Merry Monday Challenge #218

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The challenge for Merry Monday #218 was to create a card with plaid on it. The card on the left is the card I submitted to Merry Monday here.

I created my background by stamping twice with a plaid stamp from Stampin Up. I stamped first with a Simon Says Stamp red ink and then with Delicata Gold pigment ink slightly off set. The green shape that the trees are on is cut with a Spellbinders die called Curved Rectangles (S5-006). The greeting is from Hero Arts set Peace & Joy (CL880) and embossed with red powder which didn’t come out to red on that dark green paper. The trees are from Hero Arts set Family & Friends (CL803) and stamped with Delicata Gold pigment ink. I submitted my card at the last minute and thought it needed a bit more but no time left. So.. I added some rhinestones to the trees.


Hubby’s Birthday Card 2016

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My husband and I just got back from visiting Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde and Rocky Mountain National Parks. In Rocky Mountain NP we saw a whole bunch of elk and some deer. So while going back to Utah to fly home we drove through Wyoming. I found a fab scrapbook store in Laramie called Scrap Tree. What a great store that was! I bought the die cut deer from there. So when I got to making the card for my husband I got out the aspen looking stencil and the die cut deer/elk. I was looking around in Pinterest for ideas for using the stencil and found this card as my inspiration.

I inked over the stencil with blue Distress ink which went on pretty darn nice. I struggle with applying Distress ink sometimes. I place a circle under the stencil while inking so I could make a moon. This idea came from my inspiration card. She did hers with light blue ink which looked very nice. I decided to make mine a more dominant moon. The sentiment is from Hero Arts set It’s Your Day (CL661) and stamped with the same blue Distress ink. The rectangle was cut with a My Favorite Things die set called Pierced Rectangles Stax. The deer/elks eye is a black rhinestone. The sentiment inside is a great stamp I found and had to get it. It is by Impression Obsession. We are music fans and that is a great birthday song! The notes are a separate stamp.

Hero Arts Scramble 141



Jayne’s Hero Arts Scramble in the Flickr Hero Arts group had a theme of ombre. I was going for two things with this card and I had something going in my mind and it all fit together. So here is ombre pinks and light and dark pinks for Merry Monday. This was super fun and out of my norm. Thanks so much to Jayne! After the Scramble I updated this card by adding the silver tiny balls in the middle of the flowers.

So for the Scramble and Merry Monday there were no silver balls.

Hero Arts set Poinsettia Layering Stamps (CL912)
Hero Arts set Peace & Joy (CL880)
Lawn Fawn Say Cheese Polaroid die

Submitted to the Merry Monday #215 challenge.

Submitted to Love! – Handmade Cards October Challenge in Flickr.
Submitted to a2z Scrapbooking October monthly challenge.

White Flowers Sympathy


This is for a couple that we have been friends with a long time. His father recently passed away. I love making all kinds of cards but it seems I have been making to many sympathy cards.

The background is made with Distress inks used like watercolor paint. I wet the watercolor paper first and then put the ink on my kraft sheet and misted it with water. Then I painted it on the background.

Flowers – A stamp I just got at a cool Scrapbooking/Stamping store in Laramie Wyoming. See this blog post about the store. It is a Hero Arts stamp called Wildflower Garden (CG170). It is kind of similar to another stamp by Hero Arts but this is a taller stamp which I like. Yes I have them both. I white embossed the flowers.

The sentiment – This is from a stamp set by darkroom door called Bright Blossoms Vol 2. I like the font on this one.

Pearl bling was added for an accent.

Notes & Flowers Sympathy


This card is for a friend who just lost her mother. She happens to be a big music fan. I actually copied a card I made before changing the flowers to different ones.

Background – Spray with Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Teal and Seafoam on watercolor paper.

Sheet music – Stampington & Co stamp called LG Sheet Music stamped with Broken China Distress Ink.

Flowers – A stamp I just got at a cool Scrapbooking/Stamping store in Laramie Wyoming. See this blog post about the store. It is a Hero Arts stamp called Wildflower Garden (CG170). It is kind of similar to another stamp by Hero Arts but this is a taller stamp which I like. Yes I have them both.

Sentiment – From Hero Arts set With Sympathy (CL476) and stamped with Faded Jeans Distress ink.

Wedding Congrats


Yes this is a wedding card. Maybe not so traditional. I made this outdoorsy because the invitation had this look, they got married outside in a wooded area and they love outdoor adventures. And I had to take the photo very quickly so it just went down on the carpet.

I finally got to use the My Monthly Hero kit for September 2016. The wreath and all the leaves were cut using the dies from this kit.

The two birds are cut with a die that I just bought while on vacation in Wyoming. The die is by Cottage Cutz and it is called Tweet. I colored the birds and branches with Copics. About the store I got the die at… It was totally awesome and kind of surprising. I just happened to catch the sign when we were about to leave Laramie, Wyoming. We had just pulled in for gas and a very quick look. The store is called Scrap Tree. Boy was I pleased when I walked in. It is just very plain and such on the outside but the inside very nicely decorated with a tree in the middle. But enough about that the stuff in the store was super nice. All kinds of stuff for scrapbooking and card making. It was really nicely arranged in the store by subject like spring/easter, fall, cowboy, babies etc. It had some fun unique things too that I have not seen before. The owner is very talented too. She made all the cards and scrapbook layouts in the store and there was quite a few examples. She also teaches classes there. What a fun find! If you are in this area check it out! Here is a link to their Facebook page.

The heart is from an Ellen Hutson set called Fancy Thanks. I stamped it with red ink and then went over it with Glossy Accents. The next day I hand cut it out.

The Congrats is cut with a Lawn Fawn die called Scripty Congrats.

Submitted to a2z Scrapbooking October monthly challenge.

Hubby Thank You


I created this card for my hubby. He planned and almost surprised me with a rock n roll concert weekend. He told me many month’s ago to save the weekend which was just last weekend. He held the surprise for months until he slipped part of it while telling me about talking to the neighbor. Once I asked about the small part, he told me all about the weekend 1 week before we went. So we flew to Las Vegas from Northern California on Friday and stayed at the Venetian. We saw John Fogerty in a theatre at the hotel. Excellent show! Then we flew back towards home and went to the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley and went to see Bonnie Raitt at the Greek Theatre on Saturday night. Another great concert! It was a great weekend.

For the background I used a stencil from Echo Park and black and 2 blue Distress Inks. The mat behind the notes is some denim fabric from a “paper” pad that I think was a prize I won. It is hard to see in the photo but it works well with the rest of the stuff going on. The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Good Luck (AC034) which was stamped with one of the blue Distress inks. I wanted to put the stamped guitars on the front of the card but it just didn’t look right so they went on the inside. The reason they are blue is John Fogerty plays a blue guitar and wears a blue shirt (he wears this shirt often). The guitar stamp is some random stamp I have and I colored the guitars with Copics.

Turtles & Friends Birthday Card


My turtle card was created for a friend who loves sea creatures.

For this I used the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero set from July 2016. I really love all the sea creatures and other images in this set. I also used a seaweed stamp from Hero Arts set Set Sail (CL842).

I created the background painting with Distress Inks on watercolor paper. The fish and other creatures were stamped with Distress Inks. The turtle is stamped and cut out with a die that came with the set. There is a bubble stamp in the set which I think adds some nice interest. After stamping the bubbles I went over them with Glossy Accents. At this moment I cannot remember which sentiment stamp I used.

Christmas Holly


For now this is the last gold, white and black card from inspiration on Merry Monday #212. I really like the way this turned out. I don’t do well with a lot of white space and this has a good amount and doesn’t feel too sparse for me. I love that people make cards with a lot of white but I have trouble doing that myself.

The background mat is some more of that textured gold Michael’s paper that I love.

The holly is another thrift store find that I got at the same time I found the Christmas tree. It was also in really good shape maybe never used. It is a Penny Black stamp called Hollies (3030F).

There’s a strip of gold washi tape under the greeting. The greeting shape is cut with Spellbinders die Fancy Label Tags One (S2-099). The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Peace & Joy (CL880) and embossed with gold powder.