Watercolor Hello

Hello, hello! One last card to share with you before I pack up the rest of my craft room and get down to the dirty work of deep cleaning and moving heavy boxes. This one is for the current Moxie Fab World challenge: Wonderful Words Challenge using word dies. This word die from Papertrey Ink is one of the few I own and since all the others are holiday related, hello it is!

My daughter and I were checking out some watercolor technique videos on YouTube the other weekend (Art Food Kitty had some great, informative ones that get to the point without all the extra chit chat you sometimes find on YouTube channels) and we sat down to create with our new found knowledge. Can’t believe I *almost* considered getting rid of this pretty butterfly stamp from Stampendous, but honestly, I’ve never found one I like better. And this one is 10 years old.

For the word die business, I debossed “hello” into the background to create an outline to paint around. Then wet with water and painted on the color with Colorbox Spritzers spray inks used in that tray above. The top “hello” was cut from black cardstock, given a coating of glossy accents and then adhered slightly offset so it would appear to be 3-D.

Really, I love how this turned out! It just makes me so happy 🙂

See you in a couple of weeks!



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!


Follow Your Heart

Hello! We just finished up a 3-day weekend in remembrance of Memorial Day. We didn’t go anywhere but it was so nice to catch up with the kids and just relax and play without the confines of our school night routines or running to games and practices.

Summer break cannot come soon enough!

Early this morning, I put together this cute and quirky card to send to a graduate. It was inspired by the current Cure For The Monday Blues challenge #19. I immediately picked up on the angled wall in the challenge photo – heaven knows I’ve lived in enough of those darn, difficult-to-decorate 1/2 story buildings – and the sweet cloud pillow from Land of Nod. And this card is what I came up with from the photo below.

Also,  if you haven’t had a chance, please cast your vote for the Gallery Idol Round 2 challenge! We need your votes to move on to the next round. Click on the photo below to go to the voting gallery! Thank you for your support!

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Gallery Idol Round 2

Gallery-Idol-logo-Green1Oh my goodness – have you seen the exciting news? My submission was selected as one of the Gallery Idol Top 20! There were so many fantastic entries that I thought no way, but here I am with another entry for round 2. Seriously honored and overjoyed!

The challenge for this round is die-cutting. And there were so many potential ideas for this because, well, there are just so many awesome things you can do with die-cutting. I would be lost without my Big Shot!

So here is my “Sweet Southwestern Thanks” card. It was inspired by a fun table cover that I saw at our local indie craft fair over the weekend – Market Day – and the booth that it came from – Nicole and Dime Designs. (Get it? Nickel and Dime? Clever!)

I die cut and pieced together the background (is this inlaid die-cutting? I’m not sure if this is actually a use of that technique or what you call it) with a couple different dies and then just started layering embellishments on top of the areas that weren’t quite perfect. That’s how many of my cards are completed – – now how am I going to cover up that mistake? 🙂

So the next part is up to you, dear reader. Head over to the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking website and cast your vote for your favorite designs. If one of your favorites happens to be mine – high five! There are certain to be some inspiring cards to add to your pin board.


Dies: Lawn Fawn, Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Avery Elle, Lawn Fawn
Ink, Glitter: Clearsnap // Colorbox
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey
Embellies: Paper Issues “Swag Bag”
Adhesive: Scor-Tape




PTI May 2014 Blog Hop Challenge

Hey there! It’s the weekend and I almost never post but today I have a project to share for the May Papertrey Ink blog hop challenge. I just adore the inspiration roundup with the combination of aqua and melon!

This card was inspired by the print on the bottom right and also by a super pretty wedding cake I found on Pinterest. But it’s lost so I can’t share the link – ack, sorry! I used “The Sweet Life” and “Mini Blooms” stamp sets and dies.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere is a subtle shimmery chevron design going on in the background too. You can kind of see it at this angle but it’s pretty light even in real life. Lots of layers here – my fave – and a couple different types of vellum. Today would be a beautiful day for a May wedding! 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!



Floral Thinking of You

Hey there! I had a few extra moments today – and thanks to a double shot latte, an abundance of energy and inspiration – so I made a card for a couple of challenges that are going on now.

Papertrey Ink’s MIM#158 asks us to stamp with a watercolor medium – which I did here by stamping into a little puddle of water and then the dye inkpad. The watercolor effect is pretty subtle, but I prefer a more crisp image.

The stamps/dies are from Rosie Posie, Mini Blooms and Label Basics by PTI.

And since this is the last free day I’ll have in the next couple of weeks, I had to combine another 2 challenges in there as well – Stencils, both for the Moxie Fab World Stencils with Style challenge and Virginia’s View #2 stencil challenge .

The stencil used in the background is an older Crafter’s Workshop woodgrain.  There are so many awesome techniques that can be achieved with stencils but I love them simply because I can create a masked background without having to do any extra work – you can see right where you need to stop inking 🙂

Enjoy your Tuesday evening!



March PTI Blog Hop Challenge


Hello! Hoping your week is starting off well – we just finished up a week of spring break and are getting back into the swing of routine again. I have an Easter card to share today for the Papertrey Ink March Blog Hop Challenge.


I played around with the colors from the inspiration photo and the Circle Scribbles stamp set. First, just penciling in where the stamped shapes would be – then applying some pigment inks with an Art Dauber – then blending some gelatos over the top – and finally clear embossing the scribbles. The giant “&” symbol is also clear embossed but I guess that didn’t show up in the photo!


Inside I added a journaling card to hold a photo of the kids whenever we get that taken and then I can send this along to grandma 🙂

So glad you stopped by today!

Stamp – PTI Circle Scribbles
Ink – Colorbox® Classic Pigment Ink: Violet, Raspberry, Pool, Curry, Citrine, Picante
Gelatos – Faber Castell
Embossing Powder – Colorbox®
Embellies – Paper Issues March Swag Bag