Joy Burst

Hello and TGIF! I have been busy packing and cleaning this week – we are moving! – but snuck in a little crafty time to play along with the current A Blog Named Hero Challenge. Coloring is so not my thing – I am far too impatient and can never stay in the lines – but gave it a shot anyhow.

I had yet to use this pretty Joy Burst stamp that has been collecting dust since last November and with the bright colors, you almost can’t tell it’s a holiday stamp. I colored the image with Faber-Castell Stamper’s Big Brush Markers and die cut it and then was just stuck on what else to do. So here it is slapped onto the front. Done and done.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!




Inlaid Circle Thank You

Good morning! If you are here looking for the Clearsnap blog hop, please jump over to this post to check out all the new releases. If not, then I just have this fun card to share with you. It was created for the last Paper Crafts call but didn’t make it through. That’s okay because I still kind of love it!

The background was created by layering and die cutting several sizes of circles using the new Fancy Pants Burlap & Bouquets line which is so pretty. Love those Rifle Paper Co inspired flower designs that I am seeing pop up everywhere!!

Inlaid die cuts seem kind of intimidating (at least to me), but really it’s not and is just a little time consuming. Kind of like fitting together puzzle pieces. So try it! It helped me to keep adding adhesive sheeting to the back to keep everything in place.

Also, can’t seem to get enough of this Lawn Fawn alpha die! It’s gotten lots of mileage lately on this card and this card  and several more cards that haven’t yet been shared.

I’d like to also add this to the current Virginia’s View Challenge #5.

Have a great day!

Bokeh Happy Birthday

Good morning! Just dropping in quickly to share another birthday card. Seems I am on a roll with those lately!

This one is for the current A Blog Named Hero challenge #46 to use a bokeh effect. It also kind of looks like confetti. Oh joy!

Have a beautiful day!

Stamps – Hero Arts (Tiny Heart Background, Happy Birthday Scroll, Circles)
Ink – Colorbox Premium Dye Ink (Bubblegum, Party Pink, Royal Purple, Banana)
Wood Cuts – PinkFresh Studio



CardMaker + Clearsnap

Clearsnap_headerHello and welcome to the CardMaker and Clearsnap blog hop! These 2 awesome teams have joined up today to showcase IZINK Pigment Ink Paints – a French product that is being distributed in the states through Clearsnap.

If you ended up here by happy accident or if you happen to get lost along the way, please visit the CardMaker magazine blog for a complete list of the blogs participating in this hop.

I put together this fun birthday card inspired by one of my favorite episodes of Parks & Rec by painting on the IZINK with a paintbrush and diluting it a bit with water. The paints are mostly opaque and have a beautiful shimmery/pearl finish – similar to a clam or oyster shell. You can paint them, spray them, blend them and more. The bottles are made from sturdy glass and have a cute little dropper that applies the ink. I especially love how the colors look on a glossy coated paper!

Here’s the steps I used to create this card:

1. Ink up Rollagraph Simple Dots with a gray dye ink and apply to background – I used Colorbox Archival Dye Ink in Seattle Sky.

2. Spray a few splatters of IZINK onto the card. I already had some colors mixed up in the IZINK spray bottlef from another project – Caviar, Silver, Turquoise, Topaz, Volibulis and Avocado. Allow to dry (it happens quickly) or heat set.

3. With a wet paintbrush, paint brushstrokes with IZINK in shades of Mango, Orchid, Tulip, and Tomato. Paint over all the brushstrokes with one final layer of translucent Opaline – I just love the way the colors layer!

4. Die cut branches and paint with Topaz, Turquoise, Silver and Avocado. You can blend the colors beforehand or add them one by one.

5. Add embellishments and adhere to card.


I am so excited for you to try this ink – you are going to love it!! Check the Clearsnap blog for details on winning a set of IZINK Pigments for your very own. I also have an extra set of IZINK’s that I’d love to send to one of you! Please just leave a comment here letting me know you are interested.

Next up on the hop is the fabulous Tami Sanders!


Oh, My Stars

Hey there! I have been a bit on a roll this week making cards. Having about an extra hour or two in the morning since the kids don’t have to get up early for school is really coming in handy!

On this card, I decided to try a bit of mixed media technique. Basically piling on a bunch of layers of ink – watercolor, direct-to-paper, IZINK, gesso, spray ink and stamping too. It was fun to try something new and I really kinda love it ❤

The colors were pulled from the journaling card. It’s a pretty one from Webster’s Pages/Allison Kreft’s Composition + Color line. I inked up the edges to try and keep it from blending in from the background and then, because it still needed something, I added the camera die cut. Hey, the dark edges are the effect you get with a Diana, so it makes sense right? Kinda of a stretch but whateva. 🙂

Also linking this up to the current Moxie Fab World challenge to create with a Photo Pocket Page – Journaling Cards.

Have a great day!


Baby Tag

Is it just me, or is everyone you know about to have a baby sometime in the next few months? Goodness, we are done having little ones but the baby fever has me thinking “ok, just one more!” But no. However it sure is fun to shop for tiny little girl outfits!

This baby tag adorned a box of teal, green and tiny ruffles over the weekend  and was created for the A Blog Named Hero Challenge #45 – It’s Not In the Cards. Shame on me for not ever playing along with this challenge before!

I used the SC for Hero Arts Stepping Stone alpha and also the Hero Arts Five Line Background on the foliage part of the tag.

Thanks for stopping in!


Papa I Love You

Hello! I have another Father’s Day card to share with you today and this one is also for Grandpa/Papa. We recently read the Eric Carle book – Papa, Please Get The Moon For Me and it inspired me to create this little mountain scene.

It’s just a single layer (save the ribbon) and was made with a little masking, inking and blending. A little different from my usually gobs of layers, but I kinda like it! Hopefully Papa will too 🙂

I also put this together with the current CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #132 in mind. There’s not a lot of white space, but hopefully it qualifies as CAS!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps, SC for Hero Arts, Pink by Design (sentiment), Papertrey Ink
Ink: IZINK Pigment Inks – Topaz, Bamboo, Avocado, Silver; Mix’d Media Inx Pigment Ink – Leather, Indigo, Patina, Mossy, Jasmine, Honey, Black
Dies: (used for stenciling) Spellbinders, Waltzingmouse