Thursday, October 8, 2015


I made a series of guy cards and experimented with both white and tan cardstocks which I have pictured here.  I wanted a masculine textured background for the card front, and while I love a really deep embossed impression, this is sometimes rough on the cardstock and can weaken it so much that it tears . . .

Tim Holtz offered one excellent way around this:  place a piece of his Grunge Paper (not Grunge Board) in the embossing folder along with your cardstock.  You'll still get a deep impression but without savaging the cardstock. 

I discovered another happy solution with this card:  I embossed my much-loved #90 watercolor paper!  It took the pattern beautifully and there was no damage or thin spots to be found.  If ivory-colored cardstock works for your design, you might wish to try this!

The wonderful word across the bottom is "Celebrate" and is perfectly legible IRL but not so much as far as the camera is concerned . . .

Cardstock (card base):     Strathmore Ivory OR Strathmore #90 Watercolor paper OR Neenah Desert Storm, OR Marcos Jute
Cardstock (colored layer): Bazzill Ocean, Kachina, Jacaranda, Generic Textured Teal, Sky Blue;  Chipboard/Jacaranda
Stamps:        Hampton Art Sparkling Birthday Cake, CC Rubber Stamps
Inks:               Distress Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Brushed Corduroy,
                           Frayed Burlap, VersaMark
Emb Powder:   Vippies Transcendence, Bear Rubber Melded Metallic
Dies:              Papertrey Ink Tag Sale #3, Lil Inkers Stitched Mats:
                           Rectangles, Spellbinders Rectangles Two, Tim Holtz
                           Handwritten “Celebrate”
Emb Folder: Die-sire Embossalicious Gun Metal
Stencil:          Tim Holtz Burlap
Doo Dads:    Jute fibers, ¼" ribbon

Monday, October 5, 2015

Beloved, Treasure, Forever

This is the card I gave my husband on our 22nd anniversary earlier this year . . .

Along with the small flowers on the right, I'd planned to keep the background white.  But the flowers were lost in too much white and needed a bit of contrast to set them off.  So I picked the lightest shade of gray I had in my Copic marker stash, colored in most of the background, and with a little shading to make the white flowers look fresh, I got the subtle results I was after.  Yay!
Cardstock:   Bazzill Pauly Poo, The Paper Cut Watercolor paper
Stamps:        Dreams Come True Sketched Floral, Starving Artistamps
                           Mini Positive Words: Forever, Treasure, Beloved”
Inks:               ColorBox Black
Emb Powder:   Judikins Detail Black
Dies:              Lil Inkers Stitched Mats: Rectangles
Watercolors:     Peerless Forget Me Not Blue, Cobalt Blue, Marigold Yellow,  
                                Chrome Orange, Hunter’s Green, Amethyst
Markers:        Copic E40 Brick White
Doo Dads:    Gelly Roll Clear Star
MSG:  Studio G “Happily ever after” White emb

Thursday, October 1, 2015


And here is the final posting in this series . . .

Blue Ribbon Winner #9:
A mix of texture and pattern was on the menu here . . . 

 As this is a very country-style State Fair, an image of a chicken and its namesake chicken wire ought to fit right in.  And with a color scheme of Kraft, red and black, I thought this layout might be a winner.  Evidently, the judges agreed . . .

And thus endeth my 7th annual romp through the Home & Hobby competition at our local State Fair.  Winning nine blue ribbons for nine submitted cards is admittedly over the top, but I'll take it – it was a fun ride and I'm already looking forward to next year!  But I think I'll do seven cards instead of nine;  that ought to be enough, don't you think?

Cardstock:   Neenah Desert Storm, Wausau Firecracker Red
Stamps:        Picture Show Chicken & Wire, Frog’s Whiskers Straight
                           & Narrow, Hero Designer Woodgrain, Appaloosa “Unique”
Inks:               Brilliance Rocket Red, Hero Black, Distress Black Soot,
                           Brushed Corduroy
Dies:              Marianne Decorative Tags
Colored Pencils:  Prisma White, Orange
Emb Folder: Cuttlebug Honeycomb      
Impr Plate:    Cheery Lynn Cheesecloth
Doo Dads:    Tiny Flower punch

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hope, Love, Peace, Joy

Blue Ribbon Winner #8:
The text pieces have been rearranged from the original image . . .

. . . by cutting them out and extending them beyond the border, they mimic the cross and help add dimension, which is always a worthy objective in my book!

Cardstock:   Generic textured Green, Beckett Iceberg, Bazzill White, Raven
Stamps:        The Stamp Barn Tulip Cross, Inkadinkado Leafy Cross
Inks:               ColorBox Black
Emb Powder:   Judikins Detail Black
Dies:              Imaginations punch Fern, Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles
Watercolors:   Twinkling H2O’s Sea Glass, Mallard Green
Doo Dads:    Gelly Roll pen Clear Star

Thursday, September 24, 2015


Blue Ribbon Winner #7:
I went for subtle variations and gentle colors on this one . . .

. . . but couldn't resist adding a little quiet bling via some clear sequins

Cardstock:   Generic textured Taupe, Stampin’ Up Sahara Sand, Bazzill
                           Pear, Beckett Moonlight
Stamps:        Fiskars Mesh brayer, For the Birds set: image and text, Stampin’
                           Up Itty Bitty Background, CC Rubber Stamps Fibers
Inks:               Archival Jet Black, Distress Pumice Stone, Bundled Sage,
                           VersaColor Chateau Gray, Stampin’ Up Sahara Sand
Dies:              Wplus9 Banner Trio, Fiskars border punch Diamond, Family
                           Treasures corner punch
Emb Folder: Ellison Plaid           
Doo Dads:    Simon Says Assorted Moonshine sequins, Distress Stickles
                           Rock Candy

Monday, September 21, 2015


Blue Ribbon Winner #6:
While not a maker of jewelry, I do love to collect gorgeous beads to string as accents on some of my cards . . .

This is probably a little over the top and not so easy to mail, but so what:  I like it and hope the recipient will too . . .
Cardstock:   Generic textured Turquoise, The Paper Cut Watercolor paper,
                           Beckett Iceberg, Generic scrap Navy
Stamps:        Judikins Waves, Local King Chinese Flowers 2, Appaloosa
                           “Discover”, CC Rubber Stamps Fibers
Inks:               ColorBox Frost White, Ancient Page Deep Harbor, VersaFine
                           Majestic Blue, various Gelatos in Blues & Greens
Emb Powder:  Judikins Opaque White
Dies:              Local King Chinese Flowers 2, Cheery Lynn Japanese Lace
                           Pattern, Spellbinders Labels 20
Doo Dads:    Beads

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Meddle Not

Blue Ribbon Winner #5:
In my occasionally humble opinion, there's always room for some humor in just about any endeavor . . .

However, since it took four tries to get the text straight, the humor part began to wear a little thin during this project . . .

The dragon's wings are propped up with foam tape which looks pretty cool in real life.

Cardstock:   Bazzill Red Devil, Raven, Beckett Iceberg
Stamps:        Appaloosa Dragon Dreams: Resting Dragon, text, Just For
                           Fun Fractured Background
Inks:               Archival Jet Black, ColorBox Black, Frost White
Emb Powder:   Judikins Opaque White, Detail Black
Dies:              Wplus9 Label Layers 4
Colored Pencils:  Prisma Orange, Black, General Pencil Silver
Doo Dads:    Pilot Marker Silver, Antique Silver brads