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Day 4 Online Card Class-Embossing Vellum

Haven’t caught up on Day 2 yet but here is a card from the lessons on Day 4.  The lesson is to use vellum and emboss it.  I have done this many times but this is the first card I have made completely out of vellum, thanks to the 40lb vellum I now have from Ellen Hutson.IMG_6454

Vellum for Sentiments

This is another card for the Day 1 of the Online Card Class called Sheer and Clear.  It started out to be something similar to what Kristina had made in her video.  In the end though, I decided to use an inlay technique with the colorful background.  Using vellum for the sentiment makes sense in this case as it does not try to compete with the strong background but rather tones it down a bit.

I was going to attach the sentiment with the Tim Holtz’ Tiny Attacher when I saw these little gardening brads sitting on my desk.  I had found them unopened in a storage box of scrap die cuts just yesterday.  I think they look quite cute.



I am also going to post it on the Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp since it features this weeks theme of metal.

One Stamp Five Ways-Online Card Class Holiday Style

I have two more cards to show today to complete the Day 11 class of using one stamp five ways.  Today’s styles are Shimmer and Shine along with Soft and Subtle.


Shimmer and Shine



Soft and Subtle

Online Card Class Day 3 -Classic and Elegant

Today’s lesson in the Online Card Class Holiday Style is about Classic and Elegant.  I love the look especially for Christmas Cards and Wedding Cards.  I do believe that it is a style that is not that easy to achieve.  Too little glam and it looks underdone and childish…………but too much glam often looks like ………..well………..too much and overdone.

I didn’t like my card at first.  I had the tree in the middle and it looked lonely and lost.  Then I did some card surgery and I was quite happy with the transformation.   Smug…………might be a better description of how I felt………………………then I added the card to my card base………………………upside down…………..twice.  Karma really is a %^&*(!

Anyway, I was able to save it by virtue of the fact the striped layer is acetate and did not disintegrate when I had to pull it off………..twice…………………..guess I am still not over it.


Supplies:  Hero Arts Color Layering Christmas tree, WeR Acetate 6X6 pad, Stampendous shabby white and Argent embossing powder, Quickie Glue pen and Glitter Ritz glitter, Hero Arts dye inks,  Simon Says Stamp card base (times 3)and  Scor tape (lots of it after 3 attempts).  🙂


Loving my Papertrey Ink

I am totally Ga Ga over my two latest purchases from Papertrey Ink.  When I order from them, my orders tend to be large ones, as the shipping is atrocious to Canada.  As always though, you get what you pay for as it is tracked right to my door and always comes quickly.  Today I played with the stamp and die set called Joyful Christmas.  The focal stamps of this set are “Bottlebrush Trees”.  Last year Tim Holtz (well I think it was Mario’s idea) had a beautiful display of coloured three dimensional bottlebrush trees.  It was spectacular and of course I bought some of the trees.  However I forgot to consider that I rarely do 3D home decoration items,  and so they sat unused in my stash.  Like Candy Corn that I spoke of before, I love the look of the bottlebrush trees even though had no apparent use for them, and so when Papertrey Ink came out with this set, it immediately went into my cart.


I have a number of ideas rolling around the empty space above my shoulders about how to use these stamp set, so stay tuned for more cards.

Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge

Taylored Expressions has a line of stamps called Grumplings.  I love them because they express in their images and sentiments exactly what I am feeling sometimes.  It occurred to me that I could adapt the dog in a bee costume to the sketch for the challenge.  I think it turned out very well.



Supplies:  Taylored Expressions Grumplings in Costume stamp set, Simon Says Stamp stitched circle die, Darice embossing folders,  Simon Says Stamp woodgrain card stock, X-Press It card stock, Copic markers, Hero Arts Charcoal ink, Wink of Stella Gold pen,  Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Scrapbook Sally card stock, Simon Says Stamp card base, Clear Rock Candy Stickles and Scor tape

Online Card Class Day 1

I am taking the Online Card Class Watercolor exploring Mediums.  I decided to do a card following Jennifer McGuire’s example of using embossing before watercolouring.  I actually made two cards with this method and they both turned out well.  On the first one I used liquid masking to do the blue aura around the card but on the second one I just freehanded the blue aura and it turned out fine, as well.



Paper Smooches-Anything Goes Challenge

There is something about the uncomplicated light hearted designs of Paper Smooches that gets my creativity flowing.  Often, I start out thinking that I will do one thing or use a certain stamp and suddenly an idea occurs to me (wish this would happen to me occasionally in the non-crafting part of my life) and I am off in another direction.  Today was just such a day.  I started out wanting to use The Wise Dies Easel Die to make a simple card for the challenge.  When I went to reach for the die, I grabbed the Great Chemistry stamp set instead.  That got me to thinking that I could use the easel as a blackboard and write formulas on it.  Then I started thinking about what to do for the background and that brought me to think about watercolouring a background since I am taking the Watercolour 2 Online Card Class on Monday.  This card would then suit two purposes.  Now of course, it is no longer a simple card with an “explosion” watercolour background, layering, copic colouring and dimensional embellishing, but it was so much fun to make!


Supplies:  Paper Smooches Great Chemistry stamp set, Paper Smooches Wise Die Easel, Tim Holtz Distress ink refills Hickory Smoke, Recollections white embossing powder,  DCWV All Chalked Up cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Copic markers, Pico Embellisher in Clear and Black, Scor tape, My Mind’s Eye card base.

Paper Smooches

North to Alaska

I have been going around my house singing “North to Alaska…………going North……the rush is on!” for several days now.   The statement has become urgently true.  Instead of cleaning out my fridge, ironing, packing, cleaning, gathering passports and tickets and cancelling the paper, I decided to make some cards celebrating my trip to Alaska.  Go figure!  So now when I get this posted, I have to do three days worth of work in one day.

Anyway, here are three cards in honour of my imminent trip to Alaska.

They feature a new stamp of Alaska from Lawn Fawn and a super bargain $1.00 geotag die from Simon Says Stamp.  The last card features a stamp and die set from Local King Rubber called Cannery and while this scene is probably from somewhere in BC I thought it was appropriate since we are going to an old cannery site on an island in Icy Strait.

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Converting more Backgrounds to Cards

I decided to make a few more of the backgrounds created in Online Card Classes-Background Check into cards.  It is a bit of a challenge as you want to come up with something nice that doesn’t cover up the background that took quite a bit of work to produce.  Sometimes, too,  following a technique provided in a class produces a background not in keeping with one’s regular style or colour palette, and that adds to the challenge.  Here are three very different cards I made from backgrounds produced for the Online Card Class.

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Ok, so the last picture is not a card.  It is a picture of the beauty along a 6 km hike I made on Monday.  Only problem was about a million other people decided to make the same hike that day.  So much for wilderness!