Author: craftybullpen

Age is irrELEPHANT


I cannot take credit for this card design at all. I have to give all the credit to the absolutely fantastic Jennifer McGuire – a card making rock star!

See how in the photo above the elephant is leaning to the left? Well check it out, in the picture below he is leaning to the right.


On this card, the elephant is free floating and when you shake the card, he moves around on the front of the card. Super fun!

Using a copic friendly ink, I stamped my critter from the Heffy Doodle stamp set. See my previous post on how I achieved such crisp black lines and the shine on my elephant eyes. On the white cardstock panel, I cut a small circle. Slightly larger than that circle, I cut a second circle and saved that piece for use in the card design later.

Using Altenew’s Half Tone Circle Stamp set in a color that match my top folding notecard, I filled in my background. Gave the entire panel a good spray of shimmer and Iused Simon Says Stamps Big Greetings I to stamp the Horry! sentiment paired with the cheeky sentiment from Heffy Doodle. The sentiment is simply stamped with black versifine ink and coated with clear embossing powder.


Placing the small circle I set aside behind the white panel, I glued a button to it and then glued the elephant to the button. Using LOTS of foam tape, I created a channel for the circle on the back of the card to move around in. This allows for the elephant to float around on the front of the panel. This entire panel was added to my blue top folding notecard. I added some gems from Lucy’s cards and stamped and colored the balloon. To finish off the balloon, I used my wink of stella pen for shimmer and clear embossing powder over the top of it for shine. I fussy cut it and colored the edge with a black marker and tied it to a string for my elephant to float!


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Miss you so much my head is spinning


I have never made a spinner card and today is the day! When I first saw this super cute (and symmetrical) bear from Heffy Doodle stamps, I knew it was time.

After coloring and die cutting my bear (see previous post for tips and tricks), I also cut a heart, colored it and added glossy accents. To ensure it would not smudge it had to dry over night. Once it was good and dry I tucked it into my little bear’s hands (Heffy Doodle’s dies cut the slits for the bear to hold the heart). Of course, I had to color two sets of bears and hearts so when he spun, he would could be seen all the way around. Using fishing line (or a clear thread), I smushed and glued it between my two bear halves. For my craft colored panel, I cut a window using my Square Peek-a-boo die from My Favorite Things and also cut a window on my white top folding notecard. To learn how to ensure these two line up perfectly, see my previous post. Next, the sentiment was white heat embossed in the center under the window. Before adhering the craft panel to the white notecard, the thread was glued in the middle so that the bear could float freely.


There you have it! Before I send it to a loved one, I wind the bear right up and close the card. This ensures when the recipient opens the card, the critter will give a good twirling show.


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PAW-sitively Great!


Hello and welcome! How many of you are looking for ways to stretch your supplies? I know I am always looking to do so and this is one of my favorite techniques! I love to dry emboss using my dies. This is a great cover plate die from Lil’ Inker Designs.

To achieve this look, I set my die cut machine up as if I would be using an embossing folder. To do this in my machine, you must use a silicone rubber mat. I pressed the cover plate die onto a white piece of cardstock. After trimming it down, I used craft foam to give the cardfront some dimension. On a strip of black cardstock the sentiment from the Heffy Doodle stamp set was white heat embossed and adhered to the front of the panel with the accompanying lion (see my previous post where I discuss how I colored these critters). The addition of a few star sequins and the card is complete.


These cards are going to be perfect for my kiddos’ teachers!


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What an ELEPHANT-tastic elephant! She is just a sweetie – thank you Heffy Doodle Stamps for her.

As I noted in my previous post, I colored many Heffy Doodle images and the next series of posts will be how these critters come into cards. Each critter was stamp, colored and cut the same way so please see my previous post for tips and tricks!

To make this window card, I started with a 4×5.25 craft colored cardstock panel. In the middle of the panel, using theΒ My Favorite Things die I created a window. Laying the panel on top of a top folding white notecard, with the die seated in the negative space, I lightly traced with a pencil the inside window. Once the panel was removed, the die could be lined back up with the pencil outline in order to cut the window to ensure the two windows (on the panel and the notecard) line up nicely. HINT – remember to open up the top folding notecard before you run it through the die cut machine so you only cut through the top of the card! The super cute sentiment was white heat embossed centered under the window. Using a strong adhesive around the opening on the backside of the panel holds a piece of white tulle in place to allow my elephant to float in the middle of the window. Using even more adhesive, the panel was glued to the top folding white notecard. I glued the elephant and balloon in the middle of the tulle window and on the backside glued the same die cuts (uncolored) so that there is no exposed adhesive.


Tah-dah! A cutie elephant floating in the middle of my window! Just love how this came out.


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After a While Crocodile



Do you not just love this cute little croc from Heffy Doodle Stamps?! He makes me smile when I look at him and the sentiment will be just perfect for my little girls’ teachers.

In honor of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge, I colored up a ton of Heffy Doodle critters. The next few posts will be the final products as I pull them into cards. In under an hour, I had 16 critters colored and cut – Heffy Doodle makes it so easy with the coordinating dies!

To start, I used a watermarker friendly ink (Ranger Archival Ink – Black) to stamp the initial images and heatset the ink to ensure it wouldn’t smudge. Using my Zig markers, I colored in my croc. Again, I heatset the image. With my Wink of Stella pen, I added some shimmer to the entire image. Can you guess? Again, I heatset the image. I then used a Versafine black ink pad and restamped the croc image. This provided me with a crispy black result on the image after all that shimmer and color. Just love the dark line around the coloring. Over the top of the croc’s eyes, I used my Sakura Black Glaze Gel Pen for some shine.


For the background, I busted out my Tim Hotlz Distressed Oxide inks in Lucky Clover and Faded Jean. To get the clean and very tidy corner, I used Post-It Tape to mask off the corner of my 4.25×5.5 carstock panel. Once the background was inked up I heatset it to ensure the ink was dry – oxide inks stay wet for a long time due to their unique properties. As a way of double checking the ink was dry, I covered the panel in white heat embossing powder to see if it stuck. If it did, I could simply brush it away and heatset the panel again.

Using my Misti, I stamped my sentiment in black Versafine ink and coated it in clear embossing powder. Added a few green sequins, popped up my croc with foam tape and adhered the entire trimmed down panel to a top folding tan notecard.


Ba-da-bing! A super cute croc card. Hope you have a snappy day!



Herby Greens

Wow! Labor Day has now come and gone and that means that summer truly has come to an end. I had a wonderful summer as I was off from Memorial Day until Labor Day with my sweet new addition to our family. I am truly blessed.


I couldn’t let the summer slip by without using the Fresh Herbs stamp by HeroArts. I selected 3 different shades of green ink from my stash and assigned one color to eat herb and its accompanying name. Each herb image was stamped repeatedly on a 4.75×5.5 piece of white cardstock. Notice, when I stamped I did not match the name of the herb with the image of the herb. I simply used the names to fill in white space on the card. The fact that they do not match up does not bother me as I think it adds interest to the card. Once the panel was complete, I trimmed it down so that there was a boarder around each edge of the panel.


As I was running low on thank you cards, I decided to use this beautiful Thanks sentiment from the Thoughtful Messages stamp set from SimonSaysStamp. Preparing my vellum with an anti-static tool, I gold heat embossed the sentiment by stamping first with Versamark ink and then covering it with Hero Arts gold embossing powder. Being a lover of all things shiny, I added 3 sequins in a green tone.


After adhering the vellum strip to the stamped panel, I used craft foam on the entire back of the finished panel to give dimension to the finished card.


Hope you give this a try and thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!





Oh my stars!

I created a whole pile of stary cards today. I had yet to use my Simon Says Stamp Stacked Stars die or my Hero Arts Star Confetti die. I made 3 different card designs, but did 4 of each design. I have to be honest, I was inspired by the Twinkle stamp set by CAS-ual Fridays – which is going to be retired soon (read: get it while you can!).


For the first card, I cut a white cardstock panel and used Wild Honey, Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade distress inks. Using the Confetti Die from Hero Arts, I cut a white cardstock panel to lay over my yellow blended panel. I selected the sentiment and white heat embossed it on a strip of black cardstock that I then cut into a banner shape. Using foam tape, I adhered it to my card front.


Using a few of the stars that were leftover from the white cardstock, I used my Spectrum Noir shimmer pen on the star and then glossy accents to give it some dimension.


For the second card design I used the same distressed ink colors and used the Stacked Stars to cut the image out of the panel. I knew I was going to do a die inlay technique so I made sure to keep the stars in order when I pulled the cut image out of the die. Using the same die, I cut it out of white cardstock. I simply discarded the white stars (who am I kidding – I am a crafter and kept all those tiny stars for future projects!) and kept the white outline of the image. I glued the white outlined image back onto the inked card panel. Then I inserted all the tiny yellow stars back into the image in order. Again, I white heat embossed my sentiment on black cardstock, added some stars that were enhanced with shimmer pen and glossy accents. The entire panel was adhered to a top folding note card with foam tape to give the panel some dimension.


Since I had beautiful ombre yellow star outlines leftover from the card above, I wanted to put them to good use! Here is my third card design.


I simply glued the yellow star outlines to a black cardstock panel that was pre-sprayed with shimmer spray. I used the “oh my stars!” sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays and the “it’s your birthday” sentiment from Paper Trey Ink’s Ways to Say: Birthday. I stamped the sentiments in black Versafine ink and clear heat embossed it. Around the sentiment I added black Nuvo Drops and used foam tape to add it to the panel. The entire finished panel was cut down to fit on a top folding note card with a piece of craft foam in between.


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