Monday, October 16, 2017

Heartfelt Hugs

Hello again!  It's Monday night and time to reveal the new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  This week Karen is our host and has chosen the lovely combination of Powder Pink, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi and So Saffron.  Dessert is to use scallops, which I chose not to use.

For my card, I kept it simple.  While the colors just scream for flowers, I have been focusing more on Fall and Christmas cards and just could not find the inspiration to go there.  Instead, I made a blended background for a card that sends love and hugs.

I substituted Distress Inks (listed below) for the challenge colors and used a Tim Holtz Ink Blending tool to add the colors to a panel of Strathmore Bristol, which was die cut with a Wonky Rectangle die (SSS).  Next I decided to pop up the "Hugs" die cut sentiment for some additional interest (you can find a tutorial here on SCS).  The rest of the sentiment is from the Heartfelt Sentiments stamp set from Altenew.  It's actually a longer sentiment but I performed "surgery" and carefully cut it down to just the two words I needed (it doesn't hurt your stamp, they will still line up perfectly if you want to use the entire sentiment), stamped with Versamark on black card stock and heat set with white embossing powder.  I also added some Clear Wink of Stella over the die cut words for a bit of additional sparkle, plus a few scattered sequins.

Thank you so much for visiting and I hope you have an opportunity to visit the SCS Color Challenge and even play along!  I've added a link above so be sure to check it out.


Product details
Stamps:  Heartfelt Sentiments (Altenew)
Paper:  #110 Neenah Solar White, Basic Black (SU), Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Versmark; Distress Inks:  Mowed Lawn, Scattered Straw, Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar
Other:  Script Words die (Altenew); Wonky Rectangle die (Simon Says Stamp); Sequins:  Rainforest (SSS), Sparkling Clear (Pretty Pink Posh); Tim Holtz Ink Blending Tool, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, Clear Wink of Stella

Saturday, October 14, 2017

OCC Winter Post

Hi there crafty friends!  I'm back with yet another card for the Merry Making class at Online Card Classes.  This technique was from Cathy Zielske on Day 1.  I've done a number of posts recently with cards for these classes (and will have at least two more to share in the next few days) so thanks for sticking in there with me.  Here is a link to the first post with a bit more information and link to the OCC home page.

For this card, I created a ink blended background with three different green Distress inks going from light to dark, splattered the panel with water and dried with a paper towel, then flicked with gold metallic watercolor paint.  Next a panel of white card stock was cut with the Polygon Cover plate die, painted with Clear Wink of Stella, then adhered to the dried ink blended panel, then the entire thing was added to a Mint card base.

For the tag, the beautiful stag image was first heat set with gold embossing powder and die cut with a Banners framelit.  A hole was punched at the top with a hand held 1/8" punch, then two strands of Gold Cord was laced through.  The sentiment was added across the bottom and gold sequins were adhered.  This is a pretty simple card, the hardest part was making sure to line up and adhere the cover plate die to the ink blended panel.

Thanks for looking and be sure to check back in the next few days for some more Merry Making cards!


Product details
Stamps:  Winter Post (Stampin' Up), Tim Holtz 2017 Stamptember Collection (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Mint (SSS), Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Distress:  Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles; Versmark; Tranquil Tide (SU)
Other:  Polygon Cover Plate die (Neat & Tangled), Banners Framelit (SU), Gansai Tambi Starry Colors Watercolor paints, Gold Cord, Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder, Clear Wink of Stella

Friday, October 13, 2017

OCC New Leaf

Yup, another post for an Online Card Class, this one for a Day 3 technique class from May Park.  If you have not seen my other posts with my OCC cards this week, here is a link to an earlier post with a bit more info and a link to the OCC home page.

For this card I pulled out a seldom used (by me) Paper Trey Ink stamp set called Turning a New Leaf.  I purchased this set many years ago (it may now be retired) but didn't use it much because I was not very proficient with stamping clear stamps, using primarily Stampin' Up rubber stamps.  Boy has that changed LOL, plus now that the Misti is available, getting a good stamp impression with most stamps is now actually achievable!  Anyway, I digress.  Here's the card I made for May's technique.

I made a monochromatic, non-traditional Christmas card using Stampin' Up's Sweet Sugarplum card stock and ink.  I started out by stamping the sentiment in the middle along with the little dotted circles around the edges, then heat set it all with silver embossing powder.  Next, the sentiment was encircled with various leaves and fronds, stamped multiple times in Sweet Sugarplum inks before moving on to the next image. 

When the panel was finished, it was adhered to a heavy weight card base.  With a white gel pen, I went around the panel and added white dots for some additional interest to finish off the card.  This is one of May's signature designs and I think it adds a delightful element!

As always, thanks for visiting!


Product details
Stamps:  Turning A New Leaf (PTI), Halftone Holidays (Altenew), Balloon Celebration (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Sweet Sugarplum
Ink:  Versamark Sweet Sugarplum
Other:  Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder, Uniball White Gel pen, Misti

OCC Woodland Holidays

Hi there, I have another post for a card made for the Online Card Classes (for more info and a link see this post here).  Today's classes were about water coloring, which I love to do.  I created a couple of cards using the new Winter Woodland Wonders stamp set from Avery Elle and am sharing one of them in this post.

Aren't those images adorable?  I had so much fun creating this simple scene with these cute critters and the pretty tree...I was going to say birch or aspen but obviously the stamp has holly leaves attached so we'll just go with "pretty tree".  ;-)  I used Distress Oxide inks to both watercolor the images and create the sky in the background.  It was the first time I'd used them to watercolor small images and I have to say that I prefer regular Distress Inks, but I will certainly give it a try again.  After all the images were dry, they were cut with the stamp set companion dies.

After ink blending the sky, white Gouache was flicked all over to add some "snow", dried, then the sentiment was stamped with the help of a Misti.  The die cut snowy hill was adhered to the bottom after being sprayed with some pretty Shimmer spray.  Next the tree and ornament were glued directly to the panel, with the bunny and deer popped up next to the tree with foam tape.  Last touches were to add Nuvo Crystal Glaze to all the holly berries and the ornament, and Clear Wink of Stella to the scarves.

Thanks for taking time to visit!


Product details
Stamps:  Winter Woodland Wonders (Avery Elle)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Strathmore Bristol, Ranger Watercolor
Ink:  Versmark Onyx Black; Distress Oxide:  Antique Linen, Candied Apple, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Salty Sea, Iced Spruce, Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap, Worn Lipstick; Encore Gold Metallic
Other:  White Gouache, Tonic Nuvo Crystal Glaze, Sheer Shimmer Sparkle Spritz, Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders, Clear Wink of Stella

Thursday, October 12, 2017

OCC Celebration

I'm back once again with another card for the Online Card Classes.  Information about the class and a link to the OCC home page can be found here . 

This card should really be titled "Total Disaster Averted" ha ha, because it was certainly a challenge to get completed, just because of mostly self inflicted errors in the creative process.  But I finally arrived at a place where I was good with the end result, after the first two attempts ended up in the trash...  Hey, it's part of the creative process sometimes, right?  ;-) 

Lots of embossing on this card, first the background then the holly leaves and berries on top of that.  When that portion was complete, a small bit of embossed "snow" was added to the background

The holly stamp is a single branch and without berries.  So I used a Versamark marker to create the berries then heat set them with Cherry Cobbler embossing powder.  They still seemed a little flat so I added Glossy Accents to make them shinier.

For the die cut sentiment, I cut the word "Celebrate" three times from white card stock, glued them atop one another, then used Clear Wink of Stella on the top to add sparkle.  Then I decided to make it glossy as well, so Tonic Nuvo Crystal Gloss was layered on top.  You can see it better in the photo below.  The second part of the sentiment was stamped on a strip of Cherry Cobbler card stock and heat embossed with gold embossing powder and a little heat embossed "snow" added to the top edge.  Both were then added to a vellum circle which was then adhered to the panel with strong tape only behind the sentiments.  And, phew, this card was finished!

That's it!  So glad you took the time to visit!  It's always so appreciated!


Product details
Stamps:  Impression Obsession Holly Branch, October 2017 My Monthly Hero Card Kit
Paper:  110# Neenah Solar White, Cherry Cobbler (Stampin' Up), Vellum
Ink:  Versamark
Other:  Hero Arts Gold, Hero Arts White, Simon Says Stamp Steel Navy and Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler embossing powders, Tonic Nuvo Crystal Gloss, Ranger Glossy Accents, Clear Wink of Stella, Stitched Shapes Circle Framelit, Stitched Rectangle die, MFT Celebrate die

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

OCC Woodland Peace

Hello again!  Tonight I'm sharing a 2nd card made for the Online Card Classes Merry Making class I'm taking this week.  I have more information and a link to the OCC Home Page on my prior post here.  Tonight's card is an ethereal looking Christmas card using the Tim Holtz 2017 Stamptember stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.

I started with the Sheet Music background stamp (SU), applying Ranger Pearl Metallic Acrylic Paint.  I deliberately did not fully cover the stamp with the paint before stamping on a panel of water color paper.  Next, various Distress inks were sponged sparingly on and around the panel before adding the tree and deer images.  When the ink was dry the panel was cut with a stitched rectangle die.  In order to create the sentiment die, I applied some Distress ink directly to a piece of the watercolor paper, used a heat tool to dry it, then die cut it.  To give it more of a distress look, I used a dark brown marker to go around all the edges, but I couldn't resist also adding a layer of Clear Wink of Stella to have some sparkle along with the distress.  ;-)  After adding the completed panel to the Fog card stock base, a bit of Linen Thread was wrapped around the top.

Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!


Product details
Stamps:  Sheet Music bg (SU), Tim Holtz 2017 Stamptember Collection (SSS)
Paper:  Canson Montval watercolor, Fog (SSS)
Ink:  Distress:  Evergreen Bough, Hickory Smoke, Ground Espresso; Distress Oxide:  Iced Spruce, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
Other:  Christmas Greetings die (SU), Ranger Pearl Metallic Acrylic Paint, Stitched Rectangle die (SSS), Clear Wink of Stella, Linen Thread

Monday, October 9, 2017

OCC Lots of Snowflakes

Hello again, friends!  Tonight I have a card to share that I made for a class that I'm taking through the Online Card Classes (OCC Home Page).  This one is called Merry Making and it's all about the upcoming holidays.  If you've never taken a class through OCC I highly recommend it.  The owners and instructors (amongst many other amazing people) are Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire who are amazingly talented crafters that I admire tremendously.

My card is also for this week's new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  Robin is our host tonight and she has chosen the beautiful combination of Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay and Rich Razzleberry.  This combo ended up working perfectly for my OCC card.

In addition, I'm joining the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where this week the theme is to make a Christmas card.

Because this is a paid class, I'm not going into much detail but will share a couple of photos.  Obviously the Bokeh technique is used (but there is a slight twist) and snowflakes were heat embossed to create a snowy holiday card.

The sentiment and 1/4" edge were cut from Glimmer paper to add some sparkle.  I substituted Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves for the Stamping Up ink colors, which are a really close match.

A little close up to see those pretty heat set snowflakes.

Thanks for looking and be sure to head over to SCS to enter this week's Color Challenge, using the link above.  Trust me, there will be some amazing inspiration!

For OCC, while you can't join the Merry Making interactive, live class at this point, you will be able take the class independently later this month plus there are a number of other great classes available on an independent basis.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Written in the Stars

Hello again!  I fell in love with the Galaxy background technique that was quite the rage in the last year or two but haven't had time to really play around with it until recently, when I made two cards using the beautiful Written in the Stars stamp set and dies from MFT.  If you're not familiar with how to make it, there are TONS of videos on You Tube, just use the search tool, but for these first two cards that I tried, I really pretty much CASEd Amy R (Prairie Paper and Ink) in this awesome video Amy R Galaxy Video

Both cards were created with blue, purple and black watercolor paints on watercolor paper but for the card above I used a lot more black than the card below.  I also dropped in a greater amount of a light shimmery watercolor paint from the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors Metallic watercolors while the paints were still wet.  I used a heat tool to dry them, then sprayed them both with Perfect Pearls mixed with clear water in a mister.  When the panels dried from that step, I put a small amount of white Gouache on an acrylic block, added a small amount of water from the mister, then used a paint brush to flick the paint on the panels, essentially creating the "stars".

After die cutting the panels with stitched rectangle dies, they were mounted with foam tape on black card bases.  Next the respective small sentiments were heat set with white embossing powder on strips of black card stock.  Using Silver Foil paper, the large sentiment and small stars were die cut then adhered to the watercolor panel.

It's difficult to take pictures of metallic paper, and this card was no exception, but you can see how beautiful that background turned out.  Such a fun technique!  I also love this MFT stamp set with so many inspirational sentiments for many occasions.

Thanks for visiting and commenting, it's always so appreciated!


Product details
Stamps:  Written in the Stars
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Basic Black, Silver Foil, Canson XL watercolor
Ink:  Versamark
Other:  Sakura Koi and Gansai Tambi Starry Colors Metallic Watercolor paints, Stitched and Wonky Stitched Rectangle dies, Shining Stars companion dies, #8 round Silver Black Velvet paint brush, White Gouache, Ranger Perfect Pearls

Monday, October 2, 2017

Prayers & Hugs

ETA:  I'm having trouble with Blogger posts and I'm not able to correct the large spaces between paragraphs and photos.  Sorry for the weird appearance of this post and please let me know if you're experiencing any similar issues and any fixes you may have found.  Thanks!  Stef

Welcome, crafty friends!  I have a card for you that was made for this week's Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers and for the current Autumn Floral Theme challenge at The Paper Players.  For the color challenge, Mary Marsh is our host and she has chosen Peekaboo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist and Early Espresso as her colors.  "Dessert" is to create an autumn theme.

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I decided to use floral and leaf images from Adore You stamp set from Altenew.  I masked the center flower then stamped the smaller one and the leaves using Barely Beige from Simon Says Stamp, which was specifically created for "no-line" watercoloring.  Now, having said that, I have not had success with no-line watercoloring in my previous attempts (normally using heat embossed images), and while today's result was so much better than anything I'd done previously, I know I still need to practice further.  Still I'm happy with it.  I should also point out the Barely Beige ink doesn't just disappear, but instead absorbs the color of the ink or watercolor paint used with it, which you can see in the lines in the leaves and the shaded areas of the flowers.

I used Stampin' Up inks in the challenge colors, watercoloring alternate flower petals and leaves in order to avoid bleeding, plus periodically using my heat tool to speed up dry times.  After the center was watercolored and completely dried, I used a white gel pen to add dots to the end of the stamen.  Finally, very diluted Sahara Sand ink was lightly painted around the outside of the image.  A Misti was used to stamp the sentiment in Early Espresso ink, then the panel was wrapped with ribbon, adhered to an Early Espresso panel, then popped it all up on a peach card base.

Thanks so much for visiting and commenting, it's always so appreciated.  Be sure to use the links above and check out both challenges for some amazing inspiration!


Product details
Stamps:  Adore You, Heartfelt Sentiments (both Altenew)
Paper:  Peekaboo Peach, Early Espresso, Canson XL watercolor
Ink:  Peachaboo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand, SSS Barely Beige
Other:  Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta ribbon, Silver Black Velvet #4 round paint brush, White gel pen, Tonic Nuvo Morning Dew Crystal Drops and Orange Marmalade Jewel Drops, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Fall Themed cards

Hello again, my friends!  Tonight I'm sharing a four cards that I've made in the few past weeks that I have not had time to share on my blog.  Also, I've had the great honor of being asked to join the Color Challenge Design Team at Splitcoaststampers, so the last two cards are from my debut as DT hostess on 9/25 and the first two were in support of another hostess the week before.  I'm not going to go into a lot of detail about how I created the cards but if you have questions, please email me at or leave a comment with your question(s).  Going forward I plan to share my color challenge cards, with creation details, on the day I post them.  If you're not familiar with Splitcoaststampers, check out the site here Splitcoastampers home page and check out more info here About SCS.

The first two cards tonight were made for CC653 on 9/19/17.  Pam was the Color Challenge hostess and she chose the colors Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, and Old Olive.  Delish!  "Dessert" was leaves, which I gladly used in my cards.  Here's a link to the challenge post:  SCS CC653.

and here's my 2nd card:

For the challenge last week I chose Fresh Fig, Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry as my colors.  They blended together so beautifully, I loved how both my cards turned out.  Here's a link to SCS 654:

CC654 #1:

CC654 #2

Thanks for taking a look!


Product details
SCS CC653 #1 Grateful
Stamps:  None
Paper:  Tim Holtz Watercolor paper, Textured Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Gold Foil
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie
Other:  Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder, SU Leaflets Framelit and Seasonl Frame Thinlits (sentiment), Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Wafer die

SCS CC653 #2 Fabulous You
Stamps:  Endless Birthday Wishes (ret. SU)
Paper:  Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Burn Orange (Simon Says Stamp), Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Versamark; Distress Inks:  Carve Pumpkin, Festive Berries, Crushed Olive
Other:  White Gouache, Fabulous die sentiment (My Favorite Things), Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder, Solid Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Tim Holtz Autumn Layering Stencil

SCS  CC654 #1 Thankful
Stamps:  Thankful For, Gorgeous Grunge (both ret. SU)
Paper:  Basic Black (SU), Strathmore Bristol, Vellum
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Fresh Fig, (all SU) Versamark
Other:  Leaflits Framelits, Copper embossing powder, Linen Thread (all SU)

SCS CC654 #2 Striped Leaf Birthday
Stamps:  None
Paper:  Fresh Fig (card base), Copper Foil (both SU), Vellum, Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Fresh Fig
Other:  Brushstroke Birthday Greetings Die (MFT), Black Pearls (LSS), Striped Leaf Cover Plate Die (Altenew)

Ornate Label Love

Hello again!  This is the post I intended to complete last night but never got to it.  Anyway, my card tonight uses the new Ornate Background stamp from the Stamptember release from Simon Says Stamp.  It is a gorgeous but very intricate design, so for this first card, I just stuck to basic coloring with my Zig Markers, not worrying about shading for shadows, etc.  I only ended up using a portion of the background, cutting around the images and adding it to the bottom of my focal point.

Before adding the colorful piece of fussy cut background to the white card stock panel, I put a small amount of black Gesso on an acrylic block, squirted a tiny bit water onto it with a mister, and used a small paint brush to flick splatters onto the panel.  The panel was adhered to the card base and then I worked on the sentiment.  I used the new Label Love stamp set from Altenew, stamping it with Versafine Onyx Black on white card stock, heat setting with clear embossing powder, then cutting down with my paper trimmer and added it to the panel.  I felt the card was busy enough with the design and splatter so I decided not to add any embellishments.

I'm entering this into Kathy R.'s The Daily Marker 30-Day Coloring Challenge.  It was technically supposed to end on 9/30 but she's extended the deadline.  Here's a link if you want to check it out  30-Day Color Challenge.  I'm also joining the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where "Anything Goes" this week (SSS Wed Challenge Anything Goes)

Thanks so much for visiting, I'm ever so appreciative!  I hope you have a good week ahead!


Product details
Stamps:  Ornate Background (SSS), Label Love (Altenew)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  Dina Wakeley Black Gesso; SU Clear embossing powder; Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers:  Cornflower Blue, Cobalt Blue, Yellow Green, Dark Pink, Pink, Peach Pink, Violet, Light Violet, Lilac, May Green, Florescent Green

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Brush Stroke Birthday

Hi there, crafty friends!  I haven't posted for a while as things have been hectic on the home front but tonight I will have two posts for you.  The first is for the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, where Jen T. has given us an awesome sketch to play with.  I'm also joining the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  I recently received the latest Simon Says Stamp Monthly Card Kit and was excited to use a few of the products to create my card.

To start, I chose one of the luscious pieces of patterned paper for the background, which was adhered to a Soft Navy card stock base.  Next I took another piece of the patterned paper that was half covered with Rose Gold Foil and die cut the scallop circle and one of the spiral flowers from that portion.  The polka dot strip was cut from a 3rd piece and layered on the base, then the rose gold circle was popped up over it with foam tape.

Next, I stamped the sentiment from the awesome Brush Stroke Messages stamp set with Versamark on Ivory card stock and heat set it with Steel Navy embossing powder.  After cutting another spiral flowers from navy card stock, I adhered it under the rose gold flower, slightly offset so the blue would should, then adhered the layered flower to the metallic circle.  I didn't have any Nuvo drops or other embellishments that matched the colors of the paper or the rose gold, so I made my own by punching out three small dots from the patterned paper with a 1/8th inch hand punch and added them to the upper left corner.

Thanks so much for visiting and commenting, it's always so appreciated!  I've added links to both challenges above, so be sure to visit and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration!


Product details
Stamps:  Brush Stroke Messages (SSS)
Paper:  Soft Navy, Ivory, My Mind's Eye Blush 6x6 paper pad (all SSS)
Ink:  Versamark
Other:  Spiral Flower Wafer die, Steel Navy embossing powder, 1/8" Circle hand punch, Layering Circle Framelits (Stampin' Up)

Friday, September 15, 2017

CAS Sympathy

Hello friends!  Welcome back!  Tonight I have a card to share that was made for the current challenges at Freshly Made Sketches and Stamp Ink Paper. 


The focal point design came about rather by accident than intent.  I was going to make a collage of leaves surrounding the sentiment in the middle of the card, but after I stamped the script and single leaf, I really liked the simplicity of it.  I did decide to add some embossed gold splatter (more details below), then popped up the heat embossed sentiment.  After adhering the panel to the Cajun Craze card base, a die cut scallop frame was added around the edge.

To make the random gold embossed splatter, I flicked a paint brush wet with plain water onto the panel, poured gold embossing powder over it, then heat set it.  I just saw that technique yesterday on the blog of Jennifer McGuire (link here).  I always thought sticky ink like Versamark was necessary to adhere embossing powder, so I was thrilled to learn this new trick.  Flicking water with a paint brush creates a more random pattern, plus doesn't require a splatter type stamp.  Okay, maybe I'm easily pleased, but I love learning new little techniques like this.

Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've added links to both challenges above, so be sure to head over there to check out all the amazing inspiration!


Product details
Stamps:  French Foliage (Stampin' Up), Heartfelt Sentiments (Altenew)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, Gold Foil
Ink:  Versamark, Cajun Craze,
Other:  Hero Arts Gold embossing powder, Die-Namics Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frame (MFT)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Blooming Hello

Hello again, and welcome back!  Today I'm sharing a card made for 3 challenges:  CAS(E) this Sketch, Fab Friday (a beautiful color challenge) and The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge.  While I haven't faithfully been coloring and uploading to the 30 Day Challenge everyday, it has incented me to focus on coloring on the cards when I have time in my craft room.

I had fun playing with the colors in the Fab Friday challenge.  I knew the orange and peach colors would blend well (I had to substitute Tangelo Twist as I don't have Tangerine Tango ink) but the two greens blended so beautifully on the leaves, I also used a blend of those colors as a small wash under the floral image.

I started with two panels of Canson watercolor paper, stamping and heat embossing the flowers and leaves on one, leaving the other for the background.  Once the water coloring was complete and fully dried, the flowers and leaves were die cut with the Blooming Bouquet companion dies.

I prepped the background panel with the blended green wash, dried it with my heat tool, then added a splatter of diluted Black Soot Distress ink (okay, maybe I got a little carried away ;-) .  Once the splatter was dry, the leaves and flowers were layered near the upper right corner.  The sentiment was die cut (also with a stamp set companion die) from black card stock three times, glued together with Ranger Multi Medium Matte, then adhered to the panel, which was then popped up on foam tape on the Tranquil Tide card base.  Orange Marmalade and Morning Dew Nuvo drops were then added to finish things off.

Thank you so much for visiting, as always, I sooo appreciate it!  Please be sure to use the links above to the respective challenges and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration!


Product details
Stamps:  Blooming Bouquet (Altenew)
Paper:  Canson XL watercolor, Tranquil Tide, Basic Black
Ink:  Versamark, Black Soot Distress Ink, Peekaboo Peach, Tangelo Twist, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide
Other:  Blooming Bouquet Companion dies, Tonic Nuvo Orange Marmalade Jewel Drops and Morning Dew Crystal Drops

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bella Friend

Hello again, friends!  My card today was made for the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  I am also joining the Kathy's The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  I've added links to both challenges so be sure to use them and head over to check out all the wonderful inspiration!


For my card, I decided to use one of the super cute images and sentiments in the Bella & Friends stamp set from Stampin' Up.  Floating Bella was stamped on Bristol then water colored.  I used a Zig marker and a watercolor paintbrush to color the dog's fur, then switched to Distress Inks for the other parts of the scene, mostly because the Distress Ink colors better matched the patterned paper I planned on using.  Once the water coloring was complete, I used a heat tool to dry the panel completely, then die cut it.

Originally I was going to have a white card base, but then I remembered the beautiful Royal Purple card stock in my stash and sure enough it went well with the patterned paper.  I think it also helps pop the main image, which was layered on a slightly larger scalloped oval.  The cross panel was cut in white card stock then a border punch was used to cut the scallops along the bottom edge.  Once the patterned paper was adhered, the panel was added to the card front, and then foam tape was used to add Bella.  For a bit of sparkle, Clear Wink of Stella was used on the balloon, and of course I had to add some sequins!

Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I hope you and your family are well and safe, and prayers to those dealing with Harvey and Irma.


Product details
Stamps:  Bella & Friends (SU)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Strathmore Bristol, Royal Purple (Simon Says Stamp), Plaid Patterns 6x6 Paper Pack (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black; Distress:  Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Dusty Concord
Other:  Layered Ovals Framelits (SU), Scallop Trim punch (SU), Mustard Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker, Wisteria Mix sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Chameleon sequins (SSS), Clear Wink of Stella

Monday, September 4, 2017

Peachy Hi

Hello and welcome back!  The card I have to share tonight was made for this week's Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  Karen chose Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party and Black for this week's colors, and the "dessert" option is to use a green of our choice.  I chose to use Lemon Lime Twist for my green.  LOVE this color combination!  Here's a link to the challenge SCS CC 651.

The flowers and leaves were stamped on watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx Black and water colored with Peekaboo Peach and Lemon Lime Twist.  When done, I fussy cut the images and then spread Ebony Black Tonic Nuvo Drops around the middle of the flowers, and left that to dry while I worked on the other card components.

Next I took a panel of white card stock and used a stencil and ink dusting brush to lightly add Pool Party to the panel where I planned to add my die cut sentiment.  It was adhered to a slightly larger piece of black card stock, and a strip of MFT patterned paper was layered on the left side of the panel.  After wrapping the top with Baker's Twine, the entire panel was mounted on the Pool Party base with foam tape.

I ended up letting the flower centers dry overnight, then added them to a die cut circle along with the leaves.  The sentiment was die cut three times, glued together then adhered to the card.  A few sequins were then added as the finishing touch.

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you're able to join us at the SCS Color Challenge this week, I've added a link above so you can check it out.


Product details
Stamps:  More Spring Flowers (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Pool Party, Basic Black, Canson XL water color, Black & White Basics 6x6 Paper Pack (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist
Other:  Halftone Stencil (Altenew), Hello There Die (MFT), Stitched Shapes die (SU), Black Baker's Twine, Metallic Sequins (SU), Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Clarity Stencil Brush, Ebony black Tonic Nuvo Crystal drops