My Favorite Things has a set by Bernie Brown called Hug It Out. It’s one I’ve wanted since it came out and was finally able to get it. It was perfect for this card I did for my niece according to their current sketch challenge

Had a lot of fun making this one.

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Singing in the Rain

The MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge this week was a fun one. I decided to have fun on a spring theme. Granted, it doesn’t rain much in Phoenix, except generally at the end of July and early August, so not a spring thing. It did, however, rain a tiny bit this past weekend, which is spring-ish. Anyway, had fun making this one.

I colored the fun girl image with alcohol markers. It takes me forever, but I am trying and with practice, will improve. Had a lot of fun with the background, as well.

The image is from MFT and was designed by Birdie Brown: Rain or Shine. Used a raindrop stencil on a fun watercolor background. First I tried using clear gesso, hoping it would show up shiny. Nope, after it dried, you can feel where it is, but definitely can’t see it. So, then used a fun Nuvo spray through the stencil for those sparkly drops. Added some Nuvo Crystal drops to make a couple of raindrops in clear and a couple in blue. Embossed the blue panel with a wave embossing folder to give a bit more interest and texture. You can’t see much of it, but it’s there.

Also made sure there was green in this so I could enter it in the Simon Says Stamp Monday and Wednesday challenges, as well. It wasn’t difficult to make sure there was a bit of green.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today checking out what I made. Whatever you’re up to, enjoy it.

Spring Swing

I haven’t done one of the Hero Arts challenges in quite a while, so wanted to join in when I saw this one. The challenge is to do a spring card. I looked through the stamps I have of theirs and decided I wanted to use one of the Hero Arts Kits from way back: MH0417C. Here’s what I came up with:

I choose one of the shaving cream and acrylic paint backgrounds I did a while back that had a lot of green in it, so I can use this for the Simon Says Stamp challenges, as well. Used another background panel I did a while back that I thought would be fun for this spring looking dress. Added a bit of colored pencil and Sakura Stardust Pens to highlight a bit of color here and there in both the bouquet and her dress.

Had fun making this. Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today! Enjoy the rest of your day and do something fun.

Types of Coloring

This shows the same panel – I used black stamped outlines for each of them – while coloring 3 different ways. Alcohol markers were used on the left card. Water coloring was used for the center card. Colored pencils were used for the right card. I used similar colors for all of them, but you can definitely see differences. Just wanted to show you the different ways of coloring and how you can color small areas with all of them.

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Cactus Blossom Way 3

I only did 2 of the panels to be colored by pencils. Used Prisma Premier colored pencils for these. One was stamped in green and one in black, to see the difference. It’s not so stark on these, but I still like the black outline better.

It doesn’t take as long to color with pencils, but I do have 6 layers on the century plants in the center – both are colored exactly the same, so you can definitely see the difference between the no line and the lined coloring. Blending was easier for me on these than the alcohol markers, but that is because I’ve colored with colored pencils for years and am just starting to use alcohol markers more.

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Cactus Blossom Way 2

Finished coloring with alcohol markers the other night. Now, I stamped 2 of them with green ink for no line coloring. The other 2 I stamped with black ink. Between my husband, son, and I, we decided we liked the ones that were stamped with black best.

I like the way they turned out. I know I’ll get faster about coloring, too.

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New Colors

MFT’s Color challenge last week used 4 of their new colors. I have this amazing friend that had purchased the color cubes to see if she liked them, was impressed, so got the regular size ink pads and gave the cubes to me. So, I actually had the colors. Swiped the pads across paper to make it the right colors, with a bit of blending between and I was set.

Sprayed some Perfect Pearls on the base, used their celebrate and heart balloons dies and had a card done fairly quickly. I did adhere a white panel inside, along with a balloon in each color.

This was quick and easy to make a simple card.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today! Now, go do something fun. Or, have fun doing something necessary.


I really liked the sketch from MFT last week, but didn’t have time to create with it. So, attempted a card this morning (cleaning can wait a bit). It didn’t come together as hoped

I used several MFT papers and the smaller Beautiful Die-Namic.

I may play with it some more, but it’s fairly close to the sketch.

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Cactus Blossom

Blossoms come in all shapes, sizes, and meanings. I really like this stamp set, which is by a local artist and sold through Scraps of Love, a local scrapbooking store. As SimonSaysStamp Wednesday blog challenge is Beautiful Blossoms, I’m going with these fun cacti and the beautiful blossom. Granted, this type of blossom would be on a Saguaro and not a Prickly Pear, so I made it pink, rather than the white a Saguaro bloom is. I am intending to do this panel in both alcohol marker and pencil, as well. But, have only finished the water color ones, so far.

Had fun creating these and two others. Did extra of the blossom and a couple of the cacti and popped them up to add some depth.

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The SimonSaysStampBlog Wednesday challenge this week is “Beautiful Blossoms”. Bird of Paradise aren’t what everyone thinks of with “blossoms”, but I think they are beautiful. I was able to get the Altenew Bird of Paradise set recently, so used it for this challenge.

Had a lot of fun creating this one. I was gifted some wonderful stencils from my friend Bonnie recently and used two of them on this. First I took some watercolor paper and used a few Ranger Distress Oxide inks (Kitsch Flamingo, Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans, and Salty Ocean) a bit of water and had some fun making the background. Used Nuvo Embellisment mousse (Cornflower Blue and Spring Green) through the first stencil Bonnie made for me using her Silhouette. Then I used some Art Extravagance Phoenix Effect Paste through a different stencil she made. I only went through parts of the stencils, as I just wanted some texture and shine here and there. Besides, I liked the background. The sentiment was from the Altenew Perennial Beauty set. Used some adhesive tape to attach the panel to my card base and some Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue to adhere the flowers. As they were going on top of textured areas, wanted to make sure they were securely attached. Used a lot of different colors of inks on the flowers and the sentiment. I will tell you, there are NINE layers to the Bird of Paradise flowers that I stamped. That was a LOT of work. I do, however, like how they turned out.

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