Monday, August 13, 2018

Happy Sunflower and a Visit from a Friend

Hello friends.  It's the start of another week.  I hope you had a good weekend!

I had a very special weekend.  More about that later.

First, a card....

I seldom do a one layer card anymore but 
The Flower Challenge this month is

My friends at Unity Stamps had a special stamp offered to their 
customers and subscribers.  I jumped on it and love this stamp!

I put it in my MISTI and stamped onto a card cut from 
Strathmore 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper.

I inked the stamp with a  yellow Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker
and then tapped a damp water brush to the stamped image.

Stamping again added back the lines of the petals.

I did the stems the same way with an Olive Green Zig.

I pulled some of the color around for a light wash around the flower,
then stamped the sentiment.

The first time I did that, I smeared the sentiment.

I hate when I do that!

I was able to salvage some of the design and you'll see that in a later post.

Our CAS Watercolour Challenge this month is Sunflowers,
so I'll add this over there too.

As for the special weekend, my friend Mary H. from Carolina Cards by Mary H.
came for a visit with her DH.

She joined in with my stamping class and we had a wonderful time visiting 
except our time was too short.

I hope she and her DH will come back soon! My DH does too.

The Flower Challenge:  One Layer Card
CAS Watercolour: Sunflower 

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sunflowers (Unity), Handwritten Borders (SSS)
Ink:   Chocolate Chip (SU)
Paper:  Watercolor (Strathmore 140 lb. cold press)
Other:  Zig CCRBM (#50 yellow, #52 Bright Yellow, #43 Olive Green, #72 Beige, #220 Tearose, #65 Mid Brown), Baker's Twine (SU)

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Merry Christmas Tree

Hi there.  I hope you're having a good weekend.

I was pulling all my Christmas tree stamps off the shelf to decide which to use
across this little and almost forgotten set.

Inside the box was a tree already stamped and cut and waiting for some action.

So, I put it together and mounted it on a die cut piece of
corrugated cardboard.  Then  I used a larger die to emboss the card front.

Some of my hoarded Naturals White made the base and some
baker's twine finished it off.

Oh, I did stamp the sentiment on a snippet and punched it out 
to ground the tree.

It looks like a simple card and I won't tell you how many days
it took me to decide how to mount it!

Oh, and I added some WOS on the tree so it has a nice shimmer.


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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Polka Dot Parade #9 Stamp Set (PTI), Holiday Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Wild Wasabi, Real Red (SU)
Paper:   Naturals White, Whisper White (SU)
Other: Polka Dot Parade #9 Die (PTI), Corrugated Cardboard, Lots of Labels Framelits (SU), WOS, Baker's Twine

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Sunflower Friend

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

We're doing sunflowers at 

This is a popular die for this challenge!

I die cut the sunflower from Mixed Media paper keeping it all intact and
painted it with Gansai Tambi watercolors.

For the top layer, I cut again and removed all the petal pieces, sponged color
with Distress ink in the center, then spritzed with water and blotted.

After everything dried, I glued the piece with the colored center
atop the yellow petals.

I went into the base of each petal with a watercolor pencil
and pulled the color with a damp water brush to shade the petals.

I mounted it all on a treasured piece of specialty paper that my friend gave me
and added a narrow mat of Crumb Cake cardstock.

I'm also joining in at AAA Cards.

CAS Watercolour: Sunflower
AAA Cards: Friendship

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Friendship Messages (SSS)
Ink:   Gathered Twigs, Vintage Photo (DI)
Paper:   Neenah, Crumb Cake (SU), Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 Series)
Other:  Sunflower Background Die (IO), Gansai Tambi Watercolors (#40 Lemon Yellow, #43 Mid Yellow), Watercolor Pencils (Faber Castell), Water Brush

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Happy Monoprint

Hello Friends.  I'm glad you could stop by.

I found this monoprint in my stuffed to the gills box of backgrounds.  
It's a piece left over from these cards.

To make the piece, I dragged Mini Distress Ink cubes along the stencil,
spritzed with water and pressed onto mixed media paper.

The happy die was a birthday gift from a special friend. I used vellum
for the background and a snippet of cardstock for the happy.

Birthday was stamped and heat embossed.

There's a little dry embossing too.

My mixed media are Stencil Monoprint, Stamping, Heat Embossing, 
Dry Embossing and Die Cuts.

If you're not familiar with this technique, check out the
CAS Mix Up Challenge site for video tutorials.

Hope you have a happy day!


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Fun Birthday Sentiments (HLS)
Ink:   Distress Ink Mini Cubes (Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Mermaid Lagoon, Seedless Preserves)WOW Embossing Pad
Paper:   Neenah, Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series), Rich Razzleberry, Vellum (SU)
Other:  Boarders Stencil (ret. HA), Happy Layered Die (Paper Rose), White EP (WOW), Dotted Strip EF (Cuttlebug)

Monday, August 6, 2018

Happy Dragonfly

Hello friends.  Thanks for popping in!

Today's card was a birthday card for our daughter.

I fell in love with this stamp when browsing through the Unity Stamps site.

I pretty much CASEd a sample card there.

I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color the stamp
and it stamped beautifully!

I added some splatters, and clear stones that Starlit Studio added
as a bonus in an order.

This is a large stamp so the card is bigger than my usual.

I was so excited to get it done and clipped on the bag with her
birthday present that I forgot to sign it!

It's not the first time I've forgotten to sign a card. Oops.

DD said not to sign it so she could pass it on.


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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Happy (Unity)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Smokey Slate, Basic Gray (SU)
Other:  Zig CCRBM (#31 Cobalt, #36 Lt. Blue, #41 Lt. Green, #94 Gray Brown, #10 Black), Water Brush, Beautiful You Die (Concord & 9th), Gems (Starlit Studio)

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Evergreen Holiday for Rudolph Days

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

I have more Christmas cards to share.

Both cards are made from a stamp set that I won from Rudolph Days last year.

I am so glad to finally have had time to use this beautiful set!

This first card was done by placing the stamp in my MISTI, inking
with markers and using a damp water brush to blend the color.

I always have trouble with the red and the first try had so many smears
that it wasn't usable.

It's a good thing that there are two sides to the paper!

This card was done the same way as the first except that I inked the ornament
on another snippet of mixed media paper.

I smacked it with a WOW Embossing pad and embossed it with clear powder.

Then came the tricky part of cutting it out and keeping it round.

I've added it with a dimensional and the frame is also popped up.

I have added Wink of Stella on both cards but the camera didn't see it.

They shimmer nicely when the light hits them.

My stash of Christmas cards is growing and that makes me happy!


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Evergreen Holiday (Inkadinkado)
Ink:   Peeled Paint, Festive Berries, Wild Honey, Black Soot (Distress Markers)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 Series), Real Red (SU), Neenah
Other:  Stitched Rectangles Die (SSS), Candy Dots (retired SU), Water Brush, Clear WOS

Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Evergreen Holiday (Inkadinkado)
Ink:   Peeled Paint, Festive Berries (Distress Ink), Old Olive (SU)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 Series), Old Olive (SU), Neenah
Other:  WOW Embossing Pad, Clear EP (SU), Stitched Squares Dies (SSS), Water Brush, Clear WOS

Friday, August 3, 2018

Snow Dust for CAS Christmas

Hello friends and welcome.

It's time for a new challenge at CAS Christmas.

Hideko is our host this month and here is what she chose for us...

Our Guest Designer, Barb, and the Design team have a beautiful array
of Christmas trees to inspire you.

We have two new designers joining our team.
I'm so excited to have Colleen and Linda on board.

I hope you'll give them a warm welcome join us in our challenge.

For my card I used a stamp that I have long admired and finally added to my collection.

I stamped it with a WOW Embossing Pad and heat embossed the image.

Using sponges, I added blue inks around and over the trees.

When I was happy with the background, I sprinkled some
Chunky White Frantage over the top and heated from underneath the card
so it wouldn't blow away.

I've torn some snippets of white card for snowdrifts and added some
flat stickers and a die cut sentiment.

As seems to be my favorite layout lately, I've framed the design
with a stitched die cut.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Snow Dust (PB)
Ink:  Embossing Pad (WOW)
Paper:   Neenah, Whisper White, Silver Foil (SU)
Other:  WOW Bright White EP, Chunky White Frantage (Stampendous), Exultations Die (PB)

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Sunflower Joy for CAS Watercolour

Hello friends and welcome!

We're starting a new challenge at
CAS Watercolour

This month Marcia is our host and she's chosen...
one of my very favorite flowers!

I used my favorite watercolor technique to do this sweet flower.

I placed the stamp in my MISTI and first inked the stem with a marker,
pressed on my mixed media paper, moved the color on the paper with a
damp water brush and stamped again.

I used the same technique with a Mini Distress pad for the flower,
adding some darker ink to the base of the petals with markers.

When I was happy with the flower, I used the small end of a
Gathered Twigs Distress Marker and dotted the center, then blended 
the color with my water brush.

The background wash was done by pulling the color from the
flower with a very damp water brush. I dropped some pink in the wash
by swiping color on my palette and picking it up with a wet water brush
and touching it to the wet background.

Our Design Team have outdone themselves with inspiration pieces this month.
We have a new Designer, Jenny.  I hope you'll give her a warm welcome.
And we're joined by Izzy as our fabulous Guest Designer.

I'm excited to see a beautiful array of watercolor sunflowers 
in the gallery this month.

More inspiration:  DH brought me these for my birthday.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sunflowers (Jane's Doodles), Happy Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint (mini DI), Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold (DM)
Paper:   Neenah, Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series)
Other:  Linen Texture Plate (PTI), Stitched Hexagon Layers (MB)

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Feathery Birthday for CAS Mix Up

Hello friends.  I'm so glad you could stop by.

It's time for another challenge at CAS Mix Up.
Nancy is hosting us this month and she chose...

Here's my card.
Using Stencil Monprint, Stamping, Heat Embossing, Die Cut, Alcohol Ink and Gelato.

My stencil monoprint was done by usng metallic Gelato on a stencil and rubbing
it through the openings with my finger.

You'll see that print later.

Then I spritzed the stencil with water and pressed onto a piece of
mixed media paper.

It has a lovely shimmer when the light hits it.

The feather die was in my NBUS box and I found a piece of 
alcohol inked Yupo in my background box.

There is a copper feather underneath the alcohol feather.
You can't see it well but it added some stability.

I've used a piece of copper foil as a mat and it all seemed
to fit best on a brown card base.

It will make a great birthday card for our oldest grandson.

Our Design Team and Guest Designer, Cathy (Cathy's Card Spot), have some
wonderful inspiration for you at the challenge site.

I hope you'll check them out and do a stencil monoprint and join us.
Video tutorials links are at the challenge site if you need more inspiration.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Fun Birthday Senitments (HLS)
Ink:   VersaMark
Paper:   Baked Brown Sugar, Copper Foil (SU), Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other:  Metallic Blueberry Gelato, Chevron Pattern Stencil  (SSS), Paper Layering Feather Die (HA), Alcohol Ink on Yupo Paper, Linen Thread

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Turning the Page August 2018

Tomorrow we turn the page on our calendars to a new month.

I make calendars each year and I've been sporadic about sharing them with you so
I thought I'd set up a regular post on the last day of each month "Turning the Page".

I hope you enjoy these posts.

Here's our August page.

By the way, the calendars are clipped together and can be displayed on an easel
or hung on a push pin or magnetic hook.  We all have a different way to display them.

Happy August!

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Thistle (Serendipity)
Ink:   Lavender Lace (SU), Markers (Shaded Lilac, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade (D), Cajun Craze (SU)
Paper:  Neena 110 lb.
Other:  Slightly damp water brush

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Rainbow Thank You

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

A sweet friend gave me this Thank You die last year and I think it's
about time I got around to using it!

I'm in need of some thank you cards so it was a good time to break the
die out of the NBUS box!

I've die cut from black cardstock and white cardstock.

On this card, I inlaid the black die cut into the white out cut.
Or it is cut out?  I'm always confused as to which is which.

I've mounted it on a background piece that I had pressed
a paper that had been used to mop up some rainbow colors.

I spritzed the towel and laid it on a piece of cardstock.

I thought this little butterfly looked nice on the rainbow circle.

Here's another card using this die.

This time I layered white cardstock die cuts and kept the circle and embossed it.

The rainbow was done by smooshing ink on a 1 1/2" x 4" acrylic block,
spritzing and stamping on watercolor paper.

I used a frame and some foam on the back of the design as well
as a few sequins to finish off the card.

AAA Cards Game #120: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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Card Recipe (card 1)
Paper:   Neenah, Basic Black (SU), Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other:  Thank You Die (MFT), Pippi Butterfly Die (MB)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Ink: Festive Berries, Dried Marigold, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet (DI)
Paper: Neenah, Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press), Double Pierced Rectangle Die (Avery Elle), Sequins (PPP, SSS)

Thursday, July 26, 2018

July Flower - Larkspur

Hello friends and welcome.

I'm still hanging in there with this Year of Flowers Collection.

This month's flower is Larkspur.

I've inked the stamp with Distress markers, stamped onto linen textured cardstock
and used a damp water brush to move the ink a bit.

Instead of splattering, I used the small end of a Festive Berries 
Distress Marker to add some random dots.

I die cut with my Double Pierced Rectangle die and inlaid the 
design piece inside the frame.

By adding this to a dark card base and placing the frame on foam,
 I get a bit of color peeking around the inside piece.

This particular flower is one of my favorites in the set.

And there have been a lot of July birthdays on my calendar!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Year of Flowers Collection (PTI), Every Day Happiness (PTI)
Ink:   Stormy Sky Peeled Paint, Festive Berries (DM), Midnight Muse (SU)
Paper:   Pacific Point (SU), Linen Texture (American Crafts)
Other:  Double Pierced Rectange Die (Avery Elle)

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Flying Gulls

Hello friends.  I'm so glad you could stop by!

I recently got this set of seagulls from Memory Box and found
a perfect piece to put them on in my background box.

So this was a super QACAS (Quick And Clean And Simple) card!

Simon Says Wednesday: Use a Die or Punch


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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Smell the Sea (Impression Obsession)
Ink:   Baked Brown Sugar (SU)
Paper:   Neenah, Crumb Cake
Other:  Flying Gulls (Memory Box)

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Flower Stem Collage in Monochrome

Hello friends.  I'm so glad you could stop by today!

I have a very simple CAS card to share today.

I've die cut this beautiful Floral Stem Collage from a piece of Neenah
and popped it over a background that's been splashed into
 Brusho crystals spritzed with water on my craft sheet.

I shaped the top layer of flower a bit and added a matching candy dot to the center.

Poppystamps #46: Birthday Party
Just Us Girls #449: Watercolor Background
CAS Watercolour:   Splash Watercolor


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Everyday Happiness (PTI)
Ink:   Tempting Turquoise (SU)
Paper:   Tempting Turquoise (SU), Neenah
Other:  Floral Stem

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