Thursday, October 18, 2018


Hi Blog Friends!

I'm here today with a simple encouragement card. 
Encouragement cards are  the kind of card I make the most here.
Whether it's for family or friends.
Is it that way with you?

I used the technique,
for this card.
(No spritzing, just smooshing color!) ;)
My inspiration was our daughters new bed cover for grad school that she found on sale. 
Mostly white with water color splashed across it in the same colors below.

I used a full sheet of Strathmore Britsol Smooth Paper to do my Smooshing,
 & cut it down for my card front.
(That way, I'll have extra for more cards later!)
I used Oxide Inks, a PIM- Protect It Craft Mat, & a Distress Sprayer.

The sentiment I used is from SSS-Yes You Can- cz20.
It's one of SSS newer releases.
I wanted it the minute I saw it for the wonderful sentiments of encouragement!
Wouldn't you know, everyone else liked it too, & I had to wait for it to come in again. LOL
I also LOVE how the word Dream is die cut!
Another plus for me, was that the sentiments could be die cut, for beautiful card fronts. 
I added some clear embossing powder on top to make it stand out & popped it up with 
Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.

The inside:
There are actually a few sentiments that could be used with the main sentiment, dream.
I used a strip of the Bristol Smooth on the inside too. 

I also used a flourish from Recollections- Flourishy just under the front sentiment, 
along with some Nuvo Jewel Drops.
 (You have to look close to see them!)
Not much needed to be added to this free & fun colorful card.

Hope you like & are inspired to encourage someone today in their dreams!
All comments are welcome & appreciated!
(I try to respond in kind.) 

Supplies not mentioned above:
* Scor-Buddy
*Teflon Bone Folder
*SSS- Grid Transparency (For the Misti)
*EK Success- Powder Tool
*SSS-Premium Black Dye Ink
*Stampendous- Clear Emb. Powder
*Versa Mark
*Scotch ATG

Friday, October 12, 2018

The Grass Withers.....

Hi Blog Friends!

Today, I have a card for you that I was able to make with things I found in
at Hobby Lobby!
(Well, actually they were right in the main isle, but REDUCED, as if they were being clearanced!)
ALWAYS check the Clearance Isle!
I was able to find other things in the Clearance Isle too, that I'm not ready to show you today---example: $25 item for $6.
I LOOOVE good deals!
Anyway here is what I made!
The Grass Withers:

I started with a piece of card stock cut & scored for my card base--4 1/4" x 5 1/2".
I ran it through my Big Shot with Spellbinders-  Cut & Emboss in One Pass-Baroque  Filigree!
(Which was one of the reduced items I used!)

I found the sandwich for my Big Shot would have to be different---
I used my Multi-Purpose Platform open all the way,
1 clear cutting plate, Embossing Folder with card stock, & a Go! Plate on top! 
(I tried this out when I got home & it was waiting for me to do something with.)
Perfect for a quick card!

I also found Spellbinders- Moon Flower- SDS-098 reduced, on another trip to Hobby Lobby!
The flower is stamped on Bristol Smooth with SSS-Premium Black Dye Ink & water colored with Oxide Inks & a Nuvo Aquarelle Brush.
(This is the first time I've tried water coloring with the Oxide Inks, & I like the outcome!)
I used about 3 different colors of ink on the flower, & 3 different colors on the leaves.
I find when you use 3 different colors you end up with a nicer blend & more depth.
The sentiment, inside & out, is from PTI- Garden of Faith.
Notice my little sprigs of green?
That is to cover a boo-boo! LOL
I forgot about those holes from the embossing folder when I stamped a few sprigs on the front.....
But, it worked out alright in the end. ;)
 I just added some colored card stock to the back of the front panel, some heat embossing on the front sentiment, Nuvo Crystal Drops & 28 Lilac Lane Sequins & I was done!

Don't forget about the Promises of God as you go about your day today!

*****This card was chosen "Favorites for the week ending Oct. 13, 2018" over on SCS*****

All comments are welcome & appreciated!

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Versa Mark
*Stampendous- Clear Emb. Powder
*EK Success- Powder Tool
*Scotch ATG
*Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape
*Multi-Med. Matte
*Marvy Jewel Picker
*ScraPerfect No-Clog Writing Cap
*WRMK Envelope Board
*Paper- Recollections

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Taco's Anyone?

Hi Blog Friends!

I have a fun card for you today!
I usually don't do cutesy-tootsie,
 but I have one I made today, as I was informed that someone close to me likes cutesy-tootsie!
 So, to make that someone happy, I am doing cutsey-tootsie today! ;)
This person also likes Taco's!
So, when I was told I had this FREE little stamp set ready for my taking,
 with an order to Simon Says Stamp, you can be sure I got an order together! LOL
I KNEW this stamp set would come in handy!

So, with this little stamp set, I got an idea on how to make my card totally fun!!!
 I created a pop-up card!

I am entering my card in
Simon Says Stamp World Card Making Day Celebration.
Found here:
I think my card has a flair for World Card Making Day with it having a national flair!

Take a look:
Taco's Anyone?
This is the outside of my card.
No sentiments, just a speckling of dots for a textured look of a Taco Shell-
done with the little dots stamp provided in the
 SSS-Taco Party-SSS101844 Stamp Set.

Notice: The lettuce, cheese & tomatoes sticking out?

I used a protractor to create my circle for the Taco Shell with a Pilot-G-2 07 Mechanical Pencil.
My circle came out to be 4 5/8" & scored at 2 5/16" for my center score.
I only stamped the outer side of my Taco.

Open up my Taco ANNND.....
You have a Fiesta going on! LOL

I did a smaller circle with a SB- Classic Circle Die in brown for the burger.
I stamped it using a sentiment from the same SSS set,
saying "Birthdays are for Taco's!"

I added strips of green paper I crimped with a wavy crimper for the lettuce,
 done in two colors of green, & even a bit of yellow for cheese!

For the tomatoes, I used another stamp set from SSS- Artsy Fruits-SSS101746, 
stamping only one side  & snipping them in half.

Now for that SWEET little cutie  popping up!
He is the main image from the SSS-Taco Party Set.
I colored him with Spectrum Noir, & Copic Markers with a touch of Faber Castell Pencils.
And just a little Nuvo Crystal Drops on his hat & nose.

The front sentiment "Happy Birthday" is by PTI- Cloche' Quarters & Cloche' Spring Fillers.

The little limes & peppers are also from the SSS- Taco Party Set.

And lastly,
 a little Envelope Art to accompany my Taco Card:

HOPE you like,
and are busily making your own card/s today for this event!
See you over at SSS!

All comments are welcome & appreciated! 

***** This card was chosen "Favorites for the week ending Oct. 6th, 2018" over at SCS!*****


Supplies not mentioned above:
*Papers- Recollections, Neenah-Naturals
*Teflon Bone Folder
*EK-Success Scissors
*X-Acto Knife
*Fiskars- Cutting Mat
*Washi Tape
*Scotch ATG
*Scotch Tacky Glue
*Zots Glue Dots
*SU- Inks- Creamy Caramel, Real Red, More Mustard
*SSS- Premium Black Ink
*Uniball Signo Pen

Thursday, September 27, 2018


Hi Blog Friends!

I'm here today with a 
Batman Card for you!
I've noticed MANY LOVE when I do the Batman Cards,
 & I have LOTS of traffic just to see them! ;)

So, I HOPE you like! 
I did a 
"Stage Scene Card" 
for you.

You can check out the book I used found here:
To learn how to do this card, plus a load of other pop-up cards!
(Quite unique & fun!)

I will be entering my card in the
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog.
The challenge:
Anything Goes
Found here: 

Now, for
This is the front, very basic & simple.
Made with a large Metalic Sticker.
I used Stampington's- AB Seas Alphabet Stamps &
 SU- Calendar Alphabet & Numbers Stamps
 to stamp my sentiment, with Versa Mark &  
Stampendous- Sunny Yellow Pastel Embossing Powder.
I also sponged on some Oxide Ink in Mustard Seed for a glow.

For the front of this card, I added another card base to enclose the inside-
so, my card cames out larger than an A6 card,
which is what the book referred to above says this card would be---
The final card size is:
5 3/4" x 6 1/4".

Now take a look at the inside of my card:

This is the scene I created.
I used Bristol Smooth Paper for the sky, inking it up with 
Oxide Inks- Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans & Black Soot,  spritzing,
 & adding Gansai Tambi Starry Colors for stars.
Also masking off the light ray for the Bat signal & adding a sticker to it, & masking for the moon.
The buildings are by Sizzix- 661810 by Tim Holtz.

The Happy Birthday Sentiment is by PTI- Penned Elegance,
 & the same embossing powder as the front, & a touch of Oxide Ink. 

All Batman stickers are by Sandy Lion- DC Comics Craft Stickers.

Here you can see some of the dimension of my card. 
The sky/Bristol Paper is connected to a base card, & around that is another card base, to hide the tabs that are glued to the first card base on the sides.
This card came out to be a very heavy card with all those layers!
If I had to mail it, it would probably be extra postage.

I discovered the powdery marks on the black... is it the Embossing Buddy? or the Oxide Inks?

So, to fix this since it wasn't wiping off,  I added some alcohol marker...
It looks a bit streaky in the photo, but not in real life.
(Make sure you keep your fingers clean when using Oxide Inks!) LOL
 LOVE the dimension on this card!

I think the birthday boy will be pleased this year,
especially when it is accompanied with CAKE!

HOPE you like & check out the book I showed you if you like Pop-Up cards!

****This card was chosen "Favorites for the week ending Sept. 29, 2018 over at SCS!!!****

All comments are welcome & appreciated!

Supplies not mentioned above:
* Fiskars Cutting Mat
*X-Acto Knife
*Tonic Guillotine
*Score Buddy & MS- Score Board
*Post-It Note Tape
*SU- 1 3/8" Circle Punch
*Silver Black Velvet Brush
*Distress Sprayer
*Scotch Tacky Glue-quick drying adhesive a must!
*ScraPerfect- No-Clog Writing Cap
*Paper- Paper Studio, Neenah, Recollections
*Scotch ATG
*Zig Embossing Pens

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Thinking of You!

Hi Blog Friends!

Today, I am here for 
Poppy Stamps Challenge:
 Found here:
I'm not quite ready for the fall season just yet & thought a nice summer scene was called for.
A time of sitting in a Poppy Stamps- Old Porch Chair,
I used Distress Oxide Ink on the chair to give it some depth.
I also used Memory Box-Taylor Party Dress for the vase--cutting off the top some & flipping it upside down to make my vase, & stamping PTI- Mini Booms on it in Oxide Inks. 
Spritzing it with water gave a washed out look, but it also gave an aged look.
I curled the vase for shape & set it aside.
(It reminds me of an old vase my mother had.)

I used I.O.- Leaves & Stems, Tiny Flowers, & Leaf Cluster for the bouquet, & I.O.-Cats.

For the background, I used a Recollections-Stencil & Clarity Brushes, along with SU-Ink.
The flooring is made with PTI- In The Shadows Stamp & SU-Ink.
And the sentiment is by PTI- Ways to Say:Thinking of You.

Here is a close up for you!

HOPE you like!

I enjoyed making this card, as it gives a summer feel & a feeling of days gone by....
sitting on the porch in an old chair sipping iced tea & just listening to the bees buzz by.
Off to do that just now! ;)

Your comments are welcome & appreciated!
Supplies not mentioned above:
*Multi-Med. Matte
*Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape
*Markers- SU & Distress
*McGuill- Stylus'
*Molding Mat 
*White Marker
*Paper- SU

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Choose to.....

Hi Blog Friends!

I'm here with a card I made for our daughter, who is off to Graduate School.
Such a big change, a new school, new surroundings & new people!
Change is never easy for any of us!

I'm entering this card in
 SSS- Wednesday Challenge- "Stamp It On."
Found here:

And also
SSS- Monday Challenge- "Stamp It On.
 Found here:

Both are for
SSS- Stamptember!

So, as when our daughter was an undergraduate, 
I will be sending her cards of encouragement!
I decided to get messy today & just play to get the background I needed for my card.
I finally pulled out my Gel Press I got awhile back.
(My homemade one molded. It wasn't supposed to do that! ACK!)

So, here is my card, 
Choose To....
(Sorry about the glare!)
Working on a craft mat to protect my surface,
I used Faber Castell- Mixed Media Stencils- 102 Collection, along with some FC- Texture Cards to create my own patterns in the acrylic paints.

 I used my Misti for perfect placement, & stamped with SSS- Black Premium Ink my sentiment, which is also by SSS-Uplifting Sentiments;

& that sweet little image of the little girl is by Dina Kowal, you can find her over at I.O.- E13539.

Just a simple card really.

For the inside, I used some Paper Studio- Washi Tape at the bottom,
 & a SSS-T-Ruler & Pencil-Pilot G-20 Mechanical Pencil.
I went over my pencil markings with a Faber Castell- Brush Pitt Artist Pen.
(Yep, I need to work on my writing, huh?) 

I also made a matching envelope with my WRMK- Envelope Board.
Can you see the Dew Drops on my card? (3)
By Honey Bee- Dew Drops- Water Lily, as a final touch.

HOPE you like & remember to to 
Trust in God, whatever it is that you might be going through.

All comments are welcome & appreciated!

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Scotch ATG
*Silhouette- Pick-Me-Up
*Multi-Med. Matte
*Plastic Eraser
*Envelope Mate

Thursday, August 30, 2018

He Cares For You!

Hi Blog Friends!

I'm here today for
Found here:
You can enter your creations here:

TOMORROW, is the last day to enter in this contest!

Admittedly, this card has very little coloring on it, 
BUT the little bit I did color makes a HUGE difference! 
Let me show you what I've made!
(Lots of pictures today! )

 I used Becca Feeken's- Grand Cabinet 3D Vignette.
I got this after waiting for it to come in, since everyone else is loving them too! ;)
I was SO HAPPY when it came in, & have been saving it for some special occasions that are coming up, but I HAD TO pull it out & play with it! ;)

I die cut 5 white pieces (for the tunnel), & one solid piece (for the back),
 along with two side pieces,
and a center piece that came from the center of one of the white pieces- in Bristol Smooth,
 creating the tunnel.

That center piece is the piece I stamped on,
using PTI- Corner Adorner-July.
The stamp is a lacy corner- stamped in two opposing corners.
I'm not sure if you can see it or not, as I stamped off first for a light stamping on the final piece.

 Then, I stamped a floral image using PTI- Orchid Expressions.

I made sure all the ink was dry & gave it a good powdering with my Embossing Buddy.

I then placed this piece in my Misti & laid out my sentiment--PTI- Garden of Faith,
stamping it with Versa Mark & sprinkling it with Wow Perissa WL16R Embossing Powder.

Here is where this sentiment/verse comes from in the PTI- Garden of Faith:

Matthew 6:28-30
"And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today & tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! "

 Once I had this piece done, I laid it in the center of the filigree piece to center it,
 on top of the back piece & attached it.

Next, I formed my tunnel card.
It was easy & fun to create!

Next, came embellishing my tunnel card!
Embellishing is ALWAYS FUN!
And this is where I did my coloring.

 I used I.O.- Leafy Branch Die to create the vines going up the side & peaking out inside the tunnel.
I ran my ink pad over them for a truer green to what I'd stamped the Orchids.
I used SU inks.

I also used I.O.- Tiny Flowers Die.
I used a Q-Tip to add color to the center of these little flowers dipping it in my ink pad;
I used a molding mat & a McGill Stylus to form them.
After gluing them onto the card using Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, I used
Faber Castell- Pitt Artist Pens- Lilac 239** & Ice Blue 148** to just touch the centers of these tiny flowers, giving them rich depth.

*****P.S. I also wanted to let you know that I give
Faber Castell a 5 Star Rating
 on helping me get my Pitt Artist Pens in cases!
 (As I mentioned in an earlier post,
the pens sold in the cases are only available in Germany,
 so you won't be able to find all of the sets on Amazon or elsewhere,
unless you go through Faber Castell themselves.)
I don't do Facebook to give them my rating on their page,
 so I wanted  to do it here;
 & let you  know I found Faber Castell friendly,
 & so helpful, & quick to get my order to me, & a delight to work with.
If you're looking for Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens, or other Faber Castell Products,
 be sure to check out their website! *****

 Here you can see the dimension/ layers of this card.

I also attached a satin ribbon with a Glue Dot & placed a 1/4" hole punch on the back where the glue dot was exposed, so as not to stick to anything when the card was closed.
(I could have woven the ribbon in, but chose not to.)

Here the card is shown folded flat, even with all of these tiny flowers & vines!

And here it folds the other way!

Just a touch of coloring today, but WHAT A DIFFERENCE!

What do you think?
Have you gotten any of Becca's GORGEOUS 3-D Vignette Dies????
Be sure, you will be seeing more!

This card will go to a dear friend who I think will benefit from seeing this reminder of God's promises to His children---
Yes, that God cares for us, more than the lilies of the field!
No matter our worries, our struggles, He is with us providing what we need.
What  beautiful words, lovely words, a reminder of His loving care!
Lord, help us to learn we can trust you in all circumstances?

Hope you like & leave  a comment about your thoughts on my card!
Your kind words are always welcome & appreciated!

Hope your day is FILLED with CONFIDENCE that God can be trusted!!

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Spellbinders- Tool-n-One
*Paper- SU & Recollections
*1/8" Score Tape
*Teflon Bone Folder
*EK Success- Tweezers
*Scotch ATG