September 20, 2017

Happy Holidays

Hi, if you have visited my blog some lately you will
know I love coloring on kraft paper.
So this week when I saw that PowerPoppy's challenge was to use kraft paper
I was all in.  What better combination is there besides
kraft paper and PowerPopoy images, it is a win-win.

So here is what I came up with using PowerPoppy's 
Hollyberries digital image. 

I colored it using my Polychromo pencils and Copics for the berries.
I was surprised to find that Copics color well on kraft paper.

I mounted the image on a piece of deep red and then popped
the whole panel onto my kraft card base and that was it.  A pretty
quick Christmas card.

Thanks so much for stopping by and head on over to PowerPoppy and
join in the fun or at least poke around at all the great images at
PowerPoppy HERE.

Challenges entered:
A Snowflakes Promise - anything goes - ends 10/8
Creates and Makes - anything goes - ends 9/25
Digi ChoosDay - anything goes - ends 10/4
Lemon Shortbread - anything goes - ends 10/4

September 15, 2017

A Start on my Christmas Cards

Well it is that time of year to start trying to figure out what
I will do for my Christmas cards.  I usually try and pick one
style and then make that is bulk (I send out about 40 cards) and
then always have some odds and ends that I have made.

So when it was time to do my Bugaboo image for this month's
challenge at the Bugaboo Crafty Challenge I decided to go
with a Christmas image, Winter Circle 
In fact, I made 2 cards using this image.

For this one, I went with more traditional Christmas colors.

The second one using the same image I went with Wintery colors.

I really like this image and it is fairly easy and quick to color.
On both cards I used a scallop die to cut the matting, I wanted it to be
a little bigger mat than usual. 
And that's it, fast cards.  This might just turn out to be my
mass produced card.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure and check out the 
The challenge runs from the 15th of the month till the 14th of the next month. 

September 11, 2017

Just for You

I am sharing a card with you I made a couple months ago
but never posted it. 

I was a fun simple card to make and I even made it
without following a sketch ha ha ha.

I used stamps that came in the Stamp of Approval box that was leased in June.
The collection was called Naturally Inspired and I love the stamps that same in there.
The cross hatch stamp made a fun simple background.  The feathers I stamped
in 3 different colors using Catherine Pooler Inks and then fussy cut them out.
I used a Fiskars punch to cut along the right edge of the card then wrapped some
bakers twine around it and popped the top layer.

This card was simple and fun to make, maybe I will try and do it in
a Christmas theme.  Will keep you posted.

Thanks for stopping to take a peek, have a great day.

Challenges entered:  
Crafty Freinds Challenge - dies cuts/punches - ends 9/22
DisDigiDesigns - Ribbon, Lace Twine - ends 9/22

September 1, 2017

Go OWL Out

Hi, time for the new Crafty Awesomeness Challenge over at
This month our sponsor is Rick St Dennis whose images are
a bit different than most out there.

This month I chose these owls because I knew I had the
perfect sentiment stamps to go with it.

LOL, funny huh?  I colored the lil owls using my Copic markers then cut
them out with a Gina Marie cross stitched die.  The sentiement is from
a stamp set I bought many years ago that is Pink by Design stamps.
The web site still comes up but don't think they do business anymore since
nothing has been posted since 2013.  Such a shame because there were so
many pun stamps.
Don't these two owls already look like the went "owl out".
I actually made this following a sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday but didn't get to enter it since the challenge ended on the 29th. I made the triangle piece using
my Cricut Explore and Design Space.
The ribbon banner I cut using another Gina Marie die and then stamped the
sentiment on it.  The corner is a die from

So come on over and join in the 

August 31, 2017

Kraft and White Challenge

Hi, the card I have to share with you today is for the color
challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays.

The challenge is to use 

What a great combination, lately I have really enjoyed working
with kraft cardstock.  You can get some really neat effects coloring on it,
but for this one there is no coloring.

A very simple card but I think has a big impact.
I embossed the background with a Cuttlebug folder, then the kraft panel I cut out using a Gina Marie cross stitched die.  I stamped the flower using a Unity stamp and heat embossed it in white.  The sentiment is from the last Stamp of Approval box that was also heat embossed in white.  I added a few sequins to give it 
just a touch of sparkle.
Well that is it, head on over to CAS-ual Fridays and join in the fun
and see what you can come up with.

Challenges entered:
CAS-ual Fridays - kraft & white - ends 9/5
Scrapbook Stamp Society - anything goes - ends 9/10
Pammies Inky Pinkie - anything goes - ends 9/3

August 30, 2017

A Desert Scene

Hi, I am so excited to share this card with you.  I am thrilled
with how it turned out, more on that a bit later (I can't take credit for it).

This week over at StampTV the challenge is to make a card
with a scene on it.  As soon as I read that I knew whose blog I would
go to for help.  

So here is my card.

I could never have done this with out following Theresa Momber's 
great tutorials at Crafting the Web.
Here is the one I followed to create this card 
Desert Sun Card using the Old West 2 GinaK stamp set, in fact
Theresa Momber is the illustrator of this set as she is with many of
GinaK's stamps.  I know, I know I followed her design to a T but I had to do it like that the first time, till I get a bit more comfortable to change things up
on my own.  Normally that is how I learn and do new techniques, follow it the first time as close as I can and then branch out with my own twist later.  I 
actually do the exact same thing when I make a new recipe, follow it the
first time then change it up later. 
I do not have any GinaK inks so I used my Distress Inks.  After I completed my scene I embossed lines on the card base using my Martha Stewart score
board, then mounted the panel. 
Please go over and visit Theresa's blog and check out her tutorials,
you won't be disappointed. 

I had so much fun creating this card I think I will go do another one.
Thanks for stopping by.

August 16, 2017

Sunflowers in a Jar

Hi, this card was made following the sketch this week at
Tuesday Morning Sketches, I love to play along here when I can.

Here is the sketch.

I flipped it sideways so I could fit my sunflower image that came
in this months Unity Kit of the Month.

I stamped the image onto kraft card stock and colored it using my
Polychromo pencils.  The sentiment is an Altenew stamp.
I loved the place paper and thought it would pull all my colors together,
it is from a DCWV stack a few years back called Autumn Amber.

Thanks for stopping to take a peek at my blog.
Challenges entered:
Tuesday Morning Sketches - sketch - ends 8/20
Power Poppy - hues to use - no ending
Through the Craftroom Door - anything goes - ends 8/22
Tuesday Throwdown - anything goes - ends 8/22

August 15, 2017

Bugaboo Tulip Blocks

Hello, it is time again for the BugaBoo Crafty Challenge over
at the Crafting Circle.  The challenges starts on the 15th
of each month and runs for a month so you have
plenty time to join in.
You need to use a Bugaboo image for this challenge but that
should not be a problem as all the images are adorable, plus
there is always a Friday Freebie. 

This month I chose to work with a 4 square 
I printed the image on Strathmore Bristol paper and colored it using my
Zig Clean Color pens and water.  I cut the center of the green panel using
a Gina Marie in and out dies.   The die is pretty cool as it cuts out a piece that has
a dotted border and then leaves behind and "window" with a dotted border. 
And that is my card, so you have have plenty time to come on over and
join in at the Bugaboo Crafty Challenge 
Challenges entered:
DigiChooseDay - anything goes - ends 8/29
LemonShortbread - anything goes - ends 8/27
Stamp Art Papel - anything goes - ends 8/22

August 14, 2017

A Very Large Poppy

Hi, I have a couple cards to share with you today that are using the
same stamp.  The poppy stamp is from IndiGo Blu and is very large.

The first one I stamped and heat embossed in black on watercolor
paper and then let the water and my Zig Clean Color do the
magic and work together.
The colors look so much brighter in person.  After it was all colored I
hand cut around it and then pop dotted it onto black card stock.  I mounted
the whole thing onto some salmon colored card stock to pick up some of the colors from the poppy.

The second card was also stamped onto watercolor paper and this time heat embossed in gold.  I am not real wild about it embossed in gold as there is so
much detail on this stamp that you just lose some of the definition.

Ths one I colored using Ken Oliver Color Burst powders.   I think I will have to try this again using a different color embossing.  I like to heat emboss when I use
water and watercolor as it somewhat contains the colors when they flow. 
I stamped the birthday wishes then cut them using a Gina Marie die and pop mounted them.

Well thanks for stopping by and checking out my two cards using the same stamp
but with totally different looks.

Challenges entered:
Pink Gem Challenges - birthday wishes - ends 8/17
Crafty Friends - anything goes - ends 8/24
Scrappers Delight - anything goes - ends 8/21

August 8, 2017

Beautiful You Flowers

Hi I have a shaped card to share with you today.
I love how it turned out.

I set up the cut file in Cricut Design space and cut it out with my Explore.
I then used temporary adhesive and stacked the 3 white pieces and stamped them
with stamps from the Catherine Pooler "Beautiful You" stamp set.
I stamped and heat embossed in white then using a technique I learned from
I thought from Laurel Beard but I could not find it to link it here.
Anywho, I randomly scribbled down colors I wanted to use then liberally sprayed it with water and let the colors move and blend on their own.
I then layered the white pieces onto the matted pink layer.
And that is it, hope you like my card, would love to hear your thoughts.

August 4, 2017

Teeny, Tiny Stamps

Hi, this was a fun card to create.
Over at StampNation they had a challenge to use those
tiny, tiny stamps that come in stamp sets.  You know the little filler
stamps that a lot of the time you never even notice.
So the challenge was to use those tiny stamps
to make a card.  I used the tiny stamps
a few from the Perfect Reason stamp set.
The card was also made following the sketch this week at
Sketch Challenge 344 #mftstamps

I am really happy with how the left side of the card came out using
the tiny stamps.  I am not very good at random stamps but I think I
pulled this one off.

Well thanks for stopping by, would love to hear from you. 

August 1, 2017

KittyBee Easel Card

Well here we are the 1st of August already, time is flying by.
Since it is the 1st of the month that means it is time for a new

This month our sponsor is KittyBee Designs, they are so adorable
be sure and check them out.

I created this card following a sketch from a sketch challenge
I like to do.  The sketch reminded me of an easel card so that is what I
went with.
I imported the cute Love Bug Flower image, that I colored with my Copics, into Cricut Design Space and printed it onto a circle and had the Explore cut it out.  Then using Design Space again I designed the easel card file just using some
basic shapes.  Doing it on the Explore makes it so easy.
The "Hap-BEE birthday" is a stamp.
So go ahead and color up any image and join in the
Crafty Awesomeness Challenge, you have until the end of the month to enter.

July 28, 2017

Believe Sunflower

Hi today I have a card to share with you that I made following
the sketch this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches.
It has been a while since I got to play along at TMS but hope
I can do it more often now.

Oh, how I love this stamp!  This stamp was one of the ones
I just love the way the stem spells the word believe.
I colored the stamp using my Prisma Pencils.
The papers are from as DCWV Fall stack that came out a few years ago.
I added a couple Gina Marie dies cuts out of green to coincide with
the sketch. 
Challenges entered:
City Crafter -  Something with an S - ends - 7/31
Tuesday Morning Sketches - sketch - ends 7/30
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes - ends 7/30
Through the Craftroom Door - anything goes - ends 7/31

July 21, 2017

A couple fun cards for boys

Hi, hope everyone has great plans for the weekend.
Not much going on here, but we need the rest since we had 
a very busy week last week with family here.

Today I have a couple quick cards to share with you.
I made them a few weeks ago as I had to make a little boy birthday card.
I'll explain later why I made 2.
Both cards were made using digital files from

It was so fun and easy to create this card using the 
From the Sea collection and my Cricut Explore.
The entire card is made using elements from this collection, even the papers.
I imported all the pieces into my DesignSpace and arranged them the way I wanted.  The "water" paper I used to fill a rectangle then added the octopus
and the sea weed leaving part of the sea weed hanging over the edge.  I then did print then cut with my Explore.  The other pieces were all print then cut with the Explore.  I stamped the sentiment using a Rubbernecker stamp.
I made this card for a little boy that is like a grandson to us that wasturning 3.  When I showed it to my hubby he said I should have made him a
card having to do with a farm, since he lives on a place that has animals
and tractors and such. 

So here is what I came up with, again using NitWits Collections.
They have horses and chickens so I had to incorporate them into the card.
For this card, I used the "Funny Farm" collection.
Again all the papers and patterns are from the Funny Farm collection.
The sentiment is also a Rubbernecker stamp.

I so love how these 2 cards came out and thanks to NitWits and my 
Cricut Explore they were pretty easy to create.

I would love hear what you think of my 2 cards, we all know
sometimes making a boy card can be difficult these collections made
it easy. 

July 15, 2017

Life in Color - Bugaboo

Hello, it's that time again.  A new BugaBoo Crafty Challenge starts today over at the CraftingCircle.

The BugaBoo Crafty Challenges runs from the 15th of each
month through the 14th of the next month.  It is a challenge to use
exclusively Bugaboo images, so head on over and color up a
Bugaboo to join in the fun. 

So for this month I chose to use an image called 

I created the background using Distress Oxide inks in the colors,
Wilted Violet, Broken China and Cracked Pistachio.  I colored the
image first using the same colors/inks but it was too blah so I went
over them with Sakura Gel pens so now they are all glittery.
I die cut the happy birthday flourish using a 
Wild Rose Studio die. 
That's it!  Hope you like my card and can join in over

July 12, 2017

Enjoy the Simple Things - Unity

Hi, I love working on kraft paper but many times forget about
using it.  The effects you can get coloring on it is fabulous so
today I have a card to share with you that I stamped using a
Unity stamps from last month's Kit of the Month and colored
it with PolyChromo pencils. 

I love how large this flower stamp is, actually most of Unity Stamps
are large, which makes them easier to color.  I used white and a pale
yellow color on the flower, and then a couple different greens on the
leaves.  The sentiment is also
a Unity stamp from the same KOTM.
  I distressed the edges of the kraft paper with my 
Tim Holtz Distressing Tool.  I added a strip of loopy jute like
string I recently picked at Michaels.
All and all I am pretty pleased with how this one turned out.
Thanks for stopping by to take a peak, I love to read 
your comments.

July 1, 2017

Hugs & Happy Thoughts

It is that time again for a new challenge over at the
Here is my project I created using a Unity Stamp from
the "Remembering You Blooms" and background
I was able to combine both my 1st of the month DT projects into one,
love when that happens.

I stamped the flowers and heat embossed them in gold, then watercolored them 
with a combination of Catherine Pooler Inks and my Zig Clean Color markers.
I backed the image using an oval die from Gina Marie dies. 
I cut the tab/banner at the bottom using another Gina Marie die and stamped
it and heat embossed it in white.  I edged the pattern paper using a Fiskars
punch to give it a bit of interest.
And that's it!.  So head on over to the
Crafty Awesomeness Challenge and join in the fun.
Also, make sure you go and check out the great digital papers over
at A Bit More Time to Craft and join in the challenge there. 

June 23, 2017

Wishing you the Best

Just have a quick card to share with you today.
I watched a video on Unity Stamps Facebook page about stamp kissing.
Normally when I see something I want to try I like to do it right 
away so I don't forget about it.
Here is one tutorial on stamping kissing if you are not
familiar with it.  Stamp Kissing 

I took my solid Poppy stamp from Unity and inked it in red, then 
I inked up a pattern stamp in white ink and stamped it onto
the inked poppy stamp.  Unfortunately my white ink didn't show too
well, but you can bet I will be trying this again.
I masked my flower next and then stamped the black border
along the two sides of it.   That border stamp and the "wishing you the" are stamps that came in the lastest SOA box.  The word best is a die cut that
was also in the SOA.  I flicked some orange and black inks on it and
added a few sequin and that was it.

June 16, 2017

French Country Thanks

I have a simple card to share with you today.

I made this following the sketch this week at 

I used the papers from a DCWV stack called French Country.
The lacey doily is a die cut that was in the lastest
Stamp of Approval box "Naturally Inspired".  So many goodies
in this box and I wanted to create the whole card using
a lot of the goodies but I just could not get it to come together for me.
However, I am sure I will be using the contents of this SOA box in the
future.  For the flourish I used a Spellbinder die. 

Well that is it, thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has
a wonderful weekend. 

Challenges entered:
Tuesday Morning Sketches - sketch ends 6/18
Crafty Creations - anything goes ends 6/20
Crafty Gals Corner - Vintage ends 6/20

June 15, 2017

Purse-nally Wish Shoe........................

..................a Happy Birthday!
Ha ha ha, I love this pun or play on words.

This card was made for the Bugaboo Crafty Challenge this month over at the Crafting Circle.  This challenge runs from the 15th of each month through
the 14th on the following month.   You must use a Bugaboo image on your
creation, but that is ok cause Jodie offers a Friday Freebie each week. 

So there is my card using this saying.  I choose this image called "Heels &Accessories" because I
knew I had a stamp with that saying on it and thought it would be perfect.
Well, wouldn't you know I could NOT find that dang stamp when I 
was making this card and I just saw it last week.  😧
Anywho, I colored the image using my Zig Clean Color markers with highlights from some glitter gel pens.  The saying I ended up using my Cricut Explore 
to write the saying with Pilot V5 Precision pens.  They work great in the Explore and I love the fine line they write with.
Hard to see in the picture but the black background is embossed
with a chevron pattern.  

So head on over to the Crafting Circle and join in the 

June 10, 2017

Naturally Inspired Card

Well hello, everyone.  I am super excited because my
new Stamp of Approval box arrived yesterday.
This "Naturally Inspired" collection has so many awesome
goodies in it the possibilities are endless.

I had a sketch I wanted to do and it was PERFECT for using
some of the goodies on the box.
Here is the sketch............

I knew the Lattice die was exactly the shape of that center piece.

I stamped the background piece of the panel using the cross-hatch
stamp in the new Catherine Pooler ink color All that Jazz that came
in the box.  The flowers were stamped and cut out using the matching dies.
Then I stamped the "birthday wishes" and heat embossed it in white.
All those things came in the SOA box and oh so many many more.
I am sure I will be back soon to share another project I make using
some more of the elements int he Naturally Inspired box.
Thanks for stopping by.

June 5, 2017

Playing with my Distress Oxides

Hi, I got to play a bit with my Distress Oxides inks
so I created this card following the sketch
this week at MFT Sketch Challenge.
Here is the sketch I followed to make this card.
Sketch Challenge 335 #mftstamps

Here is the card I created.
I used my Oxide paper on the left side of the card and then stamped some 
distress images on top of it.
The banner with the sentiment is from Hero Arts.
And that is about it for this card.

Thanks for stopping to take a peak.

June 1, 2017

Birthday Shaker Card

Hi, back to share my DT project for June over at the

This month we were challenged to make a shaker card using
some dies from Gina Marie.   Although I don't make then very often I
do like making shaker cards.

For my card, I stamped the cupcake image from Inky Antics, then
colored it using my Copic markers.  The sentiment is from the same
stamp set.  I used my scalloped edge oval die from GinaMarie and
then using another oval die I cut the center out so I would have
a die cut frame. I cut several layers from chipboard with the
oval whole cut from the center to build up for my shaker card.  
I added various sequin for my "shaker" parts.
I also used a GinaMarie die for the pink bow. 

So come on head on over and join in the challenge at
the Crafting Circle, I believe there will be a prize.

Challenges entered:
4 Crafty Chicks - Birthday ends 6/6
CCEE Stampers - anything with a hole - ends 6/7
Crafting with Attitude - anything goes - ends 6/25
Crafty Girls Creations - anything goes - ends 6/30
Seize the Birthday - birthday something sweet - ends 6/6

May 31, 2017

Giggle More

Hi, I am back to share my  DT project for June over at 

I love the colors in this digi pack of papers.  It is from the 
Mixed Media pack.  I love the combination of purple and turquoise together.
I followed sketch # 498 from Mojo Monday but couldn't post it to their
blog because I couldn't post this till the 1st of June but that is OK I love
following a sketch to make a card.
I cut the scalloped circle frame using one of my GinaMarie dies and then
stamped on the white using some of the stamps from the
SOA box A Perfect Reason.  I loved this saying.  I added a few random flowers                                              to fill in some of the white space.

So if you get a chance head on over to ABMTTC and join in 
the anything goes challenge. 

May 18, 2017

You Warm my Heart

Hi, back again to share a card with you that I made
following the sketch this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches.


Here is my card, I forgot to add the 3 little dots up in the corner
but have added them on after I took the photo.

I used some scrap paper that I have had around here for a while.
I stamped the oven mitts from the Unity Stamp April Kit of the Month.
I then stamped them again on pattern paper and cut them out to paper piece the image.  Makes it easy as you don't need to color the image.
The sentiment I stamped using a is from this month's KOTM.

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

May 17, 2017

You are Fabulous

Hi, today's card I have to share with you is made using
items that were in the Stamp of Approval box
called "A Perfect Reason" that was released in February 2017.
Although the Stamp of Approval box is no longer available
you will still be able to purchase some of the items at
Catherine Pooler store a little later this year. 

So here is the card I created using the Peacock stamp and dies.

I used the stencil that came is the box to create the left hand edge of the card.
I just inked over the stencil with my Catherine Pooler inks.
I used a few different color CP inks to stamp the peacock, I tried to do
a variation of color.  To add some pop I inked the oval cut out using CP ink called Pixie Dust which is from the new Spring Fling collection of colors.
If you have never used  CP inks I would recommend you check them out, the colors are awesome and the stamps are very juicy and stamp a great impression even when it is a solid image stamp, as the body of the Peacock is.
To really add some bling I put rhinestones along each part of the peacock tail.

This card will be entered into a contest to win the next SOA box so if you feel so inclined to head over to Catherine Pooler's blog and vote for my card.  Voting will begin on May 21 through the 23rd. 
Click to VOTE, thank you.

Tulip in a Jar

Hi, it is that time again (sorry I am late) the 15th of
the month time for the Bugaboo Crafty Challenge over
at the Crafting Circle

For this month I chose to color the Bugaboo image

I colored the image using my Gansai Tambi watercolors. 
After I colored it I cut it out using one of my Gina Marie dies and that added another die layer behind it.  I cover the "jar" part with Crystal Lacquer
to make it look like glass.
I created the card following the sketch over at
Sweet Sketch Wednesday that runs through 5/23.

The Bugaboo Crafty Challenge runs for a whole month till June 14th 
so you have plenty time to join in the fun at both challenges.

Thanks for stopping by, will be back shortly with another post.

May 4, 2017

Baby Boy

I am invited to a baby shower this weekend so I needed
a card for a baby boy.
I used the sketch from 
Tuesday Morning Sketches to create this card.

The colors are much prettier in person, it is more a baby blue
checked background.  The paper is from a single sheet that I have had
for years. 
The cute little outfit and socks I cut using from Cricut Explore
from the Baby Steps cartridge.    It's a boy was also cut using my Explore along with the circles.
Pretty easy card, came together quickly but turned out so cute.

Thanks for stopping by and head on over and check out
the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches

May 3, 2017

I got to play along with the sketch this week at Mojo Monday.
I don't always get to but love to when I can.  This week
is contest/prize week since it is the first Monday of the month.
You could win a set of Verve stamps of your choice.

Here is the sketch

This card was so hard to photograph due to the gold fold on it, but is person
it looks really cool.  I'll try later to get a better picture.
The top square of paper from the Bazzill Kraft Foil pad.
I had seen someone make a card using this paper a few months back and had to find me a pack of it, this was my first card using it.
The happy birthday is a Verve stamp from the Treasured Words set that
I stamped and heat embossed in gold.
Well thanks so much for stopping by, if you get a chance hop on over to 
Mojo Monday and play along. 

May 1, 2017

A Guy Birthday Card

Hi, sometimes creating a card for a guy can be a bit
difficult, at least for me it can be.
This week over at the MFT Sketch Challenge this sketch
made it kind of easy to create this card for a guy.
Here is the sketch.
Sketch Challenge 330 #mftstamps

And here is the card I created following the sketch.
The paper was a digital paper I had on my computer and printed out, unfortunately, I can not remember where I got it from. 😞
The happy birthday is a die I bought a while back off of Amazon, if you what you check it out click HERE.
I added some faux stitching around the edges and that was it.  I had
intended to add some bakers twine but I forgot. 

Well that is is, thanks for stopping by.

Challenges entered:
MFT Sketch Challenge - sketch - ends 5/2
Crafty Friends - anything goes - ends 5/4

April 30, 2017

I Heard through the Grapevine...................

Hi, it's that time again, time for the new monthly challenge over
at the Crafty Awesomeness Challenge.
This month our sponsor is Rick St. Dennis who is an artist
that has a wide variety of digital images, some even on
the dark side.
Here is the card I made using "Bushel of Grapes".

I colored it using Stampin Up watercolor crayons.  I used a GinaMarie inside/outside square die.  The paper is from a paper House pad called,
at the Vineyard.   The sentiment is from SugarPea Designs.  I stamped the top to close to the edge so with some great input from Ms Crafting Circle I cut out a
a little bit bigger "I" and glued it up there.

Well that is it, thanks for stopping by to take a peak.
Challenges entered:
Hiding in my Craftroom - Freestyle - ends 5/6
Di's Digis - use digital image - ends 5/6
Crafty Friends - anything goes - ends 5/4

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
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