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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Hello Sunshine!

Iron off embossing technique on this card, using a stencil as a background.  I love this little stencil that came with a Studio Calico monthly card kit.  Initially I masked off the middle portion of the card to be white with just a sentiment showing.  Went through the watercolor process using Tim Holtz distress inks in Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick.

Even though I taped my stencil down (it's not a full sized stencil) it tended to slip a bit as I applied the  Versamark.  The abstract look didn't bother me and I liked the color combination but, it needed something else.  Still maintaining the single layer card idea, I decided on an inlayed die look from Lawn Fawn, "Spring Showers."

I liked it!  So here's a little Sunshine!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Online Card Class Fun!

Class is in session!  Check it here:  Clean and Simple 3.  Lots of fun, inspiring techniques you may or may not be familiar with.  Even the more familiar ones I forget to use in my card making.  Either way they are Clean and Simple!

Sharing several here which are just a sampling of the fun things we are making in class.

This is my Viva La France one.  Just looking at it, I get excited...13 more sleeps.  So without further adieu.

Don't you just love her little pup?  And, his beret!!  Julie Ebersole taught this card in her ever endearing, fun, and challenging way.  She got me to do a little ink flicking on this one with a simple trick that made it easy.  I had to stop myself cuz it was soooo much fun!!!  

And then I tried this one.

Laura Bassen had me going with her super cheerful look on this, one layer card, that looks like several layers.  I used my new favorite background stamp by HERO ARTS the Design Block, envelope pattern.  I can't tell you how many times I had this stamp in my cart to buy and then didn't complete my purchase and it was GONE!  And, then my short term memory loss kicked in and I would forget to get it and then it was out of stock, because everyone else was buying it!!!  So it's mine now and I'm happy.  My dots are made with any dot stamp I had in my stash, a little PaperTrey, a little A Muse Studio, one old one called Morning Star that I've had forever.  So, although I know I really do need a "DOT SET" I didn't have one and just made do with what I had already and it worked out pretty nifty!  So if you haven't signed up for Online Card Classes Clean and Simple 3, what are you waiting for?  Go sign up!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Just in queso...

Love queso!  When I first set eyes on queso I wondered what all the fuss was about.  It really looked like goopy soup, with stuff in it.  And, then I tasted it, and From Millan.Net  "Move, comin' thru!"

So when I discovered the "Just Say Cheese" set from Newton's Nook, I had to have it!  Teamed up with the uber fun Inset Metal Dies, which create this sweet little inset window, and the brand spanking new BasicGrey Spice Market paper I ended up with this!

 A close up of the queso makes me want to eat it NOW!!!

This set has some very fun cheesy sentiments in it and many "cheese" related images.  You gotta have it!

   Just a note to say no link for the 6 x 6 Spice Market pad so I linked up one of the new Cling stamps in the same deco background.  The paper is available, just no linky.





Wednesday, March 5, 2014

I'm Lucky

Time doesn't stand still!  A daughter's wedding, some traveling and another trip coming up!  It's been a lot of time being away from home.  In between times I have been trying to spend a little time doing things I love with paper.

Have you signed up for the new Online Card Classes, Clean and Simple 3?  I am looking forward to holding myself hostage in my studio, craft room working on class cards.

Before class begins I worked up this one layer card.

Nothing like a Pot 'O Gold raining down on you!

I split up the sentiment so the other half is on the inside of the card, here.  Pretty simple.
Paper Smooches "A Magical Spring" clear set and the gold pieces image is "Scattered Dots" by Savvystamps.  Copic markers for the coloring and Delicata Gold Glitz for the gold coins.  And, gold glitter by Art Institue Glitter.  Love the sparkle.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Paper Smooches "Love Monster" Collage

Back with a Paper Smooches, "Love Monster" Valentine for you today.  Speaking of LOVE, our youngest daughter made an absolutely beautiful bride a couple of weeks ago starting off our New Year with tears, laughter and joy!  Hillary, her sister Kara, the wedding planner and I spent hours planning, pinning, and making things to help her "Day" be just as she wanted it to be.  There may be a post on that a bit later.

Today on the Simon Says Stamp blog Shari Carroll did a very sweet and simple collage card, HERE.

My stash included none of the things she used.  But, I reworked a few things and stuck in my 'lil monster and I thought it still was kinda cute!



Friday, November 29, 2013

Christmas Cheer

One of the best parts of Christmas is SINGING!  Singing along with Christmas songs, singing songs at church, hearing Christmas Carolers singing as they make their way down the wintery streets, stopping here and there to burst out in song!  So PaperTrey's sentiment is perfect for what I had in mind for this cheery Christmas greeting!

Love, love, love this embossing folder by Sizzix, Tim Holtz - Alterations.  So many ideas and so little time!  This fun little Savvy Die, "Pine Branch w/Berries is great all on it's own and easily made festive with some sugary Distress glitter in Rock Candy.  Inked the (PaperTrey's Stylish Sentiments Holiday) greeting up in Versamark and topped it off with some Hero Arts white embossing powder.

Let the singing begin!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Beary Christmas

This is Savvy Stamps Polar Bear with Scarf.  I just LOVE his scarf.  So when I was in Seattle at the Impress store I had to have him.  Keeping it clean and simple, I used my Simon Says Stamp A2 Card Curved Edge die to create a little iceberg for him and my Simon Says Stamp "Falling Snow" stencil to create the background snow.  This is where things got interesting because I couldn't find my embossing paste.  So I used my white enamel accents.  As soon as I could gently pull off my stencil, I rinsed it off and set my card aside to dry.  I ordered some embossing paste.  Although it doesn't look bad, I just wanted more of a dimensional effect.

Natural light is always best even in the dark days of winter.

This was taken with a light source and shows the yellow cast that actually changes the colors a bit.

Sentiment was from the Let it Snow set by Avery Elle.