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January 15, 2017

Same Image 2 Ways - Bugaboo

Hello, have you heard there is a NEW challenge
in Blogland.  
Yippie, it is called 
be a month long challenge starting on the 15th of every month.
How cool is that to have all these Bugaboo creations in one place
to look at each month.  I am so honored to be on the Design Team.

So for my project this week I am made two cards with the same image
colored each a bit different way, using the same media and colors.
The image I used is Floral Trio Frame and printed on Canson Mixed Media paper.

The first one I with a watercolor smooching kind of look.
Using my Distress Inks - Peacock Feather - Mustard Seed and Worn Lipstick
I smooched each color on my craft sheets and sprayed lightly with water, then I laid my printed imaged directly on the sprayed ink and moved it around a bit.
After it dried I mounted it onto a piece of black card stock.
I took a piece of Recollections Pink pearl card stock and loaded it
into my Explore and using a Pilot Precision V5 black pen it wrote
the sentiment.  I love the elegant look of this writing.
I embossed some lines along the edge using my MS Score Board, then mounted the panel with the Bugaboo image and that was it.


This one is pretty similar in layout it is just a 4 by 8 card that fits into
a business size #10 envelope.  Here I used the same Distress Inks colors as above but I colored using an Aqua brush.  I was more precise and painted within the
lines, then added a light watercolor wash to the background.
I cut out the Happy Birthday Wishes using a die I got in my April Stamp of Approval box, it is by Cas-ual Fridays.  

So there is my two version of the same digital image, which one do
you like better?  I'd love to hear.
Well head on over to Bugaboo and pick out some images and join
in the fun on this new monthly challenge.  Also check out the Friday Freebie 
at Bugaboo


January 13, 2017

Thinking of You

Hi, I have a card to share with you I made a few weeks ago
but have not had a chance to sit down and type up a blog post for it.

I had read about a technique called Wax Paper Embossing resist.
As soon I saw it I had to give it a try and I had a lot of fun and
made several different pieces to have on had to use for card
backgrounds.   There are several tutorials and videos out there but
HERE is the one I followed.
A few weeks ago Unity Stamps had a challenge using feathers
and/or a set of colors, well I pulled out this piece of wax resist paper
I made and it was perfect for the challenge. 
I stamped the feather stamp from the Feather Soft Love Unity stamp set using Memento Black Ink.  Matted it on a few coordinating colors and added some sequins.  I think it looks so pretty.

Thanks for stopping to take a peak, see you soon with another post.

Challenges entered:
Art by Miran - Anything goes ends - 1/20
Craft for the Craic - Pick me up ends - 1/31
Creative Fingers - Anything goes ends - 1/20


January 4, 2017

Sending Birthday Wishes

Happy New Year, hope you all had a great new
year and look forward to a fabulous 2017.

Today I have a card to share with you that I created following
the sketch over at CAS(E).
I generally have a real hard time making clean and
simple or one layer cards but this one seemed to just fall into 
place.  Yeah for me!
Of course using Catherine Pooler new inks and stamps from a
Stamp of Approval box did make it easier.   Her inks are brand new and the colors I used are from the Foundations box.  The stamps are from a
past SOA box.  
I hope this inspires me to make more simple single layer cards
and inspire you also.  If I can do it you can too!

Thanks for stopping by to take a peak.

Challenges entered:
CAS(E) this sketch - sketch ends 1/5

January 1, 2017

Wine for Classy Ladies

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I hope 2017 bring a year full of health and happiness.
Hi, sorry I have not posted in a while but like so
many the holidays were crazy busy, plus
then turned up sick afterward.
Still feeling a little bad but wanted to put a w quick post about
the Crafty Awesomeness Challenge to start of the New Year.
This month we will be using KennyK images.
The one I am using is called Happy Hour and I love anything
to do with wine lol.  I did this simple version but
want to do another humorous one a little later in the
month when I am feeling better. 
I just love her classy look.  I colored her using my
Zig Clean Color Markers and moved them around with
a waterbrush.  I cut around the image using a Gina Marie
x-stitched die.  The sentiment is a Sweet Pea Designs
stamp.  I added some Cyrstal Accents to the wine in the glass.
So head on over the Crafting Circle blog and join in
the Crafty Awesomeness Challenge
Challenges entered

Stamp Art Papel - Anything goes ends 1/31


December 6, 2016

Happy Birthday Beautiful

Well you all know I love my Unity Stamps
but
this is the first time I have made a card using one of
the Unity Girls.
Isn't she great she is called
Poppy Girl.
I made her following the challenge over at the
Unity Facebook page Show & Tell.  The challenge
was to use a Unity stamp and the colors,
Red, White and Kraft.  I love coloring on kraft
the colors come out so vibrant plus you can color white.
I used my Polychromos to color this image.  I am
really in love with how this one turned out.
Thanks for stopping by and let me know what you think
of my card.
Challenges entered:
Great Impressions - Always anything goes - ends 12/31
Heartful Stamping - use stamped image - ends 12/10
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - anything goes - ends 12/16


December 2, 2016

Christmas JOY

Ok, I am really running against the clock on this one.
I made this card following the sketch over at 
Retro Rubber Challenge where you have to use an older
rubber stamp.  The Joy stamp is from a 2000 Stampin Up
set.

I stamped it with VersaMark ink and then heat embossed with
Brutus/Monroe Alabaster embossing powder.
I LOVE this embossing powder, some of the best I have used.  It covers
very well and heats/melts quickly and evenly.
I flipped the sketch on it's side and using some glitter paper
 added some strips.  The background paper is from a
Christmas paper stack from Michaels a couple years ago.

Well, that is it, thanks for stopping by.

Challenges entered:
Retro Rubber Challenge - sketch/use rubber stamp  ends 12/2
Time Out Challenge - Anything goes Christmas  glitter/sparkle ends 12/6
Moving Along with the times -  Anything goes Christmas ends 12/6
Crafting with Attitude - Anything goes ends 12/24
CCEE Stampers - Color Red

December 1, 2016

Spotlight Colored Clematis

Hi, well it is the first of December so it is time to share
my card I made as a Design Team member over at
for the monthly 
Make sure you come and play along as this month it is a
prize challenge.  You could win a Gina Marie gift certificate.
If you are not familiar with her products you really should
check them out, she has some of the best dies and at the absolute 
best prices. 

For this card, I used a Power Poppy digital image called
Climbing Clematis.   A long time ago I made a card using this technique 
called the Spotlight Technique where you just color a portion
of the image.  If you want to check that post out click HERE is was about
6 years ago.  I colored the flower twice, once directly on the
entire image then again on a second one and cut it out then
attached it over the bottom one to give it some dimension. 
After I had it all colored I cut it out using a Gina Marie

Thanks for stopping by and make sure you head on over the 
Challenges entered:
Pile it one - Two patterns ends 12/10


November 30, 2016

Off Colored Christmas Card

Hi, here we are the 1st of December and Christmas will
be upon us sooner than we think. 
So today I have a Christmas card to share with you
that are not in the "traditional" Christmas colors.

I love the soft look of it.  I am on the design team for 
A Bit More Time to Craft digital papers, so that is where
these fabulous papers came from.  They have a challenge
twice a month that is always anything goes so make sure you hop on
over and join it the fun.  There is also a Friday Freebie where you can pick up some papers.
The Mery Christmas is a stamp from Unity Stamps.  There
stamps a wonderful and they always have great sales.  This stamp is from the
...........A Joyous Season set.  
The snowflake I cut using my Cricut Explore.  This snowflake file is kind of cool because first it draws all the design on the snowflake and then cuts it out along with a shadow layer. 
Well that is it for now, hope everyone is doing well and getting
all the things done for the Holiday season.

November 28, 2016

A Simple Birthday Card

Hi, it has been a while since I have posted anything.  I guess the
holiday season is upon us, things got a little crazy around here.
Hope everyone had a blesses Thanksgiving with family & friends.

Today I have a very simple card to share with you that I have had
on my desk for a few weeks now but haven't had a chance yet to post.


The background paper is pearl paper that I embossed using my MS scoreboard 
at 1/2 inch increments.  The 3 roses are a Gina Marie die that I cut
from a piece of paper I made using some ink sprays.
Happy Birthday is also a die.
And that's it, pretty simple.

Thanks for taking the time to sop and take a peak.

November 5, 2016

Happiest 5th Birthday

Hi everyone, hope you have some fun plans for
the weekend.
I have a card to share that I made following this 
weeks sketch at Mojo Monday for one of my great-granddaughter
that turns 5.
I know all the little girls love "My Little Pony" so I went with
that theme because I loved the bright colors.
The background striped paper is a digital paper from 
Sonya Dehart called Summer Carnival.
I used some stitched circle Gina Marie dies to cut out the circle.
The half circle and the 5 were cut using my Cricut Explore.
The half circle is embossed and sprayed with some Glimmer mist so
it is all sparkly and so is the 5.

Well that is it for today, have a great weekend.
Challenges entered:
Crafting with Dragonflies - Stripes/spots ends 11/11
Catch the Bug - Anything goes ends 11/12
Crafty Friends - For someone special ends 11/18