Wall of JOY – March

170330_JOYWall_MarchTo create this month’s JOY project, I first painted an 8×10 inch canvas with Black Soot Distress Ink. The canvas was then splattered with Heidi Swapp’s Gold Color Shine. The letters spelling out the word JOY were a free coloring page that I downloaded onto white card stock, colored (with watercolor pencils and a blender pen, and fussy cut-out. I used foam tape on the back of the letters to adhere them to the canvas.


Distress Ink Watercolored Flowers

170325_Stampendous_CarnationsThis time I tried a different watercoloring technique. First I stamped the image in Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I then used my wet paintbrush to pull the paint outward from the stamped image to make a border all around the image.



Watercolored Critter Tags

170312_Watercolor_Tags_1I made these cute little tags for my granddaughter to sell in order to make money for an upcoming graduation trip she was planning. I used a variety of my critter and cute stamps to stamp on the tags and then watercolored the images with Distress Ink.


  • Strathmore 300 Series 140-pound cold press (for the tags)
  • Distress Ink used as watercolors
  • Recollections: Zoo-Licious stamp set (link unavailable)
  • Recollections: Don’t Bug Me stamp set (link unavailable)
  • Recollections: Woof Woof stamp set (link unavailable)
  • Simon Says Stamp: Cuddly Critters Accessories
  • Lawn Fawn: Fairy Friends stamp set


Envelope Art

170307_Stampendous_EnvelopeArtI love to decorate the envelopes that go with my handmade cards!! Sometimes I design the envelopes to match the card and other times I just add a cute little image for the card receiver to enjoy. I just thought this little ‘just for you’ sign was so cute!!

When I create a card, I always make an envelope and generally decorate the envelope while I have all my card supplies out and ready to use.


Distress Ink Lifting

170304_DistressInk_SSS_SpringFlowersRecently I watched an interesting video by Jennifer McGuire on the technique called Distress Ink Lifting. The basics of the technique are to use water and a paintbrush to ‘lift’ the ink color from the image. To accomplish this, I blended several shades of blue Distress Ink on to watercolor paper. I stamped my images and white heat embossed them. Using a wet paintbrush I applied the water to the stamped images and used a paper towel to blot up the water from the images.


Wall of JOY – February

170228_JOYofTheLordI was delighted to discover at my local Arts and Craft store (Michaels) Zenspiration designs by the talented Joanne Fink. There were so many different items available each with her amazing designs on them and ready for coloring. I chose this photo mat to purchase. I colored it using Sakura Koi Watercolor Sketchbox paints. I hand wrote the saying and framed it with my watercolored photo mat. It is currently hanging on my Wall of JOY.