You + Me

Hi everyone! I’m here today with a card for the RetroSketches Challenge Blog. This is Challenge #132 and here is the sketch I used



Here is my card —

You and Me


I started this card with some Bazzill card stock in Fawn cut to a standard size card with the fold on top. I used a polka dot pattern from Pink Paislee’s Pen Pal collection for the bottom layer. For the focal image, I used the Sizzix Labels #3 as the panel. On top of the panel, I used the You and Me die from Sizzix and die cut the boy and the girl in more of the Pen Pal paper from Pink Paislee. I used the blue and pink heart paper to match boy and girl.

For the sentiment, I die cut the sentiment die You + Me using the same pink and blue paper and  I inlaid the letters  again to match. For the +, I colored white card stock with a red marker and die cut the +. To finish the card, I accented the letters and the heart above the boy and girl with the Clear Wink of Stella pen and then I added Glossy Accents on the heart to give it some dimension.  I attached both panels with foam tape.

That’s it for this card.

For list of the products I used, please check the supply list below.

Thanks for reading.


CAS(E) THIS SKETCH CHALLENGE #83 – Happy Birthday and Many More!

Hi everyone! Im here today with an entry for the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge. It’s not a secret that I love flower stamps and this sketch by Gayatri really made me want to join.


I kind of made some choices that altered the sketch a bit, but I think the main components are still very much present. Here is my card —

Happy Birthday and Many More

I started this card with a 3 3/4 inch square panel of Neenah Solar White card stock. On another piece of Solar White card stock, I cut the dies from the More Fresh Cuts from WPlus9 and started building the flowers with a variety of inks from Hero Arts, Simon Says Stamp and Memento. I arranged the flowers like it was shown on the sketch and adhered it with different levels of thickness using glue and foam squares. The bottom layer of flowers were adhered straight down to the paper with a Zig glue pen. The second layer was adhered with one foam sqaure and for the top layer, I doubled  the foam for a rising look.

For the sentiment, I used the It’s Your Day set from Hero Arts and it is filled with many birthday sentiments and some can even be used for congratulations. I stamped the scripted Happy Birthday in Memento Grape Jelly ink. I wanted an embossed and raised feel and I learned this technique from one of Gina K.’s videos where she stamps first in VersaMark and then straight on the color and when you stamp it on your paper, the VersaMark is still there so embossing powder sticks to it. So you can customize any ink color you have with this technique. I tried it with different brands of ink and I think it works best with Memento Dye inks. Then for the banner sentiment, I cut the banner from Simon Says Stamp on some Wisteria card stock from the Neenah Creative Collection pack and white heat embossed another sentiment from the same It’s Your Day set.

I rounded the corners and adhered the panel on the same Wisteria card stock from Neenah cut a to a 4 1/4 inch square card with foam tape. To finish the card, I accented the flowers with the Wink of Stella clear glitter brush. For the center of the flowers, I used the Sakura Stardust pen for more glitter. I wanted to add some sequins but I decided against it since there wasn’t much white space left.

Please check the supply list below for all the products and ink colors I used for this card.

That’s it for this card. Thanks for reading



Die Cut Inlay Card – Thanks For Thinking of Me

Hi everyone! Today’s card is another entry for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.



The theme for this challenge is ANYTHING GOES.

I’m using a technique I’ve seen many card makers use but I have never tried. I’m trying die cut inlays today. Here is my card —

Thanks for Thinking of Me

I started this card with a panel of thin copy paper. I cut some strips from the Neenah Creative Collection 18 color pack. This card stock is 65 lbs so it was the best choice for die cut inlay since the paper is quite thin. I purchased my paper pack at Target but you can definitely purchase it on Amazon as well. The colors I used for the strips were – Colonial Blue, Wisteria, Pulsar Pink, Tangerine, Citrus Yellow, and Lime Green. I attached the strips on the copy paper diagonally.

For the inlay part, I die cut the Thanks die from Simon Says Stamp and one of the banners from the Sizzix/Doodlebug Banner Die set on top of the striped paper. The pieces you get from there can be used for another card. Then I die cut both dies again from some Eclipse Black  card stock which is part of the Neenah pack to keep the thickness of the paper the same. For the banner, I stamped a sentiment from the Thanks stamp set which coordinates with the die I used. I used VersaMark and the Hero Arts white embossing powder and heat set it. I placed the black die cut pieces on their respective inlays.

For the card base, I wanted something heavier, so I adhered the striped panel on some Bazzill Licorice Twist card stock cut to a standard size card with the fold on top. To finish the card, I used my Clear Wink of Stella pen to add some shimmer to the black die cut pieces.

That’s it for this card. Thanks for reading.


I couldn’t link the Neenah Creative Collection card stock paper  below, so I am linking it here.

Thanks — Sequin Shaker Card

Hi everyone!

When I saw this amazing sequin shaker card from Laura Bassen, I knew I had to make one. Even her very cheerful and happy process video in making the shaker card drew me in.

I have never made a shaker card before but with the fast popularity sequins are gaining, I knew it was a definite must to create.

I didn’t have the die cut that Laura used from Kelly Purkey so I had to improvise.

Here is my card —

Thanks Shaker Card


and the front panel with the sequins spread out

Thanks Shaker Front Panel


I started this card with a standard size card folded on the top from some Bazzill card stock in Patina. I die cut the 3rd biggest frame from the Sizzix Majestic Labels #2 on some polka dot paper from the Doilies 6×6 paper pad from Ki Memories. I also diecut the same shape from fun foam to use as the dimension for the sequins. I placed a small sheet of acetate to the back of the patterned paper panel.

For the sentiment, the die cut the Simon Says Stamp “thanks” die from some Blue Calypso paper from Bazzill and placed on top of the acetate. The die that Laura used had a built in sentiment, the thanks die cut acted as the built in sentiment.

Putting the card together was a struggle because I did not plan ahead for adhesives. I started with the card base, then the foam piece. I put some mixed pastel sequins I’ve had forever in my stash then the front panel with the acetate. I used my Xyron sticker maker to put some adhesive on the thanks die cut and adhered it to the center of the acetate.

That’s it for this card. Thanks for reading.