Thursday, July 29, 2021


Joanne has created a great challenge board for us this week at The TicTacToe Challenge.  I went straight down the middle with flower, patterned paper and ombre.

My yellow ombre background is actually patterned paper from a delightful pad from Pinkfresh Studio.  I first die cut my floral die from the pp and then from a piece of heavy white cs.  Poked out all the pieces from the white cut and glued to a white card base.  Then I did the "puzzle piecing" of all the yellow and white bits.  To finish off I added the black sentiment and some enamel dots in shades of yellow.

I actually was able to make two cards from the pp die cut.

Adhered the die cut piece to a white card base and using a yellow copic marker colored in the center of the largest flower.  Added the sentiment and a few enamel dots and I had a twofer!!


I hope you'll join our challenge this week and you will have a change to become a guest designer.  See you in the gallery.


Tuesday, July 27, 2021


A last minute entry for the TwoOldBats Halloween challenge.  I used one of the photos as inspiration.


First I made my blended background with various DO inks.  Then stamped the leafy background and blended some darker inks on the bottom to ground the scene.  Spattered all with some water before adding the pumpkin and cat.

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Friday, July 23, 2021


I felt like a little ink smooshing today and created a background with some Karin markers in purple, blues and pink.  Then decided to go for a non-traditional color card for the CAS Christmas Challenge (poinsettia).

After creating my background and spattering with water, white gouache and gold, I embossed the poinsettia and highlighted it with white pigment ink and a finger dauber.  Also added some of the gold metallic paint to the poinsettia centers.  Mounted on a white card base along with the little sentiment and a few gold sequins.

I am also entering my card at Watercooler Wednesday where the theme is "all about occasions".

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021


Managed to make two more cards inspired by the Card Maker Success Summit from last week.  


I don't remember who did this design except that she used a wreath stencil and layered various shades of green.  Since I didn't have a wreath stencil, I die cut three wreaths in greens and layered them together.  Otherwise I used the layout of the original card along with a "Merry Christmas" sentiment and a different sub sentiment.

This card was inspired by Justine Hovey - again adapted her idea to the supplies I owned.  I gold embossed the single gold star and used die cuts for the snow and trees - Justine did mostly all blending for her scene.  Happy with both of these.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021


I love many of the digi designs available, but my printer won't take anything heavier than 80# paper - so coloring the designs is pretty limited.  Fell in love with this one from Alex Syberia and again no luck in coloring.  Saw somewhere just using the black and white (sorry can't remember where) and made this card for Seize the Birthday - "framed" is the theme.

Made a frame using two rectangle slimline dies to frame the digi background.  Die cut the sentiment from some patterned paper and shadowed it in black.  Added the little "happy" and a few black enamel dots and done!

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Sunday, July 18, 2021

I have been following along with the Card Maker Success Summit this week which is focused on Christmas in July.  It's been interesting and tremendous effort by Brandi Mahon to produce.  As with any workshop that I attend, there are parts I like, don't like, or just am not interested in - but I always figure if I take away one or two good things, it's been worthwhile.  So far have made three cards and have a couple of more that I'm going to try.


Laurie Willison made a stenciled card, but I didn't have any of the products she used - so improvised.  Her card was a one layer card using a rectangle stencil to make a white border.  I just cut out a rectangle and stamped my leaves and berries in light gray ink and then colored with pencils.  Used a striped stencil to make the background.  Added a few gold sequins, the little sentiment and some glossy accents to the berries.  Layered up my stamped piece and adhered to a white card base and done.

Therese Calvird made a lovely poinsettia card (doesn't she always!!!).  I made two cards from her idea.

I first watercolored a pink and green piece of wc cardstock-wanted enough for two cards.  After die cutting and layering my poinsettias together, I made the backgrounds.  Used the individual petal dies to dry emboss the background on the top card and a stencil for the second card.  A few gold sequins and a sentiment completed both.  I will enter my second card at CAS Christmas Challenge where the theme is poinsettia.

 Thanks for stopping by - hope you have a good week.


Thursday, July 15, 2021


Repetition is our theme challenge this month at A Blog Named Hero and what better way than to repeat lots of hugs!!!

After cutting the sentiment from rainbow pp, I cut more from white cs to layer it up and also give it a black shadow.  Then it was just a matter of lining everything up on my slimline background.  The die cut and sentiment are both from the new Big Hugs Fancy set from Hero's summer catalog.  I stamped the "lots of love" with black ink and embossed in ultra fine clear powder.

Would love to see your "repetition" card in our challenge this month - and as always, there are two gift cards from Hero Arts up for grabs!



This week's TicTacToe#122 board was designed by ME!!  I decided to go across the bottom with stencil, vellum and butterfly.  I wanted to do something with a vellum butterfly and finally decided on using alcohol ink on a piece of vellum.  I like the dull finish of vellum rather than shiny yupo paper.


My piece of vellum turn out so pretty, but after die cutting my butterfly, it was very floppy - which I didn't like.  So I added it to a piece of cardstock for more sturdiness.  Lightly stenciled the background and added some spatters of gold.  My sentiment is embossed in gold.  The card is a mini slimline - 3.25x6.25.

I hope I'll see you in the gallery this week - the winner will be a future guest designer.

Thanks for visiting today.

Sunday, July 11, 2021


My cards today are a mix of vellum and flowers for three different challenges - CAS Mix-Up (alcohol ink + vellum), ModSquad (vellum flowers) and AAA Birthday (embossing folder).


This card is for the AAA Birthday challenge - used an embossing folder on thick vellum glued onto a pale gray mini slimline card.  (BTW - no more worries about how to adhere vellum - just use Bearly Art glue - it's the game changer in the glue department for everything - all the other glues are in the trash!!)  Added the pink flower and a little sentiment and done.


On this card I stamped and white heat embossed the flowers onto thick vellum, used copic markers on the back to do my coloring - then fussy cut.  The card base is a piece from a 6x6 pad - it's gray with white outline flowers - I just scored it at 3" and folded.  Adhered the flowers again with glue - added the sentiment and some silver sequins and done.  This card is for CAS Mix-Up (used heat embossing, copics, stamping, vellum) and ModSquad.  The flowers are the Gina K and Hero Arts collaboration set.

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Friday, July 9, 2021


During the pandemic I needed something else to keep me busy and so took up knitting again - I am definitely not very good at it - like if I drop a stitch or have some other mistake, it all has to be ripped out and started over!  So over the course of the last year I have knitted lots of hats in all sizes which will be given to a homeless shelter when the colder weather arrives.  

This little hat though is for a little one born this past week to a sweet family that I know from church.  I think it turned out pretty cute.  Made the fun little tag to go with it.  Used my laptop for the text and that cute little sheep stamp which is very old.

I also made little gift bags for the older siblings - blowing bubbles and M & M's (hope Mom approves of the candy).

That's all for today.  Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, July 1, 2021


Ashwini designed a great board this week for all the wedding and anniversary cards we all need to have on hand.

I chose to go across the middle with embossing, flowers and anniversary.


I had a new 3D embossing folder to try out - embossed on some rose gold metallic paper - used the debossed side and attached to a white card base. The little flowers and leaves were ink blended and the sentiment ink embossed onto the vellum strip.

I would love to see your card in our challenge gallery this week and you'll have a chance to be a future guest designer.

Thanks for stopping by today.