Monday, October 15, 2018

Handmade Christmas Series 2018: Day 1 Watercolors and EH Mondo Holly 2 ways

Here's an exciting sale for everyone! is having a 20% off sale on all dies with the code above.  I've made a list of some "must have" dies when it comes to card making and these are basic shapes that don't necessarily coordinate with stamps.  These are ones I use nearly every time I craft.
Lawn Fawn Heart Stackables dies

Ellens sale happens to coincide with my latest project which uses EH products, the Mondo Holly stamp and dies.  I love their Mondo line; it has gorgeous floral images are they're perfect for watercolors.  With this project, I used Arteza watercolors, as I was invited by the company to play with and review.  If you'd like to see that video, click here.  This project was already complete when EH invited me to share their upcoming sale with my viewers, I thought the project and sale made the perfect couple to combine into one post.  Through Nov 10, 2018, I have a 10% off coupon code for Arteza as well, which is  JasmineBurgess1.  Lets see what I used in the card and here is the video.

Ellen Huston Mondo Holly stamps
Ellen Hutson Mondo Holly dies
Arteza Watercolors  
Strathmore 140 lb watercolor paper
Ink on 3 Blackout
Kuretake gold watercolor
Brutus Monroe Raven embossing powder
Brutus Monroe Gilded EP
Be Creative Tape
Gold Foil Embossed paper
Charcoal/ Dark Gray cardstock
Neenah Classic Cream cardstock

I've shown 2 different versions of the same card using different, yet simple watercolor techniques.  The reasoning was two-fold.  The first is that I was testing these to see how they performed in comparison to other brands of similar quality.  The other was to show the viewer simple and easy, yet lovely results they can employ in their own cardmaking.  I also like to add versatility to a stamp set if I can.  I think I was successful with each of my objectives and I love how each card turn out.  

Wishing you and yours a joyous Christmas,

Glow in the Dark Halloween Shakers with MFT and Arteza Watercolors with a sale at Ellen Hutson!

Happy Halloween!  Todays project is a frightfully fun set of shaker cards that glow in the dark!  Given the fact that *most* cameras need light, I was not able to capture the glowing effect satisfactorily on either of my cameras.  My cell phone camera got an ok picture and you can see that at the end of the video on my YouTube channel.  However, they do glow quite brightly and look really cool in real life.  My nieces and nephews are going to love them.  Lets get started!  Added bonus- you can save 20% on the die set used in this project until 10/17/18!

MFT Frightfully Sweet Stamps
MFT Frightfully Sweet dies
Distress Ink Originals

Strathmore 140 lb WC paper
Ranger Matte Medium
Nuvo Green Glow in the Dark drops
Hero Arts Star Stencil
Bristol Smooth cardstock
Arteza Watercolors
Ink on 3 Blackout
Hot Off the Press Heat Resistant Acetate
Circle dies
Be Creative Tape
3M Foam tape
Ranger Black Sparkle EP
EK Success Powder Tool
Staz-on Black ink
28 Lilac Lane Bold and Bright sequins
Little Things Clear Irridescent Stars and Star Shine
Patterned Paper from stash

I your Halloween is full of fun and excitement!  Valid through 11/10/18 is a coupon code, JasmineBurgess1, for 10% off the Arteza watercolors I used to paint the critters.  If you're interested in my review video of Arteza watercolors, click here for that video.  As always if you have any questions, let me know.  Happy to help!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Puppy Birthday Shaker with Custom Patterned Paper and Copics

Todays project is this adorable shaker.  I had a lot of fun designing and creating this one.  I love animals.  In another life I may have become a Zoologist, just so I could hang out and play with the animals at the Zoo all day.  My husband always laughs because every time I see someone with their dog in their car, I always say "Puppy!", no matter how old the dog may be.  My brother has a black lab and I bring her pig ears every time we visit and she knows I'm hers.  My cat, Onyx, is my fur baby, and the first animal my husband and I have had together, as well as the first cat Howard has had experience with.  Onyx knows we are his.  The shaker card is a technique I love, as use often, which you know if you hang out here with any regularity.  They are easy and so versatile.  For this one, I used the main image stamps on the background to create custom patterned paper and tie the background in with the focal panel on the front.  To add interest to the kraft frame, I skewed the smaller interior die so that it was crooked; this creates something unexpected.  If you struggle with placing embellishments on the front of your card use odd numbers.  Your brain wants to match even numbers, making even numbers of elements unpleasant to look at (you wont necessarily notice this), but when looking at odd numbers it doesn't need to match anything; it just is, making odd numbers more pleasing.  If you look at the picture, I have 3 woofs and 4 bones.  Because they are die cut from the same paper, it's an odd number and your brain isn't playing matchy-matchy (yes, that's a highly technical term). 
Here is the video on my YouTube channel and my supplies are listed below.

Sunny Studio Party Pups stamp set
Sunny Studio Rainbow Dots and Stripes paper
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Neenah Classic Cream cardstock
Ink on 3 Blackout 
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches dies
Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock
Brutus Monroe Icicle EP
Hero Arts Acetate panel
3M Foam tape
Catherine Pooler Inks
-Coral Cabana
Copic Markers:
Gray dog: C0, 2, 4, 8; R20 RV14
Brown dog: E37, 49; R20 RV14
Crop-a-dile Corner Chomper
Nuvo Glitter Gloss pen
Rounded Square die, 2.5"

Thanks for stopping by and I'll catch you next time!

Much love,

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Scrapping For Less August Card Kit Tutorial 1 with Copics and Stenciling

 Hey guys!  I have something special to share with you today.  Teresa from Scrapping For Less asked me to review their card kit and I was excited to see what goodies she would include.  Card kits can be a mixed bag depending on who you buy yours from.  Some are heavy on what I consider filler items such as patterned papers, ribbon and stickers or die cuts and have few useful items such as stamps, dies, stencils or inks.  SFL's kit, however, includes several well thought out mini kits with a stamp set, patterned paper, sequins, and embellishments in addition to stencils, high quality card stock, dies and 4 envelopes.  I was impressed with the value of the kit.  If your friends are pet lovers, you'll have just want you need for a perfect card.  If you'd like to see a review of the contents here's the video at my YouTube channel. 

I made 8 cards in total, 2 from each mini collection.  For my supplies, I've listed and linked only the items that aren't included in the kit.  Here is the link for the video tutorial for these cards.

"Sticking By Me"
Scrapping For Less August Kit
Altenew Paperbag and Dark Chocolate inks
Copic Markers
-Spotted Dog E 17, 19; 50, 51
-Black Dog C 6, 8, 9
-Branch E23, 27
-Collar B29
-Handkerchief R 37, 39
Be Creative Tape
Ink on 3 Blackout 
Circle die 3.5"
Versamark embossing ink
Nuvo Black embossing powder


"Friends Fur-ever"
Altenew Paperbag ink
Copic Markers
-Spotted Dog E 21, 23; E 23, 25, 29
-Gray Dog E 71, 74
-Collar R39
-Branch E 18, 19, 23
-Handkerchief B 28, 29
Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer paste
Ink on 3 Blackout
Circle die 3.5"
Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen
Glossy Accents
Be Creative Tape

Stay tuned to my blog and YouTube channel for the rest of the projects I created using this kit.  I think you'll like them!  Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you next time.

Choose Joy,

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Faith Forward Card with Copics, Alcohol Inks and Stenciling

As a Christ follower, I am quite excited about the increasing availability of faith based stamp sets.  These sentiments go with so many other stamp sets in my collection that the hard part is narrowing it down to which one I'm going to use next.  In this card, I started with the sentiment.  I ordered the Janes Doodles Bless Your Heart stamp set around the same time as ordering the Stamping Bella Butterfly Girl Briana and they happened to be sitting together on my studio table, putting together my card for me.  Adding the alcohol ink wings (inspired by Marker Geek) and gold stenciling brought it together perfectly.  While there are several techniques in this card, they are simple to do and add a lot of texture, dimension and interest.  Here is the link to my video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supplies are listed below.

Janes Doodles Bless Your Heart stamp set
Ink on 3 Blackout

Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock
Stamping Bella Butterfly Girl Brianna Bundle
Alexandra Renke Stencil Heart in the Middle
Ranger Alcohol Inks: Gunmetal, Teakwood, Indigo, Aqua, Pebble
Ranger Alcohol Ink Blending Solution
Glossy Cardstock
Creative Medium Embossing Paste in Metallic Gold
Inkadinkado Masking Paper
Dress- BG11, 13, 15  Flowers- B28, BG02
Hair- E27, 29  Skin- E11, 13, 21; R20

I know I often say that I love my cards and this one is no exception.  It's so pretty and the sentiment is a foundation for me.  Like most other creatives, I don't share work I'm not happy with, so if you see it on my blog, YouTube or elsewhere, it's something I'm proud of and want to invite others to share my joy.

For Christs glory and much love,

Handmade Christmas Series 2018: Day 1 Watercolors and EH Mondo Holly 2 ways

Here's an exciting sale for everyone! is having a 20% off sale on all dies with the code above.  I&...