Saturday, May 09, 2015


There are so many things I want to try with my new Stampin' Up Basic Butterflies and the coordinating dies.  

First Up I wanted to try a monochromatic look and some resist.  I embossed the fern with white embossing powder and then stamped and sponged on top of that.

The second card I attempted trying the bokeh technique, usually something you see in photography but I wanted to try it on a card background.  I sponged a few colors on white cardstock, then used a homemade circle template to make the various circle images with white craft ink.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

"Splat" challenge

This month the card sketch over at PaperArtistsOnline is more of a technique challenge. Using splashes & splats of ink or paint.  So I got out my Stampin Up Gorgeous Grunge set that hasn't seen much use since I got it a couple months ago.  I stamped the various splotches and splats using Distress Inks and spritzing with water.  I like how it turned out and am ready to try more!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


These were made for a sketch challenge over at Paper Artists Online.  Each month we get a new card sketch and a new scrapbook sketch.  I find the challenges give me a reason to get working!

The butterflies are made with a background strip that I made awhile ago, glimmer sprays through a stencil. Then I stamped the butterflies (Stampin' Up) with my new Distress Ink Abandoned Coral. Oh it's a pretty color!

The wine glasses and saying are from PaperTrey Ink and I watched this YouTube video by Sandy at Operation Write Home the other day and it sort of inspired the inking of the glasses.  The stamp set is called Uncorked.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

#thedailymarker30day - Coloring Challenge

Prisma Colored Pencils

I'm doing the 30 day coloring challenge over at The Daily Marker blog.  Kathy does some fantastic work and has lots of great videos to help you learn to color!

  Today I tried three different coloring mediums using the same image.  From left to right they are: PrismaColor pencils, Copic Markers and Stampin' Up pens with a dove blender.  The colors on the pencil look a little more intense here than in person.  Not sure what's up with that beyond my poor photography skills!

The image is new from Stampin' Up - Indescribable Gift.  I plan on using it for some Easter cards.  So stay tuned for these to be made into cards of some kind at some point!

Do you have a favorite medium to color with?  And which one of these is your favorite?

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Birthday Cards

Here are a couple birthday cards I made recently for some guys.  I find it harder to make cards for the guys than I go for females, and I don't have too many stamps that are more masculine in nature. 

I have been looking at some of Laura Bassen's work, using overlapping colors and I came up with this idea with the PaperTrey Ink set; LIVE LOVE LIFE.  She does some great clean and simple cards and I've been enjoying her posts and videos.

On the first card I used the LIVE LOVE LIFE stamps and the greeting is PaperTrey Inks Bigger Blooms set. On the second card the happy die cut is from My Favorite Things and I cut it three times and glued them together to make a nice thick element.  Birthday is stamped from Stampin' Up's Big Day set.  Then just some random epoxy dots to embellish the cards and you're done!

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentine Card

 My son's girlfriend loves cats, so I thought this Angie Girl from Unity Stamps would make a nice Valentine card for her.  I stamped with black archival ink and colored with Prisma colored pencils and blended with mineral spirits.  Assorted papers complete the card.

Happy Valentine's Day to you too!

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Unity Stamps FWF - Mouse

I'm finally playing with my latest stamps from Unity Stamp Company, this little mouse is so cute I couldn't resist.   The first one is colored with colored pencils on a kraft tag.  The others are done using Gelatos as watercolors.  I just scribble them on my kraft sheet and pick up color with a paint brush and a bit of water.

Most of these are going to be Valentines.  And I'm sharing them on Unity's blog for Friday Friends with Flair.

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