Monday, July 15, 2019

More Alcohol Lifting for CAS Mix Up

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


I'm hosting the challenge this month and I chose

I pulled out an alcohol inked background from my stash.
This one was done on Photo Paper.

I used Alcohol Lift and inked up this beautiful stamp that was gifted
to me from my dear friend Loll.

It took several tries of stamping the lift ink and rubbing with a paper towel
to get a good lifted design.  The MISTI makes this possible.

Each time I lifted ink, I stamped the color onto some Neenah cardstock.

I ended up with more than one of the Neenah pieces.

Now I need to figure out what to do with the others.

I  thought the flowers need a little contrast so I took out an
ultra fine point black Sharpie and added some dots to the centers

The Design Team is joined this month by the talented Michelle.
There's some awesome designs over there.
Hope you check us out and join in at
CAS Mix Up.

I'm going to join in at
Craft Stampers Magazine: Take It Make It Challenge

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  At Grace (PB), Bouquet of Thanks (SSS)
Ink:   Alcohol Ink Lift, Archival Jet Black
Paper:   Photo Paper (HP Premium), Neenah, Basic Black (SU)
Other:  Alcohol Ink, Oxford EF (Cuttlebug), Black Twine

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sparkly Snowman for Jingle Belles

Hello friends.

I hope you are having a good weekend.
If it's as hot where you are as it is here, I hope this will cool you off.

This snowman was done using the Encrusted Jewels technique.

I used heavy cardstock which I die cut with this fun snowman die.
 My pancake griddle came out of storage and I used it to melt some clear embossing
powder on the die cut.  BTW, I used an oven mat to cover the top of the grill to keep 
the griddle clean and a piece of parchment under the die cut to make
it easy to move when everything was melted.

When the embossing powder was nice and melted into a puddle, I dropped
some Shaved Ice into it.  When the Shaved Ice was melted into the clear puddle,
I carefully removed the parchment paper and picked the die cut
off the paper with a paint spatula.

In real life it looks icy and I'm not seeing the pink that the photo shows.
As I move the card, the iridescence picks up all kinds of colors. 

I've die cut an aperture and put added a background piece that's
been sponged with Distress Ink and splattered with water.

I found some iridescent ribbon in my stash to tie around the top of the card.

I'm entering this at Jingle Belles where they're playing Tic Tac Toe
I'm not sure if the shaved ice is considered glitter or not.
If not it is definitely blingy!  So I'm using the row across the top
or down the right side.  Hopefully this works for one way.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Festive Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Versafine Smokey Gray
Paper:   Neenah
Other:  Snowman Joy Die (PB), Stitched Arch Stax (MFT), Shaved Ice (Stampendous), Kars Snowflake EF (ret. Cuttlebug), Clear EP (WOW)

Friday, July 12, 2019

Watercolor Garden

Hello crafty friends.

I'm back with a piece from the retreat that's finally been  put on a card.

Darnell showed us how to use a damp brush and watercolor pencils
to get fantastic control.  This technique is especially good on small,
detailed images like this one.

To do this technique, you draw the damp brush across the tip of
the watercolor pencil and paint the color onto the image.
I used my favorite Caran d'ache watercolour pencils.

It gives a light color and you just build up the color by repeating
the technique until you have the desired intensity.

We used stamped and heat embossed images.
I love how the embossing makes this shine.
It also helps to stay in the lines :-)

I think these pastel colors will work beautifully for
The Flower Challenge

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Snowy Scene

Hello crafty friends.

I'm trying to cool off with another snowy scene.

I used the rest of the die cut that I used on this card.
Thanks again, Maureen!

I had this frame stashed away that the little village piece fit into perfectly.

I popped a smooshed piece behind the die cut and added some glittery
snowflakes and a dusting of glittered snow.

There's still time to enter at CAS Christmas

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Christmas Sentiments (PB)
Ink:   Not Quite Navy (SU)
Paper:   Neenah, Dazzling Diamond Glimmer (SU)
Other:  Winter Village Die (PB), Snowflake Dies (IO), Stitched Square Dies (SSS), Dazzling Details

Monday, July 8, 2019

Alcohol Lift with Stencil

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

I've been lifting alcohol ink again.
I'm glad it's not to heavy! :-)

This time I used a stencil over a piece of alcohol ink on Yupo paper.

I used a piece of felt dipped in blender solution and dabbed it over the
stencil. I found I needed to dab off the felt occasionally so it 
wasn't redepositing ink back on the piece.  I should have dabbed
it off on a clean piece of Yupo and maybe had another
background piece to use.  Too late now!

This is one of my favorite dies for a quick and easy card!

I'll take this over to CAS Stencil

and I'll drop it in the gallery at
My mixed media are Alcohol Ink, Alcohol Ink Lift, Stencilling, Die Cutting, Stamping and Heat Embossing.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sentiment (AE)
Ink:   Encore Gold 
Paper:   Neenah, Yupo
Other:  Alcohol Ink, Forest of Leaves Stencil (Stmplrtions), Blending Solution, Felt Applicator (Ranger), Floral Stem Collage Die (PS)

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Dragonfly Twofer

Hello my friends.
I hope you are set to enjoy the weekend.

This card is a CASE of Loll's card.
She led some of us through making this card while we were at the retreat.
You can see Dolly's card here.

I pulled out a light colored watery background and stamped
the dragonfly onto it.  I stamped another dragonfly on a scrap of
mixed media paper and heat embossed it with clear powder.

Using Luminere paint and a waterbrush, I colored both dragonflies
and fussy cut the wings and body of the embossed one.
If you look closely you can see some of that gorgeous shine on the wings.

Some Crystal Glaze on the body adds extra shine and dimension.

There was some leftover paint on my craft mat and using my finger,
I smooshed it over a piece of Neenah.

While that was drying, I stamped and clear embossed another dragonfly
coloring this one with watercolor pencils.

I fussy cut the whole dragonfly this time and popped it on
the smooshed piece that had been die cut.

I'm thinking some Lumiere paint needs to find it's way into my card!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Origami Dragonfly (Carabelle Studio), Deepest Sympathy (HA)
Ink:   Archival Jet Black
Paper:   Neenah, Mixed Media, Soft Sky (SU)
Other:  Clear EP, Pearl Turquoise and Pearl Emerald Lumiere Paint, Waterbrush, Nuvo Crystal Glaze

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Origami Dragonfly (Carabelle Studio), Agapanthus (TT)
Ink:   Archival Jet Black
Paper:   Neenah, Mixed Media, Pool Party (SU)
Other:  Pearl Turquoise and Pearl Emerald Lumiere Paint, Waterbrush, Clear EP, Watercolor Pencils (Caran d'ache), Nuvo Crystal Glaze, Double Pierced Square Die (Avery Elle)

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Swirling Snowflakes for CAS Christmas

Hello crafty friends.  It's time for a new challenge at
CAS Christmas

Another view

I'm hosting CAS Christmas this month.

I stamped this Impression Obsession snowflake flourish on mixed media paper
with Whisper White ink and  heat embossed it with white embossing powder.

I wet the background and dropped in some liquid watercolor adding
more close to the image.

It was a lot easier to do the watercolor than to get a good photo!

I'm also adding to
Jingle Belles Challenge

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Snowflake Flourish, (IO), Festive Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Dapper Denim, Whisper White (SU)
Paper:   Neenah, Champagne Foil (SU), Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Other:  White EP, Stitched Rectangle Die (SSS), Sapphire Pinkfresh Liquid Watercolor

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Happy Birthday Darnell

Special Event

Please join us in celebrating Darnell's Birthday!!

One more part to this special event.
The team has made special cards for Darnell's birthday,
along with our Guest Designer Leslie,
and several Featured Designers (friends from the retreat).

During our retreat, Darnell (Dolly to us) was up early one morning
and decided she wanted some frozen blueberries.
Some how she spilled almost the whole, Costco-sized bag of
blueberries all over the floor.

Bonnie snapped these pictures.
See the swipe of blueberries on the right photo??  We couldn't find a broom so we grabbed
a large piece of card stock to pick up the berries.  As they thawed, the blueberry juice
"smooshed" on the cardstock in a lovely design that looked perfect for card making.

Well, without Dolly knowing, we kept that piece of blueberry smoosh and cut it up.
Each Designer has used one piece in making Dolly's birthday cards. :)

I wish I'd taken a picture of my smooshed piece before I cut it up.  
My piece had lots of blueberry juice on it.
Hence the dark blue flowers.

I used some of the more splattered piece for the daisies and 
shaped the flowers, popping some up for added dimension.

The stems were watercolored using a Distress marker and
spreading the color with my waterbrush.

The vase was cut using a Christmas ornament die and a background of
stencil monoprint.  For the monoprint I'd used some Lindy's Magicals
sprinkled and spritzed on a stencil, then pressed onto mixed media paper.
I've added some Nuvo Crystal Glaze to shine up the vase.

The background was done with a stencil and embossing paste.

I hope you'll pop over to CAS Watercolour
and see what the fabulous Design team and our talented Guest Designer Leslie
plus some special guests have done to inspire you.  
Then join us in wishing our dear friend Dolly
the happiest of birthdays!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Ink:   Bundled Sage Distress marker
Paper:  Neenah, Concord Crush (SU), Neenah, Blueberry Smoosh 
Other:  Painted Flower Stems Die, Daisy Silhouette Die (MB), Ornament Die (SU), Lindy's Magicals Screaming Banshee Black, Crackle Stencil (Plaid), Weathered Stencil (MB), Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi), 

Monday, July 1, 2019

Lifted Butterfly for CAS Mix Up

Hi there.  It's time for a new challenge at
CAS Mix Up

My mixed media are Alcohol Ink, Alcohol Ink Lift, Stamping and Dry Embossing

I'm hosting this month and I chose....

I've had a pad of the Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift Ink for a year and it
was still sealed.  I thought it was about time to use it!

I pulled out a background alcohol inked piece, inked my stamp
with the Alcohol Lift Ink and pressed it onto the background.

I found it was a good idea to use the MISTI and a background
that wasn't real dark and thick with ink.

I used the Lift Ink several times letting the image dry then
buffing with a paper towel each time.

You can't see it in this picture but the background is dry embossed
with the Subtle Embossing Folder.

I had a piece of cardstock ready so I could use the stamp
with the lifted alcohol ink onto it.

I think I actually like this one better!  I love the way the colors lay down.

I stamped the diagonal striped with my WOW Embossing Pad and
clear embossed it for this card background.

I had a smudge in the bottom left so I pulled out some little
flat embellishments that my sweet friend Colleen gifted me and
decided to add a few rhinestones for glitz.

Our Design Team is joined by Michelle W. this month
and they have some beautiful cards to inspire you.
There's links to video tutorials at CAS Mix Up too.

I hope you get to play along.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Social Butterfly (PB), Friendship Messages (SSS)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:   Neenah, Yupo
Other:  Alcohol Ink Lift (TH), Alcohol Ink (Rngr), Subtle EF (SU)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Social Butterfly (PB), Fun Birthday Sentiments (HLS), Diagonal Stripes Background (SSS)
Ink:   WOW Emb. Pad, Bermuda Bay (SU)
Paper:   Neenah, Bermuda Bay (SU)
Other:  Alcohol Ink Lift pad (TH), Clear EP (SU), Embellishments (PPP), Rhinestones (SU)

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Turning the Page July 2019

Time to turn the page on our calendars to a new month.

I make calendars each year for my desk and my family.

I thought I'd set up a regular post on the last day of each month to share them.

I hope you enjoy my “Turning the Page” posts.

Here's our July 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.

If you would like a word document with the calendar, email me
and I will be glad to send it to you so you can design your own.
Email link is on the sidebar.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Friday, June 28, 2019

Peaceful Scene for Rudolph Days

Hello crafty friends.

Today I have another Christmas card.
I love how my stash is growing!

I had the pleasure of meeting Maureen last month while I was at the retreat.
She graciously shared some winter die cuts with us.
This is from one of them.  I actually cut the die cut and made two cards. 
I'll share the other one at a later date.

Maureen holds the Rudolph Days Challenge every month from the
25th until the end of the month.
The challenge is Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas.

I've simply added the die cut to a small piece of
Re-inker and Frost paint Smoosh then popped a die cut
piece on top to frame it.

The tiny snippets of yellow in the windows will let me into

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Christmas Sentiments (PB)  
Ink:   Not Quite Navy (SU), 
Paper:   Neenah, Daffodil Delight (SU)
Other:  Winter Village Die (PB), Re-inkers (Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Not Quiet Navy), Frost White Paint, Snowflake Die (IO), Double Pierced Square Die (Avery Elle), WOS

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Happy Birthday Loll

Today is a special day.

It's my dear friend Loll's birthday.

A few years ago I wished her happy birthday on my blog and had the wrong date.
I've been afraid to do that again so I've kept quiet.
But this year I'm throwing caution to the wind.


While at the retreat, Trina let me use her new Memory Box Rose Bouquet stamp.

I stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with white powder,
then with some borrowed Zigs, I colored.  What a wonderful image to color!

I used part of the image for this card and embossed the sentiment on vellum.

I couldn't not use the other part of the image....

Hmmm.  I'm thinking I need this stamp in my collection.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Rose Bouquet (MB), Special Wishes (PB)
Ink:   Versamark
Paper:   Neenah, Vellum, Mixed Media 
Other:  White EP, Zig CCRBM, Rectangle Die

Monday, June 24, 2019

More Twofer Bees

Hi there.  I hope you are doing bee-utifully!

I went wild with that bee stamp this month.

My onefer....

The sunflower is the die cut I used for a stencil for this card.
It was too pretty to toss and my UFO box is so full.

The background was a leftover from the other card on the same post.

I stamped the sentiment too high for that design.
It worked well here. 

I love when I can use those leftovers right away!

A dry embossed honeycomb and a little stamping made a quick
home for this bee.

We recently visited my hometown in Vermont.
It's been so nice to be in my beloved Green Mountains.
Here's the view from our deck.

It was so nice to be there and spend time with family!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams (SU), Banner Sentiments (PB)
Ink:   Archival Jet Black, So Saffron (SU), Mustard Seed, Gathered Twigs (DI)
Paper:   Neenah
Other:  Black EP, Copic Y18, Sunflower Die (IO)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams (SU), Fancy Sayings (Clearly Besotted)
Ink:   Archival Jet Black, So Saffron (SU)
Paper:   Daffodil Delight (SU), Neenah
Other: Black EP, Hexagon EF (SU)

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Bleached Ombre

Hello friends.

I'm having a great time using the ombre technique.

Another card from our retreat.

This one uses a combination of  Linda's blending technique and Susan's
bleach technique.  I love this stamp but I don't know where it came from or
what it's called.   It comes from a Clearly Besotted stamp set called
Friend's Forever. (Thanks Colleen).  It doesn't seem to be available now
which is a shame because I would love to have this set.
Money saved!

With Linda's instruction and those blending brushes, I was able to get a rich,
smooth  background for the first time ever!

We stamped and heat embossed an image.

I loved the open flower but it kept calling to me to use bleach on it.

So I did and was I sorry!

I think I was too heavy handed with it or didn't blot fast enough.

I thought I'd ruined the whole piece.

But then I remembered that Susan had said we could go back in and
watercolor over the bleached part.

So with nothing to lose, I pulled out my watercolor pencils and a damp
waterbrush and went to work.

I think I saved it.

I hope I can save the other sample I did, but that was
enough stress for one day!

I'm joining in at

There's still a couple of days to join in at
CAS Mix Up

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe 
Stamps:  Forever Friends (ret. Clearly Besotted), Hello Friend (GKD)
Ink:   Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black, Seedless Preservs, Spun Sugar, Work Lipstick (DOX)
Paper:   Neenah
Other:  White EP, Bleach, Watercolor Pencils (Caran d'ache #90 Purple, #220 Grass Green, #69 Burnt Sienna, Blending Brushes