Friends Are Marshmallows in the Cocoa of Life Card

Hello, again! I’m back with another fun cocoa card:


I love that sweet sentiment: Friends are marshmallows in the cocoa of life!

The layers were inspired by Kraftin’ Kimmie’s December Layout (you KNOW they didn’t come from plain Jane me!) and the colors came from Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge: Ice Inspiration:

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Did you know how easy it is to DIY your own glitter cardstock colors if you don’t have the right one? I just took a Copic marker to some gold glitter cardstock and instantly had the olive color I needed:


I also added some bling to the girls’ hair ornaments and mugs with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen. Oh, and I couldn’t resist adding chocolate mustaches from the cocoa!  : )


I even added a little decoration on the inside:



Supplies used:

  • Spellbinders dies: Opulent Ovals, Gold Labels One, Snowflake View
  • Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps: Cocoa Friends & Beary Big Hugs (mug)
  • Memento dye inks: Tuxedo Black and London Fog (inside)
  • Copic Markers:
    • Auburn Hair: E04, 25, 37; R39
    • Blonde Hair: E11, 31; Y24, 32
    • Rest: C1, 3, 5; E000, 00, 02, 13, 25, 74; G99; R20; RV19, 34; YG63 W1, 3, 5
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen – Clear
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Core’dinations cardstock: White, Gray
  • DCWV Glitzy Glitter cardstock stack fuchsia, gold and silver
  • Misc. Adhesive

I’m playing along with the following hops and challenges… click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun!


A special thanks to all you dear sweet marshmallows in my life!! : )



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Caffeine Loading…. Please Wait! + Blog candy!!

Whether you’re a regular reader or a newbie stopping by from the blog hops today… Welcome!

Today I’ve got a card that I made for the SUMMER COFFEE LOVERS BLOG HOP (click HERE for more info), and for the WATERCOLOR BLOG HOP hosted by PRETTY PINK POSH (click HERE for more info.) that I heard of while trying to keep up with‘s 30 DAY COLORING CHALLENGE (click HERE for more info.).




Anyone can join these fun events, so head on over and check them out!… But, wait! You’ll want to go there AFTER you’ve gotten to the end of my post as there is a blog candy giveaway! (I”ll put the links at the bottom of this post too.)

This card was also inspired by the Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY CHALLENGE June sketch:



For those of you not interested in the details, feel free to scroll on to the end, I won’t be offended. ; )

Coloring this was a learning experience as those of you who have been following it on Instagram know. It was the first time I’ve tried doing a blonde with Copics.


After I got her done, I realized I wanted a rich blue watercolor background. She wasn’t on watercolor paper, so I knew the ink would absorb to a lighter color, but  I decided to try.


First I masked her off with Fineline Masking Fluid. Being Miss Frugal, I only outlined her to keep the watercolor from intruding into the already colored area. The mask goes on green, then turns clearish as it dries and rubs off when you’re done. I found out later why the pros mask the entire image… it DOES lift a tiny bit of the color. : (

Next I grabbed my Yasutomo metallic watercolors and put a wash of the darkest blue on. I knew they’d be lighter, but was highly disappointed with how light…


I was recently given a set of Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors that everyone has been raving about. I really wanted to play around a bit and get better at water coloring before using them, but I wanted my bold blue background, so pulled them out…


No wonder everyone raves about them! The happy accident that I couldn’t catch on camera is that the metallic Yasutomo mixed in and gives it a nice shimmer. It makes me giggle when I looked at her in this pic as it looks like she’d decided to start not just a facial, but a whole body mask… hmmm… wonder if… nah! Hahaha!

Once dry, I started rubbing off the mask… Unfortunately the picture doesn’t capture how it lightened the coloring. It was easy to fix, though. Just had to take the Copic markers back over those areas and blend.


I also added in a little bit of steam from the cup. : )

Put it all together following the sketch from Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps and added the fun embossed sentiment from Ms. Kimm Creates: Daily Brew… it was Blog candy I won from the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop… thanks again, Holly of KopyKat Creations!


Materials used:

  • Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps: Angie
  • Ms. Kimm Creates: Daily Brew (sentiment)
  • Memento  dye ink: London Fog
  • Copic Markers: B21, B24, B29, C1, C3, C5, E000, E00, E02, E11, E31, E33, E79, G02, G05, YR02, YR04, YR07, YR21, YR24
  • Fineline Masking Fluid
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors
  • Yasutomo metallic watercolors
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Runner
  • Misc. cardstock, doily, and pearls.

I’m entering this card in the following blog hops and challenges:

If you’d like to play along with any of these, just click on the colored text to go find out what you need to do. Have fun!

Thanks for stopping by today!

****************************   But, WAIT, there’s more!!   ****************************

***********    giveaway now closed    ***************

For those of you patient enough to get this far, I have a small blog candy package to give away:


I figure any coffee loving cardmaker will love these adorable ‘Brewchitecture’ napkins by Jill Seale. One pack is “coffee” the other is “café presse.” And, since we are cardmakers, there’s also a new, small Studio g stamp set: ” delight in little things.”  If you would like to have a chance to win this package, all you have to do is leave a comment on any of my blog hop posts from now through June 12, 2015. Of course, I appreciate those who sign up to follow the blog, but it’s not a requirement. From all the comments left on my blog posts from June 5 – 12 that have “Blog candy” in the title, I will announce a winner, selected at random, on June 14, 2015. (This date is revised from my original post.) The winner will have 72 hours to respond, or I will draw another winner.

Now, off you pop to the rest of the hop! Have fun!!


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Shining Friends Card

It’s taken a few days to finish, but I’m finally back with another of those amazing starry universe backgrounds I made. This time with some Kraftin’ Kimmie stamps…

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To recap how the starry universe background was made…

I referred to this video’s galaxy background technique and used the following Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paints on black cardstock:

Antique Linen
Chipped Sapphire
Peacock Feathers
Picked Raspberry
Spun Sugar
Weathered Wood

Dylusions ink spray white linen

After I had it done to my liking, I saw this blog post and thought it looked SO much better with the gold, which gave more of a nebula look. So I added some Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint in Yellow Gold & Titanium.
Next I stamped Kraftin’ Kimmie’s Gaia in Versamark ink on white tissue paper, covered with Recollections Ebony Detail Embossing Powder and heat set. I then colored just Gaia, using the following Tombow Dual Brush Pens: 673 Orchid, 676 Royal Purple, 685 Deep Magenta, 850 Flesh, 942 Tan, N65 Cool Gray 5, N89 Warm Gray 1
Since I didn’t get the expected result of the tissue paper blending into the background last time, I fussy cut around her right at the edge of the embossing. This time, however, I used Royal Coat Clear Decoupage Finish to attach her, and I learned something…. I should have used this last week! This time the tissue paper DID disappear into the background. So much so, that her eyes and face looked rather weird with the stars shining through them! Argh! Murphy’s Law!! (Now, if I’d’ve made her blonde… they always say we blondes are spacy! lol!) To try to salvage her, I tried coloring over her with Prisamcolor colored pencils as best I could. She’s still a little blotchy, but passable, I think.
The sentiment, from Kraftin’ Kimmie’s Hello, Friend! set, was stamped with Versamark Ink, covered with Recollections Gold Detail Embossing Powder and heat set. The Gold showed up MUCH better than the silver I used last time. I recently snagged some Recollections Signature Mica and Ice Flakes on clearance at Michael’s, so I decided she needed to be catching a special star and used glossy accents to attach a couple of flakes just above her hands. I love how it shines extra bright! (If you enlarge the photo, you can see it.)
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The panel was attached to a deep magenta card using Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive.
This week’s Kraftin’ Kimmie Challenge #274 is: Decorate the Inside, so I opened the card up and added the full Gaia stamp and a sentiment from Kraftin’ Kimmie’s Rain or Shine! set. I decided to leave Gaia uncolored and just color the sentiment with Pebbles Inc. Chalks, Basic Brights…
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I always like cards that are decorated inside, but rarely think to do it.
I’m glad you stopped by today… My world IS brighter because of you! : )
Again, If you want to join the fun, Kraftin’ Kimmie’s Challenge # 274 is here:
And, because of the Amazing starry universe, I’m entering this in Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge: A is for… which you can enter here:
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