Roses and Hugs


I’m on a kick…florals and watercolours these days it seems. Two of my favourite things. This is another card for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

The rose images were stamped and watercoloured with Distress Inks.  Then I added a few splashes of the pink.  Instead of my usual smattering of sequins I chose to add a bit of dimension and shine with some black Enamel Accents.

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Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Canson Bristol

Ink:  VersaFine Clair in Morning Mist and Nocturne as well as Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint

Stamps:  Hero Arts Hero Florals Rose Stem

Misc:  Lil’ Inker Stitched Rectangles die, paintbrush, Ranger Enamel Accents and adhesives


Marvelous Ranunculus

0F9B6D02-8769-4F28-8169-C68341F71CA5Another day, another card for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

I had fun with messy watercolouring today. Just loosely added some Distress Inks to the background and then stamped the image. Added more of the same colours in a very loose fashion to the flowers and leaves.

I like how the font in the sentiment seems to fit nicely with the style of the image.  It looks like someone scribbled both the flowers and sentiment.

Next came a dot of Nuvo Crystal Drops to the center of each flower and some sequins.

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Paper:  Canson Bristol and Simon Says Stamp

Ink:  VersaFine Clair Morning Mist and Nocturne as well as Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks

Stamps:  Stampendous Ranunculus Field and Ellen Hutson Totally Random Sayings

Misc:  Nuvo Crystal Drops, Little Things by Lucy’s Cards in Robin’s Egg, paintbrush, and adhesives

Tim’s Snowflakes


Hello all!

Today is all about simplicity and Tim 🙂

I’ve heat embossed the snowflakes in Hero Arts white embossing powder.  They are from a new set from Tim Holtz called Mini Swirly Snowflakes.

Then it was play time with my Distress Oxides. The colours used today are Faded Jeans, Broken China and Peeled Paint.  Just kept rubbing an ink pad on my craft mat, spraying it with a bit of water and dipping my watercolour paper through it.  Each layer was dried with my heat tool before I added the next.  Just love the soft dreamy sort of feel from these colours!

For the finishing touches, a bit of Tim’s tape and some of Lucy’s Little Things for sparkle.

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Merry Making – Day 3


It’s Day 3 of the Merry Making class and again so many great ideas and tips!  I focused on a design from May Park.  It’s fun, it’s fresh and quite unique for a Christmas design.

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Featured Designer CAS Mix Up – Song Bird

It’s a day full of posts for this girl 🙂  Check out my April Mixed Media Card challenge post here. And don’t forget to check out my Guest Designer post for the Graciellie Designs blog hop here.

So thrilled to be the Featured Designer for the CAS Mix Up this month.  Thank you, Loll and Bonnie!

And here’s their challenge for the month…one that’s right up my alley – stenciling 🙂

I started out with some watercolor paper and a spray mist.  Then I added some translucent embossing paste through the reverse side of my ARTplorations Perched Bird stencil. Why the reverse side you ask?  It suited my layout better.   Once I lifted off the stencil, I used a spatula to add texture to the paste.  That gives some high and low areas for stamping which adds more texture. Then it was dried a bit with a heat gun and left to dry for a while longer. Again, you can get even more texture by heating with a heat gun…it will bubble up a bit.

Next, it was stamped with a Stampendous Music Score stamp with Archival Ink.  Another option would be Staz-On if you don’t have Archival Ink.  I heat set the Archival Ink, just to be sure.  Then I watercolored with three shades of Distress Inks, blending each into the next color.  And then I wiped most of the excess Distress Ink from the bird with a baby wipe.

A simple stamped sentiment from STAMPlorations Art Marks and my usual smattering of sequins and done!

Check out what Loll and Bonnie have for you this month!

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SCS Color Challenge

Hello!  I’m sharing my guest designer cards for the Splitcoaststampers color challenge this week.  The colors we’re working with are Cherry Cobbler, Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi, and our dessert option this week is to make two cards…one CAS and one more fussy.

My CAS design starts with a soft watercolor wash in blue.  Next I inked up my Penny Black tree stamp with the green ink and spritzed it lightly with water before stamping, and then added the sentiment from Verve and a crystal star.

Basically the same steps for the more detailed card…but I added several layers of the blue for the background.  Using the same technique on a separate sheet of watercolor paper, I then die cut the Tim Holtz tree and added some Finnabair Snowflake Paste.  The little PTI cardinals were cut out of Cherry Cobbler and the same crystal stars were used for a bit more sparkle.

Challenges entered:

Just Us Girls #319:  watercoloring

The Paper Players PP271:  CAS Christmas card

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