Friday, February 17, 2017

Love you bunches

Hello again,
     Recently I celebrated my birthday and one of the things I got from my good friend, Lynda Plecken
( was a pad of  Bienfang 170# Canvas paper. Well, I was itching to try it out so I grabbed my stamps and inks and got started.
     First I took a piece of computer paper and stamped out the outline for what I was planning. Then using my MISTI, I stamped and masked until my card looked like my outline.
     I just love Altenew stamps, they are so versatile. I stamped the outline of the flower with Archival ink with my Misti, then used my Ranger distress ink to stamp and watercolor the flowers and leaves. I used Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick for the pink flowers and Barn Door and Fired Brick for the red, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss for the leaves. Then I used Stormy Sky to shadow.  Because of the texture of the paper stamping without water coloring left lines and dots in my flowers but after adding water they still had texture but the lines and dots were gone. I love the way it looks and I love this paper.
     I stamped the sentiment (Hampton Arts#jb0198) and added a few sequins. I'm very happy with this card and I will definitely be using this paper again.
     Products used:
Altenew Peony Bouquet
Bienfang 170# canvas paper 
Misti ( My Favorite Tool)
Hampton Arts #jb0198 sentiment
Inkadinkado masking paper
Ranger Archival and Distress inks
     I will be entering this card in:
Thanks for stopping by.
God Bless,


    I've been doing a little experimenting, trying to see if I can make my own glimmer paste. I have some Dreamweaver's translucent embossing paste and I wanted to make a pretty textured background for my card. I took about a tablespoon of the paste and added some Martha Stewart green glitter, about a teaspoon. I didn't measure it, but when I mixed it, it was very green. I used a stencil and pallet knife to apply the paste to my card and let it dry. I was thrilled at the result. I will definitely use this technique again. the best thing is no glitter mess coming off the card.
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     I stamped Altenew's One-Of-A-Kind mini flower on watercolor paper, colored it with my Zig clean color pens and fussy cut it out. I used a spellbinders die, and dimensional tape to pop-up the flower on the die. Then I used a 1" piece of white paper, stamped One-Of-A-Kind, and used my Ranger distress ink (Picked Raspberry) and my blender tool to color the strip and the edges of the frame. Then popped up the front panel on a white card with foam.
     Here's a close up of the glimmer
     Products used:
Altenew mini stamp One-Of-A-Kind
Dreamweaver translucent embossing paste    
Martha Stewart Malachite glitter
Spellbinders die
Joggles stencil#30-33714 (branches)
Bristol vellum surface paper By Strathmore
Core'dination cardstock
Craft foam
3m dimensional tape
     I will be entering this card in these challenges:

Happy crafting!
God Bless,

Monday, February 13, 2017

Be Mine


     I've been spending a lot of time in my craft room this past week, trying new techniques and some old ones that I've forgotten about. I was reminded of one that I used to teach years ago, by Vicki Papaioannou ( Birthday Card/ Aqua Flow pens/ Novo Glimmer Paste/video).
     I don't have any Novo Glimmer paste ( but I do have tons of embossing paste from my classes and some Farber Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel.
    I started by selecting the stencil I wanted for the background, I have tons of stencils so finding the right one took me a while. Once I had it, I cut my paper down to the size I wanted, because once the paste dries it would be impossible to cut on my trimmer. I used a 110lb cardstock for this to give it stability, but 65lb works just as well. I taped down my card stock, using Scotch removable Tape, I love using it because it doesn't stick to my card ever. Then I aligned the stencil where I wanted it, and taped it down. Using my pallet knife I applied the FC Glass Bead paste to the stencil in a downward stroke, using just enough pressure to apply the paste, then in an upward stroke in the same place. By doing this it fills in all the spaces you might have missed on the first stroke and gives a more even layer. Then I removed the stencil and placed it in a warm soapy water bath so the stencil would clean up easily. I removed the tape from my paper and move my background to a safe place to dry while I made my flowers.
     I stamped out my flowers using Altenew's Beautiful Day stamps, and Distress Ink. Then I fussy cut them out. By the time I was done my background was dry and I could put my card together.
     Using glue dots I placed my leaves where I wanted them on the background. then I cut a circle for the back of one of the flowers, to give just a little more dimension from the leaves. the second flower was popped up using dimensional tape. I cut a small banner of pink and stamped Be Mine from my Clearly Posh stamp set (POSH-CST-024). Then matted in pink and adhered it to a white card.
      I love the way the card turned out and will be using this technique more often from now on.
I've added this close up for a better view of the glass bead background shimmer.

I will be entering this card in these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by,
God Bless,