Friday, March 13, 2015


Hi everyone,

Well, I'm back quickly because unfortunately I have a sympathy card to share. Our family friend of 30 years, our softball coach - when David and I first met and "Uncle" Tommy to the kids, passed away rather unexpectedly this week. It's taken me a few days to get over the shock and put "ink" to "paper". Tommy was very connected to the Irish community in D.C. and so I wanted to keep the card in the green family in his honor. So out came the Brusho Crystals again!

I spritzed normal white cardstock with water and then sprinkled the paper with Yellow, Leaf Green and Emerald Green Brusho Crystals. I chased them around the paper with my heat gun until it was dried. (Not quite sure where the random pink spots came from?) So now what? It was a pretty background, but you know I can't leave well enough alone, and I had no idea in what direction this card was going.

I cut out the Die-Namics Daisy Bunch (love this die) from a lime green and yellow cardstock, saving the negative pieces of the die. One of the negatives was temporarily taped to the brusho surface after applying lots of anti-static dust. I used a dauber with Versamark to pounce down through the negative die. I lifted up the "stencil" and applied Black Detail embossing powder, which was then heated.

I covered that entire piece with Versamark and heat embossed with Clear Detail, then applied a little Magic Speckle on top of that, which gave it a marbled look. (Wish I had taken my camera upstairs with me!) It looked too dark, so I decided to put the die back over the top of the black "image" and cut it from the brusho piece. I used it in the inside of the card instead:

So then I took the yellow die cut piece and placed it back in the space where the black version had been. It was taped down from the back. I cut all the flowers off the green version and glued it on top of the yellow version. Using a Sakura Glue Pen I added Spirited Green Glitter to the stems and leaves and then Sunny Daze Glitter to the petals and buds.

I used Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles Large to cut out the center piece. The Grand Scalloped Circles was used to cut the black base card (leaving a fold uncut at the top of the circle). I die cut the same size Grand circle for the outside frame, from the brusho panel and glued that to the black base. I turned the front circle piece slightly so that the scallops had the black showing behind. It was then attached with Dimensional Foam.


The sentiment from Sympathy Set 579 was stamped in Versamark onto yellow cardstock and then heat embossed with Pine (one of the awesome Tuscan colors, which come in various colors and are detailed powders so are great for sentiments, when you don't want to use black). I fussy cut the sentiment and sponged it with a little Memento Pear Tart ink before attaching it to the card with dimensionals and tape.

I liked the inlay look. It gives dimension to the card without adding the bulk.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Creatalicious Challenges #72: No square or rectangle cards
Scrapy Land Challenge #13: Use brand of die that Scrapy Land Sells

Here's a photo of Tommy giving me flowers as I arrived at the church before our wedding in Scotland. I think I remember he was crying more than I was!

I hope Wava, Tommy's wife will like the card. We're all going to miss this really special man. 



Thursday, March 12, 2015


Hi there,

Here today sharing another caffeinated card! There were four awesome coffee themed sets released by Sparkle N Sprinkle this month.

Coffee Shoppe Set 695
Coffee Talks Set 700
Coffee Time Set 694
Espresso Yourself  Set 699

My card today uses the Espresso Yourself Set 699, with the sentiment from Coffee Shoppe Set 695.

I stamped the coffee cup in Versamark twice on pink cardstock and twice on brown cardstock and heat embossed the images with Pebbled Copper. The entire cups were then fussy cut from the brown and then just the holders were cut from the pink versions. The holders were taped down to the cups. I cut a little slit in the lids for the coffee stirrers.

The background was made by running pink cardstock through the Sizzix Embossing Folder "On the Go" which had been previously inked with Memento Rich Cocoa.

The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Teddy Brown and was cut and embossed with Spellbinders Ribbon Tag Trio Two. The tag was attached to the background with a piece of organdy ribbon, sponged with Rich Cocoa, with a Dimensional Dot behind it, so I could tuck one of the cups under it.

The background was then centered on the white card base, edged with 1/4" Tear-ific Tape.  Sparkle N Soft Sparkling Coffee  (how appropriate is that?) was then applied to the exposed sticky edge. The cups were positioned and stuck down with Dimensional Dots as shown.

I'm really loving these new coffee themed sets. Hope I've inspired you to take a look at them if you haven't already done so.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Friday, March 6, 2015


Time to get my Mum's Mother's Day card in the mail, as it is next Sunday in the UK. I started by sprinkling some Scarlet and Brilliant Red Brusho crystals on a wet glossy white piece of cardstock. .... then pink seemed to evolve! 

I stamped the lilies three times in StazOn black and cut them out using my Brother Scan N Cut (sure beats all that fussy cutting!) I then used three different shades of pink crayons and an aqua pen and colored the lilies. After they were dry, I applied Versamark all over them and heat embossed with Clear Detail. This gave them a lovely shiny look. I used a Sakura Glue Pen to apply Cyclamen Glitter to the petals and then some Dimensional Glue was used to add pink glass beads to the flower centers.

The Brusho background was cut with Spellbinders Crisscross die. I die cut the pink cardstock  with Spellbinders Branching Out. The lattice was attached to the back of the frame along with a piece of wide organdy ribbon before being layered to a piece of light pink cardstock edged with 3/4" Tear-ific Tape. Bubble Gum Glitter was applied to the sticky edges.

The two small heart brads on the tag were heat embossed with Raspberry Tart. The two glass heart buttons were heat embossed with Princess Rose. The dark pink button was already that color. The sentiment, from My Rose Garden Set was stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed with Raspberry Tart. It was cut and embossed with Spellbinders Grommet Tags, then sponged with Memento Rose Bud and attached to the background with the brads. The background was then attached to a white card base.

The white organdy ribbon was sponged with Memento Angel Pink before being made into a bow and threaded through the buttons. It is all attached to the card front with Dimensional Foam.

The lilies were also attached with Dimensional Dots.

Well, that's it for today. Early Happy Mother's Day to all you Brits!

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
DRS #164: Use Buttons
In the Pink: For a Special Lady
Scrap & Craft Inspiration: Challenge #4 - Mother's Day
Craft Stamper: Take It Make It Challenge
Scrapy Land: Challenge 13 - use any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Hi there and welcome to yet another "SNOW DAY"!!!!!

OK - I am so done with this "white nonsense", along with so many other folks in the North East. I'm dog-sitting for my bowling buddy for a couple of weeks, while she visits her Mom in South Africa. The poor little dog can't even find grass to pee on! ...and to make it worse I forgot to put her jacket on for this photo shoot! The photo's blurred because she was shaking.

The grass is a foot under her! I should have made a spot for her and left a tarp over it when it was snowing - but I didn't think that far ahead!! Oh well, we'll just muddle through, right? It could be worse - I could be living in Boston!

Well at least it gives me an excuse to just stamp. My share today is for a dear neighbor - Chet. He is the neighborhood fix-it angel! I was still in my stencil and embossing paste mode when I made this. So I had a masculine background to use.

I had made the background using the TCW Mini Gears stencil, white embossing paste and Sparkle N Sprinkle Pebbled Copper embossing powder. The background is chipboard which had first been sponged with Memento Rhubarb Stalk. The cogs and arrow are all from Blue Fern (Widget works and Industrial Gears). The brads were heat embossed with the Pebbled Copper and Blackened Bronze

The big cog was covered with Pebbled Copper and then I added a little Versamark ink and heat embossed again with a little Magic Speckle. This is an awesome embossing powder. - it gives a mosaic effect, and with the metallic colors it becomes, well let's just say, "well worn".

The other chipboard pieces were embossed with various metallic powders: Copper, Copper Dreams and Antiquities.

The Birthday Cut Out is from Die-Versions - yes I know I've been using it a lot - hoping they come out with a "Happy"! I cut it from a 5" x 5" piece of black cardstock. I applied a strip of 3/4" Tear-ific Tape behind the sentiment and then applied Embers Glitter to the front.

The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed with Black Detail. A little Desert Sand was sponged over the sentiment before I encased it with the hardware, which was from an old batch of Stampin' Up Hardware.

Well you know you have to use ribbon or lace for a girl card, right? What do you do for a guy?  I found some copper wire and wrapped it around the card front before adding it to the rust card base. Thought that it just finished off my card nicely. Happy Birthday Chet, dear friend!

Hope you've enjoyed my share with you today. 

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Stamping Sensations - One for the Guys!
Scrapy Land - Use a die cut that Scrapy Land sells

Hopefully next time I post it will be more Spring-like!