Saturday, August 19, 2017


The challenge this month at The Flower Challenge is "background" - so I made three cards using the same technique with my MISTI.  I am also entering the first card in CAS on Friday where the theme is "birthday".

I used the third layer from Altenew's layered lily for the background which is white embossed.  Coordinating inks from Altenew were used for the colored flowers.  Added some Nuvo drops in colors that matched and done.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017


It's quite rare for me to make a card that fits four challenges, but when I started playing around with a new (to me) stencil, I found it fit CAS Watercolour, Christmas Challenges, ABNH Embossing and Just Add Ink - Stencils.

I began with the HA stencil on watercolour paper using inks that would react with water and blended.  I left the stencil on the paper, lightly spritzed with water to dampen and sprinkled on some Celtic sea salt (rather large crystals) - let this dry naturally and scraped off the salt.  Made my card base background by embossing with the HA star confetti die.  After die cutting the stenciled piece with a HA rectangle and giving it a little border mat, I popped it up with some foam tape.  Added the glitter stars, some Spectrum Noir for a bit more glitz, and the sentiment (black ink, clear embossed) - done!

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Thursday, August 10, 2017


The challenge theme this month at A Blog Named Hero is "embossing" and I wanted to make a wedding card in the bride's chosen colors (white, black and gold).

In order to have a a crisp black flower outline, I stamped the flowers and leaves with HA black dye ink several times and then clear embossed.  For sentiments or any outline I think this is best way to have a really crisp black line.  I do use my MISTI and stamp it twice so it stays wet long enough for embossing - but I have never had any trouble with this HA combo.  Masked the flowers with a Post-It so the leaves could look tucked under the flowers.  This piece was die cut with a HA rectangle die and popped up with thin fun foam on a white base.  Die cut the "happy" from some gold metallic paper and made a sentiment strip using gold embossing powder.  My flower is from the HA April 2016 kit.

There's plenty of time to enter your embossed creation at A Blog Named Hero and be eligible for a great prize.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017


The CAS watercolour challenge this month is to use salt on the card with watercolours.  Had seen the technique before but had never given it a try.  Since I had started making some Halloween cards decided to give it a go with a background and NBUS stamp.

I first stamped the woodland scene using my MISTI - had to give it multiple stampings since it was so difficult to get an even black on the watercolour paper - in the end I even filled in the bottom portion with a black brush marker to get it dark enough!  Waltercolored the background and added some Celtic sea salt - was hoping to get more definitive markings from the salt, but this was the best that I could get after leaving it to dry.  Added the little bats and the sentiment and done.
Am also entering this in LaVon's LOVE challenge where the theme this month is "critters".
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Monday, July 31, 2017


It's been awhile since I exchanged a card in the Card Chain Challenge - this month I get to send a card to my great blogging friend, Cat in Maryland.  While I was in rehab she sent me a little kit of prestamped flowers, sentiments, card bases, even a little scissors - everything I would need so I could keep on crafting.  That (along with lots of chocolate and visits from other friends) really kept me going while there for four weeks!!  I am now going to p.t. 3 times a week and getting a real workout on the knee.  This week I have to get it to bend 90 degrees - still have to wear the brace and use the walker, no driving, have figured out how to get my shoes on - baby steps!

I used the sketch and the colors suggested for this month - pale peach, pale yellow and pink.  The black and white stripe is some washi tape and there is a piece of vellum behind that.  Arranged the little flowers on top with some sequins and seed beads in the flower centers, added the sentiment and done.

It's always such a fun surprise to get some happy mail with this challenge - check it out and join in.  

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