Monday, March 31, 2014

Merry Monday Mistletoe

It's Merry Monday time.

Can you believe it's the last day of March?

Time is flying by!  I'm so glad I've got a good start on my Christmas Cards.

Debbie chose our challenge this week.

I pulled out an old favorite stamp set, Cardinal Christmas.

This mistletoe was underused

I stamped the image in Sahara Sand and colored it by swiping markers on a plastic lid and picking up the ink with a blender pen.

The berries were colored with my White Gel Pen leaving a dot in the center of the berries and dotting with a Soft Suede marker.

The embossed label was in the snippet pile and so was the bow.

I swiped a Sahara Sand marker on my plastic lid and picked up color with the blender pen to lightly outline the design giving it more dimension.

The background card was stamped with the mistletoe stamp from the retired Easy Events.
I used VersaMark ink to stamp the background.

Be sure to go over to Merry Monday and check out the Design Team cards.
They are amazing!

So glad you stopped by.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Cardinal Christmas, Easy Events (retired)
Ink: Sahara Sand, VersaMark, SU Markers (Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Dark Green (? snippet)
Other: White Gel Pen, Labels Collection Framelits, Lacy Brocade EF (Clearance Rack), Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Happy Chicks

A quick post with a Holiday card for
Their challenge is Holidays.

I found this stamp on the clearance shelf at Hobby Lobby a while ago.

My stampin' friends and I have been having a good time with it!

Since I used some snippets for these chicks,
I'm sharing with Di and Parsnip and all my friends at
There's lots of fun over there.
Do take a look.

I hope this brings a smile to your face.


Card Recipe
Stamps: Chickie Hop (Stampendous), Sentiment -Eggstra Special Sentiments (Amy R.)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Daffodil Delight, SU Markers (Blushing Bride, Pumpkin Pie)
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Other:  Sponge Dauber, Stitched Mats Rectangles (Lil Inkers)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Backyard Basics for the Queen

I've been so busy preparing for classes that I've hadn't been able to 
participate in the Queen for the Day challenges at SCS.
I hope I can catch up on those that I missed.

Today I have a card for last week's Queen Lori.
She has a wonderful gallery!
I picked this card to CASE.

Here's mine

The flower stamp was inked with Pear Pizzazz and Elegant Eggplant 
and stamped on a snippet of Whisper White.  
After using the blender pen and a swipe of Wisteria Wonder on a plastic lid 
to color the flower, the design was die cut with the matching die.

I inked the stamp again and stamped several times without re-inking
on the background piece.

I'm looking forward to the irises blooming soon.

Thanks for the visit.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Backyard Basics, Teeny, Tiny Wishes
Ink:  SU Markers (Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz
Paper:  Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Other:  Square Lattice EF, Backyard Basics Framelits

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Pleasant Poppy Splotches

A couple of years ago I did a tutorial on what I called

And this is another card I made using this technique.

I've been revisiting that technique.

See what happened.

This time I used Crushed Curry and Calypso Coral ink refills.

I'm not telling how many tries it took to get a piece I liked.

Then when I stamped the poppies, the stems didn't stamp right.

So here's the lemonade....

I love lemonade!

Check out the Paper Crafter's Library.
They're Technique Tuesday is all about watercolor today.

Thanks for the visit.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Pleasant Poppies
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  Shimmery White, Basic Black
Other: Aqua Painter, Ink refills (Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral), Basic Pearls (colored with black Sharpie)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Pleasant Poppies, Too Kind
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  Shimmery White, Basic Black)
Other:  Aqua Painter, Ink Refills (Crisp Cantaloupe, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral), Corner Rounder Punch (Fiskars)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Monday, March 24, 2014

Merry Monday Peaceful Wishes

Hello and Merry Monday to you.

Karren chose our challenge this week.

I was so happy to be able to use this birch die that I bought last Fall.

And I used the stencil paste that I bought for a recent Online Stencil Class.

Check out what the rest of the Design Team has done.
Be prepared to be dazzled!
And we'd love to be dazzled by your card at

Some other challenges....

is celebrating their first anniversary this week.
A big congratulations to this awesome team.
To celebrate they're going.
I've stenciled the dots, but I did use my Big Shot to cut the trees and birds.

Pixies Crafty Workshop
since I used some of my teeny, tiny snippets

Thanks for the visit.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Peaceful Wishes (retired)
Ink:  Basic Gray, SU Marker (Basic Gray, Basic Black)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Smokey Slate, Naturals White, Real Red
Other:  Birch Trees Die (Impression Obsession), Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Watercolor Secret Garden Flower

I am really enjoying my play with watercoloring.

Actually, I use re-inkers not watercolors.

Does that still count?

Here's my latest attempt.

After I had the panel colored, I wasn't sure what to do with it.

I checked in on the sketch challenge at SCS this week and thought it would work.

Here's the sketch....

I took some liberties with the sketch but I think it's still visible.

One thing I've learned about watercoloring.  
I have to be patient and let one color dry before applying another.

I hope you like this as much as I do.

since I used a snippet of watercolor paper and matting.

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Secret Garden
Ink: SU Markers (Strawberry Slush, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight)
Paper:  Watercolor (Strathmore), Pear Pizzazz (snippet)
Other: Needlepoint Border EF, Primrose Petals Stitched Ribbon, Aqua Painter, Re-inkers

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Good Luck

I know, I'm late for St. Patrick's Day.

But aren't shamrocks good luck anytime?

Addicted to CAS' Codeword is

I had this image in my UFO (UnFinished Objects) box.  
It was a leftover from a Calendar.
I cut it down, matted it with a snippet from the green bag,
and stamped my only good luck sentiment.

I have a head start on next year's St. Patrick's day
or a card to just wish good luck.

Lots of wonderful inspiration at this site.
I hope you'll check it out.

Thanks for stopping by.


Card Recipe
Stamps: Shamrock (Inkadinkadoo), So Happy for You (retired)
Ink:  Gumball Green
Paper: White 110 lb. (Pip), Gumball Green, Whisper White 
Other:  Basic Pearls

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Friday, March 21, 2014

Backyard Basics Butterfly Stitched

I had some left over sets from my Papercrafting classes last week.

I combined 2 and came up with this.

We used the Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder leaving 1 1/2"  unembossed at the top.

Then we used the Mosaic Punch to create the decorative edge.

Some challenges for this card

Valerie Anne's Butterfly Challenge #3
She wants to see stitching (faux or real) and a butterfly on our projects.

There's real stitching on this ribbon.

It came that way.  I'm so glad!

gave this as inspiration

I've used markers to color my butterfly.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Backyard Basics
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), SU Markers (Baja Breeze (retired), Marina Mist)
Paper:  Midnight Muse, Whisper White
Other:  Modern Mosaic EF, Mosaic Punch, Summer Starfruit Stitched Ribbon

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Copper Birds

Yesterday I posted a card in honor of my friend Loll.

A while back, Loll sent me some copper sheets that she had heated.

Thank you so much for  your generosity, Loll.

She's made some gorgeous cards with the copper.

Here's one that I did with it.

I also used the Faux Mother of Pearl technique that she has used several times lately.

To do this technique you put some Frost White paint on a craft sheet or wax paper
Dip some scrunched up plastic wrap in the paint, dab off the excess and tap the paint lightly on a piece of white cardstock leaving some of the cardstock uncovered.

Let it dry.

Sponge ink on the paper.  It won't stick to the frost paint.

I sponged the top piece with Certainly Celery and Wild Wasabi.

The piece behind and the flowers were sponged with Very Vanilla. 

After sponging the color, I rubbed with a folded paper towel to remove any ink from the frost paint.

I love the way the copper has different colors in it from the heating.

The tiny flowers were punched from some of the frost and vanilla FMOP and
punched with one of the Itty Bitty Shapes punches. 
I used a 1/16" circle punch to punch the ends of the flowers to look like Dogwood.
The punched ends were tapped with a Primrose Petal marker.
The centers are a tiny pearl colored with a yellow Copic Marker.

is having a CAS week with a theme

has one of my favorite sketches and my colors are somewhat similar.

Thanks for the visit.


Card Recipe
Ink:  Frost White, Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla
Paper:  Certainly Celery (retired), Whisper White, Soft Suede snippet
Other: Plastic Wrap, Copper sheet, Woodland Branch Die (Memory Box), Bird Die (Impression Obsession), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch, Basic Pearls

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

For Loll

My friend Loll is the CAS Featured Stamper on SCS this week.

Loll inspires me every time she posts
sometimes in between posts too.
Here's her blog.  She'd love to have you visit.

This is Loll's card that inspired me.

I used a piece of "smooshed" background behind the outcut circle and
another piece for the butterfly.

Since I used snippets I can go for a spin on the merry go round at
Pixies Snippet Playground

I'm so glad you could stop by.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Apothecary Art
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Smoosh colors: Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry
Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Other:  2 1/2" Circle Punch, Isabella and Pippi Butterflie Dies (Memory Box), Madera Corner Die (Memory Box)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Monday, March 17, 2014

Merry Monday Milestone

It's a special week at Merry Monday!
We're celebrating our 100th challenge.

Our challenge organizer and leader, the amazing Lesley,
brings  us this special challenge

We can do either the sketch or the colors
or, we can do both.
I attempted both although I changed the flags to scallops.

Inspired by the very talented Sanketi of the Storyteller Blog,
I tried my hand at watercoloring again.

This is my third try. The first 2 tries were a mess.

This time I inked the stamp with Stampin' Up! markers and stamped
onto dry watercolor paper.  I used an aqua painter and ink
to color the flower.

Third time's a charm.  It's not perfect but I'm really happy with it.

I hope you'll join in this special challenge at Merry Monday.
Be sure to check out the amazing cards by the rest of the Design Team!

Thanks so much for the visit.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Christmas Blessings (retired), Petite Pairs
Ink:  Primrose Petals, Lucky Limeade,  SU Markers (Primrose Petals, Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso)
Paper:  Aqua Painter, Watercolor Paper (Strathmore), Acrylic Paper (Canson), Large Scallop Edgelit, Delicate Designs EF, Basic Pearls

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Friday, March 14, 2014

Backyard Basics in Watercolor

I love the look of watercolor.

I'd really like to be able to do it myself.

So I'm trying.

Sanketi of The Storyteller blog has been inspiring me to try.

She makes the most incredible cards!

There are a lot of other watercolor artists out there that also inspire.


I made a card from some watercolor paper and inked up this stamp from Backyard Basics
with markers.

Then I squished some ink from inpads and dipped the damp Aqua Painter in the ink 
to color the flower.

I added some accents on the petals with a marker.

Then I tried to splotch some green and yellow around the flower to add a sort of wash.

It looks kind of muddy.

I'll have to work some more on the technique.

But I was happy enough with this to share it.

I added some score lines to the top, rounded the bottom  corners, and added pearls.

is having an ANYTHING GOES challenge.

I inked the stamp with markers
and colored in the flower with my Aqua Painter

this month is

is a new challenge on the block.
Her first challenge is Watercoloring.
She has some wonderful inspiration photos 
and the gallery is full of beautiful watercolored cards.

has a lovely inspiration this month...

I'm so glad you stopped by!

Card Recipe
Stamps: Backyard Basics, Blooming with Kindness
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz, Elegant Eggplant, SU Markers Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Pear Pizzazz)
Paper:  Watercolor (Strathmore)
Other:  Aqua Painter, Simply Scored, Basic Pearls

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tag It with Bella's Bloom

Is it still a tag if it doesn't have a loop at the top?

I am really enjoying the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch from the Occasions Catalog.

I love to pair it with a round topped tag made by inserting the paper from the bottom of the 2 1/2" Circle Punch.

Instead of putting a hanging ribbon on this, I added a bow.

 says to do something for our Mum 
or another special woman in our life.
I used my Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
My Mom passed away many years ago 
so this will go to another special woman.

And that's what I did. Twice as a matter of fact.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Bella's Bloom (retired)
Ink:  SU Markers (Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green)
Paper:  Raspberry Ripple, Whisper White, DSP (retired)
Other:  Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots EF, Scalloped Top Tag Punch, 2 1/2' Circle Punch, Doily, Essentials Paper Piercing Template, Paper Piercing Tool, Rich Razzleberry Ribbon

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Monday, March 10, 2014

Merry Monday Calm Christmas

Whoosh! It's Monday again.  Merry Monday!

Margaret has given us a color challenge.

The dove image was stamped once on the card front and once on a piece of scrap with Encore Gold ink.  I heat embossed the second image with Gold and cut it out.  After coloring the olive branch with markers, I placed the embossed dove over the image stamped on the card front.  The sentiment is also heat embossed.

I hope you'll join us for Merry Monday this week.

Check out the rest of the Design Team's cards. They're fantastic!

I'm so glad you stopped by.


Some other challenges I'm entering

Since I used some snippets, I'll go over to
Thanks for the shout out for one of last week's cards, Di!

Christmas Card Challenges
is asking for CAS Christmas cards.

Completely Christmas
is a new Chritmas challenge
this week it's Anything Goes.

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge
is Spread Your Wings.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Calm Christmas (retired)
Ink:  Encore Gold, SU Marker (Garden Green)
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Other:  Gold EP, Square Lattice EF, Trim (stash), Gold Beads (stash)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.