So. Many. Splatters.

Hi friends - how are you?

Sometimes you just handle things wrong; thankfully, I have the BEST co-workers that overlook my failings (and there are many).

I wanted to make an 'I'm Sorry' card but allow them to reuse the card - you know I love doing that! I included a Starbucks gift card inside with a sentiment that says 'you make me smile' and kept my apology note to a sticky note I placed inside the card.

I have always envied those that watercolor flowers with no harsh lines and I'm determined to get better at water coloring! I colored these flowers and REALLY, really loved them...then I cut them up into a smaller piece - LOL - added some water color lines and then got a bit too carried away with splattering! :(

Actually, what made the difference was the water color paper was wet when I was splattering, therefore, the splatters really spread - but alas, it was fun and I made it work! I'm working really hard to use scrap papers when I can - behind the focal images is some valentine paper, vellum and another random piece that I thought looked nice with the focal image.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a GREAT rest of the week; we have sunshine so that brightens everyone's spirits!


Stamps: SSS Sketched Flowers
Ink: Gina K Amalgam Ink (inside card), VersaMark


Your Were Born. I Like That.

Another image I colored quite some time ago and it finally found its way on to a card! The image was watercolored and I never really liked it all that much...but it's grown on me - that's some really loose watercoloring! :D Does that happen to you too?

I made this for my dearest friend's birthday; I layered it with some fun Valentine paper and then at the last minute, I used PTI's doily to cut a dainty doily from a white/gold paper sack - I just love how it looks peeking out the side of the image.

I used MFTs Blueprints to cut all the layers (except for the bottom floral layer) so they all have the stitched edging.

TFL; hope you have a GREAT week!


Stamps: Wild Rose Studio Bella Elephant with Daisy (I'm not finding the image online - anyone know??), MFT Anything but Basics Birthday
Inks: Gina K Black
PapersPTI Sweet Blush, Misc. DP, Etsy Cherry Sprinkles polka dot paper sackhot press water color paper
AccessoriesMFT Blueprints, Doodlebug enamel sprinkles in silver and pink, PTI Doily

  Flower Challenge #30 - Anything Goes


Umbrella Girl

I colored this image in one of the previous Kathy Racoosin 30-day coloring challenges, but I had never found the perfect time to use it on a card...till now. Our youngest daughter, who is in college, had asked for a card quite some time ago (*gasp*) and I FINALLY found a unique opportunity to surprise her with a special card.

Since the image was already colored (love this set from Colorado Craft Company, and even though it's labeled as a 'sympathy' set; the image works great), I just needed to pull the card together; which happened pretty quickly. I love the added sentiments stickers, I keep these in my stash and typically use when doing a mixed media card. I added a super cute umbrella from PTI and sponged the edges with white - although nearly impossible to see in the photo - LOL!

The bottom third of the card is actually diagonal striped vellum although you can't see the stripes; I tied on some gray seam binding, added the stickers and then finished it off with glossy accents for the rain. Such a fun image!

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a GREAT week ahead.


Stamps: Colorado Craft Company Sympathy, Cover Up: Grid Stamp
Inks: Old Paper Distress Ink, Hero Hues Unicorn
Papers: PTI Sweet Blush, misc. DP, vellum from PTI (no longer available - sorry), SSS Fog


Age is merely a number - Mix It Up Challenge

Hi there! A dear friend of mine recently had a birthday and I am forever inspired by Melissa (click to see her blog); I really love following her on Instagram and absolutely ADORE how she adds subtle details to her backgrounds as well as the way she layers. I thought this would be a unique twist on the Mix It Up Challenge for March - inked background; it's subtle, but it's inked all over. ;)
I am also well known for making the birthday card part of the gift; I write on a sticky note inside the card, then they can remove the sticky note and use the card for someone else's birthday.

I stamped the Peony Blossoms from Altenew (small and medium size) in Buttercream and the leaves in Warm Sunshine all over a piece of Lemon Tart card stock for the base layer. Once finished, I added a polka dot stencil and sponged with Buttercream. I stamped and die cut several images from MFT's Peaceful Flowers (no longer available, sorry) using both the Lemon Tart, Warm Sunshine and Mountain Mist for the stems. I die cut a couple ovals, stamped the focal sentiment in Warm Sunshine then added more of the Peony Blossoms in Buttercream; tied on some ribbon and began layering the flowers.

Love how I was able to use some scrap designer paper for a pop of color under the sentiment! Thanks for stopping by; hope you'll join us this month over at Mix It Up - we would love to see your creations!!


Stamps: Penny Black Birthday Love, Altenew Peony Blossoms, MFT Peaceful Flowers (no longer available)
Inks: Altenew Warm Sunshine, Lemon Tart, Mountain Mist
Papers: PTI Lemon Tart, Neenah 80 lb. white, misc. dp
AccessoriesMFT Pierced oval die, misc. ribbon, MFT Peaceful Flowers dies (no longer available), MFT blueprints