Thursday, May 17, 2018


This is a birthday card for my baby brother Gordy, who's not such a baby anymore.  Father Time has done his thing and we three sibs are Seniors now.  So I used an aged them for his card this year . . .

From my ephemera stash, I dug out the "Found Relative" baby picture on the little tag.  It is actually such a close resemblance to Gordy's real baby pictures that I couldn't resist adding this to his card.

With the die cut bird soaring over the word "Time", the idea was to make the viewer think, "Time Flies" . . . did you get it?  Or did I try too hard?

Cardstock:   Marcos Jute, Sears Roebuck Catalog page, Generic scraps
Stamps:       Time to Stamp: tag texture from Grunge Set, Limited Edition
                        Pocket Watch
Inks:             Distress Brushed Corduroy, Ground Espresso, Antique
                        Linen, Black Soot
Emb Powder:   WOW Clear Matte Dull
Dies:            DieNamics Wonky Stitch Rectangle Stax, Traditional Tags
                        Stax, AliExpress Spring Swallows, Tim Holtz Alpha
Stencil:        Brutus Monroe Tire Track
Doo Dads:    Ranger Texture Paste Transparent, Jute twine 

Monday, May 14, 2018

A Day to Celebrate

This perky lime and turquoise frame is yet another rescue from the Scrap Stash box . . .

I first tried making the tree orange in order to pick out some of the orange highlights that surprisingly popped up in the lime part of the frame.  But it didn't really play well.  
So I went for a more dramatic black and I think it worked better . . .

Cardstock:   The Paper Cut Watercolor paper, Generic scrap Black           
Stamps:        Clearly Posh Far East News, CC Rubber Stamps Fibers,
                        Hero Day to Celebrate
Inks:               Distress Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Hickory Smoke
Colorants:    Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical Tibetan Poppy Teal,                                                      Luminous Lemon
Dies:              Marianne Tree, Wplus9 Banner Trio                   
Brayer:          Fiskars Mesh

Thursday, May 10, 2018


I chose this image because it reminds me so much of my own lovely, dark-haired Mother.  Among her many talents, she also played the piano beautifully.  She's gone now, but I love sending Mother's Day cards in her memory . . .

The background features three of my favorite techniques:  smooshed color, a little randomly applied text, and my favorite coarse embossing powder scattered onto the surface and heated from beneath.  When I apply that particular trio of techniques, I'm nearly always happy with the results!

Cardstock:   The Paper Cut Eames White, Strathmore #90 Watercolor
                        paper, Beckett Candlelight      
Stamps:       MJ Barber Woman Playing Piano, Amuse Script Background
Inks:             Distress Walnut Stain, Worn Lipstick, Distress Oxide
                        Abandoned Coral, Aged Mahogany, Walnut Stain,
                        Archival Coffee
Emb Powder:   Stampendous Shabby White
Dies:            Mama Elephant Peek a Frame, Avery Elle Peace, Love,
                        & Joy set: “Love”

Monday, May 7, 2018

It's Your Day

Born and raised in California, I was long familiar with the golden poppy - our state flower.  But it wasn't until I became a Flight Attendant and flew over the rustic countryside on approach to Spain's Barajas Airport that I learned that wild poppies came in red as well . . .

Even from a few thousand feet, those red poppies just glowed.  I had fun going for the same effect with this layout.  The stamp is actually a reverse image, so the poppies are surrounded by a background that is embossed in white.  The flowers are actually a little recessed and because of that, they were easy to color.

Cardstock:   Paper Cut Watercolor paper         
Stamps:       Hero Poppy Background, Too Much Fun “It’s your day”
Inks:             Distress Mowed Lawn
Watercolors:   Bienfang Watercolor Brush Pens Cadmium Red,
                           Vermillion, Sap Green, Hooker’s Green
Emb Powder:   Sweet Stamps Fine Detail White
Dies:            Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Squares Large, Lil Inker
                        Stitched Mats Squares, Goodculler Stitched Rectangles,
                        Impression Obsession Small Bow                

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Thinking of You

Once again, my Scrap Stash comes to the rescue!  My calendar has been unusually jammed up of late and I haven't been able to take the time I always love to take while card making.  After excavating this background from the pile in the box, it led the way to the rest of the layout . . .

At long last, Spring has finally arrived, and to me, that means color and lots of it.  A little chicken wire for texture, a couple of pristine daffys, and Spring is officially launched!

Cardstock:   Bazzill White, The Paper Cut Watercolor paper
Stamps:       Elizabeth Craft Banner Sentiments: Thinking of You
Inks:             Distress Barn Door, Rusty Hinge, Mustard Seed, Mowed
                        Lawn, Salty Ocean, Dusty Concord
Colorants:    Inktense pencils
Watercolors:   Distress Stains
Dies:            Cheery Lynn Chickenwire, Expandable Quilling Strip,
                        La Crea Daffodils, Elizabeth Craft Banners        
Stencil:        The Crafters Workshop Mini Cubist
Doo Dads:    Dreamweaver Embossing Paste Translucent, Past Time
                        Stamps Multi Ultra Fine Glitter  

Monday, April 30, 2018

Someone Like You

It's been awhile since I've done the Batik Technique and it's time to get back 
to it . . .

 It takes several steps but they are all very quick and easy to do:
1. Cut your cardstock to size, then stamp and clear emboss your solid images.
2. Wad up and crumple the cardstock firmly, getting a number of cracks into the
        embossed areas.
3. Sponge and swirl your chosen ink colors over the whole surface, making 
         sure to work the colors into the cracks.
4. Place between two layers of clean scrap paper and iron off the clear 
          embossing.  Repeat, using clean areas of the scrap paper, until all of 
          the embossing is absorbed.
5. Layer and finish your card as desired.

The text reads, "Someone like you should be celebrated every day."

Cardstock:   Neenah Desert Storm,       
Stamps:       Unknown variety of leaves, Stampin’ Up Someone
                        like you . . .
Inks:             Distress Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Dusty Concord,
                        Black Soot
Dies:            Memory Box Feather Tree Frame, Tim Holtz Labels                
Doo Dads:    Gesso spatter Black

Thursday, April 26, 2018


For some odd reason, while I love circular shapes and have a number of them, I don't seem to use them very often at all - until today . . .

This is a background stamp featuring a number of sizes of dotted circular images and I think the swirling energy is the perfect backdrop for the soaring bird . . .

Cardstock:   Strathmore #90 Watercolor paper, Ultimate White        
Stamps:       Stampin’ Up On the Spot, Simon Says Tilted Banner Sayings
Inks:             Distress Bundled Sage, Forest Moss, Pumice Stone, ColorBox
                        Frost White
Emb Powder:   Sweet Stamps Fine Detail White, Vippies Transcendence
Dies:            Serendipity Stamps Bird, Impression Obsession Banners & 
Stencil:        Simon Says Falling Snow
Doo Dads:    Prima Rust Effect Paste Green-Grey