Alcohol Ink Play

I played with Alcohol Inks today and made a whole bunch of pieces.  Took one that I thought my MIL would like and then played some more.

6-28-20 Background Alcohol Ink

I took the MFT Floral Fantasy background stamp and heat embossed in gold.  It seemed the right choice with the background colors.  I had also used yellows and oranges on a translucent Yupo piece and thought that would be perfect for the butterfly and the sentiment.  It went with the background piece, but was still a contrast.  I actually inked both sides of the translucent Yupo, as I had anticipated making a piece that would move, so you might see the back, as well.  It works, as the butterfly wings are lifted, so you can see the back a bit.  The butterfly and sentiment are from the GKD Sending Love set.  The Yupo is quite easy to cut with scissors and dies.  I used scissors on these, as I don’t have the matching dies for the set.  Used Multi Medium Matte to adhere the Yupo to the background.

A friend had posted a card in the Sweet Stampin’ background challenge, so thought I’d enter this in that, too.  I’m also entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.  Haven’t entered any of theirs in a while and thought it would be fun.  I really like this one.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today!  Hopefully your week goes well and you find joy throughout it.

One Layer Card

The Stay Crafty with Hero challenge for this week is a 1 layer card.  As easy as that sounds, it really isn’t.  How do you add texture on a single layer?  Yes, if you can color well, you can accomplish it.  But, letting one’s imagination run wild usually includes “more”.

Here’s what I came up with:

6-27-20 HA 1 layer

To start, I chose which set I wanted to use (Hero Arts Enjoy the Journey), then I created a “table” for my bottle to rest on.  I used the Hero Arts Diamond Stencil and some of Hero Arts Soft Granite ink.  Had to give my “table” a top, so laid a ruler along the top of the stencil marks lightly used a black marker to draw a line across.  Had to do it lightly, as markers tend to soak through card stock.  Then used a Sakura Gelly Roll Startdust pen in Silver Star on top of that.  When I did my stenciling, I taped my stencil down and taped a piece of paper across the rest of the card front, so I didn’t get any gray marks up above.

After my table was finished, I used a stamping platform to stamp my bottle on top of the table.  Then stamped the waves inside, as well as the ship.  The waves were stamped with Hero Arts Stone Wash and the ship with Soft Granite.  The bottle was stamped with stamped off Hero Arts Dusty Blue.  I just laid a piece of scratch paper on top of where I wanted to stamp the bottle and lightly stamped the bottle, then took out the scratch paper and stamped again.  That lightened the color up to look like just a soft blue for the edge of the bottle.

Cut out a mask for my bottle and covered my “table” with a sheet of paper, then inked the sky.  I started closest to the bottle with Hero Arts Stone Wash, then Indigo, and Navy.  After that was done, I used a star stencil my friend Bonnie made for me, with some Hero Arts Unicorn ink.

With all that done, I used some colored pencils to shade in the water in the bottle, the sails, and the ship.  I used 3-4 different blues for the water, but it was such a small area, you can’t tell.  With all that done, I wanted to add a bit of shine to the bottle, so I used Glossy Accents around the edge.  It might have looked better had I put a light layer of it over the entire bottle, but I do like the texture I got with it.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  Have a wonderful rest of your weekend.

Summer Fun

This was my other fruit card.  It didn’t quite turn out how I imagined, but I did have fun making it.  I used outline stickers for the flamingo, pineapples, and leaves.  The flamingo is on an alcohol ink background on Yupo paper.  The water is on translucent Yupo paper.  Background is a watercolor background I did a while back that has sparkle all over.  The pineapples and leaves were done on glitter cardstock and colored with alcohol ink markers.  So, lots and lots of sparkle on this one.

6-27-20 WCC MS Pineapple

Did this one for the Mod Squad Fruit challenge and the We Craft Cards Mahjong challenge.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today.


I decided to check out some challenges that I haven’t done in a while, today.  Did this one for the WeCraftCards weekly challenge: Mahjong.  We’ve been doing challenges based on games for June and will in July, as well.  It’s been fun seeing games I haven’t played before, as well as fun ways to do challenges using the games.  Apparently, Mahjong is a tile matching game, so we were supposed to use matching embellishments.  Also did this for the Mod Squad challenge this week of using fruit.

6-26-20 WCC MS Strawberries

Shakers may not be embellishments, but I had fun making two of the same.  Happened upon the green piece while looking for pieces to cut the stems from and thought it was perfect for the background.

Definitely had fun with this and have another idea for both these challenges in the works.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!


Flipped Sketch

I finally got back in the craft room and made this for the current MFT Sketch and Color challenges.

6-25-20 MFT C and S 2

For this I used the following supplies:

  • Background patterned card is DCWV Once Upon A time
  • MFT card is: Lemon Chiffon, Tickled Pink, Ripe Raspberry, Jellybean Green
  • Translucent Vellum
  • MFT Die-Namics: Cheers, Hearts
  • Big Shot
  • Adhesive: liquid and vellum (Therm-o-web)


If all goes well, I’ll have some time to work on cards this weekend, too.  Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today.

Craft Time!!!!

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve been able to get into the craft room to work on cards. I was trying to finish up an afghan I was working on for myself. Started it in November, but kept putting it down to work on things for others. Finished it last night. Yes!

Glacier Afghan

Ran out of things to do at work today, so I came home a couple of hours early. As nice as that is, my husband works in the home office, which is also the craft room. So, got to craft some, but not as much as I would have liked. I did get this done:

I’m using this for both the MFT Sketch challenge this week, and their current Color challenge

Supplies Used:

  • Background patterned card: DCWV Once Upon A Time
  • MFT: Lemon Chiffon, Tickled Pink, Ripe Raspberry, Jellybean Green
  • White Card for base
  • Translucent Vellum
  • Cosmic Shimmer Opal Blaze: Pink Blueberry
  • MFT Die-Namics: Congrats, Lots of Love, Hearts
  • Embossing Folder: Elizabeth Crafts: Roses
  • Big Shot
  • Adhesive: liquid and tape


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


Weekend Play

Well, I finished off a panel I started last week sometime, as well as trying my other idea.

I had stamped this frog image a while back, then decided to water color it. I used water on top of the distress ink I used to stamp it with, but didn’t get much change, so used some Inktense pencils and water to add more color. I can see many of the pencil lines, as I was trying to add a bit more color, while it was already wet. It isn’t great, but not horrendous. Then, I put a stencil on top and tried spraying a couple different shimmer mists through it. The gold showed up a bit, but the green, not at all. These were mists I made out of a bit of water and Perfect Pearls. So, the areas where I had tried to put the green mist, I decided to use acrylic paints. That turned out interesting. Interesting enough that I tried another acrylic paint panel today. I don’t like that one, so will have to play with some other things and see how I can change it up and use it. The splatters were actually done by adding a bit of water to the acrylic paint that was left. That was interesting and fun.

As there was shine all over the top of the frog from the stencil and shimmer sprays, I used a fine line black pen to darken the eyes and a white GellyRoll pen to add the whites of the eyes.

Now, my other idea was to use a fun dragon stencil (metal) that I have and ink it, then try both clear embossing paste on top of that, as well as clear gesso.

The one on the left (yellow and red) has the clear embossing paste on it. It really brightened the colors! The one on the right (green and dark pink) I used the clear gesso over. That one, the gesso was so thin that as soon as I lifted up the stencil, it spread a bit. It also muted the colors quite a bit. You can see them, but it’s a rather ethereal look. My husband likes it, but it’s definitely not what I was expecting.

Granted, the clear gesso was about 1/16-1/8″ thick, so maybe that’s why it muted the color so much. Same thickness of the clear embossing paste on the other.

So, unless you are using an extremely light layer of the clear gesso, it will cloud up the colors a bit. It is also quite thin, so spreads out.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today! I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week.

Finishing Up

Last weekend I started several cards. I got a few finished and a few that I didn’t have time to finish. I’ve been coloring images when I had a spare minute throughout the week. Finally finished 4 of them today.

These are all StampingBella images and are what I spent the week coloring. Embossed the dark green card, then used some of the Cosmic Shimmer Opal Blaze polish on it. The gold embossed piece was from my daughter. I cut it into strips to add touches of gold. On the first one, the wings are done with different Sakura Stardust pens, so they sparkle amazingly.

Here are a couple I actually got done last weekend:

More StampingBella images. Had fun with the backgrounds, too. The top is watercolor with some splatters of metallic gold watercolor on top. The bottom is a water colored piece that I laid a stencil with water on it on top of. As soon as I lifted it up, I blotted to pull up the color. Thought the large flower background was perfect for my two little fairies.

Next are a couple I did for the Solitaire challenge at WeCraftCards this week.

For the top one, I used embossing paste through a stencil onto some patterned paper. It wasn’t nearly as white as I had expected, so after it dried, I put the stencil back over it and put white acrylic paint on top. That made it stand out and I really like it. It has texture, as well as stands out from the paper.

The second one, I used some patterned paper and the “grace” banners came with some ephemera that went with the paper pad. I really like how it turned out.

I have one more piece I worked on last weekend, but I haven’t figured out exactly what I want to do with it. I also have another idea for clear embossing paste and inking. So, you’ll probably see something from me again in the next couple of days.

Thank you for taking some of your valuable time to come see what I’ve been working on. Have a wonderful weekend, or rest of your week, depending upon when you visit.

Mother’s Day

So, the first 2 ideas for Mother’s Day cards this year:

4-26-20 MFT Sketch

Using this one for the MFT Sketch Challenge for the week.  I took a watercolor background I had done, the MFT Marbled Background stamp, sprayed the stamp with water and held the background to it for a minute, lifted it up and blotted with a paper towel.  I like how it looked, but had a section that didn’t have much, so did that part again.

The “sky” pieces are from an alcohol ink background piece I had done a while back.  I actually used all three pieces to line it up, but only glued down the center and outside pieces.

The sentiment and images are from the Friends with Fins set.  I used some edging scissors for the “waves”.

4-26-20 WCC Movement Challenge 1

I got the idea for this from a round card that was demoed on the MFT blog recently.  It uses a piece with a brad in the center and a penny on the bottom, so as you move the card back and forth, the butterfly moves.

4-26-20 WCC Movement Challenge 2

Had to work it a bit to get it to move, but it works pretty well.  The background was a piece I had done using different Nuvo Mousses, then I used a retired MFT flower background stamp and copper embossing powder.  Used the same embossing powder and a fun butterfly stamp from GKD on another alcohol ink piece.

But, not sure if these are actually what I will use for my Mother’s Day cards.  I’ll need to work on a few more, then decide.  But, as I haven’t put “Mother’s Day” anywhere on these, they could be used for something else.  This one isn’t mail-able, as the penny makes it pretty heavy.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today!

April Christmas Set

I try and do a set of Christmas cards each month, so there are enough come November, when I get them ready to mail.  I did a large set in February, which took me until the end of March to get finished, so I did another large set for April.  That way, I have enough, even though I didn’t do a set for March.

I love that Christmas cards was the Stay Crafty with Hero Challenge #5.  I used their Layering Betta set, as well as the MMH March 2019 Kit.  I also used lots of different inks.

Made my own sentiment, as what I wanted to say was not anything I have, or have seen.  Though I did Christmas cards a few years ago with goldfish wearing sweaters and used a very similar sentiment.

4-19-20 April Christmas

So, not typical Christmas cards, but fun ones.  There are 4 different colors of fish throughout the set.

Thanks for using some of your valuable time to check out what I made.