Colored Trio of Leaves!

I love stamps that are leaves and have quite an assortment, but this set was different.  Very bold and modern lines.  I stamped a trio of them using Archival black ink on watercolor paper and used distress inks to water color them.  I fussy cut each leaf in three different sizes.  I used distress ink for a watery light blue background on watercolor paper. I used My Favorite Things stitched edge die cut for the background paper.  I glossy accented each leaf and added mosaic colored bits from my craft drawer archive while the glossy accents was still wet and allowed them to dry.  For the background, I added strips of dictionary pages and embossing paste with a simple stencil design.  When dry I added accents with light brown distress inks.  I printed out a tiny word banner-happy fall on the computer. I also made tiny leaves from My Favorite Things and added glossy accents and mosaic dots.  I tied on natural colored jute cording from May Arts (love them) for the final touch on a off white A2 card. I popped them in the mail for my BFF’s! Love the way it came out!!!!

Watercolored leaves create a stunning card
Watercolored leaves create a stunning card
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Mini-shopping Bags for Special Gifts!

I love making bags and boxes and had the chance to teach a class yesterday at Scrapbook Cove here in town.  Everyone had a choice of making 3 bags either Halloween, Thanksgiving, Birthday, Christmas or Winter.  I have made these mini shopping bags for many different occasions and the choice of paper and embellishments make the bags super special for some special gifts. Now it is your turn!!!

More ideas for handmade gift bags
More ideas for handmade gift bags

Put a special gift in a special handmade bag!

Scaredy Cat for Halloween!

Halloween is just a few weeks and Halloween decorations have been in the stores for weeks already. Seems like right after back to school supplies were on the shelves.  I decided to use Halloween and fall patterned papers to create a sunburst effect behind the black cat stamped image.  I colored the cat with Copic markers in light gray with added glittered accents.  A sunburst die cut and purple circle behind it and an accent of silver cording nest add a bit of pizzaz!  A tiny oval word banner with a stenciled accent complete the card on an orange A2 card.  Time to get them ready for the mail for some spooky deliveries.

patterned papers for a great sunburst background
patterned papers for a great sunburst background