Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Concord & 9th and the Mini Misti

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!

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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!

Thursday, February 11, 2016


It's me.  :)  I have a card today for a couple challenges.

The first challenge is from Papertrey Ink - to be inspired by a piece of clothing.  I just recently got this dress from Gap:

I loved the black on black dots and the velvet texture of the dots and this is what I came up with:

I applied Graphite texture paste through the Falling Hearts stencil and let dry.  Then I used the hello die and cut it from black craft foam, black cardstock (PTI), and black glitter paper.  I layered them together and mounted on a plain strip of black cardstock.

This is also for Crafty Creations - Hearts.  I hope you like it and TFL!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Always & Forever

Hi all!  I have a card for several challenges today:

I stamped the heart image using my MISTI with Memento ink and colored with Copics.  Then I overstamped (again with the MISTI) with Versafine for a really crisp black finish.  I cut it out with my ScanNCut2 and foam mounted it over some balled up iridescent tinsel.  Finally I stamped the sentiment with my MISTI in Versafine.

This is for the following challenges:

I hope you like it and TFL!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Heart of Gold

Hi all!  Today I have a card made for a few challenges:

The heart was stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with Detail Gold EP.  I then watercolored in the little triangles with my Finetec palette in shades of Silver Pearl, Shining Pink, and Green Pearl. I fussy cut it out and mounted it over some gold thread with foam tape.  Then I embossed the sentiment with the same Detail Gold powder and cut the ends into fishtails.

This is for the following challenges:

I hope you like it and TFL!