Friday, February 15, 2019

Hidden Friend

Hello friends.

Today I have a hidden word card.

It's a reminder that there's still time to join in at
Where Hideko is asking for

The heart is cut from a piece that I stenciled using Gelatos applied
with a baby wipe.

The stencil is by Sanna Lippert for Stamplorations and was sent to me by a sweet friend.
The stenciled piece has been sitting in my background box since last spring.

I die cut it with the heart and die cut the word out of the heart.
I also die cut the word a few more times from some white cardstock that 
had been lined with some Sizzix Sticky Sheet so I could stack them.

I used a larger die to dry emboss an outline for the flowered heart, stamped a 
sentiment and added black twine and gems to balance out the black stamping.

There are some videos at the challenge site with ways to do this technique
and the Design Team along with our fabulous Guest Designer, Arlene
have lots of inspiration for you.

I hope to see your card(s) in the gallery!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Thoughtful Messages (SSS)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:   Neenah
Other:  Flowers 1 Stencil (ArtPlorations), Gelatos (Faber-Castell), Baby Wipe, Sweet and Sassy Framelits (SU)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Felt with the Heart

Hi there. Happy Valentine's Day.
I hope you're feeling loved.

No, I didn't cut the heart from felt.

If I'd had some red felt, I would have.


This heart was cut from some of that Brusho that Jack had done with a
little glimmer heart popped on top.

The background was done with tissue paper glued to some cardstock.

I finished it off with a wonderful quote.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Out on a Limb Sentiments (PTI)
Ink:   Onyx Black (Versafine)
Paper:  Solar White  (Neena), Tissue Paper, Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Other:  Primitive Hearts #3 Bigz (Szzx), Brushos, Spray Bottle

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Woodsy Hearts

Hi there.  Valentine's Day is fast approaching!

Here's the card I made for my DH.

A crafty friend gave me some veneer and I die cut several sizes
of primitive hearts from it.  Some I stained with Distress Stain.

I adhered the largest to a piece of die cut foam for extra stability
and stacked the others on top.

Another dear friend sent me this awesome birch bark paper.  I've
admired it a long time and finally gave in to gluing it to a card.
It's for DH after all.  Next to ducks, he likes trees.

I've die cut the love you from a snippet of red watercolor and
some cut from white and stacked them all for dimension.

Just Us Girls 

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Paper:   Neenah (110 lb. solar white), Wrapping Paper (gift)
Other:  Pine Planks EF (SU), Prim Hearts Dies (Spellbinders), Distress Stain, Wood Veneer

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Stems of Daffodils

Hello.  I hope you've had a good weekend and had some time to craft.

I've been working on this little card for a few days here and there
between preparing for a class and spending time with Jack.

I had been eyeing this Technique Tuesday stamp set for quite a while and bought it
when they had a fantastic sale just before Christmas.  I was helping Santa do his shopping (wink).

It was calling to me and I just had to take some time out to ink it up.

Since it always made me think of daffodils, I inked the flowers with a 
yellow Distress marker and stamped, Moved the ink with a damp waterbrush and
re-stamped until I was happy with it.  Then I inked the stems using the same technique.

I stamped the flowers on a snippet of watercolor paper again and when dry,
cut them with the coordinating die.  I used a shaping tool to get some
curl to the petals.  You can see this technique here.

For the centers of the flowers, I swiped the marker on my palette, picked up
color with the waterbrush and painted it on some of that snippet.  When it was dry, I
used a little scalloped circle punch to punch out my circles. I ran the marker around 
the edges and shaped it into a cup.

I added the shaped flowers over the original stamped ones.

Since this stamp was new to me, I'm taking my card over to

and I'll add this to the gallery at

Unfortunately Technique Tuesday has retired this stamp and die, but I think
you may still be able to find it at some of the stamp stores.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Stems (Technique Tuesday), Cosmos (TT
Ink:   Distress Markers (Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint)
Paper:   Watercolor (TH), Daffodil Delight (SU)
Other:  Stems Die (TT), Foam Sheet, MISTI, Waterbrush, Shaping Tool (Sizzix)

Friday, February 8, 2019

Brusho Butterfly

Hello.  I'm so glad you stopped by!

I have a bright card for you today.

I've die cut this butterfly from a piece of Brusho Background and just
popped it on top of some dry embossing.

I shaped the butterfly's wings with a bone folder and adhered him
under the body so his wings are dimensional.

Super quick and clean and simple.

I'll take this to
Color Throwdown #529

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Bleeding Heart (Technique Tuesday)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:   Daffodil Delight (SU), Back of cover from Mixed Media pad
Other:  Stitched Butterfly Trio Die (PS), Brusho (orange), Large Daisy Side EF (Darice)

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Ribbon Heart

Hello friends.  I hope you are not in the deep freeze anymore
and maybe enjoying some nice weather like we are.

I noticed a daffodil has bloomed in my yard.  Spring isn't far off now.

And neither is Valentine's Day.

I love this ribbon heart from Poppystamps and die cut it from some red foil.
It looks like it's made from satin ribbon if you use your imagination.

It's atop a piece of French script that I hope says something romantic.
Or at least nothing offensive...

I think this works for this month's Poppystamps Challenge


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  French Script (Darkroom Door)
Ink:   Smokey Slate, Real Red (SU)
Paper:   Neenah, Read Red, Gold Foil
Other:  Ribbon Heart Die (PS), Love You Die (SSS), Stately EF (ret. Craft Concepts)

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Silver Snowflakes for CAS Christmas

Hello friends.

There’s still time to join in at CAS Christmas.

 This month’s challenge is hosted by our lovely Colleen.

To make this card, I picked out several snowflakes from various stamp sets and arranged
them in my MISTI to stamp with silver ink on mixed media paper.

While the ink was still wet, I heat embossed them in silver.

Then I wet the background with clear water and dropped in color from
smooshing ink pads on my palette.

I love watching the color move with the water!

The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed on a strip of vellum
and tucked around the design image.

Then I popped the whole thing up with some fun foam.

The Design Team, including our fabulous Guest Designer, Linda have
some more wonderful inspiration pieces for you.

Hope you'll  join in the fun at CAS Christmas. 

Challenge ends on the 24th.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Snowflakes (various), Christmas Wishes (Kaisercraft)
Ink:   Encore Silver, DI (tumbled glass, wilted violet, faded jeans) 
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series), Neenah (110 lb. Solar White), Vellum
Other:  Silver EP (SU)