Monday, April 10, 2017

Boo-Boo with Brusho


April came in for me with a bad case of the flu. Am now getting better enough to try to make a card for Darnell's Annual April Fool's Boo-Boo Hop and NBUS Challenge #11. My boo-boo card and NBUS challenge was an attempt  to get my new  Brusho Black to show it is made up of pretty colors like I have seen in YouTube videos. Sorry, I cannot remember who demonstrated this technique. Anyone know so I can give credit?

No matter what paper I used, I had trouble with blotches, the paper pilling and tearing and just ugliness. Most results went into the circular file! But I pulled out a piece to have something to show here!

Can you see the rip? And no matter how I tried, I couldn't get the paper to flatten out. I tried another forgotten technique to use both the negative and positive die cuts on a single card. The flower punch is called Blossom from Stampin' Up! and the stem and leaves are a die by Penny Black called Coy. I used retired Midnight Muse blue to try to bring out the blue in the flower and the cardbase is SU Very Vanilla. Am not sure why it look gray in the one photo. The greeting is a fun 2007 stamp also by SU.

Truly, I am not sure if this card will ever make it out of my house, but at least I prove one can try to make something out of nothing! Thanks for coming by!

Coming April 1-11, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Flower Challenge - Lilacs

Yay, today is the first day of Spring! I am so ready for some color outside. There has been little snow this winter, so what I see mostly is brown grass and bare trees. The current Flower Challenge #6 is so much fun this time as we can create anything, so I chose a large wooden stamp of my favorite flower, Lilacs.

So what is Spring all about in my world? Lilacs in bloom along the highways and bordering gardens. Not the freeways, you know, but the smaller roads connecting the Metro to the suburbs and beyond. No, lilacs are not in bloom here in MN yet, but they will be. So here's my card.

I've used this stamp before and will again as it is so lovely. By Northwood Rubber Stamps, Inc. it is called Lilac Glass Vase, part of the Spring 2013 supplement catalogue.The designer is Jean Arneson. Using Ranger water color paper, I stamped the image in VersaMark and Stampin' Up! Basic Gray ink then heat embossed it with Ranger Superfine Detail Clear embossing powder. For the flowers and leaves I used two Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, the purple and green. To soften the colors, I scribbled the pens with water on an acrylic block and painted with a small paint brush. I tried to make the vase area look more like water by combining the blue and black pens and lots of water to make gray. My 6 pen set doesn't have brown, so I mixed a lot of colors together with water to lightly color the submerged stems.

To finish my card, I simply matted the flower image on a piece of  black cardstock and centered it on a top folding basecard of SU's Basic Gray. No sentiment inside yet, but I think it would make a nice Mother's Day card or Spring birthday card.

Thanks for stopping by today. Happy Spring to everyone!

RRCB 58Editing to add this card to the Challenge 58 at Retro Rubber/Anything Goes since my stamp is from 2013. who would have thought something from 4 years ago is Retro? lol  

Monday, February 27, 2017

New Dog & A Card With Snippets!

Hello on this last day of February! It has been a good month for me, and I hope it has been for you too! 

Today I am sharing a picture of my new foster dog, Digger. Funny name, but I understand a child named him.
He is a wiggler and this is the best picture so far. He is 18 years old - can you believe it? His original owners had to find him a new home as they travel for work and hated to board him anymore. I am growing fond of Digger, and will keep him as a foster hospice dog instead of adopting him out! Unfortunately he has developed an eye infection/ulcer, so we've been back and forth to the vet often the last week. With meds, he is getting better.

I just had to play with Pixie's Crafty Workshop Weeks 269 & 270.
The snippets are the white stitched rectangle piece, silver foiled paper from DCSW, and some glossy white paper to make the birthday word pop. First I  smooched Ranger Distress Inks Peacock Blue and Faded Jeans onto my mat, painted it with a water brush onto the glossy paper. Following an idea I saw recently, but am not sure where, I then used some drywall tape and sponged on some more color trying for some texture. When dry, I die cut birthday from PaperTrey Ink . The shine and texture doesn't show very well here, but IRL it does.Another snippet was used to say happy with a NBUS set from MFT called Label Maker-Sentiments and matching die. The blue ink is Midnight Blue, a Memories Dye Inkpad that matches quite well the layering piece of unknown dark blue paper. To make the cupcake, I used an Elizabeth Craft Designs die. Isn't it pretty?

I did not make a flowery card like Di's pretty one for this card, hut it sure is full of snippets all glued together! Hope OK. Thank heavens for small tipped bottles of white glue! Snippets Playground Badge

I thank you for visiting me today. See you in March!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Promised Valentines

February is not over, so I still can post Valentine's Day cards. Right? Here are the last two of the three I made this year. This first one today was for my 13 year old grand daughter, Maddie. She loves design and is very creative, so I thought she would like this. It is fancier (is that a word?) than I usually make but I think it turned out OK. My card is a CASE of a wonderful card by Doris at The Stamping Tower that posted on February 7th. I too used some printed vellum by Stampin' Up! over an embossed background. It is by Darice that fits the whole front of the card. The red hearts are cut with a Die-namics duo by MFT and the gold ones are punched with snippets of gold paper with SU's retired Itty Bitty Accents heart. Love is made with another snippet of gold paper with a die from a PTI set called One Liners Collection that I cut down a bit to fit.

Last up is the card made for my grandson who loves hedgehogs and has one called Sherman. The banner sentiment is stamped in Baked Brown Sugar ink from SU on Real Red paper, and says Sending Hedgehugs. It is from the Lawn Fawn stamp and matching die set. Aren't they cute? I used the same background embossing folder as on his sister''s card. The red heart I found in my UFO box. A clean, quick, and simple card to make that I think Gavin liked.
That's it from MN. It's been spring-like weather lately, but we hear that a snow storm is coming Friday. OK by me! I thank you for stopping by to visit. 💟

Monday, February 20, 2017


Hello!  I am finding that doing challenges has helped my mojo. Cleaning up my space has helped too, 'cuz I found a few lost misplaced things.

I have wanted to try and do a card for the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge - February, so here it is. This is one of the first mixed media cards I have ever done. Doing a CAS card is also challenging as I usually do layers. Right? It was hard to get a picture to show the shine and texture.Had to use a flash tonight as I won't be around the next few days to get this entry finished.

The Tim Holtz collection Bird Crazy for Stampers Anonymous still make me laugh. I am envisioning him thinking "Is this an egg, or what?" Thus the OMG. Notice the Ranger Glossy Accents on the eyes as they bulge out. This challenge required using some corrugated cardboard,  so I cut out an  over-sized egg with a Spellbinders oval die then set to work changing it. I used Twinkling H2O's Mediterranean blue with a water pen to get this color. I like the variation that came up. This paint and several others have been in my stash forever, but are NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff). Thanks Darnell!  The funny bird is fussy cut from some kraft paper that I found during my cleaning and popped up with  thick tape (I don't know who makes it). He's stamped using my MISTI and Versafine Onyx Black ink. My choice is the die cut letters from PaperTrey Ink on black card stock. I used Elizabeth Craft Designs double sided adhesive to stick the letters down. The card base is Stampin' Up! discontinued Confetti Cream, although it looks white in my picture. 

Hope you enjoy seeing my card. Any suggestions on what his name should be?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Magical for The Flower Challenge

Hours...I spent hours trying to do justice to this challenge, finally after several cards went into the circular file, I finished. Then the real challenge, getting a decent photograph! I am submitting my card to The Flower Challenge #5.

I am CASING this lovely card by the Guest Designer Therese. I have created my card using most of her colors and mimicking her white outlined flowers. First change was to make my card top folding. Used some new and old goodies from many companies!

Next up, the flowers. They are the two coordinating dies from Memory Box, Pavilia Bloom Background and Outline. The pink card stock is Stampin' Up! and the white outline and base are PaperTrey Ink. The flowers are popped up with SU dimensionals. I used an Edgelits-Adorning Accents die and the dotted line stamp from SU  Bordering on Romance to make the card opening a bit special. Had to temporarily tape the edge down to get a photo. The sentiment is a NBUS from My Favorite Things called Rainbow of Happiness. It says, "I Hope Your Birthday is MAGICAL". In real life it is quite pretty. Used VersaMark and an old ink pad from, Kaleidacolor called Baby Powder for the colors and some shine. Inside I just put happy birthday with a die by Elizabeth Craft Designs on the retired Pretty in Pink card stock. To finish up I added a few sparkly sequins from Darice. Whew! Told you I like shopping different sites, didn't I?

Next time I'll share the valentine's I made for two of my grand kids. Megan got the one I previously posted here. Oh, and I got another foster dog! Picture to come.

Thanks for stopping by. 💓   

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Fancy Flourish for MUSE and RRCB55

Here I am again! Twice in one week! A record for me, right? Today I am entering two challenges with this one card. Fun ~ makes me happy!

First up is for the  Muse Challenge 201. I was inspired by Guest Muse, Valentyna who has a wonderful card. Love the colors and the pop of black which I shamelessly copied. Or should this be called a CASE? Let me know, pretty please.

Anyway, I pulled out an old stamp with vines or flourishes. From a 2007 Stampin' Up! set called Baroque Motifs, I have only the one wooden stamp probably bought at a garage sale and rarely used. After applying VersaMark to a small piece of PaperTrey Ink white cardstock, I got out two colors of green embossing powder for some heat embossing. The powder is from an old set of 14 colors I got from Stampendous! years ago. I like the mixture of greens and the shine, but it doesn't show up well in my picture. Some pale pink hearts left over from a previous card added some color. For some dimension, I popped the black piece on craft foam. Worked well as I didn't have any white. The simple thank you was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and is one of the stamps from the Vertical Greetings set by SU. Some black round and faceted bling from my stash and rounding the bottom corners completes the card. I am hoping there is enough white space to be called CAS. I kind of like this card!

Secondly, I am entering this card to the new Retro Rubber challenge. They are asking for stamps older than one year (the flourish) and want a heart motif, so I think my card fits well. It is satisfying to use older forgotten stamps, I believe!

Thank you for visiting today!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

NBUS Challenge #10 Oldies But Goodies


Here is my entrant to the NBUS Challenge #10 over at Darnell's place. I made this card while at a crop session at my favorite local craft store Crafter's Haven last Saturday evening.  I needed a sympathy card. So I pulled out an oldie but goodie single stamp from Stampin' Up! from 2012 called Blooming With Kindness-Flower that I had heat embossed on vellum and left in my UFO box. Here's my card:
Stumped, as usual, about how to adhere the vellum (from SU) to my card base, I bought yet another adhesive that promised to be invisible. Sorry, it didn't work. I do like using vellum, though. Then I remembered a hint by Jennifer McGuire about putting the adhesive behind something, so I looked around the store and found this wonderful ribbon. A NBUS, yay! The leafy ribbon is from May Arts in dark green with the veins nicely showing. It compliments the shine from the vellum that seems to have a greenish tinge. I like the white and green combo on the Soft Suede card base. I used SU glue dots to hold the ribbon to the vellum and also to the base. Worked like a charm. The vellum is left loose on the bottom of the card. To finish the card, I used something  even older from SU - embossing power called Forest Green for the sentiment. The stamp is from MY Favorite Things Grand Peaceful Wildflowers set, my second NBUS. This set is old,  but not to me. Sorry I cannot get a good picture due to the shiny vellum and embossed flower. I tried!

Thanks for stopping by and for all the comments I been getting lately. Love them!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Heart for NBUS #9 and Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 255 & 256

Hi Again!

Couldn't resist submitting a card for Darnell's challenge called NBUS #9. I sure wanted needed to use some of my new stuff! Since Valentine's Day is upcoming, I chose pink and silver for my colors and tried to figure out how to do the hidden message technique. So, here's my take on it. Need some instructions, I think. Any suggestions? I appreciate your help! 

I took the easy way out, I'm guessing, and die cut the heart out of pink Bazzill textured paper with Heart of Hearts die from Memory Box. As I now have a million tiny pink hearts laying around, I could have made a shaker card, however that is another technique i have not mastered.

My NBUS is the Hi die (pun intended) that is part of the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Phrase Set One. Can you see it? I cut down the pink panel and glued it to a snippet of embossed white paper found in my "To Do" basket. The embossing folder is a favorite called Bouquet from We R Memory Keepers. Strips of silver cardstock accent the focal point which is just placed on a white card base. Pretty simple card. I like that. No sentiment inside yet, but the card will probably go to one of my sweet grand daughters.

After a second look at the options and rules, I need to acknowledge that my card is a total CASE of Darnell's card that she used in announcing this NBUS #9 challenge. CASEing her color, her heart and the bumpy polka dots too. Thank you so much for your inspiration. Darnell has prizes, wonderful woman that she is. So I encourage you all to enter this challenge to honor her five years of blogging! Send her a get well message too, if you can.

Since I used snippets of embossed paper and the silver strips, I am also joining Pixie's Crafty Workshop  Week 265 & 266 challenge. My first time. Fun! I've been watching for ages.

Thanks for visiting! I do  love comments and will visit you too! 

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

NBUS Challenge #8

Hello Blogging Friends! I hope you are having a nice start to the new year and that you had a wonderful time over the recent holidays. I sure did.

A new challenge is here. Thanks to  Darnell who is celebrating her 5 years as a blogger with 3 challenges. Her "Blog Birthaversay" as she calls it. LOL

Hasn't it been a wonderful fun for all of us to get new stuff? But now we need to use it!  NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) was coined by Darnell and she is so right to urge us to use it. We do really need to give some love to what we buy. I personally am so happy to make a card to push myself to get creative again and to use neglected supplies. My mojo has been missing! Yay, it's back now!

Here's my challenge card.

It was a real challenge to find kraft paper in my stash ( I don't have any so used the closest I could find) and to use colored pencils. I was given a whole bunch of colors of pencils by my crop friend Therese, but never used them. She has hundreds of pencils, so gave me quite a few. Lucky me. My little scene uses several. They are from Crayola and the white one is from my Staedler Karaft set of watercolor pencils. Not wonderful choice of colors used, I guess, but trying is part of the fun. Right? The white doesn't show up very well, I know. I wanted a white dog with a few buff colored areas as this stamp reminds me of my foster dog Abby. (BTW - She will probably be going to her forever home this Saturday!)

The NBUS stamps are  from Stampin' Up! set called Stella & Friends.  The clouds are hand drawn as I tried to fill up some space without using dies for a change! teehee The papers are SU and PTI.

I am looking forward to seeing all the entries in this and the upcoming challenges. I love seeing other people's work. Bye for now and thanks for stopping by.