Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Fresh Daisies and Holly New Technique

Hello crafty friends.

Today I'm sharing a new technique that my friend Karen came up with
and challenged us to use at Splitcoaststampers.

Karen is always trying new ways to use our stamping stuff.

This time she found a new way to swipe our credit cards!

I used the same colors of DOX ink that Karen used because I loved the color combination.

I pressed the ink pads on my craft sheet one at a time, spritzed with a little water,
swiped a used gift card through the ink and dragged it on some Neena cardstock.

After drying the ink, I repeated with the next color and so on.

After I was satisfied with the colors, I squirted some white paint on my craft sheet,
pressed the edge of the gift card in it and pressed it on the design piece.  I did this
several time and got some splotches (I was being messy) and dragged the edge
across and up and down the piece.

For some added contrast, I pressed the edge of the card in my black ink pad and
did some cross hatches with that.

I have a twofer too.

Merry Monday is looking for rustic this week.

so this time I used some neutral Distress inks and left off the paint.

I had finally got the mess of paint cleaned off from the first card.
I think it's magic paint and it duplicates itself.
I squirted a little and swear I cleaned up a whole bottle full!
What a mess!

I found this piece of holly that I'd watercolored and not used
and plopped it on my "barn board".

The sentiment is heat embossed.

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Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Agapanthus (TT)
Ink:   Perfect Plum, Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick, Tumbled Glass (DOX), Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:   Neena, Orchid Opulence
Other:  Fresh Daisies Die (SSS), Rectangle Peek-a-boo Window Die (MFT), Wicker White Acrylic Paint (Plaid), Metal Brads (with prongs cut off)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps: Christmas Blessings (Verve)
Ink:  VersaMark, Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, Weathered Wood (Distress), Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Naturals White (retired SU), Basic Black, Neena, Mixed Media
Other:  Holly Berries Die (PB), Koi Watercolors, Real Red Marker (SU), Black EP (SU)

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day

In memory and thanks for all those who have given their lives
to make our lives better.

And for those who have not passed on, but live with
the injuries and loss.

Photo/Color Inspiration
You may choose to use the vibrant colours from the photo or maybe go with just Poppies, we look forward to seeing your takes on the inspiration.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Enamor (PB), French Script (retired SU)
Ink:   Archival Black, Old Olive, Real Red (SU), Stampin' Up Markers (Real Red, Old Olive), Distress ink (Brushed Corduroy
Paper:   Naturals, Basic Black (SU), Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other:  Aqua Painter, Sponge, Simply Scored (SU)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Pink Chrysanthemum Bunch

Hello friends.

I have a bunch of pretty posies for you.

I hope you enjoy them!

This card is for the Memory Box Challenge.

I used my Zig markers to color one cut of this beautiful die.

When I cut it, I put a piece of Press & Seal behind some mixed media paper
to hold all the little pieces in.

I cut a second bunch from mixed media and let the pieces fall out.

I kinda wish I had put the flowers straight. 

I thought I'd like them at an angle and when I realized I didn't,
it was too late.

I'll have to send it to one of my off center friends :>)

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Elementary Elegance (retired SU)
Ink:   Early Espresso
Paper:   Neena, Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other:  Chrysanthemum Bunch (MB), Zigs (81 Light Violet, 43 Olive, 44 Deep Green), Stately EF (Crafts Concepts)

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Mistletoe for Merry Monday

Hi,  I hope your weekend is off to a good start.

This week's Merry Monday Challenge

and it's time for the
Once a month, on the 25th til the last day of the month, 
 Mo and friends challenge us to make a Christmas card.
I love having a stash ready to go when Christmas comes around.

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Tin of Tags (SU)
Ink:   Mossy Meadow
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Mossy Meadow (SU)
 Other: Pretty Pines Thinlits (SU), Stitched Mat Rectangles (LI), Gold twine (retired SU), Plaid EF (Sizzix)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Joyful Splatter

Hi there.

Have you splattered yet?

I had fun making this card!

I die cut from a snippet of watercolor paper, cutting the flower part twice.

Then I sponged some DOX paint on the pieces and spritzed with water.
The water moved the paint some and made some interesting color.

I think I spent more time trying different sizes of circles for the center
of the flowerthan I did on anything else.
It's from a snippet of yellow, splattered
with some watered Distress Ink.

I added some yellow splatters too to the panel too.

I'll take this to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge
I think hugs mean love and I really love flowers.
That's one reason I love Penny Black stamps and dies!

CAS Mix Up
I've stamped, splattered and spritzed and die cut.

Since I used water to get the DOX ink to move,
I'll put this is in the 

Both challenges close at midnight PDT on the 24th.

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Happy Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint (DOX), Chocolate Chip (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Watercolor (TH)
Other:  Joyful Die (PB), X-Stitch Border Die (Gina Marie)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

More Floral Stem Collage

Hi,  welcome to my latest obsession...

Poppystamps Floral Stem Collage!

This time I cut it from mixed media paper and added watercolor to the flower
using my inkpads and an Aqua Painter.

It was super easy so I did another.

Don't you love it when you can get a lot of mileage out of one die?

In case you missed it, I used this die HERE and HERE.

There's still a few days left to enter at
CAS Watercolour
It's open until the 24th.

and the Poppystamps Challenge is open until the end of the month

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Special Wishes (PB)
Ink:   Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Wild Wasabi (SU)
Paper:  Neena, Mixed Media (Strathmore), Whisper White, Vellum (SU)
Other:  Floral Stem Collage Die (PS), White EP (SU), Charles EF (Cuttlebug), Candy Dot

Card Recipe (card 2)
Ink:  Watermelon Wonder, Wild Wasabi (SU)
Paper:  Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White (SU), Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other:  Floral Stem Collage Die (PS), Treillage EF (Cuttlebug-Anna Griffin), Candy Dot

Thursday, May 18, 2017

CASEing Karen

Hi there.

I hope you're having a great day!

We've been at the Outer Banks and had beautiful weather.

I love the beach!

I'm CASEing (Copy And Share Everything) my dear and talented friend Karen (Snippets).

She is one of the DT at The Flower Challenge which has become one of my favorites.
(Have you noticed that I like cards with flowers on them?)
This month their challenge is to CASE one of their Design Team cards.

My background is done with alcohol inks and this fantastic die,
makes it's own frame.

This is actually one of the cards we did in this month's class.
Everybody loved this one and got to choose from different backgrounds.

Since I used this fabulous Poppystamps die, I'll enter it at

In case your interested, here is a couple of pictures I took from the balcony off our room.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Paper:   Neena (110 lb. Solar White), Whisper White (SU), Photo Paper (Kodak)
Other:  Floral Stem Collage Die (PS), Charles EF (Cuttlebug), Candy Dot

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Spring Flowers for CAS Watercolour

Hello friends.

I hope you're having a fine day!

There's still time to play at CAS Watercolour

Here's the Challenge

It's open until the 24th.

There are some beautiful floral cards in the gallery
and the Design Team has loaded in some more awesome inspiration!

I've splattered too, so I'll add this to the gallery at

Everything used for this card was NBUS except for the sentiment.

I stamped this flower, the stem and leaves on a piece of Mixed Media Paper and
heat embossed them with white embossing powder.

Using my Aqua Painter and ink squooshed into the lid, I painted everything up.
I love that it when I don't have to stay inside the lines!

Then I die cut everything with the corresponding dies.

A little shaping (not a lot) and some pieces of dimensionals added some dimension.

The die cut rectangle is popped up with fun foam.

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Spring Flowers (SSS), Kind Words (Verve)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Wild Wasabi (SU)
Paper:   Neena (110 lb., Solar White), Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other:  Floral Shapes Die (SSS), X-stitch Border Die (Gina Marie), White EP Aqua Painter  (SU)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Splattering Reminder for CAS Mix Up

It's CAS Mix Up  reminder time.

There's still time to join in.

Our challenge this month is
I used stamping, splattering, stenciling, watercolor and shaped die cut

I used the leftover from die cutting this iris as a stencil and
watercolored through the stencil on a piece of Acrylic Paper.
I love the texture of this paper!

Then came the fun part.

I still haven't pulled out a box so I splattered the card front and 
my work table and everything else on it!

But I got some good splatters on my design piece and 
none on the walls, so all is good!

Then I watercolored the die cut iris with Zig CCRBMs and my Aqua Painter.

I added layers of color until I had the depth of color I was looking for.

I had to be patient and let the flower dry then used a bone folder to shape it.

I used liquid glue on the stem and leaves and dimensionals behind the flower
so there's lots of dimension.

Stamped the sentiment and it was ready to put on a card base.

The Design Team have some more cards to share with you.
Can't wait for you to see them.

You have until the 24th to join us.

Hope to see your CAS cards at the Mix Up.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sprinkles and Smiles (PB)
Ink:   Concord Crush (SU)
Paper:   Acrylic, Mixed Media (Strathmore), Neena (110 lb.)
Other:  Single Iris Die (PB) Stencil cut from die, Zig CCRBM (#28 Pale Pink, #25 Pinnk, #43 Olive, #44 Deep Green, #80 Violet, #81 Light Violet), Aqua Painter, Paintbrush

Saturday, May 13, 2017

More Distress Oxide Ink Smoosh

Hi, I hope you're having a wonderful day!

Here's another card from playing with the
Distress Oxide Inks (DOX)

I smooshed some ink on my craft sheet using 3 colors but not touching.

Then I spritzed with water and smooshed some cardstock into the wet ink.

I dried the piece with my heat gun, lightly spritzing more
water as it dried.

My friend Jan loves purple so I made into a birthday card for her.

The panel is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" so it's an oversized card (5" x 7")
She shared her butterfly die with me a while back.
It worked perfectly for her card!

AAA Cards
I see that I was one of the top picks there for the last challenge.
I entered this card
Thanks, ladies!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sprinkles and Smiles (PB)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black, Cracked Pistachio, Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet (TH Distress Oxide Ink)
Paper:   Neena (110 lb.) Orchid Opulence (retired SU {Thank you Loll} ), Basic Black
Other:  Princess Butterfly Die (PS), Stately EF (retired Crafts Concepts), Black EP, Basic Rhinestones (SU), Sequins (stash) 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Stenciling with Distress Oxide Inks

Hello friends.  Welcome to my blog.

Here's another card from my play with the Distress Oxide Inks.

I LOVE this silky smooth ink for stenciling!

I sponged the ink through the stencil, spritzed with water and
removed the stencil.  The water makes the ink brighten up.
It left a few splatters to give some feeling of texture to the flower.

I cut one X-stitch border piece from a larger one and inlaid it.

Some splatters with watered regular ink and dew drops finished it up.

This month's CAS Mix Up
I've used stamping, splatter, stencil, and inlaid die cuts.

I'm also taking this to TIME OUT Challenges
No kissing on this card but I'll send some with the hug!

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Friendship Messages (SSS)
Ink:   DOX (Wilted Violet, Peeled Paint), Elegant Eggplant (SU)
Paper:  Neena (110 lb. Solar White) 
Other:  Lovely Large Flower Stencil (Wendy Vechi), X-Stitch Border Dies (Gina Marie), Clear Droplets (PPP), Fun Foam

Monday, May 8, 2017

Pink Tulips

Hello stamping friends.

Today I'm sharing some cards that I did some time ago but never shared.

The first card was done for the CAS Watercolour challenge last month.

My friend Susan did a card that was almost the same
so I decided to wait to post mine.

I used a NBUS tulip stamp, inking it with Abandoned Coral and Mowed Lawn
and stamping on the smooth side of my watercolor paper.

Water from the Aqua Painter moved the ink around.

The MISTI made it possible to stamp again adding the lines back in
and I added some shading with the small end of the green Distress marker.

After adding a little dirt at the bottom to ground the tulips,
I added some brown from the brush to the leaves to give them a more realistic look.

There is a very light wash of blue in the background.

And a twofer....

This one was done with generational stamping. 
I stamped the tulips three times without re-inking.

It went in the mail last month.

It fits this month's CAS Watercolour Challenge too.


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
This is kind of a big hint of pink.  I hope that's OK.

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Tulips (TT)
Ink:   Abandoned Coral, Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass (Distress)
Paper:   Neena Solar White, Whisper White, Calypso Coral (SU), Watercolor (TH)
Other:  Aqua Painter, Heartfelt Die (PB)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Cigar Box Swap

Hello blogging friends.

I posted last week about the cigar box I decorated for a craft group swap.

I want to share the box I got.

I was thrilled with it!

Each of the cigar boxes was amazing!

Maureen created the one I got.

Here's a better view of the top.

Maureen has the most amazing collection of knobs.

She added one to the top of my box.

I love all the dimension!

She even decorated the inside.

There's a mirror...

and inspirational sayings.

Maybe you can see the sentiments now.

All in all, I'm really glad we did this challenge.

My cigar box is a work of art!

And the person that got mine seemed very happy with it.


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