Sunday, March 1, 2015


I keep missing the deadline at ODBD, but this week I made it.  Had to play along in a challenge perfect for me--no coloring!  Watercolor paper was covered with Gesso before sponging on VersaMagic Pink Petunia & Aquatic Splash. The butterfly flourish from ODBD Friendship stamp set wass stamped in Delicata Silvery Shimmer & the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black. The panel was die cut with Spellbinders Labels One & matted with black cardstock die cut with Decorative Labels One.  One of the printed papers from ODBD Heart & Soul Collection was die cut with ODBD border die & then I added Gesso & the same 2 inks so it matched.  The paper flowers were watercolored with the pink ink & swiped with the silver. 
I splattered the pink, green & silver inks on the card front using a water brush & mounted the panel with foam tape.  I'm also entering Anything Goes at SSS Wednesday. Thanks for taking time to come by.
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

In Like a Lion...

Our Badge!!!Welcome to March!  Time for another Words 2 Scrap By challenge & for this month Annie chose In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb.  I only got as far as the Lion, since it reminded me of this wonderful old stamp from a local company no longer in business.  I bought it years ago because my brother in law is a Leo.  His wedding ring is even a lion's head.  He's probably forgotten about this stamp, so hope he'll enjoy seeing it again for his birthday card.  I black embossed the image & then sponged with Delicata Golden Glitz & a couple Distress Inks. There's a wonderful shimmer in real life--perfect for the King of the Jungle!  The background is done with Impression Obsession Spatter in Delicata Golden Glitz on black cardstock.

Hopefully using just one stamp counts as making my own background paper for the challenge at The Male Room.  Haven't used any brads for awhile & they provided just the little embellishment I needed.  Have I inspired you to play along at W2SB?  Please check out the wonderful cards the rest of the DT came up with. The challenge goes through March 21 & I'd love for you to join us!  I'm also playing at Pixies Snippets Playground & SSS Wednesday.
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Easter Greetings

I was immediately drawn to the Viva la Verve February Week 3 Sketch & started my card days ago.  While the glue attaching the Memory Box eggs in the Impression Obsession grass was drying I went on to other projects. Today I realized time is almost up, so sat down to finish my first Easter card this year.  The solid eggs are clear embossed using a Magenta stamp & Wink of Stella is brushed on the decorative ones.  This Spellbinder die always makes me think of a basket.  I sprayed the white cardstock with Heidi Swapp white Color Shine which gives a gorgeous shimmer.  The vellum flag is cut with MFT Fishtail Flags & the sentiment (from a local company no longer in business) is clear embossed using Memento Gray Flannel.  Not sure I've ever used this Cuttlebug embossing folder--hope it isn't too busy.  I used the end of a DeNami vine stamp with PTI New Leaf ink for the sides of the card front.  
Fortunately, I had the right shade of Michael's green ribbon. I'm also entering these challenges: Pixies Snippets Playground, SSS Monday & SSS Wednesday. Hope you have a great weekend & thank you so much for taking time to visit my blog.
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Magenta Valentine

I tend to put off getting cards made for monthly challenges--seems like there's plenty of time. Now, of course, here it is almost the end of February & finally finished my card for the Magenta monthly challenge.  When I began stamping over 15 years ago there were several stamp stores near me & they carried Magenta stamps which I immediately fell in love with.  I've had trouble making cards with this beautiful heart stamp, so this time I decided to let the stamp stand alone.  After white embossing on kraft cardstock I simply added red glitter using my trusty Sakura Quickie Glue pen. The card front is embossed with a Cuttlebug folder & I was finally able to use this red polka dot ribbon.  
So glad to have another Valentine ready. Maybe I'll get them all mailed on time next year!  I'm also entering the Anything Goes challenges at SSS Monday & SSS Wednesday.  Luckily, The Kraft Journal   doesn't count the card itself as a layer so I'm entering the CAS One Layer Card challenge.  I so appreciate your visit & comments--thank you!
Edited to Add: Also entering the Holiday challenge at Addicted to Stamps.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Papertrey February Blog Hop Challenge

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Good thing they send e-mails as I completely forgot about today's PTI Blog Hop!  I needed a card for someone facing surgery & I wanted to try the MIM challenge to anchor a focal point with border dies. Here's my card combining all of that. My attempts at making a watercolor background totally failed, so I decided to sponge on shades of pink, blue & purple.  The inks are PTI Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening along with Distress Inks milled lavender & dusty concord.  I stamped an image from PTI Year of Flowers Collection in Memento Gray Flannel as well as the background colors.  Then I used my Hexagon coverplate with the Mock Mosaic technique from last year's SAF. I don't have PTI butterflies or border dies so I used my Memory Box butterflies & MFT border dies.  I backed the butterfly with a gathered piece of white tulle, added Stickles to the solid butterfly & topped the border dies with a white button threaded with purple floss. The sentiment from PTI Tag-It's #3 is stamped in Gray Flannel on a double layer of vellum cut with PTI Mat Stack 3, using just the rounded top. 
Took all day, but I finally have a card I can send to brighten her day.  I'm also entering Anything Goes at SSS Monday & SSS Wednesday. Edited to add: Also entering the Spring challenge at SSS Work It Wed.
If you're in the path of the next winter storm, stay safe & warm inside.  We're about to get rain, but can't complain as we really need it. Thanks so much for stopping by.
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Have a Gorgeous Day

I have enough stamps, dies, etc. to last 2 life times! However, I decided a birthday deserves some new goodies--LOL!  My new stamp set & dies arrived just in time to make a card for the first Lil' Inker Monthly Meet Up Challenge.  I fell in love with THIS blue & green card made by Ros & Alexandra's technique with spray mists shown HERE
I used Tattered Angels Meadow Green & Turquoise Blue along with some Heidi Swapp White Color Shine on watercolor paper. Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangles was used to make a frame from the paper.  I stamped a couple of the small images from Modern Mehndi using VersaMagic Sea Breeze & Brilliance Pealescent Lime. The flower is white embossed & spritzed with the mists.  The leaves are white embossed on vellum & a sentiment from the same set is stamped in StazOn Dove Gray on vellum backed with cardstock spritzed with the same mists.  Can't wait to use this set again! I'm also entering the challenge at SSS Monday.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Edited to add: My 3rd entry for the "new" challenge at SSS Work It Wednesday.
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Blue Poinsettia

I was so happy to see the new colors for the MFT Color Challenge as I happen to have all of them in my MFT felt collection. Decided to use my beautiful MFT poinsettia dies & I love how they look in these colors.  I also used MFT Dizzy Doily, leaving the cut-out pieces in place, Lil' Inkers stitched rectangle & a sentiment from MFT Seasonal Sentiments.  
A few pearls finish it off.  I'm entering the challenge at Die Cut Divas & will add my card to the new Monthly Meet Up at Lil' Inkers, even though it doesn't qualify for the prizes. SSS Monday has Anything Goes this week, so will enter there.  Thank you so much for taking time to check my blog.