Thursday, March 26, 2020

Seed Packet

The challenge at SCS today is to use seeds as a theme. I had this old unmarked seed packet background stamp that I used for a shaker, filled with brown microbeads. The sweet pea bouquet and other sentiments are by Hero Arts.
Planted some seed starts this week of herbs and veggies in case we are still stuck at home for a while. Flowers are secondary this year.


Another Easter card using the Simon Says Stamp Cottontail Wishes set. Martha Stewart grass punch used for bottom. Embossed sentiment in white detail powder.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Have Courage

Today's challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp blog is Anything Goes using Gina K products if you have them. I chose the "Wild At Heart" set and thought this sentiment was so moving in light of what we are all going through right now.
I used one of my panels that I have a box of from one of my distress oxide inks and alcohol inks sessions where I made so many A2 sized backgrounds to have on hand. I loved the various colors in this one. I embossed the stamp in Versamark and SU Glassy Glaze. Stamped sentiment on black card stock with white detail powder and cut with SU Sweetly Stitched frame die.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Happy Everything

Stenciled background with Pool Party ink using a stencil that I got in a tile home design bulk pack from Amazon. Yvonne Albritton stamp colored in Copic markers and embellished with clear sequins. "Happy die is from The Greetery, small sentiment from the SU set Happy Everything.

Winter Skies

Christmas Card Challenges, one card a week! This one uses Lawn Fawn Winter Skies with a Spellbinders fancy frame die that was cut with silver glitter paper (Hobby Lobby) on a Not Quite Navy background.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Neon Pop Egg

Easy styrofoam egg with the Stampin' Up! 3 flower punch. Punched a ton of these from Green Galore, Pixie Pink, Only Orange, and Yoyo Yellow, all retired SU colors. Using the little foam piercing mat I pushed down in the very center of each with this old embossing tool to curve the petals up. Remember the old days when we would actually emboss by hand with stencils and styluses?
Make sure that you use the flat end of the stylus to push all of the pins into the egg or your fingertips will be super sore.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Happy Spring!

It's official, Spring is finally here! Yay, what a gorgeous day. It felt more like summer but let's not rush things. This flat easy to mail card uses Stampin' Up! card stocks of Whisper White, Barely Banana, and Green Galore. Seems like the neon shades are coming back so I'm glad I kept them.
For the Stencil challenge at SSS using their Simon Says Stamp Bunny Butt set with the Daisy Bouquet stencil.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Neon, baby!

Love the new Electro-pop neon glitz gels from Rina K in these awesome psychedelic 60's colors. The gel is just filled with sparkle. I used Poppin' Pink, Hello Yellow, and Orange Glow on this card with the Simon Says Stamp Daisy Bouquet stencil. I have Stampin' Up! stamp cases filled with various sentiments and it is so easy to just reach in and grab one. The birthday greeting is by Stampin' Up!, I'm sure of that much.
This is for the Monday Simon Says Stamp challenge of using a stencil.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Bunny Butt

I couldn't resist picking up this fun Easter set from Simon Says Stamp. There is the back of the bunny on the other side of the acetate window and I think there will be lots of cute options with this one. Great for young and old, I think!
Bunny Butt stamps and dies, colored in Copic markers with Stampin' Up Balmy Blue cardstock and Whisper White.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Iris Brocade

Using Basic Black card stock I watercolored various colors of Koi watercolors onto it, dried, added splatters of white acrylic paint and Lawn Fawn liquid stardust. Embossed in silver with a brocade style background stamp, maker unknown. Added iris die cut by Joanna Sheen in Tim Holtz foil metallic papers of silver and lavender. Sentiment is by Stampin' Up!

Friday, March 13, 2020

Flower Power

So many challenges combined for this card! Johanna Basford was kind to post this free download, colored it with Prismacolor pencils. Had to take numerous breaks because it took hours to color and have to mind my neck and wrist some.
Have a happy and healthy weekend. Stay in and craft if you can!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Sugarplum Fairies

My card is inspired by the song "Dance Of The Sugarplum Fairies" for this week's inspiration challenge at LawnFawnatics.
I am also using this for Day 7 of the 30 day coloring challenge at The Daily Marker and the Christmas Card Challenge of forest theme for my Facebook weekly Christmas card challenge.
Finally getting to some of my holiday stamps! Lawn Fawn with lots of sparkle added. Liquid Stardust added to wings, Star Dust Stickles highlighting roof and branches. Birch tree die is also by Lawn Fawn. Martha Stewart branch punch colored with Nuvo silver glimmer pen.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Coloring Challenge Day 6

I'm a little behind with the 30 Day Coloring Challenge but I guess that's better than being a big behind hahaha. For this one layer card I use the Cam & Chloe stamp by Hampton Arts, colored with Copic Markers and Prismacolor pencils. Toward the end I had a green marker let loose a large pool of ink right underneath the large mushroom. I tried to touch it up with a white gel pen marker and then went over it with some more marker. Painted her wings with Lawn Fawn Liquid Stardust (which is a totally awesome must have).

Monday, March 9, 2020

Ladybugs At Play

Little Ladybugs set from the Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration catalog are so incredibly cute, love their little faces and had fun creating this card. For 30 daily marker coloring challenge.

Butterfly Wings

St. Patrick's Day is coming up soon! Made this for the Simon Says Stamps "Bit O Green" challenge using various supplies I had in my springtime box.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Don't forget the envelopes

Adding the little bit of extra something to my Easter envelopes. Stamped various images and sentiments and colored for the 30 day coloring challenge by The Daily Marker.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Gift Tag Cards

I love having some of these gift tags on hand to attach to a present. I had some mini envelopes in my stash and just cut the white card stock to fit. (3/12" x 4 1/2" folded).
This is for the 30 day coloring challenge and the Simon Says Stamps Tags challenge.
Stamp set for flowers is by Joanna Sheen, sentiment retired Stampin' Up! Colored in Copic markers.

Love Rainbow

Working with today's sketch at Splitcoast, the 30 day coloring challenge Day 2 and the Penny Black Saturday challenge of Anything Goes with the Love Is In The Air option.
Penny Black All My Love bear colored with Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils. I drew pencil lines on the letters and created a rainbow. Stampin' Up! lace ribbon and XOXO sentiment, banner dies, and Annan Griffin embossing folder for side detail.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Tissue paper technique

For the Virtual Stamping mini challenge at Splitcoast to use the tissue paper and water technique for the background. Using cocoa and sage inks on tissue, sprayed with glimmer spray. Added Stampin' Up! rose that was colored on shimmer paper and cut out. Added a gold crackle leaf from my stash and some gold Nuvo dream drops to embellish. Sage shadow embossed with 3D lace folder by SU.

White Lily

We went to the Northwest Flower and Garden show in Seattle this weekend and I got so much inspiration from their displays, for both cards and my garden. This card uses The Greetery Easter and Frond Collection on an older Hero Arts background called Misty Garden.

Prismacolor flowers

Lots of relaxing coloring therapy using Prismacolor pencils on this big flower. It was unmounted and loose in my collection so I don't know who made this one. This is for Day 1 of the 30 day coloring challenge

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Stargazer Lilies

Having such fun with these springtime dies from The Greetery. Stargazer and Casablanca lilies are my favorite types and I went with the first one for this card along with the color challenge at Splitcoast Stampers today of old Olive, Peacock, and Rich Razzleberry. The optional option was vellum which I used in the white embossed sentiment (which is from Spring Zen by The Project Bin).
The embossing folder is by Anna Griffin. The flowers were colored using Razzleberry and Positively Pink by Stampin' Up and the stamens were colored with Copic markers. I'm ready for Spring! Already seeing my bulbs break through with the hyacinth about ready to bloom.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Song Of Spring

The Greetery lily, palm fronds, and happy die along with Stampendous Music score background stamp were used to create this card. This stamp was embossed in white detail powder, sponged on Iced Spruce, Weathered Wood, and Broken China distress oxide inks. Sentiment on Hello, Honey card stock is by The Project Bin.
This is for the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge with the theme of Music.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Window Frames

Simon Says Stamp Window Frames stamp set colored in Copics. Used the coordinating window die and My Favorite things shaker window piece along with Hero Arts sequins. The paper is all Stampin' Up!- Pale Plum, Barely Banana, Whisper White, Lavender Lace, Daffodil, and So Saffron.
This was for Shelly Schmidt, the Featured Stamper today on Splitcoast Stampers.

Friday, February 21, 2020

For Mom

My Mom's favorite day was always Easter, she was born on Easter Sunday so that made it even more special to her. She loved everything about this day, was deeply religious and filled with joy when she talked about the Resurrection of Jesus. This is the day of the year that I miss her the very most.

The funniest thing to me now was how she would tell us that the bunnies were keeping an eye on us and if we misbehaved too much we might not get any Easter candy. There were six of us kids so I get it :)
This card uses The Greetery Easter Jubilee set of stamps, dies, and stencils.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Easter Jubilee

I got my very first order from The Greetery yesterday to start my Easter cards for this year. Such a lovely assortment of products and they are pretty easy to work with. This set is called Easter Jubilee and has three stencils that you layer to create the shadow for the letter background, one for the leaves, and one for the tulips. It was much easier to line up than I thought. This was on glossy paper which didn't really take the ink up as nicely as I had hoped but not bad for my first try. The letters were die cut twice and layered to give them a bit more height and heft.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020


The stamps and dies from Time less Tropical by Stampin' Up! really are timeless ones. This set is a keeper for sure. All SU except for embossing folder by Park Lane (Joann's).

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Bee Mine

I made a valentine mailbox earlier today using Daisy D's designer paper and thought I would include it with the Bee Mine valentine. Heart shaped card folded at the side. Bee Mine stamp set is by Lawn Fawn.
Happy Heart Day everyone!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Party Santa

I belong to a Facebook Group "Weekly Christmas Card Making Challenge" and this week was to make a funny card which is actually a bit harder than you would think.
This Santa in the card is an older retired set from The Craft Lounge called Holiday Cruiser. The pole is from The Project Bin "North Pole", the sentiment is from Stampin' Up! Party This Way set, I had to cut the sentiment out separately since the arrow was pointing in the wrong direction. Which now when I think about it may have been even funnier. Poor Santa doesn't know which way he's going.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Timeless Tropical

Woot! Finally getting to use the newest Stampin' Up! from the Spring mini. The tropical suite was my favorite in this one, reminds me of one of our favorite places to go- Hawaii. I embossed the flowers and leaves in gold and watercolor brushed them with various SU inks. The embossing folder is by Park Lane.

Monday, February 10, 2020

All You Need Is Love

I love this sweet stamp by Penny Black. I loved the sample on the package and followed the idea of drawing a circle around the main image and coloring it in to highlight the Love Bear. Copic markers to color, Stampin' Up! tulip frame embossing folder- one of my favorites!

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Whale You Be Mine?

The cute whale set is by Lawn Fawn, the embossing folder is by Park Lane. Added some Crystal Effects to the hearts and water sprays along with some fairy rocks accents at the bottom. Check out the Lawnfawnatics Lots Of Love challenge, it's lots of fun.

Here is how I made the background:

Using Color Box pigment inks I swiped the inks over the inside of the folder on the side where the whales were indented, and then spritzed with water before running through the Big Shot.

Here are a few using different blues and one with blue and lavender.  I used the top left for the card above.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Feature Friday- Watercolor Crayons

I was organizing my coloring supplies and came across these watercolor crayons that have been neglected for years and thought I would break them out. I had forgotten how easy they are to use. Simply scribble the colors on and then used a watercolor brush to blend and move the color around.

I like to scribble in circles, the lines seem less noticeable, except I could still see the circle pattern in the upper right portion. An easy fix, just color on it some more and blend again. This medium is very forgiving.
The picture below is after blending.

Bordeaux (dark red) and blue mix

Yellow and orange mix

My favorite, a red, yellow, and orange mix

Thursday, February 6, 2020

A Day That Sparkles

The not so challenging challenge at Splitcoast today is to add sparkle. Easy for me since I feel you can never have enough sparkle in your life :)
On Basic Black card stock I used the Stampin' Up! hearts stencil with garnet Nuvo glimmer paste. The sentiment was from Technique Junkies, embossed in gold on Whisper White card stock.
Added a layer of Crystal Effects and Range (Tim Holtz) distress glitter. VERY sparkly in real life!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

More Love...

Simon Says Stamp Heart Rose was embossed in gold and then colored with Staedtler watercolor crayons. Added sequins and fairy rocks all around. Gold embossed hearts from Be My Valentine set (also SSS) and then added crystal effects on top of each which is hard to see in the picture.
Paper strip is also SSS, background paper is Crate. On Blushing Bride card base with Baja Breeze framing.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Beautiful Flowers

This stamp set is called Beautiful Flowers by Simon Says Stamp. Stamped using Gina K black amalgam ink on Whisper White card stock. Colored in various Copic markers

Black clean and simple card

The Valentines 2020 kit from Simon Says Stamp is probably one of my favorites ever! So many goodies in here that can be used all year, I can't seem to stop making cards with it.
This one was fairly simple. It is a black panel popped up on foam tape atop a black card base. The rose and leaves were colored in Copic markers and fussy cut. Gold embossed the sentiment and added some of the sequins that came in the kit.

Monday, February 3, 2020

You Are Loved

Who wouldn't feel special and adored receiving a card with this sentiment? I love it.
The die cut is by Simon Says Stamp with Crate paper background piece. Adhered to glitter paper embellished with sequins. Card base is inked with TH distress inks of Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick and Stampin' Up! hearts stencil.

Coloring Station

I spent Super Bowl Sunday organizing my coloring supplies for better efficiency and I hope this makes me more productive. The Copics and Prismacolor pencils are my favorite for coloring most projects.  Next I will be on to consolidating my stamps, I still have so many on the wood that are taking up too much room. If you have any suggestions or pics I would love to see!