Happy Mother’s Day!

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Today I have a simple card that I made for Mother’s Day, but it could be used for any occasion really.  This stamp is one from a set called Bentley Bear Thank You Collection that came with the January copy of Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine.  I love this little bear he is so cute.  I stamped the image on watercolor paper and colored it with Distress Inks.  I think this time the coloring process turned out a little better than my last attempt. Thanks for stopping by!

Bentley Bear_Just For You

Allie O’Malley the Alley Cat…


What can I say, when I’m not making cards, I’m usually hanging out with one of my three cats.  Yes, I am a crazy cat lady!  Today was such a sunny day and I couldn’t find my cat Allie, (who we named so because we found her in the alley when she was a kitten) when I did find her she was soaking up the sun in Justine’s  old room. (Justine is my daughter who moved out a little less than two years ago after finishing college.) So I took the opportunity to snap a few pictures of Allie.  Gotta love a tabby when they are not being crabby!  Happy Saturday to everyone!




Watercoloring with Distress Inks…Part 2

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Hello again, here I have part two of my first attempt at watercoloring with Distress Inks.  It took me longer than a couple of days to get around to finish coloring the image and then once I did, I didn’t really like how it turned out.  I was just going to trash it and then start again, but this is a learning experience, so here is the picture of how it turned out.  I’m definitely going to try this again, but I’m going to watch a few more videos first!

Things I learned from trying this for the first time:

Always use your reds last, when they bleed, they are had to fix. (This is true for Copic Markes too, so I should have know better!)

Less is better, I feel like I over colored it, should have left more white areas or highlights.

Make sure each area is dry before going onto the next, I had a lot of colors bleeding into each other.

Keep a paper towel or napkin handy to blot excess water.


Finished image, watercolored with distress inks.

Finished image, watercolored with distress inks.

Watercoloring with Distress Inks

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Today I have a project in process to share with you.  I have decided to try my hand at water coloring the background of my stamped card image with distress inks. I was inspired to try this from watching this video from Kristina Werner.  This technique uses Fineline Masking Fluid over your stamped image.  Once the masking fluid has dried completely you can safely watercolor the background without affecting the stamped image that will be colored later.  I think the sky turned out OK, not sure about the grass, but still learning at this point.  The image is from Lili Of The Valley and is called Close Your Eyes.  I love their images, they are so sweet.  I will post the finished image hopefully in a day or so.  Thanks for visiting.

Colored background with Fineline Masking Fluid

Colored background with Fineline Masking Fluid.


Colored background with masking fluid removed.

Colored background with masking fluid removed.

Charli Bear in the Window

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Happy Easter to those who celebrate the holiday. Today I have another picture of one of my cats, her name is Charli and she loves sitting in the sunny window.  I haven’t worked on many cards lately, just haven’t been in the mood, hopefully soon something will inspire me to get back into making cards.  Hope everyone has a great week!


Charli Bear’s Toes & Tail

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Sorry, no card to post today, just a cute picture of my little cat Charli’s toes & tail.

She is such a sweet heart. Happy Valentines Day!

Charli Toes & Tail_1

Christmas Cards

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Well, clearly I have neglected this blog for almost a year!

I am hoping to get my butt in gear and do at least a monthly or even bi-monthly posting.  I have really been enjoying all of the cards posted to the Bella and Bronte Club House on Facebook and was inspired by a color palette shared by Rhea Weigand.  Here is a link to her blog posting of the card.


For my card I used the Mo Manning image, “Shall I play for you”, which you can find here.  The base card stock is a dark eggplant which is hard to tell in this picture, and the printed card stock is from Bo Bunny and is called Altitude Rustic. I really like the way the colors all came together in this card.

I hope you enjoy this card, Merry Christmas!

Christmas Card using a Mo Manning image called "Shall I play for you".

Christmas Card using a Mo Manning image called “Shall I play for you”.

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