Saturday, June 29, 2019


In keeping with our "sympathy" challenge theme this month at A Blog Named Hero, I created a card using one of my favorite color combos - pink and gold with kraft.

I began by stamping the magnolias on sand cardstock in each corner with Versamark and embossing in gold. I watercolored just the flowers starting with a white base and then adding in the pink.  Made a mask for each of the flowers and spattered the background with some gold and added this piece to a white card base.  Stamped and embossed the sentiment in gold on black cardstock and matted on gold. Added a few gold sequins and done.

Be sure to enter your sympathy card at A Blog Named Hero by 10 July for a chance to win a gift certificate from Hero Arts.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2019


I am taking another Altenew class this week - 3D Floral Focus with Therese Calvird - and loving it.  Am somewhat behind on making the cards, but have managed to get two of them done.

On Day 1 Therese just did a general overview and some very basic layering.  Her card had a textured background so I used that for my card also.

I used a stencil from Taylored Expressions and some texture paste for my background.  I die cut my hibiscus flowers and leaves from some paper that I had watercolored.

In today's class, Therese used patterned paper and washi tape on her card.  I used both on my card - on the base is gold string washi tape and the rest of the flower and the leaves were cut from Reflection paper.  To carry through the gold, I used a glue pen and added little foil bits to the flower and leaves.  I thought that the washi tape needed more emphasis so added a strip down the side along with a narrow gold strip.  I used coral bliss ink sponged on the background along with some gold metallic spatters.  No sentiment - just a pretty card.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019


My card today fits several challenges - CAS Watercolour (something blue) and Just Us Girls (three tones of a color).  Will also enter it in Virginia's Show and Share.

I began by smooshing a piece of watercolor paper with three shades of watercolors which were on my glass mat.  I just kept going until it looked like I wanted.  Also did the same with some gray and silver colors.  Die cut these with Altenew's Fantasy Floral dies.  The base of my card was stenciled in a tweed pattern with white texture paste.  Put it all together with a few sequins and done.  Another "any occasion" card for my stash.
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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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