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Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags with a Feminine Twist #2 & Lindy’s Stamp Gang December Color Challenge

I was so inspired by Day 5’s Feminine tags over at the Ellen Hutson’s Classroom, I had to create another.  This tag is inspired by  Carissa Wiley and Kryssi Ng.  I loved the theme of Glitz & Glitter, which is pretty unusual for me but since I am no longer sending cards to OWH, there’s a lot more sparkle in my life!  In addition, I wanted to use the Lindy’s Stamp Gang December Color Challenge as additional inspiration so here is that color palette.


I used Ellen Hutson’s Mondo Poinsettia and Brushstroke Christmas stamps as well as the Brushstroke “Joy” die. It’s all on sale now too so go check it out!  I colored the poinsettia in with Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical Mica’s in Rizzo’s Rowdy Red, Ponderosa Pines Olive and Black Orchid Black.  I also used Flat Shot Cafe Au Lait for the center then dotted with a little Black Orchid Black Magical.  The pine boughs from Penny Black were stamped in the background with Versamark then embossed with Snow Tinsel powder by Ranger.  The tag is Papertrey Ink which I extended using the same partial die cutting technique as shown by Carissa in her video in the Ellen Classroom.  

The Tags are Simon Says Stamps Wonky label cut three times using my all time favorite paper by Little Yellow Bicycle called Winterings, which is no longer available.  I embossed those with the Snow Tinsel powder as well.  I finished off by adding the stitched elements on the bottom, red stickles for the berries, and Penny Black birds in the trees with a bit of wink of stella. 

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my second feminine tag!  Which one do you prefer?There is so much inspiration in the Ellen classroom, you won’t regret stopping by.

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A Day For Daisies: New Release & Challenge 12-4-15

It’s Friday and time for a new release at A Day For Daisies!  In addition, we are are also starting a new challenge inspired by the below photo of “Modern Christmas.”  We’d love to have you pop by the ADFD Blog by December 17th to enter your card for a chance to win some free images!

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For my Design Team inspiration I used the image, “Christmas Wish” today. I started by paper piecing the sweater with Studio Calico paper.  I then colored my skunk with cool grey Copic Markers and shaded with warm grey’s.

The pine boughs are from a Penny Black stamp set called, “Nature’s Gift,” which I embossed with clear over white ink. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things and works so perfectly with this image.

We look forward to seeing your creations not only at A Day For Daisies Blog but also on the ADFD Facebook Community Page!

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Cards in Envy Challenge: When Nature Calls

Happy Monday!  It’s time for another Cards in Envy challenge .  This week our theme is “When Nature Calls.”  This can be anything you find in nature.

As a reminder, Cards in Envy asks that your card fit into a standard A2 envelope for ease of mailing, but that doesn’t mean they have to be one layer or clean and simple.

For today’s card I wanted to create an outdoor scene using my Kuretake Gamsi Watercolors.  I was inspired by a Jill Foster for Penny Black video tutorial. The birds are Penny Black “Nature ‘s Friend,” and the sentiment is Club Scrap.

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Hope you like it and enter a card with us at Cards in Envy!

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I made this really fun watercolor flower card which was completed “cased” from Darlene DeVries using above color palette.  You can find her video here.  It ‘s so very easy and takes only a few distress markers and a brush with water.  The stamp is from Penny Black called “Blooming Garden”.  I’ve used other images from this set, but never thought to use this little flower (sorry, don’t know the name of it – can anyone tell me)?  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp “Always & Forever”. I topped it off with some tiny pearls form Close to my Heart.

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Online Card Classes – Stretch Your Stamps 2 – Day 1 – Card 2


Here is my interpretation of Kristina Werner’s example of using background stamps after watercoloring them in class for Day 1 in the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class at Online Card Classes.  I used the Penny Black “Retro” background stamp and watercolored it after clear heat embossing.  I then highlighted the details of the stamp with a fine brush, thereby adding pops of color.  I then used a My Favorite Things die for sentiment and stars.  The Happy is from WPlus9 “hello” set.  The background stamp on the card base is Impression Obsession stamped with Hero Arts Shadow inks in lemon yellow, lime green, and soft stone.  The frame is from a scrap I watercolored previously – never throw away those scraps!


This second card uses the Penny Black base as noted above.  I stacked up the black birthday die multiple times, then used wink of stella, which can’t really be appreciated in the scan.  Happy sentiment is Clearly Besotted.

I’m looking forward to Day 2 of the Online Card Class, but for now, I’m off to work!

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Seize the Birthday: Yellow

Operation Write Home: ODB – Stars

Dylusions Watercolor – Can’t stop this technique





I just love this technique by Julie Ebersole that she taught in Ellen Hutson’s Classroom.  If you haven’t checked it out, it’s a treat. I thought about this technique again when making this card for CAS(E) this sketch.  I used Dylusions Sprays in Cherry Pie, Pure Sunshine, Squeezed Orange and Dirty Martini.  The top card stamp is Penny Black from “Blooming Garden” and the bottom from Innovated Stamp Creations.  Sentiment from WPlus 9 “Hand Lettered Hello”.

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VCMP – Transportation


This card challenge for the Virtual Card Making Party called for a mode of transportation.  I chose this very cool Penny Black stamp called “Hot Rod”.  I used a technique called Burnt Edges, which is from a great newsletter called Technique Junkies.  I encourage you to check it out. They send fresh new techniques using ink every other month.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Type, which was white embossed along with the image.


Watercolor Wash Background

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Here is another card from Day 2 of Online Card Classes this time using watercolor pencils to make a background wash. Agnieszka Malyszek showed us a really cool technique that uses shavings from your watercolor pencils reconstituted with water to make this wash.  Ironically, I used my stamp-a-jig to get a straight sentiment (by Amy R of CC Designs), but I guess it’s late and I’m tired – oh well.  The stamp is from Penny Black and the background is Impression Obsessions “Scratches” stamp. 

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