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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Tuesday Throwdown- Favorite Color : )

It;'s Tuesday, so time for the Tuesday Throwdown challenge- this week we are using our favorite color!

 I have always loved Pink, I also love Blues....if I had to pick one- Pink would win!  This week, our sponsor is Kitty Bee Digital Stamps.  I used an image called Panda Balloon and Bouquet.

 I found the DP in my stash- it is by Basic Grey. And, it is pink (and blue) : )   For me, this is quite CAS and would also be perfect for Valentines Day.

  I hope you will come join us- and take a look at the other DT members great cards- wonderful inspiration!

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

CYS-Three patterned Papers

It's the 28th of the month, and it is time to Create with Your Stash, aka CYS. This month Jeanette challenged us to use 3 different patterned Papers on our cards.

 Since the goal is to use 'stash' items, I pulled out DP from my drawer of unknowns, and cut out butterflies with the retired (ages ago) SU Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die. I layered them over a die and embellished them with Basic Grey pearls. The cardstock is SU as well.
 The Sentiment is Unity by Gina K. I also added a sympathy sentiment from the set on the inside. I am in need of a few more Sympathy cards. In the days of working in Intensive Care, I remember Jan was such a busy month for our unit!

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 January- 3 different DP cards'the group members posted on Splitcoast for this challenge.

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

CYS- Use three DP's

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Panda Love

Gerda Steiner Progressive Challenge for Jan., Oh I could not resist the adorable Panda- so I bought him!  Inspired by a blogging friend- Donna, who makes the cutest cards with the images from this store!

 I used a background that is made on watercolor paper with the leftover paint from my attempts at watercoloring. Why waste the paints- they are not cheap!  I love the pinks and purples- and was able to match the mauve/pink cardstock-that my sistaer gave me from Tuesday Morning.  I used a Mod Stitched rectangle die for the image, copics to color and a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to add shimmer.

I have a few friends in the About Oriental Stamping Yahoo group that may get a card with this adorable Panda if I have time to whip up a few more cards : )

We visited San Diego over New Years, and saw this adorable Panda at the SD Zoo : )

Gerda Steiner Progressive Challenge Jan 18

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Monday, January 22, 2018

ATC's- "Trees"

 Our Jan ATC theme was trees.  I used a variety of backgrounds for my trees- having so much 'technique' fun!

On the Lt, the ATC is made using a chipboard tree from Sweet Stamps- Piccalo Accents. I covered it with enamel EP and it has flecks of gold in it. I placed it on a background and covered the edges with Stickles.

On the Rt is my 1-4-1 "drop card".  I used a Distress Ocide BG, added a portion of a die cut of a city scape, colored the house and trees. I added 'snow' on the trees using my white paint pen, then felt like it needed something, so added dots of snow with the paint pen and a full moon (It is the Blue Moon month after all).

On the Lt- the background is a gelly plate Background, used a tree die cut, I added dots of snow and snow on the tree with a white paint pen. I added Washi tape at the bottom.  I added a star at the top from retired SU sequins.

The Rt ATC is my favorite- I added a background of a magazine page wrinkled up, laid flat and covered with Gesso. I added the tree die cut, added pink heart sequins. I added punched hearts at the base from some retired SU DSP.

 These tree dies are unbranded. They are from a set of three. The one on the left is the largest one, I added it to a background using metallic paints. I added small ripped pieces of Washi and gold Stickles on top.
 The Rt side ATC has stickles on top. I used a Unity stamp (the honetcomb) and a strip of Washi on the bottom.

 The last two ATC's are using a Gelli plate background. I used the same tree die again, I just added Washi and heart sequins from the SU sequins I used the star from.

 I used a variety of backgrounds and used the small deer from a Gina K designs set- imported in to the scan and cut and cut it out from brown cardstock. I used glue distress, the magazing pape crinkled and gesso'ed, Glue resist x's 2 and a embossed and sanded (coordinations cardstock) technique.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018


A card for a friend who had a loss in her family.

  I stamped this Unity image (Dec. 17 KOTM) on Watercolor paper (Strathmore) using a stamping platform. I colored with Zig pens and Artesa waterbrush pens, plus a bit of Wink of Stella.
  Cardstock and DSP are SU as are the pearls.  The butterfly die is Cheery Lynn.

 I googled the Arteza brushes and watched alot of You Tube video's before buying them. I was able to color direct to paper, blend a bit, remove ink that was too saturated and lift color that blended on the edges and also used ink scribbled on my stamp block mixed with water for the background.  I also did some tip to tip blending for middle tones of the colors.  So far, I am pleased with the results of the markers : )

 Here is my swatching- Lt on watercolor paper and Rt Neenah cardstock.

 These pens do not have numbers on them, so I will have to figure that out so I can easily color with them if they get out of this order..... 

This is my Zig pen collection.  You can buy these individually, and they have numbers on them.  I will be filling in my collection with the Zigs in the future.

 My first time using a new bottle of Nuvo drops:

 So, when the Nuvo drops first start flowing, do not squeeze too hard : ) LOL


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Tuesday Throwdown- "Distressed"

Happy Tuesday!   Time for another new challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown. This week we have a fun theme for you: "Distressing". Our sponsor for this challenge is Power Poppy and I used the Follow Your Heart digital image to create a card. The sentiment is from the digi set La Vie en Rose

The cardstock- Chocolate Chip SU, White Neenah
Red background DP= Basic Grey Curio
Tan/brn and script DP-DCWV
Copper Pearls- Queen and Co.
SU Oval Punch
Stitched frames die
Images- Power Poppy
Brown ribbon- Mocha from DL Art

Now it's your turn to create a project !  You have a week to play along and 'distress' your card! We look forward to seeing you at Tuesday Throwdown. Stop by and take a look at the inspiration from the Design Team "B"!   

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Dueling Darlings- Calendars

For our January Dueling Darlings kit, Darlene is the Hostess of the Dazzlers, and she sent us a fun kit to make a calendar. (LJ is the Hostess for the Divas).

and a side angle shot:

 The kit Darlene sent to us included a January page for a calendar.  I decided to print out the entire year using a link from the Splitcoaststampers tutorial I used HERE.

 I used some older retired SU DSP from years ago! I altered the measurements a bit, so I could make the 'stand' a bit larger.  I also decided to use some old brads- and that way- I can change the page every month of the year : )

 I stamped and cut out the Sunny Studio Penguins and accessories. They are colored with Copics.  I punched out the snowflakes and added rhinestones.  The 2018 is red wrapping paper with double stick tape on the reverse- the die- out of the package......  Maybe Memory Box.

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

Divas and Dazzlers links : )
I lost my sidebar links when my computer crashed, and I STILL have not put them on my sidebar..... .  Here they all are:
Barb ** Blog: Barb's Inkin' into Retirement
Carol ** Blog: Lost in my craft room
Judy ** Blog: Paper Hugs & Kisses
Heather ** Blog: 
Kelly ** Blog: *Sandcastle Stamper*
LJ ** Blog: Bucky Girl
Suzy ** no blog, Gallery SuzyS1104 - Homemade Cards, Rubber Stamp Art, & Paper Crafts -
Tami ** : : : : BlueInks Design
Terry S ** her gallery:

Darlene ** The World According to Bijou
Donna: blog:
Jeanette ** Cre8tive Play: It's Cheaper than TherapyCreative Play-It's Cheaper Than Therapy
Paola ** blog That's Amore! (SAMA  Please check her gallery at SCS HERE
Shelly ** My creative rumblings
Terry A ** For now, here's her gallery: Splitcoaststampers Member Galleries - PurplePansy26 - Handmade Cards & Crafts
Terry L ** It's Totally Terry
Tracie ** Crafty Creations
Debby B ** no blog (Gallery:

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Lantern Card

 I joined a mingle 1-4-1 with the theme lantern.

 I came across this digi lantern background in my files, and it so reminds me of 'lantern street' in Beijing. I have no idea where I found it at. The Kanji is also unknown  The little girl and the flowers are by Fred She said.
  On the top and bottom of the card, I added Washi Tape.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

COF - lovin' your friends

**January 2018 ~ Hostess: Barb 
scripture1 John 4:12
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 
challenge The challenge is to make a card or another creation that describes how "we" love one another--through friendship, trying times, music, holidays, etc. 

 I am always amazed at the people that say if someone brings you down, you do not need the drama.  A really good friend sticks with you through thick and thin IMO. We all have rough times and I think a friend sticks around and helps bring you up, and that you would do the same for your friend if need be. 

 This image(s) are Graciellie Designs. I colored with Copics and added some shimmer with a Stardust Gelly roll pen. I added Antique Linen distress ink to the sentiment. Cardstock is SU

 I cut up the edges of the petals and curled them to make the flowers dimensional. 
Crafters of Faith is an Open group at SCS- you can find the group if you look under  Swaps/Cards/Open/Crafters of Faith. Our dear leader is Kelly, and you can find her blog HERE
If you would like to see cards the other members created, you can look in the gallery HERE at


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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Tuesday Throwdown-Silver or Gold


For the challenge at Tuesday Throwdown, we are using Silver or Gold.

 I used sequins for my Gold touch.  The sweet image is from My Grafico. I colored it with Copics, and cut out the birds and heart and added dimension by adding them popped up over the base images. I added shimmer to the hearts with a red Wink of Stella pen.
 The clouds were made with a punched out scalloped oval punch piece (Stampin Up). The hearts die(s) are spellbinders using Stampin Up DSP. . The LOVE die(s) are Memory Box. The pink and Gold sequins are in my stash.

Please join the challenge at Tuesday Throwdown- you have a week to create : )

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