Inspired by … Color!

Maybe it’s the rain, or maybe it’s because I’m ready for more color in my surroundings, whatever the reason, I’m gravitating towards cards with bright colors right now. I really liked the Pinspired Challenge #5 image. So I made another card with that colorful quilt in mind.


In fact, I bought the Mama Elephant “Trifecta” stamp originally for the challenge, but then went a different direction at the last minute. To season the triangle border stamp, I inked it with Versamark each time before inking with the various dye and chalk inks. I don’t know if this gave me better coverage or not, but my experience is that Versamark “gums up” the stamp and helps ink stick to it.

Supplies: Inkadinkado border stamp

Spring is in the Air

With hints of spring visible, I decided to “paint” a spring scene with distress paints. It will be a few months before I see this kind of color out of my windows!


The “Blooming Meadow” stamp easily lends itself to stamping with paint. After the image dried, I added tumbled glass to the sky and peeled paint towards the bottom.

I recognize that these birds aren’t particularly realistic, but I wanted to give the “Resting Birds” die a try!

Supplies: Stampin’ Up cardstock (blue for birds)

Pinspired Challenge #5

Welcome! It’s time for another Pinspired Challenge. The inspirational photo is for you to interpret anyway you want. You can take from the colors, the style, the theme – it’s up to you!

This challenge is sponsored by It’s Always Fabulous who are offering a $15 gift certificate to their store.

In my card, I sought to capture the colors and graphic pattern of the inspiration image with chevron die cuts and one of the sentiments from Hero Arts “Heydey,” a favorite of mine.


Head on over to the Pinspired Challenges blog to see the creations from the rest of the “Pin Heads” and find out the details for playing along. Three runner ups will be chosen and win a “Pin Pal” badge for their blog. A winner, who will also be chosen by the “Pin Heads,” will win a “Pin Perfect” badge for their blog along with the prize from It’s Always Fabulous. We can’t wait to see your creations!

Painting with Stamps Part Two

I enjoyed painting with stamps so much that I decided to try it again. I also wanted to make another card with the Labrador die. I first tried pairing the “Silhouette Grasses” stamp with the dog, but the grasses were just too big and out of proportion. So I pulled out “Tall Wheat” (a stamp that appears to be no longer in production).


I stamped the wheat with the new distress paints – I simply can’t get enough of these! I then applied Tumbled Glass and Forest Moss distress ink to the card. Forest Moss is the paint that I used on the bottom of the wheat stalks. I finished the card with a sentiment from the “Thanks A Bunch” set – one I’m grabbing over and over as of late.

Supplies: Hero Arts “Tall Grasses” stamp; Stampin’ Up cardstock

Neat & Tangled Release: Sketchy Cupcakes

Welcome back for the final day of the March Neat & Tangled release! I’m sharing two cards made with the “Sketchy Cupcakes” set, one of three sets releasing this week.

I did a bit of paper piecing for my first card, featuring the cupcake, flag and sentiment from the set. (I know I’d love to have some pink-frosted cupcakes for my birthday!)


Supplies: Scotty Girl Design papers

The “Sketchy Cupcakes” set also includes stamps for non-birthday cards. In this second card, I used the “Hey Sweets” sentiment along with a fork and cherry included in the set. I just love Danielle’s handwritten sentiments!


Head on over to the Neat & Tangled Blog to see the rest of the Design Team projects! The March release goes on sale today, Thursday, March 7.

Neat & Tangled Release: Just Thinking of You

It’s time for the March Neat & Tangled release! I’m sharing two cards made with the “Just Thinking of You” set, one of three sets releasing this week.

For my first card, I paired the cloud (or optionally thought bubble) and sentiment from the set with the bird in Swirly Twirly Tags.


I used the same design for a second card in which I stamped the bear and mushrooms from Little Bear (admittedly a set that I reach for time and time again).


Head on over to the Neat & Tangled Blog to see the rest of the Design Team projects and to enter the giveaway for this set! The March release goes on sale tomorrow, Thursday, March 7.

Revisiting an Old Friend

One of my goals this year is to try to not make everything complicated. I have a tendency to overthink/overanalyze. To that end, I have been making more cards with the same mindset one would apply to practicing the piano. In other words, every card I make doesn’t have to be the next best thing. Sometimes you just need to practice a piece of music over and over. 🙂

So today, I’m revisiting a card I made in July during the “Stretch Your Stamps” Online Card class. (A fabulous class by the way!)

Here’s the original card.


And here’s my remake, inspired by the fact that it’s a sunny day in the PNW and spring is around the corner!

March Bird blog

The Die-Namics die has two sizes of hexagons. I used the larger one as a mat for the patterned paper as I thought that helped add some definition to the paper against the kraft background.

Supplies: Echo Park “Everyday Eclectic” paper; other “Echo Park” collection paper; Twinery twine; Copics: Y21, BG11, BG53 RV25, RV29, YG13

Stamping with Paint

I’m continuing to work my way back through cards shown in the Online Card Classes courses. Today, I’m sharing a card I created based on one of Jennifer McGuire’s cards from the Online Card Classes Inspiration Showcase course in which the large background stamp is “inked” with paint.



The card background is the same “Silhouette Grasses” stamp stamped with Versamark and clear embossed. Stamping with paint is easy, and I really enjoy the results! The butterflies were die cut from white cardstock inked with soft stone shadow ink.

Home in the PNW

I was fascinated by Jana Millen’s “tree and cat in the snow” card in this post the moment I saw it. As I have a Golden Retriever, (and don’t have at cat), I decided to make a similar card with the Labrador die. And since it feels as if spring is just around the corner here in the Pacific Northwest, I created my card to reflect the spring season. You’ll notice the sky still looks as if there’s a chance of rain – well, that’s the PNW for you!

The background was stamped twice – first with the soft pool shadow ink and then with the soft granite. I shifted the stamp just a titch between the two stampings. I added distress ink to all of the die cuts just to soften them a bit. This is a big card – almost 6 1/2″ tall and 4 3/4″ wide in order to accommodate that magnificent tree!