Monday, March 19, 2018


Our priest's wife, Kathy, recently took a horrible fall down the stairs and broke both her right leg and right shoulder.  Her spirits are good and the pain has become manageable, but she's got months of rehab ahead of her.  I'm hoping that the following card might make her smile just a little . . .

I cut out some cardstock strips to make band aids for the doll's right arm and leg, and gave her a hat because Kathy loves wearing them.  The Splatter  stencil I used for the background provides a topsy turvy look which I thought depicted her unpleasant event rather well.  I loved making this card for such a sweet woman, but wish there had never been a reason to do so.

Cardstock:   Bazzill Cutie, Tim Holtz Watercolor paper, Strathmore
                          Ultimate White         
Stamps:       Limited Edition Spirit Doll, Small, My Favorite Things
                        Scattered Surface Background, Tim Holtz Crazy Birds
                        Accessories (Hat, Balloon)
Inks:             Distress Aged Mahogany, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade
Colorants:    Ken Oliver Color Burst Orange, Yellow Ochre, Lemon Yellow
Emb Powder:   Vippies Transcendence
Dies:            Mama Elephant Femme Frames, Tim Holtz Crazy Birds
                        Accessories (Hat, Balloon, String), DieVersions text
                       Hint of Lime                     
Stencil:        Kaisercraft Splatter
Doo Dads:    Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste        

Thursday, March 15, 2018


This is the third version I've done of this gorgeous tree . . .

 I think it's the textured gold embossing powder that draws me in - especially on the leafy background.  Ranger makes it, and while it's not advertised to be textured, it clearly is.  The result looks like hammered gold and I so wish they did a silver and a copper version as well.

Yes, you can practice under-heating a metallic embossing powder and it will cure to a little texture, but the results are unreliable and when powders are not heated long enough, they will usually flake off.  That's been my experience, at least.  The Ranger gold stays evenly textured, even when slightly over-heated.  And, it stays put.

Cardstock:   Bazzill Admiral, Strathmore Soft White, Generic Dull Gold     
Stamps:       Impression Obsession Greenery, Just For Fun Memories
Inks:             ColorBox Gold, Distress Chipped Sapphire, Pine Needles
Emb Powder:   Ranger Gold
Dies:            Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Trimmings, Arboscello Tree,
                        Marianne Banners and Text, DieVersions Hint of Lime Font,                                DieNamics Sentiment Strips              

Monday, March 12, 2018


Near the end of last year, I posted this card along with a picture of the Kleenex box that inspired it . . .

I changed out the text on this repeat version as it better suited the theme I was going for.  Stay tuned for future riffs on Kleenex boxes, as I am collecting a small stack of them for further inspiration!  Commercial art and other great ideas are all around us and I love scavenging for everything I can find . . .

Cardstock:   Bazzill Lagoon, Strathmore Soft White, Neenah Emperor,
                        Generic Purple   
Stamps:       Our Daily Bread Chalkboard Lattice Background, Printworks
                        Leaf Pattern, Waffle Flower Layering Marble, Starving
                        Artistamps Positive Words
Inks:             Distress Faded Jeans, Weathered Wood, Broken China,
                        Dusty Concord, Evergreen Bough, Papertrey Ink Fresh
                        Snow, VersaFine Majestic Blue
Emb Powder:   Vippie’s Transcendence
Dies:            DieNamics Rectangle Frames, Spellbinders Signs of
                        Spring 1 (bird), Memory Box Lorelai Leaf 
Doo Dads:    Art Institute Glitter: Aqua from the Floral Collection, Stamp 
                         Oasis Heat & Stick

Thursday, March 8, 2018


After searching awhile for a nice oatmeal-colored cardstock, I finally found this at Marco's and am very pleased with it . . .

Happily, the Distress Antique Linen embossing powder is a perfect match.  Unhappily, Ranger isn't making it anymore - wish I'd collected the whole line of it as it has the textured matte finish I love . . .

Cardstock:   Fox River Crushed Leaf: Cream, The Paper Cut
                        Watercolor paper   
Stamps:       PSX Clematis, Just For Fun “Memories”
Inks:             VersaMark, Distress Dusty Concord, Old Paper, ColorBox
                       Cream White
Emb Powder:   Distress Antique Linen
Dies:            DieNamics Single Stitched Line Rectangle Frame,
                        Momenta Thanks Set 
Doo Dads:    Viva Pearl Pen Cream        

Monday, March 5, 2018

Thinking of You

After posting a card last November that used several of the same materials, I had a small scrap of the gilded mosaic portion left over . . .

 . . . just big enough to become part of the focal point in this card.  I grew up in a family with parents who had lived through the Depression.  We never threw out anything.  This is a philosophy that has served me well with my card-making!  However, I still have trouble throwing things away . . .

Cardstock:   Generic Aqua          
Stamps:       Unknown Thinking of You, Stamp Zia "Splendor"
Inks:             ColorBox Gold
Emb Powder:   Ranger Gold
Dies:            Spellbinders Diamond Effects, Classic Squares, small,
                         Memory Box Fresh Daisies, Papertrey Ink Angled 
Stencil:        The Crafters Workshop Mini Cubist
Doo Dads:    Amy’s Magic Leaf Sea Spray, Marigold glitter

Thursday, March 1, 2018


Using designer papers always feels a little like cheating to me, but there are so many beautiful ones out there that sometimes I just can't resist . . .

The pear stamp was colored with Distress Mini Pads, misted once, and then stamped.  Because Distress inks stay wet a little longer than most dye inks, blending is easier, even without misting.  Also, I'm ever so glad I invested in the mini pads because they make it so much easier to get into small spaces and do selective coloring and edging.

Cardstock:   Strathmore Ultimate White, Unknown Designer Paper           
Stamps:       A Stamp in the Hand Pear with Leaves, Medium
Inks:             Distress Dried Marigold, Bundled Sage
Dies:            Spellbinders Hemstitched Rectangles, DieNamics Single
                        Stitched Line Rectangle Frame, Recollections Word
                        Fetti: “Sweet” 
Doo Dads:    Wink of Stella Clear            

Monday, February 26, 2018


With time as tight as it is, sometimes it's good to reach into my card stash box, take out something I've already done and re-work it a little.  Such is the case with this one . . .

 The background stayed intact, but I added the gold frame, the birch tree die cut, the birds, and the sentiment.  I wound up liking it better than the original!

Cardstock:   Bazzill Dark Olive, Light Olive      
Stamps:       Stampin’ Up “Happiness”
Inks:             VersaMark, ColorBox Gold, Marvy Marker Gold
Emb Powder:   Ranger Gold
Dies:            Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Trimmings, Tall Birch,
                        Impression Obsession Birch Trees (birds only), PaperTrey
                        Ink Angled Labels EK Success punch Scalloped Corners
Doo Dads:    Gold brads