**VIDEO** Happy Birthday To You! (Watercolor Background)

Welcome to this week’s brand-new Fresh Take Friday episode! (This is my 3rd post today – For special 20% discount codes on SSS and Ellen Hutson, please click HERE / For my 1st post, click HERE)


I was inspired by this week’s challenge over at Case Study. If you have a chance to do some cardmaking this weekend, make sure to participate in the challenge! For my card, I decided to focus on the color scheme.


I don’t know about you, but I am really digging watercoloring at the moment and having so much fun experimenting with different products. I do not own too many watercolor products but I will expand my “collection” as I go on. If you are just starting with watercolor and don’t want to invest in it with too much money, I highly recommend trying out the Lowe Cornell Watercolor Set – I got it only for $7 and it works great!! You can always move on to the higher quality products when you feel comfortable with it.

The background color has two different shades of yellow. I always like to start with lighter color and add few areas of darker color when creating a watercolor background. It seems to be easier for me when I blend the shades.


Another tip, really important tip, if you want a really well blended look, make sure to saturate your watercolor paper with clean water first, then add your colors. They will blend nicely with minimal effort.

I love this bold and lovely sentiment from the Make A Wish Stamp Set by Mama Elephant. I stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black Ink and added few stars using the Hero Arts Charcoal Ink Pad. Then I went in with my Wink of Stella Glitter Pen to add nice shimmer on those cute stars.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and the tutorial! Let me know if you have any questions – I’d be happy to answer!!

Have a great weekend!


Really Reasonable Ribbon April Blog Hop!


Welcome to the April 2014 Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Blog Hop! If you are hopping in the order, you probably came from Bonnie’s Blog at Make Time 2 Craft.I am excited that you are joining us to get lots of inspirations using the April Ribbon Club Assortments. This month’s assortment has lots of feminine and masculine colors, so you can create multiple projects easily. Shall we get started?

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First card I am sharing is a masculine birthday card. I know lots of people struggle when it comes to making masculine cards – are you one of them? I wanted to share how easy and simple it is to put together a card for a guy in your life. They love bright colors too, so use those colors up! For this card, I used the 5/8″ Satin Crosshatch Ribbon to add a nice gray and silver color to the project. They go really well with min and blue colors used here. Don’t you think so?

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For a fun effect, I did generation stamping technique for this card. To create this effect, take out a dark colored ink pad, stamp the image once and without re-inking it, stamp the same image again on a project. Super easy but it creates a nice result! To add a nice bright color, I used couple of yellow enamel dots.

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Next card is a super adorable best friends card. Don’t you just love the bunnies here? The picture came out a bit more bright, but the 5/8″ Plaid Yellow Ribbon is a perfect accent for this card. I used a gray background paper with white dots for this one, but you can always change it up and create a different feel with the same ribbon. To make it more feminine, you can use light green, pink, or red. Possibility is limitless! Keep the layer the same and change the colors of the background paper and the ribbon, and you can even create a card set. Perfect gift idea!

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Few people asked me how to create a perfect cut out stamped image for projects. My trick is to stamp and color them first (if you are using an outlined image like I did here), and take a black marker to go around the edges of the image. This hides all the “white” margins of the cut out piece and create a professional look. Give it a try!

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I hope you enjoyed the cards I shared here today. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving me comments!! I love reading all of your comments and answering any questions, so please make sure to leave some love! Make sure to head over to the next stop of the hop, Cheryl’s Blog at Sweet Designs by Cheryl. Hope you have a happy day!!


Welcome Baby Card

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Hi guys! Quickly sharing my Welcome Baby card I created for Really Reasonable Blog. For fun details, make sure to head over to RRR blog post for today where I am sharing all the fun tips in making this card. Will you do me a favor? Please share some love by leaving them a comment when you head over there. They would LOVE to hear from you!!

Thanks for spending some time with me, I hope you have a good day!!



**VIDEO** You Are The Best

Happy Valentine’s Day! So today I am starting a fun new video series, created as a response to the requests that many of you made. I thought it would be fun to give a twist, so this video series will feature different kinds of card challenges that are out there and I am going to share my take on them. Each week, you will see a new challenge I take on and I will walk you though how I create my creation. Don’t worry, you will still be able to enjoy my Start-to-Finish series videos on Mondays and Quick Fix Quick Tricks videos occasionally.  So, let’s get started with today’s project!

Week 82 - Bold

This week I am participating the CAS-ology Week #82 challenge. This week’s theme is BOLD. Below is my take on it:


I thought it would be super fun to play with some pigment inks I got recently. I used Mama Elephant’s pigment inks and the colors I used are: Bubble Gum, Orangeade, Sunshine, Mojito, and Ocean. They are bright, fun, and juicy! They are perfect for creating a bold, bright, and rich colored project. Along with those ink pads, I used Life is a Journey Stamp Set from Simon Says Stamp. It is filled with super fun flowers, leaves, dots, and sentiments.


I basically did a random background stamping with few of the stamp elements. Alternating images and colors can add a great dimension to the card. I also added a bit of rhinestones to dress up the simple card.

Make sure to watch the video to see how I created this card in just minutes. Hope you enjoy, thanks for stopping by!



**VIDEO** Bear Baby Boy Card

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Happy Tuesday, night owls! I know some of you might be already sleeping safe and sound, but my sleeping time is far away lol. I love working at night where I do not have any distractions and able to focus fully on my crafting. What time is your favorite crafting time, or when are most creative? Comment below and let me know!

Today I am sharing a cute card using the Hero Art’s new Lil Hoot Stamp Set. I fell in love right away when I saw this and there are lots of crafters out there that have been going crazy with this set. I finally cracked it out to use it on a card I wanted to create for my cousin. He and his wife are having a baby boy at the end of the month and I will be sending a package with some goodies for them, and thought this card would be perfect!

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I am still getting used to coloring with Copics. I finally have some good color collections to blend different shades of colors and today I played with some Cool Gray tones. In the video you will see which ones I used to color the mama bear and the baby bear (that is what I am calling them). Had so much fun and I hope to do more coloring in the future videos. Maybe I need to look into the Copic certification classes – I know they were in my area last year but not sure when they will be back again!

Anyhow, please enjoy the video and I will be back tomorrow morning early to share a fun new card with you all. Have a great night!