YNS Challenge #110 – Pastels

Welcome back everyone! I’m excited to be guesting with Your Next Stamp Challenge #110 and it’s to use Pastel colors in your project.

Now if you have been following me you should know this was truly a challenge for me. I love my bright and bold colors but I think I was able to tone it down for the challenge today.

I decided to create a watercolor background for my card. I ink smooshed Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed and Broken China onto a craft mat. Using a paint brush I applied a wash of water to a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor card stock. Then I picked up some ink and applied it to the background. The more water I add, the lighter my colors will be.

Once I was happy with my background, I smooshed down some Picked Raspberry, picked it up with a wet paint brush and flicked it onto my background. I trimmed my panel down to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and added to an A2 card base made from Sunflower card stock.

My image is from the So Ewe-nique stamp set and was stamped in copic friendly ink. Then I colored my image with copic markers. I used the coordinating die to cut out the image and add to my background. This playful sentiment is stamped from the Egg Hunt stamp set. To finish off the card, I added a few Pretty Pastel Gumdrops.

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration for Challenge #110. Be sure to head over to the Your Next Stamp blog and leave a comment there for a chance to win a stamp set of your choice. Comments must be left by March 27 at midnight and a winner will be announced on March 29.

You can also play long with the challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate. Head to the blog for more information.

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Glitz Glitter Gel Crazy Daisy

Welcome back everyone! I’ve been itching to play with the new Glitz Glitter Gel from Gina K Designs and Thermoweb. I got some play time and even have a video to share with you!


You can view the video down below or HERE on my Youtube channel.


For today’s card I’m using the Crazy Daisy Stamp, Stencil and coordinating die set. I stamped my flowers in Wild Dandelion, Bubblegum Pink, and Sea Glass ink from Gina K Designs. The leaves are stamped in Key Lime and Grass Green inks. I then used the coordinating die to cut them out by holding in place with Purple tape and my Gemini Jr machine.

Once all my images are cut out I DO NOT throw out the card stock that I die cut from. I actually place one of my flowers back into place and hold in place from the back with Purple Tape. Then I lined up my stencil and applied the Glitz Glitter Gel. I used White, Bubblegum Pink and Turquoise Sea Glitz Glitter Gel.

I found it easier this way because my image is already cut out and I don’t have to worry running it through my die cut machine and flattening the Gel.

To create the background, I used a circle stencil from the Mega Wreath Builder Template and held in place with Purple Tape. Then ink blended Key Lime, Sea Glass and Tranquil Teal ink with my Life Changing Blender Brush. I stamped my sentiment with the Gina K Designs Black Amalgam ink and attached my panel to an A2 notecard made from Whisper card stock.

I layered my arrangement onto my card starting with the leaves. The pink and yellow flowers are attached with foam squares for dimension.

I have to say I am having a blast with the Glitz Glitter Gels! Be sure to check out the video HERE to see it in action!


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Pink & Main 5th Birthday Party Blog Hop

I’m thrilled to be joining in the Pink and Main 5th Birthday Blog Hop. A big Congratulations to Michelle! I’ve know Michelle for a long time and she is just the sweetest. I’m so proud of her and what she has accomplished with her business. I have two cards to share with you today. I’ll have the blog hop list at the end of the post so be sure to check it out.


Michelle has some amazing prizes to give away!! Leave a comment on each stop (we love to hear from you!) and 5 random people will be chosen to win a $50 gift certificate to the store!! Comments need to be left by March 24th and winners will be announced on the Pink & Main blog on March 25th.


I have a very colorful card to start you off! This was a background I created inspired by Jennifer McGuire when she was swiping the alcohol inks across her Yupo paper. I adore the rainbow and lines it creates! Perfect for birthdays!

I die cut the word Celebrate from Pixie Dust Glitter card stock and layered on top of 2 more layers of white card stock using liquid glue. I die cut the shadow piece from Vellum and adhered to my colorful panel. I’m only applying the liquid glue behind the letters so then my glue won’t show through on my Vellum.

The sentiment is from the Celebrate stamp set in which I stamped in Clear Ink onto Black card stock and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder. I trimmed this down to a thin strip and added to my card panel with foam tape.

My next card is using the Party Balloons stamp set. This set is really cool because you can add designs to your balloons! How fun!

I used various inks from Gina K Designs to stamp my balloons including, Lovely Lavender, Wild Lilac, Passionate Pink, Innocent Pink, Tranquil Teal, Sea Glass, Key Lime, Lucky Clover, Wild Dandelion, and Tangerine Twist. Then holding in place with Thermoweb Purple Tape, I die cut my balloons using the coordinating dies with my Gemini Jr.

I also created the balloon strips using Pixie Dust card stock for some sparkle!

For my background, I used a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock and ink blended Spun Sugar on one end and Squeezed Lemonade on the other end with my Life Changing Blender Brushes.

I die cut the word Celebrate from Black and White card stock and off set it a little when attaching with liquid glue. This makes it appear as a shadow behind the words.

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration! These are great staple stamp sets to have in your stash for birthday cards!


Here is a complete line up of the Blog Hop. Be sure to leave your comments along the way for a chance at the Prize! Your next stop is Kathy!


Hero Arts Flower Garden

Welcome back everyone! I just came back from an amazing trip in Ohio at the Simon Says Stamp Create Event. I’ll share more about that in another post but this was a stamp set I picked up there and just needed some color therapy after a long day.

This stamp set is Flower Garden from Hero Arts. I have a lot of ideas for this one but decided to start with ink blending.

I stamped the image onto Bristol Smooth card stock using clear ink. I sprinkled on White Embossing Powder and heat set with my heat gun.

Next, I ink blended (a dab) of Seedless Preserve and then Aged Mahogany, Spun Sugar and Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink. I wiped away the excess ink to reveal the bright white embossing powder.

For the sentiment I used the new Sentiment Strips. These come in 4 sheets and have a huge variety of sentiments already preprinted on card stock. You just trim and add to you project. I popped mine up with foam strips for dimension.

For finishing touch, I added some Clear Jewels using my jewel picker and Lawn Fawn Glue.

Easy peasy and I got my color therapy in. I just couldn’t wait to play with some of the products that I picked up!

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Picket Fence Studios March Release

Welcome everyone! I’m excited to be sharing with you some products from the March 2019 release from Picket Fence Studios! I have lots to share so grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy!

My first card is featuring the BFF Girl Ava and this snarky sentiment from the I Snorted stamp set. I thought this girl was showing a little attitude and would match this fun sentiment.

I was going for an artsy feel with this one. I stamped my image with copic friendly ink and only colored in the skin with copics. I used the coordinating die to cut out my image. To create the shirt, I sprayed Picked Raspberry and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Sprays onto a piece of cardstock. Then stamped my image, cut out the shirt portion and attached to my copic colored image. Super cool right?!

My next card I’m super in love with! I think these would make great graduation type of cards. This is using Color Can Heal The Soul stamp set.

To create the multiple colors, I started by stamping my Cherry Red ink from Gina K Designs. I’m only inking up a portion of the stamp and before I stamp my card stock, I dab the edge where my ink ends with a sponge dauber. This will help ease the transition between colors. Once stamped (using my Misti tool), I clean the stamp and ink up with my next color which is Wild Dandelion. Same process. I’ll continue stamping this way, dabbing the edges and cleaning in between using Blue Raspberry and Wild Lilac.

Once all of my stamping is done, I’ll add the sentiment and trim my panel down to add to a notecard made from Fog card stock.

Next is using the stamp set Wild Rose Bouquet. To create this card, I sprayed Fossilized Amber and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Spray onto white card stock.

Using Versafine Black ink, I stamp my image in the bottom corner of the card. The sentiment is from the You Got This stamp set in which I stamped in Clear Ink onto a strip of Vellum and heat embossed with Gina K Designs Champagne Embossing Powder.

I’ll wrap this Vellum piece around the bottom of the card and secure on the back with some tape. Then I can attach this panel to a white notecard. This helps attach my Vellum without showing any adhesive.

My next card is also using the Wild Rose Bouquet stamp set. This time I stamped the image onto Neenah Solar White card stock with copic friendly ink. Then I only colored in the flowers with my copics markers. I was in an artsy mood when creating and decided to leave the rest white.

I added detail to the center of the flowers with a white gel pen. My sentiment comes from the Maddie Kitten stamp set. I trimmed down this panel and added to a white notecard.

One last card to share! Whew! Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Now this time I’m using one of the new stencils and paired it with the Let’s Hang Out stamp set. I started with ink blending Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide using the Life Changing blender brush and new stencil. Leaving the stencil in place, I applied Gina K Designs White Glitter Glitz Gel.

From a piece of white card stock I die cut a circle and stamped the sentiment at the bottom. I also had stamped the image and used the coordinating die to cut it out. I didn’t do any coloring to it (shocker!) and attached my image behind my window.

This is such an amazing release! I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration and thank you to Picket Fence Studios for letting me play with all of these new goodies.

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