Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Turning the Page August 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 August 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 August!

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Thistle (Serendipity)
Ink:   Lavender Lace (SU), Markers (Shaded Lilac, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade (D), Cajun Craze (SU)
Paper:  Neena 110 lb.
Other:  Slightly damp water brush

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Rainbow Thank You

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

A sweet friend gave me this Thank You die last year and I think it's
about time I got around to using it!

I'm in need of some thank you cards so it was a good time to break the
die out of the NBUS box!

I've die cut from black cardstock and white cardstock.

On this card, I inlaid the black die cut into the white out cut.
Or it is cut out?  I'm always confused as to which is which.

I've mounted it on a background piece that I had pressed
a paper that had been used to mop up some rainbow colors.

I spritzed the towel and laid it on a piece of cardstock.

I thought this little butterfly looked nice on the rainbow circle.

Here's another card using this die.

This time I layered white cardstock die cuts and kept the circle and embossed it.

The rainbow was done by smooshing ink on a 1 1/2" x 4" acrylic block,
spritzing and stamping on watercolor paper.

I used a frame and some foam on the back of the design as well
as a few sequins to finish off the card.

AAA Cards Game #120: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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Card Recipe (card 1)
Paper:   Neenah, Basic Black (SU), Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other:  Thank You Die (MFT), Pippi Butterfly Die (MB)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Ink: Festive Berries, Dried Marigold, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet (DI)
Paper: Neenah, Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press), Double Pierced Rectangle Die (Avery Elle), Sequins (PPP, SSS)

Thursday, July 26, 2018

July Flower - Larkspur

Hello friends and welcome.

I'm still hanging in there with this Year of Flowers Collection.

This month's flower is Larkspur.

I've inked the stamp with Distress markers, stamped onto linen textured cardstock
and used a damp water brush to move the ink a bit.

Instead of splattering, I used the small end of a Festive Berries 
Distress Marker to add some random dots.

I die cut with my Double Pierced Rectangle die and inlaid the 
design piece inside the frame.

By adding this to a dark card base and placing the frame on foam,
 I get a bit of color peeking around the inside piece.

This particular flower is one of my favorites in the set.

And there have been a lot of July birthdays on my calendar!

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Year of Flowers Collection (PTI), Every Day Happiness (PTI)
Ink:   Stormy Sky Peeled Paint, Festive Berries (DM), Midnight Muse (SU)
Paper:   Pacific Point (SU), Linen Texture (American Crafts)
Other:  Double Pierced Rectange Die (Avery Elle)

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Flying Gulls

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

I recently got this set of seagulls from Memory Box and found
a perfect piece to put them on in my background box.

So this was a super QACAS (Quick And Clean And Simple) card!

Simon Says Wednesday: Use a Die or Punch


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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Smell the Sea (Impression Obsession)
Ink:   Baked Brown Sugar (SU)
Paper:   Neenah, Crumb Cake
Other:  Flying Gulls (Memory Box)

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Flower Stem Collage in Monochrome

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

I have a very simple CAS card to share today.

I've die cut this beautiful Floral Stem Collage from a piece of Neenah
and popped it over a background that's been splashed into
 Brusho crystals spritzed with water on my craft sheet.

I shaped the top layer of flower a bit and added a matching candy dot to the center.

Poppystamps #46: Birthday Party
Just Us Girls #449: Watercolor Background
CAS Watercolour:   Splash Watercolor


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Everyday Happiness (PTI)
Ink:   Tempting Turquoise (SU)
Paper:   Tempting Turquoise (SU), Neenah
Other:  Floral Stem

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Red Delight for CAS Christmas

Hello Friend. I'm glad you could stop by.

There's still a week left to join in at CAS Christmas 
where Loll has chosen our challenge.

The Design Team along with our fantastic Guest Designer, Marina (My Perfect Life)
have some beautiful poinsettias to share with you at

To make this card I used a Penny Black Brushstroke stamp 
placed it in my MISTI and inked it up with mini ink pads and markers.

First I stamped with Spun Sugar, went over the ink with a damp
waterbrush and stamped again.

I repeated this using Festive Berries ink.

When I was pretty well satisfied with the petals, I inked the stem with
a Peeled Paint marker then edged the stem with Pine Needles.

I pulled color out of the flower for the wash, then dropped in
a bit of Twisted Citron ink smooshed on my palette and picked up
with a wet water brush.

Finally, I inked the petal details with a Barn Door marker,
stamped and blended.

I used a Stitched Arch Die to cut the image
and a larger die from the same set for the frame.
The top die cut layer is on foam for added dimension.


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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Red Delight, Festive Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Onyx Black (Versafine), Spun Sugar, Festive Berries, Barn Door, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles, Twisted Citron (DI and DM).
Paper:  Mixed Media (St.), Pearl Textured (Coredinations), Neenah 
Other:  Stitched Arch STAX (MFT), Gold micro beads.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Water Floral Splash for CAS Watercolour

Hello friend.  I'm so glad you could stop by today.

I'm here today to remind you that there's still time to make a splash

Nancy is hosting this month and she's asked us to use the splash watercolor technique.

Sadly, this is Nancy's last Design Team challenge.  We have so enjoyed having her on 
the team and she's added so much inspiration to all of us on the team and our followers.

Fortunately for us she will still be in our CAS family as a Designer on the CAS Mix Up team.

On to the splash technique.  You can check the challenge site
for a video tutorial on how to do this fun technique.

My color was done with Brushos sprinkled on my craft sheet and spritzed 
with water and pounced my paper into the puddle.

I borrowed a friends stamp that's called Water Floral to stamp
on this piece that looked like water to me.

The challenge is open until the 24th.


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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Water Floral (Unity), Botanical Silhouettes (PTI)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Paper: Neenah, Basic Black, Coated Cardstock
Other:  Stitched Squares Die (SSS), Sequins

Sunday, July 15, 2018

More Fun Coloring Die Cuts for CAS Mix Up

Hello friends! It's hard to believe the month is half over!

There's just over a week to color your die cuts and enter at CAS Mix Up.

Using Distress Crayons, die cuts, stamping, heat embossing and dry embossing.

I'm hosting the challenge this month.

I had fun coloring this die cut with my Distress Crayons.

The color spread smoothly on cardstock with my finger.
I wet my finger with a baby wipe occasionally to help the color move easier.

Details were added with Polychromos Pencils.

I popped the poppies in a die cut frame with a snippet of
an embossed piece in the background.

I should have colored the buds in green but did them in red.
Trying to go over them with green didn't work great.

Oh well.

There are video links at the challenge site to show
different ways to color your die cuts.

The gallery is full of awesome colored die cuts too.

The challenge is open until the 24th.


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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Persian Motifs (ALT)
Ink:   Whisper White (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Basic Black
Other:  Distress Crayons Spiced Marmalade, Festive Berries, Peeled Paint (TH), Polychromos Pencils (Faber Castell), Double Pierced Rectangles Die (Avery Elle), Oxford EF (Cuttlebug),White EP (SU)

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Watercolor Layered Design for CAS Mix Up

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

I've had such fun with this die cut!
I did the reverse on this post.

This time I die cut from mixed media paper and watercolored
using Distress Markers, a palette and a water brush

Once the coloring was done and dry, it was easy to pop it on
to a dry embossed piece and finish it up.

Using watercolor die cuts, stamping and dry embossing

(I didn't go with the BABY option)

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Banner Sentiments (PTI)
Ink:   Vintage Sepia (VF)
Paper:   Neenah, Mixed Media
Other:  Layered Scene Die (PB), Woodgrain EF (SU)

Monday, July 9, 2018

Twofer Guest Designing

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

Today I'm honored and excited to be Guest Designing for
Twofer Card Challenge

This month's prompt is

and my Twofer

Both of my cards use the What's in Your Cup die set from Penny Black.

My glass was die cut from acetate with the mug die.

The lemonade was die cut with the same die from a piece of watercolor
 and it's cut down a bit and coated with Wink of Stella
 so it shimmers with the cold.

I cut the handles off to make it look more like a glass.

The lemon slice is a little punched circle colored up with markers.

Ice cubes cut from glimmer paper finish off the frosty look.

I found a piece of dirty pour canvas paper that I thought looked very tropical
for the background.

The design is popped up on a piece of foam.

For my twofer, I have a hot beverage.

I'm going with a hot cappuccino with whipped cream on top as a Christmas card.

I've die cut the mug, stamped some snowflakes with Versamark and heat embossed them.
That acted as a resist when I sponged color over the mug.

The drink mat is an oval watercolored with the same ink as the sentiment.

I added a little color to the stitched die cut by splashing color on it
and put the design on a piece of plaid decorative paper.

Since I've colored my die cut  on my second card, I'll drop this off at
I've used colored die cuts, emboss resist, sponging and stamping.

Thanks so much Darnell for inviting me to be one of your 
Guest Designers this month at your Twofer Challenge.


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Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Enjoy (PB)
Ink:   Whisper White, Daffodil Delight Marker (SU)
Paper:   Neenah, Canvas Paper (St.), Neenah, Bermuda Bay, Dazzling Diamond Glimmer (SU)
Other:  What's in Your Cup Die (PB), Acetate, 1/2" Circle Punch, White Gelly Roll Pen, Clear Wink of Stella, Acrylic Paint for the Dirty Pour

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps: Holiday Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Cherry Cobbler (SU), Mowed Lawn (DI)
Paper:   Neenah, Decorative paper pad, Mixed Media (St.), Dazzling Diamond Glimmer (SU)
Other:  What's in Your Cup die (PB), Small Oval Punch (SU), White EP (WOW)

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Fluffy Flamingo

Hello friends.  I'm so glad you could stop by.

I have another flamingo card to share with you.

This time I used the Color Layering Flamingo by Hero Arts.

I was impressed with how well the layers stamped and fit together.

I'd like to try more of a watercolor look but that will
have to wait until another day.

I had bought a bag of pink feathers thinking they'd be 
fun to use on flamingos.  This was about the smallest in the bag.

If I  make more, I'll have to find some smaller feathers.

Ms. Flamingo is going over to the challenge at

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Color Layering Flamingo (HA), Fabulous Flamingo (Reverse Confetti)
Ink:   Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry (stamped off), Pumice Stone (DI), Pool Party (SU), Onyx Black (Versafine)
Paper:   Neenah, Mixed Media (ST 400 Series)
Other: Double Pierced Rectangle Die (AE), Feather (stash)  

Thursday, July 5, 2018


Hello friends.  Welcome.

I've inked this stamp with Distress Markers, inking a section at a time.

The MISTI is wonderful for this technique!

I had bought some linen cardstock and wondered if I could
watercolor on it.  It worked great!

The design piece has been die cut and inlaid back into the frame.

Serendipity is having a Blog Hop.
If you comment on all the Hoppers you could win
a $20.00 gift certificate to Serendipity.

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Blackberries, Lilacs (Srndpty)
Ink:   Seedless Preserves (DI), Peeled Paint, Seedless Preserves, Pumice Stone, Scattered Straw, Brushed Corduroy (DM)
Paper:   Linen Texture, Neenah
Other:  Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Water Brush, MISTI

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Pink Poinsettia for CAS Christmas

Hello friends.  I'm glad you stopped by.

It's time for another challenge at CAS Christmas.

Loll is hosting our challenge this month.

The Design team is joined by a fabulous Guest Designer,
Marina (My Perfect Life).

I love this Spellbinder Layered Poinsettia die!

I've die cut from watercolor paper and used Worn Lipstick DOX ink
to watercolor the poinsettia and Pine Needles DI 
to watercolor the leaves.

The pine sprigs die cuts were extras tucked in with the dies.
I added a bit more color and arranged it on this
two piece frame.  There's a piece of vellum behind the frame
to soften the background a bit.

I stamped the sentiment in gray instead of black
to pair with the soft color of the flower.

Since I've colored my die cuts, I'll add this to the gallery at


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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Vintage Christmas Post (HA)
Ink:  Smokey Gray (FV), Worn Lipstick (DOX), Pine Needles (DI)  
Paper:   Neenah, Vellum, Watercolor (Strathmore cold press)
Other:  Layered Poinsettia Dies (SpB), Pine Sprigs Die (PS), Flower Background Die (AE)