Friday, September 22, 2017


For the School Days challenge on SCS.
Thinking of school... On Saturday, my siblings and I made a pilgrimage to our childhood home in NJ and traced our steps to our school, literally a walk down memory lane. It's been about 45+ years since we all did that walk together and it brought back so many memories. So much of the old school and church are still the same. When we were standing in front of our old house the owner pulled up and we chatted for a bit, he was probably wondering what a bunch of middle aged (old) folks were doing in front of his home. He asked us if we were the ones responsible for all of the little handprints in the back patio cement. Yes we were, I can still remember Dad pouring that out. Fun! Anyway, this challenge reminded me of the red plaid tin lunch box that I had way back then. (Also had a vinyl Barbie one). Probably antiques now and worth a fortune! 

I used the backpack tutorial in our Tutorials Resources section to create this school backpack using Authentique papers, textured gray card stock, eyelets, and black grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up!)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Watercolored Tissue Technique

For the Monday Try a New technique challenge on Splitcoast, watercolored tissue paper.
Used four different distress inks each for the background and for the seahorse. Wrinkled up the tissue and used Versamark with gold embossing powder. Seahorse cut from the orange tissue piece. Dies are Tim Holtz. Added some twine rope, sequins, gauze that was dabbed with gold crackle paint, and mini shells. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Stipple Rose

An oldie but goodie from Stampin' Up!, Stipple Rose was colored in Prismacolors and blended with Gamsol. Added some sequins and a black pen border for a quick and easy CAS card.
This is for Day 4 of the 30 Day Color Challenge.

My Friend (Chere Amie)

For Day 3 of The Daily Marker 30 day Coloring Challenge , watercoloring.
Also for today's Splitcoast color challenge of Black, Peach, and Pool Party. Used watercolor crayons on the Penny Black stamp, misted and stamped and then filled in with more of the same colors with a paintbrush. Stamped sentiment in black and went over all of the lettering with a fine tip black Pigma marker. The watercolor paper doesn't take the detail of the sentiment so well but is easy to fix this way. The sentiment stamp is the French version of My Friend (Stampin' Up!).

Kindness Matters

Stampin' Up! Kindness Matters and embossing folder on a Whisper White card base. Kindred Stamps "Stay Sharp" cacti were colored in Prismacolor pencils with Gamsol to blend.
I used the Gina K tutorial using a very similar cactus design for this card. This is also for the 30 Day Color Challenge, all made assembly line style. The Misti makes it easy to do multiples.
I made a stack of these to be sent out to some of the wonderful first responders in the Houston area. If you would like to help here is a list of various ways:

Friday, August 25, 2017

Pleasant Poppies Bookmark

Stampin' Up! Pleasant Poppies embossed in gold, Avery Elle "This Book" for flowers and sentiment.
I used the Spellbinders filigree bookmark die set and cut it in gold foil card stock and vellum for the overlay.
The flowers and sentiment were gold embossed and colored in Copic markers.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

My first ever challenge

I was so happy to have hosted my first ever Splitcoaststampers Dare To Get Dirty challenge. Hope you can play along, I would love to see your beautiful creations added to the gallery. These are my samples. The first uses a Gina K. background stamp done in Gelatos on watercolor paper with a Karen Lockhart butterfly colored in Prismacolors. The second uses a gold embossed foil card stock with the new Hero Arts butterfly die cut background and Memory box butterflies that were embellished with glass beads.   

Dare To Get Dirty challenges

Here are some more samples I made for the Dare To Get Dirty challenges going on at Splitcoaststampers. It's not to late to join in, the deadline is August 9th. We would love for you to play along! I can't give away the challenge details here, it's a secret for SCS Fan Club members :)

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Dare To Get Dirty- Day 2

More fun challenges today over at Splitcoast stampers! Come and play. 

Bloom With Hope

Supplies used for this card: 
Metallic silver and white card stocks, Stampin' Up Bloom with Hope embossed in silver and colored with copic markers, Wink Of Stella added to flower, pink seam binding ribbon, tissue paper, Modge Podge, Tim Holtz distress inks, Tattered Angels glimmer mist spray, sequins.

Hop on over to Splitcoaststampers and join in on this challenge and a few others today!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Dare To Get Dirty 2017!

This is my favorite time of the year at Splitcoaststampers. The Dare To Get Dirty Challenges kicked off this morning and the themes are so much fun and sure to jump start your creative mojo! This is just one of the many benefits provided to Fan Club members and a great way to thank everyone for their support. For more information on the Fan Club and all that it offers please click  HERE!
I can't divulge any details for the above card samples, it is top secret- members only :)
Hope you can all play along.

Monday, July 24, 2017

You've Got This

For the flower from the You've Got This set I silver embossed, added colors with spritzed water and Brushos color crystals. Added Glimmer Mist for shimmer, cut out flower.
The background was bubble wrap with Versamark and clear embossing powder, shaded with Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass distress ink. Added some clear sequins to embellish and sentiment banner from Bloomin' Love , popped up on dimensionals.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Dirty Dozen!

I am beyond happy, honored, and excited to be one of the new Dirty Girls on Splitcoaststampers! I hope you can take a minute to check out the gallery. The theme for July is "Time to Relax" and was loads of fun to make cards and projects for.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Starry Night

Inspire by one of my favorite paintings, this stamp is from Technique Junkies. Stamped in navy and some green, colored with pearlescent chalks and mounted up on dimensionals to a gold embossed card base. Inked edges with Night of Navy ink.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July to all and Happy Canada Day to our dear neighbors!
For the CAS challenge to show your patriotism and the technique challenge to use shaving cream (and make your card smell nice!)
I tried various papers with this technique- Whisper White, glossy, shimmer white and Ranger specialty stamping paper. This last one was my favorite. It held up really well and took the ink the best.
I softened the look of it with a piece of vellum that was gold embossed with fireworks and our Statue of Liberty. I have made the climb to the top of this statue a few times and it is really spectacular. If you ever get a chance, visit her and Ellis Island. It is an emotionally moving experience.
God Bless all nations with peace and prosperity! Have a happy and safe holiday, y'all.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Bella Toile Butterfly

Starting with a card base of Stampin' Up! Shimmer White I gold embossed Bella Toile background. Sprayed front with Tattered Rose Glimmer Mist and added some Brushos crystal colors in purple and scarlet and let it bleed together, spritzed on some more glimmer mist. This is so shimmery in real life, I love it! Gold embossed Tim Holtz butterfly on shimmer paper and cut out with coordinating die. Colored in Copic markers to match. Added gold cord behind butterfly, added to Whisper White sentiment strip with Style Beautiful sentiment.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Seaside Summer

Stampendous Seaside Chair stamped on watercolor paper, colored with Koi watercolor paints and darkened some areas with Copic markers. Added mini shells, glitter, and whipped spackle to water foam.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


This card was for the Featured Stamper challenge for casing Technique Freak Kelly Acheson. I made a few small changes to her pretty card, I love the way she used the succulents as flowers and the soft color combination. The paper is retired SU and I tried to make the flowers look like an extension of the ones on the paper.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Fuse Tool

I really love my new Fuse tool, perfect for sealing shaker pouches. This was my first project with it and I managed to keep my lines pretty straight :) I imagine this would be great for Project Life scrap pages.
Supplies used for this card were: Stampendous mermaid and die, colored in Copics and highlighted with Wink Of Stella glitter. Hero Arts Mermaid kit for sentiment and sequins, Fuse paper kit on Bermuda Bay base. Half pearl to embellish. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Paisley Framelits Dies

Well, here's another use for the Paisley framelits dies :)
I started by outlining some of the Stampin' Up! Paisley framelits dies with an extra fine tip black marker and then spent most of the afternoon doodling in and around the images. Shaded with various pencils.

Card Catch Up

Catching up on my card challenge uploads. It's been a sore week of healing after some minor surgery. Stitches on my back have kept me from being as active as I would like but I was able to carefully stamp some things. Stamps aren't too heavy to lift :)
The first card is on Whisper White and uses Penny Black Pop Pop Poppy watercolor stamp. Instead of watercoloring it I used my new Lyra polycolor pencils (love) and Kinda Eclectic sentiment by SU.

The mermaid is by Kindred stamps on a Tim Holtz distress oxide background. I made a stencil of circles using an acetate sheet and circle dies. It's so easy to make your own stencils and I plan on going through my dies and creating some more of these! Inked white craft ink for additional bubbles with stencil and added the leftover acetate circles to card for more water "bubbles".

The third card was for Flag Day on June 14. The flag strip is actually duct tape. The rosette was made with some retired SU paper and the Tim Holtz die, added a star embellishment to center. Clear embossed a mountain/valley Americana scene on the bottom and sentiment in Pacific Point ink (stamps by Mark's Finest Papers).

Happy Summer! Rocky The Crab die is by Elizabeth Craft Designs, not sure where I got the summer sentiment. Crumb Cake card base was embossed in Baked Brown Sugar ink with retired Sandy Shells wheel. Crab washi tape added to bottom and I made some shells with polymer clay and a mold.

And finally one of my favorite Stampin' Up! stamps (never to be sold!) Corner Garden. Embossed in white and painted with re-inker colors of Crushed Curry, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Wasabi and Celery. Sentiment is from Field Flowers, another keeper!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Scallop Box

It's great to finally get a chance to play in the Splitcoast challenge today! I've been out working in the yard doing the major spring clean up since the sun has finally made it's debut!
I did a modified case from the new Stampin' Up! Idea book and catalog (page 143). I think this was my favorite of all of the samples they had. I changed it to work with the supplies I have since I haven't placed a new order quite yet. 
Bloomin' Love for the sentiment banner, Very Vanilla was stamped with the retired jumbo Doodle wheel in Crumb Cake, Secret Garden flower was colored and then cut out. Succulents thinlits dies were used for center part of flower and darker flowers behind the main one. Bird and branch punch for leaves and twines and jute for big bow behind flower. The pearl closure was a large pewter eyelet flattened out with the crop-a-dile and a flat pearl on top. Smaller pearls added to flower center.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Me Treasure

Still playing around with this adorable new Lawn Fawn set Ahoy, Matey. Thought I could use this for an anniversary or you could use it for friendship. Perfectly Plaid paper and stitched frame dies also used. For the sentiment I masked off the "A" after the word "You're" and replaced it with the "Me" from the same set.

Ahoy, Matey!

For the current Lawn Fawn Challenge and a spring feel. Also for the metallic challenge on SCS.
I used gold and bronze metallic mica flakes for the treasure. Supplies are new Lawn Fawn. Ahoy Matey stamp set and coordinating does, colored images in Copics. Watercolored a sunny sky background and then embossed with clouds folder by SU. Edged card with caramel and Baked Brown Sugar. Added dots for sand.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Stampin' Up! and Google Android

I made this card for my Google guy and will either use it for Father's Day or his birthday which is why I kept the sentiment kind of neutral. I drew the Android robot and colored it with bright green and pale olive Copic markers, cut out and popped up on dimensional dots. The sentiment on the side is in Google's colors and is Stampin' Up! On A Pedestal, the code is from Lots of Bots (both retired).


I just love this new mermaid collection by Hero Arts. Colored in Copics and added retired SU glitters in turquoise and green. Die cut and added to watercolor card base that was taped with washi tape, spritzed with water, and then I added whatever turquoise liquid that was in the bottle that came with the monthly Hero Arts mermaid kit. Net was cut from a mesh bag and pearl added to shell to embellish.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Danke, Deutschland

I used all of the in color markers that are retiring and created a background using this Romantic Flowers set and sentiment from Germany. You know I would be able to find the stamp/ paper crafting shop! This card is going to the incredible people at the Heidelberg Marriott that made our stay even more wonderful. Everyone there was so warm and friendly and I would love to go back again. I'll be working on my German in the meanwhile. I did try and did fairly well except for the one time when I ordered dinner and asked for what I thought was " no onion" but actually said sweat. Apparently, it's all in the pronunciation! We are still laughing about that one :)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Showers Bring Flowers

This set (and the butterfly) are my favorite Tim Holtz images. It started off mostly gray and monochromatic and then I thought of all of the prettier things some rain brings and added some color with the flowers. 
Started with a vintage sheet music page and painted with gesso. Stamped umbrella and then added some brushos and Payne's Gray watercolor for rainy skies. Silver embossed clock from the same set and shaded with SU chalks. Stamped sentiment and SU Simply Soft flowers that were colored with Prismacolor pencils. Inked edges first with Old Paper and then Weathered Wood, both by Tim Holtz. Did a lot of little dots on image, I was so captivated by some of the pointillist paintings that I saw recently.

May the Fourth Be With You!!

For May the Fourth, Star Wars Day! Yoda is my favorite character so I collected some quilling pattern ideas from the Pinterest boards and made this little guy. I'm pretty much a newbie on the quilling thing and really like it, it's easier than I thought it would be (but my rectangles need a bit of work). I bought a quilling book for kids that starts off with the basic techniques and makes lots of cute, easy images. A great way to begin and practice.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Merry Monday challenge

For the Merry Monday challenge with the theme Twas The Night Before Christmas. I had the exact papers for this one, same name as the poem by Graphic45. Made an accordion pleated fan and embellished with various papers, sequins, pearls, and silk flowers. Quite the early start on 2017 Christmas cards!

Post Card Flamingo

When I was in Heidelberg, Germany about a week and a half ago, I picked up a coloring book of post cards and markers for some vacation crafting time. I visited the zoo there and fell in love with the flamingos, they are so beautiful!! This will go into my scrapbook of my trip. The flamingo stamp and die cut are from Hero Arts.

Monday, May 1, 2017

May Day basket

Happy May! I remember when we were kids our school would have a May Day procession and one lucky little girl was chosen as the "May Queen" (never me...sigh). I made a basket out of retired Stampin' Up! ribbons of caramel gingham and narrow white stitched with a taupe seam binding ribbon bow. Paper flowers are by Recollections on a Soft Sky and Whisper White base. Tulip Frame embossing folder was used for edges.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Mica Mermaids

Lawn Fawn Mermaid For You set on a background that was made using Brushos color crystals with transparent Nuvo drops for air bubbles and bronze mica flakes with Nuvo gold gilding flakes for their tops and tails. Birthday sentiment Stampin' Up!

You're Out Of This World!

The cute little monsters are by Bo Bunny, colored in Prismacolor pencils on a Whisper White card base. The sentiment is by G Studio. I added Wink of Stella dots to the white background. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Twisted Black Magic

This is the first time I've tried this technique and it was pretty easy. I used Whisper White heavy card stock and smeared on green apple, butter, pink, and purple inks. Embossed Hero Arts background stamp in Versamark and clear powder. Swiped Color Box black pigment ink over complete card front and then wiped ink off with cloth, leaving behind the colors under the embossing. Highlighted with white acrylic paint dots and added a sentiment strip on bottom, (unknown  stamp maker). I got too carried away with the dots, I only meant to add a few :)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Colored Pencils Comparison

So many colored pencils out there, how to choose? Hopefully I can save you some time and crafting dollars by being the Guinea pig here. I tested the Prismacolors, Derwent Inktense, Lyra, and EK Success ones today. My favorites were the Prismacolors and Lyra, they went onto the paper so smoothly with a soft creamy feel that I loved. I used Whisper White thick card stock to try these out, I found this to be my favorite for alcohol markers and general coloring.

The Derwent were nice but not as creamy, they seem to be a bit more waxy and shiny for my personal taste. I'll most likely use these when I travel, if I lose them or leave them behind I won't be as sad. (Have to always have a portable craft, right?)
The EK Success were really not great, you have to go over and over it to get decent color and they left shreds of pigment on the paper. They kind of put the suck in Success.

I would recommend just buying a couple of Prismacolor pencils to start. They sell them separately in most large craft stores. Maybe some greens to practice leaves with, you can always use these colors! I know it's tempting to buy whole sets of things as it is usually less expensive this way. Test first if you can, it's not a bargain if you're not going to use it or are always on the hunt for something that works a little better for you.
The Lyras are lovely too, I'll be on the lookout for some deals on them while I am in Germany.
Happy coloring, y'all!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Easter Pansies

For today's Splitcoast colors of Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, and Old Olive I used one of my favorite old stamps from PSX. Colored with Stampin' Up!'s Blendabilities markers in this week's colors and shaded around them in Copic Cool Shadow. I went over all of the flowers with a fine black marker. Stampin' Up! Tulips embossing frame. Sentiment is Lawn Fawn.