Technique Tuesday Release Countdown Day 2


Hi, gang!

Back again with the Technique Tuesday crew. We are working our way to the March release!

I’ve got a couple cards to share with you.

Both cards feature the new Sassy Love Your Guts stamps and coordinating dies. They are the latest addition in TT’s Sassy Sentiments collection of products and debut officially on March 1st.

A handmade card by Teri for Technique Tuesday //

I couldn’t resist making something with the cat and dog in the stamp set and so I did. I stamped them and colored them in with my trusty markers, and then I used the dies to cut them out.Fur-Kids-Card-Teri-A-Technique-Tuesday

The sentiment is also from the stamp set. I did use a pen to write in “fur kids” and draw the arrow.

This next card also uses the stamp set and dies.

For this card, I stamped and die-cut three jellyfish. I colored them in with markers.


I sponged blue ink onto a cardstock circle, addedย  some drops with Glossy Accents and added the jellyfish.


The envelope was pre-made. I had stamped the words on it, and then I stamped some words onto a tag I made to fit in the envelope.

Turned out pretty fun!

You’ll find the Sassy Love Your Gut stamp set and dies on the New Products page on the Technique Tuesday website on the 1st.

And you’ll find a list of all the other Technique Tuesday Design Team members sharing projects today on the Technique Tuesday blog. Prepare to be amazed. So many cool things. Yep. I might have peeked. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Technique Tuesday Release Countdown Day 1


Hi, guys!

I’m joining the Technique Tuesday gang today in sharing a project made with some goods from the March release.

The new release debuts on March 1st on their website. You can see a few of the new products today on their blog. You’ll also find links to all the other design team members sharing projects today!

I used a couple new products for this guy.

A handmade card by Teri for Technique Tuesday //

I created the heart with the new Pieces of my Heart die. I cut three hearts from cardstock (red, pink and white). I mounted the pink and the red ones together, and then cut a puzzle piece from the white one and added it to the top. I finished it by adding a small heart covered with glitter glue on top. (The little heart was cut with TT’s Nested Hearts dies).Piece-Of-My-Heart-Card-Teri-A-Technique-Tuesday

The sentiment I used is from the Love You to Pieces stamp set, whichย  debuts on the 1st along with the Pieces of my Heart die.

It’s good for cards and scrapbook pages. And I’m sure you could come up with a bunch of other uses for it too! It’s packed with lots of great words.

Look for all of Technique Tuesday’s new products to debut on the 1st. You’ll find them in the New Products category on their website.

And, once again, be sure to hit the Technique Tuesday blog for links to the blogs of all the other TT Design Team members sharing projects today.

See you again tomorrow with another project made with some March release products!

Today’s card (2-17)

Hi gang!

Just stopping by to share a card today that was over the one Paper Smooches blog last week.

A handmade card by Teri for Paper Smooches //

Truly, I think I smiled the entire time I was making this little card.

The fruits are all from the Fruitastic stamp set, an oldie but still seriously cool goodie from PS. The cart was cut with their Grocery Cart die, which is on sale right now for a killer price of $5.

I was feeling a bit adventurous when I made this card. Rather than using my Copic markers, I used some Spectrum Noir markers I inherited to do the coloring. Not like there’s much of a difference with alcohol ink based markers, but there is a curve figuring out what markers blend together in a way that makes you happy, you know. ๐Ÿ™‚

To finish out my little scene, I added a few hearts (cut with a Paper Smooches die), as well as a few sequins and dots (made with Nuvo Crystal Dots…. I’m an addict. I can’t stop. Heehee!)

Alright! I’m totally out of things to say so that’s all I got. Keeping it real. That’s me. (Wink!)

Thanks for stopping by, guys!

Top Dog Dies & a Project (3-1)

Hi all!

Today’s post is a little different than the norm. It’s a review/project combination.

I was invited to try out some of Top Dog Dies’ products few months ago. With a trade show and then a fairly big change (taking on another blog) and finding a new rhythm, I hadn’t really had time to really delve deep into trying the dies out. I hate to write a review, of sorts, without really using a product.

Finally, I’ve had some time just to play with the dies and give some objective comments. So here we are today. ๐Ÿ™‚

Top Dog Dies sent me their Onesie Card and Finishers Die set to try out. (These dies are available together. And they are available separately: Onesie Card and Onesie Card Finishers.) In full disclosure: While Top Dog Dies sent me the dies, any opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

The Onesie Card card die is one really, really big die, while the Finishers dies are a set of flat, small compact steel dies. (If you look at this page their Web site, you can see a video that shows the actual dies.)

I found both dies worked great with a Big Shot machine, which is what I use most of the time. And both dies worked great with a variety of different materials. For instance, I cut paper, wool felt, sandpaper and tissue paper with the dies. They cut like a charm every single time.

After doing all that cutting, I was comfortable enough to make something.

And here’s what I came up with.


It’s a onesie banner! So basically I used the large die to make three onesie cards and then decorated them up and hung them on twine.


The cool thing is that even though I used the same dies to make each one, each onesie looks totally unique.

I did try adding a few extra things to them, too. I added a tulle skirt to the pink onesie and then fashioned a bow tie from paper strips for the blue one. Babies and bow ties… oh man, adorable!


Now, me being me, this banner does have a twist. These onesies aren’t really adhered to the banners. That’s right. You read that right.


These onesies are cards. I never sealed them. To make the banner, I simply hung them over the twine, using clips to hold them in place.

I imagine this would be a fun gift for parents-to-be. Use the banner at a shower and then take off the onesies off so the parents can use them as cards to thank folks.

There are a couple things I learned in the process of making this banner/card set.

I found I cut my paper a little small when I went to cut the onesie cards to put on the banner. It’s a really big die so you want to use long paper with it. Again, I cut my papers a little short so I improvised, using a bit of Washi tape to hold the papers in place when I ran them through my die-cut machine. Worked like a charm. And the tape came out with no problems!


And here’s the other tip! If you are decorating one of the onesie cards with something you want to sew on (cough… tulle… cough), make sure you open the card before you start sewing. I would tell you to ask me how I know, but (ha ha) you can probably guess and be right. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Somebody “may” have had to start over. (Hint: The middle onesie on the banner is the second one “someone” made. I speak no lies.)

Anyway, I found these dies to be a lot of fun. I look forward to making something else with them sometime.

Oh, one more thing: After I played with these dies, I let a friend try them out. She’s a bit less experienced in paper crafting and tends to ask for help when tools are involved. She had no trouble and, literally, sat down and cut out 20 cards! I thought that was pretty cool!

So that’s what I have for you. I’ll be back again.

Thanks again, Top Dog Dies, for inviting me to try out your dies. I’d definitely recommend them to other folks.

Today’s card (2-24)

Hi all!

Me again! And this is today’s card.


Ashley and I challenged each other to make something today and tomorrow with stuff by our friend, Laina Lamb. We’ve been calling it the “Laina Love” challenge. Hee!

Anyway, made this one with the Die-namics Smart Phones steel dies and Friend Request stamp set by Laina for My Favorite Things.

If you look really, really, really close at the phone, you’ll see I cut the phone face three times and stacked it up. I really wish you could see the card in person. The phone looks pretty rad with those faces all stacked up together. The pictures don’t really do it justice.


I colored in the button and speaker with a gray marker and then added some Glossy Accents over them. I thought it just added a nice finish to the phone.

I also added layer of Glossy Accents to the red die-cut heart. Again, just added a little something, something to the card.

Well, that’s what I have. Be sure to check out Ashley’s first Laina Love Days challenge project. ๐Ÿ˜‰