Friday, November 17, 2017

Snowy Snowman Scene

Hello! I have another snowman card to share today. I’m not sure why, but I am really in the mood for using them on cards.  This is a set that I have played with before, but never used on a card.

I colored him with pencils with a touch of white gel pen for detail.  I again added white flocking to the hat!  For the background, I used a paint spatter stamp from Just for Fun and some Distress Oxide ink.  Then I sponged regular distress ink around too.  

This set has nice sayings for the inside and out, so I will share the inside too.

Supplies:  Inky Antics Decorating Snowman clear set, Versafine Black ink, Derwent Coloursoft Pencils, Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Spatter Background stamp, Distress Oxide Salty Ocean ink, Distress Tumbled Glass ink, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles dies, Stickles Glitter Glue, cardstock from my stash.

I would love to enter these challenges:
Merry Monday Outdoor Activities (Decorating!)
Dies R Us Challenge - Snow
ModSquad challenge - Merry and Bright
SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge blog - It’s a Stitch Up!

As always, I want to thank you for visiting my blog today.  And a special double thanks for those of you who subscribe and leave comments!  It is a real pleasure to have you here!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Chickadee Card (and a story about a much bigger bird)

In addition to stamping, I like to watch birds. 

 The other day, as I was sitting by my the window working on some cards, I saw five raptors circling quite low.  I knew they were mostly vultures, but suddenly, another bird caught my eye.  It was a Bald Eagle, so I rushed outside to take a better look.  It did circle around a few times so we could get a good look, even without binoculars.  What luck!  

So naturally, with these two interests, I like to have some bird stamps in my collection, and I use them quite a bit!

Let me explain how I did the background.  First, I stenciled three colors of Distress Inks onto regular white cardstock.  With the stencil still in place, I then spread flexible modeling paste over top of the inking.  After that, I removed the stencil.  As it dries, it gives the look that I colored the pastes, but this method is SO much simpler! 

Supplies:  Just for Fun Rubber stamps Stamptangle Chickadee stamp, Happy Birthday sentiment, Gina K Designs Dark Chocolate ink, Spellbinders Labels 18 die, Distress Inks Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage and Tea Dye, Heidi Swapp Stencil, Liquitex Flexible Modeling Paste, cardstocks from my stash.

I thank you for visiting today, and double thanks if you leave a comment!  I hope you have time for stamping today!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Color Challenge Christmas Cards

Hello everyone! I am back for my second Tuesday guest designing for SplitCoastStampers Color Challenge.   This week, Mary is the host and she chose Real Red, Cucumber Crush and Marina Mist. (Translation is Red, Green and Blue).  I hope I was able to get a close match for the Cucumber Crush - I really dug through my papers!  The optional theme is Christmas and I did go with it for both of my cards!

My first card is SUPER clean and simple.  I was inspired by a design on Pinterest, but I changed it up to make it my own.  It felt good to use the tiny star die in my set!

My second card is my favorite because I do adore this country Snowman stamp.  The birds were perfect because I could use them to include the blue.  I colored this with alcohol markers.

Supplies: October Afternoon Boughs and Berries Stamp set, Deep Red Stamps Snowman with Birds, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Memento Black ink, Spectrum Noir and Copic markers, Gina Marie X stitched rectangle dies, DieNamics Pierced Square dies, Darice star dies, American Crafts Let it Snow patterned paper, Sizzix embossing folder.

I know everyone is busy so I really appreciate your visit today!

Sunday, November 12, 2017


I have been wanting a new snowman stamp, and I recently found the cutest set!  I stamped out a bunch of these and colored them this weekend. Then I paired them up to make a card and a tag.  Oh what fun!

These are the cheaper acrylic stamp material and I always get great results with these using my Versafine ink.  Because I used that ink, I used my Prismacolor pencils and the pencil blender for coloring.

I did add some close up photos here because I hope you can see that I added some FLOCKING to the mittens and hat.  I know flocking has been out of style for ages, but I really think the white in my stash is well-used with Christmas cards. (I just need to be patient as the glue dries!)

Supplies: Art Impressions Warm Wishes Stamp and die set, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Prismacolor pencils, EK Success flocking, Heidi Swap Marquee Love and Pebbles Home for Christmas patterned papers, Stickles glitter glue, Sixxiz Tim Holtz Tag die, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles dies

I would love to play along with Art Impressions Tag It Challenge, Cute Card Thursday Sparkles Challenge and SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge blog Snow White challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Color Challenge - Fall Cards!

I was really happy to be asked to be a Guest Designer for the SplitCoastStampers Color challenge for November.  There is a new challenge every Tuesday.  The colors today are “crushed curry, cajun craze, cherry cobbler“ which are Stampin Up colors, but I used the closest I had in my stash to go with Burnt Orange, Yellow and Red.  The “dessert” for the challenge - an optional theme - is “gratitude.”  

For my first card, I stamped a pretty leaf and cut it out and then layered it with colored cardstocks.

The inside is where I added the gratitude twist.  I haven’t used these stamps for a long time.  I do like this sentiment with an image built in!

For the second card, I got out my Distress Inks and did a lot of generation stamping.  

Supplies:  Card One - Inkakinkado Harvest Expressions and Mindscape Fall stamp sets, Technique Tuesday Little Sentiments Stamp set, Versafine Onyx Black, Crimsom Red, Satin Red, Cardstock from stash, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles, Darice Woodgrain Embossing Folder; Card Two - Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Flora and Fauna Sheet, Distress Ink Dried Marigold, Faded Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Inkakinkado Harvest Expressions, Versafine black ink, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles, Spellbinders Foliage dies.

Thanks for stopping by today!

I would love to enter these projects in SimonSaysStamp’s Monday Challenge “Thanks/Thanksgiving.”

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Just for Fun’s November Challenge!

I hope to see you enter a project over at Just for Fun Rubber Stamp’s November challenge.  You do not need to use JFF stamps to enter, and there will be a random prize draw!  

The theme is Thanksgiving with sub themes of Travel and Family!  You can interpret that whichever way you want!

Here is my card using Cluster of Stalks background stamp and the cute Pumpkin Patch stamp!  I used copper embossing powder with the background stamp to add warmth and colored the pumpkins with alcohol markers.

Hope you have a great day!  

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Masculine Card for CraftyHazelnut’s Patterned Paper November challenge

Hello!  I am sharing today for CraftyHazelnut’s Patterned Paper challenge!  The November challenge is here, and it is always Anything Goes with Patterned paper!  I love the extra push to work through my stash, and every month, Hazel offers a prize!

This month, I went with a masculine look.  I pulled the turquoise and brown out of the patterned paper to use with my stamped panel.  This was a card for my son, who is very outdoorsy! Since I was giving it in person, I could add the button for embellishment.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber stamps Framed Maple Leaf (also in Flora and Fauna set), Sentiment from Unmounted set 1, Gina K Dark Chocolate Ink, My Mind’s Eye Happy Camper 6x6 Paper pad, Sizzix Dotted Rectangles dies, other supplies from my stash.

(A note: there are a few more hours left in Just for Fun’s 30% off everything sale!  No code needed!  Shop here.)

Thanks for stopping by! I will see you again tomorrow!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Autumn Sympathy Card

I needed this quickly so I used my peg stamps and adapted this card idea.

Supplies: Rubber Stamp Tapestry Seasonal Splendor stamps, Distress Inks Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Tea Dye, Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint, Gina K Designs Made with Love stamp set, Versafine Onyx Black ink

Thanks for taking a look!  I would like to enter this in SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Tweet! Chirp! Card project

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  October sure has flown by.  I wanted to participate in a color challenge, but the colors were clearly Halloween inspired, and I wasn’t planning on making any more Halloween cards.  (The colors were purple, orange, yellow and black.)  So I tried a few things and finally came up with this card.

The birds were colored with my Prismacolor pencils and blended with the blender pencil. I added little dots to them with a gel pen.  I happened to find this patterned paper that mostly went along with the color combo, so I used it to jazz up the background.  

Supplies: Ranger Little Birdies stamp set, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Prismacolor pencils, MFT Die Namics Pierced Squares die, Love Nicole Aquarelle 6x6 Paper pad, embellishments from my stash.

I would love to play along with the SplitCoast Stampers Color Challenges CC658, SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great weekend!  Are you stamping?

Monday, October 23, 2017

A Little Gift for You Card

Hello!  Today I have a quick card share again using my Cling Wrap Stamping technique which is perfect for adding great texture to these gift bags (I explain the technique in this post and this video). I sometimes think that purple is a tough color to use, but when I use it, I tend to use all purple.  

Supplies: Gina K Designs Art from the Heart stamp set, Wild Lilac ink, Versafine Imperial Purple ink (for sentiment), Nuvo Crystal Drops, all paper from my stash.

I would love to play along with SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge - Monotone and Tuesday Throwdown’s Clean and Simple Challenge.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Cling Wrap Stamping Technique & Video

I am really going out on a limb to try new things (and am very nervous) today to give YouTube a try.  This is all new to me, but you've got to start somewhere!

  I recently had an idea for a stamping technique to create a cool, distressed look with any of your silhouette stamps.  I am loving how it turns out, and how much fun I have when I do this technique, so I wanted to share it with everyone.  It is really fast, easy and best of all, does not involve any special supplies.  I call it Cling Wrap Stamping.

(Watch here or in HD at Youtube.)

Notes about this technique:
  • I was able to get good results using every ink I tried (chalk, dye, pigment, oxide, etc),  so chances are, you have an inkpad that will work.
  • If you are worried your ink may dry out on your stamps before you get it stamped, just huff on it (breathe hot air) to re-wet the ink, and then stamp.
  • I got great results with both rubber and clear stamps!
  • Your results will look a little different every time and that is part of the fun!

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Haunted House Silhouette, Witch with Broom Silhouette, Sentiment set 1, Just Flyin By sentiment, Distress Ink Black Soot, Kaleidacolor Berry Blaze Ink, Gina Marie Designs square dies, MFT Pierced Square dies, DCWV Citrus Stack papers, American Crafts Pumpkin Patch 6x6 paper pad, Gina K Designs Made with Love 6x6 paper pad

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A Little Birdie Told me...

Hello!  Thanks for visiting my blog. I mixed and matched stamp manufacturers today to make a fun birdie card.  I stamped the hat first and then masked it off before stamping the bird.  I then colored those with pencils and added a shadow at the bottom.

The sentiment starts with, "A Little Birdie told me..." and then on the inside, I found stamps that said, "It's Your Special Day! Happy Birthday to You!"

Supplies: Purple Onion Designs Hat, Ranger Scribbly Birds, Hero Arts Clear Design June stamp set, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Prismacolor Pencils, Gina Marie X Stitched Rectangles dies, My Mind's Eye Hootenanny 6x6 Paper pad, gems from my stash

I hope you enjoyed your visit!  I am working on something a little bit special today for my JFF post tomorrow.  Wish me luck!  Have a great day!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Fall Leaves

Happy Weekend!  Are you crafting this weekend?  I have been itching to get out some of my peg stamps.  I decided it would be fun to get working on Thanksgiving Theme cards.  This is what I came up with, I hope you like it!

Supplies:  Gina K Designs Painted Autumn stamp set (sentiment), Rubber Stamp Tapestry Seasonal Splendor stamp set, Avery Elle Pigment inks in Mimosa, Papaya, Kraft, Celery, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder

I would love to enter this into ModSquads Fall Fest Challenge and Cards in Envy's Blowing in the Wind Challenge.  Thank you so much for your visit today!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Give Thanks with Tiny Fall Flowers

Happy Friday!  Today I have a Give Thanks card using fall colors and lots of small stamps.  I am entering this into ModSquad's Fall Fest challenge and StampTV's Framed Out Greeting Challenge.

Supplies:  Gina K Designs Folk Filigree and Painted Autumn stamps sets, Avery Elle Pigment inks in  Mimosa, Papaya, Jungle and Truffle, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles Die, cardstocks from my stash

Thanks for coming by!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Puppy Love Card

Hello!  Thanks for visiting my blog today.  I pulled together this card quickly last night for my niece, who reportedly recently became enamored (possibly obsessed) with puppies.  I would have given her a puppy for her birthday if I thought it would have been even remotely okay with her parents!  Second best, a puppy card!

I already had this Purple Onion doggy colored with watercolor pencils from a while ago.  I cut him out with a die.  I used a new background stamp from Hero Arts to stamp the background and then dug through my scraps box.  I found this piece of embossed pink paper already in there!  I finished off the card with my favorite sentiment for kids, from Lawn Fawn, because it is a nice, bold (and most importantly) PRINTED sentiment.  

Supplies:  Purple Onion Designs Puddles dog stamp, Hero Arts Amore Background stamp, Lawn Fawn Year Two stamp set, Darice Heart Embossing Folder, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Hero Arts Raspberry Ink, Derwent Watercolor pencils, EK Success scalloped edge punch, Gina Marie X Stitched circle dies.

I would love to play along with A Blog Named Hero's  Calling All Critters challenge, as well as Word Art Wednesday's Anything Goes and Pixie's Snippets Playground - Weeks 301 - 302.

Hope you have a great day!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Lakeside Cabin Watercolor

Hello stamping friends!  It is a rainy Monday, but pleasantly warm -- and we really need the rain.  I hope you are having a good day today.

I have a pretty little watercolored scene to share with you today using my Art Impressions stamps.  After I did the scene, it took me quite a while to finish the card.  That happens to me a lot, I'm afraid!  

Supplies:  Art Impressions Cottage by the Beach, Foliage and Flowers, Trees stamps sets, Tombow Water based markers, Watercolor paper, Pebbles Family Ties paper pad, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Gina Marie designs X Stitched Circle dies. 

I would love to enter the. SimonSaysStamp World Cardmaking day challenge..

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Fun with Googly Eyes & Halloween Cards

Hello!  I recently took a trip to the craft store and bought some googly eyes!  I got the ones that do not have adhesive on them because they were so much cheaper!  I had an idea on how to use them for Halloween cards.  Are they creepy?  Cute?  Both?

I used a couple of jar stamps and filled them up.  I had also gotten a pack of spider stickers and just used a ruler to draw a straight line down to depict his web.  The first card was so fun to make that I went ahead and did another!

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Canning Jar, large and small, Canning Jar Lid, Sentiment set 1,   Archival Black ink, American Crafts Pumpkin Patch 6x6 Paper pad, Googly eyes, Sandy Lion Essentials Stickers, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots and Decorative Tiles embossing folders, card stock from my stash

Thanks for stopping by!  I truly appreciate every visit, comment and follower! I hope you have time for crafting today!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Halloween Challenge

You might have guessed it - Just for Fun's October Challenge is all about Halloween!  Just a reminder that you do NOT need to used JFF stamps to enter, so I hope to see your creations linked up!  There is a random draw for a prize!

I used a stamp from the new release that I think is super cute.  As I was coloring it, I was having fun with color combinations, so I made two cards.

I added accents with glitter glue, I hope you can see some of the shine in the photos, but of course, they do look so sparkley in person.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Witches Magic, Sentiment Sheet 1, Versafine Onyx Black ink, American Crafts Pumpkin Patch 6x6 paper pad, EK Success Postage edge punch, stickles glitter glue gold and white, Prismacolor pencils

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope to see you again soon!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Pretty Patterned Paper

Hello!  I would love to share with you a happy card that I made for CraftyHazelnut's October Patterned Paper challenge!  Anything Goes with patterned paper, so here is your chance to start working through your stash.

I used a pretty silhouette stamp as my focal image. I feel that that solid image helps ground all my patterned papers and keeps this from being too busy.  

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Girl with Umbrella and Sentiments 1 stamp sets, Hero Arts Navy Inkpad, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles die set, My Mind's Eye Stella &Rose - Hattie papers.

Thanks for stopping by!  I will be back again tomorrow with another post!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Watercolor Birdhouse Card

Edited to add: I was so happy to be chosen as the TOP SPOT at Art Impressions Flowers and Foliage challenge.  Thanks so much!

Hello and happy Saturday!  I hope you are doing well today.  Last night, I got out my Art Impressions watercolor stamps and got working.  It usually takes me a little practice to get back into the technique, but it does not take a long time, and luckily, watercolor paper is very forgiving because you can stamp on both sides.

I used stamps from several sets, and then added two straight lines to make the pole for the birdhouse to sit on.  I like to use dry embossing, using my scoreboard, to create a frame on my mats.

I am including a little photo of my practice attempts, too.  I wanted to share a tip and tell you how I went wrong in these.  First off, I was adding too much marker and too much water.  I learned  to be careful with the marker (or stamp off once) and to really keep the brush dry.  My tip is to use a fine liner brush when working with the little animals. (You can see how many times I practiced the bird to get it right!) That way, you do not lose the detail.  Also, I used a black marker to emphasize the bird's eye.  It makes a difference.

If you have some AI stamps and have any trouble at all, I hope these tips might help.  But definitely watch their YouTube channel and then go practice!  

Supplies:  Art Impressions Bird Bath set, Flowers and Foliage set, Tombow water-based markers, Pebbles Family Ties 6x6 paper pad, Spellbinders Labels 4 dies

I would love to play along with the Art Impressions Flowers and Foliage challenge and The Flower Challenge Tic Tac Toe Challenge (I used embossing, watercolor and blue).  

Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Chinese Lanterns

A couple years ago, we had some Chinese Lanterns growing in the garden as weeds.  That was a fun surprise, although they have not come back again.  

I used colored pencils on this beautiful stamp.  It was such a lovely day yesterday, I was able to sit outside with a few pencils to color.  How is the weather where you are?

Supplies:  Power Poppy Sunny Day stamp set, Sentiment is from Simply Camellias, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Prismacolor pencils , My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose 6x6 Paper pad.

Thanks for stopping by today!

I am happy to participate in the Power Poppy Power and Spark Cozy Crafty Coloring challenge and The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Peacock Feather notecard

Hello!  Thank you for visiting today.  I am not sure if my blog reader is working correctly, there haven't been as many posts as usual and I feel like I might be missing some.  If I haven't come to visit you lately, leave me a comment.  Hopefully that will clear up soon!

I have a very clean and simple card today.  I used three colors of Distress Oxide - Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers -  today to stamp this pretty peacock feather.  I knew that these would look great on colored cardstock.  I know that Tim Holtz recommended not contaminating the inkpads this way, but I have not had any problem with it. If another color gets on the inkpad, I just wipe it right off with a baby wipe.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber stamps Peacock Feather, Just a Note wordblock, Distress Oxide Ink Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Versafine black ink, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles die, cardstock and embellishments from my stash.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Autumn Birthday Card

Hello stamping friends!  I hope you had a good weekend.  Ours felt busy with sports and other events, but it was lovely weather with a bit of time to relax too.  I made a card yesterday afternoon that I think will work well for my mom's fall birthday.

I kept it very clean and simple. I colored the image with pencils.  After experimenting with different colors for the word die, it worked out well to just layer the green happy over a black happy.  A few Nuvo glitter drops finished off the front.

I do not often share the inside of a card, but I especially like this one. I used the second generation stamping of the wreath.  The happy die I have is part of a combo stamp set, so I was able to stamp that on the inside along with the word, "birthday."  It was easy and it goes perfectly.

Supplies:  Power Poppy Sunny Harvest stamps set, Hero Arts Happy stamp n cut set, Versafine Onyx black ink, Prismacolor pencils, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched rectangles dies, Nuvo glitter drops in Copper

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

I am happy to enter these challenges: SimonSaysStamp Wednesday - Clean and Simple, Tuesday Throwdown - Happy Birthday, The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge