Challenges · Making Cards

Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge-Sparkle And Shine

I’m back, sharing another challenge card, this time for SSS’s Wednesday challenge. This week the challenge is for Sparkle and Shine, featuring Tonic Studios products. Boy, did I luck out with this one! Since I’m currently addicted to Nuvo Shimmer powder, I had made four cards before I looked up the challenge. Here is the card I picked to share.

I took a leaf from Jennifer McGuire’s book, and decided to make Mother’s Day cards for my friends and sisters. This card is intended for a good friend of mine, actually my kid’s first Step Mom. Yes, I’m good friends with my ex-husband’s second ex-wife (such long a story). We are family.

I made this card by first stamping the Camellia from Altenew’s Build a Flower set with Versafine Onyx ink, and heat embossed it with clear powder. Then I masked the image and did the same with the flower again, and some leaf images. Next, I sprinkled the Catherine Wheel Nuvo Shimmer powder over the flower and misted with water. Oh, I used Distress Watercolor cardstock. After I sprayed enough water to activate the powder, I used my heat gun to dry it. I sort of forgot about the heat embossing, and some of the color melted into the embossing. It actually looks cool.

For the leaves, I took some of the Atlantis Burst and mixed it with water to make it watercolor paint, then painted the leaves. The sentiment is from Simon Say’s Stamps CZ Design Simple Sentiments, and I added it with foam tape. The card base and matching envelope is Gina K Design’s Passionate Pink.

I wish you could see the Shimmer in the pictures. It’s gorgeous! I also love the hints of pink and yellow from the Shimmer powder. This stuff is amazing! The first thing I order after I’m done with this house business is the rest of the colors!

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Challenges · Making Cards

MFT Sketch Challenge 381

Hello and welcome back. Surprise! I actually made a card for a challenge. I know, it’s been awhile… I’m still struggling creatively, so I thought entering a challenge would give me some inspiration.

Here is the sketch:

And….drum roll…my card:

I went with my favorite Magical Dragons, colored with Copic markers. The sky was made with Nuvo Shimmer Powders (Storm Cloud and a touch of Violet Brocade). I used Starry Circles to cut it out, and added Silver Sparkle cardstock behind it. I layered the dragon over the Circle with foam tape, and added the sentiment, cut with MFT Stitched Fishtail banner. I added a smoke cloud as well, with clear Wink of Stella. Clear, confetti sequins finish the card.

This was a fun, quick card to make. My sister ended up giving it to our niece for her birthday. My niece likes to come over and make cards with me, so she recognized the dragon lol.

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Making Cards · Techniques

Watercolor and Masking

Happy hump day! I have a quick post to share some rambling on watercolor backgrounds and masking. It’s just something I played around with last weekend, still struggling with that card making block.

Here are the panels I made.


I made this panel by lining Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock with thin strips of masking paper. This is the only panel I have a picture of with the mask on, as it was the most involved.


Once I had all the masked strips in place, I used my favorite color of Faber Castel watercolor pencils to draw lines nest to the left edge of each strip. Then I took a waterbrush and pulled the color out. I used my heat gun to dry the cardstock, then removed the masking paper.


On this panel, I masked a wide strip horizontally across the lower third of the cardstock. Then I used Nuvo Shimmer powder in Catherine Wheel and sprayed it with water. This one ended up really wet, and ran under the masking tape.


For this panel, I used the last piece of the handmade watercolor paper from an older Hero Arts Monthly kit, and Nuvo Shimmer powders in Storm Cloud and Violet Brocade, with a mask over the bottom right corner. This one didn’t run as much as the previous panel.

Let’s take a look at the cards.


I’m kinda bummed about this one. I didn’t really have a good game plan when I started, and as a result, ended up cutting the up more then I wanted too. It’s still a cute card that I plan to send to a co-worker who has been really helpful (I stamped thank you inside the card). The cat and sentiment are from Gerda Streiner’s All Cats. I colored him with Copic markers, and stuck him down with foam tape. I also added Glossy Accents to his eyes. The card base is Gina K Design’s Passionate Pink, with the matching envelope.


I made this card for my sister’s birhtday and I think I will also enter it in this month’s A Blog Named Hero challenge (which means you’ll see another blog post about it 🙂

I put a strip of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock over the failed masking, and added the flower and butterfly images from the July 2017 My Monthly Hero kit with foam tape. The flowers and butterfly were colored with Copic markers, and cover in clear Wink of Stella. The sentiment is from the Gerda Steiner All Cats set. The card base is the same Gina K Designs Passionate Pink, with matching envelope. I added some Strawberry Coulis Nuvo Drops to finish the card. This card is my favorite, out of the three! Just look at that background, the oranges with hints of pink! SWOON


I originally thought I was going to use the Hero Arts August 2017 kit for this background, but decided to go with Simon Says Stamp’s Seeing Stars instead. I messed up the constellations a bit, trying to double stamp them after I had moved the card panel. But, I think it’s still cute. I heat embossed the stars with Hero Art’s Silver embossing powder, and sentiment in clear, with Versafine Onyx ink. I added Silver Moondust Glitter Nuvo Drops, and stamped the star on the envelope with Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink.

It’s been fun playing with older stamp sets. I really need to get into this groove, as I won’t be buying new stamps until after the house is settled. At least, I shouldn’t, lol. It’s hard not to buy all the cute things! But honestly, I have some many sets I used once or twice. It’s almost like going shopping, flipping through my stamps and dies! Maybe I should start a feature, where I force myself to use older sets once or twice a month… What do you think?

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Kit Unboxing · Making Cards · New Products

My Monthly Hero April Kit

Hello and happy Monday! I finally have the unboxing post I promised you, for the April My Monthly Hero kit. My apologies for the tardiness, I’ve been working tons of overtime lately!

What is in the kit, you ask. All this:


► – 6″ x 8″ Clear Stamp Set

► – 20 Coordinating Frame Cuts Dies

► – 1 Ornate Floral Border Die

► – 3 Reactive Ink Cubes (Fiesta Red, Fiesta Teal, Fiesta Yellow)

► – 3 6″ x 18″ Sheets Unryu Paper (Assorted Colors)

Let’s get to it!

I love that blue tissue paper, and I tried really hard to save it, but no luck. Those ribbons are really pretty too, and I managed to keep my cat from eating these (so far).

Here is a closer look at the two bundles in the kit.


The stamp set is super cute! I couldn’t wait to color that bird at the bottom, along with the donkey. There are some great and unusual sentiments too!


There is the Ornate Floral border die on the right (with smaller dies in it). I haven’t tried it out yet, but I think it’s gorgeous.


The Unryu paper is so vibrant, and had great texture. The reactive inks are also really pretty. I believe the reactive part means they interact with water, but  I haven’t played with them yet. I did see an Instagram post that Hero Arts shared, where someone used them as watercolors.

I did create a really quick card with the kit, using a background I had previously made with Distress Oxide inks and watercolor paper.


The background was made with Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves and Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide inks. I colored the donkey with Copic markers, and added him to the card with foam tape. I stamped Fiesta Time in Versafine Onyx ink and heat embossed it with Wow Holographic Sparkle powder. I added some purple Lucy’s Cards jewels to finish it off (and cover a spot where I smeared black ink). The card base is MFT’s Boysenberry.

That’s my quick post for today. Hope you had a great weekend, and talk to you again soon!

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Making Cards · Techniques

Alcohol Ink & Vellum

Hello and welcome back! I’ve been in a bit of a card making slump. I’m so obsessed with redecorating my new house (which is still 2 months away), I haven’t been thinking of much else. I thought the easiest way to get around it was to grab a stack of already made backgrounds, and make some simple cards. Luckily, I have a whole mini binder full!

This weekend I stuck with the alcohol ink and vellum panels I experimented with weeks ago.

Here is the first panel:

Sorry, it was cloudy today. Even sitting right in front of the sliding glass door, the pictures are still a bit dark. I was trying to show the shimmer from the mixative.


I layered the vellum panel on to some Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock, and used the hugs die from the March My Monthly Hero kit, cut from MFT’s Silver Sparkle Cardstock. The word “sending,” is also from the kit, and I stamped it along the bottom of the vellum with Hero Arts Passion Flower ink. The silver gems are from Studio Katia, and the card base is Gina K Design’s Lovely Lavender (as is the matching envelope). I used the MMH dies for a lot of these cards.

You can see the darker spots on the right, from the alcohol ink tool. I wish I had trimmed the panel so that part wasn’t used, but it’s still a striking card.

Up next we have a more colorful panel:



For this one, I trimmed the panel down a bit and layered it even with the top. The thank you is from the March kit, and was cut from a Champagne Pearl Shimmer cardstock and  layered on several white die cuts. I added some small hearts, die cut from MFT Gold Sparkle cardstock for accent. The card base and matching envelope are Gina K Design’s Sweet Corn.


I was trying to get a good picture of the shimmer in the alcohol ink, but it doesn’t come across very well.

Next up we have more splotches:

You can sort of see the shimmer in the second pictures. I went in a little bit of a different direction with this one.


For this card, I adhered the vellum panel to some Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock with Sticking Adhesive. Then I ran it through my die cutting machine with Hero Art’s Butterfly Confetti die. I left the pieces together (or tried my best) and taped the back. I die cut “Thinking of You,” from Concord and 9th’s Fabulous Phrases from Silver White Shimmer cardstock, and several layers of white, then glued them together. I added some of my favorite tiny hearts, this time from MFT’s Silver Sparkle Cardstock. The envelope is a Metallic envelope from Simon Say’s Stamps, in Periwinkle.


Last, but not least, we have a really saturated panel:



Since this panel was so intense, I die cut a large heart from it, using Hero Arts Hearts Nesting dies. I cut a larger heart from MFT’s Silver Sparkle cardstock.

I layered the hearts together, and added them to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock panel cut with MFT’s Mod Rectangles, using foam tape. “Sending,” was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Hero Arts’s Silver embossing powder. I added some Blueberry gems from Lucy’s Cards to finish it off. The card base is Papertrey Ink’s Tropical Teal, with a Blueberry Metallic envelope from MFT.


I had a lot of fun making these. They have a lot of interest even though they are so “simple.” The shimmer from the alcohol ink panels, along with the other elements, amp them up. I can’t wait to use the rest of the acetate panels!

I apologize for the slowing down of post. I’m on strict budget until after our closing. and of course the aforementioned creative block. My weekends are also taken up with different projects leading up to the purchase. I’ll try to keep you guys updated, and to squeeze some time in for crafting. It is my sanity check after all.

Next up I’ll share the April My Monthly Hero kit unboxing. Have you seen the new kit yet? It looks like a ton of fun!

I’m also trying really hard to ignore the new Concord and 9th release. It goes live today, so, we’ll see how well I do lol.

Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by!


Making Cards · New Products

Hello Bluebird and Alcohol Ink

Happy Wednesday! I have a stunning card to share with you, and a new stamp and die company to share.

I have to give Jennifer Frost-Ballas credit, she wrote a couple of Instagram post sharing this Hello Bluebird and I thought they were adorable. I only picked up a couple of dies sets, as I am on a strict budget until we get through this house stuff. But, there are tons of really cute stamps sets I have on a list, for when I’m free to spend again. Check them out!

I have a few cards to share, but they really don’t due the products justice. And, one of them also has Mama Elephant products. But, you will get an idea of how versatile they are!

First up, the stunner! The last time I was playing around with alcohol inks, I ran out of Yupo Paper (really, that happens every time, I keep going until I can’t anymore…). This time I decided to try out some other materials. I used acetate and vellum, and the results were pretty cool.


This first card features the outer frame and Hello from Gallery Frame die, cut from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock. As I mentioned, the panel is alcohol ink on acetate. This panel is Wild Plum ink and Rose Gold Mixative. I added the frame to the acetate panel with foam tape, to create a shadow below it.


See the shimmer from the Rose Gold Mixative. And the depth you get from the clear spaces.  It’s even better in person.

Next up is a card featuring the same hello die, and one of the dies from Tropical Foliage.


This card is really simple, considering how I got here. I originally had filled the whole panel with the images from the die set, all cut from an alcohol ink panel. Then I decided to add some Nuvo drops, to fill the white space. Only, I kept adding drops, and kept adding. Then I realized how ridiculous it looked, and decided that smearing the Nuvo Drops would be really cool. It would look like a funky paint effect. No, not cool at all. I ripped all the die cuts off. Being a bit gun shy about over doing it, I just added the one image and the hello die cut, in Lawn Fawn Black Licorice cardstock. The card base is MFT’s Cool as a Cucumber.

This last card has the inner frame from Gallery Frames.


You can see the actual die in this picture. The one die cuts out both frames at the same time.

For this card I used the dragon and girl from Mama Elephant’s Me and My Dragon, stamped with Hero Arts Intense Black ink, and colored with Copic markers. The mountain and city backgrounds are from Mama Elephant’s Kingdom Trio, with Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink blended on both (just the tops of the city). Tumbled Glass Distress ink was used to blend the sky. The sentiment is from Mama Elephant’s Dragon’s Wishes, and was stamped in Altenew Jet Black ink. The card base is MFT’s Grout Gray cardstock.

I encourage you to check out Hello Bluebird. They have some adorable stamps! My favorite is Away in a Manager. I really like the die set I got, Gallery Frames. It’s one of those dies that you can use for some many things. And, the set didn’t just include the frames, it also has the hello die, and three different confetti dies (hearts, stars and flowers). This set is only  13.99!

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Making Cards · New Products

Nuvo Shimmer Powder

Happy Monday! I finally have that post about Nuvo Shimmer Powder I promised you. And cards!

I know I already showed you the swatches I made, but let’s take another look.


There are actually eight powders available, four with multi -color and four solid. When I purchased mine from Tonic, they didn’t have a lot of information. They have added color swatches now, and a little more info. I have one solid color (Storm Cloud) and three of the multi-colors (Catherine Wheel, Violet Brocade and Atlantis Burst).  Jennifer Frost-Ballas shared these on Instagram, and I was hooked.

The top of the swatches show what the powder looks like when sprinkled on cardstock and then spritzed with water. The more water you add, the more the color spreads and blends. The bottom half of the swatches has the powder mixed with water, like a watercolor paint. Can you see all the shimmer the powders contain?

Here is my first card, which I shared on a previous post.


Here is the original post, with the details for this card.

The next panel I used features the Violet Brocade powder. I was able to make 2 cards out of it.


I love the “spattered,” look you get when you add only a little water! The colors in Violet Brocade are beautiful, and I wish you could see the shimmer.

I use MFT’s Mod Rectangles on the water colored panel, then used MFT’s Celebrate word die to cut a window for a shaker card. The heart shaped balloons are also MFT, cut from MFT Cornflower and Cotton Candy Sparkle cardstock. The card base is Gina K Design’s Blue Raspberry. I used clear and iridescent sequins for the shaker, and over stuffed it (usually I add too little). I used the blue cardstock behind the shaker window, but there is so much sequins, you can’t see it.


As you can see, I used the die cut from the first card on a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White panel, die cut with Simon Says Stamps Stitched Rectangle die. The same Blue Raspberry cardstock was used for the base. I kept it simple, to let the die cut shine.

Up next is my favorite card from this set.


This card was made from a panel using Atlantis Burst, which has blues, greens and yellows. I die cut the panel with Simon Says Stamps Wonky Rectangle die. I added a rose and leaves from Altenew’s Build a Rose set. I used Rock Collection for the leaves, and Sweet Dreams Altenew ink for the images. The sentiment “Thanks,” is from Altenew’s Signature Words set, die cut from MFT’s Silver Sparkle cardstock. I cut a circle from vellum, run the edges over a Versamark ink pad, and added Hero Arts Silver embossing powder, to use as an anchor for the flower. I added the silver embossing to give it a bit more definition. I finished it up with Studio Katia Platinum gems.


Last, but not least, is the card using Catherine Wheel Shimmer Powder.


This one was pretty simple. I added a bit more water to this panel, as you can see. The pinks, yellows and oranges blend together a bit more, and spread out. I die cut the “hello you,” from the March Hero Arts kit, three times from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock and layered them together using a Quickie glue pen. Oh, the watercolor panel was die cut with the same Wonky Stitch Rectangle as the previous card. I finished the card with some hearts from a Concord and 9th die. I added Glossy Accents to the hearts after I took this picture. The card base on this card and the previous one are Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock. The envelope is Gina K Design’s Sweet Corn.


You can see a bit of the shimmer here. It’s almost gold. And, I love that pink.

I have to tell you, these powders are magical! I have a feeling I will be getting a lot of use out of them. I could see using the dies from the March Hero Arts kit, like I did above, and making a quick set of cards. The are perfect for making a very interesting background.

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