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

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Alcohol Ink Lift

Hi and welcome to my blog! I have been experimenting with the alcohol ink lift technique and I love the look! On this card I used Yupo paper and did the polished stone technique first using alcohol inks. I made my own "lift" ink to lift off the alcohol inks already applied. I found an old Versa Mark ink pad and spritzed it with 91% alcohol and it worked great! I took the butterfly stamp (stamp unknown) and tapped it a few times onto the ink pad and then stamped it on my alcohol background. The ink lifted off the alcohol ink colors and left the butterfly impression. I also used a stencil at the bottom of the piece and sponged the ink over it. This also lifted off the colors to leave the stencil impression.

I added a blue velvet ribbon across the card. I used the Fancy Frame Tag die from Spellbinders, cut it in half and adhered the pieces on either side of the card. Silk flowers and punched leaves were also added. I used a Stampin' Up splatter stamp on the card base.

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

Challenges entered:

August Essentials Challenge: Alcohol Inks
ModSquad: Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

Monday, August 27, 2018

Shabby Chic #16

Hi Everyone! Welcome to my blog. I am sharing another shabby chic card I made today. I found this saying in my stash from Rubber Necker that had been cut out using the Spellbinders labels 20 die. I just love what it says.

I used some brown Distress ink to ink up the edges of the saying. I placed a page from an old book behind the saying, roughed up the edges and curled some edges and adhered all of this to the bround patterned paper background. I used the Memory Box Blooming Branch die cut from gold card stock and added little paper flowers to it and the butterfly. The butterfly was also in my stash cut from the Tim Holtz Butterfly Duo die that also has an embossing folder to use with it. Cord, pink silk ribbon and a yellow paper flower were added for embellishment.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a blessed day!

Challenges entered:

Frilly and Funkie:  Back to Nature
The House That Stamps Built: Anything Goes A2218
                     Word Art Wednesday: Anything Goes #348-#349

Friday, August 24, 2018

Summer Sizzle

Hi Everyone! I want to show you a card I made using a Just For Fun stamp. I know everyone has been sweltering from the heat. I have made a card to go along with that. The theme for the Just For Fun challenge this month is stripes, so I made this card using stripes from the sun beams.

To make the background I "stamped" using an embossing folder. I swiped yellow and orange colored ink pads over the raised part of the embossing folder, spritzed lightly with water, placed my card stock over the inked part, closed the embossing folder and pressed it firmly with my hand. Over the background I stamped the Wind Swept Palms Silhouette stamp. Sequins were added on the top half of the card.

You still have a few days to join in the challenge. We would love to see your project using stripes.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Keep cool and have a great day!

Challenges entered:

The House That Stamps Built:  Anything Goes A2218
Time Out:  Bright

Monday, August 20, 2018


Hi and welcome to my blog. I was in Charleston, SC this past weekend and boy was it hot there! I would have loved to be like this little mouse just chillin' in the water.

I colored the image using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I found the scrap of swirled paper in my stash that was perfect for the water. I added die cut clouds and some are pop dotted for dimension. I added a butterfly charm to the cord and colored it with yellow and green Sharpie markers.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy your day!!!!

Chalenges entered:

CHNC August Challenge: Patterned Paper
House Mouse and Friends:  Anything Goes - option, add a charm

Monday, August 13, 2018

Shabby Chic #15

Hi! I am back again with another shabby chic card. I found the background in my stash and had an idea to use beach cabanas with it, but I did not have a stamp of beach cabanas. I was in a wonderful stamp store in Georgia called Impressive Ideas along with three of my good stamping friends. I asked them to be on the lookout for any beach cabanas and low and behold they saw one! This stamp by Pink Ink was perfect for my card!

The background was made by folding cream card stock like an accordion, swiping ink pads over the edges, then spritzing with water. When you open up the card stock, crinkle it a bit and you have a fun, distressed background! The image was stamped and colored using Distress inks and a water brush. I stamped grass by the cabanas and watercolored around them. The edges of the image were distressed using Tim Holtz's distress tool. I then sponged the edges with brown ink. I cut the tall grass using a Spellbinders die that was cut from brown suede paper. The saying is from Just For Fun Stamps.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!

Challenges entered:

Pink Fresh:  Summer
Simon Says Wednesday:  Distress It

Friday, August 10, 2018

Fishing Is The Life For Me

Hello and welcome to my blog. I want to show you a card that I used with a brand new Just For Fun stamp! This card is so fitting for my husband. We purchased a new boat this year and he has really enjoyed fishing off shore. We have eaten so many good fresh fish including mahi mahi, grouper, trigger fish, red and black snapper and wahoo!

I pulled out this fun background from my stash where I had dotted some white and blue acrylic paint onto purple card stock, then placed another piece of card stock over the paint and peeled the two pieces apart. The result were these wavy lines that reminded me of the ocean. I made a slit along the waves at the bottom using an exacto knife and placed the boat image down in the slit. The boat was colored using Tumbled Glass Distress ink and a water brush. I stamped the fun new saying at the top of the card.

This card also goes along with this month's challenge theme -- stripes. We would love for you to join the challenge! You might even win a gift certificate to the store!

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

Challenges entered:

ModSquad:  Water
The Paper Girls:  Paint It!
Tuesday Throwdown:  Anything Goes #TT404
Word Art Wednesday:  Anything Goes #346-347

Monday, August 6, 2018

Here's The Scoop

Hi and welcome to my blog. I hope you are enjoying your day! Who doesn't like ice cream on a very hot summer day? I know I do. I have loved ice cream since I was a little girl. I remember listening for the ice cream truck and running to get a popsicle. I always got the double ice popsicles because you got more for your money. LOL!

I used the Strawberry Cone stamp from Just For Fun on this card. Homemade strawberry ice cream is sooooo good! Yum! I colored the cone with Spectrum Noir alcohol marker and colored with a clear Wink of Stella pen over the ice cream for some sparkle. The saying was stamped and cut out using the Spellbinders Fancy Tags die. I ran the pink card stock through a dotted swiss embossing folder and used strawberry patterned paper at the bottom. 

Don't forget to join in this month's challenge! The theme is stripes. We would love to see what you create! You might even win a gift certificate to the store.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and keep cool!

Challenges entered:

Crafty Hazelnut:  Patterned Paper
Time Out:  Food and Drink
Word Art Wednesday:  Anything Goes/saying #346-347

Thursday, August 2, 2018

A Little Bird Told Me

Hi and welcome to my blog. I want to show you a Twist Turn card I made. You can see the tutorial here.

Here is the inside of the card.

I used a new stamp set that I received from Connie, an online stamping friend of mine who I would love to meet in person one day! The set is from Illustrated Faith. The saying on the inside of the card is from Inkadinkado. I fussy cut the cute birds and popdotted them to the diamond front. I added a charm music note above them. The flower was made by using punches and it was placed on top of some white cord.

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

Challenges entered:

ModSquad:  Getting In Shape ( make shaped project )
Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Wild Things

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