Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Merry Shiny 3D Embossed Foil Christmas

Wishing all my crafting friends a very Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year.

I will be on a little get-a-way with Denny and will be in touch again
next week.  I have so Loved all our beautiful cards we have been receiving
and look forward to enjoying more after we return.

Enjoy my last Christmas card for 2022.
Love Dry Embossing on Foil for beautiful shine!
I outlined the flowers with a silver gel pen.  Learned that trick from Lolly!

Close Up

Stamps: None
Paper: SU Basic White 110#,  Red Foil and Gold Foil from stash.
Inks: None.
Accessories: Sizzix 3D Texture Fades A6 Poinsettias from stash.  STAMPlorations Merry Sticker on gold foil.  Frame from stash.  Very quick last minute card to add to a tray of cookies to a friend:-)

I sure have been enjoying all my baking this past week and enjoying playing Santa with dear friends:-)

Love and Hugs!!


Sending my card over to Double D Challenge Red & White  

Monday, November 21, 2022

STAMPlorations Fall and Winter Paper Goods Pack!

 Here is the link from Shery's STAMPlorations Blog of 24 samples of my STAMPlorations 
Fall and Winter Paper Goods Pack cards.   I was able to create 22 Christmas Cards and 
12 Fall All Occasion cards from the Paper Goods set with products left over😊

I think you will be impressed with the versatility of Shery's Paper Good Pack...
I sure was and in no time I added to my Christmas and All Occasion Cards stashes!

The Pack is 1/2 price and you can add any or all of the wonderful sentiment die cut sets
to your order at an extra cost.  I had fun adding die cut sentiments to all my cards,
which I popped up with die cut layers!

Enjoy some of my favorite cards and short descriptions!
Fall Cards!

57th Anniversary Fall card for Denny using Paper Goods Pack and Everyday
Sentiments Phrase Dies set💕

Fall Birthday Card using Paper Goods Pack and Everyday Sentiments Phrase Dies set.

Thanksgiving Card using Paper Goods card front and ephemera.  I die cut the 3 x 4
cardstock layer and added the ephemera, which I enhanced with Chrystal Glaze and
then added the die cut Phrase sentiment. Photo was taken before adding Glaze.

Paper Goods 3" x 4" Journaling card and Skinny Sentiments Phrase Dies.
Paper Goods A2 cardfront and Skinny Sentiments Phrase Dies!

Now onto Paper Goods Pack Christmas Cards💕with examples of added sparkle!

Paper Goods 3"x4" Journaling Christmas card with LOTS of glitter!
Connect Glue with Dazzling Diamonds glitter on snow and  silver 
Glitter Paper die cut Noel using Christmas Sentiments Phrase Dies.

Paper Goods 3"x4" Journaling Christmas card using Connect Glue with 
Dazzling Diamonds glitter on snow and die cut silver Glitter Paper
Joyful using Christmas Sentiments Phrase Dies and then cut off "ful".

Paper Goods A2 Card Front with images covered with Wink of Stella.  
Very glittering in real life💕 Die cut Joyful and painted with metallic watercolors.

Outlined all the images with 03 art pen, which made the images pop!
Then die cut the Joyful and painted with gold metallic paint!
Embellished Paper Goods A2 Christmas cardfront with Connect
glue and added DD Glitter to the center of snowflakes and die cut Merry sentiment
from silver glitter paper. Pretty, sparkly and touchable😊

Moving onto Ephemera Christmas Card Samples💖

I die cut layers to frame the sugary sweet Christmas Ephemera image and added the 
die cut Joy from the Christmas Sentiments Phrase Dies set!

More die cut framing for the Ephemera and die cut Joyful😊

A  sweet Holiday scene framed Ephemera with the added die cut Joy.

Wow...we can now be Joyful!!!  Hope you enjoyed ALL the creative and fun
ways to use STAMPlorations Fall and Winter Paper Goods Pack and
wonderful die cut sentiment sets.

Be sure and check out the STAMPlorations Blog Fall and Winter Paper
Goods Pack with the extra Sentiment Sets that you can add to your order for 
an additional cost.
The CUTplorations Die Sets

Everyday Sentiments Phrase Dies

Christmas Sentiments Dies

Skinny Sentiments Dies

Thank you for your visit and patience if you made it to the end of my
photo heavy post, my dear friends.
Wishing you all a special and Happy Holiday Season💕

Love and Hugs,

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

STAMPlorations Sketchy Yule Trees

My 1st time to use the STAMPlorations Sketchy Yule Trees stamp set😊
This stamp set is part of the STAMPlorations Holiday Stamps Bundle, which has been 
generously discounted by Shery!

I ordered the stamp set last Christmas season and now having so much fun playing
 with the set, which has 6 open Christmas tree designs.  
The trees were perfect for watercoloring with Altenew Metallic paints.

Another card using Metallic paints..can't resist the shine for the Holidays!

I have discovered that photographing metallic shine on cards works best
at this angle.  But is even prettier IRL....

I stamped the trees in MISTI using Versafine black pigment ink onto
Strathmore Mixed Media paper and then removed and heat embossed 
with clear EB powder.
Next used #1 paint brush to apply the Altenew Metallic paints.

So relaxing and fun to watercolor,  adding layers until happy with the results.
Then let images dry completely and die cut with SSS Postage Stamp Edge Frames.

Next painted a scrap piece of Basic White paper with metallic paint and
attached the STAMPlorations "Merry Everything" Clear Stickers sentiment and fussy cut.
I added the tiny rhinestones for balance and
popped up the card front with craft foam and attached to 
SU Basic White cardbase and Done! LOVED all the shine!

Happy to add another Christmas card to my stash.  Thank you for visiting dear friends.
Sending Happy Thanksgiving wishes to all those celebrating.

Love and Hugs..

Stamps: STAMPlorations "Sketchy Yule Trees".
Paper: SU Basic White 110#.  Strathmore Black Mixed Media.
Inks: Versafine Black Pigment Ink.  Altenew Metallic Watercolors.
Accessories: SSS Postage Stamp Frames. #1 paintbrush. STAMPlorations Clear Stickers "Merry Everything" sentiment.  Tiny rhinestones from stash. Craft foam.  Connect Glue.

I am sending my card over to these challenges!

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #68: Trees, Trees, Trees!

Sunday, November 13, 2022

November 2022 Fall Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Time for the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!!
I was thrilled to see Shery at STAMPlorations is again a 

Here is a sweet update by Shery with photos of cards that Shery created for
the Blog Hop using samples from Shery's new awesome Fall & Winter Paper Goods Pack.
She even included a couple cards I created using the new Paper Goods Pack. 

My shiny cup of Coffee/Tea/Chocolate!

Such pretty shine from the little package of metallic 6" x 6" pretty paper, which was 
a gift from a dear friend.  Perfect for Christmas cards:-)

I attached the paper panel with Connect Glue to SU Basic White 110# cardstock, 
next stamped the coffee mug from STAMPlorations 
"Coffee to Go: Fall and Winter" stamp set onto Strathmore Mixed Media. 

I stamped the mug with Versamark and heat embossed with Altenew Platinum
 Embossing Powder and fussy cut with my SU Papersnips.
Then I used a #1 paintbrush to paint the images and lid with 
Altenew Metallic Paints. 

Then placed cardfront in MISTI and stamped the STAMPlorations "Christmas Joy"
Merry Christmas using Versamark and removed the image from MISTI.
Next used Ranger "Princess Gold" EB powder to heat EB the sentiment.

Next added Craft Foam to cup using Connect Glue and popped up image onto
 card front and attached to Card Base
Added Rhinestones Bling and Done!

A fun card using STAMPloration products from my stash:-)
Shery is still limited to Digi Images,  which she has a wonderful selection and
special price cut Bundles that include stamps, dies, paper goods, etc.

So happy to have another shiny card for my Christmas Stash and always
fun to play in the Fall Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop:-)

Love and Hugs, 
 & Si
Stamps: STAMPlorations Coffee to Go: Fall&Winter And Christmas Joy
Paper: SU Basic White. Strathmore Mixed Media. Pretty Paper from a friend.
Inks:Versamark.  Altenew Metallic Paints.
Accessories: Papersnips. Altenew Platinum EB Powder.  Ranger Princess Gold. #1 paint brush. MISTI.
Spellbinders Rhinestones. Connect Glue. Craft Foam. 

Sending my card to

Friday, November 4, 2022

Stencil Metallic Watercoloring on Black MM Paper

I am Hooked on Metallic Watercoloring on Black MM Paper
because of my dear creative friends Lolly and Bonnie!
Click on their links to view their Gorgeous Metallic painting on Black MM cards💖

Of course...I had to create my own version...Instead of stamping an image on
the black Strathmore Mixed Media paper I die cut The Greetery 
"Leaves All Around" image to paint!

I was pleased that the photo showed the shine on the left die cut leaves
 and the darker colors on the right die cut leaves.  
It is not easy to take photos of metallics!
The shine really shows up on the Gansai Gem metallic pan watercolors:-)

I attached the die cut leaves to my Brutos Munroe Sticky Mat and placed the 
#1 "Leaves All Around" Stencil over the die,  which stuck nicely to the mat.
Then I used a #1 paint brush to paint carefully thru the stencil.

Next I did the same with the #2 and #3 Leaves all Around Stencils:-)
After done,  I let the paint dry thoroughly then used Altenew " Silver Gel Pen"
to trace around the edges of the leaves using the #1 and #2 Stencils.
Removed the #2 stencil and was very pleased with my metallic watercoloring:-)
I did die cut another black mm paper layer to use to pop up my leaves.

Next watercolored a scrap of white mm paper with the Gem Red paint and die cut the
Joyful sentiment from the CUTplorations Christmas Sentiments Die set."
Did a little surgery as the "Joy" fit better. I die cut a 2nd Joy with the Black MM paper
and attached to pop up the sentiment.

I used Altenew "Fine Frames Cover Die" to frame my image, which
worked out perfectly!  I attached the leaves and Joy with Connect glue.

Next attached my card front to SU Basic White 110# A2 Cardbase and Done!
Thank you Lolly and Bonnie for always inspiring me to try New Techniques😍

Now my head is spinning with more ideas:-)
This was my 1st time to use The Greetery "Leaves All Around" Die set and 3 in 1
Stencil set.  A big thank you to my dear friend that gifted me this wonderful set:-)

We are quickly turning from Fall weather to a wet early Winter season:-)
Which means...I have more time for crafting:-)  We had one of our best ever veggie/ 
 berry garden this year,  so I have been on overload harvesting and putting 
up delicious, beautiful fresh Organic produce for the year😍

Love and Hugs to all my dear friends...I so appreciate your visits!

Stamps: None
Paper: Strathmore Mixed Media Black Paper.  SU Basic White 110# cardstock.
Inks: Gansai Gem metallic paints: Gem Red, Yellow and Green.  Altenew Silver Gel Pen.
Accessories: The Greetery Leaves All Around 3 in 1 Stencils and Die set.  Altenew Fine Frames Cover Die.  #1 paint brush.  Brutos Munroe Sticky Mat:-)  CUTplorations Christmas Sentiments Die (Joyful). Connect Glue

I am sharing my card at a few challenges...Enjoy!

NBUS #44    

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Daisies for my friend Daisy

I am back!!!  I took a month off to finish harvesting our large vegetable garden plus
Fall clean up of flower gardens, etc.  In the meantime...I ordered 
new stamping products :-)

I am now feeling rejuvenated and ready to create and post cards I made recently!

Here is my Daisy card for my dear friend, 93 year old Daisy, who is still smiling:-)

I created an Altenew "Daisies 3D Embossing Folder" and "Daisies 4 Stencils" 
card yesterday:-) 
After I dry EB the Daisies on Strathmore Mixed Media paper I placed the card front onto
my Brutos Monroe Sticky Mat to secure the #1 Daisy Stencil.

Next used my new Altenew Mini Blending Brushes to blend the Distress Oxide Inks.  
I used Saltwater Taffy, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Squeezed Lemonade and
Rustic Wilderness inks thru all 4 stencils.  It was my 1st time to use 
multiple layering stencils.  It was fun and worked great!

Next mounted the Daisies cardfront onto SU Mossy Meadows 80# cardbase.
Then added Altenew stamped and framed "Leaf Canopy" sentiment and Done!

Enjoy and Happy Creating dear friends.
Love and Hugs.

Stamps: Altenew "Leaf Canopy" sentiment.
Paper: SU Mossy Meadows. Strathmore Mixed Media.
Inks: Distress Oxide Inks: Saltwater Taffy, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Squeezed Lemonade and Rustic Wilderness.  Archival Jet Black for sentiment.
Accessories: Altenew Daisies 3D Embossing Folder.  Altenew Daisies 4 in 1 Stencils.  Altenew Mini Blending Brushes.  Brutos Monroe Sticky Mat.

Taking my card over to NBUS. I used New Altenew Daisies 3D Folder and Stencils and Mini blending Brushes.

Stencil Fun Challenge..Anything Goes using stencils..did not use twist...thank you Diane and Darlene for your new Stencil Challenge:-)  I do LOVE stencils:-)

Can You Handle The Pressure without the twist.

Friday, September 23, 2022

CAS Christmas Card September Sparkle and or Shine

hosted by my dear friend,  the very CAS creative Hideko!
We all Love Sparkle and Shine for the Holiday Season!

I had so much fun with Sparkle and Shine Christmas card 
that I made Four cards for my stash:-)

Here is the close up showing the sparkle and shine but way more sparkly IRL!

I began by using SU Basic White 110# cardstock for the Altenew "Organic Linen" 3D EB Folder background, which was my 1st time to use the 3D Folder.   Also the 1st time I used the Altenew Dazzling Diamond Glitter Cardstock 120# to die cut the 
Ranger T.H. "Woodland Dies Trees".

After die cutting the tree with the glitter cardstock I punched out the center pieces
 with a toothpick.
Next used the same die to die cut a SU Cucumber Crush cardstock tree and
punched out the center pieces to inlay into the Glittery tree.

Next I die cut another tree with Strathmore Mixed Media 140# paper
 keeping all the pieces in place.
 Then used Connect Glue to attach the MM tree to the back of the Glittery Tree.
I repeated and added another MM tree with Connect Glue for a
nice thick 3 layer Glittery Tree!

There was a lot of Inlayed pieces going on,  but worth the effort.
 I cut a narrow strip of the Altenew Dazzling Diamond Glitter paper and die cut 
the Joyful from SU Red Glitter Paper using the CUTplorations
"Christmas Sentiments Dies" set and cut off the "ful" to make the JOY fit.
I die cut 3 more Joyfuls, trimmed and attached with glue.

Glued the Glitter Trim, Glittery Tree and JOY to the background and
attached all to SU Basic White Cardstock and Done!

Not exactly...I Loved the card and all the Glitter so made 3 more cards:-)
Whew...that was a lot of die cutting, gluing and inlaying, etc...But a beautiful 
glittery way to add to my 2022 Christmas Stash:-)

Thank you Hideko for a really fun and inspiring Challenge, my friend!
 Love and Hugs,

Stamps; None
Paper:  SU Basic White 110#.  Altenew "Dazzling Diamond Glitter Cardstock" 120#. SU Cucumber Crush and Red Glitter Paper.
Inks: None...amazing!
Accessories: Ranger T.H. "Woodland Dies Trees".  Altenew "Organic Linen" 3D Embossing Folder.
CUTplorations "Christmas Sentiments Dies" Joyful. Connect glue. Toothpick.

I am sending my card over to 

NBUS Challenge #42 NBUS Altenew "Organic Linen" 3D Folder and Dazzling Diamond Glitter Cardstock.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

CAS Mix Up Stencil Gesso Challenge Reminder

Time for our CAS Mix Up Stencil Gesso Challenge Reminder . You are going to LOVE all the creative and beautiful CAS Gesso stenciled cards by our talented design team! 
Thank you Hilary for a fun and creative challenge!

Beautiful cards in our gallery by our talented followers too😄

Here are awesome Gesso tutorial Videos chosen by Hilary

Video Tutorials:
Creative Ways to Use Gesso by Tiffany Sorlario (7:04)
Distress Oxide Gesso Resist with a Twist by Gerry van der Velden (11:35)
Gesso Resist by Kim Schofield (6:11)
Gesso Resist Background by Eileen Godwin (31:02)
Lavinia Stamps and A Gesso Resist by Eileen Godwin (first 12 minutes)

My Reminder Gesso card.  I had so much fun with this technique.

I am Loving Hilary's CAS Mix Up Stenciling with Gesso Challenge:-)
Thank you again Hilary for such a fun and easy technique. 
I will definitely be using this Emboss Resist Gesso technique again!

I used ARTplorations "Bold Florals Slimline Stencil" for the Gesso technique.
I used masking tape to tape the stencil onto Fabriano 140# Cold Press watercolor paper.
Then used the same Emboss Resist technique that I used on my Gesso Launch Card.
I was again inspired by Eileen Godwin's Video.

Added a little Golden's Gesso white acrylic paint onto my glass mat.
Then used TH Sponge to add a thin amount of the Gesso thru the stencil,
using Eileen's technique.  That gave me smooth white flower petals. Let dry.
Removed and washed the stencil immediately in warm soapy water.

Next replaced stencil and used Altenew Mini Blending Brushes to add Distress Oxide
Inks: Squeezed Lemonade, Worn Lipstick and Shaded Lilac and removed stencil.

Tip: I could not wipe off all the stray inks from the Gesso flower petals so I replaced the stencil and added another thin layer of Gesso, which took care of ALL the stray 
inks on the white petals!

Next die cut the image with Memory Box Circle Stitched Die and die cut a
2nd larger circle from SU Basic White 110# Cardstock.

Popped up main image with craft foam and attached with Connect Glue to the
white larger circle.  Attached main image circles to SU So Saffron card base.

Added die cut CUTplorations "Smile" that is double layered for extra thickness
and added stamped with Archival Jet Black ink  Altenew "Label Love" Hello and Done!

I loved how this card Pops and the bright White flower petals and die cut Smile
against the bright yellow card base.  Hope you do too:-)

You still have until the 24th to play along.  Such a fun and easy Gesso Technique.

Love and Hugs,

Stamps: Altenew "Label Love" hello.
Inks: Distress Oxides: Squeezed Lemonade, Worn Lipstick and Shaded Lilac.  Archival Jet Black.
Paper: Fabriano 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper.  SU Basic White 110# and So Saffron.
Accessories: Golden's Acrylic Gesso.  ARTplorations Bold Florals Slimline Stencil.  CUTplorations Smile Die.  Memory Box Stitched Circle Dies. Craft Foam. Connect Glue. Altenew Mini Blending Brushes. 


Thursday, September 1, 2022

CAS Mix Up Stencil Gesso Challenge

Time for the CAS Mix Up September Stencil Gesso Challenge hosted by the very
talented, Hilary (fiddling about).  You are going to be inspired by our awesome
 Design Team and our very talented Guest Designer Sue (Cards by Q)

Hilary's Message and links to Gesso Stencil Techniques!

Hilary's Message
Gesso is primarily a surface primer that gives a uniform surface and is often used in mixed media projects, but in reality it can be much more than that. This month we would love to see you use gesso on your card along with your stencils. I have included some 
video links below to help inspire you.

Video Tutorials:
Creative Ways to Use Gesso by Tiffany Sorlario (7:04)
Distress Oxide Gesso Resist with a Twist by Gerry van der Velden (11:35)
Gesso Resist by Kim Schofield (6:11)
Gesso Resist Background by Eileen Godwin (31:02)
Lavinia Stamps and A Gesso Resist by Eileen Godwin (first 12 minutes)

           I used stenciling, Gesso, stamping, die cutting and heat embossing. 

I was inspired to use Gesso with a stencil by watching the 
 by Eileen Godwin (first 12 minutes)!  Such a fun and easy technique:-)

I attached my Altenew "Watercolor Stripes Stencil" with Masking Tape over
Fabriano 140# Watercolor Cold Press Paper.

Added a little Golden's Gesso white acrylic paint onto my glass mat.
Then used TH sponge to add a thin amount of the Gesso thru the stencil,
 using Eileen's technique.  That gave me thin smooth stripes.
Dries quickly.  Removed stencil.  Wash immediately in warm soapy water.

Replaced stencil and used Altenew Mini Blending brushes to sponge on
 Distress Oxide Inks: Squeezed Lemonade, Picked 
Raspberry, and Tumbled Glass. Let Dry and removed stencil.
Then used a slightly damp paper towel to wipe off DOX on the Gesso stripes.

Then die cut background with Spellbinders Square Hemstitch Die.

Placed background in MISTI and stamped STAMPlorations French Marigold Large 
image with Versafine Black ink and heat embossed with SSS Clear EB Powder. 
Popped up with craft foam onto SU Basic White card base.

Next die cut Rectangle Hemstitch for the STAMPlorations stamped and 
heat embossed "Heartfelt Thanks" and attached with Connect Glue 
to card base and Done!

I loved the shine on the heat embossed flower and sentiment and the pretty
soft pastel colors for the backgrounds. 
Thank you Hilary for a fun and easy CAS Mix Up Gesso Challenge.
I look forward to using Gesso more often:-) 

Love and Hugs,

Stamps: STAMPlorations French Marigold Large (available in Digi stamp also) and Heartfelt Thanks.
Paper: Fabriano 140# Cold Press.  SU Basic White 110#.
Inks: DOX inks: Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, and Tumbled Glass. Versamark Fine Black.
Accessories: Altenew Mini Blending Brushes. Tim Holtz sponge. Altenew Watercolor Stripes Stencil. Golden's White Gesso Acrylic paint.  Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangle Dies. SSS Clear Embossing Powder.  Heat Tool. White Craft Foam..Amazon.