Okay . . . I have to admit . . . I’m hooked on Color Burst!  Ever since I opened them and started playing, I can’t stop.  I’m like a kid in the candy store . . . let’s try this and let’s try that.  It’s an addiction and one that you don’t want to quit!

When I left CHA, Ken gave me a hand full of backgrounds that he had made during this demos.  The background for my card today, is one that he made!  After I finished my watercolor of the flower, all the backgrounds I had made were just too light and this one from Ken had just the colors and boldness needed.


The image (an older Hero Arts from my stash) was water colored with Orange, Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue and Athalo Green.  The seam binding was dyed by using Alizarin Crimson and adding just a touch of Lemon Yellow.


The tag was made from the same background paper and Ken’s new Pegz Stamps, Uppercase Alphabet.


I used some (new to me) Tonic Studios layering dies to make the card:  Squares for the background and Circles for the image.  I settled on black for highlighting the image, but I couldn’t leave well enough alone and added some white doodles.  It’s been a very long time since I’ve done that!  Nothing like playing and getting back to one’s stamping roots.


I think that’s all I have.  Truthfully I got sidetracked while I was writing this post and now I’m back about 3 hours later with no train of thought left.

All I can say is . . . thanks for stopping by!





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Good morning!  I know . . . don’t faint or anything  . . . but I have another simple card today.  It’s not as clean as yesterday but it can still be made rather simply and is another easy to mail generic card (just don’t make the bow as big as I did).


The image was water colored with Rusty Hinge, Forrest Moss and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks.

The background is made with watercolor paper that was die cut with A2 Matting Basics A.  It was then swished around on the craft sheet with water and Rusty Hinge Distress Stain and embossed with Ornamental Iron M-Bossabilities while still damp.


I just love the depth of the embossing that is created when using damp watercolor paper!

The seam binding was dyed with Rusty Hinge.

That’s it for me right now!  I’ve got some errands to run today and hopefully more time playing in the studio.  I still need to get the darn thing organized since the move upstairs . . . perhaps that’s part of my mojo problem . . . I can’t find a damn thing when I need it.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


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Smiley from millan.net

When Mallory saw my card for today, the first thing she said was “looks like one of your old cards.”  Exactly . . .

Maybe it’s the ribbon I used . . .

or maybe it was actually trying to stick to a sketch I found online (Bev Rochester) . . .


I think it might be the old SU Baja Breeze ribbon I used because I wanted it to match the cardstock . . . . AND I couldn’t come up with anything else that I liked at the time.  (Plus I wanted to use something other than the seam binding I’ve been using.)

The designer paper is My Mind’s Eye – Blink of an Eye.

The image was embossed with clear embossing powder, then water colored with Distress Ink Refills:  Spiced Marmalade, Tumbled Glass and Peeled Paint.


The embossing was ironed away (Faux Bleach/Batik Technique) before the image was die cut/embossed.  While the paper was still in the die template, Antique Linen was stenciled very lightly around the edges toward the middle.

I’ll be spending the rest of today getting my class supplies and kits ready to be shipped to The Queen’s Ink for following weekend.  There’s still some room in the classes if any of you are in the area and would like to spend a couple of hours with me laughing and having a good time!

Thanks for stopping by and remember . . . life is short, enjoy the adventures that come your way today!


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Happy Saturday!  I hope your weekend has started off with a bang.  The weather here is absolutely gorgeous . . . sunny and warm.  Have I told you how much I hate cold weather?  I actually had to put jeans on one morning when I went to the doctor . . . so totally unacceptable.  I want short and t-shirt weather all the time and some day I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t have that right here in the Ohio Valley.  Our weather patterns have changed so much over the last 10 years.  If not, it will just make looking for that private island and cabana boys all the more important!

I’m still trying to get myself and the mojo into high gear.  There are some things that are a little troublesome . . . like trying to cut paper and holding a straight line on the sewing machine.  I know, don’t tell me I really don’t need to sew!  But I DO!  I love it, plus it keeps down the use of tape and glue . . . I don’t use nearly as much as I use to.  One little piece of double-stick tape in the middle of the layer and you can sew away and it stays in place.  Now I just need to sew up the hole in the seam of my favorite t-shirt . . . been meaning to do that for months now.

I started today’s card sometime yesterday morning and the colors weren’t working for me so once again, I walked away.  Last night while trying to find something to watch on television and realizing that I was soooooooooo bored, I came back down to the studio and finished the coloring.  The image is one from Hero Arts that I got from my friend, Daisy, when I placed an order at eclectic Paperie over a year ago.  This is the first time it’s seen ink.

For y’all!  Thanks for all the birthday wishes and the warm fuzzy thoughts while I recuperate and heal.  It means more than you can even begin know!


I stamped the image a couple of times because I wanted to pop up the middle of the flowers.  Well let me say more than a couple of times.  The first time I stamped with the wrong ink and had to go back and re-stamp them all.  Alcohol based ink and Copic Markers just don’t mix!

I hope you get out and enjoy the weather today and thanks for stopping by!


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