Flourishes Zinnias

flourishes-zinnias-kerin-syHi stamping friends 🙂 Today I’m sharing a card I made with the Flourishes set Zinnias. I heard some VERY exciting news this past weekend that Flourishes will be re-opening! Woohooo! I have long loved their stamps and was super sad when they closed, so to hear that they will be back is a dream come true! Their sets are perfect for coloring 😉 Speaking of coloring, Kathy’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge is almost over! She has been so inspirational this month with her fabulous projects. I will definitely continue to color more once the challenge is over. It truly is very relaxing after a long day at work.

I was playing with distress inks again on this one. I’m getting more comfortable with distress inks, although I still go through a LOT of watercolor paper trying to get the look I want. Sometimes I’m not happy with the finished look until it’s completely dry…which is what happened on this one. I almost threw this background away! I used Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass and Mustard Seed, and I colored the zinnias in Copics to match. I added a few sequins to add a little sparkle.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you find some time to get inky 🙂

Birthday Fishes – 30 Day Coloring Challenge


Hey stamping friends 🙂 Oh how I needed a little stamping therapy tonight! I read an article online recently that coloring is right up there with yoga where relaxation is concerned. Yup, that’s about right for me!

I’ve been trying to join in on Kathy’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge as much as I can. We went away camping this past weekend and had a blast, but let me tell you, there were times when I wished I had packed a few Copics!

I got THE coolest stamps the other day from Designs by Ryn…how about the water droplets on this card? Okay, do you mind if I add water droplets to everything from now on?!? I also checked out her tutorial on YouTube for making them more realistic looking. Simple and effective!

I used THIS sweet set from Simon Says Stamp for the fish and sentiment. The background distress ink colors are Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean, and I stamped my water droplets in My Favorite Things Black Licorice Hybrid Ink Pad.

Thanks so much for stopping by:) I hope you get a chance to get inky soon!


Distressed Hello Card


Well would you look at that…it's another distress ink card! Lol. I know, I know, I need to give the distress inks a rest, but they're just too much fun! Today I found a link to some free cut files for my Silhouette…I don't know if you're aware (I wasn't until today), but there is an overwhelming amount of free Silhouette cut files on Pinterest! Oh my I could look for days. Anyway, I found THIS one, which is a collection of four patterns I couldn't wait to use. To accommodate this pattern, I've created a 4-1/4" x 4-1/4" card.

I created a background using Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed distress inks, then *carefully!* attached the cut out pattern over top. I also downloaded THIS font from dafont.com and used it to create "hello" across the front of my card. I added a few red sequins to finish off my card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Distress Ink Birthday Card


Hey stampers! You're probably getting tired of seeing me use distress inks by now, but I just can't resist! I so love watching videos and trying new techniques using them. I found THIS video and had to try the color burst effect. I have to admit, I wish my sentiment was in black, but I'm still happy with the way this card turned out.

I have switched to using Strathmore 140 lb. watercolor paper, and I'm finding that the results are better with this heavier, quality paper. The distress inks I used on this card are: Fired BrickMustard SeedMowed LawnPeacock FeathersSalty Ocean, and Seedless Preserves. My sentiment came from the Strictly Sentiments 5 set. For card stock I used the yummy new Summer Splash and Black Licorice from MFT Stamps. I finished off my card with a few sequins from the Taylored Expressions Gingerbread Lane collection.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Off to try some more distress ink techniques, hope you're not too bored of them yet!

Freshly Made Sketches #174


Hey stampers! Today I'm playing along with the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches. Here's the sketch:

FMS Final 174-001

I'm still hooked on distress inks. I can't seem to get enough of them these days. This week I bought some masking fluid and a bunch of watercolor paper, so I have got my afternoon planned 🙂

My favorite thing about distress inks so far? You can't make the same design twice, each card is so unique! My least favorite thing? Tomorrow I will go to my office job with very inky fingers lol!

Anyway, for my card I used distress inks in Seedless PreservesSalty Ocean and Dusty Concord. I didn't have any black embossing powder, so I used Basic Black craft ink (Does SU! not carry craft ink anymore? I searched their site and no luck giving you a link) and clear embossing powder over. The sentiment came from the set Many Thanks.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Card Concept #29 {Get Well Soon}


Hey stampers! It's time for a new challenge at The Card Concept, and this week we have a theme for you to try – Get Well Soon! Here's the inspiration photo:


For my card I was inspired by the bright, cheerful colors and the patterns in the photo. I just recently got this cool new stencil from My Favorite Things, called Petal Pattern. I have done nothing with stencils in the past, and I'm still getting a grasp on distress inks, so I went looking on YouTube and found THIS video from Jennifer McGuire, which is the inspiration for my card as well!

For my distress inks, I used the following colors: Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Mowed Grass, Peacock Feathers, and Salty Ocean. I added some sequins from both Taylored Expressions (Gingerbread Lane) and Fancy Pants Designs (Oh Deer!).

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you will join us this week, we'd love to see what you create!

Simon Says Stamp Challenge {All Creatures Great and Small}


Hey stampers! Well it's another snowy day in New England (shocker, they all seem to be snowy days lately!) We're at the tail end of yet another blizzard…and that means I'm hunkered down in my stamp room for the afternoon! My stamp room is in the basement with lots of lighting, so I'm just going to pretend there aren't 4-5 feet of snow on the ground right now k?

I'm spending the afternoon watching videos on distress inks and crafting up my own storm. I've had distress inks for several months now, but I'm still not feeling too comfortable with them. Well, I happened upon THIS video by Kristina Werner and could not resist making my own version of her card to go along with the latest Simon Says Stamp challenge. I don't have the variety of colors Kristina has (soon to be remedied, don't you worry!), so my "ocean" is a little less dramatic than hers. I'm still loving this technique though!

The stamps I used are Smiley Happy Critter Crew Set Three from Your Next Stamp, and Seaside Wishes for the sentiment from Sugar Pea Designs.

For my distress inks I used Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean. I colored my fish with Copics in Y18, YR07, YR15, R22, R24, R27.

Thanks so much for stopping by!