Friday, August 31, 2018

Turning the Page September 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 September 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 September!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Mum's the Work (PTI)
Ink:   Crushed Curry (thumped with Tangerine Tango Marker), Old Olive
Paper:   Neena 110 lb.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

August Flower Gladiolus

Hello and welcome.

I'm still working through the Year of Flowers.

This month the flower is gladiolus.

They were my grandfather's favorite flower.

There was a farm between our house and his that had a whole field
of gladiola in the summer and we would stop to buy a
bouquet to take along to him.

That field was so pretty with so many colors of flowers.

I've just done one color on mine.

I placed the stamp in my MISTI and inked it with Distress Markers.

After stamping I moved the ink with a damp water brush
then restamped until I was happy with the image.

After stamping a tiny sentiment, I die cut the piece
and placed it on a piece of foam to pop it up.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Year of Flowers Collection (PTI), Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Mowed Lawn (DI), Abandoned Coral, Mowed Lawn (DM)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series), Neenah
Other:  Scallop Diamond Tags Die (Pretty Pink Posh)

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Starry Watercolor Tree

Hi there.  I'm so glad you stopped by.


I've stamped the beautiful tree with Encore Gold ink and heat embossed.

The tree has been colored with Gansai Tambi Watercolours
and a soft wash in the background.

I've generously winked with Stella so it's very shimmery.
You can see it better here.

We've entered into Rudolph Days (the 25th of the month until the 31st)
so I'll take my tree over there to join in the fun.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Starry Tree (PB)
Ink:   Encore Gold
Paper:   Watercolor (Strathmore)
Other:  Gold Embossing, Gansai Tambi Watercolors, Stickers, Clear WOS

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Stitched Butterfly Blocks

Hello friends.  I hope you've had a great week.

Less is More has a sketch challenge that looked interesting to me.
So I thought I'd play along.

Since I'd pulled out this watercolor butterfly to play in the
Poppystamps Challenge, all I had to do was find a background to 
cut the squares from.

One square is a bit different because it was the first one I cut
and I misjudged what size would work.  So I cut a larger square
around the cut out and pieced them together.

They didn't fit perfectly, but close enough.  This splash background
had perfect colors to go with the butterfly and it was a little piece.
Not much room for error!

Since I can't cut, stamp or glue straight, I die cut a larger square
that the little squares would fit on. That made it easier to place and space
the small squares.  It added a bit of dimension too.

Snippets were used so I'll head over to Pixie's Playground.

Less is More: Sketch
Poppystamps: Splash Watercolor

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sending You Phrases (Creek Bank Creations)
Ink:   Onyx Black (Versafine), Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Blueprint Sketch (DI)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Neenah
Other:  Stitched Butterfly Trio Die (PS), Stitched Shapes Die (SU)

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Snail Mail

Hi there.  I hope you are having a good week.

We are having a welcome taste of Fall today.
It will be hot again in a couple of days, so I'm enjoying this gorgeous weather.

One of my dear friends recently took a tumble.
(That's a nice way to say she fell.)

She is in rehab now and will have a long recovery
not being able to put her weight on her leg for 3 to 4 months.


So she's moving a little slow these days and can use a lift.

I hope this lifts her spirits.

I've stamped this on a snippet of watercolor paper with
Archival ink and did a quick watercolor with my Zigs.

The front die cut piece is mounted on a foam sheet holding
the acetate a little away from the design.

It's a little tight doing a shaker this way and the little
shaker thingys want to get stuck.

Actually I think I like that better than them all landing at the
bottom of the window.

Here's a close up.

I'll take this over to Penny Black Saturday Challenge
"Anything Goes - Optional On the Move"
(Feature some form of transport)

Now I need to get this in the mail.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Critter Party (PB), Thinking of You (Alt)
Ink:   Archival Black
Paper:   Daffodil Delight (SU), Watercolor (TH), Neenah
Other:  Zig CCRBM (#61 Lt. Brown, #94 Gray, #64 Oatmeal,  #65 Mid Brown, #220 Tea Rose, #47 May Green, #46 Mid Green, #302 Haze Blue), Rectangle Peek-a-boo Window Die (MFT), Foam sheet, Sprinkles (SU)

Monday, August 20, 2018

Snowy Delicate Pine

Hello friends.

I had a play with my new Memory box Delicate Pine Frame.

You may have noticed that I love frames on my cards.

This die has two frames.  Double the fun!

I've cut the smaller frame with the tree attached from some Neenah cardstock.

Then I cut the larger frame from another piece of Neenah cardstock.

 I've adhered a piece of Brusho background behind the tree frame and put some
Sparkle Texture Paste, (a birthday present from my dear friend, Loll) over my 
Falling Snow Stencil to give the appearance of a wintry day.

When the paste was dry, I laid it all back in the negative space.

I was amazed at how the second frame stepped up the card, so I glued that on top.

The little birds come with the die.  I've put the three on the card front
and the other two on the inside with the sentiment.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Paper:   Neenah, Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Other:  Brushos, Delicate Pine Frame Die (MB), Falling Snow Stencil (SSS), Sparkle Texture Paste (Cosmic Shimmer)

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Magic Butterfly and Stencil Monoprint

Hello dear friends.

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend.

I've been seeing Alexandra Renke products on your blogs and couldn't resist 
buying a few things for myself.

We are such an enabling community!

I LOVE this butterfly die and cut it three times from watercolor paper.

I watercolored one die cut using some re-inker and water.

The other two die cuts were glued together and I used the watercolor around the edges.

When the butterfly was dry, I used a black marker to color in the body and antennae.

Waiting for it to dry is the hardest but most necessary part!

One of my online friends had enabled me to find some black Lindy's Magicals
and I played with the stencil monoprint technique using some of that
magical powder.  It's amazing to see all the colors in this black powder.

This piece was a second pull from the monoprint.

You can get a peek at the Alexandra Renke Washi tape I put on the inside of the card.

Edited again to add to:  CAS on Friday
Thanks, Trina.

Edited to add this to : AAA Cards #122
I used the Falling Snow Stencil

There's still time to join in at CAS Mix Up with a stencil monoprint.
My mixed media are Stencil Monoprint, Die Cuts, Watercoloring, 
Lindy's Magical Powders and Stamping

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Choose Joy (PTI)
Ink:   Smokey Gray (Versafine)
Paper:   Neenah, Watercolor (Strathmore 140 lb. cold press)
Other:  Magic Butterfly Die (Alexandra Renke), Lindy's Magicals (Screaming Banshee Black), Falling Snow Stencil (SSS), Stitched Square Die (SSS), Daffodil Delight Re-inker, Drops (PPP)

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Twofer Geometry

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

I'm playing with the Twofer Challenge today.

Here's the challenge....

Geometry wasn't my best subject!  But I do remember my shapes.

I chose to use a square.  Mainly because I had this piece embossed and die cut
and it needed some finishing touches.

To touch it up, I die cut butterflies from a scrap of embossed tissue paper.
(I'd used the paper on this card and this card.)

I also went around the squares with a Versamarker and heat embossed them 
and the stamped sentiment with gold.

There's lots of golden shine on the butterflies and sentiments!

Here's a look at the inside of the card.

My twofer is a Christmas card.

These fun little Penny Black birds were stamped and watercolored with Zigs,
then fussy cut and perched on the edge of the squares.

Their hats are sort of triangles and circles, but that doesn't count
because the shapes aren't repeated on the butterfly card.

Just thought I'd show off that I recognize some shapes.

There's lots of fun inspiration over there.
Do check it out.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Sprinkles and Smiles (PB)
Ink:   WOW Embossing Pad
Paper:   Neenah, Gold Foil (SU)
Other:  Versamarker, Tissue Paper, Gold EP, Take Three Die (PTI), Flutters Die (PB), Sentiments (Peachy Cheap)

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Christmas Memories (PB), Yuletide (Kaisercraft)
Ink:   Onyx Black (Archival), Real Red (SU)
Paper:   Crumb Cake, Naturals White (SU), Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series)
Other:  Zig CCRBM (#29 Geranium Red, #72 Beige, #28 Pale Pink), Take Three Die (PTI), Chunky Frantage EP (Stampendous), Polar White Flower Soft

Friday, August 17, 2018

Snowy Tree for CAS Christmas

Hello friends! I'm glad you could pop in.

Today's card is a reminder that there's only about a week left to join in at
CAS Watercolour

Our sweet Hideko is hosting this month's challenge....

I had only used this little snow tree die once before and it was time to show it some more love.

I die cut all the layers from Glimmer Paper and a snowdrift too for good measure.

The background is a little piece of salted watercolor background. 
I'm down to the teeny tiny pieces of that.

I'v assembled the layers of the tree using dimensionals so it has lots of dimension.

A tiny die cut star finishes off the scene.

Do go to CAS Christmas and check out all the fantastic 
inspiration cards that our team and Guest Designer, Barb have done.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Christmas Sentiments (Kaisercraft)
Ink:   Midnight Muse (SU)
Paper:   Neenah, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer, Silver Glimmer (SU), Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Other:  Small Snow Covered Tree die (Dee's Distinctively), Star of Wonder die (MB), Stitched Snnow Drifts (MFT0, Double Pierced Rectangle die (Avery Elle)

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Sunflower Reminder for CAS Watercolour

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

I have another sunflower to share today.

I used another of the sunflower stamps in the Jane's Doodles set
 and this time used watercolor pencils to color.

I got a large set of Faber Castell watercolour pencils for my birthday.
Now I have lots and lots of colors to choose from.

And I need a lot more practice with them!

I have used the smooth side of the paper for stamping and coloring the images
and fussy cut them when they were dry.

The piece behind the flower has a very light wash on the textured side
of the watercolor paper.

I mounted the framed design piece on foam for added dimension.

Marcia has chosen sunflowers for our theme at CAS Watercolour this month.

The Design team and out Guest Designer Izzy have a lot of beautiful
sunflowers cards to inspire you.

I hope you'll join us.

CAS Watercolour: Sunflower

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sunflowers (Jane's Doodles), Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Antique Linen (DI), Chocolate Chip (SU)
Paper:   Neenah, Watercolor (Tim Holtz)
Other:  Aquarelle Watercolour Pencils (Faber Castell), Double Pierced Rectangle Die (Avery Elle),

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Birthday Bird for CAS Mix Up Reminder

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

I'm here to remind you that there's still a little over a week to  join in at
CAS Mix Up

Nancy is our host this month and she chose....

You can find video tutorials at the challenge site if you're not familiar with this technique.

Our Guest Designer, Cathy, and the rest of the team have some
fantastic cards to inspire you.

I hope you'll check them out and join us.
The challenge is open until the 24th.

The vine background was done by sprinkling Brusho crystals over
the stencil and spritzing with water.  Then I pressed the inked up stencil
on a piece of mixed media paper to get this print.

I've die cut this Memory Box bird from a corrugated coffee cup wrapper
and sponged a little whisper white and coral ink on him.

He's all framed up in Linen Texture Embossing. 

My mixed media are Stencil Monoprint, Brushos, Die Cuts, Dry Embossing, 
Corrugated Cardboard and Stamping.

CAS Mix Up: Stencil Monoprint

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Fun Birthday Sentiments (HLS)
Ink:   Soft Suede, Whisper White, Calypso Coral (SU)
Paper:   Neenah, Crumb Cake (SU)
Other:  Mini Climbing Vine Sttencil (TCW), Linen Texture Plate (PTI), Elodee Bird Background (MB), Stitched Frames Die (MFT)

Monday, August 13, 2018

Happy Sunflower and a Visit from a Friend

Hello friends.  It's the start of another week.  I hope you had a good weekend!

I had a very special weekend.  More about that later.

First, a card....

I seldom do a one layer card anymore but 
The Flower Challenge this month is

My friends at Unity Stamps had a special stamp offered to their 
customers and subscribers.  I jumped on it and love this stamp!

I put it in my MISTI and stamped onto a card cut from 
Strathmore 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper.

I inked the stamp with a  yellow Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker
and then tapped a damp water brush to the stamped image.

Stamping again added back the lines of the petals.

I did the stems the same way with an Olive Green Zig.

I pulled some of the color around for a light wash around the flower,
then stamped the sentiment.

The first time I did that, I smeared the sentiment.

I hate when I do that!

I was able to salvage some of the design and you'll see that in a later post.

Our CAS Watercolour Challenge this month is Sunflowers,
so I'll add this over there too.

As for the special weekend, my friend Mary H. from Carolina Cards by Mary H.
came for a visit with her DH.

She joined in with my stamping class and we had a wonderful time visiting 
except our time was too short.

I hope she and her DH will come back soon! My DH does too.

The Flower Challenge:  One Layer Card
CAS Watercolour: Sunflower 

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sunflowers (Unity), Handwritten Borders (SSS)
Ink:   Chocolate Chip (SU)
Paper:  Watercolor (Strathmore 140 lb. cold press)
Other:  Zig CCRBM (#50 yellow, #52 Bright Yellow, #43 Olive Green, #72 Beige, #220 Tearose, #65 Mid Brown), Baker's Twine (SU)

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Merry Christmas Tree

Hi there.  I hope you're having a good weekend.

I was pulling all my Christmas tree stamps off the shelf to decide which to use
across this little and almost forgotten set.

Inside the box was a tree already stamped and cut and waiting for some action.

So, I put it together and mounted it on a die cut piece of
corrugated cardboard.  Then  I used a larger die to emboss the card front.

Some of my hoarded Naturals White made the base and some
baker's twine finished it off.

Oh, I did stamp the sentiment on a snippet and punched it out 
to ground the tree.

It looks like a simple card and I won't tell you how many days
it took me to decide how to mount it!

Oh, and I added some WOS on the tree so it has a nice shimmer.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Polka Dot Parade #9 Stamp Set (PTI), Holiday Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Wild Wasabi, Real Red (SU)
Paper:   Naturals White, Whisper White (SU)
Other: Polka Dot Parade #9 Die (PTI), Corrugated Cardboard, Lots of Labels Framelits (SU), WOS, Baker's Twine

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Sunflower Friend

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

We're doing sunflowers at 

This is a popular die for this challenge!

I die cut the sunflower from Mixed Media paper keeping it all intact and
painted it with Gansai Tambi watercolors.

For the top layer, I cut again and removed all the petal pieces, sponged color
with Distress ink in the center, then spritzed with water and blotted.

After everything dried, I glued the piece with the colored center
atop the yellow petals.

I went into the base of each petal with a watercolor pencil
and pulled the color with a damp water brush to shade the petals.

I mounted it all on a treasured piece of specialty paper that my friend gave me
and added a narrow mat of Crumb Cake cardstock.

I'm also joining in at AAA Cards.

CAS Watercolour: Sunflower
AAA Cards: Friendship

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Friendship Messages (SSS)
Ink:   Gathered Twigs, Vintage Photo (DI)
Paper:   Neenah, Crumb Cake (SU), Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 Series)
Other:  Sunflower Background Die (IO), Gansai Tambi Watercolors (#40 Lemon Yellow, #43 Mid Yellow), Watercolor Pencils (Faber Castell), Water Brush