Monday, September 26, 2016


My crafty mojo seems to be taking it's time helping me out lately.  Maybe if the temps would cool off I'd be more in the mood.
Today I have some Purple Onion Designs cuteness to share with you.  I've combined three stamps and a sentiment for this card.  I've been playing a lot with my watercolors lately so you'll be seeing them on a LOT of my posts.

Have a blessed day!

Paper--Canson XL 140 lb. cold press watercolor, Recollections
Stamps--Purple Onion Designs "Blooms", "Flit and Flutter", "Tucker", and sentiment
Ink--Gansai Tambi Watercolor paints, Versafine Black Onyx
Tools--Mini Misti

Monday, September 19, 2016

Old barn

I have another card today to share using one of the newest watercolor mini sets from Art Impressions.

Old Barn Mini Set
I also used some stamps from the Flower set and Foliage set 1.  That's one of the really great things about the Art Impressions watercolor stamp sets.  You can mix stamps from all the sets to create your scenes.
Still trying to work out my color combos.  Those front purple plants are a little LOT bright.  LOL

Be blessed!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Covered bridge

I was chomping at the bit to get back home to the huge package of new Art Impressions goodies waiting for me.  Today I'm sharing a card I created with one of the watercolor sets.  I used a combination of  Distress markers and inks to stamp the images. 

Covered Bridge Mini Set

I'm still learning a lot about using these stamps.

Have a blessed day!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Our trip out west

WARNING:  Picture heavy

Hubby and I just spent three weeks exploring in California, Oregon, and Washington.  Thought I'd share a few of the pics I took.  I am NOT a great photographer and truthfully these sights can only really be appreciated in person.  Maybe they'll inspire you to check them out if you haven't already.

I do have a card front made but that's as far as I've gotten.  So many things to catch up on after being away for three weeks. Be back in the bloggie world as quick as I can.

Redwoods National Forest, CA

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA

Yosemite National Park, CA

King's Canyon National Park, CA

Death Valley, CA

Mt. Whitney, CA

Ancient Bristle Cone Pine Forest, CA

Mt. Shasta, CA 

Crater Lake, OR

Mt. Hood, OR

Multnomah Falls, OR

Mt. St. Helens, WA

 Mt. Ranier, WA

Saturday, September 3, 2016

I'm back!!!!

Hello dear friends!  Hubby and I are back from our three week vacation in the western US.  It was an amazing trip to say the least.  I was looking forward to sharing some photos with you but that will have to wait a bit.  I have come home to what I hope is only a dead computer monitor.  Since its  Labor Day weekend I know I'm better off waiting to deal with it until next week.
I'm looking forward to sharing new projects with you using a ton of new Art Impression goodies I got.
Be visiting  you all soon.
Big hugs,

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Let's go bowling

     Sharing another one of the multi-stamp sets from Art Impressions made exclusively for Michaels craft stores.  This one is called Spare Me.  Once again I've used my Prismas.

     Hope your day is a strike.

Paper--Papermania "Happy Days", Recollections
Stamps--Art Impressions "Spare Me"
Ink--Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black Onyx, Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol
Tools--Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders 3

Friday, August 26, 2016

Bear hugs

     Like bear hugs?  Here's the real deal.  LOL  The sweet Blueberry and his forest background are from Purple Onion Designs.  This one is done in Prismas.

     Have a blessed day with bear hugs from me.

Paper--Simple Stories "Harvest Lane", Recollections
Stamps--Purple Onion Designs "Blueberry" and "2 Forests"
Ink--Memento Tuxedo Black, Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol
Tools--Simon Says Stamp Painted Hugs die
Miscellaneous--Crafters Square hemp cord

Friday, August 19, 2016

Joey's cupcake

     Joey the raccoon has his cupcake already for the birthday party.  Bet he'd be willing to share.  Joey and the pine trees behind him can be found in the Purple Onion Designs store.
     I used my Prismas for this one.

     Be blessed!

Paper--Simple Stories "Harvest Lane", Bazzill, Recollections
Stamps--Purple Onion Designs "Raccoon" and Large and Small Pine Trees", and sentiment
Ink--Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black Onyx
Tools--Quickutz Nesting Circles

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


     Today I have some very stylish ladies to share with you.  You can find these sassy ladies at Michaels as they are one of the exclusive sets made by Art Impressions for them.  The set is called Got Style...and they do.

     Let your style shine today.

Paper--My Mind's Eye "Lavender", Recollections
Stamps--Art Impressions "Got Style"
Ink--Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black Onyx, Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol
Tools--Lawn Fawn Puffy Clouds die

Friday, August 12, 2016

Oliver on the town

     Little Oliver is out on the town tonight.  This dapper fellow as well as the photo frame and sentiment are all from Purple Onion Designs.  I've got a pretty busy background going on that I'm not entirely in love with, but.....
     I used a stencil and Distress ink to create the stars and then splattered with black acrylic paint.  There are a few sequins mixed in too.
     For the photo frame I added part of a cityscape die cut and then colored in the sky and ground.

Copics Used:
mouse W1, W3, W5
hat and tie N5, N7, R37
sky B93, B95, B97
lights Y06

     Have a blessed day!

Paper--Recollections, Copic XPress-it Blending card
Stamps--Purple Onion Designs "Oliver the garden mouse", Paislee Press "Instant Photo Frame", sentiment
Ink--Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafie Black Onyx, Sakura white gel pen, Mustard Seed Distress ink
Tools--Paper Smooches Super 2 die, Mama Elephant Femme Frames die, Memory Box Starry Night stencil
Miscellaneous--Apple Barrell black acrylic paint, Pretty Pink Posh sequins

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Plant pots

     For such a simple project this thing was a booger to photograph.  The green panel above is the closest to the right color but it makes the pots more orangy.  sigh.....
     Anyway, I created this project using a couple of the Watercolor Mini stamp sets from Art Impressions--Southwest and Watering Can.  I used Distress markers for my stamping and coloring.

     I've been trying to improved my watercoloring skills by watching Bonnie Kreb's YouTube videos.  Bonnie is the owner of AI and the watercolor sets are her forte.  I still need lots of practice, but I am learning.
     For the inside of the card I used some stamps from Altenew's Thinking of You set.

     Hope you enjoyed the card.
     I will be leaving for vacation on Friday.  See you all when I get back.
     Be blessed!

Paper--Canson XL 140 lb. cold press water color paper, MFT, Recollections
Stamps--Art Impressions "Southwest" and Watering Can", Altenew "Thinking of You"
Ink--Distress inks, Versafine Black Onyx
Tools--Spellbinders Larege Labels, EK Success Corner Rounder

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

God bless

     This card will be going to a dear friend for her birthday.  I broke out my SSS Spring Flowers stamp set and my Distress inks.  Love the shading you can get with the DI's and you can color out side the lines!  LOL  I just stamped these in Versamark, embossed them in white and went to town with my inks.  A little free hand fussy cutting and there you go.

     Enjoy your day and God bless you.

Paper--Bazzill, Recollections
Stamps--Simon Says Stamp "Spring Flowers", Paper Smooches "Spiritual Sampler"
Ink--Versamark, Versafine Black Onyx; Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, and Mowed Lawn Distress inks
Tools--The Paper Studio A2 Multi-Chevron embossing folder, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles dies, Paper Smooches Notebook Basic die
Miscellaneous--Simon Says Stamp white embossing powder

Friday, August 5, 2016

Sparkly balloons

     Today I have a birthday card to share with you using a whimsical balloon stamp from Purple Onion Designs.  I stamped the balloon several times using the masking technique and then watercolored them.  I also splattered a bit of the watercolor around on the card and added some Wink of Stella to them.
     For the sentiment I scored an area large enough for the stamp (also from POD) and masked it off from the splattering.

     I'm sending these balloons out to you all.  Celebrate whatever!

Paper--Canson XL 140 lb. watercolor paper, MFT
Stamps--Purple Onion Designs "Balloon" and sentiment
Ink--Gansai Tambi watercolors, Versafine Black Onyx
Tools--Mini Misti, Mama Elephant Femme Frames die, ScorePal
Miscellaneous--Pretty Pink Posh sequins