Tuesday, January 21, 2020


Today I have a real "twofer" as I used all the die cuts both negative and positive between my two cards.  

My first card is partial die cutting with a piece of patterned paper behind the the die cut section.  Then I die cut the hearts from the same paper and arranged them around the "love" along with the "you".  For my second card I sponged a rectangle of cardstock with abandoned coral and picked raspberry distress inks to match the colors in the paper.  Added the negative piece from my first card along with some leftover hearts, the sentiment and a few Nuvo drops.  I plan on using my first card as a valentine and the second one as just an "anytime" card to send to one of my lovely granddaughters.  I used the sketch from Case This Sketch for my second design.

Will enter these two cards in Darnel's Twofer Challenge for using hearts, two different designs for two different occasions and using the same die.  My second card will also be entered at Case This Sketch#355.

Thanks for stopping by today and your kind comments make my day.

Friday, January 17, 2020


One of the ways I get back some of my inspiration is to enter challenges - probably holds true for any of you - and today my card is for the CAS Mix-up Challenge for partial die cutting.  I learned the trick for die cutting these letters from a class I took awhile back with Altenew's Lydia Evans.

I used Altenew's Caps Bold Alphabet for my letters which I backed with some paper that had a watercolor look.  Then I also die cut the little flowers from the same paper (easy way to get a watercolor look).  Added a little sparkle to the flowers with a Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen, stamped the "you", added a little enamel dot to a couple of flower centers and done.  The whole card front is adhered to a white card base.

I used partial die cutting, just die cuts, stamping and glitter on my card.

I am also entering my card at Virginia's Show and Share and Happy Little Stampers (anything goes with dies).

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020


Although I have had regular posts for A Blog Named Hero the last three months, I actually had scheduled those way ahead of time.  I had rotator cuff and bicep tears that needed repair and went to Texas to have the surgery so that my daughter could help me out while I had my arm in a sling for six weeks.  Was pretty helpless with a lot of things and, of course, couldn't drive.  Katherine was a fantastic "nurse" and I am so lucky to have such a wonderful, caring daughter.  I stayed thru Christmas and have only been home since beginning of January.  Didn't make a card the whole while I was there and thought maybe the inspiration fairy might have deserted me - but she's back - probably because I had to have a card to post today!!

Actually, a card by Michelle Lupton, one of my fellow ABNH FB DT members, inspired me to create this card.  For my card today I am using the HA and Altenew Bloom and Grow stamps.  I began by dropping some alcohols inks on yupo paper, adding blending solution and just playing around with it until I liked it.  Then I stamped the flower and fussy cut it.  Before adhering the flower, I stamped my sentiment, embossed it in white, and added the black and white washi on the side.  Finally added a few white enamel dots and done.

i am entering my card in Virginia's Show and Share and also Lavon's Love Flickr challenge.

Tomorrow starts a new challenge at A Blog Named Hero so be sure to check it out and then make a card for a chance to win one of two gift cards from Hero Arts. 

Thanks for visiting today and love to read your kind comments.

Monday, January 13, 2020


My friend, Linda has been teasing me about penguins ever since I told her I wasn't into penguins plus mermaids, big-eyed little children and a whole list of other stuff.  I've been teasing her right back so today I thought I'd better put my money where my mouth is with a penguin card for Christmas Kickstart challenge.


Linda sent me these cute little Hero Arts penguins several years ago so dug this darling little girl out of my stash and made a shaker card with some fun papers.  The sentiment is from an old Ellen Hutson set and is white embossed.  

Don't think I'll ever do a mermaid or any of the other stuff I'm not into, but must admit I had fun with this card.

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

Tuesday, December 31, 2019


In 2014 when I began my blog adventure, my first post was my favorite cards from 2013.  So today I am writing my 638th post with my 2019 faves.  Link on the captions to go to the original posts. 



Since The Card Concept Challenge is a favorite card from this past year, I am entering my "spring florals" card (clean and layered).

Many thanks to my blog friends for your kind comments, looking forward to 2020 and may it bring all good blessings to everyone.