Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Irish Blessing

Hi there.  I'm glad you stopped by.

I've used a NBUS Irish Blessing stamp and heat embossed in gold on a piece
of Brusho background.

It's my wish to you.

I'm going to be taking a break from blogging for awhile,
except for posts I already have scheduled.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Irish Blessing (Verses Rubber Stamps)
Ink:   Encore Gold
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series), Textured, Gold Foil, Neenah
Other:  Brusho, Gold EP, Tall Classic Rectangle Die (Spl), Stitched Butterfly Trio (PS)

Friday, February 21, 2020


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

This amaryllis is one of my favorites from Technique Tuesday.

I put the stamp in MISTI and inked it up with
Archival Shadow Gray.

My Arteza Twimarkers worked beautifully to add color
 and my trusty waterbrush helped to move the color around.

I find that this image colors beautifully with
very little effort!

But, in trying to save paper, I stamped it too close to the edge.

I found that if I cut a smaller circle as a little frame, it fit perfectly.


Christmas Kickstart: Use the Colour Red
Jingle Bellesfeature PREDOMINANTLY the color RED (not just a bit, but a lot of RED).
Krafty Chicks: Clean and Simple Week


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Amaryllis (TT), Scripty Holiday (GKD)
Ink:   Early Espresso overstamped with Cherry Cobbler
Paper:   Neenah, Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series)
Other:  Double Stitched Circle Die (LI), Infinity  Circle Die (HA), Subtle EF (SU), Arteza Twimarkers (239 Ballerina Pink, 114 Ruby Red, 247 Wine Red, 192 Sage Green, 221 Moss Green, 305 Biscotti Brown)

Thursday, February 20, 2020

La Rue Heart in Aqua

Hi there.  I'm so glad you popped in!

This is my favorite heart die!  I've used it to die cut from Neenah Solar White cardstock.

The background piece was smooshed into Lindy's Magical powders and
spritzed with water.  When I die cut this piece, I left the little pieces intact
and taped them in place on the back.

I've popped it on top of a piece that's been embossed with paste
through a retired Memory Box stencil.
(I think this is my all time favorite stencil!)

A little heart die cut from a Poppy Stamps die has been dry embossed
with a little silver bow added on top.

There was just enough room under the stenciled embossing to
stamp the sentiment that's been heat embossed.

An anniversary card for my stash.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Amaryllis (TT)
Ink:   WOW emb. pad
Paper:   Neenah
Other:  La Rue Heart Die (MB), Lindy's Magicals, Stitched Hearts Die (PS), Texuter Scraped Paint Stencil (ret. MB), Embossing Paste (WV), Silver EP, Subtle EF (SU), Silver Cord (ret. SU)

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Berries for Twofer

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

Today I'm joining in at the Twofer Challenge.

I hope these designs are different enough. 

Firstly are the blackberries.
They are mounted on a piece of Bruso smoosh and the card base is a
deep Purple that's been subtly embossed.

I've inked the stamp with Distress Markers and
 stamped on Mixed Media paper.  Using my waterbrush, I moved
the colors around.  Looks like I moved the color in the sentiment
a bit too much! 

My Twofer....

This time they are raspberries, one of my favorite fruits.

I've stamped with Archival ink onto Neenah cardstock and used Distress Ink 
smooshed on my palette to pick up the color.

This started out as a full card front but somehow, it picked up some
turquoise paint that was on my work space.

By the time I figured out where it was coming from and cleaned it up,
I'd "infected" a card base and several places on the design.

Fortunately I could salvage the strip with the berries.

I've used that Subtle Embossing Folder to add texture to the design piece
but the camera refuses to see it.

Thanks to the gals at the Twofer challenge that chose my 
cards as co-winners last month.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Blackberries (Serendipity/IO), Bouquet of Thanks (SSS)
Ink:   Concord Crush (SU), Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Brushed Corduroy, Mustard Seed (DM)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series), Concord Crush (SU)
Other:  Brusho (Orange), Double Pierced Rectangle Die (SSS), Subtle EF (SU)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Blackberries (Serendipity/IO), Tiny Sayings (AE)
Ink:  Jet Black Archival, Whisper White (SU), Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Peeled Paint (DI)
Paper:  Neeenah, Rich Razzleberry
Other:  Subtle EF (SU), White EP, Waterbrush 

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Snowman Joy for CAS Christmas

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

There's still time to join in with Linda's challenge at

I found a watercolor background in my stash and added some twinkling stars
with silver sparkle paste through a stencil.

My joyful snowman is cut from Glimmer Paper so he sparkles with a
crusty, snowy look.

I added a tiny bit of watercolor to his stick arms and nose.

Check out the fantastic cards our Design Team has done for your inspiration
and I hope you'll join us with your JOY-ful Christmas cards.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Christmas Sentiments (PB)
Ink:   Dapper Denim
Paper:   Watercolor (TH), Dazzling Glimmer, Neenah
Other:  Snowman Joy Die (PB), Stars Shimmer Stencil (MB), Silver Chrome, Ultra Fine Sparkle Paste, Gansai Tambi Watercolors (64 Blue, 67 Deep Blue, 139 Purple)