Sunday, November 12, 2017

Thanksgiving Gratitude

My photo doesn't do this card justice!  It is very sparkly in person.  

The pumpkin is a metal stencil from Dreamweavers.  I used their copper embossing paste over the stencil and then removed the stencil.  Be sure to place the stencil immediately in water so the paste doesn't dry.  I then sprinkled copper embossing powder over the wet paste and heat with a heat tool.  The paste will bubble which in this case was the look I was going for.  

The sentiment is from Close to My Heart and the designer paper is from Prima.  All was layered onto shimmery copper card stock.  The copper leaf in the corner is a brad.

I will be entering this card at Simon Says Monday challenge.  I made several variations of this card using this stencil and copper paste.  I added gold glitter shards, champagne embossing powder and orange embossing powder.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Foxy Fall

Switching gears here from Halloween to autumn cards.  I'm following a sketch provided by one of our stamp club members for November.  I will also be sharing this card over at Simon Says Monday Challenge - All Creatures Great and Small.

The designer paper is new from Bo Bunny.  The fox and sentiment stamps are also new from Hero Arts and is a clear stamp set including a smaller fox and additional sentiments.  If you buy the set as a kit, you also receive the inks and matching dies.  The oval die cut is from Gina Marie.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Halloween Owl

This Halloween card is pretty much all things Tim Holtz!  Friends and I got together a few months ago and created several backgrounds with brushos, color burst, nuance and bisters.  This background is created with bisters using a mask for the moon and then coming back and filling in the moon with yellow distress ink.

The tree die cut is from Tim Holtz/Sizzix and distressed with various distress inks.  The owl and bat disk are from Tim's Ideology line.  I will also be sharing this card at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Trick or Treat!

My last Halloween bridge card:(  The dies are from Memory Box, Tim Holtz, and Karen Burniston.

The cute little pumpkin is washi tape from Little B and the designer paper is from Authentique.   I will also be sharing this card over at Simon Says Wednesday challenge.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Funeral Warehouse - Bridge Card

Happen to come across two more bridge cards I had yet to post so here's one of them.  I will also be sharing this post over at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.

I've had too much fun creating these bridge cards for my grandchildren.  I have so many Halloween dies and these cards are a great way to use them.  The various dies are from Tim Holtz, Spellbinders, Karen Burniston, and Little B.  The base card stock happens to be my favorite this fall from Gina K called Tomato Soup😉  The designer paper is vintage from Basic Grey.  The sign on the bottom of the haunted house says "Funeral Warehouse" and is from Tim Holtz's Ideaology collection of sticker sayings.  Love, Love 'em!  I'll be posting a few more Halloween cards over the next few days since Halloween is almost here....and it is my favorite holiday!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 Blue!

Halloween is my favorite holiday to craft!  I will be posting this card over at Simon Says Monday Challenge - Monochromatic.  This was a fun card to create with mostly Stampendous products along with distress inks and copics.

The stamp is from Stampendous and stamped in black Memento ink onto gray card stock.  I then colored the image in blue-violet copics.  The edges were distressed and then inked with distress ink.  The corners were created with Stampendous's melt art using their ultra thick embossing powders and glitters in black and blue.  The bat metal piece is from Tim Holtz's ideology line with black glitter paper glued behind it.

Have a very spooky Halloween!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

BOO! Hey, it's October!

Here's another bridge card!  I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes.

The boo sentiment is from Tim Holtz along with the bats, the trees and graveyard are from Karen Burniston and the trio background is from Penny Black.  

Monday, October 2, 2017

Vanishing visitors....

Another bridge card to post.  I love all things Tim Holtz so I am submitting this card to Simon Says Monday Challenge since they are featuring Tim Holtz Halloween.

See my previous post for dimensions.  The designer paper is vintage from Basic Grey.  Dies are from Tim Holtz Trick or Treat set, Haunted House set, and Ideology Halloween Clippings.  The "bridge" haunted house is from Memory Box and the trees from Karen Burniston.

In this photo, you can see that it will fold flat and fit into an A7 envie.  Will have more bridge cards to follow!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sometime in the middle of the night....

I have had tons of fun making several "bridge cards" for my grand kids.  The overall piece measures 5-1/4" x 9-1/4" and will fit into an A7 envelope when folded flat.  My friend, Karen, also posted a bridge card (and she may have detailed info listed in her post) and her bridge card will fit into an A2 envelope.  I will also be sharing this card over at Simon Says Wednesday challenge.

The base card is black and the designer paper is from Authentique's 2017 Halloween collection.  The tree die is from Karen Burniston's Halloween 2017 die collection.  The ghost and graveyard dies are from Tim Holtz (Sizzix) 2017 collection and the fence die is vintage from Spellbinders.  The pumpkins are washi tape from Little B.  Oh....and can't forget the type words from Tim's Ideology Halloween collection!

As you can somewhat see from this angle, the card will fold flat.  What a great way to use all those dies we collect!  And forgot the bats!  Smaller bats are from Tim Holtz's Haunted House and the larger bat from Karen Burniston.  

More bridge cards to follow.....

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Shine with all your color.....

Friends and I recently got together and created images with Bisters, Brushos and Color Burst.  Our friend, Gail, is a watercolor expert so I really appreciated her input!  I'm also submitting this card at Simon Says Wednesday challenge.

On watercolor paper, I stamped the flower stamp from Dare 2B Artzy with Versamark ink and white embossing powder and heat set.  I then watercolored the image and around the image with Color Burst.  I also over-stamped the watercolor piece with an unknown source word stamp in Versamark ink and white embossing powder.  The sentiment is hard to to read but it is the stem of the flower and reads "shine with all your color"!  I added a few sequins and layered onto coordinating cardstock.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Butterfly and Gelli Print

Friends and I recently got together to spend the day creating with Gelli prints.  Haven't worked with my Gelli plate in a long time!  Had fun experimenting with paints and inks and everything in-between!  I will be submitting this card to the August challenge at Craft Stamper Magazine.

The Gelli print was created using various colors of acrylic paints on old printed book pages.  Once dry, I then came back with a stencil from Simon Says Stamps (hearts) and sponged with Nuvo Mousse.  In black ink, I then stamped the butterfly and sentiment images from Visual Images.  The flower stamp is from Lavinia Stamps.

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???

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Oxide Inks Mean Happiness!

Let's Create held a shoe box event for 24 of us avid stampers in late April.  Thanks Franki!  It was a fun time!  This is one of the cards I created using Ranger's Oxide Inks, Tim Holtz's Paper Dolls and Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz stamp set called Urban Tapestry.  Can you tell I'm a huge fan of Tim Holtz😉

I started with Crumb Cake card stock from Stampin' Up and applied fossalized amber, wilted violet and faded jeans oxide inks with an ink blending tool and then spritzed with water.  I stamped the corners with portions of this stamp in brown ink.  I colored the paper dolls with distress markers and mounted the image with foam tape.  The "words" are also from Tim Holtz's Ideology line.  Love, love, love them.  This was also distressed with brown ink.  I layered this onto a dark purple card.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Mon Amour with Graphic 45 and Tonic

A few months ago, a few of us stampers got together to play with stencils and various products.  Had tons of fun creating!  This tall card was created with Nuvo products and Graphic 45 Mon Amour paper.

The stencil is from Tonic and called Sunray Scallop.  I placed the stencil on white card stock and sponged pink Nuvo Mousse over the stencil.  I then followed up with Nuvo Clear Glimmer Paste.  (Be sure to wash stencil immediately after using glimmer paste.)  Then let the panel dry.  I sponged Antique Linen Distress Ink around the edge of this panel.

The background paper and the fussy cut lady is from Graphic 45 Mon Amour's collection.  I layered all pieces onto black card stock.  My sister will be the lucky recipient of this card for her upcoming birthday:)

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Happy Birthday, Friend!

My friend, Karen, recently celebrated her birthday and I created this card for her.  She designs for Tonic so thought she'd appreciate this card using Nuvo mousse.  I will also be sharing this birthday card at Simon Says Wednesday Birthday Challenge.

Using a stencil, I started with the cream-colored mousse on the top, then the gold mousse in the middle, ending with the copper mousse.  The card is otherwise pretty straight-forward layering this panel on gold card stock from Tim Holtz and then onto a 5x7 white card base.  The flower is from Prima and added some beautiful gold thread that I collected some years ago.  The friend sentiment die is cut from the same gold card stock and is from Quietfire Designs.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Spring Birds

I created this triptych panel for a friend's birthday and will be entering it in the Take It Make It April Challenge at Craft Stamper Magazine.

The chipboard panels, wood pieces and some of the ephemera is from REDlead Paperworks.  The remainder of the ephemera is from my stash.  Each panel was covered with various designer papers and edged with distress inks (broken china and vintage photo). The wood panels are stained with broken china distress stain.  The fern stamp on the right is vintage from Hero Arts and stamped in vintage photo distress ink on both the wood panel and the chipboard panel.  The stencil in the center panel is from Tim Holtz and stenciled in broken china distress ink.  The panels were tied together with dyed silk ribbon and yarn.

This was a fun piece to create!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Fairy and Butterflies

More fun playing with Nuvo mousse, glimmer paste, stencils and new dies!

     The butterfly stencil is from Memory Box.  I applied Nuvo mousse and then immediately followed with Nuvo clear glimmer paste.  The fairy die is from Sizzix cut from white card stock and colored with pink Nuvo mousse.  I attached this piece to a pink glitter card base and added a few sequins.  Think this will be the perfect birthday card for one of my granddaughters.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Playing with Stencils

     This is a newer stencil from a company I've never heard of until recently called Die Cuts & More.  Two stencils come together in the package and you can layer them to achieve the look below.  I had also recently received the entire set of Tim Holtz's (Ranger) Distress Oxide inks (awesome!) and used them for the first time on this card.  I used them like distress inks instead of spritzing with water this time just because I wanted this color combination.  They go on card stock like a dream and are so soft looking and look like suede!

I will also be sharing this card over at Just Us Girls Weekly Challenge.

     The sentiment is a die from Penny Black.  

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Peacock Feather

     Here's another creation using Nuvo mousse and glimmer paste and a stencil from Stencil Girl.

     I used the same technique as in my previous post.  Using heavy card stock, I secured the stencil with removable tape.  I then added several different colors of Nuvo mousse and then added a layer of clear glimmer paste over the mousse.  Such a fun and easy technique.  Give it a try!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Nuvo Mousse and Glimmer Paste

     Recently, a few of my stamping friends got together and we spent an afternoon playing with stencils.  Over the next few posts, I will be sharing some of my creations.  I will also be sharing this card over at the Paper Players blog for this weeks challenge.

     The stencil in this card is from Crafter's Workshop.  I adhered the stencil to heavy duty white card stock and added two different colors of Nuvo mousse to each of the two feathers with a sponge.  I then took a craft spatula and spread Nuvo clear glimmer paste over the feather stencil.  Carefully remove the stencil and immediately wash with warm, soapy water to remove the paste (it dries quickly!)  

     The sentiment is a die from Tonic and cut from white card stock. I sponged the blue mousse over the die cut and then adhered it to the front of the card over the feathers.  I layered this onto teal glitter paper and then adhered these layers to a white card base.  More to follow......

Monday, March 6, 2017

Foil Card for a Friend

This card is so appropriate for this morning!  It is a cloudy, damp, drizzley kind of day.  I made this card for a friend's birthday coming up in April.  You know, April showers brings May flowers😊

I created this card using Dreamweaver's white stencil paste and their stencil.  Once dry, I placed Deco Art's aqua watercolor foil on top of the stencil paste and run through the laminator.  The umbrella die is from My Favorite Things.  I cut the umbrella from Deco Arts toner paper, placed the foil on top and once again, run through the laminator.

I've been having so much fun creating with the foil and all my different types of stencils and dies.  Highly recommend you give it a try!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Another Fun with Foil Card

Here's another foil creation.  This one was created using the same technique in my previous post.

The stencil is from Dreamweavers.  Apply paste over the stencil onto black card stock, remove stencil and let dry.  Be sure to clean your stencil and palette knife immediately.  Place lime green foil on top of the dry stencil paste and place between parchment paper and run through a laminator.  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up and the sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh.  Another one to follow:)

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Fun with Foil

I've been having crafty fun playing with stencil paste (any kind) and foil (any kind).  I will also share this creation over at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.

The stencil is from Dreamweavers.  I applied stencil paste over the image and let dry.  Once dry, place foil color of choice over the image and run through a laminator.  Awesome!  

Monday, February 20, 2017

With Sympathy

Another clean and simple sympathy card for a card exchange.  

Pretty straight forward.  The main image is from Impression Obsession and colored with distress markers, spritzed with water and stamped.  Not visible in the photo but I added clear Wink of Stella to the dragonfly wings and water.

The sentiment is from Stampin' Up.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

When I saw this new butterfly die release at Penny Black, I just had to have it!  You know how it is!

I made this card for a good friend:)  The designer paper is from Memory Box but from quite a few years ago.  I don't even know if they market designer paper any more.  The leaf/stem die is also from Memory Box.  Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Happy Birthday/Valentine's Day!

I created this tag for my friend Pat's birthday which also happens to be on Valentine's Day!  She's travelling to West Asia for a fantastic two week trip!  Lucky girl!  Happy Birthday/Valentine's Day, Pat!  I'm also entering this tag on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

I began with a watercolor tag from Prima and covered it with designer paper from 7 Gypsies.  I then placed a heart stencil from Simon Says Stamp on the tag and stenciled with Antique Linen distress ink.  I also used the same ink along the edges of the tag.

I stamped the doll image from Prima (Julie Nutting) onto heavy weight card stock and colored with Copic markers and paper pieced the skirt with Martha Stewart valentine paper.  The sentiment is a die from W plus 9 and I layered onto Stick-It and foam to create a raised image and then distressed with Antique Linen ink.

The lace is from Hero Arts and the bling is from Marianne Designs.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Thinking of You

Here's another card I created for our card exchange.

The main image stamp is from Design Junkies.  There are so many ways to be creative with this stamp!  The birds are from Stampscapes and the sentiment from Endless Creations.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Card Exchange

I recently participated in a card exchange among a group of friends and this is one of the sympathy cards I created.  We could pretty much decide what we wanted to create so that leaves the door open for a wide range of creativity.

The main image is from Stampendous and one of my very favorite stamps!  I first stamped the image in dark brown ink and then dust some anti-static powder over the image.  (Be sure the image is completely dry).  Stamp the image again in Versamark and emboss with white embossing powder.  The butterfly is from Impression Obsession and the sentiment is from Endless Creations.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Stamp Club Challenge for February

I don't have much in the way of Valentine-type paper in my stash but this one pad from Martha Stewart from a year ago.  This was a fun sketch that Ann provided so, of course, had to make a Valentine card since we meet on the 14th!

The coffee cup die is from Penny Black and the heart stamp is from Joy Crafts.  Getting all my goodies pulled together to mail my Valentine packages!  Have a great one!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Challenge for January Stamp Club

I made this card so long ago and forgot to write down the companies for each product!  Sorry!

Very hard to see but the card front is embossed with a snowflake embossing folder.  The circle snowflake die is from Memory box and cut from mirror card stock.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Stamp Club Shoe Box

Just noticed I haven't posted on my blog in over a month!  Have some projects but didn't have the ambition (bad cold) to post.  This was supposed to be one of our shoe boxes for January but due to a snow storm - that didn't happen!  I will be sharing with our group in March.....when we'll be eagerly awaiting spring but oh well.  I think this is a cool technique and want to share. 

This is foil resist and I had shared other cards recently using this technique.

Begin with a piece of foil cut to size.  Then rub Staz-On ink across the foil.  Take an embossing folder and rub Versamark ink onto the debossed side of the folder.  (I used the Stampin' Up tree embossing folder in this sample.)  Place your foil with the inked side facing the debossed side of the embossing folder and run through your die machine.  Remove foil from embossing folder and sprinkle with white glitter embossing powder and heat set.
The dies are from Penny Black and Memory Box.