Friday, January 19, 2018

Spotlight on Thistle

Hi there.

I don't think I'd ever tried the spotlight technique so when I saw that 
The Flower Challenge was asking for this technique, and saw what the 
Design team had done, I thought I'd give it a try.

I'm also going to enter this at
Craft Stamper Magazine's Take It Make It Challenge.

And 4 Crafty Chicks
Anything goes with a twist of sympathy or ATG

I'm hoping I can make it into the
Less is More Challenge

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Thistle (Serendipity), Bouquet of Thanks (SSS)
Ink:   Onyx Black (Versafine), Markers (Lavender Lace, SU: Shaded Lilac, Peeled Paint, D)
Paper:  Neena, Whisper White Basic Black (SU) 
Other:  Infinity Circle Dies (HA), Smoky Slate Re-inker for splatter

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Feathery Cling Wrap

Hello.  I'm glad you stopped by.

I tried something different with the cling wrap technique.

I got a fun new to me product for Christmas and I've had fun playing.
Thank you dear friend.

Here are two pieces that I played with.

On the bottom piece, using a coated paper, I sprinkled these powders, 
spritzed liberally with water, then laid down some cling wrap and smooshed it around.

Then I wrinkled up the cling wrap, pressed it down and left it to dry.

Several hours later I pulled off the cling wrap and seeing lots of wet color
on the cling wrap, I laid it on another piece of coated paper and left it.

I loved the feathery look that was left behind when I removed the cling!
This is the piece I used for this card.

I die cut a feather out of some handmade paper in my stash and added some 
heat embossing to the edges.

I wasn't sure how the ink would do on the coated paper, so I
used some Archival ink and heat embossed it for good measure.

It was laying on the table with the design piece off center and I liked it.
So I popped it up with some foam and let it stay right there.

I'll add it to the CAS Mix Up Gallery
Using stamping, Cling Wrap Technique with powder and water, heat embossing and die cuts
and also to

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps: Walk by Faith (PTI) 
Ink:   Tree Branch (Archival), Versamark
Paper:   Neena, Coated Paper, Handmade Paper
Other:  Lindy's Magicals (Sassy Sapphire), Cling Wrap, Stitched Rectangle Die (SSS), Feather Die (Wish), Gold EP (SU)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Winter Sled

An excited hello today because it's snowing.

We don't get much snow in NC so when it does, I get excited.

It's so pretty!

It reminds me of fun times going sledding as a kid.

How's that for an intro to this card?

I used a snippet that had been stamped on watercolor paper and the color blended with a waterbrush.

I die cut the runners and front from a snippet of foil.

The pines were in the envelope with the die and seemed to add a good finishing touch.

The die is from Memory Box so I'm entering in their challenge.

I'll take my snippet sled for some fun at Pixie's Snippet Playground

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Festive Snippets (PB), Sanded Background (SU)
Ink:   Real Red, Soft Suede (SU)
Paper:   Naturals White, Champagne Foil, Mossy Meadow (SU), Watercolor (140 lb. Strathmore)
Other:  Waterbrush, Large Winter Sled, Pine Needle Border Dies (MB), Stitched Snow Drifts Dies (MFT), Bakers Twine

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Heartfelt Rose for CAS Watercolour Reminder

Hi there.

There's still time to join us at CAS Watercolour.

This month's challenge is

We always need birthday cards!

I did this watercolor with a stamp that was a gift from a dear friend.

I inked it with Distress Stains, then used my waterbrush to move the color.

I put some stain on my palette and picked up to add some darker shading.
You may notice that I added some brown to the leaves and lightly to the flower,
My flowers always seem to have brown on them!

Finally, I pulled out some of the color around the edges.

The sentiment was gifted to me from another dear friend.

The die cut design is popped up on a piece of foam.

Our Design Team is joined this month by the very talented

When I saw this photo for the challenge at Inkspirational
I saw the lovely pink flowers.
So I'm taking this over there.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Heartfelt Thanks (Stamplorations), Thoughtful Messages (SSS)
Ink:   Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint (Distress Stains and Markers)
Paper:   Watercolour (Arches Hot Press), Thick Vanilla (SU)
Other:  Stitched Rectangle Die (SSS), Waterbrush, MISTI, Sequins (SSS)

Monday, January 15, 2018

True Love CAS Mix Up Reminder

Hello, dear friends.

It's already the middle of the month and time for another Cling Wrap card.

This month Nancy has challenged us to  use cling wrap.

We have lots of videos at CAS Mix Up if you're not sure 
how to go about using cling wrap.

The Design Team is joined this month by Christine (It's a Card's Day Night)
The designs are bound to inspire you.

My background was done with alcohol ink and lots of blending solution.
I scrunched up some cling wrap over the wet inks and left it to dry.

I was going to die cut the heart from it, but I kept thinking "Achy, Breaky Heart"
and decided to use it for the background and have my heart whole. LOL!
Don't want to give a broken heart to my true love!

I die cut the heart from some textured cardstock, pressed it in a VersaMark pad,
and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  It's popped up on some foam.

I love the texture that shows through the embossing and goes well
with the gold mixative I added to the alcohol inks.

My mixed media are 
stamping, cling wrap technique with alcohol ink, die cut and heat embossing.

I hope we'll see you CAS card in the gallery!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Happy Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Encore Gold, VersaMark, Alcohol Ink, Gold Mixative (Ranger)
Paper:   Acrylic (Strathmore), Gold Foil (SU), Yupo, core'dination cardstock
Other:  Primitive Heart Dies (Spellbinder), Gold EP (SU)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Feathers for Twofer

Hello my friends.

Blogland is all atwitter with a new challenge!
You can tell it's going to be a fun challenge by this delightful badge.

And it's brought to us by none other than your good friend and mine, Darnell.

Congratulations on this super challenge, Dolly
and that fantastic Design Team!

Here's my Twofer....

The prompt for this month is

And I just so happened to be playing with a feather die.

This card was one of my class cards this month.

The feather was die cut from some Rustic White cardstock, dipped in VersaMark,
and heat embossed with some gold.  The Happy Birthday sentiment was heat embossed too.

And this feather was just for fun!

This one was cut from a piece of Inka Gold Smoosh and placed on a
piece of Mulberry Paper.  I found the card front with the 
Thinking of You sentiment already stamped on it.
One more thing out of that UFO box!

I hope that it's OK that they're pretty much the same layout.

This is a wonderful idea for a challenge! It will encourage us to use a 
stamp or die at least twice before it's tucked away.

I have another feather waiting in the wings, but that will wait for another day.

See you over at the Twofer Challenge.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Elegant Script Background (Darkroom Door), Fun Birthday Sentiments (HLS)
Ink:   Sahara Sand, VersaMark
Paper:   Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede (SU), Rustic White (PTI)
Other:  Feather Die (wish), Gold EP (SU), Gold Twine (May Arts), Stately EF (CC)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps: Thinking of You (ALT)
Ink: Coastal Cabana (ret. SU)
Paper:  Neena, Mixed Media (ST), Brushed Gold (ret. SU), Mulberry (stash)
Other:  Feather Die (wish), Stately EF (CC), Inka Gold, Gold Twine (May Arts)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Snowflake Ribbon with Cling

Hello dear friends.

I've been having fun getting inky with cling wrap.

The background of this card was done using coated paper with 
Brusho crystals spritzed with water
and left to dry with wrinkled up cling wrap on top.

I die cut the Poppystamp Snowflake Ribbon and a frame from Glimmer Paper
and popped it on top.

I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment.

You can see the shine better here.

Another Christmas card for the stash.

and another for

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  A Better World (PB)
Ink:   Encore Silver
Paper:   Coated, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer (SU), Neena
Other:  Brusho Crystals (Ost. blue), Cling Wrap, Snowflake Ribbon Die (PS), Stitched Squares Dies (SSS), Silver EP