Category Archives: Tutorials & Techniques

An Art Journaling Mini

So this is it.

My favorite project in a very long time.



Bright & fun.

Having stained fingers just makes me happy. Bizarre, I know!

I created this tag mini art journal for my daughter. She loves to journal and I hope the beautiful colors will inspire her and also remind her of how much she is loved.

Today I’m sharing all the inky details of this mini in the CLASSroom. I hope you’ll join me!

Happy Good Friday!

Windows and Birdcages

Easter and spring are almost upon us and I’ve been drawing inspiration from them for my card making projects.

I’m really excited about my latest card. It has a sweet window frame design with some stunning Graphic 45 Secret Garden papers.

Because a picture is worth a thousand words, today I’m in the CLASSroom sharing a tutorial with lots of step outs. I hope you’ll join me!

Wishing you a lovely and creative weekend!

Just Around the Corner

Spring is just around the corner. While last week was pretty wintery, this week we’re headed for a big thaw. I’m getting a little excited thinking of nature coming to life again. What a beautiful time of year…full of hope and promise.

Lately I’ve been inspired by the thought of Spring and created this stamped card design featuring stamping and Liquid Applique Blossoms.

I’ve created a tutorial with step outs to share in the CLASSroom so please feel free to join me here for all the details.

Have a beautiful day!

Folded Chevrons Technique: the tutorial

Today I’m super excited to be able to share my new Folded Chevrons Technique with you.

edited to add…thanks for joining me!

This tutorial can not be found here: Folded Chevrons Video Tutorial at


the greatest gift…

In all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I always like to take the time to remember the real meaning of Christmas.

Today I have an inspirational Christmas card to share with you and a fun new acrylic block grid technique. I hope you’ll join me today in the CLASSroom for the tutorial.

Happy Friday!

double masking…a tutorial

Last week I promised you a tutorial and finally, here it is! Thanks so much for your patience on the wait. You know how it is….”the best laid plans of mice and men”. I had great plans for last week but life happened. I did really enjoy having my daughter home for the week and I think you’ll agree with me that family comes first.

If you’re just joining me and wondering about the tutorial, I created a double masking technique for a card that I submitted to Stamping Royalty 2011. You can find the original design here. I’ve had some requests on how to do this and so I decided to recreate the original card but with a holiday spin on it.

Double Masked Ornament Card

As you can see, the above card uses the exact same technique. Double Masking is great for using background stamps and also for using for your dies for more than just die cuts.

To start off with you’ll need your die (I’m using the Sizzix Ornaments #3 die) some Eclipse Tape or other masking material and your card base and some stamps and inks.

Eclipse Tape is a super light paper with a low tack back are is high on my favorites list for very easy and precise masking. To die cut it, I placed it on a piece of patterned paper so that it doesn’t stick to the die. You can use scraps or whatever you have on hand. I just decided to use this sweet dotted paper and keep the die cuts for another project. Multi-tasking at its best!

The the paper and Eclipse Tape through your die cut machine.

You’ll end up with both the reverse and positive images. Don’t throw anything away. You’ll need both pieces.

Place your die cut mask onto your card where you wish to stamp your image. As you can see, this die cuts more than one ornament at once. I just cover up those extra space with more tape so that I don’t stamp them by mistake.

Stamp your background stamp onto the card and remove the mask. You’ll end up with something like this.

Next take the positive piece of mask and place it OVER the stamping.

Mist area around ornament. I’ve used Mr. Huey’s White Mist by Studio Calico.

Remove the mask and you are done double masking your design.

To finish it off, stamp the sentiment and add a few embellishments to make your card sparkle.


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Love is always in season, right? It doesn’t matter that Valentine’s is a long way away. Letting someone know that you love them is something important all year long.

Today’s card features a stamped tag that says I love you in two languages. I hope you like the inky look. If you’re looking for a tutorial and step outs on it, stop by the Lily Bee Design blog at this link as I share the entire process there. Wow…seems like I’m busy “traveling” all over the web these past couple days. Hope you don’t mind tagging along.
















Sending a little love…