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Monday, January 11, 2016

One More Ombre Card

I couldn't help myself.  I had some Ranger Dylusion Paints on my desk, and they were just screaming to be used. So I did.  I used yellow, orange and red to make the ombre background for the Mod Squad Challenge.

I used a stencil with the black Dylusion Paints for the flowers and leaves, and stamped a Stampin' Up sentiment in orange ink, which I matted on black cardstock.  An easy peasy card that is very striking in real life.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Ombre Technique

Oh, my goodness, it's been awhile since I've posted. It seems like the holidays came very quickly this year, and I just simply ran out of time.  Also, I've been playing in mixed media a bit, and that took away from my cardmaking.  But it's fun.

Anyway, I will try to do a little better in posting.

This week the Mod Squad Challenge was to make an ombre card.  I had bought a Penny Black stamp that I love, and thought this would be the perfect time to use it.

I made the background using 3 shades of blue, then stamped the tree image with Versamark and heat embossed it with detail white embossing powder from Gina K Designs.  I added the sentiment (from the Frames and Flowers 1 kit) and also heat embossed it with white.  I added Diamond stickles (which you can't see in the scan) to give it a twinkling effect.  It's actually matted on white cardstock (which you also can't see in the scan), but in real life it's very pretty.

Since I was making ombre backgrounds, I made another, stamped and embossed some butterflies and the sentiment in white. The sentiment is also from Gina K Designs.  I wasn't happy with the butterflies, so I cut out an overlay from vellum and used white liquid pearls for the bodies.  It also is layered on white cardstock.  The vellum and the scan didn't do the card justice, but in real life it's very nice.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my ombre technique. 

Until next time, do something crafty.

Thursday, October 15, 2015


Fall is one of my favorite times of the year.  The weather starts to get a little cooler, and I don't mind sitting out in the yard. Sometimes in the fall I miss living up north.  The nip in the air. The leaves changing color.

I love sitting out in the yard in the evenings with my 2 chickens. They enjoy getting out of the coop and catching bugs and worms, and eating yummy weeds. This is Pearl and Harriet.

I fell in love with a Hero Arts stamp set.  I fall in love with stamp sets often, but this is fast becoming one of my favorite stamps. The name of the stamp set is Color Layering Fall Leaves, and features a bare tree with branches, 5 sets of leaves, and 3 sayings.  In the card below, I used all 5 sets of leaves.

I stamped everything on watercolor paper, using different fall colors for each set of leaves; browns, red, yellows and oranges, and greens.  When I was done, I used a waterbrush to add little bits of water so the leaves would become fuzzy but not muddy.  I left a little bit of white in the tree just to add interest.  With the color that was left on the brush I added the ground beneath the tree. The Happy Fall is one of the sayings in the set.  I was so happy with the results that I made several more. I layered it on a black circle, then layered the whole thing onto a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 card base that has been embossed with leaves. 

I am envisioning it becoming a spring tree with perhaps some pink or purple flowers, or a summer tree with multiple shades of green.  You don't have to use all 5 sets of leaves, you can add as few or as many as you want.  You could even use the bare branches for a winter tree, with some snow.

I hope you enjoy my tree as much as I do.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

More Things With Wings...

To continue on with the theme from yesterday, I made the following cards using digi images. I don't usually use digital images, I prefer rubber, but these begged to be used with this theme, so I gave it a try.  These were all free digital images, and I'm sorry to say I can't remember where I got them.

I loved this little girl, and I love the background paper.

This bird is not a digital image, it was a clear stamp image (I still prefer rubber), but I liked the way it turned out anyway.  I think I should have used a more colorful background paper.

Of course, we can't forget a mama duck and her baby ducklings. I made the background paper by scoring it in 1/4 inch increments, then running a yellow inkpad over the whole thing. I like the shabby look.

I used chalk for the sky. The blue stuck on some of the glitter on the wings and gave it a cool look.

And last, but not least, I also used chalk on this fairy, and her wings look really fabulous in person.

I hope you have enjoyed my offerings today.  Do something crafty today.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Things With Wings


I love butterflies.  I have lots of butterfly stamps, dies and punches. I just don't use them often enough.  I needed to make a card that contains something with wings, so it was a good excuse to pull out my butterfly stamps.

Here is the card I made:

It's a pretty simple card.  I masked the left side of the card with torn post it notes, then sponged the yellow ink on the right side of the white cardstock.  Then, with the mask still in place, I stamped a music stamp.  I removed the mask and stamped the roses and leaves (Gina K Designs).  It's 2 step stamping, and gives a beautiful look.  I stamped the butterfly in a dark brown ink over orange cardstock and then die cut it out.  Glued it to the card front and flexed the wings (which you can't see in this flat scan).

The card is versatile and can be used for a birthday card, a sympathy card, a get well card or a thinking of you card.  I am posting this card in the Mod Squad Challenge for The Wing's The Thing challenge.

Hope you enjoy!

Father's Day

I apologize for the lateness of this post. I thought I had already posted it, but it is showing up in my draft folder.  So.....this is the card I made for my hubby for Father's Day.

Good morning!  Glad you could join me today. Grab a cup of coffee and I'll share my latest creation with you.

 With Father's Day fast approaching, I thought it would be prudent to get busy and make a card for my hubby. Even though he isn't my father, he gets a card from the cats and chickens.  :-)

I had already made the card during my watercolor experimenting, so I just had to add the sentiment. He likes to fish, so I know he will love the card.  I have a ton of sequins, and I thought the different sizes added a nice touch for the air bubbles. I always stamp bird tracks and paw prints on the inside from our feather and fur kids when they send him a card.   Yes, I know it's corny, but I get cards from them, too.  And it makes me smile.

My friend, Donna Ellis, has made me a beautiful sample card using my Special Place stamp, #275J-10.

Isn't this card gorgeous? She always makes such beautiful cards.  Why don't you go on over to her blog, Creative Smiles, and leave her a little love.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Hello from hot-hot-hot Florida

Hello!  It's been awhile since I posted, but it's been a busy summer. And hot. Extremely hot. The temps have been hovering near the 100 degree mark for a couple of weeks.  It's brutal.  So I made couple of seashore cards to help cool off.

This card was mostly sponged for the sand and the sky. The lighthouse was stamped and cut out and has pop dots to give it dimension.

The adirondack chairs are embossed with white embossing powder. The rest sky, sea and sand are watercolored. The sea gull is stamped with white Brilliance ink. I used a white Pitt's artist pen to make the white caps and the waves breaking on the shore.  The sea oats are stamped with kraft dye ink.

Pretty simple cards.  I hope you enjoy.

These cards were submitted to the Mod Squad Challenge.