Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Amethyst - Imagine's Color of the Month for September!

Hello Friends!

This month Imagine is teaming up with Waffle Flower Stamps. My first project incorporates the Color of the Month - Amethyst - with the stamp set - Bouquet Builder 3

This is my creation!! I was inspired by the amethyst stone (shown below) and the lovely color gradation it has naturally. I used my stamp positioner to stamp the image 3x with 2 VersaFine Clair inks and the Electric Purple Radiant Neon ink.

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After all 3 panels were stamped I embossed them with Sparkle Mboss embossing powder for an extra lovely bit of sparkle!

For complete details please see the post:

Monday, September 9, 2019

Rinea Foiled Paper Citrus Shaker

Hello Friends!

I'm still catching up from last month on project sharing. Today I wanted to share my Citrus Shaker using Rinea Foiled Papers and Unity Stamp Co's Citrus background frame. I love these background stamps...they are so useful - especially for shaker cards...check it out...

Time to Squeeze the Day!

I made this card by stamping it onto each of the different colors of foiled paper (using StazOn Ink) for the oranges, grapefruit, lemon and limes.

They were all fussy cut then reassembled in order which took a bit of time figuring out.

And once reassembled they were fashioned into this shaker!

For complete step by step instructions please see:

Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Shimmer & Shine Sunflower

Hello Friends!

Today I wanted to share a card that is up on the Rinea page which combines Rinea's lovely foiled papers with Imagine's products to create this....

You can find the full directions on the Rinea blog here:

but I wanted to share some photos of it with you...

It's amazing how you can take a simple stamped image and with a few cuts you can turn it into a lovely 3d piece of art on a card. Initially I stamped the sunflower head 3x and the leaves twice. A few snips here and there and wallah...

I had lots of fun making both the background and oval mat with Imagine inks and stencils.
I hope this inspires you to pop on over to see how it was made :)

Rinea: Gold/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper; Emerald/Emerald Starstruck Foiled Paper; Jade/Jade Starstruck Foiled Paper; Sapphire/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper

Imagine: Fireworks! Spray - Bahama Blue, Cottage Ivy; VersaFine Clair Ink - Verdant, Green Oasis, Shady Lane, Paradise, Nocturne; StazOn Pigment Ink - Piano Black; StazOn Studio Glaze - Spiced Chai; Sponge Daubers; On Point Glue; Tear It! Tape

Unity Stamp Co: Shimmer & Shine Sunflower Stamps
Stamplorations: Leaf Stencil
Gina Marie: Flower Stencil
MFT - Oval Dies; Scallop Oval Die; Fishtail Die
Cardstock, Double Stick Foam Tape

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Something new for me..Greyscale Coloring...

#adultcoloring #coloredpencils #inkstainedroni #fairy #autumn

I like the adult coloring books but this is the first time I've tried a "greyscale" coloring book. It's not what you think of when you think of a coloring book... it has some of the shading done for you in grey scale. You then color the image but let me tell you it's not as easy as it sounds. Yes, the basic shading is done for you but just coloring won't get you a good look. You have to rethink how you color. I still use several colors for each area but work it a bit differently than you would if you're straight up shading. The grey changes the colors you're using... it's fun and challenging. I really enjoyed this.

The coloring book is Enchanted Magical Forests by Selina Fenech. I bought several from her because I like the realistic looking style of them. I also have mermaids and another I can't remember right now. They are pretty fun and I can't wait to color more.

I used Arteza colored pencils with baby oil to blend and finish it off.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

A little of this...

In an attempt to catch up on several posts I've missed this month I wanted to share a few cards I made for Lost Coast Designs challenges. Although the "Anything Goes" challenge is now past (first two cards) Challenge #82 - Wood is still going on. You have a few days left to join in the fun :)

My first card has a bit of dimension to it...I started off by spritzing my craft mat with Ivy Cottage, Bamboo Leaves and Gold Shimmer Spritz. I then dipped a piece of the Craft Plastic into the ink mix and heated to dry. I continued this process until I was happy with the look.

I stamped the Sketchy Cone Flower onto the Craft Plastic with Piano Black StazOn Pigment Ink.  I stamped the flower a second time onto white cardstock using VersaFine Clair Nocturne. The cardstock flower was colored using a variety of colored pencils, fussy cut and popped onto the Craft Plastic panel using double stick foam tape.

My second card was stamped over an alcohol inked background. This was really fun because I started off just playing with the AI's - sprinkling a bit then blowing it around until I was happy with the design. I then stamped the bicycle chick over the AI's, created a mask and then stamped the grungy background stamp over top. The sentiment is from one of Prima's books of sentiments.

Challenge #82 - Wood

My final card for the day is for the current challenge...Wood.  I'll bet you won't believe it but the background stamp (stamped with blue ink) I used on the Find Your Path card was stamped on the right side panel of this card! Looks totally different using Memento Desert Sand ink huh?  Anyway, that's the inside of the card - I used the Trees background stamp for the main image and a sentiment from Carmen's Veranda as well as a bit of wood pattern paper from Moda Scrap.

You can find the current challenge entry post here - #82 - Wood.  
Your project can be anything related to wood...stamped wood(s), trees, a creation crafted on a wood product, wood pattern paper, etc. Just as long as there is stamping somewhere you're good to go!
Hope you join in on the fun.


Whew!!!  Did you notice I've been MIA?  Well our crappy Frontier internet went on the fritz at the beginning of August. Which was also the same time as a major family crisis was taking place so I didn't notice it until my post on August 7th - which as it turned out was the last time I was able to upload a photo!!!  I tried and tried to get things uploaded and posted but we were getting speeds of 1.67 download/.10 upload on August 12th to .31 download/.0 upload since about the 17th.  

Talking to anyone at Frontier is about impossible - your call gets answered by someone in India who is reading from a script and that's only after a 30-75 minute hold!! I saw a technician at a house in our neighborhood and I stalked him until he came out of the house...  He told me that he likes to tell people that, "This ain't your daddy's Oldsmobile!" I was dumbfounded that he had the balls to say something like that.  My dh said I should have asked him then why are we paying for a Cadillac?

Needless to say we switched to Mediacom cable internet (the only other game in town) and things are just whizzing along now. We've never had internet this fast before and it's wonderful!!  Full size photos load in seconds. It's amazing and I'm so excited about it.

I have lots of catching up to do...lots of projects to share with you as well as some other just for fun pics I've been taking in my spare time (that I haven't been on the net). 

Hope you all are doing well and have had a lovely August.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Mer-mazing Card!

Hello Friends

Sorry I have been a bit MIA...had to take care of some sad family matters this past week/weekend and then on Monday my internet went out :(  I am so tired of Frontier Communications but alas living in a rural area we have 2 choices and neither of them are very good (the other is Mediacom and they cap their internet!!! eeek).

Today I want to share a fun card I made using Rinea Foiled Papers paired with the awesome goodies from Imagine (inks, embossing powders, etc).

The background mermaid scale stamp is from Joy Clair. Isn't it adorable?  I just love it!

The sentiment is from a Unity stamp set - which happens to be perfect for so many cards.

and I used a variety of different foiled papers from Rinea to fill in the "gaps" I made.

For complete details on how I made this card please see:

on the Imagine blog.

Have a lovely day friends!
Stay Inky :)

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Aloha! Quick & Easy Banner using Rinea Foiled Papers

Aloha Friends!!

I wanted to share a quick and easy die-cut banner for a fun summer greeting to all your guests.
I don't know about you but I love to change up my door decor to fit the seasons/holidays. I wanted to come up with something bright and eye catching for summer and this is what I came up with!

I used a flamingo die - Cottage Cuts,  a pineapple die from Gina Marie and a set of banner dies from XCut/DoCrafts plus all the lovely foiled papers from Rinea. These papers are simply amazing. You know how I love shimmer and shine well these foiled papers have that in spades.

This banner is so easy to make, simply cut, glue and add it to the twine. Cutting all of the parts and pieces is what takes the most time but it's well worth it once you put the banner together.

close up of the individual banners.


X-Cut - Straight and Ruffled Banner Cutter
Gina Marie - Pineapple Cutter
My Favorite Things - Alphabet Cutter
Cottage Cuts - Flamingo Cutter

Friday, July 26, 2019

Playing - Masterboards!

Recently I decided I just wanted to play with inks and embossing powders and well, let's just say I wanted to get inky. I decided that making a masterboard would fulfill my needs.

I started out from a page from an old atlas...the pages with all the city listings. I love these pages - so much potential!  I started inking...scraping the ink across the page with a squeegee this way and that. Dragging lots and dragging a little.

Next a bit of stenciling

Some stamping, some embossing even a bit of pen work and doodling.

And I ended up with a whole sheet of inky goodness to create with.
I made 5 cards, 2 ATC's and I even had left overs that I'm going to use as book marker/tags.

If you'd like to see the full tutorial, please check out -

Stamp - Craft Consortium - Wildflower Meadow - Fresh Cut

Stamps: Sunny Studio - Lemons; Rubber Stamp Tapestry - Sentiments

Stamp - Unity - flower; Stamplorations - Leaf Stencil; Circle Grid - vintage unknown

Stamps - Rubber Stamp Tapestry

Stamps - Sunny Studios

Collage Images & Sentiments - Finnabair

Have a lovely day friends!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Alcohol Ink Comparison - Marabu, Ranger, Brea Reese

Hello Friends -

I've been reading lots of comments on FB about the various Alcohol Inks that have hit the market recently. I thought I'd do a little side by side to show you what they look like on various materials.

The first thing I want to mention is that each bottle is different as far as the dispensing tip so this is going to make a huge difference on the control and how much ink actually comes out in a single drop.

The tip sizes from smallest to largest -

Marabu tips come sealed and they tell you in the instructions so pierce the tip with a push pin. That gives you some idea about how small it it.

Ranger's tip is about 3-4 times larger than a pin prick for the AI and much larger for the Metallic Mixatives.

Pinata's bottle for the AI is the same size as the Metallic Mixatives dispenser and is difficult to get just one drop.  This ink also has a tendency to shoot out when you're tipping the bottle.

 Brea Reese's tip is huge and VERY hard to control. Most of the time you get 2, 3 or more drops  unless you are extremely careful.

Here are the colors I used:



Pinata (didn't have their black)

Brea Reese

Glossy Cardstock 

Marabu - all single drops
Ranger - Blue 2 drops, rest single drops
Brea Reese - Blue 2 drops, Red 3 drops, Black 1 drop
Pinata - Blue 2 drops, Red 1 drop

Craft Plastic from Grafix

Marabu - All 1 drop
Ranger - Blue 3 drops, Red 2 drops (plus a drop that shot up by the Marabu Red), Black 1 drop
Brea Reese - Blue 2 drops, Red 3 drops, black 2 drops
Pinata - All 1 drop


Marabu - Single Drops
Ranger - Single Drops 
(plus 2 extra tiny drops that shot out as I was tipping the bottle)
Brea Reese - Blue - 2 drops, Black & Red Singles
Pinata - Singles

As you will notice the "spread" for the Marabu was consistent on all 3 materials - similar in size, shape and color. The black is more of a charcoal rather than pure black. 

Ranger's spread was all over the place from one material to the next. On one material it kept it's shape, on the other 2 is varied widely and feathered more than spread.

Brea Reese - I can't explain it but the spread varied the most of any...I have no idea why but it was just so random.

Pinata - Spread the least of any of the inks...they are fairly thick. Not sure if my inks are old stock or ???  It didn't fair very well in this test.


I wanted to compare Marabu's Metallic Alcohol Inks to Rangers Metallic Mixatives. I did this to show you why it's not a fair comparison (because so many people are comparing them).  You should also keep in mind dispenser tips....Marabu - Pin Prick; Ranger - Large Hole.

Marabu's Metallic Alcohol Inks are just that...alcohol ink. They are thinner therefore they don't have as much metallic colorant to them.  

Ranger's Metallic Mixatives have far less alcohol and larger and more metallic particles.

Metallics on Glossy Cardstock - You can see right off that Marabu's Silver looks more pearl. They spread like a typical alcohol ink would.  Ranger's Metallic Mixatives are a bit different - not nearly as much movement.

Craft Plastic - Again Marabu is typical AI movement - Ranger's thicker Metallic Mixatives not as much movement but further spread on this as opposed to the glossy cardstock.

Finally the Yupo - basically the same as Craft Plastic Results which makes sense since they are similar substrates.

You can make your own observations by the pictures.
Hope this is helpful for all you inky folks out there.