Saturday, May 30, 2020

You're The Zest

I just discovered that there is a Virtual Stamp Night (mini) challenge going on at Splitcoast Stampers. Just what I need on a quarantined pouring rain day!
The Greetery Lemon Blossom two-step stamping set used on a Whisper White (SU) thick card stock panel that is 5 1/4" square. Colored with many various SU inks, both current and retired. Embellished with some clear sequins. I layered the main panel up on the cardboard that comes in the designer paper pack to give it some solid layering dimension. Never throw anything away, like my parents taught me!

Another recycled object went on this card- the love bug sticker that came on my last The Greetery order. They package everything so prettily there! The VSN challenge was for rainbows so I cut strips of Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes paper for the background and adorned each strip with matching sequins. I love how this turned out!

This was a super simple 10 minute card. Stenciled Peony Bouquet (Simon Says Stamp) on Whisper White 5" square card stock and used a sentiment strip, also from SSS.

And finally, the last of the mini challenges, this one a sketch. Easy with this pretty paper by Craft Consortium called Farm Meadow and the sentiment by The Project Bin "Kinda Sorta". Added gold glitter butterflies to each corner as per the requirements of the layout design.
Have a lovely weekend y'all!

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Lemon Blossom

This "Lemon Blossom" stamp set is by The Greetery. I followed the tutorial by Betsy Veldman on YouTube, using distress oxide inks to stamp and watercolor paint with. The Hugs die cut is by Lawn Fawn, the mini sentiment is also from the Lemon Blossom set (I adapted the words to fit what I needed) and the die is from the Easter lily set. I love that it is narrow enough to tuck into the other die cut letter.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Outline Butterflies

  • All of these cards use the Simon Says Stamp "Outline Butterflies background stamp. I love that it is oversized. So many possibilities with this one.

Friday, May 22, 2020

New Baby

There is a new baby arriving in our family, coming in June. My niece will be having her third boy and we are all so excited and looking forward to this blessing.
All supplies used for this card are by Lawn Fawn. Spring Fling and Watercolor Wishes paper, Wavy Banner sentiments and dies, Wild For You stamps, stars are from Smooth Sailing.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Smooth Sailing

This stamp set and coordinating dies is so cute and so much fun to work with. Great for kid's cards and for anyone who loves the ocean or nautical themes.
Lawn Fawn Smooth Sailing, the zigzag frame die is by Avery Elle.  

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Positive Vibes

Sending positive vibes to friends and family during this challenging time is part of how I cope. I feel like I need to help somehow and sending messages of comfort, support, and love is something we all could use right about now. If you know of anyone who really need a little lift, let me know. I would be happy to send them a card.
The designer paper does most of the work on this card. The beautiful sea turtles remind me of Hawaii and I look forward to the time when we can go swimming with them again. The dsp is Deep Sea by Kaisercraft and has some of the prettiest nautical and beach themes in it. The sentiment is by Technique Junkies and the flowers are Timeless Tropical from the 2020 SU mini. Branches are a Martha Stewart punch on tan card stock.

May the Fourth be with you

How could you forget Star Wars Day? We are a total Star Wars and Star Trek household so this fun "holiday" was made for us to celebrate. The cute little Darth Vader stamp and sentiment are from Kindred Stamps. The galactic background is on glossy paper with blue and purple brushos crystals, added some star sequins and mounted to silver foil paper. The scallop die cut is by Stampin' Up! Stitched So Sweetly dies. Love the versatility in this die selection, I use it almost daily.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Dreaming of Hawaii

We had planned to go to Hawaii in May but now it will just be in our dreams. Made this card from Stampin' Up's Timeless Tropical stamp set and coordinating dies. Hello Honey, Calypso Coral, Mossy Meadow, More Mustard, and Very Vanilla card stocks. Embossed sentiment in white on Basic Black strip. Aloha, Kauai. Hope to see you later in the year!

Friday, May 1, 2020

Peacock Bookmark

This is the last one, really! Next up is Stampin' Up!'s meerkats from the mini, I love those little guys. 
Today's challenge at Splitcoast Stampers was for bookmarks. I used a background that was made with Yupo paper and Brushos crystals. This type of paper always seems to work the best for me. I used colors that reminded me of a peacock and I love the way it turned out, a little Monet like.
The die cut bookmark is by Sizzix, called Vintage Elegance, cut with platinum Tim Holtz foil paper. Backed with Indigo card stock by SU and added a tassel.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

And some more...

Trying to get my money's worth from the Peacock bundle :) Playing around with the die for these three.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Proud Peacock

Loving this Stampin' Up! bundle! Used a Tim Holtz embossing folder, gold embossing powder, Copic markers, Not Quite Navy, Brushed Gold, and Whisper White card stocks. Sentiment stamped in Bermuda Bay.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Royal Peacock

On to the stamp set I will be concentrating on this week, the Royal Peacock bundle by Stampin' Up! I had this set out and ready to go when I saw that the Featured Stamper, designzbygloria, used this on a few of her lovely cards ( The coordinating foil paper with this suite is so lovely and really makes it so easy to create a pretty card. Embossed peacock stamp in gold, added some color with alcohol ink markers and some sequins on the tail and there you go!
Fun memory- Some people will remember me by the name Peacock. Somehow I got that nickname from way, way back in the day at my first job. I used to feed the peacocks and pheasants at Sweetwater Casino in New Jersey. Frankly, I am not much of a bird person. I'd like to think I am, they are so beautiful to watch and admire. From a distance. Up close they make me really nervous.
So, I would bravely venture into the pens, lock the gate, and proceed with my bucket of yummy scraps. The farther that you ventured in, down the aisles, you became more vulnerable to attack. It all  left you such narrow room for a quick escape. Think of it like a bird cage in a Disneyland line. By the time you got to the peacocks you were taking your life in your hands. They always seemed like they were fixing to peck you to death. One day one of them spread open their beautiful fan tail feather displays and it literally took my breath away by the wonder and beauty of it. For a few seconds I got over my terror and just appreciated the natural splendor of the moment. When I snapped out of it I grabbed up a few stray feathers that were on the ground to take with me. Got back to the kitchens and sported those feathers in my hair, did a little peacock strut about the place, and, voila, my new nickname was born.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

More Sailing Home

I am still working on more cards to send into Cards For Kindness and this seems like a perfect set for uplifting and encouraging others. It has such a calming, peaceful feel to it.
The first card also used the retired Nautical Expeditions dsp. Loved the ship on it.
The second card is basically a CASE of the cover card on the SU Idea Book and Catalog with a few minor variations.
The third card is a CASE of Mary Deatherage (stamps-n-lingers) card. Her design is SO beautiful!
The last are ones I made last week, similar easy designs in a monochromatic color scheme.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Silent Night

Still working on my Weekly Christmas Card Challenge, this time to be inspired by your favorite carol. Mine is actually O Holy Night but this stamp had this beautiful font and Christmas song already on it. Stamped in Versafine Onyx Black which is my favorite stamp for clarity in detail and sentiments. It doesn't do well for coloring with Copics at all, it smears very badly.
Embossed some Stampendous snowflakes in silver and added SU snowflake rhinestone embellishments. Mirror foil card base.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Anchor of Hope

I have been concentrating on making numerous cards with one stamp set, my new challenge to myself. All of the supplies used here are Stampin' Up! I didn't get the coordinating paper to go with this Sailing Home stamp and die bundle since I already had quite a lot left over from this "Nautical Expedition" paper that I thought would work really nicely. Card stock is Chocolate Chip and Sahara Sand. Will be back with more nautical cards this week, hope you like them! Stay well, everyone.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Cards For Kindness

Working on more cards for donation, this time for Cards For Kindness. All information can be found at

The first set uses the new set from The Greetery. I messed up on the green stems and leaves while stampin so ended up filling most of it in with a Copic marker.

The second card uses the Stampin' Up! large Swallowtail butterfly stamp on Wood Grain dsp with Tangerine Tango card stock. For the Simon Says Stamp challenge to use "wood".

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Sailing Home

Working with the Sailing Home set of stamps and coordinating dies to make some encouragement and thank you cards for those in need of a lift or thank you as we navigate this COVID-19 crisis together.
Most of the supplies here are SU, new or retired, just working with what I have. The paper in the sky is from a ream of variegated vellum papers that I had, the sequin thingies are Fairy Rocks from Simon Says Stamp, and Memory Box cloud dies. SU stuff would be the stamps and dies, waves 3D embossing folder, cotton ribbon, baker's twine, Bashful Blue and Whisper White card stock.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Virtual Stamp Week

Virtual Stamp Night (week) could not have come at a better time this year. Just what we needed in our quarantined days to help keep our minds and hands busy.
Hope you are all doing okay, my heart and prayers go out to you and your families. We can get through this and come out stronger for it. Take good care of yourselves and those you are with, and if you are alone please hang in there. Sending you hugs.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Seed Packet

The challenge at SCS today is to use seeds as a theme. I had this old unmarked seed packet background stamp that I used for a shaker, filled with brown microbeads. The sweet pea bouquet and other sentiments are by Hero Arts.
Planted some seed starts this week of herbs and veggies in case we are still stuck at home for a while. Flowers are secondary this year.


Another Easter card using the Simon Says Stamp Cottontail Wishes set. Martha Stewart grass punch used for bottom. Embossed sentiment in white detail powder.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Have Courage

Today's challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp blog is Anything Goes using Gina K products if you have them. I chose the "Wild At Heart" set and thought this sentiment was so moving in light of what we are all going through right now.
I used one of my panels that I have a box of from one of my distress oxide inks and alcohol inks sessions where I made so many A2 sized backgrounds to have on hand. I loved the various colors in this one. I embossed the stamp in Versamark and SU Glassy Glaze. Stamped sentiment on black card stock with white detail powder and cut with SU Sweetly Stitched frame die.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Happy Everything

Stenciled background with Pool Party ink using a stencil that I got in a tile home design bulk pack from Amazon. Yvonne Albritton stamp colored in Copic markers and embellished with clear sequins. "Happy die is from The Greetery, small sentiment from the SU set Happy Everything.

Winter Skies

Christmas Card Challenges, one card a week! This one uses Lawn Fawn Winter Skies with a Spellbinders fancy frame die that was cut with silver glitter paper (Hobby Lobby) on a Not Quite Navy background.