Monday, September 17, 2018

Envelope Art

At the About Oriental Stamp Art Yahoo group, we had a mingle for 'envelope art'. This is what I came up with:

  This is the card I made: 

And, this is the envelope:

 Isn;t that Panda cute and playful?  This card has not been delivered yet- hope the Post Office can handle this envelope art : ) 

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Tuesday Throwdown- One Layer

Thuesday Throwdown challenge for this week is One Layer. Well, there's a hard challenge- just layer.....   Oh what fun!  I am a day late, but had to post my card......  I used a digital image Paw Prints from our Sponsor Sparkle and Sprinkle.

 I placed a stencil over the cardstock. I added inks-Distress Ink- Barn Door, SU Groovy Guava, Distress Inks Bundled Sage and Broken China. 
 The image is colored using Arteza real brushpens.
  I added a strip of double sided sticky tape, and burnished Sparkle and Sprinkle Surf glitter over it for a finishing touch.  I love their glitters and have quite a few of them! 

And, here is the sentiment from the digi set that I added to the inside:

 This is my 'Grand-dog' Sir Theo.  I could picture him when I saw this digi, so had to create using it!!!

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Friday, September 7, 2018

COF- Strength of Heart

September 2018 ~ Hostess: Susan P
scripture: PSALM 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
challenge: Make a card or other item that illustrates that God is the strength of your heart.

  I look to nature and am always amazed at the wonders of God!  The flowers, the trees, the animals and butterflies. We have been bringing in Monarch caterpillars from the garden, and watching them grow and turn into butterflies.  It is amazing to see this green/black/yellow and white caterpillar turn into this majestic butterfly! 
  From a small butterfly to the hear of a man, God is there in everything, if we are open to it and allow it to touch our hearts. 

 The image from Bugaboo is colored with Copics, and trimmed with a Memory Box stitched die. The DP is Jellybean....from the stash, not sure how old but I have had it a while. The sentiment is Create with TLC.
Bugaboo Sketch Challenge

You can see whet the rest of the ladies in the COF group did with the challenge HERE at Splitcoaststampers.

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Napkin ATC's

My meet up ATC group challenged us to make napkin ATC's.  One of my favorites, I have a drawer full of napkins to use on ATC 's and cards : )

 I used Xyron for adhesive, laid a quarter of the napkin on the first, and the second as well- the 2nd was used to fussy cut the flowers, which were added on the top for dimension. 

 I love these 2 ATC's. The Lt looks like real stitching, the Rt- a Farmers Market theme.

  Birds and a nest w/eggs.

 I love birds, another napkin with birds and flowers.

 Oh, I love flowers so much- more layered images!

 Hocus Pocus is a Fall TH stamp.

 This is a napkin cut into small squares- The side with the spider, the side with the flourish, the raven all separate squares. I added Washi and a small piece of cording with knots tied into it.

Here are the ATC's I received:

 I love to see the variety of fun ATC's others create!

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Friday, August 31, 2018

ATC's and ATC Coin card

I joined an ATC group at Unity, we exchange 2 ATC's with the group each month. It's a great way to use the stamps from my 'collection' : )

I stamped and embossed this image on water color paper. I used Turquoise and a poppy colored paint. See what I did with the 'left over ATC's below : )

 I had fun with Distress inks and Distress Oxide inks as well. I just love this image- and her beautiful head of hair : )

The ATC's I mailed out : )

 I took the left over ATC;s and die cut ATC coins for an About Oriental Stamp Art (Yahoo group) mingle to use ATC coins on a card. The background was too plain, so used Versamark to watermark the background. The Kanji is a retired SU set.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!  I have a brother in from out of town- it will be fun!

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Tuesday Throwdown-Splatter it

Happy Tuesday!  It is time for Tuesday Throwdown for Team B, and we are using supplies to add splatter to our cards.

 I started off with Fired Brick Distress Oxide inks- applied to non-stick mat and spritzed with water.  Next, I dragged the white cardstock through the wet ink.  I dried the cardstock/ink.  I repeated this again to get a tiny bit darker color in the background.  I added drips of water for splatter on the background.
  I added more splatter- I took Black Soot Distress Ink and spritzed it with water, then added splatter onto the card with a paintbrush. I also added white 'faux' splatter with a white Signo paint pen.

  The image used is Kiwi Koala from Sweet N Sassy Stamps- our Sponsor for this challenge. You can get the image pre-colored, but I love to color, so used Copics to color the image. I used older Spellbinder dies to cut out the image and the backing DP by Jillibean Soup.
  The sentiment is stamped in black, and I used SU punches to punch it out.  Cardstock is SU.

We'd love to have you join us for the challenge!  And, you may like to check out the other DT samples of splatter on cards as well. You can find the challenge and DT cards Here!

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Thursday, August 23, 2018


The AOSA ( About Oriental Stamp Art ) has a 'quickie' challenge to make an impossible card. I do not think this style of card is so impossible- kind of addicting!!!  

 I used Washi paper over Wasabi Green cardstock (SU). The main image is Magenta. I stamped the image and lightly watercolored it, trying to mimic the colors of the flowers in the Washi paper. The sentiment and the bamboo are from a set I bought from Clear Dollar Stamps many years ago. I just love the way this card looks IRL.  

Another view :  )

Have a fabulous day!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Dueling Darlings- let's Clink : )

It's that time of the month again- no pain or suffering- its Dueling Darlings time : )   Terry L (Dazzlers and my group) and Tami of the Diva's came up with a fun wine theme this month.

The image was colored with Copics. I used a Memory Box stitched rectangle die to cut it out. I colored the flowers with Copics as well. I added Washi tape as one of the strips, the other -I trimmed a chevron DP that was in the kit.

I followed along with the SCS sketch for this week- waited to create until it was posted : )

The kit Terry sent included:
Images and sentiments: Art Impressions "Wine Divas" and additional sentiments from MFT "Uncorked".
DP- Paper Studio
Flowers-white brides from Michaels wedding section
and a few others that did not end up on my card- ribbon "Celebrate It", twine from stash, green gems Paper Studio, Green "Got Flowers"

Be sure to hop along and see what the other Dazzlers- my team, and the Diva's have made!

Divas and Dazzlers links : )
Blogs : Barb  , Carol ,  Judy ,   Heather  , Kelly  LJ  Tami
SCS Galleries:  Suzy  , Terry S 

Blogs: Darlene  ,  Donna Jeanette  , Shelly- you are here, Terry L  , Tracie

SCS Galleries:   Paola , Terry A , Debbie B

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Tuesday Throwdown- Sketch

For the Tuesday Throwdown challenge this week, we are creating using a sketch.

 I created a card using the image Rosie with a Flower from our sponsor, Fred She Said.

 The image is colored with Copic markers. I texturized the fur with a hand towel and Copic colorless blender. If you prefer, the image also comes pre-colored. I added dots to surrounding the pup with BG00 and BG02 Copic markers. The DP I used is Gina K and the Turquoise cardstock is SU.

We'd love to have you join us for the challenge!  And, you may like to check out the other DT samples of the Sketch cards as well. You can find the challenge and DT cards Here!

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

DTGD 2018

I dove into the DTGD challenges- just to try a few of them.  It is fun to do the challenges and see what you can come up with.....  I focused alot on Christmas cards too : )

This was such a quick card to put together!  10 minutes max!  That may be a record for me : )  The image is Unity. 

This image is by PSX. It is gold embossed, then colored with Alcohol ink. .

 I tried applying the Alcohol inks in a different way.

And, this fun cutie is an image from a kit I rec's doing Christmas Crazy at SCS. I used Ditress inks on the sky, and colored using chalks on the rest. 

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

COF August

August 2018 ~ Hostess: Dawn
Scripture: Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
My Challenge: Since it is summer...use fireflies on your card....Or, if you have absolutely NO fireflies, choose a summer light source...mason jar with a light, tiki torch, flashlight.

  I combined the COF challenge and also played along with a DTGD challenge too.  Wahoo.  This sweet stamp is from Embossing Arts and I love it!

The Crafters of Faith is a group on SCS. We have a challenge hostess from the group give us a challenge each month based on a scripture. It is an OPEN group, so if you would like to join us, drop Kelly a line!  Check out the other COF cards on Splitcoast HERE!  

Challenges TBA

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Sunday, August 5, 2018


It's been a bust weekend, but I was able to squeeze in 2 cards for the DTGD challenge .

I was able to use a Unity stamp that I have been wanting to ink up.  The background embossing folder is Tim Holtz and I added a dab of white chalk ink (from a pad) to lighten up the embossed area.

And, another Unity stamp that I just love.  I colored using Arteza waterbrush pen and Copic markers.  A bit of shimmer added with a Sakura Stardust gelly roll pen. I used the hole-less Unity sequins- so pretty and the camera made them darker than they are.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Dimensional Sentiment

I wanted to try the Dimensional Sentiment "Ways to Use it" challenge at SCS, so made another card- black and white for the current Unity challenge as well.

  and inside:

Challenges: TBA

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Unity- Black & White

I tried out the Splitcoaststampers Techniques challenge-Collage Stamped Background and combined it with the Unity Black & White challenge.

This is actually the first Unity stamp set I ever bought (at Archivers-way back when).  I am so happy to get it out and ink some of the images!  I used 8 images on this background from various sets.  I used black Nuvo Hybrid ink on white cardstock.

Challenges TBA

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Tuesday Throwdown- Stencil

Tuesday Throwdown is challenging us to do Stenciling this week.  You do NOT have to own a stencil- do you have a die cut???

  All Dressed Up is our challenge sponsor, I used their image 'Feeling Spoilt'.
The stencil is from a die cut (Marilyn) that I  die cut out and brushed ink through. I used Pretty in Pink, Blue Bliss and Certainly Celery SU inks. DP is Basic Grey Eulogy. Cardstock is Blue Bliss from SU.
  The sentiment is Create from TLC. I punched out the sentiment with a 1: circle punch, the blue under that is a Memory Box stitched circle die. Twine is from my stash.

We'd love to have you join us for the challenge!  And, you may like to check out the other DT samples of stenciled cards as well. You can find the challenge and DT cards Here!

Since this is an image I purchased, I am going to enter it into the AG challenge at All Dressed Up.
And, I am entering the AG challenge at Desiree's blog for the TLC challenge!

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Unity ATC's

For the June ATC exchange, I decided to try the ATC 'coin' that I have been seeing online.

 I took acrylic paints Alizerin Crimson and Gold and scraped them across a sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of cardstock.  Once dried, I cut out the circles with  Spellbinder Dies. I stamped the Birthday Wishes onto the circle.   stamped and fussy cut out the panda image and added it over a strip of Washi tape. To finish off the ATC coin, I added dashes/faux stitching around the edge. I will have to try more of these : )

 I stamped this flower by Graciella Designs onto an ATC, water brushed with clear shimmer which spread the die ink, then I overstamped the floral image. The sentiment is from the same set, it is die cut and outlined with Rose Red cardstock.

Challenges TBA

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

CYS-Challenge Your Stash- Color challenge

For the July CYS group, we are challenged by Barbara (Bejoyce at SCS) to use any previous color challenge from SCS weekly challenges.

 I used SCS Color Challenge #431 Midnight Muse (I used Navy), Rich Razzleberry and Gumball Green.
  On my sidebar, there is a link to colors that coordinate with Copics, ets....and I referred to the list and found , for Copics, Navy = B95 &97, Razzleberry = RV63 & 66, and Gumball Green YG63 & 67.
  I stamped the image from Technique Junkies (SD867) in Black Nuvo Hybrid ink. I colored carefully- the leaves first, then the birds using the Copics. I added some outline accents in C2.
I added twine and the sequins and called the card done!

 My youngest has 3 Bachelors degrees- one in Chemistry.  I love buying sets with beakers, etc...but she always tells me there is something wrong with the equation, or the sentiments etc. (And, I know as a nurse how irritating it is when someone gets something wrong- like on a TV show....)  Well, there you go- this set speaks of atoms and I do not know how anything can be wrong with it : )  Wahoo!

The CYS group can be located here.  List mom Barb had the brilliant idea- lets use our stash items- with a monthly theme, I am sure finding no shortage of items to use in my creative space for this challenge...!!! Even those in the 'get rid of ' pile....... HERE is a link to all of the July Cards at Splitcoaststampers for this challenge.

 The group says closed- but we ARE open to new members!

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Christmas Crazy- Inspiration photo

So, this is the final day for the Bugaboo Christmas Crazy week.  I signed on and saw the freebie at Bugaboo this week is a Santa in the Sand- and had to put aside the images I was going to use and make a card with it.

  Yep, I love him!  We will be spending Christmas in a warm environment again this year (we live in the snowbelt...)  and I think I will make 7 more of these- for Mom and siblings : )  I will vary the inks and colors a bit just for my self satisfaction.
  I inked the card using Zindorfian color  I used Pool Party for the top, Marina Mist for the water, and Creamy Carmel for the lower section, all SU inks. I added dots to the sand using Close to Cocoa and Choc. Chip markers (SU also).  Using a white paint pen, I added waves in the water. The accents- skin, hat, pail, etc are colored with Copic markers. I masked of a section at the top and added some sun- used Copics markers again for that.  It was WAY too bright, so I used a little COO Copic marker to try to tone it down.  I put a touch of liquid applique to the end of the hat for some texture. I added a Gina Marie die to the outer edge to finish off the card.
  The sentiment is from Art Impressions.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Christmas Crazy- Color Challenge

Day 6 of the Bugaboo Christmas Crazy challenge is a color challenge.

  I fussy cut out this snowglobe scene, and added shimmer using a Sakura stardust gelly roll pen. The DP is from a Christmas stack I bought a couple of years ago by My Minds Eye (MME).
  The 'Ways to Use it' challenge at SCS today asked for stars and items popped up with dimensionals.  I added a touch of Marina Mist ink onto the Marina Mist cardstock, then daubered on white chalk ink. I added sequins over a couple of those spots- do you see stars??? 

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Christmas Crazy- Humorous

You can always count on the snarky Stella images for humor- and sarcasm : )  For the Bugaboo Christmas Crazy Day 5 challenge, make a card with humor here's Stella!

  Image and sentiment are both from Bugaboo.  I am sarcastic, so just get a huge kick out of Stella. I colored with Copics and added shimmer with Sakura Jelly roll pen.

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Christmas Crazy B-I-N-G-O

Day 4 of Christmas Crazy over at Bugaboo is a B-I-N-G-O challenge.

 Here is what I made:

 I went straight down the middle row and used a Die Cut, A Bugaboo Christmas image and Washi.
I made the background with Christmas Washi tape. The image is colored with Copics and shimmer added with Sakura Stardust jelly roll pen, Sentiment is SU. I added enamel dots that I have taken out of the packaging, but if I had to guess, Recollections.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Anything but a Card

For Day 3 of the Bugaboo Christmas Crazy challenge, anything but a card is the challenge. I decided to try- for the first time- a wine bottle tag.

The DP is SU. I colored the image with Copics and colored over it with Shimmer pen. The ribbon is from Target dollar spot and twine. I used a spellbinders die to cut out the hole for the bottle top.  I would love to get wine (red please) for a gift : )

Each card is posted separately, as I do not know how to link up more than one challenge from the same URL.  Any hints, please clue me in!

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Christmas Crazy Sketch challenge

For the Bugaboo Christmas Crazy challenge #2, we have a sketch to follow.

I used Memory Box stitched circle dies to cut out the image.  The DP is Basic Grey. The 'believe' die is Tim Holtz Alterations.  I used my rarely used Nuvo drops for accents.

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