Saturday, July 29, 2017


Recently, I spent the day creating with a friend and one of the techniques she talked about was called serendipity which she read about in the current issue of Cardmaker magazine.

We took various designer papers and tore them into pieces and adhered to cardstock.  To soften the white core of the designer paper, I distressed with antique linen ink.  The butterfly die is from Memory Box.  I really like the concept but think this is a little drab.  Will have to try with other papers.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Oceans of Joy

I created this mermaid card for our granddaughter's birthday and I will also submit it to the weekly Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.

The mermaid stamp is from Recollections which I gold embossed and colored with distress markers.  The background was made with distress oxides (aren't they the bomb!) and the oval die cut is from Gina Marie.  The new "mermaid" sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh.  The sentiment and seahorse stamps are from Hero Arts.  This card turned out a little too monochromatic for me but my granddaughter will love that it's a shaker card!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

August Stamp Club Challenge (Inchie Art)

Our August stamp club challenge is to create a card using this sketch which is also inchie art!  I'm also entering this card in Simon Says Work It Wednesday challenge.

The challenge at Simon Says is to add some glimmer or glitz to your card.  My inchie art was created with a recent Gelli print I created with some purple metallic paint.  It really shows up in this photo!  I also added clear Wink of Stella to the dragonfly which doesn't show in the photo:(  The dragonfly die is from Elizabeth Craft.

Monday, June 26, 2017

I'm Really a Mermaid!

I'm entering this card in the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.  The challenge this week is to use patterned paper.  The mermaid patterned paper is from Graphic 45's Voyage Beneath the Sea.  The die is from Hero Arts.

Using copics, I colored the edges of the die cut and added clear wink of stella to the fish and the mermaid's tail which does not show up in the photo:(  This would make an awesome shaker card!  Next time!

Sunday, June 25, 2017


I'm loving these new Penny Black fishy dies!  I'm entering this card in this week's Simon Says Monday challenge.

I taped Dyan Reaveley's wave stencil onto water color paper.  I then sponged fossalized amber, cracked pistachio and broken china oxide inks over the stencil.  Remove the stencil and spritz with water.  I then added Nuvo glue pen to the white left behind and sprinkled with white glitter and then sprayed with a fixative.  I've recently developed a love for all things relating to the sea and will post more soon:)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sketch Challenge for June Stamp Club

This is this month's sketch for our stamp club.  I used some new designer paper, a new Stampin' Up die and foiling.

The sentiment is from Quietfire Designs.  I die cut the dragonfly and sentiment from toner paper and then laminated with pink foil.  Very simple card but used some new things sitting on my desk and that makes me happy.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Oxide Inks...Again

Here's another card from our shoe box event.  With this oxide ink technique, I "squished" (technical term;) worn lipstick, spiced marmalade and fired brick onto a craft mat and spritzed with water and dipped water color paper through the inks.  I repeated this process another time to achieve the coverage below.

I then took a Crafters Workshop stencil and stenciled gold Nuvo Mousse onto the inked water color paper.  The butterfly is a die from Tim Holtz (Sizzix) along with the new gold foil paper also from TH.  I layered this onto a peach card base.  

I kept both of my cards more on the easy side because we had inexperienced stampers at the shoe box event but I wanted to use the new oxide inks along with a couple of different techniques.  I love the properties of these new inks!  Supposedly new colors to be released later this year???