Monday, April 23, 2018

April Flower-Sweet Pea

Hello friends.

I'm back with an April flower or should I say flowers.

These sweet peas are so little that I had trouble watercoloring them.

But perseverance paid off.

I stamped the image with gray Archival ink then colored with 
Distress Markers and a water brush.  

I find that I have more control of the colors if I swipe the marker on a pallete
and pick up the color with the brush.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Year of Flowers Collection (PTI), Botanical Silhouettes (PTI)
Ink:   Smokey Gray, Onyx Black (Versafine), Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn (DM)
Paper:   Vanilla Thick, Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. hot press)
Other:  Opulent Ovals, Classic Ovals dies (Spellbinder), Raindrops (PTI)

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Lots More Ornaments

Hello my friends.

I love these ornament dies by Elizabeth Crafts Designs.

A couple of my friends had used them and enabled me to add them to my
already plentiful collection of ornament dies.

I kept wondering how this combination or that combination would work and
before I knew it, I had five ornaments made.

I used the same layout and put them on different embossed backgrounds.

CAS Christmas Card Challenge

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Various
Ink:   Encore Silver, Encore Gold
Paper:   Neena
Other:  Ornaments 2 (Elizabeth Craft Designs)

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Glory to God

Hello friends and welcome.

My friend Sue is hosting Merry Monday this week.

I have a lot of favorite Christmas verses but this one has a special place in my heart
and memories of Christmas pageants.

And I'm always happy to have a reason to use a NBUS set!

After punching out the embossed image, I die cut a circle a little larger 
than the image and heat embossed the edges.

I die cut the smaller mat from a piece of gold Inka Gold Smoosh  and
heat embossed the edges of the larger die cut mat.

The design was adhered to a piece of Acrylic paper (love the texture) that
was matted with some Brushed Gold cardstock.

Thanks Merry Makers for the win last week!
I am honored.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Star of Wonder (PTI)
Ink:   Encore Gold
Paper:   Vanilla Thick, Brushed Gold (SU), Neenah, Sparkle, Inka Gold Smoosh, Acrylic
Other:  Gold EP (SU), Layering Mat Stack 3, Layerz Mat  Stack 3, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Infinity Circles (HA)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Kitty Watching for TwoFer

Hi there.  I hope you are having a great day and seeing some signs of Spring!

Here's my Twofer for April

I fell in love with this surprised kitty at the SSAT show last summer.

I think he looks more surprised because he'd sat in the NBUS box
not doing anything for so long.

He played nicely though.

Here's a close up.

I went very CAS with this card. (It will be one of the cards in my May class.)

I put a little more detail into the second one.

The witches hat is one of the Crazy Bird accessories. Another NBUS.
I fussy cut it after smacking it with Versamark and clear embossing it.

This Poppystamps fence was perfect.  I die cut it from a snippet of white
and sponged a little ink on it.

I had lots of fun with this one.

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Kitty Watching (Technique Junkies), Crazy Things (TH)
Ink:   Jet Black Archival (R), Versamark, Scattered Straw (SU), Pumice Stone (DI)
Paper:   Neena, Basic Black
Other:  Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen, Clear EP, Timeless Type Alpha Sizzlits (SU), Picket Fence (PS), Stitched Rectangles (LI), Bakers Twine, Green Sharpie

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Another Ornament for CAS Christmas

Hello, Friends.

There's still time to play at
CAS Christmas Card Challenge

This is the challenge

I'd bought this Christmas Bits die set from Lil' Inker several years ago
and it got tucked away with some other dies by Lil' Inker.
They were in with the bunnies that I used last month.

I had never used this ornament die and I thought it was high time
it got some love and attention!

I die cut it once from a piece of Inka Gold smoosh.

I didn't really like that.

So I cut it again out of red glimmer paper and liked it much better.

I traced the outline of the ornament on the back of some
dazzling diamond glimmer paper and placed all the pieces together.

The frames were cut and in the UFO box.

I inlaid the square, stamped the pine branches several times
on the top corner (I may have overdone that) and 
hung the ornament amid the branches.

Oh, and I added some chunky white Frantage over some of the 
branches and heat embossed it.

I hope you'll go over to the CAS Christmas Challenge and check out
the fabulous ornaments the Design Team have done.
And the gallery is full of more gorgeous ornaments.

Get inspired and build that stash of Christmas cards!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Christmas Pines (SU)
Ink:   Garden Green, Handsome Hunter (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Red Glimmer, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer (SU)
Other:  Chunky White Frantage (Stampendous), Stitched Squares Dies (SSS), Christmas Bits Die Set (LI)

Monday, April 16, 2018

Happy News with Lindys Magical for CAS Watercolour

Hello dear friends.

There's still some time left to enter at CAS Watercolour.

My background was made by sprinkling Lindys Magicals on watercolor paper 
and spritzing with water.

I used a water brush to help move the color around.

See the shimmer from the Lindy's Magicals?

I love the shimmer and brilliant colors!

Thanks for the gift, my friend!

I cut my bird with the Penny Black Happy News die and then
added texture to the die cut with the PTI Linen Texture Plate.

There are lots of gorgeous birds in the CAS Watercolour gallery.

And more inspiration from our talented Guest Designer, Stef,
and our awesome team.

I hope you'll check us out!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps: Walk by Faith (PTI) 
Ink:   Onyx Black (Versafine)
Paper:   Neena, Watercolor (Arches cold press)
Other:  Lindy's Magicals (DDG Green, Sassy Saffire, Blingy Blonde), Happy News Die (PB), Linen/Canvas Texture Plate (PTI), Stitched Shapes Framelits (SU)

Sunday, April 15, 2018

More Rubber Band Technique for CAS Mix Up

Hello! It's the middle of April already!

I hope you are enjoying warm weather and pretty flowers...

and maybe a butterfly or two!

Using Rubber Band Stamping, Heat Embossing, Sponging (Emboss Resist), Stamping and Die Cuts

This card makes me smile!

CAS Mix Up this month is hosted by Julia.

We have some great video tutorial links at the challenge site as well as
wonderful inspiration from our Design Team!
We are joined this month by the very talented Hideko.

For this card, I masked off a section and used VersaMark to ink
my rubber band covered wooden block and heat embossed
with white embossing powder.

I used Distress Ink to sponge some color over the embossing then removed 
any ink from the embossed lines with a piece of paper towel.

To add emphasis to the design, I scored the length of each edge.

A black die cut butterfly with a vellum backing and sentiment finishes this off.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Botanical Silhouettes (PTI)
Ink:   VersaMark, Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Worn Lipstick (DI), Onyz Black (Versafine)
Paper:   Neena, Basic Black, Vellum
Other:  Rubber Bands on a wood block, Sponge Daubers, Moonlight & Kaleidoscope Dies (MB), Simply Scored