Not a card …

That’s the challenge at The Pixie Cottage this week – make anything but a card … or you can use the sketch below to make a non-card item (I’m thinking a layout or a home decor item or anything your creative minds can come up with):

I did a tag instead … really I made it like a bookmark because I gave my other bookmark away and I really need another one and never got around to making one.

My bird was stamped on vellum and I dabbed the whole thing with distressed ink and heat set the ink stained vellum till the whole thing was crispy.

So now it’s your turn to go and create and come back and share with us. I’m very curious to see what non card item you will be creating, especially if you choose to use the sketch.

The randomly picked winner of their choice of two fabulous Pixie Cottage stamps.

I hope your Valentine’s Day went well!


White space is good

Good morning friends,

I have always like my one layer card – less is more is a very powerful concept for me. However, my new Spellbinders Fancy Tag came on the mail yesterday when I was knee deep in kindergarten homework, design team assignments, PTO work, housework … you get the point.

I just had to try out my new Tags but didn’t have time to go into a complicated card. I also needed to make an extra card for Through the Craftroom Door. So I did the best of both – use my tag to make a CAS card for Through the Craftroom Door.

Here it is:

If I may toot my own hoot, I LOVE how it turned out!! So simple, yet with a touch of elegance. I’m planning to make more of this card – but perhaps, I will add a touch of pearl on both ends of my tag.

Have a relaxing day everyone.


Book Review: Coloring Techniques for Card Making

Before I begin this book review, how do you like the new look of my blog? The old pink was just getting too much for me – it was giving me heartburn. So here is a cleaner slate to start a new month and a new post … here goes:

This book is well laid out and it outlines various coloring medium options that opened my eyes beyond my repertoire of watercolor pencils and Copic markers for coloring.

The book is organized by the 3 broad and different coloring techniques:

1) Colored-pencils Techniques

2) Watercolor Techniques

3) Marker Techniques

Within each technique, the author also covers how to use different coloring tools to color. For instance, to achieve watercolor techniques (in section 2), you can use reinkers, ink pads, distress ink, water color pencils, water color crayons, alcohol inks to achieve the water color effect!! It didn’t even occur to me to use more than just water color pencils.

In addition, the author provides step by step instructions on how to used each coloring tool and showcases various projects done of that technique. She also talks about which paper is suitable for each coloring medium.

There could be better photos distinguishing the overall look of the technique used and but I just love how organized the book is laid out and it certainly helps me focus on the technique that I would love to learn more. Great reference for beginners!

And a bonus: I am giving this book away in my blog candy – so put your name in the blue froggy thingy and win this book.


Good photography day outside … NO!

Hi there …

It’s a terribly muggy hot day today in MN – perfectly windless with a bright sunshine! What a great day to take photos of my cards. Yet when I tried going out to take a card photo on my deck, some non-existent wind keeps blowing my card over. It’s just too frustrating!

Perhaps I will not be waiting till it’s winter in MN to get my lightbox after all.

Well, here is the card I tried photographing outside to no avail … I did enjoy making the card!

The little children dancing image from Hero Arts is just too happy – it’s called “Dancing with Flowers” and I just love these patterned papers from the new My Mind’s Eye Stella Rose Collection.

And for those who know me, you will know I can’t stop at 1 card. So I made another version of this card using distressed ink instead of pattered paper just to see how it would turn out. I’m not really sure which one I like better, so please give me your feedback. The sentiment was from Impression Obsession Sentiments II. I love how versatile that sentiment set is.

I hope you are having a “dancing in the flowers” kind-a day.


Impression Obsession

The Pink Elepant

By The Cute and Girly

Sunday’s with Crissy

One Crazy Stamper

Shabby Tea Room

Fussy and Fancy


Summer is here …

At least I hope it’s here to stay for a while, given the crazy weather we have been getting in MN.

Over at Crissy’s, she has declared summer too – a summer theme card! There are many things I love about the summers – allergy season from spring is slowing down a little; no need for coats, hats and mitten – thank goodness, when you have to run around the house to put on 2 sets of gloves before leaving the house (sometimes 3 sets when the 1st set comes off before the 2nd set goes on); grass is lush and flowers are blooming, especially the sunflowers … and here is my sunny flower card for Crissy’s challenge.

Background is stamped using Impression Obsession cover-a-card distressed diagonals. Flower image and sentiment are stamped using Stampendous Daisy Thanks Perfectly Clear stamps. The entire card was inked using Tim Holtz’s Distress Inks – Wild Honey and Vintage photo.

Enjoy the warm weather!

Other Challenges entered:

Crafter’s Companion Monthly Challenge

By the Cute and Girly Monthly Challenge

Impression Obsession It’s The Hot Fun In The Sun Challenge


Father’s Day Card … with a skirt on

This is the Father’s Day card my husband would be getting this year from his 11/2 yr old daughter and his 5 yr old son.

Making something in my craft room always relaxes me but this is a card that made me think.

Would any self-respecting man like to get this card?? Probably not. But would a dad like to get this card from his little girlie girl who thinks a card should wear a skirt – I know he would.

Then I contemplated even longer and harder whether I should post it on my blog AND submit it for a challenge – my reputation as a card maker/designer is at stake here if I put this out there and call it a masculine card. My kids are thrilled with this card, my husband would be tickled pink to receive it so why shouldn’t I be happy to give it to a man?

So I’m done thinking about this card and here is a shout out to all the craftswomen out there – who cares if your masculine card has some ribbon on it or a fancy flourish … Art should be fun and I love my fun, bordering on ridiculous looking, card.

Enjoy and have a Happy Father’s Day!

Details of the card:

Background was inked with Ranger Distressed Ink – Mustard Seed & Wild Honey. Popcorn the Bear is from Crafter’s Companion & sentiment is from Impression Obsession Clear stamp set – sentiments II. Popcorn the Bear was colored with Copic Markers (E31, E35, E50, E53, R20, Rv11, YG11, YG13, YG17, B21, B24, B29, B00, G03, G05, G07, E07, E37, E71, E74).

Challenge enter:

Impression Obsession

One Crazy Stamper


It’s that time again …

… Timeless Tuesday challenge at Flourishes. This time, Dee is challenging us to make or decorate a gift bag or box – what a fun and unique challenge!!

On my gift bag, I used Stampendous Jumbo Hydrangea stamp and Hero Arts Friend Definition stamps. The Friend definition background was distress and inked with Tim Holtz distress ink – walnut stain and the Hydrangea was colored using Copic markers (BV02, BV04, BV08, G28, G20, YG67). Both images was stamped using Memento Ink – Rich Cocoa. Flower centers were created using Tim Holtz Distress Stickles – Rock Candy.

The person who is getting the bag (and the gift inside) reads my blog so I’m not going to give the surprise away. I do hope you like it.

Other challenge/publications enter:

Sundays with Crissy

Prima Marketing Idea Book Submissions


Change is good, right?

You may have noticed that I have been making little changes to the design of my blog every so often. But today, I have hit the mother load of change – I’ve changed the entire hosting domain of my blog. From Blogger to WordPress. Apparently, Daniel, my technology GURU, thinks Blogger is not “powerful and versatile” enough so I have to go to a “better” one – solely his opinion, but after the blogger outage last week, I am inclined to agree.

Anyhow, you will be getting a new invite to follow me on my new blog address … sorry about the inconvenience. But please continue to subscribe to my blog. I very much appreciate your support of my creative journey.

And to welcome you to my new blog space. Here is a card for you.

Enjoy …. and 3 more days to my Copic certification class!! I’m excited beyond words.


Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge …

Good morning!!

I just love the Flourishes products – so timeless and elegant. And best of all, every Tuesday, they have a challenge where you can win. So here is my submission for this Tuesday.

My background was embossed using Tim Holtz Burlaps and Swirls Texture Fades and the evening gown image is from Impression Obsession. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Purple Concord to color the image.

Enjoy and have a great day!