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!

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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.

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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. 


Wednesday, November 18, 2020


Two CAS masculine Christmas cards today for several challenges - Christmas Kickstart (embossing folder and a stamp), Let's Squash It (embossing folder and a stamp) and CASology (stag).

Embossed a white piece of cs with my new SSS Forest Border ef and sprayed with some shimmer spray and stamped the "peace" (retired HA) sentiment.  Mounted on a gray card base and added the stag (retired IO die).  The darker spots on the background are where the shimmer spray was a little thick - looks fine IRL but not so much in a photo.

I made another center fold card - had to run it through the machine all folded but it worked out pretty well.  Smudged ink over the foreground trees and added the sentiment and stag and done!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020


I decided to make some Christmas tags for our A Blog Named Hero "glitter/sparkle" challenge this month.

Began by die cutting some tags from kraft cs, giving them an embossed background and using some brown ink on the edges for some definition.  Had the little wooden snowflakes in my stash for ages and they became my sparkle element.  I smooshed them into my Versamark pad, liberally covered them with gold glitter powder and heat embossed.  The "Merry" sentiment was die cut from glitter paper and the "Merry Christmas" sentiment was stamped in black and clear heat embossed for some more shine.

Add some sparkle to your cards and enter them here for a chance to win one of two gift vouchers from Hero Arts!

I am entering the snowman tag at Christmas Kickstart (embossing and a stamp) and also at Let's Squash It (embossing and a stamp).

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Monday, November 16, 2020


Here's a fun fold card that looks rather complicated, but once you get the hang of it, it's quite easy.  Check out this video if you'd like to have a go at making a card like this.  I made my card for the current CASology challenge which has the cue word "stag".  Maybe it could have been more CAS, but I was happy with the way it turned out.

Everything I used on my card is pretty old - the patterned paper background is from Target a few years ago, the stag is from Ellen Hutson and not sure about the rest.  This card is an A2 and folds quite flat.  I used some Nuvo drops for the little red berries on the wreath.

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Friday, November 13, 2020


Kraft and yellow are the colors for The Color Hues Challenge and Seize the Birthday Challenge wants one die cut, two colors and three embellishments.

My kraft background was 3D embossed and smudged over with a little white ink.  I stamped my flower on yellow cs, colored in with a little bit of copic marker and die cut.  Added a bit of gold thread and two enamel dots for my three embellishments.

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Thursday, November 12, 2020


Ashwini is the designer of our TTT board this week and I chose down the right side - sequins, wreath and neutral color.

I made my wreath with leaf stamps and dies from The Ton. The leaves were stamped in gold, watercolored and die cut.  Added some berries die cut from gold paper and adhered a few gold sequins.  For my background, I used a stitched circle die and embossed it into some pale gray cardstock.  Stamped the "Joy" in gold before adding the wreath which is popped up with some foam tape.

So many fun items from which to choose - have a go and enter your card here.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020


 3-D embossing folders are being featured lately by several stamp companies along with ideas for using them.  Yana Smakula had some great inspiration this past week and so I had to have a go.

I first embossed my flower background and then smudged white pigment ink lightly over the top of the raised areas.  That piece was mounted on rose gold metallic cs and then onto a navy card base.  Cut the "joy" from the same rose gold and the "to the world" from the same color as the background.   After I had the design all figured out, it was a pretty simple card.

I am entering my card at CAS Christmas (non-traditional colours), Darnel's NBUS (first time using the ef), Virginia's Show and Share and The Flower Challenge (use a sentiment).

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Sunday, November 1, 2020


My October card was sent to Elena in Ohia. I used the suggested colors of pumpkin, chocolate and cherry and made a friendship card for her.

I began by stamping the flower background in black on watercolor and then clear embossing.  Pulled out various DI inks in oranges, reds and a little yellow and green.  Put the color on my glass mat, spritzed with a little water and used a small piece of acetate to pick up the color and add where I wanted it.  Wasn't too careful if the colors ran over a bit.  Dried between layers until I was happy with the results.  Cut the piece down and layered onto a dark brown mat with a foam backing.  Added to a card base along with the sentiment and done.

The Card Challenge is always so fun and you can meet new friends from all over the world.  Join the November challenge here.

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