30 Days of Coloring


Happy to say I managed to complete the 30 Day Coloring Challenge from Kathy Racoosin.

My background is a mono print made with three shades of Distress Inks.  The image was then heat embossed in Liquid Platinum and watercolored using the matching Distress Inks and Distress Markers.  Next I added a layer of Prismacolor pencil and a bit of white gel pen.

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Paper:  Simon Says Stamp black and Canson Bristol

Ink:  VersaMark and Distress Inks

Stamps:  Studio Katia Blooming Bunch and Lovely Blooms (sentiment)

Misc:  Studio Katia Bubbles Creative Stencil, heat tool, Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder, embossing buddy, Distress Markers, paintbrush, Prismacolor pencils, white gel pen, Studio Katia sequins and adhesives

Wish You…

5E0A54C5-BFAD-4C1C-8AFC-0A5E4E499203Hello everyone!

I’m participating in the  Altenew Academy One-Layer Wonders class by Kelly Latevola. Kelly is funny, informative and so very talented. Even though I’ve stamped for 20+ years I’m always interested in learning something new.

And since I watercoloured this it still fits into my 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Win, win!

In keeping with my past practice, I never share details on a class as I feel it’s unfair to the company providing the instruction.

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Paper: Neenah Solar White and Canson Bristol

Ink:  VersaFine Clair Morning Mist and Nocturne

Stamps:  Altenew Dearest Friend and Altenew Blooming Bouquet

Misc: Distress Markers in Bundled Sage, Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac; Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder, heat tool, embossing buddy, gold glass beads, Faber-Castell PITT Artist pen, paintbrush and adhesives

Dearest Friend

869A1CFF-EAB2-4A85-AA99-82AAAE145FDA.jpegSoft and dreamy colours for my card today. Still managing to keep up with the 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Yay me!

The background was made by smooshing three colours of Distress Inks on my craft mat, spritzing it with water and dragging my cardstock through it till all the colour was soaked up.

Next I heat embossed these gorgeous florals from Altenew in white. Then I added more colour with my Distress Markers and a damp paintbrush.

A simple heat embossed sentiment from the same set and my usual smattering of sequins/confetti complete the card.

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Paper: Neenah Solar White, vellum and Canson Bristol

Ink:  Versamark and Distress Inks in Cracked Pistachio, Shaded Lilac and Tumbled Glass

Stamps:  Altenew Dearest Friend

Misc:  heat tool, Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder, embossing buddy, paintbrush, craft mat, Simon Says Stamp Gelato Confetti and adhesives

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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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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Addicted to Stamps and More #142

I’m back with another Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge, and this week, it’s a Make Your Mark challenge.  Get out those watercolor crayons or pencils, markers, Copics, Promarkers, chalks, watercolors, sponges, stencils, masks. (anything that makes a mark) to qualify for the prize.  This week our sponsor is A Day For Daisies:

and the prize is a $12 gift certificate
And here’s my Design Team card:
I recently got this fabulous new stencil from ARTplorations and couldn’t wait to ink it up!  The stencil has been inked with three shades of Distress Inks and misted with water before placing it on some watercolor paper.  I’ve inked a matching butterfly stamp with the same three inks, misted it and stamped the tag with it.  Next comes a bit of spritzing with a marker and finally a few sequins.
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Ranger watercolor and Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Dusty Concord, Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Inks; and MFT Hybrid Black ink
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Trendy Butterflies and Bloom Sketches
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil’ Inker Designs Stitched Rectangles die, Reverse Confetti Tag Me die, ARTplorations Shower of Flutters stencil, water mister, sequins, adhesives, Tim Holtz spritzer tool, Black Soot Distress Marker
Challenges entered:
Check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team right here.
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Dazzling Diva #66

Oh, we have a lovely Spring mood board to share with you today!  What fabulous inspiration for the Dazzling Diva challenge:

And here’s my take on it:
Today, I’ve provided a step-out tutorial so you can see exactly how this came together:
Step one:
Cut a card base to a finished size of 4.25″ x 5.5″ 
Cut the frame from the same color card stock
Step two:
Stamp raindrop image on the card front in gray
Color with a Distress Marker, paintbrush, and water
Step three:
Die cut clouds, lightning bolts, and sequins in craft metal
Die cut more sequins in vellum
Step four:
Stamp sentiment in black
Step five:
Cut front of shaker card from transparency
Adhere it to the back of  the frame
Add foam adhesive to the back of the frame
Step six:
Use temporary adhesive to keep card front from popping up
Place sequins on the middle of the card front
Step seven:
Add the metal die cuts to the front of the shaker frame with Ranger Glossy Accents.  
Place the shaker frame on top of the card base, remove your temporary adhesive and done!
Here’s a close up of the sequins in the shaker card:
This metal is SO versatile…
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White and vellum
Ink:  Ranger Jet Black and Watering Can Archival
Stamps:  Designs by Ryn Hanging Droplet set, Lil’ Inker Designs (Katie Vaz) Dance in the Rain
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, MFT die-namics Stitched Rectangle frames, Lil’ Inker Cut It Out Clouds and Accessories die set, We R Memory Keepers Confetti shaped die, paint brush, Broken China Distress Marker, foam adhesive, Ranger Glossy Accents, temporary adhesive

And, of course, Add a Little Dazzle Craft metal:

Baby Blue                                                   Golden Glimmer
Baby Blue Metal SheetGolden Glimmer Metal Sheet

Would love to have you join our Dazzling Diva Challenge!   Use of AALD craft metal sheets is not a requirement to play along, but we’d love to see you use them! There is a $15 gift certificate up for grabs.   If you use AALD craft metal you’ll receive an additional $5 in merchandise…BONUS!

Don’t forget to check out all the amazing designs by the Divas this week right here.

Challenges entered:
Lil’ Inker Designs Monthly Meetup Challenge

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