Runway Inspired Challenge #96


Hello! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Just popping in on this busy Black Friday to share a card I made for the  Runway Inspired Challenge #96. It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to participate in a Runway Inspired Challenge, which is sad because they are my favorite. Here is the gorgeous inspiration piece,  

 And the design team’s work is equally exquisite! Here my humble take on this challenge.  

  I stamped Altenew’s Magnolias For Her in versafine black onyx ink on watercolor paper. I watercolored the flowers and the background in colors similar to the inspiration dress. However when I was finished I did not like the watercolored background. I really liked the solid gray background with the loose watercolored flowers on the inspiration dress, so I decided to try and replicate that look by painting the background with acrylic paint.  

 While that dried I designed and cut the front purple panel with my cricut. I clear embossed the cut purple panel to make it glossy to match the background I painted with acrylics. I then I watercolored a piece of watercolor paper the same dimensions as the purple panel in blue gradient to create a ombré effect. I hope you enjoyed!!

Make it Monday Challenge #231


Hello! Here to share with you my creation for the latest Papertrey Ink’s MIM Challenge – Motif Building. This week Betsy shared with us a fantastic technique. It looked like lots of fun and a unique way to use your stamps. Here’s her beautiful creation. 

 She is definitely the master of motifs. Here’s feeble my attempt.  

 I played with the arrangement of these stamps far far too long and settled on this. I inked up the center snowflake in Hero Arts Tide Pool then added Evergreen Bough Distress Ink to the edges. I then stamped the Hero Arts snowman around the snowflake in versafine black onyx ink. I stamped additional Hero Arts snowflakes in around and a tiny candy cane in red. 

 I then colored the snowmen with markers. Lastly I stamped the PTI sentiment from Snow Flurries Set in versafine black onyx and embossed it in clear. I rounded one corner and tied some red baker’s twine to the top and called it done! I hope you enjoyed!

52 Christmas Card Throwdown


Hello! I’m back with another Christmas card. I made this card for the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge. This challenge asks you to incorporate purple and green into a Christmas card.  

And here’s my card.

I created the night sky background by blending 3 shades of purple and then using my white gel pen to create stars. The tree is from Hero Arts. I embossed it in white on dark green card stock and fussy cut it out. Then I used some green prisma colored pencils to add some depth.  

I used my cricut to cut the star out of gold glitter paper. I hand cut the snow drifts and blended purple ink at the tops. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment and embossed it with gold embossing powder. Hope you enjoyed!!

Make It Monday Challenge #230


Hello! I finally found some time to craft again! It has been like over 3 weeks!! We took a family trip to Disneyland. It was the first time my daughters (1 year old and 3 years old) had gone. We had an amazing time, it was so fun to see it through my 3 year old’s eyes. When we got back I had to prepare and take a certification test and then we had some family moving away so I spent some extra time with them. Phew! It’s been busy, but I think things are finally started to get normal around here-meaning finally some crafting time! But oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I’m now watching a friend’s sweet 4 month old daughter because she is returning to work. Yup, if you did the math that’s 3 kiddos under 4, yikes! I’ll make it work some how-maybe nap time? 😬

Anyways I was able to play along with Papertrey Ink’s MIM Challenge #230: Cover Plate Watercoloring. Ashley made a beautiful fall card with a PTI tree cover plate which so inspired me.  

With Christmas cards needing to get done I decided to use a snowflake as mask.  

 I cut the snowflake out using my cricut and sprayed repositional adhesive to the back of it. I positioned it in the center of a 5″ by 7″ piece of watercolor paper. I then watercolored over snowflake in purple, teal, and blue. Once dry, I flicked water onto the watercoloring, let it set for a minute then dabbed it up with a clean dry towel.  

 Next I stamped some Hero Arts snowflakes and embossed them with white embossing powder. I then flicked white watercolor all over and trimmed the watercolored panel down on the sides making it about 4 1/5″. I then stamped the sentiment, from PTI’s Snowflake Flurries, in versafine black onyx ink. Lastly I mounted it to craft foam and adhered it to my card base.  

 Oh yeah, I also stamped the inside of the card with another PTI sentiment and some more of those Hero Arts snowflakes. I hope you enjoyed, thanks for stopping by!

Make It Monday Challenge #226


Hello! It’s been a while. I received a custom order so I’ve been busy making ceramic vases and dishes to fill the kiln. In addition my sweet girl had a birthday (she turned 3) and our house goes a little crazy for themed parties. She wanted an Alice in Wonderland party and with a theme as fantastic as that I had to do it justice, so it took me about a week to make all the decorations. So Monday I finally found some time to get back to my card making. I was inspired by Papertrey Ink’s MIM Challenge – Stamped Stripes. Laurie’s video and examples were wonderful I had to play along.  

 First I stamped the butterfly in versa fine black onyx ink and embossed in clear so I wouldn’t lose any of the intensity of the black. Then I blended memento inks, tangelo, rose bud, and lilac posies, on top of the butterfly.  Then I fussy cut it out and glued some craft foam to the back.

 Next I blended my three inks again on a 5″ by 7″ piece of white cardstock. Then I stamped my stripes on top and the sentiment from PTI with versa fine black onyx ink. I hope you enjoy!


Merry Monday #172


Hello!! I’m here with a card I made for the Merry Monday Challenge #172. This week’s challenge is to make a Christmas card using watercoloring.  

 I stamped a hero arts Christmas stamp set in versafine onyx black ink all over a 5″ by 7″sheet of watercolor paper. I then watercolored all the images.  

 To make everything pop I painted the background red. Then I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock, scored a frame around it, and mounted to craft foam and glued it to the watercolored sheet. I hope you enjoyed!

Runway Inspired Challenge #91, Card 2


Hello! I’m here to share with you a second card that I made for the RIC#91 – Giles challenge. Though I truly love my first card, I just couldn’t bring myself to throw away its watercolored scraps. So what to do but besides make another card, oh darn!

 I stacked up my scraps and glued them to a strip of cardstock. I watercolored a strip of watercolor paper in coral red. I stamped and embossed my sentiment from Wplus9 on top.  

I used my cricut to cut out the diamond/geometric design. And this is where I got stuck. I played and played with the composition of these pieces for far longer than I care to admit.  

Ultimately I settled on this composition with the addition of partially embossing the card base with an embossing folder. I do like this guy but not as much as his predecessor, him I adore! Thanks for stopping by!