Thursday, February 11, 2016

Make n' Take - Hello

Yesterday was another Totally Fun afternoon leading the make n' take at Memory Bound in Ankeny, IA.  Everyone that came in and made the card did a fabulous job and they were all so friendly and fun.  What a joy!!!!!!!!!  

This Hello card was the project yesterday.  For the color in the background we used Distress Paints Salty Ocean, Squeezed Lemonade, and Lucky Clover.  Put squiggles of each color on your craft sheet (craft mat, splat mat), spray water over the paint, dip and smoosh the cardstock in the puddle of paint and water, lift, re-dip any spots that need more color or you don't like the look of and then dry with a heat tool.  Once the paint it dry the flowers were stenciled using the Tim Holtz Wildflower stencil and Texture Paste.  The paste can be left to air dry or dried with the heat tool.  Dab Squeezed Lemonade Paint around the edges and dry.  Attach the panel to a folded white card.  Hello is an Elizabeth Craft Designs, A Way With Words die.  It's been die cut from yellow and dark blue cardstock, layered as shown and attached to the panel.  For a bit of shimmer the Gl. Clear Wink of Stella pen was brushed over the yellow Hello.  

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Happy Wednesday!!!!!  I have a post over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today sharing a Valentine's Day mixed media card.  I've included all the directions and some step-out pictures.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Super Simple Thanks

So part of yesterdays card was tearing off the top and bottom of the main panel after it was dry.  The red strip on this card is one of those torn pieces.  For the background here I laid the Tim Holtz Hearts Stencil along the left side of the white cardstock (and put a piece of scrap paper along the right side of the stencil to catch any overspray) and sprayed Distress Spray Stain Twisted Citron through the stencil.. removed the stencil and then added splotches of Twisted Citron by removing the sprayer from the bottle and shaking ink off the end.  The panel is dried and then the edges distressed.  Attached the red strip, a piece of green washi tape and tied twine around the panel.  Thanks (A Way With Words die) is cut from red cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive (Elizabeth Craft Designs) on the back.  Super quick and easy card and a way to use up a scrap.  Have a great day!!!!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Make n' Take - Thinking of You

This past Wednesday (Feb. 3rd) I had a totally fabulous time leading the weekly make n' take at Memory Bound in Ankeny, IA.  They have a make n' take every Wednesday afternoon and I was invited to design a months worth of cards and then, if I wanted, to lead those make n' takes.  As you can tell, I said yes, and February was scheduled.  You can get more information in their blog post about this month's takes HERE.  

This is the card we made this past Wednesday.  The background uses Ranger Texture Paste through the Tim Holtz Flourish Stencil across the center of a piece of white cardstock.  While the paste is still wet it is sprayed with Distress Spray Stains (Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Barn Door) and the paste blotted with a damp towel to remove some color and add extra texture to the top of the paste.  It is then dried with a heat tool and, using a finger, a bit of Distress Paint Tarnished Brass is rubbed over the texture.  The top and bottom of the paper is torn off leaving the white edge.  The next layer uses white cardstock, the top and bottom torn off, and Distress Paint Tarnished Brass applied with the dabber top in vertical lines along the torn edges.  The heart is cut from white cardstock and colored with the Tarnished Brass Paint.  Attach the two layers together, wrap with twine, attach to the folded white card and put the heart on with foam tape.  The Elizabeth Craft Designs die, Thinking of You, from the A Way With Words Collection designed by Suzanne Cannon of Quietfire Design, is cut from an Adhesive Backed Velvet Sheet, the backing removed and the words stuck to the card.  Lastly, if you want, you can add some highlights along the letters with a white pen.

HERE is a post on Memory Bound's blog for this weeks Make n' Take.  If you live close enough, I'd love for you to come and say hi!!!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Love Mixed Media

The making of this card was inspired when I saw this months topic on The Mixed Media Card Challenge.  

Onto white cardstock I stenciled the large heart (The Crafter's Workshop) using Wendy Vecchi's Gold Embossing Paste.  While the paste was still wet I sprayed on Distress Spray Stain Spun Sugar and Candied Apple along with just a little water.  Using a damp cloth I blotted over the paste creating texture in it and then left the piece to dry.  Once dry, I doodled around the heart with a white pen.  Onto this piece I've added die cuts, silk flowers, washi tape, and glitter paste around the edges.  Love is an A Way With Words, Elizabeth Craft Designs die and I've cut it from White Soft Finish Cardstock backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive and Red Cardstock also backed with adhesive.  These are layered together and stuck onto the card.  The Calligraphic Heart is also an A Way With Words die (Calligraphic Elements 1).  I put two pieces of Red Cardstock together with glue stick, cut out the heart and I'm using an Idea-ology pin to hold it.  The Leaves are an Elizabeth Craft Designs die (Leafy Branch).  I cut one branch from White Soft Finish Cardstock and then cut it apart to get all the pieces you see.  The flowers are old from my stash and I've added Gold Stickles to the centers of the two smaller ones.  A couple pieces of Washi Tape are in the bottom right corner.  Around the edges I've added Bo-Bunny Glitter Paste.  This panel is attached to a white panel and then the red card.  Finish size is 4 3/4" x 6".   

Love the shine of that Gold Embossing Paste!!!!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Live Your Dream With Passion

It's been busy here but I wanted to have a quick play so I opened THE BOX (a box with a plethora of scraps and random backgrounds - if you click the link, you can see a couple of pictures) and pulled a piece close to the top that said "use me".  I could tell I used sprays on the piece and a Stencil Girl Stencil Club stencil from Jan. 2013, the very first club release.  Over this I used Wendy Vecchi's white embossing paste and a new Elizabeth Craft Designs stencil (S002 Flower).  Because the background used sprays, as the paste dried it soaked up some of the background color tinting the paste.  I stamped a script (PaperArtsy Sara Naumann ESN11) with Distress Paint Picked Raspberry.  I added circles using the plastic core from an ATG tape roll and the cap from a paint bottle.  I stamped these using PaperArtsy's Fresco Finish Paint Slate.  I shook a large white Posca Pen over the panel to add the white splatters and then ran the marker around the edges.  "Live", an A Way With Words, Elizabeth Craft Designs die designed by Suzanne Cannon of Quietfire Design, is cut from an Iris Shimmer Sheetz backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive and from Black Cardstock backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive.  These are layered together and stuck to the panel.  The other words are from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk Sticker Book.  I've attached this panel to black cardstock and then purple cardstock. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Worry Does Not Empty....

Hi There!!!!  I'm sharing this card on the Quietfire Creations Blog today along with directions on how it was made.  I hope you have time to pop over and check it out. 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Friends in an Oval

I got happy mail yesterday - a package from Elizabeth Craft Designs!!  Yay!!  As soon as their new products became available on their website I ordered the stencils and a few dies. I just had to have a play right away!!  I was going to do a stitched oval layer but when I reached for some Soft Finish Cardstock there was a folded piece large enough for the oval I was cutting and I thought "Oh, an oval folded card would be cool" and so I did.

The finished size of this card is about 4 1/4" x 3".  Just a cute little card that would work great even as a note on the outside of a package.  Here's how I made it.

1.  Cut Stitched Oval from folded Soft Finish Cardstock (100# White) leaving the cutting edge of the die outside the fold at the top.  There is about 3/4" at the fold not cut. 

2. Place Swirly Flourish stencil over front of card and ink with Twisted Citron through stencil.  Ink edges of card with Squeezed Lemonade. 

3.  Die cut Friends from Shimmer Sheetz backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive, remove liner and stick to card.

4.  Die cut all parts of Garden Notes Zinnia except the stem from Soft Finish Cardstock.  Ink leaves with Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn.  Ink flowers with Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet.  Ink pistils with Squeezed Lemonade and leave stamens white.  Shape petals using a molding mat and loop tool.  Add line to leaves with leaf tool and leaf pad adding more ink along line.  Glue flower together on card.

Friday, January 22, 2016

A Loving Heart

Hello and Happy Friday to you!!!!!!!  Back on Monday I had THIS project on the PaperArtsy Blog and today I'm sharing what I did with that heart I used as a mask.

I used all Fresco Finish Paint & Glaze except when stamping and then I used Archival Ink.  All stamps are from PaperArtsy.  So first I painted over the grungepasted heart with Blush but changed my mind and repainted it with Orchid.. let that dry and then glazed it with a mix of Snowflake & Gloss Glaze... walk away for a minute to let the glaze sit but then got distracted and was gone for a few minutes... wiped it back using a baby wipe and had some spots that were dry and didn't wipe so well but I actually REALLY like how it looks.  I stamped over this with with a script stamp (ESN11) using Watering Can ink.  Last week I had made a card using a napkin and the white separated layer was laying there so I used it instead of tissue paper to stamp the flower on (EDY11).  I stamped with Jet Black ink and then painted from the back with Lavender for the spots, China and Snowflake for the edges, Hey Pesto for the stems, and Cheesecake for the center around the spots.  I had to be much more careful when painted on the napkin layer as it is more delicate than tissue paper.  It also wanted to wrinkle more I rather like that for this project.  Once dry I flipped it over and added a little Wink of Stella Gl. Clear over the dots, let that dry, tore out the flower and glued it to the heart using Gloss Glaze.  After that dried I painted another coat of Gloss Glaze over the whole heart.  I wasn't sure what to do with it next... I knew I wanted words and had decided on what to use for that but wasn't sure if I should put the heart on a card or what so it actually sat for a couple of days.  I finally decided on a 6" x 8" canvas board and Golden's Fiber Paste.  I used a palette knife to put the paste on the board not bothering to put it in the center area but being sure the heart would be in it around all the edges.  I put down the heart pressing it down and pressing around all the edges which created a hump that I loved.  As the Fiber Paste was drying I would repress the edges to make sure they weren't lifting a little.  When the top was dry but the underneath wasn't I did press a little on the highest humps as I thought they were too much and then let it dry completely.  I made a really watery puddle of Cheesecake and painted over the Fiber Paste even spraying some water directly on it to help it spread.  I did not paint all the way up to the heart but let the paint just kind of flow that way and left some of the hump without paint.  The words (ESN11) were stamped onto a scrap of paper with Jet Black, cut out, glued to the heart and then Gloss Glaze brushed over them.  Around the edges of the canvas I've used Treasure Gold Silver and then Wink of Stella Gl. Clear.  

Be sure and click on the pictures for a closer look.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Laugh Every Day!!!

"Laugh" is cut using the new A Way With Words die.  It's cut from white cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on it and then it's glittered with Silk Microfine Glitter Warm Diamond.  I had got it ready for a different project but then changed directions and it's been laying in my work area looking oh, so pretty that I needed to get it used before something happened to it.  I also still have some shaving cream technique background papers in my work area so I've used one of those.  I cut the piece down to a rectangle and was going to corner punch it but then I messed that up.  I loved the yellow and pink and how it swirled so to save it I just cut the corners as shown.  I stenciled Distress Ink Picked Raspberry through the Tim Holtz Flourish stencil at each end, glued on the Laugh die cut, and wrote "Every Day" with a Pitt pen.  I attached the piece to black cardstock and cut a small borner.  I folded white cardstock for the base, lightly inked Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade around the front edges, used the Flourish stencil again on the left end with Squeezed Lemonade, stenciled the dots (The Crafter's Workshop stencil) with Distress Ink Black Soot and attached the Laugh panel.  The stem and flowers are die cut (Elizabeth Craft Designs CountryScapes Mini Botanicals - Clematis, Ivy) from White Cardstock.  The stem was sprayed with Distress Spray Stain Mowed Lawn, dried, Green Pan Pastel brushed here and there and then glued to the card.  The flowers were cut from a scrap of the shaving cream background paper, shaped with a stylus and mat, glued on and a drop of Glitter Glue put in each center.  Finally I shadowed Laugh using an All Stabilo pencil and waterbrush.

Monday, January 18, 2016


Happy Monday!!!!  I'm back on the PaperArtsy Blog today for their second topic of 2016 which is Hearts.  This picture is just a little peek at my project.  I hope you'll go see the whole thing. 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Glittered Faith

I have a card on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog today.  Go HERE to see the whole card along with how it was made.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Transparent Art

Hi There!!!!  I'm on the PaperArtsy Blog today with a post for their first topic of 2016 - Transparent Art.  This picture is a little snippet of my project.  Head on over and check it out!!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Dylusions Stencil - Honeycomb Small
Distress Inks - Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn
Scripture Stamp - Stampabilities
Archival Ink - Jet Black
Wendy Vecchi Blossom Bucket Bird
Tim Holtz Industrious Sticker
Treasure Gold - Pewter (lightly on bird)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Happy Anniversary

This card uses a couple newly released Elizabeth Craft Designs dies.  Happy Anniversary is from the A Way With Words collection designed by Suzanne Cannon.  I've cut it from Blue Velvet Adhesive Sheet.  The kite is a new Joset Design.  I've cut the solid kite and little flags from a scrap of paper that has the shaving cream technique done on it using Dylusion sprays.  The front of the kite and tail was cut from Soft Finish Cardstock and inked with Distress Ink.  The bird is a Peel-Off Sticker and I've added color with Distress Ink and a water brush.  The edges of the card are inked with Distress Ink Salty Ocean and Gathered Twig.  A piece of twine is used for the kite string.  I carefully lifted the end of the birds beak from the paper and ran the string behind it so it looked like the bird was holding on.  
Thanks for looking and reading!!!!  Leave a comment if you have an extra moment and have a wonderful day!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, January 11, 2016

For Your Thoughtfulness, Thanks!!

Hello.  Above is a little snippet of the card I'm sharing on the Quietfire Creations Blog today.  I hope you'll head on over there and take a look!!!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

PaperArtsy Roundup Day 5

Hello!!  It's hard to believe that this is the end of 2015 and tomorrow begins 2016.  It seems like just yesterday the big thing was switching from writing 1999 to 2000 and here we are 16 years later.  Wow!!!!  

PaperArtsy is in the midst of doing a series of roundup posts from all the 2015 topics and the posts have been Fantastic.  If you haven't been following along, I really encourage you to go back and view them all. I'm today's curator recapping Topics 13, 14, and 15 which were Time, Flowers, and Gels & Mediums.  Part of the post is sharing a project that combines all 3 topics and I made the card I'm sharing today.

This is a standard size card and I've created it with a top fold.  Now, I did not mean to do that, but once it was done, I rather like it and just might be doing this more.  It makes it so much easier to stand up the card!!!  I used heavy smoothy for both the main panel and the folded card.  I spread a thin layer of grungepaste over the main panel not worrying if the paste was absolutely everywhere and it isn't.  I immediately stamped into the paste with images from the JOFY 36 set.  To do this, spray some water on the stamp, rub the water around with your finger and then stamp.  If the stamp picks up some paste, be sure and clean it all off before it dries.  After all my "texture" was stamped in, I left the paste to dry completely.  Once dry, I scribbled on some colors of Gelatos including gold, sprayed the panel with water and moved/blended the Gelatos with my finger.  Because of the gold, you can see some shimmer as you move the card in the light. This is dried with the heat tool.  Next I dry brushed Fresco Finish paint Snowflake over the whole panel to help bring out the textures.  While the white was out I stenciled some numbers (PaperArtsy stencil PS021) with it. Now some stamping on top with Archival Ink (watering can, tiger lily, and carnation red) using images from JOFY36 and the word today from JOFY34.  Finally I distressed the edges with a distressing tool.

The flower (JOFY36) was stamped onto smoothy card with Fresco Finish paint Slate, embossed with clear embossing powder, painted with Fresco Finish paint Yellow Submarine and London Bus, cut out, and some pen work added with a white gel pen.  The stem was stamped onto smoothy card with watering can ink, painted with Fresco Finish Limelight and cut out.  The stem was glued to the panel.  The flower was attached with foam mounting tape and the clock glued to the center.  The words (JOFY38) were stamped onto a scrap with Archival Ink jet black, cut out, glued on, shaded with an All Stabilo pencil activated with a water brush and some red paint added with a water brush.   

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Another journal page I was able to create over the weekend.  The background color was already on the page.  I'm sure it was left over color from some other project getting used up on a blank page.  I don't remember just what that color was or from what or when :-) Over this I used the large stencil from the StencilGirl December Stencil Club package.  I put gold embossing paste through the stencil and let it dry.  I really wasn't sure what to do next and started looking through a file of quote and chose the first one that said "use me".  Pitt Pens were used to write the quote and then I went back over Thomas Edison with a white gel pen since the back color was so dark.  I added doodling around the edges and then my Wink of Stella pen was laying there and I just picked it up and started going around the edges of the gold sections.  I love how it picks up the light.  I took a few pictures to hopefully somewhat catch that look for you.  Click on the pics to enlarge them.  

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Each and Every Day

Hey There!!!  I hope you had a good Christmas!! Since our daughter was able to be here, her and I got to spend a little time being arty, just playing.  I started this page and finished it up today.  The hubby got me a wonderful set of Neocolor IIs and I used them to add the color inside the circles (over some gesso) and on the edge.  The background color was done with Dylusions Paints.  There is also some Posca marker on there.  Before any paint I put gesso on the page using a palette knife getting thicker and thinner areas and while it was still wet added texture with a Catalyst Wedge.  Fun, Fun, Fun!!!!!  I first wrote the words with a black Posca marker and it would sometimes splatter a bit as I went over texture, which was fine!!!  I've also used a metallic gel pen, a white gel pen, and did some thickening with a bold Pitt Pen.  

Monday, December 28, 2015


Happy Monday!!!!!!!!  

This is just a little snippet of a simple card I'm sharing over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today.  I hope you flip on over there to check it out!!!  Have a wonderful day!!!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas Card

Merry Christmas!!!

I have a post on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog today!!

When you have a moment, I hope you'll check it out!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Christmas Love

Hello!!!  I'm sharing this project over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today.  I'll hope you'll rush right over and check it out!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Stamping All Year Long

It was a very happy mail day for me yesterday!!!!!!!!!!!!

RubberStampMadness has a new book out called Stamping All Year Long and I have a card published in the book.  Not only is it IN the book but it's also ON the back cover.  That love card using PaperArtsy stamps and paints.  Yep, I'm thrilled and doing the happy dance!!!!