White Petals

The greens, the yellows. The shadows on white petals. Inspiration from nature. Hugs on this yummy day! #whiteflower #natureinspires



Happy March Coloring

Hi! It’s been a while. I hope all are well!

It’s Day 26 of #thedailymarker30day 30 Day Coloring Challenge. While I’ve not shared, I have colored every day. It really is good for the soul.

Here are a few variations of the same stamped image from Cam & Chloe (Hampton Art). One, I stamped in black ink & colored mostly with colored pencils. The other, I heat embossed in white & watercolored. Super fun! Happy Day to All & thanks for peeking. ๐Ÿ˜Š


Soaking in the beauty

We got snow in Albuquerque this morning! Gorgeous & inspiring. My girl & I headed up the trail for a 5 miler. A hundred birds were singing. We passed a pack of coyotes & not one of us creatures cared. Love. โ„ Now, it’s a lovely time to craft with a hot cuppa. โ˜•๏ธ May your day be grand and full of what you love! ๐Ÿ’™ #happyday #beautifulsnow #natureinspires #happydog


Still Stamping

I continue to stamp daily in 2017. ๐Ÿ˜Š Last night, I hand-stamped & colored a quick set of four A1 or 4-bar size cards (4-7/8×3-1/2″) cards. Two are on 80lb Neenah Solar White & two are 80lb Neenah Desert Storm stock. Not having “Clarity” brushes that are so popular, I used inexpensive, soft paint brushes to lightly add distress inks to sky & grass. I tested some new colored pencils from an Amazon Deal set of 72. Not my favorites, but lots of colors & a great buy. And, with such a cute stamp set, “Bella & Friends” ยฉStampin’ Up!, it was hard to go wrong. I hope you took time to do what you enjoy today. Thanks for peeking! #stampinup #handmadecard #handstampedcard


Stamp Daily

Hi! Happy first week of January, 2017. I hope it’s an amazingly wonderful start to our year. And, I hope everyone chooses to take time to do something they enjoy. Every day! Even if for a few minutes. I plan to stamp daily. Even if I stamp some ink around on my desk pad. Here’s a quick play for today — first (top) & second (bottom) generation stampings of the floral image from Floral Phrases by Stampin’ Up! I used only 2 dye ink markers and some water. The 2nd gen version I spritzed with Glimmer Mist before stamping. Not a card. Yet. May you enjoy your day! And, thanks for peeking! ๐Ÿ™‚ #handstamped #stampinup #floralphrases #watercolorstamping #cansonmixedmediapaper #stampdaily


Fussy Stamping, Worth the Time

Although I’ve had this Sizzix Tim Holtz Season’s Greetings stamp & die set in my stash for years & played with it a few times, this is my first happy outcome. One ink color for the whole image is beautiful. Coloring onto the stamp is a fussy process for me. But, it was worth it for my die cut pieces. Lovely plum & green inks on creamy & speckly Neenah Environmental Tortilla cardstock. Thanks for peeking! #handmadecard #sizzixtimholtzseasonsgreetings


Gift Card Holder Using Scraps

What a fun way to use bits of yummy patterned paper. This quick gift card holder is also the perfect way to make a favorite gorgeous ribbon be the focal point, should you wish. I totally CASE’D (copy and share everything) Kristina Werner’s design. Who doesn’t? She’s amazing (@starofmay). Although she’s done several of these through the years, this design was from her 2012 Holiday Series, I believe. It starts with a 4.25×7″ base, scored on the long side at 1.25″ and 4.5″. I used just 2 Tiny Attacher staples to secure the gift card pocket. So quick & sweet. I’m thankful for crafty, inspiring, lovely, sharers of talent! #handmade #christmascard #yayforcraftyfriends


Lettuce Note

Hi! Yes. That’s lettuce. I basically squeezed the clorophyll from some leaves to stain some mixed media paper. I couldn’t forage for foliage outside today, but I had to try this technique (“duoprinting with chlorophyll”) shared by #understandblue. So, I had some spring mix lettuces. Wish I would have flipped horizontal the top leaf, but it was so very fun! Can’t wait to collect some local flora and do some more!! Thanks Lydia @ understandblue.blogspot.com for sharing & inspiring! #handmadecard #cooltechnique


Ta Ta For Now 30-Day Challenge

Day 30 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Ah. Day 30! Thanks @kathyrac for another lovely coloring challenge. I had so much fun & continue to be amazed by so many talented, caring, kind, & crafty friends! Thank you all so much! So awesome, you are, indeed! ๐Ÿค— #thedailymarker30day #bugaboostamps #watercolorcard #yayforcreativity #thankful