Saturday, March 25, 2017

Super critters

Its so much fun to get a stamp set with a lot of little pieces that you can put together to create a scene. When I got the Caped Cuties set from Clearly Besotted, I wanted to color as many as I could. I started by stamping the little super heros and then cut out masks for the two on the bottom to stamp the buildings behind them.

 I stamped in the moon and stars and then used my colored pencils to have fun coloring. I stamped the sentiments last and then glued it to a top folding card.

I am putting this in the Send a Smile 4 Kids animal challenge.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Pink roses

I used the rose and leaf stamps from Winnie and Walter's In Bloom: Anna's Flora for this one. I stamped one of the roses and then stamped on a sticky note and cut out a mask so I could stamp the second one. Then I stamped a few of the leaves around them and used copics to color the flowers. I want to learn how to use colored pencils with my copics to give more details but for this one, I just used a white pencil to give a little more highlight on the edge of the petals.

The sentiment is from Wplus9's That is All stamps. I used black versafine ink and then clear embossed over it. I added a few nuvo dots around and rounded the corners off to finish this.

I had originally thought that I would put a piece of white cardstock on the inside to cover where the markers bled through but I actually think the inside turned out kind of cool. (Sorry for the bad lighting, I took this one at night). I've seen other cardmakers use this technique and it is something I would like to try using some day.

 I am putting this in the CASE this sketch challenge #213.

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Puppy thanks

I am just going to say upfront that I am not good with mixed media challenges. I love seeing other people's creations but when I try I just get flustered. However, I saw the challenge at Sending Paw Prints to make a pet thank you card with print and wanted to make a card with puppies. I also happened to have a stamp that was typewriter text and thought that could work. So to start, I took white card stock and stamped with a large Stampabilities text background stamp. Then I used Antique Linen and Old Paper distress inks to give it a little color. I colored a couple of puppies from Clearly Besotted's Playful Pooches set with copics and then fussy cut them out.

I die cut the thank you from Hero Arts a few times and glued them together for dimension and took a scrap piece of paper and added the small sentiment. To put it all together, I took a strip of vellum and wrapped it around my stamped paper. Then glued the puppies, the die cut and the sentiment on.

Here is my puppy thank you card. Thanks for stopping by :)

Saturday, March 18, 2017


I was rushing last year to get Christmas cards done so this year I am determined to make them throughout the year (we'll see how well it goes).

I have an older set of Fiskars Christmas stamps and that is where I found my little snowman. I stamped him in Vintage Linen distress ink and then used my Zig clean color brushes and a water brush to color him in. He has the cutest expression on his face and I thought he should be looking at something so I drew in a strand of lights in his 'hand'. My snowman was looking cute and now I had to figure out what to do with the rest of the card. I put a horizon line in with a gray brush and added some stars in the sky. Then I just scribbled a lot of blue around everything and used my water brush to spread it out. I've seen other card makers do this and I like that it was super easy to do.

The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted's sweet sentiments set. I get a lot of use out of this set. My first holiday card of the year is done!

I am putting this in two challenges. Addicted to Stamps and more challenge #233 - Holiday and HLS Christmas - Anything Goes.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Tulips and boots

This card kind of developed as I was going along. I stamped the Technique Tuesday, Bootiful Tulips on some Bristol smooth paper so that I could color it with my Zig brush markers. I started out with just three colors and some water but as I was going along, I added a darker green and purple for some shadows. I also took a really light blue/gray color and outlined around the whole image. Not sure it shows in the pictures but in real life it makes the image show up a little more. I like how it came out but then came trying to add a sentiment.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Gold leaves

Hi! I had a lot of fun making this card. 

I started out by die cutting 3 leaves from Concord and 9th's Layering Leaves die. Then I took those and heat embossed them with gold embossing powder. I got the idea from Jennifer McGuire's blog awhile back. The metallic finish is beautiful in real life. I had some black hemp thread and tied them together with it.

To make the background, I used some watercolor cardstock and masked off the edges with some masking tape. I blended Peeled Paint and Cracked Pistachio distress oxide inks on the background. I worked in layers, spraying it with water and then drying with my heat gun and occasionally mopping up some of the water with a tissue until I got a color I liked. It is so much fun to take the masking tape off and see the clean edges and how the color you made looks against the white paper!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Out of this world birthday

My son's birthday is coming up! I love making cards for my kids because they love getting them so much :) Anyway, one of the things he likes learning about is outerspace. So I thought it would be fun to make a bunch of aliens to wish him a happy birthday.