Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Turning the Page February 2018

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Zenspirations (IO)
Ink:   Ranger (Archival Black), Markers, Real Red (SU), Mowed Lawn, Squeezed Lemonade (D)
Paper:   Neena (110 lb.)
Other:  MISTI

Monday, January 29, 2018

Something New for Me


I tried something new to me last week.

A group of us went to a wine and paint get together and it was so much fun!

This was my project.

I'd like a redo as I think I could do a lot better.

I think I needed a second glass of wine.

The instructor told us to step back and we'd like our painting better.

He's right.  It looks much better from across a room.

A large room!

LOL, my birches look like they've been in a mud fight!

We used acrylic paint and a lot of it was metallic gold so it has quite a shine.

If you live in the Raleigh area, try Pinot's Palette in Apex.
Not only are they fun and helpful, but they donated a portion of
our charge to the charity our club is sponsoring this year.

I think we should do it again!

Maybe I'll spring for that second glass of wine!

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Inspired Carnations

Hello friends.

I'm so glad you stopped by!

Here's another card done with the carnations from the
Year of Flowers Collection.

I've watercolored on this one too, but first stamped and embossed.

I used water based markers and a waterbrush to color the flowers.

It got a little messy at the bottom but I found this
Peek-a-boo window in my UFOs and it was
perfect to frame the flower and hide the boo boo!

I'm joining in at 
I was inspired by the soft pink, green and white and the flowers.

Don't you love those gorgeous cookies?

Since I used markers to color, I'll join in at

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Year of Flowers Collection (PTI), Thinking of You (Alt.)
Ink:   Whisper White (SU), Onyx Black (Versafine), SU Markers (Melon Mambo, Always Artichoke)
Paper:   Solar White (Neena), Pretty in Pink (SU)
Other:  Peek-a-boo Window (MFT), White EP (SU), Waterbrush

Friday, January 26, 2018

Snow For Merry Monday and Rudolph Day

Hi there.

I'm seeing lots of people around Blogland keeping up with
their stash of Christmas cards.

Me too. I'm trying to do two a week.

So far so good.

For my first card I used a piece of deli paper that my friend Nancy had sent me.

I crinkled it up, flattened it out and sponged ink on it.  It was in my UFO box
and so was the die cut.  My friend Susan had sent me that die cut.

For my second card I used a piece of decorative paper and
cut some snowflakes out of pieces of Glimmer Paper.

The die cut Noel was already cut and so was the frame.

I love that I'm using up some of those bits and pieces although it doesn't seem like
that stash of stuff is getting any smaller!

The Merry Monday Challenge this week is

and the Rudolph Challenge is
every month from the 25th to the end of the month.
Thanks to Maureen (Scraps of Life by Scrappymo!) for
continuing this challenge and for the delightful prizes she gives each month.

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Card Recipe (Card 1)
Stamps:  Festive Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Midnight Muse (SU)
Paper:   Solar White (Neena), Deli Paper
Other:  Snowflake Block Die (SSS)

Card Recipe (Card 2)
Paper: Solar White (Neena), Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer, Copper Foil (SU), Paper Pack
Other:  Snowflake Duo Die, Exultations Die (PB), Linen Texture Plate (PTI), Stitched Rectangles (SSS)

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Craft Group

Hi there.

I'll be joining some friends for our monthly craft group tonight
and thought I'd share what I'll be taking.

First we are swapping anything with a heart.
I pulled out my Memory Box LaRue Heart and some red Glimmer Paper.

The studio is all asparkle again!

For our demo this month each of us is to do a 5 minute demo.
This is mine....
Swipe, swipe, stamp, stamp.
I showed a similar card in this post.
This time I dragged a Distress Ink mini cube across the paper
and didn't emboss the butterflies (too much time) but winked them instead.

It will be interesting to see what the others do.
Usually we take turns doing a demo with a project.

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Card Recipe 
Paper:   Solar White (Neena), Whisper White, Red Glimmer (SU)
Other:  LaRue Heart (MB), Treillage EF  (Anna Griffin)

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Live in the Moment, Distress Crayon Watercolor Kit (TH)
Ink:  Mustard Seed, Worn Lipstick, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon (DI), Jet Black StazOn 
Paper:  Solar White (Neena)

Monday, January 22, 2018

Birds for the Twofer

Hello dear friends.

I have another Twofer.

I  used the Memory Box Elodee Bird in my January class and since it was 
handy I just kept going with it.

I thought these two would work well for 
Don't you think the texture makes beautiful feathers?

This card uses the negative of the die with an embossed piece behind it.
The piece was stamped with the Sanded Background stamp before I used the die.

This pretty guy was cut from a piece colored with Lindy's Magical Powders spritzed 
with lots of water, covered with cling wrap and left to dry.  You can see the piece
this was cut from here.

He really shimmers from those powders.

I'll add this one to the gallery at CAS Mix Up
Using stamping, cling wrap with powders and water, dry embossing and die cuts.

Here's a peek at the card we did in class.

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Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Thoughtful Messages (SSS), Sanded Background (SU)
Ink:   Crumb Cake, Chocolate Cake (SU)
Paper:   Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede Textured (SU)
Other:  Elodee Bird Die (MB), Cable Knit EF (SU)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps: Banner Sentiments (PTI)
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise (SU)
Paper:  Vanilla Thick, Tempting Turquoise, Soft Suede Textured (SU), Coated card stock
Other:  Elodee Bird Die (MB), Cable Knit EF (SU), Lindys Magicals Powders (Sassy Sapphire), Cling Wrap, 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Carnations for January

Hi.  Did you know that the carnation is the flower for January?

I didn't.  But I do now.

I bought the Flower of the Month Collection from Papertrey Ink a couple few years ago.

I decided that I needed to us it this year.

We did this card in my January class.  I discovered an easy way to add watercolor to the background.

After stamping and heat embossing the script stamp, we dipped a baby wipe
into the ink squeezed into the lid of the inkpad and gently rubbed it
in a circular motion over the embossing.  It leaves a nice soft color
that dries very quickly.  We did use mixed media paper.  
When I tried it with the Neena, it pilled.

The carnations were inked with markers and the color pulled into the 
center of the petals and leaves with a Blender Pen.
We mixed media on this piece too.

At CAS Watercolour we are doing birthday cards this month.
There are so many gorgeous birthday cards in the gallery.
Hope to see yours there too!
Challenge closes on the 24th.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Year of Flowers Collection (PTI), French Foliage (ret. SU), Special Wishes (PB)
Ink:   Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo (SU), Melon Mambo, Old Olive Markers (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Mixed Media (ST), 
Other:  Anywhere Tags (LI), White EP (SU), Baby Wipes (Costco), Blender Pen, Ribbon (ret. SU)

Friday, January 19, 2018

Turquoise and Red

Hi, I've been playing with cling wrap again.

This time I played with something new to me.

My dear friend Loll sent me some Lindy's Magical Powders and I had fun playing with them.

I sprinkled some Sassy Sapphire on a piece of coated paper and spritzed.
I moved the color a bit with a waterbrush to get the powders to blend with the water.

Then I laid a piece of cling wrap on top, wrinkling it up good, and let it dry.

I wish the camera would show you the shimmer.  It's really pretty!

I found some birch die cuts in my UFO box (yes I still have stuff in there) and 
popped it on top.  (Thanks, Nance)

I saw that my good friend Marcia is hosting at Merry Monday this week
and asking for turquoise and red.  So I die cut a cardinal to add 
to the birch tree and stamped a sentiment in red.

CAS Mix Up is having so much fun using Cling Wrap this month.
Challenge is open until the 24th

I found another piece of smooshed cardstock in my stash and did a second card too.

I'm trying to get lots of Christmas cards made through the year so I won't 
be caught short again.

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Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Crazy Talk (TH)
Ink:   Real Red
Paper:   Neena (110 lb.), Coated, Real Red (SU)
Other:  Lindy's Magicals Powders (Sassy Sapphire), Thinlits Birch Tree Die (SZX), Birds Die (GM), Cling Wrap

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Festive Snippets (PB)
Ink:  Real Red (SU) 
Paper:  Neena, Watercolor
Other:  Thinlints Birch Tree Die (SZX), Cheery Cardinals Die (PS)

Spotlight on Thistle

Hi there.

I don't think I'd ever tried the spotlight technique so when I saw that 
The Flower Challenge was asking for this technique, and saw what the 
Design team had done, I thought I'd give it a try.

I'm also going to enter this at
Craft Stamper Magazine's Take It Make It Challenge.

And 4 Crafty Chicks
Anything goes with a twist of sympathy or ATG

I'm hoping I can make it into the
Less is More Challenge

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Thistle (Serendipity), Bouquet of Thanks (SSS)
Ink:   Onyx Black (Versafine), Markers (Lavender Lace, SU: Shaded Lilac, Peeled Paint, D)
Paper:  Neena, Whisper White Basic Black (SU) 
Other:  Infinity Circle Dies (HA), Smoky Slate Re-inker for splatter

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Feathery Cling Wrap

Hello.  I'm glad you stopped by.

I tried something different with the cling wrap technique.

I got a fun new to me product for Christmas and I've had fun playing.
Thank you dear friend.

Here are two pieces that I played with.

On the bottom piece, using a coated paper, I sprinkled these powders, 
spritzed liberally with water, then laid down some cling wrap and smooshed it around.

Then I wrinkled up the cling wrap, pressed it down and left it to dry.

Several hours later I pulled off the cling wrap and seeing lots of wet color
on the cling wrap, I laid it on another piece of coated paper and left it.

I loved the feathery look that was left behind when I removed the cling!
This is the piece I used for this card.

I die cut a feather out of some handmade paper in my stash and added some 
heat embossing to the edges.

I wasn't sure how the ink would do on the coated paper, so I
used some Archival ink and heat embossed it for good measure.

It was laying on the table with the design piece off center and I liked it.
So I popped it up with some foam and let it stay right there.

I'll add it to the CAS Mix Up Gallery
Using stamping, Cling Wrap Technique with powder and water, heat embossing and die cuts
and also to

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Card Recipe
Stamps: Walk by Faith (PTI) 
Ink:   Tree Branch (Archival), Versamark
Paper:   Neena, Coated Paper, Handmade Paper
Other:  Lindy's Magicals (Sassy Sapphire), Cling Wrap, Stitched Rectangle Die (SSS), Feather Die (Wish), Gold EP (SU)

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

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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)