Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mini MISTI Winner and Jam-Stamperrama

Hi all!  I used Random.Org to pick my Mini MISTI winner comment #:

And then loaded all the comments into a spreadsheet which I then painstakingly hand-numbered for true accuracy:

And then matched the comment in the spreadsheet to the actual comment on my blog:

Congratulations Karen D.!!!  I've sent an email so you should be playing with your new Mini MISTI in just a short while!  Enjoy!

On a somewhat related note, I'm having my Jam-Stamperrama event over on Facebook and there's a chance to win either Jamberry hostess rewards or a stamping prize package!!  If you're interested in an invite, please email me (link in sidebar).  We're a few days in to the party, but there's still plenty of time to earn raffle entries!!  Won't you join us?

Thursday, May 5, 2016


***For my MISTI May-nia post, 

please scroll down. Thank you!***

Hi all!  I'm pretty sure you're all interested in stamping, and if you're even just a little bit interested in Jamberry, this is the party for you!!

Here’s how it works:

Everybody who joins the party can accumulate points from either the Jamberry Side or the Stamping Side.  At the end of the party (before the prize drawing), I will put up a post where you will pick which prize you’d rather win – the Jamberry hostess benefits or the stamping prize package.  You can only enter 1, not both.  I will then use a random generator to pick the winner, and they will get the prize they chose!

What will the prizes be exactly?  Well, I can’t tell you that because it all depends on the orders placed for the party.  The more you all buy, the bigger the prize! But anybody can win, even without a purchase.  Raffle entries given for all sorts of things, like playing games.  And no matter which prize you pick to win, you can get entries from both Sides!

This is a private event on Facebook.  If you'd like an invite, please email (link in my sidebar).  There is absolutely no obligation to buy or play or do anything!  I just think the more, the merrier!  

BTW, even if you think you're not interested in Jamberry, maybe that's just because you haven't tried it yet.  I didn't get hooked until I tried out the free sample I got from my sponsor.  This is a free sample, so you have nothing to lose! 

Email me your sample choice and mailing addy and I'll send that right out to you!  Just a little note: #2 and #8 have clear backgrounds so they're perfect for layering over your own polish!  Jamberry wraps also work on acrylic nails!  Hope I'll hear from some of you soon!  TFL!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

MISTI May-nia!


Hi all and welcome to my blog if you've never been here before!  Today I have a Spring-y card for you made with the Mini MISTI:

I used the Mini MISTI several different ways, so I hope you learn a new use for your MISTI!  Here's the video on the making of the card:

So here's the part you've been waiting for - your chance to win a Mini MISTI!!  Please leave a comment - that's it!  I would love for you to follow my blog, but it's totally not necessary!  You have until May 10 to comment.  I will be choosing my random winner on May 11 at 9:00 am Hawaii time.

In case you missed any of the posts so far, I've got a list of all of them below.  Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

May 01 - My Sweet Petunia
May 01 - Ilina Crouse
May 02 - Lydia Fiedler
May 02 - Virginia Lu
May 03 - Jana Millen
May 04 - Carissa Wiley
May 05 - Maureen Wong
May 05 - Simon Hurley

Card Supplies:
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Concord & 9th and the Mini Misti

***This giveaway is now closed***

Hi all!  Welcome to my stop on the Hop!  For my card, I wanted to try something newish that I've had in my head for a while.  My last post used the sketched look with an outline stamp image.  I wanted to try doing the sketched look with solid images.  Here's what I came up with:

I used the Toned Gray sketch book paper again, as well as the Grout Gray ink.  This time, instead of using just black and white pencils, I used 3 different colors and the black.  Also, I used Luminance pencils instead of Prismacolor pencils, and the Flourish stamp set from Concord & 9th.

I stamped the first step of all the images with the gray ink using the Mini MISTI to help line everything up perfectly, and then traced over them, using a very sketchy motion, with the different colors.  For the second step for the leaves and smaller flowers, I just added some detail with the black pencil.

For the bigger flowers, I actually used the Mini MISTI to help me stamp the second steps with the same gray ink right over the colored pencil.  I then traced over that second step with the same pink, but pressing harder, on the largest flower.  And for the second step on the larger blue flowers, I traced over with black.  Finally I added some black detail on the bottom of the pink flower.

I also stamped the Hello sentiment from the same set with the gray ink, and "sketched" over it with black.

I really like this look and had a lot of fun with this technique and this stamp set!

For the Hop, we're giving away a Mini MISTI!!  Woohoo!  The winner will be randomly drawn on Friday from everyone who leaves a comment on every hop post.  Here's the full list:

Maureen (You're here!)

I hope you like my card and now you're off to the awesomeness on the Concord & 9th blog!  TFL!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Sketched Botanical Garden

Hi all!  Today I have a card for you using a popular technique these days - the sketched look.  I watched a couple other videos on how to do it and came up with my own slightly modified version.  Here's the card:

And here's the video:

Basically I just stamp the image and sentiment in a light gray, trace over all outlines with black, highlight with white, and then shade lightly with black to get more of a gray color.  I even trace over the sentiment to make the whole thing look hand drawn.

This is for the SSS Wednesday Challenge - Happy Birthday.  Hope you like it and TFL!

Card Supplies:
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Monday, March 28, 2016


Hi all! Sorry for the long absence from blogging, but I had some personal stuff come up and it really zapped my card making mojo. :( 

So in an effort to find something else to do, I discovered Jamberry! If you've never heard of it, it's a home sales company that sells products to make pretty nails. Jamberry is probably most famous for their nail wraps, but they also have other products like a complete home gel enamel system and nail care products.

Here are a couple pics of my previous Jamberry manicures:

This is a Junior size (meant for kids or people with smaller nails) called Glitter Chick.  It was hard to capture the gorgeous metallic sparkle, but I think you get the idea!

This is another metallic finish wrap called Rose Quartz Chevron.  I just used it for 2 accent nails and painted the rest with the matching Rose Quartz Nail Lacquer.

And finally my current manicure:

Again, I did 2 accent nails with Latte Love and then painted the rest of my nails with the Toasted Gel Enamel which has a great, subtle sparkle.

If you'd like to try a sample nail wrap, pick your favorite below and email me your choice and address and I'll send one out to you!  Or if you'd like to place an order, there's a link in the sidebar to my site.  Thanks!!

So that's what's new with me.  My mojo is slowly returning so I'll have some cards for you soon!  TFL!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Brush Calligraphy Update

Hi all! It's been a month since I first bought the Brush Letter Practice Guide (links on the sidebar) so I thought I'd do an update post.

Here's a comparison pic of the same sheet that I did on Jan. 14 and Feb. 14 (the Feb ones are the 2 on the bottom):

Both were done with round brushes - it took me a while to get the hang of it and I'm still practicing!  You can see that I had a *really* hard time with the brush on Day 1 - I wasn't getting enough variation between thicks and thins and I had the bristles going all over the place and distorting my letters.  Today I have much better control - not many extra paint marks where I don't want them and much better variation between thick and thin.  Also you can see that I'm playing with mixing colors during lettering - it makes it even more fun!

So here's what I've been doing: I finished all the traceables for the lowercase letters and am slowly working on the uppercase (I've skipped the numbers for now).  I have to admit that some of the uppercase letters are really hard and that's why I'm working sloooowly.

In January I had printed 3 copies of the Traceables because I really needed the extra practice.  Now that I'm getting the hang of it, I've cut down the Traceable for February to 2 copies.  I've also printed a bunch of blank lined papers to practice freehand.  

To me, what makes me practice more is making it fun.  And I do that by using a wide variety of paints.  Different types of paints (cheap pan watercolors, more pricey tube colors, shimmery paints, etc.) and lots of different colors.  I'll do a linky below of the stuff I've been using.

If you're trying out the brush lettering, please leave a comment and tell me how you're doing!  I'd love to hear about what's working for other people on this same journey!  TFL!