Tuesday, September 29, 2015


The challenge today from Martha was to create a card using grey, black, white and a pop of color - and as always, use at least one Hero Arts stamp.  This is a 24 hour scramble - meaning you may do your card in any 90 minutes you chose today - details here.

Designing, creating, uploading and posting a card in 90 minutes is not the easiest for me, but the design is the most difficult part.  So I used a design/layout I had done before but changed everything else - paper, stamps, inks, etc.  There are black seed beads in the flower centers.

Stamps: HA Hibiscus (CL868); Messages with a Flourish (CL738)
Paper: MME "Fancy That"; PTI soft stone (card base)
Ink: HA Butter Bar, Pastel Yellow, Black  

Thanks for stopping by and your kind comments.  Betty

Saturday, September 26, 2015


A few days ago I finally took my friend's (Barb G.) advice and signed up for Deepti Malik's watercolor class on Craftsy.  The half-price offer was also a strong motivator.  So far am so impressed - Dee is an excellent teacher - learned so much just from the first lesson!  My advice - run don't walk and enroll in this class if you want to learn more about how to watercolor on your cards!

Since the challenge this week at Merry Monday is watercoloring, I used some of my new found info on my card.

Used my Kuretake Gansai watercolors on some Canson paper to create the background.  First did the light in a wet on wet wash, and when that was dry added the darker shades.  The poinsettias were white embossed on vellum and then fussy cut.  The sentiment is three layers of die cut.  Added a bit of gold thread and some sequins to finish it all.

Am also entering this in the Addicted to Stamps Challenge #163 which is "holidays" and Time Out Challenge #40 which is "CASE Tracey".

Thanks for stopping by today and love reading your kind comments.  Betty

Thursday, September 24, 2015


Received a new embossing folder today from Stampin' Up called Woodland.  HAD to use it right away and so... a card for The Paper Players - Create a Fall Scene - ColorQ #309 - gorgeous fall colors - and CAS-ology - circles.

The leaves are from PTI - cut from some watercolored paper scraps.  Background card is HA wet cement and mocha die cut from MFT stitched circlesClearly Besotted sentiment is stamped and embossed with liquid platinum.  Used an emery board to rub off some of the paper on the trees to give them a little more definition.

Thanks for stopping by and as always, love to read your kind comments.  Betty

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


This week's challenge on PTI's Make-it-Monday is to design a card with a two-tone sentiment.  Danielle demos step by step and it really is quite easy.  I didn't have the stripe coverplate she used, but did have the chevon and that worked just as well.  She does show how to do it without a coverplate die, but I probably would have gone looney tunes trying to get it straight, all lined up and perfect!!

The little flowers are from PTI's Rosie Posie and the sentiment is also PTI.   Altogether a fun technique and think I will be making some more of these with different sentiments and flowers.

Thanks for visiting and your kind comments.  Betty

Saturday, September 12, 2015


For some strange reason, I love making Halloween cards for my grandkids and friends.  Also there's a little shop in a rather posh retirement home where I sell my cards and they are always a sellout there.  So not sure where this one will go, but made it for three challenges - A Blog Named Hero (happy), CAS-ology (moon) and a2z Scrapbooking (shake it up).

The moon shaker background was watercolored with Brushos and filled with glitter and little stars.  The little cat (he looks a little cross-eyed??) is from PTI and covered with glossy accents as is the "happy" sentiment from Hero Arts.  Wet cement and mocha layering papers from Hero Arts were used for the background.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Betty

Thursday, September 10, 2015


Hero Arts has a new blog look - a great makeover - easy to navigate and looks fantastic.  They also are having a challenge for us to do makeover on one of our own cards.  I did one already and then went thru some oldies and decided to update one of cards with one of the HA all time favorites of mine - hydrangea.  


Actually I like the coloring on the old version, but the rest of it is pretty scary - way too busy - no white space.  For my makeover, I stamped the hydrangea in distress pumice stone and then colored with Zig clean brush markers and water - I was aiming for no line watercoloring - didn't quite make it - but I like it anyway.  Instead of just straight line cuts, I used MFT stitched edges, added the little Clearly Besotted sentiment and some clear sequins - done and dusted!

I couldn't find the hydrangea (K5376) on HA website, but did find it in several places on the secondary market.  Think HA needs to make it in a clear stamp along with a matching die - would buy it in a minute!  I took mine off the wooden block and made it into a cling of sorts.

Thanks for visiting today and your kind comments.  Betty

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


My card today started out with the bulb in my Ottlite organizer burning out.   So I had to do something about that - tried to replace the bulb with the one from the Ottlite I had by my sewing machine (no organizer on this one) - bulb didn't work!  So had to move that lamp over to the work space.  What to do with all the stuff in the caddy part - reorganize the whole work space was the solution - throw out stuff, put stuff away, find stuff, store stuff that's hardly ever used away somewhere else, etc. etc. etc.  And in that whole process I found the watercolored piece that I used in my card today.  Thus the title of my post today - if you are familiar with children's book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff is darling, so fun to read to kids - a story of one thing leads to another!  Long intro for me!

So a card for three challenges came about!! Dawn McVey's "Make it Monday" technique was a camoflauged pocket insert card.  Virginia's View Challenge is to use geometric patterns and Darnell's Challenge #5 is "never before used stuff" and anything goes.

The NBUS is the watercolored piece using Brushos (new to me) and the PTI leaf silhouette die (also new).  The leaves are obviously geometric and also the chevron background.  Watch Dawn's video to see how I constructed it.  Supplies used: PTI Library pocket, PTI chevron coverplate, PTI patterned vellum and MFT stitched tag.  I think it's a fun card to make altho I did have to fiddle around to get the tag to go in the pocket just right and finding a sentiment stamp that would fit in the space took some playing around too!

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

Monday, September 7, 2015


Sent this card to Judy for the September CCC - used the colors Deb suggested plus the Halloween theme.

Distress inks were blended to create the background and stamped the Hero Arts spooky trees in black on the bottom - used my MISTI to stamp them several times so they would be really really black.  The bats (Memory Box but no longer available) are coated with glossy accents.  The shaker part has MS glitter and little gold stars in it.  

a2zScrapbooking's challenge this month is "shake it up" so am entering it over there.

Thanks for visiting today.  Betty

Thursday, September 3, 2015


The challenge this week at Merry Monday is holly.  Stamped Hero Arts Holly Jolly on Neenah metallic white gold card and colored with my Zig Clean Color Brush markers, using just a bit of water to blend.


I die cut "christmas" from Ellen Hutson's "Merry & Bright" twice from white card and then from the stamped area.  Adhered all three layers together and inlaid it back into the card.  The base is also Neenah metallic white gold.  Stamped "wishes" on the inside of the card and added a few champagne pearls (wanted to give those berries a little highlight and the dot on the "i" was just too tiny to inlay) from Michael's - done.

Will also enter this in Happy Little Stampers challenge which is coloring and Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge which is holly.

Thanks for stopping by and love reading your kind comments.  Betty