Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy Hanukkah!

Did you know it is only a month till Hanukkah (Chanukah)!!??!!
It is earlier than usual this year, beginning on the evening of the 27th of November.  That is just 4 weeks from TODAY!

This card uses Dreidel Bears from Hambo Stamps:
The background paper is really light blue cardstock.  I wanted something silver & sparkly on my card so I looked to my silver embossing powder.

  1. I inked up the side of the embossing folder that I wanted silver with VersaMark.  When I inked it, I tapped gently so the VersaMark solution wouldn't get into the cracks.
  2. I ran the light blue cardstock through my die cut machine inside the embossing folder.
  3. I sprinkled silver embossing powder over the inked side of the paper, and heat embossed.
I love the results.  Just what I needed for my card!

Card Details: StampDreidel Bears from Hambo Stamps; Ink: VersaMark; Paper: White, Blue and Lt. Blue cardstock; Accessories: Sizzix embossing folder, silver embossing powder, foam tape, brad, and Copic Markers;

Monday, October 28, 2013

A BEST Friend...

Let me preface this blog post with a disclaimer:
I am not a violent person, nor are any of my friends... well, not many of them. ;)
But I am loyal, perhaps to a fault.  Hurt my friends... and... well...

Any way, this card was inspired by the "Hope You Can Cling To (2013) -- #1328 I Clearly Care Challenge" at SplitCoastStampers.  My dear friend Judy challenged us to make clear cards for the cause.

Clear cards scare me... and I have gone through many a transparency in attempts to make one.  But today, I was determined!

On this card, the girl on the right is on top of the acetate front of the card, and the girl on the right is on the inside of the card.

Card Details:  Stamps: image: "Best Friend" - 727-01 and sentiment: "A Best Friend" - 642-01 both from Rubbernecker StampsPaper: Patterned Paper: K & Co.; Britol paper; Orchid Opulence: SU!;  Paper Size: a2Ink: Memento: Tuxedo Black;  Accessories: Copic Markers; acetate (transparency from an office supply store); foam tape, Spellbinder's die; EK Success edge punch;

Friday, October 25, 2013

Boo To You!!

Are you ready for Halloween?  The only reason I am close... is that my mom made my youngest child's costume!

Since I am quite fond of waiting to the last minute to do things -- I love digital stamps.  You order it one minute... and it is in your inbox just a short while later.  Perfect for procrastinators! (like me)

This image, "Little Flower Witch" is so sweet.  She is ready to give you a bouquet of flowers!
Best trick or treat, ever!
Not only is there still time to link up to the challenge on the A Day For Daisies Blog, but I also think this little sweetie is on sale!!  So come and play with us!

For more inspiration:

Thanks for stopping by my blog!  I hope you have a FANTASTIC weekend!

Card Details:

  • Stamps: "Little Flower Witch" from A Day For Daisies; Alphabet stamps from Stampin' Up! and Hero Arts;
  • Papers: Cardstock and papers from Cosmo Cricket and Bo Bunny;
  • Ink: Printer + Copics; Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap and Antique Linen;
  • Accessories: twine, lace, clothespins, button, sequins, jewel, foam tape, Spellbinders die;

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Watercolors and Sympathy

I have a sympathy card for you today.  As usual with sympathy cards, I never make just one... I make a few.

The flowers were inked with distress inks. I use damped cotton swabs ($ store ones are best -- less cotton) with some ink from re-inker bottles.

When the stamp was fully inked it was misted with water and stamped onto white cardstock. (Regular office supply variety).

I masked the flowers with office paper (copy weight) and then stamped the background over it. The background stamp was inked in the same manner... Inked with Shabby Shutters and the edges with Peeled Paint.

The die was then lined up with masked area and run through my machine to emboss but not cut.


  • Stamps:  Rubbernecker Stamps: Red Tulips - 744; Days ahead - 742-03; sympathy - 742-01; Antique lace - 767;
  • Inks: StazOn Jet Black; Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Ripe Persimmon, Faded Lipstick, and Spun Sugar;
  • Accessories: Spellbinders Dies; foam tape; May Arts Ribbon; 
Thank you for stopping by, today.  I hope you don't need a sympathy card, but my advice is to make them before they are needed.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Pumpkin Patch Wonder

Since I grew up with "Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown", pumpkin patches have a certain mystique to me.  Potential magic?  Perhaps.  Combine this with a misty autumn dusk and a little imagination and the pumpkin patch seems to sparkle. (though here in Michigan, that could be the frost)

I think this little child, "Little Pumpkin Witch" from A Day For Daisies, expects something magical to happen.
To make the wispy clouds, I first colored the background, then took a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol and dabbed it where I wanted the clouds.  If a cloud got out of hand, I would just let it dry, then color over it, then dab the cotton swab again over the area.

Card Details:

  • Stamp: "Little Pumpkin Witch" from A Day For Daisies;
  • Coloring Medium: Copic markers;
  • Accessories: Tim Holtz Dies: Brackets, Typeset and Autumn Gatherings; Foam tape; Stickles; Glossy Medium;

You will want to check out the "A Day For Daisies" Blog.  Today will begin the challenge to make a Halloween project.

More incredible inspiration is available on the blogs of my fellow ADFD Design Team Members:

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my blog!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"Dino" Baby ~Hambo Hoedown

It is time for another Hambo Hoedown Challenge!

This time we will be making baby cards with non-traditional baby images.
Here is mine:
The image I used was "Dinosaur Hat", a digi stamp from Hambo Stamps.

I hope you can come to the Hambo Hoedown and play with us!

Please check out the amazing (and quite funny) creations that my fellow design team members have created!

Other Card Details:

  • Stamp: Dinosaur Hat by Hambo
  • Papers: Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Me and My Big Ideas;
  • Coloring Medium: Copic Markers;
  • Accessories: Trim; foam tape; computer printer;

Friday, October 11, 2013

Reading, a tradition...

Reading to my children is a tradition.  My mom read to me as her mom read to her and I have read to my children.  AND my grandma and granny read to me as my mother-in-law and mom read to my children.

Reading is how we end our days in our house.

That is what draws me to this image.  It is "Vintage Mother Reading" from A Day For Daisies.

I also was inspired by "Deconstructed Sketch No. 122".

Other Supplies:
Cardstock--Bazill and Georgia Pacific (white); Patterned Paper -- Pebbles Inc.; Coloring Medium -- Copic Markers; Accessories -- Spellbinders die; Corner rounder and hydrangea punches, Liquid Pearls, lace, ribbon and foam tape;

I have caught a glimpse of what my fellow design team members have done... and you are going to want to see them too!
The "A Day For Daisies" store has even more beautiful images.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog today!

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Cooking?? Cleaning??

Over on it is time for "Hope You Can Cling To" and Jeanne S is hosting the "Hope You Have a Great Day!" Challenge

She is challenging us to  make cheerful cards (bright colors, silly images, funny sentiments).
Here is my card:

Card Details: Stamps"Horizontal Chevrons" and "Star Flower" backgrounds, Cooking and Cleaning" sentiment, and "Clover" all from Rubbernecker Stamps; InksTim Holtz Distress Ink: Barn Door, Worn Lipstick, and Spun Sugar; Adirondack Shell Pink; Memento Tuxedo Black; Paper: Dark Pink and White cardstock; Accessories: Stickles, Diamond Glaze, Foam Tape and Copic Markers;

I hope you can join in on the fun and make some cards for a cause.

Monday, October 07, 2013

Catching up leaves!

I love fall!  I love the weather (cooler, windy, crisp,) ! I love the clothes (sweaters, jackets)! I love the foods (apples, pumpkins and squash)!  But my favorite part of fall is the leaves.

I walked to school most of my life (except when Mrs. Phillips, a merciful neighborhood mom, drove us).  I loved crunching on the leaves to and from school.  Also, sometimes after a rain they would temporarily stain the sidewalk in a cool overlapping pattern.

Over on it is time for "Hope You Can Cling To"!

One of the challenges was "Peaceful Leaves" and here is my card:

I hope you can participate in "Hope You Can Cling To" as well.

ALSO... it is HOGtoberfest over at Hambo Stamps. They are having an additional 30% off items on their sale pages.  THIS is the time to buy stamps!


Card Details: 

  • Stamp Image: Snail Rake;
  • Papers: Reds, Oranges, and White Cardstock; Cosmo Cricket DP; 
  • Ink: Various Tim Holtz Distress Inks for shading leaves;
  • Accessories: Spellbinders and Tim Holtz Dies; Sizzix Embossing folder, foam tape, Copic Markers; Diamond Glaze;

Friday, October 04, 2013

Water Friends and a Challenge

It is new release time and challenge time over on the A Day For Daisies.  The new collection is Vintage Mother Love!  You are going to fall in love with these beautiful images.

AND that new release comes with a challenge.  This week it is  #80 ADD FLOWERS.

Here is my card:
It uses Water Friends From ADFD.

After coloring her tail with Copic markers, I went back with the colorless blender and B000 and made little dots for the scales.  The ink pushes the existing color to the side and down into the paper.  Of course her tail is also highlighted with Stickles. (like I could stop myself!)

This card also uses the Deconstructed Sketch No. 121 from Deconstructing Jen.

I have seen what my fellow design team members have created and you are not going to want to miss them... get ready to say "oooh"!

I am looking forward to see what you create in this challenge!

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Autumn Vellum

There was an important announcement on the Hambo Hoedown Blog, yesterday!  I am now a Bacon Bit.  In other words I am a part of the Hambo Design Team.

Speaking of Hambo... Please check out yesterday's post on Talk to the Ham (Hambo Stamps Blog).   You will find out some important information on how stampers are coming together to help fund research to combat breast cancer.

The current Hambo Hoedown Challenge is to use vellum on your project. Here is my card:


  • Image: Sweet Gum Leaf by Hambo;
  • Papers: Vellum (from Staples: it went through the printer like a pro!), Lt. Yellow, White & Kraft cardstock; patterned paper from Pebbles Inc.
  • Accessories: Spellbinders dies; foam tape, Copic Markers; clear embossing powder, Perfect Pearls in pearl; corner rounder punch;
To get the pearly (doesn't show up as pretty on the pic as IRL) leaf outline, I sprinkled embossing powder on the vellum as soon as it came out of the printer.  After heating the embossing powder and letting it cool, I dusted it with Perfect Pearls Pigment Powder (pearl).  I reheated it from the bottom (wrong side of the vellum).  Once cool I removed the excess powder with a used drier sheet.  

The leaves were colored with Copic Markers on the wrong side of the vellum.

If you have played along with the Hambo Hoedown Challenge, you might want to check out the changes: HERE.
I sure hope you can play along with the Bacon Bits!