Friday, October 20, 2017

Happy Birthday

Hi there!

I miscalculated this summer when making birthday cards, I had one more that I needed.  This is my last made card from California - tomorrow I hop on the plane to return to  Maryland.

The roses are from Altenew, the greeting from Simon Says Stamp and the background script is from Hero arts. I used altenew inks in the yellow tones and PPP sequins in the fall mix.

As far as crafting goes I learned something about my tools on this trip.

I brought along a stamp platform from WRM. That platform is going to be downgraded to envelope stamping use - for my return address and any decorations I might add.  The lid is thicker and doesn't give in to finger tip pressure on photo-polymer stamps.

I have found for me the tonic platform is best for rubber; because, not all photo-polymer stamps are the same thickness and with a sturdier lid there sometimes is a pressing issue for me. 

I also own the mini misti and the original size.  I have been using my mini for envelopes, but after these two months...that mini is going in my travel bin. 

Because I use mostly the clear photo-polymer stamps I so missed my misti's.  Their lids are the perfect thickness to add a little extra pressure and that foam insert makes for a clean stamping.  When I need to replace a stamping platform -- its going to be another misti...I am just not in love with the other options mostly because I prefer clear stamps.  For rubber stamps any of them works well for me.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Masculine Fall Cards

Hi there -

A couple more cards from a marathon card making session in California while visiting my Dad.  That diagonal stripe frame came from Greta, and I love it embossed.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Autumn Blessings

Hi All!

Since I don't make a lot of Halloween or Thanksgiving cards anymore and I still want to keep in touch with friends I love the idea of fall cards. They can be mailed from September to November here in the northern hemisphere and its not so much pressure to meet a calendar deadline.

My friend Greta sent me these coverplate cutouts and I added some brown glittery embossing powder to make a nice frame.  The under panel was sponged with some ranger inks.  I added a brown ink over all the colors to give it a more autumnal feel--left alone the colors were too bright.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Purple and Gold


Still in California and using up a few more bits that I have been saving. These come from Greta  and Betty (Thank You so much).

I heat embossed the diagonal striped panel in Gold, then colored the iris's with the watercolor brush tip pens. I fussy cut them out (ya I so dislike fussy cutting...but it was worth it.) and popped a couple in each embossed panel.  Added a Hero Arts sentiment and mounted it on a layer of purple which was also sponged a bit along the edges for added depth and texture. I made two and just changed up the sentiment strip.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, October 9, 2017


Hi there~

I'm still playing on the west coast, today I am playing along with A Blog Named Hero, they are using Lawn Fawn Critters for this challenge.  Luckily I brought both HA and LF stamps with me.

My main panel has the raccoon from LF's Holiday Party Animal and the sentiment comes from the Hero arts Stamp and cut Hello set.

Thanks much for stopping by.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Another Scramble

Hi there! 
Last Saturday I played in a Hero Arts Scramble. They have taken on a new format. They are all 24 hours now in which the participant gets to choose their own 90 minute window to make photograph and upload to the flickr group their card. 

I was hoping I could play along, I had a sentiment set, two flower sets, and some odds and ends diecut in my travel crafty kit.  Fortunately, the theme Autumn with some metallic element was the theme.

In my envelope of odds and ends I found some copper embossed leaves that were from the September '16 Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit that Betty (our hostess coincidentally) had sent me last year.  I used my hello die along with the leaves to create two masculine feel cards despite the copper/rosegold metallic elements.

Since these had gone so fast and I still had a bit of time left over - one more card. Using the color layering stamp set.  It gives me fits...and I think it needs a new home- anyone interested? 

I always have some open space left which I filled in with dot groupings using fine lined sharpies in coordinating colors.  For my metallic element I heat embossed the bow, the flower centers, and the edges of the main panel,

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

SOS Give Thanks and HLS Oct Watercolor Challenges

Hi There,

Its a bit cool and breezy here at my Dad's in SO Cal. He lives in the desert and today it was a hi of 71 with wind...I think there are maybe 2 months out of the year without wind.  I'd forgotten about my fall allergies while living in Maryland...but I have been reminded with a vengeance.

Two cards today, and both are inspired by two challenges; Give Thanks at Shopping our Stash and HLS's October Watercolor challenge to use watercolor with the option of gold.

I shopped my stash of collected die cuts from bloggy friends. I believe both of these came from Greta. She kindly cut them from bristol.  I used watercolors to drops bits of color on the leaves, dried then then coated them with some clear embossing.  The bigger leaves were embellished with  an additional "dip" of gold embossing on their tips.

A bit of wonderful Monarch Orange Archival ink was sponged along the card sides. The smaller leaves are all attached to a small strip which I gold embossed to tie into my gold embossed sentiment.  The second card got a gold line of versamark marker to emboss a thin gold strip. (much easier than attaching a strip of gold foiled paper) The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.

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Leaves attached, and the cards are done. Two more for my fall stash!
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

sponging and emboss resist

Hi There, since I don't have a lot of supplies here...I am having to rely on techniques to inspire me.  Although, having fewer supplies hasn't slowed my card making much...I made 20 cards in a week.  Some have been posted already and some are yet to come.

These two cars used Hero Arts, Hello stamp and cut set and the images are from Altenew's Bamboo Rose which I recently ordered. I am entering them to Darnell's NBUS challenge as well as Just Us Girls Challenge -Word Die Cuts.


Thanks so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Play time

Hi All,

I am posting from California and anticipate being here several more weeks.  I found watercolor markers under the Artist's Loft brand (Michales) that are so overwhelmingly like Zig Clean Color markers down to the brush tip, clear lid, vibrant colors and made in Japan markings.  After playing with them I have to say I wouldn't be surprised to find they were the same just branded differently.

They come in a pack of 12 for about 45, close to the same price point of zigs...but you can use that weekly coupon and get them for 40-50% less.  At that price I had to try them out.

The flowers are all from Penny Black one single cling stamp - Full of Glee. The sentiments are from Simon Says - Autumn Greetings, and the other two are from AAW.  The first card shows the Penny Black Stamp as it is out of the bag, the others are all masked and multi-stamped portions of the image.

So much NBUS here, I have to enter in Darnell's NBUS challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Using it up

Hi Crafters!

Now that my CA stay has been extended, all my pre-set posts have been published. So now I am working on the limited bit of crafty stuff I brought along.

It's tough to get started,  I haven't done much crafting in the last month.

For this batch I used mostly pre-cut panels; the adorable little hedgie was also pre-stamped and sent to me.

I had to laugh when I saw this sentiment set by  Cathy Z at Simon Says Stamp.  The big hello and then so many cheeky follow up sentiments had me cracking up.  My friend Evelyn, of 40 + years is definitely my hide - a  - body friend (not that I can ever imagine needing that particular help!!)

 The inside of this one reads "for being there". I am blessed to have friends I can call at the drop of a hat and they will be there, period.

 There are also some lovely secondary sentiments along with the cheeky ones. Its a great stamp set called Hello You.

Thanks so very much for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Blog-annivearsary Winners Post

Hi Everyone!

I am still in California and will be here for a while longer.  I've asked my dad to pick the winners. I gave him a list of all the posts with the number range of comments.  I asked him to pick two posts and one number for each post within the range of number of comments.

I've sent emails to the winners below who each chose an online retailer for their gift certificate.

 Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by and especially those who took the time to comment.

The winners are:

Post 8/12 FMS300 comment 5
Cat I've never seen this set, but have to ask you to use it again, and again - how wonderful that embossing is! A gorgeous card for your fella! Is the tan/navy map print pattern stamped as well?

Post 9/5 Birthday Wreath comment 3
You know I love wreaths & pink--this is a perfect example of why! What a beautiful card, Cat! I'm on the same mission, although I did break my rule to use a gc during a sale. That doesn't count--right?!

Congratulations Ladies!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A flower pot


Are ya all sick of my AI watercolor cards yet?  I am enthralled by them, probably  because I cannot draw or paint an image in my head onto paper. My brain doesn't work that way, but with these stamps faking it is easy!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, September 15, 2017

More Cliff Time

Hi There-

I saw this cliff scene on AI's Watercolor Wensday series.  Peggy to the rescue - she had the little houses and I had the cliff so I was able to play some.

I chose not to color my buildings just the roofs.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Something tropical


On a trip to a fabulous crafty store in Virginia called Goldenshill Papercraft, I found these two stamps from Stampendous.  One of our gals from the group was soon moving to Florida and I thought this might make a cute card for her.  I pretty much cased the design, but not necessarily the colors from the store sample.  It is colored in a flow-y way as intended by the designer Laurel Birch. It is bright and wild.

It was way out of my comfort zone, and I may never color them again...but it was something I had to try.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Arbor Birthday


A friend of mine is fond of wine, and I thought she might like this card made with the AI Watercolor series stamps.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Birthday Wreath

Hi There:

I am determined to get through my pile of new stamps before buying any that do-able?  Hmm I am going to find out.

The die and wreath are from CTMH, the sentiment from Ellen Hutson, the bow from Avery Elle and the flowers from Lawn Fawn. The wreath was my new item.  Wreaths can be used any time of year...especially this one - spring, summer, fall and definitely for the holidays. It's all in how it is decorated.

Thanks much for stopping by!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Watering Can

Hi There!

I am in California now and this is pres-cheduled.  AI Watercolor stamps and Marvy Markers were used along with a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Covered Bridge

Hey there -  I'm off to California for a cat sitting tour, so my Dad can visit his family in Iowa.  I always like to send hubs a card or two while I am away and this one I think he'll like.

For our anniversary this year we took a little road trip to take in some covered bridges, a touch of casino action, and some fabulous food.

I am sure this card will remind him of our little trip.

Thanks so much for stopping by, stay cool.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A quick hello

Hi there, I made it to California.  I haven't been around to many  comments as the Internet went out and I only have my phone data until I visit a Starbucks or Panera or it gets fixed.  Two techs have been out so far....

Anyway, I'll be by when I can.  I flew in on the 21st and I got some cool pictures of the horizon during the eclipse and I thought I would share them.

It got noticibly cooler on board and quite dark.  It was a cool experience, wish I had taken more before photos.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Guest Designing at Muse

Hi There!

I am so thrilled to be guest designing at MUSE and so thankful to Ardyth for taking me up on my offer.  It is one of my all time favorite challenges. The rules for this challenge are simple:
  • Create a card and link back to Muse. 
  • Provide supportive comments to at least 3 of your fellow members' submissions. 
  • Vote for 3 of your fellow members' submissions that you find inspiring.

I used copic's for coloring, some white lines and dots added with a gel pen, tiny gems added to the flower centers, and my hello is made from fun foam.  There are narrow silver glitter strips added above and below my flower panel.

This was a save...I had messed up part of the coloring at the outer I just cut them off and used an alternate design.I hope you'll play along at Muse this week and tell me what inspired your card I'll be popping by to see what you create.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, August 25, 2017

More Man Cards

Hi There:

Another day of watercoloring with those fun AI watercolor stamps at Peggy's resulted in these cards:

I find this to be so relaxing. Have any of you tried out the AI Watercolor series?

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Dimensional Rose Birthday

Hi Crafters -

I have borrowed this Stampendous Rose stamp from my friend Peggy so many times. I just love coloring it and it seemed to be a perfect choice for her birthday. I colored it three times, and cut interior portions of the colored rose twice to pop up on top of each other for some dimension. There is the base layer, and the second layer which starts at the second line of petals from the outer petals and leaves. The 3 layer is the bud in the center of the rose.  The sentiment is from Mama Elephant.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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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