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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Sunday, April 21, 2019


 Wishing you all a very happy and blessed Easter.

I am entering my card at Just Add Ink where the challenge is to pick two - my two are flowers and a cross.   Will also enter in Virginia's Show and Share for April.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019


The Card Concept has a wonderful inspiration photo for their challenge this week.  So used the colors, the rounded shapes and the cute bunny as my starting point for a clean and layered card.

The little felt bunny came on a gift from a friend and I just had to repurpose him.  Blended some pinkish ink around the oval shaker, added a bit of greenery and a sentiment and done.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019


The challenge this month at A2Z Scrapbooking is to design a fun fold card.  Since I hardly ever do one, I followed Kristina's design and there's a link on her blog on how to do it.

I had a terrible time cutting the slanted part as I don't have a trimmer that is large enough - so drew a line and did the cutting by hand.  You'll understand what I mean if you watch the video.  I used the new HA peony cardstock for my base and the flower is from a MMH kit (April 2016).  Added the little sentiment and some sequins and done!

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Sunday, April 14, 2019


A good friend of mine asked me to make a card for her dad's 90th birthday and what better time to use my new fishy stamps.

I created the background using my blender brushes and some distress inks (broken china, faded jeans and iced spruce)-using those brushes makes creating the background a snap!!  Then I added the grasses and weeds and little stones along the  bottom using different shades of green inks (HA forever green, green hills, and field greens) - some I stamped some twice for more intense color.  The stones and bubbles were stamped with HA soft granite. l thought the fish that came with the set were a little too cutesy for an older man so used a fish die cut with green and silver paper.  Added the little sentiment and mounted on the new HA nautical cardstock.

A new challenge is coming tomorrow (15 April) at A Blog Named Hero so be sure to check it out and enter - win prizes from Hero Arts.

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Monday, April 1, 2019


The other day I watched a Jennifer McGuire video about embossing over alcohol inked backgrounds and really had to give it a go.  

On both of my cards, I just used regular AI on yupo paper.  The top has some gold metallic AI spatter in it and the lower one has some gold foil flecks.  After embossing the backgrounds, I sanded the raised designs.  

I am entering my cards at Just Us Girls challenge for this week which is embossing folders and since I used a SSS sentiment (Tiny Words) on the lower card, it's going into the SSS Flicker challenge "Anything Goes."

This week at PTI's Win It Wednesday, the challenge is to use a  favorite "Make It Monday" idea for our card.  I used MIM#317 to use outline images for an inspiration.

The outline flowers are from the "Delightful Dahlia" stamp set and the smaller flowers are from "Botanical Silhouettes" (both retired).

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