A One Layer Birthday Card


Hello and a lovely Monday to you!  I hope your weekend was a good one and for many of the friends here in the US that were hit by the Winter Storm Jonas, I pray that you are safe and well.  

I have a very quick clean and very simple card today using this handsome digital stamp image boy calls Henry Why Not from Crafty Sentiments. The balloon is actually part of a separate image from Wild Rose Studio called "Bunch of Balloons" and the gift box I made from leftover scrap pieces. Here I'm creating a birthday card for a classmate of my son. But you can use Henry for pretty much any occasion cards you have in mind.

 How The Card Made

 I first cut and scored white heavy-weight cardstock to create this 5x5 square fold card.  
To determine how large I need to resize Henry Why Not, I first stamped just the balloons portion of the Wild Rose Studio BUNCH of BALLOONS clear stamp which I purchased from Simon Says Stamp onto Copic blending paper.  Colored with copics, carefully cut out to the lines and measured.  The balloons image is approximately 3.5 inches in height.  
Next, I opened up Microsoft Word (version 2013), pulled in Henry Why Not and resized him to 3.5 inches in height as well.  Print on Copic blending paper, colored him with copics and then cut him out. I used a craft knife to carefully cut around the inner part of his arms and fingers so I can slide the balloons and present in.
The present box was made by cutting out a piece of yellow cardstock and wrapped with stripes of green cardstock.
Finally, stamped on the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Fiskars Make A Wish Quotes clear stamp set with black Memento ink and adhesive the cut out  Henry Why Not with the balloons and present on.  
Thanks so much for stopping by today friends.  If you have any questions on how to work with digital images in Microsoft Word, please send me an e-mail.  I'm happy to help and will try my best to answer your questions.  

Thank you for taking the time to share your comment with me.  You've made my day!  Sending warm winter hugs and may you have a lovely and blessed new week.

Guest DT at Art by Miran


Happy Friday friends! I am thrilled to share my guest designer post with you today!   Because I won a challenge a few weeks back, I got the invite to be guest designer over at Art by Miran Challenge blog for this week Challenge #50 Anything Goes theme.  I want to thanks Mi Ran for sharing her beautiful talent with the crafty world and for having me as guest designer for this week.  It's truly an honor to be among the beautiful talented design team of Art by Miran.  Please come join me over at Art by Miran Challenge blog.  To participate in the challenge, please remember, only hand colored and hand made projects are qualified.

For my guest designer card, I am working with this joyful little sweetheart calls Catching Hearts.  She's something new for me - my challenge win gift from Mi Ran (thank you Mi Ran!).  When I first saw her, I immediately fell in love with her beautiful smile, big eyes and her free spirit.  Mi Ran has done a beautiful job capturing the joy of childhood in this sweetheart.  It truly was a joy coloring her up.  You can find Catching Hearts over at Mi Ran's Etsy shop - Art by Miran.  

How I made the card...

This is a 4.25x5.50 size fold card which I create by cutting a piece of 4.25x11 heavy weight red peppermint cardstock and folded in half at the 5.50 inch mark.

Next, I opened Microsoft Word (version 2013), pulled in this little sweetheart Catching Hearts and resized her to 3.5 inch in height.  I want to make multiple cards with her.  So first I Right click on her and select Wrap Text and then Tight so I can move her around.  Then I Center click on her again and did Copy and Paste 5 times to get 6 of her on 1 page.  Print on Copic blending paper.  See 1st photo below.

I colored her with Copics [skin/cheeks] E000, E00, E21, YR000, R11, R20 [eyes] B0000, B02 [clothes/shoes] RV25, R35, R39, Y02, Y17, [hair] E31, E33, E35.

Then I glittered the hearts, her clothes and shoes with Wink of Stella - yellow and red.  It's hard to see in the photo.  But just picture Dorothy's red shoes from the movie The Wizard of Oz and you'll know what the shoes and her red skirt look like in all the glitters!

Rolling Hill - I hand sketched in and colored with copics YG000, YG03, YG25, YG23

Background sky - I rubbed Versa Magic Sea Breeze ink on with a dauber.  

"Hello you" sentiment is from the Lawn Fawn SCRIPTY SAYING clear stamp set LF844 which I purchased from Simon Says Stamp.

Finally, I finished the card by layering it on a piece of red peppermint cardstock follow by white cardstock embossed with the  Darice 4.25x5.75 Heart Background.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today friends and perhaps share your comment with me before you go.  It's truly a joy hearing from you.  If you have any questions about working with digital images in Microsoft Word, please don't hesitate to e-mail me.  I'm happy to help and will do my best to answer your questions. 

I am entering my Catching Hearts card into the following challenges below.

Sending warm winter hugs to you and may you have a lovely and blessed day!  

Inches Card


Hello!   Today's project is how to create something beautiful with  mini stamp images you own.  This work for both digital and non-digital mini stamps.  But what is "inches?"

Basically "inches" are 1 inch square.  Many of the mini stamps you have seen or own are the size of 1 inch, so they are "inches."

This is my DT card for the Outlawz Monday Greeting Challenge Group and I am working with the Beach Twiggy Set from Digistamps4Joy.  These are not inches.  Rather they are "twigi."  Twigi is a combination of a 2"x2" artwork calls a 'twinchie'.  Since this Beach Twiggy Set images are a digital, hence the word "twigi."  So, how does my use of these "twigi" fits an "inches" theme?   One of the beauty I love about working with digital stamps is the ability to resized it to fit my project design!  So though these images are "twigi"(2x2), I resized it to 1"x1".  Hence, I got my "inches."  Isn't that neat?

Supplies List:

Color medium: Copic markers
Paper: Copic blending paper and cardstock from my stash
Digi Image: Digistamp4Joy Beach Twiggy Set
Sentiment: SugarPea Designs' Seaside Wishes
Die: Spellbinder classic square die frames

To begin my card, I first opened up Microsoft Word and dragged in these four "twigi" images from the set that I want to work with.  Then, working one image at a time I did the following format.  Please note, I am working from Microsoft Word 2013 version.  If the instruction doesn't work for your version, try my alternative method.
  1. Enable to move the image around the page: RIGHT click on the image and select TIGHT. This allows me to move the image anywhere I want on the page. Alternative method - center click on the image, go to the header bar, click on FORMAT, WRAP TEXT and select TIGHT.
  2. Resize the image to 1"x1" size:  Center click on the image again and a box appear around the image. On each corner of the box is a tiny box. Click on any of these tiny box and drag INWARD or OUTWARD to resize the image to smaller or larger. I like working from the upper right hand corner. So I click and drag the tiny box INWARD until I get my 1"x1" size. Alternative method- Center click on the image, go to the header bar, click on FORMAT and look for the Height/Weight box and change the height/width of the image by typing the number into these boxes.
  3. Print & color: on Copic blending paper and with Copic markers
  • I cut and fold a sand colored cardstock to create my 4.25x5.50 size folded base card.  
  • I stamped on the waves and color a bit of the blue B000 and B0000 to them. 
  •  Die cut a brown square and adhesive that to the base card followed by a smaller square in sand.  Die cut the grid frame in the brown and adhesive that over the small square.   
  • Finally adhesive on my reformatted, colored "inches" Beach Twiggy Set images. Stamped, fussy cut out the sentiment and adhesive that over the wave and embellished with tiny starfish and pearl beads.
There you have it!  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and perhaps share your thoughts, comments as well questions with me before you go.  It's always a pleasure hearing from you.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to e-mail me or leave your email address in the comment box along with your question so that I can get back to you.  Wishing you a lovely week!

Dies Cut Inlay Framed Tree Background


Hello!  Today's project is how to create an inlay background with die cut.  For the images, I am using this very cute owl image calls Kawaii Ms. Potts Owl from Kitty Bee Designs with my own hand sketched pine tree digi Kindness Tree that I drew back in December. Pink owl and pine tree.  They do make a perfect pair don't you think?

Supplies List:
Digi image: Kawaii Ms. Potts Owl from Kitty Bee Designs
Digi image: Tree of Kindness from Digi Arts of Healing (that's ME!)
Digi sentiment: from Digi Arts of Healing (that's ME!)
Dies frame: Spellbinder classic rectangle dies frame
Accessories: Copic markers, Copic blending paper, paper trimmer, 
Big Shot machine, cardstock, pearl bead embellishment

To begin my card, I first
  • Opened up Microsoft Word and dragged in the Kawaii Ms. Potts Owl image. Then I did a RIGHT click on the image again and select TIGHT. This allows me to move the image anywhere on the page. Click on the image again, hold and drag to the left side of the page. Finally, one final click on the image to resize.
  • Next, I dragged in the precolored version of my pine tree, reformat to TIGHT, moved to the right side of the page and resize to almost the size of the 4.25x5.50 size folded card.
Tip - To create a fuller tree and richer in color 
I click on the tree again and did a COPY and PASTE. Then I overlapped the copied tree over the original. Apply this tip to any images you work on, just keep copied, paste and overlap until you get the desired deepness of the color/ink. For clear/rubber stamp,you will need a MISTI tool to help you stamp repeatedly on the exact spot.
  • Print both the owl and pine tree images onto 1 single Copic blending paper and cut the paper in half. Set aside the pine tree and colored the owl with the following Copics combo.  Then fussy cut it out.  Kawaii Ms. Potts Owl: RV000, RV13, RV11, RV10; flower/beak: Y13, Y15, Y17; dirt: E31, E35; flower pot: E31, E33, E35, E57

To create the in-lay framed background pine tree

I placed different sizes rectangle die frames on the tree all at once and cranked through the Big Shot machine. Then, to create the 3D effect of the tree, I cut out additional frames with my scrap papers and adhesive to the back of each layer, increasing the number of added layer by 1 as I go from the outer frame to the inner frame. This is the cheapest alternative method to using foam tape and allowing your card to safely mail out flat to the recipient. 

Thanks so much for visiting and perhaps share your comments with me before you go. It's always a joy to hear from you!  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to e-mail me or leave your email address in the comment box along with your question so that I can get back to you.   If you are new to my blog, I would like to invite you to become a follower.  I share many tips and tricks working with digital images in Microsoft Words as well post my hand sketched digis as freebies randomly throughout the month.   Have a lovely blessed day!