More Watercolors

I have been on a watercoloring kick lately. This is addictive, I tell you! I’ve tried Distress Ink, Gamsai Tambi, Zig Clean Color Brush Markers, Tombow markers, and even my neglected Twinkling H2Os. The Zig CCB Markers were my least favorite.

All of these images were stamped and embossed on Ranger watercolor cardstock. I have several other brands, but the Ranger is bright white and the colors look so much better on it.

This one was colored with Distress Inks – Aged Mahogany and Victorian Velvet for the flowers, and probably Crushed Olive with a little Forest Moss for the leaves. I got brave and flicked a little watered down Aged Mahogany with a paintbrush! I’m always afraid of ruining the whole thing that way, but it worked out this time. Whew!

I love the SSS Antique Gold embossing powder. It gives some pretty shine without being too in-your-face.

Twinkling H2Os on this one. It’s been SO long since I used them, but I will be using them more often, I think. I love the way this turned out, just a subtle shimmer and shine. No Wink of Stella needed. If you still have these, get them out and show them some love – you won’t regret it.
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It’s hard to capture the shimmer in a photograph, but it’s there.

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This one (WPlus9 Dahlia) was colored with Tombow markers that I scribbled on an acrylic block. I used a waterbrush and colored with them the same way as with the Distress Inks and H2Os. The colors are a little softer, but I love the effect. I think I need more colors.

Once again, I used the SSS Antique Gold embossing powder. Love that stuff!

Thanks for stopping by and I’d love to hear what your favorite watercolors are and also your favorite watercolor paper. Just click the Comment button below and let me know.


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.

Just some Valentine's Cards

I should probably post these separately, but I'm feeling a little lazy this morning. 

I had to make a couple of shaker cards, and I finally tried a simple watercolor background.

I was inspired by this card on Torico's blog. I used a Simon Says Stamp stencil for the tiny hearts. The shaker part is a little shallow, but it was a PITA to put the foam tape on the back of that die cut piece so one layer was all it got. It still shakes and I didn't add too many shaker bits. I wanted to use fun foam for the backing, but my brain just went blank since it involved 2 separate dies.

I love this stamp set from My Favorite Things! It's called Distressed Patterns. I added a little nest of silver thread behind the heart on this one.

Silver washi tape and some glittery hearts here. The large hearts are left over from the shaker card above. I actually made 2 shakers but apparently neglected to take a photo of the other one.

This heart die from Concord & 9th is fabulous. I die cut it from white and also from some cardstock on which I had done a little ink blending with Distress Inks, then added the colored pieces back into the die cut.

I may have gotten a little over-enthusiastic with the stamps on these 2 :-)

The heart is die cut from a piece of cardstock that I covered with some washi tape strips.

Happy Valentine's Day!


Another Birthday Card

I found this photo on my phone and thought I had posted it, but apparently not.


The ‘happy’ die (My Favorite Things) is adhered to craft foam cut with the same die for some added dimension, and the ‘birthday’ die (Papertrey Ink) was cut from yellow craft foam – apparently mounted a little wonky, although it could be the angle of the photo Smile I think I added some Stick-It adhesive to the back of both dies before cutting. It is SO much easier than trying to get liquid adhesive on them. I just saw a post on Laura Bassen’s blog this morning where she adhered the cardstock to the craft foam BEFORE die cutting and she said it worked perfectly. I will try that next time.

The balloon was made using an MFT die. I embossed the stars with white embossing powder and sponged some Distress Ink over it before die cutting. I added some sequins (adhered with micro glue dots), some die cut hearts, and a little twine on the balloon.


What’s Shakin’?

A birthday card, that’s what! It’s been a while since I’ve made a shaker card. After I watched Kristina Werner’s video using this cool Simon Says Stamp die I had to get out the shaker ingredients.

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I may have gotten a little over-ambitious with the sequins and stuff, but I love the way it turned out. I made one for a friend, and another one with different colors in the background for my son’s birthday in December. The Stick-It adhesive is what makes it so dead simple to create. They are just so much fun to make and fun to receive, as well.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year!