This is one of my favorite old stamps. I’ve had it about four years I think and i just love the peaceful feeling it gives me. It’s also an “old” image with that parchment paper look to it. I stamped with versafine and embossed with a mixture i have made up of detail black embossing powder and clear. It gives a really nice look and covers better than detail black alone. Water colored with pan colors and a water brush. I added my own home made snowflakes in the corners with Nuvo Drops in Silver Lining. ABC Christmas Challenge
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Still keeping up with ABC Christmas Challenge. N is for new and after the challenge we had a bit ago to use a jingle bell, well, i found out i didn’t have a jingle bell in my stash. I remedied that when Casual Friday had a sale on a sweet set with a die included. SCORE! The die cut bell and image are my NEW things for this challenge.
Friday, July 14, 2017
MFT sketch 341 this week was a bit unusual. This card took on a life of it’s own as i was intending to use the little fairy on this sketch. Ah well, sometimes that just happens. Using the Wild Flowers set seemed the perfect image for the square with the papers I had chosen. Using MFT images and dies except for the sentiment label. (spellbinders)
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Here’s the other summer set. I CASED this layout from Jo’s card that she entered as a DT member at Simon. I thought her layout was so cute. I still couldn’t get the hang of that partial die cutting. I had to glue some cardstock pieces on the back so it looks like it’s supposed to. (there’s always a way to fix it, eh? )
Simon’s Wednesday Plaid Challenge
Are you doing your part to keep the cows happy? I love ice cream. Here in the dairy land of Wisconsin there are ice cream shops EVERYWHERE. Some are open all year long. Winter weather doesn’t seem to be a factor in diminishing the amount of ice cream served in our state.
Thought it was time to play with my Cat’s Pajamas and once again try that partial die cutting technique. I still didn’t get it completly right but close and i was able to cover up my mistakes.
I caved! Had to try the oxide inks! Are they the rave others seem to think? Well, I don’t know about that. They are fun to play with and I’ll try some other techniques but truth be told, at this point, i think i could have lived without them. Will have to google some ways to use them. For this card, i used the oxides direct to paper. I have the first batch of inks that came out and only eight of the colors, not all twelve. I then took this stencil stamp that i always have trouble with. Too big of spaces to work easily with. The bird always comes up and product seeps under weather it’s inks or pastes. Anyway, I thought I would try it. I spritzed water onto the stencil and then pressed it onto the water color paper with the oxide inks. It didn’t turn out so well but i did love the way the leaves turned out by removing the color around them. I dried the stencil and laid it back down and used a light touch with the oxide inks to give it a bit more definition. I then spritzed the entire piece with water. Now, I love the soft look of it. It’s going to a good elderly friend that is in her last months of life. She’s a sweet soul and has chosen not to do any treatments for the cancer that has invaded her body once again. Thanks for coming by. I always appreciate the visitors.
Monday, July 10, 2017
Simon’s Wednesday challenge this week is Sunshine and also to use Simon stamps if we had them. This little set called Circle Friends hasn’t gotten much use and it felt the perfect time to use it.
With the striped circle looking like a sun and such a sweet little bear and sentiment in that set this turned out “oh so cute.” I stamped the bear twice on water color paper and cut him out and popped up the top layer. He’s got a bit of glossy accents on his eyes and nose.
I used the Simon Sunshine die and cut it twice. Once in black for a teeny little shadow and then in white. I sponged three distress inks on for an ombre look and took that look over to the hearts to tie it together. The top panel is embossed with a Taylored Expressions folder called Weathered.
It was fun to play with some sunshine because here in the northern highlands of Wisconsin we haven’t seen very much of that yellow orb. A week of clouds and rain is predicted. Please send sunshine our way, if you would. Thanks so much.
Some classic colors adorned the MFT color challenge this month. I couldn’t let the month go by without a patriotic colored creation.
Using my Blueprints 5 and one of the sketches that i modified this came together pretty quickly. The sentiment is from MFT flamingo set.
It’s simple and perfect for busy summer days.
Friday, June 30, 2017
Another stenciled back panel. This time I used MFT’s bricks and ran that stencil through the Big Shot and used Pumice Stone distress ink to add a bit of shading to the stenciled marks.
I did want to try that yellow and gray theme. Since i didn’t want to fussy cut another flower and leaves out I grabbed my MFT scroll and leaf die and added those. That corner looked a little bare and a couple of MFT blueprint banners worked out nice, cut from scraps.
Still playing with my Altenew. I think i am in love. I used a Crafting Workshop stencil and ran it through my Big Shot for some dry embossing and then i used ink to sponge through the stencil. Double Embossed. Such a pretty look. Next i stamped my Altenew Painted Rose three times in two different color combos and fussy cut them and the leaves (my dies are coming) I wasn’t sure i would like the look of the gray roses but i felt compelled to try it. I do love the look with the pink and it would look good with a soft yellow also I’m thinking. or yellow roses on a gray embossed background. Maybe that will be my next one. Thanks for stopping by.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Another card for the Simon Monday Challenge. For this one I used a card from Yoonson Hur as my inspiration. I wanted to make it a bit different from hers and I used my Altenew stencil that was just released and also a Tim Holtz stencil over that. The Altenew flower is stamped in three colors. Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amber. The leaves were various greens from Altenew Crisp Inks which i love love love. The sentiment is from Simon; a Kristina Werner stamp set. I used some My Mind’s Eye enamel dots for embellishment. I love how simple it is to create a beautiful card with the Altenew stamps.
Simon’s Monday Challenge is using Stencils. I love my stencils. This time though I took my little doily die from Top Dog dies and used it as a stencil.
I used some matte embossing paste to smear over the die cut. Let it dry and then inked up the little images with some very light handed peacock feathers distress ink.
I had seen Vicky P do that on a recent video and thought the intricate little edges were so sweet. Something that sweet needed this unused Door County Kids stamp to go with it. I added some dots for movement with my favorite Judith stamp stick and the sentiment is from Unity. I smeared the bottom with a bit of ink and that is why I cut the little piece and put it over the word Friend. I kind of like the look though.
A little bit of patriotic colors added and I think it turned out so adorable.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
It’s always fun to win. I won a $30 gift certificate to Altenew. I’m so glad because I was wanting this Ranunculus stamp and die and it was so fun to get it for almost free. It stamps beautifully. I guess in real life this flower can be any color at all. I started out with pink but watch for it coming soon in many other colors and designs. It’s HUGE though and I’m going to have to put my thinking cap on for ways to use it.
Would someone please send us some nice weather? It surely doesn’t seem like summer in the northern highlands ofWisconsin. It’s typical I guess. I just never get used to it. One nice day and followed with 3-4 days of cold, wet, windy. It makes for good stamping time though. Can’t enjoy much else and i am very glad for my craft room.
I’m running out of ideas though with so much stamping time coming my way. The MFT Sketch Challenge is always a fun event. I turned my card into a square because I have been wanting to use these notebook paper edge dies.
This little duo of singers is the cutest stamp to me. It’s a Prickley Pear rubber stamp. It’s not what i had in mind when i started this card but it ended up okay. Before I mail it out i will probably go back in and put an outline around the children. They will stand out more. I have put them in their home already now and I will have to do that when I pull the stack out again the next time. Don’t you love their little cotton ball pom poms?
At ABC Christmas Challenge L is for LOVE. The greates love of all in my opinion is that of our Lord coming to this earth.
I used two different stamps for this depcition. I masked and inked a partial wooden stamp of the wise ment and then the manger stamp is a Unitiy stamp. I made this background the other day and when I decided to use the manger set this piece of water coloring seemed the best choice .
THanks for stopping by. I’m so excited to have 40 Christmas cards stamped inside and out ready for the season. Thanks peeps over at ABC for the inspirational push.
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.
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.
Linking to Simon’s Wednesday Challenge
Monday, June 19, 2017
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?
I’m entering as this is into Simon’s Monday Challenge “Vacation”
Friday, June 16, 2017
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.
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!!
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?
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.
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.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
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!
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
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.
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.
Monday, June 5, 2017
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.
Sunday, June 4, 2017
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
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