Wednesday, February 11, 2015

You Mocha Me Crazy!

Hello Friends! I made this card a while ago and was debating on whether or not I should share it here, but, I figured what the heck, so here it is. We all have that one friend, who drives us batty, right? You love them, but they still make you crazy! This card is for one of my friends who falls into that category.

To create my card, I used products included in the October 2014 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. You can see those items by clicking HERE.

And here is my whimsical card...

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Pretty goofy, huh? The friend I sent it to is sure to get a kick out of it. I used some whacky patterned paper to perpetuate the crazy on this card. I adhered that to a white card base and then built up my layers. For the focal panel, I die cut a piece of white card stock with the Simon Says Stamp Postage Stamp Edge Frames die. Then I stamped the coffee mug and colored the "coffee" with Copic markers and added Glossy Accents. I also stamped the mug onto a piece of coordinating patterned paper and fussy cut that out. I stamped on the mouth and colored the tongue with a Copic marker. After I paper pieced the mug, I added the goggly eyes. I stamped the greeting onto patterned paper with brown ink and cut that out. Next, I adhered the focal to the black matting that I die cut with the postage edge dies and mounted that onto the card base with dimensional adhesive. I added the speech bubble and some yummy sequins to finish the card.

I decorated the inside, as well...

I paper pieced this mug too. The coffee is also colored with Copic markers and covered in Glossy Accents. After adhering everything down, I stamped the sentiment with brown ink and added the 'steam' with khaki ink. I used another piece of that whacky patterned paper to tie everything together.

And that is my card share for today. I hope your week has been a good one, so far. Thank you so much for stopping by!


stamp set:What's Brewing?(Simon Says Stamp)
card stock: Neenah White 110lb, Neenah 80lb(Simon Says Stamp)  Basic Black(Stampin' Up!)
patterned paper: Grand Bazzar(BasicGrey)
ink: Early Espresso(Stampin' Up!)  Khaki(Simon Says Stamp)
dies: Postage Stamp Edge Frames(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: Mocha sequins, gold sequin(Simon Says Stamp)
other: Glossy Accents(Ranger) Copic markers  googly eyes from my stash

Monday, February 9, 2015

Be Mine, Valentine

 Hello Friends! I finally had some time to get into the February 2015 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. And let me just say that it is a BEAUTY! It's geared towards love and Valentine's Day, but I can also see Wedding and Anniversary cards coming from these items, as well.

Take a look!

The patterned papers are just gorgeous. Also included in this month's kit is a Gold Gelato, a container of SSS Clear Embossing Powder, a paint brush and some rub-ons from the Kiss Kiss collection by Crate Paper. The stamp set is great, too, loaded with lots of sentiments that can be used anytime.

I really wanted to create a black and white Valentine, so that's what I did.

I used the Kiss Kiss rub-ons to create the focal panel for my card. I just trimmed out what I wanted and burnished them onto a piece of white card stock. Then, using a border punch, I punched the black mat and trimmed it to size. I adhered the pieces together and then I added a smattering of Pretty Pink Posh sequins to finish it off.

For the inside of the card, I used more rub-ons...

A simple black mat ties it all together. Easy, peasy!  I really like the clean, crisp look of the black and white.

That's all I have to share with you today. Thank you for stopping by!


rub-ons: Kiss Kiss(Crate Paper)
card stock: Neenah Solar White(Simon Says Stamp)  Basic Black(Stampin' Up!)
punches: Heart Border(Stampin' Up!)
bling: 4mm Sparkling Clear sequins, 6mm Raspberry sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)   tiny gold sequins(Simon Says Stamp)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

My Card Shop is Open!

Hello Friends! Some of you may know that a few years ago, I began selling my handcrafted cards at private events. Now I have decided to sell them online, as well. I am pleased to share with you, that I have re-opened my Shop on Etsy! Blessed Designs by B will feature many of the cards I've shared here on my blog. As usual the cards are one of a kind, so if you see something you like, it's probably best to purchase it. I plan to add cards regularly; all occasion as well as some seasonal/holiday cards, so check back often.

For future reference, I have a clickable SHOP tab at the top of my blog that will take you directly to my card shop. I hope you will take a moment to browse around and I hope you find something you just can't live without!~smiles~

Please feel free to share this news with your friends! Thank you for your support!


Monday, February 2, 2015


Hello Friends! Happy Monday and welcome to February! Today's card share features one of my favorite fairies from Mo's Digital Pencil...Fairy Tabia. Isn't she darling?

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I've used this image a few times in the past, as she is so fun to color. I just love her wings. I printed Fairy Tabia onto Cryogen White card stock and colored her with Prisma Color colored pencils. I used blending stumps and Gamsol to smooth out the pencil. I die cut the image with a Nestie and mounted it onto the patterned paper with dimensional adhesive. (LOVE that patterned paper, by the way! It's one from the SSS card kit for last month.) I added clear Wink of Stella to her wings and Glossy Accents to the bubbles. I stamped the little "hello" with Versamark ink and covered it with the Perfect Pearls from the January 2015 Simon Says Stamp card kit. Then, I used a circle punch on it and adhered it onto the card with dimensional adhesive. I added two sizes of Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to finish off my card.

That's all I have to share today. Be sure to stop by tomorrow for a special announcement! Thanks for the visit.


digital stamp: Fairy Tabia(Mo's Digital Pencil)
stamp set: Sending Happy Thoughts(Simon Says Stamp)
card stock: Cryogen White(Paper Temptress)
patterned paper: Altitude 6x6 pad(Bo Bunny)
ink: Versamark(Tsukineko)
dies: Lacey Circle Nestabilities(Spellbinders)
punches: 3/4 inch circle punch(EK Success)
bling: 4mm, 6mm Sparkling Clear sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)  Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)
other: Prisma Color colored pencils, Grape Fizz Perfect Pearls(Ranger) Glossy Accents(Ranger) blending stumps and Gamsol(Inky Antics)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Thinking of You

Hello Friends! I am finally getting an opportunity to share the cards I created with the Simon Says Stamp January 2015 Card Kit. It is loaded with fun stuff, and I'm sure it's sold out by now, but all of the products can still be purchased separately.

I just love the colors in this kit. One thing I really enjoy about receiving a new kit each month, is being able to try new things and using products I might never purchase on my own. This kit is a good example of that. I would probably skip over this patterned paper pack if I was's just nothing that would catch my eye. But I am soooo glad that it was included in the kit, because I just LOVE it! The colors and subtle patterns are so pretty. Also included in the kit is a pot of Perfect Pearls in Grape Fizz ,along with a brush and Mini Mister, both used in the application of Perfect Pearls. I think it's very thoughtful of SSS to include those items, so that basically one has everything one needs to create a card right out of the box!

I struggle with cards that have a sentiment as the focal point. And since this stamp set is mostly sentiments, I decided to just go for it. I was inspired by a card I saw on Kristina Werner's blog.

After brushing water onto the watercolor paper, I added three colors of Distress Ink and dried it with my heat tool. I added drops of water and blotted it off with a paper towel, to create that blotchy effect. Then, I spattered on drops of Distress Ink with a paint brush...messy, but cute. After everything was dry, I stamped the greeting with Versamark ink and heat embossed it. Then, I stamped the stars, also with Versamark ink and gently brushed on the Perfect Pearls and set it by spritzing lightly with water. Let me just say that Perfect Pearls are my new best friend! Sooo much fun and so easy to apply and the results are just shimmery and beautiful. Okay...back to the card. Next, I die cut the water color paper and mounted it to my card base. The finishing touch was to add some Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

It's a bit out of my comfort zone, but it was fun trying new things.

That's all I have to share with you today. Thank you so much for stopping by.


card stock, stamp set, patterned paper: January 2015 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit(Simon Says Stamp)
specialty paper: Distress Watercolor Card stock(Tim Holtz)
ink: Seedless Preserves, Peacock Feathers, Stormy Sky Distress Ink(Ranger)
dies: Postage Edge(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: 4mm Sparkling Clear, Pink Peonies sequins, 6mm Flat Aquamarine, Sparkling Clear, Pink Blush sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)
other:Liquid Platinum embossing powder(Ranger)

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!