Sunday, April 18, 2021


Watched a video about making flowers with alcohol ink and it looked so easy.  So had a little play around trying to do this - not so easy - at least not for me - maybe more practice.  Anyway, finally had one that looked somewhat like a flower that I liked!

Don't remember the exact colors I used for the petals, but the center was "tranquil" pearl alcohol ink.  Added the little dots for the center with a white gel pen.  Am entering this at The Flower Challenge (pastels) and The Paper Players (CAS birthday).

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52 Christmas Card Throwdown wants a sled (sledge) on our cards this week.  Christmas Kickstart Challenge theme is "You Sleigh Me" so will enter my card there also.  I don't own any sled/sleigh stamps or dies, but have made tags in the past using a tag die, woodgrain paper and hand cutting the runners.


I made a mini slimline card (3.5x6) with kraft cs and added layers - the top layer embossed with a snow fall ef.  Designed my sled with the woodgrain paper on a kraft tag. I used some walnut DI to give the wood some definition.  Die cut the holly leaves and added to the twiggy wreath.  The sentiment was clear embossed - red Nuvo drops and a twine bow finished my card.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021


I used my long neglected Leaf Canopy set for my cards in the latest Twofer Challenge.  Actually made three cards, but one was way too busy for my CAS soul - but will post it here anyway.

I first stamped a bunch of the two sizes of leaves with DO inks and heat embossed with clear for a shiny look.  Made the "busy" card first by arranging leaves to cover the whole front.  Added the large sentiment and few clear sequins - there's shimmer on the sentiment too.  Next I made the white bouquet with only the die cut leaves.  The sentiment says "Happy Birthday" embossed in silver - hard to photograph.  Still had a pile of the colored leaves and made the third card.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021


I think this is first one of these online classes that I've actually finished all the homework by the end of the class.



Lydia made a raised background for her layered flower and I did the same but with different dies.  The flower and leaf layers were colored with alcohol markers - I used a die cut background which I layered up using really thin strips of foam tape.  



Again, didn't have the same dies as Lydia used, but followed her techniques to make an aperture card.  Die cut the flowers and leaves and watercolored very loosely.

I am entering my second card at Die Cut Divas where the theme is a window/aperture card. 

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Sunday, April 11, 2021


Altenew Academy has another free layering dies class taught by Lydia Evans.  Have been keeping up every day with the homework - so have four days worth today!


The see-through element on the lower portion makes this card really unique - a little putzy to make but I like the outcome.  This card used the Hibiscus die set.


This is a  gate fold card using vellum - I found using a lighter weight vellum worked the best - I used the Wild Rose 3D dies.


This card uses ink blending on the separate layers which was a quick and easy way to achieve the colors.  I added some veins on the leaves for a little added interest.  The front of the card is cut at slant and the flowers overlap the edge.  Lydia used patterned paper on the back, but that was too busy for me so I embossed a background and shaded a bit.  Floral Fantasy dies used on this card.


The shaker element and patterned paper makes this card special. Peony Dream is the die set used.

I am entering my first two cards at the Color Hues challenge since I used pink and green on those cards.  Also will enter my first and last cards at Die Cut Divas as their theme is aperture or window and my cards have apertures or is see thru like a window.

All About Layering 6 is a free 6 day class - lots of tips and tricks from Lydia.  Thanks for stopping by and always love to read your kind comments.


Saturday, April 10, 2021


The current theme at The Flower Challenge is "pretty pastels" and their sponsor is Varada Designs.  I chose one of their free digitals for my card.


I used an alcohol inked piece for the background for my flower which I downloaded and colored with copic markers.  After fussy cutting the flower and mounting it on the background, I popped it all up with fun foam on the card base.  Added a few clear sequins and done.  I chose not to add a sentiment at this time - will add when I want to send to someone special.

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