Happy Belated Fathers Day- Part Two: Featuring Simon Says Stamp’s Road trip and Mama Elephant’s Bella Letters

 Hey Crafty Friends!

Today I’m going to sharing the Fathers Day card I created for my own father. This was a special card for me because I wanted to create something that really expressed my love and my personality.

The Card Front

I decided to create a whole road trip theme on the front of this card. I started by coloring the station wagon on some Copic friendly paper.

Car colors:

  • B12
  • B14
  • C1
  • C3

Luggage colors:

  • E31
  • E35
  • E37
  • C1
  • C3
  • W1
  • W3


I stamped road lines in the Lemon Drop by My Favorite Things. From the same stamp set, I also stamped the clouds in some Unicorn White Pigment ink from Hero Arts.

I stamped the sentiment in some Memento Paris Dusk. The sentiment on the front reads “Teaching Your Kids is Like a Road Trip!” and the inside sentiment reads “Are We There Yet?”

I stamped the sun from the Road Trip stamp set in Versamark and embossed it in Ranger Enchanted Gold embossing powder.

Finally I added some glossy accents on the windows.

One of the happiest moments for me is when a card is read. When my dad opened this card, he looked at me, laughed and said no.

And that’s the truth!


I hope you enjoyed a look at this card and come back to see more.

Love, Cindy ADH

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Happy Belated Fathers Day- Part One: Featuring Mama Elephant’s Playful Pups and Bella Letters

Hey Crafty Friends!

I hope all of you guys out there enjoyed your Fathers Day. Mine was very eventful and full of the wonderful men in my life. I’d love to show you the cards I made for them! Let’s take a look, shall we?


The Card Front

The first card I will be showing you was for my father-in-law. He has a Frenchie, so the Frenchie from the Playful pups stamp set fit the bill perfectly! I stamped it and the bowl and ball on some Copic friendly paper and got to coloring.

French Bulldog colors:

  • 0
  • E00
  • W1
  • B12
  • R24

Ball Colors:

  • YG01
  • Y06

Bowl Colors:

  • C1
  • R24
  • R27
  • E31
  • E35
  • E37

I fussy cut out all of the little objects, including the dog and went around the edges with a Copic Multi-liner small brush pen so the images looked a little more finished.


Using the Grassy Trio die from Mama Elephant, I die cut the grass that this cutie was sitting on out of some green patterned paper scraps that I had in my stash.

I also die cut a scalloped square for his frame. On the frame I stamped “Everyone Has a Father” to go along with the sentiment I was adding the inside which says “I Have the Best” from the Bella Letters. I think a letter stamp set like this is so versatile because you can use it to make so many different sentiments that fit pretty much everywhere.

I added the frame and the little cut outs on the card front with some foam tape.

For the finishing touches, I added some glossy accents to the letter the Frenchie is holding and the bone on the bowl. I also added some silver gel pen to the spikes on his collar.

The Card Base

I used some Simon Says Stamp navy colored card stock for my base which was perfect because it doubled as my blue sky. I love this card stock because it’s so sturdy!

As always, I added my “handmade by cindy” stamp to the back of the card, since it was being given as a personal card.

Hindsight is 20/20

I used some Hero Arts Unicorn white pigment ink on the inside of the card base, which ended up being a fail. I had never stamped with it before, so I didn’t know how it would behave. It turns out that my ink pad has very thick ink and got in-between the small letters and make the sentiment look less than desirable. I ended up covering it with the white scalloped square that was cut from the front and stamping it with the same red to match the front.


Overall, I was very happy with this card. I hope you enjoyed seeing it and have a wonderful rest of your day!

Some of the supplies I used are listed below and as always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

Love, Cindy ADH

Supplies from Amazon:

Supplies from Simon Says Stamp:  

Super Parents: Featuring Mama Elephant’s Nursery Deco and Tiny Heroes

Hey Crafty Friends!
I’m back with a card that is near and dear to my heart. This is a card I made for one of my best friends at her baby shower. Her theme was super heroes, since she’s having a little boy. Let’s take a look.


Card Front

I started by cutting my card front. I chose a 4.25in by 5.5in piece of 110 lb. Recollections card stock (from Michaels) and die cut it so it would have a faux stitched rectangle border around the whole piece. I knew I wanted to make the whole scene by coloring it in, so I didn’t want to trim any borders.

Next I stamped my images. I stamped a boy and a girl from the Mama Elephant’s Tiny Heroes set and a ball from the Nursery Deco set. I used a Copic Multi-liner to add the balloon piece at the bottom of the balloon and the strings, so it looked like both of the heroes were holding onto the same balloon.

Next I went to work coloring the scene. Here are the colors I used:

Heroes and Balloon:

  • E00
  • E02
  • R20
  • B12
  • B14
  • B18
  • R24
  • R27
  • R29
  • Y13
  • Y15
  • Y17
  • Y19
  • YR14
  • YR18
  • E15
  • B00
  • C01
  • C03
  • R59


After masking off the scene with some rubber cement, I also used some distress ink to blend in the background. I found that the color Tumbled Glass almost matches B00 perfectly! Plus it makes for a very pretty skyline! It also provides a more defined border.

Since I used the MISTI stamping tool, I was able to re-stamp the sentiment with ease using Versamark ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

I finished off the card front by adding some Wink of Stella and Glossy accents to details on the card, such at their stars and the balloon.

The Card Base
I used some Simon Says Stamp card stock for the base and man, I just love it. It’s sturdy and perfect! I used the color Fog to tie into the colors I used for the rooftop in my scene.
I made sure I stamped the back with my custom stamp “handmade by cindy” since it was going to a personal friend.

Hindsight is 20/20 

There are a couple fails noted with this card. First being, this started off as a watercolored card. Unfortunately, that did not pan out well. So what I did was switch it to a Copic colored card. I’m so much more comfortable coloring with Copics, so it worked out much better.
Another fail happened when I was embossing. I usually heat both the front and back of the paper I am heat embossing to prevent uneven warping. However, when I did it for this card, I flipped the hot embossing powder down on my craft mat. Luckily, it was not damaged during that oops moment of mine!

I hope you had as much fun as I did looking at this card and I hope it encourages you to mix and match some stamps sets you didn’t expect.

 Love, Cindy ADH

Products from Ellen Hutson

Products from Hallmark Scrapbook:

Products from Simon Says Stamp:

The Most Important Thing About Crafting: Featuring Mama Elephant’s Playful Pups

Hey guys! Today I’m going to not only be showing you this adorable card, but I’m going to talk to you about the most important thing about crafting. I’m going to share the secret of the number one most important thing about crafting right now. Are you ready?

Craft what you love.

Seems simple, right? Wrong. And I will tell you why.

Crafting within Your Means

This is topic we often overlook.  We see a project and we NEED those products right now to make that specific project. Trust me. I’ve felt that feeling. I do all of the time. But you know, I’m a lady on a budget. Crafting is my hobby, and it’s just that. Running out and getting the latest and greatest isn’t alway a reality for all of us, including me. I’m so happy that I get to share what I can when I have the time and I hope you enjoy it too!

Never feel like you must have every tool and product that you see online. Some of the ladies you see crafting on blogs or on YouTube are paid designers. This means they get paid in money or product to produce cards and projects for customers to see (Isn’t that the dream?). For us hobbyists, that can be daunting.

Personally, I only purchase the craft products I really plan on using. I work a full-time job, I’m a part-time independent consultant for Jamberry, and keeping up with a blog/YouTube channel. And you know what? Sometimes it’s hard work keeping up with all of it and family life. My husband and I are currently saving up for a house and sometimes the money needs to be saved instead of spent. I completely understand that.

That’s where the other options come in. As well my part-time status as Independent Consultant for Jamberry, I also participate in rewards sites, such as SwagbucksInboxDollars, and Ebates. (I will provide more information on them in future posts). If you find one that works for you, that’s wonderful. I never recommend sweepstakes sites because I never ever seem to win anything. Guess I’m not that lucky!

When I do save up some of my hard-earned money for crafting supplies, I want to be sure that I get the most for my money. I’m sure you do too!

One of my favorite online shops is Amazon. I find great prices on there. Sometimes they’re in the form of the Amazon Warehouse deals, but if you read the fine print, you can see what to expect with those purchases. Another thing I love it coupons. One of my local craft store usually does a 40% off one item weekly coupon, so if I’m only looking for one particular item, this saves a significant amount. I also check out sales at Joanns. They sometimes have their entire paper crafting section on sale (Win!), except for select items.

Let’s face it, the less financial stress you have about your hobby, the more you will enjoy it!

Crafting with a Purpose

I am all about trying new techniques. So much to the point where I will start a project just to try the technique and then become bored with it. And you know, that’s a waste of time and supplies (and therefore money, well!). I also find myself sometimes making projects that I have no idea what to do with when I’m done with them, and that’s also a waste.

My newest mission lately has been to craft with a purpose. If I look at a project or products that I am thinking of purchasing, and I can’t come up with some ideas of what I can use them for right off the bat, I don’t need them. And it’s as simple as that.

If you all are looking to make cards, but really have no one to send them to, I would encourage you to do a google search for some charities that accept cards. There are quite a few out there. Make sure your cards match their requirements and get crafting! They’re a good purpose as well.

What You Can Expect

So what does this all mean about my craft blog and YouTube channel?

Well, it means that you can expect me to be honest with you. If you have any questions about if I earn money from my blog, you can read more about it here: Disclaimer. It means I am a craft hobbyist like you, so anything I show, you can definitely do. Sometimes you may see some crafty fails because if I can save some of your supplies from my mistakes, I will sure try.

But most importantly, we will be doing what we love together. If you’d like to link you blog or channel in the comments, I would love to check to them out. If you have an tips or tricks that you use, I would love to hear them. I would love to be your crafty friend!

The Card Front

Now onto this card! I started this card off by stamping one of the Mama Elephant Playful Pups holding a super cute envelope with a heart on it with one of his bones with some Memento Tuxedo Black ink. He looks like a little French Bulldog. So adorable!

I colored him in with Copics. For his body, I used:

  • E35
  • E37
  • E39
  • R20

I kept the colors very simple for the Copic coloring and for a little added texture, I added small dots with the tip of my nib.

For the envelope and bone images, I used:

  • W1
  • W3
  • R20 (for the little heart)

I masked him and the bone off with some rubber cement (which is currently my masking fluid of choice).

I die cut one of the Grassy Trios from Mama Elephant to use as a stencil. I held it down with some wash tape and used distress inks to create the sky and the grass.

Sky Color:

  • Tumbled Glass

Grass Colors:

  • Peel Paint
  • Mowed Lawn

Finally I stamped a “Thank You” in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I die cut the white card stock I used with the second largest Peek A Frame Creative Cuts die from Mama Elephant. I added this piece on a piece of patterned paper from my stash with I die cut with the largest rectangle from the Peek A Frame Creative Cuts die from Mama Elephant. IMG_4650

For a touch of shimmer, I added some Wink of Stella to the envelope and some glossy accents to the envelope and bone. I also added some Silver Uniball Signo Broad gel pen to the spikes on his collar.


My matching envelope is a plain white envelope with paw prints from the same Playful Pups stamp set. I covered the solid paw prints with some Wink of Stella and I filled in the open paw prints with some clear Stickles. IMG_4655

Hindsight is 20/20

Looking back at every project, I find something that I wish I would have done a little differently. In this project, I would have die cut the grass for the background from a thicker card stock. I had some problems when using the mini-blending tool with the distress inks on the very thin card stock. It kept lifting.

Most of the products I used are listed below along with links to some shops you can find them at. I definitely encourage you to shop around and find the best prices on the products you plan on using for your future projects! Happy crafting, friends! Love, Cindy ADH

P.S-Don’t forget, you can check out what I’m wearing on my nails here: Click Here


First Attempt at Watercoloring with Distress Inks

Hey friends! I’m back with a post about my first attempt at watercoloring with distress inks.

Card Front

I chose my image from a cute stamp set called Up and Away. I just love these cute critters. I picked the monkey for this card.

First I started with stamping the monkey and the balloons with a Versmark stamp pad and embossed the images with some clear embossing powder on some watercolor paper by Tim Holtz pre-cut to 4.25 inches by 5.5 inches. I also stamped the sentiment with some Versamark ink and embossed it with the pink embossing powder from Ranger to add a pop of color.

Then I moved onto the fun part. I laid out my craft sheet by Ranger and went to work. I smudged the distress inks right onto the craft sheet and picked them up with my paint brush. I added the color to the little wells that my embossing made for my images.

To make some of the of the images pop, I sprayed some water mixed with Perfect Pearls Pigment powder and used that in the coloring of the balloons and the paint splatter after all of the coloring was done.


Since the embossing powder resists the watercolor, it was very easy to wipe any color away to give it that glossy shine.

And of course, I couldn’t stop there. There was not enough glitter for me, so I added some Stickles glitter glue to the paint splatter to make it shine just a little more.


Hindsight is 20/20

We learn as we go. That is always true. And I learned a lot from this first watercoloring experience.

The first thing I learned was that I would have stamped or embossed in a different color. The clear would be nice if there were no details like a face. I feel like the face of this monkey isn’t seen as well a it could because of this.

Secondly, I think I would have made some bolder color choices to make this card more playful.

Finally, I would have masked the monkey and the balloons so they did not get any splatter on them. I could have even done a simple mask like with a post-it or scrap piece of paper. (Post-it tape is on my wish list!)

The Envelope

You know me… I love my matching envelopes. So I stamped this envelope back with the balloons from the card front and colored them with two shades of colored pencils to match the colors of the watercolor on the front. I almost always add a heart of the back of my envelopes and todays envelope was no different. I stamped a simple outline of a heart at the base of the balloon strings.

And because I just couldn’t resist, I made sure I covered those balloons with some Wink of Stella to make them shimmer!IMG_4642

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at the card I made. As always the supplies I used will be listed below with links of where you can purchase them. I hope you’ll come back and see me again soon!

Love, Cindy ADH



Happy Belated Mothers Day!

Hey all! I’m back to show you the two Mothers Day cards I gave this year. (I didn’t want to show them ahead of time because I didn’t want one of our moms to accidentally see them early!)

First up is the card I gave to my mom.

The Card Front

I started off by stamping the star and moon and the mama and baby bear in some Memento Tuxedo Black ink since I was going to be Copic coloring on some 110lb. Recollections paper, which I have found to be a good weight for Copic coloring.

Copic Colors Used:

Mama Bear- E11, E13, E15, E19

Baby Bear- E11, E13, E15

Moon and Star- Y15, Y17

After they were colored, I masked them with some rubber cement and a kids paint brush, which I find to be a very reasonably priced masking option that does not damage the card stock.


Once the colored images were masked and the rubber cement was dry, I colored the background of this scene with distress inks. I used the color Stormy Sky for the sky and Mowed Lawn for the grass. To make the outline of the hill, I simply cut a piece of junk mail and used Washi tape to keep it onto the paper.

I used the Creative Confetti die to create some extra stars for the card and used Ranger’s Multi-Medium in Matte to attach them to the front of the card with a tiny star in the baby bear’s paw. I also covered all of the stars and the moon with some Wink of Stella, so they would glisten.

I added the “I Love You’ sentiment to the front of my card by adding the stamped greeting to a white die cut stitched rectangle from the My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle Stax. Then I heat embossed this greeting with some Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder (which is currently my favorite color embossing powder).


I kept the envelope very simple. I used the small prints and the heart in the stamp set and made it so the paw prints create a path off of the envelope. IMG_4617

The second card was for my mother-in-law.

The Card Front

I had pre-colored these bears from Bear Hugs from Mama Elephant in my spare time.

Copic Colors Used:

Mama Bear- E11, E13, E15, E19, R20

Baby Bear- E11, E13, E15, E19, R20 (In hindsight, I would have used less colors on the baby bear to make him a little lighter.

Then I added some highlight dots to the cheeks with my Uni-Ball Signo Broad white gel pen.

For the background, I cut a hill with the Landscape Trio die set out of some patterned papers I have in my stash. I tried adding some color to the edges of the patterned paper with B00 for the sky and G00 for the grass. I added these pieces of the landscape to the front of the card with some Scotch double sided tape and added some Stickles glitter glue to the line in between the sky and the grass. I also added several dots of the same glitter glue at the top and bottom of the card to tie this glitter glue in with the design of the card.


I added the “I Love You” sentiment to the front of my card by adding the stamped greeting to a white die cut stitched rectangle from the My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle Stax. Then I heat embossed this greeting with some Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder. Then I stamped “words can never describe just how much” over the I Love You in Audrey Blue from Simon Says Stamp.


I hope you enjoyed a look at these cards and how I created them. If you’d like a look at the products I used, you can check them out below.

Love, Cindy ADH


Hello Amigos!

Hey guys! I’ve been working a lot of behind the scenes work for some wonderful things coming down the pipeline for us both!

I made this fun card as one of the first cards after I received my Copics. I’m excited to finally be sharing it.


The Scene

I used some Recollections 110 lb. card stock from Michaels for my Copic coloring, just because I had not gotten a chance to order any other paper and I did not want to wait. I did some two color blending with the Copics so I could test out my blending skills. I stamped the Three Amigos from Mama Elephant. I love all of the sentiments these critters can use of their little signs. It makes them so versatile

The Background

I colored the background with my mini-distress inks in the colors Peeled Paint for the grass and Tumbled Glass for the sky. I tried to keep them light in color so it didn’t distract from the Amigos and their messages of “You’re awesome”, “Really”, and “What they said”.

I also die cut “Hello” from the sky and a scrap piece of patterned paper. Then I inlaid the patterned paper where I cut on the sky. This makes a cool look that isn’t too tall to fit in the envelope to mail.

The Details

Everyone knows I like sparkles, so I covered the signs that the Amigos are holding and the Hello in Wink of Stella.

I’m so excited to send this card and I hope the person who receives it is happy and surprised!

Some of the supplies (most) are listed below. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

And as always…

Love, Cindy ADH