Saturday, October 21, 2017

More Stencil Layering

I wasn't entirely happy with this card, but thought I'd share it anyway.

I started by using a Stamplorations stencil and sponging Blushing Bride and
Certainly Celery SU ink through it.

I layered by  sponging Wilted Violet Distress and Wild Wasabi ink through a tree stencil
that my dear friend Loll had cut for me on her Silhouette.

The CAS Mix Up Challenge this month
is hosted by Julia.
You still have a few days to enter.
Using stamping, layered stencils and die cut

I'm entering this is STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge


STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Kind Words (Verve)
Ink:   Versafine black, Blushing Bride, Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi (SU), Wilted Violet (D)
Paper:   Neena
Other:  A Bloom & 3 Buds (Stamplorations), Trees (Silhouette), Sponge Daubers

Friday, October 20, 2017

An Ornament for Merry Monday


Just a quick post with another Christmas card made with bits and pieces from my UFO box.

The pine bough is dry embossed and lightly sponged with ink.

The ornament was stamped with white ink on red and heat embossed.

I inked the sentiment with markers to get the different colors.

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Ornament Keepsakes (SU), Christmas Sentiments (Kaisercraft)
Ink:   Emerald Envy, Real Red, Whisper White (SU)
Paper:  Emerald Envy, Whisper White, Real Red (SU) 
Other:  Pine Bough EF, White EP, Gold Cord (SU), X Stitch Borders (Gina Marie)

Exciting News

Hello friends.

I have some exciting news to share with you today.

A few weeks ago I found out that this card was the
September winner for the Craft Stamper Magazine's Take it Make it Challenge.

They are profiling me (in a good way) on the Craft Stamper blog today.

The Take It Make It Challenge is Anything Goes.

Enter a card and maybe we'll be reading about you.

This was the winning card.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mini Dog Thanks

Hello. My panting friend here is saying thank you to 
his owner, Nance, who let me borrow this crazy guy and his buddies.

The swap theme for our Crafty group was Cats and/or Dogs.
This was one of the many that I stamped, colored and die cut for the group.
They are handy for making a quick and fun card!

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Mini Cats & Dog (TH), Gorgeous Grunge (SU), Painted Butterflies (ALT)
Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black, Smoky Slate, Whisper White (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Whisper White Thick (SU)
Other:  Copic Markers, White EP (SU)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Rhododendron or Hydrangea

Hello dear friends.

My friend Nance (Soul Stampin') came to play a while ago and 
brought this stamp to share with me.

One of my favorite flowers is blue hydrangeas.

After watercoloring this flower, I read the name on the stamp and realized 
it's supposed to be a rhododendron.

You'll have to wait to see the Rhododendron which is also one of my favorites.

The Flower Challenge is celebrating their 1st Birthday this month!
Happy Birthday to one of my favorite challenges!

I love their new badge!

Their Design Team have shared some beautiful flowers for inspiration and the
gallery is a garden of beautiful blooms.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Rhododendron, Agapanthus (TT)
Ink:   Distress Markers (Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn), Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:   Watercolor (TH), Neena
Other: Aqua Painter (SU) , Stitched Rectangles (SSS), White Gel Pen

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fall Leaf Thank You for CAS Watercolour Reminder

Hello friends.

Today I'm reminding you that there's still time to help us celebrate our first birthday at
CAS Watercolour

We are giving away prizes too.

Here's a card I did using a watercolor Fall leaf.

I die cut some leaves out of scraps of Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper.

My watercolor was drops of re-inker picked up with my Water Brush and
dropped onto the wet die cuts.

When I was satisfied with the saturation of color, I set them aside to dry.

I recently had the pleasure of using a friends embossing folders and dies.
The embossed background was from that session.  I didn't see a name on the folder.
I would buy one if I could find it. Sigh....more enabling!

The dies for the thank you are from a place called Peachycheap.
Every morning I get an email from them with the offer of the day.
I try to resist, but sometimes.....

There are a few gold splatters on that leaf too.  I was a bit timid with them
because I had already ruined one leaf with splatters.
It's beneath this leaf to give it some more depth.

CAS Watercolour Challenge
is open until the 24th.

The Design Team is joined by our talented friend Marcia Hill.

There's lots of wonderful inspiration from the team and in the gallery.

I hope you'll check us out.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Paper:   Watercolor (Arches cold press), Neena, Gold Foil (SU)
Other:   SU Re-inkers (Tangerine Tango, Real Red), Word Dies (Peachycheap), Stitched Leaves Die (LF), Metallic Gold Paint 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

More Layered Stenciling for CAS Mix Up Reminder

Hi.  It's the 15th of the month already.

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

Julia is hosting this month and here's our fun challenge.
I used stamping, layered stenciling, heat embossing, masking, sponging and die cuts

I started by masking and sponging some Distress Ink on a card front.

Then I laid the star stencil on top and used some metallic gold creme through it.

When it was completely dry, I laid the Falling Snow stencil over the top and
added embossing paste.  While the paste was still wet, I sprinkled
Dazzling Diamond glitter over the top and shook off the excess.

My mask slipped and I had a pretty bad smudge on the top, so it sat there for a few days.

I decided to cut the sponging out and placed it on some gold foil for a border.

I realized I didn't have any stamping, so I had to do some head scratching to
 figure out how to finish this card and fit the challenge.

You can see how I solved that problem.

You can also see some, but not all, of the shine.

Oh, and I die cut the JOY 3 times so it would stand out.

Another Christmas card for the stash!

Since I used snippets of gold foil for the Joy, I can make a quick trip to
Pixie's Snippet Playground

Be sure to check out what the rest of our talented Design Team and Guest Designer have done.

I hope you'll join us at
CAS Mix Up!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps: Holly Jolly Greetings (SU)
Ink:  Blueprint Sketch (DI), Encore Gold
Paper:  Neena, Gold Foil (SU)
Other:  Stars Shimmer Stencil (MB), Metallic Gold Modellier Creme (Viva), Falling Snow Stencil (SSS), Embossing Paste (WV), Greetings Die (PB), Dazzling Diamonds (SU)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Jingle All the Way for Merry Monday


It's been a crazy, busy week but I just had to squeeze out a few minutes to do a card for
Merry Monday.

Debbie is hosting this week and she gave us a sketch to follow.

I used some pieces from a card we did in class this week.

My sentiment is on top and Santa isn't jumping on the presents, but I think it 
follows the sketch pretty closely.

Well, it has the right number of elements!

Here's the card we did in class.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Jingle All the Way (MFT)
Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:   Real Red, Garden Green, Whisper White (SU)
Other:  Sharpie Markers, Jingle Al the Way Dies (MFT), Kars Snowfall EF (retired Cuttlebug), Brick EF (Szx), Wonky Rectangle Dies (Splbndr), Flower Soft