MFT Camp Create Day 2: Remarkable Resist – Sweet Lace Cards

Welcome! Today I have a sweet set of 4 cards I did with the technique from My Favorite Things’ Camp Create Day 2: Remarkable Resist.


The backgrounds were heat embossed with that fabulous lace stamp. I love running your fingers over it afterward as it feels lacy! I did two in white and two in gold with glitter finish . Love that shine!

Then I did one of each with a rainbow of watercolor and one of each with red and blue, making purple in the middle. Which combo do you like best?

Here is the badge I earned for today’s lesson:

Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things Lace Background and Candy Jar Companions stamps
  • My Favorite Things Sentimental Flourish Frame Die-namics
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors 32, 31, 40, 52, 64, 139
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Inkadinkado Linen White & Black embossing powders
  • American Crafts Zing! Gold Embossing Powder Glitter Finish
  • Canson Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Core’dinations cardstock: black & white
  • Colorbok Shiny Gold metallic paper
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Tombow Xtreme & Mono adhesive runners

I’m entering these cards in the following hops and contests. Click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

I hope to return soon with more projects from this fun ‘camp’, so please stand by!



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MFT Camp Create Day 1: Wonderful Watercolor – Rainbow Galaxy Background

Hello and welcome! It’s that time of year again… Another summer at My Favorite Things’ Camp Create!

Day one of camp showed a marvelous watercolor rainbow galaxy background that I just HAD to try! While I was at it, I decided to do two in case one didn’t turn out. I was really quite worried I’d get mud by adding the black, but they both turned out ok! In spite of the sparkle, it’s not a girly card and would do for a guy, too.

You can find the easy to follow instructions on how to do the watercolor background HERE. I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors since I don’t have the Prima watercolors she used. I love the vibrant colors!

You may be wondering how I got the longer die-cut rectangles for the inside writing space:

You take your cutting plate and put the edge before the final edge of the die. After cutting, line up the two sides and again place the edge before the final edge of the die as shown in the right-hand part of the picture. Depending on how the pattern goes, you can get it half-again longer (like the left hand side of the picture above) or more.

I really wanted this galaxy to tinkle and added lots of sparkly accents that you can see in the materials list below. It’s got oodles of 3d texture. The sparkle is kind of hard to capture on camera – even this quick video doesn’t do it justice:

For completing this, I’ve earned my first Camp Create Badge:

           Note: if you collect all 5 badges, you can be entered for a nice prize… just sayin’! : )

Materials Used:

  • My Favorite Things: Friends Like Us stamp set
  • My Favorite Things: Doubly Amazing and Pop-Up Bday (cut off) Die-namics
  • Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles and Romantic Rectangles 2
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors 20, 31, 32, 40, 52, 64, 139
  • Canson Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Core’dinations cardstock: black & white
  • My Studio White Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Titanium Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Ranger Stickles: Black Diamond, Glisten, Icicle
  • Imagine Crafts IrRESISTible Pico embellishers: copper
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Glitter Accents: Fresh Snowfall
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive runner

I’m entering these cards in the following hops and contests. Click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

I hope to be back soon with another project from this fun skills camp!

Thanks for stopping by!



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Hey There! Card – Watercolor Resist Technique

Hey There!

I’m back with a new technique to show you from Papertrey Ink’s Make it Monday #240: Watercolor Resist. (You can watch their complete instructional video HERE.)

You start out laying down a wash of the lightest of your 3 colors on your watercolor paper and, once dry, drizzling rubber cement over it (If you’re real brainy, you can imagine the areas you want to stay that color (in this case, yellow) and make sure to cover them in rubber cement. My brain was stopped up from the cold when I started this, so I just randomly drizzled…


Once the rubber cement is dry, you lay down a wash of your second color…


Once it’s dry, you drizzle more rubber cement over the areas you want it to show through (or, if your brain isn’t working, then just randomly again!)…


Once the rubber cement is dry, you add a wash of your darkest color and let it dry…20160228_133327aW

Once dry, take a rubber square and gently start rubbing off the rubber cement…


Keep rubbing until it’s all off…


Now you can use your tri-color artwork for whatever you choose. I cut mine into flowers for a card:


Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink Big & Bold Wishes stamp set
  • Papertrey Ink Larger Than Life dies
  • Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Elmer’s Rubber Cement
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors #31, 34, 40
  • Versamark ink
  • Ranger Antiquities Brick embossing powder
  • Recollections Shimmer Card – red
  • DCWV yellow cardstock
  • Recollections adhesive faux pearls colored with Copic marker #R89
  • Angel Craft Tape double sided adhesive 1/2″
  • American Crafts This to That adhesive foam tabs
  • Dritz serrated tracing wheel
  • Misc. ribbon

I’m playing along with the following challenges if you’d like to join the fun:

I’m tuckered out and won’t be finishing any more up today. Y’all rest well and enjoy your extra day tomorrow… I think it should be spent crafting, don’t you?!



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Winnie & Walter – more challenges

It’s me again! Back with another card for Winnie & Walter‘s 2nd Anniversary Bash – Congrats!!

This time I incorporated three of their challenges…

  • Create Your Own Background with Gayatri – I chose watercolor
  • Gold + Watercolor Challenge with Heather H – yep, there’s gold, too!
  • Over the Edge Challenge with Kelly – and some elements bleed off the edge

I started out going for a sunrise/sunset (remind you of a Fiddler on the Roof song?), but think I ended up with one of those amazing Yellowstone wildfires (If that was a pony instead of a buck, it’d be a Michael Martin Murphy song. lol!)


Materials used:

  • Winnie & Walter download The Daily Grind Collection Vol. 1: Holiday Mint Add-On (HERE)
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors #10, 31, 40, 44, 61, 64, 139
  • Spellbinders Foliage 2 die
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Essential colors glitter – Yellow Barite
  • Recollections Craft It gold card
  • Misc. adhesives

If you want to play along with any of these challenges that I’m joining, just click on the descriptions below:

Thanks for your patience with so many posts today. I have a couple more cards to finish for tomorrow. Hope to see you then!



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ADORNit ArtPlay Watercolor Experiment

Sheeee’s baaack! It’s hard to believe I haven’t posted anything since last year! Time flies!! : ) In between health issues, I’ve been busy trying to organize my crafting supplies and my place so I can work more efficiently. I may post some of the improvements later on. For now, I have a fun experiment to share with you.

The folks ADORNit were kind enough to send over some samples from their ArtPlay coloring books for me to play with.


Although I usually use Tombow or Copic markers to color, these are printed on watercolor paper, so I decided to experiment. Knowing that Tim Holtz’ Distress Inks by Ranger are bright and happy, I decided to start with them on my favorite of the bunch: Choose Happy. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to control the inks very well and they bled into each other leaving me decidedly UNhappy.


The great thing about art is that boo-boo’s are just opportunities to create something better so I fiddled around with various other mediums until I came up with a solution I liked…


Yep, a heavy dose of fabulously glittery Stickles can make a huge difference!


Next, I decided to try some Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors on one of the samples:


Those holographic sequins are so hard to photograph! Adding some gold and white gel pen here and there and giving it some sparkling Wink of Stella helped this one, too…


Finally, I reached for something that gave me more control… Faber-Castell’s Aquarelle colored pencils. Once colored, I just went over them with a water brush to smooth the color out:


Still a little color bleeding, but not near as much!

Which one do YOU like best?

Materials used:

  • Choose Happy
    • ADORNit ArtPlay sample
    • Spellbinders Les Papillions 2 die
    • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Festive Berries, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade, Weathered Wood, Wilted Violet
    • Copic Markers: BG15, 18, 45; BV00, 02; C1, 3; R20; RV04, 34; Y13, 15; YG17, 61, 63; YR02, 04, 07, 24
    • Ranger Perfect Pearls: Dark chocolate
    • Ranger Stickles: Aqua, Frosted Lace, Glam Pink, Patina, Tropical Tangerine
    • Ranger Distress Stickles: Dusty Concord
    • Recollections Adhesive Faux Pearls
    • Sanford Uniball Gel Impact pen 1mm gold
    • Kuretake Zig Wink of Luna Green
    • Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella Clear
    • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
    • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
    • Core’dinations cardstock – pink
    • DCWV card
  • Laura Ingals Wilder quote
    • ADORNit ArtPlay sample
    • Spellbinders Labels 23 die
    • Kuretake Ganzai Tambi watercolors: 31, 32, 34, 36, 40, 44, 51, 53, 61, 64, 139
    • Sanford Uniball Gel Impact pen 1mm gold
    • Sakura Gelly Roll pen white
    • Copic Markers BV08, R29
    • Nicole Spanales flower sequins
    • Art Minds flower cup sequins
    • JoAnn Advantus sequins
    • Recollections adhesive faux pearls
    • Kuretake Zig Wink of Luna Gold
    • Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella Clear
    • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
    • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
    • Coredinations cardstock – lavender
    • Misc ribbon
    • DCWV card
  • Bee You tiful
    • ADORNit ArtPlay sample
    • Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A & B
    • Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle color pencils: 104, 109, 118, 126, 147, 151, 166, 187, 199
    • Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella Clear
    • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
    • Coredinations cardstock – red
    • DCWV card

Tip: You’ll notice I used Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive on all of these… since watercolor paper tends to warp, I find that the Xtreme adhesive is the only one strong enough to hold it down flat onto the cardstock.

If you’d like to play with some of these ArtPlay watercolor cards, check out ADORNit’s site:

If you’d like to see samples from other artists, check out #adornitcoloring on Instagram

Thanks again for your patience these past few weeks. I hope to be back soon!



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Just Sittin’ Here Thinkin’ of You! Watercolor Card

Today I have a quick CAS (that’s Clean And Simple for those who don’t know) watercolor card to share with you:


Papertrey Ink is releasing their new product and has a Create Along With Us release week challenge to create your own version of something their designers have presented. I chose base my card on Nichole Heady’s card, which you can find HERE and is pictured below:


She water colored around the stamped image and then used a white gel pen to add in the stars, so I tried doing the same. I didn’t have any PTI tree stamps, so I used a leaf that does a pretty good job of imitating a tree. : )

Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink stamp sets: Love You to Pieces Fox; Spiral Bouquet (leaf/tree), On My Couch Additions (sentiment)
  • Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Papertrey Ink Canyon Clay dye ink
  • Stampin’ Up Garden Green dye ink
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors #64
  • Copic Markers: B21 & C1
  • Craft Smith card
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhexive
    • I also used Tombow’s Mono Sand Eraser to get rid of a tiny drop of watercolor that fell on the white background. What a terrific tool!

I’m playing along with the following challenges. Click on the links if you’d like to learn more:


Thanks for stopping by!



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The Princess Bird Anniversary Card

Yes, today is the day I reveal the card I’ve been working on and sharing on Instagram this past week.

It’s an anniversary card for a couple who are always quoting the Princess Bride. Fans of the movie will recognize many of the references, but there’s one they might not. Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up (wink wink): He’s always calls her ‘Barbie’, hence Barbie-cup instead of Buttercup. I think they’ll get a kick out of it!

With no further ado… Presenting: The Princess BIRD Anniversary card….


But wait! There’s more!



And a better view of the two sides on the inside:

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You should be able to click on any picture to see it larger if you want to. I love how the Darice Wood Grain Background embossing folder makes that mulberry paper look woody!

A little bit of the coloring details:





To keep the watercolors from bleeding through at the edges, I put waxed paper in between. A nice video on doing the trees and hills can be found on Sandy Allnock’s YouTube channel (HERE).


I ended up jazzing up their wings a bit with a gold gel pen… I always love a little bling! : )

Jenn Shurkus recently did a great Periscope video on coloring leaves (you can find more details HERE)… unfortunately these were SO small, it was tough to do, but they turned out ok.


After popping up this guys eyes, I added Wiggly Eyes… Makes his expression just like the average kid’s eyes when there’s kissing. Lol!

If I ever figure out how to get the little video of how the card opens over here from Instagram, I’ll add it in later.

Materials used:

  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamps
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Framelits Bird Crazy dies
  • Sizzix Susan’s Garden Branches & Stem dies and Lilac Flower dies (leaves)
  • Darice Wood Grain Background embossing folder
  • Copic Markers:
    • B21
    • BG 15, 18, 45
    • E 00, 37, 74
    • G 02, 05
    • R 22, 24
    • Y 13, 15, 17
    • YG 61
    • YR 02, 04, 07, 21, 24
  • Kuretake Ganzai Tambi watercolors: #53, 61
  • Uniball Gel Impact pen – Gold
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pen – Black
  • Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor paper
  • Colorbok The Paper Company Mulberry paper
  • DCWV Once Upon a Time Stack paper
  • Darice Past-on Eyes 5mm & 7mm
  • Misc white cardstock and adhesives

I’m playing along in the following hops and challenges:


Thanks for stopping by today. Stay away from the Fire Swamps and the R.O.U.S.s!

Bye-bye, guys! Have fun stormin’ the castle!!



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Best Friends Fall Coffee Lovers Card – Upcycled Coffee Stirrers

Welcome back to to day two of the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!


For those of you who follow me, you know I always try to upcycle some coffee stirrers in at least one of my Coffee Lovers hop entries.

20150612_231011aW This on you can see HERE

20150228_105931aW And this one, in my pre-blog days, was posted HERE.

For today’s watercolor card I have incorporated some Panera and Starbucks coffee stirrers – the perfect fall combo!


I have a dear friend who often takes me to Panera or Starbucks for a cuppa’ when we’re out shopping. One of these gals looks a lot like her. The other looks kind’a  like me… in a fun-house skinny mirror! lol! I think I’ll send this to her as a reminder of the fun times we spend together!

Materials used:

  • Inkadinkado Fall Seasons stamp set (tree)
  • Studio 112 stamp set – All Occasions Mini Assortment – 1
  • Strathmore cold press watercolor paper – smooth side
  • Versamark ink
  • Recollections detail embossing powder – ebony
  • Hampton Art embossing powder – light brown
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors – #10, 31, 32, 34, 36, 40, 44, 46, 51, 53, 61, 64,139
  • Sharpie pens – orange and green (to cover where the stirrers were cut off)
  • Misc. cardstock and adhesives
  • Oh- and Starbucks and Panera Stirrers – washed! : )

If you’re reading this on the day it was published, or a couple of days after, there is still time to join the fun here:

If you’re reading this after October 2, 2015, you’ll have to get a time machine or use a CHRONOS key to get in on the fun! : )

I am also joining the fun at these challenges. You can find out the details by clicking the highlighted link(s):



Thanks to all of you who stop by to visit, those who leave encouraging comments and those who follow my blog – you’re all very much appreciated!



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Watercolors With Die Cut Stencils

Since I finally have the energy to sit at the computer today, you get TWO posts in one day. : ) This is something I did earlier this week for Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday #218 – Watercolors with die cut stencils. (You can see the details and video instructions on how to do it HERE).


20150725_093521aWSo, by putting down a die-cut label and water coloring around it, it prevents the paper from absorbing the color and leaves a void once removed. Clever!

Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words: Love die
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor No. 34
  • Strathmore 140# cold press watercolor paper
  • Avery labels
  • Misc. cardstock & adhesives

If you’d like to join the fun, here’s the link again:

Have a LOVEly day!



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Need Help! Please Send Coffee + Blog candy

Good morning!

Are you sitting there with your favorite warm or iced beverage in hand? For those of you who have been following this week, you know I’ve been having fun making coffee themed cards with some watercolor in them. In case you’re here for the first time, here are the fun blog hops and challenges going on:




Today’s card was also inspired by the Mojo Monday challenge 400 sketch #mojo400 (click HERE for more info.)


In keeping with the summer coffee lovers theme, I thought… what if a coffee lover were stranded on a desert island? This would probably be the result:


Tee-hee-hee … makes me giggle!  : )

I water colored the background, Stamped the sentiment and glued the die cut “coffee.” The sandy beach is sandpaper and the rest I drew, colored with Copics and fussy cut.

Materials used:

  • Strathmore watercolor paper, cold press
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors Nos. 51, 61, 64
  • Verve Chocolate stamp set
    • Verve is a sponsor of the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop : )
  • Memento dye ink – rich cocoa
  • Copic markers B21 BG15 C3 C5 C7 E3 E37 G99 YG63 YG67 W5
  • 3M 60 grit sandpaper
  • Tombow Xtreme  and mono-dots adhesives

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

If you’d like to join the fun at any of the above, just click on the colored text to go find out what you need to do. Happy crafting!

I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by today!

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If you’ve been here before, you know 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 that have “Blog candy” in the title from June 5 – 12, 2015. Of course, I appreciate those who sign up to follow the blog, but it’s not a requirement. If you do sign up to follow, I will give you an extra entry. To sign up, you’ll need to go to the home page and click the box that says “follow” in the right-hand column under the photos. If you’re already a follower, make a second comment telling me so. Otherwise, one comment per post, please.  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.

Bye-bye! Have fun stormin’ the blog hops today!!


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