Video: Layered flowers with distress inks and glaze


Happy Friday to everyone! Bring on the weekend! Today I have a card and video to share with you that I made ions ago. Layered flowers! Layering stamps scare the begeezies out of me… I thought it would be so difficult. And some companies layering sets look quite difficult to me.. But this gorgeous Peonies set from The Ton? Nope. Not difficult at all. I used distress inks to layer the colors and I used Distress Glaze to seal in the ink so it will be permanent so I could apply some Wink of Stella over the top of the flowers!


The links to the colors/supplies I used is listed below.  To layer the flowers, I stamped the lightest ink first and then built on top of that… The distress ink color combinations I used for the flowers:

  • Shaded Lilac/Seedless Preserves/Dusty Concord
  • Spun Sugar/Worn Lipstick/Festive Berries

For the vase:

  • Cracked Pistachio/Mermaid Lagoon

As I mentioned, I also have a video to go along with this post today. You can watch it by clicking HERE!

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Celebrate: Embossing Resist with Distress Ink LIVE PERISCOPE


Hi there! Earlier this morning, I made this card live on Periscope! Periscope is a live streaming app available for the Andrioid and Iphone.! If you download it, follow me. My user name is @lbeard. I try and do live scopes a few times a week. :)

This card was inspired by the current Ellen Hutson PinSights Challenge. The colors on the inspiration badge are divine! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Be sure and check it out and play along because a random selected participant will receive a $50 shopping spree.

As I mentioned before, I made this card live on Periscope. Lots of oopsies and gotta roll with it happened on this card but I love how it turned out. And yup, a sequin is the perfect little bit of bling to cover up an oopsie! Just sayin! LOL!


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Budsies with discount code

Normally I don’t share things that aren’t crafty related but I thought I would today because this could be a potential gift idea for a special occasion.

Do any of you watch Shark Tank? I am addicted to that show. I love seeing all the inventions and ideas! Budsies was one of the companies that was on Shark Tank and I thought the idea was brilliant!

Basically, what this company does is take your hand drawn works or selfie pictures and turn them into a plush toy for you! My son does Taekwondo and he wanted a plush of himself so I snapped a picture of him in his uniform and sent it off to Budsies and he got his very on Lucas plush. The details were fantastic. Down to the undershirt and the black stripes on his belt (he is now a yellow belt)…. It’s also great for those that love to draw… If you click on their website, you will see how they took drawings and turned them into life like plushes! It is super cute!

I think this is a great Christmas present or a great gift for a special occasion because these are  pricey. But it is custom made and something unique. So for something special? Might make a great gift.

Please know that I have not been asked or paid  to share this, nor am I affiliated with them. I simply liked the product and thought I would tell you about it. I did contact the company to tell them I was going to share and they offered a 10% discount to all of my readers!  Use code lbeard10 for 10% off thru the end of August..





Sequins Storage: Video


Hi there! Today I have a super quick video to share with you today that shows you how I store all my sequins, beads, etc…… Do you use sequins and beads and other gilding and have a hard time storing it? For the longest time, I kept them in the little bags they came in and tossed them all in a drawer, but that was not ideal…. Then I came across Nicole’s Instagram post a while back and then another blog post by Ruby and that just sealed the deal for me (she shares lots of organizational ideas).  A BIG thank you to Nicole for introducing me to this product.  Lifesaver to this organizational junkie here…  All of the gilding I use and that is shown in this video is from The Ton. You can watch the video by clicking HERE!

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To purchase this storage unit, please click here: (please note, affiliate link is used here at no cost to you).

  • 13.75 inch by 10.5 inch by 2 inch size
  • Storage Box comes with tray and Clear Lid
  • Storage Boxes are Stackable
  • Different size containers available (linked below)



Elf on the Shelf Ellen Hutson Style


Honest to pete, how cute is this stamp set…. LOVED IT FROM FIRST SITE! We do Elf on the Shelf here. Our elf’s name is Snowflake. Last year, poor Snowflake was too close to a lightbulb and lost one of her legs, so she flew back to the North Pole, drank some hot cocoa and came back to use new and refreshed… You know, in a new body! :) I couldn’t wait to create my own Elf on the Shelf card with this set and the coordinating die.

Kept the colors traditional by watercoloring some red and green with my Gansai watercolors, offset it a bit with a vellum panel and colored all the images with Copics.  I stamped the sentiment on the inside which reads “We elves like to stick to the four main food groups” – BAHAHAHA!


Short and sweet today.. Get it, sweet? LOL! Thanks for popping by!

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Watercoloring with Zigs Clean Color Real Brush Markers


Good morning! Today I have a card to share that uses the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I colored this image a while ago and posted it on social media and received such a warm reception! So I finally finished out the card and sent this off to a friend. I’ve watercolors a few more since then live on Periscope and had a blast talking to you guys!! (Periscope is a live streaming interactive app you can download on your smartphone and interact with the periscoper. My handle is @lbeard).


I purchased my Zig open stock (individually) from Ellen Hutson because I wanted to try them out to be sure I liked them and then I finished out my inventory with colors that I was personally drawn to. I know many that have purchased just the 12 pack and have been quite happy with it as you can mix the colors to create custom colors! I also know plenty who splurged and got the 80 pack!! It’s really whatever you are personally interested in. :) A few resources for the zigs:

Note: I have discovered using the Zigs is all about the paper!!! When I first got them, I hated them! I played with them for hours and couldn’t get them to blend. Then a friend told me it was more than likely my paper! I tried a 90# no name brand I had in my craft room and poof! Magic!!!!! Also, Bristol (which is ironically NOT a watercolor paper) works well with these markers. I prefer a 90# watercolor paper over the Bristol by a tad. But both would work just fine I have found. I have linked to a few papers I use in the supply list.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)

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Lawnscaping Challenge: Watercolored Embossed fish sponsored by LAWN FAWN

Hi there! It’s Lawnscaping Challenge day today! And this week, the challenge is all about Embossing. Heat, Dry. Whatever floats your boat. I opted for heat embossing and added in some watercoloring using the peerless watercolors! I also used some liquid masking to mask off that one little green embossed fish! I’ve got a video to go along with this card as well! :) All the supplies I used today are linked at the end of this post.


I am a fan of the Peerless Watercolors. They blend so beautifully. As I mentioned in the video, I made a DIY portable palette for the peerless after seeing THIS video by Julie Ebersole. Hers is much more prettier than mine! I added some flicks of shimmer spray and some sequins by The Ton in hopes they look like bubbles!


And as promised, the video! You can watch the video by clicking HERE!

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We are sponsored by the amazing folks over at Lawn Fawn! So please play along!


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