Thursday, January 19, 2017

CASology and HLS January Challenge...and much more!

I've been really busy making cards this week.  I need a boxed set for a gift and then just some birthday cards for upcoming get ready...lots to see!


This first card works for the cue card at CASology and Happy Little Stampers January "anything goes with dies" challenges.

The flowers are die cuts from Penny Black that I cut out of watercolor paper and painted with watercolors.  I had to paint them several times to get the deep red color I wanted. On another piece of water color paper, I loosely painted the background with green and blue.  I really love how the background turned out! I then cut the background with a stitched rectangle die from SSS and popped the flowers on top of the painted background.  The sentiment is from Sugar Pea Designs.

This card could also work for both challenges.  I cut a 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of water color paper and added my watercolors in blue and yellow.  I "think" I might be getting the hang of water colors! I die cut the word "Kindness" from the painted background and also cut it from a piece of craft foam and popped it back in the water color base.  The die and the rest of the sentiment are also from Sugar Pea Designs. (Oh...and don't forget to pop the little pieces from the middle of the letters back in the appropriate places!) comes the "photo heavy" part....LOL!

This one is entirely hand painted

The first ten of this last group of cards will be used as a boxed set that I'm giving as a gift.  I've also made a cute little purse (Thanks for the link [for the purse by LeeAnn Greff] to the tutorial, Loll!)

Whew!  I think that's all for right now...

Sorry for such a LONG post, but I really wanted to share my burst of inspiration! For the sake of space and time, I didn't put a description of the cards in this post, but as always, if you have any questions about how something was done, or what products were used...just drop me an email and let me know. (You can click on the contact me button on the right hand side of this blog.)

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year.....and...LIM 309

Happy New Year!  It seems the older I get the faster the years fly by!  Sometimes I can barely keep up! Hopefully, this year, I'll be a little better at keeping up with my blog.  I've been making a few changes and hopefully, keeping up with my blog better will be one of the good changes!

The holidays were extremely busy around here.  We had several family get-togethers and those are always BIG!  There was baking, shopping, wrapping of gifts...and just the general holiday rush! I had to move the location of my tree this year...I'm thinking I like it in this spot. I also managed to make some cards.  Unfortunately, I did not manage to get any Christmas cards mailed this year!  (I'll have plenty for next year though.)

I've made a few cards that I can use as encouragement for a friend of mine who recently found out that she has breast cancer.  

So, let's move on to the cards...

I believe this card is perfect for the LIM challenge. The last challenge of the year was to make a card with dimension...and here it is!  I stamped the flowers on water color paper using a Penny Black stamp and a very light distress ink for stamping.  I colored the images with Tombow markers and a little water on a brush.  Then I cut around the edges of the image and popped on a white card base. The sentiment is from SSS.  I colored some water color paper with the same color used for the blooms, then used the believe die to cut the sentiment.  I cut several layers of the word so that It would be popped up off the card.  The "all things are possible" is from the same stamp set.

This next card also has dimension on it...I used the Peony Swirls stamp from Altenew.  I layered my stamping using masks, then after coloring with Copics, I cut around the image and popped it on the card base. The sentiment is from SSS.

I really love this PB stamp, so i used it again, only this time I stamped it on Bristol paper and colored it with Zig Clean Color brushes. I added a few Nuvo pearl drops.

I love this sentiment from SSS.  I smooshed some distress inks on some card stock, then sprinkled a little water over it and blotted it with a paper towel.  After making sure it was really dry, I stamped the SSS sentiment in Versafine black and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I also added a few faux stitches on each side of the panel.

I know this was a looooooong thank you for sticking with me!  Maybe if I keep up with my blog on a regular basis, my post won't be this long! 

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Whoosh....It's Almost Christmas!

Seems as though we just got started on 2016....and here we are at Christmas 2016 already!  WHERE does the time go!  I've been SO busy since Thanksgiving!  There were presents to buy, house to decorate, food to cook, presents to wrap, company coming, baking yet to be done, birthdays galore...and more! I hosted the annual Christmas party for the widows group from my church...we had 16 in attendance.  I cooked a great meal for everyone, we played games, wrote Christmas cards to the home bound folks from church, and did a lot of talking and visiting.  After 4 hours, I was exhausted!...but a good kind of exhausted

In between all these chores (okay, some of the chores were fun), I managed to make a few Christmas cards (which I've yet to address and mail!)...Thought I'd share them with you today.  This will be a PHOTO HEAVY post for sure! To view any of the cards larger, just click on the image.

I'd list all the products used for the cards, but you'd still be trying to read through this blog post next week!  So....if you have any questions about products or techniques on any of the cards, just click on the envelope at the top of the blog that says contact me, and shoot me an email with your question and I'll get back to you as soon as I can!

If you've hung in this're a real trooper!  Thanks a $Million!

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

LIM #299 - Acetate or Vellum

It's been a while since I've played along with the Less is More Challenge.  This week the challenge is to use acetate or vellum on a card.

Here's my take on this week's challenge...

I guess it's been a while since I made a card...this card took me ALL day long to finish!  I have no idea why it was so slow!  

This is a new die from Hero Arts...cut twice (once in red and another in white) and layered slightly off center.  I cut an aperture from the center of a card panel with a stitched circle die (also cut the edges with a stitched-edged rectangle die).  The holly leaves were cut with a very OLD die that I'm not even sure where I got it! I backed the circle with a piece of vellum, then stamped part of the sentiment with Stazon ink and added the layered "joy".  The leaves were colored with Copics and I added some Wink of Stella for a little shine. For berries, I used red pearls.  Popped the panel with craft foam....and done!

I really loved the end result...just took me a while to get there! LOL!

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

One-Layer Simplicity Challenge #32 and The Flower Challenge #1

This is my second post for today....I have a two cards to share with for the One-Layer Simplicity Challenge #32 and the other for a new challenge at The Flower Challenge #1.....So let's get started!

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This was a fun card to create.  I haven't done much ink blending lately (mostly because I've been playing with my water colors!).  I masked off the rectangle in the center with some post-it tape and blended some distress inks (candy apple red, carved pumpkin, and squeezed lemonade).  I removed the post-it tape and stamped the silhouette image from Paper Smooches in versafine black.  After making sure the distress ink was completely dry, I stamped the sentiment from SSS and heat embossed it in white. I added the faux stitched border with a dark orange memento marker.  Super simple card...but I love how it turned out.

And's the card for the Flower Challenge....

I absolute LOVE this flower from Penny Black!  I stamped it on Bristol paper and colored it with Zig Clean Color Markers.  Then....I fussy cut this flower!  Those tiny stems are VERY fragile!  I also used a black marker to color all of the edges of the image after I cut it out.  I cut a panel of white card stock about 4 x 5.5 inches and used an embossing folder (Tim Holtz, I think) to emboss the bricks.  I cut the center of the panel out using an oval die from Spellbinders BEFORE putting it in the embossing folder.  I used a little distress ink on the card base for the background and some splatters from the ink as well as some water splatters.  The sentiment is from Winnie and Walter...stamped in black.  I fussy cut the word hello and then cut a small rectangle for the word friend. Both words are adhered directly to the brick panel. I slipped the flower behind the oval and popped ups the blooms with some foam tape. I added a dark pink border down each sided of the card (it actually matches the blooms IRL!).

I know I'm going to love this flower challenge!  It seems that most of my cards feature a flower of some kind!

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CAS Watercolour Challenge #1 and One-Layer Simplicity Challenge #32

There's a new challenge this month - the CAS Watercolour Card Challenge.  I've been working on my water coloring skills.  I'm beginning to see some improvement.  I also love the colors of Autumn! The second card also meets the requirements for the One-Layer Simplicity Challenge this month.


Here's my first card for the challenge....

I LOVE this card.  The colors are so rich and vibrant!  For the water color on this card, I used a panel of Bristol paper and stamped the image multiple times (using a mask for some of the leaves) in Versafine black ink (which is a great ink for water colors).  I colored the leaves with a red, orange, yellow, and green Zig Clean Color markers, then used my Silver #4 brush and water to blend the colors together a bit.  You might notice that there is one leaf popped up over the other leaves...that one was stamped on another piece of Bristol paper and hand cut.  The stamp is from I've had forever in my stash...but I use it often. After coloring all the leaves, I used a stitched rectangle for SSS to trim it down a bit.  I backed it with a piece of dark brown and adhered it to a white card base.The sentiment is also from SSS. It's a little difficult to see on here, but I added some Wink of Stella to each of the leaves.'s my second card for the CAS Watercolour Card Challenge...which also works for the One-Layer Simplicity Challenge this month.

Same leaf stamp...different water coloring technique.  I colored the leaf with water color crayons in red, orange, and yellow.  I haven't really tried using the water color crayons before and wasn't sure what I would get.  I practiced on some scrap card stock first...and trust makes a LOT of difference how much water you spritz on the stamp after you color it with the crayons.  You really need to let the water sit on the stamp for a little bit before you try to stamp with it.  You can also get second and third generation images with this technique.  After I had stamped each of these leaves, the card just seem to need something else, so I added some splatters with "ink" I created with the same crayons used for coloring the stamp. This is also a one layer card.

I'm really going to love this challenge because it keeps me using my water colors!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Lots to Share....

First of all...I must warn you....this is a VERY photo-heavy post! 

I've been extremely busy making cards, and just never could get around to posting them.  I needed quite a few cards for the widow's group meeting this month, as we ended up mailing out almost 30 cards to the home bound members from our church. we go...and I'll give a brief description for each card, but as always, if you have specific questions, use the contact me button on my blog and I will get back with you as soon as possible.  

Water color with Zig clean color brushes on Bristol paper, mounted on a pink background. Added drops of irResistable.  

One layer card, stamped with Harvest berries from PTI in shades of blue from Hero Arts.  Sentiment is from a very old Flourishes stamp set. Berries are coated with glossy accents and a little wink of stella added to the leaves.

Image cut with Silhouette Cameo, colored with Copics and adhered to card base...with flowers popped off the paper with foam tape.  Sentiment is from SSS.

Image from SU on Bristol paper, and colored with Zig Clean Color brushes.  Sentiment is from Hero Arts.  Added wink of stella on the blooms.

Same image...another color and colored this time with Copics.

Image from SSS and sentiment is from PTI.  Stamped on Bristol paper and colored with Zig Clean Color brushes.  Popped on a deep purple background.

Image from Power Poppy, brought into Silhouette program and made a cut file to cut the flowers out. Printed the sentiment from Silhouette and cut out the oval on the card panel. Put the flowers inside the oval and inked the card base (background) with Distress Inks.

Image from Uniko. Stamped the flower in black, and added the stem with a Copic multi-liner pen. Sentiment is from Jillybean Soup and is stamped in Versafine black.  Added quite a few dots of irResistable drops.

LOVE this (digi) image...from Power Poppy.  I also have this as a Flourishes stamp that I bought years ago (same artist), but I'm able to resize the digi to fit (can't do that with a regular stamp).  Printed this out on water color paper (Canson), and colored it with Inktense water color pencils and then used a water brush to smooth out the pencil and add shading. Sentiment is part of the digi image download. To be able to print both the image and the sentiment at the same time, use something like Photoshop Elements to change the background on the apples to transparent, then when you put the sentiment to the back layer, the two images do not overlap.  When changing the background to a transparent background, you have to save the image as a .png file.  I wasn't able to change the background on the sentiment as the lines are so small, but just taking the white background off the apple image allowed me to print both images at the same time.  I'm sure to some of you this sounds like a foreign language...LOL! those of you that use Photoshop Elements, you'll know what I'm talking about. can learn almost anything watching YouTube videos!

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