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Trick or Treat!

Happy Halloween! I didn’t get a chance to make many cards for Halloween this year, but I just adore these Halloween Hippos from Clearly Besotted so I spent a fun day yesterday making this one.

I was inspired by a Halloween card that Sandy Allnock made several years ago with a large moon in the background. I tried to get some shadows and moon glow, but admittedly I’m not so skilled at scene cards and nighttime scenes are really tough. I love how it turned out, though!

Every time you practice and try something new, you grow.

This card involved a lot of masking and inking. You always want to mask whatever is in the very forefront first, so I stamped and masked the hippos, then masked the ground they’re standing on since I wanted the moon behind it. I used Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke and a touch of Black Soot distress inks. Leaving the hippos masked, I then masked the ground and die-cut a circle from eclipse tape. I masked the moon and inked the night sky starting with Antique Linen right along the edges of the moon and then Hickory Smoke into the edge of the Antique Linen and Black Soot along the outside edges.

I then masked the night sky using the negative die-cut portion of the circle and inked the moon with Scattered Straw. I added some craters with W2 and W0 Copics and colored the hippos with Copics.

I finished it off with the white heat embossed sentiment and die-cut the scene using a Penny Black Antique Frame die.

Hope you have a fun night if you’re taking little ones trick-or-treating and thanks for stopping by!

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Rainy Day Hippo

Hi there! Sharing a card today that I’ve entered in this week’s SimonSaysStamp Wednesday challenge. The theme for this week was “cute” and Clearly Besotted stamps were the focus, but not required. Funny enough, of all the Clearly Besotted cuteness that I own, I chose the Rainy Day Hippos to work with not realizing that last week’s challenge theme was “weather”. Lol. I still think this little guy qualifies as cute, so I entered it anyway.

I’m really happy with the way the sky turned out on this. I used a combination of Distress Inks and Copic airbrushing. I started out by stamping the hippo in MFT Cement Gray and masking the image.

I then used a radiating rays stencil from MFT in the top left corner and airbrushed with a little bit of N1, Y21 and Y32. Starting from the bottom of the panel, I inked with Weathered Wood Distress ink about 2/3 of the way up and then blended with Hickory Smoke Distress ink towards the top leaving some white space for the sun to peek out.


Next I used the MFT mini clouds stencil and airbrushed the clouds with N1 and N2. For the sun, I punched a circle from cardstock and used that cardstock piece as a stencil/mask and inked a portion of the circle with Scattered Straw Distress ink and a little bit of Wild Honey.

I colored the hippo with Copics, stamped a few raindrops and then added colored pencil details. You can’t see it in the photos, but I added a touch of Glossy Accents to the raindrops for a little shine.

To finish it off, I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed with Wow! detail white embossing powder.

Hope you’re having a great start to the week and thanks for stopping by!


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Head Over Heels

Hi there! Hope your week is getting off to a great start! I spent a glorious weekend of crafty time and wanted to share a new card today with these hippos from Clearly Besotted that I’m absolutely in love with.

Head over heels in love with. lol.

I started out by die-cutting the top panel of cardstock with the Avery Elle 3 Hearts die and an MFT Stitched Rectangle die. To create a background that would be visible through the heart cut-outs, I die-cut a second piece of white cardstock with the stitched rectangle die and lightly traced around the 3 hearts die with pencil to give me a good idea of where to ink.

For the background,  I Copic airbrushed each heart area individually with YR01, R21 and E70 using a mini cloud stencil from MFT. I made sure to cover the other hearts as I airbrushed each one so I didn’t accidentally overspray them.


I colored these cuties with Copics and used the coordinating dies to cut them out and I stamped the sentiment from this set on a piece of Lawn Fawn watercolor paper die-cut with an MFT sentiments die.

At this point, I thought it was finished, but decided to add some teeny hearts to indicate a little motion. Never mind that one of them looks like he has a little case of heart gas!

Hope this makes you laugh today and I hope you have a great week!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Merry Christmoose!

Hi there! I’m back with another Christmas card featuring the cutest little moose stamps! These are from the Clearly Besotted Merry Christmoose stamp set and I’ve combined them with products from a few different companies to create this shaker card.

Warning: This was a labor of love. If you’ve ever tried using teeny tiny styrofoam snowballs in a shaker card, you might just know what I’m talking about. Lol.

I started by die-cutting a piece of gray cardstock with the Pretty Pink Posh Storybook 4 die. The windows on this die were perfect for the elements I wanted to add to this. Next, I cut a piece of acetate slightly larger than the die-cut window area of the cardstock and taped it to the back.

To make each little window a shaker box, I adhered thin strips of dimensional foam tape along each window and here’s where the trouble started…

I carefully poured out a small amount of those teeny tiny styrofoam snowballs into each window area and about half of them immediately jumped onto the adhesive. Nightmare. I managed to finally get them where they belonged and adhered the red background piece over the top of the windows on the dimensional tape.

The really cool part (the only cool part) about the snowballs is they’re full of static cling so they move around when you shake it, but they also can stay in place wherever they feel like. They look like they’re glued in place, but they’re not!


For the red back ground, I inked a piece of cardstock with Barn Door and Festive Berries distress inks and then dabbed some picket fence over the top with a natural sponge. I stamped the sentiment from this set in Versamark and heat embossed with Wow! detail white embossing powder.

I stamped all of the images in MFT Cement Gray hybrid ink and no-line colored with Copics. The trees are from the new MFT Ready, Set, Snow stamp set.

The pine sprigs are a new Pretty Pink Posh die and I inked them up using Crushed Olive distress ink and Northern Pine Memento ink.

To finish the card, I adhered dimensional foam tape to the outside edges of the gray cardstock and matted it on a piece of kraft.

This was fun (and a little frustrating) to make and I love how it turned out!

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by!

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Warm Wishes and Good Vibes

Happy Friday! I’ve got a new summertime card to share today. I fell in love with this “Good Vibes” die from SimonSaysStamp and I thought it would be fun paired with this little hippo cooling off with a tropical drink. This stamp set is too cute!! It’s the new Clearly Besotted “Cooling Off” set and I tried my hand at no-line coloring with Copics again on this one.

For the background, I Copic airbrushed the MFT Sunrise Radiating Rays stencil using RV19, RV14 and RV23. I also airbrushed a piece of white cardstock with BG49, BG45 and BG53 before die-cutting the Good Vibes from it. I dripped a little Copic colorless blender from a small paintbrush on the die-cut to give it a little texture and then applied Glossy Accents over the spots.


I adhered the hippo and drink with dimensional adhesive for a little extra detail.

He makes me smile:D

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by!

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Let Your Dreams Soar

Happy Friday! I’ve got a little pterodactyl to share today because, why not? All of the stamps I used on this card are from one of my favorite dinosaur stamp sets, the Clearly Besotted You Rock set.

This one’s pretty simple. I cut a piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock to 3 3/4″ x 5″ and then stamped and masked all of the images.

I airbrushed the sky with Copic E02 and R21 and then airbrushed the ground with E43, E42 and E41.

I colored all of the images with Copics and stamped the sentiment last.

To finish it off, I cut a strip of black patterned paper to 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ and adhered it to the bottom of the cardstock, then matted my scene on an orange patterned paper cut 4″ x 5 1/4″.

Hope your weekend is crafty and fabulous!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Dolphins are Awesome

Hi there! I’ve been posting a little sporadically this past week because I was on vacation swimming with dolphins! What an amazing experience. I thought a dolphin card was in order today.

I’ve used a similar technique as my last card with edge dies used as stencils and some Copic airbrushing. I used the My Favorite Things Ocean Waves die-namics and cut 2 pieces of cardstock slightly larger than my background piece. Then, I die-cut each cardstock piece with 2 different dies from this set right across the middle of the cardstock.

Before airbrushing, I stamped the dolphin and splashes from the Clearly Besotted Make a Splash stamp set and masked all of the images.

To get the variation between the waves, I used one half of the cardstock piece as a stencil and airbrushed the bottom wave with BG11, BG13 and BG 23. Then I  used the other half as a mask over the area I had airbrushed and repeated this process a little further up on the background piece for the top wave with BG49 and BG 15.

Once the top wave was airbrushed, I masked both waves and airbrushed the sky with Y11 and Y 21.

I colored all of the images with Copics and added a little white gel pen to the top of each splash. Once they were dry, I went over the top of the white gel pen area with glossy accents.

For the sentiment, I cut a small piece of Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock and sponged Distress Oxide ink in Twisted Citron. I then used a spray bottle and spritzed the cardstock and let it air dry.

I die-cut the Taylored Expressions Hello Script die from this piece and from a piece of dark gray cardstock and adhered the 2 together slightly offset to give the sentiment a little more impact.

The patterned paper behind the background piece is from the Authentique Utopia paper pad.

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by!

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You Turtley Rock!

Hi there!  So, I had a few practice watercolor backgrounds laying around as I’ve been working my way through the lessons in the online watercolor class I’ve been taking and I thought this combination of blues, greens and yellows would make a good underwater background.

I’ve used a mishmash of dies on this card and I started by die-cutting my watercolor piece with the smaller rounded rectangular die from the My Favorite Things Blueprints 31 die-namics. I used the larger rectangular die from this set to cut the dark brown mat for the background.

I’ve got a pretty neat technique on this card to share…Distress oxide inks on vellum! I wanted the seaweed and coral to be somewhat translucent, so I inked two separate pieces of vellum with a sponge dauber and the oxide inks. I used Twisted Citron and a little bit of Peeled Paint on the seaweed piece and Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Abandoned Coral on the coral piece. I then spritzed the vellum with water. Vellum bubbles up and curls when you get it wet like this and at first I was going to trash the whole idea, but once I die-cut the vellum, it was perfect for what I was going for on this card! I used a Sizzix Seaweed, Coral and Waves die set.

I adhered the seaweed piece to the background using a very small amount of glossy accents in a few places to let the vellum remain raised here and there.

Next, I die-cut the circle strip from the Blueprints 31 die-namics and embossed it with a Sizzix wood-grain embossing folder. I adhered this across the card using dimensional adhesive since it was going over the raised seaweed. Then, I die-cut a piece of kraft cardstock with the My Favorite Things Ocean View Porthole die-namics. This fit perfectly over the circular piece from the Blueprints 31 dies. I adhered flat-back gems with glossy accents on the holes in the Porthole.

I added the coral die-cut using a small amount of glossy accents again in a few places so it stayed a bit curled up.

To finish it off, one of my favorite animals in the world. I stamped this cute little sea turtle from the Clearly Besotted Cool Dude stamp set, colored him with Copics and cut him out with scissors. He’s adhered with a thinner dimensional adhesive.

I stamped the sentiment from this stamp set using the MISTI. This tool is so helpful when you’re stamping on textured cardstock. You can always stamp it perfectly a few times if the first try isn’t a good coverage.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Relax, it’s the Summer!

Hi there! Since summer is officially here, I thought I’d kick off the week with a little sand, surf and seal. I’ve mixed vintage and cute on this one and I really like the combination.

I’ve also used a combination of oxide ink and watercolor paints, so I began with the oxide ink first as the results are a little less predictable than the watercolors.

I cut a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and taped the edges down to hard board. I then cut a wavy edge on a piece of eclipse masking tape and covered the top half of the cardstock. I dripped some Tim Holtz Broken China oxide ink below the masked area and used the smooshing technique with the ink. I did this 3 separate times, drying each layer with a heat gun.

Then, I stamped the seal, umbrella and sand castle images from the Clearly Besotted Seal of Approval stamp set a bit above the oxide ink area. I masked all of the images and used the same eclipse tape mask slightly above the stamped images. I painted the sand portion with a mixture of Gansai Tambi 42, 44 and 47 and a water brush.

Next, I taped a Tim Holtz Rays stencil above the sand portion and painted with Gansai Tambi 33 and 43.

I colored my stamped images with Faber Castell Polychromos.

To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment from the WaltzingMouse My Island stamp set on the oxide ink area. Waltzingmouse stamps are no longer in business, but you can still find some of Claire Brennan’s stamps sets at This set is one of my favorites and it’s now available again!

I cut my finished scene down to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ and used dimensional tape along the outside edges to pop the cardstock from the patterned paper beneath.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and thanks for stopping by!