Monday, August 31, 2015

Boughs of Holly for Merry Monday

It's time for a new challenge at Merry Monday.

Don't forget that you'll have 2 weeks for this challenge.

You may have guessed what the challenge is.

Karren chose it and I was excited to see this.

I love this idea for candle holders!

My teammates have some wonderful inspiration for you
so be sure to go by and check them out.

I used my Penny Black Holly Berries die to cut the holly
then used the negative as a stencil.

The die cut was gently sponged with color and then touched
with a damp Aqua Painter to give it a watercolor look.

I snipped some dimensions in tiny pieces 
and put them behind the leaves.

I love the look of movement but my camera sure didn't.
It took several tries to get a photo that didn't look too blurred.


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and of course
don't forget to put some holly on a card and join us at

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Holiday Sentiments (My Sentiments Exactly)
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Markers (Old Olive, Real Red) (SU)
Paper:  Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White (SU)
Other:  Holly Berries Die (Penny Black), Linen Thread (SU)

Friday, August 28, 2015

Snowflake Ribbon with Brusho Background

Here's a card using some wonderful products that I won.

The die cut is the 
Snowflake Ribbon by Poppystamps

The sentiment is from

The background piece was done on watercolor paper with Brushos.
I used Kylies tutorial for this.

It made me think of the movie Frozen for some reason.

So it was an obvious choice for a snowflake card.

0815 copy
I thought this would be a good way to cool down from the heat.


is still open
I cut the snowflake from white Glimmer Paper.  It has a lovely sparkle.


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August Rudolph Days
We have until the end of the month to post a Christmas card there.

We've been enjoying some cooler weather in NC this week.

I hope your weather is nice wherever you are.

Thanks for popping by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Merry Christmas Message (Hero Arts)
Ink:  Whisper White (SU)
Paper:  Pacific Point, White Glimmer (SU), Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Other:  Brusho Crystals (I don't remember the colors, sorry), Plastic Wrap, White EP (SU)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


I used this Memory Box Arboscello Tree die a while ago on this card.

I had die cut 2 trees and this one was in the UFO box 
with the trunk and branches done in watercolor.

I used my Zigs to color the leaves.

Then I did a background, also with the Zigs.

All that was left was to adhere the tree to the background.

By the way, I looked up the meaning of Arboscello 
since I'd never heard of such a tree.
According to Wiktionary it's Italian for sapling.

Outside the Box Challenge for Memory Box this month is
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I'm not sure there'd be much shade from this little tree (sapling).
I'd head for it to get out of the sun.
I'm imagining that there's a nice pool in front of that tree.
That's where I'd be to cool off!

I hope you are enjoying a break from the heat.

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Recipe
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press), Whisper White (SU)
Other: Arboscello Tree Die(MB), Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers (62, 41, 44, 43, 81, 31, 50,)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Tall Trees for Merry Monday

We're in the second week of this

Here's our challenge...

I liked this challenge so well, I made another card.

I used some Brusho background pieces to die cut 
Frantic Stampers Tall Trees.

Popped them over an piece embossed with Christmas sayings,
added a little red bird and twine and it was finished.

I can enter this at 




I hope you have a creative week!

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Recipe
Paper: Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press), Handsome Hunter, Whisper White, Real Red (SU)
Other:  Tall Trees Die (Frantic Stamper), Birch Trees Die (Impression Obsession), Holiday Words EF (Quickutz-retired), Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine (SU)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Freshly Made Flower Patch

is celebrating their 200th sketch

I don't play a lot of sketch challenges.

Sketches boggle my mind.

I usually do a design then see how to fit it on a card.

This sketch is pretty easy, though.

Well I sorta did it.

I'm never sure with sketches whether to do them exactly or not.

If it isn't right for Freshly Made, I hope you'll enjoy it.

I'm so glad you stopped by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Flower Patch, Gorgeous Grunge (SU)
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Blackberry Bliss (SU)
Paper: Solar Whtie (Neena), Daffodil Delight, Whisper White (SU)
Other:  Daffodil Delight Chevron Ribbon (SU), Crochet Thread

Monday, August 17, 2015

Christmas Tree for Merry Monday

It's time for another

It's Debbie's turn to choose our challenge this time and this is what she chose.

Last Fall I took a short watercolor class at our Senior Center.

One of the assignments was to do a Christmas tree.

No stamps, just paints and paintbrush.

I wasn't at all impressed with my project.

Recently, when I was looking through my folder, I spotted this tree and thought
maybe it would look better if it was on a smaller piece.

And it was perfect for this challenge.

I like it lots better done up in a card.

I don't think I'll be giving up my stamps anytime soon!

I'd love to see what you can do for this challenge!

Put some light green, dark green and red on a Christmas card
and join us at

I'm glad you could stop by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  In the meadow (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Real Red (SU)
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Watercolor (?), Real Red (SU), Glimmer
Other:  Watercolors (Koi), Star Punch (SU), Stitched Mats Rectangles (Lil' Inker)

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Hot Summer Flowers

Both of the Penny Black Challenges this month are related

Penny Black Saturday Challenge


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When I saw these challenges  
I thought of this NBUS flower stamp.

And I colored this Summer flower hot!


Addicted to Stamps #157

I inked the stamp with Stampin' Up! markers using
Tangerine Tango, and Garden Green.
Then I "thumped" the flower head with a Real Red marker
and stamped it on hot press watercolor paper.

I used a damp Aqua Painter to move the colors around a bit 
and do a light wash around the flower.

After stamping the sentiment, I used my wet brush to pick up
some ink from the lids and flicked it over the design.

I did it again on Whisper White

When I tried to move the color on the cardstock, it wasn't pretty.
It kind of muddied up.

So I took the Tangerine Tango marker and drew the lines back in.

Then I sponged a bit of blue around the flower
and flicked some ink over it all.

I made the first card a little bigger than the normal size.

It will go to someone extra special ;)

I'm really glad you stopped by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Dreamy (Penny Black)
Ink:  SU Markers (Tangerine Tango, Real Red, Garden Green), Soft Sky, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry
Paper:  Watercolor (Arches hot press), Real Red, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango ( SU)
Other:  Aqua Painter (SU), Scallop Trim Corner Punch (retired SU)

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Lorelai Leaf with Bokeh

This card was done with a Watercolor Bokeh technique.

We made these backgrounds in a watercolor class I held recently.

We wet the watercolor paper then dropped re-inker onto the wet paper 
and blended it around until we were happy with it.

When it was dry, we used a die cut template of different size
circles to stencil the white dots.

The leaf is cut from the Lorelai Leaf die from Poppystamps.

I did some texturing on the leaves with a stylus but it doesn't show very well.  
IRL you can see the veins.


I'm thinking cooling off  in the shade beside a spring fed mountain brook. 

The sun makes the water sparkle.

It's a wonderful respite from the hot, August sun.

LOL. That cooled me off.

How about you?

I don't have many Poppystamp dies but I recently won one just by commenting
on Marybeth's blog.

I would have commented anyway because I always love what she does.

But I'm excited about getting the die.

It's the snowflake ribbon and I know I'll have fun with it.

I hope you are staying cool.

Thanks for sitting by the brook with me.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Four You (retired)
Ink:  Island Indigo, Whisper White 
Paper:  Pool Party, Whisper White, Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Other:  Lorelai Leaf Die (Poppystamps), Aqua Painter, Re-inkers (Pool Party, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight), Sponge Dauber, Painters tape (?), Template made from scraps of acetate and circle dies. 

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Banners for Baby

There are a couple of challenges out there calling for banners.

I wasn't sure what to do but ended up taking the sketch literally
and making a baby card that I'm going to be needing this month.


I used my banner punch and some snippets of paper to make this.
So I'm off to
Pixies Snippet Playground

Virginia's View Challenge #17

I think these banners qualify as homemade embellishments.

Something else I'd like to share with you....

dressed up version

This was made from the bed that I slept in as a toddler.

Several of my nieces, all 3 of our girls, Luke and Jack have slept in it.

Jack has graduated to a bigger bed now and 
I suggested that the bed would make a cute bench.

My very talented son-in-law went to work on it.

He even upholstered the cushion.

I LOVE it!

It still functions, doesn't take up as much space
and brings back some happy memories.

Thanks for the visit.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Baby Words set (a gift with no markings)
Ink:  Pacific Point
Paper:  Pacific Point, Whisper White, Snippets of DSP
Other:  Banner Punch, Baker's Twine

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Happy Little Stampers Butterfly with Mixed Media

I was so excited to get my new Happy Little Stampers sets.

This butterfly is from the Butterfly Birthday set.

I stamped the butterfly with Archival ink on watercolor paper
and colored with my Zig markers.  After it dried, I fussy cut it out and
covered it with clear Wink of Stella.

I popped the butterfly over a snippet of a background piece done

Long after it was dry, I used the Ghosting Technique.
I place a stencil over the inked watercolor paper and spritzed with water.
Removed the stencil and blotted with a paper towel after a couple of seconds.

I love the way it turned out!

And it was the perfect background for this butterfly.

I'm going to take this over to the
I've stamped the butterfly and heat embossed it.
Then colored it with Zig watercolor markers and added WOS.
The background uses inking and ghosting.

I've been working on growing a butterfly garden in my yard.

Since I used a snippet of watercolor paper and background, I'm off to

I'm glad you stopped by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Butterfly Birthday (HLS)
Ink: Archival (Ranger)
Paper:  Watercolor (Strathmore and Arches 140 lb. cold pressed)
Other:  Zig Clean Brush Markers (50, 70), Clear Wink of Stella (Zig), Flourish Stencil (Tim Holtz), Re-inkers (SU)

Monday, August 10, 2015

Just add Sparkle

I used part of the tree stamp from White Christmas
and stamped with Marina Mist.

The snowdrifts were sponged over some torn sticky notes used as masks.

When all the ink was dry, I smacked the whole piece with VersaMark, 
sprinkled Heat and Set Powder, heat embossed and sprinkled
Dazzling Diamonds over the sticky. 
I heat embossed again to make sure it was all melted together.

It's very sparkly!

Merry Monday


for August is


for August is


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I've used some Baker's twine to tie it up.

I'm so glad you stopped by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  White Christmas, Bright and Beautiful (retired)
Ink:  Marina Mist 
Paper:  Marina Mist, Whisper White
Other:  Heat and Set Powder, Dazzling Diamonds, Kars Snowfall EF (retired Cuttlebug),Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Summer Silhouette and Nature Shares

This is a card I did for a watercolor class a while back.

I'm pretty sure I never posted it here.

I used Kylie's acrylic block stamping technique for the background.

When it was dry, I stamped the flower stem with green and then the blossom
with Whisper White and heat embossed.

A swipe down the stem with an Aqua Painter gives the stem that watercolor look.


We've had some new visitors in our yard.
DH gave me a hummingbird feeder for our anniversary.
Some hummers finally found it.
I was on my way out the door when this guy landed in the dogwood tree over the feeder.
I never would have spotted him/her if I hadn't seen him/her fly up there.
He's (or she) so tiny!

And DD#3 got this photo outside her work building last Friday.
She said it was quite large. As near as I can find, it's an Imperial Moth.

God's creations never cease to amaze me!

Thanks for the visit.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Summer Silhouettes, Endless Birthday Wishes (SU)
Ink:  Garden Green, Whisper White, Early Espresso
Paper:  140 lb. Cold Press (Arches for design, Strathmore for card)
Other:  Small Acrylic Block, Water Mister, White EP, Aqua Painter