Saturday, July 21, 2018

Country truck

Ever since I bought my Black Mirror Card stock I have wanted to use my truck diecut with it. Today I am sharing the last challenge I did which was using either mirror card, foiling, mega flakes, to bring some shine to our card.  That was all I needed to make this card for my oldest brothers birthday. 

I decided to go with Mega flakes for the leaves on the tree, I used the flutterby glue to add to the stamp with a cosmetic sponge and then stamped onto the tree again and added the mega flakes. I also used my metallic cardstock for the sun.  The challenge also had to make a matching envelope so I once again stamped onto the envelope first with my brown ink and this time instead of using the liquid glue I used my glue pen to add some glue to the leaves area and added my flakes, I feel like that may have worked better.

My card base was black so I left the bottom portion the card base, adding a white line for the road. Inks to the white background, using my home made cloud template for the sky.

Taylored Expressions - On the road truck and sun die
Black Mirror card
Penny Black - Fantasy trunk stamp
Indigoblu- megaflakes - Morris Dance on leaves
Tim Holtz - kraft core metallic cardstock for sun
Distress inks - Mowed Lawn and Tumbled glass for background

We are enjoying a day in the mid 80's with less humidity, was able to go on a walk and not feel like I was going to pass out, that sure was nice.  Hope you are having a nice weekend.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today,


Friday, July 20, 2018

Artist training coins

I don't feel I really did a great job with this challenge but I wanted to share with others that may have not heard of this like I hadn't heard of them at the time.

Artist trading cards are cards that you create that are 2 1/2 x 3 1/2. The coins are 2 1/2 inches round. If you are interested you can read about them HERE.  They can be very detailed I went a bit simple on mine.  The challenge was to do your own background on the coin and stamping.  If you wanted you could make it into a card, which is what I did, a lady from church was admitted to the hospital for pneumonia, so I made her a card using it.  I used the Distress Oxide inks for the background, I added a touch of water to give the speckled look to the background..  The background paper was from a cardmaking friend she sent in my birthday card in March, I thought the stitched swirls went well with the swirl in the stamp.

The die cut I used was 2 3/4 inches but if I only added ink to the center part it made it 2 1/2 inches so while the paper was still in the die I added the ink.

Spellbinders - Standard circle lg., curved rectangles and ribbon tags trio dies
Stampin up - of the earth stamp
Distress Oxides - Peeled paint and worn lipstick
Hero Arts - Everyday sayings stamp set

I hope you all enjoy a great weekend!
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and say Hi :)


Thursday, July 19, 2018


This next technique was a little messy but fun, and you never new how it was going to turn out, I was going for a sunset look but ended up going in a totally different direction with the card I made.  I used 3 different colors of paint, I didn't do any measuring just added my paint, then some water and dish washing soap, mixed them and starting blowing with a straw, now this is a bit messy so you want to have some papers down when you are doing this but since there was soap in the mix I think clean up went quit quickly :)

Heidi shares HERE how she went about doing hers.  I added a bit more bubbles and more colors on mine. 

Americana acrylic paints - Blueberry, Golden straw and Georgia clay
Our Daily Bread designs - Sisters stamp
Spellbinders- A2 Devine Eloquence die
American crafts - Ric rac
Martha Stewart - tag punch
Stamps of life - minis4circles sentiment stamp

Here are the other backgrounds I made.

Thanks for stopping by today :)


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Off stamp

The next challenge one of the girls had was to take a background stamp, and stamp it 3 times using different colors moving the stamp just a little bit every time you stamp.

These were my tries.

Sorry about the lighting, but this gives you an idea.  For this card I used the last background I made which is at the bottom.

Stampinup- background stamp (plaid)
Distress oxide inks - Antique linen, fossilized amber, walnut stain
Heartfelt creation - Delicate Asters stamp and dies, colored w/spectrum markers
Martha Stewart - border punch
My favorite things - Label maker sentiment stamp
Kaiser - gemstones

I am glad I kept going trying other background stamps because I love how this one turned out.

Thanks for stopping by today,


Monday, July 16, 2018


Good Monday Morning to you all, we are starting the week off very HOT and Humid but they are reassuring us we will have a few days this week that aren't so humid and in the 80's!!!

This week I would like to share some challenges my stamp group had last week, I wasn't able to do all the challenges as it was a busy week around here, but I did manage some of them.

Today I will start off the challenge I had for us to try, I found this video HERE that I loved the water color look of the background and it was done by using waterbased markers and since I am always trying to find new ways to use my Spectrum Aqua markers I thought I would give it a try.  Now I wanted to have a little bigger area to work with so I used a Quart size bag and I really think I should have used a sandwich bag because the quart size is a bit stiffer material and I don't know that it worked as well, I wanted to try again with a sandwich bag but just didn't get the time.

I applied Moss and Rose Stem colors for my green in a checker board pattern on my bag, hoping to get a mix of greens not all one tone, doing the same for the browns I applied Sepia and Chocolate. I stamped the trees a couple times but didn't get great coverage on the watercolor paper so I ended up Stamping again with Distress Oxide in Walnut stain and embossed with clear powder and that helped it stand out more.

Inkadinkado- Fall trees stamp
Spectrum Aqua markers- Sepia, Chocolate, Moss and Rose stem for background
DCWV - Once upon a time background paper
Spellbinder die

I will try and post a challenge a day this week but I am not promising anything, so funny how life gets in the way :)

Have a terrific week and thanks for taking the time to stop by,