Monday, March 27, 2017

Hello rainbow

I just got my Tombow markers a few weeks ago and I've slowly been playing with them. This time I wanted to see how well I could blend them quickly without a lot of effort. I took some rainbow colors and scribbled them on a piece of Bristol smooth paper overlapping a little at each side. Then I cut out a Hello from Concord and 9th. I used the same die on some foam and put them together for some dimension.

Sunday, March 26, 2017


Hi! This week has been crazy busy but something I am very glad I got to do was go to an art class at a local store. I had been to the class twice before and the teacher is very good at walking you through using Copics and colored pencils. She owns Vanilla Arts and has new classes every month both in person and online. This is the image that we got to color this time. It is from Memory Box.

Aren't those guys so cute! It was mostly coloring with colored pencils but we put a base coat of copics down first. Coloring on kraft paper is a little scary for me so it was cool to have a class on it :)

I am posting this in The Daily Marker's 30 day coloring challenge too.

Thanks for stopping by.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Quick emboss and color

I am trying to color a little bit every day for The Daily Marker Coloring challenge.

Watercolor heart

I was having a hard time making a card that I liked so I decided to step back and just look at my supplies and choose something that I had been wanting to use but hadn't gotten around to.

I pulled out the Hero Arts Love stamp and cut set. I really like the big scripty 'love' that is in it. To highlight it I took a heart die from SSS and cut out some water color paper.

Saturday, March 11, 2017


I try to keep a few sympathy cards around. It seems like if I don't have one ready when I need one, I don't have the time or energy to make it then. Its definitely better to make them when you don't need them!

Anyway, I made this one using Paper Smooches Botanicals 3 and Hero Arts Prayers stamp and cut.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Birthday Girl

So my niece is turning 12 this month and I thought this card would be perfect for her. She loves pink and purple and (in the summer at least) refuses to wear shoes. :)

I started coloring this little girl from Penny Black without really thinking about what I was going to do with her. I didn't have the patience to color around all the polka dots on her dress so once I was done, I took a white gel pen and added the dots back in and also added stripes on the present. I used a black pen to darken her eyes because they had really faded under the coloring.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Easter Card

I made an Easter card for the Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge. I thought the bunny and owl from Avery Elle looked so puzzled to see a brightly colored egg in their woods! I propped up the Sentiment on a wobbler. It's the first time I've used on of those. I like it but it sticks out farther than I had originally thought it would.