A Few Fun Cards

There was a challenge to try a new technique over at StampTV last week, so I tried four different panels and made cards from three of them.  The technique was a Color on Color Emboss Resist.  Basically, you ink up your card stock, then use an embossing ink and clear embossing powder to emboss some images or sentiments on that, then ink over everything with a darker color and wipe off the embossed areas.  It turns out pretty fun.

Sunset Safari


This one is actually my favorite of all of them.  I thought it looked nice by itself, so I just layered it on some brown card stock on top of the base, which is Sweet Mango (orange-ish).  The stamp set I used is called Wild About You by Theresa Momber from Gina K.  The inks I used on all of them are different distress inks from Ranger.

Colorful Music


This was a fun one.  I really liked the colors that came out, so I found card stock that went really well with it and was even able to find some ribbon that went wonderfully with it.

Birthday Zing


This one wasn’t great, but I found some different card stocks that went really well with the colors and a fun purple ribbon that looked fun with it.  I like the fact that the ribbon is see-through which makes it fun to see the background through it.  Now, the words I made myself using the Silhouette Cameo I got for Christmas.  Had fun figuring out how to make them.

This last card isn’t using any of the backgrounds I made, it is for the sketch challenge at MFP SpeedyTV this week.  I did it all in shades of blue, which was fun, too.

Monochromatic Sketch


The center “Thanks” was embossed with a fun blue, sparkly embossing powder.  The card stocks used are Ocean Mist and Blue Raspberry from Gina K.  I can’t tell you how many different “thanks” sentiments are on it, but they are from all sorts of different sets.  Oh, the fun lacy square is a Spellbinders die set I got for Christmas, too.  It was a really good Christmas.

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

One for the Road

This will probably be my last post for a couple of weeks.  I need to work on making bases and pieces for about 200 cards, as well as a few examples for a group at church.  So, I’m going to be rather busy and probably won’t get to make any of my own for a while.  Fortunately, with this card, I am through July, so except for emergencies, I’m set.

sketch challengeThis one is being entered in three challenges.  The at ScrapZee for this week (Terrie came up with the fun sketch), the weekly challenge at StampTV which is layered sentiments, and the Simple Salutations challenge at MFP SpeedyTV to make a birthday card.  (Hope your birthday was wonderful, Sue!)

6-8-13 Bday Sent Banner Sketch


A lot of yapping for a simple card.  To make this one, I used the Follow Your Dreams set by Theresa Momber (Gina K.), China Blue, Walnut and Antique Linen Distress ink (Ranger) and colored pencils (Koh-i-Noor) along with some papers.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!


Fun With Sketches

I worked on 3 cards this weekend for different sketches and challenges.  This first one was for the MFP SpeedyTV Sketch With a Twist challenge for the week, but I didn’t really like the way it turned out.

6-1-13 Butterfly SketchSo, I did the sketch again with different elements:

6-1-13 Peppers


I like this one much better.  If you notice the ribbon behind the peppers, it has lip prints all over it.  This one is an anniversary card for my husband and I definitely had fun with it.

This last one I did for the Tutorial Time Challenge on MFP SpeedyTV this week, as well as the sketch challenge for MFT.  This was a fun one, too.  I’ll show you the closed version so you can see the sketch, then open so you can see the swing part.

5-29-13 MFT Sketch


5-31-13 SPTV Swing


It’s a bit different, but definitely fun.  What sorts of fun ideas do you come up with?

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Gettin’ Sketchy With It

I couldn’t resist the title.  I actually had the privilege of coming up with a sketch for the Rotating Challenge at ScrapZee this week.  I know, some of you will get this early by my putting it on here, but I had to share:

March Sketch


Basically it is a card (I used an A2 – 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″) with a triangle taking up just less than half of it (doesn’t matter where), with something large in the center and something small in one corner.  Here are the examples I came up with:

3-6-13 Sketch Examples


As you can see, I did things differently on all of them.  I stamped on the open area on two of them, which doesn’t add to or detract from the sketch, and used the large animal and smaller sentiment.  You can’t see it too well, but the green triangles are embossed with leaves.  The giraffe and the tree (elephant card) are done with gold Perfect Pearls, so they sparkle.

The aqua and white one was done for the Friends of SpeedyTV challenge this week, so I’ll give you a close up of that one.  It is an inspiration challenge with an amazing picture, so I used the colors (as close as I could get) and crinkled my aqua to look like the curtains in the picture.

3-4-13 MFP Inspiration


Go check out the challenges!  Well, you’ll have to wait until Wednesday, 3/6/13, for the Sketch challenge, but you can see the other challenges we’ve had.  Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Christmas Expanded

This year I thought I would cut back a bit on Christmas cards, so I didn’t make quite as many as normal (only 35 to 40 this year versus 70 of past years).  I had plenty for family and close friends, as well as work friends.  However, then I started thinking about some I needed for this person and that person, oh, and there are a few more I really want to give a card to this year.  Hmmm, now I need to make quite a few more cards.  I have to tell you, I got the Seasonal Sentiments stamp set from My Favorite Things this year and it is making it easy to make these extra cards.

Christmas Extra 1



  • Seasonal Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
  • Cottage Ivy and Ladybug ink (Memento)
  • Green Star pen (Sakura)
  • Assorted papers

I used a sketch provided by My Favorite Things, two of the stamps from the Seasonal Sentiments set and two colors of Memento ink with a couple assorted pieces of patterned paper and some adhesive.  I did go over the words in the sentiment tree with my Green Star glitter pen to bring out some sparkle.  You have to have sparkle on a Christmas tree. This is a fun card that only took a few minutes to make.

This next one was using the same sketch and stamps.

Christmas Extra 2



  • Seasonal Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
  • the Winter Magic Stack (DCWV)
  • Nightshift Blue (My Favorite Things)
  • Nautical Blue ink (Memento)

When I purchase Christmas papers, it is usually just after Christmas on clearance for 80% off and I plan to use it the next year.  So, “the Winter Magic Stack” was an excellent deal last year and probably isn’t available this year.  I love the whites, blues and silver in this pack.  I also love how the Nightshift Blue from My Favorite Things goes so perfectly with the pack.  Then, of course, you have to see how the Nautical Blue goes with both.  I love it when things come together!

My Favorite Things is coming out with their own inks which match their papers, ribbons, buttons, etc.  When I ordered the sample pack of paper, I basically wanted to see the colors in person to figure out exactly which colors to use with things.  I’ve used a lot of the paper, which is a really nice, heavy weight, as I love the colors.  Yes, I’ve picked some favorites and I’m definitely going to have to order some of those colors.  Which means I’ll need to order the ink that matches, as well as the ribbon so it all pulls together.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

A Day of Creating

Last week started off pretty well, until I tried to clean the shower on Tuesday evening.  When we moved into our house almost 20 years ago (good grief), there was a crack in the grout about half way down our shower wall.  I didn’t know what to do as I was only 23 and had two kids (my folks had always taken care of everything when I was growing up).  Anyway, a few years later, the tiles just below that crack got bumped and pushed back a bit.  I called a countless number of contractors to come give us an estimate on fixing it as I had never done tile work before and my husband wanted a “professional” to fix it.  After all those calls, one person came out and looked at it, then said he’d have to have his tile guy give us a call before they could do an estimate.  That call never came.  I duct taped it up and we continued to use the shower.  This is at least 6, maybe 10 or 12 years later and as I was scrubbing the shower, the tiles below that area pushed in a bit.  My husband decided God just wasn’t going to help us, even though he has.  Good grief, how does my husband think the wall lasted for this long after I duct taped it together?  Besides that, God led us to someone from church who will do the work for an amazing amount.  (We figured it would be a WHOLE lot more.)  Then, we went and purchased all the tile, wall board, etc. and that was less than expected, too.  Me, I see God watching over us tremendously.  Especially as I had been praying about this.  I guess my husband figures God isn’t involved since we actually had to spend money rather than have it suddenly be provided for us.  AHHHHHHH!!!  So, he didn’t go to church with me today.  Yes, there’s more to it than this, but this is just what it is this time.  Anyway, I needed to make some cards this afternoon, when my son and I got home from church.  So, here they are:


Yesterday was World Card Making Day 2012 and I didn’t make a single card.  There was a challenge posted at StampTV to do a single layer card that looked like more than one layer, so I did this one.  My background masked area was too small for my image, so it barely shows around the edges, and I didn’t mask like I should have, but it was still fun to do.  I used the Holiday Basket set by Gina K. for this.  The stamping was done using Memento inks and the coloring was done using Koh-i-Noor Woodless colored pencils and Bic Mark-It markers.


This one was done for a challenge at StampTV to use an image stamp for the background and have the sentiment as the focal image.  I used the Wild About You set by Gina K. and Memento inks for the background on an aged parchment paper.  This is also for the SpeedyTV challenge to use distressing, hence the aged parchment paper and inking around the edges.


This last one was for a StampTV challenge to use two different patterned papers, as well as a SpeedyTV sketch challenge.  The patterned papers are the silhouette image and the small rectangle at the top.  I’ve been wanting to use this silhouette piece, which came from a friend in a swap a while ago, for several weeks.  This was the first time I could make it work.  The sentiment is from the Vintage Chic set by Gina K.

Still not back to my normal happy self, but I am feeling a bit better.  Please keep my husband in your prayers.  He just needs to see how God is working around him.  Thanks for spending some time with me today and listening to my whining.  I’m feeling a bit better, now and I’ll be back to normal by tomorrow.  I know God is good and ALWAYS provides!  He has a plan for my husband, too.

Painting with Chalk

This is being entered in various challenges this week.  It follows the sketch challenge for My Favorite Things, I did the technique challenge on MFPSpeedyTV, the Vintage/Shabby Chic challenge on StampTV, as well as the red challenge on CardSwap.


This is about as vintage/shabby chic as I can get.  Hey, it includes both lace and trim with a flower.  The technique was to use a blender pen and chalk to “paint” an image.  My bird was done with bright red chalk, yellow and orange.  I’m glad I tried this technique, but it’s not one I plan to use again as my bird looks very washed out and not too red.


  • Die-namics Contempo Cage (My Favorite Things)
  • Winter Crocus (Mark’s Finest Papers Heinrich Collection)
  • Rhubarb Stalk ink (Memento)
  • Floral Burst Cut-Fold-Tuck (Spellbinders)
  • Assorted chalk, papers, lace and trim

Thanks for spending some time with me today!