Friday, October 21, 2016

Black and White for Poppystamps

A simple card for Poppystamps Challenge

The picture doesn't show all the sparkle of that snowflake and ribbon, but it's there!
I was so excited to see that I was the winner of their Blog Badge last month for this card.

I had quite a day with Microsoft 10 updating for FOUR HRS.!
They didn't even ask and did it mid-day.
What a headache!

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Merry Christmas Messages (HA)
Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:   Solar White (Neena 110 lb.), Whisper White, Basic Black, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer (SU)
Other:  Snowflake Ribbon Die (PS), Kars Snowflake EF (retired Cuttlebug), Square Lattice EF (retired SU)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sunflowers Framed Twice

I love this sunflower in it's own frame and think it's perfect for this time of year!

I've had fun watercoloring!

Both were done by stamping with VersaMark and heat embossing with white EP.

I put some drops of re-inker in my palette and used an Aqua Painter to pick up the color
and paint the flowers.

I messed up the border on the first one so I cut it down a bit more.

There's still some time to join us at

CAS Watercolour Card Challenge

I'm also going to enter again in
The Flower Challenge
of course with flowers.

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Card Recipe (Card 1)
Stamps:  Botanical Blocks (PTI), Tin of Cards (SU)
Ink:   VersaMark
Paper:   Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip (SU), Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other:  Aqua Painter (SU), Re-Inkers (Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Soft Sky, Blushing Bride), White EP (SU), Stitched Mat Rectangles (LI)

Card Recipe (Card 2)
Stamps: Botanical Blocks (PTI), Take Care (retired SU)
Ink:  VersaMark, Distress Marker & ink (Gathered Twigs)
Paper:  Naturals Ivory (retired SU), Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other:  Aqua Painter (SU), Re-inkers (see above), White EP (SU)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Rudolph with Plaid

Good Merry Monday morning!

Nina is our hostess this week.  Here is our fun challenge.

I went with plaid ribbon tied up like a package.
This little tag was in my Christmas UFO box.

Since the tag was a snippet made from snippets, I'll take it over to 

I hope you'll pull out something plaid and join us at 

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Card Recipe
Stamps: More Merry Messages (retired SU)  
Ink:   Pear Pizzazz (SU)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Real Red, Soft Suede Textured, Red Glimmer (SU)  
Other:  Owl Builder Punch, Snowflake Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch (SU), Googly eyes, Plaid EF (Sizzix)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Softly Autumn CAS Watercolour Reminder

This is the actual card that I watercolored during Hurricane Matthew.

It's a CASE of this card by Heather Telford.

I stamped the image with Antique Linen Distress Ink a couple of times on
a folded piece of hot press watercolor paper.

I used my Zigs and an Aqua Painter to add color to the flowers.
I first applied Carmine Red to the base of the flower with a bit of orange next to that.
Then I added Yellow to the tips and used the Aqua Painter to blend the colors.

I determined where I wanted more flowers and added some more using the same technique.

I masked off some of the sentiment before inking.
(I actually remembered to remove the inky tape before stamping. Not always the case!)

And I added some orange splatters for extra interest.

CAS Watercolour Card Challenge
is open until the 24th of October
Here's this month's challenge

and I'm playing along with some other challenges too.

Where my friend Karen has asked for
Red, Orange and Yellow 
on our one-layer cards.


and last but certainly not least is a brand new challenge

Where this month's challenge is

Loll and I are thrilled with the participation at 

We've had so many wonderful entries and a lot have DT on them.

It's going to be a hard choice!

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Softly (PB), Special Wishes (PB)
Ink:   Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs (Distress)
Paper:  Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. Hot Press) 
Other:  Zig CCRBM (Carmine Red, Orange, Yellow, Mid Green, Brown), Aqua Painter

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Ghosting Reminder for CAS Mix Up

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at

Using Stamping, Ghosting, Stenciling, and Die Cuts

We're using the Ghosting Technique this month.

It seems that the CAS Mix Up Design team is thinking about Christmas.

I hope you'll go check out their inspiration pieces.

I used a piece of a Ghosted Brusho background to die cut my tree.  I tore some snowbanks, and
stenciled some snow to add to the scene.

There are some great videos on this technique.

Ghosting Technique by Loll Thompson (4:28).  See Mac's sample card using this fun technique.  Loll's sample card combines Stencil Monoprint and Ghosting.
Ghosting with Stencils and Rubbing Alcohol by Jane Davies (1:39)
Water Stamping (Ghosting) by Shery Russ (4:05)
Versamark Ghosting Technique by Seasons of Stamping (4:15)
Bleach without Bleach by France Martin (12:29).  See Bonnie's sample card using this easy technique.
Ghost Stamping with Gel Medium by Jill foster (6:34)

Lots of snippets on this card so I'll take it by
Pixie's Snippet Playground.

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Holiday Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Chocolate Chip
Paper:   Naturals White, Snippets of  Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White (SU), Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. CP)
Other:  In the Meadow Dies (PTI), Falling Snow Stencil (SSS), Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi), Dazzling Diamonds

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Penny Black Bashful Butterfly

I posted this card last week where I had done some ghosted images.

I had a little piece left over and didn't want to throw it away or put into the bottomless UFO box...

So I cut this daisy from some mixed media paper and watercolored it.

The daisy is a Penny Black die and the butterfly stamp, that you can barely see over it,
is also from Penny Black.

and a reminder that at CAS Watercolour Card Challenge we are doing

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Butterfly Trio, Happy Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Real Red, Old Olive, Smokey Slate
Paper:   Solar White (Neena 110 lb.), Heavy Wt. Whisper White (SU), Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other:  Bashful Die (PB), Linen Texture Plate (PTI)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Vintage Merry Monday

It's Merry Monday Time

This week, Lori  chose our theme.

I used a topper that had been gifted to me.

All it needed was a few layers to enhance it.  I did sponge a bit around the edges of the embossing.

Quick and CAS!

I used some snippets so I'll take this to

I hope you'll join us this week at 

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Card Recipe  
Paper:   Very Vanilla, Garden Green
Other:  Square Lattice EF (retired SU)