Tuesday, August 23, 2016

August 2016 Blog Hop Challenge

This month our inspiration photo is full of soft colored brushstrokes. I love pink and brown together, a long time favorite.

I needed a birthday card for a coworker, and thought she'd like some pink and a teacup!

I started with applying my inks using Watercolor Wonder, and then I took a wet brush to soften and spread the color. After my background was dry, I added the teacup, made with Cocoa Bean. The steamy froth and design on the front were watercolored and highlighted with a Wink of Stella clear pen.  The sentiment is from Friendly Flowers. 

Happy Hop Day!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Super Girls!

The end of August, I celebrate the birthdays of two of my granddaughters! Addison will be 11, and Brooklyn will be 7.  I think they are Super Girls,  so I made Superhero cards for them!

And one of the insides, using multiple stamp sets....

That's all for today!  I'm off to create....

Friday, August 19, 2016

Create Along With Us: August 2016

So much inspiration from the design team this month! I kept going back to Danielle's card...

I loved the unique colors, and felt like I could use things I already had to case her card.  I started by making my own plaid background, using Stormy Seas, Saffron Spice (yes, my order came today!), and Dark Chocolate.  I used the Over Under Easy set for my embossed edges.  The sentiment is from Autumn Hils and my fall spray is from Quilted Autumn. 

And there you have it! Have a great weekend!


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Watercolored Wedding card

I have a watercolored card to shar e today. It's somethings I've tried to improve my skills in and made this with my new Peony Scrolls stamp set from Altenew.  I used the inspiration for this month as my starting point...

I used the no line technique, by stamping my blooms and leaves with Soft Stone.  Then I used pinks for the flowers, and a gray/green ink for my leaves.  

I mounted it with a piece of fun foam which helps it keep it flat.  The sentiment is from PTI's Meadow Greens stamp set.  

That's for stopping by! Have a great week.


Thursday, August 11, 2016


Fun, easy challenge this week from Lexi! I got off work earlier today, and had a chance to play along.  I pulled out Bowl of Sunshine, it hadn't seen ink for a while!

I chose to ink the bowl in Hawaiian Shores, because I had this exact bowl when I first got married!  I'm also linking this to this week's Color Throwdown challenge. 

I don't know about you, but I get very eager to stamp during release week!  It's always very inspiring!

Thanks for stopping by...

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Splits - Best Wishes

Headed to a Bridal Shower this afternoon, and I made this card to tuck in a Giftcard. I think using some color, helped to make this more of a shower vs wedding card...

Love the Splits series!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

SAF Redo...

So I immensely disliked my splatter card from SAF.  It just came across to Christmasy, and so when I sat down to create today, changing that card was at the top of my list.  I carefully took the round tag off, and added a new die cut that covered the original area.  I also kept my colors a little more simple, only using Pure Poppy ink.  I like it a lot better!


New and improved...

What do you think?!

Monday, July 25, 2016

July 2016 Blog Hop Challenge

At the moment, I'm preparing for the 2016 Stamp-a-Faire. I know it will keep me busy this weekend, so I've already made my card for the July Blog Hop.  The colors in this month's photo, just spoke to me, and I was totally inspired!

I didn't just use the colors, but also the design in the curtains, and the pretty flowers in the pillow.

I used Soft Stone with a stencil for the background, and attached the card front to an Aqua Mist card base.  The sentiment is from Choose Joy.

Can't wait to see what others came up with! 


Sunday, July 24, 2016


Oh! I can't believe it's over!  Thank you, thank you, thank you Papertrey Ink!  I think this could have been my favorite Stamp-a-Faire ever! I love how we focused on our art, and the wonderful Masters, and I'll include the design team in that list.  I especially loved the clips about the artist and their techniques. I was mesmerized.  Can't tell you how much you are loved and appreciated!

Until next year......!!!


My last card, and I love this (new to me) set from Lexi.  It worked perfectly for the Andy Warhol color blocking technique.  I chose fun, happy colors for my card...

I think it will work for any kind of celebration, not just birthdays!  And let's face it, you can never have enough ice cream!!


So dear Lizzie! This challenge was the hardest one for me! Of course, I got it in my head to use a red background, so it would mimic one of the paintings shared... The yarn with yellow paint, really didn't show up, but I still worked with it!  I'm afraid my project looks a little Christmassy, but maybe someone has a birthday around then! 

Haha! I still had a lot of fun trying this out, and know I'll use the techniques she shared for many more cards! Thank you Lizzie!


This challenge was easier and faster than I thought it would be!  Trying to find the right stamp, was a little bit harder, but opted to use Vintage Linens again.  The sentiment is from the new set, It's the Thought, which I already love!

Thank you Heather, for a fun and new way to ink up our stamps!  


I have really always loved the art of Monet, so I chose to style my card off Dawn's water lilies inspiration.  I found another piece of his to use as mine, he painted many irises too. 

I fell in love with the rich purples and blues!  And here is my finished piece...

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope to finish more challenges today!  

Saturday, July 23, 2016


This was so much fun!  I had to hunt for a set that had outlines, and Vintage Linens filled the bill.  I also looked at some photos on Pinterest, to help choose the colors to use.  The basics are Pale Peony and Aqua Mist. The colors I used for watercoloring, are Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet and Vintage Jadette.  

I used the larger Friendship Jar, because the flowers are bigger, and used a French Scrip background stamp all over.  The tag is from Tinier Tags with a bow made from silver thread.

On to the next challenge!


For this challenge, I decided to use a Coverplate Pretty Frame.  I actually had one cut from Sweet Blush, that never seemed to work with anything. VoilĂ - now it's gold!  I've used the Navy Pin Dot paper, and the flowers are from Mums the Word.  I added some vellum leaves too.

The gold paint was smelly, but worked great!  By the way, have you watched "Woman in Gold" starring Helen Mirren? Fabulous film, and the painting in the film is much like the artist and clip that Danielle shared. I loved it and so will you!


I'm a big fan of designer Amy Sheffer, and just watching her work her magic on the night sky was awesome!  I made two panels, thinking the first was too dark, but it did dry lighter like she said it would, so now I have a second panel for future use!  I forgot to get black ink, so I've left her tree skyline for another time, probably on that extra panel....!

I picked a simple verse from Light of Life, stamped and embossed on vellum.

Thanks for looking!


Oh my! Amazing inspiration to start us off today! I can't wait to make more from this awesome list of beauty.  To start this morning off thought, I chose Renoir

Such richness in some of my favorite hues.  This was the direction I went ~ Some Like it Hot! Haha, I just knew those pinks were screaming for my new flamingo!

Off to try out a night sky now.... Love VanGogh too! 

Friday, July 22, 2016

SAF 2016: Share Your Masterpiece!

I actually have two, but I'll only pick one as my masterpiece. ;)  This first one, was one I loved, because it was a customer request, and all he asked for was the sentiment, "Just Because". I loved how it turned out, he loved it, and so did his wife!

But, this was what I would consider my "Masterpiece" this year.  It was for one of Melissa's Make it Monday's, to make one of her awesome scrappy bows!

It just turned out exactly how I wanted it to, Watercoloring, Embossing on Vellum, and my attempt to create a shabby chic scrappy bow!

Looking forward to a fun weekend! Thanks PTI, for helping us to create masterpieces all the time!


Saturday, July 16, 2016


Today I have a card that was inspired by the wonderful Melissa Phillips!  She is so creative, and I love how she adds special little touches to every project she makes.  I chose this card,

I had experimented with her Friday Inspiration technique, and used that card base as a start, since she had used one in her cute flamingo card.

I used some of the Chicken Scratch paper in Aqua Mist, and used my waves and boat for the pop of color. The sentiment has stamped in Hibiscus Burst, for another punch of pink. My holes were made the old fashioned way, with a paper pierced.

Thanks Melissa for how you inspire me, and thanks for stopping by...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A week at the beach!

I just got back from a week at Siesta Key for a family reunion. It was fabulous! This is the view from ou condo on July 4th...

People were claiming their spots for the day!  Needless to say, I came home thinking about using my new Simple Shells stamps!  

First I created a card like Heather's. I loved the colors she chose, stamped on Classic Kraft!

Then I tried using various colors, for a traditional look.

And then I went for a monochromatic pallet, that was inspired by some coasters in our condo!

Fun set to play with!  Can't wait to make some more!!

Thursday, June 30, 2016


I've got a card to share for this week's Make it Monday, before we head for our annual reunion with my Mother in Law and the rest of the family in Siesta Key, FL.  This was messy, but a fun challenge from Ashley.  I used Spring Rain card stock, and Aqua Mist re-inker, and how about that? It turned my waves green! You gotta love the unexpected!

The sentiment is from Phrases & Praises, put on Mat Stack 1 layers, and I topped it off with a little twine and a Spring Rain button.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Color Throwdown - Throwdown Countdown #398

Just had to play these fun summer colors this week!

I went with a brightly colored birthday card...

Thanks for another week for great inspiration!


Saturday, June 25, 2016

June 2016 Blog Hop

Hi there!  I've got my card made for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop today.  We were asked to get our inspiration from this photo...

So many ways to go on this one!  I chose to go with the colors for my card. I used Aqua Mist for the background, and some Shimmer Mist (found this left over from SAF a few years back!) and paint splatters in Amethyst Allure.  Then I used Painted Petals to create flowers, using Lavender Moon and Autumn Rose, with Ocean Tides leaves.  The sentiment was stamped in Scarlet Jewel.  I finished it with some small white dot accents, using a white Pico Embellisher. 

Thanks for taking a look, and enjoy the rest of today's fun creations!


Thursday, June 23, 2016


We have another Make it Monday, this week it's from Betsy! I used the new stencils from last month's release, to make my little boat card. Inks used are Enchanted Evening, Tropical Teal and Blueberry Sky.  I tried using my brayer (after I hunted and found it!) but I liked the intensity of using the ink pad right onto the stencil.

Love that cute sentiment too! Thanks for looking!


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Create with us....

Well, I don't know if PTI will have this challenge in June, but I was so inspired by Betsy's watercolored Botanical Block card today, I wanted to give it a try...  

So I know this isn't wonderful like hers, but I had fun giving it a try!  If they do post the challenge, I'll post it too!  

Hope your having a blessed Sunday!