Monday, August 21, 2017

WC Flower set


If you have visited my blog for any length of time you'll know I love flowers and I love coloring - with markers or various water color mediums.

I also love mini cards, these three are 3.25 by 4.25 inch cards.

The stamps are from Art Impressions, the color comes from Marvy La Plume II Markers in various shades. They are my preferred marker for these stamps --  they still allow color pulling with a wet brush 2 weeks plus after stamping.  I had been using Tombow's but they become colorfast within a day.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Muse 229

Hi Crafters,

This is my last live post before I head to California -- but I have several posts scheduled to pop up while I am away. 

Tracey McNeely is our  Muse this week and she gave us this darling birthday card.


I was very much inspired by her card, but mine isn't a strict casing of it.  I hope you can see how some of the  elements inspired me. (diecut, color backdrop on a white card panel, non-white card base)

My Altenew Magnolia is mounted on foam. The backdrop color is provided by a SU burlap background stamp  (Love it!!!) and instead of a black banner sentiment  I chose black stamping on this mostly monochromatic card.  Thanks for the inspiration Tracey!

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Time Out

Hi There!

When I saw the challenge over at time out...I had to give it a shot!  The theme is Autumn and the optional twist is speed stamping. 

What is speed stamping? 

It is defined by Time Out as  making your card in 10 mins or less. This excludes the time you need to plan the design and get all your products ready to make the card.

I got out my products...and set the timer...then went to work.  I didn't design this ahead of time. Once I tapped the timer I put the sentiment stamp in the misty and went where the urge took me. Just to the right of this is my vagabond, it is open and ready to go 24/7 along with a handful of dies that I use most.

I used the misty for the sentiment, but blocks for the rest they were quicker.  

Five minutes and 42 seconds later I had my card.  I'll have to make makes me smile.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Oxides and Die cuts


I am trying to get through my bin of stuff I had to have.  Some distress oxide inks and some new paper smooches dies were used for this card.

I die cut the flowers, and then used the negative spaces to sponge some color on to a card panel.  The die cuts were laid over the sponged bits.  Gray for the card base and black for the sentiment finishes the card.

I am adding this to the Paper Smooches July and August Challenge which is anything goes.

Thanks much for stopping by!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Happy Birthday Mixing it Up

Hi Crafty friends-

My jumping off point for this card is the August Mix it Up Challenge for Ellen Hutson with Avery Elle products, and I am still in need of birthday cards so another for Seize the Birthday - no Toppings, and these are some fabulous dies, so it is also going to Happy Little Stampers - August Anything Goes with Dies.

I wanted an almost squarish card to better highlight the center circle so I cut down my card base and the Avery Elle die -Horizontal Stripes to 4.25 inches by 4.5 inches. I used Ellen's Wild Garden dies to decorate the circle and finished it off with a sentiment from Ellen's set Lovely.


Thank so very much for stopping by!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

FMS 300

Hi there!

This is another card for hubs...thankfully he rarely checks the blog when I am about to travel. He knows I post cards and he doesn't want a potential surprise spoiled.

For this one my inspiration came from the Sketch at Freshly Made Sketches 300 - what a milestone - Congratulations to the team.  Here is the sketch:

I picked out a stamp set, paper, and an embossing folder from a Stampin Up collection. The stamp set is called Going Global. I have had all the parts for ages and they has NEVER been used.  So I stamped, cut and embossed to put this one together.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Casology Safari and Addicted to Stamps and More CAS

Hi there!

I am back from a few days away.  I have a pile of challenges I want to play in before I head to California to visit with my Dad.  I have posts pre-done for that time period, since I may not have a lot of crafty time and I hate to let the blog sit idle, especially since I am having a give-away - read about it here.

The cue at Casolog is Safari, and at Addicted to Stamps and More it is Clean and Simple week.  I thought this would work well for both challenges.

I like to send hubs cards while I am away...I often leave them around the house for him to discover as well.

Here is one of the cards for this trip:

I think the girl is putting forth the question...look at those eye lashes and the standing giraffe has a bit of a huh what look in his eyes. Or maybe he's just wondering how she's hanging down like that?

The stamp set is stacking animals from SSS,and the sentiment -- that's good old computer generated typing. Now how to get it in the perfect place you might wonder?  I printed it out on a plain sheet of paper somewhere the middle; then I put my colored panel over it and saw it through the panel using light from the window. I taped it  to the paper with some washi and printed it again.


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, August 11, 2017

A garden chair

Hello ~

A new stamp set to my Art Impressions stash is a darling little chair.  I imagine it set in an overgrown late summer garden surrounded by pots and run amok flowers.

Thanks much for stopping by!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Muse 228


I am never quick to work on a challenge...I need time to think.  This week I will have little crafting time so I had to jump on Muse this week. I love Anita's card.  I was inspired by it all the colors, the layers, the die cut.

Distress Inks, a couple of die-cuts, and because I couldn't resist a few sequins.  No sentiment - lately I have had design problems - I don't seem to leave a good space for a sentiment.  Oh well, there is always the interior.

Go play with this week's muse, and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

A lil Birdhouse

Hi there, I am still enthralled with the AI Watercolor series stamps.  For this card I borrowed the darling Birdhouse from my friend Peggy.

The darker spots are stickles, I am on the fence about the effect. I love it from a distance IRL it sparkles so sweetly.  Up close  might be too spotty. 

I am adding this to Muse for this week's Anything Goes challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Color Throwdown 454

Hi there!

Here is my entry at the last moment for Color Throwdown 454.  The colors are green white and kraft. 

I used a piece of bristol die cut with these lovely little holes to create a frame sent to my by my friend Greta (thankyou) it was so easy to blend on some antique linnen and tea dye distress inks to get a light shade of kraft.  I also added the leaves from my friend Betty (thank you).  I don't often make an all die cut card but I was happy to be able to use some items from my box of goodies sent by other crafty ladies.

Thanks much for stopping by!

The Heart Desires and One layer at ATCAS

Hi everyone!

I've been busy working on Christmas card prep, but more on that later.  Today's post was inspired by the photo at The Heart Desires and the prompt at Addicted to CAS.


 Those colors at The Heart desires just reminded me of a wonderfully cool and scrumptious gelato or sherbet...actually made my mouth water a bit. My favorite flavors are lemon, raspberry and strawberry.

It's been a while since I made a truly one layer card, so this is shaped, two pieces glued together at the top to form 1 card front and back.

I pulled out new to me from Simon Says Stamp Ice Cream Dream, and stamped 3 cones. Each was colored with inktense pencils, I addea a bit of aqua at the bottom so they weren't quite floating about.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and if you haven't yet - read about my give away here.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

July Card Chain Challenge

This month my card is going to Dotty Jo.

I decided to go with the prompt Cacti...I have one cacti stamp set, a sweet little one from Lawn Fawn.  The pots were stamped in SSS Burnt Orange, the Cacti were stamped in Lime Green and Olive Green also from SSS.  I used a W1 Copic marker to add some subtle shading and to try to ground the pots.  The background is SU's watercolor background stamped in HA Soft Pool.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

1000th post and an announcement

Hi there!

This is my 1000th post.  It is hard to believe I have made more than 1000 cards in the last 4 years and 10.5 months.  I started blogging September 15th of 2012.  For a bit of nostalgia I pulled together 12 of my favorite cards...some favorites at the time and some favorites now.  Only one of the cards below is still in my collection, all the others were given with love.

My style has definitely changed. My designs have certainly improved with the help of classes and looking at all the  beautiful things my fellow bloggers create.  So on to the photos, each grouping of 4 is labeled below for the time period in which they were created and posted.
2012 and 2013

2014 and 2015

2016 and 2017

So to celebrate a lot of cards and my 5th blog-anniversary on September 15th I'll be giving away 2 gift certificates to an online crafty retailer in the amount of 25.00 each.  All you have to do to be in the running is to comment on as many blog posts between August 1st and September 15th as you like.  Each comment on different blog posts is one entry. If you are new here and you'd like to follow me, that would be great - but not required for the give away.

I am so grateful for the lovely women I have met through this hobby and the friendships that have developed. It is a fantastic community and I am happy to be a part of it.

As always, thank you so very much for stopping by!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Penny Black Freshly Made Just Us Girls

Hello There ~

I have another post today.  This is a three challenge card.  I started with the Penny Black Saturday challenge for July which is Flowers, the design I took from Freshly Made Sketches #298, and since I used a new goodie along with a favorite oldie this is perfect for Just Us Girls week 404 using something old and/or new.

After choosing my stamp Penny Black's Delightful (old) and a die cut sentiment Simon's Thanks (new) I began by masking off the area of stamping according to the sketch.  I used only the upper third of the Delightful stamp.  I stamped it several times, masked it added some light color with a stencil brush and then colored it with Zig markers.  I finished it with the thanks die cut from fun foam and vellum for the outline portion. Several sequins were added to the stamped area for a bit more color and I cut the panel with a stitched outline die before mounting to a card base.

I love challenges to give me mojo, but I have to say this card really came together when I thought of the person I was giving it to...maybe for me at least that is the secret to giving a card just that extra bit of love.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Getting back to it

Hi friends,

After what seems like weeks of hot humid heat, today is a cool softly rainy day.  The windows are all open and the house is getting a nice breath of fresh clean air and it's time to create.

But first I had to convince the neighbor's visiting cat to give up her view as she plotted the day's hunt. She ignored me.  So, I picked up my phone to photograph her...she never sits still for photos.

After getting my crafty space back, I had to play along with Casology's 5th Anniversary celebration.


I used one balloon cut from gold vellum with an MFT die, and the sentiment is courtesy of Impression Obsession .

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Black and Gold Scramble

Hi there, seems like its been forever since I posted...but only 4 days. They have been busy days though.

This morning I was able to play in a 24 Hour Hero Arts scramble over at the Hero Arts Flickr group.  The hostess gives us a theme and we have to produce our card, photograph it and up load it to the discussion thread.  We can work on our card anytime during the 24 hour period but may only use a total of 90 minutes from start to finish.

Today's theme was to use black and gold (neutrals like white and cream were okay as well) to make a card.

I chose Hero Arts Leafy Vine for my card. I love the lines of the sway of the vine - its so graceful and I thought it would be lovely in gold.  The photography was with me this time and the card shimmered and photographed well.  No sentiment nor additional bling needed to clutter up the front.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Embossed Flowers

Hi There!

Tonight I sat down to make a card for two challenges and the final ended up working for three!

I stamped and heat embossed the Lily from Concord and Ninth, then colored it with inktense pencils.  After it dried, I was totally not pleased.

It just was too chalky feeling and looking. Instead of tossing it I was determined to make it work.

Using a square stitched die I made a smaller focal piece. Next I clear embossed the entire piece 3 times with clear embossing powder.

I framed it in a touch of black...I have to credit that to Ardyth (of MASKerade), I had commented earlier today on her blog that I loved her black touches and how they elevated images, adding to the crisp feeling.

This will be entered to these challenges:   HLS July Anything goes with Dies, Where Creativity meets C9 - Embossing, The Flower Challenge- Embossing Heat/Dry.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Summer at ATCAS

Hi There!
Its mid July and I don't think I have made a truly summer themed card yet!  Thanks to the prompt at Addicted to CAS, which is the code word Summer I've pulled out a new to me set from MFT. I love these cute little summer penguins.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Ellen and Lawn Fawn mix it up

Hi There!

I have two very different stamp styles that I am putting together for this challenge at Ellen Hutson.

I am using the Mondo Hydrangea and Merry and Bright dies from Ellen, along with the Get well Soon stamp and dies from Lawn Fawn.


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Casology Wish

This week at Casology the code word is wish.  A friend has moved to Florida recently.

Inside it reads: Wishing you happy days and friendly neighbors.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Another birthday Butterfly

Hi There,

I had intended this for several challenges that were CAS types...and my card so got away from me.  Fortunately, the HLS July Watercolor Challenge calls for blue as an optional twist.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Roses for any occaision


My friend Peggy gave me a few flower stamped card fronts, I took out the copics and gave them some color. My birthday card slot is in desperate need of refilling for those summer birthdays.

I am not sure which I like about you?

After I colored those above, I stamped off several more and now I have a stash without sentiments that I can send out as the mood strikes.

Thanks for stopping by/