Sending Lots of Love


I enjoy playing with all sorts of mediums.   I’m always inspired by the pencil colouring of Yana Smakula.

Today I’m playing with no-line pencil colouring with my Polychromos pencils.  The beautiful leaf images were stamped with Ink on 3.  It’s the perfect ink for any no-line colouring!

All my blending was done with just the pencils, no other mediums or tools involved.  It’s not bad for a first try, but like anything else…practice, practice, practice 🙂

I recently treated myself to the new Tim Holtz Glass Mat.  Oh how I love that mat!  And I found it perfect for colouring on as there are absolutely no lumps and bumps underneath.

Paper:  Simon Says Stamp Smoke Gray

Ink:  Ink on 3 and Ranger Archival Ink in Tree Branch

Stamps:  Altenew Leaf Canopy

Misc:  Polychromos pencils, MFT Wonky Rectangle die, copper sequins and adhesives


Loll’s Tag Event


So happy to be able to make a tag for my lovely friend Loll’s annual tag event.  Each and every year she invites some friends to design a mixed media tag and then she makes a tag inspired by each one.  Here’s the link to her event:  Loll’s Twelve Tags of Christmas

When I sit down to design a card or a tag, there are very few preconceived notions as to where I’m headed.  I simply grab what I feel like working with that particular day and go with it.

The Christmas Rose Bouquet image from WPlus9 was heat embossed in gold on a black tag.  Next I used my Distress Oxides with a waterbrush to paint the image.  Once that was completely dry, I added more colour with my Polychromos pencils.

The background was a combination of a spritz of Perfect Pearls Mists in Heirloom Gold, smudges of glue stick (yes, you read that right), smudges of white ink, and smudges of Tarnished Brass Distress Crayon.

I completed the tag with a bit of gold washi tape and some gold cording.

Many thanks to Loll for putting on her fabulous event each and every year!

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Mixed Media, Mixed Metals


Had some fun today with my Distress Oxides and Polychromos pencils.

The Christmas Rose Bouquet image from WPlus9 was heat embossed with Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  Then, using my waterbrush and Distress Oxides I started colouring the image.  Once it was completely dry, I started adding more color with my Polychromos pencils.

More heat embossing on a piece of vellum with a sentiment from WPlus9 called Handlettered Holiday.  Then lots of bling…sequins, beads (see the center of the main flower), and some Tim Holtz Design Tape called Tidings.

Blingety, bling, bling today.  But hey, it’s a Christmas card!

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Polychromos Poinsettia


Well, isn’t that title a mouthful?  LOL

I’ve seen some gorgeous designs lately using dark card stock and either gouache, which I don’t have, or pencils.  Pencils it is, since I don’t own any gouache paints (yet).

The poinsettia was heat embossed in black.  Yes, I know.  I seem to be obsessed that with poinsettia image.  But, as you can see, there are so many options for working with it.

Simple coloring with my Polychromos pencils, a bit of washi across the bottom and some letters I found in one of my embellishment drawers (don’t ask!).  To finish it off, I’ve used some Distress Stickles for the center.

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April Mixed Media Card Challenge

It’s a day full of posts for this girl 🙂  Check out my Featured Designer post for the CAS Mix Up here. And don’t forget to check out my Guest Designer post for the Graciellie Designs blog hop here.

I’m back with 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…

And speaking of on and on…I threw everything but the kitchen sink at this and still kept it fairly CAS.  After stamping the sunshine image and sentiment in Archival Ink it was masked.  Then I stamped the brick pattern in chalk paint.  Next came coloring…Polychromos pencils and Gamsol followed by some PITT Artist Big Brushes. There’s Wink of Stella and Stickles for some added sparkle.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Jet Black Archival
Stamps:  STAMPlorations New Beginnings and Mixed Media Grunge
All the other stuff:  Polychromos pencils, Gamsol, PITT Artist Big Brushes, Wink of Stella, Stickles, Prima Chalk Paint

Can’t wait to see what you create for the challenge this month!
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Online Card Classes Stretch Your Dies Day 3

More homework for the Stretch Your Dies class.  Jennifer showed us how to create wonderful window cards!
Here it is open:
And here’s a close-up of these three fabulous women!  I’ve added some Glossy Accents to their glasses…both eye and drinking 🙂

This fun image was colored with Copics and Polychromos pencils.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Copic, Neenah Solar White and Teresa Collins Tinsel & Co.
Ink:  Ranger Watering Can Archival
Stamps:  Art Impressions by Hampton Art
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, circle die, Lifestyle crafts banners and arrows dies, Copics, Polychromos pencils, Ranger Glossy Accents

Challenges entered:
Freshly Made Sketches:

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