Play dough Fun

My daughter loves playing with play-dough, and so do I :). One day I sat with her, and made quite a number of random objects using play-dough molds:  flowers, food items, houses, etc. I let them dry until they were hard.  As I was looking at them later on, I realized I could use some of them as embellishments.  I decided to give this idea a try with this week’s Runway Inspired Challenge.

The Runway inspiration:



I was inspired by the clean cuts and the solid colors. Here is my take:

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For the background scene, I used the Memory Box Modern Landscape border die. First I die cut two square out of black and warm grey card stock, and held them together using some washi tape. Next I positioned the landscape die where I wanted it to be and secured it in place using some more washi tape. After running both squares and die through the die cutting machine, I pieced the grey sky and black ground together and adhered them using clear tape on back. I glued this to the card base, then using some glossy accent, adhered the play-dough house. Finally, I stamped the sentiment from the Hero Arts Mi Casa set.

Do you like playing with play-dough? Let me know if you have ever used it for any creative project 🙂

CASE Study Challenge 193

Hello everyone!

I am joining in late at CASE Study for last week’s challenge, which is open until Tuesday Midnight EST. It is Wida‘s last week with us 😦

I enjoyed CASEing her work very much. Thank you Wida for the inspiration 🙂


My weakness; collage style. But what a sweet card, and interesting colors!

Here is my take:

CASE 193- TasnimI used a store-bought note card as my front panel, and stamped the bird image on it. The flourish is a Penny Black die, I used white card stock and sprayed blue Fire Works over it. To finish the card, I adhered the wood veneer butterfly, stamped the sentiment and glued the panel to a white card base.

There is still time if you want to join in! Stop by the CASE study Challenge blog for details and more inspirations 🙂


CASE Study Challenge 192


A new challenge at CASE study with our May muse Wida brings this gorgeous scrappy piece of art for inspiration:


I had some washi tape sitting on my work surface as I had been brainstorming ideas for the Gallery Idol 2014 contest. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to make a card for the contest before the deadline, but I used the washi tapes to make this card:

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As you can probably tell, I was inspired by the many layers and their concentration on the right side of the card. Making my card was super easy. I first splattered some Graphite Glimmer mist on to my card base, then adhered the hand-torn washi tape strips on the right side overlapping each other. To finish the card, I adhered a butterfly which was punched out of SU! silver glimmer paper.

If you haven’t already, do stop by the CASE Study challenge blog, I promise you, there are tons of AMAZING projects from the rest of the design team 🙂


Runway Inspired Challenge 60


At Runway Inspired Challenge, we have this cute little outfit for inspiration today:




As soon as I saw the big yellow lion/bear? on the sweatshirt, I thought of our Ori Kami set.

I chose the elephant from the set, and went to work with it:

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In my mind I had pink and grey to go with the big yellow center image. I first splattered the card base with Heidi Swapp’s Blush color shine. I then adhered a few grey strips of different widths at various angles behind the elephant in order to anchor it. The elephant was paper pieced with lime yellow card stock, parts of it are plain, and other parts have a stamped pattern. The sentiment is from the Altenew Figure Effects set.

This week, the girls at Runway Inspired Challenge simply outdid themselves! Do stop by the Runway blog or their individual blogs. You will find an amazing variety of projects overflowing with inspiration!

Karolyn LonconLindsay A.Kristen ForemanGayatri | MayuriAga Taheerah Atchia Jennifer Rzasa

Our sponsor for this challenge is Ellen Hutson, and the winner will receive a $25 gift card to her online store! Make sure to play along for a chance to win!

CASE Study Challenge 191


Did you see the announcement at CASE Study challenge last Sunday?! We have seven new designers joining our team!! Seven amazingly talented artists!! If you haven’t already, you must check it out!

This week’s inspiration from our muse Wida:


I simply love how Wida treated the flowers! They reminded me of a stamp of Poppy flowers that I had yet to use.

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I colored the flowers using Copic markers (R14, R17, R27), then added some crystal glitter glue to the highlighted areas. The die cut thanks is by a Cuttlebug die. I layered two die cuts for added thickness and prominence.  Finally, I added some scattered drops of glitter in place of Wida’s circles and enamel dots.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Here is a list of links to the brand new design team! Jill Foster and Gayatri will be joining us from next week.

Iwona Palamountain | Anja Curvers| Jill Foster | Jeanne Jachna Anna Kossakovskaya | Silke Ledlow | Anika Lerche | Gayatri Murali | Julia Stainton | Amy Wanford | Michelle Williams

CASE Study Challenge #190


This week at CASE Study Challenge, we have this beautiful inspiration from Wida:


This is how I was inspired:

  • Frame
  • yellow and Grey/Black
  • Fish net pattern (originally I had a washi tape with this pattern, but ended up not using it)

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My card is super simple. I stamped and colored the flower with Copic markers (Y13, Y15, Y19) on a piece of Neenah Solar white card stock, then trimmed it out. For the frame, I used to rectangular dies. I glued the flower behind the frame, then cut off the excess.

The frame was mounted with foam tape, and the sentiment was stamped on the card base.

Stop by the CASE Study Challenge blog for more inspiration, and I hope you will get a chance to play along!

Thanks for visiting today.

Runway Inspired Challenge #59


An exciting day today at Runway Inspired challenge as we welcome our new designers! We have three very talented artists on board starting today. Stop by the Runway Inspired challenge blog to read a little about them and find out what their favorite accessory is 🙂

For this week’s challenge, we have this beautiful flowing dress all wrapped in green:




I was inspired by the intricate design pattern in the middle of her bodice, and the beautiful flowing green fabric. I translated them as such:


The background image is from a circular stamp by Rubbernecker called Floral Ornament. I masked off about 3/4″ from the sides and stamped the image in black.

The branch of leaves is from a Stampin Up! set called Growing Green. I stamped it on water color paper using distress inks (Shabby Shatters and Peeled Paint), then water colored it using the same inks.

The sentiment is from the Altenew set called Label Love, which is currently sold out, but will be back in stock within two weeks.

Do stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge blog to see what our brand new design team have created! I hope you will get a chance to play along. The winner of this challenge will receive a $15 gift card to Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for visiting today!

Online Card Class Winner


Just a quick post to announce the winner of the Watercolor Online Card Class giveaway.

Through, the winner is:


who said:

jintyoo7 says:

I’m thrilled that you’re teaching again 🙂 I LOVED your technique in the last class!

I really do enjoy stamping, but die cutting is an often used technique too!

Congratulation Janet! Please email me at and I will help set you up for the class.

CASE Study Challenge #189


It’s the first day of May, which means we have a new muse at CASE study challenge, and this month, it is none other than my blog friend Wida!! Wida has a beautiful distinct style, and her work radiates so much warmth! Just look at this sweet little card:


I was inspired by all the hearts, the warm ivory card base, and the interesting heart window. But instead of having pattern outside, I stamped my pattern inside the heart:


I used the Altenew set Faux Veneer, and stamped the hearts on my white card base in various Stampin’Up! inks. I then colored the hearts using Prisma color pencils (as I am writing this post, I just noticed that I forgot to color in one of the hearts!).

I covered the card base using a cream card stock from Bazzill. The heart die is by Cuttlebug. To get the double layer effect, I glued down a white heart frame on the card base. The banner is made by die cutting two concentric circles, scoring and bending the sides, and cutting a fishtail at each end. I learned this trick from Jen, who posted a card recently on the Altenew blog.

I hope you will join us this week. Head over to CASE Study challenge blog for more inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by!

Watercolor class and a Giveaway!

Watercolor Peek


Have you heard about this upcoming online card class? I am so excited to be a guest artist for this class! Even though I don’t use it as often, I LOVE watercolors! I can not wait to see what the fabulous team of artists have in store for us. My friend, the super talented Jen Rzasa is teaching this class! Yes, finally we will get to see and learn how she does her beautiful watercolor art!

You don’t have to be an Impressionist painter to create watercolor masterpieces! Explore the many different (and easy!) ways to create beautiful watercolor effects in Online Card Classes’ Watercolor for Cardmakers.

Join Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Jennifer Rsaza, and friends (including me!) for a fun-filled, all-video, two-week course packed with inspiring, approachable techniques. Starting with easy soft sky washes and progressing to darling hand-painted images, this class is tailor-made for the both the aspiring artist and the cardmaker who wants to add to her go-to collection of on-trend techniques.

Class includes over 30 videos and even more card ideas from top artists with a variety of styles. Visit Online Card Classes to sign up for Watercolor for Cardmakers today, and discover for yourself the fantastic looks you can create with watercolors! (Class begins May 5 but you will have lifetime access to the content.)

I have one spot to giveaway. To enter, please leave a comment answering the following question:

What is your favorite card making technique? (you may mention more than one)

You have until Friday May 2nd 11:59 pm EST to leave a comment. I will announce the winner on Saturday.

CASE Study Challenge #188


I am back with another CASE Study challenge. This week marks the last inspiration from our April muse Jaclyn Miller. I had so much fun CASE-ing her work!

Here is this week’s inspiration:


Isn’t this composition quite interesting? I was inspired by the loose elements and the colors used here.

My card:

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Not much work on this card. All I had to work on was the butterfly embellishment, and the rest was positioning and assembling. I stamped the butterfly with distress ink Picked Raspberry on water color paper, then used a wet brush to spread the color all over before trimming it out. On the card base I splattered some Heidi Swapp Gold Lame color shine (it’s gorgeous!).

butterfly close up

The patterned paper is from a retired My Minds Eye paper pack. The label saying ‘grateful’ is a left over from an older project. Notice that the letters are not perfectly spaced, which is why it was cast away, but I am glad I didn’t throw it away as I think it works well with this card. The flair is from Bossy Jocie, here is a better look at it:

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I was debating whether to keep the twine or not. I usually go for clean and controlled designs, but I decided to take the plunge and keep the twine 🙂

I hope you get a chance to play along! Make sure to stop by the CASE study challenge blog for more inspiration.

Thanks for visiting!



CASE Study Challenge #187

Hello again!

This is my second post of the day, for the current Runway Inspired Challenge, please scroll down or click here.

At CASE Study challenge, we have an interesting inspiration from Jaclyn Miller:


A little different than our usual card inspirations, but if you look closely, the rectangular bags actually look like card sketches!

I was inspired by the sentiment label on the left, and made this card:

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I used a hello die from TCW and die cut it partially leaving the bottom edge intact. I then stamped the sentiment from the Altenew Label Love using Hero Arts Soft Pool ink.

The hearts were die cut using the Cuttlebug Concentric Hearts die. A very simple card! I love it when they are simple 🙂

If you haven’t already, do stop by the CASE Study challenge blog. We have some gorgeous inspiration from the the design team and from our muse Jaclyn and guest designer Catherine.

Runway Inspired Challenge #58


We have a very special Runway Inspired Challenge this week. We are teaming up with  CAS(E) this Sketch! So for this week, we have a Runway look and a sketch for inspiration.

We also have a guest designer; the very talented Deepti Malik. Welcome Deepti!




Well, what a coincidence that both inspirations have painted flowers! and what is more, there is a set by Altenew that goes by that name! Of course I had to use it 🙂

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I stamped the flowers on scrap paper using Hero Arts  Soft Cantaloupe and Pale Tomato inks, along with Verfine Onyx Black ink. Afterwards, I trimmed the flower cluster and adhered to the card base using foam tape. The sentiment is from the Altenew Label Love set, and was stamped with SU! Midnight Muse ink.

On the card base, I splattered some ink using Heidi Swapp Navy color shine. The doily was a gift from Ellen Hutson, who is also our sponsor this week!

Make sure to play along for a chance to win a $25 gift card from Ellen Hutson!

And if you haven’t already, stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge for more inspiration!

CASE Study #186


I am joining in a bit late at last week’s CASE study challenge. It was a very busy week as I spent most of it processing Altenew orders. It is all very exciting though 🙂

So here is the inspiration photo from Jaclyn Miller, a quite famous card as it had made a big buzz when it was published:


I like how the designs go off the edges. I didn’t do this gorgeous card justice, but here is my humble attempt:

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I used two square dies to cut all the squares, and the sentiment is from the Altenew Label Love set.

If you haven’t already, check out the CASE Study challenge blog for a good dose of inspiration from the talented design team along with our muse Jaclyn and guest designer Catherine.

Altenews blog hop


Hey everyone!

As you may know, together with Jennifer Rzasa, I have started the company Altenew. Today we are hosting a blog hop to celebrate the grand opening of our store, which will be on Monday April 7th.

Jennifer and I are showcasing our cards at the Altenew blog, and our super-star designers are joining us with their Altenew projects.

To join in all the fun, please head over there and hop along. There will be many prizes along the way!