Tuesday, June 30, 2015


A last minute card for CAS(E) This Sketch #129 and Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenges.  I stamped the flowers and leaves in gold from Ellen Hutson's Bohemian Garden set and watercolored them with Zig Clean Brush markers.  The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted

Thanks for visiting my blog today and always enjoy the kind comments.  Betty

Stamplorations has had a month long challenge for June to CASE a card from their posts - and I'm finally getting in at the last minute.  I used Deepti's card which she had created to CASE Virginia's card - and I'm not sure if that's who I should be CASing but anyway...??

 my card
As is quite evident, the flower, stripes and gold were my inspiration.  I used Deepti's stamp Blooming Buds and colored with Zig Clean Brush watercolors.  The tags are MFT stitched tags.  The sentiment is also from Blooming Buds!

Thanks for stopping by and your kind comments.  Betty

Monday, June 29, 2015


The challenge for Merry Monday #156 this week is candles and flowers.  Plenty of flowers in my stamping stuff, but nary a candle.  So I cut a strip of patterned paper, cut out a flame and embossed it in gold, added the gold embossed poinsettias and some pine branches - done.  I was afraid to stamp the sentiment before not being sure where to put it exactly and then afterwards I was afraid I'd mess the whole thing up - so added it on a matching strip. 

Thanks for stopping by and your kind comments.  Betty

Saturday, June 27, 2015


Today Cecelia challenged us to make a vintage card on the Hero Arts discussion group.  Only I was in such a hurry to make a card and get it posted, I didn't read the instructions very carefully  - Cecelia's sample card used a sketch from A Blog Named Hero and that's what I saw - hence a card where I loosely interpreted the sketch.
I embossed the HA butterfly in gold and then colored with my Zig Clean Color Brush watercolors.  The striped paper is from a DCWV foiled vellum pad which I cut with MFT's stitched basic edges.  The vellum leaves were cut with MB fresh foliage die.  I left a sentiment off to be added on another day.  Even if I did screw up on the 90 minute challenge, I really like how this card turned out.

I was thinking of the colors in this week's Card Concept Challenge as I created this card, so will enter it in that challenge too.  Not sure which category it is, but will go with "classy and elegant."

Thanks for stopping by and always enjoy reading your kind comments.  Betty

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Today is a card that I made for two PTI challenges this week - the June blog hop and this week's Make-it-Monday (bringing the inside out).

I have made an inside out card before and they are so fun to make.  I used PTI's Rosie Posie and Hero Arts Thanks Stamp and Cut.  The sentiment was cut from PTI's gold adhesive paper.

Thanks for visiting today and always enjoy reading your kind comments.  Betty

Sunday, June 21, 2015


This past week my friend, Jayne, sent me an old Hero Arts stamp (1994) which I had admired on her Flickr page.  She even sent me the card which features amazing paper pierching!  When I saw the new Fusion challenge for this week, I knew just which stamp to use.

The colors in the challenge photo are way too bright for me, but I think I managed to use them with this stamp.  I used my new Zig Clean Brush watercolors to paint the butterfly, flowers, etc.  After stamping, I fussy cut the piece and mounted with foam tape.

The sentiment is from PTI and embossed in Hero Arts white embossing powder.  Card base is from Hero Arts too.  Added a few clear sequins and done.

Thanks for visiting and your kind comments.  Betty

Saturday, June 20, 2015


The challenge for this week on Merry Monday is red and white.  My little perched reed bird from Memory Box was die cut from red cardstock and coated with glossy accents.

The winterberry sprig die is also from Memory box with MME dark red enamel dots.   The background ferns were embossed with white Hero Arts embossing powder.  The card base is soft stone from PTI.

Thanks for stopping by and your kind comments.  Betty

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


I needed a little gift for someone who was especially kind to me, so made a set of cards.  I used Penny Black's Botanical Notes and my MISTI to stamp six cards with versamark which I then embossed with Ranger liquid platinum. Stamped a veriety of sentiments to add to the cards but only added a sentiment to one card.  The rest of the cards do not have a sentiment and I put double sided tape on the little sentiments so she can add whatever the occasion calls for.  All the sentiments are from Clearly Besotted and the cardstock is from Neenah metallics.

Thanks for stopping by and always enjoy reading your kind comments.  Betty

Monday, June 15, 2015


This afternoon I decided to make a card for CAS(E) This Sketch challenge - and after fiddling around with different ideas, I finally came up with something I liked.  I tried squares of paper with gold thread or the scribbles die and various butterflies and none of them worked for me - then I remembered my very old Hero Arts shadow stamps.  After experimenting with different colors, I settled on the ink and paper from the May SSS kit.

The dies I used were all from PTI - Life is Beautiful, Swoosh and Scribbles.  The base of the card is Neenah white gold cardstock.

I am also entering this in Time Out challenge - "happy the bride the sun shines on" (gold, the circle scribble and "congratulations") and a2z Scrapbooking's challenge for "new beginnings" (wedding card).

Thanks for stopping by and your kind comments.  Betty

Saturday, June 13, 2015


A dear friend asked me to design and make her wedding invitations and here is the result!
I've erased their names for the photo from the top of the card but they were done in larger Edwardian script font and is a lovely contrast to the Ariel font block printing.

Since I had to make so many, it had to be simple to do and yet I wanted it to look quite classy also.  When I saw Julie Ebersole's Bold Blooms stamps and dies, that was it.  The invitation is printed on Neenah metallic white gold and the die cut is Neenah chalice silver cardstock.  I stamped the blooms in the corners with Colorbox silver pigment ink.  The vellum belly band holds both the invitation and the reply card.  Adhering the die cuts to the vellum band really went very quickly as I put some Glossy Accents in a Fineline bottle and was able to just use little dots of it.  This was thanks to Jennifer McGuire - see her video here.  Glossy accents dries so quickly that I didn't have to worry about having anything stick together when I stacked them.  I am doing the wedding program and will use the flower stamped in silver on that also.

Thanks for stopping by and always enjoy reading your kind comments!  Betty

Today was another 90 minute scramble at the Hero Arts Flickr group and Jayne challenged us to make a "card on a card".  I managed to make two cards although I didn't do the first one right.  Took me awhile to catch on and then did another.

Used the new HA hibiscus layered flower stamped with distress inks and a die cut sentiment from their Happy Stamp and Cut.

The backgrounds were pieces in my stash of playing around with watercolors which I cut from MFT stitched rectangles and tags.  Lift up the smaller tag on the second card and can stamp "birthday" or "anniversary" or whatever.

After being gone for two weeks this scramble was just I needed to get started again and way more fun than washing a suitcase full of dirty clothes!!!

Thanks for stopping by and your kind comments.  Betty