Monday, September 15, 2014

Mix-Ability Challenge at

This is my card for Friday’s   Mix-Ability   challenge (MIX85). The challenge was to use crayons to scribble or draw on cardstock, then spray or paint over the piece of cardstock.  The crayon acts as a resist.

I drew my flowers with pink, yellow, and green crayons, then sprayed the cardstock with brown Dylusions spray.  I noticed that the crayons lost some their color intensity when I wiped off the still-wet spray.  The piece still looked rather plain, so after it was dry, I outlined the images with a black charcoal pencil then smudged it just a bit with my finger.  I knew the charcoal would continue to smudge if it wasn’t sealed so I sprayed it liberally with liquid hair spray.  After the hair spray was dry, I layered the piece onto dark chocolate cardstock, then onto pink cardstock before mounting it onto the cream-colored card  base.  The finished size is 5-1/2” square.

There is no stamping on this card.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sympathy Card

I needed a sympathy card for a co-worker whose father passed away suddenly earlier this week.   This card is what I ended up with after making something different that didn’t work as planned. (So frustrating!) I CASE’ed  this card  that I found on Pinterest.

Unfortunately, I can’t really write out a recipe since I do not know the names of the cardstock & ink colors or the brand of the sentiment stamp. I did not note down that information as I was making the card.  But I can tell you that the embossing folder is from Stampin’ Up and the leaf stamp is from Heartfelt Creations.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Need for Speed

This is a card that I made when I was still living in South Carolina. It was for a Teapot Tuesday challenge recipient and was definitely a Quick and Easy card!

The clouds were created with a scallop circle punch and sponging.

Stamp:  Need for Speed (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Archival Black, Blue
Paper: Georgia Pacific white, unknown brand silver, Stampin' Up! blue (not sure of the color name, sorry!)
Accessories: star embossing folder

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Watercolored Apples

This is a card that I made a year or so ago.  I stamped the apple image, then watercolored it.

Unfortunately, I don't remember the manufacturer or name of the stamp. The embossing folder is
from Stanpin' Up!.  The "littles" in the corners is a Spellbinders Nestabilities die.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"Mixed Media Monday"

I have been "into" mixed media and art journaling for the last year and a half or so; there are quite a few artists who I follow.  One of those artists is Tracy Weinzapful Burgos. She is a delightful person and does a live Ustream show on Monday nights (9 p.m. EST) called Mixed Media Monday.

Today's offering is my art journal page CASE'd from her 8/25/14 show

I created the background using acrylic paints and "slapping" them down with a baby wipe. Once I was happy with the colors, I "drew" my flowers  with  white gesso, then painted them with acrylic paints. The outlining was done with a charcoal pencil then smudged with my finger.  The circles were done with white gesso and  a foam stamp that I have had for ages.  the other texture was created with a piece of drywall tape and white gesso.

I cut the stencil with my Brother Scan N Cut; I used a piece of scrap cardstock then used molding paste to give the words some dimension.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wedding Card for a Co-Worker

This is a card that I made a couple weeks ago for a co-worker who got married this past weekend.  It was fun and frustrating to make!

Fun because I played with a background stamp and embossing folder that I had for awhile but hadn't used either yet.  The sentiment is from a Stmapin' Up! "oldie goldie"  set called  Heard from the Heart.

Frustrating because I originally tried to use some Prima flowers that just. did. not. work on the card.  I was not a happy camper!  And then, Eureka!!!!   I remembered that I have a set called Flower Shop and the coordinating punch.  So I stamped a few flowers and punched them out. I played with the placement (had to hide the globs of glue left from when I removed the Prima flowers), punched some leaves, and glued them onto the card.  It was still a bit plain, so I put some stickles in the centers of the flowers.

Ahhhh,   soooooo much better!

Card size: 5-1/2 x 7"
Stamps:  (Stampin' Up!)  Heard from the Heart, Flower Shop, Baroque (background stamp used in the corners)
Ink: (Stampin' Up!) Marina Mist, Night of Navy
Cardstock: (Papertrey Ink) cream, Stampin' Up!) Marina Mist
Accessories: Embossing Folder, (Stampin' Up!) Flower Punch, (Martha Stewart) Leaf :Punch

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


I don't want to lose sight of my blog again, or wait a year or so to make another post!   I have a lot of things that I can post, so there is no excuse this time.  :-)

Today's offering is a picture that I painted in my smaller size art journal.  I like the small one as a good place for "practice" pieces.  I am always pleasantly surprised when something turns out as good  (or better) as I hoped.  This page is one of those "pleasant surprises."

I created the background first with paints and sprays, then drew the tulips with a pencil.  I then painted the tulips with a primer coat of gesso before using acrylic paints for the colors.  After I was happy with the tulips, I used a black charcoal pencil to outline them & smudged the lines for depth. I then flicked black india ink over the piece with a fan brush.  After that, I used molding paste & a stencil to create texture.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Life certainly has a way of getting away from us, doesn't it?   I haven't posted anything here is nearly two years!

Surprise, surprise! I have moved yet again for my job.  lol   I am now back home in Central Florida, have been here since last Thanksgiving.  I miss South Carolina, but it's good to be home and closer to family.

Here is the card that I made this this week's Teapot Tuesday challenge seen here:Teapot Tuesday challenge .   The only thing that is stamped is the sentiment from Papertrey ink.  the flowers and vine are dies from Spellbinders, Tattered Lace, and Sizzix.

Monday, December 31, 2012

It's been nearly a year since my last post. 

The day after my last post, my husband passed away unexpectedly. I've had a lot to deal with ... his estate, my emotions, worrying about his parents, etc.  This blog was the last thing on my mind!

I stopped stamping for several months, but, thankfully, I was able to get back to it. What helped me tremendously was getting back into the Tuesday Teapot challenges on  After being a recipient of the cards last February, I truly understood how much the cards mean to the people who receive them.  My Sister Teapotters put a LOT of  love into the cards they make.

Thank you for letting me ramble  a bit.  I'm not sure how long it will be before I come back here. I'm hoping to start posting my cards again ... maybe that will be one of my New Year's Resolutions for 2013. 

Happy New Year!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Oh my!

Woah! I haven't posted anything since last May! Oh my goodness .... it's time to update my profile.

I have moved TWICE since my last post. I am living and working in SC, near Parris Island. When I first moved here, my now-former roommate and I lived in a beautiful two story house. About six weeks after my arrival, she received a well-deserved promotion and was transferred to another project. Unfortunately I could not afford the house by myself, so I had to find another place.

However, that was OK, because I am now in a 2BR apartment, so guess what that means? Yep! I have a craft room! Yay!!!