Monday, May 17, 2021

Two New Cover Dies

 There are so many fun products for our cards, and cover dies are some of my favorites.  Here are 2 cards showcasing my 2 newest cover dies, with oxide ink backgrounds.

supplies: white cardstock, Concord & 9th Thinking of You Perfect Pairings dies, salvaged patina, peacock feathers, mermaid lagoon, and blueprint sketch oxide inks

After cutting out both dies in the set from heavy-weight white card, I smooshed the individual oxide inks onto my kraft mat, spritzed them with water, and then dragged a white panel through them, drying between each color.  If there was any white showing at the end, I brushed on an ink to cover it, then spritzed with water and also added more of the diluted inks by splattering.  When all was dry, my panel was pretty warped, so I ran it through my laminator twice before attaching it to my card base.  Then I glued on the framing cover die, and popped up the sentiment.

For my 2nd card I used the same oxide inks, but this time, brushed them on in stripes, blending the colors between.  I used the same inks for the sentiment die, in reverse order.

supplies: white cardstock, Ink to Paper Border Bling Dainty Deliveries cover die and Penny Black birthday die, salvaged patina, peacock feathers, mermaid lagoon, and blueprint sketch oxide inks, blender brushes

Blue has always been my favorite color, and all of these shades are pleasing to me.  I hope they make you smile, too! Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Birthdays in May

Here are a couple more birthday cards for this month, just varying the coloring a bit, as well as the framing.  I used one of my favorite stamps for them.  Sadly, I think it's retired.

supplies: white and black cardstock, Stampendous Laurel Burch Butterfly Heart, Hero Arts Sending Love sentiment, Lawn Fawn Fancy Scalloped Rectangle and Sunny Studio Frilly Frames Lattice dies

Thanks for stopping by - enjoy your Sunday! 

Friday, May 14, 2021

Hollyhocks Mini Slimline

 I'm still on the mini slimline bandwagon, and I thought I'd CASE some of my own cards and convert them to this new size.  

Back in 2014, I took an online class called Stretch Your Stamps 2, and one of the lessons, taught by Dawn W., was to doodle around a stamped floral image.  I pretty much CASEd the card I made then for today's card.

supplies: white and coral cardstock, long-retired Avery Elle Oh Happy Day solid floral and leaf stamps, Altenew inks, Simon Beautiful Butterflies sentiment, a fine-tipped pen to outline the stamped images, pink and yellow pearls

I stamped the solid flowers and leaves vertically to create my hollyhocks, then dipped my wet paint brush into one of the green inks and created stems to connect them.  Then I just doodled/outlined around everything.

This was just as much fun this time around as it was back then!  Thanks for stopping by - enjoy your day.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Simon Says.......Stencil It!


Happy Wednesday - welcome to our challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

This week we want to see your work featuring stencils.  The team is playing with Pink Fresh Studio products, but you can use anything you'd like.  I chose a set of layering stencils and made 2 cards with them.

supplies: white cardstock, grey plank dp, PinkFresh Studio Daisy Wreath stencil set, kitsch flamingo, picked raspberry, cracked pistachio and lucky clover distress oxide inks, blender brushes, sentiment from Simon Beautiful Butterflies, pink enamel dots, adhesive foam

After stamping my wreath I fussy-cut it into 2 parts and layered them over an oval on which I'd stamped my sentiment, then lifted it above the card base.

For my 2nd card, I stamped the flowers in 2 colors, overstamped a sentiment, then trimmed the panel.

supplies: white cardstock, PinkFresh Studio Daisy Wreath stencil set, Altenew mini ink cubes (Hydrangea and UltraViolet, Chamomile and Snapdragon, Lime and Fresh Leaf), sentiment from Simon (retired) Beautiful Day, Penny Black Stitched Stackers framing die, yellow enamel dots

I love these layering stencils because I don't have to do any coloring, which is not my strong point.  With some pretty inks, you can bring these to life!

Now it's your turn!  We have a $25.00 gift certificate 

to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!  I can't wait to see what you all make this week!

Monday, May 10, 2021

Birthday Wreaths

 I need several birthday cards this month, so over the next week or so, I'll be sharing some of them.  This first one came about because I've been lusting over the new Pink Fresh Studio Washi Tapes with gold accents in them.  The ones I want are currently sold out, so I thought I'd take an old Pink Fresh Studio stamp and die set and try and get the same results with gold embossing.  I'm very pleased with how it turned out, but now I can't get a decent photo of it to show you!   So I'll show you the card first....

supplies: white and distress watercolor cardstock, Pink Fresh Studio Floral Elements Wreath and matching die, gold pearl and Super Fine Detail Gold embossing powders, Zig markers and water, Wplus9 Doodle Buds sentiment, Pink Fresh Studio Stitched Scalloped Rectangle die, adhesive foam 

.....and a much better picture to show you the lovely glow the pearl gold embossing gives.

The gold pearl is on the light side, so for the sentiment I switched to a regular gold embossing powder.

If you have this gold pearl powder, give this a try if you've never done so - I think you'll love the results!

While I had these Floral Elements out I made another card, this time using brighter colors, alcohol markers, and a real potpourri of supporting elements.

supplies: white cardstock, aqua gingham patterned paper, Floral Elements wreath and matching dies, Paper Smooches Fab Frames die, Simon Happy Everything die, Memory Box Open Studio Big and Little Words sentiment, adhesive foam to lift wreath and words

As always, thanks for coming by today!

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy Mother's Day!

 Here's the card I'm giving to my Mom today; she's 96 and these are her favorite colors.  My order from The Greetery came just in time to make it!

supplies: white and Doll Pink cardstock, The Greetery Flower Market Bouquet stamp and matching die and Fit to be Tied bow die, Altenew mini ink cubes, Clearly Besotted Sweet Little Sentiments, Sunny Studio Frilly Frames Lattice die

Wishing all you Moms a very happy day today!

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Inspired by Dawn and Laura

 Today's card was inspired by 2 papercrafting stars, Dawn McVey and Laura Bassen..

I wanted to play again with the Mix and Match Squares stencil, so I borrowed some of Dawn's signature colors for it.  The design of the stencil reminded me of the abstract paintings she's been working on lately. Then I remembered seeing this card by Laura back in February when the stencil was released.  Here's my version.

supplies: white cardstock, vellum, Simon Says Stamp Mix and Match Squares stencil, distress oxide inks, blender brushes, flowers from Beautiful Flowers and leaves from Thankful Flowers, white embossing powder, Tammy Tutterow sentiment, irridescent sequins

I masked off each little square and brushed on the colors.  That panel was trimmed to fit inside an A2 card, then I overstamped my sentiment and attached my vellum elements and some sparkly sequins.

This is one card I think I'll keep on display in my craft room to remind me of this mix of colors.

Thanks for coming by.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Simon Says.......Feminine

Happy Wednesday - welcome to our challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog!

 This week the theme is "Feminine" and the team is playing with Stampendous products.  My card uses their Lovely Flowers clear stamp set.

supplies: white and a watercolor dp, Stampendous Lovely Flowers jar and flowers, Zig markers and water, sentiment from Simon (retired) Best Mom Ever, Picked Raspberry Oxide ink, Lawn Fawn Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackables and Hero Arts Nested Circle dies

I liked the diminutive size of the scalloped rectangles for this card.

Now it's your turn!  We have a $25.00 gift certificate 

to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!  I can't wait to see what you all make this week!

Monday, May 3, 2021

Spring Bouquet cards

 Here are 2 cards using the luscious floral swags in the new Spring Bouquets clear stamp set.  I made them into slimline cards.  The first is a mini, just a hair over 6" long.

supplies: white and watercolor cardstock, Spring Bouquets rose spray, watercolor markers and water, sentiment from Beautiful Butterflies, Tim Holtz Flourish stencil and squeezed lemonade distress ink

After coloring and fussy-cutting out my floral and sentiment, I stencilled, then embossed the stencil for my background.  If you've been here before you know that one of my favorite flowers is a yellow rose.

My next card is a "normal" slimline size, 8 1/2" long.

supplies: white and black cardstock, watercolor paper, vellum, Spring Bouquets spray and sentiment, watercolor markers and water, (retired) Hero Arts script woodblock (Artistic Windows), Doodlebug heart sprinkles

The flowers were stamped on a panel trimmed to fit my card base, and after coloring it, I masked parts of the design to stamp the little script for a background.  I added my sentiment on a strip of vellum.

This is a gorgeous stamp set, and the 4 sentiments in it are lovely, too.  It was my top pick from Simon's latest Born to Sparkle release.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by - enjoy your week!

Sunday, May 2, 2021

My First Mini Slimline Cards!

 I've been intrigued by the many mini slimline cards I've seen popping up, but I didn't realize how darling this size is until I made one for myself!  Be prepared to see lots more of these!  For convenience, I started with a 6" square piece of white cardstock and scored it down the middle at 3" for my base. 

supplies: white, Memory Box Ocean Blues, Sunny Oranges, and Lush Greens cardstock, Doodlebug Gingham patterned paperThe Greetery Botanicuts Sunflower dies, Hero Arts leaf die, My Favorite Things Sending You Hugs die, Doodlebug heart sprinkles

I like this design so much that I'm going to use it as my blog header for awhile.  That was so much fun, I made another, this time a vertical design.

supplies: white, Green Apple and yellow cardstock, Simon Medium Dots stencil, Green Apple ink, Daffodil Stem and Spring Blessings dies, pale green sparklets

This daffodil was already constructed from another project, so all I had to do was stencil and emboss a panel of cardstock using Green Apple ink, and cut it into 4 sections for my background panel.  This Spring Blessings die is one of my favorites; love the font!

Now I have to get myself some mini slimline envelopes!

Saturday, May 1, 2021

My April Favorites

 Here are my favorite cards made in April.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 30, 2021

Spellbinders Stained Glass Bouquet Collection

Becca Feeken has done it again!  Just look at these ornate dies she's created for her latest collection called Stained Glass Bouquet! 

My first card uses the Tulip Trio set of dies.

supplies: black, ivory parchment, and watercolor cardstock, Tulip Trio dies, oxide inks and water, Hero Arts retired sentiment

I thought the best way to achieve a mottled stained glass look was to make my own colors using distress oxide inks.  Each of these colors started with the smooth side of watercolor card, then I sponged on various shades of the color I was going for, spritzed with water, and dried, continually adding droplets of color until I was satisfied.  I'm very pleased with the results.  I saw bleeding hearts in the corners, so I added a little more red to the pinks I had used for my tulips for them.

We've had a need for sympathy cards this spring, and I thought this would work well for that occasion. 

Next up is a set called Deco Bloom, which makes a card just a little less than 5 x 7.

supplies: slate grey, ivory, surf blue, kraft, pale green, 2 pink, and 2 yellow cardstock, Deco Bloom dies, Pink & Main Sent with Love sentiment, adhesive foam squares

This time I used a variety of colored cardstock to bring color to this design.  This die set is made of  dies for the border and the wreath, so you can use just parts of it for other designs, and the roses are separate dies that can be placed anywhere you'd like on this wreath. I chose to adhere them with adhesive foam so that they stand above the rest of the card.

I won't deny that paper-piecing these cards took a little time, but I enjoyed every minute.  These dies cut beautifully.  Thank you, Spellbinders, for sharing these with me!

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

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

Happy Wednesday - welcome to our challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

As always at the end of each month, our theme is Anything Goes!  The team is playing with Penny Black products, but you can use anything you'd like.

I did something I haven't done in years, use water-based markers to color a cling stamp.  

supplies: Distress Watercolor cardstock, Penny Black Daffodil Dance, Zig Markers and water, words from Simon Sending Happy Thoughts and Leafy Frames for my sentiment, Sunny Studio Frilly Frames Eyelet die

Placing my stamp into my Misti, I used Zig markers to color directly onto the cling stamp, spritzing before stamping in some cases.  I took my time and stamped one flower or leaf at a time.  Then I went back in with a damp paint brush to smooth out and fill in some of the areas.  When everything was dry, I overstamped my sentiment.

Now it's your turn!  We have a $25.00 gift certificate 

to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!  I can't wait to see what you all make this week!

Simon Says Stamp Born to Sparkle Release!

Simon's newest release, called Born to Sparkle, is live!

I don't have anything to share with you just now, but here are some of the new things that this flower girl is excited to see: Spring Bouquets and Window Box Blooms clear stamps., the XL Rose Bouquet stencil, and the Floral Centerpiece 3D embossing folder. What are your faves?

Be sure to watch Shari's video HERE where she shows us the brand new Pawsitively Everything Tool!  So fun!

As always, there will be blog hops on Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30, a Facebook Live on Friday, April 30, at noon, and an Instagram hop on Friday, May 7.  So you'll have lots of opportunities to see the new goodies in action.  And don't forget our Born to Sparkle Gallery HERE.


Monday, April 26, 2021

A Spring Wreath

 I love this time of year when everything is leafing out - such a lovely lacey green!  

supplies: white, pale green, and 2 pink cardstocks, Taylored Expressions Leafy Vine embossing folder, leaf sprig from Hero Arts Envelope Accessories dies, The Greetery Forget-Me-Nots dies, a Tammy Tutterow sentiment from Tiny Sentiments, pink and white pearls

I haven't made a wreath lately, and this little sprig lends itself nicely to making one; I just layered it, securing each branch only at the bottom so that the rest of it would pop up a bit for dimension.  I thought this embossing folder was a nice match with it, and the forget-me-nots and pearls add just the right amount of color.

Edited to add these pictures of our crabapple out back.  It's such a pretty pink right now as the flowers start to a few days it will turn white.

Hope your day goes well!

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Susan's Spring Flora dies

 Spellbinder's kindly sent me 2 sets of dies from the latest Susan Tierney-Cockburn Spring Flora collection.  Here are some cards I made with my new goodies!

First up, a card featuring one of my favorite flowers: Lily of the Valley.  Here in NE Ohio, ours bloom right around Mother's Day, so I framed them with a pretty doily.

supplies: white and Surf Blue cardstock, Lily of the Valley and (retired) Floral Oval Doily dies, oxide inks to color leaves and stems, sentiment from Newton's Nook Woodland Spring

Aren't these a wonderful representation of this sweet flower?  I didn't do the best job getting the petals cupped correctly; they should look like little bells.  I need to practice some more....

Since my first card is so feminine, I made a masculine card next with another set of dies, called Ferns and Ivy.

supplies: beige and kraft cardstock, Ferns and Ivy dies, sentiment from Sept 2018 Large Die of the Month, mowed lawn oxide ink, Tim Holtz Lumber embossing folder, vintage photo distress ink

I only used 1 of the fern dies for my card, cutting it 5 times; the set also has 2 other fern dies and an ivy one too!   I chose the set because I think it will be invaluable for masculine cards like this, but also the ferns or ivy will work beautifully with any floral die.

Many thanks to Spellbinders!

Friday, April 23, 2021

Spellbinders New Cardmaker Stamp Collection

Spellbinders is launching a new stamp collection, and they very kindly sent me 2 of them to play with!  Here are some cards that I made with my new goodies.  

The first uses their new Love Block set.

supplies: white and pink cardstock, Love Block set, Hemstitch Rectangle die

This has so many possibilities!  Here I used all pinks, but wouldn't it be pretty in a mix of pastels?  Great for Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, or "just because"!  The set also includes 4 sentiment words to pair with the main image, and a separate little spray of posies, that I added in the corners.

Next is the new Hello Sunflowers set.

supplies: white and gold cardstock, a bit of brown gingham dp, Hello Sunflower set, Quilted Hearts embossing folder

I stamped, colored, and cut 3 of the smaller sunflowers, then arranged them atop a panel that holds the sentiment.  Who doesn't love sunflowers?  This set also has a large sunflower as well as 2 other sentiments.

As always, many thanks to Spellbinders for sharing these with me! 

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Simon Says...........Sending Hugs

Happy Wednesday - welcome to our challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

 This week our theme is "Sending Hugs"!  There are lots of ways to interpret that, and I'm looking forward to your ideas!  The team is featuring Impression Obsession products this week. 

supplies: white and black cardstock, Impression Obsession Floral Lace Heart die, markers, colored pearls, Simon Scripty Big Hugs die, Penny Black Stitched Stacker die

I cut the heart 3 times from white cardstock.  Using the first, I attached tape to the back of the panel while it was still attached to the die to hold everything together.  Then I used pastel markers to color in the details.  From the other 2 die-cuts, I punched out only the outline of the heart, and glued them together.  The colored panel was trimmed with the stitching border die, then I added my extra heart outlines and my sentiment.  The panel was then lifted above my card base, and I put pearls in the centers of the flowers, and a heart pearl near the sentiment.

Now it's your turn!  We have a $25.00 gift certificate 

to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!  I can't wait to see what you all make this week!

Sunday, April 18, 2021


 Just a quick share today, playing again with my Colorize Blooms.

supplies: white, Memory Box Vibrant Violet and Lush Green cardstock pads, Tim Holtz Colorize Bloom dies, sentiment from Big and Little Words, Simon Ringlet Plate die

Nothing to explain, just put together some leafy branches and flowers, then made an arrangement of them and glued it to a background with a little subtle design, along with a simple sentiment.  These violet colors are really appealing to me this spring!

As always, thanks for stopping by!