Tuesday, July 28, 2015


I'm taking the latest Online Card Class - Background Check.  Yesterday we learned backgrounds using inks and watercolors, nothing really new that I haven't done before. But it's always interesting to see what approach the instructors take.  Today it was backgrounds via stamping.  This card is the result of Kristina's lesson using pigment and dye inks.

The stamps are from Club Scrap - Neon Doodles and the sentiment is Stampin' Up.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Unity Stamps - hummingbird

Hello!  I'm back... I've been away for a bit as my daughter had a baby at the end of June!  My first grandchild, a beautiful baby girl Katelyn Grace!  Much excitement for the family and I was down at her house helping her out for a couple weeks after her c-section.

I recently signed up for Unity's Stamp of the Week and the first stamp set I got was this great hummingbird and saying.  The first card I water-colored with some UsARTQuest Pearl Ex-Press watercolors. They are interference colors and I thought they would be perfect for a hummingbird, I think the iridescence shows up better in real life!

The second card I used my INKtense watercolor pencils and then added a bit of clear Wink of Stella pen to give parts of it some shimmer.

It's good to be back creating, but I miss my little sweetheart!

*Linking up to Unity's Friends with Flair for Fridays!

Thursday, June 04, 2015


Today I tried some water-coloring for the 30 day coloring challenge.  I heat embossed the otter with Versamark and white embossing powder then water colors from the Koi Watercolor set were used to color the cute guy!

Inside the sentiment reads "to my significant otter" - hee hee.
I'm using this for Unity Stamps Friends With Flair  challenge also.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Copic Coloring

Ever trying to improve upon my Copic coloring skills I tried a few things I learned along the blog hop today.
The large flower is colored completely with Copic markers.  For the yellow flowers I stamped in Stampin' Up  Daffodil Delight dye ink and did the shading with a Copic marker.  I used a grey Copic to shade the leaves that were die cut form green cardstock.

Papers: stampin' up
Stamps: Stampin' Up Secret Garden (with matching dies)
Hello die: The Stamps of Life
Copic Markers

thanks for dropping by!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Craft Brew

A Wheat beer....
and a Porter!

Just got some new stamps and dies from PaperTrey Ink called Craft Brew.  Love the glasses and all the fun labels to create.  These are the first cards I've made, using cards from the designers as my inspiration.  I'm looking forward to these sets for making more masculine cards for my stash.

I need to search my stamps for an orange slice so I can make a Blue Moon! The foam on the Porter is made with felt!  I'm pretty sure that's a Deschutes Black Butte Porter in that glass....

Saturday, May 09, 2015


There are so many things I want to try with my new Stampin' Up Basic Butterflies and the coordinating dies.  

First Up I wanted to try a monochromatic look and some resist.  I embossed the fern with white embossing powder and then stamped and sponged on top of that.

The second card I attempted trying the bokeh technique, usually something you see in photography but I wanted to try it on a card background.  I sponged a few colors on white cardstock, then used a homemade circle template to make the various circle images with white craft ink.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

"Splat" challenge

This month the card sketch over at PaperArtistsOnline is more of a technique challenge. Using splashes & splats of ink or paint.  So I got out my Stampin Up Gorgeous Grunge set that hasn't seen much use since I got it a couple months ago.  I stamped the various splotches and splats using Distress Inks and spritzing with water.  I like how it turned out and am ready to try more!