Floral Thank You Card

Floral Thank You

I made this background panel some time ago and decided to finally use it. You know you have your pile and finally get one out and use it. I happen to have a rather large collection of panels to use as backgrounds or whatever. So what I think I did was use Color Shine sprays to create the background. I then white heat embossed the flowers which is done with Hero Arts stamp Everything Flowers (CG513). The sentiment is die cut with a Poppystamps die called Vintage Thank You.


Distress Oxide Silhouettes

Distress Oxides Silhouette

For this card I pretty much made the same card I saw on the Ranger blog. I don’t usually copy so closely but I really liked the cards and I thought it would be fun to follow along and do the fun steps. It was fun!

The panel is a couple of passes on putting down Distress Oxide inks on my craft mat and spraying with water and putting the mixed media paper on it and then letting it dry. I dropped some water drops on it too. The inks I used were Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade. I spritzed a stencil with water and put that down on the Oxide ink. I used a couple stencils to ink through here and there. The stencils were Tim Holtz Gothic, Latticework and Speckles. I think I also dripped a bit of  Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. I also stamped over the panel with a Heidi Swapp stamp called Script with Sepia Archival Ink. Around the edges and some of the stenciling was done with Vintage Photo Oxide ink.

The silhouette plants are cut with dies from Memory Box – Strewsbury Stem. I cut this apart. I also used Hero Arts Spring Branch die and Memory Box Eva Stem.

The butterfly was cut with a punch from EK Success from a similar panel to the background. I did not have enough background left so I created a little piece just to cut out butterflies. The butterfly has foam tape under each wing.

The part I really struggled on was the strip with the thanks cut out. My dies were to big to use the die cut word or the negative space plus I was having trouble getting to a color that I liked for the strip of paper. I finally cut the thanks out with my cameo and inked the paper with Distress Oxide inks.

What I really like about this card is I got to use several Distress Oxide inks. Ok I liked a lot of things. Like I said it was fun and I am very happy how it turned out. I learned that you don’t have to use a whole image either from a stencil or stamp and you don’t have to clearly see each thing stamped or stenciled but all the layers look nice. My brain just doesn’t think this way but when I follow along and see how it goes then it clicks with me. Thanks to Ranger and Richele for a great tutorial.

Holiday Polar Bear

Holiday Polar Bear

I was inspired by the theme last week over at Merry Monday Christmas Challenge. I made the card but not in time to post to the link up. At least I got another Christmas card done. The theme was use a bear.

I did not have any bear stamps so I took a look at the Silhouette images. I have not really done to much paper piecing so it was fun to do. On a couple of the pieces I had to think a bit since I’m not used to using all the layers. Anyway it was something different and fun. I added some super fine glitter to the hat to add a little something. The background and red on the bear are from some random Christmas pad of paper that I had. The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Family and Friends (CL803).

Hubby’s Father’s Day Card

My Hubby's Father's Day Card

I made this background some time ago for something where it did not work but I really like it for the background on this. I embossed with a Sizzix folder called Woodgrain I think. I think I thinned out some ink and painted it over the embossing. Like I said it was awhile ago so I can’t quite remember all the steps. For the wreath I used a die from the Hero Arts September 2016 My Monthly Hero set and one from an Impression Obsession set (DIE023-X). The guitar and the sentiment are some random stamps I have. I hand cut the guitars. My hub plays the guitar so that is where I was coming from. He has been a great step-dad to my son and a great dog dad.

Our first dog Charlotte. We lost her last year and still miss her a lot.
My hub with Lucy and Aspen that we adopted in November. A bite of bagel for them.
Aspen and Lucy with hedgy and piggie stuffed toys. The hedgy is Aspen’s favorite and Lucy usually has a ball near her ready to play fetch.
My Dad and my son. We surprised my Dad by flying my son to LA for Father’s Day.

Hero Arts Scramble 155

Arlene hosted our 24 hour Scramble starting yesterday morning. We have 90 minutes to create a card and post it in Flickr. The theme for Scramble 155 was pop up something on your card and die cut/punch out something.

Hero Arts Scramble 155

I started the background by putting down Oxide ink on my craft mat. I used Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio, and Broken China. I sprayed water on the inks and put watercolor paper down on it. I did this a couple of times drying each layer with my heat gun. I was trying to stamp the seaweed and coral at the bottom with just water but that wasn’t working. So I used the same Oxide inks to stamp them which I like. They are there but on the subtle side. I stamped the big seahorse with Avery Elle inks Fizz and Mimosa and Versa Magic ink Red Brick.  I have a book where I stamped pretty much all my inks and it really helps to look at that to pick out the inks for a project. I hand cut out the seahorse. The seahorse became the die cut element because I forgot about that important part. The seahorse is raised as you can see. The smaller seahorses are stamped with Avery Elle inks. The bubbles are stamped with Chipped Sapphire Distress ink and then filled in with Nuvo Clear Drops. The sentiment is from Altenew set Painted Greetings and stamped with the Chipped Sapphire ink. This is the first time I used the Color Layering Seahorse set. I am just going to say this is not my favorite card. It needs something so I may alter it some or maybe just move on.
Hero Arts sets used – Color Layering Seahorse (CL956), Set Sail BG (CL842), July 2016 My Monthly Hero kit. It’s nice because all of these have a sea theme you can use together.

Right Place Right Time

Right Place Right Time

Not the greatest photo but I think this stamp is going to be a good one. I forgot my battery charger at my Dad’s while visiting so all I have to take photos at the moment is my phone.

I was at Joann’s the other day looking through the clearance area. The Hero Arts Wave background cling stamp was in there. It was not on clearance but someone who ordered online returned it to the store. They don’t sell very many HA stamps in the store. So it was $12.99 and I had a coupon so I got it for $8.50 and didn’t have to pay shipping. I almost left it there to come back to but I am glad I did not.

I was playing around with it as you can see.

I stamped first on a blue green piece of paper with Versamark. That is a nice subtle background.

The top panel is a third generation stamp I think. I spread the spray around with my finger and picked some up off my craft mat and then spritzed with water. I stamped on Neenah paper.

The second panel is the one I really like. This is stamped on watercolor paper right after I sprayed the stamp with Distress Spray Stain Mermaid Lagoon color. I like how some spots are more dense where the ink kind of ran on the stamp or had a lot of ink in that area. It is hard to see but there is also some kind of darker blue spots here and there. Where it didn’t stamp to well I can put something over that.

I stamped another watercolor panel also which looks pretty nice too.

I like making backgrounds and could probably do that all day. Sometimes I don’t quite know what to do with them so let’s just say I have a box of them.

Mixed Media – Hiking Boards

This is the board when I first got it and starting the altering process. I got a good sale price at Hobby Lobby.
I made it quite some time ago so let’s see if I can remember what I did. I painted with either gesso or white paint. Probably gesso. I added some printed tissue by Tim Holtz, stamped with some Hero Arts stamps, stenciled with embossing paste that I added some color to. I painted the wood bird and added some gesso over that to give it a washed look. There is also a bee charm on it. I added an extra piece of cork so that the pins would lay flat. The cork that was on the board originally was too thin. The boots at the bottom I took off a card my hub gave me. The photos are of my hiking group, my hub, dog and me, my son and me. All are taken at parks in the East Bay Regional Park system which is my favorite trails to hike on and a great park system. Every year since I participate in a trail challenge. All you have to do is hike 26 miles for the entire year and you get a pin.  It was lot’s of fun to make and I am very happy with the way it turned out.


Just recently I wanted an additional board for pins from the East Bay Regional Parks so I made this one. This was easier since it started with the flat white paint. I added a piece of cork in the middle again for having a deeper piece so the pins go all the way in. I used several Hero Arts stamps on this also along with a stencil and embossing paste.

Stamps used: Hero Arts Leaf Clusters (CL477), WPlus9 Fanciful Feathers, Inkadinkado Meadow, Hero Arts Antique Flowers and Butterfly (657773).

Hero Arts Scramble 154

Today I am hosting the Scramble. You have 90 minutes to create and post your card during a 24 hour period of time.

I got my ideas for today’s Scramble thinking about my Dad. It is Father’s Day next weekend and his birthday is at the end of the month. He is turning 88 this year and still on his own and driving. Amazing. I am looking forward to seeing him next week.

The theme for Scramble #154 is 3 three things.
– Create a masculine card
– Use a different size from the usual A2
– Throw a little decor on the envelope

I challenged myself too coming up with 2 masculine cards which for me are not that easy. Here is what I came up with for my examples.

Scramble 154 #2

The card size is 5 X 5 which I now realize should have been 5 1/2 X 5 1/2. Not exactly standard but at least it fits in the envelope.

The Hero Arts stamps I used are:
Set Sail (CL842)
Many Birthday Messages (CL611)
Days & Month (CL687)

I stamped the ships wheel and the little sailboats on the background with Versamark. The wheel is from the Set Sail set and the little boat is from the Days & Month set. For the textured ships wheel I stamped with Versamark and used Stampendous Chunky Gold embossing powder. You have to be careful with this powder and heat it from underneath so you don’t blow all the bigger chunks off the paper. I hand cut the wheel out. For the greeting and arrow things I used brass embossing powder. The arrow is from the Set Sail set.

Scramble 154 #1

My card size for this one is an A6 size card. I once went in a stationery store and just grabbed many little packets of random sizes of envelopes to have them. It was years ago and I haven’t run out of any of them.

The Hero Arts stamps used:
Striped Arrow (G5799)

The sentiment is a stamp from the Artful Stamper which I have had for quite awhile.

The die shape is cut with a set from Bo Bunny called Nested Fancy Frame Dies.

Oxide Distress Inks used: Faded Jeans, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint.

Regular Distress Inks used: Chipped Sapphire and Peeled Paint.

On some Bristol paper I applied some Oxide Distress ink with the blending tool. For the arrows I can’t remember if I sprayed and dropped water or just dropped water. For the sentiment I sprayed over the Oxide ink. Then I stamped the arrows and sentiment. For the arrows outlines I stamped with regular Distress inks and hand cut them out. It took me a few times of moving the arrows around to make them look more interesting. My mind thinks fairly linear but sometimes you need go for a more random look. One little oops is the green arrow near the top was supposed to be glued down the other direction but it went down and everything else was glued so I couldn’t really fix it. So here it is…

Scramble 154 #3

Just some simple stamping to dress up the envelopes a bit. The arrows were stamped with Oxide ink. The whale was stamped with Chipped Sapphire Distress ink and the other image with Quick Quotes ink Creamy Cocoa.

OCC Foiling

These cards were done during the OCC class Sparkle and Shine. They are the technique of foiling. It was fun and I had never done it before.

OCC Sparkle and Shine - Golden Owls

OCC Sparkle and Shine - Rainbow Foil Birthday

I do not have a machine for this so the technique I used was double sided adhesive. For the owls I think I used Stick It and for the large Happy Birthday I used Sookwang sheets. I think they both worked pretty well and I like how they turned out. I was pretty pleased also that they came out pretty decent the first time. If you have little spots where the foil isn’t there it is easy to fix.

The owls have rose gold Deco Foil on them and the greeting has the same. The washi tape is from Hobby Lobby I think and I really wish it was rose gold also. This card was so darn hard to photograph and it looks much better in person. I must of taken 10 shots of it. The owls are cut with a Tattered Lace die called Baby Owls. The sentiment is a Simon Says Stamp die.

For the large Happy Birthday I used the rainbow Deco Foil. There is some gold spray splatters on the white paper which is hard to see in the photo. Under the white background panel is a black mat and then the shiny gold mat/base of the card. The sentiment was cut out using an Elizabeth Crafts die Happy Birthday. The gold splatters are most likely Heidi Swapp Color Shine Gold. Fairly simple card design but I really like it.