Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunshine Shaker

Time for another game at the AAA Challenge Blog. Our theme this time is CAS  Shaker Cards (Clean & Simple Style only). 

Our sponsor for this game is Stampendous.

The first place winner will receive a prize from this wonderful company AND the chance to be a Guest Designer for a future AAA Cards Challenge.

This was one of those cards that came out completely different than the way it began. I reworked the background on this one. At first I used a white background sprayed with gold Glimmer Mist, but it did not sing loudly enough.  I keep a little box filled with watercoloring experiments, and this background panel was in there. Nothing but blue skies... it was perfect. So I de-constructed and re-constructed the card with this wonderful water color background, and voila!

The AAA DT has come up with some truly wonderful creations, so please go over the AAA Cards Challenge Blog and give them some love.  Then get to work on your own CAS Shaker card - Clean & Simple is the key!

I am linking my card to the following challenges:

My CAS design.

My watercolor background.

The Mixed Media Card Challenge #22 {Sunshine}

Thanks so much for coming by. Hope your day is full of sunshine!

Sunday, April 10, 2016


The new game is up on the AAA Cards Challenge Blog. This time it's "Anything Goes".  I am still playing with my Brushos and loving the magic. I used the mono printing technique for my creation. I had used the honeycomb stencil and Brushos on another project, and made sure that I got paint on the negative.  I flipped the stencil and pressed it on to the watercolor paper, and got this beautiful effect. Once dry, I sprayed the entire panel lightly with Tattered Angels Gold spray mist. I die cut the butterfly (PTI) from velum and gold adhesive paper (PTI), popped it up on the card and bent the wings upward a bit.

The sentiment is from Concord & 9th's Beautiful Words and Beautiful You dies. I am loving learning and trying new things, and I'm very pleased with the way this one turned out.

Please head on over to the AAA Cards Challenge Blog and check out the designs of my fabulously talented fellow DT members. Leave them some love, then create something wonderful and link up to our challenge. Our sponsor this week is Happy Little Stampers, with a $20.00 gift certificate for the challenge winner.

I am linking my card to the following challenges:


Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge : WINGS. Create anything mixed media that you like as long as it includes Wings of any description :)

CAS Mix Up - I chose to add Die Cuts to my stenciling and stamping creation.

Thank you for coming by today. I hope you have been inspired. As always, I love your comments. They make my day!

Sunday, April 3, 2016


I used Freshly Made Sketches #230 for the layout and Paper Smooches Calorie Free stamps and dies to put it together. For the background, I laid a panel of punched mylar on my card, masked it, then  sprayed it with Dylusions Fresh Lime Ink Spray.  I stamped the pretzels with Rusty Hinge over Fossilized Amber distress inks with my MISTI.  I used some white Flower Soft on them to give them a salty effect!! This was a really fun one.

Thanks for stopping in today. 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Mother's Day

Time for a new game at AAA Cards Challenge Blog. Our theme this time is Stenciling. There are so many techniques to use.

Our generous sponsor for this challenge is Stampendous,

I did some research on stenciling techniques and learned a lot. I tried this stenciling with watercolor technique using Brushos, and am now in LOVE with this medium and technique, as well as many variations that can be used with powdered watercolors. 

 I'm thrilled with the results and plan to incorporate this technique and medium into many of my cards in the future.

Stencil: By Designs Ryn
Die Cuts: Winnie and Walter.
Sentiment: Winnie & Walter
Watercolors: Brushos.

Please head over to the AAA Cards Challenge Blog and check out what my fellow DT members have created and leave them some love. Please join us in creating your own stenciled beauty. Please remember to keep it CAS.

Thanks for stopping by today. I greatly appreciate it.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Let The Earth Rejoice

In creating this Easter card for my mother, I blended a rainbow of distress inks on a white panel, and topped it another white panel die cut with PTI's Harlequin Cover Plate. The sentiment, which is from a Verve set that I have had for years: Everlasting Life, is heat embossed on vellum.

I am linking to the following challenges:

Monday, March 21, 2016

Joyous Easter

Today I am feeling a little Spring in my step. It snowed last night but the air is warming and the temps should be around 70 by the end of the week. Trees are blooming, crocus and daffodils and hyacinths  are up... Yay.  I made this Easter card for my sweet nephew Thomas. He is such a sweetie - 6 months old and the happiest guy I know. Images are Paper Smooches (carrot, bunny, bird and sentiment) and MFT (grass). Background inside circle is polka dot vellum from PTI with a little tint of Tumbled Glass distress ink. 

I am linking my card to the following challenges:

Thank so much for stopping in today!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Easter Wishes

Time for a new game over at AAA Cards! Come play with us and crete an Easter Themed Project!! The winner will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to Happy Little Stampers!

I tried something new, and I think I need some more practice. The idea is to use an embossing folder on a piece of watercolor paper. Gently rub a VersaMark ink pad over the raised image and heat emboss with white or clear embossing powder. Then apply watercolor to the depressed areas. I was going for lots of springy, Easter eggy colors, and something out of the ordinary. I used my Kuretake water colors and a water brush to apply the color. The jury in my mind is still out on this one, but it was an interesting project. Is it too playful for such an elegant embossed design? What do you think??

In any case, please head on over to the AAA Cards blog, see what my talented DT members have come up with and leave them some love.  Then get your Easter/Spring juices flowing and play with us. 
Thanks for coming by today. Your comments make my day!