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.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Adustments to cards

I was concerned that my cards were a little too simple in this post, so I used a die to create a star and added it to cards.  I'll only show a few, but I added the star to all of these cards.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

More quick Christmas cards

Following the same technique as previous post, I created another full sheet of watercolor background.  I also spritzed some gold Perfect Pearls mixed with water onto the background in both posts.
I cut this down into 2 pieces that would fit my dies and my die cutting machine (Big Shot).  I used a Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die to cut out 5 card front backgrounds.
I stamped the sentiment with an Art Impressions stamp in Versafine onyx black ink and clear embossing powder.  Next, I cut a slightly larger rectangle from black cardstock, using a Hero Arts infinity rectangle die.  I adhered all layers to a white card base.  Tip:  Use a strong adhesive to adhere the watercolor paper to others.  I used Tombow Xtreme tape.
I could continue to make more cards with this technique, but I think this will be enough for me,  Now to get them addressed and in the mail.