Thursday, July 23, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge

For this weeks challenge, (see details at theSimon Says Stamp blog here) I used newly released dies and stamps from Simon Says Stamp. I thought it would be fun to make the sun shine and have a hot melted appearance so I added Glossy Accents over clear Pearlescent Embossing Powder that was heat set.
Lots of inky edges and some 6mm sparkling clear sequins throughout the background
How is that shine for you? Happy Summer!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Reverse Confetti sketch 26

The minute I got this Later Gater stamp set from the new release, I knew I wanted to create a card or two using it! I can't stand how cute he is.. Look at his teeth!

I created this little card using the following sketch
You can see details here at the site

Here is my take on the sketch

This is just one of the many ones I colored so I know there will be more projects using this stamp set soon!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Monkey Love

Even though my daughter Erin is about to turn 14 years old, our love of monkeys never goes out of style.
I knew I had to have this adorable stamp set from Reverse Confetti.
I stamped out the balloons, monkey and gift boxes colored with Copics, fussy cut and adhered to a stitched rectangle piece. Because the card is for a birthday, I added some Wink of Stella shimmer to the presents and Glossy Accents to the balloons. 
Card stock, pattern paper, and resin stars are from Studio Calico June and July kits.
I added a decorative edge and some art tape from Heidi Swapp to the inside of the card to give it a more grown up feel.
I am going to find a picture of her with her two favorite stuffed monkeys who were inseparable when she was young.
Happy Birthday to my little monkey Erin!!!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mixed Media June challenge

created a piece for Mixed Media Challenge Blog

My piece is inspired by Birds of a Feather and Inks and Mists.

I had fun smoothing inks, sprays and paints and then developing this little birdie from scratch using a China marker to outline it and cut out some collage words from a Brave Girls Club Soul School kit . 

Monday, June 08, 2015

Watercolor Blog Hop

Hello everyone. I am here today to share some watercolor techniques as a part of the Watercolor Bloghop hosted by Pretty Pink Posh.
One of my favorite watercolor techniques is creating luxurious backgrounds. Whether they are subtle or bold, water coloring works fabulous on backgrounds!
First, I stamped a fancy swirl image (Hero Arts) with Versamark ink. Sprinkled on some Liquid Platinum (Ranger) embossing powder and heat set with my gun. This creates a bit of resist and allows the flourish to stand out.
This card was created using pigments from Kuretake Zig Gansai watercolor set.
What I love about watercolor is that you can let a layer dry and go back on top to really make another layer.
Then I filled in the gaps with Distress Inks spritzed with water using the blending tool.
Here is a closer view. Using the different mediums of watercolor really gives depth and luminosity to the background but is easy to do!

Here is another card I created using the similar background watercolor technique using Copics... Yep... Copics and the blending solution to soften the hard edges... This method is more direct and playful but can achieve a similar effect!
You can check out more watercolor images, techniques and art over at the blog hop host page. Inspiration and chances to win prizes.
Hope to see you there!

Watercolor techniques

Watercolor techniques are all the rage right now. Here is another card I am sharing for the Watercolor Blog Hop hosted by Pretty Pink Posh. There are some amazing cards being shared. Hope you check it out!
My card starts with lots of layered papers. Some washi tape and letter stickers for the sentiment. 
The floral image is from W plus 9 and was colored in using Kuretake Zig Clean Color Brush markers and Akashi Ya Sai watercolor markers. Both sets of markers are rich hues that activate with water and also blend well with other colors ( with or without water) 
There are 20 colors of the Sai markers and over 80 of the Zig ones... So much fun blending these and getting the boldness of the pigment with the easily controlled brush tips!

Here is another card I created using the same markers. Same stamp image but a different set of colors .
Check out the blog at Pretty Pink Posh to see more watercolor ideas!

Watercolor Blog Hop

I am excited to be sharing a creation for the Watercolor Blog Hop hosted by Pretty Pink Posh.

There are so many possibilities for creating watercolor effects in papercrafting right now. I have done several cards and am sharing three blog posts showcasing my favorite way to create a watercolor look using inks and paints.
This card uses stamp sets from W plus 9.
I stamped the images using Archival ink in black and let them dry.
I used Coptic inks to color in the flowers and butterfly.
The soft watercolor background is using diluted distress ink mixed with some wink of Stella and a pearly watercolor set by Yasutomo.
Here is another card I created using the same technique except I used the black filled Wink of Stella in the center of the flower... Really gives it a more natural shimmer layered over the Distress Inks. I stamped a simple sentiment and layered it on frosted vellum.
Stamps are from Altenew. Sentiment is Papertrey Ink 

If you are interested in seeing more creations you can click on the link below and leave comments for your chance to win some great prizes from the sponsors!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

City Scene

I am participating in Online Card Classes Stretch Your Dies.
I have had this set of city buildings and been dying(get it) to use it on a card.
This is adding Hero Arts newest Ombré inks to the buildings. 
My favorite thing to do with dies is to use the negative space (white card stock) as a background layer and then to layer the individual die cut images onto it! It really gives it some dimension and makes it pop!
I matted it onto some black packaging I had from Darice and then put some Glossy Accents in the windows! Such a fun little card.

The sentiment and banner stamp are from Altenew and the die cut houses and inks are Hero Arts

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hero Arts Nature Challenge

Had so much fun painting a beach background and sand using the newest Gelatos in pastel and metallics. I applied a mix of Gelatos and Distress Inks with water and smooch spray for a dreamy, shimmery background.
Stamps were stamped in Dye Ink, fussy cut and then colored in with Copics.
I also added Wink of Stella to the base of the shells to give them a matching sandy finish.
The shells are from my all time favorite clear stamp set from Hero Arts called Antique Engravings.
My goal this year was to make more generic cards and do more painting on my cards.
The sentiment is from Everyday messages by Hero Arts

Monday, March 16, 2015

Mix it Up challenge

Created this card using Ellen Hutson stamped birdie.. I colored in with copics and added a Hero Arts sentiment from Mixed Messages.
Using some older paper lines from my stash and mixing in some new American Crafts accents!
Bright and fun for spring!!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Day 5 Spring Into Action challenge PTI

This card is using a fun stamp set that I have never actually used but owned for several years... sigh... we all have them!
Our challenge is to break out the never used or gently used stamp sets that have barely seen ink and like Spring I was happy to break it in and get it inky!

This card uses stamps from Up Up and Away set and a unused die cut from Wonderful Words
Lots of inky goodness on this one... I inked just the edges of the clouds to allow the kite to be the focal point... love the dreamy background on this card perfect for any age or gender!

Papertrey Ink anniversary Day 7 Metallics challenge

Here is a card using only neutrals and metallics. I really didn't have any metallic inks or powders so I used glittered gold embossing powder to create a fun background. Hearts are from Heart to Heart Mini set 3

Sentiment is from Think Big Sentiments 24
I added a chipboard accent/feather from American Crafts ... sequins from Studio Calico and glitter dots are from MME.

Blue Skies Ombre card challenge Day 8

Today we are challenged to create a ombre card with the color blue.
I created a ombre background using Scattered Showers addition stamp set with a rainy ombre background effect.
I also used some dual tone stamping and some ombre stamping on the sun and two tone clouds.

Hopefully these bright colors will cheer up even the gloomiest!

Monday, February 09, 2015

Papertrey Ink 8th anniversary celebration Day One challenge

Is to pick a color and sketch recipe from their generous and inspiring Inspiration Cards they offer each month that you can find on Nichole's blog here

I used this color recipe

and created this card

and then I did this card using this sketch as inspiration

Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary Day two : Maile Belles inspiration

One of their talented designers is back with the team and we cannot be more excited! In order to celebrate her honor, we have been challenged to find one of her pieces that inspired us and create a card/project based on it. You can check out her amazing projects over at her blog here 
I love this card she created

Even though I do not own this coverplate , I tried to recreate the look using the Victorian Lace border die and layering it around my card. Flower stamps are from Friends til the End stamp set
I also loved this color scheme so much and had to add this sheet of pattern paper and letter stickers from recent Studio Calico kits.
Thanks for the inspiration Maile!

Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary day 3: Bagged and Tagged

For this challenge, we were to create a handmade tag for a bag . I chose this regular tag cut out of cardstock and added a leftover (the negative of the Wonderful Words Hello die) and also created a little bag out of the Favor It Box 2 die . I thought this grey color was a better choice for my son and will be perfect for a little something for Valentines! Now to fill it with candy!
I had to add this little owl and sentiment to the tag from the Tiny Treats Valentine Stamp set.. they are so stinkin cute and I use them every year for my Valentines!

Papertrey Ink 8th anniversary : Day four Bitty Bouquet challenge

I am sharing a card today I created for the Papertrey Ink 8th anniversary challenge : Build a bouquet using multiple different floral images.
I used flowers from  Lace Bouquet, and All About You additions stamp sets... Inks are from Red Lead and Distress/Ranger. I also mixed various "greens and stems" using bits from various PaperTrey stamp sets.. The sentiment is from Giga Guide Lines stamp set.
A bright cheery card for this dismal winter days!

Thursday, January 29, 2015


This week I will be adding some of my stash to my Etsy shop.
In addition to handmade cards, scraps, supplies and giftable/altered items,
I am introducing Scrap Packs. 
These bags are chock full of gently used, some new and some mismatched leftover craft items.
Many include papers, stickers, embellishments, buttons, ribbons etc all put together with other 'scraps' from my stash...
In the mean time, I am purging, cleaning and sharing some images of my eclectic studio I call the dream cafe. The first pic is off my unmounted stamp storage.
The second pic is the armoir of paperand tins of die cutting supplies and punches.
This view(below) is the main counter. Which houses tools, paints, flowers, embellishments and wood mounted stamps.
I have been adding shabby vintage touches with a French atelier influence... Pinks, dark woods, trunks, baskets... I like it to feel like a flea market.

Of course there is sewing and stitching

A few close ups of my desk

I just recently created a paint corner
The overall view (below) crazy, eclectic, shabby scrappy dream cafe

Hope you enjoyed the tour!