Friday, May 22, 2020

One Flower, Two Flower, Three Flower, Four . . .

I LOVE this stamp set from Gina K / Hero Arts. I actually ended up making a total of 6 different cards with this set.  And I think I have more ideas in my head. :)

But let me get to these cards.
The two end cards were stamped with versamark on light gray cardstock.  Then colored with color pencils. I used the frame dies to cut the outer rectangle and the inner rectangle.  The rectangle pieces are all "inlaid". 

For the center card, I water colored the flowers.  Then I hand cut them for the sketch from The Fusion Card Challenge.

I wish I could take pictures that justify these cards.  Especially the one on the far right.  My hubby truly supports my hobby and dutifully looks at my cards when I show him. But this time, when I showed it to him, he really ooooed and ahhhhhed, and fully examined them.  

Here are two more cards, made in a similar way, but with different colors (dark gray and mauve foil cardstocks).
And of course there is this card that I made for a very dear friend in this blog post.
These cards were inspired by the following challenges:

Fusion Card Challenge -  I am following the sketch


  • Stamp set- flower: Friendship Blooms by Hero Arts and Gina K, sentiment: unknown
  • Watercolor - Altenew
  • Color Pencils - Prisma
  • Cardstock - PTI, foil cardstocks: Tim Holtz (rose gold) & unknown mauve
  • Dies: frames: Heffy Doodle; sentiment: Impression Obsession
Until next time.  Thanks for looking.
Stay safe and stay well.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Just Because

I recently got this stamp set, and it called out for watercolors.  I stamped it with Tea Dye Distress ink. Then water colored it.  I made a stencil/mask with a die from MFT, and used that to sponge a blue background around the flowers.  

Always Fun Challenge - I love these colors.

Fab Friday - Great Sketch

Here's a peek at the inside:
  • stamps: flower: Gina K + Hero Arts; sentiment: unknown
  • die to create stencil: My Favorite Things
Thanks for taking a look.  Until next time. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

baby baby

My new neighbors just had a baby girl.  We found out about it, when we drove by and saw 2 people (a new grandma and a new aunt) wearing masks, visiting by standing outside the front door.  The new Daddy was standing inside holding a little bundle of pink. So sad and happy.  A story for the time. 

Just Add Ink
  • Stamps: My Favorite Things
  • Pattern Paper: Authentique; Simple Stories
  • Dies: My Favorite Things
I'll leave you with a little video of a surprise snow squall in May here on LI. 

Until next time.  Thanks for looking.  Stay safe, stay well.  

Wednesday, May 6, 2020


No - not the stamper's kind of masking.  Coronavirus masking. :) 
I made about 20 of these -- I thought they would be a nice pick-me-up for family and friends.  I used the stencil and colored with distress inks, using blender brushes.  Then I went over the stenciled parts with clear, glossy embossing paste.  The mask was hand cut and scored so it would open. 
I'm putting this in the following challenges:
Happy Little Stampers -
Stamplorations - May Stencil Challenge

Just Us Girls - anyone wearing a mask is a hero - protecting others nearby.  


  • Stencil - by Plaid (very old)
  • Stamps - bunny, and sentiments by Honey Bee; virus by Paper Smooches
  • Die - circle by Honey Bee; Mask - by Stephen, that's my hubby, he made the template
One of my very best friend's husband has fixed his welcome sign. It makes me smile.  
Please practice social distancing.  And wear your mask in public spaces.  
Thank you for taking a look.  Until next time: Stay safe, stay well.