Monday, July 25, 2016

Enjoy Your Special Day

This is one of those rare cards that was actually going splendidly throughout the composition process . . .

But it was a letdown when it was done.  I loved the individual elements, but the layout wasn't working.  Its off-center arrangement originally looked pretty good in my mind's eye, but the reality was different.  It was the addition of the three dots on the right that put a little balance back into the picture.  Now I like it – hope you do too!

Cardstock:   The Paper Cut Eames White, Beckett Moonlight, Generic
                           scrap Black
Stamps:        Judikins Bolio Deco, Starving Artistamps Feather Stitch,
                           DieNamics Banner Greetings
Inks:               ColorBox Cream, Black
Emb Powder:   Stampendous Ivory Pearl, Judikins Detail Black
Dies:              Ultimate Crafts Magnolia Borders, DieNamics Banner
Doo Dads:    Black, Silver beads, Inkssentials Enamel Accents Black

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Autumn Splendor

I tend to shy away from using large images.  Their size sort of overwhelms me, but I got lucky and had fun with the three biggies on this card . . .

Hard to believe I dug myself out of a large hole by digging an even larger one, but I did, and I think the three huge images play nicely together, don't you?

Cardstock:   Bazzil Raven, Generic Black
Stamps:        Starving Artistamps Big Oaks, Stampin’ Up “Autumn”,
                           Unknown “Splendor”
Inks:               VersaMark, Distress Barn Door, Fired Brick,
                            Gelly Roll Clear Star
Emb Powder:   Vippies Transcendence, Stamp Zia White Sparkle
Dies:              Lil’ Inkers Stitched Mat Rectangle, Simon Says
                           Sketchy Banners
Stencil:          Wendy Vecchi Basically Bricks
Doo Dads:    Golden Embossing Paste

Monday, July 18, 2016


This is the first time I've used the mosaic background stamp.  I thought its craggy look made a great rocky mountain background for the soaring birds . . .

 After stamping the mosaic twice, I colored the second image, fussy-cutting out the individual shapes and pop-dotting them over the original for added texture.  Then, a little sparkle on the leading edges of the birds' wings as they climb toward the heavens, and we're done.

Cardstock:   The Paper Cut White Matte Coat, Neenah Solar White,
                           Bazzill Raven
Stamps:        Just For Fun Broken Mosaic, Creative Catalyst Tweed
                           Border, MaxStamp Pegs “Soar”, Gelly Roll Clear Star pen
Inks:               Hero Black
Emb Powder:  WOW Clear Matte Dull
Markers:        Copic YG25 Celadon Green, YG67 Moss
Dies:              Spellbinders Shoot!, Impression Obsession Sea Birds
Doo Dads:    Deckled scissors

Thursday, July 14, 2016

African Adventures

Awhile ago, I submitted three samples for a color challenge, which was to use black and white plus one color.  None of them made the cut.  But since I like them, and this is my  blog, you too get to have a look at these over the next three posts! 

Second only to Kraft-plus-any-color, black and white are at the top of my list for favorite color combinations to work with.  Adding in a third color really makes it special. 

My favorite things on this card are the beading ( a little hard to see – sorry) and the serendipitous idea to use a grassy border die to cut out an orange strip and use it for some added texture under the palm frond strip.  I'll be doing that one again for sure . . .

Cardstock:   Bazzill Raven, Neenah Solar White, Generic Black,
Stamps:        Stamp Zia Palm Fronds, Snakeskin, Spikes, MJ Barber
                           African Mask, Haika ”African Adventures”
Inks:               ColorBox Frost White, Black, Distress Rusty Hinge
Emb Powder:   Judikins Detail Black, Opaque White
Dies:              DieNamics Sentiment Strips, Sweet ‘n Sassy Fence
                           & Grass Border set, Unknown punch Sun
Doo Dads:    Black, Orange beads

Monday, July 11, 2016

Enjoy the Journey

I've a dear friend who is coming up on 29 years of sobriety and this card is tailor made for him . . .

The upper left and lower right solid corners were actually stamped with a piece of rubber waste left over from a sheet of un-mounted rubber images.  I thought it made a great free-form shape that would work for many casual layouts in need of some corner accents. 

"Rubber waste" is an oxymoron:  no such thing, in my book!

Cardstock:   Marcos #110 Jute, Neenah Desert Storm
Stamps:        Unity Beautiful-Inside and Out, All text: Making Memories
                           Magnetic Stamps
Inks:               VersaFine Olympia Green
Emb Powder:   Cloisonné Emerald Onyx 
Emb Folder: Cuttlebug Oxford
Colored Pencil:  Prisma White    
Impr Plate:    Papertrey Ink Linen
Doo Dads:    May Arts Jute

Thursday, July 7, 2016

With Heartfelt Sympathy

When our wonderful neighbor Bob unexpectedly lost his brother last month, this is the card we sent him . . .

Some classic Kraft, cream, and black, textural contrasts, and simple images helped to create the peaceful layout I wanted to be able to give Bob. 

Cardstock:   Marcos #110 Jute, Beckett Moonlight
Stamps:        My Sentiments Exactly Sympathy Sentiments  
Inks:               Hero Black
Dies:              DieNamics Pierced Rectangle Frame, Memory Box
                           Prim Poppy
Emb Folder: Taylored Expressions Weathered 
Doo Dads:    Viva Pearl Pen Cream

Monday, July 4, 2016

Birthday Wishes

Continuing with the red, white, and blue color scheme – which I think is terrific at any time of the year – this card is for Justin, who's turning six . . .

My stash of youth-oriented stamps is pretty much zip:  I have an adorable image of an antique teddy bear and that's it.  Justin is way past that phase, so I figured that a cake image would make a great fall-back for any age, right?

There's plenty of sparkle on this card, but as usual, the greedy camera ate it all.

Cardstock:   Bazzill Admiral, Strathmore Bright White, Generic scrap Red
Stamps:        Hero Sending You Love: “Birthday Wishes”, Hero Stamp
                           and Cut Birthday: “To You”
Inks:               ColorBox Frost White, Silver, VersaFine Majestic Blue,
                           VersaColor Scarlet, VersaMark
Emb Powder:   Stamp A Mania Desert Rose, Judikins White Diamond,
                                Delafield Silver
Dies:              Hero Stamp and Cut Birthday: Cake, Cake Plate, Spellbinders
                           Banner Basics Three, Stampin' Up Itty Bitty Banners
Doo Dads:    Stamp Oasis Heat and Stick, USArt Quest Crystal Effects 
                         Gold Essence