Simon Says Stamp! March 2017 – 10 Cards 1 Kit

Hi, fellow crafters! I had filmed an unboxing for the above mentioned kit, but the whole time I was recording the Simon Says Stamp kit,  one for Love from Lizi March 2017, and one for My Creative Scrapbook March 2017…the stupid thing said it was recording but actually wasn’t properly recording…or something. I could see the videos on the disk, could download them…but couldn’t open them. For some reason there was an error in the recording. I am getting so frustrated with this video cam, but I can’t get a new one at this time! So…back to plain old typing a blog! But ho, hum…it gets the job done, right!?

Well onto better things! Since I don’t observe Easter, it was quite a challenge for me to create 10 cards with a Spring theme from an Easter themed card kit! But once I got started, the juices just got flowing and I got creative! I cut all the cardstock that came in the kit to create 10 card bases. There is Slate, Ivory, Orange Peel, Green Apple and Bright Yellow cardstock in this kit.

For my first card, I wanted to do a shaker. I love the paper from Doodlebug…I think I love everything from Doodlebug!…and I wanted to use the adorable bunny stamp. I also had some tulips in my stash that were the right color! I cut a frame from the plaid paper and using double thickness foam tape, I surrounded the edges after tacking down the acetate. Using the Bright Yellow card base, I positioned the flowers to the right side of the area that would be the frame and I scattered some springtime colored sequins that I created (to be in the my future store! “Bug’s Bling and Bits” Springtime) and loaded quite a bit over the tulips. I had stamped and colored a few bunnies the day before and fussy cut them out, so I chose one for this card and using glue dots, positioned him in the lower left corner. I cut a banner out of pink cardstock from my stash and stamped “You’re some bunny special” from the kit. I used some clear drops from Pretty Pink Posh to top off the top of the banner to add a little bling then glued it down. I like it but there is room for improvement. I think in the future I will do something different with the banner but at this time, I don’t know what. Anyway…here’s the first card!

For the second card, I cut the piece of yellow patterned paper with the little white daisies on it. I rounded the corners and glued it down on the Green Apple card base. I had some embellishment flowers that were kind of “hippy” in my stash and I thought they would go perfect for this card. I glued down three flowers – using the card base horizontally…and then cut two banners – one out of white card stock and one out of the green dotted paper from the kit. I overlayed them, stamped my message, and using foam tape glue it down on the top left corner. I added some yellow sequins from last year’s SSS kit. There is a little bunny popup with some more hippy flowers inside. I die cut “hello” out of the daisy paper and this made the interior of my card. Here is card #2!

For card three I wanted to use the sheep patterned paper that came in the kit, so I die cut a piece of white cardstock using a dotted rectangle die. I created a sky and a pasture using Stormy Sky and Mowed Lawn distress inks. I die cut a few clouds from white cardstock and stamped “hello ewe” from one of my stamp stashes. From my stash (Mama Elephant’s Lunar Animals) I stamped and die cut two lambs. My daughter and I love black-faced sheep so I tried to imitate one and the other lamb is a typical black sheep. I die cut some grass from green cardstock and placed the lambs in the “pasture”. With the lamb paper, I die cut a larger rectangle using a larger dotted rectangle from the set, which I then glued to the Slate card base. I popped my scene up with some foam tape and glued this in the center of the lamb paper. A few swipes of my Wink of Stella over the clouds and a few clear drops from Pretty Pink Posh and that was my 3rd card.

My fourth card got a little of a rough start…I forgot to use watercolor paper when I created the background. I sponged Mowed Lawn and Stormy Sky distress ink over the whole piece of white cardstock. I then sprayed it with a mister filled with water and Perfect Pearls. Because I didn’t use the watercolor paper, when I returned to check on whether it was dry or not, it was warped…lesson learned…I hope! I die cut a planter pot from brown cardstock, and flowers from the patterned cardstock in the kit (the yellow with white daisies and the pink with flowers) and die cut stems and leaves from the green dotted paper. I popped up two of the flowers and glued down the other two directly on the paper. The center of the flowers are some dew drops from Honey Bee Stamps…the sunflower dew drops…as well as the three scattered on the background. A sticker from my stash completed card four!

Card 5 is on the Orange Peel card base. I used the pink  floral paper from the kit and die cut it using the dotted rectangle die I have. I had some more of those “hippy” flowers in my stash, so I created a “garden” from three of them. I die cut a cloud out of white cardstock, stamped “have a great day” in hot pink ink and popped it up with some foam tape. A few clear drops and another hippy flower completed the card. This one was very easy!

For card 6, I wanted to use the chick in the stamp set, but I didn’t want a regular “chick”, so I colored it blue (blue bird!) and fussy cut it out. I used a embossing folder from Darice that was full of flowers and embossed the Bright Yellow card base with this. I have a die set that creates bird houses and tiny birds, so I cut them all out of white cardstock and colored them to look like wooden bird houses. The tiny birds I colored blue to match my chickie. I finger-smeared the turquoise mousse to create a sky, and the silver mousse to create some background clouds on white cardstock. Then I die cut two white clouds, stamped them with my sentiment and popped them up over the silver clouds. I cut out a strip of flowers from one of the patterned papers and glued this to the bottom of my “scene”. I popped it all up with foam tape and glued it down onto my card base. A few blue crystals dotting the sides of the card base and that was my sixth card.

My seventh card is for someone very special…my five-month-old granddaughter, Frida, in Scotland! She’s my first granddaughter from my first daughter. I know she doesn’t understand it, but I just had to create one for her and send it to my daughter to save in her memory box. I die cut the carrot patterned paper using the dotted rectangle die and die cut a strip of grass from some green card stock. Another one of the bunnies I colored and cut out the day before was popped up on a circle wobble to make it bouncy. I used googly eyes for the bunny to give it some character! LOL I cut a strip of the green dotted pattern paper, stamped my sentiment “some bunny far away is missing you” and popped that up with some foam tape. A few sunflower dew drops from Honey Bee Stams for color and the whole was glued down on the Green Apple card base. I can’t wait to send it to Frida!

There is another “hippy” type of pattern paper in the kits – a turquoise with white daisies that I used for the eighth card. I die cut the paper using my dotted rectangle die, then glued it to the Slate card base. I cut a piece of white cardstock, rounded the corners and stamped two sentiments…”sending lots of love”…and “cool chick” and the chickie stamp in black VersaFine ink. I colored the chick the typical yellow of chicks, then I die cut “HUGS” from the orange pattern paper. I also stamped the sunglasses on a piece of scrap white cardstock, colored it in and fussy cut them out. I popped the sunglasses up with two circle foam dots and glued them over the chick’s eyes. Using my black calligraphy pen, I added “&” and “to a” to finish the sentiment – “sending lots of love & HUGS to a cool chick”. I popped the white cardstock up on the daisy paper then glued both down to the Slate card base. I had some orange Stickles and I dotted some of the daisy centers for added color and to tie in the orange “HUGS”. That was my 8th card!

My ninth card is using the Orange Peel card base. I die cut the beautiful plaid pattern paper using my dotted rectangle die and popped it up with foam tape on the card base. I created a envelope from the green dotted paper (which had the carrots pattern on the reverse side) and popped that up with some foam tape at a little angle. I cut a tiny rectangle from the die set and stamped my sentiment “just saying hello” and tacked this down inside the opening of the envelope. Some green pearls and lady bugs from my stashed finished this simple card.

The purpose of my tenth card was to use up my scraps left over so nothing went to waste. I cut out 1/2″ strips from the scraps and glued them at an angle to a piece of white cardstock. I then cut the glued cardstock in half. I really wanted to use the little bunnies border, so I glued that in the center of my Ivory card base. Two strips of the blue cross paper on the sides and then popped up my strip card pieces above and below the bunny border. I added some orange Stickles in the center of the white daisies, other flowers, and the dots on the zigzag paper. I added some pearl drops in the center of the flowers in the bunny border. Another simple card but with lots of color! I didn’t add a sentiment because I didn’t want to take away from all the color and patterns, so when I decide to send it, I figure out what sentiment I want and stamp it inside.

So, that is my 10 cards – 1 kit from Simon Says Stamp! March card kit! It was a challenge but I succeeded in making 10 cards with a Spring theme! LOL They turned out pretty good and I can’t wait to use them! Sorry the photographs aren’t the greatest. I am trying to create a better photography light box, but I just can’t seem to get the exposure right. I’ll keep practicing!

I hope all of you have a wonderful crafty day! Take care and see you on the flip side!



Just Wanted to Say Hi!

Just wanted to let you all know I am still alive and kicking! LOL I got sideswiped with the flu and bronchitis! Its taking longer than usual to get well enough to do the things I want to …much less those that I have to! I’ve been working on a little bit throughout this recovery period…I started my 10Cards-1Kit for the SSS March 2017 Kit; an unboxing of MyCreativeScrapbook for March; an unboxing of LFL March; and a haul from Michaels, MFT, and STAMPlorations…plus more that I just can’t remember! My workroom is a disaster because of all the work and no cleaning behind myself, so I am taking a few days to clean up and reorganize… unfortunately the pictures I took won’t upload…not sure why. We got a snow day – more of an ice day – from work and school, so I’m going to try to get as much done as I can. I’ll try to get it all uploaded today and this evening.

I am also in the process of licensing my “business” as Ricaura Creations. I want a shop online that I can sell things, plus access affiliated links. Keep your fingers crossed! It’s a lot more confusing than I expected!

Well, back to the worktable. Have a great day crafty friends!


Love from Lizi Spring Blig Hop

Just wanted to remind everyone that the winner will be drawn Sunday, 3/5 so get all your comments in to get a chance to win!

Blog Hop….I’m sorry!

Hey crafters! My stop on the Love from Lizi Blog Hop was supposed to go live at 10 this morning. For some reason it didn’t so the circle got broken! I just published it but the links might be screwed up…I’m posting this from my phone. Please try to hit the links but if it doesn’t take you to their sites, please try to google them so you get a chance to post on their sites too! I don’t want anyone to miss out on the chance to win a sold-out March kit or £20 in the Love from Lizi shop! Happy hopping crafters!


Just posted two more videos to YouTube…an unboxing of MyCreativeScrapbook February 2017  kit and an  unboxing of Love from Lizi February 2017 kit. They turned out pretty good…if I do say so myself! LOL


I had so much fun doing these! It’s easy to be creative when you start with wonderful supplies and beautiful papers! Thanks to and

Happy crafting everyone!

Love Laura



I’m so jealous!!

I have been checking out the Instagram posts…the websites…I am so jealous! I would LOVE to be at this year’s CHA but it was not meant to be…*sigh* But I still am watching all the great stuff coming out and making my lists! I can’t wait to start buying some of the stuff! There goes the grocery money….lol…

I have been productive this weekend, though I have an infection in one of my back teeth…I think I’ve got the vid cam up and running…its an interesting configuration to say the least! Here’s a photo of it…


It looks precarious, but really isn’t…though it’s not as stable as I would like. I can’t have it sitting on my work space, though. The legs take up too much room and I can’t reach the camera! So this is how it is going to be for a while…

But I did get two cards made today! From the Love From Lizi January 2017 kit! Here are two cards I did, and the initial pile of mistakes that I started off with! Talk about frustrating!

Well, that’s my day…thought I did finally get my Planner for January done…with half the month gone! But I wanted to create my own pages and information that I wanted. So now I have it all ready to do for February and I will get that printed out next week end.

A New Day…

Okay, guys…onto the blogging! LOL I have some errands to run today so that will cut into my crafting, but I have plans…and plans…and projects…and projects…in mind. Of course, I will do the 10 cards -1 kit that is so popular right now, but I also have plans to do a Project a week once I get my video cam up and running. I watched a video by Crazy Paper Chick doing 14 cards from one 12×12 sheet. I think I’m going to try that. I also want to do a project using a 6×6 pad to make cards…I think I’ve seen that by another crafter, but I can’t remember who…then I want to create my own “kit” – not to sell (yet!) but to create something that blends and goes together beautifully. Then make my own 10 cards – 1 kit out of that. I get a few kits from different sources – Simon Says Stamp’s monthly subscription, My Monthly Hero (when I like the kit they have), My Favorite Things (when I like that kit, too), Love from Lizi (I LOVE THESE KITS!) and MyCreativeScrapbook. I’ll do a post and video about those kits and what I make from them. I learn so much from these kits watching others create from the contents of each.

I just finished 10 cards – 1 kit from the November 2016 Love from Lizi kit….a tad behind card-making because I just re-did my craft room…Here are those…

I don’t celebrate Christmas so this kit was a little challenging in that respect, but I love Winter! I needed some cards for some friends that have had some difficulties lately so I included those cards in this making. The cards took about a week…all told…to create. They were made on 5.5 x 5.5 cards so I used a lot more of the kit than typical. But the kit comes with so much that I didn’t run out!

I just cleaned up my space a few minutes ago, so I am already laying out the next project and trying to decide what I am going to do…but which kit to work on next?!?!? Talk to ya later!

In the Beginning….

Hi! My name is Laura and I am starting out on a new adventure. I have been card-making for over a year now…and find that I have a talent…and a love…for making them! They are my little bit of sanity! I am learning how to do many techniques and create many different types of cards, but the “business” end is floundering. A new friend, Elizabeth John, from Love from Lizi, inspired me to try to go ahead with my adventure and branch out. So this blog is the start. Then I plan to try to video my card making and other card activities in the hopes that others will like what I do and want to join in the fun. I have all kinds of goals and plans and projects…now to first learn how to create this website and start this blog! Be seeing you!