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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Penned and Painted

Good afternoon!

I am in love with the Stampin' Up!  Penned and Painted stamp set (#141938).   I have been having so much fun making multiple cards using different colored inks, and different components of the set.  Let's take a look.

 Here I have used the same colors of inks, but I also used the outline stamp on the card on the left.  I also used a stencil to lightly stencil in a background.  There is room in the bottom right for a sentiment.  What I also like about this card is you can use it turned in any direction.  It can be used landscape or portrait style, sentiment at the top or bottom.

Now let's look at some cards made with different colored inks.

Again, you can use in either direction.  But look at the detail in those flowers.  

I think this has become my new favorite stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp set at

Thanks for looking. See you again soon.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Butterflies and Spring

Good morning!  It's spring, but not so you would notice.  One day it's cool here, the next day in the 80's.  I think summer is going to be here before we know it.  I'm going to enjoy the cool weather as long as we have it.

For my card today, I wanted to use one of the backgrounds I had made with the Distress Oxide inks (see them here). I also have a butterfly die that I absolutely love.

Here is the card I made.

I apologize for the bad photo.  I can never seem to get the lighting right.    I trimmed the background paper, made with Distress Oxide inks, down. I die cut the butterfly and set aside (I can use this on another project).  I die cut another butterfly out of yellow cardstock to contrast with the background.  I put some black mulberry paper that has metallic flecks in it behind the die cut background.  Then I covered the die cut yellow butterfly in glitter and adhered it to the middle section of the die cut space. The wings curl up, showing the black mulberry paper under them.This went on a brown textured piece of cardstock and was ultimately layered onto a white background card.

Here is a close up of the yellow butterfly showing the glitter.  You can see the color of the background better, too.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Inky hugs,

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Distress Oxide Inks

Good afternoon!  I apologize for not posting sooner, but I've had a lot going on, and sometimes life gets in the way.  But, I'm back!

First things first.  Since I was last here, I have become an independent demonstrator for Stampin' Up. I'm very excited about this, and hope to share some cards with you in the near future.  If you want to take a look at my website, it is  There you can look at my blog or order online.  My Facebook page is Becky's Stampin' Up FacebookPage.  Hope to see you there.

Now, on to other important things.  :-)   After watching Jennifer McGuire's video on using Distress Oxide Inks, I purchased some.  Then I watched her video a couple more times.  Then I decided to play with MY Distress Oxide Inks.  All I can say is WOWZA.  How much fun.

All of the following samples I used Neenah solar white cardstock or Bristol cardstock.

I spent all of Sunday afternoon playing with these inks.  The first example above with the flower, I sponged the Distress Oxide Inks (DOI) onto Neenah solar white cardstock.  Then I took a stencil and a baby wipe and removed some of the ink.  It gave it a very soft  appearance.

On the example with the tee shirt, I again sponged DOI onto solar white cardstock, then I inked up my stamp with water and stamped.  I blotted the wetness with a paper towel, again removing some of the ink.  It also gave it a soft look. 

Because these are a hybrid ink (dye and pigment), they react with water in a beautiful way.  I didn't use my heat tool between adding colors, but I did allow them to dry naturally after each color. Because they were dry, the colors didn't get muddy when you added the next color.  

The bottom right shows a piece of cardstock where I just put some of the DOI onto a piece of acetate, added water, then flicked onto my paper with a paintbrush.  I love how it looks, and think it will be fun to diecut birthday sentiments out of it.

Below are some of the other fun backgrounds I made.

The bottom right used the two colors of brown and some of the cracked pistachio. I think it gave it quite the oxidized look, don't you agree?

The top right background was just sponged inks that I blended without any water.  These inks blend beautifully.

Some of the backgrounds I put the ink onto acrylic blocks, spritzed with water, then smooshed onto the cardstock. As long as you let them dry between colors, you won't ever get a muddy look. Some of these were also just sponged on and blended.

The bottom left was sponged on, then water flicked onto the background.  I love the oxidized look. 

I had so much fun and really look forward to making cards with these beautiful backgrounds and playing some more.

I hope you've enjoyed my post today.

Inky hugs,

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Hug a Heart Card Drive BLOG HOP

Good morning!  I'm so glad you could join us for the Hug A Heart Blog Hop.

We have some very talented designers with us today, and I hope you will be able to visit each and every one.  There will be blog candy involved, so let's get started.

I knew I wanted my cards to be simple, something that a child could enjoy.  No loose glitter, no bulky embellishments, just a colorful card.

I started this project with a piece of 8-1/2 x 11 cardstock that I had swiped different colors of Dylusions acrylic paint on.   I didn't have a heart die, but I found a heart pattern, so I cut out some large hearts.

I did have a small heart punch, so I punched out a lot of those as well, but as you will see below, I also punched some out of the strips of colorful cardstock.

Nothing went to waste.  The small hearts I also used on cards, like the card above and the card below.

I liked the border stamp, and the fact that it could be used with any coordinating color of ink, so I used it quite a bit.

I had a scrap of some gold paper, so I put that behind the punched out hearts in the above card.

Some of the cards I just embellished the white hearts that were on the cardstock behind the punched out colorful paper.

A few different sentiments helped make the cards "friend-ly", without making the cards into Valentines.

A gel pen goes a long way to help embellish the cards, as in the stitching around the heart  on the card below. 

So you see, you don't have to make elaborate cards to join this card drive.  All in all, I am happy with the cards I will be sending Christina.

If you came here from Sue's blog, you should go on to Edwina's blog.  If not, you can start at the beginning of the hop on Christina's blog.

For more information about the Hug A Heart Card Drive, please see my post here.

And remember, there are giveaways.  

  Prize Package #1 (all participants) – everyone who sends cards will receive a freebie of Christina's Heart Panda digi and the pretty Sentiment:

Prize Package #2 (U.S. participants only) – to two random winners, a box of brand new craft goodies, each valued at $25.

Prize Package #3 (International participants only) - to two random winners, a $25 gift certificate to shop at Simon Says Stamp.

Platinum package (U.S. and International): to ONE participant with the MOST donated cards, a $50 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamps.

What's a blog hop without prizes?

Christina has generously offered a $25 gift certificate to shop at Simon Says Stamp to a random blog hop winner.
To be eligible to win, leave a comment on all blogs by Wednesday, February 8 (11:59PM EST). Winner will be announced on Christina's blog on Friday, February 10 (8AM EST).

Inky hugs!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Eagle Watching

Harriet and E9
I have become obsessed with eagle watching.  I saw on the news the video that took the internet by storm of the eagle pair that was hatching 2 eggs in Naples, Florida.  Of course, I had to watch it. Then I went to the site, which has streaming video.  And I was watching when the first little guy (E9) pipped the egg and finally hatched.  And my heart was stolen. Sadly, the 2nd egg didn't hatch, but that doesn't stop the eagle family from sitting on it.  This nest is on private property and the property owner bore the expense of putting up the cameras for our enjoyment and enlightenment.

E9 leaning on the unhatched egg
I have learned a lot about eagles. For instance, did you know Bald Eagles are not buried.  Instead, their bodies are sent to the National Eagle Repository in Colorado. It's purpose is to provide a central location for the receipt, storage, and distribution of bald and golden eagles that are found dead, and their parts. The eagles, and their parts, are shipped to qualified Native Americans for use in religious Native American ceremonies.

E9 gets fed
They are majestic birds, for sure.  And they are great parents.  The eagles on the nest I'm watching are named Harriet and M15 and the baby is E9.  Harriet used to have a mate named Ozzie (the name given to them by the people in the neighborhood when they first appeared. But because they are wild animals and not "pets", when Ozzie passed away it was decided not to give them names.  So M15 is so named because he is a male who appeared at the nest in 2015, and E9 is Eaglet 9 who has hatched.

There is another nest in northeast Florida, which is overseen by the American Eagle Foundation.  The eagle parents there are named Romeo and Juliet, and there is currently a contest to name the 2 babies at that nest.  They are about 10 days older than E9, and there is a huge difference in size and development.
Juliet with the baby eaglets
There are other eagle cams across the United States, and a quick Google search will help you find them. I encourage you to visit today.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Flicking and Flinging Fun

What in the world?

I had so much fun making these cards.  I'm not much of a flower person, and I can't tell a begonia from a petunia (well, maybe I'm not THAT bad), so to be able to add dibs and dabs of color was perfect for me.

Here are a couple of my creations. Sorry they aren't straight, but I wasn't feeling well when I took the pictures.

These cards are very easy to make.  This blog has all the information (including videos) that you need to create your own flower masterpiece.  I did watch the video to see how in the world she got the long stems, and it was well worth the time spent.

This one resembles poppies, I think.  Or a field of some kind of red flowers.   I just started with watercolor paper and watercolored a basic background of blue sky and green grass.  After that was dry, then the fun began.  Now, this is a messy process, so be aware of that before you start.  But anyone who knows me knows that I'm not afraid to get dirty making art. I have a little 3 sided box that I put stuff in that catches overspray, etc., and it was put to use making these cards. 

Once your background is dry, get out several shades of green acrylic paint.  I had 2 shades of green, and made a 3rd shade by adding a little white to the darkest.  Then start flicking the acrylic paint from your paintbrush onto the watercolor paper.  If you use the brush to flick the paint off your finger, you will get the long stems.  That's what I called flinging.  :-)  It doesn't take long for the acrylic paint to dry.

When that was dry I then added my flowers and flicked a little bit of that color onto the bottom part of the card as well.  Looks like a windy day with leaves and petals blowing around.  :-)  

I had so much fun, I made about 6 or 8 of these cards. Of course, every one is different, and every one had different colored or multicolored flowers. And they can be used for a multitude of occasions.

I hope you try this, and I hope you have fun.  I will definitely do this again.  Soon.

Inky hugs,

Monday, January 16, 2017

Hug A Heart Card Drive 2017

Hello, everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
You are cordially invited to participate in the
2017 Hug a Heart Card Drive!

February is American Heart Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about congenital and acquired heart disease. Many patients do not realize they have heart disease, even those who are born with defects called congenital heart disease. The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital cares for many patients with various forms of heart disease. American Heart Month is a great time to raise awareness, to promote healthy habits AND ESPECIALLY, to lift the spirits of these patients who are hospitalized and need major heart surgery or are having a particularly tough time.For information about “Congenital heart disease (CHD) please see Christina's Blog.

We are asking for your help PLEASE.


Christina Hor is offering some wonderful prizes! 

Each card you make will bring heartwarming encouragement to those who are affected by heart disease – 
both patients and families.

What you can do--

Cards you donate will not only brighten a heart patient’s day during 
Heart Month, but will positively impact that child’s life by letting them know that someone cares deeply about what is happening to them.
Card guidelines are listed below.  Thank you so much for your generosity and gift of encouraging and supportive cards!  
WHEN TO SEND IN YOUR CARDS:   This card drive ends on February 14, 2017. Please have your cards to Christina by February 14th.

Prizes are being offered for making the cards! 

To thank you for your participation and generous gift of cards, Christina Hor has several prize packages. To be considered for the prize drawings, please see details below.

       Prize Package #1 (all participants) – everyone who sends cards will receive a freebie of Christina's Heart Panda digi and the pretty Sentiment:

Prize Package #2 (U.S. participants only) – to two random winners, a box of brand new craft goodies, each valued at $25.

Prize Package #3 (International participants only) - to two random winners, a $25 gift certificate to shop at Simon Says Stamp.

Platinum package (U.S. and International): to ONE participant with the MOST donated cards (30+cards), a $50 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamps.


Hug a Heart Card Drive is open to both U.S. and International participants. All age groups are encouraged to make the cards. 
  • Card drive runs from 1/16/17 to 2/14/17.
  • Card Types: handmade cheerful “heart” theme (non-Valentine’s Day) cards such as Thinking of You, Hello, or Just Because cards for children between ages of 1 to 19.  As long there are hearts on the cards, it counts.
  • Greetings (Sentiments) on your card-front is optional.  But if you do include one, here are some suggestions: sending hugs, sending smiles, thinking of you, wishing you a beautiful day, or hello. NO Valentine’s Day greetings please.
  • Inside of cards: Please do not stamp or write inside the card.  Keep it completely blank so hospital staff may write a personal message to each patient.  If using a dark colored card base, please adhere a white or light colored piece of cardstock to the inside of card to make it easier for patients to read the hand-written message.
  • Card size: A2 size card (finished 4.25”x5.5”). 
  • Back of cards: This is completely optional.  You may include a label “handmade by + your name + Hug a Heart Card Drive 2017” to the back of your card. It can be a hand-written, stamped or small computer printout label.
  • Envelopes: Please include an envelope for each card. Do NOT seal envelopes.
  • PLEASE do NOT use loose glitter, as young children will get this in their eyes.
  • Please use embellishments minimally, if at all, and avoid using anything unsafe for very young children.
  • Please package your cards in a box or padded envelope to ensure they arrive undamaged...
  • Mail your box/package to: Christina Hor, P.O. Box 517, Dublin, Ohio 43017
  • To be eligible for the drawings, please include your full name, email address and mailing address in a note with your cardsso that Christina may acknowledge your cards and enter you for the prizes.
  • Optional – if you would like to help spread the words about Hug a Heart card drive, please use hashtag #hugaheartcarddrive when sharing your project on social media. 
  • Questions and more clarification about the card drive?  Please don’t hesitate to contact Christina directly at

Please share the message with others about the Hug A Heart Card Drive, and brighten a heart patient's day this February during Heart Month. Grab the banner from my blog and display it on your own blog 
or share it on social media
Thank you!

On February 1, we will have a reminder blog hop with prizes!

I hope you can join us in this worthy endeavor.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

ATC Challenge for Cardz 4 Galz

Good afternoon, and a Happy New Year 2017!

My friend, Donna, urged me to enter the Cardz 4 Galz ATC challenge.  Since I love to make and give away my ATC's, and I am tired of working on Christmas cards, I decided to make some of those cute little cards.  They are my favorite thing to make, I think.

Here is the fruit of my labors:

You can click on the image for a closer/larger look.  I had some backgrounds that I had made with my gel plate, and they made the perfect backdrop for the cards.  Most of the stamps used were Dyan Reavely stamps.  The flowers were die cut from other backgrounds that I had made, and the butterflies were punched from the waste, so nothing was really wasted.    I used some of the Nuevo Crystal Drops for texture and the flower centers.  

As some of you know, I give these to my favorite waitresses with their tip, and they look forward to receiving them to see what I have come up with.

So, that's my entry for the Cardz 4 Galz ATC challenge.

I'm hoping we get some cooler temps soon.  We had a record 86 degree day on Tuesday. That's just not right for January.  

 Inky hugs!