You Are Loved That Is All

While I’m waiting for one of my projects to dry, thought I’d play along in a couple of challenges. There’s a lot of shimmer on this that my camera does not show in the larger picture…so here’s a close up:

This is a stencil monoprint made with Distress Inks and Perfect Pearls.  I wanted an aged copper feel, so that’s how I chose the colors to work with.  Easy-peasy, quick as a wink card.  Added a bit of Copper Inka Gold around the edges and a few drips of Copper Perfect Pearls Mist.  And, of course, my usual smattering of sequins.

Not familiar with the stencil monoprint technique?  Here’s a video tutorial that I did last year.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  watercolor and Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Distress and Versafine
Stamps:  WPlus9 That Is All
All the other stuff:  TCW 630S Mini Chickadee Post stencil, MFT Wonky Rectangles die, Perfect Copper Perfect Pearls Mist, Copper Inka Gold, misc. sequins

Challenges entered:
CAS Mix Up Card Challenge:

Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge:  stencil monoprint

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Verve Spotlight Hops Day Three

Welcome back to Day 3 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 Hip Hop Bunnies, the Bunny Hop die set and the Welcome plain jane.

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 🙂

Hip Hop Bunnies Bunny Hop Die Set
Welcome Plain Jane

Had lots of fun creating this mixed media Easter card 🙂   I’ve used the Viva la Verve sketch for this week.
The background is a stencil monoprint created with a stencil and three shades of Distress Inks.  If you’ve never tried this quick and easy way to make a background, here’s my tutorial.  Then I mixed up some fiber paste and ink and stenciled a piece of vellum.   The vellum piece was machine stitched to my background. A little square of turquoise  paper was embossed with the same stencil as was used in the background for even more texture.
Don’t you just adore this bunny?  hehehe  There are two more darling bunnies in this set 🙂 It has been die cut with the coordinating die from the Bunny Hop Die Set and colored with Copics.  The same goes for the little bow ties around the card.  And for the sentiment, just a quick little shaker design filled with pretty, sparkly stuff.
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 1 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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Something Other Than Christmas

Just sharing a quick and easy wedding design I created earlier this year during my time on the Dirty Dozen over at Splitcoaststampers.

Used the stencil monoprint technique with three shades of Distress Inks and my ARTplorations Old Rose Prints to create the background.  Added a bit more sponging in all three colors and then added some water droplets.

When that was dry I stamped the image and sentiment from STAMPlorations Newlyweds and then painted the bride’s dress with H20s.

Happened to find the butterfly rhinestones in my stash…they worked perfectly 🙂

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#Beautiful

I’m sharing a card I recently made for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges at Splitcoaststampers. It’s an annual card drive where stampers/card artists make cards to send to the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.  This is the sixth year for the card drive.

This is  one of my favorite techniques to add color to a card.  I’ve used the stencil monoprint technique.  I’ve inked up my stencil with three shades of Distress Ink and misted the stencil before placing it on my watercolor paper.  Then I added some droplets of Prima Color Bloom before sponging on a bit more color.

Challenges entered:

Virginia’s View Challenge #19:

Another Dirty Dozen Gallery Card – Thinking of You

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Just popping by with a quick post.  This was another of my Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen designs from earlier in the year.

So simple and so easy to do.  Just inked up my Hero Arts Forest stencil with three shades of Distress Inks, taking care to put most of the purple shade around the moon.  Spritzed it with water and dried it.   Easy right?

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Mixed Media Card Challenge #14

It’s time for another Mixed Media Card Challenge and here’s our theme for the month of August:

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?  Simply 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…

My colored panel has been made using the stencil monoprint technique.   My Splitcoaststampers tutorial for this technique can be found right here.  Once that was dry, I sponged more ink around the edges of the panel.  Then I stamped several different butterflies in gold ink and also heat embossed them in gold.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Distress Watercolor paper and Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves and Milled Lavender Distress Inks; Encore Gold and Ranger Jet Black Archival ink
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Trendy Butterflies and Bold Sentiments
All the other stuff:  ARTplorations Bloom Silhouettes stencil, water mister, E.K. Success powder tool, gold embossing powder, heat tool, adhesive, sponge

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One Layer Christmas Card Challenge #9 Reminder

Just a quick reminder; there’s still time to get your card in for the One Layer Christmas card challenge!

 As always, it’s an “Anything Goes” challenge, and the optional twist this time around is angels:

My background has been made using a stencil monoprint technique.  If you are interested in learning this technique you’ll find my step out and video tutorials here.  I’ve inked a stencil with three different shades of Distress Inks, misted it with water and pressed it onto my watercolor cardstock. Then I used another shade of Distress Ink with a different stencil over top of it.  Next, I flicked some water onto the cardstock to add a little more dimension.

Check out the beautiful inspiration from the rest of the Design Team right here.

Here’s what I used:
Paper;  Strathmore 140# watercolor
Ink:  Distress and Archival inks
Stamps:  Recollections and Verve Glad Tidings
All the other stuff:  TCW stencil, Stencil Girl stencil, sponge, water

Challenges entered:
Merry Monday #158:  stencils

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