Saturday, December 28, 2019

Special Holiday Card

In the midnight hour, I made 3 of these cards for our three adult children and their families.  I hand cut white paper for the snow, glued it up and added glitter.  
glitter, glitter everywhere!

Lawn Fawn Upon A Star stamp and die sets
Carta Bella Merry Christmas Sleigh die set
from stash:  
STAMPENDOUS Crystal Snow ultra fine white glitter  Archival Brilliance moonlight white embossing powder, Copics
Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink


The Library Challenge: #49 Anthology--pick a previous book.  I chose All Creatures Great and Small  I'm 8 x

Winter Wonderland End of Year Anything Christmas Goes
I'm #221 x

Aud Sentiments Challenge:  #242 Christmas/Winter plus a sentiment I'm 177 x

Crimbo Crackers #200 Couples I'm 8 x

Cute Card Thursday #614 Anything Goes I'm 48 x

Christmas at Sweet Stampin:   December Critters I'm 54 x

Cuttlebug Mania  Light  I''m 5 x

Shopping Our Stash  #410 Happy Holidays  I'm 123 x

Friday, December 27, 2019

Holiday Tags

Even though art is important to me, I never seem to have enough time for homemade cards at the holidays.  Here are some quick tags I was able to put together. I made 6 of these for art friends, but have photos of 4. 

I used some Julie Nutting Hancock Park patterned tags as a base for my holiday tags.  Tim Holtz' Idea-ology Christmas Paper Dolls were the inspiration for my themes.  It was great to use all the bits and bobs I've collected over the years for the finishing touches.  


More Mixed Media Challenge Anything Goes  Optional White  I'm 27 x

A Vintage Journey: Holly Jolly I'm 38 x

Winter Wonderland End of Year Anything Christmas Goes
I'm 217 x

Aud Sentiments Challenge#242 Christmas/Winter plus a sentiment I'm 169 x

CRAFT Challenge Blog:  #539 Christmas the last stretch 
I'm #48 x

Through the Purple Haze #162 Let It Snow I'm 57 x

{PIN}spirational Challenge #254  I'm 12 x

Friday, November 8, 2019

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Final

Here is my last card for the Fall-Winter 2019 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

I used a digital image from super sponsor JessicaLynnOriginal and a stamped sentiment from super sponsor STAMPlorations.  I watercolored the digital image and added glitter pen to the red bow and berries. 

I cut a slit to create a gift card holder before mounting onto Graphic 45 patterned paper.  Then everything was placed on a red greeting card,

Entering this card here:

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Continued

I had planned to post a card every day during the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, but the stars didn't align.  My computer crashed big time.  The great fear was that I had lost all my files.  Fortunately, my external hard drive had an old backup still on it with all the files.  Whew!

Finally I can post my second card.

This is the square version for Linky posting. 

Here is a closeup of the card for judging/commenting purposes:

The digital image is from blog hop Super Sponsor STAMPlorations.  I colored it with Derwent Intense water soluble Ink Pencils.

I created the background with Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Inks in Rusty Hinge, Mustard Seed and a little Bundled Sage, using the spritz and swipe method.  I also used the inks to edge the colored image paper. I placed a Darice Holly and Leaves Die Cut Embossing Folder over the orange background.

Entering this card here:

Coffee Lovers Fall/winter 2019 Blog Hop I'm #820

STAMPlorations Never Ending Anything Goes Challenge
I'm #3380

Always Fun Challenges #135 Water Colors I'm #4 x

The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog Fabulous Fall I'm #2
random winner!!!!

The Card Concept #123 Thanksgiving Table I'm #2 x
I was inspired by the pumpkin and the autumn colors of the flowers to create a clean and layered mixed media card.

Try It On Tuesdays Colours of Autumn I'm #35 x

OUTLAWZ Festive Fridays Nov 1-15 and I'm #83 for the gallery   winner announced mid Nov x

Friday, November 1, 2019

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Day 1 Tea Card

It's that time of year again for coffee themed cards and a hop!

Here is my first entry. 

It's a simple card made from a journal card from DOODLEBUG DESIGN INC Cream and Sugar.  I added layers of card stock and touched it up with a white Signo pen and a Sakura clear glitter gel pen.

Obviously the card features tea cups.  This hop includes tea and hot chocolate.

Entering this card here:

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Entry #1 I'm entry #93

Saturday, October 26, 2019

One More Day

I just completed the Gecko Galz Annual Tricks and Treats blog hop.  This annual event gives you lots of free digital images and chances for prizes.  It ends tomorrow, Oct. 27, so be sure to find time to hop, collect your treats, and be inspired by the Design Team .

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Catching Up

It's been awhile since I posted.  We've been remodeling our old house, and I've been away helping with our new granddaughter.  

Althouigh I haven't entered challenges to post until now, I did enter a couple of local art shows.  I won 2nd place at our local Old Settlers Art Show in the 2-D category.  This is a paper collage and acrylic paint piece entitled Lost Love.  I also had entered it and was accepted in a juried art show whose theme was Out on a Limb.  My theme is Cio-Cio San's unrequited love for Lt. Pinkerton in the Pucini opera, Madama Butterfly.  She goes out on a limb waiting for his return, only to find he rejects her.  

I finally had time to make some cards for family birthdays and would like to submit them for on-line challenges.  I tried out some new products.

I made my first slider card.  I used Taylored Expressions On the right Track-Build a Scene die for the slider. The town is a digi from Vera Lane Studio which I printed onto a card.  The girl is a digi from Pixel Scrapper which I fussy cut and put on pennies for my slider.  We gave our granddaughter a new bike for her birthday.  I thought this was the perfect card to go with it.

Entering the following challenges:

Tuesday Throwdown #438 My Grafico-Color Inspiration #13


For this card, it was the first time I used my Ranger Distress Oxide Inks (I know--I'm a bit behind the times.)  I also used my new Tri-Blend by Spectrum Noir to color my hero, a rubber stamp from Viva Las Vegas Stamps. Words are computer generated and outlined with pen.

Entering the following challenges:

If You Give a Crafter a Cookie #123 #4

The Male Room #117 Our 6th Birthday #48

Saturday Paper A La Mode: August 3-16 Super Hero

Monday, May 27, 2019

Be Brave Explore

Here is another Wanderlust 2019 lesson, this one from Kasia on patterns.
My patterns were pieces of gelli plate prints and other acrylic paint scraps cut into circles.  The photo is of my cousin.  I added some rubber stamping and stenciling.

STAMPlorations clear stamp sets including: Art Marks (fly high) and  Bold Sentiments Explore
Paper Artsy EclecTica EEA02 rubber stamp set Be Bold Be Brave
Stencils, ARTplorations Bubbles, Stencil Girl, and  drywall tape used as a stencil. 
acrylic paints
black Pitt pen
black pencil for shading

Sharing at:

Art Journal Journey  - Where Erika has given us the May theme: In the Sky/In the Air. #214


Craft Stamper Take It Make It:May Challenge Inspiration #97

STAMPlorations May Mixed Media: #41

Friday, May 24, 2019

River Walk Journal Spread

This is my take on Clare Etheridge's Wanderlust 2019 lesson Sketches Down the River..

My torn papers are my own Spanish Marbeling created in a class years ago.  I finally got to put some of that paper to use.  I'm happy with the calming effect of minimalist work on these journal pages.

I recently spent some time on Sanibel Island in Florida.  On one of my morning walks I found this see turtle wrapped in what appears to be a plastic bag.  I believe in the campaign to save the turtles and other sea life that mistake plastic for food.  At the shell show, I saw displays on how sea life attaches to the garbage in the ocean.  We must protect the ecosystems of our oceans and rivers.  I liked how this art journaling lesson gave me a creative outlet for this topic.


International Art and Soul #58 Ecology/Environmental Conservation I'm #6

More Mixed Media Challenge: May Optional Pink I'm #25 x

Friday, May 10, 2019

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