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!



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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!



Hennah Elements

I’m playing along with the Altenew Inspiration Challenge and made this card using the Hennah Elements. This is the first stamp set I purchased from Altenew and love the look of these flowers.

Altenew_2017_April_Inspiration-Challenge_Graphic I had seen a card from Kathy from the Daily Marker that inspired my design for this one. Here is her gorgeous card, I loved the layout and beautiful coloring.


The flowers reminded me of this set from Altenew.


So I started off using some Copic friendly paper, Brutus Monroe Detail ink and my MISTI. I masked a portion of the area off with some blue painters tape (later found that was a mistake I won’t make again) and took the stamp and arranged them on my paper. I love the MISTI because I was able to stamp the flower images a couple of times and get clean crisp lines. I masked the images until I came out with a similar design as on both sides of the paper.


Here is where I ran into a little trouble, I tried taking the tape off the paper and it stuck too well and tore off the first layer.  So instead of re-stamping everything, I took out my paper trimmer and trimmed off the blue tape to get two small panels. I colored the images with a similar color scheme as the challenge and brought in the yellow with this sentiment from Honey Bee’s Hello Gorgeous stamp set.  I didn’t have any yellow empbossing powder, so instead I used yellow ink and then Versamark ink on top and clear heat embossed the image.


Here is my finished card. I decided to give the card a little more pop of yellow my coloring the white space and adding yellow washi tape. I traced all the images in black as well as added some Nuvo drop and white gel pen to the flowers. Thanks for stopping by.


P.S. I also entered the card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.





Welcome Baby

I’m playing along with the Neat & Tangled Little Tangles Challenge 79 watercolorI decided to use this adorable Itty Bitty Welcoming Committee stamp. I stamped the image on some Smooth Bristol paper in Antique Linen Distress Ink so I could try to do some no-line watercoloring. I’m a bit new at this but it was fun to play with and use the Zig Clean Color Brushes.

I wanted to color the animals in some fun girly colors and then added a crown on the bird. I hope you like it and have a wonderful weekend.

I also entered this card in the MarkerPop Challenge #118 and Simon Say Stamp Wednesday Challenge too.





Floral Mother’s Day

I love all the beautiful floral stamps Altenew has created. For these two cards I used the Wild Hibiscus stamp set.

I started with Smooth Bristol paper and stamped the images in Versafine ink in my Misti and embossed the images with Brustus Monroe Gilded Embossing powder. I’m starting to get the hand of creating more than one card at a time using the MISTI.

I love using the Zig Clean Color Brush pens for water coloring and painted the flowers as well as put a light wash of color on the background. Once everything was dry, I took the Happy Words stamp set from Concord & 9th and used Versamark ink and magenta embossing powder. I finished the cards up with some gold sequins.


Some quick Mother’s Day cards ready to send off to some special moms! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week.

I also entered this card in the MarkerPop Challenge and the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge