Merry Monday #274

The theme for Merry Monday Challenge #274 was Let it Snow.

The inspiration photo.

Merry Monday #274

I am very slowly catching up on posting my cards that I have already posted in Flickr. I was way behind.

The image was stamped using a Stampendous stamp called Christmas Cottage. I colored it with colored pencils. I went over the snow on the fence and on top of the house with a white glaze pen. I cut it out with a Spellbinders die Curved Rectangles. The background is some Christmas paper I had around. I am not real pleased with the image just on top of the patterned paper but I was struggling and just went with it.


Shimmery Peonies

Shimmery Peonies

I am really liking how this card turned out. Somewhat different for me mainly because of the background. The main background piece is a watercolor piece I had laying around. The next part is a die cut from a Richard Garay die. I like the diagonal stripes and it adds some interest to the background. The flowers are my favorite part. I also had them done quite some time ago. You know that pile of stuff you are going to use some day. The two sets I used for the flowers and leaves is The Ton Large Peony and WPlus9 Modern Peonies. These two go together so nicely.  I heat embossed the flowers and leaves using white powder.  If I remember correctly I colored these with Zig Clean Color or maybe Copics. I don’t have the card anymore to look at. What I do know is the flowers and leaves have a lot of shimmer on them from Sheer Shimmer Spritz the Sparkle one.

Merry Monday #275

Merry Monday #275

Woo Hoo I got one done for Merry Monday and it is not very last minute. Ha! You can find Merry Monday here. 

This turned out pretty good I think since I am not to much of a pastel fan. I was kind of struggling to come up with some image that could work in pastel colors.

The stamp – Stampendous Snow Sled colored with Copics. I did some accenting with Nuvo drops and either Wink of Stella or a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen. I am guessing it’s the Spectrum Noir because they are a bit more shimmery.

I cut the ovals with the Hero Arts Oval die set.

For the background I used a snowflake embossing folder.


Thrift Store Fun

Thrift Store Find

I enjoy going to our local thrift store Savers to look for stamps. I have so many already but it is such fun to find some good ones for a good price. This week I got a bag of several very little or not used Hero Arts stamps for $9. Score! All of them are from 2009. And.. I will take the senior discount of 30%. Sometimes I don’t like to admit I’m there but sometimes I take the discount. Some places have what I call a younger age for seniors such as Savers. I am a few years from 60.

Happy Cow Thanks

Happy Cow Thanks

I created this card for my sister who loves cows.

I colored it quite a ways back with Copics. Maybe so long ago it was when I was just learning to color with them. Ok I took a look and I don’t even have this stamp which means I created this in a class with Irina who is the owner and creator of La-La Land Crafts stamps, back in 2010. I think she is really creative and I am happy to see her stamps all over the place now and she is going to be at Scrapbook & Stamp Expo for the first time in the town next to me soon. This also makes me happy. Go Irina. Funny thing is that after that class I was thinking I am not sure I like those Copic pens. Don’t ask how many I have now. So you just got a bunch of history…

The background is some cool textured paper that I have had around quite awhile. I got it at a garage sale when someone was getting rid of a bunch of paper crafting supplies.

The sentiment is a Sizzix die called With Thanks & Frame.

Bold Floral Thank You

Bold Floral Thank You

This card is kind of different style than I normally do but trying something different is the fun! I had some of these flowers colored already which is part of me using all those pieces laying around. I think I colored a couple while creating the card.

The background is just simple water coloring brushed across the panel. This is one of the different things for me is the green background behind the flowers. I stamped the leaves and branch type things using the Altenew set Hennah Elements. Everything on the card but the greeting is from this set. I used some Versafine ink to get that bold black.

The flowers I colored with Zig Clean Color pens and hand cut.

The sentiment is from Altenew set Painted Greetings. I like the font and the nice thickness of the letters so you get a bold greeting.



This was fun to make! I was excited since I was going to send it to my Dad and his girlfriend and they both love the ocean. It was a late thank you for Christmas and me staying with them. I really enjoy hanging with my Dad and getting to know his girlfriend better.

The background panel I made some time ago. I am trying to use up some things in my boxes and containers of all kinds of panels and images. So the background is made with Distress Oxide inks and really fit in with the ocean look. I was excited at the end to use Nuvo drops in clear to make some bubbles. I thought about sequins or something but no it needed the clear bubbles.

The seahorses, shells and coral are all from Hero Arts sets. The seahorses are from a set called Color Layering Seahorse (CL956). I stamped with a few inks and then hand cut the seahorses. I also decided I needed the dies for this set so they are in my stash now. I put some touches of blue Wink of Stella on the seahorses. The shells are from the same set. I stamped and embossed them with Hero Arts White Satin Pearl powder on a tan color of paper. I hand cut the shells also. I like how they turned out. The coral or seaweed I stamped on green papers then die cut them. I went over them some with Wink of Stella also.

For the white panel I used the Hero Arts background stamp Waves (CG660). Somehow I made that somewhat shimmery so I stamped with some white ink and then probably sprayed over it with either Perfect Pearls or Shimmer Spray. I keep thinking I should take notes about what I used while creating but I just like rolling with the creation when the ideas come.

Doggie Christmas

Merry Monday #278 – The theme was an inspiration photo. I chose the tree with gold and red and the dog. As usual I waited until the last hour and missed posting it by about 1 minute. You have to look at the positive and that would be another Christmas card done!

Doggie Christmas

The tree – I used a Rubber Stampede woodblock stamp called Traditional Tree. Right before stamping I remembered to wipe off the green on the trunk and put some brown ink on it. After I stamped it I thought I could have done that all the way up the middle but no time to fix it for this card. The ink on this stayed wet a bit longer and I got some ink on my fingers. This got on the background but for some lucky reason I erased the marks and it actually came off. Then I just added the red and gold bling for tree decor.

The doggie is from a Hero Arts set called Playful Animals (CL832). I colored him with Copics and even used my colorless blender pen which after all this time I am starting to use. He is popped up with some dimensional tape.

The greeting is also from Hero Arts which is the Peace and Joy set (CL880).

Blue Bird Christmas

Bluebird Christmas

For this card I was inspired by Merry Monday #276.

The inspiration photo…

I did not make it to enter but I got the idea started and finished it after the challenge. I reversed it to the perspective of inside looking out.

The background panel is an embossing folder by Cuttlebug called Forest Branches.

The window frame was cut with my Cameo. I cut the the center frame type thing out of the window because I did not want it over the birds. I also cut the candles out with the Cameo. That was a bit fiddly because the dripping part and a very tiny piece in the middle of the flame cut out as separate pieces. I ended up gluing the candles to paper and cutting out just the outline so I could glue the pieces back in. The smaller candle is raised up so I couldn’t glue all the pieces down on the background. Anyway it took me a minute to figure out how to do it which is part of the problem when you wait until the last minute. I tried with the Cameo to just cut out the whole candle shape but I couldn’t get it to be one piece. Another words I don’t know how to use that thing really well and probably use about 20% or less of what it can do. Anyway I got some candles done.

For the very edge of the card base and the background behind the birds I used a blending tool to color it with Distress Oxide ink and misted it with water. It worked out great for the sky behind the birds because it made it look like it was snowing out.

The birds are cut using a Cottage Cutz die called Tweet. I just cut it out of white paper and then colored it with Copics.

The sentiment is cut with a Sizzix Tim Holtz die set 660058. I am not sure of the name. I think I tend to like the more simple writing best. I have another set by Sizzix Tim Holtz and it takes up too much room on the card. Once in awhile that works  but the set I used on this card is my favorite.

Mixed Bouquet Thanks

Mixed Bouquet Thanks

I finally took some time with this gorgeous WPlus9 stamp Kind Soul.

The flowers – I watercolored the flowers on watercolor paper with Zig Clean Color pens and a water brush. I need to get some more of the Zig pens! I did one group at a time and let it dry in between. So pink flowers, then purple flowers then leaves, then the shadow. This is the first time I colored around an image. I think it looks great when people do it but I was afraid to mess up an image I just colored. So I used I think a light gray Zig pen. It came out pretty good for the first try. It could probably be a bit less of a precise outline but I really like how it turned out.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Thanks a Bunch (CL663). I used Versafine Onyx black but on the watercolor paper it wasn’t very bold so I stamped over it so there is a bit of a shadow.