Relax! Unwind!


Raise your hand if you're tired of being semi-permanently grounded by a pandemic, a.k.a living in time-out/grounded!  
Me too.  So here's an idea for being kind to yourself ... aaahhhhhhhhhhhhh!  



A bubble bath fan since childhood, it's a great treat these days when I can truly appreciate the relaxation given by super-warm, lightly scented water.  (Not to mention seeing how many bubbles can be scooped up in one hand.)   😊


Achieving the shimmery look of bubbles behind the tub is easy by using Pixie Spray to affix the 'Suds Stream' stencil to card stock.  Then just sponge VersaMark onto the stencil until smoothly covered.  Gently lift the stencil away from one corner to the other, and heat emboss with embossing tinsel (embossing powder that contains fine glitter).








Randomly placed smudges of Diamond Stickles adds to the iridescent look of the bath bubbles, along with a blending of light shades of Copics







***You're welcome to use my code, BevFan10, for a discount whenever shopping from A Colorful Life Designs.

Off we go to the first full weekend of Summer 2020!   My your weekend bring smiles and your soaking include delightful bubbles.

Inky (((hugs))),



Products Used:
STAMPS:  Pampered Benton (Inky Antics)
INKS:  VersaMark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
PAPERS:  Glossy White, Neenah Solar Classic White, Sea Foam, Blackberry
ACCESSORIES:  'Suds Stream' stencil (A Colorful Life Designs),  MFT Skinny Strips Die-namics, Cut-Align Ruler, Mini Misti, Ranger Embossing Tinsel - Bridal, Pixie Spray, Stickles Diamonds, Gina K 'Connect' glue, sequins, sponge

Hugs & Glitz


There's a good bit of 'me' in today's card, and a whole lotta my granddaughter.  Why?  Because it's pink and glitzy!  



That's not even mentioning how easy it is to make.  Just use Pixie spray to hold the new 'Curvy Rays' stencil in place while you spread the glitzy gel across your cut-to-size card stock.  Gently pull the stencil away in one smooth motion from top-to-bottom or diagonally from corner-to-corner as you wish.  Then set it aside to dry.  I like to leave these overnight when possible, but that's likely not necessary.  

  I cut the 'hugs' from black and silver foiled card stocks.  For the shadow effect, I layered them just slightly askew, using tiny dots of glue on the touch points.  The trickiest part of all was trimming foam tape pieces to be super skinny for lifting it just above the glitz.  {whew!}


Coupon Code:  You're welcome to use code BevFan10 when shopping any time at A Colorful Life Designs.    😊



Inky (((hugs))),





Products Used:

PAPERS:  Black, Silver foil, Passionate Pink, Neenah Solar Classic White

ACCESSORIES:  ‘Curvy Rays’ Stencil (A Colorful Life Designs), ‘hugs’ word die (Rubbernecker), Gina K White Glitz Gllitter Gel, foam tape


Beans of Caffeine

It's true.  Once upon a time I used rollers in my then-longer hair.  Now you know.  



Today?  I don't own rollers, but even at this moment I do have a morning cup of coffee within mere inches of my hand.



What an easy start to a coffee-themed card!  The new 'Coffee Beans' stencil helps to create the perfect setting for any of your cups, coffee, or coffee shop stamps & dies. 


Although a few years have passed since I've made one of these surprise pop-up cards, it's a great way to use more stamps from a fun set.  Check out the easy tutorial from Splitcoaststampers.

 Hmmmm .... Since we've all been distanced from family & friends, I should consider making more of these as a happy hello for those I haven't had coffee time with this year.  How about you?  Consider adding this fun idea to your upcoming stamping plans! 

Psssst!  Use code BevFan10 for a discount when shopping at A Colorful Life Designs!

Inky (((hugs))),
Products Used:
STAMPS:  Coffee Break #1 (Inky Antics)
INKS:  VersaFine Onyx, Memento, Distress Ink Vintage Photo
PAPERS:  Neenah Solar Classic White, Saffron
ACCESSORIES:  'Coffee Beans' stencil by A Colorful Life Designs, Misti stamp positioner, Life Changing Blending Brushes (Picket Fence Studios), My Favorite Things Stitched Squares Stax dies, ribbon, tiny stapler









Life Giving You Lemons?

Make Lemonade, of course!
Although my card has zero calories, it's still brimming with the happy feeling of summertime.



Both the lemon wedges and the sentiment stencil (A Colorful Life Designs) were easy to color in with Life Changing Blender Brushes, and Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade.  


  It's easy to ink up just 1, 2 or 3 wedges, or all 4 as I've done for this card.

Feels like Summer is almost upon us here in North Texas ... time to enjoy the sunshine and your own version of lemonade!

Pssst!  Use my code, BevFan10, for a discount on shopping at A Colorful Life Designs!


Inky ((((hugs)))),








Products Used:
STAMPS:  none
INKS:  Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade
PAPERS:  My Favorite Things B&W Stripes paper, Neenah White, Gina K Lemon Drop, Black
ACCSSORIES:  Stencils = 'Make Lemonade' & 'Wedges' (A Colorful Life Designs), Misti Creative Corners, Cut Align Rulers (My Sweet Petunia), Life Changing Blender Brushes (Picket Fence Studios), sequins, Stitched Rectangle Dies (The Stamps of Life).

Crisis? Got You Covered!

I just love it when things seem to fall together so easily!  That's the short story on putting this card together, featuring one of the new May release stencils from A Colorful Life Designs ... 'Coiled'. 
Isn't this disorganized dragon adorable?  At the time I picked it up from Whimsey Stamps, Dudley dragon was a free digital stamp!   My 'faux dragon skin' background is stenciled with DOX inks Peeled Paint & Tumbled Glass.

   For a fun touch of shimmer, I rubbed the background with white Perfect Pearls.  Naturally, it shows up perfectly in person ... but takes some fiddling to get the shimmer on my pictures!  It was so tricky trying to decide what colors to use, I might have to color up a couple more just to play with fun options.  Hey ... now that the grocery store is my only occasional destination, that's another idea for fitting stampy fun into my days!

Pssst!  My discount code, BevFan10, will give you a savings when you stencil shop at A Colorful Life Designs, any time you wish!

Stay safe & stay well.
Inky (((hugs))),