Sunday, July 23, 2017

From me to you

Just a simple card I enjoyed making for a few challenges I enjoy:
Butterfly Challenge: M for Matching Pair and/or the colour Orange
Sketch Saturday

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


It's a relaxing, peaceful Inspiration Photo this week  over at The House That Stamps Built:
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My take was to do a soft oceany watercolor wash.  Then I stamped Repeat Impressions 4111-F, Starfish (sm) with Distress Inks 3 times on kraft cardstock, distressed with another shade of Distress Ink, fussy cut, distressed the edges with a distressing tool, used a darker Distress Ink on the edges and added to the card below:

Closer view:

For inspiration from my talented teammates:
We enjoy when you join in the fun, check it out at The House That Stamps Built, each weekly entry puts you in the drawing for  the monthly $25 gift certificate to Repeat Impressions, use a Repeat Impressions, stamp and you get an extra chance.  Discount code on the top right of my blog.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Winter Wishes Card Drive

I've been having fun making several of each of the above cards for :
Christina does this twice a year for children in the Heart Hospital, it runs from  July 1st - August 25th with Winter Wishes or Holiday Wishes cards collection.  You can check it out if interested on Christina's blog under the Card Drive tab.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sweet Treat

Tic-Tac-Toe time this week at The House That Stamps Built:
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 I went with the middle row: Sweet Treats-Paper Piecing-Lime Green.  My mom had just shared some polka dotted paper with me which was perfect for this.  I used Repeat Impressions: 9302-P, Cupcakes and will add my sentiment when I know what occasion I am sending the card for.

For inspiration from my talented teammates:
And to join in the fun check it out at The House That Stamps Built, you might be the lucky winner of the montly $25 gift certificate to Repeat Impressions.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Floor polish technique

 I sorted through a couple technique photo albums, and repurposed some of the cards and put some in a pile to repurpose onto cards, and some in the recycle bin.  This was one of my all time favorites so I cut the top layer off and made a new card out of it.  It was the very old Future floor polish technique, I can't even find it on the Internet but found a similar technique called Caught in Crystal.  You drizzle clear crystal lacquer on acetate (in my case Future floor polish), Randomly drop about 3 colors of alcohol ink on the crystal lacquer or floor polish.  Sprinkle with Mica Powder and use a brush to spread you crystal lacquer or floor polish to cover the acetate.  Next crumple a piece of tissue paper, uncrumple and place over the liquid, lightly smooth.  Let dry overnight.  Trim to size, flip over and stamp your image with Staz-on ink on the front of the acetate and finish as desired.
A few fun challenges:

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Lazy Days

 It's Designers Choice Challenge week over at The House That Stamps Built and Deonna choose Create a Scene, a very popular theme in blogland, so hopefully we will have a lot of people joining the fun this week!
I went with a peaceful summer scene using:
I colored the trees with Copics and then sponged my scene with Distress Inky, using a cloud stencil, a piece of punched cardstock for the sun, and torn cardstock for the grassy hills.
Join us at The House That Stamps Built for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Repeat Impressions!  Once chance per entry per week, drawing once a month, 2 entries if you use a Repeat Impressions stamp! Discount code at the top right of my blog.
Check out the great designs by the rest of the Design Team:

A few fun challenges:
Crazy4Challenges-C4C392-Use Stamp, Dies or Both Create a Scene Or something you see in a Park
One Crazy Stamper-July
Sketch Saturday  Week 470

Monday, July 3, 2017

Oxide Ink Cling Wrap Background Tutorial

Donna here with the presentation of the week for The House That Stamps Built.  I choose Distress Oxide Cling Wrap Background and had a lot of fun with this.  I hope you will enjoy my tutorial and give this technique a try.  I will be posting more cards at a later date that I make with more of the fun backgrounds I created!

The supplies you will need are: cling wrap, Oxide Distress Inks,  (you can substitute watercolor powders or watercolors), a spray bottle of water, watercolor paper (you can substitute a good quality glossy card stock).

I am going to explain two versions, both are fun and striking, the second version requires more time patience.

Version one:
1) Spread Cling wrap on your work surface.  Smoosh Distress Oxide inks on the cling wrap,  on my second go round I did not overlap them as much and liked those results better:
2)  Spritz liberally with water: 
3) Set card stock (4 /1/4 by 5 1/2 ") on the ink.  Press down and scrunch the cling wrap a bit: 

4) Flip over and scrunch cling wrap up and add any more colors to achieve desired look and more of a scrunched look.:

Second version:  After laying the cardstock down on the Distress Oxide Inks flip over and let dry completely, no heat tool,  be patient.

Complete cards as desired:


I hope you enjoyed this technique and will give it a try, I would enjoy seeing your creations!

Saturday, July 1, 2017


Donna here and I'm back for another term with House of Cards, such a fun design team and great monthly challenges! Our theme this month is:
Stripes and/or Colors
I used stripes and colors(with a few extra's).  I used Stampin Up's Birthday Blooms set, colored with Copic markers, accenting with a yellow Gelly roll pen and Wink of Stella:


A closer view:

Check out what the talented Design Team has created and then hop on over to House of Cards and join in the July challenge with us!

Chanya13 | Cohenna | Donna | Em | Heather | Jane | Judy 
Michele | Mynn | Paula | Rocky | Rosi 
Shawna | Shirley | Sue N. | Susan 

A few fun challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenge #247
Crafting from the Heart
Making Memories Crafting Challenge #6: Bingo Board: Die cut/Image/Bling

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Anything goes this week at The House That Stamps Built.   With 4th of July next week I wanted to go with that theme.  I die cut stars from two layers and have the stars left over for another card.
I randomly stamped this amazing fireworks stamp(9014-M, Fireworks) with Versamark ink and then embossed the fireworks and God Bless America(3711-G, God Bless America) with Egyptian Gold embossing powder.  Below is a close up of the fireworks:

We always enjoy seeing your creations entered into the weekly challenge at The House That Stamps Built. and each entry gets a chance to win the monthly prize drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Repeat Impressions (2 chances if you use one of their stamps). Enter as often as you like and feel free to use my discount code on the top right. 

Check out the design teams blog for amazing inspiration and I hope to see your cards linked up.  Have a safe and fun 4th of July if live in America.

A few fun challenges:
Crafty Creations #344: Anything Goes  7/4
Create and Inspire #63 Anything Goes  7/9
Not Just Cards #45 Anything Goes 
Sparkles Monthly Challenge #93: Embossing  77/22
Word Art Wednesday #288-289 Anything Goes 7/2

Thursday, June 22, 2017

My Favorite Things Camp Create

Whew, I made it by a few hours, finished up day 3, 4 and 5 of My Favorite Things Camp Create, so many great techniques and inspirations and lots of fun. Thanks to my friend Vicki at Stamp Smiles for participating and getting me excited to join in! Here we go:

What a fabulous video and this method really shakes well and is a fun version to send to kids, my take is below:
My badge for Spectacular Shakers:
I have tried this technique before but never got the results I got after watching this video, I will be using this technique a lot!  My card:
Badge I earned for Dry embossing:
So much fun, but as they say glitter is a girls best friend, I stenciled the background with distress inks and then burnished the butterflied with glitter per the video, I did put Glossy Accents on top of my butterflies as even though I like glitter I don't like it all over my craft room/office and I do like the look it gave it, see close up below.

My fifth and final badge is for Glitzy Glitter:
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are having a creative week!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

My Favorite Things Camp Create

This is my 2nd post today.

I had a little bit of time today so I was able to participate in My Favorite things Camp Create Day 1 and 2.  Their techniques and video's are fabulous.

Camp Create Day 1 is Wonderful Watercolor  which I have been wanting to try for ages. I needed a retirement card for this weekend so below is my version:

 Badge for Wonderful Watercolor participation
Camp Create Day 2 was-Remarkable Resist and below is my version:
Badge for Remarkable Resist participation
Be sure to check out all their video's for all 5 days.
A few fun challenges:
Card 1:
One Crazy Stamper  6/27  
Card 2:
Butterfly challenge: #80 (Bingo-Bling-Butterfly-Blooms, and color Heather) 6/28


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Inspiration photo week at The House That Stamps Built, isn't this photo peaceful and serene, it makes me want to curl up with a good book but instead I got out my crafting supplies and had some fun.  Here is what I came up with:

I got out my Distress Oxide Inks and created my background, misted with water and then with sheer gold shimmer (close up below). Then I stamped it with Repeat Impressions 1401-P, Portland Head Light (sm).  Is it not fabulous?  I was pleased with the result, I am liking my Distress Oxide Inks and the Repeat Impression scenery stamps make the final result so simple!
I hope you are inspired to play along at this weeks challenge at The House That Stamps Built,  check out the details on the blog and how you can win a $25 gift certificate. 
More inspiration by my talented teammates:
A few fun challenges:

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Fathers Day

I wanted to share a couple of the Father's Day cards I made:
This was made with Simply Defined: Be Inspired Moments(the sailboat is die cut and popped up) and the card below was made with a free digital download in the newsletter from Inspired by Stamping.

Happy Fathers Day to you men stampers out there and the spouses of the lady stampers! 

A few fun challenges:
Crafting From the Heart #163: Anything Goes  6/18
design team favourite
Cuttlebug Mania: Fathers Day    6/27
Deep Ocean Challenge #157: Die Cuts, Chipboards and/or Punches  6/23
Glittter N Sparkle: #244: Fathers Day/Masculine  6/25

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Look alike

We have a fun Tic-Tac Toe Challenge at The House That Stamps Built this week with some great ideas to pick from:
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 I just had to make my focal point this adorable :8121-P, Golden Retriever from Repeat Impressions,  and I went with the top row.

I choose him for my sons birthday card.  Look at the picture below of his fiancĂ©'s dog, does the stamped image not look just like him?  Let me know what you think, they were amazed at the resemblance.  I can see using this stamp a lot in the future.
Be sure to check out the creative work of my Rock Star teammates:


A few fun challenges:

Monday, June 12, 2017


Just got back from a short vacation, to Branson, MO, had  wonderful time visiting Silver Dollar City, College of the Ozarks, shopping at the Outlet Mall and of course visiting the local Stamping/Scrapbook store.  I wanted to share the engagement card I gave to my son and his fiancĂ©. Such an exciting event, we are all enjoying having her in our lives and so happy for the two of them!  . I will be catching up with your blogs soon. Have a wonderful week

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Washi Tape

Designers Choice Challenge at The House That Stamps Built this week and my turn to pick! I choose Washi tape.  I have so much of it in my stash and knew the design team would give me some great ideas of how to use it!
I had some fun and went with glitzy this week! This pretty Washi tape had been sitting in my stash for way to long and needed to be used.   My card using Repeat Impressions stamps: 9204-M, Water Lilies & Dragonflies and 1113-D, Birthday both embossed in gold.

We always enjoy seeing your artwork at The House That Stamps Built in our weekly challenge.  All participants will be automatically entered into our random monthly drawing. One lucky person will win a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate!  Use a Repeat Impressions stamp and you will be entered twice.

Check out the rest of the teams designs for inspiration:

A few fun challenges:
Crafting From the Heart #162  6/11
Create and Inspire #62   6/9
Tuesday Morning Sketches #406  6/12