Friday, July 20, 2018


I was enjoying creating a special birthday card for a relative, when I got sad news and had to stop what I was doing and create a sympathy card for and old friend who lost her husband of 58 years.
This background was made by smooshing watercolor paper into watered down Distress Inks on acetate.  I kept adding more ink and water, repeating the process several times to create some depth.  I cut the sentiment with a die and made 4 layers, gluing them atop each other.    I cut a layer from the craft cardstock that I used for the sentiment and adhered them to a white card base.

Now, back to the birthday card I was working on.
This card began with a soft watercolor background.  I placed a lattice die cut (from a Hero Arts die) over the watercolor.  The flower die cut (from a Simon Says Die) did not show up over the lattice, so I used an oval die to cut out the center.  I use 2 oval dies (from Hero Arts infinity ovals) to make a frame to cover the cut edges around the flowers.  I added some gems to the lattice and some stickers to surround the other edge of card.  The sentiment is a metallic sticker, colored with a Sharpie pen.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Birthday card for man

I needed a birthday card for an adult grandson, who loves music and is talented in music.  This is what I came up with.
Front of card

This was made with an embossing folder with ink brayered to inside of folder before embossing.
Inside message

Back of card

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Lighthouse shadow box card

Since I saw Jennifer McGuire's Inside Shadow Box Card, I've been working to duplicate her technique.  I watched her video many times to get the technique figured out.  Here is my latest attempt:
Front of card
Inside, showing shadow box
 The inside view shows the 1/2 inch deep shadow box.  The background sky and ocean are made with watercolors on watercolor paper.  The lighthouse and clouds are on the upper layer.  I fussy cut the lighthouse and glued it to the upper layer, after cutting the rectangle with a Hero Arts infinity die.  The foreground around base of lighthouse was added with small stamps of grass and trees.

Back of card
I stamped the back of card with a fun stamp from Judi Kins.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Shadow box birthday card

With my brother's birthday approaching, I'm always looking for something I haven't sent to him in the past.  I found this technique on Jennifer McGuire's blog: Inside Shadow Box Cards.  Since my brother also lives in the desert (near Death Valley),  I chose a desert scene for this card.
Since this a shadow box card, the inside took a little maneuvering.  Hopefully, my technique will improve when and if I decide to try another of these cards.
Inside shadow box
Back of card

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Graduation card

I've been admiring cards made with Distress Oxide Ink, so I found a sale and bought a few colors.  On this card, I used Fired Brick, Wild Honey and Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide inks on white card stock.  They do blend nicely and give a lovely matte finish.  The sentiment is 3 stacked die-cuts from an old Provo Craft die.
I  added the black layer and mounted it on a white card base.  This is for a young man graduating from high school.

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.