Wednesday, June 29, 2016


I usually don't buy kits from stamp companies because I never seem to use all the stuff that comes with the kit and one time the kit from a well known company was just all thrown in a box and the papers were bent (they wouldn't make good on them either).  But in May I really loved MFT's Flashy Floral kit - and it came beautifully wrapped in a great box.  So the other day I finally took it all out and started creating. Jennifer McGuire had a video about mass producing cards with the MISTI and that was my inspiration for my first card.

I used the sentiment for WPlus9's Sending stamp set which I stamped in black and clear embossed.  I'll either add the rest of sentiment on the front or inside when needed.  Made these in pinks and blues also.

My next card is an "inside out" card - really like this technique and have made several cards in the past like this.

Will put the sentiment on the inside for this one and also did several of these.

My last card uses the The Ton's "sending" and the rest of the sentiment is from the WPlus9 set.  This is also stamped in black and clear embossed.  The card base is PTI's soft stone and added a few raindrops.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016


Tried something new for my post on A Blog Named Hero today - check it out- it's fast and easy.

This month our challenge is 
and you can enter here.

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Friday, June 24, 2016


I colored this flower for day 3 of Altenew Beautiful Details class - it was left to last 'cause I thought it would be the most difficult to color (it was for me).  Actually I'm kind of getting the hang of this technique but it does take a lot more time.

The flower was first stamped with morning frost ink and then colored with soft grey Zigs. The details were added with various shades of grey oil colored pencils and the center stamped with dark chocolate ink.  Then I added Spectrum Noir glitter pen all over.  The background circle was cut from some vellum and the little sentiment was embossed in liquid platinum.  Put it all together on a silver metallic card base with a few sequins for more glitz.

The design of the card is from the Freshly Made Skteches challenge #242.  I am also entering this in CAS Mix-Up challenge for June as I used die cuts, stamping, and embossing.  The theme at CASology this week is "congratulations" so am entering it there also.

Just a reminder also that the challenge at A Blog Named Hero this month is vellum - you still have time to enter here.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016


The Merry Monday challenge this week has sort of a rustic look to it and has the sentiments peace, love, joy.  

The woodland embossing folder was done on a piece of vellum and adhered to a mat of mocha layering paper, then on white and then a base of mocha.  The sentiment was die cut from metallic cs, added some sequins and done.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016


There are so many beautiful peony stamps out there, but I finally bought this one from The Ton.  I liked the arrangement of the flowers and leaves and the sentiments included.  It makes such an elegant card.

I stamped it in Versamark, embossed in liquid platinum and colored with my Zigs.  Added the little sentiment and some droplets and done.  Quite a fast, easy card to make - actually made a gift set for a friend in different colors and included a variety of sentiments for her to attach as needed.

I am entering this in CAS(E) This Sketch #177.

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Monday, June 20, 2016


I think this is the first online card class where I have actually made more than one card!  I skipped doing one for day 3 - this is day 4 on no line coloring on vellumI am actually coming to believe Marika  that the more I work on the details the better they get.  I didn't have any grey copics (like she used) so went with yellow tones for my daisy.

I used several different yellow and green copics and then my Prismacolor pencils to do more details on my die cut flower.  The center of flower was stamped in dark chocolate ink - took a long time to dry!  Popped my flower up with foam tape in the center of my die cut piece, added some clear sequins and the sentiment and done.

Will enter this in CAS Mix-Up challenge for June - die cuts, stamping, and coloring.

Just a reminder also that the challenge at A Blog Named Hero this month is vellum - you still have time to enter here.

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I went with just the colors for this month's Card Chain Challenge and the theme of "friend".  I am sending my card to Jan in Alaska.

I stamped the flowers and embossed in liquid platinum.  Then colored with my Zigs and a little water.  Die cut the piece and mounted onto a purple mat.  Spattered gold watercolor, added the sentiment and done.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016


Another homework card for day 2 of the Altenew Academy where Marika's topic was coloring leaves. They don't look anything like what she did but I kinda like how they turned out.


I stamped the leaves in a soft gray and then colored with some gray Zigs.  Then I used soft gray and black colored pencils to add more shading, finally using a fine line marker to give some vein lines to the leaves.  The flower is stamped in black and embossed in clear.  Created the background with my Clarity brushes in abandoned coral distress ink.  Adhered some striped washi tape, arranged the bouquet, added some droplets and done.  This will be one of those cards waiting for a sentiment.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016


Just am getting  started on my homework for the Altenew Academy class "Beautiful Details" taught by Marika Rahtu.  She is so talented and I'll probably never have the patience or the creativity to spend as much time on details as she does!  But had a go anyway.

I used some of the small layers from Watercolored Anemones colored with a Mememto marker to make my flowers.  Then doodled a bit with a fine line marker.  Found that I needed a pretty juicy marker to make this technique work.  Added the sentiment on a piece of vellum and some Pico dots and popped it all up on a base.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016


Merry Monday has a great inspiration photo this week and the CAS Mix-Up challenge for June is stamping plus die cuts - so I combined them both in my card.

A few weeks ago I found this Stampin' Up pine bough stamp set (retired) at a garage sale for $5 - snapped that right up!!  I used various green inks and second generation stamping for the boughs.  Popped it up on a red mat.  Then I die cut the pine bough from a piece of green cs and some white flowers.  Sponged the pine bough with some darker green ink to give it some definition.  Added the little flowers and a red stripe twine bow and done.

The pine boughs, white flowers, red and white stripe are the inspiration from the Merry Monday photo and sponging was the additional technique for CAS Mix-up. 

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Monday, June 13, 2016


This month the challenge at A Blog Named Hero is vellum and our generous sponsor is Lil' Inker Designs.  I chose their Vintage Flowers for my card.  

Here's a sneak peek

I'm likin' it a lot - hope you do too.  Be sure to stop over at ABNH with your vellum card for this month's challenge and be eligible for a lovely prize from Lil Inker.

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Saturday, June 11, 2016


Was playing around with some ink blending and a new stamp set this afternoon and when I checked into Bloglovin' this evening, there was Virginia's new challenge - which included ink blending.

The flowers were stamped and embossed in liquid platinum.  Then I used scattered straw, abandoned coral and carved pumpkin distress inks which I blended with my Clarity brushes.  Added the die cut "hello" and some Pico dots, mounted it on some polka dot paper and then black card base.

Am also entering this in Die Cut Divas' challenge for "anything goes".

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016


This week the challenge on Merry Monday is to make a card for a child.  It also fits Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge to use twine.

Julie Ebersole who designed this stamp set loves puns (so do I). So here's my thinking on this - it would be a fun card for figuring out all the puns - maybe better for an older child who understands puns - but I remember 2nd graders loving dumb jokes and riddles that were puns.  Maybe enclose a list of the lyrics.

I took all the stamps and arranged them using my MISTI.  Double stamped with black ink and clear heat embossed.  All the figures were colored with my Zigs except for the golden rings - used gold WOS on them.  Matted it on navy cs and then onto a metallic silver card base.  Tied some twine on the top and done.  As long as I have the stamps arranged I'm going to try another version using them all.  I won these stamps two years ago and have never used them - about time, eh?!

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Saturday, June 4, 2016


My daughter wanted me to make her a card for a friend who loves elephants - well, elephants are just not a part of my repertoire - but I do have a lovely friend (Barb) who sent me a selection of elephant die cuts.  So lots of friend stuff going on here today!

Once I had my little guy colored with Zigs, the card came together very quickly.  The background is from PTI and I embossed the sentiment in gold, added a few sequins and done.  I hope Kath's friend likes it.

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