Sunday, July 12, 2020

Birthday Challenge

You all know that the most cards I make are for people's birthday, so when My favorite things had a Birthday Challenge I decided to play along.

I shared a cross-stitch tag I did not to long ago HERE and I am using another one I stitched up, I wanted to put an image with it so I went with this girl with a cupcake celebrating!

I paper pieced her dress and colored in her bow and body along with the balloon, the sentiment comes from the same set.

My Favorite Things - Cross-stitch tag and pattern, cupcake day stamp, colored w/markers and dress paper pieced
MY mind's eye - Quite Contrary paper
Bow & string
Wink of stella on balloon

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


Saturday, July 11, 2020

Summer fun

I am running out of images for my great nephews who are in their teens and I came across this stamped image a friend gave me a few years back that I hadn't used yet, and he reminded me of my nephew and this was just before they headed to the lake for their vacation.

Stampingbella - stamp, colored w/markers
October Afternoon - Seaside papers
Spellbinders - A2 Distressed Edges die
SimonSays - Tiny words Birthday sentiment stamp
Wink of Stella - Clear on whistle and water
Gel pen for waves

I just added some water and sand with my makers and then added some white gel pen for the waves and some sparkle for the water and on his whistle.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and hope you have a fun and creative weekend!


Thursday, July 9, 2020

Torn Paper Stenciling

The challenge this week in my stamp group is to do a faux torn paper look using a stencil. You can go HERE to Heidi's blog to see a written tutorial on how to do it.

I cut my paper to A2 size and then tore a strip of lightweight paper to cover the center portion of my card where I will later add my stamped image and sentiment. Lay your stencil on top of that and then using two brown inks I inked up my stencil, then after removing the stencil you ink around the edges of the torn paper and your card.  Such a quick technique but looks so neat and this is a one layer card, so no problem with mailing.

Hero Arts - Sea & Sky stencil, inked with Frayed Burlap and Gathered Twigs Distress inks
Inkadinkado - For the birds stamp set, colored w/markers and All Occasions sentiment stamp

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by, and if you are in one of the HOT spots around the U.S. I hope you are staying cool.


Wednesday, July 8, 2020


I have been on this kick of collecting Ephemera, there are all kinds of it out there, I started with Tim Holtz botanical layers and have picked up a few more.  I am not sure what you call this style of card but I have been seeing more of layered goodness out there and this is my first attempt of trying it myself.  

I am loving a lot of 49 Market stuff too and these papers were so pretty with their ghosted backgrounds I just had to give it a try.

Tim Holtz - Botanical layers #TH93554 (butterfly and flower tag)
49 Market - Vintage Artistry, colors neutral paper
Martha Stewart - border punch
Paper studio - Washi tape
Stampin up - Jewels large, colored w/markers
Gina Marie - Birthday words sentiment

The sentiment was stamped on some scrap paper and cut out with decorative scissors, I colored a clear gem to use as the center of my flower. I used my bone folder to try and give a little dimension to the butterfly, his pieces are quite thick cardboard but I was able to do it without putting a crease in it.

I really loved how this turned out, no stamping other than the sentiment but I really enjoyed putting it together. Now I just hope my friend liked this style :)

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by,


Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Out the window

I shared with you last month on backgrounds my stamp group made during a Zoom meeting we had, you can see that post HERE that describes what we did.  I really never thought I would actually use this one, wasn't a big fan of how it turned out but my hubby thought it was really good.  He said that it would be neat if that was like a wall of an old building and I had this window that over looked a county scene outside, well I took what he was thinking and I went for it.

watercolor background
Poppystamps - Grand Gothic Luminary, Colonnade Corner and Lovely Tendrils dies
Stampendous - Meadows Edge stamp set on watercolor paper

This was meant to be a masculine card for a friend at church that just went through eye surgery and it didn't work out well, we are still praying he gets his full sight back.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by today and say Hi,