Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Hello!  Hope you are staying warm in your part of the world.

I made this Top-Folding CARD by:
Inking & Clear-Embossing the SSS-Diagonal Stripe Stencil
Die-Cutting & Clear-Embossing the "BEAUTIFUL"
Stamping & Clear-Embossing the "Hello"

(This card is on its way to one of my beautiful nieces.)

I'm playing along with the following challenges:
-Simon Says Stamp-Flickr Challenge #5-Embossing
-Simon Says Stamp-Wednesday Challenge-Thinking of You
-Virginia's View Challenge #9-All Things Metallic

-CAS(E) This Sketch #99

Stamps:  (SSS)-Hello You
Stencil:  (SSS)-Diagonal Stripe
Ink:  VersaMark, Onyx Black
Other:  Clear Embossing Powder, Cord, Silver Gems

Happy Crafting!
Thanks for your visit.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gold-Dipped Die-Cuts

I'm playing along with the following:
  (I love the beautiful inspiration she provided!)
  (Virginia has created lots of lovely CAS cards to inspire us.)

The "hello" on my card is stacked 4-high, to add dimension to my one-layer card.

Stamps:  (PTI)-Watercolor Wonder
Ink:  (PTI)-Aqua Mist, Raspberry Fizz, Smokey Shadow; VersaMark
Dies:  (PTI)-Stitched Rectangles, Wet Paint Cuts
Other:  Gold Embossing Powder, Sequins

Have a lovely day.
Thanks for your visit!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Gesso & Watercolor

I've created a TAG-CARD for the following challenges:
 (Since I enjoy creating TAG-CARDs, I wanted to play along, again, with this FUN challenge.)
 (I'm falling in love with...Gesso and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink)
 (After applying Gesso, I watercolored with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.)
 (Virginia always has such FUN challenges.)

The hearts & "love" are clear-embossed, & stacked 4-high for added dimension.
The "you" is white embossed.

Stamps:  (SSS)-Tiny Tags
Dies:  (SSS)-Tic-Tac-Toe Hearts, Small Love You; (PTI)-Tag Sale #7
Ink:  Picked Raspberry DI
Other:  Gesso, Clear & White Embossing Powder, Hemp Cord, Button, Foam Adhesive

Happy Crafting!
Thanks for your visit.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Using a Product NOT Intended for Paper Crafts

I recently participated in Greta's-90-Minute Scramble-#94, over at the Hero Arts Flickr Group.
Greta asked us to use a product NOT intended for paper crafts.
I have saved (recycled) several items to use with my paper crafting.
On this card, I used a small empty bottle top and its cap to do some circle stamping.
90-Minutes sure seem to pass so quickly, when I'm creating.
Usually, I begin with one design, and then I completely change it.
Then, I literally "SCRAMBLE" to complete, photograph, & upload my creation,
in the remaining minutes.
(OH, but it's so much fun!)
Thankfully, the CAS(E) This Sketch #94, by Donna Mikasa, came to mind as I scrambled.

This photo shows the bottle top & bottle cap.

This photo shows my practice stamping with my first idea on the left.
Then, I decided to change one distress ink color, and practiced stamping my final design.

Hero Arts Stamps: Everyday Sayings, and Texture & Shape (Thanks, Jacqueline, for this set!)
The "Splatter" stamp is by Invoke Arts.
Remember eyelets?  I've used one of many that have sat unused for years. 


Thanks for your visit!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

PTI-September 2014-Blog Hop

I was inspired by the lovely PTI inspiration photo to create my card.

This is the lovely PTI inspiration photo we were given.

Stamps:  (PTI)-Garden Variety, Garden Grace
Ink:  (PTI)-Raspberry Fizz, Spring Moss; VersaMark; Wink of Stella
Dies:  (PTI)-Seed Packet Frame Die, Stitched Rectangles
Other:  Acetate, Embossing Powder:  Clear & White; Vellum, Button, Seam-Binding, Foam Adhesive

Thanks for your visit.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Patterned Paper

Darnell sure knows how to throw a party!
She is having an online birthday party for Sweet Bev...(find Bev's blog at:  Happy Dance.)
Bev is one of the kindest ladies, so I knew I HAD to join the celebration!
And, since TAG-CARDs are my favorite to create, I thought I would make one for Bev.
I included some DOTS at the bottom (because I saw on her blog that she likes dots).
(Happy Birthday to you, Bev!)

- Darnell's - NBUS Challenge #2
  (I'm using a Graphic 45 patterned paper for the first time.)
  (Tags and TAG-CARDs are my favorite to create.)
  Techniques I've Used:
  -Clear-Emboss a Sentiment
  -Use a Tag to Create a "TAG-CARD"

Thanks for your visit!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mini-Card With Watercoloring

I created a mini-card for the new fun challenge:  Simon Says Stamp - Flickr Challenge #1.
Since, Barb Engler-(the sweetest online friend), is hosting this challenge,
I knew I had to play along.
The heart is stacked 4-high and clear-embossed.

These are the lovely fall colors Barb chose for us to use.

Thanks for your visit.

Monday, August 25, 2014

PTI-August 2014 Blog Hop

I'm playing along with the Papertrey Ink-August 2014 Blog Hop.

This was the lovely inspiration we were given.

Thanks for your visit.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Stamping A Background

I made a TAG-CARD, my favorite to create, for the following:
(Ashley has a wonderful video tutorial.)
(I clear-embossed the sentiment.)

Thanks for your visit.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pop-Up Die Cut

I really enjoy making TAG-CARDs and using dies.
(This is on its way to my sweet sister-in-law.)

I'm playing along with the following challenges.
(I used the PTI-Heart-2-Heart #3 die as my pop-up.)
(I used three different PTI dies.)
(I started with blank cardstock.)

Thanks for your visit.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

DOTS & Embossing

I'm playing along with the PTI-June 2014 Blog Hop.
I was inspired by the colors of the lamp in the Inspiration Photo provided.
The polka dots are clear-embossed.
The "happy" is gold-embossed, & the "birthday" is white-embossed.
(This card is on its way to my sweet sister.)

I'm also playing along with:
Poppy Sketch #7
(I turned the sketch upside down.)
(I love dots, & I really should use this stamp set more often.)

Thanks for your visit.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Using Patterned Paper

When I saw Virginia's View Challenge #4, I knew I had to play along.
Virginia has asked us to create a Tag or a Scrapling, & incorporate a recycled item.
If you have visited my blog or my Flickr Photostream, you know that I love making Tags & Tag-Cards.
And, what a great opportunity to use up some of my patterned paper scraps.
(Thanks, Virginia, for a FUN challenge.)

Thanks for your visit.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Gesso, Paints, Stencil (ICAD #6)

This ICAD turned out so differently than originally planned.
It was fun playing around with inks, gesso, and acrylic paints. 
I'm playing along with the following:
To create the background:
Two images, cut from a Dillard's newspaper flyer, were adhered
Distress inks & gesso were used with the Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil
Circles were stamped in Black with a recycled foam tape ring
Blue & white lines were stamped with a recycled plastic card

Thanks for your visit.