Saturday, May 19, 2018

catching up with Christmas 2

My plan has been to make double cards for each of the challenges.  I did seven cards today while i was playing catch up for the ABC Christmas Challenge.  Yep, I forgot to make one of them double and had all my stamps cleaned and put away before I remembered.  Here is second card for the current challenge K is for keep it simple. Yes, the whites are off but I had to open a new pack of cardstock and the dye lot had a little bit of ivory to it.  It says white on the pack but it looks ivory to me.  sigh.  it’s going to be sent as is anyway.  Most people won’t notice.  LOL

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catching up with Christmas

Today was a free day.  I thought I would be making spring cards but i have made lots of flowery cards lately and I had a note on my desk to catch up with the ABC Christmas Challenge.  I was behind.  I haven’t posted many to the site but I have been playing along in the challenges.  Heres the ones i did for H is for Hat, I is for ice, and then the current challenge of J is for joy.

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Unity Feathers

Ahhh…stamping time.  I have been surrounded by people since May 1.  Friend Angie sent me this sweet itty bitty Unity stamp and I could hardly wait to play with it.  She sent to another friend also and the three of us each created 2 cards to showcase to one another to give ideas how to maximize one stamp.  It was such a fun thing to do and so interesting to see what others come up with with the same image. the Thank you card is inlaid with the pink Thanks.  such a cool technique for mailing. I used foam tape to mount the front panel.  I will definitely be using their ideas also.

I actually made three as one is a thank you for her to receive for sending such sweetness.  Now, usually she doesn’t read my blog each post, and maybe I will get away with posting it here and she won’t read it until after she receives her card.   Since this is a thank you post, I will include the card I made using the stamp that friend JoAnn sent me.  A sweet little hydrangea set by recollections.  

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One stencil 3 ways #3

Both the Simon Says Challenges this week are for using a stencil.  I watched Vicky Papaioannou’s video on her blog.  One stencil three ways and decided to CASE her techniques. 

Here is my third one using Paper Plus Sheer Gold Glaze and Heidi Swapp mask stencil. It wasn’t as clean of lines as i had hoped for but i didn’t use adhesive to hold down the mask.  I still like the organic look of it.  I loved the outcome.  Thanks for stopping by.  Your comments are always encouraging to read. Showing all three, entering the large one.

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One stencil 3 ways #2

Here is my second entry for the Simon Monday Challenge. I used the same Heidi Swapp mask stencil and her color shine sprays.  I loved the outcome. 

Both the Simon Says Challenges this week are for using a stencil.  I watched Vicky Papaioannou’s video on her blog.  One stencil three ways and decided to CASE her techniques. Showing all three.  Entereing the large one.    Thanks for stopping by.  Your comments are always encouraging to read.

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One Stencil 3 ways # 1

Both the Simon Says Challenges this week are for using a stencil.  I watched Vicky Papaioannou’s video on her blog.  One stencil three ways and decided to CASE her techniques. 

Here is my first one using distress inks and Heidi Swapp mask stencil.  I loved the outcome.  Thanks for stopping by.  Your comments are always encouraging to read.  I love Nuvo drops.  Showing all three, entering the large one.

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Friday, April 20, 2018


sometimes a little doodling can be fun.   Simon’s monday challenge is to doodle a little or a lot.  i’m so not into zentangle so my doodling is in the form a few lines scratched on the outside edge.  Thanks for coming by.


Lets sparkle

It’s a challenge to get back into the challenges.  Smile  Just taking the time to visit blogs seems like a big step after not feeling well for far too long.  I was inspired by the Altenew blog hop though and then that let me peek at the Simon challenge again.  Here’s my entry for the Wednesday Challenge at Simon.  This was a very challenging card to make and happened quite by accident but I love the shimmer of the glitter pressed onto a die cut run through with Sukwoong adhesive paper.  Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, April 19, 2018

MFT Fancy Flowers sketch

Wow, it’s been over a month since I blog posted.  Life does that to a person.  I have made a few cards and have been loading them to FB and IG.  I almost forgot how to get into this blog.  Goodness

It’s remedied today with this card made for the My Favortie Things Sketch Challenge this week.  #MFTWSC381

All products used are from MFT except the Prisma Colors  and Nuvo drops. I used the border dies to create the cross stitch look around the edges, you know, just to be all on trend  and such.  the top panel is popped up with fun foam for dimension.

An all around fun card.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

the world of sharing

i love the stamping world that shares so much.  I especially appreciate those who take the time to put detailed videos up.  Vicky papaioannou is one of my favorite people to watch.  Here’s a link to the video she did using one stencil five ways.  This looked like such a fun project I grabbed my Hero Arts stencil, pastes, sponges, inks and CASED her projects.  I didn’t copy them exactly but I was glad for the ideas she gave for using these beautiful stencils.  I have lots of stencils and I forget to use them.  Watch for some cards coming up using my metal stencils.  I think I still have a light box somewhere.  I made six cards with this stencil and they all look different.  I was surprised how well the Kraft fit in with this elegant design.

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With Love

A sentiment like this can be pretty generic.  It can be used for Valentines day, sent to a good friend, an anniversary card, get well….you can’t go wrong with love.

Simon’s Wednesday Challenge is to be feminine and this sweet fairy fits the bill completely. Still using the same Hero Arts stencil I used only half of it and covered it with Ranger Antique Gold embossing paste.  I had no idea what I was going to do with it but this simple card just fell together.  Love it when that happens.  When I first placed the fairy on it looked okay but a bit plain.  I masked off the gold part and used Heidi Swapp gold glimmer spray ink and some black marble spray by Ranger to add drops of contrast color to the white portion.  Just the touch it needed.  Thanks for stopping by.  I mean it.  Hero Arts sentiment and MFT sentiment banner.

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When I’ve been away from stamping for too long Inspiration challenges are just the kick I need.  It was fun to see this Inspiration Challenge up on Simon’s Monday Challenge.

I chose the colored eggs as my inspiration.  I always enjoyed coloring eggs with my kids when they were small.  They like to draw on them with a white crayon and watch the resist technique take place when they dipped them in the colored water.

I used emboss resist and distress inks with a stencil from Hero Arts.  I used Oxide inks to color the back ground and sponge the edges.  Some water flicks, some glittery spray ink flicks and an inlaid sentiment gave me this very pretty creation.  The sentiment was just begging for some wink of stella and I said Yes, that’s just what you need.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

SSS with layers

Participating in challenges is a great way to get mojo flowing.  Simon Says Layer it up.  I love these new Gina K Design stamps from her kit.  I had a scrap of the music vellum left and it seemed perfect for this sympathy card.  I use Kristina Werners die sold at Simon Says.  I love her beautiful font.  The rose was so simple to color by just wetting the petals with a brush and then adding a tiny bit of Picked Raspberry distress ink from a cube smooshed onto an acrylic block. Dropped in with a small brush.  Loving my Nuvo drops.

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MFT Sketch fun

It’s been challenging to stamp with limited supplies. Do you want to know what my MUST HAVE supplies were?  I looked at my dies and I have several of the blue prints dies and those along with the MFT frame dies with various stitched edges have given me lots of variety. 
This card uses MFT stitched circles and also one of the newer sentiment dies which i love.  I loved this week’s MFT Sketch Challenge

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

It's Tag Day

Playing along with Simon’s Monday Challenge and my limited supplies. I found another clothing tag to transform into a card tag.  It’s kind of fun as the tags are all different shapes and sizes.  Some, I use their designs and some I need to cover.  I just measure the tag, find a scrap to resize to the tag, adhere and voila’! I have a new tag.  I had a scrap of a previously embossed card front left and I think this just turned out ever so cute. with the little stamped flowers behind the fence. I used my MFT blueprints to cut out the patterened paper panel.  (say that 3 x real fast)  LOL 

TAG- You're It

Stamping space and time has been at a premium here in our small Texas Condo.  It has been a challenge to create with limited supplies.  I went shopping and saved the cute sized tags off the clothing i bought and repurposed them into some cards here is one for Simon’s Monday Challenge this week.
 I chose a Spellbinders embossing folder that i just purchased to mimic the design on the tag.  I simply added some pops of green to make it stand out. It truly is challenging to work with just a few supplies and Clean and Simple seems to be the easiest.

MFT blueprints came with me and the button is from there.  die cut out of some packing material for dimension and glued the green die cut on top. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Ice, Ice, Baby

Simon’s Monday Inspiration Challenge is about ICE. These Frosty snowflakes look like they are sitting on vellum but it’s actually the back side of the die covered with pigment ink before being embossed with the Big Shot.  Jennifer McQuire did a video how to right HERE.

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Penguin Present

Stamping time has been few and far between.  Good thing I had my holiday cards all made this year.  I hope to do that again for next year.  This time of year just is so busy from September on for us.  Do any of you make your cards ahead.  I had 47 cards made and that covered my entire list.  WHEW!

This one I am making for next year’s batch.  It is for the MFT Sketch Challenge.

This is the first entry in forever that I didn’t have the right stamp to use from MFT.  Sad smile  But i love the layout and always look for ways to use my big speak bubbles that IS an MFT die.

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