Author Archive | Leah Cornelius

Paired Swans Swimming

Hi! I have a super pretty image to share with you today called Paired Swans Swimming in a Lily Pond. I just love swans, such beautiful and regal birds.

I stamped the image onto white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with my Copic markers. I really enjoy white images because you just use a light shade of gray in the shadowed areas and it gives the illusion of a white image without it being completely flat.

I paired the image with some patterned paper and finished it with some pen dots and a little paper rose. I hope you have a creative day!


Birds and Nest

Hi! Leah here with you today with a sweet card that could be used for so many occasions or just because the image is so sweet. The image is called A Family Nesting in a Cherry Tree.

I stamped the image onto white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored the image with Copic markers. I chose some contrasting patterned paper for the background and layered it behind the image.

I added some faux stiching and  twine bow with a little gem stone in the middle. I hope you are having a great day. Thanks for stopping by!


Bumble Bee

Hello! Leah with you today with a simple but encouraging card that’s perfect to give to someone just because. I love this time of year as everything starts to wake up and the flowers and bees come back around. I used the lovely image called The Humble Bumble Bee as my main focus and colored it with Copic markers.

The sentiment is so perfect with the bee as well. I stamped it onto some patterned paper and cut the end to be a little flag shape.

I hope your day is filled with sunshine and that you’ll share it with whomever you meet along your way. Thanks for dropping by!


Framed Koi

Hello! Leah here today with a card that has a beautiful image and a wonderful saying. I love sentiments that have a lot of meaning. The stamp set I used is called Framed Koi and Kanji with a Wee Butterfly.

I just love this sentiment. He who obtains has little he who scatters has much. So true! I stamped the image and sentiment onto watercolor paper and colored it with Tombow markers. For the water I used a very light blue and quickly covered the entire background. I then went over the water in the front of the image around the koi with the same blue to achieve a darker tone. I love how one color can give varying effects.

The bit of patterned paper is from a collage sheet from Bmuse. I added a twine bow to finish it. I hope you enjoyed my card and be sure to scatter some kindness today!



Hello! Leah with you today and I have a couple of bookmarks to share with you. My family loves to read and we are always in need of bookmarks!

I love the different bookmark stamps Art Neko offers and this one has the cutest sentiment, “So many book so little time.” This is the So Many Books So Little Time Gerbera Daisy’s Bookmark. I stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic markers.

I punched a small hole into the top and added a bit of twine. I like my bookmarks to be completely flat and smooth so as not to hurt any book pages. This is such a pretty stamp! I hope you enjoyed by project today. Thanks for joining me!


Pocket Card

Hello! Leah with you today with a fun pocket card. Sometimes it’s fun to mix up the card types you make and the library cards and pockets from B Muse were the perfect pairing.

I started by using Distress inks to distress the library pocket. I used the colors Weathered Wood and Bundled Sage with a bit of Broken China. I stamped the sentiment, All things grow with love, in black ink and trimmed it out and distressed it as well. I used a beautiful collage sheet from B Muse for the crane paper background and adhered that onto the pocket. I then stamped the beautiful Circle Medallion of Flowers and Butterflies in red, trimmed it out and adhered it using foam tape.

For the pull out card I used a library card and used another piece from the collage sheet and stamped the Standing Crane Medallion in black in and trimmed it out and adhered it. I then stamped the Love Rose sentiment at the bottom and colored in the rose using Tombow markers. I hope you enjoyed my card today! Thanks for visiting 🙂


Rose Garden Fairy

Hello! Leah with you today with a card that is perfect as spring gets underway. I fell in love with this image when I first saw it and couldn’t wait to watercolor it. It’s called Delicate Framed Fairy in a Rose Garden.

If I could be a fairy this one would be it 🙂 I started by stamping the image onto watercolor paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I then used Gansai Tambi watercolors to color the image. As I continue to learn how to paint with watercolors one of the best things to do is decide on your colors and aim to paint them in as few washes as you can. Also to pay attention to light and dark areas, contrast is what makes an image come alive.

I added a die cut doily strip to the bottom and chose to keep the contrast high by giving her a sparkly black background. Some machine stitching around the border finished it off.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and that if it’s spring time where you are that you are starting to warm up! Thanks for visiting today!



Hi there! Leah here with you today and I am sharing a fun spring card. Spring is my favorite time of year and I love flowers regardless of the season so I really enjoyed creating this one!

I cut a piece of watercolor paper and stamped the gorgeous Framed Tulip in Versafine Onyx Black ink. That ink is great for watercoloring, it won’t bleed at all! I then stamped the lovely sentiment stamp, Happiness is to hold flowers in both hands. I used my Tombow markers to color the image. I started with the backgound using a really pale blue and then moved to the flower. In general I find it’s best to start with your background. For the tulip I started with a peachy color and layered on a darker red and then used a slightly wet brush to blend them together. The leaf was done in the same way with a dark green and a light green.

To finish it I used some jute twine and tied a bow and then added a lovely tiny white paper rose from B.Muse. Some machine stitching and patterned paper brought it all together. I hope you find some happiness today! Thanks for joining me.


Meadowlark and Holly

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas day if you celebrate and a great day even if you don’t. With so much to be thankful for a nice wintery card is the perfect way to say thanks.


This gorgeous image is called Meadowlark and Holly. I stamped it onto kraft cardstock and colored it with colored pencils. Kraft and colored cardstock were just meant to go together. The white background is a white pencil and I love the softness it lends to the overall image.


Some simple stitching and few sequins are all this pretty bird need. Another great, flat card to send off to someone to say thanks!


Quilted Reindeer

Hello! December is well on it’s way marching to Christmas! Today I have a fun card to share with you that would be easy to mail. I especially like those kind this time of year.


I used the super cute image called Quilted Reindeer and colored it with colored pencils. I then trimmed it out and mounted it to a piece of cardstock and used a white gelly roll pen to give the impression of snow. I went for a sketchy kind of look since the reindeer is sweet and whimsical.


Some machine stitching and twine layered with a bit of Christmasy patterned paper finish my card. I hope you are inspired to make a few more Christmas cards to send out. It’s not too late!


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