Monday, October 23, 2017

A Tag for Fall

Hi there. Happy Monday!

My friend, Marcia Hill, is the Guest Designer at the

From the looks of this tree, this little gal has her work cut out for her!

Thanks for the inspiration, Marcia!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sheltering Tree (SU), Happy Fall (Verve)
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Cajun Craze (SU), SU Marker (Soft Suede)
Paper:  Cajun Craze, Thick Vanilla (SU) 
Other:  Main Street Pinpoint Tags (PS)

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Berry Kissed in Fall


The weekend is almost over.  I hope it's been a good one for you!

CAS Watercolour is has a couple of days left to enter.

We're celebrating our first Birthday with prizes!
Two lucky winners will win a $25.00 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp.

This month's challenge is

I hope you'll go over there and check it out.

There's lots of beautiful Fall inspiration there!

I'm entering this at 
Where it's anything goes with stamping.

Hubby and I went on a mini vacation this past week.

I got to visit with a stamping friend that I hadn't seen in a couple of years.

This was one of the pieces I worked on when we stamped together.

When I finished it and held it up to show her, I realized I'd done this 
on the back of a piece I'd done earlier.

We had a good laugh about that!

That's what happens when you talk more than pay attention to the stamping!

This was the better side so I decided to make a card out of it.

After placing the stamp in my MISTI, I inked it with distress markers and 
stamped it on mixed media paper.

I used my Aqua Painter to move the ink around then stamped again.

I kept adding touches of color to the stamp and moving the ink
with the brush until I was satisfied with the colors.

I added a golden wash by smooshing Distress ink on my
craft mat, diluting with water and brushing around the design.

It was good to see Peggy and we had a nice visit.

Hubby and I got to take a walk on the beach too.

It made for a special week!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Berry Kissed (PB), Everyday Happiness (PTI)
Ink:   Distress Markers (Wild Honey Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs), VersaMark
Paper:   Mixed Media for stamping (Strathmore), Watercolor 140 lb. for base (Strathmore), Cajun Craze, Copper Foil (SU)
Other:  Aqua Painter (SU), Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Words of Gratitude Die (PB), Copper EP (Zing)

Saturday, October 21, 2017

More Stencil Layering

I wasn't entirely happy with this card, but thought I'd share it anyway.

I started by using a Stamplorations stencil and sponging Blushing Bride and
Certainly Celery SU ink through it.

I layered by  sponging Wilted Violet Distress and Wild Wasabi ink through a tree stencil
that my dear friend Loll had cut for me on her Silhouette.

The CAS Mix Up Challenge this month
is hosted by Julia.
You still have a few days to enter.
Using stamping, layered stencils and die cut

I'm entering this is STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge


STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Kind Words (Verve)
Ink:   Versafine black, Blushing Bride, Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi (SU), Wilted Violet (D)
Paper:   Neena
Other:  A Bloom & 3 Buds (Stamplorations), Trees (Silhouette), Sponge Daubers

Friday, October 20, 2017

An Ornament for Merry Monday


Just a quick post with another Christmas card made with bits and pieces from my UFO box.

The pine bough is dry embossed and lightly sponged with ink.

The ornament was stamped with white ink on red and heat embossed.

I inked the sentiment with markers to get the different colors.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Ornament Keepsakes (SU), Christmas Sentiments (Kaisercraft)
Ink:   Emerald Envy, Real Red, Whisper White (SU)
Paper:  Emerald Envy, Whisper White, Real Red (SU) 
Other:  Pine Bough EF, White EP, Gold Cord (SU), X Stitch Borders (Gina Marie)

Exciting News

Hello friends.

I have some exciting news to share with you today.

A few weeks ago I found out that this card was the
September winner for the Craft Stamper Magazine's Take it Make it Challenge.

They are profiling me (in a good way) on the Craft Stamper blog today.

The Take It Make It Challenge is Anything Goes.

Enter a card and maybe we'll be reading about you.

This was the winning card.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mini Dog Thanks

Hello. My panting friend here is saying thank you to 
his owner, Nance, who let me borrow this crazy guy and his buddies.

The swap theme for our Crafty group was Cats and/or Dogs.
This was one of the many that I stamped, colored and die cut for the group.
They are handy for making a quick and fun card!

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Mini Cats & Dog (TH), Gorgeous Grunge (SU), Painted Butterflies (ALT)
Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black, Smoky Slate, Whisper White (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Whisper White Thick (SU)
Other:  Copic Markers, White EP (SU)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Rhododendron or Hydrangea

Hello dear friends.

My friend Nance (Soul Stampin') came to play a while ago and 
brought this stamp to share with me.

One of my favorite flowers is blue hydrangeas.

After watercoloring this flower, I read the name on the stamp and realized 
it's supposed to be a rhododendron.

You'll have to wait to see the Rhododendron which is also one of my favorites.

The Flower Challenge is celebrating their 1st Birthday this month!
Happy Birthday to one of my favorite challenges!

I love their new badge!

Their Design Team have shared some beautiful flowers for inspiration and the
gallery is a garden of beautiful blooms.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Rhododendron, Agapanthus (TT)
Ink:   Distress Markers (Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn), Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:   Watercolor (TH), Neena
Other: Aqua Painter (SU) , Stitched Rectangles (SSS), White Gel Pen

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fall Leaf Thank You for CAS Watercolour Reminder

Hello friends.

Today I'm reminding you that there's still time to help us celebrate our first birthday at
CAS Watercolour

We are giving away prizes too.

Here's a card I did using a watercolor Fall leaf.

I die cut some leaves out of scraps of Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper.

My watercolor was drops of re-inker picked up with my Water Brush and
dropped onto the wet die cuts.

When I was satisfied with the saturation of color, I set them aside to dry.

I recently had the pleasure of using a friends embossing folders and dies.
The embossed background was from that session.  I didn't see a name on the folder.
I would buy one if I could find it. Sigh....more enabling!

The dies for the thank you are from a place called Peachycheap.
Every morning I get an email from them with the offer of the day.
I try to resist, but sometimes.....

There are a few gold splatters on that leaf too.  I was a bit timid with them
because I had already ruined one leaf with splatters.
It's beneath this leaf to give it some more depth.

CAS Watercolour Challenge
is open until the 24th.

The Design Team is joined by our talented friend Marcia Hill.

There's lots of wonderful inspiration from the team and in the gallery.

I hope you'll check us out.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Paper:   Watercolor (Arches cold press), Neena, Gold Foil (SU)
Other:   SU Re-inkers (Tangerine Tango, Real Red), Word Dies (Peachycheap), Stitched Leaves Die (LF), Metallic Gold Paint