Monday, July 13, 2020

Christmas In July - Day 1 Merriest Wishes

Hello and welcome to my Christmas in July 2020 week long event.  I decided that it would be fun to forget all that is going on around us for a bit and ring in a bit of cheer.  I'll be sharing a new design or two each day this week.  I hope it inspires you to get into the holiday spirit too!

I thought I'd start with a fun card using my favorite and green. 

Step 1 - I started off by cutting a white card base that I added a Turquoise/Turquoise Starstruck foiled paper mat.  

Step 2 - I die-cut several pine trees from Emerald/Gold Glossy, Emerald/Emerald Starstruck, Jade/Jade Starstruck and Jade/Gold Glossy foiled paper.  

Step 3 - Glue the trees down in groups of three. 

Step 4 - Diecut the FaLaLaLa image from both Arctic/Gold Glossy and Cobalt/Gold Glossy foiled paper. 

Step 5 - Glue the Cobalt diecut slightly off center of the Arctic diecut. Adhere this to the card.

Step 6 - Stamp the sentiment (MFT - Snow Globe Sentiments) on a scrap of white cardstock, trim and affix it to the card.

And that's it! Quick and easy... Be sure to stop back tomorrow for another fun bit of Christmas in July!


Spellbinders - Fa La La La Diecut

Gina Marie - Pine Trees Diecut

My Favorite Things - Snow Globe Sentiments

White Cardstock, Adhesive

Friday, July 10, 2020

You are so Kind

Good Friday Morning!!  I have a lovely card to share with you today using a new set of stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry called Humming Bird Patio.  It's a beautiful new set of peg stamps that is so exciting. There are so many possibilities for this set I can see it becoming a classic favorite. Included in the set are two different sized flower pots, a foliage stamp, a flower cluster and two different hummingbirds. 

I stamped the flower pots using Terra Cotta Memento Ink then I went about filling each pot with foliage and flowers in various shades of VersaFine Clair inks. I used Memento Dual Tip Markers to color the hummingbird image to stamp it.  I added a bit of white paint pen work and markers to the pots and watercolor around the bottom.

I finished the card off using sequins from Sparkle Blends called Flower Power. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

So Blue....

Rinea recently released a brand new variety pack of their foiled papers...can you guess what it is???  Shades of Blue!!!

You all know how much I LOVE blue so this has instantly become my new favorite!  The colors included are Turquoise, Sapphire, Cobalt and the newest color Midnight Dark Blue. Stunning each of them.

I made this fun origami wall art piece using each color in the variety pack. To see complete instructions on how I made each segment you can see Shades of Blue Wall Art Inspiration with Roni Johnson on the Rinea blog.  It has set by step instructions on the origami, while it looks complicated it is really very easy to create.

It is such a dimensional and striking piece in person...I wish you all could see it in person. 

Have a wonderful day my friends!


Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Lavinia Stamps

Have you ever heard of Lavinia Stamps? Maybe my USA friends haven't because they originate in the UK.  If you don't know about them you need to!! The images are beautiful - fairies, mermaids and the like.  There are a couple big suppliers here in the US that I know of....Lavinia World (which I have ordered from) and Del Bello's Designs (which I recently found).  Of course there may be others but these are the ones I know about.
Well, I stumbled upon these stamps by accident but I instantly fell in love! I am really into fairies and mermaids for some reason right now so these are right up my current alley (obsession). 

So I ordered a few stamps just to see if I'd like them or not and OH MY....LOVE THEM!!!! I have since placed a couple more orders ;)  LOL!!!  

I must say I was a bit hesitant to give them a go...if you look on FB for Lavinia groups you will see some amazing cards. After seeing them I was nervous but I make up a few alcohol ink backgrounds using Marabu AI's and this is the first card I made.....

What do you think?  I know - I went a bit overboard on the glitter...but you know me and my love of glitter - LOL!!  This glitter is a new product available at Lavinia World called Fairy Hugs Powder. They sent a sample with my first order.  OMG it is beautiful...very fine and it sticks to the VersaFine Clair ink like magic.  I didn't think it would adhere to the inks very well so I put loads of it on....needless to say it stuck so well I had to try to scrape some off so you could see the image - LOL!!

All of the images are stamped with VF Clair Nocturne ink, glitter and a bit of white paint pen. I don't know if you can see it very much in the photos but the paper has a puffy texture. Last year when DH and I went on vacation we hit up loads of Traderbakers and similar flea market/antique malls.  Well I found some old HP Glossy Plotter Paper for really cheap. I thought it would be fun to try with AI's and luckily it works great.  I was experimenting one day and I found that if you heat it up with a heat tool you can make it bubble. It holds that bubble/puffy look when it cools. Really fun for something different.  Sadly I can't find this plotter paper anywhere so it must be discontinued but I'm so happy I found it.

I'll be sharing more Lavinia creations in the near future...can't wait - I am so loving these stamps!!


Lavinia Stamps - Luna Lights (top), Moon Pods (bottom)
Lavinia World - Fairy 
Marabu - Alcohol Inks
White Paint Pen, Plotter Paper, Red Card Base

Monday, July 6, 2020

Ducks or Squirrels???

The question of the you have ducks or squirrels? Confused? Check out my card and then you'll understand.... you have ducks or squirrels?  LOL!!!

Great sentiment isn't it?  The sentiment and the duck stamp are both from Carmen's Veranda.  I made this card for the current challenge at Lost Coast Design Blog - #102 - Off The Edge.  Basically you just stamp an image off the edge of your card. The challenge runs till the 14th of the month so you have plenty of time to join in on the fun!


Imagine - VersaFine Clair Ink
Prismacolor Colored Pencils

Friday, July 3, 2020

Patriotic Pinwheels!

Let's start the celebration early with these wonderful Rinea Foiled Paper Pinwheels!!!

These pinwheels are so easy to make and they make super decorations for your holiday celebration. A few simple supplies and a few minutes of your time is all it takes.

For complete instructions see:

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Origami Koi Fish using Rinea Foiled Papers

Hello Friends, I hope this day finds you well and happy.  Today I wanted to share some fun origami Koi fish I made recently using Rinea Foiled Papers....

These are my Koi!  They are so much fun to make and the foiled papers make it so easy to shape and pose these little creatures. They would make great party decor, mobiles, and more. All you need are a few sheets of foiled paper and these instructions: Easy Koi

To create the various sizes just increase or decrease using the same ratio. The video uses a 2" x 3" piece of paper. I used a 4x6 for the large Koi in Marigold/Marigold Starstruck, the Copper/Copper Starstruck Koi was made using a 2x3" and the Jade/Jade Starstruck Koi fish was created using a 2.5" x 3.5".

They really are so much fun to make...I'll bet you can't stop at just one!

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Creative Embellishments June Challenge

Hello Friends - I hope you're all well and safe where you are. Today I wanted to share a creation I made for the Creative Embellishments June 2020 Challenge.

This is the inspiration photo for the challenge. Beautiful isn't she? For some reason at the moment I seem to be enchanted with faeries and mermaids so this really appealed to me.  I decided to give it a go and this is what I came up with....

I started off by using Marabu's new Metallic Alcohol Inks as well as Neon Blue and some of their glittery blends. to create the background. The clouds were made in layers. Initially I inked them on with Club Scraps White Pigment ink to which I added a bit of Fairy Hug Powder glitter (by Lavinia World).  I then sprinkled with Clear Embossing Powder and heated to set.  This process created a lovely texture.  To bump the color back up I added another layer of the white pigment ink and even more glitter.  A quick blast with the heat tool to set the ink.  

I then set to work on the dragon and fairy.  The dragon was painted with Blue Lagoon acrylic paint from DecoArt.  He was then colored with a variety of colored pencils to add depth and dimension. He also got a bit of white and black paint pen for details.  I painted the fairy black using Americana Lamp Black acrylic paint. Her wings were then coated with more of the Fairy Hug Powder....yes, I do love glitter!!  Once both of these elements were dry I glued the fairy to the dragons back and mounted them on the canvas using foam tape to really give them dimension.   The canvas still needed something so I stamped dandelion bits and the sentiment WISH using StazOn Black ink and a bit of white paint pen work.

Have a lovely day my friends!!


Creative Embellishments - Tiny Fairies, Dragon Set 2
Marabu Alcohol Inks
Club Scrap - White Pigment Ink
DecoArt - Lamp Black, Blue Lagoon
Imagine - Jet Black StazOn ink, Clear Embossing Powder
Unity - Wish set
Colored Pencils
Black & White Paint Pens

Friday, June 26, 2020

Sparkle Blends June Blog Hop

Its time for the June Sparkle Blends Release Inspiration Hop! Together with the rest of the Design Team, I will be showcasing some of the 7 new Sparkle Blends from this month’s release! We’ve got everything from 80’s Neon to a glow in the dark alien blend in this release, so if you haven’t see them yet, make sure you hop over to the Sparkle Blends Shop and check out Broken Glass, Extraterrestrial, I Love the 80’s, Pawsome Pals, She Sells Seashells, Stars & Stripes and You’re Pand-tastic! If you act quickly, there even a couple of discounted release bundles left for order!
Want a chance to win one of 3 fantastic prize packs, each valued at approximately $15.00 each? Make sure you leave comments as you hop & you’ll earn one entry for each blog you comment on! See the Doodles Paper Playground Hop Post for giveaway prizes and entry details. Comments must be posted no later than 11:59pm EST on Sunday, June 28th, 2020 to be eligible to win. Open to US residents only who are at least 18 years old. Winners will be drawn Monday, June 29th & posted on the Doodles Paper Playground blog, Facebook page and in the Sparkle Blends Fan Club on FB.
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My first card was made using the Stars & Stripes blend. I LOVE this set - it is perfect for all sorts of cards but with the 4th of July coming quickly I wanted to go all patriotic. I started off by creating a red, white and blue mat using Rinea Foiled Papers in Ruby/Ruby Starstruck, Arctic/Arctic Starstruck and Sapphire/Sapphire Starstruck. I die-cut a frame from white cardstock and created a see through shaker (acetate both on the front and back of the shaker) filled with the sequins. I affixed the R/W/B hearts to the shaker frame. 

To finish off the card I applied Pinecone VersaFine Clair ink to the edges of the USA country/flag from the Creative Embellishments set - USA Love to give the card a vintage feel.

For a change of pace...we're heading to the outer reaches with the Sparkle Blends - Extraterrestrial!!

OMGOSH!! This set is so cool - not only does it have really fun printed and plain sequins it also has tiny little Fimo alien heads AND glow in the dark stars and moons!!!! What fun huh? Absolutely LOVE this set.

So what else could I do but make a fun little spaceship beaming up this fun sequins mix.  I started off by printing the darling little alien spaceship by Graphic Adventure twice. I used one as the shaker top which I colored using Chameleon alcohol markers. I carefully cut out the center of the spaceship ray of light to create the window for the shaker.  

Next I colored the ray of light on the second copy. I added foam tape, acetate and the sequins blend to the shaker and covered it with the first image. Shaker done!  I used a black card base which I flicked with Gold, Silver and Green metallic Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor paints to make it look like outer space.  Finally I affixed the shaker to the card and it's ready to soar off to a galaxy far far away...or at least to a friend across the country - LOL!! 

Hope you've enjoyed these cards and stop back again sometime...

Have a great day!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Oh Go Fly a Kite....

Hey, that's a good thing.... Today I wanted to share a couple cards I made using Rubber Stamp Tapestry's new stamp set - Go Fly A Kite.

My first card is fairly simple but it's so much fun. I wanted to do something a bit monochromatic so I started off by stamping the kits using Paradise (blue) VersaFine Clair ink and their tails with Nocturne (black). Next I stamped the sentiment with Blue Belle VFC. After the inks I had dried I sponged on Cotton White ink to create clouds - this was so much fun because there is no right or wrong.  Finally I drew long kite strings with a gel pen.

I went a little wild for with this card....I just stamped and stamped and stamped! Of course the sentiment says it all. 

See, I told you - Go Fly A Kite is a GOOD thing!
Have a lovely day friends!