Thursday, October 20, 2016

Golden Madonna

Dear Ones~
Well, today is Thursday, but it has seemed like Saturday all day to me. But then that's what it's like when you are retired. EVERY DAY is

Today I made a card for The Stamp TV Weekly Challenge. This week Sylvia has invited us to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) one of the designers on the Design Team, and she has picked Karen Hightower. Karen's work is FABULOUS!! Just go HERE and take a look at her fantastic creations.

Here is Karen's card I chose:

Birthday Wishes!

And here's my card:
I am such a fan of heat embossing on vellum, so Karen's card really caught my eye. I have to make a confession - I'm really, REALLY lazy. Karen had stitched the vellum to the patterned paper, and I just didn't feel like pulling out my sewing machine for one stitch line. So, I hand stitched the vellum to my patterned paper with gold thread. I kind of love how it turned out, and it really wasn't too much of a hassle. I used a tool called the Scor Bug Embosser. The Scor-Bug is a rotary tool which is used with a scoring board and embosses a row of pearl like little bumps adding texture and relief to your card stock. Oh, and I think the gold foiling on the background patterned paper is so elegant and matches the platinum embossing powder I used for the focal.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Sandy Beach Card Stock
DCWV Copper Foil Card Stock
DCWV Cup of Cheer Patterned Paper
PTI Vellum
GKd Christmas Joy Stamp Set
Stash Gold Thread
Ranger Platinum Embossing Powder 
Martha Stewart Stars Punch

So that's it for now. Wonder what I will be doing tomorrow, when it feels like Saturday again....ha ha. Hope your week is going well. And thanks for your comments, they mean the world to me!!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mod Squad Challenge - The Way We Were

Dear Ones~
This week Vicki Dutcher and I are hosting the Mod Squad Challenge. Our challenge is THE WAY WE WERE.  We want you to take one of your old creations and CASE YOURSELF. Use your favorite card and put a new twist on it.
One of our sponsors is the wonderful stamp company
Kitchen Sink Stamps offers us a discount CODE: ModSquad15.
  These stamps are amazing. Most have a multi-stamp feature that lets you get great detail in your images using several colors. There is real dimension with a 3-D effect! And one of the best features of this stamp company is that there are color recipes for most of the multi-step stamps, so you don't have to guess what colors to use. There are even alternative colors if you don't have the inks that are suggested. Maria from Kitchen Sink Stamps is a member of our Mod Squad Challenge Facebook Group so feel free to say Hi or ask any questions.
A $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE to the store. 
You can pick your own goodies and there are lots of choices!

Here is the card I chose to CASE:

And here my CASE'd card:
I discovered a new product by Heidi Swapp called Minc Reactive Paint. It's a sticky paint that you apply with a brush and then run through your laminator with foil. I love it because it's clear and you won't get any black residue showing through from the toner. The butterflies were stamped with the 3 Step Butterflies Kitchen Sink Stamp Set and fussy cut. Then I painted the Reactive Paint around the edges and ran it through my laminator with Rose Gold Foil. The leaves are die cut from the Paper Smooches Foliage 2 Dies (thanks, Donna).

Here's a close up. It's my first attempt, so my lines are kind of thick. I think this is going to be a lot of fun to play with. There is also a mist that reacts the same way.
See more about the paint HERE.
See more about the mist HERE.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Dark Chocolate Card Stock
DCWV Neutrals Card Stock
My Minds Eye Fancy That Patterned Papers
Kitchen Sink Stamps 3 Step Butterfly Stamp Set
Paper Smooches Foliage 2 Dies
SU Blushing Bride Ink
GKD Innocent Pink Ink
Minc Reactive Paint
Minc Rose Gold Foil

Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to head on over to The Mod Squad Blog Challenge and play along. I can't wait to see your wonderful creations, and I adore your comments.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Just Us Girls #365 - Color Week

Dear Ones~

This week is Color Week over at Just Us Girls, and I am the host. I have chosen the colors Olive, Gold and Rust.  As usual with color challenges, you are to use all three of the chosen colors as well as any neutrals that you need.  Neutrals are white, ivory, kraft, black, brown or gray.

Here is my example:
 Here I used Altenew's Beautiful Day Stamp set and Stampin' Up's Diagonal Stripes Background Stamp. I splattered with gold paint to add some shine.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD White and Fresh Asparagus Card Stock
Altenew Beautiful Day Stamp Set
Various Stampin' Up Inks
SU Diagonal Stripes Stamp
Gold Watercolor
Stash Enamel Dots

Please visit the JUST US GIRLS blog to see the wonderful cards that our October Guest Designer, Jaydee, and the rest of the team have made this week. And remember, if you win Chic of the Week in any of our October challenges, you will be in the running to be chosen as our Guest Designer for the month of December!!   I hope to see you there. 

Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Happy Snowman

Dear Ones~
This is my second post! I'm on a roll! This offering was made for the Stamp TV October Release Challenge. Gina has invited us to make a Christmas card using the wood grain background technique. I have chosen to use Gina's technique called Carved Wood. You can watch a video she posted showing how to do this technique HERE.

Here's my card:
I decided to go with a blue color palette this time. The Carved Wood Technique is so much fun and I plan on doing it more. And don't you just LOVE that happy snowman? This is one of my favorite GKD stamps from a past kit, Merry Little Christmas.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD White and Blue Denim Card Stock
GKD Blue Denim, Ivory and Powder Blue Ink
Paper Studios Lattice Circles Embossing Folder
GKD Merry Little Christmas Stamp Set
Spellbinders Circles Dies
Spellbinders Pinked Circle Die
Various Stash Snowflake Punches
Stash Gems
Nuvo Crystal Drops in Blue

Thanks for stopping by again, your comments mean the world to me. Now go rake some leaves or!!!

CASEing Heather

Dear Ones~
Hope this finds you in a good space, looking forward to the weekend. It's a nice sunny fall day here.


This offering was made for the Papertrey Ink Create Along with Us Challenge. I LOVE this card by Heather Nichols and thought it would be really fun to copy.


Here's what I came up with:
Here I have used the PTI Tinsel and Tags stamp set. I just drew a circle on the Rustic Cream Card Stock and then stamped the pine fronds around. Easy peasy. Thanks for the inspiration, Heather. I thought I would stamp the squiggly line from a Fiskars border stamp set onto the kraft to add a little interest.

Here are the Ingredients:
PTI Rustic Cream Card Stock
GKD Kraft Card Stock
PTI Tinsel and Tags Stamp Set
SU Inks In:
*Cucumber Crush
*Cherry Cobbler
*Soft Suede
SU Linen Thread
Christmas Red Stickles
Fiskars Border a Plenty Stamp Set

Thanks for stopping by, I adore your comments. Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Altenew October Inspiration Challenge

Dear Ones~
Another post tonight. I really enjoyed playing in my craft room today. This offering is for the Altenew October Inspiration Challenge.

Here is the inspiration:
And here is my card:
 I decided to stamp the 3-step leaf stamp from Altenew's A Beautiful Day on kraft card stock with white pigment ink, and then use colors for the details. I did the Rock and Roll technique with Delightful Dijon and Cherry Cobler for the detail image, and the outline was done with Cajun Craze. I really like the look. The stripe is a background stamp from Stampin' Up. 
I love it and use it a lot.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Cranberry Tart and Kraft Card Stock
PTI Rustic Cream Card Stock
Altenew A Beautiful Day Stamps
W Plus 9 Happy Birds Stamp
SU Diagonal Stripes Background Stamp
GKD White Pigment Ink
SU Inks In:
*Cherry Cobbler
*Delightful Dijon
*Cajun Craze

 So that's it for me tonight. Hope you had a lovely day. Tomorrow is Friday and the weekend will be upon us. Thanks for stopping by, your comments mean the world to me!

Power Poppy - Make It Move

Dear Ones~
A beautiful day in Northern Michigan. Our apples are ready and we will soon be making apple sauce. I'm taking advantage of this lull before the work begins to make a couple of cards. This one will be entered in the Power Poppy Power and Spark Challenge - Make It Move.

Here's my card:
The challenge was to make a card that had movement. I was kind of stumped! Not because I don't do interactive cards, LOVE doing those, but all my Power Poppy stamps are florals and I just didn't know what to do with those where I would create movement. Then today I watched a video by Dawn Griffith and I had my answer....a slider card. See her video HERE. A slider card has movement, right?? I kind of like how it came out. The rose is a digi stamp from Power Poppy and it was fussy cut after coloring with Copics

Here are the Ingredients:
DCWV Trade Winds Patterned Paper
PTI Rustic Cream Card Stock
Power Poppy Short Stacks Stamp Set
Power Poppy Springtime Love Stamp Set
Power Poppy Rose and Chamomile Digi Stamp
Copic Markers
SU Island Indigo Ink
Prima Dies Forest Leaves Die
Gold Stickles

This card was a lot of fun to make, and it's very clever I think. Thanks for stopping by. Stay tuned for another post tonight. I'm on a roll...ha ha. Oh, and I adore your comments.