Thursday, June 22, 2017


Don’t you just love it when you have an idea and it TURNS OUT?!!  I saw a picture of an all white painted bicycle in a flower garden with a basket of flowers on it.  This stamp from Unity was just made for this card.  I stamped the bike first in white embossing ink and then embossed with bright white embossing powder.  Next I masked a framed space with painters tape.  I stamped the grass and flower stamp (Penny Black) then i took my White Pigment distress marker and filled in the bike to look like white chalk paint.  Then I masked a horizontal line for my sky and grass colors.  Colored in the flowers with some sparkly pens added some Nuvo drops and there you have it.  Just the look i was going for.

Simon Says Monday Challenge Vacation

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This type of scallop border always reminds me of my friend Princess Judy. She does this technique often and it always makes me say  “I should do that more often.”  Well, i chose a goofy card to put scallops on, i mean a Pizza card???  But I loved the colors of the patterened papers and they reminded me of this sweet pizza stamp set that Simon Says sent me for my birthday.  They are just cool like that.  It’s the first time it’s seen ink and i think it is sooooooo cute. And yes, that stamp set does include that teeny tiny mushroom, pepper, olive and onion.  ha ha. Nyah-Nyah

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Linking to Simon’s Wednesday Challenge

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Monday, June 19, 2017

it’s sad

I’ve been pretty diligent about “clean” stamping.  Putting things away as I use them and yet, i still seem to lose sentinment stamps.  Another Birthday one, lost.  Who knows when and where it will show up.  And today, I was stamping with letters.  I peeled off the letter S and Gilbert walked in to give me some root beer and when I went back to my card, the S was missing.  Zilch, gone, nada.  Where is it?  I went and looked at his root beer bottle since it was a new kind and i held it to look at the label. Nope, not on the floor, not on anything anywhere that I can see.  I didn’t want to scrap the card and i filled in the S by hand.  I will give this to someone who i know won’t care about that, but WHERE is my S?

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Bonus Camp Project

MFT Camp Create threw a surprise at us.  A bonus project to include dry embossing with dies. I always love this technique as i think it’s so elegant.  I decided to make a card that can be a wedding card or anniversary. It was easy using my BluePrints 4 dies.  A simple sentiment die cut from Whimsy I think.

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New Sketch Challenge

Altenew is rather a new company to me and I am in love with their beautiful layering stamps.  Elegant flowers made easy with their layering process.  I am also in love with their Crisp Inks.  Amazing coverage. 

I went poking around on their blog and found this sketch challenge for a scrap book page and it says you can enter any project so i made it my own by scaling it down from square to rectangle and also card size.  I love how it accidentally turned out.  The little rub ons are from Cloud 9 Design and were a gift from my daughter. Just to be clear, this is taken against a black backgroun it is not part of the layout.  I used my Painted Rose set from Altenew and did an inlaid pierced heart with my Spell Binders dies.  Isn’t it pretty? happy sigh!!


Day 5 Camp Create

The dreaded GLITTER day.  Always a mess, right?  Did you know if you use a cheap swiffer type cloth you can grab all that stray glitter and throw it into the trash?  What a great tip. 

I used my Wild Flowers set and the sentiment die from MFT for this creation.  Before adhering everything together, I thought the card base looked a bit drab and I found my lattice shaped fence embossing folder to dress it up a bit.

Simon Says Monday is all about touchy feeling.  Who can resist rubbing their fingers over embossing and glitter?

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Camp Create Day 4

It’s day four.  Camp is going by fast.  I’m having a lot of fun.  Today we learned how to slide.  I used a butterfly from MFT>  By cutting it twice, once out of cardstock and once out of shimmery vellum it took on a really nice look.  On the purple cardstock piece of butterfly i used a swiss dot embossing folder for some texture The sentiment is from Essential Sentiments stamped onto a die cut label die from Blueprints #5.

Besides entering this into camp I am also entering into Simon’s Monday Challenge to be touchy feeling.   what is more touchy than a slider card? You just have to slide it. 

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a bit different

The MFT sketch challenge is really a nice one.  I like the different shapes used in the sketch.  I used one of the MFT stitched border dies to cut the tag with.  I did stamp surgery on this small MFT sentiment die from Essential Sentiments set. It needed stacking instead of straigh horizontal.  I think the image is Penny Black.  I’m in a water coloring mood these days and enjoying that process.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Create Stamp Camp Day 3

I’m no expert at shaker cards but this video using fun foam looked pretty easy.  Well…….i still think it takes practice.  It took me a LONG time to get this done.  My foam wasn’t centered, i already had adhered it.  I first adhered the wrong panel to the foam, one of those kinds of cards.  You know what I mean.  LOL!  Nyah-Nyah

It’s worth trying again though and being a bit more careful in the foam .cutting and centering. 

Anyway, Camp is about learning and that’s what i did in the process so it’s all good.

I used my MFT stitched circle dies to create the windows.  For the Porthole I used a circle die from one of the blueprints and a smaller circle die to cut the “hole” part of it.

Day 3 of Camp Was Spectacular Shakers 

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Camp day 2

Emboss resist!  Wow, it’s always been a favorite technique since the first time i saw the magic of it.  Stephanie from MFT just upped it a notched when she told us about doing woodgrain.  OMW….i love how this turned out.  I used water color paper and WOW white embossing powder of Memories White pigment ink for a nice bright white.  Then as Stephanie told us, i used Pumice Stone distress ink over the embossing.  It just really makes the grain unique.  I’m always in need of Sympathy cards and thought this would be the perfect background to hold some Wild Flowers from MFT.  I also followed Stephanies lead and smudged distress inks onto plain white cardstock and then cut my dies out of that for a very organic look. 

Entering into : MFT Camp Create and Simon’s Wednesday Challenge

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Color It MFT and SSS embossing fun

I’m starting to really enjoy these color challenges.  I chose this sweet spring MFT stamp set.  I never really use her enough.  She’s so cute with her little flower offering.  I pulled out my Ranger spray tool and misted the plum color onto the main cardstock piece to give it a little bit of interest. The rest is made from scraps.  Since Simon’s Wednesday Challenge is to Emboss it, I thought I would go ahead and dry emboss that plum piece with a Paper Studion embossing folder.  I gave her a little tag from one of the blueprints to hold by masking one of the sentiments in the set.  A little wink of stella on the flowers and she’s ready to greet someone.

MFT Color Challenge

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

MFT stamp camp

Hard to believe it’s time for Stamp Camp already.  I was just looking at some files on my computer and can hardly take in that some of those cards are three years ago already.
Camp today is all about water color.  I chose this purple and blue water color background to hold my MFT Fancy Flowers.  I do so have fun with this set.  So many stamps, so little time, seems to be my summer mantra.
Thanks for stopping by.  I’m entering this into the “homework” section at MFT and also Simon's Wednesday Challenge to Emboss it.
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SSS Wednesday Challenge this week  is Make it Masculine.  I needed a one layer card to put in the mail and thought a patriotic theme this time of year would be well received.

I used my Tim Holtz stencils and some Bokeh Simon stencils to create a red white and blue background.  I stamped and masked this little guy and stenciled around him.  He seemed to want me to color him with my Tombow markers so I obliged.  That was it.  Easy as can be.  The sentiment is also a Tim Holtz creation.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Which way

Simon’s Monday Challenge this week is Masculine.  I pulled out my favorite masculine set from them that I own.  Love this weather vane.  Also wanted to use the interesting MFT Sketch Challenge from Wednesday and this all came together in a flash with just  couple of masculine papers.  The Ssentiment is MFT from Jungle Friends.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

going in circles

IMG_9032 (771x800)Simon Monday challenge is all about circles.  I bought this provocraft die years ago and have barely used it.  It seemed the perfect time to pull it out.  I attached all the circles to a same colored square behind it to hold all the pieces and then cut around it.  My new little snail from Lawn Fawn seemed the perfect attachment. 

Saturday, June 3, 2017


Because I found a new blog to follow called Pickled Paper Designs; i also found a new inspiration challenge to take part in.  It’s called all the little things. My Simon June kit arrived and it had the perfect flower stamp to use for this IC.  Most of the elements are from the kit.  The Nuovo drops are really nice. 

I liked the look of the cloth sitting on the table with the flowers laid on it.  I used a wide ribbon to get that effect. The touches of blue on the plates in the photo created the blue sentiment banner and the little scallop piece in the corner.


Inspired by All the Little Things #59 

Simon Says Anything Goes

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With Sympathy

The postman brought me some Unity fun this morning.  I had to ink this one up right away.  I loved the deep water line that my colors made on that full sheet of watercolor background.  For this one, i wanted that flower to stand out more and i took my gelato in yellow, smeared a bit on my craft mat and picked it up with a water brush and spread it around.  You can’t see it in the picture but this sheet of water color backgrounds i also spritzed with a shimmery Heidi Grace spray.  IRL it has a very pretty glow to it.  I wanted a bit of a different ribbon treatment for this, something that didn’t take away from the flower.  I cut a small rectangle hole and folded the ribbon back onto itself. 


IMG_9028 (800x613)Everytime I stamp with Altenew i am more in love with them.  Look how beautiful these turned out.  The leaves look so life like i actually had to touch them myself.  They are stamped flat.  These are not popped up.  I love the simplicity of this card and how easy it was to make with the MISTI.  I need another MISTI though to use for sentiments .  My back ground is another of those full  9 x 12 water color sheets that i spritzed with water and two Brusho colors and more water, dry and cut down to four card fronts,  such a soft look, i am in love with that technique. 

Challenges Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes ~~Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes

Anything Goes-YAY

IMG_9027 (800x624)I wanted to try out those mirror image stamps.  It kind of worked.  You can’t tell on here because i cut them out.  I have a mirror image acrylic stamp from MFT and I didn’t think it gave a good enough impression to do this right on the face of a card as I’ve seen others do.  It was fine to be able to fussy cut this image because it does have rather simple lines.  I wanted a red, white, and blue summery type card.  I stamped and heat emobssed the coffee beans from Judith stick stamps for my own bling.  The papers and cups come from the Simon Says kit from a couple of months back.

Challenges Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes ~~Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

sometimes, there are no words

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Our sweet friends lost their only daughter when she was fourteen years old.  So quickly, so shocking.  How do parents get through something like that.  That was way back in 1993 already.  Sara was our daughters best friend.  Her brother Aaron was lost without her.  Fast forward to May 14 2017.  Aaron’s sweet wife, the mother of five children ages 3-14, was killed in a tragic car wreck.  How, just how, does a family get through these times.  This card was made for Aaron’s parents, our sweet friends.  Long ago, Aaron’s mom said she felt her daughter Sara visited her in the form of a sweet white butterfly.  This seemed a fitting depiction for the passing on to another life of their sweet daughter-in-law.  There are no words.
Entering this into Simon's Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge
Word Art Wednesday 

Using the fuse tool

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a fuse tool was gifted to me last year for my birthday and it hasn’t gotten near the use i would have thought.  Somehow, the Fuseables, came into my vision.  Fuseables, what are they?  It’s plastic paper that you can fuse together.  Everything on the tag is the Fuseable paper except the stamped image and baker’s twine.  You can see the “faux stitching” down the middles of the hearts and down the yellow stript.  That’s the work of the Fuse tool.   I had fun making the tag and then, what to do with it?  Aha! Theres that overlay scalloped piece that i cut out a long time ago, i think they call them coverups now.  add some coordinating paper and a SaWeet card is born.  LOVE IT.  If you have a fuse and you didn’t know about these papers you will really have fun with them.  I’m ready to try another one.

Black and White GKD

IMG_9026 (652x800)It’s been a long time since I dropped in at Gina K Designs and Stamp TV.  They had a black and white challenge going on using stamps from their collection.  Rules were that you could use gray scale and one color but only in the embellishment.  I need to restock my sympathy cards and I chose the Vertical Greetings and Things stamp set to have a go at this challenge.  I stamped the leaf image all over the front panel to create a gray scale background.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE my new Crisp Inks from ALtenew.  Next step, I cut a black pierced circle with my MFT die from one of the blueprints.  Then I had a scrap of this pre-embossed card stock from SU that matched the background perfectly.  squeeee.  I embossed the dragonflys from the set and fussy cut them out.  The bow was made from baker’s twine on my bow easy and i attached a little button in the center and attached it with a clip.  Added the vertical sentiment and I thought this long stemmed thistle die from Simon Says needed to be used.  THERE, talk about blending companies. 

why didn’t i think of that?

a full page of water colored beauty.  then you cut it into parts. how simple, how smart.  I followed a Unity & MISTI blog hop and one of the gals did this and then made quick cards with the MISTI.  So fun.  I had to try it.  Now I’ve done it twice.  It’s going to be my new, i want to craft but i don’t know what to make and i don’t have much time, go to plan.

Look at these beautiful cards created with two different 8.50 x 11 water colored backgrounds.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

anniversary coffee

do you know what this kind of punch is called?  I’ve had it for several years.  It allows you to punch all four corners on your card front without adding an extra panel.  You know how you can’t punch the upper corners, or the corners by the fold, whichever orientation your card is?  This punch allows you to do that.  It’s the only one i’ve ever seen and the only design i have.  The kraft cardstock is poked into the frame corners and built on from there.

Tim Holtz hearts stencil in Pumice stone, Spellbinders rectangle die, the little cups and other strips are cut from Doodlebug design Cream & Sugar 6x6 paper pack that came in my Simon kit a couple of months back.  Using up the scraps.  The little heart comes from the Simon set that came in that kit. I added lashes and brightened the cheeks and lips of the “lady” cup.  This way people know it was a traditional marriage from way back when.  Winking smileThanks for stopping by.

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OMW cats

i didn’t have any idea where i was going when i started this card.  i simply chose the background paper I wanted to use and built from there.  A friend ordered a b-day card for her 19 year old grand daughter and those were my starting points.  Beacuase it is a girl, i sparkled the present with wink of stella, and added the curved green piece to soften it a bit.  These Tim Holtz cats make me laugh every time i bring one to life.  Isn’t this just a hoot. I can hardly wait to mail it to her.
I still have time to enter this into Simon’s Wednesday Challenge for Furry Friends. 

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Grad Cards

Every year I think we don’t know many grads and every year i am surprised by the invites we get.  This year so far we have Jonathan, Collin, Cade, Taylor, Logan, Koree, Karoline.  How do all these kids grow up so fast.  Didn’t they just start junior high?

Here are some more of the tape transfers I did.  On the computer card, i just pasted an image into Word doc and then printed it and did the tape thing. It gave me the perfect image to fit that computer.  Collin and Cade are my twin great nephews who have played football all of their highschool years and they were both accepted to Eastern KY University to play on that team.  I pulled some pics off their mom’s FB page and printed them and used my tape to create these very personal cards for them.  The one of Collin is from a homecoming game, it’s not blood.  tee-heecollin cade

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