Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Together We Bloom

Hi Blog Friends!

Here today with a special card for you.
We just celebrated our
Thirty Second Anniversary!
So of course, I made a card for the celebration.
I was so inspired by the 
Smooshing effect on my last post,
 & wanted to try something with my new SB Embossing Folder..... 

So, the Smooshing & supplies are on this post here:
I used some of the extra I had left over from my last card posted!
(The rest of the supplies used for my card today are listed below)

Take a look at what I did,
Together We Bloom
Using a piece from the Smooshing I did last week,
I ran it through my Big Shot with
SB- Baroque Filigree Embossing Folder.
 I had to adjust the sandwich-
Opening my Multi-Purpose Platform all the way open, sandwich 1 clear cutting plate, your embossing folder with card stock, & a Go! plate on top of that.

I then, used Nuvo Embellishment Mousse-Silver with a Nuvo Dual Tipped Blender Brush.
(I could have used my Clarity Brushes, but I wanted to keep those just for color without the shimmer.) I just followed the embossing, swirling my brush around over the embossing.

I put a white piece of card stock behind the front piece & ran my silver mousse over it where the openings are for a light shimmer.
But, I decided to add Glossy Accents to the openings & then I poured MS- Crystal Fine Glitter over top of that for more sparkle.

I stamped the front sentiment in my Misti, using Studio Katia- Together We Bloom; 
Stamping it in Versa Mark & sprinkling SU- Silver Embossing Powder.
I also added Nuvo Crystal drops along some of the embossing.

The inside:
I used a strip from the front I had trimmed off.
The inside sentiment:
Studio Katia- Blooming Bunch & Stampinton- G1071-Petite Greetings,
stamped with Oxide Inks.

Here you can see the shimmer & shine wonderfully!
 It still didn't look finished to me, so I added I.O.- Tiny Flowers- DIE140-D.
Shaping them with a Shaping Mat & McGill Stylus.

I love the free look the Oxide Inks give, 
with the silvery shimmer of the mousse
 & the sparkle of the glitter of course!


Thirty Two Years Happy & still in Love! ;)

*****This card was chosen "Favorites for the week ending Oct. 27, 2018," on SCS!*****

All comments are welcome & appreciated!
(I try to respond in kind)

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Wagner Precision Heat Tool
*SSS- Grid Transparency for the Misti
*Multi-Med. Matte
*EK Success Tweezers
*Faber Castell- Pitt Pens-Brights

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!

***** This card was chosen "Favorites for the week ending Oct. 20th, 2018" over at SCS!*****
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