Call Me On My Shell Phone!


Mermaids and anything related to them are really big in the card making world right now.

For this project, I used the new Essentials by Ellen stamp set, Mermaid’s Tail. I love the detailed pattern on the mermaid tail and the clever sentiments and puns that come along with the set.

How I made this project:

I stamped the mermaid tail onto watercolor card stock with Versafine ink in Onyx Black. This ink is waterproof and therefore would work well with the watercolor pens I used to color the image.

I chose 3 shades of purple watercolor pens (Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens) to color the body of the mermaid tail. I blended the 3 purples to create an ombré look using a watercolor brush. I colored the fin in a yellow-toned color (actual color was called flesh) and blended that color out using the water color brush.

Once the watercolors dried, I applied a light gold watercolor wash from Gansai Tambi’s Starry Colors watercolor set. I painted the color wash between the scales of the tail and over the fin itself. The color I used from this set was #905-Light Gold. The photo of the project doesn’t pick up the slight gold shimmer, but when the card is held at an angle, you definitely see. This is an unexpected surprise that the receiver of the card will notice.

I die cut the tail after it was thoroughly air dried.

I wanted to create some additional dimension for the card front without it detracting from the color and details of the mermaid tail. To do this, I used a We R Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folder called Wave and embossed an A2-sized of white card stock. The embossing folder creates a softly raised wave background. This piece was cut down to 4″ x 5.25″ because I wanted to mat the finished card front onto a piece of black A2-sized cardstock. The card front was adhered to the black mat with Scor-Tape,

I die-cut a double-fishtail banner from white cardstock and stamped it with the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink.

All the pieces (mermaid tail, sentiment banner) were mounted onto the card front as you see on the project. I added purple sequins and a small die-cut clam shell for more interest.

The entire card front was mounted onto an A2 top-folding card base.

I like the details of this card and hope you do too.

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Mermaid’s Tail
  • Dies: Mermaid Tail’s coordinating dies (tail and clam shell)
  • Embossing Folder: We R Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folder Wave
  • Inks: Versafine Ink in Onyx Black.
  • Markers: Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens (081-Light Violet; 082-Purple; 083-Lilac; 071-Flesh)
  • Watercolors: Gansai Tambi Starry Colors set (#905 Light Gold)
  • Cardstock:  TIm Holtz Distress Watercolor Card Stock; Neenah Solar White 80# (card front); Black card stock (from my stash); Neenah Solar White 110# (card base).
  • Other: Hero Arts Hombre Sequins in Purple.

Happy Valentine’s Day – SSS Flickr Challenge #63


Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #63 is all about making a project using your favorite technique.

One of my favorite techniques is die-cutting. I love dies of all kinds, especially the large bold die-cut sentiments and words. They can easily become the focal point of your card design!

The card I made uses one Simon Says Stamp’s recent sentiment dies, the Big Valentine’s Day die. The sentiment was die cut from gold foil cardstock. I also die cut the sentiment two more times using white 80# cardstock and then adhered the three pieces together for a more raised look.

The background I mounted the sentiment on was created using washes of Distress Inks in several different colors on watercolor cardstock. Once the watercolor cardstock panel was thoroughly dry, I placed a floral-patterned stencil over it and used a dauber to gently dab on white pigment ink. The pigment ink I used has a slight sheen to it.

I had to be careful while inking the stencil because the stencil was quite delicate, with a lot of open areas. The end result was soft floral impressions against a rosy pink watercolor background. I liked the effect, vibrant, but soft enough to not overpower the die-cut sentiment.

I added a few sequins and some tiny die-cut hearts. The tiny hearts were cut from the same gold foil used for the sentiment.
The front panel was cut down to a 4 inch by 5.25 inch panel and the edges of the panel were colored with a sponge applicator to deepen the color around edges a little bit more.

The finished panel was mounted using foam tape onto an A2, top-folding card base (Simon Says Stamp cardstock in Doll Pink).

Supplies used in creating this project:
Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Big Valentine’s Day die; Memory Box: Heart Delights die (for the small heart embellishments – this die may be no longer available).

Stencils: Memory Box: Modern Fantasy Flowers stencil.

Inks: Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar and Wild Violet; Tsukineko: Brilliance pigment ink in Moonlight White.

Cardstock: Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock; DCWV gold foil cardstock from a foil stack; Simon Says Stamp cardstock: Doll Pink.

Happy Year of the Rooster!



Happy Chinese Lunar New Year! The New Year officially begins January 28, 2017.

This is the year of the rooster. In Chinese astrology, the rooster is considered honest, bright, communicative, ambitious, capable and warm-hearted.

I made a card to celebrate the occasion using Mama Elephant’s Lunar Animals stamp set. This set contains cute critters that represent the 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac. The cute little rooster is part of the set. I also used the complimentary set, Lunar Extras to add a cherry blossom branch to the card and the New Year sentiment.

There are several symbolic elements that I used in creating this card. The number eight is considered lucky to the Chinese, so I die-cut an octagon from white cardstock as the background for the images. Red, green and gold are considered lucky colors to the Chinese and I used these colors to color my images. The blossoms on the branch are colored in a shade of red and I add tiny gold dots to the centers of these blossoms with a gold gel pen. The green leaves on the branch stand for themselves. The rooster of course is colored in different shades of red and he has a gold beak and is standing on a gold die-cut oval so he doesn’t look like he is floating in mid-air.

The branch was stamped directly onto the octagon and colored, while the rooster was stamped on white cardstock, colored and then die-cut using the Lunar Animals coordinating die set and adhered with foam dots to raise the image. The gold oval he is standing on was cut from gold cardstock.

All images were colored using Copic markers.

The octagon was matted on an A2-sized piece of red cardstock to add to the red them. This was in turn adhered to a top-folding A2 card base.

Have a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year everyone!

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Mama Elephant: Lunar Animals stamp set and Lunar Extras stamp set.

Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities: Octagon die set (large set); Mama Elephant: Lunar Animals die set; My Favorite Things Die-namics: Oval Shadows die set.

Inks: Memento: Tuxedo Black ink (for images-Copic friendly); Versafine Onyx Black ink (sentiment).

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# (die-cut octagon); Neenah Solar White 110# (card base); Simon Says Stamp cardstock in Schoolhouse Red (used as the mat for the card front); gold cardstock from my stash (oval shadow rooster is standing on).

Other: Uni-Ball Signo pen in gold, Copic markers.

Mother’s Day Card 2016 #2

Here is my second post for Mother’s Day 2016 cards.


The card front is a single-layer, stamped onto a 4.00” x 5.25” piece of white cardstock which was later glued to an A2-sized colored mat that coordinated with the colors in the flowers and the entire front of the card was mounted onto a top-folding A2 card base.

I used an Altenew layered stamp set (Watercolor Wonders). This is such a beautiful stamp set. The sentiment is from another stamp set by Altenew as well (Wild Hibiscus). After stamping the flowers, I used Versamark ink to stamp the flower centers and then heat embossed them in gold.

I don’t know about everyone else, but I have trouble with the watercolor and layered stamp sets that are so popular now. I don’t seem to be able to get the layered stamping the way I want it or the colors the way I want. I’ve practiced many times, and I think I finally understand how to use the technique and line up the stamps (or at least the Stamping Gods were with me when I made this card).

I love the results.

This is wishing you a happy, belated Mother’s Day!


Supplies used in making this project.

Stamps: Altenew: Watercolor Wonders (flowers) and Wild Hibiscus (sentiment)

Inks: WPlus9 dye inks: Little Piggy, Sweet Nectar, and Sweet Gelato (flowers); WPlus9 dye ink: Last Leaf (leaves); WPlus9 dye ink: Black (sentiment); Versamark ink for flower centers (later heat embossed in gold).

Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White 80# for the card front, Stampin’ Up: Pomegranate (obsolete) for card front mat; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.

Other Supplies: WOW embossing powder in Gold Rich Pale.

You Are Loved: Inspiration from Starbucks!


I can’t function without my morning cup of coffee. A Starbucks grande blonde (their light roast) sets my day on the right track. Not only do I love their coffee, but I love Starbucks mugs and collect them. So it is no surprise that I found inspiration in one of their latest mugs (shown below).

The white flowers against a deep blue background on this mug are quite striking. I saw the mug while waiting in line for my morning coffee and decided to use it as inspiration for a card.

I stamped the flowers using Simon Says Stamp’s white pigment ink onto some deep-blue cardstock. At first the pigment ink seemed a little splotchy but evened out as it dried. I didn’t heat set the ink because I wanted to find out how well the ink would even out on its own and it did quite nicely.

I didn’t want the sentiment to compete with the floral design, but I didn’t want it to be lost on the card either. So, I die cut a piece of vellum using a circle die. The sentiment was stamped onto the vellum using Versamark ink and then heat embossed with silver embossing powder. The sentiment came out with the right amount of subtlety without being lost in the overall design.

Hope you like the card.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Scribble Flowers and Flowers on My Mind stamp sets; Ellen Hutson: Bold Blooms stamp set; WPlus9: That is All (sentiment)

Dies: My Favorite Things Die-namics: Wonky Stitched Circle Stax.

Inks: Simon Says Stamp white pigment ink.

Cardstock: Simon Says Stamp: Soft Navy for the card front; Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base; Bazzill Vellum 40#.

Other: Hero Arts silver embossing powder.

Have A Beautiful Day: Ellen Hutson Feb. 2016 Pin-Sights Challenge

Have-a-Beautiful-Day: Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge

February’s Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge inspiration images are :



There are lots of lovely shades of pink with hints of pale lavender and pale blues. I drew my inspiration from image #7 and tried to recreate this peaceful scene that you see above.

I used a lovely sentiment from Ellen Hutson’s Mondo Magnolia stamp set and the cluster of dots from Ellen’s Bokeh Dots set to create the airy and light look of the foliage/buds in the tree.

The tree images in the foreground and background were from a Penny Black stamp and were stamped in a gray archival ink. I didn’t want to use black because it came off as too harsh. The tree in the foreground was stamped multiple times to get the darkness I wanted while the trees in the background were only stamped once to make them look faint in the distance. I add dots of color to the tree in the foreground so that it looked like the tree was beginning to bloom.

I used Distress inks like watercolors to paint the sky and the ground. The sky was colored in a wash of 3 pink-toned inks and the ground was created using a wash of coral-colored ink. The mist around the trees in the background was created using a pale green was of distress ink. The sentiment was stamped in black ink.

To give the card front a light and ethereal look, I added shimmery dots from my trusty Wink of Stella pen (clear). Overall I am pleased with the effect I achieved, even though my project was a direct interpretation of one the of the inspiration images.

Hope you liked the project. Have a great day!

Supplies used in this project:

Stamps: Ellen Hutson: Mondo Magnolia stamp set (sentiment) and Bokeh Dots (tree foliage/buds).  

Inks: Distress Inks: Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar and Abandoned Coral (sky); Abandoned Coral (ground); Cracked Pistachio (mist in the background). WPlus9: Little Pig and Flamingo dye inks for tree buds. Ranger Archival Ink in Watering Can (for all trees).

Cardstock: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock (card front);  Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock (card base).

SSS Flickr Challenge #30: Fallin’ for Fall Theme

SSS Flickr Challenge #30: Hello-Fall-Corner-Leaves

The theme for Simon Says Stamp’s Flickr Challenge #30 is “Fallin’ for Fall”. Any project that creates the feel and look of Autumn is appropriate for this challenge.

My project attempts to capture the rich golden tones of Autumn with the used of metallic cardstock. I associate autumn colors with metals such as copper and bronze. I love the rich tones of these metals and how they complement the colors in the changing leaves and other foliage.

I used the inlay die-cut technique for this card. I cut the Maple Leaf Corner die from copper metallic cardstock and used the outlined image in copper to frame distress water colored images. The inlaid leaves were die cut from watercolor card stock and colored using Distress Inks.

I die cut the world “hello” three times, using the same copper metallic cardstock and then layered the hellos on top of each other to give dimension to the sentiment. The small stamped word ‘fall’ was stamped in a deep, rich orange ink and die cut using a small rectangle die.

Have a colorful and golden fall!


Supplies used in making this project:

Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Maple Leaf Corner die, Painted Hello die; My Favorite Things Die-namics: Label Tapes die.

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Autumn Acorns (word “FALL”)

Embossing Folders: Lifestyle Crafts : Diagonal Stripe

Inks: Papertrey Ink: Terracotta Tile (sentiment “FALL”); Distress Inks: Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Twisted Citron, Shabby Shutters, Vintage Photo.

Cardstock: Neenah Classic Cream; Papertrey Ink: Terracotta Tile; Stardream Metallic Cardstock: Copper; Neenah Solar White 110#; Ranger Distress watercolor Cardstock.