Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Healing Hugs

New Stampin' Up! Healing Hugs set in Blushing Bride and Coral, Mint Macaron and Celery for the stamping.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Deeply In Love

A card for my wonderful husband using the new Lawn Fawn You Are Sublime set with matching dies. For the Lawn Fawnatics challenge this week of cards for guys, and also for the Simon Says Stamp weddings or anniversary, which is what I will use this for.
Hero Arts seashore die and bubbles embossing folder on Marina Mist card stock, inked edges, bordered with Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White. Helmet was done using clear Nuvo enamel drops for gloss and then added some Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Jar of Penguins

For the Merry Monday Christmas challenge to use penguins and for today's "Baby, It's Cold Outside" challenge at SCS.
Homemade snow globe ornament using Lawn Fawn "Here We Go A-Waddling" penguin set with stitched hilltop dies and fake snow. The ornament jar was from Ben Franklin Craft store, filled with fake snow.

Thursday, May 31, 2018


For the Lawn Fawn Inspiration #29 challenge.

Lawn Fawn Bayou die cut in Navy for frame, Manatee-rific stamps with bubbles. Added white gel pen highlights for today's challenge and also some Nuvo enamel drops in two different shades of blue.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Air Blown Flower

For the Mixed Media challenge and the Free For All to use red and yellow.
Used Adirondack alcohol inks on glossy photo paper (Lettuce, Honeycomb, Poppyfields, Watermelon, Terra Cotta, Espresso) and "hello" die cut sentiment. Dropped inks onto paper and blew out to edges with a straw. Fun and easy. I swiped some more ink with a cotton pad to even things out a bit. Added some Sharpie black and brown dots to flower center.

           Another card for the Poppies for Memorial Day challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

In Monet's Garden

   Today's challenge at Splitcoaststampers was to incorporate a photo into your project.
I took this picture this past Friday at Monet's Gardens in Giverny, Normandie. I was so overwhelmed with the beauty of this place, the inspiration for so many of Claude Monet's paintings. Absolutely the trip of a lifetime and one I will never forget. The gardens in May were incredibly beautiful and so fragrant.
The picture blurred a little bit when I printed it out bit that was okay, the colors were so much like this in real life. Added a simple sentiment and a frame (Bayou border) by Lawn Fawn.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Memorial Day Remembrance

This is for Memorial Day weekend and the perfect time to honor the memory of all those who have served and to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

This Pop Pop Poppy stamp is by Penny Black and I used Stampin' Up! markers of Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Garden Green for leaves, Poppy Parade, Real Red for flowers. Went over flowers with Arteza watercolor brush pens, I love these things! Highlighted around image with pale blue Copic and then ran through Big Shot with SU Wildflowers folder. Sprayed entire front with glimmer mist. Sentiment is popped up on dimensional tape and is by October Afternoon. Concord Crush, Poppy Parade, and Whisper White card stocks.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Lemon Cake

For the "Inspired By A Song" challenge at Simon Says Stamp.
We always used to blast this Beatles birthday song to our siblings on their special day. The inside of the card continues the song lyrics with "Happy Birthday To You".
All Stampin' Up! supplies were used for this: Cake Soiree stamp set and dies, wood dsp on Baked Brown Sugar.

Sunday, May 20, 2018


For the Simon Says Stamp Challenge to use a stencil, I used a bubbles stencil with Moonstone Nuvo glitter paste.
The Technique Junkies Mermaid Tapestry stamp was stamped in three Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks and mounted to a piece of watercolor paper that was done with Brushos color crystals. Dry embossed with small circles folder before adding stencil/paste layer, a row of pearls and baker's twine and silver cording.

This set of cards is for The Paper Players Challenge with the theme of Blooms, clean and simple. 
The second set of cards uses the same stamps in different color combinations. I always bring along a little container of either markers or pencils and some stamped images when I travel to help pass the flight time.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

DD cards December 2017

I am now able to publicly post my Splitcoast Stampers Dirty Dozen projects from December. All are Christmas related featuring supplies from various stamp companies.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Bonjour from Giverny

I don't usually post non-card photos but I thought a little Claude Monet would be a perfect inspiration. There is so much beautiful artwork here in France, home of my favorite Impressionists (and featuring another favorite of mine, Van Gogh). I don't know whether to be inspired or intimidated by all of this, but I'm going to go with inspired and just keep creating things that make me happy every day. 
Tomorrow - The Louvre!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Easy Party Pandas

A super simple birthday card using Stampin' Up!'s Party Pandas, stamped on Whisper White and accented with pinks. The second card shows a simpler CAS version, for the top I embossed it with a happy birthday embossing folder and added some balloons thinlits dies from SU. I found these in the Clearance Rack so they may be retired.

Friday, May 4, 2018

May the Fourth Be With You

Happy Star Wars Day!
Images are by Kindred Stamps, Washington. Background is watercolor paper with brushos color crystals of black, purple, and ultramarine. Added a couple of spritzes of Nuvo blue glitter spray, dots are gold Smooch accent paint and white gel pen dots.

Some new Nuvo goodies! I have developed a serious addiction to the whole line of Nuvo products, they are so awesome for so many different backgrounds and techniques. The jars of the embellishment mousses are my favorite, these are four of their new colors- French Rose, Toasted Almond, Coastal Surf, and Custard Cream. Yum. An easy way to use these is just to rub it on white card stock and then proceed with your card. If stamping use a non-smear ink like Memento Tuxedo Black and the lightly heat set with your heat gun. What a shimmer! Try out one to see if you like it, they last a long time. If I had to pick just one it would be Mother of Pearl.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Mermaid Tapestry

Embossed the Technique Junkies "Mermaid Tapestry" with retired SU Vintage Verdigris. Colored with Arteza watercolor brush pens, edged with Nuvo Iced Americano glitter pen, covered whole front with Wink Of Stella glitter pen for extra sparkle. 

Friday, April 27, 2018

Background Check

Making The Most Of It- Backgrounds.

Working on a supply of background techniques so putting a card together should be a quick thing. I'll be ready!
The first card uses Brushos color crystals in Scarlet and then was sprayed with Nuvo Flamingo glitter spray. Stamped Stampin' Up!'s En Francais atop this in Going Gray and then Chere Amie (the French version of My Friend) in Versamark and black powder. Main image is "Paris Dreams" by Technique Junkies. Nuvo platinum embellishment mousse and Tim Holtz stencil angled on side.
The second one is my absolute favorite, using many different colors of Brushos crystals and more mousse with a doily stencil. I don't think I will be able to cover this one up, maybe just a small sentiment?

The third uses silver and gold Nuvo glitter spray on Whisper White. Ran through Big Shot with SU folder and then colored these with Nuvo glitter pens of Silver and Iced Americano. Very shimmery!

The last picture is an array of various backgrounds in different techniques.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Celebrating Color!

For background I used orange color crystals and a stencil to get a similar pattern to the Darling Blooms stamp, stamped Fairy Tale Flowers sentiment. Stamped flower background and cut out around top edges and adhered to orange panel. Highlighted flower centers with Nuvo enamel drops in four different colors, a couple of these are glow in the dark ones.
I combined a few challenges here- the fussy cutting and orange with turquoise challenges at Splitcoast and the new cut around the corners challenge at Technique Junkies. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Paris Inspiration

I took my inspiration for this card from this eyeglass case.
On Whisper White card stock I painted the whole front with Twinkling H2O's for shimmer, stamped French collage and sponged edges with Peony Pink Nuvo embellishment mousse. Stamped butterfly on card front and again on white, colored in Copics- cut out and popped up atop first stamped image. Le Tour Eiffel collage and Butterfly are from Technqiue Junkies. The postmark and Bonjour sentiment are from a stamp set that was from Paris, maker unknown. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

DD projects from November

These are my Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen projects for November 2017 that I am now allowed to share.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Party Chicks

For the Splitcoaststamper sketch challenge, I turned the layout on it's side. It's a cute and versatile sketch that I will probably use again.
I have also used this for the Technique Junkies sketch challenge 
Whisper White and Basic Black card stocks with Technqiue Junkies Party Chicks and this hilarious sentiment of theirs. Colored in Copics, added some stars in Summer Sun that were highlighted with Wink Of Stella glitter, sequins to embellish. 

Woking with the same sketch, this card is for National Siblings Day, April 10th and will go to my younger sister who lives at the Jersey Shore. She is about one block from the beach in the first town south of Atlantic City and the famous Boardwalk. We chat once a week and it feels as if I am only a couple of miles away instead of a couple thousand.
This card uses the new Technique Junkies Fairy Tale Flowers on Whisper White that was covered with Powder Blue Nuvo embellishment mousse and then silver embossed. Image is Besties colored in Prismacolor pencils and Copics.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

One Layer Collage

A very clean and simple one layer card, easy to mail. Stamped Technique Junkies Peony Collage on Whisper White in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored in Copic markers.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Fairy Tale Flowers

I am a serious background stamp addict, I must confess. The very first thing I do when I get a new Stampin' Up! catalog is head straight for the background stamps and start making a wish list. I think they are so versatile, not just as a backdrop, but are awesome for the main image. I will be working with this Technique Junkies set today and will be back with more variations.

The first card uses Whisper White as the base, stamped image in Memento Tuxedo Black and then covered with Nuvo embellishment mousses of Peony Pink, Cornflower Blue, and Lemon Sorbet. This lightened the stamped lines to a dark gray color. On Shimmery White I stamped the sentiment in black a few times using the Misti stamp positioner. Spellbinders frame. Added some paper quilled flowers that were cut with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die to accentuate the colors used on the card. Also for the Card Concept #90 challenge of Sweet Treats colors and flowers.

I have a basket of pre-made panels that were done using various Tim Holtz distress oxide inks which makes it easy to throw a card together. The only drawback is I usually can't remember exactly which combination of inks I used :)
The Fairy Tale Flowers was stamped on one of these panels with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and individual flowers were colored using Copic markers and highlighted with white gel pen. Sentiment embossed in glossy black on vellum.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Butterfly Woman

Stamped the Peony Collage stamp in Versamark and embossed in white. Added Butterfly Woman panel that was colored in Copic markers. All stamps are from Technique Junkies.
For the Technique Junkies sketch challenge this week.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Peony Collage

Making The Most Of It- Peony Collage

Today I am working with the new Technique Junkies background stamp Peony Collage. All were embossed in gold on Whisper White card stock and then colored and shaded in different inks and glitters. This is such a gorgeous stamp, great for backgrounds or to stand alone as the main design.   

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Beachy Little Christmas

Making The Most Of It featuring "BEACHY LITTLE CHRISTMAS"

One more down for the Christmas Card challenge, to feature a house or building of some sort.
Supplies are Stampin' Up!- Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, and Basic Gray card stocks, Beachy Little Christmas stamp set, colored in Prismacolor pencils and Copic markers to highlight.

Whisper White card base with watercolor paper for the main panel and brushos color crystals for background. Heat embossed the tree in white and added some sequins to adorn. Sentiment embossed in white on Real Red.

My third card uses Creamy Caramel (retired but still loved) with a pop of Real Red for the sentiment and the Tim Holtz sand dollar die dotted with my never to be sold Itty Bitty Backgrounds in Soft Suede and Baked Brown Sugar. The smaller shells were stamped using Early Espresso. House colored in Copic markers, cut out and popped up on dimensionals.
Three very different looks with the same set!