Friday, June 14, 2019


Have an "any occasion" card for you today which I designed using the new Hero Arts floral nasturtiums stamp and die.

The background was stamped repeatedly in a light gray ink, cut to 4x5.25 and mounted on a pale gray card base.  Over that is a piece of 3.75x5 vellum.  I did a Google search of nasturtiums to get an idea of colors for my flowers and leaves and used copics to color them.  

A new challenge begins tomorrow on A Blog Named Hero so be sure to check it out and enter your card for a chance to win a gift certificate from Hero Arts. 

I am entering my card at Time Out Challenge where the theme is "Nature".

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Monday, June 3, 2019


The challenge this month at CAS Mix-Up is ombre.  Have been wanting to try out my new Pixie Spray with some stencils so this was the perfect opportunity.   I must say it worked really well, although it did leave some residue on the card - easily removed with an adhesive eraser - stencil cleaned up great with soap and water.  Anyway, on about my card.

I began by blending iced spruce distress oxide using a blending brush on my white card front.  Then stenciled on the leaves - again going from dark to light.  After die cutting the matching leaves, I lightly added ink keeping it all very subtle.  Attached the die cut with glue only on the stem.  After giving it all a little splatter with water, I added the sentiment and some silver Nuvo "berries" to the leaves and done!  The stencil and die are very old Memory Box called "garden friends".  Wish I could have shown the pretty blue from the iced spruce ink in my photo - really hard to capture that color.

Besides the ombre requirement - which I think I covered from top down on the card base and from bottom up with the three layers, I used stamping, stenciling, ink blending with a brush, splatter and die cutting.

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Saturday, June 1, 2019


I've kind of been obsessed with making alcohol ink backgrounds lately (and having lots of fun!!) and then creating cards with them.

All are on regular yupo paper and I used pearl alcohol inks on the one with the black flower.  The pink card uses the layered floral die from Altenew.  I'll put a sentiment on it when I need it.  A friend loaned me the die for the black flower and she didn't know where it was from.  The vellum flower was embossed with white and fussy cut.  I put double sided adhesive on the back. 

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Altenew has a lovely, soft inspiration photo for the May challenge.  I'm too late to put it in the challenge, but here it is anyway.

For my take on it, I started by stamping the leaves onto some patterned paper.  I used forest glades ink and stamped several times using my MISTI.  Next I stamped over the images with Versamark and clear embossed.  Using some industrial diamond ink, I blended over the upper corner.  Stamped the sentiment also in industrial diamond.  Matted it with a darker shade of gray and mounted all on a light gray card base. Added a few rosewater Nuvo drops and done.  The paper and the Nuvo drops both pick up the pink from the inspiration photo.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019


In honor of Hero Arts 45th anniversary our card challenge this month is "celebrate".  We're using some of our faves from the past and it certainly was difficult choosing.  

The hibiscus layering stamps have been a favorite of mine because they're so easy to layer and I used them for both my background and the floral arrangement.  The second layer of the flower was stamped in Versamark and embossed with white satin powder for a subtle background.   The sentiment is from a fantastic versatile set that I've used many times over the years.  The mat is the new peony cardstock and love love that color.

Be sure to follow the Hero Arts blog for their 45th anniversary and to enter our A Blog Named Hero's "celebrate" challenge this month for a chance at winning a gift certificate form Hero Arts.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019


I have a couple of friends who want to learn all about stamping and creating cards. So we sometimes get together on a Sunday afternoon and I demo a technique and then make a card with them.  This Sunday the topic is alcohol inks.  I made  a bunch of backgrounds to demo how differently they turn out and also made a few cards to show how to use the backgrounds.  I used yupo paper (translucent and regular), Ranger AI and copic refills.  Am also going to show them how to add a little foil for some sparkle.

The green background was die cut with a wonky rectangle die and I used two layers of vellum for the SSS leaves.  I made the frame for the blue one with two HA rectangle dies.  The little sentiment is from Betsy Veldman's new line of stamps.
I am entering the green card in the SSS Flickr challenge #124 - "anything goes" is the theme. 
Looking forward to a fun Sunday afternoon with friends.  Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, May 20, 2019


When Ellen Hutson's new Mondo Wildflowers was released it was a definite NEED!  So decided to use different coloring mediums and make several cards.

First off I tried watercoloring and had a mess right at the beginning (way too much green seeped into that yellow flower on the right), but carried on.  When it dried I thought a few spatters would help so masked the flowers and spattered away - and a huge blob of black landed on the bottom edge of the card.  To cover that up I made a frame and put it together on a white card base.  Always a way to fix a mistake!!

My second attempt at watercoloring also had green where I didn't want it - but just decided to go with it and didn't even cover it up.

On the next card I used copics and put it on a navy card base.  The "sending" is five layers for some added texture.

On the last one I used distress oxides and colored with the small makeup brushes - in the tiny spaces I used dental micro brushes.  Will add a sentiment when I need to use the card.

I am entering my third card in the Just Us Girls photo inspiration challenge for this week.

Had fun trying to get different looks with the same stamp.  Thanks for stopping by and love to read your kind comments.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Hero Arts is celebrating their 45th anniversary with a new catalog, interesting posts remembering their early days and even some giveaways - so be sure to check them out.  My card today for A Blog Named Hero is especially for their anniversary.

Flower Garden Fancy Die cut from vellum is the background for my card.  I used dots of HA precision glue around the edges and randomly in the center to adhere it to a white card base.  The "happy" was cut from gold cardstock and layered up with several more cuts for some dimension.  Made a little nest of gold thread and glued the sentiment over it to keep it in place.  Added the small sentiment and some gold sequins and done.

A new challenge at A Blog Named Hero begins tomorrow so be sure to check it out for inspiration from the design team and to enter your card for chances to win a great prize from Hero Arts!

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Friday, May 10, 2019


Just Add Ink has an inspiration photo for their challenge this week - and since I already had Altenew's peony dream dies on my desk I die cut a whole bunch of them.  

Arranged them on my card base and used copics to color in the flower centers.  Added the sentiments and done!

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019


A friend asked me to create some graduation cards for her granddaughters - one with middle school colors and the other for a university grad. 

The purple, black and white card has the school colors -  both cards are shakers and have an embossed background which is graduation caps - a great folder to own this time of the year!!  I used Altenew's fine alphabet for the sentiment on the purple card.  The die I used for the card on the right is from Ellen Hutson, but no longer available.  On the inside for both cards is the sentiment - "Happy Graduation - You Did It!"

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Sunday, May 5, 2019


Last week, Erum Tasnim from Altenew, had a video showing how she used the new patterned paper, Summer Garden, and watercoloring.  Since I had just received the paper and am so in awe of all Erum's beautiful work, I decided to have a go and totally copied her cards.

I didn't add as much detail to the card on the left as Erum did - less spatters and didn't cut out the flowers exactly the same.  I purposely left off a sentiment as I felt it didn't need anything more.  For the card on the right, I have the leaves coming up from the bottom of the card instead of the top.  Even though the paper is not watercolor paper, it held up really well with lots of water.  Since it was quite wet when I finished, I ironed it between sheets of copy paper to get the moisture mostly out - then I weighted it under some heavy books until it was completely dry - very little warping - and used heavy duty tape to adhere to card base.

I am entering the sympathy card in Just Add Ink challenge for this week.

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Monday, April 29, 2019


The challenge this month at A Blog Named Hero is to design a card that is clean and simple.  That's right up my alley and what is more clean and simple than lots of white space.  New to my Hero Arts stash is the Flower Garden Fancy die and I love how my card using it turned out.

For my card I added some Stick-It to a piece of white cardstock before die cutting.  Super easy to add to the card base this way. Colored and die cut some of the flowers from the Teacup Flowers and made a bouquet. Added the little sentiment on top along with some yellow Nuvo drops.

And there you have a clean and simple card - lots of white space with one focal point.

Hero Arts is celebrating their 45th anniversary - a new summer catalog is out - lots of fun posts and giveaways - be sure to check out their blog!

You have until May 10th to enter your clean and simple card here and have a chance at two prizes from Hero Arts.

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Sunday, April 28, 2019


Managed to create more cards this weekend for Altenew's Progressive Cardmaking class.  I think these are the most I've ever done for any class.  Am just going to post the card and a bit about each as there are quite a few.

Layered stamping with Altenew's Watercolor Wonders stamps.  After I stamped I used a colorless blender to soften the edges.

Partial die cutting with Mega Thanks die and stamp.  Had a bit of trouble lining up the "thanks" the die cut part, but it's ok I think.

Masking with the Wallpaper Art stamps - this one is my favorite and just left off a sentiment as I didn't want to cover up any of my flower arrangement.  Colored with alcohol markers.

This one uses a Striped Leaf cover die over a alcohol ink pearl background.  I used a pearl metallic paper for the die cut part - all very shiny and pretty IRL.

Covered a piece of cardstock with dotted washi tape and then die cut - added to a black card base - pretty quick and easy.
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Friday, April 26, 2019


All this past week I have been taking Altenew's Progressive Cardmaking class with Justine Hovey where everyday she has been making cards in easy, intermediate and advanced styles.  Day 1 was about stamping and day 2 was stenciling and here are my homework cards.

With her technique I only had to arrange my stamps on the MISTI and stamp, then flip the card and stamp again.  One of the extra cards was by Therese where she had added foiling to the flowers so added that for some extra interest.  Then I went around in between the flowers with my gold pen and drew little dots. 

My next two cards are for the stenciling class.

The card on the left is layered stenciling using Watercolor Bouquet and the one the right uses the two Dahlia stencils.  I'm ashamed to say I've had these stencils for quite some time and have never used them.  To adhere the vellum on the dahlia card I added Stick-It to the vellum before die cutting it.  Then I stamped and embossed the sentiment and finally took off the paper backing and put the vellum piece on my card front.  On both cards I used some blending brushes.

Now to carry on with next four days of homework!!!

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