Sunday, September 15, 2019

Celebration Birthday Bouquet

This was a relaxing card to make.  I love to sit and color quietly.  Brings back my inner child!  *S*

I cut the front of the card a little short so I could hang the flower cluster over the edge.  I backed the back of the flowers with another thin cardstock because of the overhang.  You could see the copic color on the back and I wanted to hide that.

Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day


Gemini Stamp and Die Set Sunflowers

Copic colors 
YG03, YG05, YG11, YG13
Y13, Y17, Y19
B32, B37

Stamping Up
Whisper White Ribbon

Saturday, September 14, 2019

52 CCT September Color Challenge

This week's challenge is a color challenge: black and white.  

This card is a very quick card to make if you are in a hurry to make a few Christmas Cards.  I used a die on black cardstock to cut out the area and backed it with white sparkling cardstock to resemble winter/snow.  I had a slight issue on my plan.  I was going to run out of the white sparkling cardstock to finish cutting out the trees.

Here is a trick that I used on this card to get my extra piece I needed.  If I had glued my black top piece down onto the mat, you would have only seen the sparkling white edge and everything underneath the black would have been wasted. The trick is to cut out the middle.  Just leave enough to glue the top piece down.  In my case, I had to leave some along the top because of the open area on the black cardstock.  It gave me enough to get my trees and words.

This card is so quick, I even did another one with blue and white.

You have to agree though, the black and white, makes such an elegant card.  Please head over to 52 Christmas Card Throwdown as you will find so many inspiring and fabulous cards from the other Design Team members!

Thank you for stopping by!


The Paper Studio 
Christmas Cardstock Pack

Impression Obsession Die
Fir Trees

Sizzix Die
Christmas Phrases

Spellbinders Die
Holiday Sentiment

Monday, September 9, 2019

Junk Box Christmas

I just wanted to show another card I made from digging into my junk box.  I did the background on this card and did not like it.  I have a coordinating Christmas embossing folder and stamp.  I inked and stamped the image down first and then matched up the inked portion to the embossed folder images.  Ran it through my Big Shot and I did not like the results.   Some areas of the cardstock cracked a bit and the inked image did not quite match up with the folder.  
I gave it a second look and decided to give the background another try.  Matched it up with a gold trim and big bold gold Merry Christmas die I am thinking it is not so bad.

Got to add it to my pile of Christmas cards.  I am on a roll!


Hero Arts Sizzix Folder and Stamp Set
Holly Background Set

Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits
Merry Christmas die

Teal Zeal

White and Gold Cardstock

Saturday, September 7, 2019

CAS Christmas Boughs

Simon Says Stamp Pine Bough stencil and Nuvo Glimmer Paste Sparkling Emerald Green for the bough.  Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlit Merry Christmas die and gold sparkle cardstock for sentiment.  Applied Memento Desert Sand and Bamboo Leaves with a sponge for a little along the edge and on the bough.
Simple and done.

Now, how do you get glitter paste off when you forget to drop the stencil in water as soon as your done?
Lesson learned.....*sigh*

Going to add this to the CAS On Friday   CAS means to keep the card "clean and simple".  I have never joined this challenge before and I struggle big time with keeping my cards simple.  This card looks like it could be classified as clean and simple!  


52 CCT September Sketch Challenge

Sketch Time over at 52CCT!
I can't believe we are into September challenges with only 12 weeks left for me to get all my cards done.  Pressure is on!

I saw a lady on youtube who created a fairy card with a moon that was created after the background was done.  I thought that was very different from what I have always done.  Normally I tack down a circle, make my background and then pull off the circle.  I did not do my card like her's (background technique) but I did use her idea of creating the moon after she created the background.

I knew in my head how I wanted to do the sketch. 

I wanted a big moon to be the circle of the card.  First I used White Mask Liquid Frisket and splattered it on the card.  Once it dried completely, I used Distress Oxide Inks with a sponge to make the background.  I used my Light Mister Spray Bottle Tim Holtz gave us in a class I went to and sprayed a small amount of water on the background.  Once that dried, I finished up the moon.  I cut out a thin but sturdy piece of plastic and placed it where I wanted the moon.  Used a small amount of Oxide Black Soot and sponge around the outside edge.  It gave the moon a bit of dept.  Removed the circle and sponged a small amount of Antique Linen and very little Mustard Seed along the top and side of the moon.

After background was done, I rubbed the mask off and it left white flecks like snow falling.  On the moon I had to redo some of the snow with a white gel pen as some of the mask had rubbed off and I did not catch that.  
Finished off the rest of the card and here is my result!

I can't wait to see what you come up with on your version of this sketch!
Have a super crafting day!

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks:  
antique linen, stormy sky, black soot, salty ocean, tumbled glass, peacock feathers, mustard seed
Stampin Up Rubber Stamps:
Holiday Home for Santa and sentiment
My Favorite Things:
Stylish Snowflakes Die, Window Die, 
Tim Holts Sizzix Die:
Tree Line
White, Blue Glitter

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Christmas Sparkle

I think I have said this before but I really need to step up how many cards I make for Christmas.  I have 15 weeks left for the deadline and I need at least 2 a week.  For inspiration, I turned to ABC Christmas Challenge.  I had forgotten about this gem of a blog!  The challenge going on right now is S and T.  S for sparkle and T for texture.  I decided to go with sparkle for now and maybe texture next. 

It's so hard for me and I find it so difficult to get sparkle to show on camera so if anyone has a clue what to do, please let me know!  
This card has a lot of nice sparkle to it.  It started with a bridge fold card.  I pulled it out of my "junk box" where I put all my pieces that are mistakes.  I always find a way to use the mistake.  
I struggled with this card because I had no idea what I wanted to do. It took me 3 days to get this together (lol) but I think it came together nicely.  I am pleased.

Isn't that little elf cute?  After I colored him, I backed him with another piece of cardstock to make him sturdy as does not have any support on most of his body.

The next two pictures show how you can fold this down to place in an A2 card.  You should be able to press it down either way easily.

The back of the card is a great place to write what you want and to place your signature stamp.  I have to give kuddos to my big brother for coming up with my stamp aNettacard many many years ago.  He told me one day he opened a card from me and said "Oh look it's anotherNettacard.  He shortened it down "a Netta card".  My original stamp finally wore down so I just recently got this stamp from Rubber Stamps.

Thank you for stopping by.  I am off to go add this card to the ABC Christmas Challenge blog.


Seated Elf Stamp

Stamping Up Dies:
Flourish and Quilt Builder

Free Die from Papercrafter Magazine #112:
Christmas Snow Globe

Teal Blue Glitter paper
White Cardstock
Reminisce Snowflake Ridge Paper Kit

Copic Colors:
B0000, B00,B02, E000, E02, E13, R00


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Happy 50th Birthday Blog Hop

Welcome crafty friends to a very special blog hop where many of us are teaming up to celebrate a 50th Birthday!!  A crafting friend, Danni, is turning 50 years old today.  She decided to have a blog hop to celebrate this milestone.   I am honored to be a part of this special blog celebration.

The image I used is a digital image from Polkadoodles "Scratch It".  The old lady was first colored with Copics and then fussy cut out. 

I want to share a tip with you.  It works for digital images and stamped images that has a lot of tiny sticking out pieces.  
If you click on the card above, to increase it's size, you will notice she has a lot of stray hairs.  I did not cut those out.  Instead, I cut them off as they are just too hard to cut out!  To get the hairs back on the image, I just printed her out again onto my card front.  I stamped my birthday background right over the top of the uncolored old lady image. 

 No need to worry about masking because I glued the colored old lady right over the top of the uncolored old lady image. Now she has those stray hairs back again!  

Thanks so much for joining us for Danni's 50th birthday celebration blog hop!  If you follow me and came directly here, please be sure to check out the list below of the other blogs in the blog hop. 

Danni, I truly hope you have the best day ever and thank you for inviting me to be a part your birthday blog hop!  

Happy Birthday!

Here is the blog hop lineup:


Monday, September 2, 2019

Confetti Time!

Quick post to share a card I made awhile ago but never got to share.
It's a Stampin Up card perfect for my sister-in-law's birthday!  It was mailed and received finally so I can share it.

I die cut several Happy Birthday words and glued them on top of each other to get a nice height.  It was covered in Crystal Effects and left alone to dry (a very important fact lol).  I love the size of the Happy Birthday Die!  

Perfect birthday card.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Alcohol Ink Meets Gold Foil Background

Have you seen the technique that involves Alcohol Inks and Foil?
So pretty but...if you are like me....get ready to get messy!

The card I made for a friend had just gold foil but I forgot to take pictures.  I created more samples because I had so much fun with the technique. This time I made sure to take a photo.  In the picture below I used both gold and black foil.  Click on the photo to get a better view.

Isn't it gorgeous!  It reminds me of marble and it's so easy.  Just play with your alcohol inks and just before it totally dries, burnish foil over it with your finger.  Where it is tacky, some of the foil will stick.  I used the Yupo paper for the alcohol inks so I have no idea how it will work on anything else.  Trial and error I guess.  

Here is my finished card.

Here is 
Kelly Latevola

 if you want to see how it is made.  Her cards are beautiful. go get this blue and teal alcohol ink off my arms and hands!  Might have to google as scrubbing did not work!  If anyone has as trick...please let me know!


Alcohol Ink colors used
Mermaid, Stream, Sailboat Blue, Eggplant, Purple Twilight, Amethyst
Heidi Swapp Minc Gold Foil
Yupo Paper
Tim Holtz Alcohol Blend Solution
Tattered Blossoms Flowers Die Set
Hot off the Press "Whimsical Words & Doodles"

Saturday, August 24, 2019

52 CCT August Technique Challenge

It's my last week hosting the challenges at 52CCT.  I had so much fun this month.  This time I chose something I have not done in years.  A challenge that involves color and a WOW affect.   It's called Joseph's coat technique

This is how you begin....start sponging ink onto a glossy or matt as much color as you want and where-ever you want them.  I made sure to dust it after the color was down because the next step is to heat emboss. I did not want any stray embossing powder to stick where I did not want it.

Next, stamp a background image or a bunch of little images with Versamark and emboss using a clear embossing powder.

Now use a brayer or sponge or direct ink pad to paper to cover the whole paper with a dark ink.  I used Staz-On black here with a brayer. Here is where the WOW affect comes in.  Wipe the ink off the embossed areas and it will now allow the color you put down first to show through. 

Here are two more that I did.  I have not made them into Christmas  cards yet.  I used black but remember....any dark color over the top will work. 

I hope you give this technique a try!  If you do, head on over to 52CCT to share with us.  We would love to see what you came up with.  


Sunday, August 18, 2019

All Geared Up for a Birthday

Have you ever failed at sending out birthday cards to family members?  No?  Just me?  Hmmmmm

I have a big family and so far this year I have failed miserably at sending out all the cards.  Sad to say but it has been a hit and miss.  (If any of you read this...I still love you! *S*).  There are only 2 this month so I made sure to get the cards in the mail this time.  Here is one of the cards I mailed out!

I die cut a piece of shiny silver cardstock with the Steampunk die that I bought from Amazon.  It was much bigger than the A2 card so I had to trim it off along 3 sides.  The die also comes with the two clock hands.  I used Alcohol Ink to color the big piece and glued it down.  The mat is just black cardstock.  The words were printed out with Microsoft Word. 

Hope my brother receives it in time!


Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink
 Copper Mixative, Sailboat Blue, Mermaid, Cranberry

Saturday, August 17, 2019

52 CCT August Theme Challenge

Today was a lazy day for me so I pulled out some stamps from My Favorite Things to play with for this challenge.  I had no idea what I was going to do so I don't want to tell you how long it took me to make this card!  LOL was fun and relaxing while I figured it all out. 

What I chose for this weeks challenge at 52CCT was Elf or Elves.  I had visited MFT store a few months ago and couldn't wait to use them for this challenge.

There are 3 pages in all.  You can see part of page two until you open the stairs page. 

The tree stamp is very old so I don't know what Company made it. It was perfect for this card because the expression on the Elf with the Christmas Ball has a surprised look.  The tree looks like it is about to fall over.  I used my Misty as I needed it stamped 4 times so I could cut the layers.  I fussy cut each one and then used a transparent silicone glue so I could layer the pieces.  I often use this kind of glue for layering instead of pop ups, as I can control the height better.  You just have to have patience to let it dry or you will accidently flatten it down.  There are several brands but here is the link to the one I use....Transparent Silicone Glue.

To make the base of this card...I made two A2 cards and put them together so I could have 3 layers.  Start with one card facing like a normal card.  The 2nd card is actually like you are going to open it backwards.  Two back pieces are glued together.  The Front left is where I cut the stairs from.  I first experimented with a 12" cardstock but realized if I fold it 3 ways, the card would only be 4" instead of the A2 card size.

The sentiment, front and back, both came from the MFT Santa's Elves set.  I love these Elves.  They are so adorable.
I am please with the way the card came out but one thing I wished I had done.  Since each section is more than one thickness, I could have easily hid a small thin magnet behind the stairs and on the 2nd page to keep the front closed.  Next time!

If you came straight to my page, then head over to 52CCT and check out what the Designs Team came up with for my challenge!

Thank you for visiting....

Copic #'s: E00, E13, E27,  RV02, YG05, YG17, R29, R39, B21, B23, BV13, FB2, Y18.
For the Glitter and Christmas Balls:  Stickles Lemon Ice, Green, Sapphire,  Gold,  Shiny Christmas Red and Shiny Winter White
Stampin Up Die was used for the stairs.  

Saturday, August 10, 2019

52 CCT August Color Challenge

Second week for me to be the hostess over at 52CC and color challenge is up for this week.  For this challenge, I chose the colors dark blue, teal and either bronze or copper.  

I used Stampin Up bronze foil cardstock.  Have you ever had that one sheet of paper that you hung on to for that "special" card?  The bronze foil sheet was mine.  I cut out Penny Black Holly Flourish, Simon Says Stamp Frame, as well as both IO small & large Poinsettia's dies.

My teal was the feathery ribbon and the teal Perfect Pearls background.  I inked up Ellison Holy Background with Perfect Medium and dusted it with teal powder.  I inked up Close To My Heart "Merry Christmas" with Perfect Medium and used the Stamp Lift Technique.  It left a watermark Merry Christmas 4 times across the front.  It is hard to see it so I took photo with flash to show you.

The first photo is just the holly background stamp inked, stamped and dusted.

This second photo, Merry Christmas was stamped from top to bottom with just Perfect Medium.  When you stamp with just Versamark or Perfect Medium, it will lift off the Perfect Pearls that was already stamped down. 

The rest I die cut and glued them all together.  

I do want to show you a trick that I have been doing for years.  Every word die set I get, right away I die cut out all the words out.  I line them up on a laminate sheet and laminate them.  I save the sheets with the dies.  Now every time I am not sure where or what size word I want on my project, I pull out my laminated sheets and I can now see!   It's helped me out a lot in the past. 

Now head on over to 52CCT and check out the other examples by click on the picture below!

I would love to see what you did as well!


Saturday, August 3, 2019

52 CCT August Sketch Challenge

I am so excited!  It's my turn over at 52CCT to be a hostess for the whole month of August.  I have some great challenges so stayed tuned each week!

The first challenge and the first Saturday of the month is always a sketch challenge.  The sketch I chose is called a Triptych Sketch.  What is a Triptych Sketch?  
Triptych is a work of art divided into three panels.  It leaves all kinds of room to use your imagination to create a beautiful card and I can't wait to see what you came up with.  Remember, a sketch is only a tool to help you get your ideas flowing. You can flip it around to see what works for you. 

Here is the Triptych Sketch.  When you click on the sketch, it will take you to the challenge site 52CCT.

I flipped the image to the left so the 3 spots in the corner ended up in the left top corner.
My 3 boxed areas became windows to see outside trees and snow.  The stamp I used is actually called "Natural Tree Triptych".  Unfortunately, I cannot find the company who made the stamp as I have had it awhile now.  It is 3 snow covered trees placed just like the boxes in the sketch.  Each was colored with Copic #B28 for night sky and stamped with tiny SU snowflakes. 

I have a Halloween punch that punches out to make blood dripping.  I punched out a long piece and turned them into icicles by making the rounded bottom of the drip a little more pointed like an icicle. I used Stickles Diamond to sparkle them up like ice and I also did the 3 trees as well.  Once dried, I glued them to the back of the window... to hang like ice dripping off the eves on the outside.   Each window was glued over a tree with the two outside windows popped up.     

To finish off the card, I die cut Sizzix Christmas phrase "Noel" twice (1 red and 1 green) and glued them together... the green slightly off set from the red.  Here is the finished card.

Don't forget to check out what the other Design Team members did with the sketch at  
Hope you get to play with this Triptych sketch as well!  

Saturday, July 27, 2019

52 CCT July Stash Challenge

I got the best compliment from my husband tonight.  He said even the most simplest card I make, is better than any other he has seen.  
For those who know my husband...he is my biggest for me to get a compliment like that?  I will take it!!!

Penny Black "Scarlet Majesty" is the main focus on this card.  Stamped with Memento Angel Pink and a little coloring with Copics #RV55, RV00 and YG11.  Since Ribbon was the challenge...I dug out some left over pink ribbon for the bow and around the card.  Shiny Black from Scribbles finished off the card for the flower center.

Check out 52 CCT for more ideas from the other Design Team members by clicking on the picture below and then dig out your ribbon stash!

 52 CCT