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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Wednesday, July 12, 2017


The Beach at Night

 Another colored cardstock entry for the LIM and AAA CAS challenges, but I also wanted to play along with this week's CASology challenge, "Wish" and Addicted to CAS' "Summer" challenge. I used a dark navy cardstock to give it a night sky look, and heat embossed the chair, which is from Stampin' Up, with a sliver gray embossing powder. The sentiment and star are from Lawn Fawn's Upon a Star stamp set, both stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with clear EP. As an afterthought, I wanted a little hint of a shoreline feel but couldn't put it through my Big Kick once the jewels were added. So, I went old school with a rolling ball embosser, making a few wavy lines on the back of the card. Then I roughed them up just a little with a Mono sand eraser.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Gilded Lily

Playing along today with the Less is More/AAA CAS Cards challenge, making a CAS card with colored card stock. And we have two weeks with this one, so maybe I'll be inspired to enter more than once!

For this card I used a speckled kraft stock from my stash, and created a centered background blending Distress Oxides in Broken China and Orange Marmalade. Next (this was the fun part!) I stamped the word "you" from Concord & 9th's Lily stamp set, using just water to create a shadow on the distress oxide background. Then I stamped with Versafine onyx just under the shadow, stamped the lily with Versamark, and heat embossed using Stampin Up gold embossing powder. Finally I stamped the rest of the sentiment with Versafine.
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Friday, June 30, 2017



I'm submitting this card to the two challenges below. I used Lawn Fawn's Hillside Borders for the wavy cuts and Spellbinders Celebrate dies for the sentiment and the balloon. I really love white-on-white patterns, especially embossing. For this I used a Stampin Up/Sizzix embossing folder.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Anytime. Anywhere.

Still in coffee mode! Having just come back from a camping trip, I'm still remembering how much a nice, hot cup of coffee meant first thing in the morning - or in the afternoon - when you're out in the wild! (OK, even when you're home.) For this card I used Stampin Up's Roughing It stamp set, and fussy cut the fire and logs, coffee pot, and cup. The background is Distress Oxide ink in Fossilized Amber. The distress oxides worked better than I expected on the flames; I added a little Faded Jeans at the base. I also used Faded Jeans on the pot and cup, but to make the cup stand out I embossed it and used a pop-up dot.

I Do Love Coffee

Still catching up with my cardmaking after vacation. There are several challenges I want to join, and the 2017 Summer Coffee Lovers spoke to me! For the background I used paper with a coffee theme from my stash, along with this great Coffee Rings stamp from Your Next Stamp. I die cut the coffee cup, colored it with water color pencils and a blender pen, and embossed it. The sentiment from Cathy Zielske was stamped with Brutus Monroe
detail ink and embossed with clear EP. I colored it in with a gold Spectrum Noir brush marker.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

New Lily

It was fun to be on vacation but it feels so good to be back in my craft studio! I missed all my crafting friends, and I was anxious to try some of the new supplies that arrived while I was gone (I love online shopping!). For the background I sponged Distress Oxide ink in Fired Brick over Altenew's Layered Dahlia Stencil A. When that was dry, I placed the Layered Dahlia Stencil B over the top and sponged on Spiced Marmelade. Then I put the card through my Big Kick with Stencil A for embossing. The lily and sentiments are from Concord & 9th's Lily Set. I embossed the lily onto watercolor paper using versafine onyx and clear EP. Next, I colored in with shimmering watercolors and fussy cut the entire flower.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

One of a Kind

Playing along with Simon Says Stamp's Monday challenge (#sssmchallenge) for masculine cards. I made the emboss resist background using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks over Stampin Up's Aged to Perfection set embossed in white. I embossed the fish stamp in gold then hand-lettered the sentiment on black cardstock.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


I'm facing a whole week away from my craft studio and fighting separation anxiety! Until I have to pack I'm making cards. This one is for CAS(E) this sketch! #224.

For the background I stamped the flowers from Stampin Up's Avant Garden in distress oxides, then stamped the flower from SU's Merci with versafine and embossed with clear embossing powder. I colored the flower with copics, then added the stick-on pearls.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Neapolitan Get Well

I'm entering this card in two challenges, Less is More's Neapolitan color challenge and CASology's Medical theme. The "strawberry" on the background is Gina K, the cardstock is my "vanilla" and the doggie, from Hero Arts, is Stampin Up! chocolate chip. The stamped sentiment is from Cathy Zielske. Thanks for looking!

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Wedding Card

I saw the original of this card on Pinterest by Melissa Kay By Design just had to try making my own version. I didn't have the die she used for the flowers, so I used an SU stamp set from my stash and embossed it in white on a gray background. I hand-lettered the sentiment in silver on white and mounted that on a strip of paper that I embossed with silver glitter. With the added pearls, my CASEd version is almost as dramatic as the original. Fun!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sweet Thank-You

Playing along with this week's CAS challenge at Splitcoaststampers: create a CAS card with a non-white background. I already had the background made from a stencil I cut with a Cricut file, colored using Tim Holtz distress oxide ink in cracked pistachio. My new hummingbird stamp from Penny Black just had to be done in watercolors, I felt, and since this was a CAS card, I stamped it directly onto the background rather than create another layer. Well, that didn't work out so well. The watercolors (Stampin Up! rose red and wild wasabi) were too transparent; the stencil lines showed through. So I made another background but this time put the inks directly to the stamp, sprayed it lightly with water, and stamped it onto 140# watercolor paper. I did a little hand-painting with water, a little pen-and-ink detail, and hand-lettered the sentiment. Finally, I added just a touch of shimmer on the flower petals and hummingbird wings.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Love it at the Lake

My entry into challenge #223 at CAS(E) this Sketch.
I created this a thank-you to our kids for hosting Memorial Day weekend at their cottage. I masked the center oval and sponged on Tim Holtz distress oxides. The stamp is Lake Life from Cathy Zielske. I made the waves with the Stitched Hillside borders from Lawn Fawn.
I glued the tiny hearts on the vest from brads in my stash.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Time for Cuteness

After getting dizzy blog-hopping to see all the new stamps and designs from various vendors, I decided I needed to take a breath and do something simple. I also wanted to submit a card to CAS Colours & Sketches before Monday's deadline! Cuteness seemed appropriate for me, so I used this Lia Griffith for Hero Arts stamp. For color I used a mixture of watercolor pencils and copics, and mounted it on a watercolor background. Did you ever add several new stamps to your stash very quickly and forget what you had? I was sure I had the sentiment "you've totally got this" from Cathy Zielske. Alas, what I had was "you've got a friend." So, with a little masking and some hand lettering, I created the sentiment I wanted. What I found out is: cuteness can be fun therapy!