the idea of a slight glow from the lighted windows.  I then die cut the houses using the Tim Holtz Townscape On the Edge die.  I cut the houses apart and backed 5 of them with light yellow card stock.  I glued them on the diagonal to represent a hill and then covered them with a basket weave embossed (We R Memory Keepers embossing folder) kraft piece.  In order to match the greeting to the sky, I ink blended a piece of white card stock.  After making sure it was completely dry, I stamped the words from the Waffle Flower Merry stamp set in Versamark and heat embossed with the gold embossing powder.  As a final touch, I used my clear Wink of Stella marker on each of the windows.

I hope you like it!

My First Holiday Card for 2016

Freshly Made Sketches #261

I have just found another card sketch blog that I really like.  It’s called Freshly Made Sketches.  You should definitely check it out here.

This is their latest sketch…


and here is my take on it…


This one was very simple to make and would be very easy to mass produce for the holidays.  I love the less traditional colors with the kraft card base.  All I did was cut the Christmas trees on my Silhouette Cameo (my own design) and rolled them through my paper crimper tool.  I wasn’t quite sure how big to make the horizontal paper pieces until I placed the trees on the card.  I decided that the thicker size looked better than the narrower size from the sketch.  The plaid paper is from an old 6×6 Basic Grey Lauderdale pad.  (I just love it when I can use some of my older stash.)  I popped the trees up with some fun foam to give it a little bit of dimension.  The stamped greetings are from Waffle Flower’s Merry stamp set.

I hope you like it!