Sunday, February 18, 2018


The challenge this week at Merry Monday is stencils.  Created a very CAS card with the Tim Holtz woodland stencils.

The green is DO peeled paint, the gold is Modellier Creme and then added some gold Nuvo drops.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Today I had an idea spurred by a post on Pinterest about making your own ink pad using reinkers on baby wipes.  So wondered if that would work with alcohol inks.  Didn't actually make an ink pad - just put alcohol inks on my blending tool with a little blending solution.  Here's the result...

I used Altenew's Beautiful Day stamp set - inked just the second layer of the stamp with a mixture of shell pink, salmon, watermelon and mountain rose.  On the leaves are citrus, lettuce and meadow.  All were stamped on yupo paper.  I used my MISTI so I could get a better variation in the colors.  This worked really well for the leaves and was able to stamp multiple times without reinking the felt or adding more blending solution.

Now I'm wondering what effect the alcohol ink has on the clear stamps???  I cleaned them off really well and they're stained, but no more so than with ink.  Did a Goggle search but didn't find a definitive answer.  

No matter what, I had fun experimenting.  Thanks for stopping by today - and if anyone knows whether I've ruined my clear stamps, let me know!!!

EDIT:  have been told that stamping first in Versamark will protect the stamp and the stamping with the alcohol ink will be fine - sound like a good idea to me.

Monday, February 12, 2018


This past weekend, I managed to create a couple of cards that will fit into several challenges.  

I wanted to play around with my alcohol inks and made some backgrounds using yupo paper and also a piece of thick vellum.  For my card, I used the vellum piece on the back side for a softer look.  I adhered the vellum to cardstock with some wide scor-tape and then die cut it with a rectangle die.  Cut the butterflies from PTI's Life is Beautiful in white and also another piece of the vellum.  Put it all together with a few Nuvo drops on the body of the butterfly.

I am entering this in the PTI challenge (use only dies), HLS Mixed Media challenge (butterfly) and Addicted to CAS (teal)

Made a second card with the vellum piece.

Just used it for the background and embossed the butterfly and added some white Nuvo drops and the little sentiment.  I really like the soft look of the alcohol ink on the vellum - maybe even better than on glossy or yupo paper.

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Sunday, February 4, 2018


On this cold, snowy, freezing, northernly wind blowing Sunday, I decided to make a last minute card for the Merry Monday challenge for this week.

Used EH mondo poinsettia stamped on vellum in silver and colored on the back with copic markers.  Finished it off with the little silver sentiment, silver thread and some Nuvo silver drops in the center of the flower.

Now I'm off to watch Nebraska women's basketball game against Maryland - they're #1 and we're #2 in the Big Ten - so should be a good game.  Go Big Red!!

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Saturday, February 3, 2018


Altho I'm not much of a vintage card maker, the challenge today at Inspired by All the Little Things made me think of a stamp I've never used - probably bought it 'cause it had a bicycle in the set.  The bicycle, brick wall, polka dots and all the hearts were my inspiration.

Stamped the little bicycle across the bottom, embossed the brick wall and sponged some distress ink to give a somewhat vintage look. Put it on a polka dot background, added the  sentiment and the hearts - done.  My grandson is a bicyclist so this card is going to him.

Glad you stopped by today - have a great weekend.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Last week I took another class from Altenew Academy - this one was taught by Lydia Evans and every day had a wonderful die cutting technique.

For the first card, we learned how to do hinged letters using the Bold Alphabet dies - I did a very simplified version with only patterned paper behind my die cut letters.

The second card used die cuts on a piece of acetate for a lovely see through effect - I CASED Lydia's card using some die cuts from Winnie and Walter (Maggie's Blooms) as I didn't have the Altenew Rose Filament dies.  I used spray adhesive for the first time to adhere the dies cuts - worked really well. I needed another valentine, but think this would make a beautiful wedding card - it was pretty fiddly to make but love how it turned out.

I have enjoyed every class I've taken from AA and would highly recommend them - great price point too!

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Monday, January 29, 2018


Just getting in under the wire for Ellen Hutson's PInsights challenge for this month.  

I used the EH sentiment from the Mondo Hydrangea set and the flowers are from Alternew Fantasy Florals. Paint chips (Glidden Panetone colors) were used for my florals - so really authentic colors.   There's some Spectrum Noir on the flowers - it didn't go on very well cause the paper has a slight sheen to it, but in the right light, it's really quite pretty.
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Sunday, January 28, 2018


Yesterday I had a lot of fun playing with Jennifer McGuire's alcohol ink lifting technique.  So today made a card for the The Paper Players sketch challenge using one of my hearts.

The heart was die cut from one of the HA Infinity Hearts and added to the doily embossed background.  Finished it off with a little sentiment and some gold thread (haven't used thread in a long time and forgot how much it adds to a card).  

Just finished this card so decided to add to this post - it was done with leftover inks from when I was doing the alcohol lifting.  Jennifer shows how to do this in her video.

Glad you stopped by today and always appreciate your kind comments.

Thursday, January 25, 2018


The challenge this month at Concord & 9th is to use your first set from them.  Unfortunately, I don't have my first one any longer (Tree Ring) - I gave it to a blog friend when I was destashing.  So I used the next one that I bought and it worked out perfectly for a Valentine (really need to get more done anyway).

I made a peachy pink blend of Kuretake Gamsai and loosely watercolored a background and then die cut the piece with a wonky rectangle.  In this piece I die cut the C & 9th Layers of Love.  From the center leftover piece I cut another heart.  Put this all together on a cream card base.  Added the sentiment, some gold Nuvo drops and a gold thread double bow.

This week the Wednesday challenge at SSS is "layer it up" and using Concord & 9th products, so will enter my card there also.

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

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


While a blizzard was blowing around Nebraska yesterday, I hibernated and created some Valentines which fit into a couple of challenges.  CAS Mix-Up wants us to use cling wrap and Addicted to CAS's theme is ombre.  These also fit into The Paper Players "love notes" challenge.

I first created the background for the pink card with Tsukineko frost ink and sponged the ombre background with picked raspberry distress oxide ink.  Made it into a shaker using Altenew's bold alpha dies.  For the second card, I gave the letters left over from the first card a little more color, mounted them on a soft gray background and added the little silver embossed flowers from Altenew's Adore You stamps.  A few silver Nuvo drops finished it off.  For the CAS Mix-Up challenge these cards use cling wrap plus die cuts, sponging, stamping and embossing.

Thanks for visiting today and your kind comments are so appreciated.

Sunday, January 21, 2018


Did just a simple birthday card for another entry in the January CAS Watercolour challenge.

Stamped my flowers in black and then watercoloured with my Zigs (light carmine and tea rose - love these two together!). Used haze blue to give a shadow effect around the flowers. Die cut the piece with a wonky rectangle and mounted on a pale gray base.  Added the little sentiment and a few light pink Nuvo drops and done.

Thanks for dropping by today and your kind comments are so appreciated.

Saturday, January 20, 2018


I have had a lot of fun playing with my new Fantasy Floral dies from Altenew and wanted to use them to make a set of cards for a gift.  My problem was I didn't have a great variety of coordinating colors - so off to the paint store to pick up some paint swatches.  They were so much fun to pick out and already were arranged in a gradation of colors - easy peasy!!  The new Pantone colors of the year were even there.

Also grabbed a bunch of different greens for leaves.  So now have a great selection of card starters.  The only problem I had with the paint swatches was that if you need to rub off some glue the color comes with it - I used a fine tip glue pen to put my flowers together and only messed up one flower.  Most of these colors are from Glidden paints and have a rather shiny finish on the paper.  Think I'll check out some other paint departments for a matte finish paper.

Have a good weekend.  Going to see the new movie "The Post" and out for pizza after with a bunch of friends.

Friday, January 19, 2018


I made my red bird card for the Merry Monday challenge this week which was to use red and turquoise on a Christmas card.  When I finished, decided to use the little bird and ferns on another card so it would qualify for Darnell's Twofer challenge (feathers).  The birds will also fit into SSS Monday challenge (birds of a feather)

My sweet little bird is an old MB die, the ferns are from PTI's Meadow Greens and the little sentiment is from Altenew's Beautiful stamp set.  Nuvo drops were used on both cards for a little accent.  I didn't put a sentiment on the outside of the red bird card because I felt it would distract from the design and it's easy to see it can be a holiday card.  Distress inks were used on both cards.

Thanks for stopping by and your comments are so appreciated.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Darnell has started a new challenge called the Twofer challenge and it truly was a challenge for me - don't know why - maybe I just made too much of it.  The first card (sympathy) came together easily, but it took a lot of playing around to come up with the second one.  The challenge is to make two different cards with the same stamp for two different occasions and according to the challenge theme (feathers).

The sympathy card was silver embossed and then watercoloured with distress inks.  The happy card is an "in and out" card using Jennifer McGuire's technique - I had done cards like this before, but not as a trifold.  I left the inside sentiment off and will add birthday or some other suitable sentiment when the need arises.  Used an old Hero Arts feather stamp for both cards.

I am also going to enter this in A2Z "new to me" challenge as making a trifold card was a first for me and haven't used that feather stamp in ages and also entering in SSS Monday challenge (birds of a feather).

Thanks for stopping by and hope you like my cards.