Saturday, December 28, 2019

Art Impressions Doggy Kisses for Inspire Create #059

Hi friends...welcome to my blog post for Inspire. Create. #059 Sketch Challenge:
My boss just had surgery and I wanted to make him a card. He likes punny cards and I thought this Art Impressions Doggy Kisses set was perfect. 

I started by stamping all the images with's Black Hybrid Ink on Bristol Smooth card stock. I used Zigs Clean Color Real Brush markers to water color all the images.
In order to cut them all out at once, I used my Brother Scan 'n Cut. Once you get use to the settings needed for each type of paper, it does an amazing job. Here is a picture of the images after cut by the Scan 'n Cut.
The background was made with Taylored Expressions 6 X 6 Designer Circle Masking Stencil. They have both the positive and the negative stencil. For this card I put a small piece of re-positional adhesive on the back of the circle stencil and positioned it on the front of the card. I laid the Studio Katia Square Brick Stencil at an angle on the front over the circle mask. Using Distress Oxide Frayed Burlap Ink and's Ink Blending Tool, I ink blended dark to light from the center out to the edge. These foam blending tools work really well and the more you use them and have them full of ink, the better they work.
The background was cut with Kat Scrappiness' Double Stitched Rectangle Dies. It creates both an inside and outside stitched line. Aside from the doggy image,  which was popped up with foam adhesive, the entire card is flat.
The final embellishments on the outside are from Pretty Pink Posh - the Celebration Confetti Mix. The inside has the funniest sentiment. To finish the inside I stamped the same doggy image with's Wood 3 "Leather" for a tone on tone look.
Thanks for sticking to the end! All products used are linked below if you like to check them out. Happy crafting.
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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Waffle Flower Garden Dec. 2019 Happy Day

One more quick submittal for Waffle Flower's Anything Goes Challenge in their Facebook Fan Group.
I made a card in the fun new size, a #10 card size. I am going to use just one postage stamp since it is a standard size.
This card was so much fun to make! I used Waffle Flowers' Happy Day Combo set of stamps and dies for all the images. They were stamped on Bristol Smooth Paper with's Hybrid Black Ink and watercolored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.
The base is a full piece on Neenah Solar heavy weight card stock scored the long way. I did trim the card to fit into the envelopes from Trinity Stamps. I had bought a set of colored envelopes because I love that coordinated look with a card.

The background was ink blended with Distress Ink, a green for the grass and a blue for the sky. I used Post-it-Tape to make a straight line. The clouds were made with Trinity Stamps' Cloudy Day Stencil. I actually used the stencil pieces of clouds and held them to the card with a tiny bit of re-positional adhesive. I softly ink-blended the blue around them.

This was such fun to put together, I made a second one as a Christmas gift for my daughter and put it in a frame. It's actually a floating frame I purchased at Michaels. The panel with the popped up images wouldn't fit between the 2 pieces of glass so I adhered the panel to the front of the glass with clear tack tape.
Waffle Flower's stamps and dies are of such high quality and cute, cute images. They stamped beautifully and cut out cleanly. This set is being discontinued, so if you are interested, don't hesitate!

Today IS a Good Day To Be Happy!

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Waffle Flower Garden Dec. 19 with Wedding Day

Happy Holidays friends! Just a quick post for my submittal to Waffle Flower's Facebook Fan Group for Dec. 2019 "Anything Goes"!
I have been asked by a local bridal shop to make some wedding/engagement cards for their shop. We plan to meet after Christmas where I'll have samples to show. The little set from Waffle Flower is so darling. A Clean and Simple design was all it needed.
I tried a new paper for the watercolored images. It is Vicki Boutin's American Crafts Mixed media paper called "All The Good Things Collection - Foundation Paper". It comes in a 12 X 12 pack of 12. I cut a piece into 4 - 6" X 6" pieces and stamped images all over each piece. I used's Black Hybrid Ink. With that ink I can watercolor or use alcohol markers depending on my whim. I have to say I really liked this paper. It held up well to water and for watercoloring images, I didn't experience bleeding outside the lines. It is a little bit ivory, but I was OK with that. is having a 10% sale right now, too! Code: SANTA10 - but it ends midnight Dec. 25th!
The other papers I used was Neenah Solar White 80lb. for the heart cut out and the embossing Wedding Ring background. Hard to see in the pictures, but a nice, soft detail for the card background. The heart die cut was one I had in my stash with stitched lines, so I liked that additional detail, too. I ink blended with The Stamp Market blending tool using Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. Those blending tools can't be beat when you want a soft look.

The die cut "happy" was from my stash. A free gift years ago from Papertrey Ink and I really like the font. I cut it twice from white card stock and once from silver glitter card stock. The embellishments are the gorgeous Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear gems. 
Simple inside sentiment, church and dove all from Waffle Flower's Wedding Day Combo set.
Another new card stock I tried was W Plus 9 Dove Grey. It is a 100 lb. weight card stock and I love it! It scores more easily, doesn't crack when folded and yet is strong enough for a card base. The Dove Grey is such a beautiful soft color which gives a nice tone on tone look.

Thank you Waffle Flower for hosting the challenge and again, I wish you very happy holidays!

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Pink and Main Hummingbirds for FMS #416

 Welcome friends to my blog post for Freshly Made Sketches #416:
I wanted to make a card that wasn't Christmas! Time for a change. I have this cute set from Pink and Main with hummingbirds. My husband's favorite past time is to watch all the hummingbirds that we have in our yard during the summer. So this set just spoke to me.

The images on the card were stamped on Bristol Smooth card stock with's Hybrid Black Ink. The coloring was done with my Zig markers. I can easily take them to work, so much of my coloring lately is done with Zigs.

The images were die cut with the coordinating dies. The back striped layer is card stock from Pink and Main called Be Merry. The top white piece is Neenah white die cut with Spellbinder's Nestabilities Fancy Edge Rectangles. I blended Salty Ocean Distress Ink in the center with my Stamp Market medium blending too. That tool just makes the softest blend.

The outside sentiment is from My Favorite Things Sweet Sentiments. There are a few Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear embellishments finishing the outside. They are amazing in their sparkle!

The inside sentiment is from the Paper Smooches Fun & Flirty set. This set has such good sentiments for many occasions.
Thanks for visiting at the holiday season and I hope your Christmas is special this year!
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Friday, December 20, 2019

Kat Scrappiness Winter Dies for Just Us Girls #513

I was happy this week to submit a card for "Just Us Girls":
I have had such fun using Kat Scrappiness' Crafters Essential Winter Dies:
This set is very reasonably priced for all 5 items in it. As of this writing they are on sale for $24.99. Also there is a 25% off sale through Dec. 25, 2019 using the code "WINTER19" on Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Hannukkah products. The stitched hills can be used all year round, as not only snow, but also grass. The trees are just beautiful and help make a great scene. I didn't use the deer or full backdrop plate in this card, but I did run them through my Big Shot and will definitely make use of them in the future. That backdrop scene has many possibilities!

I have friends that are great skiers and I knew this would be the Christmas card for them. It's fun to personalize cards to the recipient's interests if you can.
I started by stamping with's Black Hybrid Ink onto Bristol Smooth white card stock my skiing santa from Power Poppy's Action Santa set. I have had this in my stash for several years now and believe it is still available. They also have a digital version for those that prefer digi stamps. Using a digital version you can resize the image to any size that you like. I colored him with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and cut him with my Brother Scan 'n Cut.

The background is Neenah Solar White 120 lb. card stock with  a layer of Glitter Glaze by Brutus Monroe through MFT's snowfall stencil. I wish I could capture the shine in pictures for it is amazing! I cut the trees and the snow hills from the same Neenah paper so that all the whites match. The trees are ink blended with various shades of Altenew dye inks in green and a little Distress ink on top. I left the trees in the panel that was run through the Big Shot and ink blended it as one piece. This keeps all the little limbs flat. The snow hills have a bit of blue ink blended on the edges, too. 

All pieces were glued flat to the card with Tombow Liquid Adhesive and Gina K Connect. I like Tombow for general overall adhering and Gina K for the tiny areas that may smush outside the lines. My santa was popped up with foam dots by They aren't so high that it makes putting the card in the envelope difficult.

A simple sentiment on the inside, left room for a hand-written note.

I made 2 cards with this same layout, this one in more blues:

Thank you, Just Us Girls, for hosting an "Anything Goes" Challenge during this busy time of year and for anyone that is reading this to the end, THANK YOU and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Art Impressions Christmas Bee for Time Out Challenge #150

Welcome to my blog post for Time Out Challenges #150:
How fun is this stamp set? Art Impressions has such fun, playful images and this one is no exception. I feel it is really Merry & Cheerful!

I have a friend who's job was (she's retired now) to work with insects and bees and I learned so much from her about the plight of the bees. When I saw this set, I thought it was perfect for a Christmas Card for her!
I used my usual: Bristol Smooth Card stock, Hybrid Black Ink and my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  Once colored, I cut it out with Spellbinders S4-905, Fancy Edged Rectangles. The cool scalloped edge with little stitched dots is one of my favorites.

Simply finished with a piece of Pink and Main's Be Merry card stock and adhered to a base of Neenah Solar White. I did color the white areas with Tonic Studio Nuvo Aqua Flow Shimmer Brush. So glittery in real life.

Last, but not least, added those beautiful Pretty Pink Posh Sparking Clear embellishments using Gina K Connect glue. Dries clear and hold perfectly!
A very simple inside card sentiment, which leaves plenty of room for a hand written message.
I used this stamp set on a wood slice ornament and colored with Tombow markers. Sorry, but sent it out to my daughter's shop before I got a picture! My point is, it is a very flexible stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by at this busy time of year and I wish you a BEE-UTIFUL Holiday!

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Saturday, December 14, 2019

MFT Huge Hugs for Color Throwdown #573 & FMS 415

Hi friends! Still crafting for Christmas? I still am and will be to the last minute. Always one more thing to do...

But today I am submitting a card for 2 challenges, one sketch and one color:

You've seen me participate in these 2 challenges several times. I really enjoy both of them. If you feel yourself stuck in a rut and you've lost your mojo, give a challenge a try. There are many of them, all different styles, colors and mediums. You can really find one to suite your style.
I just received this new stamp/die from My Favorite Things called You're My Person. It reminded me of my sister. I only have 1 sister so this was just perfect. The Huge Hugs die cut can be used separately so the letters can be combined in other ways: "UGH"? I have to think of a card to use that!

I used Distress Inks on my Waffle Flower Water Media Mat to watercolor the images on Bristol Smooth card stock. The Color Throwdown colors were Lime Green, Hot Pink and White. I used Distress Ink, dabbed it on the mat and picked up the color with my Black Velvet watercolor brush with a light amount of water.

I have a new Christmas 6 X 6 card stock pad from Pink and Main and this paper was perfect for the letters. The letters were cut 4 times out of white card stock, glued together, and the top layer is the Pink and Main paper.

I was afraid the letters would wash out against white paper, so I ink blended with my Stamp Market blending tools. They are great for blending leaving a very soft layer of color. No weird lines. To line up the letters, I used the negative from the Huge Hugs and just popped in the letters with a bit of Gina K Connect glue.

The inside of the card is from's Christmas Wishes stamp set. A small set, but some really good general verses.

Thank you for visiting my blog and if you are interested in any products mentioned the links are below.  Happy crafting!
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