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Watercolored Mandala

And now the saga of the watercolor Mandala…

It took me all week to write about my adventures with this card because I needed time to recover. I’m not sure what was really going through my head when I made this card, but I”ll give you a sneak peak into the inner chaos.

What I REALLY wanted to do was stamp this image on black paper and paint it. But, for some reason I had it in my head that I HAD to used watercolor paper. Ok so I’ll stamp it on the watercolor paper, use the big die to cut an opening out of black card stock and layer it over the watercolor paper. I can handle that. It took me 5 times to get the black card layer right. I kept cutting it too narrow, just all sorts of silly mistakes.

THEN, for some reason, I decided I was going to use the “Mr. & Mrs.,” sentiment, making this a wedding card… How can I use black on a wedding card? Instead I ended up using Neenah White Silver metallic paper…

After I layered the watercolor paper and White Silver, I realized the front looked empty. So I die cut “Congratulations,” 4 or 5 times from white card stock and layered them together, using Multi Matte Medium. And added Wink of Stella. I tucked some vellum hearts under the sentiment.

This is what I ended up with. After what felt like forever!


I really like the dimension you get from layering the die cut sentiment. I didn’t use all that much water, so I think next time I am going to try this on regular card stock.


Hopefully I will have kicked this cold and whatever else is messing with my creativity this coming weekend and will be back to normal. I wonder if maybe I am overwhelmed with all the choice I have in stamps. I kinda do feel like I don’t know where to go next. Maybe it’s just the persistent headache.

Thanks for sticking around!




Backgrounds with Distress Oxide Inks

I was inspired by the announcement of new distress oxide ink colors to get out my set and play with them. I used the “smooshing” technique and had so much fun I ended up with tons of panels!

I used mostly Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio, Fired Brick and Broken China. As you can see I already cut up a panel before I took pictures. Aren’t they gorgeous!

I layered several colors, smooshing, drying with my heat gun and then smooshing again. For a couple of panels I added more water and it thinned out the color. Here are some close ups.

Here is the card I made with the piece I cut up.

I’m really excited for the new colors! Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers are my favorite!


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Concord and 9th Pallets

Using these pallet background feels almost like cheating! The new Concord and 9th Petals and Pallets stamp and die set is supper easy to use! I’m suffering from serious creative block, and this set has saved my life!

In anticipation of the arrival of this set, I stamped some floral stamps that I already had so I could hit the ground running. First I used Altenew’s Build a Flower-Camellia. I realized later that this image is probably too big for this look. This image is all flat as well. And, there is a bit of Wink of Stella on the flower.


Saturday morning, after fighting with the attempts to watercolor the Mandala, I used the second pallet image I had stamped, and Altenew’s Extra Special flower image. I did the stamp layering with the flowers and buds, but used Copics to color the leaves, since I struggle with stamping the tiny leaves. I LOVE this card! There is a bit of Wink of Stella on the flowers, and I adhered the flower with foam tape.

Then I decide to try the wood on gray card stock. And I used the flower images that come with the set. These images were stamped and die cut, then layered behind the crate. In this case, I used foam tape behind the crate and flowers. I used a Copic marker to add the brown dots to the middle of the yellow flower, and I’ll probably add some Wink of Stella somewhere on the flowers. I really like how this one turned out as well.


This set has the option to fold the “crate,” so that is sticks out substantially from the card. It’s large enough that you can stick a gift card in with the flowers. I haven’t made a card with the crate folded that big because it does stick out pretty far. But I ordered some plastic boxes to use for shipping bulky cards, and will probably make a “gift card holder,” once the plastic boxes get here. When I do, I’ll make a tutorial and add some pictures.

Over all, I really like this set. I feel like I am getting new use out of my flower stamps. I like using them for a complete background as opposed to the half card. It makes it easy to come up with an interesting background for a large floral image.


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Sweet Stamp Shop Wizards!

I have been waiting for these stamps forever!!! They finally got them back in stock this week, and I ordered them right way. This made my week!

Even though I was so excited to get these stamps, I wasn’t planning on using them this weekend. Just like last weekend, I had all these plans and card designs running through my head, but when I sat down to create, I was just fighting them. My main plan was to watercolor the Concord and 9th Mandala, but that was painful (and another post).

So, after fighting with the Mandala card all of Friday night, I stamped these images Saturday morning and then ran to Michael’s to get the right color Copic Markers.

And viola: Magic!



In hindsight, I should have stamped the wand with the girl and cut them out together. And, I stamped the sentiments on the first card up to high, which is why there is a big banner in the middle. But I *love* them! Just coloring them in brought me joy. That phoenix is super cool! I added Wink of Stella to almost everything (the star clusters, the blue wizard’s clothes, the phoenix). I also added Glossy Accents to the glasses.

I even stamped the hat on the envelopes!


So, even though I struggled this weekend, I still ended up with some adorable cards!


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Simon Says Stamp’s Floral Bliss

I wanted to share with you my second attempt at a card with the beautiful, large Floral image from SSS’s Floral Bliss. I really did not do this stamp justice the first time I used it!

This time around I stamped it with Versafine black onyx in and embossed it with clear powder. Then I use the Gansai Tambi pearlescent watercolors to fill it in. I also used the paint for a light wash around the image. Here is a close up.

I stamped the sentiment from the set on a strip of white cardstock with silver pigment ink and heat embossed it with silver powder. I also stamped the smaller sentiment that on a vellum heart with the same ink and embossed it with the same powder. 

I adhered the heart and sentiment strip with foam tape to pop it up. 

I added a couple of Morning Dew Nuvo Drops and some silver confetti sequins.

I’m much happier with this card!!


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Stamping Bella Unicorns

Every once in a while I take out this set of stamps and stamp and color them. Especially if I don’t have a card design in mind. This past weekend was really difficult for me. It seemed like all I wanted to do was organize my craft space instead of create. And I’m sure I was missing my Dad. It’s been 11 years since he passed away, but it’s still so hard.

So, I got out my trusty unicorns and colored away Friday night. And then they sat there until Sunday, when I finally, sorta had a plan. Originally I had a heart I cut out of MFT’s All Over Roses paper, and I die cut some MFT Scribbles Roses, but it wouldn’t come together. So I kept die cutting shapes lol. I ended up with a heart in my favorite Blue Raspberry (Gina K. Designs). I layered the heart on Neeah Solar White, added the unicorn and then a spunky sentiment from Simon Says Stamps’ CZ Designs Simple Sentiments. Lucy’s Cards jewels finished it off!

While fighting with…I mean working on this card, I came across a panel of paper I watercolored with Distress Ink using the smooshing technique. I’ve used theses panels with the unicorns before, so I grabbed a matching unicorn. Then I used my new MFT Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strips and stamped one of the Sentiments that accompany the unicorns. I scored it so that I could get it to pop up, and put some foam tape in the middle. I also used fun foam to pop up the unicorn (I did this on the first card too). I added a couple of Lucy’s Cards jewels to the sentiment strip.

These guys cheer me up so much! Maybe I should bring one to work and put it on my desk. Or make planner clips with them! 

What are your go to stamps for when you are stumped, or need cheering up?



Acetate Card with Hero Arts Nesting Clouds

This is the post I have been procrastinating and promising you guys. I finally got around to attempting the design that has been running through my head since I ordered these dies. It didn’t go quiet as planned, as usual.

I started out die cutting the biggest cloud from Neenah Solar White cardstock, 4 times.

My original plan was to wrap the biggest cloud around the left side of the card, as I did with the circles. These dies are asymmetrical, so I could not fold it over the card and have it line up on the back side. I also wanted to mix up the cardstock a bit. So I decided to cut out the biggest cloud in vellum, and then use the next size down.

My next step was to adhere the clouds to the acetate card. I adhered the clouds to the front first, and used the front to line up the rest. I used Be Creative double sided tape, and quiet a bit at first. I used a pencil line on the back to help me line it up with the side of the card. And so I wouldn’t put tape where I didn’t need it.  That’s a lot of tape :)!


For the inside front panel, I just lined it up with the existing cloud. I had to cut it down, to match the front. Then I used the same removable adhesive trick I used on the circle card. I put the double sided tape on the side I needed to adhere to the acetate, then removable adhesive on the opposite side. Then I pulled off the release tape from the double sided tape,  “stuck” the removable adhesive to the cloud already in place on the opposite card panel, and carefully closed the card, pressing down on the double sided tape.

Once I had the cloud in place, I rubbed off the removable adhesive with my finger.

I added a couple of smaller clouds to fill in some empty space on the front (and the inside and back…). I layered some in silver glitter paper on the front, but just white on the other panels. I also layered in a blue cloud, and wrapped this one around the back, because I didn’t like that you could see the cut cardstock on the fold of the card.

I used my stamp tool to stamp “Just Hatched,” on the front, and added a little baby dragon in a cracked egg. The sentiment and baby dragon are from Clearly Besotted Hot Stuff.


I stamped “Congratulations,” on the inside, from Simon Says Stamps’ Floral Bliss.

I like the way it turned out, even though it wasn’t as planned. It’s still super cute and unique. I wish pictures could do these cards justice. Especially when you are trying to sell them, and all you have are flat pictures. Oh well.

I have some Stamping Bella Unicorns coming up next. They are some of my favorite to color and my go to, when I find my self in a creative slump like I was this weekend. I paired them with some spunky sentiments from Simon Says Stamps’ CZ Designs Simple Sentiments.