Sunday, June 17, 2018


CAS Colours and Sketches has a sketch challenge this week - so made this card.

Stamped the flowers in the corners and then masked and stamped smaller flowers and leaves to fill out the space and colored with my Zigs.  Die cut the rectangle and added the larger piece with foam tape to a gray card base.  Inserted the smaller cut out piece back into the space along with the sentiment.  Colored the stamen of the flowers with a glossy black gel pen.  

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Thursday, June 14, 2018


Even though our A Blog Named Hero's current May/June watercolour challenge is over and a new challenge begins tomorrow, I'm still playing with watercolors - it's Brushos this time.

I first sprinkled a piece of watercolor paper with blue and green Brushos - and then heavily spritzed with water.  It turned out way darker than I like - so die cut with the HA butterfly which lightened it up a whole lot. Stenciled a background with HA rain dance using some light grey ink. Had the black die cut striped piece sitting on my desk and wondered what it would look like on a shaker??? Decided it would work - used HA ocean sequins.  Added a little sentiment (stamped in black and clear embossed) - done and dusted.

Check out A Blog Named Hero tomorrow (15 June) for a new fun challenge with great prizes from Hero Arts.  Thanks for visiting today and love to read your kind comments.

Monday, June 11, 2018


Decided to have a go with CAS Christmas Challenge this month - make a masculine card.  A long time ago I won the stag die from Ellen Hutson and he hasn't seen much love - mainly because I don't do that many guy cards.

Cut the stag from some gold foiled paper and then 3 more times with white - stacked them all together and used a gold pen around the edges.  The holly leaf wreath was die cut, sponged with distress inks (shabby shutters and peeled paint) and used the gold pen again on the stitching lines.  Put it all together with some red sequins, patterned paper and a little sentiment.

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Saturday, June 9, 2018


Some of my blog friends are so skilled at making a card to fit multiple challenges - me, not so much.  Today though I'm getting this one in five!!!! 

I did some coloring with copics on the peony - works for Kathy Racoosin's Coloring Challenge; the design will fit the sketch from Cas(e) This Sketch; spattered some alcohol blending solution and foiled some gold speckles on the background piece - fits Just Add Ink's spots, speckles and splatters;  the colors are from Color Throwdown; and finally The Love Challenge #30 is anything goes.  Karren mentioned Just Us Girls wants alcohol inked cards so am adding it there also.  I used copic reinkers to make the background and then colored the peony with the same colors.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018


My daughter, Katherine, teaches at the University of Texas-Arlington and likes to send cards to her music theatre students - good thing she has a mother who likes to make cards!  Several weeks ago I saw a set of alcohol inked cards on Sue's blog and thought they would be perfect - Kath likes bright colors and that's what she's getting!!  

I also made little sentiment strips with double sided tape on the back so she could add if desired.  Used gold foil on my cards also to give them some glitz (Kath likes that too).  Made fifteen total for her and all different (due to the wonders of AI) - had such fun making them!!  Thanks Sue for the inspiration!

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Sunday, June 3, 2018


CASology's challenge this week (squiggle) made me think outside my "flower box" and finally came up with something.  Had a small alcohol inked piece on my desk, so die cut the PTI butterfly as my starting point.

The gold embossed flourish is also from PTI.  I cut out three more butterflies to give my butterfly a little weight and backed it with some more gold as there was gold foiling on the AI piece.  Sponged on some broken china DO, spattered with water, added a few Nuvo drops and done!  The CAS in my card is mostly monochromatic with lots of white space.  Definitely an easy card to reproduce and great for using up scraps.

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Saturday, June 2, 2018


Surprise!!! No flowers!!!  Penguins are the theme for this week's Merry Monday challenge - and just happened to have a few courtesy of Linda W.  

Watercoloured a sky and added some torn snowbanks on the bottom of the card.  Used a stencil, Versamark and white embossing powder to do the snowflakes.  Also added some Nuvo glitter snowflakes in the sky and some Spectrum Noir to the tops of the snowbanks.  The little sentiment was stamped in black and clear embossed.  Sorry it's so difficult to see all the shine and sparkle (poor photography skills).

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