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