I like cacti.  Living here in San Diego they are part of the natural flora.  Better yet, they resist my black thumb.  🙂


Products used:

  • Main Image: Hero Arts
  • Sentiment: Simon Says Stamp die cut ‘wishing’
  • Background: Simon Says Stamp heart die cut
  • Stencil: Simon Says Stamp
  • Watercolor: Distress ink in Salty Ocean and Blueprint
  • Embossing paste: Inka gold in Platinum

To start this card I cut an A2 size panel from watercolor paper.  I took my lighter distress ink and covered a small area of my craft mat in the ink.  Taking a water bottle I misted the ink on the craft mat until the ink beaded up.  Dropping my card panel into the ink and lifting to look, allowed me to see where the color was on the panel before adding more color if necessary.  I set the panel aside to dry before adding the second color of distress ink.

Once the panel was completely dry I taped my stencil over the A2 panel. Using a palette knife I applied the embossing paste over select areas of the stencil.

TIPS: Inka gold embossing paste is beautiful!  But it requires you to work pretty fast; otherwise, it can get stuck in the stencil itself!  I suggest taping off areas of your stencil where you don’t want embossing paste on your panel – this will allow you to work faster.  I also recommend ensuring you close your lid tightly so it doesn’t dry out.  🙂


The heart die cut was cut out of white card stock and some of the inner hearts were popped out and some left in place.  I used Ranger Glossy Accents to adhere the die cut due to the texture of the paper and embossing paste – it works great as a really strong glue!

The cactus was stamped in My Favorite Things hybrid ink and colored in with copic markers.  The ‘wishing’ sentiment was cut out twice, glued together, and then colored with the matching copic marker as the cactus flower.  I adhered the cactus down and layered the wishing sentiment over top.  To finish the card I covered ‘wishing’ in glossy accents and attached the A2 panel to card base.

That’s it!  Have a great day!



Blended backgrounds

I’ve been playing with a mix of watercolor and ink blended backgrounds, for other examples on my blog you can look here or here. 🙂


Using a background stamp from Simon Says Stamp I stamped it on an A2 panel in Versamark ink.  Versamark ink is clear and sticky and allows you to pour embossing powder over the panel then heat set it.  The embossing powder, once heat set, resists the ink blending and allows you to have a slightly raised background in a color of your choice – depending on the embossing powder you choose.

Using distress inks and my ink blending tool I used light circular motions to lay down color on the A2 panel.  I set the background aside and stamped the little girls from The Greeting Farm in My Favorite Things hybrid ink on Neenah card stock.  I colored all the girls with copic markers and then fussy cut each and attached them to the background panel.

The sentiment is a die cut from Lawn Fawn that I cut multiple times and glued together.  Once I’d attached it to the panel I covered it in glossy accents and added some yellow sequins to finish the card!


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Fun with stencils

I mentioned in my previous blog post that the next several cards on my blog will be focusing on ink blending, stencils, and embossing paste.  This ‘Thank You’ card focuses on ink blending with stencils.  I have found that the brand of ink doesn’t matter quite as much as type of ink.  In this case, the importance is on dye ink vs hybrid ink or pigment ink.  That is not to say that you can’t use either of those, but their different properties will make them act differently.



This card uses Ranger distress inks to create the accent for the focal point of this card.  I masked off an area leaving 3/4″ on the left and 2″ on the right.  Taking an ink blending tool and ‘salty ocean’ distress ink I covered the exposed area.  When happy with the result I taped a stencil by Simon Says Stamp over the card panel.  Using Salty Ocean again, I loaded up my blending tool with ink and pounced the color over the stencil vs blending in a circular motion like I did for the base layer.


The flowers are from a Mama Elephant stamp set that I stamped on Neenah card stock in Memento ink before coloring them in with copic markers.  Once complete, I cut out the flowers using my Brother Scan n’Cut and adhered it to the card panel.  Taking my glaze pen I covered the stamen of the flowers for the glitter finish.


The last think to be done was to include a sentiment.  I cut a Simon Says Stamp ‘thanks’ several times and glued them together with Ranger multi-medium matte. Once I adhered the sentiment to the card panel I covered it in glossy accents to create a bit of shine.

That completes my card!  Thanks for stopping by!



Sending all my love to you

So I’ve been trying different techniques and the next several cards on the blog are going to include a lot of watercolor backgrounds, embossing paste, and stencils.  I just adore how this card turned out 🙂


Products used:

  1. Image: The Greeting Farm ‘Shelly’
  2. Sentiment: ‘Sending’ is Simon Says Stamp; ‘Love’ is Altenew
  3. Background: Distress inks in Abandoned Coral and Scattered Straw
  4. Stencil: Simon Says Stamp

Using the distress inks to create my watercolored background, I let it dry before adding texture with a stencil and clear gloss embossing paste.  I stamped Shelly on Neenah card stock in My Favorite Things hybrid ink before coloring her in with copic markers.  I cut out the ‘sending’ sentiment twice and glued them together and stamped ‘Love’ in Delicata ink, placing it slightly underneath the ‘sending’ sentiment.  I fussy cut out Shelly and attached her using foam tape for some added depth.  The last step was to add some sequins and gold drops with a Pico embellisher.

I hope you enjoyed my card!

A Little Birdie Told Me

I love the artwork of Charley Harper, a modernist, whose nature drawings were based upon shape, color and pattern.  Amazing stuff.  The bird on this tag is from a Wplus9 set called ‘Happy Birds’, that brings to mind his work.  To make this tag I die cut a Reverse Confetti tag in gray card stock and then heat embossed it in white using the Lawn Fawn ‘woodgrain’ backdrop.


I  die cut a polaroid frame made by Mama Elephant twice and then stamped my scene on the inner portion of the second frame.  I colored the bird in using copic markers: R24, R29, E41, E31, and YR12.  Taking the colored portion I adhered it to the second frame so that the inner color square sat on the first frame’s inner portion…essentially doubling up on the inner frame portion.  Next I added glossy accents to the clouds and the birds beak and Tsukineko pico embellisher in black to the bird’s eyes.

Using the ‘Leafy’ Reverse Confetti die cut I cut two leaves, one in dark green and one in light green card stock.  I then cut the ribbon and ‘hello’ sentiment, from Memory Box and Wplus9 respectively, from blue card stock.  My sentiment was attached to the bottom right corner of the polaroid.  The leaves and ribbon were gathered together and then attached with glue to the polaroid before adding on the red clothes pin.  I attached the  polaroid die to the tag with foam tape and then added glossy accents to the die cut sentiment.

Have a great day!


Welcome baby

Inspired by the Waffle Flower Photo Inspiration challenge I made a card for a friend’s new baby.  The inspiration for the card came from the soft pallet of blue, pink, yellow and green.  This card was made using the ink blending technique on Neenah card stock.  To start I masked the edges of my A2 panel with masking tape to create a rectangle.

Next, I stamped the bunny and moon from Waffle Flower’s ‘Riverside Stamp Set’ in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then again on masking paper.  I cut the images from the masking paper and laid them over the original stamped images.  I cut one last mask for my ‘hill’ that the bunny is sitting on.  Taking my ink blending tool I used three different My Favorite Things dye inks to create my sky.  Once happy with the results I masked off the sky and used the same technique to create the grass.

TIPS: If you’re new to ink blending here are some things I’ve learned: after putting ink on your applicator tap it a few times off the page before bring the applicator onto your project.  To get the most even coverage I recommend using circular motions and starting from a point off your project and as you continue to make circular motions bring the applicator onto your card panel.  Keep in mind that complimentary colors (colors opposite each other on the color wheel) make black when mixed i.e. avoid creating mud accidentally!  Not sure?  Try it out on a scrap piece of paper first! 🙂  Lastly, sometimes it is good to let the ink dry so you can determine if more blending is needed.  Depending on the ink you’re using, some of them tend to ‘even’ out upon drying.

Once the ink was dry I removed my masks and colored in the bunny and moon with copic markers.  I prepped the card panel with an anti-static tool and stamped the stars in Versamark ink before embossing it with white embossing powder.  For my greeting I die cut ‘congrats’ twice, using an Ellen Hutson die cut, and glued the two sentiments together.  I attached my sentiment to the card and then covered it and the moon in glossy accents.  Baby card complete!


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Oh Happy Day!

There is a pile of stamps on my desk that I can’t put away until I’ve made something with them.  This is the second card I’ve made using this gorjuss stamp, the other one is here.  Just.can’t.get.enough. 🙂


On an A2 panel I stamped my gorjuss image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then stamped it again on masking paper.  After cutting the image out of masking paper I laid it over my original stamped image.  Once covered, I took an assortment of My Favorite Things die inks and stamped my plaid background using ‘Brush Strokes’ by Mama Elephant.  Once the ink was dry I removed my mask and colored my image using copic markers.


I prepped the card with an anti-static tool and then inked up a sentiment from Mama Elephant’s ‘Bountiful Blessings’ stamp set in versa mark ink.  Using Ranger embossing powder I stamped and embossed the sentiment twice using my MISTI.  Afterwards I adhered die cut hearts and clear sequins to the project.  Lastly, I added some glossy accents   to the hearts to finish the card.  Thanks for stopping by!



During the Daily Marker 30 day coloring challenge I colored a number of images that I’m finally getting around to making into cards!  The main image in this card is by The Greeting Farm – just adore their rubber stamps!


I stamped my image on Neenah card stock in Memento tuxedo black ink and colored her in with copic markers.  I took a clear Glaze pen and went over her shoes and hair ribbons for a little bit  of shine.


This card is all about layered elements!  I die cut a 3×4 card out of navy card stock and used a Lil’ Inker Design plate to get the stitched background.  I also used their stitched flower die for the little flower elements on the white flag.  I adhered the flower and leaves onto the white flag and used my mini-stapler to attach it to the navy mini-panel.  The ‘xoxo’ die is by Amy Tangerine and the patterned paper by Pebbles

To put this card together I took an A2 panel cut out from an Avery Elle card stock.  I placed my 3×4 navy panel and placed washi tape behind it on the top bottom before adhering the mini-panel.  The wreath die is from Reverse Confetti and is also cut from Pebbles card stock.  I offset the wreath to balance out the card and then adhered the girl using foam tape to keep her as the focus.  Next I took my  ‘xoxo’ sentiment, which I’d die cut twice to add some bulk, and adhered it using multi-medium matte.

To finish this card I added some glossy accents to the flower center and some heart sequins around the sentiment.   I attached my panel to a top folding card base and then rounded the bottom corners with my 1/2″ corner chomper.

Gorjuss Birthday

I’m a huge fan of these Gorjuss stamps.  They have them in full size and recently released miniatures in their previously released images too.  I love the images rubber stamps produce, these have the added benefit of attaching to an acrylic block versus a wooden block – meaning I have an easier time placing my image.

I stamped this image, called Waiting, on Neenah card stock in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I stamped the image again on masking paper, cut it out, and placed it on top of my original image.  Using My Favorite Things dye ink in ‘peach bellini’ I inked up two images from the ‘Brush Strokes’ stamp set from Mama Elephant to create my striped background.



Once my background was complete I removed the mask and colored my image in using copic markers.  The sentiment is from another Mama Elephant set, ‘Happy Everything’.  I cut a piece of vellum using a bookmark die from Avery Elle and then prepped the tag for heat embossing.  The sentiment ‘Happy Birthday to’ was embossed using Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  The ‘you’ die is from Ellen Hutson and was cut multiple times and glued together to make my sentiment thicker.


The bow is cut out of blue card stock to tie into the little girl’s blue jacket using a Mama Elephant bow die.  I used a clear Glaze pen on her boots to give a little bit of shine and a black Glaze pen on her eyes.  With the addition of sequins and glossy accents over the ‘you’ my birthday card was complete!

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Easter tags

IMG_1104Using Reverse Confetti tag dies I made two Easter gift tags.  The tag on the left is from Avery Elle.  I stamped it in Memento ink and colored the image in with copics.  To add detail I used a combination of Glaze and Jelly Roll pens.


The other tag uses a combination of new and older Lawn Fawn stamps.  After stamping the images I used a grass die cut to cut a scrap piece of card stock to use as a stencil.  With my scene created I colored everything with copic markers.  As a final touch I took a ‘Swiss dot’ stencil and covered the ‘sky’ in white dots using a gel pen.  A little glossy accents and wink of Stella and my tags were complete!