Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Happy Birthday x 2

Hi there ~

These cards are for my Dad's Birthday. One from me and hubs and one from the cats.  I think my Dad gets a kick getting cards from the cats. They seem to live longest on the front of the fridge.

I'll be entering the cat card to Always Fun Challenges - Fall Colors  and both to Seize the Birthday with the toppings of using a punch or die cut.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Autumn Greetings


Another challenge beckoned me.  The fabulous fall colors over at Color Throwdown had to be played with.

I started with a full sheet of SSS Khaki cardstock. I cut it down for 1 card base and 2 panels.  One panel was diecut with a stitched edge and I cut three of Lawn Fawns stitched leaves out of that panel.  On the second panel I cut full leaves and the sentiment strips.

I colored the leaves with copics, because the coloring was on the khaki cardstock the colors seem deeper to me.  I covered the leaves once dry with wink of stella and then clear embossed them for some sheen.  I placed the back into the die cut space but allowed the smaller leaves to lay upon one another.  The sentiment were added along with some sequins in fall colors.  Then the panel was popped up on the card base with fun foam.

I am entering the card to two challenges.

Color Throwdown #510           Simon Says Stamp
Red Orange Kraft and Green    Wednesday Challenge
                                                            Pop It Up


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Clean and Layered

Hi there:

I am beginning to become addicted to watching the skies lighten as the sun comes up. Its so quite out.

This card is for The Card Concept.  I'm calling my card clean and layered.  I colored strips of paper and adhered them to the card base. Next I cut two layers of the daisy from 110lb cardstock scraps.

I added the daisies and a quick sentiment to finish the card.

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Another early morning crafting session with some techniques I rarely use.

I started with watercolor paper.  This new to me Penny Black stamp was colored upon with Tombow markers.  I spritzed the stamp lightly and then stamped it down onto the paper.  I stamped the leafy area first then using the same technique the flowers using an orange and a deep yellow.  I dried the entire image with a heat tool.

Once dry I prepped it with powder so I could clear emboss over the image to give it some texture and protect it. Once the image was clear embossed, I added some broken china distress ink with a brush to add a bit of color to the back ground.  I then spritzed the entire panel with a clear shimmer spray.  Once it dried again, I die cut the panel to fit a square card.  I added a sentiment to finish the card.

I am entering this card to the following challenges :

Muse 282- I was inspired by the loose color of Tracey's blooms
CAS Mix UP for September - stamping with markers, heat embossing, ink blending with a brush, resist, die cutting, and spritzing.
Addicted to Stamps 309 - CAS
Time Out 118- Photo Inspiration - I love the shades of orange and yellow in the photo

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Layering Leaves


I have two cards for three challenges today.  I am using sentiments from MFT and a leaf die from Concord and 9th.  I started by putting down distress oxide inks in Candied Apple, Peeled Paint, Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade on to a sheet of Neenah solar white.

After cutting several leaves, I prepared two card panels, one squared sized with a pierced background from Altenew. Then I made a 7 petaled flower by arranged 4 1/2 leaves with their points in the center of a circle. I added a white heat embossed sentiment over the flower.

For the second card I sponged some Candied Apple in a banner across the card front. I added score lines above and below it. I adhered three of the lighter multi-colored leaves over the inked portion.
A small sentiment was heat embossed over the inked panel.

These cards were inspired by three challenges - Twofer Challenge - Leaves City Crafter Challenge - Autumn Colors; and a sketch challenge from AAA Cards.

For the Twofer Challenge :

For AAA Cards:

For City Crafter Challenge:

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Just Add Ink 425

Hi there,

Another card from a late night/early morning crafting session.  When I saw the inspiration photo over at Just Add Ink, I had to play along.  This challenge is fairly new to me - this might be just my second time playing along.

I decided to use my Hero Arts Rose Stem, heat embossed and colored with Arteza markers.  I used a peachy shade and a pinky shade. I colored the petals ping at the very bottom and peach at the outer ends of the petals.  Then I dropped clear water in the middle and encouraged the colors to play. I love the glow it gives the rose.

I was inspired by the gorgeous peonies and I added a white on white die cut, as a nod to the picket fence in the inspiration photo, for my rose to rest upon.

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The Flower Challenge 24 Anything Goes

Hello -

Its about 4 am eastern daylight time here in Maryland.  Hubs says I am on vampire hours again. He came in to tell me good night and pronounced that I looked anything but sleepy.  I decided since I was awake I'd rather do some coloring than binge watch tv until I fall alseep.

It is an anything goes theme over at The Flower Challenge, and I'll  be submitting this bloom there and to CAS on Friday - their theme is Flowers.

This was stamped and then clear embossed. I colored it with arteza real brush pens.  A bit of gold spatter and mountingto a coordinating card base finishes off this card.

  For your blog

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Friday, September 7, 2018


Hi There ~

I've got a couple of sunflower cards to show you and one of them needed to be reworked. Fortunately I have the before and after versions to share.

I am entering the cards at Shopping our Stash - Crazy for Coloring.  I used zig markers to color the sunflower from Stampendous.

My friend had stamped these lacy shapes on to a card panel and it was a warped rubber stamps it had missing bits all over the middle. It is also wood mounted.  She was about to toss the panel and I asked her if I could use it.

After coloring and fussy cutting my flower out twice, the first cutting resulted in this card :

The sentiment stamp came by way of a large box of stamps sent to me by a blogging friend. I think the sentiment is from Reverse Confetti and I thought it perfect for this cardfront.

My second sunflower first ended up here:

Where I had decided to add nuvo drops...BAD IDEA it looked out of whack somehow.  So I pulled off the flower which by now was a good day old on the glue drying.  Fortunately, it came up okay. I then scraped off the nuvo drops, cut another painted strips cover plate. Glued it over the first one, re-glued the sunflower and added some pearls.  Much better, don't you think?
Since there was so much going on outside, I put the sentiment inside - it reads thanks for brightening my day.

Thanks much for popping in.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Hello Fall

Hi There -

I still have two flower stamps that need to be used before I'll let myself touch the fall stamps and dies.

To make this feel like fall - I used a good strong orange by mixing orange, red and yellow Arteza Real Brush Pen colors full strength on Bristol paper heat embossed with the Hero Arts Nasturtium stamp.

To add texture, I have several layers on the card - the base, the Avery Elle Cover-plate, some inking, and finally the image mounted on foam tape.  The card also had 3 shades of white card stock also adding to the textural feel.  My sparkle bits are the flat sequins added to the center of the card.

I am adding this card to a couple of challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Fall/Autumn

Just Add Ink - Texture

There was another challenge - but it requires creating an account to use the linking which no doubt will require that the linking company has access to who knows what.  So that one is off my list. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Feel Better

Hi there-

My bestie's  hubby has landed himself in bed.  He answered the phone when I called her over the weekend and I thought maybe I could lift his spirits a bit by sending him a card.

This stamp came to me via another good friend as a just because surprise, so I am glad to be able to put it to use.

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Happy Birthday

Hi there-

One of the crafty gals has a birthday this month and she loves RED.  When I saw the colors at Color Throwdown  I knew those would be the colors for this card.  I just used MOSTLY red.

I am using two Simon Says Stamp stamps - Big Scripty Greetings - the line weight is perfect with the flowers; and Center Cut Flowers.  The images and sentiment were clear embossed over versafine onyx black ink. The panel was die cut with a Lawn Fawn die. The image was colored with Arteza Real Brush Pens.

I'm also submitting this to Simon's Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.

 Thanks so much for stopping by.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

A lil bit more summer

Hi there,

I had a crafty play date with the crafty ladies earlier this week and I stamped and cut a bunch of the Pretty Pink hummers, along with stamping a Clearly Besotted Peony stamp and went to work with the copic markers.

The hummers were glazed with wink of stella and they have such a lovely sheen in person.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

August CCC


Another month playing along at the Card Chain Challenge.  As usual there are several options - Color, Sketch, several themes, and a technique.  I'm going with the colors and technique of stencils this month.

My card traveled to Spain, and I hope Marga likes the card.  I was excited to be able to sign up to send her a card as I got a lovely inked one from her last month.

Here is my card:

My Supplies included a TH Stencil Bubble, Distress Inks in Cracked Pistachio and Chipped Sapphire; and Zig markers in Lt. Violet and May Green. The stamps are from Altenew's Amazing You set.  The flower is heat embossed on the panel, and it was also heat embossed and colored on some bristol paper. I cut out the leaves and the bloom and adhered them on top of the image stamped on the card front. The flower is adhered with very thin foam dots for a bit of lift.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018



Hard to believe August is fading away and fall is knocking on the calendar if not in terms of the actual weather.

Last spring I purchased the Seagull stamp set from MFT.  I love those silly birds - and generally I can take or leave bird stamps.  I do love watching birds out the window in my crafty space, but coloring or using them on cards...not my thing.

I stamped, colored and die cut a whole bunch of  these darling seagulls and came up with these cards.

This one started the entire process, and was inspired by the photo below it.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Many Thanks

Hi there ~

This is one of my last of what I consider my new summer stamp sets. I've been trying to get through them by the end of this month.

This card is going to Muse - I was inspired by the leaf branch and the birds, Addicted to Stamps and More- Anything Goes and Freshly Made Sketches for the layout. Coloring was done with copics.
(RV00, 02, 21; BG01,02,05; Y04,08,18)  The inks I used were memento for the birds and Versamark for the sentiment.

The stamps and bird dies are from Pretty Pink Posh and the leaf die is from Simon Says Stamp.


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Mft Summer School Day 5

I've graduated.
Session Two
Day 5

This technique can have such a lovely effect on a card. It was fun trying it out.
 Class Link
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