Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Colorful Gold

Hello everybody! How are you doing today? We're still putting up with clouds & rain, so I got bored and went to AC Moore's with a coupon. Uh Oh! Trouble! I have been resisting Heidi Swapp's Minc Machine for quite a while, but I saw it on sale, 50 percent off. That's the end of the story. HAD to HAVE it.

I have found this machine to be lots of fun to play with, and I can just imagine the beautiful, gold cards I can create at Christmas time. Just a few days after buying the machine, I went back to the store with another coupon to purchase more colors to use. This first card, however, is gold.

The card I'm posting today is actually not a creation of mine -- I CASEd (copy & share everything) it from one of Gina's videos at Gina K Designs' Stamp TV. The paper, from Sending Love Stamp TV Kit, was first sponged with Turquoise Sea, Jelly Bean Green and Passionate Pink inks. THEN I put it through the Minc Machine with a piece of Gold foil, and the whole design turned out gold! Neat, huh? Like magic. Next I pulled out a sentiment from an earlier Stamp TV Kit and ran it through the machine, too, so it would be gold. After layering it on black and white papers, I attached it with a ribbon. That's all it took to create this beautiful card.

Wish you could see the shimmery gold! It's gorgeous. I can see using this machine can be addictive...

Thank you'all for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and sentiments very much, and I hope top see you again soon!

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!