Thursday, May 30, 2013


Playing along with the challenge
on splitcoaststampers today.
It's all about using doodles on your card. Here's what I did:
To start I smeared Three colors of distress ink right from the pad onto my teflon craft sheet,
then I spritzed the pad with a little water to activate the ink.
Next just lay down a piece of watercolor paper and press to blot up some of the color...repeat till you like what you come up with.
With the background done, next I stamped "celebrate" ( a paper smooches stamp)
and the used this neat little stamp I got from Another Stamp Company.
You can check them out here:
Now comes the doodle part...
for me this was big opportunity to mess this up good!
But I took a deep breath and just  drew a freehand border.
I made it thick and thin and filled in with circles.
It was so much fun I did it again on the inside:
Well, I'm off to make no bake cookies!
Hope you have fun today!
till next time,

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Well, the good news is that my flowers lived through the cold snap we just had.
This weather is nuts...40 yesterday and 77 today!
I made this card for the Addicted to CAS challenge - Birthday.
Used Memory Box Fuchia Sprig die
Memory Box Piestra Tile die
sentiment from There She Goes - Sentimental Birthday
Monday I made a card for the Splitcoaststamper TLC Challenge,
which was to " String it up"
Thanks for stopping by today.
till next time,

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Star Lily

Hi! Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend.
Today the SCS Inspiration Challenge is from "Jennspendants"on Etsy.
I chose this bracelet as my inspiration:
To start I needed to stamp just one lily, whereas my stamp has many blooms.
to do this I put scotch tape over everything but the one Lily , inked it up...actually remembered to remove the tape and then stamped it on X-Press it card stock.
At first I tried coloring it with watercolors, but that didn't work out so well.
Then I tried copic markers and I liked the results much better.
I used R81, RV13, RV55, Y18 , and N2
It still didn't look finished...sometimes these card have a mind of their own!...
In the back of my mind I was thinking about yesterdays SCS Mix-Ability Challenge
which was to have a smooth surface and a rough serface.
I looked over at my tool caddy and saw the metal ruler which had the perfect size circle in the top
and  decided to hand emboss circles  and that would qualify as a rough surface!
This was easy to do..just turn the card face down on a soft surface
( I used a piece of craft foam from Michaels)  and
rub the stylis gently around the circle opening.
 I'm glad I used Copics because they tend to soak through to the back of the
paper and that made it easy to know where to put the circles.
I finished the card by lightly sponging black over the embossing  and the panel edges.
Then I used Glaze gloss ove the Lily.
Thanks for taking the time to read all of this!
Here's a couple of other cards I did this week:

Till next time,

Monday, May 20, 2013

Mojo Monday
This is the sketch for today on Mojo Monday's Blog.
This is the card I came up with. It's hard to tell from the picture, but the print on the bottom
is 100% cotton fabric paper from michael miller memories .
( I've had this in my stash since The Scrapbook Shop days!)
The bow is seam binding dyed to match.
Hope you had a great Monday!
till next time,

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Say What?

This is the card I made for todays featured stamper challenge on Splitcoaststampers . ...
 Smoatsmom, aka Colleen Dietrich was chosen the featured stamper today.
You can see her card that inspired me here:
I was going to do a card more like hers ..Using similar colors
and using a butterfly punch instead of the hearts...good idea..right?
Well, I ended up with bright colors....big suprise there! lol...
and... as I was digging through my stash I came across these  stamps
that I've had forever and never used , so I inked them up!
That's how this card ended up looking nothing like what I started out to make.
Go figure!
Here's the inside:
Thanks for stopping by today!
till next time,

Friday, May 17, 2013

Rainbow Fish
Rainbow Fish is the title of a childrens book I remember reading over and over
again to my grandchildren when they were very little.
It stuck in my head because in the illustrations,
 the fish was made out of beautiful glittery shiny paper .
So...when todays Mix-Ability challenge at SplitcoastStampers was
"Glitter under Glass" my brain skipped right over to glitter under water and the memory of rainbow fish.
This is what I came up with:
Believe me, in real life this card glitters big time!
I stamped the fish on white cardstock ...( I borrowed and stamped this fish quite awhile ago and don't remember who makes this stamp...sorry!)
I sponged a little distressed ink ( Broken Glass) and then with Stampin up markers drew
what is supposed to look like seaweed and added this really neat
 glitter that looks like slivers of green glass.
The fish  is colored with copics...B04, YG03, Y00, y13, Y18, YR68
Then I went crazy with the colored glitter !
The addition of some dew drops as bubbles and a
Get Well sentiment by Smooches finishes the card.
Oh yes, I used a 3/4" circle punch across the top to " chomp" waves,
thus also qualifying this card for the Free For All SplitcoastStampers challenge.
Thanks for Looking!
till next time,

Monday, May 13, 2013

Bokeh Effect

Bokeh is actually a photography technique that is a blur or an out of focus area of the image.
Today on Splitcoaststampers the try a new technique challenge is to try the bokeh effect.
See what I'm talking about here:
This is my take on the bokeh effect
Step by step here's what I did:
First I chose stamps...  
then I chose colors... I chose pink yellow and oranges
 because I didn't want it looking too much like a Valentine.....
next, I stamped the image with Memento ink because it's formulated
to work well with copics and it won't smear when you sponge over top of it

The sponging is very light in the upper left corner and in the lower right corner.
From this step on , I got busy creating and forgot to take more pictures...
but what I did was to stamp hearts  three times before re-inking the stamp ..making sure I had the darker shades nearest the heart pillow the bear is squeezing.
Then I colored the image with copics.
E13,E53,E57 and R20 for the bear
RV63, RV55 and RV66 for the heart pillow
I grounded the bear by shading with brown chalk.
I like shading with chalk because if you don't like it
you can always erase it with a white eraser.
It was fun playing with this new technique . I hope you'll give it a try!
Thanks for stopping by.
till next time,

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Make a wish
Todays Featured Stamper challenge on SplitCoastStampers has us looking through
Silke Kittmann's fabulous gallery. This is a link to her card that I chose to CASE:

This is my card:
I really did start out with teal and lavendar cardstock ...somehow the mojo was just not happening, so most of what I was trying ended up in the trash.
Earlier I had been working on a card featuring a horse ( I'll post this later) , anyhow...
I had a lot of brown and copper paper and stuff sitting on my desk so that's
how my pretty little fairy girl became copper...
.because my mind had been thinking of a chestnut brown mare!
The inside of this card is going to say:
Happy Birthday!
May all your birthday wishes come true.
Thanks for stopping by today.
 till next time,

Saturday, May 11, 2013


This is the card I made for the Addicted to CAS Challenge.
you can find the challenge here:

Here's what went through my head when I read the challenge:
Rainbows... after the rain...wet...watercolors
I wasn't sure how to  keep the watercolors going in the direction I wanted, so I cut a mask ( I just cut a circle and then cut random points all the way around)
And since I keep forgetting to buy a set of watercolor paints,
I used Stampin up markers and a water brush.
To do this just scribble a patch of color on an acrylic block and then pick it up on the water brush,squeezing as much or as littlle water as you want.
Here's what I used:
To finish  I stamped a tree from the Stampin Up "Lovley as a Tree " set
and added a happy birthday greeting from Stampin Up's "Teeny Tiny wishes " set.
I figure you can't have too many birthday cards!
Thanks for stopping by!
till next time,

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Backyard Beauty

Have I told you that I love spring?

This is the flowering crabapple tree I planted in the backyard , oh so many years ago!
I don't think it has ever been this full of blooms.

The ground beneath looks snow covered!
Just wanted to share this with you.
till next time,

Sunday, May 5, 2013


Hope you're
Having a Great Day!
The sun is shinning and  Glenn is home and feeling good.
( he goes back into the hospt. tomorrow, tests Tues and more Surgery on Wed.),
so I've decided to enjoy the moment!
This card was made to play along with the Featured Stamper Challenge
on SplitCoast Stampers today.
Here's the featured stampers card that I cased:
I kept the layout, but changed the colors and images.
Thanks for looking.
till next time,

Thursday, May 2, 2013


This week, the Art Impressions Blog has a challenge to turn
 your negative pieces from punches or die-cuts into  positive artwork!
This is the card I'm submitting:
I began by cutting out the words HAPPY RETIREMENT with my Silhouette.
this is a picture of my computer screen:
Once it was cut out I threw away the letters and was left with the negative space.
I used this piece of cardstock as my card front panel.
After stamping the Ai guy, I colored him with copics and
did some extra shading with prismacolor pencils.
Then I popped the panel up over some really cute brown gingham plaid paper.
Maybe you can see the dimension a little better here:
The negative spaces from the cut out letters bothered me without the centers in the A,P's and R's,
so I rescued them from the trash and stuck them to the gingham paper under the letters.
Had fun today, hope you did too!
till next time,