Thursday, February 21, 2019


The theme this month on Darnell's Twofer Challenge is "stars" and I think I finally have created two distinctively different cards using the same stamp.


I needed a birthday card for my son and started playing around with the stars stamp - clear embossed for the background.  Found some pp with stars and added that after die cutting the sentiment.  Put it on a pale gray base and added a few gold stars.  Here is a closeup of the background.

For the sympathy card I used a watercolored background with silver embossed stars - along with the sentiment I added some silver sequins and tiny sequin stars.  

The Watercooler Challenge this week is "masculine-anything goes" so will enter the birthday card there also.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019


For the February CCC challenge I am sending a card to my friend, Cat Craig.

I used the Altenew Layered Floral Elements dies for my flower arrangement - die cut all the pieces from some patterned paper.  The stripes are a piece of washi tape.  After I had everything on the card front, I decided it need a little something, something - so got out the watercolors and gave it some black spatters (put a post-it note over the flowers as I didn't want to spatter them).

I used the challenge sketch, colors and theme (friendship) for my card.

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Monday, February 18, 2019


Seize the Birthday's current challenge is "anything goes" while The Flower Challenge wants us to use our latest stamps or dies, so here's another floral card.

After embossing the Perfectly Perfect from Altenew flowers with gold, I watercolored them with my Zigs and fussy cut them. The background was made by dry embossing with Altenew's fine frames rectangle dies.  Added a few sequins and a little sentiment and done.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019


Found a few challenges to enter that were intriguing - so with my usual flowers here are my cards.

For Retro Rubber's tic tac toe I chose blue, birthday and textured embossing  I used my old PTI Rosie Posie stamp (2012).  For the background I used Altenew's Fine Frames die and dry embossed with it - difficult to see in the large photo - maybe a bit better in the closeup.  

The code word at Addicted to CAS is "grid" and used Altenew's gradient stripe die for my background and their Perfectly Perfect stamps for my flowers.  I am also entering my first card there as it has a grid background.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019


I hope all of my blog friends have a lovely day today with their friends and loved ones and that you enjoy the Valentine card I've created for you and for my A Blog Named Hero post.

For my flowers I used the Color Layering Hibiscus - a super easy flower to layer.  I stamped the centers in HA black and went over them with a black gel pen for some shine.  The leaves were stamped in moss and forever green.  I used a dark red copic marker to give the blooms a little extra dimension.  The heart die cut for the shaker is from the January 2017 My Monthly Hero Kit and is filled with some ombre blush sequins.  This heart die or any heart/shape die would work really well for making the shaker opening.

I am entering my card at a2z Scrapbooking challenge (colors and theme), LaVon's Love Challenge (anything goes) and The Card Concept (colors and theme).

A Blog Named Hero will be back tomorrow with a great new challenge and more prizes to be won from Hero Arts so be sure to check us out!

Thanks for visiting today - Valentine hugs!

Thursday, February 7, 2019


Yesterday Papertrey Ink began a new challenge page and one of the challenges was to use your favorite PTI stamps.  No problem with that - Rosie Posie which unfortunately is no longer available!

I had fun stamping out flowers in various colors - mostly variations using their melon berry and sweet blush inks.  I used copic markers to give a little extra depth to the shading.  For the backgrounds I used Altenew's watercolor stripes die which I spattered with some gold metallic watercolor. The card base on the left card is PTI's soft stone - another favorite!

I recently found a new (to me) challenge via Dawn Turley - Watercooler Wednesday and am linking up there also.

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Monday, February 4, 2019


Was playing around with another Altenew layering stamp today and decided to make it into a Valentine.  I'm also going to add into the All About Layering (class I took a few weeks ago) student gallery.

I first dry embossed a heart die onto the white background, then added it to a soft gray card base.  Arranged my flower and leaves on top along with the little sentiment.  Embellished with a few Nuvo gold drops and done.

My next card uses the same idea of dry embossing with the die and then I added some of those Altenew painted flowers I've fallen in love with again!!

All for now - thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, February 1, 2019


The other day Betsy Veldman did post about using colored salt with watercolors to create a background.  I had tried just salt before but never colored and it intrigued me and so had a go.  Used some copic ink refills to color some coarse salt in blues and greens.  After doing a wet on wet background, added the salt and let it do its work.  Really wasn't sure if the alcohol inked salt would work, but it did a good job - no problem at all.

Die cut a frame for the salted piece, added the sentiment and the flower and done.  

Thanks for stopping by - have a good weekend.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019


Just a quick post today - trying to get some valentines done since I wasn't able to send out Christmas cards this year. 

Didn't really have a plan when I made the background - just that I had never used the stitched heart die - so randomly die cut and then pieced them back into place for the background.  Had the painted flowers already done so arranged my bouquet and added the little sentiment.  Used my white gel pen for the little added dots in the centers of the flowers.  Must admit adding the white dots was influenced by Joan's post today and really am amazed how much they add.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019


Valentine's Day is fast approaching! Since the current challenge at A Blog Named Hero is anything you choose, here's my inspiration for you

I stamped the pretty heart from the January 2017 My Monthly Hero Kit and colored it with my Zigs.  Die cut it (also a piece of matching fun foam) and added it to the patterned paper background.  Stamped the little sentiment in HA gold embossing powder and done!  A quick and easy design - these HA hearts would work equally as well.

Join the challenge at A Blog Named Hero (you have until February 10th) for a chance to win a $50 or $25 gift certificate from Hero Arts.

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Saturday, January 26, 2019


Have been taking the Altenew class "All About Layering 3" all this past week and finally managed to get a couple of cards for homework accomplished!  This is a great class and Lydia not only has a video on layering the actual stamps, but also then creating a card.

I stamped and die cut the Peony Blossom stamps and then put them on a background of the Leaf Frame die.  Added the little sentiment and done.  Basically I used the same card design as Lydia did for her card 'cause I liked it so much.

For my next card, I used my very first Altenew stamp set - Painted Flowers.  Love, love this stamp set but I have always had difficulty layering it.  I know it isn't supposed to be perfect so decided to use it again and practice.  Lydia used a very large single letter die cut with flowers around it for her card.  I used some skinnier letters and arranged my flowers around them to make a card I could use for Valentine's day.

All for today friends - thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, January 20, 2019


The January challenge at CAS Mix-Up is to use the bokeh technique - check out the above link for more info and ideas for using this fun technique.

I have had the Concord & 9th notecards (on sale now at a fantastic price) in my stash for awhile and used one of them for my base by watercoloring over the embossed dots.  I next made myself an acetate stencil using Hero Arts circle dies and used it to sponge bokeh dots over the background with HA unicorn white pigment ink.  Mounted this on a white card base, stamped the little "with" sentiment and added the die cut "sympathy", a few sequins and done.  Besides bokeh there is watercolouring, stamping and die cutting on my card.

I am also entering my card at a2z Scrapbooking challenge for "anything goes".

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

Thursday, January 17, 2019


The Fusion Challenge features butterflies this time and I haven't done a butterfly card in ages!
When I took out my PTI Life is Beautiful stamps there was a butterfly already die cut that I had smooshed in some bright pink watercolors.  So I took my copics and added some shading in the colors from the challenge photo.  I created the background on soft gray cardstock by stamping various butterflies in clear embossing powder and put it on the same color card base.  Added a silver thread nest behind my butterfly and done!

I like the way the watercolored part of my butterfly is sort of spattered and gives some added texture.

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