Thursday, June 22, 2017

More Embossing Paste with Stencil

Hi y'all.

I have a couple more cards to share using embossing paste
through a stencil.

I used Pearlescent Embossing Paste this time.

Can  you see the shine?

After adding the embossing paste through my
Tim Holtz wildflower stencil and letting it dry,
I watercolored with Distress inks and water.

Here's another.

This time I added some splatters.

CAS Mix Up Challenge
is open for a couple more days.
It closes at midnight, June 24th (PDT)
My mixed media are embossing paste, stenciling, watercolor and stamping.

is still open too.

also open until the 24th

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Thinking of You (Alt)
Ink:   for stamping - Coastal Cabana, Tempting Turquoise (SU); for watercolor-Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron (D)
Paper:   Neena (110 lb.), Coastal Cabana, Tempting Turquoise (SU)
Other:  Mini Stencil #4 (TH), Pearlescent EP (Dreamweaver), Aqua Painter, Fun Foam

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Out to Sea

Hello, friends.

Summer is here!

Wouldn't it be nice to be sailing across the cool water
with the sun shining overhead?

I've never been on a sailboat and probably never will.

But I can dream.

And I can make a very simple card that speaks of summer on the water.

I pulled a Brusho background out, die cut this awesome piece from black,
added a little glue and a sentiment and I was done!

The Brusho crystals were sprinkled on watercolor paper and spritzed with water.

My grandson, Jack, likes to help me do this so I have lots of backgrounds.

We're doing Summer Watercolor at
CAS Watercolour


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Fun Birthday Sentiments (HLS)
Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:   Watercolor (Strathmore 140 lb. cold press), Basic Black (SU)
Other:  Out to Sea die (PB),  Brusho Crystals

Friday, June 16, 2017

Summer Flower for CAS Watercolour

Hello friends.
Is June flying by as fast for you as it is for me?

Here's another summer watercolor card.

I've heat embossed some script stamping on a die cut square
and used a watercolor wash over it.

This sweet, bashful daisy was die cut from watercolor paper
and I used Tambi Gansai watercolors to color the stem and center of the flower.

A super simple, easy card!

There's still time to enter at 
Challenge is open until the 24th

The rest of the Design Team and our Guest Designers have
some more awesome Summer inspiration for you to check out.

Hope to see you in the gallery.

I'll also enter at 
Wishing you a belated birthday  AAA.

edited to add to a new challenge
with Heather Telford and the Foiled Fox

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps: French Script Background (retired SU) 
Ink:   Whisper White
Paper:   Neena, Watercolor (TH)
Other:  White EP, Stitched Shapes Framelits (SU), Bashful Die (PB), Tambi Gansai Watercolors

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Embossing Paste Reminder for CAS Mix Up

Hello friends.

It's the 15th of the month and a reminder that there's still time to enter at
CAS Mix Up

Here's some more inspiration for you.

The challenge is

I've used stamping, embossing paste through a stencil, Copic marker coloring, die cuts and vellum.

I applied some Wendy Vecchi embossing paste through part of  my
favorite stencil.  I'm sorry it's retired, but I think Tim Holtz has a similar one.

While it was drying, I stamped this graceful flower from a NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff)
and colored it with Copic Sketch Markers.

The curve of the flower made me think of a circle, so I die cut it with a circle die 
and to be a little different, I cut it straight on one side.

I also die cut a larger circle from vellum to frame it a bit.

I added some dots with a white gel pen to give the flower a little more interest.

And it was done.

The Design Team and both of our Guest Designers have some 
wonderful inspiration pieces to show you.

Hope to see you in the gallery!

This fits at Penny Black and More

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Delicate Florals, Enjoy (PB)
Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:   Neena, Whisper White Thick, Vellum (both SU)
Other:  Scraped Paint EF (retired MB), Embossing Paste (WV), Stitched Circle Dies (LI), Infinity Circles Die (HA), White Gel Pen

Monday, June 12, 2017

Embossing Gel Try

Hi, y'all.

Today's card isn't what I had in mind when I started.

I had a NBUS  stencil from Penny Black and thought embossing paste would work well with it.

When I pulled out my box with the embossing pastes, gels, etc.,
I saw the NBUS translucent embossing gel and thought of all 
those backgrounds needing to be used.

So I picked the one I thought would be best for these flowers
and almost chickened out.
It was such a pretty background that I hated to take a chance on ruining it!
Do you ever do that?

Well, I took a deep breath and proceeded, telling myself that I could always do another background.

Well, it didn't work.  Aargh!

The flowers were totally lost on the background.

But I didn't want to waste that background.
After all it was one of my favorites.

I remembered my dear friend Loll having a similar experience with a stencil.
She cut out the flower and put it on a  CAS card.

So I used ink to stencil the design on a piece of white cardstock
(you can't go wrong with white. It goes with everything).

I cut out the gelled flowers and popped them on the stems.
Maybe not what I originally intended, but fit to send.

This month's CAS Mix Up challenge
My mixed media are stamping, embossing gel through a stencil, ink through a stencil, 
fussy cutting and die cuts.

I'll take this over to Simon Says Monday Challenge: Touchy Feely too.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Lots of Thanks (SSS)
Ink:   VersaFine Onyx Black, Mowed Lawn, Sun Sugar (D)
Paper: Primrose Petals (SU), White (Neena)  
Other:  Flower Dance Stencil (PB), Texture Paste Transparent Gloss (Ranger)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Monochrome for Merry Monday

Hi!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend planned with some crafting thrown in.

It's been a busy week here but I managed to get a card done for
Merry Monday
thanks to my UFO (UnFinished Object box)

the challenge is hosted by Debbie this week.

I found this piece that I had done using the Embossing Folder Technique.

I rubbed Distress ink on the inside of an embossing folder, spritzed with water
and "stamped" it on a piece of cardstock.

My spritzer bottle and I have a running feud!
It wants to take control and send an over abundance of water to the project.

I was able to salvage a small piece of it that had white snowflakes
instead of watery blue.

A frame that was cast off from another project was the perfect size.

I actually tried to make a shaker card using some acetate from the back of a stamp set.
Nothing would stick to it!
I wonder what that stuff is actually make of?

I gave up on the shakers and stamped a sentiment directly on the image.

I've used this Holiday Snippets set many times and always wanted to 
find a card to use this sentiment on.

Here's a close up in case you can't read it on the card.

You can also see the sparkle on the snowflakes.

I thought it needed something else so I winked it with Stella.
However, Stella seems to have lost her sparkle.
So I sprinkled some Dazzling Diamonds on the wet Stella.
I'm hoping there was enough glue in it to hold the glitter.
Otherwise whoever gets this card will have an envelope full of sparkle.

Maybe that's not a bad thing!

The best part of today is celebrating our oldest grandson's graduation from High School.

It seems like yesterday he was a tiny baby.

Now he's a big strappin' young man!

We are so proud of him!

I'm hoping to catch him in his cap and gown later today.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Holiday Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Faded Jeans (D)
Paper:   Neena, Midnight Muse, Whisper White (SU)
Other:  Snowflake EF (SZ), Stitched Mats Rectangles for frame (LI) WOS, Dazzling Details (SU)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Geraniums for a Friend

Hi there.

I got out my watercolors and an NBUS stamp yesterday.

I tried inking with Distress stains but I ended up coloring the stems red
as well as the flowers.

So I went back in with markers.

It's a little messy.

I used MISTI to stamp.  That way I can go back and get some details
after moving the color with water.

I pulled some of the color out and around the flower to
give it a loose look.  That way the messy seems intentional.


I plan to give this to our neighbors who are moving soon.
We are sad to see them leave.

They have admired my red geraniums each summer so
I thought this would be appropriate to  wish them well.

Inside I added this message....

Many people will walk
in and out of your 
life, but only true
friends will leave
footprints in your heart.
                Eleanor Roosevelt

Since it's flowers for friends, I'm going to run over to
'Flowers and friends make life a garden'


And since geraniums are my summer flower of choice,
I'll put this is in the gallery at

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Cling Geraniums (Stampendous), Special Wishes (PB)
Ink:   Versafine Onxy Black, Distress Stains (Festive Berries, Mowed Lawn), Distress Markers (same + Barn Door, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles)
Paper:   Neena, Watercolor (TH smooth side)
Other:  Paint Brushes #2 & #4, MISTI

Friday, June 2, 2017

Summertime for CAS Watercolour

Hello, my friends.

It's time for the launch of a new challenge at
CAS Watercolour.

This month's challenge is

Since Father's Day is this month, I thought this was appropriate for this challenge.

I took a full sheet of watercolor paper and stamped the Wondrous leaves 
randomly around the whole piece.  
Then I sprayed it with water and let the color move.

Messy and fun!

The tag is cut from that piece.

I hope you'll help us celebrate summer at
CAS Watercolour

The design team and our Guest Designers have lots of inspiration for you.
We have two Guest Designers this month, LeAnne and Ksenija
I hope you'll check them out.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps: Wondrous (PB),  Celebrate Every Day (HA)
Ink:   Peeled Paint Stain, Forest Moss, Gathered Twigs (Distress)
Paper:   Naturals White (retired SU), Watercolor (Strathmore 140 lb. cold press), Corrugated Cardboard
Other:  Pin Point Main Street Tags (PS), Elodi Bird Background (MB), Woodland Branch (MB), Gesso, 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Embossing Paste for CAS Mix Up

Hi y'all!  It's CAS Mix Up time!

Loll is hosting this month's challenge and she chose
I used embossing paste with a stencil, stamping and shaped die cuts cardstock marbled with fingernail polish dropped in water

Be sure to check out all the wonderful inspiration pieces from our talented Design Team and
our Guest Designer, Marianne (Marianne's cards 'n stuff), who was our April winner.

Then I hope you'll join us at

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Botanical Silhouettes (PTI)
Ink:   Tempting Turquoise (SU), Pumice Stone (Distress mixed with the embossing paste)
Paper:   Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White Thick (SU), Marbled cardstock, Snippet of Gold Foil)
Other:  Brick Wall Stencil (MFT), Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi), Stitched Butterflies (PS)