Sunday, February 7, 2016


Hi Blog Friends!

I planned to get here earlier to show you my third Valentine,
but my computer crashed &
I'm still learning things about my new system....
But, I did want you to see this third Valentine.
I have another Valentine for you today from
Artistic Outpost!
(Of course, it's VINTAGE!) ;)
Artistic Outposts February Challenge:
Show us your AO art!
(No theme-Anything goes using AO stamps)
You can find out more here:
This was the image that made me want to buy the set,
I didn't have a sketch to work with, with this one.
The image is large enough to stand on it's own.
My card came out to be 6 1/2" x 4 1/4".
I colored the image with Prisma Color Markers &
 distressed the paper with Distress Ink- Antique Linen & Tea Dye.
I also used the Spellbinders Die- Majestic Elements,
placing it in my Misti to stamp, for perfect placement!
A little review of the Misti:
NOTICE: The foiled hearts?
I was able to use the Toner Pen successfully here to color in the hearts & then foil them with the Reactive Red Foil & Mini Minc.
( I did this piece before my other Valentines cards so the pen was flowing more freely. I've discovered it is best to leave the pen in a pencil holder, point down.)

I did notice a You Tube Video from CHA,
 on the new things from Heidi Swapp & her Minc Machine.....
Let me just say, I am LOVING the new things she's come out with!
I can't remember where I saw it now, & I've looked for it without results. 
I saw it just before the crash & now can't find it for you, so I am sorry for that. 
I know you would love to see all the new things for the Minc Machine if you haven't already seen them.
There is a paint & a spray & many other goodies!!!!

Anyway, back to my card..... 
I used Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape to raise the image just a little for dimension.
The smaller black frame I used is not a die, but my own self-made frame for the piece.
Not hard to do, just trace around the piece you want to matte.

Here is the inside:
I used one of the sentiments that came with the set, Cutie Pie.
This sentiment, is one piece- as you see it.

So what do you think?
Did I tell you?

I'll also be entering this card in:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog
The challenge this week?
Have a Heart
You can find out more about this challenge here:


Supplies not mentioned above:
SU- Corner Punch
Satin Ribbon
Glue Dots
XOXO- from my craft stash
(Sorry can't remember the company)
Multi-Medium Matte
 Papers- SU, Paper Studio & Reflections.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

For My Sweet Boy!

Hi Blog Friends!
Back again with another Valentines for you, & for the
 Artistic Outpost January Challenge!
You can find all the details here:
As you know from my previous post, I ADORE VINTAGE VALENTINES so,
here we go.....
This is another image from the set,
I used the sketch SC570 from SCS:
Of course, taking some liberties to make it mine.....;)
I used a SU- Scalloped Edge Punch for the scalloped matting,
Everyday Echo Park Designer paper & Prisma Color Markers for coloring.
The little circular words are by Red Lead- Story Stamp Valentines Words.
(I do like to mix my stamps to get what I want! ;) )
I stamped them & then used a Zig Embossing Writer & then 
Stamp-N-Stuff- Red Tinsel Embossing Powder.
The doily die is by ODB-Doily. & look at that SPARKLE!
(Even boy cards need it sometimes, especially on Valentines!!!! ;) )
 I used my Mini Minc & this time I used a Toner Pen for the edge of the designer paper.
Just a little review of the Mini Minc:
(I don't really care for how the ink flows from the pen, or doesn't flow from it, I should say.
 I think they dry out quickly!
I think they should come out with a finer point  for these pens also & try to improve on them for those that don't have a Jet Ink Printer like me. They aren't as easy to work with as you might think. I tried to stamp the little hearts with the Toner pen, but it just seemed to blob--it's sticky,  & I couldn't get a good image of a solid heart. So, I went to the Toner Paper & foiled that & die cut it with a 
SU- Mini Treat Bag (Hearts) Die.  You can't see my boo-boo's for them! ;)
 Don't get me wrong,
I DO LOVE my Mini Minc!!!! ;)  PERFECT for Valentines!!!)
Here is the inside:
Just one of the sentiments from the set, Cutie Pie.
 This sentiment is word by word & can be placed on the Misti & then stamped for perfect placement, which is what I did.
So, what do you think?
Are you ready for Valentines yet?
Still working on it?
HOPE this inspires you &
 HOPE to see you over at Artistic Outpost!
Thankful for my Sweet Boy!
P.S. I have more to show you using the Mini Minc!
Supplies not mentioned above:
Spellbinders-Classic Ovals
Distress Ink- Antique Linen & Tea Dye
Heidi swap- Red Reactive Foil.
SU- Marker
Glue Dots
Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape

Saturday, January 16, 2016


Hi Blog Friends!
I thought I'd pop in here & show you what I've been working on...
I feel a little rusty, since I haven't posted for awhile. LOL
You should know of a challenge over at
Artistic Outpost!
It's their January Challenge:
 Show us your AO Art!
(No theme this month- Anything Goes with AO Stamps!)
You can check here for all the details:
 I LOOOOOVE their Vintage Images....
I ADORE the Valentines images & that would be the set,
Here's one of the cards I've made so far....
I colored her in with Prisma Color Markers.
I traced a tag for my image since I don't have a die this size.

I used the sketch from SCS- SC573


Look at all that SPARKLE!
I used 1/8" double sided tape (Score Tape), found on Amazon & Red Reactive Foil,
with my Mini Minc Machine.
(Santa was good to me this year! ;) )
                                             I used the Minc for the stripes & the hearts.
The hearts were foiled on Toner Paper & then die cut,
 using SU- Mini Treat Bag (hearts).

For the inside:
I used one of the sentiments that comes with the set, Cutie Pie.
I also did a strip of foil inside.

My ribbon is from Ellen Hutson.
Satin Ribbon is always nice for Valentines!

So, what do you think?
I DO ADORE Vintage, & Vintage Valentines
are PROBABLY my MOST FAVORITE of ALL cards to make!
I think it's because it just takes you back to a simpler time.....
(Seriously, we NEED more companies to make more of these classic images!)
I DO HOPE you like & find the time to join us over at Artistic Outpost!

Floating on hearts here!

***UPDATE: This card won the AO January Challenge***
****UPDATE: This card was chosen "Favorites" on SCS for the week ending Jan. 24th****

Supplies not mentioned above:
SU- 1/4" & 1/2" Hand Held Punch
Multi-Medium Matte
Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape
Glue Dots
Tim Holtz Distress Inks- Antique Linen & Tea Dye

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Inspired by Dina- Take 2!

Hi Blog Friends!
I have been busy all week...,
remember I told you last post that I was trying to figure out
WHAT to do for my Christmas Cards this year?????
After last weeks post, I was INSPIRED AGAIN!!!!
THANK YOU to the ladies at SCS! ;)
or just maybe, you'll think I've gone off the deep end here! LOL
I decided to do my Christmas Cards like the one from my last post,
ONLY I did them in different colors!
I mean, how many times have you been in the store
 & seen the many colored ornaments AND trees???????????
So, this week I've been working away to get these done.
& not much in detail has changed,
 so I'll refer you to my last post for specific details here:
(For the details I have changed, I'll make note at the end of this post.)
See if you can spot the changes throughout!
So, here we go......
How about a PINK tree?
How about a SILVER tree????
Of course, we have to have a TRADITIONAL tree.....
Next I thought, how about BRIGHT colored ornaments......
I had to re-make my blue card from last week, just changing up a few things.....
Next, I went for REGAL colored ornaments.....
 I wanted to do METALLIC colors & wasn't sure how it would come out,
but I have to say I am VERY PLEASE with it.
Lastly, I made a card with  PURPLE ornaments!
(Do you know of anyone who LOVES purple?) LOL
Here's the inside:
Each card has a matching/contrasting inside panel & matching ornament & sentiment.
So, what do you think?
I feel like I've been strolling through a Christmas Store! LOL
This was TOTALLY FUN!!!
 Now to write a personal note in each & address & stamp them, & get them in the mail!!!!  
*( ALL comments are VERY MUCH appreciated!)*
Supplies I used to change things up a bit:
* Martha Stewart- glitter
(I found the snowflakes/cards look nicer with a little sparkle!)
*Faber Castell Artist Pen- Silver
(I wanted a little more sparkle in some of the trees & on the ornaments.)
*Distress Marker- White
(I  wanted to add a little wispiness to some of the trees branches)
*Paper- SU, Paper Studio- BE BOLD, be bright, & Paper Reflections.
(I had purchased the Paper Studio Paper Stack awhile back anticipating Christmas Cards,
 LOVE that foil!!!)
*Rhinestones- Paper Studio & Kaiser.
(Some of those ornaments just screamed for a rhinestone! LOL)
*Inside Sentiment- SU Many Merry Messages.
* SU- Stamp-a-ma-jig
*Dick Blick- Masking Film
*Envelopes- WRMK Envelope Board
*Xyron Sticker Machine- used to add the strip of designer paper to the sides of the envelopes to coordinate with my cards.
* Just for reading all this, here's another idea you could use- Use Craft Sequins for tree lights..... ;)
*Multi-Medium Matte
I forgot to use this idea, but ran back to my desk to try it out!
Take a look at this:
;) I am HAPPY!!!!!

Thursday, December 3, 2015


Hi Blog Friends!
Well, do YOU have your Christmas Cards done?
Not me.
I don't know what is wrong with me lately, but I just can't seem to put together what I want.
SOOOO, I saw what Dina was doing on her blog & over at SCS......
Have you seen this?
Check here:
So, I set to work today to try my hand.....
Here's what I came up with:
I wanted to do my card in blues.....sigh!
I used SU- Ornaments Keepsakes Stamps along with the coordinating dies.
 I also used SU- Water Color Crayons.
I used my McGuill Stylus' to create dimension for the balls & even added Dimensional's behind them so they wouldn't flatten in the mail.
I wanted the ornaments to have that glistening sheer look that old vintage ornaments have, so I added some Yasutomo Shimmer Water Colors also, along with a Silver Glitter Pen
& Faber Castells' Pitt Artist Pen 251***.
This is the inside where I used SU- Ornament Keepsakes stamp set,
 & for the sentiment- SU- Bells & Boughs.
For my own little touch, I added snowflakes with
SSS- Falling Snow Stencil & Dick Blick's Modeling Paste.
So, are you smitten with this too?
*********UPDATE: This card was chosen as a FAVORITE for this week over at SCS!*********
This is exactly what I needed Dina!
Supplies not mentioned above:
 DCWV- Primrose Stack
Paper Studio
Strathmore 140 lb. Water Color Paper
Zig Millenium Pen

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Hi Blog Friends!

First of all, let me tell you SSS-Monday Challenge Blog has extended their deadline for the
Thanks/Thanksgiving Challenge.
You can find it here:
I will be entering my card in this challenge.
HOPE to see you there!

Life has taken over here & I have been just enjoying life away from this machine.
Lots going on....  
But, I did  want to pop in here & tell you
We have MUCH to be thankful for here.
Our children home from school, "parents" to 24 pairs of new little feet
(Yes, we lost one pair :(  Will share more on that at a later date),  four sweet fuzzy kitties,
our sweet dog (a stray we took in years back) is home from the vet after being quite ill,
we have each other,
 & a roof over our heads.
I'm sharing a card I made recently for my hubby's birthday.
It reminds me of the first Thanksgiving.
No, no Pilgrims & Indians. LOL
My hubby enjoys the great outdoors & the magnificent animals in it, so this fits him.
(He does have some Indian in his heritage,
so that explains only part of his love & respect
 for the outdoors & the creatures there.)
Take a look:
I used Serendipity's Stamp- Buck for the main image.
You can see, I cut him out & popped him up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.
Here's a closer look. I even popped his tail up! It seemed to fade out without doing so.
For the leaves, I used Memory Box's-Oak Leaf Die on watercolor paper.
I used my McGill Stylus Set to shape them.
Also adding stitch marks around the edges with a Faber-Castell Gold Pitt Artist Pen 250**,
& a dash of Wink of Stella.
The acorns are from SU- Touch of Nature.
The background is done on watercolor paper & freely painted.
The buck, trees & grass in the forefront are done in Dick Blick Colored Pencils.
The frame for my image is done with Impression Obsessions- All-In-One Frames Rectangles 2 Die.
I did the sides & top & bottom in different colors.
I also cut the frame down to fit my image.
Hope you like!
Enjoy your Thanksgiving with full & grateful hearts for the blessings God has given us
individually, as families, & as a Nation.
Do tell, what are you Grateful for?
Supplies not mentioned above:
SU-Watercolor Crayons
Paper-SSS, Paper Studio & Watercolor Paper
Jute Twine
Glue Dots
Multi-Medium Matte
Distress Ink