Thursday, October 30, 2014

Stamp 357 Dragon Fly

The MFT sketch took shape this week with a panel that I created by sopping up the spray I did on the MFT Swiss Dots stencil.  For the sketch I just cut it in three pieces.
I colored my dragon fly with distress markers and a water brush.  The scallop border is from MFT Blueprints #6
Did you know you can make your own glitter spray with a bit of ink, alcohol and radiant pearls?  They come in liquid or powders.  I had both.  I never really used them and this is a great way to use them up.  That’s what I sprayed my stencil with and then this sopped up all that glittery goodness.

I am also entering this in Simon Says Anything Goes
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Stamp Shoppe

What a fun day stamping with friends at The Stamp Shoppe. 


How would you like to spend a day with all that goodness surrounding you. So fun to stamp with any goodies you wanted to make things work. 

We had a nice salad for lunch and stamped from 10:30 –3:00.  We chatted a lot and laughed together and learned some new things.  It was so much fun. Thank you, Joann for having us in.  If you ever are in the Wausau area you MUST visit the Stamp Shoppe.  There are so many cards around for inspiration that it just makes you want to buy everything.  tee-hee. 

Here’s the three cards I finished today.  I brought some images home to work with too.  So Much Fun. Love those edgeabilities from spellbinders on the card on the right.

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Stampin’ Up #356

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I would say the majority of my stamps are Stampin’ Up and I haven’t purchased from them in YEARS.  Lots of their stamps are still very much “in” with current themes.  I think the trends are coming around again. 

To make this old stamp look new, I used My Favorite Things Blueprints 15 and used one of the layouts they provided.  I mounted it on Kraft to be able to enter the Simon Says  Wednesday Challenge to use KRAFT.

Stamps 353,354, 355 SU Fishes

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I had so much fun with this back ground.  I swiped Mowed Lawn, spiced marmalade, and salty ocean onto my craft mat.  Spritzed with water, spritzed the water color paper with water and pressed and dragged it though the paint on the craft mat.  I spritzed some more water on it after I dried it with a heat gun. 

I cut a little square with spell binders die to add up in the corner for the sentiment. 

The bottom strip was what I had trimmed off and I sprayed that craft mat some more and dragged the strip through it.  Then I mixed some translucent paste and glitter together and stenciled that onto the strip.  I stamped those cute fishies and added sequins for bubbles and sat back and said…..awwwwww.  Open-mouthed smile Thumbs up

Stamps #353

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Door County Rubber Stamps, Another one of my favorite company’s.  And I am so excited because this weekend I am going to a Fall Festival Three day Work Shop over there and it will be a TON of fun.  I am registered to take part in eight classes and we are going to have a Spooktacular party on Friday night.  All taking place at a fancy resort hotel.  I’m so excited.

Anyhow, back to the card.  I stamped this beautiful whale image in metallic blue and embossed it with shiny clear embossing powder.  I let the background paper carry the design with what looks like waves to me.  To give a little balance to the large circle on top I added the heavier looking black circle rain drops to the bottom.  (more of that goodwill stuff I purchased for ten cents or some such bargain pricing.)  I bought lots of them at that price. 

Trying a new Technique

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So I’ve never tried this technique before and didn’t really enjoy it.  Maybe if I would have had a new pencil with a brand new eraser the dots would have stamped better.  I like the end result of the card with that wonderful organza ribbon from SU.  I think they do have THE BEST organza ribbons on the market.  (I have never been affiliated with them in any way besides a customer)  I just love some of their supplies.

I also tried the “faux” inlay technique.  I cut an oval into the layer I was going to use as my top piece and then cute all three of the oval pieces at the same time through the Big Shot.  Then piece them into the hole that was cut into that top layer.  I rather like the look but it seemed the ovals stretched a bit and I had a difficult time getting them to lay completely flat into the oval cut.  But I rather like the look of it.

This was a Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps Snow Flake die.

GKD Stamp 352

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Simple Christmas card for the GKD Monday challenge last week.  Once again, I LOVE how crisp and clean her rubber images stamp.  Both these stamps were in a grab bag that I won from her.  When you win the Monday challenges at StampTV they give you a wonderful little mini kit with papers and lots of stamps and ribbons, all kinds of goodies.  So fun to play in the challenges there with that kind of winning potential. 

I used a brush of acrylic paint over the sentiment because it looked so WHITE and kind of boring and that just lit things right up.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Hummers #348,349, 350,351

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Using some techniques in the challenges posted for HYCCT.  The top one is stamped on tissue paper.  I used a spray adhesive on the card stock and carefully pressed the stamped and colored tissue paper over it and trimmed it.  I used a corner punch on two corners to give some movement to the card.

The flowers in the second set are part of the set of the first humming bird.  A friend gifted me with that wreath and I love the way it looks on this embossed resist semi glossy card stock.  I used markers direct to the stamp for the pretty hummingbird colors.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

show me some love

Another HYCCT card.  No sentiments allowed but let the card say “I Love You”  I used the MFT sketch 199 to showcase this.  I added glossy accents to the top heart and popped up the double heart dies on dimensionals.  Turned the crown banner upside down and I loved the look of it. It went together faster than I thought.  I have been wanting to do an “inchies” card so this was the perfect sketch. IMG_6774 (797x1024)

Just playing around

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MFT color challenge for this month was a fun one.  I decided to use that same trick and pick out the colors from my scraps and then see what I could create from that.  I love how this one turned out.  All elements are MFT.  That dark piece is a HOT FUDGE card stock but it looks kind of black on here.  Aren’t their images so very cute?

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Smooshed @ SCS Stamps #346 & 347

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The idea was to take two pieces glossy cardstock, drop reinkers The idea was to take two pieces glossy cardstock, drop reinkers on one side and smoosh them together to make a unique background.  I thought it looked rather like a jungle pattern and I’ve been wanting to play with these little die cuts from sizzix.  They make the sweetest animals when used with different designer papers.  I thought I would hang that fun monkey up in the corner for a bit of fun.  I stampled that Bamboo background from an old SU large back ground stamp.  I still use it a lot. 

The second card is similar for the background but I added a bit of spritzing with a toothbrush and some more of that lilac re-inker.  These re-inkers were from SU.  I only have a couple of these on hand.  I’m glad I never really went overboard purchasing them.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Simon Says color challenge Stamp 345 Prickley Pear

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Simon Says Stamp has a Wednesday color Challenge   I did that trick again….picked out all the colors from my scraps and then decided what to stamp and which pieces would be used for what.  These images are from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps, the die cut sentiment is from Cheery Lynn and the little tag is MFT die with a MFP sentiment stamp on it.  I used MFT for the zig zag strip too.   Really had fun with this one. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Using Stencils

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This sun ray stencil from MFT intrigued me from the first time I saw it.  I wanted to give this card a bit of a distressed look with the Kraft paper and Stencil Paste from Dream Weavers.  I smeared it on and then roughed it up a bit with my palette knife. 

I used the MFT curved die to cut right around that sentiment.  That sentiment is on a wooden block so there was no way to stamp it but like this.  I was glad I had the die to use this way.  I covered up the glue on the vellum with my strategically placed tabs.   All in all I liked the effect.  But it took me a long time to make this card.  I just couldn’t get it to come together the way I wanted. 

I like what someone said, just wait and look at it a couple of days later and then you usually like it better.

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Stamp 344 Z is for Zebra

I think I have only used this stamp once.  There was a time when African animals were all the rage and I think I picked this up at a rummage.  I have an elephant stamp too.   Hardly EVER gets used and yet I love the way this turned out.  I used a Cheery Lynn background die white on black to really make this couple stand out.  They are stamped on a MFT Blueprints 16 die cut.   Anyhoo—it was simple to make and I like the effect.  The sentiment panel could be any color.  Sentiment is from Door County Rubber Stamps.  Another HYCCT card.   I did the piercing along the edge with a little Cuttle Bug tool.

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Sometimes challenges make you do strange things. Stamps 342-343

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I won this stamp set from Mark’s Finest Papers in a drawing and never really thought I would use it but it’s surprising how many times I have pulled it out.  This is for the HYCCT challenge and I like to make cards that the moms going through treatment can give to their kids or grand kids.  The challenge was to BIND your card instead of folding it.  Hold it together with “something”  I chose staples.  I gave the alien a googly eye for added fun.   Stamps 342, 343

The sentiment is done in puffy embossing powder.


Stamp # 340 & 341 SU

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Digging into a really old set of SU that I purchased at a rummage sale.  Never have used this one before.  oh, but it stamped so sweetly in the orange and pink.  The little center its it’s own stamp.  And what do you think, I found this ribbon in the $1.00 bin at Target and it was the perfect add on for this card.  I took that top orange piece and cut it with my MFT curved die and then used just the top portion of a Christmas embossing folder to give it a bit of interest.  The back ground is water color paper and stencil.  It was a mop up of some stenciling I had done on my craft mat and I can’t bear to waste good distress inks.

Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps has this ever so sweet scalloped circle die.  I use it a lot.


No stamps

My wonderful young friend Paula hostessed a NO STAMP challenge for HYCCT over on SplitCoast Stampers.  I love my Top Dog Dies and this just popped into my head.  I was so pleased to find this wonderful Designer Paper in one of my little 6x6 packs.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stamp 336 Stampin Up

I must confess, when I was working with this set from SU, I never thought I would use this stamp.  I have used the other images on different occasions but for some reason this one just sat there crying, “pick me, pick me”.  Yet every time I reached over it.  I was thinking INSIDE the box.  Open the box, and voila`  The PERFECT border stamp for this small tag and the gusty winds of autumn.  Now we are both happy and that entire set has been used and the stamp gets it’s little green mark, that’s how I tell if I used them during this journey.   Tell me, don’t you think it’s perfect?  (faux stitching, I know it looks real)   OH, and talk about fun!  I used my MFT sequins dies to cut out some clear sequins from some packaging material.  Had to run it through twice and put a bit a a shim with it along with my metal plate but it works.  Don’t’ they add just the right touch?   Thanks for stopping by.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Already Been Used but this was the first thing that came to mind for my friend Joyce’s challenge over on Split Coast.  The theme was  “somethings missing”

I really do like this fairy image and I get to use sparkle which makes it even more fun.

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Stamp 335 Stampendous

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This stampendous image is so adorable.  She has been in my collection for years and years.  One of the first stamps I purchased.  I always enjoy using her and it’s fun to make her all warm and fuzzy with Fun Flock.  Remember that stuff?  so fun to re-visit old tools.  These snow flake brads have been hanging around for a long while too.  I colored these with copic markers to help them blend in a bit better than the stark white they are.

I am entering this in Simons Challenge O stands for….O stands for OLD in my creation.  Old supplies, Old techniques, Old sketch

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Stamp 334 Door County Rubber Stamps

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Oscar at Door County Rubber Stamps (see side bar) makes THE cutest stamps ever.  I was so honored to be on her Design Team for a while.  The last weekend of the month I will be going to a three day event at her place in Door County.  It will be so fun with lots and lots of stampers.  (We get to shop with a discount coupon and all kinds of free goodies coming our way too. ) 

The HYCCT challenge on SCS was to use chicks on our card.  I used a Coredinations scrap for the embossed chicken wire look on the one panel.  I love how that stuff sands off.  The big daisy was a clearance item from Michaels.

To achieve a clean masked look, leave your die in place and then lightly sponge in the background.  It gives a nice clean edge.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

A sketch challenge

MFT196 sketch challenge caught my eye this week.  I wanted to used these papers and image to offer support for our friend who has recently been diagnosed with very aggressive cancer in the brain, bones and lungs.  These colors all represent those cancers.  MFT gray cardstock GKD image and DP.  My fave Viva Pearl Pen in silver gets used again.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

GKD Stamp 333

Another stamp and items from the Simple Things Kit.  I love that kit, oh wait, did I say that before.  I am amazed at how far one piece of 6x6 paper goes.  It’s so luxurious you only need touches of it on each card to really get a WOW look. 

This time I white embossed the leaf on the red Cardstock and then tinged it with ranger distress ink , tea dye to take a way a bit of the white.  The leaves on the DP look embossed and I thought it was a good tie in.

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Stamp 332 Penny Black

Another rummage purchase.  I love the soft look of this image.  It worked so well for the water color challenge over at Simon Says  I wanted to depict our beautiful blue Wisconsin skies and that wind that just blows all the leaves around.   It’s the perfect image for this time of year. I used distress inks for everything.  A light color wash on the watercolor paper in blue and then I colored direct to the stamp and spritzed.  I stamped off once on scrap paper to lower the intensity a bit.  This seemed like it needed a frame so I dug out one of the old old old FIskars corner punches.

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Stamp 330 & 331 more GKD

This stamp set was one of those I was wavering about when it came out a couple of years ago.  But….good karma took over and I won it in a drawing.  It’s nice to know that I have used enough that if I would have purchased it I would have gotten my money’s worth out of it.   The little house is a different set, also won in a grab bag from them.  I don’t know which set it is from, it’s actually the DOOR of a larger home image. It just fit right in that heart.

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Stamps 329 & 330 Gina K Designs

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Looks like I’ve been caught with my fingers in the Gina K Designs basket of stamps.  I do love her stamps and guess the only reason I wasn’t using them so much is because they were red rubber and those are hard to get back to after using the clear stamps so much.  BUT….she now has clear stamps and wow they stamp every bit as nice as the rubber ones stamp.  This is a rather new set that she put out, last year, maybe, it has vertical sentiments with it which was my reason for purchasing it.  But BONUS, she also added flowers, stems, and dragon flies in with it.  I painted these with glue paint (I just squeezed my glue pen out on my Kraft sheet) took a small wide brush and painted on the glue and then topped it Razzle Berry Glitter from Stampin Up.  I sure do love their Glitter.
I am entering this into the Simon Challenge I've Fallen in Love with......that would be my Viva Pearl Pens.  I use them A LOT.  Any size pearl you want, just squeeze it out of the tube, any color you want, they come in so many colors.  I have about ten of them i think.  Shiny black is used on here.

Stamp 327 and 328

Is anything better than ice cream for a dessert treat?  It’s my weakness for sure.  It was my plan to have this card be reminiscent of an old fashioned ice cream store like my Hubs and I visited when we were in AZ a few years back.  Very old fashioned and they even had phosphates yet.  I don’t know what those are but Hubs was sure excited about it.   I got this stamp at a rummage sale and the topping that went with it.  I love my MFT sequin dies that allows me to create sequins in any color.  A little push in the center with a stylus and they look pretty much like the real thing.  A friend of mine gave me that sentiment die cut.  It was lounging in her stash and she said she never used it.  I think it’s a Provo Craft for the cuttlebug.  It works well with several sentiments to choose from.  It’s getting’ loved on by me so I think it likes it’s new home.  Princess  The doily is one from Top Dog Dies that I am in love with.   I’m sad now cuz McD’s here only has the chocolate dipped cones in the summer time and so no more until next year.  Our McD’s is only one block away so it’s probably a good thing they do that.  IMG_6721 (943x1024)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Stamp 326 from my stash

This adorable bear came from a rummage sale.  He’s the perfect guy card for a fisherman.  I call him Grampa Bear.  I water colored him with pencils this time and then made it look like a photo with those punched corners.  The nail brads are from my Viva Pearl Pen in copper.  I love those Pearl Pens. Red heart Such cool accents they make and one pen will give you lots and lots and lots of pearls.  Open-mouthed smile   This is for another HYCCT challenge going to MD Anderson center when they are all done.  I am keeping them in a separate box.  It’s fun to watch the box fill up as I add the envies and acrylic envies to each finished card.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

323-324-325 Gina K Designs

From the Kit the Simple Things.  I am so glad I got this.  It has two stamp sets in it.  Lots of stamps on both sheets and nice sizes too. Beautiful papers.  It’s easy to make a card quickly with this kit.  The ribbon looks a bit purple on here but actually it matches that red leaf perfectly.   I stamped the wall stamp twice cuz it was a bit short to fit the width.  of the paper.  Then the pumpkin I just inked up with two different Petal Shape Memento inks.  I love those little shaped inks for inking direct to the stamp.  Everything but the ink came from the kit.  I fussy cut that leaf out after stamping it with a watermark pad.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Journal page 2

With October being breast cancer awareness month and all the stamping activities that are surrounding this month, I wanted to make a page depicting feelings about this unfortunate disease.   Many of my friends have gone through many different kinds of cancer.  I wish there was less money being made off from cancer treatments and more affordable ways for people to get care. This art is being entered into Simon says Monday challenge. The finishing step was stamping on acrylic.
Here’s my page and here’s the explanation behind it.  These are all Gina K Designs images.
For Laurie's ABC (anything but a card)  challenge on StampTV  i chose to make my 2nd ever journal page. I scouted out a variety of GKD stamps from my collection and turned them into a collage of hope. Many of my friends have gone through breast cancer and its treatments. I think the first thing they understandably feel is Fear. I took the Grow Old w/me sentiments stamp to depict that. I wanted to incorporate all the seasons as usually treatment takes longer than a year. Since C is world wide I used the globe. I used the bird for hope besides the Hope in the center of the world. I used the Celebrate dress stamp b/c there is a celebration each time they go back for review and are cancer free. I used the Home because cancer affect the home life so much. The couch and On the road sentiment seem to be what i hear most often. "I can't seem to get off the couch until it's time for my next treatment" I wanted mostly monochromatic but a touch of color. I faux stitched the side to signify the unraveling that accompanies this hated disease. I stamped the Thank you friend sentiment in green as how many times a cancer patient says Thank you to her friends for keeping her going. And lastly I added the Hope ribbon in GKD pink gingham with an acrylic image of Melanie's Hand stamp with the word Prayers in the middle that i cut out from the frame. Thanks for the idea, Laurie.  I had thought of making a page about cancer but didn't know how I was going to do it in a positive way. I hope you can see all the detail. Thanks for looking and taking the time to read. hugs.

image free stamping

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HYCCT challenge to use pink and purple and two of some kind of element on your card.  Using StampTV Gina K Designs Inside Out sentiments with paper from the Spring Time Silhouette kit from long ago. Yep, I still have a couple of pieces of DP and some ribbon and brads left over from that kit.  They are packed with goodies.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

322 Mark’s Finest Papers

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Don’t you just love covered bridges?  When we went to the Greenfield Village in Detroit this year we enjoyed walking through an old covered bridge.  They used to charge tolls to go through.  They put the covers over them to protect the base boards from rotting.  I think you got charge charged 2 cents for each sheep you were herding across.

This card goes into Simon Says Challenge to use something with transportation.

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When I made that journal page the other day, I had a lot of excess water color laying on my craft mat.  I hate to waste COLOR so I sprayed up a couple of water color paper pieces and made back grounds and then because I was still playing with that leaf stamp I pressed it onto these soft colors and I’m in love. IMG_6699 (854x1024) IMG_6700 (803x1024)

320 Prickely Pear again


Isn’t this a great design?  I so blatantly CASED it from a picture from a simple single kit that I got free at a SU party.  I didn’t do it EXACTLY but pretty close.  I love the simplicity of this  with it’s multi colored strops and the bonus was getting to use a bunch of scrap pieces.  That little spokie die cut was IMG_6690 (800x639)

a part of the kit and I just stamped my Prickely Pear Pumpkin in the center and colored it in with SU markers.  I will have to remember this layout. Another HYCCT card.

319-320 more Prickley Pear fun

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Check it OUT!!  that skull just makes me chuckle.  and those black cat pairs, too cute. I used some Gina K Designs paper from the kit.  I have the perfect friend to send this too.  She will get a kick out of it.  Ya gotta be careful about things like this, you know?  She is six months older than me and we always send funny cards to one another.  MFT dies.  Aren’t those sequin dies fabulous?  I get a lot of use out of them.

Entering this into the MFT Sketch Challenge for this week