September 30, 2023


 I have another project to share with you today that uses something that helps the environment in a small way. I love to find artistic uses for things that normally get thrown away.

Do you ever buy bottles of juice that have those nifty heavy duty caps on the top that a normal person would just chuck in the recycling bin? Well, I suggest you save at least one of them (or possibly more in varying sizes for other projects), wash it well, and put it with your stamping supplies.

These throwaway circles make great backgrounds when they are used as stamps:

Obviously I used the bottle tops to create the background on this card.

I stamped a strawberry and its flower, fussy cut the components, and added them to a strip that tells the recipient I am thinking of them. So easy and effective

White cardstock
Cherry Cobbler cardstock
Scrap of plaid Designer Series Paper

Sweet Essentials stamp set
Sweet Strawberry stamp set

Cherry Cobbler ink
Granny Apple Green ink
Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Cap from Tropicana juice bottle
Stampin' Dimensionals

Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of white cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.

To this card base, add a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.

Cut a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of white cardstock.

Using a cap from a bottle of juice, "stamp" circles across this piece, first in Cherry Cobbler ink, then in Granny Apple Green ink.. Overlap the circles and extend them beyond the edges of the cardstock.

Cut a 1" x 3 3/4" strip of coordinating Designer Series Paper. Also cut a strip of white cardstock that measures 3/4" x 3 3/4". On this strip, stamp towards the right end a sentiment in Cherry Cobbler ink.

Adhere the two strips together.

On a scrap of white cardstock, stamp the strawberry components, first the outlines in black ink, followed by the inner parts in Cherry Cobbler and Granny Apple Green. Use a yellow marker to color the center of the flower.

Fussy cut the strawberry components.

Adhere with glue/Stamapin' Dimensionals the strawberry pieces to the far left of the strip as you wish.

Glue the finished strip towards the bottom of the card.

My heart dances with joy when I think about you.
- Debasish Mridha -



September 23, 2023


I love it when Paper Pumpkin delivers extras in the kits that were completely unexpected. The background of my card was created with one of these surprises. Of course, most normal people would have tossed it in the garbage without giving it a single thought.

But then, whoever said I was normal? I never throw away ANYthing that could maybe be further used in a creative pursuit.

After I punched out the frothy fronds, the leftover negative space begged to be used as a stencil. So, that's just what I did to create this fanciful background.

Because the stenciling was fairly subtle, I was able to use a strong stamp image such as this beautiful thistle right on top of it. I stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black ink so I could use Stampin' Blends to color it.

I sincerely wish this stamp set was not retired. Nevertheless, I plan on using it forever.

To color the thistle, I used Stampin' Blends in Light Old Olive and Dark Fresh Freesia.

With the exception of a few purple gems 
and the Stampin' Dimensionals I used to pop up my sentiment, 
the card is fairly flat. 
That's always a plus for mailing.

Just a reminder: Give all your garbage a careful second look before tossing it. Always. You don't want to throw away any potential art supplies! Now, do you? 


It is easier to prevent thistles and habits than to uproot them.
- Austin O'Malley -



September 16, 2023

#365birds JUNE 2023

Well, in looking through my #365birds drawings for June, I came to the realization that June must not have been a good bird month for me. Almost all the birds I drew in June were just meh. Sigh.

Anyway to continue my features of a month's worth of drawings I did for my personal challenge, #365birds, I present to you a handful of June birds. 

As I always do, I will include above each drawing the day of the challenge (of 365 days) it was, the name of the bird, as well as the part of the world where this bird can be found. 

Day 206 - dracula parrot

new guinea

day 210 - mallard
asia, europe, north america

day 213 - banded broadbill
southeast asia

\day 217 - oscillated antbird
central and south america

day 219 - gray-crowned rosy-finch
native to alaska

day 220 - penguin zebra finch
australia and indonesia

day 224 - rosy finch
the arctic and alpine zones

day 227 - tree sparrow
north america

day 238 - collared puffbird
amazon basin

day 231 - golden-chevroned tanager

day 232 - eastern rosella
eastern australia including tasmania

day 233 - buffy fish owl
bangladesh, myanmar, thailand, malaysia, singapore to cambodia, laos, vietnam and the samoa islands

Please recognize that these are my personal artworks and not to be reproduced or used in any way without my express consent. Be sure to reach out if you are interested in any prints!

Thanks for letting me share my avian journey with you!


The early bird gets the worm 
but the late bird doesn't even get the late worm.
- Charles M. Schulz -



September 10, 2023


I'm sure everyone has had the experience of needing a card quickly, one that you maybe don't already have in your prepared stash of cards.

At times, Stampin' Up! makes it super easy to whip up a really attractive card with little time and effort. One of the ways they do that is with some of their Designer Series Paper designs. My card today is exactly an example of that.

Incredibly the floral oval on this card is just a small portion of a single sheet of DSP. Yes, just by cutting the sheet into six pieces, you get the perfect sizes to add to a card front.

To fill in the empty oval area, I stamped a single stem of a carnation in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then colored it with Stampin' Blends.

At that point, I added a bow tied from woven braid and quickly stamped "thank you" in Mossy Meadow ink, die cut it, and added it with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Here is a tutorial (which you probably don't actually need) on how to make this quick and lovely card.

White cardstock
Rich Razzleberry cardstock

Inspiring Iris stamp set
Wildflower Path stamp set

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Mossy Meadow ink
Stampin' Blends in: Light Rich Razzleberry and Light Mossy Meadow

Die Cutting/Embossing Machine
Ornate Frames Dies
Mossy Meadow Braid Trim
Mini Glue Dots
Stampin' Dimensionals

Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of white cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.

To this card base, add a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock.

From the Colors in Dainty Flowers Designer Series Paper (from Sale-A-Bration), cut one of the oval sections to 3 1/2" x 4 3/4". To the center of this piece, stamp in Memento Tuxedo Black ink the carnation from the Inspiring Iris stamp set. Color it as you wish. I used Stampin' Blends in the aforementioned colors.

On a scrap of white cardstock, in Mossy Meadow ink, stamp your sentiment and use an appropriately sized label die to cut it out. With Stampin' Dimensionals, add the sentiment to the lower portion of the oval of flowers.

From Mossy Meadow Braided Trim, create a bow. Use a glue dot to adhere it above the sentiment label. Trim the ends to an angle and to a length that enables the ends to drape over the sentiment a bit.

Simplicity is the trademark of genius.
- Robin Sharma -