Monday, June 29, 2020

Cool Birthday AHSC #375

This week's sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge has several layers.  For my design team card I have used papers from my stash, and the Perfect Popsicles stamp and die set from Sunny Studio.
Pink inks are CTMH and oranges are Altenew.  The panel, banner and circle all cut with Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Anniversary AHSC #373

New sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #373
A day late...finished a big scrapbook project for a friend, and just ran out of creative steam. But this morning the cleaned up craft table gave me hope for this sketch. I found it to be a challenging one for some reason. I tend to be literal when following a sketch, and I do not have a large star in my stash and I needed six anniversary cards to get me through to August!  So a variety of products were used creating my card. The butterfly image is from the June Simon Says Stamp kit and I colored it with colored pencils and then covered it with my Wink of Stella pen. I wish the shimmer showed in the photos.  I used a piece of background paper and created the left side by stamping several images from Altenew Garden Silhouette - water spritzed and second generation. Then stamped on top of that with a very light gray ink using a dear favorite CTMH background script stamp. The circle was made using an Altenew background die and the another circle frame die. Lots of sequins scattered around to pick up the butterfly shimmer.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Birthday Joy PP493

Trying to learn water coloring...and it is so not easy for me. I spent an entire evening struggling with this Iris!  Happy I have subscribed to Altenew's Monthly Paint-a-Flower. Today I will practice with the the hydrangea...

This card used purple, the Wonky Rectangle die, and the sentiment is a heat embossed birthday. I'm linking it to The Paper Players Tic Tac Toe challenge.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Origami Hello

  Love to use some of the pretty papers I have from my travel times in Japan.  This card was inspired by the Just Add Ink sketch  #507

The sentiment from Ellen Hutson Modo Succulent set was heat embossed.
There is a shimmer of gold in the orange geometric paper that just won't photograph, but is lovely in real life.  I've left off any other embellishments...nothing looked right, so it stays quite simple. What do you think?


Excited to make a card for my middle son who will be 39 on Saturday.  Wow!  It astonishes me that we have had that many birthday celebrations...His own boys are growing so quickly and it all makes me proud and happy, but I feel a little old!

I used a new to me stencil that came in an order last week: Brutus Monroe Quilt Block. I used Distress Oxide inks: Speckled Egg, Tumbled Glass and Evergreen Bough, and rotated the stencil and inked again. The sentiment was cut from card stock I had inked with the same colors and a piece of vellum. It is a two piece CZ Design die.

Linking to 
My Time to Craft #433, 'Use a Stencil' 
TIME OUT #162,  'Free
Krafty Chicks #509, 'All Occasions'

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.