Little Hello with Pawsome Stamps!

Little Hello with Pawsome Stamps!

So, I found a new stamp company on Instagram – you can follow them @pawsomestamps – they are based out of Florida ☀️ and they have some darling cute stamps!! I couldn’t resist the cactus set & the sea set, plus a bag of sequins in mixed colors! Very pretty sequins!

I got the order the other day (fast shipping! Even included a little note!) I am super busy with my digital art, but I had to try the stamps, naturally. So I used my Karin Markers to color a couple cactus stamps, added some white gel pen, and then stamped on the little faces! (Yes they come with mix & match cute faces!!) Super adorable!


  • Prickly Friend Stamp Set – Pawsome Stamps
  • Striped Background Stamp – Altenew
  • Enamel Dots – Altenew
  • Karin Markers
  • White card stock (vertical fold)
  • Pattern card stock
  • Washi Tape
  • Brother Scan & Cut
  • Black ink
  • Foam tape
  • Spray Glue

It never seems like a lot of materials until I write it all down! And I’m probably forgetting something! But the point is the new stamps by Pawsome Stamps 🐾 they are super cute and they stamp very well. High quality stamps. The sequins are also very nice colors and though I did not use them on this card I did use them on another!

I cut the scallop circle 3 times and on the third time I had the Brother Scan & Cut draw the faux stitching for me – you could do this part yourself with a black liner pen of course. I then stacked the circles and adhered them all together.

I have a thing for doing half a card in a decorative card stock and the other side with a background stamp… I know I tend to go this direction often and use washi tape or faux stitching to blend the two sides together. I just like the look of it! I tried to give this one a “southwestern” style but I’m not sure if that worked!

Anyway – the card is below, I think these stamps are indeed “pawsome” and I will definitely be watching their new releases!

The finished card next to the Prickly Friend Stamp set from Pawsome Stamps!
I just love those adorable cactus with the faces!

Thanks for looking ya’ll and have a great rest of your week! ❤️

Hello, Eucalyptus

Hello, Eucalyptus

I recently got a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp “Be Kind” it features 3 leaf outlines & some sentiments. I love outline stamps because it saves me the drawing process and I can get right to the coloring process – plus if I mess it up…I can start again easily! Though I do love drawing I don’t always have the time. (I’ve included a picture of the stamp set at the end of this post for anyone who is interested!)

I stamped it using Frayed Burlap Distressed ink. I then painted it using the Lukas Watercolor pan set + extras (like the Lukas gold which I love!)

I cut the painted stamp out with the Brother Scan & Cut, and I also cut a second one in dark green only slightly larger (.08) to adhere behind the original.

I fiddled. A lot. I chose an A2 kraft brown card base. I kept changing the background and adding more ink, finally deciding to emboss with gold in random areas for a “distressed” look. I almost tossed it and started over, but I hate wasting paper!

I embossed a “hello” sentiment from Altenew on white & added a few dew drops.

The end result looks a bit like gold wooden planks. It wasn’t my intention but that’s what I think it looks like!

The inside has a white insert, left blank.

2 rounded corners for interest & style (the second one is out of frame, bottom left!)
I think the painting part was easier than the assembly!

Love the stamp set, will definitely be using it again! It can be colored so many different ways. See below for the exact set!

“Be Kind” Clear Stamp Set from SSS!

That’s it for now! I have a few other cards to post soon!

Life is Better With Friends & Karin Markers!

Life is Better With Friends & Karin Markers!

Today I had some work to do for my 3D shop (at Renderosity link in the menu) but afterwards I spent the afternoon FINALLY cleaning out my closet – wow – what a job that was. Honestly I just wanted to be at my art desk…but…I also wanted a clean bedroom closet! And it’s done! YAY!

I did have time to get a little crafty – que the Beastie Boys “She’s Crafty” – and I was able to finish painting this lovely succulent stamp from Altenew with the Karin Markers – which are amazing to work with! So JUICY! I just love them! Now onto the supplies…

  • Inked Flora Stamp Set – Altenew
  • Karin Markers
  • Distressed Oxide Ink
  • White Card Stock (vertical fold)
  • Rose Gold Polka Dot Card Stock
  • Leafy Background Stamp
  • Recycled Pink Ribbon
  • Black Ink
  • Micron Pen
  • White Gel Pen
  • Sentiment by Altenew
  • Foam Tape

The stamps by Altenew are of the top highest quality. I have to say, I have a lot of “off brand” and cheaper stamps – they can be fussy to work with. But the stamps by Altenew are amazing.

I colored the succulent with the Karin Markers using mostly just 1 color with a touch of aqua as well. I added detail back in with a micron pen & also added some white highlights. I cut the stamp out using the Brother Scan & Cut.

I then fiddled with the background and got a bit frustrated with the ribbon – ribbon frays 🙈 oh no! What to do? Tuck it under! So I ended up cutting a new card base & mounting the entire project onto the new base with foam tape. I absolutely hate to toss a project and waste materials, so I always always try to salvage it when at all possible.

Life is Better With Friends!

I set the succulent off center for more interest, and used the pink ribbon to hide the seam. I had to keep the background a bit simple so I only just barely stamped the leaves, giving it a muted grungy look, which is offset by the pretty foil rose gold polka dots paper on the left.

Sequins for a that extra flare!

Lastly I mounted the sentiment & 3 matching sparkly sequins in different hues.

All done!

I got a little bit frustrated with that pink ribbon but I made it work in the end.

Don’t you agree that life is better with friends? I love this little sentiment and tend to gravitate towards it when searching through my supplies!

I have to work tomorrow for my shop but I’ll try to find some “Crafty Time!” Take care and god bless!

AECP Clean & Simple Boutique Cards Practice

AECP Clean & Simple Boutique Cards Practice

Hello and happy Saturday! For the AECP class “Clean & Simple Boutique Cards” I have done a couple practice cards so far. This is the 2nd one – making a card with stamps only on the card base is one of the practice assignments. Now I did add 3 enamel dots so maybe I cheated on this one a bit! But I could remake it without. (Truth be told I had a little black ink accident under one of those dots!) Below is a list of my materials.

  • White Card Stock
  • “Watercolor Roses” Altenew Stamp Set
  • Crisp Dye Inks by Altenew
  • Enamel Dots by Altenew
  • Cream Card Stock Insert
  • Black Ink
  • Sentiment from “Enchanting Beauty” Altenew Stamp Set

I grabbed this “Watercolor Roses” stamp set as soon as I saw it because even though I love watercolor – I always have issues with perfect roses! I couldn’t wait to use this set for something simple.

I stamped the roses with “Blush” ink but I gave it a little extra by inking the edges of the rose stamps with “Coral Berry” – the effect gives the edges a bit of depth. I stamped the leaves with “Fresh Leaf” and added “Hunter Green” to the tips. I love giving stamps an ombré effect!

A simple stamped card – practice for the AECP course “Simple & Clean Boutique Cards”

This is a very simple, fun, and quick card to make. I highly recommend this Watercolor Roses set – a beautiful stamp set that stamps gorgeously!

Thank you! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Painting Watercolor Crystals

Painting Watercolor Crystals

Hello! I really want to share one of my favorite things to draw/paint – crystals! These are two works I created last year, but I was lucky enough to remember to take progress photos! So I thought this would make a great blog post to share my process.

  • Sketch
  • Pick my colors/mix
  • I chose liquid watercolors for this
  • Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Look at pictures and/or your own crystals
The cleaned up sketch on Fabriano cold press with some color blocked in.

Next I continue adding more color…

I keep adding more color, each crystal a slightly different shade of blue/purple. Keep in mind crystals that are close to each other will pick up the colors from the one(s) next to it. Don’t forget the darker areas where the crystals would be touching.

I continue to add color until it’s finished, at the end I use a very small brush to make horizontal hash marks across the crystals to show their natural pattern.

The finished painting & my palette/brush/paints, I used the Dandelion Liquids by Let’s Make Art.
The finished painting.
This was another crystal painting I did in the same way as the above, however for this one I used the “Radiant” Dr. Ph. Martin’s liquid watercolor paints and they are VERY bright!

Overall I love liquid watercolors, but the Radiant come out much brighter and colorful, I prefer the slightly more subdued versions, though the Radiants are gorgeous! They really worked well for the butterfly!

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoy crystals too!

New Handmade Cards & Bookmarks

New Handmade Cards & Bookmarks

Hello! Working on some of the AECP courses I created a quick “Hello” card during the All About Layering Class. It is a simple layering card with a single flower. I love the Altenew “Golden Garden” stamp set because it looks so flowing and hand drawn. I added some pale platinum stripes for a very simple background and a few sequins for a splash of color & sparkle!

“Hello” Golden Garden Altenew Stamp Set & Altenew Crisp Dye Inks, platinum ink for the striped background & sequins

I also recently purchased a few embossing folders to use with my die cut machine. I do most of my cutting with a Brother Scan & Cut but I HAD to have the “Big Shot” by Sizzix for embossing folders – they are so much fun! I have a few Altenew embossing folders but I was in a steampunk mood, I adore steampunk, and I did a quick test of this folder from Simon Says Stamp. I also created a “messy” background with brown inks & overplayed a piece or gold vellum.

Tim Holtz Embossing Folder, gold & copper inks, gold vellum

And lastly I also finished up some bookmarks yesterday! People seem to really love my steampunk bookmarks so I went with that theme using a variety of stamps, watercolors, and metallic watercolors. The metallic watercolors are a little hard to see unless they hit the light just right. The finishing touches are the tassels & charms!

Watercolor paper, watercolors, metallic watercolors, black ink & stamps, tassels, metal charms

That’s it for now! Thank you for stopping by! Have a creative day!