Thursday, July 15, 2021

The Flower Challenge #58

I'm joining The Flower Challenge #58 because the Coneflower Dies from Honeybee Stamps
arrived and I was anxious to put a flower together. 

The theme for the challenge is Add Spots or Stripes and I chose stripes so I could use
some patterned paper from a discontinued MFT pad.

Truthfully, I've never heard of a coneflower but thanks to Google and a few samples 
from the Honeybee DT and others on IG, I colored and assembled a bloom.
I fashioned a stem, because the die set doesn't come with one, and adhered the bloom
and leaves on a striped panel. I stamped the sentiment, then adhered the panel to a 
mini slimline card base.

I think I'll have to construct a few more coneflowers because mine reminds me 
of a droopy daisy. Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, June 21, 2021

It's a Good Day

Hello! I hope things are getting back to "normal" where you are.
When I saw the new Essentials by Ellen Abstract Sunset Die, I decided to do some
paper piecing using a patterned paper pad with earthy colors. How perfect is that?

It took a while to put together and because they're two sided sheets, keeping them
together was challenging. But I learned a bit of patience and managed to assemble a 
scene with almost all of the colors in the pad.
The sun was inlaid in the sky, and the card was finished off with the sentiment from
Good Day, another new product from the EBE release.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you're off to a great week!

Friday, June 18, 2021

Guesting on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog!

I had the honor of having my card for the Spring/Summer 2021 Coffee Lovers Hop
chosen as a Designer Pick by Helen. With that honor came the privilege of guesting
Here's a peek at my card. 

I'd love it if you visited the CLC blog for a full card reveal and while you're there, 
stay a while to peruse the awesome caffeinated projects.
Thanks, Amy, for the invite to guest with you! ☕


Monday, May 24, 2021

Memory Box Challenge -- Water

 The latest challenge theme at Memory Box is WATER. Have you noticed one of  the current
craft trends is all about marine life? I picked up a few ocean themed products and decided
to enter the challenge.

Here's my card.

I embossed white card stock with Memory Box Waves 3D Embossing Folder and
inked it in greens and blues. The jellyfish was colored with Zig markers and a
 I started assembling the card and it looked a little too ordinary so I embossed another
card panel with the Waves embossing folder and trimmed a portion of the colored panel
and adhered it to the card base. I popped up the jellyfish, added the sentiment, then 
finished off with some iridescent drops.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Essentials by Ellen Mod Floral Die

It's no secret that I LOVE dies. My die collection has nearly outgrown my stamps 
and I'm not complaining. In fact, I went out to get a bigger container!
Ellen Hutson's newest Essentials by Ellen Release has a Mod Floral Die that I
just HAD to have after seeing Kelly Griglione work her magic with it. I ordered it
on the day of the release and a few days later, it arrived in my mailbox. Yay!


 Then I pulled out my neglected Kuretake Zig markers and went to work.

 I wet the diecut piece with my water brush, then tapped color on with the Zig 
markers. I was planning to make two cards and painted two diecuts nearly 
identical and at the last minute, I layered them and I'm so glad that I did.

The sentiment is from the Mondo Tulips Stamp set which I'll play with when I 
have the time. But for now, I'll think of different color combos and play with
the Mod Floral die a teeny bit more.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 19, 2021

The Flower Challenge #55 -- Pretty Pastels

I'm entering a new to me challenge -- The Flower Challenge and their theme is Pretty Pastels

Here's my card using Altenew's Tulip 3D Embossing Folder. After embossing the image
I used their ink blending tool and applied color lightly on the blooms. Then I started
coloring the leaves.

At first glance, the coloring looks ok, but I have to confess that I dropped the ink blending tool
not once, but TWICE, as I was coloring the leaves. Here's a close up of the boo boo.
Luckily, the brush happened to fall near to the leaves. Twice.

I thought about tossing the panel but if you squint, it's not too bad. I trimmed the panel and 
adhered it to a gray card base. The sentiment was cut from gold card stock and the shadow 
was cut from vellum. I spattered the image with gold ink, then adhered the sentiment.
If I have time, I'll attempt a second card...and hold on tight to that blending tool.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
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I'm thrilled that my card was selected as an Honourable Mention! Thanks so much,
Flower Challenge!

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Inspired By Challenge -- Wrap Me Up in Spring

I made some time to join this week's Inspired by Challenge. I was totally inspired
by the flowers and used supplies from four stamp companies on my card.


This is the first time that I'm using Hero Arts' Watering Can Die. I'm not sure why
the watering can turned out the color that it did because I ink distressed white
card stock with Pumice Stone distress ink. Must be my Pic Monkey editing.

The tulips and fillers were cut from white card stock and colored with Copic 
markers. The can was grounded on a strip of diagonal striped paper and
finished off with the Penny Black sentiment.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Inspired by Challenge -- Spring into Color

For the latest Inspired by Challenge, I was totally inspired by team member Michele and
 her gorgeous take on the inspiration photo. Go on, click on the link and prepare to be blown away.

I decided to use Altenew's Crocus Layering Stamp and Die Set and Laurel's sketch for my card.


When I Googled crocus, I didn't see pretty red or pink crocuses. Mine look more like
tulips. I'm calling them fantasy flowers. I used Altenew inks--love that they come in sets
of three or four that makes life so much simpler. 

I cut them out with the matching dies and adhered them to a mini slimline card. I white
embossed the Penny Black sentiment, rounded off the top corner and called it done.
I think the crocus gods are frowning down on me. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 26, 2021

One Cup at a Time

I'm linking up one project to the Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop on the
very last day, just under the wire. Thank goodness for DST. I think I made it.
Here's my card, using a panel of stenciled flowers that wasn't perfect but
works out fine for a ceramic coffee cup.

I've been playing with layered stencils and Altenew's Hill Blossoms arrived 
together with their detailed blending brushes. I am super messy, no matter how
much I mask. So a smudged panel was cut with a Marianne Design mug die
and inked around the edges.

I ran a kraft card base through an old embossing folder for a bit of texture, and
remembered to stamp the sentiment before that for a better impression.
I trimmed the panel a bit to let the cup extend beyond the edges, then
popped up the mug.
Thanks to Amy, and her Coffee Crew for another successful hop! 

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Edited to add: My card was chosen as a Designer Pick by Helen!
Thank you so much!

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Waffle Flower March Challenge -- Greenery

I haven't been consistent about keeping up with Facebook, but I got an invitation to
participate in Waffle Flower's March Challenge with a Greenery theme.

I was going to pass but remembered that I bought their Spring Leaves Dies and with the
Peerless Watercolors that arrived, I decided to join the challenge.

I painted some watercolor paper with different colors of Peerless watercolors then
cut out the small leaf shape. The outline was cut from gold card stock then adhered
over the solid piece a little off center. 

I adhered them to a white card base then gold embossed the sentiment. I spattered
some gold ink and rounded off a bottom corner. Oh, and I "joojed" (a Laurafadora 
term) the top part of the outline leaves for a bit of dimension.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Inspired By Challenge -- Take a Number

I'm entering the latest Inspired By Challenge just under the wire.
Where did February go??

 Here's my take on the challenge theme.

This Penny Black die is one of my all time favorites and I thought it would work for 
the challenge. I die cut watercolor card stock and inked it with warm Distress inks
then spattered it with gold ink. A gold embossed sentiment finished off the card.

Ok, I'm off to enter the challenge. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Embossing Folder Pop!

Jennifer McGuire recently shared a technique using 3D embossing folders
and a sanding block that she called Embossing Folder Pop. Taking away color with
the sanding block lets the embossed images pop and appear to have highlights.

I remembered that I had some Stampin' Up sanding blocks so I inked a panel and
ran it through Altenew's Beautiful Bergenia embossing folder. Then I started
lightly sanding the raised areas on the panel. 

Either my sanding block is too old, or my hand is too heavy because too much
color was taken away. I ended up swiping the surface with a white pigment ink 
pad and I liked the results much better. A gold diecut "hello" finished off the card.

I'm determined to try this again, with my order of Altenew's newest 3D embossing 
folders on its way and a lighter hand at sanding.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, February 15, 2021

Simon Says Stamp Make a Slimline and Giveaway Winner!

The newest Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Make a Slimline.

I'm currently obsessed with 3D embossing folders and just received Memory Box
Blooming 3D folder. I planned to emboss a slimline panel twice to form a 
continuous design.

It took me several tries and this is the best result I could get. Don't look too
closely--I managed to cover up the "seam" with part of the sentiment. After
embossing the panel, I inked Altenew dye inks with their large blender
brushes and I must admit, they are AWESOME!! 

The flat surface of the brush is flat helps to keep the color on the raised parts
and very little ink goes on the rest of the background although I may have used
a heavy hand. 
I adhered the panel onto a light gray card base then diecut the sentiment from gold 
and white card stock and adhered them to the card. Sequins finished off the card.

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My apologies for the tardiness in announcing the winner of my recent
giveaway. has chosen Dee and Dee, I'll be contacting 
you sometime this week.

Thanks to all who entered the giveaway and/or joined the last

Friday, February 12, 2021

Altenew Creativity Inspired: Memorable Monograms

When Altenew's Creativity Inspired Contest popped up in my mailbox, I thought
I'd enter so that I could a) finally use their alpha dies that I've had for a while, and
b) crank out another Valentine card. 

I snuck in a bit of my favorite Altenew washi tape, too. Adhered it to white card stock
then cut out LOVE. I used a lined stamp and created a tone on tone plaid design
with Versamark ink on dark gray card stock. 

I die cut the "You" and inked it with pink dye ink, then adhered it over the O.
Some iridescent sequins finished off the card.

I'm not sure if my card fits the criteria for the contest but it was fun to make,
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, February 1, 2021

Inspired By Challenge--Tweet Messages

I'm joining the latest Inspired By Challenge after I saw the graphic and theme.

I was inspired by the cute little bluebird, perched on the branch. I happened to have 
several PTI birds on hand and chose this one for my project.
I decided on the layout, then stamped the sentiment before running the panel through 
Memory Box's Pinpoint Leaf Plate. I adhered a couple of branches and the bird on top.

Off to enter the card. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 29, 2021

Pinkfresh Studio January 2021 Challenge

This is a first for me--entering  a Pinkfresh Studio Challenge! Actually I'm working
in reverse. I made the card and saw the "Monthly Challenges" tab on the Pinkfresh 
Studio blog. Lo and behold, my card fits the month of August 2020 which was
FLORALS. Even the colors matched. Sorta.

Here's my slimline project.

I recently discovered Pinkfresh Studio's stamp and stencil sets after watching--who else?--
Jennifer McGuire demonstrate the layered stenciling and I was hooked. Sadly my Copics
are drying up and I'm too lazy to refill them so to have an alternative way of coloring
images was very enticing.

You can stamp the image, then use the stencil to fill in the outline, but I chose to just
stencil in the colors. So quick and easy! When it was time to die cut the image, I 
decided to stamp over the stenciling in gray ink so I could see the image better.

I used Pinkfresh Studio's Diagonal Stripe Stencil to add some light gray stripes on a 
stitched panel, then popped up the floral spray. A stamped sentiment and clear drops
finished off the card.

Have you tried layering stencils? Such a novel idea and a godsend for crafters
like me who are looking for alternative ways to color. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 21, 2021

CAS(E) this Sketch #405 -- The Last Sketch & A Giveaway!

Well, here it is. The very last CAS(E) this Sketch, and Chrissy made this one a
two weeker so you'll have time to enter several cards and play with us. Let's stretch 
out this last challenge as long as we can 😉
Sketch #405 happens to be a retro sketch from April 25, 2013. Sketch #25 was also 
my debut as a design team member so this post is a bittersweet one. 

Here's my take on it back then.

And here's the 2021 version.

I changed the orientation so the succulent pots would be upright. They were gold 
embossed and colored with Zig markers and a waterbrush. I adhered them on a strip
of patterned paper, then finished off with a gold embossed sentiment.

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To commemorate the last CAS(E) this Sketch, I'd like to have a little giveaway
of some duplicates that I've had in my crafty stash. Truthfully, I wish that I could send 
you all a little something for the visits you've made and the comments you left
over the past seven years.

Since I LOVE dies, I gathered five for my giveaway: 
  • Simon Says Stamp Thanks Frame
  • Memory Box Dreamy Butterfly
  • Memory Box Petite Umbrella
  • Frantic Stamper Large Hello
  • Frantic Stamper Quad Love 
To be eligible for the giveaway, just leave a comment here by Sunday, Feb 7th and I'll 
choose a winner and announce it a few days later. Easy peasy, right? And remember you 
have until Thursday, February 4th to share your card with us at CAS(E) this Sketch
Let's fill up the last gallery!
Special thanks to Chrissy, our fearless leader, for your patience and graciously
taking over the reins from Jackie Rockwell. You're the best! 

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Fusion Card Challenge -- COCOA

I'm joining the first Fusion Card Challenge of the new year!  

Here's my card. I played with both the sketch and the photo. I turned the sketch to a
landscape format, and picked up the plaid and mugs from the photo.

At first, the mug looked like it was filled with coffee, so I threw in some marshmallows for 
good measure.
Thanks for stopping by!
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Edited to add: My card was chosen as an Honorable Mention! Thank you, Fusion!