Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Turning the Page November 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 November page.

I have made a template and redo the days every year.

Sometimes I have a mistake in there.  It's always interesting to see
what and where!

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 November!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Tree (SSI), Sheltering Tree (SU)
Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango (SU) 
Paper:   Neena 110 lb.

Ghosts and Goblins

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

Halloween is upon us...

I don't do many Halloween cards but had bought some Halloween stamps
that were on sale.  Couldn't pass up the bargain and had to use them.

This sentiment was lent to me by a friend.

I couldn't be rude and not use that either.


Some snippets of sparkly black paper and an old paper punch gave this one a little glamour.

I found this background already stamped and some felt stickers that were a gift.

And here's the one we did in last month's class.
The witches hat was patted with Versamark and clear heat embossed.

Guess I'd better get some treats ready....

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Happy Haunting, Ghostly Halloween (Hampton Art), Haunting Night (Impression Obsession)
Ink:   VErsafine Onyx Black, Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Scattered Straw
Paper:   Neenah Solar White, Delightful Dijon (SU)
Other:  Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Haunting Night (IO), Leaf Cube (?)
Ink:   Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze (SU)
Paper: Pumpkin Pie (SU), Neenah Solar White, Black Glimmer (ret. SU)  
Other:  Felt Stickers, Old hand punch

Card Recipe (card 3)
Stamps:  Ghostly, Happy Haunting (Hampton Art)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark
Paper:   Pumpkin Pie (SU), Neenah Solar White
Other:  Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen, Clear EP, Spider Web EF (ret. SU), Double Pierced Square Die (Avery Elle)

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Bejeweled for Autumn

Hello friends.  I hope you've had a fun and creative weekend.

I've done some stamping, sponging and splattering with one of
my favorite Penny Black stamps.

I've used my MISTI to ink and stamp the flowers and leaves and 
touched the ink with a damp water brush.

When I was happy with the flower, I removed it from the MISTI and
sponged some Distress Ink over and around, using a darker ink
around the edges.

A little splatter and a stamped sentiment finished the design.

Penny Black Saturday October Challenge: Anything Goes Optional Spooky Colour
Penny Black & More: Autumn Splendour

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Bejeweled (PB), Happy Harmony (ret. SU)
Ink:  Distress Inks (Spiced Marmalade, Aged Mahogany, Forest Moss, Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy), Versamark Onyx Black
Paper:   Naturals Ivory (ret. SU), Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series)
Other:  Stitched Rectangle Die (SSS)

Friday, October 26, 2018

Forest Scene

Hello friends.  I hope you're having a good weekend.

We had a very rainy, cold day.  It was great to stay inside and
play in the studio.

Some of my teammates used this die last year and I just had to have it.

Finally, I've used it!  Almost forgot why I bought it!

I die cut it from Neenah cardstock and popped it on a circle cut
from an alcohol ink background.

A die cut circle frames the scene.

I thought the background looked a bit like snowy mountains.

The Rudolph Challenge: Anything Christmas.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Believe (PB)
Ink:   Pacific Point (SU)
Paper:   Neenah Solar White, Photo Paper
Other:  Alcohol Ink, Forest Die (AE), Double Stitched Circle Die (LI)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Bitty Bird for CAS Christmas

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

I have another card for CAS Christmas

This time it's a little bird but I think he makes a big impact.

A short time ago a friend came over to play with some salt and watercolor.

She'd never tried the technique and it was fun for both of us to watch how 
the salt changed our watercolor as it dried.

I used some pieces for a card for my class.

Here's that card.  Another bird.

I had some extra card sets and I wanted to change them up a bit.

You'll be seeing more salted pieces and this layout in the future.

The CAS Christmas challenge ends Midnight tonight (PDT) on the 24th.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  A Better World (PB)
Ink:   Not Quite Navy (SU)
Paper:   Not Quite Navy, Real Red (SU), Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press), Neenah
Other:  Birches Die (IO), Watercolors  (Gansai Tambi), Salt (Coarse Sea Salt, Pink Himalayan)

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Bashful Copper

Hello friends.  Thanks for stopping by.

We're using metal on our cards at CAS Mix Up this month.

I've used another piece of a heated copper die cut that dear Loll sent me a long time ago.

I put the flower on a piece of Brusho background.
I explain how I did it on this post.

I added a drop of alcohol ink to the flower center.

Here's another view that shows the shine of the copper better.

My mixed media are heated copper, Brusho watercolor, stamping, heat embossing and die cuts.

Challenge closes on the 24th.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sending you Phrases (Creek Bank Creations)
Ink:   Cajun Craze
Paper:   Neenah Classic Natural, Acrylic Paper and Mixed Media (Strathmore), Cajun Craze
Other:  Brushos (Orange), Heated Copper, Bashful Die (PB), Stitched Rectangles (SSS)

Friday, October 19, 2018

Thankful Pumpkin

Happy Friday.  I hope you've had a great week and have an nice weekend planned.

My friend Nance brought this pumpkin die last time she came to play.

I die cut several out of watercolor paper and had lot's of fun coloring 
them up using re-inkers.

I had this little leaf and tendril die in my stash.
It's a perfect fit!

I had seen Jennifer McGuire frame embossing a while back and 
thought that was a great idea, so I've done that for a background.

Nance did a card using this idea and stacked the frame.
It looks fantastic!  I should have done that.

Since I have a little tag, I'm hoping this qualifies for the

I've used the colors for this month's

Lots of pretty fall cards in the gallery there.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Good Greetings (ret. SU)
Ink:   Soft Suede
Paper:   Neenah, Pear Pizzazz, Watercolor (Strathmore 140 lb. cold press)
Other:  Swirl Pumpkin Die (PS), Tiny Tendril Die (MB), Re-inkers (Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Soft Suede), Layered Leaves EF (SU), Lots of Labels Die (SU)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A Christmas Cardinal for CAS Christmas

Hello friends.  Welcome to my blog.

This is a reminder that there's still time to join in at
CAS Christmas

Susan is hosting our challenge this month.

We did a similar card in my class last month and I had a leftover set.

I stamped the bird with Archival ink on a snippet of watercolor paper and
colored him up with Zig Markers and a water brush, then fussy cut him.

By masking the edges of the die cut square, I could stamp the pine boughs
and keep a nice frame.  The branches were traced with a watercolor pencil.

The background got some subtle texture and stamped sentiment.

The Design Team and our Guest Designer, Sue have some
awesome inspiration cards.  And the gallery hold a bevy of beautiful birds.

I hope you'll check us out and add your Christmas bird at
CAS Christmas

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Christmas Post (HA)
Ink:   Jet Black Archival (Ranger), Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz (SU)
Paper:   Classic Crest Natural (Neenah), Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler (SU), Watercolor
Other:  Zig CCRBM (#24 Wine Red, #70 Orange), Linen Texture Plate (PTI)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Thankful for CAS Watercolour

Hello friends. Welcome to my blog.

Today I'm reminding you that there's still time to join in at CAS Watercolour where
we're celebrating our 2nd birthday with prizes!

I used my MISTI to ink this stamp with markers and stamp. 
Then moved the color with a water brush.

I continued stamping until I was happy with the colors, adding a
darker orange and brown here and there on the pumpkins.

When I was finished with the stamping, I swiped some Vintage Photo on my
palette and picked up color with the water brush to add a light wash.

The sentiment was die cut three times from brown cardstock and stacked
for dimension.

These colors are perfect for fall cards.

The Design Team along with our fabulous Guest Designer, Brenda
have some beautiful samples to inspire you!

I hope you'll join us at CAS Watercolour
Challenge is open until the 24th.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Pumpkin Patch (PB)
Ink:   Scattered Straw (DI), Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo (DM)
Paper:   Watercolor (Strathmore 140 lb. cold press), Chocolate Chip (SU)
Other:  Words of Gratitude Die (PB), Water Brush

Monday, October 15, 2018

Iced Watercolor

Hello friends.  Welcome!

Today I'm reminding that there's still time to join in at
CAS Mix Up

CAS Mix Up
is hosted by the very talented Mac.

I used the Black Ice Technique and I've got to say that I was amazed at the results!

The pictures don't do it justice!

I used a small piece of silver foil cardstock and swiped some
Jet Black StazOn over it.

I let that dry then swiped some VersaMark over it and
covered it with clear embossing powder and heated it.

The shine is incredible!

I die cut with this darling watering can and shaped it with a bone folder.

For the background, I used some Distress ink smooshed on a piece of acetate 
and spritzed to add a splotch on the base of my watercolor paper and
a watercolor pencil and water brush to add some ground.

The flowers are die cuts from a dear friend.  I kept all the pieces intact 
and used Zigs and a water brush to color them.

I arranged them using dimensionals atop some stamped wildflowers.

The design piece was die cut and the base card was embossed with a larger die.

The card is larger than I normally make.  It's an A7 size.

My CAS Mix Up mixed media are: 
Metal using the Black Ice Technique, stamping, acetate smoosh, watercolor, die cuts, embossing with a die and heat embossing.

Our Design team with fabulous Guest Designer Pat have lots of
inspiration for you.  I hope you'll check them out and add to the gallery.
Challenges end on the 24th.

I'll also add this to the gallery at The CAS Watercolour Challenge 
where we're celebrating our 2nd birthday with prizes!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Mini Bouquet (TH), Fun Birthday Sentiments (HLS)
Ink:   Vintage Photo (DI), Tree Branch Archival (WV), Jet Black Stazon, VersaMark
Paper:   Watercolor (Strathmore 140 lb. cold press), Silver Foil (Dollar Stord)
Other:  Watering Can (MB), Crocus Die (Alexandra Renke), Double Pierced REctangle (Avery Elle, Clear EP, Silver EP (SU), Zigs (#52 Brt. Yellow, #70 Orange, #43 Olive Green, #64 Oatmeal, #80 Brown) Water Brush, 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Pumpkin Harvest for Twofer

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

We've survived another major storm here.

So many people have lost so much.

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

And count your blessings.

I'm joining in at the Twofer Challenge #10 today.

I've used this sweet pumpkin from Impression Obsession for my cards.

Not much of a harvest.  It was a small garden!

For this card, I placed the stamp in my MISTI and inked it with markers.

I moved  the orange around with my water brush.

I swiped some ink on my palette and picked it up with the waterbrush to add more color.

When I was happy with the coverage, I stamped again to add back the details.

I've stacked some die cut layers and added them to a textured background.

I added some twine for extra interest but I think it's almost two much interest!

I couldn't decide where to add a sentiment so it will have to go on the inside.  I'll
probably use it for a Thanksgiving card or just to celebrate fall.

For this card I inked the stamp with a WOW Embossing Pad, 
stamped and heat embossed with copper powder.

I put some drops of re-inkers into the wells on a small palette and
picked up the color with my water brush to paint the pumpkin.

I rarely make a one layer card that I like, but this seemed enough to me.

I'll add this to the gallery at CAS Watercolour.

Both challenges end on the 24th.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Tall Pumpkin (IO)
Ink:   Distress Markers (Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo)
Paper:   Neenah Solar White, Crumb Cake, Old Olive (SU), Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other:  Linen Texture Plate (PTI), Stitched Rectangle Dies (SSS), Twine (?)

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Tall Pumpkin (IO)
Ink:   WOW Embossing Pad, Re-inker (Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, soft Suede)
Paper:   Watercolor (Strathmore)
Other:  Copper EP (Zing), Water Brush

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Joyful Pink Poinsettia

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

I counted up my Christmas cards the other day and I'm still at least 20 short.
So I need to get some more done.

The challenge at Jingle Belles is 
Pink Christmas....for the Cure
This month Stephanie and Lauren are supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month.
They want to see pink Christmas cards and will donate to the
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
for every card entered in this challenge.

Kudos to Stephanie and Lauren!

I hope this has enough pink in it.

I think this will fit at the Flower Challenge is celebrating their 2nd birthday!


The camera doesn't show the gold glitter I used for the flower center.
It sparkles really nice on my desk!

I've die cut the poinsettia bloom from a piece of shimmer spray background
and the stem and leaves from some Inka Gold smoosh.

As I write this, we are experiencing Hurricane Michael, now a topical storm.
Heavy rain and quite a bit of wind here but nowhere near as bad as they
had it in Florida.  So much devastation from hurricanes this year!
We are very blessed right here...and looking forward to fall like weather.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Merry Christmas (wish)
Ink:   Encore Gold
Paper:   Neenah
Other:  Joyful die (PB), Double Pierced Rectangles, Snowflake EF (Darice), Gold EP, Gold Dazzling Details (ret. SU)

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Multicolor Embossed Flutters

Hello friends.  I hope you are having a great weekend.
We've been busy with grandkids and daughters.
Fun times!

I had a fun play a while back using multi-layered heat embossing.

They ended up not really fitting with the challenge I was shooting for
so they were set aside.

It still seems to be summertime here in NC so the dragonflies are still flying!

For this first card, I covered the wings with Versamarker and sprinkled 
with Heat and Stick powder,  I heated it up and added Dazzling Diamonds.  
Then I used Versamarker on the body and black EP.

For the second card I used Black Marker to color body then heat embossed with black powder.
For the wings I used the Versamarker and Heat and Stick powder heated 
then coated with Dazzling Diamonds and heated again on wings.

Oops, I put too much heat on one wing and scorched it.
Some Versamarker and WOW Bright White  over scorched part of wings fixed that.

For the last card I inked the dragonfly body with Versamarker and embossed with 
Primary Blue EP.  The wings were coated with Versamarker and Heat and Stick Powder, 
heated then covered with Dazzling Diamonds.

Where the blue showed through on the edge of the wings, used Versamarker and 
Bright White EP.  The rhinestone covers the rest.
The background was made with the Cling Wrap Technique using 
Lindy's Magicals on Coated Paper. 

If you're still with me,
thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Happy Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Onyx Black (Versafine)
Paper:   Neena, Mixed Media
Other: Flutters Die (PB), Versamarker, Black Embossing Powder, Heat and Stick Powder, Dazzling Details (SU) Stitched Squares Die (SSS)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps: Thinking of You (ALT)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine), Basic Black Marker
Paper: Neena, Yupo
Other: Flutter Die (PB), Black EP, Heat and Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds (SU), Bright White EP (WOW), Alcohol Inks, X-Stitch Frames Die (GM), 

Card Recipe (card 3)
Stamps: Thinking of You (ALT)
Ink: Smokey Gray (Versafine)
Paper: Neena, Coated Paper
Other: Flutters Die, Versamarker, Heat and Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds (SU), Primary Blue Topaz EP, Bright White EP (WOW), Lucienne Tile Die (MB), Lindy's Magicals (Sassy Sapphire)