Saturday, May 14, 2022

The Flower Challenge #68 -- Use a Number

This month's challenge theme at The Flower Challenge #68 is to Use a Number.
Here's my card using the new Lovely Layers Peony Honey Cuts for the bloom, and
one of my favorite number dies--Penny Black's By the Numbers.


The numbers die was debossed into a white card stock top folding card and set
aside. The peony and leaves were diecut from white card stock then colored 
with inks. The flower was assembled and spattered with gold ink.

The bloom and leaves were adhered to the debossed panel and finished off with
the white embossed sentiment.

This was probably a lazy way of adding a number so I may redeem myself and
enter another card. Stay tuned, and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 8, 2022

The Flower Challenge 67 -- Add a Heart

I was about to mail a card to a friend who is recuperating from surgery, and happened
to see that the latest Flower Challenge was to Add a Heart. I decided to enter my card.
Can you spot the heart?

I embossed a panel with the new Sizzix Doily 3D Embossing Folder, then added the
Lovely Layers Tulip from Honey Bee Stamps. I finished off the card with the sentiment
from Pinkfresh Studio. 

Now do you see the heart? I'm not sure if this card will qualify for the challenge, 
but I'm sending it off with good wishes to my friend. Thanks for stopping by!

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Edited to add: My card was chosen as a Top Pick! Thank you, TFC!

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

The Flower Challenge 65 -- Occasions

This month's theme at  The Flower Challenge 65 is OCCASIONS.

I've been playing with Altenew's new Blobby Roses Stencil Bundle and thought I'd link up
to the challenge. Here's my entry for a birthday.

The stencil is full sized and you can use it as a background or cut out individual blossoms
with matching dies, which is what I did. I used Altenew inks and layered colors, then
cut out some blooms.

The panel is Concord & 9th's Stitched Stripe Card Front Die. The sentiment is a hybrid
using Yana's Layered Script Sentiments and MFT's (discontinued) Label Maker
Sentiments. Some sparkling sequins finished off the card.

I might link up a second card using the stencil "as is". Stay tuned! 
Thanks for stoppin' by.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #193 -- Love is in the Air

I'm linking up a project to Simon Says Stamp's Flickr Challenge #193 which is 
Love is in the Air. I used some older Simon Says Stamp products which, I'm happy to
report, are still available in their online store.

I stenciled in hearts from their Bursting Hearts Stencil in pinks and oranges on
watercolor card stock. After spritzing on some water, I let it dry and cut out a slimline
panel mainly because I didn't want to "waste" the heart background.

The sentiment was cut from white cardstock and gold for the shadow. After adhering
the sentiment to the panel, it was finished off with some Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

I can now chalk up my first Valentine card for the year--it may also be my only one 😆
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 7, 2022

The Flower Challenge 64 -- Monochrome

I'm entering this card in The Flower Challenge 64 --Monochrome


I kept it pretty simple with several shades of orange on The Stamp Market's
Ready to Bloom Die. I inked and die cut it twice, then layered them on a kraft
card base, popping up the second layer. I rounded off a corner and finished off 

Thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, January 2, 2022

So Thankful

Happy New Year! I am so in love with Papertrey Ink's Feathered Friends series
When I think back (way back!) my first pet was an olive green budgie, so birds 
were always a fave.
I recently acquired Feathered Friends 13 and I'm not familiar with what type of
bird he is, but I've turned him into a red breasted robin. Correct me if I'm wrong.
I assembled the bird after coloring him with inks and daubers. For the background
I used branches from Penny Black's Nestled set and I was going to color them but
decided to leave them white for an embossed look. 

 I finished off the card with a sentiment from a Spellbinders stamp set.

Here's wishing you a Happy 2022. I am so thankful for your visits here and
for your sweet comments too!

Monday, December 20, 2021

Believe in the Magic of Christmas

 I'm sharing my last holiday card for the year and a technique I learned from the
recent Online Card Class. Richard Breaks shared some amazing Aurora borealis skies
and I couldn't resist giving it a try. 

I started with a rather dark cardstock from my scrap pile and blended blues and
Distress Oxide inks for the glow. I spattered some stars, then added the glittery
"believe" and silver embossed the second part of the sentiment

I finished off the card with a star that came from a Hero Arts retro die set. I don't 
think it was intended to be a star but it worked for my card.

The sky passed the test with my husband when I asked him what the design was
supposed to be. Decades ago, he would travel to Alaska for his sales job and got to see
 the Aurora borealis in person o I was quite pleased with his answer.

I'd like to take this time to with you a very Merry Christmas and I hope Santa
brings you what you wish for! 

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas 2021


 I'm joining Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas 2021 and even made multiples (gasp!)
of a tag for Day 11 with the carol "O Christmas Tree".

I was inspired by Carissa Wiley's tag and colored my tree in ombré colors of peach.
I used an older, discontinued Geo Tree die for the first time and a sentiment from
another discontinued set, Home and Hearth

The gold branch? I wanted to ground the tree and found some branches so I colored them
with gold watercolors and adhered them to the base of the tree. A bit of twine finished off
the tags. 

I'm off to enter these. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Inspired by Challenge 199C -- Tweet Winter

I'm linking up another project to Inspired by Challenge because of the chubby guy
in the graphic. And I happen to have a flock of bird stamps and dies.
I used Laurel's simple sketch, too.

The bird and branches are Nestled from Penny Black. I tried to channel the amazing
Jill Foster to color the bird, but ended up ink blending him because the first two 
attempts were a watercolored mess. 
A band of color was blended per the sketch design and I adhered the bird and
branches and finished off with the sentiment from Hero Arts.
Hope your weekend is going well. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, December 6, 2021

Inspired by Challenge 198C -- Winter Love

Cutting it close with my entry to Inspired by Challenge 198C -- Winter Love.
 I was inspired by the graphic and Laurel's sketch.


Here's my card. A pretty literal take on the simple sketch.

 The background was debossed with Altenew's Dotted Swirls plate to mimic the
rising steam. I chose an non-caffeinated sentiment from Gina K Designs and adhered 
the panel to some plaid patterned paper from The Stamp Market. I happened to have 
a pack of heart confetti on my desk and chose three white ones to finish off the card.
Ok, off to link up this card so I won't be late again! Thanks for stopping by!
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Thrilled to have my card given the Honorable Mention honor! 
Thank you to the IB team!