Picket Fence: Beauty in Song

More Picket Fence Studios today. I loved coloring this bird from Beauty and Song. The main image is stamped here and embossed with gold embossing powder and colored with the Karin Brushmarker PRO. I use a simple waterbrush to blend the colors.

The Karin Brushmarkers blend effortlessly – directly from the pen or from a palette. Therapeutic and easy. The embossing and stark contrast gives it a bit of elegance. I finished my colored image with a thick sentiment strip and sequins for a clean and simple card that is the perfect pick-me-up to someone you love and easy to mail!

If you want to talk about simple wow cards! Stencils for the WIN! Here I’ve used the new Picket Fence Studio Flower in Heart Stencil.  I applied pink ink with a blender brush, paired it with sentiments from the new Seriously Literally sentiment set. and added a few crystal drops.

I’m getting wrapped up to leave for CreativeWorld in Frankfort, Germany on Friday. I’ve not been to Germany before, and though I don’t expect to see much outside of the tradeshow, I’m hoping I’ll have pictures to share on my Facebook page – Lori Craig Designs. Please join me there!

Thanks for stopping by! Stay warm, friends!

Picket Fence 2020 Creativation Release

What!? What? I’ll tell you what!I’m thrilled to be guest designing for Picket Fence Studios to celebrate their Creativation release today! So many cute things in this release, and I have several projects to share with you today! If you like to color, you will LOVE these sweet new designs!

My first two cards feature Piper and Peach Checking the Post! I’ve stamped my images in Fade Out from Ink on 3 on to Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube paper and used the no-line watercolor technique with my Karin Brushmarker PRO pens.

Here’s a close up of card number 2 with the set Piper and Peach Checking the Post and the Loads of Mail background. I had so much fun with these images! The die cuts leave the perfect white edge in my opinion, and I used green Karin markers to color the clumps of grass separate before cutting. This could be an addicting watercolor technique for me!

Two weeks ago I set aside the weekend to work on my design projects for this release, and I had invited a few friends over to stamp – girls who live in fairly close proximity to me. Imagine my surprise when Laurie Willison showed up with Jill Hawkins tucked into her car! Jill lives a plane ride away, and I will never forget how special and magical it was to have someone fly in to surprise me for a weekend. #treasure #craftyfriendsarethebestfriends. Jill sat next to me that weekend, and she couldn’t resist playing with the Loads of Mail background stamp.  The image is embossed in white and watercolored with the Karin Brushmarkers and an aqua pen. The sentiment is from the fun new set, Absolutely. Seriously. Always.

Crafty Squad – Laurie Willison, Jen Shults, me, Jill Hawkins, Nichol Spohr, and Caren Bartholomew

Here’s a picture from our impromptu stamping weekend! I’m truly grateful for the beautiful people in my life because of stamps and ink.

I’ll be back in the morning with more of my favorites from this release! Thanks for stopping by!



I hope the weekend brings you time for stamping and relaxation!

This is My Happy Face

Am I right? I do get accused of a having a grumpy face sometimes, to which I say, “if I’m grumpy, you’ll know it!” LOL None-the-less, I love Big Grumpy at Taylored Expressionsand his ! So much that the new Big Grumpy Valentine sayings arrived on my doorstep this week – can’t wait to make a few loving cards with those. LOL

A week or so ago, I found a YouTube watercolor tutorial done by Jessie Banks through a mutual Facebook group. I loved the layered, dreamy look of her vibrant color, and knew I wanted to give it a try!

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Isn’t that video fun to watch? (Please leave Jessie some YouTube love and a thumbs up!) Trust me, it was even more fun to paint!!

Like Jessie, I masked my images with masking fluid. I love this Moltow Masking Fluid Pen, and unlike others I have bought and tried through the years, this one doesn’t gum up on me between uses. I didn’t cover my entire image with masking fluid – just about a 1/2″ border to keep him clean.  You can see on the left side of the sign that I got thin coverage in a few spots, but I was really pleased overall. Lifted clean after sitting on my watercolor paper for several days.

The background was painted with Daniel Smith Watercolors that I purchase from my dealer, Lydia Fiedler’s Watercolor Split Group on Facebook in convenient half-pan splits! It’s a great way to purchase beautifully curated collections of top-quality, beautifully granulating color. Above is the mixing chart created with my Janes Split from Lydia. Look at all of the color created with 15-16 colors! Gorgeous color in a tiny palette!

Big Grumpy and the sign were colored with a fairly new watercolor, the Karin Brushmarker PRO from Marker Universe. I love the vibrant color and fluid ink flow from these pens. You can use the color straight from the nib for watercolor or hand-lettering or create a palette. They blend beautifully straight from the nib with a watercolor brush, but I do prefer to paint with the grays from a palette I just scribble on a piece of plastic or acetate.

For the white gauche step, I used  Winsor Newton white gouache. love the rich, opaque look. If I’m being super lazy, I use the liquid Dr. Ph Martins Hydrus in a bottle. It’s great for quick and easy splatter.

Can’t wait to try this technique again and improve my “clouds”, but overall I love how this turned out. Let me know if you try it!

I’ve been busy prepping for a guest release spot that I’ll share on Saturday, so stop back by! Have a fabulous Thursday!


Seasons Givings Winners

Great ideas for relaxing in and out of the craftroom on my Seasons Givings post. Many of you find relief in tidying things up, and I have to agree there is some peace in that. I just wish I wasn’t the one who always had to do it! LOL

Thank you for stopping by and starting my new year off with calming crafty thoughts. I appreciate the community that we have, and I hope this is an amazing year for all.  The random winners of my giveaways are:

$50 Taylored Expressions Gift Certificate  – Angie – Your cards are gorgeous! Beautiful colors. What fun giveaways! Putting a card together is not relaxing for me, that is the stressful part but I get lost in the coloring. Coloring is zen to me. Any coloring medium whisks me away to a magical place except for colored pencils!

$30 Daniel Smith Split Gift Certificate – Heather Bolli – Great products! Can’t wait to learn more. My day job is very stressful and numbers based, so my favorite thing about crafting is that it’s the opposite. I always joke that it “resets” my right brain every night by using my left brain.

$30 Marker Universe Gift Certificate – Debbie Owens at Indy – Thanks for being part of this amazing hop! Your water coloring is spectacular! When I get a new stamp set, I use my Misti and stamp all the images several times. When I need to relax and unwind, I like to sit back and shade them in different combinations.

If you’ll each email me, I’ll make arrangements with you for your prize! YAY! Thinking happy and crafty thoughts to each of you in this new year! Hugs!

Love, love, love… TE Release Day

Welcome to the January Release for Taylored Expressions. Super cute stuff to LOVE today. And, if you’re here to check on my Seasons Givings Taylored Expressions gift certificate winner, stick with me to the bottom of the post!

Release Day at Taylored Expressions, and how awesome are the Hexagon Masking Stencils? I loved playing with these at an impromptu crafting day last weekend!

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Seasons Givings Year 8

Welcome to Seasons Givings Year 8

Edit 1/5/2020 – 10:00pm – Thank you for stopping by. Comments for my entry are closed. Winner will be announced Tuesday.

One of my favorite posts of the year, and thank you to my dear Latisha for inviting me to participate again. I love the season of giving, and I especially love being able to give back to our community!

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a Winter Noel and a Taylored Expressions Blog Hop

Welcome to the Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes Blog Hop! Christmas crafting is among my favorite of favorite activities, and I the addition of this Layer It Cardinal die in the fall release made me smile. Like many families, the cardinal was a special sign to my grandma, and now I think of her every time I see one.

I used my blender brushes and the Taylored Expressions masking stencils to create this soft blue background with Confetti Cake and Gumball TE Premium Inks. Before I lifted the mask, I gave it a spritz with Liquid Shimmer mixed with water in spritzer – I love the Nuvo Spritzer – even, fine mist. LOVE. I’ve been using my extra to spritz my Christmas Cactus plants… time to order more! lol

Next, I cut the Layer It Cardinal die and the Pine Clippings die from watercolor cardstock and painted them with TE Liquid Watercolors. I mixed a little pink with Cherry POP for a cooler red, and these are a series of layers of color to build depth. After painting, the pine boughs are splattered with a bit of liquid white watercolor for snow. So easy!

Something fun to share today is the TE Holiday Gift Guide! So, just go ahead and hand your significant other or kids the link… For every $100 they spend, you’ll get a $20 voucher to be used in January… oh who am I kidding!? Just order what you want! LOL

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I know the rest of the hop team has lots of pretty paper goodness today, please check them out:

WHATEVER! Stamp Camp

Whatever Stamp Camp April 2020

Do you need a crafty retreat? A weekend full of crafting and fun?  Join Laurie Willison, Nichol Spohr, and Lori Craig, along with 16 new crafty friends, for Whatever  Stamp Camp in quaint Newton, Kansas at the famous Whatever Craft House!! 

Thursday evening April 2 – Sunday, April 5, 2020

Weekend Details:

The weekend includes: 

  • lodging in one of the adorable Whatever Craft House bedrooms
  • all of your meals and snacks 
  • a card class and supplies with instructions each day 
  • DIY craft projects each day 
  • make and takes 
  • lots of fun surprises
  • cost is $575 per person.  (excluding airfare or travel expenses)

Payment Details

The initial deposit, due immediately to secure your spot is $100.  The initial deposit is non-refundable.

The 2nd payment of $225 is due February 1, 2020, and the final payment of $250 is due March 1, 2020.  Any cancellation within 30 days of the event are non-refundable.

Purchase your spot at Whatever Stamp Camp by clicking on the PayPal button below.



There are only 16 spots and they will go fast so grab your spot now!  First come first serve!

Once we have a full house, you will be sent a link with further instructions! Can’t wait to see you! 


Whatever Stamp Camp  Hosts

Nichol Spohr

Hi stampers! I’m Nichol Spohr and I’ve been paper crafting for about 19 years and have been involved in the paper crafting industry in some fashion since 2002. I started out as a scrapbooker who dabbled with stamping and over the years have evolved into a card maker who uses stamps on just about every single thing I create! I’m passionate about stamping and die cutting and getting the most out of my supplies. I enjoy sharing, inspiring, and teaching and regularly share video tutorials on my YouTube channel. You can always see what I’m up to by visiting my blog: https://nicholspohr.com/


Hi! I’m Lori! I’ve began papercrafting in 1998 by dabbling in scrapbooking because I enjoyed cropping with friends, but quickly transitioned to stamping & card-making. I call it “crafty therapy”, and my family calls it “necessary for household harmony”.

I have worked full-time in papercrafting since 2007 as the advertising manager for Splitcoaststampers.com, designer, blogger, in business development, and as a Copic Marker instructor in the US and Canada. 

As much as I love paper and ink, the many fabulous friends I’ve met on this incredible journey are (by far!!) my favorite thing about crafting, and I can’t wait to share this weekend with you in my native Kansas! 

You can find me on my blog: www.loricraig.com

and Instagram: @wheatfield_designs

Laurie Willison

My name is Laurie Willison. You can usually find me crafting away in my craft room while the kids are in school!  I am an RN and Travel Plannr. I live in Kansas with my husband and our 2 kiddos.

I have been stamping since 2007, when a sweet friend of mine introduced me to the world of ink, stamps and paper and have been blogging and crafting ever since. I have had the pleasure and honor of working on several amazing design teams over the years and have had so much fun in the process.  My favorite part of this hobby has to be the people. I have made lots of amazing friends, lots of whom I have had the chance to meet in person! We are excited to have you join us for this crafty weekend!

Find me over on my blog: https://soapboxcreations.blogspot.com 

and Instagram: @laurie_willison


The Falliday Six-Pack

It’s a super fun time at Splitcoaststampers with lots of great Falliday Fest challenges this week to get you into the spirit – and ahead of the curveball for holiday crafting. I’m hosting a fun challenge today. You can get all of the details HERE. I hope you’ll join us for the fun!

This is a set of tags I made in a flash with the new Speed Tagging single stamp and die from The Greetery. SWOON on stamping and cutting so much pretty at one time!

Super easy and impressive with the coordinating die that cuts and embosses sweet details into each tag with a single pass through the die-cut machine.

Love the colors that I’ll pair with white and kraft wrapping paper on December 23rd. LOL  These Pinecones from Taylored Expressions have become my holiday favorite go-to! I usually line the steps up on my MISTI and cut a slew at one time. I have about a dozen left on my desk, ready to go for my next project!

Including these so you can see all of the extra tags I have from three inks and passes with the Speed Tagging stamp and die combo. SET.

I hope you’ll join my challenge this week. I’d love to see all of your creative tag ideas! Happy Stamping this week! I’ll have more to share tomorrow!


Holding You in my Prayers – Square Masking Stencils

Thanks for stopping by on Day 3 of projects to showcase the new Masking Stencils from Taylored Expressions.

I must confess that several times in the last few weeks, I’ve sent store-bought-cards to people I care for. I’m not ashamed or embarrassed in any way, the thoughts are what’s important, but that has driven a little bit of my theme this week in creating cards that are easily mass-produced, or at minimum made in multiples because handstamped is always my preference to send. The Masking Stencils are awesome for that!

My first card features Wildflower Background and Sympathy Strips (which were a gift to me at Stamp Joy a few weeks ago – coming soon!) with the Simple Strips die. My background was created with the small Masking Stencil – Square and Confetti Cake ink, splattered with Sugar Cube ink and spritzed with Liquid Watercolor Shimmer. The background layer features my favorite embossing folder ever, Dotted Lattice.

Next up, I have needed several cards that speak peace and promise over a friend, and this small dove die is perfect for that. I created my background by blending Peaches ‘n Cream, Cupcake, Lavendar Glaze and Gumball inks inside the largest Masking Stencil – Square with Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes and splattered with Sugar Cube ink from a paintbrush.

I also blended a second piece of cardstock that I used to emboss and die cut the sentiment at the same time! I added a few scored lines across the bottom for visual weight, and called it done. Like my Christmas card yesterday – it would be easy to crank out a half dozen of these bases in 15-30 minutes. #winning

Finally, I have a simple fall hello with my favorite Plum Punch ink blended inside theMasking Stencil – Square. I added a leaf and a sentiment from Simply Stamped Leaves. 

There is plenty of inspiration today from the TE Team… I would love to thank them for inviting me to celebrate my friend Laurie Willison and these fun, new tools this week. Be sure to visit them for more fabulous ideas:

Thanks for stopping by!