Friday, January 23, 2015

Still In Love with Watercoloring

Hello Friends! Happy Friday! I treated myself to a set of Gansai Tambi watercolors for Christmas. These are highly pigmented, super creamy watercolors from Japan and they are just dreamy!

 I've created a card with them and that is what I'm sharing with you today. It's clean and simple, so the watercolored image is the star. I used the Persian Motifs stamp set from Altenew. It's one of my favorites to use with watercolor.

I started off my project by stamping the image in Versamark ink onto Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock and embossing it with WOW Pearl Embossing powder. Then I taped the cardstock onto a board and selected the watercolors I desired. I like that the colors can be removed from the main unit. This way everything stays nice and tidy.

Let me just say here, that I love the light that streams into my studio in the afternoon. It's so calming and casts the perfect amount of warm sunlight for creating. So next, I wet each petal with clear water and then added the paint. The paint glides on so smoothly and they blend nicely, too. After I finished painting, I set it aside to dry. And worked on the inside of my card...

I stamped the same floral image with ink that coordinated with the card stock and then stamped my greeting using an exclusive Simon Says Stamp set called Birthday Balloons, in two colors over top. I added a layer of matting and adhered it to the inside of my card.

Once the main panel was dry, I added the sentiment and a decorative punched border of card stock for an extra pop of color. Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins were the finishing touch for this clean and simple birthday card.

The card is a 4-bar size, so I created an envelope for it using my WeRMemory Keepers Envelope Punch Board. Quick, fun and easy!

And that is the card share for today. I hope you all like it. Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.

Thank you for stopping by today. Have a fabulous weekend!


stamp sets: Persian Motifs(Altenew)  Birthday Balloons(Simon Says Stamp)
card stock: Neenah 100lb White  Coastal Cabana(Stampin' Up!)
specialty paper: Watercolor card stock(Tim Holtz)
patterned paper: 2013-2015 In Color Designer Series Paper Pack(Stampin' Up!)
ink: Versamark(Tsukineko)  Coastal Cabana, Soft Suede(Stampin' Up!)
coloring medium: Gansai Tambi Watercolors(Kuretake)
bling: Sparkling Clear 4mm, 6mm sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)
other: Dotted Scallops border punch(EK Success)  Envelope Punch Board(WeRMemory Keepers)  White Pearl embossing powder(WOW)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Creative Blogger Award

Hello Friends and Happy New Year! Last month, a really sweet and crafty blogger, nominated me for the Creative Blogger Award. I was thrilled and honored. But life got in the way and I was not able to fulfill my part of the agreement and that is what I want to do today.

I was nominated by Shalana Glass of the scrappinwithshalana blog. She tells the story of how we came to be friends really well on her blog. You can read that HERE. Shalana is very talented and shares wonderful step by step tutorials on her blog. I encourage you to visit and see what she's up to.

The Creative Blogger Award entitles you to join a group of talented people and share a bit about yourself and your creative process. Let's get to the questions...

What am I currently working on?
Nothing! I like to take December and January off from creating. In December, I'm spending time with my family and enjoying the Christmas season. In January, I like to clean and organize my studio and PURGE! I did sneak in a little bitty bit of watercoloring a few weeks ago, though...I'll share that in a later post.

What is my signature style?
I think my style is clean and simple...with a twist! I like layers and I love patterned paper! And no card leaves my studio without some sort of sparkle or bling.

How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
I find a lot of inspiration online...Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube videos and other bloggers. Staying inspired is not an issue for me. The issue is finding time to try all of the things that have inspired me.

How does my creative process work?
I create from my heart. If I feel like making a Halloween card in January, I'll do it. I won't share it until October, but I try to stay open to what I feel like creating. Sometimes, I'll get the urge to play with a certain stamp set or to use a particular color or patterned paper pad. When these urges come, I just go with them. I find that I produce some of my best work that way. My motto is: "Just because I created it, doesn't mean I have to share it." I find that this gives me the freedom to relax and enjoy the creative process.

So that's it, then. You've got a little glimpse into what goes on in my head when I'm card making.

Now, I have the honor of passing the Creative Blogger Award on to two more crafters.  My choices are:

Jean Tomshack at Creative Bliss-Jean and I have been blog buddies for a good while now. She is amazing. Not only does she make cute cards, but she knits and crochets, does cross stitch and digital scrapbooking. You've got to check out her blog, I know you will be inspired.

Sheila Harper at LaLa Crafts- Sheila is another longtime blog buddy. She has a clean and simple style that I really enjoy. She creates sweet and whimsical cards and shares tidbits about her grandson. Visit her blog, too, you will not be disappointed.

Thank you for visiting me today!


Monday, December 15, 2014

Vellum Goodie Bag

Hello Friends! I had a little time today to play with the December 2014 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. This kit is a bit different from previous months. This one focuses on a theme: Embossing. It's chock full of goodies to make embossing fun, quick and easy. Take a look...

Two gorgeous full size Ranger embossing powders and a mini Distress Embossing ink cube, that smells like cinnamon and I hear that this size was created exclusively for Simon Says Stamp to use in this kit. Fun stuff!

When I first saw the picture, I knew exactly what I wanted to create with the kit; the contents just scream CELEBRATION to me! I decided to make a goodie bag...SURPRISE!

The kit included a piece of vellum, but it was not study enough for a bag, so I used card stock vellum from Papertrey Ink. I have to say, die cutting the vellum can be tricky. I have several that landed in the garbage. The vellum makes a sweet bag, though and I think they would be really pretty for a New Year's Eve party or change out the stamps and they would make lovely table favors for a wedding.

Lots of embossing here. I used the stamp set from the kit and also a 4th of July set from Lawn Fawn. I used the embossing ink included in the kit and after I added powder and melted it, the image kept lifting. Soooo, I grabbed my Versamark and everything was fine after that. I used the Liquid Platinum powder for this bag.

After everything was embossed, I assembled the bag and added sequins. Very sparkly, very festive, very fun! The bag is slightly see-thru. I'm not sure what I would put in here. But, I think I saw a New Year's Mix online somewhere... :)

Thanks for stopping by today!


stamp set, embossing powder and sequins are from the December 2014 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit.
stamp set: Happy 4th(Lawn Fawn)
card stock vellum(Papertrey Ink)
ink: Versamark(Tsukineko)
dies: Goodie Bag(Lawn Fawn)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Season's Greetings!

Hello Friends! I've got a really cute card to share today. I made it using supplies that were included in the November 2014 Simon Says Stamp card kit. I just love the Lawn Fawn papers in the kit and that is what my card showcases...

This was a SUPER quick and easy card to make. I let the patterned paper be the star of the show. I simply trimmed down this adorable paper and adhered it to my card base. I stamped the greeting with Versamark ink and embossed it with Early Espresso embossing powder. Then I added a few Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins. And to finish it off, I tied on a bit of Mistletoe Hemp Cord. I just love the little scene printed on this paper!

Then, I worked on the inside of the card.

I used Early Espresso ink and a stamp set from Papertrey Ink to stamp the message. Then I adhered a strip of coordinating patterned paper to tie the whole thing together.

*I am entering this card into the ANYTHING GOES challenge at Simon Says Stamp.*

And that was all there was to it! Cute, quick and simple! Thank you for stopping by today.


stamps, patterned paper and card stock are from the November 2014 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit.
ink: Versamark(Tsukineko)  Early Espresso(Stampin' Up!)
stamp set: (inside greeting) Holiday Greetings(Papertrey Ink)
bling: 4mm, 6mm Sparkling Clear Sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)
other: Mistletoe Lawn Trimmings Hemp Cord(Lawn Fawn)  Early Espresso embossing powder(Stampin' Up!)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas Blessings Goodie Bags

Hello Friends!  Well, you shouldn't be surprised to see these, so let's just get right to it! I posted two of the goodie bags HERE. And then I received an e-mail request for 12 of them! They are to be used as table favors for a Christmas Bunco. I was ALLLLL over that! I got busy right away and did a quick Google search for a Christmas Blessings mix and then it was game on!

Again, using the Lawn Fawn Goodie Bag die, made quick work of cutting my bag shape. I set everything up and just went at it assembly line style. I did the same steps for these as I did on the previous bags. But with these, I added the Christmas Blessings Mix poem onto the back.

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I came up with two versions. There are several out there online, but these two fit my needs.

Version One:
Bugles: Bring us the joyful message of the Heavenly Host, announcing peace on earth, good will to men. Pretzels: Symbol of a mother’s loving arms. Mary wrapped her Son in swaddling clothes and laid Him in the manger. Red Hots: Red berries that decorate the holly plant, a reminder of eternal life and Christ’s redemption. Peanuts: The promise of a future harvest, one we will reap only if seeds are planted and tended with diligence. Dried Fruit: Reminds us of the rich gifts brought by the Wise Men. M&M’s: Memories of those who came before us to guide us to a blessed future .
Candy Cane: The shepherd's crook brings back sheep strayed from the fold. It reminds us to reach out and help others. Hershey’s Kiss: The love of family and friends that sweetens our lives.

Version Two:
Bugles: To remind us of the angels we have heard on high. Pretzels: Arms folded in prayer, a freedom sought by those who founded our country. Red Hots: Symbols of holly berries that decorate our wreaths. Peanuts: To remind us to plant the seeds for peace on Earth. M&M’s: Memories of those who came before us to lead us into a blessed future. Candy Cane: The shepherd’s crook, reminds us to reach out and help others. Hershey’s Kiss: The love of family and friends that sweetens our lives.

I added a bit of sparkle and shine with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen on the bow, a clear Stardust pen on the wreath and Xmas Red Stickles to create the "berries". Although, very faint here, you can get a glimpse of the tone on tone background stamping I did with Versamark ink. This creates interest without taking attention from the main image.

And that is all I have to share with you today. I still can't believe it's December already! But, ready or not, here comes CHRISTMAS!!

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate the visit.


digital image: Pre-Colored Happy Holidays Wreath(MelJen's Designs)
stamp set: Be Joyful(Simon Says Stamp)
card stock: Pure Poppy(Papertrey Ink)  Real Red, Whisper White(Stampin' Up!) Candy Necklace(Bazzill)
specialty paper: Premium Presentation Paper Matte(Epson)
patterned paper: Snow Day 6x6 Petite Paper Pack(Lawn Fawn)
dies: Goodie Bag(Lawn Fawn)  Classic Circle, Scallop Circle Nestabilities(Spellbinders)
other: White embossing powder(Hero Arts)  Clear Wink of Stella Glitter brush(Zig)  Clearstar Gelly Roll pen(Sakura)  4x6 Cellophane Bags(Stampin' Up!) Xmas Red Stickles(Ranger)  "Joy" ribbon(Offray)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Little Heart Bandage Card

Hello Friends! I've got a quick little post here. A friend of mine had surgery on her wrist, so I whipped up a little something for her. Hopefully, this will brighten her day a bit.

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I tried the 4-bar size card this time. I like it! It's a bit smaller than A2 and I thought it was the perfect choice for this band aid card. I used a digital image from my beloved MelJen's Designs collection.       Just a side note, MelJen's has an all new website and a 50% off sale...go check it out! Back to the card...I printed the Little Heart Bandage onto white card stock and colored it with Spectrum Noir colored pencils and blended with gamsol. I added clear Wink of Stella to the heart. Then I fussy cut it out. I also printed the image onto another piece of white card stock and I die cut a panel using the Stitched Journaling card die from Lawn Fawn. I wanted to have the swirls, bitty hearts and dots, but I also wanted the card to have dimension, so after I colored in the bitty hearts, I adhered the band aid with foam tape. Then I added tiny twinkles and glossy accents.

I decided to create an envelope for my card, using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board. I really like a coordinating envelope. It just makes me happy!

And that is it for me today. Thanks for stopping by!


digital image: Little Heart Bandage(MelJen's Designs)
card stock: Neenah Solar White(Simon Says Stamp)
patterned paper: In Color Designer Series Paper Pad(Stampin' Up!)
dies: Stitched Journaling Card(Lawn Fawn)
bling: Tiny Twinkles(Taylored Expressions)  Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)  Clear Stardust glitter pen(Sakura)
other: Glossy Accents(Ranger)  colored pencils(Spectrum Noir)  gamsol(Inky Antics)  envelope punch board(WeRMemory Keepers)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Merry Christmas Goodie Bags

Hello Friends! Today, I'm sharing the goodie bags I created using products from the November 2014 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. The kit this month has several sheets of Lawn Fawn's new Christmas patterned papers, which I was VERY pleased to see. I like the color palette, too, mostly traditional with a touch of teal. Very festive, indeed!

I decided I would make a few goodie bags and I visited an "old friend" for the pre-colored wreath digital image, MelJen's Designs. 

It is difficult to see here, but I used the star swirl stamp from the kit to cover the card stock. Then, I stamped and embossed the Merry Christmas greeting. I added strips of paper, from the kit and assembled the bags. I printed the wreath image onto Presentation Paper and die cut them. I accented the image with a glitter pen and added Clear Wink of Stella to the bow. Next, I die cut the scalloped pieces and adhered them together. The focal pieces are adhered to the bags with dimensional adhesive.

And that is it for me today. Thank you for stopping by!


stamps, card stock, patterned papers from the November 2014 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit
digital image: Pre-Colored Happy Holidays Wreath(MelJen's Designs)
specialty paper: Premium Presentation Paper Matte(Epson)
dies: Goodie Bag(Lawn Fawn)   
Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities(Spellbinders)
other: White embossing powder(Hero Arts)  Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush(Zig)  Clearstar Gelly Roll pen(Sakura)