Thursday, June 30, 2016

Everyday Wonder Woman

Today I have a card I made for an amazing woman that I know. She and her family have been through so much, and her strength and grace through it all is really inspiring.  I know that when things happen in a family, often the Mom is the one who has to pull it all together. As moms we often have to hide our fear, sadness, stress and other emotions from our kids. We become "Wonder Woman" just to keep them safe and happy. And she has done this amazingly. 

So I thought she could use a little note to let her know I'm thinking of her and that I think she kinda rocks. I just loved this stamp, Diana Girl, from Unity Stamp Company.  I think it's kind of perfect. 

 I had a lot of fun putting this card together and was really happy with how it all came together. After I finished it I realized I have a few more women in my life who could use a card like this. So I'll be using Diana Girl a bit more. 

Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers used: 
Skin: EB3 TN4 TN3 TN2 
Hair: EB8 EB7 EB3
Clothing: DR7 DR6 DR4 TB9 TB7 TB5 GB10 GB9 GB6 LY2 IG10 IG8 IG6 

Friday, June 24, 2016

TADA! It's Freebie Friday

There's a new Freebie Friday image over at Scrapper's Delights this week. It's a super fun image called Tada Frog. 

I thought he would make a fun birthday card. I printed him really big and kind of chopped his bottom off. I actually did a little bit of decoupage on him too. 

I kept the rest of the card simple so the frog would really stand out. I love the cloud background I created on this. 

You can get this image for free by joining the Progressive Challenge on Facebook. You can see more fun Design Team inspiration in the Scrapper's Delights blog

I colored the image with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers DG3 CG4 CG2 CG1 LG1 BT1 IG10 IG8 IG6 OR3 OR2 OR1 CR3 CR1

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Let's Color Saturday Linky Party | Anything Hand Colored
Brown Sugar | Anything Goes
Creative Fingers | Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft | Anything Goes

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Scrapper's Delights Spotlight Freebie

Today Scrapper's Delights is being featured at Markers! Papers! Digis!

Janice is giving away a really cute mermaid image over in their group today. 

I colored her with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers and Sparkle Pens and made a shaker card with her. 

Since this is for the Scrapper's Delights Spotlight I decided to "spotlight" the mermaid by making her in color and keeping the rest of the image black & white. I created the fish in the Silhouette Studio and then used the portrait to cut them out. I coated them in Glossy Accents and added a few sequins to look like bubbles for the little fishies. 

Spectrum Noir Markers used: FS4 FS9 TN4 PP5 PP4 PP2 GB3 CT4 LY2 IB3 DG3 CG2 CG1 BT1 PP1 IG10 IG8 IG7 IG6 IG5 IG4 IG3 IG2 IG1 Blender Pen

Silver and Black Sparkle Pens. 


I would like to enter this card in the following challenges: 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Magical Birthday

I have a really fun card to share with you today! I created a scene with a few different images from Scrapper's Delights to make this birthday card. 

I colored the whole thing with Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers. I spent 3 evenings working on this and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I used a few techniques from the Kit & Clowder Create and Learn classes on the background, and of course I learned so much from the Hair & Skin Class as well! 

I added some Spectrum Clear Sparkle Pen over the purple part of her dress after I colored it. I also used a white paint pen to add some detail to her wings. 

This is one of those cards that I just don't want to give away. So I am holding on to it for awhile. It will get sent to someone who I know will really appreciate all the work that went into this, but I can't say who- that would ruin the surprise. Next year, when their birthday comes around again. 

Scrapper's Delights images used: 

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Summer Treats

Today I am up on the Paper Temptress blog with these treat cards I made. 

I personalized them for each of the boys that will be getting them.  I think they're really fun. 

You can read all about the yummy papers I used over on the Paper Temptress blog. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Coloring Baby Skin With Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Pencils

Hi! Today I am sharing an adorable set of cards that I made for my cousin and her daughters. She is pregnant with baby #3 and her oldest daughter has been praying for a baby brother. So I made them these cards to let them know we are sending lots of Baby Boy Vibes their way! 

She said she did the ring test and it said it was a boy. The ring was right for all 5 of my kids so we're hoping it's right for her too! 

This is the card I made for my cousin and her husband. The image is from the Little Loves Stamp Set by Some Odd Girl. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Pencils and Clear Sparkle pen on all 3 cards. 

This is the card I made for her oldest.  

And this is the one I made for the littlest one. She's pretty rambunctious so I didn't add any extra bits to this and kept it quick and simple. If she's like my littlest she'll have it all wrinkled up by dinner, lol. But that's OK, I made it for her and I want her to enjoy it anyway she wants to. 

I have a video tutorial on the Spectrum Noir Blog today showing how I colored this image. I would love for you to check it out! 

Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Pencils used: Coral, Soft Red, Charcoal Brown, Ruby, Fossil Grey, Aegean Blue, Deep Blue, as well as the Clear Sparkle Pen.


Since sending these cards my cousin found out the baby's gender. It's a...


...guess I have some pink cards to make.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends | Anything Goes
Robyn's Fetish | Children at Play
Crafty Girls Creations | Anything Goes
Southern Girls | The Kids Are Alright

Sunday, June 12, 2016



Today I am sharing a card I made with Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers and Sparkle Pens. You can find a tutorial on this technique here

This card was so simple to make. I colored the Poppies and Daisies stamp with the pens and then I just added some Patterned papers, a bow and some rhinestones. I also added some of the Clear Sparkle Pen over the black stripes across the bottom. 

You can see the sparkle better in the picture below. 

Aqua Markers used:
Peacock Blue
Clear Sparkle Pen

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create | Anything Goes
Penny Black & more | Flower Power Stamping
Ribbon Girls | Anything Goes with Ribbon

Father's Day Shaker Card

 It's almost Father's Day! 

I had so much fun making this shaker card for my hubby for Father's Day. And I know my opinion kind of doesn't count but I think this card turned out AWESOME! I can't wait to give it to him- along with his Amazon giftcard. 

The image is called Piggy Back Ride and is by Some Odd Girl.  I colored it with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers (colors below) and I printed out the little TMNT logo and added it to the boy's shirt. My 2 year-old LOVES the Ninja Turtles and sometimes absolutely refuses to take his turtle shirts off. So I thought this was just perfect. 

I created the frame in Silhouette Studio and cut it out of Kraft cardstock. The letters were cut from black glitter cardstock and in-layed in the frame. I coated them with Glossy Accents too. 

I punched a bunch of stars from blue and green glitter cardstock and put them in the shaker. 

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges: 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Sprinkled With Love

Hello there! Today I am sharing a really fun card I made with the Ice-Cream Lineup digi stamp by From the Heart Stamps.  I tried to make a video of how I made this card, but had some, umm, technical difficulties.  

I made some floating elements and I made the sentiment a little spinner.  I used the SIlhouette to cut out all the little ice-creams and then colored them with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers.  

To finish off the card I just added a few stars I had punched from some silver glitter cardstock. 

This card will be sent to a very special girl named Hallee. Hallee has Autism and it will be her Birthday very soon. Last year she was so excited to have all her friends for a party, but not one person showed up. So this year we are showering her with Birthday love in the form of lots and lots of cards. 

If you would like to send Hallee a Birthday card you can get all the info on the card dive  HERE. 

Spectrum Noir Markers Used:

Cherry DR6 DR4 EB8
Dishes BT2 BT1 IG2 IG1 Blender
Pink CR7 PP5 PP4 PP2
Mint CG3 CG1 LG1
Chocolate EB8 TN7 GB9

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges: 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Crafty Honey {Freebie Friday}

It's Freebie Friday time again! 

This week the Freebie Friday image from Scrapper's Delights is Crafty Honey Ruler.  You can get her free by joining the Progressive challenge on Facebook

I decided to go a little out there with my card and
 just have a little fun with this one. 

I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers and gave her some fun Rainbow hair.  I fussy cut her and adhered her to a piece of clear acrylic.  

I painted some random smears on a piece of vellum to be her artwork behind her. This step was really fun, and a little messy. 

Last I attached the sentiment that I had printed on vellum and added some rhinestones. 

The inside says "...the size of your craft stash"

I'll be sending this to one of my crafty friends soon.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges :

Little Miss Muffet | Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations | Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge | H for Hand Colored Image

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Stay Cool

I made this fun see through pocket card for my son who just finished up the 4th Grade. Can't believe I officially have a Middle Schooler now!  He had a really great school year and got a lot of awards at the 4th Grade Graduation. (Sorry if I'm braggin- I am one proud Momma!)  I wanted to make him a little something to say I was proud of him. 

I used the fuse tool to create the pocket out of a regular page protector. I had cut it down to about 4x5.25 inches so that it would fit in an A2 envelope.  The ice-cream image is from the Ice Cream Lineup stamp by From the Heart Stamps.  

I printed the image in a large size and a smaller size to go inside the pocket. I colored all of them with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers. Zach's favorite color is orange and when we go for ice-cream he alwys gets orange sherbert. So I used a lot of orange. 

I colored the sentiment to look ombre and then added some crystal glitter to just the bottom half. I thought it would look frozen or something. I don't really know if it worked too well. But a little glitter never hurt anyone, so there it is.  The final touch was a coin from our local ice-cream shop, good for one free ice-cream come. Or sherbert. Then I sealed the last side. He'll be mad that he can't the coin out! Haha. We'll have to carefully cut it open and seal it back up. 

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges: 

Happy Birthday Flamingo

I am just loving this image from From the Heart Stamps. I have colored it up so many times already! 

Today I have a fun little birthday card to share. The papers I used on this card are from the Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy paper pad.  There are a lot of really great papers in here, including one with flamingos on it that I'm kind of hoarding.

I printed the image on Cryogen White cardstock and colored it with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers (Colors Below). 

I used a few different papers from the paper pad and some pink cardstock. The sentiment was stamped on vellum, I just thought it would show up a little better that way than if I had stamped it directly on the patterned paper. I also rounded all the corners on this card, just to do something a little different. 

To color the image I used markers: DR6 CR11 CR8 CR7 CR5 CR3 CR2 GB3 CT4 CT2 GG5 GG4 GG1 BT1 

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges: 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Pink Goes With Everything

My 5 year-old has recently fallen in love with Flamingos. Flamingo everything. We had to buy this crazy orange drink at Taco Bell last night, just because there was a flamingo on the sign! (It was a really tasty drink by the way, you should try one!) 

A few weeks ago the Freebie from From the Heart Stamps was this Flamingo image. I had to have it! 

I've made a few cards with it that I'll be posting later on, but I wanted to share what I made for Madison's room today. 

I colored the image with Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers.  

This was just a plain white frame that I painted black stripes on. It looked a little boring just painted so I added some strips of glitter paper and that flamingo die-cut. I got that one free with one of my magazines, but I think Simon Says Stamp has a very similar die  coming out real soon.  Then I coated the frame in some clear gloss gel just to make sure nothing fell off. 

Of course, Madison loves it. I kinda do too. I almost wanted to keep it in my craftroom and not give it to her! I know, bad mommy! Ha ha. 

Thanks for visiting! Have a great week. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Belated Birthday Wishes

Today I'm sharing a card I made for a birthday I missed.  I used the image called Birthday Pickup by From the Heart Stamps. The sentiment came with the image along with a few others. 

I colored the image with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers and added some Glossy Accents to the balloons. 

Here are all the colors used on this card: 

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Bible Journaling - Mixed Media Vellum Insert

I've recently started doing some Bible Journaling. I've had my journaling Bible for over a year now, but haven't done much with it until earlier this month. I don't know how much of my journaling I will share here on the blog, it's kind of a personal thing to me. But I'm sure I will share some pages and things as time goes on. Like I am today. 


Here's a little bit about why this insert came to be created: 

I have to be honest and say that I have been away from the church, away from the Bible and prayer for too long now. It was something I knew I needed to change, but it just wasn't that high on my priority list. I know, it should have been #1. But for reasons I won't get into, it just wasn't. 

I started going through some pretty rough times. Depression is an evil beast. It was a really bad time, but it was what I needed, there was a reason for it. I knew I couldn't get out of it alone. I knew I needed my faith, I needed daily prayer, I needed God in my life again. 

There have been a few times in my life when I've been at really low points. And each time I know it's time for a change, it's time to ask to be broken. To be remade. That's where I was a few weeks ago. So I got on my knees and I prayed. Take me. Break me. Make me. 

And that was the start. It's still just starting. But it feels right. We found a new church, that so far we are really enjoying. We dusted off the Bibles. I pray. A lot. I've been broken. It's time to rebuild. 

So that's where the idea of this vellum insert came from. 

And now I have a little tutorial on how I made this vellum insert for you. I really love how it turned out and will probably make some more of these to go throughout the Bible. These could be attached at a certain page or just left loose. I left mine loose so that I can move it around in my Bible. 

To make this you will need vellum, acrylic paint (I used black), color mists, modeling paste or texture paste or embossing paste, gold or silver foil, double sided adhesive, a silhouette machine, a stencil and palette knife (or old credit card). 


The first thing I did was make a guide for where I wanted the paint to go. I knew I only wanted a portion of the vellum painted, so I drew a guide on some grid paper and then taped the vellum over it. 

I knew the text would be in this square so that's where I painted, I didn't want just a solid square of paint. I made it more random and messy, but used this to give me an idea where to paint. I wanted to make sure I had a large enough area for all of the text to fit. 

As the paint dried I cut the text out of double sided adhesive with the Silhouette machine. I attached the letters over the paint and then removed the top layer of the adhesive. I placed the sheet of foil over that and gently rubbed it over all the letters. When I pulled it up all the letters were covered in silver foil. It looks great in person, but was super hard to photograph. 

*Make sure the paint is completely dry before adding the foil, it will stick to any wet paint!

Once that step was done it was time to get messy. I sprayed the mist colors directly onto my craft sheet and added some texture paste on top of them. I mixed the colors in just a little bit so that there was still a little variation of color in the paste. 


I placed the stencil over the bottom corner of the vellum and used an old credit card to spread the paste into the stencil. I do have palette knives, but I really think a credit card works the best for this. 

I repeated this is the top corner and added a few splatters of the mists over top of the whole thing. Then I let it dry over night before placing it in my Bible. It will be a  little wrinkly and not so flat when it's finished. That's OK. After a few days pressed in your Bible it flattens itself right out. A heavier vellum will hold up much better for a project like this, but you really can use whatever you may have. 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Fruity Babies

Here are two more cards I made using some of the Fruity Babies from Scrapper's Delights. 

On this first card I used Fruity Babies Citrus. 

I colored her with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers : TN4 TN3 TN2 CR7 PP5 PP4 PP2 OR1 GB3 CT4 CT3 GB4 CT2 LY2 LY1 BT6 BT9 BT4 IG10 True Black

On this next card I used Fruity Babies Raspberries and colored her with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers  TN4 TN3 TN2 CR1 DR6 BP7 BP6 BP4 TN6 GB10 GB7 GB5 EB8 EB6 DG3 CG4 CG3 CG2 CG1 LG5 LG1