Friday, July 29, 2016

July Summer Challenge

It’s a new challenge on the Skipping Stones Design Blog and it’s all about SUMMER!

Today is a little bittersweet as it’s my last post with the Skipping Stones Design team. The past six months have been a blast as I’ve had a chance to play with some newly released sets, and participate in some awesome Blog Hops and challenges with the team but I hope you’ll still visit the SSD blog for more inspiration, challenge and fun as I know the other DT members have plenty to share!

My card for today uses one of the newly released sets I'd Pick You. These images are perfect for water coloring so you know I had to pull out my Zig Clean Color Markers! Summer makes me think of blue skies, flowers and bright colors so I incorporated all those elements into my card for the challenge.

I'd Pick You

I started off by stamping the large flower cluster in Versamark ink on the bottom corner of a sheet of water color paper. The image was heat embossed with black embossing powder, and then colored in with my Zig markers and a water brush. I also colored a bit of a background to mimic a blue sky, and stamped the sentiment in Momento black.

I'd Pick You Closeup

The colored image panel was adhered to a Tempting Turquoise card base and raised with dimensionals.

Make sure you visit the SSD Blog to see what the rest of the team came up with, and participate in the challenge!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Spread Kindness

I’m over on the Skipping Stones Design Blog sharing a card featuring the new Let it Be stamp set!

Pop over to get more details and the full card!

Spread Kindness Closeup

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Skipping Stones Design Blog Hop!

After taking a break last month during Blogs 4 Boobies, the team is back showcasing all new sets and we have two new DT members!

Make sure to visit the Skipping Stones Design Blog to see the new sets and which team members are highlighting the all new stamp sets.

For the hop, I’m working with Imagine, a beautifully detailed and doodled stamp set.


I used the two bird images to create a background and colored the birds in with Zig watercolor markers. I started by stamping the birds in Versamark into watercolor cardstock, heat embossed with black embossing powder, and then colored each bird in.

Imagine Close Up

To create some consistency I colored the bodies a light blue to let the detailed doodles shine through with the bold coloring.

After the main image panel was dry I mounted it to a Blackberry Bliss card base. The three sentiments are also from Imagine, and I lined them up in my MISTI and heat embossed them in gold on vellum. The sentiment panel was centered on the card, and a few mini dot accents were added to the card front.

Are you ready to check out what the other DT members created?! There is plenty more inspiration, so stop by the blog and hop away!

Blog Hop Order with Links

SSD Blog 

Tanja Kabel 

Corneila Wenokor 

Jessie Rone 

Kandi Phillips (You are here!) 

Ilina Crouse 

Martha Lucia Gomez Hernandez

Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Coffee a Day…

Hi everyone!

I have a card up on the Skipping Stones Design Blog today with a peek at one of the newly released sets, Coffee Vol 2!


See you there for more info and details!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Blogs for Boobies!

I am so, so excited you’re visiting today! Whether you came from the Skipping Stones Design Blog or visited another way, I have one of the best surprises in store for you!

Welcome to Day 7 of Blogs 4 Boobies!

Skipping Stones Design has organized a silent auction to raise money for Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research.

Over 60 talented designers have created cards to be auctioned off to the highest bidder and will be showcased for 7 fantastic days.  All proceeds from this auction will be donated to the Komen Foundation.




Before I share the details for my cards and auction instructions, I wanted to share WHY I’m passionate about this cause.

My cousin Mel was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. She was also 11 weeks pregnant with her third child. With humor, wit and grace Mel kept us updated on her journey through her appropriately named FaceBook page I Got Breast Cancer Ain't Nobody Got Time For That

Mel underwent double mastectomy surgery and chemo prior to Fletcher’s arrival via c-section. She’s not out of the woods yet unfortunately, after learning her cancer came back in December, but I’m hopeful that she and many others will beat this.

1460091_235399116624369_87297585_nLove you Mel!


There are three ways that you can help, and join in on the fun(draising)!

First, you can help by bidding in the silent auction! All the details are below for bidding and winning.

For the silent auction, I have 16 cards up for bid! These are all cards I’ve made this past year while on the SSD DT, and the highest bidder will have all 16 cards wrapped up and sent to them!

B4B Card Set 1

There are a variety of thank you, birthday, encouragement and blank cards in this collection!

B4B Card Set 2

Bid details

Leave a comment on this post with your bid amount. We recommend a starting bid of $5 or more. Your bid not only includes the card or project but shipping to your home as well. Please note IF you want to bid, and live outside the U.S. we would request that you pay the difference of shipping charges between where you live and what it would cost to ship within the US.

If you are the highest bidder 7 days after the first post date 8:00 p.m. mountain time (June 14th) then you WIN the card/project that you bid on. Be sure to check back throughout the week if you’ve been outbid!

The winning bidder will receive a Paypal invoice from Skipping Stones Designs aka Heather Engebretson and she will collect the money, all of which will be donated on July 1, 2016 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Once the winning bidder pays via PayPal  and I receive notice from Skipping Stones Design, I will ship your card set  to you.


1. You can help by Shopping!
For every stamp set that you purchase during June 1st through the 14th SSD will donate $2 to the Komen Foundation. Stamping and shopping that you can feel good about! Skipping Stones Design is celebrating “blogs 4 boobies” with the release of two new stamp sets!!! Click here to check out SSD stamps
2. You can help by telling your Friends~
Help us spread the word about “blogs 4 boobies” the more people that know, the more money we can raise!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Skipping Stones May Challenge!

It’s time for another challenge with Skipping Stones Design!
This month we’re playing with embellishments! Use at least four embellishments on your card or project, and link up at the SSD Blog so we can see what you created.
Thanks for your support
I pulled out Bras #1 and Bras #2 and stamped in Momento ink on Whisper White cardstock. I colored the bras in with my Zig clean color markers. For my embellishments, I used two colored brads, a gemstone on the pink bow, and a small flower button. The stamped panel was adhered to a Basic Black card base.
Don’t forget,  you can join this challenge for a full month!
Visit the Skipping Stones Blog to see what the other designers created!

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