Birthday Peonies

Hi there.

Happy Spring!  Peonies are one of my favorite flowers – both plant and tree.  I’m always taken aback on the beauty of them.  I love them in all forms – from the bulb and to the withering flowering.  You find beauty in every stage.  I so wish I could grow them here in but it’s just too darn hot.

My card today showcases the gorgeous peony courtesy of Papertrey Ink’s  Peonies on Parade.

These beautiful images were heat embossed with white EP and watercolored using Inktense pencils.  The sentiment and die cut are from Mama Elephant.

So simple yet so beautiful.

There’s a bit of green in the background, so I thought I’d participate in SSS Wednesday Challenge Bit-O-Green.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

dream

 

Hi there!

I just got back from Spring Break.  We were in Southern California enjoying the beach, doing a little hiking, taking a Segway tour (first time and A LOT of fun), and watching a few lacrosse games.

I was on the Penny Black Simplicity blog this past Tuesday and wanted to share a sneak peek…

I’ve been meaning to use this PB set and finally got around to making this ombre inspired medallion card.

For a full reveal and detailed information, click here.

Until next time!

Love & Laughter

Hi there!

I’ve been admiring stamps from The Ton and I wanted to play around with a few that I borrowed from my dear friend Vera.  Here’s what I made…

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Love these roses from the Fresh Cut Garden Roses set!  I simply smooched water downed Distress Ink to these images.  I purposely left them unfinished to keep it interesting.

For the rest of the card, I added texture to the panel using one of my favorite Papertrey Ink impression plates, Linen & Canvas.  In addition, I splattered white and black watercolor ink on the panel.  I cut a circle in the panel and added a sentiment courtesy of Penny Black to the card base.

Hope you all are enjoying the day.

Hello Tag

Hi!

It’s Day 1 of Kathy Racoosin’s Daily Marker Coloring Challenge.  I’ve never participated and I thought I will attempt to do it this time around.  I’ve had a little more time and thought, why not?!

Here’s a little tag I created (decided to also participated with the Wednesday SSS challenge as well) where I stamped a few sketchy roses from Altenew with a simple Hello sentiment from Hero Arts.

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I stamped and embossed the roses as well as my sentiment.  The roses and leaves were colored with Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils with a watercolor pen.  The tag die is Avery Elle.

That’s it!

Until next time!

 

Awesome Nerd

Hi!

I just wanted to share another card I made for my daughter’s birthday.  This is my favorite of the 2 as I think it speaks to her nature and humor.

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I love this little pig and her entourage of chicks from Stamping Bella, Nice to SEE you Petunia.  My daughter wears glasses and is SUCH a nerd.  Why is she awesome?  Well, because she is!  There was a event that she attended and they were required to wear name tags that said “Hello!  My Name is” ….  So she wrote Awesome!  She loved it.

Quickly, I colored this image with Copics.  I added Glossy Accents to the piggy’s glasses.  The die is from Lil Inkers.  The “You Are” is from the Honey Bee Stamps set, Thanks and Giving and I used the letters to create “NERD” from the Concord & 9th set, Perfectly Penned.

Addendum:  I am including this in the latest SSS Wednesday challenge:  Anything Goes.

Until next time!

Happy Birthday

SimplicitySisterheader

Hi there!

I’m sharing today a birthday card I made for my daughter.

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SUPPLIES Stamps: Cool Chicks (30-231); Sprinkles & Smiles (30-297) Dies:  Tall Trees (51-273) Color:  Clean Color Watercolor Brushes (Kuretake); Black Licorice Hybrid Ink (MFT); Distress Ink (Ranger); Black Onyx Versafine Ink (Tsukineko) Other:  Ombre Patterned Paper; Clear Emboss (Ranger)

SUPPLIES Stamps: Cool Chicks (30-231); Sprinkles & Smiles (30-297) Dies: Tall Trees (51-273) Color: Clean Color Watercolor Brush Markers(Kuretake); Black Licorice Hybrid Ink (MFT); Distress Ink (Ranger); Black Onyx Versafine Ink (Tsukineko) Other: Ombre Patterned Paper; Clear Emboss (Ranger)

Let’s get right to how I made this card.  Pretty simple.  I stamped the Mimi image with her dog from Cool Chicks (30-231) with black hybrid ink on Bristol paper.  I watercolored the image with watercolor markers.  To make it more personal,  I colored the dog gray as our dog, Lucy, is a silver lab.  The image was fussy cut and set aside.

Next, I die cut the trees from Tall Trees (51-273) from Bristol Paper.  I then added Distress Ink using ink blending tools to the the trees.  I then cut my card panel from ombre patterned paper.  I stamped and embossed a sentiment from Sprinkles and Smiles (30-297) using Black Onyx Versafine and clear EP.  I adhered the first tree directly to the panel.  To create dimension, I added the second tree with foam tape.  The Mimi was then adhered with foam tape as well.  Once completed I used foam tape to the panel and added it to the card base.

Until next time!

My Heart

Hey there!

I have another card to share this Valentine’s Day.

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SUPPLIES:  Stamp:  Hog Heaven (MFT) Dies:  Flat Bottom Clouds (SSS); Mini Hearts Set (SSS); Stitched Rectangles (SSS) Color:  Clean Color Watercolor Brush Markers (Kuretake); Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT); Red Copic Markers Other: Sparkle Pen (Spectrum Noir)

SUPPLIES: Stamp: Hog Heaven (MFT) Dies: Flat Bottom Clouds (SSS); Mini Hearts Set (SSS); Stitched Rectangles (SSS) Color: Clean Color Watercolor Brush Markers (Kuretake); Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT); Red Copic Markers Other: Sparkle Pen (Spectrum Noir)

My husband and I really don’t make a deal on Valentine’s Day.  A box of chocolate would be nice but it’s not really necessary.  In any case, I try to make a card for him every year – just to start the day on a bright note.  I like to “surprise” him by placing the card the night before on his side of the closet so he can find something happy to open.

I love these little pigs from My Favorite Things – especially this cute little winged one.  I had to include it in a card flying over a few cards.  It was a hit and he loved it (despite it being cutesy).

Hope you all have a good day!

p.s.  I’m adding this to SSS Wednesday challenge (just made it on time).