• My big sister commissioned me for some thank you cards. I remembered I hadn't used my Folk Art Florals stamp set from WPlus9 so this was the perfect opportunity to use it! I often research how others have used a stamp set before I use it because sometimes I just draw blanks - a girl needs serious inspiration sometimes!  I should use card sketches more often too. This particular design was inspired by Iwona at ipalamountain.com at this blog post: http://www.ipalamountain.com/2013/04/cas-love

    I used a combination of dye inks from Hero Arts and pigment inks from Versamark and Memento Luxe. The thank you sentiment is from Fresh Cut Florals - another WPlus9 stamp set. I also used my gelly roll white pen to add extra details on the flowers as well as using a variety of pearl type embellishments for an elegant touch. 

  • Picked up this gift card pop-up box cut file from the silhouette store when there was a sale. Love this! Every time I find something new and fancy I can make with my silhouette, I get excited! This design is by Jamie Lane Designs. So cute!

    My niece turns 18 today and yes, by the time the mailed gift arrives to her, it'll be late. But it's ok. Gift cards don't go bad! 

    This is my sweet birthday girl! She amazes me every day. She has an incredibly good heart and she's so talented - Beautiful inside and out! She graduates from high school next month at the top of her class and will attend BYU Provo in the fall along with her sister who will be a Junior! Watch out world, the Graviet girls are together again! Happy Birthday, sweets! So proud of you and love you tons! 

  • A birthday card for my big sister!

    Design is from svgcuts.com and scaled down to fit my silhouette portrait. 

  • Another 3D box card - custom for my friend's nephew. Hello, Monkey!

     Base is originally from svgcuts.com. The monkey and cupcake elements are from misskatecuttables.com

  • Made this one for my niece for her birthday. I love this one!

    Original pattern from Svgcuts.com

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    Sort of an attempt at no-line coloring. Stamp image is by Crafter's Companion and colored with my Derwent Inktense pencils.

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    Day 6! Stamped a few pieces of paper ahead of time so I could take them to work and play during lunch. This cutie pear/pair stamp image from Sweet Stamp Shop gets me every time! They're so cute!

    Inked with Hero Arts Black Dye and colored with Prismacolor Premier pencils and Gamsol 
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    Doodled this funky little leafy/teardrop-y thing and colored it in with pastel Bic Markers.

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    Hello! It's day 3 of Kathy Racoosin's #TheDailyMarker30day Coloring challenge. I'm quote enjoying myself with this challenge. I've allowed myself time to color and doodle now! If only cleaning up the crafting stuff as as fun as using it. *sigh*

    I used the teddy bear stamp from Technique Tuesday and colored it with my Derwent Inktense pencils. I LOVE those pencils. Super saturated and pigmented. Ridiculously awesome pencils. I went over the coloring with a small bit of water just to smooth it out.

    I also doodled like I used to do in the old days! Back then, I doodled whatever was in front of me or around me. This time around (Since it's been so long), I went totally free. I stuck with teardrop, circle, and leaf shapes because that's what I gravitate towards. Used my Zig Millenium pen for the doodling.

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    It's day 2 of The Daily Marker's 30 day coloring challenge!

    I'm so happy to see other artists participating in this challenge when I'm looking through the #thedailymarker30day hashtag on Instagram. It's very inspiring and encouraging to see so many people working on getting back to their coloring roots. I noticed that this whole challenge is a great way for me to practice my techniques and it's the perfect way for me to dig into my stamps to find images to color.

    Today, I used a stamp set from Some Odd Girl called Owl Days and my Prismacolor pencils with Gamsol to color the stamp image. That little owl is so adorable!

  • I've seen plenty of people on Instagram do photo challenges for month and I've not gotten into that myself... but I always admired people with the discipline to stick to a goal for any length of time. I stumbled onto Kathy Racoosin's 30 Day Coloring Challenge over at her blog: The Daily Marker.

    I will attempt to commit to coloring 1 thing a day.. for 30 days.. I can do this, right? We shall see...

    Here are my efforts for Day 1.
    In truth, I started coloring this over the weekend and didn't finish, but finishing my coloring still counts, right?

    Used my Peerless watercolors and a stamp from Crafter's Companion series called Everyday in Moonbeam Meadow. 

  • A thank you card for Grace! She's traveling on her own from Singapore and agreed to carry packages for me and my IG friend Trisha to swap. Isn't that so nice of her? I'm driving up to the city to meet with her briefly and swap the gifts. Trisha already treated her to dinner and I added a little Starbucks gift card in this handmade card. I was inspired by Simon Says Stamp's card kit last month. A lot of   Card makers seemed to make a design like this. It's so cute!

    Stamp: paper smooches