Leaves Plate No. 4 by Red Castle Stamps

I’m here today with a card featuring one of the red rubber stamp sheets from Red Castle Stamps. These stamp sheets, exclusively available at The Queen’s Ink, are deeply etched and create a clear, crisp impression. Subject matter ranging from antique images of cats, leaves, and vases to classic art, the Gibson Girls, canaries, alphabets, snowflakes, dominoes, textures, prayerful expressions, and more.

To inspire you, I’ve put together a simple, but elegant card featuring an image from Red Castle’s Leaves Plate 4. I used the new Tim Holtz Stamping Platform to stamp the image on watercolor paper with Versamark ink. Since the stamps are unmounted, I set up the stamping plate as if I were using a clear stamp and adhered the stamp to the plate with a low-tack double-sided tape.

I recently acquired a set of the Nuvo Aqua Flow pens and decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to try them out. I dabbed a little color along the vein lines of the leaf and blended it out with a damp watercolor brush. Once the ink dried, I fussy cut the leaf and mounted it to the card with foam tape for added dimension.

The design papers are from the Bountiful Collection by Authentique. I selected a sentiment from Penny Black’s Heartfelt stamp set and used Versafine ink in Vintage Sepia to coordinate with the autumn tones of the card.

Hope my project has inspired you! And remember – these Red Castle Stamps are only available in limited quantities. Once they’re gone, they’re gone! So don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to stock up on a high quality stamp.


Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Watercolor Paper by Strathmore; Bountiful One (*) and Bountiful Six (*) by Authentique
Stamps: 42031 – Leaves Plate 4 (*) by Red Castle Stamps, available exclusively at The Queen’s Ink; Heartfelt by Penny Black
Dies: A2 Matting Basics A & B by Spellbinders
Embellishments: Gold Fine Detail Embossing Powder by Ranger
Inks: Versafine in Vintage Sepia by Tsukineko; Versamark by Tsukineko; Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens (*) by Tonic Studios in Red Apple, Fresh Green, Lemon Zest, Spiced Ginger

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased.


Yesterday, I retired from a job that I’ve held for the past thirty-seven years. Like any job, there were days when it just drove me crazy — the commute, the hours, the seemingly endless workload, the stress — you name it! But it was also a place where I worked with a special group of people and made many lasting friendships that I will always hold dear even though I’m not with them every day.

I decided to make a few cards to give to some of my co-workers (because when you’re a card maker that’s what you do!). This is one of the last that I made, but I hope that the message is clear no matter how simple the design.


Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copic; Midnight Blue Dots from the Micro Dot Collection by Authentique
Stamps: Hugs! by Penny Black; Sentiment Sampler by Paper Smooches
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp
Copics: C1, C4, C6, E30, RV10 (cat) YG06, YG17 (grass)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.



Power Poppy | Forget Me Not HeartTime for another digital release from Power Poppy. This time it’s a different kind of remixed image — a heart made from a strand of Forget-Me-Nots based on an image from Soothing Sympathy, one of the new clear stamp sets. We have Julie Koerber to thank for the new release. She begged Marcella to remix this lovely sprig of forget-me-nots into the shape of a heart that could be easily cut with a heart die.

The new release – Forget Me Not Heart –  comes with two sentiments, and with the heart alone as well as with the Thank You sentiment placed inside. It’s rare that Power Poppy releases such a simple image in digital format, but it’s a quick and simple image to color. So quick that you can put together a lovely card in a matter of minutes.

Stop by and get a little inspiration from the Instant Gardner team!

Cheryl Scrivens
Barbara Walker
Nancy Sheads (me!)
Stacy Morgan


Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Copper Blue Premium Stack by DCWV; X-Press Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: Forget Me Not Heart (*) by Power Poppy
Copics: B000, B00, B23, V04 (flowers); G20, G43, G67 (leaves)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

Thank You for Being There When I Kneaded You

Still playing around with the Cool Cat stamp set by My Favorite Things. And I forgot to write down all the Copic colors. Oh well…


Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; Blue Sky Stripe by American Crafts; vellum sheet by American Crafts.
Stamp: Cool Cat by My Favorite Things
Ink: Versafine in Onyz Black by Tsukineko; Memento by Tsukineko in Tuxedo Black
Dies: Stitched Circles by Simon Says Stamp!

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.


Altenew_Inspiration-Challenge_AprilThe photo at left is the inspiration for Altenew’s April Inspiration Challenge. I was inspired by the colors — particularly since it’s a combination that I don’t usually think of. I used the Beautiful Day stamp set by Altenew and love how the different stamps in this set can be used together to create a multi-colored flower or separately as background elements. To finish, I added a sentiment from Penny Black stamped on a die cut banner by Avery Elle to mimic a bit of the shape and texture in the inspiration photo.


Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110#
Stamps: Beautiful Day by Altenew; Pretty Petals by Penny Black
Inks: Memento by Tsukineko in Summer Sky, Bahama Blue, Danube Blue, Paris Dusk; Brilliance by Tsukineko in Cosmic Copper
Dies: Dotted Elle-Ments by Avery Elle