Archive | June, 2014

A study in Alligators and Distress Marker Practice

These Distress Markers are amazing and I’ve been learning some new techniques using water with them. I started out with a butterfly and three different colors:


Then I graduated up to an Alligator from Paper Smooches! I’ve been excited to ink this guy up. And what started as a Study in Alligators practice sheet, turned into a card for the current Paper Smooches Challenge:


I tried out lots of colors on these guys. I’ll list them below if you are interested. It was super fun to apply a bit of marker in each color, then blend them out using just a bit of water and a brush. Sweet! I know I’m gonna have so much fun with these.

I ended up adding a strip of color on the inside of the card below the curved edge (to match the paper I used to matte the alligator study).


These. Gators. Are. Awesome!

Joining in the Paper Smooches Challenge here.


Also linking up with the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge here.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Paper Smooches Zoo Crew
Dies: Pretty Pink Posh Borders 1
Distress Markers: (For the first gator belly: Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, & Squeezed Lemonade; For the body: Crushed Olive, Frayed Burlap, Forest Moss; For the scales & dots: Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough)
(For the middle gator belly: Tattered Rose, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey; For the Body: Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers, Pine Needles, Faded Jeans; For the scales & dots: Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar)
(For the last gator belly: Scattered Straw, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey; For the body: Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Peacock Feathers; For the scales & dots: Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon)
Other: Black embossing powder, Glossy accents, Watercolor paper
May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Be Strong and Hope

I made a special card this week for a friend who learned her mom has Stage 4 cancer and only weeks to live. It is crazy how your life can change in so short a time. And my heart is just breaking for her.


May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Today we celebrated my nephew’s first birthday. We found a giant dinosaur stuffed animal for him and I just HAD to make a tag to match. Of course, I pulled out my Cuteasaurus stamp set from Paper Smooches (one of my favorites!)


The snail and tree stump is from Forest Whimsy and balloons are from Sunny Side Up (I drew in the strings).


I attached him with twine. And do you think it was a hit?!


Let’s just say, after Benny saw Benny-saurus he didn’t even care to open any of his other presents! I love it!!

I hope you enjoyed this project. I’m entering this tag into the Paper Smooches Anything Goes challenge (last minute)!

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Supplies Used:
Stamps: Paper Smooches Cutasaurus, Forest Whimsy, Sunny Side Up
Color: Derwent Inktense Pencils
Dies: Pretty Pink Posh Borders 1
Other: Ranger Embossing Powder
May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Hello glitter

I don’t like glitter. Really. I love how it looks, but I hate the mess! So I found some great replacements that I’m loving right now: glitter paper and glitter tape! I couldn’t resist this extra whale I had sitting around for practice, so I turned it into a quick card.


It’s kinda fun to use the bits and pieces I have laying around on my crafting table. That glitter hello has been begging me to use it on a card for about 2 weeks now! The “waves” are soft and muted and I used a scrap piece that I had die cut a scallop from to ink them on with a blending tool.

In this picture you can see the shiny bubbles better: (excuse the shadows)


It turned into a favorite card of mine! So you see, you can never tell what those scraps and practice pages might turn into for you!

Entering into the Paper Smooches Anything Goes Challenge.

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May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Where would I be?

Hello again! I have another fun card to share today using a new die from Lawn Fawn, their speech bubble die. This is such a neat die to use because the speech bubble is large enough to cover the top of a card front. I love it!


That little owl is one of my favorites from Paper Smooches. I embossed the tree using a super chunky copper/gold embossing powder. I love the way it looks for the tree trunk. I also embossed a cute heart to match.


Here you can see the embossing a bit better. (Excuse the glare from the light). I used this card for Father’s Day this year. Perfect, right?

Linking up to the Paper Smooches Anything Goes Challenge. !papersmooches-banner anything-goes

Supplies used:
Stamps: Paper Smooches Fanciful Fall, Kelly Purkey Dude
Stencils: Tim Holts Chevrons
Dies: Lawn Fawn Speech Bubble
Inks: Distress inks in Evergreen Bough & Broken China; Versamark Tuxedo Black


May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Huge Thanks!

This is my second card I created for the Paper Smooches Picture Perfect Challenge. I discarded this background for the first card I created, but I couldn’t let it go to waste! So that’s how this adorable whale made it’s way onto this card.


This little whale (from the Surf and Turf set) is embossed in silver and then watercolored with distress markers! (Oh yes, for those of you following me you know I wanted distress markers for my birthday…and my wish came true!! Yeah!)

I think this one is closer to the picture perfect photo…what do you think:

Their photo on the left, my card on the right.
I also used my new Pretty Pink Posh borders die for the “waves” and some fun silver glitter tape for the edge. I just love that glitter tape right now! The bubbles have a bit of glossy accents to make them shine.


Here you can see the silver embossing a bit better. Love it! I certainly had fun with this challenge, Paper Smooches!


Also entering into the Simon Says Stamp Stencil challenge.

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Zebra & Giraffe card

Hello there! I recently purchased “Zoo Crew” from Paper Smooches and I just love that little zebra. He was the first one I wanted to ink up from this set. But last minute I added the cute giraffe so he’d have a friend.


I created this for the Paper Smooches Picture Perfect challenge and originally I stenciled the background in multi-colors, but it just didn’t seem right for this card! So I saved the first colorful stenciled piece (you’ll see it soon!) and I started over using only black/white.

I think that’s much better for this zebra. I found that glitter tape at JoAnn’s when I was there wasting time waiting for an airplane to land so I could pick up my parents. They were 30 minutes behind schedule, so what better way to wait around then visit JoAnn’s?!  So that wild glitter tape came home with me and found it’s way onto this card. Ha!

Here’s the picture challenge:

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See how their challenge picture is all colorful? Well, I changed it up, but still used the same elements and basic idea. What do you think? Don’t you LOVE that little zebra?

The “Wild for you” sentiment did not come easy! I used the “for you” from a sentiment in Falling for You set. And the “wi” from the (wish you were here) sentiment in the Fanciful Fall set. Then I added an “L” from the Santa Paws set and the “D” from the same set, but different sentiment. Whew! Sometimes you gotta take matters into your own hands, you know what I mean?

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Paper Smooches Zoo Crew, Santa Paws, Falling For You, Fanciful Fall
Stencil: Tim Holtz Burlap
Distress ink: Black soot
Pencils: Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils
Other: jute string from my stash, heart gem from my stash, safari glitter tape
May your days be filled with sunshine,
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I just celebrated my birthday last week and so I made a very happy card!


I’m entering it to the Simon Says Stamp Stencil challenge.

Short post, but hey…I’ve been celebrating! (I love birthdays, and we really make it count!)

Supplies used:
Stencil: Tim Holtz
Distress inks: Worn Lipstick, Orange Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Grape Seed
Pencils: Derwent Inktense
Dies: Simon Says Stamp Happy
Stamps: Penny Black
Other: Wink of Stella Clear glitter pen, Glossy accents, Irock glitter dots
May your days be filled with sunshine,
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