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Monday, August 21, 2017

Sweet Baby Elephant Birthday

This is for Splitcoaststampers Clean and Simple challenge 443 (CAS443) Sweet Birthday Wishes

Stamped and then masked the little elephant from Inkadinkado Welcome Baby set, then stamped the balloon from Stampin' Up Honecomb Happiness and the little cake from Janie's Girls Frames. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up Party Pants.

Painted with a watercolor brush and SU ink pads in Powder Pink, So Saffron, Real Red and Chocolate Chip. Made the plaid design on the patches of the elephant and lined with a gold pen. I used a silver pen for the elephant's tag.

Thanks for sorry about shaky watercolor look as I'm having serious eye problems right now, but glad I joined in today to make this cute, sweet little card.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Amazing You Fuchsia

We have the most beautiful fuchsia in our garden, just off the patio of our bedroom. My dh has built a trellis out big round bamboo to hold it up over the years, and it has grown into a lovely tree. It's blooms are gorgeous and the hummingbirds are in heaven. 

For this very simple card, I stamped the Magenta fuchsia onto watercolor paper and painted it with a watercolor brush and ink from Fresh Fig and Wild Wasabi with a touch of Flirty Flamingo. Added yellow sequins.

Stamps: Magenta, SU Express Yourself
Paper: Watercolor, Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi, Fresh Fig
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Vanilla, Fresh Fig, Wild Wasabi

Accessories: Yellow Sequins, Framing Dies


Stamps: Spring Song
Paper: Canson Watercolor, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Powder Pink, Tempting Turquoise
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, More Mustard, Garden Green
Accessories: Watercolor pencils, Stickles Starburst EF, green gems, Edge punch

Techniques: Watercolor

Home For Christmas

I watercolored and fussy cut the house, tree and snowman and glued them down to a circle cut from the same background dsp. Made the shaker elements and attached them over the scene, added glitter and sequins and sealed it with acetate and a die cut out frame. 

Added the strip of dsp and lace then the shaker element which sits on top of the DSP.

Die cut snowflakes from SU Colorful Seasons, holly leaves and sprigs from Tim Holtz dies, added some bells, ribbon, floral stamens, and pearls.

This is really pretty when you shake it up and watch the snow fall.

Stamps: CTMH Christmas Village
Paper: Thick Cream, CTMH Frosted DSP
Paper Size: 5" Square
Ink: Watercolor Pencils
Accessories: Die cuts, sequins, glitter, pearls, bells, ribbon, floral stamens, lace

Techniques: Shaker, Layering

Fluttering Butterflies

Stamped the sentiment at the bottom of the card in VersaFine black ink.

Stamped the butterflies in greens, added black bodies, and fussy cut. Made the shaker elements, and filled with a flower leftover from a recent SU Paper Pumpkin kit and some sequins. Die cut a frame for the shaker.

Stamps: CTMH Your Own Kind of Wonderful
Paper: Thick white, Acetate
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Certainly Celery, Lemon Lime Twist, VersaFine Black
Accessories: Sequins, Darice Foamies, dies

Techniques: Shaker

Friendly Fan

Colored a piece of thick vellum with real red re-inker and a sponge, set aside to dry. When dry stamped the little flowers from Colorful Seasons onto the vellum in Fresh Fig and Crushed Curry, scored the vellum and created the fan fold. Pierced the base of the fan with a large upholstery needle and threaded the gold thread with a dental flosser, folded a gold jewel element over the base of the fan and tied the string to hold it in place. Added another gold element and used gold crimps to keep everything on the string.

Stamped the bamboo onto watercolor paper after stamping off twice to give it a lighter watercolor look. 

Punched out a ticket shape from the SU ticket punch and hand printed the characters for "Friend", backed with gold foil. Added a strip of gold foil to the back of a piece of the Fresh Fig card stock between the card stock and watercolor paper.

Stamps: SU Colorful Seasons, Unknown Bamboo
Paper: Fresh Fig base, Watercolor, Vellum, Gold Foil
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Real Red, Fresh Fig, Crushed Curry
Accessories: Ticket punch, black Copic marker, jewelry elements, gold thread

Techniques: Fan Fold

Finger Painted Art

Spread some satin acrylic paints onto my pallet and swiped them each across my watercolor paper, added black dots for interest. 

Stamped and die cut the sentiment, added two jewels colored black with a Sharpie. A strip of Washi tape and done. Quick easy, and so much fun.

Stamps: CTMH Your Own Kind of Wonderful
Paper: Watercolor, Thick White
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Acrylic Paints, VersaFine

Accessories: Tag die, jewels, Washi Tape

Ice Cream, Yum!

I used the "Swipe Your Credit Card" technique to apply White, Brown, and Pink to thick card stock, dried it with my heat tool and cute it out with a dotted edge die. To decorate the card I die cut the ice cream, the word yum and the ovals to frame the ice cream. Looks yummy!

Stamps: SU Cool Treats
Paper: Thick Cream, Brown, Pink
Paper Size: A2
Accessories: Stiff Card, Frozen Treats Dies, Ribbon

Techniques: Acrylic Painting

The Mountain's Are Calling

I cased this card design from the Stampin' Up July 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit. I cut out thick card stock hills and mountains, using the pieces from the kit as a guide. Then covered the pieces with Washi tape. The stars were stamped with SU Carols of Christmas.

Stamps: CTMH Do Your Best
Paper: Mossy Meadow base, Whisper White
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Mossy Meadow

Accessories: Washi Tape x 3, silver embossing powder

Loving Heart Shaker Card

I have been saving this piece of Stampin' Up DSP for a few years, I love the quote "A loving heart is the truest wisdom" by Charles Dickens. Don't you think that is is true?

I die cut two nesting hearts to make my shaker frame, and another piece of the dsp with the word love all over it, a piece of acetate, and a piece of Darice Foamies peel and stick foam and added some Sprinkles embellishments.

I hope you like it.

Charles Dickens Quote is imprinted on the DSP
Paper: SU More Amore dsp, Primrose Petals
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Primrose Petals
Accessories: Heart dies, Foamies, Sequins

Techniques: Shaker Card

Shaving Cream Technique for August Cards

August means a birthday celebration at my family, the background for the mighty lion 
simulates fire the element for Leo.

Stamps: SU Zoo Review, Thoughtful Banners
Paper: Glossy, Thick Cream, Chocolate Chip
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Real Red, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Dies, Burlap Ribbon
Techniques: Shaving Cream

This was my second pass through the shaving cream.. I love this fun technique and don't play with it often enough.

Stamps: SU Elements of Style, Thoughtful Banners
Paper: Thick Cream, Chocolate Chip, Flirty Flamingo
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Real Red
Accessories: Calypso Coral Ribbon, Dies, Layered Leaves Embossing Folder
Techniques: Shaving Cream

When I'm 64

Who doesn't like the Beatles....I always liked the upbeat melody to "When I'm 64" from the St. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album so I decided to make a card with the number 64.

Paper: Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Vintage Photo Distress

Accessories: Number Die Cuts, Music Embossing Folder

Sea My Horse

One of my favorite watercolor techniques is to wet the paper add lots of color then sprinkle it with course salt, I love the effect that it creates making a perfect background for this little hippocampus.

I cut out a stencil on the Cricut for the seahorse and used three Tim Holtz stencils for the other textured elements. 

Sorry about my photography, I hope you can see the teeny tiny diamonds and pearls that give this image a lovely sparkle. I should have taken the photo before I put it in the frame. I don't think that this will hang around long once my granddaughter sees it.

Paper: Watercolor
Paper Size: A7
Accessories: Texture Paste, Stencils, Tiny Pearls & Diamonds, Glitter Enamel Dot, Course Salt

Techniques: Watercolor Background

Wedding Box and Card

I designed a wedding card to go with a gift box that I also made with the same design and papers.

To make the background design, stamp a flourish stamp all over the card stock in VersaMark and heat set in gold embossing powder. Then add you embellishments.

For this card I applied ModPodge to piece of bleached burlap and let it dry and stiffen, then I die cut the flowers and leaves which were also cut from parchment paper. Added a button with gold thread and some flower stamens.

Stamps: Flourish (unknown)
Paper: Thick Cream, Pink Pirouette
Paper Size: A2
Ink: VersaMark
Accessories: Gold embossing powder, floral stamens, dies, burlap and parchment paper.

Made the base and lid out of kraft paper. Used pink pirouette card stock and stamped with a flourish design in VersaMark and heat set gold embossing powder.

Embellished the box with toile, burlap and parchment paper flowers and leaves, pearls, sequins, pre-made flowers, oh and lots and lots of hot glue strings, lol.

I also made a matching card for this gift box.

Stamps: Flourish (unknown)
Paper: Kraft, Pink Pirouette
Paper Size: 4" square box
Ink: VersaMark
Accessories: Pearls, flowers, button, gold thread, Sequins, die cuts, toile, burlap

Colorful Hugs

Kicked it up a notch and made this bold background. I did several of these watercolor background pieces in different colors.  I decided that this one deserved to be the showcase that it is and off set the framing with Elegant Eggplant and Gold Foil, some gold twine and the word hugs. 

Stamps: Snuggles & Smooches, Perpetual Birthday Calendar, Circle
Paper: Watercolor, Rose Red, Elegant Eggplant, Gold Foil
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Ken Oliver's Color Bursts
Accessories: Lovely Words Die, Frame die, gold embossing powder

Techniques: Color Burst Watercolor

Bouncy Baby Card

The cute little elephant bounces, or wobbles, when you shake the card, or tap it with your finger. Cute card for a First Birthday.

Stamps: CTMH Baby Cakes, SU Little Cuties
Paper: CTMH Baby Cakes, Thick Cream
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Momento Black
Accessories: Action Wobbler, Sequins, Ribbon
Techniques: Interactive Card


I followed a Debby Hughes video tutorial on how to watercolor plaid.  I instantly feel in love with her watercoloring plaid technique. She made it look so easy and it is. Not perfect for sure but I love it. Anyway, this is for my dear friend who is in the middle of Chemotherapy treatment, and I am wishing her success in her treatment.

Stamps: Tranquil Tulips
Paper: Watercolor, Thick White, Gold Foil, So Saffron, Pistachio Pudding
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors, Flirty Flamingo, Pistachio Pudding
Accessories: Sunshine Wishes Die

Techniques: Watercolor Plaid

Gentle Thoughts

This Stampin' Up Garden Collage stamp set is one of the first "used" stamp sets that I purchased from my wonderful  friend, Les.  Les made the most beautiful cards, and the smallest little lapel pens made of leather, she made one for me depicting my little dachshund and I proudly wear it on my crafting apron. Les is gone now, but I think of her everyday that I am crafting, and am so thankful that we met. She sparked the joy of stamping in everyone and this card is made in her memory.

Stamps: SU Garden Collage
Paper: Watercolor, Crushed Curry, Baja Breeze, Thick Cream
Paper Size: A2
Ink: StazOn Black, Watercolors
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Ribbon, Dies

Techniques: Watercolor

Home For Christmas

Inky fingers here, somehow I made a big mess while playing with this technique, but I love all the results and beautiful colors added to my stash of background pieces.

I cut the background piece to form an opening for my sentiment.

Stamps: Jingle All the Way
Paper: Watercolor, Thick White, Silver Foil
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Colorful Seasons and Sleigh Ride, Edge dies, VersaMark, Silver embossing powder

Techniques: Cling Wrap Background


I have had this digital image in my file for a long time, and decided she needed to be inked up. She looks wild and crazy sick, poor thing. I hope she feels better soon.

Stamps: Mo Manning Digital - Sick
Paper: Neenah Solar White Smooth, Mossy Meadow, Pistachio Pudding
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Copics
Accessories: Glitter Enamel Dots, Dies

Techniques: Digital Stamp Printing and Coloring

If I Could Put Time In A Bottle

Ok, maybe not, unless this squiggly fellow is named Time. The background for the tag and octopus was a scrap from another project where I used the scrunched cling wrap watercolor technique. Not wanting to be wasteful, I stamped the bottle in VersaMark and Tranquil Tide ink and heat set in clear embossing powder. With the bit of leftover, I made a tag background.

Stamps: SU Message in a Bottle
Paper: Lemon Lime Twist, Blackberry Bliss, Tranquil Tide, Watercolor
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, Wild Wasabi, VersaMark
Accessories: Copper Trim, Scalloped edge die

Techniques: Cling Wrap Watercolor

Hut, Hut, Hut Beach Huts

I can truly say, "I Love The Beach" I have lived near the Pacific Ocean all my life, and that's a long time, lol. I'm near enough to put my pretty little pedicured toes in the water every day.   I'd love to have one of these cute little beach huts, so I could dash out, stick my toes in the water and dash back, better yet, I'll just continue with my early morning or sundowner walks along the beach.

Stamps: Spyder's Stamps Digital Three Beach Huts, SU Sea Street
Paper: Watercolor, Thick White, Neenah Solar White Smooth
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Watercolors, Copics, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Basic Gray
Accessories: DecoArt Sandstone Texture

Techniques: Fussy Cutting

Meddling In Metal Work

I am no where near a steampunk enthusiast, but loved making this faux metal work with aluminum foil. I picked up the owl stamp at a garage sale a few years back, never thought I'd use it. I applied several colors of acrylic paints along with Iced Spruce Distress Oxide and metallic copper rub.

Stamps: Stampendous Steampunk Owl
Paper: Watercolor, Thick Black, Corrugated
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Distress, Distress Oxide, Watercolor, Acrylics
Accessories: Compass Embossing Folder, Copper Trim

Techniques: Faux Metal Work

Sweet Honey

Stamped the honey pot in VersaMark and black ink and heat set in clear, watercolored and when dry added the Lacquer to the pot and Shimmer Paste to the honey.
Stamped the bees in Staz-On black, colored with watercolor pencils added Nuvo Glitter Clear Glitter Drops to the bee wings and little dash marks for their air trail. Cut out image with stitched dies mounted on a piece of Lost Lagoon card stock.

Stamps: SU Bear Hugs and unknown bee
Paper: Basic Grey Urban Prairie, SU Basic Black, Lost Lagoon, Watercolor
Paper Size: A2
Ink: VersaMark

Accessories: Dimensionals, Krystal Klear Lacquer, Nuvo Shimmer Paste

Thoughts of You

Stamped bird and branch in Momento Ink onto a peice of cardboard egg carton and die cut out with dies. Colored the bird and branch with Copics. Stamped the flowers and sentiment onto Very Vanilla and also cut out with dies.

Stamps: SU Best Birds
Paper: Thick Cream, SU Flirty Flamingo, Kraft Corrugated, Cardboard Egg Carton
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Momento, Copic Markers, SU Flirty Flamingo, Early Expresso

Accessories: Nuvo Glitter Drops, Doily, Dies

Thank You

Paper Piecing in strips is not something I would normally do, but I gave it a try. Still not perfect but I like the elegant looking results using the gold accents to bring out the gold in the dsp.

Stamps: SU Eastern Palace
Paper: Thick Cream, Eastern Palace dsp strips, Gold
Paper Size: A2
Ink: VersaMark
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, Eastern Palace Medallion Dies

Techniques: Paper Piecing

It's A Good Day For A Picnic

Printed the digital image onto watercolor paper and colored with watercolor pencils and a blender pen, added the picnic ants. Stamped the sentiment and used the tiny banner punch for the ends.

Stamps: SU Beetles & Bugs, Digital, CTMH Catch You Later
Paper: Thick White, SU Pacific Point, MFT Gigham, Watercolor
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Basic Black, Pacific Point, Watercolor Pencils
Accessories: Blender Pen, Dimensionals

Techniques: Watercolor

Rainy Days and Mondays

It took me several tries of letting various re-inker colors run down the watercolor paper before I had one that I liked. I went with a simple light two tone that reminded me of drizzly rain on a window pane, thus the window card was born.

I added raindrops and the tiny little flowers to the watercolor piece and framed it with the window die and added a piece of clear acetate. A little crushed curry bow added a little color to match the flowers.

Stamps: SU Weather Together, Beautiful Bouquet
Paper: Thick White, This and That Epic Day dsp,
Paper Size: A2
Ink: SU Smoky Slate, Wisteria Wonder, Early Expresso
Accessories: SU Hearth & Home Die, Clear Acetate

Techniques: Ink Dripping/Running

You Octopi My Thoughts

After watching a Loll Thompson video, I made about a dozen or so ink died tissue paper pieces. I liked this one witht he glitter dots in the paper as it reminded me of an underwater scene.
Mounted the dried tissue paper onto a piece of thick white card stock then stamped with the images. 
I die cut a rectangle from the front of the Pacific Point card stock base and added a clear acetate window sheet , with glue dots I added the aquarium scene and covered the back with another piece of Pacific Point card stock. Stamped, colored and die cut the sentiment and used glue dots to mount it to the front of the aquarium "glass" and card base.

Stamps: SU Message In a Bottle, Magical Mermaid, Sea Street
Paper: Glitter Tissue Paper, SU Pacific Point, Thick White
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Distress Broken China, Peeled Paint, SU Pacific Point, Mossy Meadow, Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Glue Stick, Dies

Techniques: Tissue Paper


Stamped the city scene across the bottom of the watercolor paper in VersaMark and heat set in Smoky Slate Embossing powder and colored with watercolors.
Fussy cut a mask from Post It note paper and masked the skyline, stamped the stars in VersaMark and heat set in Clear embossing powder.
Stamped the pig and sentiment in VersaMark onto watercolor paper and heat set in Blushing Bride embossing powder, colored pig with Powder Pink and fussy cut.
Punched out a 1" circle in watercolor paper, and used Smoky Slate to make a moon.
Mounted on Midnight Muse card stock and a Thick Cream base.

Stamps: SU This Little Piggy, Everyday Hero, Hero Arts Tiny Stars
Paper: Thick Cream, Midnight Muse, Canson Watercolor
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Versamark, Midnight Muse, Powder Pink, Smoky Slate
Accessories: Embossing powders, dimentionsals

Techniques: Masking, Embossing, Fussy Cutting

Orchid Bowl

Started by stamping the orchid flowers in VersaMark and Rich Razzleberry inks and head set with clear embossing powder. Watercolored the blooms with Sweet Sugarplum and Lemon Lime Twist. Die cut the blooms and added dimensionals.
Stamped the background in black.
Die cut two branches from Colorful Seasons and laid out my design. Hand drew and fussy cut out two leaves and 19 wood chips. Cut out a circle of black, and fussy cut into a bowl shape. Ran tape along the back of the bowl and added wood chips. Added the stems and leaves, then the layered flowers.
Stamped the sentiment and mounted on black card stock then the white card base.

Stamps: SU Climbing Orchid, Hello Friend, Six Sided Sampler
Paper: Thick White, Basic Black, Mossy Meadow, Wood Textures dsp
Paper Size: 4" x 9"
Ink: VersaFine, VersaMark, Rich Razzleberry, Lemon Lime Twist, Sweet Sugarplum
Accessories: Orchid and Colorful Seasons dies

Techniques: Fussy Cut

Make A Splash!

Printed the little seal onto Neenah Solar White and colored with Copics. Made his eyes using a small egg die, and white Gelly Roll pen, eyelashes Copic multi-liner 0.3, covered with Krystal Klear Dimensional Lacquer.
Used my kraft knif eto cut slits in the wavy dsp for the bouy and beach ball.

Stamps: Digital, SU Settin' Sail, CTMH Beach Days
Paper: SU By The Shore dsp, Marina Mist, Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight
Paper Size: A2
Accessories: Krystal Klear Dimensional Lacquer

Techniques: Paper Piecing


Stamped the background design from Hello Friend Stamp set in Versamark and heat set in White embossing powder. Stamped the Daisy twice using Versamark and Pool Party and heat set with clear embossing powder. Watercolored daisy with various ink colors. Stamped the leaves in Versamark and Pistachio inks and heat set with clear embossing powder and fussy cut.

Stamps: SU Daisy Delight, Hello Friend
Paper: Canson Watercolor, Thick Cream, Calypso Coral
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Pool Party, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, So Saffron, Early Expresso
Accessories: Daisy Punch, Word Window Punch, Gold Faceted Gems
Techniques: Emboss

Sweet Pea

Stamped the small flower stamp all over the watercolor paper for a background, painted with watercolors. Stamped the Sweet Peas and painted with watercolors when dry cut them out with stitched oval die.

Stamped sentiment onto watercolor paper and die cut with small oval die, stamped the sweet pea and watercolored, adhered with dimensionals.

Flourishes Sweet Pea, Stampin' Up Eastern Beauty and Sprinkles
Paper: Thick Cream, Canson Watercolor, Basic Black
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Staz-On Black, Zig Clean Coor Real Brush Watercolors
Accessories: Oval Dies and Dimensionals
Techniques: Make Your Own Background Paper

Monday, August 7, 2017

I'm A Dragonfly Princess

Woohoo!  I'm a Princess Dragonfly over at Dragonfly Journeys for Challenge No. 97
Thank you Janine for selecting my Pucker Up card from all of the lovely entries 

Join in the fun every week by entering the Dragonfly Journeys Challenges here:  You could be crowned a Princess Dragonfly too!