Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Love Letter Splash


Loll has a little impromptu challenge over at her blog.

It goes with the Technique Challenge at Splitcoaststampers that our friend Karen in hosting.

Here's my card for these challenges.

We're using Loll's Splash Watercolour Technique

I put some Antique Linen and Rusty Hinge Distress Ink on my craft mat, 
spritzed with water and splashed it on mixed media paper.

This is such a fun technique!

Not long ago, Karen had used this Love Letter stamp for a card.

I just had to order that stamp!

It makes for a really quick and easy card!

Smoosh, Splash, Stamp and I was done!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Love Letter (Prima Marketing)
Ink:   Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge (DI), Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore), Thick Vanilla, Basic Black (SU)
Other:  Craft Mat, Water Spritzer Bottle, Foam

Monday, October 30, 2017

Dancing Dragonfly Collage

Hello friends.

Today I'm playing along with 

My snippet will get me into

I used a die that a dear friend sent me for my birthday.

I cut it from black cardstock and put it on a piece colored with Brushos.

I cut the sun (or moon) from a snippet of yellow Brusho.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Inspiration Collection ( Stamping Studio no longer in business)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:   Watercolor (Strathmore for card, Arches cold press for Brusho), Basic Black (SU)
Other:  Brushos, Dancing Dragonfly Collage (MB), Infinity Circle Dies (HA)

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Winter Berries with Pearls


Edited to add that this was a winner at
Penny Black Saturday Challenge

I have another Christmas card to share today.

Another UFO with the Winter Berries stamped on vellum.

I loved the image but didn't know what to do with it.

I decided one of those frames left from cutting stitched rectangles would
do well to anchor it down.

is asking for LACE and/or PEARLS
I colored some pearls with a red Sharpie to add a few berries.
(A good way to cover a few smears.)


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Winter Berries, Season's Wishes (PB)
Ink:   Early Espresso, SU Markers (Crumb Cake, Real Red)
Paper:   Vellum, Whisper White, Real Red (SU)
Other:  Basic Pearls (colored with red Sharpie), Stitched Rectangles (to cut frame)

Friday, October 27, 2017

A Sleigh Full

Hi there.  I'm so glad you stopped by.

This was quite fiddly and took more time than I like to put into a card,
but I had so much fun doing it!

I had a stitched square lying about so I masked the edges and 
tore a piece of paper a couple of times for snowbanks.

I used Distress ink to sponge the sky and add some shadows to the snowbanks.
It ended up looking like dirty snow! But I had die cuts to camouflage that.
Sprinkling a little water over the sponging added some dimension to the sky.

The sleigh was cut from snippets of Inka Gold smoosh and Champagne Foil.

The little packages and bows were cut from snippets of foil and Inka Gold smoosh.

The sentiment was heat embossed with gold.
(Finding the right sentiment seemed to be the hardest part of the card!  
No, wait, it was the sponging.  I'm really bad at sponging!)

The Poppystamps challenge this month is
I masked the edges of the stitched square die cut to leave a white frame.

I also used a piece of torn paper as a mask for the snow.

The dies are from Poppystamp.
Oh, oh, it looks like they've been discontinued.
I hope this will still count.

Merry Monday 262 is hosted by my friend Linda this week.

And since all those little gifts were cut from snippets, I'm going to skip over to 
Where our dear friend Darnell is Guest Designing so I know there'll be fun in the Playground!

Rudolph Days runs from the 25th until the end of the month.
Thanks, Mo for hosting this challenge every month!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Festive Snippets, Prancers (PB)
Ink:   Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Pumice Stone (DI), Basic Gray (SU), Encore Gold
Paper:   Neena, Champagne Foil (SU)
Other:  Santa's Magic Sleigh, Abundant Gifts (PS), Stitched Squares (SSS), Inka Gold, Gold EP (SU)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Glorious Gerber Daisies for Fall

Hi.  I'm so glad you stopped by.

I scratched my head over this one!

I settled on the Glorious Gerber Daisies die by Memory Box
and decided to put it on a piece of marbling.

Jack wanted to play with shaving cream a couple of weeks ago.

This is a piece that he did.

It would have more more orange if he hadn't run out of red food coloring.

I was bad and didn't tell him I had more.  Sssh!

The center of the flowers was made by rubbing 2 Styrofoam balls together
inside a small zip lock bag.  Then I added a couple drops of re-inker to color it,
sealed the bag and smooshed the Styrofoam crumbs around to even out the color.
After it dried it was ready to add to the flowers.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Script Sentiments #1 (Inky Antics)
Ink:  Jet Black StazOn 
Paper:   Neena, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black (SU), Pip (a coated heavy cardstock)
Other:  Glorious Gerber Daisies (MB), Shaving Cream, Food Coloring, Styrofoam balls, Pumpkin Pie Re-inker (SU)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

House Mouse New Leaf


I've dug out my House Mouse stamps and inked up a NBUS that has waited
far too long for some love.

I had fun watercoloring this little guy and the leaves falling around him.

I don't have many House Mouse stamps, but I need to use the ones I have more.

I always smile when I see them.

This was stamped with Archival Black ink and colored with Distress Markers smooshed
on my craft sheet and picked up with my Aqua Painter.

The background was done wet on wet with some diluted re-inker.

I added a few splatters too, because you know how those falling leaves
stir up the dust!  Especially when you play in them.

I'm going to enter over at House-Mouse and Friends
ANYTHING GOES with the Option of

I went with the option.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Turning Over a New Leaf (House Mouse), Enjoy (PB)
Ink:   Archival Black (Ranger), Distress Markers, Soft Suede Re-Inker (SU)
Paper:   Mixed Media (ST), More Mustard (SU)
Other:  Aqua Painter, Foam

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Autumn in the Woods


Today is the last day of our CAS Mix Up October Challenge
and I had one more card I'd done using layered stencils.

It's not as CAS (Clean And Simple) as my cards usually are.

Julia is hosting this month and she chose.....
I have layered a layered stencil leaf over a stenciled background.
So I have stamping, layered stenciling, regular stenciling, watercolor and die cuts.

Lots of inspiration over there.

The leaf was cut from a piece of not so good watercolor that had been set aside for die cutting.

After cutting it out, I stenciled with 3 different stencils:
Crackle (with Spiced Marmalade), Shimmer (with Rich Razzleberry)
and Falling Snow (with Gathered Twigs).

I've listed the manufacturers below.

Just an example of using the failures for something else.
I thought the green made the leaf look more realistic.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Botanical Silhouettes (PTI)
Ink:   Distress Ink Gathered Twigs, Faded Jeans, Mustard Seed (for birches), Spiced Marmalade, SU Ink (Rich Razzleberry)
Paper:   Watercolor (Arches CP), Neena
Other:  Stencils: Aspen Trees (TCW), Crackle (Plaid), Shimmer (MB), Falling Snow (SSS), Crushed Curry and Pear Pizzazz Re-inker for watercolor, Leaflets Framelits (SU)

Monday, October 23, 2017

A Tag for Fall

Hi there. Happy Monday!

My friend, Marcia Hill, is the Guest Designer at the

From the looks of this tree, this little gal has her work cut out for her!

Thanks for the inspiration, Marcia!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sheltering Tree (SU), Happy Fall (Verve)
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Cajun Craze (SU), SU Marker (Soft Suede)
Paper:  Cajun Craze, Thick Vanilla (SU) 
Other:  Main Street Pinpoint Tags (PS)

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Berry Kissed in Fall


The weekend is almost over.  I hope it's been a good one for you!

CAS Watercolour is has a couple of days left to enter.

We're celebrating our first Birthday with prizes!
Two lucky winners will win a $25.00 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp.

This month's challenge is

I hope you'll go over there and check it out.

There's lots of beautiful Fall inspiration there!

I'm entering this at 
Where it's anything goes with stamping.

Hubby and I went on a mini vacation this past week.

I got to visit with a stamping friend that I hadn't seen in a couple of years.

This was one of the pieces I worked on when we stamped together.

When I finished it and held it up to show her, I realized I'd done this 
on the back of a piece I'd done earlier.

We had a good laugh about that!

That's what happens when you talk more than pay attention to the stamping!

This was the better side so I decided to make a card out of it.

After placing the stamp in my MISTI, I inked it with distress markers and 
stamped it on mixed media paper.

I used my Aqua Painter to move the ink around then stamped again.

I kept adding touches of color to the stamp and moving the ink
with the brush until I was satisfied with the colors.

I added a golden wash by smooshing Distress ink on my
craft mat, diluting with water and brushing around the design.

It was good to see Peggy and we had a nice visit.

Hubby and I got to take a walk on the beach too.

It made for a special week!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Berry Kissed (PB), Everyday Happiness (PTI)
Ink:   Distress Markers (Wild Honey Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs), VersaMark
Paper:   Mixed Media for stamping (Strathmore), Watercolor 140 lb. for base (Strathmore), Cajun Craze, Copper Foil (SU)
Other:  Aqua Painter (SU), Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Words of Gratitude Die (PB), Copper EP (Zing)

Saturday, October 21, 2017

More Stencil Layering

I wasn't entirely happy with this card, but thought I'd share it anyway.

I started by using a Stamplorations stencil and sponging Blushing Bride and
Certainly Celery SU ink through it.

I layered by  sponging Wilted Violet Distress and Wild Wasabi ink through a tree stencil
that my dear friend Loll had cut for me on her Silhouette.

The CAS Mix Up Challenge this month
is hosted by Julia.
You still have a few days to enter.
Using stamping, layered stencils and die cut

I'm entering this is STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge


STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Kind Words (Verve)
Ink:   Versafine black, Blushing Bride, Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi (SU), Wilted Violet (D)
Paper:   Neena
Other:  A Bloom & 3 Buds (Stamplorations), Trees (Silhouette), Sponge Daubers

Friday, October 20, 2017

An Ornament for Merry Monday


Just a quick post with another Christmas card made with bits and pieces from my UFO box.

The pine bough is dry embossed and lightly sponged with ink.

The ornament was stamped with white ink on red and heat embossed.

I inked the sentiment with markers to get the different colors.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Ornament Keepsakes (SU), Christmas Sentiments (Kaisercraft)
Ink:   Emerald Envy, Real Red, Whisper White (SU)
Paper:  Emerald Envy, Whisper White, Real Red (SU) 
Other:  Pine Bough EF, White EP, Gold Cord (SU), X Stitch Borders (Gina Marie)

Exciting News

Hello friends.

I have some exciting news to share with you today.

A few weeks ago I found out that this card was the
September winner for the Craft Stamper Magazine's Take it Make it Challenge.

They are profiling me (in a good way) on the Craft Stamper blog today.

The Take It Make It Challenge is Anything Goes.

Enter a card and maybe we'll be reading about you.

This was the winning card.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mini Dog Thanks

Hello. My panting friend here is saying thank you to 
his owner, Nance, who let me borrow this crazy guy and his buddies.

The swap theme for our Crafty group was Cats and/or Dogs.
This was one of the many that I stamped, colored and die cut for the group.
They are handy for making a quick and fun card!

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Mini Cats & Dog (TH), Gorgeous Grunge (SU), Painted Butterflies (ALT)
Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black, Smoky Slate, Whisper White (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Whisper White Thick (SU)
Other:  Copic Markers, White EP (SU)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Rhododendron or Hydrangea

Hello dear friends.

My friend Nance (Soul Stampin') came to play a while ago and 
brought this stamp to share with me.

One of my favorite flowers is blue hydrangeas.

After watercoloring this flower, I read the name on the stamp and realized 
it's supposed to be a rhododendron.

You'll have to wait to see the Rhododendron which is also one of my favorites.

The Flower Challenge is celebrating their 1st Birthday this month!
Happy Birthday to one of my favorite challenges!

I love their new badge!

Their Design Team have shared some beautiful flowers for inspiration and the
gallery is a garden of beautiful blooms.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Rhododendron, Agapanthus (TT)
Ink:   Distress Markers (Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn), Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:   Watercolor (TH), Neena
Other: Aqua Painter (SU) , Stitched Rectangles (SSS), White Gel Pen