Saturday, May 20, 2017

Your Next Stamp - Sketch Challenge

Hello friends!

Just flying by with a card for this week's sketch and color challenge at Your Next Stamp!

I needed a birthday card for a guy, so I decided to go clean and simple.  I used the Soaring By stamp set and the coordinating die and colored my bird with Spectrum Noir markers. 

Hope you'll play along!!


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Power & Spark Challenge

Hi again,

I'm filling up the blog with cards today - playing catch up!! :)   I colored this sweet image, from the Power Poppy set Short Stacks, with watercolor pencils and a blender pen.

The Power & Spark challenge is to Frame It Up, so I cut a rectangular opening in a piece of patterned paper to use as a frame over my image.  The sentiment is from the Potted Primroses set... one of my favorites!

Thanks for dropping by!


Your Next Stamp - Color Challenge

Hi again!

I wanted to be sure to post my card for the Color Challenge at Your Next Stamp before it closes on Friday!  I played with the Purrfectly Cute set from last month's release and came up with this...

Here are the colors...

I colored my image with watercolor pencils and a blender pen and used a white gel pen to add some highlights.  Thanks so much for looking !

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Your Next Stamp - May DT Dare

I have a bit of "total sweetness" for the DT Dare on the Your Next Stamp blog today!

I combined the bird and bird cage from the Phoebe with Pets set with the sentiment from Total Sweetness to make this happy card.  I cut a panel of white cardstock with a YNS Stitched Rectangle Die and then stamped the bird cage and sentiment directly on the cardstock.  I die cut the little bird, colored it with watercolor pencils and copics and popped it up over the bird cage.  The little music notes are hand drawn and the WONDERFUL heart and enamel dots are from a newly released set of Gumdrops.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don't forget to leave a comment on the post on the YNS blog for a chance to win!!

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Your Next Stamp - May New Release Blog Hop

Hello again!  Welcome to my stop on the Your Next Stamp New Release Blog Hop!!  I just love all the new goodies that I've seen and the first set I used today is no exception because ....

it's a new Phoebe set!  And she has pets!!

Honestly now, who wouldn't love those faces??? 

For my first card, I colored Phoebe with  my watercolor pencils and blender pen and made a little scene for her and her bunny friend.  I really like the softness that the stitched scallop border die adds to the card.  I use that one a lot!  And do you see the sweet little heart?  That's a new Gumdrop set!!  LOVE!!!!

Next, I made a clean and simple card with a couple of the pets.  I stamped a tone on tone background for this using some of the images from the set.  Can you find another of the new Gumdrop hearts??

I have a couple more cards that I made with this set, but you'll have to come back to see those later because I have another set to show you that is ...

Don't you just love her big banana split?  I had to go get ice cream after I colored it. :). I used my watercolor pencils again and made a clean but layered card that is bright and happy.  Isn't this just a perfect birthday card to make someone smile??  

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 May 10th.  Yay!!!

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

Friday, May 05, 2017

Your Next Stamp - May Release Preview

Hello friends!

It is time for another release at Your Next Stamp and I have had so much fun playing with these sets!! The new release blog hop starts tomorrow night when all the new release items hit the store, but, for today I have a couple sneak peek projects to share.  Don't forget to check out the Your Next Stamp blog for more peeks and inspiration!!

The set I'm "peeking" tonight is called Great Catch, and, when I first saw it, my mind immediately went to a picture I have of my son at age seven.  He had just caught his first fish and he was SO excited!

So with that thought in mind, I took a cue from Chan's wonderful video last month and pulled out my Hobonichi planner to brainstorm some ways I could use the set.  (Nope... I'm not much of an artist!!  LOL!!) My favorite was the one you see on the left... making a topper for a treat bag filled with Swedish Fish.

To begin, I stamped the image in Versafine Black ink and then colored it with watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  After I cut and embossed the sentiment I layered it onto the image panel and cut them both with a Stitched Rectangle Die.  The treat bag is actually a clear envelope that I cut down, and I added some "wavy" patterned paper to give the fishies a place to swim.   A few sparkly gumdrops finish it off.  This will be my husband's Father's Day gift.  Shhh.... don't tell!

But I couldn't stop with just one project!  This image was so fun to color that I decided to make a card for a little boy's birthday, too...

Doesn't this make you excited for the new release??  SOOOO fun!!

Thanks for stopping by today and for leaving a sweet comment! 
I'll see you again soon for the new release blog hop! : )


Pretty Scripture Cards

Hi friends!

I needed a number of cards quickly yesterday so I actually made some duplicates!  I did change up the sentiment, though, so I wouldn't get too bored. :)

I used the beautiful flowers from the Pink and Main Humming Bird set (I think these flowers are soooo pretty!!) and some Scripture sentiments from Verve to make four cards.  First, I positioned four of the flowers on my block and stamped them with Versamark on a piece of cardstock that was still in the die.  Then, I embossed them with clear EP, and, finally I sponged over the flowers to make them pop.  After that I just needed to stamp my sentiment and layer my card! Easy and quick... LOVE!!

I'm adding these into Pink and Main's Anything Goes challenge, and Word Art Wednesday's challenge as well! :)

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!! :)