Saturday, May 14, 2016

May Technique Blog Hop!

Every month when our Tip and Technique hop rolls around, I am wondering how a month has already raced by! Please tell me I’m not alone! ;) I’m super excited to share a technique with you today, along with some very exciting info!

Next month in June the Skipping Stones Design team and many guests will be doing a special “Blogs 4 Boobies” blog hop where 100% of the proceeds of auctioned cards along with 10% of stamp sales in May and June will be donated to the Susan G Komen foundation. It is a very near and dear goal to Heather, the SSD owner, to raise $2,000 to be donated to the Susan G Komen foundation.

Watch for more details on “B4B” soon! Heather is currently running a special (info below) so you can participate right away.

To start things off today and gear up for B4B, I pulled out Cancer Schmancer. Whether encouraging a friend through a cancer diagnosis or other difficult chapters in life, this set features beautiful and simple images and sentiments.

CancerSchmancer Close Up

For the technique portion of my cards, I colored the stamps with my Zig watercolor markers, spritzed the colored images with water, and then stamped directly onto watercolor paper. You could also do a variation where you color, stamp and then blend with an aqua brush, but I found for these images I didn’t have as much control and they bled too much, but for larger images it would work great.

Hope Happens

The sentiments were lined up with my MISTI and stamped, and then once dry mounted to a Basic Gray card base.


For the “Miracles” and “You” card, I stamped the sentiments in Smoky Slate, and then stamped the cursive sentiments with SU! water-based ink. I then took my aqua brush and gently added water to the stamped sentiment to add to the watercolor feel.

Believe in You

I hope this leaves you feeling inspired and ready to make some cards this weekend!

Here is the info the the B4B sale!


The team is sharing more tips and techniques using Skipping Stones Design stamps so be sure to visit all the blogs (hop order below) so you can see all the inspiration and new ideas!

SSD Blog 

Martha Lucia






Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Happy Mother’s Day!

I’m up on the Skipping Stones Design Blog today with a card in anticipation of Mother’s Day!

Pop on over and check out all the details, and while you’re there play along with our latest monthly challenge.

Happy Mother's Day

Friday, April 29, 2016

Skipping Stones Design April Challenge

I can’t believe it’s the end of April already! I mean, seriously!

Today is a new monthly challenge at Skipping Stones Design and we’re using a sketch!

Yesterday is for Remembering

I (of course) didn’t stick totally to the sketch pictured below, but used it as inspiration when creating my card  and loosely kept with the sketch.

To start, I masked off three circles and used an ink blending tool to color the three circles with Cantaloupe Crisp, Coastal Cabana and Perfect Plum. Next, I pulled out Breathtaking Butterflies and stamped the top with the smaller butterfly image in Calypso Coral, followed by Lost Lagoon and Blackberry Bliss.

Yesterday Close Up

The sentiment was stamped in Smoky Slate and I added a sequin to each circle for texture.

Make to visit the Skipping Stones Design Blog to see what the other designers came up with, and then participate in the challenge!


Saturday, April 9, 2016

SSD April Tip & Technique Hop!

It’s time for a new Blog Hop at Skipping Stones Design full of tips and techniques!

Make sure to visit to rest of the team to see their blogs and what they came up with!

Butterfly Life

For my card today, I pulled out my MISTI, a tool that has quickly become a huge resource to me! This may  not be a fully “named” technique, but I love that while I have stamps already on my MISTI I can play with the ink colors when inking up a stamp.


After getting the placement of butterflies from Breathtaking Butterflies where I wanted them around the sentiment, I inked up the butterflies, coordinating between three colors. I was able to apply the ink directly to the stamp in a variation of colors creating a unique look.


I used Hello Honey, Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe to ink up the stamps and then repeated the same process to fill in the blank areas after my first pass of stamps.

Butterfly Life Close Up

I then mounted the stamped panel onto a Smoky Slate card base and added a few sequins to accent the images. My tip for you today, is to place your sentiment first, and then frame the sentiment with  images. It will showcase your sentiment even more!

Don’t forget to visit the rest of the Design Team and see what they have to inspire you!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Skipping Stones March Challenge!

It’s a new month and time for a new challenge!

Our challenges now go for a full month! So you have plenty of time to play along, and we can’t wait to see what you do with this new challenge. Check out the details at the Skipping Stones Design Blog!

This month we’re doing a color challenge, and using the photo below as inspiration for our colors. So fitting for this time of year as we jump into Spring with all it’s flowers and green!

All Your Wishes

To bring these colors together I used Dandelion Dreams! I heat embossed the dandelion image in clear embossing powder, and sponged Pistachio Pudding over top. The wishes sentiment was stamped in Soft Sky ink onto the same cardstock, and the Happy Birthday was stamped in Smoky Slate.

All Your Wishes Close Up

The white panel was adhered to a Smoky Slate card base, and the sentiment strip with a silver sparkle strip was added to the front with staples.

March Color Challenge

Hope you’ll join us for the challenge this month!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Happy Friday!

What could be better than Friday and the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop?!

Well, I’ll tell you! Having the opportunity to win the Skipping Stones Design coffee set – aptly named Funny Coffee! I’m sharing a card used with those stamps today and hope you’ll be inspired!

Coffee Lovers Hop

There are also loads of other sponsors so be sure to visit all the blogs along the hop for a chance to win some amazing prizes!


Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

I love this coffee set but was having serious crafters block while making my card for this hop! Everything was too brown and blah so I took my inspiration from the Spring Coffee Lovers graphic shown above to pull green, brown and coral into my card for a fun Spring look! (Clearly the point of the graphic, ha).

I stamped the lines from an SSD set called Blocks and Borders Swirls that I just realized is now retired (sorry!) and then used a mask to sponge the circles onto the background.

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Close Up

The sentiment from Funny Coffee was stamped above the sequin trim and coral bakers twine. I stamped the coffee to-go cup, cut it out and stamped the coffee sleeve onto kraft cardstock. After the sleeve was cut and crimped I affixed it to the cup and added some sequins for a fun touch.

I hope you’re feeling inspired and in the mood for coffee and Spring! Stop by the Skipping Stones Design Blog to get linked up with the hop order and check out all the amazing blogs and sponsors!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Cupcake Cutie Birthday!

I’m sharing a card on the Skipping Stones Design Blog today made with one of my favorite sets, Cupcake Cutie!

It’s an over-the-top girly card, sneak peek below!

Happy Birthday Cupcake Closeup

Come check out the details of this card and the full view at the Skipping Stones Design Blog. See you there!