Neat and Tangled Guest Designer for November - Coupon Code & Sneak!

Neat and Tangled Guest Designer for November - Coupon Code & Sneak!

I am so excited to announce that I am a guest designer for Neat & Tangled this month! I will be on their blog every Friday this month. For my first card, I decided to go with a seasonal winter theme as we head into November.

Make sure to head over there and read more about how I made my card and more photos! Also, I have a discount code for you!!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure to head to the Neat & Tangled blog!

xoxo Meghan

ABNH September Challenge: Monochromatic

ABNH September Challenge: Monochromatic

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Happy Saturday my friends! I hope you all have a lovely start to your weekend today. This month’s theme at a Blog Named Hero is monochromatic. My ideal colors to use for this would be like aquas and teals, periwinkles and navies and blushes and corals. But I decided to try and push myself a bit outside of my comfort zone and use some neutrals for the monochromatic card.

I started with Kraft cardstock, and used the Besties Stamp and Cut with varying shades of brown. I started with the round stump and used a pale brown ink, and used a dark brown with the leafy twigs, and then the darkest brown for the smallest leaves to fill in my background. This helps give contrast to my background without being too busy.

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I then did some ink blending with gold and copper metallic ink on the bottom third of the panel. This lightened the stamping a little and added some subtle shimmer to the card. Over the lighter part of the panel, I die cut the word “love” from the Love Stamp and Cut set from gold for my focal point.

After I stamped the sentiment “U + ME” under the love, I thought about adding some gems or sequins, but I actually really liked the subtly of sparkle and the earth tones by itself. I stamped our sentiment in black because I thought brown would get lost in our background. Otherwise this is an all brown card! Whew. And it actually looks super classy!

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I can’t wait to see what you do with this challenge, what a great one! Thanks so much for stopping by!


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ABNH August Challenge: Sparkle and Shine

ABNH August Challenge: Sparkle and Shine!

Good morning! Hope you're having a great weekend! 

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Today marks the beginning of our next challenge, Sparkle and Shine - and as many of you know, those two things are my bread and butter (Along with flowers and anything watercolor or alcohol ink). For my cards today I wanted to use something that had both sparkle and shine: sparkle embossing powder. The sparkles in it obviously make it sparkly, and the heated powder gives it that shine. It also gives things dimension, which is just another cool effect.

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I'll be using some older stamps and dies today, because it's fun to break out our older supplies sometimes! For my first card, I did some distress ink blending with some greens and teals and then die cut the panel with the Hero Arts Circle Confetti Die. I then die cut that panel with a large heart from the Hero Arts Infinity Heart Die Set. Once I had my bubbly heart, I smooshed Versmark embossing ink all over it and added clear sparkle embossing powder to it three times, to give it that texture and dimension, as well as sparkle and shine. 

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Then I did some distress ink blending in a rainbow of colors, and die cut a swag of it using last year's fall MMH kit. I cut the spring a part so I had a couple pieces to place where I wanted around and behind the heart. Because our large heart had so much shine and texture, I kept the card simple and just added a small sentiment and a few gems in the white space. This gives a clean, white but colorful card. 

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For my second card, using that same rainbow distress-inked panel, I die cut out the Eiffel tower using the Hero Arts Paper Layering Eiffel Die. This die already has a lot of cut in texture to it, so I only added two layers of embossing instead of three. Also, I didn't want the multitude of colors to get lost beneath all the sparkles (with out heart, since we only used one color family, I didn't worry about that).. I then die cut out a floral window frame with butterflies on it from Kraft cardstock for a good neutral background. I trimmed it down for some white, and added my window die panel and then our magical looking Eiffel tower for an amazing pop of color and shine. I found a butterfly sentiment from the Layering Butterfly Stamp Set, added some white gems and we are done. Our colorful Eiffel tower remains the focal point, and boy does it deserve to be! 

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And there we have our clean and simple cards, with some big sparkly and shine center pieces. I hope this inspired you to pull out your embossing powders, or at least to make everything sparkly and shiny! Can't wait to see what you create!


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ABNH July Challenge: Birthday! Cards Using Background Scraps

Birthday Cards Using Background Scraps!


Hello! Hope you're having a good weekend! This month's challenge for A Blog Named Hero is Birthday! I love to make watercolor and alcohol ink pieces and die cut them or cut them down to use on my cards. I hate throwing away those beautiful colorful scraps, so I keep them and die cut small shapes out of them. Sometimes they're just strips, and I use them as stripes or die cut edges on them to create a new look But today we'll be using pieces that use dies small enough to cut shapes from them and use many of them to create a card. 

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After I made all these alcohol ink and watercolor pieces, I couldn't bear to throw out the pretty scraps - I'm sure many of you know what I'm talking about! So I die cut all of them using various small heart dies from the Hero Arts Nesting Hearts Infinity Die Set. And I'm using them today to create our own heart balloons, and they're pretty multi-colored look will make them great focal points. 

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For the look of confetti in the backgrounds of our balloons, I die cut the Hero Arts Circle Confetti Fancy Die from scrap paper to make my own stencil. You could also use post it tape or something with temporary adhesive, but sometimes I just use scrap paper haha. I put a light blending of Tumbled Glass distress ink blue 2/3 down my card, and a light blending of Squeezed Lemon  distress ink yellow 2/3 down my other card. I did this before I cut apart of my 8 1/2 x 11 paper and this allowed some bit of yellow on my blue panel and a bit of blue on my yellow panel and I love the way that turned out. Then using my makeshift stencil, I put heavy amounts of the same color family to make my confetti. This gives us a nice subtle background that won't distract from our pretty balloons. 

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Then I took 5 hearts of varying sizes and arranged them on my panels and glued them down when I was satisfied with their placement. Using a T-ruler, I drew black lines from my balloons for their strings. I then stamped this sweet sentiment in vivid black at the bottom portion of the panel, from a great stamp set called Color Layering Ice Cream Set. 

I added white gems to my blue panel and yellow gems to my yellow panel for some shines and more confetti. I think if I did these again, I'd put blue gems on my blue panel, the white gems get a little lost to me. And our cards are done! 

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Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have great fun making birthday cards from those pretty scraps you make! And below I have in-process pictures of my cards that are really just an excuse for me to show my new kittens and how much they interfere with my artistic process lol. They are the cutest distractions ever. Meet: Mocha and Toast!

Have a great day and enjoy the kittens! 

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A Blog Named Hero June Challenge: Summertime Fun

ABNH June Challenge: Summertime Fun

Hello again everyone and welcome to another ABNH Challenge! This theme is super fun - Summertime! Summertime can mean so many things - flowers, the tropics, ice cream, the ocean, poolside, sunshine, etc. 

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For mine, I decided to do some tropical flowers using an older Hero Arts stamp set that I adore called The Color Layering Hibiscus. For our summer theme I chose some warm vivid yellows, pinks and reds, then some bright teal for our leaves. If you want to get an easy graphic look to your layering stamps, use a crisp black for the last layer - it makes them look modern and bright, and I loved doing this technique on these flowers. 

And for this technique, it doesn't matter quite as much if you get your layers exactly perfect because we're already going for that bold graphic look. If you look closely at my card, you can see I didn't get my layers perfect!

After I diecut my flowers and leaves, I wanted to create a tropical watercolor background with greens and blues. For this, I used one of my new favorite products from Hero Arts, Ombre Reactive Spring Day Ink. You can just smear this as generously or as sparingly as you want, add some water and watch the colors turn to watercolor. It's awesome. I loved it so much, I didn't even add any watercolor touch up to my background. 

Once I had adhered my flowers in a cluster to my background, I added a sentiment from another of my new favorite stamp sets: Peonies. I added some gems and then sprayed it with a shimmer mist for some extra shine, though it's hard to tell in the photos? 

Our card is done and thank you so much for stopping by, and be sure to head over to ABNH to see all the other warm and bright inspiration for this month's challenge, and I can't wait to see what you create! 


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ABNH May Challenge: Watercolor

A Blog Named Hero May Challenge: Watercolor


*If you are looking for the Hero Arts Summer Catalog Blog Hop, please scroll down one post!*

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Good morning friends and welcome to another challenge! Watercolor is another one of my favorites - it is so beautiful, and also a big unpredictable haha. So if you're feeling overwhelmed or unsure what to do with it, the funnest way to play with watercolor and have no worries is to just play with it and put it on backgrounds, which is what I did for my two cards today. I'm featuring the Good Puns stamp set, which is just the best. 

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For my first card, I just picked colors I knew would look great together: those classic sunset colors. I put them down in sunset order but let them overlap, and added water to let them mix in new ways. Feel free to experiment with how much layering you do, just know that too much and the colors start to lose definition or become muddled. 

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I put the waffles and the hearts in a lined up pattern across my background, and cut it down to leave some white space. I added some black lines in a black pen to add some visual structure to our card, added some jewels and sentiment, and we are done!

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The second card is very similar except that I used a small acrylic block to smoosh distress ink and added lots of water and "stamped" it down in an overlapping pattern. I loved the results of this! For this more organic background, I decided to put my donuts randomly on the background with no fixed pattern and I love the look of this too! I added the same finishing details as the other card, and we are all set! 

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I hope you play with some watercolor this month - whether you are an expert or not! I definitely will be making more. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Hero Arts Summer Release Blog Hop

Hero Arts Summer Release Blog Hop


Welcome everyone to the Hero Arts Summer Release Blog Hop! I am so honored and grateful to be a part of it, for the first time ever! There is so much amazingness along the way, so be sure to check out everyone's blogs to get tons of inspiration on the newest products that will be available directly at Hero Arts. Please see at the bottom of this post for a list of the blog hop participants! 

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Today I am sharing two cards with two new products! My first one features the new Bandana Bold Prints background die. I wanted to show that it could be used in non-traditional colors, and in a non-traditional way, so I did some watercolor effects by smooshing different distress inks and spraying lightly with water. You want to be sure to spray lightly, since too much can make the color pool and you lose the cool pattern of the Bandana.

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I then die cut it using an older product, the Infinity Heart Dies and used the Heart Confetti Background die a white-on-white accent behind our large heart. Using a sentiment from a MMH kit, all I added was a few jewels and some Nuvo Drops around the edge of our heart. And we have created a warm card with a focal point with lots of interest, because we used the bandana background die. 

My next card features the new Color Layering Mountain Lion stamp set, and it creates such a beautiful big cat! And with only three layers too, which are super easy to line up. I blended a twilight sky using distress inks, and sprayed it with water for a starry look. I then stamped the mountain range in black at the bottom of my panel, and added my puma on top, which I hand-cut out.

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I die cut a circle using the Infinity Circle Die Set to act as a large rising moon behind our puma, and also to help break up some space on our card. I added my sentiment in the bottom left, and a few jewels and this card is done as well!

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A Blog Named Hero April Challenge: Put A Flower On It

A Blog Named Hero April Challenge:

Put A Flower On It

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Hello Friends! I am so excited to be back with another monthly challenge from ABNH: Put a Flower On It! And I am extra excited because "Put a flower on it" is basically one of my life's themes, and it's my birthday month so it seems super appropriate for me. 

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Today, I'm exploring how to combine just black-and-white outline stamps with colored/colorful stamps for a modern, bold and classy look. The black and white really helps contrast vivid (or pastel!) colors while also filling out the card. 

For my first two cards, I combined colorful die cuts with the black and white to create striking bouquet in the center of the card. I first die cut from white cardstock The Bold Confetti Background die, and cut it down one inch, and put it in the center of the card. This will help give some visual gridlines and put the focus on our flowers. Then I used Archival Black Ink to stamp some outlines of roses onto some alcohol ink pieces I had done. Then, I stamped the same images onto just cardstock. I combined these two together to create two cards with a mixed bouquet. As you can see, this works great with just one focal color or multiple! I added a few colored gems for a bit more color, but otherwise everything is black and white to let the alcohol ink shine!

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For my last card, I used the outline stamp repeatedly on a background for a subtle but busy background to my vibrant alcohol ink flower. I love the bold but classy look you get from the crisp black and white to the big mix of color in the bottom right. I like how my sentiment almost blends into the background but is still easy to read. 

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I hope this gave you some inspiration for how to use outline stamps without having to color every single one, and some new color schemes! And more importantly, I hope it inspired you to put a flower on it!! Make sure to stop by the ABNH blog and check out all the other designer's amazing floral cards!


Thanks so much for stopping by, I really appreciate it!


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Products Used:


- Hello Stamp and Cut Set

- Florals Magnolia Stamp and Die Set

- Layered Roses Stamp and Die Set

- Bold Confetti Background Die


- Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink

- Be Creative 3mm Adhesive

- Ranger Multi Medium Matte

- Archival Black Ink 

- Lucys Cards Jewels


A Blog Named Hero March Challenge Inspiration

A Blog Named Hero March Challenge: Use Your Favorite Hero Arts Product

Welcome friends, I am so excited to be here for my first ever ABNH Challenge! I hope that today I provide you with some inspiration for this month's challenge: Use Your Favorite Hero Arts Product.

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So like many of my fellow designers and I'm sure many of you, picking a favorite Hero Arts product is like trying to pick a favorite movie - almost impossible. So instead of making myself choose from all the gorgeous stamps and dies, I chose, the Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink - it is a vivid white pigment ink that can be used with almost all of my favorite Hero Arts products. I hope this is might be a reminder that any small product can be used in big ways!

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For my first card, I used the Unicorn White Pigment Ink to blend with.  On a special, textured paper from a past My Monthly Hero kit, I blended this white ink using the Large Flower Stencil, which made this beautiful subtle background - more subtle than if you used white embossing powder but adds a soft image to your project. 

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To make this background into a card, I die cut a heart from white card stock and put it in the lower right hand part of my card. This heart comes from the Infinity Heart die set (another favorite of mine!). Then I die cut a partial wreath branch from gold glitter card stock and glued it behind the heart. I only glued parts of the leaves down, to help give the card some more dimension. 

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For the butterfly, which is from the Color Layering Swallowtail stamp and die set, I used Hero Arts ombre ink pads to give the butterfly even more color. The sentiment is also from that same stamp set. I added a few gems, and this card is complete! 

For my second card, I decided to use this ink for stamping to create a subtle look on a background in a different way. This ink shows up best in stamps with bolder lines or more surface area. If you use it with fine lined stamps, you'll get more of a texture on your card stock rather than a very visible image. 

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First, I blended three distress inks over card stock a random pattern. We want to be heavy-handed with this, as the brighter the colors, the more visible our white ink will be. I then stamped the background images of a rose and leaves from the Color Layering Rose stamp set with the Unicorn White Pigment Ink. You can see in my background where the color was heaviest, the white showed up the best. I love the subtly and texture this adds to an others bold background. 

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To finish off this card, I die cut and stamped the top layer of the Color Layering Rose leaves. I added these behind the word "love" which I die cut twice from black card stock. The "Love Stamp & Cut" set has both the "love" die cut and our stamped sentiment. I added some white gems scattered between our background images, and this card is done! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I hope you join us in this challenge, the possibilities are endless!


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Hero Arts Products Used: 

Other Products Used: 

  • Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink
  • Picked Raspberry Distress Ink
  • Squeezed Lemon Distress Ink
  • Tim Holtz Bright White Watercolor Paper
  • Lucys Cards Jewels
  • Be Creative 3mm Tape
  • Tim Holtz Multi Medium Matte Glue
  • Neenah Solar Crest White 80lb. 

I'm a Designer on a Blog Named Hero!

My Intro Post on A Blog Named Hero

Hello Friends! I'm very excited to share with you that I am a designer for a Blog Named Hero - the official challenge blog of Hero Arts. Right now, I have up on their blog a card I made and a little intro to myself (although many of you already know most of that stuff about me already!). If you want to see more photos of this card and see more of the other designers, you can head on over here! :

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Thanks so much for stopping by!





Essentials by Ellen Gift Card Winner

Essentials by Ellen Gift Card Winner


Just popping in to announce the winner of the $50 Ellen Hutson gift card! Thank you for stopping by and all of your lovely comments - they meant so much to me!

And the winner is...


Marianne, please send me your email address so EH can get your gift card to you! You can email me at 

Thank you again to everyone! I'll be back soon!

xoxo Meghan

Essentials by Ellen March Release Sneak Peak: Watercolor Stamping and Backgrounds + GIVEAWAY

Essentials by Ellen March Release Sneak Peak Cards:

Watercolor Stamping and Backgrounds + GIVEAWAY

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Hello! I am so thrilled to be guest designing for Ellen Hutson, and it was so fun to work with such a unique release -available for purchase on Sunday March 4th. And today I’m going to use most of this release in a technique I adore – creating watercolor looking backgrounds and stamping without actual watercolor. Also make sure to read to the bottom to see how you could win a $50 gift card to Ellen Hutson!

We all love distress ink backgrounds, but with watercolor stamping on top you can create another great look. I picked my color palette and then found the lightest shades of distress inks and blended them on my card stock. For the most watercolor-esque look, blending the colors in random places helps create the look.

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As you can see in the photo, my blending is not perfect, which is fine for this technique. Then I took some pretty images from the “So Matcha” stamp set and arranged them into a cluster on my acrylic block. I then took the same colors of distress inks I used on my background and pressed them onto my images, making sure they overlapped. (Tip: when using analogous colors, you can usually just press directly onto your stamps, but if you’re using very different colors, use a small ink blender so you don’t contaminate your ink pads).

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Another tip, because these images have just delicate and intricate lines, I don’t add water to blend the colors together. One, because it’ll look blended enough on the fine lines, and two, because if you add water it will easily bleed out and warp the look of the image. This also makes the images stand out a bit more from our background of the exact same colors.

The blended background plus our blended stamped images give this background a faux watercolor look. If you would like to enhance this look, you can drop water droplets from a brush and let them interact with the distress ink.

To finish off this card, I used the “Fortune Cookie” dies to cut one of the fortune cookie shapes out of Kraft cardstock. I then lightly blended some brown ink to the bottom left part for so minimal shading. This die cuts slits in the fortune cookie where you can slip in the fortune. I am obsessed with this idea – you create your own fortunes! And the sentiments for the fortunes are so awesome – they’re perfect so many different kinds of cards. So I picked out the fortune I wanted from the “Good Fortune” stamp set, stamped it onto the die cut white cardstock and slipped it into the slit.

Also, often when I create full backgrounds like this, I like to help give some visual balance to the card by using some horizontal lines to help break up the expanse of the background. For this card, I used three white stripes of cardstock behind my fortune cookie. I then blended some color onto the edges of them – and I’m not 100% if that was the right decision, but there you go haha.

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And the card is done!

My second is done using the same technique except with larger and thicker-lined images from the “Rustic Flowers” stamp set, so I used 1 or 2 spritz of water to help blend the color and lighten it a bit, which makes the flowers and leaves blend more into the background for a cohesive look. Don’t spray much more than this though, because the images will start to lose their shape. Again, I used the exact same colors for the background as I did for the images.

When you apply your ink to your stamps, either using the mini distress cubes directly or using a finger dauber, make sure to put your lightest color down first, and put down more than you think you’ll need. The lightest colors, especially yellow, will get mixed and lost very easily. When deciding how much or where I want to put my color on the stamps, I honestly only make sure I have a relatively even amount of each color – I don’t think about placement a ton and it always turns out great!

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 I then added those small clusters of flowers from the “So Matcha” stamp set to fill in any gaps, using the same colors of distress inks. I used the same design for this card – the gold strips of paper to break up the background. Gold or silver papers are a great way to add shine/texture without distracting from colors in a card.

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My third card uses the same technique, but uses lighter colors for the background and darker shades for the stamped images. I wanted these beautiful bamboo images from the “So Matcha” stamp set to stand out again the green background we created. I also varied my stamping technique – I alternated between spraying the images with a spritz of water and using no water at all. This also helps to create even more faux texture. In this card, my sentiment was my focal point so I used white strips to frame it. The sentiments are from the amazing fortune cookie sentiment stamp set. I added some gold watercolor splatter for fun.

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BONUS CARDS: My other two cards are bonus cards because they’re not made with the technique we’ve been using. These are made with actual watercolor backgrounds. This one I used watercolor to create a twilight sky for these pretty lanterns to hang in. I stamped the bamboo lightly in gray so as not to distract from our colorful sky, and added these two cute friends. I added many clear rhinestones in the sky to emulate smaller points of light/lanterns in the sky and added the sentiment right above the girls’ heads.

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My last card, I used a portion of a yellow and pink watercolor background as a backdrop to our glittery fortune cookies of varying shades of gold. I framed our focal point with Kraft cardstock stripes for a clean look.

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Would you like to win a $50 gift card to Ellen Hutson?? All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by March 8th telling me what your favorite card was, and I will announce the winner March 9th! 

Products I used:

“So Matcha” Stamp Set

“So Matcha” Coordinating Dies

“Fortune Cookies” Dies

“Good Fortune” Stamp Set

“Rustic Botanicals” Stamp Set

Colors I Used: 

Twisted Cintron Distress Ink

Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink

Pine Needles Distress Ink

Peacock Feathers Distress Ink

Tumbled Glass Distress Ink

Salty Ocean Distress Ink

Shaded Lilac Distress Ink

Picked Raspberry Distress Ink

Spun Sugar Distress Ink

Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Again, it is so awesome to be a part of an Essentials by Ellen release, happy shopping starting March 4th!   


Christmas Cards with Non-Holiday Supplies

Christmas Cards with Non-Holiday Supplies


I'm back after a month's hiatus! Still working out the scheduling of my blog, and also the holidays and my boyfriend's upcoming finals are taking over a bit!

I wanted to focus today on making holiday/Christmas cards with supplies not designed specifically for the holidays. Christmas stamps and dies are super fun, but sometimes you just don't have the time or money to get new specific supplies, that you can only use a couple months a year. So I wanted to share with you what I look for in my existing supplies for holiday cards, and how I turned them into holiday cards!

Please note that for this post, I have used mainly Altenew stamps, stencils and dies, but you can use any similar supplies. This post was *not* supplied by or requested by Altenew.

These are the basic elements I look for in the supplies I have:

1. potential Christmas patterns: polka dots for snow, stripes & plaid, trees that could create a winter scene, etc.

2. potential Christmas shapes: florals that could be holiday themed, vaguely poinsettia shaped flowers or winter flowers, leaves in general as long as they aren't tropical looking

3. specialty paper: gold and silver, red and green, or even blue for winter scenes

4. any Christmas or winter themed ink colors to color any of our patterns or shapes

5. any embellishments that could be used for snow, berries or holiday decoration (red or green gems, pearls, white embossing powder for snow, etc.).

6. alphabet stamps or dies are super useful for this, because you can spell out anything you want, without having to get Christmas sentiments

For my first card, I combined a leaf cover die, specialty paper, red embellishments and alphabet dies to create my Christmas card.

I did some green watercolor on some watercolor cardstock, and then die cut the leaf cover die from it. I also used it to cut white card stock to layer underneath our green paper to create dimension. I then adhered them both on top of silver glitter card stock for some extra holiday shine. I then flicked water on the watercolor paper to create some spots that could emulate snow.

Then I die cut the letters for "peace" twice, once from gray and once from white. I glued the gray behind the white for a bit of a shadow effect, and then painted the white letters with Wink of Stella for some shimmer. Then below "peace", I added 5 red gems for some extra traditional Christmas colors.


For my second card, I found stencils that were generic enough to look like Christmas flowers and used Christmas colored inks to make it obvious they were holiday flowers. This a set of two stencils, with one that adds depth and details to the outline image. I used reds for the flower, and greens for the leaves for traditional Christmas colors. I then added white shimmer watercolor in drops to look like snow. For some extra shine and dimension, I added some pearl Nuvo Drops and some sequins. I then used an alphabet stamp set to say "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Holidays" on another. Sometimes just the right colors and some snow effects are all you need to turn a non-holiday flower into a Christmas card!

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For my last card, this was an experiment for using Nuvo Drops as holly berries. This means they needed to be much bigger than I normally use Nuvo Drops and bundled near each other. For this try, I applied all the different colors of berries at once. However, this meant that some blended together a bit and lost their nice round shape. When I make this card again, I will wait for each set of berries to dry before adding the berries that will be touching the others. But I wanted to show you this card anyway, even though it isn't perfect!

I used this plaid background die for a white on white texture look, and then painted this garland die different greens, and layered it together to create a half-wreath or the leaves to a holly berry. Then I applied the Nuvo Drops as I mentioned before in dark pink and gold. I then die cut letters out of Kraft cardstock to spell "joy". When I re-make this card, I might move the joy closer to the focal point, but I'm not sure yet. But I think this card design has potential!


That's it for now! I hope this was inspiring to see what you can do with your regular supplies to turn festive! And of course, you can make tropical Christmas cards by adding white embossing powder to palm trees or have it snowing over the ocean, or whatever your heart desires. I highly recommend alphabet stamps or dies so you can turn any card into any sentiment you want though.

Hope you're all doing well, and sending you love, peace and joy!





Feature Friday: Concord and 9th Blooms Fill-in Bundle

Feature Friday: Concord and 9th Blooms Fill-in Bundle

Happy Friday Friends!

Today is my last Friday as Guest Designer for Concord and 9th, and I've been so honored to be a part of this! This stamp and die set is one of my favorites, especially because it works so wonderfully for the holidays and all other times of the year. And then of course, it's so smart because there are so many variations you can get with just one stamp set. Let's dive in, yes?


My first two cards are a good example of how you can get two cards from one background. I created this background by stamping with mint green ink and then filling in the flowers to look like poinsettias. I added gold nuvo drops for a festive flare and let that dry. I then die cut out the window using the die in the set. From that, I die cut out one of the flowers to use on my second card.


For my second card, I used the plaid background, which allows to create detailed plaid backgrounds super easy. I then die cut out the frame with white and added the flower I die cut from the previous card as an accent. I used the black edged stamps in the kit to add definition to the frames. I then added a few nuvo drop accents.


For my next two cards, I used the background stamp with a watercolor effect. I stamped it with varied colors of distress inks and then spritz it lightly with water so the colors would blend together. This gives a pretty soft look, and then stamped with coordinating colors in the flowers. I cut the panels in half and added some dots in white ink and some rhinestones.

For the next card, I added some dark blue ink as accents instead of the white dots and some rhinestones, which gives it a wintry effect. For both cards, I added some black lines to high light the sentiment and break up the background a little bit. And I think both turned out really pretty! This technique could be used with fall or spring colors as well!


For my last project, I wanted to highlight the frame die cut in the bundle, which I think could be a great shape for gift tags. I stamped a red plaid background, die cut out two tags and added "merry and bright" from the Ornamental Stamp set. And you have hand made tags!


That's it for my Christmas projects! Make sure to go Concord and 9th's Blog to see all the other inspiring projects! Thanks so much for joining me today, and I hope to see you soon!


Concord and 9th Feature Friday: Using Alcohol Inks in Card Making

Hello! Happy Friday!

Today in Concord and 9th's Feature Friday, we are looking at Trim the Trees stamps and dies. The dies themselves are your classic Christmas tree, star and "fa la la" dies, and the stamp set has great coordinating tree decorations and fun holiday sayings that fit perfectly on the tree.

I made many alcohol ink backgrounds, and wanted to show you different ways to use these bold organic patterns. The first way is using it as a background, and to me it works best if you add minimal die cuts or stamping in neutral colors. This allows the vibrant background to stand out. I have two cards in this style, and my first one has just a few white die cuts.


I die cut the Christmas tree to make it a couple inches shorter, so i could use it on a horizontal card. These would make a great forest! After gluing them on my alcohol ink backgrounds, I used a white Sharpie to add stars to the night sky. I then die cut the words "fa la la" from white cardstock and put it in the upper left corner. This scene would also be great for a Silent Night or Peace on Earth sentiment. Then for some added texture, I used pearlescent Nuvo Drops to add texture to the sentiment and the Christmas trees without adding any distraction. This makes a great simple but beautiful card!

For my next card I used two layers of vellum Christmas tree instead of white cardstock to allow the color of the background to come through a little. I used one of the coordinating sentiments with black pigment ink and clear embossing powder on the top layer of vellum. I glued the two layers of vellum together using small amounts of glue behind the sentiment. I added some gold and green tinted nuvo drops for some texture and embellishment, and this card is good to go!


The second way to use bold alcohol ink paper, is to use it as a focal point, using a bold or large die cut. So, I decided to die cut the Christmas tree from a green alcohol ink background I created. I then took copper paper and embossed the plaid background stamp in gold ink on top for a luxe background. I trimmed down this panel to have a pale green border to reflect the green in the tree. to keep these colors the main focus, I added my sentiment and embellishments in white. And this card is done too! This simple card design allows the alcohol ink to be the focal point.


the third way to use your alcohol ink backgrounds on a card, is just to use it as an accent instead of a focal point. For my last card, I die cut the tree from scrap paper, and used it as a stencil to create a background with distress ink blending with three shades of green on pale green cardstock. I then used the back of a paint brush to add dark green dots to the background, and a white gel pen to add to the Christmas trees. I then added some clear sparkly Stickles on the Christmas trees for sparkle and texture. I then added my sentiment in white, above a strip of green alcohol ink and a thin strip of gold glitter cardstock.


There are obviously many ways to use alcohol inks on cards, but these are the three ways I used today. I hope you stop by Concord and 9th's blog to see even more inspiration using Trim the Tree stamps and dies. Perfect for classic Christmas cards!


Hope you are well, and if you celebrate, have a fun and safe Halloween!

xoxo Meghan

Feature Friday: Concord and 9th Ornamental Bundle: Using Large Dies

Concord and 9th Ornamental Bundle: Using Large Dies

Happy Friday!

I'm here today with cards made using Concord and 9th's new Ornamental Bundle, which has a beautiful stamp set and coordinating dies. My post today focuses on how to use the large ornament die, and using the stamps as accents, but the stamp set can also be used beautifully on it's own.


To me, large ornate dies are super pretty but also can be a bit tricky to work with. They almost cover up the whole card, so arranging and designing the card either becomes deceptively easy or a little confusing. But they're honestly really awesome with a few different strategies.


The first option is the most obvious - don't be afraid to put it right in the center. In fact for this card I did something I almost never do: didn't use a sentiment on the front of the card. To me, it's pretty clear it's a Christmas card and the die is so ornate that it doesn't need much else.

I made this card by first die cutting the ornament with all the inside elements from a paper that I marbled myself (any patterned paper would work for this!). I then just die cut the ornament shape from gold glitter paper and adhered them together. I also die cut the ornament topper from the same gold glitter paper to finish it off.


At first, I had stamped "Merry Christmas" in black letters on the ornament itself because I couldn't imagine a card without a sentiment. But I didn't like it at all, and it took away from the beautiful ornament. So I improvised and added some gold sequins to cover it up (I think a row of gemstones would look lovely here as well!).

I put it right in the upper center, and then gold heat embossed some pine branches around it, with a stamp from the coordinating stamp set. This helped frame it on the card and give it the illusion it was on a Christmas tree. I thought about adding sequins or something, but I liked it just as is!

For my second card, I decided to die cut the ornament twice from crimson shimmer card stock. I die cut the ornament topper from gold mirror card stock. All I did for this card was place one ornament as the main ornament, and then placed second one staggered up higher. I then used the pieces I trimmed off to fill in the rest of the space so we have a background of ornaments. This is another way to use large dies - stagger them and have them off-center to create a bold background. I added the ornament topper, and then die cut "merry" from gold mirror cardstock as well. Before I adhered the sentiment, I did some basic ink blending with Festive Berries on the top and the bottom. I added a few red gems from Lucy's Cards and that it was it! This card took less than 15 minutes!


For my third card, I did the same staggering technique, except that instead of creating a background, I used one ornament as the focal point and just had barely a sliver of another peeking on the edge. Because the focal point was only in the right hand corner, I wanted this ornament to be *really* special. So I die cut the ornament shape from silver glitter card stock and then die cut the patterned ornament from gold mirror card stock. I then added gems in each of the dots for added interest in our focal point.


I then heat embossed the pine branches again to make it look like it was on a tree. I added a strip of gold glitter at the bottom to help delineate the sentiment, which was also in gold. I think if I did this card again, I would have white heat embossed the sentiment. But otherwise I adore this card!


For my last card, I decided to use only the decorate elements of the ornament instead of using them as a whole as an ornament. This technique is a great way to get more out of your dies that have separate dies to build up into a main image.

First, TIP: This die comes attached with little wires, like many dies. However it is attached together to perfectly create the patterned ornament, so before you cut apart your dies for different techniques, I recommend die cutting it from scrap card stock as is, all hooked together. Then, save this as a template for perfectly re-creating the patterned ornament. Pop the individual dies into place on the template so they're perfectly spaced, and then temporarily tape them together to use as one die for your project that day. I keep this template in the same pocket as my stamps and dies.

So, for this card, I used the center decoration from the ornament, and die cut it repeatedly from watercolor paper I had watercolored on. I lined it up against the edge, and then lined up the die edge-to-edge for each reiteration, making sure it was even with cuts horizontally as well as vertically. I then trimmed it down a bit and adhered it to the front of the card. I die cut the "merry" from dark blue cardstock, and then put clear gems over each of the dots for a pretty winter look.


I also want to use this separate die as a border on an envelope or just the edge of a card! There's so many ways to use this die set - it's gorgeous and versatile, I highly recommend this! Be sure to head over to Concord and 9th's blog to see all the other inspiration.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

xoxo Meghan

Pattern Watercolor Stamping

Pattern Watercolor Stamping


I've made two cards for today, each stamping with distress ink on an acrylic block and adding water. Jennifer McGuire also showed this technique to create focal points for a card, and white or black heat embossing on top. I decided to use this same technique to create a pattern on the background of a card. One card uses this technique with overlapping the watercolor pattern to create a more organic background, and the other uses it with one square right next to one another to almost create a watercolor quilt in the background. Let's get started!



For my first card, I used a larger rectangular acrylic block. I added Grape Preserves, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers distress inks to the block and sprayed generously with water. I first stamped the acrylic block directly in the middle of the card panel. Then I started stamping the block around it, overlapping sometimes horizontally and sometimes vertically. I also let the excess watercolor expand out and create some organic shapes on the card. This creates a background with a nice mix of straight lines and organic lines, and gives a more ethereal background.



For my second card, I used a small square acrylic block and using the same colors as before, stamped repeatedly next to each other to create a grid-like background. This time, I did my best to make sure the color stayed within each individual square, sometimes using a paper towel to mop up excess color. I then took the edge of the acrylic block and applied Peacock Feathers with some water in between some of the squares to create a more defined edge and add some more variation in color. This creates a sort of watercolor-quilt effect.



To bring these cards together, I die cut a stitched rectangle from Lawn Fawn from white card stock to help break up the background and give the card a better focal point. I then stamped and die cut this Altenew Build-a-Flower rose in yellow inks, as a nice contrast to the purple-y blue background. Without adhering it yet, I placed in the bottom right corner where I wanted it, and used it as a guide to help stamp the leaves in gray ink so they would emerge from the flower.

Once I had the leaves and small flowers stamped, I adhered the white frame to the center of the card, and adhered the rose on top of that. Then using black ink, I stamped a sentiment near the rose to help make sure the focal point stayed near the rose and let the watercolor background have more uninterrupted space.


For finishing touches, I sprayed a few times with Shimmer Ink Spray and added a few gems from Lucy's cards. That's it for these happy cards! I hope you enjoyed this and try this technique of creating patterns yourself! There's so many possibilities!

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo Meghan

Feature Friday: Concord and 9th Christmas Cheer Turnabout Stamps

Feature Friday: Concord and 9th Christmas Cheer

Hello and welcome to Concord and 9th's Feature Friday! I am so so excited to be a Guest Designer for Concord and 9th's release this month, it is such an honor. This Friday we are featuring the Christmas Cheer Turnabout Stamps and the coordinating Ribbon Banner Die. This is my first Turnabout stamp, and I love it so much!


You can use this stamp to fill the card using up to four different colors, but for my two cards today I wanted to show that you can use it using just one color and add some color to the background for a lovely background.

My first card, I stamped four times with embossing powder and heat embossed with white powder. I then used a watercolor smooshing technique to add color for a wintry background. I used distress ink colors Peacock, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves.


I then die cut "merry" using the die that you can get for free with a $60 purchase. I die cut it twice from white card stock and layered them up to create a bit of dimension. I then die cut the banner die from black card stock and cut one of the banners off to create one banner. Then I white heat embossed "Christmas" using a sentiment on the Christmas Cheer Turnabout Cards. I adhered them both onto the card, and added sparkly clear Nuvo Drops on top of the "merry" to create some dimension, and some pearlized Nuvo Drops to emulate snow.


For my second card, I wanted to make a card in less than 10 minutes, and this turn about stamp is perfect for that. I wanted to make a pink Christmas card, so I stamped it in a dark pink four times, and then ink blended some lighter pink on the bottom of the panel. I then filled in some of the images with varying shades of pink and red for some brighter color, and then die cut the banner dies from shimmery pink card stock and heat embossed a white sentiment from the Christmas Cheer Turnabout stamp. Added some Nuvo Drops for accents and it's done!


I hope you liked this Feature Friday and got some inspiration! Make sure to check out the other Guest Designer's too and shop this new release! Thanks so much for stopping by!

xoxo Meghan

Styling Busy Backgrounds on Cards

Styling Busy Backgrounds with Split Card Design

Hello and welcome back! Thanks so much for joining me today! Today's post will focus on how to style a card with a busy background you have created. Often times we create a beautiful background but are not quite sure how to style it or give it a good focal point. In this post, we will be focusing on type of style - there will be future blog posts that will be about different ways to style intense backgrounds.

We will be looking at two cards today - one with a bright colorful background and one with an intricate but neutral-colored background.


First up is a bright and layered background. I made this background by stamping eight layered sunflowers from the Hero Arts' September monthly kit onto white card stock. I die cut them out using the coordinating dies, and layered them over a 4 1/4 and 5/12 white piece of card stock. Any sunflower petals that overlapped from the card stock, I cut off and then used to fill in any gaps around the edges of the card as needed.

After making sure all the sunflowers were adhered securely (if you use a liquid medium, make sure it is fully dry before the next step), I cut out about 1 inch of the sunflowers in the middle of the card. I then glued the two remaining pieces onto a 4 1/4 and 5 1/2 white piece of card stock, leaving the gap I cut out in the middle. (I used the piece I cut out to create a second card!). I then cut two strips of 1/8 inch gold glitter card stock to glue up against the edge of the two sunflower pieces.


I then stamped the sentiment "sending you sunshine" from the My Monthly Hero Kit in the center of the white space. I used a small ink blending tool to blend a light aqua on the edges of the white strip for some added color. Finally, I added some Lucy's Cards gems to the center of each sunflower and on either side of the sentiment.


This style allows the sunflowers to stand out while also allowing the sentiment to be clear and uncluttered. It also gives the card a broad focal point. The next card's background is on Kraft paper with intricate white embossing. Another busy background, but more neutral and is not necessarily the main point of the card.

For my second card, I trimmed about half an inch from the top and the bottom of the panel, instead of cutting a strip from inside the card. This allows me to cut the card in half where the center of the stamp is, to act as a radiating focal point. I then glue the bottom panel to the bottom edge and the top panel to the top edge of the 4 1/4 and 5 1/2 white piece of card stock using craft foam, to give it some dimension.


I then stamped the layered flower bunch and a leaf from a SSS Stamptember collaboration with Clearly Besotted, and fussy-cut it out. I then added the flowers and leaf to right edge of the white strip to create a focal point for the card. I put a piece of foam tape behind the flower to make sure it wouldn't buckle in the mail.


I then stamped the sentiment from a SSS stamp set in black in the white strip, and addedWink of Stella and Lucy's Cards gems and sequins to the flowers and around the flowers to emphasize the focal point. I then used an ink blending tool to blend a light brown ink on the edges of the card to give the edge some definition.


This technique works well if you do not have die cut sentiments but want a busy card. There are many other techniques for busy backgrounds and I'll explore those later. I hope you liked these cards and hope you liked this design! Thanks so much for stopping by!

xoxo Meghan

Guest Designing for The Ton Stamps' October Challenge 2017


Hello! I am so excited to be the Guest Designer for The Ton Stamps' October Challenge this month, as I won the August Challenge. I absolutely adore The Ton Stamps' products, so it is a delight to make a card for this challenge!


This month's mood board is absolutely gorgeous - I love the pink and brown color combination and how lovely coffee or hot chocolate is in the Fall. I was so excited when The Ton came out with a layered carnation stamp set because I love carnations and The Fresh Cut Carnations stamp set is just gorgeous. I decided to use them to create a background and add in the butterfly image from the Hug in a Mug stamp set as a filler between the flowers.  I then blended a pale brown with an ink blender to create a vintage, autumn look on the edges of the panel.


I then added a strip of Kraft paper to help create a focal point for the cup of coffee, and placed some copper leaves from the Petal Cut Peonies Standalone Die set for some shiny neutral accents.

Finished off with some Wink of Stella accents, and some rhinestones, and this card is complete!


Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you play along with this month's mood board challenge!

xoxo Meghan