Stepped-Up Gift Packaging and DIY Gift Tags

Welcome back, crafty friends!

I'm doing a little happy dance over here today because I'm so excited to share today's project with you!

Several weeks ago, the owner at The Stamp Market very kindly sent me some new products from their October release to play with. I knew I wanted to step up some of the gift bags I had laying around in my stash, so I used some stamps and dies to create some fun gift tags and jazzed up some of those gift bags.

Here's the best part: All of this was SUPER easy to do, so you can easily recreate similar looks with products you probably already have on hand.

I began by cutting out some basic tag shapes using the Oblong Hexagon dies. I cut several from different shades of netural or light-colored cardstock in two sizes so that I could stack two on top of each other for more contrast and dimension. I went ahead and glued the smaller pieces on top of the larger pieces in several different sets so that I could have multiple gift labels. Even though I wasn't sure how many packages I was going to make, I knew I could always just store whatever I didn't use on this project for future gifts!

Using the Gift Giving Greeting stamp set, I stamped out several greetings on to my cut hexagon tag pieces and then set them aside.

I grabbed a few empty white gift bags from my stash and then put them into my MISTI and used the Jumbo Plaid Background stamp and the Painted Polka Dot Background stamp to create a stepped-up version of a white gift bag. Now we've got some color and interest on that bag!!

I repeated the same process with the kraft-colored bag, but because this bag had handles on it, I learned (by trial and error!), that it's better to stamp the background stamp on to a flat piece of cardstock first, then cut it down to your bag size, and glue it on to the front of your bag, rather than trying to stamp directly on to the bag. 

I also had some clear bags that I knew I wanted to use, so I also just took some scrap tissue paper that I had in my stash and lined my clear bags with that tissue paper to give a pop of color and visual interest.

They were still missing just a liiiiittle something, so I knew the perfect cherry on top of the gift bag sundae would be FLORALS!!! 

Several weeks ago I made a project using stamped and die cut images from the Petal Patch stamp set. The images I didn't use were set aside for a future project, so I decided to use them on these gift packages! I basically just glued them on to the tags in different places and then waited for them to dry.

When the completed tags were done, I adhered them on to my gift bags to finish them off!

I can't wait to use these gift bags, and they were so much fun to make. The added step of personalizing your gifts can make such a big impact! The Stamp Market blog is going to be FULL of inspiration over the next few days on crafting handmade gifts and putting a little bit more love into your holidays this year. Be sure to keep visiting the blog here for all the great ideas!

Thanks so much for stopping by and hanging out with me today!


Inks Used:

Life of the Party Collection (Catherine Pooler)
Intense Black (Hero Arts)

Honey Bee Stamps 'Tis the Season to Sparkle Blog Hop

Hey there, my crafty friends!

Thanks for hopping on over to my blog today!

We are on Day 2 of a 2-day blog hop to showcase the newest Honey Bee Stamps release - Season to Sparkle! You can find the entire new release here.

So many great products to love on this release, so let's get right to it!

I created this card today with only a few products, and it came together really quickly, so I hope you'll give it a try.

I started out by placing the Stacked Pines Background Stencil over a piece of Neenah White cardstock, and then used Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles, and Black Soot Distress Oxide Inks and an ink blending brush to create the trees. I splattered them with water for a little bit of fun texture and then I heat set the trees with my heat tool. I then cut the trees out and set them aside to work on my background.

The new Log Cabin patterned paper stack from this release has some awesome wood-patterned paper in it, but because the pattern is really subtle, it can easily work for a night sky backdrop! So I used my white pigment ink and blended some ink from bottom to top (heavier on the bottom) and then I took some white gouache paint, mixed it with a little bit of water, and flicked it on to an A2-sized panel that I cut down from the original 6 x 6 inch piece.

I then glued my ink blended trees on to my night sky panel (after the gouache had dried) and decided to use a sentiment from the Christmas Blessings stamp set for my focal sentiment. I stamped it out on to the same Neenah white cardstock, colored the leaves with a copic marker, and then used the matching dies to cut out the sentiment before gluing it down to my finished card panel.

After my scene panel was all complete, I glued it down on to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base to finish off my card!

Thanks again for joining the fun on the blog hop today!

Keep hopping along to each person's blog and leave a comment at each stop for a chance to win a $30 gift card!

The next stop on the hop is the wonderful Angelica Conrad.

Happy Holiday Crafting!


Your next stop on the blog hop is Angelica Conrad! If you get lost along the way, head back to the Honey Bee Stamps blog to get on track!

Honey Bee Stamps Stamptember Collaboration

Happy Sunday, crafty friends!

Thanks for taking a pause out of your day to spend some time with me here on my blog. Today's card is extra fun because it's part of the Simon Says Stamp Stamptember celebration which continues for the entire month! If you're not familiar with this fabulous event, you can read all about it here

Today's collaboration is with Honey Bee Stamps and the stamp set is gorgeous!

I created a simple wreath card today by stamping the leaf and bud images multiple times in a circle pattern on to watercolor paper with Antique Linen Distress Ink. I then watercolored the images with different shades of Distress Ink and then left it to dry.

After the watercolors were all dry, I added details with my Prismacolor Colored pencils. It's always better to start with a light hand and then continue layering on the colors and pencil strokes. I like using colored pencils on top of watercolors or copic markers because it adds a lot of texture!

I stamped a sentiment in the middle with black ink and then trimmed down the watercolored panel, mounted it with a piece of foam, and then glued it down to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch kraft-colored card base. 

To put a finishing touch on the card, I added some gems  around the wreath. I don't normally add embellishments like this to cards, but I really like the way it tied the whole card together!

That wraps up the card, but don't forget to hurry on over to Simon Says Stamp to get your hands on this set because there are limited qualities available!

Thanks again for stopping by and happy stamping!


Hey Darlin'!

Greetings, fellow card-makers!

Thanks for stopping by and spending a few minutes with me today!

I'm taking a break from some of my regularly scheduled assignments and posts to share a card with a mashup of products from two of my favorite companies - The Stamp Market and The Greetery.

If you aren't familiar with either of these companies, then do yourself a favor and take a couple minutes to browse their sites! Here are a couple highlights on why I love these two brands.

The Stamp Market has so many super fun products! I love Amy's bold style and the trendy look of her stamps and dies. She also just launched a line of ink pads which I am SO excited about and will be ordering soon! Her inks are made with foam pads, so the coverage you get will be ahh-mayyyz-ing!! The Stamp Market also offers innovative dies which create three dimensional flowers, super cute decorative ribbons, and also some beautiful patterned paper!

The Greetery is a newer company to join the crafting party, and BOY OH BOY, where they worth the wait!! I am such a shabby-chic, vintage-style loving girl in my heart, and when I saw the designs from this company, I did a happy dance! Betsy's style is sweet and lovely, and I feel like a true artist when I create with these products!

So let's get to the card, shall we??? This one would be super easy to create on your own!

I started out by cutting a 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of kraft cardstock and laying it into my MISTI stamping tool. I inked up the Jumbo Plaid background stamp  with Unicorn White pigment ink and then stamped it down.

While the pigment ink was drying, I went ahead and stamped and die cut the rest of my elements!

After using the Skinny Alpha dies to cut out all the letters for my sentiment, I then stamped and die cut out my fruit and leaf images with the Lemon Blossom stamp and die set and various Altenew ink cubes (Greens, Yellows, Corals, and Blues).

Now it's time to put the card together!

I glued down all my images, and at this point you might be tempted to freak out, thinking that these cute little guys might be totally obstructed by your letters at the end. But don't worry! These alphabet dies are awesome because they are so skinny, so you can still see ALL the elements of the card at the same time, and they won't compete with each other or distract from the focal point of the card - which is that large sentiment!

So after all the fruit and floral images were glued down, I just glued down my letters (tip - use a ruler so that you can make sure your letters are all lined up straight!), and then glue the finished panel on to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5,5 inch card base.

Well that's it for me today! Thanks again for joining me and have yourself a crafty day!!


Honey Bee Stamps Autumn Blessings Blog Hop!

Welcome, crafty friends!

I'm so glad you're here because I have such a fun card to share with you today!

Honey Bee Stamps is having a fun blog hop today as part of inspiration week to fill your idea files with great ways to use the newest release which you can find here.

I had so much fun creating today's card, so I'll get right to it!

I was so excited when I saw this House Builder Die - it is so unbelievably amazing! It comes with so many pieces and options to customize your house. It can be used to make shaped cards OR the house is also small enough to fit on the front of an A2 (4.25 x 5.5 inch) card.

So really this card was simple to put together from the standpoint that I just cut out the pieces with my die cut machine and then glued them together. These dies are also a fun way to incorporate patterned paper, which is another obsession of mine! And using this die is also a great way to use up scrap paper in your stash because a lot of the elements of the house are pretty small.

Here are a couple tips I picked up along the way with using this die:

1. Ink Blend for Added Dimension

After you cut out your pieces, they can fall a little flat sometimes. So pick up an ink blending tool or a sponge dauber and blend some ink around the edges of the die cut pieces to give them some added dimension! This will help them pop off the base of the house a little better!

2. Add Colored Pencil Details for Added Texture

Using a colored pencil in the same shade as your die cut piece, you can lightly scribble on some lines to your die cut pieces to give them the look of texture. I did that with some of the window pieces to give them the look of wood grain.

3. Use the Photo from the Website for a Guide

Sometimes a large die set like this can be overwhelming and confusing, so utilize the product photos on the website to help you know what function all the pieces are supposed to perform! But the GREAT thing is that these dies are sized and designed so that some of the pieces can pull double duty and serve multiple functions.

For instance, you may notice that the sample photo here from the website does not contain a flower box underneath the two windows on the first floor of the house. And it also contains a nice detail piece over the front door. Well for my card, I used that front door piece as a flower box for the first floor windows instead!

I chose to keep this a shaped card, so I die cut another house panel and then used one of the dies in the set to create a hinge piece and glued one side of the hinge to the top of the under-side of the first decorated house panel. I then glued the other side of the hinge to the top of the other plain house panel to finish things off!

Thanks again for stoping by and be sure to check out all the other stops along the hop today! Honey Bee Stamps is giving away two prize packs valued at $50 to one lucky winner who comments on each stop along the way.

Check out the entire hop here!

Honey Bee Stamps
Channin Pelletier
Carol Hintermeier
Kelly Latevola
Lisa Cisneros
Kelly Martin (you are here!)
Bobbi Lemanski (go here next!)
Jill Hawkins
Galina Filippenko
Alba Castejon (our friend Alba is sharing her project for today's hop on her Instagram account!)

Have a great weekend!!


Autumn Blessings - The Greetery New Release

Hey there, friends!

Thanks so much for stopping by and spending some time with me today!

I just had to pop in and share a project I made with the recent release from The Greetery. I have been swooning over these stamps and dies since they first hit the market a few months ago. Betsy has knocked it out of the park over and over again with her designs, and I've had so much fun creating with them!

I also have some tips to share with you along the way, so let's dive in!

When I first saw this stamp set, I was a little intimidated, to be honest! It's a layering set with several layers, but never fear! The stamp set comes with VERY helpful guides and notes actually printed on the packaging, so it takes a lot of the guess work out of the layers!

I highly recommend beginning your project by actually using the die to cut out the wreath piece first. This is definitely a stamp set in which I encourage you to buy the coordinating die - because it makes lining up all the layers in the image a lot easier! I put the die cut wreath in my MISTI and that made lining up the layers a lot easier, too!

And another helpful tip - I think a lot of us are used to cutting away all the connecting pieces of the die without even thinking - but don't cut this one apart! You need both parts to cut the wreath out correctly, so don't separate them! If your machine creates an imprint on your die cut piece from the connecting piece of metal, don't fret - the stamping will cover it up!

I used several different colors of ink to stamp all the layers. The first layer was the leaf layer. Then followed by the wheat layer, mushroom and acorn layers, berries layer, etc. Having mini ink cubes definitely helps because you can ink up smaller areas and that's helpful for inking several different parts on the same layer. 

After I had finished the stamping, I actually added details with my colored pencils - this is an added step which can seem unnecessary but I promise it's worth it! It really makes the finished image come to life!

After all the coloring was finished, I stamped a sentiment on the negative space from the die cut wreath, and then cut and scored a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base. I glued a piece of patterned paper (trimmed down to 4.25 by 5.5 inches) on to the front of my card base and then pulled together the rest of the card.

I glued down the wreath on to the card and then glued down the negative inside piece with the sentiment on it.

For a finishing touch, I added a three dimensional bow sticker at the top of the wreath that I had in my stash!

Thanks again for stopping by today! If you haven't checked out the new release from The Greetery, you can find it here.

Happy Crafting!


Supplies Used in today's project:

Heffy Doodle Release Blog Hop!

Hey there, Heffy Doodlers!

Welcome to our blog hop!

We are so excited to share some inspiring projects with you today. This release is full of so many fantastic products, and it's impossible to choose a favorite!

One product I was especially excited about was the Blooming Marvelous stamp set. It's Heffy Doodle's first floral set, and it's so versatile and cute!

So let's get right to the card. It's a really easy one to mass produce, and it's all one-layer!

I arranged the floral images on to acrylic blocks, and then stamped them in a wreath pattern, going in an oval shape around the center of the card, being sure to leave room in the middle for a sentiment. The best tip for making a wreath card, is to make a basic oval or circle outline, and THEN fill in the wreath with more images. 

I used several different dye inks from Catherine Pooler Designs, as they provide great coverage for solid stamps like these floral and leaf images. 

After the wreath was finished, I stamped a sentiment from the Hello Everyone set. I then trimmed down the cardstock to 4 inches x. 5.25 inches and glued it on to a black cardstock panel. 

Now, because you can't write on black cardstock, unless you use a white gel pen, I went ahead and used a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base, and glued the black floral panel on to my white card base to finish everything off!

Now let's get to the hop details!

One lucky winner will receive a £50 voucher to the Heffy Doodle store. Leave a comment on each hop to qualify. Winner will be announced on Friday, July 17th on the Heffy Doodle Blog.

Here is a list of all the stops on the blog hop. If you get lost, just go back to the beginning at the Heffy Doodle blog!

Kelly Martin - You are here!

Thanks so much for joining us today, and happy hopping! 

Well Goodness Gracious!

Welcome, crafty friends!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I promise I will make it quick!

Just wanted to tell you about something SUPER AWESOME that hit the shop this week!

Honeybee Stamps has teamed up with WOW to create an exclusive trio of embossing powders!! I love these colors so much and the combinations you can create with them are endless!!

I created this card today with very minimal supplies, so let's get started!

Trim down a piece of black cardstock to 4.25 x 5.5 inches and glue it on to a white cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base and set it aside. 

Next, cut down a piece of vellum to 4 x 5.25 inches. Don't worry about prepping your vellum with any anti-static materials because the WOW embossing powder already contains anti-static properties in it! Ink up your Zen Bouquet background stamp with Versamark ink and then stamp it on to your vellum piece. 

Cover your vellum piece with white embossing powder and then heat set it to melt the powder. Turn the embossed vellum piece over and apply liquid adhesive on the areas where the embossing is so that the adhesive won't show up when you flip it back over! 

Lay/adhere the vellum piece on to your card base and then let it dry. 

Using the Goodness Gracious die set, cut out the "gracious" word out of white cardstock and ink it up with Versamark ink as well. Cover it with the BEE Sweet powder and heat set it to melt the powder. Glue that on to your card base, and then you only have two elements left!

Ink up a piece of scrap cardstock with Versamark and then apply the BEE Kind powder. Heat set it to melt the powder and then set it aside.

Stamp your sentiment phrase from the Goodness Gracious stamp set on to a white cardstock strip, trim it down, and then glue it on to your blue glittered cardstock that you just made! Trim it down to the right size strip for your card and then glue it down. I mounted mine with foam tape for some added dimension, but you can make it all the same layer if you're feeling a little more simple!

Now step back and admire your work!!  

Thanks again for stopping by today and BEE SURE to check out these new embossing powders! They're the bees knees!!


Ramen Love With You!

Hey Friends!

I'm popping up here with a quick post to talk about my last card two cards that I created while I was guesting for Sweet N' Sassy Stamps this month!

I am a huge sucker for a cute food doodle stamp set, and I love this one called Punny Love.

This card was pretty simple, and it just involved putting together multiple panels!

I started with creating an alcohol ink panel on Yupo paper and then trimmed it down to 4.25 x 5.5 inches before gluing it down to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base.

I then chose a few other pieces of patterned paper that I had in my stash, trimmed them down to various sizes, and glued them down to the base in a staggered layout to give some visual interest since I knew the main image panel would be pretty simple.

I stamped one of the food images on to a piece of bristol cardstock, colored it with prismacolor pencils and then stamped the sentiment below the image with black ink.

I trimmed down the panel and then glued it down to the rest of the card base to finish everything off! 

For the next card, I did a fun little messy watercolor look that's quite easy to achieve!

I turned my stamps over so that the backside was visible, colored them with distress markers, and then sprayed them with water before stamping them down on to my watercolor paper. I heat set them just a little bit, and then did the second step.

I turned the stamps over so that they were facing the "right" direction, inked them up with the matching color of distress ink, and then stamped them down. I used a water brush to soften the lines a little bit, and then stamped and embossed the sentiment.

I trimmed down my watercolor paper to a 4x4 inch square panel and then mounted it with foam before gluing it down to a cut and scored 4.25x4.25 inch square card base. 

The card was looking just a bit unfinished to me, so I pulled out a black pen and then just doodled the black border across all four edges. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you haven't already, I encourage you to check out Sweet N' Sassy Stamps and their fantastic products! They have some SUPER cute stamp sets and great things to offer a variety of crafting styles!


Stamp Market New Release Blog Hop

Welcome, Crafty Friends!

I am just absolutely giddy with excitement today! I'm so thrilled to be joining some fantastic folks from The Stamp Market Design Team in showcasing the fabulous new release available for purchase now! You can find the entire new release here!

I'm sharing a few cards today, using various products from the release so let's get right to it!

For my first card, I used the Blooming Peony Stamp and Cut Bundle. What I love about this stamp set is that it's so forgiving! It seems like there's no wrong way to line it up and use it!

I stamped the base floral images on to white cardstock in my lightest pink shade. I then lined up the next layer, stamped it with a slightly darker pink ink, and then repeated this process for the last two layers. After stamping the leaf images, I then used the die to cut out both the flower and the leaves and set them aside.

I then cut down a 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of gray kraft cardstock, used one of the leaf images to repeat stamp a background using a matching gray ink color. After gluing the panel on to a cut and scored card base, I used my corner rounder to round only two of the corners of the card to add visual interest.

I finished off the card by mounting my leaf and floral images with foam tape and adhering them on to the card before stamping a sentiment in black ink, die cutting it, and adhering it on to the finished card with foam tape as well!

For my last card, I used some stamps in the ADORABLE Color Me Happy set. I did a little bit of a different size card (a 4-Bar notecard), stamped and colored the paint palette and paintbrush images, and stamped a sentiment to finish things off!

I trimmed down the panel, glued it on to a black matte, and then adhered it down to a cut and scored 4 bar size notecard.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Be sure to hop over to the other blogs today for LOTS more inspiration!

The Stamp Market
Carly Tee
Rebecca Luminarias
Kelly Martin (You are here!)

Happy Crafting!


Supplies Used:

Inks: Be Mine (Catherine Pooler), Party Dress (Catherine Pooler), It's A Girl (Catherine Pooler), Grass Skirt (Catherine Pooler), Twilight (Catherine Pooler), Versamark, Intense Black (Hero Arts)
Embossing Powder: Opaque Bright White (Wow)
Washi Tape: Assorted Rainbow

Brutus Monroe Blog Hop--Anything Goes!

Hey there, Crafters!

I'm so pleased to be invited on to the Brutus Monroe blog hop today! When you've got an "Anything Goes" theme, it's hard not to feel inspired to create!

For today's card, I used some new to me shades of alcohol inks! I laid down some alcohol ink blending solution first on alcohol ink glossy cardstock, and then dropped in a few drops of each color and used my mouth to gently blow them in different directions to blend them together.

I them stamped the main floral image from the Botanical Banners set with Versamark ink on to vellum paper, and then heat embossed it with Vintage Pearl embossing powder.

And then I cut this image out using a coordinating die--JUST KIDDING!!! I actually just fussy cut it out, with a border, to make it look like it was a die. This is a technique I've really fallen in love with recently.

After gluing the floral vellum piece on to the alcohol ink panel, I trimmed down the panel and them mounted it with foam on to a gray cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base.

To finish off the card, I stamped a sentiment from the same stamp set in Juniper Mist ink and cut it out, then I glued it on to the card with foam tape on the back.

Be sure to check out the rest of the inspirational creations from everyone else on the hop, 'cause you won't want to miss these projects!

KELLY (you are here!)
JAYCEE (go here next!)

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy crafting!


Other Supplies Used:

Inks: Pink Sherbert (Alcohol Ink), Cloudy Blue (Alcohol Ink), Cool Peri (Alcohol Ink), Juniper Mist (Catherine Pooler)

Topflight Stamps Birthday Blog Hop!


It is Topflight Stamps 2nd birthday! To celebrate, we’ve teamed up with up some of our favorite crafters to bring you a blog hop showcasing some of the fabulous products available from Topflight Stamps. Please hop along with us all and show all of the crafters some love!

For today's card, I'm using the Wild Poppy stamp set by IndigoBlu and the Darkroon Door Boxes 3 Up Stencil.

I used a rainbow assortment of Distress Oxide ink colors and a blending tool, and created the rainbow card panel.

I then stamped the images from the stamp set on top of the rainbow panel and then colored the areas that overlapped with the oxide inks with the coordinating copic marker colors. This technique really made the floral images pop off the page!

I finished off the card by stamping a sentiment banner from the Brutus Monroe Botanical Banner stamp set, cut it out and then mounted it on the panel with foam tape. I glued the panel on to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base and called it good!

Now, of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without prizes! Topflight Stamps is giving one lucky winner a $50 Gift Certificate, and each stop on the hop has an additional $15 Gift Certificate up for grabs. To be in with a chance to win, make sure to visit every stop on the hop and leave a comment by April 8th. Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on April 9th. Good Luck!

6. Kelly Martin (you are here!)
7. Annette Allen (go here next!)
17. Lindsay Weirich

And if that wasn't enough already, there's also a special discount code for my blog readers! From now until Sunday, March 31, enjoy 20% off your order of $20 or more with code SAVE20. Shop here to take advantage of that awesome discount.

Thanks so much for stopping by and spending some time with me! Happy hopping!


Other Supplies Used:

Inks: Worn Lipstick (Distress Oxide), Spiced Marmalade (Distress Oxide), Fossilized Amber (Distress Oxide), Twisted Citron (Distress Oxide), Salty Ocean (Distress Oxide), Wilted Violet (Distress Oxide), Intense Black (Hero Arts)

Finders Keepers Puddle Jumper Blog Hop

Hey there!

Welcome to your next stop on the hop--my blog!

I've got some cute projects to share with you that really show off these papers and stickers, so let's get to it!

I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for patterned paper, and that's mainly because I believe that patterned paper takes most of the hard work out of cardmaking. When a collection like this comes along, it's even better because everything coordinates together and makes it even easier!

Find the entire Puddle Jumper release right here.

For all of these cards, I cut out some different portions of the patterned paper to assemble some Clean and Simple Cards. The wonderful thing about these cards is that the possibilities are literally endless when you create!

For this card, I just cut out one of the boot images, trimmed off some of the raindrop paper and then arranged some them together on a gray kraft cardstock panel. 

This next card was super fun to make cause I made that background panel myself! I just used some stormy sky and weathered wood distress ink and painted a background that looks like rain drops!

And for my last card, I waned to incorporate some of that YUMMY pink cardstock, so I matched it up with one of the images and then custom made my own sentiment die with a vellum shadow piece! I also added one of the sticker strips along the bottom of the card for a finished touch.

Make sure you don't miss any of the other projects! Leave a comment on each blogger's post and you'll have a chance to win the entire collection and a $25 gift certificate to the Finders Keepers store!

Kelly Martin (you are here!)
Kymona Tracey (go here next!)

Thanks so much for joining the hop today, and happy crafting!