Thursday, March 24, 2016

Seize the Birthday - Water

I am so happy and proud to announce that I have been asked to join the Design Team at Seize the Birthday.  I am excited to be working with this great group of talented ladies. This is my first post with them and I hope to have many more.  I hope too, that you will join us by playing along.

This challenge is open for two weeks, so there is plenty of time to join in.   Of course, it's always "Anything Goes" if you don't want to do the topping as long as it's for a birthday. 

This time at Seize the Birthday the topping is the Water.    


My Card 


I was reminded of the day that we went shelling on Tiger Tail beach and all of the sand dollars that we collected.  I had to put that image on my card.  I stared out with water color paper and ink from Kuretake, in blues and greens.  After drying, I added the stamped water drops from Designs by Ryn, called water effects.  I also stamped some water droplets from a stamp by Deep Red.  Next, I just added the sea horse and sand dollar from a die by Tim Holtz.  They were sponged with distress inks for the right color.  
My sentiment was accomplished by using an Art Impressions stamp where I cut out the words that I needed, and added a die from Simon Says.  

Thanks very much for dropping by, hope that I gave you some motivation to join in the challenge. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Sponged stamping and make your own background

Today's card will be entered in these two challenges. 

Make it Monday #242 Sponged stamping Here
Simon Says Monday  Make your own background Here


To make this card, I started with a piece of Gina K Design light weight white paper.  I stamped the feather after stamping off once.  Then added the circles and the yellow birds.  Dry embossed the entire panel with Stitched cover plate from PTI.
Cut a die tag from Lil' Inkers, out of the Stormy Sea card stock, and place it in the middle.
After doing the sponged stamping on the feathers and the bird, I used matching dies to cut them out.
This panel was placed on  Bright Buttercup, and then on Stormy Sea. 

Here is a better look at the sponging that Dawn shows in her video.  I used Stormy Sea, then Aqua Mist and last Bright Buttercup.  The added dots are in black.  The bird has Stormy Sea and Raspberry Fizz. 

Supplies used:  Gina K design card stack in white
PTI card stock in Stormy Sea and Bright Buttercup, and matching inks, and Aqua Mist and Raspberry Fizz.  Stitched cover plate from PTI.
Thanks for stopping by to see what I do each day.  I love the comments that you take time to leave.  

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


When I saw this technique, I just knew that I wanted to give it a try.  That I did, the first one was OK, but not good enough, so here is my second try.  I like it much better.

Take a look at this challenge at Power Poppy.  Here is how you do a Peek a Boo technique.   You create cut-outs on your card to share a snippet or give a “peek” of fun underneath!
This is the sketch, but we are encouraged to use different shapes and I really went outside the box with my shapes.  I used a star shape and a banner from Die-namics to make my cutouts. I needed a bigger cut out for the image that I wanted to use.  The stamp is Power Poppy Short Stacks. 
Here is what I got.
 This was photographed in the bright Florida sunlight.  I used a few sea shells that we got on Tiger Tail Beach.  Couldn't resist just a few.  We got tons.

 The peeking image is colored with Copic markers and clear Wink of Stella. I sponged a bit around the sentiment, and added some sequins.  I like using white card stock and this is Gina K Design paper, but I think I will do one in color next. 

I am also entering this card in the  Scrappy Land Challenge. #37 Anything Goes  Here

Thanks for stopping by, I love your comments and the time that you take to make them. 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

MFT green texture card

Since it is officially March, lots of challenge have to do with green.  That is why I am able to enter this card in so many challenges.  What a break for me.
I will get right to it as this may be a long post.
I watched Jennifer McGuire do a technique called watercolor lifting with heat embossing.  Check it out Here
I did a piece of watercolor paper from Tim Holtz.  This is what I got.
 This is how it looks.  After completely drying the paper, I proceeded to complete the technique with clear embossing the leaves and heating it.  After lifting off some of the color, I cut a tag die.  The Distress inks that I used are:  Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, and Bundled sage.  I place the tag on a base of Fresh Asparagus card stock that was dry embossed with a Sizzix folder, called leaves.  A bit of gold twine on the top, sentiment is from MFT, Sunflower Sweetheart, and Tropical Flowers.  I used part of a die on the lower corner washed with green Zig Clean Color Brush, for interest. 

Notice the tiny red heart.
Here is a close up of the water color lifting with heat embossing, from Jennifer McGuire.
I used the sketch from this week's MFT sketch challenge.
I will enter this card in these challenges:
MFT Sketch challenge. here
Double D Challenge  Feeling Green here
Sparkle and Shine Challenge here

Simon Says Monday Challenge  Take a leap into the unknown. here The Color lifting with heat embossing.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge  Touchy Feely, use texture. here

Ok, That is all!  I think!  Thanks for stopping in and taking a peek.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Make It Monday #241: Ombre Stenciled Backgrounds

The kids returned home to Wisconsin and a snow storm yesterday.  I feel sad, but when I got home from the airport, I had Happy Mail from PTI.  No better way to get happy again then to get Happy Mail.  Today, after gobs of laundry and cleaning, I made a card for The Make it Monday Challenge.  Take a look at the Stenciled Background that was done by Betsy Veldman.

Here is my card. 

 I sponged four inks into white paper. 
PTI Melon Berry, Limeade Ice, Aqua Mist
 Mama Elephant,Winter
Then placed a stencil for Simon Says called Gingham over the top and followed her instructions. 

I like what I got.  The stamp for the flowers is Peonies on Parade from PTI.  Colored with Copic markers.
R14, 21, 22
YG 3,23,63

Fussy cut and attached with foam tape.  I put glossy accents for dew drops on the flower pedals. 
Here is a closer look at the dew drops.

Thanks so much for dropping in today.  If you care to leave a comment, it would make me smile.