Amped Up More Than Friends

Monday, March 31, 2014


And here's an "amped up" version of the same card...adding twine and a button.  Which do you prefer?

The birds are paper pieced and popped up on foam adhesive.  I've tried to make it appear that they are walking on the sentiment.  Isn't that a fun sentiment?  A smattering of sequins, a rounded corner and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. and Memory Box Brioche
Ink:  Ranger Jet Black Archival
Stamps:  Dylusions How Does Your Garden Grow? and Mama Elephant Good Times
All the other stuff:  foam adhesive, sequins, Tombow glue, corner rounder, twine and button

Challenges entered:
Splitcoast Stampers CAS266
Simon Says Stamp:  anything goes with buttons
Paper Players #189 Tic Tac Toe challenge:   paper piecing, patterned paper and twine


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More Than Friends


Happy Monday morning, everyone!  A really quick card for the Splitcoast CAS challenge today...shades of blue and a bird theme.

The birds are paper pieced and popped up on foam adhesive.  I've tried to make it appear that they are walking on the sentiment.  Isn't that a fun sentiment?  A smattering of sequins, a rounded corner and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. and Memory Box Brioche
Ink:  Ranger Jet Black Archival
Stamps:  Dylusions How Does Your Garden Grow? and Mama Elephant Good Times
All the other stuff:  foam adhesive, sequins, Tombow glue, corner rounder

Challenges entered:
Splitcoast Stampers CAS#266

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Polka Dots and Butterflies

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Hello my friends! 

My card today is a standard A2 size.  The card base has been stamped and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

The polka dot layer has been created with translucent embossing paste that's been tinted with a re-inker.  Once that was dry, it was stamped with the same background image found on the card base.  The sweet little butterflies have been die cut and kissed with a Wink of Stella marker...oh how I love that stuff!  They've each been topped with a clear sequin.

The sentiment was stamped on a piece of vellum that's been distressed just a bit.  The center panel was popped up on foam adhesive before adding it to the card base and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! blushing bride and vellum; and Gina K. pure luxury white
Ink:  Versamark, Ranger Archival in Jet Black and Watering Can
Stamps:  Impression Obsession C-A-C in Distressed Corduroy and Mama Elephant Every Day Greetings
All the other stuff:  Simon Says Stamp medium dots stencil, translucent embossing paste, spatula, Spun Sugar Distress Ink re-inker, craft mat, Big Shot Pro, Simon Says Stamp Leanna butterfly, clear embossing powder, heat gun, clear Wink of Stella marker, Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins, adhesive, foam adhesive

Challenges entered:
CASE Study#184:
Time Out #2:

Splitcoast Stampers
Mix-Ability #61: monochromatic
IC#434:  damask love (inspired by her folded card notebooks)

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Graphic Christmas

Thursday, March 27, 2014



Well, it's snowing yet again...so why not get in the spirit and make a Christmas card right? *grin*

This is a very simple design, that's really easy to duplicate in short order if you're under the gun to get some cards completed.  The graphic tree image has been stamped in gray pigment ink and heated embossed with clear embossing powder.  Then the bottom part of "Christmas" was colored with a Copic marker. 

The card base was clear embossed to add more shine.  The star was punched from the same heat embossed paper and popped up on foam adhesive.  A few sequins and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Real Red and Whisper White
Ink:  Avery Elle Fog and Versamark
Stamps:  MFT Seasonal Sentiments and Hero Arts Tweed Pattern
All the other stuff:  clear embossing powder, heat gun, embossing buddy, star punch, foam adhesive, Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins, Copic:  R29

Challenges entered:
Merry Monday #101:  red, gray and white
Addicted to Stamps and More #88:  holiday

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Glittery Leaves and Butterfly

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


This card makes me feel like spring in spite of our less than spring like temperatures!

The background was stamped with some splotch stamps in three of the colors from the Splitcoast Stampers color challenge.  Our options were black, pistachio pudding, crisp cantaloupe, pool party, sahara sand and summer starfruit.  The dessert option of ribbon was not used. 

Next comes a layer of embossing paste through a stencil.  Once that was dry, the leaves, butterfly and sentiment were adhered to the card.  A few sequins and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K., DCWV glitter paper, SU! Pool Party and Basic Black
Ink:  Hero Arts Soft Pool, Soft Vanilla and Blackboard
Stamps:  MFT Abstract Art and Simon Says Stamp Flower Friend
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Hero Arts Spring Branch die, Simon Says Stamp Leanna butterfly die, Simon Says Stamp chevron stencil, embossing paste, spatula, foam adhesive, sequins, adhesive

Challenges entered:
Cardabilities #95:

Simon Says Stamp:  glitter it
Splitcoast Stampers CC471

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Just Because

Monday, March 24, 2014


Playing along with a couple of challenges today.  A fun, quick and very easy card!

Just simple stamping and masking today.  All the colored images were stamped with various images from My Favorite Things Abstract Art.  I can see all sorts of possibilities for this stamp set!  Once all the images were stamped, the mask was lifted and the sentiment was stamped.

Just a few sequins and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K.
Ink:  Hero Arts Soft Sky, Mint Julep, Lime Green and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  My Favorite Things Abstract Art and Simon Says Stamp Flower Friend
All the other stuff:  masking tape, foam tape, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins, Tombow adhesive

Challenges entered:
CAS(E) this sketch CTS#69:

Color Me CMCC#12:
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Blush Poinsettia

Thursday, March 20, 2014


I've been asked to be Guest Designer for the Splitcoast Queen for the Day challenge today.  Here is Lori's card that I've chosen to CASE:


Her flowers and dots made me think of poinsettias and snow...crazy hmm?  We've still got lots of the white stuff around, but it is spring right?

This is another wonderful technique that I learned from the Online Card Classes Clean & Simple 3 from none other than the fabulous Debby Hughes.  She makes the most amazing cards!  The poinsettia was heat embossed in white and the sentiment stamped in black.

Next, they were both masked off to allow for the next step. I dribbled two different colors of mist across the card.   Then the mask on the poinsettia was removed and the poinsettia was colored with a SU! marker and a Copic marker.  Next, for a little added shimmer...some Wink of Stella marker.  Once that was dry the mask was placed back on the poinsettia (the sentiment mask has remained in place). 

Then using some embossing paste and a stencil, I added the "snow".  The panel was added to a card base using foam adhesive and done! 

There's a lot of sparkle on this card...here's a close up so you can see it:




Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K.
Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black
Stamps:  Stampabilities (poinsettia) and Verve Joyous Noel (sentiment)
All the other stuff:  white embossing powder, heat gun, Lindy's Stamp Gang Clam Bake Beige mist, Lindy's Stamp Gang Cape Cod Coral mist, SU! Blushing Bride marker, Copic RV42, Wink of Stella marker, Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow stencil, embossing paste, spatula, foam adhesive

Challenges entered:
Simon Says Stamp: glitter it featuring Wink of Stella
CASology #87:  cue card - blush
Less is More Week 163 - masking or stencilling

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Bold Homework

Monday, March 17, 2014


Working my way through some of the techniques from Online Card Classes Clean & Simple 3. 

The background was stamped off before stamping.  Since I was going to color with Copics, I used Watering Can Archival Ink.  Didn't worry about the amount of ink that came off in different places...I wanted a more mottled look.

Next, I stamped the poppies (aren't they wonderful?) in Jet Black Archival Ink and colored them with a couple of shades of each color.  Nothing fancy, not really worried about perfect coloring, just wanted the bold colors.

A simple stamped sentiment, some enamel dots and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K.
Ink:  Watering Can and Jet Black Archival Ink
Stamps:  Hero Arts Tiny Flags, Verve Poppy Birthday and Waltzingmouse Fancy Phrases
All the other stuff:   Copics:  YG23, YG25, YR65, YR68; and MME enamel dots

Challenges entered:
Color Throw Down #283:  basic gray, certainly celery and tangerine tango
ATCAS#34:  code word - luck

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CASing Loll


Hello everyone!  Even though I'm working my way through the Online Card Class Clean & Simple 3 right now, when I saw that the CAS challenge over at Splitcoast was honoring my sweet friend, Loll Thompson, wasn't going to miss out on that opportunity!!!

This is very simple and straightforward.  Die cut the Memory Box Delightful Peony background in some of the heated copper that Loll gave me.  You can find all the info on it here.  Incidentally the card that I cased was the one featured on that post.  The colors are spectacular and vary a lot in the different light.  This morning I had the perfect light to really show the colors off.  It even looks like there's a little rain drop on one of the petals...fun hmm?  Then the Delightful Peony Outline was die cut in black.  Some of the die cut areas were left in for interest.

A simple stamped sentiment in black and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. white
Ink:  Hero Arts Blackboard
Stamps:  Hero Arts Anything Can Happen
All the other stuff:  heated copper, Big Shot Pro, Memory Box Delightful Peony Background die, Memory Box Delightful Peony Outline die, Ranger Glossy Accents, foam tape

Challenges entered:
Splitcoast Stampers:  CAS264 Casing Loll
ATSM#86:  anything goes

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Happy Birthday Wish BIG

Friday, March 14, 2014


Hope you have your sunglasses on.   Playing with plaid today, just in case you hadn't figured that out *big grin*.

Again, more techniques from the Online Card Classes One Layer 3 class.  I daresay that Laura Bassen may be the queen of plaid...she has an amazing ability to combine just the right colors and widths of stripes.

This is actually very easy to do.  I've used a couple of strips of masking tape and just placed them up and down the card, varying the thickness as the colors were sponged on.  Didn't really think about it...just did it.

The large heart is an inlaid die cut that I stamped two different sentiments over.  Added some little pink hearts popped up on foam tape.  Then added some Wink of Stella on the little hearts and across a few of the stripes and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. white
Ink:  Distress Inks in Peeled Paint, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Seedless Preserves and Peacock Feathers; and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Clearly Besotted Say It In Style
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders heart die, sponges, masking tape, Wink of Stella pen, foam tape, heart punch

Challenges entered:
Addicted to Stamps and More - anything goes
Keep it Simple - stripes
City Crafter Challenge #202 - rainbows

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Thanks Loll!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


I received a beautiful gift from my sweet friend, Loll a while ago.  As soon as I looked at the gorgeous heated copper sheets she sent me my first thought was "leaf".  So, the leaf was cut out but I've been struggling with how to show it off to its finest.  Here's a link to Loll's post about the copper including all sorts of information on where to buy it, how to heat it and everything else you'd like to know about it!  Thanks, Loll!!!

The rich tones are just fabulous on this copper and I wanted to play off of them, so I grabbed some of my Starburst mists and just dripped them onto the paper.  See why they are called starburst?  These mists spread out before drying for a cool effect.  They are very shiny, which doesn't really show up well in my photo.

Once that was done, the sentiment was stamped in black and I added some embossed paper, with a bit of black and white peeking out underneath it.  Done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. white, SU! Rich Razzleberry and Basic Black
Ink:  Hero Arts Blackboard
Stamps:  Winnie & Walter - The Big, The Bold and The Happy
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Loll's gorgeous heated copper, Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves die, Cuttlebug Charles embossing folder, Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst mists in Poincianna Red Flame and Autumn Maple Crimson, adhesives

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Clean and Simple 3 Homework


Working on the Clean & Simple One Layer Cards 3 class over the next few weeks.  It started yesterday and this is just part of what I've learned.  I've taken several of these classes and cannot say enough about how many ideas and tips you receive...love their classes!

My mind immediately went to a little Easter scene when thinking about my assignment.  Just got this cute little trellis die and the little clump of grass die from Clearly Besotted.  Each of the dies is inlaid into the top layer of the card...I love how you can see the bunny through the grass!

The bunny was sponged with some ink and the sentiment has been stamped in black.  Then I added some puffy clouds, a few sequins and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, computer paper
Ink:  Hero Arts Wet Cement and Versafine
Stamps:  Clearly Besotted Hoppy Easter (sentiment)
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Clearly Besotted Trellis die, Clearly Besotted Fresh Grass die, Poppy Stamps Chocolate Bunny die, Memory Box Puffy Clouds dies, MFT felt, Pretty Pink Posh aquamarine sequins, adhesives, tweezers

Challenges entered:
CAS-ology - cue card:  roots

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Note to Self

Friday, March 7, 2014



Note to self...carpe diem!  Don't you think?  Some days we need to be reminded to grab those reins and seize the day!

I love carousel horses and have had this stamp for a while.  Time to get it inky again!

Jennifer McGuire had a fabulous video yesterday on Distress Ink bleeds, and the MIX-ability challenge over at Splitcoast today is wishy-washy watercolor.  So, I sort of combined the two ideas.  I'm using the colors from the Color Throwdown Challenge.

The image was stamped on watercolor paper using three shades of Distress Ink, then it was spritzed with a mini mister till the ink bled some.  I wasn't satisfied with the bit of bleed that was happening, so I used my water brush and a little more ink to spread it out some.  Then, the image was stamped in Ranger Archival Jet Black ink.  Jennifer stamped her sentiment right over top of her ink bleed sentiment, but I wanted some movement for the horse, so it was offset slightly.

Next, the top was die cut, the sentiment stamped and I added a brad to look like a push pin.  I also loved Jennifer's reminder to use clear embossing on card stock to give it texture...haven't done that in a while, and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. pure luxury and watercolor paper
Ink:  Distress Inks in Festive Berry, Mustard Seed and Peeled Paint; Ranger Archival Jet Black
Stamps:  Inkadinkado (carousel horse), Verve (sentiment) and Impression Obsession (background)
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, MFT notebook edge die, brad, Niji water brush, clear embossing powder, heat gun, mini mister, stamp-a-majig, adhesive

Challenges entered:
CAS-ology #85 cue card:  carnival
Color Throwdown #282:  Lucky Limeade, Real Red and Daffodil Delight
Splitcoast Stampers MIX-ability #58:  wishy washy watercolor backgrounds

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Fly

Thursday, March 6, 2014


The Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge is for International Women's Day.  I think that these images and sentiment are so meaningful; and a wonderful reminder of what all women can and were meant to do.  I've used a predominately peach color for the Curtain Call Challenge.

The two-step feather was stamped first (I stamped off the ink to have a slightly lighter color).  Then the bird and sentiment were stamped.  Some tape for the bottom, a few sequins and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K.
Ink:  Distress Inks in Ripe Persimmon and Peacock Feathers; Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  PTI Feather Finery
All the other stuff:  Lifestyle Crafts Shape and Tape, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins, adhesive

Challenges entered:
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #85 International Women's Day:


Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge Perfectly Peach:


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Mixed Media Watercolor Bloom

Wednesday, March 5, 2014



It's a dull, dreary, snowy day...but it has warmed up :)  As I look forward to spring, my thoughts run to beautiful warm sunny days and all the colorful flowers in our yard.

The background was made by sponging the leaves through a stencil.  What you see in the foreground is done later!  There's actually a layer behind that's very faint.  After it was sponged, then I sponged more of the color around the entire piece, leaving the right corner open.

Then the entire card was heat set.  The flower was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I used Inktense pencils and a water brush to color the flower...just three colors though.  Then, I added Wink of Stella marker in clear to the petals.

Next, I masked off the flower, added more of the background color and then added another layer of the leaf stencil, this time, with a lot more ink.  Taking another stencil, I added the smaller white splotches with a PITT Artist pen.  Then I dripped some water on the entire piece.  Heat set it again, stamped the sentiment and done!  I love that the sentiment from Tim Holtz doesn't stamp cleanly...it's been left imperfect to reinforce the thought!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  water color paper and Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, Versamark and Ranger Archival Jet Black
Stamps:  Savvy Stamps Large Flower Blossom, Tim Holtz Ways with Words
All the other stuff:  Inktense water color pencils in Fuchsia, Cadmium Orange and Teal Green; Niji water brush; Simon Says Stamp Leaves stencil; TCW Mini Tile Texture stencil; PITT Artist Big Brush Pen in white; Wink of Stella clear marker; heat gun, water, masking paper

Challenges entered:
Virginia's View Challenge:  watercolor

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Textured Vases

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Lots of die cuts today!

The vases were die cut and then I added some texture with a couple of different embossing folders.  Once that was done, the edges were sponged to add some dimension.  The little sprigs in the upper corner were also die cut and lightly sponged.

The center panel was made by sponging the same tones through a stencil.  I masked off the center to narrow down the panel.  Next, the sentiment was stamped on vellum and then it was added by lightly scoring the edges and taping it behind the panel.  The vases were popped up with dimensionals for some added depth.

A few sequins and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury White, SU! Old Olive, Island Indigo and vellum
Ink:  Hero Arts Blackboard, Soft Stone and Field Greens
Stamps:  Technique Tuesday Morning Glory
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, PTI Mega Vases die, Poppy Stamps Berry Sprig die, Cuttlebug Charles embossing folder, TH Sizzix Notebook embossing folder, heat gun, dimensionals, sponges, Memory Box Texture stencil, sequins, adhesive

Challenges Entered:
Sketchbook Saturday #116:

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Feathery Friends

Monday, March 3, 2014


The first time I saw this stamp set, I knew it had to be mine :)  I'm a bird lover...there are bird feeders in our yard year round and bird baths when the weather permits. 

This card is actually very simple to make.  I stamped the feathers randomly across the card stock and then used alternating colors to stamp the little dots on the feathers.  Next comes the heat embossed vellum piece with the sentiment.  It's been stitched onto the card on three sides and I just let the threads hang.  To keep the stitching from coming off, it's all been taped on the back of the top piece.  Then, a stamped and die cut bird on a thread nest popped up on a dimensional for a little interest.  It was placed on a card base and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury White and vellum
Ink:  Hero Arts Soft Sand, Soft Brown, Soft Granite and Versamark
Stamps:  PTI Feather Finery
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, PTI Feather Finery die set, sewing machine, thread, dimensional, Hero Arts white embossing powder, heat gun, embossing buddy

Challenges entered:
Freshly Made Sketches 125:
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