Monthly Archives: September 2016

More Party Pooches…


Party Dogs

Hi there. I have another birthday card to share…seems like I’ve had quite a few birthdays in September. This one was made for a dear family friend who is like a brother to my Dad – therefore, I guess, he’s kind of like my uncle. Anyway, Alan is an animal lover so I thought he’s get a kick out of these little partying pups from the Hero Arts Party Time (by Lia) set. As soon as I saw this set I knew I wanted to make a card with the dogs licking the cupcakes. Even though they appear to be chocolate cupcakes and I know dogs are not supposed to have chocolate. Anyway, they’re imaginary cupcakes with imaginary Copic chocolate frosting so please don’t report to PETA.

So, as I was saying, I used many stamps from the Party Time set to create this little party scene. I masked and stamped multiple balloons so it looked like they were all hovering around the ceiling. You can see where I even colored some to look as though you could see through them. This is achieved by coloring the overlapping part of the image(s)  with a little of the color of the object behind.

Here’s a close up view of what I’m talking about…

Balloons close up view

On the last blue balloon, I colored a little yellow piece on the lower left section following the outline of the yellow balloon that was behind it. And, on the first yellow balloon, you’ll notice the little section of red behind it. The red balloon is a little more opaque so it only slightly shows a little of the yellow balloon through. If I wanted to make all the balloons opaque, I would have just colored the balloons more solidly rather than overlapping the colors. I chose colors that matched the striped paper on the bottom portion of the card.

The entire image was colored using Copic markers. I added a few clear sequins to enhance the party atmosphere – maybe these dogs have one of those bubble machines at their party! You never know.

Have a super fun day and thanks for stopping by!

Hello Nap!

Mike - Retirement

My boss of sixteen years has decided to retire. While I am super happy for him, I can’t help but also feel a little sad. It’s going to be so different without him at work every day.  We threw him a party at work last week and I made him this card to accompany the new golf bag we got him. He’s got a good sense of humor and I knew he’d appreciate this snarky little quip. I used the fun Clocked Out Grumpling set from Taylored Expressions. Mike (my boss) is a huge NC State fan which is why I used  red and black. By the way, the golf bag we got him was also red with black trim so the card actually matched the bag too.

Grumpling Cat

To create the background, I started by smearing Distress ink onto a craft mat, spritzed with a little water, then placed the watercolor paper directly on top of the ink. It’s a very quick and effective way to create an artsy-watercolored-looking background. I colored the Grumpling cat with Copic markers and die cut him along with an oval diecut (MFT) and adhered him to the card. Just added a strip of black and white striped paper along the bottom to finish it off. Easy peasy.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers to You

Cheers to you

Hi there! Today I have a card that I made using Avery Elle’s “The Man” stamp set and matching dies. Specifically, I used the beverage bottle that I made into beer bottles. I needed a masculine birthday card but this card could easily be adjusted for a teen boy (or girl) by adjusting the colors to make soda bottles.  The sentiment is from the “Celebrate Big” stamp set (retired) by My Favorite Things but it can easily be changed to fit the occasion.

I started out by stamping a row of bottles on a strip of MFT Smooth White cardstock. It’s a two-step process to stamp the bottles…first, I stamped the outline of the bottle using MFT Black Licorice hybrid ink, then I used a combination of Stampin’ Up! Crushed Curry and More Mustard ink to get different colors (or types) of beer.  I then stamped and die cut a few more bottles and adhered them (with foam dimensionals) in between the previously stamped bottles.  The white panel was then matted on MFT Steel Gray cardstock.

To create the background I sponged Crushed Curry and More Mustard ink onto watercolor paper then flicked water right over it to create the spots. I think it turned out kind of neat…looks like the beer in the bottles, doesn’t it? The sentiment was stamped using MFT Black Licorice hybrid ink then I matted the background panel onto Steel Gray cardstock and adhered it to a white card base. To finish it I just adhered the strip of bottles. I will definitely be making a few more of these to keep on hand.

Thanks for stopping by. Cheers!

Happy Birthday, Dear Valarie

Today is my longtime friend Valarie’s birthday. Val and I have been friends since we met in college in 1986. Even though we live in different states and don’t get to see each other often, we carry on like we just saw each other last week. I love and miss Val and she is never far from my thoughts. Happy Birthday, my friend.

HB Valarie

I made this fun, colorful birthday card for Valarie. I used Tim Holtz’ Crazy Dogs stamps – I knew she’d love the silly dogs. I started out by creating a mixed media background using stencils and various colors of Distress Inks. I then added some little hearts using Simon Says Stamp Stacked Heart Wafer Die. The crazy dogs were stamped onto watercolor paper using My Favorite Things Black Licorice Hybrid Ink then colored using Distress Inks.  Before coloring the dogs, I used masking fluid to mask their eyes, ears, noses, collars and tongue.  Next came the smooshing (a.k.a. Smoosh Technique)…rub a Distress Ink pad directly onto a piece of acetate. Spritz with water then place watercolor paper on top. Smoosh the paper down into the inky water droplets to pick up color. Afterwards, I went in with a paintbrush and watered down ink to fill in the rest of the color and add contrast. When the dogs were completely dry, I removed the masking fluid and used Copics to color their collars, noses, tongue and inside the ears.

HB Valarie

The presents and party hats were stamped onto Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock (SNUSP White) and colored with Copic markers. After fussy cutting the dogs, presents, party hats and banner, everything was assembled on the background piece and adhered to a 5″x5″ cardbase (SU! Orchid Opulence).

Thanks for checking out my blog. I had fun creating these party pooches.



Twin Towers Me & Dad 1986       Twin Towers 2001

When I graduated high school in 1986, my father took me on a special trip to New York City. It was a commemorative year for the Statue of Liberty, which I loved (I even had her on my class ring), so it made the trip even more exciting.  That’s me and Dad (above) on the ferry heading to Ellis Island from Battery Park. We deliberately posed so we could capture the World Trade Center in the background. Little did either of us know that the backdrop we posed in front of would be forever changed one day. And in such an evil way.

It’s one of those times in history. One of those times that you’ll always remember exactly where you were and what you were doing the moment you heard (or saw) what had happened.  September 11, 2001, started off like any other normal work day for me. I hadn’t even been in my office an hour when I got a call from my mother.  She had been watching one of the morning news shows and called to tell me a plane had just crashed into the World Trade Center. I immediately went to the break room and joined a couple of other co-workers who were standing in front of the T.V.  We watched in disbelief as another plane came in and crashed into the other building. What?! Holy crap!  I couldn’t believe what I just saw…it was so surreal; unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed.  Then, the buildings collapsed right before our eyes.  Gone.

For the next few weeks I spent every chance I had glued to the TV watching the  the news continuously. One day I remembered I had the picture of me and Dad.  I knew that scene could never be recaptured so I decided to preserve the photo by creating a layout for my scrapbook and included headlines and clippings of that fateful day in 2001.

9-11 Scrapbook Page

So, where were you on September 11, 2001, and how did you find out what had happened? Even today, fifteen years later, I continue to think about and pray for all those people that were affected by this tragedy. So many lives lost, so many lives changed. Never forget.

May God bless America.

911 image