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.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Kraft on White


I'm entering this card in three challenges, CASology's "Bud," Addicted to CAS' "Friend" and CASual Fridays' "Kraft and White."  It was this last one that finally got me inspired for the other two. I just love the look of white on kraft paper! For this card I stamped Altenew's Simple Flowers with Versamark ink, then heat embossed with white embossing powder. The Hello is from Cathy Zielske; I embossed that also. I cut the Friend sentiment using a My Favorite Things die and layered several for texture. A fun and easy card! 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Perfect Holiday

Eleventh hour push! Hoping to get in under the wire on this week's Less is More
challenge #342, "Perfect Holiday." I stamped the chair from Stampin' UP and the sentiment from Cathy Zielske with Versamark ink, then heat embossed both with clear embossing powder. I dry embossed the waves using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Hillside dies. Finally, I colored the chair and flower pot with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  My perfect holiday? Toes in the sand.  After some hiking, that is, but trying to keep it CAS here! Thanks for looking.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Enchanted and Inspired

Playing along this week with Altenew's Inspiration Challenge. Using the Enchanted Iris set, I stamped the flowers, leaves, and sentiment with Versamark, then heat embossed with gold embossing powder. Then I lightly colored the flowers with shimmering watercolors in turquoise, die cut them, and mounted them on white cardstock using pieces of foam mounting tape for dimension. I used two graduating sizes from my Cottage Cutz Stitched Rectangle set from GinaK Designs to create the layered frames, then mounted them to Neenah solar white 80lb. card stock. For the finishing touch I used several turquoise pearls from my stash. Thanks for viewing!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Rainbow Maker Day 1

Someday soon I will go back and try to re-create Laura Fadora's rainbow grid card, but for now, this is my take. It did not turn out anything like hers (maybe I should have watched the video again!) but I kind of liked the way the distress oxide inks ended up looking like watercoloring. I added some dry embossing to give it texture in the absence of the grid pattern, and sprayed it lightly with shimmer. Last, I added a few liquid crystal drops. I find I'm getting spoiled and really don't like using my older rubber stamps, but they do the trick!

Rainbow Maker Day 2

Still going backwards and catching up with the Online Card Class from last week. I was a little daunted by Jennifer McGuire's card at first, since measurements were involved (!) but it was amazingly simple. I used a combination of Gina K and Stampin Up inks to get the rainbow colors, and since I didn't have a stamp large enough to fill up the center, I decided to hand letter with a rough, old-style look to match the scribbly hearts. This card was fun and really, really fast despite measuring and penciling grid lines!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Rainbow Maker Day 4

This might be my favorite card in the class so far! I used shimmer watercolors to make the background like Kristina's, which I used on the card below. Then I cut out the letters using CZ Design's Everett Alphabet, cut the birthday die on shimmer paper, and added a sequin to dot the letter i. Love the way it turned out on the black cardstock!

This card was made with the rainbow background of shimmer watercolors. I learned that, even with a magnetic cutting pad, I need to tape the letters down to keep them in line. But, no worries! I added the balloons to give the impression that they were trying to push my wayward "h" out of place. Nice save, right? For a bit of bling I added liquid crystal drops and dusted them with ultra fine glitter.



I had a lot of fun with Cathy Zielske's die cutting lesson, a nice break from inking practice in the previous lessons (which I haven't finished yet; going backwards). 

Since I have a set of eight circle Framelit dies from Sizzix, I used those to make eight sets of circles in eight different colors. Then, I challenged myself to make eight rainbow circles, each one using all the colors. Sounds easy, doesn't it? Believe me, it was kind of like math, i.e., not readily apparent to me.

After several tries I figured out a system of alternating colors that was so simple I can't think of an excuse for not knowing how to do it in the first place. But, hey, I finished four birthday cards fairly quickly. A big help was using Stick-It sheets to keep the rings in place.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Pre-Rainbow Play

Excited about tomorrow's first Rainbow Maker class at Online Card Classes! 

I also couldn't wait to use my new Everett Alphabet dies from Cathy Zielske, so as soon as I had them snipped apart, mounted on a magnet sheet, and filed in my die binder, I took them out and made this card.

Used distress oxide inks for the background, running it through my Big Kick with an embossing folder for some texture. Then, because they're distress oxides I could t resist a spritz, this time of shimmer spray, before mounting the letters and sentiment.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Little Precision Measurement is a Good Thing

A few weeks ago while hopping through Altenew's blog I saw a video by Jennifer McGuire on three ways to use alphabet dies featuring the Modern Cats stamp set. When I saw what she did with it, I knew I had to have that set! 

Fast forward to last week when I had the time to try my hand at her awesome card design. One disadvantage I had was that I do not (yet) own the alphabet die set she used, but I had a plan: my Cricut Explore Air. Fast forward to at least one extra day of fiddling with the Cricut, after which I finally figured out how to size, space, and cut the letters "meow." I cut three sets of each like Jennifer did, to glue together for the letters to stand out, with the expectation that the final, top set would be cut from the stamped cat. Two sets, actually, because like Jennifer, I was going to make one card in ivory with the cat and letters stamped on white, and one card in white with the cat and letters stamped on ivory. Excitedly, I stamped my cats on both white and ivory then rolled them into the Cricut for cutting. As I positioned each letter onto their respective stacked letters, however, I noticed a revolting development: they didn't match up. 

After back-tracking through each step of my CASE process I realized that the sizes of the white and ivory papers used for the stamping were different. Well, I kind of knew that but I didn't think it would make much difference. It did. Of course it did. A couple millimeters kept the stamped images from lining up on the right letters. 

Maybe I'll try Jennifer's exact design again, but in the meantime, I went ahead and used the letters on matching rather than contrasting cardstock You know, it's such a great design I think it still looks cool!
Fly It Like Winnie

Had to play along with the CASology 5-Year Anniversary Balloon Blog Hop and get a chance to win one of their many amazing prizes! With Winnie-the-Pooh as my inspiration, I stamped the bear and balloon from Lawn Fawn's Party Animal stamp set and matching dies. I colored them in with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, and popped them up with foam tape. Next I used Distress Oxide inks on a background cut with my Cottage Cutz stitched rectangle die, and mounted that on another background embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I stamped the sentiment from the same set on black cardstock with white Hero Arts embossing powder. For a little bling I used a couple of red sequins and a diamond from my stash. I'm in love with this little bear!
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Monday, July 24, 2017

I Want to Ride My Bicycle...

This week I'm playing along with the Less is More "No Stamps" challenge and the Addicted to CAS "Wheels" challenge. For this card I used Altenew's grid stencil with Distress Oxide inks for the background. I cut the "road" using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Hillside border dies on charcoal cardstock. The sentiment is from Spellbinders; I glued two cuts together to have the letters stand out. The bicycle is a generic die; I colored the balloons with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. It took some discipline not to grab a stamp for this one, but it was a fun challenge!
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