Sunsets – I Love Them

Beautiful Sunset
Dublin Sunset

Many times a year I go out to watch the sun setting. Sometimes in my yard and sometimes I drive to a specific area close to home to enjoy them. I also love taking photos and of course I take lots of sunset photos. I have a very nice point and shoot camera that can go on auto or manual. Funny thing is that this photo came out pretty nice and I just took it with my Samsung phone.


Merry Monday #240 Bells

Merry Monday #240

Finally I got one in for the Merry Monday Challenge #240 with the theme of bells. I just got this stamp at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo a couple of weeks ago so I enjoyed being able to use it.

Background – Darice embossing folder Sheet Music.

The mats & image die cut – Spellbinder die Label One (S4-161).

The sentiment – Finding It Trading die. I cut it out of watercolor paper and colored it with a silver Wink of Stella pen. It doesn’t quite look like the bells which are also colored with Wink of Stella so I am thinking it was a different watercolor paper.

The image – Elizabeth Craft Designs Cardinal (RS021). Colored with Zig Clean Color pens and the silver Wink of Stella pen.

My Sister’s Birthday Cow

My Sister's Birthday Card

This was a fun one to make! I have had this cow stamp for many years and don’t use it much but I love the image. My sister loves cows so this works great for her birthday.

Background – Lawn Fawn plaid paper from the Fall Perfectly Plaid paper pad. Love their plaids.

Die Cut panels – Spellbinders Labels Nine. These are raised up with foam tape.

The Cow – Banjo Maya by La-La Land Crafts. Colored with Copics.

The sentiment – Spellbinders die (S2-139)

Old School Stencils

Old School Stencils

I thought I would share these since a lot of us enjoy using stencils. I was looking for some information about programming our heater controller and ran across a folder that said stencils. This is what I found.

The small ones are freebies from Leisure Arts magazine. The green ones are from Ben Franklin and I have no idea when I got them. Some of the holiday ones on the left are from a craft store in the city I grew up in down in Southern California. The ones that were purchased were 99 cents each. Maybe my Mom bought some of these to use but I think I probably did.

Funny how most of them looked like they were never used just like some supplies I have that I bought more recently (over the last several years). They were also made for a different purpose than card making but it is fun to see how for the most part there is very little detail compared to what we use today. I told my hub we could use them to add seasonal decor next to our house address on the curb. Ha.

Lotus Stencil & Oxide Distress Inks

Lotus Birthday

For the background on this I used some of the new Oxide Distress Inks. Love them. This is Broken China, Spiced Marmalade and Cracked Pistachio applied with the round blending tool.

Then I laid the Hero Arts Large Lotus stencil over the background and sprayed with Perfect Pearls.

The sentiment is a die from Simon Says Stamp (SSSD111559) and it is hard to see but it is sprayed with Mint Perfect Pearls.

And.. some random bling.

Entered the challenge for March at A Blog Named Hero





Also entered for March challenge at a2z Scrapbooking.

Peony Birthday

I stamped these flowers from the Altenew Peony Bouquet set. I just love this set and have made several cards with it. Since I stamped the flowers quite some time ago I don’t remember the inks that I used. The sentiment which is rather crooked is a Simon Says Stamp die called Happy Birthday strangely enough and is cut out of the same brown that is the background for the panel. I guess I was in a hurry when I laid down the sentiment.

Stamp & Scrapbook Expo Card Class

These are cards I made in a class at Stamp and Scrapbook Expo that was last weekend very close to me in Pleasanton.  It was really nice to have my friend Beth come from Utah to take 2 classes and do some shopping. Always more fun to go with a crafty friend. I thought I was not in the mood to do holiday cards but they were fun and I like the way they turned out. Everything was cut out and some of it is a printed paper panel. We did inking on the snowflakes, snowman, skates, gate, wreath and flowers, the assembly and the glitter highlights. The gate on the second card opens which I would not have thought of doing. They make some awesome stamps and dies. It was fun to highlight with glitter which I don’t usually do to much of. I saw that it makes a big difference if you use the super fine glitter verses the chunkier stuff. Also using the right glue makes it look better too. I like the look of the fine glitter much better.

Hero Arts Scramble 150


The theme for today’s Scramble, hosted by Greta, was use at least 2 of these 3 elements:
•Three of something
•Light blue or blue/green color
•Daffodils (any color) or a yellow flower

Ok today was just one of those days. I fumbled around a lot and didn’t quite make it by times up but here it is. Bumps in the road, road blocks, curves, dead ends. I’m just not jiving today. There are a few different flowers stamped and colored and a few backgrounds and card bases.  The fun part is I finally came up with a card I liked and I used my Distress Oxide inks.

  • The card base is inked around the edge with Broken China Distress Oxide ink.
  • The mat is inked with Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink direct ink pad to paper. I sprayed it with water. After it was mostly dry I stamped over it with Hero Arts background stamp Tartan Plaid (CG440) using Broken China Distress Oxide ink. I actually dropped the daisy stamp on it after stamping the flowers on the white paper. I wiped it off with a wipe and cut some off just in the process of making the card so whew at least that got saved
  • For the flower panel I used Hero Arts stamp Daisies (K5586). I colored it in with Zig Clean Color pens. I then cut the panel out using Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles die set (S5-090). The panel edge is inked with the Broken China Distress Oxide ink. I added a few dots from Queen & Co. that I just got at Stamp and Scrapbook Expo. The flower panel is raised with a foam panel.

So far I am loving the Distress Oxide inks. I like how they look when you spray them or not spray them. They blend nice which is a challenge for me. I like that they are soft creamy colors. I would say kind of pastel but I am not really a pastel fan usually. I have 5 colors so far. I don’t usually buy that many of things when they come out so that tells you something.