Monday, March 20, 2017

You are Awesome

Hello my friends.

Please forgive the blur.  My camera doesn't like shine!

We're in the last week of our CAS Mix Up Challenge for March
I have smooshed, splattered, die cut and heat embossed on this card.

We've been celebrating our birthday and we love how you have celebrated with us!
If you haven't joined the party yet, you have until the 24th.


Since I used snippets for my stick frame and butterfly & sntiment, I'm off to
Pixies Snippet Playground
to play with Di, Parsnip and the fun gals there.

I'm also going to share this at the Poppystamps Challenge
I love this Poppystamp Stick Frame die and it seemed perfect in gold.

I just saw that this card from my last post was the winner at Merry Monday!
Thanks, guys!


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Painted Butterfly (Alt.)
Ink:   More Mustard, Abandoned Coral (DI), Whisper White (SU)
Paper:   Neena Solar White, Basic Black, Gold Foil (SU)
Other:  Stick Frames (PS), Pippi Butterfly (MB)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Tim Holtz Woodland Tree for Merry Monday

Hello crafty friends.  I hope you're having a good weekend!

I didn't think I'd get a card done for Merry Monday this week,
but I got this idea and you know how that goes...

I knew I wouldn't be able to think about anything else until I tried it.

Fortunately, the idea worked out.

Here's the Merry Monday Challenge that Marcia chose.
My background piece is Inka Gold Smoosh with blue and gold.
(Not exactly turquoise but pretty close.)

The tree is die cut from copper foil.

I used a Floating Inlaid Die Cut technique that I first saw Nancy Stislow do.

Of course I had to get that die and CASE her tag.

Thanks for the inspiration and the enabling, my friend!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Paper:   Naturals Ivory (retired SU), Copper Foil (SU), Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other:  Woodlands Die (TH), Inka Gold (Steel Blue, Gold), Acetate

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Spring for CAS Watercolour

Hello my friends.

The first half of March has whoosed past and it's time for another
CAS Watercolour card.

Spring is just a few days away for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere.

The tulips will be blooming very soon.

I used a NBUS tulip stamp, inking it with Fossilized Amber
and stamping on the smooth side of my watercolor paper.

I smooshed some Distress stains on my home made palette
(a piece of laminated white cardstock) and used my Aqua Painter
to pick up the ink and paint it around the flowers

The MISTI made it possible to stamp again adding the lines back in.
and I added some shading with the small end of the a Barn Door Distress Marker.

I used a marker to line the stems and added water with my Aqua Painter.

There is a very light wash of blue in the background.

FYI, the black frame came about because I cut the design piece too small.
That was after cutting the circle aperture and measuring carefully.
It ended up being a happy accident though, after spending an hour finding
a circle die that was just the right size!

There's still time to enter at
CAS Watercolour
The challenge is open until the 24th.
The Design Team and our Guest Designer, Heather, have been busy
creating spring cards to inspire you.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps: Blooming Garden (PB), Beautiful Butterflies (PTI)
Ink:   Fossilized Amber, Archival Black,  Distress Stains (Worn Lipstick, Barn Door, Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass), Distress Markers (Barn Door, Gathered Twigs)
Paper:   Neena Solar White, Watercolor (TH)
Other:  Aqua Painter, Double Stitched Circles (LI), Infinity Circles (HA), Seed Beads

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Layered Leaves for CAS Mix Up

Hello friends and welcome!

Today is a reminder that there's still time to play at CAS Mix Up.

I've had such fun smooshing different color media this month!

This time it was alcohol ink.

Loll has done a fantastic tutorial on alcohol ink smooshing.

I squirted some drops of green alcohol inks and copper mixative
on a piece of aluminum foil, added blending solution and
smooshed a piece of Yupo paper into it.

After it dried, I sprayed some more blending solution (just a little)
to get a little more pattern going.

The die is 2 layers at the top and a 3rd at the bottom to add body to the foil cardstock.

Our CAS Mix Up Challenge is
I used alcohol ink smooshing, stamping, heat embossing and die cuts.

Don't forget that we are celebrating our First Birthday
and we have prizes!

We also have some wonderful inspiration from our Design Team 
and Guest Designer, Marcia!

And the gallery has some awesome entries too!

The challenge is open until the 24th.

I can't wait to see what and how you smoosh on your Clean and Simple Cards!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Fun Birthday Messages (HLS)
Ink:  VersaMark, Adirondack Alcohol Ink (Lettuce, Botanical, Copper Mixative)
Paper: Rustic Cream (PTI), Yupo, Copper Foil (SU)  
Other:  Layering Leaves Die (C9), Copper EP, Blending Solution

Monday, March 13, 2017

Footnotes for a Friend

Hello crafty friends.

I'm so glad you stopped by.

I've been playing with some emboss resist for a recent class.

This was made from a leftover piece.

We stamped this pretty lacy border with White Craft Ink and heat embossed it.
We placed wide sticky notes above and below to act as a mask,
and sponged some ink over the embossed image.

Adding a die cut and ribbon finished it off just fine.

Four Crafty Chicks where my friend Nance is has Spring Fever with Sponging.
The Memory Box Challenge is looking for ribbons this month.
Penny Black and More says Anything Goes this month.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is For a Special Lady/Girl.



By the way, here's the card we did in class.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Footnotes (PB), Botanical Silhouettes (PTI)
Ink:   Whisper White, Certainly Celery (SU), Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:   Solar White (Neena 110 lb.), Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Basic Black (SU)
Other:  White EP (SU), Kaleidoscope Butterfly (MB), Ribbon (retired SU), Rhinestones

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Flowers for a Friend

Hello Stampin' Friends.

Here we are almost at the end of hump day.
I hope your week is going well!

I've used this sweet little flower stamp and inked it with markers, stamped it on
Whisper White and colored it in by swiping markers on a palette and picking up
the color with a blender pen.

I die cut the image and softly sponged around the flower, stamped the sentiment
and added it to the card front with a die cut piece of foam.

I felt that it needed a little something else so I took a snippet of white,
and scored it 3 times.  It still needed something so I added a narrow
strip of cardstock to add some contrast.

A little twine balanced the colors.

I do love the Razzleberry and soft blue together!

Time Out Challenges are celebrating this month.
It's their 3rd Birthday!
Happy Birthday, Time Out!

Their challenge this month is
Love and/or Friendship with the optional twist of 'spotlight stamping' where you add colour only to one raised area of your image

Check out the awesome cards that the DT have done and in the gallery.

The Flower Challenge this month is

At Just Us Girls the word of the week is
An oval is a geometric shape, I think.

I'm going to take my snippets over to
where it's always fun to play.
I've been absent for way too long.
Life is too short to be too busy to have fun!
The playmates have been so generous with their comments
even though I've been absent.
You guys are the best!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Avant Garden (SU), Friendship Messages (SSS)
Ink:   Soft Sky, Rich Razzleberry, Markers (Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive), (SU)
Paper:   Solar White (Neena 110 lb.), Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry (SU)
Other:  Stitched Shapes Framelits, Simply Scored (SU), Twine (Michaels Clearance)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Going Green

Hello, Stampin' Friends,

I had a few minutes of free play and decided to do some smooshing.

March always makes me think green, so I pulled out some green inks and
 my craft mat and had a good time.

I wanted a light background so I used celery ink and blotted the piece
with a paper towel after smooshing.

I dried it with a heat tool and smooshed again, repeating the process until
I was happy with it.

The clover was cut from a piece of Yupo paper I had dropped
alcohol ink on.  I used Loll's 2nd technique here.

So I used smooshing, stamping, alcohol ink, dry embossing and die cuts
forthis month's  CAS Mix Up 
and it's a special birthday challenge!

Two of my friends, Nance (Soul Stampin') and Lori (Caffeinated Creativity)
are on the Design Team of a new to me challenge that I've been wanting to play....

4 Crafty Chicks
#340 GREEN

Curtain Call

Betty Suggests that I enter at The Card Concept
My card is CAS and it does have that one little bit of aqua.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Thinking of You (Altenew)
Ink:   Old Olive, Certainly Celery (SU), Alcohol Inks (Adirondack)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Solar White (Neena), Yupo
Other:  Meadow Clover Die (PS), Dew Drops (PTI), Stately EF (Craft Concepts)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Think Spring for CAS Watercolour

It's time for a new challenge at CAS Watercolour Card Challenge.

This month I'm the hostess and I chose...

I used a retired Stampin' Up! set called Indescribable Gift.

It's stamped with Whisper White ink and heat embossed on watercolor paper.

My watercolor medium was re-inkers.

The Design Team with our Guest Designer, Heather (bit & pieces)
have some wonderful inspiration pieces to show you.

Come celebrate spring and join us at
CAS Watercolour.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Indescribable Gift (retired SU), Picture Perfect (SU)
Ink:   Whisper White (SU), Re-inkers
Paper:   Solar White (Neena 110 lb.), Watercolor (Arches 140 lb.), Pink Pirouette, Basic Black (SU)
Other:  White EP (SU), Aqua Painter, Stately EF (Crafts Concepts)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hello Friend for CAS Mix Up March Challenge

It's time for another challenge at CAS Mix Up and it's a very

We are celebrating our 1st Birthday!

More about that later.

This month our challenge is
I smooshed with Inka Gold spritzed with water on cardstock for the birds and 
on watercolor paper for the sky.

The branch was cut from a piece of smooshed alcohol ink.

I also have die cuts and heat embossed stamping.

Now for the part you've been waiting for (or maybe you skipped ahead).


Be sure to go over to CAS Mix Up and check it out!

While you're there be sure to check out the Design Team's awesome cards.
Our Guest Designer this month is Marcia (Marcia's Stampin' Pad).

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Script Sentiments #1 (Inky Antics)
Ink:   VersaMark, Alcohol Ink (Adirondack Caramel, Gold)
Paper:   Solar White (Neena 110 lb.), Glossy cardstock, Watercolor (Strathmore 140 lb. cold press)
Other:  Liquid Platinum EP (Ranger), By Your Side Die (C&9), Rectangle Peek-a-boo Window (MFT)