Birthday Cards, Copic, masculine cards, Spectrum Noir, Spectrum Sparkle Pens, Stamps of Life, Uncategorized, water coloring

Lighthouse Card


Hello! This card was super fun to make and it is perfect for a masculine card. I used the brand new lighthouse2stamp stamp and die set from The Stamps of Life.

To make this card, first I stamped the image onto Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock using Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink. The stamped image does not have stripes so I decided to add my own. Using washi tape, I sectioned off portions of the image before starting to color. (In the image below, you can see the white washi tape on the image.)

Lighthouse - 1

After coloring the entire red section, I removed the washi tape, colored the gray section, and then colored the rest of the image. The image was colored using Copic and Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. The yellow windows were colored with the Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers in Moonlight. After the lighthouse was colored, I die cut the image using the lighthouse2stamp coordinating die.


Next, I worked on the sky background. Using Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers (Blue Topaz, Aquamarine, and Moonstone), I colored a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper. I started with the darkest color, Blue Topaz, and drew lines across the paper. Then I moved to the medium color, Aquamarine, and drew lines directly underneath the Blue Topaz lines. Next I followed with the lightest color, Moonstone. After all the markers were on the paper, I used a wet paint brush and smoothed out the colors.


The blue water colored paper was cut down into a piece that could fit nicely on top of the card. I stamped the sentiment and birds onto the blue water colored paper and then adhered the lighthouse to the blue paper.

Next, I cut a piece of Strawberry cardstock that is just slightly larger than the blue paper and then adhered the blue paper to the Strawberry card stock. The Strawberry cardstock was adhered to the A2 card base using foam adhesive to add dimension. The A2 card base was cut with Gingersnap paper.


Next, using hot glue, I added shells to the bottom of the card. (I don’t recall the name of the company I purchased the shells from. They were at the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo Orlando in 2018. If I find the name, I’ll update the blog post.)

The inside of the card was stamped with a “Happy Birthday” sentiment from the lighthouse2stamp stamp from The Stamps of Life.



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masculine cards, Spectrum Noir, Stamps of Life

“Just a Note” Raccoon Pudgie


Hello!Today on my blog is a masculine card. I made this card for my 15-year old son. He is flying to Dallas with his dad to test for his third degree senior black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Since I cannot be there to watch him test, this card is going in his suitcase so he will find it when he gets there. It’s just my way of sending him my love, happy thoughts, and encouragement (not that he needs it).

Okay…now for the supplies used…

The card base is the Sizzix Rectangle/Gift Card Flip-its Card Set (#660714) by Stephanie Barnard. The neat thing about this flip-it card is that you can make the middle rectangle part turn into a gift card holder, but I chose not to use it in this way. I just used the card base and the two decorative panels. I cut the card base out of Licorice card stock from The Stamps of Life. The two side panels were cut out of a piece of patterned paper from the Sweetheart collection patterned paper pad. Those panels were adhered using double-sided tape. The rectangle in the middle was cut from a piece of paper from the same patterned paper pad using a stitched rectangle die.

I used the “Just a Note” sentiment from the words4jar stamp set and stamped it onto the same gray paper that was used to cut out the stitched rectangle. The ink used was Lawn Fawn Jet Black Ink. I applied double-sided adhesive behind the sentiment and then die cut it using the coordinating die from the words4jar dies. The shadow layer was cut from Licorice card stock. The sentiment was adhered to the shadow layer and then adhered to the stitched rectangle.

The stamp used for this card is the raccoonpudgie23. I colored it with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and then used the coordinating die cut to cut it out. (I cannot find this stamp anywhere on The Stamps of Life website. I don’t believe they sell it since it was given as a gift at one of their classes.)

To finish off this card, black embellishments from The Stamps of Life were added.

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Anna Griffin embossing folder, Krazy Kreations, masculine cards, Recollections, Spectrum Noir

Card Using Wild West Krazy Kreations Outline Sticker


For this card, I used the Krazy Kreations Wild West outline sticker and adhered it to Krazy Kreations glitter paper. I colored them with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and adhered them to the card.

Supplies used:

  1. Krazy Kreations Wild West outline sticker
  2. Recollections “Be Mine” 12 x 12 paper pad (red paper)
  3. Echo Park Paper Co. “Fall is in the Air” 6 x 6 paper pad (dark brown paper)
  4. Recollections 65 lb cardstock paper (light brown paper)
  5. Sizzix Framelits w/Stamp #662347 by Lori Whitlock – Happy Birthday sentiment and die cut
  6. Stamps of Life Scallop Rectangle dies
  7. Stamps of Life Rectangle dies
  8. Anna Griffin “rope” embossing folder
  9. Spectrum Noir markers: DR1, DR5, DR7/TN3, TN4, TN6, TN9

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Masculine BBQ Time Card using Krazy Kreations Outline Stickers


For this card, I used the BBQ Time outline stickers by Krazy Kreations. I peeled the stickers from their sticker sheet and adhered them to the Krazy Kreations glitter paper. Then I colored them using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. Next, I cut them out and adhered them to the card front.

Supplies Used

  1. AC Cardstock 12 x 12 Tropical paper pad (green cardstock)
  2. Recollections Pool-Riffic 12 x 12 paper pad (palm tree cardstock)
  3. Stamps of Life circle dies
  4. BBQ Krazy Kreations outline stickers
  5. Krazy Kreations glitter paper
  6. Starform Text Sticker Sheet #328 – Happy Birthday Sentiment
  7. Spectrum Noir markers used: IG 3, IG 4, IG5, IG6, IG8 IG9/LG5, JG3, JG5, JG7/GB1, GB5, GB6, GB7

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