Friday, April 22, 2016

April Showers Blog Hop…

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We're so glad you are hopping with us today.  We've got all kinds of great baby and bridal shower related crafts and ideas for you.  You should have arrived here from Sarah’s blog, but, if you just stopped by for a visit, be sure to hop over to Theresa's blog to get started so you don’t miss any of the great projects.

My first card was designed by me and cut on my Cricut.  I wanted to try a cut-out card so I found a graphic of a bird cage and did a little node editing to get the outcome below.  I added a piece of designer paper behind the cut-out to pretty it up a little.  I used my Cricut pen to write the sentiment directly onto the card.  I have a niece who is getting married in July and I think this card will be great for her upcoming bridal shower in May. 

 

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My next card was fun to put together.  I cut out my cardstock and ran it through my Cuttlebug to give it some texture and then I adhered that to my base layer.  I used my Cricut to cut out the towel bar, towels, hearts, and frilly edges for the towels.  Once again, I used the Cricut to write the monogram for the towels.  I put it all together and added some ribbon and a little sentiment to finish it off. 

I wanted to make a couple more cards but I ran out of time.  I may still spend a little time in my craft dungeon this weekend and add another card or two to this post if I’m able.

 

 

 


Thanks for hopping with us today. Be sure to comment on each blog along the way
to be entered into today's giveaway for a $15 gift certificate to:

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Your next stop is Holli

Here's today's line up:

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Bee Happy Blog Hop

If you came here looking for the Shaker Card Technique Blog Hop, please go HERE!

 

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Welcome to the Bee Happy Blog Hop!

We are buzzing with joy!! It's Spring, the birds are singing and the bees are buzzing! So happy you decided to join us in this fun bee themed blog hop today!

You should have buzzed on over from Janet's bee hive. If not the Queen bee is Connie Can Crop and she is the first stop in this hop. This is a one day blog hop and we would really appreciate it if you could leave a comment for all of these amazing crafters.

We have an awesome sponsor for this hop!

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One lucky winner will win their choice of 3 of their awesome files in their shop! Be sure to:

  • Check out their shop online HERE
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  • Follow their blog HERE for inspiration!

What do you need to do to win? Easy... become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects. You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments. Winner will be announced on Wednesday 4/20/16 at Connie Can Crop. Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

My first card is fairly simple.  I used my Cricut Explore to cut out the honey comb shapes on a piece of patterned paper.  All of the papers used for this card are digital and printed on my HP Printer.  The sentiment is hard to read but it says, “Just buzzin’ in to say hope you have a Happy Birthday”.  I added a few buzzing bees to the card to complete it.

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My second card was also created using digital papers.  I also cut the honeycomb shapes with my Cricut Explore and used the inlaid technique from the last hop to add the black border around them.  I finished it off by adding some buzzing bees and a sentiment to the inside of the middle honeycomb.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last card is doing double duty.  I created it for my Shaker Hop (also today) but used a bee theme to go with this hop. I used some new Color Splash Resist Paper and Watercolor Crayons that I added to my stash this month.  I still have a lot of work to do figuring out how to use these items but I think it turned out fairly well.  I cut the mason jar shape with my Cricut Explore and  added some dripping honey and a lid (both also cut with the Explore).  Added the cute little bee and sentiment and this card was finished.

 

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I hope you enjoyed all my cards today.  Up next is the amazing and talented Theresa!

Here is our line up in case you get lost:

Friday, April 8, 2016

April Technique Blog Hop–Shaker Cards

If you came here looking for the Bee Happy Blog Hop, please go HERE!

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It's month four of our year long adventure into different card-making techniques,
folds and paper crafting products. We hope you got the chance to hop with us in January for the emboss resist technique and in February for ink layering, and March for the inlaid technique. It's not too late to hop and comment.

If you missed January's hop, you can still hop and comment by starting HERE.
February's hop, you can still hop and comment by starting HERE.
March's hop, you can still hop and comment by starting HERE.

This month we will be creating shaker cards and you won't want to miss the amazing and fun cards we've got for you today.  We really love feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop. Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Blitsy.com gift certificate.  Now on with the projects.

 

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For my first card, I decided to make use of some new Color Splash Resist Paper and Watercolor Crayons that I added to my stash this month.  I still have a lot of work to do figuring out how to use these items but I think it turned out fairly well.  I cut the mason jar shape with my Cricut Explore and  added some dripping honey and a lid (both also cut with the Explore).  Added the cute little bee and sentiment and this card was finished.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Next, I made this triple circle shaker card.  I added sequins to each of the circles and a few on the face of the card for decoration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


My last card was kind of a challenge.  I took a digital stamp of a mouse with an umbrella and cut out the top piece of the umbrella where I added the sequins to symbolize some rain.   I used some Tim Holtz distress ink to sponge on the sky, some clouds, and the grass.  I colored the mouse with some copics.  I added the bow and a sentiment to complete the card.

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I hope you enjoyed my cards today.  Up next is the wonderful and talented Lisa.


Here is today's line-up in case you get lost along the way:

Happy Crafting!

Friday, March 11, 2016

March Technique Blog Hop–Inlaid Cards

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It's month three of our year long adventure into different card-making techniques,
folds and paper crafting products. We hope you got the chance to hop with us in January for the emboss resist technique and in February for ink layering. It's not to late to hop and comment.


If you missed January's hop, you can still hop and comment by starting HERE.
If you missed February's hop, you can still hop and comment by starting HERE.


This month we will be focusing on inlaid die-cutting and you won't want to miss the awesome cards we've got for you today. We really love feedback so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop. Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Blitsy.com gift certificate.


Now on with the projects.

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I have a few cards for you today.  The first one uses this gorgeous butterfly.  I purchased it just for this hop. This card was made using distress inks & wet wipes .. a combination based purely on accident.  I cut and scored some 120 lb cardstock for my card base and set it aside.  After stamping the butterfly on another piece of white card stock with versamark, I pulled out a wet wipe to clean off my stamp.  I sat the wipe aside and embossed the butterfly with some black embossing powder & heat-set it.  Then, I pulled out my Bic Mark-Its to color my butterfly all kinds of pretty colors.  Once all of that was done, I used the coordinating die to make a perfect cut around my butterfly. 

 

 

 

 

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I decided to go clean and simple with my 2nd card.  There isn’t much to it.  Basically, I used my Cricut electronic cutting machine to make a template of rows of circles.  I used the same file to cut paper dots out of 7 different colors of cardstock.  I covered the back of my template with adhesive, turned it over and began laying the colored dots inside the holes. Once that was finished, I adhered it to another piece of cardstock to give it a border on each side.  I used one of my FREE sentiments that I created almost two years ago because it seemed to be a fitting quote.  I was going to print it right on the card base but I wasn’t able to do that so I just printed it on a separate piece of card stock, cut it out and glued that to the card.  Once again, I’m not sure how I feel about the outcome.  This technique is not as easy as it appears .. at least not for me.

 

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The last card I have for you today is my favorite.  I just love the colors so much!  Again, it’s a pretty basic card but it’s really cheery, don’t you think?   This time, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the sunshine out of a piece of white cardstock.  I sponged Abandoned Coral and Squeezed Lemonade across it to give a sort of sunset appearance to it.  On a separate piece of cardstock, I began rubbing the same color of distress inks over it to make a gradient effect. I started with Abandoned Coral and sponged about an inch long strip across the page.  Then I used the Squeezed Lemonade and rubbed over a small section of the Abandoned Coral to create a blended orange’ish color and continued rubbing it up the cardstock so that it blended out to the full yellow lemonade color.  I adhered that to the bottom side of my cut-out piece.  I cut out a narrow border for the sunshine in black cardstock, covered it in clear embossing powder, and laid that just inside the opening to create the inlaid look.  I adhered that to some coordinating patterned paper, printed off my sentiment, cut it to create a flag,  then adhered that to the bottom corner of the card. I used some dimensionals to give it a rolled appearance.

That’s it for me.  I’m last in this hop but don’t forget to visit the rest of these talented and creative ladies on their blogs if you haven’t already done so.  Here’s the rest of today's line-up in case you get lost along the way.

Friday, February 26, 2016

LEAP Blog Hop

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Have we got a hop challenge for you today.
Take the letters L-E-A-P and create any paper crafting project; a card, a scrapbook layout, a journal page, etc.  Here is the trick....whatever you make must use L-E-A-P in it somewhere.
For example:
A lavender (L) card with embossing (E) and angled (A) with prills (P).

Get it?

So who is up to the LEAP challenge. Throw a frog into your project and you've leaped right off the lily pad.  Now on with the projects...

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For my L-E-A-P, I chose the following:

L = Leftover Paper.  I used the pieces of scrap to punch out some circles to add to the shaker well…OR…L = Letters.  The letters for my sentiment -“hey there”- are cut from paper using my Silhouette Cameo.

E = Elephant.  Pretty obvious, lol.  I stamped my elephant and colored him with my copics.  Isn’t he a cutie.

A = Acetate.  I will be honest, I had a hard time with this one, lol, but then I realized that the window for my shaker is a piece of acetate.

P = Pink.  Again, it’s pretty obvious that I chose pink as my focal color for this card.

 

I’m probably the only one in this hop that hasn’t used a frog, lol.

Up next is Amanda. Can’t wait to see what she’s been inspired to do.

Today's hop is kindly sponsored by

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who is generously giving away a class of the winner's choice.

Be sure to comment on each blog on the hop by Friday, March 4th to be entered.

Winner will be posted on Theresa's blog on Saturday March 5th.

Here's today's line-up in case you get lost along the way.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Revived Rejects…

The other day, as I was making my cards for the Ink Layering Techniques Blog Hop, I had sponged a couple of pieces of cardstock with several colors of ink but they weren’t really doing anything for me so I set them aside and continued on with some other techniques and came up with several cards I was happy with.  But, probably like most of you, I hate waste so I was racking my brain trying to figure out what to do with those leftover rejects.  Still nothing was coming to me so I set them aside again and decided to take some FB time to catch up on my groups.

embossing toolIn my groups, someone shared a product called the Wonder Blox .  It’s used to apply ink to embossed surfaces.  And there it was … an idea began to form. SAM_2273

With a little brainstorming, some adhesive, a couple of pieces of fun foam, and an empty wooden block (leftover from the collection I had after removing my rubber stamps from them) I had my very own Wonder Blox.  Then, I took that boring piece of sponged cardstock, embossed it with one of my cuttlebug folders, and began rubbing some white pigment ink over the top.

It worked like a charm!

  It’s much better than a sponge tool because it just glides across the top, leaving the sponged background free from ink.

 

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Here’s another one I did, except this time I debossed the cardstock and rubbed the pigment ink over the top of the card, leaving the debossed areas ink-free and thus creating a more muted background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, I had one other reject from the splattering technique I used.  I had splattered a piece of cardstock with various distress inks that I had spritzed with some water.  Then cut it in half on the diagonal.  My original intention was to make 2 cards.  Unfortunately, on the first one I didn’t wait long enough to wrap my string (that I had colored with copics to match the colors of the card) around my card and it smudged all over.  Yes, I’m impatient, no shame here!  The ink smudged on my 2nd card when applying the sentiment so it was a no-go as well.

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But like I said earlier, I don’t like waste so instead, I took one of the splattered pieces off the cardstock (and set the other piece aside for a rainy day) and came up with this card…

 

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That’s it for me today.  Make sure to keep checking this blog because there are lots of great things coming your way and I don’t want you to miss out!

Friday, February 12, 2016

February Technique Blog Hop–Ink Layering

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It's month two of our year long adventure into different card-making techniques,
folds and paper crafting products. Join us the second Saturday of each month in 2016 for a new hop filled with great cards.


This month we will be focusing on ink layering techniques and OMGosh have we got some cool cards for you. We really love feedback so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop. Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a prize drawing for a $25 Blitsy.com gift certificate at the end of the year.

 
Don't worry, if you missed January's hop, you can still hop and comment by starting
HERE.  Now on with the projects.

I have to admit, I had a hard time coming up with some ways to implement this technique, but, with a little encouragement from my hopping buddies Kim & Claudia, I managed to come up with a few examples.

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My first card is filled with tons of pretty colors thanks to the Tim Holtz distress ink pads.  This image was stamped onto a piece of white card stock and then masked with a post-it-note so that I could create that background behind the image with out messing up the image.  I colored the elephants in with my Copic markers.

 

 

 

 

 

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The 2nd card is using the same technique.  I messed up a little with the orange behind the owl, so I decided to make it into a big ‘ole orange moon .. yes, I know that moons are not orange but it was the easiest way to fix up my mess, lol.

 

 


 

 

 

 

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Next up is a technique I saw that really intrigued me so I decided to give it a go with this card.  I always have a lot of trouble coming up with masculine ideas for cards but I think this one would work for such an occasion.  It is supposed to have a wood grain look to it.  How’d I do?  It’s a little bare but I’m not quite sure what to add to it to finish it off.

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Card #4 was created using a handmade stencil.  I used my Cricut Explore to cut the hearts out of a piece of cardstock and using the negative piece, I sponged some Tim Holtz ink onto a piece of white cardstock.  Once that was dry, I dabbed some more ink over the hearts and the rest of the white cardstock.  The baker’s twine is made from a piece of white string and a copic marker.  You can check out this post for more details on how to do that.  I had this little bronze embellishment in my stash and thought it was just perfect for this card.

 

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Remember participating in Art & Creativity time in kindergarten and dropping blobs of liquid paint onto manila paper and blowing through a straw to move the paint around.  Well, that’s what inspired my last card for today.  Isn’t it pretty?!

 

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I hope you enjoyed my shares in today’s hop. I have a couple more cards to share with you that I’m really excited about and those will be posted on Sunday so please be sure to come back and take a look.

Up next is the lovely & talented Lisa!

Here's today's line-up in case you get lost along the way…

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Wow, this is exciting…

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I entered my cards from the Santa Baby Blog Hop into several challenges and I just found out I made top 3 on the Sweet Stampin Christmas challenge -  Father Christmas -  with my upside down Santa’s card.  That’s a first for me and I’m pretty stoked about it!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Woodland Critters Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Woodland Critters Blog Hop

We are so happy that you are joining us for this fun filled hop full of furry and feathery creatures from the forest.

You should have arrived from Jenny’s blog - http://crazyaboutcricut.blogspot.com/
but if you need to start at the beginning, Connie Can Crop is the first stop in this hop. This is a one day blog hop and we would really appreciate it if you would leave some love in the form of a comment for all of these talented crafters.

Our sponsor for this hop is also Connie Can Crop.


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She has reached into her crafty shop, Connie's Crafty Cart, and decided to give away an awesome stamp set by Martha Stewart.

Please visit her shop HERE

OR

you can find her on facebook HERE

What do you need to do to win? Easy... become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

 

You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments.

Winner will be announced on Wednesday 1/20/16 on Connie Can Crop’s blog.

Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

 

Fuse Tool

I could hardly wait to use my new Photo Sleeve Fuse™ Tool by We R Memory Keepers to make this fun shaker card.  If you like shaker cards but hate what a pain in the neck it is to put them together – making sure you line the foam tape up perfectly so that there is no chance for any sequins, beads, (or whatever else you might be using) to escape – then this is the tool for you!  All you need to do is make a pocket to hold your shakey things in which is super easy peesy to do with the FUSE tool.  I used photo album inserts that I found at Michaels for $1.49 for six pages.  All I did was cut out a circle large enough to cover the hole in my card, fuse along the edges, making sure to leave a spot open so I could fill it with my sequins.  Once all the sequins were added, I finished fusing the last edge together and – voila! – my shaker pocket was ready to attach to my card.

 

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  Here are a couple of links to videos showing you how to use the tool to make a shaker card:


Up next is the wonderful and talented Haidee - http://created2bunique.blogspot.com

Here's our line up in case you get lost.

Connie- http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com
Kim - http://katydidcards.com
Enclade Miranda- www.nanasscrapspot.com
Beth- http://thecraftyscrapyard.blogspot.com
Charmagne Welch- http://sanurascraps.blogspot.com
Angela Corcoran- http://www.crazy3monkeys.blogspot.com
Veronica - http://vickyscrappingpassion.blogspot.com/
Jenny - http://crazyaboutcricut.blogspot.com/
Sharon - http://piece-ofheart.blogspot.com **you are here**
Haidee - http://created2bunique.blogspot.com
Michelle - http://michellekinder.blogspot.com
Daphne - http://craftyscrapsofstuff.blogspot.com
Alicia - http://www.goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com/
Rhonda - http://craftingwithblue.blogspot.com
Sarah – www.sarahbiswabic.blogspot.com
Holli - http://sunflowerholli.blogspot.com/
Lisa - http://lisaslittlerascals.blogspot.com
Barbara- http://barbarab3.blogspot.com
Ronnel- http://www.inkyantics.blogspot.com/
Jessica-http://craftinandstampin.blogspot.com

Sunday, January 10, 2016

I Need Your Help - Giveaways and Blog Candy?

Hi there, I’d like to get your opinion on what is proper etiquette for giveaways and blog candy.  I really need to destash my craft room because I have far too much and it’s cluttering my mind.  Some things are new but some are gently used.   Would posting my stash from time time be of any interest to any of you for future giveaways or blog candy offers or is it not proper to offer gently used items?  Just something I’m mulling over in my head .. haven’t decided what I’m going to do yet but I’m interested in hearing your responses.

If you haven’t visited my January Technique Blog Hop yet, please go take a look now.  It’s not a huge one .. only 8 participants so it won’t take long to hop through.  You can find it HERE

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, January 8, 2016

January Technique Blog Hop–Emboss Resist

Welcome To

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This is the first in a year long series of monthly blog hops focusing on techniques for card makers.  Each month we'll feature a different technique or fold or product.  We've assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced so you'll get a great variety of cards and ideas.


This month we will be focusing on emboss resist techniques and WOW have we got some cool cards for you today. We really love feedback so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop. Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a prize drawing for a $25 Blitsy.com gift certificate at the end of the year.  Now on with the projects.

 

I decided to try watercoloring as my first attempt at this technique.  I wasn’t that happy with the result .. I think I need better watercolor paper.  Let me know what watercolor paper you like to use in the comments below! 

Here’s what I did.  I inked up the smooth side of my watercolor paper with some Versamark Embossing Ink and embossed it with some clear embossing powder.  After I heatset it, I began adding my colors; Tattered Rose, Seedless Preserves, & Broken China.  I tapped each color onto a clear acrylic block, mixed in a little water using my aqua pen, and colored my page. 

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The embossed areas resisted the ink while the paper soaked it up. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I stamped the heart image on some cardstock, cut it out, and coated it with some Glossy Accents.  I popped it up with some dimensionals.

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My second attempt came out a little bit better.  I stamped some plain white cardstock with my embossing ink and heatset it.  I stamped it with a hexagon background stamp and used my sponge dauber to ink the page with Close To My Heart’s Desert Sand Exclusive ink. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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I stamped the teacup onto a separate piece of cardstock and inked it up as well with the same ink color.  See how the ink has seeped through the cracks on the cup and the spaces of the background yet resisted the images.  I sponged around the outside edges with some Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry ink.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Last, but not least, is my favorite of the 3 cards. 
 

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I used my bone folder and scored diagonal lines on a 3.5-inch x 3.5-inch piece of cardstock.  I laid the cardstock on my Scorepal board with the points facing towards the top and bottom of the board (like the shape of a diamond) and scored across it at every 1/2-inch.  I turned it 90 degrees and scored diagonal lines again at every 1/2-inch to make this tiled pattern. 
 
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I inked up my stamp with some Versamark Embossing ink and stamped my image onto the paper – on the debossed side - being careful not to push too hard so that the ink didn’t creep down into the debossed lines so that I could achieve a somewhat distressed look to it. I covered it with an off-white embossing powder and heatset it.  For the most part it turned out well but the embossing powder did melt down into the crevices in some areas.   I used a regular piece of sponge to lay on some Tim Holtz Distressed Tattered Rose Ink.  The ink resisted the stamped areas as well as the debossed areas.  I added a couple of pearls, some ribbon, and a sentiment to finish it off.  I’m really happy with how this one turned out!  Third times a charm, I guess *smile*.
 
I should mention that after I finished inking and watercoloring over my embossed images, I wiped them down with a baby wipe to remove any remnants of ink that was covering the images.
 
 
Up next is Lisa!
 
Don't forget to comment on all the blogs in the hop each month to be entered into the drawing.

Here's today's line-up in case you get lost along the way:
Theresa
Kim
Claudia
Denise
Debbie
Sharon *YOU ARE HERE*
Lisa
Jearise