Wednesday, May 17, 2017

My Favorite Things Wildflowers Stencil - 2 Different Ways To Use It

Hi Everybody,

Today I wanted to make something really bright, happy, cheery so I decided to play with a stencil from My Favorite Things called Wildflowers.  Lately I've been busier than usual so it seems hard to find time to sit down and color and make a card with a bunch of masked flowers.  The good thing about using this stencil and watercolor is that you don't have to mask.  I used several Tim Holtz Distress Inks and sponged ink on the stencil, moving it around, using post it tape to cover parts I had already done.  I completely covered some parts and some I skipped over some of the leaves, stems, etc, so as to not cover and make it look masked.

I used this stencil a couple years ago but there was space between the flowers.  I like the look of them all bunched together, don't you?

Which way do you like best?  This stencil is so versatile, I love it!  I could've diluted this more with water but I liked the brightness.

Supplies Used Today's Card:

  • Recollections 110# white card stock for base, Gina K Designs Sweet Mango card stock, Tim Holtz watercolor paper
  • My Favorite Things Wildflowers Stencil
  • Casual Friday Stamps, Pretty Posies (sentiment)
  • Hero Arts Stamp and Die Set, Happy, for the embossed dots
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks:  Abandoned Coral, Squeezed Lemonade, Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Seedless Preserves, Mowed Lawn
  • Memento Ink, Dandelion
  • Stampendous Detail Fine Gold Embossing Powder
  • Paper Accents Vellum, Variety Assorted Pack (I used light yellow)
  • Sponge Daubers
  • Post It Tape
The stamp set used in the second card is from Technique Tuesday called Appreciated.  

I hope you'll try this stencil, it's so much fun just to move it around and play.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Flaunt It Butterfly Card - Just For Fun

Hi Everybody,

I just wanted to share a card with you that I made today.  I used a cute stamp set by Hampton Arts called Lift Me Up.  One of the sentiments in the set is, If you got it, flaunt it.  Oh my, this is so perfect for a person I have in mind.  I love buying stamp sets in which I don't already have the sentiments, such as this one.

I embossed the butterfly with white WOW embossing powder and used Zig Real Brush Markers to color it.  I didn't give it much thought as to where the colors would go, I just had fun with it.  I used a chevron stencil as the background inked up with Memento London Fog ink.  The stencil I used is from My Favorite Things called One Way Chevron.  The sentiment is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  Remember to heat set this ink if you aren't going to put embossing powder over it.  I got in a hurry and almost smeared it.  I finished the card off with some clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and a couple of white glitter enamel dots and Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen over butterfly.  The card stock I used is from Gina K Designs, Ocean Mist.

I also embossed another butterfly with Stampendous Detail Fine Gold Embossing Powder.  I am loving gold here lately.  I also used Zig Markers on this one and I'll make a card with it as well.

I love that this stamp set comes with a die to cut out the butterfly.  Bye Bye fussy cutting lol!!  I actually do have a Scan n' Cut and am embarrassed to say I don't use it.  The Scan n' Cut will eliminate fussy cutting.

I guess this butterfly is 'zentangle' ??  I have never colored anything like this so I wanted to give it a try.  Now I can appreciate when someone colors an entire coloring book page filled with zentangle designs.  It does take a little while to color but is so much fun.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Watercolor Background Tutorial

Hi Everybody,

Yesterday I posted a card with directions on how I made it, here's a link to that post.  Today I'm showing the same type card but with step by step pictures.  I used an Avery Elle stamp set called I'm Late.  How cute is this snail?  No one can be upset with you if you send a cute belated card like this.

You can do paper piecing if you want the image to stand out a little more from the background like I am showing here.  I think I'll paper piece the hat too.

You can use watercolor paints to paint the image so it will stand out from the background and you can also color with Copics if you use Frisket first.  I made a tutorial on how to do this HERE. (It's kind of a long post)

You can use a large block or your craft mat like you see here in the brown. 

You just dab ink on your block or your mat.  You can always add more color later.  You can spritz the ink and lay down your watercolor paper on top of the spritzed ink colors.  Kristina Werner made a video where she took a piece of acetate and dabbed it in a specific color and 'smooched' it on her watercolor paper exactly where she wanted it to go so her entire piece of paper was not covered like mine is.

I did not spritz my ink on the block first.  You can do it first or after your colors are on the paper. So next I laid down my watercolor paper on top of the block and pressed.  You can move it around as well.  It doesn't matter, you just want the paper to be covered with ink.

This is what it looked like.  I put more ink down and dabbed my paper 
on the ink where it needed more.

So now it's covered enough that when I spritz it I'll have ink on the entire piece of paper.

Spritz it and just let it do it's thing.  I moved the paper around to let the ink flow down the paper different ways.  You cannot mess this up so don't be afraid to play and have fun with it.  You can also use a paint brush and move the paint around if you want some control over it.  

When your paper is covered, heat set it.

Then stamp your image/sentiments and cut it down to size.  

I hope that helps.  If you have any questions, you can ask me here in the comments, send me a note on FB or email me at

Remember, there are various ways to get watercolor backgrounds so play and do what you want, it will be beautiful no matter which way you do it.

Oh, one more thing....  Happy Mother's Day to all of my Mommy friends out there.  I hope you enjoy your special day.  I'm a Mommy to a fur baby named Barney.  Isn't he cute?  He's half Pointer, half English Springer Spaniel, smartest dog I've ever had.  He looks at me like this when I'm working on cards.  How am I supposed to get anything done?  In a previous post I said how he can't get up and down the stairs well anymore, he's 11, so I moved a table downstairs and my card supplies so I'm sitting in a corner of the family room.  He is more important at this point than a craft room to me.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Watercolor Background with Ink Smooshing

Hi Everybody,

I made a quick card yesterday with the intent of putting it into a challenge using 6 things on the card and then I realized I used the wrong company's stamps.  I really like how it turned out.  I think what I did to the background is called ink smooshing.  I saw it done a couple years ago in a Kristina Werner video and thought it was cool.  Kristina took a piece of acetate and dabbed it in her spritzed ink and then dabbed it on her watercolor paper where she wanted it to go.  I just let mine run wild :)

I wanted the background to have some yellow, green and light blue in it.  I really meant it to have more green and blue and just a touch of yellow but when you're working with watercolor, sometimes it doesn't work out exactly like you planned but that's the cool thing about watercolor.

You can either use a large acrylic block or your craft mat and put down different colors of distress inks however you want, put one color in a few places, the next color in a few places but don't let them touch when you put the colors down.  You can either spritz the inks and then put your watercolor paper down on it working the inks in or in my case, I put them on a block, laid the watercolor paper down on the inks and if I felt I needed a little more of a color I inked the block and put the paper down in the area I needed more color and then I spritzed the watercolor paper and just let it run down the paper however it wanted and when I got color all over, I used a heat gun to dry it.

I used Tim Holtz Twisted Citron, Fossilized Amber and Tumbled Glass ink colors.  I wanted there to be more Tumbled Glass but it didn't happen that way but I still think it turned out really pretty.

I used Altenew's Botanical Gardens stamp set and masked the flower to add the butterfly on top and then heat embossed the flower, butterfly and sentiment with Stampendous Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.

I took the plunge and added some little black paint droplets.  I think it added a little something something to it.  I used my Tim Holtz Splatter Tool finally to do this.  I finished it off with some gold sequins.  The sentiments on the front and inside are from Casual Friday Stamps, Pretty Posies.

So if you don't have a lot of time, don't have time to color, this is a great way to have a fun background and have your stamped images colored in as well.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Friday, May 12, 2017

One More Mother's Day Tulle Shaker Window Card

Hi Everybody,

My most recent post showed a card I made from Jennifer McGuire's video on Tulle Shaker Window Cards.  Here's a link to that post and it has a link to her video,

I made a second one using a yellow card stock by Gina K Designs called Sweet Corn and I embossed the sentiments in gold. I finished the card up and discovered there was a HOLE in the TULLE!!  Luckily the hole wasn't very big and it was near the edge of the window.  Well, guess what, I fixed it!  I can't believe I was able to save this card.  I put 3 layers of 1/4" scor-tape going different directions over the hole, then I placed a large foam square over the scor-tape and then placed a large flower over that.  So, learn from me my little grasshoppers lol.

I know people always say you can always fix a mistake on a card somehow but a hole in tulle??  I never thought I would be able to fix that. 

For my card today with the gold embossing, I used the stamp set from Casual Friday Stamps called Pretty Posies.   I inked up the flowers with Tim Holtz inks, Ripe Persimmon, Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber.  The leaves are inked with Tim Holtz, Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn.  I used Stampendous Detail Gold Embossing Powder. Supply list for second card is on my previous post, link at top of this one.  

I hope you liked my cards and my fix for a hole in tulle.  I hope you'll try to make this card, it is a lot of fun for sure!  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Jennifer McGuire's Tulle Window Shaker Card for Mother's Day

Hi Everybody,

It's time to make Mother's Day cards and when I saw Jennifer McGuire's video on Tulle Shaker Cards, I knew I wanted to try it.  They are so fun to make.  You would think the tulle wouldn't be strong enough to hold the sequins but there is a double layer and it does.  Here's my card....  at first I thought I messed up by stamping the sentiment instead of embossing it but the more I looked at it, I think it wouldn't stand out as much if embossed in white, gold, etc.  There is a nice contrast between the kraft card stock and the beautiful colors of the flowers and sequins and in the sentiment.

This was my first attempt.  I really love the die that Jennifer McGuire used but I don't have that one and of course, it's sold out because everyone wanted it after watching her video, so I used something similar.  I love how you can see through the tulle to the inside of the card too.

Supply List:

  • Gina K Designs Kraft Card Stock, the lighter color is from Close To My Heart, not sure of the name
  • Altenew Botanical Garden Stamp Set (flowers), some of the leaves are from Casual Friday Stamps, Pretty Posies
  • Inside Sentiment, Heartfelt Expressions Stamp Set by Heartfelt Creations
  • Front Sentiment by I Brake For Stamps
  • Memento Expresso Truffle Ink
  • Spellbinders Big Scallop Circles Large ( I used the 3rd one down from the largest)
  • White Tulle (it doesn't matter where you buy it, mine is cheap from Joann's)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, and Fossilized Amber
  • WOW White Embossing Powder
  • Pearlized Spritz made with Perfect Pearls and Water
  • Scor-Tape 1/4"
  • Sequins, Kat Scappiness White Butterfly Confetti, Spring Heart Confetti, 6mm and 8mm Clear Hearts and I used a pack of yellow and pink ones from Virginia Turtle
I would explain how to make this but Jennifer's link is above and she of course, can do it much better than I can.

I'm going to play around with recording videos and starting a YouTube channel if I can pull it off without sounding ridiculous so I will let you know if this happens.  I love to do tutorials on my blog and post step by step pictures but it's much easier to show you so I hope I can do videos in the near future.  Videos are much more fun to watch anyway!

I hope I inspired you to make a tulle window card.  It's really not hard.  

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great day!


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Snarky Chicken Sayings Birthday Card

Hi Everybody,

I made a card for a friend's birthday.   I know some of you won't like this card but there are some stamps that are just right for certain people.  This is one of those stamp sets and cards....

I used the Snarky Chicken Sayings Stamp Set by Gina Marie Designs Stamps and also Stampin' Up Hey Chick Stamp Set.  I used Stampin' Up Playful Backgrounds stamp set for because doesn't that look like feathers?  I thought so.

The first thing I usually reach for is a flower stamp set when I make friend birthday cards but some people prefer people and animal stamps or humorous/snarky themed cards.  I just make what I think will appeal to the recipient.

Supplies Used:

  • Recollections 110# white card stock for base
  • Stampin' Up Watermelon Wonder card stock
  • Stampin' Up Hey Chick and Playful Backgrounds Stamp Sets 
  • Gina Marie Designs Stamps, Snarky Chicken Sayings Stamp Set
  • Copic Markers, to color chicken
  • Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen
  • Abandoned Coral, Tim Holtz Distress Ink
  • Versafine Black Onyx Ink
  • Zing Chestnut Embossing Powder (for the butt nuggets lol)
  • Pretty Pink Posh, Clear Sequins
  • Close To My Heart, Coral Reef Sequins
  • Stampin' Up Fine Tip Glue Pen
  • Tombo Mono Dot Runner Adhesive
I have to say that I am really liking this Stampin' Up Fine Tip Glue Pen.  It's awesome for small things such as sequins.  

I would love to know what you think about snarky stamp sets, do you use them?  Again, I pick and choose who I make cards for using sets such as this.  

Did I inspire you to pull out your humorous/snarky stamp sets?  Make a friend laugh!  The flowers will be there for the next one.  :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Ombre' Emboss Resist Thank You Card

Hi Everybody,

I haven't posted anything in a few days BUT I have a pretty good excuse... I got married!  Woo Hoo! We had the wedding at home with only our parents there and it was so special.  I know it meant a lot to them.  My now husband, Richie, used to be on a BBQ team so we had BBQ and the fixin's, sausage balls that are amazing from a local coffee shop.  They aren't 'balls'.  I was intrigued by them when I first discovered them because they roll them out on a sheet and cut them into rectangle pieces. Because they aren't balls, they aren't as hard, packed as tight, really amazing.  We had cheesecake, red velvet cup cakes and mini brownies for desserts.  We are going to have a reception later on and will have cake, champagne, etc., but this was perfect for this day.

 I wanted to share a few pics with you.  Our parents were the photographers so these are just amateur pics lol.  Richie made DIY curtain panels from canvas drop cloths.  You can see I only had time to steam the left side lol.  We made an 'alter' by using a sofa table and candles.  A Baptist Preacher performed the ceremony.

I couldn't think of what kind of card to make the Preacher so I think the technique that Jennifer McGuire showed a few months back with the Ombre' Embossed Backgrounds are a safe bet for any occasion card.  His favorite colors are red and blue for the Ole Miss Rebels football team, here in Mississippi.

I used a Red Rubber Stamps Leaves Background stamp with Wow White Embossing Powder.  I sponged with Faded Jeans Tim Holtz Distress Ink, dark to light, bottom to top.  The Thank You die is from Spellbinders Phrase Set 2.  The red enamel dots are from Eyelet Outlet.

We have a really long porch so this worked out well.  There are lots of trees so we had privacy.  I don't think the neighbors would be able to see us out their windows with binoculars lol.

I just wore a simple dress.  I completely forgot about a bouquet.  Richie had bought 4 bunches of flowers and I thought they were to put around the house but he bought them to pick and choose flowers for the bouquet.  He knows I love bright color flowers, especially orange Gerbera Daisies. Somebody said you are supposed to take pics with the bouquet under the rings so that's what we did.
I just wanted to share my day with you, the wedding took place April 28th.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!