Monday, March 16, 2015

CardMaker--Sakura of America Blog Hop

Hello and welcome!  Thanks for joining me for my first blog hop with CardMaker
  A big thank you goes to Sakura for supplies us with Quickie Glue pens and White Gelly Roll pens to experiment with. 

 I'd tried some of the many knock-off brands of gel pens and been burned before.  All those colors looked so tantalizing in the store, but when I brought them home, they'd only write a few lines and then...nothing.  I gave up on gel pens...until now.

This Gelly Roll pen wrote a drew like a dream.  (And it's still working after several projects!)  For this first card, I wanted something pink and white for a little girl.  I fussy-cut these flowers, made the insides pop with some white and even used the glue pen to add some gold glitter to the center of the flowers, but that didn't show up very well in photos.

For this next card, I did my first REAL glitter card,  using the Sakura's glue pen to really highlight this zinnia stamp from Stampendous.  

Okay.  I know this one's very simple, but I like it anyway.  I'd been wanting to do these little flowers ever since I found this "Blooming Garden" stamp set from Penny Black.  I colored the flowers with the white gel pen and then used the glue pen to add gold leaf to the center of each flower.  

I love the way it sparkles!

I put this one together from some scraps that were staring up at me from my drawer, crying out to be used.  I'd used this Hero Arts cupcake stamp before, but I was never pleased with the results.  This time I decided to tint it with watercolor pencils and then add some sparkle.

With the glue pen, I touched up the candy hearts and sprinkles with pink, orange and aqua glitter.  Now it looks good enough to eat...and good enough to send to my little niece, Sierra!  I hope she'll like it, too!

I thought I was through for the day.  I'd even half-finished cleaning up, when I glanced at what I'd thought was a mistake earlier in the day.  I'd stamped this cluster of flowers with watercolors and added touches of chunky orange glitter, hoping it might look dewy.   I'd been disappointed in the results and threw it aside.  

But the end of a busy day, I actually loved it.  I didn't want to spoil it with too much going on, so I just added a bit of calligraphy.  This ended up being one of my favorite cards. No wonder.  It combines my two favorite things...watercolors and calligraphy.

Thanks again, CardMaker and Sakura!

Keep on hopping with us today.  Next up is my friend and teammate Patti Gilliam, and she's sure to have created something to make you smile.

Have a great day!


  1. Wowsa, you made so many beautiful creations. Hugs.

  2. I agree, I love how the pen writes, I have quite a few I have tried over the years that aren't half as good! Love that last card, it's my favorite!

  3. Looks like you had a grand time with these pens. I agree about the white gelly roll pen. I have thrown away so many white pens that were used maybe twice and then stopped writing -- even though I could see ink in the barrel. Your cards are all beautiful!

  4. Who knew a gelly roll pen could be so versatile! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. I love all your cards! The cupcake card is my favorite!

  6. Beautifully done, Sarah! Your projects are all gorgeous! Glad I don't have to choose a favorite :) Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  7. All of your cards are gorgeous. The gel pens add awesome accents.

  8. Great cards !! Amazing what some little extra added touches with these great pens can do for a card. Thanks for sharing !

  9. So many gorgeous cards--wow, lots of inspiration here.

  10. Wow, you have been one busy crafter! Love your gorgeous cards!


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