Wednesday, July 1, 2020


A few weeks ago with a Honey Bee order was a prestamped card for coloring - it's been on my desk and calling my name to get going and do some coloring.

I did Yana's no blend alcohol marker coloring again - I think I'm a bit hooked on that lately 'cause it's such fun!  The original HB card had the same area blocked off with a printed sentiment, but I wanted to jazz things up a bit.  Covered the center part with a band of white cardstock and bordered it with thin black strips.  Cut the "you" out six time and layered.  Lastly added the rest of the sentiment.  Used a black glaze pen to add a little definition to the stamen in the flower centers.  Aren't those little bees darling - too bad one of them is sort of covered up.

I am entering this in Kathy Racoussin's 30 Day Coloring Challenge, the SSS Flickr Challenge (friendship) and the SSSIGChallenge for July (friendship).

Stamps: You Matter (SSS); Spring Blossoms (HB)
Die: You (SSS)

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Here's my card that I'm sending to Jeanne in Minnesota for the June Card Chain Challenge.


I used the colors (peach, terracotta and pineapple) and a larger version of the sketch for my card.  To get the colors as close as possible to the ones required, I inked cardstock before die cutting.


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Monday, June 29, 2020


Our challenge this month at A Blog Named Hero is "something old, something new" - in other words, use an old Hero Arts stamp with a newer one.  The stamp I chose is a sunflower from back in the 90's - I took it off the wood block so I could use it in my stamp positioner.

I used masking to create the background sunflowers and had to fussy cut the main flower along with cutting a smaller area to give it dimension.  Since the stamp didn't come with leaves, I found some from another set that worked.  Gave the piece a black mat and added to a white card base.  The sentiment comes from a set I bought last fall.  Added a few yellow enamel dots for a little color and done!

You certainly have something old and something new in your stash for creating a card for this month's challenge - two great prizes are there to be won!

Stamps: Peonies (sentiment)

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Sunday, June 28, 2020


Today's card is for three challenges - Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge  (polka dots, coloring and sparkle or polka dots, sequins and summer), Seize the Birthday (watercoloring) and Festive Friday (birthday, floral, CAS and single image).

I stamped my poppy on watercolor paper and used DI inks (worn lipstick, wild honey, abandoned coral, peeled paint and shabby shutters) to color my flower. The background "polka dot" piece was mounted on a champagne metallic card base (part of my sparkle altho difficult to see in the photo) and I stamped and embossed the sentiment.  I have no idea where the dotted background piece came from - have had it in my stash and was sort of "saving" it 'cause it was "too nice to use".  If anyone knows about this background die, I'd love to know who manufactured it or who sent it to me.  Anyway, finally attached the poppy to the card - and then remembered I was going to ink blend some color around it - too late:-(  So this morning, I used some DI speckled egg ink and did a little watercolor wash around it.  Added a few sequins with a dab of glossy accents in their centers - and done!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020


When CAS Christmas announced their June theme, I was sure I had bells somewhere in my collection - alas, none to be found!  Then last week, Linda posted her cards with some really cute bells.  I bemoaned in my comment how cute they were and that I had no bells anywhere - a few days later there was an assortment of bells in my mailbox.  Managed to create two cards before getting them in under the deadline.

This card is pretty self-explanatory - layered the die cut circles with the copper bell on top - added a little copper thread and a Nuvo drop to attach to the top of the card.  I first stamped in black a small sentiment, but it smeared on the metallic cardstock - hence another small sentiment heat embossed in copper.  I really like the simplicity and the copper on this card.

Started this card by die cutting some dark green boughs and and a silver bell and it just wasn't talking to me - so tried black boughs and a gold bell on the silver metallic cardstock and it worked for me. Tied the bell onto the bough with some gold thread.  Had the sentiment still in my MISTI and just went with that embossed in gold.  A few gold sequins finished it off.

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Sunday, June 21, 2020


Today I watched Yana demo an alcohol marker technique for coloring flowers and had to give it a try.

I colored the florals with rouge, coral berry and velvet Altenew markers.  Framed this in gold and mounted on a tan card base.  Added the twine, tag sentiment and some gold sequins and done.

I am entering this in the Tic Tac Toe Challenge (pink, gold and twine) and also SSS Flickr Challenge (friendship).

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