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Penny Black released the cutest hedgehog stamps this year titled "Adorable"... and yes, I too, think these little hedgehogs are exactly that.

I started by stamping both hedgehog stamps (since I didn't know which one I was going to use for this card) from this set onto Paul Rubens hot press watercolor paper using Lawn Farm's Jet Black premium ink pad. I allowed the ink to dry about fifteen minutes to ensure the ink wouldn't bleed once I began the watercoloring process.

Using the Derwent Pastel Shades Paint Pan Set, I mixed Storm Grey and Silver Blue to create the color for the quills on the hedgehogs and then mixed a little bit of Picket Fence Distress Watercolor Pencil with my quill color to create a lighter, creamier color to paint the belly, feet, and front paws. I added just a touch of the Derwent Pink Flamingo color to dot some blush onto the cheeks. For the hearts on each stamped image, I used Iuile Watercolors' Apple paint pan to create sparkly, metallic red accents. Lastly, I used a black Sakura Glaze pen for the eyes and a Sakura Micron 03 pen to enhance the nose and mouth and made little "flicks" throughout the quills with a white Uni-ball Signo gel pen to add some interest. Since I didn't own the dies for this stamp set, I used my Brother Scan N Cut to cut out the image.

I cut a white card panel to measure 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" and used the Tim Holtz/Sizzix die set called "True Love" to cut a partial heart out of the left side each of the panel. I selected a cute piece of patterned cardstock from the Echo Park 6x6 Paper Pad called "Love Notes" and cut it to measure 4-1/8" x 5-1/4". I chose the "Happy Valentine's Day" stamp from Simon Says Stamp's "Love Notes" stamp set and stamped the sentiment at the top, right corner of the white card front using Simon Says Stamp's Cherry Pawsitively Saturated Ink. Then I added foam tape to the back of the white card panel and adhered it to the patterned paper panel. After that, I added foam squares to the back the hedgehog and adhered it on the card front inside the heart cut-out. Using the die set "Mini Heart Balloons", I cut the heart from a scrap of red cardstock and the string from black and adhered that to the card front to look like the little hedgehog was holding it in her hand, then added Ranger Glossy Accents to the balloon to make it shiny (for the life of me I couldn't get rid of the bubbles in my Glossy Accents so, alas, they had to stay).

I adhered the card front to an A2 top folding white card base and added some Scarlet Clear Drops from Pinkfresh Studio cascading down the card front.

That wraps up my first 2024 Valentine's Day card. I hope you enjoyed it!

Until next time.... Happy Making!

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I fell in love with this My Favorite Things die called "Big Happy Birthday" and knew this was going to be the focal point for a birthday card for a dear friend who is celebrating her big day this month.

For the background, I started by cutting a piece of Altenew masking paper that measured 4-1/2" x 5-3/4". I brought out the 8" x 8" Waffle Flower grip map and placed it onto my work surface, peeled off one side of the backer to the masking paper, and put it in the center of my Grip Mat.

I selected four different colors of cardstock (Your Paper Insider's pink glitter from box #6 and a few Spellbinder cardstocks - Pink Sand, Dahlia, and Lilac Blossom) and cut those into strips with's "Slim Strips" dies.

I began placing the cardstock strips onto the masking paper and did my best to try to avoid any gaps between the strips. Once the strips of cardstock covered the entire panel of masking paper, I burnished the cardstock strips to the masking paper using a teflon bone folder to ensure good adhesion. I then glued the panel to a lightweight piece of white cardstock to give the panel some additional stability. I used the second largest die from Waffle Flower's "A2 Layers Dies" to cut the panel down to size for my card front.

Next, I used the "Big Happy Birthday" die from My Favorite Things to die cut the card front panel and popped out the letters and their counters (don't lose those counters!). I also cut this die three more times from a piece of white Neenah cardstock to glue behind the individual letters for dimension. Then I glued the card front with the letters popped out to the front of a white, top folding, A2 card base.

I temporarily placed one of the white die cut letters into all the corresponding locations on the card front so that I could have the perfect location to glue all the counters from the striped cardstock letters to the card base. I glued all the letters together (the striped top ones stacked atop the white letters that I die cut for the dimension) and then adhered them to the card's front panel in their appropriate locations.

I thought the card needed just a little something else, so I started digging through my embellishments stash and found one I really liked for this card. The sequins I chose is from This Calls for Confetti and its called "Bring on the Bokeh - Pink"... perfect!

That's a wrap for today's card project. I hope you enjoyed the card and possibly even found some inspiration for your next card project. Until next time... Happy Making!

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Hi there!

Today I’m sharing the steps I followed to create the cutest tiny gift bag using My Favorite Things’ (MFT) “Gift Bag” die set and some products from Tim Holtz and Spellbinders.


  • Using the MFT “Gift Bag” dies, I die cut the gift bag from the Tim Holtz/Idea-ology Christmas 2023 Backdrops paper and I chose the piece that looks like old school candy sticks – you cut this piece twice.

  • For the bag’s handles, I used the same die set as above and only used the handle die and Simon Says Stamp’s Luxe Glitter Cardstock in gold to cut the cardstock four times for a front and back side of each handle.

  • I glued the two sides of the gift bag and the handles together Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium and set it aside to dry.

  • Using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Thinlets “Big Tidings”, I cut the holly leaves and berry from some green cardstock from my stash and a scrap of Simon Says Stamp’s Rich Red Matte Metallic Cardstock, then glued those to the upper right corner of my little gift bag.

  • Using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Thinlets “Chilly & Freezy – December 2022”, I cut the left facing snowman and its scarf and hat from random cardstock from the scraps bin and glued the pieces together to complete the snowman and used the Distress Collage Medium to adhere him to the right side of the gift bag. I glued a little white pearl embellishment to the end of the snowman's hat for added dimension.

  • I crazily decided I wanted to create custom tissue paper so I grabbed a small piece of wrapping tissue paper and added small green and red dots in random places about the tissue using Cranberry and Green Stickles… don’t laugh.

  • For the little gift tag, I used the Spellbinders “Christmas Magic” hot foil plates – I chose the “Not a Pony” plate – and hot foiled the sentiment onto a small piece of Simon Says Stamp “School House” red cardstock and die cut the tag using Spellbinders’ “Assorted Tags” cutting dies.  I adhered the tag to one of gift bag’s handles.  So cute!

  • I wrapped the gift I was placing inside the bag with some of the hand-decorated tissue and cut two rectangles to pop out the front and back sides of the bag.


That wraps up another Christmas project for 2023 and it couldn’t be more cute!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I appreciate you doing so!


Happy Making!

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