Saturday, January 30, 2021


Just a quick post today with a card for the current SSS Flickr challenge - "lots of love" is the theme.  Trying to make a bunch of valentines this weekend for some friends and family


I used SSS tumbling hearts stencil with DO inks in various shades of pinks and reds.  This stencil is 6x6 so did the top part first and then moved it down for the bottom section.  Then I cut out the heart where the two parts came together.  Made it into a shaker with some little heart die cuts and red sequin mix, added the sentiment and done.

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Thursday, January 28, 2021


The Tic Tac Toe Challenge has some more fun inspiration for you this week with a board designed by Felicita which is perfect for your Valentine cards.

I chose the left column - red, free and sentiment.
I began by stamping the large heart wreath in red ink.  Using some large letter dies, I die cut the word "love" and made an eclipse card.  I backed the letters with some black fun foam so that they would stand out a bit more.  Added the little "you" and some red Nuvo drops and done.

The winner of our challenge has a chance to be a guest designer so be sure to have a go!

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021


The Flower Challenge wants embossing on the entries for this month.  I made a fairly simple CAS Valentine this afternoon while listening to the Nebraska women's basketball game vs. Minnesota.  In a normal season, I'd be there in person watching them.  


After embossing the flower background, I swiped it with white pigment ink.  Put the heart die cut back in the embossing folder to match it up with the background.  Added the sentiment and some sequins to finish it off.

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Monday, January 18, 2021


Quick post this morning with two Valentine cards with acetate fronts.  


Both cards were created using some backgrounds from my stash.  The first one was on watercolor paper smooshed with  pink inks.  The second used an alcohol ink background in reds and a bit of gold.  Glued each of the die cuts on a piece of heavy acetate (4.5 x 6).  Scored the acetate so there was a .5 piece to fold over and glued to back of card.  There is an additional heart on the inside of the card on which to write a short note that won't be seen from the front. 

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Friday, January 15, 2021


The Twofer Challenge for this month certainly had my name on it - two cards using the same stamp but with a different design for each and for two different occasions plus using FLOWERS!

I first stamped flowers and leaves from the Wallpaper Art stamp set and copic colored.  Had to fussy cut as I don't have the dies to match.  Arranged the flowers and leaves on a black card base, added the little sentiment and some clear drops and done with that one!  For my second card, I first die cut a lattice background and adhered to the slimline card base.  Fussy cut some more flowers and leaves, made the floral arrangement and added the sentiment and a few enamel dots.

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Thursday, January 14, 2021


It's time to start creating some Valentines and The Tic Tac Toe Challenge has just the starting point for you this week with this fun board designed by LeAnne.

For my card, I chose the diagonal from left to right - heart, dry embossing and kraft.


I dry embossed the background and also the red heart with the Altenew beautiful begenia folder.  Brushed some white pigment ink over the raised areas of the embossing.  Embossed the die cut heart by putting it in the ef at the place where I wanted it on the card.  Used a bit of red ink to give it some definition and matched it up with the background.  Put it all together with the little sentiment and done.

The winner of our challenge has a chance to be a future guest designer so be sure to enter. 

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Monday, January 11, 2021


 My card was started last week for the Color Hues Challenge (red & gray) and was all finished except for the "putting together".  Decided to do a different post first before this one and on Sunday morning saw the Twofer Challenge DT's card and there was one with almost the same design and flowers.  Good minds run on the same track ???? Couldn't decide whether to use my card lest people would think I copied the idea - but then figured I'd just go ahead with it.


I did some stamping on the gray wrap and die cut multiple snowdrops and little hearts.  Snipped off some of the snowdrop blooms and added the red hearts to the stems.  Gave all the flowers some shading with a gray copic marker and added some sparkle to the heart "blooms".  After all was arranged, I adhered it to an embossed heart background.  Tied a little twine bow and tucked on the sentiment tag.

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Sunday, January 10, 2021


For my first Christmas card of 2021, I designed a serene winter scene for the current Christmas Kickstart Challenge where the theme is "deer".  Since the deer and the tree are silhouetted against the sky, I am also entering my card at CAS Christmas as the theme is "silhouette".

Wanted to have a sort of gray/blue sky so blended several inks to achieve that effect.  Embossed the tree in white and added two layers of "snow" with some Spectrum Noir for sparkle.  Added my stag and put it all together into a slimline card.

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Sunday, January 3, 2021


Our current challenge at A Blog Named Hero is to CASE an a favorite card of the year.  I chose a card by Jennifer Kotas by using her design, dark blue background, shaker element and the white embossed feature.


My Hero Arts snowflakes are all very old stamps as is the sentiment - one of my all time favorites.  I began by first cutting the rectangle window, arranging the various snowflake stamps and the sentiment using my MISTI, stamping in Versamark and white embossing.  Next I mixed up some white gouache with a little water and spattered all over the background.  I dry embossed a piece of lighter blue cs with a snow ef and put the shaker part together using some HA snowflakes and sequins.  Added a glittery die cut snowflake and mounted all on a white card base.

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.

EDIT:  Cat pointed out that my card would work for Challenge Up Your Life Challenge (snowflakes theme) so will enter it there also. 

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Friday, January 1, 2021


HAPPY 2021 my friends!  Creating cards has been my happy place this past year as I know it probably has been for you also.  It was fun to choose favorites from this past year - just picked a few that I especially like.  Click on the title beneath the photo to link to the blogpost.





Best Fishes


Thanks for visiting me this past year and hope you will continue to do so in 2021!