Hi, there! Today I am here with a card (without a video, sorry!) for the Fall 2016 Release Blog Hop from The Ton. I made a pinecone shaker card with the brand new Holiday Cones set and I paired it up with the Hey Foxy set.


Be sure to keep on reading until the end of this blog post for more information on the blog hop order and the giveaways!

img_1619For my card, I decided to do some emboss resist watercoloring with the Holiday Cones stamp set. I heat embossed the second layer of the pinecones with white embossing powder on some Canson Watercolor Paper. Next, I applied lots of water to my watercolor paper to get the colors moving afterwards. I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors to create an ombré and splashed watercolored paper. For the brown ombré, I used no. 47. I also applied some copper flicks of paint with no. 90.

img_1622I simply couldn’t resist making another shaker card! I filled up my sequin shaker with the Rose Gold Couture Mix from The Ton along with some of the Gold Matte sequins. These gold matte sequins look so lovely with the watercolored background. I watercolored the fox from the Hey Foxy set with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I like to use Bristol Paper and a Pentel Aquash brush for a blended look. Finally, I stamped a sentiment from the Basic Labels stamp set in Dark Roast ink and adhered it on top of the shaker. Easy! 🙂


Four $25 gift certificates will be given away to random commenters on all the hop participant blogs. Comments must be left by  Thursday, September 29th at 11:59pm. Winners will be announced shortly after!


There are so many hoppers joining the festivities! Your next stop on the hop is Eunji Jung’s blog. Here’s a full list of hoppers in case you encounter any broken links on the way. Happy hopping! See you later! Xo


I am affiliated with Simon Says Stamp, Ellen Hutson and Hallmark Scrapbook. That means I earn a small commission when you purchase through my links (with NO additional costs to you!). Click HERE for more information about my disclosure and affiliation with companies.

Multiple shops are linked: click SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, HS for Hallmark Scrapbook, TON for The Ton


Happy Saturday, everybody! In today’s Saturday Stamp Day video I will be creating an easy and colorful sequin shaker card with a bunch of different stamps. Sometimes I like to mix and match stamps from different companies. I think it’s a great way to stretch your stamp collection. 🙂

It’s been a while since I colored an image with my ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I’ve seen lots of crafters talking and discussing these markers. Some crafters are a fan of them and others aren’t because they don’t seem to get the result they were hoping for. To be honest, at first I didn’t really know how to use these markers and my images weren’t looking that good. However, after practicing a lot I found an easy and quick way to color your images with these markers. My coloring method is very easy so I can add some quick and simple shading.

ssd-thank-you-fullThere are some things to keep in mind when you’re coloring with these markers. First, be sure to use a waterproof ink to stamp your image. I like to use Archival Jet Black ink because it doesn’t smear or smudge when using water. A good paper is also very important. I use some inexpensive Bristol. After I stamped my image, I like to apply water with my Pentel Aquash Brush to the paper. Then, I add the darkest color and blend it out with the lightest marker. Finally, I blend everything together with water. If I need a little bit extra shading, I just go back in with my darkest color here and there.

After coloring the snail from the Lovely Critters stamp set from Create A Smile Stamps, I created a shaker piece! I simply stamped peonies from the Wild Peonies set from The Ton to some white card stock. Next, I die cut a circle out of it and created my shaker with the Fuse tool. Be sure to watch the video to see this tool in action. I filled up the shaker with some sequins that matched with the stamped flowers.

closeupDo you ever feel like something is missing on your card? Well, I was feeling it this time and it drove me crazy! 10 minutes later I figured out I could stamp some outline hearts around the shaker to add extra interest. I used the heart stamps from the Darling Flamingos stamp set from The Ton. For the sentiment, I used a fun chipboard piece from Create A Smile. This is a really easy and fast way to add a greeting to your card. Finally, I used some of my beloved sequins from The Ton to finish off this card.

That’s it for today! 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post and watch my video. You rock! Xo


I am affiliated with Simon Says Stamp, Ellen Hutson and Hallmark Scrapbook. That means I earn a small commission when you purchase through my links (with NO additional costs to you!). Click HERE for more information about my disclosure and affiliation with companies.

Multiple shops are linked: click CASS for Create A Smile Stamps, EH for Ellen Hutson, SSS for Simon Says Stamp


Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a nice Saturday. Today I am here with a card and video which are part of the Inklipse 1000  Subscribers Blog Hop in honor of Simon Hurley reaching 1000 YouTube subscribers. More information about this blog hop and giveaway can be found at the end of this blog post. 🙂

In my video, I am creating a sequin shaker card with a watercolored element using Hero Arts and Ellen Hutson stamps.

Words cannot express how adorable that elf from the Santa’s Elves stamp set from Hero Arts is. I think it’s so cute! The stamp set comes with three elves and a coordinating die that works for each elf so you don’t have to buy the die separately. Isn’t that awesome?

cozy_christmas_fullI colored the elf using the ZIG Clean Color Brush Markers for a watercolored look. Whenever I color with these markers, I make sure to use a good paper and the Archival Jet Black ink so the ink won’t smear or smudge. My watercoloring method is fairly simply. I usually only use either one or to colors to add some shadow effects. I like to use the Pentel Medium Aquash Brush for blending. However, a regular fine paint brush would work, too!

cozy_christmas_close_upI created a sequin shaker using the FUSE tool from We R Memory Keepers. They recently released a line of FUSEables. This collection comes with a quality mat and holster, 12×12 clear sheets and more! I bought the mat and holster since I use the FUSE tool a lot. If you don’t use the tool that frequently, I suggest using some card board to protect your work surface. To hold the tool itself, I’d use a jar or drinking glass. I really am pleased with this mat and holster, though!

I filled up my shaker with some sequins and beads from The Ton. I embossed a sentiment from the Cozy Christmas stamp set from Essentials by Ellen using the Sensational Sage embossing powder from WOW. Finally, I stamped black stars using that same stamp set and I finished off the card using some pearls from Hero Arts. 🙂


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As I mentioned in the beginning of this post and in the video, this blog post is part of the Inklipse 1000 Subscribers Blog Hop! The theme of this blog hop is: watercoloring. Simon Hurley (a young crafter!) organized this blog hop in honor of his YouTube channel reaching 1000 subscribers. A big congrats to Simon! 🙂 Here’s a full list of hoppers:

The next stop on the hop is Laura Bassen’s blog! 🙂


There are a ton of giveaways today offered by the following companies:

Would you like to win a prize from one of those companies? Simply leave comments on ALL blog posts of this hop for a chance to win. Simon will draw random winners using Raffle Copter. (For more information about the requirements of the giveaways, click HERE.)


I am affiliated with Ellen Hutson. When you purchase through my links, I get a small commission with no extra costs to you. These commissions help me to pay the costs for my blog. Click HERE for more information about my disclosure and affiliation with companies.