Neat & Tangled: My Favorite Nut

Hi friends! Today I have the Galentine’s Day card I made for my best crafty friend. I was super lame and got it in the mail late, so she only received it yesterday! But any day is still a good day to get a handmade card in the mail, right? Right.


To make this card, I used the individual squirrel stamps from Neat and Tangled’s My Favorite Nut stamp set. I stamped the squirrels randomly around a piece of watercolor paper using Distress Ink in Antique Linen, so I could do no-line watercoloring. I used various tubes of watercolor paint mostly from Holbein. I’m not entirely pleased with my painting. So much brown and I didn’t have enough patience to really get my squirrel details down. Oh well. I still think it turned out pretty cute.


While the squirrels were drying, I trimmed a piece of scrap watercolor paper into a flag and stamped the sentiment on it. I used a stitched rectangle die to further trim the main watercolor panel and then adhered the panel to an A2 top-folding card base.

I think this is a card that my cat Oliver would give his little squirrel friend that visits him from time to time at my craft room window. He comes up to the window and chatters at Oliver and drives the poor cat bonkers. Ollie bangs on the window with his little paw, and the squirrel jumps into a nearby tree and just chatters away at him. It’s super cute.

Squirrels, am I right?



Sail Away

I’m finally getting around to posting the two cards I made with Simon Says Stamp’s July card kit. I have to admit that I’m not that big on nautical themes, but I do love the waves stamp and the patterned 6×6 papers that I get to add to my collection. I think I mentioned before that the waves, when stamped/embossed in white, especially on a dark blue background, sort of remind me of sashiko embroidery.

For the first card, I wanted to play up the potential for layering. I stamped a couple groupingsΒ of waves and colored them with Copics. I added a bit of Wink of Stella (which is totally not showing up in the photo) and (more than) a touch of a white gel pen. I cut them out and used foam dots to adhere. I think the bottom/front waves have two layers of foam dots for extra lift. I stamped and Copiced (sure, that’s a word) the sail boat, cut it out, and positioned it so that it was sort of between the waves. This is definitely a padded-envelope kind of card. Thankfully, I doubt I’ll be sending it anywhere.

sail away

For the second card, I used that waves stamp again, this time heat embossing almost an entire panel’s worth. Then I got out the watercolors and painted a sort of ombre of blue. Can you spot the booboo I made? I got a little cocky thinking that I could paint and heat at the same time. Do you know what that does? It melts the embossing powder (as it should) and then the watercolor kind of ruins it. So I re-stamped and re-embossed that wave, which really only made it worse. What is one to do? Cover that #&%! up with a tag!


More cards coming up! Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

Watercolor Wednesday

Hi there.

I’m still celebrating my birthday. A dear friend brought me a delicious birthday cupcake today, so it’s legit.

My mom gave me a Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor set for my birthday and I’m loving it! Even the swatches are pretty.

Swatching colors from the new Kuretake Gansai Tambi water colo(u)r set that my mom got me for my birthday. So pretty!For the card below, I heat embossed the feather stamp (also a birthday gift, so cute) onto some watercolor paper. Then I quickly painted over it and took my heat tool to it, mostly because I’m too impatient to watch paint dry but also because it has the really neat effect of pushing the paint around the on the paper. Then, once it was dry, I ran it through my Big Kick with a stitched panel (4×5.25″) and affixed it just off center onto my card base. It’s very simple, but I love this card.

indigo feather

I love this card too. I painted very rough circles in rainbow colors and took the heat tool to it, because effect, and then drew in balloon outlines and strings with my 0.3 Copic multiliner. The happy birthday sentiment comes from the Party Animal stamp set from Lawn Fawn.

Watercolor balloons

Not shown is the little Party Animal I stamped on the inside of the card base. You know,Β I think I’m going to give this card to my husband to give to me for my next birthday, ha ha.

I have more cards made from birthday gifts during my birthday month coming up. Until then, happy birthday to all the July babies out there!