Monday, July 9, 2018

His Love Endures Forever


Hi Friends!

Today I am sharing a fun simple Mixed Media card designed with retired stamps from my massive stash :-)  The butterfly image is from the retired Stampin’ Up! Ageless Adornment (hostess set) and the sentiment is from the recently retired Verve Stamps, Scripture Medley 3.  

I had this butterfly image already stamped, colored , fussy-cut and layered in my stash and in my recent (and continuing) organization project, I decided to pull out my "stashed" images and create a few cards:-).

If you have not had a chance to visit the above challenge galleries yet, I encourage you to do so- wonderful ideas and projects by all!

To create this card:

1). De-static a scrap piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool, stamp the butterfly image with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink onto the prepared cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Once the embossing as cooled, watercolor using ink from water-based markers.  Fussy-cut the image, mount onto black cardstock and cut close to the edge.

2). Die cut a piece of white cardstock with a stitched rectangle die.  Scribble a bit of green water-based marker onto a silicone craft mat, lightly spritz with water and press the die cut panel into the ink.  Lift up and repeat until you are satisfied with the background.

3). De-static the background panel with an embossing powder tool, stamp the verse image with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, stamp onto a piece of white cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Mount the panel onto a piece of black cardstock, trim and mount onto the white card base.

4). Mount the fussy-cut butterfly image with dimensional foam.  Add white highlights to the butterfly’s wings using an extra fine white paint pen and use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the wings.

5). Finish off the card with a few jewel drops.

Stamp Sets: Ageless Adornment (retired Stampin’ Up!), Scripture Medley 3 (retired Verve Stamps)

Ink: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Zig® Real Clean Color Markers- Light Green, Yellow, Orange, Light Purple; Stampin’ Write Tangerine Tango Marker; Clear Wink of Stella® , Sharpie® Extra Fine White Paint Pen, Nuvo™ Lime Jewel Drops

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Extra Thick Whisper White

Accessories: AquaPainter™, Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Water Spritzer Bottle

Thanks again for visiting- you are all such an encouragement to me!!  Hugs and I hope you have a fabulous week, my friends!


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July!



Happy 4th of July, My Friends!


I have been so busy trying to organize my stamping/craft room (well, really "rooms" since it is all over the house- lol!) that I have not had a lot of stamping time lately.  

Since my self-imposed organization "job" is taking longer than I anticipated (I move much slower as I get older), I thought I would take a trip down memory lane and post a few of the cards that I have created for the 4th of July/ Memorial Day in the past. 

To find the cards and links for this post, I used my  “Labels” section at the very bottom of my blog.  In the beginning of blogging, I used quite a few labels for each post so I had to put this section at the very bottom of the page (keep scrolling and you will see it:-)). 

To find the cards, I "clicked" on Patriotic (I have 22 posts with a patriotic theme) and am sharing ten of those cards with you today.   This set of cards will showcase a a variety of styles as well as a few cards using stamps that are not normally considered "Patriotic" starting with the year 2013 through 2017.  

I tend to favor Mixed Media cards but do have a few Clean and Simple/Clean and Layered cards in the post as well :-)  If you have a chance to comment, please let me know which style you like the best and I will try to design cards using that style in the future:-)

If you would like to view the rest of the patriotic cards from the past six years, just go to this link and you can see them all (scroll through the post, then click onto "Older Posts" to continue to see all of the cards). 


This card was designed for an SUO Challenge in 2013 using the retired
 Stampin' Up! images (Sunflower background and Trust God)
- see the instructions here


This card was designed for the SUO150 Challenge in 2016 and
I "cased" my own card (from above) using a different
floral stamp (Dahlia background) - see the original post here


This  quick and easy card was designed in 2014
 using scraps for a few online challenges-
see here for more details



I have several family members that were born on July 4th
so this card was designed with Our Daily Bread Designs and
retired Stampin' Up products with them in mind-
I have more information in this post


This patriotic card was designed in 2015 for Memorial Day using
Our Daily Bread Designs- see this post for more details 



This Mixed Media card was designed in 2016 with Artistic Outpost and
Our Daily Bread Designs using a vintage watercolor technique-
see this post for more details 



Another fun 4th of July Mixed Media card from 2015 using
Artistic Outpost and Our Daily Bread Designs-
see this blog post for more details 




A fun carefree card using Stampin' Up! stamps  for the SUO177 Challenge
 (Beautiful You, Work of Art) - see this post for full details and free instructions



A quick Clean and Simple (CAS) card using a retired Stampin' Up! image -
 see this post for all of the details 



Playing around again with a CAS style using a retired
Stampin' Up! image- see the blog post here for more details

I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane with me :-)    I am so thankful that we are free!! 

I am also so thankful for all of you that take the time to visit my blog.  I know that many of us have not met in person but I consider all of you "friends" and feel so blessed! 

When I started this blog in August 2010, I decided that I wanted this blog to be just for "fun" and not for profit.  As an artist, I find that I can design more freely when I am not under pressure for too many deadlines and/or if money were to be involved- for me, this stifles what I call my "mojo":-)  So at the time of establishing my blog, I decided not to monetize (you should not be seeing any ads) and am very honored that you are here. 

I noticed recently that I am currently at 999,739 visits and am humbled that people from around the world have stopped by to visit my blog :-)  I am sure that number is somewhat elevated by "bots" (false visits) but hope that those of you who have taken the time to visit, realize what a blessing you are to me! 

Thank you, again for the encouragement it is that you have visited my blog- hugs and I hope you have a wonderful  4th of July!!  

Sunday, July 1, 2018

A Friend Loveth At All Times


Hi Friends!

I am finally getting a chance to share this card that I designed with the June Stamp of the Month, Texture Tiles 2 along with the previously released stamp set, Peaceful Peonies from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps.

I incorporated the Splitcoaststampers CC688 Color Challenge and the Simon Says Wednesday “AnythingGoes” Challenge into the design.

If you have not had a chance to visit the above challenge sites or the SNSS Blog/FB Page yet, I encourage you to do so- gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). De-static a piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool, stamp the large blossom image from Peaceful Peonies with archival black ink onto the panel, apply clear embossing and heat set with a heat tool.  Once the embossing has cooled, watercolor the image using water-based markers and fussy-cut.

2). Die cut a piece of white cardstock with a stitched die, stamp the Texture Tiles2 brick wall image using hickory smoke distress ink, heat set with a heat tool.  De-static the panel with an embossing powder tool, stamp the sentiment from Peaceful Peonies using archival black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

3). Die cut a piece of slate cardstock using a stitched rectangle die, mount along with the stamped texture panel and an old olive textured panel (also die cut with a stitched rectangle  mount all onto a piece of black cardstock.  Add a strip of black satin ribbon (wrapping the ends behind the panel) and mount onto a white card base.

4). Mount the fussy-cut peony image onto the card front with dimensional foam.  Use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the petals and a few white highlights to the stamens with a Sharpie® Extra Fine White Paint Pen to finish off the card.


Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Stampin’ Write Markers- Old Olive, Watermelon Wonder; Tim Holtz® Hickory Smoke Distress Ink; Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen, Sharpie® Extra Fine White Paint Pen

Cardstock/Designer Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Old Olive, Smoky Slate

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, MFT Dies- Stitched A2 Rectangle Set 1 & 2, Horizontal Stitched; retired Fancy Finial Embossing Folder, Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, 7/8” Black Satin Ribbon

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- I hope you will visit again soon!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Thanks a Latte



Hi Friends!

I had a chance to create another card using the Special Blend stamp set from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps.

This is such a sweet stamp set and has so many beautiful sentiments and images.  Perfect for many occasions!


If you have not had a chance to visit the above challenge sites or the SNSS Blog/FB Page yet, I encourage you to do so- gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). De-static two pieces of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool, stamp the cup with the bird image and the “Thanks a Latte” sentiment from Special Blend  with archival black ink onto the panels, apply clear embossing and heat set with a heat tool.

2). Die cut the stacked cup image with a stitched rectangle die and color the image using water-based markers.  Mount the image onto turquoise cardstock and trim close to the die cut edge.

3). Trim the sentiment by hand and create the banner using a punch or by hand.  Mount onto turquoise cardstock and trim close to the edge.

4). Die cut another piece of white cardstock using a stitched rectangle die, stencil Tumbled Glass Distress Ink onto the panel as well as the tea cup image and sentiment. Mount the main panel onto turquoise cardstock, trim close to the edge, mount onto pumpkin cardstock and mount onto the white card base.

5). Die cut a few pieces of designer paper with rectangle stitched dies, mount onto turquoise cardstock.  Add the white tea lace doily and the designer stitched panels onto the card front.

6).  Adhere the sentiment with dimensional foam and add the button along with the pearls.

7). To finish off the card, use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the bird and cup and an Extra Fine White Paint Pen to add white highlights to the center of the flower and around the base of the teacup.


Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Stampin’ Write Markers- Tempting Turquoise, Berry Burst, Pumpkin Pie; Tim Holtz® Tumbled Glass Distress Ink; Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen, Sharpie®Extra Fine White Paint Pen

Cardstock/Designer Paper: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie; retired Rich Razzleberry and Pumpkin Pie Designer Series Paper (all Stampin' Up!)

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, MFT Dies- Stitched A2 Rectangle Set 1 & 2, Horizontal Stitched; Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Rich Razzleberry Button, White Tea Lace Doily


Also, you have approx. one hour left  to receive the June Stamp of the Month, Texture Tiles 2 free with a net $75 (US$ order after all discounts and before shipping) from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps!  Plus, remember there is free shipping on any net $75 US!

Thanks again for taking the time to visit- I hope you will  stop by again soon!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

TCC96- Cast Your Cares

Hi Friends!


It’s time for the #96 {Golden Table} Challenge at The Card Concept! FYI- This will be the last challenge for the summer and The Card Concept will resume in September. 

Isn’t this a gorgeous photo?  I was inspired by the beautiful blossoms in the coral hues as well as the gold silverware and the woodgrain to create a Classy and Elegant Mixed Media card! I decided to pull out the retired Blooming with Kindess Stampin’ Up! set and paired it with a new to me stamp set from Simply Stamps- Fear Not.


I tend to use heat embossing in almost every card I create.  I love watching the powder melt and love the elegant look it creates but I also love dry embossing.  This card has both types- see, I cannot make up my mind :-)

Just a reminder that The Card Concept is a bi-weekly challenge that has an inspiration photo along with a suggestion of design styles that you can choose from to create your card- Clean and Simple, Clean and Graphic, Clean and Layered, Shabby Chic, Freestyle Collage, Classy and Elegant and Mixed Media (or you can combine several styles for your own style).

If you have not had a chance to visit us at The Card Concept or visit the other challenge sites yet, I hope you will find time to do so- wonderful inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). De-static a piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool, ink the floral image from Blooming with Kindness with Versamark™ ink, stamp onto the prepared panel, apply gold embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Create a mask for the flower, mask the image (once the embossing powder has cooled) and repeat the steps for the other floral images.

2). Using distress inks and distress oxide ink, tap the inks onto a silicone craft mat and use a water brush to watercolor the flowers.  Continue to add color and use water-based markers for additional color as needed (see the recipe below for the colors used).  Once you are satisfied with the coloring, spritz a bit of water and pat dry with a paper towel.  Use a gold shimmer pen to add additional highlights and color. 

3). Die cut the floral image with a pierced tag die (also die cutting another tag from espresso cardstock).  Split the espresso tag in half and adhere behind the die cut floral tag.

4). Trim a piece of white cardstock to approx. 4” x 5 ¼” and emboss with a woodgrain embossing folder.  Add a strip of espresso cardstock, wrap a piece of coral satin ribbon and a piece of knotted hemp twine over the strip (wrapping the ends of the ribbon and twine behind the panel).  Adhere the entire panel to a white card base.

5). Add the layered embossed tag element with dimensional foam to the card front.  Create a twine bow and mount onto the top of the tag along with an antique brad (I removed the brad points and adhered to the card with hot glue).

6). De-static a piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool, stamp the verse sentiment from Fear Not with Versamark™ ink, apply gold embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Die cut the sentiment with a pierced circle die and mount onto a die cut circle of espresso cardstock.

7).  Finish off the card by adhering the sentiment to the card front using dimensional foam on the side to level with the tag element. 

Stamp Sets: Blooming with Kindness (retired Stampin’ Up!), Fear Not (Simply Stamps)

Ink/Mediums: Versamark™, Tim Holtz® Distress and Distress Oxide- Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick; Stampin’ Write Flirty Flamingo and Calypso Coral Markers; Spectrum Noir™ Gold  Glitter Pen

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso

Tools/Accessories:  Big Shot™, Our Daily Bread Designs Dies- Pierced Circles, Matting Circles; My Favorite Things™ Pierced Traditional Tag STAX Dies(retired); Embossing Buddy®, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, AquaPainter™, Polished Hemp Twine, 7/8” Coral Satin Ribbon (Offray), retired Antique Brad (SU!)

Thanks again for taking the time to drop by! I hope I have inspired you to create your own card based on our {Golden Table} photo and link up to our gallery at TheCard Concept- we would love to see your interpretation!!

Happy Birthday!



Hi Friends!

This morning I am sharing a card designed with the June Stamp of the Month, Texture Tiles 2 along with previously released stamp sets, Special Blend and Choose Faith (all from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps).

I incorporated several online challenges into the design- the Splitcoaststampers SC696 Sketch Challenge (modified a bit with the #4 and #5 elements on the sketch) and the CC672 Color Challenge as well as the Simon Monday “Food and/ or Drink” Challenge.

If you have not had a chance to visit the above challenge sites or the SNSS Blog/FB Page yet, I encourage you to do so- fabulous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). De-static two pieces of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool, stamp the stacked cup image from Special Blend  onto one of the panels and the “Happy Birthday” sentiment from Special Blend onto the other.

2). Die cut the stacked cup image with a stitched rectangle die and color the image using water-based markers.  Trim the sentiment by hand and mount both the sentiment and the cup image onto navy cardstock.  Die cut a piece of designer paper with the same stitched rectangle die and also mount onto navy cardstock.

3). To create the background panel- die cut a piece of white cardstock with a rectangle stitched die.  Press light pink ink onto a silicone craft mat, spritz with water and press the rectangle die cut into the ink.  Lift up , dry with a heat tool and repeat the process (if desired).  Ink the bold word images from Choose Faith (I used “GRACE” and “JOY”) with light pink ink and stamp repeatedly onto the panel.  Ink the brick wall image from Texture Tiles 2 with navy ink and stamp onto the background panel.  Mount the panel onto navy cardstock and mount again onto pear cardstock.  Adhere the panel to a white card base.

4). Mount the pear designer paper rectangle directly to the card front on an angle (per the sketch) and tilt the stacked cup image (again adhere directly to the card front).  Mount the portion of a white paper doily behind the sentiment and mount the sentiment with dimensional foam.

5).  Add a few buttons to the sentiment  and finish off the card with a clear glitter pen adding shimmer to the stacked cups and clear enamel drops to the dripping coffee.


Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Stampin’ Write Markers- Petal Pink, Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy, Early Espresso; Tim Holtz® Worn Lipstick Distress Ink; Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen, Nuvo™ Morning Dew Crystal Drops

Cardstock/Designer Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Pear Pizzazz, retired Pear Pizzazz Designer Series Paper

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, Dies- MFT Stitched A2 Rectangle Set 1 & 2, Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Navy Buttons, White Tea Lace Doily

Also, just a reminder that it is not too late to receive the June Stamp of the Month, Texture Tiles 2 free with a net $75 (US$ order after all discounts and before shipping) from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps!  Plus, remember there is free shipping on any net $75 US!

Thanks again for taking the time to visit- I hope you will  stop by again soon!

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