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) 


DRS Flowers - Love to Scrap

It's a GREAT month to join us at Love to Scrap as our theme is ANYTHING GOES; always a favorite! But the design team is using images from DRS Designs; so be sure to pop over to each member's blog to see what fun images we are using!

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I am using the Spring Crocus image; I saw some incredible rainbow flowers so I thought I would try two things: rainbow flowers and colored pencils. I shall not admit HOW LONG it took me to color these; I had vibrant colors but didn't like the 'details' I added, so I blended them out with OMS and they weren't colorful enough. Sigh...so more colored pencils - and I think I'm happy, I just have a lot of work to do. LOL, practice, practice, practice - #amiright? If you follow me on Instagram, you can see my dilemma- LOL!

It's still such a gorgeous image and I layered it up with all sorts of things! The white border was literally just on my desk and fit perfectly; I created the chocolate frame, added a doily and embossed the fabulous sentiment from PTI Floral Sketches.

Hope you will join us this month at Love to Scrap; we love seeing your creations. Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: DRS Spring Crocus, PTI Floral Sketches
Ink: VersaMark, Gina K Amalgam Black
Papers: PTI Dark ChocolateNeenah 110 lb., (card base), water color paper (frame), LF Kraft, DP by MFT (maybe discontinued??)

Hey Dude - Foiled

This month at Mix It Up, we're using foil (or anything goes). And - WOW - I am new to using a minc machine, but man, does it produce beautiful results!!

I used one of my favorite stencils (square dance stencil) and decofoil, applied it randomly to a piece of 110 lb. white card stock; I allowed it to dry overnight, then ran it through my minc machine using amethyst decofoil. I tried to capture the colors; amazing, it has blue, gold and silver.

Trying to capture the amazing colors!

I used the Stamp Market hey die cut from white card stock 3 times, then cut from blue and gold card stock. The 'dude' is from a discontinued stamp company, but I thought it was perfect as I wanted this to be a masculine card. I embossed the dude with white embossing powder; can you see how the foil reflects on the 'hey' in some areas and looks blue (at the top); there's no blue card stock there, strictly a reflection of the foil - amazing!

Thanks for stopping by; hope you'll join us at Mix It Up - you can do foiling or as always, anything goes - we truly love seeing your creations!


Stamps: Dude (discontinued stamp company)
Ink: VersaMark


A Little Note for You

I stamped the beautiful Kind Soul stamp set from WPlus9 on this large Lawn Fawn tag and embossed with white embossing powder. I added a base coat of watercolor, then used Copics, then a pencil for the nooks and crannies as Kathy teaches - not sure what I think about it. LOL

Once the image was finished, I added a wash of light blue, then layered with a stencil and used Unicorn ink to add the stripes. Some Nuvo drops, a sweet sentiment and some misc. designer paper finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by; have a great week!


Stamps: WPlus9 Kind Soul, not sure where the sentiment is from - sorry!
Ink: VersaMark, Gina K Amalgam Black 


Happiest of Birthdays to You!

Anyone else playing along with the #dailymarker30day coloring challenge? I always love when Kathy hosts these events and try to play along as much a possible. You can jump in and play at any time; play as much or as little as you want. I always start off strong...but as the 30 days creep along, I tend to slack a bit. lol

I made this card using the WPlus9 Modern Peony set stamped on Neenah 80 lb. white card stock and colored with Copics; I kept everything black/white/gray except for the center flower; I wanted it to pop. I added a large birthday sentiment from SSS Sketched Flowers embossed in white on dark gray card stock; splattered on some ink and before mounting to the pink card stock, I embossed lines on the diagonal every 1/2 inch.

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


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


With Sympathy

Hi friends!

I saw a video quite some time ago by Therese Calvert which I fell in love with...but then I did the technique incorrectly. LOL But still, her video was direct inspiration for this card.

Super simple, love using two dies to create a frame when you don't have just what you need. The flowers I stamped months ago; I used the majority on a previous project, but had a few left over and they've come in extra handy to finish off cards. These are definitely more masculine colors, but some basic flowers work I believe.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you're having a great week!


Stamps: PTI Floral Sketches, discontinued Verve Visual for sentiment, MFT Pinstripe
Ink: VersaMark, Altenew Silver Lake, Green Valley.ink cubes


Neon Flowers - why not!

My boss asked for a card for his wife; I didn't have any extras on hand but said I could whip one up for him, what color or colors does she like. He replied neon, every neon possible; so I went to work. I still had the rose overlay die from MFT on my desk and knew it would be perfect. I picked some bright distress crayons, scribbled on water color paper and smeared around with a slightly damp finger. Once I was happy with the colors, I sprayed with shimmer mist and splattered on white paint. I cut a piece of black card stock, used the square dance stencil from SSS and smoothed on some Shimmery Goodness paste. I left it smooth in some areas and then pulled off a bit more of the paste in other areas - ah ya know, yin and yang!

I set all that aside to dry, die cut multiple Layered Leaves also used distress crayons (and a bit more water) to color; I adhered the outline of the leaves a bit off-center, I just liked the look. Once everything was dry, I adhered the outline of the roses (white card stock) and assembled the card.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great weekend ahead!


Stamps: Penny Black Birthday Love (inside)
Ink: Gina K Black (inside)
  SSSIGChallenge (Instagram Challenge, Summertime)


Mix It Up Challenge - Inlaid Die Cutting

Hi friends - it's that time again; another super fun challenge from Mix It Up - please join us; you can do the 'twist' or 'anything goes'!

I love this rose overlay die from MFT (looks like they no longer carry it, BUT they do have scribble roses and it would work great too)!

I already had the hot pink outline of the rose so I die cut another rose out of orange polka dot paper and inlaid those pieces into the rose. I then used MFT's layered leaves, die cut from scraps of designer paper and inlaid those.

The background is cut with Penny Black's Antique Frame from Tim Holtz watercolor paper. Using a rainbow of distress oxide inks, I swiped them direct to paper; spritzed with water and soaked up the spots - it left a cool oxidation which ties in to the designer paper I used as pieces of it have a 'worn' look to it, although hard to see.

I added some fun foam to the focus point and mounted on some yellow card stock and white card base.

Thanks for stopping by; we really hope you will join us over at Mix It Up!


Stamps: NONE
Ink: Distress oxide inks
  MIUCB #26


Hugs - positive stencil

Hi there! Remember THIS card; well here is the positive use of the die and I really like this card. I used the inks from Altenew (LagoonVolcano Lake and Mountain Mist) to create the ombre effect. I also cut the hugs from white card stock and Tim Holtz Mini Foam (that stuff is seriously sticky!!!); I sponged the bottom of the hugs with the same inks. Once again, some left over flowers and leaf from a previous project and the same subtitle as previous. Check out the previous post for additional details.

Thanks for stopping by; I love when you visit!


Stamps: MFT Essential Sentiments, PTI Floral Sketches
Ink: VersaMark, Altenew: LagoonVolcano Lake and Mountain Mist (not sure on the flowers, they were made MONTHS ago) 
Papers: PTI Hawaiian ShoresNeenah 80 lb. (inside), Neenah 110 lb. (flowers and base card)
AccessoriesPTI's Bold Bolders: Polka Dots cover plate, white embossing powderTim Holtz Mini Foam, washi tape