Sunrise Warrior

This is the second in a series of cards featuring Little Blue Button digital stamps. I’m not going to lie, I love inking up a stamp and coloring it in but there is real convenience in being able to resize images, crop them, and even change them. This is one of two cards using the same digital stamp, this one is in the original form, but for the edited image, click here.

To make this card I printed the digital image on 80lb card stock and again on masking paper, which I used to cover the image prior to ink blending the background. I wanted a dawn sky – all those beautiful pinks and purples. I tested my sky color transition on a scrap piece of card stock, which I ended up using to die cut hearts and stars to add to the background. To add ‘rays of light’ to the background I used a white pigment ink and masked off strips of sky to create the shape.

Once the background was complete I colored in the little girl with copic markers and added a sentiment strip using Mama Elephant stamps.

Thanks for stopping by!

You Are Wonderful

Hi! I guest designed for a stamp company called Little Blue Button this month. They specialize in a wide variety of cute digital stamps. I like to use a free software package called FireAlpalca when I manipulate (resize, flip, etc.) digital stamps and that is exactly what I did with these images. I also, printed the images twice – once on 80lb yardstick and again on sticky paper to create a mask.

I like one layer cards and often resort to masking my images like I did here and using ink to create a background. This background is made using distress oxide ink, which I must say, I am a huge fan. To keep my card from being fussy I did not color the blue bells, instead focusing attention to the little fairy. The sentiment was added using a stamp set from Mama Elephant – I find these ‘type’ written sentiments super-versatile.

That finishes my card – thank you for stopping by!

Bella Parodi – tag

Hi!  This is my final project for Bella Parodi and I wanted to leave you with a cute tag using Denise Rabbit digital stamp!  For more sweet digi stamps check out Bella’s shop here!


To make this tag I printed the Denise rabbit on Neenah card stock and colored her in with copic markers.  After fussy cutting her out, I “painted” the edges with a black marker.  Using patterned paper I die cut a polaroid frame, grass and clouds out.  I attached them to a tag made from craft card stock.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for other projects using Bella Parodi digital stamps click here or here!

Bella Parodi – Bunny in Pencil

Hello again! This is my third post as the April Bella Parodi guest designer.   As soon as I saw this digital stamp I was immediately inspired with several ways to use it.   I just love the results you can get using colored pencils on kraft card stock – it takes this card in a completely different direction!

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I’m using the same digital stamp I used for my first guest post, which I’m showing below so you can see what a difference using a new medium can make! To find out more on how I created the first card, click here.

To make this card I printed out the digital stamp on Neenah card stock in ‘desert storm’. I changed the print color settings so that I’d get a light gray rendering of the digi stamp instead of black, allowing me to do ‘no line’ coloring. Then the fun began! Using my prismacolor colored pencils I started with my darkest pencil color for each object I IMG_1743colored in and laid down color in the shadows using light pressure. Next, I’d take my mid-tone(s) and build up the color over the shadow and moving towards the center of each object to create ‘roundness’ for each shape. Finally, using my lightest color, with that same light pressure, I’d color in the highlight of each object. I repeated this process several times for each object, increasing the pressure of my pencil each time until I filled in the ‘tooth’ of the page.

If you’re interested in re-creating this look here are the colors I used:

  • Bunny: dark umber, light umber, beige sienna, white; eyes: sepia
  • Flower 1: white, lavender, mulberry, black raspberry; leaves: lime peel, artichoke, moss green
  • Flower 2: deco peach, deco, pink, process red, white; leaves: pale sage, Kelly green, peacock green
  • Pot: Tuscan red, terracotta, clay rose, peach beige
  • Pot flower: petals: rosy beige, clay rose, chestnut; center: jasmine, beige; leaves: pale sage, sap green light, jade green
  • Ground: sandbar, sienna
  • Sky: powder blue, blue slate
  • Grass: grass green, dark green, light green



To find this and other great digital stamps, check out Bella Parodi’s store. Click here for a direct link! Thanks so much for stopping by!


Bonjour in color

Hello!  I’m participating in Neat and Tangled’s ‘little tangles’ challenge, which you can find here.   The challenge asks you to incorporate rainbow colors into your card which I did by creating my own background!


Using the stamp set ‘Paris’, I stamped the little girl and the greeting in Memento tuxedo black ink on Neenah card stock.  I stamped the girl again on some masking paper and then adhered the mask over the original image.  Using post-it tape, I taped off a border along the front of my A2 panel.  Taking some of the smaller images from the set I stamped them using a rainbow of color inks being sure to overlap the post-it tape border.  To fill in some of the gaps between the flowers and leaves I took a small heart image and stamped it using a light gray ink.


Once I was finished with the background I lifted off my mask and proceeded to color the little girl with copic markers.  To make her stand out from the background I was sure to use colors that were both bolder and complimentary to colors in the background.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

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Hi!  I made two cards using the Flourish stamp set by Concord and 9th.  By changing the colors slightly in my stamped pattern I was able to treat one as a background and the other as a focal point.  

On this first card I stamped an A2 panel in various inks using my MISTI stamping tool.  By using this tool I could easily stamp the same image multiple times to get really solid ink coverage.  Next I stamped Concord and 9th ‘Tree Ring’ on vellum in VersaMark ink and  heat embossing it with black powder.  After trimming it out I attached it to the panel with foam tape. 

I covered some white card stock in the same ink I used for stamping the largest flowers and cut a tag from Bags & Tags die by Concord and 9th. I added some hemp twine and added it to the card with a clothespin.  Lastly, I added my sentiment covered in Nuvo Crystal Drops.  

The second card uses the same Flourish stamp set – the addition of a bolder red flower incorporated into the pattern and black dots give it a more graphic feel. 

After stamping my pattern on an A2 panel I trimmed it down with a scallop border from the Bags & Tags die set twice.  The second piece I cut I covered in embossing powder before heat setting it.  

The ‘friend’ sentiment is from the Flourish stamp set.  I stamped the sentiment repeatedly on a top folding card and then attached the floral panel and embossed border with foam tape.  Finally, I cut out a banner and embossed ‘Hello’ on it in black.  I trimmed the banner down and attached it with foam tape.  The final touch was to add an enamel dot using Nuvo Crystal Drops.  

Thank you so much for stopping by!    

Oceans of Love


These sweet little mermaids are rather small (compared to most of the other greeting farm stamps).  So I decided to color them simply, focusing instead on building a scene with lots of cute images!  All of these images are from a single stamp set and are great for use with other underwater images I have.

To lay out my scene I pulled stamps out and placed them on an A2 panel to get a sense of where I wanted them.  I stamped my main images (mermaids) first along with the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Next I clustered the fish and starfish stamps and then stamped them on the panel.


To color the mermaids I used the following copic markers:

  • Blue-green mermaid – hair: BG10, BG23, BG15; skin: E0000, E000, E00, BV000; tail: B02, B04
  • Purple mermaid – hair: BV11, BV13, BV17; skin: E11, E33, V12; tail: RV17, RV25
  • Orange mermaid – hair: Y35, Y17, Y38; skin: E00, E21, E11; tail: RV21, RV02

Once I colored the fish I outline everything in B000 and B00 to add some depth.  I stamped a dashed border around the four edges and then covered all the fish in glossy accents.  With that the card is complete!

Thanks for stopping by!  I’d love your feedback!


Mount Whitney

I’ve been slowly taking time to do a mix of scrapbook and project life pages.  It was part of my New Year’s Resolution to be better about documenting my year – ‘better’ being the operative word. 🙂  Eventually I’ll get around to snapping photos of my other pages from *cough* January.

I have lots of photos from my husband and I hiking up Mount Whitney but I like the idea of an ‘introduction’ page sans photos.  (I also love paper and hate covering it all up, part of the reason I like Project Life layouts so much!)  There is a journaling card tucked into a flag in the upper right hand corner.  I purposely made the flag, using an Avery Elle die cut, out of vellum so you can see that something is written there but have to pull it out to read the story.


We hiked Whitney in September and the tree and papers I chose are meant to represent that time of year.  Whitney is the highest mountain in the contiguous 48 states and so my mountain scene stretches from the bottom to the top of my layout.  I used a mix of Lawn Fawn dies and patterned papers for my grass, tree lines and mountains.


Selecting paper is probably the most difficult part of this layout because I was trying to create a sense of depth while maintaining balance.  Let me explain.  The further an object is from you the lighter it appears and by using cooler colors you ‘push’ objects into the distance.  Additionally, the mountains are of a single color card stock, this not only makes the composition as a whole appear less busy but also creates a sense of distance because there is less detail to it.  Now to talk about pattern.  When a quilter chooses fabric they do so with an eye for the size of their pattern and color of the ground.  Paper works the same way.  There are 6 different patterned papers on this layout and to appease the eye I made some specific choices.  The acorns of the background paper are mid-sized.  No other patterned paper in the layout is the same size.  For my mountain scene the grass is a plaid paper dominated by green with very little white.  The paper immediately following has the largest scale and brighter colors as it composes my mid-ground.  The final patterned paper has the smallest pattern with the most white space.  All three of these papers also follow the rules for distance, getting cooler as I move back to create depth.  The mountains follow this same logic, the closest mountain cut from darker card stock and the further from lighter.


This scene would not be complete without some ‘life’ in it.  I personally prefer photos with people in them.  Sure, scenery shots are pretty, but my memories are about the people in the location, not the location itself.  This little guy is from The Greeting Farm.  I just adore their rubber stamps, not only do they stamp well but they are fun to color. 🙂

Hopefully that was insightful!  I’d love to hear from you and get feedback!  Have a wonderful day!

Father’s Day

I’m officially returned from vacationing and it is time to blog!  First up is my ‘prepared weeks in advance but still sent late’ father’s day card.  Luckily my dad falls into the ‘just happy I received something’ category and hasn’t disowned me. 🙂



Using the ‘Three amigos’ stamp set from Mama Elephant and ‘You’ve Got Mail’ from Lawn Fawn I stamped the images on card stock and colored them with copic markers.  I die cut the word ‘happy’, also from Mama Elephant, several times and layered them all together with glue.  Taking a gray copic marker I colored the ‘happy’ sentiment and then covered it in glossy accents.  Next, I prepped some black card stock for heat embossing and then stamped ‘Father’s Day’ in Versamark ink.  I covered the ink with white embossing powder from Ranger and heat set it.

To create the background I stamped the map by Studio Calico on an A2 panel and colored it in with copics.  I ran the panel through my Big Shot with a Lil’ Inker Design ‘Silly Stitched Die’ to get the wonky stitched border.  Finally I adhered all the elements to the panel and sent it off…eventually. 😉

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!



Fairy hello

These sweet fairies are from Lawn Fawn.  This card uses a number of techniques to make these fairies stand out on the otherwise busy background.  For starters, you’ll note that the fairies are placed using the rule of thirds.  Additionally, the fairies are in color and all the other stamped images are in grayscale.



To make this card I stamped my images on Neenah card stock in Memento ink and colored them with copic markers.  I stamped my sentiment, also from Lawn Fawn, on vellum in Versamark ink and heat set Zing embossing powder.  To finish the card I added both glossy accents and clear Glaze pen to various grayscale images.


I’ve submitted this card to the current lawnscaping challenge, ‘off kilter’, that you can get to here if you’re interested in participating!   Thanks for stopping by!


Aww!  So pleased when I saw I  received an ‘Honorable Gnome’ for this challenge!

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