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Red, White, and Moo?

Yes, I am creating this post the week of the Fourth of July and there is red, white, and blue (and moos), and although it’s not actually a patriotic project it is inspired in part by the Simon Says: Red, White, and/or Blue Monday Challenge. It happens to be my daughter’s 23rd birthday on Friday and since she works in Research and Development for dairy and beef producers and loves the cows and cute stuff I thought it’d be fun to have cute cows on her card. And the inside sentiment along with the color theme inspired the design. Here’s my card:

the inside:

I was delighted when the inspiration struck to create a pastiche (a type of artistic homage) to The Starry Night by Van Gogh. I wanted to make a night sky that was bright, but receding because I wanted the cow and barn to be “stars” (hehe – yes, I’m delighted by the pun) and since it’s a birthday card for someone who should still be pretty excited about having a birthday and loves animals. I did some research into trying to recreate the look with watercolor and found this video from Vanessa Paints (YouTube link) and this one from Sandy Allnock (YouTube link) and you can see that I definitely used ideas from them, but also kind of did my own thing and just kind of let things flow. I did create two ‘trial’ pieces before I discovered which elements I loved the most and I am delighted with the outcome.

The stamps and dies are from Newton’s Nook Moo set stamped with Tim Holtz BASICS Distress Archival Ink in Black Soot on Arches Cold Pressed 140lb watercolor paper. All of the paints are from Vanessa’s small, independent shop where she makes the colors by hand. I used Indigo, Mayan Yellow, and Salt Water for the sky and Sprout Red for the barn. Fae’s blood was used for the silver elements, Ghost for the white, and Sleepy Hollow for the black (the last two from Fall releases from The Sprout Creative.)

I did add some Glossy Accents to try and make the cows dark brown eyes stand out more.

I thought about adding some kind of frame for the card front “artwork”, but in the end, I loved how it filled the card front and how the elements were placed in the composition.

The inside was stamped with a sprinkle design and also lightly ink-blended with Distress inks in Tumbled Glass, Prize Ribbon, and Blueprint Sketch. I used a Uniball Signo Silver gel pen to outline the sentiment so it would stand out a bit more from the background.

I hope my daughter loves this card as much as I loved creating it. I think you might be seeing a whole lot more sky painting from me because I am really loving it as a theme.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Sending happy thoughts and wishes for creative time to you.



Aging Beautifully

Hi! Once again it’s a busy February of cardmaking. I’m thankful for the opportunity to celebrate those I love by sending them a handmade card.

I love creating for challenges because it usually helps with making decisions about what to use to create. This is very helpful when you have so many amazing products in your stash and don’t know where to start. Today’s inspiration was from the Altenew February 2022 Inspiration Challenge. This gave me the products that I would choose from as well as a color scheme.

Here’s the graphic for the challenge:

Here’s what I created:

I used the Paint-A-Flower: Paeonia Japonica Outline Stamp Set and a sentiment from the Beautiful Day Stamp Set, which I embossed with white embossing powder on Distress Watercolor cardstock. I found the perfect paint colors in my stash of The Sprout Creative watercolors.

I used Memory for the background, Sunflower for the flower centers, and Bouquet for the leaves. I mixed Memory and Sunflower together to create the shadow colors in the flower petals. Once dry I added Fantasia on the petals to create a shimmer.

I did add a bit of black Micron pen to the top line of letters in the sentiment to help give them more definition (the embossing wasn’t the best on all of the letters and overall it just wasn’t popping like I had hoped it would.)

I hope you have a beautiful day and are able to create something to help celebrate someone you love.


Furry Friends Layer Cake!

Hi! I hope you are healthy and happy! I have a fun box card to share with you today!

This card was very late (6 months +), but I did create other cards that were given on time for graduation, encouragement, and Christmas so I’m hoping that the fun factor of this one makes it more of a “let’s extend the celebration” kind of thing for my daughter.

My daughter moved to another state and that allowed her to adopt a kitty last winter (since I am highly allergic to all furry critters.) The challenge of Simon Says; Furry Friends seemed perfect for creating a birthday cake card for her since her new kitty, Ellie, is definitely a good friend!

Do you think this cuteness will make up for the lateness?

I used My Favorite Things HOUSECATS stamp set and HOUSECATS Dies Die-Namics for the kitties, along with their Outside the Box Die-namics (which I cut down to fit the cake pedestal), My Favorite Things POP-UP BANNER Dies Die-Namics for the banner, and a retired Die-namics for the cake layers.

I had a lot of fun trying to create different fur and in this case breeds of cats with watercolors.

I used handmade watercolors from The Sprout Creative for all the watercoloring. Vanessa creates some wonderful collections (some of which are limited release.) I mostly used the Pride Collection (cake layers, banners, and kitty eyes), some Spooky Neutrals for kitty fur along with Amber for the orangey tones and Ruby Rose mixed with Ghost for pink areas, Cotton Candy for a shimmery background for the panels, and Stardust to fill out the rainbow.

I love the contrast of the bright, shimmery colors with the neutrals of the kitties.

This is my watercolor version of Ellie. I put her on the cake pedestal, where she belongs;-).

The Happy Purrthday sentiment is from the same Housecats stamp set, the numbers are from a retired MFT set, and the secondary sentiment is from Honey Bee INSIDE BIRTHDAY SENTIMENTS Clear Stamp Set. I thought it was perfect for this time of year!

I hope you enjoyed this mult-layered, multi-legged project! Take care and I hope you have a wonderful day!


O Christmas Tree(ts)

Hi! I’m busy creating lots of Christmas cards. Today I finished one that was inspired by the LAWN FAWNATICS CHALLENGE 88 – OH CHRISTMAS TREE that I have spent the last week designing and creating elements for.

Here’s what I created:

(All items are Lawn Fawn unless otherwise noted.)

I wanted to use the How You Bean? Christmas Cookie Add-on Christmas trees to create a Christmas tree. The mice from A Creature was Stirring are there to help with the decorating and the cake stand is helping the one mouse reach to put the star cookie on top. I thought the Baked with Love piping bag would be fun for adding a few of the icing details.

To start I stamped out the images in Crunchy Leaf ink, which is waterproof, on Fabriano Artistico Extra White Hot Pressed watercolor paper. I then painted them with watercolors from The Sprout Creative. I used flat colors for the star, mousewear, mouse noses, and mouse fur and shimmers for the cookie outlines and piping bag tip, trees, and frosting. The background was created with the same yellow and blues that I used on the die cut images (all flat colors.)

Here’s how the background looked after I painted it:

And here’s how things looked after I had adhered all the die cut elements and then started stamping the sentiment and realized I was stamping it backwards:

You see, I had put all the letters onto a block intending to stamp it all at once but because I was really tight on space I decided I would have more success if I stamped each letter individually. I drew out the arc I wanted the letters to follow, took the first letter off the block and stamped where it had been on the block, which was the right side. Argh! I was just a couple steps away from finishing and I managed to mess it up.

So, I painted another background and let it dry, die cut it out (I used a die from the Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables set) and stamped the sentiment using Smitty’s abcs with Pinkfresh Studio Stargazer ink. I cut the die cut elements from the old background, glued them to the new one and glued that panel to a piece of patterned paper from the Let it Shine – Petite Paper Pack and adhered the entire thing to the front of a top-folding A2 card base.

Here’s a nice view showing more of the shimmer and also showing how I tiered the dimension with the bottom of the tree higher and the top of the tree flat:

Another Christmas card done and no traditional color combinations! If that isn’t a sign of how crazy this year has been I don’t know what is!

Thanks so much for stopping by.

I’m entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Instagram Challenge Creating for the Holidays, also.

Hopefully, my next creation will go a little bit more quickly and smoothly!

Take care!


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