Jan 15, 2018

Birthday Cupcake

A soft card, stamped in Spun Sugar and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks, and watercolored with Prima Metallic Accents. It shimmers!

Here's a TERRIBLE PHOTO of the shimmer:

Stamps from Altenew Layered Cupcake stamped on Bristol paper, which is whiter than watercolor paper and can handle small amounts of water. I like it!

MOOD WHEN DONE:  Happy to add to my birthday card stash. I'm always behind!

Jan 13, 2018

A Papyrus Copy

I saw this box of cards by Papyrus awhile ago and fell in love with them -- the blocks of color are so fun.

So, I decided to make my own. I mean, why pay $16.95 for six cards when you can make one with $17,000 worth of supplies? Sentiment from an Altenew set that came with a kit. 

And, since I liked it, I made another with different colors. See, all those supplies come in handy! This would make a cute valentine.

Get it?  I love you to pieces, as in pieces of cardstock? Sorry... Cute saying from Right at Home's Tiny Sentiments


Jan 11, 2018


I've had this Altenew Bold Alphabet die for a while and am always looking for ways to justify the cost. Even buying it for 20% off, it was still pricey. But I think it's a keeper.

Colored Heavyweight Yupo paper with Jacquard Products Pinata Color Exciter pack (alcohol inks). The heavy Yupo paper is very different from the regular -- the regular is thin and "floppy." The heavy is quite stiff. I think it works well for die cuts.

Used regular, dirt cheap, Rubbing Alcohol to move the ink around. Works like a charm. It also cleans up all my stamps. Love that stuff.

Unfortunately, despite many takes, I was unable to take a photo that shows the light gray flower and leaves under the letters -- but it's there and looks great! In the light, the gold on the letters shines so brightly!

MOOD WHEN DONE = I'm good.

Jan 8, 2018

Easy (and Cheap) Love

Every year I say I'm going to buy a Valentine's Day set, and every year I don't. So, I'm going cheap again this year by using supplies I already have.

Selected 2 papers from a coordinating set of patterned papers from Pink Paislee's Oh My Heart collection. Wanted a small sentiment to tuck under one of the hearts and this little "xoxo" from Hero Arts was perfect.

Finally, I was feeling wild and crazy, so I took a marker and draw a line down the side of the card.

I've got another version that I'll post later this week.


Jan 5, 2018

Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge: A Happy Accident

My original plan was to place the beautiful Concord & 9th Floral & Flutter butterfly right on the watercolored portion of the card. However, when I used the white panel with the die cut space to help me figure out where to place the butterfly, I decided to keep the panel -- trimming it as shown. Gold embossed the sentiment from Essentials by Ellen Hello Gorgeous, speckled some gold acrylic paint, and adhered a few sequins.

This card is for the Ellen Hutson January Mix It Up Challenge. The requirement is to use anything from Concord & 9th and the Essentials by Ellen line. Done!

MOOD WHEN DONE = Happy! Mike is off from work today and we are debating whether to walk 6 minutes in the bitter cold and wind to see a movie this afternoon. Brrr....