Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Star of Wonder

Hello friends.


I love this star from Stampin' Up!

I've stamped it in gold on Vanilla cardstock, heat embossed with more gold
and die cut.

A snippet of embossed gold foil to rest on and another quick and simple card is done.

I'm going to join in at Pixie's Snippet Playground with this card.
This is such a fun group of playmates and I rarely get over there.


CAS Christmas challenge closes on December 15th midnight (PST).


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Star of Light (SU)
Ink:   Encore Gold
Paper:   Vanilla Thick, Gold Foil (SU)
Other:  Starlight Thinlits (SU), Kars Snowfall EF (ret. Cuttlebug), Gold EP (SU)


Sunday, December 9, 2018

Cookie Day 2018

Hello friends.

In my last post, I told you that we were about to do Cookie Day here.

I thought I'd share some of the fun with you.

You'll have to come by to share in the sweets.

I have lots and they are really are good!

First up are my Cookie Girls.
They are such fun and I love spending time with them!

Here's Nana showing Emmy and Jack how to roll out the gingerbread.

Emmy & Jack rolling in the dough.

Then comes the decorating.
Emmy's masterpiece... 

and Jack's.

I didn't get pictures of all the cookies, candies and snacks.

Needless to say all didn't get packed up and we had more than our
day's quota of sugar!

To top off the weekend, this is what we woke up to this morning.
An unusual sight in NC!

The snow was so pretty but then turned to sleet and now rain.

It's a COLD rain.  Hopefully it's not freezing on trees and power lines.

I think I'll go get a sweet treat.

Thanks for sharing our fun day with me.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!



Friday, December 7, 2018

Bloomin Beautiful Thanks

Hello.  Are you deep into Christmas preparations?

Our halls are decked, cards are in the mail and our girls and
grandkids come tomorrow for Cookie Day.

I needed some stamping therapy!

So I found took a few minutes to make a card.


I used an old wood block stamp for my watercolor flower.

Simple and sweet.

I've stamped with a permanent ink and colored with Zigs.

The wash was done by smooshing some Distress ink on my palette
and picking up the ink with a damp waterbrush.  I wet the background
and dropped the color onto it, moving it around with my brush.

I die cut and popped the image on a piece of foam for dimension
and it was done.

I'm joining in at
 I used an old retired Stampin' Up! stamp.


Anything Goes with Stamping


and there's still about a week to join in at
Challenge closes on December 15th.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Bloomin Beautiful (ret. SU), Happy Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black, Tumbled Glass (DI)
Paper:   Neenah, Shimmery White, Basic Black (SU)
Other:  Zig CCRBM (#43 Olive Green, #25 Pink), White Gel Pen, Pierced Rectangle Die (Avery Elle)


Monday, December 3, 2018

Stars Light the Way to Peace.

Hello friends.  It's the start of a new challenge at

Our challenge this month is a short one.  More details below.


Again I've used a color as my "white space" as well as lots of gold foil.

Our fantastic Trina is hosting the challenge this month.

This month's challenge will only run for two weeks.  The challenge closes on December 15th midnight (PST).

Our Design Team have lots of starry inspiration for you along with
our Guest Designer, Cindy.

I hope you'll check them out and join in the challenge.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!



Card Recipe
Stamps:  Season's Gift (PB)
Ink:   Encore Gold
Paper:  Night of Navy, Gold Foil, Whisper White (SU)
Other:  Star of Wonder Dies (MB), Gold EP, Simply Scored (SU)


Sunday, December 2, 2018

Cones and Berries Thank You

Hello friends.  Today we are launching a new challenge at
CAS Watercolour

We'll be cutting all our CAS Challenges short this month.  More on that later.


I've used my MISTI to ink this stamp with markers, stamping and
using a damp water brush to move the ink.

When it was all dry, I smooshed some Distress Ink on my palette
and using a wet on wet technique, did a light wash around the design.

I wish I could remember to do the red after the wash!

Adding a little pink to the wash makes the bleed fade into the background better.


I'm hosting the challenge this month.

This month's challenge will only run for two weeks.  The challenge closes on December 15th midnight (PST).

Our Design team is joined by the fantastic Michele (I Card Everyone),
and have some lovely designs to inspire you!


I hope you'll join us at CAS Watercolour in the next two weeks.
You know you're going to need some thank you cards!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Cones & Berries (PB), Thoughtful Messages (SSS)
Ink:  Walnut Stain, Festive Berries (DM), Tumbled Glass (DI), Chocolate Chip (SU)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 Series), Neenah
Other:  MISTI, Water Brush


Red Delight Guest Designing for Penny Black & More

Hello.  I am so pleased to be Guest Designing at Penny Black and More today.


Their challenge is to use 'Traditional Christmas Colors" greens, red, golds.

I have really enjoyed this Penny Black Red Delight stamp.

I've stamped it using my MISTI and Distress inks.

This is my second try on this design.  The first time my wash looked like
I'd spilled Pepto Bismol on it!

This time I stamped the finished flower with Versamark
and clear embossed it.  It kept the red from bleeding so much.

I smooshed some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink on my palette and
used the wet on wet technique, picked up the ink on my brush for the wash.




I mounted the watercolor piece on foam to minimize the warping and
put it on a larger piece of gold foil.

The sentiment is heat embossed with gold too.

I know it's a really busy month, but I hope you'll find time to join the

Also,  CAS Mix Up
Using stamping, emboss resist and watercolor



Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Red Delight, Season't Wishes (PB)
Ink:   Spun Sugar, Festive Berries, Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass (DI), Candied Apple, Barn Door, Peeled Paint (DM), Versamark, Encore Gold
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 Series), Neenah, Gold Foil (SU)
Other:  Clear EP, Gold EP, Gold Dazzling Details (SU), MISTI


Saturday, December 1, 2018

Emboss Resist with Brushos

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

It's time for a new challenge at CAS Mix Up.

We'll be cutting all our CAS Challenges short this month.  More on that later.


I thought I'd take a break from Christmas cards today.

I stamped this dandelion with whisper white ink on 
mixed media paper and heat embossed it.

Then I sprinkled some Brushos on it and spritzed.

To get a good coverage and blending, I used a water brush.

When it was dry, I die cut it, and placed it on a card base
that had been embossed with a larger matching die.

This inspirational sentiment and butterfly in black
added a little drama.


For my mixed media I used
stamping, heat embossing, Brusho, watercolor, dry embossing and die cuts.

This month's challenge will only run for two weeks.  The challenge closes on December 15th midnight (PST).
Our Friend Hideko has joined the CAS Mix Up Design team.
We're so happy to have her there!

Another friend, Bozena (ArtCardBox) is joining
our team this month as Guest Designer.

Hope you get to join us.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!



Card Recipe
Stamps:  Dandelion (TT), Treasure the Moments IO)
Ink:   Whisper White (SU), Onyx Black (VF)
Paper:   Neenah, Mixed Media, Basic Black
Other:  White EP (SU), Brushos, Butterfly die (wish)


Friday, November 30, 2018

Turning the Page December 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 December 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 December and Merry Christmas!

I hope you have enjoyed these calendar pages.

Time to do 2019!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Red Delight (PB)
Ink:   Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint, Festive Berries, Marker Crushed Olive (D)
Paper:   Neena 110 lb.
Other:  Slightly damp water brush