Hugs - positive stencil

Hi there! Remember THIS card; well here is the positive use of the die and I really like this card. I used the inks from Altenew (LagoonVolcano Lake and Mountain Mist) to create the ombre effect. I also cut the hugs from white card stock and Tim Holtz Mini Foam (that stuff is seriously sticky!!!); I sponged the bottom of the hugs with the same inks. Once again, some left over flowers and leaf from a previous project and the same subtitle as previous. Check out the previous post for additional details.

Thanks for stopping by; I love when you visit!


Stamps: MFT Essential Sentiments, PTI Floral Sketches
Ink: VersaMark, Altenew: LagoonVolcano Lake and Mountain Mist (not sure on the flowers, they were made MONTHS ago) 
Papers: PTI Hawaiian ShoresNeenah 80 lb. (inside), Neenah 110 lb. (flowers and base card)
AccessoriesPTI's Bold Bolders: Polka Dots cover plate, white embossing powderTim Holtz Mini Foam, washi tape 



Hugs - die as a stencil

I was recently inspired by Taylored Expressions video on Instagram using the negative and positive from a die so I had to try my hand at something similar! The link above is to their IG page; scroll down a ways...it's the 'love' and 'hello' card video. I used PTI's Bold Bolders: Polka Dots cover plate from Neenah 110 lb. card stock. I adhered the panel to a piece of Aqua Mist card stock with removable adhesive and sponged on 3 different colors of ink: Lagoon, Volcano Lake and Mountain Mist. Once I was happy with the sponging, I removed the positive die and set it aside (come back next week to see the card made with the positive die - it's my favorite card of the two. :D)!

I then die cut the word hugs from Hawaiian Shores card stock along with some Tim Holtz Mini Foam (that stuff is seriously sticky!!!) for fun dimension. I embossed a sub-sentiment also on Hawaiian Shores and mounted it altogether. The flowers were left over from a previous project but they were the perfect finishing touch to a pretty straightforward simple card!

Don't forget to stop in next week to see the positive die cut and finished card.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great weekend. And if you're a momma - to the human-kind or furry-kind, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!


Stamps: MFT Essential Sentiments, PTI Floral Sketches
Ink: VersaMark, Altenew: LagoonVolcano Lake and Mountain Mist (not sure on the flowers, they were made MONTHS ago) 
Papers: PTI Hawaiian Shores and Aqua Mist, Neenah 80 lb. (inside), Neenah 110 lb. (flowers)
AccessoriesPTI's Bold Bolders: Polka Dots cover plate, white embossing powder, Tim Holtz Mini Foam, washi tape 



Hey, Gorgeous - Take II

Hi friends! I'm back with another fun Hey, Gorgeous card! This one I'm using for the Mix It Up Challenge (Anything Goes or Mixed Media) for May - YES MAY; how did we get here!! :D

This card is for an older lady who recently had to relocate to an assisted living facility; she is quite spunky and loves red, so my friend wanted to send a card to let her know she was thinking of her. I did some water color ink smooshing (my favorite way to water color - HA); embossed some heart shaped sunglasses (The Ton Sunnies); I wish I would have 'colored' the lenses with a gray, but alas, I did not - but I did add glossy accents, and that looks cool.

I splattered on some black and white paint and once dry began assembly. I die cut the word HEY (The Stamp Market) 3 times and layered together; I added 2 layers of clear wink of stella and then situated the sunglasses within the word adding the white heat embossed hey gorgeous banner to the tail of the Y.

Once I put the card together, I wanted something to tie in the liquid platinum sunglasses, so I coated a piece of white card stock with VersaMark and embossed two coats of the liquid platinum; goodness,  love that color! Hopefully she will get a kick out of the card and it will bring a smile to her face.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you will join us at the Mix It Up Challenge this month; we love seeing your creations!


Stamps: The Ton Sunnies
Ink: VersaMark, SSS Fog (lines in glasses)
Papers: The Stamp Market Color Crush Pattern (side), Neenah 110 lb. white and 80 lb. white
  Mix It Up Challenge


Hey, Gorgeous!

Hi friends - hope you had a great weekend! I have a couple 'new to me' things that I was able to combine and use on this card; The Ton Sunnies, matching die and the mini minc machine; the polka dot background is one of the pieces that came with the machine and I used the black piece of foil that was also included.

I stamped the glasses in red and used a black spica glitter pen to fill in the design - so cute; once dry, I used a clear wink of stella to coat the frames. I added some gray to the lenses and also faintly stamped the lines then coated with clear glossy accents. It needed a bit more punch, so I added some embossed lines using my Scor-Pal and that 1/2 inch spacing was the perfect spot for the embossed sentiment. Quick, cute and fun! 

We're also tossing this in for the Mix It Up Challenge - black, white + one other color!!

Thanks for stopping by; here's hoping you have a GREAT week!


Happy Birthday - lots of dimension

Oh friends...I had so much fun making these cards then a total disaster occurred! :(

It probably took me 2 weeks to make these cards; I have a full-time job and with workouts after work, I have very limited time but goodness, they were lots of fun! I am determined to use up my pattern paper (hoard much - HA), so these was the very last of this particular paper pad used to make 3 cards. The flowers were made MONTHS ago - as in 2018 before my medical condition occurred.

Anywho, I cut the frames and used a stencil on the largest frame to sponge on color, darker in one corner and lighter as I moved to the other corner. The outside frame was mounted with dimensional foam. On the inside piece, I used a stencil and modeling paste; once dry, I also sponged on color and adhered it flat to the card. I die cut the 'birthday' 4 times per card and adhered together; the 'happy' was cut from silver sparkle paper. Pulled out some seam binding I've also had for quite some time and tied it on where the two papers meet. Layered on the flowers, added Nuvo drops, rounded some corners and that's it.

And then it went all wrong...
I brought the cards to work to photograph and give away...put them in my sack, I tend to throw everything that needs to go to work in one bag...including my lunch... Any guesses? Yes, my lunch leaked; one card was 100% damaged, the other two I was able to salvage with minimal damage/discoloration, but goodness, I was kinda heartbroken! So much work! Oh well; at least I was able to save two of them; there's joy in that!

Hope you have a great weekend ahead; thanks for popping in!!


Stamps: PTI Floral Sketches
Ink: Altenew Inks but made so long ago, I don't know *gasp*, sorry!, Abandoned Coral Distress oxide Ink
Papers: SSS Fog, Neenah 110 lb. white, Echo Park DP (had forever), PTI Smokey Shadow, Silver Glitter Foil
Accessories: WPlus9 Happy Birthday Die, Penny Black Antique Frame, Nuvo Crystal Drops, misc. seam binding, SSS Square Dance stencil



Big, HUGE Thanks

Hi there - sometimes you need a random card and you also just want to play with some products; hence this creation!

I started off using some Nuvo Mousse (platinum and pink) and a stencil on SSS fog card stock - I have no idea how to capture the shimmer in a still photo, but if you caught my IG story, then you could see all the shimmer; it's so gorgeous IRL! I used a blending brush (this link is to 5 brushes for $5.99; I don't think you can find a better price!!) to apply the mousse. I stamped the balloons and hippo (from My Favorite Things, Happy Hippos) with SSS fog ink onto Neenah 110 lb. card stock (it was what I had handy); then die cut and colored with Copics. I traced the strings with a silver gel pen and added some shimmer using clear wink of stella with a thin coating of glossy accents. I accented the hippo's eyes with black enamel accents.

Trying to capture the shimmer - it's so pretty IRL!

I stamped the sentiment on black card stock and accidentally used Hero Arts sparkle embossing powder (which doesn't show up too well); I then restamped it and sprinkled on Ranger white embossing powder. I ended up with a bit of a shadow effect, but that's okay! I used the Tim Holtz tiny attacher for a fun little accent.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great week!


Stamps: MFT Happy Hippos
Ink: SSS FogVersamark


Mix It Up - April 2019

Hi friends - hope you'll join this month at the Mix It Up Challenge blog where we are encouraging you to make a black and white card + 1 other color. I really enjoyed this challenge and could probably make cards like this all the time. :D I did make two; I'll have the other one a little later this month!

This one is super simple using paper piecing for the flower and leaves; I cut them out by hand and added a bit of shading with colored pencils. I embossed the sentiment and added lots of Nuvo drops and voila - quick and simple!

Hope you'll play along this month; we love seeing your creations!


Stamps: IO Open Rose, WPlus9 That is All
Ink: Gina K Amalgam Ink, Versamark
Papers: PTI True Black, MFT Black and White Basics, misc. dp
AccessoriesMFT Blueprints, Nuvo drops here and here, Ranger white embossing powder



So. Many. Splatters.

Hi friends - how are you?

Sometimes you just handle things wrong; thankfully, I have the BEST co-workers that overlook my failings (and there are many).

I wanted to make an 'I'm Sorry' card but allow them to reuse the card - you know I love doing that! I included a Starbucks gift card inside with a sentiment that says 'you make me smile' and kept my apology note to a sticky note I placed inside the card.

I have always envied those that watercolor flowers with no harsh lines and I'm determined to get better at water coloring! I colored these flowers and REALLY, really loved them...then I cut them up into a smaller piece - LOL - added some water color lines and then got a bit too carried away with splattering! :(

Actually, what made the difference was the water color paper was wet when I was splattering, therefore, the splatters really spread - but alas, it was fun and I made it work! I'm working really hard to use scrap papers when I can - behind the focal images is some valentine paper, vellum and another random piece that I thought looked nice with the focal image.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a GREAT rest of the week; we have sunshine so that brightens everyone's spirits!


Stamps: SSS Sketched Flowers
Ink: Gina K Amalgam Ink (inside card), VersaMark


Your Were Born. I Like That.

Another image I colored quite some time ago and it finally found its way on to a card! The image was watercolored and I never really liked it all that much...but it's grown on me - that's some really loose watercoloring! :D Does that happen to you too?

I made this for my dearest friend's birthday; I layered it with some fun Valentine paper and then at the last minute, I used PTI's doily to cut a dainty doily from a white/gold paper sack - I just love how it looks peeking out the side of the image.

I used MFTs Blueprints to cut all the layers (except for the bottom floral layer) so they all have the stitched edging.

TFL; hope you have a GREAT week!


Stamps: Wild Rose Studio Bella Elephant with Daisy (I'm not finding the image online - anyone know??), MFT Anything but Basics Birthday
Inks: Gina K Black
PapersPTI Sweet Blush, Misc. DP, Etsy Cherry Sprinkles polka dot paper sackhot press water color paper
AccessoriesMFT Blueprints, Doodlebug enamel sprinkles in silver and pink, PTI Doily

  Flower Challenge #30 - Anything Goes


Umbrella Girl

I colored this image in one of the previous Kathy Racoosin 30-day coloring challenges, but I had never found the perfect time to use it on a card...till now. Our youngest daughter, who is in college, had asked for a card quite some time ago (*gasp*) and I FINALLY found a unique opportunity to surprise her with a special card.

Since the image was already colored (love this set from Colorado Craft Company, and even though it's labeled as a 'sympathy' set; the image works great), I just needed to pull the card together; which happened pretty quickly. I love the added sentiments stickers, I keep these in my stash and typically use when doing a mixed media card. I added a super cute umbrella from PTI and sponged the edges with white - although nearly impossible to see in the photo - LOL!

The bottom third of the card is actually diagonal striped vellum although you can't see the stripes; I tied on some gray seam binding, added the stickers and then finished it off with glossy accents for the rain. Such a fun image!

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a GREAT week ahead.


Stamps: Colorado Craft Company Sympathy, Cover Up: Grid Stamp
Inks: Old Paper Distress Ink, Hero Hues Unicorn
Papers: PTI Sweet Blush, misc. DP, vellum from PTI (no longer available - sorry), SSS Fog