Sunday, July 24, 2016


                                                        30 Day Coloring Challenge
When Kristina Werner posted this card I knew I HAD to have this background stamp by Simon Says Stamp!  It has so many possibilities!  I used it several times before I got back to making this card.

The background is watercolor paper.  It is stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with white WOW.  The circles and background are painted with Distress Ink.  Once it was dry I die cut the Winnie and Walter "hi" from the background and glitter paper (or foil).  The background is popped so the "hi" sentiment is recessed.

Our stamp club challenge is Anything But Flowers.  This qualifies!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Art Projects for Bo

                                                       30 Day Coloring Challenge
Today my coloring challenge is to get some art projects packed as I'm going to be with my granddaughter for a couple days.
I know she will love working with Color Burst!  It will be fun to see her discover the magic of seeing it explode from a couple grains of color.
I also packed up the Hero Arts layering ice cream cones and the Neon ink pads.  I think that will be a big hit.
Then I have stamped some chalk board paper to make post cards with chalk ink pens.
Finally there is a coloring book.  She always searches coloring books for the pages she doesn't like then gives those to me to color.
                Teaching my granddaughter to love crafting has brought me great joy!

Fairy Garden

                                                         30 Day Coloring Challenge

Marlene and Liz taught us how to make a box card at a recent Saturday Workshop.  Then I saw a card created by Nicol Spohr using 4 different Lawn Fawn stamp sets including my favorite Fairy Friends.
(There is a new fairy stamp coming from Lawn Fawn for the holidays!)
Combining those two inspirations I made this card.
Images are stamped with Memento ink and colored with Copics.
The sentiments are from Hero Arts and Concord and 9th.  I had to do a little surgery on the Hero Arts words so they would fit in my space.
The bling includes Glossy Accents, Stickles, Wink of Stella and hearts punched from a SU punch from their silver glitter paper.
This card folds flat to an A2 size and mails easily in a regular envelope.  Extra postage is probably necessary due to the bulk.
Making this card made me happy.  Hopefully it will make the person who receives it happy too!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

soft pastel floral

                                                                 Altenew Academy
                                                         30 Day Coloring Challenge
This card started with a beautiful Stampendous embossing powder called ice blue.  It has a pearlescent shine.  I've struggled with blue flowers even though blue has always been my favorite color!  So I tried soft, pastel shades of my two favorite  Kuretake water colors with this Altenew floral stamp set.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.    LOVE IT!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Floral Joy

                                                       30 Day Coloring Challenge
                                                                Altenew Academy
I love the Altenew monochromatic Inks.  They come in sets of four colors that graduate from light to dark.  I've used the inks and the Altenew layering stamps for this shaker card.
Lawn Fawn dies are used for the sentiment and rectangles .
I stamped the entire card front then cut out the window so the flowers would all line up.

Flower on Kraft

                                                             Altenew Academy
                                                      Online Card Class Heat Wave
Altenew Academy was about the 70-20-10 color theory.  I'm not sure I got the proportions of these colors exactly right but I do like them.  I haven't gotten into my enormous stash of background paper for a while.  This one is by KaiserKraft.  The flower and leaf stamps are by Altenew.  I did gold heat embossing on the outline step.
Normally I would be doing the coloring on white cardstock.  For this card I colored on Neenah kraft.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Blue and Orange

                                                            Altenew Academy Day 2
                                                           30 Day Coloring Challenge
With this card I wanted to really push the color challenge of Day 2.  Bright Orange and Royal Blue are opposites on the wheel and create a fabulous bright contrast.  Stamps by Altenew are stamped in VersaFine and colored with water colors.  The die cut sentiment is from Paper Trey Ink.  The background is watercolor paper.


                                                        Altenew Academy Day 2
Today's lesson was about using a color wheel.  The oranges and greens are kind of opposite on the wheel.  The challenge for me was to make a background as I don't do a lot of that.  I love creating fall cards more than any other season.  This is my first fall"ish" card for the year.
Leaves and berries are from two different Altenew sets.  Ink is also from Altenew.  I used Gold Mica for the tiny dots.  The Thankful die is from Penny Black.  I layered it, colored the top layer with Altenew ink then Glossy Accents.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Happy Anniversary Floral

                                                                 Altenew Academy
                                                     Online Card Class Heat Wave
Altenew Academy is about coloring.  I have not had success with coloring flowers blue.  They just haven't looked natural to me.  These came closer to being what I had in my head.  Using Tomboy markers and an Aqua Brush I colored these flowers with just two colors of blue and two colors of green.    The centers are heat embossed with gold put on lightly so some of the stamping still shows through.  The lines are red line tape with gold heat embossing.  The Altenew sentiment is also gold heat embossed.
Instead of the usual water or paint splatters I wanted to try splattering gold embossing powder.  It's tricky because it flies away so easily.  I heated it from the bottom and used some VersaMark Pen dots to hold it in place.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Hello, doggie friend

                                                         30 Day Coloring Challenge
CASED from Nicole Magouirk . . .
This Tim Holtz Crazy Dog looks like our dog, Roxie!
There is a new dog in the family who needs a "Welcome to the Family" card.
This was stamped in Memento and colored with Copics.
Wink of Stella gives the tongue and nose a little wetness.

I Miss Your Face

30 Day Coloring Challenge
Online Card Class Heat Wave Day3
Simon Says Stamp Challenge Make a Scene

This started out as a practice with the background technique taught Day 3 of Online Card Class Heat Wave.  The background stamp is by Simon Says Stamp.  It is white heat embossed.  I then applied Altenew gray inks in an ombre pattern.  (Gray skies appropriate for the sentiment from Paper Smooches).

The die palm tree is from Hero Arts.  ( I LOVE this demensional  die!)  I foiled it with deco foil in my minc machine.
The cutest zebra I've ever seen is from katzelkraft.  He's stamped with Memento and colored with Copics.

The grass is a punch from Fiskers.

Of course Glossy Accents, Wink of Stella and Stickles are used to give it some glitz.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Tropical Print

                                                         30 Day Coloring Challenge
                                                  Online Card Class Heat Wave Day 3
Jule Eiersole Demonstrated a heat embossing technique called Faux Batik on Day 3 of the Heat Wave Online Card Class.  It is perfect for the new Hero Arts kit of sea creature stamps and dies.  I used three colors of green Distress ink for the background.  The turtles and sentiments (Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp) are white heat embossed.

The technique does involve getting out an iron.  (I actually ironed some clothes while it was out and heated up!)

Alert!  grandchild story:
The sentiment "Friends" made me think of my grandson.
He calls his little pre-school Friends because that is where he goes to see his friends!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Altenew Golden Garden

                                                              30 Day Coloring Challenge
                                                        Online Card Class Heat Wave Day 2
I have been like a little kid waiting for this Altenew stamp set to arrive in my mailbox.  Today was the day!  And this is my first card using Golden Garden.  I initially intended to stamp it with layers
of Altenew inks.  But after experimenting, searching the internet and looking at the guide on the back of the stamp set, I still was not sure about how the layers worked on the various stamps.

Plan B was to use watercolor and I am thrilled with the results even if it is a first attempt!  The flowers are stamped with Simon Say Sparrow (brown) ink.  They are then colored with Tombow markers and a paint brush with clean clear water.

The sentiment from Lawn Fawn is die cut in cardstock, covered with VersaMark, dipped in gold embossing powder and heat set.  The gold splatters and dots are achieved with a VersaMark Marker and gold heat embossed.

I confess I intended to give this to a neighbor who is having surgery.  She is not a crafter.  I'm having thoughts of giving it to a stamper who will love it as much as I do.  What would you do?


                                                         30 Day Coloring Challenge
                                                    Online Card Class Heat Wave Day 1
The UPS man delivered my new kit from Hero Arts!  I needed to get some ink on those beautiful sea-themed stamps right away!

Day 1 of Online Card Class Heat Wave Jennifer McGuire heat embossed on acetate that has been treated for the extreme heat technique.  There are two tricky parts to doing this.  One is to stamp straight down and lift straight up so the stamp won't slide on the slick acetate.  The other tricky part is to avoid getting embossing powder dust all over the acetate.  (Here in Arizona that is really difficult because of our super dry air.)  I made generous use of my anti-static bag and also made sure my work surface was free of powder with a Swiffer cloth.

The front panel of this card is made of watercolor paper.  The anemones are heat embossed in white.
They resist the beautiful Distress colors I smooshed the cardstock into,

Most of the sequins in the shaker come in the Hero Arts kit.

I haven't yet put a sentiment on the card as I'm not sure when or who will get it .

Monday, July 11, 2016

sending my love

                                                         30 Day Coloring Challenge
                                                       Heat Wave Online Card Class
I have had this card idea from Stephanie Leykauf in my "To Do" pile since February.  The 30 Day Coloring Challenge and the Online Card Class Heat Wave inspired me to get it out!  I didn't love this card until I put the purple mat and sentiment flag on it.  Then the three purple elements just made it pop (as the ladies always say on their videos).   Now I really really like it!

All of the stamps are from Simon Says Stamp.  The base is watercolor paper.  The flowers are heat embossed in white.  The girl is stamped in Memento brown ink.  The coloring is done with watercolor.

The border of the skirt, the sentiment and the small hearts are all heat embossed in silver.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

I can't stop stamping these flowers!

                                                             30 Day Color Challenge
I can't stop trying different color combinations with the Altenew stamp set!

Beautiful Day Friend

                                                        30 Day Coloring Challenge
Eloise Blue posted a YouTube video demonstrating exactly how she made this beautiful card using the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set and Altenew inks.  My die cut word from Papertrey Ink is the only thing that isn't exactly as she did her card.
I thought this looked like a coloring book page!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Who's New?

                                                               30 Day Color Challenge
Creating baby cards brings me such joy!  I think of the family and the little warm bundle of baby that has just come into the world.  This is a card for my friend who is grandmother to a sweet new baby girl.
I searched Pinterest for baby cards and found a perfect idea from umichka.
My background is watercolor paper washed with Distress Ink.  The tree die cuts are from io.  The hill die cuts and animal stamps are all from Lawn Fawn.  All are stamped in Memento ink and colored with Copic Markers.
There is a little Wink of Stella and Stickles for some glitz.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Cheesy Thanks

                                                         30 Day Coloring Challenge
Jennifer McGuire posted a video using a large polka dot die similar to this one by MFT.
I thought the holes would make great Swiss cheese.  And Swiss cheese needs a mouse!
This is a little Christmas mouse from Mama Elephant.  I just made the holly on the blanket look like bats!  The sentiment is from Stampin Up.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Super Animals

                                  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge; Red, White and Blue
I just love these little "Super Cuties" from Clearly Besotted!  They are small and I couldn't figure out how to use them in a scene.  Then I saw a post from Sandy Allnock using this Pretty Pink Posh die and that solved my problem!
Background is Distress ink spattered with water.
Figures stamped in Memento and colored with Copics.  Wink of Stella gives capes and masks some super sparkle.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Lighthouse Birthday

                                                    Paper Smooches Challenge is Summer.
     When I saw this new lighthouse die from Paper Smooches I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.  (I ordered it as soon as it became available.)
     It's perfect for my new favorite Northern Lights technique!  I used a variety of inks including Memento, Altenew and Stampin Up, Versafine and VersaMark.  The sentiment, from SU, is white heat embossed.
     I used Tim Holtz' new splatter brush and Distress Picket Fence ink for the stars.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Altenew Vintage Roses

                                            Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes
Vintage Roses was the first (of many) layered flower stamp sets I purchased from Alltenew.
I have found it very challenging, especially the second layer of the stem of leaves.
With a good night's sleep and a clear mind I set to work on it once again.  The Altenew ink pads I purchased made a HUGE difference.
I studied Yoonsun Hur's post carefully, watched some Altenew YouTube videos and printed off the Vintage Rose Guide from Altenew's website.  After about 6 attempts I figured it out!
(The stem of leaves uses the second layer from several different groupings in the set.)
Now I can make this card very quickly!  It is so beautiful and worth the effort.
It is so rewarding to see the completed cards.
(Sentiments are from Simon Says and Ellen Hutson.)