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!) 


Summer Card catch up -Part 1

Yikes!  Where has the summer gone? Sorry I've been gone, but I've had so much going on this Summer.  Mostly, moving my parents near us.  It's been a long process, but now they are much closer and this is a great thing!  My Mom is also a card maker, and I've been helping her get her new craft room set up.  (I love organizing!)  I made quite a few cards this summer - just didn't get around to blogging them here. So, here goes!

 This first card was made for my parents, and it went with a Housewarming present.  The stamp set is from Altenew, and I colored with Copics and made a very simple CAS card.    I have REALLY gotten in to my Copics this past year.  I am completely self taught, but I do learn quite a bit from watching YouTube.  I would love to take a class some time.

 This card was another favorite!  The stamp set was part of my birthday gift from my sister.  (She is also a stamper, how awesome is that!) This large floral stamp is from Penny Black, and I'd never seen it before, but oh. my.  How beautiful it is to color!  Again, with the Copics, I know, I know.

 This last card was another one of my happy accident cards.  I had a completely different outcome envisioned, but this is what I ended up with.  The stamp is from Altenew - and I colored this with my Zig Clean Color real brush pens.  I really need to use them more.  Last year I used them on everything, and I forgot how awesome they are!

Here are some links to the supplies, in case you are interested.  (No affiliate links)

Card 1 Supplies:
Stamp: Altenew Succulents Stamp and Die set
Coloring: Copic Sketch markers

Card 2 Supplies:
Stamp: Penny Black
Coloring: Copic Sketch markers
Embellishments: Dew Drops - Pretty Pink Posh and Nuvo Jewel Drops

Card 3 Supplies:
Stamp: Altenew Enchanting Iris
Coloring: Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Border Die: Pretty Pink Posh

And that's all for today folks!  Stop back soon for some more Catch up Summer cards and also a feature on my Craft space!



Creating with Alcohol Inks

Lately I've been trying to use supplies that I bought and then....ahem...neglected.  When the Adirondack alcohol inks first came out, I had to have them! They were so cool.  I bought a bunch of them, and then, I made a few projects and then put them away.   They were collecting dust in my collection, so I thought...lets see what we can do with these.

This card is the finished card that I made, but as you'll see below, this is not what I was making to begin with.

Alcohol inks are like a box of know, you never know what you're going to get.  I started off with an A2 size piece of glossy card stock.  I started dropping the inks all over, I added blending solution, I used a straw to move it around, I used my heat gun.  And I ended up with a big blobby hot mess.  Go home Alcohol Inks, you're drunk!  I almost trashed this piece, but I set it aside and started to work on my next piece, with different colors, and a different idea.

This is where I started taking pictures.  I had no intention of turning this creative mess into a blog post, so I apologize.

I stamped the floral heart image with a very light dye ink on my glossy cardstock.  I used my MISTI stamping tool.  (IMPORTANT:  I left the stamp on the tool, because I'm going to stamp again later!) Dye ink dries super fast on glossy paper.

Then, I dropped alcohol inks on the image in a very unintentional way.  Meaning that I did not try to get the colors in each petal,  but rather just drop a little here and there and let the ink do its thing.  I did try to keep the ink within the image, but as you can see that yellow on the top was going rogue.  I had to let it go.

 After the inks had dried ( I used a heat gun to speed up the process), I put the card panel back in to my MISTI, and stamped over the top with the heart image from Concord and 9th in versamark ink and embossed with Gold embossing powder. Since I had left the stamp on the Misti, the embossing ended up in the right place.  So easy!

I decided to leave this one pretty simple, I stamped a sentiment, added a few sequins and mounted to a red notecard.
I think these are pretty neat, they resemble a stained glass piece.

Here are the supplies I used for the cards

Versamark Ink
Stamp Set - Concord and 9th
Sequins - Pretty Pink Posh
Background die on first card - Altenew Medallion die B
MISTI Stamping Tool

I hope I did not leave anything out!  Be sure to comment below and subscribe to my blog!



Colored embossing powder

I've been stamping for a long time, something like 20 ish years or maybe longer. I started as a stamper, got in to scrapbooking, and here I am, making cards again.  One of the first things that hooked me on stamping was heat embossing.  It was like magic to me when that heat gun melted that powder.  Even today when someone who is not a card maker sees a heat embossed piece, they are always commenting on it.  Heat embossing gives a something special element to every card, I think.

When I received this stamp from The Ton's latest release, I knew I had to heat emboss it.  Many of the Ton's floral designs have these solid images that just scream emboss me!  My normal "go-to" colors are gold, black, white, silver and clear.  But for this card, I wanted something different. So I dug through my stash and found turquoise embossing powder.  I'll admit that I was not sure if I'd like this, but was very pleased with the results.

I colored the flower using Ken Oliver Color bursts.  I like these because they provide a very intense color, and I wanted a big punch of color on my card.

Here are the step by step instructions and supplies I used to make this card.

1.  Stamp flower image multiple times using Misti tool and Versamark Ink on watercolor paper.
2.  Heat emboss image with colored embossing powder.
3. Color image with watercolor brush and color bursts.
4.  Fussy cut finished floral image.
5. Die cut scalloped floral panel, mount on A2 sized card panel.
6. Stamp greeting and heat emboss with white embossing powder.
7. Cut out greeting and mount on card panel.
8. Embellish with some pretty sequins.

Products used

Stamp set - Dearest Peony from The Ton Stamps
Die -  Mix and Mat Scallop from Papertrey Ink
Ink - Versamark
Watercolor - Ken Oliver Color Bursts
Embossing powder - Zing
Paper- strathmore 140 lb cold press.
MISTI Stamping Tool
Sequins - Sparkling Clear from Pretty Pink Posh, or you can get here.

That's all for now! Thanks for stopping by!



Coloring with Zig Clean Color Real Brush

One of the easiest ways to get vibrant, eye popping color on your images, is to use Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  They go on like butter, and they blend just beautifully.  Up until recently, I had mostly used them with water, so they were more like a transparent, soft watercolor application. 
They are wonderful for that as well, but I recently gave them a go, alone. 
And the results are...WOW!

I inked up this gorgeous stamp from Mama Elephant, and went with a tropical palette of colors from my Zig collection.  Isn't it pretty?  It's so vibrant!  I stamped the image with Versafine Onyx ink on Strathmore Bristol smooth paper.  I have found this is the best paper for this application.

Here is another one that I did...different color palette, but still as vibrant and lovely.

That's it for today.  Please comment below, and also follow me. :)  I love comments!

Supply list:

Mama Elephant Botanic Hello Stamp
Zig Kuretake Clean Color Brush markers
Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock
Versafine Black Onyx Ink


Coloring book style stamps

As paper crafters, we all love color.  And coloring.  I know that when adult coloring books came out a few years ago, I started to get interested in coloring again.  It is relaxing.  I collected a few coloring books and brought out my colored pencils and started getting lost in shading, selecting colors and finding another way to feed my creative needs. 

Recently, I was on a business trip, and I brought along some stamped images and markers.  It was the perfect way to de-stress from my long work and travel days.  This stamp is from My Favorite Things.

When I first saw these stamps from Honeybee, I knew I had to have them because they offered so many fun coloring options! 

This beautiful floral corner is from Lil Inker Designs.  It is by far a favorite of mine simply because the arrangement has already been done and it is SO pretty!  I colored this one with my Copics.  I also used a die and stamp sentiment set from Lil Inker Designs.

What are your favorite new coloring stamps?  I would love to have a comment from you!