Sunday, December 29, 2019

Guest Designer on SCS!

Hi Blog Friends!

 I was asked to be a Guest Designer on SCS today, 
for the chosen
 Featured Stamper-
 Susan Roberts.

Here is Susan's Blog:
 (To get a peak at her gallery on SCS, you might want to subscribe!)

Here's how it works: 
 I was asked to "Guest Design," 
meaning I was to go to Susan's Gallery
 & pick something I wanted to "case," or be inspired by & recreate  in my own way,
keeping some of what made Susan's card her's.
I will be the first Guest Designer for this challenge category,
 thanks to Kittie who asked me to Guest Design. ;)<3
 I will be the one who kicks off the challenge with my card & others will follow suite!

So, here is what I chose from Susan's gallery:
I should add, I saw MANY that I would have liked to case! LOL 
I LOVE that Hydrangea image, the blue, the bold black lines- some hand drawn,
 & her designer paper with butterflies!

So, I went to work with a Hydrangea image I have.....
Here's what I came up with:
 I water colored the large hydrangea- The Colorado Craft Company-Get Well Hydrangea- BB242.
This is a HUGE image & I had to stamp it in my Memory Misti, as I used a large piece of Strathmore 140 lb. Water Color Paper- 7 1/2" x 8", & later cut down.
(I lost none of the image for this card! This is the image IN FULL!)
I RARELY make large cards, but the image just lends itself to a large card,
AND I've always been told, doing large pieces of art you can show off your talents better! ;)
AND on top of that, it makes for a card that has a bold statement!

I used Mission Gold Water Colors for my first layer of color, & later went in with
 Zig Clean Color Brushes for deeper more intense colors where needed.
(This image makes shading so easy with the hatching & cross hatching on the image.)
As I water colored--- having taped my paper down with Blue Painters Tape, 
I saw I had splattered the blue paint a bit, a HAPPY ACCIDENT! ;)
So, I  ended up splattering it more with blue & gold-Daniel Smith- Iridescent Gold.

I am totally tickled how the flower came out! 
I was taught to add LOTS OF COLOR! It does lend for a beautiful image that is eye catching!
Which makes me want my eye/ & your eye, to  focus on the gorgeous flower,
 & not get lost on the other things on my card---
The reason I kept my card lighter in color.

Susan did little gold dots on the centers of her flowers, where I only added gold paint.

After Water coloring my image, I went over the black lines of the image to make sure they weren't lost with a Fine Sharpie, & added the inner square black line with a Faber Castell- Pitt Artist Pen- 1,5 size. I hand drew that line like Susan did, using a ruler & pencil. 
 I did make my line a little different from Susan's, 
I did the bottom line 3/4" up from the bottom edge of the water color paper;
 the other lines are 1/2" from the edges. 
The reason I did this?
When you are matting a piece of art which is what these lines remind me of,
the lower portion of the matte is to be deeper, 
to draw your eye into your framed piece of art.
It's a subtle coax/ guide.

I chose to keep the little banner, 
but mine has the little fish tales on the inside of the card, rather than on the outer edge, 
& a rhinestone, rather than a button.
I tend to use embellishments that can go through the mail easily.
(I'm shocked I  didn't use sequins, an all time favorite of mine!)
I also foiled my sentiment rather than stamping, keeping Susan's birthday theme---
SB- Glimmer Kit of the Month-Feb. 2019 for the plate,
 & SB- Glimmer Kit of the Month- Nov. 2019 for the banner die.

For my Designer Paper, I chose to use something more subtle, I thought the scripty lines of font were beautiful with this flower- Recollections Stack- Everyday Moments.

And I couldn't loose those butterflies on Susan's card!
I used I.O.- Butterfly Set- DIE046-A  & die cut little butterflies out of Grafix Parchment Paper- they're layered in two colors- blue for the bottom layer & white for on top.
 I also added some rhinestones for the body of the butterflies & a little bit for the trails..... 
just to get that swirl motion of black crystals on Susan's card.

So, what do you think???
I had so much fun doing this!
THANK YOU KITTIE for asking me! 

*****This card was chosen "BEST OF 2019!" on SCS!*****
****This card was chosen "Favorites for the week ending Jan. 11th, 2020" on SCS!****

HONORED to Guest Design today!

My card turned out quite big!
9 1/4" x 6 1/4"
(PERFECT for a SPECIAL Birthday!)

Supplies not mentioned above:
* Versa Fine Black Ink
*FC- Click-n-Go Pot
*Silver Black Velvet Brushes- #2, #6, & #8
*Card Stock- Paper Studio
*Teflon Bone Folder
*Paper Mate Mech. Pencil
*Glimmer Machine
*Scotch ATG
*Uline Foam Tape
*Elmer's Glue Dots
*Paper Studio-Rhinestones

Monday, December 23, 2019

A Plate of Cookies for Santa, & a Christmas Message!

Hi Blog Friends!

After seeing my friends felt Gingerbread Men Decorations, 
found here:

I decided to get busy & make the ones I had planned to make AGES AGO! LOL

I MAY have to get the dies Kittie recommends on her blog too..... ;)
Kittie's are SO CUTE with all of the little felt pieces to add!

Here's what I made:
I used PTI- Stitched Gingerbread Mister Die. 
Little did I know, I needed the plain Gingerbread Die also, so I had to use the Stitched Gingerbread Die Mister that I had as a pattern for the backing of these little sugared sweeties!

The cheeks, buttons & bow tie are all part of the same die set.
I used craft felt for my gingerbread men.

I tried using "craft" embroidery thread, but I prefer using the good stuff,
 NOT "craft" embroidery thread. 
The stitching is less bulky & fine when you use plain old Embroidery Thread from DMC.
(I'm pleased that once the "sugar" is on, you can't even tell what kind of thread I used.)

The best way to start is to stitch on the embellishments first: cheeks, bow tie & buttons.
I tried to create a star burst on their bow ties to mimic a peppermint candy.
Then, stitch up the gingerbread man starting on one side of his head & working your way around, stopping before you stitch up the top of the head. 
Then stuff him.
 I used a dress makers pencil to push the stuffing down into the felt body.
Then, finish stitching him up.

Next, embroider the white zig-zag on the arms & legs,
and straight stitching on his mouth. & french knots for his eyes.
(These steps can be done with the other embellishments, but I chose to do it this way.)

Because the little gingerbread man is a stitching die &  is done in dark felt,
&  sometimes those little pieces don't fall out of the felt, & it is hard to see just where to stitch.
Which makes me feel they could easily come apart.
Making felt cookies is something I've done before, & I like to add "sugar" or glitter to my "cookies."
Maybe, I over "sugared"?
I DO LOVE the sparkle though!
It helps with the festive feel of these little sugared sweeties!

I used Mod Podge & brush it on lightly & then "sugared" my cookies.
The Mod Podge, I think helps to hold things together. If you're worried about those little holes.... 
or pieces that you think are a little flimsy.
Mod Podge lends for a more sturdy piece in the end.

I think Santa will enjoy these!
Don't argue with me that Santa can't eat felt!
(I've already been argued with about this! LOL)
Santa IS SUPPOSED TO BE "magical" right?
I think he could handle felt cookies!
WHO KNOWS, MAYBE felt to us is cotton candy to him!?!  LOL
(Did you notice? One cookie has already disappeared!  HOPE these last till Christmas Eve!)

*** Just a note: Be sure to come back on the 29th! 
I've been asked to Guest Design..... SO MUCH FUN!*** 

*****My creation was chosen "Favorites for the week ending Dec. 28, 2019!" on SCS!*****

*********************Don't forget what the season is all about!********************
It ISN'T Santa.
Jesus Christ, came into this world as a baby, born of a virgin- A Miraculous Birth!
The purpose God chose to send a Savior this way?
That Christ could identify with our weaknesses &  frailties, 
& be our example on how to over-come the evil one.
  To die for our sins through a horrific death on the cross.
His blood providing the PERFECT sacrifice to atone for our sins, because He was sinless!
And to rise again that we too might have eternal life!
What a BEAUTIFUL GIFT, the Christ Child is!
Christmas is the celebration of the birth of our Savior!
May your Christmas be BLESSED with the knowledge of our Saviors Love for YOU!!!

******************I recently heard this song & it blessed me so!********************
I wanted to share it with you. 
Check here: 

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Glitter- a mix of SU- Dazzling Diamonds & MS- Crystal Fine
*Plate- Walmart
*Milk for Santa Container- Hobby Lobby
*Small Scissors
*Polyester Fill
* An old paint brush- make sure you wash immediately after & well with soap, so you can use it next time.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Non-Traditional & Unique Christmas!

Hi Blog Friends!

I thought I'd try my hand at a "Non-Traditional" & UNIQUE Christmas Card!
For non-traditional, I went with pink. 
I fell in love with Pink Christmas things quite awhile back,
 & enjoy making at least one every Christmas.
Unique, in shape!
I used a Spellbinders- APG Kit of the Month-Nov. 2019- Winter Solstice Snowflake Die.

Take a look:
So easy, I folded the snowflake die in half & popped up the inner snowflake, as a card topper.
It does fit in an A2 Envelope for mailing....
Yes, it's in the mail already! LOL

I filled in the filigree with glue & glitter on the card base & used glitter card stock for the topper.

I also used SB- Layered Poinsettia-S5-055 for my flower,
 & Sizzix Thinlits-661597 for the holly leaves.
I popped the flower up on Uline Foam Tape & added a pearl (Paper Studio) to the center, 
along with Rhinestones (Paper Studio) & called it a day!
Something Non-Traditional & Unique! ;)

Hope you like! 

***This card was chosen "Favorites for the week ending Dec. 21rst, 2019!" on SCS! ***

Yep, still working on Christmas things here!
Are YOU ready?????

My card turned out to be: 4" x 6"

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Card Stock- Paper Studio
*Scotch Tacky Glue
*Golden Matte Med.
*Glitter- MS-Crystal Fine & SU- Dazzling Diamonds
*Ad Tech Adhesive
*Foam Mat
*McGill Stylus

Monday, December 9, 2019

Gift of Love & a few Speedy Tags!

Hi Blog Friends!

I took a "break" last week only from blogging.
I was busy working away to get my Christmas Cards all done,
along with other things to get ready for Christmas.
So many preparations for the special day to remember Christ's Birth!

The card I've done reminds me of Christmas cards of days gone by, but my card isn't vintage at all.
It reminds me of a little church I went to as a child, where my siblings & I were in a little Christmas play with all of the other children in the church... 
I remember the angel costumes especially, all white & sparkling halos made of garland,
 & beautiful wings. It was quite a production! Lots of Christmas Hymns!
 I don't even remember what I was in the play. LOL
But, it was truly a wonderful time as a child & where could those memories be found? 
In a little country church.

*****************I'll be entering my card in the following challenges:******************
Simon Says Stamp
Wednesday Challenge: Traditional Christmas
Found here:

Simon Says Stamp
"It's Christmas Card Day!"
Found here:

Word Art Wednesday #416- #417
Anything Goes
The Scripture for this challenge is:
Found here:

And now my card,
Gift of Love
The little country church & pines are from:
The Greetery-Christmas Eve Stamps & Dies. 
The little church was done from Betsy's memory of her church growing up.
It caught my heart when I first saw it,
 & it's magical when you layer the stamping to get this great image!

The snowy drifts are also from:
The Greetery- Snow Drifts Dies.

For the frosty sky & the envelope I did:
The Greetery- Frosty Flakes Stencil.
I water colored the sky, & for the envelope I used Oxide Inks & sponged them on.
I also used:
The Greetery- Winter Sketches
for the little bit of pine with berries peaking into the scene on the upper left.
This too was water colored.
I think it gives the scene some depth.

I also used another image from Winter Sketches on the inside:
To color this, I used Zig Clean Color Brushes & a Nuvo Aquarelle Brush,
 along with a White Signo Pen for sprinkles of snow.
The sentiment is from SU- Come to Bethlehem.
"Giving thanks for God's Gift of Love and the joy we share through Christ the Lord."

This isn't all of my Christmas Cards, as I couldn't get them all in the photo. LOL
But, you can get a good look here of why I need an "assembly line!"

I used Spellbinders- Cooperplate Merry Christmas- Glimmer Plate & blue foil
 for my front sentiment.

I did all of my cards in an assembly line process:
1.) 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Water Color Paper (Strathmore 140 lb) & stenciled it with WC, & let dry.
2.) Die Cut- Drifting Dies.
3.) Die Cut- WC panel with The Greetery- Nordic Die.
4.) Foil- "Merry Christmas"
5.) Stamp & Die Cut- Church & Trees
6.) Stamp- Winter Sketches on WC paper.
7.)Splatter with Gouache & add snow details on pine.
8.) Make 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card bases
9.) Assemble- Taking my time- doing the front panel first & then attaching it to the card base.
10.) Embellishments- Die Cut Snow Flakes-The Greetery- Frosty Corners Die & Glitter!
11.) Inside: Cut Nordic Die & Stamp inside sentiment & image
12.) Color/WC inside image
13.) Attach to inside of card.

I do love the blues on my cards & the wintery scene.

I also did some Speed Tagging:
The Greetery- Speed Tagging Stamps & Dies.
A green set &
a black set.
(One set for a gift & one set for myself!)

A few more preparations for Christmas this week,
 & maybe some more Speed Tags if I have time.

Soon, it will be time to prepare all the scrumptious foods we'll have for our Christmas Day feast, hang the stockings by the fire.
Are you near ready for Christmas?

***This card was chosen "Favorites for the week ending Dec. 14th, 2019" on SCS!*** 

***My card A GIFT OF LOVE was chosen "BEST OF 2019!" on SCS!***

Anticipating the celebration of the birth of the Savior of the World!
(So grateful to a loving God who saw our need of a Savior,
 & provided for us a Gift of Love- Jesus,
 born as babe into this world, He became one of us. 
His purpose  was to die for us, 
the perfect sacrifice to cover our sins- 
Jesus, our Gift of Love!)

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Card Stock- Paper Studio, Glitter Paper
*Delta- Stencil Magic
*Mission Gold WC
*Silver Black Velvet Brushes- 1/2" Flat, #6, #2
*Inks- SU- Midnight Muse, Going Gray, Old Olive, Bordering Blue, Handsome Hunter, Summer Sun
SSS- Black Premium Dye Ink, Fog
Oxide Inks- Wild Honey
*SB- Glimmer Machine
*M. Graham & Co. Titanium White Gouache
*FC- Click-n-Go Pot
*Scotch Tacky Glue
*Glitter- MS-Crystal Fine & SU-Dazzling Diamonds
*Mono Sand Eraser
*Original Misti
*Misti Corners
*Scotch ATG
*Uline Foam Tape
*Teflon Bone Folder
*WRMK-Envelope Board
*SU- Elastic Cording

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Following Kathy's Advice!

Hi Blog Friends!

Here today for
The 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Found here:

Can you believe it???
Today, is the last day for this round of 
The 30 Day Coloring Challenge!
It has been FUN!!!!
THANK YOU, KATHY!!!!!!!!! ;)

Today, I thought I'd try something Kathy mentioned the other day---
When coloring, use your alcohol markers first for the base layer of color,
 then go in with your pencils.
So, that is what I've done for today---
I made some more Christmas Tags!
(Would you believe I want to make more tags???) LOL

Take a look at the process & difference:
 I colored with Prisma Color Pencils on top of alcohol markers/
  in my case, Spectrum Noir Markers.
 This is just Spectrum Noir Markers--- flesh, red, & a light gray on the white areas.

Next up was a light gray pencil. 
*If you enlarge the photo, 
 you'll see the pencils I used & be able to see the Santa on the left- I used the next gray up on top of the base Spectrum Noir & the lightest gray pencil.
Notice the difference?

*If you enlarge the photo,
 I used the darkest gray on top of the Spectrum Noir, the lightest gray, & the medium gray--
the right Santa.
Notice how the Santa POPS off the page?

I started off with just these two Santa's, but I had to make more! LOL
I also went over all of the black lines to help them stand out also.

Here's the first set of Santa Tags.

Here's my second set of Santa Tags.
Here is the whole set, plus 2 more, just for fun--no coloring on those!
(I had the tag part already done on the extra two, & the silhouette deer just came to me.
  ALL of these tags match some wrapping paper I picked up at the Farm Store.)

Here are some close-ups:


"THANK YOU, KATHY" for a SUPER 30 Day Challenge again!!!!

***My Christmas Tags were chosen "Favorites for the week ending Nov. 30th, 2019" on SCS!*** 
 *****And I am told, my tags were featured on SCS Facebook Page today!!!*****

Supplies not mentioned above: 
* Mini Misti
*SSS- Swell Christmas-SSS101686
*FC-Pencil Sharpener
*Nuvo Sweep Brush
*Zig Millenium- Fine Point Markers
*FC- Pitt Artist Pens
* EK Success- Scissors
*White Signo Pen
*SB- Glimmer Machine
*SB- Glimmer Kit of the Month Nov. 2019 -Shimmering Merry Christmas Sentiments
*Ad Tech Crafters Tape
*Scotch Tacky Glue
*Uline Foam Tape
*PTI- Made with Love Tag Dies
*Poppy Stamps- Surprise Deer
*Paper Studio- MistleToe Lodge Stack

Friday, November 29, 2019

Water Colored Hydrangea!

Hi Blog Friends!

Here today for
The 30 Day Coloring Challenge
Found here:
I can hardly believe, only one more day to this round of 
The 30 Day Coloring Challenge!
But, I have enjoyed this round so much!
I think it was because I had a plan---- My wall art! 
I don't know when the next round will take place, buuut that doesn't mean one can't begin a plan!
Start planning now for next time what you will do! 
If you have a plan, more than likely, you will carry it out, if you are committed to it!
I always feel like I've accomplished something when I make a plan, execute it & finish it!
Finishing is a good thing! 
And finishing well is even better! 
After all the cooking & cleaning up yesterday, I was able to find some time to relax!
Thanks to my SWEET HUBBY 
 who was in the kitchen with me,
 helping me get things put away & cleaned up! 
Here's what I did:
 Back during SSS- Stamptember, I stamped a few images & set them aside for future use.
This is one of them.
Colorado Craft Company- BB242-Get Well Hydrangea.
I stamped it in my Original Misti, with Versa Mark Ink; Embossing it with WOW- Perissa WL16R & heat set it with my Wagner Heat Tool, on Strathmore 140 lb Water Color Paper.

When I sat down to water color yesterday, all I had to do was tape this to my Epicurean Board to keep it from warping & paint away!

Hope you like!

Did you find some time to relax & color yesterday after family & feasting???

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Mission Gold Water Colors
*Silver Black Velvet Brush- #2
*Blue Painters Tape
*FC-Click-N-Go Pot
* Winsor & Newton-Payne's Gray

Thursday, November 28, 2019


Hi Blog Friends!

First of all,
I HOPE you & yours enjoy a nice day with your family,
& enjoy a sumptuous feast together!
 God is SO GOOD!!!!

Today I'm here for
The 30 Day Coloring Challenge
Found here:

Today, I have the FINAL REVEAL of my Wall Art!
Be sure to grab your cup of tea/coffee & sit back & enjoy!
(Just a little break from all the cooking!) ;)

I'll start with my process:
Using my Memory Misti---- I placed my Illustration Board into the corner.
My Illustration Board is cut 12" x 18".
***Illustration Board can be found at your local art store & on-line.
It is thicker than paper & it quite stable. 
You can find Illustration Board that will work nicely with most whatever medium you're using.
"Student" Illustration Board is a nice thickness & is what I used here.

I stamped my image in Versa Fine Ink, then created a mask for it.

After masking, I stamped another image.
 This was the process throughout...

I had a large bouquet!

I extended the stems with a Fine Point Sharpie.

Then, I stamped my final image over the stems, a butterfly.
I thought the butterfly looked like a bow to my bouquet, such "a lovely pose!"

*****(I will list all of the images I've used at the end of my post.)*****

I used Arteza Gouache to water color/paint my wall art.
The gray tints on the background are water colored with
 Winsor & Newton- Payne's Gray & a Prima- Cherish Stencil.

A nice thing about Gouche, is that it is thicker & you can cover up any mistakes or colors that you don't care for.  (I did do that with one of the flowers I painted on this.)

Next up:
Here I added all of the colored pencil work---Something Kathy recommends! ;)
I used Prisma Colored Pencils & brushed away any shavings with my Nuvo Sweep Brush.
I kept my pencils super sharp with a Faber Castell Pencil Sharpener, just like Kathy recommends too! 

This is my wall art with every black line gone over with a Faber Castell- Pitt Artist Pen,
 & with White Signo Pen touches! 
You'll see how it POPS compared to the other photos!
Something else, Kathy recommends! ;)

I thought I'd give you a few close-ups too:
I LOVE the details!

Here is my wall art framed!
Just a light frame for this.
(Had to take the glass out, so there wouldn't be a glare.)
HOPE you enjoyed!
I LOVED doing this! 

Only two more days for this round of 
The 30 Day Coloring Challenge! 
WHAT will I do now??? LOL
Kathy was right,
 it is SO RELAXING to find time to color each day,
AND it improves your coloring skills too! 
Something so little as coloring,
 can make you feel like an "artist" when you have something like this to hang on your wall afterward!

In case you missed it, my wall art is 12" x 18".

See you tomorrow!
P.S. Want to see if you guessed right each day?

Day 1- Colorado Craft Craft Company- Get Well Hydrangea & Waffle Flower-Zinnia
Day 2- Same as Day 1.
Day 3- The Stamp Market- Some Kind of Wonderful & Waffle Flower- Zinnia.
Day 4- Colorado Craft Company- Missing You Peony
Day 5- Colorado Craft Company- Missing You Peony, Get Well Hydrangea, & Sympathy & Friendship Rose.
Day 6- This day we just worked on the greenery.
Day 7- A touch of elegance & a lovely pose. The question was: "What did I do for a touch of elegance?" I used a stencil & water colored the stencil.
Day 8- Adding Colored Pencils & the image was Waffle Flower- Zinnia, & Colorado Craft Company-Rose & Peony.

*****The full list of Supplies:*****
***Dick Blick- Illustration Board- Student grade.
*Images- Colorado Craft Company- Sympathy & Friendship Rose, Missing You Peony, & Get Well Hydrangea.
*Image-The Stamp Market- Some Kind of Wonderful
*Images- Waffle Flower- Zinnia & Bouquet Builder 5.
*Image- Stampendous- Butterfly Trio
*Zig 2 Way Glue
*Sharpie Fine Point
*EK Success Scissors
*Pilot G-2 Mechanical Pencil
*Dugat- #2 & #8 Brushes
*Loew Cornell Brush Tub II
*Delta Stencil Magic
*Faber Castell-Pencil Sharpener
*Signo White Pen 
*Nuvo Sweep Brush
*Winsor & Newton- Payne's Gray WC
*Arteza- Gouache
*Prima- Cherish Stencil
*Faber Castell- Pitt Artist Pens
*Versa Fine Black Ink
*Memory Misti