Altenew Creative Watercolor Media Class – Lesson 4

Welcome back to another card from  Altenew’s Creative Watercolor Media Class.


Lesson 4 was quick and easy watercoloring with ink sprays. Once again, I had trouble with my stamped image in dye ink bleeding, but I dabbed it up and re-wet and had a light grey background that didn’t seem to bother the vibrancy of the mica sprays.

Love that shimmer and how the three colors blended! I did the body and the tips of the wings after drying the blended areas. Then I used Nuvo drops to add the embossed frame some dots, hearts and a doodle to finish it off.

Materials used:

  • Altenew Bejeweled stamp and die sets
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: Coral Reef, Stormy Night & Sunflower
  • Tonic Studios Gloss Nuvo Crystal Drops: Apple Green; Caribbean Ocean & Carnation Pink
  • Canson L’Aquarelle Hot Pressed Watercolor paper 140#
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights A2 pink card base
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive

I am entering this card in the Altenew Creative Watercolor Media Student Gallery.

There’s a lot on my plate tomorrow, but I’ll be back soon with the last two cards from this fun class.



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Altenew Creative Watercolor Media Class – Lesson 2

Welcome back for my card from the second less of Altenew’s Creative Watercolor Media Class! This lesson, taught by the amazingly talented Debby Hughes of Lime Doodle Design, was on using shimmer sprays. Since the set she used is still on my wishlist, I started out with the Lotus set and colors used in the May 2017 Inspiration Challenge:

I don’t have the Altenew shimmer sprays, but did have another brand, but only the light pink and greens matched the inspiration colors. So, I grabbed my Altenew Coral Berry which is just like the hot pink and, by mixing it on my craft mat with the glimmer mist, the entire flower came out all shiny!

The aqua ‘pond’ background is made EXTRA shiny by adding a mix of Distress Mica Spray and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Mist.

Tips: I love the tip Debbie gave to add aqua to the pink and yellow to the greens for some extra shading and depth!

Also, if you don’t want your white foam tape to show up under black paper, run a Sharpie Marker along the edges BEFORE adhering. (The voice of experience says that trying to do it afterward can lead to some oopsies!)

If you’re like me and don’t tape your watercolor paper down and it warps, Tombow Xtreme adhesive holds it flat/

Materials used:

  • Altenew Lotus tamp and die sets
  • Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set (sentiment)
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Stampendous Glamour Detail Gold embossing powder
  • Altenew Crisp Dye Ink: Coral Berry
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: Bubble Light Green; Dazzling Diamonds, Forest Green, Lime Light, S.W.A.K., and Sunflower
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mica Spray: Brushed Pewter
  • Canson Cold Press Watercolor paper 140#
  • Simply Defined 5×7 Bright White card base 200#
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue

I am entering this in the following galleries and challenges:

So far, there have been some excellent tips from each lesson (including one on die-cutting that I needed!). Although they are geared toward Altenew products, you can easily adapt them to similar products you may have on hand. I’m looking forward to working on the rest of the classes!

Hopefully I’ll see you again tomorrow!



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Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Bookmark & MISTI

Hello and welcome! Today is the first day of the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.


In last Winter’s hop there were over 600 projects linked up. This time there are over 50 Super Sponsors offering some terrific prizes, so come join the fun!

I’m starting out with a crazy bookmark:


You may remember THIS POST, where I did some watercolor painting with Glimmer Mists and made some mosaic tiles from eggshells…


When I was done, I took a manila tag and sopped up the leftover ink and had a pretty SPRING GREEN background waiting to be stamped and embellished. I then took my favorite tool – the MISTI (Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented) and went to work.


I love the MISTI because you can lay out your stamps and embellishments exactly where you want them, then close the lid and it picks up the stamp so you can ink it and put it right back down and stamp exactly where you wanted it.


Another reason I love the MISTI is when you don’t get a clean impression the first time ’round – you just re-stamp until you’re satisfied. I can’t tell you how many projects got this far before I had my MISTI and I’d try my best to align the stamp, but it would be off, giving me a double impression and making me have to start over. That was SO frustrating! But NO more!!

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It’s also great for mass-producing cards and getting perfect images on every one. (If you don’t have one yet, you might want to check out SoSuzyStamps – she’s even giving away a Mini Misti on her blog! (She’s also one of our Super Sponsors, thanks!))

Here’s a close-up of this crazy cat and you can see a bit of the shimmer on the tag. So is the feather her super cape? Did she down ALL those cups of coffee and then try to catch the family bird? That feather between her toes IS rather suspicious! I love that adorable stack of cups from STAMPlorations- Another of our Super Sponsors – thanks! That much coffee would also explain why her eyes are bugging out. lol!


The coffee ‘beans’ were a thick application of Liquid Pearls. Before they were dry I just ran a fingernail down the center.

Materials used:

  • STAMPlorations COFFEE HAPPY stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Crazy Cats stamp set
  • Sizzix Framelits Tim Holtz Crazy Cats dies
  • Darice embossing stencil Cat (paw print)
  • MISTI stamping tool
  • Ranger Inkssentials Craft Tags – Manila #5 size
  • Neenah Astroparche cardstock
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: Crushed Shells, Fairway, Forest Green, Gold, and Mustard Seed
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology tissue tape – butterflies
  • Copic Markers: E13, 23, 33, 74, 79; R32; RV04; Y13; YG17
  • Pigma Micron pen 01 black
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls – dark chocolate
  • Art-C molding paste – black
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Gathered Twigs
  • Kuretake Zig Wink of Luna – Gold & Green
  • Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella – clear
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Misc. feathers and ribbon

Goodness… the list is longer than the tag itself! Haha! Or, ask the Brazilians say: ‘kkk!’ Which is an onomatopoeia for a little snicker sound… try it! Kkk!!

Onomatopoeia – ˌä-nə-ˌmä-tə-ˈpē-ə – the formation of a word from the vocal imitation of the sound associated with it. Like buzz or hiss.

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:



I’m so glad you could stop by today. I hope to be able to get at lease one post a day during this hop if my health permits, so I hope to see you back real soon!

Have a wonderful day!!



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Watercolor Orchid Card with Eggshell Mosaic Tiles

Hello again, sweet peeps! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. I have a card that is one of my favorites to share with you today:


I love orchids and this terrific stamp by Marcella Hawley at Power Poppy captures the Paphiopedilum orchid (also called the Lady’s Slipper orchid) quite well. I think I like them because they’re so different from the typical orchids you buy in the store. And those cute, dumpy, wide ‘chins’ they have (the lady’s slipper) – I often see the coolest faces in them!

Pareidolia  the human ability to see shapes or make pictures out of randomness.


This Paphiopedilum orchid is in my Shutterfly photo album of flower pictures that I took last spring. I used it as a model for coloring my card. It was at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden near Charlotte, NC.  Someone asked if those are aphids on his side petals. Nope, they’re part of the petal!

This card was inspired by several challenges going on right now. I chose the green palette to go with Marker Pop’s Challenge #88: Greens. Power Poppy’s Power & Spark Challenge is Switch Up Your Shades, which asked us to use a coloring medium we don’t normally use, and Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday challenge is to Shake It Up, so I decided to see if I could watercolor this using Glimmer Mists… shaking them up and spritzing some onto my craft mat and picking it up with a brush. (I heat embossed the image in clear, first.)


Look at that incredible glimmery shimmer!


After it was done, I felt it needed a little more color on some of the clear embossed areas, and some shading, so I added some Copic Markers.

Now for the most interesting part (to me anyway). When I’m perusing the craft blogs, I often bookmark cool projects that I see and want to try some day. This year I have a goal of actually TRYING some of these. So it was that I was browsing my Mixed Media folder of bookmarks and came across Gabrielle Pollacco’s blog post on how to make your own eggshell mosaic.You can find it HERE.) It’s a great way to up-cycle those eggshells after making an omelette and any cereal or cracker boxes, too.


Gabrielle explains the process in much better detail, but here’s the short version: You can cut 1″ squares of the cereal box and prime them with gesso. Then, after removing the inner membrane, you can cover the squares with glue and press a piece of eggshell down on the square.


Once dry, you can add color with alcohol inks and while they’re still damp, you can add some Perfect Pearls for shine. For my card, I then cut a square into four using Tim Holtz micro serrated shears by Tonic Studios. They cut just fine with hardly any chipping of the eggshells. I didn’t sand my edges, just trimmed off the extra eggshell with my Tim Holtz shears and then ran a copic marker over them to cover the white edges.



Materials used:

  • Power Poppy Orchids Rock stamp set
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: Crushed Shells, Fairway, Forest Green, Gold, and Mustard Seed
  • Copic Markers: YG61, 63 and 99
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent chalks
  • Ranger Adirondack alcohol inks: Lettuce & Stream
  • Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold
  • Perfect Medium
  • Core’dinations 110# white cardstock
  • Recollections Craft It gold card
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Tombow Xtreme permanentadhesive
  • Red Heart Stellar Super Bulky yarn – NOVA
  • Misc eggshells & cereal box

I’m playing along in the following challenges in case you’d like to join the fun:

I hope you enjoyed today’s project as much as I did! Thanks so much for stopping by!!



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One Layer Card with Papertrey Ink’s Papercrafting Alphabet Prompts

Hello dear friends, followers and visitors! Brace yourselves, today I hope to post several cards that I have been working on the past week, but have been too ill to post.

Let’s start with a card for Papertrey Ink’s 9th anniversary celebration’s Day 10 challenge using their papercrafting alphabet:


Using D.Ann, I come up with:

I also wanted this card to fit Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge of Spritz & Spray and their Wednesday Challenge of a One Layer Card So, with all that in mind, here is what I came up with:


I spritzed and sprayed some Tattered Angels Glimmer mists, three of which were new but unused. I stamped with my new-to-me and unused til now Papertrey Ink Mat Stack 2 stamps. I don’t have any pierced border dies, and didn’t want to pierce each hole individually, so I dove into my sewing kit and used my serrated tracing wheel to do a nice pierced border. To add more interest, I embossed around the sentiment. I love how the Brilliance ink and the Glimmer Mists shine!:


The inside was nicely embossed and pierced, so I stamped another sentiment inside, brushed an inkpad over the embossing and used some chalks to finish it off:


It’s going in the mail on Tuesday to a sweet friend who sent me a yummy home-cooked meal yesterday.


Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink stamps: Mat Stack 2 Collection & In Bloom
  • Papertrey Ink SAF2014 – Renaissance die
  • Dritz serrated tracing wheel
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: Bahama Blue, Bubble Light Green, Caribbean Blue, & Chocolate Covered Cherries
  • Tsukineko Brilliance Pigment Ink: Crimson Copper
  • Tsukineko Memento Dye Ink: Teal Zeal
  • Pebbles, Inc. chalks
  • Recollections white cardstock

I’m playing along with the following challenges in case you’d like to join:

Edited to add: Since that was so easy and since Papertrey Ink’s Day 9 Saturday Snail Mail challenge was to make a thank yo u card for their warehouse staff, I made another the same way:



The only difference is that on the inside of this one I used a sentiment from Papertrey Ink’s Flower Fusion #8 mini stamp set. I’ll enter this on in their contest via Instagram so there’s one less post today.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks in advance for your patience with today’s plethora of posts (assuming I get them done!).  : )

Be back in a jiff…



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DieNamites Twilight Bokeh Card

Hello! Today I tried something out of my comfort zone. I was checking out the DieNamites November DT Tips & Techniques Blog Hop (Click HERE to see it… there are some nifty tips and fabulous new dies out!), and I decided to look at their November Inspiration Challenge (which you can find HERE) while I was there. This was the inspiration photo:


I’m not particularly fond of the Bokeh look on cards. (FYI, Bokeh is from the Japanese word for ‘blur’ or ‘haze’ and refers to the out-of-focus points of light in a photograph.) Perhaps because I haven’t tried it enough to like it. However I really liked the twilight shimmer in this photo and wanted to see if I could come up with a similar look. Here’s what I came up with:


I started by spritzing over the butterfly as a stencil so that I would have a white area to offset the die cut after coloring the back to get the bright edge.


Then I kept a butterfly on the white area as a mask as I added layers of color. For the Bokeh dots, I used a white Sharpie oil based paint marker. It takes a few layers to get the opaque white, so you can easily vary the tone of each dot.


Tip: I don’t have a sticker maker for my intricate dies like Erin suggested in the hop (HERE), so I use Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L’s E-Z dots runner. The negative is that they leave some little shiny spots that extend over the edges as you can see above. These can easily be picked up with a rubber square sold at art supply stores for removing rubber cement. Below you can see they are gone from the die and all in a little ball on the end of my rubber square.


Tip 2: You can tell from the picture of the die I used that, like Martha Lucia suggested (HERE), you can cut apart your dies to mix them up a bit.  I also suggest layering your die cuts to add dimension and depth. I cut the butterfly 3 times and affixed the bottom layer to the card and affixed just the middle of the top two, bending the wings over a pencil to raise them.


Materials used:

  • DieNamites Butterfly Applique which you can find HERE


  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Coral Reef & S.W.A.K.
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens: 055, 933, 965
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Barn Door, Faded Jeans, and Spiced Marmalade
  • Sharpie Oil Based Paint Marker – White
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Dots
  • Misc. Cardstock – White, yellow, blue

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

As always, I appreciate hearing your thoughts and comments. Have a great day!



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{CASE}ing Genius – Hello

Yikes! I almost forgot the one year anniversary {CASE}ing Genius challenge over at the You and Your Big Dreams blog! TONS of FABULOUS ideas over there!! Check them out HERE.


I chose to case genius #9, Shelly Kurth, from THIS post.

Here is her card:


And my CASE job:


Yes, I know, my re-sizing the huge picture files for easy uploading pixilates way too much. I hope to work on that soon. Thanks for your patience.

Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink Quatrefoil Coverplate Die
  • Papertrey Ink Swoosh Die
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Bahama Blue
  • Misc. Cardstock & adhesives

Someone whose blog I admire for their genius is Janis at Her Peaceful Garden (HERE). Not only do I like her cards, but I always get a kick out of her kitty memes! >^.^<

For more information on the  one year anniversary {CASE}ing Genius challenge:

This card also fits Papertrey Ink’s Make it Monday #230: Coverplate Watercoloring, which you can find here:

Have a great week!



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