Thursday, September 18, 2014

This is my second submission to the Addicted to CAS challenge.  
I love this image but it is an old one and I kept no records back then.  I seem to recall that it was designed by a women whose first name was Michelle and I also think she was on the craft show with Carol Duval at one point.  I'd love to have a name so if you know please leave me a message.

I used Adirondak Raspberry dye ink to stamp the image and then copic's to color in the umbrella's.  The tiny butterfly was stamped in a lime green pigment.  CAS is not natural to me yet... a work in progress, but I feel that I have left white space and kept the image as focal.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Addicted to CAS  is having a challenge; Oriental.  I have quite a few oriental stamps so I will enter a few.  Sadly I want to add so much when I start to stamp with them but I am giving CAS my best shot.

I used an image by Melanie Sage, Vickie Enkoff's daughter.  Vickie was the source of many of my stamps before she passed away suddenly a few years ago.  Their stamps can now be found at Vickie Enkoff & Melanie Sage Stamps Alluring Impressions.  When we lose an online friend the loss is as profound as if you were neighbors.  I look at the stamps I have from Vickie, with great love, and miss her inspiration and guidance and online presence.

I used alcohol ink to stomp out a background and stamped the image with Stazon.  There is a strip of embossing paste colored with some pearl powder. This is my first time using embossing paste.  YUM!  

Thank you for visiting!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

                This weeks cue card... Grass.

I went through my stamps and found this new one for me, from Impression Obsession.  Both the bunny and sentiment are from IO.  I stamped the image with Distress Ink and then watercolored.   I used a green gel pen to darken some of the grass and also used white gel on the tail.  I used a Martha Stewart Hop punch on the top and then used a Recollections 110 lb. base.

I wanted to add sequins but are sequins CAS?  I try to leave white space but although I am better at it I still have trouble.

Head on over to CAS ology and join the fun!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Today I watched a paper piecing video over at Stamp Nation.  Catherine Pooler used a stamp that almost looked like a paper doll and the outcome was gorgeous.  Well, I have no paper doll looking stamps so I grabbed one of my Paula Best stamps with a lot of paper piecing possibility and I went to work.  Thank God I do not do video's showing my work.  Time spent on this... about nine hours.  Well, slight exaggeration, I think?  

I stamped the image on seven pieces of printed paper.  Then I sat and cut and cut these ridiculously tiny turns this way and that.  When done I glued it all down to a white stamped image.  I didn't want it to float so I tore a piece of the paper I made with alcohol inks and I am hoping that solves the floating issue!

Turned it into a Happy Birthday card as I always think that the saying on the stamp matches a birthday.  "Nothing is more important than this day."
Add some bling and an arrow that points to the sentiment on the pieced image and I was done.

Of course I wasn't happy so I used a tiny squiggle stamp and used it on the background paper.  Walk away!!!  Seriously Mary, walk away from the table!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Over at Stamp Nation there is a challenge using colors; green, orange, a reddish, brownish and sort of eggplant.  I don't really have the perfect match and after stamping all day with no happy feelings I decided to use the acrylic block and stamp color onto paper.  then I used dies and cut out the floral and the word.  I cut one print Hello and two black so that I could layer them.  I must say I am happy with the outcome. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

           Never Before Used Schtuff

This challenge is just screaming out to me.  I have soooooo much schtuff I have never used.  

This was FUN!  I really enjoyed finding things I had not used and creating.  I ended up using the Penny Black Home set and a punch set I had never even opened.  I really think I bought the punch 10 years ago.  

Colored with copics and used some die clouds from Impression Obsession and the heart dies from Simon Says Stamps.  I put a little glossy accents on the hearts.

The supplies I used;

I am also entering this at the Catherine Pooler Homecoming event at 

This is what happens when I spend an afternoon watching a Tim Holtz video.  I love it!  Made the background yesterday with alcohol inks using the pouncing action I picked up from the video.  Then I started stamping today and voila!  Oh my... I just love it.

This week the challenge cue card at CASology is .. THREE.  I used a tree stamp from Custers Last Stamp (retired) and stamped it three times on Recollections 110lb. white card stock using Walnut Distress Ink for the trees.  Then, using a Q-tip, I "sponged" Mowed Lawn Distress on the spring green tree, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade & Wild Honey on the Fall tree and left the Winter tree bare.

As luck would have it my September Stamp of the Month Kit from Unity Stamp Co. arrived today and I used the happy, thankful & blessed stamp as the sentiment.  Note the three word sentiment.. woo hoo!

LOOK!   I got an Honorable Mention!   Woo Hoo!!! 

I am also going to add this to a new blog for me; Words 2 Scrap By

Words 2 Scrap By
Using words to inspire creativity.  The words for W2SB #9 are; To Everything There is a Season.  One of my favorite Bible verses and also very befitting for my card showing the three seasons of the tree.   Looks like some wonderful inspiration available.
I came across Words 2 Scrap by while visiting this blog... djkardkreations
LOOK at her playhouse.  YUM!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I need a camera or a lesson on taking pictures.  It has left me grumpy.  Stamp Nation challenge #143.  I used the colors I had available that were as close to the challenge as possible.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

There is a house party going on over at
and the theme for today is; Home.

     This is the first card I created for it using an old Stampendous stamp from.. 1997!  

     The verse dates a bit further back.