Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Winter Birthday

I have a serious addiction to watercoloring and wanted to make a winter birthday card using one of Inspired By Stamping's beautiful sets called Winter Birds and watercolor it using a no line technique. 

I first stamped my sweet little Titmouse bird onto watercolor paper using a light dye based ink. The Antique Linen Distress ink is perfect for this. I then watercolored it using some new watercolors that come in tubes I just picked up. The brand is Reeves and I am quite pleased with the high pigmentation of these and the cost was very affordable as well. I started with the branch and had looked at several photographs online to get the coloring of the bird correct and one photo had the bird sitting on a branch with some red berries, so I hand painted those in.

I think one of the most challenging parts of watercoloring is that you if you want white you must not paint the paper in that spot! Watercoloring is somewhat forgiving in that you can go back in with a very wet clean brush and add the water to the parts you want to lighten by wetting and then drying your brush and soaking up the water in that spot. Most if not all the color will be removed. After watercoloring I trimmed out my bird and mounted it on foam tape to the frame from A Lovely Birthday. I stamped the sentiment directly onto the frame.

The beautiful pattern paper is from the Spring Lilacs paper pad. For my little banner I stamped just the bottom portion of the banner included in the A Lovely Birthday and trimmed it out. Some stitching and some tiny rhinestones finished my card. I hope you give watercoloring a try if you haven't already! Have a blessed day :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Hello! Today I have a card to share with you that uses a beautiful image from the Great Impressions shop called (G512) Winter Snowflake

I first embossed the snowflake in white onto kraft paper and selectively inked the "peace" from the (D489) Love and Joy sentiment. For my background I used the same snowflake stamping it first in the aqua ink in each corner and then in the dark red ink to fill the gaps. 

Be sure to join us in this month's challenge (click!) and if you use any GI stamps be sure to link up to the customer gallery (click!). Be sure to stop by the Great Impressions store (click!) and maybe treat yourself to a few new images...did you know shipping is free over $25?! 
Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Watercolored Christmas

Hello stamping friends! Today I have a Christmas card to share with you that uses heat embossing and watercolor. I used the gorgeous Great Impressions image (G408) December Holly and Narcissus

I started by heat embossing my image in white and then watercoloring it using Tombow markers. For my sentiment I heat embossed it in gold using (E739) Old World Merry Christmas

Be sure to join us in this month's challenge (click!) and if you use any GI stamps be sure to link up to the customer gallery (click!). Be sure to stop by the Great Impressions store (click!) and maybe treat yourself to a few new images...did you know shipping is free over $25?! 
Have a wonderful day!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Heat Embossing a Negative Space Tutorial

Today I have a tutorial up at the A Walk Down Memory Lane. I'll show you how I heat embossed a negative space from a die cut. I hope you'll go take a peek :)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Monthly GI Challenge~ Use a GI Stamp!

Hello stamping friends. Today we begin a new challenge on the Great Impressions blog. This month it is use any Great Impressions stamp!

Here is my card:

I used the very sweet K100 Christmas Gracie image. I colored her with Copics and for my sentiment added the G483 Tags banner. I hope you'll join us this month! Have a wonderful day.

Winter Scene

I really enjoy creating scenes with stamps. It's something I don't do too often but I had an idea and wanted to see if it would work. Here is the result.

I started with the deer image from the Inspired By Stamping set, Build a Stocking. I used watercolor paper for my panel and started by creating some ground for my deer to stand on using a warm gray Tombow marker and blending it out with water. I knew I wanted to have pine trees around him so I took the single pine bough from the Christmas Wreath set and stamped it in two green Distress inks.  I then moved the color around to form the tree shape and finally went back with a Tombow marker in brown to add in the trunks and branches. My final step was to stamp one of the snowflakes in the Build a Stocking set. My sentiment is from Christmas Greetings and some dry embossing and sewing finished it off. I hope you like it! It's fun to figure out how to use stamp images in new ways. Have a great day!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Advent Calendar

With the Christmas season upon us I wanted to make time to make a special advent calendar that I've been wanting for the last couple of years. My advent calendar is centered around Bible readings for each day. A small but easy to use design is what I wanted. I pulled out several Inspired By Stamping sets to create my calendar and I am so happy with how beautiful it turned out. Here it is on the first day. You only see one tag at a time.

 I got a bit creative and decided to use an old picture frame that the glass had broken out of and removed the backing and used a large binder ring to hold all of my tags. It's easy to just flip to the next day and the size is just what I was after. 

I decided to do two designs and they alternate every other one. I really love how elegant they came out which isn't hard with the beautiful stamps Joanna designs!

My first design uses Fancy Labels 2 and Fancy Labels 2 dies for my focal point and where I hand wrote each day and Bible reference. For my background I used the Poinsettias set. I heat embossed my poinsettias in gold and then stamped my leaves over the top of them as well as the center of the flower. I then trimmed out some extra leaves and berries to add to my frame. To give it a bit more sparkle I added some sequins to the middle of each poinsettia. 

My second design used the Christmas Wreath set as well as the Fancy Lables 2. I trimmed out two pine boughs and a pine cone for my frame and added lots of sequins to the middle of each stamped snowflake.

I am already using this Advent Calendar and am enjoying how beautiful it is as well. I hope you are inspired today! Thanks for joining me.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Sticky Note Tutorial

Hi there! I have a tutorial up over at the Inspired By Stamping blog today. I hope you'll take a peek!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Guess the Christmas Carol Tag

Hello stamping friends! This week the DT is bringing you Christmas tags and you can guess what Christmas carol it was inspired by. I hope you'll give it a go and guess, it should be fun! Here is my tag.

For my image I used the lovely G182 Heavenly Angel and decided to watercolor her. It's hard to see in the photo but her wings are a shimmery gold using a metallic gelato. The rest of her was colored with my Tombow markers and a water brush. I added some punched leaves, a little felt rose and pearls. I backed the tag with some burlap that I die cut the end of. I've been resisting burlap but found this tight weave roll and couldn't hold out anymore :) Some ribbon and a bit of twine finish it off. I hope you'll give a guess as to what Christmas carol inspired my tag!

Be sure to join us in this month's challenge (click!) and if you use any GI stamps be sure to link up to the customer gallery (click!). Be sure to stop by the Great Impressions store (click!) and maybe treat yourself to a few new images...did you know shipping is free over $25?! 
Have a wonderful day!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Tags and Mass Producing Tips

Hello! I've got a post with some tips on mass producing over at the A Walk Down Memory Lane blog today. (click!) I hope you'll hop and over at take a peek. Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, November 30, 2014


I have a card to share with you that would be a lovely Christmas card or a winter card. I pulled out some Inspired By Stamping goodies and made this.

I started with my chickadee image from the Winter Birds set. I colored him with Copic markers. To the branch I wanted to add some holly leaves so I used the pair in the Christmas Wreath set also adding the berries. The matting piece is cut using Fancy Labels 1. I added some dry embossing, sewing and some other embellishments. I hope you like it! Have a wonderful day :)