Thursday, October 9, 2014

Christmas Card

I like how this card turned out!  I design as I go, so it took a couple of hours to complete (not to mention the mess that was on my desk when I was finished! Lol).  I will make more because I like the design, but the next ones will go much quicker!

I am making an attempt to actually use the supplies that I have purchased at least once.  The money is not well-spent if the supplies are never used.  And, if I use something then find I don’t like it after all or I have a difficult time with it (intricate dies, in particular), it is a lot easier for me to put it in the “Let It Go” bin.   I have been purging my supplies, but it has been a very slow process.  It’s more fun to create than to clean, yaknow?   

I am digressing!  Back to the card ….   I used a Stampin” Up embossing folder for the background.  The holly leaves are from a Cuttlebug / Spellbinders die that I found at Joannes Fabrics & Crafts earlier this summer.   The label die is also one of Spellbinders fancy labels dies.  I cut the small piece for the sentiment from white cardstock, stamped the image, and glued it on.  I sued Stickles glitter glue for the berries.

Stampset – Stampin' Up! Christmas Blessing (retired)
Ink – Archival Black, Old Olive
Paper – Cherry Cobbler, Gable Green, White
Accessories – Stampin” Up! Embossing folder, Spellbinders dies, Stickles

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Stampin' Up! Wetlands

Now that I am back home in Central Florida, I have been getting together with my Stamping Friend every other week.  The cards she makes are more elaborate than what I come up with on my own. She helps me step out of my comfort zone and I am usually always happy with the results.   This card is no exception!

This card was CASE’d from a card that Stamping Friend and I saw at our Stampin’ Up! Demo’s house.  Our Demo made the card at her upline’s meeting. I tried to find the card (or a close proximity of it) online so that I can give proper credit; if it is your card or you know whose it is, please let me know so that I can give credit.

We stamped the sandpiper image onto watercolor paper then sponged in the sky, water, and sand. We then cut out the image with a circle die.It is layered onto a Baja Breeze circle.  We embossed just the card front.  We stamped the wavy line image from Chalk Lines in Baja Blue and trimmed it to fit the card front. The strips in order  below the stamped lines are Baja Breeze, water color paper, Night of Navy.

But the real magic happens when the card is opened!

I love how this card turned out!  We cut the inside piece using a Karen Burniston pop-it-up die from Elizabeth Crafts.  We were going to use the cut in the other direction so that the sentiment would be standing up when the card was opened, but we decided we liked it better this way.

We stamped the sentiment on water color paper and cut it out with a circle die.  We stamped the pelican then fussycut it out, leaving a couple of inches long tail at the bottom. The tail is needed so that the bird can be secured to the card base.  We used a grass die to cut the grasses in front of the pelican.  We sponged in the clouds using a handmade cloud template.  You could also punch out a scalloped circle or oval and  use that as your template.

Stamps:   Stampin’ Up! Wetlands and Chalk Lines.  Unknown sentiment, pelican, and birds
Cardstock: Baja Breese, Sahara Sand, Night of Navy, watercolor paper
Ink: Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand, Stazon Black
Accessories:  Stampin’ Up! Embossing folder, Karen Burniston pop-it-up die by Elizabeth Crafts, Circle dies, Grass die

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.