I’ve got a quick card I made the other day and then some answers to the comments left on the prize post earlier this week. Also, I will be giving another mailbox away in the next few days – so watch for that!

First up – a card! I saw a tip on Nichole Heady’s blog about using your aquapainter or waterbrush to make the dye inks “run” or “bleed” a little bit. It makes it look a little more watercolored looking. So I tried it out here – I liked it better on Nichole’s card (I guess that means I need her new stamp set, right? ) but here’s my attempt!


supplies: garden silhouettes SU stamp set; rose red, always artichoke, white and basic black cardstock; american crafts rose ribbon; heidi swapp distressor; dimensionals; niji waterbrush; always artichoke and rose red markers; a muse sentiment and palette noir ink.

Ok – I thought I would address a few of the things people asked for tutorial-wise. Just so you don’t think I’m ignoring you!

1. Copic Markers – Many of you asked me about a tutorial on using these. I don’t currently own any of the Copic markers and have been debating the purchase of some. Honestly – they are just so darned expensive I haven’t had the $$ to buy those yet. We’ll see if they are in the budget in the future – but that’s why I haven’t said anything about them – I don’t own them!

2. Blocks – I do have a bit of a tutorial on the blocks, you can find it <here>. Would you like a more detailed tutorial on these? I am open to doing that if this isn’t enough explanation for you. Let me know!

3. Blog/Website help – I’m sorry – I am technologically impaired. My site is only this nice because my sister made it for me. I do not know much about setting these up. I can load a new banner/header only because she wrote out explicit instructions for me to follow! Sorry!

4. Other coloring aids – I really mostly use the reinkers and niji waterbrush. Yes, I greatly prefer the niji over the SU aquapainter. And I used to be a HUGE fan of the aquapainter. I do not own prismacolor pencils, copic markers, watercolor pencils or the watercolor crayons. Sorry! I also do not own the alcohol inks either.

5. Cake Decorating – No way. Sorry. Ain’t gonna happen! Much as I like you all….it’s just not going to happen. I probably only love my boys enough to do that again!

6. Bedroom Decorations for kids – I am so laughing about this one! My boys seriously have posters taped to the wall with scotch tape. No joke. Honestly – those PEACE blocks are the first thing I have made for my own house. I just never get around to making my own stuff!

7. Patterned Paper on cards – Honestly this was really hard for me at first! But I just started making myself do it. If I had a stamping day where I was making several cards – I made myself use patterned paper on at least one. I think a lot of the early ones pretty much sucked – but it got easier and easier to incorporate it! Now I almost have to use it – so I say just practice, practice, practice! Find a layout using patterned paper that you like – then copy it. As for matching paper to images – I don’t worry so much about that – so if it looks like mine do, it’s usually an accident! I mostly pull colors from the paper and use those inks.

8. Nestibilities – another thing I don’t own yet – sorry!

Also, a few of the things mentioned are already available on the Tutorials page. There are a few digital ones there as well. Please check the list out and see if something you wanted to make is already there!

A few that were mentioned several times were watercoloring, using the Bind-It-All, using a template for digiscrapping, making a watermark and how I sand the edges of things. I can definitely work on something showing those things! No promises as to when, but I’ll keep these in mind!

Ok, that’s all for today! I am a total klutz and ran in to the open microwave door last night (warming up corn bread for Andy) and I’m feeling a little out of it! I knocked my head right above my temple – OUCH! I apologize if this post is not quite ‘right’ sounding!