Monday, July 29, 2019

Merry Christmas

Hi there and welcome back!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Chris is hosting this week and has chosen the lovely combination of Seaside Spray, Highland Heather and Pool Party with a dessert option to add bling.

This is the final week of the Christmas in July theme for the Color Challenge, so I made one more holiday card for my stash.

I love this Hero Arts cover die and was excited to use it for this challenge.  It was die cut 4 times, 3 out of white card stock and one out of Glitter White card stock, and layered for dimension.  Does it ever sparkle!  To create the blended panel beneath I started with a piece of Bristol paper, and used the challenge colors to blend.  After drying from a heavy splatter of water, it was sprayed with shimmer spray, then splattered with pearl metallic paint to add a brighter snow effect.  After drying, it was trimmed down and adhered to a Highland Heather card base, then the die cut adhered over top.

Thanks so much for visiting, it's always appreciated!  I've added a link to SCS where you can find the link to the Color Challenge, so I hope you'll join in! 

Have a great week!


Stamps: None
Paper:  Highland Heather, Neenah Solar White, Strathmore Bristol, Simon Says Stamp Glitter White
Ink:  Seaside Spray, Pool Party, Highland Heather
Other:  Merry Christmas Cover Plate die (Hero Arts), Tsukinedo Shimmer Spray, Ranger Pearl Metallic Acrylic Paint

Monday, July 22, 2019


It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  I am hosting this week and chose the colors Pretty Peacock, Bermuda Bay and Silver, with a dessert option to add sparkle.

This month, the SCS Color Challenge DT decided to have the theme of Christmas in July, so in keeping with that, I pulled out an ornament stamp set and went to work.  I heat embossed the ornaments with white embossing powder on Pretty Peacock card stock, then used Finetec Pearlescent watercolor paints to color the ornaments.  Because I colored on regular cardstock, I used just a couple of squirts from my Distress Sprayer into the individual pans to get the paint ready to apply to the ornaments.  I used a blue silver and an aqua close in color to Bermuda Bay.

After the painting was dry, a bit of the same paint in silver was lightly splattered on the panel.  Separately, I stamped the word "Christmas" on white card stock and die cut with a label die then die cut the word "Merry" from silver glitter paper.  Both were adhered to the panel then added to a white card stock base. 

Thanks so much for visiting!  I hope you'll join in with the Color Challenge this week!


Stamps: Ornate Ornaments, Tiny Words Christmas (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Pretty Peacock, Silver Glitter
Ink:  Pretty Peacock, Versamark
Other:  Stitched Rectangle, "Merry" and Sentiment Label dies (SSS), Alabaster embossing powder (Brutus Monroe), Sakura Metallic Silver Gelly Roll pen, Finetec Pearlescent watercolor paints.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Wonderful Time of the Year

It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Barbara is hosting and has chosen the combo of Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Gold, in keeping with our theme of Christmas in July.  The dessert option is to use stars on your card.

I decided to use one of the cute Suzy's Watercolor Prints from Simon Says Stamp for my card.  It was an easy image to color with my Copic markers and a bit of Gilt acrylic paint.

I began coloring by adding a light gray brown to the background, then created the "wood" floor.  Coloring the tree, tree holder, bulbs and candy canes was relatively simple.  Next, I put a small dollop of the Gilt paint on a palette, added a very small amount of water then painted the stars and tree topper.  Once everything was dry I used a Copic Multiliner pen to go over the outlines of those painted images plus the sentiment to make it more prominent. I used a white gel pen to create the "snowflakes" on the tree holder.  The panel was die cut, adhered to a panel of gold foil, wrapped with gold twine and mounted a Cherry Cobbler card base. 

Thanks so much for visiting!  If you'd like to join the Color Challenge or any of the challenges on SCS, use the link above and check it out.  Have a great week!


Stamps:  None
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Gold Foil, Suzy's Watercolor Prints (SSS)
Other:  Gilt Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakely), Copic Multiliner, Sakura White Gelly Roll pen, Gold twine, Stitched Rectangle die (SSS)
Copics:  Tree-G29; Ornaments and Candy Canes-R39, 37, 35; Background-E40; Floor-E33, 37, 29; Tree Holder-W5, 3, 1, R39, 37, 35, G29, 24, 21

Monday, July 8, 2019


It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  This week, Karen is hosting and has chosen the lovely combination of Rococo Rose, Soft Sea Foam and Very Vanilla, with a dessert option to use pearls.

Since Rococo Rose is a new SU In-Color for 2019-2020, I hadn't used it before and was pleasantly surprised at the beautiful pink I got when water coloring with the reinker.  I pulled out an old favorite Christmas stamp set and colored the poinsettia with the rose color, and used the green to create a soft background behind the heat embossed flower and sentiment.

When the panel was completely dry, it was die cut with the scallop border die.  I then used metallic pearl acrylic paint to add splatters to the background, added the panel to a slightly larger piece of the rose card stock, then mounted to the Ivory card base with foam tape.  To finish the card, I added some Ivory Seashell Crystal Drops to the center of the bloom.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you'll use the link above and check out all the challenges at Splitcoaststampers!


Stamps:  Joyful Christmas (SU)
Paper:  Ivory (Simon Says Stamp), Rococo Rose, Soft Sea Foam, Arches #140 Coldpress Watercolor
Ink:  Versamark, Rococo Rose, Soft Sea Foam
Other:  Scallop Stitched Rectangle die (SugarPea Design), White Satin Pearl embossing powder (Hero Arts), Pearl Metallic Acrylic paint (Ranger), Tonic Nuvo Ivory Seashell Crystal Drops

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Birthday Blooms

Happy 4th of July all those in the US!  I'm posting before dinner and all the festivities begin with the neighbors as we gather for fireworks.  I've made a card for the current challenges at The Paper Players and Freshly Made Sketches.

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I love Tic-Tac-Toe challenges and while my intention was to use the diagonal elements from bottom left to upper right, I also ended up meeting the middle vertical row elements as well.  And Jen's FMS sketch worked perfectly for all these elements!

I started by coloring the floral images from Bloom and Grow with Copic markers.  After using a white gel pen to add white tops to the black stamen in the center flower and brighten the small little pussy willow sprig (?) ends, it was die cut with the matching dies.  I centered the sentiment in the lower part of a die cut circle, then added the flowers on the top of the circle with fun foam.  Daffodil Delight patterned paper was adhered to the white card base, then topped with a horizontal strip of lavender card stock.  I added a smaller circle of fun foam to the bottom of the circle, then adhered to the card front along with a few clear sequins.

Thanks so much for visiting!


Stamps:  Bloom and Grow, Tin of Cards (sentiment)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Lavender (Simon Says Stamp), Daffodil Delight patterned paper (ret. SU)
Ink:  Gina K Jet Black Amalgam, VersaFine Claire Nocturne
Other:  Sakura White Gelly Roll pen, Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Budding Blooms and Layering Circles Framelits
Copics:  Y26, 08, 04, 00; G09; YG07, 01; V17, 15, 01

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Rosey Thanks

Hello crafty friends!  I have a card to share for the current challenge at Color Throwdown, where I am their Guest Star Stamper this week!  Because the colors are red, green, black and white I was very tempted to make a Christmas card but in the end decided to do a bit of floral stenciling.

Because my husband and I are preparing to put our house up for sale, I had limited time to create in the last week (clean this, organize that, pack, pack, pack!), so using a stencil for my focal point made putting this card together very easy.  I also used new-to-me Life Changing Brushes in the small size that made using the stencils even easier.

Inks from Altenew in greens and reds were used with the Bouquet of Roses stencil on a panel of white card stock.  The reds were leaning more towards a pinkish shade, so I added some Fired Brick Distress Ink at the center of the flowers to change the hue a bit and increase the intensity.  The panel was trimmed down and added to the card base along with a strip of MFT black and white striped patterned paper.  After embossing the sentiment on a strip of black card stock it was added to the panel along with a few clear sequins.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you'll check out this week's CTD challenge!


Stamps:  Brush Stroke Sentiments (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Black, MFT Black and White Basics
Ink:  Versamark;  Altenew:  Ruby Red, Grapevine, Parrot, Olive, Moss; Fired Brick DI
Other:  Bouquet of Roses stencil (SSS), Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder, Sparkling Clear Sequins (PPP), Life Changing Brushes (Picket Fence)

Monday, July 1, 2019

A Merry Little

Hello crafty friends!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Jeanne is hosting this week and has chosen the combo of Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride and Granny Apple Green, with a dessert challenge to add stripes.  Also, for this whole month the Color Challenge DT is using a Christmas in July theme, so expect to see some non-traditional color combos for holiday cards!

I'm also joining the monthly SCS Dirty Dozen July Christmas Challenge for Fan Club members, where the theme is "From Antlers to Waddling", which works perfectly for my card.  And finally I'm joining the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.

And here's my card!

I picked up this darling Avery Elle stamp and die set at an after Christmas sale last December, so I was excited to use it.  The critters were all colored with Copic markers and die cut.  For the background I blended white pigment ink on the bottom of a panel of Bristol paper, then heat embossed transparent sparkly embossing powder to create snow covered ground.  I masked off the snow then used Distress Inks in colors similar to the SU neutral Night of Navy to blend the sky, which was then splattered with both water, then pearl acrylic paint to create a snowy sky.  When everything was dry, the sentiment was added with white embossing powder.  Then the panel was die cut and adhered to a white card base, then the cute critters added with thin foam squares.

Thanks so much for visiting!


Stamps:  A Merry Little Christmas (AE)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Gina K Amalgam, Hero Arts Unicorn White, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks, Versamark
Other:  Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder, Stampendous Crystal Sparkle embossing powder, Sakura Silver Gelly Roll pen, Ranger Pearl Metallic Acrylic paint
Copics:  RV09, 06, 02; R20, 21, 22; Y17; YG67, 17, 03; BV29, 25; E71, 59, 57, 44, 37, 33, 31, 30, 29; W5, 3, 1; C2, 0