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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Flowers at Midnight

Happy Saturday!  Things have been so hectic I haven't been inking as much as I would like. I started creating something a few days ago and mucked it up.  So this morning I sat down to follow the same creative path and see if I could finish it. 

I was happy with what I finished.  I decided to use it as my blog header too!  I created this from a large piece of cardstock spritzed with two layers of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.  I used a lighter yellow and a darker yellow together.  I had to let that dry. (My first version was a scrap paper which I tried this on and messed up)

After it had dried I took a background stamp from Hero Arts which had never been inked up and in my collection for over a year at least and stamped it with black archival ink on the left. I then inked it up and repeated the pattern varying the height to create a garden.  Of course I wasn't good enough to completely cover my background with black ink. I found another background stamp with a nice area of plain rubber and used that to ink in areas that weren't completely covered in black. I also used a blue water color pencil and added a hint of blue to the background.

I added a touch of gold shading on the edges of my flowers with the watercolor pencil and waterbrush. 

I then came back in and stamped randomly a touch of script in black ink.  I punched out baby butterflies to sprinkle across the canvas.  For my white spots I put a dollop of white acrylic paint on my craft mat and gave it a nice dose of water.  After I mixed it in I took a paint brush with a flat edge and covered it in watery paint and ran my finger over the brush to create a spray of white paint over everything. (I mean everything so you might want to move everything out of the way!)

I couldn't bring myself to cut down my image so my MIL is going to get an extra large card for Mother's Day :)

Products: Hero Arts, Ranger Archival Ink, STAEDTLER watercolor pencils, White acrylic paint, ED Success Punch, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist

Have a Happy Saturday!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Create Art

Good Morning! Here is a little inspiration to get your ink flowing... The new DarkRoom Door Create Art got me creating a paint speckled card.

I stamped everything in black and then used paint to add the pops of color.  I created my own background emulating the stamp on the bottom layer with a touch of black ink and pops of color. I took the tops off of some old brushes as a fun embellishment.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Live Happily

I have to admit that I am quite addicted to the cute House Mouse Designs.  I get to play with the new releases from Stampendous of these adorable images.  I have two from the April release.  This first one is just too cute.  Lazing around in an inner tube with his big glass of pink lemonade. 

I colored the image with STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell watercolor pencils.  Sponged some yellow dye ink around the top and blue dye ink around the bottom.  I highlighted the fish with a touch of glitter and the water with a mix of crystal and light blue glitter.

The second one reminds me of Templeton in Charlotte's web at the fair when he ate all that junk food.
This was a quick card to create and I had fun coloring the image. I love stamping these images and then taking them on the road with me when I travel along with my STAEDTLER Watercolor pencils. Although this image was colored with Copics, something I don't usually do but I wanted that bright blue and green combo which the Copics make shine.

Products: Stampendous - Cupcake Belly, Stampendous - Happy Birthday, Stampendous - Inner Tube Nap, Stampendous Live Happily, STAEDTLER - Karat Aquarell Watercolor Pencil, May Arts, Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen, Stampendous Ultra Fine Glitter - Yellow, Blue, Memento Dandelion Dye Ink

Hope this brightened your day today!


Sunday, April 13, 2014


This week the challenge at  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is all about winged things. 
 Of course you know I started thinking about butterflies and birds right away but you can be inspired by airplanes, fairy wings or dragonflies.

I started playing with a brand new stencil from Memory Box called Happy Days.  I laid it onto white cardstock and started misting away.

These are just two of the pieces I created.  I added a bit of tulle with a little tag and a sweet little sentiment and a swarm of baby butterflies.

Memory Box - Happy Day, Heidi Swapp - Color Shine - Primrose, Memory Box - Dancing Butterflies Die, Memory Box - Wishing You, CrinolineVersafine Toffee Ink, Dylusions Sprays, Memory Box - Jingle Bells, Ranger Archival Ink - Magenta Hue, 
  StazOn - Teal Blue

Come play along with us  for an opportunity for a chance  to win a   Simon Says Stamp $50 Gift Voucher.

Happy Monday!



Hello! Wishing you all a blessed Sunday! 

I thought I would share a set of notecards I created.   They started from a few new things on my desk the DarkRoom Door Texture French Script, Darkroom Door -Emulsion, and the Ranger Archival Ink - Cornflower Blue.

I found myself mixing those three elements with the Versafine Toffee Ink and the Ranger Distress Ink - Rusty Hing.
I just mixed in a few other images and sentiments from Darkroom Door to create a quick and easy set of notecards.
The rest of the products include:  DarkRoom Door - Country WindmillDarkRoom Door Bold Blossoms, Darkroom Door - Wildflowers Vol 2, DarkRoom Door - New York Vol 1DarkRoom Door - Vintage OfficeDarkroom Door - Tick Tock,  A little white twine,  and a few embellishments.

Have a wonderful Sunday!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Rustic Door

Hello!  I am back with another tag!

 I was playing with some new brush stroke stamps from Darkroom Door.   I took the straight brush stroke and repeated the image using the new Ranger Archival Watering Can ink. I loved how it looked like wood grain. 

I immediately thought of the Keyhole and Big Key  stamps to create the effect of an old wooden door.  I then had to add butterflies and a pop of yellow.  The butterflies are from the Eclectic Butterfly and the butterfly from the Butterfly Post Collage stamp.  I then spent quite awhile trying to figure out what sentiment to use on my tag.  This was my second choice from the Tick Tock set.

My first take was:

I used he words from the Wordblock Creativity.  I love these wordblocks as they have varying sizes of words and a variety of them that can be used in pieces.

Have a happy Wednesday!


Sunday, April 6, 2014


How about a trip or a few different trips to exciting destinations?  This week the challenge at  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is about journeys.  You can interpret that in a variety of ways. I decided to create a few different tags inspired by placing I have either visited or want to visit. .  

My first tag is Parisian.  I have never been to France at all but it is definitely on my list to visit.

This tag came together quickly with the inspiration from the Eiffel Tower die cut and the harlequin pattern background.  I added a dusting of glimmer mist over the background. I sponged in the pattern using a stencil.  I then found the postmark form Paris to stamp in the top.  The Eiffel tower was embossed and sponged with brown dye ink.

My next tag takes us to London. . I visited my sister there when I was 18 and have been back to England a few more times for work.  London has so many beautiful sights to see and I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and would love to return.

I used a mix of London stamps over a background created with embossing paste and glimmer mist.  The flag was stamped on muslin using two different watercolor markers.  The images were stamped on tissue paper and decoupaged to the tag.

My last tag is inspired by New York City.  We took a family roadtrip a few summers ago to the East Coast and New York City was a highlight on our trip. 

I turned the tag sideways and added a repeating pattern of the New York Buildings and added a background stamp for texture. I then took a layer of tissue paper stamped with words reflecting ravel and layered it along the bottom and tore off the top edge.

Indigo Blue - Live, Laugh, Love,  

Sizzix Tim Holtz Die - Fleur De Lis & Eiffel Tower, Sizzix - Weathered Clock, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, The Crafters Workshop Stencil - Harlequin, Visual Artistry - Stampers Anonymous - French Connection, Spellbinders Heart Die, Stampers Anonymous - Wish Text, Darkroom Door - Background Stamp - Corrugated Iron, DarkRoom Door - New York Vol 2, Darkroom Door - Wordblock - Journey, Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black, Versafine - Smokey Gray, Artistic Outpost - Loverly London, Wendy Vecchi - Embossing Paste, Flowers, BurlapRanger Distress Inks - Vintage Photo,  Ranger Distressing Tool,

Come join in the fun for a chance  to win a   Simon Says Stamp $50 Gift Voucher.
Happy Monday!