Monday, December 10, 2018

Big, Great, Wonderful World collection [Spellbinders]

Hello friends! I recently was able given the opportunity to play with a new release of dies from Spellbinders Paper Arts. This new collection; Big, Great, Wonderful World by Sharyn Sowell is just absolutely stunning. The dies are so detailed an intricate but they cut just beautifully.

I got the chance to use two of the dies from this collection, the Sun Face  as well as Love & Flowers. You know I my favorite techniques involve ink blending and I used that to showcase these dies here.

For the first card I used some 110 lb cardstock and die cut my sun. I then lightly inked the edges of the die using some distress oxide in mustard seed. For the background I did some spotlight blending with more mustard seed in the middle upper third of the card and then around the edges I brought in some Worn Lipstick to give a nice warm sunset feel. The sentiment is white heat embossing on vellum so as not to distract from the Sun which is the main focus. I then splattered the whole thing with some gold watercolor.

My second card features more ink blending but I added in some purple to my sunset using shaded lilac and just a hint wilted violet on the very top edge to darken it. This time I chose to do a silhouette style with my die cut. I used a partial die cut technique right at the very bottom so I could cut out a hilltop edge to make the children seem to be standing in a field at sunset. This sentiment is also white heat embossed but right to the die cut itself this time.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Pretty Things Survivors Do Blog Hop (Giveaway)

My card is made using the Anemones stamp set from Pretty Pink Posh. I water colored the background using distress inks in shabby shutters, bundled sage, pumice stone, milled lavender & dusty concord. If you would like to see the video please visit You Tube Here for the best version.

Pretty Things Survivors Do: PTSD is a “psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.” (American Psychiatric Association definition) Although mostly associated with war veterans, it affects 3.5% of the population and 4% of US children ages 13-18 will experience PTSD in their lifetime. About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year. (Bran and Behavior Research Foundation) The holidays are a difficult time for those living with PTSD. We are participating in the blog hop in the hopes that you may be reminded to reach out to loved ones, neighbors, and friends who could be living with PTSD daily. If one person is remembered this holiday season, then we have achieved our goal of spreading awareness. Below you will find different ways you can help those with PTSD.

My survivor story:

I am a survivor of mental and emotional abuse from a partner. Despite knowing what an abusive relationship looks like, despite knowing all the warning signs; despite knowing my own value and worth I was still caught up in a terrible relationship for over five years while in college. This wasn't something that was obvious from the beginning or even during the middle of it which is why it was so hard to recognize and get out. This person cut me off from my friends one by one until I had practically no one left. The ones they kept around were ones they felt they could manipulate and control to their benefit, which they did. Eventually this person even limited my contact with my family. Daily they would break down my sense of self worth, make me question my own dreams, my own emotions. I spiraled into a black depression, stopped eating hardly at all until I weighed under a 100lbs. Eventually a close friend was visiting from Florida noticed my weight and spent extra time here helping me get out of my dark hole. She also didn't know what I was going through as my abuser was sweet as pie in front of her. But she knew I needed help. It still took another year and another outsider to get me to see what was really going on. I was finishing my last year of college and almost done when I finally left. I am thankful for my mother who didn't question me just welcomed me home. Picked me up, dusted me off, got me to see my self worth again. Now looking back I can see how terrible it was. But I got out and moved on, married my very wonderful husband and had my son. There are still dark days where I am swamped with memories and pain. Especially on those days are when I turn to card making, a hobby my mother encouraged me in when I first came home. It was an artistic outlet, allowing me to just be without pressure; to create for joy, for myself. I am forever thankful to the healing I found here. I am also especially grateful for the community of kind hearted crafters I have found as well.

Please continue the hop, a full list of participants is as follows:
1. Sandy Allnock
2. Josefine Fouarge
3. Rubeena Ianigro
4. Leigh Houston
5. Mamie Carson Wadsworth
6. Tania Talat Ahmed
7. Ana Reese
8. Tracy Freeman
9. Amy Tsuruta
10. Tracie Pond
11. Sharna Waksmulski ---YOU ARE HERE
12. Alix Davis
13. Janette Kausen
14. Mayra Duran-Hernandez
15. Kimberly Wiener
16. Seeka
17. Joanne Maree Soukup
18. Crissy Salima Smith

Thank you for joining us! If you know someone who lives with PTSD and would like ways to support them, please visit the following sites and remember to reach out to a neighbor, friend or family member during this holiday season, you could make a difference in their day.

Joanne is offering a I Care stamp set on each blog participating. You simply have to leave a comment below and a random winner will be selected by next week. I will list the winner on this page. Be sure to visit EACH blog since some of them are offering their own giveaway.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Pink Penguin Fun - feat. Hello Bluebird

Hello and welcome friends! I have a quick holiday card to share with you in some non traditional colors. I absolutely adore the penguin stamps this year! I like to collect penguin stamps for the holidays.  Hope you enjoy!

For this card I ink blended on Bristol cardstock with three shades of distress oxide inks in my favorite pink colors. I started with the lightest about 1/4 of the way up the cardstock in Spun Sugar, the middle shade is Worn Lipstick and a small amount of Picked Raspberry at the top edge. I stamped snowflakes from the same stamp set in all those colors as well. Finally I splattered the whole thing with copic opaque white. It comes in a little jar and I mix up a bit on my craft mat with some water. It doesn't pick up the distress ink color the way other paints tend to.

Snow Play stamp set - Hello Bluebird
Spun Sugar - Distress Oxide
Worn Lipstick - Distress Oxide
Picked Raspberry - Distress Oxide

Friday, October 19, 2018

Happy Little Penguins

One of my entries for the new Mama Elephant blog hop challenge.

Distress Oxide inks: Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers & Broken China splattered with blueprint sketch.
Images colored using Tombow markers and a water brush to blend.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Hello Bluebird Thank you (Ink Blending)

Hello Everyone! Just wanted a share a bit about this card since Ive gotten a few DMs on instagram.

The ink blending was done on the Bristol smooth cardstock. This is the key to me for really good blends even between colors that do not blend well. Secondly you dont want to use a new foam. If you have a new foam piece I recommend seasoning it. I keep a foam for each of my distress oxides. When I get a new color I grab a foam and make a swatch piece, this is how I break mine in and then its ready to go when I need it. Lastly using water or ink splaters will mask any not to good blending. Plus splatter is fun! Hope this helps! Maybe I'll do a video on my foam storage/process when I pick up the new Oxide colors that just released.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 38 – Awesome Autumn

Its halloween & fall time! Its my favorite time of year! I decided to enter into the new challenge. I hope to have a few entries for this one as I really enjoy fall cards.

Monday, September 17, 2018

MFT Superstar Challenge 2018

I thought I'd give the MFT super star challenge a try this year in the 3 D category (Innovation Master). I saw a very fun technique in a video done by Dawn H. and decided to give it a try. Be prepared for many more cards done like this! It adds a crazy amount of dimension without the added bulk for mailing. I used no foam tape on this card!

And a little video action of how it folds flat!

Supplies Used:
Die-namics Ocean Waves (for the hill)

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #35 - Coffee, Tea and Treats

Joining in last minute with a card for the Lawn Fawnatics challenge! I am actually teaching a class at Craft Fancy (Arlington Heights, IL) featuring a coffee theme so this was a happy coincidence!  

This card features the new Thanks a Latte set from Lawn Fawn and some distress inking with Tumbled Glass distress oxide. The tiny little snowflake was taken from the older Trim the Tree stamp set.  Hope you enjoy! 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop Day TWO + Giveaways

Welcome to Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary 2-Day Blog Hop! This hop is epic with more than 60 guests and over $600 in sponsored prizes! Not only are we celebrating four years since Rubeena first discovered cardmaking but also crafting in general. This industry is made up of wonderful individuals who are creative, inspirational, kind, and incredibly supportive! Hop along so you can learn about why we create and how much joy it brings us! For details on day one of the hop, you can visit this post. You should have arrived from Rowena Miniaci - Next stop is Laurel Beard

For my card today I took my inspiration directly from the hostess herself. I find I always love Ruby's watercolor florals so much and tried to capture that here. The background is done with Lunar Black from Daniel Smith watercolors and the focal image is from Pink Fresh Studio (who is also a sponsor!) also water-colored with Daniel Smith paints. 


In celebration of this anniversary, we have several amazing sponsors. Let’s thank them for their generosity! Winners will be randomly selected from comments left on all the blogs. The winners will be announced by Wednesday, September 5 on this page. Winners will have up to 2 weeks to contact Rubeena at to claim their prize before another winner is selected.

Studio Katia - $50 gift card
Hello Bluebird - $50 gift card
Altenew - $50 Gift card
Pinkfresh Studio - $30 gift card
Gina K. Designs - $50 gift card
Clearly Besotted - £25 gift card
Simon Says Stamp - $25 gift card
Spellbinders Card Kit ($55 value).
Jennifer McGuire - $50 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Winnie & Walter, LLC - $40 gift card
Mama Elephant - $25 gift card
Hero Arts - $25 gift card
Nichol Spohr LLC - Custom-sewn rainbow pencil case filled with brand new Spellbinders dies
Danielle Flynn - $25 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Picket Fence Studios - four $25 gift cards
Ellen Hutson - two $25 gift cards  
Pretty Pink Posh - two $30 gift cards
The Stamp Market - July 2018 Release (estimated $100 value)
Indigojade Art Shop - $50 gift card to Art Prints & Gifts Shop
Flora & Fauna - a 4x6 stamp set
Waffle Flower - $25 gift card
Power Poppy - $50 gift card

Sunday, August 5, 2018

A Spooky Halloween Shaker/Pop up - Mama Elephant

Even though its well into the 90s here in Chicago I am already in the mood for my favorite holiday; Halloween! I decided to make a shaker featuring the Meowlloween stamp set from Mama Elephant.

The front of this card I decided to make into a shaker to feature these adorable little cats. They are copic colored using greys (C0, C3, C5 & C7), greens (YG23) and oranges (YR00, YR02 & YR04). The background is ink blended using distress oxides in wilted violet & shaded lilac.

For the inside I decided to do a little more ink blending with twisted citron & the little witch cat on the Pumpkin die from the favor bag die add accessories.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Stamping for Families blog hop

I created this card for our blog hop to promote keeping families together and reunification of those who have been separated. This is not about political affiliation but instead about compassion. My little boy is 3 and I haven't spent a night away from him in all that time. I cant imagine weeks or months not know where he was or who was looking after him. The idea alone has given me nightmares.

Here are a few links with ways to help:
The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, or RAICES, in Texas has a family reunification fund that helps undocumented immigrants pay bonds; usually at least $1500

The Arizona-based Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project provides legal services to immigrants and unaccompanied children.

Kids in Need of Defense partnered with Target to create Baby2Baby, a registry where you can purchase diapers and other essentials for immigrant children.

Purchase snacks, toiletries, and medicine for children through Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley’s Amazon wish list. The organization shelters immigrants released from custody.

I will be adding a $25 gift card to Butterfly Reflections Ink (not affiliated with this hop but my own personal donation)  for anyone who comments on my blog post or adds a card to the link up below. Some of the other participants will be offering prizes as well!

 ( Sandy, Veronica, Dana & More below)

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Breathe Rainbows Blog Hop

Hello I'm back with a new card; this time for a an adorable hop! Today we're showcasing the brand new, exclusive Butterfly Reflections Ink and Kimma Parish Collab stamp set - Breathe Rainbows!

These images are absolutely adorable; plus with that sloth I HAD to have it!
Some of the Butterfly Reflections Ink Design Team (past and present) have joined together to show off this cute & whimsical set! We can't wait for you to see all of the amazing creations!

Thank you so much for hopping along with us!
Hop Along below if you missed any stops!

Butterfly Reflections Ink
Cassie Tezak
Mona Toth
Lynnea Hollendoner
Samantha Mann
Christiana Reuling
Laurie Case &
Sharna Waksmulski...You are Here

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Glowing! (Lawn Fawn)

Hell everyone! Thought I’d play along with this months Lawn Fawnatics Challenge for card sets! I originally started with the bigger card that I can give to the receipiant and the smaller cards as a gift. All done with the new Little Fireflies stamps combined with the older set Gleeful Garden. Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Sweet Monster Wishes (Neat & Tangled)

Hello, back again with another video! This time using Neat and Tangled’s Little Monster stamp set. I was in a rainbow after the storm kind of mood so that’s what inspired this card. I hope you enjoy. If you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment!

Go see the Video in HD.
Copics used: Rv02, RV00 YR02, YR00 Y02, Y000 G05, G00 B02, B00 V01, V000 BV01, BV000 N8, N6, N4, N2, N0 Distress inks: Picked Raspberry Wild Honey Lucky Clover Mermaid Lagoon Wilted Violet Daniel Smith Watercolor: Lunar Black