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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Cards for Little Hearts Card Drive


Although I was unable to participate in the Blog Hop due to other obligations, I still want to share information about this wonderful event.

The purpose of Cards for Little Hearts is to collect handmade cards for the Heart Center staff at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to distribute to children with congenital heart disease and to help lift their spirits while they are hospitalized and need major heart surgery or are having a particularly tough time.

The current 2017 card drive runs from July 1st - August 25th with Winter Wishes or Holiday Wishes cards collection.  And there are sponsors and prizes.

You can find all the information you need about the the guidelines and packaging your cards on Christina's blog at http://www.christinahordesigns.com.

You can contact Christina at info@christinahordesigns.com for any questions you may have regarding the card drive.

Here are the cards I made for the drive:

Dearie Dolls digital image

Dearie Dolls digital image

Dearie Dolls digital image

Dearie Dolls digital image

Stamps from Gina K Designs

I used the Stampin' Up owl punch to make these cute penguins.

Sparkle N Sprinkle stamp and die cut trees

Gina K Designs stamps

Some used digital images and some were stamped, but all were handmade with love. I will be mailing these to Christina at   CHRISTINA HOR, P.O. Box 517, Dublin, Ohio 43017  U.S.A.

Won't you make some cards to share?




Thursday, June 29, 2017

Candy from Paris

Good morning!  Hope ya'll are good.  It's hot as blazes here in Florida.  I can't wait for winter! Hahaha.  Jokes on me...winter doesn't get here until probably October, when the weather cools down a tad.  These hot, hot days just drain the energy right out of me.

Recently my niece and her husband went to Paris to visit.  While she was there, she brought me a cute little notebook from the Louvre, and also some chocolate.  Some from Paris and some from Ireland. I hoarded that chocolate and ate it a tiny square at a time.  And honestly, I couldn't tell you which was better.  One was milk chocolate and the other dark chocolate, but both were scrumptious.

The wrapper on the Parisienne chocolate was so pretty that I couldn't bear to throw it away. So I made her a thank you card with it.

My phone didn't do the picture justice. There are little bits of glitter on the wrapper.  Where the "weight" of the chocolate was, I cut a tiny piece of cardstock and stenciled in the year.



You can see the sparkly bits a little better in this photo.  There was a tiny butterfly on the back of the wrapper, so I cut it out and popped it up for added dimension.


Here is a closer picture of the year that I put over the weight area.  For the inside, I used the gold wrapper that the chocolate was actually wrapped in, die cut the "thank you" sentiment several times and glued them together to make it raised.  I forgot to take a picture of the inside of the card before I gave it to her.  Sorry.

She loved the card and will keep it with her other mementos of her trip.




Friday, June 23, 2017

Another colorful card.

Here is another colorful card I made for the Mod Squad Challenge.  I hope you like it.



This card uses Stampin' Up! set Blooms and Wishes (#141784) and multiple colors of  colorful dye inks.  I forgot to write down the colors I used, but any bright, colorful inks would do.  It's so bright and cheerful and it makes me happy.  :-)

Thanks for looking,


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Life Is A Beautiful Thing.

I wanted to make a colorful card so I could join the Mod Squad Challenge this week.  I think I've succeeded, what do you think?

Here is the card I made:



The background paper is some DSP from Stampin' Up, which I colored with Spectrum Noir markers. I added a little glossy accents to the bees wings (he's peeking out from under the butterfly).  I stamped the sentiment, also from Stampin' Up, onto vellum with black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The butterfly is a Cheery Lynn Designs die, which has been cut and then glittered.  A few sequins and I was done. And happy.

Thanks for looking,








Edited:  6/28/17 - I won the Mod Squad Challenge with this card!  So excited!

Free Copy of Rubber Stamp Madness

My favorite stamping magazine is Rubber Stamp Madness.  If you hurry, you can get a free copy of the current issue.  Here's how:

To receive a free copy of RubberStampMadness's Summer issue, send an email to rsm@rsmadness.com and mention this blogsite. The first 100 responders will receive a copy. 



Here's information about the issue: ATCs are the main focus, with six-pages inside, an ATC-filled cover. Down on the Farm stamp art incorporates cows, chickens, barns and over-sized potatoes in pastoral scenes. Judy and Bobby Duke of B & J's Art Stamps share the story of their home-grown business and samples of Judy's fabulous artwork. A how-to feature explains steps for making Simple "Step Cards," perfect for sharing through the mail. Three terrific tags are showcased in The Tag Shoppe. An album of "Not-Feeling-So-Blue" artwork and more are in this issue. 

Be back soon with a card to share.



Thursday, May 25, 2017

Get Well Card Using Transfer Gel

Good afternoon!

We finally got some rain. Yay! We have really needed it, and so I'm happy that it finally rained here.  Now we should have a nice weekend ahead of us.


I wanted to share a card with you today that I made for a friend.  She had surgery, and is on the mend, so I made her this little card to cheer her up.

First I used a Tim Holtz stencil on a piece of 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 white cardstock, and applied green ink. After I removed the stencil, I sponged Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin' Up new In Color color) all over the cardstock.  Then I reapplied the stencil over where I had sponged the original green and applied a thin coat of ThermoWeb Transfer Gel.  I let it almost dry and then sprinkled some Gina K Prismatic glitter over it.  The gel grabs the glitter and keeps it firmly attached to the card.  But it needs a little bit to dry, so I went on to making the flowers.  I think a nice variegated purple would look nice with the green vines.

To start off, I used some Distress Oxide Inks on another sheet of white cardstock in a variety of colors to get a variegated look.  I applied them to an acrylic block, spritzed them with water, and smooched them onto the cardstock.  I let them dry between colors.  When I was happy with the results, I stamped little flowers (Petite Petals Stampin' Up # 133155) and punched them out (Stampin' Up #133322).  I pushed down on the flower centers with my pencil to give them a little texture.  I adhered them to my background panel.  Now they need centers, so I used Nuvo Crystal drops to give them a center, and let dry.  By the way, the Petite Petals and the Punch are both on the retiring list, so if you like them and want them, you need to order by May 31st.  You can order at www.beckypartan.stampinup.net.

I adhered the background panel to a dark green cardstock, stamped "Get Well Soon" on the inside and it's done.

By letting the transfer gel amost dry before applying the glitter, it didn't get overwhelmed by the glitter.  You can see from the picture that it's got some glittery shine, but not a lot.  I could have left the glitter off, and when the transfer gel dried it would have just been shiny, but not glittery.

Anyway, I'm happy with the card, and I'm pretty sure my friend will like it, too.

Inky hugs,





Friday, May 19, 2017

Hero Arts Koi Fish

Good afternoon!  Summertime is already in full swing here in Florida, and it's HOT - HOT - HOT. Just time for a quickie post, so, today I want to share with you the Hero Arts Koi Fish stamp set.

 I started off with a watercolored background.  I ran it through a Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!  Look at the texture in this background.

I stamped the fish from Hero Arts (it's 3 step stamping and very cool) and the lily pads and flowers and cut them out. You can see the variations of inks on the koi below.  Adhered them to the background with a liquid adhesive.


And below is the completed card.  I love the textures and colors.


I loved working with this set from Hero Arts.  I also have their 3-step poppy stamps and love them also.

Hope you have enjoyed.  Have a great weekend.