Friday, February 23, 2018

Be Blessed


It seems like I've need a lot of sympathy cards of late so I decided to create several in the same design. Graciellie Design's newly released "In Christ Alone" digital stamp set was perfect for this project.
If you'd like to win this digital stamp set, check out the GIVEAWAY my team mate (Helen Gullet) is having on her Instagram page (ends February 18th).

I cropped and printed the main floral image on watercolor paper. Next, I colored it in with Prismacolor pencils and used a colorless blender pen over the top. Last of all I added some highlights with watercolor markers and a white gel pen.


For the butterfly I painted diluted distress inks (seedless preserves, mowed lawn, broken china) on watercolor paper before die cutting. For a little added texture and interest, I embossed some coredinations card stock and lightly sanded it with very fine sandpaper.


Be sure to stop by Graciellie's Etsy Shop and check out all the beautiful digita graphics, papers, and SVG files she's created! You won't be disappointed!

Supplies and Tools:
Dies: Whimsy & Delight (Sizzix), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Blossom Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
Embossing: Mosaic Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)
Embellishments: Pearls
Ink: Prismacolor Pencils, Crayola Markers, White Gel Pen, Distress Inks  (seedless preserves, mowed lawn, broken china), Currant Pigment Ink (Amuse Studio)
Stamps: In Christ Alone (Graciellie Designs), Chalkboard Sentiments (Anna Griffin) 

This post linked to:
Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge - Butterfly, Purple, Pearls
Stamping Sensations - Anything With Flowers
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Friends are like quilts...

It's time for our Wednesday challenge over at The House That Stamps Built. This week we have an inspiration board for you. This challenge is a fun cross between a photo challenge and a color challenge. You can choose to be inspired by the colors, the photograph, or both!
 I just love the deep rich colors and chose to use them as the inspiration for my quilt themed card. I colored my quilt with Prisma color pencils and used a colorless blender pen to set the colors before adding a few light accents with watercolor markers. I then embossed the quilt panel for a little added texture.
Remember to stop by the Repeat Impressions Store and check out all the beautiful stamps -- there's a 10% discount code for my blog readers posted on the sidebar.  Also, come by the The House That Stamps Built and join in the fun of each new weeks challenge! The first Wednesday of every month One lucky person will win a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate! You don't have to use RI stamps to play along, but if you do you'll get an extra entry in the random draw! The more you link up, the greater your chances of winning! So what are you waiting for.....come on over and showoff your creativity!


Check out what the other design team members created: 
Supplies and Tools:
Dies/Punches: Hello Doily (Sizzix), Border Punch (Martha Stewart)
Embossing: Christmas Quilt Embossing Folder (Couture Creations)
Embellishments: Pearls
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Prismacolor Pencils, Crayola Markers, Seedless Preserves Distress Ink (Tim Holt)
Stamps from Repeat Impressions
9402-U, Quilt Background
9405-H, Good Friends

This post linked to:
TIME OUT Challenge - Hobbies (Sewing)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
CardZ TV - Anything Goes
heARTful stamping challenge - Anything Goes

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Messy Watercolors

My husband bought me a set of watercolor paints I'd been wanting for Valentine's Day. I want to use them with my stamps, but decided to experiment with some messy watercoloring first.
For these first two I used the Anna Griffen butterfly die and to create a stencil to paint inside of. Then I laid the die cut part over top and painted on the details.
Supplies and Tools:
Dies: Butterfly Trio (Anna Griffin)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Hickory Smoke/Black Soot Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Watercolor Paint (Sonnet)
Stamps: Bitty Grunge (Tim Holtz), Butterfly Fancy

 For the second set I painted an outdoor scene and cut it out with nestabilities. I added a die cut deer and a tiny tag sentiment and layered it on an evergreen embossed background. 
Neither set is "professional" by any means..... just me having fun and playing around with my paints.
Supplies and Tools:
Dies: Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Scallop Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders),  Christmas Scene (Printable Heaven)
Embossing: Evergreen Embossing Folder (Sizzix)
Stamps: Sunny Flowers (Stampendous)

This post linked to:

Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Butterfly Challenge -- Butterfly, Purple

Monday, February 19, 2018

Zentangle Butterfly

Cropstop currently has several different Zentangle stamps in stock, and I just love all the detail there is them. Today I'm showcasing the beautiful Zentangle Butterfly stamp set from Woodware.

For step by step instructions on creating this card: Visit today's post on the Cropstop blog.
 I actually did two different variations of the butterfly -- one with the lighter colors on the outside of the wings and one with darker colors. The second one is also embossed with UTEE to create a glossy effect. I think I like the first one better -- which do you prefer?
To create a multicolored sentiment I inked it up with three colors of Distress ink, spritzed with water, and stamped it on the inside of my card.
Supplies and Tools:
Embossing: Midnight Black Embossing Powder, UTEE
Inks: Ken Oliver Color Bursts (Fuchsia, Lemon Yellow, Tangerine), Distress Inks (Black Soot, Fossilized Amber, Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade), Tuxedo Black Ink (Memento), Versamark Watermark (Tsukineko)
Paper: Watercolor Cardstock
Tools: Cuttlbug, Splatter Brush (Tim Holtz), Small Paintbrushes
Stamps: French Market (Tim Holtz), Zentangle Butterfly (Woodware)

This post linked to:
4 Crafty Chicks - Lots of Layers
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Butterfly Challenge -  Butterfly, Pink

Saturday, February 17, 2018

A Cozy Hello

Today I'm sharing a coffee themed card I created using spring pastels and Gracielle's Coffee & Love Digital Stamp Set.
I printed my coffee cup on watercolor paper and colored it with prismacolor pencils. To create a 3-D flower, I printed two extra flowers (one slightly smaller) and adhered them over the the original design with a pretty pearl in the center.
If you haven't already, you'll want to stop by Gracie's Etsy shop - Graciellie Designs - and check out all the lovely stamps, papers, and cut files she has for sale there!
Supplies and Tools:
Dies: Punches: Scallop Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Circle Punch, Martha Stewart Deep Edge Border Punch  
Embossing: Mosaic Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)
Inks: Prismacolor Pencils, Blender Pen
Stamps: Gracielle's Coffee & Love Digital Stamp Set

This post linked to:
Allsorts Challenge - Handmade Flowers
Inspired by all the little things - Inspiration Board (colors & flowers)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Lots of Layers

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Simple "Hi"

It's time for another Tic Tac Toe challenge over on The House That Stamps Built. Choose three items (across, down, or diagonally) to include on your creation, then come by the blog and link it up!
  I chose Twine, Patterned Paper, and Flowers and created two different but matching clean-and-simple cards.
I also stamped all my flowers on patterned paper and added a few light accents with Touch Five Markers. After fussy cutting them out, I added a gem to the center and popped them up on my card front with mounting tape.
Remember to stop by the Repeat Impressions Store and check out all the beautiful stamps -- there's a 10% discount code for my blog readers posted on the sidebar.  Also, come by the The House That Stamps Built and join in the fun of each new weeks challenge! The first Wednesday of every month One lucky person will win a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate! You don't have to use RI stamps to play along, but if you do you'll get an extra entry in the random draw! The more you link up, the greater your chances of winning! So what are you waiting for.....come on over and showoff your creativity!


Check out what the other design team members created: 
Supplies and tools:
Dies: Phrases (Sizzix)
Embellishments: Gems, Baker's Twine 
Embossing: Cherry Blossom (Darice)
Ink: Tuxedo Black Ink (Memento), Touch Five Markers
Stamps from Repeat Impressions

This post linked to:
Stamping Sensations: Anything Flowers
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Monday, February 12, 2018

Altered Notebook Cover

Today I'm sharing a fun way to create custom notebook covers 
and fun matching paper clips.
For step by step instructions on creating these fun little gift sets:
Supplies and Tools:
Embellishments: Natural Burlap String, Prima Flowers, Pearls, Jumbo Paper Clips, Ribbon
Paper: Red Sampler Pack (Canvas Corp)
Punches: Martha Stewart heart border punch, Crop-a-dile

This post linked to:
The Paper Players - Red, White Kraft
Inspired by all the Little Things - Inspirational Photo (colors/Valentine theme)
Allsorts - Love Is In The Air
Craft-Dee BowZ - Handmade Bow

Sea Themed Pop Up

It's my turn to share a post for Pick of the Week over at The House That Stamps Built. I decided to try something I've never done before - a Pop Up Card!
For step by step instructions on creating this card as well as a mini tutorial on making pop-up cards:  Visit today's post on The House That Stamps Built.
Supplies and Tools:
Dies: Under the Sea (Cuttlebug), Labels One and Ten (Spellbinders)
Embossing: Under the Sea (Cuttlebug)  
Inks: Tuxedo Black (Memento) Distress inks (Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, Mowed Lawn, Gathered Twigs)
Stamps:  
4103-K, Sea Turtle (lg)
2423-L, Under the Sea
9718-G Plant
9713-E Bubbles
9720-C Big Wish
Stencils: Burlap (Tim Holtz)

All FIVE of the Repeat Impressions stamps I used are 20% off for this week only. Visit today's post on The House That Stamps Built for the coupon code!

This post linked to:
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Friday, February 9, 2018

Coffee Themed Gift Set

Hello blog friends. Today I'm sharing a mini coffee themed set created with Graciellie's new  "Coffee and Love" digital stamp set.  Graciellie Designs is excited to collaborate with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers to share some fun coffee-themed projects with you.


The details:
If you didn't arrive here from Cynthia Olheiser's blog go to
Gracielle Design or
Coffee Loving Cardmakers
for the complete blog hop list.

Prize(s):
$10 gift card to Graciellie's Designs Etsy Store will be given to two random winners

How to win:
Leave a comment on this post and @ Gracielle Design ---Coffee Loving Cardmakers
Winners will be announced February 17th.

Scroll to the bottom of this post to see where you need to head next.
Now on to my creation....


The set includes a one sheet gift bag with a decorated clip ....
 ...a mini post it note holder and a handful of coffee flavored candy! 
I used a free tutorial (that I found on Pinterest) from Silvey's Craftroom to create my mini bag from one piece of 8 1/2 x 11 kraft cardstock.
I printed off some images from Graciellie's New Coffee and Love digital set onto watercolor paper. Next, I colored them with prismacolor pencils, blended with a colorless blender pen, and added highlights with watercolor markers.
I used two different Chilipapers sets to decorated both the bag and mini post it note holder.
For the final touch, I added pearls to the center of my flowers and popped a few of them up with mounting tape for added dimension.

Supplies and tools:
Embellishments: Pearls, Ribbon 
Ink: Prismacolor Pencils, Watercolor Markers
Papers: Floral Digital PaperCoffee Digital Paper (Chilipapers)
Punches: Deep Edge Lace punch (Martha Stewart), Branch Punch (Martha Stewart)
Stamps: Coffee and Love (Graciellie Designs)
Tutorial: Mini Bag (Silvey's Craftroom)

Click here to go to your next stop -- HELEN GULLETT AT LIVING MY GIVEN LIFE.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Life is not...

Today's challenge on The House That Stamps Built is called: "You have a way with words." We want you to use words as you focal point on whatever project you choose to create.
 I wanted to share a fun technique for breaking up your sentiment when it doesn't fit the space you want to fill! For this card I used 6113-K, Life is not... and stamped the top half on red cardstock, cutting out each line of words and fitting them into the square I created with spellbinders nestabilities. I inked up the second half of the sentiment and added it to a label inside my card.
(If you'd like to make a torn paper flower but don't know how - visit this post for a mini tutorial.)
Remember to stop by the Repeat Impressions Store and check out all the beautiful stamps -- there's a 10% discount code for my blog readers posted on the sidebar.  Also, come by the The House That Stamps Built and join in the fun of each new weeks challenge! The first Wednesday of every month One lucky person will win a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate! You don't have to use RI stamps to play along, but if you do you'll get an extra entry in the random draw! The more you link up, the greater your chances of winning! So what are you waiting for.....come on over and showoff your creativity!
Check out what the other design team members created: 
Supplies and Tools:
Dies: Labels One Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
Embellishments: Button
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Punches: Martha Stewart border punch
Stamps: 6113-K, Life is not... (Repeat Impressions)

This post linked to:
Allsorts Challenge - Spots and/or Stripes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - Anything With Flowers