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.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Inside 2nd Grader Card

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Furry Friends

For the inside of the card I used stamps from many different companies.  The cut bookworm is from You Next Stamp.  The other words are from MFT.  I put scratch-on stickers over Amazing, Awesome and Super.

2nd Grader

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Furry Friends
My new Lawn Fawn Magic Color Slider dies came in time for me to play with them over the holiday week-end!  The youtube video by Lawn Fawn is excellent and walked me through the construction of this interactive card step-by-step.  It was really very easy once I saw how it all worked.

The kitten stamp is from Simon Says Stamp.  It's stamped in Memento and colored in Copics.
The image on acetate is stamped with Staz On.

Monday, May 22, 2017

So Very Sorry

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Sparkle

A card posted by Lorraine's Loft really caught my attention.  I CASED it with some of my own changes.

This is so different than anything I have made.  But I loved the sketched look to this Penny Black stamp.  It needed a little color but not too much.

I thought this would be a good card to send to a friend who's beloved pet died.

The sparkle comes from using a glitter gel pen on the ribbon, scattered dots and the center of the flower.  The gold bow also gives some sparkle.

Die is by spellbinders.
Stamped in Memento and colored with Copics.

Pizza Celebration

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Sparkle

We are going to a pizza party celebration later this week.
The Lawn Fawn Pizza images were so much fun to color!  I added the little Mama Elephant mouse and MFT cheese.
Something was still missing . . .  SU glitter paper punched confetti!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

1st Christmas Card 2017

Online Card Class:  Sparkle and Shine Day Four

I die cut the i.o. snowflake die then backed it with cardstock completely covered with Be Creative Tape.  Using my fingers and a stencil brush I brushed silver mica flakes into the adhesive until it was smooth.

The "peace" die cut it from Memory Box.

PearlEx Sympathy

Online Card Class:  Sparkle and Shine Day Four

I simply love the monochromatic white of this card.  It is white PearlEx on White cardstock.
The Cheery Lynn Designs With Sympathy die is cut from Stampin Up white glitter paper.
Flower and leaf stamps are from Altenew.

Pearlex Thank You

Online Card Class Sparkle and Shine  Day Four

I wanted to try adding color to this card originally taught by Debbie Hughes.  I used turquoise PearlEx on Turquoise cardstock.   I also stamped a third layer on the flowers using turquoise PearEx on the third layer.

The flowers and leaves are by Altenew.  The die cut sentiment is from W Plus 9.

I am going on a garden tour later this week.  This is an appropriate thank you for the gardener who is hosting the tour.

Hero Arts Perfect Pearls Background

Online Card Class:  Sparkle and Shine Day Four

These are just the first two steps to creating a card similar to Debby Hughes.
Cardstock is stamped with Versa Mark then Perfect Pearls are brushed over the Versa Mark.
The background is stamped a second time using a background word stamp and Versa Mark.
Both of the background stamps I used are from Hero Arts.  I used both a white and a turquoise Perfect Pearls.


Online Card Class:  Sparkle and Shine Day Two

I have a Minc but I wanted to try using foil with an adhesive sheet just to see how that works.
The first try I didn't burnish the foil to the cardstock enough and missed some areas.  This was my second attempt.  There was only one small spot that didn't adhere.  As a result I would still prefer to use my Minc.

The "hi" die is from Winnie and Walter.  The stamps are from Your Next Stamp.  They are stamped in Memento and colored with Copics.

Glossy Accents and Stickles are added for some Sparkle and Shine.

I love this card!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hope to Sea You Soon

Online Card Class  Sparkle and Shine Day 5

I combined ideas from a couple days of this online card class.  On Day 5 Kristina Werner used Bo Bunny Glitter Paste.  This was a product I didn't know about!  So I bought it, tried it and love the look it gives!

The sentiment is from The Stamps of Life.
The awesome die is from Memory Box.

I used a 120# Neenah Solar White for the die cut panel to give it more stability.

Unicorn Special Wishes

Online Card Class Sparkle and Shine Day One

Carissa Wiley gave lots of ideas to Sparkle and Shine up sentiment dies.
I especially love her demo of rainbow glitter . . .  using ultra fine white glitter colored with Copic Markers.  In this case I used Elizabeth Craft glitter and a Wishes die from i.o.
The background clouds were made with Oxide Distress ink and a MFT stencil.
The unicorns are from Avery Elle.
Silver heart punches are from Martha Stewart using Stampin Up glitter paper.
Spica pens and Stickles are used for more glitter.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mother's Day Floral Shaker

Online Card Class Sparkle and Shine
This was inspired by Jennifer McGuire.  I just used supplies I had to create her design.
I have been doing so much Copic Coloring that I really enjoyed switching to using Distress Ink resist with white heat embossing on these beautiful flowers from Mama Elephant.
The scallop dies are from Spellbinders.  The Avery Elle sentiment is stamped in Versa Mark and heat embossed gold.
If you zoom in you might be able to see the rain drops I created with Glossy Accents as shown by Lydia Fiedler on Day 3 of Sparkle and Shine.
Sheer Shimmer Spritz was used for the overall sparkle.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

True Friendship

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Pink

I saw this Stampingbella Susie the Succulent stamp and hit the "Buy" button.  What more perfect stamp could there be for a Desert Rat like me???  (Desert Rat is the nickname for people like us who live in the desert year round as opposed to being a Snow Bird.)

I love this sentiment that comes with the stamp.  Friendship does grow day by day, year by year.
I have a special friend this message especially applies to.  She gets the card!

Ms. Susie was stamped in Memento and colored with Copics.  She was really fun to color.  There is just a tiny bit of sparkle on her shoes and the tendrils.

The frame is from Reverse Confetti.  I popped the center panel and Susie.

Friday, May 5, 2017

MFT floral You are Amazing

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Pink

Stephanie Klauck posted a card using this MFT Fancy Flowers stamp set that really lends itself to lots of masking.
I followed her lead but added more pink and as much gold bling as I could.  I also flipped the card to horizontal and added a mat to bring out the pool color.
All flowers are stamped in Memento and colored with Copics.  Gold accents include Stickles, sequins, gold embossing and Spica marker.  Glossy Accents highlights the navy centers.
Sentiment is also from MFT.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Dude You Rock (Monkeys)

Simon Says Monday Challenge: Great Outdoors

This is a congratulations card for our son who has accepted a new job. ( We've had a monkey theme going on cards and gifts for a very long time.)
I designed this card so I could use the new window die from MFT.  It is perfect to use with all kinds of critters so they peek out from the interactive window.
The monkeys are Clear Stamps that have been in my stash for years.  They were stamped with Memento, colored with Copics, eyes popped  and fussy cut.  Glossy accents and Stickles highlight their teeth and eyes.
The leaves from Stampendous are white heat embossed.  Color Burst was then used as a resist over the embossing.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

SSS Floral All Occasion Cards

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes
I stamped these cards and then painted them while on vacation.
I had seen the card created by Heather Hoffman some time ago.  I love the color combo!
The stamps are from Simon Says Stamp.