Sunday, September 3, 2017

Anything But the Holidays

Joining a Blog Hop today with this special card!

When I saw the black gate in the Halloween part of the catalog - I LOVED it! But I could also envision Garden Gates, and Pearly Gates! Here's my version of a Pearly Gate:

 I could envision it for a wedding or even a sympathy card.
 So you may have noticed that I cut the bottom off the gate - it fit better on my card.

It's a subtle thing, but I used Shimmery White for the gate. It's for more than just watercoloring!

I added little flowers from the Tree Builder Punch and trimmed them in pearls, of course. I also added a flourish, which I cut in two parts. This was really fun! I have to make some more now!

By the way, this was a Splitcoast Stamper Weekly Winner!

Here's my list of products:

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Getting pumped up for the new catalog?

Here's a big hint:

Sunday, April 16, 2017

RemARKably Creative Blog Tour - April: Underground Suite

Welcome to our Blog Tour! The theme is the Underground Suite. To me that means GUY CARDS!

For my card I used the Stamp Set, "Urban District". Unfortunately, it was announced this week that it was retiring! I really fell in love with the Where is Waldo-like pictures on the letters. For the background, I used the Brick Wall embossing folder. I used a Tarnished Foil technique that really gives the bricks some texture!

For the tarnished foil method, I embossed silver foil through the Big Shot with the Brick Wall folder. Run a little test sample through to make sure you have the brick side "out". Ask me how I know.

Then I smooshed some Black Stazon ink (also retiring!) on it and let it dry. I added spots of Versamark and then copper embossing powder and heated. I repeated the last step with black and gold embossing powder.

I colored some of the items in with my Stampin' Write markers. I think Dad will enjoy it!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

RemARKably Creative Blog Tour for March - Party!

Hi! Welcome to this month's blog tour - this month's theme is Party Animals!

I used the color palette: Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry and Tangerine Tango for my card. 

On the top part of the card, I used Stampin' Write markers and colored directly on the rubber stamp. I then spritzed it and put it on watercolor paper. I also splattered a little of the Tangerine Tango. 

 On the bottom part, I put the ink directly on the block, then spritzed it and pressed it on the paper
. So now, I showed it to my husband and of course he thinks it looks better upside down. What do you think?

I hate it when he's right.

Check out all the other blogs on our tour:


Arden Dougan < -- That's me!

And the products I used are here: 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Succulent Gardens II

Welcome to the February RemARKably Creative Blog Tour. This month's theme is succulents.

I found this little driftwood flower holder at M's, stuck some of that green foam in (is there a technical term for that stuff?), and put some moss on top. And finally, I added flowers, in two sizes.

First, the artistic rendering:

If you don't have the app "Waterlogue", you need it! It is so fun!
I made three colors of flowers: Rich Razzleberry, Wild Wasabi and Smoky Slate. I added a lot of flower layers to give the succulents more dimension. I used a sponge dauber to add color to each of the leaves. The Rich Razzleberry flower was sponges with Chocolate Chip. The other two were sponged with Sahara Sand and Rich Razzleberry.
I especially loved the comments I've gotten from my kids - like  "What are you going to do with that?"  "Why?" and the cat thinks the moss is quite edible.

Check out all the other blogs on our tour:

Arden Dougan - that's me!

Here's the ingredients:

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