Sunday, April 28, 2019

Whimsy - Panda Butt


I'm over on the Whimsy Stamps blog today with not one, but TWO cards using the April release Panda Butt!  Go check out to see the other card and my creative process!

The Details: Whimsy Panda Butt, Peekaboo Windows 2, Messy Mesh Background, Catherine Pooler Lime Rickey and Grass Skirt, VersaFine Onyx Black, Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black, Doodlebug Designs Heart Enamel Dots, Distress Oxide Twisted Citron

Saturday, April 27, 2019

ATCAS #158 - Contrast


It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS!  How do you interpret our code word "Contrast?"

I think of contrasting color but perhaps you have a different take on it.  Come show us!


The Details:  Altenew Wallpaper Art, Versafine Onyx Black

Friday, April 26, 2019

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Whimsy - Birdhouse


Any They Might Be Giants fans out there?  Then you'll totally get this.  It was the first thing I thought of when I saw the new Whimsy Build a Garden dies and then had that song in my head all day. LOL.


The background die is new too:  Wavy Stitched Squares.  So whimsical and cute!  Everything is cut from Doodlebug Designs French Kiss 6x6 paper.

A little reminder that the Whimsy Challenge this month is "April showers bring May flowers." The challenge closes on May 3 at midnight EST, and there's a $20 prize. Hope to see you play along! 

Saturday, April 20, 2019

SOSS #133 - N is for Nerd



Come join us for the latest Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge

Nerd? Geek? There is a total difference! Any idea which I identify with?  Afraid to guess?  You should be!


The Details:  Lil' Inker Sassy Girl Dies, Hero Arts Luggage Tag Alphabet dies

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Whimsy - Stacked Birds


Aren't these birdies from the new Whimsy Baby Chick Totem set super cute? I love how they're so silly and the expressions on their faces. I've wondered what it would be like to be part of a human pyramid--I assume horribly uncomfortable (and unsanitary--that's a lot of feets next to faces--eww!). LOL.


I stamped the totem with VersaFine Onyx Black and colored them with Zig Realbrush Watercolor Markers. I then cut out the card front using a heart cover plate. The card front is mounted on MFT paper.  I intend to use this as one of my Easter cards.  Easter but not too, you know. 

A little reminder that the Whimsy Challenge this month is "April showers bring May flowers." The challenge closes on May 3 at midnight EST, and there's a $20 prize. Hope to see you play along!


Saturday, April 13, 2019

ATCAS #157 - Humor


Well, what do you know.  It's time for another Addicted to CAS challenge!  Do you need a little caffeine to get those idea wheels turning?   Maybe you should take a page out of her book and have four cups at once.  Yikes!

A really simple card here done with Zigs.  For the background I impressed the MB die then used it as a guide for creating a background.  Cool, huh?

The Details:  The Rabbit Hole Caffeinated Octopus, Memory Box Graceful Branch Oval, Zig Realbrush Watercolor Markers, Versafine Onyx Black, Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Whimsy - Wizard Wish


Oh, goodness!  I LOVE these wizards from the Whimsy February release Create Magic, not to mention the coordinating Wizard Frame and Once Upon a Star dies! Swoon!


With my first card, I stamped the Create Magic image and Wizard Frame with VersaFine Onyx Black. I then watercolored using Zig Realbrush Markers. I masked off the central portion of the image and spattered the card front using the same Zig colors. I added a few sparkly enamel dots too. I finished the card by stamping the Create Magic sentiment with VersaFine Onyx Black onto one of the Quick Strips banners.

More Details:
Zig Watercolor Pens (092, 200, 082, 032, 052, 072, 080)
Distress Oxide Blueprint Sketch, Mustard Seed and Seedless Preserves


I got a bit messier with this next card by sponging a galaxy onto the card base using Distress Oxides. I spattered that with both water and Copic Opaque White for stars. You totally can't see it well in the photo but I used shimmer spray on the galaxy so it's really dreamy and sparkly.

Next I stamped the Create Magic image with VersaFine Onyx Black and colored it with Zig Realbrush markers. Once that was dry, I die cut the card front using a couple of the Once Upon a Star dies. I watercolored the smaller stars and added those to the front as well.

Notice the glitter behind the stars at the top?  I used glitter on Scor-Tape but you could easily use Wink of Stella.

Don't you agree the new release is absolutely magical?!

More Details:
Zig Watercolor Pens (072, 200, 092, 083, 032, 052)
Imagine Crafts Sheer Sparkle Shimmer Mist

Before I go, I wanted to let you know the Whimsy Challenge this month is "April showers bring May flowers." The challenge closes on May 3 at midnight EST, and there's a $20 prize. Hope to see you play along!


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

TFS - Kiss


I'm over on the Topflight Stamps blog today!

The Details:  Visible Image Creative ChaosAall and Create Textures #50Aall and Create Quadrilaterals StencilAlexandra Renke Kiss the Cook Stencil, Peerless Watercolors, Distress Ink Mustard Yellow, Distress Oxide Black Soot and Mermaid Lagoon, Versafine Onyx Black, Dreamweaver Glossy White Embossing Paste, Copic Opaque White, Brusho Ultramarine, Turquoise and Brilliant Red, Ranger Archival Ink Potting Soil, Liquid Frisket

Monday, April 8, 2019

Topflight Stamps 2nd Birthday Blog Hop Winner!!!!



Wow, what a wonderful turn out we had for the Topflight Stamps 2nd Birthday Blog Hop!  Thanks so much to everyone for joining in and making this such a wonderful event!  I hope you were inspired as much as I was!

I bet you're really curious about who the winner is from my blog . . . TERA CALLIHAN.  Congratulations, Tera!  I've sent an email to you with your winner's code. 

Happy crafting!

BRI - Fairy Wishing


I'm over on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog wishing you the best day ever!

The Details: Pink Fresh Spring Floral Die, Mama Elephant Little Fairy Agenda and Wishing You, Distress Oxide Salty Ocean, Worn Lipstick, Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn, Versamark, Ranger Gold Embossing Powder, Versafine Onyx Black, Copics, Ranger Multi Medium Matte and Glossy Accents, Love Cynthia Sequins

Saturday, April 6, 2019

SOSS #132 - K is for Karma


Time for a new Sisterhood of Snarky Sisters challenge.  Can you guess what it is?


Oh, duh, it's in my post title but hopefully you would have gotten karma from my card. LOL.


I've been wanting to use this sentiment for the longest time. I stamped it and the dog in Versafine and watercolored with Zigs. As simple as that!

The Details:  Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs, Riley & Co sentiment, Zig Watercolor Markers (041, 044, 062, 063, 092 222, 260), Strathmore Bristol Paper, Versafine Onyx Black

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

TFS - Poppies


I'm over on the Topflight Stamps blog getting all sorts of messy!

The Details:  Darkroom Door Pretty Poppies and White CrayonVisible Image Meshing Around, Hero Arts With Sympathy, Versafine Vintage Sepia, Zig Realbrush Watercolor Markers, Black Gelly Roll Pen, Copic Multiliner Brush M, Tim Holtz Mini Brick Stencil, Distress Oxide Black Soot and Fired Brick

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Whimsy - Bunny Sunshine


Are you fans of Winnie the Pooh? That is what I was reminded of with the illustration style of the new Whimsy Bunny Buddies set. So precious!  I decided to create a soft scene inspired by that style.


I used Zig watercolor markers and free-handed most of the background except for the clouds. It occurred to me I could use the Up in the Clouds dies to act as masks. Worked a treat! It was so helpful in creating cloud layers, let me tell ya.

The Details:  Whimsy Bunny BuddiesUp in the Clouds, VersaFine Onyx Black, Zig Realbrush Watercolor Markers

Showers of Love


I'm over on the Doodle Bugs blog today!

The Details:  MFT Rain or Shine, MFT Cloud Shaker Window Die and Cloud Shaker Pouches, Distress Oxide Broken China, Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Glossy Accents, Impress Raindrops Die

Monday, April 1, 2019

Whimsy - Ruff Day


Woof! Woof!  The April Whimsy release is here and I'm here to shout it out to the world! Except I'm wearing a cone and it's all your fault. :(

LOL.  I love this pup from the Cone of Shame set. Just look at his face! Enough said!



I stamped the Cone of Shame image and sentiment with VersaFine Onyx Black onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper.  Everything is colored with Zig Realbrush Markers.  I was really hesitant about adding the freehand tree as I really liked how the dog & house image turned out but decided to just bite the bullet. Whew!  Turned out better than I was hoping!


That red is so swoon-worthy! But still, my favorite part of the card is the dog's expression!