St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun - March 2015

Top O' th Mawn-ing to ya and thanks for joining me today for a little visit. We have St. Pat's and Easter holidays drawing nigh, so I'm trying to get in the spirit for each of these holidays. Today I've used one of my favorite St. Pat's image, which was one of the first I ever bought. A cute Art Impression gnome (or leprechaun). He's very easy to color, but I had to fight my tendency to want to color him all in greens. Harder than it sounds, for me to do that.

- Art Impression cling rubber image, colored with copics. Die cut with MFT stitched label. (can you guess I love these stitched dies?) A gold Slicca Pental .025 pen did the stitching in the shirt front.

- Brusho created background, stenciled with Heidi Swapp mosaic stencil using Golden gel beads. Die cut with S/B Ribbon Die. Glued to the green card base, added the image to the left to allow the pretty Brusho background to show as much as possible.

- Taylored Expression March Pockets & Pages sentiment on a snippet of green c/s

- Impression Obsession small Shamrock die, and MS die for the 2 larger shamrocks. After adhering the shamrocks, gave each a coating of Glossy Accents. These were cut from the remaining snippet piece used for the sentiment. Always good to have those snippets handy!

There won't be as many St. Paddy's cards as were done for Valentine's Day, but we do need a few. Hope you enjoy this one, and come again when you have time. Big Hugs.


Mixed Media Challenge for March 2015 - Hint of Spring

Good afternoon and today's card was a result of the Mixed Media Challenge for March - Hints of Spring.

Lately I've been having some fun playing with the Brusho water crystals background. Was working on a St. Pat's card (scheduled for tomorrow) and had an extra background that I thought - with some effort - could fit the bill for this Mixed Media Challenge. So here 'tis:

- Brusho background (I like the colors too!) was stenciled over using some pearlized paste and TH Splatters stencil. Let this dry for a bit, then decided to add some Sparke n Sprinkle Aztec Gold's pretty, but I sort of wished afterwards, that I'd left off the glitter. It was going Everywhere! So spritzed some Tattered Angels gold spray over the piece, which helped with the glitter staying put, -- but then the w/c paper looks buckled. Weighting the card down will probably help this problem, but it's buckled in the photo.

- Inkadinkadoo bird image was colored with Intense pencils, then blended with gamsol, and die cut with MFT stitched circle.

- Cottage Cutz sentiment created from a snippet of Brusho background (on tomorrow's card) and a 'wipe-up' piece of vellum. Tested vellum to see how it would work blotting up extra color from the wet brusho background. Didn't work very well as I see it, but used a snippet from the vellum to die cut a 2nd sentiment, which was glued over the green Brusho background. The green base made the vellum color show better. Think I'll add a pearl for the dot over the 'i'.

- Impression Obsession DIE055-N for the branch. Cut from white snippet, then colored with copic shades of green. The green branch has a more delicate spring green than the yellow greens in the Brusho background. This is the shade we're see on the daffodil and tulip stems that are poking their heads up in our yard.

Hope you like this one. It's definitely got several different 'mix media' going on! Along with being submitted to the Mixed Media Card Challenge - March Hints of Spring, it's going over to the Snippet Playground for week 166. Hope you have time to check out both of these fun places and perhaps play along with a fun card.

Thanks for joining me this afternoon. Our day was so-so with the sunshine & overcast, but temp was ok, but it feels damp. It's lovely to see some tiny green things beginning to poke through the earth again. Come again when you can. Big Hugs & hope you had a grand day.


Christmas Card Club - Challenge #5 - Poinsettias

Afternoon, and welcome. It's time again for our Christmas Card Club challenge, and our theme of Poinsettias was chosen by our sweet Hostess, Margaret. I'm running a little behind in my post but here I am...I hope when you leave Carolina Cards, you'll have time to check out all the Club members who are listed in the sidebar, & take a look at what each member has shared today. Let's get going:

- PSX image (K1519) bought some years ago from eBay. Stamped first in Black Tuxedo, didn't like it, flipped over the c/s - restamped in Rich Cocoa, liked it better. Of course it's colored with copics, but you knew that, right??? Used the Slicca gold Pentel pen to add some highlights on the greenery, which shows up quite nicely IRL. White gel pen on the pine cones, Orange WoS on the stamens.

- Die cut with S/B Label 25. Edged with DI Pine Needles - barely. Just wanted a smidgen of color.

- Authentique 6x6 Festive papers...I think this is one of my fav Authentique packs.

- old braid from the stash - VOS.

- Sizzix TH 660058 die set for the sentiment...2 white layers, then a gold snippet layer.  After seeing the photo, realized the focal piece needed to be moved up just a little. It's mounted over the braid - which is a bit thick, with double pieces of foam tape, so wasn't difficult to 'unstick' and move up.

This braid _is_ thick, so rather than have a 'hump' where the top & bottom pieces are glued to the cardbase, I added a thin piece of fun foam under the dp, cut just a bit smaller. Then mounted the fun foam to the card base. I've seen Jennifer McGuire doing this in some Youtubes, and think it worked well for a smoother look.

Thanks for joining me on this Sunday afternoon, where March 1 came in like a Lamb. Always heard that if March came in like a Lamb (quietly) it would be roaring out like a Lion (windy/stormy). We have had rain, but don't think we got the ice that was predicted. I'm happy with that! So please come again when you have time, and do take time to visit my fellow Christmas Card Club Members for some wonderful inspiration. Big Hugs


DeeDee's Digis Friends Forever

Good evening on this last night in February 2015. Gosh is this year speeding by or what? We've had 2 snows and tonight we're told to expect some freezing rain to move in around midnight. I'm ready for Spring!

Our DD & SIL were up last week for a few was lovely to see them, but the occasion was to close on the sale of their house up in our area, and supervise the movers in emptying the house. We're pretty sad about it, as we had so hoped SIL would like his job here in SC and that DD would move up here. Not to be. He has accepted a job in Seattle, Washington, and we really hope she'll stay in Florida where she will be closer to us. That's life. Sometimes I have a hard time accepting things.

Anyway, this cute digi from DeeDee's Digis has been in the works for many days, and I just couldn't get my mood up to go work on it. Finally finished it this evening, and the construction is a first attempt for me. I've received these 'flip' cards (I guess that's the right term), but I had never made one. So please be kind!  :-D  This was the digi of the month for February.

- the orange stripe background was made using Yellow, Orange and Light Brown Brusho crystals on Bristol Smooth W/C paper. Once it dried, used a MBox stencil and some Viva Modellier Crème (904 - a copper paste) to get some dimension & texture - thinking tiger stripes, ya know?

- trimmed this stripe piece to the size needed, adhered temporarily to the brown card base, and die cut the opening with a Sizzix die (no name, it was part of a magnetic platform purchase). Made sure that the die size used was the next size up from what had cut out the digi pieces.

Prior to permanently adhering the stripe piece to the brown, used a couple drops of Glossy Accents to glue a piece of dental floss top & bottom at the center of the opening, and on the brown base. Once that Dried, glued the stripe piece down permanently.

- Added tape on the front die cut of the tigers, and laid it over the dental floss so that it was centered, and then applied the back side of the tigers - and Voila, it did flip back n forth when the front is open. (and yes, the floss came out from the top and I had to figure out how to get it inserted back between the edges without destroying the card!) I have lots of practice yet to get this technique done properly!

- Two prints of the back image of the tigers were printed. One was die cut. Found a piece of thin wood paper and used a portion of the die to cut it to cover what is on the bottom of the digi. I wanted my tigers setting on a piece of wood as they thought about Life. Glued it down, held it with tiny clothes pins until it seemed stuck pretty well. Had fussy cut the 2nd tiger image, so that the tails would be hanging down over the wood; glued that fussy cut to the 1st image to form the flip piece.
- Sentiments are from the same DeeDee's Friends Forever set.  Used a S/B label die to cut out the front & interior sentiments, another Brusho background for the front sentiment mat, and the interior background as well.
Inside of the card. I think I will take a brown copic and cover up this white that is showing in the aperture (at least in the photo...guess I was struggling with the construction of this one, that I didn't notice the white at first!). Also didn't know how to add the inside sentiment w/out it showing from the front. Advice anyone????
I've been having lots of fun with the Brusho-s. Also had some fun with this cute DeeDee's Digi. Alas, I didn't get the card finished in time to play in the February month's challenge, but maybe next month! I hope you'll have time to pop over for a visit at DeeDee's Digis. I'm certain you'll find some images that you will just fall in love with!
In the meantime, thanks for joining me this evening. I hope you'll like my experiments, and now Mr. is downstairs with our Saturday night pizza, and I'm off to enjoy Mr. & Tom Selleck. What more could a lady ask for on a cold Saturday night????Big Hugs & God Bless. 


Rudolph Day #2 - February 2015

Good Morning & welcome to Rudolph Day #2 of 2015. Just in case you may not know about Rudolph Day, (or as I sometimes call it Rudy Day), our very own Scrappymoi  has taken over as the Challenge Hostess. This month there is a Memory Box border die prize for the selected winner. Here's a recap of the easy rules to enter this challenge. Get a jump start on all those Christmas cards you'll be needing, and perhaps win a lovely craft goodie.

1. Rudolph Days will start monthly on the 25th and will close on the last day of the month.
2. The theme is always an Anything Goes Card, as long as it is Christmas themed.
3. One entry per person and you just need to make one Christmas card.
4. You may combine your entry with other challenges (maximum of 10 in total).
4. Prizes will be shipped anywhere in the world.
5. The winner will be selected by random draw and announced on the first day of the following month.

So let the February 2015 Reindeer Games begin!

- Impression Obsession (F10007) image. Colored with Copics & WoS pens. Gold outline done with a Pentel Slicca .25mm gold pen. One of the best metallic pens I've used to date - which I've discovered is no longer being produced. Bummer.  Copic colorless blender dabbed spots on the brown body, to create a little texture on the deer's coat. Gold Pentel pen on the antlers.

- S/B Marvelous Squares - distressed around the edges with DI dark blues after using BG0000 on the background. Used the inner rim of the die to trace an edge with the gold pen. Added 'snow' with white gel and Sakura silver star pens.

- MS border punch using gold & blue mirror paper. Found the gold paper in Hobby Lobby in the poster board section...huge piece for $1.19. It's not very thick paper & was quite a large piece. Decided to try to see if it worked like the expensive mirror paper...and it did.

- Sizzix THoltz Alteration Thinlet Word Dies  for the sentiment - cut from a snippet of the gold poster board left from trimming large piece to get the punched strips.

- Corner deer were cut from a piece of dimensional trim from VOS stash. Blue star pattern card base also VOS.

Thanks for visiting today, and do come again when you have time! Big hugs.


Cheers Flowers

Welcome on a frosty afternoon. We have some Artic air today; don't think our temp will even reach 30F. But the sun is shining & we can stay cozy inside, so that's ok. There will be a new card added to the Cards by Friends page, so if you have time, check it out.

Here's the card shared today...had some fun techniques on it (Yippee, the Brushos worked a bit better for me, thanks to Shirley for taking the time to email with the procedures she uses to achieve some stunning backgrounds.) My 2nd play with the Brusho-s worked better than my first attempt. Also thanks to another sweet cardmaker (Loll) who inspires me with all the techniques she shares, I used some Golden's glass bead paste. (Loll has a fantastic card shared today with this, fun) You'll be seeing some more of my experimental play in the near future.

- Stamp Doctor images (2) purchased at the recent stamp show, inked with 2 peachy colors of Fluid Chalk Inks (product pictures below), then 2 green colors for the foliage, stamped onto Bristol smooth watercolor paper. This is a 2 step stamp, using the solid piece on the 2nd stamping. One must be aware of the ink shades used for each stamping, and it was fun experimenting to see the different results. Thought about doing some further copic shading, decided not to. The stamps do the shading.

- Lil Inker Stitched Rectangle die; used a Judikins shaving brush tool to lightly add color to the edges.

- Brusho background created on same Bristol paper. Wet paper very well, sprinkled  Lemon Yellow Brusho crystals; watched those spread for couple seconds, spritzed more water; then used 2 different Brusho greens (think it was sea green and leaf green), spritzing between each color as the crystals were dropped. Also made sure to keep the paper quite wet. First attempt with this product on this card, I wet the w/c paper, but didn't keep spritzing to keep the surface wet enough. Lesson learned, and thanks Shirley!  Die cut this with larger Stitched Rectangle from the same set (center portion is removed).

- Golden Glass Bead gel applied through MB Mesh stencil, let it dry. Not sure if the photo shows the iridescent sparkle on some of the gel paste when it dried. First attempt with this product. The image & mat were adhered to this piece (which was a snippet as it happens - had messed up a card, and this was the back piece that didn't get trashed).

- Elizabeth Craft sentiment die, 3 layers from same Brusho piece used for the background. (a snippet!) Glue the layers together, add to the card.
- Scor-pal for top & bottom lines on card base, just to add a bit of definition. I had loads of fun with this card. Oh yes, the ribbon was a seafoam green, but used copics to darken it to a more compatible shade with the foliage.
Since it's been some while that I had a chance to pop over to the Snippets Playground and give my little buddy Parsnip a big hug, I'm headed over that way. Don't you have some snippets to add to a card, and c'mon over to join in the fun for Week 164? I'm sure you do - Let's Go!
Thanks for joining me this afternoon. Hope you're staying warm where you are this afternoon, and big cyber hugs to all those who've been ill or maybe just need a hug. Come again when you can.
Edit: Just discovered this card will (I hope!) fit the bill of fare over at Happy Little Stampers for the February challenge...I've been wanting to play along, so I hope this will qualify!
Edit 2: a sweet blogger (Anita) gave a heads up that this card works over at Color Throwdown #330 & Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, Add a Little Texture. I've never submitted anything at either of these places, but hey, I'll try! Thanks so much Anita!


Hello on a Snowy Day

Good afternoon from snowy South Carolina. Our little winter mix started yesterday evening, and by dusk our deck was white (just a dusting). This morning the trees were so pretty with the ice glistening from the branches, and the bird feeders had long icycles hanging down. So odd to see the cardinals perched on the rim, chomping away, and looking out through bars of ice.

Here's today's card, and then will share some of the pictures I snapped this morning.

- PB Embrace wooden stamp, colored with copics, added some Glossy Accents on flower centers, butterfly & the elephant's pink nails.

- S/B Oval Bliss die

- Sweet Cuts elegant Leaves die flourish cut from a snippet of green, as was the Elizabeth Craft Hello. That was cut from snippets of the same green, top layer was a white snippet, and colored with a copic. Added Glossy Accents later, so it has a nice little shine.

- EK Success punch for top border; SU flower punch made the flower, which was cut from snippets of the paper that is on the front of the card. A YR copic edged the curled blossoms.

- 6x6 paper Graphic 45 pack- front & back of the same sheet, cut 5.5x4.75, then cut from corner to corner. Remaining pieces of that sheet worked for the border punch and the flower.

Here's the ice pictures from around our house this morning.

Was able to step out on the front porch to take these snaps. Tried to take some of the bird feeder & its icycles, but the kitchen window screen blurs the closeup photo, so trashed those. If I'd gone out to the back porch to get a shot, there's screening there as well, and no way was I chancing walking down steps and into the snowy- probably icy too - grass to get a better angle. Learned my lesson about black ice a couple years ago!

Hope you're staying cozy & warm. Compared to what some of the states are getting, this is nothing...but it's Big Deal for our area!! Lots of power outages according to the news. Not much traffic on the road in front of our house today, but some brave souls did venture out. Glad we didn't have to!

Thanks for surfing in, big Hugs!