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Mother of 3 kids, 2 dogs and wife of a fabulous hubby who doesn't mind if I play with my inks and papers.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I'm Looking Over

a four leaf clover!  The challenge this week at   Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge  is to be inspired by clovers.  You can interpret that anyway you want.  I used my new cracked Pistachio color inspired by the green found in clovers.

I have to admit I have just received some new stencils, butterflies and flowers which had me creating flowery bouquets of cards. 
Once I started I couldn't seem to stop...

These are three cards all created during one session and I ended up with several more backgrounds that I didn't even finish off yet.
For my backgrounds I used a mix of sprays off to the side of the paper to get a variegated effect on the paper and mixed the pistachio color with other colors to get different hues.

I also played with stenciling the Wendy Vecchi White paste before and after the sprays were applied.

 Product:  White Cardstock, Tissue Paper, Stampers Anonymous - Butterfly, Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Blossom, Wendy Vecchi - White Embossing Paste, Ranger Distress Sprays - Cracked Pistachio, Pumice Stone, Iced Spruce, Antique Linen, Ranger Archival Ink - Coffee, Stampers Anonymous - 2015 Flowers, Stampers Anonymous -Perspective, Watercolor Pencils, Waterbrush, Stampers Anonymous - Dare to Dream

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015


A Vintage Journey is hosting a special numbers challenge. It had me thinking about special numbers coming up this year. I have a few special numbers this year and decided to showcase one of them on a card for the challenge.

I started playing with the seedless preserves distress stain spray and ended up with purple fingers and hands!  But oh what a lovely color.  I mixed it in with the yellow Mustard seed.  I decided to pullout a clock die cut representing the passage of time.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Lint Trap

The challenge this week at   Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge  is "No Rules".  You can link up anything creative that you have been working on this week.  I decided to empty the lint trap on my desk which holds odds and ends that I pick up form the laundry, around the house or in the seat cushions.  I basically have started holding onto bits and pieces that get broken or crushed and putting them into a sweet antique mini salt dish. 

I pulled out a large envelope and decided to create a mixed media mail art project.

The background started with a coat of gesso.  AFter it dried I laid down the bits and pieces in my lint trap.  I then layered that with a coat of gesso.  Mixed in with my gesso was a sprinkling of mini star sequins.  

I added a mix of yellow and pink distress stain sprays.  I die cut the sizzix layering butterfly and embossed it and added the same mix of colors.
The rest was adding idea-ology remnant rub ons over the surface.

Product:  Simon Says Stamp #10 Button & String envelope , gessoZip Dry,  Ranger Distress Stain Spray,  Sizzix Layering Butterfly, Graphic 45 Ornate Keys Idea-Ology Botanical Remnan Rub-Ons, Idea-Ology Remnants Words,  Simon Says Tiny Flowers Sequins,

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hero Arts 2015 Spring Catalog Blog Hop

Welcome to the Hero Arts Hostess Blog hop where there is beautiful inspiration from my fellow Hero Hostesses using the new Hero Arts Spring 2015 release.If you’ve been following along, you’ve just arrived from Emily's fantastic blog

Hero Arts will be awarding prizes from randomly drawn comments. For a chance to win, simply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on ANY day, including each day’s starting post at the Hero Club Blog. The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning!

I was lucky enough to play with a few different sets and created a few different projects to share. I started with the new Stamp land Cut Butterfly 
I mixed one of my favorite Hero Arts stamp the Dandelion Seed along with the new Stamp and Cut Butterfly.  I also mixed in a touch of the succulents from the Stamp your Own Succulent.

I had so much fun with that butterfly that I decided to create a small set of cards and framed the butterfly with the new Engraved Frame stamp.

I mixed in a few different sentiments into my mini cards.
I used the Hello sentiment from the Dauber Bunch Set on my next card.
My butterflies were stamped on pattern paper and colored with copics to give a different effect for each one.
Now it is time to hop along to the next stop on the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop which you are in for a big treat because it is the extremely talented Tiffany Ervin

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Live your Dream with Passion

Oh Fusion Card Challenge you had me at "Teal, Orange and Brown".  What a fabulous color combination!  My inspiration for today's card were the colors and the flourish stencil I used as the base. 

The challenge also shares a sketch which I didn't use but had a lovely graphic design.  Something to be kept in mind for the future.  I used the layering stencil form Tim Holtz called flourish with the antique linen dye ink. 

I colored the butterfly with my STAEDTLER karat aquarell watercolor pencils.  The butterfly and sentiment are Stampers Anonymous

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Sunday, February 15, 2015


The challenge this week at   Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge  is Paradise.  I took this inspiration and created a layout for our older dog Harry who left us this summer to move onto his own paradise.  He was slowly declining over a long time and it was tough losing him this summer and wanted to do a layout in remembrance of him. 

 I started with kraft 12 x 12 cardstock.

I just received two sets from Simon Says Stamp which focus on our pets.  One is a stamp set remembering our lost pets and the other was a stencil set of paw prints.

I decided to sponge on paw prints in the background which I decided to make like clouds by pairing them up.  I used a white chalk ink to try to get a soft cloud like effect.

I then mixed up and dripped blue spray over the back.  I cut strips of pattern paper to use behind the picture and gave them the same spray mix treatment.

To offset the kraft and the blue I stamped the sentiments all in brown on white and created banners to place around the layout.   I finished with a whimsical piece of twine.

Here is Harry and our other puppy basking in the sun last summer.

Products: Kraft Cardstock, Ranger Distress Stain Spary - Salty Oceant, Hero Arts - White Ink, White Acrylic Paint, Ranger Archival Ink - Coffee, Twine, Simon Says Stamp - Pawprints in our Hearts, Simon Says Stamp Stencil - Pawprints, Simon Says Stamp Sketched Alphabet, Ranger - Tim Holtz Wallflower Pattern Paper

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Secret Garden

Hi!  Happy Valentine's Day!  All my valentines are done and distributed and I already shared them with you all!  My desk took a hit last week with three different projects and I finally cleared it off today.  That gave me a fresh desk and creative palette to play along with the Vintage Journey Tic Tac Toe challenge.  The challenge is you get to choose which row you want to play along with.  I dillied and dallied between two and ended up playing along with the Ephemera, Sprays and Texture fades.  (I just received two new Texture fades and was happy to pull them out and play with them.)

I started with the panel and laid down the rub-ons on white cardstock this was on Tim's tags last year and I love how it leaves the white behind the images.  I then blended the sprays together (Ranger Distress Stain Spray - Broken China, Heidi Swapp Color Shine) over the surface.  I felt like it looked like a garden and needed an image in the middle.  I  cut out the Found Relatives image and placed her in the Secret Garden.

I added a few swirls with paint.  Then I decided to place it in a house shape using the new Texture Fades on the house which is a light cardboard. 
I finished it off with a metal embellishment and a few more rub-ons.

Products: Ranger Distress Stain Spray - Broken China, Heidi Swap Color Shine - Mustard, Idea-ology - Botannical Remnant Rubs, Life Quotes - Remnant Rubs, Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Flourishes, Texture Fades -  Typewriter, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Found Relatives

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