Thursday, July 30, 2015

Get Well Soon

Today, I made a card for a young man in our neighborhood.  He was assaulted recently and just made it home from the hospital.  He helps hubs out occasionally. We have known him for several years, and he is a good kid, not so much a kid now (20).  So I needed convalescent card and a masculine one as well!

In June I had promised to make him a throw blanket with his favorite NFL team fleece in time for football season. Since I just finished it a week ago, I decided it was a good time to give it to him and maybe cheer him a little -- along with a cute but definitely masculine card to let him know we are thinking of him and wishing him a speedy recovery.

Fortunately two challenges have themes that can easily be maculinized (is that a word?).  I used the theme from Addicted to CAS - Chevron, and the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches-197.

I chose masculine colors and I think it turned out quite well.


Supplies: MFT Chevrons, scraps color card, Paper Smooches Get Well Soon stamp set, Copics, Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Banner Duo.

Background missed the last class at Online Card Classes, so I made sure to sign up for this one.  I had some mixed feelings the first day when I reviewed the scheduled lessons. I wasn't sure I liked the new format.   The first two days were all about technique, and the third day was a day for putting those techniques to work as cards.

I thought posting my homework for the first two days would be meh, so I've created some photo collage's of most of the homework bits and the cards that resulted from them.

The homework panels are half of an A2 sized card, and each of the cards made are no more than 2.75 inches in any direction.  I usually only make card fronts for homework, because I save them in a binder with the lessons. This time I chose to make mini cards...guarantees they are cute - right?

Day three really pulled it all together for me, creativity wise. I am glad there were two technique days (and stuff gets to dry well) then a day to create cards.  Sometimes it can be overwhelming taking a class and keeping up with homework.  This really worked well for me, I really enjoyed the process and am looking forward to the second round.   I absolutely cased the designs from the instructors, Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, and Laura Bassen.

My plaid building needs a lot of work, but I was so pleasantly surprised when blending non distress dye inks. SO MUCH FUN, and just beautiful color washes. I will definitely go back to these techniques for future cards.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Two Challenges

I have two  cards for two related challenges--one of which is brand new.


Here is my card.

I love this shade of purple/violet with gold.  I heat embossed some circles, and then added the sentiment. I cut down the circle panel and mounted it above the sentiment.

Next Up the new challenge from Cas-ual Fridays  CAS-ual Chic, and their first challenge.

I've added lots of layers to this version. Dry embossing with a Stampin Up embossing folder, then a panel gold embossed with more circles.  Finally the sentiment strip is also mounted with foam.  A bit of gold string finishes the card.  Both cards us the Casual Friday's stamp set Big Thanks.

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Sketch Challenge

Here is Gayatri's sketch for Cas(e) This sketch #133:

Here is my take on the sketch:

I tried some center ink blending and then stamped & embossed 3 leaf branches and some loose leaves in the area.  My sentiment die cut rests across the leaves. There is a thin black mat between the card front and the base.  My stamp set is from Paper Smooches, and the die is from Simon Says Stamp. Papers are from Neenah and Stampin Up.

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Last of the 4 holiday cards

I am so used to using a card panel on top of a card base.


For this card, I embossed my front panel and used a diffuser, so that the was a smooth part left on the card after the dry embossing.  I filled that space with a sentiment from SSS Holly Berries, and a sweet little lantern with a candle from DeNami Designs.  Coloring was done with Copic's.

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3 of four

Muse Christmas Visions is the inspiration for the next card.

I also used Lawn Fawn's Joy to the Woods stamp for this card.  I was inspired by the watercoloring and the stacking.  I used Distress markers to color, and a memory box die for the gift pile.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

2 of Four

The second challenge card is for 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  

I used the Joy to the Woods Stamp set from Lawn Fawn along with Hero Arts gold embossing powder and a gold glitter pen. The vellum sheet was adhered to a kraft A1 sized card base.

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One of four today

I've stacked up the Christmas card challenges again, and instead of posting them all together, I am posting each one separately.


I used one of my favorite holiday stamp sets from Simon Says Stamp Holly Berries.  Instead of stamping pine cones on the pine branch, I put triplets of hearts. I cut the card panel down a bit and mounted it on a green card.

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Inks- Field Greens (HA), Lipstick red (SSS), Black Onyx (VF)

A little thank you

Literally, A1 or 4 bar sized card, I picked these kraft card bases up from Stampin' Up during a sale as I wanted to get the most out of my freebies as I could.  Turns out I love these little cards. I have sent this one to Greta, as a thanks for the die cuts she sent me...

And I also made a set of three cards with the coverplate die cuts she sent.  Her original was gorgeous and I loved what she did.  I had a bit of trouble deciding what I wanted to do.  One card is watercolored, one is colored with embossing powders, and one I left alone. Thanks again Greta, I had fun playing, and learned that cover plates are not so much in my wheelhouse...the extra bits were easier for me to use to put together.  See what happens when crafty friends share?

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Watercolor Birthday

I have a friend, my scrapping bestie who loves Paris, so each year I try to include the Eiffel Tower on her birthday card.   This is the 2015 version.


MFT Eiffel Tower Die
Black Fun Foam
Distress Inks – Faded Lipstick, Crushed Olive, Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw
Versamark – Onyx Black
Simon Says Stamp – Its your Birthday
WPLUS9 Fresh cut containers stamp set

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Hubs brought in the mail today, and there was a packet with new crafty items.  For once I immediately played with the stamps.  These Peonies from Avery Elle are drawn so nicely, and I loved coloring my stamped image.  When I was finished, looking at the card, I really get a 3D effect; hubs came by and said it looked like 4 layers, when I handed him the card, he was surprised. Yes the blossoms and leaves are just one layer...I have to credit that to using Sandy Allnock's Hex Chart.  I never would have put YG63 and  G43 together on the leaves without that chart.

I am entering this card to two challenges, Leslie's Crooked Stampers Sketch Challenge-6  and  Avery Elle's AEHeartU Challenge-Sparkle.  

     Challenge 26 

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Supplies: Copic Markers, Hex Chart, DCWV glitter paper, Avery Elle's Peonies Stamp set, Embossing Powder, Memento Ink, Versamark ink, black cardstock scraps.

Butterfly Birthday

While I was out shopping one day, I saw a gift bag and thought it might be a great card design.  I could have used flowers, but decided on butterflies instead.  It took a couple of hours to stamp, mask, color, retrace, fussy cut, line in black marker and put the card together.  SO totally worth the time~!

Here is the close up of the wink of stella, these butterflies are so pretty in the light. 

And lastly, here is my inspiration:

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Hero Arts – Butter and Flower Stamp Set
Simon Says Stamp Happy and Smile Stamp Set
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Versa Fine Onyx Black Ink
Michaels 110 lb White Cardstock, Black scrap
Copic Markers (B00, BG05, BG45, RV13, RV17, RV19, B21, B24, B28, BV08)
Signo white gel pen, Copic multi liner, Copic brush pen, Wink of Stella

Monday, July 20, 2015

Summer Sparkle

I made this card for the AEIHeartU Challenge - Sparkle.  I read the rules, and it requires Avery Elle stamps, but I didn't see that it was for exclusively Avery Elle products, so I am taking a shot entering this card.

I have loved that fanfare border, from the Fanfare stamp set by Avery Elle for a long time, and my die cut is "Season" edited from Avery Elle's Seasons Greeting die. Its kinda tough to see, but season is covered in wink of stella and glossy accents for a wonderful navy die cut that has depth and sparkle.  The sails and boat hull are cut from DCWV glittery paper.

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Becca's Mood Board

I follow Becca Cruger's blog and I absolutely wanted to play in her birthday mood board challenge.


My inspiration is from the pillow and the lower right distressed paint photos.

I started with watercolor paper and created a backdrop with some blues. After it dried I added some light green leaf shapes with a stencil and embossing paste.  The flower image panel was roughed up on the edges and crinkled a bit. I stamped some random words from a hero arts stamp set in coordinating colors.  Becca and I exchanged a few supplies recently, and I used a bit of the lace she sent up in the corner.  To anchor it down, I used my beloved purple button, that I have been holding on to just seemed to me it belongs on the card.  This attempt at mixed media/distress is not my comfort zone at all, but it was a lot of fun trying to mix the simple flower with a rougher style.  Happy Belated Birthday Becca, thanks for the fun challenge.

ETA: Adding this to the  Mixed Media Challenge - Blue Thanks Becca for the suggestion.

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

SOS 210 Paper Piecing

I haven't done a lot of paper piecing...probably because I truly do not like fussy cutting.  Today I am in the mindset of trying things I don't often do, so I gave it a shot.

I bought this birthday set -Unforgettable- by WPLUS9, because those elephants were just too adorable.  While it is a birthday set- with a little editing, and you have something else.  My sentiment stamping leaves off the last line ("It's your birthday that's hard to remember") of the stamp.

Versa fine ink - Vintage sepia
Stampin Up Cardstock
Papers from MME, Indie Chick Nutmeg
Dies- SSS stitched circles
Fun foam for mounting
Card Size - 3.5 by 5 inches

Submitting to SOS#210 Paper Piecing Challenge

Muse 124

I loved Ardyth's whimsical flowery card for this week's Muse.  Those glittery yellow centers, and the blue sky were my inspiration.

I started with a Kraft 4-bar sized card.  I've been playing with Clearly Besotted's new Miniature Florals stamp set.  It has all those wonderful CB flowers in small size.  LOVE!

I chose to color with Prismacolor pencils, I added some yellow wink of stella and a bit of glossy accents to highlight those yellow centers, and provide a bit of tactile interest. Don't ya just love how some cards feel?  A bit more glitz in the glitter strip below the sentiment.  The sentiment comes from Simon Says Stamp artful flowers set.  This was a fun card to create, I don't think I have done much coloring on Kraft...I might have to revisit this, soon.

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Friday, July 17, 2015


Playing with a new embossing folder from We R Memory Keepers and some bits and pieces of die cuts Greta sent me (thank you!).  I colored them with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush tip markers.  Then added some wink of stella and followed that with clear embossing.  I love how it makes those flower pieces look.  I went old school and colored some clear gems to match with a copic marker.   My sentiment comes from Simon Says Stamp You along with the die cut.  The ribbon, gems and the card stock are from SU.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thinking of you

I recently purchased Clearly Besotted's Miniature Florals. I love these sweet images. They are SMALL.  So when I saw the sketch for Cas(e) this sketch #132, this card immediately came to mind.


The image is stamped and embossed in Ranger's Liquid Platinum embossing powder. The sentiment is layered via vellum and the sentiment comes from Simon Says Stamp - Sketchy Banner Greetings. Coloring was done with Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens and lots of water on a paint brush.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

3 in 1

It has been hot, humid and to this transplanted Southern California desert dweller just miserable. I love the seasons, but I despise the humidity.  Couple that with bouts of insomnia and my mojo went on vacation!  It has been about 8 days with very few cards made or contemplated.

Today, I sat down to work on three Christmas Card Challenges-a mini marathon of card making.  I like to group them all in one post, so about every 2-3 weeks I have a 3 for one post.

The challenges are Merry Monday - PenguinsOne Layer Christmas Cards -Anything goes with option of gift(s), and Muse Christmas Visions #11 an inspiration challenge (I loved the fresh color combo).


 Do you clean up between each card, or do you have a marathon with all parts strewn about?  When I scrapbook, I clean up completely between each set of pages, even when at a crop.  Cards....oh it could be 2-3 4 before I give myself a clean work area...maybe because they are smaller formats.

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Supply Lists:

Happy Holidays Penguin
Copics (C01,03,07; YR04,07;B95,B99;100; 00)
Lawn Fawn Winter Penguin Stamps and Die
Memory Box Die  Swirling Cut Work
Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle Dies
Darice Sequins, Stickles
Papers - SU, Neenah

Merry Christmas  - One Layer
Stamps Happen – Birthday Presents
Mama Elephant – Basic Borders
Lawn Fawn – Joy to the Woods
Hero Arts Silver Ep,  Versamark Ink
Paper – Stampin Up

Paper  SU, Neenah

Season's Greetings
Ellen's Esentials - Prized Stag Die
Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle Dies
Simon Says Stamp - Be Joyful Stamp set
Hero Arts Gold Ep, Versamark Ink
Papers - Stamping up, burgundy scrap, DCWV Gold Foil paper

Monday, July 13, 2015

Thinking of you in Purple

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poppy patch by spellbinders, rounded squared lifestyle crafts, zig real color brush pens, SSS thinking of you, EH/PPP flat clear sequins

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Guest Designing at CAS-ology 154

I was floored -- when I  found out Kimberly had chosen my card as the winner  at CAS-logy - Cue Nautical. (Thank You!)

Then thrilled! (because those CAS cards are so darned hard for me!)

Then terrified -- after I excitedly accepted Melissa's invitation (Thank you!) to be a guest designer for this week's theme at CAS-ology.

Then excited when I found out the cue for this week :

A card design popped into my head immediately!  I chose to make a square card, then repeat circles throughout the design.

Supplies: Dies by SSS (Smile, Bubble Parade), Stamp by SSS (Happy & Smile), Cardstock SSS-Sunshine, Patterned Papers - Doodlebug. Size 4.25" by 4.25".

Thanks so much for stopping by, and head over to CAS-ology  by clicking on the cue card above and give it a try!