Monday, June 26, 2017

This was a card I made just because I wanted to. I had been working on cards for my class. There were some things I wanted to try and this is the card I created. I love sponging. It is pretty cool to be able to create a shape onto plain card stock with a mask, ink and sponge dauber. The flower stamp is from the set "Touches of Texture", stamped with Memento Gray Flannel ink and colored with the new watercolor pencils from Stampin' Up.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sponging and Masking

These are two of my favorite techniques. That was the topic for our June Create, Challenge, Encourage Stamp class. We made three cards using three different types of sponging and some masking.

This card was made using on oval mask to sponge the colors onto plain white card stock. I used blue and green ink and a large sponge dauber. After the sponging is complete you can add the stamped image and sentiment .

The steps for this second card were a little more involved. I first stamped my images onto plain white card stock and cut into the oval shape using a Spellbinders Nestabilities die. Without removing the paper from the die, I turned it upside down and embossed using my silicone rubber mat. Still leaving the oval in the die, I turned it right side up and lightly sponged over the die onto the card stock. The result is a small white edge to the image which creates the appearance of an additional layer.

I posted this third card a few days ago on the blog. With just a few stokes of ink over some masked lines, I created the illusion of a landscape. Very simple way to add depth to your stamping.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

New Dies

This is my first card using the new die set from Stampin' Up called "Eastern Medallions Thinlets". I used a white card base and the top layer is Lost Lagoon card stock from Stampin' Up. I am already convinced that these are going to be fun and interesting dies to use.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Touches of Texture

Yesterday, I needed a birthday card. I wanted to make a new card. I chose one of my new stamp sets from Stampin' Up called "Touches of Texture". This is the card that I made. The image was stamped with Memento Gray Flannel ink. Then I used my SU watercolor pencils and a blender pen to add color to the flowers and leaves. I used a Rich Razzleberry card base and Rich Razzleberry ink to finish the card. The birthday greeting is from the set "Express Yourself" and the butterfly is from the set "Papillon Potpourri" stamped on pink card stock in Rich Razzleberry ink. Using a glue pen I added Dazzling Diamonds glitter around the edges.

I used the layout on the front to decorate the inside of the card. I used my laptop to create the greeting and printed it on  white card stock. Then added the stamping.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Father's Day 2017

Saturday evening I wanted to make a Father's Day card for my husband. I wanted him to know how much I love him.  He was also a wonderful father to our two children who now have families of their own.

This is the card I made. The stamp is from Stampin' Up's "Moon Lake". It was stamped on a natural card stock with Memento Rich Cocoa ink. The designer paper was from my collection. I was pleased with the way it turned out. Don really liked it also.

This afternoon I was trying to work on some cards for the class I am doing on Saturday. The topic is "sponging and masking". I decided to make the same card but add just a few touches with a sponge and some ink. The sponging gives the image more depth. I like how it turned out. The sentiment on this card is from the Stampin' Up set "Wetlands".

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Finished Centerpiece

Just wanted to share the finished center piece I made for the Mother/Daughter Tea I attended at my church just before Mother's Day. I had posted the table mat and the candle holder earlier. To finish off the centerpiece, I added a box of greeting cards. The center piece was to show something about our selves and the things we enjoy doing.

A close-up of the box.

A little closer look at the flowers on top.

These are the cards inside the box--

Rich Razzleberry was the accent color on each card. Used different stamp sets and different embossing folders but the same circle die on each card. Thanks for letting me share this project with you.

Friday, May 19, 2017


I was having trouble getting started making some cards that I really needed. I searched Pinterest for what seemed like hours. I came across this one card. I had the exact designer paper and the exact stamp set. So I decided to try CASE'ing the card just as Angela Westland had made her card. The link to her card is HERE.

Here is my card. The "Floral Boutique" designer series paper is so pretty. I love the Night of Navy color with the white. The sentiment is from the "Floral Phrases" stamp set.

Making this card was just what I needed. I began going through my box of scraps and ended up making two more cards.

After doing these cards I was able to get some more cards made for my class coming up next week.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Better Late Than Never

I seem to always be running behind these days. It is a challenge to just keep up with "today's" activities. April 30 was my son's birthday. I just got his birthday card in the mail. Daniel grew up by the sea. He loved the water. One of our favorite times was watching the sail boats go by our house. This was not really a birthday card, but I wanted him to know how thankful I am that he is my "son".

I used the stamp set "Swirly Bird" to create the sailboat and a die from the coordinating thinlets to create the waves. Using a large post-it note to mask off the sky, I sponged on Brocade Blue ink and then added Night of Navy ink to the horizon. I then turned the post-it note around to mask/cover the sea and a punched circle to create the sun. A scalloped circle was used to add the illusion of clouds. The sentiment stamp came from the "Sheltering Tree" set.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Updated Post

I was doing some updating and editing of my blog and found that this post had never been finished. It was still in the draft mode. I decided that it was time to finish it or delete it. I really like this card so it is time to "finish" what I had started. I made this card some time ago basically using a piece of SU designer paper. The paper has some of my favorite colors and "flowers". I love the delicate feel of the paper and the design. The "thank you" sentiment is from a Unity Stamp Co. set called "Butterflies and Sunbeams," the August 2015 Sentiment Kit. The little flowers are from the SU set "Petite Petals".

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and letting me share my love of card making with you today.

Friday, May 5, 2017

A Mother's Day Project

Been working on my centerpiece for the Mother and Daughter Tea which will be at our church on May 13. I first started out by making a small table topper. I pulled out some batik fabrics that I had purchased some time ago. I cut my strips 2 inches wide. Sewed six strips together and then cut the strips into triangles using my 60 degree triangle ruler creating a hexagon shaped mat. Love the results. But I think it needs something else.

Since I love paper crafting and making cards, I came up with the idea of making an "explosion box" into a candle holder for one of the little LED candles that can be purchases at craft stores. The box is 3-inches square and 4 1/4-inches tall. I used Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum Stampin' Up card stock.  I topped the box off with some little paper shaped flowers. For the defuser over the cut out circle, I used vellum card stock. I was not able to get a picture showing how the box looks with the light on.

I needed someway to keep the tea light centered so I created a little box/platform to hold the tea light in place. It was then glued it in the center of the bottom of the box.

 All together!

The following picture shows how the box opens and the tea light in the center. 

I had lots of fabric left so I made another table mat. This is made basically the same way. I cut the strips 2-inches wide and sewed two sets of six strips together. I then cut the strips into triangles using the 60 degree ruler. Ten triangles are needed to make this mat.