Thinking of You…

Yesterday I mentioned playing with a toned sketch pad…now I can’t stop.  It’s so interesting the highlights and shadows achieved using the paper for the neutral background and some water color pencils…


In yesterday’s post the pencil colors were white, medium gray and black.  Today a little blue has been added and highlighted with the Lost Lagoon cardstock and sequins.  This is a fun technique and I hope you’ll try it…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Lost Lagoon and Basic Black cardstock, plus gray toned sketch paper
  • Ink:  Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Helping Me Grow and Suite Sayings (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Sequins and water color pencils


  • The Lost Lagoon base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Basic Black layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″ attached to card front with adhesive
  • The sketch paper is 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″.  Stamp the flower image and sentiment in Basic Black.  Use the white pencil first and color everything.  Next add gray pencil where there should be shadows and last black to increase the intensity of color.  Now go back with a blue pencil and add color just outside the gray and blending into it.
  • With the gray and blue pencils work around the flower image as little or as much as you like.  Add the black close to the image for a more dramatic look.
  • Add sequins and bow and attach this layer to the Basic Black layer.

Squeezing in the post after my class this morning and before I take Zoe for a walk.  The weather is just too nice to not get outdoors.  Hope you are enjoying your weekend too…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Dance anyway…

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!




  1. Nice card today, Billie. Your creativity is showing again. I also enjoyed yesterday’s card, but my comment didn’t take. I’m a more CAS gal with more white space in my small world of cardmaking. I really enjoy seeing others designs but just can’t bring myself to be “messy”. Thinking outside that box is difficult. With more inspiration from you and other talented cardmakers, I may catch the bug one day. As always, I love your
    “b-isms”, especially the cute pictures of the little girls dressed up. So precious. Have a great weekend.

    • Are you saying you like sweet and simple cards? I’d love to see what you create…B!