Monday, September 18, 2017

Happy Fall


Did you hear that the first day of Fall (or Autumn) is this week?

I love Fall with the beautiful colors and smells.

It will be a while before we see much color here
so I had to create some of my own.

I die cut this Arboscello Tree from Memory Box from watercolor paper

I scribbled with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers on
a pallete, spritzed with water and smooshed the leafy part of the tree into it.

I die cut some of the top of the tree from the leftover watercolor paper
and smooshed that too.

The tree is a double thickness for extra body and I snipped some of the
extra leaves to "fall" on the ground.

BTW: According to Mr. Google, arboscello is Italian for sapling.

Some challenges:

AAA Cards Challenge Autumn Colors

Just Us Girls Color Week: Burgundy, Yellow & Orange

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Happy Fall (Verve)
Ink: Soft Suede (SU)  
Paper:   Neena, Woodgrain (TH), Watercolor (Arches CP)
Other:  Arboscello Tree (MB),  Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Budding Branches for CAS Watercolour Reminder

The month is half over already.

Seems like the months whoosh by!

For my watercolor I used Brusho crystals sprinkled on a Gelli plate 
and spritzed with water.  I smooshed a piece of mixed media paper on the plate.

I think the Gelli plate gives softer look to the Brusho background.

I'm always amazed how using the same products in a different way
can yield such varied results!

  The leaves on this stamp are open
but since this is a silhouette challenge, I colored them in with a black marker.

We're going strong at 

Our talented Design Team has some more to inspire you and our 
Guest Designer, Birgit, always inspires.

And there's even more inspiration in the gallery.

The challenge is open until the 24th.

Hope you'll join us.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Budding Branches (TJ), Thinking of You (Alt.)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black, VersaMark, Basic Black Marker (SU)
Paper:   Naturals White, Basic Black (SU), Mixed Media (S)
Other:  Brushos (green & yellow ?), Gelli Plate (Gel Press), White EP (SU)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Lake View for CAS Mix Up

Hello friends.

We're halfway through the month already!

There's a little over a week left to play at
Using stamping, watercolor wash and dry embossing.

The Design Team and our Guest Designer, Cathy R.
have some fantastic inspiration to share with you.

I've used a NBUS stamp, Wildflowers, from Technique Tuesday to
stamp on a piece of watercolor wash.

The bloom made me think of mist rising off the lake.

It wasn't intentional, just a happy happening!

I've matted the piece on a bit of black then over some Naturals White
that was dry embossed. 

The picture doesn't show the embossing very well.

Another masculine card to add to my stash.

I have quite a few birthdays for the guys coming up.

This also works for CAS Watercolour

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Wildflowers (TT), Fun Birthday Messages (HLS)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Watercolor (Arches cold press), Naturals White, Basic Black (SU)  
Other:  Gansai Tambi Watercolors, Pinewood Planks EF (SU)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Birthday Blossoms

Hello dear friends.

I had some fun with my Zigs.

I found this piece already stamped, embossed and ready to color.

I pulled out my Zigs and went to work.

It's really not work.  I find watercolor very relaxing.

After coloring the flowers and foliage,
I added a light wash around it all using a wet on wet technique.

I've used stamping, watercolor wash, heart embossing and die cutting.

The Design team along with our Guest Designer, Cathy R.
have lots of inspiration for  you at the challenge site.
The gallery is full of beautiful entries too.

Not sure what a watercolor wash is?
We have links to videos here.

I'll take this over to 
This week they're asking for CLEAN AND SIMPLE.

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Birthday Blossoms (SU), Beautiful Butterflies (PTI)
Ink:   Whisper White, Chocolate Chip (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Mixed Media (S), Daffodil Delight (SU)
Other:  Zig CCRBM (#50 Yellow, #52 Bright Yellow, #65 Mid Brown, #64 Oatmeal, #43 Olive Green, #46 Mid Green, #36 Light Blue), Stitched Rectangles Die (SSS), Sttitched Shapes Framelits (SU), Stitched Squares (LI)  

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Lake Loon Washed

Hello.  Thanks for joining me today.

It's time for a new challenge at CAS Mix Up

This month I'm hosting the challenge and I chose
I've used stamping, watercolour wash, watercolor painting, salt and heat embossing

I die cut this beautiful loon die from mixed media paper.

I colored details for the cattails and loon with Distress Markers
and an Aqua Painter.

The rest of the piece was washed, wet on wet

I added more color when the piece was just damp and got some blooms.

I think it made it looks more like water.

The background piece was washed and salted.

There are some awesome inspiration pieces at the challenge blog.
Our Design Team have done beautiful work and so has our
Guest Designer, Cathy R.

We've also got lots of videos if you need some technique ideas.

Hope to see you at 

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Fun Birthday Messages (HLS)
Ink:   Whisper White (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Mixed Media (S), Basic Black
Other:  Lake Loon Die (GM), White EP (SU), Gansai Tambi Watercolors

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Snowflake Joy

Hi there.

Did this week go by fast for you too?

Merry Monday is back after a summer break.

My friend Marcia is hosting this week.
Here's her challenge.
There's lots of wonderful inspiration over there and it's always good to
have those Christmas cards done before it's time to send them out!

I'm also going to enter this at City Crafters Week #378
I have a combination of the top and bottom right samples.


My UFO box had a Brusho background that had been stamped and
embossed with the wonderful, BIG, Hero Arts snowflake.

I had just bought a new die set of Penny Black Christmas words so
I die cut the joy from a snippet of glimmer paper.  The snowflake too.

Another card for the Christmas box!

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Dazzling Snowflake (HA)
Ink:   Whisper White
Paper:   Mixed Media (S), Neena, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer (SU)
Other:  White EP, Brusho Crystals (?), Stitche Rectangles Dies (SSS), Snowflake Die (IO), Greetings Die (PB)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Choose Joy Tiny Flowers

Hello, dear friends.

I'm playing with a couple of challenges today that I haven't played in a long time.

It seems like the days are just too short to do all that I'd like to do!

I used the tiny flower stamps that were included with a lovely sentiment set that I recently bought.

In the Make it Monday Challenge #296, at Papertrey Ink, Lexi showed us how
to use some of these tiny stamps in a repetitive pattern for a card.
Here's Lexi's card....

I put mine in a die cut window.  It helped to get the images in a straight line
(I don't do straight lines very well!)

and at Less is More this week
I love this color combination!

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Choose Joy, Beautiful Butterflies (PTI)
Ink:   Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi, Gumball Green (SU)
Paper:   Whisper White Thick Pacific Point (SU)
Other:  Take Three Die (PTI)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Hello my talented friends.
I hope you are having a creative day.

I hadn't used my Copics in a while and thought they would be perfect
for coloring this pretty flower from Technique Tuesday.

Today I'm playing at The Flower Challenge
I have used the far right column: Sentiment, CAS, Color Blue.

Since I've used my Copic Markers, I'm going to join in at
Daily Marker's 30 Day Coloring Challenge

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Agapanthus (TT), Special Wishes (PB)
Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:   Neena, Whisper White Thick
Other:  Copic Markers (B21, B24, V04, YG03, YG63, YG93, E00, E13, E23, B0000, BV0000), Dual Stitched Circles Die (LI), EF (SU)

Monday, September 4, 2017


Hello friends.

If you are celebrating Labor Day, I hope  you are enjoying the day!

We've just returned from a couple days in the NC mountains
with our daughter and her family. So we are spending
a quiet Labor Day.

These loons were stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed.  They'd been
waiting patiently in that UFO box for their place on a card.

I had pulled them out thinking they would be good for our 
CAS Watercolour silhouette challenge 
but needed some watercolor to go with them.

I had this piece of watercolor wash in my background box and was
trying to figure out how to put them together when I saw this card
that my friend Julia had done.

She enabled me to zip over to Papertrey ink and check out this die.

Actually it was 2 dies.  And while I was there, I had to get some 
of their wonderful sentiment sets too.

I used the smaller die to cut a piece of the watercolor wash
and the larger die to emboss a piece of Neena.

Fortunately there was enough of a border left on the wash
to use as a narrow border.

Here's a close up of the wash. Doesn't it look like water?

CAS Mix Up
I have stamping, watercolor wash, heat embossing, dry embossing with a die and a die cut.

AAA Cards #98 is
I'm thinking the loons qualify as critters.


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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Circle Loons (Northwoods), Out on a Limb Sentiments (PTI)
Ink:   VersaMark
Paper:  Neena, Mixed Media (ST), Basic Black (SU) 
Other:  Gansai Tambi watercolors, Mat Stack 3 & Layerz Mat Stack 3 dies (PTI), Black EP (SU)

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Silhouette Birds for CAS Watercolour

Hello friends.

It's time for a new challenge at

This month Loll has challenged us to use silhouettes on our watercolors.
Silhouettes can be black, white, gray, any metallic (silver, gold, etc.), dark blue
or dark brown.

I've chosen to use a black silhouette cut from a die my friend and teammate,
Christine, sent me for my birthday.  I love these sweet little birds!
 I only used 3 of the 5 birds since the window is small.

The background was done with Brushos and water.  I think it looks like a sunset.

Our design team is joined by the very talented Birgit (Rapport fran ett skrivbord) and
there are some beautiful inspiration cards at the challenge site.

I hope you'll join us at
CAS Watercolour

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Hope is the Thing (TJ)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:   Naturals White, Basic Black (SU), Watercolor (?)
Other:  Brushos, Rectangle Peek-a-boo Window (MFT), Bird on a Wire Die (no name)

Friday, September 1, 2017

Pink Wash for CAS Mix Up

Hi, ya'll.

It's time for a new challenge at CAS Mix Up
and this month, I'm the host.

First, here's my card.
and here's the challenge

My card uses stamping, watercolor wash, heat embossing with emboss resist technique.

I used a stamp that my dear friend Nance (Soul Stampin') gave me for my birthday.
Thanks again, Nance!

I stamped it on a piece of mixed media paper cut at 4" x 5 1/4"
with white pigment ink and heat embossed it.

The embossing helps to hold the watercolor inside the design.
This stamp is perfect for that because the frame is a part of the stamp.

I wet the design area so there was a good sheen but not puddles
and dropped watercolor onto it. Using an Aqua Painter, I spread 
the color then dropped more color onto the center of the flowers.

For my color I used Seedless Preserves ink applied to my palette with
a little water dropped onto it.

Easy and fun!

There are videos on the challenge site.  I found them to be very helpful!

Our very talented Design team is joined by Cathy R. this month
as our Guest Designer.
Be sure to check out their creations too.  They are bound to inspire you!

I hope you'll join us at
CAS Mix Up.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Blossoming (Stamplorations)
Ink:  Whisper White (SU), Seedless Preserves (DI)   
Paper:  Mixed Media (S), Neena
Other:  White EP (SU), Aqua Painter (SU)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Peony Bud

Hi there.

I hope you are having a good day.

Just Us Girls is having a photo week.
I chose to use some pink, green and gold.


There is a pin dot border on the tag, a gold border around the flower and a border 
on the edge of the sentiment piece.

To make this card:

I crumpled up a piece of plain white tissue paper, partially flattened it out and
glued it on some white cardstock.

After it dried, I die cut it with my favorite tag die.

One sweet flower was die cut from gold foil and then
I cut one from some smooshed pink ink
and another from a snippet of Brusho colored cardstock.

I inlaid the pieces, stamped and heat embossed a sentiment on
another piece of the pink and popped them on the
tissue paper tag.

A few rhinestones add a little bling.

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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Happy Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Encore Gold
Paper:   Neena, Tissue, Gold Foil (SU)
Other:  Pinpoint Main Street Tags (PS), Peony Bud Die (PS), Gold EP (SU), Basic Rhinestones (SU)