Monday, January 23, 2017

Another Snowflake Card

I think this is my last snowflake card for this winter.

My friend, Nance, came to visit around Christmas time and we had such a lovely time chatting.

She brought me a delicious chocolate pie and some die cuts.

My mouth still waters thinking about that pie!
As you can imagine we made quick work of that!

This snowflake background was from one of the die cuts.

It's a background die from Lil' Inker.  I cut it down to keep my card CAS
and put it on a piece of watercolor I had in my stash.
(The watercolor piece wasn't what I'd hoped so it was perfect to put something big
over it to cover up the lousy creative painting job.

Then I decided I'd add some Wink of Stella to the largest snowflake.

It didn't go well!

It kind of looked like someone had spit on the snowflake.

Maybe I need a new WOS?

There was another die cut in the package and this was cut from vellum.

So I surgically removed the big vellum snowflake and stuck it over the offender.

Since I used re-inkers as my color medium when I watercolored that background, 
and the color started as a liquid, no additional water necessary,
I'll take it to the gallery at

My mixed media are stamping, re-inkers as my liquid colour and die cuts as my choice.


CAS Watercolour

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Festive Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Whisper White (SU)
Paper:  Solar White (Neena 110 lb.), Shimmer (SU),
Other:  SU Re-inkers (Soft Sky, Marina Mist), Cover Up Snowflake Die (LI), Pin Point Mainstreet Tags Die (PS), Twine (Michaels), Basic Rhinestone (SU)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Snowflake Ribbon with Inka Smoosh

It's really hard to get a decent picture of sparkle and shine!
This is the best I could do.

I found this piece of Inka Gold Smoosh in my background basket
and die cut this gorgeous snowflake ribbon and the sentiment
from some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

The center of the snowflake is punched from a snippet of silver Glimmer paper
with a punch from my stash.

Flat for mailing which is a bonus!

Poppystamps January Challenge
I think this snowflake is silent. It's been sitting on my desk for a few days 
and I haven't heard anything.

And since the Inka Gold requires water to smoosh, I'm sharing this in the gallery at
Challenge closes on the 24th.

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Card Recipe
Paper: Mixed Media (Strathmore), Solar White (Neena (110 lb.), Dazzling Details Glimmer (SU)  
Other:  Snowflake Ribbon Die (Poppystamps), Holiday Words Script Die (TH), Inka Gold (Steel Blue, Jade, Gold)

Friday, January 20, 2017

Darnell's NBUS Challenge #8

Our good friend, Darnell is celebrating her Blog Birthaversary and more

To celebrate she's having a NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) Challenge.

No, wait, she's going to have 3 back to back weekly challenges!

This week, January 16 - 22 she has challenged us to use a NBUS item and
an optional theme...

This is a technique I've been meaning to try for quite some time.

Thank you, Darnell, for giving me the push I needed to pull my pencils out and color!

My large butterfly stamp was a NBUS.
I had used the smallest stamp in this trio.
Now I need and excuse to use the last one in the set.

I stamped with Memento ink and used my Prismacolor pencils for color
and odorless Turpenoid to blend.

Guess what it says inside?

Very appropriately it says
because that's what our Darnell is!

The sentiment was also a NBUS.

I had fun coloring this card and was amazed at how the color showed up on the Kraft!

And I even added some WOS all over the butterfly, because I know how Darnell loves that sparkle!

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Butterfly Trio (PB), Appreciated (TT)
Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:   Crumb Cake (SU)
Other:  Prismacolor Pencils (Spanish Orange, Orange White), Odorless Turpenoid (Weber), Cosmetic Applicators (Dollar Store), White EP (SU), Wink of Stella (Clear)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Little Reindeer

Even though I'm not on the Design Team at Merry Monday anymore,
I still need to get those Christmas cards done.

This week challenge is hosted by Colleen

I didn't use this little reindeer last year so I was determined to show him some love.

Unfortunately this die doesn't provide any antlers for this little guy.
I used my holly punch as a base and cut some out.

I had been playing with my alcohol inks and the background is a piece from my play.

I added drops of alcohol inks directly to Yupo paper.
Loll did a fantastic tutorial on this technique.

I used Copper Mixative so I used a piece of metallic
copper cardstock from my stash to die cut the reindeer.

His antlers were cut from a snippet of hammered gold paper.

Since I used alcohol ink which is a liquid color, I'll add this to
the CAS Mix Up gallery
Using Stamping, Alcohol Inks (liquid colour), and Die Cutting for my choice.

He's going to CHILL OUT with
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge too

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Christmas Joy (Verve
Ink:   Soft Suede
Paper:   Solar White (Neena 110 lb.), Yupo, Metallic Amber (Paper Co.), Hammered Gold (snippet stash)
Other:  Alcohol Inks, Rectangle Peek a boo Window Die (MFT), Mini Reindeer & 25 (Sizzix Movers & Shapers), Holly Punch (MS)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Snowy Grove By the River

This is the card I made for DH's birthday.

I knew a snowy card would make him feel cold so I tried to show the sun coming up.
Of course I had to add ducks or geese.

I stamped the Snowy Grove stamp on Arches Watercolor paper with Pumice Stone ink 
and used my Aqua Painter to move the color around the trees.
The ink was still wet enough to stamp again which added a bit of extra texture.

When the ink was dry, and the stamp cleaned, I stamped with Versa Mark
and clear embossed to mask the trees.

I used re-inkers and a wet on wet technique to color the background. 
 I put drops of re-inker in the wells of a palette and used a brush with clear water 
to wet the sunrise area.  

Using a damp brush dipped in the re-inker,
 I dropped color until I was happy with it.

Then I moved to the top of the sky and repeated with blues.

When the sunrise was dry, I painted the ground using the same technique.

I used the bush stamp from another set to stamp some brambles and add more depth 
to the ground.

Finally, I sponged some more color around the edges to add depth.

This is relatively clean and not too simple, but I wanted to share it with you.

There's still time to enter at
CAS Mix Up
Challenge is open until January 24th.
My mixed media are Stamping, Watercolor with Re-inkers for my liquid color, Masking and Sponging

       ANYTHING GOES                             ANYTHING GOES


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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Snowy Grove, Nature's Friends (PB), Pines (retired SU)
Ink:   Pumice Stone, Brushed Corduroy (Distress inks), VersaMark, SU Dapper Denim, Distress Brushed Corduroy for sponging
Paper:   Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press), (Strathmore 140 lb. cold press for base)
Other:  Clear EP (SU), Re-inkers (So saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Old Olive) SU, Sponge Daubers (SU)