Video: Coloring on Vellum


Hello gorgeous peeps! Today I’ve got another card and video to share with you all. This time I’ll be doing some coloring on vellum. THIS vellum is particular awesome because is 43lb and fab…. And the stamps and sentiment? From THIS awesome Essentials by Ellen set…. I used Copics in the video but any alcohol marker would work. Just choose bright colors so they show thru the vellum… And the embossing powder? It’s Liquid Platinum that goes with EVERYTHING!! Definitely should be a staple in your embossing powder collection!


You can watch the video right here on the blog or over on my youtube channel in HD!

I hope you guys all have a fab weekend! Anything fun planned???? I had a sick little one last night so we will have to see how the weekeend plays out…… Have an awesome day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Goodies used (linked to multiple sources):


Watercolored flowers video: Pin-Sights Challenge


Hey there! Today I’ve got a card and video to share with you… Have you see the April Pin-Sights Challenge???  Gorgeous inspirational photo and guest artist designs are happening over there so be sure to check it out! And if you play along, you could win $50 bucks!! You can find all the details here and you have until April 29th to play along!  Here is the inspriational photo.


Pretty eeh? The colors, patterns, textures…. I’d take any of that in my house let me just tell you! I created the card based on the colors and patterns. Flowers and polka dots.. And pink, green, charcoal and coral…


You can watch the video right here on my blog or over on my youtube channel in HD! Whatever floats your boat!

As always, I have linked to all the supplies I used in my project to multiple sources… Have an awesome day!!!!

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Did you see the Essentials by Ellen April Pin-Sights Challenge

Hey there everyone! Just want to stop in quickly today and share the GORGEOUS inpsiration photo for the April Pin-Sights Challenge over at the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom! 


I know right? THUD! I love the colors, the patterns.. The bold font… The black/white polka dots.. It’s all just fantastic! I plan on getting crafty myself today working off this inspiration board! I hope you will to. If you head on over to the blog post, there are 3 amazing projects by 3 amazing artists!  Just sayin’! :)

To enter, just grab any Essentials by Ellen product you have and get creative! Then upload it to the Inlinkz at the end of THIS POST! There is a $50 gift certificate to the store up for grabs!!!!! Seriously….

Have a great day!!!


Lawnscaping Challenge: Sketch Inspired Masculine Card


Hello and happy Monday! Today is Lawnscaping Challenge day and this week, our challenge to you is a sketch inspired challenge! Sketches can be interpreted in many ways. Flip it, change up the shapes, etc.. Our guest designer Emily made an adorable treat bag based on the sketch! So you can really have fun with this. I decided to make a masculine themed card based off the sketch… And the rectangles on the sketch? I masked off the shapes and inked up the beep boop sentiment from this stamp set and stamped it out to create the rectangular patterns.


The star shape is from the Puffy Stars die set. To create all the color, I sprayed the bejeezes out of both panels with Tim Holtz Distress Spray stains!

We are sponsored by the amazing folks over at Lawn Fawn. The winner will receive a free stamp set so be sure and play along!


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Watercolored Canvas


Hi there! If you follow me on Instragram, you saw I posted a peak of this watercolored piece I was working on! Today, I’m here to share the full reveal!  Using the Cosmo Cricket Just Add Watercolor line is simply the best thing ever! It’s great for newbies or experienced watercolor artists. I fall along the lines of a newbie!


I do have to confess. I bought this 10×10 canvas block thinking it had the design of the  picture on it and all I had to do was add the color. Alas, the block is blank as indicated in the title. OOPSIE! So I took a pattern from this 12×12 paper pad, watercolored it and adhered it to the canvas block with Faber Castell’s Gel Medium! I was determined to make the purchase of the block worth it!!!


I went around the edges of the canvas with a gold and white gelato and then sealed that in with some Faber Castell Glaze… I went around the edges of the paper with some matte mod podge just to ensure it would never peel up and as a final touch, I sprayed the entire thing with a matte spray fixative (spray outside, it stinks, lol)! Now all I have to do is figure out where to put in my daugther’s room.

Here is option 1, hanging. And see the pink yarn? My grandmother passed a few years ago and they found this in her house amongst her things. Lily was the only baby girl at the time of her passing so we all knew she was at the beginning of making something for her. So I have kept it in Lily’s room ever since, completely untouched. (Edited to add: I removed something from this spot so if I choose option b, i will hang the original artwork back in its place) – :)


And here is Option 2. Standing on her pink dresser.  See the bunny lamp? My mom found the bunny as a door stop, painted it and had it turned into a lamp for Lily.


So which option do you like? Hung or standing up?? Hmmm….

I have a video I’ve shared in the past about the line and I do some watercoloring using a pre designed canvas block and a few from the 12×12 paper pad. You can go HERE to take a look at the blog post which will link you to the video. This line is super popular, so if you find it’s out of stock, no fear! Suppliers are working at getting it back in stock ASAP!  Also, be sure and follow Blitsy, a 4 day flash sale site! They just had the line but it sold out fast! Don’t worry, it will be back there too!

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DIY Ink Pad

Hi there everyone!!! It’s almost the weekend! We are so close!!!! Today I have a product to share with you today.. I saw this ink pad over on a post Julie did for the CLASSroom and immediately went and bought 3 of them to play with. You can see her post and video HERE!


Today I thought I would share with you a quick video giving you my thoughts on these pads and how to whip up one for yourself using Distress Ink refills… NOTE: Dye refills are best to use with these pads as the pads are felt based and pigment inks are generally too thick. All the supplies I used can be found at the end of this post linked to a few sources.

For the colorful ink pad I used the following refill colors all linked below: Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Abandoned Coral and Seedless Preserves/


And for the ombre pad I used the following distress ink refills:  Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Evergreen Bough and Cracked Pistachio.


You can watch the video right here on the blog or over on my youtube channel in HD!

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Giveaway: Heidi Swapp Minc

Good morning peeps! Yup, you read it right! The amazing folks over at Blitsy are giving away a Heidi Swapp Minch machine! You have until April 20th to enter. I just jumped right to the chase didn’t I? No how are you doings… Just HERE IS THE GIVEAWAY, lol!!! Let me back up a bit!


A few weeks ago, I flew out to Chicago and did some filming for Blitsy. My first ever on camera experience.. Nervewracking, YES YES YES…… But I conquered one of my fear, and the fact that the Blitsy peeps are so stinkin’ nice helped. Free lessons will be available soon!! Since that time, Blitsy  totally did a massive update to their blog and now YOU can submit your projects to the blog right here and share YOUR inspiration with us. A new place for daily inspiration! And to celebrate, they are giving away a Heidi Swapp Minc Machine..

The way to enter? YOU CAN GO HERE for all the details! But in a nutshell, all you have to do is submit a project (or multiple projects) to the Blitsy Inspiration Section.  Every project submission that is accepted between now and April 20th is counted as an entry. It’s that easy! No purchase necessary.  Again, go HERE to read all about it and detailed instructionson how to enter (although the website makes it pretty easy to figure out how to submit)

While I was in Chicago, Katy and I filmed a video of trying out the Heidi Swapp Minc Machine! I saw it in the box and we both thought, hmmmmm..  So this is a totally unedited version of our review of the Minc Machine using it for the first time. The only thing we did off camera was take it out of the box and glance at the instruction manual.. Now remember, my first time ever BEING ON CAMERA, so I was nervous. Be nice! I was hesitant to even share this video here, but what the heck! I’m going for it :)

Full disclosure: I mentioned it was unedited so you will see exactly how long it takes to feed the transfer folder  that comes in the kit thru the machine. You can cut it down if you are going to work with smaller projects…   You can watch the  Minc Video right here on the blog or you can head on over to the Blitsy Youtube Channel and check it out there.


So head on over to the Inspiration section and submit away!!!  I have been pinning all kinds of stuff! Have an awesome day!


Textured Watercolored card and video

Happy Friday everyone! YES! It’s Friday! Do you have big plans for the weekend? We don’t have anything planned, which is nice! We can just do what we want when we want!!! It’s 80 degrees here already and it’s only April! Means we are in for a HOT Summer…..

Today’s card feature lots of easy techniques! Stamping, Die Cutting, Heat Embossing, Watercoloring…… I am using products from the the Essentials by Ellen line by Ellen Hutson. See all the shine? See those white textured splotches… This texture spray is amaze balls!


All that gold embossing??? Enchanted Gold is my all time favorite color of gold embossing powder. It is like a yummy butter color. NOM NOM.


I’ve got a video for you today that sharing with you how I made this card from start to finish. You can watch it right here on my blog or over on my youtube channel in HD!

Thanks so much for joining me today! Have an awesome weekend!

Goodies used linked to multiple sources:


Cosmo Cricket Just Add Watercolor product review and demo VIDEO


I was OVER THE MOON excited about this product line when I saw sneaks of it at CHA!! JUST ADD WATERCOLOR! For real. The designs are there and all you have to do is add watercolor to it. They have 12×12 pads, 8×8 pads, tags and canvas blocks… I started off with what you will see in my video and since playing with it, I went back and purchased the rest of the ENTIRE LINE! There is so much you can do with these. Cardmaking, scrapping, framing… art work… The canvas block I made in today’s video sits right on my desk (see picture below)! All of the products from the line are listed at the end of the post  to two online sources….

I’ve got a video to share with you today that shows you the products I purchased and a few product demos and then an overall opinion of the line. NOW FULL DISCLAIMER: I am not an expert watercolorist. I am a nouvice. There are many other talented artists out there that are way better than me. Today, I do so simple watercoloring that you can do with whatever watercolors you might have. You can watch it right here on my blog or over on my youtube channel in HD.

And a couple of still shots from the video:

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Just Add Watercolor Line and supplies used in today’s video: