Anything Goes Challenge – Kissing Technique


Today’s card features the technique called “kissing.” This basically means that you use a background stamp to either stamp on or off of a solid colored stamp. I used the Papertrey Ink World Map stamp to create a background on a solid butterfly from Stampin’ Up’s Bold Butterfly set.

Papertrey Ink - World Map & Distress Inks
Papertrey Ink – World Map & Distress Inks

I stamped the World Map background on basic white cardstock using True Black Palette Ink. Once that dried I watercolored the background using Distress Ink Markers by Tim Holtz. I used Salty Ocean, Vintage Photo, Old Paper and Wild Honey Markers and an Aqua Pen.




To create the butterfly I used the small butterfly from the Bold Butterfly set (Retired). I inked my World Map stamp with the True Black ink and then stamped onto the butterfly. I stamped the butterfly/map image onto a scrap of white card stock. I watercolored the butterfly with Salty Ocean and Tea Dye Markers and then fussy cut the butterfly out. I actually made four of these but they were too big to use more then one.



I mounted the background onto gold card stock and then onto brown card stock. I added the ribbon which I salvaged off a present. The sentiment is from the Papertrey Ink Set: Mat Stack 2. I stamped with the True Black and then inked over the image with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. I watercolored the center with Salty Ocean Marker and my Aqua Painted. I added the color to the leaves using the Vintage Photo and Wild Honey marker, without watercoloring.










I mounted the sentiment to the card and added the brads. The butterfly was shaped by hand and then mounted using a large Zot. Lastly I added the adhesive pearls.




I was really trying for a vintage hand-painted look for the map and sentiment. The flourish kind of reminded me of a compass rose.






Stamps: World Map & Mat Stack 2 – Papertrey Ink, Bold Butterflies – Stampin’ Up

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Gold Metallic – Stampin’ Up, Brown – The Paper Company

Distress Markers: Salty Ocean, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Wild Honey, & Old Paper – Tim Holtz for Ranger

Other: Antique Linen, Old Paper & Vintage Photo Distress Ink – Tim Holtz for Ranger, Aqua Painter, Zots Large, Brads – Recollections (Round), Adhesive Pearls – Recollections, Fleur-de-Lis Brad & Ribbon – Unknown

As always, I appreciate you taking time to visit!

Watercolor Baby Cards


Today’s cards were my chance to practice watercoloring with Distress Ink Markers. I have a baby shower coming up this weekend and so I’ll be taking the little whale card. My daughter is trying to keep the octopus card because she “needs” it, for what I don’t know but we shall see.


Imaginisce & Distress Ink Markers
Imaginisce & Distress Ink Markers

I stamped each image using Antique Linen Distress Ink onto watercolor paper. To begin I scribbled on an acrylic stamp block with the color of ink I planned to use and then painted with it just like I would if they were watercolors. The detail dots on the octopus were drawn after the image dried.

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I was a little messy when I painted this one and some paint ran into her eyes. I colored over the mistake with a Gelly Roll pen. I used a #6 Loew-Cornell Round Paint Brush and a #00 Loew-Cornell Round Brush to paint these.  The heart eyelets are from Queen and Co.

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The little whale was basically the same process.

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I used Stampin’ Up circle punches to create the sentiment along with the Mega Mixed Messages set from Papertrey Ink.

Imaginisce & Distress Ink Markers
Imaginisce & Distress Ink Markers

So I can see I need a little more practice but I did have fun creating these cards.


Stamps: Whale & Octopus – Imaginisce, Mega Mixed Messages – Papertrey Ink

Paper: Neenah Solar White #110, Thunder – Bazzill, Lemon Tart – Papertrey Ink, Regal Rose & Brocade Blue – Stampin’ Up, Watercolor Paper – Strathmore

Ink: Antique Linen Distress Ink – Time Holtz for Ranger, Buckaroo Blue – Stampin’ Up

Misc.: Heart Eyelets – Queen & Co, Blue Eyelets – We R Memory Keepers, Distress Markers – Tim Holtz for Ranger, Circle Punches 1 1/4″ & 1 1/2″ – Stampin’ Up

Buddha Card

I have been inspired by Michelle Zindorf (Blog) for many years. Her brayered and sponged cards are amazing. I feel like her style is so distinct and recognizable. My card today was one that I created using her technique of using a Versamark pen over a stamped colored image and then heat embossing with clear embossing powder. This allows you to sponge or brayer over the image, since the embossing powder will resist the ink.


For this card I started with a white piece of card stock. I stamped the seated Buddha image with black ink and then heat embossed the outline with clear embossing powder. I colored the image with Stampin’ Up markers. Once completed I colored over the Buddha with my Versamark pen and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

Next, I created the top banner in the same manner. My next step was sponging on the color. I used Distress Inks in Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Scattered Straw. My very last step was to add a little Stickles in Red and Orange Peel.


Stamp: Asian Influence – Inkadinkado

Paper: Neenah Solar White & Basic Black Card Stock – Stampin’ Up

Ink: Basic Black Craft Ink – Stampin’ Up, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade & Scattered Straw Distress Inks – Tim Holtz for Ranger

Misc.: Versamark Pen, Clear Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up, Markers – Stampin’ Up, Red & Orange Peel Stickles – Ranger

Wallpaper Butterflies Take Flight

I know, I know; two posts in one day! I wasn’t sure I would have time to get this one done today but everything came together so I am going with two posts.

This card is my entry for the Papertrey Ink July Blog Hop. The original butterflies were created from wallpaper and I made the natural jump to butterflies actually coming out of the wallpaper.

Papertrey Ink Stamps - Mat Stack 5 & Mega Mixed Messages
Papertrey Ink Stamps – Mat Stack 5 & Mega Mixed Messages

I started with a piece of Neenah Solar White card stock and stamped my flower and flourish elements. Each was stamped with Versamark ink and then heat embossed using Zing! Embossing Powders. I did just a few stamps at a time as to minimize the chance of smudging.

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Side View – Wallpaper Butterflies





Once embossed, I added the blue background by applying Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Inks using my Ink Blending Tools. My next task was to create the butterflies; enter the Silhouette Cameo.

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I cut the butterfly shapes out using my Cameo. I was a little concerned that the embossing powder might cause problems with the cutting but everything went great. The butterfly shape was purchase on the Silhouette Design Store (here).

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Once I had my butterflies, I needed to add the texture to my wallpaper. I pealed my background off the cutting mat and reinserted my butterflies and then using an embossing folder I ran the whole thing through my Epic 6. I added a little additional Broken China to emphasize the texture.

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I cut a few extra butterflies that I embossed with Gold Zing! Embossing Powder. I cut the two ovals out with my Cameo and stamped the sentiment from Mega Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink in Broken China. The second oval and gold layer on the background were created by smooshing the paper onto my Versamark pad and then heat embossing with the gold embossing powder.

Wallpaper Butterflies-7 I added a few rhinestones and foam mounted the sentiment and that was that.

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Stamps: Mat Stack 5 Collection & Mega Mixed Messages – Papertrey Ink

Ink: Versamark, Tumbled Glass & Broken China Distress Ink – Tim Holtz by Ranger

Paper: Neenah Solar White Card Stock, Baroque Burgundy Card Stock – Stampin’ Up

Misc.: Red Metallic & Gold Metallic Zing! Embossing Powders – American Crafts, Clear Adhehesive Gems – Mark Richards

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great weekend

Pair of French Country Cards


Today’s cards are a matched set made with Waltzing Mouse Stamp’s French Country Set, one in red and one in blue. This set is so darling and I like how all of the pieces work together. This set makes me think of Dutch doors, fat happy chickens and homemade bread in the oven.

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The red card was made with Real Red ink and the blue is in Buckaroo Blue ink. The sentiment panel was cut using Spellbinders Label 25.

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All of the images were heat embossed with clear embossing powder. To get the lighter fluer-de-lis I off-stamped on scratch paper before stamping on my label.

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On the blue card I did add a little coloring on the lower border with a light blue marker. I think that Waltzing Mouse Stamps makes outstanding and unique stamps and I am so glad to have found them.

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Stamps: French Country – Waltzing Mouse Stamps

Ink: Real Red & Buckaroo Blue – Stampin’ Up, Versamark

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Real Red & Buckaroo Blue Card Stock – Stampin’ Up

Misc.: Foam Dots – Stampin’ Up, Adhesive Gems – Hero Arts, Die – Spellbinders Label 25, Clear Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up, Blue Marker – Stampin’ Up

Make it Monday Challenge #218


This week’s challenge over at Capture the Moment is Watercolor with Die Cut Stencils. You can take a look at the video which shows a beautiful sample created by Lexi Day.

My card was inspired by a trip I took with my daughter to the Rock Ledge Ranch in Colorado Springs. It is a living history museum which covers life in Colorado during four time periods: 1775, 1860, 1880 and 1907. It was so much fun! This was a place I visited many times as a child and I was so happy to share it with my daughter. The house built in 1907 falls within the Edwardian Historical Period so I had to go with Papertrey Ink’s Simply Jane set for this challenge.


To begin, I started with a small piece of watercolor paper. I die cut the couple from white card stock and using an the negative shape I watercolored the negative space. I used several blues and a light application of teal.


I next die cut the frame and stamped the corresponding image. I then sponged over the die cut with Bashful Blue and a tiny touch of purple. Mostly I used purple because it was still on my sponge.


I added the sentiment and ribbon to a white panel, then adhered the panel to a navy and then blue panels. I then placed all of that on to a white card stock base. The framed image was adhered with foam tape.


I added adhesive pearls to the ribbon and then a Prima flower and jewel.


While this looks like a simple card it took several tries with the watercolor and I had a devil of a time getting my frame stamp and die cut lined up. In the tutorial video Lexi Day uses Removable Avery Labels instead of card stock for the stencil. I am sure this would have made the process much easier but I just couldn’t see purchasing a whole package of labels for just one project. If I do more like this I may have to breakdown a purchase some.


Paper: Watercolor – Strathmore, Neenah Solar White, Navy – Unknown, Brocade Blue – Stampin’ Up

Stamp & Die: Simply Jane Stamp Set & Die Set

Ink: Brocade Blue & Bashful Blue – Stampin’ Up

Misc.: Watercolor Paint – Artful Minds, 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon – Celebrate It, Adhesive Pearls – Recollections, Adhesive Gem – Little Yellow Bicycle, Flower – Prima, Foam Tape – Manco

Peacock & Green Dragonfly Thinking of You

Good Morning!

I cannot believe that we are starting to prepare for school already! It seems too soon. My daughter will be starting Kindergarten and we are all very excited. We are planning to get our school supply shopping done this week, I always enjoy office and school supplies. I couldn’t tell you why but I do and I know that I am not alone.

Today’s card features a large dragonfly stamp from Tattered Angels and lots of color mists and Distress Ink products, and handmade paper roses. I had a lot of fun making this card. It might be slightly over the top but I am alright with that.


One of the things that I like about this card is that I used some older products I had around and some new purchases. To start I created the background; I spritz it with Glimmer Mists in Dragonfly, Apple and Bahama Blue. Once that had dried I added additional color and depth using Mermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks.


I stamped the large dragonfly with Peacock Feathers ink. I then added Wink of Stella in White on the wings and body. It was a little heavy, so using a paper towel I removed some of the product. This gave it a much more subtle look.


I stamped the small solid dragonflies from Stampin’ Up’s Leapfrog set in Peacock Feathers. I then added a few white dots with a Gelly Roll pen.


Next came the chipboard frame. This is a product from Tattered Angels and was something that I got in a bargain box. I sprayed the frame with the same Glimmer Mists as the background. Once dry I added Stickles in Diamond, Firefly and Peacock. The frame came with a chipboard center with a letter in it that would not work for this project. So I traced the inner shape on card stock and then cut it out. The sentiment is from Mega Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink and was stamped using Peacock Feathers.


Once all of that dried I adhered the chipboard frame to my card. The small dragonfly was stamped in Twisted Citron Distress Ink and then I added Stickles in Firefly. The leaf fern shapes were purchased via the Silhouette Design Store and were cut out using my Silhouette Cameo and colored with Twisted Citron and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. The Distress Ink was sponged on as to not tear or bend the delicate leaves.


Next came the blue roses.  There were cut with the shape I created in my Silhouette Studio software and were cut using the Cameo out of white card stock. I sprayed the roses with Dragonfly and Bahama Blue Glimmer Mists and then allowed them to dry. They were assembled using hot glue and then I added more Stickles in Diamond and Peacock. Next I added all of the gems and adhesive pearls.


My last stamping was done on the inner panel of the card. I stamped three additional dragonflies in Twisted Citron and Peacock Feathers. Then these were glittered with Stickles.


Here is a close-up of the dragonflies. I am sure you can tell that they are still a little wet but I just couldn’t wait for them to dry!

One thing I wanted to mention was that because there is a lot going on in this card and the chipboard frame is pretty heavy I used 110lb weight for the card stock base, typically I use 80lb for everything but I happen to have a ream of 110lb that I purchased by mistake. I am very happy with how sturdy this card is and I think I may do more this way.



Stamps: Mega Mixed Messages – Papertrey Ink, Field Notes – Tattered Angels, & Leapfrog – Stampin’ Up

Paper: Neenah Solar White – 80lb & 110lb, Teal Card Stock – Recollections, Green Card Stock – Unknown

Ink: Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron & Mermaid Lagoon Distress Inks – Ranger by Tim Holtz

Stickles by Ranger: Firefly, Diamond and Peacock

Gems & Pearls: Pearls – Basic Grey, Clear Gems – TPC Studios, Teal Gems – Mark Richards

Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels: Dragonfly, Apple & Bahama Blue

Misc.: Frame – Tattered Angels, Wink of Stella in White, Scor-Tape 1/4″, Silhouette Cameo, hot glue

Thank you for stopping by!

Cloud Shaped Card

We are preparing for a very busy weekend. So, I am actually getting this post up fairly early (for me). Today’s card will be entered into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. The challenge was to make a shape card. Something other than a square or rectangle. I went with a little rain cloud.

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I mentioned in a previous post that I am endeavoring to use up some of my Designer Paper so I am using an older (retired) paper from Stampin’ Up. It is called Spring Flowers and has a nice pastel grunge feel. I used my Silhouette Cameo and software to design the shapes. The cloud is just a group of circles that were welded together.

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To create the rain drops I made circles and then using the Polygon tool I created a triangle and then welded them together. Once I had my basic shapes everything else was created using the Offset Tool.

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The sentiment was created with the LD This & That font, available via the Silhouette Online Store. I colored it with Copic markers in an ombre. The yellow/green words were colored with YG01, Y02, YG03 and then I bended over all the letters with E000 to give it a more muted look. The pink words were colored with R000, R20 & R22.  I used my Ink Blending Tool with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink to distress the cloud.

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Here you can see the inside of the card with shaped area to write a message.

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I love this sentiment because to me it is very important to try and find the upside in a difficult situation. I am looking forward to brightening someone’s day with my little rain cloud.


Paper: Sweet Blush Card Stock – Papertrey Ink, Spring Flowers DP 12″x12″ – Stampin’ Up, Brocade Blue Card Stock – Stampin’ Up

Ink: Hickory Smoke Distress Ink – Ranger

Copics: Y02, YG01, YG03, E000, R00, R20 & R22

Font: LD This & That – Silhouette America

I greatly appreciate you stopping by and wish you a wonderful weekend.

Framed Swallowtail


My project for today features a companion commission piece to my earlier framed butterfly. (Here) This piece was created to compliment a sage and purple curtain that had butterflies.  The actual art is 8″x10″.  Once framed it is around 11 1/2″ x 14 1/2″.

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I hung this on the wall so I could get a better photo. I am hoping to get this and the other piece boxed and shipped out this week.  I started with a large piece of card stock that I primed with gesso. I applied the gesso pretty heavy so there are lumps and bumps and blank spaces. Once that dried I started applying the background color.

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I used color mist sprays in a variety of colors. Letting them pool and then dry and then applying additional layers. This is an inexact process of applying and taking off the colors to get the look for the final product. Once dry I came back over the background with True Thyme, Vintage Purple and Always Artichoke inks applied with a sponge. This helped define some of the gesso and stamping.

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Once I had my background as I wanted it,  I stamped the large elements from the Pollen Dust 12″x12″ Set from Fancy Pants in the corners using Vintage Purple and Always Artichoke inks. I then added the small flowers in a variety of purples (also from the Pollen Dust Set).  I used the French Script background stamp from Stampin’ Up lightly and not fully inked in Dusty Concord Distress Ink in the top corner. The then added the “dots” distress elements in Dusty Concord Distress Ink from the Stampers Anonymous Urban Tapestry set.

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Next, I cut the background trellis shape using my Silhouette Cameo. This is a shape that I purchased from the online store (here). I cut the full sized image and then folded it to make the trellis double thickness. I colored the trellis by sponging on True Thyme, Vintage Purple and Always Artichoke ink. Once the trellis was dry I added Distress Stickles in Peeled Paint and Rock Candy Crackle Paint.

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Next came the fabulous swallowtail butterfly from Stampin’ Up. I purchased this stamp just for this project but I am sure you’ll see more of it. I stamped the butterfly using Papertrey Ink in True Black and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. To cut out the butterfly I used the Silhouette Studio PixScan. Basically you place your image to cut on a special mat, take a photo and then upload that photo to the software. Once the butterfly is in the software I used the Trace feature to cut a line around the butterfly. I think it worked great.

If I tried to cut it myself I would have cut off the antenna. It is possible that I have de-antenna(ed) many a butterfly, maybe, but you can’t prove anything.


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So then next I colored the butterfly with Copic markers. Once she was dry I added a tiny bit of Milled Lavender Distress Stickles. I wanted a light coat so one I had applied the glitter I spread it out with my finger.

So all that was left was to adhere the trellis and butterfly, then place it in the frame. This was one of those projects that took awhile to get going. In fact, I had the gessoed panels in my studio for over a week before I applied any color. Once we got rolling I was pretty happy.


Stamps: Pollen Dust 12″x12″ Set – Fancy Pants Designs, Urban Tapestry – Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous, French Script – Stampin’ Up

Paper:Neenah Solar White, Spring Moss Card Stock – Papertrey Ink, Royal Purple – The Paper Co

Ink: True Thyme, Vintage Purple, Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss Ink – Stampin’ Up, Dusty Concord Distress Ink – Ranger, True Black Ink – Papertrey Ink

Color Sprays: Copper, Granite, Fully Purple & Apple Glimmer Mists – Tattered Angels, Spray made with Tea Dye Re-inker – Ranger

Misc.: Gesso – Liquitex,Peeled Paint & Milled Lavender Distress Stickles – Ranger, Rock Candy Crackle Paint – Ranger, Zig 2-Way Glue Pen

Have a wonderful week & as always thank you for stopping by!


Red Brocade Get Well Card

Good Morning!

I had really hopped to get this card posted yesterday but I just had “one of those days” and so it didn’t happen. My day started when I obliterated a sprinkler head on my way out of the driveway creating a geyser in the front yard and went downhill from there. I have high hopes for today, however, and am looking forward to putting yesterday behind me.

Today’s card is a Get Well card for a friend. I have been having the color red floating around in my head for a few days and so red and black were the order of the day!

Get Well Wishes - stamps from Papertrey Ink & Hero Arts
Get Well Wishes – stamps from Papertrey Ink & Hero Arts

I started with a cherry red panel cut 4 1/2″ x 11″ and created a vertical card. I stamped the Elegant Brocade image from Hero Arts in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. The red panel was mounted to a piece of black card stock.

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I added two pieces of red grosgrain ribbon to create the look of a larger piece of ribbon. I then layered the velvet ribbon over the top. This panel was then mounted to the card case using foam tape. I recently inherited some foam tape and I am loving it.

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I stamped the red frame from Papertrey Ink on a scrap of white card stock in Real Red ink and then the sentiment. I cut the image out and mounted it to a red then black panels of card stock. The sentiment was mounted using black foam squares.

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The black mini roses were cut using my Silhouette Cameo and the flower shape I created. I then assembled the roses using my hot glue gun and once attached and cooled I added the glitter with Stickles in Black Diamond.

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My last step was to add the tiny gems. I added a white panel on the inside so I can write my message.

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Close-up Image


Paper: Cherry Splash – Bazzill, Black – Recollections, & Neenah Solar White

Stamps: Elegant Brocade – Hero Arts, Fancy Phrases – Waltzing Mouse Stamps

Ink: Real Red Ink – Stampin’ Up, True Black – Papertrey Ink & Versamark

Misc.: Silhouette Cameo, Foam Tape – Monco Inc, 1/8″ Foam Squares (Black) – Therm-o-Web, 1/4″ Red Grosgrain Ribbon – Celebrate It!, 3/8″ Black Velvet Ribbon – Celebrate It!, 2mm Clear Gems – Mark Richards, Clear Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up, Black Diamond Stickles – Ranger

Thanks for spending your time here!