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Dogwood Sympathy

>> Saturday, July 21, 2018


I was looking to replenish my stash of sympathy cards and while this card took a bit of trying I love how it all came together!

I started by stamping our Dogwood Branch using black ink on kraft paper.  Instead of doing a "normal" coloring job I used a white gel pen to just add some lines on the larger parts of the stamp and then filled in the smaller pieces.  Using the same gel pen I made dots around each image and when a couple got a little close, I said "what the heck" and filled in the whole bottom with the dots and loved it!  Since the top was looking a little bare I added a dot border.  That's where things got a little tricky, cause while I loved my background the stamp I was trying to use for the greeting was just too big and it covered my background too much.  Once I switched to our smaller Thoughts, Prayers and Love greeting it all pulled together!  The black frame was cut from a die set I bought on Amazon (Whitelotous Lace Rectangle) and I carried on my white dots onto the sentiment layer.  The black stripe in back of the greeting is a black ribbon that I added the white brads to.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Sunshine Palms

>> Friday, July 20, 2018

Happy Friday!
I hope your week has gone well! Staring at these palms w/ the water & sunset all around...sounds like heaven on earth. Add an umbrella drink & I'll be your friend forever! My CAS card started w/ a challenge on Splitcoast last week. I didn't get it finished in time for the challenge so it's making its appearance here. The challenge was called Gel Plate Impressionism. Basically, you put a gel plate into your Misti, ink it up w/ Distress oxide inks, mist w/ alcohol (the rubbing kind, lol), stamp your image on top w/ dye ink, then place your card stock on top of the gel plate. So that's what I did. 
The colors move around & mix a bit & the silhouette isn't quite as sharp as it would be, but the overall look is pretty nice. After it dried, I added the seagulls & a little white highlighting on the palms. 

Here's a look at the inside.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

stamps: DRS Designs -  Palm Tree Line Seaside Dock Sending Sunshine  (inside:Sun Shine On You )
paper: Staples 110# white
ink:  Distress oxide inks  peacock feathers, squeezed lemonade, worn lipstick, cracked pistachio, Memento tuxedo black
accessories:  Misti, Lil' Inker stitched rectangle dies, Gelli plate, white gel pen


Golfer Birthday

>> Thursday, July 19, 2018

Good morning!
Time for some fun, these golfers are all about it
from their clothing to the sentiments!
Your friends will enjoy getting a birthday card like this
and get their laugh for the day!
This first card uses DRS stamps: Golfer Duff 457L, Above Par Birthday 507G and Large Original Plaid 641P.
I stamped duff on white and colored his skin and shirt then stamped him again
on a scrap piece of white and used brown and blue inks to create the plaid, cut out the hat and pants and pieced them onto my main image.
It was very easy to do this way.
The sky and grass are sponge on using Sky Blue Brilliance and
Lime Green Brilliance Ink.
I used a sketch I found at SplitCoastStampers for my layout.

I used some dies from Spellbinders to create this easel pop up card.

See this post for a tutorial on how to make this type of easel card.

Thanks so much for visiting today!!


Albuquerque Memories

>> Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Today I am sharing some fond memories of the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM.  I grew up in Albuquerque and the balloon fiesta was a time full of beautiful and magical skies.  There would be so many balloons in the sky you couldn't take it all in.  Night glows were gorgeous too.  I was lucky enough to be on a chase team in my early 20s and that was one of the most exciting years of my life. 

My card today is a reflection of those days. 

I stamped the Hot Air Balloon to times in light Distress ink and watercolored the balloons multicolors.  I changed up the zigzag in one of them.  The rest of the balloons and the reflection in the water were all watercolored.  I did I add a bit of white acrylic paint on the balloons and the water.  To finish it off, I added the 1 line Small Happy Birthday sentiment with my Misti so I could stamp it several times. 

Hope your week is going well. 




Wedded Bliss

>> Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Hi Everyone,

I've been working on making summer and beach themed cards lately, but with a family wedding coming up at the end of the month, I wanted to see if I could combine those themes into one card.  
While a whimsical wedding card is not appropriate for everyone, the right couple would definitely appreciate it :)

I began with an aqua panel that was vertically the length of a standard A2 card, but an inch smaller  across and embossed it using a bubble folder from Darice.  I added it to a slightly larger piece of black cardstock and attached it to the base.

I stamped and die cut the To Have and To Hold Greeting, attached it using some dimensional tape, and went to work on the images. 

I stamped the Happy Octopus twice on some grey cardstock and fussy cut them out.  I knew I wanted to added some bubbles between them by way of punched hearts, but the animals themselves seemed  plain otherwise, so I had to get creative.  The bowtie was hand cut and added using a gem, and the veil was a scrap of lace, embellished with one fussy cut flower from the Four Flower Background. 

Now that makes them look more like a bride and groom :)

Best "fishes" everyone!


Christmas/Winter in July

>> Monday, July 16, 2018

Well after a beautiful spell of gorgeous weather, it has turned super hot again. So I decided to create a winter/Christmas card to help me think cool thoughts!!

I stamped the adorable cowboy snowman with Memento Black ink onto white CS, colored him with some Copics and die cut using SB oval dies. Isn't he the cutest!?!

The background was created using the paisley die from the SB small die of the month Kit for July. I die cut 6 of them, glued them on, cut off the pieces hanging over the edges of the panel and then used some of those pieces to fill in the places that needed something. Other than all the gluing, this was a pretty quick and easy card to create. 

I will also post this on the Crafting from the Heart blogsite since this week DRS is sponsoring their challenge. It's an anything goes challenge and the prize is a 20% off coupon from DRS Designs. Hope you can join in the fun! We'd love to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by.



Star filled birthday

>> Saturday, July 14, 2018


I recently used our Shooting Star stamp on a patriotic card and since it was just sitting there on my desk waiting to be put away I decided to give it another workout!

This is a pretty easy card for the most part.  I cut a piece of card stock 5" square and stamped our Shooting Star in each corner using black ink.  I stamped our Happy Moments birthday greeting on white and die cut it and a slightly larger yellow circle.  Once they were attached to my card I stamped just the star part of the Shooting Star and colored and fussy cut the start and attached them on top using foam tape to pop them up a bit.

I thought it was pretty amazing how the stars fit so well around the greeting that I looked for another greeting that would work and found that our New Years Circle worked as well, so I did a quicker no color version.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!


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