• General

    Sketched Flowers SSS October 2018 Card Kit Part 1

    I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the extra hour of sleep (or for us parents of young kids the extra hour of play)!

    I’ve finally been able to play with the Sketched Flowers kit this weekend!  I have been dying to do the alcohol inks with foil technique so that is the focus of this first part.  I used all three Yupo papers that came in the kit and made a variety of art.

    This first panel was created with all three alcohol inks that came in the kit: Stream, Sunset Orange and Sunshine Yellow.  I used a straw to blow them around some and added Blender Solution too.  Then I waited about 2 minutes for it to dry some and used the holographic orange Gina K foil from the kit.  It stuck nicely to the sticky areas and created such a beautiful effect!  My first thought was I see pumpkins!!

    For this second panel I used the same orange and yellow but also used Raisin from my stash to create a fall feel.  I was having trouble with the dark red overpowering the others and puddling in areas.   I like how it came out in the end though with lots of fixing and adding.

    Finally I wanted to do a Christmas color panel since we are almost to that season.   I used the Stream ink with Pistachio and Patina to create a mix of blue-greens.  I didn’t want it to be the typical red and green.  Then I added the red foil from the kit after letting it dry for a couple minutes.  I like how this one came out and love the color combo.

    These first two cards were made from the first panel. I wanted to challenge myself with making two similar cards from pieces of the panel. Both have the Big Thanks die from Simon Says Stamp and a small sentiment from it’s matching stamp set. They were also both made with the Peacock cardstock included in the kit, Crushed Curry from SU! and SSS black.

    For this card I added vellum behind the Thanks and stamped the leaves from Sketched Flowers with Versamark.

    And for this card I decided to try foiling a die cut with Stick It. It worked pretty good. I also added orange Distress Stickles.

    Final card today was with the non foiled panel. I tried the Alcohol Lift Ink included with the kit for the first time. I realized the parts of the dark red that dried puddled does not work well with the lift ink. I still love this card though cause those colors are so gorgeous. I used Wow copper embossing powder for the sentiment and copper Nuvo drops. The card base is Crushed Curry from SU!

    I’ll be making more cards in the next few days from this set. I’m excited to use this beautiful stamp set some more!

    Hope you all have a blessed day!

  • Kits

    Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2018: Coffee Part 2

    Hello All!

    Sorry for being MIA!  Between birthdays, fall activities, throwing my back and sickness in the family it’s been hard to get a post up!

    I made another card from the My Monthly Hero August Kit.  I’ve been thinking about this shaker card for a long time!  Since it’s now fall, I decided to make it an autumn theme.  It smells wonderful!!

    I used a fall background paper from JoAnns then die cut two circles to make a frame.  I sponged it with Rusty Hinge, Peeled Paint and Tea Dye distress inks to match the paper.  The cup is stamped from the My Monthly Hero stamp set and colored with Spectrum Noir and Copic Markers.  The leaf stamp and sentiment (embossed in Wow! Copper Pearl) are from SU! Merry Cafe set.

    Of course the star element on this card is the shaker!  I used real coffee beans with a thin tulle like fabric so you can smell the coffee yumminess!!  I also threw in some copper sequin for the bling we all know and love in shaker cards.  I love how it came out.  Might put it by my bedside to smell when I wake up in the morning, ha ha!

    I hope everyone’s fall is and has been full of yummy pumpkin spice and everything nice!  I plan to have more fall cards really soon!

    Have a Blessed Day!

  • General

    Gina K Designs Wreath Builders: Class and New Mandala Maker Set by Rina K

    Hello my fellow stampers!  I had the privilege last week to see Gina K and Rina K at The Island’s Creative Escape in Los Gatos, CA!  I had to drive 3 hours to go to the class but it was well worth it.  It was my first time meeting a big name from the stamping arena and Gina K is a big one!  I was kinda fangirling, ha ha.

    They were teaching on the Wreath Builder sets which I hadn’t had a chance to work with yet.  I am now obsessed though!  I was even able to purchase their new Mandala Wreath Builder set which just became available yesterday.  It’s my first time getting something before the masses (*squeal*)!  I’ll post a couple I made from it towards the end of this post.

    The above cards are the three we made during the class.  They are three basics that help you learn the idea and then expand.  Gina K pointed out that the Wreath Builders are great for a Mojo booster because they are so easy to use and create a beautiful card!  I agree!  To spice the cards up a bit I came home and spiced them up a bit.  I added some nuvo drops to the first card and the final card I popped up the oval on some foam tape and added Wink of Stella to all of the flowers.

    One technique they shared was taking a geometric shape and repeating it to make a Kaleidoscope look.  This leads me to the new Mandala Maker set.  This is Rina K’s first set she’s designed and she hit it out of the ballpark!  It’s so much fun!

    Fair warning it is addictive!  My first attempt was a mess so there is a learning curve unless you have one of those wonderful brains that can visualize ahead of time, lol.  I chose just five of the many, many stamps included to make the above card.  I used Passionate Pink and Turquoise Sea, plus the wonderful new black Amalgam Ink.  The middle is popped up with a stitched circle die and the fun sentiment is stamped in Versafine black with clear embossing powder.

    The base is made with Bermuda Bay SU cardstock and black Simon Says Stamp cardstock.

    My next card was made after viewing the newest Online Card Class: Introduction to Color Theory.  I used three tertiary colors to create this colorful card.  They are blue-green (SU Tranquil Tide), yellow-orange (Hero Arts Butter Bar), and violet-red (SU Blackberry Bliss).  Then I used some neutrals with Hero Arts Soft Granite and Versafine black.  I used the Tranquil Tide to sponge ink of the edges of the card to add some more interest.  The thanks sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks set.


    I hope you enjoy these and are inspired to try the Wreath Builders for yourself!  I’ll be posting more soon, including the new fall set!







    P.S. I have a fun Monochromatic card to share by my mom Deborah for Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Monochrome Challenge.

    She used White Embossing for the Rose and colored with SU inks.  The Doily was made with a Tim Holtz die.



  • General

    Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2018: Coffee part 1

    I love the August 2018 My Monthly Hero set!  Probably because I love coffee or Lattes to be exact!!  I’ve been dying to get my hands on it but as usual it’s been hard with family in town, preschool starting, field trips, etc.  I finally got started and have three cards for today.

    First, I used the full cafe scene die cut from a scrap sheet of natural white cardstock.  I wanted to see how easy it would be to create a card quickly with it…and it was easy!


    I simply used Vintage Photo distress ink to age the die cut and the background paper (SU).  Then a simple heart from the stamp set on the sign in SU Calypso Coral with a layer of the crystal lacquer included in the kit.  The Sentiment is stamped with Archival coffee and embossed in clear with Hero Arts brown pearls.

    For the second card I wanted to do a rainbow theme.

    I stamped each cup out with Memento ink and colored in fun bright colors with Copics and Spectrum Noir markers.  Then I used the stamps in the set and in a couple other Hero Arts sets to decorate each cup.  The sentiment, “espresso yourself” was perfect for the look I was going for!  Some cups are glued flat and some are popped up.  A patterned paper “table” and some sequin finish it off.

    The final card for today has the latte feel for sure!  It is yummy!

    I stamped the background with Simon Says Stamp Circle Doodles background stamp and white heat embossed.  Then I added Walnut Stain Distress Oxide with a ink blender.  I concentrated the ink on the ends and less towards the center.  The mug was stamped in Memento and colored with Copics.  I then used the White puff embossing powder included in the kit to add the milk design.  It has great texture!  Sentiment is white heat embossed on black paper.  Both elements were popped up on foam tape.


    I believe it’s time for a latte!!

    Have a blessed day!!

  • Kits

    Fly Me Away (Beautiful Flowers) Kit Part 1

    I’ve been wanting to play with the Fly Me Away kit from Simon Says Stamp and the stamp set Beautiful Flowers all summer!  Unfortunately all the summer action kept getting in the way.  I made one card a few months ago and started playing with coloring the flower stamps using watercolors, alcohol markers and Prismacolor pencils but then just couldn’t get them finished!  Finally I now have 7 cards to share.  I just love these flowers and will be making more really soon!

    This first card was the first I made a few months ago.  I used distress oxide (Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Lucky Clover, and Cracked Pistachio) and watercolored the background focusing color where I knew the flowers and leaves would land.  Then I embossed the large flower blooms image with pearl embossing powder.  However when I did this it didn’t show up well so I then embossed with white over the pearl (yay for the Misti!).  I loved how that turned out.  I used SU Calypso Coral ink to stamp the sentiment and the same colored card stock for the base.  The sequins are from a retired SU set.  They matched perfectly!  This technique was a lot of fun and I loved the results!

    For the next card I couldn’t decide on using white embossing powder or silver… so I did both!

    This card is soooo easy but has a very pretty look and strong impact.  I used my misti to stamp the large flower blooms, happy and birthday with Versamark ink and added the embossing powder.  The white is Ranger detail white and the silver is one I’ve had with no label on it.  I put the white on a 110lb white card base and the silver is backed with a silver mirror cardstock and placed on a white 110lb base.  The white also has pearl accents and the silver Studio Katia gems.

    I love the simplicity of this kit to make a beautiful card!  For the next card I used one of the patterned papers from Moda Scrap included in the kit to make a simple card.

    After putting it on a pale purple cardstock I stamped the sentiment with a light purple and used Wink of Stella on the balloons and the rooftops.  I couldn’t get the shimmer to show in a picture but it really helps take this card from plain to pretty!

    I used the Tim Holtz Texture Fade Botanical on the included gold cardstock for the next card.  LOVE it!

    I added it to a Simon Says Stamp black cardstock base.  Popped up one of the flowers I had previously colored with Spectrum Noir/Copic markers (I have some of both) as well as the Big Thanks die from Simon Says Stamp.  For final touches I added some dots with Ranger black enamel.

    As I placed the “thanks” down I thought it was straight but the dimensional adhesive I used wasn’t going to let me fix it.  Gives it more character, ha ha.

    I made the background for this next card with Nuvo shimmer powders.  It was my first time playing with them and they are so much fun!  I can’t wait to do more with them.  I simply added water to a watercolor paper and sprinkled the powders on.  Then I tilted the paper to get the colors to move and mix.  I used Cherry Bomb, Blue Blitz and Green Parade.  I kept the rest of the card simple and used a single flower from the set I had watercolored with the die cut greeting in black cardstock.  Finally I used Studio Katia gems for some bling.

    The final card was made after I watched Jennifer McGuire’s recent video on Perfect Pearls.  It’s a “trial and error” card.

    I stamped the repeated background on SU Rose Romance cardstock with versamark and added the Perfect Pearls with the included brush.  I then stamped the flower on vellum with versamark and drew leaves in with a versamarker.  I then added white embossing powder.  It didn’t stand out on the pink background so I added a white cs background to it.  The sentiment is stamped with Rose Romance ink and Studio Katia gems gave some bling to the card.


    I hope you enjoyed these cards!  I’ll be back soon with a cards from a new kit…maybe the Hero Arts coffee set??


    Have a wonderful and blessed day!








  • Kits

    Mandy’s Flowers SSS August 2018 Card Kit Part 2

    I finally got to play some more with the Simon Says Stamp August kit this weekend!  I really wanted to keep making more but 3 was my max with the time I had to use!

    The first card was inspired by one of the samples on the sheet that comes with the kit.

    I wanted to try to do the watercolor coloring on the Modern Rose Blooms cling background stamp.  I used Abandoned Coral, Tumbled Glass, Mowed Lawn and Mustard Seed distress markers to color it in.  Then I sprayed water on it and stamped.  I didn’t feel I used as much water as needed for the look I originally wanted but still thought it looked good and a little shabby.  I used the same markers as well as Twisted Citron and Hickory Smoke to color in the flower and vase.  To put it all together I used a wonky rectangle die on the background, added it to a MFT gray cardstock, and white heat embossed a greeting on the same cardstock.  For final touches I added some white mulberry paper behind the popped up flower and a small Doodlebug heart (came with the kit) next to the greeting.

    The next card shows how it doesn’t have to take a long time to make a card.  I made the background from two of the BoBunny patterned papers that came in the kit.  Added a small sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black and a stitched square with a simple copic colored image.  Finally I used white Nuvo drops to fill in the center of each flower.

    (As I post this I see I missed a flower!  It’s like a Find Waldo…do you see it? Ha Ha!)

    The last card was one I started without an ending in mind.  I wanted to do an embossed background resist with the Modern Rose Bloom stamp and distress oxide.  I used Worn Lipstick and Broken China.  Then it was trial and error to decide how I wanted to put it all together.  I colored the tulips and jar with Copic and Spectrum Noir markers.

    I felt the background was a little to bold so by cutting it in 2/3’s it helps break it up.  I added some pink rick rack, a circle sentiment embossed with Broken China and clear powder and ink blended Worn Lipstick on top.  Finally I added some of the Bubblegum Blush nuvo drops that came in the kit to finish it off.

    All of the cards were added to a 110 lb white card base.

    I hope you enjoyed these cards as much I did creating them.  Thanks for looking!  Have a wonderful and blessed day!



  • Kits

    Mandy’s Flowers SSS August 2018 Card Kit Part 1

    I hope everyone is having a great Summer!  I haven’t posted for a bit because I’ve been in Idaho visiting my mom with my son.  We had tons of fun going to the river, the lake, enjoying family (including my 2 month old nephew!) and of course stamping with my crafty mom!

    I was able to pull out the newest Kit from Simon Says Stamp and start to play.  I plan to make more cards this week so this card is just a teaser.


    I don’t have any of the Nuvo mousse so when I saw my mom had them I just had to play!  I used a stencil with the light aqua mousse to create the shiny background (so much prettier in person).  While it dried, I stamped the jar and flowers in black Memento ink.  I masked off the saying on the jar to have a plain glass jar.  I then colored it in with Copic markers, drew in stems with a fine Copic pen and fussy cut it out.  The sentiment was stamped in black Archival Ink on vellum die cut from an SU label die with the flowers popped up on foam dots next to it.  For finishing touches I added a thin white string around the jar, used the Bubble Blush Nuvo drops included in the kit and added it all to a SU Bermuda Bay card.


    I hope you enjoy this card!  If so subscribe to my blog and you won’t miss the next cards I make from Mandy’s Flowers and other kits.


    While I was making the above card my mom made the two following cards, one for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Wild Things.  How cute is he?!  The sentiment on the bottom is what is in the card.

    And one because we love coffee!!

    Have a wonderful and blessed day!






  • Online Card Classes

    Simply Watercolor Day 4 and 5

    I’ve been out of town the last week so unfortunately I wasn’t able to do the last two days of the Simply Watercolor class.  I was able to watch the videos and practice a little from the skills they taught.  I probably won’t be making cards from these but it was fun to play with the watercolors.  I will continue practicing flowers, leaves and scenery over the next few days and post some cards soon!

    Here is what i created while playing for the 30 minutes I had.

    More cards and ideas to come soon!

    Have a wonderful and blessed day!

  • Online Card Classes

    Simply Watercolor Day 3

    Welcome back to more Simply Watercoloring!

    Today was Lettering and Typography.  I really like working with letters and learning more about handlettering.  I’ve always had fun with creating fun writing!

    First was a copy from a font that we did wet on wet technique to color in the inside with various colors.  I love how this one came out!

    The next one I did was rainbow writing.  Guest artist Laura Bassen did a very pretty hello I wanted to try to copy.  Mine came out okay.  She said her’s was her 8th attempt so I don’t feel so bad.  I don’t have time to do it 8 times but I’m sure my 8th would look a lot better!  Not sure if I’ll be making a card with it yet.

    The last one I did was a handwritten thank you with a watercolor wash behind it.  I chose to do a turquoise ombre.  I just finished it so it has not been trimmed and made into a card yet.  I will post finished project later if it looks any different.

    Thank you for looking!

    Have a wonderful and blessed day!









  • Online Card Classes

    Simply Watercolor Day 2

    Hello again!  As promised I have a card from the Online Card Class Simply Watercolor.

    Day 2 was critters and animals.  I’ve always been ok at drawing but usually do better copying an image from someone else over coming up with my own.  Kristina Werner’s animals are so cute I decided to just straight copy.  I wanted to use the card for my nephew’s 7th birthday (yes, another nephew’s birthday…I have 10!) so did add the watercolor image to a patterned paper and added Wink of Stella to the balloons and party hat (oh, I did add my own twist with the party hat, whoo whoo).


    I’m working on some of the other critters and will post in the future!

    Thanks for looking!


    Have a wonderful and blessed day!