Enjoy Today

Hi everyone.  It's Wednesday and that means its time for a new challenge at Mark's Finest Papers and Stamps.  

This week's Simple Salutations Challenge #93 is to create an Easter card.  I used the Friends stamp set.

The background paper is from the Robin's Nest.  The flower was colored with Copic Markers and then fussy cut and added to the card with foam adhesives for dimension.

Don't forget to enter your card here for a chance to win some stamps.

Thanks for stopping by today.



May Arts Challenge Winner

May Art's challenge this month was to create with their new retro color selection.  I was lucky enough to be selected to participate in this challenge and these are my creations:

In Grandma's Trunk - I found this little wood box and knew it be a wonderful starting point for something!!!

So I pulled out some lovely Art Anthology paints and created Grandma's Trunk.  I used an older Sizzix die to create the dress form, dressed her with a pink dress and added tulle for the base of the dress which was tied with May Arts ribbon.

The doily was spritzed with Art Anthology Patience Spray which allowed it to become stronger so it could be manipulated without tearing.  The pink PomPom ribbon from May Arts was adhered around the box with ScraPerfect Adhesive.  A string of "pearls" and some flowers finished my project.

My second project was a mini gift card and candy bar wrapper.  I think the ribbon colors were perfect with this SEI pattern paper.  The stamps are Hampton Arts and ColorBox Mini stamps and wee inked with ColorBox Ink.  And who wouldn't love to pull a candy bar out of this wrapper? 

Thanks for stopping by today.

Grandma's Trunk fits Eclectic Paperie's  Wood challenge this month.



Enjoy the little things with ColorBox and Ann Butler

Hey everyone, I am in love with the new ColorBox Crafter's Ink.  They work on so many different surfaces from wood to acrylic to paper and more.  

I wanted to show you a fun way to use Ann Butler's Crafter's Ink from Clearsnap on two different surfaces - a canvas panel and a card.  These crafter's inks are very wet and come in an array of beautiful colors.

Using the same supplies, but different surfaces, this is what I came up with.

Canvas Panel                                                                   Card

I used the inks as watercolor paints by placing the inks on a craft mat and spritzing them with water creating a liquid consistency.   Then I used a paint brush to paint the colors on the canvas and the card.  I wanted to see how both surfaces would react using the same technique.

I painted Aquamarine on the top half of both pieces and Limelight on the bottom half, blending them in the center with a paint brush.


The sun from Unity stamps was stamped in the corner using ColorBox Kettle Dye Ink.  Using Ann Butler's quilt stamps from Unity stamps - 1" Leaves all Over,  I stamped the stripes in Kettle Dye Ink  along the bottom to mimic fence posts.  Once dry, I stamped the leaves with Limelight Ink over and around the fence.

The houses were colored with Copic Markers, fussy cut then added to both surfaces with foam adhesives.  The sun was inked with Sunshine Ink with an Art Dauber and a simple sentiment was stamped in ColorBox Kettle Dye Ink to finish off the canvas and card.

So, as you can see, these inks are wonderful on a variety of surfaces.  Why not give them a try today.

Thanks for stopping by today.






Hi everyone.  It's Wednesday and that means its time for a new challenge at Mark's Finest Papers and Stamps.  

This week's Simple Salutations Challenge #92  is to create a card using  red, pink, and gray.

I used Birds of the Orient stamp set.
Don't forget to enter your card here for a chance to win some stamps.

Thanks for stopping by today.



Easter Bunny Joy

Hi everyone.  It's a new challenge at Cornish Heritage farms and Frances has asked us to create an Easter themed project.

I used the Two Bunnies digital image coloring them lightly with Zig Markers.  I paired them with a sentiment from Script Essential Expressions.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Don't forget to stop by everyone's blog today for more inspiration.



I've been published!

I'm so excited to say I have 31 cards in the newest edition of Just Cards! Volume 33.  That's a record for me.  Usually I have 3 or 4.  So I am tickled pink!

Thanks for stopping by today.



Welcome Little One

Hi everyone.  It's Wednesday and that means its time for a new challenge at Mark's Finest Papers and Stamps.  

This week's Simple Salutations challenge #91 is to create a welcome card.

I used  the Bundle of Joy stamp set to create a new baby card.

Don't forget to enter your card here for a chance to win some stamps.

Thanks for stopping by today.



You're some kind of Wonderful

Scor-pal's newest challenge is now posted and it's a monochromatic theme.   Just be sure to use at least 2 score lines on your project.

This card is super simple.
Cut cardstock 6 1/2" x 10" and score in half creating a 6 1/2" x 5" card.
To create the flap, score from the fold line diagonally approximately 2".

Decorate as desired. 
I added a brad to hold the flap in place.

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to check out the challenge here.

TheStampDoctor stamps
Clearsnap Ink
SEI pattern paper
Bazzill cardstock


Happy Father's Day

Hi everyone.

I can't believe it's April 1st already - how fast time is going.  I believe it's never too early to get special cards ready for the important people in our lives.  So it's time to create a Father's Day card.  I used the Lighthouse 3 digital image from  Cornish Heritage Farms, adding color with Zig Markers.

The image was die cut with Spellbinders dies before adding to the card.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Robins Nest blog hop

Hi everyone. 

It's time for a blog hop with the members of the Robin's Nest design team.  I love the collection of papers and dew drops available in the store and since this is a Garden Blog Hop, I knew exactly what papers I'd be using.

Using the solid side, I selected the Spring Stripes Glitter Cardstock for the base of my card.  The top layer is the Spring Flowers Glitter Cardstock.  I love the assorted styles and colors of flowers on this paper.  I inked each piece with brown ink before mounting them to the card.

I fussy cut several flowers from this cardstock and adhered them on top of the card.   Using the Best Glue Ever from ScraPerfect, I adhered silver Dew Drops to the flower centers - the perfect accent pieces.   A sentiment stamped on the strip just finished off the card.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Don't forget to visit everyone's blog and see what they've created.



Quick and Easy Easter cards

It's time for a quick and easy Easter cards using the Scor-Pal.  Be sure to go to the Scor-Pal blog and see out what the designers have been creating this week.

Creating a quick card is easy using your Scor-Pal or Scor-Buddy.   Using a 5 1/2" square card, I scored 1/2" around all corners to create a "box" into which I placed some pattern paper.  Then I die cut some Easter Eggs.

Check out those Easter Eggs!!   I used my Scor-Buddy to add score lines on the eggs then I quickly colored between the scored lines with ink. 
Thanks for stopping by today.