Sunday, May 31, 2020

Line up the pieces

 Another card made from using a tutorial from the Spring Card Camp 2.  I was not too excited to try this technique, but enjoyed it alot!

 This is a pretty dramatic look, don't you think?  It is a DieVersions die and I cut it out in Black, Hot Red (by Gina K) and Foil Gold cardstock.  I cut out a layer from red foam, and used a lantern die cut out of Washi paper from a die made by Ellentia dies. The lantern die and bow are attached using a sticky dot. 

 This will be mailed to the moderator of the About Oriental Art Stamp group now on IO groups.....  it has been a while since I made an Oriental themed card!

 Challenges: TBA

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

More Spring Card Class #2 cards

 I cleaned a bit today, then decided to go tackle some more of the Spring Card Camp 2 tutorials.  

 This card was fun to make.  I have a number of Alpha dies and I have not marked where they are from.....  The image and sentiment are from Gina K Designs.  The little hearts are also in this set. 
 I inked up the background using Distress Oxide inks. The image is colored using Copics.  I used white Sakura Gelly Roll pen and Sakura Stardust gelly roll pens on the hearts. 

 This is color blocking and pretty quick and easy.  I choose three colors of cardstock and added a darker of green to be a backdrop. The stamps are from Michael Strong and the sentiment Hero Arts. 

Challenges: TBA

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Spotlight-Challenge Your Stash

Challenge Your Stash is a group over at Splitcoaststampser.... and it a challenge to use up your stash!!!
I used a couple of 'different' ways to spotlight on a card.

 For this first card, I used 'die spotlighting'.  Distress inks were applies to a card, which was then diecut.  I added white pieces of cardstock slightly offset from the first (colorful) diecut. The background die is DieVersions,  Not positive where the sympathy diecut if from. I added a few jewels and called this card finished.

Next, This Big Butterfly background from Technique Junkies was stamped onto a Distress Oxide ink background in Black Tudedo Memento ink. The image was stamped again, and the butterfly was fussy cut out.  I embossed the butterfly using Iridescent Ice EP The Sympathy die was cut three times, and Wink of Stella was applied over the cardstock.  I added jewels which had a touch of B26 COpics colored onto them. 
 I am calling the white butterfly a 'Spotlight'. 

The gallery for the May CYS post at Splitcoast can be viewed HERE

Challenges: TBA

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Fun with Watercolors

  Day 8 and Day 16 of the Spring Card Camp 2 focus on techniques using watercolors.  So, today out came the palate and brushes, and away I went!!!

 I looked in at the SCS color challenge for today, and picked blues as my theme, I did not find a way to add in the red (Lipstick) color. The watercolors I used are by Daniel Smith and I used an Inktense watercolor pencil for a portion as well. The images are by Gina K Designs. (Yeah- forst time using this set too!).  I used Arches watercolor paper. This technique was from Day 8.

A Place to Start- create BG using no DP

 Next, I worked on more backgrounds using the technique from Day 16. I completed 2 cards using this technique. Again using Daniel Smith watercolors, and Tombow markers too. 


 This stamp is Unity and the sentiment Hero Arts. 

Challenges: TBA

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Window Weaving

For day 20 of the Spring Card Class 2, we learned how to use up scraps in 2 different ways and do some weaving too. 

For this card, I used Memory Box stitched circle die, scraps and a Lawn Fawn Hello die cut 3 times. The cardstock is White and So saffron (SU).

 I used a blue shimmery cardstock for this card, I cut a rectangle opening in it and weaved vellum strips.  I have colored vellum, and on the yellow, used a Y13 Copic marker. This little 
House Mouse is so sweet, isn't he?  I colored using Copic markers. The sentiment is Gina K designs.  I added a few sequins. 
We mssed my Grandson's first birthday with this pandemic....and the shut downs.  My DIL
 is keeping me happy with IG videos and pictures daily, but not like being there for sure. 

Challenges: TBA

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 On Day 19 (Sunday) of the Spring Card Class 2, we learned a technique for monoprinting. 

I added a bit of color to the background, the images I stamped onto the cardstock are still visible. I used Unity stamps for this card. 

 This technique produces 2 usable pieces of cardstock, but I decided to use one over the other. I really like lilacs.  This stamp set is the first Unity set I ever owned...purchased at Archivers way back in the day : )  The sentiment is also by Unity. 

Challenges: TBA

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Colorful Abstract backgrounds

 Day 18 of the Spring card class 2 (which was Saturday), we learned an inking technique for making abstract backgrounds.

 This card design was a CASE of a card I saw on Splitcoaststampers by Karen (Art Dex=co Diva). Her card is much more colorful though.....  This was a quick and easy way to make a background, and fast too. 
  The images are all Hero Arts.  The die is by Gina Marie Designs. 

 The colors are off a tad- my computer had a keyboard issue and I am going to be using a Temp (older one) for a few weeks......  

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Bugaboo- Color /Inspiration challenge

This week over at Catch the Bug, we are using this photo as an inspiration to create. 

  Here is my card inspired by this photo:

  I took the yellow and the color of the butterfly from the photo.  The background was created using Distress Oxide inks, and the panel was embossed using a 3D EF by Sissix. The image was colored using Copic markers. There is a touch of Sakura Stardust Gelly roll pen added for sparkle. 
 The image is called Beautiful Blocks, In Color

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Beach scene

 I f I had to pick one place on earth to spend day in and day out- it would be at a beach, with the sun shining down on my face.  Not too humid or hot wither, just a faint breeze.....  and a nice cool drink close by : )  This House Mouse image is perfect- on the beach, under a drink umbrella and a cool block of ice at your feet!  LOL

I love House Mouse images : )  I stamped this image with the SCS Ways to Use it challenge of one layer in mind, so no 2nd layer possible at all.....  I made a mask and used Distress inks to add color to the background. After the Distress inks were added, I used Copics to color in the image. A perfect day  I am going to send this to Lori- she is the recipient of the Teapot Tuesday challenge requests today, and her theme is at the beach.  

Double D Challenges- Begins with an M(ouse)

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Bugaboo- Humor Me Wednesday

At Bugaboo, we post on Wednesdays with images that reflect a daily celebration.  My card reflects 5/18 as a "Buy a Musical Instrument" Day. 

 This image is called "Ewe Rock" and is by Bugaboo. The panel was colored using Distress Oxide inks, then run through a Sissix EF and I rubbed Distress ink Peeled Paint over the top of it.  The image is colored using Copics and I used Sakura Stardust Jelly Roll pen for added sparkle. 
 The Memory Box rectangle stitched die was used to cut out the image, and I lined it up and cut off one side of the panel by moving the die over for a 2nd run through- so the panel is smaller than the die itself. Finally, I used a corner rounder to trim the corners. 


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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Alpha H+House Mouse and Holiday

 I have joined in a group on SCS called the Alpha Crew.  The do an alphabet challenge each week- and this week is H.

  I used Copics to color this image. It is a House Mouse image and a Holiday image at that!  One more Christmas card done!  
  For the layout, I cut some pieces of coordinating DP 1 1/4" and the Ruby Red Cardstock by SU 1 1/2". My goal was to try to use pastel colors, but that changed...….  
  The sentiment is by SU
Challenges: TBA

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Grad Hats 2020- picture tutorial

My daughter is a teacher, and wanted to make a gift for her seniors.  She saw a project on Pinterest, and showed me a picture, and I made a pattern for her (us) to put together. 

How fun, right???  My daughter filled the jars with affirmations and will add a letter- plus candy : )

 She had constriction paper to use, and school colors blue and white.  I cut a strip 12" by 2 3/4"  I scored each sheet at 3/8"

 This piece is going to go around the jar, so measure your jar and add a 1/4"-3/8" Folded area.  We cut little triangles in that extra border since the piece will go around in a circle to meet the cap (top). 
 This is what this piece looks like when fit around the jar. I slipped it off the jar and marked where the adhesive should go.  I added a strip of 1/4" double sided tape to the end of the strip and adhered it. 

 I am using daughters construction paper, so punched our 3 circles using a 1" circle punch.  For the cap, the square will depend on the size of your jar-= these are 4" x 4".

 The circles are glued together, then a small hole punched in the center. A brad is inserted into the hole.  On the Lt, you are looking at the circles from the top.
Next, you will look the tassle cording around the brad and open it up and flatten the brad over the cord.  Then, I applied a 3/8" adhesive circle dot over the center of the brad. 

 Next, the circle brad is applied to the center of the Grad cap top.  For this later, it was too flimsy using the construction paper, so I did glue a layer to it of 4" x 4" SU blue cardstock on the bottom. 

My daughter bought the tassles on Amazon about a month ago.  She added candy and affirmations, and each will have a personal letter she writes.  

I hope you enjoyed this project.  We had three of us putting these together- I had everything pre-cut and punched already, and it took us about 2 hours not including adding the candy and affirmations. 

I will add 2020 or something to the top of the hats before she delivers all of them. 

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Jan's Digital Shop midmonth post

 I saw a fun tutorial for a Triple Cube Pop-up, linked by Lacyquilter (Melodie) on SCS. I am using a digital stamp set from Jan's Digital Stamp Shop for this card called Alone Together.

This type of card folds flat for mailing in a 5.5" x 5.5" envelope. 

 I used a piece of cardstock that was 8.5" x 11" instead of 11.5", so had to adjust my score marks a touch vs what the online directions gave me.  I scored at 5 3/8", then half of that 2 11/16- just a smidge over 2 /\5/8, then at 8 1/16" and 10 7/8".  
 (I scored 1/4: from one end, then found the center (not including the 1/4" section) and scored there, then the centers of the other 1/2 point marks).

 If you create using Jan's images, come join us in the Anything goes challenge!!! Also, come find her groups on Facebook and Instagram!

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Anticoloring- Card Stamp Camp 2

  I had a little time to create tonight, and created a card from Day 11 of the Spring Stamp Camp 2 which was a tutorial by Julie Ebersole.  

 This is a Unity image by Graciellie Designs.  I used a metallic EP from Sweet Stamps. 

Challenges- TBA

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Enjoy your Day!

 What does a nice day outside look like to you???

  Now if you saw a squirrel on a swing, wouldn't that put a smile on your face???  It just did not seem right to put the pup on the swing.  Actually, in my yard, the squirrels are on my bird feeders.......  
  This is for the Teapot Tuesday challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  The recipient loves animals. so I chose a pup and a squirrel for my card.  The background is Distress Oxide inks and the images are all colored using Copics. 

Have a fantastic weekend!

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Dueling Darlings May 2020- Bargain Hunters

 For the May Dueling Darlings, our hostesses Jeanette (Dazzlers) and Kelly (Divas) are taking us 'Bargain Hunting'.

Jeanette sent us the following kit:
Image- Sparkle and Sprinkle (bought on clearance) stamped on Recollections #110 lb cardstock (with a coupon) using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
DP is from Recollections Home Basics Paper pad (40% off). 
Ribbon-we had an assortment in the kit- all bargains- the red grosgrain and the blue organdy
Embellishments- again, an assortment- I used Puffy Dots from the Dollar Store. 

I added a strip of DP and the sentiment in the kit on the inside of the card.

Here are the links for all of the Dazzlers and the Divas.  I look forward to seeing all of the different versions or interpretations of the kit!

Blogs: Beth Jeanette  , Shelly- you are here, Terry L  , TracieDarlene

SCS Galleries:    Debbie BTerry S 

Blogs : Barb  , Carol ,  Judy ,   Heather  , Kelly ,  Tami
SCS Galleries:  Suzy   LJ

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Sentiment, Sentiment, Sentiment

 I made a 2nd card for the SCS color challenge. I die cut this Memory box die from cardstock and vellum....  this card is made using the cardstock die cut. 

I plaed this panel over plain white card, and added the black diecut word from Gina K Designs, The sentiment #LegitBlessed is by Simon Says Stamp. 

CHallenges: TBA

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Vellum overlay

 I cut out a vellum and a plain white panel from a Memory Box die, and created using both.  

 For this card, I used the layer of die on white and used it as a stencil, applying color through the openings using the Splitcoast colors of the day.  The coffee mug and sentiment were in my scraps, so not sure what company to credit.  In the openings of the hearts, I added the three colors of the day, then added Wink of Stella shimmer.  The colors are Daffodil Delight, melon Mamba, and Calypso Coral cardstocks. I added the vellum panel over the panel- it lays over the white colors. The coffee mug was added over a circle stitched die by Memory Box.  

Challenges :
Get Creative Challenge- Sparkly- the Wink of STella in the hearts- very sparkly!

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Happy Graduation

 Needing a grad card or two this year, I decided to use a technique from the Spring Card Class 2.

  I really like the way the background worked out.  I used Grad Anya Digi from The Greeting Farm, a small sentiment from SU, and Studio G stamps for the background. The number set is not labeled.  I used Copics to color the image and used Memory Box stitched rectangle to cut out the image. 

A Place to Start- create your own background

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Stencil Shading

I am taking a card class- Spring Card Class 2, and Lydia showed us how to do stencil shading.  

 This stencil is from TCW and I used SU inks, Close to Cocoa, Certainly Celery, Blush and Rose Red. The sentiment is Hero Arts and was stamped in Close to Cocoa ink. 
Cardstocks are retired SU Rose Red and Close to Cocoa.
I added a touch of Wink of Stella to the base of some of the flowers, loving the subtle sparkle. 

Challenges: TBA

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Monday, May 11, 2020


The CAS challenge today at SCS is White on White- it is OK to have a little color.  

 This image is from Our Daily Bread/ Divinity Designs. I used Queens Gold EP by Ranger.  The die is by Gina Marie.  I am teaching 8th grade Religious Ed, and will be making a few more of these cards, and will experiment with different designs.

 Challenges: TBA

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Love your More

 There was a tutorial on Splitcoast last week for double embossing and it used a stencil, Versamark and EP.  Each time you make a technique, it makes 2 sheets of backgrounds for you to use. I combined one of my backgrounds with the Sketch challenge for this past week on Splitcoast, and made this card.

 This image is from Newton's Nook.  The image was stamped using Black Tuxedo Memento ink.  The bamboo stencil is embossed and I used two green Distress inks over the card and embossing, then used a cloth over the embossing to remove any ink.  I used the leftover piece from the front panel inside the card. 


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Friday, May 8, 2020

Spring Card Camp 2

 I have never done a card camp ever before : )  But, it is a great 'prompt' for creating and using your 'stuff', so I thought, why not???  I made three cards using the technique today

 This is a CAS card.  I think it may be given to me this weekend : )  I'll save one of the kids some $$$ , hehehehe

My dear friend is turning 65 today, so I made this card for her- a fun colorful, rainbow colored card. 

I did not like the base color of this card, so added different light blue Copic Coloring......  Then, I thought it looked flat, so I added some images from Unity Stamps in black and Taken with Teal. The sentiment is Unity Stamps. 

Challenges: TBA

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020


 I had a few minutes to create today and used the Sketch challenge at SCS today as a prompt.  

 I used a set I won in a challenge a few months ago from Dare 2B Artsy.  My husband plays men's baseball- wood bats, uniforms, umps, the whole shebang.....  So, I am always on the lookout for great baseball stamp sets.  This one also comes with a die cut as well.  And, as a side note, this is a perfect sentiment for the times we are in, isn't it???

Challenges: TBA


Monday, May 4, 2020

Jan's DIgi Stamps May challenge

Jan's Digi Stamps has a monthly challenge where the theme is Anything goes, and 2 winners a month.

 The set I used is called Pansies for Mom. The set comes with black and white line images and pre-colored images, plus sentiments.  I love this image and wanted to use the pre-colored image for my card.  I printed out the images and used the Scan and Cut with a 0.4 border. I used older SU cardstock, a Sheena Embossing Folder, and a double stitched oval die.  The flower vase is lifted up on dimensionals.  
 Please come join us- anything goes!  There is an additional drawing if you use a Jan's Digi image for your entry in the challenge!

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Saturday, May 2, 2020


I made a bookmark today prompted by the Splitcoast challenges. One was to make a bookmark, the other was to add paint to the tag, then add white paint over that.....

 This is on watercolor paper, it is embossed using a Sheena 3D embossing folder on the top, and stamped using a Unity sentiment on the bottom.  It was water colored over the dry embossed butterflies using both SU inks and Zig markers.  Also, splatter was added with Zig waterbrush markers. I added a punched hole at the top, rounded the corner, added ribbons and called it a day.  I also added it to the SCS Alpha challenge for E= Dry embossing.

Challenges: TBA

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