Friday, March 31, 2017

You are loved

2 weeks ago I found out one of my very dear friends has dementia. She's 53 years young. 53!!  I made this card for her to cheer her up. I hope it does the trick!!

I stamped the flamingos in pink ink, doing the no-line coloring technique. No-line coloring = means you don't use black ink to stamp your image in. You use a lighter ink, therefore, you don't see a line and then you color your image with whatever color you want. These flamingos I stamped in a very light pink ink and then I watercolored them in a darker shade of pink (Spectrum Aqua markers). I made a mask for the sunset and then watercolored around the sun using Tim Holtz distress inks. I sponged the sun using TH distress inks too.

I am entering it in the following challenges:

Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes

Flamingo stamp by Stampin Up
Sentiment by Unity Stamps

You can count on me

Aurora Wings - Sketch 46A

Owl stamp by Unity Stamps
Sentiment by Right at Home
Die cut by Gina Marie Designs

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hippity Hoppity Easter's on its way

Cards und More - Easter
Sweet Stampers - Easter
Lil' Red Wagon - Hippity Hoppity
Crafting by Design - Happy Easter
The Paper Shelter - Easter

Easter bunny by Whipper Snapper

Happy Happy Birthday

CAS on Sunday - Sentiment only
Catch the Bug - March color challenge

I decided to try this sketch by Reverse Confetti for this card. I can't enter it into their challenge because I don't have any of their stamps. But I found it to be an interesting challenge.

Sentiment by Unity Stamps

Bugaboo sketch

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Nail Polish Marbeling

Alphabet Challenge - Anything with Wings
Crafty Friends - Starts with B ... Bird
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes

Check out this neat technique. It's called Nail Polish Marbling and I came across it on the Reverse Confetti blog. It's neat to see what backgrounds you come up with.

Reverse Confetti - Nail Polish Marbling

(Besides the nail polishing smell, I really like this final look)

Stamp by Stampin Up 

Llama in the clouds

Kraftin' Kimmie - Keep your head in the clouds

Llama by Impression Obsession
Clouds by Unity Stamps

I just got this cloud stamp by Unity Stamps from my good friend Angie and when I saw this challenge I knew I had to ink it up and use it. What would I put with it?  A llama, of course! LOL I colored the llama using my Tombow markers and water.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

I am sending this Mother's Day card to my aunt in Cincinnati. She's like a 2nd mom to me and she has 2 grandchildren, a boy and girl, and this image reminds me of them (even though they are in high school now).

Catch the Bug - Sketch 506
Glitter 'N' Sparkle - Mothers Day
Hiding in my Craft Room - Any Holiday

Stamp by: Paperbag Studio

I miss you

Addicted to CAS - Seaside

Stamps by Unity

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hope it won't take too long to recover

I am sending this to a friend of a friend who is battling breast cancer.

Creative Corner - For the Dogs
Colour Crazy Craft - Anything Goes
Making Memories Crafting - Add some Layers

Stamps by Impression Obsession

So this past weekend I decided to organize my stamps, my dies, and my embossing folders. I have tried downloading it all onto the Evernote app in the past and got NOWHERE.  Well, I actually found a very helpful you tube video right here. And she made it super simple and I got a lot entered. Now I need to add my ink pads, markers, watercolor paints, and I will be all set :).

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Being sick just stinks

I am sending this to a friend who recently fell and broke her wrist. I'm writing on the inside "Having your hand in a splint just stinks" but didn't have that saying in a stamp. LOL  Her cat is multi-colored so I tried doing it in 2 different grays.

City Crafter - Through the Window
Freshly Made Sketches - Sketch #280
As You Like It - Favorite Coloring Medium (My favorite way to color is watercolors. I love how relaxing it is and I always love the end results)

Cat stamp by Whipper Snapper
Sentiment by Inkadinkado

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Stamping on acetate

It's not often I stamp on acetate but when I saw this challenge at Little Red Wagon, I had to try it. I used Staz-On ink to stamp the flower and the sentiment with. Then I colored it with my Copics and let it dry.  What do you think?

Little Red Wagon - It's Clear to Me
Mod Squad - Plant Kindness
Aud Sentiments - Any Sentiment but Birthday

Stamps by Unity Stamps

Sorry Friend. I wish I could make everything better.

I am sending this to a friend who's having a tough time.

Try it on Tuesday - Lady in Red
Addicted to Stamps - Clean and Simple
Aud Sentiments - Sentiment
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Cards und More - Kids/Children

Stamps by Unity Stamps

Friday, March 24, 2017


I love everything watercolor. So this week when I saw a you tube video on these Spectrum Aqua markers, I knew I had to have them. They come in 4 sets and my Hobby Lobby only carries 2 of the 4 sets. I bought one set, tried them out, then went back and got the 2nd set. Now I want the last 2 sets. I have to have all 48 colors, right?  They are very similar to Tim Holtz watercolor markers since they have a fine tip on one tip and a coloring tip on the other end.

I colored the marker onto my craft sheet and then dipped a watercolor brush in water and colored this image. I added some washi tape to the top of the card and voila, all done!! Easy peasy!

Less is More - Washi tape
Cute Card Thursday - Spring Fever
Through the Purple Haze - Springtime
Fab 'n' Funky - Flowers
Inky Chicks - Flowers

Stamp by Unity Stamps

Spectrum Aqua Markers

Thank You (you sly fox)

Stamps by Unity Stamps

Shopping Our Stash - Forest Friends
Tuesday Morning Sketch - Sketch
Crafting When We Can - Add Circles

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Miss You

This dog set is the newest dog set from Hero Arts. I made this for a friend who I haven't seen in a few months. Before putting the embossing folder through my Big Kick machine, I rubbed distress ink on top (3 different colors) and then put it through the machine. I really like this effect.

Creative Corner - For the Dogs

Stamps by Hero Arts
Paw Print embossing folder by Marianne Designs

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wishing you a wonderful birthday

Kraftin' Kimmy - Wings
The Crazy Challenge - Men
A Gem of a Challenge - Boys Birthday

Sometimes I struggle making masculine cards. This beach scene is perfect for a man's card. I stamped it onto watercolor paper, then sponged some Tim Holtz blue ink onto it. I made a mask for the sunrise and inked that up with yellow and orange ink. For the sentiment, I embossed the saying onto black cardstock and used white embossing powder. I am going to give this to my daughter's boyfriend who turns 26 in a couple of months.

Beach scene by Technique Junkie
Sentiment by Unity Stamps

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

With the right flip flops ...

Is this not the CUTEST flamingo ever????  I would love to be just floating in an inner tube right now at the beach!! LOL

Crafty Catz - Touch of pink
Kitty Bee Designs - Wings
Morgan's Art World - Include a sentiment
Come and Get It - Anything Goes

Flamingo and sentiment by Great Impressions
"Sun" by Impression Obsession

Monday, March 20, 2017

Congratulations Graduate!

I have LOTS of washi tape and I love to use it on my envelopes before I mail my card.  For some reason, I struggle when it comes to putting it on a card.  When I saw this washi tape challenge, I had to make something. I know it's a bit early to think "graduation" but I do have a godchild graduating this year from high school so I thought why not make it now.

Less is More - Washi tape
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes

Graduation die by Impression Obsession
Sentiment by Tim Holtz
Washi tape found at Michael's
This is my stash of washi tape. I love the stuff!
And I always buy cute new ones
when I see them :).

Thank You with Newsprint

Sending Paw Prints - Thank You with Newsprint
Creative Corner - For the Dogs

Dog stamp by Hero Arts
"Thanks" sentiment by Unity Stamps
Dog newsprint printed online

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Keep your face to the sunshine

4 years ago next week, we lost my husband's daughter to "sepsis". It was a shock to our whole family as it just happened so fast and out of the blue. She left behind a daughter and a son and I am sending this card to her daughter Amber. It's always a rough week for us each year and we miss her so much!!

I saw a card using this stamp and I was determined to find it, as it had retired. I found it on Ebay and I had to buy it. I've had it for a couple of years but always had a tough time getting a good crisp image. It's a clear stamp set so it just doesn't stamp that great UNTIL I tried it with Versafine ink. I had to touch up the bottom a little bit with a black Copic marker but I don't even see that I did it.

I hope this card brings a smile to Amber's face :).

This is perfect for the challenge at Addicted to CAS - Seaside
Come and Get It - Anything Goes

Stamps by Technique Tuesday

Birthday wishes for the cat lover

Seize the Birthday - Black and White and one other color (red)
Through the Purple Haze - Anything Goes

Stamp by Technique Junkie

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Flamingo sketch

Stamps & Fun Sketch #297

Stamps & Fun = Creativity - Sketch #297
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Cards 4 Gals - Pretty In Pink

Stamp by Stampin Up

Friday, March 17, 2017

Change is a good thing

Pile it On - Humor/Puns
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - Green
HeARTful Stamping - Green
The Paper Players - Green and white
Crafting by Design - For a Man
The Crazy Challenge - Masculine

Stamps by Unity Stamps

Thursday, March 16, 2017

For the Birthday Boy

Crafty Friends - For a Child
Hiding in my Craft Room - Super Scraps
As you Like It - Your Favorite Stamp and why (I love love love Whipper Snapper stamps. They have a wonderful variety of stamps and they are top quality!)

Dog by Whipper Snapper
Sentiment by Unity Stamps

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Thanks with newsprint

Sometimes you try a challenge that you're not too sure how it will look with the end result. This card was definitely a challenge but I really love the newsprint backdrop. I googled "dog newsprint" and printed this out.

Sending Paw Prints - Thank You with newsprint
QKR Stampede - Thank You
Allsorts - Girls

Stamped image by Eat Cake Graphics
"Thanks" sentiment by Unity Stamps
Newsprint printed from online

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Pleasures of life are simple, just add water

I am posting another image I watercolored by Art Impressions. It's in a frame that sits on my desk. I really need to make more and give them as gifts. It makes me happy when I look at it :).

Art Impressions - Watercolor
Stamping Sensations - Close to Nature
Sweet Stampin' - Anything but Birthday

Stamp by Art Impressions
Watercolors by Tombow markers

Monday, March 13, 2017

It's almost time to put out my hummingbird feeder

Here in NC, I put out my hummingbird feeder on April 1st. We usually see hummingbirds shortly after that.

Catch the Bug - Birds, Bees, Butterflies
Kitty Bee Designs - Wings
Pattie's Creations - Wings
Cute Card Thursday - Mothers/Ladies
Come and Get It - Wings

Stamps by Local King Rubber Stamps
Colored with Tombow markers

Sunday, March 12, 2017

You are a flamingo in a flock of pigeons

We woke up to about 2" of snow this morning and it's already melting! :).

Little Red Wagon - Plaids and Polka Dots
Pattie's Creations - Wings
Come and Get It - Wings
Cards in Envy - Keep it Simple

You're the Best

I really love this sketch!!  At first, I wasn't too sure about it but once I got everything put in place, I love how it came out!! I think I am going to give this to my hubby for our anniversary.

Digital image by Mo's Digital
Sentiment by Unity Stamps
Visit the Paper Craft Crew and play along with Sketch Challenge 234. #pcc2017 #sketch #papercraftcrew

Paper Craft Crew - Sketch
Mo's Digital - Anything Goes
CCEE Stampers - Bubbles
Little Red Wagon - Plaids & Polka Dots

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Sympathy card

I always have a hard time coming up with sympathy cards. I actually CASED this card from this blog, because I really loved how it came out. I just decided to make mine a sympathy card. What do you think? Does it need anything else?

For the blue monochrome look, I inked up my Tombow markers and colored directly onto an acrylic block (using 3 different blues), sprayed with water and inked directly onto the watercolor paper. Let it dry before I stamped my birds.

Star Stampz - Monochrome
Stamps and Stencils - Birds
Inkspirational - Watercolor Smooshing
Sweet Stampin' - Anything But Birthday

Sympathy verse by Technique Junkie
Bird stamp by Repeat Impressions

Friday, March 10, 2017

Hippity Hoppity Easter's on its way!

Addicted to Stamps - Pastel colors
Dragonfly Dreams - Girly with die cut
Pink and Main - Spring
{PIN}spirational - Sketch
Aud Sentiments - Easter
C.R.A.F.T. - Easter/Spring

Stamps by Eat Cake Graphics
"Bunny ears" diecut by Poppy Stamps

{PIN}spirational sketch