Wednesday, June 9, 2021

CCC Butterfly Snowflake

 Hi there! Hope you are all doing well? Things here are improving. Getting out and about and although we can go into stores without masks, we're keeping ours on for the time being. It feels so good to have things open up a bit. 

I've been getting out to do activities with some of my Master Gardener friends - nice to be interacting with other humans again!

My June header is the first Monarch I've seen this year. It was visiting  my Waystation, though I didn't find any eggs.

My card today is for the Christmas Craft Creations Design Team. Our theme this month is Heat Embossing. I hope you will play along with us in the challenge, I chose to emboss with different powders through a homemade stencil.

I had a piece of card that I must have die cut, when I was making my Christmas cards last year, which had obviously been used for stenciling before, so instead of putting colored inks through the "stencil", I used Versamark ink on to white glossy cardstock. (I used my embossing buddy over the cardstock first). 

Then I chose 4 blue/silver embossing powders to sprinkle on one at a time, in different areas of the sticky snowflake. I started with Silver Detail. 

Once I had finished applying all four embossing powders, I heat embossed and there was one little bit that wasn't clear on the left hand side. So I replaced the stencil and used the Versamarker pen and added a little more ink and embossing powder to that area. It was quickly heat embossed.

I looked for a sentiment and finally found one that was perfect for me! It was from an old Sparkle N Sprinkle set called Winter Swirl! You know how I love my butterflies!

 I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Clair Paradise and then heat embossed with Clear Detail.

I found a blue frame that worked perfectly size wise and I used strips of mounting tape to add it around the sparkly snowflake and sentiment. A piece of silver thread was tied to the spine of the card to finish it off. Below are the products that I used in my project:

Sparkle N Sprinkle Winter Swirl Stamp Set

Snowflake Stencil

Versafine Clair Paradise Ink pad

Versamark Ink pad


Embossing powders:

Silver Detail, Silver Lightning, 

Blue Silver, Electric Blue, and Clear Detail

Strip mounting tape

Silver Thread

I hope I have inspired you to come join in the fun of Heat Embossing, over at the Christmas Craft Creations Challenge?

Till next time, stay safe!


Monday, June 7, 2021

HAI Merry Little Christmas

 Hi there and welcome back! Can you believe it is June already? Where is the time going? For me things are starting to open up a lot, so I am at least getting to join up with my Master Gardener friends as we get some outside work done. Lots of work to get our garden areas back to where they were, after lying dormant for two seasons! Also, the weather is so hot. We were out mulching this morning in 85° - 92° heat - not fun. But it is so nice to be working with other people again! 

My garden is thriving, though I've still got to mulch (lucky I have a strapping 21 year old home for the summer), to help me with the barrowing!

I spotted my first Monarch at my Waystation on Saturday (almost a month ahead of last year), which is my June header! That's the good news, the bad is the Spotted Lanternfly is sharing the milkweed. This is a terribly invasive insect which was discovered in 2014 in Pennsylvania and is quite quickly taking a firm standing in surrounding areas. 

Anyway, on to my card today for the Holly and Ivy Challenge, which is always Anything Goes. 

I chose to use one of the Stamper's Anonymous Holiday Scenes stamps, which has not seen any ink for quite some time. I inked it up with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink. Love the clarity I get with these inks, especially using them as embossing inks. I added some Sparkle embossing powder to give it a little shine.

Here you can see the sparkle!

Then on to the frame! I used (a new to me) Pink Fresh Studio Slim Stitched Scallop Rectangles die to make a frame from black cardstock. I didn't need to use the entire length of the die.

I then put the image behind it to see how long I needed the cut to be and placed the die cut down the left hand side to allow for enough space.  After cutting it I put little strips of tape to hold the corners in place (you don't notice it as it is black).

I marked on the image the corners of the image and then cut the panel down slightly, so that it would fit behind the frame. 

The moon was colored with a yellow Copic marker and then 1/8" Tear-ific Tape was used to attach the frame to the image. This was then mounted with mounting strips added to the back of the frame and placed on a 7" x 3 1/2" glossy white card base. A piece of white and gold bakers twine across the top finished off this card for today!

Hope I've inspired you to take a look at what the rest of the Design Team has done over on the
Challenge? Below is a list of the ingredients for my card today:

Stamper’s Anonymous Holiday Scenes CMS425
Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink
Sparkle embossing powder
Yellow Copic
PinkFresh Studio Slim Stitched Scallop Rectangles die
Gold and white bakers twine
Mounting Strips

Thanks for stopping by! I'll be back tomorrow for another card for the Christmas Craft Creations Design Team! Trying to get that Christmas card stash on it's way!!


Monday, May 24, 2021

Blue Peace Dove

Hi there and welcome back to my blog! Today I get to share some exciting news - I've joined the Holly and Ivy Christmas Design Team. This is a fortnightly challenge every 2nd Tuesday. I'm looking forward to being part of this team and hope to stack up some more Christmas cards to avoid that Christmas rush!! Maybe you would like to join in with us? We'd love to see your creations and this is an anything goes challenge, just has to be Christmas related!

For my first card for the team, I chose to use the Technique Junkies Christmas Dove image, I don't think I have ever used it before. I thought maybe blue and silver would be a good combination - of course, photographing mirror cardstock is a nightmare, so I hope you get the gist! It's very pretty in real life!

I inked the image up with the Versafine Clair Blue Bell ink and then before it had a chance to dry, I applied Sparkle embossing powder. This gave it a lovely sparkle.

Then it was on to the framing. I used the Spellbinders Grand Large Labels dies (the three smallest). I cut the silver frame using the two smallest dies.

 The outer blue was the inside part of the third smallest die. Then it was just assembling. The blue die cut was layered to a white card base. I cut down the image a little and added strips of mounting tape to the back of the silver cardstock. 

The framed image was then layered to the card front. I tied a little piece of silver ribbon around the left side. Was going to add a sentiment, but thought I'd leave well alone as it said it several times in the image!

Below is a list of the ingredients for my card today:

Technique Junkies Christmas Dove
Versafine Clair Blue Belle Ink
Sparkle embossing powder
Spellbinders Grand Large Labels dies (3 smallest)
Silver Mirror Cardstock
Silver Ribbon
Mounting Tape

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my card share? Please do check out my new teamies' cards over on the Holly and Ivy Challenge blog and we hope to see you join in the fun!

Till next time,


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Snowflake Deer Tag

Hi there and welcome to May! My header for this month is our lovely native perennial, Columbine. Blooming just in time for another May visitor - the hummingbird! I haven't sat over in the area where it blooms to catch the hummingbirds at it, but since they are at the window feeder in the kitchen, then I'm pretty sure they will be frequenting the Columbine also.

The May Challenge over at Christmas Craft Creations is Tags or ATCs. I hope you'll be able to join us this month? I was looking for some inspiration and came across this ornament die with the deer and snowflakes. Decided to go with a bauble-shaped tag!

I die cut the top of the outline die of the ornament from a piece of silver cardstock (for the bauble topper) and then the entire die cut from a homemade piece of watercolor paper that I had in my backgrounds' drawer, which I believe had been applied with Brushos and water and while still wet, I had added some Wink of Stella. This gave a little bit of sheen to the piece.

The black cardstock was die cut using both dies.

This was then glued down on top of the die cut background piece and the little silver top was also attached with glue.

I tied a piece of green twine through the hole to finish off my tag.

I hope that you will be inspired to join in our challenge this month, with a tag or ATC?
Till next time, 


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Flocked Season's Greetings

 Hi there and thanks for stopping by my blog today! My April header is of my Star Magnolia tree. Although still small and fenced-off, so that the deer don't get to it - it is covered in these beautiful blooms. Can't wait till it reaches a height where it will be safe from those rats with antlers! 

Today I have a card for the Design Team of Christmas Craft Creations and this month the challenge is "No Stamping"!  So come on ladies - get out those dies and stencils and join in the fun. It is CCC's one year birthday this month, so there are a few prizes up for grabs!! I hope you will join in the fun?

I'm afraid I didn't have my camera up in the stamping room when I made my card, as it was raining torrentially and I didn't want to go over to get it!! So this will be a photoless post!

I began by die cutting the Tutti Designs Holly Panel from green cardstock layered with double stick adhesive. The cardstock side was taped down to the red cardstock, around the edges and under some of the leaves to keep it flat. I removed the protective backing from the die cut and applied Grass Green Flocking.

In hindsight, I should have attached the berries (red rhinestones) before putting down the flocking as the self-adhesive on some of the rhinestones was not terribly sticky!!

I die cut the Impression Obsession Christmas Stitched Words from the same green cardstock and put double sided tape behind, so that the Cherry Sparkle Flocking would adhere to the letters. These were then attached to the panel with mounting tape. The rhinestones were added now, but as I said it would have been easier had I done that before the flocking!

The front panel was attached to a white card base and that finished off my card for today! Please join in the fun. It's our birthday month, so several prizes are going to be up for grabs!

Here is a list of the products that I used:

Tutti Designs Holly Panel 

Impression Obsession Christmas Stitched Words

Grass Green Flocking

Cherry Sparkle Flocking

Self-Adhesive red pearls

Double Stick Tapes

I'd like to join in the following challenges with my card:

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #92: Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers - April: Anything Goes with Dies

Merry Little Christmas Challenge #33: Anything Christmas Goes

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #4: Anything Goes

Till next time, stay safe,


Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Pink Poinsettias

 Hi folks and welcome to March! We're expecting to get up in the 60's this week.  Since it is so warm my bees are out and about and are already bringing in some light colored pollen!  After scouring the yard for what it might be that they are finding, I was thrilled to see them foraging on a big clump of heather in the front yard. My March header is one of these busy girls!

With Spring just around the corner, we often think flowers, and it just so happens that the theme over at Christmas Craft Creations for the month of March is also flowers - Christmas flowers! 

I chose to feature the Poinsettia! I began with stamping the Stampendous Poinsettia Background in Versamark and heat embossing with Gold Detail. 

I colored in the poinsettia flowers with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink with a small blender.

I cut the white border off and layered to pink cardstock before layering to a white cardbase. The poinsettia from the Recollections Stamp and Die Set (which happens to be this month's prize over on the Challenge) was also stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with gold detail.

The flower was also inked with the Worn Lipstick.

The flower portion was then die cut.

I inked, heat embossed and colored the petals a third time and the smaller inside petals were then fussy cut.

I then attached the three-layered poinsettia to the prepared card front with mounting tape. Nuvo Crystal Drops Dandelion Yellow were added to the centers of all the flowers. The sentiment from Sparkle N Sprinkle set Nesties Xmas Trees was stamped on pink card with Versamark and also heat embossed in Gold Detail. I hand cut a little banner and attached the sentiment also with mounting tape.

Gold baker's twine was wrapped around the spine of the card to finish off my project for today. Taken from this angle, you lose the sparkle of the embossing powder, but you can see how detailed the embossing is.

I hope I have inspired you to join in along with the challenge and have a chance at winning the Recollections Stamp and Die set. Below is a list of all the products that I used.

Stampendous Poinsettia Background

Sparkle N Sprinkle Nesties Xmas Trees

Recollections Stamp and Die Set 529319

Versamark Ink

Gold Detail embossing powder

Distress Oxide Ink Worn Lipstick


Nuvo Crystal Drops Dandelion Yellow

Gold bakers twine

Mounting Tape

I'd like to join in the following challenges with my card:

Christmas Crafts all Year 'Round: March Challenge: Something that starts with E or F (Embossing (heat) and Flowers)

The Holly and Ivy Challenge #90: Anything Goes

MLCCB #32: March: Anything Goes

Take care until next time!


Saturday, February 27, 2021

Turner Syndrome Awareness

 Today I am sharing a card I made specifically for a Challenge that promotes Turner Syndrome Awareness. I first became aware of  Turner Syndrome two years ago when the stamping community, headed up by Lori Kobular, started the Turner Syndrome Awareness Blog Hop. 

Turner Syndrome is a genetic disorder where a female is born missing all or part of her second X chromosome leaving her with life-long medical issues and learning disabilities. This condition occurs one in 2,000 female births worldwide, but is more common among pregnancies that do not survive to full term. That is why Turner Syndrome Females are considered MIRACLES! I hope you will go to Lori's site to learn more!

Here is the mood board for the Challenge:

I started this card a couple of weeks ago and it changed directions several times before it was finished. I had this never before used Stampendous Hydrangea Garden stamp, stencil and die set that I recently came across during a clean-up in my stamping room. Since the Butterfly is also a symbol of TSF, I thought this set was the perfect choice!

I began with stamping the hydrangea bloom in my stamping platform with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink. The outline part of the stencil was placed around the bloom and I colored using inkers and some Distress Oxide inks.

This was returned to the stamping positioner and was reinked with Nocturne and then heat embossed with sparkle. The mask part of the stencil was then placed on top of the bloom in the stamping positioner and the leaves were positioned and stamped with the Nocturne ink.

I then placed the leaf mask over the first set of leaves and stamped a second set over to the left.

This was the result, once the masks were removed.

The leaves were then colored using inkers and different green inks, with the bloom and leaf stencils being put in place of areas not to be inked.

The butterfly was then stamped, colored with Copics and die cut.

I covered the butterfly with Versamark ink and then heat embossed with Clear Detail and then again with Super Thick Clear. This gave the butterfly a beautiful shiny coat!

Back to the hydrangea, Broken China was applied to the background and then misted with water.

I found this a little darker than I had wanted, so I'll deal with that later!!

I covered a piece of pink cardstock with double sided adhesive and cut out a frame with the Tonic Topnote Trellis Layering die.

Lavender Iris glitter was then applied to the sticky surface of the frame when I took of the protective backing.

To tone down main image I decided to cover it with vellum. I attached it with a little Pixie Spray to hold it in place temporarily. I attached the glittered frame to the piece using a flower and brad in each of the four corners.

I placed the finished panel back in the stamp positioner and positioned the butterfly stamp on top of the vellum.

Just the body of the butterfly was then inked:

The glazed butterfly was then placed on top of the body of the butterfly. Now she has legs and antennae again! The card front was layered to pale purple and then on to a white card base.

I searched high and low for a sentiment. As luck would have it another dear stamping friend, Donna Ellis, had recently gifted us a sentiment that we could use on our personal projects and I thought it would be perfect for my card. However I did have to change the size to fit where I wanted it to go. So after adjusting the dimensions on my computer, I printed it out on the same pink cardstock that I had used for the frame. I then die cut the sentiment using the inside die cut of the Tonic die set. 

The sentiment was attached with some mounting foam. Some pink baker's twine was knotted around the spine of the card to finish off my project.

I hope you have enjoyed stopping over today? I also hope that you take the time to go back and check out the Turner Syndrome Awareness Blog Hop. Not are there many fun prizes to be won, but you can also learn much more about these miracle girls!

Below you will find a complete list of all the products that I used in my project today:

Donna Ellis’s sentiment

Stampendous Fran’s Hydrangea Garden Stamp and Stencil Set

Stampendous Fran’s Hydrangea Garden Die Cut Set

Versafine Clair Nocturne ink

Sparkle embossing powder

Distress Oxide Inks:

Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Broken China

Versafine Clair inks: Cheerful, Verdant, Shady Lane

Blending Brushes


Copics markers: RV02, Y13, YG256, YG13, W-3

Versamark ink

Clear Embossing powder

Super Thick Clear embossing powder

Tonic Topnote Trellis Layering Die Set

Double sided adhesive sheet

Lavender Iris glitter



Pink Baker’s twine

Foam mounting tape

Along with the Turner Syndrome Awareness Challenge I would also like to take part in the following challenges:

Creations in Pink Challenge #31: Anything Goes: Mainly Pink

Take care, until next time!