Author Archive | Chrissy Dickinson

Meadowlark and Holly

Hello Everyone! While here in Wisconsin we do not have snow yet, with the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season and everyone preparing and decking their homes for the Christmas season. Today’s card uses the beautiful images from the State Birds sets. From this selection of images you can choose a beautiful image to create your projects for ANY season!

On this project, I used the Meadowlark and Holly image and stamped it using Black Memento Ink on White Smooth cardstock. I colored the image using Prismacolor Pencils. Once colored, I adhered the image to green cardstock and then attached it to White Smooth cardstock as the base.

I then stamped “my warmest thanks” from the image, My Warmest Thanks, Daisy Bookmark  in black Memento ink. To add the finishing touches, I added a sequin using a mini glue dot to adhere it to the card.

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a wonderful week!


A Sympathy Couer de Rose


I love this rose set, isn’t it gorgeous?  I couldn’t resist coloring it up when I got this beautiful image from Art Neko. The stamp is called Couer de Rose,  it even sounds fancy, right? I colored the Rose portion with a a Black dye based marker some white cardstock and let it dry.  I colored with Copic markers V20 and V25 and then took my Eggplant dye based marker and created some shading with some dots. I used my Copic Markers YG67 and YG63 for the stems.

I stamped the With Sympathy with Plum Ink. Once I was finished cutting the patterned paper and matting with plum ad turquoise cardstock, I added some Stardust Stickles to the top portion. To finish the card off, I added some purple feathers and a Prima flower.

Check out all of the gorgeous Rose images available HERE.  Aren’t they beautiful?  Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy your week!

Chrissy D


Hang In There with Fabric Paper

Whimsical and Kind Sayings

Hey Everyone, Welcome to the Art Neko Galleries. Today’s project uses Art Neko’s beautiful fabric papers and a Hang in there Sentiment. On this project, I took white cardstock and sponged yellow and orange across the entire piece. I layered adhesive across the colorful cardstock and adhered the White and Silver Fabric paper to the background and set it aside to dry.  While that was drying, I layered it to white and tangerine cardstock. Meanwhile, using white Embossing powder, I heat embossed the Hang in there, from the Whimsical and Kind Sayings on black cardstock and adhered it to the card layers.

I am thrilled to announce that the talented Holly Brown is Featured Stamper over at Splitcoaststampers this week. I decided to CASE a few of her projects   this one  and this one. The guidelines to play along in a CASE is we are supposed to choose a card and change 2 or more things on the  project. It could be a color combo, embellishments, backgrounds, or even the main image could be different — but similar because you don’t own the exact image. Please list the changes you made in your description.


I hope you enjoyed my project! Thank you for stopping by! Be sure to come by tomorrow to see what Holly has in store for you. If this is your first time here, scroll back to see the other designs from our talented Team!

Chrissy D



A Single Rose

Hello, everyone! HAPPY MONDAY! I hope you had a wonderful week! The quote from Leo Buscaglia goes like this; A single rose can be my garden…a single friend, my world. I am blessed with many dear friends and roses remind me of my friends. I love these gorgeous roses that Art Neko offers! I can envision them in so many elegant projects!

On today’s creation, I embossed the Rose Background  stamp in White Embossing powder on Light Team Cardstock and then color it in with a Teal Marker. I cut out a circle using Circle Spellbinders using white cardstock. I then stamped the Old Fashioned Rose 2 in a Bermuda Bay ink and thought it got lost with the Rose Background, so decided to take a darker teal and lightly traced the image and drew some dots and drew along the edge of the circle. I stamped the Thank you image in Bermuda Bay Ink and adhered it to the background to create a tag. I added 3 gems along the left-hand side of the border to finish the card.

Be sure to come back tomorrow to see what our other talented designers are creating. If this is your first time here, scroll back and check out some more creative designs! Thank you for stopping by! Have a BLESSED week!

Chrissy D



Snoozing Mouse in Teacup

Snoozing Mouse in a Tea Cup

Hi Everyone and HAPPY Monday!!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I recently had a friend who had back surgery and thought I would bless her with a card. These CUTE Teacup images are sure to bring a smile to many faces.

I chose the Snoozing Mouse in a tea cup image. I colored the image with Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils. This mouse was so fun to color. Once colored, I cut out the image and mounted it on a Circle Nestabilities by Spellbinders and cut it out. I sponged the circle with light blue ink.

I added some extra gems with the Starform Stickers to add a little bling. I ran the light blue cardstock through the Big Shot to add some texture and adhered it to the patterned paper. To finish the card, I embossed the Whimsical and Kind Sayings, Get well soon with White Embossing Powder and my Heat tool.

I hope you enjoyed my project! Thank you for looking! Have a wonderful day!

Chrissy D



Sunflower Teapot

Hi Everyone! I am an absolute coffee lover and every now and then, I enjoy a spot of tea. Art Neko has many tea pots and tea cups that are SO fun to color! On today’s card, I stamped the Sunflower Teapot using Memento Black Tuxedo Ink. Then using my Copic Markers I colored the image. Using the Circle Nestabilities from Spellbinders, I cut out the spout and handle, tucked them under and cut out the circle using my Big Shot. Using brown Coredinations I cut out the Lacy Circle set. I stamped the background on white card stock using Soft Suede Ink. I created a band across cardstock base and added some coordinating ribbon. Using pop dots, I added a little dimension to the circle image.

To complete the card, I used Starform stickers to add a little bling to the card. If you love these images, be sure to check out the whole sheet of teapots! Thank you for stopping by!

Sun Flower Tea Pot

Chrissy D


Little Ms. Mouse

Little Ms. Mouse take Her Daily Bath in Bubbles

Hello Everyone – This is Chrissy D here! I have fallen in love with these adorable Mouse/ Tea images! This  Little Ms. Mouse takes her daily bath in bubbles  set was SO much fun to color! I used my Copic Markers and colored on my White Cardstock after stamping the image with Black Memento ink. Once I finished coloring the image, I used a Scor-pal and created an embossed line to frame the image. Using the stamp Whimsical and Kind Sayings, I used a water based marker and colored the Thinking of you image, one word at a time to “stack it” as it would not fit across the page the way it was designed.

I will often use a general statement image like Thinking of you, because I know I can grab it for nearly any occasion. However, I do confess, that I am AWFUL at actually mailing my cards. I tend to hoard them in my craft room, then if a friend comes over, I ask her to take a stack home so I can create more and not have extras lying about. Are you like that?

To finish my card, I used light Blue Nuvo drops and black gems along the bottom. These gems are some of my favorites! Just the right embellishment for nearly any project. Thank you for stopping by and taking a peek!

Chrissy D



Bold Birds

Hello Everyone! Today, I decided to try something different with the State Birds stamp set. I was looking around and thought I would challenge myself to an Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. The challenge I decided upon was napkins. Yep. I decided to live dangerously, I know!

This is the picture of the Inspiration piece I took from:


I decided to go with the Color combination AND the circular motion of the plate and floral design.

State Birds

I stamped the State Birds stamp set  FIVE times on White card stock. I used sponge daubers and a bold yellow and Navy ink to add the shading. I cut those and matted them on Navy Cardstock. I then cut a gold ring using a circle cutter using my Circle Nestibilities. I sponged the edges and then alternating space, I looped it through and under alternating rectangles. I then had a Words die cut and cut out the Thanks to finish all of the pieces of the card front and matted it on Black card stock. The base of the card stock measures 5″ x 7″ folded (10″x7″ before it is folded), so I will need a n A7 size envelope.

To finish the card, I cut out the 5th image of the bird and mounted it on top of the circle, using some pop dots to create some dimension with the bird.

Thank you for taking the time to look!





お主は俺の敵か? Onushi wa ore no teki ka?

OK this is Chrissy D here – and I couldn’t help myself with this CUTE little Samurai cat. Here is a sassy Samurai cat and he is saying: お主は俺の敵か? Onushi wa ore no teki ka? You wanna piece o’ this? (literal translation: Are you my enemy?)

Well, I know YOU are not my enemy – but I thought it would be fun to share that. I do not read Japanese, nor do I speak it, so I have no idea even how to pronounce it. I am sure GOOGLE would be able to tell me though, right?

I had so much fun playing with this stamp set and creating a background to match the cat. If you love Asian type images, Art Neko has a wide variety of beautiful images. However, even if the Asian style is NOT your type, I know there are more images than we can imagine to draw from our creative juices.  For instance, Art Neko offers so many beautiful florals, you can spend an hour or more looking through the variety of luscious papers, punches and images! Then let’s say you like whimsical and FUN images that may strike your humorous side – you can see those HERE. I love the fact Art Neko has a search button because I can type in whatever words I want too and seach to find what I am looking for!
All right, moving on to my card! I had a ton of fun playing with my Gelatos. I started out with Water color paper and scribbled my gelatos across the background in a “tiger” pattern. I sprayed water with a mister and then using my Aquapainter and brush strokes I blended the colors in a bit. The little circles behind the images, was a scrap I had left for a die cut, I wanted to use up.

I stamped the Samurai Cartoon Cat in Memento Black ink and colored him with my Copic Markers and White gel pen. I matted the card on Black cardstock and then some orange cardstock.

Once finished, I stamped the sentiment using the image from this Tiger’s Galore sheet and added these Iridescent Round Faceted Gems


Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy your Labor Day!


Butterflies and Flowers

Hi Everyone, Chrissy D here!!! Every now and then I see an image or a technique that I just have to try but do not always have the correct supplies, so I improvise… Some times it works and other times, I throw the project in the trash or set it aside for another day. I got lucky this week and it turned out. *HAPPY DANCE*
I started with the Crafters Workshop stencil, Treescape and taped it down to Smooth White cardstock with my painters tape. I used a Stipple Brush along with several ink colors – mustard, navy, light blue, lavender and olive to create the background. Using the Butterflies and Flowers bookmark,  I stamped the image using Staz On Black Ink and then proceeded to clean it right away using the StazOn All Purpose Cleaner to clean the stamp.  Art Neko also carries refills for this great cleaner! You can find the StazOn All-Purpose Stamp Cleaner Refill here.
Butterfly border

I grabbed my old Watercolor crayons from my stash and used my Aquapainter to watercolor the floral image. However, as I was looking around Art Neko, I found this! Have you seen these? Liquid Ink Markers Set (10)These sound so cool! These markers can be can be blended with a watercolor brush to create even more colors. Imagine the possibilities! Adding them to my WISH LIST! I love FUN, NEW toys, don’t you?

To finish off the card, I stamped Thank You in StazOn ink and added Stickles to the flowers on the bookmark.  I appreciate you stopping by today! Be sure to come back tomorrow to see Miss Holly Brown’s artwork. Have a great day!



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