I really love the Magical Flowers stamp. It’s not only pretty, but of course there’s a bit of whimsy in the floating leaves, stars and butterfly. For this card I stamped the flowers twice – once on the card and then another on a separate piece of cardstock so I could add some dimension by cutting out the flowers. I stamped Callie on a separate piece of paper too and propped her up on dimensional dots – just like the flowers – so that she would stand out.

I really like playing around with texture – especially where backgrounds are concerned. I added some splashes in the background and actually used a stencil and carefully watercolored the dots through it. Here’s a closeup.

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
3025-E Callie’s looking forward
7044-V Magical flowers (left big)


Post 6: Don’tcha just love to be silly ever now and again (and maybe even more). For me this page reminds me that life is serious enough and that laughing or doing something silly breaks up all that seriousness.

For this last page I stuck with my circle stencil again. My favorite kind of clouds are those randomly cut from pieces of book paper. A little shading of color, some black pen work and then white scribbles on top. I also love adding little banners. They are just so cheery. For this one I cut little bits of this and that, used a pen to define everything and then added a bit of Glossy Accents for shine.

I hope you all find what makes you happy and try to incorporate it daily.

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
2045-L Leap frog


Post 5: I love the crispness of winter. For me it evokes the winding down of the year, being inside a little more, snuggling under blankets and fires in the fireplace. I know it’s a bit early to be thinking about, but it does make me happy.

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
7068-P Lake shoreline


Post 4: Summer’s can be hot – and I don’t like hot. :) But there’s nothing better than a cool breeze wafting through the leaves on the trees, bringing the smell of fresh cut grass or just the stirring of all that is summer. It makes me so happy.

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
1059-G Jessica holds a flower
7047-W Tree hill


Post 3: California hasn’t had any real rain in so long that I’d almost wondered what it looked like. But this year we’ve gotten LOTS!

I once again applied gesso to the entire page and started building my background with layers. The little kids and their pets are actually from Christmas stamps. I stamped and cut them out and then added them to the windows. The droplets were made Glossy Accents and then I painted over them a bit with acrylic paint.

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
1104-J Billy and Sparky at window
1105-J Mary and Mr. Meow at window


Post 2: As many of you know I’m an animal person. With four cats and three dogs my house is full!

I once again applied gesso to the entire page and started building my background with layers. I love washi tape and used it to create the flag banner and there are little bits in the background. The letters I stamped, they were a set I picked up at Michaels. Once everything was completely dry I added a little bit of pen work with a black marker. My pets make me very happy.

Eat Cake Graphics stamp used:
1148-J Hadley and kitty give Buddy a big hug (GF)


Post 1: For the next 6 posts I’ll be sharing a little book project. I was at the craft store quite awhile back and I don’t know about you but sometimes I purchase something because I love it and then it takes awhile to figure out what I’m going to do. Well such was the case with this little house book. I pulled it out a number of times but nothing came to me.

And then poof. I applied gesso to the entire page and started building my background with layers. I always have scraps of this and that and so I decided to use a few. The letters were cut with a die and the faint white doilies were rub-ons. Once everything was completely dry I added a little bit of pen work with a black marker. Home makes me very happy.

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
5078-D Little birdie standing looking down
5080-C Little birdie lying down

holly-mabutas-penguin-races

holly-mabutas-penguin-races-detail
I wanted to create a soft winter scene, so I stamped the Winter trees in a light color and then used my watercolors to create the background. I stamped the penguins and Milo on a separate piece, watercolored them in and cut them out. I used a little foam tape to create some dimension. I then thought the little penguin should be holding a flag so I cut one out, wrote the words, glued it on a toothpick and then cut it to fit. The penguins arm fit around it just perfectly. Of course I had to use some glitter to finish things off.

Happy Christmas!
Holly

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
1114-G Milo’s sled picking up speed
5077-D Right foot up penguin
5075-D Sliding Penguin
7073-N Winter trees

stamping: halloween
Sometimes when I get a little stamping time in, I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do but I’ll make a bunch of different backgrounds or I’ll stamp images on a piece of Bristol board (somewhat like a very smooth watercolor paper) to color in while sitting on the couch in the evening. That’s how this card came about.

For the background I used my craft sheet and stamped a couple of different Ranger Archival inks on it. Then, adding a little rubbing alcohol I put a piece of blank paper right in the ink and moved it around. I repeated this until I got something I liked.

I stamped the witch and rooftop, watercolored them in and cut them out. I stamped the stamps again on the background piece. I then placed the cut out images right on top of the images on the background. Doing it this way I can keep all the little details (the wand, the moon weathervane). Here’s a close up.
stamping: close up halloween

I cut out the bats – I believe they are a Memory Box die. I added the Boo! text and then mounted the whole thing on black and another piece of paper with big polka dots. I added a little bit of glossy accents to the witch’s eyes and shoes. I think I like stamping little scenes the best. It’s kind of like a snippet of a story.

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
1191-M A witch and a wand mishap
6042-O Rooftop
8060-B BOO! (text)

stamping: halloween
Here’s a somewhat simple card. I stamped Purskie on a piece of watercolor paper. I then stamped Happy Halloween below him. I drew a little line for him to stand on making a nice division for the bottom of the card. I then used a Molotow Grafx Art Masking Liquid Pen on the letters. This is a liquid masking fluid that allows what’s underneath to stay whatever color the paper is. I watercolor the bottom with orange and then rubbed off the masking fluid. I added a ribbon, some Glossy Accents on the letters and of course a few bats (a little die from Memory Box I believe). Oh, the little dots of orange are just small splatters of watercolor. I mounted the whole thing on black and white polka dot paper and the onto a white card base.

Here’s a close up.
stamping: halloween close up

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
2037-G Purskie kitty looks down
Alphabet by Purple Onion Designs (one of my all time favorites!)

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