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 :) 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Making the most of it Monday

Welcome to Making the Most of it Monday! I don't know about you but I always feel a little bit guilty when I only use a product once (or it gets set aside and totally forgotten about). It's always fun to see how many different looks that you can get from the same stamp. These are all similar today but the differences are more noticeable in real life, up close.
All cards use the Technique Junkies Vintage Botanicals Collage stamp, Palettini collection.

On the first I used Yupo paper with Tim Holtz distress oxide inks of Wilted Violet and Broken China. Spritzed with water and then added some brushos color crystals in purple and ultramarine. Colored in flowers and butterfly with Copic markers, added some white gel pen highlights and Wink of Stella to bee wings.

The second card is SO much prettier in real life. I found this Technique Junkies Stained Glass tutorial   that uses Nuvo embellishment mousse. Mother Of Pearl was used for this card and I have to say that this one is my favorite. The color is beautiful and looks a bit vintage.  Tim Holtz distress markers used to color.

The third card was made with Whisper White cardstock and Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Prismacolor pencils used to color and background colored with Copics. Dry embossed borders with Tim Holtz folder.

I would love to hear which one is your favorite!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Happy 58th Birthday, Barbie!!

To celebrate Barbie's birthday today with the challenge over at Splitcoast stampers. I have some Barbie images somewhere but didn't want to tear the place apart looking for them today so I went with the closest other thing I had that would work for this theme. This is a Julie Nutting Prima doll stamp- Megan. Paper pieced her dress, gel pen glossed her boots, added bling and gemstone swirls. Creative Imaginations designer paper on a Crumb Cake base. Sentiment is from Stamping Bella. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Irish Day!

I am mostly Irish on both my mother and father's side (with some Welsh, French, and German thrown in there). I think we are good strong peasant stock or something :) 
I love St. Patrick's Day and always celebrate it, I may even be better at sending cards then than I am for most holidays or special occasions. Maybe because there is a lull around March and I can actually get things mailed out in time? Who knows.
The vintage image is designer paper from Authentique found at my local scrapbook store in Edmonds, Wa. I found some fairly old Stampin' Up! designer paper in olive and what looks like celery or mellow moss that I used for the layout on a Crumb Cake card base. Embellished with some crinkly ribbon and sequins. Colored the narrow ribbon with ink pads for the green. 
For The Card Concept Challenge found HERE to use monochromatic green.