I've Bean thinking of you - MFT Stamps

Products Used:
BB Friends at First Sip stamp set - MFT stamps
Die-namics Boutique - MFT stamps

I love avocado - Lawn Fawn

Supplies Used:
Lets Toast stamp set - Lawn Fawn
Lets Toast lawn cuts - Lawn Fawn
Knock on Wood petite paper pack - Lawn Fawn

I Wheelie do!

Totally inspired by Vanessa to dig out my Hamster set after seeing her newest addition. Working on some Valentine cards and thought this would fit the new challenge at Lawn Fawnatics too. I also decided this year I would use more of my pattern paper hoard. I buy like three of every pack and still hate cutting into it! Am I alone in this??  Background is a simple watercolor with distress inks and the hamster was masked out before I stamped the wheel over top so it looks like he is running on it. I colored the hamster and the wheel with copics.

Wheelie Like you stamp set - Lawn Fawn
Wheelie Like you lawn cuts - Lawn Fawn
Really Rainbow petite paper pack - Lawn Fawn
Baby Skunk line dance petite paper pack (retired) - Lawn Fawn

Rainbows & Unicorns!

Products Used:
A Little Sparkle stamp set - Lawn Fawn (not yet available for purchase, Black Friday Special)
Rainbow Lawncuts - Lawn Fawn
Puffy Cloud Border - Lawn Fawn

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 43 – Wonderful Winter

Hello again friends, this card is for the current Lawn Fawnatics challenge. My card features Making Frosty Friends a long time favorite set. The clouds are the Simple Puffy Cloud dies and the hills are from Stitched Hillside Borders.  The sentiment is from Winter Big Scripty Words. I was inspired by Jenn Shurkus for my card. (Glitter!! Snowmen!!) The background is blended distress oxides for the theme of the challenge. The colors made such a pretty sunset sky. I added copic opaque white for the snow.

Blog Hop Winners - All winners post

Pretty Things Survivors Do -

Denise you are the winner. The stamp sets will be shipping in January and I provided your contact information to the company providing the sets.

Holiday Cardmaking feat. PPP Poinsettia stamp set (Video)

Hello Friends! I'm here today with a quick holiday card & video. This card features the Pretty Pink Posh Poinsettia stamp set for the main images, a Mama elephant stamp from Holiday Messages for the sentiment and a wonky stitched frame for the background. Please enjoy the video! If you like this card and want to see more please be sure to subscribe to my you tube channel for more weekly card making videos and tutorials.

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Poinsettia Stamp Set - PPP
Holiday Messages - ME
Wonky Stitches Dies - Avery Elle
Pumice Stone - Distress Ink
Pale Gold Nuvo Drops

Copics Used:
E43, E40, 0 Colorless Blender - Flowers
YG67, YG63, YG61 - Leaves

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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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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)

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!