Monday, December 17, 2018

Birthday Wishes

Hi there and welcome back!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers and I am hosting this week!  I've chosen Lovely Lipstick, Daffodil Delight and Basic Gray for the colors this week, with a dessert option to add a tag.

I had a vision of what I wanted my card to look like but as I watercolored the images and tried to create the background, it just wasn't what I wanted (okay, it was awful!!).  So I went back to square one and decided to use the same images but color the main flower with Copic markers and have the majority of the other stamped images be white or uncolored.  I've seen a lot of cards with this design idea over the last year so I thought I would give it try.

After finishing the stamping and Copic coloring, I used the matching dies to cut out the images.  The pieces were then layered on a white panel previous die cut with a stitched, scallop rectangle die.  I used some Linen Thread to gently wrap around the panel and attach the die cut sentiment tag, then mount the panel on a gray card base.

Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've added a link to the challenge above, so I hope you'll swing over there and find time to join in!


Product details
Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew), Tiny Words (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Slate (SSS), Lovely Lipstick (SU)
Ink:  Gina K. Amalgam, Versamark
Other:  Tags & Labels Framelit (SU), Beautiful Day matching dies, Card Front Builder Elements Stitched Scallop rectangle die (SugarPea), Linen Thread
Copic markers:
Flower:  V000, Y15, 02, 000
Berries:  RV 29, 25, 23

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Christmas Ornament

Hi there!  Well, I thought I was done with Christmas cards by last weekend, but then had one more to make, so I decided to use the color challenges at The Paper Players and Color Throwdown for my card, as both are very similar.  My color of choice for the PP challenge is Kraft.  I'm also joining the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme this week is Christmas.


I decided to use the beautiful Pinecone Decoration stamp for my final (I think!) Christmas card of 2018, coloring it with Copic markers.

When the coloring was complete, I cut down the panel to just under 4" x 5.25", added the Shaded Spruce die cut frame and adhered the entire thing to the Neenah Desert Storm card base.  To add some sparkle, the ribbon and "berries" were painted with an aqua shimmer pen, then used crystal glaze to top the berries.  The top of the ornament hanger just kind of ended in space, so I cut off the legs of a gold brad and adhered it to the top for a nicer finish.

Thanks so much for your visit, I always appreciate it so much!  I've added links to the challenges above, so be sure to visit!

I'll be back next Monday evening with the new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  I'm hosting this week so I hope you will check it out!


Product details
Stamps:  Pinecone Decoration (Stampendous)
Paper:  Neenahs Solar White and Desert Storm, Shaded Spruce (SU)
Ink:  Gina K Amalgam
Other:  Stitched Rectangle Frame (MFT), brad from stash, Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen and Crystal Glaze, Copic markers

Ribbon:  R35, 37, 39
Leaves:  G02, 17, 28
Flowers:  C0, 3
Pinecone:  E21, 23, 25, 27, 29
Berries:  R29, 43

Monday, December 10, 2018

Perfect Blend

Hi there!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Karen is hosting this week and she has chosen Petal Pink, Mint Macaron and Highland Heather, with the dessert option to add stripes. 

I'm also joining the current Mojo Monday challenge with this fabulous sketch by Miss Julee!

To me, this week's colors seemed 1940's retro, especially the pink and mint together.  I decided to make a fun coffee themed card that would work either for a friend or a sweetheart.

I used images and a sentiment from the Hero Arts August 2018 kit, stamping two of the coffee cups, coloring them with Copic markers in colors similar to the Color Challenge.  Masking was used to add the whipped cream to the tall cup and both were fussy cut.  Copic markers were used to color both the bottom of the circle and the pink strip across the middle.  The polka dots on the pink strip and the stripes on the coffee cups were added with a white gel pen. 

As I started putting together the card together, I realized the Highland Heather card base looked a little bare, so I inked up a background stamp with white pigment ink, which gave it a nice subtle design.

Thanks for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've added links to both Mojo Monday and SCS above, so I hope you'll check out both challenges!


Product details
Stamps:  Hero Arts August 2018 kit, Deco Diamonds Background stamp (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Highland Heather
Ink:  Gina K Amalgam, Hero Arts Unicorn White
Other:  Hero Arts Infinity Nesting Circle die, Sentiment Label die (SSS), retired Stampin' Up embossing folder, White Gelly Roll pen, Copics-R20, 22, BG 11, 34, 49, G00, W0, W1, W3, BV31, E21, 25, 29

Monday, December 3, 2018


Hi there and welcome back!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Jeanne is hosting this week and has chosen the lovely combination of Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz, with a dessert option to add foliage.

I'm also joining the Anything Goes Challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Well, with these colors, there was no question I was going to color up a floral image hahaha!  I chose a stamp that I has seen no love since it arrived in my craft room in September, so I decided this was way past time to do so.

This lovely magnolia image was the result of a joint effort between Simon Says Stamp and Clearly Besotted during the SSS Stamptember event this year.  I ended up using Copic Markers in colors similar to those for the challenge.  For the stamen added a dark pink to the tips then used a white gel pen to color the base.  Once the coloring was complete the matching die was used to cut it out and the flower was painted with an Aqua Shimmer pen, which is captured really well in the photo below.  For the background, a foliage cover die was embossed on a piece of Pear Pizzazz paper, trimmed down and adhered to the white card base with Fun Foam.  After adding the die cut flower and sentiment, I finished the card with a few sparkling clear sequins.

Thanks for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I do hope you'll be able to join the Color Challenge at SCS this week!


Product details
Stamps:  Magnificent Magnolia (SSS/Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Pear Pizzazz
Ink:  Gina K Amalgam, Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  Sparkling Clear sequins (PPP), Sentiment Label die, Leafy Frame die (SSS), White Gelly Roll pen, Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen, Copics:  RV21, 23, 25, 09; YG 91, 95, 97