Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Winter Sled

An excited hello today because it's snowing.

We don't get much snow in NC so when it does, I get excited.

It's so pretty!

It reminds me of fun times going sledding as a kid.

How's that for an intro to this card?

I used a snippet that had been stamped on watercolor paper and the color blended with a waterbrush.

I die cut the runners and front from a snippet of foil.

The pines were in the envelope with the die and seemed to add a good finishing touch.

The die is from Memory Box so I'm entering in their challenge.

I'll take my snippet sled for some fun at Pixie's Snippet Playground

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Festive Snippets (PB), Sanded Background (SU)
Ink:   Real Red, Soft Suede (SU)
Paper:   Naturals White, Champagne Foil, Mossy Meadow (SU), Watercolor (140 lb. Strathmore)
Other:  Waterbrush, Large Winter Sled, Pine Needle Border Dies (MB), Stitched Snow Drifts Dies (MFT), Bakers Twine

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Heartfelt Rose for CAS Watercolour Reminder

Hi there.

There's still time to join us at CAS Watercolour.

This month's challenge is

We always need birthday cards!

I did this watercolor with a stamp that was a gift from a dear friend.

I inked it with Distress Stains, then used my waterbrush to move the color.

I put some stain on my palette and picked up to add some darker shading.
You may notice that I added some brown to the leaves and lightly to the flower,
My flowers always seem to have brown on them!

Finally, I pulled out some of the color around the edges.

The sentiment was gifted to me from another dear friend.

The die cut design is popped up on a piece of foam.

Our Design Team is joined this month by the very talented

When I saw this photo for the challenge at Inkspirational
I saw the lovely pink flowers.
So I'm taking this over there.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Heartfelt Thanks (Stamplorations), Thoughtful Messages (SSS)
Ink:   Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint (Distress Stains and Markers)
Paper:   Watercolour (Arches Hot Press), Thick Vanilla (SU)
Other:  Stitched Rectangle Die (SSS), Waterbrush, MISTI, Sequins (SSS)

Monday, January 15, 2018

True Love CAS Mix Up Reminder

Hello, dear friends.

It's already the middle of the month and time for another Cling Wrap card.

This month Nancy has challenged us to  use cling wrap.

We have lots of videos at CAS Mix Up if you're not sure 
how to go about using cling wrap.

The Design Team is joined this month by Christine (It's a Card's Day Night)
The designs are bound to inspire you.

My background was done with alcohol ink and lots of blending solution.
I scrunched up some cling wrap over the wet inks and left it to dry.

I was going to die cut the heart from it, but I kept thinking "Achy, Breaky Heart"
and decided to use it for the background and have my heart whole. LOL!
Don't want to give a broken heart to my true love!

I die cut the heart from some textured cardstock, pressed it in a VersaMark pad,
and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  It's popped up on some foam.

I love the texture that shows through the embossing and goes well
with the gold mixative I added to the alcohol inks.

My mixed media are 
stamping, cling wrap technique with alcohol ink, die cut and heat embossing.

I hope we'll see you CAS card in the gallery!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Happy Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Encore Gold, VersaMark, Alcohol Ink, Gold Mixative (Ranger)
Paper:   Acrylic (Strathmore), Gold Foil (SU), Yupo, core'dination cardstock
Other:  Primitive Heart Dies (Spellbinder), Gold EP (SU)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Feathers for Twofer

Hello my friends.

Blogland is all atwitter with a new challenge!
You can tell it's going to be a fun challenge by this delightful badge.

And it's brought to us by none other than your good friend and mine, Darnell.

Congratulations on this super challenge, Dolly
and that fantastic Design Team!

Here's my Twofer....

The prompt for this month is

And I just so happened to be playing with a feather die.

This card was one of my class cards this month.

The feather was die cut from some Rustic White cardstock, dipped in VersaMark,
and heat embossed with some gold.  The Happy Birthday sentiment was heat embossed too.

And this feather was just for fun!

This one was cut from a piece of Inka Gold Smoosh and placed on a
piece of Mulberry Paper.  I found the card front with the 
Thinking of You sentiment already stamped on it.
One more thing out of that UFO box!

I hope that it's OK that they're pretty much the same layout.

This is a wonderful idea for a challenge! It will encourage us to use a 
stamp or die at least twice before it's tucked away.

I have another feather waiting in the wings, but that will wait for another day.

See you over at the Twofer Challenge.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Elegant Script Background (Darkroom Door), Fun Birthday Sentiments (HLS)
Ink:   Sahara Sand, VersaMark
Paper:   Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede (SU), Rustic White (PTI)
Other:  Feather Die (wish), Gold EP (SU), Gold Twine (May Arts), Stately EF (CC)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps: Thinking of You (ALT)
Ink: Coastal Cabana (ret. SU)
Paper:  Neena, Mixed Media (ST), Brushed Gold (ret. SU), Mulberry (stash)
Other:  Feather Die (wish), Stately EF (CC), Inka Gold, Gold Twine (May Arts)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Snowflake Ribbon with Cling

Hello dear friends.

I've been having fun getting inky with cling wrap.

The background of this card was done using coated paper with 
Brusho crystals spritzed with water
and left to dry with wrinkled up cling wrap on top.

I die cut the Poppystamp Snowflake Ribbon and a frame from Glimmer Paper
and popped it on top.

I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment.

You can see the shine better here.

Another Christmas card for the stash.

and another for

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  A Better World (PB)
Ink:   Encore Silver
Paper:   Coated, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer (SU), Neena
Other:  Brusho Crystals (Ost. blue), Cling Wrap, Snowflake Ribbon Die (PS), Stitched Squares Dies (SSS), Silver EP

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Think Spring

Hello my friends.

This image brings to mind my daughters and grandchildren
picking a flower and giving it to me.

It's especially effective when I'm prickly as a hedgehog!

I've colored it with Copic Markers, die cut the image then inlaid it.
I added some scoring along the bottom section too.

With all this cold weather, it's nice to remember that Spring isn't far away.

Today I'm playing with....
Just Us Girls: Word Week (Anything Goes)


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  So Kind, Happy Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Tuxedo Black, Memento
Paper:   Solar White (Neena)
Other:  Copic Markers, Double Stitched Circle die (LI)

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Embossed Berry Branch for Merry Monday

Hello, friends.

I hope you are warm, safe and snug with this frigid weather we're having!

I thought I was keeping up with Christmas cards pretty well last year, but...
I was short and had to make more at the last minute.

So I'm hoping to do better this year and do 2 at a time.

My good friend Linda is hosting the challenge at Merry Monday this week and
she picked a favorite of mine.

I cut some of the berry branch with my NBUS Penny Black die from 
mixed media paper and also used the die to emboss on a card front.

I watercolored the die cut pieces using a combination of Distress markers and
my Real Red SU marker.

When everything was dry, I popped one watercolor piece over the embossing,
stamped a sentiment and mounted to a card base.

I added some Glossy Accents to the berries for a shine and added dimension.

Now for my twofer.

I used a previously embossed snowflake piece from my UFO box for this card.

I die cut and watercolored several of these branches so you'll no doubt 
be seeing more of them in the future.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Something New (Berry Branch die)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Something New (Berry Branch die)

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Season's Wishes (PB)
Ink:  Onyx Black (VersaFine), Pine Needles, Crushed Corduroy Markers (Dist.), Real Red Marker (SU)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strath.), Garden Green (SU), Neena 110 lb.
Other:  Berry Branch die (PB), Waterbrush, Twine, Glossy Accents (Ranger)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Season's Gifts (PB)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU), Pine Needles, Crushed Corduroy Markers (Dist.), Real Red Marker (SU)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strath.), Crumb Cake (SU), Neena 110 lb.
Other: Berry Branch die (PB), Waterbrush, Snowflake EF (Dar.), Glossy Accents (Ranger)