Friday, May 13, 2016


Hello again everybody! How was your week? Our weather has been cloudy and rainy, so I have stayed in and worked on my cards.

I saw a card like this by Vanessa B in the Gallery at The Stamps of Life and just had to try it. The stamp set used is their latest release, flamingos2stamp. I belong to the Die Hard Club, so when I received this set the first of the month, I also received the dies.

Here, in my card, I die cut the flamingo after coloring it with Copics. The embellishments are from The Stamps of Life's Card Kit Club. I used a pen to create the stitching marks around the circle.

Update: My ankle is 100 percent healed! I will go back to dancing class (ballroom dancing, that is) next week. I'm so far behind it won't be easy to start up again, but I'm more than ready.  Thanks for all your support during the recovery period. Your kind words kept me going.

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Clear & Sheer Day 4, Again!

Hello everybody! I'm back with another card I created for Day 4 of Clear & Sheer Online Card Class. I just HAD to try the same idea with a more simple design. This one took me about one-fourth the time of the last card I posted, and I like it a lot more.

This time I did NOT emboss since the card was pre-folded rather tightly. These clear cards came in a package from Close To My Heart several years ago. See how clear it is? This time I remembered to take off the plastic covering BEFORE I started the card--YAY! Makes a big difference from the card I used from the same package back on Day 3.

The stamp set I used is called Banner Blessings, and the die cut frame is from Chalk Talk Framelits, both from SU! The pretty blue ink called Blueberry is from Stamps of Life.

Like the other clear card, I adhered the same die cut frame on the other side of the front, as well as the front & back of the back panel of the card base. (That's kind of hard to explain, but you understand what I'm saying, right?)

Thank you for stopping by (again) this week. It's been a fun class, & I'm so happy you've followed me through the journey of this class. I appreciate your comments & visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~

Monday, May 2, 2016

Clear & Sheer Class Day 4

Hello everybody! I'm here to share with you my fourth day of homework for Clear & Sheer Online Card Class. It's taken me a while to get anything posted because the card was so tricky, I had to take a few days to get it together!

So sorry about the poor photograph. Since this card is made with clear plastic (& this is a cloudy day with no sunshine for the camera shot), it was hard to get a picture without glare from the flash. I put a piece of white cardstock behind the card so it would show up, but the actual card is clear. As you can see, this stuff was hard to work with without getting finger prints on it. Because it was thin, it also kept bending. UGH!

Following a video by Jennifer McGuire, I first embossed the front of the card with a stitched diamond shape. Can you see it? Look again -- it's there! Anyway, it took about 3 tries to get it to show up even when it was right in front of me. Time for new glasses? I sure hope not! I prefer to think it was just the plastic giving me a hard time with the embossing folder.

I die cut a large dark pink heart (using dies from SU!) & adhered it on the inside of the front flap of the card. Then I added the smaller, lighter pink heart on the outside, along with the smaller hearts and the sentiment. Finally, I added some bling from my stash along with some ribbon. The inside of the card, as well as the back, has the same size hearts (in white) attached to the card so there's a place to write a few words. It also has YOU stamped on the inside.

Just a quick note about the sentiment. Can you see the sparkle? Again, following Jennifer's fantastic instructions, I put VersaMark on black cardstock then poured Kaleidoscope embossing powder (from Stampendous -- a very old jar!) on top and heat embossed it before die cutting the word. It turned out differently than expected because it kind of has blue and purple tints to it, which I didn't want. Her instructions said to cover this with Glossy Accents, but I was totally DONE with this card by then & didn't do it. After layering the LOVE several times before adhering, I thought it was puffy enough.

Well, I hope you aren't bored with my commentary by now. I think I'm done, except to say I really appreciate your comments and visits! Your kind words mean the world to me, as does any critique or suggestions you may have. You'all keep me going!

Hope to see you again real soon ~ maybe Wrap-Up Day will include suggestions for another card!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Clear & Sheer Day 3

Hi everybody! I'm here with homework from Day 3 at Online Card Classes' Clear & Sheer class. I finished this card yesterday but immediately hesitated to post it. First, I wasn't sure a clear acrylic card would show up in the picture, and second, I wasn't sure I was finished with the card. I decided to go ahead and show you this, and if I redo it, I'll post the second one later.

Our focus on the card was using clear acrylic material for either tags or cards. I decided to try an acrylic card since I already had some. If it looks cloudy to you, there's a reason for that. I just realized I didn't take the film off the clear card before adding the images! Just now saw that on a different piece...of course, I see it after the card is finished & posted! DUH!

Using a Lawn Fawn stamp set called Loads of Fun, I glued some die cut images on the front of the card and then glued the rest of the arrangement on the inside. The sentiment is on the outside. I die cut the same images in white to attach to the other side of where it's originally glued so the adhesive wouldn't show through. That includes the little bubbles. They're so little it was kind of hard to get them to stick. I used Copics to color the images.

My question is, should I've put a piece of patterned paper on the inside of the card for use as a background? Would it look better? These images seem to be floating on the card. I'd love to know your thoughts.

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your visits and comments very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~ Day 4 is coming up tomorrow, if all goes well.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Clear & Sheer Day 2

Hi everyone! I'm here with homework from Day 2 of Online Card Classes Clear & Sheer. We're having lots of fun learning new ideas for vellum and acetate.

Following a video from Jennifer McGuire, I simply swiped various colors of ink on the back side of a piece of vellum. Before it dried, I wiped it off and let it dry. For the flower, I heat embossed in white an image from Clearly Besotted called Fresh Flowers. The sentiment (from a set by Hero Arts) was stamped on a strip of white cardstock and adhered to the bottom of the card. I also added a die cut piece from Allison's Ribbons die.

This card took some practice. It's kind of hard not to get ink everywhere. I kept getting it on my fingers while I was swiping it on the vellum, then I'd touch the vellum to line it up again. Ink would get everywhere. BUT...I really like how it turned out, so I kept trying until I got it done without ink spots on the vellum. Just a little warning in case you try this!

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~ Day 3's homework will be here sometime tomorrow probably. Take it easy and have a good day!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Clear & Sheer Day 1

Hello everybody! I'm so excited to show you my homework from the first day of Clear & Sheer Online Card Class!

Day 1 was about attaching vellum to our cards. There are various ways to do this, but I decided to follow an example given by Kristina Werner where she wrapped the piece of vellum around the sides of the layered piece.

In my card, I wrapped the vellum around the top layer of the card, not around the second (black layer), too. That's how I prefer to do it, but I have seen where it is wrapped around the top two layers and it looks okay.

Gina K's latest Stamp TV kit, Sending Love, was used most of this card. I stamped the flowers (incentive gift), leaves & butterflies in various colors on a white layer and then added the vellum piece with the heat-embossed sentiment on it. The patterned paper and the card base made of Lemon Drop cardstock were in the kit. I added a few embellishments from my own stock. Not sure I like them, but I'm "chewing" on that for a few days.

Thank you for stopping by today! I appreciate your visits and comments very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~ Day 2 of Sheer & Clear is coming up soon!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Find A Song

Hello! Hope your week has begun with a boost of positive energy! Mondays can be tough, I know.

This is a card most of you have already seen in other places I've posted it. Since I'm starting a new Online Card Class called Clear & Sheer, I wanted to put this in the pre-class Gallery.

To create this card, I first heat embossed the birds, tree branch and sentiment in VersaFine Black ink. Then, after it cooled, I sponged on Mustard Seed, Orange Marmalade and Festive Berries Distress Inks by Tim Holtz. I spent a lot of time blending the inks so there isn't any clear line between the colors. That takes a lot of patience, but it's worth it. That was the #1 lesson I learned when sponging these inks together.

That was basically it! I just lined the layer with black cardstock, then put it on a yellow cardstock base called Lemon Drop by Gina K Designs. (I'd link this to her site, but it's currently not working.)

Thank you for stopping by today! I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again soon ~

Friday, April 22, 2016


Hello! How are you'all doing this fine Friday? Can't believe another week has gone by. Time flies! Well, sometimes it does, at least.

Thank you for your encouraging comments after my surgery. My ankle continues to heal. I can stand on it longer with little pain; bruises and swelling have gone down, too. Yesterday I got the stitches out. I immediately came home and took a very long, hot shower. Oh, how that felt good! Two weeks of sponge baths is for the birds!

Now, on to the card. Stamps of Life sends me a Card Kit every month loaded with cardstock, patterned paper, stamps, dies and embellishments. April's kit included most of what you see on my card. The patterned paper was colored with Stamps of Life markers (new!), but I'm not very happy with my coloring job. I need the other marker set so I can blend more colors that go together. (Do we ever have enough?) Anyway, the sentiment and embellishments are from the kit, too. The gems in the flowers are from my stash.

This card is way out from my usual style, but it was fun to put together. Once I got started, I forgot about my ankle and just kept going. Healing at its best!

Thank you for stopping by today! I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~