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Been a rough few weeks for me. I have a family friend in the hospital who had to have her leg amputated and now one of my VERY best friends in the whole world is in the ICU needing a ventilator to help her breathe and a feeding tube. It’s all so heartbreaking for me. I’ve been making a lot of cards lately for my friends and their family members. Today’s card  is one of those.

I’m also going to show you kind of a mini-tutorial using Faber Castell Gelatos. Let me just say these things are amazing. Super highly pigmented, creamy and a little goes a long, long way. The colors are gorgeous, too. I stuck to a palette of blues for my card (one  is a shimmery metallic). They’re all crazy blendable and fun.

Onto my mini-tutorial!

*Step One (well kinda more than one, but work with me) :
Spread Blueberry Gelato around edges of white cardstock (they look kind of like ChapStick®). Blend with your finger. You can blend as much or as little as you’d like, to achieve a look that’s pleasing to YOUR eyes. After I spread the Blueberry Gelato, I then stamped my image with Champagne Dazzle Versamark .

Step One


* Step Two (easy one):
Cover your stamped image with white embossing powder, tap off the excess, then heat emboss.

Step Two


*Step Three (even easier):
Admire your beautiful embossed image. Oooooh! Ahhhh!

Step Three

* Step Four (best part!):
Add more beautiful colors OVER the embossed white. The white embossed image now creates a resist. I used my  Blue, Teal and Cotton Candy Gelatos and I blended the colors with my fingers, using a different finger for each color so I wouldn’t muddy up the colors. If one color isn’t deep enough, you can always add more. I rubbed over my finished card front with a slightly damp paper towel.

Step Four

* Step Five:
Finish your card! :)


Personally, I like being able to see the stroke “marks” and that it’s not over blended. It gives it a more organic feel, but this is just me. It looks almost water-color-y, doesn’t it? The centers of the flowers didn’t photograph very well, but I added some glittery goodness using Distress Rock Candy Dry Glitter and added it using the Faber Castell Gel Medium. With this a little goes a long way, especially for something so small.

I hope you liked my mini-tutorial. I have to say, I MUCH prefer doing videos. (Is that weird? )

Anyway, if you *are* the praying type, please keep my friends in your thoughts & prayers. I’d be forever grateful. xoxo

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*Supplies: Not linked – Patterned Paper (My Mind’s Eye – Moments Collection), Vellum (Stampin’ Up).

50 Years of Love

Today is a very special day. It is the 50th celebration of the day my parents got married. Not too many things last that long any more, especially marriages. But, through thick and thin, through travels all across the globe, and raising two daughters, their marriage has lasted. I love my parents dearly and I’m so thrilled to be able to celebrate this special occasion WITH them and my sister (who is here from Germany).

This family time together means more to me than I can ever possibly express in words. As I also grow older, sharing times together, reminiscing, and laughing about all the things we did together as a family just makes celebrations like this so much more special.

So to my parents, I wish you a VERY Happy Anniversary. May you always remember the love you had for each other the day you got married that March day in 1963 and made that commitment to each other. You set an example to us and we love you forever for it.


I spent a LONG time making this card. I wanted it to be just right. I hope they love it! I’ll find out soon. :)

Blessings and love to all of YOU, too…
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*** SUPPLIES *** Cording & pearls: Stampin’ Up, Ribbon: Stash, Cardstock: Gina K

You Rock!

Been a while. I know. Sometimes that happens. And now Christmas is right around the corner, too. ACK!! Do you have your cards done? I don’t. I think I thrive on doing everything at the last minute or something. Either that or I’m insane. Or both.

My folks were just here for the Thanksgiving holiday which was so awesome and Eddy’s family had FOUR birthdays right in a row!! I was prepared for my folks, but not for the birthdays. I need to figure out a system for next year. Or (gahhh!) buy cards. :( Then, his eldest nephew had a birthday and we missed that one, too. I couldn’t NOT make a card for him. That would just be wrong. SO wrong. So I made him a sort of non-birthday card. But, I wanted him to know that we didn’t forget about him. Y’know?

I received THIS card from the uber crafty Britta Swiderki and I loosely CASE’d it to make the card for Eddy’s nephew.  Thanks for the inspiration, Britta!!!

This card has so much shimmer, shine, and texture IRL. I am in love with it. :) It’s hard to make cards for teenage boys, but I think this one will work.

If you’ve made it by my blog today I can’t thank you enough. Hopefully once Christmas is over I can get back in the swing of things and blog more often.

Wishing you all a wonderful Monday!


All my best,

Hello There

Are you on the washi-tape craze like I am? I loooove all the different colors and patterns this beautiful paper tape has. So many ways to use it, too. Love this stuff!

I recently saw a really great card that the uber-talented Lisa Spangler (of Hero Arts) made on her blog that you can see HERE where she embossed washi tape and I knew I wanted to do something similar. But, I wanted to mix it up and try to make it my own.

So here’s my take on Lisa’s embossed washi:

Fun, huh? And embossing it AFTER putting the tape on, just kind of embeds the washi onto the card front. So cool!! I added some spritzes of Perfect Pearls, a little baker’s twine and a super cute sentiment from the Heydey Sentiments set from Hero Arts/Studio Calico. A few pearls just because I could and this sweet card is DONE!! I hope you like it. :)

Wishing you an amazing weekend.

All my best,

Berry Sweet

I mentioned in a previous post (on Wednesday, I think) that I’m taking the A Cut Above class with Online Card Classes. This class is all about die-cutting right now. Part two we’ll be using our Silhouette Cameos! Can’t wait for that.

In class yesterday Jennifer McGuire and Amber Daigre taught us all about partial die-cutting. This was something I’d never tried before so I thought I’d give it a go.

Amber gave a really cool idea on her blog, Damask Love, which you can see by clicking HERE. I tried (yes, tried!) to do the same technique on my card, below:

You’ll notice that my letters are not nearly as straight as hers. And, let me just say I tried MANY times to get those stinkin’ things lined up just right! So frustrating!! Grrr… I finally called this one “as good as it gets”. I still think it’s a cool technique, though. Don’t you?

Hope you’re having a great Friday & have fun plans for your weekend. xoxo

Paper: Cardstock – White (Gina K), Red (SU), Patterned Paper – Handmade Collection (Lily Bee Design)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Stamps: Berry Sweet, Strawberry (Market Street Stamps)
Die-Cutting/Embossing: Clearly Sentimental Label, By The Letters, Chevron Stripes (My Favorite Things)
Accessories: Letter stickers (Lily Bee Design), Baker’s Twine (The Twinery), Pearls (Recollections), Copics (.Too), Stickles (Ranger).}

All the best,

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