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.

Time for Cocoa


Photo Credit

Time for Cocoa

The inspiration for this card was Merry Monday Challenge #263.
I did not enter this card but the cocoa in the jar, the wood grain, plaid and branches were the things I pulled from the inspiration photo seen above that was the theme for the challenge. It is a very cool cocoa bar scene.

The background is stamped with a woodgrain background stamp on kraft.

The branches are cut using my Silhouette Cameo. I inked them up with some Oxide Distress ink.

The cocoa jar was stamped and embossed with gold on vellum. I hand cut out the jar. I colored the back of the vellum with a brown Copic to look like cocoa powder. I hand wrote cocoa. I then cut another jar out of white paper to back the jar so the dots on the background didn’t show through. It doesn’t quite look how I thought it would but here it is.

The cup was heat embossed on patterned paper and hand cut. I colored the top part to look like there was cocoa in the cup.

Background stamp – Hero Arts Designer Woodgrain (S5208)

Cocoa jar – Avocado Arts Sweet Treat Sweetie.

Branches – Silhouette Cameo cut file

The cocoa cup – from a set by The Ton called Tea Party.

Patterned paper – Pink Paislee 6X6 paper pad.

30 Day Color Challenge – September 2017

So yesterday I finally started watching Kathy Rac’s color challenge here. I won’t likely participate every day but I do like to color a lot so maybe I will get more done. I will be adding photos of the projects I added to this challenge here.

First day I participated. 9/4 I had this sitting around waiting to be finished coloring so here it is. It is a stamp by The Ton called Rose Terrace embossed with rose gold embossing powder and colored with Copics.

30 Day Coloring Challenge - September 2017 #1

9/5 Coloring – The image is by Magenta and called Azalea. I was trying a different coloring style that I usually do with Copics.

30 Day Coloring Challenge - September 2017 #2

Here is the finished card. I really like the look of the coloring and the way the card turned out. As you can see I added the sentiment which is from an Altenew set Persian Motifs and glued the panel to a black background.

Finished Card

Warm Wishes Christmas


I was inspired to make this card from challenge #214 on Merry Monday located here. I didn’t quite make it for the challenge since I was getting ready to go out of town and got sidetracked by other things. The challenge was to create a card using something warm.

The background paper and the red strip are from my stash.

The pattern on the coffee cup was created by stamping a few flowers from Hero Arts set Holiday Petals & Leaves (CL787) and embossing with gold and red powder. The steam was stamped with an Avocado Arts stamp from the Perfect Blend set. The cup was a stamp from The Ton set Tea Party but that is coffee in that cup.

The sentiment is from an Art Impressions set called Holly Jolly (4667) and embossed in gold.

I spattered some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in gold on the green paper around the coffee cup.

Coffee Thank You Card

My hubs family runs a coffee business. They buy green coffee beans and roast them. They sell at a few Farmers Markets and have some of their coffee at cafes. It is a family affair. My hubs brother-in-law does have a full time job but he loves the coffee business and works at it too. Their coffee is Zolo Coffee Roasters. So what does that have to do with me?? They are very kind to give us green coffee beans. I roast them in a small home roaster. They have a blend they call Farmhouse French which is the best. It is a little side hobby for me just roasting for our use. So.. I made this card for our nephew to thank him for the beans.

Front of Card
Inside of Card

My card was inspired by this card from The Ton.


For the front of my card I stamped the top of the coffee cups and embossed with white embossing powder. The stamps for the coffee cup and latte art are from The Ton set Hug in a Mug. I colored in the coffee and handle with Gansai Tambi watercolor paint which I love using. When that was dry I stamped the latte art using Hero Arts white pigment ink. For the center coffee cup I stamped the sentiment using brown embossing powder. The sentiment is from an Avery Elle set called All Squared Up. I also created a second center cup and popped that up with foam tape. I did some shadowing kind of with watercolor. I have not tried that much at all. It is a bit heavy in the left lower corner but that is where the coffee spilled. Then I splattered a bit after masking off the cups.

For the inside I used a a cup from a The Ton set called Tea Party. I customized the cup by embossing Zolo. Considering I only had one o letter and couldn’t really see the letters I stamped first with Versamark it came out pretty good. The cup is painted with watercolors and the steam coming out is from a Stampin Up set from many years ago.



Online Card Classes – Backgrounds

I am finally getting back to one of the OCC classes called Backgrounds. They are always really good classes and you can access them forever. I don’t finish most of them so I am trying to go back and learn and do the projects. Here are  some backgrounds I just did.


The first panel on the left was an interesting one. You take patterned paper and stamp an image (the flowers) and emboss with clear embossing powder. You then go over the whole piece with dark ink which in this case is dark blue. You then wipe the ink off the embossed areas and this is what you have. I like it! I need to get a few more background stamps with bigger stamped areas. Ok maybe that is just an excuse to buy more stamps. The flowers are a The Ton background stamp called Rose Terrace and Hero Arts ink Navy.

The middle panel is inking with Distress ink medium to light. Then you clear emboss over that. Then you ink again and wipe the ink off the embossing so the lighter ink from the first inking shows under the clear embossing. I still kind of struggle to blend Distress Inks. The background stamp is a Stampin Up stamp. The ink is Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn Distress inks.

The panel on the right is stamped very light with a background stamp.  Then you repeat stamp with several different colors of in to end up with a ombre look. The misti was very helpful for this card. It kept the panel in one place and it was a must for lining up all that text. The sentiment is from Hero Arts set YAY! (CL752). I used Hero Arts purple inks and maybe one from another company.


These two are the same technique. You stamp in white pigment first and then stamp over that with dye ink moving the stamp over just a bit on the second layer. It looks pretty cool when you get the right paper. I really like the hearts panel. On the arrows panel it is hard to see the white. The hearts are an Inkadinkadoo set Hearts (97637). The white ink is Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink and the red is a Hero Arts red from a My Monthly Hero set. The arrows I am not sure what company they are from.

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These are all the same technique and the opposite of the panels above. You stamp the first layer with dye ink and then stamp over it with white pigment ink. The doilies are from a Papertrey Ink set Delightful Doilies. The shapes on the second panel are from a Hero Arts set Not Perfect (CL698). For all the blues I used Hero Arts inks and the white is most likely Hero Arts Unicorn. I like the way the two gray panels turned out but I am not to crazy about the kraft panel. I don’t think the kraft panel is the right color for this or I should have used different inks.


I found two more panels I forgot. That’s what happens when you clean off your desk. The one on the right is ink blending over pattern. Laura Bassen did ink blending over plaid but I did not have stamps like she used so I did ink over another pattern which is from Avery Elle set All Squared Up.  I used a gray colored ink to stamp the pattern and then used Distress Ink over that. The background on the left is one I just came up with after using that Avery Elle pattern stamp. I am not sure of the inks I used for it.

All of these were fun to try!

Sympathy Flower


This sympathy card is very similar to a card I created recently. This flower is from The Ton from a set called Large Peony. The sentiment is from a Hero Arts set Everyday Sayings (CL342).

  • I stamped the flower with Memento ink Danube Blue on watercolor paper. I colored it in with Gansai Tambi watercolor paints.
  • The leaves I did similar stamping them with Memento ink Bamboo Leaves.
  • I covered the watercolor panel with vellum and stamped over the flower with Versamark ink and embossed with white.
  • The greeting is from Hero Arts and stamped with the Danube Blue ink.
  • The flower panel is raised with foam tape.

I entered this in the April monthly challenge at A Blog Named Hero here. The theme this month is Clean & Simple.

Hero Arts Scramble 131

Scramble 131 was hosted by Cat in Flickr. The theme for her Scramble was two different sketches and using your favorite stamp. Well picking a favorite of all my Hero Arts stamps is a challenge. I love many of them.


I have been wanting to try this technique that I recently saw on Jennifer McQuire’s blog. She made a nice card from vellum. I just put the vellum over my painted panel. For this card I started out by stamping the flower in blue ink on watercolor paper and I used green ink for the leaves. I painted in the flower and leaves using Gansai Tambi watercolor paints. I then stamped only the flower on some vellum and heat embossed with white embossing powder. What I did not realize is that the vellum was slightly yellow. I would have preferred that it was white. The flower is not colored in on the vellum. The leaves were only done on the panel under the vellum. The sentiment is stamped with the same blue ink as the flower. The stamps that I used are Hero Arts Stencil Flower (CG194) and the sentiment is from Many Everyday Messages (CL954). The leaves are from a set by The Ton called Large Peony. I attached the panel with foam tape to raise it a little bit.

I am entering this in the following challenges.

A Blog Named Hero April Challenge – Clean and Simple

a2z Scrapbooking April 2016 Challenge – Watercoloring

Peony Birthday

Peony HB

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.

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