Penny Black “Unforgettable”

I wanted to share this card with you today. I would love for your to watch the video that shares how the final card came about. My day was a mess, the card you see is not what I had in mind. It was a succession of problems. One after another, the issues kept coming. Ever have one of those card days? Maybe a few of them?

Here is the link. I hope you enjoy and let me know what you think.

Until next time…. xoxo Marla

Make Your Own Slimline Template

The slimeline card craze is still going strong. Maybe you don’t have the resources to buy the dies, but love the added windows, frames, borders etc. Today, I am sharing my custom version of a slimline card, using dies in my stash.

First, lets talk about the bold paper I used. This comes from an old Hobby Lobby 12×12 paper pad. Remember my goal? Use my 12×12 paper. The paper is no longer available, but you can use any bright and bold paper you may have in your stash. I cut the pink panel to 4×9 and glued it to a 8×9 inch Neenah 80 lb card base that was scored at 4 inches. The colorful top panel is cut to 3.75×8.75.

I stamped the Hello Bluebird Banner Buddy images onto Bristol Vellum cardstock, using Gina K. Designs Jet Black Amalgam Ink. It’s my ink of choice because it works with all mediums. I colored them in using my copic markers. For more specific details head over to my channel to watch the process.

I used one of the large Hello Bluebird Photo Stack polaroid dies to but two negative spots to inlay the polaroid image. I cut the second one in black polka dot. I glued the panel to the card base. Then I inlayed the polka dot polaroid in the areas pre-cut. I decided to create my panel so the background paper, which was a little more subtle could peek through the polaroid. I then stamped my sentiment onto the top polaroid using Versafine Black Onyx Ink.

Next, I took the flowers from Vertical Banner die and cut them out using scrap pieces from the same paper pad. I used a stylus to add just a little shape to them and added Picked Raspberry Distress Ink to two of the flowers and the back of one.

I then began building my two scenes using the floral pieces and the animals from Banner Buddies. The animals were popped up using foam adhesive to add a little dimension.

I added a couple of the smaller clouds from Mama Elephant’s Display a Card and added Crystal Stickles to them. The polka dot paper I used had glitter on it, so I thought the addition to the clouds was a nice compliment to the paper.

Finally, I thought the space between the sentiment and the bunny was too plain, so I added the additional “Thank You” sentiment using the same ink. I was much happier with the addition.

Here is a final look at my card. Isn’t it bright and cheery? Until next time…. xoxo Marla

Watercolor Illusion

Today, I had the privilege to participate in a celebratory hop. My friend Keionna had reached 500 subscribers on YouTube, which is a big deal. Today, she is over 700 subscribers. That says a lot about her talent, personality, and big heart. Everyone loves her. Here is the link to her channel To see my video for this card, go here

Now, let me share a little bit about this card. I began by pulling out another Christmas stamp. Yes, I am still shopping my stash and trying to get more use of my Christmas stamps. A couple years ago, Tim Holtz released a beautiful stamp set called “Winter Waterolor.” It has some beautiful foliage and I thought I would use those pieces as a frame for my sentiment. I stamped them using Pink Fresh Studio Ink in Tidal Pond, Mermaid Cove, Aquamarine and Ocean Breeze. I first stamp some using each ink cube. Next, I began mixing colors on the stamps and lastly, I inked the stamp, stamped onto a piece of paper and then stamped onto my card panel. I was able to overlap the foliage and get a nice background. I stamped onto Bee watercolor paper, so after I was finished stamping, I spritzed it with water. This gave me the bleeding and watercolor effect, yet the stamped images were not muted in any way. I then used my Ranger Heat Tool to dry the panel.

I then put some Tidal Pond and Aquamarine ink onto my craft mat, added water and with a wet paintbrush, began flicking color onto the panel. When I was happy with my coverage, I came back with the water bottle and sprayed the panel again. I then dried it once more with the Ranger Heat tool.

I then cut a piece of Gina K. Designs teal cardstock 4.25×11 and scored it at 5.5 and cut my watercolor panel down to 4×5.25 and glued it flat to the teal card base.

Using my Pink Fresh Studios “Pretty Frame” die, This die comes in 2 pieces. A frame that cuts multiple layers that can be used together, or individually and another label type die. I cut the solid rectangle from Neenah Solar White #80 lb cardstock and used one of the decorative middle pieces to adhere to my panel. Next I cut the label from both the Gina K. teal cardstock and a piece of Papertrey Ink heavy vellum.

Using Wow gold embossing powder, I heat embossed the sentiment from another Tim Holtz stamp set called “Perspective” onto the piece of vellum. I then carefully added Art Glitter Glue behind the sentiment and glued both the teal frame and vellum to the panel.

My friend, Keionna, loves butterflies, so I added them to the panel in white, teal and heat embossed gold. This finished off my card.

Here is one more look, I hope you head over to the hop. Keionna is giving away 5 prizes. All but one are open to both U.S. and International participants. The main prize is for U.S. only. All of the details are in my description box on my YouTube channel. Please, go show her some love.

Until next time…. xoxo Marla

Creating Texture With Watercolors

Do you struggle with watercoloring? I love to play with this medium, but am in no way, shape or form an expert. That doesn’t stop me from using them though. To see the video click here

I recently purchased this Penny Black “Unforgettable” stamp from 7 Kids Crafts. I decided I wanted to use part of the floral, so I masked off my Bee Watercolor paper with 2″ purple tape and stamped my image using Versamark Embossing ink. I then sprinkled some Wow Gold embossing powder onto the area and used my Wagner heat tool to melt the powder.

I used my Daniel Smith watercolors to color the image. I used Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Genuine, Myan Orange, Hansa Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Sap Green, Brown Oxide Transparent, Indigo Blue and Lunar Blue.

To create the background, I masked off my image, making sure it was completely dry, using the same purple tape. I then took a very thick brush and wet the background and began adding the Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Genuine and Lunar Blue in a stippling motion. When I was happy with the coverage, I dried the panel with my Ranger Heat tool and then pulled out a box and a Heide Swapp Chevron stencil and some Imagine Crafts Frost spray. I covered the panel with the stencil and sprayed to get that lovely white chevron pattern you see. By stippling and using that wavy pattern, you get tons of interest and texture. I love that. Don’t you?

I took my Kuratake Starry paints and after protecting my background with paper, I splattered two of the gold watercolor paints onto the floral center. I love that added texture.

Lastly, I added the gold strips of gold paper that were cut to 1/8″ and bordered both the embossed image and the top and bottom of the card to give it a finished look.

Thank you for stopping by. Here is a final look at the card. Until next time xoxoxo… Marla

Slim Line Dies and 12×12 Paper

Good morning! Well, I am back. I have been so busy on my YouTube Channel that I have neglected my blog. My apologies. I will try to be more vigilant about posting here. Thank you, for sticking around

Today, I am sharing a video collaboration with my friend, Cathy Arenzana and we are talking about slim line cards. Is it a fad or is it here to stay? I’m not sure, but it certainly has it’s advantages in my craft room.

I used Hello Bluebird “Fairy Garden Stamps and Pink Fresh Studios “Slim Stitch Scallop Circle” Die and colored the cute images with my Zig Real Brush Clean Color Markers after stamping them on Bristol Smooth cardstock.

The card is pretty straight forward. I used older pattern paper from Bo Bunny from a pack called “Secret Garden.” I used one sheet, which is double sided. I used the green side to create the face of the card, die cutting with the “Slim Stitched Scallop Circle.” I cute the card base from Neenah Solar White #110 cardstock. The dimensions before scoring were 8×9. I scored the cardstock at the 4 inch mark and cut the riverside of the Bo Bunny paper to 4×9 and adhered it to my panel.

After coloring my images in violet and blue tones using my Zigs, I began to assemble the card. I used foam adhesive on the scallop circle panel and adhered it to the base. Next, I began setting up my scenes within the scallop circles and used the same foam adhesive on the parts of the fairies that would be overhanging inside the circle because of the dimension on the scallop circle banner. I needed to balance these images to prevent them from creasing. I used some Pretty Pink Posh “Sweet Pea” sequins to finish off the card.

Please head over to my channel for a visual of this process. Thank you so much for stopping by. Until next time, xoxo Marla

Not 2 Shabby Shop “Sleeping Fox” Monochromatic Card

Today, I am sharing a digital stamp from The Not 2 Shabby Shop. Recently, Jamie, the owner has been dabbling in digi creations. I am a fox lover and knew I had to have this one for sure. The beauty of digital stamps vs. other types of stamps, is that you can re-size them not to mention they are very budget friendly.

These are the images I printed off. I have both a toner printer and an inkjet. I just used my inkjet on these images and printed it on Nina Solar White #80 cardstock. I then proceeded to color the image in both cool and warm gray Copic Markers. I used C00,1 and 3 on the fox and W 0,2 and 5 on the fox. My intent was to keep the card monochromatic. The second image will be colored up later.

Next, I cut the image out, using this Penny Black Snowflake Frame. This is one of my favorite dies of this season. I believe it was released in either September or October. I have left all the frame pieces together for ease of use. The die embosses the large layer, cuts out a frame and then cuts a smaller embossed rectangle. It also comes with 2 snowflakes that emboss and one large snowflake which you will see in the finished card.

I cut a 4.25 by 5.5 card panel. Again, from the Nina Solar White #80 cardstock and embossed it with an older Stampin Up folder called Cable Knit. I really wanted to add more texture and interest to the card.

I then began assembling my card. I adhered the embossed panel to a Nina Solar White #110 side folding card base. Next, I adhered the embossed snowflake frame and inlayed both the small frame and the colored image. I added Stickles in Crystal to create a little shimmery snow, cut out the large snowflake from the Snowflake Frame die and adhered them to the corners. Lastly, I added the pearls to the center of the snowflakes. I decided I did not want to add a sentiment to the outside to keep it clean. I will add that later.

Here’s a closer look at the card. I love all the detail and interest it has even though it’s a clean white card. I hope you enjoyed my share today. Head on over to the Not 2 Shabby Shop and check out Jamie’s digital images and other cardmaking products.

I want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. Until next time….. XOXO Marla

“Warm Cocoa Wishes”

I am back today with another card using a stamp set I recently purchased from Tonic Studio. As soon as I saw the release I knew I had to have this set. Not only are the boy and girl adorable, the set is good for a multitude of fall and winter themed cards. Today, I made a non-traditional holiday card. I plan to send it to someone who may not celebrate Christmas. Here is a look at the stamp set I used.

I began by stamping the images using Gina K. Designs “Amalgam” ink in black and cut them out using my Brother Scan and Cut 2. I then colored my images with my Zig markers. I had a leftover piece of watercolor paper that I had swiped up the “Worn Lipstick” ink from the previous poinsettia card I made, so I knew I wanted a pink tone in the image. Still not sure where I was going with this, I went with some oranges and yellow tones thinking it may be a fall card.

This is what I started with before deepening some of the color using a brown Zig marker.

After I finished coloring the images, I began to work on the inked panel by adding “Wild Honey” and “Dried Marigold” Distress Ink. I simply put the ink directly on my mat, spritzed it with water and swiped. The image above is panel after it dried.

Then I decided it need a little something more. I took a leaf stencil from Honey Bee Stamps and some Dream Weaver paste that has a pearl tone to it and stenciled over the inked panel. I love how it softened the colors and gave it that beautiful shimmer.

I had a leftover piece of Prima paper from an older Frank Garcia pad called “Peppermint” and knew it would be perfect for this project. I just wanted a small border around the edge of the inked panel, so I used a Lawn Fawn “Stitched Rectangle” frame to cut out the center, so I wouldn’t waste the center portion of the paper. Now I have another piece of this paper to use on a later project. I adhered both pieces to an A2 Nina Solar White #110 top folding card base.

I used another scrap piece of this same paper to stamp the sentiment and cut it out using a Gina Marie Designs “Cross Stitched” square die. I glued all of my layers down and popped the images up using fun foam behind them. I trimmed the scarf of the girl so the card would fit in an A2 envelope. Finally, I added clear Nuvo drops to the heart on the coffee cup.

Here is a closer look at the finished card.

Please leave a comment below if you like this card and don’t forget to subscribe. Until next time…… XOXO Marla