Keep your fin up!! !

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Happy Wednesday everyone.. Today I'm making a splash with the All Washed Up & Little Fellas sets from the Alley Way Stamps.


I created a fun background on a piece of white card stock using the Splatters stencil from Tim Holtz and some Tumbled Glass & Salty Ocean Distress Inks. Then I stamped the Whale images over top of the spatters in VersaFine Black Ink so it'd be a nice solid look. 


I used the "keep your fin up and Make a splash" sentiment from the Something's Fishy set and the "And" from Cake Day. The exclamation point is from the Gabfest set as well.  I love the clear stamps because can cut them apart and fully customize them and don't worry they go right back together again! For some added sparkle I added a few of the sequins and other bits from Lucy Abrams' Sequin Shaker collection in Glacier

Head over to the Alley Way Stamps blog for more fun inspiration using these sets and more. And Be sure to join us tomorrow for the June New Release Sneak Peeks!


Thanks for stopping by!

Watercolor Florals with MarkerPop

Sunday, May 24, 2015


Happy Sunday... It's my last Guest Designer Spot with MarkerPop today. It's been so much fun working with them this month. Today I have a project using Distress Markers and the Wplus9 sets Fresh Cut Florals & Fresh Cut Containers.


This is a technique where you add ink directly onto the stamps with the Distress Markers onto watercolor paper and then using a slightly damp paintbrush you add water to move the ink around. 



I stamped the flower pots onto the watercolor paper with the Rusty Hinge & Tea Dye markers... just adding ink to the outside edge of the stamp so it created a line. Once it was on the paper I took a slightly damp paint brush and pulled the ink inward to create the pot shape. 


Then I added the flowers, layering each over the other. You want to color directly onto the flower stamps as well with the markers and once they are on the paper just use your paint brush to pull the ink around to fill them in a little and haze out the lines. I used Distress Markers in the colors... Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint, Picked Raspberry, Forest Moss, Spices Marmalade, Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves & Aged Mahogany. I added a ground with the Frayed Burlap marker and stamped the sentiment with Tuxedo Black Memento ink once the images were dry. I trimmed it to size and add the watercolor panel to a piece of Bazzill card stock in Gumdrop

Be sure to stop by the MarkerPop Blog for inspiration and a fun challenges each month and you can shop for all your favorite brands in one stop. 


This week's Challenge is all about Flowers.. You can win a set from Paper Smooches. 


Thanks for stopping by today.. and Thanks to MarkerPop for having me a Guest Designer this month! 

One Fish... Two Fish....

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Happy Saturday... I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend so far. Today I have a fun Dr. Seuss Inspired card for you using the fun new sets from the Alley Ways Stamps called Gill-Friend & All Washed up. 


I created a scene using the fish from the Gill-Friend Set... which is Free this month with any $40 purchase. And then I colored them in with some Watercolors. After they were dry I created a blue wash for the background and die cut the panel out using the stitched rectangles from Lil' Inkers. Then I added that layer to a white card base. 


I added some clear wink of stella to several of the fish and then some googley eyes to the Blue fish.. So fun! I stamped the sentiment from All Washed up onto a piece of white card stock and die cut it using the Word bubble dies from Stampin' Up! And popped it up on dimensionals. I added a few 4mm Sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to look like bubbles. 

Head over to the Alley Way Stamps Blog for more inspiration from the Design Team and link up for your chance to win with your own Alley Way Stamps creations this month! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

It's all about the Lace..

Happy Friday everyone.. It's time for a fun new challenge at the Friday Mashup and this week our hostess is Cynthia. She's bringing us a challenge using Lace & Butterflies.


I didn't have any Lace in my stash so I used a small piece of ribbon that looks lacy..lol But that's what's so fun about the Friday Mashup challenges.. you can use both or just one of the ideas. 


I created a Calypso Coral card base and added a stitched border with the Stitched Rectangle dies from Lil' Inkers. I then I added a piece or Stampin' Up! DSP I found in my Stash and added the same border using a smaller die. 


I followed the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge a little bit.. I kinda strayed lol. I created a coral and vanilla tag with the stitched tag die from Mama Elephant's Basics set. And I die cut the Butterfly using a Papertrey Ink die. 

I stamped the sentiment onto the vanilla tag with Coral Ink. This is from the Papertrey Ink set Life is Beautiful. I added some coral ink directly to the butterfly die cut and then I added some ribbons to the tags and adhered them to the card base off set a little. To give it a little bling I added some Pearls. 


Head over to the Friday Mashup Challenge blog and see what the other Design Team members created this week and we hope you will join us. The challenge is open until Wednesday @ 6pm EST. And the Freshly Made Sketches challenge is open until Monday @ 12pm CST. 


A Beachy Christmas!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Happy Wednesday everyone.. I hope your week is going great so far. Sorry for the lack of post this week. I was out of town all weekend and I need to get caught back up! Today I have a cute Christmas Card for you using some sets from the Alley Way Stamps


I created a fun background with Pool Party & Costal Cabana inks from Stampin' Up! and a touch of Salty Ocean Distress Ink. I used the Tim Holtz stencil Splatters for the water and the Speckles Stencil along with some Backed Brown Sugar ink from Stampin' Up! for the sand. I die cut a Stitched Circle from some White card stock and created a background with the same colors to look like the sand meeting the water. 


I stamped the sentiment using the Gabfest Alphabet set and the Starfish from the Something's Fishy set. I stamped the starfish a second time onto some scrap card stock and colored it in with copics and paper pieced it onto the sentiment area. I added a few white dots with a gel pen and some Clear Wink of Stella. It needed a bit more sparkle so I added some Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. 

Head over to the Alley Way Stamps blog for more fun projects and don't forget to Link up with your projects using the Alley Way Stamps sets.... all month long for a chance to win!! 

And there' s a Flash Sale going on util the 22nd you don't want to miss! 


Thanks for stopping by today! 

Welcome Little Squirt!

Saturday, May 16, 2015


Happy Saturday... Today I have a fun card using more of the adorable the Alley Way stamps from the May Release. I've also created a fun background with some Distress Inks.


I created a white card base and then I die cut 2 stitched panels from the Lil' Inkers stitched Rectangles die set. One panel from Bermuda Bay card sock and the other from Watercolor paper. I created a background on the watercolor panel using several shades of Blue and yellow distress inks and I set it aside to dry. Once it was dry I adhered it to the Bermuda Bay panel offset a little and then I stamped the sentiment from the Little Fellas set onto a piece of Bermuda Bay and heat embossed it. 


I stamped the Narwhals from the Little Fellas & All Washed Up sets onto some white card stock and colored them in with distress inks using the sponge applicator. Once they were dry I fussy cut them out and added some black marker around the cut edge to clean it up a little. I added some Copic Opaque white to the spots on the whales and some Clear Wink of Stella over the Whales. 


This came out so cute.. Time consuming but I love how they look with the Distress ink as the coloring medium. Head over to the Alley Way Stamps blog for some more great inspiration with these fun new sets. 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Shaker Fun!!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Happy Wednesday everyone.. I hope your week is going good so far. Today I have a fun Shaker card for you using some of the newest sets from the Alley Way Stamps


I created a card base from some Surf Blue from Simon Says Stamps and then I added a stitched border around with with the largest stitched rectangle die from Lil' Inkers. For the shaker panel, I die cut a piece of white card stock using the 2nd largest die in the Lil' Inkers set and then I die cut a circle from the white panel using the MFT stitched circles Stax. 

Then I added a frame from a piece of Calypso Coral from Stampin' Up! die cut with the same circle dies. I added a window sheet to the back of the circle opening and stamped the sentiment from the set Branching Out. Then I stamped the dolphin image from this month's Free with any $40 purchase set Gill-Friend and colored it with Copics and cut it out. I adhered it directly onto he window sheet opening. 


For the shaker background I added some color with Distress ink and then I stamped the wave from All Washed up in Distress ink Broken China. I added some foam to backside of the circle and filled it with some Glacier sequin mix from Lucy Abrams shop and adhered them together to create the shaker. Before adhering the shaker part to the card base I added some Grey Baker's twine I found in my stash and tied a bow. 

I also added a fun sentiment on the inside of the card...  Using the splash image from All Washed up and the sentiment from Something's Fishy


Be sure to head over to the Alley Way stamps blog for more fun inspiration using this month's release sets. And don't forget to link up you project using the Alley Way Stamps sets for a chance to win all Month long! 

Thanks for stopping by!