Happy, happy birthday daddy-o!!

I am horrible at SENDING cards; yes - true confession! I'm much better about giving them in person as a gift, I don't write in them so they can use them in the future - like I did with THIS card. :D

BUT I got a wild hair and thought, I'll send my daddy-o a card for his birfday - yes, I call them birfdays and I think they are the greatest HOLIDAY ever!! If you don't follow my Instagram account, well you've clearly missed out on my insane excitement over my personal birfday!! I'm only 26, but I live it big each and every year. And yes, my oldest is 21 and I know you are REALLY struggling with the math, but it's all good, just go with the flow kids! ;)

His birthday was yesterday but in case snail mail hasn't arrived yet, I waited a day to post it.

I was browsing Pinterest for ideas and saw one similar to this and could quickly put my hands on the exact items I wanted to use. #bonus #stillorganizing

I created the background using Distress Oxide inks, sprayed my hand with water and dropped on some big water splotches...and some little ones. I then cut the background with MFT Blueprints 15. Meanwhile, I stamped the hippo, party hat and balloons and colored with Copics, then die cut. Envelope was cut from Reverse Confetti's True Love designer paper, I opened up the flap and tucked my little hippo inside as if he's floating up to the sky with his balloons.

I adhered everything together and placed on a black note card decorating the inside too. I really struggled to get a good photo of the inside of the card as my glossy accents from the front were R-U-N-N-I-N-G (also known as no patience, or possibly a last minute crafter)! See, I'm all about those true confessions! HA!

Thanks for stopping by; see you again soon!


Stamps: MFT Happy Hippo
Papers: Neenah 80 lb. white, Bristol, PTI True Black, Reverse Confetti True Love
Accessories: MFT Happy Hippo dies, Copics, envelope die, MFT Blueprints 15, white gel pen



YOU were made for AMAZING things!

It's fall - anyone ready for cooler temperatures, bonfires, chili, changing and falling leaves? I love fall - and spring too!

I loved the color inspiration at Color Throwdown (ctd463) this week (photo below); and the Verve layout (photo below) was perfect inspiration for a definite fall colored card! I love this set from Verve, Beautiful Things, so many great sentiments, not to mention the beautiful flowers!

I taped off the background of some water color paper and applied Gansai watercolors in block colors and allowed to air dry. Once completely dry, I flicked on some gold to match the liquid platinum embossing used throughout the card. The rest is simple stamping, embossing with a strip of designer paper and some enamel dots to finish it off.

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


Stamps: Verve Beautiful Things, WPlus9 Modern Peonies
Papers: PTI Dark Chocolate, Canson watercolor paper, misc. DP
Accessories: liquid platinum embossing powder, enamel dots, Gansai watercolors





Friends and flowers

I had a dear friend that celebrated their birthday this past weekend; birthdays always require a card! And I actually make the card part of their gift so they can use it in the future. :D

I purchased the gorgeous Blooming Trio set during STAMPtemper, this particular stamp set is a collaboration between Simon Says Stamp and Studio Katia; I think the flowers are just gorgeous! I stamped and embossed the flowers twice on Ranger water color paper and colored with Tombow markers. Once complete, I added a wash of blue around the flowers and hand cut the image. I added some black/white striped paper and a piece of black glitter paper to the edge. I made the inside extra colorful with a birthday greeting from the same stamp set.
full card

inside view

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


Stamps: SSS Blooming Trio
Papers: Neenah 110 lb. white, PTI Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise, misc. striped and glitter paper, Ranger water color
Ink: VersaFine
Accessoriesclear embossing powder, clear wink of stella, Tombow Markers



A Flower for You

My mojo has been missing for WEEKS - I haven't even WANTED to create. I've tried a few times but when nothing seemed to work, I just walked away and focused on other things...

This card has literally been in the works for 2 weeks - WOW! So many revisions, so many different directions but I was finally able to finish it last night. I had originally stamped the RAH watercolor background stripes and LOVED the stark black and white but I wanted to add a light gray - that's probably where it all went wrong first. :D

But I kept pushing, tried a 'red' flower, didn't like that, tried so many different things, but alas, I settled on this flower from WPlus9 colored with grays - and a black sharpie. I die cut the hello several times from red card stock; the last time I cut from half red/half silver. I die cut the circle and added some fun foam behind it for extra dimension.

Inside peek of flower/leaves stamped in gray

Thanks for stopping by; hope you are having a GREAT week!


Stamps: WPlus9 Modern Peonies, Right at Home background watercolor stripes
Papers: Neenah 80 lb. white, PTI Pure Poppy, Ranger Water Color, MFT silver
Ink: Hero Arts Intense Black, MFT Grout Gray
Accessories: white paint, black embossing powder, SSS hello painted die, MFT Blueprints, fun foam, MFT Wonky Stitched Circles, striped embossing folder



Another Color Throwdown Challenge

Hi friends - once again, I LOVE the colors for this week's Color Throwdown (ctd459) challenge (photo below) - red, black and white.

I made two cards, both using the adorable bicycle from Gina K's Sentimental Summer card kit. On the first one, I sponged the background and die cut a circle towards the top. I stamped, embossed and die cut the bike then colored with Copics. I stamped the sentiment and then at the VERY LAST minute, I decided to make it into a shaker card using some Queen and Company filler. I glued a few throughout the circle so not everything would fall to the bottom.

I cut two more bicycles and layered them together to create some sturdiness and dimension then following along the 'shine' theme, I added glossy accents to the bike. Clear wink of stella and a few polka dots finish it off.

The second card was created with the circle I cut from the first card. It's REALLY hard to see, but I stamped the bike in gray and the sentiment in black. I layered the circle onto this fabulous black/white background created with Right at Home's watercolor background stamp; several layers of VersaFine black ink provides such solid coverage!
Look really close, you an see the bike in gray ink. :D

Thanks for stopping by; hope you had a GREAT weekend. Take care!


Stamps: Gina K Sentimental Summer, Right at Home watercolor background
Papers: Ranger water color, Neenah 110 lb. and 80 lb. white, PTI Berry Sorbet
Ink: Candied Apple oxide ink, VersaFine Black, Festive Berries distress ink
Accessoriesglossy accents, clear embossing powder, Copics, Queen and Co shaker bits, MFT wonky circle die, MFT stitched die, PPP sequins



Pockets full of sunshine!

Anyone else joining in Kathy's 30 day coloring challenge, you can see all the deets HERE. I love playing along when I can and oftentimes end up with lots of things colored that I later use on a card or tag or something. :D

I had this card kit from Gina K; there are several images I just LOVE in this kit; but when I saw the colors at Cupcake Inspirations - I LOVE FOOTBALL - I had to play along. Yes, I realize I don't have a football in here, but I have the beige/brown color going on and that counts in place of a football - HA! I just love the orange and teal combo and orange is a color I rarely use!

I stamped the outline images on some watercolor paper - no clue what brand, received in a Hero Arts monthly kit several months ago, sorry - and then used the rock and roll technique to stamp the matching images in various oxide inks. Once dry, I added more depth and dimension with Tombow Markers and Prismacolor Pencils (coloring those nooks and crannies as Kathy teaches). I die cut the images and then had these pocket cards - I've had them F O R E V E R!! I sponged the edges of the pocket and used a MFT tag die to cut the piece to slip inside. My thought was you could write a message on the back of the tag and on the back of the pocket if more room is needed. I used a couple different stencils for the tags; one I kept the fall colors - Antique Linen and Old Paper; the other I switched over and focused on the blue using Broken China. The sentiments were stamped in MFT's Dark Chocolate.

I adhered the images to the outside of the pocket; I can either add some hemp and tie these on to a fall colored gift bag in kraft, or rust, or orange; or just slip them inside a gift as is!

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


Stamps: Gina K Sentimenal Summer
Papers: ?? water color
InkDistress Inks - Regular and Oxide, Hero Arts Intense Black
Accessories: pockets, Tombow Markers, Prismacolor Pencils, lace stencil



Guest Bloggin' for the Color Throwdown

I absolutely love the Color Throwdown challenge and am uber excited to be guest designing for them; below is the picture/colors! It obviously screams 'back to school' but since I don't have any 'little ones' any more (granted, I'm ONLY 26 - you know this right?), I went with my next favorite thing - FLORALS. HA, I know, I know. :D Can't help myself!

The background was made using THIS stencil and Fossilized Amber Oxide ink; I used a light blending motion at the bottom and gradually added more ink towards the top. I had so much fun watercoloring these flowers! I embossed the flowers and leaves on watercolor paper and used distress inks to watercolor. Before completely dry, I added a super heavy spray of shimmer mist (you can really see the shimmer in the photo below). The sentiment is cut from MFT's sour apple card stock.

Look at all that shimmer - so gorgeous!
I covered the 'hello' in glossy accents, added a strip of black/white designer paper and adhered everything to the card base finishing it off with some PPP sequins.

Thanks for stopping by and thank you to the amazing ctd team for allowing me to play along. Have a great week friends!


Stamps: WPlus9 Modern Peonies, Doodle Buds
Papers: Neenah 80 lb. and 110 lb. white, misc. black/white designer paper, PTI True Black, MFT Sour Apple
Accessorieswhite embossing powder, PPP sequins (no holes), MFT hello die (this isn't the exact one, but similar), glossy accents, halftone stencil, shimmer mist



Blue Birthday Wishes

Hi there! I'm up over at Butterfly Reflections Ink with a fun, sparkly, watercolor birthday card - hope you'll stop by and check it out!


Stamps: WPlus9 Kind Soul, MFT Big Birthday Sentiments
Papers: Ranger Distress water color, PTI True Black and Hawaiian Shores
Accessorieswhite embossing powder, black embossing powder, enamel dots, PPP sequins (no holes), Heidi Swapp happy die, paint (watered down), shimmer mist spray, matte embossing paste, Hero Arts stencil




Hi friends! Once again, I loved the colors over at the Color Throwdown (ctd456) blog this week - great photo, great colors!

I sponged some Distress Oxide ink onto Neenah paper, sprinkled with water and die cut the flowers and leaves. Once die cut, I added some additional, darker Oxide inks for shading. The main panel was cut with PTI's scalloped a2 die with the smaller stitched rectangle embossed within. I added some Broken China distress ink before adhering the flowers and leaves. I had one flower left over so I added it to the inside with some washi tape. I finished it off with some PPP clear droplets.

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


Stamps: Verve Visual Forever in our Hearts (inside/envelope)
Papers: MFT Ripe Raspberry, Neenah 80 lb. white
InkDistress Oxide Inks (Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Candied Apple, Wild Honey, Broken China, Peeled Paint)
Accessories: MFT layered leaves, clear wink of stella, PPP clear droplets , scalloped A2 vertical die, MFT Blueprints