Thursday, November 27, 2014

October-November Challenge Entry

This is my entry into Tracy Weinzapfel's October / November Challenge.  The deadline to enter is Sunday, Nov 30th.  The challenge was to CASE any of Tracy's paintings from a Mixed Media Monday video.   I chose to CASE this one from October 15, 2014.

I used a baby wipe to slap down three different colors of acrylic paint for the background.  Then I drew / painted the flower and leaves with a primer coat of white gesso. After the gesso dried, I mixed a couple shades of yellows in a puddle on my paint palette and bright shades of orange and red in another puddle.  The center was painted first with the red/orange, and then the petals were painted with a bottom layer of yellows. I added streaks of the red orange for shading.  The leaves were painted with a mixture of green acrylic paints.  The lighter color in the petals was done with a white Sharpie paint pen.  I laid down a lot of the paint, then used the tip of the pen to move it around. As it dried, it picked up the color from the paint underneath.  

This was done in a little over an hour, including drying time. I used my heat gun to dry the paint. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

No card for today ...

This is just a quick update on my "studio purging" journey.

I have come to a standstill on breaking up my Stampin' Up! sets. As I scan the sets on my DVD shelf, I just cannot make myself break up any more of them right now.  So, I am not going to try to force myself; I'll wait until it feels "OK" to break them up.

Once that urge hits again, I'm ready.  I recently bought more of the full sized stamp cases (for wood mounted sets) that Stampin Up sells.  I'm almost at the point where I need to sub-divide certain classifications, such as flowers or birds. It will be easier to find the stamp that I want to use if I sub-divide  flowers into types of flowers (i.e. roses or 

Last night, I grabbed the plastic tote where I keep my paper scraps. Oh boy, did I ever get aggressive with throwing away paper scraps! I kept some of the larger pieces and a few pieces that I really loved or knew that there would be no more of that particular pattern.  The rest was put in a trash bag and will be taken to the dumpster in the next day or so.

If anyone looked in my studio, they would  not see any evidence that I am purging.  I am taking Baby Steps on this journey so each completed bit of the purge is not evident. But every one of those Baby Steps has been so freeing!  It may be a long time before I see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, but I plan on completing this journey no matter how long it takes.

I keep telling myself that I need to "lighten my load."  It is wasteful to have so much *stuff* in my studio that doesn't get used.  And it's even *more* wasteful to have stuff that is forgotten about and ends up at the bottom of a drawer or box.

Friday, November 21, 2014

My Granddaughter's Birthday Card

This card is for my granddaughter’s upcoming birthday.  She doesn’t read my blog, so it is safe to post her card even though her birthday is not for a couple of weeks yet. She is going to be 11. Where on earth did the time go?  It seems like just yesterday that she was born!

“Tween” cards are difficult for me, much like children’s or masculine cards.     Pinterest to the rescue!   I CASE’d    this card from   and had to dig into the pile of stamp sets that I am going to either donate or sell to do so.

I used the same stamp set and layout, but everything else is different.  I left off the two smaller flowers, used different papers for the big flowers, and  different sentiment. I used mini pearls in the centers of the flowers instead of brads and added a layer under the card front.  Of course, the card needed a bit of bling, so I went over the sentiment with my clear glitter pen.

Stamp Set: Stampin’ Up! Friendship Blooms (2008 Sale-A-Bration), unknown sentiment
Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Papertrey Ink white, unknown DSP’s (from my scrap bin)
Ink: Archival Black
Accessories: Mini pearls, Sakura clear gelly roll pen

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

MMTPT329 Monkeyshine!


This card is for yesterday’s Teapot Tuesday challenge on It is going out to Pam in Westminster, CO.  Pam recently had surgery and is “on the mend.”

Funny or cute cards are not my forte, so I had to think a bit on it. I looked on the internet but didn't find anything that gave me inspiration, so I was on my own for this tea party!   After looking through my stamps for a while, I remembered that I have some cute animal stamps. I figured I could do something with one of them.  And then I found the Changito Monkey set and the light bulb over my head turned on!

I had a scrap of watercolor paper on my desk that needed a bit of a trim to make it the perfect size.  I stamped the tree limb image, added extra leaves, then stamped the monkey.  Then I colored the image with my colored pencils.  After it was all colored, I realized that I should have stamped the image of bananas that is in the set in the monkey’s hand.  I guess I could have paper-pieced  the bananas, but I didn't think about doing that until just now as I’m writing this post.  Oy!

I used on old Stampin’ Up! Set called Bitty Backgrounds to stamp on the layer of Lost Lagoon cardstock. I tried it first with just Versamark ink, but it didn't show up as nicely as I’d hoped. So I flipped the cardstock over and stamped again with lost Lagoon ink.  Ahhh, much better!

I layered both pieces onto black cardstock before assembling the card.  There is no bling or embellishments on the card at all.

Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Bitty Backgrounds, Changito Monkey
Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Lost Lagoon, Papertrey Ink white, watercolor paper
Ink: Archival Black, Stampin’ Up Lost Lagoon
Accessories: Colored Pencils

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sparkly Snowflakes!

This was a fun, quick, and simple card to make.  I’m running short on time, so I think this is the “winner” and will be this year’s Christmas card for my family.

The snowflake designer paper was cut to 4”x5-1/4” and layered onto silver foil paper.  The silver foil looks black in the picture, though.  The white center piece was cut to 4” wide, punched with the embossing punch, stamped with the sentiment, and then trimmed it to about 2-1/2” wide. I glued a thin strip of silver foil paper to the top of the panel to make it pop even more.

After the card was assembled, I went over the sentiment with a clear glitter pen. This card is very sparkly in real life!

Today’s card fits the requirements for both of the Monday challenges at

The Technique Challenge (TLC508) was to make a card is 15 minutes or less. 

The CAS Challenge (CAS299) was to use snowflakes.

Stamps: Tim Holtz Handwritten Holidays
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink white, Recollections designer papers
Ink: Archival black
Accessories: Martha Stewart snowflake embossing punch, Sakura clear gelly roll glitter pe

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sympathy Card

Once again, I needed a card for a co-worker who recently lost his father.  Goodness, but sympathy cards are so hard! More so when you need one right away.  I really need to make an effort to have sympathy cards on hand.

This card is 5 x 7.   The sizes of the panels are as follows:

Back panel mat – 2-1/2” x 6-1/4”
Back image – 2-1/4” x 6”
Main image mat – 3-3/4” x 5-1/4”
Main image -  3-1/2” x 5”

The back image was stamped with Stampin’ Up’s Hardwood background stamp.  The main image was also stamped with the Hardwood background stamp, then over-stamped with Stampin’ Up’s En Francais background stamp in a darker ink.   I then stamped the cattail image on the main panel piece, then glued the panels together, assembled the card and stamped the sentiment.

After the card was all glued together, I realized that the cattail image was floating in mid-air on the panel. So, I adhered a very narrow width of the rust cardstock along the bottom of the image to ground it.

Stamps: Stampin’ Up Hardwood and En Francais, unknown sentiment, unknown cattail image
Cardstock: Stampin’ Up Really Rust (retired), Close to Cocoa (retired), Papertrey Ink cream
Ink: Archival black, Momento light cocoa, rich cocoa

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I started doing it

Well, I never thought I would be able to break up my (Stampin Up!) stamp sets and store similar images together.  But it has gotten to the point where I need to do a purge my studio, soooooooo I started out slowly.

I grabbed some older sets that I haven't used in quite a while and dove right in.  Flower images moved to the cases with other brands of flower images, leaves to the leaves case,  butterflies moved to the butterfly case, etc.  It wasn't so bad after all; in fact, it felt pretty good.

And!  I took four sets of silhouette images and combined them into one case. The sentiments with those sets were rather silly, so I  (gasp!) threw them in the trash!

I have a small stack of some sets that I know I will never use, so those will either be sold very inexpensively or donated to a thrift shop.

Progress in tiny steps.

Sending Holiday Cheer

This was a fun card to make!  Lots of non-traditional Christmas colors.  It may be considered a CAS card, but it was not really all that quick.

The inside front of the Darice embossing folder was inked with Distress Inks Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean, then  the watercolor paper was laid inside the folder and ran through my Big Shot.  (Be sure to clean your embossing folder right away or it might stain).

The house and tree were stamped onto watercolor paper using black Stazon ink. After using watercolor pencils to color the images, I fussy-cut them out.  I used Liquid Pearls on the roofline and at the top of the chimney and Distress clear stickles on the tree.

After that, I tore a piece of watercolor paper for the hilly shape and used Distress clear stickles to make the sparkly snow. I dried the stickles with my heat gun but let the paper get a bit too hot!  Oh well.  Anyway, I stamped the sentiment with black Stazon.  After I glued the pieces together, I mounted the card front onto an A2 card base.


Stamps: Hero Arts Sending Holiday Cheer CL464
Cardstock: Watercolor paper, Papertrey Ink white
Ink: Distress Peacock Feathers & Salty Ocean, Stazon black
Accessories: Darice embossing folder, Liquid Pearls, Distress stickles, watercolor pencils

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

MMTPT327 Truck for Jayden

Today’s card is going out to 6 year old Jayden.  He recently lost his little sister in a terrible accident and his mother was badly injured as well.

You can find his story at this week’s Teapot Tuesday challenge on

Jayden likes big trucks and race cars. Since I come from a racing family, I am a bit weary of making racing related cards, so I chose to go with a big rig.  The stamp set is called Big Boy Toys from Mark’s Finest Paper. This set was released in 2012 and is still available.  In fact, I just saw that Mark’s Finest Paper is running a sale right now and this set is going for $14.39, so there ya go!

I love washi tape, but i just never seems to look right on my cards. This time, though, the washi tape fit the bill perfectly! I used Tim Holtz’ tissue tape to anchor the truck to the card.  I’m not sure if it shows in the picture, but I used Crystal Effects from Stampin’ Up on the windshield of the truck.  The truck itself was colored with pencils.

Stamp Set: MFP’s Big Boy Toys
Paper: Georgia Pacific White
Ink: Archival Black
Accessories: Tissue Tape, Crystal Effects, Coloring Pencils