Thursday, May 13, 2021

More Than Coffee for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Hello there, I hope you're doing well!  It's time for a new Tic Tac Toe Challenge and this week Tenia has given us this fun board to spark our imagination and creativity!

For my card I used Julee's fabulous Mojo Monday Sketch.

I have to admit that I struggled with this Tic Tac Toe board a bit at first but came up with a fun solution using an older Hero Arts My Monthly Hero card kit from August 2018.  Julee's sketch certainly helped inspire me as well!

I ended up going down the left row (rainbow, purple coffee) and used a couple different patterned papers from my stash.  The cup and foam were stamped and colored with Copic markers then die cut with matching dies.  The purple plaid was trimmed down and added directly to the card base.  For the large square the rainbow paper was matted on a white panel then foam tape was used to add it to the base.

The small square was die cut from white and with a smaller square die, from a scrap of the plaid paper.  The square dies create a thin frame, so the purple plaid frame was adhered on the white square then the coffee and rainbow foam were popped up on foam tape (please ignore that the foam was adhered slightly askew - had to be the sloppy barista lol!).  The sentiment is from the same card kit and was die cut with a circle die and added to the card.  An aqua shimmer pen applied some sparkle to the foam and a few clear dew drops were added to finish things off.

Be sure to use the link above to see all the fun cards by the other DT members and hopefully join us this week!


Stamps:  August2018 MMH card kit (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, retired 6x6 paper pads from Lawn Fawn (rainbow) and MFT (plaid)
Ink:  Gina K Obsidian Amalagam, Versafine Clair Nocturne
Other:  MMH matching dies, Nested Infinity Circle die (HA), Essential Squares dies (Ellen Hutson), Aqua Shimmer pen (Tonic), Small Clear Dew Drops (Honey Bee)
Copics:  R20, RV32, Y17, 13, YG03, 01, BG11, B00, V15, 12 01

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Part of My Life

Hello friends, I hope you're doing well!  Today I'm sharing a card that was inspired by the yummy colors at the current Color Hues challenge.  I'm also joining the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, both with Feminine themes.

I recently acquired some stunning floral Color Panels that were illustrated by the immensely talented Emily Midgett, and just had to use one for this card.  Periodically she sells sets of her color panels and here's a link to Emily's blog post from April, the last time they were available.  If you're interested you could reach out to her and/or follow her blog to catch they next time she has them for sale.  

The panel was colored with Copic markers in the challenge colors of orange and red, plus I used warm grays for the leaves, stems and flower centers, and a light orange inside the framed portion of the background.  Originally I thought about mounting the panel on a light gray card base, but ended up opting for black.  I trimmed the panel down so it would have a nice black border and adhered it to the base with foam tape.

After the sentiment was white heat embossed on black, it was die cut and popped up on the card front with foam tape.  I used a black glaze pen to then bring the stamen ends to life as the Copic coloring made it hard to see them.  Lastly a few clear sequins were scattered about on the panel.

Thanks for taking time to visit, I appreciate it!  Take care and have a great week ahead.  And if you're a mom visiting on Sunday May 9th, Happy Mother's Day!


Stamps:  Build A Flower - Stargazer Lily (sentiment/Altenew)
Paper:  Emily Midgett's Coloring Panel on NSW, Black
Ink:  Versamark
Other:  Featured Sentiment die, Sakura Black Glaze pen, Sparkly Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)
Copics:  R59, 46, 24, 14, YR18, 07, 16, 000, Y17, W7, 5, 3, 1, 0

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Special Delivery

Hey friends, I hope you're doing well!  I have a card to share with you that was inspired by the current challenge at The Paper Players.  Joanne has chosen a fun theme of cards for boys, which I never have a enough of, so this worked perfectly.

I'm also joining Addicted to Stamps, where the current challenge is any occasion.

My husband and I have two great nephews that are young, so I'm constantly looking for fun stamp sets appropriate for their age.  Recently I found a cute space themed set at Ellen Hutson, which worked well for this theme.

I began by making an easy galaxy background.  I used Distress Oxide inks to blend the colors, starting with the lightest in the middle and working my way out to the darkest.  Next a Distress sprayer was used to add water drops to simulate stars, then I added white gouache splatter for good measure, with both a small paintbrush and a toothbrush for the smallest size dots.  I set that aside to dry and went to work on all the stamped images.

The rocket ship and planets were colored with Copic markers and cut out with the coordinating dies.  The thing that probably took me the longest was deciding what sentiment to use.  The stamp set has several fun sentiments but none for birthdays so I pulled out several other sets and finally settled on "special delivery", which it would be if it were from space, right?  

After the ink blended panel was dry, it was die cut with the deckled rectangle die and adhered to the white card base.  Next, all the images were positioned on the panel, adhering the planets directly to it, then popping up the rocket ship with foam tape.  The main sentiment was die cut then the birthday greeting sentiment strip trimmed down and both added with foam tape.  I still wanted more stars, so I tried making white dots with a white gel pen but it didn't stand out as well as I'd hoped.  Then I remembered I had some fun holographic stars, which ended up being the perfect final piece.  You can see them really well in the closeup below.

Thanks for coming by and taking a look!  Take care and have a great weekend!


Stamps:  Space Out (Ellen Hutson), Pickup Lines (Honey Bee)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Strathmore Bristol, Sentiment Strips (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink:  Gina K Obsidian Amalgam, Versafine Clair Nocturne, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot Distress Oxide
Other:  Space Out and Pickup Lines matching dies, Deckled Frames die (Waffle Flower), White Gouache, Sakura White Gelly Roll pen, Oh My Stars Confetti Mix (Trinity Stamps)
Copics:  R59, 46, 24, B28, 26, 24, 23, 21, 18, YG67, 17, 03, YR18, 09, 16, 21, 31, Y17, 06, 00, C5, 3, 1, 0

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Beary Happy for Sunday Stamps

Hello friends, I hope you're doing well!  It's time for a new challenge at Sunday Stamps where Heather has created this great sketch for us to play with!

I had a sweet little bear that I wanted to use for the vertical rectangle, so I took a little bit of liberty with the sketch to create a "scene".

Initially, I started by looking through the loads of pattern papers I have to use for the background, but nothing worked right, so I created a scene and used a puffy cloud instead of a half circle or doily.  I started by coloring the bear, flower and his little bee friend with Copic markers, then added grass and a blue sky behind him.  Next a panel of Tim Holtz Heavystock was ink blended with green and light blue Distress Inks then die cut to fit on the 5"x 7" card base.

Next the clouds were die cut, inked around the edges with the same blue ink as the sky, then adhered directly to the panel.  A strip of white woodgrain was adhered across the middle, wrapped with Linen Thread, then the panel was mounted on the card base with foam tape.  Our little bear buddy was matted on a slightly larger piece of white cardstock, the sentiment stamped on the panel, then the entire thing added to the card with foam tape to finish things off!  I really love the fun play on the sketch, the only thing I'd change is to darken the ink blending of the sky, because it really doesn't show up well in the photos.

Thanks so much for visiting, I really appreciate it!  Be sure to use the link above to check out the amazing cards by the other DT members and hopefully join us for this challenge!


Stamps:  Happy Days (Colorado Craft Company)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Tim Holtz Heavy Stock, White Woodgrain (Ellen Hutson)
Ink:  Gina K Obsidian Amalgam, Versafine Clair Nocturne, Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress 
Other:  Linen Thread (SU), Simple Puffy Clouds (Lawn Fawn), A7 Layers die (Waffle Flower)
Copics:  E29, 37, 35, 33, 31, R22, 21, 20, Y06, YG67, 17, 13

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Hello Friend for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Hello again! It's time for a new Tic Tac Toe Challenge!  This week the lovely Jeanne has created this wonderful board to spark our creativity.

I'm also joining the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with the Anything Goes theme.

For my card, I decided to go on the angle - embossing, coloring and flowers, although it ended up I could go across the bottom as well.

I started by stamping and coloring the two coneflower images.  Using Copic markers I find it hard to shade light pink for true contrast, so this time I used three Polychromos Colored pencils in Magenta, Fuchsia and Pink Madder Lake (light pink) to create the contrast.  Look at the difference below.

The leaves between the bottom pencil on the right up to the top pencil were shaded with the colored pencils and you can see the difference it made.  IRL the shading appears darker.  So anyway, it then could stand up with the other coneflower, where I was able to achieve dark shading with the red-violet markers.

With the coloring complete, the flowers were die cut with matching dies.  For the base, I adhered a scallop die cut panel of Desert Storm, then added a white embossed strip, then stamped the sentiment in black.  The flowers where adhered together at the very bottom of the stems, which was also glued to the card front.  The pink flower was slightly popped up with thin foam squares, the regular foam tape was used to pop up the dark pink flower and leaves.  And that finished my card!

Thanks so much for visiting, I really appreciate it!  I hope you'll take a moment to use the link above and check out the other DT member's beautiful cards, and hopefully join us this week for tttc111!


Stamps:  Build-A-Flower: Coneflower (Altenew)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Desert Storm
Ink:  Gina K Obsidian Amalgam, Versafine Clair Nocturne
Other:  Coneflower dies, Scallop A2 Honey Cuts die (Honey Bee), Layered Leaves 3D embossing folder (ret. SU)
Copics: [T6, V06, RV66, 55, 52] [RV91, 21, 10] [G28, YG45, G21], [E39, YR27, Y19, 13]
Polychromos Colored Pencils:  133 Magenta, 123 Fuchsia, 129 Pink Madder Lake

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Spring Flowers Birthday

Hello again!  I hope you're doing well.  Today I'm sharing a card that I made for three challenges - Seize the Birthday, The Flower Challenge and Addicted to Stamps (my second entry for this current challenge).

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One of my favorite spring flowers is the cherry blossom, so I thought no better way to go than to use Ellen Hutson's Mondo Sakura. I decided to watercolor these big, beautiful blooms using my Karin markers.  I use the term "watercolor" loosely as what I did was such an simple technique.  

After gold embossing the floral image on watercolor paper, I used a #8 round brush to bring water to each petal, use the marker to drop in some color at the petal base, then mostly let the water do the work, with a bit of help with my brush to get the color moving.  After the petals and leaves were done, water was added around the image and water colored in light blue.

When dry, the panel was trimmed down, splattered with the pink marker color and white gouache (both watered down), then added to the Ivory card base with foam tape.  The large sentiment was die cut from gold once and white twice then layered together and added to the panel.  I trimmed down a sentiment strip and adhered above the die cut, then added a few sparkling clear sequins for the final touch.

Thank you for taking time to visit, I really appreciate it!  Take care and enjoy the remainder of your weekend!


Stamps:  Mondo Sakura (EH)
Paper:  Ivory (Simon Says Stamp), Arches Cold Press watercolor, Gold Pearl (Tonic), Reverse Sentiment Strips (SSS)
Ink:  Versamark
Other:  "You" die (MFT), Rose Gold embossing powder (Altenew), Karin Brushtip Pro markers, White Gouache, Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Sweet Birthday Wishes

Hello friends, I hope you're doing well!  Today I'm sharing a card made for two challenges - Addicted to Stamps where the current theme is birthdays and with The Paper Players, were the challenge is to make a CAS birthday card.

I essentially made a one layer card with some embossing and just a bit of splatter for a little added interest.

In my stash I had two components of this card, one the embossed background and the other a piece of Bristol previously ink blended with shades of Distress Oxide Ink.  I decided to keep it simple, in line with the challenge, with just one die cut image.  I used a leaf die to cut it out, maximizing the as much color difference as I could.

Next I adhered the embossed panel directly to the white card base, then gently added the black and gold splatter, first to the panel alone, then a bit more after laying the leaf die cut on it.  When the splatter dried, the leaf branch was glued to the base just along the main stems so the leaves could pop up a bit.  The sentiment was gold embossed on black paper, die cut then added to the base with foam tape. The last touch was to add three sequins.  Very simple and easy, especially using things from my stash!

Thank you for taking time to visit, I appreciate it very much!  Take care and have a great week!


Stamps:  Sentiment Strips (Altenew)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Black, Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Versamark; Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon DOX
Other:  (All Altenew unless otherwise noted) Just Leaves die, Featured Sentiment dies, Modern Squares 3D embossing folder, Antique Gold embossing powder, Jet Black Ink Spray, Starry Colors Gold Metallic Paint (Gansai Tambi), sequins