Sunday, January 19, 2020

Happy Birthday deer...

Hello and welcome crafty peeps!
Popping in with a very CAS card for me. (You know
how I love my layers!)

This is even, almost, a one layer card. Who am I?!!

I masked off the top and bottom of the card, then sponged a couple green inks
through the tree stencil. I bought this stencil about a year ago, (I looked it up),
 and I can't believe this is the first time using it. (I checked my blog. Yep, first time!) 
Before I removed the masking tape, I lined the top and bottom with a copper marker, 
using the edge as a guide. I stamped, colored and fussy cut the deer and adhered
 with foam squares. Finished with a simple sentiment. A very CAS guy card!

Well, the breakfast dishes are calling. and the maid needs to get off
her butt and wash them. (Yeah. I'm the maid. sigh)

Have a great day, and thanks for visiting!

I'd like to enter this at:
CAS Stencil challenge - use a new, or new to you, stencil
TGIF Challenge #247 

Stamps: STAMPlorations - Woodland Friends, Sketched - Simple Gift
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa, Cottage Ivy, Northern Pine
CS: SN; Thunderbolt
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers & Aged Copper Metallic marker; ARTplorations - Christmas Tree 1 stencil; Picket Fence Studio blending brushes; MISTI; Post-It masking tape
Adhesives: SA by 3L - 3D foam squares

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

STAMPlorations January Theme & Photo Prompt Challenge reminder

Hi all! Just popping in with a reminder about the January
I went with just the theme for this card, keeping it mostly CAS.

I started by splattering a few different colors of Glimmer Mist onto
the main panel. Using the big heart stamp from the Romantic Expressions 2
stamp set, I heat embossed three of them along the edge with some
glittery red embossing powder. The sentiment is from the same set.

So sparkly!

I finished the inside using the other heart stamp in the set, and a
sentiment from the Funny Kinda Love set.

There's so much more inspiration from my fellow design teammies
on the STAMPlorations blog! And of course, if you link up there's
a chance at winning some fabulous prizes!

If you shop at the STAMPlorations store, 
feel free to use my personal discount code,
for an extra 20% off! 

Thanks for visiting. Have a great day!

I'm entering this at Time Out Challenge #152

Stamps: STAMPlorations - Romantic Expressions 2, Funny Kinda Love
Ink: Versamark; Memento - Tuxedo Black, Lady Bug
CS: Strathmore Mixed Media paper; Neenah; Darice
Accessories: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists - candy apple, cherub pink, strawberry cream;  MISTI; toothbrush; Whispers - red glitter EP; heat gun
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares

Monday, January 13, 2020

Easy water coloring...

Hey there, it's a two-fer Monday posting!
Earlier last week, I watched this video by Bonnie and was inspired
to try my hand at water coloring again.
I used a hydrangea stamp from a set that I've had for at least
five years. I've never used this flower from the set before so 
I challenged myself to use it.
I had the added task of making a mask for the hydrangea as the leaves
are a separate stamp. Other than that, I pretty much followed
along with Bonnie's tutorial, and Holy Crow, it worked!!

Here's the inside:

I have Marvy LePlume II markers (it's been so long using these 
that many are dried out. I haz a sad.) In hindsight, I should have
used the medium green to stamp the leaves. I used the lightest color and
the details disappeared when I colored them, so I restamped them
with the medium green after it was dry. I used a scrap of black card stock
and die cut a rectangle matte that has a pierced border around it. I just
snipped both the long sides and adhered to the back side of the main
panel, then trimmed before adhering to my card base. If you enlarge the photo, 
you may be able to see the detail. (crossing fingers) 
A simple stamped sentiment and this card was finished.

Well, that's it for today. The laundry isn't going to wash itself and
the maid hasn't showed up. Wait, I'm the maid. Sigh...

Have a great day and thanks for visiting!

I'd like to enter this at:

Stamps: Winnie & Walter - In Bloom: Addie's Garden; Taylored Expressions - Care & Comfort
Ink: Memento - Gray Flannel
CS: Strathmore water color paper; TE; scraps
Accessories: Marvy Uchida LePlume II markers; MISTI; Plaid paint brush; Gemini; Avery Elle - Pierced rectangle die; Inkadinkado masking paper
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner

Limit yourself to only one drink...???

Hello and welcome crafty friends!
Popping in with a fun birthday card I made over the weekend:

Here's the inside:
(this card did not want to lay flat for picture taking, so, there
are my fingers holding it down. LOL!)

The main panel and strip behind it have these super thin mattes of black card stock,
but I love how that makes them pop.
And here is the first birthday card of the new year made. Yay!

My husband and I spent Saturday rearranging furniture in the three bedrooms,
the smallest room is my craft room. It no longer has a non-functioning
treadmill in it, and was replaced with the Ikea shelving unit meant for that space, which
was in the guest bedroom. The treadmill we put in our room, and the extra
dresser in there is now in the guest bedroom, where my shelf was. 
All that make sense? Of course, we had to move other items of furniture
first to get those pieces moved around. And you know everything had to
be emptied/cleared off first. LOTS of stuff! So glad that's done. 
Did some purging too. I now have more craft stuff to donate, 
threw out things I have no idea why I was holding onto, and recycled
a mess of other things. It. Felt. GOOD!
All three rooms received a very good polishing and vacuuming. I'm
sore in places that I didn't know could be sore but
my goal to organize more is off to a great start!

Thanks for visiting! I hope you have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at:

Stamps: Twistoon - Glass of Wine digi; Avery Elle - Happy Hour
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: Pink Paislee - Birthday Bash
CS: SN; Neenah; scraps
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; computer & printer; MISTI; Sakura white Gelly Roll pen
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares

Saturday, January 11, 2020


Hello and welcome snarky peeps!
Our first challenge of the year is H for Headache.
So, I had some fun with my paints and stencils and made an art journal page:

I found a meme with this sentiment and built my page around it.
(Note to self: find a less wordy meme in future!) Why? Because I
used an alphabet stamp set to stamp. every. letter. to. form. my. words. UGH!
Grab your beverage of choice. Here come some process pics:

One last look:

I hope that you get a chance to play along in our Headache challenge at the
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers! We'd love to see your take on it. For more
inspiration, do check out what my Sisters, and our first Queen of the new year,
Julie, have created for your viewing pleasure.

Thanks for visiting. Have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at:

Strathmore Art Journal
DecoArt Media Gesso & Matte Medium
Loew-Cornell paint brushes
DecoArt Americana acrylic paint: Dragon Fruit, Bright Orange, White, Black
toothbrush & water mister
Stencils: Stencil Girl; Dylusions; Dina Wakely
Imagine ink blushers
Stamps: Dylusions - Cat/Dog, Shattered Bits, Clearly Under the Sea; Paper Smooches - Mini Monograms
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
Spectrum Noir markers
Spectrum Noir paper
copy paper
Faber Castell black Artist PITT pen

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Cute penguins? Yes please!

Hello and happy Thursday to you!
I have another Christmas card to share. (I know, I'm just
as surprised as you are)

 I'm not sure how long this will last, but I'm trying to actually use my supplies
instead of just hoarding them. LOL! When I trimmed the mountain paper to size,
I didn't pay particular attention as to where it might show up in the circle die cut.
But with sheer dumb luck, you can see it peeking out behind my happy penguin.
I adhered a snippet of white card stock to the inside bottom of the cut out to ground
my little friend. The white panel, and penguin have been adhered with foam squares,
as is the sentiment strip.

Here's the finished inside:

I think now I really must concentrate on making birthday cards, as I'm
dangerously low on them. (But there may be more Christmas cards
showing up here too. It could happen. *wink*)

Thanks for visiting. Have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at:
ABC Christmas Challenge - B is for Bingo (patterned paper/lots of layers/die cuts

Stamps: Avery Elle - Polar Playtime
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: SN: Bazzill; Core'dinations
DP: American Craft - Jack Frost
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; Gemini; Avery Elle - Polar Playtime dies; Penny Black - Stitched Circles dies; Nuvo Glitter Drops - White Blizzard; MISTI; red Prismacolor pencil (on inside candy cane)
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D & thin 3D foam squares

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Shimmery snowflakes

Hello crafty friends! I had some play time up in the craft room,
and decided to use a die that I bought last month but hadn't used yet.

...well, the main panel is all shimmery, that is:

and the inside:

I made a bunch of water color-y backgrounds last year, and one of my goals this
year is to actually use them. This one is Dylusions spray inks, then pearl Glimmer Mist
over that, on mixed media paper. I edged the main panel with some black card stock strips
to make it pop more. A simple sentiment and some star shaped rhinestones in the
center of all the snowflakes finishes this card. 

This card was fitting as we had our first decent snow fall yesterday. Ok, maybe it
was only about 2", but it was enough to delay school openings.
Being originally from and growing up in Illinois, I still find this completely hilarious.
(Perhaps more like ridiculous.) As a kid, if the schools closed for a snow day, it would
have had to snow at least a foot before closing was even considered. LOL!

That's all for now. Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at:
The Paper Players #472  (new snowflake die)

Stamps: Hero Arts - color layering Christmas tree
Ink: Memento - nautical blue
CS: Strathmore mixed media paper; Neenah; scraps
Accessories: Gemini; Memory Box - Tisdale Snowflake Collage die; Dylusions ink sprays; Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist; MISTI: Recollections star rhinestones
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner

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