Color Throwdown

Hello, and Happy Monday!

This year, in addition to making time to create everyday, I am also trying to expand my horizons and push myself to do things that scare me a little bit. So, I’m playing along with card challenges.

I really liked the colors for this week’s Color Throwdown, and felt inspired to create just a generally encouraging card with some Unity Stamp Co. stamps.

I’ve used this stamp many times, because it’s just so pretty and I never seem to tire of it.

I thought about adding a pop of color, but I just really liked how the beige/grey/black looks.

I hope you have a lovely day, and that your week gets off to a fantastical start!


#Pentalic365 – arting everyday

Hello, and Happy New Year! I hope your 2018 is off to a great start. My creative goal for 2018 is pretty simple:

  • Make time to art everyday, even if it’s just 10 minutes playing in a sketchbook

I’m feeling really inspired by the #pentalic365 challenge. It is still early days, but I’ve really been having a lot of fun. I’ve been sharing my daily sketches on Instagram, and wanted to share the first week of them here as well.

Working in sketchbooks takes the pressure off, and I feel free to experiment and play.

I hope you’ll feel inspired to make a little time for creativity in your own life, it’s a wonderful thing!

Retro Thank You.

So, I have this thing for vintage kitchenalia. I don’t think my obsession with vintage Pyrex is a problem, but The Hawaiian probably wouldn’t agree. I have a retro kitchen, I love vintage color palettes… it’s just my thing. So the Cup of Thanks stamp set from Brutus Monroe totally called my name. It’s all this bold graphic retro awesomeness in a small but mighty stamp set.

I took most of the images and heat embossed them onto Kraft cardstock in white, creating my own design paper. I then took some PrismaColor pencils and colored them in- no shading, just single color coloring. I used my vintage Pyrex for color inspiration.

The travel mug with the sentiment is actually from another Brutus Monroe set called Got Pumpkin. I thought it worked well. I stamped the sentiment from Cup of Thanks onto the coffee sleeve, did some fussy cutting, and then adhered that to a strip of vellum I wrapped around the card panel.

I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out, and I just LOVE the bold retro colors and pattern.

Hope you’re having a lovely day!

Organic Catnip Kitty

When I saw the Rockstar Pets stamp set from Brutus Monroe, I knew I had to have it. Not only are the images fantastic, but the sentiments are super rad.

I wanted to make a card for a friend who, like me, has a kitty with SERIOUS personality.

I stamped the kitty and sentiment onto some dark kraft cardstock with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I then used my Prismacolor Premier colored pencils to do some light coloring on the image.

I kept the coloring super simple, as you can see. I then added some highlights with a white gel pen, Nuvo drops in glossy black, and used a black pen to doodle a sketchy border that mimics the sketchy outline of the kitty.

I trimmed the panel to 4″x5.25″ and adhered on a top folding black A2 notecard.

It’s a really fun card, and I think it would brighten any cat lover’s day.

Have a great day!

80s Birthday Girl


Sorry for the radio silence. Some technical difficulties were encountered, and there was some family stuff. I mean, sometimes life just kicks you in the shins. Ya know? Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to complete my Eight Crafty Nights Hanukkah Card series. Oh well, there’s always next near!

So, in other news, my best friend’s birthday is just around the corner. I made her this really fun card. It’s SUPER bright and colorful- all those colors that were the rage when we were kids. Colors I. Never. Ever. EVER. Use. I’m sure it’ll make her laugh.

The bear and sentiment came from the Brutus Monroe Birthday Bears set, which is just adorable. I stamped the bear with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored the bear and balloons with alcohol markers.

After cutting out the image I popped it up on some foam tape, and adhered it to the background, which I made using the Brutus Monroe Pugsley stencil and Memento London Fog ink.

I punched a small heart from some paper I colored with an alcohol marker, and adhered that to the ice cream cone.

The sentiment is stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black ink directly on the card panel, which I trimmed down to 4″ by 5.25″ inches and adhered on a grey top folding A2 notecard.

For a little extra something, I used some purple and clear bottle cap sequins, and some Stardust Stickles. I also added detail with a white gel pen.

Eight Crafty Nights: Night One

Hello! I love seeing all the amazing holiday cards people share online.  There are so many talented cardmakers out there! I don’t often see Hanukkah cards, and while I’m not a super awesome cardmaker, I thought I’d make and share some Hanukkah cards. I made some Ugly Hanukkah Sweaters!

I felt a burst of bravery, and decided to record and post a card process video on YouTube!

Brutus Monroe: When I Grow Up

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be an astronaut, a scientist, an entomologist, a paleontologist… because, Science! I never wanted to be a princess, never played princess, and despised everything pink and frilly. 

When I saw these stamps from Brutus Monroe, I purchased them immediately – after squeeing in excitement and doing my Happy Dance and song. Yes, I have one. What can I say? I’m a product of Ren and Stimpy. Anyway. 

I mean, come on! How amazing are these? Even more exciting, these are the first two in a series! 

For the scientist, I went with a vintage color scheme. 

How cool is that foam? It’s actually a Marvy Snow Marker. When you apply heat, you get this bubbly dimensional awesomeness. 

For the astronaut, I made a fun galaxy background and otherwise kept it very clean and simple. 

I absolutely adore these images, and am so excited to see who is next in the series!

Happy Friday!

Create your own sunshine.

The other day I was at Michael’s with The Hawaiian looking for some epoxy he needed for a project. I stumbled upon a display of stamps that were 50% off and while I’ve been on a no new things kick, I just couldn’t resist this amazing stamp by Stampendous. I think it’s just beautiful, and I love the sentiment.

For this one I did black heat embossing prior to watercoloring. I kept it pretty simple with a limited color palette. I mounted it on a navy blue card base I’d used this lovely starry swirly background stamp on with copper heat embossing. Copper Tonic Nuvo drops for finishing touches. 

This one turned out so bright and sunshiney. I used a pretty oval frame, and copper heat embossed the background stamp on a kraft card base. More copper Nuvo drops. 

I think this one is my favorite- I just love the deep blue flower and the blue ladybug. More copper heat embossing on a navy blue card base, and finishing touches with Nuvo drops. 

Anyhow, happy Friday! Hope you have a lovely weekend!