Thursday, January 23, 2020

Blooming Thank You

Hi there.  I hope you are doing well and I'm glad you stopped by!

This was an attempt at partial die cutting using a flower die and a frame die.

It didn't work out as well as I'd hoped but not bad enough to
throw away.

I'll share it with the Penny Black Saturday Challenge
ANYTHING GOES/Optional Something New.
I didn't go with the option this time.
We're still using partial die cutting at CAS Mix Up.
Challenge ends on the 24th.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Blooming Garden (PB), Wildflowers (TT)
Ink:   Old Olive, SU Markers (Regal Rose, Raspberry Ripple, Old Olive, Always Artichoke)
Paper:   Neenah
Other:  Field of Dreams Die (PB), Leaf Stitched Frames (PB), Colored Pencils (Caran d'ache supracolor), Subtle EF (SU)

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Finishing Flowers in Bloom

Hello friends.  I'm glad you stopped by.

Last week I shared a photo of my homework for the
Online Card Class Coloring Challenge Road Trip class.

I've tweaked it and have a finished card.

I added some dots with a white gel pen.  I think that little bit made
the flowers really pop.  I also added some gems to cover some
not so nice areas from my shadow around the flowers.

I really enjoyed this class and I know I'll be going back
again and again to pick up more tips and tricks.

Thank you Kathy Racoosin for a fantastic class!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Flowers in Bloom (MFT), Many Everyday Messages (HA)
Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black, Whisper White
Paper:   Neenah, Basic Black
Other:  Copic Markers (B000, B21, B24, V05, V09, YG03, G99, YG67, C2, 0), White Gel Pen (gelly roll 10), White EP, Marshmallow Confetti Mix (PPP)

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

More Playing with Color

Hi there.  I'm so glad you popped in!

I've really enjoyed playing with color!
Kathy Racoosin's Online Coloring Road Trip has been a great inspiration!

I used a new to me stamp set called Mon Ami to stamp these flowers with 
a light color ink and did no-line coloring with Distress ink to color the flowers. 

Then I used colored pencils to add depth in
the nooks and crannies like she showed on day one and added some
outlining like she showed in day 3.

I used the same stamp inked up with black ink, again coloring
with Distress inks and adding darker color to the
nooks and crannies.

Kathy showed how you can jazz up an image by using
a gel pen to add dots and dashes.

Here is how it looked when I began with the dots.

And the finished project.

Here they are side by side.  Which do you like the best?

There are a lot more tips and tricks in the class.  While the class is officially over tomorrow,
you can take it anytime.  There's so much good information that I'll be
enjoying this class for a long time!

Thanks, Kathy and friends for sharing your talent.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Mon Ami (CAS-ual Fridays)
Ink:   Distress Ink
Paper:   Watercolor (TH), Basic Black, Neenah
Other:  Caran d'ache Supracolor pencils, Double Pierced Rectangles Die (AE), White Gel Pen (Signo Uniball)

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Mon Ami (CF)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Ink
Paper:  Watercolor (TH), Basic Black, Neenah
Other:  Caran d'ache Supracolor pencils, White Gel Pen (Signo Uniball)

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Twofer Hearts

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

I'm also glad that I got to do some crafting.

This month's Twofer Challenge is celebrating 
their 2 year Blogaversary.
Congratulations Twofer!

This month's challenge is

My first card went with an non-traditional design from a heart die.

I've die cut the heart twice from coordinating decorative paper and trimmed
with scissors for the bathing suit shape.

For my twofer, I've gone more traditional that can be used
as a valentine, wedding or anniversary card.
The smaller heart is from the same die as the bathing suit.
This time I used my griddle and lots of clear, white and gold embossing powder
to do a faux enamel technique.

The larger heart and love were cut from a piece of packaging or envelope lining
that I had saved and the background is a bit of paper with gold sparkle.

The Krafty Chicks Challenge is asking for CAS cards this week.
So I'll stop by there too.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Thoughtful Wishes (Stampendous)
Ink:   Versafine Smokey Gray
Paper:   Neenah
Other:  Prim Hearts Die (Splbndrs), Double Stitched Circle Die (LI), Seaside EF (SU)

Card Recipe
Paper:   Neenah, Sparkle Paper (wish I knew), 
Other:  Prim Hearts (Splbndrs), Small Love You Die (SSS), Gold EP, White EP, Clear EP, Electric Griddle

Saturday, January 18, 2020

More Guest Designing for Penny Black Saturday Challenge

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

There's still time to join in at Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

For this card, I masked and watercolored with Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolour.

When it was completely dry, I stamped my new Fragile Beauty stamp using
gray ink.  I let that dry and rubbed my embossing buddy all over then stamped 
with white pigment ink and heat embossed.

I removed the mask, stamped a sentiment.  The die cut popped over the top
was inspired by my friend Ros.  I love how it adds dimension.

Since I've used cool colors to watercolor, I'll add this to the gallery at

And do check out the wonderful inspiration from the Design Team
and join in at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Fragile Beauty, Eloquence (PB)
Ink:   Versafine Smokey Gray, Whisper White (SU)
Paper:   Watercolor (TH), Neenah
Other:  Gansai Tambi (64 Blue, 67 Deep Blue, 139 Purple), Airy Die (PB), White EP