Archive for March 31, 2014

PI Make It Monday #158: Stamping With Watercolor Mediums

Today’s PI  Make it Monday tutorial discusses using Faber-Castell Gelatos for a watercolour effect. While I have some of the gelato sticks, I have never tried them before so I thought I would break open the set and give them a go. For my image, I used a poppy stamp from Hero Arts – Petals of Beauty. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink – Heart 2 Heart #10. The first card I coloured the stamp with gelatos then used my aqua brush to apply the water. Card 2 was a second stamping without adding anything to the original colouring. Card 3, I recoloured the stamp and water misted it. For more detail on the technique I would refer you to Papertrey Ink’s Blog at







CAS(E) this Sketch #70


I, like a number of the entrants, took the sketch literally. To be a little different, I decided to make a window card, so the scene is on the inside of the card. I kept with a white on white design. I used square dies from sizzix for the matting, and Memory Box – Country Landscape Border Die. For more information about CAS(E) this sketch check out  their website @



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MFT – Get Sketchy #169


I love MFT, and their weekly sketch challenge motivates me to think of different ways to use my stamps and dies to complete their project. In looking at the stamps, I thought I would do something with butterflies. I made my own background using MFT - LJD Blissful Butterflies and Hero Art Inks. The sentiment was from the same set, and I cut out the tag using MFT  - Die-namics Well Worn Greetings. To divide the card up I added a butterfly border die cut from Memory Box.

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It’s a Girl Thing! Challenge 258

Main Banner This is the first time I have entered a challenge at Wednesday’s Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog. Their cards are more formal less the CAS ones I normally tend to make. The challenge was, “it’s a girl thing!” and I thought I would open my new stamps from Dylusions Stamps – So Many Hats Clear Stamp Set. I handcoloured the lovely lady with Copic markers, and added three die cut flowers made with rose dies from MFT. IMG_0035   UPDATE: My card was selected as a CAS favorite for the week ending April 5, 2014. post #11 CAS-Favorite

Less is More Week 165 – Round and Round

This week’s challenge at Simply Less is More is Round and Round. I thought of doing circles, then they turned into bubbles, then fish and bubbles. I created the water background using Distress Inks in various shades of greens and blues. I added the fish from Paper Smooches – Birthday Buddies and Surf & Turf. The sequins were added for interest and to reiterate the “round” theme.



 UPDATE:  My card was selected by Splitcoast Stampers as a a CAS FAVOURITE this week (ending March 30, 2014) . Read more: see post #19.