Tagged Hello

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Hello my beautiful friends!

Feeling rather MOJOless these days...(is that a word?).  So in an effort to spark some sort of creativity...what better than to play along with a challenge? 

My card base has been embossed with the Stitched Rectangle die.  Next comes an embossed layer, followed by a die cut tag.  I die cut the Penny Black Rose die twice and popping up the pink layer on top.  A die cut sentiment, some string, a smattering of sequins and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. and DCWV glitter card stock
Ink:  none
Stamps:  none
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangles dies, Penny Black Rose die, Reverse Confetti Tag Me die, MFT Happy Hellos die, Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder, hemp twine, Kelly Purkey sequins, Tombow adhesive, foam adhesive

Challenge:
Splitcoast Stampers CC474:  Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette and Pistachio Pudding; and for dessert...no stamping

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Small Moments

Friday, April 11, 2014


I'm thrilled to be the Guest Designer for the JUGS challenges this month.  What a talented group of ladies!  Our challenge this week is a technique challenge...water colored backgrounds.

My background has been created using Distress Stains and a water mister.  The background stamp was dabbed with three colors of Distress Stain and then lightly misted with water before stamping on my water color paper.  Then I simply dropped the three different  stains from a couple of inches above my paper to create the splats.

While that was drying, I inked the same background stamp with Versamark and clear embossed the card base.  Next, I lightly distressed the edges of the water color piece.  The butterfly is die cut from the same paper as the card base and kissed with some Wink of Stella marker.  A simple stamped sentiment, a smattering of gold sequins and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  water color paper and SU! Red Rose
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black and Versamark
Stamps:  Mama Elephant Everyday Greetings and Hero Arts Fresh Cut Pebble Pattern
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Simon Says Stamp Leanna butterfly die, Picked Raspberry Distress Stain, Squeezed Lemonade Distress Stain, Dried Marigold Distress Stain, gold sequins, distressing tool, adhesives

Challenges entered:
JUGS #236 technique challenge:  water colored background



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How Does Your Garden Grow?



Ah, very soon, I'll be enjoying hours in the garden, growing veggies, flowers and just generally enjoying the outdoors...yeah!

This is an example of how mixed media can be very clean and simple.  There are different mediums used, but it is indeed a CAS design.

I started out by stamping the veggies along the bottom of the card.  Just inked them carefully with two shades of Avery Elle ink.  That stuff is just plain awesome to work with!  Remember the old pigment inks?  Took forever to dry, easily smudged etc.?  Well, these are not your mother's inks *grin*. 

Next, I used Distress Paint for the watering can.  It actually does shine like metal, although the picture really doesn't do it justice.  Then I stamped the little water droplets in another shade of Avery Elle ink and added little bits of Glossy Accents with a toothpick.  More water droplets were added to the leaves of the veggies in the same way.

Stamped the smiley sun, the sentiment and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow
Ink:  Avery Elle Fizz, Lemon Grass, Raspberry, Mimosa and Sea Glass; and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Clearly Besotted A Little Sentimental, Garden Fresh, April Showers and Creative Beginnings Sunshine
All the other stuff:  Brushed Pewter Distress Paint, Ranger Glossy Accents, toothpick

Challenges entered:
CAS-ology #90 cue card:  wet
Clearly Besotted challenge #10:  spring
Splitcoast Stampers MIX63 - spring/Easter mixed media

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Formation Flying

Thursday, April 10, 2014



Time to use up some of the mountain of designer paper that I've somehow acquired!!!  How does that happen?

Had some fun with the MOJO Monday sketch...thought that was perfect for using up some of my paper.  My card base was stencilled with a bit of ink, some parts with more ink than others...didn't want it to look really uniform. Then I dry embossed some designer paper and matted it in black.  The sentiment banner has been inked in the same way as the card base.

The three paper cranes are just stamped and fussy cut in three more coordinating papers and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow, Gina K. and Cosmo Cricket Baby Jane
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black and Hero Arts Butter Bar
Stamps:  Reverse Confetti Paper Crane
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, SU! embossing folder, 1 1/4" square punch, scissors, MFT Jumbo Fishtail Banner STAX, Simon Says Stamp medium dots stencil, sponge

Challenges entered:
MOJO Monday #340:

Paper Players Theme challenge #190: three spree (use 3 of any one thing on your card)



Colour Me #15: striking - Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight


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Pastel Birthday

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


The sun is shining, the birds are singing and I saw my first butterfly of the season the other day!  We had an amazing day yesterday, but today is a bit windy.  Nonetheless, the snow is disappearing and that makes my heart sing!

Now, let's get down to some card making shall we?  The card base has been dry embossed.  I've been using Bazzill Marshmallow the last few days and have to say...love that stuff!  It's a great weight to work with and the shade of white...just perfect for this stamper!

The focal panel has some heat embossed butterflies in the background.  They're made with Versmark ink and Hero Arts Sparkle embossing powder...subtle but so pretty.  Then, for even more sparkle, I added some Distress Glitter...oooh gotta say I love that stuff!  I've used some SU! Heat & Stick Powder to add it to my card.

Then the sentiment was stamped over top with some Versafine ink.  A little dotted butterfly, a sequin and done!

Here's what I used: 
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow and unknown designer paper
Ink:  Versamark and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Impression Obsession (background butterfly), MFT Abstract Art (splotches) and Simon Says Stamp Birthday Balloons (sentiment)
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Memory Box Pippi die, SU! Heat & Stick Powder, heat gun, Distress Glitter in Shabby Shutters and Tumbled Glass, Hero Arts Sparkle embossing powder, Cuttlebug Charles embossing folder, distress tool, foam tape, Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequin, adhesive

Challenges entered:
Color Throwdown#287:  Soft Sky, Barely Banana and Pistachio Pudding
Card Concept #7:  butterflies (my style - clean and simple)
CAS(E) this sketch #71:

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Inlaid Happy Birthday

Saturday, April 5, 2014



Playing along with a few challenges.  This technique is one of the many awesome techniques from Online Card Classes Clean & Simple 3.

There is so much sparkle you almost need sunglasses.  The spray inks used to make the dots and splashes have sparkle, the balloon has been kissed with Wink of Stella, the background grid is heat embossed in silver and of course there's the sparkling stars...like I said a lot of sparkle!!!

The "happy birthday" is an inlaid die cut...let me tell you there are some dies that this is easy with and some not so much.  I questioned my sanity several times while putting this together *grin*.  In case you've never tried this technique here's how it was done.  The HB was die cut in black and then the card was die cut where it was to be placed.  When the card part is cut, there are a million (OK maybe not that many but it felt like it!) little bits that must be captured and put back onto the card.  See all those loops?  Take a sheet of computer paper/scrap paper and add rows of tape from your ATG, then place it behind the card stock facing up so that the sticky side is ready for the die cuts.  Carefully place the black die cut into the card and press down...it will stick quite well.  Now take all those little tiny bits and stick them back where they belong...this is where you may very well question your own sanity and mine for suggesting this!!!

Added a die cut balloon,  some stars and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Pool Party and Basic Black
Stamps:  MFT Abstract Art (splotches), Club Scrap (tiny splotches), Tim Holtz (grid pattern)
Ink:  Versamark
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, SSS Balloon craft dies, SSS Happy Birthday craft die, black hemp cord, stars, silver embossing powder, heat gun, Lindy's Stamp Gang Tainted Love Teal Starburst spray, LSG Whale Watch Blue Starburst spray, LSG Tibetan Poppy Teal Starburst spray, Wink of Stella silver marker, adhesives

Challenges entered:
Simon Says Stamp:  birthday
Addicted to Stamps & More #89:  CAS
CAS(E) this Sketch #71:

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Feathery Hello

Friday, April 4, 2014


I'm so honored to be the JUGS (Just Us Girls) Guest Designer for the month of April!  Today we have a sketch challenge:



My card base is a standard A2 size.  Next I die cut the feathers and colored them with three different Copic markers.  Once that was dry, they were heat embossed in white.  Each feather is adorned with a button and some twine.  They are attached with glue dots on top of the feather and then another glue dot directly behind the button to attach it to the card base.

The sentiment has been die cut five times and stacked to add a little more dimension and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Simon Says Stamp Woodgrain card stock, SU! vellum and SU! Basic Gray
Ink: Versamark
Stamps:  PTI Feather Finery
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, PTI Feather Finery die, MFT Happy Hello die-namics, heat gun, white embossing powder, MFT Steel Gray buttons, glue dots, Tombow Adhesive, Copics:  BG01, BG07, BG11, white twine

Challenges entered:
JUGS235:  sketch challenge

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