Friday, June 14, 2019

Dachshund Wishes!

One of my co-workers had a milestone birthday, and we celebrated today with a breakfast at school! Gretchen loves her dachsunds and this funny idea popped in my head 😁!

I used Pinkfresh Studio's Playful Animal Friends 2 set and the Rainbow Card Cover Die from The Stamp Market.

Added an embossed sentiment from Playful Animal Friends 2 and some iridescent sequins.

Inside more party images from the set, PTI's Headline Numbers, and a sentiment from The Stamp Market's Hip Hip Hooray set. Added a Dunkin' Donuts card for $5.55 which caused some questioning looks from the DD employee πŸ˜„. Gretchen loved the card!

Friday, June 7, 2019

First time, No Line!

I decided to try my first no-line watercolor card using the Bloominous and Handwritten Thank You sets from The Stamp Market!

I stamped the images on die cuts using Inkon3 Fadeout Ink and colored them with Zig Clean Color markers and a waterbrush.

Made a background with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Scattered Straw and Squeezed Lemonade, then splattered it with water mixed with yellow Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.

Added a die cut Handwritten Thank You stamped in aqua ink, then iridescent sequins, pearls, and Nuvo Drops. Such a fun look!

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Hello, Purple

"Anything Goes" is the theme of the week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog. I chose to use the Petal Patch stamp set and Handwritten Thanks die from The Stamp Market.

I tend to neglect purple when making cards, so this week, I blended a background with Distress Oxide inks in Wilted Violet and Milled Lavender. Stamped and heat embossed the Open Plaid Backgrounder, an oldie from Cornish Heritage Farms.

Die cut the Handwritten Thanks die in white and black glossy paper. Stamped and die cut flowers from Petal Patch, then arranged them around the sentiment. A few Nuvo Drops were added for a bit of shine. Sorry I have neglected you, purple inks, I'll be sure to use you again soon! ❤

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Pinkfresh Studio's May Challenge

It's "Anything Goes" this month at the Pinkfresh Studio Monthly Challenge, with a beautiful rainbow palette thrown in if it suits your fancy!

I couldn't resist those colors, so I made a rainbow sherbet-colored card with the Folk Hummingbird. Pretty Paisley, and Fleur 1 sets...

I started by stamping and die cutting Pretty Paisley with Ink on 3 embossing ink then heat embossing with their Arctic White embossing powder. I then brushed over them with Distress Oxide inks. The top paisley in Spun Sugar, Festive Berries, Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade, and the bottom in  Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon, and Seedless Preserves. I placed that panel over a piece of white cardstock embossed with a dotted circle folder from Lifestyle Crafts.

Embossed and inked the Folk Hummingbird and flowers from Fleur 1 the same way, then added Stardust Stickles on the bird's beak, wings, chest, and tail feathers. Added some iridescent sequins to the background to showcase those rainbow colors some more! I almost added a sentiment, but was too nervous to keep going! I'll add a cheerful or uplifting one on the inside when needed.

These sets go perfectly together, and I just love that hummingbird!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Hummingbird Colors

This week at the Color Throwdown are some lovely colors to play with...coral, aqua, and navy!

I thought they would be perfect with the sweet Folk Hummingbird from PinkFresh Studio!

I stamped the hummingbird and floral images then colored them with Zig Clean Color markers. Added lots of sparkle with Stickles and a Wink of Stella pen, and some Nuvo Drops, too.

I added the awesome Hand-Drawn Heart From The Stamp Market brushed with Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide ink. It reminded me of a flight path πŸ€—. The sentiment is from Forest Friends from PinkFresh Studio.

Thanks for buzzing by! 😊

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

May Flowers

Playing long with the Simon Says Stamps' Monday Challenge blog theme of "Use Stencils" this week!

Time for some May Flowers from The Stamp Market using the stamp set with this name!

For my stenciling, I used the Plaid Stencil, also from The Stamp Market, lightly inked with my Spun Sugar Distress Oxide ink. I think my brushes had some yellow ink on them, so some areas had a light tan quality, which I really liked!

Speaking of Distress Oxide inks, I just purchased my first set and they are as fun and fabulous as everyone says! The multi-step set "May Flowers" was inked with a combination of Spun Sugar, Festive Berries, Dried Marigold, Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, and Squeezed Lemonade, and the leaves in Amuse Studio Lichen ink and Impress Basil Fresh Ink.

The sentiment is from The Stamp Market's A Few Words stamp and cut bundle. A few Glossy Accents on the flower centers and leaves to finish this spring card. These flowers are beautiful, and I highly recommend treating yourself to this stencil and stamp bundle! πŸ˜‰!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Candy-Colored Flowers Sketch

This week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches is by CΓ©cile Ribon and it's a perfect one for a pretty Mother's Day card (and "for a Special Lady" which just happened to be the theme this week at Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge blog).

I used two sweet little stamp sets with coordinating dies from The Stamp Market, Petite Painted Posies and A Few Words sentiment set. They may be small sets but they are so fun to create with!

I stamped a mini floral cluster from the set for the background, then cut cut banners from PTI's gingham paper using Sizzix dies.

Stamped lots of flowers and leaves from Petite Painted Posies using my favorite A Muse Studio inks and Fresh Inks from Impress. Layered them and added Nuvo Drops on the flower centers. Lastly, a little twine wrap and the sweet "hugs" sentiment. A beautiful card for a special lady in my life. 
Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

It's a Party!

It's the Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge Blog's 10th birthday! So, of course their challenge theme this week is "Happy Birthday!" I chose to throw them a little party with these adorable woodland animals from Hello Bluebird's "Moose & Friends" stamp set...

I am so inspired by designers who create beautifully colored scene cards, so lately, I've been practicing my skills. I love all of the designers' creations at Hello Bluebird, and who can resist their adorable animals and images!

I made a background by softly brushing Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Twisted Citron, then cut some hills with a Lawn Fawn die, and a banner with an Amuse Studio die. Colored the die cut images with Zig Clean Color Markers and a waterbrush. Added Wink of Stella pen, Stickles, and Nuvo Drop accents. There is a thick layer of Glossy Accents on the "Happy" balloons. Tied them with black sewing thread because I wanted really thin strings.

I just love that moose blowing out the candles (or a teeny party horn included in the stamp set should you choose), the sweet bunny, and the silly, surprised owl who's floating away!

 Happy Birthday to you, SSS Wednesday Challenge! Thanks for all of the inspiration every week!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Sunny City

Playing along with the monthly challenge at Pinkfresh Studio! This month, the challenge was "shakers and frames" and here was the color palette...

I made a shakers card with these fun colors using "A Day in the City" stamps and die...

I stamped the images on the single scene die, then colored them with Zig Clean Color Markers and a waterbrush. The shakers contains a mix of sequins and paper hearts and confetti.

Backed the shaker with some heart patterned paper, then dotted the scene with Nuvo Drop "flowers" in the grass, Stickles on the sun, and Sakura Glaze pen on the windows. So much fun to create with Pinkfresh Studios stamps and large coordinating scene dies!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Spring Mood

This week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog, there is the sweetest spring mood board that is sure to get your card-making inspiration flowing! 

I chose my Hello Bluebird "Banner Buddies" set for a spring scene...

I made a background using the My Favorite Things "Drifts and Hills" stencil, inking Tumbled Glass Distress Ink with brushes at the top, then inking Cracked Pistachio at the bottom. Afterward, I flicked water droplets mixed with Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, and Peeled Paint inks at the bottom. 

Die cut the banner using the Hello Bluebird "Vertical Banner Die" and stenciled it with The Stamp Market's "Plaid" stencil using Picked Raspberry ink

Stamped and die cut the adorable Banner Buddies animals and colored them with Zig Clean Color Markers and a waterbrush. The sentiment is also from the set. Added a woodgrain post for my banner, and speckles of Nuvo Drops and Glossy Accents here and there. Happy Easter to you all!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

To the Moon Sketch

At Freshly Made Sketches, Linda has a great sketch this week, one that sparked an idea in my mind as soon as I saw it!

Those vertical panels made me think of rockets blasting off, so I turned to my much loved Half-Pint Heroes (and Half-Pint Heroines) from Waltzingmouse Stamps!

I am very inspired by Nicky Meek's amazing card making and watercoloring skills, as well as her ability to create the sweetest scenes and most incredible backgrounds! She made a galaxy background HERE (the cutest card!) that I used as inspiration...and luckily she described how she made it.
I started in the center blending Tim Holtz (regular) Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass, then moving outward in a circular pattern, used Peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire, then Black Soot. Splattered watered down white acrylic paint over the top; then when dry, added some silvery dots with a Sakura Stardust pen. So realistic!

I watercolored the rockets using Zig Clean Color Markers, added details with a white gel pen,  Diamond Stickles on the flames, and Nuvo Drops on the lights. Used a DCWV chevron stencil with Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste to make the flight path.

I split a sentiment from Half-Pint Heroes, stamped it in Versamark and then heat embossed it with white powder. I masked off the word "moon" in the sentiment so I could use the amazing Skinny Upper Alpha dies from The Stamp Market! Stacked two of each letter, and coated the top layer with Moonstone Glimmer Paste, too. A few wooden stars coated with white pigment ink, and this rocket card is ready for lift off πŸ˜‰!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Mailbox Blooms

Playing along with the theme of "Beautiful Blooms" this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  I used Concord & 9th's "Mail Drop" set, coupled with Simon Says Stamp's "Artsy Flower Parts!"

I've never had a mailbox set, and once I saw this one, it made me so happy! The whimsical artsy flowers seemed like a perfect match for a little spring scene. Stamped and die cut the pieces from Arches watercolor paper, then colored them with Zig Clear Color Markers and a waterbrush.

The Mail Drop set comes with many different options for layering and die-cutting. I layered the mailbox with post and the lid piece, cutting a slot from the lid for my little letter. It comes out, and on the back it says,"Sending paper hugs."

Lots of Glossy Accents and Nuvo Drop Accents, with the scene adhered to a Spring Rain cardstock base (Papertrey Ink) like a perfect blue sky! So much fun using these sets together, can't wait for my mailbox and garden to be blooming!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Down on the Farm

The theme for this week's Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge was "Down on the Farm," which gave me the perfect opportunity to use Avery Elle's Market Stand and Peek-a-Boo Pets stamp sets again!

This time, I practiced watercoloring with my Zig Clean Color Markers and a waterbrush, stamping the images first with VersaFine black on Arches watercolor paper.

Added a sentiment from PTI's Blooming Button Bits, and some Nuvo Drops and white gel pen accents. Made a light watercolor wash of blue and green for the background.

I still cannot get over the cuteness of these sets! Makes me so happy...and excited for the start of farmer's market stands popping up in our town this summer! Thanks for stopping by!

Colors Sketch

A cool sketch by Jen Mitchell for this week's Freshly Made Sketches challenge!  I loved all of the elements at the top of the card, a fun new way for me to create!

I used The Stamp Market's "Color Me Happy" set, and PTI's and WPlus9 Studio's watercolor "splatter" stamp sets for my card...

I was inspired by Amy Yingling's card, The Stamp Market's creator, seen on Instagram (having trouble linking, just click on her name, then the Instagram logo at the top of the store's website)!

I inked the different paint splotch images with Tim Holtz Distress inks, then misted them with water before stamping against the watercolor paper. When dry, I added bits of sparkle with a Wink of Stella brush.


I stamped and die cut the palette and brush, then fancied them up with Kuretake Zig Clean Color Markers, Nuvo Glitter Paste, and Glossy Accents. Stacked two tiny hearts cut from the watercolor paper. The sentiment is also from the Color Me Happy set, and stamped in VersaFine black ink.

This little set is so much fun!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Spring Butterfly Throwdown

This week's challenge at the Color Throwdown is all about the spring, aqua, dark pink, and green!

I chose to use The Stamp Market's Papillon set with its big, bold butterfly!

Stamped and die cut the butterfly and then made a background with their Crisscross Background set by heat embossing in white on mint paper. I also heat embossed my favorite sentiment from Have a Nice Day on vellum, and adhered it only at the top with a bit of glue so it would stay "wispy!"

Die cut the butterfly from the background, and backed it with some green paper, then bent the wings so you could see the color showing through a bit more.

Stamped the antennae with black ink, added Glossy Accents to the body, and added a tiny aqua dots with Nuvo Drops. Quit while I was ahead with this clean and simple card!