Iron Craft #18

Hello everyone! How are you doing? It hit 90 degrees (F) here in WA today!!! Iced tea and cold frappuccinos anyone? I do have a super cool guest for you with some fun cards today 🙂


ToricoMy guest today is a very very skilled artist. She had a fun and whimsical style of drawing that I just love. She illustrates stamps for There She Goes and also has her very own Etsy store for digis.

Have you guessed yet? Yup! Torico is playing with me in Iron Craft today!!

Torico started with making hand-carved stamps in 2009. She has made some really awesome designs so its an honor to get to play with her digis today for me!

Read on to see what we made for Iron Craft today 🙂


Torico and I are both using a recently released digi from her shop, Birdie Brown. ITs such a fun and cute digi that I wanted to hug the bear when I saw it!

Here is what we made…


My card is to the left and Torico’s to the right…


I enjoy learning from my master crafters so for this card I got my Inktense pencils out to try and duplicate Torico’s soft coloring that I love on so many of her cards. I don’t think I succeeded but I still managed to achieve a good soft look 🙂

Isn’t Torico’s card just so fabulous? I love how she colors her images with lighting in mind. Her bear is looking towards the light source so nicely! Go check out her blog to read up more on her card! But not before you see the fabulous giveaway Torico is sponsoring!


Torico is VERY generously giving away 3 digis of the winner’s choice to 1 lucky winner! So you can choose any 3 digis from the Birdie Brown shop if you win! Thanks Torico!!


To win, just leave a comment here by 23:59 EST on July 7 telling us what your favorite birthday present would be! I’ll pick a random winner from the entries for the gift certificate!

Thanks so much for dropping by! Have a great day!!


  1. C

    LOVE your site, which I discovered about a month ago! Iron Craft is simply delightful! Today’s cards are both stunning and I agree – the bear certainly is huggable! Great question for the wonderful give-away opportunity! My favourite b-day gift (outside of a stack of books from my wish list) would be spending the day with my husband, at home, snuggled inside (December birthday), and celebrating with pizza and a HUGE piece of carrot cake! A day of LOVE…and now I have a cake craving….Have a fantastic Monday!


  2. Mo Jo

    My birthday is in August but, I will get the best present ever in late September. I will get to see my son graduate from Army boot camp! The hug I get will tide my over until Christmas!

    I love your Iron Crafter theme. And thanks for the chance to win some of Torico’s awesome images.


  3. Mei

    Huge fan of Birdie Brown! Love both of the cards, the bear is uber cute! I would totally love to have a craft room with nice shelving for my birthday! Big project but we’re under renovation right now so if my love will tack that on the to do list it would be the beeest birthday present ever!!


  4. Chris

    What would be the best birthday present ever? More stamps, of course! Love the Birdie Brown images and appreciate a chance to win a few!


  5. Barb Murphy

    Fabulous card! I’m new to Inktense as well…and I need lots more practice! lol Yours is great though 🙂

    My favorite birthday gift would be a well organized craft studio! I guess that’s more like a miracle than a birthday gift! Thanks for the chance to win!


  6. Susan Kennedy

    Wow.. what would my favorite birthday gift be?? There is so much LOL A motorcycle.. or a trip to Australia with my husband so he can show me all around his country 🙂 yes.. both of those LOL Okay.. or just one if I have to choose :p

    Awesome set Torico.. Love those bears!! Thanks for the awesome chance at winning Birdie Brown images 😉


  7. Winnie

    Such fun cards! This is a new line to me, and am going to pay a visit when I leave here. Torico’s work is lovely, I especially love her coloring and color combo. I just got those pencils two weeks ago, so I have to learn how to use them like the two of you! My favorite b-day gift is taking the day off work! It is my bday on Weds, so I put in for the day, and so did my hubby and we will be going to a local tea shop for lunch and maybe a trip to my local stamp store!


  8. Lyn T

    Great inspiration cards – I agree – those bears are huggable! I love the look of pencils but I can’t achieve those wonderful shades you guys have! I will keep trying though! When I was a child, my grandmother used to give us a fun box – it had school supplies, coloring books, all kinds of fun stuff – that would be a great gift now – but in adult fashion…great cardstocks, stamps, tools, inks, etc… it would so fun just digging to see what was in it. Then when I got to play with what was in the box it would be fun all over again!! OHHH YEAH!!!


  9. Mary-Anne V.

    Wonderful cards today…I love your background on the base of your card.
    Torico has the cutest images and her cards are stunning. Thanks for the chance to win.


  10. Crystal T.

    Love both cards! Birdie Brown digis are so incredibly cute!!

    Although my first instinct is to say new stamps, I think my favourite birthday present would actually be a new boardgame that my husband and I could then play together ❤ That's one of our favourite ways to spend time together.


  11. Averil

    Fab cards girls.
    My idea of the best Birthday present would be a magic wand so house work and shopping would be done, and my craft stash all be sorted so I could craft to my hearts content without feeling guilty… Well, a girls gota dream 🙂


  12. Debbie Fisher

    both cards are lovely! I love Torico’s images. I just recently “found” her when I did a google search for nautical digital stamps and ordered a set from her.

    My birthday is tomorrow, so winning images from Torico would make a wonderful birthday gift!


  13. Teri Terrific

    Well, this post seems to be timely for several people; I just celebrated living 56 years 🙂 The Birdie Brown images are just simply – FUN!!! This little bear opening a gift box of balloons_what could be more fun? (My favorite, still, is the “fun-gi”) Thank you for your generosity, and thank you for an opportunity to WIN 😀


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