Sunday, July 23, 2017

Beautiful Day

Hello there.

I'm so glad you came for a visit!


This beautiful flower was stamped and heat embossed.

I used wet on wet watercolor for the flowers and leaves then fussy cut them out.

The Altenew July 2017 Inspiration Challenge
has this picture for inspiration.
I was inspired by the pink flowers.

A different kind of rose though.

EDITED TO ADD

I had already entered a card there but think I can enter again.
Do check out that wonderful gallery!


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Alt)
Ink:   Whisper White (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Mixed Media (S)
Other:  White EP (SU), Stitched Rectangles (LI), Charles EF (Cuttlebug), Gansai Tambi Watercolors


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Tissue Paper with Tim Holtz

Hi there.

I have one more tissue paper card (for now) to share with you.


I had seen this tissue paper by Tim Holtz and was intrigued about it.

It's quite heavy for tissue and coated so it acts differently than regular tissue paper
but it was fun to use nonetheless.

I cut a piece and glued it on a piece of cardstock with Distress Collage Matte Medium.

Since one of the requirements at CAS Mix Up is to use stamping, I thought
I'd stamp a flower on the tissue.

I had the Light Touch stamp out for another project so I inked it up
with some Festive Berries and Mowed Lawn Distress ink and stamped it in the corner.
I masked the edges with sticky notes so the flower would only be on the design part.

I let it dry, or thought I did.

Unfortunately, the coating on the tissue or the Matte Medium kept it from
drying like I though it would.  So smudges ensued!

Drat!

Out came the splatters.

It's amazing how they can make a smudge look like it was done on purpose!

The background butterfly is cut from vellum with a black topper.

The whole design is popped up on fun foam.

is open until the 24th.
I used tissue paper, stamping, splattering, die cuts and vellum.

Challenge is open until the 24th.

This printed tissue was fun, but I think the tissue leftover from packages
is just as much fun.

I just may go and stamp some.....

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Light Touch (PB)
Ink:   Festive Berries, Mowed Lawn (DI)
Paper:  Neena, Mixed Media (S), Melange Tissue Wrap (TH) 
Other:  Collage Matte Medium (D), Moonlight and Kaleidoscope Butterfly dies (MB)


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Social Butterfly Birthday

Hello my friends.

Here's a card we did in class last week.


We stamped the butterfly from the Penny Black Social Butterfly set
on mixed media paper and heat embossed.

Watercolor was added to the wings with an Aqua Painter dipped
in the lid of an ink pad.

They had a choice of blue or yellow.


The CAS Watercolour Challenge is  open until the 24th.

I can join in at the Butterfly Challenge where
M is for..... Matching pair and/or the colour of  orange peel.



Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Social Butterfly (PB), Thoughtful Messages (retired HA)
Ink:   Archival Black, Pacific Point, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie (SU) 
Paper:   Neena, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight (SU)
Other:  Stitched Rectangles (LI), Clear EP (SU), Aqua Painter, Fun Foam


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Thank You

Hello dear friends.


Thank you so much for all your birthday wishes!

It was a really special day, made more special by your blog wishes
and the amazing array of gorgeous handmade cards!

My mantel is full of beautiful cards and DH commented that
he didn't think I could fit another up there!

I had my watercolors out last week and found some Altenew flowers
that had been embossed on mixed media paper.

I painted them with the wet on wet technique then fussy cut them.

The piece peeking through the window is dry embossed.
Looks like tissue doesn't it?

entering in  The Flower Challenge


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Peony Scrolls (Alt), Banner Sentiments (PB)
Ink:   Whisper White (SU), Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:   Neena, Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other:  White EP (SU), Rectangle Peek-a-boo Window Die (MFT), Crackle EF (Dar), Sequins (SSS), Gansi Tambi watercolors


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Penny Black Watercolor Butterfly

Hi Ya'll.

It's reminder time for CAS Watercolour


To make this butterfly, I smooshed some tissue in ink that had been
laid down with distress inks and smooshed.

I really liked how it looked after it dried so I glued it to a piece of cardstock.

This Penny Black die was perfect to cut it out.

I wanted a little glitz so I die cut the body from a snippet of gold foil
and the sentiment from another.

The background was made by masking the card front and
stamping the music score.

There's still time to join in at CAS Watercolour
with your watercolor butterflies

and there's still time to join in at
with your tissue paper creations.
My mixed media are tissue paper, stamping, watercoloring, masking and die cuts

Both Challenges are open until the 24th.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Cling Music Score (Stampendous)
Ink:   Sahara Sand (SU), Wilted Violet, Faded Jeans (Distress)
Paper:   Neena 110 lb., Tissue paper ($ store), Gold Foil (SU)
Other:  Flights of Fancy Die, Heartfelt Die (PB)


Saturday, July 15, 2017

More Tissue Paper Techniques for CAS Mix Up

Hello friends.

It's the middle of the month and there's still time to
play with tissue paper for
CAS Mix Up

Here's a little something to hopefully inspire you.


I have to confess that I didn't do this tissue paper piece.

My friend and teammate, Nancy, sent me some of her pieces using
tissue paper and acetate.

I think this is what she considers the back side but I
loved the crinkles from the tissue and the way the green shows through
so I decided to use it back side forward.

I used a palette knife to rub some Inka Gold on the raised crinkles.

While that was drying, I die cut the two smallest stitched butterflies
and watercolored them with Distress Oxide ink smooshed on a
palette and picked up with an Aqua Painter.

I thought this butterfly needed some flowers so I
used a flower from my NBUS Mini Bouquet set.
Inked it up with Distress markers and stamped.

I used the rest of the tissue paper-acetate piece to make this card....

Loll had sent me this die cut of the trees that was perfect against this sparkly background!

A big thanks to both of my friends!

I lifted the whole design on fun foam for added dimension.

I had stamped the flower on a little piece to test it.
I couldn't let that little piece go to waste so
I have a threefer.



Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Mini Bouquet (TH)
Ink:   Wilted Violet, Faded Jeans (DOX), Distress Markers (Wilted Violet, Shabby Shutters)
Paper:   Neena 110 lb., Linen Texture (Desktop Pub.), Mixed Media (Strathmore), Tissue Paper
Other:  Stitched Butterfly Trio (PS), Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Inka Gold, Acetate

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Holiday Snippets (PB)
Ink:  Emerald Envy (SU)
Paper: Neena, Tissue
Other: Acetate, Stitched Rectangle Die (SSS), Fir Tree Border die (IO), Foam

Card Recipe (card 3)
Stamps:  Mini Bouquet (TH)
Ink:  Smokey Slate (SU), Distress Markers (Wilted Violet, Shabby Shutters)
Paper:  Neena 110 lb., Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder (SU)
Other:  Crackle EF (Darice)


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Inlaid Flower Dance

Hi.

How are you today?


This die is called "Shall We Dance"
It looks like these flowers are dancing in the wind doesn't it?

The die was cut from some mixed media paper
and watercolored with Distress markers and my Aqua Painter.

Wilted Violet seems to be my favorite color right now.

After watercoloring, I inlaid it back in the negative, stamped a
sentiment, adhered it to some foam and to the card front.

Oh, I added a few splatters, pearls and a butterfly too.

This was a birthday card for my special friend, Loll
and she finally received it.
It started out early and became belated.

Challenges



Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!



Card Recipe
Stamps:  Beautiful Butterflies (PTI)
Ink:   VersaFine Onyx Black, Distress Markers (Wilted Violet, Peeled Paint)
Paper:   Neena, Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other:  Shall We Dance Die (PB), Leavenworth Butterfly Trio (MB)


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Memory Box Dragonfly Corner

Hello, my friends.


I'm trying to use some of my NBUS dies and had some fun with this one.

I die cut the Dragonfly Corner from an Alcohol Inked piece, die cut a frame to fit it into
and backed it with a piece of tissue paper scrunched and glued to cardstock.

The whole design piece is backed with foam to add dimension.

There's so many wonderful tissue paper cards in the
Using tissue paper, stamping, alcohol ink, and die cuts


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Fun Birthday Sentiments (HLS)
Ink:   Bermuda Bay (SU), Alcohol Inks (R)
Paper:   Neena Solar White, Tissue, Yupo
Other:  Dragonfly Stems Left Corner (MB), Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Foam


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tissue Paper and Wildflowers for CAS Mix Up

Hello there.

I have a super easy card to share today.



I used a super simple technique.

I tore some tissue paper and crumpled it up in my hands.

After straightening it out some and tearing a piece off,
I placed a frame cut from Glimmer Paper over it.

Then I added a die cut sent to me by my dear friend Nancy.

I added a sentiment stamped and heat embossed in white on a black snippet.

Couldn't be easier.

My mixed media are tissue paper, stamping, heat embossing and die cuts.

There are several different techniques using tissue paper and you
can find how to videos at CAS Mix Up.

It's a really fun technique and a good way to use that crinkled tissue paper!

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Thinking of You (Alt)
Ink:   Whisper White (SU)
Paper:   Neena (110 lb.), Tissue Paper ($ store), Basic Black, Black Glimmer (SU)
Other:  Rectangle dies (Splbndr), Wildflower Dies (TH), White EP (SU)


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Celebrating Independence Day

Hello.

Happy Independence Day
if you live in the USA.

And I hope my Canadian friends had a wonderful Canada Day!


This is a CASE of a card by my good friend LeAnne.
Thanks for the inspiration, my friend!

The main image was an ATC card done for the June swap
for my crafty ladies group.

I've stamped on Naturals White and Cherry Cobbler snippets
with my Woodgrain background stamp, then cut both into strips.

I used a new embossing folder, Pinewood Planks for the background
and added even more texture with corrugated cardboard and burlap ribbon.

I also want to share the bounty my friend Candee (Card Corner by Candee) brought me.


Everything was full of candy.  Appropriate don't you think?
She also knows my favorite treat and spoils me.
You can see how she made these goodies here
While you're there check out her other posts.
Candee has some awesome organizational hints and lots of creative cards and projects!

Challenges:
Just Us Girls Challenge: Congrats on 400 challenges! That's something to celebrate!
Less is More: Colors of your country's flag.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Red, White and/or Blue.
Time Out Challenges: Celebrations with the optional twist of one layer cards. No option here.


 
 



Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps: Woodgrain Background (retired SU) 
Ink:   Midnight Muse (retired SU)
Paper:   Naturals White Midnight Muse (retired SU), Cherry Cobbler
Other:  Pinewood Planks Dynamic EF (SU), Corrugated Cardboard (box), Star Punches, Burlap Ribbon (retired)


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Butterflies for CAS Watercolour

Hello, my friends.

There's a new challenge at
CAS Watercolour

Here's my card.....

I love the butterflies in the Flora and Fauna 2 set by Wplus9,

I've stamped the medium size butterflies and used my Zigs and water to color them.

It's hard to see in the photo, but I did a partial embossing  of leaves to
pop them on after I fussy cut them.

I'll bet you've guessed what our challenge is

Didn't Loll pick a great challenge?

I know we're going to see lots of gorgeous butterflies in the gallery!

Our Design Team and Guest Designer, Eunjo have
some awesome inspiration for you.
Check it out at CAS Watercolour.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Flora and Fauna 2 (Wp9)
Ink:   Archival Black (Ranger), SU Marker (Basic Black)
Paper:   Neena, Watercolour (Strathmore 140 lb. cold press)
Other:  Zig clean color real brush markers, Aqua Painter, Layered Leaves Textured Impressions EF (SU)


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Tissue Paper for CAS Mix Up

 Happy July 1st, my friends.

The year is officially half over!

Zip, zip!

I'm excited to be hosting CAS Mix Up this month.

I chose something I'd been wanting to try on cards for a long time.


My mixed media are stamping, tissue paper, sponging, and die cuts


I've had so much fun playing with tissue paper!

I've landed a lot in the trash can too, but I learned what not to do.

For instance, watercoloring images on tissue paper can make holes.

Be very careful if you try that!

For this piece I used a piece of deli paper that my friend and teammate Nancy sent me.
She also sent me this awesome wildflower die.
Thanks, Nancy!

I balled a piece up really tight then stretched it back out,
but not too smooth.

Then I added some ink to the piece by pouncing with a sponge.

I love the texture!

There are videos at the CAS Mix Up website with lots of fun ideas for using tissue paper.

Our amazing Loll has made a tissue paper video
with several wonderful techniques for using tissue paper.

And the Design Team, including a very talented Guest Designer, Sue, have some
wonderful inspiration pieces to share today and through the month.
Be sure to check them out.

Then find some tissue paper (no matter if it's crumpled) and
add it to a card to share with us.

Can't wait to see all the fun techniques.

Be sure to keep it CAS (Clean And Simple).

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Thinking of You (Alt)
Ink:   Midnight Muse (SU)
Paper:   Neena 110 lb., Deli Paper
Other:  Stitched Rectangles Die (SSS), Wildflowers Die (TH)


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Memory Box Windham Collage

Hello my friends.


I don't usually post twice in one day but I wanted to join in 
and time is running out.
I've used three Memory Box Dies on this card:
Windham Collage, Kaleidoscope Butterfly & Moonlight Butterfly.

I pulled out my Alcohol Ink Panels and used one behind the lattice
and another to cut the top butterfly.  The bottom of the butterfly
is from a snippet of heavy vellum.

I wanted some gold splatters but was afraid of messing up 
the whole design.  So I dripped a bit of Gold Color Shine
on a plastic lid, dipped a micro applicator into the gold and 
lightly touched it on the panel.

I might add that I held my breath while applying the gold.
Whew!
Then I walked away and let it dry.

I'm learning.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Agpanthuus (TT)
Ink:   Midnight Muse (SU)
Paper:   Neena 110 lb., Glossy, Heavy Vellum
Other:  Alcohol Inks, Kaleidoscope Butterfly, Moonlight Butterfly & Windham Collage Dies (MB), Gold Color Shine (Heidi Swapp)


Decoy's and Hawks.

Hello stampers!

We recently had a special day at our house.


DH and I celebrated our anniversary.

I've mentioned before that he likes ducks.

He likes decoys too.

So I was excited to find this Decoy stamp by Impression Obsession.

It was so easy to stamp it with the MISTI.

I stamped and blended the colors with an Aqua Painter.

Easy, peasy and a big hit with the hubs!

To celebrate, we went to the movies and saw Wonder Woman.
An awesome movie!

As for the hawks.....

We've had some visitors the past couple of days.

Our first sighting was from the back door.  He was about 6 feet away on our deck.

Couldn't get to the camera without scaring him.

He followed a squirrel around the deck and at one point, lifted his wings trying to look ferocious.

The squirrel slowly moved out of range and off the deck.
Our feathered friend followed him to they yard
and was joined by another.


At that point, I got my camera.

We watched them playing in the gumballs and throwing them in the air.

They played together for quite a while.  Very like kids.

Then we heard another in a tree.


After a bit the two flew to our vehicles parked in the sunshine.



This last picture is of him just before he hunkered down on top of my car for a nap.

They were back yesterday.

DH was in the yard this morning and came around our deck and up the steps and one was perched on the railing.  He said he was 18 inches away from him.

That's too close.

I think we need to stop feeding the birds for a few days so they don't become the meal!

They don't seem to be too interested in the squirrels and they scamper about 
when the hawks are in the yard.

This is so amazing because we live in the middle of the city.
We have lots of trees around so we do see wildlife but not usually this close.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Decoy (IO)
Ink:   Distress Markers, SU Markers
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Basic Gray, Watercolor Card (Strathmore)
Other:  Aqua Painter, MISTI