(2014 c25) Winged Journal

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love all things Decoupage and Dabbling with Paints, two of my favorite techniques! I incorporated both for today’s Journal cover.  First I used acrylic paints to finger paint and a little brush stroking to make my sky and land.  Then I used the bird and tree stencils from a discontinued Ditto screen set called Double Vision from Hampton Art.  I painted Gel Mediums Molding Paste by Golden on to the screens and applied them to the sky & grass. This gave the bird a wonderful veiny  texture.  I then used Pearlescent water colors by Artist’s Loft found at Michaels to outline the bird and highlight her body, as well as highlighting parts of the tree.  I cut the wings on the lower right corner with Wings of Hope by SPELLBINDERS

I stamped Life is a Journey from Technique Tuesday (retired stamp) across the meadow.

Challenges Entered:

SimonSays:  Winged Things – Monday

Stamploration:  Stamps & Your Favorite Technique

VSSweetIdeas: VSC #22 – Technique

(2014 c24) Gina K Designs Stamps by Nina Bracket

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor today’s card I stamped the cross from the discontinued Christ Is Risen OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAby Nina Bracket I got the stamps from Gina K Designs. I stamped on metalic paper with Stazon ink.  The corners were die cut with Decorative Corners made for Our Daily Bread Designs by Spellbinders. 
The central oval focal was cut out with Floral Ovalsby Spellbinders.

Challenges Entered:

SimonSays: Happy Easter /and or Sweet Treats

StampTV:  STV14MON15 – Metal Challenge

TheHouseThatStampsBuilt:  DCC49 – Easter


(2014 c23) Sizzix Hero Arts & Technique Tuesday

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday I made a journal cover using water color paper which I had painted on with acrylic paints and water colors.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I stamped Life is a Journey from Technique Tuesday on the path.  I stamped the bicycle with Bicycle by Sizzix Hero Arts.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA And then cut it out with the die.   I then cut out 2 bicycles with cardstock and glued them together & placed inside the cutout to give some height to the stamped bicycle when it was glued on top.

I decopaged the background to the journal cover and then decopaged the bicycle journey OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERApiece on top.


For the road signs I stamped on my left over background paper and cut out JOURNEY (from Life is a Journey from Technique Tuesday) with 2 arrow dies in the Bicycle by Sizzix Hero Arts set, to indicate the CHOICES  in our JOURNEY.   I cut out the lamp post with Hardware Findings by Tim Holtz Alterations by Sizzix.

Challenges Entered:

SimonSays:  Journey (Monday)

ABlogNamedHero:  Build a background & use a Sentiment

(2014 c22) ODBD Pillow Top Tutorial

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor today’s card I stamped the focal image on watercolor paper and heat embossed with gold EP and painted the butterflies with Pearlescent water colors by Artist’s Loft found at Michaels. . OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Then I cut out using Wavy Rectangles by Spellbinders.(Can’t find them on Spellbinders shop any longer, but still at Wal Mart.)   I then used the next smaller die and “imbossed” only inside the cut out piece.  Then I painted the outside boarder that was formed with Pearlescent water colors by Artist’s Loft found at Michaels.   Next I cut 3 pieces of sticky backed foam with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th smallest dies and adhered the largest to the back of the water color paper and the next smaller foam on top & ending with the smallest.

I used Ailene’s Tacky glue on the foam and on the waves of the paper to glue to the front of the card.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  This created a “PILLOW” effect for the focal image as you can see on the image on the left.

Challenges Entered:

OurDailyBread:  Rain or Water (or use water technique or aqua color)

MyFavoriteThings:  MFTWSC170 – Get SketchyMFTWSC170

(2014 C21) Just Rite Stamps, Masking

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI used 2 different stamps from Just Rite Stampers called Your Special Day Medallion Labels, to achieve this focal image plus the sentiment in the middle all on one layer of white cardstock.


As seen on the right:  First I stamped the smallest medallion with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Shamrock Green EP. You can see the mask below the stamp that I used next to mask the small green medallion before OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI stamped with the larger stamp which was centered over the mask. as seen on the left.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy next step was to heat emboss with gold EP and the result is seen on the right.

Next I used Marvelous Squaresdies by Spellbinders as seen below to the leftOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA.  First I taped the single die to the paper and then ran it through my Big Shot with the embossing pad and embossing only sandwich to “impress” the shape into the cardstock and then I used the largest die to cut out the entire piece.   I placed the small square die back in the impression and sponged Shabby Shutters Distress Ink by Tim Holtz/Ranger all around the die.  This left a white boarder which I then sponged lightly with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink by Tim Holtz/Ranger and I also sponged Frayed Burlap around the outside edges of the outside shape.  I stamped & heat embossed the sentiment in the center with gold EP.

I used Tonic’s Distress tool to fray the edges of the DP from Once Upon A Time Stack from DCWV

Then I adhered to the deep green metalic Recollections CS from Michael’s

Challenges entered:

JustRightStampers:  Fri Chal #118 – Behind The Mask

LovesRubberStampsChallenges:  Ch #97 – Anything Goes

SimonSays:  (mon) -  Anything Goes

(2014 c20) GKD Stately Flowers 1

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADTP: Direct to Paper inking is one of my favorite techniques and I used it in my project today.  To create the  background paper, I stamped with the bluebonnet stamp from Stately Flowers 1 by Melanie Muenchinger found at Gina K Designs on StampTV.  I then sponged with Tim Holtz Distress inks. For the focal flowerI heat embossed with black EP  and painted with Pearlescent water colors by Artist’s Loft found at Michaels.  I then sponged around all edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink by Tim Holtz.   Focal was cut out using Marvelous Squares Nestabilities by Spellbinders.

The sentiment was cut out using Timeless Rectangle Nestabilities by Spellbinders.

Challenges Entered:

StampTV:  STV14MON13 – Celebrate Spring

ModSquadChallengeBlog:  DIY – Make your own Background

MyFavoriteThings:  Color Palette Ch #4Print

ABlogNamedHero:  Ch#41 – Build a Background & use a sentiment

VsSweetIdeas:  VSC Ch #22 – Technique

STAMPlorations:  April Challenge – Stamps and your Favorite Technique

LovesRubberSpampsChallenge:  Ch #97 – Anything Goes

(2014 c19) ODBD Birthday Chalkboard

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATo make my own designer paper for the background, I sponged Tim Holtz Distress Inks onto a piece of Kraft cardstock.  I then stamped the Birthday Chalkboard by Our Daily Bread  with Versamark and heat embossed with black EP.   (I had to fuss around with a ratty sponge & Versamark to achieve the distressed area around the outside boarder of the  chalkboard)   For the sentiment I used the Faith stampset by Our Daily Bread. I Matted with black and adhered to a piece of the same kraft cardstock.

Challenges Entered:

OurDailyBread:  Anniversary Challenge #4 – Have Fun with ODB stamps

MyFavoriteThings:  April Color Palette Ch.#4Print

SimonSays:  Happy Birthday (Wed)

ModSquadChallengeBlog:  DIY – Make your own designer paper

ABlogNamedHero:  Ch#41 – Build A Background

(2014 c18) GKD Clearly Hope is Faith


I was in TX for 6 weeks in Feb & March helping my daughter-in-law and family after her surgery on her left hand.  Between both hands this was the 10th surgery in the last 15 months.  It was tough on her, but she is mending and her faith keeps growing in the Great Physician, praise God!  This card is dedicated to her journey and her faith!

Stamp set: Hope is Faith by Gina K Designs

Die sets:  Wings of Hope, Marvelous Squares and Lables 1 by SPELLBINDERS


I die cut the clear butterfly with Wings of Hope from Spellbinders and then applied alcohol ink and attached to the butterfly that was stamped with Gina K Designs stamp called Hope is Faith and colored with Copics markers.  As you can see the stamped butterfly is  peeking out from behind the alcohol inked clear acrylic butterfly.  (I re-used acrylic packaging material for the clear butterfly)  A simple knot & wala.

Challenges Entered:

StampTV:  STV14MON12 - Knots

SimonSays:  Transparent Layers – Monday

TheHouseThatStampsBuilt: Repeat Impressions DCC326 – Things with Wings

(2014 c17) Just Rite Tufted Vintage Background – 2014 Pantone color of the year; Radiant Orchid

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is my new favorite stamp by Just Rite Paper Craft called Tufted Vintage Labels Seven Background Stamp and it is a WHOPPING 4 1/2″ X 5 3/4″!  Truely a  wonderful stamp!  I stamped with purple and added violet jewels that look purple in the photo.

This is for my son and daughter-in-law’s 15th Anniversary!  Prayers for Love and Blessings this year and for the next 70+ years at least!

Challenges Entered:

JustRiteStampers:  Chal. #113 – In The Background

AddALittleDazzle:  Dazzling Diva Chal. #10 – Anything Goes

Flourishes:  Timeless Tuesday #256 – 2014 Pantone Color

(2014 c16) It’s A Cowboy Thing

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday’s card was stamped with A Cowboy Thing from Mark’s Finest Papers.  I heat embossed the bottom square with gold EP and the top with red EP.

Challenges Entered:

SimonSays:  Cowboy Challenge


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