Wednesday, July 18, 2018


CAS Watercolour challenge this month is to use the splash technique (see the above link on how to do it) on a card.

My friend, Cat, had sent me these beautiful mondo sakura which she had stamped one in black and one gold embossed.  Both of them were colored with distress markers and a little water.  The backgrounds were done with the splash technique using distress ink.  After coloring the flowers, I just fussy cut them and put them on the backgrounds.  On the top part of the flower where it was too intricate to fussy cut, I just added a little ink so it would look like I had cut it out.

Had so much fun making those backgrounds - I think it works better than "smooshing".

I am also entering my pink card in The Flower Challenge for making a monochrome card.

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Monday, July 16, 2018


The challenge at The Flower Challenge this month is monochrome, so thought I have a go.

First stamped the striped background and then die cut the flower in the right corner.  Next added the sentiment and clear embossed.  I had some scraps of alcohol inked yupo paper and fit them in on the back of the die cut base - then added the die cut on top and stamped the stamen.  Put this all on a white card base, added a few very light blue/green Nuvo drops and done.  This was a quick and easy card to make - think I'll do a few more without sentiments and use up some alcohol inked scraps.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018


A "happy" whatever card for you today for A Blog Named Hero.  Even though the "Summertime Fun" challenge is finished, pretty flowers and foliage still fit the summer theme.  Besides, I like to make a card that can have various greetings on the inside.  

I stamped the leaves from Delicate Leaf Clusters (sorry-a discontinued HA set) on the bottom of a 4x5.25 piece in two shades of green - the dark first and then the lighter color. Any variety of leaves though could be used for this background though. Then die cut a rectangle with one of the smaller Infinity Rectangle dies.  Put foam tape all over the back of larger piece and mounted on a 4.25x5.5 card base.  Inserted the small piece back in using a liquid glue as it's easier that way to get the best placement.  Die cut the Happy sentiment and after fitting it in place added sparkle with a Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen.  A few little blue flowers for some color and finished.

A new challenge starts tomorrow, 15 July, so be on the lookout for it on A Blog Named Hero.

Hope you like my card today and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, July 13, 2018


My card today is for the current Make-It-Monday challenge where Laurie demonstrated making a shadow background.

I used a large mum (discontinued PTI stamp) which I colored with my copics.  For the background I stamped two smaller mums with some soft brown ink, spattered with some acrylic white paint (my first time spattering with acrylics and made sort of a mess which I was able to cover up tho) and Nuvo drops.  The colored mum is popped up with the leaves behind.  Added orange Nuvo drops to the center of the mum, the little sentiment and done.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018


For the CAS Mix-Up challenge today, I chose to heat emboss my Altenew Peony Dream and Fantasy Floral dies.

Began by using Altenew's golden peach embossing powder on the largest Peony Dream die - then progressed with a piece of vellum, copper, platinum and silver embossing powders.  The little black and yellow center was die cut and clear heat embossed.  Added the flowers to a pale gray 4x3.75 piece and then to a white card base.  The sentiment is stamped inside my card as I thought anything else would take away from the flower.

My second card uses the same embossing powders and is on a HA black card base.  Embossing these lovely dies cuts is not my idea - I think I saw Lydia Evans do something like it awhile back but can't find where it was - sorry I can't link.  Also realized when I was looking at some cards I had pinned that my design is very similar to one Lin did with different stamps - it must have stuck in my mind when I did the card - didn't really mean to copy.

In my cards I have used heat embossing, die cuts, stamping, vellum and I guess putting the flowers together could be called paper piecing.

I am also entering my cards at CAS-ual Fridays #203 heat embossing challenge.

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