(2017 c37) Stars of Family Reunion

Tags made for our Family Reunion, featuring great grandparents (Memories of them were the shinning  stars of the day). The center one was covered with burlap instead of paper for the background. Tim Holtz Ephemera was used to collage.

Challenges Entered:

SimonSaysStamp:  (Wed.) We’re Seeing Stars

KraftinKimmieStampsAnything but a Kard – Anything Goes

(2017 c36) Neat and Tangled, Christmas Wreath


I used Neat and Tangled’s Fractal Cloud  in my Misti Stamping Tool  to stamp in a circle making a WREATH.



I colored with SPARKLY  Color Burst Liquid Metals by Ken Oliver.  The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed. Retired Stamp, actually Retired company: (The stamp is Poinsettia Blooms 2012 from a company that went out of business in late 2016 Mark’s Finest papers a Heinrich Co.)  Then I cut out a mask of the Fractal Cloud and sponged on Distress Oxide Inks by Ranger  Cracked Pistachio and Faded Jeans and then spattered water on and blotted.  The picture on the far right shows a second wreath that I auditioned different Distress Oxide Inks to help me choose which to use for the background.

Challenges Entered:

LittleTanglesChallenge:  Chal. #82 Masking

Cas-UalFridays:  CFC 178 – Christmas in July

SimonSaysStamp:  (Mon.) You’ve Got the Edge (for the top & bottom edges I painted strips with one of the wreath colors.)

KraftinKimmieStamps:  (Sat.)  Challenge #391 – Use a Retired Stamp

AlohaFridayChallenge:  #99 – Color chal. Use at least 2 (my Cracked Pistachio is a lighter version of the sea green)ColorShore_kitty b 99

SimonSaysStamp:  Work It Wedmesday – Add Sparkle


(2017 c35) Summer Hydrangea with Ellen Hutson Stamp


Stamp set: Mondo Hydrangea from Essentials by Ellen Hutson Heat embossed with gold on water paper.  Next I used Color Burst Liquid Metals by Ken Oliver; Metalic Saffron, Metalic Sky and for the flower petals I mixed Metalic Rose with the regular powdered Color Burst Violet.

The sentiment was cut with Positive Word by Julie Ebersole EEDIEJ-042-16

 Challenges entered:

EllenHutson:  Pin Sights Challenge (I was inspired by the bright yellows and blues and stripes in the picture)

WordArtWednesday:  Chal. 292 – 293   Anything Goes

KraftinKimmieStamps:  Wonderful Wednesday – Anything Goes

SimonSaysStamp:  Work It Wednesday – Add Sparkle

(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.  I not only used the mirror foil, but I placed a piece of repurposed plastic packaging behind the cut out so that the intricate Die could be “set In” easily, that added to the glassy look.

Challenges Entered:

ScrapyLand:  Chal. #70 – Anything Goes (Use at least 1 die sold there) Yahoo I got Honorable Mention! SL Honorable Mention

DieCutDivas:  Christmas in July

Cas-UalFridays:  CFC178 – Christmas in July

WordArtWednesday:  Chal. 292 – 293   Anything Goes

SimonSaysStamp:  Work It Wednesday – Add Sparkle

(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.  I used Lawn Fawn Scripty Thanks die to cut the sentiment.

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