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.


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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.

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Arden Dougan - that's me!

Here's the ingredients:

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Succulent Gardens I

New addiction - making succulent flowers.  I've always loved the little "hens and chicks" in my garden. I found this little two-container pot with some silk flowers in it and substituted two little hens.

Below I'm using an app called Waterlogue to make an artistic rendering of the picture (WOW)
and the real version. Really this isn't hard, just add lots of layers and sponge the tips with color. For the wasabi flowers, I sponged two colors.

Here's the ingredients:

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