Saturday, August 19, 2017


The challenge this month at The Flower Challenge is "background" - so I made three cards using the same technique with my MISTI.  I am also entering the first card in CAS on Friday where the theme is "birthday".

I used the third layer from Altenew's layered lily for the background which is white embossed.  Coordinating inks from Altenew were used for the colored flowers.  Added some Nuvo drops in colors that matched and done.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017


It's quite rare for me to make a card that fits four challenges, but when I started playing around with a new (to me) stencil, I found it fit CAS Watercolour, Christmas Challenges, ABNH Embossing and Just Add Ink - Stencils.

I began with the HA stencil on watercolour paper using inks that would react with water and blended.  I left the stencil on the paper, lightly spritzed with water to dampen and sprinkled on some Celtic sea salt (rather large crystals) - let this dry naturally and scraped off the salt.  Made my card base background by embossing with the HA star confetti die.  After die cutting the stenciled piece with a HA rectangle and giving it a little border mat, I popped it up with some foam tape.  Added the glitter stars, some Spectrum Noir for a bit more glitz, and the sentiment (black ink, clear embossed) - done!

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Thursday, August 10, 2017


The challenge theme this month at A Blog Named Hero is "embossing" and I wanted to make a wedding card in the bride's chosen colors (white, black and gold).

In order to have a a crisp black flower outline, I stamped the flowers and leaves with HA black dye ink several times and then clear embossed.  For sentiments or any outline I think this is best way to have a really crisp black line.  I do use my MISTI and stamp it twice so it stays wet long enough for embossing - but I have never had any trouble with this HA combo.  Masked the flowers with a Post-It so the leaves could look tucked under the flowers.  This piece was die cut with a HA rectangle die and popped up with thin fun foam on a white base.  Die cut the "happy" from some gold metallic paper and made a sentiment strip using gold embossing powder.  My flower is from the HA April 2016 kit.

There's plenty of time to enter your embossed creation at A Blog Named Hero and be eligible for a great prize.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017


The CAS watercolour challenge this month is to use salt on the card with watercolours.  Had seen the technique before but had never given it a try.  Since I had started making some Halloween cards decided to give it a go with a background and NBUS stamp.

I first stamped the woodland scene using my MISTI - had to give it multiple stampings since it was so difficult to get an even black on the watercolour paper - in the end I even filled in the bottom portion with a black brush marker to get it dark enough!  Waltercolored the background and added some Celtic sea salt - was hoping to get more definitive markings from the salt, but this was the best that I could get after leaving it to dry.  Added the little bats and the sentiment and done.
Am also entering this in LaVon's LOVE challenge where the theme this month is "critters".
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Monday, July 31, 2017


It's been awhile since I exchanged a card in the Card Chain Challenge - this month I get to send a card to my great blogging friend, Cat in Maryland.  While I was in rehab she sent me a little kit of prestamped flowers, sentiments, card bases, even a little scissors - everything I would need so I could keep on crafting.  That (along with lots of chocolate and visits from other friends) really kept me going while there for four weeks!!  I am now going to p.t. 3 times a week and getting a real workout on the knee.  This week I have to get it to bend 90 degrees - still have to wear the brace and use the walker, no driving, have figured out how to get my shoes on - baby steps!

I used the sketch and the colors suggested for this month - pale peach, pale yellow and pink.  The black and white stripe is some washi tape and there is a piece of vellum behind that.  Arranged the little flowers on top with some sequins and seed beads in the flower centers, added the sentiment and done.

It's always such a fun surprise to get some happy mail with this challenge - check it out and join in.  

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Friday, July 28, 2017


CASology is celebrating their 5th anniversary with a balloon challenge and a blog hop - was really inspired by all the great designs on the hop. 

Decided on vellum balloons and a happy accident occurred.  Cut some balloons from patterned vellum - plan was to color on the back with alcohol markers and spritz with alcohol for a sort of watercoloured look. Well, I inadvertently colored on the front and when the alcohol hit it, the dots and stripes remained pink and the rest faded off - so I just rubbed it all off and ended up with pink and clear patterns.  The rest was pretty simple - die cut the sentiment, arranged it all, added twine bows and done!  Think this would make a cute card for a baby girl.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017


The theme at A Blog Named Hero this month is "florals" and I certainly love my flowers.  If you have read my blog before, you'll know I recently took a class where we used art, photography, fashion, etc. as our inspiration.  Found this art print and when I saw it, thought it was perfect for the HA ice cream cone set and all the little flowers that are in many of their stamp sets.  It's also National Ice Cream Month so let's celebrate with a floral cone!!

Source: Rifle Paper Co.

I stamped lots of little flowers from HA stamp sets (DC130, CL963, CL779, DC195) in a variety of inks.  Then fussy cut them because most did not have a matching die and I didn't want a white edge.  Stamped the cone and also fussy cut.  Then I did the flower arrangement and used the Press n' Seal method to keep them all together.  Attached the cone and flowers to a base matted with black, stamped the sentiment in black ink and clear embossed.  Added some Spectrum Noir to the flowers and rosewater Nuvo drops. 

In the July release, Hero Arts has a perfect stamp set for making bouquets with small flowers called Summer Garden.  Certainly would have used that if only I had it!!!  On the wishlist!

There is still time to make your floral creation and enter the challenge here.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017


From my little stash of watercoloured tissue paper, I die cut some butterflies and leaves for my entry in the CAS Watercolour Challenge.

First I die cut the circle in the pinkish paper and then dry embossed.  Embossed a piece of cream card and fit it in to match the butterflies in the top piece.  Mounted that on a card base and added the butterfly, leaves and a few raindrops.  This will be a card for the miscellaneous file.  I am also entering this in HLS challenge for July.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017


I had a fun time playing with tissue paper and various dye inks yesterday - this technique certainly makes fantastic watercolor backgrounds!  The challenge at CAS Mix-Up this month is to use tissue paper, stamping and choice - my choice is a die cut.

After making the tissue paper background, I die cut the piece and put it on the white card base.  I colored the iris with Zigs and added some more dimension with my Prisma pencils, die cut them and added them and the sentiment.  

I am also entering this in Virginia's summer challenge and Happy Little Stampers watercolour and blue challenge.

My second card was a result of just some playing around with some DO inks.  Stamped the flowers with worn lipstick on black cs, but it just didn't look very pink, so again used Prisma colored pencils to add a little color.  I'm not wild about the colors, but used them on this card.

All for today.  Thanks for stopping by and love to read your comments.

Friday, July 14, 2017


The challenge at SSS Flickr Challenge this month is black and white with a splash of color.  i used my design from this card, colored the stamped image differently and changed the sentiment.  To break up the black background piece I added a piece of striped washi tape.  Both the image and sentiment are from "Floral Bliss" by SSS.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017


The challenge theme this month at A Blog Named Hero is "florals" and that's just up my alley!!!  Decided to make an "inside out" card as I haven't made one for ages.   These are easy to make with almost any stamp as long as you have a die to match.  


For my card, I first white embossed two of the flowers from the HA April 2016 kit, colored them with Copics and die cut a whole flower, then just a center part and layered them.  Did the same with the leaves. I next figured out where I wanted the flower and die cut the card front.  Then I fitted the layered flower in the cut area and glued it so it would be on the inside of the card.  The leaves are on the outside of the card.  Added the little sentiment, a few sequins and some Nuvo gold (flower center) and done!  The card base is HA wet cement - love these layering papers as they're white inside and there is such a great range of colors from which to choose.

You can enter your floral creation here and be eligible for a great prize.   

I am entering this in The Flower Challenge as the theme there this month is embossing.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Since I am unable to "do" stairs, I had my sons move my craft stuff from the lower level of my townhome to the first floor second bedroom/office (which it used to be).  They also bought me a new desk and chair and put a ceiling fan/light in the room as the window faces west and can get really warm in the afternoon.  Got rid of a futon, file cabinet, lots of books, etc. to accommodate the new desk and chair.  A friend came over the other day and helped me organize as Kevin and Mike just brought stuff upstairs while I was still in rehab - so I didn't know where anything was.  What a joy it is to have everything where I can find it and to have such great family and a friend to help.  Here are some pics of the new room!

Top left is an antique oak file cabinet that holds a multitude of supplies.  Next to it is an old oak library table and another wood table where I keep my clear stamps, embossing folders, and stencils organized in wooden boxes (Target) and vintage filing and sewing machine drawers.  Bottom left is my new desk and chair.  Last is another view of the desk with the bookcase where I keep more supplies.  It will probably be tweaked a bit more as time goes by, but right now it works for me.  The desk has a pull out space where a keyboard is supposed to be, but I have a small paper cutter, my MISTI, and a small score board stored on it.  So handy. There is also a deep filing drawer where I keep all my cardstock.  The desk came from Office Depot (RealSpace).  

All for now.  

Monday, July 3, 2017


My final bit of homework for the Altenew Muse class uses photography as the inspiration.  

Love the soft colors with the strong contrast of the black tree and the bench for balance. 

I sponged on worn lipstick and broken china distress oxide inks and then went over the colors very lightly with some Altenew mocha.  Spattered some water drops, popped the piece up with fun foam on a pale grey base, added the leaves, the sentiment and a few clear sequins and done!

I have loved this class and would again highly recommend if you would like to stretch your designing skills.

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