Sympathy Bokeh

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Saying goodbye to my sweet friend tomorrow will be tough...and of course I needed to get a card made for Susan's girls and son.  I saw a fabulous YouTube tutorial from Dawn over at WPlus9 called Bokeh Made Easy.  It was fun and not difficult to do at all.  Of course Dawn's versions are amazing...oh that girl is so talented!

So following her directions, I used two shades of watercolor paint to create my background, followed by stencilling the bokeh "dots" with white craft ink.  Next I die cut a feather and stamped it with some grey ink. Once that was dry, I stamped the sentiment in black.

There are nine sequins on this card, one for each of her beautiful grandchildren (see the one hiding on the feather?).  The feather has significance too...her family will understand.  Wanted to really personalize this for them.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Ranger Watercolor Paper and Bazzill Marshmallow
Ink:  Watering Can and Jet Black Archival Ink, and Hero Arts Unicorn
Stamps:  PTI Feather Finery and Simon Says Stamp Flower Friend
All the other stuff:  cobalt and cobalt violet watercolor paints, brush, Big Shot Pro, PTI Feather Finery die collection, Simon Says Stamp sequins, Kool Tak clear foam adhesive, Tombow adhesive, tweezers

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In Loving Memory of my Sweet Friend Susan

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hello all...it's not often that I break with my tradition of just sharing my cards and a few tidbits about life.  But things have changed this week.

My dear, sweet friend Susan, has lost her battle with breast cancer.  It's a nasty disease that has taken my mother, and many other relatives and friends, and friends of friends.   Today I remember all those that have gone before my sweet friend and sadly those who will yet succumb to this horrible disease.

And I offer hope to those still fighting...keep fighting girls...you are strong, resilient and able to kick cancer's ass.  PLEASE KEEP FIGHTING!!!

I'm sharing a picture of Susan in happier times with all her beautiful grandchildren.


Heaven shines a little brighter with a glorious new star...

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Dazzling Diva #39 Challenge


So where did the summer go?  Although the kids aren't back to school here yet, it won't be long.  It's a back to school theme this week:


Thought a blackboard look would be fun for this challenge.  I stamped the image in Versamark on some black card stock and heat embossed in Platinum.  Next, the sentiment was stamped in white and then more ink was added for a chalky blackboard look.

The sweet little apple was stamped in Stazon which works so well with the craft metal sheets.  Once it was dry, I fussy cut it and added a leaf in green too. It was shaped with a stylus and then popped up with some foam adhesive to add more dimension. Then the letters were cut from the same red craft metal sheet.  The background has been stamped with two shades of Distress Ink.  I wanted to use mainly primary colors for this theme so that's how I made my color choices.

A few gold stars, a couple of sequins and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow white, SU! Basic Black
Ink:  Versamark, Hero Arts Unicorn, Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink, Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink, black Stazon
Stamps:  Lawn Fawn A Good Apple, WPlus9 Borders & Backgrounds 4
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, MFT Highrise Lower Case Die-namics, Add a Little Dazzle Scarlet Red craft metal sheet, Add a Little Dazzle Garland Green craft metal sheet, Studio Calico gold stars, Pretty Pink Posh Christmas Mix sequins, Tim Holtz scissors, adhesives, sponge

Challenge:
Add a Little Dazzle Dazzling Divas #39:  back to school
Simon Says Stamp:  back to school

Would love to see you join us over at Add a Little Dazzle for this fun challenge!  Use of AALD craft metal sheets is not a requirement to play along, but we'd love to see you use them!  There is a $15 gift certificate up for grabs.  Add a Little Dazzle craft metals sheets are available here.


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There's Those Blues and Greens Again

Monday, August 18, 2014


Don't you find that you gravitate towards some colors when designing cards?  These happen to be the first colors I grab; and if I don't stop myself they would find their way onto all my cards.  Sometimes I will make a concerted effort to put them back and try something else, but not today *smile*.

Playing along with a couple of challenges over at Splitcoast today, both of which call for stencils.

I placed the star stencil on my paper and then stamped the alphabet stamp through the openings in the stencil by just "walking" my fingers over the stamp.  Then, I used a mini ink blending tool to sponge two of the colors through the stencil over top of what I'd just stamped.

A simple stamped sentiment and some strategically placed sequins and done!  Strategically you ask?...well there were a couple of "uh ohs" on my card and magically the sequins came to the rescue...whew!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow
Ink:  Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, Faded Jeans Distress Ink, Peeled Paint Distress Ink, Ranger Archival Jet Black
Stamps:  Wendy Vecchi from A to Z and Altenew Superscript
All the other stuff:  Dylusions stencil, Ranger mini ink blending tool, Simon Says Stamp sequins, Pretty Pink Posh sequins, adhesive

Challenges:
TLC495 Splitcoast Stampers stencil stamping
CAS286 Splitcoast Stampers use a stencil

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Dazzling Divas Design Challenge #38

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


It's time for our weekly challenge over at Add A Little Dazzle.  Here's our beautiful inspiration today:


I've stamped and heat embossed the image in white on some Distress Watercolor Paper.  Next, I took three Distress Ink pads and dabbed them on my craft sheet.  I "painted" the piece with water before dropping the colors onto the paper.

Then I added a "crinkled" frame from a Baby Blue craft metal sheet.  I punched the stars in the same color too!  And, for even more texture...some cheesecloth layered in behind.  A simple stamped sentiment and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Nina Solar White and Distress Watercolor Paper
Ink:  Peeled Paint, Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans Distress Inks; Versamark and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Altenew Lace Up and Label Love
All the other stuff:  Add A Little Dazzle Baby Blue craft metal sheet, EK Success punch, cheesecloth

And just a reminder about the Altenew/Add a Little Dazzle Blog Hop.  Prizes are good right???


To play along, make a card using this week's Dazzling Diva Challenge or Anything Goes.  Then, upload it to your blog or online gallery.

If you upload to online galleries, please also use tag/keyword DIVA38, Then leave a link to your project using the linky widget at the bottom of the post over at the Add a Little Dazzle blog.  Please use a direct link to your post and not just your blog.  Enter for a Chance to Win a $15 Gift Certificate from our Boutique.

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Copper Christmas Carols (second post of the day see below for Altenew)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


It's time for another Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge...our theme this week is holidays.  My first thought is always Christmas when it comes to holiday challenges. Love making Christmas cards :)

Our sponsor this week is Rick St. Denis and up for grabs...three of his digis:


Hopefully, you're seeing my card as black with copper embossing.  This was fun a pain to photograph! Oh me, oh my it took more time to photograph than to create...seriously!  I love using sparkly things on my cards but they don't always translate well with the camera.  I'd love to hear how you manage to take pictures of cards like this...any little hint would be most appreciated!

A very simple card, easy to mass produce for your entire Christmas card list if you choose.  My focal image is 2.75" x 3.75".  It's been stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with copper.  Then an embossed layer to keep with the theme.  Then it was distressed for some added texture and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. black
Ink:  Versamark
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Reindeer Games
All the other stuff:  Zing copper embossing powder, heat gun, embossing buddy, Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Sheet Music embossing folder, distressing tool, adhesives

Challenge:
Addicted to Stamps and More #108:  holiday

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Add a Little Dazzle/Altenew Blog Hop

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It’s time for the  Add a Little Dazzle and Altenew Blog Hop!  We are so excited to be joining forces with this amazing company that has a beautiful line of stamps.  Join us today as both companies share some amazing inspiration using their stamps and Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets.


I added embossing paste to my card base with a stencil.  Didn't want nice clean lines, so I used my palette knife to make little marks in the paste and spread it around a bit before it dried.  Then I placed the stencil over it again, rubbed Versamark ink here and there all over it and then heat embossed with the same embossing powder you see on the focal image.  Didn't want complete coverage...just hit and miss.
And, speaking of the focal image, it's been stamped with Versamark onto vellum and heat embossed.  I used it for the hearts too.  I stamped a small piece of the Scarlet Red craft metal sheet with Stazon and allowed it to dry. Then, I ran it through my Big Shot Pro with an embossing folder to get even more texture...cool look right?
A simple stamped sentiment (love this set from Altenew!) and done!
Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow
Ink:  Stazon, Versamark and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Altenew Lace Up and Label Love
All the other stuff:  Scarlet Red craft metal sheet, Big Shot Pro, SU! Lattice embossing folder, Hero Arts Tweed stencil, embossing paste, palette knife, Zing Leaf embossing powder, heat gun, SU! heart punches

Challenge:
Simon Says Stamp:  make it sparkle

We have an awesome giveaway!  Enter for a chance to win 1 of 2 prize packs from both companies!  You have until Thursday, August 15th midnight to enter. The winners will be announced on both company blogs.  

Be sure to visit  each of the designers on this blog hop!

You must leave a comment on all blogs for a chance to win 1 of 2 prize packs from both companies!
 You have until Friday, August 16th midnight to enter. The winners will be announced on both company blogs.  

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