Monday, March 30, 2020


Here's a quick card today that I did for the current Tic-Tac-Toe #57 challenge.  I chose pastel colors, die cuts and a colored card base for my card.

I had this alcohol inked piece in my stash and and die it with a stitched rectangle which was mounted on the blue card base.  Die cut the "Easter" letters and then layered them up to make them more prominent, added the little "happy" sentiment and done!  Photographed this in the late afternoon so my colors appear darker than in real life.

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Sunday, March 29, 2020


The challenge this month at A Blog Named Hero is "Anything But a Card" and I've made a cute little pillow box for an Easter gift. 

The flowers and leaves from the Hero Arts January My Monthly Hero kit were die cut from various soft colors. I used a small oval piece of cardstock on which to design the arrangement and after I had it finished just glued to the box.  Had a pillow box die in my stash and die cut that from some pale gray strip patterned paper.  Added the little sentiment (stamped in my favorite HA black ink) and done.  Perfect for a little gift of candy, money, a small piece of jewelry, whatever - now to decide who receives it!!
Be sure to enter our challenge this month for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Hero Arts!  Thanks for visiting today.

Saturday, March 28, 2020


Lots of time to color these - very relaxing and takes the mind off the disturbing and scary events these days - hope everyone is taking good care of themselves - I am 'cause my kids don't give me a choice!  Anyway, made a card for a few of challenges today.

I stamped and embossed this pretty bouquet on Bristol paper and colored with my Zigs.   I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for my design.  Dry embossed the circles with two dies for my background.   Pink, purple and white are Color Throwdown challenge colors for this week - maybe the green leaves and not enough purple will disqualify me, but worth a try???  The current code word at Addicted to CAS is texture so am entering my card there also.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020


Another last entry for CAS Mix-Up acrylics challenge and also some homework for the latest Altenew Academy class - Layering Dies 3D. This card uses another piece of my acrylic salad spinner paper albeit only a small bit.

After die cutting the solid butterfly from the stitched background piece, I adhered that to the card base.  Then I inlaid the acrylic piece and finally the matching lacy butterfly attaching it only in the center.   Added the small sentiment and done.

Finally, thanks to Bonnie and Loll for making me go outside my box with acrylics on my cards.

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Monday, March 23, 2020


Have a quick last entry for the CAS Mix-Up challenge (use acrylics) for this month.  I saw this video and gave it a try - very messy but fun.  I was glad I did it in my kitchen with a plastic cloth on the countertop.

Found parts that would work and created my layered flower.  I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for my design.  The leaves were cut from a piece of watercolored paper.  Added the little sentiment and a few enamel dots and done.I

I am also entering my card at the Hero Arts Stay Crafty challenge - send a card to a friend during this COVID-19 time.  The little sentiment is from their January 2020 Monthly Kit.
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Sunday, March 22, 2020


I have a memory of snowdrops that has been with me for many years.  When I was in the delivery room for my second child, the obstetrician came in and said he had been out in the garden (it was a Sunday) and the snowdrops were beginning to bloom - it was a wintery day in early March and in Edinburgh, Scotland. Now it is March again many years later and I have made a snowdrops card for the CAS Christmas Challenge - a winter flower. 

I die cut the snowdrops twice and adhered them together for some stability.  Attached them only at the bottom part and left the flower parts free.  The background is a stitched square with an overlay of sort of metallic white vellum (put double-sided adhesive on it before die cutting).  Added the little sentiment and done.

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Friday, March 20, 2020


Although my card has nothing to do with "Luck of the Irish" which is the theme at CAS Watercolour, it certainly is green and think that it will qualify.

I began by watercoloring the background and then die the cross from The Greetery.  Too complicated to explain how I did the rest of the cross 'cause I was just kind of winging it.  I layered up the cross part three times for some dimension.  Then put the die cut background onto the white card base and inlaid the cross parts.  Added the little sentiment and some enamel dots and done.  

I am also entering my at Happy Little Stampers (dies).

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Sunday, March 15, 2020


I have another idea for you today for CAS MIX-UP and using acrylics in your card making.  This is probably been done somewhere else and maybe even used for the challenge already (I'm writing this in early February).  I put three colors of paint on a piece of acetate and smooshed the card stock.  You can get a lot of interesting texture doing this. 

After it was dry, I die cut my flower.  I die cut the stem separately.  I tried mixing the acrylics to get the color of green I wanted but couldn't get it - so ended up coloring the stem with my Zigs.

I thought the piece of acetate looked interesting so used it as a background for my flower.  The sentiment is a very old one from Hero Arts.  Besides acrylics, I used die-cutting, smooshing, stamping and a little watercolouring.

There is still time get your entry into the Mix-Up for this month, so hope you have a go!  Thanks for stopping by today and always love to read your kind comments.

Saturday, March 14, 2020


I mentioned in an earlier post that I had been coloring the lilies from The Greetery in various mediums.  So today I have two more cards to share.

I used distress inks to color the top card and then added details and some depth using colored pencils.  Blended some broken china ink for the background and spattered with some water.  Put my bouquet together, added a little sentiment, put Nuvo drops in the centers of the white flowers and done.

My second card uses only colored pencils for coloring the flowers.  I blended some peeled paint and shabby shutters distress inks on a piece of white cardstock and then die cut the leaves and palm fronds from it.  Added details with colored pencils.  Arranged my bouquet on the background piece, put it all together with the sentiment and done.

I am entering both cards at Happy Little Stampers current challenge and also the second one at the Festive Friday challenge (flowers, green, pastels).

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Another birthday card for you today even though our A Blog Named Hero February birthday challenge is over and a new challenge begins tomorrow.

I used the Hero Arts/Altenew collaboration Bloom and Grow stamp for my spotlight card today.  I began by stamping the large flower in black along with the leaf from the set - created a mask for placement of the leaf sprig.  Then using a square frame die, I die cut the center portion of the flower.  I chose picked raspberry and abandoned coral distress inks to blend color onto the square piece.  The other piece was die cut with the second largest HA rectangle infinity die and adhered to a peony top folding card base.  The blended piece was added back onto the card with some fun foam backing.  I added the little sentiment, some enamel dots and done.  

As long as I had the stamp in place on my MISTI, I stamped out four cards and will make a set using different colors and sentiments.  Any large floral stamp would work for this design such as Peonies or try it with a background stamp like this one (Everything Flower).  I think it would also be fun to use different flowers but with same design and color for the square part.

Thanks for visiting today - a new challenge begins tomorrow (15 March) so be sure to stop by A Blog Named Hero and check it out. 

Friday, March 13, 2020


Seems like everywhere I looked this week there were challenges that involved green.  Plus I have been coloring The Greetery's lily die cuts using different mediums - so you will probably be seeing more lilies.

I used the photo as my color guide for my lilies.  First I watercoloured the lilies with some diluted black.  Mixed a variety of greens for all the leaves.  Then I used my polychromos to give some detail to the flowers and leaves.  I stenciled the background for some interest with DO old paper - it matched the lighter greens I used in the flowers so well.  Before attaching the arrangement, I stamped the sentiment.  Added some pale gray enamel dots and done.   

I am entering my card at CAS Watercolour (luck of the Irish-green), TicTacToe#55 (flowers, stencil, die cuts), The Flower Challenge (anything goes), Virginia's Show and Share, Color Throwdown (green and black) and Happy Little Stampers (dies).

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