Sunday, October 15, 2017

Double Embossed Holly

Online Card Class Making Merry:  Day One

More than 20 years ago I watched a gold heat embossing demonstration at Stamp Your Art Out in Cincinnati.  I bought a cornucopia wood mounted stamp, a heat gun, gold embossing powder and VersaMark.  That was the start of my stamping career.

Embossing still fascinates me.  I love watching the heat melt the powder like magic!

Jennifer McGuire demonstrates how to heat emboss green over gold  heat embossing!  Wow!  The i.o. holly background stamp is just perfect for the technique.

White embossing powder is then covered over water drops to make tiny snow flakes as the last layer on the card.

I turned this card into a shaker with white snowflakes, mica and sequins.

The merry die is from Paper Trey.  I cut it 4 times and stacked it before adding the Snow Maker pen and heat embossing it.

The CHRISTMAS sentiment is from Cleary Besotted.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Poinsettia Thank You

Online Card Class Making Merry:  Day 5 Watercolor

I used The Ton's Good Tidings Cluster stamp for this 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 notecard.
I stamped with VersaMark and gold heat embossed the image and the sentiment which is from Paper Smooches.
I colored the image with Koi water color.  Stickles added a little bling to the berries.
I sprinkled water and heat embossed gold.

Friday, October 13, 2017


Online Card Class Making Merry:  Day 4

The very first stamp I ever bought (over 20 years ago) was a Cornucopia.  The only stamping technique I knew was heat embossing.  I heat embossed that stamp over and over.
This newly purchased Cornucopia stamp is from The Ton.  I stamped it in Memento and colored it in Copic markers.

Special note to Julie Ebersole:  After all of that coloring, stamping and masking it was very stressful to put a die over my work and cut it out.  If it hadn't worked I think you would have heard from me.
But fortunately it die cut the Paper Trey word Grateful very well.

Julie called this Camouflage.  I stacked four layers of the word die and inset them back into the Cornucopia.  I did add Wink of Stella to the word to make it stand out even more.

The wood stamp is from Altenew.  The little background leaf stamp is from the Cornucopia set by The Ton.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Poinsettia Gate Fold

Online Card Class Merry Making:   Day 4

Jennifer McGuire really inspired me with her gate fold card using a background die.
I have this fabulous Doodled Lace Cover Die from Altenew that was just begging to be on this card.
The Poinsettia closure is also from Altenew.  It is stamped on water color paper with VeraMark and heat embossed in gold.  It is painted with water color.  I cut out two and layered it with pop dots.
Gold ribbon holds the gate fold closed.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Golden Anniversary

Online Card Class Merry Making Day One

I loved the autumn leaves Friends card I made for Day One so much I wanted to try another card using the same techniques.
This is a winter themed golden anniversary card.
The spruce Tim Holtz dies were colored with Color Burst and the edges touched with gold embossing powder.  The heart is from Spellbinders,.  The Love is from hero Arts.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Friends, Let's Celebrate!

Online Card Class making Merry Day 1

I used so many different people's ideas to make this card.
The idea for the basic design came from Erm Tassneem.

Both Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire offered ways to use different products to make a background.  I used Jennifer's technique of splattering water from a paint brush to gold heat emboss my background.  She also used a VersaMarker to make snow.  Here I used the VersaMarker to guild the leaves.

The leaf dies are from Lawn Fawn.  I cut them from water color paper that had been painted with Colorburst.

The Let's Celebrate sentiment is from MFT.

The friends die is from Paper Trey Ink cut from Stampin Up gold glitter paper.

I look forward to the rest of the classes!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Distressed Haunted House

Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Dark Side
I just can't stop making these Lawn Fawn Halloween scallop boxes!
I really took this one to the dark side with the Tim Holtz papers.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Trick or Treating House

Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Dark Side

Another Scalloped box from Lawn Fawn with the Halloween Add-ons.  Trick or Treater is also a Lawn Fawn stamp.
The photo doesn't show how cute this is with two tea lights lit inside.  Through the vellum windows you can see a cat in one window and a ghost at the front door.

I am going to make more of these!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Haunted House

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Dark  (Halloween)

I love this Lawn Fawn Scalloped box.  This year they offered Halloween add-ons.
The background paper is an old wood pattern from Tim Holtz.  The other die cut add-ons are from scrap paper.  I added the mummy from another Lawn Fawn set.    There is a ghost behind the door and cat in the back window.  Behind each window and door is vellum.  Two tea lights inside light up the door and windows.

It was really fun to assemble this.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Halloween Shadow Box

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Halloween
I had a shoulder replaced three weeks ago.  Not just any shoulder, my Right dominant shoulder.
Finally I have been given a reprieve from my sling a few hours a day.  For those hours I go straight to my studio!
I have been anxious to try the Lawn Fawn shadow box die.  Here it is in all of its Halloween glory!
All elements are from lawn Fawn.
Elements were stamped in Memento and colored with Copic markers.  Some Wink of Stella and Stickles were used to give some sparkle.
Background is made with Distress inks.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Charlotte's Web

My 7 year old granddaughter just read Charlotte's Web for the first time.  I love that book and love sharing that experience with her.
My Z fold card is SU Crumb Cake cardstock covered with spider web paper from an unknown source.  I glittered the web with Stickles.  The crate die, wood grain paper and pigs are all Stampin Up products.  The pigs are colored with Copic markers.  The spider web is a die from i.o. cut from SU black cardstock and glitter paper

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Crate of Pumpkins

I love the Stampin Up Wood Crate Die.  Here I cut it from Stampin Up Woodgrain DSP.
The pumpkins, gourds and leaves are from the stamp set Gourd Goodness.  I stamped them with various colors of ink onto Stampin Up Daffodil Yellow cardstock.  Then I put them through my
Scan n Cut.
The sentiment is from the Gourd Goodness stamp set.
The background paper is also Stampin Up.

Crate full of Christmas

Stampin Up Crate Die cut from Stampin Up woodgrain paper
Pine cones and Greens die cut with Stampin Up Pretty Pines.  Stampin Up cardstock and gold glitter paper.
Ornaments gold heat embossed from Stampin Up Carols of Christmas
Sentiment gold embossed from Stampin Up Oh What Fun
Card is a Z Fold and does close to fit in an A2 envelope.

Vellum Daisies

More of my favorite Stampin Up Daisy stamp and punch.  This time I punched the daisies from vellum after they had been stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed white.  The "hugs" sentiment comes from SU Lovely Words Die.  Centers are heat embossed gold.

Black-eyed Susans

I am obsessed with Stampin Up's  Daisy stamp, its co-ordinating punch and the crate die.
In this card I have transformed the daisy to a black-eyed Susan (inspired by a recent trip to Colorado where they were blooming in abundance).

The daisies were punched from SU Daffodil Yellow cardstock then distressed with inks.  The centers are a mixture of coffee and other stuff from Barbara Trombley's Elements.

The background is a brick embossing folder from Sizzix distressed with brown ink.

Notice the cool stamp used on the envelope!  It's from the daisy set as well.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Monkey Likes Bananas

Online Card Class Rainbow Maker:  Day 5
MFT Stamps
Newton's Nook Stencil
DreamWeaver Embossing Paste
Distress Reinkers
Paper Studio Pattern Paper

This is my favorite new stencil.  I was just blown away when I saw how it looked with three shades of Distress Reinkers.
Monkeys are stamped with Memento and colored with Copics.

One Butterfly? No Butterfly?

Thinking of You Stencil

Online Card Class:  Day 5 Rainbow Stenciling

Stencil:  Tim Holtz
Sentiment:  Technique Tuesday
Distress reinkers
Dreamweaver Stenciling Paste
Butterfly dies:  Memory Box

This simple card was the hardest one for me.  Laura Bassen's card was exactly the look I wanted.
I still think the butterflies will probably fly away . . .
I tried three different butterfly dies.  My eye didn't like any of them on this card.
Maybe just the one butterfly at the top?

It's a work in progress.

Pick an Age

Online Card Class Day 5: Stenciling Mediums

Stencil from Crafters Workshop
Sentiment:  Art Impressions

Several of the teachers in this class used Distress reindeers to color white embossing paste.
I had not tried that and I'm now loving' it.  It is so fun to pull back the stencil and see the results . . .  never exactly what I expected.  But sometimes even better!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hugs, Kisses, Fairy Wishes

Online Card Classes:  Day 4 Rainbow Watercolor

I took some of what Kristina taught today and some of what Laura showed us to created this card.
All of the stamps and dies are from a Hero Arts Monthy Kit.  The background is Distress ink on watercolor paper.
It's so interesting that these were done side-by-side with the same ink yet they look so different!
I actually did two watercolors before these.  They were much too bright for this delicate die and fairy.

I love this Hero Arts kit and think this technique is perfect for it!

Sunshine and Rainbows

Online Card Class:  Rainbow Maker Day 3 Rainbow Die Cutting

On this card I combined lessons from both Cathy Zielske and Nicole Spoor.  Cathy showed die cutting tons of rings which are put together to make rainbows.  (Micropore tape is the secret to keeping them together.)  Nicole demonstrated gluing together tiny strips of various colors and sizes on Stick It then die cutting them with word dies.

The background is made using the MFT Cloud stencil with Distress ink.  The girl, one of my favorite stamps, is from Simon Says Stamp.  Circle die and rainbow word die are from Dynamics.

Wink of Stella gives the rainbow some glisten.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Online Card Class:  Rainbow Maker Day 2

Carolyn Wiley demonstrated different ways to give large sentiment dies rainbow colors.
The "believe" sentiment die and stacked stars dies are from Simon Says Stamp.  I love that the "believe comes with a shadow die which I cut from Stampin Up silver glitter paper.  I also die cut a few stars from the glitter paper to fill in some of the star cuts.

The darling sleeping bunny and teddy bear stamps are from MFT.  The cover was colored with Distress Ink as demonstrated by Kristina Werner on Day One.  The background is also Distress ink.

The bear and bunny were stamped in Memento and colored with Copics.

Finally, the background was splattered with white acrylic paint.

I have two friends who are fighting life-threatening health situations.  I'm wondering if this card would be appropriate for them?


Online Card Classes:  Rainbow Maker Day 1

What a beautiful surprise this was!  This technique is so fun when you pull back the stencil to reveal what you've created.  I could not envision what this Tim Holtz stencil of sun rays would do with the rainbow technique taught by Laura Bassen . . .  but I love the results.
Grateful die is from Penny Black.

Hello Friend

Online Card Classes:  Rainbow Maker Day One

I thought this stencil would give a more defined rainbow than it did.  There is too much white space to get a recognizable rainbow.  But I love the color!  It's so busy that the Hello Friend didn't show up until I carefully wrote over it with Stickles.  As if that wasn't enough, I added sequins.

If I had it to do over again I would use chunky die cut letters and pop them up.

Lesson learned.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Rainbow Unicorn

Online Card Class:  Rainbow Maker Day One

One of my favorite things is taking an Online Card Class.
A new one started today.  It's all about Rainbows.

Laura Bassen made a card using a stencil and a stencil pattern you make from circle dies. I tried four different stencils.  This one from Memory Box worked best as it really showed the rainbow well.
The rainbow is colored with Distress Inks.

The Unicorn is from Darcie.  He is stamped with Memento, colored in Copics and cut out with my brand new Scan n Cut.  Tickles and Glossy Accents and Wink of Stella make him glitter as all unicorns should.

The Wish sentiment is  a die from i.o. cut from Stampin Up glitter paper.

A note about my Scan n Cut.  I am having my 4th shoulder surgery next month.  As my arms and shoulders have become less useful this Scan n Cut is going to be a real lifesaver for me.  Even when I am in a sling after my surgery I am going to be able to play with this new machine.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Pocket Full of Sunshine

I just can't get enough of the Stampin Up Daisy Stamp and Punch.
Here I've also used the Stampin up Pocketful of Sunshine.
The Denim paper-backed fabric I found at Tuesday Morning.
I used a 5/8" punch with SU glitter paper for the flower centers.
Glossy Accents makes the glass lens shine.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Painting Flowers with Reinkers

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Ranger Products

I saw this Altenew Sketched Flower card painted with liquid water colors by Erum Tasneem.
Teals and Turquoise just call to me!  I CASED her card but I used Ranger Distress Reinkers.
I had never tried it before.  The reinkers gave me the brilliant depth of color I was looking for.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Beverages

Heidi Blankenship posted an awesome card using Altenew's Coffee Love stamp set.  I have been so anxious to get some ink on that set!  So I CASED her card giving it my own twist.
The coffee beans are stamped with Hero Arts ink.  The rest of the card is on watercolor paper stamped with VersaFine and watercolored with Zig Real Brush Markers.

This is a birthday card for a fellow coffee-addicted friend.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Crate and Daisies

This was one of those cards I thought was finished so many times . . .  then I wanted to add one more thing or change a flower color or add leaves.  Now I look at it and want to change the placement of one set of leaves!  Maybe it will never be finished!
Tim Holtz Embossing Folder
SU Daisy Punch
SU Crate Die Cut
SU Cardstock
SU Jute
Various inks
Eyelet Outlet Bling
Sunny Studio Sentiment embossed in gold

Tropical Celebration

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Beverages

I have an August birthday.  Interestingly many of my friends also have birthdays in August.
So I make a lot of birthday cards for girlfriends this time every year.

I saw this card somewhere but cannot find who originated it.  It is a CASE with only minor changes.
All of the stamps are from Simon Says Stamp.  I used Memento ink and colored with Copics.
Wink of Stella, Stickles  and Glossy Accents give some glitz.

Those birds just make me smile.

Friday, July 28, 2017

One Year Old

CASology 5 Year Anniversary:  Balloons

I think sometimes the universe does something to put it's stamp on a relationship.  In this case my grandson was born on my friend's birthday.  Two years later her great-grandson was born on my birthday!  This card is for him.

I used Distress Oxide ink for the background.  A MFT stencil was used to shape the clouds.  MFT dies were used to cut the squares.  The critters are from Mama Elephant.  The balloons come from Hero Arts.  Pattern paper is from SU.  Finally, the number 1 is from the Cricut Cartridge Base Camp.

Glossy Accents make those balloons shine.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Space Balloon

CASology 5 Year Anniversary:  Balloon

This is a birthday card for an astronomer.
The cute cats are from Newton's Nook.  They are stamped in Memento and colored with Copics.  Glossy accents are used on the space helmet, space suit and glass on the telescope.
I covered the navy cardstock with silver heat embossed stars and splats of white acrylic paint.
I die cut the balloon then edged it in white pigment ink to make it stand out.
The front panel is popped up.
The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted.

The astronaut is on an Action Wobble that I just can't stop playing with.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Elegant Balloon

CASology 5 year anniversary
Challenge:  Balloon
I wanted to enter this challenge
I wanted to make an elegant balloon
I wanted to use my new pink Altenew Inks

Here is the result!
I stamped this flower and leaf from Garden Treasure (Altenew) all over the card front with VersaMark and heat embossed them in gold.
I then did layered stamping with Altenew inks.

I die cut the balloon and edged it with gold embossing.

I die cut (Frantic Fran) the word Enjoy from gold paper.

Last I double popped the balloon and tied gold twine around the bottom.

I love this card!!!

Sunday, July 23, 2017


I got the new set of Distress Oxide ink pads!  Yippee for the bright colors!

That put me into an organizational mood.
I made new swatches for all of my Distress and Distress Oxide Inks using the templates from Jennifer McGuire.
I even reinked every one of my Distress ink pads!

When my new Altenew ink pads come I will do the same thing with them.
That means there are 12 new Altenew inks I will need to make space for.  The color swatches will help me compare inks and get rid of the old ink pads that have duplicate colors.

A year ago I had a conglomeration of ink pads and many duplicate colors.  (
there must have been 6 different ink pads in a Pool type color . . . my favorite!)
I wanted to focus on just a few brands of ink pads

I chose Altenew because they have four pads for each color going from very dark to very light.
It is impossible to choose graduated colors like that by just shopping on line.  Altenew does it for me!  And the ink is beautiful to stamp with and beautiful colors.
I have not yet invested in the Altenew reinkers.

I also love the Ranger Distress and new Distress Oxide inks because of the great techniques that are possible with them.  The new Oxide inks can also be used to just stamp images!  They blend beautifully AND I love the soft suede look they create.
I have all of them and all of the reinkers.

I also have some Hero Arts and Simon Says ink pads.  They fill in the color gaps missing from the Altenew inks.

While I have the Distress mini ink pads, I prefer the standard size ink pads.  I have some arthritis in my hands.  The standard pads are easier for me to hold.

Now with everything so organized and reinked, I can't wait to get back to stamping!

Monday, July 17, 2017

2nd Grade Notebook

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Plaid

I went to a workshop where we made these notepad holders.
I knew my granddaughter would love to have one to start school.
The plaid and chalkboard are from Lawn Fawn
Critters are a new stamp set from Neat and Tangled
Alphabet stamps are from MFT.

Chalkboard is heat embossed in white.  White ink is smeared on the chalkboard.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Coffee The Most Important Meal

2017 Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

I am a coffee lover.  Look through my addicted blog and you'll see I have quite lot of coffee supplies in my stash both in my kitchen and my studio.
This "Tall Teapot" by Catherine Scanlon is one of the newest in my collection of coffee stamps.
I stamped it with Memento and colored it with Copics.
The sentiment is by Altenew.
The word die is by The Ton.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sweet Land of Liberty

                                     Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Pattern Paper

As the name of my blog implies, I AM addicted to paper!
I went through my stash and pulled out paper, stamps and embellishments with a patriotic theme.
I assembled some of them into the above pocket tag.
At the heart of this tag is some vintage paper from Authentique.  I bought two packages of it years ago and judiciously use every scrap.
Bling, ribbons and even reproductions of vintage patriotic post cards fill the pockets.

Monday, June 19, 2017

You Moca Me Happy

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Emboss
I wanted to make something special for my husband's anniversary card.
He gives me coffee and a kiss every morning.  This card honors that tradition.

The card is called Pop and Twist.  I was taught how to make it by Karen Menghini and a video by MayMay.
I have so many coffee stamps and dies that I just used something from many different companies.
Reverse Confetti stamp and die "Some heroes wear capes.  Mine makes coffee."
Altenew-coffee sentiments and cup stamps
Concord & 9th white heat embossed latte heart
i.o. coffee cup dies
Spellbinders die
Neat and Tangled sentiment
Old old old Club Scrap papers

It's one of my favorite cards!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Fathers Day

The Ton
Layered Stamp

An ice cold beer on a 100 plus day, golf on tv and a steak on the BBQ.
And that's what makes a great father's day for a really great dad!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Bling Bird

                                           My Favorite Things Camp Create Day 5:  Glitter

Get out the Swifter!  It's time for Glitter!
The toughest thing about glitter is knowing when to stop.
I used Die Namics to cut various leaves from glitter papers.  The sharp dies cut right through the thickness of the glitter paper.
The MFT bird was stamped with Momento and colored with Copics.  Glossy Accents, Stickles and Wink of Stella were all used to give the bird some bling.

I was inspired by the many brilliantly colored birds we saw on our Cruise through the Panama Canal.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Strike up the Band

                                                MFT Camp Create Day Four:  Sliders
Sliders are so fun!  I thought these little marching band mice would made a perfect slider.
I did have to use small washers rather than pennies for the top two mice.
Background is done with Distress Oxide ink which blends so smoothly.
All elements are by MFT, stamped in Memento and colored with Copics.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

You Make My World Happy

My Favorite Things Camp Create Day Three:  Shakers

I love shakers so this was a fun day at camp for me.

I stamped the MFT sun on the acetate with Staz On.  Everything else is stamped with Memento and colored with Copics.

Stitched circle die, sentiment and girl are all from My Favorite Things.
Pattern Paper is by Prima.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Wild About You

                                             My Favorite Things Camp Create Day Two
The day's video showed using a background stamp to make a water color resist.    I stamped this MFT background with black Versafine then heat embossed it with clear powder.  I then graduated water colors from light to dark over the stamped background to create an ombre look.
Trees, animals and sentiment are from MFT.  Elements are stamped in Memento ink then colored with Copic markers.

Love from the Mothership

                                              My Favorite Things Camp Create Day One
Day One's video was about using water color to create a night sky.  On this card I used 3 or more layers of water color to create a sky for this space theme.

All elements are from MFT.


                                            My Favorite Things Camp Create Day One
Day One of Camp Create its all about water color.  The video demonstrates creating a night sky with water color.  It involves three or four layers of painting then drying.

Windows confuse me.  Are we looking in or out???  I try not to get too technical and just enjoy the process.

All of the images here are from MFT.  The window die is from i.o.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Adventure Awaits NYC

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes

My sister and her husband will be leaving for NYC soon.   They have been given a free apartment for the price of cat sitting!  This Newton's Nook stamp set was just perfect for them.  AND it was such a fun set to work with!  There are lots of images for the envelope and inside the card.

All images are stamped in Memento and colored with Copics.  I put Wink of Stella in each window, Stickles on the flame and heart.

The stitched partial circle die is from Pretty Pink Posh.

The background was created with Distress inks.

The sentiment is from Stampin Up.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Fall Magic Color Slider

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes

Later this summer I am going to a stamping retreat.  I wanted one of my projects to be a Lawn Fawn Magic Color Slider card.  Since this is my second magic color slider, it was easy to assemble.
All of the images and dies are from Lawn Fawn.  I don't know who made this sentiment.

Sorry the colored image is hard to see.  There is a distress ink night background resist with white heat embossed corn stalks.