Saturday, April 24, 2021


I used a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for a "new home" card my friend asked me to make.

I used some dies that I found on Amazon for the house.  The tan house has four layers underneath for some dimension.  The recipient's name and address were added for personalization.

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Friday, April 23, 2021


I had several challenges in mind when I created my card - the photo from The Card Concept, the theme of flowers from The ModSquad, and the theme of occasions from Watercooler Wednesday.

I recently bought the Tim Holtz wildflower dies - loved the variety of flowers.  Chose just the skinny flowers and watercolored them with my Karin markers - scribbled the ink on the paper and spritzed with water - pretty easy.  After putting my bouquet together I added it to my wood plank background (sponged a little extra color with DO pumice stone).  Used black and white for my sentiment and also the twine to echo the gingham ribbon - added the darker gray stripe for the stripe(s) on the bucket.  I guess my style for this card is clean and layered with rather vintage look.

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Thursday, April 22, 2021


It's always a good thing to have a few encouragement, sympathy type cards on hand- and that's part of the TicTacToe Challenge#110 for this week. Ashwini has created a great board for us this week - I chose across the middle - embossing, floral and encouragement.

I embossed the 3D floral background on heavy white cs and then lightly brushed a bit of color over it with a blending brush.  Placed this on a pale gray card base, added the die cut leaves, the sentiment and done.

Put on your creation hat and make a card for our challenge this week - would love to see you win and be our guest designer.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021


Made a couple of cards for challenges that will end soon - I miss so many 'cause I don't pay attention to ending dates.

Two Old Bats is an "anything goes" Halloween challenge altho there is always an inspiration photo.

I blended a  nightime background on a piece of tan cardstock - masked off a circle for the moon and then just left it as the moon color except for a few gray streaks for clouds.  Added the die cut trees and finished it off with some sparkle bats.

My next card is for the birthday slimline challenge at MFT and also RetroRubber Challenge where the theme is pastels.

I used my MFT floral fantasy stamps and dies and arranged them over the lattice background.  Put some glossy accents in the flower centers for a little pizazz.

My last card is for CAS Mix-Up where the theme was to use paper piecing on a card.

I first die cut the outline from black cs and adhered to the card base.  Then I went thru my pp stash and found this really pretty piece that had a watercolor look to it and all in shades of pink.  Die cut that and then pieced all the pink into the spaces.  Did the same for the green leaf.  Found a snip of yellow for the stamen.  Added some clear dewdrops on the petals and the heat embossed sentiment and done.  The "mix-up" elements on my card are paper piecing, die cutting and heat embossing.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021


"Anniversary" is the theme for this month's A Blog Named Hero Challenge.  I used my new Hero Arts Butterfly Garden background stamp as the starter for my inspiration card for you today.

I first stamped embossed the background in gold onto a white card base.  Then used 1" wide Post-It tape to mask a rectangle in the center and blended shades of coral/pink.  Using the rectangle dies, I cut two frames for my blended section.  Added the sentiment, a few gold sequins and done!

Create a special anniversary card for someone in your life and then enter it in our A Blog Named Hero Challenge this month.  You'll be eligible for one of two prize gift certificates.

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Sunday, April 18, 2021


Watched a video about making flowers with alcohol ink and it looked so easy.  So had a little play around trying to do this - not so easy - at least not for me - maybe more practice.  Anyway, finally had one that looked somewhat like a flower that I liked!

Don't remember the exact colors I used for the petals, but the center was "tranquil" pearl alcohol ink.  Added the little dots for the center with a white gel pen.  Am entering this at The Flower Challenge (pastels) and The Paper Players (CAS birthday).

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52 Christmas Card Throwdown wants a sled (sledge) on our cards this week.  Christmas Kickstart Challenge theme is "You Sleigh Me" so will enter my card there also.  I don't own any sled/sleigh stamps or dies, but have made tags in the past using a tag die, woodgrain paper and hand cutting the runners.


I made a mini slimline card (3.5x6) with kraft cs and added layers - the top layer embossed with a snow fall ef.  Designed my sled with the woodgrain paper on a kraft tag. I used some walnut DI to give the wood some definition.  Die cut the holly leaves and added to the twiggy wreath.  The sentiment was clear embossed - red Nuvo drops and a twine bow finished my card.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021


I used my long neglected Leaf Canopy set for my cards in the latest Twofer Challenge.  Actually made three cards, but one was way too busy for my CAS soul - but will post it here anyway.

I first stamped a bunch of the two sizes of leaves with DO inks and heat embossed with clear for a shiny look.  Made the "busy" card first by arranging leaves to cover the whole front.  Added the large sentiment and few clear sequins - there's shimmer on the sentiment too.  Next I made the white bouquet with only the die cut leaves.  The sentiment says "Happy Birthday" embossed in silver - hard to photograph.  Still had a pile of the colored leaves and made the third card.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021


I think this is first one of these online classes that I've actually finished all the homework by the end of the class.



Lydia made a raised background for her layered flower and I did the same but with different dies.  The flower and leaf layers were colored with alcohol markers - I used a die cut background which I layered up using really thin strips of foam tape.  



Again, didn't have the same dies as Lydia used, but followed her techniques to make an aperture card.  Die cut the flowers and leaves and watercolored very loosely.

I am entering my second card at Die Cut Divas where the theme is a window/aperture card. 

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Sunday, April 11, 2021


Altenew Academy has another free layering dies class taught by Lydia Evans.  Have been keeping up every day with the homework - so have four days worth today!


The see-through element on the lower portion makes this card really unique - a little putzy to make but I like the outcome.  This card used the Hibiscus die set.


This is a  gate fold card using vellum - I found using a lighter weight vellum worked the best - I used the Wild Rose 3D dies.


This card uses ink blending on the separate layers which was a quick and easy way to achieve the colors.  I added some veins on the leaves for a little added interest.  The front of the card is cut at slant and the flowers overlap the edge.  Lydia used patterned paper on the back, but that was too busy for me so I embossed a background and shaded a bit.  Floral Fantasy dies used on this card.


The shaker element and patterned paper makes this card special. Peony Dream is the die set used.

I am entering my first two cards at the Color Hues challenge since I used pink and green on those cards.  Also will enter my first and last cards at Die Cut Divas as their theme is aperture or window and my cards have apertures or is see thru like a window.

All About Layering 6 is a free 6 day class - lots of tips and tricks from Lydia.  Thanks for stopping by and always love to read your kind comments.


Saturday, April 10, 2021


The current theme at The Flower Challenge is "pretty pastels" and their sponsor is Varada Designs.  I chose one of their free digitals for my card.


I used an alcohol inked piece for the background for my flower which I downloaded and colored with copic markers.  After fussy cutting the flower and mounting it on the background, I popped it all up with fun foam on the card base.  Added a few clear sequins and done.  I chose not to add a sentiment at this time - will add when I want to send to someone special.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021


Time for a new TicTacToe Challenge and Felicita has a fun new board with great starting points for you.  I went down the right side of her board with embellishment, coloring and stencil.


Wasn't sure where I wanted to go with the stencil idea so started flipping through my stash and found this layering stencil that I don't think I've ever used.  After stenciling the florals in two colors of ink, I added a bit more depth with colored pencils.  I spattered the piece and then die cut with a stitched rectangle.  Matted it on black and then onto my card base.  Added the sentiment and some clear sequins and done!  This was really fast and easy card to make - think I might "need" more layering stencils!!!

The colors at the Color Hues Challenge are pink and green - so will enter my card there too.

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