Monday, May 28, 2018


Hello friends.  I'm glad you could join me on this special day.

Memorial Day or Decoration Day is a day to remember
all those who have died serving our country.

And for those who have not passed on, but live with
the injuries and loss.

Poppies are a symbol of Memorial Day.

Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky.
All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.

Penny Black and More: Anything Goes
Penny Black Saturday Challenge: Anything Goes with option of using your favorite stamp. 
My favorite Penny Black stamp is the one I'm using today: Poppies

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Poppies (PB) This stamp was on wood. I removed it and added cling foam so I could use it in the MISTI
Ink:   Distress Markers (Festive Berries, Barn Door, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Brushed Corduroy, Crushed Olive, Gathered Twigs, Black Soot)
Paper:   Neenah, Coredinations (Ice Cream), Mixed Media (St)
Other:  Water Brush, Stitched Arch STAX (MFT), Foam

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Brusho Butterfly

Hello Friends.  I hope you are having a great day!

Today I'm playing with Penny Black.

with an option of using our favorite Penny Black stamp.

My favorite Penny Black stamp is the one I'm using at the moment.
This time it's Butterfly Trio

I stamped this gorgeous butterfly with silver ink and heat embossed it
with more silver.

I sprinkled with Brushos and spritzed trying to keep the colors separate
and using a water brush to help the ink land where I wanted it.

It kind of made a mess of the paper around it, so I had to fussy cut him out.

The piece behind him is coated paper, spritzed with water
and sprinkled with the same colors of Brusho and
popped up on foam.

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Butterfly Trio, Heartfelt (PB)
Ink:   Encore Silver, Pacific Point (SU)
Paper:   Pacific Point (SU), Coated cardstock, Mixed Media (St)
Other:  Silver EP (SU), Brusho (Sea Green, Turquoise), Foam

Saturday, May 26, 2018

A Sweet Merry Monday

Hello friends.  I'm glad you could stop by for a visit.

It's been a busy week, but I did get a Christmas card done.

I have used an Encrusted Jewel Technique for these gingerbread men.

First I die cut from some white cardboard as thick as the die would cut.

I laid a craft mat on my electric pancake griddle and 
put a small piece of parchment cooking paper on top of that.

Then I laid the die cut on the parchment paper and sprinkled liberally with 
clear embossing powder, covered with a corning lid and watched the powder melt.

When I  had a good puddle of melted powder, I sprinkled some 
Aged Gold Frantage on top and let that melt.

Once that melted, I sprinkled some Chunky White Frantage
and coarse red glitter on top.

When that was all melted, I carefully pulled the parchment off and
used a palette knife to pull the gingerbread men out of the surrounding puddle.

I added some small flat back beads for eyes and put back on the griddle
to melt them in.

The gingerbread are quite shiny and look like they've been glazed.

Here's another view...

I've chosen to hang these sweets from a tree.

Merry Monday is hosted by Kelly this week.

I'm also entering at Rudolph Days Challenge
where each month, Maureen hosts a Christmas card challenge.
It's anything goes for Christmas and lasts from 
the 25th of the month to the end of the month.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Ornamental Pine (SU), Festive Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Mossy Meadow, Real Red (SU))
Paper:   Baked Brown Sugar, Naturals White (SU)
Other:  Christmas Bits (LI), Embossing Powder (WOW-Clear, Frantage-Aged Gold, Shabby White), Coarse Red Glitter, Red Sharpie

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Peony and Acetate

Hello friends.  Glad you stopped by!

When we did our acetate challenge at CAS Mix Up in March,
I saw some cards where the acetate had been dry embossed.

I loved the look!

So this was a perfect opportunity to try it myself.

It was so easy and I used a piece of acetate from a stamp set.
No additional purchase required!

I found this peony in my UFO box.  It had been embossed and colored.
I have no recollection of what I used to color it.  Sorry.
I do know that water was involved.

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Peony Bouquet (Alt), Bouquet of Thanks (SSS)
Ink:   Encore Gold
Paper:   Mixed Media (St), Neenah
Other:  Acetate, Gold EP, Victoria EF (Cuttlebug), Stitched Rectangle Die (SSS), Stitched Shapes Die (SU)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Another Butterfly Twofer

Hello friends.  I'm so glad you stopped by.

I have another Twofer today.

I found both of these butterflies in my butterfly box and 
thought they would be perfect for Darnell's Twofer Challenge.

I had die cut them from a piece of Inka Gold Smoosh and
kept all the little pieces intact.

 This little note card will be perfect with a package.

The background was already done and stamped just waiting
for a butterfly to light on it.

This card is a CASE of a card I saw once.  I think that Chrissie (Simply One of a Kind)
did it but I can't find the post now.

I dry embossed a snippet of white cardstock, put a piece of foam behind it,
popped the butterfly on it and stamped a sentiment.

This has been a fun challenge!
Thanks, Dolly.

Some of our CAS team has been at retreat in Vancouver.

I wasn't able to go but Nance Salkeld and I were able to join in with Skype!

We've had fun joining in virtually.  Hopefully next year we can do it in person.

I'll share some of our projects another time.
Supper is almost ready.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Sentiment (?)
Ink:   Encore Gold, Soft Sky (SU)
Paper:   Watercolor (St.), Mixed Media (St.)
Other:  Inka Gold Smoosh, Kaleidoscope Butterfly (MB)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps: Persian Motifs (Alt) 
Ink:   Onyx Black (VF)
Paper:   Neenah
Other: Inka Gold Smoosh, Kaleidoscope Butterfly (MB), Charles EF (CTBG)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Enamor for the Flower Challenge

Hello friends and welcome.

I'm going soft and sweet today.

I'm playing with The Flower Challenge today.

This little frame needed acetate to pop it up.
So a shaker card was born.

The flowers were inked with markers and stamped on a snippet of Mixed Media paper.

I used narrow strips of dimensionals to lift the framed acetate from the design.

I had seen someone use a powder tool used for heat embossing to get some of
the sticky off the sides of the dimensional.  I have an Embossing Buddy so I used that.
It was awkward and not perfect, but helpful.

I actually think it was good that some of the shakers stuck to the sides
and didn't all fall to the bottom.

The Flower Challenge Design Team has some gorgeous inspiration pieces
at the challenge site and the reminder.  I hope you'll check them out.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Enamor, Happy Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Smokey Gray (Versafine), Spun Sugar, Shabby Shutters, Scattered Straw (DM)
Paper:   Mixed Media (St), Neenah
Other:  Flower Portrait Die (PB), Acetate, Sprinkles and sequins (various)

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Bell and Bough

Hello friends and welcome.

My sweet friend JoAnn is hosting Merry Monday this week.

What a wonderful opportunity to ink up this stamp that I bought last fall.

I'll admit that my first try wasn't good.  I'm hoping I can fiddle with it
and improve on it someday.  If at first  you don't succeed, try again.

This time it worked out much better.

I find that I do better with no line watercolor when I ink with markers.

I also find that inking with a lighter color first makes a big difference!

The MISTI (or other stamp positioner) is a must for this technique!

After inking and shading with a waterbrush, I cleaned the stamp
and inked again with Versamark and heat embossed with clear powder.

When I did the background wash (using Distress re-inker), I still had a little bleed around the berries.
But not as bad as usual.

I clear heat embossed the sentiment too.

Thanks, JoAnn, for giving me an excuse to ink up this stamp!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Bell and Bough, Believe (both PB)
Ink:   Versamark, Early Espresso (SU), Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Festive Berries, Barn Door, Fired Brick (DM), Salty Ocean, Iced Spruce (DR-I)
Paper:   Mixed Media (St), Neenah
Other:  Clear EP, MISTI, Water Brush