Fishbowl “I Miss You” Card

"I miss you" fish card

I love my Silhouette. With the 1000s of designs available, it’s great when you have a very specific idea for a shape, as I did in this case: a fishbowl with a fish.

I used the Silhouette to cut out the fishbowl and fish from white cardstock. I cut a second “water” piece out of a plastic-y material. I decided to use a single fish inside the bowl so it would fit an “I miss you” theme. I colored the water with blue ink and the fish in yellow and orange; I used a blue marker for the bubbles.

I colored a strip of white cardstock with a dark teal colored texture spray, then cut a fishtail in the end. I stamped the sentiment in teal on white cardstock. For the little decorative piece of paper, I die cut a small piece of white cardstock, then inked it with light blue-green ink. I adhered all the elements, adding a strip of blue ribbon.

Thanks for looking!


  • Die cuts: Silhouette, Spellbinders
  • Stamp: Paper Smooches
  • Ribbon: American Crafts

Happy Wishes from the Emerald City

Seattle cardI love stamps related to places, and being a Pacific Northwesterner, I particularly love Seattle stamps. You might have heard it rains here sometimes (ha ha), so a gray, rainy theme seemed appropriate.

I inked a piece of white cardstock with blue ink, then stamped the Seattle stamp in gray ink.

Seattle card - rain close upI added clear texture spray for “rain.”

I stamped the cloud in silver ink. I stamped the umbrella in black ink and colored it with markers. I used silver polka dot paper for the background, then adhered the blue layering piece, cloud, and umbrella. I finished with a piece of gray ribbon.

Those are my darling nieces and nephew in the background, by the way.

Thanks for looking!


  • Stamps: Impress, Penny Black, The Rubber Cafe
  • Ribbon: American Crafts
  • Markers: Spectrum Noir

You’re my cup of coffee

You're my cup of coffee cardI’m kind of a freak about crafts featuring coffee and coffee cups, maybe because I’m totally a freak about coffee.  So I had to buy this Hero Arts coffee cup stamp when I saw it.

To create the card, I stamped the coffee cup in dark red ink, then cut it out.  My X-acto knife skills need some work, but the inside of the cup was uncomplicated enough that my cut looks smooth (mostly).  I cut patterned paper the size of the card, then cut a smaller rectangle of a different pattern for a layering piece.  I used brown texture spray to get the look of a coffee stain on the layering piece, then rounded the corners and punched out two hearts.  For the smaller white hearts, I stamped on white cardstock in brown ink and cut them out.

To assemble, I adhered the background piece to the card, then the strip of ribbon, placing it where it would show through the punched hearts.  Then I adhered the layering piece, the coffee cup and white hearts.  To create “steam,” I took a couple of paper shavings from cutting the patterned paper and adhered them to the layering piece.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies used:

  • Stamps: Hero Arts, Avery Elle
  • Patterned paper: Lawn Fawn
  • Ribbon: May Arts
  • Punch, corner rounder: Martha Stewart Crafts

Cupcake Birthday

Birthday card with cupcakes

My sweet niece, Sona, just turned 17 (!).  Since she has a sweet tooth, like me, I decided to make her a cupcake card.

I stamped the cupcakes (Unity) in black ink, cut them out, then colored them with Spectrum Noir markers — a technique I am still trying to master, as you can see.  To assemble the card, I placed each cupcake on a circle of pink tissue paper from my Messy Box subscription.  I stamped the sentiment (Paper Smooches) in pink ink.  Finally, I sprayed a piece of cardstock with pink texture spray, then cut a strip and attached it to the bottom of the card.

Thanks for looking!