Wednesday, March 18, 2015

You Rock. {again}

 I made this card a few weeks ago. And decided I needed another version. I basically made the exact same thing. Just with different colors. :)

This stamp from Unity is just so darn fun to color (and it happens to be on sale this week)! I stamped it in distress ink and then watercolored the image. Easy peasy.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Dragonfly birthday card

I have a friend who loves dragonflies so I ordered this cool Clearly Besotted dragonfly die just so I could make her a card! The die has 2 parts, a solid and an open intricate shape.

I cut the solid shape out of some paper I had put a watercolor wash on. The top layer was cut out of vellum. I layered the two pieces and connected them with 2 black brads.

The mat for the dragonfly was made using a piece of canvas, some stencils, and spray inks. Then I layered wax paper over it. Yep. Wax paper. From my kitchen. It was just more translucent than the vellum I had and I wanted to be able to see the stenciled work better.

My sentiment was stamped onto vellum and stapled on. And everything was layered with kraft woodgrain paper and aqua cardstock over a grey card base.

I'm linking up to:
 Simon Says Stamp's Things That Fly challenge
Virginia's View All Things Embossed Challenge
Jot Magazine March Mood Board

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Clearly Besotted Dragonfly die
Woodgrain embossing folder from Stampin' Up
Kaleidoscope and Moroccan Tiles, Ronda Palazzari stencils from The Crafter's Workshop

Shake it!

We are making shaker cards over at The Paper Girls Challenge blog. Since my Cricut stopped working I was limited to the dies I had on hand. I've discovered I "need" more dies :)  

I decided to use some circle dies and turn them into balloons. And I used this fun stamp set to make the balloon strings.

The balloons are filled with several kinds of pink and white fine and chunk glitters.

 For the sentiment I used two different pink inks to create an ombre look. 

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you can share a shaker card of your own too.
Have a great day!

I'm linking up to Simon Says Stamp's Things That Fly Challenge.
Because technically these balloons would fly away if let go. ;) Right?!?

Handwritten Borders stamp set from Simon Says Stamp
Cupcake Party stamp set from Simon Says Stamp
Circle Dies from Crafter's Companion
Worn Lipstick Distress Ink
Rose Madder Ranger Archival Ink

Monday, March 2, 2015


I am hosting the current Paper Girls Challenge and chose the Pantone color of the year, Marsala, as our theme.

Here's my card:

I used Unity's card sketch to get me started. I pulled out a few pieces of marsala paper and some other colors I thought would look good with it.

The butterflies are from Unity's Happy Everything set in Aged Mahagony distress ink. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamps Friendship Messages (I am loving this set!).

I hope you will come link up with us for this challenge! I have a prize for a random participant!

I'm linking this up to:
Simon Says Stamp challenge - Anything Goes
Unity {be inspired} card sketch challenge

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

You Rock

I pulled out a brand new Unity stamp for this card.

I stamped it using Distress ink in Tea Dye and then colored her in with water colors. The water blends in the ink giving it a vintagey look.

I put a light wash of yellow water color in the background (not sure if it shows through in the photo) to give it a little pop.

Then I used some markers to give my wooden stars a little ombre look.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

I'm linking up to the Unity {be inspired} color challenge
Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge

Friday, February 27, 2015

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

It's time for another Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

I stamped this Unity image called Coffee Side by Side and colored with my Spectrum Noirs.

 I mounted it on gray and then put it on this great Simon Says Stamp cardstock in Sea Glass.
Sentiment is from Friendship Messages from SSS.

It's really gray here today with not much sunshine. This closeup shows the colors a bit better.

For embellishments I punched and watercolored some little hearts and added some teal twine. 
Thanks for stopping along the hop today!

If you didn't come here from the hop then you should go check it out. There are lots of prizes to be won!

Linking up to:
Unity Friends with Flair blog hop
Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge

Friday, February 20, 2015

I like Big Books.....

and I can not lie!

I have no idea where I first saw this wording. But I've since seen it many times! And I wish I was clever enough to have originated it. And I apologize if that song is stuck in your head now!

I needed a quick bookmark so I grabbed a tag already sitting on my desk. Added a few Distress inks. Stamped image and text. Colored books using my Spectrum Noir markers. Tied a bunch of twine to the top. I sprayed a clear matte top coat on the bookmark to prevent any ink from marking my books.

The books are from this Unity stamp set and the letters are random StudioG.

I am totally makiing more of these but I'll plan it out better and take more than 5 minutes to get it done!

Thanks for stopping by.


It's Friday! And time for Unity's Friends with Flair!

I started this card using this sketch from The Paper Girls Challenge blog:

I used the flower stamp fom this Unity kit and watercolored the image.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

Monday, February 2, 2015

January 12 Tags of 2015

I LOVE playing along with Tim Holtz' 12 Tags series! But wouldn't you know I never manage to get linked up in time.:(

So this is my January tag inspired by his:

I don't have very many of Tim's embellishments so I have to create my own. His tag was collaged with his tissue paper. I stamped images onto tissue paper to make my own. I used a combo of Tim's stamps and some Unity. I forgot to take a before photo but here is what was left after I cut out what I glued onto the tag:

On top of the tissue was lots of layers of spray ink and distress paint. I don't have his chit-chat words so I created my own using my label maker! It worked out better because I got to choose the words that I wanted to represent my year.

I also didn't have his Alpha Parts so I painted and grunged up some really old chipboard:

Linking up to:
Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge
Unity Friends with Flair

Thanks for stopping by today and wish me luck getting February's tag linked up in time!

Happy Anniversary

I've got a little anniversary card today for the current Paper Girls challenge. Nevermind the weird photo. It's dark and I was using my camera light. I plan to replace it with a better one if the sun comes out tomorrow. I say "if" because you just never know up here in the Pacific Northwest. sigh.

I stamped this pretty little vase trio from a Unity set onto watercolor paper. Painted it with various purple and blue watercolors (inspired by Unity's challenge). I matted it onto this beautiful purple cardstock. Some teal twine and a simple sentiment later and it was done.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great day!

Linkiing up to;
Unity Stamp {be inspired} challenge
Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge