Tuesday, May 10, 2016

yellow and blue...

Hello my fabulous friends!

 I suppose I can post this now that Mother's day is over... This is the card I gave my mom, and I didn't want to spoil it! ;)

Today's card was inspired by Altenew's color challenge... I've never been a huge fan of using yellow on my projects, but I recently have changed my mind... I really love the yellow inks from Altenew.... something about them just speaks to me. :)

Altenew May Challenge

The flowers are from Altenew's Peony Bouquet. I LOVE this set!!! I didn't use all of the layers for the flowers... That's one thing I like about this set... you can mix and match for different looks (both with which layers you use or don't use as well as the color combinations). So many different looks with the same set!

 The sentiment is from an old Unity KOTM Let Love Grow.

 I really wanted a stripe paper, but I didn't have any blue striped paper, so I used some 1/4 inch masking tape to mask out my stripes and sponged on the blue ink. 

Well, I'm going to go enjoy the sunshine...

Have a wonderful day!


Friday, April 29, 2016

peony thanks...

hello my fabulous friends!

I hope you are having a wonderful day! 

 Today's card is another card inspired by TheClassroom's Pin-Sights challenge..

I originally got this beautiful Peony stamp set for a very special project, but I have completely fallen in LOVE with it! I'll be honest with you... It isn't as "easy" of a stamp as some. Whether you stamp the layers or paint it yourself, it isn't necessarily a quick stamp and go... However, once you get the hang of how to line things up and whatnot, it's TOTALLY worth the extra effort. 

This set is a layering set, but for today's card, I wanted to play with no line coloring again, so I just stamped the outlines with Antique Linen Distress ink, using some masking to build my cluster. Then I colored it in with watercolor crayons... 

I end up making a lot of 'thank you' card each year. I love this Fancy Thanks stamp set because there are a lot of options. These two words are actually separate stamps so they can be used together or separate and arranged however you want. I love options! 

Well, I'm off to enjoy a little fun time with a good friend of mine. Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, April 28, 2016

spring wreath...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Yesterday was my birthday... Most of the day was spent shopping with my mom, then family dinner and ice cream... It was WONDERFUL!

Today's card is inspired by TheClassroom Pin-Sights challenge.. 

I LOVED the beautiful colors and all the pretty flowers!  
It's really getting me in the mood for the baby and wedding projects I have coming up in the next few months. 

Essentials by Ellen "Fancy Thanks", "Bokeh Dots", "Bohemian Garden"

My image actually combines several different stamps. I started by stamping the largest scribbled circle from the Bokeh Dots set in a very light ink. This was just to give me an idea of where to place the flowers. 

I then started stamping and masking the flowers and berries from Bohemian Garden in Antique Linen Distress ink.  I used watercolor crayons to paint the flowers... I'm no expert on no line coloring, but I had fun playing. :)

After everything was all painted, I again masked everything off and stamped the scribbled circle in a dark brown. Using the MISTI for this was very helpful. I kept the scribbled circle stamp on the MISTI the whole time so I knew that when I was ready to stamp it for real with all the masks in place, the circle would be in the exact same place that I had marked.

 Next I added the sentiment from Fancy Thanks. Again, the MISTI is helpful here. Sometimes the texture of watercolor paper makes it hard to get a crisp image... The MISTI allows you to stamp multiple times in the same spot eliminating this problem.

I wanted to keep things simple but add a little bit of depth so I popped the watercolor panel up with a little foam underneath.

 I love the soft cottony texture you can get when you distress the edges of watercolor paper! It's a simple way to add a little extra texture.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

many thanks...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I know I've been MIA lately. Sometimes life has a way of knocking you off your feet... I'm trying to keep things in perspective and keep moving forward one step at a time.

I wanted to stop in today with a quick card as well as a HUGE thanks to all those who have stood by my side through all of the craziness!

That fun chevron paper is actually a washi adhesive sheet by We R Memory Keepers on top of a mint colored paper. I love how the background color comes through the semi transparent parts of the washi sheet. 

The sentiment is from the "Fancy Thanks" set by Essentials by Ellen. I was able to stamp on the washi sheet using Hero Arts Unicorn White ink. I did heat set it since the surface isn't very porous.

I finished it off with a scattering of tiny stars for that little extra pop.

I took my inspiration for this card from the current challenge over at theCLASSroom

I hope you all have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Hello my wonderful friends!

It's time for another Unity hop!
(and sale!)

When I first started stamping (way back in high school) I mostly created scrapbooks. I started doing mostly cards when I started working on design teams... The main reason was that cards were easier to get done on a deadline...

 {I'm a REALLY slow scrapbooker... It takes me ages to get everything how I like it! LOL!}

Anyway, I've been itching to do some scrapbooking again...

This is my spin on the current LO sketch challenge (found HERE)
Because my photos were vertical, I ended up rotating the sketch 90 degrees and going from there. 

This sweet little angel isn't mine, just a girl I used to baby sit... and she steals my heart every time I see her! Isn't she ADORABLE???? 
(and YES, her mom did give me permission to post this!)

Anyway, because of that, I haven't added the journaling yet... But I left space for it in the upper right corner amongst the flowers and butterfly. 

I know this doesn't look exactly like the sketch... but, I generally use sketches as starting points, not 'set in stone' final destination. I get the general LO, then add my own touches. It's just how I roll.  

"You are Amazing" comes from Unity's Trust Your Soul kit... Those butterflies are from October 2015 LayersOfLife kit Wild and Free. (you only have a few more days to sign up for LOL to get this kit!)

I heat embossed the butterflies on vellum, and fussy cut them out. I added adhesive just under their bodies so the wings could flutter freely. I love doing that to butterflies!

I added a bunch of flowers between the two pictures even though they weren't part of the sketch... Like I said, I use the sketch as a starting point... I also die cut some glitter paper swirls and threw in some loose Angelina Fibers for a little extra glitz.

{What can I say? I love me some glitz!}

Don't forget---
 Link up your Unity projects through Wednesday night (linky closes @ midnight CST).  Three $25 gift certificates will be given away at random from both the COMMENTS left on the blogs through out the hop and people who LINK UP a project to the Unity Hop. The winners will be announced Friday night.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

purple and gold...

Hello my wonderful friends!

It's time for another Unity hop!
(and sale!)

This sale is TONS of fun!

And for a little more fun...

(What Lies Within Us, Dirty Halo)

This card uses two past Kit of the Month kits... The flowers are from What Lies Within Us, and the Sentiment is from Dirty Halo.

I wanted to keep things fairly simple today... Life has been kind of crazy lately, and after a really LONG night last night, I just needed something simple and happy...

I stamped the image using Magicals from Lindy's Stamp Gang. I've showed this technique before (and I TOTALLY love the results)... Basically,  inked up the flowers with VersaMark, then I pounced on some Magicals with a paint brush. This technique allows you to place colors where you want them, so purple on the flowers and green on the stems... I then spritzed it with a little water and stamped.. The color variations happen naturally since the Magicals are made up of tiny pigment particles... Since we aren't stirring or mixing here, the individual colors of pigments that make up the colors (like yellows and blues in the green) show... It really is magical! It makes it look like you spent tons of time adding different tints and tones into the image, but it is SO much easier than that, and blends beautifully! :)

You can check out a video of it HERE

Ok.. that's it for me... go enjoy the rest of the hop!

Don't forget---
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

turning gears...

Hello my wonderful friends!

It's time for another Unity hop!
(and sale!)

I love these moose stamps that were recently released! They are so simple and CUTE! I did some super quick coloring with my Clean Color Real Brush markers, and he was ready to go! 

I've been having fun with shaker cards lately... I love how much character using fun shaped dies gives the shaker! I filled mine with micro beads, glass glitter, and sequins.

(Grateful Joy, Life is Change)

For this card, I was having fun with embossing powder. I use my basic black, white, and clear quite a bit, but I sometimes forget just how much fun the COLORS can be!

The butterfly is from 'Life is Change' I heat embossed it on vellum and fussy cut it out. I love the semi-transparent look the vellum gives the wings!

Behind the butterfly is a flower made by stamping one of the feathers from this month's LOL kit 'Grateful Joy' multiple times in a circle. The easiest way to do that is by using Inkadinkado's Stamping Gear. While Inkadinkado makes stamps specifically for the stamping gear, 
ANY stamp from Unity that fits on the paddle can be used!

Check it out... 


(Grateful Joy, Thanks Above and Beyond)

All right guys, that's all for me today...

Don't forget---
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