Winter Woodland Wonders Christmas card

Hi there friends and welcome!  Today I'm sharing a Christmas card using some adorable forest critters! This is a similar card to the one I created for Butterfly Reflections Ink.  To see that post, click here.

This card was super simple, all I did was stamp all the critters on smooth white card stock and color the with Copic markers.  I added a few little accents with a white gel pen.  I cut them out and set them aside.  For the background, I used a stencil to make some hills and snow drifts and then I blended some distress oxide ink along the top, added water and then dried it.  I flicked some white paint down to add snow.  I mounted all my critter scene pieces on the background, and called it done!  See?  EASY!

Here are a list of supplies with links (No affiliate links used)

Stamps: Avery Elle Winter Woodland Wonders
Copic markers
Ink: Distress Oxide
Stencil: MFT
Glitter accents: Nuvo

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Spooky Halloween card + Glitter fail

Hi there friends!  Today I have a scene shaker card I made to send to a friend for Halloween.  I don't send a lot of Halloween cards even though I enjoy the holiday.  We decorate our house and love all the fun and creative costumes!

 So...this card did not even come close to how I had planned it.  Yes, I wanted to make a shaker with some cute critters in it, but my execution was very trial and error.
I started off stamping and coloring these cute bunnies from WPlus9, and the little costumes for them.  That part went fined.  I used my Lawn Fawn scene die to cut that tree frame.  I then blended several colors of Distress Oxide together and added some water to give that cool mottled effect that you see here.  After I did that, I realized that I needed a ground line for my critters to stand on, so I added more Distress Oxide ink and then drew a thin line along the bottom so they did not look like they were floating. 

I "thought" it would be fun to use black glitter in this Shaker card. So, I used my antistatic powder bag and went around the edges and dumped some glitter in.  Just a little at first, but then I thought I needed more.  Ummmm - it went everywhere.  The static on that little sheet of acetate was stronger than I thought it should be - glitter went everywhere, and it stuck.  I tried dumping it out and it was all over me, the dog, my craft table, my stamps, my pants, the sides of the trash can, the card, on my Copics - every.where. At this point, I considered just tossing the entire thing in the trash and starting over, because we all know that GLITTER IS FOREVER!  As you can see from this close up, it is still in there, little black specs of glitter, that even with a wet stamp shammy, still remained in my card.  I added sequins instead, and that was a lot better, even though I had not thought about the sequins sticking to the critters. 

Note to self - leave the glitter to the professionals!

Thanks for looking today - below is a list of supplies with links (these are not affiliate links)

Colored with Copic markers



Happy World Cardmaking Day!

Today is World Cardmaking Day!  I am so happy to have a day to celebrate something that I love doing...making cards!

This mood board is from Butterfly Reflections Ink's blog for the month of October.  I thought it would be fun to use this for my inspiration today!  Be sure to check out their post for a chance to win a GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR THE STORE!

This card came together really quickly using just one stamp set and some coordinating inks.
I used the GORGEOUS Altenew Build-A-Flower Rose Set.   This rose is 6 layers and it was really pretty easy to line up.  I used all Altenew Inks, and I just double stamped some of the darker layers to get the depth.  Easy-peasy!

Please be sure to check out the blog, and please leave me a comment and a link to your projects!  I love to see what everyone else is making.

Supplies are linked here (no affiliate links are used)

Stamps: Altenew
Inks: Altenew
Drops: Pretty Pink Posh
I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful Fall day! Happy World Cardmaking Day!



Pretty Pumpkins

These cards make me so happy!  You know why?  Because I love Pumpkins, Teal, Fall and Succulents!

When I saw this new stamp from Impression Obsession, I knew I had to have it, and I knew that the first time I stamped it and colored it, it would not be would be Teal!

The teal pumpkin was stamped with Versafine Onyx black ink and colored with Zig Kuretake Clean Color Brush Markers.  

The Orange version is a bit different.  I stamped it with a very light ink and tried my had at the no line watercoloring technique.  I'm not too confident with that yet, but I'll keep working at it.

So, which one do you like?  Orange or Teal?

Supplies used:
Arches Water Color Coldpress paper

That's all for today!  Thanks for stopping in!



Exciting News and sneak!

Here is a sneak of a fun new Shaker card I made for a very special reason! ;)

I can't tell you how excited I am to announce that I will be joining the fabulous Butterfly Reflections Ink Design Team for the fall term!

If you have not ever visited this online store, you should!  They have the fastest shipping, they carry everything and more and they have great prices, plus a fabulous rewards program!  I have been a customer for some time, and Butterfly Reflections Ink is my "go-to" crafty store
 I'm completely honored to be chosen along with other super talented designers!  You can read the announcement here!

Be back soon!


Sketchy Florals - 2 ways

Good morning crafty peeps!  Today I have 2 cards that share completely different ways to use Copic on this big beautiful stamp from Altenew, called Sketchy Floral.

I know it may be difficult to tell but this first card (above) was done on glossy paper.  Glossy paper is a unique medium, as it really gives a different look to your card.  It's almost like it is a photograph.  In fact, you can stamp and color on Glossy photo paper.  I had a package of glossy photo paper that I got from a thrift store.  I don't remember the brand, but it was a buck, so I thought....let's try this!  I first heat embossed that floral on to the glossy paper using Altenew Antique Gold Embossing powder.  Then I colored using the Copics.  The colors are darker on glossy paper than they would be on other Copic friendly paper because the color does not really soak in the same way.  You also cannot blend them the same way either.  You can build up color with one shade though, which I think is awesome, especially if you don't own a ton of markers.  You can see that I did several different Copic techniques, dots, flicks to try and add dimension.  The card came out really cool, and in person, its beautiful and shiny!  I added a die cut from Concord and 9th and a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins to finish off my card.

This card was stamped in a light ink from Memento and colored using the no line coloring technique.  I used my Copics for this also.  I am not an expert on no line coloring-it takes a lot of practice.  I was so intimidated by this but one day I just sat down and tried it.  There are a lot of You Tube videos out there by many talented crafters that show different ways to do this.  I think this particular stamp is a good one to try it on because it is very forgiving and a bit abstract and that means anything goes! I finished off this card with some Nuvo drops that add a really fun, controllable dimension!  If you have not tried them, you really should!  I have a (ahem) collection of a lot of colors. :-)

That's all for today - I've listed the supplies below with links.  (no affiliate links).

Supplies Used:
Stamp: Altenew Sketchy Floral
Die: Concord and 9th Beautiful You
Copic sketch markers
Embellishments: Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh
Nuvo Drops

Thanks for swinging by! 



Mermaids and Toucans! -Summer Card Catch up - Part 2

This is the summer in which I started to attempt to make cute little character cards.  I will admit to owning just about every floral stamp made and very few of the cute character stamp sets that companies like Lawn Fawn, and My Favorite Things make.  I tend to think I am not as good at making those sorts of things look good, so I stayed away...until recently.  I picked up the Polynesian Paradise set from MFT and colored all the little pieces, cut them out, and then sat there and was like, now what?  I have to make a scene.  (And, I am good at making a scene, but not on a card!)  So, these were my first attempts at using sets like this.  And while they are not scenes, they are colorful, and interesting.  (I'm in love with coloring that Toucan by the way)
 (sorry for the wonky lighting on this one, I think it was storming or something when I did this, because I tried all sorts of ways to get this to photograph better)

Then, I jumped on the Mermaid bandwagon!  Oh my gosh, everyone came out with the cutest mermaid sets this summer!  I love Mermaids!  (Splash was one of my favorite movies ever!)
This Mermaid set is called Mermazing, from My Favorite things...its just so awesome! I could not wait to make something with it!

This beautiful Mermaid set is from Stampendous.  I just love her too.  I am not going to admit how many Mermaid sets I own, but let's just say, these are not the only ones! ;)

I'm sure there will be more mermaid cards from me to come.  So stop back!

Supplies used:
Card 1 and 2:
Colored with Copic Markers

Card 3
Stamps: MFT Mermazing
Background created with: Distress Oxide Inks
Colored with Copic Markers

Card 4
Stamps: Stampendous Mermaid
Colored with Copics
Stencil: Unknown

Happy Cardmaking friends!

Thanks for stopping by,

When the moon blocks out the sun

I will admit that I am kind of a geek when it comes to stuff like what is happening today.  I have always been fascinated by space, and nature.   So, today the United States will have a total Solar Eclipse.  I do not live in the path where the Sun will look this photo above, however,
we will have about a 66% coverage of the sun, so that is still cool in my opinion.  And unless you have been living under a rock, I don't need to tell you to not stare at the sun today (or any day HA!)