Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Joys from Nature card

Hello! I have a quick share today of a card I made quickly for a male recipient.  

I have had this image for a longer than  I would like to admit, but I just inked it up and colored it loosely with alcohol markers.  It is a large image, so I just trimmed it as small as I thought I could get away with, and mounted it over top of some camping patterned paper.  

Supplies: I Brake For Stamps scene, Memento black ink, Copic and Spectrum Noir markers, My Mind's Eye Happy Camper 6x6 Paper pad

Thanks so much for taking a look at my blog today! I hope you will have a chance to leave a comment so that I know you were here.  Have a great day!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Nautical Father's Day

I want to wish all the dads a very Happy Father's Day!

My card for the occasion is nautical.  I stamped the two seahorses in grey ink and filled them in with a light blue marker.  I sponged the edges of the patterned paper with ink and added a navy mat.

I stamped and fussy cut a shell on more patterned paper to use as an embellishment, along with a brad and some enamel dots.  

The striped paper in the background was altered to add the ship wheel stamping.  I really especially like that detail, subtle as it is.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Beach Unmounted sheet, Happy Father's Day, Versafine Smokey Grey ink, Distress ink Tumbled Glass, Tombow water-based markers, My Mind's Eye brad and enamel dots, various patterned paper scraps (probably all My Mind's Eye)

Thanks so much for spending some time with me today!  Hope you have time for creativity today!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Masculine Mojo Monday

I was really surprised last week to see that Mojo Monday has posted their very last sketch.  I was happy that we had two weeks to work on it.  I used it today to make a last minute Father's Day card I needed to get sent out! 

When I am working last minute like this, I do simple stamping for the card.  Plus, this gave me a chance to use up patterned paper and scraps!  

Supplies: Technique Tuesday All Aboard stamp set, Hero Arts CL053 Cleardesign June stamp set, Versafine black ink, My Mind's Eye Darling Dear 6x6 paper pad, Spellbinders circle dies, Cheery Lynn Designs Inverted Scalloped circle dies, enamel dots from my stash

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
SimonSayStamp Wednesday Challenge - Make it Masculine
Great Impressions June Challenge - Masculine
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper June Challenge
Pixe's Crafty Workshop Snippets Playground 285-286

Thank you so much for visiting today!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Distress Oxide with Sparkle: Under the Sea

If you are having any trouble getting results you like with your Distress Oxide backgrounds, I humbly suggest adding some sparkle.

The easiest way I have found to do this is to use Perfect Pearls.  This background was made starting with the same technique Tim Holtz has shown in many videos.  Smush your ink onto your surface, spritz with water and drag the paper through it.  Dry in between and repeat.  This is my twist on the technique, when you have your color down, get a bit of perfect pearls powder and add some water.  Use a brush and flick it all over your background.  At this point, I hope you will see your matte background come alive, like they did for me.

For this background I used two colors of gold Perfect pearls.  I love how it looks at different angles.  I used a lovely shell stamp and colored it with alcohol markers and used Pearl Nuvo Drops for embellishment.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Beach Unmounted stamp set, Sentiment sheet 1, Memento black ink, Archival Black ink, Distress Oxide ink Cracked Pistacio, Broken China and Vintage Photo, Perfect Pearls Antique and Perfect Golds, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Nuvo Drops Pearl

I would love to play along with this challenge:
Freshly Made Sketches #291

Thanks so much for coming by!  I hope you will have time to leave a comment or follow my blog.  Have a great day!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Hoppy Birthday

Hello!  Thanks for visiting today!

I lightly colored these cute bunnies with alcohol markers and cut them out. I then used some dies to create a little scene.  The green for the grass and kraft for the fence were snippets from my scrap box, and I jazzed them up with background stamps.

I loved the "Hoppy Birthday" sentiment and used an old label punch to cut that out.  I didn't photograph it but on the inside I stamped, "You're somebunny special."  Very appropriate for the little girl who got this card.

Supplies: Hero Arts March Monthly Hero Kit, Welcome Home stamp set, Tweed and Woodgrain background stamps, Memento black ink, Versafine black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, American Crafts Everyday 6x6 paper pad, Fiskars label punch

I would love to participate in these challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge June
Pixie's Crafty Workshop Snippet's Playground 283-284

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Summer Camp Cards

Hello, I hope you are having a great day!

The cards I am sharing today I will need very soon for summer camp!  I figure out how many days it takes for a card to get to the camp and then I send them ahead so that DS will hopefully get one each day.  I used some super stamps from the JFF's Camping Theme that I bought specifically for this purpose.

I first cut a window into patterned paper.  I stamped my images and simply filled in color with some markers.  For this first card I stamped over top of the image in light beige ink with a tattered screen background stamp.  The sentiment was stamped on kraft cardstock and trimmed out.  

The second card is just a variation of the first.  I trimmed around the image so that the leaves would go outside the frame.  I also used the campfire as a little embellishment.  These were not difficult to make at all and themed cards can be so much fun!

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Camp fire, Camp Laundry, Happy Camper, Tattered Screen background stamp, Versafine Onyx black ink, Hero Arts Soft Sand shadow ink, kraft, blue and white cardstock from my stash, My Mind's Eye Happy Camper 6x6 Paper Pad, My Favorite Things Die Namics Peek a Boo window die

I would love to play along with the following challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper June Challenge
Die R Us Challenge - Make it Masculine
Cards in Envy - You're the Man
SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge - Masculine

THANK YOU for stopping by!  I really appreciate each visit, each comment and definitely each follower!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Masculine Card Challenge

Hello, I am so glad you are here today so I can announce the Just for Fun Rubber Stamps June Challenge - Cards for Men!  This is your chance to create plenty of cards for men for your stash - they are so often needed.  Here is my card project.

I used stamp kissing on this beautiful framed fern to get some added texture.  I kept the colors bright by only using white in addition to the green pigment ink.  I recently gave this to DH for our anniversary.  He and I both love walks in the woods where you can find a carpet of ferns this time of year.

I hope you will play along this month and be in the running for the prize!

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Framed Fern, Avery Elle Jungle ink, Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Sentiment sheet 1, Versafine ink and Recollections White detail embossing powder, Gina K Jelly Bean Green cardstock, textured cardstock.

Sunday, May 28, 2017


Hello!  I am late to the stamp layering game and recently got 3 new stamp layering sets.  I had one before, so I now have a total of 4.  This bird is one of my new purchases and I just love him!  It took quite a bit of practice to get everything right for this stamp set, maybe partly because I do not have a positioner yet (I do have one on pre-order, I guess I am kindof late to the stamp positioner game too!)

I loved doing this as I used tons of inks and so much stamping was involved.  I used soft sand, pool and navy dye inks on the bird, with black as the accent.

This card came together very fast once I got the hang of the layering.  

Supplies: Hero Arts Layering Bird stamp set, Versafine Onyx Black, Hero Arts Soft Sand, Pool, Navy, Green Hills, Field Greens inks, Gina K Innocent Pink, Dusty Pink and Chocolate Brown inks, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched rectangles die, blue cardstock from my stash

I would love to play along with the SimonSaysStamp Monday challenge which is Little Critters and Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Mystery Flowers - Solved?

I was cutting some flowers from my garden the other day, and as I was setting them on the sidewalk in a little pile, I realized they looked just like a stamp I have.  If you were here a few weeks ago, you might have seen a flower silhouette card. I had been wondering what flower it was supposed to be and now I think I know.

Pansies and Violas!

I got that stamp out again to make a card. I stamped with purple Distress Oxide ink and embossed with sparkle embossing powder.  I had trouble getting the sparkle to show up on camera.  I then used my favorite frame die on this card and a snippet of purple cardstock from my scrap box.

Supplies: Purple Onion Designs Flower Cluster, Power Poppy Simply Camellias stamp set, Distress Oxide Wilted Violet, Versafine Onyx Black, Recollections Sparkle embossing powder, Echo Park Victoria Garden 6x6 paper pad, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles die, EK Success Circle punch

I would love to join in with these challenges:
Power Poppy Frame It Up
Tuesday Throwdown Anything Goes

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today!  I really appreciate your support!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Patterned Paper Images for Christmas cards

I have quite a few patterned paper packs that have sheets with images or labels on them. I have always just passed these by, assuming that scrapbookers have a better use for them.  But today I decided to cut up a couple from this Christmas pack and use them as a focal point on my card.

I just added stickles glitter and added a frame.  The background is a stamp in white ink. Super easy cards and even though I sortof felt like I was cheating with the focal points, the stamper in me was happy with the background.

Supplies: Penny Black Christmas Story stamp, American Crafts Let it Snow 6x6 paper pad, Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Sentiment set 3, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Avery Elle white ink, Stickles glitter glue

I would love to participate in ScrappyMo's Rudolph Days for May and Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge,  too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 19, 2017

I was having so much fun stamping flowers...

I just got a few new layering style stamp sets and I was having so much fun stamping these flowers --  I was trying lots of color combinations -- that I completely forgot about leaves until I looked at the card after I photographed it.  Oh well, it is still pretty.

I did add some Nuvo crystal drops to add a touch of sparkle.

Supplies: Gina K Designs by Claire Brennan Old Country Roses, GKD Innocent Pink, Dusty Rose inks, Hero Arts Raspberry Ink, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched dies, Echo Park Victoria Garden 6x6 paper pad, Nuvo crystal drops, American Crafts Twine

I would love to participate in these challenges:
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge - A Bit of Sparkle
Double D Challenges - Flowers Galore

Thanks so much for taking a look today! I hope you have a really wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

French Postal Hearts Card

Hello and I hope you are having a good and crafty day!

I stamped using blue pigment in - one heart on light blue cardstock and the other on some coordinating patterned paper. To add some easy details, I paper-pieced the rose on the top heart and then used a glitter pen on some of the other details - just enough to make them stand out a little.

I then just layered a die cut background over patterned paper.  This card is nice and flat for mailing!

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps French Postal Hearts, Distress Oxide ink Faded Jeans, KI Doilies 6x6 Paper pad, Impression Obsession Vine background die, Sakura Stardust gel pen

I would love to participate in this challenge:
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge - A Bit of Sparkle

I really appreciate your visit today and a special thanks if you were able to take time to leave a comment!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Father's Day card

Hello! I have been going through my blog feed this morning and it is especially long today!  I guess everyone has had some good crafty time recently! Maybe that was your treat for Mother's Day?  Anyhow, I have a Father's Day card to share today, trying to make sure I have them ready well ahead of time.

I masked the squirrel so he could be sitting right at home on the comfy chair.  He is relaxing for Father's Day.  I colored this with alcohol markers and cut out.  

I used an odd patterned paper for the background and then used snippets from the same pack to make a pleasing arrangement.  I had to add some brads to this card.  These ones I have from old Gina K kits remind me of the tacks sometimes used in furniture.

Supplies: Hero Arts Welcome Home and Clear Design June stamp sets, Memento black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Versafine Sepia ink, My Mind's Eye Handsome 6x6 Paper Pad, Gina K brads

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
Pixie's Snippets Playground 281-282
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge - May
SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge - Home Sweet Home
ModSquad Challenge Blog - Let's Color

Thanks so much for coming by today!  Have a great day!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Birthday Skunk ;)

Hello and hope everyone is having a lovely Mother's Day.  I had one stamped and colored skunk leftover from the baby cards I made the other day, so I spent some time finding a use for it.  

I started with the base of embossed cardstock.  I usually just use this one for Valentines, so it was fun to get it out again!  The frame is a piece of printed acetate over top of pink cardstock.  I am such a fan of that acetate!  To finish it off, I just added some glossy accents to the stamped heart the skunk is holding.  

Supplies: Lawn Fawn Stinkin Cute, Year Two, Bannerific stamp sets, Memento and Versafine black inks, WeRMemory Keepers 6x6 Acetate pad, Gina K Passionate Pink and Onyx Black cardstock, Darice embossing folder

I would love to participate in these challenges:
Lawn Fanatics - Black, White and Bright
SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge - It's a Frame Up

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Stinkin' Cute Baby Cards

Hello, I am glad you are here today.  It is super rainy here today.  A good day for crafting, but not for photographs.  I have two baby cards to share.  Both babies born recently are girls, so I made two very similar cards.

I was lucky enough to win the stamp set and the die from Di at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.  She has a great Snippets challenge that helps you use your scraps.  It was exciting to get an envelope from overseas!  The cute skunk was colored with alcohol markers and trimmed out with the matching dies.

Here you can see the other scrap of paper I used for the second card.  This die is so fun!  I think you will see it a lot in the future!

The next batch of cards I am going to need will be masculine birthdays!  Yikes, I haven't got any ideas for those yet!

Supplies: Lawn Fawn Stinkin Cute stamp and die set, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Memento Black ink, MFT Rectangle Peek a Boo die, Martha Stewart Baby Girl Mat pad

I would love to participate in these challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop Snippets challenge
ModSquad Challenge - Let's Color
SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge - It's a Frame Up
Cute Card Thursday - Use Dies and Punches

I really appreciate your visit today and hope you might have a moment to leave a comment so that I can return the favor.  Have a great day!

Friday, May 12, 2017

When you need a card quickly...

Hello cardmaking friends!  I have been hit by an acute need for many cards that I don't have in my stash.  Of those are some sympathy cards.

I decided to color a stamp with water based markers, spritz lightly with water and then stamp onto regular cardstock.  I get a watercolor look and I like that you can use either watercolor paper or regular cardstock, whatever you have on-hand.  I did frame the flowers with cardstock and added a scored frame on the white piece.

The second thing that made this quick is using embossed colored cardstock for the background instead of fussing with inking or something else.  The sentiment was stamped in dark green ink since I thought black would be too bold.

Supplies:  Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Flora and Fauna sheet, Sentiment sheet 3, Tombow water based markers, American Crafts Valentine 6x6 paper pad, other cardstock from my stash, Versafine Olympia Green ink pad

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge - Frame it Up
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes 282-283
Clean and Simple Watercolor - Flowers
Great Impressions - Feminine

Thank you so much for visiting and for your kind comments!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Angel Christmas Card

Hello! I would love to share a Christmas card that I made for a challenge. Thank you so much for stopping by to take a look!

This stamp set is cheaper acrylic, so I used pigment inks for stamping.  I do love this style of silhouette stamp though!  

Supplies: Recollections Christmas stamp set, Avery Elle pigment ink Mermaid, Versafine Onyx Black ink, American Crafts Let it Snow paper pad, EK Success banner mini punch

I would love to participate in the following challenge:

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Easy Floral Thank you Card

I hope you are all having a fantastic day. I have a quick share today.  Sometimes cards are so fun and easy to make when you have beautiful stamps and paper.

Supplies:  Our Daily Bread Designs Cherry Blossom, Gina K Designs Innocent Pink Ink, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Love Nicole Aquarelle 6x6 paper pad, craft foam (to pop up the panel)

I would love to participate in these challenges:
Our Daily Bread Designs Just Say Thanks
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes

Monday, May 1, 2017

JFF May Challenge

I am very pleased you are visiting today because I am excited to announce the new Just for Fun Rubber Stamps' May challenge!


I hope you will be inspired to make a card for a mom in your life.  Mother's Day is coming up on May 14th this year, and you could get ahead on birthday cards for mom.

For my card example, I used a beautiful peony stamp that I am really looking forward to color, but this time I paper-pieced it.  

I didn't have a patterned paper in the right color green, so I took a plain paper and stamped over it with green ink.  Sometimes the small details make me happy.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Peony, Tattered Screen background stamp, Happy Mother's Day sentiment, Versafine Black Ink, KI Doilies 6x6 paper pad, Gina K Jelly Bean Green cardstock, Gina K Applemint ink, Elizabeth Designs Embossing folder

Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by! 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Masculine Birthday card

Hello!  A quick share today because I am down to the last few minutes to enter at Sketch Saturday and combo with some other challenges too.  I loved this past week's sketch and just now was able to finish my card.

The background was stamped with Distress Oxide ink on a very pale green cardstock.  You get a very aged look when you do the Watercolor stamping on lighter cardstock (as opposed to the bleached look on dark cardstocks that I showed here).  I really like both looks!

Then I finished up the sketch with simple stamping with a nice silhouette of a bicycle.  I am hoping this will work for boys of all ages. I like the throwback style of bike and the jacks on the patterned paper scrap.

Supplies: Hero Arts Numbers background stamp and CL481 stamp set, Versafine Onyx black ink, Distress Oxide ink Iced Spruce, My Mind's Eye Hootenanny 6x6 patterned paper pad, cardstock from my stash

I would love to participate in these challenges:
Sketch Saturday #460
A Blog Named Hero -Anything Goes with Hero Arts
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday challenge -Anything Goes
SimonSaysStamp Monday challenge - We've Got your Number

So many pretty things are growing this time of year.  I wanted to share this sweet little Christmas Cactus cutting that has started to grow lots of new leaf segments!  My MIL let me take this cutting in February, and now it is really taking off.  Hard to see in the photo, but even the single segment leaf cutting has new growth.  This is actually a Thanksgiving cactus, but most people don't mind which holiday you call it.  

(You might need to click on this photo to enlarge it.)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!