Saturday, July 15, 2017

O is for Old

This is one of my favorite old stamps.  I’ve had it about four years I think and i just love the peaceful feeling it gives me.  It’s also an “old” image with that parchment paper look to it.  I stamped with versafine and embossed with a mixture i have made up of detail black embossing powder and clear.  It gives a really nice look and covers better than detail black alone.  Water colored with pan colors and a water brush.  I added my own home made snowflakes in the corners with Nuvo Drops in Silver Lining.  ABC Christmas Challenge

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N is for New

Still keeping up with ABC Christmas Challenge.   N is for new and after the challenge we had a bit ago to use a jingle bell, well, i found out i didn’t have a jingle bell in my stash.  I remedied that when Casual Friday had a sale on a sweet set with a die included.  SCORE!  The die cut bell and image are my NEW things for this challenge.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

unusual design

MFT sketch 341 this week was a bit unusual.  This card took on a life of it’s own as i was intending to use the little fairy on this sketch.  Ah well, sometimes that just happens.  Using the Wild Flowers set seemed the perfect image for the square with the papers I had chosen.  Using MFT images and dies except for the sentiment label. (spellbinders)

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

More TCP

The Cat’s Pajamas stamps are so cute i wondered why i don’t use them more.  Then I realize that I only have four sets and two of those are summer only.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Here’s the other summer set.  I CASED this layout from Jo’s card that she entered as a DT member at Simon.  I thought her layout was so cute.  I still couldn’t get the hang of that partial die cutting.  I had to glue some cardstock pieces on the back so it looks like it’s supposed to.  (there’s always a way to fix it, eh? )  Open-mouthed smile

Simon’s Wednesday Plaid Challenge
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it’s ice cream time

Are you doing your part to keep the cows happy?  I love ice cream.  Here in the dairy land of Wisconsin there are ice cream shops EVERYWHERE.  Some are open all year long.  Winter weather doesn’t seem to be a factor in diminishing the amount of ice cream served in our state.

Thought it was time to play with my Cat’s Pajamas and once again try that partial die cutting technique.  I still didn’t get it completly right but close and i was able to cover up my mistakes.

Simon’s Wednesday Challenge is to use Plaid.

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Oxide Inks

I caved!  Had to try the oxide inks!  Are they the rave others seem to think?  Well, I don’t know about that.  They are fun to play with and I’ll try some other techniques but truth be told, at this point, i think i could have lived without them.  Will have to google some ways to use them. For this card, i used the oxides direct to paper.  I have the first batch of inks that came out and only eight of the colors, not all twelve.  I then took this stencil stamp that i always have trouble with.  Too big of spaces to work easily with.  The bird always comes up and product seeps under weather it’s inks or pastes.  Anyway, I thought I would try it.  I spritzed water onto the stencil and then pressed it onto the  water color paper with the oxide inks.  It didn’t turn out so well but i did love the way the leaves turned out by removing the color around them.  I dried the stencil and laid it back down and used a light touch with the oxide inks to give it a bit more definition.  I then spritzed the  entire piece with water.  Now, I love the soft look of it.  It’s going to a good elderly friend that is in her last months of life.  She’s a sweet soul and has chosen not to do any treatments for the cancer that has invaded her body once again.  Thanks for coming by. I always appreciate the visitors.

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Monday, July 10, 2017


Simon’s Wednesday challenge this week is Sunshine and also to use Simon stamps if we had them.  This little set called Circle Friends hasn’t gotten much use and it felt the perfect time to use it.

With the striped circle looking like a sun and such a sweet little bear and sentiment in that set this turned out “oh so cute.” I stamped the bear twice on water color paper and cut him out and popped up the top layer. He’s got a bit of glossy accents on his eyes and nose.

I used the Simon Sunshine die and cut it twice.  Once in black for a teeny little shadow and then in white.  I sponged three distress inks on for an ombre look and took that look over to the hearts to tie it together.  The top panel is embossed with a Taylored Expressions folder called Weathered.

It was fun to play with some sunshine because here in the northern highlands of Wisconsin we haven’t seen very much of that yellow orb.  A week of clouds and rain is predicted. Please send sunshine our way, if you would.  Thanks so much.

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Red White & Blue 2017

Some classic colors adorned the MFT color challenge this month.  I couldn’t let the month go by without a patriotic colored creation.

Using my Blueprints 5 and one of the sketches that i modified this came together pretty quickly.  The sentiment is from MFT flamingo set.

It’s simple and perfect for busy summer days.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

just one more

Another stenciled back panel.  This time I used MFT’s bricks and ran that stencil through the Big Shot and used Pumice Stone distress ink to add a bit of shading to the stenciled marks.

I did want to try that yellow and gray theme.  Since i didn’t want to fussy cut another flower and leaves out I grabbed my MFT scroll and leaf die and added those.  That corner looked a little bare and a couple of MFT blueprint banners worked out nice, cut from scraps.

Simon Says Monday Challenge

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Non-traditional color

Still playing with my Altenew.  I think i am in love.  I used a Crafting Workshop stencil and ran it through my Big Shot for some dry embossing and then i used ink to sponge through the stencil.  Double Embossed.  Such a pretty look.  Next i stamped my Altenew Painted Rose three times in two different color combos and fussy cut them and the leaves (my dies are coming)  I wasn’t sure i would like the look of the gray roses but i felt compelled to try it.  I do love the look with the pink and it would look good with a soft yellow also I’m thinking.  or yellow roses on a gray embossed background.  Maybe that will be my next one.  Thanks for stopping by.

Simon Says Monday Challenge

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

more stencil fun

Another card for the Simon Monday Challenge. For this one I used a card from Yoonson Hur as my inspiration.  I wanted to make it a bit different from hers and I used my Altenew stencil that was just released and also a Tim Holtz stencil over that.  The Altenew flower is stamped in three colors.  Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amber.  The leaves were various greens from Altenew Crisp Inks which i love love love.  The sentiment is from Simon; a Kristina Werner stamp set.  I used some My Mind’s Eye enamel dots for embellishment.  I love how simple it is to create a beautiful card with the Altenew stamps.

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How fun

Simon’s Monday Challenge is using Stencils.  I love my stencils.  This time though I took my little doily die from Top Dog dies and used it as a stencil. 

I used some matte embossing paste to smear over the die cut.  Let it dry and then inked up the little images with some very light handed peacock feathers distress ink. 

I had seen Vicky P do that on a recent video and thought the intricate little edges were so sweet.  Something that sweet needed this unused Door County Kids stamp to go with it. I added some dots for movement with my favorite Judith stamp stick and the sentiment is from Unity.  I smeared the bottom with a bit of ink and that is why I cut the little piece and put it over the word Friend.  I kind of like the look though.

A little bit of patriotic colors added and I think it turned out so adorable.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Free Altenew

It’s always fun to win.  I won a $30 gift certificate to Altenew.  I’m so glad because I was wanting this Ranunculus stamp and die and it was so fun to get it for almost free. It stamps beautifully.  I guess in real life this flower can be any color at all.  I started out with pink but watch for it coming soon in many other colors and designs.  It’s HUGE though and I’m going to have to put my thinking cap on for ways to use it.

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MFT Sketch 338

Would someone please send us some nice weather?  It surely doesn’t seem like summer in the northern highlands ofWisconsin.  It’s typical I guess.  I just never get used to it.  One nice day and followed with 3-4 days of cold, wet, windy.  It makes for good stamping time though.  Can’t enjoy much else and i am very glad for my craft room.

I’m running out of ideas though with so much stamping time coming my way.  The MFT Sketch Challenge is always a fun event.  I turned my card into a square because I have been wanting to use these notebook paper edge dies.

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M is for More than one

This little duo of singers is the cutest stamp to me.  It’s a Prickley Pear rubber stamp.  It’s not what i had in mind when i started this card but it ended up okay.  Before I mail it out i will probably go back in and put an outline around the children.  They will stand out more.  I have put them in their home already now and I will have to do that when I pull the stack out again the next time.  Don’t you love their little cotton ball pom poms?

ABC Christmas Challenge M

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L is for LOVE

At ABC Christmas Challenge L is for LOVE.  The greates love of all in my opinion is that of our Lord coming to this earth. 

I used two different stamps for this depcition.  I masked and inked a partial wooden stamp of the wise ment and then the manger stamp is a Unitiy stamp.  I made this background the other day and when I decided to use the manger set this piece of water coloring seemed the best choice .

THanks for stopping by.  I’m so excited to have 40 Christmas cards stamped inside and out ready for the season.  Thanks peeps over at ABC for the inspirational push.

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