Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Double D Challenge: Focus on the Sentiment

Welcome back for another Double D Challenge, friends.  We're making the sentiment the star of the show this time.  Darlene has prepared the following inspiration board for us:

Your card doesn't have to be black and white, but wouldn't that be easy?  I think it would look pretty great, too.  As it happens, I had the parts already prepared for two of these cards, so I simply put them together.  I used a digital sentiment from the recently out-of-business Sparkle 'n Sprinkle.

Now... there's one thing I have to point out and ask you about:  I added the heart, which I think is a pretty part of the design, but after I saw the photograph I couldn't help but think it looks like a heart with leafy antlers.  Does it look weird to you?  Am I over-thinking this?  I could probably fix it somehow, but I can't decide if it needs to be fixed.

Next photo is the inside of the card with a coordinating digital sentiment.

Be sure and stop over to Double D to see some very nice team samples.  Maybe I'll see you in the gallery.  Hope so!  Have a beautiful day!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Just When You Thought it was Safe to Go Back in the Water

Okay, friends...  when I was over at Frantic Stamper shopping for a mermaid tail a few extra things jumped into my cart.  You see, I was searching for sentiments to go with my mermaid tail when I spotted the sentiment set I used on today's cards -- Shaaaark!  Wait, what?  Well... the set does have one sentiment that says "Have a fin-tastic day", but it also led me to three more die sets that I felt I (ahem) really needed.

First up here is Happy Shark.  I combined it with dies from my stash -- Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers and KaiserCraft Decorative Anchors.  A little designer paper.  I wanted to keep it ultra-CAS just to see if I could.

I don't have anything against sharks, but I'm not a super fan, either.  However, I thought these would make good cards for boys from kidhood to adulthood.  Truthfully, I was having so much fun with this shark I had a hard time putting it away.

The next card incorporates another new die set -- Making Waves.  It's 5 separate dies which can be used in different combinations.  It's my first wave die set and I think this one will cover all needs.  Additionally, from my stash are Cottage Cutz Rope Corners and a party hat which I cut from an embossing folder.  I colored with a red Copic and added silver Stickles glitter.

Lastly, another die set called Tails and Fin, which includes a shark fin and two sizes of whale tails.  Aren't they a necessity in every die collection?  Maybe not, but I've been wanting to do more nautical/beachy/ocean-type cards.  For this one I added a stamped sun, a balloon, and swirly embossing which suggests a windy day.

That's enough shark cards for now, but I'll get back to it.  More of everything coming soon.  Am I having fun yet?  You bet!  Have a happy day!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

On Goldens and Garden

We're traveling through Nevada on Goldens and Garden today.  Hope you can come along.

Thank you!

Thursday, September 12, 2019


Hello there!  I've been crafting my fool head off.  I don't know about you, but when I get on a roll I just have to go with it.  All these new things sitting on my desk are making me want to get a move on.

Today's card was easy because the stamped parts were already colored and die cut.  I used WPlus9 Hello & Thanks and finished off the last of the images I colored while we were camping in July.  I have another card I'll share later, too.  Today it's very clean and simple with just a blush of blue on the card base and the die cut images arranged over that.

The blue ink on the card base is SU's Bashful Blue, applied with one of my Beauty Kate make up blending brushes.  The card base is Neenah 110 lb Classic Crest so it's very sturdy without layering.

Easy stamps to color and a card that went together very quickly.  I think I like that idea!  See you again soon!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Twofer Card Challenge #20: Critters

Welcome to another Twofer Card Challenge!  We're doing Critters this time around and, oh, my goodness, do I ever have a lot of critter stamps.  I hope you have something in your collection of stamps, dies, or stencils so you can play along, too!

I have critter stamps I haven't used yet... so many choices... I decided to use a Laurel Burch Stampendous stamp called Rainbow Safari to make a "hello" card and a birthday card.  I love this stamp so much and I'm hanging my head that I haven't used it till now.  Well, gee, I've recently added more Laurel Burch to my collection so I'd better get busy with the coloring.

I made the birthday card all fanciful and very colorful.  I pulled a shaded Oxide ink background panel from my stash and stenciled some leaves over top of it (Carte Bella Wander & Find).  Added a sentiment from another Laurel Burch set - Fish Wishes - and a die cut leaf.  More stenciling, faintly, on the sentiment panel.

The "hello" card is rather clean and simple.  I cropped the image and changed the layout, or design, by repositioning the image panel and sentiment in relation to each other.  Framed it with an older and probably retired Memory Box Jasmine Frame.  Cut the "hello" with a much newer Die-namics #captions die.

So there you have my Twofers... now let's see yours!  Check out more fun samples on the Twofer Challenge Blog.  Thank you!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

On Goldens and Garden

"Traveling the West, Part One" on Goldens and Garden today.

I'm sharing the first few pics from our August trip.  Hope you can stop by.  Thanks!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Amaryllis and Jasmine

Back in the swing of things...  I realized it was time to get more Christmas cards done so I disciplined myself to settle into it.  I have several not-yet-used Power Poppy Christmas sets from their 2018 release and that's what I'm working with this year.  Today's cards use Amaryllis Bliss and the coordinating die set.  One of the nice things about this set is that it really doesn't have to be just for Christmas.

For the first card I used the amaryllis blooms and greenery.  Colored with Copics and arranged on the designer paper-covered card base.  Additional supplies are listed below each picture.

(Paper:  Fabriano Artistico bright white watercolor, vanilla card base (under designer paper), Webster's Pages Waiting for Santa designer paper  Ink:  Memento London Fog (for image), Memento Bamboo Leaves and Tuxedo Black  Accessories:  Red rhinestones, Scotch brand foam mounting tape  Other dies:  Die-namics Stitched Rectangle Frames, Spellbinders Lacy Pennants)

For the second card I used the greenery and the Jasmine sprigs to make a wreath.  I die cut a ring first and arranged the wreath elements over that.  Added a glittery bow and designer paper from the same pack.

(Supplies as previously specified, plus Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White cardstock and gold glitter cardstock.  Additional dies:  SU Wonderful Wreath Framelits Noel, Poppystamps Lovely Gift Bow)

Total Christmas cards so far this year:  22

Back in March this total might have sounded like good progress, but it's September.  I have quite a few more cards to make, but no worries.  It always gets done.  Have a happy day!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Be a Mermaid

Oh, happy day, after a 3-week abstinence I got to play in my room!  That's a long time to go without getting crafty, don't you think?  This card is a great bundle of little things... the kind of card that grew on it's own and became much more than I'd originally planned.

It started with the sentiment.  It's a digital gift that Donna Ellis shared on her blog here (scroll to the end after you get there).  I've always loved this sentiment, whether it applies to a mermaid or a unicorn.  Would you believe I have neither mermaids nor unicorns in my collection?  Soooo... before our vacation I went on a search and (ahem) ended up with quite a few things in addition to this mermaid tail.  I know that you know how that happens.

The sentiment, the mermaid tail, and the stencil with which I made the water are all new to me.  Everything else is from my stash (clouds, swirls, Nuvo Jewel Drops).  The mermaid tail was inked with Distress Oxides, then smooshed with Versamark and embossed with an iridescent embossing powder.  The panel of stenciled water was cut apart and the darker water in the foreground popped up.  A hint of very light blue Copic (B0000) was added to the clouds and swirls.

Supply list can be found at the end under my signature.

Thank you, Donna, for this beautiful digital sentiment, and thank you all for stopping by today.   I hope to be back soon and, in the meantime, I hope you're enjoying your days in whatever way you choose to spend them.  By the way, I just have to say this:  I cannot believe it's September already!  Happy almost fall!

Stamps:  Digital sentiment from Donna Ellis here  Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White  Ink:  Distress Oxide Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves  Coloring:  Copics  Accessories:  Iridescent embossing powder (old), Nuvo Sea Breeze Jewel Drops, Echo Park Sail Away stencil  Dies:  Frantic Stamper Mermaid Tail and Trio of Swirls, Poppystamps Twirly Clouds

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Wildflower Meadow on Goldens and Garden

A new post on Goldens and Garden today:

Sharing pictures from July before I start on the August pics.  We just returned from a long trip and I have many photos to go through.  I hope to resume normal stamping activity soon, too.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Double D Challenge: Pearls, Gems, or Rhinestones

Welcome to another Double D Challenge!  Have a look at our mood board:

When Darlene said "Pearls, Gems, or Rhinestones" I felt it was a good time to use up something that's been lingering in my stash for a few years.  I'm not a very blingy girl these days, but I still like looking at it.  You can't help but notice the large pearl flourish on my sample card, can you?

This card is a bit much for me, frankly, but it's just right for my friend who's always asking for anniversary cards.  I used the Power Poppy Summer Berries stamp set.  It has a "Happy anniversary" sentiment with it which I used inside, and I figured this sentiment on the front expresses one of those things that makes a marriage work.

The berries are watercolored with a mix of Stampin' Up! and Tombow markers.  The stitched hearts are dies, the smaller hearts are a punch.  I added gloss to all the hearts except the largest one.  Remind me not to fussy cut these berries next time.  Sheesh, my index finger doth protest!

This is one of my pre-made card fronts using OLD Prima Fairy Flora designer paper.  It's a favorite piece in the background, and a least favorite piece for the oval frame.  Love the berries, but I'd like to see them on their own CAS card.  Sigh... it is what it is.

Check out beautiful team samples at Double D and then share yours in the gallery.  Love to see you there!  Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Stella has Something to Say

Hello there!  Just fun stuff today -- two of Bugaboo's Stella digi-stamps which I colored on our camping trip in July.

Remind me never to become as cynical as Stella (and to wear a better bra).  Stella Glue Stick:

Frame it - Stella - If You're Happy:

I'm down to only *four*(!) Bugaboos which have been printed and sitting in the box for several years.  It feels like an accomplishment about to happen!  I wonder how long before I finish up?  So many stamps waiting...  Enjoy your day!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Twofer Card Challenge #19: Nautical

It's Twofer Challenge Time again and we're going NAUTICAL!  That's our prompt this time around -- now through the 24th.  Darnell will explain everything about her ideas for this prompt on the Twofer Blog, and the awesome team samples will give you something to think about, as well.

I went with an iconic image of the ocean shore -- the lighthouse.  My stamp in common is a PSX dated 1999.  Holy cow, 20 years!  I purge my stamp collection regularly, but this one has survived because it's the only lighthouse I have.  I've made a birthday card and a sympathy card.

The birthday card is stamped in Memento London Fog, colored with Copics on Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar white, and designed with Mintay Marina papers.  It has a bright and cheerful look with a few different things going on in the layout.  The sentiments are from a couple of different Power Poppy sets.

The sympathy card is stamped in Ranger Archival (Wendy Vecchi) Shadow Grey ink and watercolored on 140 lb Fabriano Artistico Extra White watercolor paper.  This paper is definitely whiter than most WC papers, but not an extreme white.  Behind it is SU's Whisper White.  The difference between these two whites is negligible enough for it to work without much contrast.  Most importantly is that the Fabriano is excellent quality paper.

For the sympathy card I made a simple design with very soft coloring.  I used Tombow markers which can give me either a very vibrant look or this dilute, faded look.  The image panel is cut with Spellbinders Scored and Pierced Rectangles, and an Amy Design Fishing Net gives texture to the background.

That's it for my Twofer contribution.  Glad I had something I could color for this prompt.  It's an old stamp, but the image is ageless.

Hop over to the Twofer Challenge Blog and see what the team and our Guest Designer, Natalie, are sharing.  Great stuff there!  Read Darnell's explanation of the prompt and the rules, and then see what you can come up with.  We'd love to have you join us in the gallery.  Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Monday, August 5, 2019

A Happy Hello

Before we leave on our next trip I was hoping to make cards with the things I colored on our previous camping trip.  Sounds easy enough, right?  Well, this one required a few extra parts so it took me a while to get around to it, but it's done now... with plenty of cheery yellow and white and a most adorable stamp set which I love all the more because I waited a year(?) to purchase it -- WPlus9 Hello & Thanks.

I colored with Copics on watercolor paper, and when we returned home I cut the images with the companion die set.  Arranged on an Impression Obsession frame and an embossed die cut panel.  I used one of my smallest Beauty Kate make up blending brushes to smudge ink onto each embossed dot.  Added a rhinestone flourish for steam because I might as well use those up and, gosh, what a cute embellishment it made!

There's plenty of texture and dimension, but it's still an easy to mail card.  Sweet!

I'll have more with this set later as I colored enough for two cards plus their insides.  I may not do as much, if any, coloring on our August trip.  I'll take supplies, but we'll be on the move a lot, road tripping and exploring interesting sites along the way.  If you don't hear from me for a while you'll know I'm somewhere awesome.  I do have a few posts scheduled for this month... just so you don't forget me, sniff sniff.

Supply list below my signature.  Have a happy day!

Stamps:  WPlus9 Hello & Thanks (with companion die set)  Paper:  Fabriano Artistico 140 lb extra white watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White, PTI Lemon Tart  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Oxide Scattered Straw  Coloring:  Copics  Accessories:  Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder, rhinestone flourish, dimensional foam dots, Impression Obsession All-In-One Frames-Oval, Taylored Expressions Stitched Rectangle Stacklets

Thursday, July 25, 2019

So Succulent

While we were away camping Marcella at Power Poppy released a new digital download called So Succulent.  I couldn't do anything about it then, but I was eager to color it when we returned home.  So, first chance I got...

I positioned the main image in the upper right corner and one of the singles in the lower left.  There are no sentiments with this set so I scrolled through my Power Poppy digis until I landed on this quote which I've never used before.  It's bold enough for the colored background, and the words are very meaningful.  Folks should think about this when they're younger as it could save a lot of angst.  The sentiment is from Pure Prairie Bouquet digital set.

I'd planned for a white background, but in its usual way, my printer spit all over the sentiment area.  The more ink it uses, the more it spits, tsk tsk.   To minimize the flaws I made another one of those fun backgrounds which I made once before (here).  This time I loosely colored the whole background with a Copic Y32 marker, then dropped Colorless Blender in small amounts at a time onto it.  It makes a very interesting effect.  I do plan to experiment with this more in the future.  ps:  Do the background first with this technique.  I safely added the pointillism after coloring.  It floats and drips away from the image, giving it a sense of magic or fantasy.

I played a lot with my Copics to get colors I was satisfied with.  The bluish-green rosette is a mix of G12, BG11, YG61, and YG63.  Someday I hope to learn more about pencils over Copics.  It could solve a lot of problems!

If you like succulent sets, Power Poppy has quite a few of them.  In addition to the So Succulent digi set you can see a mix of digital and clear succulent sets here.  One of the clear sets even has matching dies.

I'm off to start the rest of my day.  Hoping yours is a beautiful one!

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