Friday, March 23, 2012


Welcome to my blog! I hope you will find inspiration here and maybe even some useful tips. I enjoy making cards, sketching, painting, and in general, being creative. I recently started using Copic markers and love, love, love them! I'm signed up to take the official standard certification class in a month or so - I'll let you know how it goes! I use a variety of tools, some of my favorites (besides the Copic markers) include Prismacolor pencils and markers, Staedtler watercolor pencils, Brevillier's Creatacolor series (pencils, aqua crayons, watercolor pencils), Spica glitter pens, Copic Multiliner SP pens, Sizzix, Silhouette, Cricut, Bazzill card stock, K&Co paper and card stock, Canson papers, Strathmore papers, Martha Stewart punches, Magnolia stamps, Winsor & Newton products (esp. Iridescent Medium and Sansodor), Mod Podge, and just about anything Ranger/Tim Holtz. Whew! And those are just off the top of my head! (Insert smirk here.)

To start things off, here is a card I made last summer. The image is from Bugaboo Stamps. It was one of my first attempts at shading with Prismacolor markers and the blender. I was looking for an image with a flower and didn't even realize until it was done that she is sitting upon a shamrock (thanks to my sister for pointing it out). Oh well, better luck next time.

The flowers were cut with my Cricut. I hand painted the yellow/orange/red ones with Distress Reinkers (Tim Holtz): Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, and Barn Door. I topped them with a coat of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. The blue flower was painted with Weathered Wood crackle paint and tipped using Ranger's Adirondack Acrylic Snow Cap Dauber. I hope to post a tutorial on making flowers in detail at some point. The decorative borders were done with Martha Stewart punches. The textured papers are Bazzill.

Thank you for joining me on my first day!


  1. Nice blog. I am sure you will be asked to be a designer for some company soon! You better get me a job too! LOL
    Sis XO

  2. Hey Mary!

    I am quite excited to get to see your creations through your blog! To get to read about your crafty skills and see the beautiful colors. I subscribed via your RSS feed so that I never miss a post!


  3. Hi there, Just finished my tour of your blog and really enjoyed my visit. Love Magnolias--love the background--have never seen that before, will have to give it a try--thanks much for details on that technique. Until my next visit.

  4. Thanks Laurie! I love Magnolias too! I'm thinking of hosting a swap on Splitcoaststampers. I have to figure it out first - there seems to be a lot of rules! Though I applied to join the swap forum at least.
    Happy card making!


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