Emma and the Snowball!

 Hi friends!

After some craziness with Covid (daughter thinking she had it, thank goodness she was negative; but then the following week, a co-worker tested positive), I am finally back with a post for Colour Crazy Challenge! And just in time to celebrate with Fred She Said using Emma and the Snowball.

I think this image would be PERFECT for creating lots of holiday tags in all different colors. I enjoyed coloring Emma with Copics, then added lots of details with a white gel pen and sharpie. I embossed a sentiment and the edges of the tag with a sentiment and Brutus Monroe rainbow embossing powder - but it really doesn't show up. 😒 I added some texture paste, let it dry and sponged on some ink; I added another tag on the back side to contain a holiday message; finished it off with this velvet ribbon and some bells.

Thanks for stopping by; I hope you'll join our challenge with your project featuring coloring, that's the only requirement!

Take care and stay safe!


Stamps:  Fred She Said Emma and the Snowball
Accessories: misc. red velvet ribbon, silver thread, bells, Brutus Monroe rainbow embossing powder, white gel pen, sharpies, texture paste, TE blender brushes, Memory Box distress tag (no longer available - sorry)



Water coloring through a stencil

Hi friends - how are you doing? I'm doing great - in this odd space of working from home, but also in the office a few days each week. Our office is currently doing a rotational schedule, but my role falls outside of the rotation, so I'm there a bit more random. AND the best part is I am very isoldated where my desk is, so I feel pretty safe being there.

Anywho, a couple of months ago, Amber with Altenew posted a video of water coloring through a stencil; so I gave it a try. I wanted to make a card for a very dear friend going through a dark time. I used Simon's Bouquet of Roses stencil to try the same thing. Once I water colored through the stencil and removed it, I wasn't thrilled. I added some colored pencil which I liked on the flowers, but really disliked on the leaves, LOL - so hard to please! I added some drops of Mermaid Lagoon Distress Spray and set it aside to dry. 

I cut a circle off the edge of Neenah 110 lb card stock and blended through the SSS extra large dot stencil with Broken China distress ink. I stamped the Penny Black Faith sentiment, breaking it up between the cover panel and the inside. Finished it off with several Studio Katia wedding bells sequins.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you are doing great!


Stamps:  Penny Black Faith


For the Kids - LTSCB #136

Hi friends - how about these incredibly crazy times we live in!?! First, we had our daughter show symptoms of Covid (thankfully her results were negative); then we had a co-worker test positive late July (mad scramble to disinfect the office, notify  exposed team members, etc.); C-R-A-Z-Y!! 😟 I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy!!

This month at Love to Scrap we are creating For the Kids! I don't have littles any longer, BUT I think this card would be so sweet for a little to send to someone they love!! I love this girl from Penny Black, she makes me giggle! I colored the image with Copics then used scraps to paper piece her dress and sash. The sentiment is from a Verve Visual set (no longer available).

Thanks for popping in; hope you will join the fun and create something to share with us - we always love seeing your creations!!


Stamps:  Penny Black Kisses
Accessories: Copics, white gel pen, shimmer pen


MIUCB #40 - anything goes + embossing

This month at Mix It Up, we're doing anything goes, or add embossing.

I had a BLAST making these mixed media cards; I used the Big and Bold Sweet Friends Cupcake, cut it in half to make two cards. I colored the cupcake with Copics then added those adorable pink polka dots to the 'wrapper' of the cupcake. For the base card, I embossed in white a sentiment from The Greetery, Pretty Postmarks, then applied texture paste through Simon's large polka dot stencil. Once dry, I blended on Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry and Festive Berries (you will notice one is more pink (picked rasperry), one is more red (festive berries)). I flicked on some Festive Berries or Picked Raspberry, accordingly, and white guache, added the cupcake and finished with some PPP clear droplets



Hope you will join us at Mix It Up this month; we love seeing your creations!


Stamps:  Colorado Craft Company Big and Bold Sweet Friends Cupcake
Inks: Gina K Obsidian, Distress Inks (Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries), Versamark


Altenew Inspiration - July 2020

Sometimes life feels a bit out of control, #reallifetalk! Our oldest was tested for Covid July 10; the interesting thing was, the day after she wasn't feeling well, I awoke with some of the exact same symptoms. 😲 We finally received the results today, July 16 and they were NEGATIVE. PTL!!

I have been quarantined and working from home since July 9; you think that would give me MORE time to create, but that certainly hasn't been the case. I have had very little time to create or even get in my studio. However, I was super inspired by Altenew's inspiration photo this week and late one evening, I ventured to my craft room for a mental break - those are the best. 😀

I embossed one of the Forever and Always stamps with white on water color paper. Once melted, I added several colors of distress oxide inks with a wide brush and heat set. Once dry, I spritzed with Sheer Shimmer mist and splattered on some white guache. I then created a white frame using MFT Blueprints and a MFT square die. I used one of the sentiments, stamped in oxide ink. I then used the SSS Square Dance stencil with some Tattered Rose oxide ink, mounted the main panel with fun foam and finished it off with Studio Katia sequins.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you are safe and healthy!


Stamps:  Altenew Forever and Always
Accessories: MFT blueprints (does not appear to be in stock - sorry), MFT square die, Studio Katio sequins, SSS square dance stencisl, colored pencils



Hello - Love You Lots

Hello - how are you doing? Still feels like crazy times; I read a note today that quoted Dr. Fauci as saying the coronavirus was his worst nightmare and it's not over yet - YIKES! It indicated since 're-opening' things, 21 states have had a spike in cases, so scary!

But I'm glad you stopped by, nothing scarey here! 😉 

This month at Love to Scrap, it's everyone's favorite - ANYTHING GOES, I hope you will take some time to join us!

I die cut and watercolored several of these Roses and Foilage from The Greetery and these were a handful I had left over from another project. Once adhered together, I added white splatters, then glue and sprinkled on some chunky glitter (idea taken from Kelly Lunceford; BTW, she makes me buy things ALL. THE. TIME. - LOL). I die cut two of the Nordic Frames to layer my florals onto. I then cut multiple hellos (TSM Stacked Hello) from Neenah 110 lb. card stock, lightly sponged the top layer with TE Cupcake ink then added some duo deco foil to the bottom half of the top hello, let it dry and adhered gold foil. The Love You Lots comes from Mama Elephant Organic Blooms.

Take some time, create, relax and then join the fun at Love to Scrap!!


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Mix It Up #39 - Anything Goes + Open Technique

This is always a fun challenge - open technique/anything goes - try any technique, new or old! I hope you will join us!

I did two cards with the direct ink to paper technique, only showing one here - I'll be back with the other one soon!

After swiping several inks directly on the paper they felt a bit too bright, so I then swiped randomly with Hero Arts white ink and love how it turned out! I then cut the panel with a scalloped die.

I white heat embossed on vellum this beautiful floral image from SSS, fussy cut and attached to the card. I then added several sequins and stamped the 'hello' from Taylored Expressions in the lower left-hand corner in Gina K obsidian black ink.

Super clean and simple card, but oh so colorful!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you will join us at Mix It Up this month!


Stamps:  SSS Sketched Floral, TE Hello (gift with purchase)


Copic Blending-Free inspired by Yana Smakula

Have you seen Yana's recent videos, HERE and HERE? I am so inspired by this abstract coloring; this was my first try and I love the results. I have watched Yana's videos again and see some things I can change for next time. I chose my colors based on the Altenew June 2020 Inspiration Challenge and the most recent video by Amber.

I stamped the same image on the background using TE Sea Salt (I wish now I wouuld have used a light tan color), stamping the main image for coloring in Gina K obsidian ink. I chose Copic colors that could be blended, but that's not the purpose in abstract coloring. It was super quick to color this way too! I added some sequins and several glossy accent dots to finish it off.

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



Fresh (Virtual) Flowers for You!

Hi friends - I created a virtual bouquet of flowers for YOU! I made several of these cards; once you have your supplies out, it's pretty easy. I also created a purple one and one other with lighter pinks.

I used the Mason Jar stencils from The Greetery, some jars and flowers I already had in my stash; it was fun to add that little touch of flowers. 

I thought the tiny border was a fun touch cut from Fog card stock. 

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

Dalgona Coffee?

Hi friends - welcome back to Colour Crazy Challenge sponsored by Scrappers Delight and boy, did I pick a good one!! Have any of you seen the Dalgona coffee craze (I included a YouTube link for you); now they are making all sorts of whipped drinks.

I will say my daughter and I tried it and WERE NOT a fan; but maybe we need to change the ratio of products, we are not instant coffee drinkers, but I have a friend that LOVES all things coffee; hence today's creation!

I think this image from Scrappers Delight is so cute and I 'think' it might be designed as a boy BUT if you know me, you know I now have short spiky hair after having v-e-r-y long hair for years and years (about 20+ years). And during COVID, I allowed my daughter to add some pink to my hair - I added pink in the image but it's so light, it's rather washed out. Great reminder that contrast is a good thing! ;)

The little bag is filled with Folger single-serve instant coffee packets and I included the recipe for Dalgona Coffee on the back of the tag.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you will join us at Colour Crazy Challenge with anything goes as long as it includes coloring!

Take care, stay healthy and safe!


Inks: Tea Dye Distress Ink
PapersNeenah 80 lb. white, Reverse Confetti Winter Solstice DP
Accessories: misc. ephemera, frosted bags (long held in my stash)



Be You

"Be You - Everyone Else is Already Taken!" ~Oscar Wilde

I love this quote! I have a sweet co-worker's daughter who graduated high school this year - is that what you call it? I feel sad for this class as they have had to miss so many great 'lasts' as seniors! 

I purchased this AWESOME customizable printable from Etsy which included her name, date of birth and then I was able to alter the colors AND add her two favorite Bible references; I then printed the image on metal via Mpix. It turned out super cute; I made this card to go along with the gift and the Fusion - Butterfly challenge was the perfect layout!

I did not have great success taking these photos outside, but I think you get the idea (I was in a bit of a rush doing multiple things b4 dropping off the gift 😒). Her dorm room colors will be pink, grey and white, so I worked to incorporate those colors into the card.

The background stamp and die is from Pinkfresh Studios, I stamped the background in Versamark and embossed in white. I then used a blender brush to add some TE Cupcake ink around the edges. 

The butterfly is from Reverse Confetti and was colored with Copics. The BE YOU came in a monthly kit I receive; it is white stripes on kraft card stock; I colored over the kraft with a grey Copic so it would match the base card a bit better and it does IRL. I mounted the letters with foam sticky strips which were the perfect width. 

Thanks for popping in; hope to see you again soon!


Stamps:  Reverse Confetti Butterfly Blossoms, Pinkfresh Floral Diamond


Alcohol Mixed Media - Love you Lots

Hi friends; thanks for stopping by, I love when you visit!

My closest friend and I used to work together; however, she recently took a new job so I wanted to make a fun card...and she loves pink!

I started off by creating a pink pearl alcohol ink background then I dug out my stash of ephemera. I have LOTS of ephemera on my desk; they sit in 2 little jars so I can always reach for them. Some fun things I did with a few of the pieces; the heart on the right I stamped a quote from The Greetery, Pretty Postmarks (I also used this on the alcohol background); chunky glitter on the butterfly, on several of the flower pieces, I added Transfer Gel Duo and holographic foil. There is a clear ephemera piece which says 'you are one of a kind' and the circle was stamped with a discontinued Verve Visual stamp set. 

Underneath all the ephemera is a heart wreath (also just hanging out on my desk), Neat and Tangled Punchinella die (on sale for $3.50 when I looked this morning - WOW) cut from silver card stock, some torn lace and finally my favorite tag, Memory Box Distressed tag, cut from polka dot vellum. I added some TE Bits and Pieces Full of Heart and black/white yarn finish it off.

Such a fun card to create; throw on everything you can and send them out with love! 💕

Thanks for popping in; hope to see you again soon!


Stamps:  The Greetery Pretty Postmarks, Verve Visual (discontinued)


HB2U - For the Boys

Hey friends - how are you? I'm doing good, our company returns to the office June 1; here's hoping we do not have any issues, kinda scary! I would hate for the world to begin opening up and then see a spike in COVID cases.

This month at Love to Scrap, we are showcasing 'for the boys'; I am the first to admit, I am NOT good with masculine cards. Thankfully, Leslie was so sweet to bounce some ideas around with me and this card was born. Believe me, it had its challenges but I found a way to 'make it work' (said in Tim Gunn's voice - HA)!

I cut 4 squares from a piece of cardboard as my 'stencil'; then blended on various oxide distress inks and topped with this circle stencil and blended the same oxide inks in a heavier layer. While the stencil was still in place, I splattered with white ink; once dry, I stamped the images into the windows. This is a REALLY old Cornish Heritage Farm stamp set (sorry, I cannot find the set online anywhere...like I said, it's very old)! I stamped the images with VersaFine and doggoneit, if I didn't smear the one in the lower right hand corner. SO...time to figure out what to do! I die cut the square out and did the same thing on the inside, didn't add any splatters but I thought it turned out well!

The birthday sentiment (Gift Card Sentiments II) is from MFT and is stamped with the same distress oxide inks.

The sentiment on front was also stamped with VersaFine. Thanks for stopping by; hope you will join us this month, we love seeing your creations!


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