To A Wonderful Friend – Hero Arts

Welcome everyone! I’ve been down with a horrible head cold that sucked the mojo right out of me. As I’m easing back into it I thought I would start with something fun and familiar.

I ordered the Tree Arch die from Hero Arts a few weeks ago and thought I’d dig that out to play with. Something real easy? I die cut it from Black card stock to create a silhouette. For a little shimmer, I sprayed the Tree Arch with White Iridescent Shimmer Mist.

One of my new favorite techniques with the Hero Arts Reactive Inks is ink smooshing. Since I wanted to cover an entire card front, I smooshed Fruit Punch, Creamsicle and Lemon Drop Reactive Ink onto my Tim Holtz Glass mat. Then I sprayed with water and smooshed my paper into the ink.

I didn’t move the paper around, just pushed it into the ink and let it sit there for a moment. Then I lifted it up and I had this gorgeously blended background. It really is seamless and vibrant!

Once the background was dry, I added my Tree Arch with spray adhesive. I stamped a sentiment from the Layered Dragonfly set in Obsidian Black ink.

So simple and so beautiful and eye-catching!

Hope you enjoyed today’s card!

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Altenew July 2019 Decal Release Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Welcome everyone! It’s an exciting day today and I’m so thrilled to be a part of it! Altenew is release decals with their amazing designs!


If you are coming from Virginia Lu’s blog you are in the right spot. If you just happened upon me today, you can start at the beginning of the hop over at the Altenew blog HERE. Once you’ve checked out my inspiration you can head over to Lilith Eeckel’s blog.


To celebrate, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Leave a comment on the Altenew card blog and Altenew Scrapbook blog by 7/22/19 for a chance to win. They will also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog listed below. All the winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs.


I have a quick video showing how I customized my laptop with these beautiful decals. You can view it down below or HERE on my Youtube Channel.


Today I’m working with the Amour Small set for my laptop. I actually ordered a new laptop case in black for my Mac because I knew it would look amazing with the decals. I cut all of the images out of the sheets and lined then up on my case so I had an idea where they would go before adhering them down.

The decals are already lined with an adhesive backing so just peel and stick to your items.

The small set which is what I worked with here measures 10″ x 5″ and there were so many on this sheet I didn’t even use them all.

I love how this dresses up my laptop cover.

Next, I played with the Amour Medium decals. These come on a 25.5″ x 12″ sheet. I had recently set up a Brimnes Unit from Ikea in my craft area and knew this would be a perfect way to decorate it.

Here I’m showing how I applied the decals to my drawers.

It honestly was really hard to get pictures of the entire unit because I work in my kitchen so my space is a little cramped.

I have 3 drawers and was able to get these on each drawer and a few images left over.

Altenew also carries larger ones which would be amazing to decorate your craft room or any other room in your house. If I had the wall space, I would absolutely have done it. There are also phrases you can purchase as well. I cannot wait to see what everyone else has done with the new decals!

Your next stop on the hop is Lilith Eeckel.


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Watercoloring with Lovely Lotus

Welcome back everyone! I’m always fascinated by cards I see with watercoloring and have been wanting to try it myself for a while now. In today’s card, I gave it a shot.

Being that I’m pretty new to watercoloring images, I decided to keep my card designs very clean and simple. I stamped an image from the Lovely Lotus stamp set onto watercolor card stock with Gina K Designs Sandy Beach Ink.

I watercolored my image with Altenew watercolor pan set and a size 4 brush. I started by laying down a light wash of color and then worked in layers to achieve some depth.

It’s really hard to see in the pictures but when my image was dry, I added some gold glitter with the Nuvo Midas Touch shimmer pen. I stamped a sentiment to the bottom with Obsidian Black Ink and trimmed my panel down. Then I added my panel is added to a white A2 size card base.

I really enjoyed experimenting with watercoloring and I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration. Thanks for stopping by!

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Old Bird! Essentials by Ellen

Welcome everyone! I’m excited to be guesting over on the Ellen Hutson Youtube channel! My card today is featuring the hilarious Good Egg stamp set that is exclusive to Ellen Hutson.

You can check out the video HERE!

I actually grew up in the country and my mom always had chickens and still does. I knew I needed to make a card with these cuties especially this one with that has a little attitude.

I created a countryside background by stenciling on hills with the Drift & Hills stencil from My Favorite Thing with Jelly Bean Green Ink and a blending brush. I also added a sunrise with the Sunrise Radiating Stencil and blending on Wild Dandelion and Sweet Mango ink.

I used the Stitched Speech Bubble from Lawn Fawn for my sentiment which I thought would make a great birthday card.

For a little dimension, I added craft foam behind my ink blended panel that I trimmed down.

A big thank you to Ellen Hutson for inviting me to their channel today. I hope you enjoyed this fun card!

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Essentials by Ellen July Blop Hop + GIVEAWAY!

Welcome back everyone! I’m so thrilled to be joining in today in the Essentials by Ellen July Blog Hop! There are some fantastic new products that are now LIVE on the website!


If you are here from Adelina’s blog you are on the right track! I will have a full hop list at the end of the post in case you get lost along the long. Your next stop will be Elena Roussakis.


We’ve got super fun prizes!!! One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop and one will win the whole July Essentials by Ellen release!!! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! Comment before Thursday, July 18th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email.


I have a quick process video that you can view below or HERE on my Youtube channel. I do apologize I had to set it to music as I have a horrible head cold right now and had difficulty doing a voiceover. I hope you still enjoy the video.


My inspiration today is using the new Subbing In stamp set. I’ve mad a lot of underwater cards before but these critters are so unique looking! I don’t have a stamp set quite like it! I think my favorite is the Octopus.

I stamped the images onto Neenah Solar White card stock 80 lb and colored with copic markers. Then used the coordinating die to cut them out with my Gemini Jr.

For my background, I ink blended Blue Raspberry, Pool Party and Key Lim Fizz Hero Hues Reactive Inks.

I took the Snow Flurry stencil, spritzed it with water and laid it down on top of my background. I placed a piece of paper towel over the top and held it there for a minute. Since this ink is reactive with water, when I removed the stencil it left this textured look behind that looks like bubbles.

Once the panel was dry, I trimmed it down and stamped the sentiment in Obsidian Black ink. Then I added craft foam behind my blended panel and added to an A2 size notecard.

I arranged my images onto the card front and attached with liquid glue.

Be sure to head over and check out the amazing new release! There are a bunch of super awesome sets available. I’ll link the release and my supplies below.



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