Red Christmas Flowers Card/Christmas Card Series 2017

Happy Monday!  Welcome back to my blog for another Christmas card for 2017.  I’m revisiting one of my favorite stamp sets.  It’s called Peony Bouquet from Altenew.  Peonies are spring time flowers, but I’m altering them into some beautiful Christmas flowers for this card.

This card consists of a lot of stamping and absolutely no coloring–very unusual for me!  I started with stamping the outline stamps.  They are gorgeous!  You could even just stop there, and color them in yourself–I have created a card like this where I colored it in with Prismacolor pencils.  However, for this card I’m going to stamp out all the layers.


Below are the next three layers.  First the base color of red, next the darker purple-red color for the shadows, and last the darkest color of brown for the very darkest shadows.  Aren’t these flowers gorgeous!  The layers are easy to line up, and if you use a stamping tool like the Mini Misti, you can very easily mass produce these cards.  I stamped them at the bottom of the paper, and then I turned the paper and stamped them again without moving my images.  It’s a great time saver.

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After I finished stamping my flowers, I stamped out all the leaves and berries from this set.


I have the coordinating dies for this stamp set which made cutting them out easier, but it still took time die cutting all the images.


I knew I wanted some of the white of my card base peeking through–this helped make the images really pop.  I used a new tool to help me figure out and position the placement of my flowers and leaves.  It’s called a jewel picker, and I bought mine from Amazon–it’s a very affordable tool.  I have the link below if you are interested.  On one end it has a small sticky head and on the other a larger one.  You can also use it to pick up and apply your sequins or jewels to your cards.


After I adhered everything to my card base, I added some Glossy Accents on the berries and some Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen on the peony bud by the sentiment.


Here’s the video!  You can watch it here or on my YouTube Channel.

Thanks for visiting!  Go look through your stash of flowers and see if you can alter any of them into Christmas flowers.  Have a wonderful week!!

Supplies Used:

Altenew’s Peony Bouquet

Polar Bear Pals Card using Prismacolor Pencils on Kraft Cardstock

Hello and welcome to my craft table.  Two things that really go well together besides peanut butter and jelly are Prismacolor pencils and Kraft cardstock.  The way that Prismacolor pencils coat the paper and make images pop off this charmingly drab kraft paper is amazing.  I highly recommend giving it a try, and your pencils don’t have to be Prismacolor color pencils either.

I started off with building my little scene.  I stamped the bigger bear first because I wanted him in front, I covered him with a mask, and then I stamped the smaller bear.  When I peeled off the mask, the smaller bear was peeking out from behind the larger one.


I dived right into the coloring after that.  I colored on a few layers with each of the pencils.  The Prismacolor pencils do have a tendency of dimming the stamped lines, but that problem can be easily fixed if you keep your stamps on the door of your stamp positions.  Then all you have to do is pop your card panel back in and re-stamp it.  Or outline it with a marker when you’re finished coloring.


I added some glitter over the bears’ scarves and the pail of fish with my Spetrum Noir clear glitter pen.  This just added a little more interest.  I used a gel pen to dot on snowflakes, making sure to put some on the bears so it looked like it was snowing all around them.


I adhered this card panel onto a white card base and called it done, but as I kept glancing at it sitting on my craft table as I’d walk by while cooking or leaving the house on some errand–my craft table is actually my dining room table, so I pass it a lot–I felt something else was needed.  And I remembered that adding a bow to almost anything helps.  I opted to use red and white baker’s twine.  This was the missing element!


I love how this card turned out, and I hope you like it too!  You can watch it here on my blog or on my YouTube Channel.


Thank you for visiting!!

Heaven & Nature Sing/Christmas Card Series 2017

Hello! Welcome to the 2nd installment in my 2017 Christmas card series!  Lately, I can’t help but create two cards–same layout–with different mediums.  I love my colored pencils, but I’ve been neglecting my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I decided to use both of them.

For my first card, I found a piece of beautiful cranberry red cardstock.  I only had one piece in my stash, so it must have come in a paper sampler.  I cut it up into four, 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 pieces.  I heat embossed my images with some Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold embossing powder.  I used the same powder for the sentiment.  I could have stamped the sentiment when I was stamping the images, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the sentiment at that time.

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I could have called it done at this point–the detailed images looked so elegant with this embossing powder, but, of course, I had to color it in.  I love the look of Prismacolor pencils on dark cardstocks.  I used a heavy hand when coloring with the pencils.  Super easy coloring–no shading.  I then used a frame die to cut out a frame on this panel.

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I used a faux stitched frame die from MFT, and to give it some dimension, I layered four frames under it.  I used Ranger’s Multi Medium Matte glue to adhere them all together.

I kept the thin frame that was left over after I cut out the faux stitched frame.  VersaMark pens are a lot of fun to use to emboss little dots or even write your own sentiment and then pour embossing powder over it.  I used it on this small frame and poured on more antique gold embossing powder.  If you don’t have the pen, you can use your VersaMark ink pad and press that onto your paper.

My last step for this first card was to adhere the three parts of this card panel onto a card base, and for this I used 110 pound Neenah Solar White cardstock.

My second card was much simpler.  I stamped my images onto a piece of Canson XL Watercolor paper with VersaFine Onyx black ink.  When I color with my Zig markers, I prefer to use this paper.  The color moves and blends on this paper very  nicely.


My coloring was a little more detailed; I used two markers for each element of the card.  For instance, on the holly leaves I used a dark green down the center and a lighter green around the edges.  This helped to make the leaves look curled in in the middles.

After I finished coloring in the images, I went around them with a pale green Zig and then pulled out the color and softened the edges with my water brush.  This helped make the images pop a little more.


I cut this panel down to 5 1/4 by 4 inches, attached it to a dark green card base and then added a red frame around it using the same frame die.  I also added a bit of sparkle with a Wink of Stella brush.

Here is the video of how I created these cards.  You can watch it here or on my YouTube channel.

Thank you for visiting!!  Have a wonderful day!!

One Layer, Fall Themed Thank You Card using Prismacolor Pencils

Hello and welcome!  It’s been a lovely, warm fall here in Chicagoland, but the weather is turning cold now, and there are a lot more leaves on the ground.  I felt inspired to revisit one of my favorite stamp sets from Lawn Fawn called Jump for Joy.

I intended this to be a quick, one layer card, but it was a little more work intensive than I had planned.  At least it looks clean and simple.  Lol!

I started out with a piece of Neenah Solar White 110 pound cardstock cut to 8 1/2″ by 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4.  I stamped my animals first and put masks over them.


I used the solid stamps that came in this set to stamp the interior of my leaves–hoping to save time.  However, the ink stamped out blotchy, so I had to color over them with some Prismacolor pencils.


Then it was time to color in my animals with more Prismacolor pencils.  I love the Neenah Solar White cardstock, but it’s not my favorite kind of paper to color on using my Prismacolors.  With this paper you are kind of limited to how many layers you can put down before the paper won’t accept any more, and I love using lots of layers of colored pencil.  However, since this is a clean and simple card, it worked out with just a few layers.


I added a few embellishments to my leaves and sentiment using a pencil and a Copic Multi-liner.  To indicate movement, I added little dash marks to the leaves.  On a trial run of this card, I used some blue colored pencils, but it complicated the card, and I wanted a lot of white space on my card.

I always make a first draft for each of my cards–it helps me to figure out my final layout.  On my first draft for this card, I didn’t have as many leaves which didn’t require any masking.  On my final card I stamped a lot more leaves and used masked to be able to stamp some overlapping.  This looked better and added more dimension.

I also wanted to elongate my sentiment to give the card more balance, so I drew in some curvy lines and drew over it my the multi-liner.


I also added a sentiment on the inside of the card, which says, “That we’re friends.”


Now I just need to make a few more so that I can send them out to a few of my dearies.  Don’t you just love getting happy mail!!

Hope you all have a fun Friday and a wonderful weekend!!  See you soon!

Here’s the video I created for this card.  You can watch it here or on my YouTube Channel.

Witch Way is the Candy Card using Inktense & Polychromos Pencils

I simply couldn’t resist this adorable stamp set from MFT.  Too cute!!  I couldn’t settle on one medium to use on it, so I colored it in with Inktense watercolor pencils and polychromos pencils.

I used Arches cold pressed watercolor paper for the Inktense pencils–this is a lovely cotton-like paper that will take on a lot of water.  I used Strathmore Colored Pencil paper for the polychromos pencils.  This paper is new to me, and I loved coloring on it a lot better than on smooth white cardstock.  This colored pencil paper has more tooth to it, and it pulls the pigment from the pencils a lot better.

I also used two different kinds of inks.  I used VersaFine Onyx black ink on the Arches paper.  This ink is waterproof and leaves a very strong pigment on the paper, so it can ink up easily over the textured paper.  I used my favorite Simon Say Intense Black Ink on the colored pencil paper.

I stamped the cat first, masked it and then stamped the witch, the frog and the pumkin.  I wanted them all grouped closely together.


I taped down my watercolor paper onto a board with some low tac tape.  This helps prevent the paper from warping.  I colored in the image with my inktense pencils and shown on the left.  After all the coloring is done, I used my watercolor brush to melt down the watercolor pencils.  Look how vibrant these Inktense pencils are!

Next, I colored in my second panel with some Faber Castell colored pencils.  I used Gamsol which is an odorless mineral spirit to add vibrancy to my colored pencils.


After my panel where finished, I picked out some pretty Halloween pattern paper to matte them, and my cards were complete!

Below is the card video for these card.  You can watch it here or on my YouTube Channel.  Thank you for stopping by!!


MFT Super Hero Trick-or-Treater/Halloween Card Series 2017

I’m having so much fun creating Halloween cards this year!  Here’s my second card in this series.  This card could also be used as a birthday card, which is what I’m planning on using it for.


I created a piece of pattern paper first.  To do this I stamped the stars with some VersaMark ink, poured on my white Hero Arts embossing powder, and then melted it with my heat tool.  I used my favorite Candied Apple Distress Ink and blended that all over my card panel.  The panel turned out so bright and cheery.  After I applied all the ink, I made sure to wipe off the ink from the embossed stars to make them brilliant white once again.


On another white panel I stamped the little superhero and created a mask for him so I could stamp some clouds behind him.  I stamped the smaller cloud higher so it looked like it was more off in the distance behind him.


I pulled out some Copic markers for this panel, and did some very simple coloring using primary colors.  The colors I used are listed below.  I wanted him to appear as if he was flying, so I drew in some motion lines under him with a Copic Multiliner.


Here’s the video on how I created this card!  You can watch it below or on my YouTube channel.  Thank you for stopping!!  Happy Halloween!!


Copic Markers used to color in my images and sky:

Skin: E11, E00, E000

Hair: E35, Y26, Y02

Mask and Pants: Y17, Y15, Y02

Shirt: BG05, B24

Cape: R14, R27, R89

Clouds: C4, C1, C00

Sky: B000, B0000


Here’s a list of the supplies I used to create this card:

MFT Happy Haunting Stamp Set –
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink –
Black Licorice Cardstock –
EK Success Cutter Bee Precision-Cut Scissors –
Recollections Halloween Book Pattern Paper Pad 12×12 –
Bristol Smooth Cardstock –
VersaMark Ink –
Hero Arts White Embossing powder –
Heat tool –

Foam Blending Tool –
Copic Markers –

Kokuyo Dotliner strong adhesive Tape Glue –

Neenah Solar White 80# Cardstock –
Candied Apple Distress Ink –
Copic Marker Multi Liner Black 0.3 –
Fiskars Paper Trimmer –
Post-it Super Sticky Full Adhesive Notes –

MFT Happy Haunting Card/Halloween Card Series 2017

Welcome to my blog!  It’s Halloween card crafting time for me.  I don’t usually send out Halloween cards, but there are so many cute Halloween stamp sets out this season that I couldn’t resist.  I’m working with a set called Happy Haunting from MFT.  This image of Frankenstein’s monster and the sentiment that goes with it is my favorite from this set.

I stamped him onto some Neenah Solar White 110 pound cardstock with some Memento black ink.  His hair was the most challenging and fun bit to color.  I wanted to leave a highlight in his hair so I started with my light cool gray Copic markers and worked my way up to the darkest parts of his hair. His green skin was a lot of fun to color too–first time I’ve colored green skin.  For his shirt, pants and shoes, I just used two markers of each color–a dark one for the shadow and a lighter one to blend it out.


I’m using a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock for a background for my little figure.  I stamped out the clouds first, masked them and then stamped out this darling sleeping moon.


I heat embossed the stars using VersaMark ink and Hero Arts white embossing powder. You can’t see them until I blended on some Black Soot Distress Ink–then the stars popped out.  I also used Dusty Concord and Wilted Violet.  For the moon I used Scattered Straw. You have to remember to use a tissue or paper towel to buff the Distress ink from the embossed images to brighten them.


I cut out my background panel with a stitched scallop die.  I wanted the frame to be a little bit darker, so I added more Black Soot.  I popped up the black frame around my background panel with some black craft foam.  I also used foam tape behind my character to pop him us as well.


I used the same die to cut out some white cardstock to adhere inside my card base.  I could have used a white gel pen to write my message, but I thought this die cut was cute.


I wanted the sentiment to be prominent on my card, so I stamped it onto some more Neenah Solar White cardstock, cut it out and placed it in the corner of my card.

There are more Halloween cards to come!  Stay tuned!  Thanks for visiting my blog!!


Below is the video of how I created this card.  You can watch it here or on my YouTube Channel.


Here’s a list of the supplies I used to create this card:

MFT Happy Haunting Stamp Set –
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink –
Neenah Solar White Cardstock 110# –
Black Licorice Cardstock –
EK Success Cutter Bee Precision-Cut Scissors –
Recollections Halloween Book Pattern Paper Pad 12×12 –
Bristol Smooth Cardstock –
VersaMark Ink –
Hero Arts White Embossing powder –
Heat tool –
Scattered Straw Distress Ink –
Black Soot Distress Ink –
Dusty Concord Distress Ink –
Wilted Violet Distress Ink –
Foam Blending Tool –
Copic Markers –
Sizzix Big Shot –
Multi Medium Matte Glue –
Kokuyo Dotliner strong adhesive Tape Glue –
Scotch Foam Tape –
Darice Ultrafine Tip Applicator Bottle –

Copic Markers VS Prismacolor Pencils using MFT’s Fall Friends

Here is my first fall themed card of the year!  I’m getting started a bit early.  The last few days of summer are quickly waning, and I’m trying to console myself by focusing on the fabulous things that fall time has to offer, like cards with scarecrows and pumpkins!  (Apple cider donuts!!  Lol!!)  I created another “same cards, different mediums” video to show you today.

I stamped out two of each image onto some Neenah Solar White Cardstock.  I colored my favorite image first–the scarecrow–with some Copic markers.


Then, using similar colors, I used some Prismacolor pencils on the same image.


After I finished all of my coloring, I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  I also cut out my panels and frames and started adhering them onto my card bases using some dry adhesive.


Before adhering my images, I stamped out my sentiment using my Mini Misti.


I used foam squares to pop up my scarecrows and my birds.  As a finishing touch at tied some tiny twine bows around the stems of the pumpkins.


I don’t know which card I like the best.  Copics and Prismacolors each give off their own distinct looks, and now I have two cards to send off in the mail to brightens someone’s fall day!

Thanks for visiting my blog!! Wishing you all a very happy fall this year!!

Here is the video of how these cards came together. You can watch them here below or on my YouTube channel.

Supply List:
MFT’s Fall Friends Stamps
Copic Markers –
Prismacolors –
Mini Misti –
Sizzix Big Shot –
May Arts Twine –
Die-namics Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames –
Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Dies –

Chalkboard Card using Pigment Inks

I’m trying out some new pigment inks called VersaMagic Dew Drop inks.  Their write-up says their opaqueness is perfect for stamping on dark colored paper, including black.  I love the look of chalkboard cards, so I thought I’d give them a try.


I started out with some thick black cardstock and heat embossed my jar image onto it with some white embossing powder.


I finally gave my husband back his industrial heating tool that I’ve been using for years. While I was on vacation, I picked up a small folding embossing tool at Hobby Lobby.  It’s from Paper Studio, and it works really great!

Stamping out these flowers is what took up the majority of my time for this card.  I stamped each one at least three times to make it dark enough to see on the black cardstock.


I drew in the stems with a white colored pencil and then colored over them with green.  I had to use the white colored pencil first, or the green pencil wouldn’t show up on my card.


After the ink was dry, I went over my flower images with Prismacolor pencils to add even more color.  I could have stamped out my images with white pigment ink first and then added the colored ink, but I wanted to see how these inks would look on their own.  I like these VersaMagic inks, but I think they perform better on white cardstock.  They are really bright pretty colors when stamped on white.


Below is the video of how this card came together.  You can watch it here or on my YouTube Channel in HD.


Thank you for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!!

Supply List:

Wplus9 Summer Blooms stamp set

Watercolors vs Copics using MFT’s Farm Friends

Hello and thanks for visiting my blog!  I have two cards for you today.  I thought it would be fun to create basically the same card but use two different mediums to color in my stamped images.  I chose Prima watercolors and Copic markers.  The card on the left is my watercolor card, and I stamped my images onto Canson XL Watercolor paper using VersaFine Onyx Black Ink.  The card on the right is my Copic marker card, and I stamped my images onto Neenah Solar White cardstock using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink.


I used my Mini Misti to stamp my images onto the paper.  Even though the paper was longer than the Misti, it stamped up just fine.  I used a mask over the cow, so I could stamp the tree behind him.


When an image is suppose to appear white, like my little cow, I have to remind myself to paint with a light touch, so it doesn’t end up looking gray.  My watercolor technique was wet brush on dry paper–I feel it gives me a little more control.  When I color in flowers, I do like to wet the images with clean water and then drop the color onto the paper.


Below is the Copic version of this card.  I really couldn’t say which version of this card I like better.  I feel the same way about the mediums I used–I don’t know if I like watercolors or Copics better.  I love them both!


Here is the video I created for this card.  You can watch it here of on my YouTube Channel.  Thanks for stopping by!!

Supply list:

Farm Friends Stamps from MFT

Stitched Banner Dies from Simon Says Stamp (Neenah Solar White 110# Cardstock)