Saturday, February 6, 2016

From Places Abroad - Cyprus

That's our challenge this month at Altenew.  Since I am a blue girl, the inspiration photo grabbed me right away!  Here's my entry, as it happens, my 2000th post since I started blogging in 2009!

Altenew From Places Abroad - Cyprus

supplies: cream, charcoal, and black cardstock, gold glitter paper, Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set, Ranger Super Fine Detail gold embossing powder, Brilliance Sky Blue, Hero Arts Cornflower, and Brilliance Galaxy Gold inks, Tim Holtz Gothic stencil, modeling paste and more Gold embossing powder, Wplus9 Hand Lettered Thanks die, My Mind's Eye gold enamel dots

Originally my stencilled panel was only 1 piece, but looking at the 2 sides of the door, I split it down the middle and framed the whole thing with gold glitter paper. The leaves and flowers were embossed in gold, then overstamped for color.  Lots of gold along with my favorite color - it really glistens under the lights; wish I could capture it better in my photo!

Here's the inspiration:

February Challenge: From Places Abroad - Cyprus

Friday, February 5, 2016

Lots of Hugs

I'm in full Valentine mode, in case you haven't noticed.  My Mom sends us Valentines each year and I want to continue that tradition, so I make them for all my family, and for friends, too.  Here's the latest, a CASE of one by Lisa Addesa.  I loved her idea, and this was fun to make too!

Flower Heart Wreath

supplies: white and shades of pink to red cardstocks, Nestabilities scalloped heart dies, 2 flower punches, (unknown manufacturer and as old as the hills), tiny pearls, Hero Arts sentiment from Truly Appreciated

For my heart base, I die cut a large heart, and then die-cut a smaller one from that, to form a rough base on which to build up my flowers.  I must say that as much as I love my dies, it was so much easier to punch out these flowers!   Each flower was shaped a bit before gluing onto the base, and then I added some tiny pearls to the centers of the most prominent flowers.  The heart was then popped up on my card base after stamping my sentiment.  This one is definitely not mailable without alot of extra expense, so it will be hand-delivered to a neighbor or a friend. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Lacey Hugs

Here's another Valentine.

Lacey Hugs

supplies: ivory, black, and lollipop cardstock, Watermelon Gelato, Impression Obsession Floral Lace Heart die, Simon Painted Hugs die, silver sequins

I'm adding this to this month's Die Cut Divas challenge: Love, Marriage, or Anniversaries.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Simon Says..........Have a Heart!


Happy Wednesday!  It's time for another challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday blog!

Our theme this week is "Have a Heart", and my teamies and I are using Reverse Confetti products.  

SSS Feb 3

supplies: white cardstock, BoBunny Strawberry Double Dot cardstock, Reverse Confetti Love Blooms, Hero Arts Punch and Grass chalk inks, Simon's Large Heart Doily and Scripty Big Hugs dies, DieNamics Blueprints 20 scalloped die

Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see what you create!  We have another $50.00 gift voucher


to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!

Simon Says Stamp

I'd like to add this card to this month's Die Cut Diva's challenge: Love, Marriage, and Anniversaries.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Today I'm working with some watercolor panels from Taylored Expressions.  I want to play with Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge this month, and these were a great way to get started.  The panels are a nice 3 X 4" in size, which takes up most of the card, but allows some space to embellish.  Here are my first 2:

Watercolor Panel 1

supplies: Simon Green Apple cardstock, dp from Doodlebug Kraft in Color - color pad, Taylored Expressions Uplifting watercolor panel, Spectrum Aqua markers and water, turquoise felt and a flower die, lime button

Watercolor Panel 2

supplies: white and Green Apple cardstock, dp from Doodlebug Sunkissed paper pad, Taylored Expressions Uplifting watercolor panel, Spectrum Aqua markers and water, heart dies from Simon Outline Hearts die set


Kathy's challenge runs all month, and she is encouraging us to do a little bit of coloring every day.  You choose the medium, and work on anything you want.  She'll be giving us daily inspiration, and there's a gallery link on her Day 1 blog post where you can see other people's work.  Share your creation there or on Instagram, marking it #THEDAILYMARKER30DAY.  I hope you'll join in, too!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Throwback Thursday #11

The monthly Throwback Thursday challenge at Wplus9 is a Valentine's Theme.  Even though I don't have the featured stamp set, I wanted to play anyway.  Here's my entry, using one of the first Wplus9 products I bought:

Wplus9 TT#11

supplies: white, black, and 3 shades of pink to red cardstock, watercolor paper, spun sugar, worn lipstick, abandoned coral, and barn door distress inks, Wplus9 Seasonal Sentiments love and heart dies and their Hand Lettered Thanks stamp set, Simon's Mini Hearts Outline dies

I diluted 4 shades of distress inks and painted them across my watercolor paper, then affixed that to my card base.  Then I cut out the love die 3 times and used the negative to pop above the card base, adding a stamped sentiment and some tiny hearts.

I'm entering this into this month's Die Cut Diva's challenge: Love, Marriage, or Anniversaries.

Thanks for visiting me today!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Share Joy challenge

I recently acquired some Taylored Expressions felt, and love that it works so well with all of my dies! The price point is great and there's a beautiful array of colors!  So when I saw the sketch at the latest Share Joy challenge, I couldn't wait to use them on my entry!

Share Joy #20

supplies: white cardstock, green and blue dotted papers from BoBunny's Soft Shades pad, Taylored Expressions Cherry Blossom, Orchid, and Avodaco felt, yellow felt, Lil Inker Perky Posies flower dies, Simon Crystal and Moonshine sequins, Simon's Big Scripty Greetings

Saturday, January 30, 2016


.......that was what I saw when I looked at the spectacular inspiration board for this month's Pin Sight's Challenge .  What a gorgeous array of color!  Here's my entry:

Deep Red

supplies: cream, green, and 3 shades of deep red cardstock, Bold Blossoms, Painted Hugs, red sequins

I was obviously taken with that gorgeous bouquet and the sparkling rings, but oh that red velvet cake.........


Merry Monday.......One Layer

Here's my card for this week's Merry Monday challenge.  This week our challenge is to do a 1-layer card.

Merry Monday #189 One Layer

supplies: white card, Hero Arts Winter Town, The Craft's Meow (retired) Christmas Blessings (star and sentiment), VersaFine Lagoon Blue, VersaMark and Liquid Platinum embossing powder

I said it last week, and I'll repeat - so nice to be able to use older stamps for these challenges!  

Friday, January 29, 2016

You Have My Heart

Here's another card very similar to my design for the Simon Wednesday challenge, but I thought I'd share it anyway.  It's almost a one-layer design.....

You Have My Heart

supplies: watercolor paper, ivory card base, Simon's Roses for You clear stamp set, Spectrum Aqua Floral and Zig Clean Color markers in shades of pink and green

I simply stamped the individual flowers and leaf sprigs along a lightly-pencilled heart shape, then erased the pencil lines and watercolored the design.  After stamping my sentiment from the same set, I splattered some of the inks (a little too exuberantly, maybe?), and let the panel dry before attaching it to my card base.

I am loving this stamp set - it may be the source of most of my Valentines for this year!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

And one more in blue.......

......using the Beautiful Day stamp set.

Beautiful Day Blue

supplies: white and blue cardstock, Altenew Beautiful Day, Hero Arts Stripes Pattern and sentiment from Made with Love, Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue, Hero Arts Cornflower, Stone Wash, Green Hills, and Grass, and VersaFine onyx black inks, Doodlebug blue jean sprinkles

The sky blue ink is pearlescent, so this whole card has a subtle shimmer to it!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Simon Says........Anything Goes!


Happy Wednesday!  It's time for another challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday blog!

Being the last Wednesday of the month, our recurring theme is Anything Goes, and the Design Team are all using Simon Says Stamp products.

I couldn't wait to get my hands on the Roses for You stamps, and I had a ball playing with them!  I used the individual flowers and leaves stamps to form a heart wreath for my first card.

SSS Jan 27

supplies: ivory cardstock, Roses for You stamp set, Spectrum Aqua Floral watercolor markers, water, Simon Stitched Rectangles die and moonshine sequins

And I went a bit shabby-chic for my 2nd card.

SSS Jan27

supplies:  white cardstock, dps from My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Two and a retired Lawn Fawn paper pads, heirloom lace, Roses for You stamps, Spectrum Aqua Floral markers, moonshine sequins

This one uses the heart of flowers all around the edges of my card, along with a sentiment from another Simon Valentine clear set:


supplies: white cardstock, Hero Arts carnation layering paper, Simon Roses for You and Paper Hug clear stamp sets, and Stitched Rectangle die, Spectrum Aqua markers and water, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins

Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see what you create!  Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher


to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!

Simon Says Stamp

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Most Beautiful Day

Here's another card using my new Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set.

Beautiful Day

supplies: white and black cardstock, Altenew Beautiful Day clear stamp set, pink and green inks, and blue and green markers to color, Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Poppy embossing folder

Hope you have a beautiful day!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Valentines for our Grands

It's taken me all this time to get the Harvest Mouse stamp set from My Favorite Things, so the fact that it's autumn related didn't stop me from putting it to use for our grandchildren's Valentines....I simply removed apples and inserted hearts in their places!

The first one is for our granddaughter Alma - she is all girl!


supplies:white cardstock, BoBunny Strawberry double dot cardstock, MFT Harvest Mouse, Simon's Large Heart Doily, Hero Arts sentiment from All Occasion Messages

My next card is a CASE of one by Alice Wertz, and it's for our youngest, Owen:


supplies: white cardstock, Doodlebug Petite Prints Limeade dot grid, MFT Harvest Mouse, Simon Painted Hello die and sentiment from I See You, heart from Stacked Hearts

And this last one is a CASE of Tracey McNeeley's card.  It's for our oldest, Liam, who loves to run:


supplies: white cardstock, Doodlebug Petite Prints Blue Jean dot-grid, MFT Harvest Mouse, hearts from Simon's Mini Hearts die in the February Card Kit

One of his parents will have to explain (and probably sing) the significance of the sentiment on this one.......I've written "and a hug around your neck" inside!

Thanks for your visit today!