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Fishing You a Happy Birthday

Hello crafty friends!! Please join me for a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  This week the challenge is

Summertime Blues

We are showcasing My Favorite Things Products this week.  If you have any of these products, we’d love to see them used, but it’s certainly not a requirement to join the challenge. 

As always, the generous folks at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $25 voucher to one randomly selected winner to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store.  You can enter 5 times which means you can make 5 different projects following this week’s prompt and have 5 chances to win a shopping spree!! Sounds like a win/win to me!! I’ve linked all of the supplies that I used at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

  I definitely have the summertime blues. My son goes back to school next Wednesday and it feels like summer just started!! When I was in school, we didn’t go back until after Labor Day and I liked it that way. I know they get more week long breaks during the year so it does balance out, but it sure feels like I blinked and summer was over. Anyway, let’s get to it. I created the background first for this card because I wasn’t quite sure if I was going to like it or not and I knew it was going to have to be set aside to dry. I used several alcohol inks in blues and greens and aquas on Yupo paper. I’ve listed them all below in my products used list.

I set my background aside to dry and then I started coloring all of these adorable images from MFT’s Reel-y Great Day stamp set with my copic markers. I stamped them on X-Press It Copic Blending Card with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

I used Neenah Desert Storm 110 lb. card stock for the background and then I cut my alcohol inked background with an old Avery Elle die which is no longer available but a very close second is the border dies from Lawn Fawn’s Simple Stitched Hillside Borders die. I glued the yupo paper to the top of my desert storm card stock using my favorite Bearly Art Craft Glue.

I took a couple different brown copic markers and I peppered the desert storm card stock to try and make it resemble sand or gravel. Then I decide to take a little white gouache and a makeup sponge and try and make the waters edge look foamy. Like you’d see at the ocean’s edge. I like the way it turned out, I only wish I would’ve added another layer once it was dry. Next time. I popped a couple of my colored images up with adhesive squares (large and small) and then I started gluing everything in place.

For my sentiment I took another piece of desert storm card stock and I white heat embossed it. I cut it out using an old MFT fishtail banner die. I attached my card panel onto a top folding card base.

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Happy Birthday Using Alcohol Inks

Hi guys!! I hope everyone had a great Easter. I know I sure did.  We had a great sermon at church and then an awesome turnout at my church’s Easter dinner that my Mom coordinates each year.  It’s so cool to see so many people come together to help serve our community a delicious dinner.  There’s folks from all walks of life there.  It’s basically for anyone who wants a delicious, home cooked meal.  For those that are homebound, we have people that even deliver!!  It’s a really great experience.

Anyway, on to my card.  I’m here to share a Birthday card with you for this week’s theme at Always Fun Challenges.  This was my first experiment with alcohol inks.  It was interesting, that’s for sure.  I actually ended up using a background that my kid made.  It seems like I overworked the ones that I did.  His outcome was what I was hoping to achieve.  Maybe next time…

If you’d like to see the Easter card that I created last week, click here.


This card was just way too easy.  All I did was cut the Big Birthday die from MFT out of my background and voila!  It doesn’t get much easier than that!!


I just love the colors of this background!!  I have another card to share with you guys on Wednesday which will be my very first project for Drive By Crafts as a design team member so stay tuned for that one.

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