Memory Box’s Cottage In The Woods, 2 Ways


One of my crafting challenges I’ve set forth for myself is to aim for clean and simple. For some reason, it is really hard for me to do this style, probably because I am still a newbie and still working on my editing eye and knowing when to just stop. And not add yet that one more thing and going too far. I had a hard time holding myself back, but I think I did OK with the self-restraint. Trying to get used to the more minimalist look.

So here’s my attempt, both times, with a single die:


First Card:

Cottage In the Woods, in black & white


A close-up:

Cottage In the Woods, in black & white


Second Card:

Cottage In the Woods, in color


A close-up:

Cottage In the Woods, in color


I am really liking the black and white one, somehow the minimalist look makes me a tad uncomfortable, but I’m forcing myself to go with it and it is growing on me. I like the color one too, and I thought perhaps I could add a bling or two but then held myself back and made myself stop.  Thoughts?






Penny Black’s The Manger

Trying to get back into the swing of things. I had a lot of plans for a Christmas card series again this year, and was poised to get started this past September, but a few life events happened and I lost my mojo. I’m trying to get my mojo back.

So here’s a fairly straight forward card. I needed something to watercolor, to relax me. =)


Penny Black's The Manger Card


A close-up:

The manger - close-up










A card from one 4 year old to another 4 year old. =)


The card is 140 lb. watercolor paper, and my son drew the outlines of the 4 and the exclaimation point. I went over the outlines in a permanent marker so it wouldn’t bleed once we watercolored over it. We colored everything by scribbling gelatos and the spreading the color around with fingers dipped in water.

Here is the interior, done similarly but watercolored with a brush instead (and insisted no help from mom – I need to work on not hovering above him all the time, lol):


And of course, his “signature” on the back of the card.


Art Journal: Faith Is


It has been awhile since I’ve posted here, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t been crafting… Life got busy at first, and then it suddenly got very complicated. My family is still reeling from and processing through the complications, but the silver lining is that it brought me back to the basics of what I know about myself, my life, faith, and God.

So here is a page I made based on a C.S. Lewis quote I found especially fitting for this time.

faith is


A couple close ups of the page:

faith is

the art of

in spite of your

changing moods and circumstances


The look of the page came out bolder and busier and grittier than I had anticipated. But after staring at it for awhile, I decided that I liked all the “gritty” busy texture I put in there. Life is messy and sometimes rough, and the process of faith is no different. But there is always hope, and I journaled a few verses that I wanted to hold close to my heart with this page.


Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
(Heb 11:1)


Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
(Lam 3:22-23)


..Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
(1 Cor. 15:58)

Floral Bouquet Card (Inktense Watercolor)


This card is relatively simple and straight forward, nothing too complicated. I love Inktense pencils, and the vibrancy of their colors once they are in contact with water. And it doesn’t take a lot of water either, which is why I used only regular cardstock and not watercolor paper.


Floral Bouquet Card


A close-up of the bouquet:

bouquet close-up


A close-up of the porcupine (isn’t he cute??):

porcupine close-up


In the video, you’ll see how I use these pencils. I color the images enough to get the pigment in the right places, but it doesn’t have to be perfect, since it will be blended with water anyways. I do shaded areas with darker colors. And when I add water, I make sure to make the brush tip damp but not *too* wet, since you don’t need a lot of water at all. I dab my brush tip on a baby wipe/paper towel quite a bit to take out the excess water, for better control of the color movement. And I always start with the lighter color FIRST, and then slowly work my way into the darker color (not the other way around). If you do the reverse, the colors will run together and it will be all just one color (the darker color).

For those who have been following my card posts/videos, you can tell that I am partial to the watercolor/imperfect look, which adds to it’s overall charm (in my personal opinion). =)