Wednesday, December 30, 2020


Hero Arts has a challenge to create a card that is "Inspired By..." one of their designers.  I chose a card by Emily Midgett - it was one of her twenty minute cards she did for Christmas where she did some blending on a background and used a cover plate.


I began with a card base of peony cs and blended DO festive berries, picked raspberry and worn lipstick.  Added the die cut along with the sentiment and a few rose gold sequins.  I black stamped the sentiment and clear embossed it.  Then I used festive berries DO to color the background to match.  My card took a bit longer than twenty minutes, but to reproduce it again would be pretty quick.

I am also going to enter my card at Die Cut Divas where the theme is "Anything Goes".

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020


A quick post today with a snowflake card created with my new snowflake embossing folder.

I embossed on some medium navy cs and then used white pigment ink spread lightly over the top of the raised areas.  Die cut two snowflakes and over lapped the silver on the white for a shadow effect.  Mounted this on a darker navy base and added more little snowflakes.  Purposely left off a sentiment so I can use it for a winter birthday or Christmas.

I am entering this at Die Cut Divas "anything goes" challenge as I used both die cuts and an embossing folder.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020


Our current challenge at A Blog Named Hero is to CASE a favorite card of the past year.  I chose a card by Michelle Lupton - actually her card is a CASE of a card by Lydia - but I didn't realize this until I had my card all finished and just decided to go with it anyway.  I used a different stamp, sentiment, colors, card base color and stamped on vellum instead of cardstock in my colored part.  I also added sequins. 


The stamp set is the Togetherness Flower Bouquet which I stamped on a cream cs base and then again on a piece of vellum.  After coloring the flowers with alcohol markers, I added a piece of Stick It to the back of vellum, trimmed it down, matched it up with the flower on the card base and adhered.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set as the flower.

I'm sure you have a favorite card that will inspire you to CASE it using Hero Arts products and enter here. You'll have a chance to win one of two gift cards from Hero Arts.

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Thursday, December 17, 2020


This week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge comes from the very creative Joanne.  I chose across the bottom - sparkle, fun fold and holly.  I am also entering my card at Festive Friday - red, green and holly.

A friend sent me a card recently using this fun fold and just had to give it a try.  It's called a center step fold and here's a video if you'd like to have a go.  My base card measures 4.25x11 and I covered it with pp.  After I finished the folding, I added the die cut glitter paper holly and berries.  Stamped a sentiment and done.

There are many fun ways to design a card for this week's challenge so be sure to have a go.

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Saturday, December 12, 2020


For the past few years, I have played along with Michelle Lupton and her "Challenge Me a Christmas Card."  This year she has changed it up and we are doing "CASE Me a Christmas Card".  I could CASE any card she has made - didn't have to be a Christmas card.  

I loved the ink blended blue background with the gold border and the sentiment in the center.


After embossing the poinsettia border in rose gold ep, I ink blended the background with chipped sapphire, stormy weather and a bit of black soot DO inks.  Stamped the sentiment in the center and added a rose gold metallic frame

The card of mine that Michelle CASED to create a Christmas card is here - be sure to check it out.

EDIT:  Don't know how I made such a huge mistake, but the card I CASED was not made by Michelle - and I have no clue whose card it is as I can't read the watermark/signature - many apologies to Michelle and to the creator of the card I used for my post.

Thanks for stopping by today - Holiday Hugs,



Monday, December 7, 2020


Just quickly posting cards for two challenges - The Flower Challenge (add embellishments) and Christmas Kickstart ('Twas the night before Christmas).


I made this card design in several different colors, but this one in kraft and peach is my favorite.  The poinsettia is from Altenew and was colored with copics.  Die cut the background with Spellbinders hemstitch die and then spattered it with gold paint.  Gold thread behind the popped up flower and gold seed beads in the flower center are my embellishments.

My stocking ("the stocking were hung...") is a gift card holder -  just used some patterned paper and stitched it all together.  I think the die is from Memory Box (retired).

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Thursday, December 3, 2020


Have a card that really shines today for the Hero Arts glitter and sparkle challenge - unfortunately getting shine to show up in a photo is nearly impossible for me. 

I first created an alcohol inked background in pinks with a little red on yupo paper and mounted it on a white card base.  Then created another piece of yupo using more AI reds and also a piece with green inks.  Die cut the poinsettia and leaves along with some "berries", assembled on my background and done.

There's still time to create a card with glitter or sparkle for this month's challenge and a chance to win one of two gift vouchers from Hero Arts - hope to see you in the gallery!




 I have rather become addicted to tic-tac-toe challenges lately and Gina K's monthly challenge has a fun one up for the month.  ModSquad's current challenge (white and bright) also features Gina K. - so had a go with combining the two.

Since ModSquad wanted only white embossing and one color, I began by white embossing some GK leaves on a greenish textured card - I like the way the texture gives the leaves a rather lacy look.  Then I used the GK board (middle row across (heat embossing, square, shaker) to create the rest of the card.  After I finished the shaker part, I mounted it all on a white card base and added some more sequins on the background along with the sentiment.  I made it a Christmas card since I'm still in need of a few more.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020


Have one card for two challenges today - Festive Friday (snowflakes, trees, fun fold and metallics) and The Paper Players tic tac toe board (middle down - die cut, fun fold and embellishments).

I began by making the center step fold card on a piece of kraft cs - then adding the gold snowflake pp for the background.  Die cut and adhered the gold metallic trees and stamped the sentiment.  Added a few gold sequins to the centers of the snowflakes and done.

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Sunday, November 29, 2020


The Card Concept has a wonderful inspiration photo up this week and I'm getting in just under the wire with my card.  There were so many things I liked in the photo, but finally went with a little buffalo check in the bow, the greenery spray, the red berries and the slatted back chair.

I first used the slatted die for my background and mounted on my 3.5x8.5 card base.  Die cut and arranged the greenery, berries, bow and sentiment.  I guess my card would be in the CAS category.

I am also entering my card at Watercooler Wednesday (occasions).


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My card today came together quite by accident.  I had the gold glitter ornament die cut sitting on my desk along with the watercolored poinsettia and was trying to decide which to use for my Hero Arts "glitter/sparkle" post today.  Light bulb moment - why not use them together!!

My card base is nautical cs which I spritzed with some shimmer spray.  Also gave the poinsettia a spritz of shimmer spray for added shine.  Then I just assembled all together and done.

Have a go at making a card with glitter or sparkle and enter it here for a chance at winning one of two gift vouchers from Hero Arts!

Thanks for visiting today.


Saturday, November 28, 2020


A few weeks ago, Jennifer Mcguire shared some alcohol inking techniques on glitter paper.  Loved the effect so much, I had to have a go.  

I first inked up some white glitter paper with various shades of blue alcohol ink.  From one sheet of 6x6 paper I was able to make three cards - two with the HA rolling hills die and one using the leftovers for trees.  I die cut several more little trees to add to the rolling hills scene and added a few snowflake sequins around the edge to add to the night sky.  The sentiment is a retired one from Concord & 9th.  The background for the line of trees is SSS forest border 3D embossing folder.  Die cut the glittered trees and added to the foreground.  Gold sequins for the tree toppers and a little sentiment finished it off.

 A Blog Named Hero's current challenge is "glitter/sparkle"  - maybe these will give you a little inspiration to make a sparkly card.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Thursday, November 26, 2020


Today I'm up as lead designer for the first time - had to design the TTT board and of course make a card.  I went down the right side with sparkle, stencil and snow.

I had purchased the slimline bare tree stencil several months ago and thought this was a good time to break it in.  I used speckled egg DO ink for making my background.  Die cut my tree three times for some dimension and covered it with Spectrum Noir glitter pen.  Tore a piece of white cs for my snow bank and added glitter to it also.  Cut a mat to match the tree, stamped my sentiment in gold, put it all together with a few gold sequins and done!  You can kind of see the glittery bits on the tree - so difficult to photograph (especially since I'm not the best at it!!).

I hope you can find some inspiration from my board and enter your card here.

I am also entering my card at Stamplorations November Stencil Challenge since I used their wonderful slimline stencil on my card and the Just Add Ink "S" challenge since I have sparkle, stencil and snow plus it's also slimline.