Monday Happy and Simple – Beautiful

Hello all,

Today’s Happy and Simple card features Heidi Swapp’s Art Screen inks that I brayered onto the panel to create a shimmery background.  This ink dries fast and has a very nice metallic shimmer to it.

To further develop the background element, I randomly stamped a script saying across the panel.  I then stamped an image into the center of this piece that had a few nice swirls on it (I only wanted the swirls here because I was going to overlay my focal point onto this image). Next, I layered a piece of sheer ribbon over a strip of tulle and adhered to background base.  Finally, I stamped my focal point, die cut it out (using a simple circle die cut), and adhered it over the previously stamped image.  This panel was then mounted to a coordinating piece of cardstock and adhered to a white card base.

These quick and simple steps created a beautiful card with lots of layers and depth.  Hope you enjoyed this week’s post.


White & Blue Cardstock
Heidi Swap, Art Screen Ink – Teal & Silver
See d’s, Lil’ stamps – Beautiful
Club Scrap, Paris Flea Market – script stamp
Ranger, Archival Ink – Jet Black
Sheer Ribbon

Happy day,


Art Journal – Wink of an Eye

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It has been a busy week so I am catching up on my Blog posts.  I made this Art Journal layout last week with a super cute stamp and stencil set from Club Scrap titled “Nice to See you”.  Being an eye glass wearer, I thought this was such a fun set to play with.  The large stencil image of an Eye Chart was applied to the right side of the page with homemade texture paste while the stamp images were randomly placed over the page.  The focal image of the fun “wink of an eye” saying was highlighted with a Prima metal circle frame and other embellishments.

I continue to be impressed with this Dylusions Art Journal.  The pages hold up so well to the paints and inks!  This have been a very reliable substrate to work with.
Materials used:
Marabu Gmblt & Co. – Mixed Media Art Spray
My Tattered Angles – Simply Sheer Matte Mist
Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black
Ranger Dylusions Art Journal
Liquitex – Matte and Glossy Medium
Homemade Texture Paste
Bottle Cap Inc. – Vintage Additions – Bottle Cap Epoxy Stickers
BGM Creations – embellishment kit (sequence, beads, and lace)
Metal embellishments
Prima Paper flowers and Decorative frames
Stampin’ Up -Dahlia adornments
Fiber-Castell – Pitt artist pens
Hope this page offered you some creative inspiration!
Happy day!



Alta New April Inspiration Challenge Entry

Hello all,

Below is my card submission for the Alta New April Inspiration Challenge.

Hibiscus Hello
For this card, I used the Alta New Wild Hibiscus stamp set.  This is a lovely set to use with watercolors.  I painted the flowers with Grumbacher watercolors and then touched up the image with watercolors pencils.  I then added some gold watercolor splatters to create some interest.  Lastly, I added some delicate sheer blue ribbon across the top.  This panel was then mounted to a white card base.
Material used:
Alta New Wild Hibiscus stamp set
Recollections Mixed Media stamp set (Hello)
Grumbacher Watercolors
General’s Kimberlys Watercolor pencils
Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black
Tsukineko Versafine Pigment Ink – Onyx Black
American Craft Premium Ribbon
Bee Paper Company 90 lb. Watercolor paper
Bazzill Card Stock – Marshmellow
Happy day!



ATC Swap Grumbacher #51 – Portal

Hello all,

Grumbacher is hosting an ATC swap for original art work so…I thought I would gave it a try.  Below is an ATC that I made from scratch!  No stamps (be still my heart)!  I drew the flower image and hand wrote a thought that came to mind when I was considering “portal” swap theme.  I colored  the ATC with Grumbacher watercolors, Derwent Inktense pencils, and My Tattered Angels sprays. I then added shadowing and highlights with Pitt Artist pens.  Oh, I almost forgot…I made my own dot stencil and used homemade modeling paste to add some texture to the card.

Creating a completely original piece of art (even a mini piece at only 2.5″ by 3.5″) was a real challenge for me.  I enjoyed it a lot however, I am not ready to give up my stamps yet.  lol

The best part of participating in these swaps is seeing what you will get in return.  I can’t wait!

Hope that all of you are having a wonderful week!
Happy Day!


Mixed Media Framed Watercolor – Dragonfly, look

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Monday Happy and Simple – It’s a Boy!

Hello all,

Well today is a special Happy and Simple Monday post as I get to announce that I am a Grandmother to a wonderful baby boy.   We are very excited and happy to welcome this baby into our family. Below is the cute and simple baby announcement I made using an adorable monkey stamp from TPC Studio.

The trick to keeping this card simple was to go with a limited color scheme and only stamped images. I stenciled the background with the same ink color (Aquatini) that I used on the monkey and then brought in a bit of green with the vine going up the side of the card.  The saying was stamped in black, die cut, and then popped up with mounting squares.  The monkey was fancy cut and also popped up with mounting squares. I edged both the focal panel and card base with the Aquatini ink prior to adhering the panel to the card base.

Hope you enjoyed this cute and simple card!

Materials list:

White cardstock
Glossy white cardstock (for monkey)
Catherine Pooler ink; Aquatini and Lime Rickey
TPC Studio; Jungle stamp set
Carta Bella; Good Night 6×6 stencil
Spellbinders – Rectangle die
Ranger; Archival Jet Black ink pad
Colorbox, Blending applicator and pad
Foam mounting squares

Happy day!