Monday, June 1, 2020

Atlantic Hearts #371

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New sketch time this morning at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog!
This is my Design Team card for this week - which will appear on the AHSC blog Wednesday.
It has been a while since I was a CTMH consultant...I adored their paper collections (they still have gorgeous papers and coordinating inks) and most of my inks are CTMH - great quality and last forever! This is one of my favorite hoarded sets from that time -Charlotte. The die cut sentiment is a  new CZ Design die.  I've embellished with Nuvo drops and a dimensional heart that came with the Charlotte kit.

I am a crafty You tube addict - learning new techniques and seeing some jaw-dropping artwork. I CASE a lot of cards I see out there.  But I love sketches - they force me to be creative myself with the crutch of a great design.

Stay well, get crafty this week!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Hello Paper Players #492

I've finished using all the backgrounds made on the weekend with the new Jennifer McGuire Distress Stencil technique. This is one of my favorites and I used the Paper Players sketch this week.   The sentiment and eucalyptus die cuts are from Simon Says, and some Nuvo drops for embellishment. I love this stencil from MFT, Moroccan Mosaic, that reminds me of many happy memories visiting that beautiful country.

And another card I made using the sketch. On the Altenew blog hop this weekend, someone used alcohol inks on acetate and placed it over the white card base where image was stamped in black. I tried, but the purple ink simply would not 'stick' enough to the acetate. Itried using Snow Cap- but forgot that it is opaque. I found the mistake while cleaning off my desk and really liked the way it I stamped the Altenew Paint a flower Iris on top of the acetate with StazOn ink. Adhered to white card base as I would have to create a shaker.  Love it!

Monday, May 25, 2020

Thinking of You

Inspired by Jennifer McGuire's video on a new Distress ink technique!  She was using the new Distress color Speckled Blue, which I do not have yet. But I wanted to try this unique way of using Distress and stencils right away. I made four panels with various colors and stencils on Solar white card stock.  You color the whole piece with ink - direct to paper- and then place the panel on a rubber mat, the stencil on top, a baby wipe on top of that and run through your die cut machine. It is magical!!!  The damp baby wipe lifts off some of the ink, and creates a slightly raised embossing. The card base and sentiment strip is on cream card stock.
Linking to  CAS(E) this Sketch #373

Ink: Ranger Distress Peeled Paint
Stencil: Simon Says Falling Leaves
Sentiment: Essentials by Ellen, Mondo Succulent
Ranger fine detail embossing powder, Copper
Diecut: Simon Says Fern Square

Saturday, May 23, 2020

AAA #165 Challenge

Last minute entry here...time flies by. I've been thinking of this card for days and finally sat down to make it.  Used some inks to blend and Lawn Fawn set for image and sentiment.  Copic colored the watermelon.  AAA Cards

Monday, May 18, 2020

Atlantic Hearts #369

Monday sketch time at Atlantic Hearts!  This week is a very versatile sketch. Great for creating cards quickly and a lovely way to use some of your favorite papers or your backgrounds.  This weekend I was going through some of the origami papers I have collected - most while visiting my son in Japan. The tiny flowers were part of a CTMH Petite Perks set from long ago. I heat embossed and water colored those and fussy cut them out.  Create a card or scrapbook page and join us at
Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week!

Saturday, May 16, 2020



Excited to play with some Altenew things that arrived in the mail yesterday. I used the
CAS Colours and Sketches # 370 sketch as my inspiration.  The horizontal panel was heat embossed with a Simon Says Stamp background and then water brushed with a Zig marker. The butterfly was stamped twice on two shades of blue patterned origami paper and then paper pieced. I stamped the sentiment on another piece of origami paper cut with a stitched circle die.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020


Two years ago my P.E.O. chapter sponsored a really special student - she was a young girl who earned her Associates Degree and High School diploma at 17, and she was going to college. We just heard that she is graduating from college at the end of the month and has been accepted for her Masters program in New Zealand!  This is my card to send her.  I was inspired by
 CAS(E) this Sketch #371, and used Altenew Dotted Starburst Debossing cover die on the cream panel, then heat embossed the shooting star image. The sentiment die from Impression Obsession was cut and stacked for dimension.  It is difficult to see the subtle debossing in the photo, but it really does add interest.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Latte AHSC#367

Monday  "May the Fourth be With You"

Several dear friends share my coffee passion - coffee is my superpower!! - and we have missed our long walks to Ruston coffee, and Saturday morning Starbuck's meetups...We talk every few days, but we long to be in person again.  Until then...

My card also inspired by this week's sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  My card will appear there with the design team on Wednesday. But don't wait for that...get crafting with a big mug of your favorite beverage.

I blended some inks with Altenew's Square Weave stencil. The cup is a die from IO dies Impression Obsession), the sentiment from Impress. The papers are from a carefully hoarded favorite from years ago - Close To My Heart, Dreamin' collection.  Cleaning the craft room means finding favorite papers and actually using them up!

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Retirement Congrats

This card is for a best friend who retired from 35 years as a state and federal judge this week!  She is a voracious reader, creative chef, a stand-up comedian, knitter, and artistic quilter. I stamped the yellow card stock with an older CTMH set, Two-Step Backgrounds. The black card stocks were a combo of Altenew Essentials and another from my CTMH stash.  The sentiment is a CZ Design from the  Cleanline Everyday set.  It was embossed with Darice Wire Fence embossing folder.

The inspiration came from this TIME OUT Challenges photo. I knew right away I wanted to do a quilt card.  I can't sew, but am addicted to paper quilting!
Also linking to Try it on Tuesday Challenge "Black and White +1"

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Birthday Joy

Paper Players #488 sketch  inspired this card.  The stamped images came from Simon Says
Stronger Together set, and the sentiment from Simon's Leafy Frames set.
The black frame was cut using Hero Arts Infinity rectangle dies. I cut several times and stacked them for a bit of dimension. Inside of the flowers on the pink panel were colored with Shimmer brush that gave a subtle bit of sparkle.

Also linking to Watercooler Wednesday #269 Anything Goes

Thursday, April 23, 2020


While watching Gina K's chat last evening, I wanted to try the technique she was using.  It needed a solid stamp, and I was surprised to have a tough time finding one in my clear stamps. But I located this little flower in a older CTMH set, stamped it several times with white pigment ink on black card stock, and then used Prisma pencils to color.  Then I decided to spray it with Silver Shimmer spray. This small horizontal strip shimmers also - though it is difficult to see in the photo, it looks quite nice in person.  I used a circle die on the front panel and popped the panel up with foam tape.   The sentiment is from the Mondo Succulent set from Ellen Hutson.

Linking to Freshly Made Sketches #432
Paper Players #487   CAS & Sparkle

Monday, April 20, 2020

In My Heart

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Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #365

This week's sketch can be a quick one using patterned paper, or you could do some masked ink blending.  Lots of ideas in my head for this sketch, but the sun is shining and the lawn needs mowing. So I pushed the easy button :-) and used some of Altenew's essential black & white paper pack. The black circle frame was cut with Altenew Create a Wreath die. The floral image from Simon Says Look for the Rainbow set was colored with copics and fussy cut. Sentiment from Simon Says Leafy Frames set.  A few little Nuvo drops added to repeat the dots pattern.

Hope you are all well and safe at home. Good time to create and mail some good thoughts.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

My Friend

The panel was created using watercolors and the Simon Says Stamps 'Tumbling Leaves' stencil. The image -a long ago retired CTMH stamp was inked with Slate on top, and also a background stamp. The sentiment was cut from SSS printed sentiments card.  I have wanted to try using various techniques with stencil. The watercolor must be done rather dry with a fine brush to avoid it getting beneath the stencil.  I really liked the soft background it created.

Linking to Freshly Made Sketches #431

I liked it so much, I made another card with the same materials, and added splatter. 

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Quarantine Playtime

Well, I have been watching lots of great videos and chats with some of my favorite artists.  These cards are inspired by Laura Bassen ( and
Cathy Zielske ( and
FRESHLY MADE Sketches #430

I used A Gina K stamp and die set for sentiments, and my new Frames Diamonds die set from Altenew.  The first card is linked to Freshly Made, the second is an attempt to try the CZdesign challenge in her 10 minute talk this morning.  The solid diamonds are there to cover serious glue mistakes! So I'm going with the "no mistakes, just opportunities for creativity" theory. The photos look better if you click on them...too much sunshine. Wait! That's not a thing.

Monday, April 6, 2020

A Special Place in my Heart

Down memory lane with my Close to My Heart products!  I pulled out the 'spring' folder and found a lovely paper set, Penelope, a sweet stamp set called Sensational Season, and Flamingo enamel dots. Long retired, I am sure. 
I stamped with Versamark on some bright white water color paper, and used some watercolor pencils for the image, then fussy cut and foam tape popped.  This is my design card for
Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #363. The sketch is up for you to try today, and my card will be on their blog Wednesday. 

Friday, April 3, 2020

You are Loved

Making an effort to turn off news, stop cleaning the house...the stay at home can feel so strange, and it has kept me watching videos and copying. Found it hard until yesterday to get any creativity going. So I played last night with alcohol inks and my new Gilded Alloy on yupo paper. This morning I was inspired by CAS(E) this Sketch #366 to make something new. I used some pink card stock from my stash, some shiny purple paper from Simon Says for the panels. I cut the SSS sentiment die from gold shiny paper.  I used some Seedless Preserves ink for splatter and  Brutus Monroe gilded shimmer spray on the card base.  Alcohol colors used were Cool Peri (the lavender/purple shade), Shell Pink and Pink Sherbet.
Also linking to Time Out Challenges - use a little or a lot of purple.