Sunday, October 15, 2017


The challenge at CAS Watercolour this month is fall leaves.  Awhile back I had seen this video and wanted to give it a try.  It's called "watercolor dip" and involves soaking your die cut in water and then dropping colors onto the wet piece.  So I die cut a bunch of leaves from watercolor paper, soaked them and started adding colors.  It was fun and fast to do.  After they were dry, I added the gold embossed veins.

For the card on the left, I used a distress oxide background and the one on the right is just some watercolours.  I can't decide which one I like better so am entering both.

I am also entering my cards at Dies R Us where the challenge is "leaves" and Happy Little Stampers challenge which is watercolour with a twist of gold.

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Friday, October 13, 2017


Today I have two cards for the challenge at The Paper Players this week which is a color combo of orange, brown and yellow and for Color Throwdown where the colors are orange, taupe and black. Hope you're not tired my Halloween cards yet!!!

The card on the left uses some dies I've had forever and just made a little scene with them.  The card on the right uses an embossing folder that was inked with the oranges, dark yellows and tans.  Ran it through my CB and then I added more ink along the trees  The pumpkin is wood that had been glittered.  Added a couple of shiny bats along with the little sentiment - done!

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Thursday, October 12, 2017


The challenge theme this month at A Blog Named Hero is "critters" - and I just don't "do" critters very well.  Decided tho that bats are critters and found some in my HA collection and think I created a pretty fun Halloween card.

Stamped the YNS Mini Batty Background Spatter and a couple of bats from HA Halloween Trimmings Stamp and Cut with some HA black ink and clear embossed.  Die cut this with the MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle.  The pumpkin was die cut from HA Autumn Icons - to keep the pieces together I used micropore tape on the back.  Dusted some copper Perfect Pearls to give it some shine, added the little twine bow and the copper embossed sentiment.  Put some fun foam on the back and mounted on a card base.
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Am also entering this in CAS on Sunday where the theme is fall or Halloween

Thanks for visiting today and your kind comments are so much appreciated.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


The theme this week at CAS on Sunday is fall or Halloween.  Love making cards for my family and friends for Halloween so added another one to my stash.
Used the PTI shaker pumpkin die and a little golden spider.  Added some Spectrum Noir to the pumpkin for a little more pizazz!  
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017


This month I'm sending my card to my good stamping friend, Greta in Or.  I followed the sketch and the colors for the CCC challenge pretty closely.

I used the embossed impression technique from Jennifer McGuire - it didn't come out as good as hers did, but I 'm happy with it.  Used leaf dies from Concord & 9th to make the impression and then watercolored them with DO inks.  Did some spattering with gold metallic paint and added some Nuvo drops and the sentiment.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017


I loved the photo challenge for The Card Concept this week and immediately thought of my PTI pumpkin die from quite a few years ago.  So used the pumpkin and colors to make this card.

I guess it could be in the classy and elegant category.  Die cut the pumpkin parts, added the layers to the front and ran it through a dotted embossing folder.  Die cut the leaves from some pretty, shiny paper, added a bit of ink around the edges and some clear Nuvo drops, attached the back and done.  

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Monday, October 2, 2017


The CAS Mix-Up challenge this month is to use layering stencils.  My challenge was to find some stencils that would look ok being layered - or rather finding a stencil that had some open space so that another stencil could be layered with it.  Finally settled on the Tim Holtz autumn leaves and a speckled stencil also from TH.

First I stenciled the leaves with various distress inks.  Then used the speckles stencil with some copper ink (the brownish speckles).  Next I put Versamark over all the leaves (using the stencil) and clear embossed so I could add some color to the background without changing the color of the leaves.  Die cut the piece with the MFT wonky stitched die, matted it with some blue and then onto an oatmeal base.  Die cut the "thanks" three times and then added some clear Nuvo to give it sparkle.  A few sequins finished it.

Not too much stamping (only the "giving" in the sentiment), embossing, layering stencils and die cutting are all included.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017


I'm hosting a challenge over at the Hero Arts discussion group today - it's a 24 hour challenge which lasts until tomorrow (1 October 2pm CDT).  The theme is "autumn" and "metallic".  Here are the sample cards I made to inspire the group.

I'm making good use of my new "Autumn Icons" dies from HA.  More info about my cards and the challenge here and here

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Thursday, September 28, 2017


Another card for A Blog Named Hero's monthly challenge - "one layer".  To give my card dimension, texture and interest, I used both dry and wet embossing with one focal point and a varied background.

The leaf stamp is a HA wood block which is no longer available - but any large stamp could be used for a focal point.  The leaf is stamped in versamark and then embossed in a mix of copper and gold powder.  The background was sponged with DO inks (wild honey, fossilized amber, spiced marmalade and vintage photo) and then spattered with water. I used two of the HA infinity rectangle dies to dry emboss the frame, added some Nuvo gold drops and done!

Other than fiddling around to get my two rectangle dies perfectly aligned, this was a quick card to make.   So put on your thinking caps and make a fantastic one layer card for our challenge - there's still time so enter here and be eligible for a great prize!

Thanks for dropping by today and love to read your kind comments.

Monday, September 25, 2017


Fell in love with those "Autumn Icons" dies from HA this month and since Darnell is having her NBUS challenge, these were the perfect choice!

For both the leaf and the pumpkin, I put some wide micropore tape on the back of my paper and then die cut.  The tape is leftover from when I had my knee surgery, but you can buy lots of places.  That way all the little bits and bobs stayed in place.  All the paper that I used came from a pad from Target that I bought last fall - love the shiny copper!  I have two guy birthdays in October, so these will be for Matthew and John.  The little sentiment strip was embossed with copper powder from HA.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017


Here's a last minute entry for both CAS Watercolour and CAS Mix-Up challenges.  

I put the tree stencil onto a piece of watercolour paper, covered with Versamark and white heat embossed.  Then mixed various blues on my palette and did a wash, added some salt and let dry.  Trimmed it down and added to a pale gray base.  Die cut the sentiment, added some glittery Nuvo dots and done.

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Halloween is coming up and I love sending cards to my friends and family - and needed a simple design for multiples.  Went through my stash of patterned papers and found some that would make fun backgrounds.  Here's one that turned out to be really a fun card!

I cut the pp to 4.25x5.5 and then die cut with my Altenew big alphabet dies.  Added a piece of silver cs on the back and adhered to a card base.  Added my cute little spider and some silver Nuvo dots and done.  Really a quick and easy card.  Think I'll make some with "boo" also.  

Am entering this in CASology's "BIG" challenge (those letters are really big!!) and CAS on Sunday's using dies.

Thanks for stopping by today and all your kind comments.

Saturday, September 16, 2017


The challenge this month at CAS Watercolour is to use a silhouette.  I finally thought of something that wasn't just a black or white silhouette in the regular sense of the word.  So I went back to my new Altenew striped leaf cover die and tried to work out what I was originally trying to do in this post.

I wanted just the die cuts bits all back on my card (without going mad) and finally figured out how to accomplish this.  First I die cut the leaves on a piece of watercolor paper using 3 layers of dryer sheets on the back so all the bits would stay in place.  Then I did a watercolor wash mixing my paints so I would get this peachy color.  After it was dry I covered it on the front with a piece of Press' n Seal.  Then I carefully removed the dryer sheets from the back making sure the bits of the die cut stayed stuck on the Press 'n Seal.

So now all the little pieces are stuck in place.  The other piece is warped from being wet and peeling it off.  Added dots of glue to the back side, positioned it over my card base and pressed all in place. Let it dry for a few minutes with an acrylic block on top. Again, gently and carefully, I peeled off the Press 'n Seal.  The larger pieces adhered really well, but did have to add more glue (used a glue pen) to get the bitty dots on the top and bottom and also some of the skinny pieces to stay in place.  Finished it all off with a simple sentiment on copper metallic paper and some copper Nuvo drops. I didn't time myself doing all this (am used to putzing around on a card) but would guess it  took about an hour.  Hope all this makes sense.

I ironed the other piece between two sheets of copy paper to flatten it, and made a shaker card which took no time at all.  

 Thanks for visiting and maybe reading all that description.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


The challenge theme at A Blog Named Hero this month is "one layer" - and I must admit this is not easy for me to do.  So I put on my thinking cap and thought of ways I could give my card some dimension, texture and interest without adding layers.

First I used a large woodgrain stamp with a light tan ink to create my background.  Then added a variety of leaves - the little ones are from 2016 September MMH and the large one is a wood block stamp (HA) I've had for ages.  HA also has Color Layering Grateful Leaves which has lovely fall leaves which could also be used.  Picked out a selection of orange and gold inks and stamped my pattern.  The sentiment (also from September 2016 MMH kit) was stamped in black and embossed in clear.  Added some Spectrum Noir to all the leaves and a few copper Nuvo drops and done.

Hope you will find some wonderful ways to create a one layer card and enter our monthly challenge here - and be eligible to win a great prize from our sponsor this month.

Thanks for visiting today.  Happy creating,

Sunday, September 10, 2017


I went a little crazy this weekend in making cards for various challenges.  So here goes!!

This card is for two challenges - Ellen Hutson's Mix-It-Up (use EH and Honey Bee products) and The Paper Players (pink, green, silver and white).  The flower is EH Mondo Peony loosely watercolored and with Nuvo drops in the center.  The sentiment is from Honey Bee - cut from vellum and silver.  It's all on a green SU base (I think it's called moss).  

I made this card for CAS Mix-Up (watercolor wash, stamping and heat embossing).  After doing the peachy watercolor wash, I cut my piece down, stamped the magnolias from Clearly Besotted and embossed with HA copper powder.  Added some definition to the flowers with a Prismacolor pencil and copper Nuvo drops and finally added the sentiment.

CAS on Sunday's challenge is to use markers or pencils.  I first made my background with the same CB stamp embossed in the Altenew peach. I used Zig markers to lightly color three of the flowers and gave them more color with a Prismacolor pencil.  Added the little sentiment and some more Nuvo drops (I'm certainly loving them) and done.

Thanks for looking at this long post and love to read your kind comments.