Thursday, July 27, 2017


The theme at A Blog Named Hero this month is "florals" and I certainly love my flowers.  If you have read my blog before, you'll know I recently took a class where we used art, photography, fashion, etc. as our inspiration.  Found this art print and when I saw it, thought it was perfect for the HA ice cream cone set and all the little flowers that are in many of their stamp sets.  It's also National Ice Cream Month so let's celebrate with a floral cone!!

Source: Rifle Paper Co.

I stamped lots of little flowers from HA stamp sets (DC130, CL963, CL779, DC195) in a variety of inks.  Then fussy cut them because most did not have a matching die and I didn't want a white edge.  Stamped the cone and also fussy cut.  Then I did the flower arrangement and used the Press n' Seal method to keep them all together.  Attached the cone and flowers to a base matted with black, stamped the sentiment in black ink and clear embossed.  Added some Spectrum Noir to the flowers and rosewater Nuvo drops. 

In the July release, Hero Arts has a perfect stamp set for making bouquets with small flowers called Summer Garden.  Certainly would have used that if only I had it!!!  On the wishlist!

There is still time to make your floral creation and enter the challenge here.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017


From my little stash of watercoloured tissue paper, I die cut some butterflies and leaves for my entry in the CAS Watercolour Challenge.

First I die cut the circle in the pinkish paper and then dry embossed.  Embossed a piece of cream card and fit it in to match the butterflies in the top piece.  Mounted that on a card base and added the butterfly, leaves and a few raindrops.  This will be a card for the miscellaneous file.  I am also entering this in HLS challenge for July.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017


I had a fun time playing with tissue paper and various dye inks yesterday - this technique certainly makes fantastic watercolor backgrounds!  The challenge at CAS Mix-Up this month is to use tissue paper, stamping and choice - my choice is a die cut.

After making the tissue paper background, I die cut the piece and put it on the white card base.  I colored the iris with Zigs and added some more dimension with my Prisma pencils, die cut them and added them and the sentiment.  

I am also entering this in Virginia's summer challenge and Happy Little Stampers watercolour and blue challenge.

My second card was a result of just some playing around with some DO inks.  Stamped the flowers with worn lipstick on black cs, but it just didn't look very pink, so again used Prisma colored pencils to add a little color.  I'm not wild about the colors, but used them on this card.

All for today.  Thanks for stopping by and love to read your comments.

Friday, July 14, 2017


The challenge at SSS Flickr Challenge this month is black and white with a splash of color.  i used my design from this card, colored the stamped image differently and changed the sentiment.  To break up the black background piece I added a piece of striped washi tape.  Both the image and sentiment are from "Floral Bliss" by SSS.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017


The challenge theme this month at A Blog Named Hero is "florals" and that's just up my alley!!!  Decided to make an "inside out" card as I haven't made one for ages.   These are easy to make with almost any stamp as long as you have a die to match.  


For my card, I first white embossed two of the flowers from the HA April 2016 kit, colored them with Copics and die cut a whole flower, then just a center part and layered them.  Did the same with the leaves. I next figured out where I wanted the flower and die cut the card front.  Then I fitted the layered flower in the cut area and glued it so it would be on the inside of the card.  The leaves are on the outside of the card.  Added the little sentiment, a few sequins and some Nuvo gold (flower center) and done!  The card base is HA wet cement - love these layering papers as they're white inside and there is such a great range of colors from which to choose.

You can enter your floral creation here and be eligible for a great prize.   

I am entering this in The Flower Challenge as the theme there this month is embossing.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Since I am unable to "do" stairs, I had my sons move my craft stuff from the lower level of my townhome to the first floor second bedroom/office (which it used to be).  They also bought me a new desk and chair and put a ceiling fan/light in the room as the window faces west and can get really warm in the afternoon.  Got rid of a futon, file cabinet, lots of books, etc. to accommodate the new desk and chair.  A friend came over the other day and helped me organize as Kevin and Mike just brought stuff upstairs while I was still in rehab - so I didn't know where anything was.  What a joy it is to have everything where I can find it and to have such great family and a friend to help.  Here are some pics of the new room!

Top left is an antique oak file cabinet that holds a multitude of supplies.  Next to it is an old oak library table and another wood table where I keep my clear stamps, embossing folders, and stencils organized in wooden boxes (Target) and vintage filing and sewing machine drawers.  Bottom left is my new desk and chair.  Last is another view of the desk with the bookcase where I keep more supplies.  It will probably be tweaked a bit more as time goes by, but right now it works for me.  The desk has a pull out space where a keyboard is supposed to be, but I have a small paper cutter, my MISTI, and a small score board stored on it.  So handy. There is also a deep filing drawer where I keep all my cardstock.  The desk came from Office Depot (RealSpace).  

All for now.  

Monday, July 3, 2017


My final bit of homework for the Altenew Muse class uses photography as the inspiration.  

Love the soft colors with the strong contrast of the black tree and the bench for balance. 

I sponged on worn lipstick and broken china distress oxide inks and then went over the colors very lightly with some Altenew mocha.  Spattered some water drops, popped the piece up with fun foam on a pale grey base, added the leaves, the sentiment and a few clear sequins and done!

I have loved this class and would again highly recommend if you would like to stretch your designing skills.

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Sunday, July 2, 2017


Here is my fourth card for Altenew's Muse online class.  Can't believe I've actually made four cards - only one more to go and all my homework will be done!!!  Carissa used party supplies and decor for our inspiration this time.  I found this great letter with it's pretty colors on Pinterest and used that as my starting point.

I die cut the letters from white cardstock and inked them with Altenew's desert night.  The background was stenciled with sea glass ink.  The little flowers and leaves are from EH Courage and inked in rose quartz, puffy heart and purple wine.  The background is popped up with fun foam and mounted on a grey/tan card base.  Added a few clear dots and done!  The card is blank inside awaiting "birthday", "anniversary" or whatever.

Good to see you here today and thanks for your kind comments.

Saturday, July 1, 2017


Art is the inspiration for today's card.  I found this painting on Etsy and loved the simple design and bold colors.

I just took my Versamark pad and smudged the edges of the three pieces of cardstock and then embossed in gold.  The center white piece is popped up with some foam tape.  Added the little sentiment strip and a few Altenew enamel hearts and done!
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017


The theme for my card in the Altenew Muse class is to use home decor as the jumping off point for a card design.  I think what appeals to me the most about this class as it focuses on design, balance, use of space, color combos and most of all the element of organizing your design.
I used Altenew's Spring Daisy embossed on vellum for my focal point to reflect the wall hanging.  By looking at my planning sheet you can easily see how I designed my card.

Now to get more homework done - I'm only 3 days behind!!  Life interferes with my card making sometimes!!  Take care.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017


I am taking the Altenew Academy's newest class (Muse) taught by Carissa Wiley and what a fresh way of designing cards - these classes are all taught by well-known designers and are so reasonably priced - highly recommend!!  Whenever I take these online classes tho, I'm horrible about doing the homework.  This time I decided to be a good student and get something done.

The first day of class had the theme of using fashion as inspiration.  Carissa gave many tips on ways to look at fashion photo and pull out elements that could be used in designing a card.  Here's my inspiration photo:

Love the soft colors in the flowers and the black on the bottom edge of the dress along with all the white space.

I first tried doing the composition with the flowers and black on the bottom right, but it was too heavy.  So just inverted the design and liked it much better.  I colored the flowers with Altenew markers and fussy cut.  The centers of the flowers have black seed beads for a little texture and dimension.  Rounded the two corners to reflect the slope of the model's shoulders.

I've started my own "muse" board on Pinterest to use as starting points for colors and design - after I add the photo to my board, I take a pic of it with my IPhone to keep on my desk.

So the homework is finished and I'm handing it in!!!  Am entering this in LaVon's summer celebrations challenge and Virginia's summer blog party.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017


Addicted to CAS has chosen "white on white" for the their current challenge.  Have always loved this look, but find it difficult to execute to my liking.  Just bought the Altenew "Bamboo Rose" stamps and so decided to give them a try for this challenge.

For my background piece, I used some striped vellum on which I stamped the roses in Versamark and embossed with HA white satin pearl powder.  Added the sentiment and a few clear dots - done and dusted!  Since I moved the craft room to my main floor, I don't have the good window with natural light anymore - also my leg in the brace doesn't like to stand for very long - anyway you can see the pretty shine from the embossing powder on part of the card.  As for white on white, I'm happy with the results.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017


Arlene is hosting a 24 hour scramble today - started at 11 am CST and will end tomorrow (Sunday) at 11 am CST.  We are asked to create and post a card in 90 minutes with the challenge to use a die cut and pop it up - also use Hero Arts products. 

While I was in rehab, I had lots of time to wander through blogs and gather ideas for future cards.  One that I loved for it's simplicity was this one by Yana Smakula. The brayered background was so fun to make - I just pulled out various HA inks (pale tomato, and several other pinks that were in the monthly kits) and brayered them on.  Used the same colors for stamping my hibiscus flowers,  The sentiment was stamped in HA black and clear embossed for some shine.  Added a soft grey mat and popped it up with fun foam.  The larger flower is also popped up.  Some black dots were added - and done!  Think it would be fun to create a set of these for a gift!  I am adding this card to LaVon's LOVE challenge (summer celebrations theme).

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Thursday, June 22, 2017


The challenge theme this month at A Blog Named Hero is "interactive".  Since I usually just make regular A2 cards, this was a real challenge for me.  Was going to make a shaker card, but then saw this video by Dawn and this one by Erica on how to make a slider card and it quite intrigued me.  The idea by Erica used an MFT die (which I didn't have) but I did have the zipper die from Essentials by Ellen which looked like it might do and so my card began.

The base of my card is a piece of watercolor paper on which I used distress oxide inks in worn lipstick, fossilized amber and a little water.  Next I added the greenery around the bottom of the piece and then die cut with the zipper die.  Had to use my exacto knife to slice through the perforations on the die.  The little notch where the ribbon is attached was made with the second smallest HA circle die.  Colored the flamingo, did the scoring according to the flamingo proportions (I didn't use the scoring that Dawn or Erica used) and added the sentiments on the inner piece.  Put it all together with scor-tape, stapled on the little ribbon (colored with worn lipstick), added a few sequins - and an interactive card was created.  A first for me!!

Be sure to follow the challenge rules and enter your card here for a chance at a lovely prize from A Blog Named Hero!!

On another note - I have been home from rehab for two weeks - it's going ok, but have 8-10 more weeks of the full leg brace.  My physical therapist says I should be great by Christmas!!! Not only does the quad muscle have to heal before I can exercise that left leg, but then I have to have p.t. for the new left knee - right now I can only bend it to 45 degrees (doctor's orders!!). I was at 125 degrees bend when I fell on 2 May.

Cards will be sporadic as it's rather difficult sitting at a desk with my leg propped up.  It really felt good tho to get the creative juices going again with this card. 

Since Erica's card inspired me to create a slider card I am entering it in MFT's Camp Create challenge.
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