Monday, June 12, 2017


Sharing a card I made for the current monthly Paper Smooches challenge which is Men this time.

My card isn't very 'Manly', but definitely for the Guys. I've used the Paper Smooches stamp set called Party Pose, and colored the cute turtle with my Spectrum markers and fussy cut him out. I've also used the PS birch tree dies, and for the grass under them the foliage dies, just cutting the tops off the leaves.

I used some retired SU papers for the background, and stamped the 'dude' from the PS Word Salad set, trimmed to a banner and added some dots to continue the sentiment into the inside.

These sentiments are all in the Party Pose set, and I added a funny strip of balloon paper. Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Pastel Card Set

Sharing a card set I made following the current Joy Clair challenge.


I went with the pastel colors, and used the Joy Clair stamp set called Hugs & Smiles. I stamped the corner flower image with ink matching the cardstock color. Then I went over it again with white ink, and stamped it a little off from the original image to give a bit of a shadow look. All the cards are made this way, and I stamped different sentiments on each.

A quick card set to make, and a perfect little gift. Thanks so much for your visit!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Happy Heart

Sharing a card I made for the current Your Next Stamp challenge following their sketch:

I've used the YNS stamp set called Happy Heart. I inked it with YNS Black Olive ink, and colored only the heart with my Spectrum markers. I die cut it out with YNS stitched circle dies, and backed it with my favorite YNS papers, Hugs & Kisses. The sentiment is from the same set, and I went with a brown ink, and punched the ends into a banner.

A sweet card for any occasion. Thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Charcoal Coloring

This card was inspired by the Try It On Tuesday challenge, which is Feathered Friends. I have many bird stamps, but decided to use this one from the Unity May kit of the month. I also wanted to do some coloring with charcoal.

I have an inexpensive drawing paper pad made by Mead, and it works great with the charcoal. It isn't real smooth, but that just adds some texture as well. Here is a photo of the first bird I colored:

This is a very 'open' image, so you can add many or less details that you wish. I die cut the bird panel out with a stitched rectangle die from C.C. Designs. It isn't glued down yet, I was still deciding on some embellishments and sentiment.

I shared this on the Unity Show and Tell Facebook group, and the Girls there just loved it. I think I may just frame this whole card so it is out on display.

Thank you for visiting! 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Distress and Oxides

Sharing these tags I made last night following the techniques from artist Jolande from the Netherlands. She is visiting the U.S. this week at Unity Stamp Co. On their Facebook page, they have been doing live videos with her as she shows her mixed media techniques. I've always admired her work, and the stamps that I have used on these are hers and Marleen's images available from Unity.

The tag on the left uses Distress Oxide inks only. They blend very well together, and have a lighter look than the original Distress. I clear embossed the flower, heart, and sentiment.

The tag on the right uses regular Distress ink, much brighter color, but harder for me to blend well. The flower and sentiment are clear embossed, and I used black Versafine ink. The swirly circles were inked with Distress then clear embossed.

I did not use any water on either tag, I wanted just a full blended background. One thing to remember is to dry your ink layers as you go. Otherwise, you will end up embossing the whole tag. 

If your interested in seeing Jolande's work, visit the Unity Stamp Co's Facebook page, and watch the videos. love her! :)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hello Hello!

Playing with my dies again, I created this colorful background following the Your Next Stamp color challenge:

I die cut several colors from the YNS Hello die. I played around with the arrangement a bit, and decided with this cascading pattern. I ran the die cuts through my Xyron sticker maker to make it a little quicker to put down, rather than using my glue pen. After that was done, I die cut three more words in Melon Mambo, and glued them all together and made a stacked sentiment right in the center. The photo doesn't show the color well, but it is a brighter pink. And to add in yellow, I used Daffodil Delight card for the base.

Thank you for visiting!

Die Cut Background

This card was inspired from the monthly Paper Smooches challenge, which this time is flowers.

I decided to create a background made from die cuts. I used the PS dies Single Rose and Foliage 2. I die cut several pieces, arranged them, then glued them down to the Very Vanilla layering piece. From Soft Sky card stock, I die cut the PS Duo Die 1 for the frame. I die cut another rose and trimmed off the leaves and glued it to the outer frame.

I stamped the sentiment from the PS Lovely Thoughts to the inner part of the frame in a darker blue ink, glued it down, and attached the outer frame with foam tape. The card base is the same light blue card, but I sponged all around it with the blue ink.

Thanks so much for visiting!