Friday, April 29, 2016


Don't you dare laugh!!!  Who'd thunk I'd ever make a card with a yellow duckie????  Well, my niece had a little boy recently so of course I had to make a card to go along with the book I'm sending.

No card with flowers on it for a little boy - so I went rummaging through my drawer of odds and ends and found that cute little duck sticker.  I did have the die for the sentiment though.  Am taking the Clear and Sheer online card class, so thought I'd give a vellum shaker card a go, even though that hasn't been brought up - but sewing is one of the ways to attach vellum.  First, I rounded the corners and sewed the sides and bottom together - then I die cut a circle from the top (to make it look kind of like a bib), filled it with yellow and blue sequins and then finished up the sewing.  Added the sentiment, duckie and bow - and done!  And it really wasn't all that painful to make a card without flowers!!  By the way, I'm loving this online class - worth every penny!

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Thursday, April 28, 2016


The challenge this week at Merry Monday is "Let It Snow" and Happy Little Stampers April Christmas challenge is "die cuts" and this card will fit both.

I used Memory Box snowflake flurry stencil to emboss a piece of white cs.  Then I laid the stencil back over the debossed side and sponged tumbled glass distress ink over the whole piece.  The piece was then die cut with a stitched frame, matted with silver metallic cs and popped up with foam tape.  Next I took some Tsukinecko frost white ink and daubed it all over the card with a wadded up piece of cling wrap.  The snowflake was die cut from vellum and sponged over with the frost white ink.  Added a few sparkles from my stash and done!!  Decided to leave the sentiment for the inside.  

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016


The challenge at A Blog Named Hero this month is
and I have a card over there to inspire you.

Check out A Blog Named Hero for my card and many more inspirations for creating a card to enter in the monthly challenge and a chance to win a prize from our generous sponsor this month, Newton's Nook.

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Monday, April 25, 2016


Another play day with my new favorite flower from Hero Arts.  Lying on my desk was another flower embossed on vellum and also a piece of watercolor paper that had been smooshed with Ranger picked raspberry distress ink.  

So die cut both and adhered them together.  Fussy cut some more leaves.  Cut a soft stone cs to 4"x5/2" so I could have some of the leaves off the side.  Used a stitched rectangle frame die to emboss the front of the card (can't seem to get out of the framing business on cards lately).  Stamped a little sentiment in silver and put it all together with a few sequins for sparkle - done and dusted!
I am entering this in Inspired by All the Little Things challenge.

Also am entering this in a2z Scrapbooking April challenge which is watercoloring.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016


Decided to play around this afternoon with one more card for the CAS Mix-Up challenge for April which has to be clean and simple+stenciling+choice.  

I wanted the stenciling to be very subtle so used a leaves stencil with versamark - it's difficult to see - maybe a bit easier to see in the close up - believe me it's pretty in real life.  The WOS on the butterfly doesn't show up much either.  The sentiment is a combo of a die cut and stamp.  The butterfly was cut from a piece of spatter paper lying on my desk and I inlaid the pink pieces cut from another scrap.  I put micropore tape on the back of the butterfly to stick the inlay in place.  So besides the stenciling there is spatter and inlaid die cuts as my "extras".

Thanks for stopping by - now I'm going to spend the rest of my Sunday reading a good book - it's a good day for that - raining!


Mother's Day is fast approaching and the theme this week at CASology is "Mom". 

The base of my card is Concord & 9th's watercolored notecards - these come in gorgeous colors and are wonderful for creating a quick card.  I cut a piece to 4 1/4"x5 1/2" and stamped the pretty flowers from Gina K's Elegant Florals 2 set with Hero Arts intense black ink.  I used my MISTI to get a good black impression for the sentiment (also from the Gina K. set) in the center.  Copics were used to give the flowers a little more color which would blend with the background colors.  I die cut this piece with MFT frame die and popped the frame up with some foam tape on a card base.  Placed the center piece back to line up everything - had to add a few black lines with a fine tip pen to extend the stems of the flowers to the edge.  Added a few sequins for a little sparkle and done!  Sorry I can't link to the Gina K. stamps as their site is moving and is offline for a few days.
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Saturday, April 23, 2016


Inspired by all the Little Things is a wonderful new challenge with gorgeous photos for inspiration - and the photo this week is especially inspiring.  

At first I was going to watercolor the flower from the April My Monthly Hero kit from Hero Arts, but then after pondering the photo for a bit, I thought vellum for the flower would be best.  I white embossed the flower and leaves.  The flower was colored on the back with Copics (BV02 & BV04).  Decided to let that be the focal point and left the leaves uncolored.  The frame was die cut from the same cs as the card base and popped up with foam tape as was the flower.  The sentiment is from the same set as the flower.

Virginia's View is also having a Link-Up party with a friendship card as the theme so am entering this card there also.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016


Purple, silver and white are the colors for this week's Merry Monday challenge.

I die cut the tree from a piece of Neenah silver metallic cs and backed it with a watercolored piece.  Added foam tape to the back and popped it onto a white card base. Shades of purple sequins were scattered on top and done.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016


It's a milestone celebration this week on Merry Monday - their 200th challenge!!  To make it special there are four different ideas from which to choose - snowman, sketch, colors and inspirations.  The pink and silver inspiration photo popped out immediately for me!

I die cut a piece of watercolor that I had smooshed using distress spun sugar.  Then die cut the MB cabrini ornament from silver glitter paper (backed with Stick-It)Popped the whole piece up with some foam tape on metallic silver cs, added the pink glittered embroidery floss bow and done. 

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Our challenge this month over at  A Blog Named Hero is
and our generous sponsor is Newton's Nook. Here is a sneak peak of my post today using this set from their latest release.

Check it out and also create a CAS card for this month's challenge and be eligible to win a prize from Newton's Nook.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016



The challenge at Merry Monday this week is to have a sentiment as the focal point of your card and Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge is to use at least one die cut - so think I have both of these challenges pretty well covered!!

The "merry" is a die from Hero Arts and the "christmas" is from Julie Ebersoles's Merry & Bright stamp set.  Added some gold sequins and snowflakes from my stash and done!  I used Stick-it on the die cuts and drew diagonal lines to position them straight.  Used my MISTI to stamp 'cause I certainly didn't want to mess up all that die cutting.  The cardstock is Neenah metallic in chalice silver and white gold.

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I used a technique today that I had never tried before - stencil monoprint - which was the challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  It also fits the April CAS Mix Up challenge which is stenciling and Addicted to CAS for inlaid dies.

I began by doing the background monoprint on watercolor paper with HA's tweed stencil and distress inks in worn lipstick and abandoned coral plus lots of water since I was going for a softer look. Die cut the piece and matted it. I cut the blossoms and leaf from pink, green and gold using Stick-It on the gold for the inlaid parts.  I darkened the flowers and leaf by sponging on more worn lipstick and some peeled paint ink to provide some contrast to the background.  Put it all together and added the sentiment stamped in gold and a few sequins - and done!!

For CAS Mix Up challenge I used stamping with a stencil and sponging for the criteria of using 3 techniques.

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Monday, April 4, 2016


I have been enjoying coloring the PTI Bold Blossoms stamps and made a card for Greta this month using my Zigs.  

The colors were supposed to be more orange, but just have such a hard time doing orange.  Did follow the sketch and the friendship theme tho.  Used light carmine, tea rose, mid-green and olive with a slightly damp brush to shade the colors.  Added a black sequin to the flower centers and some black pico dots - the sentiment was stamped in HA black and clear embossed.  The cream cardstock is from Gina K. and was the other color from the challenge.

There's still a few days left to join the April CCC challenge - fun, easy and meet new stamping friends all in one!

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Saturday, April 2, 2016


The Merry Monday theme this week is to use a Christmas carol.  I started with PTI's holiday pp which has music and lines from "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" and "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear".  

I cut the paper with a frame die and popped up the frame with foam tape.  Since the paper was quite busy, I chose the snowflakes and a simple peace die to add.  The word "peace" is in both lyrics and also "harps of gold" - hence the gold sentiment and embellishments.  The snowflakes were cut from Neenah metallic champagne paper.

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