Monday, January 22, 2018

Modern Snow Day!

Hi Blog Friends!

Back at it with a short post, using Poppy Stamps 
Surprise Deer.
Remember, the challenge?
(I believe you still have time to jump in on the challenge..... ;) )

Found here:

This time, I wanted to try something different.

Here is my card:
 I had some pieces cut already from a Studio Katia Die- Stitched Loops that I wanted to use.
I first laid my  Memory Box- Winter Flurry Frame Stencil over each piece & sponged on my Oxide Inks. Making sure to use a different part of the stencil each time.
Then I sprayed the Stitched Circles with my Distress Sprayer for added interest.
These little stitched circles were then popped up on Fun Foam.

I die cut the Poppy Stamps- Surprise Deer & sponged him & his antlers with Distress Ink.

The little cardinals are from I.O.- Birch Trees.
I also scored around the edges of the piece of card stock I  attached all my pieces to,
 before hand of course.

Lastly, I added 28 Lilac Lane Sequins, & Nuvo Jewel Drops  to my card,
 along with dots from my Signo White Pen.

I am also entering this card in
 Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge
found here:

Hope you like my spin on a "Modern" Snow Day!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Put On the Full Armor of God!

Hi Blog Friends!

Today, I have a card I made for our daughter, one of those cards I send to her weekly;
letting her know, she might be away, but NEVER forgotten!
So, this stamp came out awhile back  by ODB,
I picked it up with a coupon sent to me by ODB for my birthday awhile back.
 I showed it to our daughter when she came home on a break.
I KNEW she would LOVE it! 
She is a BIG Lord Of the Rings fan.
She has read all of the books in the series.
Her favorite character is Eowyn.
Remember the scene where Eowyn states, 
"I am no man!"
And she slays the fell beast & the witch king himself?
That is our daughter's favorite scene.
So, I KNEW this stamp set would be a winner with her! LOL
I used SCS Sketch:
I used ODB- Armor of God,  
along with ODB- Christian Faith Paper Collection.

 I stamped the image with SSS- Premium Black Ink on Strathmore Bristol Paper,
 & colored it with Copic Markers.

Here you can see the layering of the shield to bring dimension popped up with
 Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.
I also used ODB's- Armor of God  Full Armor Suit of Arm Dies
  to cut out the main image & the shield. 

I also used just a bit of Wink of Stella on the silver parts of the armor for some shine.

For the inside:
I lined up the parts of ODB's- Full Armor set on the side,
 punched out with SU & a Fiskar's hand held punches for the oval shapes.

The inside sentiment is from:
Impression Obsession-C14695 by Kalani Alred.
I thought this sentiment so fit the Suite of Armor.
"For our struggle is not against flesh & blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the the heavenly places." 
Ephesians 6:12 
I encourage our daughter to be in the Word of God EVERY DAY & to spend time in prayer for this very reason.
Doing these things changes people
for the better!
Making us able to handle whatever comes our way as we go through our day,
& even helping others through their days.

I am entering this in the
30 Day Coloring Challenge
found here:


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Floribunda Ooops!

Hi Blog Friends!

Today, again I am participating in the 30 Day Coloring Challenge!
Found here:
We're on day 6 today. 
I am a few days behind, but that is easily remedied! ;)
Be looking for a few posts in one day. LOL 
But, Kathy also has said to not worry about catching up, but to just
jump in! ;)
If you do jump in, you WILL enjoy yourself!
Kathy also said, you don't need to do a complete card/image, but just a little "you time" to create,
 even if you only color a leaf.....

So, I have been working on the 
A Flower Coloring Book
 by Leila Duly.
You can find it here: 
Just pulling it out & playing whenever I wanted something to do, to be creative. 
I first used Faber Castell Aquarelle Pencils,with a Nuvo Water Brush.
The paper isn't water color paper, so the color doesn't flow as easily, 
but it does work with just a bit of water.
(The paper pages are of good quality.)
I found you can layer the color on slowly.
Then I used my Faber Castell Colored Pencils to get into those "sweet spots,"
 as Kathy calls them to add depth.
I got a little heavy handed on one page with my colored pencils. 
I wanted red roses, but I thought I had gone too far; 
so I remedied it with my Kuretake Water Colors,
& my #2 Silver Black Velvet Water Color Brush & my FC- Click & Go Pot.
The Kuretake Water Colors aren't as sheer as other water colors, they're more opaque,
which is what I needed.
I only needed to add a little white.
Take a look:

In this photo, I started to correct my heavy hand & got the bottom half of the roses done with adding white. 
You can see just how dark I got them on the upper half.
(The flowers are: Laurustinus Viburnum Tinus, & Rose Rosa.)

This is the page I corrected completely. 
Can you tell the difference?
You'll probably be seeing more of the pages from this coloring book in days to come.
I think they would be excellent if you are in need of some artwork for your walls! 
Just mat & frame them nicely & wha-lah!
(The pages are 9 3/4" x 13" & each page has the names of the flowers 
on the lower portion of the page.) 
Join us over on Kathy's Blog, 
The Daily Marker?
(The more you play with color, the more you learn about color!)

Friday, January 19, 2018


Hi Blog Friends!

Back again today with the other card I did for the SCS challenge for this week- TLC673.
I am entering this in the
30 Day Coloring Challenge.

Found here:

For this card, I created the background first, using a Neat & Tangled Stencil- Hexastar Stencil.
I sponged on my Oxide Inks, giving the center a glow of yellow, because that is where my image would go, & spritzed it with my Distress Sprayer.
I thought the starry background looked like flashes from cameras....
 I stamped my image- BLine Designs- LF112F Jolee & then colored her in with a Black Sharpie.
(This technique gives you another way to use your images! ALWAYS a plus for me!) 
Then adding the White Signo Pen. 
(Just a note:
You can see the lines of the stamp through the black marker enough to add the white lines.)
Then, I stamped the sentiment from SSS- Uplifting Thoughts.
(Seriously, this was a last thought for me! LOL I get so caught up in the scene or image. ;))
And lastly adding the Nuvo Jewel & Glitter Drops, along with some 28 Lilac Lane Sequins.
I was very pleased with how this came out.

I like to set my cards on the top of my desk,
 & glance over at them after I've made them from a distance.... 
Looking at them from a distance helps to see if something is missing.
Sure enough, I remembered the image needed to be grounded,
 & so I added small black lines with my Faber Castell- Artist Pitt Pen.
Adding those Jewel & Glitter Drops because they have to sit overnight to dry,
 helps with leaving the card for a bit & just looking at it for awhile. ;)

Hope you like & don't forget to BE AMAZING TODAY! 

***** This card was chosen "Favorites for the week" ending Jan.20,2018 on SCS!*****
*****This card was chosen "CAS Favorites" for the week ending Jan.20,2018 on SCS*****

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Multi-Med. Matte

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Sunset Silhouette

Hi Blog Friends!

Surprise, I'm back again this week!
One of the things I want to do in this new year, is to actively learn techniques.
So, I'm finally getting around to at least starting on it with this post.
Things do come up that might get in the way, but hey family comes first!

So, the technique for this week at SCS is to create a card using a stamp that isn't really a silhouette, but turning it into a silhouette image.
The first thing I think of when wanting to do a silhouette image is a sunset or sunrise.
So, that is where I went, although the stamp is more of a silhouette image. 
Here is what it looks like when stamped....
This stamp set is called Forest Magic.
As you will see, I still needed to fill it in as is the "requirement."
I used Oxide Inks to create the sky. 
I also used a photo our daughter showed me that she took while out jogging one day.
Quite BEAUTIFUL I thought!
I used a Nuvo Aquarelle Water Brush to create the clouds.
I also used Dana Wakley Mixed Media utensils (sorry, can't remember what they're called.)
To create just a touch of the yellow area. I probably should have kept it horizontal, as that one little spot looks odd to me, going vertical.
So, I was happy with how this came out.
I also knew with the challenge, people were adding white pens to their silhouettes..... (requirement?)
It wasn't until I did this photo & was editing it, as to where the white would be on this.
(Right now, EVERYTHING is covered in snow here & that is where my mind was going....
 snow covered.)

So, I added the white Signo Pen...
 What do you think?
I am quite pleased with it!
I think it would look fine with or without the white pen really.

So, later I decided to do another card using the same technique.....
To come in another post!
 See you tomorrow with that post!

Ooops! Forgot to add that I will entering this in
 Kathy Rocoossin's 30 Day Coloring Challenge!
Found here:
 Hope you can jump in & have some fun too!

May all of your sunsets & sunrises be as beautiful!

*****This card was chosen "Favorites for the week" ending Jan.20,2018 on SCS!*****

Additional Supplies not mentioned above:
*Black Sharpie
*SSS-Premium Black Dye Ink
*Bristol Board

Monday, January 15, 2018

Snowy Day!

Hi Blog Friends,
Short & Sweet today----
Back with another card for the Poppy Stamps Challenge:

Found here:

I thought it would be fun to make several different cards with the 
Surprise Deer.
Here is my card for today:
 I used PTI- Brushed Off: Rectangle die to create a mask,
 along with Memory Box's Winter Flurry Frame Stencil, 
& then I sponged on my Oxide Inks.

I then used my Distress Sprayer on the Oxide Inks.

I cut another piece of the PTI- Brushed Off: Rectangle for a frame & attached it with Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.

I die cut the Surprise Deer & sponged him with Distress Ink, along with his antlers.
(I love the option of using the antlers or not!)
 Then I added this sweet little deer to my card with Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.
 I then added the little snowflake- Provo Craft- Snow Flake #2 from Glitter Funky Foam.
Lastly, I added Stickles, & Signo White dots for Snow; & a dot of Nuvo Jewel Drops to the center of the snow flake.
Hope you can find some time to jump in on the challenge!
I believe you have until Jan. 29th, 12 a.m., US EST


*****This card was chosen "CAS Favorites" for the week ending Jan.20,2018 on SCS!*****
P.S. It took everything in me to not add a little red nose, 
since this is a "winter" card & not a Christmas card! LOL ;)

Monday, January 8, 2018

Snow Day Challenge!

Hi Blog Friends!
It's time for those Christmas Thank You cards to go out  here.......
So, I have one for you using a sweet little die that I won from Poppy Stamps!

Right now, Poppy Stamps is having a 
Snow Day Challenge 

So, I thought it was the perfect time to pull out that sweet little die,
Surprise Deer.

 Here is my card for this challenge!
I created a wintery scene, starting with creating a night time winter sky with Oxide Inks!

Snowy hillsides with Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Boarders.

Snowy trees with I.O.- Evergreen Trees & I.O. Birch Trees- for the little cardinals.

Here you can see all of the dimension.

And in the top left hand side corner, a little snow flake die by Provo Craft- Snow Flake #2. 
I used Stickles, a Signo White Pen & MS- Crystal Fine Glitter with Scotch Tacky Glue for the sparkling snow, along with a dot of Nuvo Jewel Drops on the large snow flake center. 
I just LOOOOVE this little Surprise Deer!
Isn't he/she sweet?

I do have more Thank You Cards coming  for you with this little deer.
I like to make cards without any sentiment on the front at times & this is just one of those times.
HOPE you like & get a chance to jump in on the challenge over at Poppy Stamps!