Friday, April 21, 2017

Inlaid Iris

Hello friends. Welcome to my blog.

Here's a reminder that there's still time to join the challenge
at CAS Mix Up and CAS Watercolour
Both challenges are open until the 24th.

My sweet friend and teammate, Joanna (Jo-Jo's Spot) sent me a card recently
 and I was so inspired by it that I had to CASE it!
I'll share a picture of Joanna's card in a bit.

This Penny Black Single Iris die continues to be my favorite to go to this time of year.

This time I die cut it from watercolor paper and colored with Zigs and lots of water.

After it was dry I tucked it into the piece it was cut from.
It fits like a puzzle and tucks in nice and tight!

I added some stencil paste through a stencil to add a bit of interest to the background.

When that was dry, I wound some gold thread around the base several times and
tied it off where it would be hidden by the design panel.

I added the design panel with a piece of fun foam on the back.

I masked the iris and splattered and splotched some Gold Color Shine.

Now here's Joanna's gorgeous card that inspired me.

AAA Cards #88 :  Stencil
CAS Mix Up: Inlaid Die Cuts + Watercolor + Stencil Paste + Splatter
CAS Watercolour: Green and Pink
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Splash it on - watercolor
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Showers and/or Flowers - flowers


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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Old Olive (SU)
Paper:  Neena (110 lb.), Watercolor (TH) 
Other:  Zig CCRB (#28 Pale Pink, #25 Pink, #41 Lt. Green, #43 Olive Green, #44 Deep Gree), Gold Color Shine (Heidi Swapp), Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi), Textured Scraped Paint Stencil (retired MB)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Wreath for Merry Monday

Hello.  How's your Christmas stash coming?

I raided my Christmas UFO box and found parts for this card.

Yep, all the elements were in that box of goodies.

I thought they'd go together well.

I'm not sure where the wreath came from because I don't think I own,
or have ever owned that stamp.

It's white embossed on Crumb Cake cardstock and fussy cut.

The background is little snowflakes stamped and embossed on Crumb Cake cardstock
and die cut with stitched rectangles.  I had kept both parts so I inlaid
the smaller one into the frame.

The die cut joy was bouncing around in the box too so I 
adhered it to the wreath for some color.

I think it took all of 5 minutes to put it together.

Going through the UFO box took lots longer!
I'm glad to have lightened the load in there.

This week, my friend Linda is hosting

My entry last week was the winner!
Thanks Kathy!

and since I inlaid the rectangle die, I'll add this to the gallery at
I used stamping, inlaid die cuts and heat embossing.

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Wishing you Cheer Snowflakes (retired SU)
Ink:   Whisper White (SU)
Paper:   Naturals White (retired SU), Crunb Cake, Real Red (SU)
Other: White EP, Wonderful Wreath Framelit Joy (SU), Stitched Mats Rectangles (LI) 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Darling Viola Love

Hello stamping friends.

Today I have a tag.

I don't usually do tags, but I wanted to join in at the
poppy Challenge

I was the random winner there last month and I'm excitedly awaiting more Poppystamp dies!

I used my NBUS Darling Viola and cut twice from mixed media paper.

I also used the Poppystamp Pin Point Main Street Tag die cut from a piece of
smooshed mixed media paper.

The flowers were painted with my Kuretake Gansi Tambi paints.

A light stamping of script gives the tag a little more dimension.

When the flowers were dry, I gently shaped them and attached them to
the tag with rolled glue dots and bits of dimensionals.

A stamped sentiment and some ribbon finished it off so it's ready for DD's birthday present.

I'm going to join in at tag Tag You're It Challenge too.
My flowers don't add as much dimension as her gorgeous flower, but I've
got dimension and pink.  I think I'm squeaking in just under the wire.

and it fits our 
It closes the 24th.

Oops! It is pink and green watercolor but it isn't a card.

You can join in with a card though.

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Gift of Love (SU), French Script (Darkroom Door)
Ink:   Soft Suede, Sahara Sand (SU)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other:  Pin Point Main Street Tags, Darling Viola (PS), Kuretake Gansi Tambi Watercolors

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sweetbriar Rose for CAS Watercolour

Hello peeps.  Here's a reminder that there's still time to join in at
CAS Watercolour Card Challenge

Here's this month's challenge

The die cut tag can be used as a bookmark by removing the brad.

The sweet flower image was stamped on watercolor paper with
Whisper White ink and heat embossed.

I colored the flowers with Zig Clean Brush Markers

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sweetbriar Rose, Take Care (both retired SU)
Ink:   Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Paper:   Watercolor for image (Arches 140 lb. cold press, Watercolor for card base (Strathmore 140 lb. cold press), Printed vellum (retired SU)
Other:  White EP (SU), Stitched Tags (LI), Vanilla Seam Binding (retired SU), Brad (stash)

He is Risen

He is risen!

He is risen indeed!


Easter blessings to you all.

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Cross:  Taylored Expressions Stained Glass Cross (Thanks, Nance)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

More Inlaid Dies for CAS Mix Up

Hello.  Can you believe how quickly this month is flying by?

I have another Inlaid Die Technique to show you today.

I used my NBUS, Memory Box Sketch Daisy Die, cutting it
from heavy white cardstock and from alcohol ink smoosh snippets.

Then I inlaid all the little pieces together.  It was kind of like doing a jigsaw puzzle.

I had the piece that I'd stamped and embossed in my UFO pile.
Since there was a bit of copper in the leaves, they seemed to go together.

There's more inspiration from the Design Team at
The challenge is open until the 24th.

And since I used this fun Memory Box Die, I'm going to enter it in
My Mom passed away many years ago.
So this is for all the moms/mums out there.

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  French Foliage (retired SU)
Ink:   VersaMark, Alcohol Ink (pinks, greens, copper mixative)
Paper:   Neena Solar White, Yupo
Other:  Sketch Daisy Die (MB), Copper EP, Raindrops (PTI)

Masked Snowman

Hello, Crafty Peeps!

Here's another card for the Christmas stash.

I stamped and heat embossed the snowman and masked him to stamp the trees.

After coloring him with markers, I sprinkled some Chunky White Embossing Enamel
over the piece and heat set from the back.
(I have a hard time getting this stuff sprinkled evenly.
I seem to always end up with a glob of it somewhere and
actually scraped some off with my fingernail.)
And you'll notice that the snow hasn't fallen to the snowman's boots yet either.
I guess it's just started snowing!

Merry Monday

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Snow Much Fun (retired SU), Lovely as a Tree (SU), Festive Snippets (PB)  
Ink:   Archival Black, SU Markers (Garden Green, Real Red, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie)
Paper:   Thick Whisper White, Basic Black, Whisper White (SU)
Other:  Chunky White Embossing Enamel (Stampendous), Kars Snowflake EF (retired Cuttlebug)