With Love

For today's card, I cut the Die'sire Create-A-Card A2 Card Size Die - With Love from freezer paper, ironed it onto some Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock and airbrushed with the Craftwell eBrush and Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers. It's so magical when you take off the freezer paper. 

I added some pearls and a sentiment from Sentimentals, popped it up onto a card base and sighed. ;)

Happy Birthday, Wise Owl

I had this piece of "smooshed" background, that I'd made with Spectrum Aqua Markers from Crafter's Companion, sitting on my desk next to The Wise Owl from Sheena Douglass' line of individual EZMount stamps. I wondered what would happen if I stamped the owl onto my colorful background and lifted the color from the image, leaving the pretty background around it.

It takes a bit of work and time, but I love the result. I added color to my owl friend, along with a sentiment from the latest http://www.crafterscompanion.com/Crafters-Inspiration--Issue-6-Spring-Edition_p_3555.html Issue.

I can't wait to try this with some of my favorite Sheena Douglass florals.

Spectrum Aquas: orchid, purple, marine, aquamarine, gold, tan, charcoal, black


There's a fun new release at Simon Says Stamp today. 

I played with some of the products pre-release (thanks so much, Heidi) and they are so fun and fresh. The new ink colors are amazing! 

I used the new Birthday Circle die set and new Hollyhock and Rosie Cheeks inks, along with lavender and soft navy to create the background for this fun cupcake.

I used the new Cone Building stamp set and coordinating dies along with Rosie Cheeks inks again for this sweet card. 

(i recorded my process for both of these cards and i'm trying to relearn editing...it's not like riding a bicycle :/ i'll have those up as soon as i figure that crap out)

Every Day Is A Gift, Darling

This lovely shop-a-holic from Crafter's Companion and Frou Frou made an appearance on my Instagram feed recently when I colored her with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers for #TheDailyMarker30Day2 challenge running this month. My friend, Kathy Racoosin brought back this fun, no stress challenge for the month of June. Just color something everyday, even if just for 5 minutes, and post to whatever social media you prefer and add #TheDailyMarker30Day2.

Frou Frou Shoppe
SN: FS2, FS3, GG1, GG2, GG3, BG1, BG2, BG3, TN2, TN3, TN4, DR2, CR9, CR10, IG1, IG2, IG4, LG1, LG2, LG3, EB1, Blender
Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock

Just For You

Kinda not loving this, though--wish I'd done less to the background...or less to the typewriter. I will revisit this and get back to you. ;)


With Sympathy

One of my husband's co-workers lost his father and this is LITERALLY the 2nd time the man has asked me to make a card. No. Joke. He must sorta like the guy?

I used some images from a Crafter's Companion Stamp-It Australia set and sentiments from a Hero Arts set (my GOTO for sympathy cards because of the beautiful script and variety).

I colored the image and background with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers. But when it was "finished" I though it needed some more interest. So I added some distressing with a very pale tan marker, which caused some mottling because the lighter the marker color, the more alcohol--the more alcohol, the more the marker behaves like the blender. I decided that I really dug the mottling, so I used rubbing alcohol on a wash cloth the blot the image to create more texture. My friend Kathy Racoosin will be so proud.

A Special Wish

Crafter's Companion recently introduced a new papercrafting line called Kimono. The line includes dies, stamps, embossing folders, patterned paper and a papercrafting CD. The images in the stamp sets are so elegant, I fell in love immediately. I chose the figure in the Butterfly Silk set, along with a greeting and the tiny bird and stamped them onto a panel of Ultra Smooth Premium white cardstock. I colored the images with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers.

I masked off the trim and background of the figure and stamped the delicate sakura image onto the main part of the kimono to create a patterned robe. (This was actually my brilliant husband's idea, I love that he supports and encourages my addiction hobby.) I matted the image off-kilter onto a black panel and added to a coordinating card base that I stamped with the sakura image.

I am delighted with this stamp set, so be prepared to get bored to def with it!

Butterfly Silk
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers: FS1, FS3, PP1, PP2, PP4, PP5, IG1, IG4, IG6, IG9, BT1, BT2, BT4, DG1, Blender
Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock

Happy Mother's Day

to all the Moms, Mommys, Mums, Memas, Mammaw, Grandmas, Grannies, Nannies and Ghees out there, have a beautiful day and know that you are loved and appreciated each day