Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Painting With Coffee

This week's Splitcoaststampers Technique Challenge is COFFEE PAINTING! Come join us this week as we use coffee as a paint! (There are other options too!)
I once took a workshop at CHA from Fran (Stampendous) because I loved her style so much. That was a long time ago, but I still love her style and all of the different things she taught me to layer on one card. This week's tutorial was just the ticket to get me stamping/painting with coffee again!
Working with her was one of the first times I realized everything didn't have to line up and be perfect and be "pretty." So - here is a Fran-tâge inspired card, using coffee as my background color wash, as well as color for my "snowman" wizard (it's 95 degrees today, so snow is nice, but a wizard to wave his magic silver wand for cooler temps is better!).

I added several layers of embossing powders on the bottom, as well as some colored mica flakes (all mixed together).

A messy mixed media look that's tons of fun to make!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Hopping With My Sweet Petunia and Visible Image!

Welcome to the Visible Image and My Sweet Petunia Blog Hop! I absolutely LOVE these stamps, and I know you are in for a real treat when you hop!

You should have arrived here via Aga Baraniak's blog, but if not there is a complete list of participating blogs at the bottom of this post so you won't miss a thing!

Hop along and leave comments on each of the participants' blogs because there are some fabulous prizes being given away to two lucky commenters: a $50 shopping spree at My Sweet Petunia or a $50 shopping spree at Visible Image

You have until Monday, April 30th 11:59PM CST to leave comments and the winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 1st on both the My Sweet Petunia and Visible image blogs. 

I used DARE TO SWIM today for my first card.
I made my background using the Wrinkle Free Distress technique and Distress Inks. When it was dry, I used my Original MISTI, and lined up my stamp where I wanted on the watercolor panel. I did this for the sentiment as well, closing the lid, and slightly readjusting, according to the grid lines.
I added some diamond glitter paper for a sparkly background, as well as some aqua metallic thread. I love how it turned out!

My second is a rather free form design using  
I made my background using acrylic paints, stencils, and my Gel Press. I decided to cut it off-square, and gave the black and pink back panels some interest by scoring at random intervals. My MISTI was perfect to restamp my images on top of the paint to get a solid image over the texture.
Thank you for stopping by!

Here is the complete list of the talented designers hopping today.
Your next stop is: Eileen Godwin!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

It's a Hop With Reverse Confetti and My Sweet Petunia!

Hello! It's the First Day of Spring! And what better way to celebrate than a blog hop with Reverse Confetti and My Sweet Petunia?! I am honored to be participating in this hop with two of my favorite companies and these talented designers and friends!

Two lucky commenters from the hop to win one of two prizes: a $60 shopping spree at and a $60 shopping spree at! Leave your comments no later than Sunday, March 25th, at 11:59 PM Central time and winners will be announced on Tuesday March 27th, on the Reverse Confetti and My Sweet Petunia blogs. So be sure to visit everyone (list is below) -- especially for all of the great ideas and inspiration!

It's all true -- the MISTI changed my stamping life! You have heard the stories, and I can attest to the truthfulness of mine! Esepcially when it comes to textured paper, like some watercolor brands with tooth, as in my first sample.
I made my background using the Wrinkle Free Distress technique. When it was dry, I used my Original MISTI, and lined up my stamp where I wanted on the watercolor panel. I closed the lid, and slightly readjusted, according to the grid lines.

For my first project, I used a sentiment from My Heart Trusts. I love the font! I inked it up, and then restamped, because of the paper's texture. Two times stamping, and it came out perfectly!

I also wanted to use the Squared Off Cover Panel Confetti Cuts for interest, to show some of the other cardstock color. I added some lace, a paper doily, and paper flower for embellishments. 

My second card is made with the adorable No Tomorrow dinosaur stamp set and matching Confetti Cuts. I adore these little guys; they have such personality! For this card, I wanted to also use the Hello Square Confetti Cuts and make a shaker card. 

I stamped one of the leaves on my background paper from the Cheerful & Kind 6x6 Paper Pad, and colored it in with a Prismacolor Pencil. I added a little Wink of Stella for some sparkle.
I stamped my dino and grass all at once using my Mini MISTI. I like the look of embossing, so used clear embossing powder for all three images. I then added the other elements after coloring (Copics), and cutting them out with the Confetti Cuts. I even added some dew drops that were one of my first purchases years ago!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my projects. Be sure to check out the entire Reverse Confetti Shop, and My Sweet Petunia for all of the MISTI tips and accessories!

Next on the hop is the amazing Jeanne Jachna!

Here is the complete list of designers today!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Celebrating 10 Years With Our Daily Bread Designs!

I am pleased to take part in the 10th Anniversary Celebration with Our Daily Bread designs! The Breadbasket {aka Design Team gals} Reunion includes many past designers for ODBD. I was the Design Team Coordinator from 2008-2009. Thank you, Kelley, and Lisa, for asking me to be a part of the special celebration! 

Today I am sharing cards made with the new Filigree Circles and God Verses 2. You can see the entire new release, and all of the amazing projects from other past designers on the ODBD blog

I chose the Blooming Garden Collection to use for its lovely floral (and bee!) patterns. This is my favorite from the collection.
Aren't those little flowers precious? And the background is beautiful. I have a thing for bees too.

I embossed my sentiment from God Verses 2 using Gold Encore Ink, and then Gold Detail Embossing Powder. I cut one circle from the deep purple paper, and then another from vellum. I hand cut the banner behind the sentiment. This card is about 5 inches square. 

My second card is larger, as I wanted to use the entire patterned paper design. It is a full 6 inches square. I embossed this sentiment using VersaMark Onyx Black and Clear Embossing Powder. I added black enamel dots around the base of the back circle and along the middle panel for embellishment. 

Here are the complete sets of each of the dies and stamps that I used:
Be sure to check out the ODBD Blog for great projects, the complete release, AND a coupon good through the end of March!
Happy 10th Anniversary!

Fashionable Stamping - Springtime
Crafter's Castle - Anything Goes+ optional: Share Your Favorite Technique (heat embossing)

Brown Sugar – Spring or Easter

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Bear Hugs Enclosed

After the shootings a week and a half ago, I felt like I needed to make some cards that held lots of love for the recipients. This is one that I made using Hugs by Concord & 9th. Just got this in the mail recently from Drive By Crafts. I stamped and embossed him with Clear EP, and then colored with Copic markers. Then I used my handcut cloud stencil to make my sky, and blended the sky into the sponged grass.

I gave him a little shadow, added a wood heart from Stampin' Up! and he is ready to mail! Send a little love this week. It may be the boost someone needs to keep on the bright side.
Allsorts - Use Something Beginning with B 
Crafty Calendar - 2 or More Layers 
Send a Smile for Kids - Anything Goes or Cards for Teens
Sweet Stampin - Spring Has Sprung 
Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes   
Aud Sentiments Challenge - For A Friend
Cute Card Thursday - Cute Critters

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Coffee and Donuts, Anyone?

Today I am sharing a quick, fun card using a sweet set called You & Me from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. It comes in both clear and digital formats. I have the clear set. So many fun images and sentiments to go with it! I made this for my Valentine this year! It was very easy to put together and color, and gave me a chance to use several patterned papers! 
Stamps: You & Me (Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps)
Paper: Poptone Sweet Tooth (base), Whisper White, Love Blossoms DP (SU!), Paper House DSP Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Copic markers
Accessories: arrow die, corrugated cardboard heart, SB circle die, Momenta doily 

Brown Sugar - February - Valentine's Day  
Kitty Bee Designs - Anything Goes optional/ Love and Marriage
Quick Quotes - February Love 
Craft Rocket Challenges - Love 
Through the Purple Haze - Add Some Turquoise

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Distress Oxides and Shimmerz

Today I am playing in the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge. Our inspiration was Schreiner's Iris Gardens. SO many beautiful flowers with many colors! I chose this daylily called All Revved Up for my inspiration.

My background was made with Distress Oxides. I sponged them on my cardstock, and then spritzed with water. When dry, I added Shimmerz Paint Spray in Pearl to add a LOT of sparkle! The sentiment (Heart Filled Sentiments) and Falling Hearts Panel are from Reverse Confetti. 

I stamped the sentiment in VersaFine Onyx Black on vellum, and then decided to make it super sparkly. I embossed with Vanilla Ice EP (Sparkle N Sprinkle) and it looks so much cooler IRL than in the photos!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Monoprinting with Gel Press

As you might know, I love to use my gel plates and make oodles of monoprints! The trick for me is then getting them on a card! I love to just look at them. This one was made with a 3 x 5 Gel Press Plate -- my favorite new size! It's a little less mess, because of the smaller base, and is perfect when you don't want the entire background of your project covered.

I thought this stencil looked industrial enough to pair with this little robot from Printworks (a Hobby Lobby 75% off fabulous find!). I used orange acrylic paint for the first generation print (and only one stencil pattern), but you can see where it picked up some pink from a previous print. I love that!

The robot was stamped with Ranger Archival Black ink and colored with Copics. This is a thank you card. The inside says "A million thanks" which I thought fit with the stencil pattern as well.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Beary Best

Happy Valentine's Day!

This adorable little guy is from Concord and 9th. It's the cutest set - and you can make oodles of different bears with accessories! I chose to keep him simple, and added an acrylic heart and arrow to help bring home the truth of the sentiment. One of the stamps is that cute striped background. I cut out my bear using the matching die.

I added some white pom pom trim from my stash, a white doily, and some sweet patterned paper with hearts and clouds. This is going out to my son and his wife (and sweet granddaughter) who are expecting my first grandson in about a month! Just sending some love their way  - 1300 miles away! (Sniff.)

Stamps: Hi There Bear (Concord & 9th)
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black & Vintage Sepia, Altenew Razzleberry, Pinkalicious & Pink Diamond
Paper: Neenah Solar White & Desert Storm, Doodlebug Sweetheart DP
Accessories: Heart & Arrow embellishments (Hobby Lobby), pom pom trim (Really Reasonable Ribbon), white doily (Michael's)

Crafting By Designs - Valentine 
Little Red Wagon - Love 
Paper Shelter Challenge - Decorate It/Embellishments 
Die Cuttin' Divas - Valentine's Day
Stamps & Fun = Creativity - HEARTS

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

You Painted With What?

Today I am sharing a card made by painting my image using pen ink! The sandpipers and sentiment (Stampin' Up!) were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I outlined parts of the birds with an Elegant Writer Pen, and then added water with an aqua brush. As you pull the color out, it turns blue and then light pink - all from adding a little black pen! I love this technique! I think it gives the impression of ocean waves. What do you think?

Challenges for this card:
A Snowflakes Promise - Anything Goes 
Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes  
Incy Wincy Designs - CLEAN AND SIMPLE 

Monday, February 12, 2018

For the Birds!

I had a lot of fun making this card for the Splitcoaststampers CAS Challenge today. It was "Feathered Friends." I had been to Hobby Lobby and had picked up both of these stamps in their 75% off sale, so it was the perfect time to ink them up!

I embossed my card base (Ivory Heavyweight CS - Hobby Lobby) with the Flowers Cuttlebug embossing folder (an oldie I haven't used in awhile), and then made my front panel. The tag is from Julie Nutting's Tag Pad (Prima). I used the Wrinkle Free Distress technique, with two colors from my Distress ink (TH) collection. When dry, I stamped my bird and sentiment in VersaFine Smoky Slate (I LOVE this color!) and then added some Bay Leaf seam binding (Really Reasonable Ribbon) at the top. The last thing I did was add a very faint shadow under the bird with a Copic C1 marker.

Super cute little feathered friend! Happy Monday!
Challenges for this card: 
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes with a Critter 
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes 
Crafty Animals - Always Anything Goes
Sweet Stampers - Things with Wings 
Crafter's Castle - Anything Goes+ optional: Share Your Favorite Distress Ink Technique 
Send a Smile for Kids - Anything Goes or Easter/Spring Cards

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Painting With Cardboard

I am always looking for fun techniques to add to my cards. There are so many ways to created interesting backgrounds using other mediums. Today I am using cardboard (toilet paper tube) and paint!

You may have done this with your kids to paint fireworks in the summer, or flowers in the spring. I am using this for bursts of love in February! 
First of all I chose my sweet image from Sweet n' Sassy Stamps' Valentine Critters set (now retired but available in digital format HERE.). I stamped on Georgia Pacific White cardstock with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and embossed with WOW! Clear Detail Embossing Powder. I colored him with Copics and then cut him out using my Big Shot. Next I cut my toilet paper tube into strips about an inch and a half deep.

I chose my paint colors to match tones in the image coloring. I used inexpensive acrylic paint for my two-tone background, painting large circles to "stamp" my cardboard in. I started with the lighter color, pink, and then used the same tube for the red.

The key here, as stated in the video, is to have a light touch when you pounce on your paper. Sometimes I would have too much force, and then I got a few blobs of paint.

Pounce as many times as you like to get the look you want. I wanted a more open look, so kept my pouncing to 3-4 times.

I made a couple of sheets and will save the other pieces for another project later. I did find, on my second sheet, that the look is different depending on the color you begin with. I started with the red the second time, and put pink on top. Just experiment and see what you like! These photos are from the first sheet.

Finally, I added some patterned paper from Authentique (available at Stamp Simply), lace (Really Reasonable Ribbon), and stamped the sentiment when the paint was dry. I popped my bunny up using Stampin' Up Dimensionals. I think he turned out pretty cute, don't you? In front of a burst of love!

Challenges for this card:
Addicted to Stamps - Have a Heart
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Love 
Dragonfly Journeys - Love
A Gem of a Challenge - Have a Heart (feature a heart)
Allsorts - Love Is In The Air 
Crazy 4 Challenges - Make a Valentine, Anniversary, Thinking of You or card showing support  
If You Gave A Crafter A Cookie - Photo Inspiration
Color Throwdown - Color Inspiration

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Crayon Rubbed Embossing

Today I want to share two cards (that are flat to mail!) using a technique called Crayon Rubbed Embossing. I shared these on Splitcoaststampers when I hosted this technique for our Technique Challenge 665.

The first was for a non-traditional Thanksgiving card that I mailed to my friend Lydia (UnderstandBlue).
I used a Sizzix embossing folder with branches and a bird for this crayon rubbing. I then brayered Broken China Distress Oxide over it several times until I got the depth of color that I wanted. I stamped my sentiment (Painted Harvest - SU!) with VersaFine Onyx Black, and then embossed with Clear Powder. I added a few sequins, and all done!

The second is a Christmas card that will go out today to another stamping friend (the recipient is a surprise still, obviously!).
I used the snowflake embossing folder for an over all design, using my white crayon for a "resist". I then brayered Broken China Distress Oxide over it several times until I got the depth of color that I wanted. I ran my red banner through the same embossing folder and my Big Shot, and matched it up to the Crayon Rubbing design. The sentiment is from Watercolor Christmas (SU!).

Both were fun to make! Give it a try. If you don't have a white crayon, a white candle works well too! 
Crafting With An Attitude - Always Anything Goes 
Through the Purple Haze - #140 Anything Goes