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

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!

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 





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!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Sweet Suprise Birthday

I’m thrilled to join the Skipping Stones DT today for our monthly Stamp and Share Challenge! Make sure to visit the SSD Blog to see what the rest of the team created and share your cards at the link up.

We’re doing an “Anything Goes” challenge so anything you create is welcome and we’d love to see your cards and projects! 

For my card today I pulled out the Birthday Donuts stamp set. I have been obsessed with my new Zig watercolor markers so of course I had to use them to color this sweet birthday card.

Donut birthday

I started off by stamping the donut in black Momento Ink onto watercolor paper, and colored in the donut and sprinkles along with adding gray shadow underneath with the watercolor markers. The sentiment was stamped in Coastal Cabana ink and the watercolor paper was mounted onto a Coastal Cabana cardstock base.

Donut Birthday Closeup

I added Dazzling Details (like Stickles) to the top of the donut for added texture, shine and fun. Glittery donuts are the best - right?! ;) I topped off the card with Coastal Cabana twine for a sweet and simple card.

Come join us for fun and show us your “Anything Goes” cards on the SSD Blog!