Friday, March 23, 2018

Ghosting with Alcohol Ink and Acetate

Hello and TGIF!

There's still a couple days to play in the
CAS Mix Up Acetate Challenge.

We're celebrating our birthday this month and have prizes!

Here's one last card (for now) using acetate.

Using Stamping, Alcohol Ink, Ghosting Technique, Acetate, Die Cut

I used a technique I saw on Jennifer McGuire's blog on my alcohol inked piece.
I inked a stamp with Archival ink and stamped then wiped off the ink with a soft cloth.

It removes some ink leaving a ghosted image.  I repeated the process several times.

When it came to the dragonfly, I didn't think it showed up very well so I
stamped him in black and left him stamped.

Unfortunately the ink smeared a bit (it doesn't dry very fast or at all?) so
I filled in the schmeared wing with a black Sharpie and put some
acetate over the whole thing to keep it from schmearing more.

I die cut a piece of foam behind the frame so the acetate doesn't touch the

Oh, and I stamped Friend on the acetate.

Even if you don't use acetate, come on over to see the gallery at
Awesome entries!

Also entering at

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Awesomely Artistic (SU), Bouquet of Thanks (SSS)
Ink:   Jet Black, Forget Me Not (Ranger Archival)
Paper:   Neena, Glossy Photo, Window Sheet (SU)
Other:  Alcohol Ink, Stitched Rectangle Die (SSS), Foam Strips

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Butterfly and Bloom for the Twofer

I'm seeing butterflies in the flowers again for the Twofer Challenge.
There's only a coupla days left to enter.

I stumbled across my Concord & 9th dies one day and had a eureka moment.

By cutting one petal off the flower, I had a butterfly.

I'd never thought of that because the set has a perfectly beautiful butterfly.

But this one is a little smaller and a better fit for some flowers.

This first card was stamped and heat embossed, then painted with Lindy's Magicals
which gives them a lovely shimmer!

I painted this image around Christmas time when I first got the Magicals.
(Thanks again, my friend.)

After snipping the flower petal to make a butterfly, I fussy cut a solid butterfly
from vellum and attached a body from a Memory Box butterfly die.
(I have a little box of assorted butterfly bodies at the ready.)

The second card uses the flower die as intended.  It was cut twice.
Once from watercolor paper and once from mixed media paper scraps.

I put a piece of Press and Seal behind the paper for one die cut so the 
pieces would stay intact and watercolored the flower using 
Distress Oxide inks.

I used the same DOX inks for the openwork flower but not as dark,
and added some Distress Glaze on the flower to bring out the color a bit.

The stem was stamped from a Tim Holtz stamp set and watercolored.

Two of the pieces from the openwork flower were painted to make some leaves
that hide a renegade splatter that landed on the stem.

I don't think I'd used this die before so I'm glad to get a Twofer out of it!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Charming (PB), Fun Birthday Sentiments (HLS)
Ink:   VersaMark
Paper:   Neena, Mixed Media (ST), Basic Black (SU), Vellum
Other:  White EP (SU), Floral and Flutter Die (C9), Lindy's Magicals (Maintenance Magenta, Bling Blond, Drop Dead Gorgeous Green), XStitch Borders Die (GM)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Bouquet of Thanks (SSS), Flower Garden (TH)
Ink:  Wilted Violet, Peeled Paint (DOX), Onyx Black (Versafine)
Paper: Neena, Watercolor (TH), Mixed Media (ST), Basic Black (SU)
Other:  Floral and Flutter Die (C9), Press & Seal, Distress Glaze (Rgr)Sentimental Die (AE), Double Pierced Rectangles (AE)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Serendipity Typewiter


I'm joining in with the Serendipity Blog Hop again.

Serendipity Stamps is having a SALE!
Buy 3 items and get the 4th free!
Sale is good from Wednesday, March 21st thru Saturday, March 24.

Blog Hop:
Me (you're here)

This stamp brings back memories of learning to type.  I learned on a typewriter 
that was very similar to this one.

I stamped this image on a piece of splash watercolor with Versafine ink
and heat embossed with clear powder.  It gave the machine a shiny look
like the one I learned on.

I added a bit of watercolor to the surrounding images and used
a marker to color the pencils and flowers.

The sentiment is from Serendipity too.
I love the pretty font.

It's been fun joining in the Serendipity Blog Hop!
Thanks for the invitation Mary, and the warm
welcome from the other hoppers.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Typewriter, Quick Note Vertical (Serendipity)
Ink:   Onyx Black (Versafine), Distress Markers (Hickory Smoke, Pumice Stone, Festive Berries)
Paper:   Neena, Mixed Media, Gray Texture (stash)
Other:  Clear EP (SU)

Monday, March 19, 2018

Small Antilles Flower Garden on Acetate

Hello my friends.

Today's card is for both the CAS Mix Up and CAS Watercolour Challenges.

I have used alcohol inks to color a piece of acetate for the background.

The flower garden has been die cut and watercolored using a
water brush and picking up ink smooshed into the lid of the inkpad.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Bouquet of Thanks (SSS)
Ink:   Jet Black (StaxOn), Old Olive, Strawberry Slush, Not Quiet Navy, (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Watercolor
Other:  Acetate, Alcohol Ink (Lettuce, Pesto, Gold Mixative), Stitched Rectangle Die (LI), Small Antilles Floral Left Corner (MB), Water Brush

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Inspiration at Merry Monday

Hello my friends.

Another week has flown by and I'm coming in to Merry Monday
just under the wire.  Again...
edited to add, my computer jammed so I didn't get this entered at Merry Monday after all. :-(

This week Kim chose an inspiration photo.
I struggle with this kind of challenge.
I did notice that yummy topping and the candy cane.

I had the cup but no candy can die that would work.

So I pulled out my candy cane $1.00 stamp and stamped that.

It didn't stamp really well so I filled in with a Red Ultra Fine Sharpie.

I cut one of the candy canes out and it was a perfect fit.

The topping is some old Sparkle Paste that I put on top of
the die cut then sprinkled with red glitter.

And since the cup looked a bit plain, I added a sparkly snowflake
and some holly.

While I had the candy canes out, I went for a Twofer.

A dear friend had given me this beautiful scallop diamond die for Christmas.
I was delighted to see that the candy canes fit on it so nicely!

I stamped the peppermint on mixed media paper and used the tip of a
water brush to move the color.  The bow got a generous portion of WOS.

Since I popped that holly on my cup, I'll put this in the gallery at

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Christmas Sentiments (Kaisercraft), Candy Canes (Michaels)
Ink:   Real Red (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Foiled Vellum, Smoky Slate (SU)
Other:  What's in Your Cup Die (PB), Stitched Squares Die (SSS), Holly Punch (MS), Sparkle Texture Effect (MS), Red Ultra Fine Sharpie

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Candy Canes (Michaels)
Ink:  Real Red (SU)
Paper:  Neena, Mixed Media
Other:  Scallop Diamond Tags (PPP), Holiday Words (Quickutz), Water Brush, Clear Wink of Stella

Saturday, March 17, 2018

More Holly for CAS Christmas Card Challenge

Hello and welcome.

I'm decking the cards with more holly.

I used my favorite holly die from Penny Back and die cut from a scrap of mixed media paper.

I lay the die on a plastic lid (half of a broken stamp case) and used
Zigs and a water brush to add color.

The woodgrain background and sentiment square were cast offs waiting to be used.

While I was playing with holly, a friend brought me the die I used for the second card.

I colored it in the same way and added it to an dry embossed piece.

We're using holly on our CAS (Clean And Simple) Christmas cards this month at

We're trying to get a jump on our Christmas cards so we're not 
in panic mode when it's time to send them.

We'd love for you to join us.

The challenge is open until the 24th.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Season's Wishes (PB)
Ink:   Early Espresso (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Mixed Media
Other:  Holly Berries Die (PB), Stitche Squares Die (SSS), Pinewood Planks EF (SU), Zigs (Olive, Mid Brown, Dk. Brown) SU Marker (Real Red)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Paper:   Garden Green (SU), Neena
Other:  Holly Die (wish), Zigs (Olive, Mid Brown, Dk. Brown), SU Marker (Real Red)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Stitched Flower Garden

Hello again.

I'm back today with a reminder for the CAS Watercolour Challenge.

This challenge is hosted by Loll
What beautiful gardens are filling the gallery!

Our fantastic Design Team and Guest Designer (Nonni) have
lots more inspiration for you over there.

I used a stamp from the Penny Black Stitched Flowers set.

By placing the stamp in my MISTI, I was able to easily ink the different flowers
with Distress Markers.  I'd stamp and move the color around with a water brush,
then stamp again as needed.

I worked in sections until I had the whole image stamped, then pulled some color
from the images to make a soft wash around the flowers.

When I die cut the design piece I got a little divot. 

I added a sequin to hide that and it looked lonely by itself, so I added more
to keep it company.

I'm happy with this garden.  Wish I could say the same for my outside gardens! 

Flower Challenge: Anything Goes

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Stitched Flowers (PB), Bouquet of Thanks (SSS)
Ink:   Gathered Twigs (DI), Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, Peeled Paint, Aged Mahogany
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Neena, Daffodil Delight (SU)
Other:  MISTI, Water Brush, Sequins (SSS)