Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sunny Pair Two Ways and Exciting News

I had this stamp out for the inside of a sunflower card we did in class last week.

Before I put it up, I stamped it on piece of watercolor paper
and watercolored it with my Zigs and an Aqua Painter.

After coloring the flowers, I did a light wash in the background, then
randomly stamped with a script stamp and small butterfly.

Here's another that's a little more of a loose look.

I got some blooms where I didn't really want them.  That's the thing with watercolor.
You never know what to expect!  That's one thing that I love about it!

I used my MISTI to ink just the petals and moved the color around with an Aqua Painter.
Then I stamped the petals again over top of the painting.

I did the same thing with the stems and leaves.

Then I did the center.

Finally, I used the wet on wet technique to do the wash (and bloom).

is still open so I'm going to share these cards over there.

There is a new challenge starting on October 1... a "sister" challenge to CAS Mix Up.  

Click HERE to check out CAS Watercolour Card Challenge.

Come join the fun!!

See you on October 1st for the first CAS Watercolour challenge!

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Card Recipe (Card 1)
Stamps:  Sunny Pair, Snippets, Happy Snippets (all PB), Thinking of You (HLS)
Ink:   Archival Black (Ranger), Chocolate Chip (SU)
Paper:   Chocolate Chip (SU), Distress Watercolor (TH)
Other:  Zigs (Yellow, Orange, Med. Green, Mid Brown), Aqua Painter, Stately EF (Craft Concepts)

Card Recipe (Card 2)
Stamps: Sunny Pair, Enjoy (PB)
Paper:  Solar White (Neena 110 lb.), Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Ink: Distress Markers (Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Gathered Twigs
Other:  MISTI, Water Spritzer

Monday, September 26, 2016

Pink and Silver for Merry Monday

It's Merry Monday time again.

This week's challenge is brought to us by Kristie.
Thank you for coming back to be our Guest Designer, Kristie.
We miss you.

Our marbling challenge is over at CAS Mix Up, but I had the perfect marbled piece to use.
I cut a frame and popped it up on top of the part cut out.

The solid ornament was die cut from a snippet of Brusho background
and the silver swirls were die cut from foil.
(They really are silver not black. Silly camera!)

I love the soft look of this card!

Check out what the rest of the Design Team has done and then I hope you'll join us at
Merry Monday

and I can take my snippets over to
Pixie's Snippet Playground.

and we can't forget
Rudolph Days
where anything Christmas goes from the 25th to the 30th.

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Holiday Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Encore Silver
Paper:   Solar White (Neena 110 lb.), Pink Pirouette, Silver Foil (SU), Marbled and Brusho backgrounds
Other:  Swirl Ornament and Classic Ornament dies (MB), Kars Snowflake EF (retired Cuttlebug), Double Stitch Frame (MFT)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Last Marbled Card...for now

There's still a few hours to enter at CAS Mix Up

This is another marbled piece I made with shaving cream and re-inkers.  
This time just one color of re-inker.
I love all the white space!

I just stamped this Penny Black stamp and sentiment with Archival black in.

A very quick and easy CAS card!

The challenge is open until the 24th.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Softly, Special Wishes (both PB)
Ink:   Archival Black (Ranger)
Paper:  Solar White (Neena 110 lb.), Daffodil Delight 
Other:  Shaving Cream, Daffodil Delight Re-inker (SU), Charles EF (Cuttlebug)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Marbling and Daisies

Using Stamping, Marbling with Shaving Cream, Die Cutting, Shaped Die Cuts, Marker Layering

The flowers were die cut 3 times and one pair was cut apart.

I colored them with Distress Markers using a

Marker Layering Technique and shaped them.
Some tiny bits of dimensionals behind the petals 
help to keep the shape.

This month's CAS Mix Up

Challenge is open until the 24th.

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Friendship Messages (SSS)
Ink:  StazOn Timber Brown, Distress Markers (Squeeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed< Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Gathered Twigs) 
Paper:  Solar White (Neena 110 lb.) 
Other:  Shaving Cream, Re-inkers (SU Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist), Basic Bookmark 3 Die (PTI), Fresh Daisies Die (SSS), Rainstones (PTI)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Marbled Butterflies

Have you tried marbling your paper yet?

I have had the messiest best time doing this technique.

I've got a story to tell of this card.

I needed a sympathy card and pulled this out of my stash.
It had a stamped and cut out cross on it.
But the color of the cross looked off compared to the card base.
(I'm sure I used the same color ink as card but I'm thinking maybe not!)

I didn't feel like I could send it like that so I pulled the cross of the card
and put it aside for another day.

I wasn't sure what to put on the embossed piece.

Since our challenge this month at CAS Mix Up is Marbling,
I had several pieces on hand from my play with shaving cream and re-inkers.

So I die cut these little butterflies from a piece of marbled paper and
put them on the card.

But wait!  Where in the world am I to put some stamping?

A NBUS stamp set from Technique Tuesday caught my eye.
I wanted something subtle so I stamped with some VersaMark ink.

And I loved it!

I hope you do too.

So I used Stamping, Marbling, Die Cuts and Dry Embossing.

There's still time to join us at
CAS Mix Up

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Wildflowers (TT)
Ink:   VersaMark
Paper:   Baja Breeze, Whisper White (SU), Coated paper for marbling
Other:  Shaving Cream, Marina Mist Re-inker (SU), Isabella and Pippi Butterfly Dies (MB), Basic Pearls (SU), Square Lattice EF (retired SU)

Monday, September 19, 2016

Warm Mittens Merry Monday

Good Merry Monday morning!

This week Kathy has challenged us to make a Christmas card using something
that would keep us warm.

I recently bought the Cable Knit Embossing Folder that's in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.

It made some warm looking punched mittens from snippets of red cardstock.

I used a snippet of velvet ribbon to the cuffs and
some snow swirling around.

Check out what the rest of the Design Team has done to make you feelwarm and cozy.
 Then I hope you'll join us at Merry Monday.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Oh, What Fun (SU)
Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:   Real Red, Whisper White (SU)
Other:  Mitten Punch (retired SU), Cable Knit EF (SU), Velvet Ribbon (retired SU), Snowflake And Scroll EF (Darice), Bakers Twine ($1 bin)

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Spray, Splatter and Drip

Last month we used sprays for CAS Mix Up.

By the end of the month, I was pretty comfortable using sprays.

So when I saw that Virginia's View Challenge for September
was Spray, Mist or Splatter, I was ready to jump in!

I was in a hurry so I just held a piece of watercolor paper in the wastebasket
and sprayed with some re-inkers and water in mist bottles.
I used Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight.

Darnell got us all on the NBUS wagon recently and this 
Penny Black stamp was sitting front and center in my NBUS box.
So I stamped it on the dried (be sure you let it dry first, ask me how I know),
sprayed watercolor paper.

Then I had the bright idea of coloring in the leaves and flowers with my Gold Uniball Gel Pen.

And I hated it!

So, I went in my box that's full of backgrounds and found a snippet done
with Brushos and stamped the flowers on that.
Mind you, it was a snippet and it took some creative stamping to get all the flowers on 
that little piece!

So I fussy cut the flowers out and paper pieced them over the undesirable gold flowers.

It really brightened it up.

Before it looked like a sympathy card and the sentiment just didn't fit!

Finally, I dripped some of that Pico Embellisher around.
I totally could have ruined the whole thing with that.

Whew, I'm glad it didn't have to go back to the trash can after all that!

So, along with Virginia's challenge, I'm taking my flower garden to



and with those snippet flowers, I have to go to

I think that's enough for now.

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Softly, Special Wishes (PB)
Ink:   Archival Black (Ranger)
Paper:   Basic Black (SU), Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other:  Sprays (made with re-inker and water), Stampin' Spritzers (SU), Gold Uniball Gel Pen, Tuxedo Black Irresistible Pico Embellisher, Stitched Mats Rectangles (LI)

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Stenciling with Memory Box

I'm pretty sure that my good friend, Loll, has done a card very much like this.
She always inspires me!

The Memory Box Outside the Box challenge
I had their Texture Tiny Dots stencil in my NBUS box.
(My box is bulging at the seams and I need to get the inventory down so 
I can buy more see what's in there.)

I used some new Pearlescent Embossing Paste.
I love the shine it gives.

The butterfly, also a NBUS from Memory Box, is die cut from a piece of 
Inka Gold Smoosh.

For good measure I tucked a die cut Madera Corner piece under the butterfly.

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Happy Snippets (PB)
Ink:   VersaMark
Paper:  Solar White (Neena 110 lb.), Whisper White (SU) 
Other: Texture Tiny Dots Stencil, Madera Corner Die, Moonlight Butterfly Die (all MB), Pearlescent EP (Dreamweavers), Lots of Labels Framelits (SU)

Friday, September 16, 2016

Botanical Rose

If you haven't seen it yet, do go check it out.

I used the Altenew set Botanical Garden for this card.

I also used a marbled piece  for the 
Using Stamping, Marbling, Heat Embossing, Watercolor

I heat embossed this image and watercolored it with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

The top piece is marbled using shaving cream and re-inker using this technique.
I did a wash around the flower with watered down Zig colors.
(I scribbled the color on a palette with the markers and watered it down, 
adding the color to a wet background.)

The diagonal border was a piece smacked with VersaMark and embossed with
the same Liquid Platinum embossing powder.

I love how the embossing comes alive when the light hits it!

Remember Pretty in Pink?
I remember watching that movie with my daughters years ago.

My favorite kind of challenge

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Botanical Garden, Thinking of You (Alt)
Ink:    VersaMark
Paper:  Solar White (Neena 110 lb.), Distres Watercolor (TH)
Other:  Zigs (Pale Pink, Purple, Violet, Pale Green, Lt. Green, Deep Green, Liquid Platinum EP (TH), Rainstones (PTI)

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Marbling Reminder for CAS MIx Up

It's the 15th of the month already.

Wow! Time does fly!
Using Stamping, Marbling, Die Cutting, Dry Embossing with Dies, Heat Embossing, and Inka Gold Smoosh

This is a reminder that we are still doing Marbling at
CAS Mix Up

This time I used fingernail polish to marble my paper.

Yep, fingernail polish.

I used the technique found in this video and came up with
some interesting results.

It doesn't smell as good as the shaving cream technique, but it has 
a sparkle from the glitter that was in the polish.

I was lucky and found this fingernail polish for $1.00 a bottle when
I bought my shaving cream.

You've gotta love those dollar stores!

I used the Stitched Square Died to cut the square opening
and the next larger die to dry emboss around that.

For a little extra pizzazz, I touched the edges of the frame in the
silver ink pad and heat embossed it.

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Happy Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Encore Silver
Paper:   Solar White (Neena 110 lb.), Mixed Media
Other:  Fingernail Polish, Stitched Square Dies (Lil' Inker), Meadow Dragonfly Die (MB), Inka Gold (Steel Blue, Platinum), Silver EP (SU)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Altenew's Ultimate Challenge Blog Hop

We are so excited at CAS Mix Up today.

Altenew invited us to join in their Ultimate Challenge Blog Hop.

I was honored to be chosen to create a card to represent CAS Mix Up.

Here's a collage of the challenge sites that are participating.
Links are at the CAS Mix Up site
We are honored to be among them.

There are prizes too.
Altenew will be awarding $35 gift certificates to 5 random winners.

And they are offering a free gift with orders over $50 through September 16th

Since our 
I used a piece of marbled paper for this beautiful Altenew Painted Butterfly.

I also used this sweet flower from their Botanical Garden set.

The marbled piece is one that my grandchildren made using
shaving cream and food coloring.  The cardstock is coated.
It's something I bought from a local printing company.
It made for some awesome marbled prints!

I stamped and embossed the butterfly on a snippet they left behind.

My first card with this design went wrong and I had to do the front again.
I liked the flower better on the first card so I cut it out and
popped it over the painted flower on this card.
It adds some dimension.

I used stamping, marbling, heat embossing and watercolor.

There's a linky at CAS Mix Up so you can join in the Blog Hop
using your Altenew products.
They have a lot of gorgeous sets to choose from.

I hope you'll join in.  

Use some marbling and join us at CAS Mix Up too.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Painted Butterflies, Botanical Garden (Altenew)
Ink:  VersaMark, Antique Linen (Distress), Distress Markers (Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Worn Lipstick, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn) 
Paper:   Mixed Media, Basic Black
Other:  Black EP, White EP (SU), Tuxedo Black IrRESISTible Pico Embellisher (Imagine Crafts)

Monday, September 12, 2016

Star of Light for Merry Monday

I think everybody was glad to be playing at Merry Monday again.

There were so many beautiful entries for last week's challenge.

Now on to this week.

Debbie chose a beautiful inspiration photo for our challenge this week.
I love red and white!

I used my new Star of Light set from Stampin' Up!

I cut the solid and added the die cut of the lacy one on top.

The photo doesn't show it, but the star sparkles with Wink of Stella.

A white embossed sentiment and some rhinestone "stars" 
finished this quick and easy card.

Be sure to check what the rest of the Design Team has done over at 
I hope you'll be inspired and join us.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Star of Light (SU)
Ink:   VersaMark
Paper:   Heavy Wt. Whisper White, Real Red, Whisper White (SU)
Other:  Starlight Thinlits, White EP (SU), Wink of Stella, Stately EF (Craft Concepts), Rhinestones

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Marbled Butterfly

I'm still using some of those marbling pieces.

This time I used my Penny Black Flights of Fancy butterfly die.

The marbling was done with shaving cream and re-inkers.

I am loving the smell of these pieces.  So clean and fresh!

I added some splatters because I thought the card needed something else
and the big marbled butterfly made everything else look too busy.

CAS Mix Up
This was quick and easy using, Stamping, Marbling, Die Cuts, Splatter

Since I used some splatter, I'm going to enter in at
Virginia's View September Challenge
I know how Virginia loves bright colors so I hope she'll like this.

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sprinkles and Smiles (PB)
Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:   Solar White (Neena 110 lb.), Tangerine Tango (SU)
Other: Shaving Cream, Re-inkers (Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight), Stitched Squares Die (LI)

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Bountiful Sunflower

I believe I mentioned visiting a wonderful craft store, The Enchanted Cottage, 
with a group of crafty ladies.

I saw a sample of this sunflower on display and immediately went searching for it.

When I saw the Poppystamps Challenge for this month,
I knew this would be perfect!

So what does this challenge mean, you ask?

"PSC#24 So Boss!  This month we're looking for projects with embossing.  You can dry emboss, deboss or heat emboss (is'nt it magical watching embossing powder go from solid to liquid, back to solid?)   Have you tried heat embossing your die cuts?  How about debossing your die cuts - running them through your die cut machine with an embossing mat to press crisp lines into your card stock?   Whatever method you use be sure to include at least one Poppystamps die or stamp on your design! "

I die cut this beautiful, Poppystamp sunflower twice 
(hint: I needed a piece of cardstock to use as a shim)
and sponged some color onto it.

Then I smacked it with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
The photo doesn't show the shine, but IRL it shines beautifully!

I cut the flower off one of the pieces and glued it to the back of the complete die cut.

For some added fun, I used another NBUS from Poppystamps,
Stick Frames, and dry embossed it twice on a piece of Naturals White cardstock.

I love how it made a textured but subtle background for the sunflower.

I added a few splatters to the background too.

I stamped the sentiment on a snippet of Early Espresso,
embossed it with White EP and popped it up atop the stem.

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Painted Butterflies (Altenew)
Ink:   Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip (SU), VersaMark
Paper:   Crushed Curry, Naturals White, Early Espresso (SU)
Other:  Bountiful Sunflower Die, Stick Frames (PS), Clear and White EP (SU)