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



Go ahead...blow out those candles!

Another birthday celebration at work this week; I made this super fun and simple card using Distress Oxide inks. I heat embossed the candles, spritzed the paper with water, added ink to a small piece of acetate also spritzed with water, then smooshed the ink on the card stock. I dried each layer before adding the next color so nothing would get muddied, only 3 colors were used (Wild Honey, Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean). I cut down the main panel, as well as the top layer of the base card so you could see the yellow designer paper peeking out.

I stamped the inside with Oxide ink too; amazing how AWESOME the ink stamps - LOVE IT! When all done, I felt the front panel was just too plain, so I used the mini ink splatter stamp from Your Next Stamp using the same Oxide inks but adding Peacock feathers for a darker blue. Since they were stamped full strength, they are a bit stronger in color which I love.

That's it - quick and simple; thanks for popping in; hope you have a GREAT day!


Stamps: MFT Make a Wish, Mama Elephant Birthday Wishes, Your Next Stamp Mini Splatter
Papers: Ranger water color paper, Neenah 110 lb. white, misc. dp, MFT dp, VersaMark
Accessories: white embossing powder




Hi there!

I'm up over at Butterfly Reflections Ink with this super fun and simple THANKS card! Hope you'll pop over and check it out!


Stamps: WPlus9 Modern Peonies
Papers: Neenah 80 lb. white, Ranger distress water color
Accessorieswhite embossing powder, glossy accents



HOPE...you know you're great!

Hi friends! Hope you had a good weekend and your week is off to a great start! I found some time this weekend to play along with the Color Throwdown challenge (picture below, ctd455); such fun summery colors!

I wanted to try no line watercoloring BUT that didn't quite go as planned. :( #fail

But that's okay; I'll try again soon with a different ink. Mine ended up not really fading out, but I used pencils to outline and add some shading after water coloring the image with Zig Clean Color Brushes - used them to do some outlining too - so lots of different mediums used on this one! I added the dots wth a stencil and faded it out towards the top; once I was completely done - even after 'flinging' on some watered down gold paint, I decided to add the word HOPE and the additional sentiment inside, 'you know you're great'. I added some pattern paper to the inside, actually mixing and matching from totally different paper packs.

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


Stamps: Concord and 9th Hello Lovely and Hope
Papers: Bristol, PTI Aqua Mist, Misc. pattern paper
Ink: Antique Linen, Broken China Distress Inks, Lawn Fawn Storm Cloud
Accessories: polka dot stencil, Zig Clean Color Brushes, Colored Pencils, clear Wink of Stella, watered down gold paint



Happy Bear-thday!

Hi friends - I'm up over at Butterfly Reflections Ink today with a card that DOES NOT involve flowers. I know, I know - pick yourself up off the floor and pop over to check it out! It's bright, and pretty, and PINK!!

Have a great day friends!


Papers: Neenah 110 lb. and 80 lb. white, polka dot vellum 
Ink: Lawn Fawn Jet Black, Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar
Accessories: white embossing powder, Copics, MFT Wonky Circles, enamel dots, thread, MFT Blueprints



Hello There - Butterfly Reflections Ink

Hi friends - I'm up over at Butterfly Reflections Ink with a fun watercolor card inspired by THIS creation; hope you'll stop by!


AccessoriesZig Clean Color Brushes, MFT Layered Leaves DieMFT Circle Scribble Flower dieCircle Burst Stencilclear embossing powderNuvo Mousse (mother of pearl used here), misc. paints from Hobby Lobby (white, black, gold), MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges, Tombow Markers