Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Feel better card

I've learned over the years that my cards are more satisfying when I create them with a special recipient in mind, instead of just creating generic cards.  This card was made for someone special who will soon be having surgery.
The recipient of this card loves Snoopy and loves purple.  I stamped the image in black ink, then colored the grass and envelop with colored pencils.  I cut out the pinked circles with Spellbinder dies and adhered them together, staggering to points to create little diamonds.  I needed a background, so I created this watercolor background with 2 colors of Twinking H2Os - Snapdragon and Solar Gold.  While it was wet, I added wrinkled plastic wrap and let it partially dry.  While still damp, I sprinkled on some coarse salt to create the mottled look.  When dry, I cut it to size and dusted it with Stamping Buddy.  Using my mini Misti, I stamped the sentiment with Grape Jelly Memento ink multiple times,  then a layer of Versamark ink and clear embossing powder.  All layers are adhered with Tombow Xtreme tape an mounted to a white card base.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Watercolor over resist

I had a nice week, with a visit from my son and his wife.  After they left, I had to make a quick birthday card to get in the mail.
I stamped watercolor paper with Versamark ink and added clear embossing powder to create a resist. Then, I added Twinkling H2O watercolors.  They give a nice shimmer, which doesn't really show in the photo.  I added coarse salt and a crinkled plastic wrap  and allowed it to dry.  I then splattered it with another Twinkling H2O to add some spots.  Finally, I stamped the sentiment using my mini Misti because it takes more than one stamping to get a good impression on watercolor paper.  I added the framing layer and put it on a white card base.  I wish you could see all the shimmer.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Paper hugs

I like the term 'paper hugs' for cards that are sometimes difficult to design.  This card is for a special granddaughter who has recently been through some tough times.
I made the base card with Twinking H2Os on watercolor paper.  When dry, I placed it in an embossing folder and ran it through my very old Big Shot.  I then tapped a Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender ink pad lightly over the embossed areas.  I made the frame with 2 stitched rectangle dies.  The hugs was cut with a Hero Arts die, 3 layers glued on top of each other for thickness.  The base card is a light grey.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Difficult times

Difficult times have overwhelmed me recently.  However, I felt the need to create a card for others at the center of these difficult times.  This card was made for the family directly affected by a family suicide.
This card began with an embossing folder to create the sentiment area.  I then watercolored the outside and inside of the embossed shape.  I stamped the sentiment inside the shape with Versamark ink and added colored embossing powder.  I then found cardstock to go with the watercolored area and framed the center layer on a 5X7 card base.  I added the punched butterfly later.  The message inside says:  I wish I could give you a hug that would last forever.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Watercolor Birthday card

The older I get, the more difficult it is to get motivated to make cards.  I seem to have many other things occupying my mind and time.  I'm also getting slower at accomplishing tasks at hand.  My little dog is also growing older and developing more ailments.  I must keep him in medications as I try to keep up with my own.

This card took me nearly a month to complete.  I created the background with pearlescent watercolors and twinkling H2Os.  Then I tried to find ways to use the background.  When pressured for time, I added a few things to finish the card.

The corner are stickers that have been in my stash for years.  The flower is made with a Sizzix embosslit die.  I cut the flower from copper paper, then patted gold Brilliance ink.  A gem was glued in the center of flower.  The sentiment was made with a Taylored Expressions stamp and die set.  The flower and the sentiment are popped with Tombow Xtreme tabs.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Doxie card

I frequently run out of ideas for cards for people that I have sent many cards.  This is for my son's birthday, so I made this one about my dog.
 The background is made with an argyle embossing folder with ink brayers to inside of folder.  See technique here.  Sentiment is made with Martha Stewart punch.  Dog is made with a Poppystamps die and pawprints with a rubber stamp.  The inside of card was stamped with rubber stamps and the same Kaleidacolor Cappuccino Delight ink pad.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Trying again

I've been having a rough time getting motivated to make cards, but have lots of family birthdays in March, so I'm trying.  I started with watercolor backgrounds, using pearlescent watercolors and twinkling H2Os.
I noticed some prominent red spots in the background once it had dried.  I added the top layer from a layering rose stamp to turn them into roses.  I cut this out with my pierced rectangle dies and added a sentiment with stickers.

Friday, February 9, 2018


Finally the street in front of my home is paved.  It seemed like a really long process, but we can drive on the street at last.  They still have to come back to finish a few details, but the street is open once again.  Our weather is beautiful and I've been enjoying being outside.  Maybe I'll soon get in the mood to make cards again.  I have family birthdays in March.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Catching up

It's been a long time since I posted.  Winter is always difficult for me.  Cool, damp weather makes my body ache and the short days create depression, along with grief that returns during the holidays.  I'm doing okay, just not motivated to create.

This week has been spent watching the road crews preparing to repave the street where I live.  They have run into a problem of wet clay in the roadbed.  This has meant removing and replacing gravel in the roadbed.  After a week, they have decided to cover it with gravel again and let it sit over the weekend to see how it looks on Monday.  At that time they will decide what to do.  This has been my view for most of the week.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Belated Merry Christmas

Christmas found me setting up my second new computer in a month.  The first one wouldn't let me add my photos or do most of what I'm used to doing.  This oldstamper had to return to a new model of a computer that I know how to use.  Here is my Christmas tree this year:
I also made one more card for Christmas:
Now that the Christmas preparation has ended and past, I need to begin to prepare for the new year.  I'm hoping things will go smoother for a while.