Sunday, July 29, 2018


This month's challenge at A Blog Named Hero is birthday cards.  Making a masculine card is always difficult for me (flower lover that I am!) but think I came up with something suitable for my grandson.  Although his birthday is not until October, I have a card ready for my Matthew.

I first stamped the background which is a HA discontinued background stamp, but any background stamp will do.  Then I die cut both that piece and a black mat using the HA rectangle dies.  Die cut the "26" using the HA numbers die (keeping all the pieces) and put foam tape all over the back. Mounted the background stamped piece on the black mat and then positioned the numbers I had cut out back in place.  All this then went on a white card base.  Added the happy and little birthday sentiments, some black Nuvo drops and done.  A fun, easy design to make and one I use often for birthdays and anniversaries.

Join our birthday challenge at A Blog Named Hero  - you know you always need a birthday card and there are two gift certificates to be won from Hero Arts.

I am also entering my card in the A2Z Scrapbooking challenge which is "Birthday Bash".

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

Wednesday, July 18, 2018


CAS Watercolour challenge this month is to use the splash technique (see the above link on how to do it) on a card.

My friend, Cat, had sent me these beautiful mondo sakura which she had stamped one in black and one gold embossed.  Both of them were colored with distress markers and a little water.  The backgrounds were done with the splash technique using distress ink.  After coloring the flowers, I just fussy cut them and put them on the backgrounds.  On the top part of the flower where it was too intricate to fussy cut, I just added a little ink so it would look like I had cut it out.

Had so much fun making those backgrounds - I think it works better than "smooshing".

I am also entering my pink card in The Flower Challenge for making a monochrome card.

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

Monday, July 16, 2018


The challenge at The Flower Challenge this month is monochrome, so thought I have a go.

First stamped the striped background and then die cut the flower in the right corner.  Next added the sentiment and clear embossed.  I had some scraps of alcohol inked yupo paper and fit them in on the back of the die cut base - then added the die cut on top and stamped the stamen.  Put this all on a white card base, added a few very light blue/green Nuvo drops and done.  This was a quick and easy card to make - think I'll do a few more without sentiments and use up some alcohol inked scraps.

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



Saturday, July 14, 2018


A "happy" whatever card for you today for A Blog Named Hero.  Even though the "Summertime Fun" challenge is finished, pretty flowers and foliage still fit the summer theme.  Besides, I like to make a card that can have various greetings on the inside.  

I stamped the leaves from Delicate Leaf Clusters (sorry-a discontinued HA set) on the bottom of a 4x5.25 piece in two shades of green - the dark first and then the lighter color. Any variety of leaves though could be used for this background though. Then die cut a rectangle with one of the smaller Infinity Rectangle dies.  Put foam tape all over the back of larger piece and mounted on a 4.25x5.5 card base.  Inserted the small piece back in using a liquid glue as it's easier that way to get the best placement.  Die cut the Happy sentiment and after fitting it in place added sparkle with a Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen.  A few little blue flowers for some color and finished.

A new challenge starts tomorrow, 15 July, so be on the lookout for it on A Blog Named Hero.

Hope you like my card today and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, July 13, 2018


My card today is for the current Make-It-Monday challenge where Laurie demonstrated making a shadow background.

I used a large mum (discontinued PTI stamp) which I colored with my copics.  For the background I stamped two smaller mums with some soft brown ink, spattered with some acrylic white paint (my first time spattering with acrylics and made sort of a mess which I was able to cover up tho) and Nuvo drops.  The colored mum is popped up with the leaves behind.  Added orange Nuvo drops to the center of the mum, the little sentiment and done.

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

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


For the CAS Mix-Up challenge today, I chose to heat emboss my Altenew Peony Dream and Fantasy Floral dies.

Began by using Altenew's golden peach embossing powder on the largest Peony Dream die - then progressed with a piece of vellum, copper, platinum and silver embossing powders.  The little black and yellow center was die cut and clear heat embossed.  Added the flowers to a pale gray 4x3.75 piece and then to a white card base.  The sentiment is stamped inside my card as I thought anything else would take away from the flower.

My second card uses the same embossing powders and is on a HA black card base.  Embossing these lovely dies cuts is not my idea - I think I saw Lydia Evans do something like it awhile back but can't find where it was - sorry I can't link.  Also realized when I was looking at some cards I had pinned that my design is very similar to one Lin did with different stamps - it must have stuck in my mind when I did the card - didn't really mean to copy.

In my cards I have used heat embossing, die cuts, stamping, vellum and I guess putting the flowers together could be called paper piecing.

I am also entering my cards at CAS-ual Fridays #203 heat embossing challenge.

 Thanks for visiting today...

Monday, July 9, 2018


The challenge this month at CAS Mix-Up is to colour your die cuts.  I chose to watercolour mine.

I began by lightly stamping a striped background which was 4x5.25.  Then die cut the lower left area with my new Blossom die.  Here's how I did my watercolouring:

I die cut the flowers using a dryer sheet underneath my cardstock while I was cutting.  Then I used my Zigs for the colouring.  As you can see I have two extra coloured for more cards.  This was really an easy way to do colour as I didn't have fiddly little pieces to manage (and probably lose!).  Mounted the striped piece on a white card base, fitted the pieces in place, added the sentiment and done!!

Also am entering my card in The Paper Players "Celebrate" challenge and LaVon's Love challenge for July.

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

Sunday, July 8, 2018


My card today is for two challenges - the colors are for Color Throwdown and the poinsettia is for CAS Christmas 

The poinsettia was gold embossed on navy cardstock and colored with polychromos.  After gold embossing the sentiment,  Nuvo drops and some little dots (done with a gold pen) were added.

.Thanks for stopping by and hope you like my card.

Saturday, July 7, 2018


Every year I have good intentions to complete the MFT Summer School and this year I finally did it!!  So here's every day in one fell swoop!!

Day 1 - White Space

Day 3 - Repetition

Day 4 - Complementary Colors

Day 5 - Symmetry 

I am also going to enter the Day 3 card in the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  The challenge at Inspired By... theme is vintage linens and my primary color card fits nicely there.

Too many photos to add any explanations!  Thanks for dropping by.