Two Stamp Companies, Three Cards

Hi everyone,

Todays post is showcasing a stamp set collaboration from Simon Says Stamp and Clearly Besotted.  The name of the stamp is Magnificent Magnolia and I made three similar – yet different cards.


The cards all use the same stamp, placed in the same position, but the change in colors and the background make these cards very different.

First up, I have a water colored and ink blended card.


For the card background, I cut some plain, white cardstock out with the Simon Says Stamp Wonky Stitched die.  I then blended the background with Catherine Poolers Tiara and Tikki Torch inks.  I did some spatters with the Tikki Torch and set the panel aside to dry.

I stamped the magnolia on some watercolor cardstock with Versamark ink and heat embossed with WOW Opaque White embossing powder.  I stamped some Coral Cabana, Rockin Red and Tiara on a stamp block and watered it down.  I painted with the Tiara first and then added the Coral Cabana and in the middle and Rockin Red for shadows.  It’s the second time I am actually “watercoloring” and not using watercolor markers, the more you practice this skill, the easier it gets.

For the leaves, I used Garden Party and Grass Skirt.  I used Garden Party for the shadows and Grass Skirt for everything else. I colored the center with Icing on the Cake from Catherine Pooler. I cut the flower out and attached it to my card panel with 3M foam tape.  I then stamped the “Hello” with Versamark and used my WoW embossing powder in Opaque White.

To finish off the card, I added some Nuvo Drops in Ripened Pumpkin.  I adhered my panel on to a side fold cardbase of 120lb cardstock.

For the next card, I stamped the image with Hero Arts Intense Black Ink and colored it with my Copics and some colored pencils.  I have never tried this technique before and I really enjoyed it.  The Copics I used are RV 29, 25, 23 and 21 for the petals.  For the leaves, G14, G17 and G94. For the center, E52, E53 and E55.


To add some shading to the petals, I used Polychromos Light Red Violet 135, Pink Madder Lake 129 and Middle Purple Pink 125.  For the leaves, I used Permanent Green 266 and Hookers Green 159.

To Create the background, I used Simon Says Stamps Brush Strokes Message stamp set.  I stamped the strokes using Catherine Poolers Rose Petal and It’s a Girl.  I stamped some strokes once and some twice to get different shade levels.  I decided it needed splatters so I used the same shades I stamped with and CP’s Midnight ink.  I also added dots using Nuvo Glitter Markers in Raspberry and Golden Ochre.

I cut the panel out with MFT’s Blue Print Sketch #27.  I stamped the sentiment using the Midnight ink and cut it out with SSS Nested Banners dies.  I adhered everything on a card base using my E-Z Runner and this card was finished.

For my final card, Istamped the image on plain white cardstock using Ink on 3 Fadeout.  I colored the image using my Altenew Alcohol Markers and my Polychromos colored pencils.


For the leaves, I used Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades and Evergreen.  For the petals, I used Dusk, Desert Night, Persian Blue and Sapphire.  I used Buttercream and Paper Bag for the center.  I fussy cut the image out and then went on to my background.

For the background, I tried a new technique. I put Versamark reinker on a scrap piece of paper and watered it down.  I took an old brush that I was ok tossing away and painted stripes on the background.  I heat embossed using Rangers Liquid Platinum embossing powder and Simon Says Stamp Steel Navy embossing powder.  I cut the panel out using MFT’s Blueprint Sketch die #27.

I popped the floral image up with some 3M foam tape.  I used a sentiment from the same stamp set and heat embossed it onto a piece of scrap navy cardstock. I cut it out with Simon’s Nested Banner dies and adhered it with the 3M foam tape as well. I then used my E-Z Runner to attach the panel to my cardbase.

I know this is a really long post, but I really wanted to share the details of these cards, I am really happy with how they came out.

Enjoy your weekend!



Fun With a Flower Cart

Hello Crafty People!

Today I am sharing a card made with Catherine Poolers Fresh Cut Flower stamp and the tree stamp from the Happy Place stamp set.  I hope to create a card with that stamp set soon.



I started by stamping out my images on CP’s white cardstock with CP’s Sand Castle ink.  I wanted to do some no line coloring with my Luminance colored pencils.  These pencils are new to me so there was a learning curve.

For the wooden portion of the cart, I used Burnt Sienna 69, Brown Ochre 37 and Brown Ochre 50% 836.  For the awning, I used Crimson Alazarin 589, Scarlet 070 and Payne’s Grey 60% 507.  For the darling little dog, I used Sepia 407, Cassel Earth 46 and Burnt Sienna 69.

I colored the yellow/gold florals using Golden Bismuth Yellow 820 and Orange 030.  For the Mauve/Pink flowers, I used Ultra Marin Pink 083 and Manganese Violet 112,  For the red roses, I used Crimson Alazarin 589 and Scarlett 070.  I used Silver Grey 002, Payne’s Grey 504 and Steel Grey 004 on the pails.

I used the same greens in the tree as I did on the grass,  I used the same browns for the trunk as I did on the cart.


To create the grassy hills, I blended Catherine Pooler’s Grass Skirt and Green Tea on the same white cardstock. I used Lawn Fawns Meadow Border to cut out the grassy Hills.  For the sky, I blended Catherine Pooler’s Something Borrowed and It’s A Boy and used Honey Bee Stamps cloud stencil to create the background sky.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set, I just masked off the word Spring when inking up my stamp with Versafine black ink.

I adhered everything to my card panel using my E-Z runner tape runner.  I then took my card panel and adhered it to a side fold A2 card base.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I hope you enjoy your week!



Star Flower

Hello all,

For todays cards, I used Simon Says Stamp Star Flower stamp and my Prisma Colored Pencils along with Heffy Doodles Hugs Die.

These cards were just colored dark to light, I did not do any special shading.  They are very easy and relaxing to make. I could see doing this in pinks and whites and using it for Valentines Day.

Star Flower Stamp

To start, I stamped on two different cardstocks.  80lb white cardstock and 80lb gray cardstock. I used Versamark Ink and embossed both pieces with Hero Arts Gold embossing powder.

For the red version, I used Hot Pink PC 993, Carmine Red PC 026, Process Red PC 994, Raspberry PC 1030, Crimson Red PC 924, Mulberry PC 995, Pink PC 930, Permanent Red, PC 122, Magenta PC 930, Pomegranate PC 195, Copenhagen Blue PC 906, Denim Blue PC 1101, Periwinkle PC 1025 and finally, Carribean PC1103.


For each of the designs, I used the darkest color at the base of each design, then the mid-color and then the lightest.  I did this for each section. I colored the cardstock with my C3 Copic to help the colors pop. I used the  Copic Colorless Blender to move some of the ink around to give it depth.

For the blue version, I used Aquamarine PC 905, Cobalt Turquoise PC 105, Light Aqua PC 992, Indigo Blue PC 901, Copenhagen Blue PC 906, Indanthione Blue PC 208, Denim Blue PC 1101, Periwinkle PC 1025, Blue Vilet Lake PC 1079, Mediterranean Blue PC 1022, Blue Slate PC 1024, and Carribean Sea PC 1103. Each one took about an hour and a half.


To finish the cards, I trimmed down each panel to 3.75” x 5.0”.  I then cut out the “Hugs” sentiment 4 times with scrap white cardstock.  I stamped one of the sentiments with Versamark Ink and heat embossed it with Hero Arts Gold embossing Powder.  I layered one of the white sentiments behind it and attached it to my blue card with glue.  I layered the remaining two sentiments together and glued them to the red version.

I adhered each panel on to a white card panel and then adhered them to their card bases.  For the red, I used Simon Says Stamp School House Red and Catherine Poolers white for the blue.  I didn’t add any other embellishments.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope to post again soon.


Hero Floral Stamps


For todays card, I combined two of the Hero Florals red rubber stamps from Hero Arts. These images are clean, not a lot of extra detail, so you can use them differently than other stamps.

Hero Florals Outline Bloom Cling and Color Me Flower Cling

I stamped the Hero Florals Outline Bloom Cling on white 80lb card stock. I broke out my Polychromos and colored the different layers. For the red layers, I used Crimson 134, Magenta 155, and Rose Carmine 124. For the lavender layers, I used Middle Purple Pink 125, Fuchsia 123, Light Magenta 119. For the pink layers, I used Pink Madder Lake 129, Pink Carmine 127 and Pale Geranium Lake 121. The blue greens are Cobalt Green156, Chrome Oxide Green Fiery 276 and Deep Cobalt Green 158.

I cut the bottom three layers away from the top two. I then traced the edges with a black marker.

I stamped the Color Me Flower Cling on vellum and heat embossed with WOW white embossing powder. I used some of the same Polychromos pencils to color the vellum. I then cut out the stamp and used it as the middle layer on my card focal point. I used Gina K Connect glue to adhere the layers.

I used Catherine Pooler Inks Aquatini and Maddi Gras to ink the background. I then used Rose Petals, Rockin’ Red and Sugared Lavendar to create the sprinkled dots in the background. I also used my spray bottle to create more dimension. I then sprayed the panel with Shimmerz clear mist and cut the panel out with My Favorite Things Blue Print Sketch number 27.

I stamped my sentiment on vellum. The “hello” is from My Monthly Hero September 2017. I embossed with Wow! White embossing powder. I added a few drops of Nuvo Crystal Simply White onto my background as well. I mounted my panel on some fun foam and added the entire panel to an Audrey Blue card base from Simon Says Stamp cardstock,

Thank you for stopping by. Hope to see you soon!


Stamp Free Card

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing a card I made using only die cuts. I have a customer whose granddaughters love coming to visit us. They like to look at pictures of my dog and brought us cookies during a snow day last week. So I made them a thank you that looks like my Dudley.

I decided to make this card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. I used Fog card stock and inked it with Distress Oxide Hickory Smoke and Catherine Poolers Midnight Ink. I used Simon Says Stamp Big Picture Book Labrador and Big Picture Book Big Body to cut Dudley out of the card stock. I used Distress Oxides for the background in Faded Jeans and Salty Ocean for the sky. I used Lucky Clover and Pine Needles for the grass. I cut the background out using Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle and Stitched Hillside Borders.

I cut the clouds out of scrap white card stock using Simon’s Plush Country Sheep die, the butterflies are from Simon’s Flickering Butterfly Circle and the hearts Dudley is holding are from Simon’s Plush Button Egg dies. Finally, I used Simon’s Big Thanks die for the sentiment. I used glossy accents on Dudley’s nose to make it shiny and wet, which is how his nose usually is.

It was so fun to make a card for a 7 year old!

My muse. This is my 8 year old puppy, Dudley.

Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you soon!


Getting Three Separate Looks From a Background Stamp

Hello all! I hope you are having a wonderful week.

Today I am sharing 3 cards that I made using the Doodle Garden Background Stamp from Catherine Pooler.

The first two cards I made using Prismacolor colored pencils. I used the same colors on both. One was created on Catherine Pooler Sand Dune card-stock and one was created on 80lb Recollections card-stock.

I stamped both panels with the Doodle Garden Stamp using Versamark sticky ink. I heat embossed both card panels with Hero Arts Gold embossing powder. I cut both card panels out with Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies. I also cut a circle out of the Sand Dune card-stock.

I colored the card panels using Prismacolor pencils in the following colors:

Greens: PC 109, 913, 912, 1005, 989, 1006 and 920.

Blues: PC133, 103, 903, 105, 1088, 905 and 1021

Yellow & Orange: PC 915, 916, 917, 922, 921 and 1032.

I popped up the frame edge using 3M foam tape. I adhered the card panel and then popped up the circle with my 3M foam tape as well. I die cut the sentiment using Catherine Pooler’s Wonderful die cut. I covered it in Versamark ink and Hero Arts Gold Embossing powder. I heat set it and added it to my card panel.

For the white panel, I colored using the same pencils and then die cut the sentiment Celebrate out of the panel. I then smeared some scrap white card-stock with Mandarin Spice ink and cut that with the Celebrate sentiment.

I inlaid the sentiment and added my card panel to a teal top folding card base.

For the final card, I stamped white card-stock with the Doodle Garden Stamp using Simon Says Stamp Black Ink. I cut the panel with a large and small rectangle. I colored the small rectangle using Catherine Pooler blue inks: Stone Blue, It’s a Boy, Day Dream, Juniper Mist, Something Borrowed, Suede Shoes, Sky Light, Fiesta Blue and Aquatini.

I have a new favorite color combo, Fiesta Blue and Aquatini!

I turned this into a shaker card and added Peacock Ombré Sequins from Hero Arts. I added the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp/CZ Designs Simple Sentiments, heat embossing it with Recollections Snow embossing powder on a piece of scrap black card-stock. I added Aquamarine gems from Pretty Pink Posh and added my card panel to a white card base.

I hope you enjoyed todays post. Thanks for stopping by and I will see you soon.


Earth Has Music


So it’s day 13 of @thedailymarker 30 day coloring challenge! I normally do not blog during the challenge, I just like to color and chit chat with my husband and admire all of the projects people post.

I really felt like I needed to post about the coloring on this card. I used all @catherinepooler inks to color this stamp that I have adored for so long (I have the large Catherine Pooler ink pads, the minis are a great value). It’s one I have not wanted to touch, I didn’t want to stain it with ink. I feel like I would make wall art out of it if the walls in my crafty space weren’t so slanted.

I wanted to post because I colored with inks and a blender pen, supplies that most people have. If you do not have a blender pen, they are $5.00 or less at local craft stores. It’s a great way to create a watercolor look without purchasing a bunch of new supplies. I know, new supplies are fun. But a lot of us have budgets.

Slanted walls are not fun when you want taller shelving units. But I do love my space.

Anyhoo, (I probably should have cleaned before the photo) I stamped the images on Neenah 80lb cool grey cardstock using Catherine Pooler Twighlight ink. It’s a soft grey and I love the color. I knew I wasn’t going to do no-line coloring on this panel, so I stamped the image three times. I do think it would be a great ink for no line coloring.

I stamped Blackjack and Twighlight inks on a stamp block and painted the feather portion of the single flower feather using my Tombow blender pen. Blackjack closer to the shaft of the feather and then blending it out with Twighlight.

I will say, the Tombow blender pen did make it hard to see how much color I had put down, so I would take 5 to 10 minute breaks to let the panel dry. I then could see where I needed shading.

I then stamped Rockin’ Red, Party Dress and Tiki Torch ink on my stamp blocks and started coloring in the florals. I stamped waaaaaay too much ink on the blocks. I probably needed 1/5th of what is stamped. I just kept picking up a little color with the blender pen, shading and then getting more color. If you have too much color on your blender, just scribble it off.

For the purple flowers, I used Royal Treatment and Flirty Fuchsia. For the leaves, I used Eucalyptus, Grass Skirt and Garden Party. For the feather on the image with two flowers, I used Spruce near the shaft and blended it out with Skylight.

So, using products that I have had for several years and trying a new technique, I was able to create a card panel I really like and enjoyed making. I know a new coloring technique is intimidating, but if I can do it, I know you can!

Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate it. Happy Galentines Day!