One morning this week I was rushing to get out the door to walk the dog. Timing is everything on the morning walk because if we get out just a few minutes later than normal, we risk not being able to see several of his dog friends.

We had had heavy rain the day before – flash flood warning type of rain. So this morning I was busy trying to figure out which coat to wear, would it rain more this morning or not? I hurriedly threw on the rain coat, grabbed the dog treats, said good-byes and was pulled out the door. The sky had become clear for the moment and as I looked ahead I saw a giant rainbow across the sky.  I stopped the dog dead in his tracks so that I could get out my phone and capture it. When I got the phone out and took a second look I saw that we had a double rainbow!  I shouted over to my husband who was getting into his car to make sure he saw the rainbows.  He did. I asked every person we met that morning if they saw the rainbows too. I wanted to make sure that everyone took a moment to stop and see the phenomenon that nature had made for us that morning.

We often rush through the morning to get where we need to be, sometimes a place we don’t want to be but have to be there anyway. Sometimes the most important parts of the day are the moments in between the places we are going.

In some cultures, the rainbow is a sign of transformation and in others a symbol of promise and new life. All I know is that when I see a rainbow, it always makes me feel good inside in that moment.


Rainbow – the Day After

Rainbow Rose


I had just ordered some rainbow roses for someone for Valentine’s Day when artist Sandy Allnock posted a rainbow rose image she had colored on her blog! I did not have the stamp that she used but I did have a wonderful rose stamp from an artist named Roi in Korea.  I stamped the image with Ranger Archival Black ink on Hammermill paper. The flower is colored with multiple layers of Copic markers listed below.

I will pop this on a card base just in time for Valentine’s Day!

G14, G29, YG03, B24, B26, BG07, BG13, V04, V05, V09, R05, R37, R89, RV06, RV17, Y02, &17, YR16

Extreme Glitter Snowflake


I wanted you to be able to see the wonderful Distress Rock Candy Glitter so I took this photo with the snowflake tilted at an angle to catch the light.  With a blending tool, I applied a variety of colors of Distress Ink to a large woodcut snowflake. I rubbed some adhesive (I used Glossy Accents) over the top and then put the Distress Rock Candy Glitter on top of that and left it to dry.

Airbrush a Rainbow!


I really love this mulberry paper with the raised spiral pattern so I decided to use it for my Live2Color rainbow banner.  In order to make the rainbow, I airbrushed the paper using Copic markers. R29, YR07, Y15, G07, B24, V09

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Creative Chemistry 102: Paint Monoprint

Today’s Creative Chemistry 102, had us apply a selection of colors of Distress Paint to a stencil. After misting the paint on the stencil with water to blend the paint, we put the stencil on the tag and pressed down to transfer the paint to the tag. We removed the stencil and then dried the paint with some heat. Last, I applied some Distress Ink and a little more water to pull everything together.

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I love how the inks blend, the paints blend and how they complement each other.

Can’t wait to get back in the studio!



Creative Chemistry 101: Layered Misting

Below is another project from the second week of the Creative Chemistry series online class. You can check it out at Online Card Classes. For this project, we sprayed ink and used a stencil for this really cool effect. I loved how it came out so I had to do it twice!

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The way the water mixes with the ink makes it look water damaged but the bright fresh colors give away its newness.  Such a fun looking contradiction!