Watercolor Easter Eggs

Hi y'all,
I was a lucky girl and just wrapped up spring break.  There's something about stretches of unscheduled time that let's creativity blossom.  My creativity blossomed into watercolor eggs.
watercolor eggs
I chose to go with an artistic look and didn't even attempt realism.  They are surprisingly easy to do.  Here is a video tutorial to show you how.

I think I like them best just left on water color paper, but they did look adorable cut out on a card.

I also just used watercolors, too with very nice results.

You've got this.  Give it a try!



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Materials:  All materials are either from my own shop Pink Bunkadoo or are an affiliate link from Amazon where I get most of my supplies because I live in the sticks.

For the eggs:

For the watercolor panel:

Fruits of the Spirit Stamp set from Pink Bunkadoo

For the card

Cricut Explore 2 air for frame, grass, and personally designed sentiment

Stamp of the Week: Petite Mason Jar

Hi Y'all,
I wanted to shine a little love on my Petite Mason Jar.  It is designed to fit and a card front and still have room to hold some tall flowers.  I've discovered that it is quite happy holding a lot of other things too.   See pictures below.
My Petite Mason Jar Holding it Together

I made this distress background card.  Watch the video below to find out more:

It's my first attempt at a real video and I want you to know that I use a fancy set up which includes a bag of pinto beans as a counter balance.  Judge gently.

Here are a few other cards in which I have used my Petite Mason Jar:

Thanks for dropping by!



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Materials:  All materials either come from my own shop Pink Bunkadoo or are Amazon Affiliate links where I buy most of my crafting supplies.

Mixed Media Motherboards Make Future Projects Easy!

Hi y'all,

There are days when we are pressed for time and others when we our schedules are less trying.  On those rare days, when I find an hour or so of time in my craft room I like to make a motherboard.  Not the computer kind.  Definitely not.

A motherboard is a large piece of cardstock, watercolor paper or some other heavy weight paper that is created for card backgrounds or die cutting.
Detail from Motherboard

Detail from Motherboard

Painting gesso all over seals my paper and helps other products move and blend more easily.  I covered my mixed media paper with it.   Then I grabbed turquoise paint and yellow paint, squirted it on my paper and spread it with my brayer.
painting with a brayer
I used one stencil to add texture with embossing paste and another stencil with heavy gesso.
I doodled on the paper with white pan pastel and my favorite Sharpie ball point pen.  That pen writes over everything!  Using my smallest Doodle Blossoms Flowers I stamped all over the paper.
Doodle Blossoms

Now it's ready for any and everything.  On those busy, busy days when I need to make a card I'm halfway there.
quick card!

Try using your favorite colors and make a motherboard.  It's fun and stress free, and saves you time.


Here's another example of a motherboard here.

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Materials:  all materials come from my Etsy shop Pink Bunkadoo or are Amazon affiliate links where I buy most of my supplies.

Groovy Pink and Orange

Hey y'all,

Last week I shared a Paper Artsy Challenge about pink and orange.  You can check it out here.  I had never really used pink and orange together and once I started playing with it, I found I couldn't stop!  You can tell by this journal page.  It was inspired by some tags by Tracy that I saw on the Paper Artsy Blog.

Groovy, Baby!
Here's how I did it:  I gessoed my page and than using Dylusions sprays, I sprayed my page all over twisting and turning until I got the coverage that I wanted. I even sprayed water to move the ink.   When it dried, I scraped texture paste through my favorite flower stencil--Flower Frenzy by Crafters Workshop.  I like to let texture paste dry over night.
texture detail

I found an image I liked of a hippie from Graphic Stock, but I needed her to be made of sturdier stuff.  I used my Cricut Aire to cut out a flower from brown paper stock. I stuck that on my journal with gel medium.  Using the hippie image, I cut out the head shape from card stock and colored it with my Copic markers. This woman is a nod to my mom back in the day.  I cut some sunglasses from a scrap of white cardstock, penned in her nose and eyebrows, and colored in a mouth.

With a pencil, I wrote my sentiment.  I colored it in with a white paint pen and then traced around it.

I definitely giggled when I was done.  I highly recommend you check out the challenge and join in the fun!

Peace out,

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All materials either come from my Etsy shop or are affiliate links from Amazon where I buy most of my supplies

Pink and Orange Pops!

Hey y'all,

Paper Artsy is having a challenge.  Actually they have one every two weeks or a fortnight as they say.  To check out this challenge and this company click here.  As you may have guessed, Paper Artsy is a British company that just happens to make the adorable and whimsical stamps.  I live in a small town and can't find Paper Artsy here or in my neighboring big city.  Maybe a trip to England?

Back to the challenge: the first challenge of 2017 is pink and orange.  Two colors that I don't think I've ever used together.  But once I started looking around it was everywhere! Here are my two favorite examples:

A card from a friend
some tissue paper from a gift

My inspiration for my first project came from Tillie Tulip.  I loved how saturated everything was.   Click here to find it.

 I decided  to make a card and fill the background with pink and orange.  I plucked a piece of card stock from my scrap box.  Using my ink blending tools,  I swirled Distress Ink Carved Pumpkin and Picked Raspberry in different areas of my card being careful not to let them touch.  I dried it and then tried again.  After I dried it a second time, I flicked water on the background to do a little color lifting.

Then I got my Paper Smooches Pip Squeak Stamp Set and used the little stamps all over the background.  The bib wouldn't stamp nicely so I put it in time out.  I got this stamp set in an amazing deal that you can read about here.  I put three of the little stamps on one side of my acrylic block and three on the other.  I pressed the stamps in some Memento Tuxedo Black ink, pressed down on my background, flipped my block and repeated until the background was done.  If I used more than three stamps on my block, I didn't get a good impression.

card detail
I did a little color lifting where I used a wet brush to paint water on the images and then blotted it up with a paper towel to lighten the color.  I added white gel pen for extra highlights.  Then in the  pink spaces I used the gel pen to add little dots.  For contrast I used a black ballpoint Sharpie pen to add dots in the orange area.

So fun to make
For the sentiment I punched a 2" in. circle from vellum paper.  I stamped the sentiment from the set in Versa Mark ink and then used Ranger platinum embossing powder.  I also embossed the edges of the circle.  A few gems in pink and orange wrapped up this card.

I have so many baby showers coming up that I know I need to make more baby cards.  This one was so fun to make,  I'll have to make more.

Consider trying some pink and orange.  It'll brighten up your winter.



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Materials:  all materials either come from my little shop on Etsy or are affiliate links from Amazon where I buy most of my crafty supplies.

Cool Craft Kit

Hey y'all,

Last week or so I made this slide show of a mixed media kit.  You can find it here.  Inspiration Emporium is closing the retail side of their store and packing their stock into kits for $39.99.  The amount of crafty goodness you get for that price is amazing.  You can find the store at www.inspirationemporium.com.

 Because the mixed media kit was so Wow!, I wasn't surprised Cute/Sweet/Simple Kit was just amzing.  I think there was even more in that box.  Here is what I got:

Supplies are super limited.  I think this is my last Public Service Announcement for awhile.  It's back to creating for me.

Just sharing,


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Fusion Challenge

Hi y'all,
I have a quickie post about a design challenge you might be interested in.  I learned about it from Jennifer McGuire.  If you haven't heard about her, your should really check her out here.  She is the best parts of technician and mad scientist combined.  She is constantly exploring and sharing her discoveries.

Fusion  wants the sketch or the photo to inspire you.  You can find out more about the challenge here.

I decided to use the sketch.  For the round circle I chose the aster from my Doodle Blossom Stamp Set--you know how I love that set!  I colored the flowers with Derwent Intense Pencils blending the red, orange, and yellow with a tiny bit of water.  I traced around it with a Copic black multiliner.  Fussy cutting popped the flower from the paper. For the center of the blossom,  I added some Mahogany Stickles, and pushed the glitter glue around the the tip of the bottle until they were just were I wanted them.  
I love coloring these

Making everyone get along
I grabbed some card stock and cut it into a 4 1/4 x 11 inch piece which when folded makes 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card.  ( I know, I know, my math skills are epic).  Using the same aster stamp I inked it up with Distress Carved Pumpkin and Mustard seed.  The aster makes an outline impression which is perfect for coloring, but I wanted just the outline for extra interest.  I found some matching scrapbook paper from my giant drawer of paper, and my little flower looked great on it. But the paper I stamped the flowers on was white, and the scrapbook  paper was tan.  I blended on some Distress Brushed Corduroy and it was just right.  

I centered my card on some white card stock.  I heat embossed my sentiment with Distress Platinum on some brown card stock and put it  down on the bottom.  I popped my flower next to it.  I had some orange gems from some epic clearance sale I found.  My card was done.  

I really enjoyed this challenge.  I don't believe I've created a card quite like this before and it was fun.  I learned a lot from it.  I want to thanks Fusion Card Challenge for all of the fun.  You are invited to play, too.


P.S.  Not as quick as I thought.

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