Sunday, October 20, 2019

Nature's Friends Winter Woodland Scene

Hello, friends.  I hope you've had a crafty weekend.

I've been using up some odds and ends and having a great time in the studio.

Blizzard warning!

I pulled out a background of smooshed Lindy's Magicals
and stamped from the Nature's Friends set.  The background was done on
coated paper and didn't stamp well, so I'm glad I had put it in my MISTI.
It took several tries, but I finally got good coverage.

Then, so I wouldn't smudge it, I sprinkled the stamping with
clear embossing powder and heat set.

I tore some snippets of white for snowbanks and sprinkled some
chunky white Frantage on top, then heated it from the bottom so it wouldn't
all blow off.  I found out that these chunky flakes really spread out on embossing.
LOL, it looks like snowballs flying through the air! 

I've put a little Dazzling Details over the top of the snowbanks for sparkle
and added a bit of scoring behind the design piece.

I almost ran out of time for the challenge at
I'm slipping in just under the wire.


'Anything Goes'
'Black, White & One Other Colour'

I'll add this to the gallery at CAS  Christmas too.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Nature's Friends (PB)
Ink:   Archival Jet Black
Paper:   Neenah, Coated Cardstock, Basic Black (SU)
Other:  Lindy's Magical Shakers (Denim), Clear EP, Chunky Frantage (Stampendous), Dazzling Details (ret. SU)

Friday, October 18, 2019

A Sweet Twofer

Hello there.  How are you this fine Fall day?

I have a twofer to share with you today.

These cards have been repurposed from this card my dear friend Nance gave me a year or
maybe two ago.  I had tucked it away but never forgotten it.  So I asked her if she would
mind if I used some elements from it to repurpose it.  She told me to go for it.

When I saw Darnell's Twofer Challenge this month, these candy apples
popped into my mind.

First I have a Halloween card.

I was able to pop the front two apples off without destroying them.
I moved one over a bit and found a piece of cardstock that matched the teal dots
in that dotty apple.  The gold foil really looks like caramel.  Yum!

The third apple works as a toadstool for this sweet gnome to rest under
as he thinks of his favorite thoughts.

Can  you see the glitter in the polka dots?

I stamped this little guy, trying not to stamp his hands and the swing
he was sitting on.  After several tries, I decided that wasn't going to happen.
I used my new Arteza Twimakers to add some watercolor to the gnome and fussy cut him out.

Nance gave me this gnome stamp too.

The background was a watercolor piece from my stash.
I added some darker green to the bottom and stamped a bit of grass.

I think I'll send at least one of these back to Nance.

It's the card that keeps on giving.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Spooky Sentiments (Amy R)
Ink:   Whisper White (oops)
Paper:   Neenah, Textured Teal (?)
Other:  Apple Die Cut (Paper Sweeties), Goo Die (Your Next Stamp), Oxford EF (Cuttlebug), Gold EP

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Gnome on a Swing (Stamping Bella), Friendship Messages (SSS), Foliage Set (Art Imp.)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:   Neenah, Mixed Media
Other:  Black EP, Stitched Arch STAX Die (MFT), Apple Die (Paper Sweeties), Goo Die (Your Next Stamp), Arteza Twimarkers (A207 Forest Green, A221 Moss Green, A219 Cloudy Gray, A239 Ballerina Pink)  Loving these markers !!!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Winter Trees for CAS Christmas

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

There's still time to join in.

Susan is hosting our CAS Christmas challenge this month and asked for...

I pulled out some NBUS stamps from Deep Red. 
It was a perfect opportunity to ink them up.

I've inked, sprtized and stamped the pine trees.
Then stamped again.

I masked the pines and stamped the hardwoods with gray ink so
they would fade into the distance.

The sky is a wet on wet wash and I sketched the fence in and painted it.

The bird is a bit too big for this scene but he does add some color.

Our amazing Design Team and equally amazing  Guest Designer, Lyn
have some awesome inspiration for you.
Check it out then I hope you'll join in at

The challenge is open until the 24th.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Winter Pines, Winter Trees (Deep Red), Holiday Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles, Iced Spruce, Weathered Wood, Tumbled Glass (DI), Real Red (SU)
Paper:  Smokey Slate (SU), Watercolor (TH) 
Other: Woodgrain EF (SU), Cheery Cardinals (PS) 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Maple Leaf for CAS Watercolour

Hello there.  There's still time to join in at our birthday celebration at
CAS Watercolour.

Loll chose this fantastic challenge that's perfect for Fall.

I used the left over from this card to make another.

I love it when I can use those left over bits!

I added some light stamping of script and small dots.
You have to look close to see them.

I've die cut this maple leaf from watercolor paper and used wet on wet
technique to color it.  I've used re-inkers as my watercolor. 
The saturation gives such a rich color. It's been lightly shaped and 
popped up on dimensionals.

I put the design piece on foam and added it to a textured card front.

Our Fantastic Design Team have some wonderful inspiration pieces
and we're joined by our talented friend Ros as our Guest Designer.

And don't forget our birthday celebration.
$25 SSS Gift Certificate for Challenge Winner.
$25 SSS Gift Certificate for one random draw of eligible entries.

Hope to see you at CAS Watercolour.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Wondrous, Snippets (PB), French Foliage (ret. SU)
Ink:   Old Olive, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip (PB)
Paper:   Neenah Classic Natural, Textured Vanilla (?)
Other:  Leaf Die (Lawn Fawn), Re-inkers (Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede)

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

More Foiling for CAS Mix Up

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

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

This time I used some Sizzix Sticky Sheet with one side adhered to white cardstock.

After it was die cut, I peeled off the liner and burnished some of a
Ranger Foil Sheet.  I found that it didn't cover perfectly.  There were a lot of
what looked like scratches where there should be foil.  No doubt it was user error.
So I laid some foil on top of the worst scratches, rubbed it good and was able to
cover most of the bare spots.

Then I replace those little inside pieces that I had poked out, peeled off the liner
and sprinkled some Dazzling Diamonds on them.  The dazzle stuck to the
scratchy places too so this has sparkle and shine.

I used the same technique to cover a small piece with red foil and used
a paper punch to get some ornaments.

The tree ended up on a piece of festive embossing and a stamped 
sentiment finished the card off.

Pictures were another story.  I think I must have tried thirty times.
This is as good as I can get it!

Our wonderful Design Team have some shining examples to
share with you.  We are joined this month by the fun and talented Michele
I hope you'll check out the inspiration and join us at

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Scribbly Christmas (TH)
Ink:   Shaded Spruce
Paper:   Neenah, Whisper White, Foil Sheets (Ranger)
Other:  Woodlands Die (TH), Beaded Garland EF (Sizzix), Sticky Sheets (Sizzix)

Monday, October 14, 2019

Tutu Fun

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

I've been having fun with this stamp that I got at the scrapbook show last summer.

First up is a card we did in class last month.
You can't see the sparkle but the Wink of Stella on her tutu has a soft shimmer
and her shoes sparkle with glitter glue.

Here she is again ready to fly.
Inside it says Happy Halloween.

Can you see the magic in her broom?

I'm joining in at the Krafty Chicks Challenge today.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Fluff Your Tutu (TJ)
Ink:   Archival Jet Black (Rngr)
Paper:  Neenah, Gorgeous Grape (SU)
Other:  Watercolor Pencils, Purple Glitter Glue (Studio G), Subtle EF (SU), Stitched Rectangles Die (SSS), WOS

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Fluff Your Tutu (TJ), Happy Haunting (Hamp. Arts), Spooky Sentiments (CC Designs)
Ink:   Archival Jet Black (Rngr), More Mustard, Gorgeous Grape (SU), Gold Glitz (Delicata)
Paper:   Neenah
Other:  Watercolor Pencils, Purple Glitter Glue (Studio G), WOS, Stitched Rectangle Die (SSS)

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving

Hello friends.  I'm glad you stopped by!

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian Friends.

I'm so thankful for you!

I've used this lovely Unity stamp and inked it with markers
I find this stamp colors so easily!

The little thistles are actually purple.
My camera is playing tricks!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Flowers of the Fall (Unity), Thanksgiving (Northwoods)
Ink:   Brushed Corduroy, Dusty Concord, Shaded Lilac, Crushed Olive, Picked Raspberry, Aged Mahogany (DM), Cajun Craze (SU)
Paper:   Neenah, Cajun Craze
Other:  Double Stitched Oval Die (MFT), Oval Framelit Die (SU), Fall Leaf EF (Darice)

Friday, October 11, 2019

Fall Flowers in Bloom

Hi there.  I'm so glad you stopped by to enjoy a taste of Fall with me!

These pretty flowers are from My Favorite Things and right now they are my 
favorite stamp.  I want to do them in lots of colors.

I've stamped and heat embossed with white powder, then used my 
Zigs and a waterbrush to color the flowers.

A light wash of the yellow and orange and some brown and gray 
splatters finish it off.

I'm also sharing with



Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Flowers in Bloom (MFT), Fun Birthday Sentiments (HLS)
Ink:   Whisper White (SU)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Neenah
Other:  White EP, Zig CCRBM (50 Yellow, 70 Orange, 24 Wine Red, 90 Gray, 62 Dk. Brown)

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Snowy Cottage Foiled

Hi there.  I'm glad you could stop by.

This was so hard to get a good picture of.  The Blue foil is gorgeous and this
odd angle shows it best.

It's another of the foiling cards that I did at the ESCR retreat last May.

I used some special glue on a stamp, stamped it onto cardstock, 
laid a piece of foil on top and put it through the laminator.

Edited to addThe girls tell me is was Deco Foil Transfer Gel.  Here's a link.

I had great success with it.  I've been reading that a lot of people aren't having good luck with it.  I don't have a laminator myself so I can only vouch for my two attempts.

To make the card, I die cut the image and popped it back into the frame
the die cutting made.

All that was left was to stamp the sentiment and heat embossed with clear powder.

I'm adding this to the CAS Mix Up gallery.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Little Cottage in the Snow (Crafty Individuals), Vintage Christmas Post (HA)
Ink:   Pacific Point (SU)
Paper:   Neenah
Other:  Foil, Laminator, Clear EP, Stitched Rectangle Dies (SSS)

Monday, October 7, 2019

Stenciled Flowers

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

Today I'm sharing a card with CAS Stencil.



This pretty piece of patterned paper had been sitting out for quite a while.
I think it was in one of my birthday cards.  I didn't make note so thank you
to whoever sent it.

I used a stencil that my dear friend Nancy had gifted me and I 
thought it would make a great birthday card for her.

I laid the stencil on the patterned paper and sponged some Distress ink
through it.  I liked the way the flowers showed up on the paper.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Special Wishes (PB)
Ink:   Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, Brushed Corduroy (DI), WOW Embossing  Pad
Paper:   Textured (Darice), Chocolate Chip, Patterned Paper, Neenah
Other:  Sanna Lippert Flowers 1 (Artsplorations), White EP

Saturday, October 5, 2019


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

Jingle Belles is asking for Hanukkah cards.

I usually send out a couple Hanukkah cards each year so it's good to get them
ready to go.

I had this image stamped and heat embossed in my UFO box
so it was a quick and easy card.

I used some odds and end of cardstock and silver foil cardstock

It makes me happy to use some of those UFOs!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Jewish Celebrations (ret. SU)
Ink:   Encore Silver
Paper:   Brilliant Blue (ret. SU), Neenah, Silver Foil (SU)
Other:  Silver EP, Gold Sharpie, Simple Scored

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Winter Homestead for CAS Christmas

Hello and welcome.  It's time for a new challenge at
CAS Christmas.

This month is hosted by our super talented Susan.

This Serendipity (now sold at Impression Obsession) stamp was in
my NBUS box and I was delighted to have an excuse to use it.

I've stamped the scene on Mixed Media paper with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

To color I smooshed some ink on my palette and picked up color
with my water brush.  I really didn't do much coloring.

Chunky Frantage Embossing Powder made quite a blizzard over the scene.

Our Design Team has some beautiful inspiration pieces and this month and
we are joined by our very talented Guest Designer, Lyn.

You can check it all out at
CAS Christmas

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Winter Homestead (Serendipity/Impression Obsession), Christmas Sentiments (PB)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Inks (Iced Spruce, Weathered Wood), SU ink (Real Red)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 Series), Basic Black, Neenah,
Other:  Frantage Chuncky EP (Stampendous)

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Maple Leaves for CAS Watercolour

Hi there.  It's time for another challenge at
CAS Watercolour
And we're celebrating our 3rd birthday!

Our fantastic Loll is hosting the challenge this month and she chose....

I've die cut some little maple leaves and watercolored them with re-inkers.

The branch was die cut from brown cardstock and covered with gesso which
added some dimension.  I watercolored over the dry gesso with brown re-inker.

The background was in my stash.  I stamped all over a whole piece of
watercolor paper then liberally spritzed with water.  The ink ran randomly leaving
some branches and leaves and a lot of green.

I added a little yellow liquid watercolor to the leaves and on some of
the white space to give the impression of sun shining through the leaves.

I love seeing the sun shine through the leaves!

Our very talented Design Team have painted some beautiful maple leaves
and we are thrilled to have our friend Ros who won the August challenge
join us as Guest Designer.  I hope you'll be inspired by their cards and join us at
CAS Watercolour

And don't forget it's a celebration this month!
$25 SSS Gift Certificate for Challenge Winner
$25 SSS Gift Certificate for one random draw of eligible entries

Let's celebrate!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Wonderous, (PB), Fun Birthday Sentiments (HLS)
Ink:   Chocolate Chip (SU)
Paper:   Watercolour (Strathmore), Chocolate Chip (SU), Neenah Classic Natural
Other:  Leaves Die (IO), Woodland Branch Die (MB), Gesso, Re-inker (Tangerine Tango, Soft Suede)