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Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Altered Letter

Good morning!  I hope it's beautiful where you are.  We were fortunate that Hurricane Matthew was wobbling when it went past us, and we didn't get the 140 mph winds that were forecast.  It was bad enough, but not nearly as bad as it could have been for us.

Today I want to share a project that I am working on. I bought some wooden letters, and I have been working on altering them.  This is the first one...

It has been a fun project, that is ongoing, and I am enjoying working on different letters.  

To alter this letter, I first painted the letter with gesso.  Then I painted it the base color with acrylic paints.  When that was dry, I got out my texture paste and some stencils.  I mixed a little spray inks and/or color burst powders with the texture paste to make it colored.  Then I spread the paste through the stencils to get the raised portion.  I let that dry.  I also sprayed some of the spray inks and moved it around to give it a variegated look (some parts lighter, some darker).  After it was dry, I coated the entire thing with a glossy sealer.

While that was drying, I die cut some flowers and leaves and colored them with my alcohol ink markers.  I also die cut the butterfly out of glitter paper. I adhered a piece of burlap around the stem of the R, then adhered my flowers.  I added some sequins, and pearls to the flower centers.  A little glitter glue on the textured flower centers finished it off.

I think the person who is going to receive this will love it.  Blue is her favorite color.  And I have another friend who loves purple, so I made this one for her:

I didn't get a good picture of this one, I got too much reflection back off the glossy sealer. But I already gave it to her and she loved it.  And I will be working on more of these, they are fun!

Hope you have enjoyed.   Have a great day!


Tuesday, September 6, 2016


Now that Labor Day is behind us, can we hope for cooler weather?  Evidently not here in the south.  It's still in the 90's during the day, and we've had rain at least once a day for the last two weeks.  I guess you could say I'm pretty over the weather.

So, to help cool myself, I've started making some autumn cards.  A girl can dream, right? And I had a 3 day weekend, and it was too hot to go outside.

The first one uses a set from Gina K. Designs from the Autumn Wishes set.

  The colors of autumn are some of my favorites, so I loved watercoloring the trees. 

The next card uses one of my favorite fall stamps. Unfortunately, it was from a set by The Angel Company, and they are no longer in business.

I used glossy cardstock and alcohol inks to make some pretty fall colored paper, then stamped the leaf with archival black ink and cut it out.  A scrap of ribbon finished it off.  Very clean and simple.

I really love this card.  I used a leaf embossing folder, then watercolored the leaves.  The tag is punched from kraft cardstock, and stamped with a script stamp.  Several scraps of paper were used on the bottom of the tag, then a leaf was die cut (from the same paper I made for the leaf above), and adhered to the tag. I used dimensional foam to adhere the tag to the background. 

Hope you have enjoyed my little projects.

Inky hugs,

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Happy August

Oh, my goodness, where is the time going?  It's August already.   School will be starting soon.  Soon some of you will be getting cooler weather. Hard to believe, huh?  Of course, it doesn't start cooling off here until sometime in October.  I sometimes miss the northern autumn weather.  It just seems wrong to carve pumpkins when it's 90 degrees outside.

Anyway, I needed to make an autumn card. So I pulled out my stamps and watercolors.  I always use leaf stamps for autumn cards, but this time I wanted to do something a little different. This is what I came up with:

Actually, I came up with one very, very similar. But, my husband is my biggest fan, and he's been taking some of my cards to work and selling them, and he took the original. I told him not to sell it, I was mailing it to someone, but he just wanted to show the lady.  

Well, she loved it, and wanted to buy it. But, he was a good husband and didn't sell it to her.  So I offered to make one like it and I did.  The colors were a little different, since I watercolored them at different times using different colors, but they were very much alike.  This one is a little more colorful (and truthfully, I like it best).  So, off he went with both cards.  The lady liked the first one best, so he sold it to her for an obscene amount of money.  (I like him to be my salesman).

So, I still have a card to mail out. This one took me a long time because everything is stamped individually and I had to let watercolors dry between painting. But I really like it, and I'm thinking I need to make a few more.  Maybe if I do them assembly line style it will go a little quicker.

So, that's my post for today.

Now I think I'm off to find a cold glass of lemonade and try to stay cool.  Till next time,

Inky hugs,

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Top 3 Winner at Mod Squad Challenge

Woohoo!  I was a top 3 winner in the Mod Squad Challenge for last week.  The theme was nautical and here is the card I submitted:

I colored watercolor paper with Spectrum Noir watercolor markers.  Then I stamped the nautilus shell with Versamark and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Then, I re-wet the watercolor paper and removed some of the color, leaving the darker colors underneath the embossing.  I think the technique is called embossing resist.  Then I stamped the nautilus shell on white cardstock, colored it with Spectrum Noir markers, stamped the "Always In My Heart" and embellished it with some drops of Nuvo Crystal Drops. Everything was matted with black cardstock.

And here is my badge:

Hope you have a happy day!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Peek-A-Boo Card

Good afternoon.  I hope the sun is shining where you are (unless, of course, it's night).  We were supposed to get a lot of rain from a tropical storm, but so far I haven't seen any precipitation.  Which is a good thing.

Mod Squad Challenge is having a new challenge this week to make a peek-a-boo card.  This is my take on that challenge.

I used the rose background paper from my stash.  The rose on the white cardstock was die cut from a Hero Arts die, which allows the background paper to show through.  Hello is a Heidi Swapp stamp, and was stamped in Delicata Goldenglitz ink, as is the spatter stamps (The Angel Company).  I used Nuvo Crystal Drops for the dew drops.

A quick and easy card to make.  Hope you enjoy.

Friday, June 3, 2016

The Galaxy

Happy Friday!

This week I was watching some videos and I fell in love with this cool "galaxy" technique.  Below are the fruits of my labor.

This was the first card I made. Both cards use the same technique.

I used 5 colors of ink on watercolor paper.  I started off in the middle with a distress pad in Wild Honey.  Leaving a little of that in the middle, I moved on to Memento ink Lilac Posies and sponged that around the Wild Honey.  Then I sponged some Dusty Concord distressed ink around the Lilac Posies. The next sponging was Faded Jeans distress ink, and finally, Tuxedo Black memento ink around the outside.  

Once all those were dry, I spritzed with water, which gives you the lighter spots. When the water was dry I splattered some white acrylic paint on the background, but it was too thick and I got blobs. Which I now call comets or meteors.  :-)  I also added some splatters of gold Smooch ink, but they don't show up very well in the scan.  

For the saying, I just sponged white cardstock with the light colors I used for the background, then stamped the saying.  I stamped the moon, colored it with spectrum noir markers, cut it out and adhered it with a pop dot.  I really like the way it turned out, even the comets.  :-)

This is my second attempt.  I did everything exactly the same, but I watered down the acrylic paint so I didn't get blobs, and I used a different moon stamp. And I put the saying on the inside of the card.

This may be my new favorite technique.  

Have a happy weekend.

Monday, May 23, 2016


Good morning!  I hope you have a fun and/or restful weekend, whichever you prefer. I got a chance to play a little this weekend, and it was fun AND restful, so I'm always happy when that happens.

I have been playing with Dylusions sprays and I love the results. I'm also in love with watercoloring at the moment, so I got to do a little bit of both.  Throw in some curvy dies, and it was heaven.

The first card was made with Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders dies.  I love these dies. I wasn't sure what to do with the card after I mirror cut the borders and inserted the patterned paper.  I was toying around with maybe adding some retro flowers or something like that. While looking through my stamps for stamps that would be compatible, I found the "Let your dreams take flight" stamp from Gina K. Designs,  and using a butterfly punch, I punched the white butterfly out of cardstock, and the patterned butterfly out of a scrap of the patterned paper, and the card was done.  I like that it looks like the butterfly just decided to take off out of the patterned paper.

The underneath panel of reds was one of the Dylusions sprays that I used. I made a bunch of these backgrounds one afternoon sitting outside at the picnic table while my chickens wandered around the yard catching bugs.  I have to supervise them when they are out so that hawks, dogs, or other animals don't get them, and it's the perfect time to play with these sprays.  I splashed some gold ink on the background, but you can't see it in the scan. 

Pearl and Harriet

When I came inside I die cut the white panel and glued it down on the red background.  I tried to mirror image the dies, and I think I did a pretty good job.

This was a water colored background I made, also while supervising the chickens. I'm waiting for them to hop up on the table and "help me out", like they did at Christmas time when I was trying to wrap presents and supervise them.  Might make for some interesting art.  

With this background, I flipped the dies so they are going in opposite directions.

I haven't decided what I'm going to do with these 2 backgrounds yet. Maybe flowers, or maybe something else. My muse it keeping it a secret from me right now.  :-)

I turned one of the cards on the side, and it works that way, too.

Hope you've enjoyed my weekend art.  Have a happy stamping day.