Feb 21, 2017

Altenew's February Inspiration Challenge

Squeezed a few drops of dye reinkers onto pieces of watercolor paper and then spritzed some water -- more on the paper on the right.  Dabbed a piece of paper towel on the paper on the left. Stamped flowers from Altenew's Adore You, making sure to leave white on the flowers.  Repeated for the leaves.  Love this variation of colors.

Removed the back layer of the watercolor paper so it was nice and thin and trimmed out the flowers and leaves.  Assembled onto a soft gray card that I had speckled with black paint.  Look closely at the top photo and you might see that the card is scored every half inch.

Was inspired by Altenew's current inspiration challenge.

Here's the inspiration photo:

And one more look at my card....  This will be hard to mail so it will be hand delivered to a friend.

MOOD WHEN DONE = Happy.  I have plenty of flowers and leaves for more cards.

Feb 11, 2017

Cards for Non Crafters

Mike likes to look over my shoulder while I'm browsing the internet.  He's spying on me in plain sight!  Every once in awhile I'll point out a card that I love.  First, he only likes bright colors. Second, he pretty much doesn't like anything that looks "too crafty."  So I tried this same experiment with some non crafty friends (an experiment I ran a few years ago).  Same result (except for his obsession with color).  Cards we love may leave non crafters cold.

So I decided to make a few cards that I hope my non crafty friends will love -- literally just paper and ink (my favorite kind to make!). Plus they are so easy to mail.

Used a bunch of inks (cubes make it easy to get different colors).

I used You Are My Fave, a fun set in a great font from a new company, The Stamp Market.  (Can we handle a new company? I guess so!)

MOOD WHEN DONE = Colorful!

Feb 10, 2017

A Cry for Help

Hero Arts Destination Washington DC and Altenew Bold Alphabet Die. 

Not sure what kind of help we need, but we need it!

MOOD WHEN DONE = Worried.  There's a lot I'd like to say, but I can't think of anything to say that would be helpful. So for now, this card.

Feb 6, 2017

Bed of Roses Die, Part 2

Going out on a limb here and assuming you have craft stuff that you haven't used in a while.

See? -- there are still things upon which we can all agree!

In my case, I've had this Essentials by Ellen Bed of Roses die plate since it first came out.  And there it sat, virtually untouched.  Used it last week here and decided that I really love this plate.  

So I made these two cards ...

For the first one, I was inspired by this card by Katherine Shudrova. Katherine is a fantastic stamper and I love everything she makes. 

The sentiment is from an OLD Hero Arts messages set. Hero makes a few of these assorted messages sets every year, and they are well worth the investment.  Used some black gouache paint to add a few speckles on the background.

 I like this red card a lot. The flowers go with the sentiment. However, while I like the look of the second card, something is off.  The circle of roses really doesn't connect with bravery.  On the other hand, the yellow roses are beautiful.

Whatever.  I am sending it to someone who is going through a struggle and that's what really counts.

For this card, I die cut the roses in yellow and then die cut again with a circle die.  Added a sentiment from Concord & 9th's Beautiful Words in Altenew's Sapphire ink.

Hope your week is fantastic. And if it isn't fantastic, be brave! 

MOOD WHEN DONE =  I've got no complaints over here. 

Jan 31, 2017


Here's a quick, fun, card that can be used for Valentine's Day or anytime you want to send a hug.

The background was a snap to make.  Found a small heart in Concord & 9th's Beautiful Words and stamped it around an A2 card.  I'm betting you have a similar heart somewhere in your stash! You can use a circle stencil to help place the hearts.  I used one from Stampin Up.

Colored some pale pink paper with a neon pink Copic marker and die cut Xs and Os 16 times using Altenew's Bold Alphabet Die.  This is a pricey set of dies so it took me a while before I finally decided to purchase.  I plan to use them a lot.  If you don't want to spend that much, using a Silhouette or Cricut would also work. Stacked 4 of each die and adhered in a wonky way.

Now wasn't that easy?

MOOD WHEN DONE = All hugs and kisses here.

Jan 30, 2017

Ellen Hutson January Pin-Sights Challenge

Playing with the January Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge. Here's the beautiful inspiration photo. As you can see, I focused on the top card, second from the left. Love that color combination.

A closeup, where you can see the silver foil hello die under the white.

Watercolored some paper with  tombow markers and die cut with the Essentials by Ellen by Julie Bed of Roses die.  Hand cut with an exacto knife and added the Essentials by Ellen by Julie Brushstroke Hello die.  Because the Bed of Roses die is large enough to cover an entire card, I made two cards with it.

Worried about our country and continuing to struggle just a bit with health issues -- you take meds for one thing and that triggers other things.  I'm fine, though, and appreciate more and more having a hobby that I still enjoy (and good health insurance!).


Jan 26, 2017

Inspired by Aga

Stole this design from Aga, whose work consistently blows me away!  You can find her card here. Isn't it great?

I used the same Altenew Invisible Alpha and changed up the background by using a circle stencil and gold Gouache paint.

This was for my niece's college graduation.  I just don't need many graduation cards, so I love to use alphabet sets for this purpose.