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More play time ūüôā

I’ve stenciled just the bottom of the card with Finnabair’s Chicken Wire stencil and some navy ink. Next I die cut the leaves from Hero Arts…again in navy.
The floral image is called French Marigold Large and it’s from STAMPlorations. ¬†It was stamped in Cobalt Archival ink and then just loosely watercolored with Distress Inks. ¬†Then it was fussy cut and popped up on some foam tape.
The sentiment is from STAMPlorations Hope Blooms…I love the funky curly cues around the”L”! My usual smattering of sequins and done!
Challenges entered:
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One Layer Christmas Card Challenge #7

Hello everyone! ¬†It’s time for another One Layer Christmas card challenge…I am so happy to have a start on my 2015 Christmas cards thanks to this challenge ūüôā ¬†As always, it’s an “anything goes” challenge and this time round…an optional twist of blue.

Well, if you haven’t guessed by now…I LOVE watercolors and working with blue this week…well that happens to be another one of my faves! ¬†
This has been made using the Kuretake Gansai watercolors and some Brushos. ¬†I cut down my watercolor card stock to 3 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ for a taller card this time.
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Strathmore 140# watercolor card stock
Ink:  Versamark
Stamps:  Quiet Fire Design
All the rest of the stuff:  Hero Arts white embossing powder, E.K. Success powder tool, heat tool, Kuretake Gansai watercolors, Brushos
Would love for you to play along! ¬†Using the optional¬†twist¬†will get you an entry into the monthly random drawing. ¬†Every card that you enter with the twist = 1 entry into the drawing and you can enter as many times as you’d like!

Check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the design team right here.

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More Homework from Stretch Your Dies

I’m back with some more homework from the Online Card Classes Stretch Your Dies class. ¬†Dawn Woleslagle from WPlus9 showed us a fabulous die technique and I finally found some time to play with it.

Although, time-consuming, it’s a great technique that could work for so many matching stamp and die sets.

You’ll see below that there’s no teal paper used…that’s because I used my Copic marker to color some white card stock to match the color on the bunny collars and flowers.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White and vellum
Ink:  Ranger Watering Can Archival, Hero Arts Pool Mid-Tone
Stamps:  MFT Somebunny Loves You
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Somebunny BB Die-namics, masking paper, Copic markers, Copic Airbrush system, Pretty Pink Posh Tangerine sequins, Wink of Stella, adhesives

Challenges entered:

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge:

MFT Color Challenge 17:

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Addicted to Stamps and More #136

Hello everyone and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ¬†I’m back with my Design Team card for Addicted to Stamps and More. ¬†Our theme this week is “anything goes”

And our sponsor this week is Lawn Fawn:

The prize this week is one stamp set and one 6×6 paper pad of the winner’s choice

And here’s my card:

I’ve used some Brushos on watercolor paper and then die cut the branches from that. ¬†Next I stamped the sentiment and added a popped up frame. ¬†Then I glued the branches into place and added a smattering of sequins.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Design Team’s fabulous cards right here.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  watercolor paper and Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Ranger Jet Black Archival
Stamps:  Verve Poppy Birthday
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Hero Arts Spring Branch die, Brushos, MFT Stitched Rectangle frame die-namics, foam tape, Simon Says Stamp sequins and adhesive
Challenges entered:

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One Layer Christmas Card Challenge #6

Time for another One Layer Christmas card challenge…and that means I have one more card completed for Christmas. ¬†And that’s one less card I’ll need to scramble and make in December right?

As always, it’s an anything goes challenge, but with an optional twist of circles. ¬†
Perhaps this should be captioned ¬†“homage to a snowman”. ¬†LOL ¬†It’s sort of my quirky, but elegant, take on a snowman…unassembled.
And, if you are looking for a quick card…this fits the bill. ¬†I simply embossed the three circles, heat embossed the sentiment and added the sequins. ¬†Easy peasy!
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Versamark
Stamps:  Hero Arts
All the other stuff: ¬†Big Shot Pro, Lil’ Inkers Stitched Circles, E.K. Success powder tool, Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, heat tool, Simon Says Stamp sequins and adhesive
Would love for you to play along! ¬†Using the optional¬†twist¬†will get you an entry into the monthly random drawing. ¬†Every card that you enter with the twist = 1 entry into the drawing and you can enter as many times as you’d like!

Check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the design team right here.

Challenges entered:

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Dazzling Diva #65

I’m back with another Dazzling Diva challenge. ¬†We’re all about color this week and using one or any combination of Golden Glimmer, Pucker Me Pink or Princess Pink. ¬†
What gorgeous inspiration right?  Well, with Easter coming up and me wishing for Spring, I thought of a floral arrangement in these colors:

I started out by embossing my background. ¬†Added some die cuts in Golden Glimmer and Princess Pink. ¬†Taking my cue from the inspiration photo, I’ve added some glitter to my flowers. ¬†The die cut tag is in two parts…more Golden Glimmer that’s been embossed with the same embossing plate, and some vellum that’s been heat embossed in gold. ¬†Not difficult by any stretch and the craft metal really packs a punch doesn’t it?

I did a little stamp surgery on the sentiment stamp and cut it in half as I wanted to split the sentiment. Doesn’t hurt things at all and you can still use the stamp as originally intended.

Here’s what I used: ¬†
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow and vellum
Ink:  Encore Gold
Stamps:  Clearly Besotted
All the other stuff: ¬†Big Shot Pro, Lil’ Inker Quilted Stitched Pattern die, Penny Black Field of Dreams die, Hero Arts Spring Branch die, MFT Die-namics Tag Builder Blueprints 2, E.K. Success powder tool, Hero Arts gold embossing powder, heat tool, Stampendous fuschia crushed glass glitter, adhesives

And of course, the following Add a Little Dazzle metals:

Golden Glimmer                                                 Princess Pink
Golden Glimmer Metal SheetPrincess Pink Metal Sheet


Would love to have you join our¬†Dazzling Diva Challenge! ¬†¬†Use of AALD craft metal sheets is not a requirement to play along, but we’d love to see you use them! There is a $15 gift certificate up for grabs.¬† ¬†If you use AALD craft metal you’ll receive an additional $5 in merchandise…BONUS!

Don’t forget to check out all the amazing designs by the Divas this week right here.

Challenges entered:

Virginia’s View Challenge: ¬†all things embossed¬†(embossed tag and background)



Cupcake Inspirations:  challenge 300 Рsparkle (craft metal and crushed glass glitter)

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