Thursday, March 2, 2017


There’s a lot of NBUS in my stash since Christmas time.  I won this set of stamps and dies at the vendor show in November and haven’t had a chance to use them yet.  With all the flower dies going around i think this must be right on trend.

I had fun making this and it started with the SMILE that was a leftover part from the tag i made. I used some DP from the Paper Studio called Denim and Jeans.  I was also able to use my Bokeh dies from Simon, another NBUS item and i opened my gold Nuovo drops, more NBUS.  Maybe i will add some more flowers to this.  two more down towards the bottom.  We’ll see how i feel about that tomrrow.  Thanks for stopping by.  This may be my last post for a bit as we have a two week vacation coming up soon. I plan to take some images and my Peerless water color papers with me.  Sit in a cabana by the pool and color the day away.


Tag it

IMG_8912 (699x800)Just to be clear, this  picture is taken on a blue piece of cardstock.  It is not mounted onto the blue.  This was fun to make and play with a bit of collage items.  I used multi medium gel to adhere the tissue paper and crumpled cardstock directly to a white card base.  Next i made the tag after coloring the flowers with distress inks and doing no line coloring.  I love my MFT sentiment dies and i popped some pink behind this to give it some “pow”.  I added a punched tag circle and twisted my twine around a thin stylus to make the twine curly.  The butterflies were sitting on my desk waiting to be used and so I did.

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I was doing some digging in my stash to find old DP paper to make some envies.  I found this blue and white flower piece of 12x12 and had to cut some off for my envie.  Of course if it’s a scrap and it’s laying there; i feel compelled to use it.

I found this great sentiment stamp from Stampablities and these cute little feet.  I knew right away what i wanted to create.  It came out even better than I had planned because i used that scrap of paper to give some added interest to the front of the card.  I took the rubber off the wooden stamp and cut the feet apart so i could stagger them like a person was walking.  I used Memory Box shadow ink for the footprints.

I’m playing in MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge and I made my own scalloped border with a rectangle die and a scalloped die laid inside it so i could get an even regtangle instead of trying to cut all the sides even. 

I used a Spellbinders border die for the curved edge.  Tim Holtz heart die.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

fun with emboss resist

I saw this technique on GKD videos and thought it would be fun to try with the new MFT Fancy Flowers set that is still new to me.

I used my MISTI to position the stamps and white embossed them.  Next step was to sponge with distress inks.  I wanted to play in the Wednesday Sketch Challenge for MFT and i added a frame over my sponged background.

I cut the butterfly out of a scrap of DP that i had hanging around.  Adding a bit of smooch liquid to it to give it some sparkle and it’s the perfect touch.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Birthday Gifts

Simon’s Monday challenge is Books.  Since i spend my time reading to my almost two year old twin grandsons, i chose Dr. Suess Happy Birthday to you , book. 

I used a generic background paper and an oldie but goodie embossing folder.  I left the paper in the folder and used a sander to give some character to the embossing.  I found these Sizzix birthday dies a long time ago and have never used them, so that was fun to use something “new”.  The ballons and strings are from Simon, I think.  or MFT.  not sure which.  Just plain cardstock but water colored and some white gel pen highlights added.  This was such a fun card to make.  The border die is MFT. 

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

loose water color

I’ve been wanting some of those flower stamps that look like the adult coloring book and MFT still had some of their Fancy Floral kits hanging around and i grabbed one.  I see they are now GONE!  It’s been fun playing.  I saw a card by Torico in the gallery and it was fun to try her idea.  However, i knew my skills in no way come close to hers and i decided to go for very loose no-line coloring.  (that’s my story and i’m sticking to it) LOL   I will keep practicing this technique and maybe some day in the far off future i could create a beauty such as hers. As for me, i like what i created, it’s vibrant, it’s different, and it’s mine!  I sprinkled some gold flecks onto the background with my very old liquid smooch.  It comes in a little bottle that looks like an elf hat.

I used Peerless water colors this time around.  the intensity is astounding. I think i’d like to try one in pinks.

Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Fancy Flowers

These large flowers from MFT are so fun to play with.  Easy to color.  I used the ink smooshing technique on this circle  with picked raspberry, twisted citron , mustard seed and pistachio.  I then went in and added a bit of detail with my distress markers.

We have an engagement party to attend this evening and i thought this whimsical flower would be the right little card for them. Something about black and white checked ribbon says SPRING to me on this day that we just got dumped on with four inches of snow and strong winds.

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge

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Cousin Cards

My cousin wanted me to make her some cards to give to her mom and dad.  She gave me some ideas of what her dad likes and asked me to re-create a card i had posted for her mom.  I have such wonderful memories of my sweet aunt and uncle from childhood days.  None of our parents had much in the way of material goods but there was a lot of love to go around in the family and that has bonded us yet today.

Here’s what I made for Uncle Johnny’s 90th birthday coming up.  Aurora sent me a verse for the inside that she had created and I typed it on some special watermark paper and cut it to size. 

Simon Says Transport Monday Challenge

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the details

SU retired images, MFT brick stencil with Ranger crackle paste, Paper Studio Spare Parts, MFT number dies

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


IMG_8901 (800x664) I have long wanted to use these MFT butterfly dies as embossing and these framed embossing folders never get used enough.  I recently purchased these curved Stampendous sentiments.  This one says, thoughts of you flutter by on the breeze.  I used glue dots in two sizes for my embellishments and sprinkled them with Art Impressions glitter for a soft embellishment.  The rounded corners helps keep the card soft.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

More KW inspiration

IMG_8900 (747x800)Here is the graded color wash of one solid color going from light to dark.  I stamped with MFT’s Wild Flowers set in Olive Green from SU and added a touch of white gel pen to a couple of spots.  White embossing on this sets off the greeting and a black and white bow that i always thinks look classy.  The sentiment is from Simon Says Wishing/Sending greetings set.

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

trying out water color stripes

Kristina Werner always inspires me.  She is a good teacher.  I was watching her video on how to get these water color stripes without getting mud.  I quite like how it turned out it’s not as smooth as hers and it’s not as easy as it looks but i still like the soft blending.  This is the first one i made.  I made another today but it’s too dark outside to photgraph it.  The one today has more brilliance to the stripes and the stripes are a bit more even .  I used two layers for each butterfly using the delicate die for both layers, one in white and one in blue.  I had thought to use the solid die for the bottom of the butterfly but i wanted that background to show through.  I’m loving my Nuovo drops.  (if you order on-line from JoAnn fabrics there is usually a 30% off coupon) I also added some of my clear acrylic sequins made with my MFT die. I used Memento ink on the flowers, just used my little dew drop ink pads and inked direct to the stamp. 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge
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Monday, February 20, 2017

D is for Dimension

I found this cute Stampendous penguin set and die on closeout sale at Michaels.  Too cute to leave there and he had to find a forever home with me.  This offering is for the ABC Christmas Challenge for February D is for dimension.  I used my MFT snowflakes and dies to create dimension and popped that little guy right up front.  I used an old old old SU tree stamp and fussy cut it to pop it onto the background.

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C is for Critters

I seem to be drawn to the ABC Christmas challenge as my favorite do ahead Christmas cards blog.  This month we have two challenges.  C and D  The C challenge is for critters and i got to use my sweet die that i purchased from Oscars Rubber Stamp vendor at the vendor show back in November.  This is a Memory Box die.  I made a back ground with a semi-gloss paper and variety distress inks with a bit of water spritz after the color was laid down.  I quite like how this turned out.  One more card ahead.   Feeling accomplished.  Smile  The sentiment die is from Whimsey. 

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