Hugs & Kisses

I cannot stop making Valentine’s cards! I have one to share today featuring Mama Elephant Stamps.


This card started out with stamping all the XOXOs with the Misti, so I could get them all lined up. Then I watercolored that cute cat, and white heat embossed the sentiment on black cardstock.

And that’s where it stopped! I literally had this card sitting on my desk for days because I couldn’t figure out how to finish it.

Then, today I found some soft pink glitter paper…and it all came together! I used the glitter paper for the frame and the hearts. I love it. It’s a perfect Valentine card with red and pink and glitter and hugs.

Hope you like it!

Entering the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge here.


May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Purple Plaid

I’ve really been drawn to plaid lately….so I thought I’d give this technique a try! I was inspired by Kristina Werner to create a plaid background with Gansai Tambi Watercolors.


Combine that with the current Lawnscaping Challenge to use black, purple and one other color (I added some silver!) and I came up with this card:


I love that little Lawn Fawn bunny (I’ve never used this stamp before!) and that Lawn Fawn “Thanks” die.

What do you think? Is the purple plaid too much?

I kinda like it :)
I used distress inks on the little circle background behind the bunny, and some silver glitter card stock for the thanks die and the circle background. Hope you enjoy!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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I’m completely into making fall cards right now, and I realized that I have never inked up that cute turkey from Neat & Tangled! So, I had to do that asap! I first painted the yellow stripes on the background, then I used the Neat & Tangled On the Strip set to add the wood grain embossing on top. I used a little distress ink around the edges. happy-turkey-day

That little turkey, from “turkey talk” was so fun to color (I used Prismacolor pencils).

Entering the Little Tangles Sketch Challenge contest:


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Striped Thank You

I wanted to try out this set from Neat and Tangled. It’s called “On the Strip” and it has multiple interesting stripes. The one I used has little circles in it and makes for a beautiful stripe on a card.


I used two different blue inks to try an “Ombre” look. I think it’s a little difficult to tell there are 2 colors, they’re so similar. But I really like that stripe with circles in it!

I also used the Neat and Tangled “All My Heart” for the Thank You sentiment. I cut it out with a circle die. Then added some silver stars…I wish you could tell in this picture that they are silver!

Thanks for visiting!

Joining in the Little Tangles Challenge.


May your days be filled with sunshine,
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A Sweet Hello in a Field of Flowers

Sometimes, when I need to relax, I imagine I’m in a field of flowers. (You do that, too?) And that is what inspired this next card.


I stamped the flowers and stems with 2 different colors of ink.  Then I cut each of those flowers (from MFT’s Sketched Blooms set) so I could pop them up for a 3D effect. Maybe you can see that better in this next picture:


See that fun effect? Of course I had to add some glitter to those flowers.

I used distress ink for the background, and Prismacolor pencils for the coloring. Then I used a die cut (using MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangles) to dry Emboss the frame. The squirrel is from MFT Forest Friends. Isn’t he cute?


And now I must say a sweet goodbye. Hope you enjoyed!

Entering MFT’s Superstar Contest.

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Farm Animals Lost in the City?

I’ve wanted to use my MFT brick stencil for a while now. And it just came to me one day that there should be Farm Animals on this card. Hmm….farm animals in front of bricks?

So these Farm Animals are lost in the city…looking for direction back to the country farm. “Hello” “Hay there!” Lol.


I used multiple MFT products:

Small Brick Wall Stencil
The Whole Herd Stamp Set
You Make My Tail Wag Stamp Set (for the fire hydrant)
Hello Dienamics (Still one of my favorites)

I used distress ink in multiple colors on the bricks, and Prismacolor pencils to color in the animals. Isn’t that rooster so very colorful!?

I had a great time with this one. Hope you enjoy!

Entering into the MFT Superstar Challenge

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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You Make My Tail Wag

And this dog makes me smile every time! I did some inking, coloring with prismacolor and glittering. Here’s my card:


This stamp set is from My Favorite Things. So cute, right?
I was inspired by fall colors for this one!

My Favorite Things Card Challenge (sketch challenge) &
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.


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Learn to Jump

This sweet card is a one-layer card filled with sheep at sunset. (Sheep at sunset? That sounds delightful)

The “adult sheep” is teaching the “kid sheep” how to be fabulous by jumping. Lol. I had a great time with this card, masking and inking. I hope you like it!


I used distress inks for the background colors, and prismacolor pencils for the sheep. I also added some white gel pen to add a sort of “swoosh” to show the movement of the jumping sheep.

I think the little ones could jump over that fence too, don’t you? Lol.


Entering (eep!): The MFT Superstar Challenge.

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Just Hanging Around

I got an opportunity to watercolor the other day. This monkey set from My Favorite Things is perfect for practicing. I pulled out my watercolors (including Tim Holtz Distress markers that I used as watercolor) and got to work.

monkey-hi Those leaves and sentiment are also watercolored. Then I added some Glossy Accents to the “hi” to finish things off.

Joining in the MarkerPop watercolor challenge.
Also joining the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.


May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Celebration Cake!

Concord & 9th is celebrating big! And I was the lucky recipient of some giveaway goodies this month.

Another reason to celebrate: they now have a new Challenge Blog ( started by the fabulous Jessica Frost-Ballas. So I thought I would play along in the very first challenge!


The theme is “Celebration.” Here is my celebration cake card for the occasion:


You guys, this cake from the Happy Day set is SO MUCH FUN to watercolor! I knew I wanted to use my very favorite colors (turquoise and yellow) on this card. And I wanted a chocolate cake. Yum. The frosting in between layers is sparkly (is there such thing as a sparkly frosting? I don’t know…but on MY cake there is!)

And I painted on the stripes using a new-to-me method I learned from my Instagram friend, Alba. (Thanks for the tip, friend!) I used a ruler and just painted on those stripes around the cake. (Awesome)!

I used my favorite Sophisticated Script set from Concord & 9th to spell “Enjoy.” I want to make about 100 of these cards in different colors. That’s how delighted I was at stamping and coloring this image.

Happy Birthday, Concord & 9th and Happy Celebration for the new challenge blog!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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