Friday, February 22, 2019

Stencil and Brusho

Hi.  It's taken me almost all month to get a card ready for
CAS Stencil.


I finally had some success using the Brushos with a stencil.
I've lost count of how many times I've tried this technique and failed.
One thing I learned is to just smoosh the failed pieces in more diluted Brushos
for use in die cuts or backgrounds.  Waste not want not as the saying goes.

I've used Cobalt Blue Brusho Crystals sprinkled lightly over this
beautiful Sanna Lippert stencil from Stamplorations.

I spritzed liberally with some water and let it sit for a few seconds.
(I think I wasn't letting it sit long enough before.)  Then I carefully
lifted the stencil and was excited to see a clean design! Yay!

I quickly pressed the inky stencil on another piece of cardstock for a monoprint.

I decided to go dramatic and use a piece of dry embossed blue as my "white space".

The dragonfly was die cut from a last little piece of heated copper that
my dear friend Loll had sent me.

A piece of copper foil cardstock made a perfect little mat around the design.

Here's a card I made with the monoprint piece.


Challenges:
CAS Stencil





Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  
Ink:   
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series), Neenah (110 lb. solar white), Pacific Point (SU)
Other:  Senecial 1 Stencil (Artsplorations), Brusho (Cobalt), Flutters Die (PB), Linen Texture Plate (PTI), Heated Copper

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  
Ink:   
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series), Neenah (110 lb. solar white), Pacific Point (SU)
Other:  Senecial 1 Stencil (Artsplorations), Brusho (Cobalt), Square Lattice EF (SU), Two Ferns Die (Cheery Lynn)


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Snowy Serenity

Hello friends.

Just a quick post today with another peaceful Christmas card.

This was a very quick and easy card.

I paired an Alcohol Ink background with a beautiful die
from Penny Black.

I die cut once from Neenah cardstock and again from
Neenah cardstock backed with Sizzix Sticky Sheet.

The sticky back made it pretty easy to add a
layer to the die cut.

I popped it back in the frame I'd made left from die cutting
and adhered it to the alcohol ink background.

Challenge closes on the 24th.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Festive Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Pacific Point (SU)
Paper:   Neenah, Photo Paper
Other:  Alcohol Ink, Serenity Die (PB), Sizzix Sticky Sheet


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Blooming Garden

Hi.  How are you on this chilly, wet morning?

It's not snowing here, but we have really cold rain.  It's a good day to stay inside
to craft and write a blog post.


This is one of my favorite Penny Black stamps.  I've place it in the MISTI
and inked it up with Distress Markers.  I stamped onto Neenah 110 lb. cardstock
so I used a barely damp brush to move the colors.

I've stamped the sentiment on the dry embossed frame and heat embossed
it with white embossing powder.

The frame is on a piece of die cut foam and adds extra dimension.

Challenges:

ANYTHING GOES

ANYTHING GOES: Option Flowers


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Blooming Garden (PB), Agapanthus (TT)
Ink:   Distress Markers (Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint), Whisper White (SU)
Paper:   Neenah (110 lb. solar white), Rose Red (SU)
Other:  Stitched Squares Die (SSS), Linen Texture Plate (PTI), White EP (SU)


Monday, February 18, 2019

Bontanical Blocks

Hello friends.  I have a couple of cards to share with you today.

The first card is from last week's class.

I have recently discovered Gina K Designs and this is one of the sets
I got for Christmas.

Gina Kay Designs Monthly Mix February Challenge
Karen Hightower is the host and she's asking for
"COLOR OF THE YEAR":
the new Pantone color, coral.

Karen also asks us to share a peek of the inside.

I love these images stamped in Coral...
and in blue.



Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Botanical Blocks (GKD), Botanical Silhouettes (ret. PTI)
Ink:   Calypso Coral (SU), Marina Mist (SU)*
Paper:   Calypso Coral (SU), Neenah (110 lb. Solar White), Marina Mist (SU)*
Other:  Square Window Trio Die (Honey Bee)

* card 2


Sunday, February 17, 2019

Christmas Peace

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


There's still a little over a week to join in Colleen's challenge at

I found a piece of Inka Gold Smoosh in my backgrounds and cut it
with the smallest of the Mat Stack Dies.  It's cut a little narrower to
get the gold spots in strategic places.

I used the larger die to dry emboss a frame around the design piece.

The sentiment is heat embossed with gold and I've dipped the edges of
the design piece in an embossing pad and then into the gold embossing powder
for a subtle gold frame.

To me, the birth of Jesus means peace.

Our fabulous Design team have lots of wonderful inspiration for you and
we're joined by talented Guest Designer, Linda.

I hope we'll see you over at CAS Christmas.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Festive Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Encore Gold, WOW Embossing Pad
Paper:   Neenah, Watercolor
Other:  Manger Die (PB), Mat Stack 3 Die, Layerz Mat Stack Die (PTI), Inka Gold, Gold EP (SU)


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Wings to the Heart

Hello.  I'm back with a card for all of you.


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

I put the Bleeding Hearts stamp in the MISTI and used Distress Markers
to ink the stamp.  After stamping, I used a waterbrush and some ink
smooshed on my palette to color in the image.  The beauty of the MISTI
is that I can stamp multiple times to get my lines back if necessary.

I thought this sentiment from Papertrey Ink was fitting.
It also says what I feel about all of you.
If only those wings could physically get me somewhere!

Our fabulous Design Team and mega-talented Guest Designer, Darnell
have lots of wonderful inspiration for you.
I hope you'll join us at 


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Bleeding Hearts (TT), Heart Prints Sentiments (PTI))
Ink:   Distress Markers ( Festive Berries, Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Pumice Stone, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss), Versafine Smokey Gray
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series), Basic Gray (SU)
Other:  Rainstones (PTI) 


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.

Enjoy!


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)