Hello and welcome to my blog of card crafts. I am happy that you stopped by for a visit. I hope you can visit often. Have a wonderful and blessed day! "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and my soul knows right well." Psalm 139:14

Monday, July 27, 2015

Stencil Play

Hi and welcome to my blog. I hope you are having a good day. It is so hot and humid here. I trust you are staying cool. First I want to give a thanks to Nancy Dynes who joined my blog recently! Now to show you a card I made using a stencil. I must give credit to my good friend for teaching me this technique she saw online. I love techniques and I made quite a few backgrounds with this this one!

This is what I did. I chose a leaf stencil, dabbed 3 colors of Distress stains all over it and spritzed the stains with water. I turned over the stencil and pressed it lightly on watercolor paper. You end up with a blotchy background. Now while the stencil was still wet, I inked up a script stamp and stamped it on the wet stencil and pressed the stencil onto the paper again. You do not really see the script, but it adds some interest to the background. 

I now had the open spaces of the leaves left, so I outlined the leaves with a fine point Sharpie marker and colored the leaves using Distress inks and my water pen.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful day!

Challenges entered:

Love To Scrap:  Anything Goes
Mod Squad:  The Wing's The Thing
Simon Says Monday Challenge:  No Ordinary Paper

Friday, July 24, 2015

A Summer Day

Hi Everyone and welcome to my blog. Have you been sweltering like I have? I am trying to keep my plants and grass alive! While watering my flower garden I have seen some pretty butterflies fluttering by. I have some pretty phlox growing in my garden too. These things have been my inspiration for my card today. I love summer even though it has been so hot.

I used Tim Holtz's Tattered Flower Garden die to make my flowers. I used Twinkling H2O's to color them. 

The butterfly is a stamp I fussy cut from the Butterfly Corner from Our Daily Bread stamps. The leaves behind the window were made by using a leaf stencil, matte white embossing paste and coloring using Distress inks and water.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Challenges entered:

Frilly and Funkie:  Raise It Up (lost of layers)
Love To Create:  Anything Goes (mixed media, creative, inky)
Our Daily Bread:  Floral Inspiration
Paper Take Weekly:  Build It Up (not flat)

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Color Burst Play

Hi and welcome to my blog. I have had a lot of fun playing with my new Color Burst powders lately. Here are a few cards I made with them. On these backgrounds I just spritzed my watercolor paper with water, tapped on some Color Bursts and just let them spread. I also spritzed them again by aiming my spritzer at an angle to move the direction of the water and colors. It was fun finding stamps that would "fit" the patterns of the Color Bursts.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Oldies Technique #13 -- Colored Pencil Shadow

Hi and welcome to my blog. I have had such fun revisiting Oldies techniques this year. I have another one to show you. It is called colored pencil shadow. You can also do this technique with chalks but I find that I make a big mess using chalks and I can get into smaller spaces using pencils. The effect is about the same with both, maybe the chalks giving a softer look.

Supplies needed:

black or dark card stock
white pigment ink
solid stamp
colored pencils

Ink up your stamp with the white pigment ink and stamp it on the black card stock. You will need to let the ink dry a bit or dry it with your heat tool.

Start coloring in areas of the image with your pencils.

Keep coloring until the image is completely colored. You will see a white "shadow" around the image. 

Not only can you do this technique on dark card stock, but here are two that I did on kraft card stock.

This is so easy and looks neat! I hope you have fun with this technique. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful day!

Challenges entered: 

Paper Take Weekly:  Don't Be Square
Scrapy Land:  Vintage/Steampunk
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Anything Goes

Sunday, July 12, 2015

What's Moo?

Hi Everyone! Welcome to my blog. I want to show you a summer card I made using the Color Bursts. It is sweltering here and I would love to be in the water like this little guy! For the background I stamped a background stamp onto watercolor paper and embossed with clear embossing powder. I spritzed the background real well with water and tapped my Color Burst powders over it. I tilted the paper some so the colors would run and blend.

I added three bling dots above the cow and Princess Elsa Frost loose glitter, by Sparkle N Sprinkle, on the waves. TIP: When applying loose glitter to small areas, use a glue pen. You can control where the glitter goes better.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you are keeping cool. Have a great day!

Challenges entered:

Love To Scrap:  It's A Triple Play
Paper Take Weekly:  Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Furry Friends
Top Tip Tuesday:  Summer Fun

Saturday, July 4, 2015


Hi Everyone! I hope you had a wonderful July 4th. I celebrated with friends, food and fireworks! I want to share a tag I made remembering the 4th. We are so blessed here in America so we should celebrate our freedoms and remember those who have and are fighting to keep them.

I used this beautiful eagle from Sparkle N Sprinkle, stamped and colored him and then swiped MicroGlaze over the top of him. I then water colored over the top using Distress ink - Faded Jeans. The MicroGlaze acts as a resist and gave the look of weathered wood. The background is a piece of script patterned paper.

The word charm was a dark slate color, so I used my Sharpies to make it a gold color and to enhance the word by using a red Sharpie.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and God bless!

Challenges entered:

Mod Squad:  Patterned Paper
The Artistic Stamper:  Tags

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Oldies Technique #12 -- Watermark Resist

Hi and welcome to my blog! Happy July 4th! I hope that you will have a wonderful 4th and be safe. Before I show my technique and card I want to give a salute to all our military past and present who have served and are serving to keep our country free. Thank you and may God bless! Let us not forget the sacrifices many have made to keep us free.

I wanted a subtle background for this card and remembered this OLD technique. It is another easy technique that I hope you will enjoy revisiting.

Supplies needed:

white glossy card stock
watermark ink ( I used Versa Mark ink )
ink pad ( I used Distress Faded Jeans )

Ink up you stamp using Versa Mark ink and stamp it carefully ( so it won't smudge ) onto the glossy card stock. Let dry or use a heat tool to dry ink.

After the ink is dry sponge on the ink color and cover the while card. Where you stamped with the Versa Mark ink, white will show through as a resist. That's it! Quick and easy.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day and Happy Independence Day!

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