Concord & 9th Butterflies and Flowers

I love playing with new to me techniques. On the Where Creativity Meets C9 blog the challenge was to case a designer. There were so many gorgeous cards to case and I choose this one by Karen Baker .


Isn’t it gorgeous and I love the soft colors and the rounded edges of her card. After reading her blog she said she accomplished the look by using her Zigs to color directly on the Hello Lovely stamp. Here is the one I tried with my Zigs.

After I stamped it I used a wet water brush and pulled the color around to give it a water color look and added the sentiment in VersaFine ink from Happy Words and clear embossed, adding some Nuvo drops as a final touch.

I then played around to see if I could accomplish a similar look with distress stains. Here is what it looked like when I stamped the butterflies from Butterfly Beauty set with my Misti. with the different distress stains.

I then pulled the color with my brush, stamped a couple more images and came out with this final card.

Here is the other card I did with distress stains. 

I love this soft look and will definitely be playing with this technique on some more of my stamp images. Hope you  get a chance to play with this fun technique! Cheers!




Coffee cups 

I’m on a coffee roll. Here’s my 3rd entry for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.


I used the same technique for the background of this card as in my previous post but I stamped the words on pattern blue paper in Sepia VersaFine ink and clear embossed the words and coffee beans. Verve Stamps has lots of fun coffee cups and so I stamped and embossed these two images and fussy cut them out. These are adorable cups and I used my Zigs to watercolor them. I added the flower to the one on the left to give it a Spring look.


I found the perfect sentiment in the set from Sugar Pea called Espresso Yourself and embossed it in white. I added a pink strip of paper behind the background to complete the Spring look.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!



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More Coffee

Can you ever have too much coffee. Well . . . maybe, but its just so darn good. I’m playing along with the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and this is my 2nd card.


I saw a technique on Jennifer McGuire’s site about using sentiments as a background. You can check out her post here. I realized that over the last year, I’ve collected a number of coffee stamp sets, and decided that creating a background with them would be perfect. I used a variety of sets from Verve Stamp and Sugar Pea Designs.

I used my Misti and organized the sentiments starting in the corner working my way out. I stamped the words on Bristol Smooth in VersaMark ink and then heat embossed it with Brutus Monroe Alabaster Embossing Powder.

I then took my Distress Inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, and Salty Ocean and blended them onto the page. To finish, I used my Simon Says Rectangle die and the sentiment from The Verve’s Typewriter Coffee, clear heat embossed it on some yellow card stock.



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Teacher Cards

With April around the corner, I thought that I would get a jump on making teacher thank you cards. Reverse Confetti has this great apple set that I love using and thought I would make several versions of the card for all my kid’s teachers.


I also entered this card in the Reverse Confetti Sketch Challenge #46.

For this card I started by stamping the apple image and die cutting the pieces. I love the script on the apple and it was helpful using my Misti to ensure that my image was crisp.

I then die cut the apple pieces and some foam, and adhered the foam to the back of all the die cuts to help pop them off the page. I shaded the apple and leaves a little with some colored pencils to help give it a little more dimension.

I had a little notebook die I received from a friend that I used on some pattern paper to make it look like a school page. I then tool some washi and added to the side as well as some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Red Berry.

Here is a look at the other card I made with the same technique just different paper.


For my second technique, I wanted to use my distress crayons. I purchased these a while back but really haven’t played with them that much.


For this one, I started with some card-stock and coated it with some white gesso. After the gesso dried, I randomly colored the page with my distress crayons and blended it in with my finger.


I then took this ABC Cover Panel from Reverse Confetti and die cut the page. I love the look of this ABC Panel!


I adhered the cover panel onto some Neenha Solar White 110 pound card stock and attached the same apples from above. An easy and fun little teacher card. Thanks for stopping by.


P.S. I also entered these cards in the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.


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Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop

I’m playing along with the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and love seeing all the gorgeous cards. The theme is Spring and of course you need to use coffee, tea or cocoa image on your project. The hop will run from March 24-31 and is full of inspiration and prizes.
On my card I’m using this beautiful coffee cup Love To Go stamp from Unity Stamp Co.
 I used a stencil and Nuvo Glimmer Paste for the background. I love how sparkly this paste is and the color is so bright, perfect for spring.
I stamped the cup in Versamark and clear heat embossed it on some Bristol Smooth paper. I then watercolored it with my Zig Clean Color Brushes. I love these colors together. I cut down the sentiment and image, rounded the corners, and attached it to the to background, and then to some kraft cardstock cut to A2 size to complete my card.
I hope you enjoy my card, you can never have enough coffee or love! Enjoy checking out the rest of this fun bloghop and have a wonderful day which hopefully started with some coffee!.




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Mother’s Day Card

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of March which means its officially spring and Mother’s Day is coming up. In anticipation of both, I’ve been coloring a lot of flowers.

Altenew has a wonderful selection of both layering images and images to color. Today, I’m playing along with their Inspiration Challenge and decided to color some flowers from their Beautiful Day Stamp Set.

I started by using my distress inks in Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed and Barn Door and stamped the flowers on some Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper. I then took some Tombow Dual Brush Markers and some Zig Clean Color Brush Pens and watercolored the flowers.

IMG_3096I used a rectangle die and cut the base down. Since I was making a Mother’s Day card, I found the perfect sentiment in Altenew’s Wild Hibiscus stamp set. Once I stamped it in Versamark Ink and clear embossed it, I added some Black Nuvo Crystal Drops to complete my card.

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Lucky Card

I’m playing along with The Ton’s March Challenge and decided to make a card for St. Patrick’s day.

fullsizeoutput_2720I used the Dahlia Close Up and heat embossed it in Brutus Monroe Gilded on Bristol Smooth paper. I then took my Zig markers in lightly traced a four leaf clover and tried to color the inside a bit lighter. It doesn’t really show up but below is an example I tried with Color Bursts to give you an idea of what I was trying to do.


The four leaf clover became a little blurred after I sprayed it with some gold shimmer spray. But I still love the look.

I didn’t have a “Lucky” sentiment, so I took the Concord & 9th Sophisticated Script and Perfectly Planned stamped out the sentiment and embossed in clear embossing powder. I added some gold washi to highlight the gold embossing. Can you ever have too much gold?


And there you have it a fun spring card! Thanks for reading and have a lucky day!



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