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






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!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

SSD March Tip & Technique Hop!

Happy Saturday and welcome to the Skipping Stones Design March blog hop! We’re sharing tips and techniques featuring SSD stamp sets, so be sure to hop through all the blogs and check out all the inspiration!

Thank You Butterfly

Although I’m using a technique that’s not super new, it’s one that I have been loving on lately! 

I first embossed the butterflies from Heartsong with white embossing powder onto watercolor cardstock. I then used my Zig watercolor markers to scribble on an acetate sheet, spritzed with water and then smooshed the panel onto the cardstock. I love seeing the colors blend together when you do this!

The sentiment from Everyday Blessings was stamped in Smoky Slate gray ink, between the butterflies.

Thank You Butterfly Closeup

My tip for you today is to case you own cards! Sometimes when I’m gathering inspiration, I look back at my old cards and like to reinvent them using a new technique or different stamps and colors.

My card today was inspired by this past card:

Monarch Thank You

My variations included the new watercolor technique, but if you look you can see the similarities in embossed butterflies, three butterflies in a row, and the gray color. I also added the sentiment to the card front, but used a different placement on my current card as it balanced better between the butterflies.

I hope you’re feeling inspired to try a new technique, or revisit some of your cards for a fresh and fun look!

Check out the hop order below!

SSD Blog

Kandi (you’re here!)



Martha Lucia 





Friday, February 26, 2016

Always Here Trio Card Set

It’s another challenge at Skipping Stones Design!

Our newest Stamp and Share challenge is a sketch so check out the SSD Blog for more details and to link up your card or project!

Always Here Trio WM
When you see the sketch you’ll see I didn’t stick exactly to it, but you can see the inspiration and how I used the sketch to create this card trio.
All images and sentiment stamps are from Always Here, one of my Top 10 SSD sets! I love the fonts in the sentiments and the gorgeous filigree filled images.
I started off by using Distress Specialty Stamping Paper and Distress inks with my blending tools. I used a circle shape to mask the card front and blended the distress inks (Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers) onto the white background. I then stamped the images with Versamark and embossed them with gold embossing powder.

Always Here Butterfly

Always Here Closeup
Beautiful Birthday Butterfly

Beautiful Birthday Butterfly Closeup

Thinking of You Dragonfly

Thinking of you dragonfly Closeup
I stamped each of the images in black Memento ink and mounted the front panels to black card bases.

I can’t wait to see your take on this sketch! Head over to the SSD Blog to see what the rest of the team created and share your project with us!



Thursday, February 18, 2016

Margarita Monday!

Hey friends! I have a post up over on the Skipping Stones Design blog today featuring the Margarita Birthday set just in time for National Margarita Day on Monday, 2/22.

Check it out, here’s a sneak peek!

Margarita Birthday3

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

You Make Life Sweet

I mentioned the other day that I was loving on red and pink in my craft studio this weekend, and today’s card is another that highlights these sweet colors! This was the Valentine’s card I gave to my daughter, but the sentiment and theme could work year round for your recipient.

My sister Laci got me the MFT Stay Cool stamp set and Cool Cup dies for Christmas, and this weekend was the first time I’ve used them. So in love, such a cute set and dies! (Thanks Lace!)

My 16 year old daughter LOVES the Cotton Candy frap from Starbucks (so much that her boyfriend surprised her with one as part of her Valentine’s present!), and this was clearly the perfect card for her. ;)


Using the MFT color challenge of pink, red, blue and gray, I came up with this simple and sweet design. I also combined the Mod Squad hearts challenge with the Friday Mashup Valentine’s challenge.


I started out with a Blushing Bride card base and added the hearts with a stencil, Blushing Bride ink and a blending tool. The sentiment strip is Pool Party cardstock, with Pool Party ink for the sentiment as well. The cup was die cut in Whisper White cardstock, sentiment stamped in Pool Party and a mini heart punch from Real Red cardstock to add to the Sweet box. The topper is a whipped cream dollop also cut from Whisper White, and the lid from vellum. The straw is cut from Smoky Slate card stock and tucked behind the cup and lid.

This set is so fun, can’t wait to use it again!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sweet Cupcakes!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Taking a queue from a few challenges I whipped up this Sweet card today.

Sweet Cupcake

My very first stamp set from Skipping Stones Design was the Cupcake Cutie stamp set and I love any reason to pull it back out! The cupcake was the starting point for this card using the inspiration photo from Cupcake Inspirations and the  one layer challenge at Simon Says Stamp.  I also added a few sequins for the AAA Cards sequin challenge.

Sweet Cupcake Closeup

The frosting and sentiment were embossed with gold embossing powder, and I used a heart stencil from Stampin’ Up! for the background. I used the same sponge dauber for the background to add a little pink to the frosting.

I really loved on the pink and red while crafting this weekend, stop by later this week for more pink cards!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

SSD February Tip & Technique Hop!

Welcome to the Skipping Stones Design February Tip & Technique Blog Hop! Make sure to visit the other designers along the hop for all the great techniques and tips to be shared.

I have been obsessed with embossing, watercoloring and sequins lately (see here, here, here and here), so told myself I had to find another coloring medium to incorporate for the hop this month. Challenge accepted.

I remembered a long ago technique using Versamark and chalks, where you stamp your image in Versamark and then use a cotton swab (Q-tip) to pick up the chalk and color in the wet ink.

Purple Chalk Flowers

I used the Beautiful Botanicals set to play with this technique and love the soft look, and the unique way to color a solid image without inks or markers!

Purple Chalk Flowers Close Up

I had so much fun making this card, that I had to use this technique with the larger flower image.

Red Chalk Flowers

For this card, I also chalked the background after coloring in the flowers, I love the blue sky with fields of flowers!

Red Chalk Close up

One tip for you as well, I sometimes leave the card front (and inside) without a sentiment. This leaves the card open for anything like a quick birthday, thinking of you or thank you card!

What stamp sets would you use trying this technique?


Make sure to visit the rest of the team!

Skipping Stones Designs Blog





Martha Lucia



Kandi (you are here!)