Wednesday, February 28, 2018


This month my Card Chain Challenge partner is Dawn Turley in New Zealand - Dawn is one of the first stampers I met when I first started joining this challenge so it's great to be sending her a card again.  I used the colors (aubergine, rose and cream), sketch and theme (friend) for her card.

I white embossed some of the flowers from Altenew's Adore You set onto black cs and then watercolored with Kuretake metallic colors.  I put some score lines for texture down the left side of the card, but they didn't photgraph very well.  Added a few Nuvo gold drops and the little sentiment and done.

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Sunday, February 25, 2018


The other day, I watched Yana color this gorgeous card and immediately thought of a new background stamp called Riotous Wildflowers I just won from The Ton.  So to initiate it, I just tried Yana's design and coloring techniques.

I don't have any polychromos so had to use my Prismacolors but think they worked pretty well.  I used PTI soft stone cs for the background and embossed it all in liquid platinum.  Added it to a white card base with the little sentiment and some Nuvo drops.  

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Friday, February 23, 2018


Concord & 9th and CAS Watercolour both have the same theme for their monthly challenge - so made one card for both.  This also fits Just Add Ink challenge to use the letter "H" (happy and heart).

I stamped the Concord & 9th You Are Here heart in liquid platinum and loosely watercoloured.  Added the sentiment and stripe detail on the side and done.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Hearts are the challenge theme for both Darnell's Twofer and HLS CAS this month.  Darnell's challenge wants two different cards using the same stamp or die and HLS needs a CAS card.

For both cards I used Concord & 9th's lovely heart stamp.  The prayers card was stamped and embossed on a piece of vellum and then colored on the back with alcohol markers.  The birthday card was embossed in gold on black cs and then colored with Prismacolors.  

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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 - sounds 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.