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.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


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

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


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

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Oh Christmas Tree


I meant to post this Friday, but things kept cropping up
and it didn't happen.  All good stuff though, so I'm not complaining.

I'm almost late for Merry Monday where Deanne is hosting this week.

Or should I say, last week?

I have set a goal to clean out my Christmas UFO box this year.

The emboss resist tree was tucked away in there and so was the dry embossed piece of green.

I rounded the corners with a punch and added some iridescent foil dots for decorations.

It looked like a tag to me, so I added a snippet of curled seam binding to the top.

Another Christmas card for the stash.

Since I used some snippets here, I'm going to skip over to
Pixie's Snippet Playground

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Snowswirled (retired SU), Holiday Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Old Olive, Whisper White
Other:  White EP, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Iridescent dots, Square Lattice EF (SU), Stately EF (Craft Concepts)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Guest Designing for Inspired By All The Little Things

Hi there.

I'm so excited to share that my good friend Darnell invited me to
be a Guest Designer for Inspired By All The Little Things.
This is an inspiration challenge started by another
very talented friend, Lesley Croghan.

Of course I said yes!

Here's the challenge...

and here's my card...

My eyes immediately found those cream and rust colored mums.

Being a CAS girl, I chose to go with one and clear embossed the mum
on hot press watercolor paper.

I used watercolors and re-inkers to get some of the rust color in the mix.

I've got to tell you, I ended up with a hot mess!

So I tried stamping a different mum....several times.

Nothing was making me happy.

You know that feeling when it's just right?

Well it wasn't coming.

My eye kept going back to this hot mess and I had an eureka moment!

I didn't have to use the whole messy piece.

When I held a circle die over it, it didn't look half bad.

This made me happy.

Being a guest designer makes me happy.

And this will make my sister happy, come her anniversary.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Mum's the Word, Beautiful Butterflies (PTI)
Ink:   VersaMark, Cajun Craze (SU)
Paper:   Watercolor (Arches hot press), Rustic Cream (PTI), Chocolate Chip (SU)
Other:  Clear EP (SU), Double Stitched Circles Die (LI), Gansai Tambi Watercolor (Brown), Re-inker (Cajun Craze)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wildflowers NBUS

Hi there.

I have used another NBUS stamp for
Darnell's NBUS Challenge
It's the last day of this challenge and I've got to say that not only is there an amazing gallery
of inspiration, but Darnell has made us laugh every day of this challenge.  And somehow in these
times and tragedies, we need to remember to add laughter along with the tears.
This is my 3rd and final entry.

Sadly or gladly there are still many more NBUS items in that box.

This one had been in there for a long time.

The flowers were stamped twice, the second time on a scrap.

After coloring both sets, with watercolor pencils and blending with a Blender Pen,
I fussy cut those on the scrap, shaped with a bone folder and
adhered over the others with dimensionals.
The picture doesn't show the dimension very well but they really stand out.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Wildflowers (C9), Papillon Potpourri (SU)
Ink:   Archival Black (Ranger)
Paper:   Basic Black, Whisper White (SU)
Other:  Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen (SU), Bitty Butterfly Punch (SU), Stitched Rectangles (SSS), 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Fall Leaves for CAS Watercolour Again

Hello Friends.
Did you ever have one of those days when you wish you'd left well enough alone?
Today is one of those days for me.
Some of you saw a similar post earlier.
When I got on the computer this morning, I saw comments for my
CAS Watercolour Post.
I had scheduled it for AM instead of PM!

So I tried to fix it.
I should have just left it because I lost it and now I'm rewriting the post.
If you're confused, just know that I am more so!

It's a special month at CAS Watercolour
Wow this year has gone fast!

And we have Prizes

$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for Challenge Winner
$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for one random draw of all entries
 (must follow rules to be eligible for prizes)

Here's my card.

I used Loll's Tissue Paper Tutorial to watercolor, scrunch, glue and 
heat emboss with gold powder.

Here's a photo that shows more of the shine.

Now it's your turn.

I hope you'll watercolour some Fall Leaves and join us at

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Lighthearted Leaves (retired SU)
Ink:   VersaMark, Distress Ink (Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Seedless Preserves)
Paper:   Vanilla Thick (SU), White, Tissue
Other:  Leaflets Framelits (SU), Gold EP (SU), Leaves EF (Darice)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Stencil, Stencil for CAS Mix Up

Hello, my friends.

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

First, here's my card.

Julia is hosting our challenge this month.
I used stamping, layering 3 different stencils, masking, and die cutting

I began by using the leftover piece from die cutting the Memory Box Delicate Fern
as a stencil, sponging through it with Distress Oxide ink.  
It went on so smooth!

I cut some more ferns from all over sticky Post-it notes and
laid them over the stenciled ferns.

Then I laid a dotty stencil over top and added some Distress Oxide ink through that
with a sponge dauber.

Wanting some color in my garden, I used a Tim Holtz stencil, sponging
with dye inks for the flowers. 

I wanted more vibrant colors for the flowers and I love 
the contrast between the two different inks!

After trying several different colors and typed of ink for the sentiment,
I settled on using the Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink.
I thought the softness of that ink fit best with the feeling of the card.

Now it's your turn.

I hope you'll pull out your stencils and join us at CAS Mix Up.

If you need some helpful inspiration, check out the fantastic cards
our Design Team has come up with.

We have some video tutorials at the challenge site too.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Tulips (Technique Tuesday)
Ink:   Peeled Paint, Antique Linen (DOX), Calypso Coral, Mossy Meadow (SU)
Paper:   Neena
Other:  Delicate Fern Die (MB), Stitched Squares Die (SSS), Crow Mesh Stencil (Rebekah Meier for TCW), Wildflower Stencil (TH)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Scarlet Majesty for NBUS Challenge

Hello, my friends.

I have another Christmas card for you to take a peek at.

This is not the first try!

Let's put it this way, I'm glad there's 2 sides to the paper!

I tried to splatter masking fluid and discovered that I need more practice at that.

Lots more practice!

As you can see, there isn't any speckles.

What actually landed on the paper came off on my paint brush.

And I did wait til it was dry.

It wasn't fun picking those little goo balls of the brush.

I guess I pulled my brush too hard?

Anyway, this is a NBUS stamp that I just had to have last Christmas.

I'm finally getting around to using it.

I tried inking the stamp with markers and stamping.
My MISTI works wonderfully for this technique.

After playing with the first try, and failing, 
I spritzed the stamp and stamped on another piece of mixed media paper.

Usually this doesn't work for me, but today it did!

Then, I worked some wet on wet wash around the image.

I thought about adding some splatters, but thought I'd better stop
and call it well enough.

I did brave stamping a sentiment.

Even with MISTI, I hold my breath when I add a sentiment!

The design piece is mounted on a piece of foam then to the card base.

The lovely Darnell is holding her

In case you haven't checked out her blog lately, she has given us
lots of laughs this week using cheeky sentiments.

Her challenge lasts until October 4 and this is my 2nd entry.

Thanks, my friend, for encouraging us to use those NBUS items we just had to have,
then forgot what we wanted to do with them!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Scarlet Majesty (PB), Think Big Christmas (PTI)
Ink:   Gathered Twigs (DI), Distress Markers (Peeled Paint, Pine Needles, Festive Berries, Barn Door, Wild Honey, Gathered  Twigs)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Vanilla Thick (SU)
Other:  MISTI, Aqua Painter, Distress Sprayer (TH)