Birthday Nebula

Today I made a card for a challenge featuring "space".  I have always been fascinated by depictions of deep space.  I don't know if the colors shown in the nebula are the real colors but they're so beautiful in such an awe inspiring way.  I enjoy listening to Neil Degrasse Tyson explain the mysteries of the universe in ways that the average person can understand and be enchanted by. 

I created this space background by using Brusho watercolor crystals.  To begin with I used removable tape to adhere watercolor card stock to a wooden clipboard.  I spritzed the watercolor paper with water and began dropping in tiny amounts of the more brightly colored Brushos.  I move them around a little with a paint brush.  I then added black Brusho in separated areas.  Finally when the piece wasn't as wet I added white Brusho which just sort of clumped together.  I left it to dry all night.  The next day I spattered white chalk paint twice using different sized brushes and drying between. 

Card Size:   A2   5 1/2"  x  4 1/4"

Stamps:   Penny Black- Sprinkles & Smiles set

Specialty Paper:   Ranger Distress Watercolor Paper

Inks/Color:   Brusho- watercolor crystals,  Archival Jet Black,  white acrylic paint

Embellishments:   Basic Grey- Alphabet stickers,  Doodlebug Design Sprinkles- Graduation Stars


Violet Faerie

Sometimes I just get a little tired of current stamping trends i.e. miniature sized "cute critters"...and go off on a search for new pretty, alternative and/or realistic stamps.  My last search led me to Aurora Wings on Etsy.  If you love faeries both whimsical and realistic these digital stamps are drawn beautifully.  I colored this design with Copics and practiced some more on hair.  I also learned a tip about adding two or more white dots to the eyes for a more realistic shine effect.  I'm sorry I'm not sure where I learned that as I was binge watching You Tube this past Sunday.  I will update when I figure it out.  I also have used the Wednesday Sketch Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers for the card design today.  I think it made a nice backdrop for my main image.

 Card Size:   A6   6 1/4"  x  4 1/2"

Stamps:   Reverse Confetti- In A Big Way set,  Aurora Wings- faerie,  

Specialty Paper:   Santoro London- Mix 6x6,  Maja Design- Stripes scrap

Ink/Color:   Archival Jet Black,  Copic markers,  Uniball Signo White gel pen,  Prisma Color Pencils- White and Parma Violet

Embellishments:   Papertrey Ink- clear Drops,  Misc. Sequins

Dies:   Memory Box- Meridian Border


I am Here

I forget to use lots of my stamping acquisitions when creating cards.  Today I made a card for a challenge to use corner dies or stamps.  I have a lot of  corners lurking in my die collection.  For some cards these are just the perfect touch.  I used a very large silhouette style faerie die from Lavinia/Celtic Dreams.  I die cut the design using a textured black card stock.  Making black die cut corners to match helped to balance out the intensity of the central design. I just fell in love with the dotty paper I backed the faeries on. It looks like colorful teeny tiny bokeh.  I spritzed that paper with a fine clear glitter spray before using. I also used a fine glitter card stock to make my faeries have sparkly wings.  I made this card as a "hug" for my granddaughter Annah.

 Card Size:   5 1/2"  x  5 1/2"

Stamps:   W Plus 9- Guiding Light Sentiments

Specialty Paper:   Authentique- Latest & Greatest 6x6",  DCWV- Glitter Card Stock

Color/Ink-   Archival Jet Black Ink,  Zig Wink of Stella

Dies:   Lavinia/Celtic Dreams- Stargazing,  La-La Land- Filigree Corner,  Penny Black- Heartfelt(smile)

Embellishment:   Impress Bubbles-clear



I bought a stamp with a greeting in French because I liked the sound of it...not because I can speak French...woefully I can't.  "Coucou" is such a cheerful way to say hello...much better than "hell-oh".   

I made this cheerful birthday card because I was inspired by the Splitcoast Stampers weekly featured stamper Misti Oblander. A visit to her gallery will feature lots of flowers, some Crazy Birds and House Mouse cards...just to name a few. 

Geraniums are a favorite flower for me because they are so low maintenance.  I had a couple of digital geraniums to choose from.  I found Beccy Muir digital images at her website Beccy's Place.  I like the simplicity yet complexity of her hand drawn designs.  It's hard to tell since I photograph under "white" light but these flowers and leaves are popping with intense bright color in "real life".  I decided to make the vellum border and white emboss my word phrase because I needed to tone a little of my greens down.  My digital camera just goes crazy when I photograph bright green.  I colored with Copic markers and added highlights with a Berol Prisma color pencil.

Card Size:   A2   5 1/2"  x  4 1/4"

Stamps:   Stampotique- Coucou!,  MFT- Tickled Pink,  Becky Muir- geranium digital

Specialty Paper:   Authentique- Spectrum Series I

Inks/Color:   Copic Markers,  Hero Arts- White Embossing Powder,  VersaMark Ink

Dies:   Memory Box- Chesapeake Scroll Work and Villanti Crest,  MFT- Framing Flourishes and Stitched Stax Squares

Embellishment:   Zva Creative- Pink Pearls



Ah-h-h the dog days of summer.  It's hard to be too motivated in the midst of the summer doldrums.  I decided to take on a challenge which involved a simple request to make a card using anything that flies.  I jumped at the opportunity to use another background from my stash.  This background started with a design page from Cosmo Cricket's Just Add Water series.  These are somewhat thin watercolor papers already printed with a clear lacquer or gold foil design.  I added Peerless watercolors to this piece.  It dried pretty wavy but I used a heavy red liner tape to adhere it and everything smoothed out fine.  I would definitely use less water on future "Just Add Water" pieces.  I do like the design concept of this paper line.  I added a camouflaged word die (relax) to this card and added more die layers for a total of five.  I liked the more chunky look of the word for this card.

card size:   A6   6 1/4"  x  4 1/2"

Stamps:   MFT- Chalkboard Greetings

Specialty Paper:   Cosmo Cricket Just Add Water 8" x 8",  Stardreams Copper, Pale Blue Vellum

Ink/Color:   Peerless Watercolor,  Fine Tec- Metallic Watercolor

Dies:   Poppy Stamps- Princess and Josefina Butterflies,  Memory Box- Vivienne and Darla Butterflies,  Simon Says Stamp- Relax

Embellishments:   Queen & Co-  Droplets Yellow, 



This was one of my most favorite backgrounds.  It is very subtle but has a lot of texture.  I embossed the Hero Arts Leafy Vines background in white on watercolor card stock.  I then taped the piece to a wooden clip board, added some water, and dropped in four Distress Ink colors.  I allowed it to air dry overnight.  When I looked at it the next day I could see it was very pastel but knew it would make an interesting background piece.  Today when I chose it for the background for this card I sprayed it a couple of time with a clear glitter spray.  I was just going to have the fairy flying but decided to have fun building a little scene.  This was one of those cards that I just kept adding little things to. It was an enjoyable way to spend a hot & muggy afternoon... down in my chilly stamp room.  I used the Irresistible Pico Embellisher for the first time today.  It was very easy to make all the dots on the mushrooms.  The hard part was just waiting 30 minutes for it to dry.

A6   6 1/4"  x  4 1/2"

Stamps:   Character Construction- Time Keepers #16,  Hero Arts- Leafy Vines,  Stamper's Anonymous- The Journey,  Verve- Words of Wisdom(inside),  Verve-Wings of Love(soar.)

Specialty Paper:   Simple Stories Snap!- Color Vibe,  Lawn Fawn- Polka Dot Mon Amie,  BoBunny- Double Dots Soft Shades,  Chickaniddy Crafts- Collection Pad

Ink/Color:   Distress Inks,  Copic Markers, Hero Arts- White Emboss Powder,  Irresistible Pico Embellisher- Wedding Dress(white),  Imagine Crafts- Sheer Shimmer Spritz,  Wink of Stella

Dies:   Character Construction- fairy,  Poppy Stamps- Bunny Buddies and Forest Mushrooms,  Memory Box- Donnington Tendril,  Simon Says Stamp- Mini Stars,  Tim Holtz- Butterfly Frenzy,  Martha Stewart- Pine Branch punch

Embellishment:   Papertrey Ink- Clear drops (adhered with Ranger Glossy Accents)



This was one of those days where I literally could have run away to join the circus.  I have so many chores building up.  Who likes household drudgery?...not me...not today.  I decided I was going to take a stab at clearing my stamp studio but got distracted by the Wednesday Sketch Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers.  It was an interesting sketch - a little wonky with parts sticking out past the edge of the card and a few angles.  I took a background I had created using Distress Inks and an embossing folder.  It was a boring piece that needed a lot of "love" to make it come to life.  I stamped my three piece circus parade on top of the design using the MISTI tool.  Then I tried a technique that was new for me.  I brushed bleach onto parts of the stamped image to remove stray parts of the background design.  I did this on the face, dress, elephant's blanket/saddle and other small spots.  I heated the bleach to dry using my heat tool.  It worked great!  Now I could water color those nice clean areas.

Card Size:   A2   5 1/2"  x  4 1/4"

Stamps:   Character Construction- Cirque #13,  Penny Black-Amazing set(inside)

Specialty Paper:   Echo Park-Dots & Stripes,  Amy Tangerine- Rise & Shine,  Joy Crafts- Vintage Textures

Ink/Color:   Distress Inks,  Archival Jet Black

Dies:   Poppy Stamps- Classic Ribbons,  MFT- Fishtail Flags,  Waltzing Mouse- Stitched Scallops

Embellishments:   German Scrap,  Recollections- Gold Balls,  Tiny Attacher


Glam Birthday

The Green Wedding Shoes website was the inspiration for the 500th Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers.  This site was filled with creative ideas for weddings.  I fell in love with the Great Gatsby look as my inspiration.  My own wedding was pretty much the opposite of such a fancy, gilded affair.  I was married by Judge Maybe(yes-real name) in a tiny chapel dominated by a very loud grandfather's clock...and the non-stop nervous jingling of my husbands car keys.  No regrets after 41 years.  It's all about the heart after all.

Card Size:   5"  x  7"

Stamps:   Chocolate Baroque-Fabulous Flappers,  Papertrey Ink-Gatsby Glamour

Specialty Paper:   Basic Grey- Little Black Dress 12 x 12,  Stardreams Antique Gold card stock, 

Ink/Color:   Distress Inks- Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Abandoned Coral, Wild Honey, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Pumice Stone, Uniball Gold Gel Pen, Wink of Stella

Dies:   Memory Box- Framing Flourishes

Embellishment:   K & Company- Flora & Fauna Stud Metal Art, Recollections- Gold Beads,  Swarovski Crystals Black #5 and #7


Hope Endures

The technique challenge that inspired this card is Camouflaged Dies.  I thought this might look good on another one of my backgrounds living in the "stash".  I maybe should have made this layered die even thicker.  I die cut the word Hope through my card and embedded the die using an adhesive backing under the die cut opening to help hold it well.  This eliminates one layer of the 4 that I used.  I also backed the die cut onto black card stock layers to get more definition for the word.
I am enduring the yuck of a summer cold but will be enjoying the holiday weekend regardless.  I hope you all have a lovely 4th. :)

Card Size:  A2  5 1/2"  x  4 1/4"

Stamps:   Winnie & Walter- The Big, the Bold & Comfort,  MFT- Butterflies

Ink/Color:   Distress Inks,  Archival Jet Black

Dies:   Winnie & Walter- The Big, the Bold & Comfort die(hope),  Waltzing Mouse- Scalloped Stitched Layers,  Memory Box- Swirl Butterfly

Embellishments:   Swarovski Crystals