Silver Sweetheart Card

Since Valentine’s Day is coming soon, today I’ll share a love card (in 2 orientations) that I mailed into Operation Write Home awhile ago.  I paper pieced the image and used a silvery background for a cool and crisp result.

Inkadinkado Animal Hearts, Love Card, Valentines

Inkadinkado Animal Hearts

Thanks for taking a peek!

-Mindy 🙂


Stamp: “You’re a Sweetheart” with Bird Clear Stamp (Inkadinkado’s Animal Hearts 99646)

Other: Versafine Onyx Black Archival Ink (Tsukineko), Cardstock (Bazzill Basics Paper), Shimmer Layer (DCWV), Paper Trimmer (X-Acto), Detail Scissors (X-Acto), Advanced Tape Glider (ATG) and Adhesive (Scotch), Glue (Tombow Mono Multi or Aleene’s Tacky)


February 6, 2013. Tags: . Card. 1 comment.

Sunburst Birthday Card with Balloons

Oh my, it’s been a long time since I have blogged!  I promise I’ve been creating, just not blogging:p

To get back to blogging, I’ll share a birthday card I made awhile ago for a friend:

Sunburst Happy Birthday Card with Balloons

To make this card, I followed and modified a tutorial I found here.  I also paper pieced the balloons so they would perfectly match the designer paper (If you haven’t noticed from other posts, I absolutely love this paper pad by Basic Grey!  Such cheery designs – it won’t be the last you see of it:)

Anyways, thanks for taking a look and I’ll be back sharing more cards and projects soon!

-Mindy 🙂


Stamp: Happy Birthday with Balloons (by Lynette Anderson Taylor for studio g / Hampton Art, Lot#1082554)

Other: “Shine on . . .” 6×6 Patterned Paper Pad (Basic Grey), Rich Cocoa Memento Ink I think . . .or possibly Versafine Vintage Sepia Archival Ink (both by Tsukineko), Paper Trimmer (X-Acto), Detail Scissors (X-Acto), Layering Paper and Kraft Cardstock (Various/Unknown), Advanced Tape Glider (ATG) and Adhesive (Scotch), Glue (Tombow)


February 5, 2013. Tags: , . Card. Leave a comment.

Metallic “Hello” Card with Inchie Tiles

November’s ODBD Operation Write Home Challenge is to make a card using rarely used tools or techniques.

Since my last card was cutesy, I wanted to make a more classic and uni-sex card for this challenge.

I decided I would use an “inchie” flourish stamp that I hadn’t really ever used and turned to OWH sketch #60 for my layout.  Also, since I haven’t used embossing powder in a long time, I used some on my “Hello” sentiment to make it gold and shiny to match the metallic gold card base.

Inch Stamp (Inkadinkado Flourishes Inchies Clear Stamp Set with Block)  and “Hello” Sentiment (Stampendous Happy Messages Perfectly Clear Stamps), Inchies Layout

Thanks for taking a look!

(And thanks to Our Daily Bread Designs for sponsoring the challenge and supporting Operation Write Home  by providing shipping funds to send cards to deployed troops!)

-Mindy 🙂



Inch Stamp (Inkadinkado Flourishes Inchies Clear Stamp Set with Block)

“Hello” Sentiment (Stampendous Happy Messages Perfectly Clear Stamps)


Solid Color Layering Paper (Recollections), Metallic Card Base and Metallic Layer (DCWV), Versafine Vintage Sepia Archival Ink (Tsukineko), Gold Pigment Ink, Gold Embossing Powder, Trimmer (X-Acto), Advanced Tape Glider (ATG) and Adhesive (Scotch), MONO Adhesive Permanent (Tombow)

November 6, 2012. Tags: . Card. Leave a comment.

Cupcake Card for OWH Sketch #145

Operation Write Home Sketch #145, Clean and SImple Sketch, CAS sketch


I started with the above sketch and then  widened the skinny strip just a bit to accommodate my sentiment and added some layers.  Here is my take on this week’s Operation Write Home sketch (#145):

"You & Dessert Are the Best Things in Life" Stampabilities sentiment stamp, Shine On 6x6 Basic Grey Paper Pad

I had fun using this sketch to combine this paper and sentiment!  Also, since this card is pretty cutesy and girly, the next one I make will be more uni-sex.  I’m aiming to have a balanced/variety of different cards to send off to Operation Write Home before the Valentine’s Day December 31st deadline.

Thanks for taking a look!

-Mindy 🙂


Stamp: “You & Dessert Are the Best Things in Life” (Rubber Stamp by Stampabilities)

Other: “Shine on . . .” 6×6 Patterned Paper Pad (Basic Grey), Rich Cocoa Memento Ink (Tsukineko), Paper Trimmer (X-Acto), Layering Paper and Cardstock (Various/Unknown), Advanced Tape Glider (ATG) and Adhesive (Scotch)

November 5, 2012. Tags: , . Card. 6 comments.

Simple Masculine Football Card

Are you ready for some football?!? Pre-season football is already starting!    I already had some footballs stamped and cut out, so I attempted to make some masculine cards with them and use some new paper that I got last week during a big sale.

I find making masculine cards is challenging, but I just tried to keep the design simple and avoid using more feminine colors and patterns.

Here is my attempt:

Footballs with Chevron pattern, masculine hand stamped CAS card

I wish the lighting on the photo was a bit better (I had a great photo of the earlier version of this card since I took it earlier in the day, but then I changed the card – oh well! – maybe I can set up a light box soon.)

I also did a couple of other variations of this design with some other patterned paper and some brighter colors.

Shine On . . . 6x6 Paper Pack from BasicGrey

All of these cards will go in my growing stack of cards that I plan to ship to OWH.  I will also post a picture under the OWH blog post: Our Daily Bread Designs August Challenge so they can get closer their goal and have some shipping costs donated.

Stamp: Football (Inkadinkado)

Other: 1.5″ Squares (Colorbok Stax), “Shine on . . .” 6×6 Patterned Paper Pad (Basic Grey), Beige Paper (K&Company 4×6″ Neutrals Solid Designer Mat Pad), Small Star Punch (Marvy Uchida)

August 14, 2012. Tags: , , , . Card. Leave a comment.

Kids Giraffe Card to say “hi!”

Handmade Hi, "Thinking of You" Card for Child (from parent)

I had used these giraffe stamps on some Mothers’ Day cards a few months ago, but thought they would also be cute for a kids’ card if I used some brighter colors and a polka-dot card background (OWH challenged its cardmakers to make a kids’ card this week).  I used a border punch to imitate some hilly “grass.”


Giraffes (Clear Stamps by Autumn Leaves from the Mindy’s Zoo Set)


Polka Dot Card (DCWV), Burst Punch (Fiskars), Border Punch (Martha Stewart)

August 14, 2012. Tags: , , , . Card. 1 comment.

Encourage a Friend with a Stamped Card

Hang in there and You go girl

Most mail these days are just bills, ads, and other junk mail . . .how boring!  Don’t you love receiving a piece of personal mail?  Give a friend this gift of a mailbox surprise.  Do you have a friend going through a rough or tough patch?  Encourage them with a card!   I had made the card above to encourage a friend going through a week of studying and taking final exams and let her know I was praying for her.

Also, to get involved with OWH, I wanted to make some cheerful and encouraging cards so I used the same “You go girl!” stamp and also added the sentiments “be you” and “live life to the fullest.”  A picture of a couple of them is below.  Hopefully they will encourage the final recipients!

Who could use some encouragement in your life?

Encouragement Card for Woman with Bright and Cheerful Colors, Brown and Pink

Card #1:

Stamps: Monkey – Changito Swing (Stampendous); “Hang in there . . .” (Stampendous); “You go girl” (Kolette Hall)

Other: Plaid Paper (Mind’s Eye)

Cards #2 and 3:

Stamps: “You go girl” (Kolette Hall), “be you” and “live life to the fullest” (clear faith stamps from studio g), daisy flower

Other: Heart punch (McGill), butterfly punch, patterned card (DCWV)

August 14, 2012. Tags: , , , , . Card. Leave a comment.

Hand Stamped Mother’s Day Card with Giraffes

I know a couple moms who just took their little ones to the zoo for the first time, so I thought I would stamp a card for each of them to remind them of their children enjoying the giraffes that they saw at the zoo and to wish them each a Happy Mother’s Day!

Stamps used:

“Mother’s Day” (Block Stamp by Inkadinkado)

Giraffes (Clear Stamps by Autumn Leaves from the Mindy’s Zoo Set)

May 9, 2012. Tags: , , , . Card. Leave a comment.

Hand Stamped Anniversary Card

I made this card using a set of clear, rubber alphabet stamps that were then applied to a clear acrylic block (and even better – the set of letters by ki memories was only $1.71 in the clearance section at Target:).   Since both the stamps and the block are clear, it allows you to see where you are stamping – so just ink, align, and stamp!  (and I had to be creative with the”&” sign – it is really a partial upside-down “?” with an added stem).  I love how the end result looks like it was made on a printing press!

June 20, 2011. Tags: , . Card. 1 comment.

Fun with Paper Flowers!

Paper Flowers + Rhinestones + Glitter = Fun!

I had a blast putting together these cards – so easy too! I used one stamp per card, layered some paper, and then played around with the positioning of each paper flower with a selected rhinestone center.  To attach the flowers you can either use tacky glue (Pro: Gives you time to wiggle and rearrange flowers after glue has been applied, Con: slow drying time) or glue gun (Pro: Quick Drying Time, Con: Can’t easily move flowers once you have glued them down).  I finished each card with the added touch of some glitter glue (which again, took some time to dry, but added to the fun factor!)

Note:  Click on a thumbnail photo above to open a larger version

June 4, 2011. Tags: , , , . Card. Leave a comment.

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