Monday, July 27, 2015

Muse: ChristmasVisions 12: Marika Rahtu

I simply could not miss playing at the Muse: ChristmasVisions 12 this week, as the MUSE is the ever so delightful MARIKA RAHTU!  You all know how influential her coloring videos have been for me:)  It was a pleasure to get some of my Purple Onion Stamps out and create a scene in the corner:)
Here is my card:

The MUSE card from Marika
I chose to stick to the colors Marika used in her card however, I used my Disstress markers.

After coloring the images I added a few stars from 
Waffle Flower Holiday Labels: Merry stamp set.

My youngest son, Mark, wanted to play along:)
Here is his card: He enjoyed making a stack of gifts like Marika did!

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YAY! Thanks for the votes:)))

Saturday, July 25, 2015


I could not resist playing along with the gals at Papertrey for this month's blog hop.
Here is the inspiration photo:
and here is my card using 
Beautiful Butterflies and Beautiful Butterflies Layers
Thanks for stopping by, and HAPPY HOPPING!


Super excited to be HIGHLIGHTED in the PTI August 2015 Newsletter with this card:)

Friday, July 17, 2015

JULY 17..Birthday girl:)

Today happens to be the birthday of Becca Crugar...aka. Damsel of Distressed cards and other lovelies:)
She is a living DOLL, a vintage gal after my own heart.
I'm SO very glad to have met Becca here in card making blogland:) She is a master of words and crafty girl of all things paper, ink and scissors.
my card was inspired by the MOOD BOARD created by Becca.

There is a party going on over at her blog,.. with PRIZES!!!
now run over there and wish her a good day!
and get crafty:)

Also linking this up to the Mixed Media Card Challenge #13: BLUE

Thanks for the highlight Melissa and Yasmina!


dress stencil used from STAMPlorations

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Wplus9 CHALLENGE: Get Sketchy with Joni #2

Hello all! I have a card today based on the sketch from Joni at Wplus9.

Here's my card:

I used inks from SSS and Fresh Cut Containers stamp set:
Then added clear Wink of Stella to the diecut HELLO which was inked in my new favorite SSS color HOLLYHOCK:)
 I also added some glossy accents "dewdrops"

Here are the other colors I used:

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015


YAY!! It is release day at PTI, Boy am I excited about the VINTAGE Linen stamps, dies and papers:)
They also have introduced a new challenge for the release week instead of MIM.

--Create a project utilizing inspiration you've seen during release week.

Choosing just one of the DT projects to work with was very difficult:)
I ended up with this beauty from Laura Bassen.

Yes, mine is a CASE using what I have at home already: 
Beautiful Brushstrokes
BB: Random Stripes
Keep it Simple: Praying for you

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Learning from Marika: CASEd


Today I have a card simply stamped and colored following  many helpful instructions from Marika Rahtu. You may be familiar with her beautifully colored cards using ALTENEW stamps. I find her coloring videos filled with thoughtful insight on how to make flowers come to life on the paper!

Here is my card:

Inks and INKTENSE watercolor pencils I used.
 And the colors for the background wash.

I flat out copied the composition from Marika's card here. The  Lacy Scrolls stamps helped in keeping the white highlights on the end of the petals.
Over-all I'm happy with the flowers. Still planning on practicing MUCH more:)
THANK YOU so much Marika in sharing so much with your readers...You are a SUPER teacher!

  • Paper: Neenah Solor White
  • Stamps:  Altenew LACY SCROLLS, Bejeweled and Painted Butterflies
  • Inks: SSS Green Apple, Cotton Candy, Black
  • Pencils: Inktense Watercolor

Linking up to:
Virginia's View Challenge #16

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, July 6, 2015

STAMPlorations Sketch Challenge #36

Here's my card for the Sketch challenge at STAMPlorations.

I used texture paste on the stencil and WOW embossing powder. Fussy cut the butterfly out and scraped some of the extra, not supposed to be there, powder off with the edge of a craft knife.
That is the feathery blue inside the wings.  I liked the effect:)

The sketch has a wonderful Mixed media feel to it...HOPE you play along!

Be sure to stop by STAMplorations to see all the DT cards. 
And the Guest Designer cards from  Melissa L., Irena, and Karola

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Freestyle Summer Anemones from Wplus9

Good Sunday to ya! Hope your weekend has been relaxing:)
I had a chance to play with  Watercolored Anemones from Wplus 9.  The color combo is from
Here is my freestyle quick stamping with the Anemones set as well as a few tiny stamps from More Fresh Cuts and Pretty Little Peonies.
I enjoyed how easy the flowers came together without much fuss of getting the stamp layers exact!
Like DAWN says in many of her watercolor videos, the brain will fill in the details with just a hint of a flower shape:)

Linking up to the PURE COLOR challenge here.

Thanks for stopping by and have a Blessed day!


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Learning to color with ZIG markers

I took some time to play with a new favorite stamp set and worked with the Zig Clean Color real brush markers some more. Figuring out what paper works best with the ZIG markers has been a challenge.
I started out with  RANGER SPECIALTY STAMPING PAPER, stamped and heat embossed the flower images several times. then set to coloring with these ZIG colors for the the background panel. 

  • First, I went over the flower images one at a time with water from the waterbrush . Then added color directly from the makers, adding more water and darker color as needed.
  • Then I wanted to create a woodgrain look behind the flowers so I simply flicked small strokes of various colors on the panel and moved the colors around with the  waterbrush.
  • I drew some stems for each flower and stamped several leaves and colored them. Not spending much time.
  • The word THANKS is the last layer I stamped in SSS FOG throughout the panel.
  • A few wraps of colored thread and  PPP sequins to dress it up:)  A die cut sentiment from PTI in black was all that I added to finish the card after popping it up on a card base..

It was good to play around and learn while making the panel:)
Hope you like it too!
I will be linking up to: 

Thanks for stopping by!


Stamp set used  from STAMPlorations

Friday, July 3, 2015

STAMPlorations July 2015 Challenge

Hello and Good Friday to ya!
I used:
Just a quick and simple card stamping the birds then Inking Disstress inks through the stencil!
I tried to keep the distressing Clean and Simple today:)

Be sure to stop by and see what the other gals have created!
Guest Designers Sarah GMelissaLee Ann and Flo are sure to DELIGHT:)

Thanks for stopping by

Thursday, July 2, 2015

STAMPlorations DAY 4 Birthday Blog Hop

Here is my card using:

I used simple masking for this one layer card:)
The SUPER AMAZING Guest designer for today is: TAHEERAH ATCHIA
Check out what the rest of the team made! You'll find links to all birthday blog hop projects here.
Did you know there are PRIZES???
  • Prizes for commenting on the STAMPlorations blog, STAMPlorations designers blogs, and guest designers blogs:
  • 1 winner of $25 gift certificate
  • 5 winners of $10 gift certificate

  • Prizes for linking up a party/celebration/birthday project:

  • 3 winners of the party stamp sets (1 winner of Party Mates, 1 winner of Party Time, 1 winner of PartyGirl)
  • 1 winner of $25 gift certificate (if STAMPlorations stamps/stencils are used) or $15 gift certificate (if non-STAMPlorations stamps/stencils are used)

  • ***winners are randomly drawn

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


I wanted to give coloring COVER PLATES a go this week as shown by the lovely LAURA BASSEN at PTI.
What a fun way to personalize those coverplates!
I used the colors from  COLORPLAY suggested in the PTI July newsletter.
WINK of STELLA CLEAR and GOLD glitter pens were used to accent the centers of the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by!


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