Clearsnap and CardMarker Mag Blog Hop

Third post for today
If your looking for The Ton’s Summer 2016 Release Blog Hop, click here
If your looking for Your Next Stamp Summer Fun post, click here

Hello everyone!! I’m excited to be here today!!  Clearsnap and CardMarker Mag have teamed up to bring you this great blog hop today!!


If you’ve been hopping along, you would have arrived from Lisa’s blog and if you’d like to start from the beginning, head on over to the CardMaker’s blog.

I was challenged to use Clearsnap Chalk Ink to create a project.  So, I decided to show you how to achieve an Ombre effect using Clearsnap Chalk Ink.  I love this affect because it shows a gradual light to dark color that is so super easy to achieve.

Colorbox ink and stamp

Supplies used:

Lets get started:

Use the lightest pink to ink up the stamp.

Stamp the image to the bottom left corner of the white card base.

Adding the first ink

Then re-ink the stamp with the first color and the middle pink color towards the tail.

Stamp the inked stamp to the right of the first stamped image.

adding the second ink

Then ink up the stamp one more time in the solid darker pink color and stamp the image on the cardstock.

Take a look at all three of the stamped images from dark to light.

stamped images

Stamp your sentiment using Clearsnap Archival Ink in Wicked Black and sprinkle clear embossing powder on top.  Heat set the sentiment for a glossy look.

Take a look at my finished card:

finished cards

Here is another view of my card with the supplies:

finished card with props

Super fun and exciting right!! Wait till you see what everyone else has come up with.  You are going to love all of their projects.

Just in case you get lost on the hop here is a list of all of the participants:

Rose Powell
Dawn Lusk
Dana Tatar
Carisa Zglobicki
Jennifer Priest
Pamela Haskin
Chana Malkah Harris
Lisa Silver
Kymona Tracey ← you are here
Kim Klinkovsky
Linda Beeson

So what do you think?  Would you give this ColorBox Chalk Inks a try in your when creating and ombre look? Please let me know in the comments.

Thank you for stopping by!


The Ton’s Summer 2016 Release Blog Hop

Second post for today

Hello everyone!!!  I’m excited today. I was asked again to participate in The Ton’s Summer 2016 Release Blog Hop!! Yayyyy!!

the ton

If you arrived here from the talented Keeway blog then you are on the right track.  If you arrived here on your own, you will want to start at the beginning, The Ton blog, as to not miss any of the amazing projects!

Lets jump in:

For my first card: I used the The Ton Graceful Rose stamp set and I have to tell you this stamp is so pretty!!  The rose is so life like!!  When I first saw that stamp set and was deciding what I wanted to do, it came to me to leave the rose as is and color my background.  That’s what I did.

Beautiful (The Ton)

I simple stamped the image and then added some Masking Fluid to keep my flower nice and white. I was so excited to use this fluid because I’ve had it and never used it.

Adding masking fluid

Here is happens when you don’t wait for the masking fluid dry.  I thought I waited long enough but apparently not.  So I had to start all over.


I fuss cut out the rose and created my own mask as to not make a mistake again.

cutting out image

Once the mask was down on my cardstock, I used Distress Ink Abandon Coral, Festive Berries and Picked Raspberry to color the background around the flower.

I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Black Ink.

Totally beautiful!!

Beautiful (The Ton)

For card number 2: I used The Ton Sparklers Alpha stamp set!!

Hi (The Ton)

I love when alpha stamps are so nicely place on their storage sheet.  They are super easy to stamp right on your cardstock.

This stamp set has sprinkles and a heart in the right places. I moved the x,y, z over a bit but that’s it.

I inked up the letters with Versamark ink and turned my card panel upside down onto the stamp.

I added white embossing powder then I heat set the letters.

Then I started with the lightest color in the center blending out to the darker color on the outsides.

I used a glitter sun frame from Crate Paper to highlight the word HI!

I adhered this card panel to a black card base to finish this card off!

Finished!!  What do you think?  I love both cards using both of these stamp sets.  Such a great way to bring in the Summer!! Full of color!!!

Let me know what you think below!!  I would love to hear from you.

Your next stop on this hop is the super talented Michelle!!  You will love what she has come up with.


What is a blog hop without giveaway!!! In order to qualify for one of the four $25 gift codes to The Ton’s online store, you must leave a comment on each stop on the blog hop.  The comment period will close on Saturday, June 18th at 11:59pm EST.  Winners will be chosen randomly from the comments left on all of the blogs.

Just in case you get lost along the way, here is the lineup:

The Ton
Vera Yates
Amy Tsuruta
Emily Midgett
Lisa Harrolle
Eunji Jung
Laura Sterckx
Mayline Jung
Laurel Beard
Jessica Frost Ballas
Ruby Naz
Stephanie Klauck
Keeway Tsao
Kymona Tracey ← You are here
Michelle Short

You will not be disappointed!!  Have fun hopping!!

I’m also entering Virginia’s View Challenge #22 (Summer Challenge)

V V Challenge #22


Graceful Rose Sparklers Alphaheavyweight cardstock

Summer Fun with Your Next Stamp!!

Hello everyone!!  Its Feature Week on the YNS blog this week and the theme is Summer Fun!!  I LOVE the summer!!  It is the best time of the year for me.  The weather is fantastic and I get to stay outside and grill!!  Perfect for me!!

This week the Design Team has been challenged to create a project that is all about summer fun.  I wanted to used the Zero Calories stamp but wasn’t sure what to do.  As I was sitting at my desk, a new youtube video popped up in my cue and it was Nichol sharing how she created a watercolor card using a set of popsicles.  I couldn’t believe it.   I watched it and said yes, she gave me an idea.

Take a look:

Happy Hugs (YNS)

Inside of creating a card, I decided to create a postcard that could go right in the mail.  I too decided to watercolor my popsicles. I used Tombow Dual Brush Markers Primary and Brights to watercolor.  I’ve never used them in this way before so this was fun.

I simple stamped the images with Versamark ink and covered them with Clearsnap Colorbox® white embossing powder.

Then I heat set it.

After that was set, I used Tombow’s Dual Brush Markers to watercolor the popsicles.

Then I let the postcard air dried before attaching the happy die cut.  I adhered that die cut with liquid glue.

Then I realized I didn’t watercolor the sticks, so I went back in and watercolored around the die cut.

I added the gumdrops and that was that.

tombow watercoloring (YNS)

This postcard is on it way to a friend.  I hope she likes it.

What do you think? Would you give this technique a try? I would love to hear from you below.

I’m all entering Virginia’s View Challenge!

V V Challenge #22


Supplies used:

ZeroCalories  Hot Pink Matte Tombow Markers BrightTombow Markers PrimaryHappy Everything DieHappy Everything  Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Color Paper  Clearsnap white embossing powder

Thanks for stopping by!


{Clean and Simple } CASology 202 – Masculine

Hello everyone!!  It’s CASology Tuesday!!  We are back with another Clean and Simple Cue Card just for you!!

This week’s cue card:

Week 202 - Masculine

Take a look at my card:

Happy Father's Day (CAS)

This card could be more easier to make!!  Truly it only required one stamp sentiment, a die and a scrap piece of paper.

I simply used Lil’inker Designs Dad Die cut to cut a scrap piece of pattern paper three times.

I glued the three pieces together with glue and adhered it to the white cardstock.

Then I used my Mini Misti to stamp the Simon Says Stamp Dude sentiment using Versafine ink.

Super easy, clean and simple!!

What do you think?  I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

For more inspiration, check out my fellow Design Team members blog for more awesome work.

DT Badge

Supplies used:

LID Dad Word Die heavyweight cardstockstamping tool   Dude

Thanks for stopping by!!


CS Take It Make It: Watercoloring with Inks

Hello everyone!! I’m here with CS Take It Make It: Take a Technique Challenge Inspiration for June.

Our theme is Take a Technique: Lets Get Inky!!

For this month’s challenge the technique we would like you to use more then one type of ink on your project (ink pads, ink sprays, stains, acrylic inks, etc.)  Or more then one color of ink on your project…and don’t forget to include stamping somewhere too!!

This should be super fun to see what you come up with.

Take a look at my card:

Truth (CS Take It Make It)

My new Alex and Ani Art Infusion Feather bracelet is the inspiration for my card this week. When I saw this bracelet, I knew I had to have it.  Its purple and the feather was so pretty.  I immediately wanted to make a card that represented my bracelet.

I stamped the feather from Papertrey Ink What the Doodle: Feather Mini Stamp Set using Versafine Ink.

Then I sprinkled Colorbox Sterling Silver Embossing Powder and heat set it.

Then I used Distress Ink Seedless Preserve to watercolor the feather and the card. I heat set the card then colored more ink on top give the different saturation of this pretty purple color.

Once the card dried, I stamped the sentiment using Concord and 9th Sophisticated Script stamp set using Versafine Black Ink.

The feather represents Truth, Light, and Virtue!!

“Keep Your Heart Light” is what the motto!

So what do you think? I love how this card turned out.

We have two prizes to offer this month, the first is our sponsor prize. This winner will be chosen randomly from all of the entries in the challenge! The sponsor for June: PaperArtsy!



Prize: 5 bottles of Infusions

Infusions are water soluble particles with 2 components: dye color pigment suitable for paper/ fabric, mixed with Walnut Stain. The color powder particles dissolve faster than the walnut crystals, so you can control the color-to-brown stain ratio!


Color Chart Reference

Our second winner is our Design Winner. This winner is chosen by our DT, who all vote for their favorite design from all of the entries. This winner will have their winning project published in Craft Stamper Magazine, they will have a GDT slot for an upcoming challenge, and will also feature in their very own Winners Profile blog post!

Now if that isn’t a reason to play along I’m not sure what is!!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Supplies used:

PTI What the Doodle FeatherSophisticated Script heavyweight cardstock

Thanks for stopping by!!


YNS Sketch and Color Challenge #41

I’m here today with Your Next Stamp (YNS) and the Sketch and Color Challenge #41!!

Each challenge has a sketch and a color combo to choose from.

Take a look at the color combo:


Take a look at the sketch:


Take a look at my card:

Happy we're friends (YNS)

YNS Supplies: Happy Everything Stamp Set

Other Supplies: Recollection Heavyweight Cardstock, Distress Ink Cracked Pistachio, Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, My Favorite Things Stencils Circle Burst, Mini Ink Blending Tool, Versafine Black Ink

What do you think?  Did I follow the color photo? Let me know below.

So are you ready for the new challenge?

You have until June 23rd, 2016 at midnight EST to play along and submit your project on the YNS Blog post.  One random participant will win a $15 gift certificate to the Your Next Stamp Store.  If YNS stamps or dies are the focal point then the winner receives and additional $5 gift certificate f0r a total of $20.  The winner will be announced on the YNS Blog the Sunday after the challenge closes.

I hope to see your projects!!

Supplies listed above!

Thank you so much for stopping by!


{Clean and Simple} CASology 201 – Sunshine

Hello everyone!!  It’s CASology Tuesday!!  We are back with another Clean and Simple Cue Card just for you!!

Before I jump in with this week’s cure card, let me say THANK YOU to all of you who stopped by my blog and played along with us this week!!  If I can speak for the team, we really appreciate all of the love that each of you showed us.  You make creating a card each week worth it!!  So thank you once again!!

Congrats to Kim S from Lily Patch Stamps for winning the Owls stamp set!!  Thank you so much for playing along with us last week and leaving a great comment. Please use the contact me form above so that I can get that stamp set to you.

Now this week’s cue card is:

Week 201 - Sunshine

Take a look at my card:

Hello Sunshine (CAS)

Hello Sunshine!! I’m so glad summer is on its way.  I do not like the cold. I hate the cold.  I prefer 85 degree and above weather everyday of the week.

The “Sun” Rubber Dance Art Stamp is perfect for this week’s cue card!!  The sun can shine down on me all day long!!

Creating this card was a snap.

I used the Mini Misti to stamp the sun and part of the sentiment from WPLUS9 Sending Sunshine stamp set using My Favorite Thing Hybrid Black Ink and the last part part of the sentiment using Lawn Fawn Sunflower Ink.

Super easy, clean and simple!!

What do you think?  I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

For more inspiration, check out my fellow Design Team members blog for more awesome work.

DT Badge

Watercoloring an Adult Coloring Book using Colorbox Dye Ink!

Hello everyone!!  I’m up on the Clearsnap blog today sharing how to watercolor your adult coloring book using Colorbox Dye Inks. I had so much fun with this project!!

Take a quick look at my process:

watercoloring adult coloring book

To see the finish product and to get the full tutorial, please join me over on the Clearsnap Blog.  You won’t be disappointed.

I hope to see all of you over there.  Please let me know what you think!

Thanks for stopping by!


Your Next Stamp June 2016 Release



Hello everyone!!  Yayyy, I love this blog hop featuring new products from Your Next Stamps makes squeal!! LOL!!

This release is super cute!!  Yesterday’s sneak peek was fun.

If you’ve been hopping along, you would have arrived from Tracey’s blog and if you’d like to start from the beginning, you can click on over to the linky at the bottom of this post and start at Anita’s blog.

My favorite set from this release is the Sports Fanatics – Lacrosse stamp set! I shared my tags yesterday. My son plays lacrosse and this set was made just for me, LOL!!

Are you ready for my big reveal?

Take a look at my cards:

Card 1:

Sending Snuggles

YNS Supplies: Snuggles

Other Supplies: Copic Markers, Recollections Heavyweight White Cardstock

I love how simple this stamp set it.  It shows the love between a mother and child or even a father and child!!

My card size was to wide for the stamp set so I used portion of the stamp so that the image stretch from one side to the other. I used Copic Markers to color this image in.  Nothing to fancy.

Card 2:

So Very Happy For You (YNS)

YNS Supplies: Happy Everything, Circus Fun Matte Gumdrops, Circles Die Set, Circles Stitching Marks Die Set

Other Supplies: Cosmo Cricket Pixie Paints Ruby, Cosmo Cricket Pixie Paints PoolRecollections Heavyweight White Cardstock, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, 3M Foam Tape

This stamp set is very playful, so why not watercolor with it.  I just received some new Cosmo Cricket Pixie Paints so I wanted to try them with this stamp set.

I stamped the sentiment, heat embossed it then watercolored on top of it. Super pretty!!


So, what do you think?

I had so much fun creating these cards to inspire all of you and show you the versatility of the stamp sets! Which one of these items are favorite?  I would love to hear from you!

Be sure not to miss any blog along the way, because one lucky commenter will have a chance to win a $25 YNS gift certificate. Winner will be announced on the YNS blog on June 7th.  So don’t forget to leave a comment on each of the blogs participating in the blog hop.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the special promo code to get
20% off your entire purchase!!


Thanks for stopping by!!


Your Next Stamp June 2016 Sneak Peek

Hello everyone!!! I’m back again for this month’s Your Next Stamp Sneak Peek!!

We are getting ready for our June Release Blog Hop tomorrow with a sneak peek today. Are you excited? I am!!

Take a look at my son’s new luggage tags:

I love lacrosse (YNS)

YNS Supplies: Sports Fanatics – Lacrosse and Die, Cool Tag 3

Other Supplies: Recollection Heavyweight White Cardstock, Copic Markers, Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Creating these tags were simple!  Just die cut the tag and the lacrosse player.  Color the player with Copic markers, attach them with foam tape.

Easy as can be!!

Attach them to your luggage or carry on bag.

I love lacrosse bag tag (YNS)

My son played Lacrosse for the past 6 years!!  This year is his last year and he made All County for Lacrosse!!  How awesome is that.  I’m so very proud of him.


I hope I see all of you tomorrow for the June 2016 Release Hop.