Shades of Gray Rolled Vases

Friday, February 28, 2014


Time for another card with one of my favorite new stamp sets!

I started by making my little rolled vases.  After cutting the paper to size, I stamped each rectangle with some Delicata ink and heat set the ink.  Then they were rolled to three different sizes...I used Scor-Tape to hold them together.

After deciding the placement of the vases, I stamped the flowers with Distress Paint.  It shows up well on colored card stock.  And, a little hint...if you are stamping with it make sure that you clean your stamp thoroughly immediately after stamping.    Next, the stems were stamped and I adhered the vases with more Scor-Tape for a secure hold.

The little dandelion seeds were stamped in the same Distress Paint.  The sentiment was stamped in black and I added two gold sequins for a little bit of bling.  Yes, those are both gold...even though the bottom one doesn't really look that way.  Rounded one corner of the card and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Going Gray (retired), Lost & Found Ruby, Crate Paper on Trend and MME Love Me
Ink:  Delicata Golden Glitz and Ranger Jet Black Archival
Stamps:  Clearly Besotted Dandelion Dreams and Magenta (gold pattern)
All the other stuff:  Distress Paint in Spiced Marmalade, Scor-Tape, sequins, corner rounder, heat gun, adhesive

Challenges entered:
Paper Players #184 sketch:


CAS-ual Fridays CFC#129:  Shades of Gray

Painted Dots

Thursday, February 27, 2014


This is such an adorable quote isn't it?

A real quick and easy one this time.  I simply dropped my Distress Paints from a couple of inches off my paper.  Sort of let it happen where it wanted to, rather than trying to be really random.

Once the paint was dry, I stamped the sentiment in Ranger Archival Ink.  The two sides were punched with a circle punch, then I wrapped some hemp twine around it and added a button.  Next it was mounted on a black card base and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury white and black
Ink:  Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Stamps:  Inkadinkado
All the other stuff:  Distress Paints in Broken China, Picked Raspberry and Bundled Sage; 3/4" circle punch, hemp twine, button, adhesive

Challenges entered:
CASology Week 84:  cue card PAINT

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Flowery Hello Friend


I'm playing along with the CASE Study challenge today.  Our Muse is none other than the fabulous Danielle Flanders.  Here is her lovely inspiration:


And, I'm also playing along with The Card Concept Challenge today, featuring florals. 

I've used a kraft card base today.  Then did an emboss-resist technique for the background, sponging on a shade of pink and a shade of yellow.  The little frame has been painted with Distress Paint and edged with a black marker. 

Next I added a die cut flower over a bit of tulle.  Then the sentiment was stamped on two little tickets and added to the frame.  A smattering of sequins and done! 

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Crumb Cake and Ranger Speciality Stamping Paper
Ink:  Hero Arts Soft Pink, Bubble Gum, Soft Vanilla and Blackboard
Stamps:  Clearly Besotted You Are and A Little Sentimental
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Clearly Besotted You Are die collection, chipboard frame (unknown), Peeled Paint Distress Ink, tulle, Maya Road tickets, Hero Arts white embossing powder, heat gun, embossing buddy, Kelly Purkey sequins, Tombow adhesive, black marker, sponges, dimensionals

Challenges entered:
CASE Study 180
The Card Concept #4:  floral theme (my style...freestyle collage)

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Sparkly, Snowy Christmas

Tuesday, February 25, 2014



Time for a little Christmas sparkle!

The background was first heat embossed using a stencil, Versamark and some embossing powder.  Then I randomly added some Flower Soft.

The tree line was created with a die, inked with a Versamark pen and I heated embossed it with some sparkly white embossing powder.  A simple stamped sentiment and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Pool Party and Gina K. Pure Luxury White
Ink:  Versamark and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Verve Joyous Noel
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, MFT Tree Lines Die-namics, Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, heat gun, Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow stencil, embossing buddy, adhesive, Polar White Flower Soft, Wow Sparkling Snow embossing glitter, Versamark pen

Challenges entered:
Merry Monday #97:  aqua, white, silver/grey


Addicted to Stamps and More!#83:  Holidays

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Butterfly Dreams

Monday, February 24, 2014


Clean and simple this time.

The card base has been dry embossed.  Next I stamped the butterfly image in Versamark on some vellum and heat embossed with matching embossing powder.  And then, I pulled out my trusty little craft sewing machine and stitched around the entire piece of vellum to attach it to the card base.  A few little enamel dots and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Lucky Limeade and vellum
Ink:  Versamark
Stamps:  TH Papillon
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Cuttlebug Charles embossing folder, embossing buddy, Zing embossing powder in Leaf, MME Enamel Dots, sewing machine, heat gun

Challenges entered:
Fusion #4:
Splitcoast Stampers CAS261:  CAS card with a colored card base

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Over the Edge for Spring



Did you catch that title?  Seriously...it is minus 50 with the wind chill again this morning...and this stamper is sick, sick, sick of winter.  OK, got that off my chest...on with the card, which I might add looks rather spring-like doesn't it?

I actually pulled out some papers that I've been hoarding.  Love the colors!  My card base is 3.5" x 5.5" to allow for the circle to hang over the edge.  It's been layered with one of the papers from this pack.  Then I die cut some chevrons in coordinating papers...two large and one small and tucked them right against each other on the card.  Next a simple rectangle, again layered with designer paper.  The circle has been die cut with a nestie and stamped with the little robin (please, spring...come on!), and then the sentiment.

A smattering of sequins and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. ivory and Marianne Designs Birds & Flowers
Ink:  Hero Arts Soft Pool and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Hero Arts (bird) and Verve (sentiment)
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, MFT Chevron Stripes die-namics, Spellbinders circle nestie, sequins, adhesives

Challenges entered:
Splitcoast Stampers LOVEFEST2014K:  lots of lovely layers
MOJO Monday 334:
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Upside Down Sky

Sunday, February 23, 2014



Just couldn't resist that title *big smile*.  I didn't want the clouds across the top of the card today...wanted to anchor the tag and card overall so the sky is at the bottom of the card.

The sky has been die cut into the card and then backed with black card stock, leaving some of the clouds in place.  Next the tag was die cut and stamped with the sentiment.  A simple bit of ribbon, a button and some hemp twine top it off.  The little umbrella has been die cut in black card stock.  Next, two of the sections were stamped with the cute houndstooth pattern and popped up on dimensionals.  A smattering of sequins and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury White, SU! Tempting Turquoise and Basic Black
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Clearly Besotted April Showers
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil' Inker Designs Anytime Tags die set, Lil' Inker Designs Cloudy Sky die, Clearly Besotted April Showers die, SU! Basic Black ribbon, black hemp twine, MFT button, Kelly Purkey Iridescent white sequins, dimensionals

Challenges entered:
Retro Sketches #103
 
Splitcoast Stampers LOVEFEST2014J:  Paper Smooches Cute & Fun or Classy & Elegant
 
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Layered Die Cuts Thank You

Saturday, February 22, 2014


Playing with some die cuts and stencilling today.

I stamped the orange flower, masked it and then stencilled the script images in the corners.  Once that done, I also sponged some green in the two corners.  Then comes the die cut scallop in black.  Next, another stamped and die cut flower, then some stamped and die cut leaves.  And finally another die cut with the sentiment all layered with dimensionals and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury white and onyx black
Ink:  Hero Arts Soft Green, Orange Soda, Tide Pool and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Clearly Besotted You Are and Leafy Accents
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Clearly Besotted Leafy Accents die collection, Clearly Besotted You Are die collection, MFT Double Scallop border die-namics, Lil' Inker Stitched Sentiment Flag die, sponges, dimensionals, masking paper, TCW mini Art Is stencil

Challenges entered:

Cardabilities #93 sketch:


 
JUGS #229:  
 
Splitcoast Stampers LOVEFEST2014I:  Simon Says Stamp - die crazy
Splitcoast Stampers IC429:  Wee Folk Studio
 
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Chevron Lettuce

Friday, February 21, 2014


A quick and easy CAS card.

Stamp the cute little lettuce images three times, dry emboss the chevrons, add the sentiment and done!  How's that for quick?  The embossing folder comes with an extra strip that's really handy for adding a little interest to your card...love it!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury white
Ink:  Hero Arts Lime Green and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Clearly Besotted Garden Fresh
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Cuttlebug Charles embossing folder

Challenges entered:
One Layer Simplicity Challenge:  can you repeat that?
CAS(E) this Sketch #65:

Rockin' My World


Time for a little mixed media today.  This card has been inspired by both the men's and women's Canadian Olympic curling teams who won gold medals...you rock my world :)

Wish I could tell you how I made my background...once I start playing with different mediums, I sort of get lost in the process.  There are several layers of blue and silver Gelatos, blue and white Big Brush markers, and acrylic paint.  Then the banner was die cut, dry embossed and inked with some of the white marker again.

The sentiment was stamped and fussy cut, popped up on dimensionals and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Island Indigo, Gina K. pure luxury white and water color paper
Ink:  Hero Arts Red Royal
Stamps:  MFT Lovey-Dovey Sentiments (sentiment) and Paper Smooches Geo-Graphic (hexagons)
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Die-namics Fishtail Flags Layers STAX, Tim Holtz Bubblewrap embossing folder, Gelatos, PITT Artist Big Brush Pens, black acrylic paint, brayer, baby wipes, paint brush, water, heat gun, my finger *big smile*

Challenges entered:
MFTWSC164: 
 
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Masculine Starry Birthday

Thursday, February 20, 2014


There was an interesting technique challenge over at Splitcoast earlier this week and I wanted to play with it today.

The star dies were placed on my card and then I used a white gel pen to trace around them.  Then, the dies were taped in place with some washi tape while I ran it through my Big Shot Pro.  Next, I just added some designer paper popped up on dimensionals behind the cut out stars.  Instant interest around your die cuts...cute idea hmmm?  There's a link below to the challenge.

A little die cut sentiment, some hemp twine, a button, some scoring in the corner and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Basic Grey, SU! designer paper (old), Gina K. pure luxury white
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Clearly Besotted A Little Sentimental
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Clearly Besotted Superstar Die collection, MFT button, multi-colored hemp twine, Scor-Pal, white gel pen, dimensionals

Challenges entered:
Less Is More Challenge #159:  masculine
CAS on Sunday #27:  masculine
Splitcoast Stampers LOVEFEST2014G:  let's score
Splitcoast Stampers TLC469: doodling
Splitcoast Stampers WT467:  stars

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Stitched Stars


Hmmm...stitching, water coloring, heat embossing...that pretty much sums up this card.  It could easily be used for a wedding, an anniversary or ???

After playing around with some papers for the brushed water color at the top, I settled on Ranger Inkssentials Specialty Stamping Paper and here's why.  There was no pilling or funny stuff that happened and my paper stayed perfectly flat.  Love it!

I started out by die cutting the paper with the diagonal die.  Next I heat embossed the beautiful little dandelions (can you tell I'm in LOVE with these?).  Then, I rubbed my inks onto a stamping block, spritzed them with a bit of water and then picked up the color with a paint brush.  Just painted across the embossed areas in a haphazard sort of fashion.

Then, the little round circles were heat embossed with a metallic embossing powder.  Next, I die cut the three stars and inked them with the same colors.  Pulled out my little craft sewing machine and stitched the stars onto the bottom part of the card.  Lately, I've seen some cards with the threads just left hanging so thought I'd try that...

The sentiment was simply stamped in black and I added a smattering of sequins.  The top and bottom panels were popped up on dimensionals and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury white and Ranger Inkssentials Speciality Stamping Paper
Inks:  Versamark, Hero Arts Soft Pink, Lime Green, Soft Vanilla and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Clearly Besotted Dandelion Dreams and Geometric Style II
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil' Inker On The Diagonal Die, Clearly Besotted Superstar Die Collection, Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, heat gun, sewing machine, stamping block, paint brush, embossing buddy, dimensionals, Kelly Purkey sequins, adhesive

Challenges entered:
Paper Players #183:  CAS card with stars
Simon Says Stamp:  wedding or anniversary card
CASE Study #179:

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Dreamy Dandelions

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


These are so much more beautiful than those pesky yellow things that come around in the summer aren't they?  Love this new set from Clearly Besotted...the lovely wispy look really appeals to me!

Just some simple stamping in a couple of colors, followed by the obligatory sentiment in black :), a smattering of sequins and done!  Then the card base was dry embossed for a little texture.  Easy, peasy, quick as a wink to do!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury white
Ink:  Hero Arts Lime Green, Soft Pool and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Clearly Besotted Dandelion Dreams
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz embossing folder and sequins

Challenges entered:
Clearly Besotted Challenge #8 - color challenge
CAS(E) this Sketch #64:
 
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Snap!


Always looking for new challenges to do and this is a fun one:


This is a very quick card to make.  I simply inked through a stencil to get my cameras.  Scribbled some marker on a stamp block and picked it up with a water brush. Just added color to a couple of the little cameras.  Die cut the tag and scribbled the same color marker on the back of the vellum.  Tied it with some baker's twine and added the cute little "snap" word bubble.  The word bubble has been colored with a Copic marker to make it show up a little more.  Added some Glossy Accents to the camera lenses for a little shine (that doesn't really show in my picture!).   Simply rounded all four corners of the card and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury white and vellum
Ink:  Ranger Archival in Potting Soil
Stamps:  none
All the other stuff:  TCW Picture Perfect stencil, sponge, Big Shot Pro, WPlus9 Timeless Tags 2, Tim Holtz Distress Markers, baker's twine, Lawn Fawn word bubble, adhesive, water brush, corner rounder, Ranger Glossy Accents

Challenges entered:
Cure for the Monday Blues #5

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You Are...


Having fun with the LOVEFEST going on at Splitcoast Stampers!  Here's the inspiration from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps:


 
And, I've used this great sketch from the sketch challenge on Splitcoast today too!


My card base is 4.25" x 4" to accommodate the overhanging circle.  It's been topped with some designer paper matted on black.  The floral image has been stamped on some coordinating designer paper.  Then, the center was die cut and popped up on a dimensional.  I just had to get those darling little boots from the inspiration picture onto the card, so I stamped them in red to match and used them in place of the little circle and banner.    A few red rhinestones and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Crumb Cake and Basic Black; Authentique Lovely
Ink:  Hero Arts Red Royal and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Clearly Besotted You Are and Garden Fresh
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Clearly Besotted You Are dies, Clearly Besotted Garden Fresh dies, Spellbinder's circle die, red rhinestones, dimensionals

Challenges entered:
Splitcoast Stampers LOVEFEST2014F
Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge 476

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Leafy Sympathy

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


I'm a sucker for a leaf stamp.  Just love leaves...all shapes, all sizes and all colors.  Thought this set would make a lovely sympathy card in shades of green.

The rectangular shape was masked and sponged with a stencil.  Next I added the leaves with two different stamps and more shades of green.  A simple sentiment in black, placed it on a green card base, rounded the corners and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Old Olive and Gina K. pure luxury white
Ink:  Hero Arts Soft Olive, Soft Leaf and Forever Green inks and Versafine onyx black
Stamps:  Clearly Besotted Leafy Accents
All the other stuff:  Tim Holtz Burlap stencil, sponges, masking paper, corner rounder

Challenges entered:
Splitcoast Stampers LOVEFEST2014E

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For Colin


This story touched my heart, and I've included a link just in case you might have a spare card to send to Colin.  Colin's mom asked him if he'd like a birthday party next month when he turns 11.  Colin's response was no because he had no friends. Colin has a sensory processing disorder similar to autism and Asperger syndrome which causes him to act out in school.  The other kids don't like him due to this and he feels very lonely.  So Colin's mom has asked that people send Colin a birthday card to show him that he does indeed have friends.   Here's the link to the story on Fox news Happy Birthday Colin.

Made my card in a tall format today...it's 3.75" x 5.5"...just to change things up a bit.  The "sun" was sponged on the card using a template that was cut from a Spellbinder's circle die.  Then it was embossed with a star embossing folder in keeping with my theme.  Next I cut a 2.5" x 3.5" rectangle  and stamped it with three different star images.  Then the sentiment was stamped in black and I added a die cut polka dot star on the upper left corner.  The rectangle has been placed on dimensionals before adding it to the card.

A smattering of sequins and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury white
Ink:  Hero Arts Butter Bar, Green Hills and Pale Tomato inks; Versafine onyx black
Stamps:  Clearly Besotted Superstar
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Spellbinder's circle die, Clearly Besotted Superstar die collection, Cuttlebug star embossing folder, sponge, dimensionals, sequins

Challenges entered:
Seize the Sketch:

Splitcoast Stampers color challenge #466:  Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight
The Paper Players challenge #183:  clean and simple/use a star

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I am not a Doodler...

Sunday, February 16, 2014


So when the LOVEFEST Doodle Do challenge came up today, I sort of cringed...I am not a doodler! 

I stamped the rose image repeatedly on a piece of white card stock.  Then I used an Inktense pencil and my water brush to casually color a bit of each flower.  Next I used a marker to doodle the leaves.  The flowers and the leaves are both "kissed" with some Wink of Stella marker.

The card base was dry embossed and then I layered some black card stock between it and the stamped and colored piece.  A simple stamped sentiment circle (say that three times fast!), some sequins and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Crumb Cake (kraft), SU! Basic Black, SU! Pink Pirouette and Gina K. pure luxury white
Ink:  Ranger Archival Watering Can and Jet Black
Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Mixed Blooms
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder, SU! Old Olive marker, 1 1/4" circle punch, dimensional, sequins, Wink of Stella clear marker, Inktense pencil, Niji water brush

Challenges entered:
Simon Says Stamp:  get krafty
Splitcoast Stampers Featured Stamper #367
Splitcoast Stampers LOVEFEST2014C

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Wishing for Spring on the Prairies



Oh am I ever wishing for spring here on the prairies!  It's more of a blizzard like day yet again...snow, blowing snow...

A different sort of format today...a looo-nnn-gg card *grin*.  Wanted to get as much spring as possible into my picture...birds...flowers...etc.  I've stamped all the images in a water proof ink since I was going to use my Inktense pencils.  When the ink was dry, I added stripes of color with a water brush and then some splatters, again using the water brush.

Next comes three die cut clouds in blue...they're popped up on dimensionals.  And a few random sequins for a wee bit of sparkle...and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury white and unknown blue paper
Ink:  Ranger Archival Ink in Watering Can and Jet Black
Stamps:  Dylusions How Does Your Garden Grow and Hero Arts Everyday Sayings
All the other stuff:  Derwent Inktense pencils, Niji water brush, Big Shot Pro, Lil' Inker Designs Cloudy Sky die and Neat & Tangled Birthday Bash Mix sequins

Challenges entered:
Just Us Girls #228 - color challenge
CAS-ual Fridays - CFC128 - so long
Splitcoast Stampers LOVEFEST2014B- lovey dovey spring

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Doggone It

Friday, February 14, 2014


It's time for Love Fest over at Splitcoast Stampers - 11 days of fun challenges from the Member Companies.  The challenge today is "Puppy Love" and for dessert "a thread of affection". 

I started out by stamping the little bones in black and then added some Ranger Glossy Accents for some clear shine and dimension.  Then, while that was drying, I cut out the tag and banner.  Next, the little pup was stamped  and colored with Copics.  I added some red Stickles to the bow for a bit of sparkle. 

Tied a little bit of baker's twine through the tag, layered it up on the card with dimensionals and done!

Now here's a peek at the inside:



Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Crumb Cake (kraft),  SU! Real Red and Gina K. pure luxury white
Inks:  Versafine onyx black, Memento tuxedo black
Stamps:  Inky Antics Delightful Dogs #2
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Sentiment Flag die, Lil' Inker Designs Anytime Tags die set, Ranger Glossy Accents, baker's twine, Xmas Red Stickles, dimensionals, Copics:  C1 (outline), E40, E42, E44 (pup), RV21 (tongue), Copic blender solution and terry towel (texture)

Challenges entered:
Splitcoast Stampers:  LOVEFEST2014A
Splitcoast Stampers:  MIX55 Clear Love (use something clear on your card - I used Ranger Glossy Accents)
Simon Says Stamp:  Get Krafty (use kraft color on your card)

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

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Olympics Inspired

Thursday, February 13, 2014



Have you been watching the Olympics?  I love the beautiful graphics around all the venues!  They are gorgeous in the watery blues and greens aren't they?  However, I'm doing a red challenge today and went all patriotic...GO CANADA!

I stamped three different patterns using a PITT big brush marker.  Then they were die cut and edged with another big brush marker.

Then sentiment was stamped in black and then I used my big brush marker and a maple leaf stamp (GO CANADA!) off to the side.

The little triangles are all popped up on dimensionals and have a bit of Wink of Stella marker for some shimmer.  Wanted to add another pattern and a bit more black for balance so chose the gingham ribbon for across the top and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury white
Ink:  Versafine onyx black
Stamps:  Savvy Stamps (dots), Hero Arts (two other patterns and the sentiment), Club Scrap (maple leaf with the splatters)
All the other stuff:  MFT triangles die-namics, SU! ribbon, dimensionals, PITT big brush markers in black and pale geranium lake, clear Wink of Stella marker

Challenges entered:
Freshly Made Sketches #123:

Addicted to Stamps & More:  #82 make your mark
Splitcoast Stampers Ways to Use It #466:  red, red, red

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Sequined Notes

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


A quick little 4.25" x 4.25" card today.

It starts off with an dry embossed square frame.  Next I sponged three different shades of pink ink through a stencil inside the frame.  Then, the little bird image was stamped off before stamping in black.  And, added some Wink of Stella marker for some shimmer.  Then the three little notes were stamped and I added some sequins for the bottom part of the notes and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury white
Ink:  Hero Arts soft pink, bubble gum, pale tomato and blackboard
Stamps:  Hero Arts Bird, Hero Arts Everyday Sayings and JustRite Musical Notes Labels Twenty
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, square nestie, Hero Arts Tweed Pattern stencil, sponges, clear Wink of Stella marker, sequins

Challenges entered:
Less is More:  one layer anything goes
Card Concept #3: monochromatic pinks (clean and simple)
Simon Says Stamp:  we love stamps
Splitcoast Stampers:  sketch challenge 475

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Hi Friend

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


A fairly simple design again today...but if it's a CAS card that should be the case shouldn't it?

It starts out with a rectangle of Shape 'n Tape just placed on the card base.  Next I scribbled with PITT artist pens across a piece of card stock, approximating where I'd be die cutting the floral image.  Then it was die cut and once that was done, I added some deeper colors as well as a bit of white for shading and highlights.  The die cut was popped up on dimensionals.

A simply stamped sentiment and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury white card stock
Ink:  Versafine onyx black
Stamps:  Verve Lean on Me
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lifestyle Crafts Shape 'n Tape, Penny Black rose die, Faber Castell PITT artist pen big brushes in white, leaf green, light green, magenta bright and middle purple pink, dimensionals

Challenges entered:
CASology:  cue card - BOLD

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Laugh Together Always

Monday, February 10, 2014


Just another quick card today!

The circle was stamped in three colors, then I added the stepped sentiment.  The flower was stamped in Soft Apricot and then filled in with an orange Wink of Stella marker.  Then the center of the flower was stamped in Blackboard.  Next, I used a Copic multiliner and my curved ruler to make the stem.

A bit of baker's twine down the left side, a few sequins and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury white
Ink:  Hero Arts Soft Apricot, Soft Lilac, Soft Olive and Blackboard
Stamps:  Hero Arts Dot Design, Hero Arts Dauber Bunch, Hero Arts Anything Can Happen
All the other stuff:  baker's twine, sequins, Wink of Stella marker in orange, curved ruler, Copic multiliner, dimensionals.

Challenges entered:
Less is More:  one layer...anything goes
Splitcoast Stampers CAS#259
A Blog Named Hero Challenge #37: Flowers

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Think Big


After the neutral black, gold and white color combo yesterday...thought it was time for a punch of color!

The larger floral images were stamped first in navy, then I used a sponge dauber to add a bit of color to a few of the circles.  Next the smaller dots were stamped randomly in two colors.  The faux ribbon across the center of the card was stamped in all three colors.

Next comes a vellum die cut tag with a bit of baker's twine through the top.  Then, a die cut star stamped with half of the sentiment and a die cut banner with the rest of the sentiment.  The die cut banner has been popped up with dimensionals.  Had to add a large button simply because of the "think big" part of the sentiment!

A little sprinkle of sequins and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury white, SU! Lucky Limeade, Pool Party and vellum
Ink:  Hero Arts Navy, Lime Green and Tide Pool
Stamps:  Hero Arts Dauber Bunch and Anything Can Happen; Mama Elephant Basic Borders
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, MFT Tag You're It die, WPlus9 Star Stackers die, Lifestyle Crafts Banners and Arrows die, MFT button, baker's twine, dimensionals, sequins, sponge dauber

Challenges entered:
Mojo Monday #332
A Blog Named Hero Challenge #37:  Flowers
Simon Says Stamp:  we love stamps

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Birthday Peony

Sunday, February 9, 2014


Hello everyone!  It's bright and sunny here this morning...our wind chill started out at minus 42 but we've warmed up to a balmy minus 36.  Just a few more days of this cold and then it should warm up...yeah!

Time to play with some die cuts today!  I cut out the solid part of the peony in black and the outline part of the peony in gold.  Just punched out a few of the bits and left a few in.  Then it was popped up on dimensionals slightly off kilter to add a little shadow effect.

A simply stamped sentiment in black, a few rhinestones in black and done!  Rhinestones you ask? where are the sequins, Lee-Anne?  Well, after looking through all my sequins I discovered that I don't have any black...time to go shopping!!!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury white, SU! brushed gold and basic black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black
Stamps:  Neat & Tangled Across the Card
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Memory Box Delightful Peony Outline die, Memory Box Delightful Peony Background die, rhinestones, dimensionals

Challenges entered:
CASE Study #177
CAS(E) this Sketch #63:

Splitcoast Stampers FS366: Kathleen Curry

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You and I

Saturday, February 8, 2014


A really quick card for today.

The cup was stamped first, then the sentiment, followed by the three hearts.  Then I used a Copic to create a base for the cup and added Stickles to the hearts and the liquid in the cup.  Easy peasy as one two three and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury white
Ink:  Hero Arts tide pool, raspberry jam and charcoal
Stamps:  Kanban (cup), Paper Smooches (sentiment) and Simon Says Stamp (hearts)
All the other stuff:  Christmas red Stickles, vintage photo Distress Stickles and Copic - W1

Challenges entered:
CASology:  cue card  AND
Curtain Call:  cuppa cocoa
Addicted to CAS:  code word LOVE
Splitcoast Stampers:  inspiration challenge - Bed Bath and Beyond (here's my inspiration)

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Vellum and Fiber Paste Valentine

Friday, February 7, 2014



A Valentine for my hubby...shhhh...don't tell him ok?

This starts with a piece of 4.25" x 5.5" red card stock.  I used fiber paste and a stencil to create the bottom part of the card.

Then I heated embossed a row of hearts on a piece of vellum card stock.  Next, using a craft knife I cut across the bottom of the vellum so that the hearts hang down over the bottom part of the card.  Once that was done, I used the same stencil with Versamark ink and some red glittery embossing powder to create the hearts across the top of the page.

The sentiment was heat embossed in white on a little banner of black card stock.  It's been popped up on dimensionals and done!

Had a bit of an accident with my vellum :( so I simply distressed the top of it...sigh...some days right????

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Real Red, Basic Black and vellum card stock
Ink:  Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink and Versamark
Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp Talk Bubbles (sentiment) and Lots of Hearts (the large hearts across the bottom of the vellum)
All the other stuff:  Simon Says Stamp Falling Hearts stencil, fiber paste, Hero Arts white embossing powder, embossing buddy, heat gun, square punch, Zing embossing powder, craft knife, craft mat, distressing tool, dimensionals

Challenges entered:
MIX54 - Splitcoast Stampers - hearts and mixed media
Free for All - Splitcoast Stampers - valentine
Simon Says Stamp - Have a heart
Fusion #3:

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Fuchsia Dahlia

Thursday, February 6, 2014


Something different today...while it has a CAS appearance...it was anything but CAS!  Stamping, masking, coloring with three different mediums...

I started off by stamping the dahlia image and colored it with Copics.  Next I added some shading with my Prismacolor pencils and some gamsol.  Highlights were added with Copic Opaque white on a toothpick.  Same thing for the leaves.

Then that was all masked off and I used a stencil first in one direction and then the opposite to make the plaid look.  Popped the colored piece up on dimensionals, added a few enamel dots and done!  Well that sounds simple but it took me a couple of hours!!!

Here's what I used: 
Paper:  Copic XPress-It and Gina K. pure luxury white
Ink:  Ranger Archival Watering Can, Black Soot Distress Ink and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Penny Black and Hero Arts
All the other stuff:  Kelly Purkey All In A Line Stencil, Eclipse Masking Tape, sponges, Copic Opaque white, toothpicks, MME enamel dots, Prismacolor pencils,  Copics:  BG02, BG07, BG09, RV00, RV55, RV63 and W1

Challenges entered:
Runway Inspired Challenge #53:  Temperley London
Splitcoast Stampers Ways to Use It Challenge:  Color Something
Addicted to Stamps and More:  anything goes

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Rainbow World

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Well, since the power was out for almost an hour (and it's a balmy minus 36 with the wind chill), thought I'd do some more stamping.  Lucky for me I have a large window for light *grin*.

The central image has been inked with several colors of markers and then lightly spritzed with water before stamping.  Then all the little round images were stamped using the same markers.

The sentiment was slightly rounded before stamping.  Next comes some Stickles for a little bling, and yes, there just has to be a few sequins. 

I dry embossed the card base and placed the panel slightly askew and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury white
Ink:  Versafine Black Onyx
Stamps:  Neat & Tangled, Paper Smooches
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lifestyle Crafts linear embossing folder, Stardust Stickles, sequins (thanks for the freebies, Danielle!), dimensionals

Challenges entered:
Less is More Challenge: Happy 3rd Birthday - rainbow

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