Thursday, July 31, 2014


This card is a definite celebration of summer. I had a chance to use a  lot of my little Cheery Lynn dies and lots of bright colors. I started with a bright summer sky blue card base. I then stamped it with the music Behind the Scenes from Rogue Redhead Designs. The lattice was then added. I added the fringe for grass, flowers and the insects -- dragonfly, butterfly, bee, and ladybug. All of the dies are from Cheery Lynn Designs. The sentiment is a Club Scrap stamp.
I am entering my card into these challenges: Cheery Lynn Designs --hot time in the summer; City Crafter -- animal magic; Simon Says Wednesday challenge -- anything goes; Word Art Wednesday -- anything goes; Marks Finest Papers Speedy Fox and Friends -- music.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Today I have a card that was a lot of fun to make. The background is done using Tim Holtz's Painted Industrial technique from p. 46 of his book Compendium of Curiosities III. I won't go into detail since the info is available in Tim's book, but I will say that I love the Steampunk type effect that it gives. I used my favorite science man stamp from Tim's collection as well as his shadowpress sentiment and woodgrain stamp. There is some tissue tape along the background. The bottles are die cut from shrink plastic, colored using alcohol inks, and then shrunk. (Shelly Hickox used shrink plastic with these bottles in one of her projects a while back which gave me the idea.). Who knows what our scientist will invent today.

My card is being entered into these challenges: Compendium of Curiosities 3 (sponsored this challenge by the wonderful Inspiration Emporium) --painted industrial technique, p. 46; and SanDee & Amelie's Steampunk Challenge -- Inventors & Inventions.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Holiday Blessings

It's a gorgeous summer day in Chicago, and here I am with another Christmas card for you. Hmmm!
I started my making a Christmas tag. I cut the tag from Core'dinations cardstock using my Tim Holtz tag die. Then I dry embossed the tag with the holly leaves and sanded the leaves. I used a Thomas Kinkade stamp for the winter scene and highlighted it with distress markers. I used Spellbinders ornament dies to cut out the two ornaments. The second ornament is stamped with a sentiment from SweetStamps. I outlined both ornaments with a gold metallic pen and cut a top for them from gold metallic paper. I added a bow to the top of the tag. I then decided to adhere my tag to a card base to make another Christmas card.
I am entering my tag/card into these challenges: SweetStamps -- Christmas tags; Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge -- emboss it; Sweet 'n Sassy --  winter scene; Cornish Heritage Farms -- Christmas in July with Thomas Kinkade.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Noel in July

Today marks exactly six months until Christmas. I'm really enjoying the current Christmas in July challenges. I missed the Christmas card season last year since I spent 2 1/2 months in the hospital, so I'm ready to play with my Christmas dies and stamps. On my card today I tried something that I had wanted to try ever since I got the tree line on the edge die. I cut the trees three times and layered them to make a forest background. I dabbed a little picket fence distress paint on the trees and sprinkled them with a little clear rock candy glitter I cut the sentiment "Noel" from sparkly cardstock. The poinsettia was cut from Tim Holtz Christmas paper and then tinted using distress ink. (All of the dies used are from Tim Holtz.)
I created this card for these challenges: Bloggers Challenge-- Christmas in July; City Crafter -- Christmas in July; Tuesday Throwdown -- handmade flowers; Word Art Wednesday -- anything goes.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Midsummer Night's Dream

This dreamy card was a lot of fun to make. I started with a piece of printed cardstock and a piece of pink vellum paper (both from club Scrap) to use a s my background. I stamped the fairies (Stampland) directly on the vellum and colored them with distress markers. I love how the background images show through the vellum. The sentiment (Stampsmith) was stamped on a scrap of white cardstock and adhered to a backing panel. Everything was adhered to a white card base. The sparkly buttons were added to give a dreamlike appearance.
My card is being entered into these challenges: Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge -- a mid-summer's challenge and Ink on my Fingers Sunday Challenge -- in dreams.

Now Join Hands and Hearts

My daughter needs a wedding card for a friend's wedding. The challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs which is silver and gold and this beautiful dove border die provided the perfect ingredients for a wedding card. Just add the Shakespeare sentiment and a card  is created ready for a wedding celebration.
This card is also being entered in the Addicted To CAS challenge which is celebrate.

Friday, July 18, 2014

12 Tags of 2014 -- July

Tim Holtz's July tag of the month has a theme near and dear to my heart --seahorses in the sea. I have actually had an opportunity to hold one of these adorable creatures; well actually it held my finger with its tail. The background is a combination of distress paint, distress stain, and distress ink (all sold at Classy Cards 'n such).Over the background is an embossed piece of plastic. I actually cut the tag shape from a piece of packing plastic from an embossing folder. Plastic embosses so coolly. The seaweed is cut from kraft core Core'dinations. All of the dies used are from Sizzix. Tim's recipe for sand really worked well. He includes it in his tutorial.
I am also entering this tag into the Classy Cards 'n Such challenge -- a day at the beach.