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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

CAS is the style

Hi There!

Three challenges up today. HLS July CAS Challenge - Birthday, Addicted to Stamps and More - CAS, and CAS Watercolor Challenge - Butterfly.

I love challenges, and its fun to combine them when possible.  Here is my card:

The butterfly is stamped in black versafine and clear embossed because I am going to watercolor it using the zig clean color brush markers.  I used bristol paper, it allows the water to bleed color out beautifully. The butterfly is from Hero Arts, the sentiment and the stitched panel die are from Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

CAS on Friday challenge 111

Hi there!

This card is right in my comfort zone of flowers and CAS.  The challenge formerly known as CAS on Sunday has moved to Friday's.   I really like the change, I often do not check challenge blogs until Monday or Tuesday and by then I've lost a few days.

For your blog

This card uses a bridal set from Close to My Heart, but I thought it made a lovely birthday card. The bouquet is made for stamping with markers I think as some images were solid and some were outlined.
I simply stamped it in a very light ink and went over it with copic markers adding colors that I liked.

The sentiment comes from Simon Says Stamp and was stamped in Versafine Toffee ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

More Red White and Blue

Hi Crafters~

I decided to get one more red white and blue card done or maybe two.  I have 26 birthday cards to make through the end of the year and 5 are man cards.  These colors are perfect for man cards.

The challenge at Curtain call is Red white and blue, and at Shopping our Stash, it is Flag day, and at Seize the Birthday its anything goes with the optional topping of red, white and you - I am playing with the topping and adding blue as my "you" so I am combining the challenges for these cards.

Thanks much for stopping by!


Grab Our Badge!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Muse 223

Hi There

Today I am playing at Muse with Anita Bowden's inspiration card.

I love those bold colors as well as that black card base and I was inspired by them to make this card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

What is your stand on black card bases?

Monday, July 3, 2017

Red White and Blue


I'll be entering this card to several challenges.  AAA Cards has "Words taking Center Charge", Just us Girls has their 400th challenge with the word Celebrate, Curtian Call wants Red, White and Blue, and Less is More wants us to use the colors of our flag.

I've used the letters from a CTMH set that has built in doodles. I left the letters white and colored only the doodles with red and blue markers.



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A long list

Hello ~  I have a list of links to cards I'd like to someday case in a folder on my bookmarks toolbar. It is getting longer than the dropdown box, so it is time to start working on those Case's.

I saw one on Greta's blog (the second card) that I thought was a fabulous design; and I need man birthday cards for the first of July so I thought this would be a perfect design to use.  The design has a raised stamped panel on the lower card portion, not quite half way up, but a bit more than a third - with lots of white space above on a top folding card.

I took a few liberties letting that balloon float up to the white space.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

21st Birthday


My Godson is turning 21...I remember him crawling and toddling and playing monopoly and now he is a grown up just a year away from graduating college. Time really does fly.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

June 2017 Card Chain Challenge


Another card for the card chain challenge. This is a make a card mail it and get a card mailed to you type of challenge.  Each month there are several themes from which to choose.  You can even plan ahead as the year's challenge themes are listed on the blog. The theme types include a sketch, a set of colors, topic themes, and technique themes each and every month. This is an international challenge.

My card is going to Deborah this month, she is the challenge creator.   I chose to go with the colors of peach, vermilion and green - by chance I am also using a Penny Black stamp, Divine - another of the many theme choices each month - you only need to pick one.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, June 30, 2017

June Pin-Sights Challenge

Hi There~

I am tackling the Ellen Hutson June Pin-Sights challenge.
I was inspired by that cake with the gold accents, that watercolor wash and the lovely blooms in yellow, pink and orange. This morning I layed down some pink, yellow, orange and gold watercolor on a panel of water color paper.  I then let it dry on it's own and took a nap.

Returning, I then cut several pieces from the EH Wild Garden die set and set about arranging the pieces. The sentiment is also from Ellen. After several tries and several different card base options, this was my favorite so I glued it down.  

The challenge runs until July 4, 2017.

Thanks so much for dropping in!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Less is More

Hi there!

I am entering this card to Less is More...though my little embellishments might have taken me out of the CAS realm.  There is still a lot of white space though. Since my die had a sentiment, I didn't add anymore to the underside of the curve. Or we could pretend I took the sketch and turned it upside down and inside out.

The inside panel is inked with distress oxide ink in worn lipstick. It is a fabulous pink.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

JUGS 399

Hi there!  Hubs and I are just back from a quick and unexpected trip to Ohio. It was a whirlwind of activity. Since it was unplanned we had just a few short days with family.  I had several of the last posts scheduled to go up while we were gone.

After unpacking and getting the laundry under control, I decided that my neat stacks of boxes and risers under my work and crafting tables just looked bad.  Once an idea to clean something up or to reorganize takes hold...nothing else can be done until the job is finished.

You guessed it, it's finished now and I can play again. That's enough catching up with me.

Today I am getting in under the wire with the Just us Girls photo challenge.


My inspiration came from those Adirondack chairs - they scream relaxation to me and the word summer.  For those not near the coasts and beaches a day at the lake is a perfect summer pastime.

 Thanks so much for stopping by!

Birthday Wreath

Stamps from CTMH, Colored with Copic markers.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Pink Chrysanthemums


Another birthday card... but without the sentiment on the front I couldn't find the right one.

Thanks for stopping by~

Monday, June 26, 2017

Birthday in Yellow

Another shot at this chrysanthemum Peggy stamped it for me. The color spaces are a bit thin for my level of coloring skill, but I like the result.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

My love of coloring


Coloring has to be my favorite medium for card making, and I have a respectable collection of copics. I thought I would share some of my copic tidbits.

I used to have them in the half wide deep art bin with the marker inserts but I out grew that and having a second bin made no sense to me.  I kept the bin, and took out the inserts. I put the original dividers back in so there are 4 sections. I bought cheap tulle bags (about a dime each) and put each color family in a bag.  I fold the edges down when they are in the bin, and I can pull the edges up and tie them closed if I just want to take a particular group or collection with me to a crafty meet.

This holds a lot of markers, I have about 175 or so, and I still have room to add.

Now my collection of refills is much smaller, I am buying them as I figure out my go to color combinations. For now they reside in a Container Store lidded storage bin.

To figure out my favorite color combinations, I made up a sheet of ovals and rectangles to show the colors I use for each coloring I complete.  My list is growing.  The ones I go back to over and over will give me the list of refills I'll need to buy.

I store them in the 2x2 inch coin protectors ala Jennifer McGuire's various swatches. I like that I have each of the colors individually and a sample of the blend.  I made these sheets up in word and then printed these with my HP Inkjet printer on spectrum noir paper. I let them "cure" overnight; and no smearing of the printer ink.

Thanks so much for sticking through this long post.  I decided to take a few of the colors out for a run on some note cards.

Thanks much for stopping by~!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Another shot at fabric

Another flower card with fabric, this time I added some envelope liner in LF Doe ink to the card base to give it some texture.

I cut several of each of the flowers so I could layer them up.  I am quite pleased with the result.

Thanks so much for stopping by!