Sunflower Hello

Sunflower Hello

Here I go again with my Oxide inks! Love them!

For the flower I used a Hero Arts die called Paper Layering Sunflower. I colored it with Oxide inks and had it laying around for quite awhile. I finally picked it up and made a background I liked for it. The background is an embossing folder that is by Cuttlebug called Forest Branches. I went over the embossed part with Oxide ink. The card base I colored with Peeled Paint Oxide ink so it would match the green on the leaves and stem. The sentiment is cut with a Lawn Fawn die called Scripty Hello and guess what I inked over that with Oxide ink also.

Entered in the Love Handmade Cards February Challenge in Flickr.

Bird Houses…

Here is two cards I made from some of the alcohol ink panels that I made. The detail about my panels is in this blog post. I got the idea from Jennifer McGuire and here is a link to her post which of course explains things in detail.

Blue Birds in the House

For this panel I used orange, yellow and maybe some light red for the alcohol inks on some watercolor paper. I got a new die set recently from a paper crafting store near me which unfortunately going out of business. The die is by Paper Smooches and called Bird House (FBD306). The posts that come with the die are a straight line type post. I decided for this one to be different and use the stem from a Hero Arts set called Paper Layering Sunflower (DI435). The bird houses are cut from textured brown cardstock. The roofs are from a scrap of water color paper leftover from something that were the orange already. The little birds are part of the die set too. I cut them from watercolor paper that I colored on with Zig Clean Color pens. I wasn’t sure if I wanted a hello or a thank you on this so for now no sentiment.

Hello Bird Houses

This may have been my first panel I tried with the alcohol ink and water technique. As you can see I used blues and a green alcohol ink. I used the same dies as above but these bird houses have the post that comes with the set. I think I cut the houses out of the same leftover piece as the roofs on the card above. I used a couple little stamps from a Lawn Fawn set called Penelope’s Blossoms (LF604) to stamp a little something on the bird houses with white pigment ink. The birds are cut from the same paper as above. The sentiment is cut with a die from the Sizzix/Tim Holtz set Celebrations (660215).

Raccoon Christmas

Raccoon Christmas

Raccoon Christmas - Version 2

These were fun to create and the fun started with the Merry Monday Challenge. This challenge was last weeks challenge of include gifts on your card. I created the first card for that challenge and decided I wanted to make another another one. I don’t do well with mass producing so even the second card has small differences. Can you spot them?

The background – I used the Memory Box Snow Flurry stamp and used the Distress ink Picket Fence or possibly Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink.

The hill I cut from glitter paper using a die from Simon Says Stamp called Stitched Slopes and Hills (SSSD111400).

The raccoon, hat and presents are from a Lawn Fawn set called Holiday Party Animal. I colored them with Copics, a Pen-touch silver pen, a white glaze pen. I have the dies for these but I hand cut them.

The tree and the sentiment are from Hero Arts Swirl Christmas set (CL469).  I used the Distress ink Picket Fence or possibly Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink to stamp the tree. I colored over the trunk with a brown marker and then hand cut the tree. The sentiment is embossed with white on the first card, silver on the second card.


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.

Graduation Congrats


The son of a friend of mine graduated from college the end of last year. I don’t know him that well but I was proud of him that he did. I unfortunately forgot about it for several months. So now I have a card made that I want to send him. I just need to get his new address. The reason for all the purple is that was the color of his gown.

Background – Tim Holtz Stars stencil. I used 3 different colors of Distress Ink. The bottom row looks kind of black maybe but it is Dusty Concord. After looking at it a bit I couldn’t take all the white so I sprayed with Gold Color Shine by Heidi Swapp.

Sentiment – I had a double layered black die all done but once I sprayed the gold on I decided to change to shiny gold paper.  The die is Scripty Congrats by Lawn Fawn. I also was thinking of maybe using a black mat but liked the purple.

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.

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.

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.

Wedding Card


They had towels on their list that were close to the card background color so that is why I went with that. I used the Xcut Filigree Heart die that I got as a prize from someone for a Hero Arts Scramble. The layered flowers I colored with some Heidi Swapp Color Shine spray in teal and inserted a brad in the middle. The sentiment is from a Lawn Fawn set called Penelope’s Blossoms and embossed with silver embossing powder.

I don’t go to very many weddings anymore so it was nice to go to an Open House after my son’s cousin got married. I am an ex. It was nice to visit with some of my ex in-laws. Matt, who is the one who got married, is the first of all of the cousins in that family to get married which I was excited about.