Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Watercolor Poppies

I used the SweetStamps Poppy Garden image on this card and I tried out a new product named Color Burst and had a great time coloring the poppies and creating the background.  Color Burst is a powder in a small bottle and when it hits the water it will burst into color so if you aren't a pro at watercolor this product make it look like you're pro. See a video here.

The image is heat embossed with detail black powder, this does help stop the flow of water from the background onto the blossoms and I didn't wet the blossoms until after the background was created.  Rather than blow the powder onto the paper I placed it in a paint pallet and picked it up with a wet brush to avoid getting the powder on the flower petals.   A tiny bit of powder goes a long way!

The yellow panel was sponging with the ATC  Mini Art Stencil - Stained Glass by moving it around the panel as I sponged with Ranger Distress Ink - Mustard Seed.

The small butterflies are from Globecraft and Piccolo and they are heat embossed with the Micro White powder then attached to the card with Aleene's tacky glue.
Image: SweetStamps - Poppy Garden

Ink: VersaMark for heat embossing the poppies, Ranger Distress Ink - Mustard Seed

Paper: unknown blue, Die Cuts with a View - yellow textured, Canson watercolor paper

Tools:   ATC  Mini Art Stencil - Stained Glass, sponge, Perfect Paper Crafting - Perfect Layers Mini, Perfect Cutting Mat, Xacto craft knife

Accessories: Eye Outlet and Brads - enamel dots, Embossing Powder - Detail Black, Enamel Embossing powder fluid, Micro White enamel

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Circles and Daisies

Just in case you were falling asleep, here's a card to wake you up, I so enjoyed coloring the background and letting it standout as the main image.  It was created using one of the images from the 4 sided Background block 3 RB7008.
I started stamping at the upper left corner and worked my way down and across ending up in the lower right corner, very quick and easy to stamp.

I then added the new Scribble Flourish/Background/Fireworks E3817 and colored a few closed lines with green to act as a plant base for the Daisy D2639 image.  The daisy images were popped up with foam tape.

To add the black inside the image border I used two Spellbinder nesting dies to cut it out, lined it up and held it in place with painters tape then glued it down with tacky glue.  I thought the card looked as it were missing something and this worked out perfectly.

Images were colored with Chameleon Pens: VO4, BV4, BG4, PR4, RD4, DR4, CG8, OL3, NU3, Blender over the red to add texture

Images: Just For Fun Rubber Stamps - Daisy D2639, 4 sided Background block 3 RB7008, Scribble Flourish/Background/Fireworks E3817
Paper: Remember When - textured black, Beckett Expressions for images, unknown smooth white for border
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Aleene's tacky glue, foam tape,
Tools: Spellbinder - nesting dies, Perfect Paper Crafting - Perfect Layers mini, Perfect Cutting Mat, Xacto craft knife for cutting white border

Triple Tulips

Today's card features the Triple Tulips image, one of my favorite SweetStamps images and it's so quick and easy to color.  I used Copis for coloring.

Image: SweetStamps -  Triple Tulips

Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Copics - Y19,18,17,15,13, G29,28,24,21,20

Paper: Beckett Expressions for image, Die Cuts with a View - yellows

Accessories: Eyelets Outlets and Brads - pearls, Paper Glaze for pearl adhesive, Copic fine tip marker for black on birds, Diamond Stickles for berries

Tools: Spellbinder - scallop frame, foliage, Memory Box - birds 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Spring Florals

The flowers were created with the Spring Florals stencil from SweetStamps line - Art Stencils, it has four flowers on one stencil and this card uses two of them.  I also used the Basket Weave stencil around the edges.

I used a simply method of masking off:
I masked off around the blossom to start with using paper and painters tape and only had to make a couple cuts to curve my lines and moved the paper around as needed for the next sponging.
My choice of sponge was the make up wedges found at a dollar store, art supplies don't have cost a fortune!

other known supplies:
Images: SweetStamps - Wishing you Happiness

Inks: Ranger Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Forest Moss, Bundled Sage, Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Antique Linen, sentiment - Memento - Nautical Blue

Tools: From Perfect Paper Crafting - Perfect Layers Mini, Perfect Cutting Mat, Xacto craft knife

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Classy Shopper

 The image was colored with Chameleon Pens: left to right - roofs – CG8, BR2, BR5, building front - BG4, VO4, BV4, doors OR4,RD4,YO4, tiny heart – PK3, windows - BL3, oval window frame – BK4

The buildings were masked off to add the street and another mask to add the line, then the building were roughly masked off to sponge blue for the sky.

The clouds were embossed, sponged with blue at the bottom and popped up with foam tape.

Images: Just For Fun Rubber Stamps - Collage Row Houses G3651, Woman Shopper Silhouette 1 E3580

Ink: Memento – Tuxedo Black for house, London Fog for street, Ranger Distress Ink – Black Soot for line, StazOn for lady shopper

Tools: Perfect Paper Crafting – Perfect Layers Mini, Perfect Cutting Mat, Xacto craft knife, EK Success – border punch, unknown yellow center punch, Memory Box - cloud die

Accessories: black gems and Aleene’s Paper Glaze to attach to card


Dot Butterfly

For the background I used the SweetStamps stencil Splish Splash and sponged on Ranger Distress Inks.

The butterfly was colored with Chameleon Pens and Copics, cut out and the edge is colored with a black marker. It was then debossed and embossed and attached with foam tape.

The flowers are from Globecraft and Piccolo. I first applied the adhesive to the blossoms and embossed with Aged Pink then embossed the leaves with Micro White and colored them with a Chameleon Pen. It’s attached with tacky glue.

Images: SweetStamps – Dot Butterfly, Deco Frames and Silhouettes (enjoy)

Paper: Beckett Expression Radiance for butterfly, all others unknown

Ink: Memento – Tuxedo Black ink pad and marker, Ranger Distress Ink – Shaded Lilac, Squeezed Lemonade, Spun Sugar, Chameleon Pens – butterfly: PK3, YL2, CG8, flower accent: OL3, V04, BK4, Copics – BV13, 11, B06

Tools: Perfect Paper Crafting – Perfect Layers Min, Perfect Cutting Mat, Xacto craft knife, metal ball stylus, SweetStamps stencil – Splish Splash, sponges

Accessories: Globecraft and Piccolo – enamels – Aged White, Mirco White, Adhesive, accent,

Aleene’s tacky glue, foam tape


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ink Sprays - Night Scene

Ranger Distress Spray Stain was applied to water spritzed watercolor paper using the following colors: peacock feathers, salty ocean, dusty concord, mustard seed.  Once it was dry the panel was sprays again with dusty concord using a slow pressure so drops will form.  

A one circle was punched from scrap paper place on the panel and sprayed with picket fence distress spray to create the moon.  

After the panel is completely dry the images were stamped on using Memento - Tuxedo Black.

The image panel is popped up with foam tape.

Paper: DMD Inc. white mini groove, Recollections black, unknown watercolor and smooth white for sentiment.

Tools: Perfect Paper Crafting - Perfect Cutting Mat, Perfect Layers Mini, Xacto craft knife, Stampin Up word punch

Accessories: The Paper Studio - brads

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Peep Peep

This is another cute image in the set Easter Basket from

The background panel was sponged using the Art Stencil TULIP LATTICE using Memento - Grape Jelly and  Ranger - Spun Sugar distress ink.  I then sprayed the panel with Ranger - Spun Sugar Spray Stains.

The easter eggs are from Globecraft and Piccolo - Easter Eggs Mini Accents. They are covered with Micro White Enamel Powder, and the gaps filled with Aged Pink Enamel Powder, 24K Gold Enamel Powder. Embossing Powder Adhesive EEPA was adhesive used to apply the powders.

Chameleon Pens were used to color the image: chicks - YO3, OR4, basket - BR5, Ribbon - VO4, grass, YG3, GR3, blue shading - BL3

Paper: Becket Expressions for image, The Paper Company - purple, unknown white for panels

Ink: listed above and Memento - Tuxedo Black for image and sentiment

Tools: Perfect Paper Crafting - Perect Layers Mini, Perfect Cutting Mat, Sizzix lace die.

Accessories: gems and Paper Glaze for adhesive, foam tape to pop the image,

Monday, March 23, 2015

Chameleon Background

It's not often you see a card that lets the background take center stage but I like the way this turned out and it was fun deciding which circle line would become the dominate one.

The following Chameleon Pens were used to color the background: PK3, RD4, OR4, BV4, BG4, YG3, VO4, PR4, Flower: CG8, GR3, OR4 with NU1 over the top.
For the largest circles a fuse of about 20 counts/seconds was done, about 10 for the medium size and 5 for the smallest. 
To add texture a second covering was done and you'll see results of this in the large sized upper left  Aqua Marine, medium Deep Purple, large lower left Purple Grape and Crimson Red and even more texture can be created with the blender pen.  A slow single covering was done on the Bubble Gum (pink), Seville Meadow (yellow orange) and Sky Blue circles so no texture on these. 

The Perfect Layers Mini 1/16" and 1/4" rulers were used to cut the borders/mats.  To save on paper I get as close to two edges as possible. And if I want a slightly smaller than 1/16" border I slate the tip of the blade towards the panel and hold it steady throughout the cut.

The close up gives a better view of the texture created on the largest circles, the gems and embossed flower.  About texture: the cardstock used will depend on the end result of texture.  

Images: Just For Fun Rubber Stamps: Circles Background, Daisy

Paper: Beckett Expressions - white for images, Recollections - black, AC Cardstock - dark white textured
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
Accessories: assorted gems and Paper Glaze as adhesive, foam tape to pop up the flower
Other Tools: embossing tools for flower, folded paper towel for cushion

Friday, March 20, 2015

SweetStamps - Spring Release - Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sweeties Spring Release Blog Hop!!
Who's ready for some nicer weather?

Here at we are super excited about our Spring release!

We have some fun new clear stamp sets, a bunch of great new Piccolos and some new stencils!! You can check out all the new products here!!

And if you missed us mentioning, we also now have our Glam Girls in Digital form!  Which can be found here!!

You should have arrived her from Monica's  blog!  If you haven't and would like to hop with us, please go back to the Sweet Stamps Blog to start at the beginning!

Be sure to follow each blog and leave comments along the way for your chance at winning!  We will randomly choose 12 winners from all the comments left!

I have two projects to show you today, this first one is with an image from the Easter Basket clear stamp set and Happy Easter  sentiment.

Supplies used: 
Chameleon Pens: bunny - BR5, CG8, PK3, basket - NU1, BG4, grass - GR3
Memory Box - Puffy Clouds Die to cut a stencil and chalks to create the sky using a spong and blender pen around the basket.
Scor-Pal to emboss the framing lines.
Memento - Tuxedo Black ink
Ranger Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap and ATC stencil - Basket Weave to sponge the basket's design; mask off around the basket, sponge in one direction, reposition the stencil and sponge the opposite direction.
Beckett Expressions Radiance cardstock
My second project is the Large Filigree Cross Accent and the birds from Birds and Cages Accents.

An artist brush was used to add the Embossing Powder Adhesive EEPA, on the birds, leaves and branches - add a color, heat and continue until the piece is covered.  
Enamels: 24k GoldDeep Blue Sky Aged White, Mossy Glen, Brownstone  
Aleene's tacky glue was used to glue the piece together before applying the gloss finish.
Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze 1 oz was used to cover the entire project after gluing the birds and branch to the cross.
A Chameleon Pen were used to cover some white in the brownstone enamel.

Thanks for stopping by!  Your next stop in the hop is Shelly's blog! 

Hoppers have until 11:55pm EST Sunday night (March 22nd) to leave comments, winners will be posted at the start of our next challenge on Monday/March23.

We hope you are inspired all along the way! 
Check out all of Sweet Stamps "sweet" goodies here!
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