(2017 c34) Frantic Stamper, Tim Holtz & Taylored Expressions Christmas

Christmas in July


Peaceful Poinsettia by Taylored Expressions was stamped and heat embossed for the background. Then Distress Oxide Inks by Ranger was sponged over the flowers and sprtized with water to make the inks react.  The Poinsettia Bubble Ornment from Frantic Stamper as well as Believe from Tim Holtz Alterations Die set called Holiday Words Script by Sizzix was cut out of the background and another gold ornament was cut from DCWV 6×6:  The Foiled Cardstock MS-019-00003

Challenges Entered:

ScrapyLand:  Chal. #70 – Anything Goes (Use at least 1 die sold there)

DieCutDivas:  Christmas in July

Cas-UalFridays:  CFC178 – Christmas in July

WordArtWednesday:  Chal. 292 – 293   Anything Goes

(2017 c33) Congratulations, focus


For my Focal point Sentiment card I used:

Stamp set: (retired from Stamp  TV) Inside and Out by Gina K Designs                                       Die Set:  Retired Spellbinders set:   Nestabilities Labels 6, six (Can still be found on Ebay & Amazon)

Embossing folder: Dots and Flowers Set  by Sizzix (also retired)

Embossing folder: Scrollwork by Cuttlebug (also retired)

There seems to be a theme going on for me today!  As you can see, some of my favorite supplies are just like me:  RETIRED

 Challenges Entered:

DiesRUsChallenge:  Chal. # 77 – Sentiment as the Focus

WordArtWednesday:  Chal. # 290-291 Anything Goes

ModSquadChallenge:  Make the Sentiment the Main Focal Point



(2017 c32) Lawn Fawn Scalloped card Pop Up

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Die set used: Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up LF1376

Stamp set used:Lots of Luck MFP Lots of Luck from a company that went out of business in late 2016 Mark’s Finest papers a Heinrich Co.  see picture on the right.

Challenges Entered:

SimonSaysStamp(Wed) Use Plaid

WordArtWednesday:  Chal. # 290 & 291 – Anything Goes




(2017 c31) Essentials by Ellen, Lawn Fawn, Alcohol Inks

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I used Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Yupo paper for the background. Then  for the vellum overlay I cut out the flower hole with Essentials by Ellen die set called Wild Garden by Julie Ebersole,  and also cut the flower shape out of DCWV 6×6:  The Foiled Cardstock MS-019-00003.  I used Lawn Fawn Scripty Thanks die to cut the sentiment.

Challenges Entered:

EssentialsByEllen: July Mix it Up –  Use E by E & Lawn Fawn

WordArtWednesday:  Chal. # 290 & 291 – Anything Goes

(2017 c30) Essentials by Ellen, Mondo Hydrangea


Products used:  Watercolor Paper, Gold Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink,

Stamp set: Mondo Hydrangea by Essentials by Ellen Hutson

Color Burst Liquid Metals by Ken Oliver;  Metalic Madarin, Metalic Saffron, Metalic Rose and a little addition of regular Colorburst for the centers of petals: Orange and Merlot.

Challenges Entered:

EssentialsByEllen:  Pin Sights Challengeesssen by ellen June

SimonSaysStamp:  Anything Goes (Wed)





(2017 c29) Penny Black, Brusho

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I used Powdered Pigments called Brusho Crystal Colorsfor the background. The scene was stamped & heat embossed with black EP. Stamps from Penny Black used: Nature’s Friends. I used my Misti stamping tool (I love it)

Challenges Entered:

CardChallenges(MFT):  MFT Color Challenge #66MFT_ColorChallenge_PaintBook_66

SimonSaysStamp:  Work It Wednesday

HappyLittleStamper:  April Watercolor, Twist Rainbow

TheArtisticStamper:  Backgrounds

(2017 c28) Rainbows and Oxide Distress Inks

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There will be a more detailed post later showing how this background was made as a Third Generation Stencil Coloring Technique.

Challenges Entered:

SimonSaysStamp:  Make A Rainbow

MojoMonday#491 Card Sketchmojo491

WordArtWed: Ch #276 – 277 Anything Goes

SugarPeaDesigns:  ch, Twist Mix it Up Ch #30sugarPeasD 4 5

HappyLittleStamper:  April Watercolor, Twist Rainbow

(2017 c27) Designs by Ryn, Hero Arts, Lawn Fawn, Oxide Distress


The focal hummingbird from Designs by Ryn called Flying Hummingbird 1 & it was heat embossed in gold.  I colored with  Niji Pearlescent Watercolors (I love the shimmer which gives just a hint of the real birds iridescent beauty). It was popped up with foam squares.

The background image Textured Impressions 657772 by Sizzix/Hero Arts was stamped & heat embossed with clear on Cannon Mixed Media Paper (as it turned out this was a little too light weight for the Oxide Distress Ink spritzing technique, so I had to iron it lightly in the end, which took away a little of the shiny embossing) I applied Broken China Distress Oxide Inks by Ranger with the smooshing technique of using a clear acetate piece to apply ink to & then spritzing with water & smooshing to the paper. The white flowers with pearl centers were from my stash of embellishments as well as the butterfly cut out of designer paper.  The sentiment was cut with Happy Birthday Boarder by Lawn Fawn.

Challenges Entered:

DesignsByRynMarch Customer appreciation Challenge

SimonSaysStamp(Mon) Layer it up

HappyLittleStampersAnything goes with Dies

HeroArtsBling It Up

ModSquadChallengePlant Kindness

TuesdayThrowdownTT335 – Add Dimension

(2017 c26) Neat N Tangled, Vellum Window

Today I made a Stamped, Heat Embossed & Water Colored Vellum “Window” card.

As you can see in pictures on the right I made the inside by brushing the Distress Oxide Inks by Ranger  with a Guilding Brush by Martha Stewart. to create an ombre rainbow effect.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANext I sponged Peeled Paint with ColorBox Art Screen Tropical  and then sprinkled water over the panel to activate the Oxide inks.  The vellum panel was stamped with a set from Neat N Tangled called Fractal Cloud Stamp Set.  I heat embossed and painted with Niji Pearlescent Watercolors.  as you can see the panel in picture on the left, I scored on the left side making a hinge to attach the black front Window panel which was folded in half and the windows were cut out with a 3 inch square Punch By Marvy Uchida





I was able to achieve the rectangle shapes by punching from the folded side first & rotating and lining up with first punched square & punching again on the opposite side creating a larger rectangle hole.



I used very strong Score-Tape adhesive tape to adhere the vellum panel inside the fold and to adhere the folded top portion. The last pictures shows a closeup showing how you can see the ferns through the window. The sentiments were stamped with Fractal Cloud Stamp Set.  The inside Prayers sentiment was stamped with Prayers by Simon Says Stamp & Hero Arts.

Challenges Entered:

LittleTanglesChal. #78 – Rainbow

SimonSaysStamp(Wed.) Bit O Green

WordArtWednesdayCh 274-275 Anything Goes


(2017 c25) Essentials by Ellen, Oxide Distress Part 2



Today’s card uses the actual Die cut flowers  from yesterday’s background piece (Essentials by Ellen die set called Wild Garden by Julie Ebersole). To see all the details on how I colored see yesterday’s post HERE.

Supplies used:  Distress Oxide Inks by RangerPeeled Paint, Broken China, Wilted Violet & regular Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch.  DCWV 6×6:  The Foiled Cardstock MS-019-00003 with Positive Word by Julie Ebersole EEDIEJ-042-16

Challenges Entered:

PowerPoppy:  March Chal. – Lets Go Green

EssentialsByEllenHutson: March – Pin Sights ChallengeEllenH March 17

AAACards:  CAS #86 – Use Die cuts

SimonSaysStamp(Wed.) Bit O Green