Thursday, April 30, 2015

Emboss Resist

Dear Ones~
Today was a beautiful Northern Michigan day. I'll take it. And this weekend promises to be spectacular, I can't wait.
Today's offering will be entered into the Mod Squad Challenge, to do emboss resist. This is one of my favorite techniques, I love the look.

Here's my card:
I used ivory card stock and stamped the Sea Bubbles stamp from Designs by Ryn with Versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I sponged with Tea Dye and Victorian Velvet Distress Inks. The butterfly was stamped with Distress Markers and then painted with my waterbrush to bring out the colors.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Warm Cocoa, Innocent Pink and Ivory Card Stock
Designs by Ryn Sea Bubbles Stamp Set
GKD Birthday Blessings Stamp Set
Tea Dye and Victorian Velvet Distress Inks
Tea Dye, Victorian Velvet and Warn Lipstick Distress Markers
Spellbinders Flourish Die

That's it for me today. Thanks for stopping by, I adore your comments.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Pastel Posies

Dear Ones~
Just a quick post today. I wanted to enter the Power Poppy Challenge for April - Pop of Pastel.

Here's my card:
Here I used a digi stamp from Power Poppy called Countryside Bouquet. I love all the floral images from Power Poppy, and this one is no exception. I printed the image out on lightweight watercolor paper and colored it with Distress Markers and my waterbrush.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Innocent Pink and White Card Stock
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder ( don't know name)
Power Poppy Countryside Bouquet Digi Stamp
Tim Holtz Distress Markers
MFT Stitched Circles Die
Spellbinders Lacey Circles Die
Stash ribbon and Gems

That's it for me. Thanks for stopping by, I adore your comments. I took a photo of some Pussy Willows today and posted it on Facebook. It's finally SPRING!! Time for the Peepers to start peeping I think!!

Saturday, April 25, 2015


Dear Ones~
Oh, I have had so much fun playing in my craft room today. The card I'm sharing will be entered into two challenges:

 Mod Squad Challenge, hosted this week by my dear friend Joyce, who has asked us to make a card of encouragement.
Just Us Girls Challenge, which this week is a photo inspiration challenge.

Here's my card:

I love this new stamp set by Dyan Reaveley for Ranger called Clearly Doodle Parts. Just picked it up a couple of days ago at Hobby Lobby and couldn't wait to use it. Also used POTP Serentipity Flowers Stamp Set for the border, butterfly and greeting. I did the smooshing technique for the background with Distress Inks on watercolor paper. Can't tell you what the colors are because I found it in my stash of "play papers". You know, where you play with your colors and then just stash the papers away for later. The images are colored with Distress Markers as well as Fine Tech Pearl Colors in gold, and then accented with my white gel pen. I love the whimsical effect I got with the white pen. Oh, and there's that little laser cut wooden bird that I colored with Distress Makers.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Innocent Pink, Ocean Mist and White Card Stock
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Dylusions Clearly Doodle Parts Stamp Set
HOTP Serendipity Flowers Stamp Set
Fine Tech Pearl Colors Watercolors
MFT Hybrid Ink in Black Licorice
Tim Holtz Distress Markers
Uniball White Gel Pen
Stash Gems

Thanks for stopping by, I adore your comments. That's it for me, I'm outa here.....

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Dear Ones~
It's been snaining all day here - rain and snow together, in case you didn't know. Ha ha - UGH!!! I am so done with this stuff!!

Today's card has been crafted for the Papertrey Ink Challenge, white on white with die cuts and a pop of color. Kind of a fun challenge, and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, this week is Clean and Simple.

Here's my card:

I love this die and stamp set. It's called Harvest Berries, but I don't know why. It's ginkgo leaves for sure. One of my favorite shapes. This challenge was a little more difficult than I thought it would be. Mostly because you need to have the right die or it just looks like a blob. I stamped the image with GKD Sweet Mango Ink and then went over each line with a Wink of Stella Glitter Pen in kind of a dark peach color. Then I put white dots on each leaf with my gel pen. I kinda like the effect. Oh, and that heart is gold foil, but you would never know by the photo. Don't know what happened there.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD White Heavy Weight Card Stock
PTI Harvest Berries Die and Stamp Set
PTI Botanical Silhouettes Stamp Set for Greeting
GKD Sweet Mango and Charcoal Brown Ink
Wink of Stella Glitter Pen
Signo White Gel Pen

So that's it for me today. I adore your comments, thanks so much for stopping by!!

Monday, April 20, 2015

je t'adore!!!

Dear Ones~
 This will be short today. Just wanted to enter the Just Us Girls Challenge. This week we are to use brown, white or ivory and one other color.  Here is my card:

So kraft is brown, right? I chose Ocean Mist as my other color. I just love this combination. I heat embossed the image with white embossing powder after I had stamped the text background with Memento Desert Sand Ink and one of the stamps from Flourishes Wild Roses. I think I won that Flourishes set from my dear friend Sharyn Polesel when she had some blog candy up for grabs. Thanks, Sharyn!!! In retrospect I think I would have used GKD Kraft Ink instead. It would have shown up better. Anyway, then I colored the image with Distress Markers. Love the look of the white line art and then the color on kraft. Finished it off with some white Enamel Accents for the little dots. That's supposed to be a heart next to the greeting, but it's wonky. It's the way the stamp is.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Ocean Mist, White and Kraft Card Stock
Memento Desert Sand Ink
VersaMark Ink
GKD Charcoal Brown Ink
GKD White Embossing Powder
Flourishes Wild Roses Stamp Set
Ranger Enamel Accents
Distress Markers
Stash Rhinestones and Ribbon

So that's it for me, thanks for stopping by. I adore your comments. And head on over to Just Us Girls and check out the challenge. The designers are super talented!!

Sunday, April 19, 2015


Dear Ones~
Just a quick post today. It has been glorious outside - I'll take it. Supposed to rain tomorrow, but we need it badly. Forest fires are a real danger this time of year in Northern Michigan.

Today's card was made for the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, to make your own background, and the Designs by Ryn April Customer Creation Challenge. I have been wanting to get this water drop stamp inky and finally got to do it today.

Here's my card:
Isn't this stamp fabulous? You can just about feel the wetness of those water drops. I used my Brusho Crystal Colors to make the background and then used the Mixed Media die by Tim Holtz for Sizzix to cut out those wonderful holes. It give it so much texture. The droplets were colored in with Aqua Markers after I did the background. Then I used my white gel pen to add highlights, put on some Stickles for sparkle and then Glossy Accents for dimension.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Black Onyx and Vibrant Violet Card Stock
Brusho Crystal Colors on Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Sizzix Mixed Media Die
Kindred Spirits Stamp Set by HOTP for Greeting
Designs by Ryn Sideways Droplets Stamp
HOTP Flourishes Die
Aqua Markers
Glossy Accents

Thanks for stopping by on this beautiful Sunday. Hope your week is fabulous and you have some time to get inky. I adore your comments, and if you haven't already, I would love it if you would follow my blog.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wheel In The Color

Dear Ones~

I am hosting the Mod Squad Challenge this week, so go on over and play with me.

Here are my samples for you:

For this card I chose brighter colors from the red violet, blue green and yellow orange sections.
The Ingredients Are :
DCWV Miraposa and Stardust Patterned Paper
GKD Ivory, Black Onyx and Cranberry Tart Card Stock
Stampendous Lovely Gargen Stamp Set
GKD Stately Flowers 1 Stamp Set
Spellbinders Floral Flourishes Die
Sizzix Mixed Media Die by Tim Holtz
Copic Markers and Enamel Accents.

This next card is a little more subdued, but I used the same colors as the first one:

The Ingredients Are:
GKD Ivory Card Stock
K & Company Embossed Specialty Papers
Colorbok Fresh Linen Patterned Paper
Recollections The Sweetest Thing Patterned Papers
GKD Dogwood and Butterfly Stamp Set
GKD Fabulous Frame Stamp Set
Distress Markers
Memento Toffee Crunch Ink
Stickles and Stash Pearls
Thanks for stopping by, I adore your comments. And don't forget to slide on over to the Mod Squad Challenge and see what your fellow crafters have come up with. And hey, while you're at it, make a card yourself. I would love to see your beautiful creations!!!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Wings of Beauty

Dear Ones~
Oh My Gee ~ what awesome weather we had yesterday. Sunshine and 67!!! Today it's raining, but it's 54, and the beautiful spring flowers are loving their drinks of refreshing rain. Spring is all about rain and sunshine to make things grow!

Today's card was made for the Mod Squad Challenge, hosted by my dear friend Joyce this week. Her challenge is to make a butterfly the focal of your card. LOVE this challenge, butterflies are one of my favorites! They make any card look good...haha!!!

Here's my card:

This card is very clean and simple, and it certainly spotlights the butterfly. I used the Flourishes So Distressed Stamp Set for the background, and stamped it in Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks. I love using the images from that stamp set - they make great backgrounds with very little effort. I cut the butterfly in black with a Stampin' Up butterfly die. Then I glued it onto a piece of watercolor paper, colored it with Distress Markers, and fussy cut.

Here are the Ingredients:
Stampin' Up Butterfly Thinlits Die
GKD Black Onyx and White Card Stock.
Flourishes So Destressed Stamp Set
Flourishes Mother's Words of Wisdom Stamp Set for Greeting
Wild Honey Distress Ink
Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink
Distress Markers

That's it for me today. It's been awhile since I posted anything - life gets in the way. We had our sweet grandsons here for most of the week last week and I was VERY busy. I adore your comments dear readers, appreciate the love!!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Hello Spring

Dear Ones~
It's Easter Sunday, and the snow was falling pretty hard this morning. It's gone now, thank goodness. Hope you all are having a wonderful Easter Day!

Today's card is for 3 challenges:

The Mod Squad - my friend Kathy is hosting this week, and she has created a fun Tic Tac Toe Challenge, where we are to pick 3 adjoining squares and follow them to make our card. I chose patterned paper, dimension, and rhinestones.
Just Us Girls Challenge - my dear friend Sharyn is the host for this challenge. It's word week, and the word is "SPRING".
Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge - this week it's double partial die cutting. Click on the link to watch Laura show us how it's done.

Here's my card:
This technique is really fun to do, Laura makes it look so easy. And in reality it is.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD White Card Stock
Recollections Painted Fancy Patterned Paper
Papertrey Ink Rosie Posie Stamp and Die Set
MFT Die-namics Happy Hello Die
Spellbinders Classic Circle Die
Martha Stewart Branch Punch
Victorian Velvet Distress Ink
GKD Sweet Mango Ink
GKD Turquoise Sea Ink
GKD Ocean Mist Ink
Stash Rhinestones

That's it for me. Thanks for stopping by, I adore your comments. Think spring, my friends!!