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.

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.

Summer Birthday Sketch

I had a lot of fun making this card.  I used the MFT Sketch for the week (yes, there really are 3 separate pieces on the right column of background), as well as a frame for Monday’s Simon Says Stamp challenge.

The back panel is a watercolor panel I did a couple of weeks ago.  Cut it into the pieces for the sketch challenge, then heat embossed the pieces for the scene.  Used my Spectrum Noir markers to color everything, except for one of the water lilies.  The one that is lighter, I used a Chameleon pen on.  I like that one better.  But, I don’t tend to use markers to color too often, so I’m not great with them.  I definitely want to find some time to practice.

5-31-19 MFT SSS

The sentiment is embossed on vellum and attached using Therm-o-Web Vellum Adhesive Runner.  That is the best way I have found to adhere vellum, through a lot of testing.  It’s an adhesive runner that I have on both ends, but you can’t see it, at all, even though it is a translucent vellum.  Sorry to rave about it, but this stuff works!

I used some liquid adhesive to attach other pieces, and some foam dots to pop up the frame.  There’s some sparkle to the background, as I used some Perfect Pearls with the watercolor, when making it.

I used the MFT Splendid Swans set for this.  Granted, I can’t find it at MFT Stamps anymore, but was able to find it at Simon Says Stamp.  There are dies for the set, but I rarely buy dies, so fussy cut all the pieces.  Granted, that frame is a wonderful die that I do have.

The markers I used are:

  • Spectrum Noir: LV1 & LV2, DG2 & DG3, IG1, and GB8
  • Chameleon: V04

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  Go enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Alcohol Ink

Had fun with some alcohol ink, foil tape and Yupo paper last night.  My friend Erika is going to flip, as I actually used a Mermaid image.

Just used quite a few different alcohol inks, some blending solution and some 91% Alcohol in a spray bottle.  There were quite a few backgrounds, some very inky fingers, that are still inky today, and some fun.  I used my favorite piece with some Ranger Alcohol Lift ink and created this card:

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As it’s got lots of sparkle and shine to it: I used a silver pigment ink for the sentiment, Perfect Pearl spray on the background and a few sequins, as well as the Yupo paper and alcohol ink; I am entering it in the A Blog Named Hero monthly challenge.  The stamp set is Hero Arts CM160 Mermaid Kisses.

It also has lots of splash and splatter with the alcohol ink piece and the sprayed background, so it’s getting entered in the Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday challenge this week, too.

Oh and if you’re wondering why I have a Mermaid stamp set, there is a pearl image and sentiment on it that is wonderful.  The mermaids are kind of fun, as well.

Now, to figure out what to make with my husband’s favorite alcohol ink piece.  Something will definitely be coming soon.

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

MFT Summer School

So, last week, My Favorite Things had “Summer School”.  Each day, they highlighted a different type of card.  So, I did my best to do one for each.

The first day, they were highlighting “White Space“.  They also talked about the rule of thirds.  Please, check out their “lesson”.  I don’t tend to follow the rule of thirds, when I make cards, but I tried for this one.  (I usually just find what looks appealing to me and then see if my husband likes it, or makes a funny face while taking his time answering.)

7-10-18 MFT White Space

Day two they highlighted using Primary Colors.  They wanted red, yellow and blue on a card.  I added some white on mine and just had some fun with it.  As I’m also using this for Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday challenge, I only added touches of yellow.  So, my bling is yellow.

7-10-18 MFT Primary

Next up was a day on Repetition.  Seems easy enough and I think I tend to use this fairly frequently.  I used a word for my repeated piece.  As you’re supposed to use odd numbers, I did it an odd number of times, too.

7-10-18 MFT Repetition

Day four was using Complementary Colors.  I had lots of ideas for this one, but wound up going fairly simple.  Granted, I’m working on my coloring with alcohol inks, so it’s not fabulous, but not as bad as I feared it might be.  Oh, just as a note, I’ve been using the Gina K amalgam ink to stamp with and it works well with alcohol ink, water colors, and colored pencils.  It’s supposed to do well if you blend your colored pencils with gamsol, but I haven’t personally tried that, yet.

7-10-18 MFT Complimentary

Borrowed a friend’s stamp set for this one.  Isn’t it so adorable!  Yes, I tend to go overboard with colors when given color challenges.  The only non purple or yellow on this is the girl’s skin, hair, and the edge I left when I trimmed the image.  Purple hair just didn’t seem right for this cutie pie.

Day five was all about Symmetry.  Not difficult to do, but not as easy as you would think, either.

7-10-18 MFT Symmetry

All of the stamp sets are from My Favorite Things.  I won’t tell you which ones, so you can spend some time looking through their amazing sets.  They are all fairly easy to find, however.

Thanks so much for spending some time with me today!

Red White and Blue Bleached

So, the MFT July Release challenge was to use bleach.  Let me tell you, not all bleaches are the same.  They all smell pretty awful, but they don’t all work the same.  I bleached the flowers and the bud on this with the store brand bleach that I have.  It is over a year old, but I don’t use bleach all that often.

On the two flowers, I went over the petals with some watered down white paint, to get the washed out look I was going for.  I left the bud alone, so you could see how little my bleach actually bleached.  Yikes!

7-8-18 SSS RWB

I am using this for the Simon Says Stamp Red White and/or Blue challenge for this week.

I used two different Gina K stamp sets for this: Thank You Friend and Wealth of Wishes.  I also used her Blue Denim and Red Hot papers.  The white card is Neenah Solar White 110lb.  The embossing powder I used is Ranger Liquid Platinum.  The embossing folder is Elizabeth Craft Swirly Curves.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.

Tic Tac Toe

One of our wonderful hosts at challenged us with tic tac toe.  This is the board he gave us:

Shades of Purple                       Patterned Paper                             Sticker

Bird/Bee/Butterfly                     Ribbon                                             Shades of Green

Polka Dots                                   Shades of Blue                                Flowers

So, I’m working on making one for each possibility.  If all goes well, I’ll get it done.  But for now, I have 3 done.

Here is the one for bottom left to top right:

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Here is the one for the top row:

6-23-18 Purples Sticker

And for the right column:

6-23-18 Green Summer

I also wanted to do cards for for the monthly challenge on A Blog Named Hero and the Monday and Wednesday Simon Says Stamp Blog challenges.

So, here are the first few.  Now, back to work on the rest!

Thanks for spending some time with me today.

Retirement Cards

My first thought when it comes to a retirement card is a funny one.  Something about not having to wear heels every day anymore, “I ain’t workin’ here no more!”, etc.  When a friend asked me to make a retirement card for her to give someone, I knew she wasn’t looking for funny, so it took me a while to think of something.

Here are ideas 1 and 2:

She choose the first one.  Here’s how that one was made:


  • HeroArts Diamond Stencil
  • Ranger Water Color Paper
  • Vellum
  • Distress Oxide Inks: candied apple, spiced marmalade, fossilized amber, mermaid lagoon, lucky clover, wilted violet
  • Gina K Sets: Stitched Leaves (thankful die and sentiment stamps), Hope Grows (& symbol)
  • Versamark Ink
  • Red and Blue embossing powders
  • Gold shimmer sheet
  • Queen and Company Irridescent Bubbles in 4 colors
  • Zig 2 Way Glue pen

Used a piece of the gold shimmer sheet as the back layer, as well as to cut the “thankful” from.  Used the Diamond stencil on the watercolor paper with all of the distress oxide inks in a rainbow pattern.  Embossed the sentiments on the vellum, leaving enough room at the top for the “thankful”, which was then adhered. Attached the vellum to the stenciled panel using the “bling”.

For the second idea, I used a Lily Of The Valley image stamp and a sentiment stamp from Gina K.  After I colored with Prismacolor Pencils, I added a bit of Glossy Accents to the glass to make it actually look like a drink was in it.

Had a couple ideas, just no time to make them.  She choose the first one, which she thought worked best with what she wanted to say.

Now, I’ve been working on a retirement card that is funny/weird for a friend, but so far, have had nothing work the way I wanted.  I have another idea and will hopefully be able to get it done and working, this week.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.

Pirate Card

Yes, I did another card today.  Well, at least I finished another one.  There are a few that were started, but things aren’t working quite right.  Those will just have to wait.

This one was kind of fun.  I decided I wanted to use the skull and crossbones (my son says it’s called the Jolly Roger and that is the symbol, not the flag), so figured it would be fun on black.  After I got it finished, I looked at it and thought it would have been great in glow-in-the-dark embossing powder, except that doesn’t show up very well on black and I definitely wanted the white on black.  Used a die to take out a corner of the black panel and stamp a pirate scene that would peek through.  Yep, I did the whole front, even though only a corner shows.

This is for the Simon Says Stamp: For The Boys challenge.  It is definitely a boy card.  I’m thinking of one that turns 18 soon.

5-12-18 WCC SSS Corner

Yes, I did accidentally overlap two of my Jolly Rogers.  It is a bit difficult to see clear ink on a black panel.  Didn’t figure it was enough to worry about.


  • MFT Party Like A Pirate
  • MFT Marble Background
  • MFT Drifts & Hills stencil
  • Ranger Distress Ink: Blueprint Sketch, Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy
  • Black and White card
  • Black Ink
  • Prismacolor pencils: Tuscan Red 937, Dark Brown 946, Peach 939, True Blue 903, Crimson Red 924, Black 935, Light Cerulean Blue 904
  • Sakura Stardust Silver Star pen
  • Versamark ink and white embossing powder
  • Black Scrapbook Adhesive squares

This one was lots of fun to make.  Hopefully it brings a smile to your face.  Can I say, the best part about making this one was that the mail ran after I got started and I received a card from a friend using this same stamp set.  That made me smile and what she wrote brought tears to my eyes.  Snail mail is definitely the best!

Thanks for spending a bit more of your precious time with me today!