Mix It Up - Open Technique

Hi friends - welcome to the super fun Mix It Up challenge of Open Technique - use ANY technique you love to do!

I am not great at water coloring, but I keep trying! It's a technique I love seeing others do so inspiration is endless. That's the technique I wanted to try this month AND I used colors I never use. EEEeekkkk!!! But it turned out better than I anticipated. LOL

The large flower and leaves were previously water colored and I added some details with a sharpie; I then colored the small bud to match. Orange is not my gig, but I had this polka dot patterned paper so it just fell together after that. I cut the frame (Die Cuts and More) and then adhered it with dimension, added the floral bouquet in the bottom corner flat with a few pieces of foam adhesive under the leaves. And I love mixing colors of leaves, that's one of my favorite things!

I don't have the matching dies, so I fussy cut the images.

Hope you'll take the time to join us this month at Mix It Up and show us YOUR favorite technique!


Stamps:  SSS Delicate Flowers, MFT More Essential Sentiments
Papers: Neenah 80 and 110 lb. white, misc. designer paper

Teapot Gift Holders

Hi friends!

I am about 5 weeks out since my shoulder surgery; recovery is slow and stamping or creating for any length of time doesn't work well; but I try to work on things a little at a time.

Hope you will join us this week at Love to Scrap where we are creating Anything but a Card - won't that be fun, always fun to do something different!

I created these little gift card holders, OR you could slip in a couple tea bags OR some cash; they are just adorable (I think)! This is an older die from MFT (treat sacks); I don't think they carry it anymore, but there are so many like this on the market. They could even be great on the inside of a card - or outside, lots of options, but since we aren't making cards, I didn't travel that avenue but wanted to give you a few ideas.

I'm all about using up my scraps of designer paper, so I chose a couple pieces that basically had the same colors - different paper pads, but alas, I could color the images similarly and they would work. I mounted each image on another stitched die cut circle and thought it would be fun to offset them to one edge. I added lots of shimmer using a Tonic Aqua Shimmer pen and details with a white gel pen and colored pencils. I added a sentiment strip on two layers of vellum, easy to hide adhesive that way. ;) Simple and easy - just the way I like it!

Be sure to stop by Love to Scrap to see all the amazing creations, then join the fun!


Stamps: Bugaboo Digital Flower Teapot
Inks: VersaMark
Papers: Copic X-Press It, vellum, PTI Hawaiian Shores and Raspberry Fizz, misc. designer paper


Love to Scrap - LTSCB #125

Hi friends,

I am SO EXCITED that it's 'anything goes' at Love to Scrap this month!! I had surgery August 21 but had made quite a few things in advance; so yeah - I'm still able to play along even though I can't currently create!

Meanwhile, here's a little shot of me in my current state; this was day following surgery in hubby's shirt and my pillow sling that is attached to me for a few more weeks. :)

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I saw a card by Laurie Willison and had to recreate something very similar; the ONLY stamping on the entire card is the HELLO in Simon Says gray fog ink; everything else is patterned paper.

On the front panel, I added the patterned paper to a piece of cardstock that matched the inside; fun to see that peek of color (you can just see it on the side view).

Thanks for stopping by; hope you'll join us this month at Love to Scrap with anything goes!!


Stamps: The Stamp Market All Lined Up


Zig watercoloring

Oh my, I do adore this massive succulent from Altenew (mega succulent) and to be completely honest? I colored it with Zig Clean Clear Brushes a L-O-N-G time ago but never finished it into a card!

I had a sweet friend having a birthday, she loves succulents, so voila, it finally made itself into a card...alright, alright, I helped make it into a card.

I used the amazing SSS This is the Life die to create the gold frame - but I swear, I can never do anything with shiny gold or silver card stock without getting smudges on it...I should have used tweezers to place it!

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a GREAT week!


Stamps: Altenew Mega Succulent


Tripe Time Stamping at Mix It Up

Hi friends - welcome back to another fun challenge at the Mix It Up blog; this month it is Triple Time Stamping (or you can do anything goes, as always); seriously, so many fun options with the triple time stamping - we really hope you will join us!

It took a few tries to get this one finished; I've honestly never done triple time stamping. #truth
I know, how is that possible!?!

I LOVE this peony stamp set from Altenew; it has so many gorgeous flowers, leaves and little odds & ends you can add to your card. I stamped the leaves in varying brown colors for something different and used oxide inks for the flowers and berries; I just adore how they turned out. I matted the panels on to some Summer Sunrise card stock and mounted everything on a Raspberry Fizz card base.

Trying to catch the sparkle; might have to click on it to see

I will definitely be trying this technique again; I love how it turned out and want to try a few other options.


Stamps: Altenew Peony Bouquet

Pocket Full of Tags

This month at the Love to Scrap challenge blog, we are playing Shape Shift, hope you join us! I had a friend ask for a variety of things recently, so when I saw Laurie's tag set, I just HAD to CASE it - I love it so much! And I pretty much CASE'd every single piece! :D

We are sponsored this month by The Paper Shelter; please stop by and take a look at all their fabulous creations! They are also offering 3 free digis to the winner, so PLAY ALONG!!

I had recently purchased the Kaisercraft die cut set and loved the colors; and it made creating the tags so quick and easy!

I blended Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Barn door on the front of the card; for the tags I used Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Picked Raspberry; then I covered all that up with the die cuts. LOL!!

I used some older MFT tags that appear to no longer be available, but any tag shapes will work! I left the back side blank so any message can be included.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you can join us at Love to Scrap!




Thinking of You w/Altenew Garden Picks

OK; I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, there is a much quicker way to create this card - it literally took me hours. LOL Maybe that's because there was a lot of stopping and starting? Not sure; but I water colored each layer of the flowers and leaf clusters (Garden Picks) using lots of various Altenew inks, then splattered on tons of white droplets. Once the droplets dried, I spritzed with shimmer mist.

I used a wonky circle die for the focal piece blending on some worn lipstick using the TE Blender Brushes, stamping the sentiment with Gina K amalgam black ink and proceeded to layer the flowers and leaves.

The background? Man, I love it - it's Altenew's Tuxedo washi tape which is approximately 4.5 inches wide, so perfect for covering an A2 card. I used it to cover some Neenah 80 lb. white card stock, then die cut with a MFT blueprint and mounted with fun foam to the card base.

I tried to get a picture of the depth of the 3D flowers; SO. MANY. LAYERS.

I finished the card with some PPP Marshmallow Confetti. Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great day!


Stamps: SSS Sketched Flowers


Giraffe - go wild!

Remember this feminine elephant card last week? Here's my boy birthday card using the Party Animal stamp set from WPlus9. I used a Tim Holtz stencil to shade some various colors in the background and once again die cut the balloon from designer paper. The giraffe was colored with Copics and cut with the matching die.

Thanks for stopping by; here's hoping you have a GREAT week ahead!


Stamps: Wplus9 Party Animal
Inks: MFT Extreme Black, Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers
PapersNeenah 80 lb. white, PTI Aqua Mist, misc. DP
Accessories: MFT Blueprints, Copics, WPlus9 Party Animal dies, Tim Holtz stencil


Ella the Elephant says Happy Birthday

Yes, I named the elephant Ella. LOL Don't know why; but I like it!

I needed some birthday cards for a friend so I set about using a couple sets from WPlus9; this one is Unforgettable; I will show you the other card, a masculine card, in a few days. I adore this big ole balloon (WPlus9 Party Animal); it's fun to color, stamp on patterned paper, as I did here, blend some colors on - so many options. Once stamped, I added stars in a variety of inks and cut with the matching die. I finished the card with lots of  'schtuff'; I blended a white die cut panel using MFT's Circle Burst stencil (one of my fave stencils) and a couple of pink inks, some left over designer paper cut with a stitched border die, part of a doily and a larger bright pink die cut as the base layer. Isn't the elephant so very cute?

Thanks for stopping by, see you again soon!


Stamps: WPlus9 Unforgettable and Party Animal
Ink: Various Altenew Inks, Gina K Amalgam Black
Papers: PTI Raspberry Fizz and Melon BerryNeenah 80 lb., misc. DP
AccessoriesMFT blueprints, WPlus9 Party Animal die (balloon), WPlus9 Unforgettable die, doily, sharpie, copics, PPP stitched borders, MFT Circle Burst stencil, TE blender brushes



Dot Coloring

Hi friends - remember THIS card? I created that one and the one included in this post today at the same time; I specifically needed a sympathy card for a sweet friend that experienced an unexpected death in their family, but I wanted it to be something different; I wasn't thrilled with the pink card, so I decided to add these crazy dots.

Have you seen creations by Alex Syberia? She creates like this quite often and actually has a hashtag on Instagram, #dotcoloringwithalex and there are some amazing creations! So I actually added a base layer of color to the flowers and then added dots for shading, then more dots of various colors for the uniqueness. I also wanted the center flower to stand out the most, hence why I kept the other 2 gray, same as the pink card. The sympathy banner actually covers up a big boo-boo but it worked great I think!

Thanks for stopping by; hope you had a great 4th of July! See you again soon!


Stamps: WPlus9 Modern Peony, SSS Sketched Flowers
Ink: VersaMark, Gina K Amalgam Black
Papers: PTI Aqua Mist and Smokey ShadowNeenah 80 lb.Neenah 110 lb., (card base)