Big Watercolored Ampersand Valentine

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Love is in the air (at least I’m pretty sure that’s what I’m smelling these days!) and I wanted to create a simple Valentine’s Day card featuring a few easy techniques and one big-assed Ampersand die. A little messy watercoloring with Distress Ink gave me the colorful ampersand and a bit of dry embossing using a stencil added subtle detail … Read More

Cathy ZielskeBig Watercolored Ampersand Valentine

Emboss Resist Rainbows

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Today I’ve got some colorful card projects to share featuring a fun new stamp set from Gina K. Designs called Be the Rainbow, designed by Emily Loggans, (who has the most wonderful Instagram account!) It’s been a while since I’ve painted with Distress Ink, and this cute little rainbow, along with its sweet encouragements seemed like a good stamp set … Read More

Cathy ZielskeEmboss Resist Rainbows

Hey Bestie Blog Hop (Simon Says Stamp!)

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It’s blog hop day for the brand new Hey Bestie release from Simon Says Stamp! Today I have fun floral-y stencil card project featuring a word and shadow die and a cool, pre-printed sentiment strip! I used the Peony Bouquet Stencil and a few dye inks to create this simple background, and then topped it with my Miss You word/shadow … Read More

Cathy ZielskeHey Bestie Blog Hop (Simon Says Stamp!)

Rainbow Stamping (plus it’s new release day at Simon Says Stamp!)

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Today I’ve got a card project to remind my long distance bestie(s) that really… it’s not that far and all we need to do is to connect the hearts, so to speak! It’s all part of the brand new Hey Bestie release from Simon Says Stamp! I’ve got a slew of new adds to my CZ Design collection, beginning with … Read More

Cathy ZielskeRainbow Stamping (plus it’s new release day at Simon Says Stamp!)

Print custom photo sizes with your Epson PictureMate PM-400

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I recently learned how to print custom photo sizes using my Epson PictureMate PM-400 thanks to my friend and designer extraordinaire Kerri Bradford. Because I am in love with the 3 x 8 December Daily album and page size, this was a revelation, and so I want to share that revelation with anyone else who, like me, may not have … Read More

Cathy ZielskePrint custom photo sizes with your Epson PictureMate PM-400

A trio of modern, monochromatic trees

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Today I’m sharing another clean and relatively simple Christmas card design featuring my favorite thing ever: monochromatic color schemes. When you pick a single hue to work with, in this case green, it takes the guesswork out of will these colors blend? For this project, I used my Clean Line Christmas stamps and the coordinating dies but you could also … Read More

Cathy ZielskeA trio of modern, monochromatic trees

Watercolor Night Sky for the holidays

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Today’s card project features a lovely but fairly simple watercolor night sky background, combined with a gorgeous silhouette tree line stamp, and it all adds up to a very purply, snowy Christmas card! The design is pretty clean and simple, with just a large die cut word and sentiment floating up in the night sky. I’m trying to break out … Read More

Cathy ZielskeWatercolor Night Sky for the holidays

DIY Holiday Card Using a Digital Template

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I’ve just released my 2019 holiday card template and today I’ve got a video showing you how to use this new template, even if you don’t have Photoshop! I recently learned about a free online photo editor called Photo Pea. While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of Photoshop Elements, it has what you need to use any … Read More

Cathy ZielskeDIY Holiday Card Using a Digital Template

Stamp n’ Stencil two ways

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Today I’ve got two cards, each using the Gina K. Designs and Therm O Web Stamp n’ Stencil system. (See bottom of the post for the supplies!) One features some Glitter Glitz gel; the other simple embossing. Here is video showing you how I created the cards: Thanks so much for stopping by! SUPPLIES: Affiliate links are used in this … Read More

Cathy ZielskeStamp n’ Stencil two ways

Clean and Simple Party Lights card project

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If you are looking for a fun idea for a clean and simple Christmas card, I think I have it. I have one idea that I LOVE and it features a brand new release from My Favorite Things. Say it with me: Oh, for cuuuuuuute! Their new Party Lights stamp set and Lights Die are simply wonderful and I want … Read More

Cathy ZielskeClean and Simple Party Lights card project