Thursday, June 28, 2018

Day 6 at Altenew Academy

Hi There

Tonight I share my last homework piece.  I am getting to like this technique that is so far out of my norm.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Day 5 at Altenew Academy

Hi there:

Today, there was some serious coloring done for my homework card. Again, I didn't go as far as Kelly did, but I do love my card.

There was masking involved, and a fab little trick that you can get if you take the class. It really helped my in  my layout. 

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Day 4 at Altenew Academy

Hi there:

I love pre-arranged flower stamps, making my own design is just such a trial.  LOL.  But I gave it a go and it worked out.  Kelly did a lot of special things to her sample for day 4. I did not.  I probably will the next time I give it a go just for fun.  That is the thing I love about classes - those videos are there forever to be accessed long after the class is over.

I loved Kelly's yellow into pink coloring - it is just striking somehow.  The drawn line around the image gave me some fits...mine became bold and uneven on the sides ---but I am calling it artistic license.   I added some spectrum glitter brush pen to the centers of the flowers.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Muse 271

Hello -

I am coming in at the last minute again to play with Muse.  Kim has provided a darling card full of pups.  I was inspired by all the pups, and I have a cat stamp that is of the same type.

I stamped off the whole stamp, cut off the top portion - then used that as a mask as I inked up the bottom half of the stamp so I didn't have a full page of cats.
This one is going to my Dad of course.  One of his cats went missing a week ago...but made his way home 3 days later with an injury.  Neither my Dad nor the Vet was sure what happened to him, but he's at home. Hes not happy with the cone head but he needs to leave his stitches alone.

Below is a photo of Jack about a year ago.  He was watching my hair and makeup routine.

 Here is Kim's inspiration card

 Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Owl for two

Hi there:

Its been a banner card making day - and this is the last of them for today.   Two challenges have owls, and I need an encouragement card, so this worked out.

The Card Concept and Just Us Girls inspired this card.  I'm calling it clean and simple in style. I left a few swirls in the inking, I think it gives it a feeling of movement as if the owl just landed to impart wisdom.

Masking, ink blending, and copic coloring were my techniques. It came together fairly quickly.


Thanks for stopping in.

Trees Twofer

Hi there!

I've missed the last two twofer challenges - the idea machine in my head went on strike.  I feared I might miss another one - but at the last minute the strike ended. So I am happy to have cards for this Twofer Challenge.

I've used a Close to my Heart set called Always Grateful.  First time inking it up, and I think it will get a fair amount of use now that I have played with it a bit.  Its has been a while since those Distress Inks of mine were used for ink blending and I pulled them out today to play.

First up- Ink resist over heat embossed images.  Used tea dye and walnut stain.

Next up: masked off side and bottom, inked with shabby shutters and mowed lawn. Stamped over with versafine onyx black. Die cute and adhered to matching card base.

Thanks much for stopping by.

Day 3 at Altenew Academy

Hi there:

When I saw Kelly's lesson for day three - it scared the you know what out of me.  Loosey Goosey watercoloring with Distress Oxide Inks...oh help me now. Ya I have control issues. I like watercoloring but I want embossed lines so stuff stays where its supposed to be. So this lesson is WAY out of my comfort zone - and it should be. How can I learn if I don't try the out of my comfort zone techniques?

I actually had fun once I let myself go.  Ya!  I might even make more in this style!  And again this is supposed to be one layer wonders --- I just like mounting my one layer on a colored card-base.

Thanks for coming by and indulging my homework show.

Friday, June 22, 2018

AA Day 2

Hi there

At first this was not my favorite card of my homework. This assignment required a background stamp with open spaces, multi shade coloring of the background, some masking for the sentiment and a touch of glitter.  Going through my stash, this is the best I could come up with.  I'll be showing all the homework - even the less than happy outputs.  Hard to see, but there are 3 shades of the yellow from light to darkest.

Edited to add:  Looking at the actual card again - it is growing on me. It is cute.  The picture doesn't capture it well at all. 

Happy you came by!

Teal and Yellow

Hi there -

It has been at least a year since I took an online cardmaking class.  Kelly Latevola is teaching a class over at Altenew Academy.  Its a great price point, and the title is  One Layer Wonders.  I've long been a fan of Kelly's coloring - so I had to take this class.  My homework will be a case of the day's lesson. I might have to switch out some stamps, but it will be very similar - so I cannot take any design credit.

While my card is a focal panel layered on a colored base, the focal point is one layer.  This was a fun and relaxing card to make---up until I made a wonky cut with the die.  But, hey  I am a little wonky too. SO I am going with the resulting slight banner tilt.

I really like the appearance of the raised sentiment banner across the card front. Its a cool trick.

The interactive portion of class runs through 6/26/18.  But of course you can take it anytime.  The interactive portion is merely the chat options in the forums; the galleries appear to be open forever.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Emailed Blogger comment solution

Hey there -

Darnell posted a solution to the email comment issue, so you don't have to leave your self a comment anymore.

I've done the steps and it works.
  1. Go to your dashboard.
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. Click on Email.
  4. Delete your email address and click on "Save Settings" in upper right.
  5. Re-enter your email address and click "Save Settings" again.
  6. You will then receive an email in your inbox from Blogger confirming that you want to subscribe. Click on the underlined word "Subscribe."

Hello for two

Hi There-

Today I sat and sat and sat. My idea machine wasn't working.  So I went to the challenges and hoped something would spark an idea.  Thankfully two challenges came to my rescue.

Just us Girls has a color challenge Red Black and participants choice.  I'm adding green, counting white as a neutral.  Addicted to stamps is on the Make your Mark week so I pulled out the copics for coloring my image from Hero Arts.

I'm not generally a collage/stacker on my cards, but I love the way these pieces all layered up together.


Thanks much for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

June Bizzzare Day

Hi there!

This month my bizarre day card is going to hubs.  Its June 19th and its Kissing Day.  He doesn't get a lot of cards from me anymore since we are living together and not separated by the continental US.  So I think he'll enjoy the surprise.

If you are interested in looking up other non-traditional holiday or "days" here is the link I use.

Thanks much for stopping by!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Coloring on Dark Cardstock

Hi there!

Another card with Altenew's Painted Flowers.  This time using just the sketchy outline, and then coloring the interiors with prisma color pencils.

I started with a light coat of white, then added two similar tones for the leaves and petals.

The design is inspired by the sketch at CAS Colours & Sketches, and the technique is inspired by Tracey's card at Muse. Both inspiration icons are below.


Thank you so much for stopping by!

Painted Flowers for 3

Hellow - Happy Saturday!

I pulled out an old favorite today - Altenew's Painted Flowers.

I used Altenew inks for the color as well. The pink blooms are diecut and adhered flat, the black and white are directly stamped on the card base. The sentiment comes from SU.

I am entering this to three challenges:
Casology 304 Pearl - There are many small pearl embellishments throughout the design.
Case this Sketch 276 - The design is the sketch
Addicted to Stamps - Anything goes

Thanks for stopping!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches 341

Hi there!

I'm home from our trip, and am dealing with a lingering cold. The usual tiredness, and a cough that for me takes about 2 weeks to clear up based on past colds. I am definitely on the upswing.

My Dad gave me my belated birthday gift while I was visiting, so a thank you card is in order.  He loves the kitty cat cards so thanks to a gift from my dear friend Betty - these Honey Bee Curious Kitties are getting some inking.

Using Narelle's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches 341,  here is my card:

copic coloring, and the die is from Winnie and Walter
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Always fun Challenge 62

Hi There -

While I was in California, I gave my Dad his Father's Day gift and card early, so this won't spoil the surprise.
I'm entering it to Always Fun Challenges - Male Card/Dad.

This first card is from me and hubs:

He really liked that old truck from Art Impressions along with the sepia toning of the card.

Of course the cat pack had to give him a card too:

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Some Pink

A quick post...

Zig colored, copper embossed Mondo Sakura from Ellens.

Saturday, June 9, 2018


Hi there-

My Godson is graduating from college, and we headed to California to help celebrate his achievement.  Unfortunately, hubs came down with a virus two days into our visit and yep two days later I had it too.  Hubs is on the upswing feeling better each day. I hope I am feeling better each day too.  I am heartsick to miss this graduation. I do hope I can catch it online if nothing else.

I went for a more formal card in black and white.  I love the Darice embossing folder - and to make sure those mortarboards embossed deeply I gave the paper a brief spritz of water before embossing.  No sequins on the card - its a guy card, but a few in the picture to add to the festiveness.

Thanks much for stopping by!

Thursday, June 7, 2018


Hi There~

I recently picked up the wreath turnabout stamps from Concord and 9th.  There was a learning curve for me. Apparently I had a hard time  drawing the x's on the back of the stamps absolutely in line with the template.  But after a couple of tries and a couple of colors of sharpies, I did manage to get it done.

These stamps are kinda fun once you get the hang of them.

Thanks for stopping in!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Flashy Florals

Hi there,

Just a quick thank you card today.

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Saturday, June 2, 2018



This card is for the May Card Chain Challenge; and it is going to Helen in Ohio. The last few I have sent overseas.   I also send along a few die cuts or stamped images when I send the card. Its fun to get a little something new to play with.

I managed to take all of the prompts to make my card - there are many choices each month.  This month the choices are :


Theme Options: Flowers / CAS / Friendship

Product / Technique Options: Taylored Expressions / Gems or Pearls

I used the colors, the sketch (loosely - moved the sentiment) Flowers, and my image is from Taylored Expressions.

Thanks much for stopping by. 

Friday, June 1, 2018


Hi there -

I have a fascination for those multi layered stamps...but they take work and practice. This time I decided to just go with the practice flowers and I made them into cards.  I had to trim them out, since I stamped them in odd directions not quite knowing how they'd lay out. They're not perfectly stamped, but they make a sweet card.

They'll be hitting mailboxes later this summer. 

I use my iphone for photos, and the Iphone can skew the edges of a card in a wonky way. Its been irritating me for a while now.  I did discover that if I photograph the card flat instead of standing up it will lessen the wonky effect.  I have a few 12 x 12 papers I use for backgrounds. 

A few days ago I went to a big box store to get some 110lb cardstock in white that  I used for my bases and while I was in the paper aisle I found more woodgrain 12 x 12 sheets for photographs. They are so fun, white washed, distressed, blue, pinks and a really dark one are being added to my backgrounds stash.

I am visiting my Dad, so there are some pre posted posts coming your way.

Thanks for stopping.