One More

Had time to do one more card that works for both of the MFT challenges this week: sketch and color.

Had a lot of fun doing the background of strips of the correct color of card, then colored using those colors, as well.

I thought about using the full panel for the background, then figured I would show a way to cut it down, so it’s the same size as a small slimline, so perfectly follows the sketch challenge, while still being an A2 sized card. My piece was cut down first to just show a white border around the edges of an A2 card, then I cut it to 3 inches wide. Had fun changing it up.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today! Enjoy the rest of your day.

A Bit of Fun

The challenge for this week was to make a card that shows why you are you, with your favorite color. The answer to that is God is who makes me and gives me purpose, so I went with the purpose He gave me: to encourage others. Added the MFT Color challenge into it, as teal is my favorite color, in it’s many shades.

So, as I usually encourage others with a card and/or a smile, I made a card, with some teal, that hopefully will bring a smile to someone’s face. This adorable set is from MFT and was designed by Birdie Brown. Now why any of the sets Birdie Brown designed would ever be retired is beyond me, as they are timeless, but apparently they retired this one. I used all the colors from the MFT color challenge in it and had some fun coloring, as well. Used alcohol markers on it, as well as pencils on the colored card.

Now, this next card was done for the MFT Sketch Challenge this week.

It is a slimline card, which is what their sketch was. This cute stamp set is from MFT, as well. Had fun making both the background and coloring this cute giraffe on a pogo stick. Adding this into the SimonSaysStampBlog Wednesday challenge, as well.

As I’m hosting the challenge next week, I’ll give you a hint that this is one of my examples. Won’t tell you what the challenge entails, however.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today! Go enjoy the rest of your weekend and thank God for the many ways He has blessed you.


I do love adding texture to cards. So, the Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday challenge of texture was no problem. The challenge of something regarding live, laugh, and love was more difficult, as God is the answer to all of that.

Here is what I came up with:

Loads of texture in this as I used Gesso, as well as embossing paste that I colored yellow, glitter, heat embossing, watercolors, and layers.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me!

Shaking Up Some Fun

When I was checking my email today, I saw that the new A Blog Named Hero challenge was anything goes. Also saw a couple of videos on different ways of doing shaker cards (I’ve tried more than those). And, a friend recommended the Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge as a great place for challenges. Their challenge, which ends today is to use hearts in some way. So . . . I had some fun.

Had some fun, as well as some frustration. I LOVE the color layering stamp sets from Hero Arts. However, they have these tiny little stamps for details that are next to impossible to line up properly because they are so stinkin’ small. The beak and eye detail stamp kept moving on me and never did quite line up properly.

I used their Color Layering Peacock, as well as their Color Layering Koi sets. The sentiment is from the Koi set. I also used some Distress inks to blend the background and do the peacock. The shaker uses a shimmer sheet and lots of shaker elements from who knows where. There are several heart pieces in the shaker elements. You can actually see some of the orange ones in this picture.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today. Have a wonderful week.

Better Slimline and Resist

Simon Says Stamp Blog challenge for Monday is to use resist. Their Wednesday challenge is to do a slimline card.

The challenge this week is to use a pun. I had started this and came up with 4 images from My Favorite Things and their punny sentiments. Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

Here are the other 2 that I did. All 4 cards are slimline style and have a pun, only 2 were resist.

Once again, the color isn’t quite right in the picture. It really is super cute. Used an MFT Die-Namic for stitched sentiments. I heat embossed the pawprints in clear, then inked over them. Some are hidden, but it was fun to do. Used Distress ink and some blending brushes for the background.

This is my favorite of all 4. I used a Gina K Designs background stripe stamp to do my banner. Used the same MFT Die-namic Stitched Sentiment. Also colored these with Prismacolor Pencils. Colored last night, then did backgrounds and put them together this afternoon.

Smaller cards are quicker to do, but not as economical as A2. These were lots of fun to make.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me!

Slimline and Resist

Simon Says Stamp Blog challenge for Monday is to use resist. Their Wednesday challenge is to do a slimline card.

The challenge this week is to use a pun. I had started this and came up with 4 images from My Favorite Things and their punny sentiments. Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

Here are the first 2 that I did. All 4 cards are slimline style and have a pun, only 2 were resist.

This one is just using different patterned papers for the background. The papers look like their actual colors, but for some reason, the heart looks really dark. In real life it is a bright red color with some shading. The sheep is a lot more white, too. Pictures can be very weird.

For this one, I used a piece of card that had foiling on it and used that to resist the inking I did. There are actually 5 colors of Distress ink blended in that background. It was a bit difficult to get some shading to ground my llama, but used a dark gray alcohol marker for that. I also used a My Favorite Things Die-namic to cut the sentiment strip. Colored the images with Prismacolor Pencils.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me. I’m hoping you saved a bit more for part 2 with the other 2 cards.

Love Sentiment Card

This is a smaller card, but I used a small piece of Gina K Designs foiling paper, a bit of Deco foil, then inking on the background panel. Cut out the MFT Love die-namic four times from white and the 3 colors of Gina K ink I used on the panel. Mounted it all on a small card base, added some Glossy Accents to the top “love”, and was finished.

This was fairly quick and easy, as well as lots of fun to make. I generally give my husband more than one valentine each year, so this is one of the ones he will get. He loves turquoise and teal colors almost as much as I do.

This is also going in both the Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday and Wednesday challenges. It is also for the ModSquad Challenge.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today.

Love Card

Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday challenge was to use either hearts, or the word “love”. I did both. Had fun with this. The Sending Love stamp set is from Concord and 9th. They have some amazing stamp sets.

The background panel was made using acrylic paint and a heart from a very old Stampendous set.

I embossed the heart, and then the arrow pieces using some glitter embossing powders, added a bit of inking on the background and a few random rhinestones. Had fun with this one!

Besides the Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday challenge, it is also being entered in their Wednesday challenge “Love Is In The Air”. Also entering in the ModSquad All About Love challenge.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today. I’m going to be posting one more. I actually made a few more cards, but either haven’t finished them, or have a reason for not posting, yet.

Envelope Inspiration

Yesterday I got to see my amazing best friend. As I was leaving, she pulled out this small slimline envelope she had gotten from SimonSaysStamp and told me to figure out how to make a card for it. I made 3 last night, as it was fun. The envelope reminds me of ones they used to have that you could slide money into.

For this first card (for my best friend, of course), I used some Gina K Tranquil Teal card for the base (3-1/4 x 6-1/4″). Then used some paper and stickers from Simple Stories So Fancy (really old, but so fun). I really liked the “you & me” sticker, but wanted to pop it up and give it a bit more color, so cut a heart out of some of the paper in the kit and adhered it to that, then popped it up. So fun and quick.

A few more of the stickers to decorate the inside and it’s ready to go. I rarely use stickers to create cards, but this was so quick and easy and fun to make.

Next is one I made that would also fit in the envelope, but I used a Darice embossing folder called Vine Pattern on some black and then used some of my reconstituted Opal Blaze Polish to decorate.

So, if you didn’t see my earlier post, most of my Opal Blaze Polishes had dried to rock solid (yes they were covered, with their inside cover and lid). But, apparently, when they are mostly gone, just the air in the jar dries them out. I added a few drops of distilled water and left them overnight. They are not quite the same consistency as they were when new, but still useable. You can see I got a few smears here and there, as it was still a bit thick. But it adds a fun green and gold look to the vines. Popped up a few of the Altenew Mini Poppy flowers I had embossed with some black foam squares and added the panel to a white card base. I like the contrast of the white base with the black panel.

Another fairly quick and easy one, as it is so small. I have to say, making cards for this size envelope was lots of fun. There’s not much room, which makes it go very quickly. I don’t like the fact that out of my 8-1/2×11″ piece of card stock, I get one card with two smaller leftover pieces. My A2 size is so much better, where I get 2 complete card bases out of 1 sheet. That is me and my economical nature.

The top card is in the weekly challenge of a love sentiment. The bottom card is for the SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Anything Goes challenge. Hey, this was all based on their envelope!

Now, as I don’t have extra envelopes, I need to figure out how to make them. That’s going to be fun, too.

Thank you for seeing what I worked on this week. I have another card planned, that I will hopefully get done, as well as a couple of challenges I’d like to play along in this weekend. We shall see how it goes. I appreciate you spending some of your valuable time with me today. Have a wonderful weekend.

Comfort Zone

I have been working on trying new things and adding things in a way that is not in my comfort zone. This week, I checked the SimonSaysStamp challenges and had an idea for the Monday challenge of “Let’s be on Time.”

I needed a masculine birthday card, so went with a Tim Holtz stencil with clocks on it and added some clear gesso with Distress walnut ink mixed in. Added some of that to 2 backgrounds. It was a humid week in Phoenix, so it took quite a white for that to dry. Over the top, I used another Tim Holtz stencil and added some VersaMark ink through it and used some Crackling Campfire glaze. I really liked the look of that, so stamped a clock from a very old set (Stampendous?) onto some velum with VersaMark ink and added the glaze on that. Before embossing my sentiment onto the background, I added a couple of Diana Weekly Acrylic sprays in I think Night and Apricot (I didn’t have a dark orange or red one). Then embossed the sentiment, from that same stamp set using dark brown embossing powder. Added my vellum clock by putting Multi Medium Matte under the embossed areas and pressing down. Like I said, it was a very humid and rainy week in Phoenix, so it did not want to stick. The fact that my bottle of Multi Medium Matte is very old may have contributed, as well. Anyway, I think I wound up using some liquid glue under parts of it as well, to get it to adhere completely. When I had it all done, I trimmed off the overhang on the clock, then adhered the whole panel to some Gina K Coral card stock.

With the other background that I had started, I went a slightly different way. As the SimonSaysStamp Wednesday challenge was Anything Goes, I went a bit wild.

I knew I wanted to use some of the Altenew Mini Poppies I had embossed and cut out, so used a leaf stencil from Picket Fence and inked using some Distress mowed lawn and olive. I had an area that was light, so added a bit of tissue paper that I had used to clean up different water color inks and saved. Added a bit of that with some more of the clear gesso. Took quite a while for that to dry, too. Cut the sentiment, which is an MFT Die-namic out of black paper, then I smeared some Art Extravagance Phoenix Effect Paste over the top with my finger. This paste has fine glitter in it, as well as some big chunks of glitter and has a pink and orange color. You can’t see it well in the picture, but it’s fun in the light. The paste does come in different colors, this is the one I wanted and received for Christmas.

On a side note, I had planned to use some of my Opal Blaze Cosmic Shimmer polish, but was out of the right color. When I checked my others, most had dried solid. I added a few drops of distilled water to the jars and left them overnight and they were usable the next day. Not as good as when they were new, but usable.

Added my Altenew Mini Poppy flowers that I had done in red on both white card and kraft card. Added a few leaves and then went and got one of my K&Company Grand Adhesions Dimensional Stickers and added a butterfly. There wasn’t enough room left for the die cut butterfly I had planned to use.

Sometimes something will catch my eye, so I will purchase it, then don’t wind up using all of the pieces. Or, like these, they are thick, so require extra postage. As these cards are to be hand delivered, it works. I did use foam tape under the flowers to give them a bit of dimension, too.

So, neither of these cards is really in my comfort zone, but I rather like how they turned out.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today.