National Craft Month Celebration Blog Hop – You Are a Ray of Sunshine

I’m so glad you were able to stop by today! This is going to be brief as I’m not feeling too great…

Right at Home is hosting a National Craft Month Celebration Blog Hop. She’s also one of the Super Sponsors for the Spring Coffee Lovers Hop. I made a card with some of my favorite crafting supplies for both hops…


Now, those of you who are stopping by from the Spring Coffee Lovers blog hop can tell this is a spring card, but may be wondering what that has to do with coffee. Well, on the inside I made up a something silly that I hope will bring a much needed smile to my friend’s face…


Wouldn’t it be fun if it was raining coffee and we could turn our umbrellas into cups? Some days just need that much caffeine!

Materials used:

  • Canson cold press watercolor paper
  • Impression Obsession stamps: Curtsy Silhouette, Puddle Jump, Sunshine in My Life
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Fossilized Amber, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Old Paper, Peeled Paint, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet
  • Tsukineko Walnut Ink
  • Foray Transluscent Inkjet Vellum
  • Versamark ink
  • Recollections Ebony Detail embossing powder
  • Copic Markers Y13 & 17
  • Pigma Micron pen 01 black
  • Spellbinders Umbrella Trio die
  • Core’dinations cardstock – green & purple
  • Recollections Shimmer card – purple
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L EZ runner permanent fine adhesive for vellum and regular adhesive strips
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Misc. ribbon
  • Oh, and if you’re wondering, that’s a Chopin Script font.

I’m playing along in the following hops and challenges, in case you’d like to join the fun, just click on the name for the link:



Thanks for taking the time to stop by today!



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Waltzingmouse April PJ Party – Challenge No. 4 – Bedtime Story Sketch

Good morning! Finishing up the Waltzingmouse April PJ party today with Challenge No. 4 – Bedtime Story Sketch:

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So I figure… what would be more fun for a bedtime story than two dolls floating away in an umbrella to a far away place?!

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Hope they have fun!! : )



Waltzingmouse Stamps: You’re a Doll & You’re a Doll Additions stamp sets

Spellbinders Umbrella Trio die & Resplendent Rectangles die

DCWV card and Spring Glitter Stack paper

Recollections Floral Bunches paper

Papertrey Ink Raspberry Fizz dye ink & ribbon

Pebbles, Inc. chalks

Misc polka-dot paper, flower pearls and adhesives


It’s been a fun party! Now I’m off to check out the other fab entries.

If you would like to take a look, too, they can be seen here:

Have a lovely day!



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Inky Paws Challenge #19 & April Showers Challenge

I needed a break today, so decided to do something just for fun.

Newton’s Nook is currently running the Inky Paws Challenge #19 – Use Watercolor:


and Tombow is running the April Showers Challenge with this mood board for inspiration:


So I decided Newton needed to be playing inside a yellow umbrella with a rainy watercolor wash background ( or is that blue skies?! *wink*):

Newton: The sun'll come out tomorrow!

Newton: The sun’ll come out tomorrow!

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In case you’re interested, here’s how it was done:

I die cut some watercolor paper with Spellbinders A2 Valiant Honor. I scribbled Tombow makers (195 Green; 243 Mint; 443 Turquoise & 451 Sky) onto an acrylic block and picked up the color with a Royal Langnickel Agua-Flo brush and brushed it over the inner part of the die cut watercolor paper.


While that was drying, I die cut some black cardstock using Spellbinders Tear Drop Circles. I also cut some yellow cardstock using Spellbinders Umbrella trio and the tag from A2 Valiant Honor. I couldn’t find a sentiment I was happy with, so I hand wrote ‘The sun’ll come out tomorrow!’ with a Uniball micro pen. I colored around the frame and the handle of the umbrella with Tombow 025 Light Orange marker.

Next, I stamped Newton with the flower pots from the Naughty Newton stamp set and cut him out without the flower pots. I colored him using just Tombow 025Light Orange except for his ears and nose which got a shot of 942 tan and his collar which used 443 Turquoise and N65 Cool Gray 5. I love that the 025 Light Orange starts out a pale orange yellow and the more you go over it, the more orange it gets!

To attach Newton and the umbrella to the black tear drop circle and the label to the watercolor base, I used Tombow mono dots adhesive. I like using the dots on intricate dies. I then gently rub a rubber cement pick up square over the edges and it picks up any stray dots sticking out. I used Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive to attach the black tear drop circle to the water color paper and to attach the watercolor paper to the turquoise card base.

Now it just needed a little something to balance the card out, so I used more Tombow Xtreme to attach the Prima Marketing Calypso Tin Teal flowers. To finish off, I attached three Queen & Co baby blue rhinestones and ran the Tombow 443 Turquoise marker over them, just in case it helped them match better.

Thank you for stopping by today!



Again, if you want to enter either of these challenges, the links are:

Newton’s Nook Inky Paws Challenge #19 – Use Watercolor:

Tombow April Showers Challenge:


I’m also entering this in Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge: Pastels


* update 4/13/15:  Tombow winner… Thank you, Tombow!!!