Thursday, July 18, 2013


Dream Weaver stencils is having an anything to do with Summer challenge.  I chose flowers.  I love looking out my windows and seeing flowers instead of snow. This is a Dream Weaver stencil I have been wanting to use.  This whole card got a bit messy on me and I will have to try to fix it somehow but it is what it is b/c that challenge ends in four hours and it’s almost bed time for me.

I ran the stencil through my cuttlebug and then used markers and an aqua pen to paint it.  The rest was just a challenge to get it to work, you know how that goes sometimes?  This was one of those cards.  All in all I am okay with it but next time I would not emboss the back of the flower panel to try and make it stand out.   sigh. IMG_2587

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

green again

Well that was such a fun card to make I had to make another similar one and since I didn’t want to cut into a “clean” piece of the frame paper I looked at the inside of the frame I had just cut and decided to use that.  That’s what I love about stamping, you can use, all the same ingredients and come up with a whole different look.  For both cards I sponged the cloud background behind the bird by using a little scallop die cut that didn’t cut correctly.

Second entry into the Monday Green Challenge at Simon Says 


Monday, July 15, 2013

Going Green

Simon Says is having a “green” week.  I chose the Green of using up cycled materials.  My chipboard frame and canvas are up cycled packaging materials.  My bow is even a very very thin piece of cardstock that I trimmed off something yesterday.  It came off all curly and I thought this would make a cute bow.  It did.  It looks like twine. The rest of the card pieces are scraps.  Before I throw away a scrap I check to see if I can make a die cut banner out of it or a butterfly punch or heart or if I can use it to paper piece something, like this bird.   I put those pieces all in bags and go to them when I need embellishments.  I love to stamp GREEN.

Stamp is Mark’s Finest Papers May Release Marsh Birds.  Inside says:  From one old bird to another.  With a bird stamped beside the sentiment. 

This turned out so cute I am going to make another right now for a friend whose 60th birthday party we will be going to on Friday.  (she’s just a youngster, three years behind me. )  Open-mouthed smile Birthday cake


Flourishes Black and White

It has been FOREVER since I did an all black and white card.   Since Flourishes threw out the challenge, and well, there is a prize involved, I thought I would throw my hat into the ring.  I don’t have any Flourishes images and I would like to remedy that.  Thanks for the chance.  The dies are from MFT and spellbinders mat frames.


More Mixed Media

I was so inspired by friend Angie to try the Gesso as a new technique and enter another card into the Mixed Media Color Challenge  I LOVE the way this card turned out.  It will be for my daughters birthday as she loves all things from the sea.  The whale is a stamp from Door County Rubber Stamps
Media Used:  Gesso, Memories Spray Mist in Eau de Pansy, Pearl Ex powder gold pigment, Tim Holtz Distress inks.  This is a 5 x 7 card.  I am posting two pictures as I am hoping one of them will show the beautiful sparkle of the gold pearl ex.


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Mixed Media

My friend Angie told me about the mixed media challengeIMG_2525.   She does such gorgeous work with mixed media so I am sticking my little toe in. 

My first submission has:

Versa mark stamped bamboo background

You can’t see it on the picture but the image is misted with a golden mist to give it a soft summery glow.

Well it’s a beginning isn’t it? Smile  It is also a color challenge.


That reminds me of Kool and the Gang.  LOL  those were the days of good songs, eh?  Yumi Fumi are having a celebrate any day challenge.  Thought I would join them with this great digi image of Cowboy Luka.  Also entered into La La Lands Christmas in July challenge.  He’s a cutie, isn’t he.  I thought the embossed green paper looked a bit like abstract pine trees?  Can you see it?  I used water color pencils but realized too late that I was trying to blend on super smooth paper, next time I will use water color paper.  You can tell I have been on vacation. Smile


Saturday, July 13, 2013



The Wed challenge at Simon Says Stamps is PIN IT.  I got this wonderful May 2012 kit from Simon as a gift in a drawing and I couldn’t wait to dig in and use it.  I used a Recolletions paper clip from Michaels and colored it with copics to make the heart blue. The little button has been in my stash for about ten years.  Everything but the pin, button, and blue cardstock, came from the kit. There is a TON of stuff in there. so fun.  all kinds of transparencies which I have never seen or used before.  The star and the banner across the bottom are transparencies.  kind of a “see through” look and a bit like vellum but easier to use and sturdier.

Yumi and fumi

Yumi and Fumi are celebrating their one year birthday.  Follow the link to join the fun!  I couldnt get the badge picture to post with my ipad.