Thursday, February 23, 2017


My cards today were inspired by this card by Lydia Evans.  I don't own the dies or the flowers she used, so I went hunting through my Hero Arts stuff and came up with lots of little flowers and quite a large die that I thought would work.

What a good time I had playing with different colors and stamps!!  I actually made two die cuts using various Hero Arts colors and stamps.  The "happy" die cut was popped up on some fun foam (so good to use up some of those small pieces I've saved!).  The tiny sentiments were stamped in HA black and clear embossed.  After playing around a bit with the arrangement, decided to add the stitched frame and a few Nuvo jewel drops.  Two very CAS cards - lots of "white" space and one focal point.

Hero Arts Stamp & Cut: DC150, DC130, DC149
Hero Arts Inks: Sea Glass, Butter Bar, Cornflower, Field Greens, Pale Tomato - pinks that were in MMH kits, Intense Black
Sorry I don't know the manufacturer of the "happy" die.
MFT Stitched Rectangle Frames
Nuvo Jewel Drops-Rosewater

The challenge at A Blog Named Hero this month is CAS and you still have time to enter here - challenge closes on 26 February. 

I am also entering this The Paper Players challenge which is to use a sentiment as the focal point.

Thanks for visiting today and love to read  your kind comments.

Saturday, February 18, 2017


Today's scramble on the Hero Arts discussion group was to design a card by making your own background.  This has always been a challenge for me as I always seem to mess it up just when I think it's all good!!  And of course that is what happened - started it out in black and the third one I stamped didn't stamp all the way :(  So switched to gray which worked out much better.  

After stamping all the leaves, I added the sentiment on a piece of vellum and gold embossed.  Popped it up with some fun foam and finally added some black Nuvo dots (risky as I've been known to mess those up too!).  This actually was a very quick and easy card to make and plan on trying more with different leaves.

This also fits Muse Challenge203 as the background and a single sentiment are also prominent in the challenge - so will enter it there also.
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Friday, February 17, 2017


This month's card for the Card Chain Challenge is going to Lucille in Colorado - I used the colors (purple/pink and two shades of green) from the challenge and the theme of friendship.

I die cut the leaves from a piece of Yupo  colored with alcohol inks.  Instead of putting the centers of the leaves back where they were originally, I exchanged them.  Added the "hello", various purple/pink sequins, a few Nuvo black dots and done!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Today was just a day for creating for no particular reason except to try a couple of techniques.  TaeEun always has such lovely alcohol inked flowers and Jennifer McGuire has a gatefold card technique I wanted to try - so put them together in this card.

First I used glossy card to create pink and green alcohol inked background pieces.  Then using Versamark and gold embossing powder stamped the flowers and leaves and fussy cut.  After arranging the flowers and leaves, I used Press 'n Seal to keep all in place so I could put them on the bottom of the front flap.  Adhered that on and again fussy cut away the bottom of the flowers and leaves.  Added the sentiment - left the inside blank until I need this for some special occasion.  If you watch Jennifer's video you'll easily understand how I did this.  It makes a different and fun card - altho a real pain to photograph!!   It was so nice to create today with no agenda.
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Thursday, February 9, 2017


This month the challenge at A Blog Named Hero is CAS.  Not too much of a challenge for me as I tend to be a little too much CAS and really have a hard time creating anything else.  As I often do, I had a little wander through the $ bins at Target and found some darling notecards - I think they were eight or ten for $3 with the envelopes included.  These inexpensive cards make a great base for a quick and easy card - especially if you need to send out multiples.  Another bonus - since these cards were glossy and I only used the front, I ended up with some glossy pieces from the back to use on other cards.

I first die cut the card with an HA rectangle die.  Added the "you" from one of the sentiments from the January My Monthly Hero kit (did a little surgery on the stamp),  It was stamped in HA black and embossed with HA clear powder.  Stamped a hibiscus flower with pink and pale tomato and some of the leaves from the January kit.  Put this all together with a pale pink mat onto a white card base - quick card - easy to make in multiples!  The inside is stamped "happy valentine's day" (from January MMH kit).  Hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to enter the February CAS challenge at A Blog Named Hero here!

I am entering this in LaVon's LOVE challenge where the theme this month is hearts & flowers, Addicted to Stamps - Holiday and The Paper Players - Valentine.

My DIL posted this today on Facebook and I thought it was so appropriate for Valentine's Day and everyday of the year - it is truly a "be the change you want to see in the world" message.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017


I have been a follower of Kara's Friday Inspiration File and she has a challenge to choose one of her Friday choices and CASE it.  I picked a card by Shona Chambers in week 282 - loved the soft colors and the simple design.

I used an old Technique Tuesday stamp from their Greenhouse Society line (I think it's called Cosmos).  Stamped and embossed in gold and colored with my Zigs shaded with a damp brush.  Added the sentiment and some sequins and done!

A couple of years ago, Kara chose one of my cards (it's the second card) for her FIF#241 - one of the best honors I've ever had for a card.

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Monday, February 6, 2017


The Flower Challenge this month is to CASE designer Therese Calvird's card and the theme at CAS Watercolour Challenge is "love".

Therese designs gorgeous cards and this is no exception.  Much as I wanted to use the same die as she did, I resisted and chose another favorite of mine.

Basically made the card the same way she did - die cut the flower, added a watercolored piece behind and added the die cut back in. Die cut the "love" in black and added glossy accents on top.  The "you" was stamped in black and embossed in clear. Added the sentiment and some Nuvo drops and done!  Inside is "happy valentine's day".

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy reading your kind comments.

Saturday, February 4, 2017


I'm hosting a scramble today over in the Hero Arts discussion group and would love it if you could join in.  It's actually a 24 hour time period in which you can make a card following my theme - just set you timer for 90 minutes and get your card done any time between 1 pm CST today (4 February) and 1 pm CST tomorrow (Sunday).

Here are my inspiration cards for the theme of love in black and gold using at least one Hero Arts stamp, die, stencil, etc.

Hope to see you over at the Hero Arts group - details are here.