Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer Daisy

Hi everyone.   Love the colors from the Color Challenge at SCS (#489 - bermuda bay, pool party, calypso coral) so wanted to play along.  This is also a reminder that the latest challenge at ATS&M #106 is Anything Goes.

And I'm entering this card into Simon Says - Anything Goes, and Merry Monday where they are having a Birthday Hop for LeAnne ... Happy Birthday LeAnne!!

The daisy is watercolored using diluted reinkers for the petals, stem and base of the center ...  and undiluted for the highlighting and shading on the petals and center.  I also added little dots of dazzling details (clear glitter glue) for the center to make it sparkle.

A clean and simple card with just a white frame popped up on the base and the flower popped up on top of the frame.  The sentiment is stamped in Bermuda Bay ink.


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Stamps:  Graceful (Penny Black); Happiest Birthday Wishes (SU!)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Watercolor (Arches 140lb. cold press)
Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Calypso Coral (SU!); Staz-on Black
Accessories & Tools:  Paint Brush, Dazzling Details, Square Nesties (Spellbinders)

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SCS Color Challenge #489
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Merry Monday - LeAnne's Birthday
ATS&M #106

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Butterfly on Cork

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of the new challenge from ATS&M - #106 - Anything Goes.  This is one of the most popular challenges because it's wide open for you to make any type of card/project you'd like.

Prize:  3 digital images

I did a little experimenting recently and this is what I ended up with :)  The cork sheets I bought have a backing sheet that gets removed to expose a sticky surface. The cork is fairly thin and pliable, so I first mounted my rectangle of cork onto a white card stock piece the same size to make it sturdy.  Then I swiped my distress ink pad (Vintage Photo) on the inside of an embossing folder (raised pattern side).  I placed my cork on top and ran it through my big shot.  The pattern was embossed and inked at the same time - love how it turned out.

Because there is a lot of design with the embossing pattern, I wanted to keep the rest of the card very simple.  I added a two-layer butterfly, with the top layer coated in Wink of Stella for some glittery shine.  A simple sentiment finishes the card.

Here's a close-up of the card so hopefully you can see the cork design better ...

And while I was at it, I made a second card ...

The challenge is open for one week.  I hope you'll join us ... click here to check out the challenge and see the rest of the DT's beautiful cards.


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Stamps:  A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted
Paper:  110 lb. white (Neenah); black (SU!)
Ink:  Vintage Photo (Distress Ink by Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Cork, Musical Flourish embossing folder (Cuttlebug), Moonlight and Kaleidoscope Butterfly dies (Memory Box), Clear Wink of Stella

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Congrats Jer!

Hi everyone.  Today is our family dinner ... every other Sunday my kids, their spouses, and our grandbaby come over for dinner.  Today's dinner is all about Jeremy (my youngest son) ... he just received his Masters Of Education and we couldn't be prouder of him.  My mom is also joining us tonight for the celebration ... really looking forward to having everyone together.

I saw this amazing card on my friend Vicki's blog ... and just LOVED the circles cut file.  I followed her link to Daniela Dobson's blog and found that Daniela provided the cut files for free ... very generous!!  And I LOVED her card, so I CASED (copy and share everything) the layout, using a different technique for the background, and changing up some details.  Thank you to Daniela for providing this wonderful cut file! :)

This is a very "artsy" card, so I thought Jer would love it since he is a Visual Arts guy. :)

I started by squiggling some re-inkers onto my craft sheet, misting with water and then dropping two pieces of watercolor paper on top to soak up the ink.  I let them dry and then dropped them on top of the leftover ink to add more color (I did this three times).  I used one of the pieces of watercolor paper for making the banner and adding a strip to the inside of the card for interest.  And I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the fabulous circles.  I used two sentiment stamp sets and the "You" die-cut (three layers) for the banner.

I'm entering this card into three challenges ... Less is More #182 - Anything Goes, Inkspirational #61 - word promtp Splash (my second entry); and CAS-ology #105 - cue card:  Run.


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Stamps:  A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted); Celebrate Sentiment Builders (STAMPlorations)
Paper:  Watercolor (Tim Holtz), White (Neenah)
Ink:  Gumball Green, Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Silhouette Cameo, Circles cut file (Daniela Dobson), You die (Simon Says)

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Less is More #182
Inkspirational #61
CAS-ology  #105

Saturday, July 26, 2014


Hi everyone.  Simple CAS card today for The Card Concept Challenge #15 - just LOVE this color combo!

Used a mix of Pool Party Designer Paper to create my four-square background. Hello die is cut from Kiwi Kiss and layered with white die-cuts in-behind to make it thicker ... a little clear Wink of Stella gives it some shimmer.  And finally, added just a little bloom (sponging on the edges for shading) on the tip of the hello die-cut for some fun.


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Paper:  Pool Party Designer Paper, Kiwi Kiss (SU!); white (Neenah)
Ink:  Pool Party (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Hello die (Simon Says), hydrangea punch (Martha Stewart), clear Wink of Stella pen

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The Card Concept #15

Friday, July 25, 2014

Vellum Flowers

Hi everyone.  Today I tried out a technique I saw on Jennifer McGuire's blog.  She embossed onto vellum and colored her image with markers, using a soft cloth to blend the inks.  The only difference is that I colored on the front of the image so that the colors were more vibrant.  I love how it turned out.  I made a few of the flowers and leaves (leaves are simply stamped in ink and fussy cut), so also made a tag (below).

This card is for the latest challenge at Simon Says Stamp - Emboss It! ... and for SCS Free For All Challenge (F4A230 - bright and beautiful) from last week (just catching up!).  The colors used for the flower are bright (orange, pink and red).

And the tag below is for a couple of challenges ... Tag, You're It! Challenge #2 - to create a CAS tag inspired by Lauren Bassen's beautiful tag (I kept the same colors and used a grid for my background, along with vellum accents) ... and for SCS Mix-ability Challenge #78 - summer tags (I used markers for coloring the vellum, and sponged ink for the background grid).

Here's the tag ...


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Stamps:  Fifth Avenue Floral (SU!); Lots of Thanks (Simon Says); A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  White; Vellum (Bazzill)
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Real Red, Smoky Slate (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  White embossing powder, heat tool, soft cloth, harlequin stencil, sponge, Tangerine Tango 1/4" satin ribbon

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Simon Says - Emboss It!
SCS Free for All #230
Tag, You're It! - #2
SCS Mix-ability #78

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer Sunset

Hi everyone.  I really appreciate all of you who wished me a speedy recovery - thanks so much!! :)  Am feeling good today and hope that this nasty virus is finally on it's way.

I made a card for the SCS Color Challenge (#488 - pick three or more colors from this list:  blushing bride, daffodil delight, island indigo, lost lagoon, mossy meadow, pistachio pudding, strawberry slush) - dessert is to make it a summer card.  I decided to sponge a summer sunset - love this color combo.  I used distress inks that are my closest in color (mustard seed, tattered rose, worn lipstick).  I then misted it with water to give it some visual texture.  I didn't want to cover up the gorgeous colors, so used vellum for my leafy die-cut.  I stamped the sentiment on a cut-off from resizing my main panel.

This is also for the Fusion Challenge (July 17 - French Cupcakes) ... I thought the colors were the same as the flowers on the cupcakes.

Super simple, easy, quick ... but really pretty - I'm happy! :)  Hope you like it too.


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Stamps:  Where the heart is (Simon Says)
Paper:  White (Neenah); 40 lb. vellum (Bazzill)
Ink:  Distress inks:  Mustard Seed, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick; Smoky Slate (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Sponges, water mister, Fresh Foliage die (Memory Box)

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SCS Color #488
Fusion - French Cupcakes

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Day at the Beach

Hi everyone.  Today's SCS CAS challenge (#282) is a day at the beach.  Wonderful way to spend a sunny, summery day! :)

I used a digital image from Sweet 'n Sassy, printing it onto watercolor paper and then simply used my water brush to pick up color directly from my ink pads and following along the lines of the image.  I added some Dazzling Details glitter glue along the horizon and along the wave lines of the ocean to give it some sparkle. Easy, and fun card to do that didn't take very long.


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Stamps:  Ocean Paradise (Sweet 'n Sassy digital image); Beach Sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  110 lb. white (Neenah); Watercolor paper (Tim Holtz)
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar, Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Soft Sky (SU!); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Aqua Painter, Dazzling Diamonds (SU!)

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SCS - CAS #282