Saturday, September 27, 2014

Bookmarks for my Daughters

Hello Friends! I've finally had an opportunity to sit down and play with the September Simon Says Stamp kit. It's all about books and I just love it! I decided to make a couple of bookmarks to give to my daughters.

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I used a die to cut the bookmark shapes and reinforcement. I stamped the various images onto the bookmark, adhered a piece of patterned paper and then inked the edges. To finish them off, I tied on a bit of ribbon and thread and added clear WOS to the apples and flower pot.

This is such a cute kit! The stamp set is just darling. I like that all of the elements are individual stamps, makes it so much easier to stamp them in different colors. SSS gives us such fun stuff to work with...look at those wood dots and washi tape!

That's it for me for today. Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate it.


card stock, patterned papers and stamp set are from the SSS September kit. All items from the kit can probably be purchased separately, just visit Simon Says Stamp.
ink: Early Espresso, Old Olive(Stampin' Up!)  Sea Glass, Khaki, Lipstick Red(Simon Says Stamp) Antique Linen Distress Ink(Ranger)
die: Bookmark(Taylored Expressions)
other: Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Marker(Zig)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Autumn Floral Birthday Card

Hello Friends! Happy Autumn! Finally! Now I'm just waiting for the weather to reflect the season. It's still quite warm in my neck of the woods... Well, as promised, I have a card to share today. It's perfect for an Autumn birthday.

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Lots of stamping on this one. I used two Stampin' Up! sets, Blooming with Kindness and French Foliage-retired. I stamped the text and water spots first, then added the large bloom and sentiment. I sponged a little ink around the edges to warm things up a bit. I added a strip of patterned paper under the focal for interest. After I stamped, I gave the panel a nice spritz of shimmer spray and added a few pearls. I tied on a bow of organza ribbon to finish it off.

And that is it for me. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate the visit.


supplies~ Most are Stampin' Up! Others are noted
stamp sets: Blooming with Kindness, French Foliage
card stock: Very Vanilla
patterned paper: Comfort Cafe-retired
ink: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Cajun Craze
white pearls  Copper Pearls(Kaiser Craft)
ribbon(Close to My Heart)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Copics for Card Makers-Lesson One

Hello Friends! What an exciting first day of class! We learned about blending basics, which is really what great Copic coloring is all about. We were given images to practice on, we just print them out on our home computer and color along with the fun!

My sheets are messy, because we were told not to concentrate on staying in the lines...our main focus is blending. And I clearly need MUCH more practice at it! Oye!

The first half of class is really technical and I won't bore you with all of that. I'll have a card to share tomorrow. I've been working on things, I just don't have a lot of time for all that posting them entails.

Thanks for stopping by today!


card stock: Neenah Solar White 80lb. Purchased from Simon Says Stamp
Copic markers Purchased from

Friday, September 19, 2014

Copic Markers for Card Makers Class

Hello Friends! I decided to join another Online Card Class. This one is Copic Markers for Card Makers. I'm very excited about this. I have been a big fan of Copic markers for many years. I learned to use them by watching a lot of videos on YouTube and I had the privilege of having a one-on-one skin coloring tutorial with THE Debbie Olson at CHA years ago. (You can read about that HERE.) I've always wanted to take a 'real' Copic class and now here is my opportunity. I love the teaching format of the Online Card Classes and I know that this one is going to be great.

I went thru my Archives and here is the first card I shared featuring an image colored with Copics.

This was from 2008 when I received my first set of markers! I have learned a few things since then! And, I have to say a big thank you...again to Debbie Olson for helping me select images and markers to begin my Copic journey!

I have to say that my Copics have been gathering dust lately since I discovered other coloring media. And I'm hoping that this class will help me to fall in love with the markers again. I may not be able to play along with all of the lessons, as I am extremely busy with family matters right now. But, one of the good things about the OCC is that I will have lifetime access to the materials and I can work at my own pace.

I am looking forward to learning more about my Copic markers and if you have ever wanted to learn about them, you should join us!

Class starts Monday, September 22...

Have a wonderful weekend! It's almost Autumn! :)


Friday, September 12, 2014

Watercoloring with Distress Inks

Hello Friends! Happy Friday. I decided to create another card using Persian Motifs by Altenew. I think it may be my new favorite set; it's sooo pretty and very versatile. On my previous card, HERE, I watercolored the images with Peerless Watercolors. This time, I used Distress Inks. I used the same color palette, so I could enter it into the Altenew September Challenge.

For this card, I used the 'no line' watercoloring technique, demonstrated HERE, by Altenew owner, Tasnim Ahmed. It's a super fun technique, you just have to exercise a little patience.

Here's my card...

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I started out by stamping the images onto the smooth side of a piece of 140lb watercolor paper, using Antique Linen Distress Ink. As noted in the video, the lighter color ink allows for the lines of the stamped image to 'disappear', so that the end result looks hand-painted. After stamping, I brushed clear water onto the image and then, dabbed dots of color onto it and let the water do the blending for me. I find that it's best to let the image dry naturally, rather than to use a heat tool to speed up the drying time...that's where the patience comes in. After the image was dry, I was able to go back in and add more water and ink in the areas that were still a bit too white for me.

Once the focal panel was finished, I mounted it onto a piece of brown card stock and then gave it a good blast of my shimmer spray. I love my Wink of Stella glitter brush, but sometimes it can re-activate the Distress Ink and cause it to move around, so that is why I used my shimmer spray instead.  I just love all that sparkle!

And, it may be a bit difficult to see in the photographs, but I random stamped the floral image on the card base for a little added interest. Then I adhered a strip of patterned paper and mounted the focal panel onto the card base. Next, I stamped the greeting, die cut it and mounted it with dimensional adhesive and added a few gems to finish the card.

I love the look of watercoloring on's so fun and really easy to do.

*I am entering this card into the Altenew September Challenge - From the Craft Room: Lime Lemonade

That's all I have for today. Have a wonderful weekend.  Thanks for the visit!


stamp set: Persian Motifs(Altenew)
card stock: Crushed Curry(Stampin' Up!)   Dark Chocolate(Papertrey Ink)
patterned paper: Origins Collection(Basic Grey)
specialty paper: 140lb Cold Press Watercolor paper(Strathmore)
ink: Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint Distress Inks,(Ranger)  Chocolate(Close to My Heart) Versamark(Tsukineko)
punches: Scallop Trim Border Punch(Stampin' Up!)
dies: Bitty Banners Framelits(Stampin' Up!)
bling: Assorted gems(Me and My Big Ideas)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What an Honor!

Hello Friends and Happy Wednesday to you! If you've been following my blog, then you'll know how much I admire Kristina Werner. I have been a fan of her work for many, many years. In fact, she was a huge influence on me in my early card making years and I learned so many things from her. I visit her blog often and she is doing AMAZING things. Please visit her, if you haven't already.

Now...onto to the REALLY good stuff. Each month, Kristina hosts a Mail Call. Each month there is a theme and Kristina asks that crafters send her cards/projects related to the theme. She will then select a hand full to spotlight on her Mail Call video. Well...I summoned up some courage and I decided to submit a card last month, the theme was School/Teacher. And guess what? YES! She selected my card to spot light in her video AND it even made it onto the cover graphic for her video!! Was I excited? You betcha!

This is the card I submitted...

And here is the video...

I was surprised and honored to be part of her selection. As you can see from the video, there are some very talented ladies out there!

That's all I have to share today. Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Thinking of You

Hello Friends! I hope your weekend has been wonderful so far. I have a card to share with you today, featuring a stamp set from a new stamp company called, Altenew. This stamp company is the creation of two VERY talented ladies, Tasnim Ahmed and Jennifer Rzasa. I have had the pleasure of having them for teachers in the Watercolor for Cardmakers Online Class. Both ladies are fabulous with watercolors and if you haven't visited their blogs, I encourage you to hop on over.

My card was inspired by this beauty HERE, created by Jennifer McGuire. The inspiration photo from the Altenew September challenge inspired my color palette.

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I stamped the images from Altenew's Persian Motifs set with Versamark ink onto the smooth side of a piece of Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor card stock and then embossed them with White Pearl embossing powder. Then, I watercolored the images using Peerless Watercolors...LOVE, LOVE, LOVE those watercolors. I used the same technique that Jennifer McGuire showed in her video, linked above. It's really very easy to do and the results are always different and always nice. You really can't go wrong with watercoloring an embossed image. It's a super fun technique and I hope you'll give it a try.

After my images were dry, I went over the petals with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush, cuz I gotta have my sparkle! :)

Next, I stamped the sentiment. Then I used a piece of patterned paper to mat the focal panel. And finally, I adhered the focal panel onto my card base with foam tape and added a few pearls to finish it off.

**I am entering this card into a few challenges...
Altenew September Challenge - From the Craft Room: Lime Lemonade
Simon Says Stamp - Stamp It Challenge and Blog Hop

That's it for me!  Thanks for stopping by!


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stamp sets: Persian Motifs(Altenew)  Sweet Havana(Mama Elephant)
card stock: Neenah White 110lb   Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor(Ranger)
patterned paper: Origins collection(Basic Grey)
ink: Versamark(Tsukineko)  Soft Suede(Stampin' Up!)
other: Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)  Champagne pearls(Kaiser Craft)  Peerless Watercolor Bonus Pack  White Pearl Super Fine embossing powder(WOW!)