Wednesday, December 5, 2018


Do you have a stash of patterned paper?  Here is an idea for using some of it.  I like to give a little gift to some of my friends and this is it for this year!

I used 6x6" squares of double sided Christmas papers and folded them into these little origami pockets, stamped the sentiment and tucked a chocolate in the pocket - done!  Once you get the hang of the fold it's super easy to make a bunch in no time flat!  Here's how to do it!   I used my MISTI for stamping the sentiment.  

I am entering this in Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - "Wrap It Up".
Thanks for stopping by and hope you might like to make some of these for your friends.

Sunday, December 2, 2018


One of the themes from which to choose at the Card Chain Challenge for November was deer - so made another scene with my woodland trees embossing folder.

I am sending my card to Hilary in England - also included some snowflakes with my card as she told me it seldom snows where she lives.  My card is also very glitterry as I spritzed it with some shimmer spray.  Hope she likes it!

Thanks for stopping by today and hope your day is wonderful. 

Friday, November 30, 2018


I was so pleased when Michelle Lupton asked me to join her Christmas card challenge again this year. 

I challenged her to do an eclipse card.  For my card I stamped a Christmas bouquet from the PTI Spruce and Sprigs stamps set.  I die cut my sentiment and popped it up with black foam.  Added some clear crystal drops to some of the berries, matted it in black and mounted it on a pale gray card base.

You can see Michelle's wonderful card here. Thanks Michelle for having me join you in this fun challenge.

Thanks for stopping by - love to read your kind comments - hope you have a fantastic day.

Thursday, November 29, 2018


The theme for this month's challenge at A Blog Named Hero is "grateful".   Our Thanksgiving Day was just last week (and I am so thankful I was able to spend it with my daughter and family) so I made a card with the colors of fall (my favorite season).

The technique I used for my card is sometimes called Joseph's coat and I did use many colors for my leaves - Hero Arts inks Butter Bar, Dark Quartz, Field Greens and distress inks Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge, and Gathering Twigs.  When I had finished sponging all these colors (except Gathering Twigs) on my piece of white cardstock, I let it dry overnight - really important to have your piece completely dry.  Before stamping the leaves with Versamark, I rubbed the panel with my embossing powder pad.  The leaf stamp I used is an older Hero Arts block maple leaf, but this one or this one from their current collection would work equally as well.  The leaves were then embossed with clear embossing powder.  Finally I sponged the Gathering Twigs distress ink over the whole piece and used my microfiber cloth to rub away any excess ink.  I cut the panel down to 5"x3.75" and used fun foam to layer it on my card base.  The sentiment was cut from some copper metallic cardstock that was in a My Monthly Hero Kit awhile back.  Added some "dew drops" with glossy accents and done.

Here's a closeup of how pretty the copper looks against the fall colors.

There are prizes to be won for this month's challenge - a $50 and $25 gift card to Hero Arts - so enter your card(s) here to have a chance at winning!!

I am also entering my card in the a2z Scrapbooking challenge for this month which is "give thanks".

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


Saturday, November 17, 2018


The challenge this week at Just Add Ink is to use a big bold sentiment.  And as it so happens, I had been working on several cards with just that kind of sentiment.

The Christmas bouquet was created with PTI's Spruce and Sprigs stamps which is one of my favorite sets of theirs.  The sentiment uses Altenew's Bold Caps which were popped up with some fun foam.  The card base is PTI's soft stone and I added a few red Nuvo drops to give some dimension to the berries.

I am also entering my card in Addicted to Stamps... for their challenge using a holiday theme.

Glad you stopped by today and hope you like my card.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Thought I'd better get going on a few more Christmas cards this week and maybe do one with more of a masculine feel. 

I started my card by stamping one of the layers of the tree from the Color Layering Christmas set across the bottom of white watercolor paper using Forever Green ink.  Next I took my olive green Zig watercolor pen and a little water and "filled in the blanks".  The water also drew out some of the stamped ink.  I then die cut this with a stitched frame.  To put the card together I cut a dark gray mat, put some foam tape on the frame and then popped the inside piece in the rectangle.  Added the little "Merry  Christmas" sentiment and done.

A new challenge begins tomorrow at A Blog Named Hero - be sure to check it out! 

My card fits into the current Addicted to Stamps... challenge so am entering it there.

Hope you like my card today and thanks for visiting - have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018


I have two friends who are new to stamping and want to learn various techniques for making cards.  So once a month we have a little stamping session.  We call ourselves SAGS - Sunday Afternoon Gorgeous Stampers!

This past Sunday I showed them how to use a brayer to ink up an embossing folder.  I had made two cards and had all the bits and bobs ready for them so they could make a card with their embossed/inked background.

We used broken china distress ink for making the sky background and were able to do at least two inkings.  After cutting that piece to 5x3.75, we hand cut a piece of white for the snow, added the tree and deer, put it on a card base and done.  On the card with the stag, I used a bit of watercolor to add a shadow.
Thanks for stopping by today - love to read your kind comments.


Saturday, November 3, 2018


A few weeks ago I took the latest Altenew Academy class - Let It Shine Holiday Edition with Carissa Wiley.  Life seemed to get in the way and I only have one card finished for my homework.  

Carissa showed us how to add shine to our watercolors by adding some shimmer spray.  Since I didn't have any shimmer spray, I added some Perfect Pearls to my Altenew watercolors to paint my poinsettias - difficult to see in the photo but those lighter parts on the poinsettia are really shiny.  On the card base I stamped some mistletoe with some morning frost ink. 

I am entering this in CAS Watercolour Challenge for this month which is Christmas florals and greenery.

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

Monday, October 29, 2018


A Blog Named Hero has a fantastic color palette this month for our challenge - perfect for any autumn card you'd like to create with Hero Arts stamps.

I used alcohol inks on yupo paper to create a colorful piece for my leaves which were die cut from the Grateful Leaves set.  Next I used the die to dry emboss the leaves on kraft paper which was cut to 4"x5.25".  Then I rubbed mother-of-pearl Nuvo mousse all over it to give it a pretty shine.  Added this to a kraft card base, arranged my leaves, the little sentiment, added some black Nuvo drops and done.

There are prizes to be won for this month's challenge - a $50 and $25 gift card to Hero Arts - so enter your card(s) here to have a chance at winning!!

Thanks for dropping by and always love to read your kind comments.

Saturday, October 20, 2018


Just a week ago, Greta and I were in Ankeny, IA at the Taylored Expressions Stamp Joy.  It started on Friday evening with all kinds of appetizers - little flatbreads with delicious toppings, cheese, crackers and fruit, nacho bar, drinks and on and on.  And giveaways galore.  Then there were fun little make and takes to try.  Saturday we went to a class using felt on cards and in the afternoon a watercolor class.  In each of the classes we made four cards.  Then in between there were twelve stations of make and takes - came home with about eighteen cards - not all finished.  It was a fabulous weekend and the best part was meeting Greta in person for the first time - we discovered we both like caramel, Heath Bars, and quite a few other things in common besides making cards.

Here are a few cards I've finished from our stamping weekend.

Thanks for stopping by today and for all your kind comments.

Sunday, October 14, 2018


For my A Blog Named Hero post today there is a tour of haunted houses to visit - all have a resident ghost and lots of bats flitting around especially for your Halloween enjoyment!!

The minute I saw this wonderful haunted house die in the current Hero Arts Holiday Catalog, I knew I had to have it.  Love making cute Halloween cards for my family and friends and this die fit the bill perfectly.  Basically, just used a different background for each house and had five cards done pretty quickly. 

For this card I made an alcohol inked background - for that moon I just put a blob of gold metallic alcohol ink on my paper and sort of messed around with it until I had a circle.  The house, bats and fence were cut from black glitter paper.

The background is some patterned paper I've had for ages.  Before adding the die cuts I stamped an old spooky tree from Hero Arts that was perfect for some added interest.

Next up is another alcohol inked background with some blue foil added.  I also added some Spectrum Noir clear for some shine.

Next home on the tour is a distress inked background.  I cut a circle from post-it tape to mask off the area for the moon.  Then spattered drops of water for some drizzly rain. 

Your last visit home has a watercoloured background and more spooky stamped trees.  Don't you just love that little door that opens for the ghost to fly out of??

I backed all the window areas with gold or orange paper - made a template of the house using the die, cut it a bit smaller and used that as a pattern for cutting out the window area.  The extra layer makes the house stand out a bit also.

I am entering the second card in the a2z Scrapbooking challenge for October -"Frightfully Fun".
Thanks for visiting today and love to read your kind comments.

Monday, October 8, 2018


For awhile my mojo took a little vacation, but my friend Cat told me to try some challenges and see if my little friend would come back to the craft room.  And low and behold, she was back this past weekend.

My first card fits into several challenges - leaves, gold, vellum and watercolouring.

My background was made after I had done some stenciling with gold Nuvo mousse.  There was some mousse left on my work surface and not wanting it to go to waste I sprayed it with some water and did some smooshing - technically not watercolouring - but I did use lots of water!  The oak leaf was cut from some gold paper and backed with vellum.  Added some gold thread for a little extra something along with the sentiment and done!   Entering this card in CAS on Sunday "thank you", Paper Players "leaves",  Just Add Ink "vellum" and Happy Little Stampers "gold" challenges.

Made a shaker with a maple leaf die for my second card.  Die cut the outline of the leaf for the shaker part and then the leaf from some copper paper.  Will enter this card into the Paper Players trees and leaves challenge.

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