I’m playing along today with The Ton Challenge for June.

I decided to play with the Brushed Hugs stamp and made two cards. This is a gorgeous stamp and I love how large the sentiment is on the card.

I first started out using my MISTI and inked half of the stamp with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide on Bristol Smooth paper and then masked the portion and inked up the other half of the sentiment in Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. This gave the sentiment a two tone look. I then used my Versamark Embossing Pen to outline the stamp and clear embossed it. I then used Peacock Feathers and Chipped Sapphire Distress ink to blend color into the paper. After blending the colors, I took a paper towel and laid it on the card and a hot iron and melted off the embossing powered so it wasn’t as shiny.



I then stamped the Mini Flutter from The Ton in Grey ink and added some white gel pen highlights and glossy accents onto the butterfly. I die cut the cardstock using Reverse Confetti Lacey Scallops die and adhered it to some pink cardstock and added some clear droplets.

My second card used the same technique and colors but I just revered the colors for the sentiment and background. For the sentiment I actually colored it with Zig pens and misted it before stamping on the paper. I added some little accent flowers on the bottom and highlighted them with the white gel pen.


Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day.




Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop

Here is another card I created for the 2017 Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.


On my card I’m using this beautiful coffee cup Love To Go stamp from Unity Stamp Co.
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 then used Antique Linen Distress Ink to blend around the corners and added some glossy accents to the the heart to make it shine. Final touch is some sequins I had in my stash.
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 coffee!


unity LOVE-TO-GO



Wedding Card

We have a special wedding to go to this week so I made a card to go with our gift using the beautiful cake set Happy Day from Concord & 9th.

I started out making the background for this card by using some Tattered Rose Distress ink and blending it on some Bristol Smooth paper. I then took some Ranger Texture  Paste and a Tim Holtz Mini Stencil #25 and embossed one half and  flipped the stencil so that it covered the whole background. Once it was dry, I die cut the background to fit into the card base.

For the cake, I used Bristol Smooth paper and stamped the image in Versamark ink and heat embossed with Brutus Monroe Sterling Embossing Powder.

The colors for the wedding are navy and blush. I tried several cakes and decided I liked this version the best for the card. The banner and sentiment is also from the same stamp set and I used Chipped Sapphire Distress. I adhered both with foam tape to the background and added some clear sequins.


I’ve entered this card into the Where Creativity Meets C9 June Challenge. Click on the link to see some beautiful cards using Concord & 9th products!



Coffee Lovers

This is my third card for the 2017 Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.


For this card I decided to use a background I had created in an earlier post using alcohol inks and Yupo paper you can find the post here. This one is using a silver paper from Ranger for alcohol inks. I love the pink on this and thought its the perfect background to represent my summer home with the 2 kiddos: bright, fun but a little crazy.

I then took some Bristol Smooth paper and the Cool Cups die from My Favorite Things and die cut them out. I then took my Zigs in dark pink and light gray and colored the cup and whipping cream. I then took some Versamark ink and covered the whipping cream and clear embossed it to give it some shine. I stamped the Sentiment from the Verve Stamp set Coffee and clear heat embossed it. I used foam tape to adhere the cup and glued the background on some pink card stock.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!




Peonies & Magnolias 

I’m playing along with the Ellen Hutson June Pin-Sights Challenge today. I made two cards using the color prompts of the challenge.


For my first card, I used the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Peony and the Concord & 9th Happy Words & Stripe Builder on Strathmore Watercolor paper.

I first stamped the stripes in Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and spritzed the stripes with water before stamping them.

For the peonies, I took a separate paper and stamped the Peonies in Versamark ink and white heat embossed them. I smooshed the Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry on the paper with plastic, letting each layer dry before adding more ink. I did the same thing  for the leaves with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink.


Once the image dried, I die cut them and attached them to the card. For the sentiment I used Concord & 9ths Happy Everything set and stamped it in Ranger Archival Ink Tiger Lilly. Once it was dry I added a layer of Versamark Ink so that I could clear heat emboss it. I die cut the panel and attached it to an A2 Card base.

For my second card, I used the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Magnolia set. I love this flower It’s so fun and easy to use.

I stamped the magnolia in Spun Sugar Distress Ink on Strathmore Watercolor paper and masked it. I repeated the stamping two more times and then took out my Kurtake Gansai Tambi watercolors and painted the flowers. Once the flowers were dry, I added some yellow-orange around the flowers. I splattered a little white paint to the card. The sentiment is from Reverse Confetti Walk by Faith and was stamped in Versamark ink and then white heat embossed. I die cut a panel out and adhered it with some tape to give the card a little more dimension. At the end I added some Tonic Nuvo Drops in White to finish off the card.


Hope you have a wonderful summer day!



Father’s Day Cards

Creating masculine cards is always a challenge for me, so I decided to play around with alcohol inks to create some masculine backgrounds (and maybe a couple of girly ones too.)

To use alcohol inks, you need a glossy paper, so I used some Yupo paper and got to work. First I just dropped ink on the paper and let it spread around, Then I also tried using my applicator tool and adding ink to the cotton and dabbing it on the paper. Whenever I wanted to make something a little lighter, I added some Alcohol Blending Solution and just played around. Here is what I came up with:

Once they dried, I then picked out some cardstock and adhered them. I originally tried stamping on them but because they are so dark didn’t like the look. So instead, I took my Reverse Confetti Happy Pretty Panel and die cut it in matching cardstock. I then added the stamped sentiment from RC Whole Lotta Happy.









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I also entered this card into the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.




Playing along with the Essentials for Ellen Pin Site Challenge and I made two cards using the beautiful Mondo Magnolia stamp.


For my first card, I stamped the bigger flower in Verafine Ink and clear embossed it on some watercolor paper. Then I used some Inkadinkado Stamping Mask paper to mask off the flower so I could work on the background. I lightly blended the Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide on the paper and some Antique Linen Distress Ink to stamp the background font stamp. I added some splatters using Gathered Twig Distress Ink.

To watercolor the flowers, I used a blue Winsor & Newton Watercolor Markers to color the flower. These markers are similar to the Tombows Brush Markers since they have dual tips but I found that the pigment in the Winsor & Newton was a lot more concentrated and provided a deeper color.

I stamped and die cut the inner part of the flower and used English Lavender and light lavender to watercolor the flower and adhered it to the card with some foam tape for dimension.

I die cut the Hello in a navy cardstock and then added some Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to give it a little shine. I finished the card with some clear sequins and adhered it to a kraft card base.


For my second card I used the same set from Essentials by Ellen, but this time used the no-line watercolor technique.

I stamped the Magnolia on some watercolor paper in Antique Linen Distress Ink. I used some Zig markers to color in the flower. Once it was dry, I took the dark blue Zig and drew a thin line and used my brush to make it thicker.

I die cut the kind from the Concord & 9th Being Classy set and heat embossed it with some Brutus Monroe Guilded powder. I flicked some gold shimmer spray at the end.






Summer is here! The kids are out of school which means not as much time for crafting but also I don’t have to get up super early and get them ready for school. (I hate making school lunches, so yippee for that too!)

Since it is the first weekend of summer for us, I decided to make a summer card. I’m also playing along with the Reverse Confetti Sketch #48 since they have several really fun summer stamp sets.

48_MayHere is my final card, it was a little hard to get a good picture with all the shine from the Glossy Accents.

I used the RC Seaside set and some pattern paper from my stash by Carta Bella called Beach Boardwalk.

I started out by stamping the whale in RC Aqua, the anchor in RC Iced Aqua, and the crab in RC Brick. I wanted to give them a little shimmer so I used a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen and some Glossy Accents.

I wanted to make a different style of opening for my card and so took some cardstock and cut it to 9 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. I then scored the card at 2″ and 6″. (I started out with blue but then switched to a yellow orange)


I wanted to go with the wave design on my pattern paper and cut the card flap to match the wave.


I took some dark blue card stock and the Simon Says Wavy Scallop Stitches die and cut a simplistic wave for the top part.

I adhered the characters with some Zip Dimensional Dots and stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black ink and clear heat embossed it to give it a little shine. I added some Clear Droplets from Pretty Pink Posh to finish the card.


Hope you have a great summery day!





Playing along with The Ton’s May Challenge.


My first card, I choose the challenge line withno-line coloring, non rectangular, and watercolor.

I used The Ton’s Close Up Dalhia and my Zigs to watercolor the image I stamped on some Bristol Smooth paper with Antique Linen Distress Ink. My plan was to do a circle card but I love this image so much I decided to fussy cut along the flower. Once the image was cut, I adhered it to a black card base and the fussy cut the base to match.

I used the Get It Girl sentiment set and heat embossed it in Brutus Monroe Sterling and used a die cut in my stash. To finish the card off, I used some gold washi tape along the edge to add a little sparkle. 

For my second card, I used the same stamp and followed the challenge line for gold, stripe, and watercolor.

I just got the Kuretake Gansai Tambi PearlWatercolors and decided to use them on some black cardstock. I heat embossed the image using Brutus Monroe Guilded and then used the pearl watercolors to fill in the inner part of the image. The pink wasn’t as dark as I wanted so once the first layer dried, I applied a second layer of the pink, and then used the whitecolor to highlight parts of the flower. For the other part of the flower, I used a lavender colored pencil to soften the black color of the cardstock.

For the card base, I took a stripe stencil and used the Heidi Swapp Metallic Texture Paste in White. The sentiment is from The Ton’s Get It Girl and heat embossed in Brutus Monroe Guilded and cut a fun little shape.

Hope you enjoyed the cards and have a great weekend!



the ton Dahlia


Concord & 9th

I playing along with Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge.


I decided I wanted to use a new to me stamp from Concord & 9th, the Barnwood Background. I made several versions by using my MISTI and stamping in Versamark Ink and using White, Ranger Weathered Wood, and Ranger Watering Can embossing powders. I love the different looks you get just by using different embossing powders.IMG_4175For my card I decided to use the white version and blend Antique Linen and Ground Espresso Distress ink into the paper.

I then took the Hello Lovely stamp and did some no-line watercoloring of the flowers using Prismacolor watercolor pencils. I fussy cut the flowers out and adhered it with foam tape to the Barnwood Background.


I die cut the hello from Say hello set in a sparkly blue paper I had in my stash and layered it several time so that it had some dimension. I added a little gel pen to the flowers to highlight several areas and added some clear sequins.

Here is another look at the finished card. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!.