Sunday, September 30, 2018

Turning the Page October 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 October 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 October!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Pumpkin Patch (PB)
Ink:   So Saffron (SU), Spiced Marmalade Mini (D), Markers Forest Moss, Crushed Corduroy (D)
Paper:   Neena 110 lb.
Other:  Slightly damp water brush

September Flower Morning Glory

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

I'm still trying to use all those flower of the month stamps.

The September flower is Morning Glory or Aster
which symbolizes daintiness, love and magic according to Google.

Papertrey ink went with the Morning Glory.

I put the stamp in my MISTI and colored it with Distress Markers
then moved the color with my waterbrush and stamped again
to strengthen the details.

I actually stamped the flowers after I was finished coloring, with
Hickory Smoke.  I felt the blue was strong enough and
the gray worked beautifully to add detail.

I used a previously die cut piece of watercolor paper and
used the the next larger die in the set to emboss a frame.

Some little clear drops finished it off.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Year of Flowers Collection (PTI), Handwritten Borders (SSS)
Ink:   Old Olive (SU), Distress Markers (Salty Ocean, Peeled Paint, Squeezed Lemonade, Hickory Smoke)
Paper:   Watercolor (TH), Neenah
Other:  Stitched Rectangles Die (SSS), Clear Drops (Starlit Studio)

Saturday, September 29, 2018

From Calendar to Card

Hello friends.

I have been posting the pages from my handmade calendars.

This card comes from last December's page.

I thought it would be good to get the page out of my UFO box.

The design image was stamped and the ornament was
die cut from red Glimmer Paper.

I added a frame that was embossed with a Texture Plate from PTI.

I also added some Nuvo Crystal drops over the stamped berries for added
dimension and texture.

I'll join in at Rudolph Days where as long as it's Christmas, anything goes.
Thanks so much to Scrappy Mo for holding this challenge every month.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Christmas Pines (SU), Christmas Sentiments (Kaisercraft)
Ink:   Emerald Envy, Real Red (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Red Glimmer (SU)
Other:  Classic Ornament Die (MB), Linen/Canvas Texture Plate (PTI), Stitched Squares Did (SSS), Nuvo Autumn Red Crystal Drops

Friday, September 28, 2018

Painted Flower Stems

Hello friends.  Another week has flown by and September is almost over!

I have lots of Washi tape, but rarely use it.

There are some really creative ways to use tape at the challenge site
but I can't say that I used it very creatively.

I need to remember those ideas!

But for today, I've just put a piece across the bottom.

I used a NBUS Memory Box die.

I cut it from Mixed Media paper and used Distress Markers
and my waterbrush to color my garden.

Decorated Tape is like Decorative Paper in my studio.
I love looking at it but hate cutting into it.

Thanks to Memory Box for giving me an excuse to use some tape.

Even if it was just a little bit.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Smile Today (PB)
Ink:   Chocolate Chip (SU), Distress Markers (Peeled Paint Tattered Rose, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Vintage Photo, Ripe Persimmon)
Paper:   Neenah, Linen, Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other:  Painted Flower Stems (MB), Washi Tape (ret. SU)

Monday, September 24, 2018

Dancing Daisies Spotlight

Hello and welcome!

I have some dancing daisies to share today.

After placing this Penny Black stamp in my MISTI, I inked it with Distress Markers
using one color at a time, stamping and moving color with a water brush. 

If I lose the details, I can stamp again, usually without re-inking.

When I had all the colors like I wanted, I pulled color from the flowers
(I left everything in the MISTI in case I needed to stamp again.)

I wanted a little blue in the wash so I swiped some Faded Jeans ink
on my palette and using a wet on wet technique, added the blue.

To finish off, I splattered (quite timidly) some of the Faded Jeans over the piece.

I wanted to use the sketch from the Penny Black Saturday Challenge

so my daisies ended up like a spotlight.  Again, I've interpreted the sketch pretty loosely.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Dancing Daisies, Heartfelt (PB)
Ink:   Distress Markers (Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Scattered Straw, Gathered Twigs, Faded Jeans), Chocolate Chip (SU)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series), Neenah, Linen Texture
Other:  Double Stitched Circles Die (Lil' Inker)

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Rustic Wreaths for CAS Christmas

Hi there.  Welcome to my blog.

I have two cards today done with this beautiful Penny Black wreath stamp.

They're a reminder that there's still time to play at CAS Mix Up.

Simply stamped with brown ink and adorned with Nuvo Crystal Drops

Here's the square version.

The background piece has been embossed with the 
Pinewood Plans Embossing Folder.

The bow has been die cut from Cherry Cobbler cardstock, smacked
with WOW Embossing Pad and clear embossed.
The bow has a little wood sequin from Serendipity in the center.

This is pretty loosely following the sketch at 

Challenge is open until the 24th.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Adornment (PB), 
Ink:   Baked Brown Sugar (SU), WOW Embossing Pad
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Naturals White (SU)
Other:  Pinewood Planks EF (SU), Clear EP, Whirl Wreath bow die (PB), Infinity Circles (HA), Autumn Red Nuvo Crystal Drops, Wood Sequin (Serendipity) 

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Adornment (PB), Festive Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Baked Brown Sugar, Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Paper:   Naturals White, Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Other:  Pinewood Planks EF (SU), Clear EP, Whirl Wreath bow die (PB), Stitched Square Die (Lil Inker), Autumn Red Nuvo Crystal Drops, Wood Sequin (Serendipity) 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Tree with Watercolor

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

For this card I stamped the tree with Archival Ink and watercolored the background.

I put clean water around the tree and picked up ink smooshed on my palette
with a water brush.  I had some Lindy's on the palette to so I
added some of that in.

I found a tiny leaf stamp that isn't much more than dots, and inked
it with green adding it around the bottom to look like smaller
trees, bushes or whatever.

There's still time to play at CAS Watercolour
Challenge ends on the 24th.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Tree (Seaside Stampin')
Ink:   DI (Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber), Hagwart Orange (Lindy's), Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Vanilla Thick, Basic Black (SU)
Other:  Pinewood Planks EF (SU), Foam Sheet

Friday, September 21, 2018

Perched Hummingbird

Hi there.  Welcome to my blog!

Using inking stamp with markers, stamping, watercoloring, and die cutting.

Here's another card that I've inked with markers.

I've used my MISTI so I could ink one color, move the ink with a damp
water brush and stamp again if needed.

It's easy to stamp with different colors using this method and 
when the water makes you lose the lines, stamping again brings them back.

There's still time to ink up a stamp with markers and two other kinds
of mixed media and join in at CAS Mix Up.
Challenge ends on the 24th.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Perched Hummingbird (IO), Beautiful Day (ALT), Flower Sparks (PB)
Ink:   DM (Brushed Corduroy, Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, Dried Marigold, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot), DI (Brushed Corduroy)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series), Neenah Solar White 110 lb.
Other:  Stitched Square die (SSS)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Leaf Frame for Twofer

Hello my friends.  Welcome.

First and foremost, I want to thank you all for your positive thoughts
and prayers through the last week as Florence wreaked havoc on our state.

We are fine and had no damage.

Many others are not as blessed.

Please keep them in your prayers and help where you can.

Now, it's Twofer Time!

A very special friend sent me this leaf frame die recently.  
Wasn't that perfect timing?

My first thought was to die cut it from watercolor paper and color it in fall colors.

Another dear friend had brought this pumpkin die when she came to play.

I had die cut it from watercolor paper too.

I used re-inkers and a water brush to color everything.

For my Twofer....

It occurred to me that this frame would make a good Christmas card too.

So I found a piece of alcohol inked photo paper in my stash
and cut the frame from that.

The sentiment is an old Stampin Up stamp.  I stamped it in 
Encore Gold and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.

I also dipped the sentiment piece in the gold ink and 
heat embossed the edges.

And I remembered why I bought those Autumn Red Nuvo Chrystal Drops.
They make perfect berries.

I also found out that if you put a stack of books over the finished card,
even though the "berries" are dry, they get squished!

A little more Nuvo on top of the squished berries plumped them right up again.

So I've used this die for a Thanksgiving card and a Christmas card.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Bountiful Harvest (Verve)
Ink:   Soft Suede (SU)
Paper:   Neenah Solar White, Watercolor (Strathmore 140 lb. CP)
Other:  Leaf Frame Cover Die (Altenew), Swirl Pumpkin Die (PS), Curry, Pumpkin, Tangerine, Suede Re-inkers (SU)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps: Many Merry Messages (ret. SU)
Ink:  Encore Gold
Paper:  Neenah, Photo
Other:  Leaf Frame Cover Plate (Altenew), Alcohol Ink, Gold EP (SU), Autumn Red Nuvo Crystal Drops

Monday, September 17, 2018

Watercolor Wreath for CAS Christmas

Hello friends.  Welcome!

I'm here today to remind you that there is a little over a week
to join in at CAS Christmas.

When my friend Nance (Soul Stampin') came a week or so ago, she brought
her Catherine Pooler wreath die for me to use.

I die cut some from watercolor paper and had such fun coloring it
with Zigs and a water brush.

I had three cut and decided to stack them all together for added dimension.

The joy is from the same die set.  I wanted it red so I smacked it with VersaMark
and used some red embossing powder I'd bought for doing 
the Encrusted Jewel technique.

I thought it turned out quite festive and is still flat enough to mail
without extra postage.

Nance is our host at
CAS Christmas this month.

The Design Team along with our fabulous Guest Designer, Birgit
have wonderful inspirational wreaths to show you.  And there's a gallery 
full of beautiful wreaths!

Hope you'll join us!
Challenge is open until the 24th.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Christmas Greetings (Amy R)
Ink:   Gumball Green (SU), VersaMark
Paper:   Neenah, Strathmore (140 lb. cold press)
Other:  Winterhaven Die (CP SOA), ZIG CCRBM (#40 Green, #44 Deep Green, #43 Olive Green, #24 Wine Red, #65 Med. Brown), Primary Apple Red EP (WOW)

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Watercolor Birches

Hello there.

We have rain, rain and more rain!

Today I'm sharing a bright card for CAS Watercolour.

This month our challenge is

I stamped the birch trees from the Nature's Silhouettes set with
Weathered Wood Distress ink on Tim Holtz watercolor paper.

I chose this watercolor paper because it is a brighter white.

I wet the paper around the trees with clear water and added some
Scattered Straw Distress Ink that I'd swiped on my palette
and picked up with the waterbrush.

It wasn't dark enough so I added some Fossilized Amber
ink using the same technique.

I had some Lindy's Magicals on my palette from a previous project
so I picked that up and added it at the top.

When it was dry, I inked a foliage stamp from the same set
with Peeled Paint ink, stamped off on scrap then stamped.

I masked the trees with sticky notes and stamped some
foliage between the trees.

The frame was already die cut and waiting for a home.
The "painting" was a perfect fit.

The whole design is on a piece of foam for dimension.

There's still a week to join in at
CAS Watercolour
and the Design Team with our talented Guest Designer, Ros
have lots of inspiration pieces to share with you.
I hope to see your watercolor trees in the gallery.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Nature's Silhouettes (PB), Fun Birthday Sentiments (HLS)
Ink:   Weathered Wood, Scattered Straw, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, Smokey Gray Versafine
Paper:   Watercolor (Tim Holtz), Basic Gray (SU), Neenah
Other:  Lindy's Hag Wart Orange, Water Brush, Stitched Rectangle Die (SSS), Foam

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Sunflowers for CAS Mix Up

Hello.  First of all, thank you all for your concern and prayers for
our safety during Hurricane (and now Tropical Storm) Florence.

We are far enough inland the we were not hit as hard as the beaches.

We've had rain and wind but our power has stayed on and so far
no trees have fallen around us.

We are hunkered down and thankful for our safety and comfort and
sending up prayers for those in the flooded areas.


There's still time to join in at
CAS Mix Up.

This month I'm the host and I chose
You may have noticed that one of my favorite techniques is to
ink my stamps with markers.

I like to add a little water to the design, but you don't have to.

But we do want you to use your markers to ink up your stamps.

The flowers were inked with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

You may (or may not) remember this card that I showed last month.

It was a remake of a card that I'd ruined with a smeared sentiment.

I was able to die cut the flowers and use the design on another card.

Lucky me!

This time.

The Design Team, including our fabulous Guest Designer, Chrissie, have
some more wonderful inspiration pieces for you.

Hope you'll ink up your stamps with markers and
 join in the fun at CAS Mix Up
Challenge ends on the 24th.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sunflowers (Unity), Just Because (Darcie)
Ink:   Chocolate Chip (SU)
Paper:   Watercolor (Strathmore 140 lb. cold press), Daffodil Delight (SU)
Other:  Zig CCRBM (#50 yellow, #52 bright yellow, #43 olive green, #72 beige, #220 tearose, #65 mid brown), Stitched Arch STAX (MFT)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

More Inking with Markers

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

Here's a very simple card using the Inking with Markers technique
that we're doing at CAS Mix Up this month.

I used Distress Markers, 2 shades of blue and one of green, to ink this stamp.

The stamp has two flower heads so I stamped it more than once.

You can use a stamp positioner to do this or ink all the colors and
huff on the stamp.  I used the MISTI and moved my card to
stamp the extra flowers.

I inked with the lighter blue first then "thumped" a darker blue on the stamp
before stamping on the cardstock.

I die cut the design piece and used the largest die in the set to emboss
the front of the card.

A little stamped, colored, heat embossed and punched butterfly
finishes off the card.

My mixed media are inking stamp with markers, stamping, thumping, die cutting,
dry embossing with die, heat embossing and punching.

I can enter this at the

You may have heard that we have a massive hurricane headed for NC.
Until last night it looked like it was headed for Raleigh but this morning
it looks like it will hit further south of us.

Good news for us!

We are prepared and hoping that we won't be without power for days.

If you pray, pray for those in the direct path.
There will be a lot of wind damage and flooding.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Insightful Meadows (Unity), Botanical Silhouettes (PTI), Papilon Potpourri (SU)
Ink:   DM (Peeled Paint ,Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans), Dapper Denim (SU), Archival Black (Ranger), VersaMark
Paper:   Neenah, Dapper Denim (SU)
Other:  Double Pierced Rectangles Dies (Avery Elle), Clear EP (SU), Little Butterfly Punch (SU)

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Fall Tree

Hi there.  I hope you've had a great weekend!

I placed this oldie but goody tree from Stampin' Up! in my MISTI
and colored it up with Markers before stamping.

The leaves are so small that I barely touched them with a damp waterbrush.

Then I did a light wash for the background.

I'm so ready for Fall!

I see signs of color in the trees but not too much.

And it's still hot and humid.

Good weather to stay inside and play!

This card does double duty.


I inked the tree with markers for
My Mixed Media are inking with markers, stamping, heat embossing, watercoloring and die cutting

There are so many beautiful cards in both galleries!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Thoughts and Prayers (SU), Snippets (PB)
Ink:   DI(Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass, Mustard Seed), DM(Brushed Corduroy, Ripe Persimmon), Whisper White (SU)
Paper:   Crumb Cake (SU), Neenah, Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series)
Other:  Waterbrush, MISTI, Stitched Rectangles die (SSS), White EP (SU)