Playing Catch Up

I apologize for being gone for so long.  It’s not that I haven’t made cards in the meantime, but I have had some health issues, getting ready for my daughter’s wedding stuff and just plain old being crazy busy stuff.

Here are a few cards I’ve made in the last few months:

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All of the above were from the May Crop at ScrapZee that had to do with dances.  The bottom one was Waltz (box step), guess which one was the Twist.  That was such a fun crop.

Here’s one I made combining all 8 of the different challenges from the crop:

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This was for my son’s 21st birthday.  He loves cats, so I had to add one.  He moved out just after his birthday, which was really sad.  I miss him.

Here are a few from the summer, too:

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6-1-14 SZ 3D Paint 6-4-14 SZ Outside Inspiration 6-9-14 STV SZ Braid and Wood 6-16-14 SZ STV Flowers 6-30-14 SZ Recipe 7-2-14 SZ Fireworks 3 7-15-14 SZ STV 7-19-14 Bookmark 2 7-22-14 SZ STV Inlay

The house card was a welcome to your new home card for my son.  The card with the purple vase was done with all different colors of 3D Stamp Paint from Viva.  I’ll have to do a post just about this amazing product I was just introduced to.  You can see my first attempt at zendoodling, too.  Oh, and the last one is a technique called inlay, where you use a die on different papers and switch out the pieces.  The chain/background and bird/wing are done with that.

Well, you can see a LOT of different cards here, with no info about them, but it sort of catches you up with my recent card making.  I still need to make some candles for my daughter’s upcoming wedding, but it’s too hot out now (Phoenix AZ), so that won’t be until pretty close to the wedding.  I’ll try to show you that.  I’ve also been having fun painting my nails, so I might show you some of the fun polishes.  I’m 43 and just started painting my nails in December.  I’ve always hated having nail polish on because my fingers felt like they were suffocating.  Found some fun info that helped and got used to it.  However, I found that I don’t like plain nail polish, it has to be interesting and fun.  Holographics are my favorite, though I’ve found some topcoats that add fun, too.  I got a couple of chromes, but they were a weird finish that I don’t like, so I’ve been avoiding those.  Anyway, hopefully you will like the intriguing things I hope to be sharing with you in upcoming posts.

Now, back to the stuff of life, which takes some time.  Please keep me in your prayers as my health, though incredibly better than it was in May, is giving me issues, again.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  Now go enjoy your life and all that God has blessed you with.

Dragonflies and Flowers

Here are two cards I made today for some friends.

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  • Vellum
  • Ivory Heavy Base Weight card stock (Gina K)
  • Turquoise Sea card stock (Gina K)
  • Follow Your Dreams stamp set (Gina K)
  • Irish Spring embossing powder (Sprinkle n’ Sparkle)
  • Fun Fiber Adornments (EK Success)
  • Modern Mosaic embossing folder (Stampin Up)
  • Tuxedo Black ink (Memento)
  • Broken China distress ink (Ranger)

I found out last night that today is a friend’s birthday, so I had to make her a card.  It will be late, as I won’t see her until Wednesday evening, but I’m sure she’ll understand.  This one is also being used for the MFP SpeedyTV Friends of SpeedyTV challenge.

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  • Passionate Pink card stock (Gina K)
  • Lovely Lavender card stock (Gina K)
  • Jelly Bean Green card stock (Gina K)
  • White Heavy Base Weight card stock (Gina K)
  • Stately Flowers 3 stamp set (Gina K)
  • Grape Jelly ink (Memento)
  • Bleach
  • Clear Embossing Powder (Recollections)
  • Green colored pencil (Koh-i-Nor)

For this one, I embossed the flowers, then painted a LOT of bleach on the edges of the flowers to lighten them.  Unfortunately, as much as my bleach smells, it seems to have lost its bleaching ability.  You can see a bit of fading on the Passionate Pink paper, but it seems to have darkened it a bit on the Lovely Lavender paper.  Oh well, I still think it looks pretty good.  This one is for the MFP SpeedyTV Sketch With A Twist challenge.

Now, to get them written and ready to go.

Thanks for spending some time with me!  Have a great rest of the week.

Themed Cards

I needed a fun card for a 60s themed birthday (he was turning 60) and came up with this.

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  • Alcohol Ink (Ranger)
  • Baby wipe
  • Follow Your Dreams (Gina K) – sentiment
  • Gleefully Yours (Gina K) – image

Thought this would be perfect for the MFP SpeedyTV Inspirational Challenge this week, too.  For the bright colorfulness, which was my 60s theme, too.

The ScrapZee Wednesday challenge this week was to do teabag folding and make a dragonfly.  I needed to make Mother’s day cards, so I followed the MFP SpeedyTV SWAT challenge and came up with 3 different versions.  The red is for my Mother In Law, the purple for my grandmother and the teal/green for my mother.  Now, to get their presents made.  Yes, I really need to get on that.

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  • Papers (various)
  • Rhinestones (various)
  • Mother’s Magnolias 2012 (MFP Heinrich Collection) – sentiment
  • Inks (Memento) – LadyBug, Bamboo Leaves, Elderberry

Here is one more thing I tried this week:

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Like I said, I tried.

Thanks for spending time with me today!

The Feel Of It

Texture!  I love seeing something that makes me want to go touch it.  You know what I’m talking about, the sweet softness of a baby or a puppy, the roughness of broken rocks, the smoothness of marble.

There are lots of ways to create texture on cards or paper, too.

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Dry embossing.

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Heat embossing.

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Crinkling paper.

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Stamping on material.

WC - Animal

Flock (dark green and rose), Micro Beads (around the edge), Glitter (legs).

Party Card


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Gesso or Embossing paste.

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Ribbon, thread, torn paper, etc.  This has a bit of everything.

Think about ways you can add texture to your projects.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  Hope you had a wonderful Resurrection Sunday.


The MFP SpeedyTV Simple Salutations challenge last week was to make an elegant card.  I made mine, but never had time to post it.  So, here it is.

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Pretty plain and simple.  Had fun cutting the screen with the Silhouette, but found my less expensive card stock is less expensive for a reason.  Oh well.  The sentiment is from the MFP Little Church 2012 collection.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.

Stencils: Coloring

There are lots of different types of stencils, from brass and other metals, plastic, down to ones you make yourself out of paper.  The fun thing about stencils is that you can use them in different ways.

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The one on the bottom is a metal stencil called Bare Trees (Dreamweaver), the one on the right is a thin plastic (Plaid), and the one at the top is one I cut out of lightweight card stock on my Silhouette.  You can use punches, or even rips to make your own.

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There are different ways to color using stencils.  For this one, I taped my card stock to the stencil and I am choosing to use sponge daubers with distress ink.  You can also use stencil brushes for dabbing in the ink, then pouncing all over the stencil and paper.

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For this, I swirled my sponge dauber on the green ink pad to ink it up, then started swirling it on my craft mat, then up onto the card stock/paper.  I continue inking up the dauber as needed, but always starting off the paper and moving my way up onto it.  If you start swirling on your paper/card, it can be way too dark in one spot, where this way you can add a little color at a time to get it just the right shade.

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I do hold the stencil down while adding the color to make certain it doesn’t move and that the color is not getting under the stencil.

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This is done being colored.  You notice I have some areas darker than others, which seems more realistic to me.

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Here I have just removed the stencil, so you can see the finished product.

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For my next way of coloring, I taped my card stock onto my stencil, then flipped it over so the card is on top and put it on a light box.  If you don’t have a lightbox, you can tape it (or hold it up) to a window or glass door with light outside (this works on a glass top table with light under it, too).  Then I rub all over the card/paper with wax paper to transfer a tiny bit of the wax and make it more slippery.  Then I used a ball end tool to go around the stencil to push the paper up around the stencil.

Leave your paper/card attached to the stencil and flip it over to color in the same way as before.

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The finished product.

Other ways to color using stencil would be spraying or misting ink across with the stencil attached.  You could also pat ink on with the ink pad itself, though that would make it quite dark with less opportunity to blend.

When you use a metal stencil, make sure you rinse it with warm water right away to remove the ink.  If you use embossing paste or gesso, you may need to use dish detergent to clean it, as well.

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This is a card I made with the first background.

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For this one, I used a card stock stencil I cut with my Silhouette and laid it across the card base, then smoothed embossing paste across.  After the embossing paste was in the areas I wanted it, I pulled the “stencil” straight up and off, then let the embossing paste dry completely before making the card.

There are lots of ways to use stencils, but these are a few ways to use them with coloring.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Brads or Knot

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The 3rd picture is of a card I made for my husband’s birthday according to the MFP SpeedyTV Friends of Speedy TV challenge to use 3 or more brads.  My husband’s favorite color is teal and he has been working with wood as of late, so made an appropriate card.  According to my son, it has plenty of “stuff” on it.  The sentiment is from the MFP Fabulous Dogs 2012 set.  Not sure where the fun screw head brads are from, but I’ve had them for a long time and love using them on masculine cards.  Embossed the sentiment with a fun embossing powder called By The Lake (Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle).

The first and second pictures are of the same card.  I made a pocket using knotted ribbon in the corner according to the MFP SpeedyTV Sketch With a Twist challenge.  The background was made using the Bare Trees stencil (Dreamweavers) and some distress ink (Ranger).  On Tuesday, I’ll have a tutorial on using stencils on here.  The bookmark is tucked in the pocket, but can be pulled out and used.  The set I used is called Enjoy The Sunshine (Gina K).

So now you have a couple of fun ways to dress up your cards. . .brads and knots.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!