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April 20, 2017

Playing With Inks

Hi, I have a couple quick simple cards to share with you today.
After I make a card, if it is not specifically for someone
I will leave it on my desk until I type up a blog post.
Well, I have a bit of a back up on my desk so I am going to
have a few cards in this post that I have made playing around
with inks, Distress, Distress Oxide and Catherine Pooler Inks.
The first card I created the background using the Distress Oxide inks.
At first, I started out by just painting on stripes using Worn Lipstick and Fossilized Amber, it di not come out the way I envisioned it but the great thing about the Distress Oxide is that once it is dry you can layer the colors.  I added some Spiced Marmalade and Iced Spruce.  In the end I really liked it and did
not want to cover it up too much so I just added a Gina Marie die label
and stamped the happy birthday.

The next two cards again I played around with the Distress Oxides.

Both of these cards were made with the same piece of paper.
I really didn't like the way the paper came out after I had added the
Oxide inks, so I thought what the heck let me try using the 
Joseph's Coat technique on it.  I grabbed some CTMH solid flower stamps
and randomly stamped using Versamark and then clear embossed them.
I then used Distress Walnut Ink I just covered over the stamped piece using my blending sponge.  It was amazing to see this come to light, so I turned my
not so nice piece of paper into a pretty usable piece.  I cut it in half using a wavy die and used the two pieces to make a couple cards.

Finally, the last card of the day is one using Catherine Pooler Inks and Unity Stamps. 
The Cather Pooler inks are so vibrant and work pretty much like
the regular Distress Inks.  I just spread some ink on my craft mat
misted it with water and drug my watercolor paper through it.
I then stamped the Unity Stamps flower from the "Rebuild Your Life" set and
the sentiment is from "Bunches of Love" set.
After I stamped the flower and went back in and added some water from
the petals and dabbed it with paper towel lifting off some of the color.

Thanks for stoping by, would love to hear which card is your favorite.
Challenges entered:
Aud Sentiments - use a stamp for your sentiment - ends 4/30
Crafting with Attitude - anything goes - ends 4/30 
Crafty Girls Creations - anything goes - ends 4/30

April 15, 2017

Spring Boot - Bugaboo

Well, it's that time again, time for the Bugaboo Crafty Challenge
over at the Crafting Circle
Each month starting on the 15th there is a challenge to
use any Bugaboo image on your project.  You have a
whole month to join in the fun and maybe win 
some Bugaboo images.  There are also Freebies every
Friday over at Bugaboo.


This month I chose to use the image called 
Spring Boot which was one of the freebies a few weeks ago. 
I colored it used my new Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors.
I absolutely love these paints, they move so well so you can
paint lightly or darken your colors.
You will be seeing a lot more projects from me using these fabulous
watercolors.
So come on over and join in the fun at the
Bugaboo Crafty Challenge.

April 13, 2017

A Beautiful Feather

I love how this one turned out.  I made it a few weeks
ago but never got around to typing up a post.
Lately, I have had an addiction to Unity Stamps, I am sure they
love it but my wallet doesn't, they have way to many great
sales and tempting stamps.  Not a good combination for me. 

This card I used the beautiful feather stamp from the
"Beautiful is Never Perfect" set.  This stamp has to be
way at the top of my list of favorites with all it details
and flowers.
I started out with some watercolor paper and using my new
Distress Oxide Inks.  Oh my, do I love these inks!  I used 
Broken Chine, Cracked Pistachio (ha ha ha I am sitting here
cracking pistachios and eating them while I type this) and Wilted Violet. 
Once I got the background the way I liked it I stamped it with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Ranger Super Fine White embossing powder.
I am not very good sometimes at combining the right inks colors so I 
can not take full credit for this one.  I saw a card done by
Lin over at the Sending Hugs blog and knew I had to give it a try.
I stamped and heat embossed the happy birthday on a Gina Marie
die cut.  You can check this and her other dies HERE.

Well I am so glad you stopped by would love the hear what you this
of my card.
Challenges entered:
Aud Sentiments - Happy birthday/7 - ends 4/17
Crafting with Attitude - anything goes - ends 4/30
Crafty Girls Creations - anything goes - ends  4/30
Moving Along with the Times - birds and/or feather - ends 4/25



April 8, 2017

Hamburger Boy - Bugaboo

Hi back again to share another cute Bugaboo BBQ image.
Our sponsor this month at Crafty Awesomeness Challenge is
Bugaboo stamps, showcasing her new website. 
This burger looks lip smackin good, or at least my lil 
hamburger boy thinks so.  I colored this one using my Copic markers then
placed him on some BBQ papers by Sweet Shoppe I printed to go
with the BBQ theme.  I love using these as there is always
coordinating elements to go along with the papers.   I also print
and cut the sauce and mit using my Cricut Explore then covered
them with Glossy Accents.
Well thanks for hanging out with me at my BBQ for a minute,
come and join in the fun at the Crafty Awesomeness Challenge

April 7, 2017

Oh Happy Day - BBQ

Hi, I have a cute summer themed card to share with you
today.  This month at the Crafty Awesomeness Challenge out sponsor
is Bugaboo Stamps.  Jodie has a whole new website set up for you
to make your shopping experience easier.
For this month I chose to use some of Bugaboos cute older
stamps.
This is actually 2 separate images that I merged together and printed on 
kraft cardstock.  I colored them using my Polychromos and I think a 
couple Prisma Pencils to get the correct colors.  Are they just the cutest?
The clouds and sun are Gina Marie dies that you can get here at the
Scrapbook Outlet.  She also revamped her website, must be something 
in the air, ha ha ha.
And that is it, a pretty simple card, I'll be back to share another card 
using a BBQ image, this one I call Hamburger Boy.

April 6, 2017

Get Well Wishes - Mojo Monday

Hi, I got to play along this week at Mojo Monday, one of my
favorite places to play.  I love making cards following sketches and
they always have great sketches.

Here is this weeks sketch, plus since it is the first Monday of
the month it is also prize week.

I made my card using some papers from one of my older 
K&Company paper stack.  It is two sided paper so it was easy to 
match up what papers I wanted to use.  The back pink panel
I die cut using a Gina Marie die.  The piece where the sentiment
is stamped is a stitched edge die cut.
I embossed some of the pieces to add some texture.  The
sentiment I stamped using a Verve stamp from the 
"Treasured Words" set.  The prize for this week's 
challenge is a set of Verve stamps of your choice.  Not a bad deal, 
their stamps are great.  So make sure you head on over and
play along at Mojo Monday, the more entries the more winners.

Challenges entered:
Mojo Monday - sketch - ends 4/9
The House that Stamps Built - add a die cut - ends 4/11
Addicted to Stamps - anything goes - ends 4/10
Crafty Creations - anything goes - ends 4/11






March 31, 2017

A Bit More Time to Craft

Hi, I am here to share my April project for 
A Bit More Time to Craft. I used the challenge sketch
from Retro Rubber to create this card.  


I used a digital paper from "Regal" for the maroon background
and the upper corner is from "Merry Christmas".
I added some faux stitching around the edges.
The qualify at Retro Rubber you need to use a
stamp that is at least one year old.  The happy birthday stamp I used is from Scrappy Cat and is probably 5+ years old.
  I placed a button on the corner to
add some dimension.


March 23, 2017

Lots of Layers Birthday

Hello all, last month one of the sketches at the 
Crafting Circle message board had a bunch of layers and
elements to it.
Finally while looking through some of my digital downloads
from NitWits I found the pattern papers I wanted to use and the
card just fell right into place.
The collection from NitWits Collections that I used is called Promises
I love the NitWits Collections because they all coordinate.  They come with                                      many embellishments and coordinating papers. 
I just imported the pattern papers into my Cricut Design Space and
then I print and cut out the shapes the sizes I needed.
I cut a dark purple rectangle using a Gina Marie loopy die.
I stamped the Happy Birthday with a Gina K Designs stamp and then
water colored with my Zig Clean Color pens. 
I just so happened to pick up those flower stickers at Michaels a couple
days before I made this card and they were perfect!
Well, that's it, thanks for stopping by.

Challenges entered:
Crafting with Attitude - anything goes - ends 3/26
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes - ends 4/6
Crafty Girls Creations - anything goes - ends 3/31


March 16, 2017

Beautiful Feather Flowers

So excited to share this card.
I had just received an order of Unity Stamps ❤ that had
one stamp in that I had my eye on for a while, along with several
other sets (I know I was bad).
Then on the Unity Show & Tell Facebook page they announced the
next challenge which was to use watercolor.
I knew right away that I wanted to use the "feather" from the set called
I stamped it on Bristol Smooth paper and watercolored it with my
Zig Clean Color pens.
I made the card a long 8 1/2 by 4 inches, so I cut along one
edge of the Briston paper using a stitched border die.  I had to run it once
and then line it up and run it through my Big Shot again and I 
DID IT, I lined it up perfectly. :)
I used one of my favorite color combinations teal and purple and matted by card.  The image panel is popped on top of the matting so
it has some dimension. I hardly make a card without popping part of it with craft foam or foam tape. 
I hope you like my card, would love to hear what you think.
Challenges entered:
Unity Show & Tell - watercolor use a Unity stamp - ends 4/3
Southern Gals - Pop with foam - ends 3/22
Through the Purple Haze - anything goes - ends 3/22
Crafting With Attitude - anything goes - ends 3/26
Crafty Girls Creations - anything goes - ends 3/31
The Flower Challange - must use a flower - ends 3/25




March 15, 2017

Monster Love!

Well Hello, it is that time again, time for another
It is a fun challenge, starts the 15th of each month and runs all
month long.  You can make anything you would like as long as you
use a Bugaboo image, the images are so cute that is easy to do.
Plus Jodie has a Freebie every Friday.

The image I chose to use is call "Love Monsters" and it is
just too cute. 
As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to color it in bright colors using only
primary and secondary colors.  Felt like I was going back to school, ha ha ha.

I colored him using my Copic markers and layered him on a bunch of matching colored paper that was embossed with a variety of patterns. 
The card matches the sketch this week over at 
Tuesday Morning Sketches, with the addition of a couple
small elements. 
I added a corner die cut from My Little Paper World, this was an afterthought to cover up a small tear that happen in the corner of my picture after
I colored him(don't ya just hate when that happens?).  I had used washi tape
to tape the Gina Marie die so it would cut exactly where I wanted it, well when
I lifted it up it torn the paper.   I added a Spellbinder die cut in orange
so I would have some where to stamp the sentiment using a Unity Stamp from the.........So Glad you were Born set.
A little funny story about this image, I had it colored and laying on 
my desk when my 2 1/2+ year old great grandson came in and saw it.  He
picked it up and got all excited and tried to take off with it "OH NO".
So I knew right then and there what I was going to use this for,
his birthday card. Perfect!!!
So that is my card for today, be sure and head on over
to the Bugaboo Crafty Challenge and join in, you have till
April 14th to post your project. 
Challenges entered:
Tuesday Morning Sketches - sketch - ends 3/19
Creative Moments - anything goes/twist blue - ends 3/21
Inspiration Destination - anything goes - ends 3/28
Fab n Funky - Children - ends 3/21



March 14, 2017

Bright and Cheery Birthday Card

Hi, The card I have to share with you today is made using
a lot of the things that came in the last Stamp of Approval box.

I made the center panel using the stencil that came in the SOA box and
embossing paste.  Then I colored it with Catherine Pooler inks.  I stamped the flowers using the same inks and then die cut them with the matching dies,
all the stamps and dies were also in the SOA box.  
This card also follows one of the row at the
House That Stamps Built - Tic-Tac- Toe challenge.
Center row down is my card.
Well that's it, I hope you like my card.
Challenges entered:
The House that Stamps - tic-tac-toe - ends 3/14
Artist Inspirations - anything goes - ends 3/19
Crafting from the Heart - anything goes - ends 3/19



March 10, 2017

A 10 Minute Card!!!!

Holy Moly I can't believe I did it!
For those that know me know that I am a VERY slow cardmaker,
it usually takes me 45 minutes to an hour just to pick out 
the paper (think maybe I have too much paper???😏).
I made this card in 10 minutes start to finish!
I got the inspiration from the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch this week.
The whole point of their sketches are to keep it simple.
So I pulled out my Catherine Pooler Inks and my latest
Stamp of Approval box and BAM just like that I had a card made.
For the pattern across the corner I used Catherine Pooler Inks, Lime Rickey, Aquatini and Flirty Fuchsia for the colors.  I was just going to use 2 colors and
then at the last I thought let me throw in another color for a bit of pop.
That pattern stamp is from the Catherine Pooler set called Everyday Mod
  The congrats is from the set You Did It, also by Catherine Pooler.
Both sets will be available in her shop in the near future.
Well there you have it, thanks for stopping by. 
Challenges entered:
CAS(E) this Sketch - sketch - ends 3/16
Craft Rocket Challenge - no pattern paper - ends - 3/14
Crafty Girls Creations - anything goes - ends 3/31
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes - ends 3/21

March 9, 2017

Paper Piecing - Tuesday Morning #393

Hi, I am so excited to share this with you, I think I found a 
new addiction.
Over at the Unity Stamps (Show n Tell) Facebook group the
challenge is to do paper piecing.  I have heard about this and seen it
around but never tried it.
Oh how I love it!  Thanks Unity for challenging me. 
I stamp the flower using the Remembering You Blooms Unity stamp kit.
The sentiment is another Unity stamp for the Succulent Salutations.
I then stamped it on red pattern paper and green pattern paper.
I cut out each piece and then layered it onto the original flower I
stamped.  I love the look and the possibilities are endless, it is also
a nice alternative to coloring or painting.
I cut around the flower using a Gina Marie die, the corner is also a die cut but it is from My Little Paper World.
The ribbon banners I stamped using a Gina K stamp and then hand cut them out.
I created this card following the sketch this week over at Tuesday Morning Sketches.   The sketch was a perfect fit for this stamping project.
Thanks for stopping by and I am sure you will see a lot more
paper piecing from me :).

Challenges entered:
Tuesday Morning Sketches - sketch - ends 3/12
Unity Stamps Show & Tell - paper piecing - ends 3/14
Crafting With Attitude - anything goes - ends 3/26
Paper Players - cut it out - ends 3/10

March 7, 2017

Mojo Monday #487

Hi, I have a quick card to share today following the
sketch over at Mojo Monday this week. 
Since it is the 1st Monday of the month they offer a 
$25 gift certificate to Verve Stamps.
This was a fun sketch to work with, in fact, I may make another one.
The papers I used are from a DCWV paper stack from 2009, might have 
been one of my first paper stacks, although I have been making cards since 1996.
I embossed the center panel with a "woodgrain" embossing folder.
The foliage is a die that I got in my last Stamp of Approval box.
The happy birthday is a Verve stamp that I have had for years 
and is one of my favorite happy birthday stamps, love the mix of cursive and
block lettering.
Well that's it, thanks for stopping by.

March 4, 2017

Baby Elephant Birthday

Hi everyone, happy weekend.
Here is my second project using the Sasayaki Glitter
Sasayaki Glitter is our sponsor this month over at the

Isn't this elephant just adorable?  It was so easy and fun to
color using my Copic markers, also added a little bling using my Gelli Roll pens.
I cut Elly out using a Gina Marie stitched die. 
I created this card using paper from the CTMH paper pack
called Confetti Wishes.
I used the sketch this week over at Tuesday Morning sketches.


I hope you like my card today and get to join in some
of the challenges, this card follows.

Challenges entered:
Crafty Awesomeness  DT entry - coloring - ends - 3/31
Tuesday Morning Sketches - sketch - ends - 3/5
Catch the Bug - anything goes - ends - 3/11
Di's Digi Designs - dies cut or punch - ends - 3/10




March 1, 2017

Birthday Cheers!

Hello, I am back to share a card with you I made for
my grandson's birthday.  
I made this card following the sketch at Mojo Monday for sketch
number 485.  I love to play along at Mojo Monday but this time I
could not enter it in their challenge because I didn't get it posted in time.


It's ok, my grandson turned 25 so the beer part is ok.
Plus he is in the Navy and you know what they say about Sailors and drinking.
I added some stickers that I picked up the other day on clearance
at Michaels.
All the papers are digital papers from 
where I am on the design team.   They have an "Anything Goes" challenge
the 1st and 15th of each month. 
I used my Cricut Explore to print and cut out all the papers.

Remember that comment about Sailors and drinking........................
well here is the inside.
Ha ha ha, this is a stamp from Repeat Impressions. 
I am sure this is exactly what will happen.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog.




Ants in Polka-a-Dot Booties

Hi, doesn't that title grab your attention, lol.
Well that is exactly what this image did to me when I saw it.

This month at the Crafty Awesomeness Challenge our
sponsor is SasayakiGlitter, so I got to use one of these
adorable images. 

Once I saw those cute ants with their polka-a-dot booties I knew I 
had to color this image, it is called Heart Ants, it made me think of Spring
coming.   I used my Copic Markers to color this one.
Originally my thought was to have a red and white checked background but
when I laid them together it just did not look right.  So I went with the bold
look of bright yellow and red.  Love the way the colors go together and
how they pick up the colors from the image.  I embossed the yellow panel with 
A Cuttlebug swirls embossing folder. The black strips across the top are ribbon.
I created this card using a past sketch from  
My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge and is also one of the sketches
I am using this month for the Sketch Challenge I am hosting over at
the Crafting Circle message board.  Would love to have you come and 
check it out and maybe join in if you need some inspiration.  It is a challenge 
that runs all month long and showcases 4 sketches and some extra credits
to get your mojo pumped up.  

I hope you like my card and leave me some love.  Hope to see
you at the challenges I mentioned above.

Challenges entered:
Addicted to Stamps - Anything goes - ends - 3/7
Crafting by Design - anything goes - ends - 3/25
Crafty Creations - anything goes - ends - 3/14
Crafty Gals Corner - use ribbon - ends - 3/7
Frilly and Funkie - think Spring - ends - 3/14




February 22, 2017

No Line Coloring

Hi, lately in the "coloring" world no line coloring is
all the rage.  I have to admit I love the look of it, but not
very good at it.
So over at Power Poppy this month the challenge is......
I had to give it a try using Power Poppy image 
Tulips in a Hobnail Pitcher.  I printed it on my printer
but changed the lines to print in very light gray, probably 
too light cause it was hard to see.
I have to admit I kind of messed up, mostly on the leaves.  
All in all, though I do like the color palette and once I put it together on
a card it didn't look too bad.
I colored it using my Zig Clean Color pens on Strathmore Bristol smooth
paper, I like this paper for Zig coloring. 
I then cut out the oval using a Gina Marie die in the middle of my
checked paper.  Love this set of dies cause after you cut out the center
you also have a stitched oval piece to use.  I mounted that whole panel on craft fun foam to raise it off the base.  The circle I cut using my Cricut and then
stamped with a stamp from CTMH.  I used Catherine Pooler's Tiara ink                    and it matched the paper perfectly.  I love these inks!

Now over at Kit and Clowder this month Alyce has a class
for coloring with no lines, so after I did this I went on over and sign up                    for the class.  Maybe I will do an updated version
of this one after I have done the class, just for comparison
purposes.  I am sure it will be remarkably better as Alyce is
a fabulous teacher. 

So you have until the end of the month to join this challenge 
at Power Poppy's blog, head on over a join in.
Thanks for stopping to take a peak.
Challenges entered:
Crafting by Design - It's almost Spring - ends 2/28  
The House that Stamps Built - Anything goes - ends 2/28
Stamping Royality - use dies - ends 2/27


February 20, 2017

Unity Feathers

Hi, I have a card to share with you that I created using some
The challenge this time on Unity's Show & Tell Facebook page
is all about feathers.

For this card I used the feathers from the Feather Soft Love set.
I had such a hard time getting a good picture of this card.
 I could not get the color to show right.  The background is a real pretty      coral like peach.
I bought it as a single sheet from Michaels and it was already embossed
with the chevron pattern, I really need to go back and see
what other colors and patterns they have.
I stamped the feathers and then heat embossed them using gold embossing
powder.  I then watercolored them using my Zig Clean Color pens, and fussy cut them out.
The sentiment is also a Unity stamp from the 
That's it, it was a fairly simple card.  Thanks for stopping by.
Challenges entered:
Heartfelt Stamping - Repeat stamping - ends - 2/26
AAA Cards - Water Coloring - ends - 3/4
Angies Digital Stamps - Anything goes - ends - 2/24
PennyBlack All Sorts - Must use a stamp - ends - 3/1




February 15, 2017

Let Your Dreams Bloom - Bugaboo

Hi, this month at the Bugaboo Crafting Circle challenge
we got to work with a "mystery" image and you can image
how thrilled I was to find that it was flowers!  I love coloring
flowers and making cards with them.

The mystery image was Flower Doodles from



This time I printed the image on vellum, then I colored on the backside
using my PrismaPenicls.  After it was colored I layered the vellum on
a very pale yellow piece of paper.
I  cut the ribbon banner using a Gina Marie die and then stamped it with in fact a                   Unity stamp. Pretty simple but I love the way it turned out.
This is a pretty new challenge over at the Crafting Circle, in fact, this month 
is just the second challenge.  It runs every month from the 15th 
through the 14th of the next month.  
You need to use a Bugaboo image but not to worry Jodie offers
a freebie every Friday, plus her prices are very reasonable on her
other images.
Thanks for stopping by, look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Get Well Teapot - Bugaboo

Hello, hope everyone had a great Valentine's day and didn't
eat too much chocolate.  

Today I have a card to share with you for our new 
This is just the second month of this brand new challenge so we would love fo you to join in the fun.
You can create anything you want as long as you use a 
Bugaboo image and there are some adorable ones.
The image I got to work with is called Flower Teapot and it can
be found HERE.


I printed out the image onto kraft cardstock and the colored it with a
mix od PrismaPencils and Polychromos.  I absolutely love coloring
on kraft cardstock with pencils.  The colors seem tp pop off the paper.
I thought this image was good for a get well card so I cut
out the sentiment using my Cricut Explore.  I picked up some
of the colors I used and then matted the kraft paper on those colors. 
The edges I stamped with a stamp that came in a ProvoCraft stamp
set I got a few years back.  The stamp is only about 2 1/2 inches long so thankfully I had my MISTI and got to stamp around the edges perfectly lined up.

So that's it!  Go ahead grab yourself a Bugaboo image and play
along, you will have till March 14th to enter.  Remember 
Jodie at Bugaboo has a Friday freebie, plus her images are very reasonable.


February 8, 2017

Sending Love

Hi, Valentine's Day is fast approaching so I have
a card today to share that could easily be used as a Valentine card.
This is one of the stamps that was in Unity Stamps,
I stamped it watercolor paper and watercolored her using my
 Zig Clean Color pens, I love them!
I distressed the edges, matted it and mounted on a kraft card stock base.
A pretty simple card.
Thanks for stopping by.
Challenges entered:
Addicted to Stamps - Holiday - ends 2/13
Crafting by Design - Love & Romance - ends 2/14
Crafty Creations - anything goes - ends 2/14
Midweek Magnolias - shoe some love - ends 2/14




February 3, 2017

Hi, I have a quick card to share with you today.
Well quick for me even though it is very simple it still took me 
30-45 minutes to make.  It just takes me forever to pick my papers
and the embossing folders.
Freshly Made Sketches
As soon as I saw this sketch at Freshly Made Sketches I
knew I wanted to make a CAS (clean and simple) card using
different tones of the same color.
So here is what I came up with.

I used pearl linen like paper for the white background and embossed
it with an Anna Griffith folder. I stamped the sentiment
using a Verve stamp.
And that is it, even though it is a very simple
card I love how it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by, I would love the hear what you think of my card.

Challenges entered
Freshly Made Sketches - sketch - ends 2/6
Art by MiRan - anything goes - ends 2/16
Crazy Colour Challenge - anything goes - ends 2/17
Crafting With Friends - anything goes - ends - 2/16



February 1, 2017

A Purple Giraffe?

Hello, well here it is the 1st of February so it is time for

This month our sponsor is 
Cute As A Button digital images.
I have a great-granddaughter's 6th birthday coming up so
I chose to use this cute giraffe
image.
I colored "her" using my Copic markers.  Fro some reason I never color
a giraffe a normal giraffe color lol.  My G-granddaughter loves purple
so purple it was.   
I cut him out using one of my new Gina Marie dies, I LOVE this 
Loopy Edge rectangle.  I embossed the pearl yellow background and added
a glitter panel down the center, after all, a little girl can't
have too much sparkle.
I cut a wavy ribbon banner out using my Cricut Explore
and then stamped it with a Unity Stamp from the 

You have a whole month to create something for the 
Crafty Awesomeness challenge,
so come on over and join the fun.

January 31, 2017

Love You

Hello, I have a card to share with you today that I created
as a Design Team member over at 
the wonderful digital papers that Lozzy has created. 
The background paper is from the "On it's Way" pack.
The papers in this pack are really pretty.
I cut the ribbon banners and the word love using my Cricut Explore and 
the word you is a die I got in one of my Stamp of Approval boxes. 
I love the rich pink/mauve colors in this paper.
Using these papers made this card come together pretty quick.
There are also Friday Freebies over at ABMTTC page, 
click HERE to check them out. 

January 30, 2017

Flirty Fuchsia and Aquatini

I made this card using the new Catherine Pooler inks, aren't those fun names.

I made this quick card using the Flirty Fuchsia and Aquatini, I love this 
color combination don't you?
 They more I play with these inks the more I love them.
I just took my ink pad and dabbed some of each color
onto my craft mat, spritzed it with water and then laid the
paper down on it.  After I lifted it a sprayed it with just a bit more water to make the colors blend and more a little more. 
Then I randomly stamped with some small stamps that were in
one of my Stamp of Approval boxes.  The set is from CAS-ual Friday called
Young at Heart.  The sentiment is a Unity stamp.  I added some random sequin and that was it.

Thanks for stopping to take a peak, be sure and check back in the
next couple days I have some more projects to show you.

Challenges entered:
Artistic Inspirations -  anything goes ends 2/4
Crafting from the Heart - anything goes - ends 2/4
Get Creative Challenge - anything goes - ends 1/31



January 27, 2017

Stella going Braless

Hi, I have a fun card to share with you today.
I made this following the sketch this week at
They have a different theme challenge for each day
of the week so make sure you check it out there may be 
something there for you to play along.
I used the Bugaboo image Stella Braless
for this card.  I love the Stella images.
The saying is a stamp I had from Rubbernecker Stamps.
I printed her on Strathmore Bristol paper and colored her dress using a water brush and my Rockin Red ink pad from Catherine Pooler.  This is the first time I "watercolored" using these and inks
and it is amazing.  The color goes on sooo smooth.
I used my Zig Clean Color pens to do her hair and skin.
This was such a fun and quick card to make, I hope you enjoyed it.
Thanks for stopping by.

Challenges entered:
Catch the Bug - sketch ends 2/5
Simon Says Stamp blog - anything goes - ends 2/1
4 Crafty Chicks - watercolor - ends 1/31
Crafting With Attitude - anything goes - ends 1/29
Crimbo Crackers - something cute - ends 2/8

January 25, 2017

Happy Bday to my Wine Partner

Hi I a back to share a 2nd card with you that I
made this month as a Design Team member at the 
I used the same KennyK image Happy Hour for the front of
the card. 



I used my Copics to color the image.  I had cut the oval out of a panel of paper using my Gina Marie In and Out Oval die set. It is a pretty cool set because 
the oval that is cut out has a dotted edge as well as the paper the oval was cut from.  So one cut gives you two pieces to create with.  I embossed the red
panel using a Cuttlebug folder.
The saying I wrote and cut using my Explore and Pilot Precision V5 pens.
I love the way these pens write using the Explore.
I bestie and I love to enjoy our wine together so that is why I used
this saying.


Then here is the inside.
I stamped the image using an Art Impression stamp from the Wine Divas set 
and colored it with my Copic markers, the colors are better in person.
The sayings are also stamped but I used SugarPea Designs stamps from the 
Wine Not set.  I thought they fit the theme perfectly.
Well thanks for stopping in again and would love to know what you think of my card.  Also remember you have some time left to join in on the 



January 19, 2017

No Line Coloring

Hello, hope everyone is looking forward to the weekend.
Today I have a card to share with you using a Unity Stamp image
from the Steps of Courage set. 
I stamped this with Distress Ink Antique Linen to give it a 
"no line" look.  I then painted/colored it using my Zig Clean Color pens using
Light Carmine and Yellow for the flowers and blended with my
water brush. I cut out the image using Cottage Cutz stitched die.  Although you can't see it in the picture I dotted the dots around the image using the clear Gelly Roll pen.
The background paper I made using Wax Paper Resist technique. 
HERE is a video from StampTv showing the technique. 
I left off a sentiment that I will add later when I decide how to use it.
I made another a little while ago using the same process you can check out HERE if you would like. 
I did the border on the yellow panel using a Martha Stewart punch, added a few pearls and that is it. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek at my blog.

Challenges entered:
Crafty Creations - Anything goes ends - 1/31
Fab n Funky - must use ribbon - ends 1/24
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes - ends 1/24
Kraftin Krimmies - anything goes - ends 1/24

January 15, 2017

Same Image 2 Ways - Bugaboo

Hello, have you heard there is a NEW challenge
in Blogland.  
Yippie, it is called 
be a month long challenge starting on the 15th of every month.
How cool is that to have all these Bugaboo creations in one place
to look at each month.  I am so honored to be on the Design Team.

So for my project this week I am made two cards with the same image
colored each a bit different way, using the same media and colors.
The image I used is Floral Trio Frame and printed on Canson Mixed Media paper.

The first one I with a watercolor smooching kind of look.
Using my Distress Inks - Peacock Feather - Mustard Seed and Worn Lipstick
I smooched each color on my craft sheets and sprayed lightly with water, then I laid my printed imaged directly on the sprayed ink and moved it around a bit.
After it dried I mounted it onto a piece of black card stock.
I took a piece of Recollections Pink pearl card stock and loaded it
into my Explore and using a Pilot Precision V5 black pen it wrote
the sentiment.  I love the elegant look of this writing.
I embossed some lines along the edge using my MS Score Board, then mounted the panel with the Bugaboo image and that was it.


This one is pretty similar in layout it is just a 4 by 8 card that fits into
a business size #10 envelope.  Here I used the same Distress Inks colors as above but I colored using an Aqua brush.  I was more precise and painted within the
lines, then added a light watercolor wash to the background.
I cut out the Happy Birthday Wishes using a die I got in my April Stamp of Approval box, it is by Cas-ual Fridays.  

So there is my two version of the same digital image, which one do
you like better?  I'd love to hear.
Well head on over to Bugaboo and pick out some images and join
in the fun on this new monthly challenge.  Also check out the Friday Freebie 
at Bugaboo


January 13, 2017

Thinking of You

Hi, I have a card to share with you I made a few weeks ago
but have not had a chance to sit down and type up a blog post for it.

I had read about a technique called Wax Paper Embossing resist.
As soon I saw it I had to give it a try and I had a lot of fun and
made several different pieces to have on had to use for card
backgrounds.   There are several tutorials and videos out there but
HERE is the one I followed.
A few weeks ago Unity Stamps had a challenge using feathers
and/or a set of colors, well I pulled out this piece of wax resist paper
I made and it was perfect for the challenge. 
I stamped the feather stamp from the Feather Soft Love Unity stamp set using Memento Black Ink.  Matted it on a few coordinating colors and added some sequins.  I think it looks so pretty.

Thanks for stopping to take a peak, see you soon with another post.

Challenges entered:
Art by Miran - Anything goes ends - 1/20
Craft for the Craic - Pick me up ends - 1/31
Creative Fingers - Anything goes ends - 1/20


January 4, 2017

Sending Birthday Wishes

Happy New Year, hope you all had a great new
year and look forward to a fabulous 2017.

Today I have a card to share with you that I created following
the sketch over at CAS(E).
I generally have a real hard time making clean and
simple or one layer cards but this one seemed to just fall into 
place.  Yeah for me!
Of course using Catherine Pooler new inks and stamps from a
Stamp of Approval box did make it easier.   Her inks are brand new and the colors I used are from the Foundations box.  The stamps are from a
past SOA box.  
I hope this inspires me to make more simple single layer cards
and inspire you also.  If I can do it you can too!

Thanks for stopping by to take a peak.

Challenges entered:
CAS(E) this sketch - sketch ends 1/5