Magical Christmas


Watercoloring can be very intimidating, even for me. But the more I watercolor using good brushes, and watercolor pans, and a watercolor I like, the more it becomes muscle memory.  Using the same materials each time, dramatically helps with consistent results (for me).
I began this card by creating a rectangle water wash onto the watercolor. Then dipping into a blue ink, creating a blue background, which is considered a wet on wet technique.  Once dry the snowflakes were stamped on top in a navy ink, and the sentiments were stamped in black ink.
Using the same watercolor paper, the foxes from the Winter Skies Stamp set were stamped in black ink onto a separate piece of paper, and then water colored in using, sepia, brown and orange tones.  You cannot tell in the photo but a shimmer watercolor was added to the scarves to make them sparkle. Once dry the foxes were cut out and adhered to the panel using foam adhesive.  The panel was then adhered to navy blue card stock.

For more great projects using this stamp set head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog, as well as a chance to win this set.

Merry Christmas


The paper collection from Lawn Fawn called Really Rainbow Christmas is so bright, happy and will certainly bring cheer! 
Cards that have a lot of white space, and pops of color, are so attractive. So that is what I had in mind when I was designing this card.  The red frame was created by die cutting a piece of red pattern paper, then adhering it to the card using foam adhesive. The banners were created by using the Bunting Borders die set, and petite Really Rainbow papers, some were adhered with foam adhesive and some with just tape runner, to help give the card dimension. The tree was created using the Outside In Stitched Christmas Trees and Stitched Christmas Tree Frames die sets. They layer perfectly and were adhered together using foam adhesive.  The sentiment from Simply Winter Sentiment was stamped using black ink, trimmed to size with scissors and then adhered to the card. To embellish aqua Nuvo drops.

Head on over to the Lawn Fawn Blog to see more wonderful projects using this paper collection!

Cream To My Coffee


Friends.
Like many of you, I love coffee. It is my most desired beverage of choice in the mornings, its just kind of magic. For those of you who do not drink coffee, never fear, there are cocoa and marshmallow sentiments included, you are not forgotten.
Just looking at this stamp set, and knowing all of the different ways I can decorate these mugs, makes me insanely happy.
This is the Thanks A Latte stamp set from Lawn Fawn, and I love it.
I started by ink blending aqua ink onto the cardbase, then stamping the sentiment in black ink, and the bottom of the card. The images were stamped onto white cardstock, then colored in using Copic Markers. The latte art was created by coloring in the coffee mug with a copic marker then stamping over it with a brown ink.  All of the images were hand cut, and then applied to the card using foam adhesive. To finish the card, red hearts were stamped at a diagonal, and a red satin bow was added.  It is time to bring bows back friends.

For more great inspiration, to see more projects using this stamp set, and for a chance to win it, head on over to the Lawn Fawn Blog.

Watercolored Seasons Greetings


Hello Friends. The September Inspiration Week from Lawn Fawn continues! Today my card is using the stamp set called Simply Celebrate Winter.
The images from Simply Celebrate Winter, are close to 4 inches wide, which makes them perfect to stamp on a card front, as well as the "season's greetings" sentiment.
I started by stamping the image and sentiment with black pigmented ink, onto the white woodgrain cardstock. Once the ink was dry, I started to watercolor the trees.  I then did a wash of each of the colors down below the sentiment. Since the color was wet, as well as the cardstock, a wet on wet effect came into play. That is how each of the colors slightly blend into each other.

For more great projects and inspiration, as well as a chance to win this stamp set. Head on over to the Lawn Fawn Blog

Technique Tuesday Christmas Blog Hop


Welcome to the Technique Tuesday Christmas Blog Hop.  Today I create a card using the Vintage Christmas stamp set. It has great vintage images and sentiments to help you create beautiful holiday cards.
The Christmas tree was stamped in clear ink, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder onto water color paper. The tree was colored in with green and red water color pigments, and then left to dry. Next the Santa, bag and gifts were stamped in a black pigment ink, covered in clear embossing powder, then heat set.  The images were colored in using water colors, left to dry then cut out with scissor.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink, then the images were adhered using foam adhesive. to embellish satin ribbon was added then the panel was adhered to a green card.

Next up on the hop is Teri.

here is the complete blog hop list



Have YoursELF a Merry Little Christmas


 

Hello friends! The September Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week starts today, and today the focus is on the stamp set called Holiday Helpers. In true Lawn Fawn style it is so super cute.  

For this card, the front panel was die cut using the new portrait Snowfall Backdrop. Then using dark blue, aqua and green inks and and ink blender, ink was applied to the panel.  I imaging the North Pole has a sky that is super magical, so this is what the sky looks like there in my imagination lol.  The sentiment was stamped at the bottom of the panel in black ink. The panel was adhered to a card using foam adhesive. The images were stamped onto white cardstock with black ink, and then watercolored in. Once the images were dry the images were adhered to the card using foam adhesive.

For more great projects and holiday inspiration head on over to the Lawn Fawn Blog!

I'd Cross an Ocean For You


Hello Friends!!
Today I am sharing a card using a stamp set called Wendell the Whale from Technique Tuesday. I watercolored the background as well as the whale image using Daniel Smith and Sennelier water colors. To add a little bit more interest to the whale, white dots were added using a white gel pen.

The full reveal of this stamp set is over on the Technique Tuesday blog!






Christmas Planning


I have more September sneaks from Technique Tuesday.  Today is a planner page, mixing old and new stamps.  I typically like a clean space when decorating my planner. While i appreciate the chunky planner, my daily planners are flat.

I used a few different colored ink pads to create a graphic interest, of course red and green for the holiday spirit, and every project can use a pop of black. The two new stamp sets I used are called December Moments and  Story of December.
Head on over to the Technique Tuesday blog to see the complete sets.



Just Because

Its sneaky peak time. I am sharing a card today using a few of the latest September products about to hit the Technique Tuesday store. Lovely Lavender stamp and die set, as well as the Mandala crafting die and stamp set.
The lavender was stamped and die cut, then colored in with water colors. The water colors used were a combination of Sennelier and Daniel Smith, both extremely pigmented and vibrant.  The mandala die, was die cut onto white card stock. Then all of the circle pieces were water colored and set aside to dry. Once the diecuts were dry, they were adhered to the card front. The sentiment from the Mandala stamp set, was stamped in black ink, and the lavender diecut was adhered using foam tape.
For more sneak peaks using these products, head on over to the Technique Tuesday blog!




Happy


I have so many cards that I need to send out, it is getting ridiculous! Does that ever happen to you? You have well meaning intentions, but fail miserably? Yeah same.

Today I am sharing a happy water colored card.  
So simple to create this card.
I stamped all of the sentiments, then water colored the inside of the "happy" sentiment using Zig water color pens in a rainbow order. (because is there any other order?)
On the side of the front panel, black and white washi tape was added, just for added interest. Then the panel was popped up and adhered to the card using foam adhesive.

The stamp set that was used is from Technique Tuesday, and its called Happy, Happy, Happy. So fun!

Did you know tomorrow, sneaks start for the Technique Tuesday release?  All of the details will be on the TT blog tomorrow!

Sweet Treats


If you head on over to the Fancy Pants Designs Blog, you can get all of the information you need on how I made this sweet treat ensemble, using the Magnolia Moments collection.



Fall is Coming!


Hello friends.  A few projects are on the blog today. Both are showcasing new products from the latest Lawn Fawn release, and very much so fall inspired.
First up, is a clean and graphic card using the Caramel Apple stamp and die set.  The apples were stamped in black ink onto white cardstock, colored in with copic markers and then cut out with the coordinating dies. The card base is 4.25 x 5.5 inches using the white woodgrain cardstock from Lawn Fawn.  The sentiment was double stamped since the cardstock is textured, and the apples were adhered using foam adhesive. 


I die cut a piece of pattern paper from the Knit Picky Fall collection using the tote bag die. Then using the Mini Box Bat add-on die set, die cut purple glittered cardstock and adhered it to the bag as a fun halloween goody bag. Embellished with twine. The bag was then filled with candy corn and a ghost peep.
That peep is giving me so much life lol
For more product information, head on over to the Lawn Fawn Blog, the August Inspiration Week is going on, and there is a chance to win the entire release.

Happy Fall


Am I the only one who gets excited over a new pattern paper collection? Especially holiday papers! It is very much still summer, and I am not wishing this warm weather away at all. However, winter holidays (not the cold) are my favorite!  
Lawn Fawn created a new pattern paper collection called Knit Picky Fall.  Its a play on the original winter collection.
To create this card, I started by making a card base with the new white woodgrain cardstock. This is a top fold card base and measures 4.25 x 5.5 inches. The pattern paper was die cut using the Stitched Leaves die cut set.  Once I had the pattern paper die cut out. The diecuts were adhered to the card using foam adhesive.  To create a cool dimension, the leaves were popped up at different heights.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink, trimmed and adhered to the card front.

For more great inspiration using this paper, head on over to the Lawn Fawn Blog.

Thanks Teacher


Hello friends! Today I am sharing a quick DIY lunch bag/treat bag.  
I wanted to create a lunch bag with a die cut opening, and then place vellum behind it, to mimic a glassine treat bag.
Using scrap pieces of cardstock, I adhered about 4 pieces together to create a thick shim, and then placed it on the inside of the bag. The shim was made so that the die cut would not cut through the back side of the bag. The apple die was placed on the front and held with washi tape, and run through a die cut machine.  Next vellum was adhered on the inside of the bag so the bag would be held intact and ready to hold a treat.
The "thanks teacher' border sentiment was cut using the Knit Picky Fall pattern paper, and adhered at a diagonal.  To balance the bag, the same pattern paper was adhered to the bottom of the bag as well as a hand rolled paper straw at the top of the bag.
This was very easy to make, and could easily be created using different dies and pattern paper to customize any occasion.
Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog for more Inspiration using these dies.

Thanks For Being My Teacher


I am so excited to share this card with you today.  Making shaped cards is so much fun, and different than the usual square or rectangle card.  Over on the Lawn Fawn Blog, one of the stamp sets they are showcasing is So Owlsome.  I colored in one of the owls with copic markers, then cut it out and placed foam adhesive on the back, as well as the sentiments and set them aside.
The card shape was created using the new outside in and apple shape dies from Lawn Fawn.  Instead of using a cardstock behind the frame, the inside of the glittered red frame is vellum.  Using the vellum seemed to soften the card a bit. The stem and leaves were die cut using green glitter and woodgrain cardstock.
Once the card was adhered together, the image and sentiment were placed on the front.

Pick Of The Patch


Hi friends!
Here in Florida, the kids are back to school.  My son is a senior in high school, and my daughter is a senior in college.  So I am really feeling the nest start to empty and it is a really weird feeling. Hopefully this year, I can start to add more content, including videos.  I am saying it, and writing it down so I am willing it to happen.

On to the project!
This is a stamp set called Pick of the Patch (the pumpkins and sentiment). This is the August Inspiration Week over at Lawn Fawn.  So there are going to be a lot of cool projects, videos and giveaways.
I did share this card before (I think).  I started by ink blending the back ground, I tend to do this technique when I am stressed out or just need to chill, its very therapeutic because you need to focus on a perfect blend.  The house and pumpkins were stamped in black ink and then colored in with copic markers.  Copics are my go to coloring medium tool, and what I feel good at.  For you it could be watercoloring, use what makes you feel comfortable.  Before adhering the cut out images, I stamped the bats, tree and sentiment in black ink.
For added dimension the die cuts were popped up with foam ink.

Say Yes To New Adventures


Hello friends!
Today I am sharing a card, that is back to basics.  What do I mean by back to basics? Its stamping 101, what you learn to do when you first begin this hobby.  There is stamping to create a custom background, heat embossing and fussy cutting. 
This stamp set is called Adventure Awaits from Technique Tuesday.  If you head on over to the Technique Tuesday blog, you can see this full set along with the rest of the August release.

I started this card by, stamping the suitcase images with VersaMark ink onto blue cardstock. Applying embossing powder to the image, then heat setting the powder with a heat cut.  I cut the image out with scissors and set it aside.  Next, I randomly stamped the suitcase over the front of a white card base with navy ink. It seemed a little plain, so the airplanes were added. They were stamped in versamark ink, and embossed with the same embossing powder, so everything perfectly coordinated.  The sentiment was stamped, and the cut out suitcase was adhered with foam squares to finish the card.
This is graphic, clean and the perfect 1 stamp kind of card.

thanks for stopping by!

Happy Thoughts

If you are a person who loves to color, coloring in this image was so therapeutic.  Currently I have family and friends who have had to evacuate their homes in CA, due to wildfires.  I have been addicted to updates online and on television.  So to sit down, and just color was so good for my soul.  Plus, who doesn't love to color in a flower, it is just happiness.
The images was stamped onto white cardstock, using black ink.  Make sure you use an ink that is compatible with whatever your coloring medium is.  Then I colored in the image with copic markers.  I added a few enamel dots for added interest and embellishments, and adhered the panel with foam squares for depth.  
This set is called Sunny Flowers from Technique Tuesday.  Its a 3 x 4 inch stamp set, with this large image, a lady bug, a few sentiments and a coordinating die set.  To see the full reveal head on over to the Technique Tuesday blog!
Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Adventure Awaits


Hello friends! Today is the start of the sneak peaks for the Technique Tuesday August release.  This stamp set has really cool vintage traveling icons/images with great sentiments called Adventure Awaits. For this card I stamped the globe in black ink, colored it in with copic markers, stamped the sentiment and then added twine to embellish.  Its a simple design, and actually a perfect masculine card.
Head on over to the Technique Tuesday blog, to check out the full set!

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!


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