Saturday, February 25, 2017

Picket Fence and Flowers

I used the combination stamp set and coordinating dies from Sizzix (Stephanie Barnard line) in various Stampin' Up! card stock colors and Hero Arts ink spots. The Hero Arts inks seem to stamp better, more clear images than SU for me on the colored card stock.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Brushos Birthday

I can't recommend these Brushos color crystals enough, they are so much fun to work with! Simply spritz watercolor paper with water and gently sprinkle some Brushos on and let them spread out. I poked little tiny holes into the top of the cap so they don't come dumping out all at once. I got the set of 12 colors on Amazon, they also sell them on ebay if you prefer that venue.

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Another using the adorable Lawn Fawn Sweet Smiles set colored in Copic markers with some miscellaneous designer papers that I chose to mimic the gumball shape. I am on a mission to start using my overwhelming collection of papers. It's SO hard not to keep buying more and more but I will try.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Sweet Smile Gumballs

I simply could not resist this Sweet Smiles set from Lawn Fawn with all of those little faces in the set. They are pretty tiny stamps so you have to be pretty careful getting a hold of them and getting them back onto the window sheet without losing them. I think I will be putting smiles on everything for a while :) I added some glossy Crystal Effects to each of the gumballs for that realistic candy coating shine!
This is for this week's Mojo Monday sketch challenge, the SCS color and teapot challenge challenges. Card stock, ribbon, and papers are all Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sand Dollar or Sea Biscuit

I'm not quite sure if this is considered a sand dollar or a sea biscuit. I'm from NJ and the sand dollars on the East Coast have holes on the edges and top. This one is from the Washington coast and I left it in it's natural state to make this ornament. The next one will be bleached and cleaned to see if I can make it a brighter white.
 I used the photopolymer stamp from Flourishes "Coastal Christmas" set and it was not too difficult to stamp it carefully onto the slightly rounded shell. Colored with Copic markers. You have to sort of dab the color on since the shell is rough and will tear up your nib if you try to color back and forth. I braided some bakery twine for the hanger. Can't wait to add this to my beach tree next season. I had the most difficult time finding beach/shell themed ornaments out here in the Pacific Northwest. They were a lot easier to come by at my previous home on the Jersey Shore :)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Carte Postale Triptych

I used various Tim Holtz alcohol inks and Carte Postale stamp set for the background on glossy white card stock. Added some silver mixative and alcohol blending solution. Stamped more random images from the same set and embossed in gold. I salvaged the gold Eiffel Tower charm from my Lancome make-up bag and secured it with gold cording.

Step one for the above card was to stamp all over the glossy card stock (Tim Holtz acrylic stamps).

Added several differnt colors of alcohol inks. This is what it looked like before I began to dab it with the alcohol blender solution.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Antique sheet music

I let out a squeak of joy when I came across these antique sheet music books at the thrift store yesterday at 2 for .99 with an additional 30% off of that. At 100 years old they are in really decent condition and I'm almost sad to use them for paper crafting, but will anyway. I will surely post what I make with them!