Pink Christmas Color Layering

pinkchristmasthumbnailI heard somewhere that pink was going to be the “in” color this winter, so I decided to make a Christmas card using it. I like the green and pink together :0)

This was a pretty easy card, and I made it even easier by using a 3 x 5 blank index card for the front panel…no trimming necessary 😉

The pink gingham stamp is from Kaisercraft and the color layering tree is from Hero Arts.  I used my Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Stamping Platform to stamp these with a Memento dye in in Angel pink for the gingham background and four shades of green for the tree. The base stamp was stamped in Bamboo Leaves, next was Cottage Ivy, then Olive Grove, and finally Northern Pine.

I heat embossed the snowflakes with Hampton Arts embossing powder in a glittery white and the “Merry Christmas” greeting was done with Hampton Arts embossing powder in black.

To make the ornaments and star pop, I used my Sakura Glaze pen to color them in and then added a white highlight with a Signo Uniball white gel pen.

That’s it!  Pretty simple…hope you try it yourself.  Let me know what you think in the comments below.  Check out the video below.



Autumn Split Complementary

My inspiration for this card was the Online Card Class called Color Theory.ICT-participant

We learned about using the color wheel to choose color schemes for cards. Today’s lesson was on split complementary colors. If you look at a color wheel, a split complementary includes three colors.  The first can be any color on the color wheel, and then the two other colors are on either side of the first color’s complementary color.  Complementary colors are those that are directly across from each other.  The primary colors’ complements are:  Red and Green, Purple and Yellow, and Blue and Orange.

I decided to use the Kuretake Zig Clean Color brush markers.  These are watercolor markers that give a beautiful result.  Since this card is a fall card with leaves, I wanted to use red.  The complementary color of red is green.  To get a split complementary color scheme, I used the two colors on either side of green, which are the colors blue-green and yellow-green. My pack of markers didn’t have a blue-green, so I chose the color turquoise-green instead and really loved the results.   The mid-brown was a neutral to balance out the other colors.


I applied the red and mid-brown colors directly to my stamps, which was a Hero Arts set called Textured Leaves. Then, I spritz them with water and stamped them on cold press watercolor paper.  Once dry, I outlined them with a Sakura Glaze pen in clear ink in order to form a barrier around them so I could watercolor the turquoise-green on the background. Then I used the yellow-green marker to put dots all around the leaves.  When dry, I covered the dots with the Sakura Glaze pen. I adhered it to the right side of a card base and used the red marker to color the left edge of the card base.  Then I added a strip of watercolor paper colored with the mid-brown marker.  Check out the video below:

The products I used on this card (I am an Amazon affiliate):


Autumn Card: Embossing with a Stencil

fallherringbonethumbSome of my favorite colors are the earthy colors of fall.  The deep rich reds, oranges, and golds we see on the falling leaves are so warm and welcoming in my opinion, but I didn’t want to make a card with fall leaves as I had last year.  Instead, I decided to use a herringbone stencil to create an embossed background.  I chose this technique because coloring the raised area through the stencil allows for a multi-colored background.  Please check out my YouTube video of the card below and then see the list of products I used below that (I am an Amazon affiliate):

Cricut Cuttlebug Die Cutting & Embossing Machine:

Cricut Cuttlebug Adapter Plate C, 5.875″x7.75:

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cover 8.5″x11″ 250/pack

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110# Cover 8.5″x11″ 250/pack:

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads:

Finger Sponge Daubers (40 Pack) with Storage Case:

Inkadinkado Herringbone Sticky Stencil (similar to what I used):

Darice GX220014 Vellum Value Pack 8.5″X11″ 50/Pkg-Clear 95gsm:

Sizzix Framelits Die Set with Stamps, Happy Fall Y’all by Jen Long:

Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Watercolour Brush Pens (Set Of 60):

Fiskars 9 Inch SureCut Paper Trimmer:

Elmer’s CraftBond Fine Line Glue Pen:

Dimensional Adhesive(Pop up squares):

We R Memory Keepers WER663007 Precision Press:

Bible Journaling Psalm 24:1 KJV

Psalm 24:1 KJV The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

When I read this verse, it made me think of the song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” So, of course, I wanted an image of the earth. That’s when I thought of using my Creative Devotion rub ons because it has an aqua color circle that could easily double for the earth. Next, I drew on the land and then stamped some cute little faces around the “earth” from a stamp set called, “Stick Family” by Stampabilities. I am not able to find the stamp set online anymore, but I originally purchased it at a Hobby Lobby store. Enjoy the video above and don’t forget to see the products below that!


The products I used on this project ( I am an Amazon and DaySpring affiliate):

American Crafts 2 Sheets Rub-ONS Creative Devotion:

Prismacolor 3596T Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 12 Count:

Sakura Pigma Micron 03 PEN 0.35mm Black Ink:

KJV, Journal the Word Bible, Cloth over Board, Green Floral, Red Letter Edition: Reflect, Journal, or Create Art Next to Your Favorite Verses:  on Amazon at, or on DaySpring:

Happy Mother’s Day 2018

Today, I have a freebie for you to help you celebrate Mother’s Day!  Below is a wreath I created on Adobe Illustrator.   To capture the image, right click on the image and select, “Save image as” and then choose the folder you want to save it in.  Never use “Copy image” because the quality of the image will be degraded if you resize it before printing it.  Also, if you plan to color it, you will want to use a laser printer so the ink will not run when it comes into contact with the medium with which you choose to color the flower.  I have read that some people set ink jet images with a heat gun and it doesn’t run when coloring it, but I never had any luck with that method.  Enjoy!  Don’t forget to check out the Mother’s Day shaker card below this post :0)floralwreath

Mother’s Day Shaker Card with Inlaid Die Cuts

mothersdaythumbnailWelcome to my blog.  I love making greeting cards by hand.  Today I have a Mother’s Day card for you.  Using a flower die cut, I created three openings on the front panel of my card.  These will be the “windows” for my shaker card.  Then, using the same die cut, I cut out three flowers from pink cardstock.  On the back of the front panel, I adhered a piece of acetate large enough to cover the flower openings.  When dry, I turned the card over and adhered the pink die cuts inside the flower openings I had created earlier on the front panel.  Turning the card over, I placed some foam tape around the openings of the flower and the rest of my front panel.  Now, here comes the sequins.  Fill the “well” created by the foam tape with three different colors (or one if you wish) of sequins.  Remove the release tape from the foam tape and adhere it to the front of your folded card panel. To dress up the front of the card, I cut a strip of watercolored paper with a fancy edged rotary blade…this one was a Fiskars Victorian style blade…and adhered it to the front of my card.  Finally, I used Versa Mark ink to stamp a greeting and embossed it with heat embossing powder.  I hope you enjoy the video below as well as a list of the products used on this card:

To create the watercolor strip I used on the card, I used a wet on wet watercolor technique with some pearlescent watercolors by Yasimoto.  First, I laid down some clean water on my watercolor paper.  Then, I dabbed on the three different colors of watercolor on the paper and allowed them to run together along their edges.  I used pinks and purples.  Then, I used some of the Zig clean color real brush markers in violet and light violet to flick on some splashes of color.  To do this, I colored the Zig markers on a clear acrylic block and used a wet paintbrush to flick the color onto the paper.  Finally,  I sprayed some Tattered Angles glimmer mist in autumn gold onto the page.  ONce it was dry, I used a Fiskar’s rotary trimmer with a Victorian blade to cut the strip of paper for my card.

The products I used on this card:

Elizabeth Craft Designs Happy Flowers Die set #1325: or at

Cricut Cuttlebug:

Fiskars Rotary Trimmer:

Fiskars Victorian Blade:

Glossy Accents:

Hampton Arts Embossing Powder:

Strathmore Watercolor Paper:

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers:

Yasimoto Pearlescent Watercolors:

Heidi Swapp Magnolia Lane Stamps by American Crafts:

Foam Tape in bulk: (I’ve never used this brand, but couldn’t find link to the one I used on this card).

Sequins in bulk:

Easter Card with Watercolor Egg Wreath

There is nothing like Easter that makes me think about color.  Instead of just coloring some real eggs this Easter, I decided to break out my oval die set to make some paper eggs. First, I used some watercolor markers to color a sheet of watercolor paper with the colors of the rainbow, only in lighter version to make them feel more “Eastery”.  Then, I used my oval dies to cut out a bunch of “eggs”.  I also used some flower dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs to create some flowers out of the same watercolor paper.  Then, I used some stickers (border stickers from Hot of the Press/Paper Wishes, and Easter stickers from Walmart) to decorate the eggs.  Putting it all together in a wreath makes a beautiful focal image for an Easter Card.  I used a sheet of textured cardstock the size of 12 X 12 cut to 12 X 6 and scored at 3″ and 6″ to create a gate fold card.  I adhered the wreath to only the right side of the front of the card so the card opens on the wreath side.  Enjoy the card and the video:


Products I used on this card:

Bible Journaling Luke 16:31

Bible Journaling is something that is new to me.  Adding images to my bible to illustrate what a verse means to me really helps me to remember and cement these ideas and verses in my heart and mind.  I hope they can provide insight, illumination, or encouragement to others.  My journaling bible was purchased from  You can get it from Amazon also. (I am an affiliate for Amazon and DaySpring). It  has large margins for notes and so on, which I prefer because I don’t like covering up the Word of God.  Anyway, the verse is Luke 16:31 which tells about a rich man and poor man and what happens to them when they die.  Check out my YouTube video to hear more and see my illustrations.  Have a great day!


Zig Memory System Writers (markers):

KJV, Journal the Word Bible, Cloth over Board, Green Floral, Red Letter Edition: Reflect, Journal, or Create Art Next to Your Favorite Verses:  on Amazon at or on DaySpring:

Stained Glass Window Card with Maymay Made It heART Scripture Stamp

Stained glass is so beautiful!  I’ve wanted to do a stained glass card for a long time, so I’m so thankful that Maymay Made It produced one.  It is a color laying stamp, but on this card I only used the outline stamp with some Sakura Glaze pens to color in the section of the window.  The inside of the card features cute little faces from a Stampabilities stamp set called “Stick Family” I purchases at hobby lobby a while ago.  Can’t find it for purchase, but they do have some stick family stickers for sale.  Check out the YouTube video to see the card being made and like and subscribe!


Products I used on this card:
Maymay Made It heart Scripture Stamp Set:

stick family sitckers

Color Before Foiling with Distress Ink

I love foiling!  The result is simply gorgeous.  Coloring before foiling, however, takes it to a whole new level.  In the following card, I applied distress ink using fingertip sponge daubers to a pre-printed toner image before foiling it with a pretty pinkish/magenta foil.  As you can see, the results were beautiful. :0)  I used images designed by Anna Griffin along with her Minc machine, which I purchased through HSN. However, you can also use a regular laminator to foil.  If you can’t find the Anna Griffin images, I know that Gina K Designs also does these. She calls them foil mates. I linked them below. However, if you have a laser printer that prints with a toner cartridge, then you can print your own images and foil those!!! I did this for a birthday card and I plan to blog it soon, so check back often for it.