Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Here comes Peter Cottontail SOS 346

Hi There,

Its a fabulously snowy day today and since hubs works out of our home, we can both enjoy the weather without having to actually be out in it.  Having spent most of my life in southern California, snow when it came was always magical.  That doesn't change in adulthood.

Hubs and I were on our way to Calfornia to visit my Dad when the last snowfall hit - it was a bit of a tricky drive but our flight made it out of Baltimore before the airports started cancelling flights.

I am happy to have another snowy day where I can craft and watch it come down; I haven't stopped smiling since I woke up.  I made lentil soup yesterday, we have some crusty rolls to go with it so I am set to play in my crafty space most of the day.

This card is for Shopping our Stash # 346 Here comes Peter Cottontail,we are to provide Easter Creations.

This is a Stampendous image, it was a gift last year so he's  making his Easter debut this year. The stamp was heat embossed with versafine onyx black and clear powder and colored with zigs.

That natural light from my window with all the snow makes for a photo that needs no adjusting.

Here is my view today. Snow is expected to fall well into night time.

Friday, March 16, 2018

AAA Card Ombre

Hi there,

I am submitting this to AAA Cards - Ombre, and even though I used an embossing folder and added an edge cut since it is mostly white on white with only the sentiment color, I still feel this is a CAS card.

Another card I have been unexpectedly been needing is a pet sympathy cards.  Many of my friends have older dogs and cats and several have passed on in the last year.  I needed another unexpectedly today. So I made two just to have a spare.

My sentiment was colored in 3 blues and diecut on top of fun foam to give it a bit of weight on the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Uniko Studio

Hi there!

Ohh another card challenge that I have just minutes to get my card posted.

This one is for Uniko's 6th birthday.

6th Birthday Linky Party

I've used  Natures Treasures 2 to make this masculine birthday card and layered it up a bit to make it touch formal.

Since I layered this one on a card base,  I cut my banner from the middle of the mat layer to ensure it matches and to avoid having to cut up another card based size piece.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 12, 2018

FMS 327 Whoosh


I saw this sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and realized I had 30 minutes til it closed!

Thanks to my CCC pal  Arlene, I have this magnolia which I quickly colored with zigs and mounted on black with black pp for a dramatic look!


No sentiment, its just going to be a note card!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Card Concept - Monochromatic Green

Hi There-

Green...huh.  I am not a green fan despite my love of flowers.  Though I have to say a lot of green makes its way onto my cards.

Here are lots of greens in the inspiration photo for  The Card Concept # 88.

I was taken with the gold accents to the various greens.  My card is kind of clean an layered.

So I gold embossed the SSS Cora Background stamp with Hero Arts gold ep. I used a Clarity stencil brush to add the HA Lime Green ink.  I die cut the bottom with PPP's scalloped borders 2 and mounted it to a SSS Green Leaf cardbase.  The sentiment is from MFT - More Essential Sentiments. And since the gold wasn't enough there is bit of green glitter paper under the sentiment. 

And  of course this will be submitted to Simon's Work it Wednesday - Green.

This one is for a friend whose favorite color is green and she's Irish.  I thought the hearts and the pattern were vaguely reminiscent of a Claddagh.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Fusion Card Challenge

Hi there,

I had a burst of creativity today!  I had a project that was weighing me down creatively, but I finished it. As a result, I am very much ready to play in my crafty space.

Here is the graphic for Fusion, the title is Saint Paddy's Day.  But I took a different turn with it.

I was very much influenced by the white and yellow flowers, as well as the abundant greenery.  

I'm working my way through my bin of un-inked stamps and decided to play with WPlus 9's rose builder.  For a layering stamp it is fairly easy to use.  I stamped three of the layers for the big rose, using the same ink color on the two biggest layers, I simply stamped it 4 times for the second layer.  I used two colors for the smaller rose along with two of the three stamps. Along with the stamps, I used the cut and stamp set from SSS/HA Prayers, and an embossing folder from Stampin Up.  Inks for the roses were HA Soft Granite and SSS Fog for the grays; SSS Duckling and HA Soft Vanilla.

Thanks much for stopping by!

A New Christmas Card Challenge

Hi there-

I was happy to find a new Christmas Card Challenge - CAS Christmas Card.  The first challenge has started on the 3rd and is open for linking up until the 24th; winners will be announced on the 28th.  Those are the dates for each month's challenge.

I thought I'd go with an all die cut card - I'm using Paper Smooches Christmas Words 2.  I chose to cut everything from the card base, color it with copic markers and lay it back into the card base.

There is still lots of time, give the challenge a try.

Thanks very much for stopping by!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

CAS Balloons Stenciling

Hi there,

Another card this afternoon, and it'll fit three challenges.  CAS on Friday is a one layer card, Shopping our Stash uses stencils, and Just us Girls has a word challenge - Balloons.

The balloons are made with an Echo Park stencil and distress inks in Mowed Lawn, Faded Jeans and Tumbled Glass. Sentiment is from Winnie & Walter's Big Bold Happy Set stamped in Versafine Majestic Blue.

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Filling the Stash

Greetings ~

We have been having high winds here in Maryland.  I watched the very tall trees outside my 2nd floor window sway to and for and am glad the ground is not overly saturated.  I've been watching one particular branch that is stuck on another branch.  I was sure it is going become an airborne weapon at the next big gust.  But today, it is much calmer and the branch is still entangled. 

It is a perfect day to make cards and I am very much in the mood to do so, so there may be several posts today.

This post is for two Christmas Card Challenges - Merry Monday and Muse Christmas Visions. I have one card dedicated for each challenge. I am very much on target with my 5 Christmas cards per month goal.

The prompt at Merry Monday is using a poinsettia, and the inspiration at Muse - CV is a lovely inked backdrop with white silhouettes.  The challenge graphics for both are below.

Merry Monday's card was inspired by my love of coloring flowers.  I mounted the panel on a black base to add drama and formality to the card even with the ink spatters.

The Muse Christmas Visions card was inspired by the inked backdrop and the white silhouettes in the foreground.  I used distress oxide inks to color in the backdrop to my oval birch trees.  A simple sentiment and some clear sequins complete the card.


Thanks so very much for taking a look!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Another swap with the Card Chain Challenge

Hi there,
 This month my card went to my dear blogging friend Greta. 

I went with the sketch -- somewhat loosely - can you see the sketch in my card?.


You can still sign up for the March swap here until Tuesday March 6th 2018.

Thanks for dropping in.  

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Another Daisy

Hi There,
Last week I played with a daisy stamp from Hero Arts, see the card here;  before I put the stamp away I made a second card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Some more Magnolia

Hi there,

After my earlier card I returned my books to the library - I love the feel of a hard-backed book. I've gotten over the need to own them -- I simply don't have the room to store them.

Of course I left my craft desk a mess, so before cleaning up, I stamped and heat embossed a few more of those Altenew Magnolias.  I am hoarding my bristol paper since I have a long month to go before I can buy any more crafty supplies.  I found a pad of Artist's Loft mixed media paper and used that.  The Zig markers worked pretty well on that paper. I colored the marker on and blended with a water brush after heat embossing the image.

I made 4 cards and they'll do for 4 different challenges.  So lots of photos to come.

For Less is More - Dry Embossing I made this card:

For Addicted to Stamps and More Anything Goes, I am submitting this card:

For Inspired by all the Little Things I am submitting this card:  I was inspired by the pink flowers and the touches of aqua/blue in the inspiration photo.

For the City Crafter Challenge Blog - Die Cuts, I am submitting this version:

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Week 401 ~ Die Cuts


Altenew February Challenge

Hi There -

I hope to get a lot of cards made this month along with using the new stamps I have sitting in a bin.  For lent this year I am not doing any crafty shopping what-so-ever.  This is tough as all the lovely flower stamps are starting to make appearances.  My wish list however is growing...but it will be interesting to see which ones I am still interested in after a months time. Might be a lesson for the future.

Birthday cards, Thank you cards and Easter cards are my top priorities for the nest few weeks and the February Inspiration at Altenew is a perfect starting place for me.  I love the colors.


I used Altenew's Build-A-Flower Magnolia along with Altenew inks in Rose Quarts, Puffy Heart, Cosmic Berry, Purple Wine, Forest Garden, Evergreen and Paper Bag.  The sentiment is from MFT. The background is an SU stamp.  I actually stamped the Magnolia twice, once I messed up the branch but I just trimmed that off and popped it behind the full image for some added flower depth.  There is a bit of winking on the petals in the dark areas, and some clear iridescent sequins that IRL twinkle pink.

Thanks very much for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Feburary Bizzare and Unique Day

Hi there-

This month, my card was inspired by Polar Bear Day.  I am still enjoying so much my MFT Polar Bear Pals stamp set I got last year and only used it once before the flower season took over --which for me and my cards is practically year round.  I spent a day with this set, and created several cards - most of which have been already posted.  This one was my favorite of the bunch.

Lots of masking for the bears and the freehand iceberg, inking for the sky and copic coloring for the bears, ice and iceberg. The card took time, but I love the result.  The card is going to my long time bestie - we've known one another and have been friends since 1975 when my family moved to California and she and I ended up sitting together in craft class.  She always had more artistic flair than I did...but decades later I think I found my artistic niche.

Have a fabulous Day, and thank you so much for visiting.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Feel Better

Hi there!

My last post was sympathy card focused; another card I don't like making on the fly is a get well, feel better card. I like to have a few of these in reserve so they can be sent out quickly. I recently depleted my stash. I tend to lean more to the feel better sentiment rather than the get well sentiment -- which do you prefer?

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is to make your own background.  I have three sets of stamps that I have combined from MFT, CTMH and WPlus9 to make these cards.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

With Sympathy

Hi There  -

Tonight I made two sympathy cards to have in my stash. One will probably be needed soon.  My friend's son has a debilitating terminal disease and he has been declining for the last two months. I'd rather have the cards in my stash, than to have to make one at a moment's notice.

Two challenges  AAA Cards and CAS on Friday have challenges to use die cuts  I prefer to used botanical images and a simple sympathy statement on my bereavement cards. I an a bit partial to the first card, it feels more CAS so I am entering that one to both challenges.

I picked out 1 word die set and two botanical dies.  The botanicals were cut from vellum, and the sentiments from the same cardstock as the card panel, but I made it a bit darker with a copic marker.

The vellum pieces were a bit too light and a bit too light weight. I doused them with versafine and covered them in silver pearl embossing power and heat set them.  That gave them a bit more body, and made them more visible against the panel.  All pieces were glued down using Elmer's craft bond (spray adhesive).

These were very difficult to photograph, this was the best I could do.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Hydrangea Birthday

Hi there~

I am taking a bit of license in making my Hydrangea more purple than blue, I love purple and green together and at Color Throwdown the colors this week are Purple, Green, Gray, and white.  The sketch at Freshly Made sketches gave me a jumping off point.  I am also adding this to Winnie & Walters 4th Birthday Bash - Watercolor with a twist.  I am adding shading with pencils.


I have a slew of birthday cards to make and flowers will adorn most of the feminine ones.  Instead of black ink I used versafine smokey gray to stamp the image and sentiment.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Seasons Greetings


The Olympics are keeping me in the mood to work on Christmas Cards for my stash.  I have a goal of 5 per month.  January went well, and here is the first of February's collection. I will likely make several of these cute snow-families. 

This week's Muse                                                  Words 2 Craft by : If kisses were snowflakes
                                                                                                           I'd send you a blizzard.


Tracey's card at Muse is a sweet Valentine, and I was completely taken in by her inked background with spatters.  For my version I used a snow stencil to give some texture to my inked background and I went with Christmas as my holiday.  Since I have a snowy scene with my stenciled embossing paste and glittered snow this card is also going to Words 2 Craft By.

I stamped and masked off my snow family image (from Wild Rose Studio); I then sponged on the background blue with tumbled glass DI.  After coloring the snow family with DI markers and a water brush I let them dry, and then added my blizzard with SSS Falling snow stencil and embossing paste. Before it dried I topped it with distress glitter in clear rock candy.  I waited about 10 minutes then die cut the panel, added the sentiment and mounted it to a card base.

Thanks much for stopping by!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Heart Twofer

Hi there, I am back to play in another of Darnell's Twofer challenges.

My twofers are using a die that gives an outline and inside heart pieces.  The outline was used as is to outline some inked areas. The inside heart pieces were inked and then made into a dimensional flower with many petals. - Can you see the hearts?  Although I have used the same colors on both cards, the  cards have very different feels to them.

Give this challenge a try it is open until the 24th.  If you don't know about this new challenge, here are some guidelines:

  • Use the monthly PROMPT.
  • Use the EXACT same stamp or die.
  • Make two distinctly DIFFERENT DESIGNS.
  • Make your cards for two DIFFERENT OCCASIONS.
    (Please explain in your post if there is no sentiment on your card front.)
  • Link ONE PHOTO of both cards here AND on any social media.
There are a few more guidelines and a whole page of FAQ's all of which can be gotten to through the link above.

Thanks for stopping by.