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.

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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!



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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!.





Hello Gorgeous 

It’s the end of the year and so I’m making some card sets for my daughter’s teachers. I love how easy it is to make multiple cards using the MISTI and a nice stamp set.

For these cards, I decided to use the Hello Gorgeous set from Honey Bee stamp. Using the MISTI, I placed the stamps where I wanted them on some Canson Watercolor paper and used Versamark with white and gold heat embossing powder.

Once the images were heat embossed, I used a wide paint brush and some Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor and loosely brushed the watercolor across the paper. Once the paper was dry, I die cut some of them to give them an interesting edge.

To finish the cards, I added Nuvo White and Morning Dew drops to cards. A set of six easy cards to make a nice gift for any teacher.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend!




Thank You Cards

My daughter just turned 3 so I made three Thank You cards for the MarkerPop Challenge to give to family and friends.

The first card I made using the Concord & 9th You’re My Person stamp on some Strathmore Watercolor Paper in Ranger Archival Ink in my MISTI. Then using my Tombow Markers, I watercolored the image in the colors of the challenge. I added a lighter blue around the image to give the image more depth. I die cut the paper with the Reverse Confetti Lacy Scallop die and adhered it to some yellow card-stock. For the sentiment I used Altenew’s Label Love and heat embossed it in some blue embossing powered I had.  I added some Caribbean Ocean Nuvo Crystal Drops at the end.

I also entered this card in the Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #9.

For my second card, I used Altenew’s Wild Hibiscus on some Bristol Smooth paper with my Tombow Markers. I then used the yellow the yellow marker to give the background a yellow wash and added a slight stripe.

I just received this awesome Honey Bee Hello Gorgeous stamp and die. I used the die to cut out the thanks sentiment and then stamped it in Aquamarine Ranger Archival Ink. I cut down the panel and adhered it to this gorgeous Aqua cardstock from Reverse Confetti. I added some White Nuvo Crystal Drops to the flowers and card to finish it off.


For my third card, I used A Lil’ Magic set from Greeting Farms. I colored the unicorn with my Copics in the Rainbow Dash (from My Little Pony) look since this is my daughter’s current favorite My Little Pony. I adhered it to the orange card base with pop dots and added the thank you sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Many Thanks set.

I made a little rainbow with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Glitter, Red Berry, Dandelion Yellow, woodland Green, and Midnight Blue. And every unicorn needs a sparkly cloud made out of paper.

Have a wonderful weekend!



Bear Card 3 ways

I’m playing along with the Essentials by Ellen Mix It Up Challenge and mixing it up with some Reverse Confetti. I love the stamps from both of these companies and decided to play with All Inside from Essentials from Ellen.


For my first card I die cut the bear image from All Inside in kraft paper and used the Bear Ware set and die cut and stamped the balloon and present in pink card-stock. I used the same Reverse Confetti Rose cardstock and used the RC Happy Pretty Panel for the word happy. I love this die since there are several ways you can use the pieces. I then took the Reverse Confetti Iced Aqua cardstock and die cut it with the Big Stripes Cover plate.  I used the RC Whole Lotts Happy set for the sentiment. The base is RC Piggy Bank cardstock and such a nice heavy card stock. I added some glossy accents to the bright pink layers and some Carnation Pink Nuvo Crystal Drops.


For my second card, I wanted to make a teacher thank you card. I created a background with Chartreuse and Cerulean Color Burst on some Bristol Smooth paper. Once my background dried I used this fun ABC Cover plate from Reverse Confetti.img_4140

I stamped the bear image and then used the flowers from the Bear Ware Set on some white cardstock and colored in the flowers with some Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens.  

I love the way the background turned out and so decided to add the thanks from the Fancy Words sentiment from the RC Fancy Word Confetti Cuts to the inside.


For my third card I decided to dress the bear up a little. I have this adorable onsie from RC Cute as a Button Set and decided to see if I could get the bear into the onsie.

I stamped the onsie in RC Aqua ink and then die cut it. I watercolored the bear with my Zigs and then elongated him but cutting him into thirds so that he would fit into the onsie.

Once I had all the pieces glued together, I added some glossy accents to the onsie.  I placed the bear on a Reverse Confetti Quick Card Panel.

I used the hello die cut from RC Fancy Words cuts and used glossy accents to make it shine. The sentiment is from RC Fancy Word set and clear heat embossed it. Of course no card is complete without a little embellishing so I added the Dandelion Yellow Crystal Nuvo drops.


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Essentials by Ellen

I’m playing along with the Essentials by Ellen April Pin-Sights Challenge. You can find more details here:


I love the colors in this challenge  and so I made a couple cards.  I used the beautiful Mono Hydrangea set for my first card since the colors of the challenge seemed perfect for these beautiful flowers.

I did some no line watercoloring by stamping on some Bristol Smooth paper and using Antique Linen Distress Ink. I took some Prismacolor Watercolor pencils and outlined the flowers and then moved the color up the flower.


I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment in Ranger Lavender Fields Dye ink and used some Versamark ink to stamp on top and clear emboss the sentiment. As a finishing touch I used some Sweet Lilac Crystal Nuvo drops around the sentiment.

For my second card I used the Oh Frappe set, because who doesn’t love a little Latte.

First I took some Canson Watercolor paper and sprinkled water and Lemon Yellow Color Burst on the paper. Once that layer dried, I used added a little Fushia Color Burst and watered it down to give it a lighter look. Once it was dry, I took the Reverse Confetti Lacy Scallop Frame Die to add some dimension to the paper.

On a separate piece of water color paper I stamped the coffee cup from the Oh Frappe set in Antique Linen Distress ink to do a little more no line watercoloring. I took the Violet Zig marker and traced the lines in purple and the added more color to shade the cup. I added Crushed Grape Crystal Nuvo drops as an embellishment along with the sentiment and some glossy accents to the heart of the cup. I glued the background to purple card stock to add a little more purple to the card.

Hope you enjoyed the two cards. Check out the challenge for more inspiration!