Sunday, March 31, 2019

Turning the Page April 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 April 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, March 29, 2019

Christmas Bear

 Hello.  I hope you've had a good week and have some fun planned for the weekend.

I have a twofer for you today.

A friend subscribes to the Spellbinder's kits and brought them to craft group to share.

I had the Winter Wishes - December kit and made two cards from it
using the bear die.

It's probably supposed to be a polar bear as in the first card.

My sister loves bears so I thought I'd make one in brown too.

I used some decorative paper from the kit, tore some snowbanks and cut the scarf from 
a piece of felt I'd picked up from the thrift store.

I added some Dazzling Details for sparkle along the snowbanks.

I want to join in at Rudolph Days where Mo has
a Christmas challenge each month.
It's anything goes Christmas.


Christmas Kickstart #7 is looking for
Delectable Die-Cuts

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Tall Flowers

Hi there.  I hope you are having a good week so far.
I've been playing with some new Penny Black Dies.

This die set has the vase and flowers.

I die cut the vase from a little piece of Inka Gold Smoosh and 
the flowers from Mixed Media paper.

I've colored the flowers with Distress Markers and a damp waterbrush.

I've shaped the vase a bit and fastened the flowers behind it then 
adhered with some dimensionals.

A little dry embossing and a stamped sentiment finish this CAS Card.


I've gone with the Clean and Simple.

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Banner Sentiments (PB)
Ink:   Early Espresso (SU), Distress Markers
Paper:   Neenah (110 lb. Solar White), Mixed Media
Other:  Tall Flowers Die (PB), Charles EF (Cuttlebug), Inka Gold

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Rockin' Robin for Jingle Belles

Hello.  I hope you've had a good weekend
with lots of time to play and enjoy yourself!

I was afraid I wouldn't get time to do a Christmas card for the

With the help of my UFO box, I got one together pretty quickly.

I added some Sparkle Paste to the holly and Flower Soft to the bird's hat
and found an embossed panel to perch it on.

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

Di likes to see bits used up too, so I'll take this over to
Pixie's Snippet Playground

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Christmas Memories (PB)
Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:   Real Red, Very Vanilla (SU)
Other:  Watercolor Pencils, Markers, Holly die (?), Holiday Words EF (Quickutz), Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste, Polar White Flower Soft

Friday, March 22, 2019

Another Deer for Christmas

Hi.  I have a prancing deer to share with you today.

This card was made from all leftover pieces in my UFO box and
sitting on my work table.

The background was dry embossed and the trees watercolored.
I embossed a piece of vellum with the same embossing folder and placed it 
over the colored trees.  It made me think of a snowy background.

An already die cut frame worked great for holding the vellum in place.

This deer was cut from a snippet of Crumb Cake cardstock and
I sponged the edges with a darker ink.

I thought it needed a little something extra so I attached
a wooden snowflake to the corner.
I'll probably wish I hadn't done that when it's time to mail this!

CAS Christmas will be ending in a few couple days.
Challenge ends on the 24th.

They are asking for anything with hooves.
I think this deer has hooves although they are kind of hidden
under the frame.  I put him there and I can vouch for the hooves.

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Festive Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Soft Suede (SU)
Paper:   Neenah (110 lb. Natural), Watercolor (Strathmore Hot Press), Cardstock Vellum, Crumb Cake, Crumb Cake Textured (SU)
Other:  Tall Pines EF (TH/Sizzix), double Pierced Rectangles Die (Avery Elle), Delightful Deer Die (MFT)

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Flower Power for Memory Box

Hello and welcome.

I've really enjoyed this Verona Bouquet die from Memory Box.

I die cut from mixed media paper and used sponge daubers to add ink
to the flowers and leaves.  Then I used a damp waterbrush to move the ink,
adding more ink from a palette when needed.

I've shaped the flowers with a stylus on a soft mat
and popped them over a piece of stencil monoprint.

The stencil monoprint was done with a crackle stencil and powdered
Lindy's Magicals.  It was not the first pressing or else I blotted it with a paper towel.
It was in the background box and honestly, I don't remember 'xactly.
My rememberer isn't functioning as well as it use to!

The embossing around the aperture was done with a die.

I'm going to enter at the
Memory Box Out of the Box Challenge #47
and at

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Agapanthus (TT)
Ink:   Bashful Blue, Not Quiet Navy, Gumball Green, Crushed Curry Marker (SU)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series), Neenah (110 lb. Solar White
Other:  Verona Bouquet Die (Memory Box), Sponge Daubers, Waterbrush Crackle Stencil (Plaid), Screaming Banshee Black Lindy's Magicals, Double Stitched Circle Dies (LI)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Ghosting in the Meadow Clover

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

I have another card done with the Ghosting Stencil technique.

I sponged with Distress ink then spritzed with water over the stencil
laid atop the sponged piece.  I quickly removed the stencil and gave it
a few seconds for the water to do it's magic. Then I blotted it with a paper towel.

This clover die made me think of St. Patrick's Day.
I'm a little late though.


Poppystamps Challenge #54
I've used an old Poppystamps die and it's CAS

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Take Care (ret. SU)
Ink:   Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers (DI)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series), Neenah (110 lb. Solar White)
Other:  Stencil Leaves 2 (Sanna Lippert for Stamplorations), Meadow Clover Die (PS)

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Oh Deer

Hello friends.

I'm here today to remind you that there's still time to join in the
challenge and birthday celebration at
CAS Christmas

Our host this month is Susan and here's the challenge.

I used a smooshed background piece and added die cuts that 
have been sponged a bit.  I tore a snowbank and put it all behind a frame.

It was so much fun and I had this extra deer die, so I did another.

I got the sentiment crooked on this one, so I had to add another snowbank. Oops!

The background was done with re-inkers and a little Frost White paint
on my craft mat and spritzed.  I smooshed some cardstock around in the 
paint until I was happy with the coverage.

When the light hits the background, it has a lovely shine.

We're celebrating our first birthday and we have prizes.

The Design Team and our awesome Guest Designer, Chrissie have lots of inspiration for you.

Hope you'll join us.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Holiday Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Encore Silver
Paper:   Neenah (110 lb. Solar White, Naturals Ivory (ret. SU)
Other:  Re-inkers (Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy), Frost White Paint, Delightful Deer Die (MFT), Birches Die (IO), Stitched Rectangles Die (SSS)

Saturday, March 16, 2019

More Watercolor Vellum

Hello.  Have you tried to watercolor on vellum yet?

There's still some time to join in at
I am really enjoying this technique!
Thank you for choosing it this month, Jenny.

I found this die cut from vellum that a dear, sweet friend sent me a while ago.

I colored it on the front side with Zigs.

It did curl the vellum a bit, but I used it to my advantage.  Flowers are not flat IRL.

I popped it on a piece embossed with my new embossing folder.
I found it on Amazon and it was too big to go through my Big Shot.
An Xacto knife took care of that.  I can use it on portrait and landscape cards.
You'll probably be seeing a lot of it!

Our CAS Watercolour Design Team along with Guest Designers, Brigit and Ros
have some wonderful inspiration to share with you.

Hope you'll pull out your vellum and watercolors and have
as much fun as I did.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Paper:   Neenah (110 lb. Solar White), Vellum Cardstock (SU)
Other:  Flower Die (Alexandra Renke), Zigs CCRBM )Mid Green, Olive Green, Lt. Carmine), Stitched Squares Die (Lil Inkers)

Friday, March 15, 2019

Stained Glass Your Love

Hi there.  So glad you stopped by.

We're still using faux stained glass techniques 
and celebrating our 3rd birthday at CAS Mix Up.

My mixed media are Faux Stained Glass using Alcohol Ink, Die Cut and Stamping.

This was a super QACAS (quick and easy clean and simple) card.

I die cut this strip that looked a little like a stained glass window
and chose a background from my alcohol ink stash.

This is much brighter than my usual colors but I thought it fit.

The sentiment stamp was a gift from a friend.
I love this scripture.  It makes my heart soar!

The Design Team and our Guest Designer, Gundi, have
come up with some awesome designs to inspire you.

I hope you'll come and join the CAS Mix Up party!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Psalm 36:5 (?)
Ink:   Pacific Point (SU)
Paper:   Neenah (110 lb. solar white), photo paper 
Other:  Alcohol Ink, Lucienne Tile (MB), Dew Drops (Starlit Studio)

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Balloon for Twofer

Hi there.

I know some of you are having horrible weather.
Wish you could be here with me.

Today I'm playing at the Twofer Challenge #14

I don't have a lot of balloon stamps but I have some dies and punches.

I used this die from Simon Says Stamp for both my cards.

For the first card, I die cut the balloon from a snippet of Alcohol Inked background,
cut across the bottom so it wouldn't roll over, placed it on the table and watercolored
this pretty flower die cut that had been sent to me in a package of fun goodies
from a sweet, dear friend. 

For my twofer, I  die cut the balloon from a snippet of
Inka Gold Smoosh background, added some gold twine so it 
wouldn't float into outer space and popped it on an embossed piece
that I found in my UFO box.  I used the stamps from the coordinating
set for the sentiment.

Since I used some snippets, I'm going over for a quick play at

I think I'll go enjoy the sunshine before the cold returns.

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Handwritten Borders (SSS - c. 1), Celebrate (SSS - c. 1)
Ink:   Pacific Point (c. 1), Island Indigo (c.2)
Paper:   Neenah (110 lb. Solar White)
Other:  Celebration Time Die (SSS), Square Lattice EF (ret. SU - c. 1), Diagonal Stripe EF (ret. SU - c.2), Floral Squares (Pinkfresh Studio), Inka Gold, Alcohol Ink

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Ghosted Daisy

Hi there.  I'm glad you stopped by.

I'm excited that I had success with the CAS Stencil technique.
I tend to have problems with this technique but perseverance paid off!

I'll just say that this wasn't my first attempt!

I used Distress inks to sponge a background, laid my stencil on top,
and spritzed liberally with water.  I immediately (or as fast as I can move)
removed  the stencil, grabbed a paper towel and blotted.

I blotted another inky stencil with a clean piece of cardstock
and it left behind another great background to add to the stash. :-)

I've shaped the die cut daisy to pop on top and die cut the sentiment
from more of the ghosted piece.

CAS Stencil hosted by Julia

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Card Recipe
Ink:   Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed (DI)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series), Neenah (110 lb. Solar White)
Other:  Stencil (TH), Daisy Die (AE), Many Thanks Die (PB), Sunshine Punches

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Angel for Jingle Belles

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

I had just received this beautiful angel die and was delighted to have
a really good reason to use it so soon.

I've cut the angel out of Glimmer paper and twice from Gold Foil.  I glued the
gold so it would peek out from around the sparkly angel.

I stamped a music score with Gold Ink on a piece
of vanilla cardstock and added a thin gold mat around that.

The sentiment is heat embossed with gold.

I'm joining the Jingle Belles Challenge
(Use music notes, sheet music or instruments)

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Star of Wonder (PTI), Cling Music Score (Stampendous)
Ink:   Encore Gold
Paper:   Neenah (110 lb. Natural), Very Vanilla, gold Foil, Glimmer Dazzling Diamond (SU)
Other:  Gold EP (SU), Double Pierced Square (Avery Elle), Christmas Angel (Stamplorations)