TLC760 Stencil Smooshing

For today’s Splitcoast Stamper’s Technique Lover’s Challenge TLC760, I have a super fun background (I know you are surprised about that huh 🙂 )

A similar technique was done a few years ago HERE to create a monoprint. However, while the idea is similar, this time we want to use a few stencils (3-4) together to create a background to build our card on… This is very similar to the ink smooshing technique; however, instead of smooshing the ink onto acetate, you will smoosh it on a stencil. Spritz it 3-4 times then “smoosh” it onto your watercolor paper in a few places. Repeat with other colors and stencils for a cool background piece. 

I used Distress oxides but regular Distress Inks or other water based inks would work too. After I finished my background, I decided to create a simple, masculine birthday card. I never have those when I need them! The sentiment came from SNSS Llama Love set.

The inspiration from this card came from HERE.

I hope you are inspired and will join in on this challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!



SNSS – Deck the Halls!

Today I have some super fun projects using the new Deck the Halls set from Sweet n Sassy! During the September “new stamp” reveal on the SNSS VIP Facebook Page (join if you haven’t already – it is lots of fun!), we were all talking about how one of the ornaments looked liked a hot air balloon and another looked like a light bulb…

In the hopes of inspiring you to look at your stamps in different ways, I have colored this one up and used it in ways other than the standard one. I hope you like them!

The first two cards are at least Christmas themed (haha!) For these, I used the ornament as an “O” in the word JOY. It is a fun way to use Alphas in combination with images. The Alphas for this one are from the Shake It Off Alphas set. I used Distress Oxides to color these.

The second card uses the argyle ornament. I flipped it over and masked the circle hanger. I drew a basket in with a Copic Multiliner and colored everything with Copics. I added a sentiment from the Inspirational Word Art set (on sale this month!)

Finally, I created two project with the plain ornament turned over with the circle hanger masked off and the bottom of a light bulb hand drawn in with a Copic Multiliner.

The first project is a CAS card with lots of sparkle and shine (via Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents). The sentiment is from the Be Unique set (perfect isn’t it!)

The second one is a journaling card for my compact Bible. I used Texture Tiles 1 on the card’s background then I cut out the bulb and pasted in on and added the sentiment (sorry! this sentiment came from an old set called Shining Light)

I hope you are looking at all your sets in new ways – it makes them new again which is a win in my book! I can’t wait to see what you do with these ornaments!

Thanks for stopping by! Hop over to the store to check out the Sweet and Sentimental Sale!


Bugaboo Humor Me Wednesday – Wonderful Weirdos

Happy Wednesday All!

Today is Humor me Wednesday at Catch the Bug and to celebrate Wonderful Weirdos day (on the 9th) and to play along with the sketch Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers, I created a groovy card using Dottie Hippie.  I love her!

I used peace and Love digi paper and colored the image with Copics.

Here is the sketch:

I hope you had a smile today! Thanks for stopping by! Peace!!



SNSS Alphas Bonanza

Hope you are having a great long weekend if you are in the US! I started this weekend with some Live fun on the Sweet N Sassy VIP FaceBook page. I shared some fun card ideas using Sweet N Sassy Alphas then I spent the rest of the weekend having fun with the cards I set up and/or inked up that night. These were so much fun! Before I took everything off my MISTI, I inked up more cards for future coloring haha!

Soooo. Here we go! This is pretty long so if you need to get a cup of tea or coffee, I can wait 🙂

First I shared a fun stacked word idea – we brainstormed words like Celebrate, Thank You, Merry (to be combined with Christmas), Happy (to be combined with Birthday), and Baby (to be combined with Welcome). I created cards with a few of these ideas.

The first three use IN STITCHES ALPHAI inked up the words with Gina K Amalgam Ink.(I inked the background and colored the letters with Distress Inks)

(Colored the letters with Copics – added sentiment from SO THANKFUL)

(Colored the letters Colored Pencils)

(Colored the letters with Copics)

(Colored the letters with Copics – added gifts and sentiment from ALL WRAPPED UP)

This next one was a suggestion from Kay Chennault. It uses OUTLINE ALPHAS, BITTY MINNIE ALPHA, and gifts from ALL WRAPPED UP. All colored with Distress Oxides.Second, I created a fun, punny card used the whole SKINNY MINNIE ALPHA set and using BITTY MINNIE ALPHA to create the sentiment inside the card. I used a heart from FOREVER and ALWAYS

Third, I created a couple if tags with SHAKE IT OFF CAPS ALPHA. I used SENTIMENTAL WORDFETTI, and STAND TALL(discontinued) for the complimentary sentiments and the party hat came from BIRTHDAY PALS (discontinued).

A quick little mini cad – using CLASSY SCRIPT APLHAFOREVER and ALWAYS, SENTIMENTAL WORDFETTI (Forever stamps need to be marked right?)FINALLY, I used some foam squares die cut with Spellbinders to create some color blocks with Distress Oxides. I used SKINNY CAPS ALPHA then I completed my sentiments using “you” from BE UNIQUE,  and other sentiments from BITTY MINNIE ALPHA, and SENTIMENTAL WORDFETTI.

I have one more sample but it uses a new set so I think I will make that another post later on. This is plenty for now I think – what about you? Whew!!

Thanks for stopping by!


My Cup Over Flows!

For today’s sketch challenge at SplitCoast Stampers SC764(HERE) I had so much fun digging through my scraps. I have a big pile of scrap background paper(handmade) from various projects – where I just couldn’t throw it away even if it was just a strip. When a project like this comes along, I am like “A HA! – this is why I keep them!!” It makes me so happy to be right haha!!

I even had an adorable Tiddly Inks image called Lily Bean – Cup of Love already printed and half colored on my desk, AND it matched up – it was so meant to be, don’t cha think?

I am going to enter it in the Challenge #228….Anything TIDDLY INKS goes….

PS and by the way, this image is on sale at Tiddly Inks for $1 – YES only $1!

I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by!


SNSS Make Your Own Background!

Hi Friends! Today I have a fun background card for you using lots of stamp sets and my MISTI. This technique is a great way to stretch your stamps and create something unique…Speaking of my MISTI, have you had the opportunity to join in on the combo blog hop with My Sweet Petunia and Sweet N Sassy Stamps? If not, you still have a week to hop along and comment for a chance to win a $50 gift code to each shop. The link is at the bottom of this post 🙂

For today’s project, I went through all my stamp sets and pulled ones with Birthday appropriate sentiments and images to create a subway art type layout. You could, of course, use any theme you want (I think Thank You and Christmas would be fun too!)

I arranged all the sentiments first, placing them both vertically and horizontally. Then I went back and filled in blanks with images (smaller and larger depending on the open spaces.)

Once the layout is satisfactory, I inked it up and created my card panel. I created a panel on both Xpress it paper and Neenah Dessert Storm (kraft) card and colored it with Copics.

You can create as many cards as you want now that it is set up on your MIST and since it takes a while to set up, I find myself not quite ready to dismantle it (haha!) I think this one would be great for stash of birthday cards – what do you think?If you would like to join in on the blog hop now, START HERE!

Thanks for stopping by!


PS and by the way, Stamp sets for this card include:

All Wrapped up

Sentimental Wordfetti

Llama Love

Be Unique

Birthday Pals (discontinued)


Bugaboo Stamps – 5 o’clock

Happy Wednesday All!

Today is Humor me Wednesday at Catch the Bug and it is also National Senior Citizen’s Day. That in itself is humorous right? In keeping with the “humor me” theme, I created a clean and simple card using Stella Summer Blocks – 5 o’clock.

I colored the image with colored pencils. To coordinate with the sentiment, I thought it would be cute to color up a sunrise for Stella who I also suited up in a black suit – it is more slimming after all 🙂

I hope you had a smile today! Thanks for stopping by!



TLC756 – Dot Art Mandala

It is the third Monday of the month and I am once again tasked to host the Technique Lover’s Challenge. Today’s challenge is a little outside my normal style,  but I think you will have fun with it.

I have been seeing a lot of dot art lately and when I saw dot mandalas on Pinterest, I thought it would be fun to try it on a card. Now, this technique is one that may require practice(I know I need more 🙂 ), but I searched and found some video tutorials to get me started and found that it was relaxing and fun and if not perfect, the first run still makes me happy.

I started out with a 6×6 panel and after I created my Mandala, I cut it down to to fit my card front (I trimmed off a piece that was a little smeared) and finished it with a simple sentiment.

Though there are specific tools out there for this technique, I found the creative use of household items in THIS TUTORIAL to be helpful. THIS TUTORIAL is the one I followed for my card front and she also uses simple tools that I found readily in my crafting supplies.

A few tips based on my mistakes (haha!)

  • I recommend is you use a thicker paper for this project. I used Fabriano Black 140lb paper. I think using watercolor paper would be good too. The acrylic paints are heavy and wet and I am not sure thin paper would be able to hold it.
  • Let it dry before cutting it, gluing it, etc – the peaks can stay wet longer than you think. I think you can dry it with a heat tool, but be careful not to heat too much or the paint may bubble.
  • Turn the page as you go in order to keep your hand out of the wet paint.
  • Don’t press the tools to hard or the dots get a bit wonky (mine did this – sigh)
  • Don’t get to bogged down with the patterns – just have fun with it!

I hope you are inspired to try this technique – hope over to Splitcoast Stampers and join in if you would like to!

Thanks for stopping by!



Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps + My Sweet Petunia Blog Hop

We have such a fun hop today!! Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps and My Sweet Petunia are joining up for a SWEET+SWEET blog hop! Not only will you see tons of inspiration and maybe collect a tip or two on how to use your MISTI, there giveaways from BOTH shops…That’s right! There’s a chance to win a $50 gift code to each shop, so we hope you’ll join the fun and hop along with us!

NOTE: To be eligible for the drawing, you must leave a little love in the comments at each stop along the hop. That shouldn’t be too hard right! 🙂

You should have arrived from the blog of Julie Cassell, if not hop back or start at the SNSS Blog to make sure you don’t miss anything!

I have a couple of projects for you today. I hope to show you how versatile both SNSS stamps are and how helpful the MISTI is… While I love my MISTI for a lot of projects, it is a must for multiples!

My first project is some simple tags I used on gifts for a fundraiser luncheon. BUT since I had to make several, I wanted to make it as quick as possible…. [At the bottom of this page is a link to a video showing this process but here are quick step by steps pics.]

I cut out some tags using Canson water color paper. I used Through The Trees and chose the small border of flowers. I lined it up in my MISTI and then colored with MARVY water based markers (pink and green) directly on the stamp. I closed the door  to stamp on tags. Once done, I went over it with a water brush. I smeared a little blue for the sky.I  repeated  this  six  times  before  moving  to  the  next  step.

After lining up the sentiment (from Thoughtful Words) in my MISTI, I used my wipe off mouse pad and water based ink to stamp the sentiment – this was just to make sure the spacing worked and the sentiment was straight before I put it on a tag…

Once I was happy with the line up, I used Archival Ink and stamped the sentiment over the floral water color piece.I repeated it on all six tags and then all my tags were ready to attach to the gifts I had made. They were so quick and easy and they made a real impact in the presentation.

My second project uses Outline Alpha, Itty Bitty Blossoms, and Scene Silhouettes:Trees I created a set of clean and simple cards using Canson watercolor paper, Mavy markers, and a crazy MISTI set up.

I did a video showing how I set this card up in my MISTI so I can then quickly create a set. Note: it is about 35 minutes in case you need to come back to it later 🙂

Here are the finished cards

That’s all I have for you today! Now head on over to see what fun Sheri Gilson has created for you – just in case, here is the hop list for you:
Colleen Gaddie
Diane Zechman
Gayle Bond
Jane Bosi
Jennifer Powell
Julee Tilman
Julie Cassell
Sheri Gilson
Kia Gibson-Clapper
Stephanie Severin
Ilina Crouse
Giovana Smith
Jeanne Streiff
Ceal Pritchett
My Sweet Petunia
Lydia Fiedler

Thanks for hopping by – I hope you were inspired!

PS and by the way – all of the Alphas in the Sweet ‘n Sassy store including Outline Alpha are on sale – Buy 2 get 1 free…SWEET!!