Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Make it Monday

                               Make It Monday #207: Double Partial Die Cutting

This was a fun technique and one that I have wanted to try.  So I will make this a quick post today.
Please check out the Video that Laura Bassen did to see how you can do this. I can see lots of different uses for this technique. 

I made this card into a shaker card as well as the double partial die cutting. 
Here are the ingredients.
GKD Jelly Bean Green card stock as a base.
Layer of blue SU card stock with the PTI cover plate Stitched die
Scatter die from PTI Shakers and sprinkles set
Spellbiner rectangle die
Oval stitched die from Lil' Inkers
Various sequins for the shaker.
I can see where I could make some improvements the next time I make a card like this.  I could have sponged the background like Laura did to make the word stand out better.  In this case, I went over it with Copic marker and Wink of Stella clear.

Thanks for stopping by and as always, I do appreciate your comments.

Monday, March 30, 2015


Today I am sharing a special birthday card that I made for my aunt's 91st Birthday.  it is not until May, but I like to get the cards made ahead of time and then, I hope not to forget to mail them.  I recently took the Stretch Your Dies class and wanted to try out one of the techniques that impresses me.
That was the one where your cut out dies and glue them to the card to add texture in the background. 
So as I was thinking about a 91st birthday, I bet there were lots of memories, so that is what I went with in my card today.
Here are the ingredients:
GKD Ivory Base weight cardstock
Avery Elle stamp, Thanks a Bunch, including the sentiment
Tim Holtz distress ink for the flower and leaves
Pretty Pink Posh sequins ,sorbet
Die-namics Magical Memories
This card will be entered in these challenges this week.
Just Us Girls   Photo Inspiration   I used the colors from the.  photo.http://justusgirlschallenge.blogspot.com/
Seize the Birthday, anything goes  http://seizethebirthday.blogspot.com/
Simon Says Wednesday, anything goes  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/
I worked on some Easter cards for the grandkids this weekend too and they were so cute, I thought I would just post a picture of them too.
These are digital stamps that were colored with Copic markers. They are for Ava and Dylan. 

Thanks for stopping by and as always, thank you for the comments that you leave.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Mod Squad challenge

The card is simple and appropriate for the season EASTER. 
I had already printed this digital image of Power Poppy Dancing Daffodils and colored it and cut it out.  I was just waiting to use it on a card at some point.  This was it. 
On a base on GKD heavy Ivory Cardstock, I layered Green cardstock from Stampin Up.  Then cut a layer of GKD layering weight Cardstock, but used two borders, cut with spellbinders A2 curved border dies. I also used a Spellbinder Pendant die layered behind the flowers.  That is sponged with Wild Honey Distress Ink.  The sentiment is from Stampin Up, A Good Egg stamp.

I am very happy with the way this card turned out with not too much effort.  I will enter this in the Mod Squad challenge this week, Easter.


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Make it Monday #206

Make it Monday #206 is Stamping and mixing patterns.  First you make your own patterns, choose the colors and the stamps that you want to use and then just start stamping and cutting and see what you get.
Well, It is a little more technical than that, but you get the idea.  Take a look Here to see how Danielle Flanders does it.  It was a lot of fun for me as I was able to use a new stamp set for me from PTI called Quilted Spring.  To make the background I also used GKD Perfect Plaids.
Here is the papers that I made for this challenge.  Along with the solid papers too.
The inks are GKD Sweet Corn and SU Tangerine Tango and Kiwi Kiss
Paper is GKD white layering weight and SU cardstock that I had in my stash.
I also cut some dies from the PTI set Quilted Spring and stamped them hoping to used them somewhere.  I ended up making four cards, two that I like very much, two not so much. 
See what you think.

This one is my favorite
 I also like this one and added the die that I got from My Favorite Things as a freebie when placing an order.

The other two are not my best, but will make someone a nice birthday card.

Thanks for always stopping in and leaving some comment.  I really appreciate them. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Spotlight Stamping

Another Monday and so many challenges to enter.  There were several that seemed to work together this week.  So I made this card for four of them. 


I am thinking SPRING with this one.  My friend Judy is hosting the MIUM challenge at STV this week.  I See Spots, where we are to use the Spotlighting technique. 
At JUGS this week, it is Color week.  Use Black and White and a color of your choice. 
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge is Spring Pinterest Board. 
Dies R Us  Shades of Green

  The ingredients:
Bazzill cardstock in Green Tea
GKD cardstock White, Black Onyx
Polkadot cardstock Recollections
GKD Stamp Bold Blooms
Sentiment, Clearly Besotted A Little Sentiment
Banner stamp and die from Avery Elle

 I am entering this card in these challenges. 
STV http://stamptv.ning.com/forum/topics/stv15mon12-i-see-spots
JUGS http://justusgirlschallenge.blogspot.com/
Simon Says Wednesday http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/
Dies R Us http://diesruschallenge.blogspot.com/2015/03/challenge-22-shades-of-green.html
I did finish the inside of this card.  Yea for me!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I do appreciate the comments.

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Sweet Life!

My friend Judy Woodland is the host this week at The Mod Squad challenge blog.
She has chosen the challenge to use something from a magazine.  She has give us three great examples of what she was getting at when she dreamed up this challenge.  That being said, not easy when the only magazines that you get, currently are Money and Newsweek, oh and car magazines. 
I when searching through what we had, of course getting permission to cut any of those, as they  all belong to Hubby.  Then I hit a jackpot, old National Geographic.  My friend Donna Phelan cautioned me not to use any topless pictures.  What a Hoot she is.  Cover your eyes......
Here is my card.
I found a picture of these ferns and fussy cut them out. The color matched very well with GKD Dusty Sage cardstock,  so that is how I started.  This card became a lot different than what I originally planned.  This brought back memories that I will cherish for all of my life.  Thank you Judy!
We were very fortunate to take a trip to Italy and that included a day in Tuscany.  We went to a vineyard and had the best day ever! That may have been a factor of all of the wine drinking, but we had a driver to take us home. You can see for yourself if you click Verrazzano Winery.
After I die cut the window from Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Duo, I draped the cut out ferns over the top.  Then stamped and colored the scene from Flourishes Dreaming of Florence stamp set.  Layered a panel of GKD black onyx, and adhered to the Dusty Sage base.
La Dolce Vita means, the Sweet Life and that is my memories.  (sigh)
Thanks for dropping in and I hope that you took a tour of the winery today.  This was my pleasure!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Make it Monday #205

                     Make it Monday #205  CONFETTI CLUSTER STAMPING

This is a fun technique and one that I had been looking for.  When you want to make a card for a special occasion, like a special birthday, and you want the number to be subliminal and not the focal point.  This was what I wanted to accomplish for this card.  A special birthday is not often something that you wanted to be reminded of.  Like the 30th or the 40th or the 60th, get what I mean? 

You can see the technique HERE where Lizzie Jones shows you how to do it. 

                                                       Here is my card

I started with a base of Sand cardstock and then a layer of Wild Lilac from GKD
On Vanilla cardstock, I lightly traced the number 40 with pencil.  Then stamped my heart out with all of the mini stamps that I found on the PTI Shakers and Sprinkles stamp set. I used so many different colors, because I wanted the birthday card to be festive.  I probably could have planned out the colors better.  Using Gold Colorshine, I sprayed lots onto the background, after erasing the pencil marks.
The Happy Birthday die is from Simon Says and was cut out of purple foil and purple cardstock and all adhered together. It really "pops" out when applied to the card that way.  There are some very small sequins sprinkled all over too.

Here is a good view of the greeting and how it "pops" and the more subdued number 40. 
I will be entering this in the Make it Monday challenge this week.
I do very much love that you stop in to see what I have done, and even leave a comment.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Spring Butterfly

Splatters is the challenge for Just Us Girls this week. 
That should be easy, but I confess, I used a stencil.  Sometimes splatters just don't splatter where you want them. I like the control.

I just knew that I wanted to used shades of purple, and a butterfly.  Here is the card that I made.

Just another view. 

Here is the recipe:
PTI Soft Stone card stock, Sentiment, Quilt Spring
Ink, SU Lavender Lace & Sahara Sand
GKD ink Wild Lilac
Tim Holtz Splatters stencil
Washi tape from my stash
SU die, leaves
Simon Says, Flower Scribbles stamp and die
Memory Box, Viviane butterfly die.
Sequins Pretty Pink Posh silver
Judy dot colored with copic marker.

Simon Says challenge for Monday is B is for change
My B is the butterfly.
                                              I will enter this card in these challenges.
Close up of the butterfly

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Mod Squad challenge and Power Poppy Challenge

Power Poppy Challenge for March Challenge: Give it a little shimmer with GOLD!

The Mod Squad challenge for this week is use a Flower.  For a bonus, use a Melanie Muenchinger stamp as she is the sponsor this week. 
This is easy as I can add gold to the flower and accomplish two for one, again.  My favorite flower that Melanie has done and I have used it over and over again, is .............. the Sunflower. 
I chose to do it plain and simple and let the flower to the focal image. 
I used GKD heavy Ivory base and layering weight for this card.  The die is Lil' Inker stitched rectangles.  I embossed with gold and colored with Copic Markers.  Then layered on top of gold cardstock.  Popped that out with foam strips and added gold twine from GKD. 

Thanks for dropping in and I do much love the comments. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Just Us Girls #283 - WORD Week and Make It Monday #204: Watercolor Smooshing

Masculine cards are hard for me to do.  Today I looked at some of the masculine cards on Pinterest and noted that they were usually done in darker colors and had texture. 

After watching the video on Make it Monday by Paper Trey Ink, about Smooshing with water colors, I thought I just might be able to combine the two challenges.  That is what I have done here in my birthday card, which maybe the one for my Hubby's birthday next month. 

 I started with a base of Moonlite Fog cardstock from GKD. and did my watercolor smooching on watercolor paper.  I used the same ink, Moonlit Fog, along with Dark Sage and Tomato soup, all GKD.

Using the die from PTI called Hugs, I cut out the word HUGS, four times, and adhered them together and then place then back into the front of the card.   
Next I stamped the birthday sentiment from the stamp set called Swoosh. 
So it is all Smoosh and Swoosh!
Sorry, that just slipped out.  Anyway, I think the card looks masculine and it was easier than I though.  

 I will be entering this card in the two challenges this week.

Hop on over to see, there is still time to enter.


                      Have a great creative week!

Mod Squad Challenge Blog

Make A Background
You can use anything but, patterned paper!
Love to do this, but I wanted to do something that I had not done before, or at least not in a very long time.  I took a look at You Tube, and came up with a technique that I had used only one time before.
It is the tissue paper technique.  Click here to see the tissue paper technique.

Here is another view of the shimmer on this card.

I started out with some watercolor paper and followed the instructions to adhere the tissue paper.  then applied two different colors of 3D Stamp Paint, copper and lt blue metallic.  They have a shimmer all of their own.  Next I about threw everything I could reach on it.  There is Gina K prismatic glitter, frozen.  Recollections Embossing powder, Periwinkle.  Just under the butterfly are Mica fragments by Stampendous. After this all dried, I really needed to adhere it to some chipboard to make it smooth. 
This card really sparkles and shines and so I decided to make is CAS.  I just added a die cut butterfly using Memory Box Vivienne Butterfly.
and a sentiment from GDK stamp set By the Sea 2.  The sentiment is stamped on vellum with Stazon Black ink. And that is it! 
I hope you enjoy and give this technique a try.  I think it really looks like Granite or Marble with all of the natural veins and colors. 
Thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment.

Friday, March 6, 2015

MFT Sketch challenge 218

This is the sketch that we are to use for this challenge at MFT.  I picked up some new stamp sets and dies from them recently and wanted to use this cute image on this card. 

I am also using some MFT card stock for the first time.  I loved the color of Steel Grey, a hard color to find.  You can pair so many colors with it.  In this card, I used it as my base.  I layered it with some raspberry and black and white polk a dot paper.  The design paper that I have used here is GKD from Garden Tour and as well as the gingham ribbon.

The image is a new stamp that I mentioned from MFT called Because Your Special.  She is colored with copic markers and I made dots on her jacket with a copic multiliner pen.  She is die cut with Lil'Inker stitched oval and spellbinder scalloped oval die. I was tickled pink with how this card turned out.  I will use it for a friends birthday soon. 

I do have a PIN button if you card to pin this card to one of your Pinterest Boards.
I hope you enjoy and thanks for dropping in. 

Sparkle and Shine Challenge One

This is the very first Sparkle and Shine challenge.  It is sponsored by Pretty Pink Posh and it is not necessary to use her sequins, but it is encouraged. 
I made my card several days ago and really just didn't like it.  So I let it sit there unglued.  I sometime do this, especially if I am not happy with what I have done.  Then an idea came to me and I was able to add a die and complete the card. 

Here is what I was inspired to do from this photo.

Here is what I used to make this card. 
GKD card stock in Fresh Asparagus and White
Vellum and swiss dot embossing folder.
Lil Inker stitched rectangle die
Sequins from my stash 9white) and Pretty Pink Posh  (green)
Simon Says Die Balloon Bouquet
DCWV foiled card stock in gold
Rub on Sentiment from my stash. 

Thanks for stopping by and please enjoy.  I love your comments.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday Challenge

                Make It Monday #203: Doodling With Stamps

This challenge was soooooo much fun!  Once you get to doodling, it is easier and you can't stop. At lease I could not.  I think that I will be doing this again. 
Ashley showed us how she did it.  All you need to do is click on the tittle above to get there.
I used watercolor paper and various Tim Holtz Distressed inks to stamp the flowers.  Then took a black Copic Multiliner to begin doodling.  I water colored the background with some of the same colors mixed and then added a black border.  You can see that I didn't stop there.  I grabbed a white pen and continued to doodle.  So Much Fun! 
Don't you think that the black card stand ( a gift from Judy) really compliments the picture. 
The stamp set was a December freebie from PTI called Pretty Petals.  You have to give this a try. 
THANK YOU, from me to you!  I love the comments that you leave and
could not keep creating with out them.