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






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!