Where Creativity Meets C9 – Challenge Guest

Hi friends, I’m super excited to be a guest designer for the June challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9. If you’re joining me for the first time, welcome, I’m happy you’re here!


This month’s challenge is all about layers, which I will admit is not my strength. But I love a challenge.

For my card, I layered all sorts of things: textures, media, die-cuts, embellishments, and of course, paper.

First, I used the outer die from the Pretty Petals die set to cut out the large flower from watercolor paper. Then I stamped the flower details from the coordinating stamp set in Versamark and heat embossed with clear powder. I added a watercolor wash using my new favorite paints, Sennelier L’Aquarelle. I then used the detail die to get the individual petals and painted those green to stand in for leaves.


I used the Friend Like You die to cut the sentiment into the flower, and then adhered the petals behind it. I then used a stitched rectangle die on a piece of kraft cardstock and also used the border from Friend Like You for a little extra detail. I stamped the large stripe from Stripe Builder in Versamark for a watermarked look. For embellishments, I added some string and Nuvo Crystal Drops in clear (water droplets!).

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my card for the June challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9!

Inspired by #52 and Where Creativity Meets C9 #8

Hi friends! Today I have two one layer cards featuring stamps from Concord & 9th. Both of these cards were created using just the card base, with no additional paper layers.


(Background paper is Garden Tea Party floral wrapping paper from Paper Source.)

First up, I have a one layer card using the large floral stamp from Hello Lovely and the large background stripe stamp from Stripe Builder.


First I stamped the floral stamp down in the corner, using Versamark ink, and then embossed with gold powder.  Then I made a mask, which let me tell you, now I understand why they call it “fussy cutting”. With the mask in place, I stamped the stripes in black ink (Lawn Fawn). Where the stripes should have been behind the floral spray, but weren’t due to the mask, I filled in with a black brush marker, which thankfully matched the Lawn Fawn ink perfectly.  Next, I stamped and embossed the sentiments in gold to match the floral spray. Finally I added a few enamel dots for embellishment.

52I’m entering this card into the latest Inspired by all the Little Things challenge. I was inspired by the striped rain coat, black & white scene, and the small pops of bright lights.

Since I went to the trouble of cutting out that mask, I decided to make a second one layer card using the floral stamp from Hello Lovely.


For this card, I stamped in the upper left corner, lay down the mask, and then stamped again in the upper right. I should note that I only partially inked the stamp the second time because I didn’t want the floral spray extending too far down the card. Pro tip: Make sure your stamp is completely dry after cleaning and before positioning in your stamp platform. I ended up with diluted grey ink smudging my card before I stamped the second time. To correct that, I smooshed some of that ink onto my craft mat, spritzed it, and flicked it over my card with a paintbrush. Happy accident. I finished the card with an embossed sentiment from the Give Thanks set, some black and white string, and some enamel dots that provide the only color on this card.
challenge8I’m entering this card into the latest Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge, which is “one layer” cards.

Thanks for stopping by today!







Update: I was the challenge winner at WCMC9! Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments!

With love in my heart

Valentine’s Day is upon us. My husband and I have decided to give each other the gift of take-out for dinner and catching up on our stories (The Expanse, likely) or watching hockey. I will probably knit. The dogs will snuggle with us on the couch and most definitely start snoring. Idyllic, if you ask this introvert.

When I sat down at my desk yesterday, I was really stuck for ideas. I scanned through the challenge blogs I follow looking for inspiration and was coming up empty. It happens. Second pass, a few small ideas started surfacing. Finally I settled on an idea for the latest challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9. Love is this month’s theme.


Here is my card:


I started off by die-cutting a heart out of watercolor paper. Then I trimmed a piece of card stock down to A2 size. (By the way, My Favorite Things’ Whip Cream card stock is a perfect color match to most of the watercolor paper I’ve used.) Then, using my MISTI, I positioned the heart onto the panel and held it in place with a magnet. Using stamps from the Wildflowers set from C9 and Papertrey Ink’s Soft Stone ink, I stamped an arrangement of flowers so that they fell off the edge of the heart.


Then I used Distress Markers (Candied Apple and Worn Lipstick, my favorites) and a water brush to paint just the petals on the heart. I love these two shades of red together. I used both colors on the larger petals, and just Worn Lipstick on the smaller petals.

The sentiments are from the Give Thanks set, with a slight modification: I wanted the “l” in love to be bigger, so I inked up just the “ove” part, and then used the larger “l” from the Sophisticated Scrip letter set. It was almost seamless, but I was just a touch off in my positioning. Illustrator pen to the rescue! Finally, I mounted the panel to a top-folding A2 card base.


I hope to have another Valentine’s Day card (or Galentine’s Day, in this case) later this week. I just need to get it in mail to my “gal”. Don’t want to spoil it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Howdy lovely

Hi friends! Today I have a card for the latest challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9. This month’s challenge is to try something new. No problem!


Here’s my card:


For the something “new,” I decided to try my hand at some hand-lettering. I penciled in my “howdy” first so I could figure out the layout. Then I used the the Hello Lovely stamp set (new fave!), stamping the floral motif using Distress Ink in Antique Linen, so I could do some no line water coloring. I used Distress Markers (Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple, Twisted Citron, Evergreen Bough, Wild Honey, Tumbled Glass, and Broken China) and a paintbrush to paint the image. Once everything was dry, I used a brush pen (I forget the brand, and I’m comfortable and don’t want to get up to find it) and very carefully filled in the sentiment. I’ve pretty much never hand lettered anything before, so I just took my time, practiced on some scrap, and basically treated it like eyeliner – start out thin and go back and fill. Then I took some loosened black watercolor paint and flicked it all over the place. After everything was dry, I slapped it on a card panel, et voilà.


Originally I thought about doing a negative space block “hello”, but I was kind of amused by the idea of using “howdy” against such a delicate background.

Thanks for stopping by!

Color Throwdown #424

So, hello 2017. Resolution #1: Post more often on the blog. Post on the blog.

How are you? Are you recovering from the holidays? I love the Christmas season, but I secretly look forward to put everything away and getting my house back. It’s time to clean all the things and start fresh for the new year.

And with the new year comes new card challenges! So let’s get to it. Today I have a card for the latest Color Throwdown.

Here’s my card:


I used the Give Thanks stamps and dies from Concord & 9th. I’ve had this set for a little while, but this is the first time I’ve really used it.

I used the heart shaped leaf die and cut to cut out four hearts from a panel of black cardstock. I stamped the “with love in my” sentiments and embossed them in white, and then stamped additional “love”s and embossed them in clear for a tone on tone look. On a panel of watercolor paper (smooth side), I colored the hearts with pink and lime green Tombow dual brush markers and blended them out with a water brush.

Then I glued the leaf veins from the die cuts and fixed them off-center for each heart. I went over the veins with some clear Wink of Stella. In retrospect, I probably should’ve done that before I glued them to the card. But, hey. I like to live dangerously.

I mounted the black panel to the watercolor panel with foam tape for some dimension and then adhered it to my card base.

Then I marveled at how I managed not to make a grievous mistake at the last possible moment and quickly took a picture before I, like, tore it or something.


That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by and have a happy New Year.

Inspired by…#33

Hi everyone, I’m back with a card for the Inspired by All the Little Things challenge, #33. Here is this week’s inspiration photo:


And here is my card.


I love bottle brush trees, so that’s what I used from the photo. I used the bottle brush tree stamps from the  O Christmas Tree set from Concord and 9th to create the background, as well as the small “noel” and “joy” stamps.  Then I die-cut the large Joy using the Joy die, also from Concord and 9th. On another panel of card stock, I used both the thin and thick Joy stamps from the coordinating stamp set, embossing the thin Joy. I added some gold twine (from the $1 spot at Target!), layered my panels and adhered to a card base.


I used Summer Splash and Tropical Teal dye inks from My Favorite Things and Festive Berries and Crushed Coral Distress Inks. I thought they matched the colors in the inspiration photo quite nicely.

Paper products are from Paper Source – I used 4-bar flat cards and folded cards in eco white. And do you love these bottle brush trees I got from Michaels? I’m planning on making a little jar “snow globe” with some of them, but for now, they are photo props.


That’s it for now. If I don’t get back before then, Happy Thanksgiving (or Happy Thursday) to everyone.

Where Creativity Meets C9 #2

Today I have a card to share for the latest challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9. The theme of this challenge was watercolor. Concord &9th and watercolor? Yes, please!


I made this card immediately after seeing the challenge post and then just sort of held onto for, like, forever. Nothing like procrastination!


I used the You’re My Person floral stamp: I masked of a wide strip and stamped the large floral stamp twice to fill it in, rotating it slightly so that the flowers would line up without overlapping. I used Distress Ink in Antique Linen to make the impression so that I could have a no-line watercolor look. I lost some of the detail in the flowers that way, but I’m still pretty happy with the look. I painted the flowers with Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors. Then I stamped the sentiments Brushed Blossom set in VersaFine and heat embossed with clear powder. I stamped and painted a few more flowers around the sentiment. Then I attached the panel to a top-folding A2 card base.

Thanks for looking!