Wednesday, January 23, 2019

TFS - Layered Hearts


I'm over on the Topflight Stamps blog today!

The DetailsAall and Create Quadrilaterals Stencil, Distress Ink Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Spun Sugar, PTI Love Die, Lifestyle Crafts Heart Dies

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Whimsy J4 - Thankful Hearts


I'm wrapping up my first month at Whimsy Stamps using the January release Speckled Heart Stencil again. I love that it has the border around the heart.  It was so easy to use multiple Distress Oxide colors without masking!


After I sponged, I die cut the Thanks die using one of my acrylic pour pulls.


It coordinates beautifully with the DO purples, don't you think?


Lastly I glued the Thanks diecut down and then added a bit of bling with the Sparkletz Crystal Hearts. Isn't it cool how they change color depending on the light reflection?


The Details: Whimsy Stamps Speckled Heart Stencil, Sparkletz Crystal Hearts, and Thanks die, Distress Oxides, Liquitex Acrylic Paints

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Cards in Envy Love Me or Love My Pet



If you know me or have been following me for a while, you know I love cats and will eventually reach crazy cat lady status. So I am super excited that our new Cards in Envy Challenge focuses on pets and love. Woo hoo! 

Of course, mine includes cats which I kept very simple, using Zig watercolor markers to color them. I paired it with a scalloped reveal portion at the bottom using a blue similar to her dress or did I start with the reveal blue and make her dress similar? Either way, I love the results.


The Details: MFT BB New Best Friend, Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Border dies, Zig Watercolor Markers, Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Oxide Blueprint Sketch

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Love Owlays


Ack! Isn’t that Aall and Create Owl You Need is Love owl just the cutest? I would love to cuddle him but I’m a little afraid of owls. They’re so beaky plus one nearly collided with me as a child. Chomp chomp!

 I started by diecutting the Lawn Fawn Polka Hearts Backdrop with kraft cardstock and adhering it to a white base. Next I diecut the MFT Hearts Entwined Die from Doodlebug Design Cream and Sugar 6x6 paper. I wanted the sentiment to stand and owl to stand out so I laid down a strip of vellum. Not that the green LOVE needed more standing out. That’s leftover from my recent monkey card.


I used another leftover LOVE in white beneath the green. And, of course, I replaced the O with the owl which is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics. I took it a step further by embossing the sentiment and laying it over the LOVE. I love that there are lots of layers but not a lot of visual mayhem going on.


I'm entering this in Freshly Made Sketches #371


The Details:  Aall and Create Owl You Need is Love, Lawn Fawn Polka Hearts Backdrop, Mama Elephant Tri Window Die Coverplate, MFT Hearts Entwined die, Doodlebug Design Cream and Sugar 6x6 Paper, Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Stampendous Detail Fine White Embossing Powder

ATCAS #151 - Friends


It's time for the next Addicted to CAS challenge where the inspiration word is "Friends."  Sooooo many possibilities with this one!


My card features two critter buddies getting cozy with some hot coffee on a cold winter's day. I colored them up with Zig watercolor markers. I particularly love the shading around the log. So pretty!

The Details:   Hello Bluebird Skating Party, Zig Watercolor Markers, Versafine Onyx Black

LIM Guest Designer


I'm so excited to be guest designing for the current Less is More #387 Sketch Challenge!  I hope you'll play along!



I don't use sketches often as I sometimes find it difficult to think outside the box with them. It took me a while to come up with this design but I loves it. I loves it to death!

It's a one layer card with just some simple stamping, minimal coloring and lots of Wink of Stella. I can see this working as a graduation card, birthday, congrats, etc. I love cards that are multi-purpose for those last-minute card needs.

The Details: Pretty Pink Posh Happy New Year, MFT More Essential Sentiments, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Clear Wink of Stella, Copics E40, E41 E42, C0 and C00

Friday, January 18, 2019

Warm Yeti Hugs


I finally got my hands on the Catherine Pooler mini ink set and love them. They have amazing coverage (it may look spotty when you first stamp but it magically evens out). This card is a great way to test out the colors and it’s fun and pretty!

I lightly penciled a grid onto my card front then stamped the Puffy Holiday Greetings sentiment using a lot of colors. I did try using my MISTI but I don’t have the big one so it was a pain. My eyes and the grid worked just fine.


Aren’t those colorful speech bubbles fabulous?! Notice this one that’s a bit more muted? That is an Ancient Page ink I’ve had in my stash for around 15 years. It behaves very similarly to the CPs.


So background done. Now onto coloring up the image from Mama Elephant Me and My Yeti with Copics. He’s so cute! I did think he go lost on the background so added the vellum heart that I lightly sponged with Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick on the back.

I'm entering this in Jingle Belles Look What Santa Brought Me, Make My Monday #87 Use Words or a Sentiment 

The Details:  Mama Elephant Me and My Yeti and Puffy Holiday Greetings, Catherine Pooler Inks, Copics

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Swinging By


I have a very special little boy in mind for this card. He’s such a little monkey, it’s perfect for him!

To start the card I diecut the Mama Elephant Tri Window Coverplate in a happy green then used leftover pieces of Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Spring 6x6 Paper behind the windows. I next stamped the Sunny Studio Love Monkey images using Memento Tuxedo Black and colored them with Copics.


This is a case where I almost wished I had bought the coordinating dies as they cut out some of the inner bits. I did that by hand using an Exacto knife. And it looks it. LOL.


I adhered the images down, popping up the swinging monkey with a bit of foam tape so he’s coming at you a bit. 


Finally, I stamped the sentiment onto black cardstock using Versamark and embossed using Ranger Detail Fine White Embossing Powder. I love how it looks snipped apart and swinging along with those frisky monkeys.


The Details:  Sunny Studio Love Monkey, Mama Elephant Tri Window Coverplate, Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Spring 6x6 Paper, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Ranger Detail Fine White Embossing Powder, Copics