Thursday, June 4, 2020

Loving Thoughts

This card is for the wife of a New York City judge who has just succumbed to Corona.  By all accounts, he was a superb jurist and a favorite neighbor in our condo building.  He will be greatly missed . . .

I wanted something soft and gentle and hope that's what I got, despite the fact that I probably overdid it with the pearls . . .

Rest in peace, Judge Gerry . . .

Cardstock:   Strathmore Ultimate White, Bright White
Stamps:       Impression Obsession Foliage, Unknown "With loving
                     thoughts and prayers"
Inks:             Hero Shadow Soft Brown, ColorBox Frost White
Emb Pwdr:   Hero White
Dies:            Elizabeth Craft Leafy Branch, DieNamics Collage 
Doo Dads:    Nuvo Glitter Gloss, pearls  

Monday, June 1, 2020

All the Best

Every now and then, I get a yen to stick some twigs on a card.  As this one goes to a neighbor just up the street, I can hand deliver and not worry about sending it through the mail . . .

This was also my first attempt at ink lifting.  The process was quick and easy and went very well.  But I think that larger areas of color would have made a less-busy background and allowed the image to show up better.  Next time!

Cardstock:   Bazzill Saltillo, Tim Holtz Yupo, Hanko Echizen Gold  
Stamps:       Stampers Anonymous Art Deco Palm Fronds
Inks:             Adirondack Alcohol Ink Terra Cotta, Bottle, Pinata Brass,
                     Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift Ink
Emb Pwdr:   Ranger Gold
Dies:            Impression Obsession All the Best, Vase Set                
Doo Dads:    Twigs 

Thursday, May 28, 2020


When I wanted to watercolor the flowers with something richly hued and metallic, my Twinkling Waters came to mind.  I've not used them in a good while and so it was time to break them out of hiding and get going . . .

I have to laugh when I look back and remember how afraid of watercoloring I was.  One really good class was all it took to encourage me to give it a try.  The rubber stamping world is filled with countless ways to obtain a watercolor look.  It's well worth it to pull on your explorer's boots and give it a try!

Cardstock:   Marcos Jute, Hanko Echizen Gold           
Stamps:       Yvonne Albritton Wild Roses
Inks:             ColorBox Gold
Waterclrs:    H2O’s Gold Dust, Mallard Green, Key Lime, Rich Cobalt,
Dies:            Mama Elephant Femme Frames, Avery Elle Sentimental
                     Too: Happy         
Emb Fldr:     Taylored Expressions Burlap
Doo Dads:    Tulip Glitter Gold      

Monday, May 25, 2020

Laugh, Learn, Live

I had a yen to use my Life Changing Blending Brushes with a stencil, so that's what I did here . . .

The "Life Changing" name is definitely not an exaggeration - the color goes on smoothly and evenly and while these flowers are too small to show much variation, blending is so very easy on larger images.  I can't imagine going back to any of the other methods I used to struggle with in applying color.

Cardstock:   Bazzill Classic Red, Nicole #100 Bristol Smooth         
Stamps:       Starving Artist Positive Words: Laugh, Learn, Live
Inks:             Distress Barn Door, Mustard Seed, Faded Jeans,
                     Dusty Concord, Mowed Lawn, Hero Black
Emb Pwdr:   Vippies Transcendence
Dies:            Altenew Dotted Starburst Debossing Cover Die,
                     DieNamics Vertical Stitched Strip                      
Stencil:        Delta Flower Basics
Doo Dads:    Inkssentials Enamel Accents Black        

Thursday, May 21, 2020


Black, white, Kraft, and a little color . . .

This one made me think of an old photo with a few selectively tinted highlights.  The embossed background is an argyle pattern that works well for a guy card.  Hopefully, the camera will catch the "golf ball" I made with raised enamel.  My golfing friend Richard is gonna love his birthday card this year!

Cardstock:   Marco’s Jute, Nicole Black, Strathmore Ultimate White           
Stamps:       Magenta Golfer and Caddy
Inks:             Gina K Amalgam Black
Colorants:    Inktense Amber, Iris Blue
Waterclrs:    Zig Real Brush Pale Pink
Dies:            Recollections Word Fetti: Fun, Gina Marie Stitched 
                     Rounded Squares
Emb Fldr:     Darice Wire Fence
Doo Dads:    Inkssentials Enamel Accents White        

Monday, May 18, 2020

It's Your Day

The alcohol ink background was too pretty to cut down, so I kept all of it . . .

After placing a silhouette image of a tree over it, I decided that it looked a little like abundant greenery with the sun peeking through the branches.

Corona's stifling quarantine has enhanced my imagination like nothing else.  As Thomas Edison may once have said, "Reality can be beaten with enough imagination".

Cardstock:   Bazzill Simon, Yellow,  Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Cardstock         
Stamps:       Stampin’ Up It’s Your Day
Inks:             Gina K Charcoal Brown
Colorants:    Adirondack Alcohol Ink Bottle, Meadow, Butterscotch,
Emb Pwdr:   BMuse Devil's Food Delight
Dies:            DieNamics Single Stitched Line Rectangle Frame,
                     Rounded Rectangle Frame                
Doo Dads:    Nuvo Glitter Gloss   

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Wild Thing

1. Africa is a land of intense colors
2. I have an intensely colored piece of Tyvek
3. My friend Sandy is a long time fan of all things African
ERGO, everything I needed to make her birthday card . . .

Perhaps a little over the top, but then so's Sandy - which is why she's so lovable.  The inside message reads, "Let the adventure begin!
          Happy Birthday, dear friend!

Cardstock:   Bazzill Santillo, USPS Tyvek mailing envelope, Nicole
                     #100 Bristol Smooth         
Stamps:       Hanko #9 Africa
Inks:             Encore Copper
Colorants:    Lumiere Super Copper, Pearl Blue
Emb Pwdr:   BMuse True Copper
Dies:            Sue Wilson African Adventure, Gina Marie Stitched
                     Rounded Squares