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.

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

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.

 Thanks for visiting today...

Monday, July 9, 2018


The challenge this month at CAS Mix-Up is to colour your die cuts.  I chose to watercolour mine.

I began by lightly stamping a striped background which was 4x5.25.  Then die cut the lower left area with my new Blossom die.  Here's how I did my watercolouring:

I die cut the flowers using a dryer sheet underneath my cardstock while I was cutting.  Then I used my Zigs for the colouring.  As you can see I have two extra coloured for more cards.  This was really an easy way to do colour as I didn't have fiddly little pieces to manage (and probably lose!).  Mounted the striped piece on a white card base, fitted the pieces in place, added the sentiment and done!!

Also am entering my card in The Paper Players "Celebrate" challenge and LaVon's Love challenge for July.

Thanks for stopping by today and also for your kind comments.

Sunday, July 8, 2018


My card today is for two challenges - the colors are for Color Throwdown and the poinsettia is for CAS Christmas 

The poinsettia was gold embossed on navy cardstock and colored with polychromos.  After gold embossing the sentiment,  Nuvo drops and some little dots (done with a gold pen) were added.

.Thanks for stopping by and hope you like my card.

Saturday, July 7, 2018


Every year I have good intentions to complete the MFT Summer School and this year I finally did it!!  So here's every day in one fell swoop!!

Day 1 - White Space

Day 3 - Repetition

Day 4 - Complementary Colors

Day 5 - Symmetry 

I am also going to enter the Day 3 card in the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  The challenge at Inspired By... theme is vintage linens and my primary color card fits nicely there.

Too many photos to add any explanations!  Thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, June 30, 2018


My card today is Jerrie in Wisconsin as part of the June Card Chain Challenge.  I went with the suggested colors of sage, baby blue and pine green and a theme of friendship.

The wreath and sentiment uses C & 9th Wreath Turnabout in various shades of green and the baby blue flowers are from EH's Courage set.   Nuvo drops were dotted here and there and the sentiment was stamped in black and clear embossed.  

The Card Chain Challenge (link to 2018 dates) is a fun way to meet new stamping friends - every month is a sketch, colors and theme from which to choose - you don't have to use them all.  So come and join in sometime!

Thanks for visiting today.


Friday, June 29, 2018


Last summer I made this card for A Blog Named Hero when the theme was florals.  Thought something similar would work again with the "Summertime Fun" theme for this month.  Ice cream, flowers and summertime certainly go together!!  What is your favorite flavor???  Breyers ice cream with Heath Bars added in is mine!  Love blue hydrangeas, but thought this peach color was a better fit!

I stamped the hydrangea with fresh peach on a heavy piece of vellum and then clear embossed.  All the stamping was done that way - it gives such great shine and texture.  After fussy cutting the flower, I colored a bit on the back with some alcohol markers. The cone was stamped in soft brown and cup o' joe, the little leaves in field green and the sentiment (this is a fantastic set if you need a variety of holiday stamps) in black.  The cherry on top was a fun afterthought - it's also stamped on vellum and colored with red royal.  The little pink accents are Nuvo rosewater drops.  The focal point piece and mat were both cut using the rectangle infinity dies (these are on my desk all the time).

Join our "Summertime" challenge this month here - Hero Arts has a $50 and $25 gift certificate for our winners!

Had fun making this card and hope you like it - and enjoy your summer too!

Thursday, June 28, 2018


My card today is for Altenew Academy - day 5.  It involved some masking and then several coloring techniques with alcohol markers.

One of the things Kelly had in her lesson was a gradient background for her flowers.  My colors that I chose for both the background and the flowers were running dry so didn't do any shading of the blue and really had tough time with the flowers.  I couldn't bring myself to do the sentiment the way she did it - I am too much of a perfectionist and didn't have the guts to do it in case I messed up my coloring.  I did add drop shadows though and other details which I really like.  I will finish this card when I need it for something special  as I think the coloring took over an hour.

EDIT:  A friend need a 50th anniversary card - I die cut "50" from gold metallic paper and placed that in the middle - added a nice anniversary sentiment inside - done!!  And Susan loved it!

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Sunday, June 24, 2018


This week Altenew Academy is having another class and this time it's with Kelly Latevola doing one-layer cards.  Yesterday I worked all afternoon on the first lesson and thought for sure I flunked the class right off the bat.  So not being one to give up, I started entirely over with a new card today.  

Kelly's card used background stamping with individual stamps and that's where the problem was yesterday - I am just rubbish at that and getting something to my satisfaction. Today I used the Sketchy Flower (very large) stamp for the background.  Used the Altenew alcohol markers in the soft greys for shading in the flowers and also for the bit of green on the leaves.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts as I had nothing from Altenew that would work for this technique.  A few black Nuvo drops covered up a few little smudges.  Am way behind in the homework department for this class, but will carry on!  

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Sunday, June 17, 2018


CAS Colours and Sketches has a sketch challenge this week - so made this card.

Stamped the flowers in the corners and then masked and stamped smaller flowers and leaves to fill out the space and colored with my Zigs.  Die cut the rectangle and added the larger piece with foam tape to a gray card base.  Inserted the smaller cut out piece back into the space along with the sentiment.  Colored the stamen of the flowers with a glossy black gel pen.  

Thanks for stopping by today.

Thursday, June 14, 2018


Even though our A Blog Named Hero's current May/June watercolour challenge is over and a new challenge begins tomorrow, I'm still playing with watercolors - it's Brushos this time.

I first sprinkled a piece of watercolor paper with blue and green Brushos - and then heavily spritzed with water.  It turned out way darker than I like - so die cut with the HA butterfly which lightened it up a whole lot. Stenciled a background with HA rain dance using some light grey ink. Had the black die cut striped piece sitting on my desk and wondered what it would look like on a shaker??? Decided it would work - used HA ocean sequins.  Added a little sentiment (stamped in black and clear embossed) - done and dusted.

Check out A Blog Named Hero tomorrow (15 June) for a new fun challenge with great prizes from Hero Arts.  Thanks for visiting today and love to read your kind comments.