Saturday, July 8, 2017

Happy Birthday, With a Splash

I'm always wanting a good stash of birthday cards!

I 'm entering this into two challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge #75 (info HERE).   The theme is "Black & White with a Splash".  The splash being a bit of color! I was totally inspired by Lisa Tilson at  She is one of the guest designers for the challenge and her floral cards are so beautiful!!

Flickr's LOVE!--Handmade Cards "Anything Goes" July challenge (info HERE).

I do love playing with stencils and embossing paste!  This SSS stencil is so beautiful!

I used a glossy embossing paste and the shine is so pretty!

I do appreciate you looking and leaving your comments for me!


  • Simon Says Stamp products: More Spring Flowers stamps/dies; Thoughtful Messages stamp for sentiment; Circular Lace stencil
  • Embossing paste:  Dreamweaver Glossy Black
  • Spectrum Noir markers:  CR5, DR5, DR7

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Lacy Stencil Happy Birthday

Was so fun playing with my Distress Oxide Inks and Simon Says Stamp Circular Lace stencil!

I used one of the SSS Twisted Stitch Borders to cut the stenciled piece into two parts.  For the sentiment I used a favorite SSS set, Birthday Balloons.  I made the glitter border by cutting a strip of card stock topped with a Scor-Tape adhesive sheet with the same border die and adding glitter.  Topped it off with a few beautiful Amethyst sequins from SSS.

I'm entering this card into these challenges:

SSS Flickr Challenge #74--Stunning Stenciling
SSS Monday Challenge--Stencil It
SSS Wednesday Challenge--Anything Goes

Thanks so much for taking a look!

Simon Says Stamp Exclusive products:
     Circular Lace stencil
     Twisted Stitch Borders
     Birthday Balloons
     Amethyst sequins
Distress Oxide Inks:  Wilted Violet, Broken China, Faded Jeans
Glitter:  Sparkle N Sprinkle Hanauma Bay

Friday, June 30, 2017

Rustic Country Barn

Finally getting some time to play with the Art Impressions' stamps I got at the Scrapbook March!!   LOL!

I totally love the barn in the Old Barn Mini Set!  With this I also used a tree from the Covered Bridge Mini Set along with the mini grass and a couple of little flower stamps.

When I saw the current AI Challenge #211 "Create A Background," I wondered how to incorporate a background here.  I finally settled on making a background using the tree from the Covered Bridge set and shadow stamped it for the matte to go behind the main image.

Details for the challenge are HERE
I'm also entering this into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes" featuring AI products.  The challenge info is HERE.

Thank you very much for taking a look!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sending Love & Hugs

I recently won this beautiful Poppy Border background stamp from The Ton just by leaving a comment on one of their daily release blog post!  How about that!

I'm still loving the colors from the current challenge so I've made another card to enter using my new stamp.

Details here

I used quite the variety of watercolor mediums (listed below) to color this card after heat embossing in white.

I really love how this turned out---AND not a speck of glitter or sparkle of a sequin!!  :)  Thank you so very much for taking a look!

The Ton stamps:  Poppy Border background, Dearest Peony for sentiment
Distress Inks:  Abandoned Coral, Peacock Feathers
Zig Clean Color markers:  Light Carmine, Light Pink
Marvy LePlume II No. 86 African Violet
Peerless Water Colors: Geranium Pink, Japonica Scarlet

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hello, Gorgeous!

I totally love the colors presented in The Ton Stamps Color Pallet Challenge for June, 2017.

Details here.
I've been going through my stash looking at things I've had for a long time and trying to use them.  For whatever reason, I purchased two of these blank, unfinished wooden tags!  Anyone relate?  Anyway, this was my starting point to come up with something using these beautiful colors!   I first stamped the Wishful Wildflowers in navy ink then re-stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I used Zig Clean Color markers to watercolor them.

I lost count of how many times I switched directions and changed the colors/textures on the tag!  Then I had to decide how to arrange the florals from Wishful Wildflowers.  After it was finally done I have something that I can present!  I went WAY out of my comfort zone creating this project, but it was fun to get my fingers inky and paint stained!

Thanks so much for taking a look!

The Ton Stamps Wishful Wildflowers stamps/dies; Peony Cluster Mini for sentiment
Inks:  Simon Says Stamp:  Soft Navy, Audrey Blue; Versamark Clear
Distress Paints: Abandoned Coral, White
Zig Clean Color:  Wine Red, Dull Blue, Pink
From my stash:  ribbons, trim, beads sequins, corrugated paper, doily, miscellaneous stencils

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Honey Bee Just for YouI

I really, really like these bees and all the goodies that go with them from Honey Bee Stamps!

I had an "out of the box" idea to try by weaving ribbon through two of the Hexagon Cover Plate dies (also from Honey Bee Stamps).  I used the bottom and middle layers.  Here are a couple photos of the process:
I added tape runner along the bottom, folded the ribbon over & trimmed the ends.
I turned the middle sized die cut "upside down" to have the small slits to weave the ribbon.
I die cut a white and black circle to have a base for the flowers and sentiment (& also to break up the busy background some).

Thanks so much for looking!

Honey Bee Stamps, dies:  Hexagon Cover Place bottom & middle layers; Busy Bees; Build-A-Bee; Sending You sentiments
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
Glossy Accents
yellow ribbon from my stash

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Bears Love Pink Too!

This stamp set from Ellen Hutson, Essentials By Ellen called Courage is so awesome!  They are donating $25 from each purchase to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  I didn't hesitate to get it as one of my very good friends is a survivor.  Also, my sweet mother-in-law had a double mastectomy in the early 1960's and lived a wonderful life until the age of 88!  As most of us, I know those whose lives were cut short by this terrible disease too.

So, this card is another that I will be sending to my sweet survivor friend as she continues the walk for a cure---she's walking three 3-day, 6-mile walks this year!!  Each event has a postal address to mail encouraging cards to.  I'll be sending one to each of the cities she'll be walking in!  :)

It's been raining the last three days (thankfully) and the sun peeked out for a bit today, so I had to have a bit of it in my photo!

I'm adding this to the Ellen Hutson June Mix It Up Challenge: BCRF.  Get the info HERE.

Thank you for looking and support the cause for the cure---however you can!!

Essentials by Ellen Courage; All Inside stamps/dies
Inks:  SSS Jellybean, Green Leaf, Evergreen; Memento Angel Pink; Hero Arts Bubble Gum, Picked Raspberry Distress Ink; Versafine Onyx Black
WeRMemory Keepers 3-d embossing folder

Monday, May 29, 2017

Distress Oxide Ink Labels

Being organized is being in my happy place!!  I'm a very visual person and like being able to see the colors, so I created a PDF for the labels.  Here is the link for you to print some out:   HERE

I printed these on 80# Neenah Solar White, then backed with some Scor-Tape adhesive, cut apart, and inked them up before adhering to each ink pad.

Hope these help put you in your happy place!!  :)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wishful Wildflower Birthday Card

I made this shaker card for a friend's birthday using The Ton's Wishful Wildflower stamps and dies.  This is one of those stamps that, for me, was love at first sight & I had to have it!

I've already posted this card on Instagram, but I like to have a few more details for my reference for when I want to recreate elements of certain cards.  Also, I'm entering this into a fun challenge The Ton has for this month--their Tic Tac Toe Challenge!  We are to choose 3 consecutive elements for our project.  I chose the diagonal starting with shaker card, then embossing and watercolor.

Get the details HERE
I first watercolored a background on watercolor paper using Distress Inks with a bit of yellow gold from Gansai Tambi Starry Colors.  Using Bristol Smooth card stock, I stamped and heat embossed the florals.  Then I colored with a few of my Zig Clean Color markers.

Here are a few more photos showing the beautiful shimmer and shine!

This stamp set is so pretty and I can't wait to try some more ideas I have!  Thank you so much for looking, and especially for taking a moment to comment!  :)

The Ton stamps/dies: Wishful Wildflowers; Pretty Mail; Dearest Peony for sentiment
The Ton Guava Sparkle Couture Mix
Distress Inks:  Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick
Gansai Tambi Starry Colors, yellow gold
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, light carmine, red, light green, pale green 
Shaker frame:  My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

OCC Simmer & Shine, Embossing Powder

Totally love Julie Ebersole's 2-step glitter overlay technique in this lesson of Online Card Classes!

I've had Judikin's Sticky Stuff embossing powder for a long time and never really understood how to use it until Julie showed us how!!  Instead of using a solid stamp, I used a  honeycomb stencil from from Honey Bee Stamps.  You can tell by looking at my history of card making that I don't usually go for the cute critters.  I like them all, but just not my style...usually!  When I saw this newest release from Honey Bee, I just loved them!!  These bees are totally adorable!!

I can just imagine a special someone getting this card and opening the little beehive door and seeing this so cute bee face staring back!

Such great sparkle!!!!  Added in some shine with Glossy Accents on the bee's black stripes too.

Thanks so much for taking a look!

Honey Bee Stamps:  Build-A-Bee, Bee-You-tiful Sentiments, Free-Bee
Honey Bee dies:  Honey Cuts, Build-A-Bee, Free-Bee die
Honey Bee stencil
Distress Inks:  Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey
Art Glitter Crystal ultrafine transparent
Glossy Accents
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

OCC Sparkle & Shine--Paste and Mousse

All about using pastes and mousse for this lesson of Online Card Classes.  I was inspired by Kristina Werner and her techniques to cover card stock with glitter paste and then die cut it.

I don't have glitter paste so I created my own by combining texture paste with some transparent crystal glitter.  I tinted my texture paste with some Squeezed Lemonade & Mustard Seed Distress Inks.   It turned out very sparkly!

I was hoping that the texture of the embossing paste I left would remain after die cutting, but it didn't.  Still very pretty!

A photo at an angle to capture the sparkle is a must!

Since I was using My Favorite Things products, I decided to make this card work for the MFT Color Challenge 69.

The info is HERE

Seriously love Online Card Classes!!  The best!  Thank you for taking a look!

MFT dies: Shaker Flower, Chevron Fringe
MFT stamps: Celebrate You
MFT paper: Roses All Over Pastels
Other supplies:  Wink of Stella clear, Queen & Co. clear sparkles, Pretty Pink Posh sequins

Monday, May 15, 2017

OCC Sparkle & Shine, Shimmer, Pearl, and Flakes

This lesson for the Online Card Classes Sparkle & Shine was about using pigment powders, gilding flakes and other shiny pretties!

I was totally inspired by Debby Hughes' beautiful cards using background stamps, Versamark ink, & pigment powders.  My background stamp is an oldy, but good one, from Hero Arts called Branch Background.

My twist on this was to use a subtle patterned paper instead of a solid color.  I only have two colors of Perfect Pearls so I used the one called Perfect Gold (perfectly named I think!:)  For the sentiment I used some Concord & 9th stamps and dies--Happy Words stamps and Happy Card frame dies.  For the Happy, I put a Scor-Tape sheet onto card stock and die cut it with the adhesive side up.  I brushed the Perfect Pearls onto it for a shiny Happy!  Stamped the words "birthday to you" with Versamark and then brushed on more Perfect Pearls.

I used Altenew's Spring Daisy stamped with Versamark on some Bazzill 40# vellum.  Heat embossed with Recollection's Clear Gold sparkle embossing powder.

Here's another angle to try to capture some of the beautiful shine and sparkle!

Every single one of the Online Card Classes I've taken are loaded with ideas and techniques.  I really love the inspiration!  If you haven't taken one, you should!

Thanks so much for taking a look!  Double thanks for your comments!  :)

Monday, May 8, 2017

OCC Sparkle & Shine, Glitter!

I'm taking the Online Card Class--Sparkle & Shine and today was all about glitter!!

When I first saw the Courage Stamp & Die Set from Ellen Hutson and that they were donating $25 of the purchase price to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, I had to have it.  Plus, it's a really pretty set that can be used for encouragement in many situations.

So I glittered up the pink ribbon (I should've taken photos of the process!) and stamped a few flowers around it.

Here's one that shows the sparkle!

I really love sparkle and glitter, so this class is right up my alley!  Thank you for taking a look!

Inks: Simon Says Stamp Twirling Tutu, Hero Arts Bubblegum, HA Lia Griffith ink--not named; SSS Green Leaf
Glitter:  Art Glitter Baby's Breath, Recollections Raspberry
Ellen Hutson Courage stamps/dies

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Pink Floral Happy Birthday

I do love flowers, and this card definitely shows it!! Haha!

The background (that is nearly covered in flowers) is another I made in Altenew Academy's Celebration: Stencil Techniques.  I've used one of my most favorite floral stamp sets, Altenew's Beautiful Day.

I'm entering this into two challenges:

Altenew's May Inspiration Challenge--the info is HERE.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, A Hint of Pink, info HERE.

Thank you very much for taking a look!!

Altenew Beautiful Day stamps/dies
Inks for large flower: Spun Sugar Distress Ink, Brilliance Pearlescent Coral, Memento Rose Bud
Spectrum Noir markers for small florals
Essentials by Ellen Lovely for the sentiment

Friday, May 5, 2017

Stencil Technique Cards

Altenew Academy's Celebration: Stencil Techniques has some great ideas for using stencils in different ways.  Most of it was techniques I already know, but I enjoyed being reminded and inspired by Laurel Beard and her awesome cards!

These cards aren't representative of all of the techniques shared.  I kind of got carried away with the embossing paste stenciling!  LOL!  I think it's so fun to mix ink with embossing paste to color it and then use stencils to create beautiful backgrounds!

This first card is from lesson 1.   We were to use a card cover die and then use the die cut as a stencil. Of course, after you've stenciled through the die cut, your stencil is beautifully colored and can be used for a card, which is shown on the second card.
Different from my usual style, but I like it!  

This made a very quick and easy card!

Here's when I went crazy with the embossing paste!  LOL!  I managed to get two cards made from the many backgrounds I made.

Embossing paste mixed with SSS Fog ink

Embossing paste mixed with SSS Apricot ink
These last two I will be entering into the Flickr LOVE!--Handmade Cards, ATCs & Other Crafts May challenge "Bring on the Flowers".  Info is HERE.

This was a very enjoyable class and now I have several more backgrounds all ready to be made into cards!  Thanks so much for looking!  If you leave a comment, a big thank you to you!!!

Altenew stamps/dies:  Shadow Play, Beautiful Day, Remember This, Halftone Thanks, Label Love, Shutter Cover Die
Altenew Stencil: Sketched Lines Stencil
Other stencil:  Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous THMS026
Inks:  Simon Says Stamp, Distress Inks
Other: Pretty Pink Posh sequins, clear droplets, Nuvo drops

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Happy Birthday Cardinal

One of my favorite things about spring is hearing the cardinals singing so much!  I think they are such pretty birds, even the female, with her muted colors.

When I bought this Hero Arts Color Layering Cardinal stamp set last year, I knew I'd love it for Christmas cards, but I also wanted to try it for a spring time card.  I'm entering this card into a couple challenges.
Link to the blog is HERE
Flickr group: LOVE--Handmade Cards, ATC's & Other Crafts April Challenge--Anything Goes

I used a hand-cut cloud stencil to ink the clouds in the background with Tumbled Glass Distress ink.  I experimented with the various shades of red inks I have to find a combination I like.  I use Abandoned Coral Distress ink for the 1st layer.  Second layer is Simon Says Stamp Lipstick Red, finishing with Aged Mahogany Distress ink for the 3rd layer.  The flowers are stamped with SSS Twirling Tutu and Hot Lips.

I edged my card base with some Scor-tape and added some pretty soft pink Art Glitter in Baby's Breath to create my own glittery edges.

I added flower centers and a few extra dots with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Red Berry.  Also added Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen to flowers and darkest ink on bird, but it doesn't show in the photo.

Thank you for taking a look!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Best Wishes Peony

Being a "flower" addict, I had to get a couple of The Ton's new stamps!  Today I have used Dearest Peony for my card.

I'm entering this into a few challenges:
Get the details HERE
Flickr's LOVE--Handmade Cards, ATC's & other Crafts--April Challenge Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...Splash It On

I did a lot of "splashing" on this one!  I created the background using the "ink smooshing" technique, sprayed on a bit of water, the sprayed on a bit of Perfect Pearls & Distress Spray Stain.  The flower was watercolored with Zig Clean Color markers and added more details with two Prismacolor Pencils.

I love this copper embossing powder!!!!

Here is a photo with the main supplies I used.  Not very many really.

Thank you for taking a moment to check out my card!  If you leave a comment, a BIG thank you to you!!!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Birthday Card Boo-boo's

I'm putting this up on the blog to participate in Darnell's 2nd Annual April Fool's Boo-boo Hop and NBUS Challenge #11.  Our entry can be sharing our boo-boo's and/or NBUS!  No prizes, but just fun times seeing that we all have those moments!

So here is the front of the card in all its glory!  These are stamps and dies from My Favorite Things.

You may be wondering, what's the problem?  Well, the "problem" is that I had the entire card front adhered to my card base before beginning the sentiment inside!  There must've been an earthquake when I stamped this sentiment!  I guess I was in shock because I then promptly dropped the ink pad onto the card!!  Argghhh!!  What to do?!!  Also notice the little smudge along the right side!!

So I wracked my brain and Ta-da!  It clicked into gear and saw the extra pieces and parts leftover from the front!  Re-stamped the sentiment & die cut it with a Spellbinders die to cover the original boo-boo.  The extra leaves and flower covered the ink smudges!!  YAY!  LOL!

So the moral of this story, for me, is to consider completing the inside before finishing the front.  We'll see if that happens.....haha!   Thanks so much for taking a look!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Daily Coloring Challenge, Week 4

I really challenged myself to color each day of this challenge & I'm so glad I did!  Some of the projects covered two days which is why there's not 30 projects.  Not only do I have cards for my stash and some to send in for a card drive, I do feel like I'm more confident in my coloring!  Kathy Racoosin will have another challenge, and I encourage anyone to follow her blog to get the details on when and how to play along!

Another flower from Simon Says Stamp's More Spring Flowers colored with Zig Clean Colors.

Because petunias are one of my most favorite flowers, I had to have this Modern Petunia set from WPlus9.  I colored this with Spectrum Noir markers.  Used my Cricut Explore to cut out a basket and embossed it with a We R Memory Keepers 3-D embossing folder.

I drooled every time I saw someone post on Instagram using this beautiful stamp, so I caved!  Love, love this!  Used Prismacolor watercolor pencils to color.

Here's this same stamp colored with Zigs.  Instead of using water to blend the colors, I used my clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to blend!  Oh the shine!  Made a shaker card using Concord & 9th's Happy Card Frame dies & Happy Words stamp set.  Filled with Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

And this won't be the last of this stamp set for me!  I love the different looks you can achieve using different colors and mediums.  This time I embossed it in gold & colored with Zig Clean Color markers.  For the main flower I used one of the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors to blend for the shine.

Just look at the beautiful shine!

Well, if you've looked at all of these for this challenge, I thank you so much!  Love to get comments too and I'm so appreciative of those that take a moment!