Friday, July 29, 2016


Where I live we have many cardinals, it is the state bird after all :-) .  I love looking in the backyard and seeing the flash of red as they fly by.  A few years ago, sightings were not as frequent as they are now, and I missed that, so I am glad the cardinals are back in abundance.

This is my version of a cardinal on a nest.  I have never actually seen one on a nest but imagination is a great thing. :-)   The 'nest' is twine that I glued together with Ranger Multi Matte Medium, I just laid it on top of itself over and over 'till I got the effect I wanted. The background is blended Ranger Distress inks  (Fossilized Amber, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean) . I used an SSS stencil (Tiny Dots) and tinted  embossing paste with the same colors and applied it to the front of the card.  The bird is also from SSS, adhered with foam dots, and the branch is from Purple Onion by Stacey Yakula.  The sentiment is SSS Painted Hello, that I cut four times and once with fun foam and adhered them together to give dimension.  I really liked the way it came out.

Entering this into:  CAS(E) this Sketch # 183 

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Add Some Texture 

Thanks, I'll see 'ya later......

Saturday, July 23, 2016

CAS(E) this Sketch # 182

This weeks sketch for the CAS(E) this Sketch  challenge is so pretty!  This is what I created from the sketch.

I used an embossing folder on the card panel and then die cut it.  The heart is the Large Doily Heart from Simon Says Stamp, which may be discontinued, I couldn't find it on their website. I used a scrap of watercolor paper and used distress ink to watercolor it for the banner, cut flag ends and stamped it with SSS Congratulations stamp set.  I then added a few Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets.  I adhered the heart and banner with foam squares.

See you soon....

Thursday, July 21, 2016

SSS Monday Challenge Nautical/By the Sea

I recently got the Avery Elle The Reef stamp set and dies.  This is a beautiful set and I haven't had time to use it yet and thought the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge  was perfect.

I used Tim Holtz distress inks to blend the background, and stamped the images from the set, die cut and adhered to the background.  I turned the card into a shaker card  adhered more of the images to the outside of the frame.

Thanks for coming by.

Lawnscaping Challenge #134

Today's card was inspired by the Lawnscaping Challenge theme which is Rainbow.

I used a Versamark embossing marker and hand drew some lines across watercolor paper and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Then I used distress inks to watercolor the rainbow colors on the card front.  I cut a small panel and did the same, matching it to the rainbow colors on the card front. I took the Versamark marker and drew it around the edges of the pieces and heat embossed it with Ranger Platinum embossing powder.  The sentiment was also heat embossed with Ranger Platinum. I tied twine around the piece, and mounted the small panel onto a piece of fun foam and then adhered it to the card front.  I  used the Lawn Fawn Happy Everything stamp set for the sentiment.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

CAS(E) this Sketch #181

Life has been so busy lately.  I did find a little time to craft a little and make a card for the CAS(E) this Sketch  challenge this week.

I used a stamp set from Altenew called Garden Grow, that I just love!  It has so many different images that can be used in so many ways.  After stamping on watercolor paper, I watercolored with Zig Clean Color brush markers.  I used patterned paper behind the scene and the greeting is heat embossed with Ranger Ultra Fine white.

Thanks for coming by, see you soon!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Online Card Class-Heat Wave Day 3

Day 3 got a little trickier. Lol  It was Advanced Heat Embossing.  There were definitely a few more steps involved.  I chose to do a technique that Kristina Werner demonstrated.

The idea is to use a background stamp (I used SSS Leaves Background) on watercolor paper,   stamping with Versamark then clear embossing powder, heat embossing and then ironing off the shine.  I think I was a little too timid with this step and when it came time to stamp my greeting it didn't show up as well as it should.  I also watercolored the background in several shades of Gamsai Tambi paints, the greeting is from Hero Arts Be Happy Today.  Oh, I added some sequins too.

I am going to try this again soon, and make sure I iron off all the shine.

I am learning quite a lot with this class, can't wait to try out the other techniques when I have time.

Thanks, see you soon.

Online Card Class-Heat Wave-Day 2

Day 2 was all about heat embossing techniques.  Now something I had no idea could be done really caught my eye.  Embossing in layers.  One of the techniques was embossing a solid image and then adding layers of embossing on top of the first layer.  I always thought that they would all melt into a big puddle. :)    It takes a little time, but I like how it turned out.  I wish I had a few more colors of embossing powders, but in the end it worked.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Online Card Classes-Heat Wave Day 1

Day 1 was all about heat embossing basics.  Even though I have been heat embossing for awhile now, I still learned a few tips.

I heat embossed onto acetate similar to Jennifer McGuire in today's lesson.  I made it into a shaker card.  I know the lighting is bad, I really had a hard time getting a good pic due to the light reflecting in the acetate.  I really like the way it turned out, just wish the picture was better. I used a Purple Onion Design stamp set and Ranger Platinum embossing powder. The sentiment is heat embossing using the same powder on black cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon.