Friday, May 29, 2015

Polka Dots and Watercolor Sentiments

Hello and welcome to the final day of the Inspired By Stamping release. I hope you've been enjoying it! Today we have 2 more sets to show you. Here they are:

These are super versatile sets and I had so much fun making my card!

I chose 3 of the polka dots to use to create my patterned paper. I love the variety of sizes and patterns! I chose the You are loved sentiment and paired it with the older Vintage Roses set. I hope you've been inspired. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Seaside Sentiments

Hello! Hope you have been enjoying the new Inspired By Stamping release! Today's set is called Seaside Sentiments. Here's a peek:

I just fell in love with this particular sentiment as it has so much meaning to me personally in so many aspects of my life. I started by stamping the sentiment and heat setting it and then lightly sketched in where I wanted the bit of land, horizon and sun to be. I then stamped the cattails, grass and birds. Over all of that I used Reeves tube watercolors and several different sized brushes to paint my scene.

When painting water a nice touch that gives it a much more "watery" feel is once your piece is dry go back over the water and add very white lines either with an opaque paint or a white gel pen. I hope you have a great day!

Seaside Sentiments

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Hello! What another lovely set we have to introduce you to today from Inspired By Stamping. This one is called Seaside and is perfect for a large range of cards and is great for masculine designs as well! 

I love lighthouses and sunsets so that is what I chose to create for my first card using this set. I stamped in some additional cattails and sea gulls that are also in the set. 

I watercolored the background and used Copics to darken up the lighthouse at the very end. I left a sentiment off as I think the image can speak for itself. Thanks for stopping by!

Tombow Markers
#4 round paint brush
Canson watercolor paper 140lb
sewing machine

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


I hope you are having a good week so far! Today I have a pretty new image to share with you called J116 Hydrangeas.

This image is perfect for looser watercoloring which is what I did. I used Tombow markers and a #4 round brush to color my image. For my sentiment I stamped and trimmed out the G483 Tags, "enjoy the day".

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!

Sun Ripened Pear

What a beautiful stamp set we have to share with you today for the Inspired By Stamping release! This one is called Sun Ripened Pear and it is lovely. I of course had to watercolor it, there was no resisting it!

I really love this sentiment too! Such a meaningful one for keeping in touch with loved ones far away. This is a fabulous set in that it lends itself perfectly to feminine or masculine recipients.
I die cut watercolor paper using Fancy Labels 2 and stamped in a light dye ink so I could do a no line look. I used Tombow markers to color and a #4 round brush.

Monday, May 25, 2015

PTI Blog Hop

Well it's be forever since I've had time to participate in a PTI blog hop so I was pretty excited to be able to today :) Here is the fun inspiration photo:

Blog Hop Inspiration

And here is my card:

I pulled many of the colors from the photo and thought it would be great to create some patterned paper using Brushed Blooms. What a lovely set that is! I also pulled out Mat Stack 1 die and stamp set. This is on a cream base as I have been neglecting my cream cardstock and am trying to use more of it. I hope you like it! Thanks for dropping by :)

Inspired By Stamping Release Day 1!

Hello stamping friends! We are kicking off the May Inspired By Stamping release and will have new stamp sets to show you everyday! Today set is called Big Wonderful.

When I saw this set I knew what I wanted to do with it first. I have a wall hanging in the hallway between my kids bedrooms that we use as a mail type spot. It's a place where we can write each other encouraging notes and post the most recently drawn picture. So I made a tag for each of my kids and will write a little note for them and pin them up for them to find. Here is a shot of where we pin things up.

Here's a closer shot of the tags. I made them with each of my kids favorite colors.

On the back I stamped lines to write on from the Vintage Postcards set. The sentiments are from the new Big Wonderful set. I pulled in a couple other older sets to personalize them more. I used Princess and Masculine Tags. Be sure to hop on over the IBS blog to see more inspiration!

Friday, May 22, 2015


Summer is my favorite time of year where I live. I live up in the high desert and our warm season isn't very long so I really love summer! This week we are showing you ideas for summer cards. One thing summer brings is time to be out in the garden and it's such a joy when I hear the familiar hum of a beautiful hummingbird buzz by. So for my card today I pulled out the gorgeous Hummingbirds set.
I stamped the fushia flowers first and then positioned my hummingbird to come take a sip of nectar. I watercolored the image using Tombow markers. I always use watercolor paper and a #4 round brush to paint with. My favorite way to get blended colors is to go wet on wet. You first wet the area you are working on with clean water and then drop in color which is also wet, hence the wet on wet term. It's always so magical to see how the colors blend and soften. For my sentiment I used the Happy Birthday from the Flower of the Month: Water Lily set.
I layered some cardstock underneath the image and then added some machine sewing. I hope you are feeling ready for summer if that is the next season for your neck of the woods. Have a great day!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

My Other Blog

Hello! I just thought I'd pop in to let you know I finally started writing at my more personal blog called Rewoven. I have a tab for it above if you want to come visit me there. I will share personal things I'm going through, homeschooling stuff, recipes and whatever else isn't as craft related. Hope to see you there as well. Hugs....

Most recent post over at Rewoven *click!*

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Birthday Cards With A Twist

Hello! This week the DT is bringing you ideas on fun birthday cards that have a special element to them to make them extra special.

For my card I decided a pocket in the front with a gift of money peeking out would be sure to bring an extra to smile to someone special. For my image I used the super cute G505 Birthday Friends. I colored with Copics and added the G483 Tags Happy Birthday sentiment.

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!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Buzzin' By....

For my card today I inked up the pretty Honey Bee set by Inspired By Stamping. I watercolored the image using Tombow markers and a #4 round brush. I like to used Versafine Onyx Black in or Vintage Sepia for watercoloring as the ink doesn't bleed at all when wet. For this image I stamped it in the Vintage Sepia which is still light enough to have a no line effect. I hope you have a great day!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Summer Birthday

Hello! This week we are sharing fun summery projects! I am back today with another summer card that uses the look of the ever popular chalkboard. I thought the high contrast would be a good play on all that summer brings.
I started with a piece of black cardstock and the Tropical Paradise set from Inspired By Stamping. I stamped my scene building images in Versamark ink and heat embossed in white. I go one image at a time so that I can see clearly and none of the embossing powder has a chance to fall off. For my sentiment and little detail I pulled out the Chalkboard Birthday set.
Since all my images are on black cardstock the perfect coloring medium was my Prismacolor pencils as the color really pops on dark papers. I like to blend my pencils using other pencils. I'll start with the lighter color and then blend with a darker shade or just back over with the same lighter pencil. I hope you have a great rest of your day!