Monday, April 25, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch 157

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #157

I just love the CTMH Charlotte papers, and so here I am again with it paired with a craft store butterfly and  two sets combined for the embossed sentiment. Now that I look at the picture, I am regretting that I forgot to round the corners on the inside cuts....
 Life has been super busy, and I have had to be all about quick and easy cards.  I have two amazing daughters-in-law and they will each get a special card from me. Blessed that they are the moms for those sweet grandchildren!


Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Just Us Girls is in 'trend' week - and the trend is smooshing.  There is a reason this is such a hot trend!  It is easy and creates the most amazing array of backgrounds.  My version today is aiming for I used three dye based inks: Sweet Leaf, Pear and Fern on a piece of acetate.  I had masked off a panel on a Ranger water color panel, brushed it very lightly with water before spritzing the acetate and then 'smooshing' it on the wet paper.  After it was dry I stamped the tree image with Fern ink several times. I did second generation stamping also which didn't show up too well, but does give the faint hint of trees in the distance.   The sentiment was stamped using Cocoa ink. I trimmed the panel a bit before adhering to a Kraft card base.

This is an awesome, fun technique!!  Go check out the variety of beautiful cards made with this at the Just Us Girls blog.


This week at Addicted to Stamps and More the challenge is Clean and Simple. 

Unfortunately, several sympathy cards have been needed lately, and my stash of them is depleted. I have been wanting to use my new stencil from ARTplorations, and hence today's card.  I sponged distress ink (Tumbled Glass) on a panel of white card stock using the stencil, then die cut the panel with the stitched rectangle die from Simon Says. After stamping the sentiment (Sincere Expressions, Close To My Heart), I used a rectangle of foam to mount this on my card base.  The butterfly was punched using a Martha Stewart punch. I used distress inks and Wink of Stella to color it before adhering to the panel. The butterfly has a lovely shimmer that doesn't show in my photo. I added a tiny pearl to finish.


Monday, April 11, 2016

Fun Technique

Please go check out the new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge - #155!

For my birthday a friend gave me a copy of the Spring edition of Card Maker, and on pages 60-62 Sara Nauman described several techniques for creating backgrounds that sounded like fun. In this one you put water based ink on an acrylic block, spritz and then roll a breyer over it and then apply to smooth paper.  I loved how it looked and that was the inspiration for using this week's sketch at AHSC.

Just love the dramatic marble effect!

Products Used
Stamps:  Springtime Wishes and coordinating thin cuts
               Sending Love
Paper:    White Daisy, Lagoon, Sunset
Inks:       Black, Sunset, Versamark
Tools:      CTMH border punch, EK label punch, breyer, small circle punch, embossing powder +
                 heat gun
Embellishment:  Aqua enamel Dots