Stamp Nation Color Challenge=Spooky Hollow


Hi Everyone!

We have a beautiful fall day in Minneapolis, so I am blogging on my deck.  Football is on inside, but I just can’t sit there and watch it when it is this gorgeous outside.

So Friday was cool and drizzly.  I decided to make some cards and got three completed that evening.  I am writing about the first card I made which was my response to the Stamp Nation Color Challenge.  The colors given were Royal Treatment, Mandarin Spice, Green Tea, Eucalyptus and Daydream.  I had just received my Spooky Hollow stamp from Catherine Pooler (which I got on sale) and decided I needed to get the kids Halloween cards going so I can focus on Christmas cards at the end of this month and early October.

Spooky Hollow

I love the look of the haunted house and the moon and the stars.  I stamped the pumpkins from Autumn Blessings and used the oak leaf from Hello Autumn, both by Catherine Pooler. Hello Autumn is a layering stamp set, so it was fun to try different color combinations.


I started by stamping the pumpkins in Sauna. I put some Mandarin Spice, Orange Twist and Icing On The Cake on an acrylic block and colored over my stamped pumpkins using a Tombow blender pen.

I stamped the oak leaves in Limoncello, Sauna then Orange Twist and Icing On The Cake for a brighter look or Mandarin Spice subbed in for Orange twist for a more subdued look. I fussy cut out my pumpkins and leaves.

For the house, I stamped on some Neenah 110lb cardstock and heat embossed with a mixture of black embossing powder.  I had 3 or 4 different brands that were low so I mixed them all together in one container.


I put Royal Treatment, Icing On The Cake, Black Jack and Sauna on an acrylic block and colored in the house. I again used a Tombow blender pen. I fussy cut out the house.  I cut off the weather vane while fussy cutting.  This is why you need the dies. I stamped the tombstones in Twighlight and colored them in using a blender pen.  I fussy cut those out as well.

I ink blended Day Dream, Royal Treatment and a little Black Jack on a card panel to create a night sky.  I blended Green Tea and Eucalyptus on a card panel to create grassy hills.  I really like these color combos for the night sky and grass. I cut both panels out using Lawn Fawn’s largest Stitched Rectangle die.  I cut grassy hills out using Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Hillside Borders.  I stamped the moon and stars from Spooky Hollow all over my night sky panel using Versamark Ink and Wow White Embossing Powder.  I then stamped the fence across the night sky card panel and embossed with my black embossing powder mixture.  I stamped my sentiment on the front layer of grass and embossed with Wow White Embossing Powder.


It is time to assemble the card.  I glued the sky panel to an A2 card base. I then glued the larger/darker panel of grass to the card.  I attached the house and the tombstones to the grassy hills.  I then added the front layer of grass to the card panel and attached the pumpkins.  I added the oak leaves to the upper corner to make it appear as if you were standing under the tree. I used Art Glitter glue to do all of the adhering.


I am really happy with how this came out. I need to make another one so both kids get a card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope all is well with everyone!


Color Burst Backgrounds


I am sharing a post about creating quick, easy and colorful cards using Ken Oliver’s Color Burst in Catherine Pooler’s Carnivale Colors.

These backgrounds took less than 10 minutes to create. I used an inexpensive specialty paper to create these. With stamping, about a 20 minute card (not including dry time).

The colors are Samba and Samba Ice Sparkle, Limoncello and Limoncello Ice Sparkle, Mardi Gras and Suede Shoes. Of course you can blend these colors to create additional colors in your design!

I created my backgrounds on Roylco Color Diffusing Paper. I bought it off Amazon for about $5.00 U.S. It looks like a really thin parchment paper. It was created to diffuse colors to give paints a tie dye look. It is thin, so I glued my backgrounds to cheap cardstock when they were dry. It is less expensive than using watercolor cardstock.

Roylco Color Diffusing Paper

These cards are not a design you haven’t seen before, I really wanted to show how great the Color Burst works and how to save some money on your projects. I am saving the rest of my backgrounds for fall and Christmas backgrounds

For the Bloom Where You Are Planted card, I used Limoncello and Samba Color Burst powders on the diffusing paper. I tried using a mister and the Distress Sprayer and the Distress Sprayer worked much better. I only needed one layer of powder and very thoroughly soaked the paper and the color spread, blended and dried beautifully. I went around the edges of the background with my Tutti Frutti ink pad just to darken the color a little bit.

I stamped the background using images from the Wild Garden Stamp Set. I stamped the images using Catherine Pooler’s Midnight black ink. I used the ink around the edges of the background as well.

The sentiment is from the Whimsical Blooms stamp set. I added 3 Ebony Nuvo drops and called the card complete.

The next card was similarly created.

I used Suede Shoes and Mardi Gras Color Burst powders for the background. I went around the edges using C.P.’s Juniper Ink, just wanted a little darkening to highlight the beautiful colors in the center. It’s awesome how the inks from Catherine Pooler work so well with the Color Burst powders. I stamped a couple of the evergreen branches from Catherine Pooler’s Festive Trimmings stamp set. The sentiment is from her Holiday Mix stamp set. I stamped the images using Midnight ink. I sprinkled a few sequins from C.P.’s Aspen sequin set. That completed this card.

If you are in the market for a fun way to create backgrounds, I would highly recommend the Color Bursts. I am not a fan of Alcohol inks due to the odor and the expense so I am thrilled to have this option!

Thanks for stopping by!


Birthday Wishes

Happy weekend!  Today’s post is a fall birthday card colored with my Luminance Colored pencils.  I used a darling stamp from Stamptember, A Simon Says Stamp and Studio Katia collaboration called Fresh Bunch.


I stamped the image on Arteza black drawing paper.  It is a little thin, but worked beautifully with my colored pencils! I used Ink On 3’s clear embossing ink (personal fav) and embossed with Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing powder.  It is the perfect gold color and the sparkle is just right!


To color the leaves, I used Grass Green, Olive Yellow and Olive Brown for the fern-ish looking leaves and Moss Green and Dark English Green on the regular leaves.

For the grapes or berries, your choice, I used Brown Violet, Light Aubergine and Violet. For the Peonies I used Ultramarine Pink, Violet and Perylene Brown.

For the Apple, I used Permanent Red, Crimson Alizarin, Scarlet and Perylene Brown.  For the orange flowers, I used Orange, Crimson Alizarin and Carnelian.


For the pine cones, I used Sepia and Burnt Ochre 10%.

I stamped the sentiment with Ink on 3’s Clear Embossing Ink and used Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder on it as well.

I cut the panel out using Lawn Fawn’s stitched rectangle die then attached my panel to my cardbase.

I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gold and Crimson to finish off my card.


Showing the sparkle of the Gilded Embossing Powder.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope to see you soon!




All You Need is Love…And Christmas Cookies!

Happy August.  I hope everyone is surviving the heat.  To help beat the heat here, I started making my Christmas cards.


I made this card is using Catherine Pooler’s Christmas Cookies stamp set and dies.  I used this set last year and made the stamps look like ornaments hanging from a tree branch.  This year I am coloring them as cookies.

To start, I stamped the designs on Catherine Pooler’s white card stock using Twilight gray ink. This ink is a nice, medium gray that can be used for no line coloring as well.  I then colored the entire image using E51.  I went along the very edge of the stamp using E57. I went over the edge of the E57 line with E 35.  I went over my E35 edge with E53.  I colored over the entire image using my E51 once again.


I then went and grabbed my Gina K Designs Glitz Glitter Gel.  I used White, Turquoise Sea and Bubblegum as my frosting for my cookies.  I was going for the frosted and sugared look on my cookies. To decorate my cookies, I used Nuvo Drops in Bright Gold, Simply White and Autumn Red.

I used my Nuvo double ended scoop tool and dropped very little Glitz Glitter Gel onto each image.  I smeared the gel around with a Q-Tip and then let the images dry overnight.  I fussy cut the images out along the dark line.

For the background, I used the large snowflake from the Christmas Cookie stamp set and stamped it over the card-stock using It’s A Boy ink.  I also stamped the sentiment using It’s A Boy Ink and cut it out with the circle die that came with the die set. I cut the stamped card panel out using Spellbinders’s Venise Lace die.  I love the little holes along the border it creates.


I fussy cut out all of the ornaments and arranged them on my card panel.  I used my Xyron sticker maker to adhere them.  I trimmed off the pieces that were hanging off of the card panel.  I put foam tape on the back of my sentiment and adhered it to the card panel.

I put foam tape on the back of the card panel and adhered it to my card base.  I did not think it needed any more embellishment, so I stamped Merry Christmas on the inside of my card and was finished.


Thank you so much for stopping by! Hope you enjoyed this card making tutorial!



Encouragement Card Hop

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the Encouragement Card Hop! I hope you have been enjoying the hop so far!

I have created a one layer card using a masking technique I learned from Laura Gallimore (Crafty Not Shifty). Laura taught a class at Junkie Fest and this was one of my favorite tips I learned from her.

This is the card I made. You can watch the YouTube video by clicking here:

I started by stamping the flowers and the teacup on Gina K Masking Magic masking paper. The stamp set is by Hero Arts and it is called Teacup Flowers, I fussy cut them out and arranged them on my card panel. Once I found an arrangement I liked, I adhered them to the panel. This is now considered the back of the panel.

I then put my card panel in my MISTI with the back of the panel facing up. I grabbed the stamp for the front flowers, the pinky purple flower and the tallest red flower and placed the stamps on the masked images. I closed the MISTI lid and picked up the stamps. I flipped the panel over so that the masks were not visible, inked up my stamps and then stamped them on the front of the card using Gina K’s Black Amalgam ink. I grabbed the matching masks off of the back of the card and covered up the 2 stamped images on the front.

I put my card panel back in the MISTI with the masked side up and put the stamp for the dark and light pink flower with the yellow center on top off the mask. I picked the stamp up with my MISTI lid, flipped the card panel over so the masked images were in the back and stamped my image on the front. I peeled the mask off of the back and placed it over the image in the front. I did this until I had stamped all of the images and covered them with masks.

I took out my Catherine Pooler Fiesta Blue ink and ink blended over the masked images using a cheap-o Amazon make up brush. I then squirted some water on the card and blotted it up. I was now able to remove the masks.

I colored my image using Polychromos colored pencils. The reds were Madder, Dark Red and Deep Red. Pinks were Pink Madder Lake, Dark Flesh and Fuchsia. Purples were MIddle Purple Pink, Crimson, Light Red Violet and Violet. The greens were Grass Green, Pistachio Green, Permanent Green Olive and Deep Cobalt Green.

For the teacup, I used Light Cobalt Turquoise, Cobalt Green, Cobalt Turquoise and Hello Turquoise. I was not coloring to make it look realistic, I just wanted a bright and cheerful card.

I stamped my sentiment using a sentiment from Hero Arts Rose Stem stamp set.

I cut about 1/4 of an inch off the top and side so that I would have a slight frame created when I adhered my card panel to my card base. I finished the card off be attaching some Studio Katia Crystal Clear Confetti. I love how they pick up the colors in the card. That complete’s my card.

Please follow along the blog hop. You will meet some amazing crafters!

Next up is Marie Bingaman! Click here to view her card.Https://

Enjoy the hop!


Floral Mix Watercolor

Hello friends!

Today I am sharing a card made with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I recently took Kathy Racoosins Daily Marker class at Junkie Fest and I tried out the technique she demonstrated with watercolor.  Guess what?  It works!  Yes it took repetition and yes, I left my watercolor bumper guards on (embossed stamp), but the technique works and I feel like I can attempt a watercolor with out embossing the image first.

I started by stamping Simon Says Stamps Floral Mix Background on Canson Watercolor Paper. I used Ink On 3 clear embossing ink and used Hero Arts Detail Gold embossing powder.


The background looks pink, but I was coloring out on the patio and our umbrella is red and it cast a pink hue on my panel.

I began with the roses. I used Wine Red – 24, Carmine Red – 22 and Light Carmine – 21. Once I had completed the roses, I started on the leaves. I used Olive Green – 43 and Light Green – 41 for all of the leaves. I then moved on to the sunflower. I used Light Brown – 061 on the petals, Mid Brown – 065 on the center and Dark Brown – 062 around the edges of the center.


For the Zinnia’s, I used Yellow – 50 and Bright Yellow – 52.  For the pink flower, I used Light Carmine – 21, Pale Rose – 230 and Light Pink – 26.  Finally, for the background, I used Cornflower Blue – 37.


I trimmed down the panel to 5.25 by 3.75 inches and mounted it on to Tonic Nuvo Cobalt Velour Mirror Card.  I love this paper! I then scribbled some more Cornflower Blue on some scrap watercolor paper and stamped my sentiment on it using Ink On 3 clear embossing ink and Hero Arts Detail Gold embossing powder.


I then added the sentiment to the card panel.  I attached my panel to a Catherine Pooler card base and my card was finished.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  See you soon!



Stay Cool!


Today I am sharing a card made using Catherine Pooler’s “I Scream You Scream” stamp set. It has this darling ice cream truck and accompanying treats.  I decided to start with the treats but will be coloring that truck in an aqua tone very soon.2BC59E4F-0746-426A-8B0A-96A5F1753840

I started by getting my MISTI set up with the 4 inch GinaK Wreath Builder. I cut a 4 inch by 5.5 inch card panel.  I put a small “x” in the upper right corner so I would remember to keep that corner in the wreath builder at all times.

I set the popsicle stamp where I wanted it and began stamping using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and rotating my card panel.  I then added the ice cream cone, the bomb pop, the watermelon treat (I have never seen one), the cherry and finally, the stars.


I colored the popsicle using V12, V15 and V17.  I colored the ice cream using YG06 and G45. For the cone, I used E50, E53 and E57. For the watermelon, I used R37, R32 and R30. For the rind I used YG17, YG00 and G14. For the cherries, I used R30 and R37.


For the blue section on the bomb pop, I used B12, B14 and B16.  For the white I used C1 and C00.  For the red I used R37, R32 and R30.  For the stars, I used V12, V15 and V17.

For the sentiment, I used V12 and colored a scrap of cardstock.  I cut it out using Hero Arts Infinity Dies Circles. I stamped the sentiment and colored in the Cool using V15. For the background, I outlined the images with C4.  I then went over the outline with C2 and colored over that with C00.


I colored the sentiment circle and all of the treats with clear Wink of Stella.  I adhered the card panel to a Catherine Pooler card base and my card was complete.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed this summer treat card!




Welcome to June!

For todays card share, I created a dimensional card using Jane’s Doodles Plumeria stamp set. The Blooms are beautiful! To be honest, I never have seen Plumeria, so I had to look it up. It comes in so many colors, truly a gorgeous plant.

To start, I stamped the images with Ink on 3 fade out ink. My original plan was to do no line coloring on the images. I colored the images using my Copic markers. For the leaves, I used G14, YG17, G17. For the petals, I used RV21, RV10, RV69 and RV13 for the pink areas and Y11 and Y35 for the yellow areas.

Once I had everything colored, I decided to re-stamp the images with Ink on 3 clear embossing ink and heat embossed using Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold embossing powder. I fussy cut out the images.

For the background, I used Catherine Pooler inks. I used Sauna for the very center, then did a small ring of Shea Butter around that and finally, I used It’s A Girl around the edges. I splashed a little water on the card base and blotted off with a microfiber towel. I then cut the card base out using Spellbinders Venise Lace dies.

I attached the leaves and several flowers to my card base using Gina K Connect glue. I popped up the cluster of flowers using 3M Foam Tape. I adhered the card panel to a side fold A2 card base and just turned it sideways. I decided to add the Love sentiment from Simon Says Stamps Four Seasons stamp set.

This completes todays card share. I hope you enjoyed it.

See you soon!


Sweet Sunflowers


Today I decided to use colors I rarely use; yellow and green. I am using Catherine Pooler products today.

I started by schmearing CP Ink in Seafoam Green on a piece of inexpensive, A2 sized cardstock. The foam pad works so well, it only took 4 swipes to saturate the background.

I then took the Perfect Vine stencil and taped it to my card panel. I stenciled CP Ink in Sage over the stencil. These two greens work beautifully together! I let the panel dry, then cut it out using My Favorite Things Blueprint Sketch #27 die.

I colored the flowers using Copic markers Y19, Y08 and YR27 on the petals and YR27, E15 and E18 for the center. For the leaves, I used G14, G07 and G05.

For the sentiment, I schmeared Seafoam and Sauna ink on cardstock and used the “Sweet” die to cut out the sentiment. I layered the Sauna on top of the Seafoam.

I glued the leaves and one of the flowers on my panel and popped up the other two flowers. I glued my card panel onto an A2 side fold card. I then painted the flowers and sentiment with Wink of Stella clear glitter pen and added glossy accents on top of that.

Very simple card, but I love the results. Thanks for stopping by!


Rennie Roses

Hi everyone!

Today’s card project is a thank you card created by using the Rennie Roses stamp set from Altenew. 20 years ago, when I started scrapbooking, we called these cabbage roses. I loved them then and I love them now!

I started by stamping the images on some random 80lb white cardstock cut to A2 size. It is pretty low quality, but Altenew markers blend beautifully. I used Hero Arts black ink to stamp the images. I left the images in my MISTI. I came back after coloring them and used Hero Arts black embossing powder on them to add a little pop.

I did really basic coloring. I colored the entire floral portion of each flower using R206. I then used R400 for the darker shading and blended using R301. I colored these while sitting in the back yard and enjoyed every minute of it. It was 70 degrees that day and I had just gotten back from the Pinners Conference. It is snowing/sleeting and we have 40 MPH wind gusts. Gah! Moving on…I colored the leaves using G935, G825 and G915. I colored the leaves the same way, light to dark and blend with the medium shade. I then fussy cut out all of the images.

I grabbed another piece of 80lb cardstock and used Catherine Pooler’s Twighlight ink and lightly blended the background using a makeup brush from Amazon. I then stamped the sentiment on the card panel using Versafine black ink. I trimmed the panel down and attached it to a black card base.

I then glued down two of the roses and all of the leaves to the card panel. I popped up the front rose using 3M foam tape.

I added Nuvo Drops in Ebony Black for a finishing touch. I really like how this card turned out and it took about 45 minutes to create. If I had a plan, it would have gone faster.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have an amazing week!