Thursday, June 30, 2016

Simply Layered

Hello everyone! It isn't often that I say, wow...I like this. But, wow! I do like this card. I suppose it's because I spend a lot of time trying to add too much of this or that. This time, I watercolored, stamped some images on top, stamped a sentiment, and clear-embossed the sentiment. That's it. It may seem like a lot, but believe me, the past few cards have required much more than that!

Here you can see the clear embossing a little better. Plus, one adjustment I made when I came home was to add one more 'turned' leaf. Now, in my opinion, it looks more like a tree instead of some randomly placed branches.

 Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

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Bokeh Card

Bokeh Technique
Hello everyone! I love watching videos on You Tube about all things card-making and watercolor. Today's card features an effect that most of you have probably tried before, but it is new to me: Bokeh. I love this technique because I was able to create a single-layer card that has the effect of multiple layers. So simple and easy.

Step 1: Prepare several panels with free flowing watercolor. I have been struggling with creating free-flowing blooms and washes with watercolor. So I thought I'd set myself up for success by trying different hot and cool color combinations. I kept telling not mix, do not mix. I think they turned out swell!
Let the colors flow and mix!!
Step 2: Prepare the panel for the greeting card and sponge some white pigment ink in circles all over the card front. Below is WPlus9's video showing how to create the effect. The video is from 2014, so I'm thinking this was 'hot' for a while. But I think it's so pretty and easy that I will incorporate it in different ways when creating cards.

Step 3: Add a little shimmer. Shimmer is what's hot in 2016, so to my sponged white circles, I stamped Momento Brilliant Gold circles and little flowers as my last layer. I think it added the right touch! I used PTI's Sketched Shapes to stamp the gold accents.  I believe that was the finishing touch!

Bokeh and a little shimmer!
By the way, Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge is "Anything Goes!" There is plenty of time to play along! Have a great day!!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Papertrey June Blog Hop Challenge

Papertrey June Blog Hop Challenge
Hello everyone! Hope your Saturday is going well. It's three o'clock in the afternoon, and all I can say is I'm so glad my card is finally finished for Papertrey's June Blog Hop Challenge! I love this challenge with all of the lovely colors and images in Yellena James' artwork. My goal was to incorporate as much of the layering and details as possible.
June blog hop        
Yellena James
I did stray away from the cool colors a bit. For some reason, I'm gravitating to the colors of summer, yellows, oranges, and greens lately. I did manage to keep some blues and purples in my card, though.

I began by watercoloring first on Aquarelle watercolor paper. Then I cut the panel down and heat embossed the an array of blooms and leaves from Peonies on Parade onto the watercolor panel using white embossing power. I also used the watercolor panel to emboss the 'Birthday' sentiment.

My dilemma all day long was the background for the card. White was too bright, and the flowers simply faded into the background. I must have tried dozens of combinations until I finally decided to sponge the colors I wanted. I used the Stitched Rectangles die to cut out the 'frame' and sponged it with Abandoned Coral Distress Ink. So glad I made it well before the deadline. I was beginning to wonder if I'd make it!

The challenge is open until 11:30 p.m. ET today, so there's still time to join the fun!!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Get Well Card

Get Well!
Hello everyone! I hope your summer is going nicely, and you are able to have a nice vacation...either now...or sometime really soon! I honestly thought I wouldn't participate in another challenge until after July 1st when I finally get a little R & R, but I simply couldn't resist PTI's Make It Monday challenge. Then I found that Simon Says Stamp Wednesday is offering a challenge called "Make It Shimmer!" I have been incorporating a lot of gold accents in my cards lately, so I felt comfortable combining the two of them together!

For the first challenge...Papertrey Ink's Betsy Veldman asked us to use a stencil in reverse.  Click the link below to see her video and gorgeous card. For my card, I used Jenni Bowlin's Tear Drop Stencil. I applied Tim Holt's Distress Inks--Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio and Salty Ocean on the reverse side of the stencil. Then I used the slick side of Fun Foam [the side with the adhesive backing] to 'rub' over the stencil for a 'reversed' effect. Had I used the stencil in the traditional sense, the teardrops would be prominent as opposed to being white.

I used PTI's Stamper's Select White for the background and the flowers and leaves. Then I stamped Bold Blossoms in PTI's Orange Zest, Green Parakeet, Lemon Zest, and I apologize....I don't remember what I used for the blue flower. Next I cut the blooms and the leaves out. I used Lemon Zest, Dew Drop Galaxy Gold Brilliance, and Simply Chartreuse for the centers of the flowers. For the sentiment, I used Classic Kraft. Sorry, I seem to be rambling on, but this card was a little more complex that it looks!

I finished the panel with the Galaxy Gold [the manufacturer is Tsukinek, and it is a pigment ink] around the edge of the panel and the card itself. I plan to mail this card to a teacher who had surgery this summer and is recuperating.

I hope you like this card. If so, please leave some blog love below and then head over to the challenges and enter your own challenge. I do take time to view the cards on every challenge I participate in. In the meantime, thanks for stopping by!

Make It Monday #253
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog
SSS Wednesday Challenge

Monday, June 20, 2016

Brush Lettering

Practice Makes Progress!
Hello everyone! Here is a quick post about my latest venture: Brush Lettering! I have resisted picking this up, but I can see how I can use this with my cards, scrapbooking layouts, mini-albums, everything! The image above represents my baby steps.

This is what it should look like--LOL!!

This is my work yesterday after a little more practice! I'm encouraged that I will get there soon and develop my own unique style.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Pen: Tombow Dual Tip Brush Marker

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Stitched Rectangles Card

Lasting Hearts Card Drive
Hello everyone! It's just a few days away from summer, but around here it feels like the 'dog days' already! I hope you're staying cool! Last night was Papertrey Ink's Release party. Although there were tons of things I wanted to buy, I had to pass because I'm still working on using my last order!!

I am playing along with several challenges today:  Papertrey's Create Along With Us; Color Throwdown #397; and Little Tangles. The card above was inspired by Heather Nichol's beautiful card using PTI's Bold Blossoms and their new scalloped edge dies. I will purchase those soon! [Click the link below the photo to see her amazing cards.] I will make three of the cards above and will send them to Lasting Hearts Card Drive later this week. My card recipe and links to all of the challenges are below. Have a great week everyone!!

Pine Is Here


Card Recipe:

Recollections: Kraft Cardstock, white embossing powder
Papertrey Ink: Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, Classic Kraft, Bold Blossoms, Simple Sentiments: Thank You, Stitched Rectangles Die
Misc: Scrapbook paper from my stash, watercolor brush, heat tool, Versamark ink for embossing, fun foam

Monday, June 13, 2016

Sizzix Ultimate Giveaway!

Sizzix $2500 (5 Winner) Ultimate Giveaway

Hello everyone! I just wanted to let you all know about the Sizzix Ultimate Giveaway happening over at There are only two days left to enter!  Click the image or click here to enter. Good Luck!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Keep Trying!

Hello everyone! Today's card started Friday night, and I fiddled and fussed with it all weekend long.  I'm participating in this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #176 and Little Tangles #69 Embossing. I have been eyeing the Dylusions Floral Flourish set for quite some time. So Thursday, I finally used my 40% off coupon at Michael's and brought the set home. I've seen others use this set effortlessly, but for me, I had quite a time getting the look I wanted.

I started by embossing the flower onto Aquarelle watercolor paper. Easy enough. Then I decided to use my watercolor brush and inks to color the flower in. My first try rendered a flower that was hard to see because the colors were too light. I kept going back again and again, then the leaves were too light. Well you get the picture. I finally tried again with PTI's Raspberry Fizz, and was happy!

Inside panel

My next problem was that the flower was lost in all of the white space. I splattered, cut the panel down, inked the edges and was happy, agsin...until I saw that it was lost again on the background. So I grabbed my Dylusions Chequered Dots and sponged Simply Chartreuse, and Distress Inks Mustard Seed and Abandoned Coral to create a masked background. I liked that just fine, but something still wasn't quite right. So, I cut it down and backed it with fun foam. Finally, I completed the inside [left]. I'm so glad this card is finally finished!

May your card making day go smoothly!
What a mess!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Stamp Storage for PTI Stamps

Stamp Storage Dilemma
Hello everyone! I don't know about you, but storing and locating stamps for my projects can be daunting at times. Papertrey Ink used to send CD jewel cases with their stamps, and I used to store stamps using that system.

It worked well when I was starting out and only had a few sets. To keep the system consistent, I even continued purchasing jewel cases after they stopped coming with the order. But the jewel cases were tricky to open at times, the stamps stuck to each other, and I wasn't able to save that great idea/tip sheet that comes with the stamps. Plus, they took up a lot of space.

Avery Elle 5x7 Clear Envelope
Then I watched a video by Jennifer McGuire. She demonstrated storing her stamps in Avery Elle 5x7 clear envelopes and labeling the outside. Then she alphabetizes her stamps by company/set. That's what I'm doing now, and I love it. I'm able to store my stamps in an orderly way, plus I have the images, the tip sheet, and even the label sheet all coordinated with the stamp set. It's been great!

I peel off the label sheet and adhere it to the acetate that the stamps come on [top photo]. Then I stick each stamp where they belong [bottom photo]. Not only do I have all my stamps, dies, and tip sheet together...I have my stamps fitting nicely on the original acetate panel. A place for everything and everything in its place!

Organized and ready to file!
The stamp set I used for this tutorial is Peonies on Parade by PTI.  Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Glitzy Birthday!

Glitzy Birthday Card
Hello everyone! Today's card combines three challenges:  Simon Says Stamp: Mask It, Freshly Made Sketches #239, and Little Tangles Challenge #69: Embossing. I love it when it's possible to get three-in-one....and it turns out fairly decent!!

For Simon Says Stamp, I masked the background and sponged PTI's Green Peacock, Lovely Lady, and Summer Sunrise. For Little Tangles Challenge, I embossed just about everything I could--PTI's Peonies on Parade flowers and leaves and Swoosh sentiments--birthday. I watercolored the flowers and leaves with a water brush in pinky, red colors with a hint of purple on the bud. The leaves were a mixture of greens I had dried on my pallet.  Finally, the layout comes from Freshly Made Sketches.

Now it's time to get gussied up for the Wade Bowen concert benefiting the Mother's March of Dimes. It'll be a day of Texas Country Music and fun since the rain has moved on out!!  Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, June 3, 2016

Life Can Get Prickly....

CTD #395
Hello everyone! Happy Friday to you!!

Today, I'm participating in Color Throwdown #395. The colors are craft, green, and cream. While I love my PTI stamps, and use them a lot, I finally challenged myself to take a look in my stash to find stamps I haven't made a card with yet.

I knew I wanted to use the Avery Elle Brushed sentiment "You've Got This." Jennifer McGuire used this set before, and she made some wonderful cards. Also, as I've been 'hopping' around blogs, I remember one cardmaker saying that we should make cards for ourselves every once-in-a-while. So, this card is just for me.

Lately, I've been struggling with weight and the inability to exercise vigorously enough to help. I overeat, too....but this card is about exercise...LOL!! Anyway, I decided to make a card to display in my craftroom to keep my 'you can do it' spirits high. As I gathered more supplies, the cacti stamp set from Cocoa Daisy offered another twist. This made me think about the saying, "Life can get prickly, sometimes." I have certainly felt prickled from time to the cacti had to play a role. When I thought through the design, I loved the play between the cacti and the encouragement. Perfect, I thought!! A card was born.....

There is still plenty of time to play along. Thanks for stopping by!!

CTD #395

Card Recipe:

Papertrey Ink:  Burnt Umber, Simply Chartreuse, Classic Kraft, Stampers Select white cardstock
Dylusions Checkered Dots 5x8 stencil [I blended Classic Kraft on the dots to create the background]
Avery Elle Brushed stamp set [sentiment and 'table']
Cocoa Daisy Limited Edition stamp set--Cacti
Tsukineko Galaxy Gold Brilliance pigment ink [the 'table' at the bottom]
Watercolors for the cacti and terracotta pots

Wednesday, June 1, 2016


Summertime's almost here!!
Happy vacation season! I hope everyone is looking forward to a summer trip sometime soon. I know my husband and I can't wait to go to Orange Beach, Alabama for some fishing fun. That will happen in July, but in the meantime, I'm dreaming...

This is a quick post tonight as my allergies are taking a toll. I was inspired by PTI's Make It Monday #252 to make this card. I used a rainbow of watercolors from my palet and washed them onto watercolor paper. Then I used PTI's Coverplate Diagonal to cut out the stripes. Using Dawn's technique of applying adhesive to the negative stripes, I lined them up. I must say, for me that was trickier than just eyeballing it...which I usually do. But it was good practice.  I also used her tip to browse all of my sentiments in order to create a unique message for my card.

I've been eyeing the sunglasses stamp for quite a while [I think they came in a Cocoa Daisy kit, but I'm not sure], but could never think of a good way to use them. Since the watercolors were so bright, I decided now was the time. I stamped them and fussy cut around the frames. I embellished two of them with stashed rhinestones and popped them up with foam tape. Next I used Framed Out #2 Mini sentiment with Hero Arts Cell phone speech bubble to create the sentiment.

I believe this was the most fun I've had creating a card! Thanks for stopping by!