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Monday, May 23, 2016


Good morning!  I hope you have a fun and/or restful weekend, whichever you prefer. I got a chance to play a little this weekend, and it was fun AND restful, so I'm always happy when that happens.

I have been playing with Dylusions sprays and I love the results. I'm also in love with watercoloring at the moment, so I got to do a little bit of both.  Throw in some curvy dies, and it was heaven.

The first card was made with Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders dies.  I love these dies. I wasn't sure what to do with the card after I mirror cut the borders and inserted the patterned paper.  I was toying around with maybe adding some retro flowers or something like that. While looking through my stamps for stamps that would be compatible, I found the "Let your dreams take flight" stamp from Gina K. Designs,  and using a butterfly punch, I punched the white butterfly out of cardstock, and the patterned butterfly out of a scrap of the patterned paper, and the card was done.  I like that it looks like the butterfly just decided to take off out of the patterned paper.

The underneath panel of reds was one of the Dylusions sprays that I used. I made a bunch of these backgrounds one afternoon sitting outside at the picnic table while my chickens wandered around the yard catching bugs.  I have to supervise them when they are out so that hawks, dogs, or other animals don't get them, and it's the perfect time to play with these sprays.  I splashed some gold ink on the background, but you can't see it in the scan. 

Pearl and Harriet

When I came inside I die cut the white panel and glued it down on the red background.  I tried to mirror image the dies, and I think I did a pretty good job.

This was a water colored background I made, also while supervising the chickens. I'm waiting for them to hop up on the table and "help me out", like they did at Christmas time when I was trying to wrap presents and supervise them.  Might make for some interesting art.  

With this background, I flipped the dies so they are going in opposite directions.

I haven't decided what I'm going to do with these 2 backgrounds yet. Maybe flowers, or maybe something else. My muse it keeping it a secret from me right now.  :-)

I turned one of the cards on the side, and it works that way, too.

Hope you've enjoyed my weekend art.  Have a happy stamping day.

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Stars at Night

Hello everyone.

I remember, as a child, laying outside at night on a blanket, looking up at the night sky and seeing all the stars. Then you grow up and life gets busy and the time slips away.

Recently, my husband and I have been going camping, and I love sitting out at night, sometimes with a campfire, but sometimes without.  Depending on where you are and the amount of light pollution, you can still see the stars.  Sometimes we can see the International Space Station as it goes across the night sky.  Which prompted me to make this card.

Imagine that you are looking up through a forest of trees, looking at all the stars.

I can't wait to go camping again....

See you next time...

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Yupo paper

Good morning.  I hope this finds you well.

I have been dabbling in mixed media, and I have discovered Yupo paper, which is a paper made from plastic and is untearable.  I think it's perfect for alcohol inks.

I am just beginning the journey of discovery, but I wanted to share with you my discoveries so far:

I dropped small drops of alcohol ink onto Yupo paper and let it spread.  Then I spritzed it with alcohol and copic blending fluid.  I love the variations of color.

For this piece, I ran the Yupo paper through the cuttlebug with an embossing folder first, then added drops of alcohol ink.  The channels of the embossed piece helped to spread the ink.  Then, I added inka gold paste to the piece, which gave it a sheen that you can't see in the scan. Then I left it alone for awhile.  Finally I took a fine sharpie marker and outlined the channels and immediately wiped it off, which kind of "antiqued" the piece.  It's very much more subdued than the first piece.

I haven't tried using watercolors on it yet...that will be my next experiment.  I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Washer Necklaces

Good morning!   I've been playing again!

I was inspired by Carolyn Dube to make some washer necklaces.   Here are the results:

I made mine a little differently:  I stamped on mine using archival ink, and I used Ranger Crackle Glaze as a sealant.   You can see the crackling, but I'm thinking of adding some dark brown ink to get into the crevices.  But basically, I made them the same way.

I am now addicted to making these necklaces. I see a trip to the hardware store in my

Hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Thank you...

Good morning!  It's been awhile since I posted, but I've been busy, busy, busy.

I have discovered Mixed Media and have made one journal and am in the process of making another journal.  I have fallen in love with the Dylusions paints, and I have the newest colors on my website at My Paper Moon, under Ranger Products.

Also, I was commissioned to make some thank you note cards, and I finally finished 24 of those and delivered them to the person who ordered them.  They loved them, I'm happy to say.

And now to my latest "Thank You"...a card I made to send to the person who commissioned my work.

I sponged various colors of yellow/orange/brown ink onto white cardstock to make the background, masking off the horizon. The stamps are all from Gina K Designs, and were stamped in a dark brown (almost black) ink to make the silhouettes. I used a golden glitter glue on the water to simulate reflections.  The glitter glue doesn't scan well, but it looks stunning in real life.

I hope you and she like the card.

Happy crafting...

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.