Distress Ink, starring A Bird’s Life by Sunny Studio

First A Bird’s Life, and a wonderful New Home card. 

Hello, and welcome! Today I am using the ever so sweet Sunny Studio’s A Bird’s Life stamp set. This is a perfect stamp set for a variety of occasions. Today I am using it to make a card for a friend who just moved! So let’s get started.

First I distressed the background with my Clarity brushes, and the MFT Mini Cloud Edges stencil. For this project I used two of my favourite Distress Ink colors. First I applied Tumbled Glass on Bristol paper for the clouds. I used a pretty light hand as I wanted a pastel, puffy cloud effect.

For the rolling hills I used MFT Snow Drifts die, and Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink. Again using my Clarity brushes to get a beautiful soft green effect. I love using these brushes! It makes blending a breeze. I also added a fair bit of colour to the edges of the Bristol to give a bit of definition to the hills.

Next I pulled out my Copic markers to color all of my images. I did simple coloring using 2 – 3 color combinations.

Here is a list of the Copic colors I used:

Birds Y00 Y02. Birdhouses B00 B01 B02, R81 R83 R85, Y11 Y13 Y15. Nest E50 E53 E55. Branch E55 E57 E59. Leaves BG10 BG11 BG13. Greys C1 C3 C6.

What a cute touch to have this adorable little bird in the nest 🙂

To add dimension I used strips of Darice adhesive foam. I love these strips for smaller pieces I’m trying to adhere. These strips have a great strong adhesive that hold up well even through the mail. Here I used this foam for the birds, the yellow bird house, and the nest.

I used the congratulations sentiment from Simply Said by Paper Smooches. To add a finished touch to the inside sentiment I added two more of the sweet little birds. Of course no card is complete without a little sparkle!

I added lots of Wink Of Stella to the birds, houses, nest and leaves. To finish off this card I added a few sequins from the Pretty Pink Posh Easter Sequins mix. This completes my card for today.

I hope you enjoy your day wherever you are, and are surrounded by sunshine!

Until next time,



Below you will find a list of supplies I used to make this card. If you would like to know more, or purchase an item just click on the image to be taken to the Simon Says Stamp.com website. I prefer using Simon Says Stamp whenever I can, which is why I recommend them.



Copic Coloring, Blossom Loves Balloons

Blossom Loves Balloons is a Birthday cutie 

Hello, and welcome. Today I did Copic coloring using this adorable stamp by Stampingbella called Tiny Townie Blossom Loves Balloons. Getting transparency with a bunch of balloons can be a bit tricky. The order of coloring balloons is important, but more about that a little later on. So let’s get started with todays card!

I used my mini Misti by Sweet Petunia to stamp my image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. This is the Copic friendly ink I use most for my Copic coloring. Also, using a mini Misti is such a helpful tool. If part on the image doesn’t ink properly you can just stamp overtop again to get a clearer image.

Copic recipe:

I had fun coloring Blossom in light pastel greens, and yellows. I am naturally drawn to pastels, and love using them whenever I get a chance! Don’t you just love the dots on her tights! For her hair I decided on a medium brown. This helped bring out that cute little face. I also decided to give her a little nose. Nothing fancy,  just a small dot with my Copic black multi-liner. I fussy cut Blossom, and the balloons out. I edged the balloons with my Memento Tuxedo Black marker to give a defined edge.

For the background I used Twisted Citron, and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. In keeping with the lighter shades I used Clarity Stencil Brushes to lightly add color from the ink pads. I was going to add a hill which is what the white strip was going to be used for. I scrapped that idea as I thought Blossom wouldn’t stand out enough. After all she IS supposed to be the star of the card 🙂

I thought I would talk a bit about the balloons. To get the transparency effect the idea is to lay down the darkest colors first. Then layer the lighter colors overtop. You will be able to see through to the bottom darker color. So, for example, this bunch of balloons I did the green then blue next came pink, and finally yellows on top. I made an imaginary line of the balloon I was coloring, and filled it in as a whole balloon as I layered the colors. To finish off the balloons, and give them sparkle I used Wink Of Stella clear. I also used the sparkle on the ruffle of her dress, and her shoes.

In assembling this card I decided to keep it one layer except Blossom, and the balloons which I used small pop dots to give some dimension. The sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh called Easter Sequins Mix, and are a fabulous mixture of colors! They matched perfectly with the Copic pastel colors. I stamped out my sentiments with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Then used clear embossing powder, and heat set that. Next I pre-cut my cardstock, and assembled my card using my Tombow Stamp Runner. To glue the sequins I using Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue, and tweezers for placement.

This is a closeup of Blossom with some seagulls soaring past her as the balloons carry her away 🙂

This is the completed Blossom Loves Balloons card. She was so much fun to create using pastel Copics, and Distress Inks! You can drop a comment below telling me if you like pastels as much as I do! Or maybe you like brights instead 🙂

Until next time, I wish you days filled with sunshine!



Below you will find a list of supplies I used to make this card. If you would like to know more, or purchase an item just click on the image to be taken to the Simon Says Stamp.com website. I do not use affiliated links. I use Simon Says Stamp which is why I recommend them.

Watercolor, and Color Your World

Gansai, and Koi Watercolor

Hi everyone, Jessie here! Today I’m back with another fun watercolor card. This time using the beautiful Gansai, and Koi watercolor palette’s. I used a cute stamp set from Wplus9 called Color Your World. This is a great stamp set, and just perfect for your crafty friends! I added a mason jar full of colorful paintbrushes. Don’t you think this could be straight off any of our craft desks? Okay so lets jump right in, and get started.

First thing was to lay down the background colors. For this I used my Gansai water colors #’s 34, 40, 50,and 62. I am just love this product! It is so smooth, and creamy. It blends together wonderfully! I am not a watercolor artist so I struggled with getting the colors to soften where the color joins. Gansai, I find, is quite forgiving in this aspect 🙂 Once I got done laying down the color I dried it fully with my heat gun. I did the water droplets by flicking water from my fingertips to the watercolor paper. Then let it sit for about 30 seconds, and dab off with a clean paper towel. This helps to give a little splash of interest to the background.

Then I moved on to the detail images using Koi Water Colors. I use a set called Pocket Field Sketch Box which has 24 colors in total. You can see in the picture above the swatch of each watercolor. I did this so I could have an idea of what the colors look like. It is adhered it to the inside lid using double-sided tape. I find I reach for this small box when I travel. It is a perfect size!

In the pictures above you can see the watercolor detail on the individual pieces. For the mason jar I also cut a piece of vellum and fussy cut it. Then added the create sentiment that is included in the same Color Your Would stamp set.

To assemble this card I started with Neenah 110 lb cardstock 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 when top folded. I slit a line around the top rim of the mason jar vellum using my Xacto knife. Then slid the brushes inside under the vellum. It gives the illusion of the brushes being inside the mason jar 🙂 I glued the brushes to the bottom jar cardstock. Then I put small spots of Multi Medium Matte glue in places that would be not noticed when I was done to hold the vellum in place. I popped up the sentiment with adhesive tape to give some dimension.

I finished off this card with a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to match the background colors. The inside was left pretty simple, but carried the feel of the card by using the same images. I decided to use a lighter grey to stamp these images as I didn’t want the inside to overpower the front of the card.

So this is the finished card for today! I hope you enjoy this beautiful day 🙂

I will see you next time.


Below you will find a list of supplies I used to make this card. If you would like to know more, or purchase an item just click on the image to be taken to the Simon Says Stamp.com website.

Watercolor Easter Eggs

Cute Easter cards using Zig, and Koi Water Coloring

Hi everyone! Jessie here, and welcome. Today I am using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers (whew that’s a long one :)), and Koi Water Colors to make a few Easter cards. I love watercolor it is so relaxing. There is something just so playful about laying down water color on paper. I just love it! So let’s get to todays card.

I’ve had an idea of making an egg-shaped card for a while now. There’s something special about Easter, and eggs! I wanted to the egg colors to be mainly pink, blue, yellow, and green. As these colors remind me of Easter! I used Bristol Smooth paper as it works so well with Zig. One thing to remember is don’t overwork the paper with water. It will saturate the paper making it lift the paper. When this happens I find a light rub with a Sanding Block will help fix a rough spot so it’s usually no longer visible. For the flowers I took a bunch of smaller images that I had from several stamp sets and combined them using a Misti Stamp positioner. Then I heat embossed using white Ranger super fine embossing powder, and a heat gun.

Above are pictures of the 3 different Easter cards I made. The first two eggs were done using Koi Water Colors. While the last egg was done with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, and a water brush.

I used Taylored Expressions Egg Stacklets largest die in the set. Holding it in place with Washi tape I ran it through my Big Shot.

I used my Big Shot to do a background using the Paper Studio Doodle Hearts embossing folder. I used a large Happy Easter greeting from a set by Hero Arts called Celebrate Everyday. Next I got out my sentiment You are such a Blessing from WPlus9 Hand Lettered Thanks set. I ran this along a strip of Bristol paper in a continuous line for the bottom of the card. I tried to match up the die ink colors to the color of the background as best I could.

Next to pull the card together I started with stock from Neenah Classic Crest, Solar White 110lb. I made these cards side folding 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. I used a layer of Simon Says Stamp 100lb card stock. Next I adhered the embossed background layer next using Ranger Multi Medium Matte. One of the great things of this adhesive is if you accidentally go over the edge it has a matte finish so it won’t show 🙂 I used Pop Dots to give the egg dimension . For the strip sentiment I used Darice adhesive strips to lift it slightly, and catch the eye.

I decided to finish off my cards with envelopes stamped using the same sentiments, and colors as the cards. I think it just ties everything together 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

See you next time,


Below are the supplies I used making this card. If you would like to know more, or purchase an item just click on the image to be taken to the Simon Says Stamp.com website.

Copic Coloring, Fay Loves Fall

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Hello everyone! I am Jessie, and welcome to Sunshine In Your Day. Today I thought that I do a little Copic coloring using this cute autumn themed stamp set. This set is from Stamping bella, and is called Fay Loves Fall. Since I am trying to work on my Copic skills I thought that I would try to use as close to the original as I could. I figure this is a good way to work on my shading. If you would like to see the original image it can be found here.

This is my completed card, and other than a few small details I am happy with the overall look of my shading.

I first stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink as this type of ink works well with Copic. I then heat embossing using Clear Ranger Super Fine embossing powder. For my Green coat, and hat I used YG21, YG 23, YG17. For the brown leaves I used E57, and the green I used YG23. The snail was done with E53, and YG23.

I used YR02, YR04, YR07 for the pumpkin, hat flower, pockets, and buttons. I tried to do a fair bit of shading on the coat where I thought the light might cast shadows. I also did shading on her boats, and for this I used E53, E55, and E57. For Fay’s dress I used Y02, Y18, and Y19. I love green, and yellow together! Her tights are done using T1, and T3. For the basket I used the same E’s as her boots. I used R27, R29 for the red apples, and YG17, YG23 combo for the green. For skin tones I opted for E000, E00, and R20. And for her hair I picked E50, E31, and E25.

Then I ran into the grass. I had never done this much grass before so had to plan it out first. I finally decided on laying down a lighter Copic first then layering the darker overtop. Finishing with the shadows on top. I also decided I wanted the sky to be completed with a hint of grey to look like cloud cover. To do this I used C00.

To complete this card I adhered the image to a layer of white craft foam to give a little dimension. Then finishing of by adhering the craft foam to a black card base.

I hope that you are having a fantastic weekend, and managed to get a bit of craftiness squeezed in!

Until next time,

You can get the products I used by clicking on the images below