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!



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!


Papertrey February Blog Hop Challenge

Hello there! I don’t have anything too exciting to share today – just a simple card set for the February blog hop challenge at Papertrey Ink and the Make-it Monday #153.

I created a set of 6 pastel based cards, with a watercolor wash (Colorbox® Premium Dye Inks) and embossed flower from Year of Flowers mini – am ashamed to say this is the very first time that this set has seen ink!

After embossing, I stamped the flower image again slightly off-center in the same color as the watercolor to give a bit of a shadow. Anything to keep these from being too plain 🙂

The weather has been so cold and blah here, with no sunshine for the last few days and it has really zapped my energy and creativity. I had hoped doing a little spring-themed crafting would kick start something but am still walking around with this hazy headed feeling.

Alas, tomorrow is another day – hopefully a sunny one 🙂


Hey there card lovers! I have a quick card to share today inspired by the Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge #2.

So many pretty things about this right?! I’m sure either of our girls would feel right at home in this lovely little bedroom.

For this card, I pulled the soft gray wall, sentiment and colors from the pom pom banner on the headboard. Plus from Taheerah herself the watercolor style! Stamped in shades of Colorbox® Premium Dye Ink and a touch of gold just because. I think it could work for a new baby girl or even a birthday card.


One proud mama moment to share as well -my cute little kindergartner was nominated as student of the week! Love her to bits ❤

Golden Dear

Hey there! Popping in today to share a card inspired by the brand new challenge  Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge #1.  I just can’t get over how insanely gorgeous this little bit of paper inspiration is and have been thinking about it for days! The washed out neon colors, stars, fringe and all the little bits. Probably could have made 3 cards but just channeled it all into one for lack of time.

Don’t you agree?! I’m kind of a sucker for anything with a boho feel.

I pulled out a Prima stencil and spritzed on 3 shades of Colorbox Sprays! by Stephanie Barnard + some shimmery golden Smooch Spritz. The embellies are either scraps off my desk or bits and pieces of January’s Swag Bag from Paper Issues. (Such a great deal for only $10, wink wink 😉 )

See you soon!

The 12 Cards of Christmas: Day 6 & 7

Hello and welcome to days 6 and 7 of the holiday card series! I am posting a couple days late and will have day 8 up later today also – the autofocus mechanism on my camera stopped working on Friday and I wasn’t able to take any photos until today! Apparently you need to clean the lens connections and blow out the inside of the camera to remove dust every once in a while. Lesson learned!

Day 6’s card is a simple but feminine version. The panel was first die cut, stamped, and then embossed with the woodgrain plate.

I cut a small panel of pink glitter paper to tuck behind, and then stamped a bow onto gray cardstock. This is another version that would be super simple to create in multiples and is so pretty! You could even send them as thank you’s after Christmas.

With the leftover die cut word, I was able to create another card for day 7. Rainbow colors are forever a favorite so why not use them at Christmas time too?! These colors are from the Colorbox Archival Dye line. Love these inks for the instant dry time and that they don’t react to moisture – perfect for preserving memories for years to come.

A trick for stamping solid images like these stamps from PTI’s Watercolor Wonder is to put a foam mat underneath while stamping. Since figuring this out, I am 1000% more happy with the results of every stamped image. Such a simple thing but wow! – no more stamping frustration!

And just to note, all of the stamp sets and dies/embossing folders on both these cards are older releases from Papertrey Ink.

See the rest of the posts in this series below to find out more and how to enter the giveaway:

Day 1: Vintage Christmas
Day 2: Non-traditional Christmas
Day 3: Masculine
Day 4: Spring Colors
Day 5: Plaid

Be back later today with day 8 😉

World Card Making Day 2013

Hi and happy World Card Making Day! How wonderful it is that there is a holiday to celebrate making beautiful handmade cards. Paper and ink lovers all over the world are having a blog tour – you can find the entire list of participants here at the official Paper Crafts site. 

A few of the designers from the Clearsnap Creative Team are also sharing today:

“Ink, stamps, foils, and glitter… yeah!! We love card-making here at Clearsnap so our Creative Team decided to throw a card-making party today, during World Card Making Day 2013! Hop through the list of our Creative Team’s blogs, check out their fab projects, and then leave a comment on each blog post. We have TWO prizes up for grabs!!”

To enter to win an assortment of Limited Editions Cat’s Eyes , comment on each blog in the hop.
To enter to win the Rollagraph and Inkpad Assortment, use the rafflecopter widget on the Clearsnap Blog.
So are you ready? Here’s the list – enjoy!



I put together this trio of fall thank you’s for our children’s teachers with supplies Pink Paislee and Lawn Fawn. Who would have the very different styles of those companies would work so well together?!


To create the leaves I inked up a sheet of watercolor paper with several shades of Mixed Media Inx® Chox. Butternut, Sage, Driftwood, Bluejay and Sparrow were applies with Art Daubers – just smearing and dabbing and blending the colors together until there was no white left on the paper. I also added a couple shades of pigment ink – Alpine and Coral – for just a little bit of highlight. On top of those colors, I added a design from the Swirldot Art Screen. They almost look realistic!


And here they are all together. I love the soft, faded colors. Now if only we can get some nice fall weather 🙂

Linking up to these challenges:

Moxie Fab World: Color Media Challenge, All That Glitters is Gold Challenge, Tuesday Trigger
Pink Paislee: WCMD Sketch Challenge