Monday, February 18, 2019

The brusho left overs

Hi there,

I posted earlier tonight my first brusho / stencil experiment. I loved how it turned out. It was nice and controlled. I stayed within the lines for the most part.

I created these panels all at the same time.  After selecting one for my last post, these were the remaining panels.  I decided to make them into cards as well.

I'll be submitting these to CAS Stencil, International Art & Soul, Simon's Wednesday Challenge and AAA Cards.

This is the intended piece, created with torquoise brushos and a fern stencil. Again this stencil has a tacky back so it stays in place.  I blocked off the edges so there would be no over-spray into the upper panel area.  This card is being submitted to AAA Card, CAS Stencil and Simon's Wednesday Challenge.


There was a lot of color left over,  so I laid a piece of watercolor paper on the top of the stencil after I had taken off the piece above. I love all the color on this.  This will be submitted to International Art and Soul a new to me challenge calling for a monochromatic card.

After getting the above panel, it seemed as if there was still some watercolor left to play with, so I dropped another panel onto the stencil.  I needed a card for my Godson's Dad who just had a knee replaced, so I thought this might work.  I'll be submitting this to another new to me blog, Crafty Animals.

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Lastly, is the second piece made from my first piece on my previous post.  I wasn't originally sure that It would work out.  Red and green blending end up making brown, so I wanted to see how it dried.   I like that it is so different from anything I usually make.

Thanks so much for coming by, and especially if you made it through to the end.

Playing with Brushos

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I have a card for three challenges, CAS Stencil ChallengePenny Black Saturday Challenge and Seize the Birthday.

I used Brusho's in green and red along with a Penny Black Stencil,  Promenade.  I checked out a few You Tube videos for some technical help. 

I thought it might get really messy, but it turned out pretty well controlled within the stencil openings since I have re-positional spray glue on the backs of most of my stencils.

I finished the card by putting it on a black card base and added a birthday sentiment. I love the bold colors with the black.


Thanks so very much for stopping by.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentines Day


Hope your day is filled with lots of love.

I'm not one for crowds or crowded dining out.  We've tried the fancy celebrations and they always fall flat somehow.

Hubs has brought me a lovely bouquet of flowers and tonight we'll be dining in on take out and watching a rented movie with some chocolates for desert. 

This card is a little busier than I usually make, but that Penny Black Hedgie sitting on that heart spotted mushroom is so cute.  The Avery Elle heart frame also sends lots of love.  The sentiment comes from Lawn Fawn.  This Valentine made me smile once I had it put together.

I am submitting this to  Addicted to Stamps and More, The Card Concept., Penny Black and More and Die Cut Divas.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Sweet Pink

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Now that the Valentine's are completed my flower stamps can come out to play.  This Peruvian Lily from Altenew has a lot of layers, but you don't have to use them all.  I used about 5 shades of pink Altenew inks to stamp the flower portion, thankfully it lines up fairly easily.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Inspired by

Hello ~

The photo inspiration at inspired by has a lot of luscious pinks.  They inspired my coloring of the wheelbarrow full of love in my card.

The stamp comes from Penny Black, and I have to say I have loved playing with the hedgies. The Valentine greeting is inside.

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Navy and Yellow

Hey there -

Seems like it has been awhile since I've sat down and posted a card.  My twofer card from the previous post was actually made and set up for posting in January. Those guest designer posts need to be done ahead of time.

So looking through my challenge folder for anything due on or around the 12th, I found the Less is More challenge requiring navy and yellow.  I am in need of thank you cards so I whipped up a few using the Ditsy print stamp from Altenew.  Its cute and whimisical, and best of all for me...there are flowers.

Its a very quick card, stamping and partial coloring. One ink, one marker.  A few colored matching pearls and its finished after mounting on coordinating cardstock.

Thanks so much for stopping in.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Guest Designing at Twofer

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I was lucky enough to have my Twofer entry for December to win, and then landed a Guest Design spot for this challenge, thanks to Darnell and her team at Twofer Card Challenge.

If you have never played at Twofer the challenge is all about stretching 
your supplies and your creativity.

I usually use stamps, this time I chose to use a die from 
Simon Says Stamp for my two cards.

I wracked my brain to create an alternate use for the star theme, 
but ended up with two traditional star cards.  
I have an encouragement card and a 
birthday card with a zodiac constellation.

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone creates.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Christmas Kickstart 3

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Challenge #3 at Christmas Kickstart is Festive Felines.  I have a few Christmas cat stamps, and this one from Newton's Nook is one of my favorites.

I've paired it with and Elizabeth Craft pine branch.  Can you just imagine a kitty hanging on?

The first cat I had, was a Christmas Tree climber, he knocked a few trees over and broke glass ornaments.

We finally went to an artificial tree decorated with glossy paper mache apples. He would bat them off every branch and chase them around the house.  He was with us almost 19 years.  He was the runt of a litter of barn cats and was too slow to scramble up into the hayloft as I grabbed him.  He was an excellent mouser and would play fetch with small toys.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Heart Bouquet

Hello ~

Sometimes I like to make smaller cards.  Valentines day is perfect for a smaller card, and this bouquet of hearts from Art Impressions.

I am submitting this card to Casology - Bouquet.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019


Hi there ~

Another Valentine, this one is for my Godson.  I thought the bolder darker colors would make a good male card; and Valentines can be cute even if they are for men.

I'm submitting this copic colored AI image card to the following challenges:

Double D Challenges

The Male Room


I had such fun coloring that card, I made another softer version of it.

I am submitting this one to:  Addicted to Stamps - Make your Mark

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Valentine Roses


The cupcake challenge has some luscious looking cupcakes.  I was inspired by the red heart on the vanilla iced cupcake.

The die comes from Simon Says Stamp, the sentiment from Lawn Fawn.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Hearts and Hedgie

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Another Valentine's card. This time inspired by the challenge at Time Out.  The decoration on the cake reminded me of a Penny Black stamp I have.

The image was stamped and then colored with Zig markers.  A birchpress die cut out the image and it was mounted on red cardstock.

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Valentine Hearts

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I've been in a bit of a slump. I wanted to get my Valentine's finished so they'd be mailed in good time for the day.  My list got a little out of hand and it seemed to take forever to complete them.

I got mojo help from Inspired by's mood board.


The lower ight row of hearts reminded me of the SSS die I have that has had far too little use.  Using a metal ship helps this die to cut very nicely.

I cut the die three times once from red, twice from black. The outline black was stacked two deep and then the red hearts were inserted from the red cutting, leaving a red outline for another project.

I had such fun, I made another softer version for Just Us Girls - Love theme.


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Saturday, February 2, 2019

January CCC

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Another year of the Card Chain Challenge has kicked off with so many choices.  There are 6 colors to mix and or match, a sketch, themes, and products or techniques to use in your card.  To see them call click here.

My card is going to Denise in California.  I hope she likes it. I love it and it might be hard to I better do it quickly before I have second thoughts and let it set up permanent residence here.

I had a left over panel from some ink blending I did earlier for another challenge -- thou I deliberately picked colors from the options for this exchange.  Distress Oxide inks in Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans,  Peacock Feathers and Broken China.  It was a very rough blending, and I love the marbled look.

I added a black double layerd and clear embossed diecut Magic Flower from Alexandra Renke sent to me by my friend Betty.   I tried white first but it looked a bit bland. 

The black added drama...maybe a bit too much so I softened it with a teal ribbon. The juxtaposition of that edgy flower die and the sweetly tied ribbon make me smile.  No sentiment for this one - that background needs to shine.

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