Monday, December 5, 2016

Victorian Christmas

Hi! I've got a pretty Victorian inspired image from Art Neko to share with you today.


This image is called By The Fireplace On Christmas Eve. Such a sweet scene :) I stamped it in black in and then used colored pencils to color. The pretty foiled paper is called Gold Poinsetta on a Field of White. I layered some patterned paper underneath and added a strip of ribbon. Thanks for stopping by!



Sunday, December 4, 2016

Great Impressions Monthly Challenge


Hi! Today I have a challenge card to share with you! This is a fun Christmas image that I just couldn't resist.

I stamped the image in Versafine Onyx black ink and colored with Faber Castelle Polychromos pencils. The image is called (F638) Christmas Cows and the matching sentiment is (E902) Do You Herd. A bit of twine tied in a bow for embellishment.
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Surprise Hop!

Hello, my friends! Welcome to a SPECIAL SURPRISE blog hop for my dear friend, Julie Odil! Julie was recently diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma, so this hop is our way of letting her know that we are here for her. You should have come here from Katie Skiff If you didn't, please hop over to THIS POST for a complete list of participants! Along with this hop, there is a special release digital stamp set and paper pack from the MHKDesigns Etsy shop designed specifically for sending get well cards to those struggling with different forms of cancer. The colors of the paper pack are lavender (all cancers awareness), lime green (lymphoma awareness), pink (breast cancer awareness), teal (ovarian cancer awareness), and peach (cervical cancer awareness)


Julie and I are the Great Impressions stamp DT so I used some stamps from Great Impressions for her card. The image is called (G454) Rose Trio and the sentiment is (B176) Thoughts.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, friends! I know that Julie need our support now more than ever, so let's band together and show her that we are here for her! Your next stop on the hop is the lovely Lorie Ames. Thanks for joining us!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Christmas Branch

Hello stamping friends. Today I have a blast from the past Christmas card. 


I used the super cute Branch with Bulbs (H216) image and colored it with Copics. I then trimmed it out with scissors and a craft knife. I love how the sentiment is part of the image. I added some lace and sparkles to make it special. I hope you like it!



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Monday, November 28, 2016

The Muse Of Fall

Hello! Today I have an autumn card to share with you using an Art Neko image. When I saw this image I just fell in love with it and was so excited to watercolor it. The Muse of Fall is the perfect name for it!


I stamped the image onto watercolor paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink and then watercolored it using Gansai Tambi watercolors. I wanted her to look like the autumn leaves and that they were flowing out of her. Hopefully I achieved that feel!

I stamped the sentiment using one of the 4 seasons Kanji and English. I kept the rest pretty simple with just some paper layering as I really wanted the image to shine. I hope you enjoyed my card! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Mini Snowflake Garland

Hello! With Christmas quickly approaching it's time to start decorating our homes to celebrate the season. Today I have a simple but pretty home decor idea that could easily be added to containers you already have. 
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I pulled out the brand new Snowflake Wonder set and first stamped the two bigger snowflakes several times and under one stamped the "Noel" sentiment. I stamped in Versamark ink so I could heat emboss with silver glitter embossing powder.
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I then trimmed them each out and punched a small hole in the top of each one and threaded some baker's twine through each of them to create a mini garland. Then I tied it onto a decorative pitcher that is filled with some Christmas foliage.
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I love how it dresses up any type of container you have. I hope you'll try making your own mini garland to enjoy this season with!
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Versamark Ink
White Cardstock
Zing! Silver Glitter Embossing Powder
Turquoise Baker's Twine
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Monday, November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving Place Setting

Hello! Today I have a project up on the Chameleon blog with full instructions on how to make a pretty Thanksgiving table setting. Please go check it out HERE.




Monday, November 14, 2016

Christmas Shaker Card Gift

Today I have a fun idea for a Christmas gift! A shaker card that is also the gift! For full instructions go visit the Chameleon Pens blog HERE.




Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Sunflowers

Hello! I have an autumn inspired card to share with you today!


The sentiment is called (E900) More Than Nice and the pretty flowers are (G472) Sunflower Background. Sometimes I forget that you can stamp on colored paper, not just white! I added some machine stitching and sequins to finish it off.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Devotions For A Deeper Life- Book Review

Devotions For A Deeper Life is a full of excerpts from Oswald Chambers. There is a short scripture on the top of each page, his thoughts and then a further suggested reading at the bottom of the page. I like the layout of the devotions. The devotions are dated, but not by year so you could go through the book each year if desired. It's a very pretty book and not too large and comes with a ribbon book mark which I always appreciate.  It would make a very nice gift. Overall I think the devotions give good food for thought and have a bit more substance than many devotional books out there. I give this book a solid 4 stars.

**I was given this book in exchange for an honest review by BookLookBloggers. All opinions are mine** 

Autumn Cherry Blossoms

Hi! I have a pretty card to share with you that uses a cherry blossom stamp that is typically associated with spring, but by changing up the colors you can use it for an autumn card as well. I used the lovely image called Stylized Cherry Blossoms Hanging Over a Pond.


I stamped the image onto watercolor paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink and watercolored it. I thought an autumn sunset would be pretty with the yellow gold flowers.


I matted the image onto some black paper and added some machine stitched borders. A few tips with watercoloring is to start very light, which means more water, and let it dry before adding more concentrated color to areas. For instance, in the sky the darker blue was added on my second and third wash with drying in between. Also, I highly recommend letting the paper air dry as opposed to using a heat gun to speed it up. The heat gun will warp the paper a lot more and can disrupt the color as it settles. I hope you enjoyed today's card! Thanks for stopping by today :)


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Great Impressions Monthly Challenge


I have a card to share with you today that uses the image called (J09) Garden Flowers


I stamped the image onto watercolor paper and stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black ink and watercolored it. I stitched the main image onto some patterned paper and added some faux stitching and a bow. I enjoy using floral stamps all year round and you can by just switching up the colors!

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