Monday, December 14

Just a Pinch!

Hello Monday! You know what this means!

A pinch of this, a pinch of that - this is how I cook most of the time. It's not often I get out an actual recipe. Well, sometimes, it's like that in crafting too...a pinch of something can make all the difference.

Whether it is glitter or embossing powder, or perhaps a flick of ink spray, this week we challenge you to add just a pinch to your next project. Maybe you simply want to sprinkle your art journal night sky with some star sequins, or add a pinch of pixie dust to a magical fairy creation? A pinch of the right craft product can make a project extra special!

So, what was my pinch? A few drops of gold spray sprinkled across my cards.

It's always good to have a few extra cards handy in a pinch, and I can use these anytime.

 I stamped my images on water color paper with my trusty Archival black ink. Once that was dry, I misted the paper and used my water brush to add in color from my ink pads, so worked wet on wet. I challenged myself to work outside of my usual color range with the thank you card. I am loving this beautiful new stamp set!

 Layered my images onto coordinating card stock, added the Prima flower and some of my hand dyed ribbon to match. I even did a fairly good job tying the bows this time :) Then took my Heidi Swapp Color Shine and dripped some of it across the card.

 A pinch of flowers, a pinch of ribbon, and a pinch of gold, and these babies are ready to use!

Thank you as always for stopping in for a visit during this busy time of the year!

So, I wonder what your "pinch" will be in your crafting creation this week? I am looking forward to seeing what you create, so hope you will join us in the challenge!

Remember, Simon Says Stamp is offering a $50 voucher to one lucky winner - how generous is that!



Be sure to check out Simon's store, Instagram, and head back to the challenge blog to see all of the amazing projects by the Design Team - love those gals!



  1. Beautiful cards Maura :-) what a gorgeous set! the colours and whole design of these are awesome! LOVE them :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. How to decided which color combo is prettier? The touches of gold adds a whole another layer of beauty. Gorgeous cards.

  3. Love you beautiful cards, Maura. The colors are gorgeous! :)

  4. These are gorgeous! I love the purple and blue!!

  5. Beautiful duo of cards, Maura! It looks like a fun technique :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  6. Oh wow! Double card bonus! Double card bonus! I always LOVE seeing something brilliant and the only thing better than seeing something brilliant is to see TWO brilliant somethings in different color palettes! I was drawn to each set of colors and it was a treat to see how varied they could look. Love the structure of the card and how you blended the shades and tones so expertly.

  7. These are both beautiful, Maura ... such rich, vibrant colours, fabulous framing of the sentiments and gorgeous texture in those blooms and ribbons! Thanks so much for coming by my blog ... and for your sweet words! Anita :)

  8. So amazing how that tiny spatter of gold really brings the cards zinging to life - fantastic use of a pinch!
    Alison x

  9. I love the watercolor washes that you achieved, and the pinch of splattered gold was the perfect finishing touch. Blessings!

  10. Such pretty cards and the colours are gorgeous ~ really striking and so unique! I love them, Maura!

    Thank you for your gorgeous Christmas card, it was so beautiful and stands out on my mantlepiece! Hugs...

  11. I love both versions! Colors are so bright, I adore them! Beautiful cards Maura, great work! Barbarayaya

  12. Beautiful cards Maura! The gold splatters are just perfect.


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