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Sharing how I make my greeting card collections + I periodically write articles and how-to's about owning a business.

Kim's Handcrafted Cards
I’m in love with loose watercolor ever since I saw it done on YT. CreationsCeeCee is an amazing artist that I follow and when she posted her “The Easiest flowers I’ve ever painted!” video, I had to give it a try. I’ve mentioned her before in a previous post, but this technique is so much fun that I couldn’t wait to try it again. Read the full blog post! Think Happy Be Happy, Article Writing, Watercolor Flowers, Greeting Cards, Amazing, Artist, Fun, Blog, Fin Fun

Think Happy, Be Happy Loose Watercolor Flowers

I’m in love with loose watercolor ever since I saw it done on YT. CreationsCeeCee is an amazing artist that I follow and when she posted her “The Easiest flowers I’ve ever painted!” video, I had to give it a try. I’ve mentioned her before in a previous post, but this technique is so much fun that I couldn’t wait to try it again. Read the full blog post!

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Continuing my coloring adventure with my Copics today! I also wanted to participate in Kathy from The Daily Marker's #thedailymarker30day challenge... I took her online course on onlinecardclasses.com awhile back and I have to admit that afterwards I was so intimidated. Her coloring is off the charts! However, sometimes you just gotta do things afraid.  Read the full post on how I made these 4 new cards! Off The Charts, Article Writing, Copics, Markers, Coloring, Challenge, Greeting Cards, Adventure, Happy

Sending Happy... Cards with Copics

Continuing my coloring adventure with my Copics today! I also wanted to participate in Kathy from The Daily Marker's #thedailymarker30day challenge... I took her online course on onlinecardclasses.com awhile back and I have to admit that afterwards I was so intimidated. Her coloring is off the charts! However, sometimes you just gotta do things afraid. Read the full post on how I made these 4 new cards!

I’ve always loved watching cardmakers and artists use Copic sketch markers with such precision to create beautiful images. I admire them so much but felt intimidated to try them for my cards. Also, Copics were over my budget, when I first got started, so before jumping on the bandwagon, I went with less expensive alcohol markers to practice. Just recently, I bought 7 sets of Copics Blending Trio markers and made a few cards! Read the full post! Copic Sketch Markers, Alcohol Markers, Article Writing, Copics, Beautiful Images, Get Started, I Card, Budgeting, Greeting Cards

Beginning my Copics Coloring Adventure

I’ve always loved watching cardmakers and artists use Copic sketch markers with such precision to create beautiful images. I admire them so much but felt intimidated to try them for my cards. Also, Copics were over my budget, when I first got started, so before jumping on the bandwagon, I went with less expensive alcohol markers to practice. Just recently, I bought 7 sets of Copics Blending Trio markers and made a few cards! Read the full post!

I love getting inspiration from other cardmakers and in fact watching a bunch of video tutorials was how I got my start. There’s many things about this industry that I love and one is that there’s never a shortage of new techniques or tips to try. Sometimes, I even forget about using different methods that I used to love to do. That’s what inspired this post today and I was able to make a boat load of cards! Read the full post! Make A Boat, Ink Splatter, Post Today, Article Writing, Video Tutorials, My Sunshine, Forget, Greeting Cards, Facts

Mixing Ink Splattering and Blending

I love getting inspiration from other cardmakers and in fact watching a bunch of video tutorials was how I got my start. There’s many things about this industry that I love and one is that there’s never a shortage of new techniques or tips to try. Sometimes, I even forget about using different methods that I used to love to do. That’s what inspired this post today and I was able to make a boat load of cards! Read the full post!

Sometimes you have a card design in mind or a technique you've been itching to try and you gather up your supplies and go for it, but the outcome isn't at all what you hoped for. We don't always like to admit it, but we cardmakers go through this a lot. I know we want to show the world the best looking cards where nothing goes wrong but that's just not always possible in the case of these two cards I'm sharing today. Read the full post!

When things don't turn out the way you hope...in cardmaking

Sometimes you have a card design in mind or a technique you've been itching to try and you gather up your supplies and go for it, but the outcome isn't at all what you hoped for. We don't always like to admit it, but we cardmakers go through this a lot. I know we want to show the world the best looking cards where nothing goes wrong but that's just not always possible in the case of these two cards I'm sharing today. Read the full post!

Since I’m almost one year into making greeting cards, I’ve learned a few things and one of them is prepping beforehand. When, I have my pieces all done ahead of time, making cards is easy especially mass producing them. I LOVE making flowers but I was looking for a way to organize all my pieces and store them away for future cards. Read the full post! Making Greeting Cards, Making Cards, Article Writing, Organize, Prepping, Organization, Future, Learning, My Love

Making Flowers for Future Cards

Since I’m almost one year into making greeting cards, I’ve learned a few things and one of them is prepping beforehand. When, I have my pieces all done ahead of time, making cards is easy especially mass producing them. I LOVE making flowers but I was looking for a way to organize all my pieces and store them away for future cards. Read the full post!

I'm continuing with my series "Let's All Celebrate Christmas in July" sharing new cards but also breaking out older cards too! Today, I'm showing 4 NEW cards I finished making last night using mainly items from Spellbinders "Merry Everything" card kit from 2019! Read the full post!

Let’s All Celebrate Christmas in July – Round 2

I'm continuing with my series "Let's All Celebrate Christmas in July" sharing new cards but also breaking out older cards too! Today, I'm showing 4 NEW cards I finished making last night using mainly items from Spellbinders "Merry Everything" card kit from 2019! Read the full post!

I must admit before I started making handmade cards I didn’t celebrate Christmas in July. It’s my favorite holiday so why not get in the mood early?! This year I brought back some goodies and I’ll be adding new ones too throughout this whole month! Read the full post !

Let's All Celebrate Christmas in July - Round 1

I must admit before I started making handmade cards I didn’t celebrate Christmas in July. It’s my favorite holiday so why not get in the mood early?! This year I brought back some goodies and I’ll be adding new ones too throughout this whole month! Read the full post !

I know the term, “the new normal” is being used a lot to name this weird world we’re living in, but I don’t like it, never did. Adapting to change isn’t always easy, but mosttimes positives come out like with the invention of many things. I share 50 things I've recently learned living through these difficult times, read the blog post!

50 Things I've Learned Living in this Odd World

I know the term, “the new normal” is being used a lot to name this weird world we’re living in, but I don’t like it, never did. Adapting to change isn’t always easy, but mosttimes positives come out like with the invention of many things. I share 50 things I've recently learned living through these difficult times, read the blog post!

Here's Round 3 of alcohol backgrounds with only 2 colors per card and this time I used other colors from the 15-pack of new alcohol inks by Tim Holtz. Check out the dramatic effects I got this time around! Read the full post >>

Incredible Alcohol Backgrounds Using Only 2 Colors - Round 3

Here's Round 3 of alcohol backgrounds with only 2 colors per card and this time I used other colors from the 15-pack of new alcohol inks by Tim Holtz. Check out the dramatic effects I got this time around! Read the full post >>

Today, I'm sharing a quick post with these simple, easy to make but pretty cards using the pattern papers by Waffle Flower Crafts. I like making my backgrounds A LOT, but I also love pattern papers too and what I like most about these from WF crafts is that they are 80 lbs. so they can be used for card panels or even card bases! Read the full post >>

Quick CAS Cards with Rainbow Pattern Cardstock

Today, I'm sharing a quick post with these simple, easy to make but pretty cards using the pattern papers by Waffle Flower Crafts. I like making my backgrounds A LOT, but I also love pattern papers too and what I like most about these from WF crafts is that they are 80 lbs. so they can be used for card panels or even card bases! Read the full post >>

I've been struggling for several weeks whether to write this post, I wasn't sure if I wanted to share it because mainly I try talk more about positive things even when I'm going through trials. But, something inside me kept prompting me so maybe for a reason that I don't know, I needed to post this. Read the full blog post!

Cardmaking and Healing PTSD

I've been struggling for several weeks whether to write this post, I wasn't sure if I wanted to share it because mainly I try talk more about positive things even when I'm going through trials. But, something inside me kept prompting me so maybe for a reason that I don't know, I needed to post this. Read the full blog post!

Hey everybody! Here's Round 2 of alcohol backgrounds with only 2 colors per card and this time I used other colors from the 15-pack of new alcohol inks by Tim Holtz. I was after a dreamy effect and trying to mimic watercoloring as well. Check out the new cards on the Blog!

Incredible Alcohol Backgrounds Using Only 2 Colors - Round 2

Hey everybody! Here's Round 2 of alcohol backgrounds with only 2 colors per card and this time I used other colors from the 15-pack of new alcohol inks by Tim Holtz. I was after a dreamy effect and trying to mimic watercoloring as well. Check out the new cards on the Blog!

The other day, I learned a new trick for getting better results with my alcohol backgrounds and I’m so excited to share it with you! The past few months, I’ve been researching and watching more videos on alcohol inks. After playing more with these inks, I learned a few more tips and I'm sharing what I did to make some beautiful backgrounds, read the full post!

Incredible Alcohol Backgrounds Using Only 2 Colors

The other day, I learned a new trick for getting better results with my alcohol backgrounds and I’m so excited to share it with you! The past few months, I’ve been researching and watching more videos on alcohol inks. After playing more with these inks, I learned a few more tips and I'm sharing what I did to make some beautiful backgrounds, read the full post!

It's been almost been a year ago when I wrote part 1 of WP plugins that I use and so I thought it was time for an update! Some of the plugins from that post are either no longer available or I've replaced them + I have some new ones that I'm really enjoying. So, in this blog post, I'll tell you about the ones I'm lovin'!

New WordPress Plugins I've Been Loving Lately - Part 2

It's been almost been a year ago when I wrote part 1 of WP plugins that I use and so I thought it was time for an update! Some of the plugins from that post are either no longer available or I've replaced them + I have some new ones that I'm really enjoying. So, in this blog post, I'll tell you about the ones I'm lovin'!