Halloween 2015

Halloween cards for grandkids and friends. Changed the sentiment on the first one to “Ghouls Night Out” for my friends.

Booyah is a spinner card. Lots of fun to make. Wind it up before closing, when it is opened the ghost spins around.

Loved making these cards. Getting better at shaker cards. It is hard to get a good technique going. I don’t know if I prefer using foam tape or fun foam sheets. I tried both ways on the Ghouls Night Out. I think I liked the foam tape best.

Ghouls Night Out


Booyah Inside


Love Every Day

I did a lot of colored pencil coloring on my train trip in September.  It is very relaxing and I need the practice.  I love this Gorjuss stamp.  All of there stamps are adorable.  I wanted to make a card around the stamp.  It sure does take a long time when you don’t start with any ideas.  I think I spent most of the day but I am very happy with the finished product.  I used an embossing folder for the tree in the background.  Colored the tree by sponging on distress inks.  Die cut the hearts after sponging Barn Door distress ink on brown paper.  Love the colors.  I didn’t want it to necessarily look like a valentine so the distressed colors worked beautifully.Love Every Day

Thanks a Super Lot

Haven’t posted in awhile.  Too busy learning new techniques and haven’t learned enough about how to blog.  Saving that for another day.

Here is a card I made for my husband to send to his eye doctor.  He was so thrilled to be able to see clearly and colorfully after cataract surgery.

I love these Tim Holtz Crazy Bird stamps.  I used Distress Ink and Inkintense pencils.  I love the Crazy Things stamps also and used the glasses from that to put in the shaker.  The dies for Crazy Birds are a must.  They cut beautifully and the eyes, wings and beaks have separate dies which really make the birds look adorable.  The sentiment is Paper Smooches Many Thanks set.Thanks a super lot

Relax, Chill Out

I love these Penguins from My Favorite Things.  This was a fun card to make.  I colored the penguin, tree and drink  with Zig Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Pens. I made a shaker pocket with Imagine Vertigo plastic sheet and cut a slit and inserted the Penguin so it appeared to be floating in the water.  I love this Vertigo plastic.  I looks so much like water.  I colored the plastic with Salty Ocean Distress Ink.  This takes a long time to dry so I think next time I will just back it with a blue background.  Added a little glossy accents on the inner tube and drink glass.  Added a little distress ink to colored cardstock to give a sandy beach look.  A great Get Well Card for a niece.


Relax, Chill Out

Entered in Simon Says Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge

Love You Tons

I love doing shaker cards and watercoloring and using embossing folders.  Wednesday’s Simon Says challenge was to use your favorite techniques.  I still find shaker cards a challenge but this one worked out.  I used a cloud die cut and cut it twice in different places to make the tree.  I used distress Ink as watercolor and also with sponging technique for tree background.  It was simple and fast.

Love You Tons

Simon Says Challenge: What’s Your Favorite

Friendship Heals Everything

Today I followed a video done by Shari Carroll.  I love the things she does.  I love the color she chooses.  So I did exactly as she did.  I did not have all the Gellato colors or the Pit Big Brush colors but they were similar.  Shari did a lighter blue maybe by mixing more gel medium into it.  But I love how it turned out.  I copied her exactly because I find that I learn more if I am not concerned about placement colors etc.  I absolutely love these Birds from Tim Holtz and I am going to do a lot of practice with them watching various videos and following their technique.  Then I will go on my own and come up with my own creations.

The Gel Medium mixed with Gellatos gives a nice texture.

The video is on You Tube “Quick Techniques Using Faber Castell.”  Simon Says Stamps and Shari Carroll

Friendship Heals Everything



Thanks A Super Lot

Had a lot of fun yesterday watching other great cardmakers’ and artists’ videos.  I learn so much from them but need to practice a lot.  This one was one that I watched on a video from Sandy Allnock.  Crazy Birds (Tim Holtz)- Copics learning from Ranger (on You Tube.)  Since I don’t own Copics I did her version of Distress Ink.  I like the Tim Holtz Watercolor paper but I think Strathmore Watercolor paper works better if you have to do a lot to get the color you want.  The Tim Holtz paper starts pilling (is that the word?) a lot.  I love how relaxing it is to use this method.

Thanks a Super Lot

This fits right in with the Simon Says Monday Challenge  The technique just requires that you put a lot of water on the paper and then add color to get the funky watercolor look.

Simon Says Monday Challenge: Stamp + Mist



Watercolor Practice

Inspired by Design Tip #6 from Sandy Allnock (Try repeating an animal image,) I decided to make a simple card with these little hedgehogs and the deer.  I need more practice but it was fun.  I should have stamped the hedgehogs first with just the board adhered with removable glue.  Then added the wall and painted the hedgehogs.  Then finished with the background and the wall.  The wall was done with a brick embossing folder on red paper.  Then white pigment ink pad wiped over the top.  Next time I try it I will look up the coloring on the deer for shading etc.  Also I think I like stamping in black ink first before coloring.  I used brown ink and they aren’t as sharp looking as I would like.  I am including some pictures of the process because my work table wasn’t as big a mess as it usually is or at least it didn’t show up in the picture.

Simon Says Monday Challenge

Did a very simple Sympathy card for the SS Monday Challenge “Love of Plants”.  Used Canvas paper and sponged distress ink  for a background.  Using an Anna Griffin die cut, I cut a small portion of the die cut and applied it to the background.  Finished with a frame and a die cut butterfly.

Entered in:

Simon Says Monday Challenge Love of Plants

Simple Sympathy Card

The Post Script to this Post is that I don’t think this card got entered in SS Challenge.  Something went wrong when I was adding the Link and I can’t fix it 🙁