Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Show it Off!

Hi, bloggin' Buddies!

I love Art Impressions stamps! If you are also crazy about the gals and guys they have, you MUST watch the great videos ( and done by Bonnie Krebs for coloring their characters. I have been studying them for days.

I have always used Copics to color Ai characters, but Bonnie shows us how to use inexpensive water-based markers as a water color medium - with so many tricks to keep the images animated and the process simple. I am honestly amazed!

I decided to try these methods with a new stamp set that is available at Michaels, Spare Me SC0680. My friends and I have a long-standing joke about bowling, so this set is perfect.

Now, this is only my first try, so I have lots more practicing to do, but I love the results and the process was pretty quick and lots of fun.

I kept the card design simple so as not to detract from the fun image. I just used some bowling-themed patterned paper from my stash, some great glitter paper and some twine. And that is our fun vintage bowling pin ashtray in the background.

The current challenge on the Ai blog is to "Show off your Stamp" by including it in your photo, so I've done that. 

I urge you to watch the videos and give it a try - I bet you'll be as blown away as I am. I can't wait to try it on some of their larger images.

Thanks for the visit,

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Color Burst

Howdy, Bloggin' Buddies!

I've been playing with my long-neglected Color Bursts. They are very intense watercolor powders that almost explode with vibrant colors when wet. I used them on some wet watercolor paper, sprinkling the color on very lightly, to make some fun backgrounds. The color pack I used is called Caribbean Brights. And bright they are!

I added some sprinkles of Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine and a shiny gold die cut which I made using the Poppystamps "Mod Flower Border" die. I believe it may be retired, but I was able to find one.

The gold-embossed (Hero Arts Powder) sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp set called "Banner Sayings". It is paired with a banner die which I did not use today.

The beautiful gold cardstock is one that I got at my LSS in Sacramento, Paper Garden Boutique. A delightful place!

This is a fun technique with a great product, but shellack of control is a little difficult for me. I guess I need to work on that!

I hope you are having a great week - I see the weekend from here. Thanks for the visit.

Monday, April 11, 2016


Hello, Bogging Buddies!

Last week I did a demonstration of the Smooching Technique (with appropriate homage to the amazing Laura Bassen!) for a card-making group of which I am a member. It all went well and everyone seem to enjoy it.

I made the background of this card as one of the samples for the demonstration. I used Perfect Pearls as a final spray to give it a pearlized effect and to blend the colors. When it was dry I also sprinkled it with some water droplets and blotted them to remove some of the ink.

The design of this card (including the slanted cut and the black fun foam die-cuts) was inspired by a card I did in a recent class I took taught by the ever-inspiring Julie Ebersole. That is one of her floral dies ("Wild Garden") from the Essentials by Ellen line. The cute script is a Wise Die from Paper Smooches called "Thanks Word". The fun foam cuts like butter and adds great dimension.

I just can't seem to get enough of this technique, in all its variations. I usually prep for 4 or 5 card bases when I want to do this technique. The backgrounds can be used in so many different ways and styles.

I hope you will give it a try, and if you've already done it - well, try it again with a new twist.

Thanks for the visit - have a happy and creative week!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Don't Spill the Beans!

Hello, dear Bloggin' Buddies!

Happy Monday to you all.

I have had the idea for this card - using the "Coffee & Tea" Wise Dies from Paper Smooches with my Fuse Tool to make a fun shaker card - for some time now. It was the current challenge at Paper Smooches, "Black and White with a Touch of Color" that motivated me to action. That's one thing great about challenges - they prompt us into doing.

Is "coffee" a color?! You bet it is - it's one of my favorites! Ha!

I made the background by randomly stamping with the "Cyber Cafe" set on white cardstock.

Then I made the shaker with the Fuse Tool and filled 'er up with some  stamped beans I heat embossed and fussy cut, some sequins and some tiny beads.

I can almost smell the brewing now.

I'm happy with the fun result.

So, grab a cup and get a great start to your week. Thanks ever so much for your visit!

Thursday, March 31, 2016


Happy week, Bloggin' Buddies!

Today's card was made for our nephew who prides himself on his shaggy beard. He's a good-looking guy, but.....

I just happened to find this historic photo at an estate sale a couple of weeks ago and decided it would be perfect. Masculine cards, especially for a younger man, are so darn difficult to make and this photo did the trick!

I think it is hilarious and so appropriate. The woodgrain cardstock adds to the antique look. The stamps are from Paper Smooches, "He Said, She Said", "Word Salad" and "Fun and Flirty" (inside - Hope your day is AWESOME).

Take care, thanks so much for the visit and have a good one,

Monday, March 28, 2016

Buzzard Boy

Hello, Bloggin' Buddies!

I used to do lots of challenges, but I've been busy doing my own thing and practicing my water coloring. But challenges are good for me. They tend to cause me to stretch my limits and try something I wouldn't normally do. Sometimes the results are less than good (and you've seen those!), but once in awhile the result makes me super-happy.

I have to tell you, I LOVE this card. It was so much fun to watercolor and adding the white pen really made it pop. That is what the challenge is all about - Watercolor and White Pen by Art Impressions.

The stamp is their Buzzard Set" #4194. The sentiment inside is "Happy birthday from the blue bird of happiness". Fun?!

I painted this with my Zig Clear Color markers and added pin feathers, head warts and a glimmer on the beak with a white gel pen. I love this woodgrain yardstick - it has such great texture.

Thanks so much for the visit! I urge you try a challenge every now and then - you'll be surprised. I
thought I'd attach a little shot of our Easter "Bunny Bocce" fun with the family. Don't we wear our ears well? Ha!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Spring Tags

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

It sure feels like Spring and Easter is here. I have been playing with an adorable new set by Neat and Tangled in conjunction with Simon Says Stamp. It is called "Cute Chicks".

The amazing blogger Emily Leiphart from Art From the the Heart did a wonderful video on masking these little guys to form the perfect parade. Check it out.

I colored the sweet images with my Copic markers, masked with Inkadinkado stamping masking paper and used some sequins from my stash.

I decided to avoid bunnies this year, so I have used this set and some florals for my Easter cards.

Hope you have a great week - keep springing! Thanks for the visit,

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Easter!

Hello, Bloggin' Buddies!

As soon as we return from our ZUMBA class this morning we will be hustling around getting ready to host our little family for Easter. We are looking forward to it and love sharing this special time.

For today's card I went through some old flower stamps with a new eye for watercoloring. This Hero Arts stamp, "Sketched Tulips", is from 2004 - well before we even thought of watercoloring cards. But it is just perfect for it! I made a real effort to keep these flat for mailing, so I used an embedded die-cut technique with Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle dies. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp's "Rejoice" set.

Last night I even put together some quick nameplates just for the fun of it using the bunny from "Abby's Spring Showers" by Simon Says Stamp. I added some tiny pom-poms for the puffy tails. It took virtually no time and the kids will get a kick out of it. Plus, there will be no fighting about who sits where - ha!

If it is something you celebrate, I wish you a happy Easter. Enjoy your weekend and thanks for the visit,

Thursday, March 17, 2016

EVERYONE is Irish Today!

Hello, Blogging' Buddies!

Even though my name is, I am not Irish. But it sure seems like everyone is on St. Patrick's Day.

I have some cousins who are Irish, so I try to make them a card every year. This year's was a fun one (easy, too) that I made with an image I cut from an old high school yearbook that I bought at an estate sale. She doesn't look too happy, does she? Guess she couldn't find that pot of gold.

I added the photo to a manilla tag and  distressed them both with some green ink. A little Celtic patterned paper, a bow and a "fun foam" glittery shamrock and I was good to go.

Thanks for the visit and don't drink too much green beer!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

More Inspirational Fun with Julie!

Happy Sunday, Bloggin' Buddies!

I am still on a creative high after spending a day learning great things (& being entertained) by the super-amazing Julie Ebersole. She is a designer for Essentials by Ellen and her blog is Paper Trufflez, just in case you've been living under a rock. I have been a fan for so many years!

Twice a year she comes to an adorable store called The Paper Garden Boutique in Sacramento to teach classes. This is my second year - I KNEW there was a reason we moved here!

Yesterday's classes were beyond fantastic! In the morning we made 10 - count 'em, ten! - fun one-layer cards. That is what I need, as I get so tired of adding extra postage to all my thick creations.

In the afternoon we made 6 more cards. These had some more intricate techniques, some involving foil, the Fuse Tool, watercolor, etc.

I have provided photos of all but 2 of the cards. I had trouble finding some natural light this afternoon - it is a dark and rainy day here in California.

I love every single card! My hubby always laughs at me because as soon as I get home I have to head to my craft room and finish, correct mistakes, and add my own personal touches to all the cards I've made. It was a long day.

These three are my favorite ones, even though I don't consider myself a real "flower" person. Aren't they delicious and they are so "Julie". The one on the right includes a flower cut from black fun foam!

Anyway, I'm still flying high. What a spectacular day. I learned some things, met some nice ladies, had fun with my card-making friend Mary, had fun shopping in Steph's wonderful store (if you are in northern CA, visit!) and I feel so enriched by Julie's talents.

Thanks for the visit and have a great week!


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