Sent with Love

Friday, January 31, 2014


Time to change things up a bit...no stencils were harmed in the making of this card.  That's right no stencils today...but I warn you...I may suffer from withdrawal...*grin*.

I dry embossed some card stock but then flipped it over to get the "cushy" side to stamp on.  Then the three hearts were stamped across the top of the card.  Next comes a die cut banner that's been stamped with the sentiment.  I added another little heart on the banner and then topped it with my Wink of Stella marker...hmmm...it appears I'm addicted to that stuff.

Then, I used a Copic multi-liner to draw the stitching across the hearts and banner.  For a little finishing touch - a brad from my stash...and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury white and vellum
Ink:  Hero Arts pale tomato, soft pool, soft brown and Ranger Archival jet black
Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp Lots of Hearts and Square Sayings
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder, Verve Ribbon Banner die, Wink of Stella marker, Copic multi-liner, misc. brad, adhesive

Challenges entered:
Seize the Sketch #12
Color Throwdown #277 - Baked Brown Sugar, Regal Rose and Soft Sky
Splitcoast Free for All 206 - "love"

Dyed to Match Fiber Paste

Wednesday, January 29, 2014



Still playing around with creating texture and interest with stencils.  Today I've dyed some fiber paste to match the card base.  It has sort of a stucco type look that looks like it's been embossed into the card...love that!

Used two different colors of re-inkers to dye my fiber paste.  Just basically added a drop at a time until I thought it was the right color.  Then, using a spatula it was pushed through a stencil/template.  It takes a bit of time to dry...a couple of hours at least...patience...there's that word again! 

Next using my brand spankin' new die from WPlus9, I cut the tag, stamped the image and the sentiment.  Then colored it with Copics.  Once that was done some Wink of Stella was added for a little shimmer.  The camera or perhaps the photographer *grin* has a tough time showing just how beautiful the Wink of Stella look is!

Then I added a strip of ribbon at the bottom of the tag, knotted another piece of ribbon through the tag, added a few pearls.  Popped the tag up on dimensionals and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Blushing Bride and Copic Xpress blending paper
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Flourishes and Simon Says Stamp
All the other stuff:  WPlus9 Timeless Tags 2 die, Fiber Paste, SU! Pretty in Pink and Blush Blossom re-inkers, spatula, Memory Box Honeycomb stencil, SU! Kraft ribbon, pearls, dimensionals, Wink of Stella marker, Copics:  E42, R21, RV0000, RV21, RV23 and W1

Challenges entered:
CAS(E) this Sketch #61
colorQ #226:  kraft, blushing bride, primrose petals, pink pirouette and white
Monday Mood Board #26
Addicted to CAS:  new

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Tropical Dreams

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Ah, to be on a tropical isle right now...it was minus 40 with the wind chill again this morning...sigh.  So it seemed rather appropriate to dream of warm weather, tropical flowers and a beautiful blue sea.  The color challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers is Tangerine Tango, So Saffron and Coastal Cabana...so while I didn't use SU colors I did try to come up with some comparable colors.

First off, I sprayed the bottom of the card with some luscious color mist, with the color concentrated at the bottom and gradually lightening upward.  Next I added some dimension with some embossing paste through a stencil sort of mimicking bubbles/waves.  Yes, I am still playing with stencils after taking that fabulous course through Online Card Classes.

The flowers from Verse are colored with Copics, fussy cut, brushed with a Wink of Stella marker and then I added some black enamel accents to the center of the flowers.  A simple sentiment (a thank you from Verve for my order!) and done.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury white
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Verve Joyful Blooms and a Verve freebie
All the other stuff:  Lindy's Stamp Gang Tibetan Poppy Teal color mist, TCW mini punchinella template, embossing paste, spatula, clear Wink of Stella pen, black Ranger enamel accents, adhesive, Copics:  BG0000, BG32, BG34, BG45, Y11, Y13, Y15, YR4, YR16

Challenges entered:
Splitcoast Stampers:  color challenge
Less is More - week 156 sketch

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Swirly Thanks

Monday, January 27, 2014


More playing with stencils.  This time I've used modeling paste and embossing powder to create a swirly, shimmery design.

I've used a standard A2 card base and rounded the bottom corners.  The top layer started with a slightly smaller rectangle with the bottom corners rounded as well.  I sprayed some color mist on the card stock concentrating the color more to the left side.  Once that was dry, modeling paste was pushed through a large stencil to create the swirls.  Before it dried, I quickly added some embossing powder and heated it to create the texture you see.  It's not an exact science...some parts raise more than others but I'm ok with that. 

The sentiment was placed on my stamp press at a slight angle so it could be stamped around the top of the swirl.

Just a few sequins and a couple of rhinestones were added for a wee bit more bling.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury white and black
Ink:  Versafine Black Onyx
Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp
All the other stuff:  TCW Funky Swirl (thanks Ellen!), Lindy's Stamp Gang Tainted Love Teal Starburst mist, modeling paste, spatula, MS sequins, misc. rhinestones, Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, heat gun, corner chomper

Challenges entered:
Card Concept Challenge #2 - texture (clean and graphic)

Granite and Pearls

Sunday, January 26, 2014


Working on some different techniques while doing the Stenciled Online Card Class.  Today I've used color mist and paint.

After placing my stencil on some black card stock, it was lightly misted with Mister Huey's color mist.  I blotted it gently and then let it dry.  Then I placed the heart stencil over top and used an Adirondack acrylic paint dabber to make the red hearts.

The sentiment is die cut and then I added some tiny white pearl hearts for a wee bit of bling.  I think this baby leans more to the masculine side even though it has the tiny pearls on it.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury white and SU! basic black
Ink:  none
Stamps:  none
All the other stuff:  Simon Says Stamp Chevron Pattern stencil, Simon Says Stamp XOXO border die, TCW spilled hearts template, Adirondack red pepper acrylic paint dabber, Hero Arts pearls, dimensionals, Big Shot Pro

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Vellum HB to You

Friday, January 24, 2014



Today is Day One of the Stenciled Online Card Class.  We started out with basic inking and masking with a whole lot of fabulous tips!  If you haven't taken classes from them before...check it out!

For my homework today, I've taken a technique from the incomparable Debby Hughes.  Love that girl!  Her style is simply amazing!

I've inked two different shades of Distress Inks through a stencil.  Then die cut the cloud in vellum.  The sentiment has been stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Here's a quick tip for attaching vellum...I love the Express-It Double Sided tape as it doesn't show.   Then for just a little bit of bling I've inked three little wood veneer stars with some Distress Paint and glued them randomly on the card.

Very simple and lots of fun.  This would definitely work for a gal or guy!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury white and SU! vellum
Ink:  Shaded Lilac Distress Ink, Shabby Shutters Distress Ink and Versamark
Stamps:  Hero Arts
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, MFT Jumbo Cloud Stax, sponges, Memory Box Texture Honey Comb designer stencil,  Hero Arts white embossing powder, heat gun, Express-It Double Sided High Tack Tape, Brushed Pewter Distress Paint and Studio Calico Wood Veneer Stars

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Translucent Pearlescent

Thursday, January 23, 2014



And right now you're asking yourself...where the heck does she get these names for her posts?  Well truth be known...just what ever happens to pop into my little old brain at the time *grin*.

Actually, in this case, it's what I used to create the shiny black/blue/aqua piece on my card.  Once I cut the piece of black card stock, it was temporarily adhered to my craft sheet.  Next, a template was placed over top.  Like a mad scientist I started playing with my new translucent embossing paste and some Pearl Ex...oooh the fun you can have with colors!!!  Once it was mixed up, it was spread across the template and then quickly lifted.  It took about an hour for it to dry...patience...patience...patience.  The color you'll see really depends on how you hold it in the light. Isn't that fun?

The sentiment has been die cut (with my new die) from a scrap of dry embossed paper that was in my "save for later" pile and then just a sprinkling of sequins (my favorite new embellie!).

Definitely a clean and graphic style today!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury white and SU! basic black
Ink:  none
Stamps:  none
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, MFT Happy Hellos die, TCW mini harlequin template, spatula, craft sheet, Misty Lavender Pearl Ex, translucent embossing paste, MS sequins, Ranger Glossy Accents, temporary adhesive

Challenges entered:
CASE Study #175
Addicted to CAS - new
Splitcoast Ways to Use It - warm or cool
Card Concept Challenge #2 - use texture


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Dotty Thanks

Sunday, January 19, 2014


A simple CAS design today.

I've started by using a reverse mask for the colored area, covering it with a stencil and then inking in three colors. 

A simple sentiment stamped in black, a teeny tiny wood embellie that's been hit with some Stickles and then just a few rhinestones. 

Another easy, peasy card...can be completed in under 10 minutes when you need something quick.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury white
Ink:  SU! Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze and Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp
All the other stuff:  used a scrap piece of paper that I'd cut the circle out of for my masking, TCW Circles Regiment Template, Studio Calico wood veneer hearts, rhinestones, Turquoise Stickles, sponges

Challenges entered:
CASology 78 - dots
JUGS - color challenge

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Glittery Love You

Thursday, January 16, 2014


Time for a Valentine's card...don't you think? 

My card base is a standard A2 size with rounded corners.  The splatter has been created with a TCW stencil and some Distress Ink.

The heart's been die cut in red and then I added some red glitter.  Next comes the die cut "you" and then a little sprinkle of heat embossed hearts.

Easy peasy...quick as a wink right?

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury white, SU! Real Red
Ink:  Versamark, Peacock Feathers Distress Ink
Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp - Plenty of Hearts
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Simon Says Stamp Large Hearts Set dies, Simon Says Stamp You die, TCW Mini Splats template, Martha Stewart Garnet glitter, WOW Sparkling Snow embossing glitter, heat gun, glue, sponge, Corner Chomper

Challenges entered:
CASE Study #174
Simon Says Stamp - Emboss It!
Curtain Call - Love Letter

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First Christmas Card of 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


In an effort to get a jump on my Christmas card stash this year, I'm starting early and hope to complete many of the Merry Monday challenges.  Here's the inspiration for Merry Monday #91:


This sweet little snowman was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics.  Then I added some clear Copic Spica for a little bling...kind of hard to see!  The clouds are die cut from some sparkly felt from my stash.  There's lots of Stickles on this too...the snow at the bottom of the page has been brushed with it and then I added little snow dots all over the card.

To curve the sentiment, I simply bent it a bit on my block before stamping.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury white, SU! Basic Black and a really old piece of designer paper...think it may be Basic Grey
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  MFT Holiday Hugs
All the other stuff:  MFT cloud trio die-namics, felt, Stardust Stickles, paint brush, clear Copic Spica pen, Copics:  T1, T3, T5, T7, BG53, BG57, YG21, and YG25

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Wishing for Tulips

Friday, January 10, 2014


Well, like so many others, the weather this past week definitely has me wishing for tulips *grin*.  This card is for a couple of challenges over at Splitcoast today...the Queen for the Day, Sandie and the MIX50 Color it Twice.

I've die cut an oval and stamped it with the tulip image.  First it was colored with Copics, and then I added some shading with Prismacolor pencils.  It's been placed over a piece of designer paper and then the die cut sentiment was stamped and heat embossed and placed overtop. 

If you're going to do two step coloring with Copics and Prismas, always color with your Copics first and then the Prismas otherwise you can wreck your Copics...and we all know that's a very bad thing...

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury card stock, Bo Bunny Garden Girl Collection
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Stamps:  Technique Tuesday (tulips), Simon Says Stamp (sentiment)
All the other stuff:  Copics, Prismacolor pencils, Big Shot Pro, Simon Says Stamp Tilted Banners die, Spellbinders oval die, embossing buddy, Hero Arts white embossing powder, heat gun, dimensionals

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Watery Feel Better Soon

Thursday, January 9, 2014


Playing with gesso and modelling paste again today.  Must say...I'm having fun.  My inspiration today comes from Freshly Made Sketches #118:


As with my post from yesterday,  I'll direct you to Splitcoast for Jackie Pedro's Layered Gesso Background Tutorial for the process in creating a background like this.  No sense in trying to re-invent the wheel right?

Again, I've started with a piece of watercolor paper, added a layer of gesso, a layer of stamping, a layer of acrylic paint, more gesso in random fashion, some gelatos and some Twinkling H20s and then modelling paste through a stencil. 

The horizontal strip has been dry embossed and then the sentiment square has been stamped with the feather image and the sentiment.  No embellies today.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury white card stock, watercolor paper, SU! Sahara Sand
Ink:  Ranger Jet Black Archival, SU! Sahara Sand and Memento Espresso Truffle
Stamps:  Hero Arts (feather), Technique Tuesday (sentiment), Unity Stamps (Christy Tomlinson) background
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Bubble Wrap embossing folder, gesso, acrylic paint, modelling paste, spatula, brushes, gelatos, Twinkling H20s, dimensionals, TCW Mini Rain stencil

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Thanks Jackie!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


Do you ever have one of those light bulb moments?  Well, today was one for me...I love the look of mixed media and have never truly "gotten" how the layering works, but thanks to Jackie Pedro's tutorial over at Splitcoast it's coming together for me.  If you've never look at the tutorials on Splitcoast check them out...so informative, so easy to follow!

So rather than me explaining the whole process, I'll just give you the quick basics and you can check out her tutorial if you'd like.

Started out with a piece of watercolor paper, added a layer of gesso, let it dry, stamped it, added a light layer of acrylic paint, smudged on more gesso with my fingers, added some Inka Gold and a bit of metallic gelato, then added modelling paste through two different stencils.

Then I stamped the sentiment, ripped the bottom of the page and added a few pearls.  Definitely not a five minute card so think that I'll gesso a bunch of watercolor paper and add some stamped images/words to keep in my stash.  Then I can customize for whatever I'd like to do that day.

This was indeed a fun process...

Here's what I used:
Paper:  watercolor paper and SU! Rose Red
Ink:  Ranger Jet Black Archival
Stamps:  Christy Tomlinson Unity Stamps(chicken wire in the background), Flourishes (sentiment)
All the other stuff:  craft sheet, gesso, spatula, modelling paste, Rose Inka Gold, blue metallic Gelato, pearls, TCW mini window screen stencil, Claudine Helmuth love birds stencil

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You Can Do Anything

Monday, January 6, 2014


And, continuing on with my theme for trying new things this year, I'm submitting this card for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge:



A very simple card to design and make...five minutes easily.  After placing a Post-It note across the paper, simply stamp the image in three different colors, add the sentiment in black...a few sequins and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury card stock
Stamps:  Cas-ual Fridays Stamps
Ink:  Hero Arts Soft Pink, Soft Green, Soft Lilac and Memento Tuxedo Black
All the other stuff:  hmmm...not much...just 3 sequins *grin*


Crackled Hearts

Sunday, January 5, 2014


Time for another new to me challenge...that's seem to be my theme in the new year doesn't it?

I've used the Sweet Sunday Sketch:


Don't you love this sketch?  So easy to work with...so many possibilities!  I've layered this one up...lots of designer papers, some die cut heart out of yet more designer papers.  The hearts were covered in Diamond Glaze and dried overnight.  Then I simply snapped them to get the crackled effect and added some Distress Inks to bring out the crackle effect even more.

The sentiment from Technique Tuesday has been heat embossed.  Lots of distressing too!  A few embellies and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Crumb Cake, SU! Basic Black, Authentique Lovely
Ink:  Versamark, Walnut Stain Distress Ink
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Simon Says Stamp Large Hearts Set dies, Spellbinders circle die, MFT button, hemp cord, Maya Road trinket pins, dimensionals, Diamond Glaze, sponge, Hero Arts white embossing powder, heat gun, embossing buddy, distressing tool

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Believe Impossible Things

Saturday, January 4, 2014


Good morning everyone!  A very quick CAS design for today.

My card is a standard 4.25" x 5.5" and it's been stamped with a flourish in Hero Arts Shadow Ink.  Then I stamped the various patterns on a strip of card stock in two shades of the Hero Arts inks and created the lighter gray shade by stamping off.

A simple sentiment, some distressing, and a few rhinestones and done!

This card is for:
CTD273 (Color Throw Down) using Tempting Turquoise, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray and white
CFC125 (CAS-ual Fridays) in a word...to use a word or words that describe your hopes for the new year

Here's what I've used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury white
Ink:  Hero Arts Soft Pool, Soft Granite and Ranger Archival Jet Black
Stamps:  Hero Arts (background), WPlus9 (patterns) and Unity Stamps (sentiment)
All the other stuff:  distressing tool, rhinestones


what 29 again?

Friday, January 3, 2014


It's a new year and I'm trying new things!  First off...the Fusion Challenge:


Thought I'd try my hand at using both the picture and the sketch...

And, for something else a little different, I used a tall card format, the size that fits in a standard business envelope.  The three graphic circles were stamped on a piece of white card stock and then adhered behind the die cut coordinating circles with dimensionals.  Then I added a piece of twine with a tiny die cut tag that has the "what" sticker on it.

The sentiment has been stamped on a hand cut flag.  To add a little more interest, again in circles, some stickers and some Stickles.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Basic Gray, Gina K. pure luxury white
Ink:  Ranger Jet Black Archival; Soft Sand, Orange Soda and Soft Granite Hero Arts Shadow Inks
Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp, Paper Smooches (sentiment)
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Simon Says Stamp Tri Circle die, Tim Holtz Tiny Tabs and Tags, twine, Tim Holtz Chitchat stickers, dimensionals, Zazzles stickers, orange Stickles, square punch and dimensionals

MOJO326 Sage Advice

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


Happy New Year everyone!

Playing along with the MOJO sketch this week and square it is:

 
 
Thought it was high time to pull out some designer paper and just play.  My card is a 5.25" square and it starts out with a layer of designer paper that's been distressed with ink.  Next comes a rectangle in a coordinating design where the left edge has been distressed and inked.  The focal point is yet another piece of designer paper that's been distressed and inked.    The ruler has been cut from some Tim Holtz paper, distressed and inked too.

A couple of Tim Holtz doo-dads, some twine and a scattering of stars and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Basic Black, Crate Paper On Trend and Tim Holtz Paper Stash
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Picked Raspberry and Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks
Stamps:  Cas-ual Fridays Stamps
All the other stuff:  distressing tool, sponges, Studio Calico wood veneer stars, twine, Ranger Glossy Accents, Tim Holtz Philosophy tag, Tim Holtz game spinner and mini brad, dimensionals

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