Thursday, September 3, 2015

CAS Blues

I have a confession to make.

I have no idea what this stamp is from.

The image was in my UFO box.

I remember coloring it with Blendabilities

a long time ago.

I can't for the life of me remember where it came from

and I can't find it in my collection.

But it's blue so I'm entering it over at 


Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog
I used Blendabilities blue, green and yellow to color these flowers.


I hope you're not as confused as I am.

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Colouring with Happy Little Stampers

It's time for another challenge at

I love to color.

I just can't decide which method I prefer!

Today, I colored with Zigs....

and some Wink of Stella.

I stamped one of the butterflies from my
Happy Little Stampers Butterfly Birthday set,
using black Archival ink.

The coloring was done with Zigs 31 & 81 and my Aqua Painter.

I wanted a tall, skinny card so I cut a piece of watercolor paper
  12 1/2" x 3 1/4" and scored at 6 1/4", embossed down the middle
and scored the edges.

After fussy cutting the butterfly and placing it on the card,
I coated the wings with Wink of Stella.

What kind of coloring (colouring) do you like to do.

If you need some inspiration, check out the awesome deigns
by our Design Team and our Guest Designer, Riti.

We'd love to see your coloring at

and the winner of this challenge will receive this stamp set.

I'm so glad you could stop by.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Butterfly Birthday (HLS)
Ink: Black Archival (Ranger)
Paper:  Watercolor (140 lb. cold press-Strathmore for card, Arches for butterfly)
Other: Zig Brush Markers (#31 & #81), Delicate Designs EF (retired SU), Simply Scored (SU)

Monday, August 31, 2015

Boughs of Holly for Merry Monday

It's time for a new challenge at Merry Monday.

Don't forget that you'll have 2 weeks for this challenge.

You may have guessed what the challenge is.

Karren chose it and I was excited to see this.

I love this idea for candle holders!

My teammates have some wonderful inspiration for you
so be sure to go by and check them out.

I used my Penny Black Holly Berries die to cut the holly
then used the negative as a stencil.

The die cut was gently sponged with color and then touched
with a damp Aqua Painter to give it a watercolor look.

I snipped some dimensions in tiny pieces 
and put them behind the leaves.

I love the look of movement but my camera sure didn't.
It took several tries to get a photo that didn't look too blurred.


Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog 

and of course
don't forget to put some holly on a card and join us at

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Holiday Sentiments (My Sentiments Exactly)
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Markers (Old Olive, Real Red) (SU)
Paper:  Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White (SU)
Other:  Holly Berries Die (Penny Black), Linen Thread (SU)

Friday, August 28, 2015

Snowflake Ribbon with Brusho Background

Here's a card using some wonderful products that I won.

The die cut is the 
Snowflake Ribbon by Poppystamps

The sentiment is from

The background piece was done on watercolor paper with Brushos.
I used Kylies tutorial for this.

It made me think of the movie Frozen for some reason.

So it was an obvious choice for a snowflake card.

0815 copy
I thought this would be a good way to cool down from the heat.


is still open
I cut the snowflake from white Glimmer Paper.  It has a lovely sparkle.


Simon Says Wednesday Challenge
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog


August Rudolph Days
We have until the end of the month to post a Christmas card there.

We've been enjoying some cooler weather in NC this week.

I hope your weather is nice wherever you are.

Thanks for popping by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Merry Christmas Message (Hero Arts)
Ink:  Whisper White (SU)
Paper:  Pacific Point, White Glimmer (SU), Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Other:  Brusho Crystals (I don't remember the colors, sorry), Plastic Wrap, White EP (SU)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


I used this Memory Box Arboscello Tree die a while ago on this card.

I had die cut 2 trees and this one was in the UFO box 
with the trunk and branches done in watercolor.

I used my Zigs to color the leaves.

Then I did a background, also with the Zigs.

All that was left was to adhere the tree to the background.

By the way, I looked up the meaning of Arboscello 
since I'd never heard of such a tree.
According to Wiktionary it's Italian for sapling.

Outside the Box Challenge for Memory Box this month is
Challenge icons
I'm not sure there'd be much shade from this little tree (sapling).
I'd head for it to get out of the sun.
I'm imagining that there's a nice pool in front of that tree.
That's where I'd be to cool off!

I hope you are enjoying a break from the heat.

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Recipe
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press), Whisper White (SU)
Other: Arboscello Tree Die(MB), Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers (62, 41, 44, 43, 81, 31, 50,)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Tall Trees for Merry Monday

We're in the second week of this

Here's our challenge...

I liked this challenge so well, I made another card.

I used some Brusho background pieces to die cut 
Frantic Stampers Tall Trees.

Popped them over an piece embossed with Christmas sayings,
added a little red bird and twine and it was finished.

I can enter this at 




I hope you have a creative week!

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Recipe
Paper: Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press), Handsome Hunter, Whisper White, Real Red (SU)
Other:  Tall Trees Die (Frantic Stamper), Birch Trees Die (Impression Obsession), Holiday Words EF (Quickutz-retired), Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine (SU)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Freshly Made Flower Patch

is celebrating their 200th sketch

I don't play a lot of sketch challenges.

Sketches boggle my mind.

I usually do a design then see how to fit it on a card.

This sketch is pretty easy, though.

Well I sorta did it.

I'm never sure with sketches whether to do them exactly or not.

If it isn't right for Freshly Made, I hope you'll enjoy it.

I'm so glad you stopped by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Flower Patch, Gorgeous Grunge (SU)
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Blackberry Bliss (SU)
Paper: Solar Whtie (Neena), Daffodil Delight, Whisper White (SU)
Other:  Daffodil Delight Chevron Ribbon (SU), Crochet Thread

Monday, August 17, 2015

Christmas Tree for Merry Monday

It's time for another

It's Debbie's turn to choose our challenge this time and this is what she chose.

Last Fall I took a short watercolor class at our Senior Center.

One of the assignments was to do a Christmas tree.

No stamps, just paints and paintbrush.

I wasn't at all impressed with my project.

Recently, when I was looking through my folder, I spotted this tree and thought
maybe it would look better if it was on a smaller piece.

And it was perfect for this challenge.

I like it lots better done up in a card.

I don't think I'll be giving up my stamps anytime soon!

I'd love to see what you can do for this challenge!

Put some light green, dark green and red on a Christmas card
and join us at

I'm glad you could stop by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  In the meadow (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Real Red (SU)
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Watercolor (?), Real Red (SU), Glimmer
Other:  Watercolors (Koi), Star Punch (SU), Stitched Mats Rectangles (Lil' Inker)

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Hot Summer Flowers

Both of the Penny Black Challenges this month are related

Penny Black Saturday Challenge


Please do grab our logo to display on your own blog

When I saw these challenges  
I thought of this NBUS flower stamp.

And I colored this Summer flower hot!


Addicted to Stamps #157

I inked the stamp with Stampin' Up! markers using
Tangerine Tango, and Garden Green.
Then I "thumped" the flower head with a Real Red marker
and stamped it on hot press watercolor paper.

I used a damp Aqua Painter to move the colors around a bit 
and do a light wash around the flower.

After stamping the sentiment, I used my wet brush to pick up
some ink from the lids and flicked it over the design.

I did it again on Whisper White

When I tried to move the color on the cardstock, it wasn't pretty.
It kind of muddied up.

So I took the Tangerine Tango marker and drew the lines back in.

Then I sponged a bit of blue around the flower
and flicked some ink over it all.

I made the first card a little bigger than the normal size.

It will go to someone extra special ;)

I'm really glad you stopped by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Dreamy (Penny Black)
Ink:  SU Markers (Tangerine Tango, Real Red, Garden Green), Soft Sky, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry
Paper:  Watercolor (Arches hot press), Real Red, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango ( SU)
Other:  Aqua Painter (SU), Scallop Trim Corner Punch (retired SU)

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Lorelai Leaf with Bokeh

This card was done with a Watercolor Bokeh technique.

We made these backgrounds in a watercolor class I held recently.

We wet the watercolor paper then dropped re-inker onto the wet paper 
and blended it around until we were happy with it.

When it was dry, we used a die cut template of different size
circles to stencil the white dots.

The leaf is cut from the Lorelai Leaf die from Poppystamps.

I did some texturing on the leaves with a stylus but it doesn't show very well.  
IRL you can see the veins.


I'm thinking cooling off  in the shade beside a spring fed mountain brook. 

The sun makes the water sparkle.

It's a wonderful respite from the hot, August sun.

LOL. That cooled me off.

How about you?

I don't have many Poppystamp dies but I recently won one just by commenting
on Marybeth's blog.

I would have commented anyway because I always love what she does.

But I'm excited about getting the die.

It's the snowflake ribbon and I know I'll have fun with it.

I hope you are staying cool.

Thanks for sitting by the brook with me.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Four You (retired)
Ink:  Island Indigo, Whisper White 
Paper:  Pool Party, Whisper White, Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Other:  Lorelai Leaf Die (Poppystamps), Aqua Painter, Re-inkers (Pool Party, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight), Sponge Dauber, Painters tape (?), Template made from scraps of acetate and circle dies. 

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted