Monday, May 29, 2017


Another shaker card for great grandson's birthday. Only one more to go! I used the zebra stencil on orange zest paper. The tigers have to be bright since we are from Cincinnati and that's the color of the football team uniforms!  LOL. I added some depth and shading to the tigers after watching Stephanie's video on using colored pencils on cardstock. I love how these little guys turned out!

Sunday, May 28, 2017


I always love a chance to pull out a piece of designer paper and add it to a card. I am pleased that the simplicity of this sketch allows the paper to really show. I added some layers stitched flowers and used leaves in various colors for the accent strips.

Sunday, May 21, 2017


Another card with the amazing Mermaid set from MFT. This time I water colored the background with Peerless watercolors. I colored the mermaid, rock, shell and turtle (all included in the set) with Copic markers, fussy cut them and added to the scene. I stamped a group of gold fish added some gems and called it finished. I am sure there will be more appearances of this set here.


I love the roses paper pack. These papers need very little in the way of embellishment. I used a curved edge to soften the line between the papers and a large sentiment on the diagonal for the top stripe. I love the way it turned out and hope it is not sent too soon.


This is another card using the shaving cream background. I loved the subtle colors in this one. I chose to bring out the touches of pink by using ripe raspberry cardstock as a mat and the flower. I used vellum for the mat behind the flower so as not to detract from the background. A strip of brushed silver was used for the diagonal to add some shine to the card.


Friends of ours moved from our park into a new one and I wanted to send them a card. This sketch provided a wonderful feature space to create a little scene. I used materials from MFT's card kit. I love the wood paper and the sentiments about home. Hope it lets them know how happy we are for them.

Happy Birthday Frank

Our friend, Frank Backscheider turned 85 and I thought an antique car was appropriate! This one is a silhouette file.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

MFT Color Challenge #69

I was so excited when my card kit arrived. I had already stamped, embossed and cut out the "Funky Flowers" in the appropriate colors but wasn't quite sure how to finish the card. I had chosen the "Bold Stripes" cover up but something was missing. When I saw the "You" in the card kit, I changed out the bold stripes for the "Diagonal Sentiment" cover up and featured the script "you". I love it!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


This background was made using shaving cream and reinkers. When I saw the teal color in it, I knew it would be the perfect setting for my mermaid. I didn't want to hide any of the background so I made the back of my shaker with acetate as well as the front.  I love the way it turned out!

Sunday, May 7, 2017


I really love this sketch. When I saw the strip across the top, I immediately thought of this sentiment strip. I first stamped the background with the Lined up dots background stamp with Versamark ink. I heat embossed it with "Vanilla Ice" embossing powder from "Sparkle N Sprinkle". It really adds some sparkle. Next layer is dry embossed. I used a sentiment from Beautiful Butterflies, I believe. I stamped with Gravel Gray and then clear embossed it for shine. When I was testing the embossing powder to see how it would look, I stamped the rose. I felt the card needed a touch of color, so I used some Red Hot ink and a water brush. I pulled the color down from the top until it was pink. I added some Jelly Bean leaves and a flourish for final touch.


This card really has lots of glitz. I stamped the background with Dleacata Gold ink. For my strip across the bottom I used MFT gold sparkle paper. My flowers are MFT Bold Blooms and of course touched up with clear Wink of Stella. 

My Inner Jennifer McGuire

This is an idea from Jennifer McGuire. She did a video on shadow embossing and I had to give it a try. I like the way it turned out.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


I love this background. I stamped it with Versamark ink  and heat embossed it with a black sparkle embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle. It really does sparkles in the light. I colored the "tropical Blooms" accent flower with cherry crisp ink and a water brush. I had previously stamped and embossed it on watercolor paper with detail gold embossing powder. Once I colored it, it resembled a poppy, so I added a black center with Nuvo drops. Gold leaves and a white sentiment on cherry crisp paper finished the card.