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!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Raimbow Butterfly

Okay, just this one more and then I will stop with this stamp, I promise :)
Technique Junkies Vintage Botanicals Collage stamped on Whisper White card stock. Sponged on numerous Tim Holtz distress oxide inks. Stamped another butterfly, colored with Copics and popped up on a dimensional. Mounted to Summer Sun card base.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Virtual Stamping- It's On!

Virtual Stamping is going on over at Splitcoast stampers with the theme of "How Does Your Garden Grow?" Lots of fun challenges to get your creativity flowing, do one or do them all, it's a great way to replenish your card supply.
My first card was for the "Bee Kind" challenge and I used my current favorite stamp by Technique Junkies called Vintage Botanicals Collage. I just can't put this one down.
On Whisper White card stock I used a dauber to rub on Nuvo embellishment mousses of Inca Gold and Lemon Sorbet. Heat set and then stamped collage, heat set that also. Colored in with various markers. Ran through Big Shot with honeycomb embossing folder, then ran it through again with just the plates to flatten out the embossing a bit. Added extra color and highlighted bee in fine tip marker and then added Dazzling Diamonds glitter to wings so the bee stands out for this challenge.

The second card is a clean and simple one layer using Whisper White card stock, stamp "Cam & Chloe" by Hampton Art (Hobby Lobby), colored in Copics. Sentiment is Lawn Fawn, embossed edge is a Tim Holtz folder. For the "Fairy Garden" challenge theme.

Busted out the Prismacolor pencils for this clean and simple one layer card. The Lovebirds is a set by Sheena Douglass for Crafter's Companion. I think they are from Great Britain but can be found on ebay sometimes, my local scrapbook store carries some of the embossing folders. Really beautiful products from this company.

Believe it or not this card uses Stampin' Up's Butterfly Basics. I'm pretty sure I made a mess of it, everything ran and blurred when I sprayed the card front with glimmer mist. I colored the flowers in carefully and it looked totally different. So... I'm going to call it Impressionism and just go with it :) Used brushos, various alcohol inks, distress inks on Yupo paper. 
Tip: Don't try heating the yupo paper, it gets very angry and begins to warp.  

Monday, March 26, 2018

Making The Most Of- Waterfront

Making the most of it Monday- Stampin' Up! 2018 Occasions catalog WATERFRONT stamp set.

Like a few others have mentioned, the first time I saw this in the catalog I was quite unimpressed. It didn't look like something I would ever buy until I began to see the creative, artistic, and awesome things that others were doing with it. Honestly, this set is so versatile and will be one I hold on to.

The first card is very Hawaii, using a sea turtle die cut by Elizabeth Craft Designs with the scene inside. Used various Stampin' Up! ink pads and aloha die cut by Lawn Fawn.

The second one reminds me of our local Lake Sammamish in Bellevue, Wa. where my husband and son go out on the boat to fish. I used the Faith In Nature set for the sentiment and ran the whole panel through the Big Shot with an embossing folder.

Covered the front of Whisper White card stock with Nuvo embellishment mousses of Pure Platinum and Cornflower Blue. Ran through Big Shot with holly frame embossing folder. Using the Waterfront stamp set, stamped images of mountains and trees. Added deer from Warmth and Wonder set. White gel pen highlights. Cut into ornament shape with die. This is unbelievably shimmery in real life, these mousses are fabulous!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

DD cards October

Here are two more of my past Dirty Dozen creations from October that I overlooked the other day. The first uses a retired Stampin' Up! silhouette stamp (not sure of the set name since I only seem to have this one stamp from it). Tim Holtz alcohol inks dabbed onto the white glossy card stock border.
The second card was great therapy. I have so many coloring books and my absolute favorites are the ones by Johanna Basford. This was one of the pages that I did and I added some ladybugs crawling up the page and the sentiment from A Muse. Colored in Prismacolor pencils, Copics, and accented with white gel pen dots.

Thursday, March 22, 2018


Trying out the Watercolor stamp set from the Occasions catalog for the first time on heavy watercolor paper. Used numerous Stampin' Up! ink pads for color, aquapainter brush, sprayed entire front with water mister to blur. Sentiment is an old one from Stampers Anonymous.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Brushos color crystals

I am on a mission to try at least 2 to 3 new techniques a week and to use at least that many of the various products I have. Join me!! Today's technique uses the color crystals with a background stamp, is pretty easy and can be found HERE
 I used an old and retired Cornish Heritage Farms lace flower background stamp and the color crystals of emerald, turquoise, and ultramarine on watercolor paper. Butterflies are a Sizzix set that came with coordinating dies. Hello die cut in black.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Rainbow Smile

This is for the Lawn Fawnatics Color Challenge #25 found HERE , using a rainbow of colors and the Sweet Smile set. Card stock colors are Stampin' Up Lavender Lace, Gable Green, Regal Rose, So Saffron, and Ballet Blue.  Ran the panel through the Big Shot with an embossing folder- circles pattern. The gumball machine was embossed with silver tinsel powder and the "grout" lines are silver Nuvo gilding flakes. There is an awesome tutorial that shows this technique by Pat Huntoon of Technique Junkies found HERE  
This card is going out to Jackson tomorrow and you can find his story and address HERE
Keep smiling, Jackson, you are beautiful and loved!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Beautiful Peacock

Welcome to my second edition of Making The Most Of It Monday. This week I am featuring the Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration set Beautiful Peacock. I chose the French edition since I am in the process of learning the language, it is a beautiful one and a little easier than German :)

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Past Dirty Dozen projects- October

I can finally show my Splitcoast Dirty Dozen projects from October! Various stamps, companies, dies, etc.

Beary Best

This card was inspired by Carlene (Chatterbox-1) on Splitcoast, she is today's Featured Stamper.  I couldn't wait to use this cute Beary Best set from Lawn Fawn, changing the polar bear and ice floe to a springtime mama bear and her cub. Not sure of the designer paper, it was a scrap on my desk so I went with the colors on it for the shaker contents. The inside tree is embossed in white and is from the Stampin' Up! set Thoughts & Prayers. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Woven Easter Basket

I have been organizing my designer paper and card stocks and came across this retired Stampin' Up! Kaleidoscope paper and it just seemed so springlike to me. Made a super basic and simple basket out of 12" x 1" strips. Easter is so early this year I need to get a move on :)