Fusion Challenge Inspiration

I love the Fusion Challenge (photo below); goodness, those colors just make me swoon; wish I had a die cut to create my own little wooden basket of flowers. BUT...I don't, but I DID have some wood-grain paper that I thought would work great. AND...I tried my hand at water coloring again. I actually created two cards; I really like this one...the other one? Meh, not so much. LOL But...as everyone says, keep practicing!

Once I colored the image and added some shading with colored pencils, I fussy cut the image and layered over the wood-grain circle mounted with fun foam. The word 'happy' is a Heidi Swapp die and the smaller greeting comes from Right at Home (script greetings) which I embossed on a strip of vellum.

I used the Tim Holtz stencil (3rd one in the group) and sponged randomly using Spun Sugar. Even though it's a pretty simple card, sure took me days to complete!


BUT...thanks for stopping by; I love when you visit!


Stamps: WPlus9 Beautiful Bouquet, RAH Script Greetings
Inks: MFT Extreme BlackVersaFine, Spun Sugar Distress Ink
PapersAltenew DP, SU Pink Pirouette, MFT Gold Shine, misc. black striped, vellum
Accessories: MFT Stitched Circle Die, Memento Tuxedo Black Marker, Tim Holtz Stencil

  Fusion - Rustic Flowers


Graphic Birthday Card

Hi friends!

This will be ultra short and sweet; I had oral surgery yesterday and I am STILL in significant pain...not to mention, I REALLY, REALLY do not like the dentist; not sure I can express how much I dislike dental visits. I love my dentist, he was so good with me yesterday but it was a long (2 hours), difficult appointment. Hoping to begin feeling better soon!

I had a request for a masculine birthday card so I pulled out the PTI Enclosed Present die - I love the stamp set and die! I used lots of graphic paper from Altenew; this has been a go to paper pad like I have never had before; I just love every piece in it!

Making the inside snazzy too
The only stamping was the 'surprise' on the tag; stamped in VersaFine and embossed with clear embossing powder...oh and the faint lid to the top of the gift box. I added glossy accents to the 'for you' and a birthday greeting to the inside. Thanks for stopping by; have a great week!


Stamps: PTI Enclosed Present


Color Challenge meets Sketch Challenge

Hi friends!

Seems like I haven't had much time to play in any challenges for quite some time - but I LOVE challenges; always such a great jumping off point for creativity! This weekend I decided to combine the Color Throwdown Challenge (#503) with MFT's Sketch Challenge (#395) (photos below).

I stamped flowers and leaves on Canson watercolor paper - I know, even when coloring with Copics, I love using the Canson paper, odd, huh - stamped them a few times using my Misti because the paper is texturized. Once complete I colored with Copics and colored pencils then used a Sharpie to intensify the outline again.

I took a picture of two of the flowers because I decided to thicken the inside of the flower petal just slightly with my sharpie - the lower right flower has the thickened petals. I adhered the flowers to a circle. I then took a piece of Fog card stock and used MFT's Circle Burst Stencil. and sponged with Fog ink; then splattered some red, green and white ink. I adhered the flowers/leaves circle onto the Fog card stock and finally on to a Fog card base using fun foam. I added a vellum strip with a sentiment from Gina K Designs Dazzling Dahlia stamp set stamped in VersaFine ink and embossed with clear embossing powder and finished with some Neat and Tangled Like Magic sequins.

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


Stamps: MFT Doodled Blooms, Gina K Dazzling Dahlia



Sending Tons of Love

I'm back...said in my best Arnold voice! And this time I'm back with the feminine card which I made at the same time as THIS card. As I mentioned, I've really enjoyed working on a smaller focal point using the A2 Scalloped Vertical dies from Papertreyink (PTI); love the scalloped die which lets you create the fun card base or even just another layer to your cards!

Added some designer paper to the inside

This time I cut additional smaller pieces of both designer paper and vellum as well as cutting the scalloped piece from designer paper and card stock - so much color! Pretty color!! Same papers from Altenew - I just love these papers - and all the stamping, coloring is the same as the previous card! Added some Nuvo glue and chunky glitter to all the balloons.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a GREAT Friday and a FANTABULOUS weekend!


Stamps: Wplus9 Party Animal, RAH Background Clouds


Hello Birthday Boy


I told you I colored up several of these WPlus9 giraffes all at once so they are back for two more appearances this week - a more masculine card and a feminine one coming soon! I clearly love this stamp set; those big balloons, the sentiments, the adorable giraffes - lots to love!

I have also loved working on a bit smaller focal point using the A2 Scalloped Vertical dies from Papertreyink (PTI); I used it on both cards I will be showing this week. For this one, I layered the focal point onto another die cut - this one from MFT and then a regular base card. The one later this week, you'll see I used the cute scalloped die for the card base.

The designer paper is from Altenew; I used a portion of 3 different papers to die cut and stamp the balloons. I added glitter to just the bottom portion of the balloons for a fun detail. The clouds are from Right at Home (RAH) and stamped 2nd generation with MFTs Sno Cone; I also colored the sky area with a Copic BG0000; super light! The grass was colored with Copics and I used a nubby rag and Copic Colorless Blending Solution for some texture and colored pencils for the shadow.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you are having a great week! See you again soon!


Stamps: Wplus9 Party Animal, RAH Background Clouds


You Lift Me Up!

While in the craft cave recently, I stamped several of these giraffes from WPlus9's Party Animal set on water color paper and colored with copics. I have a few more cards to share - what a great way to build your stash; I colored the giraffes in one sitting and then have worked on the cards as time has permitted.

I stamped the Grid background (from RAH) with SSS London Fog; die cut the partial balloon from a little floral tag I had. Colored the grass with copics and colored pencils, stamped the sentiment and assembled everything. Once complete, I die cut the scalloped vertical card base from PTI's Berry Sorbet and sponged with matching ink using Altenew's Halftone stencil.

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


Stamps: Wplus9 Party Animal, RAH Grid Background Stamp
Inks: MFT Extreme Black PTI Berry Sorbet, Memento Rich Cocoa, SSS London Fog
Papers: PTI Berry Sorbet, Neenah 80 lb. white, Canson Watercolor, Misc. Floral Tag



Go Wild!

I had this vision in my mind but I just couldn't make it work, so I modified my idea and this was the finished card. Combining a few sets from WPlus9: Tropic Fever and Party Animal with some ink smooshing and die cutting (Trellis Background 2). I stamped some leaves after smooshing ink, then smooshed more oxide ink on some scrap paper and die cut 3 more leaves and adhered at the bottom of the circle with foam tape.

Love the background, a soft ivory over PTI's Ocean Tides; I thought it matched really well with the Distress Oxide Inks. The giraffe was stamped, die cut and colored with Copics.

Thanks for stopping by - hope your day is WILD!


Stamps: Wplus9 Tropic Fever and Party Animal


Sparkly Shaker Thanks

Hi friends - hope you are enjoying a great summer; ours has been very up and down, this past weekend was ALL DOWN. Here's a picture with a clear description of why it was such a difficult weekend; BUT I saw SSS is carrying a new stamp line: Colorado Craft Company, have you heard of them? I had not, but one set has this quote that was so touching to me today: "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. LOVE leaves a MEMORY no one can steal." - how awesome is THAT, gosh, I just love it!
Left home with a 35 lb. spitfire little girl knowing the outcome may not be what we hoped.
Returned with an empty collar and leash. #hearbroken

Anyway, let's move on to happier topics. :D Our youngest daughter recently had the opportunity to participate in a medical shadowing program in St. Cloud, MN - you shadow a different doctor every day; such a great experience. We know the doctor that leads the program, he helps students prepare as they are ready to start applying to medical school; she's not there yet, but never too soon to shadow doctors. She had a BLAST! She stayed with the head doc and his wife; they had talked on the phone a few times before she arrived telling her there were weekends they would be traveling so she would be home alone, well...that lasted - NEVER! She was quickly adopted into their family traveling every single weekend with them; even participating in their grandson's first birthday. LOL Needless to say, what an experience.

I wanted to be sure we sent them a special card. I also ordered cookies from: Heidi's Heavenly Cookies; our daughter had told me they really like sweets, having dessert with almost every meal; so the cookies were a huge hit!

The card uses Reverse Confetti THANKS cut combined with SSS Even More Spring Flowers. I watered colored the flowers then finished them off with Zig Clean Clear Brushes for more vibrant colors. I added Nuvo shimmer to all the flowers and the word THANKS after coloring ombre with Zigs.

The background uses the smooshing technique - THAT'S all kinds of official - of a few distress colors. Once dry, I stamped the IndigobBlu Honeycomb background with Versamark and dusted with Perfect Pearls. I flicked on some white paint then assembled the shaker card with some beautiful sequins - also adding a few to the outside and adding a dot of Nuvo crystals drops to each.

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


Stamps: IndigoBlu Honeycomb Background, SSS Even More Spring Flowers


WPlus9 Hibiscus Bouquet + Shimmery Background

I'm still loving the newest release from WPlus9 - such tropical images but I know I will use them year-round!

I also recently watched a video by the uber talented Jennifer McGuire (HERE) using Pigment Powder; I highly encourage you to watch the video, so many ideas! I combined WPlus9's Hibiscus Bouquet with a background inspired by Jennifer using the Color Throwdown colors from last week (see image below).

I stamped the images (MFT Extreme Black) and actually used Oxide Inks to watercolor, and since watercolors dry back and are a bit softer, I finished it off with Copic Markers - and of course, a white gel pen.

You can really see the Perfect Pearls Shimmer in this photo

The background is also by WPlus (Tropic Fever); I stamped it in VersaMark, used Perfect Pearls, then stamped it again - moving it down slightly - in MFT Tickled Pink Ink. It's not aligned perfectly - but 'handmade' is what it is. :D

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


Stamps: Wplus9 Hibiscus Bouquet and Tropic Fever, sorry not sure which set the 'birthday wishes' came from #oops


Valentine's Day + 1 Month + 1 Day

Did you see the tags yesterday? Well, there was one more project I had made for Valentine's Day and failed to share - and HOW could I have done that as I absolutely LOVE these images! :( #gofigure

The images are from Stamping Bella, Valentine Chicks. The base card (A2 Vertical Scalloped) as well as the inside die cut with arrows are from Papertreyink - I just think the Mix and Mat Hearts die set is adorable!

I colored the images with Copics; the background is a smooshed background using Distress Oxide Inks with some black splatters thrown in.  I die cut the images, accented with glossy accents, glitter and a white gel pen, then stacked them up. Added the sentiment with MFT Extreme Black ink, some stamped hearts, flags from left over scraps of paper, and mounted with fun foam.

Thanks for going back in time and sharing love - the world ALWAYS needs more love! Have a great weekend!


Stamps: Valentine Chicks, (sentiment from Verve, no longer available)