Tuesday, January 17, 2017

CASology "Cut"

I used a Memory Box stamp for this week's theme at CASology
The scissors were cut using the CTMH Artistry cartridge on my Cricut. Inks used were Ranger Distress Tumbled Glass, Versafine Black, CTMH pigment ink Blush, Smoothie and Crème Brulee. The strings were hand drawn with a journaling pen.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Celebrate Darnell! NBUS#8

Joy of playing with new craft supplies?  Blessing of craft friends around the globe?  The fun of reading Darnell's posts?  Life is too Short to miss these♥

If you aren't familiar with Darnell at http://www.djkardkreations.com/ you are seriously missing out on a lot.  Today she's celebrating 46 years of marriage, 5 year anniversary of her delightful blog, and offering us all the chance to celebrate along with her with a surprise NBUS.  It means 'never before used stuff'....which we all have and want to use.  The fun will last three weeks and have a new theme each week.  Check it out. Play along. And even if you don't make a card, look at all the gorgeous cards there.
NBUS #8 Is to used colored pencils on kraft.

So I used some new watercolor pencils to color a new Lawn Fawn set.  I added tome little hand drawn lines, and white gel pen dots.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Atlantic Hearts #195

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Wonderful new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge today, and all the Design Team cards will be posted there on Wednesday.  My card uses a few of my favorite older Valentine sets.  I haven't purchased many new ones in recent years...I don't send many Valentines.  But I had a lot of fun with this one and pulling together lots of various stash things.
Stamps are all from two CTMH sets: Whooo's Your Valentine? and Mad About You I used them with Pixie ink to create some background panels. I then used a CTMH hearts embossing folder for the center panel. The little squares are from snippets of paper from a Colorbok paper pad bought years ago. I cut some hearts with the Cricut and free cut a little arrow.  The sentiment was heat embossed with Hero Arts white. I dug in the embellishment box and found some crystal hearts, too!



One of my new dies is from Impression Obsession, and I had cased a few cards that had inspired the purchase.  But today going through some paper snippets, I saw some browns and greens and decided to cut them up.  This card is the result. It's very simple, but I really like the way it turned out.  I used some Desert Sand ink to sponge the brown paper, and the Misti to stamp the sentiment, from Close To My Heart: Friend Tree.

So I am linking to CASology this week.


Friday, January 13, 2017

CAS Birthday

Playing with watercolors and my new Papertrey stamps today, and started with CAS(E) this Sketch #204 as inspiration.  Also, this card fits with a few other challenges out there. I'm linking to Dragonfly Journeys #83 "Birthday Bash", CAS on Sunday #99 "Black, White + One,"                 and City Crafter Wk 355 "Blue Monday."

Products Used:
cold Press water color paper
CTMH watercolor set
Papertry ink, Stamping Simply Splits
Versafine Onyx Black ink

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Happy to use a new Holtz embossing folder today, and I had many chuckles perusing funny quotes about coffee on line.  First, I embossed some kraft card stock with a woodgrain folder, and used some ink to distress it lightly.  The center panel was embossed and mounted with thin foam on the kraft.
Two dies used: Stitched Circles (SSS), and Coffee on the Go (Memory Box).  The sentiment was computer generated.

Linking to Fusion (see the sketch and inspiration photo below) and Happy Little Stampers use a die theme.

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Sunny Day Crafting CH#31 is 'Arctic Animals' this week, and I was delighted to be able to pull out my polar bears to color!  While the holiday decorations have been packed away, the craft room still has plenty of wintery goodness around.

Products Used:
Stamps: Polar Bear Holiday (CTMH);  Circle Sayings (SSS); Treat Yourself (Lawn Fawn)
Die: Friendships Are Forever (My Creative Time)
Paper: I Love Winter (Echo Park); Fundamentals (CTMH)
Ink: Outdoor Denim, White Daisy (CTMH); Copic Markers

Monday, January 2, 2017

Atlantic Hearts #193

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Great sketch to begin the New Year!  Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #193.  They are also searching for a few new members of the Design Team.  I have really enjoyed being part of this creative group this past year.   Do you love crafting? Enjoy using sketches as a creative boost? Enjoy the support and friendship of online crafting friends?  All of this!  Go check it out  at Atlantic Hearts.

My card for Sketch #193 uses last January's Stamp of the Month from CTMH, Beloved Bouquet, inked in Thistle, Pear, Pixie. The papers come from the Penelope collection.  I stamped an old favorite sentiment from Papertrey in Eggplant ink. The edging was created with a die from My Favorite Things. Some cheerful spring colors as the PNW enters a week of record cold.