Saturday, February 18, 2017

Peony Blossom

Hi there!  I hope your weekend is going well.  Today I'm sharing a card made with one of the stamps from the beautiful Altenew Peony Blossom stamp set.  It's the delicate small blossom from the set that I water colored with Distress inks.

The flower was stamped in Versamark on watercolor card stock, then heat embossed with Hero Arts white embossing powder.  Using a #3 size watercolor paint brush, I started with the lightest color, Shaded Lilac, then added Dusty Concord to the areas where I wanted shading.  Mowed Lawn ink was used for the stem.  I used my heat tool to dry the image, covered it with a mask, then used an ink duster to brush on Tumbled Glass ink in the background.  A Layering Circles framelit from Stampin' Up! was used to die cut the piece.

For the background, I again used the ink duster tool to add ink.  Starting at the top with Shaded Lilac, next with Dusty Concord and finally Tumbled Glass.  This is only the second time I've used the ink duster tool, so I will need to work a bit more on my technique to better blend the light and dark colors.  Despite the blue and purple not overlapping and blending as well as I would have liked, I still like how it turned out, especially after I used a mister to add water, then took the sprayer out to drop larger dots of water.  After letting it set for a minute, I used a paper towel to dab and create the water splotches.  This didn't show up well on the blue, so I watered down some Dusty Concord ink and splattered it on the panel with a large paint brush.  Once dried, the panel was die cut with the largest Stitched Rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp.

The sentiment from another Altenew stamp set was heat embossed on a piece of black card stock and trimmed down to add to the bottom of the scallop circle, which was added to the panel atop a lavender horizontal embossed strip.  The last elements added were Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets and sequins, and Clear Wink of Stella painted on the flower.

This week's fabulous sketch from Freshly Made Sketches was used for my layout inspiration.  I've added a link below, so do be sure to head over to the blog and check out all the gorgeous inspiration!

I'm also entering this in the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, where this week the theme is Fantastic Florals.  Here's the link SSS Wednesday Challenge - Fantastic Florals.

Thank you so much for your visit!  As always, I'd love to hear from you if you have a moment to leave a comment.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Product details
Stamps:  Peony Bouquet, Persian Motifs
Paper:  Tim Holtz water color, Basic Black, Lovely Lavender (I think; it's a long retired SU color)
Ink:  Versamark; Distress Inks:  Tumbled Glass, Mowed Lawn, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord
Other:  Inkylicious Ink Duster, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, Stampin' Up! Layering Circles framelit, SSS Wafer Stitched Rectangle die, Seaside Stampin' Emboss Folder, Pretty Pink Posh Wisteria Blossom Sequins and Clear Droplets, Clear Wink of Stella, #3 size water color paint brush

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Crazy for You

Time for one more nontraditional Valentine!  Today, this is the one I made for my husband.  I've not been feeling well the last couple of days but I finally made it back to my craft room so finish this up. 

I started with a panel of white card stock and used my new Inkduster ink blending brush to softly blend some Abandoned Coral ink across the main part of the panel, then cut it out with the largest of the Simon Says Stamp Wafer Rectangle dies.  Next I drew three hearts on Bristol card stock in a sketchy manner to kind of match the style of Bird Crazy stamp.  I then colored them with a Light Carmine Zig marker and fussy cut them.  They were added to the panel after positioning the main focal point.  The sentiment was created on a scrap of white card stock stamping the individual letters from the Labeler Alphabet stamp set, then cut out with my paper snips.  I like the funky uneven look it creates.

The bird was stamped on a piece of Bristol paper and colored with Zig markers and a water pen.  After it was dry, I fussy cut it with paper snips and set it aside until I was ready to assemble my card.  The flags under the corrugated horizontal strip were created by rubbing my Abandoned Coral mini cube over a scrap of white card stock then cut them out with Bitty Banners framelits.  I did that to try and match the background but after putting it all together I think I should have used the same Zig marker that I did on the hearts to color them so they would pop a bit more.  Oh well, my husband won't notice!  ;-)

The layout for my card was based on this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I've added a link below, so be sure to head over there to enjoy all the beautiful inspiration.

Thanks so much for visiting!  I'd love to hear from you if you have a moment to leave a comment.  I hope the remainder of your weekend is enjoyable!


Product details
Stamps:  Bird Crazy (Tim Holtz), Labeler Alphabet
Paper:  Neenah Solar White 80# and 110#, Corrugated White paper, Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black (used for sentiment), Versafine Onyx Black, Abandoned Coral (Ranger Distress)
Other:  Zig Clean Color Markers, Bitty Banner Framelits, SSS Wafer Stitched Rectangle die, Black Journaling pen, Paper Snips, Inkduster Blending Tool

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Be Mine, Valentine

Hi there and welcome back!  Tonight I have a couple fun cards to share that I made for my "tween" and teen grandchildren.  They are kind of at the age where they would appreciate Valentines from "Meima" that are humorous rather than "cute" so I pulled out my Crazy Bird stamp set by Tim Holtz and went about making a couple of cards.

This fun bird was stamped on Strathmore water color paper, then colored with Zig Markers and a water pen.  It took a few tries as I'm still working on improving my blending technique with these markers.  Since I wanted a couple of hearts to add to the background, I grabbed a Stampin' Up! Journaling pen with permanent black ink and hand drew a couple of wonky hearts on a scrap of water color paper, then colored and fussy cut them as well. 

To create the background, I took a panel of watercolor paper, spread water in sections then used the yellow and purple markers to dab color which I spread with a paintbrush.  After drying with my heat tool I splattered water drops on it, then blotted them up and again dried the panel.  Next I mixed a bit of white gouache on an acrylic block, added a bit of water that I mixed with my paint brush, then splattered it over the panel.  It really didn't show up as well as I hoped probably because the colors were too light, but you can see it up close.  After all was dry, the bird and hearts were adhered.

The sentiment was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink then heat embossed with Stampendous Cristal embossing power, which is clear with glitter as you can see in the photo above.

The second card was made much in the same way as the first, although I drew the hearts on the dried watercolor panel.  I love these birds!

I'm joining the Stamp Ink Paper challenge this week, where the theme is Love.  I've added a link below so be sure to use it to visit the blog and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration!

Thanks for visiting!


Product details:
Card #1
Stamps:  Crazy Birds, Bloomin' Love
Paper:  Basic Black, Strathmore watercolor
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark
Other:  Zig Clean Color Markers:  Yellow, Light Blue, Cornflower Blue, Purple; Stampendous Cristal embossing powder, white gouache, water pen, paintbrush

Card #2
Stamps:  Crazy Birds, P.S. I Love You
Paper:  Island Indigo, Basic Black, Strathmore watercolor
Ink: Same
Other:  Zig Clean Color Markers:  Persian Green, Yellow Green, Orange, Red Carmine

Monday, February 6, 2017

Bella Valentine

Hello again!  I've made a Valentine's card for one of my grandchildren using the Bella & Friends stamps set.  This little dog is so sweet, I just love this stamp set.  It was a bit of a challenge for me as I used my new Zig Clean Color Markers, so it took 3 attempts to get the blending to work on the main focal image, but I'm happy with the end result.

I started with a Soft Sky panel and created a background design with two small stamps from two different retired SU stamp sets (listed below), then cut it out with the largest Wafer Stitched Rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp.  For the Bella image, I stamped it with Versafine Onyx Black ink on water color paper, then used Zig markers and a water color paint brush to color it.  I started with the lightest color and added layers of the same color marker, then dried with my heat tool before applying the darker color for deeper shadows.  That's when it got a bit interesting as the darker color had a greener base so then I had to go back and add the original brown and blend in...I was grateful it ended up looking okay; it was a bit touch and go for a while! 

I added a light blue around Bella then used a gray to ground her.  After the panel was dry it was cut with a Stitched Shape Circle framelit and mounted on a Cherry Cobbler layer cut with the largest scallop circle Layering Circles framelit.  Before adding it to the Soft Sky panel, a piece of Soft Sky Glitter Ribbon was layered underneath.  Once the circle was in place and trimmed on the right side, the embossed sentiment on a banner of Basic Black card stock was added.

After all was adhered and added to the card stock base, it just seemed I needed one last addition, so I added a little heart to the sentiment that was cut from Cherry Cobbler card stock and cut a couple extra to add to the piece of white card stock added to the inside

I've used the current sketch challenge at Fab Friday for my card design.  I'm also entering this in the current challenges at Paper Player (Valentine theme) and Just Us Girls (Word Week - dog).  I've added the challenge graphics and links below, so be sure to use them to visit and check out all the amazing inspiration!

Thanks you so very much for visiting, and as always, your comments so are so appreciated!  Have a great week!


Product detail
Stamps:  Bella & Friends, Tin of Cards (heart), P.S. I Love You (sentiment), Bloomin' Love (flower and heart)
Paper:  Whisper White (interior), Soft Sky, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Strathmore Watercolor
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark, Soft Sky
Other:  Stitched Shapes, Layering Circles and Gift Card Envelope and Trims Framelits, Wafer Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Soft Sky Glitter Ribbon, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, water color paint brush, Zig Clean Color Markers:  Light Brown, Mid Brown, Deep Red, Haze Blue, Gray Tint.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Happy Birthday, Little Fox

Hello again!  We have a great nephew that is going to have his 3rd birthday next Friday, so today was the day I had to get his card made.  I decided to use the Foxy Friends stamp set to create a cute little scene.

Using my Misti, the fox, tree stump, large tree and those cute mushrooms were stamped on white card stock.  Thank goodness for that tool, as I was FINALLY able to get to get a good stamped image of that cute little fox, plus easily align the eyes, nose and front legs.  Next I fussy cut all those stamped images so I could pop them up on foam tape on the panel where I can created the scene with trees, clouds and grass.

The Calypso Coral base was layered with a piece of the designer series paper from A Little Foxy paper stack, then the scene was added along with a horizontal piece of White Corrugated paper and the sentiment.  I was happy with how quickly this card came together once the fussy cutting was complete. 

I used this week's sketch Sketch Challenge at Splitcoaststampers for inspiration for my card layout.  I've added a link below so be sure to head over there and check out all the amazing inspiration!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  I hope to be back with one more card in the next two days before heading back to work on Tuesday.


Product details
Stamps:  Foxy Friends, Petite Pairs, Sky's the Limit, In the Meadow
Paper:  Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, White Corrugated, A Little Foxy dsp
Ink:  Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Garden Green, Smoky Slate, Tip Top Taupe, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other:  Stitched Shapes and Layering Ovals Framelits, Misti, Paper Snips

Friday, February 3, 2017

Color of Love

Hello again!  I recently acquired some Zig Clean Color Brush Markers and had a chance to play around with them a bit.  Actually, I made myself a color chart so I could get to know the colors and how I think I might blend them.  I tried water coloring with them on various types of paper, and came up with the main focal point of my card today. 

I started with a larger piece of watercolor paper, two of the Zig markers and a watercolor paint brush.  I moved the first marker back and forth across the top of the panel, with more complete coverage up above then less so as I moved it down towards the middle, then used my wet brush to blend and lighten.  Next I turned the paper around and started with the 2nd marker on the other end and worked towards the middle, again blending with water towards the middle.  After it dried it was trimmed down to roughly 2 x 2.25 inches.

Next, I used my Misti to center and stamp the sentiment on a 4 x 5.25 inch panel, then used foam tape to add the water colored piece.  All along my plan was to add either stenciled or die cut hearts under and around the water colored panel but once the panel was added just above the sentiment, I loved how it just popped against the white background and decided not to add any embellishments. 

I love how spare and totally CAS it is, plus your eye has plenty of white space to rest after looking at that very bold water colored piece LOL!!

My card was inspired by this week's challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and I've also entered it in the Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp, which the theme is...The Color of Love.  ;-).  I've added links below so be sure to head over to both challenges and enjoy all the amazing inspiration.

Thanks so much for visiting!  Have a great weekend!


Product details
Stamps:  Painted Greetings (Altenew)
Paper:  80# & 110# Neenah Solar White, Watercolor
Ink:  Barn Door (Distress)
Other:  Zig Clean Color Markers (Red, Carmine Red), water color paint brush, Misti

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Big on Birthdays

Hi there!  Tonight I have a card to share that was made for a co-worker's birthday.  I needed a masculine card and was struggling with my mojo, so I searched Pinterest for ideas and found this card (, which I decided to CASE.

I love the clean look of it, which was enhanced by using a monochromatic color scheme.  The layout from the original card was used, but the colors and stamp sets are different.  I used my Misti to stamp the sentiment and the hardest part in putting the card together was making sure to line up all the squares when I adhered them.  I know I will use this layout again in the future.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great week ahead!


Product details
Stamps:  Big On Birthdays, By the Sea, From Land to Sea
Paper:  Whisper White, Smoky Slate
Ink:  Smoky Slate
Other:  Stitched Shapes and Layering Squares Framelits, Smoky Slate 1/8" Stitched Ribbon