Monthly Archives: March 2014

A very pink birthday…

kcmarch2Here is a fabulous Saturated Canary Image called Harley and Haley.  I am a pretty clean and simple kind of gal and let the images be the highlight of the card.  The balloon is a die cut from Mama Elephant which I colored with my copics to match my project and stamped my Happy Birthday sentiment inside.  The blue border around my image was also colored in with copic markers to match my project colors.

The pinks are RV25, 23, 21 and 10.  The blues are B91, 95 and 97.  The hair I cannot remember.  The shading is done with W0, 1, 3 and 5 and the darker spots are a little bit of E77.  My little pig is E53, 51 and 41.  I also colored the background with B0000 and spots of RV00 so it wasn’t all one color.

I am entering the following challenges:

Marker Pop - anything goesbadge_new_challenge_every_other_monday

Seize the Birthday - but I haven’t added any toppings..  I could have put some silver rhinestones in the bottom right corner, but I thought it was ok as it was!!Linky badge

The Card Concept - Birthday Challenge1520789_10151805193152547_769005713_nHere is a close up of the imagekcmarch1

Thanks for looking…


Tiddly Inks – Fairy Fae

tifairyA little bit of birthday love over on Tiddly Inks and “wings” over at the Kit and Clowder challenges.  I chose the background paper for the card first, then colored in the image with yellow, pink and blue copic markers to match.  My background is yellow Y00 and a few specks of BG10 (which I used on the wings) and used the blender pen to fade it all out a little…  I took my inspiration from the color along that Alyce at Kit and Clowder did on a fairy fae image a few weeks back.  I am taking her classes and they are great.  I am learning a lot!!

Thanks for checking out my card…


Just Hatched

me2Another gorgeous little stamp set from Mama Elephant called Just Hatched.  I thought I’d put this into the Less is more challenge which is “three”.  So, I’ve done three little babies that have just hatched…  Here’s a close up of these little babies – too cute…me1LIM for blinkie

Freshly Made Sketches # 128

fms128_1I’ve kept this very clean and simple. I stamped the flowers and used a couple of post it notes for the masking at the red line.  I colored them with inktense pencils and a blender pen. Then, I stamped a few little green leaves in the mix.  I drew the red line above the flowers and colored that as well.  Stamped and fussy cut the large flower. This card was inspired by the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.FMS Final 128-001Thanks for looking.

A post of threes

lm164_1The challenge at Less is more was to use three of something in your card today.  If you’ve seen my blog you’ll know I love these little bunnies from the Honey Bunny Mama Elephant set, so I stamped and fussy cut three bunnies out.  I used the Simon Says Stamp Tri Square Die to add the squares.  I mounted some colored paper behind the bunnies and that way from the inside of the card, you can’t see the back of the copic colored bunnies.LIM for blinkie

I am really enjoying one layered cards at the moment too, so I got out some border stamps and used “three” words for the sentiments….  The first card isn’t one layered, but I was just using up the inside of the squares from the first card.lm164_2lm164_4lm164_3These last ones I used a simon says stamp set and got my inspiration from HERE, where Carol colored in this gorgeous little set of flowers.  I used inktense pencils with a blender pen so I didn’t get water on my card and once you use the blender pen, the colors just come to life.  They are so vibrant and beautiful.  So, this is my take from her inspiration…lm164_6 lm164_7 lm164_5Thanks for looking…

Fusion – Greens

fusion6_1I loved the challenge at FUSION this week.  The simple sketch combined with the beautiful greens.  I couldn’t resist just having a play…  I think I need to find a yellowish green for my collection. Any suggestions??
The stamp set is from Inkadinkado called Garden Words.

Thanks for looking…

One layer wonder…

cass29_4I am really loving these one layer cards.  You can see some more HERE (cards for men!!) that I did last week.  I am entering this in the CAS on Sunday challenge which is a “one layer wonder” and also on CASE this sketch.CTS_Sketch_69

ChallengeI decided to try the same technique, but with different colored backgrounds to see what I liked the best.  For this one I used shadow ink soft blossom, masked of a portion for the sentiment and stamped all the flowers with Mama Elephant pigment inks.  Here’s a close up…
For this next one I used soft apricot shadow ink.  The soft colors still come out a little dark…cass29_3

For the next one I used soft yellow shadow ink – this is very light and very subtle and you can only just see it in the picture below. cass29_1Here’s a close up of that darling little Mama Elephant bunny..cass29_2So, I guess it all comes down to preference – how much of that background you really want to see on the card…  I like the really subtle yellow!

Thanks for looking…





A bright day…

cs3_11_5Another quick post. I saw Julie’s card on the online card class today and loved the sparkle in the stripes, so I thought I’d try out my stampin’ up sticky strip with some dazzling diamonds.  I masked off the top section and put mustard seed distress ink down.  I then masked off a semi circle big enough for the sentiment and proceeded to put down the sticky strips.  I love how sparkly and bright it turned out (sorry, took the pic on my phone, so it’s not as good).

When I pulled off the masking, my daughter commented that it looked pretty funny as it was only partly stamped, so I added the black line and she thought it looked “much better”!!  Thanks Jorja, sometimes it pays to have that extra eye, even if it is my 6 year old!!


Clean and Simple – Mixture

cs3_11_1Today I used a few different things for my card.  I loved the little layout by Julie and the layered stamping by Jennifer and the masked area by Kristina, so I sort of combined a bit of everything.  I masked off the strip in the middle and stamped a background word sentiment, distressed lightly with tumbled glass ink.  Then I used the newest Studio Calico card kit stamp for the little cloud, sun, rain, umbrella etc…  Here’s a close up, so you can see how the words show up in the stamped images.cs3_11_3


I made this card a couple of times.  I also stamped a couple of raindrops in color to play off the words of brightening my day!!cs3_11_2

***** My 6 year old daughter saw this card and wanted to give it a go – so here is her version:cs3_11_4

And, I just had to add a couple of pics in from our first day of spring.  The kids have been desperate to go swimming again, so it’s been quite lovely (in the 70′s) over the past couple of days and being school holidays I thought it’d be funny to see what they thought of the water (knowing full well it was going to be freezing)…  Well, they had a very quick dip.  Promptly jumped out and sunned themselves!!Image 1ImageImage 2


Thanks for looking..

Clean and Simple Class Texture – Stencils

LM163_2Just a quick post for today.  The clean and simple class day 9 had some great inspiration for textural effects on a one layer card – this was my take on the card by Debby Hughes.  I stamped the bunny, balloon and sentiment.  I masked off the bunny and balloon and used some copper perfect pearls mixed with water to splatter on my paper.  I also used the falling hearts stencils with the Wendy Vecchi embossing paste for the hearts.  I colored the bunny with Copics and added some wink of stella glitter to the balloon.  Different media for a textured one layer card (although I did mount the card stock onto the actual card so the copic markers didn’t show through the on the inside of the card).LM163_1

I will enter this in the Less is More challenge which is masking or stenciling. LIM for blinkie