Monday, July 1, 2019

What's Moo with you?

Cow's it going?

I made a few of these cards playing around with the placement of colors and ribbon.  One cow has a little more "white" in his muzzle.  The other one is more gray.  I couldn't decide which ribbon I liked better, so I did one with each.  What do you like best?

Cow: E21, E23, E25, E27, W1, W3
Nose: W7, W5, R32
Green: YG67, YG63, YG61
Sky: B00, B000, B000

Friday, June 28, 2019

Thank you Tulip


This card was a happy accident.  I was playing with leftover ink from the Spray Bouquet card I made last week.   I wanted to see how dye ink behaved on glossy cardstock.  I usually reach for my alcohol inks when I use glossy cardstock.  This was a happy surprise.  I love the hints of green.

No copics used

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Monster Birthday

Hey friends,

I have something a little different today.   I needed some birthday cards for kids.  I thought this monster would be perfect and look good in a variety of different colors.  I love the yellow toenails on the pink monster.  I'm a little jealous, I can't pull off yellow. πŸ˜ƒ

No copics today

Monday, June 24, 2019

Hello with Porpoise


Summer is here and I'm loving it!   These Porpoise and swimming by with a friendly Hello.  I hope you are enjoying your day!

Copics used: C9, C7, C5, C3, C1
Green: YG03, YG06, YG09, YG63
White gel pen

Friday, June 21, 2019

Spray Bouquet

Hello friends, 

This technique is really subtle.  I used ink pad reinkers to create my own ink pad.  If you look closely, you can see the flowers have multiple colors.  Even though it is subtle, I love the look.  I splattered  black ink to help pull the greeting into the card design.   I tried a few different types of sentiments, but I like the bold font of the Best Wishes card. What do you think?

No copics today

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Wet Plants


I'm continuing on my gardening theme this week.  This little lady is from Art Impressions.   They make me laugh every time.

Copics used:

Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
Pink : R81, R83, R85
Green: YG03, YG06, Yg09
White: C3, C1, C0
Silver: C7, C5, C3
Grass: YG67, YG63, YG61, YG03, YG06, YG09, E30, E31, E33, E35 Y15, YR09 BV04, BV02
White Gel Pen

Monday, June 17, 2019

Just Because


This little guy has stolen my heart.  He probably hid it in his garden.  πŸ˜€πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰Gnomes generally creep me out, but they managed to this guy so can you not love him? I was tempted to use a white gel pen to add polka-dots to the yellow flowers to match the patterned paper.  I chickened out.  What do you think?

Copics used:
Skin: E000, E00, E31
Brown: E47, E44, E43
Blue: BG72, BG75 BG78
Green lt: YG03, YG06, Yg09
Green dk: YG67, YG63, YG61
Beard: C5, C3, C1
White W3, W1
Yellow: Y17, Y15, Y13 ,Y11
Shadows: W5, W3
glitter pen

Friday, June 14, 2019

Beautiful, Amazing, Wonderful You

Hello Beautiful, 
I have a fun mixed media type card to share today.  I'm still learning to embrace this style of card.  The variation of in the hearts drives me a little nuts... but it adds charm right?  

No copics today

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

You Got a Friend in Me


Just a quick post today.  Check out these cuties friends.  This image tugs at my heart.  We used to throw two sticks in the lake for our two puppies to fetch.  They used to both grab the same stick and swim it in together.  As our dogs have matured, they don't share sticks anymore.  They are still best of friends.

Copics used:
Dk Brown: E23, E25, E27
White: W3, W1
lt Brown: E55, E53, E51, E50
Blue B16, B14, B12
Stick: E31, E33, E35
Red: R29, R24
white gel pen

Monday, June 10, 2019

Fin-tastic Birthday

Hello friends,

I'm sorry I've fallen a little behind on the blog.  It has been raining...and raining...and raining.  It is really hard for me to take photos of cards when it is so gray outside.  Someday I'll figure out a better lighting system so Mother Nature can't rain on our card parade. 

I love this card it.  I had no idea where this card was going when it started, but slowly it evolved.  I love the texture of the wave background die.   I only removed some of the wave pieces just to give it more interest.  The whale and sentiment can be found here.   This set has some wonderful sentiments.  I think I'd like to make a few more of these with the little squirt sentiment.

As always I'd love to hear your thoughts.  Please leave me a comment.

Whale Set 
Wave Background

Copic used: BV20, BV23, BV25, BV29
White gel pen

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Hey Sweet Pea!

Hello friends,

There is a new card challenge on the House Mouse blog this week.  I used Pea Pod Nap to create this sweet card.   I had a hard time deciding what greens to use to color the pea pod. In the end I picked colors that match the decorative paper.   It pairs perfectly with this sentiment from Hero Arts (retired).    If you like snarky cards, I made an alternate version and posted it below.

Snarky Version of this card below! 

Copics used:
Green: YG09, YG06, YG03, YG67
Ground: W3, W1, W0
Shadows: W5, W3
Mouse: E35, E33, E31, E000, E00, E93

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Field of Flowers

Hello friends,

I used this bold alphabet by Altenew (click here) to create this Hello card.  I used foam to pop up the letters.  I really helps the letters pop off the background.    I used small flower stamps from my stash to stamp a field of flowers across the bottom of the letters. 

No copics today

Monday, May 27, 2019



Today's card was inspired by Jennifer McGuire.  I love the ideas of putting the hummingbirds around the sentiment and inlaying them.  I made one in white and then one in a blue green.


Green: YG09, YG06, YG03
Blue: BG15, BG13, BG11

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Fabulous, Fierce and Amazing

Hello friends,

I was playing with a new toy this week.  I discovered  Scribble Sticks (click here) through a friend Lisa Christenson.  She is an amazing watercolorist.  You can check out her blog here.   She made a few cards with them and I wanted to give them a shot.  They are so fun and easy to use.  My favorite part is the vibrant colors they produce. 

No copics today

Monday, May 20, 2019

Pop of Color

Hello friends,

 Who doesn't love rainbows?  I thought it would be fun to stamp the leaves from Altenew's Leaf Canopy (Click HERE) set to create a rainbow.   I think it adds a bit of happy to the card.

Copics used:
Red: R39, R29, R24, R14
Orange: YR09, YR04, YR02
Yellow: Y15, Y13, Y11
Green: YG17, YG13, YG11
Blue: B02, B01, B00
Indigo: B60, B63, B66
Violet: V12, V15, V17

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Fish in a Box


I'm so excited to share this card with you.  I saw some similar ideas floating around the internet.  I wanted to give it a surprise pop-up box.  This was so much fun to make.  This little duck is perfect for this type of card. 

Copics used:

Yellow: Y11, Y13, Y15, E13, 
Orange: YR02, YR04, YR09
Rock: W5, W3, W1
Seagull: C5, C3, C1
Green: YG09, YG06, YG03

Monday, May 13, 2019

Happy Day

Hello friends,

I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend.  I was lucky enough to spend the weekend with my  Mom.  My little guy made me a bouquet of flowers out of paper.   He still is too young to really understand what is going on, but it was really sweet.   I'd love to hear what special thing you did to mark the day.

I have a really quick card to share today.  Concord and 9th (Click here) makes amazing stamps that create a unique background.  I love how they turn out.  I used the stamp and coordinating dies to create this fun celebration card. 

No copics today

Friday, May 10, 2019

Extraordinary Manatee

Welcome friends,

This chubby manatee wanted to swim by and say hello.  I love the look on his fishy friend's face.  It makes you wonder what they were chatting about.  This is a simple and fun card.   The distress ink background really makes give it a watery feel.

Copics used:

Grey: N7, N5, N3, N1
Orange: YR09, YR07, YR04
Pink: RV10
White gel pen

Wednesday, May 8, 2019


Hello all,

Yikes!  It has been a while since I've posted.  I've been playing catch up this last week.  I went to the stamp convention the last weekend of April.  It was nice to visit with my husband's family and see my crafty friends. 

I used wax paper to create a resist background on cardstock.  I sponged over the paper with Distress ink.  The cross is by SSS.   I love the wonderfully elegant look.   I'm going to have to revisit this technique again soon.

No copics used today

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Grumpy Bunny?

Happy Easter,

I really like this stamp from Unity.... well I thought I did.  I colored it up and made this card.  I showed it to my hubby and he said the bunny looked mad.  Now that is all I see when I look at him.  Is he a grumpy bunny?  What do you think?  Is there something I could do to help soften the expression a little. 

No copics today-- I used colored pencils to color the bunny.  I know, I'm surprised too!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Alcohol Pour


I tried something different today.  I usually use a tool of some kind to guide the alcohol to create a background.  This time I just poured the alcohol on the glossy cardstock and let it create its own pattern.  I made several of these cards and they all are different.   Which one do you like?

I finished the card off by stamping a variety of flower stamps on backgrounds.  I love the way the black pops off the colored background.

No Copics used today

Monday, April 15, 2019

Choose Music


Does anyone else have card ideas that float around in their head?  I saw this stamp by Unity and I knew it would pair perfectly with this sentiment.  My first thought was to do color her with pink hair and just rock her out.   However, when I went to color just didn't feel right.  I still wanted a more subtle, mature look for her.   I think  it was the right choice.  I wish I you could see this card in real life.  Her shirt shines (wink of stella)

Copics used:
Pants: E43, E44, E47
Guitar: E30, E31, E33, E35
Skin: E00, E000, E11, E13
Red: R35
shirt: Y17, YR23, YR24, E08, E09, E19-- this was not easy. I had to work to get them to blend, but way worth it!
Ground: W3, W1
Hair: shades of brown used in both shirt and hair
Black: N9, N7, N5, N3
glitter on her shirt

Friday, April 12, 2019

Carrot Buddies

Welcome to day 5 of my Easter Card series,

This is my favorite of all the Easter cards I made this year.  I'm not sure what these guys think they are going to do with this giant carrot, but I love the team work.

I hope you enjoyed following along this week. I had a lot of fun making this set.

Copics used:

Bunnies: E43, E42, E41- R32, R30
Carrot: YR00, YR02, YR04, YR07, E95, E97
Green: YG01, YG03, YG06
Ground: E50, E53, E55--dots done in lots of shades of browns.