Saturday, May 19, 2018

Bell and Bough

Hello friends and welcome.

My sweet friend JoAnn is hosting Merry Monday this week.

What a wonderful opportunity to ink up this stamp that I bought last fall.

I'll admit that my first try wasn't good.  I'm hoping I can fiddle with it
and improve on it someday.  If at first  you don't succeed, try again.

This time it worked out much better.

I find that I do better with no line watercolor when I ink with markers.

I also find that inking with a lighter color first makes a big difference!

The MISTI (or other stamp positioner) is a must for this technique!

After inking and shading with a waterbrush, I cleaned the stamp
and inked again with Versamark and heat embossed with clear powder.

When I did the background wash (using Distress re-inker), I still had a little bleed around the berries.
But not as bad as usual.

I clear heat embossed the sentiment too.

Thanks, JoAnn, for giving me an excuse to ink up this stamp!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Bell and Bough, Believe (both PB)
Ink:   Versamark, Early Espresso (SU), Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Festive Berries, Barn Door, Fired Brick (DM), Salty Ocean, Iced Spruce (DR-I)
Paper:   Mixed Media (St), Neenah
Other:  Clear EP, MISTI, Water Brush

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Snowman on Skis for CAS Christmas Reminder

Hello friends.

There's just over a week left to join in at CAS Christmas.

I had so much fun creating this guy!

Susan chose a fun challenge at CAS Christmas this month.

I put this stamp from Serendipity in my MISTI and inked him with markers,
using my water brush after each stamping.  I repeated inking and stamping
until I was happy with the results.

It was really fun watching him come to life bit by bit!

Serendipity is having  a blog hop and if you comment on all the hoppers
you're entered into a random drawing for a $20.00 gift certificate.
There's also lots of $1.00 stamps and a great deal on a grab bag at the 
Serendipity store.
Inspriation and bargains. What a deal!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Snowman on Skis (Serendipity), Festive Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Distress Markers, Smokey Gray (Versafine)
Paper:   Watercolor (TH), Neehah, Pool Party (SU)
Other:  Polar White Flower Soft, Bakers Twine

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Rainbow with Birds on a Wire for CAS Watercolour

Hello friends.

Just over a month to join in at CAS Watercolour.

Another Rainbow card for
Loll's CAS Watercolour Challenge

This was a test of using the Acetate Smoosh Technique I used on this card.

It was too pretty to throw away.

I added the silhouette birds on a wire, die cut twice and stacked, 
then framed it, stamped a sentiment and was done.

Well I did mount the design on a piece of foam and attach it to a card base.

Then I was done!

The bird die was a gift from a sweet friend.
Thanks so much.  I love it!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean (DI), Onyx Black (Versafine)
Paper:   Mixed Media, Neena, Basic Black
Other:  Double Pierced Rectangles Die (Avery Elle), Birds on Wire (AE)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Stamping with Distress Crayons

Hello friends and welcome.

There's just over a week left to join in at CAS Mix Up.

Using Stamping, Distress Crayons Watercolor, Splash Watercolor, Die Cuts and Inlaid Die Cuts

I've enjoyed experimenting with Gelatos and Distress Crayons this month.

I'm hosting the challenge this month at

For this card I colored the stamp with Distress Crayons, spritzed and
stamped onto the die cut then moved the color around with a water brush.
(I used the MISTI to do this.  I explain how to stamp on die cuts on this post.)

I repeated the coloring and spritzing until I was happy with the colors
and removed it from the MISTI.

After it was dry, I added details with a Polychromos Pencil.

I die cut the corner of the out cut from the die and adhered it over
a piece of Splash Watercolor paper that was in my stash of backgrounds.

The flowers were inlaid back into the outcut and the whole thing was
mounted on foam then to the card base.

There are lots of techniques you can do with Gelatos or crayons.
We have links to video tutorials at the challenge site
as well as awesome inspiration pieces by our talented
Guest Designer, Jenny (My Paper Epiphany) and our
wonderful Design Team.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Blooming Garden (PB)
Paper:   Neena, Watercolor (TH)
Other:  Distress Crayons, Mustard Seed, Festive Berries, Peeled Paint (TH), Water Brush, Polychromos Pencil, Field of Dreams Die (PB), Windham Collage Die (MB)

Monday, May 14, 2018

Butterflies for Twofer

Hello friends.  I'm so glad  you stopped by.

Today I have cards for the Darnell's Twofer Challenge #5

Here's a close up.
I made it into a shaker card.
The acetate makes it look blurry to me.  Or maybe it's just my eyes.

I masked the butterfly to make a row on the next card.

The butterflies on both cards have been stamped and heat embossed, 
then colored with Zigs.

I've also winked them for extra sparkle.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Antique Engravings (ret. HA), Persian Motifs (Alt.)
Ink:   Onyx Black (Versafine)
Paper:   Neenah, Mixed Media (St)
Other:  Black EP (SU), Zig CCRBM (#50 yellow, #52 brt. yellow, #70 orange, #31 cobalt blue, #41 lt. green, #44 deep green), Clear WOS, Take 3 Die (PTI), Sequins and clear micro beads

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Antique Engravings (ret. HA), Meadow (Inkadinkado), Tulips (Technique Tuesday)
Ink:   Onyx Black (Versafine)
Paper:   Neenah, Mixed Media (St), Daffodil Delight (SU)
Other:  Black EP (SU), Zig CCRBM (#52 brt. yellow, #70 orange, #31 cobalt blue, #36 lt. blue, #81 lt. violet, #43 olive green, ), Clear WOS

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Rainbow Stripes

Hello friends.  I'm so glad you stopped by!

I'm having fun making rainbows this month for
There are some really pretty rainbow cards joining the gallery too.

To do this background, I swiped some Distress mini ink cubes on a piece 
of acetate one at a time, spritzed and pressed onto mixed media paper.

I let the colors overlap a little and re-inked if the stripe wasn't bright enough.

The trick is lots of water!

I saw this technique here and CASEd Julie's card.
I found it easier to work with the acetate than the acrylic block.

I split the panel and adhered it the two pieces on foam tape to the card front.

The die cut balloon was watercolored with Zigs and covered with Glossy Accents for shine.
I wrapped a piece of twine around the base of the balloon and taped it in the back
then glued the end under thte heat embossed sentiment.

I tried this technique more than once to get this look.

Just saying....

Practice, practice, practice!

I'm going to take this over to the
Craft Stampers Magazine

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Fun Birthday Sentiments (HLS)
Ink:   Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet (DI), Onyx Black (Versafine)
Paper:   Mixed Media (St.), Neenah
Other:  Acetate, Celebration Time Die (SSS), Zigs CCRBM (#50 yellow, #52 Bright Yellow), Glossy Accents, Black EP (SU), Twine (FSJ)

Friday, May 11, 2018

Merry Star

Hello friends.  Welcome to my blog!

This week's Merry Monday challenge is hosted by Debbie.
I liked the rustic look of the inspiration photo.

After I stamped and heat embossed the star, I sprinkled some
Chunky Frantage and some sparkly Frantage too and heat set
from underneath.

The design piece sits on a mat of woodgrain paper and I used
the Linen Impression Plate from Papertrey ink on the card base.

The sentiment is heat embossed too.

I felt like it needed a little something so I pulled out my foil stickers
to add a little sparkle and bling.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Many Merry Stars (SU), Believe (PB)
Ink:   Whisper White (SU)
Paper:   Crumb Cake (SU), Woodgrain (TH)
Other:  White EP, Linen Texture Plate (PTI), Frantage (Stampendous), Stickers (Stampendous)