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!


1 Die…3 Looks with Paper Roses Blooming Flower Background

Happy February!

So far we have had record-setting cold, the flu and 3 snow storms.  How you doin’?  On the plus side, I have had extra craft time because it is too cold to walk my dog.

Paper Roses, an Australian stamp and die company, has introduced many new products this year.  I have to admit, they were new to me until I saw a video from Creativation highlighting them.  I actually sucked in air,  grabbed my iPad and ordered immediately after the video.  I ordered from their site directly, but I see they offer some of their products on @simonsaysstamp as well.

So today’s projects were less than an hour to make each, 2 of them less than 45 minutes.  So, fairly quick and easy.

For the first card,  I decided to go with my favorite combo, pink flowers and blue skies! I die cut the pattern out of 80lb Recollections card stock.   I took another piece of cardstock and added double-sided adhesive to it. I peeled away the other side of the adhesive and put it over the back of the cut image to move all of the pieces out of the die so I could color them.


For this card, the Copics I used were RV13, RV19 and RV17 for the pink flowers.  I used V09, V15 and V06 for the purple flowers and B14 and B16 for the background.

I colored using flicking motions, going light to dark and back again.  it looks a mess during the coloring process, but you cover it up with the borders created by the die cut. Adding the border over the image also adds dimension.

I was careful not to flick into the background, but otherwise, I threw caution to the wind!

Once I was done coloring, I added the die cut border in gold foil card stock and then black card stock, slightly offset.


For the next card, I used my cool grey Copics and a black die cut border.  I again used the flicking technique to color it.  The copics I used were C2, C3 and C4 on the two larger flowers and C1 and C3 on the two smaller flowers.  I love the look of “Black and White”!


For my final card, I used less of a contrasting palette. I colored the yellow flowers with Y15, Y08 and Y35.  The pink was RV 13 and RV 19 and the purple was V09.  I used a white border on this card, just to change up the look a little more.


All sentiments are from Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words stamp.  I stamped them on vellum and used Hero Arts Gold embossing powder.  The cards are all A2 sized.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful weekend!





Stamp Market Floral Bouquet

I hope everyone is staying warm. -51 is indescribable. So I will move on to a card I made instead.

I had been making stamped imaged cards and wanted to color to relax.  I used the Floral Bouquet stamp from the Stamp Market. As you can see, it has so many great stamps in the set! It was also a great warm up for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.


I started by stamping the images on Neenah Cool Gray Smooth paper with Twighlight ink from Catherine Pooler.  I love this paper, I bought a ream of it. The Twighlight Ink works great for no line coloring.  I pulled out my Polychromos and went to work.

For the blue flowers, I used Polychromos Warm Grey I 270, Prussian Blue 246, Indanthrene Blue 247, Blue Violet 137, Cobalt Turquoise 153, Hello Turquoise 155 and Skyline Blue 146.  I started coloring the entire image with the lightest color and just kept shading until I liked the results.  I used the Warm Grey to help blend all the colors.


For the leaves, I used Leaf Green 112, Halo 264, Hockers Green 159, May Green 170, Permanent Olive Green 167 and Pine Green 267.  For the berries, I used Dark Red 225, Alizarin Crimson 226 and White 101.

I fussy cut everything out and arranged on Neenah Cool Gray Smooth cardstock.  I adhered the smaller imaged to the card base and added foam behind the large flower.  My sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Tiny words and I stamped it with Intense Black Ink by Simon Says Stamp.

I adhered my card panel to a piece of Neenah Classic Crest cardstock and then drew around all of the images with my C1 Copic. I decided I didn’t want any other embellishment on the card.

Floral Bouquet

Thanks for stopping by.  My dog is insisting I pay him some attention. So I am off to play tug of war.


Perfect Pearl Backgrounds

Today I have a pair of cards for you using Perfect Pearls and Catherine Pooler stamps from the new “Adoring You” Stamp of Approval.  Making backgrounds with Perfect Pearls is quick, easy and fun.

For my first card, I went with the Pearl colored Perfect Pearls and some Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy Cardstock.  I stamped the entire panel with Versamark clear sticky ink and then brushed the Perfect Pearls all over my card panel, heavier in some areas and lighter in others.  I like it when a bit of navy shows through the background.

Catherine Pooler The Key and Sweet Home Stamp sets

I then put my card panel into my MISTI and arranged the key holes from @catherinepoolers The Key stamp set.  I stamped the stamps with Versamark sticky ink to lift some of the Perfect Pearls off of my background.  I wiped the stamps, applied Versamark again and stamped.  There is a lot of detail on these stamps so I needed to lift the pearl off of the background several times so the detail would show through.

I stamped some of the images from the set on vellum and heat embossed them using Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  I cut them out and added them to my background.  I cut a frame out of glitter paper using Simon Says Stamp framed die and rounded the corners.


I added my sentiment on to the scrap navy cardstock and embossed with the same embossing powder.  I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in the Silver Moon Dust color by my sentiment and on opposite corners of my card.

I added my card panel to a top folding white card base and that finished this card.

For my next card, I used the same Soft Navy cardstock and cut my panel out with Simon Says Stamp Wonky Stitched Rectangle dies. I smooshed Versamark ink all over the panel and I added gold Perfect Pearls to the background.  I again put my background into my MISTI and inked up Catherine Pooler Love Note Background stamp.

Catherine Pooler Love Note and Happy Together stamps

I stamped it on my card panel and lifted off the Perfect pearls with the stamp.  I only did it once, I really liked the soft effect this gave.

My sentiment is from the Catherine Pooler Happy Together stamp set.  I stamped it on vellum and used Hero Arts Gold embossing powder.  I cut it out using My Favorite Things  Stitched Circle Dies.  I adhered the sentiment to my card panel using Tombow Mono Multi Glue and put Simon Says Stamp Summer Gold Sequins over the top the glue spots.  I scattered a few more sequins on the card panel. Finally, I added my panel to a top folding card base.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Hope January is treating you well.

See you soon!



Same Layout and Process, Three Different Cards

Hello, how is everyone doing post Creativation?  Did you stare at your tablet all weekend waiting for updates like I did?  So much crafty eye candy.  Not so much fun for the bank account.   Still, I am going to check out the February releases and pick out a few things.

Todays cards feature the same formula…a background stamp, florals and a sentiment.

The first card uses stamps from Gina K Designs.  The background was stamped using the Roselace Background stamp in Delicata Gold ink. I cut the panel out of MFT Tickled Pink cardstock using Simon Says Stamp Wonky Stitched Die.

Gina K Design Stamps

The Rose Bouquet stamp was stamped on some Catherine Pooler white cardstock with Versamark Ink and embossed with Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder.  I colored it with Prismacolor colored pencils and cut out the individual leaves and flowers. The colors I used are: Pink Madder Lake 129, Ivory 103, Middle Purple Pink 125, Fuchsia 123, Pine Green 167, Permanent Green 266 and Premiered Olive Green 167.

The sentiment is from Gina K Designs Scripty Sayings 2.  Again, stamped with Versamark Ink and embossed with Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder. I cut out the sentiment and layed it over the florals.  I attached to a white card base and added some leaves in the corners.

The second card was created using stamp sets for My Favorite Things.  The background is the MFT Floral Fantasy Background Stamp.

MFT stamps

I stamped it on MFT Ripe Raspberry cardstock with Versamark sticky ink and embossed with Recollections clear embossing powder. I cut the panel out using SSS stitched rectangle die.

I stamped the images from the Brilliant Blooms on scrap white cardstcock with Versamark ink and embossed with Hero Arts Gold embossing powder.  I then colored over the images with my Versamarker and embossed with the gold embossing powder.  I then stamped on top of the images with Versamark ink and embossed with Ranger Cranberry embossing powder.

I cut the images out and arranged on my card panel.  I added my sentiment from the Things with Wings stamp set from MFT.  I used Kooltak clear adhesive squares to attach my sentiment.  I can see them, but that doesn’t bother me. I attached the card panel to a SSS Fog card base.

For the final card, same thing.  Stamped and embossed the background. I used SSS Modern Rose Blooms background stamp and embossed with Versamark ink and Recollections clear embossing powder.  I used SSS School House Red Cardstock. I cut the card panel out using SSS Wonky Stitched die.

b0c02e82-a3f3-4987-a255-d46a314c22c8I then stamped florals from the Kind Flowers stamp set and embossed with the same gold embossing powder.  I did emboss some of the leaves with Ranger Rich Red and added gold to the leaves. I cut the flowers out and arranged them on my card panel. The sentiment is from Kind Flowers as well. Again, I stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink and used Hero Arts gold embossing powder.  I attached the card panel onto a gold glimmer card base. I am not sure what company made the gold paper.

All three!

That sums up the creation of these three cards. Thank you for stopping by!



3 Times the Love

Happy Winter to you all!

Today I created 3 cards, all very similar in design.  One was quicker to make, one was a little more labor intensive and one had me questioning why I thought this was a good idea.

All cards were made using Simon Says Stamp Cupid’s Heart Die, Nested Banners, Hero Arts Sparkly Hearts, Pretty Pink Posh clear drops clear Nuvo Crystal Drops and My Favorite Things Little Letters dies.


In addition to the above named supplies the first card was made with card stock that was colored with Copics and a small piece of vellum.

I marked off the outline of the die on some scrap white cardstock and colored darkest to lightest with my Copics.  I used R20, R22, R24 and R27.  I used the same markers to color the sentiment in a gradient red design.  I used Recollections red card stock as a panel and attached our card design to the panel.  I attached the entire piece to a card base made of 110 lb Neenah card stock.


For the second card, I die cut the design out 3 times.  Twice out of SSS Pink Glimmery, Shimery cardstock and once out of SSS Rose Gold Glitter.  For some of the die cut pieces, I stacked twice then glitter paper was added.  Some were stacked twice in shimmery pink and some are a single layer.  It added different levels of dimension.  The Rose Gold Glitter paper was used for the card panel and the entire piece was attached to a white card base.


The final card gave me a headache. I used Minc Pink and Rose Gold foil.  I took a piece of card stock and put double sided adhesive on both sides.  I then die cut the cardstock.  I peeled off the top layer of the heart and rubbed the pink foil on it.  I then lifted the top layer on all of the little sprinkles and rubbed the rose gold foil on it.  This part worked great.  However, when I started lifting each piece out to attach to my card panel, the foil would flake off.

I built the card anyway and then took the foil to the card and rubbed .  It cleaned up the pieces really well, so I kept going.  I covered the letters in the same way.  I added double sided tape to my cardbase and rubbed rose gold foil on to the base.  I attached my card panel to my cardbase and the card was complete.

Thanks forstopping by, I hope you enjoyed today’s card share.

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Simon Says Stamp Medallion Background


I hope everyone who has been affected by the snow storm has been able to dig out! It is so strange that I live in Minnesota and can see my grass and south of here, they have 10 inches of snow. I do miss the snow!

Today I am sharing a cheerful card in “Valentine” colors. It was a quick card to make, I love the impact partial coloring has on stamped images.

I stamped the image on Simon Says Stamp Slate card stock. I used SSS slate dye ink on the Medallion Background Stamp and stamped the image twice using my MISTI. I knew when I started the card that I wanted the petals to be a light pink which led me to using my Prisma Color colored pencils.

The Prisma Color colored pencils I used for this image are white, PC 1014, PC 993, PC 923, PC 926 and PC 994.

I colored the petals and decided that I needed to color a little more of the image. I colored the border of the petals and spent a while trying to decide if I needed to do more.

I decided to do the hearts as well, and then stopped there.

I added Pretty Pink Posh pink crystals and stamped and embossed Simon Says Stamp Simple Sentiments #1 for the sentiment and heart. I heat embossed the sentiments with Hero Arts Gold embossing powder.

I trimmed about 1/8th of an inch off 3 sides and added the card panel to a white card base and called it a day.

Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy your week!