Monday, November 4, 2019


The central image and sentiment are from a long ago stamp of the month from Close to My Heart, and it has been a favorite of mine.  The background is a new stamp for me- You Matter Background from Simon Says Stamp inked with CTMH Whisper ink.  The image was stamped twice, colored with Copic markers and fussy cut. I used foam tape to pop up the image and sentiment.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Playing with Alcohol Inks

Last night I got out the Yupo paper and a few newer bottles of ink I hadn't tried yet...I made a big mess, and had fun!  For some reason, it was still tacky this morning. That was perfect for adding some foil highlights last night, but now I have tried the heat gun, and they still aren't really dry.  The Yupo paper doesn't cut well with the dies either. But I managed to create some cards.

The large leaf on the left was cut from textured card stock with Simon Says Stamp Large Stitched Maple die. I placed the alcohol piece behind the opening, and adhered it all to a cream card.

I've seen many of these leaf cuts showing pattern in the cut out. They really are a beautiful way to showcase papers, homemade or not!

Cut one leaf out of the center...then popped it with some foam tape. The other two didn't cut through, so I hand trimmed around. The sentiment was heat embossed with gold. This was a design I saw on Pinterest, but apparently didn't save so I am not able to give proper credit for the inspiration.

Linking these to Just Add Ink # 480  'Just Add a Technique'
Creative Knockouts  #321 'Embossing Delights'

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

AHSC #339 Thanksgiving

Atlantic Hearts #339 new sketch!  I love this sketch. It was so fun to bring together a number of fun products. I used a marvelous background stamp from Simon Says Stamp, inked up with Creole Spice Kaleidacolor ink pad, Stampin' Up ribbon from my stash, cut and embossed leaves from Momenta dies on some watercolor paper smooshed with the same ink pad, stamped and cut some wheat from a Papertrey set, used the same set for the sentiment heat embossed in gold, added in a few solid leaves cut from card stock with Lawn Fawn stitched leaves dies, and added some sparkle with a gold paper cut leaf from Tim Holtz Skeleton Leaves die, and a few dots of Liquid Pearls.  My desk is a disaster...but the card is just as I hoped♥

Monday, October 7, 2019

Grateful for You

                   Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #337 begins today.
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My card used some older Close To My Heart patterned paper, a CTMH long-retired stamp set and some Distress Oxide inks.
I daubed color on the leaves and random stamped them on the paper. I splattered, and cut the piece down to adhere to the 5.5x4.25" piece of card stock.  I cut the burlap ribbon into a flag, and tied with cord and a tiny sentiment and tag from a new Simon Says Stamp set. Some Studio G glitter drops gave this otherwise soft card a bit of sparkle.
Also linking to The Paper Players #462 Grateful for you challenge.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Krafty Chicks Sketch 474 Grateful Heart

Krafty Chicks is highlighting a Mojo Monday sketch this week - and I, too, am a huge fan of their sketches.  They provided me with so much inspiration.  So I am happy to play along at Krafty Chicks challenge this week!

I've used products from Papertrey Ink (sentiment), Simon Says (stitched circles), and a leaf stamp from Hampton Arts.


The holiday that I adore is Thanksgiving.  It gives me the opportunity to cook some of my favorite foods, tell friends and family how grateful I am to have them in my life, and to enjoy the gorgeous colors of autumn.  So I've begun my cards for this holiday...I usually mail between 15-20.  Today's card uses a new to me die set from Pretty Pink Posh, and a stamp+die set from Hampton Art. I embossed the leaves in gold, then did some watercolor using Close To My Heart dye inks. The sentiment is from a Papertrey Ink set.
I will link this to  two challenges:  The House that Stamps Built S2519
                                     and             Watercooloer Wednesday #240 All Occassions

Friday, September 27, 2019

A bird with a french fry

I used a stamp from Impression Obsession for the sentiment and the bird comes from Simon Says Stamp Look for the Rainbow set.

  Inspired today by Freshly Made Sketches #404   and  Double D 'Focus on the Sentiment'     challenges.  I rotated the sketch.

Monday, September 23, 2019

AHSC #335

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Good Morning!
Time for the weekly challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.
Check it out and play along.

I used a lot of different products on this: stencil from SSS, Ranger Distress inks, Jim Holtz die, CTMH card stock and sentiment, Nuvo drops, and embellishments from my local craft store.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Wonderful You

A special birthday card for a dear friend...inspired by
CASology Challenge #352

I used a filigree die cut on two shades of blue metallic paper. On some water color paper, I used a very wet, diluted wash of Yasutomo shimmer watercolor, and some splatters of gold.  The sentiment was stamped with Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass, and heat embossed with a transparent glitter powder.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Thank You

Inspired by several challenge blogs today. I have used a 'split' from Papertrey Ink, and Fresh Cut Grass sequins from Simon Says Stamp.  

Monday, September 9, 2019


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Happy Monday morning!  Time for this weeks sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #333

My color palette was inspired by an older, very favorite CTMH paper collection. All I had left was some small pieces of paper and a few stickers.  So I tried to match the colors with my Copics. It's a flower stamp that is part of the Simon Says Stamp September card kit. I stamped on Colonial White with a light ink, colored with image, them stamped again with Cocoa ink. Love the Misti for making this so easy! I gave a few highlights with a white gel pen, and fussy cut it out.  The circle is a stitched die from Simon Says.  Embellishments are from my CTMH stash.  The circle and flower cluster were popped with foam for some dimension. I also did a bit of paper distressing with the Cocoa ink. Card base is CTMH Sorbet, and I'm not even sure if this is still in their color collection, but it is a favorite of mine.

Sunday, September 1, 2019


It was fascinating to travel in Morocco last year and learn about this unique symbol.  It symbolizes the Hand of God.  In all faiths it is a protective sign that brings its owner happiness, luck, health, and good fortune.   There are many designs, and I was excited to see this intricate die in the Simon Says Stamp shop. It arrived last week, and I was able to make several cards with it today.  This one was inspired by the sketch challenge at Sunday Stamps #212.  The sentiment is from a reprinted tiny sentiment card from Simon Says cut with sentiment die from My Favorite Things.

Monday, August 26, 2019

JustA Note

No photo description available.Monday is here again with a sketch from AHSC!  I have used some paper gifted to me from a friend, some Bazzill card stock, some dotted papers from my first days at Close to My Heart, and heart stickers from a Simon Says Stamp kit.  Those CTMH papers are from the 1990s!! I have to admit to paper hoarding now, right??  I found two little drawers full of the samplers I would get as a consultant.  Oh, the's like pulling out photos of family from decades ago - such fond memories. 
The colors in my card are so soft and really pretty, but not great on camera.