Saturday, August 30, 2014

You Melt my Heart

I wanted to use this large snow flake die as an aperture for a shaker card so I cut it out of white card and then embossed it with a snowflake embossing folder. I adhered the clear plastic to the back of the aperture.   I created the background by using myVersa Mark pen to make small dots that I embossed with white ep  to look like snow.  I stamped the cute penguin from Gina K Designs on white then colored him a bit.  I used liquid applique for the hat and snowball then I fussy cut him and put him on the background.  I filled the background piece with sequins and white flower soft.   I used mounting foam around the top piece and then adhered them together. I used a few sequins and some ribbon for embellishments. I will enter this in the Stamp TV Release Party Challenge and the Simon Says   Any thing goes challenge here .

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Gift of Friendship

This card is a birthday card I made for my husband's barber.  I love the wheat die from IO and could not resist using it again. I will enter it in the IO challenge "The Gift of Friendship"  and Lee's Fruitful Harvest at Mod Squad .
and the Monday Witch Kraft  challenge at Simon Says

I used the following dies and stamps from IO for this project

I used the following dies and stamps from IO
Deer Trio - DIE080-N Deer Trio
DIE171-K Circle cut out border
DIE084-V wheat 
CL342 stamp set

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CAS Pine Branch

I started on my Christmas cards yesterday.  This is another simple design using IO dies products that I will enter in the CAS at IO.    

I used the following IO supplies:
Small snow flake DIE100-F
Pine Banch   DIE021-N
 Not Only at Christmas stamp C3503

Monday, August 18, 2014

CAS Snowflake

Just got this large snowflake die from IO and had to try it out. I also needed to get started on Christmas cards for this year.  These are not Christmas colors, but I still like the combination. I will enter it in the CAS challenge at IO.

IO die DIE093-X

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Embossing Paste 3

This is my third attempt at using embossing paste.  I used a Die Namics die to make the stencil and  PTI  phrase play for the sentiment. The dogwood is a die from Susan's Garden. For this card, I tried something different.   I saw someone on You Tube use patching compound  instead of embossing paste so while I was making a mess I thought I would give it a try.  It is a bit thicker and not as smooth as the embossing paste but it took the color about the same.  The biggest difference was the drying time.  Even after drying all night it still had some moisture so I ended up using my heat gun.  I am not sure how it will hold up in comparison with the embossing paste but so far I have not seen any evidence of cracking.  It sure is a lot cheaper.  4oz of embossing paste cost me $9 while 16 oz of the DAP ElastoPatch was under $4.  You can see the video and challenge entries here

Embossing paste flower

Second attempt at using embossing paste.  Again I had some paste seep under my stencil. The flower is a Memory Box die and the ENJOY is one of PTI Phrase Play dies. You can see the video and the challenge here.

Embossing Paste Lotus Die

I ordered some embossing paste last week and it arrived on Friday just in time for the challenge at PTI to use embossing paste.   Then I had to decide what dies I would use to make a stencil.  Here I used the Spellbinders Lotus die. I needed to tape it more securely because I had some paste get get under my stencil. I used the happy from phrase play die and the birthday is from the matching stamp set. You can see the video and challenge at
 I will also enter it in the Masculine Birthday at the Mod Squad. Usually I use brown shades or blacks and greys for masculine cards, but I decided men like color too.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

CAS Birthday

This is a card for the IO  Clean and Simple challenge   and the Mod Squad Masculine Birthday challenge.  

The wheat( DIE085-X)and sentiment(CL342) are both IO products.  The designer paper is Gina K Designs.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Stephanie's Birthday

I needed a birthday card for my niece so I decided to make one that fit the Sparkle, Glitter or Bling Challenge at The House that Stamps Built. The Butterfly is a Cherry Lynn design and the branches are from IO.  I typed the sentiment and cut it out with a Spellbinders die.

I will also enter it in the Wednesday challenge at Simon Says "Make it Sparkle."

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Paper Pieced Pears

There are four different dp patterns used in this card.  Each of the pears is a different paper and the leaves are the fourth.  I colored the flowers and the branch with markers,and the background is sponged with spun sugar and tea die distress inks. I will enter this in the Pretty Pieces Challenge at Mod Squad.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Sky is the Limit

I made this card for a my niece who is turning six this year. I got the idea from the Make-it Monday  video at PTI and will enter it in the challenge there.
The super girl is a stamp with matching die from MFT and the balloons, rainbow and sentiments are PTI.  I dabbed the white card stock with different color markers to make the background.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Hello Friend

This card is for the sketch challenge at MFT.    The greeting is from Hot off the Press and the flowers are Die- Namics sunflowers. I used some self stick fabric pieces at the top and bottom of the fish tail  that I got in a prize package that Barbara Campbell was offering at her web cite  .  Thanks, Barbara.


Sunday, August 3, 2014


This is a card for an IO Nautical challenge.  I made a stencil by cutting out the shells on heavy CS.  I sponged over the stencil onto kraft CS with distress inks. I used versa mark to make splotches and then embossed with UTE. I stamped the sentiment and cut it out with a nestabilities die and sponged it with Memento desert sand.  I added a strip of seashell paper and a seashell cut from some dp.

I used these IO products

Friday, August 1, 2014

Watercolor Butterfly

I made this card for Stamp TV's Monday challenge and Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes.

I've Got the Blues

I made this card for the Mod Squad challenge I've Got the Blues and for the Work It Wednesday challenge at Simon Says.  Both challenges required blue but Mod Squad also asks for brown.  I personally like blue and brown together.