Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A Beary Happy Birthday

           This is my take on the Birthday Project for this month. I have a special little guy in mind for this card.

Monday, July 16, 2018


I love these colors together but just had a hard time putting it together. I love this flower set and chose 2 different shades of yellow for the flowers and 2 of gray for the leaves. Quite a stunning outcome.


I was going to skip this sketch this week, because I just couldn't come up with anything, then I got one of my MFT card kits out for something else and it just came together. The first things I saw were this teal and green paper. The "you" die-cut and matching sentiments were part of the kit. Finding the stripe paper was another thing. It needed to contain both of those colors and I found it in an old paper pad also from MFT. Just perfect!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

MFT color 97

This challenge contained some of my favorite colors. I stamped the image on no line paper with grout gray ink and colored with copic markers, using MFT's copic matching chart.  I love the way this turned out. I have several friends who need cheering up right now and I think this will fill the bill!


I chose to make a snow globe shaker card. I embossed the background with a snowfall embossing folder, cut out the opening for the snow globe and added glitter to most of the snow on the background. I used the MFT snow globe kit which contains many items which are proportioned to fit. I chose the house, some trees and a snowdrift. After many minutes assembling the background, i added some sequins and beads and it was ready to go. Lastly, I added the base cut from some wood paper. I love the finished look that it gives. I will not be making lots of these this year but I do love the result.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

MFT Color #96

I found patterned paper in the colors of the challenge in various paper packs. I love the depth using the patterns gives the card.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


I have loved this set since I first set eyes on it. I don't use it often enough. This is not the design that I had in mind, but once I stamped the images and colored them with copics, it took on a life of its own!
I love the result and have someone in mind to send it to.

Monday, July 9, 2018


Isn't this a stunning color combination? I couldn't be more pleased with the results. I stamped the flower in Versamark, heat embossed it with gold tinsel embossing powder and water colored it. I added a gold leafy flourish behind it and I think it complimented the flower well.


An interesting sketch this week. I"m happy with the way it turned out!

Sunday, July 8, 2018


I've begun my Christmas in July. I'm going to try to make some cards each week so that Christmas doesn't find me trying to get caught up on them as well as all the other activities during December. I love this little elf and the way this card turned out. There may be more than one of these in the mix.

MFT Summer School Symmetry

I think that I do pretty well with symmetry because I like things lined up or going in the same direction. I like a balance of lines, colors and sparkles. This was my favorite of all of the lessons!

Since this was the 5th and final lesson, I'm now a graduate!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Summer School Complementary Colors

So, I printed out a color wheel to see complimentary colors and after much thought, I chose red and green. I do love making Christmas cards so this one was pure joy for my afternoon. I stamped and heat embossed the tree with gold and then water colored it, cut it out and added it to my card. 

Summer School Repetition

I've never made a card like this, but I like the simplicity of it. I used the wood plank strip from Blueprints 17 to make the wood strips, with a white one to accent the sentiment.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Summer School Primary Colors

This turned out better than I thought it would. The flowers are actually "Sunshine" yellow although they have a green tint. 

Summer School White Space

White space is not easy for me. I keep thinking something is missing. I do like the way this turned out and I have the negative space to make another card! Thanks, Laurie, for the great instruction and inspiration.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018


I really love this sketch. I wasn't sure which direction to take, but I thought it is time to begin Christmas cards so this is the direction it took. I did a wash with Broken China Oxide ink, adding Perfect Pearls at the end. I stamped some small images from Santa's Elves and the Snowflakes stamp sets. The sentiment is a very old set and I'm not sure it has a name. All mounted on Silver sparkle paper for a very festive look.

Monday, July 2, 2018


I love the way the focal point really stands out in this sketch and the strip on the bottom really grounds it. I cut a strip of kraft paper and heat embossed it with "Hit the Beach" embossing powder from SNS. The stamps are from Hero Arts as are the inks. I added some glitter highlights on the waves.

Sunday, July 1, 2018


I love to make shaker cards. MFT came out with some pouches which make the shaker even easier. Don't you love the aquarium? I used some seed beads which I think look like sand. The background was done on watercolor paper using peerless watercolors. The coral was stamped right on the background. The fish were stamped and cut out, then mounted on the background. I kept the rest of the card simple so the focus was on the aquarium. I love the way it turned out.

Winner of This week's challenge

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


A friend has a line of stamps called "Me and Carrie Lou". She has taught us to watercolor using Tombow markers. The results are stunning as shown by this fish. I love the whole watercolor experience this way. I heat embossed the waves with white detail embossing powder from "Sparkle n Sprinkle", I used 2 shades of blue and twisted citron green oxide inks for the water. The fish was colored with yellow, blue and green tombow markers using a water brush to move the color. I fussy cut him out and popped him up with dimensionals. He was heat embossed with gold tinsel embossing powder before coloring. I added some clear dots for bubbles and a sentiment from Taylored Expressions.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018


This year when we were at a card making retreat, we played with backgrounds. This was made on silver paper with alcohol inks. I was doing some rearranging this week and came across it. It is one of my favorites. I thought it went well with the little bees as there is a lot of yellow in it.

Friday, June 22, 2018


What fun colors! Of course the pinks brought flamingos to mind. It was mixing in the peach that caused the trouble for me. I met with a group of ladies on Wednesday, and the theme for the afternoon was dots, lots of them. When I saw the difference the dots made in the designs, I knew I had my answer. I love the way the the peach warms up the white circle and really makes the flamingo stand out.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


I think this background is still my all time favorite. I stamped it  in Versamark and heat embossed it with white detail embossing powder. I inked it up with oxide distress inks in various colors. I chose a combination that I liked and cut it with a stitched rectangle. I cut out the "you"  3 times and added it to my background. I coated it with Metallic Gilding Polish which gives a shimmery pearl look with a hint of gold. I love the look.

Monday, June 18, 2018


I love this color combination. The butterfly was stamped with Versamark on watercolor paper and heat embossed with white embossing powder. It was colored with blue and yellow making green in places and then highlighted with Abandoned Coral. The word hello was colored with first yellow and then abandoned giving it an ombre look. I used black cardstock to make the colors pop.

Sunday, June 17, 2018


I made this card for my husband for Father's Day using the new Hero Arts kit. I fell in love with the layered water and it did not disappoint. The sailboat and birds are also from the kit. I'm really happy with the way this turned out and he loved it.

Designer's pick