Monday, February 19, 2018

Happy Birthday

This perky typewriter is from a die set I love to use on a frequent basis . . .

I've tried it in various color schemes and have loved them all, but red, black, and white seem to show it off to its best advantage.  The set comes with six varied sayings that are perfectly sized to fit on the sheet of typewriter paper

Cardstock:   Champion Snow Day, Strathmore Ultimate White, Wausau
                        Firecracker Red         
Stamps:       Marianne Eline’s Typewriter, Hero Newspaper Background
Inks:             VersaFine Onyx Black
Emb Powder:   Judikins Detail Black
Dies:            Marianne Eline’s Typewriter, Mama Elephant Peek A Frame,
                        Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Trimmings
Doo Dads:    Punch Bunch Star 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Thinking of You

In my fabric stash, I came across a gorgeous, slubbed, cream-colored mesh that I think is designed to be used for semi-sheer curtains.  Whatever it is, I have to get more . . .

I backed the inside front of the card with a piece of cream cardstock so that the message wouldn't show through the mesh.

This piece will be a sympathy card, so I kept it simple:  a gentle color, lots of texture, and my favorite embossing powder that cures to a hammered gold finish. 

I've several dies with variously shaped openings surrounded by stitched or pierced details.  My plan is to put all of them to use with various kinds of fabrics and embellishments in the near future, because I really like the way this one turned out . . .

Cardstock:   Fox River Crushed Leaf: Cream   
Stamps:        Hero “Thinking of you”
Inks:               ColorBox Gold
Emb Powder:   Ranger Gold
Dies:              Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Pieces, Memory Box butterflies:
                        Corden, Powell
Emb Folder: Taylored Expressions Weathered
Doo Dads:    Mesh fabric   

Monday, February 12, 2018


Thanks to yet another  broken ankle, compliments of the icy winter we've had, my card-making has stopped for the time being.  Happily, my blog is well stocked into March so that eases the angst a little.  But I was saving this weekend for the fun of doing my Valentines cards.  Sadly, not gonna happen.  So I dug out this sample I made a few years ago . . .

I was into mulberry paper at the time and really should get back to it - lovely stuff.  The wooden heart was mounted over a heart-shaped piece of white corrugated paper, and the corner heart punch-outs were backed with red cardstock to make them stand out.

Happy Valentines Day to one and all!

Cardstock:            Beckett Iceberg, Generic Black, Red Mulberry
Stamps:                  Rubber Tree Whimsical Alphabet          
Inks:                       ColorBox Frost
Emb Powder:         Judikins Opaque White
Doo Dads:              Red wooden heart, red 1/8" ribbon

Thursday, February 8, 2018


Every time I walk my dog Tater, I'm always on the lookout for interesting bits and pieces of natural materials I can use on my cards.  I also find pocket change, none of which ever finds itself on any of my creations . . .

In this case, I lucked onto some textured twigs that had happily remained flexible instead of brittle after they dried.  I painted them with a silver marker and used tiny dots of wet glue to adhere.  As always with delicate layouts, I'll include a thin sheet of foam when I mail it out . . .

Cardstock:   Bazzill Raven, Beckett Iceberg                       
Stamps:       Various texture stamps, Stamp Zia Zia's Grass, "Dream"                
Inks:             Hero Black, ColorBox Black, Frost White
Emb Powder:  Judikins Detail Black, White
Punches:     Various butterfly punches 
Doo Dads:    Twigs painted with silver marker

Monday, February 5, 2018


This piece was originally done as a sample of Copic marker blending . . .

Frustrated by the fact that Copics don't really blend, I did some experimenting with the Copic Blender pen - which also doesn't really blend.  The name notwithstanding, the blender actually functions as an eraser.  If you're still with me on this, all will become clearer very shortly.

I found that if you lay down a layer from the blender pen first and then color over it with the markers, they will blend beautifully!  Go figure . . . better yet, try it out!

Cardstock:   Neenah Solar White, Bazzill Raven
Stamps:       Judikins Four Leaves, Printworks “Enjoy”  
Inks:             Memento Tuxedo Black, Bob Ross Gesso Black,
                        ColorBox Black
Dies:            Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Rectangles Short, Classic
                        Postage Stamp,  Impression Obsession Tied Line, Cheery
                        Lynn Expandable Quilling Strip, Just Rite Charm
Markers:       Copic R39 Garnet, R05 Salmon Red, YR04 Chrome Orange,
                        Y17 Golden Yellow, BG07 Petroleum Blue, BG02 New Blue,
                        G46 Mistletoe, G24 Willow

Thursday, February 1, 2018


A Pinterest post gave me the idea for this one . . .

 After cutting the cardstock to size, I used a swirly embossing folder to emboss the background.  Leaving the piece in the folder to provide support, I then peeled the paper off a white crayon and stroked it firmly over the raised design.  Use the side of the crayon and not the point in order to keep the wax on the raised parts of the design. 

Stroke firmly several times.  When done, remove the piece and sponge on your colors.  Mist lightly to get a slightly mottled look;  this also makes it easy to swipe with a paper towel to remove any excess ink from the raised parts of the design.

I stopped short of rubbing the crayon evenly over the design - this produced a distressed look that I really like for this card.  Rubbing longer will highlight all of the design as it will prevent the ink from soaking into the pattern.  Experiment to see what effect you like . . .

Cardstock:   Champion Snow Day, Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper,
                        Strathmore Bristol White         
Stamps:       So She Stamps “Dream”
Inks:             Distress Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord
Colorants:    Crayola White, Marvy Silver
Emb Powder:   WOW Silver Sparkle, Vippies Transcendence
Dies:            Lil Inkers Stitched Mats: Rectangles, Simon Says
                        Butterfly Tendrils, Spellbinders Fancy Framed 
                        Tags 1 
Emb Folder: Sizzix Chevrons & Flourishes Set

Monday, January 29, 2018

Soar, Discover, Achieve

It's hard to tell how much of the shimmer the camera will pick up - even after I got the flash fixed . . .

 . . . but I'm hoping that the sparkle and glimmer on this grey, white and silver card will show up.  One simple way to add interest on a layered card is to take a glitter pen and run it around the edge of the layer.  The thickness of the cardstock keeps your pen right on track and the result is a quietly beautiful accent that doesn't compete with the rest of the layout.

Cardstock:   American Crafts Grey, Strathmore Bristol, Embossing Arts
                       Momi paper: Silver, Vellum   
Stamps:        Tim Holtz Halftone, Time to Stamp Grunge, Angel Co Curls
                        & Swirls, Starving Artistamps Positive Words
Inks:               Distress Iced Spruce, ColorBox Silver
Emb Powder:   WOW Silver Sparkle
Dies:              Memory Box Wrapped Stitch Rectangles, Paper Smooches
                       Butterfly Duet
Doo Dads:  Gelly Roll Clear Star