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.

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.


Butterfly Birthday


I had this background sitting around waiting to be made into something. I was experimenting around one time using sprays on different papers etc. to get some sort of look like Virginia Lu does. I didn’t quite get the same look but I really like this one. I guess you can’t really say any of them look alike but what I am saying is Virginia makes some really awesome sprayed panels that she does different stuff with such as this. Other times I think she sprays a panel and die cuts things from it.

I used Heidi Swapp Color Shine sprays for this background I think on watercolor paper. I then heat embossed the two butterflies using black powder. The butterflies are from a Stampendous set called Butterfly Trio. I am not sure that I have used this stamps before. I like how it turned out. The greeting is die cut a couple times using a Spellbinders die from the Sentiments One (S2-082) set.

Leafy Hello


Recently I was playing around with my Hero Arts daubers and came up with this background. Well actually it was a smaller section on a scrap of paper but I decided to duplicate it. These are the only 3 Hero Arts daubers I have and I happen to really like these colors together.

Background – Hero Arts Long Leaves stencil (SA062). I used Hero Arts daubers in Tide Pool, Butter Cup and Pale Tomato all over.

Sentiment – Neat and Tangled die Hello There cut out twice using fairly thick black paper and stick-it.

Enamel dots to finish it off.

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.

Hero Arts Scramble 144


For Linda’s Scramble today she tied into the Hero Arts Challenge of holiday cards and added a twist of including a tree.

For the background papers I used some DCWV papers from a few years ago. It is called Winter in the Woods. The frame is cut with a Lawn Fawn die called Say Cheese Polaroid Frame.
The deer, trees and sentiment are from Hero Arts set Christmas Reindeer (CL540). The trees are stamped with Vivid Vintage Green ink and one of them colored with a Zig watercolor pen. The reindeer was colored with Copics and I hand cut him and the trees. The sentiment is heat embossed with brown powder.

Hero Arts Scramble 143


The theme for LaVon’s Scramble today was diagonal.

Background – A card size shiny gold piece of paper then I cut all the red plaid pieces so that I had a narrow gold strip.
The wreath – Hero Arts My Monthly Hero September 2016. The kraft paper is the woody wreath. Then I used two different colors of green for the leafy wreaths. I lightly touched all wreaths with white pigment ink to look like just a tiny bit of snow. It is probably hard to see in the photo.
The bird – I stamped it with Hero Arts Royal Red ink. It is from Hero Arts set Swirl Christmas (CL469) and hand cut it.
The sentiment is an already made one I had hanging around. I like the size and color of it for this card.

I was going along on my merry way making a diagonal background. Then oops didn’t think it out. Start over. Working with gold shiny paper can be a challenge. Glue shows up and 3-in-1 glue removes the shiny gold from the paper if you try to rub it off.

Darn it.. I meant to post this to Merry Monday but got busy doing Halloween stuff and forgot.

Merry Monday Challenge 224


Merry Monday’s Challenge 224 was to create a masculine Christmas card. It is not to easy for me to create the masculine cards but I thought this blueprint sketchy tree stamp worked.

I had a lot of fun creating this since it is not quite my usual but I like the inky grungy Tim Holtz look. The green and red background papers were from a Christmas paper pad by Pink Paislee called Yuletide. I stamped the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Tree Blueprint (659379) on off white paper. I also stamped the tree 2 more times and the star 1 more time. The dies that go with the set cut out sections of the tree (one cuts the top 2 sections and the other the top section only) and there is a star die. There is also a die for the whole tree which I did not use. So the tree at the top has 3 layers and the middle has 2 layers and the star has 2 layers. This is hard to see in the photo. I colored the tree, star and the ornaments with Copics. I also used a gold Wink of Stella pen and Pilot silver marker. I used Gathered Twigs Distress Ink around all the edges of each layer of paper.

Falling Leaves

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These are the other Thanksgiving cards I created. I wanted to make more but I don’t plan ahead to well.

So I had to use that fun Lawn Fawn Fall plaid paper again for the leaves and the background. I just happened to have a set of nice stitched leaf dies by Lawn Fawn so all those leaves are cut with a set called Small Stitched Leaves. I created the first card and then decided to add more leaves on the second one. I guess I could have gone back to the first one but when it is done it is done. Ha. The sentiment word give was a stamp from the Lawn Fawn set Thankful Mice and embossed with off white powder. I really need to find a better off white powder. None of mine gave a nice solid embossed word. The thanks is cut with a Paper Smooches die.

Racoon & Mice Thanksgiving Cards

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This card was so fun and great looking I pretty much copied it. When I do this I would not enter it anywhere but just send it to friends and family. I am not usually a cute critter type but this one rocks. Don’t get me wrong I like looking at the cute critter creations and there are many cute stamps but it’s not my usual type of thing. The stamps and the super cool plaid paper are all Lawn Fawn. These were kind of time consuming but I loved creating them! Can you see the small difference in these cards? It is the mice.

The paper is a pad called Perfectly Plaid Fall and did I mention I love this paper.

The stamps are all Lawn Fawn. Thankful Mice, Holiday Party Animal, Thanks a Bushel. I colored in the images with Copics. I “had” to get a few new pens since I didn’t really have enough gray pens. I got all the dies to go with these too and as you can see cut out the images with them.

The rectangle was cut with a Lawn Fawn die Stitched Journaling Card.

The greeting word give was stamped with a stamp from the Thankful Mice set. The thanks was cut with a die from Paper Smooches.

If you are thinking oh she is ahead of game for next year. No… not me. I already sent these out to my family and friends I am just behind in posting.