Splash Splash

Had fun making this card. The MFT Camp Create Day 2 challenge is to use water coloring. So. . .

Water Color

The panel is water colored, the inside of the window is water colored, the dogs were colored with water color markers. It was a lot of water coloring, but how it turned out makes me happy and I think my SIL will really like it, too.

I’m having lots of fun with these challenges and am actually getting some cards made. That is comforting and fun.

I used all MFT stamps and dies on this card, as well as yesterday’s.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today.

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.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today. Have a wonderful rest of your week.

Finishing Up

Last weekend I started several cards. I got a few finished and a few that I didn’t have time to finish. I’ve been coloring images when I had a spare minute throughout the week. Finally finished 4 of them today.

These are all StampingBella images and are what I spent the week coloring. Embossed the dark green card, then used some of the Cosmic Shimmer Opal Blaze polish on it. The gold embossed piece was from my daughter. I cut it into strips to add touches of gold. On the first one, the wings are done with different Sakura Stardust pens, so they sparkle amazingly.

Here are a couple I actually got done last weekend:

More StampingBella images. Had fun with the backgrounds, too. The top is watercolor with some splatters of metallic gold watercolor on top. The bottom is a water colored piece that I laid a stencil with water on it on top of. As soon as I lifted it up, I blotted to pull up the color. Thought the large flower background was perfect for my two little fairies.

Next are a couple I did for the Solitaire challenge at WeCraftCards this week.

For the top one, I used embossing paste through a stencil onto some patterned paper. It wasn’t nearly as white as I had expected, so after it dried, I put the stencil back over it and put white acrylic paint on top. That made it stand out and I really like it. It has texture, as well as stands out from the paper.

The second one, I used some patterned paper and the “grace” banners came with some ephemera that went with the paper pad. I really like how it turned out.

I have one more piece I worked on last weekend, but I haven’t figured out exactly what I want to do with it. I also have another idea for clear embossing paste and inking. So, you’ll probably see something from me again in the next couple of days.

Thank you for taking some of your valuable time to come see what I’ve been working on. Have a wonderful weekend, or rest of your week, depending upon when you visit.

Watercolor Background

I went with the MFT Color Challenge for this week again, as well as the Background Bonanza.  They are great colors and I came up with a lot of background ideas.


So this time, I used white embossing powder (would have used clear on my white watercolor paper, but it had gotten a smear of ink from the alcohol ink background on it) and embossed the MFT Magical Mandala background stamp.  Then had some fun with a couple of watercolors (Peony and Violet) that went wonderfully with the color challenge colors.  The sentiment is from the MFT Seasonal Sentiments set and was embossed in white on gray card, then popped up.  I did cut out the mandala piece before embossing the sentiment.  There’s a bit of gray with silver ribbon on there to add a bit of fun and sparkle to this Christmas card.

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This was fun.  Mess, but fun to make.

Thanks for spending some of your time with me today!

Camp Create Day 1

My Favorite Things had a Camp Create this week.  I wasn’t able to participate daily, as work and life got in the way, but I did play.

Day 1 was Wonderful Watercolor:  Print

The challenge was to use some form of watercolor.  So, I did a watercolor background.  I actually used a couple of different blues from the Ken Oliver Color Burst line, lots of water, and I added a bit of Perfect Pearls powder to it for some sparkle.

As it is July and I am very behind on Christmas cards, I decided to do each challenge as a Christmas card.

For this set, I used the BB Beast Friends set.

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I added some shimmer white paint at the bottom for my snow.  I had stamped a few foot prints, so painted around those to look like they had sunk into the snow a bit.

This was definitely a fun one.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Playing with Paper and Ink

Had some time today to actually create.  Can I just say, it was a very nice break.  Here’s what I created.

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Pulled out my Gina K Wreath Builder Holiday set and just had some fun with snowflakes.

This next one is using the Wreath Builder, as well.  Used the Gina K stamp set More Massive Messages with it.  Using this one for the Gina K. Monthly Challenge.

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This last one was fun with watercolors, some watercolor paper and the My Favorite Things Beautiful Bloom, as well as the Beautiful Blessings 2 set.  Entering this one in the MFT Card Challenges Sketch Challenge for the week.

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Love how using vellum allows you to see what is behind, while shading it a bit.  The most difficult part about vellum is adhering it without the adhesive showing.  Used tiny drops of glue behind the sentiment, which doesn’t show, much.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me, today.  As a friend and I were just discussing, creating things is fun, relaxing, and makes us happy.  Go create something of your own!


The last MFT challenge for World Card Making Day 2018 was “Flower Power”, so to use flowers.  This one I definitely had fun with.

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I embossed the big, beautiful flower from their card kit a while ago onto watercolor paper and just had fun with some watercolors.  When I was done, it just seemed too flat, so I sprayed a bit of Sheer Shimmer Craft Spray onto my work surface, then used it to paint over the flowers.  There is so much sparkle!  Finished it off with a die cut hello from glitter paper.

So, lots of sparkle to end the day!

Thanks for spending some of your precious time with me today!


One of the things I got at the Scrapbook Expo last weekend was some Ken Oliver Color Burst watercolors.  I was able to play for a few minutes this morning.  This is definitely going to take some playing, but I really like them.

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I had taken some Neenah Solar White #110 card stock and embossed a rectangle in clear, then embossed the large flower from the MFT Card Kit on top in rose gold.  I had planned to do this card, as well as several others for the MFT Wednesday Sketch challenge last week, but this is the only one I had time to do and I did it this morning.

I only used the violet and the blue from the colors, but I love the way this turned out.  It probably would have worked better had I been on watercolor paper, but this was what I had.

Used a bit of green vellum and some sparkly purple embossing powder for the sentiment, which is from the MFT Brushstroke Expressions set.

As usual, this looks so very much better in person, and I will eventually get better at taking pictures.

Thanks for spending some of your time with me today!  Have a wonderful day!

Ombre Nails along with Paper

These were my nails for the weekend:

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I used Essie Barbados Blue all over with Zoya Muse going 2/3 of the way up, then the top 1/3 I did another layer.

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Unfortunately, the tips were wearing in a day and that was using gloves and being careful.  Oh well, gives me an excuse to put on something new.

Here is a card I made this weekend, along with some paper flowers.  Working on the flowers really did a number on my nails.

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Used 2 different gold embossing powders, then watercolor painted the flowers with the same paint, on the same paper, with the same application.  It amazes me how the different colors of the embossing made the flowers look such different colors.

Thanks for spending some time with me!  Now, I’m off to spend some time with my husband.  Have a wonderful week.

Water and Paper

This is the second time in the past few weeks I have been challenged to use ink and water together for an interesting look.  This is going to an older gentleman that I respect and haven’t seen in a while.


First, I made my card, which is an A2 (5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inch) base, with an added flap.  I really liked the Flap Card tutorial on SpeedyTV last week and wanted to make one, but I wanted it normal size, so I re-sized it.  My flap is added on with about a 1/2 inch that is adhered to the back of my card.  Then I took my stamp, added Memento ink for the color and sprayed it with water before stamping.  I’m thinking I went a little heavy on the water as it bled a bit, but it does look like a water-color image.

Try something new.  If you like it, you have a new thing you can do.  If not, it didn’t hurt anything and at least you know you don’t like it.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!