Thursday, February 22, 2024

J-O-Y #4

Hi everyone.  I'm back with my fourth card using the Immense JOY die from Penny Black. 

Today's card features patterned paper and a simple, watercoloured winter scene with the sweetest deer (Cozy Winter - Penny Black).   I always like to make a few masculine Christmas cards so I thought the Buffalo Plaid card stock (Carta Bella) would be perfect with this image. :)

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I'm sending this card to Peace on Earth Challenge #58.  I LOVE plaid, especially for Christmas cards. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Cozy Winter (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Black card stock (SU!); Buffalo Plaid card stock (Carta Bella)
Ink:   Black (Memento), Salvaged Patina Distress Ink (Tim Holtz); Zigs
Accessories:   Immense JOY die (Penny Black); watercolour brushes, diluted white acrylic paint for snow

Monday, February 19, 2024

IDEAS - Embossing Folders

Hi everyone.  It's another Monday, which means I am playing along with Darnell's IDEAS self-challenge to use her NBUS items at least once a week.  This week is "E" - Embossing Folders.

Turns out I have about six or so that I haven't used yet.  It's not one of my go-to products, but I need to change that because they add so much lovely dimension and interest to cards.

The folder I used today for my background is called Floral Field (Simon Says Stamp) and I've had it for a couple of years but never used it before.  I embossed a piece of white card stock and then used some detail brushes to sponge over top, concentrating on the center of the daisies.  Distress Inks were used for adding colour ... first, Mustard Seed, and then for the centers, Ripe Persimmon.  I die-cut Floral Stem Collage (Poppy Stamps) to place over top.  To finish, a simple hello sentiment (Happy Messages - Stampendous) is stamped in black ink.  The die-cut flower and frame are popped up over the daisy background for added dimension.

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I'm sending this to NBUS Challenge #59 ...

... and sending to Can You Handle the Pressure? February Challenge  I didn't use the optional twist this month.

... and Beautiful Blossoms Challenge #14.  I didn't use the optional mood board this time. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Happy Messages (Stampendous)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon (Tim Holtz); Black ink (Obsidian - Altenew) 
Accessories:   Floral Field Embossing Folder (Simon Says Stamp), Floral Stem Collage (Poppy Stamps), details sponge brushes (AliExpress)

Thursday, February 15, 2024

More Alcohol Inks with Gilding Flakes

Hi everyone.  Another card for January's Group of Seven technique - Alcohol Inks with Gilding Flakes.

Today I'm sharing hubby's Valentine's Day card. :)

I used an alcohol ink panel from my stash, adding thin lines of glue and then adding gilding flakes over top; letting it dry before brushing off the excess flakes.  I cut the heart die (Streaming Heart - Simon Says Stamp) from black card stock and again from my alcohol ink panel and then pieced them together. 

The heart is popped up with foam over a black card base to give it some dimension.  To finish, the sentiment is heat embossed with Princess Gold embossing powder.  I love the vibrancy of these alcohol ink colours! :)  

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  From the Garden (Penny Black)
Paper:   Black card stock (SU!); Yupo paper
Ink:   Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Versamark
Accessories:   Streaming Heart die (Simon Says Stamp); Princess Gold embossing powder, heat tool

Monday, February 12, 2024

IDEAS - Dies

Hi everyone.  I'm back for another Monday, following the IDEAS (see graphic below) that Darnell started last week to use her NBUS items.  I'm playing along with her to (hopefully) use a lot of NBUS items that have been collecting dust! :)  This week is "D" - Dies / Die-cuts.

For the card I used a beautiful stamp from PinkFresh called Blooming Branch.  I have used this stamp before, but never the die that matches it.  I stamped in black, heat embossed in clear and then cut apart the large die-cut to make a few branches of blooms.  I then watercoloured using Distress Inks (Kitsch Flamingo, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint).

I pulled out a NBUS die - Wooden Crate (Honey Bee).  Have to say it didn't die-cut very easily and I will have to use it with thinner card stock than the 110 lb. I used for this card.  But other than that, I absolutely love the flowers spilling out of the crate! :)  I used a few pop dots for some of the flower stems and for the front of the crate at the top.  It gives it more dimension.  I finished with a simple sentiment from AliExpress.  Since the wooden crate and the blooming branch die are NBUS items, I'm sending this over to NBUS Challenge #59.
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I'm sending this card to a couple more challenges:  Seize the Birthday #277 -  Anything Birthday Goes.

... and ... Simply Clean & Simple February Challenge - optional:  Pink.  I do love pink, especially pink flowers! :)

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Yesterday we all got together to celebrate my Mom's 95th birthday.   She struggles with her memory, but yesterday was a great day.  She really enjoyed herself ... and so did everyone else. :)  Jeremy was holding the cake for her and helped her blow out the candles. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Blooming Branch (PinkFresh Studio); Everyday Script sentiments (AliExpress)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Obsidian Black Pigment ink (Altenew); Distress Inks: Kitsch Flamingo, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint
Accessories:   Blooming Branch die (PinkFresh Studio), Wooden Crate die (Honey Bee), watercolour brushes

Friday, February 09, 2024

J-O-Y #3

Hi everyone.  I'm back with my third card using the Immense JOY die from Penny Black.  When I started this self-challenge to use the JOY die, I thought I would be watercolouring images for all of them.  But I had this idea to use a die, to that's what I did this time. :)

I'm using a wreath die (Breezy Wreath from Poppy Stamps), die-cut many times and then cut into pieces) to create a layered wreath that fits around the "O".  I used two shades of green cardstock from SU! (Gumball Green, and Mint Maroon) ... the latter was a gift from a friend LONG ago!  I love these two colours together, plus I added in some shine with silver accents.

The card front is more of the Mint Maroon card stock, stamped with Winterberry Background (PinkFresh Studios) and heat embossed in silver.  I also cut several of the JOY die in white, layered together for added dimension.  For the finishing touch, I added a few metallic silver half pearls for berries.

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I'm sending this card to the Merry Little Christmas Challenge #54 - Anything Christmas Goes.

Edited to add:  Sending this card to Double D Challenge - Heartfelt.  The green background matches the bottom right image. :)  Thanks for the heads up Michele!
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Winterberry Background (PinkFresh Studios - retired)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Mint Maroon (SU!); Gumball Green (SU!)
Ink:   Unicorn White Pigment ink (Hero Arts)
Accessories:   Immense JOY die (Penny Black); Silver embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool; Breezy Wreath die (Poppy Stamps - retired); Silver half pearls (Studio Katia)

Monday, February 05, 2024


Hi everyone.

I have a lot of NBUS (never-before-used-schtuff) items in my stash and play along with the NBUS challenge as much as possible.  When Darnell mentioned last week that she is challenging herself  to create a card every Monday using the acronym below, I wanted to play along.  Thanks for the inspiration Dolly!

This is a self-challenge ... and we'll see how I do. :)  I will try to stick to her list of products each week, but as long as I use any NBUS item, I'll be happy!  :)
I have a package of 48 watercolour markers (Arteza) that I bought not too long ago after watching a video tutorial by Jill Foster.  She used them and the colours were lovely.  I just haven't had the time to try them out, so today is the day! :)

I picked a large floral image that is also a NBUS item (Bouquet ballet - Penny Black)  I stamped it in black pigment ink and heat embossed in clear before watercolouring with my markers.

I had fun colouring with these new markers and I LOVE the periwinkle blue that I used for the largest flower ... it fades to a pink, which is so pretty!  To finish the card I added a sentiment (Smiles - Penny Black) stamped in black ink and clear heat embossed.

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I was inspired by the Beautiful Blossoms Challenge - Mood Board #13.  Adding this to their gallery.

I'm adding this to NBUS Challenge #59 after using two NBUS items from my stash. :)

... and ... I'm sending this to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge for February.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Bouquet Ballet (Penny Black); Smiles (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Obsidian Black Pigment ink (Altenew); Watercolour Markers (Arteza)
Accessories:   Clear embossing powder, heat tool, watercolour paint brushes

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

J-O-Y #2

Hi everyone.  I'm continuing my self-challenge to make several cards using the Immense JOY die from Penny Black.  

Today's card uses a beautiful image from Serendipity Stamps called Cardinals.  I stamped the image in black ink and heat embossed in clear before watercolouring with my Zigs.  I find it very therapeutic to watercolour these smaller images.

The rest of the card is finished using silver matte metallic card stock from Simon Says Stamp to die-cut the JOY (three times; layered for extra thickness and dimension).  The card front is white with dry embossing of the Woodlands embossing folder (SU!) before assembling all the pieces.   

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I'm sending this card to the Peace on Earth #56 Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes with optional mood board.  I was inspired by the red and green with snow. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Cardinals (Serendipity Stamps)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Silver Matte Metallic card stock (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink:   Black (Memento); Zig markers
Accessories:   Immense JOY die (Penny Black); Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool; watercolour brushes, Woodlands embossing folder (SU!)

Peace on Earth #56 - Anything Goes Christmas with optional mood board

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Alcohol Inks with Gilding Flakes - Group of Seven

Hi everyone.  I LOVE alcohol inks for their vibrancy ... add gilding flakes and you have a winning combination!  

Please check out the details for the technique and link to video on the blog ...

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Here's what I learned when I experimented with this technique ...
  • It's best to stick with 2 colours of Alcohol Inks (or 3 colours in the same colour family) so that the background doesn't become too busy (my first card was really busy, but I found something that complimented it.  Took me a while to figure it out. :)
  • I found using a fine-tip glue bottle to add random lines of thin glue and then pressing gilding flakes lightly into the glue, worked the best to get the gilding flakes to stick.  You need to let the glue dry completely before burnishing them to remove the excess.  Only the last card in this post uses glue to stick the gilding flakes.
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For the card above ...

When the gilding flakes wouldn't stick to my panel above, I added more rubbing alcohol and moved the ink around with my puffer tool, then quickly added flakes.  Just a few stuck (silver) that you might see on the background.  This piece turned out to be a very busy design even though I only used three colours of alcohol inks.  Adding the large die-cut Laurel Leaves Background Plate (Simon Says Stamp), seemed to tone it down a bit.  I'm happy with the finished card.

Below is a Christmas card using Poppfield, Watermelon, and Shell Pink alcohol inks to create this design.  I added Verdigris gilding flakes as soon as I finished with the AIs and lots stuck this time.  A die-cut (Layered Poinsettia from Penny Black) cut from real red card stock and sponged with real red ink around the edges finishes the card, along with sentiment (My Favorite Things - retired) stamped in delicata gold ink.
Sending this Christmas card to Rudolph Days January Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes.  Sadly this is the last challenge for Rudolph Days as Maureen is closing it's doors.  Thank you Maureen, for all your hard work running this challenge.  I have enjoyed playing along.  All the best to you and Al for your future and I hope you find the perfect new home soon. Take care.

And, my last card ... I used Black Metallic Card for the base of my alcohol inks panel, smooshed with Pearl Alcohol inks.  I used my fine-tip bottle to apply really thin lines of glue, pressed gilding flakes overtop (pressing lightly) and then left it to dry for an hour.  Brushed off the excess and am happy with how it turned out.  Definitely an easier way for me to get the gilding flakes to stick. :)

The Lake Loon die - Gina Marie Designs is cut from gold metallic card stock.  It is popped up with foam and placed over the AI/Gilding Flakes panel onto a black card base.  To finish I stamped Happy Birthday and heat embossed with Princess Gold embossing powder.

Thanks for stopping by!

Card #1
Stamps:  Happy Birthday (Cavallini & Co)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Yupo Paper; Silver Foil card stock (SU!); Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:   Alcohol Inks:  Mermaid Lagoon, Sunset Orange, Teakwood (Ranger)
Accessories:   Rubbing Alcohol, Puffer Tool, Persian Dawn Gilding Flakes (Cosmic Shimmer); Laurel Leaves Background Plate (Simon Says Stamp), Silver Embossing Powder, heat tool
Card #2
Stamps:  Snowglobe Sayings (My Favorite Things - retired)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Yupo Paper
Ink:   Alcohol Inks:  Poppyfield, Watermelon, Shell Pink (Ranger); Real Red (SU!); Delicata Gold (Tsukineko)
Accessories:  Rubbing Alcohol, Hair Dryer, Verdigris Gilding Flakes (Cosmic Shimmer); Layered Poinsettia die (Penny Black), gold beads  

Card #3:
Stamps:  Greetings (Cavallini & Co.)
Paper:   Black card stock (SU!); Black Metallic card stock (Tonic); Gold Metallic card stock (SU!)
Ink:   Pearl Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Versamark
Accessories:   Lake Loon die (Gina Marie Designs); Fine-tip Glue applicator, Tombow Mono glue, Persian Dawn Gilding Flakes (Cosmic Shimmer), Princess Gold embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool


Thursday, January 25, 2024

One more Guest Designing for Seize the Birthday!

Hi everyone.  I'm back with my last card as Surprise Party Guest for Seize the Birthday.  I've had such a wonderful time joining the team for November and January!


Today challenge (#276) is so fun (Kraft and Another Color), plus you can use neutrals.  I found the closest ink colour to kraft  and used it along with shades of orange for a smooshed background on white mixed media paper (Distress Inks:  Gathered Twigs, Ripe Persimmon, Crackling Campfire).  I die-cut the Fresh Foliage (Memory Box) in gold metallic card stock and then added shades of orange alcohol inks on top.  To finish, I stamped the birthday sentiment in white pigment ink and heat embossed in white. 

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I hope you'll join us with your Happy Birthday card(s).  As always, Anything Birthday goes with optional theme.  Hope to see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Birthday Blowout - retired (Poppy Stamps)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Kraft card stock (Carta Bella)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Gathered Twigs, Ripe Persimmon, Crackling Campfire (Tim Holtz); Unicorn white pigment ink (Hero Arts); Alcohol Inks (Ranger)
Accessories:   water mister, Fresh Foliage die (Memory Box), White embossing powder, Heat tool