Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Your Next Stamp Challenge 62 - Chirp Up

Hi everyone!

It felt so nice to get into my stamp room and make a card after being sick for the last few weeks!  I pulled out the new Coffee Chicks set to play with again and made a card with the colors from Challenge 62.

All of the little strips were leftovers from other cards or projects.  They just happened to be laying on my desk in a pile after I cleaned it the other day.  Perfect inspiration!  I colored the coffee cup and chick with Copics and added some white gel pen accents as well as some of the new Enchanted Forest Gumdrops.  The "Chirp up" sentiment is from a retired set called "Dynamic Duo".  I stamped it in white and embossed it, then I drew a speech bubble frame with my white gel pen for a fun look.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I hope you'll play along with the challenge, too!


Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Your Next Stamp - April DT Dare

Hello, hello!

The DT Dare this month was to be inspired by books - either a book you've read, a book cover, or just plain books in general.  Well... my daughter is a librarian, and one of the things I love to do is stamp a set of simple bookmarks and let her take them to the library for patrons to pick up when they check out book, so, of course, I made some bookmarks to share!!

These are so easy and so fun to make!!

First I cut out my bookmarks using the second largest die from the Your Next Stamp Bookmark/Tag Large Die Set.  I looked at many, many companies' bookmark dies before I purchased these a few years ago, but I liked this set best.  First, because of the shape of the top of the bookmarks,  and, second, because there are so many sizes to choose from.  I can not only use it for stand-alone bookmarks, but I can use it for gift tags or tags on my cards as well.  LOVE.

After I die cut the bookmarks, I stamped out the cute little chicks from the new Coffee Chick set and colored them with watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  The little humming bird from the Sweet Hummingbird set found a home on one of the flowers, too.

When my images were all colored I used a set of three punches that I have had forever to make my little focal images.  You could, of course, use dies for that step.  Stitched circle dies would be adorable!  Then I started to put together my bookmarks.  I used little strips of cardstock or patterned paper to decorate them, along with white embossed words and gel pen accents.  The words are from the sets Coffee Chick, Phoebe with her Wagon, and Happy Dance.  I think my favorite is the one that says, "Pick Me!"  I try to make one with that saying in every set of bookmarks... and often it goes first!! :)

To finish off my set of bookmarks I threaded a 6" piece of ribbon through the top opening and tied it off with a piece of twine for some extra color and fun.

I hope you've been inspired, today!



Saturday, April 01, 2017

Your Next Stamp - April New Release Blog Hop

Hello, hello!  Welcome to my stop on the Your Next Stamp New Release Blog Hop!!  I am so excited about this release, aren't you?  I just loved the HummingBird set that I shared yesterday, and the sweet Purrrfectly Cute set I'm sharing today just makes me happy! : )

I had so much fun coloring up this kitty and her basket of flowers!  I stamped her in VersaFine Black Ink since I was going to color with watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  I've been working on my clean and simple card making skills, so, after I got her colored, I used the Curved Scallop Edge Die to cut the top of the panel.  Then I stamped the greeting with Your Next Stamp Black Olive ink onto a strip of yellow cardstock and added that to an orange base along with some twine.  I scattered a few Gumdrops around the image for some extra color and texture.

Be sure that you hop around to all the blogs in the link list below to get lots of inspiration using the new sets and dies (that are all in the YNS Store right now, by the way!!).  And remember to leave comments as you hop to be in the running for a $25.00 gift certificate to the Store!  (By the way, the more blogs you visit and comment on the greater your odds of winning! But you don't have to comment on every blog to be in the drawing.)

Now off you go through the hop.  :)   And remember, as your wish list expands, that Karen is giving 20% off your entire order through April 6th.  Woohoo! I just love that!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  They really make my day!!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Your Next Stamp - April Release Preview

Hello friends!

It is time for another release at Your Next Stamp and I am thrilled to be able to play along this month with a few of the new sets.   The new release blog hop will start tomorrow night when all the new release items hit the store, but, for now I have a sneak peek to share and the  Your Next Stamp blog has more peeks and inspiration!!

After stamping the flower and cutting it out with a Stitched Rectangle die, I colored it with watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  I cut the mat of yellow dotted paper and then used a scalloped circle and circle punch to create the little spotlight frame for the hummingbird to rest on.  The yellow sentiment strip is stamped tone on tone with the flower stamp and cut with the Stitched Scallop Edge Die.  I used a few sparkly Gumdrops in the corner and added a few Stickles to the bird and center of the flower to make it sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by!  Come again soon! : )


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Amazing Things

Hello friends!

It's CAS challenge time again at SCS and this week we are looking for "Things with Wings".  I colored up the sweet digi of the month from Gerda Steiner designs and paired it with a sentiment from Verve.  What a fun encouragement card it makes!  I colored the image with my Staedtler Karat Watercolor Pencils and a blender pen and added the bee trail with my stardust pen.  The pretty border is from Your Next Stamp and the patterned paper is from a pack by Taylored Expressions.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Daffodil Joy

From the Heart stamps has a fun sketch challenge this week!  I played along with the Daffodil digi that I colored with my watercolor pencils.  I added a few markers dots on the vase as well, for just a little bit of texture.

The sentiment is one of the few mounted stamps I still own.  It was a $1 bin find at Michaels a number of years ago and I think the font is so fun. : )

Here's a link to the challenge...

Thanks for dropping by!!


Beary Sweet Congratulations

Hello friends!

I have a beary sweet card to share with you today featuring the adorable Honey Bear set from Your Next Stamp.

Honestly, isn't he just precious?  I colored him with my Staedtler Karat watercolor pencils and a blender pen and matted him on an assortment of patterned papers, using the Your Next Stamp Sketch Challenge sketch as my inspiration. The sentiment is from another YNS set called Whatnot Sentiments Set Four.  The colors also go with this week's Color Throwdown.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Spring Card and Coloring on the Go

Hi everyone!

I have a card to share today that goes back to my roots as a stamper.  I used watercolor pencils and a blender pen!  I'm using some Cougar white cardstock and the colors show up vividly and blend beautifully.  And they are so easy to use! Here's my card...

I used a sweet Flourishes stamp (retired) that I've had for a number of years as well as a little sentiment that came as a thank you gift in a Verve order.  The patterned paper is from Gina K Designs.

Come and Get It - Things with Wings
Retro Rubber - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Over Christmas I bought a small set of Faber Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils to try.  I wanted a pencil that sharpened to a point and didn't break, yet was still creamy.  I had this ideal pencil in my head and was trying to find it.  Unfortunately the FC pencils weren't quite it.  They were too big for my hand - they just weren't that pencil I was looking for.  Then a week or so ago I grabbed one of my Staedtler Karat Aquarelle watercolor pencils, that I've had for probably 20 years, to add some shading over a marker and it hit me.  Those were the pencils I was looking for!  My watercolor pencils sort of went by the wayside when copies came on the stage, and I could never find a paper that I really liked to use them on.  But the cardstock I have now is perfect and my pencils are going to see a lot of use in the future. 

I thought it would be fun to make a travel set to take with me when I am out and about this summer.  I spend a lot of time traveling here and there with my husband and might spend a couple of hours a week waiting in the car while he does this or that.  This will be the perfect way to get some images colored for cards while I'm out!

Here is the bag I found...

I linked to it on Amazon, but I got mine at TJMaxx for about $12.00.  This case holds about 36 pencils or so - stuffing it full.  Kipling has 100 pen cases, too.  I think I might ask for one of those for my birthday! Oh, and that little ape?  It the Kipling Trademark, I guess.  It comes on all the cases I saw. :)

Here's my set up...

I have --

...A little clipboard with a few pieces of patterned paper to help me choose colors.
...A stack of images stamped on 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" pieces of cardstock in VersaFine Black ink so I can use the blender pen and it won't smear.  I put these in a ziplock bag to take them along.  I have lots of different styles, from cute to fancy and big to small.  That way I can color whatever strikes my fancy at the moment.
...An assortment of watercolor pencils -- mostly old style Staedtler Karat Aquarelle with a few Prismacolor Watercolor pencils thrown in -- in my Kipling bag.  You can't really see it in the picture, but the bag has two pockets on the left, so I have two layers of colored pencils in there.  Here's an Amazon link to the new style of Karat Aquarelle pencils.  The old style is really hard to find now!
...A color swatch sheet of the pencils I have with me.
...A Marvy LePlume II blender pen which I love.  It has a brush tip that reminds me of a Copic sketch marker.  Not sure how long it will work til it dries out, so I've linked a set of 6.

So there you have it!  I am looking forward to many hours of happy coloring!! : )

Monday, March 06, 2017

Hello Sunshine!

Hello Sunshine!

The 30 Day Coloring Challenge has been so good for me!  I hope I can keep up throughout the month.  We'll see!

Today I colored a sweet PI digi and matched it with a sentiment from Verve.  I used the sketch from

Thanks for dropping by!


Saturday, March 04, 2017

Pink and Main Hello

I had some extra coloring time today, so I made a card with a couple of sets from Pink and Main to play along with their "Spring" challenge.  Isn't this chicky from the Easter Peeps set just the sweetest??  I used some of the pretty Shades of Spring patterned paper for the background since the colors were perfect with the egg, and I used a word from the Hummingbirds set.  I followed the sketch from the Wednesday Sketch Challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  They really make my day!!


Your Next Stamp - For Someone Special

Good morning! 

I'm playing along with the sketch and color challenge at Your Next Stamp today, using this user-sweet Bunny in the River stamp. (It's retired... sorry!!!). I love these sweet animal stamps by Your Next Stamp.  They are so fun to color!  I just saw that they have a pile of bunnies and chicks in this style coming out tonight.  It is absolutely on my wish list!!!

I stamped the image on a piece of watercolor paper and watercolored it with Distress Markers.  The patterned paper is from Doodlebug and the sweet sentiment is from another retired set "Cuties in Flower Pots".  I used a few sparkly Gumdrops to add some dimension.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 03, 2017

For You


I have a fun 4 1/4" square card to share with you today!

I colored up this sweet little teacup for the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge and made a clean and layered little card inspired by a few challenges.  The image is one I have as a clear stamp from Flourishes, but you can find it as a digi HERE in the Power Poppy store.

Here are the challenges that I am joining...

Have a happy day!


Thursday, March 02, 2017

In the Spotlight

One more card today!

Time Out Challenges had a fun challenge to use a love/friendship theme with a twist of spotlighting part of the image, and Word Art Wednesday is sponsored by Taylored Expressions this week and would like to see cards with their images.  For this card, I used the sweet Taylored Expressions set Much Love and spotlighted the love-smitten hedgies.

Time Out Challenge - Love / Spotlight Twist
Word Art Wednesday - Using a Taylored Expressions set

Thanks for stopping by!! :)

Surely Goodness

Tuesday Morning Sketches had a fun sketch this week that looked like it would be perfect to showcase one of the verses from Verve.  I used one of my favorite sets - Surely Goodness -  and stamped flowers in the center of my card, then covered it with a diagonal band of cardstock.  I cut out the verse with a stitched rectangle from Your Next Stamp, and added a few colored flowers.  I wanted some of this green cardstock for leaves, but the only piece I had left had already been used to cut out some foliage with a die from Verve, so I just cut around the outside of the negative.  They are kind of fun and quirky! :)


Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Soaring By...

Hello again!

I'm playing along with the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge today.  They are looking for "Things with Wings", so I used this cute parrot set from Your Next Stamp to make a clean and simple card.  The inside greeting finishes the front of the card and says "Happy Bird-Day!"

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Peep, Peep


I am playing along with a couple of challenges today using this sweet image from Pink and Main's Easter Peeps set.  I can just hear this little one cheeping away in its little basket, can't you??

I colored the image with comics and then used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches for my layout, using some Bunnyville patterned paper from Doodlebug.  I'm also entering this in the Little Red Wagon "Down on the Farm" challenge.  What is a farm without baby chicks in the spring?? :)

Thanks for dropping by!


Monday, February 20, 2017

Hot Cocoa, Anyone?


Our theme for the CAS challenge this week over at Splitcoaststampers is CHOCOLATE.  Mmmmm!!  I just love this cute little monster from Your Next Stamp ready to dive into his cup of hot chocolate.  Isn't he fun with the googly eyes??  I colored him with Spectrum Noir markers and added some gel pen accents and I followed this week's Sketch challenge for the layout.  I cut the card about 1/2" narrower than normal so the patterned paper could hang over the edge, but the card can still fit in a normal envelope.

Thanks for stopping by!! :)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Pink and Main Love is In the Air

Hello friends!

I made a card with my new Hummingbird set from Pink and Main to play along in their "Love is in the Air" challenge.

I think those flowers are so pretty!!  And the hummingbird is fun to color, too.

I hope you'll play along!


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Pink and Main Birthday Owl

Hello friends!

I need a few birthday cards for next month so I decided to play along with a challenge or two. :). First, Little Red Wagon where they are asking you to choose a company you love and feature their stamps.  Oh dear!  There are WAY too many to choose from, so I decided to feature an image from a  new favorite of mine - Pink and Main, and a sentiment from an old favorite - Verve.  Maybe next time I'll do Your Next Stamp - or Craftin Desert Divas - or Power Poppy - or one of my favorite digi companies...  this list could be endless!! :). I also used a favorite paper pad from Doodlebug, my go-to markers - Spectrum Noir, and my white gel pen - LOVE!

I used a sketch from Tuesday Morning sketches for my layout...

Thanks for dropping by today!



Good morning!

I was feeling overwhelmed by all of the Valentine cards online yesterday, so I decided to make a spring card instead!!  I am looking forward to spring!!  I used the sweet Phoebe with Wagon set from Your Next Stamp to make my scene and used designer paper from Doodlebug's Bunnyville line.

Have a splendid day!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017


I was able to pick up this sweet girl from Stamping Bella when she was on sale at the beginning of the month.  I adore her huge pencil and the ... "hi".  That's about all I can think of to say when I write a letter (or a blog post!), too!!!

I watercolored the image with my Distress Markers and added a few gel pen accents.

I'm playing along with the Stamping Bella challenge to use dies.
Thanks for looking!


Thursday, February 09, 2017

Little Green Monsters

Hi everyone!

I have a card to share today that I made to cheer up a little boy who just found out he has cancer.  I thought this fun image by Your Next Stamp might make him smile.  The inside says "It's snow joke.  You're awesome!"

I followed the sketch for this week's sketch and color challenge at Your Next Stamp.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017


Hi everyone!

I'm playing along with today's sketch at Tuesday Morning sketches with this fun pig digi by Gerda Steiner Designs.  When you play along in the GSD challenge every month you get the next month's digi free.  I think this is maybe meant for a Valentine, but I thought that this sentiment (retired - KnK Designs) was perfect for it.  I have DEFINITELY had days like this!! : )

Have a splendid day!


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Your Next Stamp Birthday Wishes

Good morning!

Your Next Stamp has gorgeous colors for the current Sketch and Color Challenge and I thought they would be perfect for this image from the new Love Birds set!  I made a subtle background for my card using the little heart stamp on some sandy cardstock, then added a few pops of color with my colored image, a strip of hot pink cardstock and an embossed green circle.  I added the dots on the cup and bird with a white gel pen.  The sentiment is from the Whatnots Sentiments Four set.  I love that script!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you'll play along with the challenge!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Thinking of You

I have a card to share for the Your Next Stamp Sketch challenge today, made with the SO adorable Plant Some Kindness set.  Aren't those sweet little flower faces so HAPPY??  I pulled out the Doodlebug Bunnyville paper that I got for Christmas and used it for my layers, then added a heart from the new Scripty Love Die Set as an embellishment tucked into a cluster of bows and gold cord.

Along with the YNS Challenge I'm also linking this over at Word Art Wednesday.

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Happy Hedgies

Happy grey rainy afternoon!  I think we are expecting freezing rain and ice in a little bit so I needed a cozy card to warm me up and this sweet digi by Gerda Steiner Designs fit the bill.  Aren't they such a sweet pair??  I used a sentiment from a retired set by Your Next Stamp because it made me smile and it is so me.  I think this will be my husband's valentine, along with a Hershey Nugget cake.  He's been begging for another ever since I gave him one for Sweetest Day in October. : )

Check out the Gerda Steiner Challenge and play along!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Older and Wiser

Hello again!

Well, I figured out how to get my watermark on.  Progress!! :)

I had seen this sweet owl set on Anita's blog and was excited to pick it up for myself.  You can tell that I am looking forward to spring, because I am using flowers and brightly colored papers rather than winter-y ones. :)

I made this card to enter in a few challenges, although some of them might be closed already...

Pink and Main - Anything Goes
Mod Squad - Anything but Christmas
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Kindness is Contagious

Hi there!

I've been trying to get cards made all week and just haven't been able to concentrate.  And I haven't had time to figure out this new computer yet and how to edit and resize my pictures and put on my watermark.  Ugh.   If you have a newer Mac I'd love to know what programs you use! :)

My card today was inspired by the Mojo Monday Sketch and the Flower Challenge to use the colors blue and yellow.  I used an older retired stamp from The Angel Company for the image and then a wonderful sentiment from the Dynamic Duo set I got from Your Next Stamp in their retirement sale.  I think they still have some of this set left if you hurry!

Thank you for stopping by!  


Monday, January 02, 2017

You're Fintastic!

Hi everyone!  Happy New Year!

I took a longer break from my blog than I meant to, but it was so nice to rest and relax with my family over Christmas.  I hope you had a great time as well!!

Today I'm playing along with the "new" challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  I used a new mini set of stamps from Your Next Stamp, a new set of dies from Taylored Expressions and some new Doodlebug paper.  So fun!  I also have a new computer and I am NOT sure how I am going to figure out how to edit my pictures now!  Uggh!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by today!