Merry Monday Challenge #218

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The challenge for Merry Monday #218 was to create a card with plaid on it. The card on the left is the card I submitted to Merry Monday here.

I created my background by stamping twice with a plaid stamp from Stampin Up. I stamped first with a Simon Says Stamp red ink and then with Delicata Gold pigment ink slightly off set. The green shape that the trees are on is cut with a Spellbinders die called Curved Rectangles (S5-006). The greeting is from Hero Arts set Peace & Joy (CL880) and embossed with red powder which didn’t come out to red on that dark green paper. The trees are from Hero Arts set Family & Friends (CL803) and stamped with Delicata Gold pigment ink. I submitted my card at the last minute and thought it needed a bit more but no time left. So.. I added some rhinestones to the trees.

Online Card Classes – Backgrounds

I am finally getting back to one of the OCC classes called Backgrounds. They are always really good classes and you can access them forever. I don’t finish most of them so I am trying to go back and learn and do the projects. Here are  some backgrounds I just did.


The first panel on the left was an interesting one. You take patterned paper and stamp an image (the flowers) and emboss with clear embossing powder. You then go over the whole piece with dark ink which in this case is dark blue. You then wipe the ink off the embossed areas and this is what you have. I like it! I need to get a few more background stamps with bigger stamped areas. Ok maybe that is just an excuse to buy more stamps. The flowers are a The Ton background stamp called Rose Terrace and Hero Arts ink Navy.

The middle panel is inking with Distress ink medium to light. Then you clear emboss over that. Then you ink again and wipe the ink off the embossing so the lighter ink from the first inking shows under the clear embossing. I still kind of struggle to blend Distress Inks. The background stamp is a Stampin Up stamp. The ink is Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn Distress inks.

The panel on the right is stamped very light with a background stamp.  Then you repeat stamp with several different colors of in to end up with a ombre look. The misti was very helpful for this card. It kept the panel in one place and it was a must for lining up all that text. The sentiment is from Hero Arts set YAY! (CL752). I used Hero Arts purple inks and maybe one from another company.


These two are the same technique. You stamp in white pigment first and then stamp over that with dye ink moving the stamp over just a bit on the second layer. It looks pretty cool when you get the right paper. I really like the hearts panel. On the arrows panel it is hard to see the white. The hearts are an Inkadinkadoo set Hearts (97637). The white ink is Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink and the red is a Hero Arts red from a My Monthly Hero set. The arrows I am not sure what company they are from.

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These are all the same technique and the opposite of the panels above. You stamp the first layer with dye ink and then stamp over it with white pigment ink. The doilies are from a Papertrey Ink set Delightful Doilies. The shapes on the second panel are from a Hero Arts set Not Perfect (CL698). For all the blues I used Hero Arts inks and the white is most likely Hero Arts Unicorn. I like the way the two gray panels turned out but I am not to crazy about the kraft panel. I don’t think the kraft panel is the right color for this or I should have used different inks.


I found two more panels I forgot. That’s what happens when you clean off your desk. The one on the right is ink blending over pattern. Laura Bassen did ink blending over plaid but I did not have stamps like she used so I did ink over another pattern which is from Avery Elle set All Squared Up.  I used a gray colored ink to stamp the pattern and then used Distress Ink over that. The background on the left is one I just came up with after using that Avery Elle pattern stamp. I am not sure of the inks I used for it.

All of these were fun to try!

Merry Monday Challenge 190

My plan at the end of the year was to create 4-5 Christmas cards per month so that I wasn’t scrambling around the holidays. Well nothing happened in January. But thanks to Linda over in the Hero Arts Flickr group I have made two this month. She often enters cards in the Merry Monday challenge. This particular one was about Santa and it just hit me that I needed to make a Santa card. I entered it in the Merry Monday Challenge which I never have done before. Thanks Linda you got me started.


The background is stamped with a greeting and the snowflakes from the following stamp sets:
3 Hero Arts sets – Christmas Reindeer (CL540), Swirl Christmas (CL469), Peace & Joy (CL880).The Ho Ho Ho is from a Stampin Up stamp set called Star Santa. The snowflakes and the Ho Ho Ho were stamped with Memories dye ink. The greeting is done with Color Box Frost White.

The santa is also from the Stampin Up set. He is stamped with Memories black ink and colored in with Copics. The belt buckle is colored in with gold Wink of Stella.

I created another one just like this but I added Distress Glitter (Clear Rock Candy) to the hat and cuffs. The belt buckle  in version two is silver.

Entered in the Merry Monday Challenge 190.



Chemex and Coffee Card

Chemex coffee maker and a special kettle.

A little bit about the Chemex and the kettle. The Chemex is a great way to make your coffee if you really want a nice cup of coffee. It has a special multi layer paper filter that takes out a lot of the bitterness of the coffee. If you are really into your coffee I highly recommend it. It is not for those who drink half a pot a day but more for a person or two to have one really nice cup of coffee. The special kettle is called a goose neck kettle and really helps with control while pouring the water over the coffee which is important for this style of coffee making. The kettle is not absolutely necessary but does make a difference. My poor electric coffee maker is sad since I have not used it for several months since using the Chemex.


I made this card as a thank you for someone that gave us a great coffee maker.  As you can see above I love the Chemex. It took me making many different backgrounds to get to this one. So those are saved for other projects.

The background is “water colored” with Distress Ink Vintage Photo. I put the ink pad direct to my non-stick mat and sprayed water on it and then put the already misted watercolor paper down on it. That is also what I did for the blue strip. I used a stamp from the HA set called Not Perfect (CL698) to make the coffee rings. The sentiment is from the Stampin Up stamp set Regular Joe from a few years ago.

For the strip I water colored it as mentioned above with Broken China. I used a Stampin Up stamp called Regular Joe to stamp the coffee beans.

The circle I cut with a Spellbinders die called Big Scalloped Circles (S4-250). I seem to like the bigger scallops rather than the smaller ones. The coffee cup is heat embossed and also a stamp from the Stampin Up set. I colored the cup with Copics. The edge of the circle is inked with Quick Quotes ink called Mocha Mama.