Shiny Heart Love

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Playing along with the CASology challenge this week...cue card is "letter".  What better than a love letter right?  And this one is for my sweet hubby...we're celebrating our 39th anniversary this weekend (yes I got married when I was 12 hehehe).  Seriously...where does the time go???

As soon as I saw the challenge I knew I wanted to use my Add a Little Dazzle Scarlet Red craft metal for the heart, and I knew I wanted to use these dies from Verve, so it came together very quickly.  The "U" is also die cut from the AALD craft metal, but it's in Dark Rich Chocolate which passes for black very nicely and has more of a matte finish which is so cool.  I also die cut some Ellen Hutson Craft-a-Board as backing for my die cuts...works beautifully with the craft metal!

Layered over a little cheesecloth and added the required smattering of sequins and done!

Add a Little Dazzle is the sponsor over at CASology this week, and up for grabs...a $25 Gift Certificate to their boutique.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow
Ink:  none
Stamps:  none
All the other stuff:  Add a Little Dazzle Scarlet Red craft metal sheet, Add a Little Dazzle Dark Rich Chocolate craft metal sheet, Big Shot Pro, Verve I Heart You die set, Verve Wavy Hearts die set, cheesecloth, Tombow Adhesive, Simon Says Stamp sequins, Ellen Hutson Craft-a-Board

Challenges entered:
CASology 110:  cue card "letter" (layered CAS)
Simon Says Stamp:  anything goes

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Dazzling Divas Challenge #40

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


It's time for another Dazzling Diva Challenge, and it's a color challenge this week...Pucker Me Pink and Outrageously Orange:


I've had this Julie Nutting doll stamp for a while, just waiting for the right time to ink it up.  Thought it would be fun for this challenge and easy to keep CAS.

First off stamped the image and sentiment in black.  Then stamped the top and skirt in StazOn onto the craft metal sheets.  I love working with these sheets...so many options for them, whether it be front and center like this design, as a beautiful metallic accent, or as a embossed background...so many options!

Once the skirt and top were fussy cut, I popped parts of them up with foam tape...the bottom of the skirt to add dimension and movement and her top, again to give dimension.  I just added a few sequins as I wanted the gorgeous metal to be front and center.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow
Ink:  Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink and black StazOn
Stamps:  Prima Julie Nutting "Megan" and Simon Says Stamp Birthday Balloons
All the other stuff:  Add a Little Dazzle Pucker Me Pink craft metal sheet and Add a Little Dazzle Outrageously Orange craft metal sheet, Tim Holtz scissors, foam adhesive, ATG, Simon Says Stamp sequins, Tombow adhesive, tweezers.

Would love to see you join us 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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With All My Heart - Addicted to Stamps & More #110

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


A smaller format card for the Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #110...and today it's a photo challenge:


Our sponsor today is QKR Stampede and we have three digis up for grabs.  Free is good right?


Very simple design today, a heat embossed vellum flower, stamped the sentiment on a die cut banner and added a few pearls, all placed on an embossed background.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! vellum and kraft; and Bazill Marshmallow
Ink:  Ranger Archival Potting Shed and Versamark
Stamps:  Savvy Stamps Large Flower Blossom, Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Words
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lifestyle Crafts Banners and Arrows set, Tim Holtz Woodgrain embossing folder, Hero Arts white embossing powder, heat gun, pearls, Tombow Adhesive

Hope you've got some time to come and play along with us at Addicted to Stamps and More!

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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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