Watercoloring Success!

At last, a bit of watercoloring I can be happy with. I love these Doodle Buds stamps by WPlus9 and have seen so many gorgeous cards made using them. I was inspired by this card I found on Pinterest and just changed it up a bit.

Maybe this watercolor stuff isn't as hard as I thought :-) I may have used the Zig Clean Color Brush Pens, or it could be Distress Ink, I honestly don't remember. The Distress Inks are much easier to use, though, at least for me. I may break out my Gansai Tambi set someday, once I get a little more comfortable with the whole thing.

Stamps & Dies: WPlus9 Doodle Buds, SSS Sending and Wishing


Birthday Cards

I finally made some cards! It's been a while and I just haven't been able to muster the inspiration after failing miserably at watercolors, but 2 imminent birthdays got me back in the groove. Well, that and an inspiration card here:


I sponged pigment ink over white embossing on a piece of Simon Says Stamp Fog cardstock and added a little Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen for some sparkle. The sparkly sequins added a little more bling.

I've also gotten a bit better at watercolors, so there may be more cards posted here soon. Thanks for hanging in there with me.

Stamps: SimonSaysStamp Spring Flowers
Ink: Radiant Neon Electric Yellow, Electric Pink, and Electric Coral, Hero Arts Charcoal (sentiment)
Die: Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday
Lifestyle Crafts Shape 'n Tape
Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins


To The Moon, Alice!

Who remembers that show? Ah, the good old days :-)

I've seen so many of these galaxy backgrounds and I was just fascinated by how cool they look. Some of them seem really involved - 4 or 5 colors, blending till your arms fall off, spritzing and splattering with this and that, etc. I watched the videos (over and over again) and checked out the blog posts, and finally settled on this one from Jennifer McGuire.

It was much easier than I thought, and I love the way they turned out. 

So, I made a birthday card for my sweet (31 year old) baby girl. I cut out the moon using a circle die and added some tiny stars for the shaker bits.

After I put the whole thing together it occurred to me that there are no stars in or on the moon. It's art, just go with it, I said. So I did. She liked it and that's all that matters to me.


One More Valentine Card

This one is for the most adorable little guy in the world, my grandson :-)

I've had this stamp set forever and I thought it would be perfect for this occasion. The little monster is on an action wobbler! He's too cute!

He's colored with Copics, and I used similar colors of ink with the MFT Distressed Patterns stamp set for the background. I embossed it using a We R Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folder. The tiny hearts were made with a Simon Says Stamp stencil and I die cut it with a postage die from MFT.