Monday, 18 June 2018

30Day Day 18 - Happy Birthday

Today the #30dayfriends are colouring WaffleFlower's Hello Kids. I did some very simple no-shade copic colouring on my kids and added a rainbow sentiment using the Cutaway Alphabet and Catherine Pooler inks.

I used:

Sunday, 17 June 2018

FS593 - Hello

This week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper is Jeri (aka stampmontana). I chose this card as my inspiration:

I focused on Jeri's:
-floral theme
-green, yellow, purple colours
-hello sentiment

I changed:
-use of die cut

I started by stamping the small flower background from Pattern Play twice (it fits together so nicely so you can't tell that  it isn't all one stamp!) and colouring the flowers with Copic. Then I lined up letters from Classic Block Alpha on tape, using the F upside down as a placeholder for the second L. I removed the f and cut HEL O from my coloured panel. Then I placed the L again and cut it out.

I coloured the backgrounds of the letters dark green and popped them up on foam tape.

I used:

Friday, 15 June 2018

30 Day Day 15 - Oceans of Joy

Today is Day 15 of Kathy Racoosin's #thedailymarker30day colouring challenge and the #30dayfriends are colouring this adorable Jillibean Soup stamp set. I coloured the images with copics and added details with a white gel pen.

For my ocean, I smooshed Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide inks on my craft mat and then picked them up with my watercolour cardstock, one colour at a time and drying between layers. I spritzed it with water to add more texture.

I placed my coloured images on the scene and chose some Copic markers that matched the ocean behind and coloured in all the white space on the die cuts. This is a trick I learned from watching a video from Jessica.

I popped up all the critters and added the stamped sentiment at the bottom of my panel.


Thursday, 14 June 2018

Guest Designer - Pretty Pink Posh June Release

Good morning! I'm so excited to be participating in the first day of a 2-day blog hop to celebrate the Pretty Pink Posh June release! The blog list is below.

There are 4 $25 gift certificates up for grabs (two winners each day). Winners will be picked randomly along the blog hop. Comments must be left by 11:59 PM PDT on 6/19/2018. Winners will be announced on the PPP blog.

Also, there's a free gift when you spend over $60 - I featured this die in my card today!

I created a pretty watercoloured frame of geraniums for my sparkly sentiment panel. Here's a video showing the process:

But I couldn't stop at just one card - here are a few more that I made with this month's new products (and some previously-released dies).

I used the glasses from School Friends to create this background!

Muse 271, AJVD - Happy Birthday Bloom

I'm on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today with this card (and a video!) that was inspired by Tracey's card at this week's Muse Card Club:

I focused on Tracey's:
-big floral arrangement
-pink and grey colours
-black sentiment on white

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

30Day Day13

Today we are colouring City Lady. But I've coloured her already this week, so I decided to rebel and colour Woodsy Lady.

I used Copics to create this scene. I used some other older sets as well. The bear (how could I resist with that sentiment?!) comes from All Inside, and the trees are from Holly Jolly - stamped (and second generation) with Catherine Pooler Eucalyptus.

June Essentials by Ellen Release - Masking and Leading Ladies

I'm excited to be on the Ellen Hutson YouTube channel with a full-length video of tips and tricks for using positive and negative masking to dress up these new Leading Ladies using the new Pattern Play set!

Monday, 11 June 2018

YouTube Video Hop Winners

I just want to say one final thank you to everyone involved in this hop!

  • All the video-makers for taking the time to share their talent and inspire us.
  • All the sponsors for their generosity and support.
  • And YOU, for watching and commenting and encouraging! 

Without further ado, here are the winners:

Winners of Catherine Pooler Inks
(from each video): 

(to claim your prize, please set up (or log into) an account in the store, then email and Ingrid will take care of you)

Ardyth Percy-Robb - Valerie Breingan
Laurel Beard - Teresa Selby
Ashlea Cornell - Lori U'ren
Tracey McNeely - Stef Perry
Chrissie Tobas - The Joyful Soul Creates
Stephanie Klauck Donna Goggin
Ingrid Blackburn - Julie Detlefsen
Carly Tee - Kathy Cavaness
Melissa Miller  - Rebecca Yahrling
Emily Leiphart - Susan Eliot
Jillian Vance - JoAnn Burnham
Jennifer Colaccico -  Denise Bryant
Josefine Fouarge - Gloria Schmidt
Lisa Spangler - M Chynoweth
Emily Midgett - Eveline van Heijst
Jennifer Carter  - Teresa Doyle
Sandy Allnock  - Kara Lynne
Justine Hovey - Mary Lou Staley
Ilina Crouse - Mary Stephens
Catherine Pooler - Lynn Beaumont

Winner of Ellen Hutson $25 Gift Certificate
(from all videos)
Karen Page (Lisa Spangler's video)

Winner of Ellen Hutson $25 Gift Certificate 
(from Ardyth's video)  
Kelly Shields

Winner of A Jillian Vance Design Prize Pack 
(from all videos)
Merriott Jill (Chrissie Tobas' video)

Winner of A Jillian Vance Designs $25 Gift Certificate 
(from Ardyth's video) 
Denise Mlady

Winner of Catherine Pooler Designs $25 Gift Certificate
(from Ardyth's Video)
Jewell Dean Herbrandson-Stokes

Please contact me at to claim your prizes. All prizes must be claimed by 11:59 June 30, 2018.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Essentials by Ellen June Release, 30Day Day 10 - Bright Side

The new Essentials by Ellen release is live! And we're using Beach Lady as our 30 Day colouring today. I started with this sentiment from City Lady, and put Beach Lady's hat at a jaunty angle, to shield her from the sun!

I did some Copic colouring, using deep colours on the left side to create shadows.Once she was all coloured, I created my sunbeam by masking the panel and blending Catherine Pooler Limoncello ink on it.

Saturday, 9 June 2018

FS592 - You Are Wonderful

Congratulations to this week's Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper, Cindy (aka ckd22968).  I chose this card as my inspiration:

I focused on Cindy's:
-rainbow of repeated shapes
-white lines in shapes
-white sentiment on a strip of dark cardstock

I changed:
-oval to tulip
-added white embossing
-moved sentiment
-no die cut
-dark cardbase

I stamped a rainbow of tulips from the new Catherine Pooler Design  Focus on the Good set, turning them so that they nestle into each other. When they were all dry, I stamped the outline with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. I added dots in Black Jack ink.

I embossed the sentiment on a strip of Smoke cardstock and added the little 'petals' on each side from Note of Thanks set.

Friday, 8 June 2018

30Day Day8, TFC21 - Time to Bloom

One of the fun things about Kathy Racoosin's #thedailymarker30day colouring challenge is the opportunity to try something different.

Today we are colouring Essentials by Ellen's Mondo Sakura, a beautiful set. I've coloured it all soft and pretty (here), so I decided to try a bold rainbow for today's colouring.

I used my Zig Art & Graphic Twin Tip markers - I'm really liking them for watercolouring techniques. They are juicy and vivid and I seem to have better luck with them than with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.

So there are some things I like about this, and some things I like less. I love the blend on the big yellow flower. The pink and orange ones are ok. I like the purple (too much water) and blue ones less, and I'm least comfortable with the green around it. Not sure if it's the colours I used, or the technique (maybe I should have taken it right to the edge of the panel?)

It's vibrant and fun and I learned a few things, so I'll call it a success.

I'm also linking up to The Flower Challenge. I chose challenge #10, Embossing

I used:

Thursday, 7 June 2018

AJVD, Muse 269 - Celebrate

I'm on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today with this card (and video) for Muse challenge #269, where Anita gave us this pretty inspiration:

I focused on Anita's:
-blue blended background
-white die cuts
-pops of yellow

Pop over to the AJVD blog for more details and the video.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

30 Day Day 5&6

I'm playing catch-up with blog posts for Kathy Racoosin's #thedailymarker30day colouring challenge. Yesterday, the #30dayfriends coloured Hello Bluebird's Jungle Littles - they are so sweet! I created a blended background and coloured the critters with copics. (scroll down for today's card).

Today the #30dayfriends are colouring Technique Tuesday's Love Your Guts. I made a rainbow of chcolate bars, using Copics and basic shading techniques.

I used:

Monday, 4 June 2018

MCV101 - Joy

This is my card for the current Muse: ChristmasVisions challenge where our Guest, Pam gave us this card for our inspiration:

I focused on Pam's:

I absolutely love the gold outline on Pam's dove and it was my intention to do the same thing with my Poppy Stamps dove, but when all the pieces stayed in after die cutting the gold mirror cardstock (at least initially! LOL!), I loved the drama the full-gold dove gave. I cut 2 white circles, one slightly smaller than the other. I coated the smaller one with adhesive. I cut the dove and the Essentials by Ellen JOY out of the larger circle and then inlaid the gold pieces back into the white circle, using the smaller, sticky circle to help hold it all together.

My background is a simple wash of 4 Catherine Pooler inks on Tim Holtz watercolour cardstock.

I used:

Sunday, 3 June 2018

FS591, 30Day Day 3 - Awesome

Congratulations to this week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper, Janja! I chose these cards as my inspiration:

I focused on Janja's:
-gold frame
-striped background
-pink flowers with green leaves

I changed:
-combined the frame and stripes into a stamped, embossed background
-stamps flowers
-added a sentiment

These flower images are part of our #30dayfriends exchange - they are stamped on Bristol with Versafine Clair ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder. I coloured them with my Zig Art & Graphic Twin Tip markers (colours are linked below).

For the background, I embossed Art Deco onto white cardstock with gold embossing powder. To make sure that my sentiment matched, I cut it out of white cardstock, adhered it with temporary adhesive to a piece of scrap paper and tapped Versamark onto it. I then sprinkled gold embossing powder over the whole thing and heated it. When it was cool, I removed it from the scrap paper and used liquid adhesive to adhere it to its shadow. Here's the left overs..... that gives me an idea!

I used:

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Muse Challenge #268 - Wonderful

This is my card for this week's Muse Card Club, where our Guest Muse, Sweety, gave us this pretty inspiration:

I focused on Sweety's:
-pink flower
-black sentiment
-gold accents

I used a faux-watercolouring technique and Zig Art & Graphic Twin Tip markers to colour my floral focal point. I coloured directly onto the stamps and then spritzed with water before stamping onto my watercolour cardstock. 

Here's a link to my video:

I used:

30 Day Day 2 - Happy Birthday

Good morning! It's Day 2 of #thedailymarker30day colouring challenge!

Day 2's set is Extra Special by Altenew. It was stamped on Bristol paper and embossed with white embossing powder. I coloured it with Zig CleanColor Real Brush markers (colours below) and then put it on a card using some other new Altenew sets.

We are hashtagging our projects with #30dayfriends . Tomorrow we are colouring Neat & Tangled Friendly Florals.

The flowers were stamped on Bristol and embossed with white embossing powder. I coloured them with Zig CleanColor Real Brush markers.

For my subtle background, I used the Watercolor Dots set on another piece of Bristol, stamped with Shea Butter (stamped off one time).

The sentiment is from the Gradient Stripes stamp set and is stamped in Black Jack ink.

I used:

Friday, 1 June 2018

30 Day Day1 - Hello!

Good morning! It's Day 1 of Kathy Racoosin's #thedailymarker30day colouring challenge!

I always love to participate in this challenge but this time is special. It's the 10th Challenge and I know Kathy has a lot of fun planned!

To celebrate, a few friends and I teamed up - we each sent images to the others, so we all have 30 images already stamped and ready for colouring! The goal was to be prepared and provide encouragement to each other through the month.

Today we're using WaffleFlower's Bear and Bird set. It was stamped on watercolour cardstock and I used Catherine Pooler inks to colour it.

 We are hashtagging our projects #30dayfriends and tomorrow's set is Extra Special from Altenew.

I used: