Chase Your Dreams


Hello there!
I am so excited to share this card with you today! Technique Tuesday has another day of stamps and dies being showcased.  I am sharing the Butterly on the border die.  I placed the die along the edge of the card, secured it into place (washi tape) then ran it through the die cutting machine.  This left the card with a beautiful edge with a cut butterfly and embossed image.  I placed a piece of pink cardstock behind the front of the card to help make the border pop.
Head on over to the Technique Tuesday blog to see the full reveal of this die!

You're My Favorite



Hello friends!
I hope you are having a wonderful Saturday in your part of the world.
Again today I am sharing a new stamp set from Technique Tuesday that will be released in a few days.  This is called Simon & Sally Seahorse stamp, it also has a coordinating die set.  
I started by using a MISTI tool and stamping each image a few times in black ink, to ensure a nice stamped image onto the water color paper. The watercolor colors are a combination of Daniel Smith and Prima colors. Once the watercolor panel was dried, it was adhered to the card using foam adhesive and embellished with novo drops.
Head on over to the Technique Tuesday blog to see the reveal of this stamp set.



Hello Love Bug


Hello friends!
Our friends over at Technique Tuesday, are releasing a few new stamp and dies sets for July.  Today I am sharing a card using the Bugs & Kisses stamp set.  I gravitated towards the bumblebee image, so I created a simple watercolored background and watercolored in the bumblebee as well.  
To see the full stamp set reveal, head on over to the Technique Tuesday Blog to check it out, as well as the other stamp/dies being showcased today. 


Life Without You


Hello Friends!
I hope you all are ready for a new and fun week!
Currently I am across the US in California, but I wanted to share this card I recently made.  One night I was just playing around with stamps and watercolors, and this is what I ended up with.  Watercoloring is a fairly new medium for me, so I try to stretch myself creatively as much as I can.  Just a little bit of flowers to brighten your day!

I used the Simply You Stamp Set from Technique Tuesday to create this card.  I stamped the images with VersaFine onyx black ink, because once it dries its waterproof.  Then watercolored over the images with Daniel Smith water colors, and embelished with ribbon.

Also!
Head on over the Animal House section of Technique Tuesday, and as well as the Technique Tuesday Blog. Head on over to the blog and leave a comment. In a few days they will pick a winner from the comments to win the giveaway!  How fun is that? All you do is leave a comment!!

Don't Forget


Hello Friends!
Are you following along with the Lawn Fawn June Inspiration Week?  Today I am sharing a card using the Plan On It Appointments stamp set.  This set is designed to use in your planners, but I decided to use them on a card, because the images are so adorable!

Just a classic, clean and simple card with a little bit of copic coloring.  Who doesn't love a card with a lot of white space?

Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog to see all of todays happenings and giveaways!

Thank You


Hi there!
Sometimes I like to shake things up, do things other than a card. Today I have a muslin bag, that I stamped on. So fun!

So, I stamped onto the bag using black ink and my MISTI tool.  I did this several times, and I did create a mask so that the stamping was seamless for the bigger stamp.  The stars were colored in using Alcohol markers.  
Inside the bag is a wine opener.
Then I attached it with some twine to a wine bottle and voila, the perfect gift!

 
Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog!
They are having their June inspiration week, and today is all about the How You Been Stars add on!

Enjoy The Little Things


Enjoy the little things. Isn't that the truth! I absolutely love this sentiment.
Today the Lawn Fawn Design Team is showcasing the stamp and coordinating die set called Village Shops.
I knew I wanted to do some kind of watercolor scene, with just the stamps. One of my personal goals this year was to learn something new, when is comes to coloring mediums. I have been coloring with Copics for over 15 years, and it is 100% my wheelhouse. Watercoloring is scary because its really hard to control water lol. But I am slowly learning this craft. If you are experimenting with something new, my advice is to be patient with yourself, and not to compare your work.
Anyhow, back to the card.
I stamped the images with versafine black ink, once its dry, it is completely waterproof and perfect to watercolor on.
I chose the cute little ice cream truck, the clouds, a potted plant and the music notes. To color the scene I chose Daniel Smith and Prima watercolors.
Its a very simple card, but I love the little scene i painted.

The Lawn Fawn Design team is full of extremely talented designers.  I highly encourage you to head on over to the Lawn Fawn Blog to check out todays projects, as well as have a chance to win this stamp set.

Here is a card that I created recently using the same stamp set!


You're the Sweetest


Hello friends!
It is summer!! Yay!! Summer and Christmas are my favorite seasons. I know Christmas is not a season, but winter is so hard on my body, the only way I enjoy it is to fully embrace the holiday seaons. Anyhow, back to summer! Do any of you have any fun summer travel plans? Because of my husbands job, we have lived away from family (california) for almost 20 years. Typing that number out, made me realize how long I have been away. Most of those 19 years we have lived in the south east of the US. As much as I miss California, the south suits me, and most likely what my children consider home.  When your children get older, its very hard to coordinate their schedules, along with my husbands.  But miraculously we all will get to go to California together, it has been a long time since that has happened. Usually it is just the kids and myself.  I am in need of relaxing, down time to just chill, especially since we have a busy year ahead of us.
I plan on wine tasting while enjoying the beautiful rolling vineyard, eating good food, seeing friends, putting my feet into the cold sand of the pacific, and making new memories with my family.

Well onto the card!
I Scream, You Scream is a die cut set...of ice cream cones, faces, sprinkles, cherries etc.. So super fun!
I love a crisp white clean and simple card, with bold colors.  It just makes me happy.
To start, I die cut the ice cream with white card stock, then colored them with copic markers, in a gradient way. Meaning I added a little bit of a darker shade to the top of them in the same color family, so the blending looks more natural. These took quite a bit of blending, to create a smooth color, but it was relaxing to just sit and color.
The sentiment was stamped in black ink, then I diecut the rectangle, adhered it with foam adhesive. The ice cream was adhered using many layers of foam adhesive to give the card some depth.  I like to use foam adhesive, so my cards don't appear to look flat.

Head on over to the Lawn Fawn Blog, to see beautiful cards using these dies!

Hello Friend


Hello friends!
Lately I have been on a quest to make pretty cards, that are also mail friendly.  Meaning, they only take one stamp to mail, and will not get ruined from mailing a card with too many layers.  A goal of mine is to send at least one card a week, hopefully more, but one is for sure attainable.  The closest post office is about 30 minutes in traffic, and spending an hour or more to mail a card doesn't fit into my schedule most days.  Thats why I need it to be fairly light with out layers, I know one stamp will do.
Yes, the cards I blog I do send to friends.
Which brings me to todays beauty.  This is the Strawberry Stamp Set from Technique Tuesday, that is being released today.  Something about fruit just makes me happy, especially strawberries.  Maybe its because it makes me think about a strawberry smoothie from Jamba Juice? Who knows?  But what I do know, is that I love this stamp set!  Its a 4x3 set, with a main strawberry image and two sentiments.
I stamped the image a few different times to fill the top of the card with black ink, then colored it in using copic markers.  The front panel was adhered using foam adhesive to give the card a little bit of depth.  The card base is from textured card stock to give the card a little bit more interest, since it is a fairly simple card.

Head on over to the Technique Tuesday blog for the full reveal of this stamp set, and more!!


Be a Pineapple


Hello friends!
If you are sensing a theme, you might be right lol!  I am sharing another fruity card using the stamp set Funny Fruits from Technique Tuesday.  It is one of the stamp sets in the June release.  The full stamp reveal is over on the Technique Tuesday blog. I almost made this card using the peach, it was a hard decision, but the pineapple prevailed!


The pineapples were stamped in black ink repeatedly, then colored in with alcohol markers.  The sentiment didn't quite look right stamped onto the white cardstock above the pineapples. Instead it was stamped onto the same yellow paper, as the card base. 

It is day 43289 of rain. Ok thats a lie, but it has been raining here in FL for about 3-4 weeks now, which is a recipe for being lazy. The gloomy sky is an energy suck. Hopefully today, the sun decides to show his face. I don't think its going to happen, but one can always hope!


Life With You is Sweet

Hello friends!
Can you believe the year is half over? I for one, cannot, still in denial lol.  What I am happy about is summertime, and this sweet stamp set called Summertime Treats from Technique Tuesday.  The June release is upon us, and boy is it a good one! 

For my card today, I stamped the fruit images in black ink, that is alcohol marker friendly. I always reach for Memento Tuxedo black ink when coloring with any kind of alcohol markers, it is my tried and true, never fail ink.  So, after I stamped the images, they were colored in with a few different brands of alcohol markers. 
Now that I am looking at the card, I could have added a strip of pattern paper or a bold colored card stock at the bottom of the card, which would help ground it a bit.  But, there really is nothing quite like a clean card with lots of white space.


The full reveal of this stamp set is over on the Technique Tuesday blog, as well as another stamp set and several dies!!

Technique Tuesday Meets My Sweet Petunia


Hello friends!
Something awesome is happening today. Technique Tuesday and My Sweet Petunia, have joined forces for a blog hop, and giveaway.  One person will win a $50 gc to Technique Tuesday, as well as someone receiving a $50 to My Sweet Petunia.  So simple, all you do is leave a comment, thats it.  All comments need to be left by May 28th, with winners announced on the 29th.

You are at my blog currently (Latisha(, and next up is Jeanne! Below is a list of all the blogs providing you with beautiful ideas and inspiration today. 




I am sharing with you a card, where the image was stamped three different times, in different positions to create a scene.  Below is a short photo tutorial of the process. For those of you new to the MISTI tool by My Sweet Petunia.  The MISTI is a stamping platform, that enables the stamper to stamp multiple times perfectly in the same spot.  Magnets hold the paper down, and the grid allows for perfect placement.  It truly is a stampers ultimate tool.


First the image was placed in the center of the white cardstock, held in place by the two magnets. The stamp set is from Technique Tuesday called Budding Poppies.


Removing the stamp, cleaning it (to prevent unwanted ink marks), repositioning the stamp, then inking it again.  The goal is to create a flower scene.



After the image was stamped in three different spots using Memento Tuxedo black ink, the poppies were ready to be colored in.  The coloring medium for the flowers is a variety of Copic Markers.


Red copic markers can sometimes bleed, so i like to start with the lightest colors, moving on to the darkest in a color family.


Once the coloring was completed. The stamped panel was placed back into the MISTI, for the sentiment to be stamped.


The panel was layered onto red cardstock with foam adhesive, then adhered to the card front.

I hope you enjoyed my project today, and inspired you to create a fun scene using the MISTI tool and stamps.

Enjoy the hop!


Planner Page


If you are a planner person, I am sharing one of my planer pages over on the Fancy Pants Designs blog, using the Pool Side paper collection.

Manatee-rific


When I started working on this card, I mostly was playing around with watercolors, trying to find a muted ocean color.  I live close to the ocean, and sometimes when the sun hits the water just right, you see gold.  Thats why there is gold in the blue. 
To be honest, I know I have see manatees, but don't remember what color they were. So, i made a pretty ombre of pink and purples.
Just a card with a pretty wave and colors for you today.  Its fun to be free in cardmaking at times instead of overthinking a design.
Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog, where there are seriously amazing samples, they are crazy good!

Happy Birthday


If you are a fan of the critters that Lawn Fawn creates, then you are going to love this new set!  Its called Concert Critters, and they are playing instruments! So adorable!

I started by coloring the background of the panel, doing a was of brown and blue.  Next the images were stamped onto watercolor paper and water colored in.  Instead of using the dies that perfectly coordinate with the set. I chose to fussy cut the images to get as close to the border as possible. 

Once the panel was dry, the sentiment and music notes were stamped in black ink.  The critters and stand were adhered to the card front using foam adhesive. To embellish further Aquatic Mist Nuvo drops were added.


Once the card was complete, it needed something.  Applying Wink of Stella in clear was the perfect choice!

Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog for more great inspiration, as well as a chance to win the latest release!!

My Deepest Thanks


Hello friends!
Let me first say, watercoloring is not easy lol. I am on a mission to get better.  Since I have been using copic markers since 2005 (13 years) it is my go to way of coloring, its second nature.  So using watercolor as a medium where I feel I have less control has been a learning process for sure!

With that said, todays project is a muted pastel water colored card.  The watercolor paper is from Arches, so its a nice thick paper, it also means it takes longer to dry.  So on one panel I created the background, then on the other I stamped the image and die.  I did not want a white edge along my girl diver, so I fussy cut along the edge of the stamped image.

You cannot really tell from the photo, but the diver and the porthole diecut are adhered with foam adhesive giving the card a little more depth.

Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog, to see amazing project using new product as well as a chance to win the release!!

Let's Roll


Hello friends!
The next few days, I will be sharing projects from the Lawn Fawn summer release.  I am warning you now, you will want it all.  They are just so cute!
The card above has a few new products on it.  A stamp set called Coaster Critters, and a die set called Bunting Borders.  If i see a banner stamp set, stickers or dies, I instantly need them.  Anyone else? They just add a nice festive touch to basically everything.
So, I die cut water color paper with the Bunting die, then water colored each banner.  The roller coaster was stamped onto the front panel in permanent black ink, then the grass and sky were water colored.  The cart, critters and ticket booth were stamped onto water color paper, colored in, fussy cut out, then adhered with foam tape onto the card front. 
The design team has made such great samples using this set, I encourage you to go check them out over on the Lawn Fawn blog.  There also is a huge giveaway!

You Are On My Mind


Hello friends!
Technique Tuesday is having a big release of new stamps and dies.  If you have been following along on the TT blog, then you might have seen a few images of the sets.  I am sharing a card using the Lilac stamp set.  This set is a mini set, I don't know the measurements off hand, but I'm pretty sure its a 3 x 4 inch stamp set.  There is the big lilac image, a few petals, and then some wonderful sentiments.


When creating this card, I had a friend in mind who could use a little bit of happy mail.  So, I spent a little extra time coloring it all in.
The lilac image was stamped several times in a light grey ink, as well as the small petals. Then colored in using watercolors.  I used 4 colors, 2 different purples, a green and a yellow.  Once the panel was dry, it was adhered to a card base (4.25x5.5 in) using foam adhesive.  Then a white panel was die cut using a rectangle die.  The sentiment and petals were stamped in a black ink, and only the petals were colored in.  The diecut panel was adhered using foam adhesive, and to embellish a bow was added.

Do you ever put a little extra care into a card?  I hope this puts a smile on my friend face!

 

You Did It!


Hello friends! This is Day 2 of the Technique Tuesday release for May. The stamp set I am sneak peeking today, is called Congrats Grad.  
Since this is the time college and high school students are graduating, this is the perfect set to mass produce congratulations cards.  It has bold sentiments and easy to color, lined images.  Or, they can be stamped without being colored in.
For this card, I stamped everything in a permanent black ink, then colored in the images with water colors.  Once the panel was dry, I die cut the paper using a square diecut.  The diecut was adhered to the card front using foam adhesive, then embellished with twine and nuvo drops.
Head on over to the Technique Tuesday blog to see the reveal of this stamp set!

Love Beyond Measure


Hello friends!  I hope wherever you are visiting from today, that you are having a wonderful Sunday!  I am showing a sneak peek of a new stamp set called What A Guy from Technique Tuesday.  This set has really fun "tool" images and then sentiments that coordinate with the tool. Its very clever.


I was in a watercoloring mood before starting on this card. So for selfish reasons more than design reasons, I stamped the tape measure images multiple times, using VersaFine black ink.  This is a permanent black ink, that works perfect when watercoloring. 

A grey/blue, deep blue and yellow/orange were the water color pigments that I chose to use.  This is a masculine card, so the colors help convey that theme.

Head on over to the Technique Tuesday blog, to see the full reveal of this set!

Materials Used:
Technique Tuesday What a Guy stamp set
grey card stock
Bristol smooth water color paper
Daniel Smith watercolors
scalloped rectangle die
circle stitched die
Versafine ink
foam adhesive


Happy You are my Mom



Is anyone else completely loving the watercolor trend in card making right now?  I love how mixed media always finds away into card making.  For this card, I decided to use the Zig Clean Line pens.  I have found that if you apply color, then quickly add water in a small section, the type of paper that you use is less important.  But if you apply all of the color, then water...then you need a smooth water color paper for that.  It will blend much more easily.

I started by stamping the fox image with versa fine black ink, its permanent and is perfect for watercoloring since it doesn't bleed.  Then I colored in the image.  Using a MISTI tool, I stamped the sentiments.  The Happy Happy Happy Family add on stamp set from Lawn Fawn, is so great for cards that you plan on giving to a family member!

For more cards using this stamp set, head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog! Its the April Inspiration Week!

Year 8


Today we are supposed to have thunderstorms and tornado watches.  It is definitely spring in the south.  Hopefully this rain will have all of the flowers in bloom in no time.  There is nothing like driving through a neighborhood and all of the azaleas are in bloom.  Its beatiful.

Today, I am sharing a card where I heat embossed the kraft card base with versa mark ink, then used the Lawn Fawn rose gold embossing powder to emboss.  It created a niece muted background on the card front.  I again stamped the fortune cookie on white card stock, heat embossed it, then colored it in with Copic markers.  Instead of using the coordinated die, I trimmed around the image with scissors.  I didn't want any of the white card stock to show.  The diecut image was adhered to the card using foam adhesive, as well as the stamped sentiment.
To embelllish I adhered twine and yellow nuvo drops to the card front.

There are many more projects on the Lawn Fawn blog to check out! Plus a few giveaways are happening!

Slow Down and Enjoy


Hello friends!
The April Lawn Fawn Inspiration week is happening, and today I have a cute little project to share.  Have you seen the Slow Down and Enjoy Stamp set & add on dies?  I created a bookmark with them.  I love how the stamp set shows the front and back side of the animals lol.

I started by stamping the elephant onto white card stock and coloring it in using copic markers.  Then using a coordinating die, I cut out the book mark.  I like to stamp, color then die cut, so I get perfect placement. Using a low tack tape or washi tape to hold down the die helps immensely.  I then cut out the book mark again using green card stock, adhered them together and tied some LF twine through the holes.

Head on over to the Lawn Fawn Blog for some really fantastic projects using these stamps/dies.

Floral Thanks


Hello friends!
Another floral watercolored card today.  I am really loving the experimentation with different forms of watercolor. Whether its, traditional watercolors, or ink pads or pens, water based techniques are a lot of fun!
I started by stamping the flowers in a pigmented black ink, once the ink was dry, I watered in the flowers and leaves.  Once the images were completely dry, they were cut out with scissors and set aside.
The sentiment was stamped onto water color paper, as well as a few additional flowers.  The flowers were watercolored with Zig pens, and a brush.  The cut out flowers and leaves were adhered to the card using foam tape.

This is a brand new stamp set from Technique Tuesdays April release.  Its called, Flowers For Her.  The full reveal is on the TT blog.


Life Happens, Coffee Helps


Hello Friends, are you ready for another sneak?
Today I created a card using a stamp set called Sassy Girl thoughts, it has really great sentiments with images to coordinate.
For this card I stamped the sentiment first in black ink, then randomly but not randomly stamped the coffee mug over the card front.  The coffee cups were colored in using Copic markers!

Head on over to the Technique Tuesday blog for a full reveal!!

For You


Hello friends!
I am sharing a sneak peek at one of the new products releasing in April from Technique Tuesday.  Its a border tulip die.  It cuts the silhouette of a tulip off the edge of card stock!  I added water color to the inside of the tulip, but you could certainly add ink with a sponge dauber, copic markers or even leave in plain.  So many possibilities!!

Head on over to the Technique Tuesday blog, for a full reveal!


Wishing You Love


Hello friends.  Today I am sharing a watercolored card with you today.  For this particular card, I new I was going to be using pigmented water colors (sennelier) and a lot of water, so I used Arches water color paper. This card probably took 2 days to create, only because I fully allow the paper to dry before adding additional color, when I don't want colors to bleed into each other.  Some of the red and yellow did, because I laid those colors at the same time.
The images and sentiment are in the Lily Wishes stamp set (now on sale) from Technique Tuesday.  I love coloring in their florals with watercolors!
To embellish I added clear Nuvo drops.


materials used
Sennelier water colors
Da Vinci water color brush
Arches water color paper
kraft card stock
foam adhesive

Miss You


This was such a fun stationery and envelope project to create!  I die cut white card stock with the scalloped stitched rectangle die, stamped my sentiment then colored in with copic markers.  What I love about this "card" is the envelope I created for it using the Gotta Have Gingham pattern paper!
Right now I am addicted to creating my own envelopes.
There are punches, templates, dies etc...to help create an envelope.  If you have a scoring tool, most likely there is a template online to help you out.
Head on over to the Lawn Fawn Blog for more great projects using this line of paper!

Happy Cards


Hello friends!
I am having to do a few days of catch-up today, I thought I pre-scheduled my blog posts, but they never went live :(  Sometimes you win some, some times you lose some.  I was away at Walt Disney World with my son for 4 days and it was amazing. I am however sad, that the time I put into my blog posts is gone.  Oh well.

My first card was made using the Peekaboo backdrops as well as other Lawn Fawn dies, to create a clean and graphic card with no stamping.  A lot of crafters do not stamp, so I wanted to show how versatile this new back drop is.  I think it would be a lot of fun to create a scrapbook page using this die!



 Next up, I have this watercolored card using the Happy Village stamp set.  I originally had the images die cut, but after I die cut them I realized it didn't look right with a white border around the die cuts.  So, I used scissors and trimmed as close to the stamped image as possible.  The images were popped up using foam adhesive.


Lastly, I have this fun watercolored background card with a bold sentiment.  The alien from Beam me Up kind of reminded me of a sick flu bug lol, so I thought is was perfect for a "feel better" card.

Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog for more March Inspiration week as well as a chance to win a whole lot of new product!

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