Tuesday, May 28, 2013

So Very Happy It Is SUMMER Time

Back to the grind on a Tuesday after Memorial Day weekend – but hey only 4 days til the next weekend, yeah!


I had SO MUCH fun with this!!  I found a little wooden anchor at a craft store, and held on to it forever…not sure what I was gonna do with it.  Turns out it makes a perfect little mask!  I used Dylusions and Mister Huey’s spray inks to achieve this, with a Ali Edwards/Technique Tuesday sentiment.

Color combo inspiration thanks to PDCC #183

Can I just say I’m LOVING this inspo!?  Happy Tuesday friends!

Monday, May 27, 2013


I know summer doesn’t officially start until like June 21st or something, but I think I can speak for a lot of people (in the northern hemisphere anyway) that summer unofficially starts Memorial Day weekend.  Thought I’d share a card to celebrate!


Inspiration thanks to Fresh Squeezed Stamps ‘summer’ challenge.  I only have one set currently – Tickle My Fancy, which is a lovely set of different feather images and sentiments to match.  I wanted to challenge myself to use this set in a light summery way – and I’m happy with how it turned out.

<3 Happy unofficial summer everyone! <3

Ingredients:  Fresh Squeezed Stamps, Technique Tuesday sentiment, Studio Calico Mister Huey’s in Gold, Hero Arts Shadow Inks in Soft Pool and Navy.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Here’s to you, Dad!

Got a chance to sit down and do some challenges – I’ve been keeping things CAS lately and it really helps!  Today’s post is a two-fer, as CAS is the theme for the latest ABNH, and the color inspiration is thanks to ColourQ’s #190.



The Really Rust and More Mustard I have, so I used that for the beer – or root beer and apple juice if you are so inclined.  The other two colors are HA Navy and Soft Pool because I don’t have SU!s inks in those colors.  The bottle and sentiment are from an Avery Elle set, while the banner and fun arrows are from a co-branded Hero Arts/Studio Calico set.  I can’t believe how nicely that sentiment fits in the banner!  I also am in mild disbelief that I was able to pull off such a masculine card with that lovely feminine butterfly inspiration image.  Hooray!


And just for fun when I’m on a roll…here’s another Father’s Day card.  Beer apparently is a popular theme for dad, or if that’s not your thing we can pretend it’s two bottles of Lemonade with a dash of San Pellegrino?  And if your daddy-o drinks that, he is a fancy man indeed!

Either way, here’s to you, dad!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Messing with Sasquatch

Today I have several cards to share so get comfy!  Messing with sasquatch techniques, lighting, angles, etc.  Which is why these photos all look slightly different from one another, because I’m trying to figure out what works!  Don’t ask what the settings are because I have no idea.  However, I do plan on taking a photography class soon, so hopefully that will improve my incredibly mediocre skills!


Love this set from Studio Calico in conjunction with their all occasion card class with Lisa Spangler.  A different color combo too, I’m loving it!  Photo taken near bright window but not in direct light.


This is a card I made for my parents’ anniversary which happens to be on St. Patrick’s Day – I know that’s almost 2 months ago, oh well!  Same set as above, fun little ink splatters serve as ‘confetti’.  Photo..well taken several weeks ago so I have no idea.


Inspired by Maile Belles card on CASE Study, love the technique of fussy cutting around a stamp on the edge of cardstock.  It’s pretty cloudy here with rain all day, so not really a great photo either.

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Some masking, such an easy technique with great results.  Colors are pretty close to real life here, I think I did take this during daylight…

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Using the built in flash – wow this is bright but so crisp!  I like this a lot, but is it overexposed?

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Taking a photo on an angle which I rarely do but like the look of – but they usually turn out awkward or crooked for me.  I like this one though, just wish it were brighter without washing out the light pool and coral colors.

So what do you guys think, how do you take photos of your cards?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

PDCC #181

Quick share tonight before I miss the deadline – I swear I will be late to my own funeral



The basis of this was the star patterned paper from the Atlantic Collection by studio calico.  I framed it out in some gold glitter paper and anchored by some studio calico wood veneer stars and some kelly purkey sequins. Sentiment is hand created with pebbles alphabet stamps in hero arts soft cantaloupe shadow ink, and the ‘stars’ is dear lizzy.  Thanks for the inspiration PDCC #181!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Feather Cards

Today’s cards all feature the Fresh Squeezed Stamp Set, Tickle My Fancy.  I actually won this set from a fun contest around Christmas <—The challenge was to fill in the blank for the funniest “Dear Santa” letter Winking smile

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Here is a great way to state something powerful, and let the stamps speak.  The cloud background is an Impression Obsession stamp, it covers such a large area!  The feather is stamped and fussy cut, with a simple but strong sentiment from the set.

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A fun twist and attempt to make this card more masculine.  The colorful panel in the back is actually a piece of sticky back canvas sprayed with various colors of Dylusions spray ink.

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This card (photo obviously taken at night) uses one of my latest favorite techniques.  The two strips that anchor the peacock feathers are two thinly cut pieces of Sook-Wang sticky sheet.  They are burnished with Glitter Ritz and then colored with Copics and blended.  For more on how to do that, go here.

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Sympathy cards are always difficult, but much easier to make ahead of time before you need them.  This one is going in a custom set one of my coworkers ordered from me.  The bottom panel is an embossing folder gone through my Texture Boutique. It was then rubbed with Peacock Feather Distress Ink.  The top peacock feather and sentiment give some balance to the business on the bottom, and a aqua colored bow ties it all together.


And now for something completely different!  This card uses a medallion image from a W+9 set to create a dream catcher.  It’s popped up over a panel of actual feathers.  Little beads and a hand written sentiment complete this unique card.

Thanks for the visit, hope you have a beautiful day!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother’s Day

Hope everyone had a lovely Mother’s Day – here’s two quick cards that use Prima flowers, Liquid Pearls, and some washi tape.  Enjoy!


Saturday, May 11, 2013

More Mother’s Day Cards

Some more cards with no ‘challenge home’, hope you enjoy – happy Saturday friends!

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I masked off the center bar and used a finger sponge dauber with Bundled Sage and Shabby Shutters Distress Ink.  The red flower is supposed to actually be some type of coral I think, from a ocean themed set by Kaiser Craft.

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This was a great way to use up some cute chipboard pieces I got from some garage sale.

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My fave Dogwood flower, colored with Copics.  The centers have dots of Liquid Pearls in Key Lime.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Mother’s Day Cards

Some Mother’s Day cards that don’t have a ‘challenge home’ so just posting randomly today.  Have a great day!

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Watercoloring Frenzy

Have you ever stopped doing something for a while, then picked it back up, and wondered to yourself why you had stopped doing it because you enjoy it so much??

Enter:  watercoloring.  Thanks to the recent Moxie Fab Challenge I remember how AWESOME it is!

Watercoloring has got to be one of the most simplest of papercrafting pleasures.  Did you go outside the lines?  Doesn’t matter.  Having a hard time blending with Copics?  Not with watercolor.  Need an inexpensive quick stress relief?  This is the art for you!

Today I’m sharing two cards that use two completely different techniques.  Let me know which you’ve tried!

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This card looks like it took forever getting those gorgeous colors to blend just right.  Not so, amigos!  I started with a panel of cold pressed watercolor paper, and stamped with some Ranger Archival Ink (Important – be sure to use archival, because your image will run for the hills when it comes in contact with water if you use a dye ink).  These watercolors are Twinkling H20s.  The colors are vibrant and shimmery – what’s not to love!?  To finish, I added some Liquid Pearls in the flowers’ centers.  I also rubbed the sides of the panel with the black ink to finish without using up more cardstock.

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Here’s a close up – check the glimmer and shine!

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Completely different technique with this card.  I started by inking a variety of flower stamps from PTI’s Year of Flowers collection in Versamark ink.  I stamped all along the border, then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I had a reader recently ask me how to get the powder to melt evenly and not give the ‘orange peel cellulite’ look.  This is easy to achieve with a simple trick.  I like to heat my gun up little bit first to get the temperature even.  Then when I emboss, I hold the gun on the BACK side of the cardstock.  This produces an even melting of the powder and less chance of accidental burning – I used it here and the lines are so crisp!

The watercolor here is acutally not watercolor – it is Distress Ink!  Using a water brush, I simply dabbed directly on the ink pad and added color, layer by layer.  A great way to get another use out of your Distress Inks.  Since they are reactive with water, they blend like a dream!  Not to mention the embossed image acts as a resist, so very easy to have a crisp look even with watercolor.  Once I colored in the flowers, I used Tumbled Glass as a background, simply washing it around to create an ethereal effect.  The sentiment is stamped with Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Cornflower, and as you can see did not run with the watercolor behind it.

Hope you enjoyed these two cards, if you have any questions on watercoloring or embossing let me know!

Have a colorful day!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Pocketful of Hearts

Here’s another card that goes along with yesterday’s CASual Friday tic-tac-toe.  Black + White (with a splash of Red), Bling – in this case some lovely Liquid Pearls, and more polka dots!

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This photo I tried to get the side view of the pocket so you could see the dimension.

Have a loving day!

PDCC and CASual Friday Challenges

Today’s card covers two challenges – which is difficult for me because I feel like I am too restricted when I try to do that, but this one came along surprisingly easy!  I’ve got the latest PDCC colors – which this time around is a color splash, meaning black + white + a ‘splash’ of one color.  And CASual Friday is celebrating their 2nd birthday and 100th challenge so of course to celebrate with them I’m playing along Smile


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So for my tic-tac-toe I matched the black and white theme (with the splash!), did polka dots with my main panel, and added a touch of bling to the larger flower.  I can’t believe I’ve managed to do two challenges, keep it CAS, and as I’m writing this – how perfect – I just noticed that the sentiment is birthday!!  I better stop now while I’m ahead!

(Main panel is stamped with Impression Obsession polka dots, sentiment is from PTI Irresistibly Ikat set, and flowers are from PTI Mini Blooms set.  Black ink is Ranger Archival Jet Black and Raspberry Jam HA Shadow Ink for the flowers)

Monday, May 6, 2013

CAS(E) Study


I am feeling so inspired by both PTI and Maile Belles lately, so how perfect that the latest CAS(E) Study challenge features her? 

Here’s my take:

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This card used stamps from 3 PTI sets: Irresistibly Ikat, Heart 2 Heart, and Global Greetings – Italian.  Colors are SU! Cameo Coral and Calypso Coral and HA Soft Sand Shadow Ink.

Thanks for the visit – enjoy your evening!

Color Throwdown #240

I am so happy with how today’s card turned out.  Lots of fun playing with my new Mini-Blooms set from Papertrey Ink.  Here’s the colors for this Color Throwdown challenge:

I don’t have Apricot Appeal, so I used Soft Cantaloupe HA Shadow ink instead.  Also don’t have Ballet Blue, so I used Cornflower HA Shadow Ink.  I have Wisteria Wonder and Lucky Limeade.  I also have Pool Party, but maybe mine is not right because it comes out way darker and greener than the shade shown here so I used Soft Pool HA Shadow Ink because the color matched better.

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I wanted to make the ‘seeds’ look as if they were being scattered between the two main floral pieces.  I love the colors for this challenge and am happy with how it turned out.  Those cute little blooms sure but a smile on my face, hope they put one on yours too – have a great day!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Mojo Monday #291

Just a quick share for the latest round/square Mojo.

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Papers from Amy Tangerine with American Crafts, sentiment from Hero Arts, some washi tape from Target, and flower by Prima that I’ve had forever!

ColourQ Challenge # 187

Some cards to share after I’ve been gone awhile.  Working furiously on some new sets so I hope a) you enjoy b) don’t mind me flooding your inbox with a flurry of new posts after I’ve been gone a bit Winking smile

Today is inspired from the latest ColourQ.  Instead of Midnight Muse I used Night of Navy, instead of Pretty in Pink I used Pink Pirouette, and instead of Marina Mist I used Hero Arts Soft Sky Shadow Ink.  I did actually have the Wisteria Wonder!  I think the colors are pretty similar, let me know what you think.


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I’m having so much fun with the Irresistible Ikat set by Papertrey Ink.  So many fun possibilities – and even better, when you don’t get a good impression with this set, it really doesn’t matter because that’s how most Ikat prints look anyway!  (The glass is always half full over here!!)  I thought this could make a cute baby card, when you’ve just heard the announcement and they don’t know the gender yet.  Or really any kind of happy congratulatory sentiment!

I thought this would also go well with the latest OLW challenge #138, “Spring” because of the colors – and mostly my surprise at actually making a one layered card!

Have a happy Sunday friends!