Thursday, October 19, 2017


Playing along with this week's Less is More one-layer challenge, code word "Stars." I used Lawn Fawn's Upon a Star set for the foxes, stars, and sentiment. I first stamped the stars with Versamark, then the foxes and part of the sentiment with Versafine and clear embossed all. I stamped the word "star" with Encore silver metallic ink and clear embossed that, too. The foxes were colored with Spectrum Noir markers (I'm still learning which colors work together!) and I smooshed the sky area with distress oxides to create a resist. Finally, I added a tiny bit of Wink of Stella to the foxes ears and tails (can't really see it) and a few crystal drops. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Pumpkins Challenge

What a sweet surprise to be chosen for the Flower challenge! When I heard the news I was just beginning a two-week camping trip in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan  with my husband and was concerned I wouldn't have the technology available to be Guest Designer. With a little extra effort I was able to coordinate with free WiFi spots to get it done. Of course, I always travel with a few card making supplies! I'm proud to be able to post this badge on my blog. 

For the Pumpkins challenge, I once again called on one of my favorite stamp sets from Sunny Studios. I used watercolors in different shades with these easy, three-layer stamps on heavy watercolor paper, which I love for the texture it creates. Happy Fall!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Pumpkin Time

Playing along with Less is More's sketch this week. I used Sunny Studio's Pretty Pumpkins layering set with both distress oxide and Gina K inks for a variety of colors. I masked the individual pumpkins to arrange them behind each other, then dry embossed the front of the card. The sentiment is from Altenew. I stamped it on vellum with versamark then heat embossed with gold embossing powder, adding a few little sequins for bling. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Summer Friends

All summer long we've enjoyed watching the hummingbirds flutter around at the honeysuckle vines, the coral bells, and the feeder. A couple of weeks ago there was a flurry of activity as they gathered as much energy as they could store for their long treks - they fly alone, individually, we found out - back to Central America. 

Suddenly, they're gone and the garden is too quiet. I made this little card with those tiny, jewel-like birds in mind, and to play along with Less Is More's "Take Flight" theme and Addicted to CAS's "Florals."

I used a small, square notecard of 120# watercolor paper and simply colored directly on the Penny Black stamp with watercolor crayons. Then I sprayed the stamp with water and stamped the paper. Easy and fun! I embossed a stitched frame, and added the sentiment from a Cathy Zielske set. To give it a little bling, I added a few dew drops.

Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

More Apples!

I'm still into apples. For this card I used the same stamp set as previous, stamped with Versafine onyx ink, and embossed with clear embossing powder. I did the same with the sentiment, which is from Cathy Zielske. I also added a few liquid crystal drops for accent. The fun part was coloring the apples. I used Prismacolor pencils once again. I didn't expect the colors to come out so clearly on kraft paper, but I was pleasantly surprised. It just took a little layering and shading, which is what coloring is all about for me! 

I'm going to enter this card into this week's Addicted to CAS and Less is More challenges. Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, September 12, 2017


I'm playing along with Addicted to CAS this week where the theme is Apples. For this card I created a background using a stencil from Altenew, Watercolor Stripes, with distress oxide inks in Faded Jeans and Twisted Citron. I reached back in my stash for the Stampin' Up apples stamp, and colored the apples with Prismacolor pencils. I stamped the sentiment, also from Stampin' Up, with versafine onyx ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I also created the dry embossed border using a frame from the Spellbinders Card Creator set.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Sending Good Thoughts

Had time for another kraft-on-white card because I just love two colors together on a card! I used a Stampin Up set to stamp, emboss and die cut the flowers. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things. The card stock is from Gina K. Since this is a thank-you card, I plan to send it to one of the Houston first responders suggested by Sandy Allnock. Just a small way to give moral support to those great people who are giving so much to the victims of the hurricane.