Sunday, April 22, 2018

Feel Beautiful Today

Hey there, thanks for coming!

I have been practicing my water coloring these days. I struggle, but I love it, so I keep pressing on. I tend to wanna control things and you can't with water. Well, maybe a little, but not much! I used my Colorburst powders to paint this. VERY potent stuff, lol. I put them into empty watercolor pots, like the old "paint by number" we used to get as kids. Then just enough water to make it a liquid.

I stamped and embossed with white embossing powder. This makes it easier for me, as the embossing holds the water in its own section. I add clean water to the image, drop in some of the color, and use another clean brush to pull it out. I did the entire image this way. Then I went back and did it again, using more color and less water, to get it more intense towards the petal centers. I kept at it till I was happy with how it looked. I let them dry thoroughly and then cut out with coordinating dies. 

I used a full cover die plate from my stash but instead of cutting it, I dry embossed it. I applied the entire piece to the front of an A2 sized card base. I then laid out where I wanted the flowers to be. I used foam tape under the flowers to adhere. I tucked in the leaves and added the same way.

I grabbed to different Martha Stewart butterfly punches I have and punched them from gold foil cardstock. I curled the wings a tiny bit and added tiny pearls to the bodies. Used strong liquid adhesive to glue down.

I stamped the sentiment using Juicy ink from Ink On 3 and embossed with Raven embossing powder from Brutus Monroe. I backed it with the same gold foil cardstock and mounted in place.

Finally, I added only three little black crystals from Studio Katia.

I am really happy with how this one turned out! The white embossing powder really pops with the bright orange! And the green leaves, the same. And the tiny bits of black crystals and the sentiment really stand out nicely. 

Here's the products I used on this card.

(Studio Katia)
(Brutus Monroe)
I'm sure you can find these punches other places or just use what you may already have. It doesn't have to be these. I'm just linking to what I used. I got mine at Michael's. Not sure if they are still available or not. 

Hope you got some inspiration today. Have fun crafting!

Heartfelt Hello

Thanks for stopping by! 

Playing with some new Altenew products today. I love the new mega word dies! Huge!!! Lol, but it's fun to be able to use something this big and not have to think a lot about what to do. Makes for some quick card making.

So...I have two pads of super fun glitter paper. The kind where the glitter doesn't come off at all! Almost like it's in some sort of a plastic coating or something. I'm sure you've see it, it's everywhere now. I think I got mine at Hobby Lobby. One pad is all silver, blacks, and golds. Gorgeous! The other pad is super bright jewel tones. And fun patterns, I might add.

 I picked out a stripe of silver and light gray. A nice basic pattern for the background. I cut it with a stitched rectangle die. Then I chose another pattern in much darker gray and a bolder print. I cut the mega hello from both pieces. Remove the word from each. Then I took the stripe piece and glued to the front of an A2 card base. I nestled the die cut into the striped piece. Fits in like a puzzle!

I then stamped the sub sentiment onto dark gray cardstock and embossed with silver embossing powder. I added a piece of foam tape on the right edge and glued the left edge right down on the card front. It needed a pop of color, so I went through my crystals...I'm addicted to these...and chose a bright torquoise color and glued them down. 

Here's a list of the products I used.

(Studio Katia)

Check out these suppliers for great products, or pull out what you already have.
Find some time in your crafty place and create something!

Happy Crafting

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Hip Hip Hooray...

Hi guys!
I have another card using products for the newest InkOn3 release, April 2018. Two super cute and fun stamp sets and coordinating dies for each! Yay for dies!!! And...they are cut apart for you and come on a magnetic sheet. How great is that?

So, for today, I used the Platy-rific Pondies stamp set and the alpha dies from the past release. Let's see what I came up with.

So, here's the thing...I have two grand babies graduating from K this year!!! How can this be happening already? Time goes so fast! Anyway, I did this one for Aleida. I die cut the letters and colored them with bright pink Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. As I did with the duck and the balloons. I brushed over them with my glitter brush from Nuvo. So sparkly and pretty!

I started by taking the small images in the stamp set, arranged them on an acrylic block and stamped them using Juicy ink. I embossed with white embossing powder. I did this until I filled the entire background piece. It's an A2 size card.
I pulled out some dies from Spellbinders and layered a piece of white over the bright pink scalloped circle. I then set about to arrange the duck and the balloons. I used foam tape to adhere. I taped some twine to the backs of the balloons first and tie a bow to group them together, added a dot of liquid glue to hold in place.
I cut a tiny slit under the ducks wing to tuck in the diploma. Added the cap with foam tape as well. 

I then took all the die cut letters and arranged around the circle and glued down with liquid glue. 
Picked out some pretty pink crystals and glued them around two sides. Pulled out a white gel pen and added a few dots here and there. And that finished up this card. 

I hope you like it and got some inspiration! Head over to and check out this release and all the other cool things in the store.

(as of April 2018)

Thanks for coming by. Get to crafting and make something pretty!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Critter Pile Up

Hi Crafters!

I have a card for you today using one of the new stamp sets and a couple of older ones. Hang with me, this could be a bit lengthy but I need to explain the process.

If you've never done and stamp masking, you can learn something new here. I love the look but I hate cutting masks, so I don't do it much. However, I have a Brother Scan n Cut machine and use it all the time to cut my stamped images. But it would always tear up my masking paper. I had to find a better way. So I did! I buy the full sticky back PostIt Notes. I pulled off two, stamped my images on them, and then stuck them onto heavy weight cardstock. A scrap big enough would be fine. I then put that onto the cutting mat. Scanned them and cut with my machine. It worked perfect! Cut through the two PostIt Notes but not the heavy cardstock. It just scored into it a bit. This way you have two of each, ready to use. And you could pull off three, maybe, and it still cut through all. Or you'd have to adjust blade depth. With two and the cardstock, I didn't have to adjust my settings at all.

Here's the stamp sets I used.

Now, when stamping and masking images, you need to stamp what you want in front, first! Apply your mask, and stamp the next. And so forth. You'll understand better from seeing my photo as I explain.

So, I started at the top and worked down. I stamped the baby bear first, applied the mask, and aligned the beaver so the top of his head barely went over the image above. But just a little bit! And stamped it, then applied his mask, and aligned the baby seal and penguin, and stamped. Didn't stamp over them, so no mask needed. Apply the mask to the beaver and line up the larger bear just barely over the bottom of the beaver, and stamp. Apply the mask to the bear, align the duck, and stamp. 
Before removing any masks, stamp the bits of grass.

The moment of truth....pull off your masks and see what you have! It's the best part!!! Now, I did have a couple with not such great placement. But it is so worth it to stamp again until you get the look you want. The payoff is huge! I love it, so fun!!!
If you search YouTube for masking stamped images, you'll find many tutorials. It's not difficult, you just need to understand the process of stamping front to back and masking to get the look of an image in front of another.

I stamped a couple heart balloons and used a straight edge to draw in the strings to the ducks wing. 
I pulled out my Prismacolor colored pencils and colored in the critters. I used Gamsol, odorless mineral spirits, and blending stumps to blend out the pencil. To add a bit of "texture" to the animals, I pulled a couple alcohol markers and made tiny dots on the darker areas of the coloring. I like the interest it adds. 
I also added a bit of white gel pen dots for a cuteness factor and brushed on some glitter brush over the balloons and the bow tie. I got out my google eyes and picked sizes that looked best and stuck down. Who doesn't love google eyes?!?!?!
I stamped the sentiment and trimmed it out. I rubbed some brown ink over the edges and used a tiny bit of foam tape, positioned in place, and stuck down. It didn't show up good enough until I rubbed the edges with the brown ink since it is the same craft paper. I used Neenah Desert Storm. 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Beautiful Day...

Hey guys,
 it's time for the new release from InkOn3! So excited about these sets. One is brand new and one is a remake and now has coordinating dies! Actually, they both have dies. How exciting is that! more cutting them apart!!! And...they come on a magnetic sheet. It's the best of everything, right?

So, let's get to the card I made for today. 

This pansy stamp set has always been one of my favorites! So many images to color and play with and I adore the sentiments and the fonts Fleurette used. I love it! So, let's see how I used them.

I started out by stamping with Juicy ink and embossing with platinum embossing powder. I then picked out some Distress Inks and watercolored in all the flowers and the leaves. I then cut them out using the dies. 
I had a die from Simon Says Stamp that cuts this beautiful frame of stems and leaves. I used a pale violet paper from a Lawn Fawn pad. It matched the flowers perfectly! I then chose a soft blue from the same pad for the sky background. I attached it with fun foam to the front of an A2 size card base. 

I then set about to arrange the flowers into and onto the front. Some with liquid glue and some on foam squares. I stamped and embossed the sentiment using the same power and positioned on on the card front. I went through my stash of bling and found a nice purple-ish color that looked nice with the flowers. I believe these are from Studio Katia. 

I hope you like this card and got a bit of inspiration today. Head over to and check out this release and all the other great stuff! And be sure to follow on Instagram and Facebook to see more things from the design team. 

( as of April 14, 2018)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Get out your craft supplies and make something pretty!
Happy crafting!

Monday, March 12, 2018

You're a Gem...

I have another card to share from the new release over at InkOn3. These new products are so darn cute and so fun to play with! I know you're gonna love them as well. So, let's get started. 
There's a bundle price as of this posting, and you are not gonna want to miss out!

So, lets get to my project for today. I knew when I saw this release I wanted to make a slider card. I mean, come on, these guys are just adorable! So I chose the dragons with their noses pointed down a bit and stamped them out using our Blackout ink. This is great ink! Very black, dries VERY fast, doesn't smear and doesn't stain! I then colored them using my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

I cut a front panel of white card stock and used a stencil from my stash and lightly inked on some pale blue ink. I did a second one the same so when I die cut the slider channel it looked the same below. I used a die from Ellen Hutson to cut my channel. I then positioned the two slider elements from MFT in the channel, added a tiny scrap of cardstock above and below the sliders, and glued using Glossy Accents, and then glued the dragon to the top of that. You have to add the bits of cardstock or the slider elements would fall right out of the channel, as they are smaller. That cardstock holds them from just falling out. 

I then stamped out several of the gems and colored them in gem colors, lol. I cut them out, brushed some sparkle pen over the tops, and coated in Glossy Accents so they looked more real. I "piled" them up using foam tape so it looks like the dragon is diving right in! 
I then positioned the other dragon as if he's curious about what's going on, and used foam tape to  adhere in place. 
I stamped the sentiment into a banner end and added some glitter paper to ground it a bit. I used that same glitter paper to back the front panel. It's a pad I found at Hobby Lobby, I believe.  I added the sentiment with foam tape as well. 

I wanted some "gems" to scatter around but didn't have colors I wanted. So, I pulled out the crystal clear ones and stuck several to a piece of tape to hold in place. I then pulled out alcohol markers in the colors I wanted and colored them. Left them to dry for just a bit. A cool trick if you ever need to know! Works great. 

How fun is this card? He slides right down into a pile of brightly colored gems! And his buddy is checking it all out, lol. I scattered the gems around and glued in place using my Art Glitter Glue. I love that adhesive! I added the glitter paper to the back of the front panel and added the entire piece to an A2 sized card base. I use Neenah 110 pound cardstock. It's nice and heavy. 

So there you have it! What do you think? Cute, huh! It's so fun making him slide up and down. It's one of those style cards that the recipient will get a big smile from. My fellow DT sister, Ilda, is a genius at these kind of cards. She's such an inspiration to me! Check her out, I Love Doing All Things Crafty, is her blog.

To finish this off, I added Glossy Accents to their eyes, and set aside to completely dry. 

I hope you got a bit of inspiration today. Maybe give it a go at an interactive card of your own. They are really fun. For me, it just takes really planning it out and how to make it work. Not really that hard, just takes a bit more thought. And visit Ilda's blog, she has great ideas for you!

Head over to InkOn3 and check out all the new stuff. Get in on the bundle price while you can, it's a HUGE savings! Happy Crafting!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Have a Magical Day...

Welcome to my blog and to the newest release from InkOn3. And it's a great one! Check this out!!!
Fleurette has outdone herself with this one. AND...there are now dies! How cool is that? So we have Magic Dragons and the coordinating dies and we have Phat Alphanumeric stamp set and Phat Alphanumeric dies. These are so fun to play with. Check out the bundle that's available as of this posting. 

So, let's get on to the card I made for today. I kept it simple for this one, but Monday I'll have a super fun card so you need to come back then and check it out.

I LOVE these little dragons and it was hard to choose which to play with. But, I ended up with the one that's flying. 

I started out by stamping this little guy with our Blackout ink. This ink is amazing! It's super black, very crisp, works with any coloring medium, and it dries almost immediately and doesn't smear! Plus, it doesn't stain your stamp either. I then colored him using my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I cut him out using my Scan n Cut, as I don't have the dies yet. I then pulled out some google eyes that fit and stuck them on. 

I went on to stamp my sentiment on vellum using our Juicy ink. I embossed using white embossing powder and trimmed it to a narrow strip. 

I pulled out some patterned paper from my stash. This is from Lawn Fawn. I adore their papers! I cut this using their 4 bar sized rectangle dies. It makes for a very nice little note size card. I like making this size when I'm using a smaller image or when keeping the card very clean and simple.

I wrapped the sentiment strip around the front panel and taped on the back side. Vellum is hard to hide adhesive and this works great.

Now, I love cards that are a bit interactive. They are so fun! So, on the backside of this little guy, I stuck on a Mini Action Wobbler. These are so fun and with a flick of your finger, he wobbles as if he's about to take off and fly! It's really fun, and hard to stop playing with it, lol. 

I took this front panel and using tape runner, I added it to the 4 bar card base. 
It measures 3 1/2 x 4 7/8.
I pulled out some gems to match and scattered a few around. They add such fun sparkle! I believe these are from Studio Katia

So, that's it for today. I hope you'll head over to InkOn3 and check out this release and all the other great items in the store. 

Pull out your supplies and have fun crafting!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Peep Peep Peep...

Hi crafty friends! 
I have a card today showcasing the new release from InkOn3. Soooo cute! Check out these images!!! Aren't they so cute?

So anyway, here's what I did with some of these images.

I first went through and stamped all my images. I'm on a colored pencil kick right now, so I colored these with my Prismacolors. I'm not happy with them right now...they keep breaking! Gonna try the heating pad trick to see if that helps. Anyway...ordered a couple new and different brands, so stay tuned for my thoughts on them. I used Gamsol odorless mineral spirits to blend the pencil out.

I used my Scan n Cut to cut out all the images. LOVE that machine! I cut a half inch of the right side of the card front. I attached a piece of patterned paper to the front and to the right side of the inside of the card. It shows when the card is closed.

I then took my chicks and placed them how I wanted, and a bit off that edge. I attached with foam tape. 

I then stamped my sentiment and cut with a banner die in my stash. I stamped out the Peep Peep Peep in purple and Happy Easter in black. I added it with foam tape as well. Then I told the banner and had it go from the sentiment to the chicks hand, as thought she's holding it. Also added with foam tape.

I added a bit of bling and google eyes to the chicks. Who doesn't love google eyes? I also used my my sparkle brush and colored over bits of the images to add sparkle. Also a few white dots of gel pen.

So, that's about it. I hope I've given you a bit of inspiration today. Go over to InkOn3 and check out all the products of this release as well as those from the past. Lots of fun things to play with.

Have fun playing with your craft supplies! 

~ Cheryl ~

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Treat Basket...

This basket that Fleurette designed a few years back has always been one of my favorites! I've made it several times. And I'm so glad she carried it over when she re-branded to InkOn3. So, I decided to make it for Valentines Day and put some cakes in it for my grand kids when they come over.

So, here we go.

I chose this pattern of digital paper from her new collection and printed it out on my home computer. You can also take the files on a flash drive to a local copy store and have them print it for you. 
I opened the svg files in my Ecal software and cut it out using my Eclips2 cutting machine. Assembly of this basket it very easy! I opted to use ribbon for my handles instead of the one included in the kit. 

I used one of the heart cuts from the card file and cut a bunch for the edge of the basket. I spaced them out for three on each panel. I then used a heart punch from my stash and cut out tiny hearts from some silver glitter paper and layered them on top. Pictured in the background is the card I made last week to go along with this. I used one of the new shaker cards available in the SVG section of the store. This would be a very nice gift to bring to a loved one for any special occasion. Not only Valentines Day. 

So, that's it from me for today. I hope you'll head over to InkOn3 and check out what's there. You'll find a great variety of stamp sets, and svg files, and digital papers to print. Here's where you can find what I used in these projects. 

So that's it for today. Hope you got some inspiration and will head to the store and will follow us on FB and Instagram. You'll see lots of really cute things from our Design Team.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Valentine Treats...

Hey there! I have some super fun Valentine treats to show you today. Using InkOn3 digital papers and stamps. Let's get to it.

All my treat packaging was created using dies from My Creative Time. 
I printed out my digital papers using files from InkOn3. I also used tags and stamps from the Snow Buddies stamp set.

 How cute is this little seal?! Adorable, right? I very lightly colored him in very pale gray, just around the edges for added dimension. I cut around his fin so I could tuck in my sentiment. 

For this slider box of chocolate nuggets, I added a bit of color and sparkle to the digital paper. Colored up the adorable bear, tied some twine, and added some sparkle sticker dots. I wrapped a strip of digital paper around each nugget. This slider holds four.

Ok, so how many of us own that crimping tool? I used a rectangular piece of paper and strong double sided tape to close one end. Then again but rotated a bit to get that sour cream packet look. I then crimped each end a tiny bit to give it that "for real" look. I stamped out the sentiment on one of the mini tags from this release. I love those little things! I also used a piece the penguin paper printed on the laser printer so I could foil it using bright pink foil. So fun!

Finally, I used a sucker holder die with more digital paper. I ink blended onto another mini tag and attached it using more twine. This die comes in this size for bigger suckers and a mini one for small suckers. I love these! Perfect for children to bring to school.

So there you have it. Some super fun ways to hand out some goodies. 
Here's where you can get these items.

I hope you got some ideas for making treats with your children. Let them help you, they'll have so much fun! Don't we all want our kids to tap into their creativity? And make some great memories along the way.
Happy Crafting!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Snow Buddy like you...

So, I have been playing around with the new release stamp set from It's sooo cute!
Here's one card I made.

I printed off some of the digital papers on a laser printer. I then grabbed some pink foil and foiled it using my Minc. I used some distress ink and blended on some pink ink. So hard to capture the awesome shine of the foil. 
I then used a tag die by KatScrappiness and cut the paper. I trimmed of the sides to make it narrower to fit the card front. I backed it with acetate and used foam tape to create a well on the backside for the shaker bits. On top of that, another piece of acetate to close it up. This makes it easy for placing on the card without shaker bits going everywhere! I tied a bit of twine around and set it aside.

Using another of the printed papers, I cut a layer for the card front and inked the edges and used tape runner to adhere. 
I then glued the tag piece to the card front. I had stamped out and cut using my Scan N Cut, one of the penguins. I colored it with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. Using foam tape I added this to the card front. Stamped the sentiment and cut using a banner die in my stash. Added it with foam tape as well. Using some of the same sequins as the shaker, I glued a few around on the card front. Brushed on some Wink of Stella and called this one finished.

Here's where you can shop for the products I used.

Hope you got some inspiration and will get out your supplies and get your craft on. Head to InkOn3 and check out all the great stuff!