Memory Box Summer Meadow Collage Die Cut

Hello to you all on this rainy Saturday. I’m still playing catch up for several cards I created in January. Here is one to cheer up my Dad’s girlfriend who got injured.

Memory Box Summer Meadow Collage die

For this card I created a background panel by putting some inks down on a craft mat and spritzing with water and then putting the paper down on that. I like this colorful one.

I used a die to cut out the butterflies and flowers which I thought worked well with the colors.

I heat embossed the sentiment using some glittery embossing powder. I cut that out using a die.

I cut out the teal mat to bring that color out.


  • My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangles Stax die
  • Altenew Painted Greetings stamp set
  • Memory Box Summer Meadow Collage die

Bold Floral Thank You

Bold Floral Thank You

This card is kind of different style than I normally do but trying something different is the fun! I had some of these flowers colored already which is part of me using all those pieces laying around. I think I colored a couple while creating the card.

The background is just simple water coloring brushed across the panel. This is one of the different things for me is the green background behind the flowers. I stamped the leaves and branch type things using the Altenew set Hennah Elements. Everything on the card but the greeting is from this set. I used some Versafine ink to get that bold black.

The flowers I colored with Zig Clean Color pens and hand cut.

The sentiment is from Altenew set Painted Greetings. I like the font and the nice thickness of the letters so you get a bold greeting.

Mice Flying Kites

Hello Dragonfly Mice

I have been sitting on this colored image for quite awhile. Finally here is the card. I just love this image and it was fun to color. Somewhere I found some suggested colors each of the specific mice. I don’t think I had as many browns so the two on the left are very close in color. They have names but I don’t remember them. Anyway… The stamp is by Stampendous. It is a House Mouse stamp called Dragonfly Kites (HMCP25). I colored with Copics and this is one of my first times coloring all the background like that. At this point I am not really sure how I did the background. I am pretty pleased with how it turned out though. The dragonflies have either Wink of Stella or Spectrum Noir on the wings. I mean you have to.. The sentiment is from the Altenew set Painted Greetings.

When I started making this I was planning to send it to someone who used to live across the street from me and is having some health issues. She loves critters and feeds some in her backyard in Oregon. Probably not mice. Ha! I just need to get this in the mail now.

Colorful Roses Thanks

Colorful Roses Thanks

This card started with the watercolor panel after I watched and read Jennifer McGuire’s post about block watercolor stamping. The technique in case you don’t know is putting some ink on a acrylic block and then misting and putting that down on watercolor paper. Jennifer’s tip is you leave the block on top of the paper for 5 minutes. Yes folks that is the magic number.

I am not sure but I think I put some Distress Oxide inks on the block and made several panels during that session. I then cut out the pretty result with a Spellbinders die called Large Deckled Rectangles (S4-202). I cut a mat for that panel with the next size up die. The roses are part of a Heidi Swapp panel that I cut apart. I have had that rose panel quite awhile and really wanted to use it so there it is. I went over it with a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen. The thanks is a die from Altenew. It is also sparklized with a Spectrum Noir pen. I usually don’t work with fairly bright colors but I love the coloring on this one.

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.

County Fair Entries & The Results

This is the results of the four cards I entered at this years Alameda County Fair. I did win some money but it is all really for the fun of doing it.











It is that time of year again for our county fair. It is the Alameda County Fair and it starts in just under a month. Kind of fun this year they are having a cattle drive down the main street of the town where the fairgrounds are. Let me just say I do not live in a rural area. This is the first time they are doing this and I want to go check this out.

So last year my son suggested that I enter some of my cards at the fair so I entered two last year. This year I got more ambitious and entered four. I picked 4th of July, Sympathy, Birthday, and a Thank You card. At the same time as I was creating the cards starting about 2 weeks ahead of time the OCC Sparkle and Shine class was going on so there was a tiny bit of overlap but also it took a lot of my time to come up with so many cards in a short period of time. And.. I only did 2 days of the 6 days of classes. You know when they are going to be on display at the fair you have to be more picky. So you know how that goes. Try something it doesn’t look right, sleep on it, try another combination of things and on it goes. Finally you get them done.

Here they are all together.

And here we go with the details on each card.

I created the watercolor background some time back and finally put it to use. I stamped the flowers using Hero Arts stamp Blooming Meadow (CG171). I die cut the scalloped oval with a Spellbinders die Big Scalloped Ovals (S4-251). The tree is cut with Memory Box die Small Alder Tree (98792). The greeting is from a somewhat new set to me by Altenew called Painted Greetings.

This one took several passes before I got the look I liked. Seems like a simple card but it took a bit to get there. The background is Neenah Desert Storm paper which I was waiting for from a recent order from Simon Says Stamp. I have not had any of it before. The fireworks are stamped and heat embossed with Hero Arts stamp Fireworks (D5999)(strange name ha). I used Ranger Red Tinsel embossing powder which has some glitter in it but it doesn’t show to much in the photo. The sentiment is heat embossed using a Hero Arts stamp from the set Celebrate Everyday (CL498). The stars is a die from Simon Says Stamp called Star Parade (S227). I cut it out three times from a paper pad by Authentique. The die cuts the outline and the stars/partial stars. So I laid them all out and put various patterns back in.

This was a fun one! I just got this die set that cuts the card back and front, the heart panel and hearts and the thank you. This is a card that worked for the OCC class Sparkle and Shine and for the fair. So you cut out the back and front at once from a long piece of paper. The die is by Sizzix/Stephanie Bardnard called Thank You Drop-in. Then I cut out the white panel with the hearts. I also used that panel part to cut out some colorful hearts from the Lawn Fawn plaid paper pad. I glued the hearts back in some of the open spots. The Thank You is where the OCC Sparkle and Shine came in.  The first day was all about glitter. I used some glitter paper with the ultra fine glitter on it already. It was white so I colored with Copics to match my card and cut the Thank You out with the die that comes with the set.

And here is the last but not least. As you can see it’s a floral birthday card which is one of my favorites to make. For the background I used an embossed white piece of paper from a DCWV paper pad I got on sale. I inked over it with some Quick Quotes ink. I love this ink for when you are looking for a more subtle chalky look. The panel behind the flowers is cut with a Lawn Fawn die Stitched Journaling Card.  The flowers and leaves are from a brand new set to me from WPlus9. Actually they are from 2 sets Modern Peonies and Modern Anemones. I heat embossed all the leaves and flowers on watercolor paper using brass embossing powder. I then painted them in with Oxide inks that I put down on my mat and watered down and also did some mixing them together. I used Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick and Peeled Paint. I also did fussy cutting and the largest flower is raised using foam tape. The sentiment is from a somewhat new set to me also by Altenew called Painted Greetings using the same brass embossing powder and heat embossing.

This is a pretty lengthy post wouldn’t you say. If you read all the way to the bottom or skimmed to the bottom.. let me know which card you like best.

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.

Merry Monday Challenge #235

Merry Monday’s Challenge was to create a card with a snowman. Twist my arm. I love snowman cards.


So I got a card to the challenge again this week. Yeah! This was fun because I finally used an embossing diffuser that I have had sitting around forever. I have six of them and have never used any of them. Well now I know more about using them. I chose one that has a round circle in the middle. I used a snowflake embossing folder with the diffuser outer frame part. So there is a blank (no embossing) spot in the middle. I added some Nuvo Glitter Drops to the embossed snowflakes. I masked off the snowflake area and blended some blue ink for the snowman scene. I used an Altenew stamp with embossing powder to create snow falling in the scene. I hand cut the snow piece on the bottom. I covered it with glue and microfine glitter. The snowman is colored with Copics and hand cut. He is raised up with foam tape. I added some enamel accents in black to the hat. The buttons are colored with silver Wink of Stella and there is some Wink of Stella on the scarf. The sentiment is stamped with blue ink.

Background – Darice Snowflake embossing folder, Nuvo Silver Moondust Glitter Drops, Circle #1 Embossing Diffuser

Snowman Background – Altenew Snowing stamp with Versamark and Judikins Iridescent Sparkle powder, Hero Arts Pastel Blue ink, Elizabeth Crafts Cool Diamond Microfine Glitter, Hero Arts sentiment from Peace & Joy set (CL880), Hero Arts Navy ink

Snowman – colored with Copics, silver Wink of Stella, black enamel accents, clear Wink of Stella, Hero Arts stamp Let It Snow (CG233)

WHEW! I finally got all my cards on my blog. I have to hand it to all of you that do a lot of blogging. It is time consuming.

Playing With Glimmer Paste

Recently I went to a product demo type thing at a local newish paper crafting store. The shop is Live Happy Paper Crafts in Danville, CA. They had many Nuvo products with demo’s and time to play with them. They had Glimmer Paste, Mousse, Gilding Flakes, Drops and probably a few things I forgot to mention. The Glimmer Paste is really cool. The glitter seems to be a bit finer than in some other brands which I like. The super cool thing is some of the Glimmer Pastes appear different depending on the color of paper you put them on. The color I got is Tanzanite Lavender. Nuvo products are made by Tonic which I did not know before. Also Tonic seems to have some fun dies and things too. I think of them as paper trimming and cutting products.

Here is the one I bought that I used on each of these panels.



I used the Hero Arts Large Lotus stencil for this card I made from the panel above . The sentiment is from the Altenew Painted Greetings set and embossed with black powder on vellum over a paper strip. I colored the butterfly with a Copic pen and added some bling which kind of look likes pearls but they are a clear teal color.


Altenew Peony Bouquet Layered Flower Cards





All of these are created with the Altenew set Peony Bouquet which is a layered stamping set. I have to say this may be one of my very favorite stamp sets. Such pretty results and not hard to layer. I usually don’t create several cards with the same stamp close together so that kind of says something about how much I like it.

First card – The background mat is a dark grey not black. The greeting and the leaves are also grey. The flowers are stamped with Avery Elle and Quick Quotes pigment ink which I think works better than some of the dye inks for the layered stamping. The sequins are from a Halloween jar of sequins. The greeting is from Altenew set Painted Greetings.

Second card – I gold embossed the outline flower in the set to make the background. The flowers may have been stamped with Avery Elle and Quick Quotes ink also. I die cut the greeting with Spellbinders die set Sentiments One (S2-082).

Third card – Darn I wish I could remember all the inks I used when I made this. The lighter blue green might be Hero Arts mint julep. The greeting is cut with Elizabeth Crafts Happy Birthday die.