You Make My World Brighter // Mother’s Day Card Post #2

Here we are for the second Mother’s Day card post of the week! Today, I’m sharing a card that is basically a re-make of a thank you card I made not too long ago.
Mother's Day card

To read more about the technique for this kind of card, check out that post. Suffice it to say here, though, that I just stamped out a pattern using Intense Black Ink using several images from the Hello Sunshine stamp set. I then mixed up some red and white watercolor paints to make a pink-ish tone, that I painted all over the watercolor paper panel, in several layers. I ended up re-outlining each image with a black multiliner pen after the panel was dry.
Mother's Day card

For the sentiment, I cut some M’s and O’s using Neat & Tangled’s Journaling Alphas. I’m so in love with those! I then used a sentiment from the Hello Sunshine set again, which I just stamped in black onto a strip of white paper. First, I tucked a piece of vellum behind my white sentiment strip, and then attached that to my card with a tiny staple. I then stacked up several M’s and O’s for dimension, and adhered “MOM” with some Multi Medium Matte glue.

Mother's Day card

Some baby pink sequins as a final touch, and this card was finished! I think if I were to re-create this card, I might stamp the flowers in a lighter color – maybe a brown or a darker pink shade – to add a bit more softness to the card. What do you think?

Mother's Day card





Rest, Relax, Repeat

Retirement cardAhhh, wouldn’t it be nice to be doing exactly what this card says right about now? I wouldn’t mind a bit of R&R (&R) today.

This is a retirement card I made at the request of my bff for one of her coworkers. I can’t say that the design is entirely mine. I saw a card much like this somewhere on the internet and it stuck in my mind. When I was asked to make a retirement card, this design popped back up in my head and of course I couldn’t find the inspiration post to save my life. The curse of internet image searches… If any of you have seen a similar card before, please let me know so I can link it and give credit where it is due! Ok. Moving on.

Retirement card

Neat and Tangled’s Jounaling Alphas are perfect for this design. I cut all of the letters I needed from some bright red card stock and also from some fun foam – I happened to have red fun foam, can you believe it?! I think I got it at Michaels. I layered the red letters on top of the fun foam to give the card a little pop of dimension.
Retirement card

I carefully mounted all of my letters onto a panel that was slightly smaller than my A2-sized card base. I used a T-square ruler to get everything lined up just right. Both the panel and the card base are cut from Neenah Desert Storm card stock, and I decided to add a little bit of vellum behind my panel before adding it to the card base, just to break up the color a bit.

Retirement card

Only 30+ more years to go before I can retire!


Midweek Manicure // Christmas Nails – Ornamental Touch

Merry Christmas Eve! Just stopping in to share a quick shot of the fun wraps I’ll be wearing on my nails for Christmas. They were part of the December Monthly Mani Box from Scratch, and are called Ornamental Touch. They remind me of ugly Christmas sweaters (in a good way).

Ornamental Touch Christmas Nail WrapsAlso, if you’re still looking for last minute mani ideas, here are a few from the Mixed Method archives:


Has everyone finished all of their Christmas preparations? I think I’m done, finally. Can’t wait to see lots of family over the next few days!


Midweek Manicure // Candy Cane Accents

It’s time for the Christmas-themed nail art!

Christmas Candy Cane NailsInspired by an image I saw on pinterest. These nails were easy (of course) to create.

I used:

  • Sally Hansen Diamond Strength (as base coat)
  • Essie – Leading Lady (for the glittered polish on my ring finger)
  • Ulta – Snow White (on index finger, thumb and middle finger as a base for the red)
  • Essie – Born to Kilt (on my index finger and over the white on my thumb and middle fingers)
  • Metal nail art studs (on my index and pinky fingers)
  • Striping tape (to mask off space on my middle and thumb nails – after I placed the tape, I pained over it with Born to Kilt, then removed the tape ASAP to reveal the white polish underneath)

Happy Almost Friday!


Seche Vite Top Coat

Midweek Manicure // Water Decals

Well, I had apparently maxed out on my media storage space and had to upgrade with wordpress, so I missed some posts. All’s well now, for at least a little while longer!

Water Decal Nails

I had ordered some flower water decals from Born Pretty Store, and at first sight, I wasn’t crazy about them. They’re basically stickers for your nails, that you dunk in water and place on. Ain’t nothing wrong with that, I just thought they might look too much like shiny little stickers on my nails. To my surprise, they didn’t! Once you remove the backing, they just blend in and look like they belong. I even had some people asking if I hand painted the flowers (maybe some day I’ll be that good). I actually loved the way they came out. I think what made me love the look even more was that I topped everything with a matte top coat – I love me some matte nails.

I used:

Matte Water Decal Nails

After two coats of Ruby Do, I waited for my nails to dry and then placed the decals. I used two on just about every nail, varying each nail slightly. Once finished I added two coats of the big matte top coat and was finished.

Flower Water Decal Nails

I see more water decals in my future! They truly are a quick and easy way to jazz up your nails with minimal effort.



Midweek Manicure // A Kiss By the Tree Christmas Mani

Red Christmas Nails

A nice and relatively quick mani that’s still really fun and festive. The accent nail is my favorite part, and it’s surprisingly easy to do.

I used:

  • Finger Paints – What Enchantment is This (a deep shimmery red)
  • Finger Paints – A Kiss by the Tree
  • White acrylic paint
  • Small paint brush
  • Dotting tool (you could also use a toothpick or bobby pin)

After a base coat, I painted all but my ring finger nail with the What Enchantment is This polish. Once those nails dried, I added a coat of A Kiss by the Tree. This is a great glittery polish with red and white hex glitter pieces in a variety of sizes.

A Kiss By the Tree Nail Art

For the accent nail, I followed this little tutorial. Super easy. Basically I just used a small paintbrush and white acrylic paint to paint the lines on my nails, then used a dotting tool to fill in the negative space with A Kiss by the Tree.

Holiday Nails

Hopefully one more holiday manicure to come next week before the big day!


Midweek Manicure // Red White and Green for Christmas

I really need to learn to double check where my SD card is before I start taking photographs. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought I’ve taken good photos only to realize a day later that I’d never put my card back in the camera. Someday I’ll learn…maybe. So since I’m dumb sometimes, here are some not-so-great photos of a several days old manicure that I spent a lot of time on….

Red White Green Gold Mani

This design is totally not my own, as I saw it on Pinterest and decided to recreate it.

I used:

Red and White Holiday Nails

After a base coat, I painted each nail – every nail but my ring fingers were painted white, the ring fingers red – I only painted about 3/4 of each nail, leaving a half moon shape at the nail bed. Then, I used a toothpick to draw a line between the painted and non-painted parts of my nail, in a half moon shape using Orly Luxe. Then, I used my dotting tool to place some polka dots on the painted part of each nail.

Christmas Nails

After all of that was dry, I placed one red, one green and one clear rhinestone on each nail along the gold stripe I’d painted. I used rhinestones of different shapes and sizes and used a dot of topcoat to affix each stone to the nail. Two coats of topcoat over it all and I was finished.

Christmas Mani

Now, I’m going to go work on my memory skills, hopefully next time I take some photos I’ll remember to put the SD card in my camera!