Merry Making – Day 5


My final piece of homework for the Merry Making class.

Again, there were lots of wonderful instructions.  Day 5 was all about working with watercolor.  I chose to play with the ideas from Debby Hughes.  Oh, that girl is so amazing!

As always, I sort of go my own way, but used some of her fantastic ideas.

There are so many thoughts popping around in my head for cards, thanks to this class.  And that’s a good thing because before you know it those Christmas cards need to get in the mail!

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Merry Making – Day 4


As with each and every day this week, so many wonderful ideas.  Today I chose to follow the wonderful Julie Ebersole’s lead.   Julie has such a clean, amazing sense of design!

So while I followed her basic idea, I made it my own by stamping the images from the Penny Black Festive Florals and watercoloring the background making sort of a tapestry look.  A few of Tim’s stars and done!

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Mosaic Dragonfly

Just playing today; this tag is for a couple of challenges…

I’ve drawn some inspiration from the April 2016 Tim’s Tag and as usual, it doesn’t look anything like his, but that’s the point…it’s about being inspired right?  Also, I’m all about Earth Day 365 days of the year. So when I saw the current Anything But Cute Earth Day Challenge, I used that as my theme for my tag.


Tim has used his new Distress Paper Mosaic Kit, which I don’t have, so I used his directions from his March 2012 tag to create my mosaic dragonfly.  Instead of cutting up some designer paper, I dragged some watercolor paper through some Distress Inks and used that. Then it was topped with Glossy Accents for a faux tile look.

And, I used a totally different technique for my woodgrain background. It’s made with a piece of woodgrain cardstock (like Tim’s), but I used Distress Crayons and Distress Inks to create it.  Did I tell you I LOVE my Distress Crayons?  I rubbed several colors of the Distress Crayons into the cardstock, inked it with Distress Inks and splattered it with Black Soot Distress Paint.  I also drew some lines with a Distress Marker to imitate a wood floor or perhaps wood paneling.  Pretty happy with how it turned out 🙂

My “grout” was made with a matte embossing powder that I colored with some alcohol ink as I didn’t have the “cement” embossing powder that Tim used.

Again, I’ve used a #10 manila tag simply because of the size of the dragonfly die and all the “stuff” I wanted to add.  The tail of the dragonfly is made with clear rhinestones, that I’ve colored with Copic markers.  Lots of shades of blue and green:

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  watercolor and woodgrain cardstock
Ink:  Distress Inks
Stamps:  not a one
All the other stuff:  #10 manila tag, grunge board, Alterations Layered Dragonfly die, misc. rhinestones, Copic markers, Distress Crayons, Distress Paint, Distress Marker, Idea-ology Linen Ribbon, Idea-ology Souvenir Adornments, Remnant Rubs, Small Talk Stickers, Flashcards, Pocket Cards, WOW matte embossing powder, alcohol ink, Glossy Accents, splatter brush

Challenges entered:
Tim’s Tags of 2016 – April
Anything But Cute #12 – Earth Day

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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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Coffee Lovers Garden

Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night with a card idea?  This one happened about 2:30 a.m. this morning 🙂    So I did go back to sleep but…had to make it happen this morning for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

And what coffee lover wouldn’t love to wake up to this in his/her garden?

Watercolored the background with Distress Inks, the layered sun and the little coffee cups. Added some more color with some Distress Markers and some shimmer with some Wink of Stella. The clouds were die cut from some sparkly felt.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Distress and MFT Hybrid
Stamps:  Verve Coffee Helps, New Beginnings and Rise Above
All the other stuff: Party Cloudy, Springtime Stitches and Cup for All Seasons Verve dies; Distress Markers, felt, Wink of Stella, foam tape, Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder

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Verve March Spotlight Hops Day Four

Welcome back to Day 4 of Verve’s March spotlight Hops!  The Verve Divas and special guests are back for another day of spotlighting our new release! Everything previewed this week is available to order in the Verve online store. So come hop along and take a closer look at Simply Amazing, and the Simply Daisies and Amazing Adjectives die sets.

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We’ll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win today’s featured products! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for the full hop list, a little more about our new products and all the prize info and deadlines!

You should have arrived here from Laurie’s blog if you are hopping in order 🙂

Simply Amazing Simply Daisies Die Set
Amazing Adjectives Word Die Set

I love working with watercolors!  Just added three shades of Distress Inks to my watercolor paper and dried it.  Then the fun begins 🙂  I’ve die cut the three sentiments from the Amazing Adjectives Word Die Set from my watercolored background and then cut them again in craft foam.  Then they were layered and I added some Wink of Stella for some shine (that doesn’t show up in my picture!).

Hope you’ve got your sunglasses on for this next one 🙂  I placed some Distress Inks on my craft mat and sprayed them with a bit of water, then I pulled my watercolor paper through the inks until the entire paper was covered.  Next, I heat embossed the daisies in white.  I die cut a couple of the smaller daisies with the Simply Daisie Die Set and colored them with my Zigs.  Then for some added sparkle…lots of Wink of Stella.


The sentiment is stamped and then I added the “awesome” die cut from the Amazing Adjectives Word Die set.  A smattering of sequins and done!
Your next stop on the hop is Mackie…enjoy!  Here’s the complete list if you’ve gotten lost along the way.  Don’t want you to miss out on the fabulous prizes!

Day 4 Hop List
1. Julee 8. Mackie
2. Amber 9. Marisa
3. Betty 10. Maureen
4. Charmaine 11. Stacey
5. Christyne 12. Teresa
6. Laurie 13. Vicki
7. Lee-Anne
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March Mixed Media Card Challenge

Well, here it is the first of the month yet again!  And you know what that means…it’s time for another Mixed Media Card Challenge:

The challenges run from the 1st to the 25th of each month, with the winners announced on the last day of the month.  To play along, simply create a mixed media card and enter it at the Mixed Media Card Challenge.  Be sure to check out the cards from the rest of the Design Team!  So much inspiration!

New to mixed media?  Just combine two or more mediums on your card.  So many choices: watercolor, gesso, acrylics, distress inks, pencils, crayons, Copics, other inks and on and on…

Went a little lot out of my comfort zone here…instead of using a tree stamp or a stencil which I’d normally do, I used a patterned stamp to create my “tree”.  And decided to work with some colors that aren’t my “norm”.   I started out with random heat embossed bits of some Cover-A-Card stamps in a matte embossing powder to add some texture to the background.  Next I inked the entire card with three shades of Distress inks and spritzed lightly with water. Then, I used a really cool, old stamp I have from A Stamp in the Hand to create my “tree”.  It’s just a long tapered pattern stamp.   I used Archival Ink and just sort of came up with a tree.  Then I added some shading with a Stabilo 3-in-1 pencil and a small paintbrush dipped in water.   The birds are from the ARTplorations Some Birds stencil…I just used some white gesso on my finger to create them.  Then I added some splatters of gold watercolor paint. The sentiment is from STAMPlorations Art Is…I love the look and all the wonderful quotes from this set 🙂

Can’t wait to see what you create for the challenge this month!
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