Pastel Birthday Surprise

Okay, I was trying to make a pastel birthday card.  Let’s just leave it at that.

Used lighter Distress Oxide Inks and used them a bit more lightly than I normally do.  I kind of like the background.  Then, added a wreath of fun birds and cactus.  I just wanted the watercolor background to be the color, so left them plain.  I’m thinking maybe embossing in a lighter colored embossing powder would have worked a bit better.  Next time I’ll try that.

5-21-18 WCC Pastels HA WC

Now, the inside was lots of fun to make.  Stamped each of the images on watercolor paper, then colored them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, before cutting them out.

5-21-18 WCC Fold

Tried a new fold, and attached the pieces at different spaces, to give dimension.  I tipped the top/back up so you can see the whole scene.

I used an assortment of Distress Oxide Inks, the April Hero Arts Kit, an assortment of Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, an assortment of card stocks (from MFT Stamps), and glue.

Check out the monthly Hero Arts Blog challenge on using water coloring.

Giving this to my son in a little while.  Today is his 25th birthday!  He gets a different card and his present at his party on Friday.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.


Birthday Card Fun

My uncle moved away from Arizona many years ago.  So, thought I would give him a fun southwest birthday card to celebrate his birthday.

5-2-18 WCC HA Bill Bday

Used the Hero Arts April 2018 kit for this one.  It’s rare that I purchase a kit, but this one was too fun to pass up.  There are many more images and dies in it, too.

Now, for the pieces, I water colored in two different ways.  The snake and flowers were done with Derwent Inktense pencils, and a water brush.  I have to say, my water brush puts out too much water, so some of my color ran outside the lines.  They are easy to use, however and fun, as well.  For the mouse, I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens.  I didn’t use additional water and I loved the precision I could get.  The gold details on the mouse were done with a Sakura Stardust pen in gold.

Because I wanted to water color the images, I used Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp them.

My friend, Terrie, has this braid card style as the challenge for this week on  My husband was beyond impressed with it and it wasn’t difficult.  Terrie gives links to how to do it, as well as the template.

I am also entering this in the Hero Arts Challenge: Put A Flower on It.  I actually have 3 flowers on it.  One of them is cut in half, but had fun with doing that.

Just wanted to show you what I’ve been working on this week.  Thanks for spending some of your precious time with me.

Christmas Fishes

Here’s another idea for fun Christmas cards . . .


This is my husband’s favorite, so far.  Fish wearing sweaters.  Yep, definitely had fun with this one.  I used another Hero Arts layering stamp set, the gold fish.

What do you think?

Thanks for spending a bit of your time with me today.  I hope you had some fun.

Flamingo Fun

Having lots of fun trying to decide what to do for Christmas cards this year.  Thought I’d step out of the box and go with different ideas.

Idea #1 has some fun layering stamps I got from Hero Arts.


I’m loving this one.  However, cutting out each of the red and green shrimp, and adding a bit of sparkle to them, was quite the chore.

Thanks for spending some of your time with me today.  What do you think of this as a Christmas card?