Saturday, August 19, 2017

Butterflies on vellum

Just a fun card I made starting with a pretty sheet of vellum covered with butterflies.  I added a Happy Birthday die and layered it up 4 times for dimension and added some sequins for shine as you can see below.

A few fun challenges:

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Happy Hello

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It's a new week and a new challenge at The House That Stamps Built, the inspiration photo above.
 I went with the colors and created a background using Brusho's on Bristo watercolor paper.  Then I embossed 4405-K, Dragonfly Deco and 9717-C, Happy Hello  on cardstock and this is my take on the sketch:

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Be sure to check out the talented design team's creations:
Cheri  Deonna  Heather Joy  Laurie  Patti  Shirley

A few fun challenges:
One Crazy Stamper: August Challenge: My Favorite Things: Bright colors  8/28
TTCRD: August 14-22: Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown #356: Anything Goes #356 8/22

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Z-fold Butterfly

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Such a fun Tic-Tac-Toe challenge at The House That Stamps Built..  One of my favorite things to do is fun folds so I started with the Fun Fold box (bottom right) doing a new fold, a variation of the Z-fold, and went up diagonally and added in the stenciling  square for the background to my butterfly.
We enjoy when you join in the fun and we get to see your creations, check it out at The House That Stamps Built, each weekly entry puts you in the drawing for  the monthly $25 gift certificate to Repeat Impressions, use a Repeat Impressions, stamp and you get an extra chance.  Discount code on the right of my blog.
Check out my talented teammates designs:
A few fun challenges:

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Fancy fold


This is a fun fold card I made for a friends birthday card.  I saw it this fold on Pintrest (it was from one of Frenchie's Team challenge folds) and thought it was so unique I just had to try it.  The coffee cup is from Stamplorations and the saying in from Endless Creations. I liked it so much I mailed it to my friend 2 weeks early.

A few fun challenges:
Crafty Creations #347: Anything Goes  8/14
Fussy and Fancy #193: Favorite Colors  8/17
Pinspiration Challenge #195  8/14

Tuesday Morning Sketches #414  8/7
Word Art Wednesday # 294-295  8/15

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Wizard of Oz

It is a new challenge at The House That Stamps Built this week.  It is a Designer Choice Challenge and Cheri picked: Your Favorite Movie.  My card is inspired by The Wizard of Oz.
I do not know the last time I made a one layer card, it was lots of fun.  The clouds were done with a stencil and a combination of Oxide and plain Distress inks and lightly misted after.  I paper pieced and fussy cut : 9116-N, Hot Air Balloon Cluster, and stamped just the top of 2713-O, Rocky Shore Vista.
Join in the fun challenge and you have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Repeat Impression for each entry, each week of the month, double chance for each entry using a Repeat Impressions stamp. See my discount code on the top right of my blog.
Be sure to check out the creative ideas that my design team buddies came up with:
A few fun challenges:

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Someone Special

Time for another Challenge at the House of Cards, this month is Floral Images and/or the fabulous color scheme below:
 August, 2017
Floral Images and/or Colors
Flowers are one of my favorites to design with and purple is my favorite color so this was a fun and easy photo challenge for me.  I have a fairly new Taylored Expressions striped Background so I used that to pull in the gray, and used Altenew's Chrismas Rose stamp & die collection for the rest of my stamping. 

Now it is your turn to create with flowers and/or the colors.  To find out  the challenge rules and be inspired by our amazing design team go to The House of Cards.

A few fun challenges:
Altenew August Inspiration Challenge 9/10

Create and Inspire #64  8/9
Cut It Up: Friendship #127 8/10
Brown Sugar #261: Anything Goes  8/2
Word Art Wednesday #292-293  8/2

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Christmas in July

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Everyone's favorite challenge this week at The House That Stamps Built: Anything Goes. And yes, you guessed right, I went with Christmas in July, it is time to get moving on those Christmas cards, time is flying by and Christmas will be here before we know it.
I made a watercolor background in cheery reds to go with the fun 8806-N, Penguin Trio. I colored with Copics, added a bit of  Stickles to the hats and earmuffs, liquid snow to the ground and that was it, quick and easy and I must say cute!
As always time you join the challenge at The House That Stamps Built you get a chance to win the monthly drawing for a $25 Repeat Impression gift certificate, use a Repeat Impressions stamp and you get an extra chance!
Check out the great designs by my talented teammates, they always awe me with their talent!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

From me to you

Just a simple card I enjoyed making for a few challenges I enjoy:
Butterfly Challenge: M for Matching Pair and/or the colour Orange
Sketch Saturday

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


It's a relaxing, peaceful Inspiration Photo this week  over at The House That Stamps Built:
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My take was to do a soft oceany watercolor wash.  Then I stamped Repeat Impressions 4111-F, Starfish (sm) with Distress Inks 3 times on kraft cardstock, distressed with another shade of Distress Ink, fussy cut, distressed the edges with a distressing tool, used a darker Distress Ink on the edges and added to the card below:

Closer view:

For inspiration from my talented teammates:
We enjoy when you join in the fun, check it out at The House That Stamps Built, each weekly entry puts you in the drawing for  the monthly $25 gift certificate to Repeat Impressions, use a Repeat Impressions, stamp and you get an extra chance.  Discount code on the top right of my blog.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Winter Wishes Card Drive

I've been having fun making several of each of the above cards for :
Christina does this twice a year for children in the Heart Hospital, it runs from  July 1st - August 25th with Winter Wishes or Holiday Wishes cards collection.  You can check it out if interested on Christina's blog under the Card Drive tab.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sweet Treat

Tic-Tac-Toe time this week at The House That Stamps Built:
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 I went with the middle row: Sweet Treats-Paper Piecing-Lime Green.  My mom had just shared some polka dotted paper with me which was perfect for this.  I used Repeat Impressions: 9302-P, Cupcakes and will add my sentiment when I know what occasion I am sending the card for.

For inspiration from my talented teammates:
And to join in the fun check it out at The House That Stamps Built, you might be the lucky winner of the montly $25 gift certificate to Repeat Impressions.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Floor polish technique

 I sorted through a couple technique photo albums, and repurposed some of the cards and put some in a pile to repurpose onto cards, and some in the recycle bin.  This was one of my all time favorites so I cut the top layer off and made a new card out of it.  It was the very old Future floor polish technique, I can't even find it on the Internet but found a similar technique called Caught in Crystal.  You drizzle clear crystal lacquer on acetate (in my case Future floor polish), Randomly drop about 3 colors of alcohol ink on the crystal lacquer or floor polish.  Sprinkle with Mica Powder and use a brush to spread you crystal lacquer or floor polish to cover the acetate.  Next crumple a piece of tissue paper, uncrumple and place over the liquid, lightly smooth.  Let dry overnight.  Trim to size, flip over and stamp your image with Staz-on ink on the front of the acetate and finish as desired.
A few fun challenges:

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Lazy Days

 It's Designers Choice Challenge week over at The House That Stamps Built and Deonna choose Create a Scene, a very popular theme in blogland, so hopefully we will have a lot of people joining the fun this week!
I went with a peaceful summer scene using:
I colored the trees with Copics and then sponged my scene with Distress Inky, using a cloud stencil, a piece of punched cardstock for the sun, and torn cardstock for the grassy hills.
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Check out the great designs by the rest of the Design Team:

A few fun challenges:
Crazy4Challenges-C4C392-Use Stamp, Dies or Both Create a Scene Or something you see in a Park
One Crazy Stamper-July
Sketch Saturday  Week 470

Monday, July 3, 2017

Oxide Ink Cling Wrap Background Tutorial

Donna here with the presentation of the week for The House That Stamps Built.  I choose Distress Oxide Cling Wrap Background and had a lot of fun with this.  I hope you will enjoy my tutorial and give this technique a try.  I will be posting more cards at a later date that I make with more of the fun backgrounds I created!

The supplies you will need are: cling wrap, Oxide Distress Inks,  (you can substitute watercolor powders or watercolors), a spray bottle of water, watercolor paper (you can substitute a good quality glossy card stock).

I am going to explain two versions, both are fun and striking, the second version requires more time patience.

Version one:
1) Spread Cling wrap on your work surface.  Smoosh Distress Oxide inks on the cling wrap,  on my second go round I did not overlap them as much and liked those results better:
2)  Spritz liberally with water: 
3) Set card stock (4 /1/4 by 5 1/2 ") on the ink.  Press down and scrunch the cling wrap a bit: 

4) Flip over and scrunch cling wrap up and add any more colors to achieve desired look and more of a scrunched look.:

Second version:  After laying the cardstock down on the Distress Oxide Inks flip over and let dry completely, no heat tool,  be patient.

Complete cards as desired:


I hope you enjoyed this technique and will give it a try, I would enjoy seeing your creations!

Saturday, July 1, 2017


Donna here and I'm back for another term with House of Cards, such a fun design team and great monthly challenges! Our theme this month is:
Stripes and/or Colors
I used stripes and colors(with a few extra's).  I used Stampin Up's Birthday Blooms set, colored with Copic markers, accenting with a yellow Gelly roll pen and Wink of Stella:


A closer view:

Check out what the talented Design Team has created and then hop on over to House of Cards and join in the July challenge with us!

Chanya13 | Cohenna | Donna | Em | Heather | Jane | Judy 
Michele | Mynn | Paula | Rocky | Rosi 
Shawna | Shirley | Sue N. | Susan 

A few fun challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenge #247
Crafting from the Heart
Making Memories Crafting Challenge #6: Bingo Board: Die cut/Image/Bling

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Anything goes this week at The House That Stamps Built.   With 4th of July next week I wanted to go with that theme.  I die cut stars from two layers and have the stars left over for another card.
I randomly stamped this amazing fireworks stamp(9014-M, Fireworks) with Versamark ink and then embossed the fireworks and God Bless America(3711-G, God Bless America) with Egyptian Gold embossing powder.  Below is a close up of the fireworks:

We always enjoy seeing your creations entered into the weekly challenge at The House That Stamps Built. and each entry gets a chance to win the monthly prize drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Repeat Impressions (2 chances if you use one of their stamps). Enter as often as you like and feel free to use my discount code on the top right. 

Check out the design teams blog for amazing inspiration and I hope to see your cards linked up.  Have a safe and fun 4th of July if live in America.

A few fun challenges:
Crafty Creations #344: Anything Goes  7/4
Create and Inspire #63 Anything Goes  7/9
Not Just Cards #45 Anything Goes 
Sparkles Monthly Challenge #93: Embossing  77/22
Word Art Wednesday #288-289 Anything Goes 7/2

Thursday, June 22, 2017

My Favorite Things Camp Create

Whew, I made it by a few hours, finished up day 3, 4 and 5 of My Favorite Things Camp Create, so many great techniques and inspirations and lots of fun. Thanks to my friend Vicki at Stamp Smiles for participating and getting me excited to join in! Here we go:

What a fabulous video and this method really shakes well and is a fun version to send to kids, my take is below:
My badge for Spectacular Shakers:
I have tried this technique before but never got the results I got after watching this video, I will be using this technique a lot!  My card:
Badge I earned for Dry embossing:
So much fun, but as they say glitter is a girls best friend, I stenciled the background with distress inks and then burnished the butterflied with glitter per the video, I did put Glossy Accents on top of my butterflies as even though I like glitter I don't like it all over my craft room/office and I do like the look it gave it, see close up below.

My fifth and final badge is for Glitzy Glitter:
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are having a creative week!