Sunday, February 24, 2019


Today I have a card made for this week's CAS Colours and Sketches challenge.

Several weeks ago Kelly Lunceford made a gatefold card similar to this.  I used Altenew's Fantasy Floral dies and arranged them to fit on one side of the card.  I backed the leaf that overhangs with another die cut for more stability.  Added some striped matching paper on the inside - when sending my card I probably will write a note on a separate piece of paper although there is enough room to write inside on the left.  I think I should send my card to Lin B. as she is so fond of yellow roses!!!  My card is cut 8"x5.5" and scored at 1.25" and 5.5". 

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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.  

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