Merry Monday Challenge 198


The theme for this weeks challenge at Merry Monday #198 is Christmas Carols. I am entering this in the Merry Monday Challenge. I did not have to many stamps with the words for carols so this is it. The background is stamped with a Stampington & Company stamp called Sheet Music. I used Hero Arts white satin pearl embossing powder. The sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp from the set Chalkboard Messages (CG619) and embossed with Hero Arts white embossing powder.

Easter Eggs – Nature & Food Coloring


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Guess which are created from nature things and which ones are dyed with food coloring. Ha!

Since we were out of town for Easter weekend I did my eggs after the fact.

The nature egg coloring is something I saw done on the internet (of course). Isn’t that where we see most things these days? The nature eggs are colored with purple cabbage and onion skins. Here is what you do. If you have any questions just ask.

  1. Find some smaller leaves and flowers. I used some oak leaves and a few small fern leaves. Kind of sturdy works better. I had some holly leaves but they are too thick and not so bendable. The flowers also have to be somewhat sturdy. On one egg in my photo which looks kind of blue I used just a couple petals.
  2. The egg prep – You lay the flowers or leaves as flat as you can against the egg. Then you take a piece of nylons (like the old school knee highs) and wrap them tight over the flower/leaf and egg and tie at each end or some my have a toe end so you will only need to tie that one on one end. The flowers/leaves move around some while you are trying to get the nylon tight so that is why you need something kind of sturdy and it is a challenge to keep them where you want them.
  3. The veggie prep – put the onion skins or purple cabbage or beets kind of broken up in a bowl that will fit some eggs, the onion skins and hot water so the eggs are all under the water.
  4. Boil some water.
  5. Nestle the eggs down in the bowl with the veggies surrounding them. Separate bowls for each veggie type.
  6. Pour the hot water over it all.
  7. Let it cool and then refrigerate overnight.
  8. Take all the stuff off the eggs and there you have it. I was surprised the coloring from the purple cabbage wasn’t darker. I really like how the onion skin coloring came out.

I didn’t know I was going to share this so I didn’t take photos of the eggs with the nylons on them. Wish I would have.

The eggs with food coloring I just dropped it on two of them. The dark bluish egg I put in a cup with oil, food coloring, water and vinegar.

Now I have a reason for eating lot’s of egg salad sandwiches!

Embossed Rainbow Flowers

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I created this card for two challenges but.. the time went by so I am only entering this in the a2z Scrapbooking March Challenge located here.

For the background panel I embossed white paper using the Sizzix Quilted embossing folder. For the main background I used watercolor paper and Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor paint. The flowers are stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink using a Hero Arts stamp set called Fanciful Posies (LL923). The sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp set called More Sketchy Banner Greetings (SSS101410) also stamped with the Versafine ink. Then I added a few gemstones.


Mice Flying Dragonfly Kites


When I saw these mice flying dragonflies I just had to have it! They are so cute.
The stamp is from Stampendous and called Dragonfly Kites (HMCP25). I colored the scene with Copics. On the butterflies I added a little gold Wink of Stella. I am not that crazy about the gold on the dragonflies.  The background paper is some from my stash.

Scribbly Christmas Birds

The stamps used on this card are from a set by Dina Wakley called SCRIBBLY HOLIDAY BIRDIES.  It is a holiday set but without stamping the hats these birds could be used anytime of year. I love the way they look. I stamped them on watercolor paper and used Gansai Tambi watercolor paints to color them. The puffy things on the hats have Clear Rock Candy glitter on them.

Peony Birthday

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This card was created using a stamp from The Ton called Large Peony 1. I gold embossed the flowers & leaves on watercolor paper. I used Zig Clean Color pens and a water pen to color the flower and leaves. I liked using the Zig pens which is kind of scary because I have many Copics and I didn’t really want to get started on more pens. But… I might get a few more. The greeting is from the Hero Arts set It’s Your Day (CL661) which is also embossed. This is the first time I added the blue behind/around an image. The rectangle is cut with a My Favorite Things die.

Merry Monday Challenge 196

Merry Monday’s Challenge for this week is black, white and silver/gray.


Merry Monday Challenge 196

I first thought this was a difficult color scheme for Christmas. I mentioned it in passing to my son who sees a lot of the cards I make. He came up with the idea of the scene and looking through the snow at the scene. So.. here it is. He did not see the inspiration image.


To create this card I cut the hills out of textured gray paper with a Taylored Expressions die called Rolling Hills (TE187). I stamped the trees from the Hero Arts set Family & Friends (CL803) and did some masking to create depth with the trees. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink that I got just recently which worked really nice for this. For the snowflakes I used a Memory Box stamp called Snow Flurry and some Encore Silver pigment ink. The greeting is from a Simon Says Stamp set called Retro Christmas (SSS101591). After creating this I really like the color scheme and look of it.

Poppy Birthday


I made this card for a good friend. Mostly die cutting and inking with a bit of stamping and the use of a stencil.

Background – I sprayed over a Heidi Swapp stencil (chevron pattern) maybe on watercolor paper. I used either Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine or Gold Perfect Pearls spray. I don’t have the card anymore to look at and I was trying several different things while making it.

The poppy is a Simon Says Stamp die called Tattered Poppy. I really love the look of it. It is a bit tedious to get it all lined up but it comes out nice. I inked the flower and leaves with some Distress Ink. The center of the stamens in the middle are colored with a gold Wink of Stella pen.

The greeting is a Hampton Art stamp that I think was in a bag of goodies from a thrift store. I like that the two words are different sizes.

Hero Arts Scramble 128

Yesterday/today was another fun Scramble. Barb was the host this time and her theme was an angle. It was nice of Barb to do a 24 hour Scramble so more folks around the world could participate. Me well I had 24 hours but I still went over the time a little bit. Saturday was a stressful day with taking our dog to the vet so I wasn’t feeling it so I waited until Sunday morning.


Background – Richard Garay die Stripe Pattern

Flowers – Hero Arts For You Flowers (CL944), Gold Wink of Stella

Hero Arts Ink – Passion Flower, Raspberry Jam, Grape Juice, Butter Bar, Fresh Peach, Orange Soda

Greeting – Shiny gold paper, Simon Says Stamp HB Diecember (SSSD111559)

Since I just went to Stamp & Scrapbook Expo I was excited to use something new. How did Barb know I would buy an angled die and how did I know to buy it for the Scramble? Ha. I just thought this die was a little different than my usual so I got it.

The flowers are from Hero Arts set For You Flowers which is a color layering set and I just got it in the mail from HA in the last couple days. I love the look of the layers but you have to stamp many times to get everything lined up so I probably spent close to an hour getting the perfect layered flowers. The small flower does not have layers so I stamped it and watered down some ink and brushed it on them so they would no look so plain. The middle of the flowers I colored with gold Wink of Stella. I hand cut all the flowers.

The greeting is cut with a Simon Says Stamp die. I cut that out of shiny gold paper which cut all the way through better than I thought it would.

I’m entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge 40.

Retro Christmas Snowman

This card started as a card for Merry Monday with a theme of bells which I did not think I had.  I was very pleased to find these as part of the fun Simon Says Stamp set called Retro Christmas. I also wanted to enter it in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #39 located here. I missed the Merry Monday but I entered this in the SSS Flickr Challenge #39. I love this stamp set and wanted it as soon as I saw it.


  • Background paper – from my stash
  • Snowman, greeting, bells and ornaments from Simon Says Stamp set Retro Christmas (SSS101591)
  • Snowflakes stamped from Hero Arts set Peace & Joy (CL880)
  • Memento ink – used for snowman, bells, ornaments
  • Red embossing powder and Versamark – used for greeting
  • Gold Wink of Stella pen – used on all bells
  • Copics for the rest of the coloring
  • Comotion Glitter Embossing Powder – used for snowflakes
  • Clear Wink of Stella pen – used on earmuffs and thing on top of the hat
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Die Tags & More 1 – Lace – used to cut the tag