Big Art Quest

I have begun the Big Art Quest with Cinnamon Cooney at This is for absolute beginners in acrylics. It is a year long quest. I’m enjoying learning and creating. She has live tutorials on YouTube. The atmosphere is energetic and positive. I’ll be posting projects I complete throughout this learning journey!


Hope Swing (my version)

I followed along with a YouTube painting tutorial by Cinnamon Cooney aka the Art Sherpa. Hope Song is the name of her painting.

 I had some issues with the paints, but I think it is because they are not good quality. I had to go over the silhouette 5 times to cover the under painting. But all in all I feel it come out good.

Thank you for stopping by, until next time..create happy!

Coastal Wine

I used a photo posted by Ruth at This is a still-life study in acrylic paints. 

This is only my second acrylic painting ever. I’m still a greenhorn at painting in any media. I’m hoping I get better as time goes along. Constructive criticism will be appreciated!

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time, create happy!

Wednesday Challenge

I created this card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week. The blue and yellow colors in the photos were my inspirations.

I started with a Tim Holtz Watorcolor Cardstock panel. I stamped the flowers and leaves from the Simon Says Stamp “Look for the Miracles” stamp set with Versamark ink and embossed with white embossing powder and used a heat gun to melt it down. 

Using Hampton Art inks, I colored the leaves green and the flower mostly yellow with a little orange to add interest. Then, using blues and a touch of pink I filled in the rest of the panel to suggest the sky colors in the photos. Next, I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set and embossed it with black embossing. Finally, I used some sequins from a previous card kit And placed a yellow sprinkle from the card kit in the center of the flower to add a little interest.

I was going to place this straight on the white card base, but I had laid the panel on yellow cardstock and loved how it looked so I cut a panel slightly larger out of the yellow and placed the original on top. Finally, I adhered everything down on the card base with double sided tape.

That is it for this card. Thanks for looking! Until next next time, Enjoy creating!

Red, white and blue 

I painted this in for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

I used Winsor-Newton Gouache. I made a big mistake on the bottom so I just covered it in black and wrote “God Bless the U.S.A.” You’re supposed to see the flag through most of the eagle. I’m not sure if I managed it, but I enjoyed the challenge. 

Thanks for stopping by and looking!

Sunny Days!

I made this card with the Simon Says Stamp May 2016 Card Kit. I cut the patterned paper to about 3.25″ by 5.5″. Then. I used some white cardstock and cut a piece about 2.25″ by 5.5″. 

On a piece of scrap white cardstock, I stamped the sun and flower from the stamp set in the kit using Stayz On black ink. I colored them with Prismacolor colored pencils. I then cut the sun flower and leaf out with scissors.

I used double-sided tape to place the patterned paper on the card base. I did the same with the white cardstock. I decided I wanted to color the white cardstock to represent the sky. So I used scrap pieces of paper to protect the patterned paper and used a light blue dye ink and a dauber. 

I placed the sun using foam squares. For the flower I just used a black fine tip marker to draw the stem. I wanted to add a little demension to the flower so I folded up the flower petals. I then adhered the flower and leaf with glossy accents. 

I realized I forgot to stamp the sentiment so I went ahead and stamped it and the speech bubble right on the card. Finally I added glossy accents on the sentiment, flower petals, leaf, and sun rays to finish off this card. 

I hope like this fun and easy card. Thanks for stopping by!

Simply simple

Today I just made a flat card. I began with white cardstock and cut and folded to a size A2 card.

For the background I used a dauber and blended pink ink from the center to the outside edge leaving some white spaces and a small border. I then used a light blue ink to color the edges and some touches in the pink.

Then, using the Look for the Miracles stamp set from Simon Says Stamp, I stamped the flowers, leaves, hearts, and sentiment in metallic gold using acrylic paint. However, I felt the sentiment needed to pop  more so I stamped over it with Stayz On ink in black but it didn’t take well.

So I used a black permanent marker.

Finally, I applied a few sequins then touched up the sentiment with glossy accents.

Even with the mistakes I like final product. Thanks for looking!