Monday, July 25, 2016



Wow, what an amazing weekend!  This SAF was by far my most favorite. Loved the videos describing the artists and their beautiful art works.  
Thank you Nichole and entire Design Team  for your hard work putting this event together and for all of the videos showcasing so many wonderful artsy techniques.

Edited to add selfie I took with my cell phone, 
but couldn't figure out how to add it to my blog last night.   :-)
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This is as close as I could get to a selfie with my digital camera ~ can you see my reflection in my sliding glass door?  :-)

 This is the "Before" clean and ready to craft photo:

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This is the "After" pic of just one corner of my craft room.  The other areas are too messy and I am embarrassed to show you! 
I tried to clean off this work space after each card challenge ~ 
that's part of what took so long to finish each card,
 well, that's my story I'm telling and I'm sticking to it   :-)

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PTI-Blog Hop July 2016

This is the beautiful Papertrey Ink July Blog Hop inspiration photo

Love these colors and hoping I have one more card in me before I retire from my Craft room  :-) 

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Tried another watercolor technique with Peonies On Parade with the colors from the inspiration photo.  The base card was embossed with a chevron design that I see in the drapes.

SAF-Color Blocking


This SAF challenge is the one that I was really  working outside my comfort zone with.
Lexi has a tutorial showing us how to create our own Andy Warhol inspired pop art card using an inside and out double masking technique for the perfect one layer color blocked design.  Her card is awesome but I didn't have that stamp set or a PTI set that I thought I could use, so I went more for the color blocking technique with my simple Beautiful Butterflies :-)

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SAF - Watercolor like a master


Kay Miller demonstrates how she created the most beautiful water-colored piece of art for this SAF Challenge.  I wish I had the stamp set Mums the Word~it's the perfect flower for Kay's beautiful tutorial on this technique.  She did a great job explaining her process on the video.

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I used Peonies on Parade stamp set and really like the results.  
It's a  lot of pink, I even added some pink sequins  ;-)



This SAF Challenge is to create a card using a first-for-me technique.  Pointillism is painting in which small distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. Heather Nichols 
explores that idea with stamping and the use a polka dot stamp and other tools to apply color to stamped images in a dot form to color them in. Layering the colored dots together creates wonderful blending on the beautiful card Heather made. 

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I made a stencil for the leaves, cut a die for the bird and sentiment plus banners from Song Birds. 
I used the 'master color recipe' from Georgia O'Keeffe

SAF-Drips & Splatters


Okay for this next SAF Challenge I am really happy I haven't cleaned up my ink and paint splatters yet, which are all over my craft room desk, walls, computer and floor. 
Lizzie Jones shows us different techniques to use drips and splatters to create your own background for a project.  It's a very fun way to channel Jackson Pollock's multi-million dollar art work   ;-)

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

SAF- Masterpiece Inspirations


For this next SAF challenge, we are to use one of the inspiration pieces that the team selected  as a jumping point for our own piece of art.
I chose Heather Nichols' inspiration piece "The Green Dancer" by Edgar Degas.  She was inspired by the layers and use of color for the card she created. 

I was inspired by the colors and those splatters on the dancer's skirt plus I tried to reflect the movement of dance with my butterflies in flight~they are not glued down to the splattered light kraft CS panel :-)
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SAF-Floral Impressionism


For this SAF Challenge Melissa Phillips creates an amazing card with an impressionistic look.  You can choose to re-create Melissa's exact project (yeah, right ... if you are Claude Monet!) 
or try your hand at creating your own design using the same concepts.  

I believe I broke my own personal record of time spent on a card with this one and seriously thought several times during the 4 hours (:-o  that I should go to the next challenge and come back to this one.  I wish the end result looked like it took that long, but I learned a lot of trick to cut the time for the next time I try this beautiful technique.  
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SAF-Guilded in Gold


The third SAF Challenge is  to create a project featuring an element that you have gilded with gold.  You can choose to re-create  one of Danielle's beautiful projects or design your own using the same concepts.  

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I created a note card because I still send handwritten notes :-)
The gilded gold frame and letter are 3-in-1 Alpha Chipboard from Tattered Angels (I've had them forever, they were from a win at Moxie Fab World-wow!).   My flowers around the frame are from PTI's Spring Woods. 
I plan to make a few of this lovely design in different colors and EF's for the backgrounds.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

SAF-Starry Night


The second Challenge for SAF, features Amy Sheffer,
with a starry night technique.
Her muse was Van Gogh, and her video is a fabulous how-to for creating a beautiful night sky with our inks and acrylic paint.  I have to say, I am taking a lot of time to work on each challenge, but really loving the
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SAF-Masterpiece Colors

The first challenge is to pick one color scheme to whip up a quick project.  Okay, well, "quick" this was NOT.  But, I am happy with my outcome!    :-)

This is the color recipe I chose for my card.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

SAF-Masterpiece Gallery

Tonight is the night!  PTI is kicking off the festivities with a  

We are challenged to go through our previous creations and find the card or project that you are most proud of.

I picked this MIM-Focal Clusters card that I made for my granddaughter's 13th Birthday last year.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

MIM #256



This week I am joining  Melissa Phillips at Papertrey Ink.  She shares her favorite tips and tricks for spritzing your stamps to create a watercolor effect. You can watch her video HERE
Her cards are always so amazing and inspiring to me plus I just love everything "watercolor", so of course I had to give this one a try ;-)

Don't quite know what it is about this stamp from my otherwise beloved Rosie Posie set, but I just don't ever seem to like the end results. :-O  
PS:  I will try this technique with another flower stamp at another time~rushing to get this posted and off for a couple of appointments.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Create Along with PTI - July 2016

"Create Along With Us" challenge at Papertrey Ink allows us to select something the amazing team has created during the July Release that inspired you.  So then we can create our own version of that design team member's, eh? 

Dawn McVey is always an inspiration with her beautiful style,
I love this card she created and chose her layout design and color scheme (sorta kinda :-)
Dawn McVey's card
 My Card:
Stamps:  PTI's Rosie Posie,  Beautiful Butterflies; Inkadinkado Sentiment

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Sorry my commenting has been very sporadic...I have had some sort of stomach bug this last week, but promise to catch up with you all soon!

Creative With Stamps

 The Design Team for  
Creative With Stamps 
has created another card to share with you 
Mid Month for our July challenge.


You can check out the lovely cards from my team mates and all of the wonderful entries from everyone so far  HERE 

You have until the end of July to enter our Challenge #4, so post your cards to win some fun prizes.

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My ink splattering was pretty messy and not one of my favorites, but this is probably only the fourth card I ever made using this technique...guess I should practice more :-)

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

MIM #255




This week, Amy is up and she's sharing how to create string art accents and focal points using our die-cuts.  Watch her video HERE to see how easy she makes this look!

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Used some the Embroidery floss that I bought for a PTI project challenge a while ago and threaded it threw a Spellbinder die cut. I couple probably make 100 cards with the floss I have, but will do that at a later date   ;-)

Stamps and Dies:  PTI's~Embellishments and SongBirds; Spellbinder's~Lacey Squares

Sunday, July 3, 2016

MIM #254-Simon Says Stamp Challenge


Ashley  has a beautiful card technique for this week's MIM ~ you can see her video HERE to follow along and learn about stenciling with texture paste and re-inkers or paints. 

This is the card I came up with using a new-to-me-technique.  The paste is a little "outside the lines" of my stencil, but considering this is my first attempt.  I kinda like the card.  

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I would also like to enter my card in this week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes
You can check out the Design Team and all the entries HERE.

My card:
Stamps-  PTI's Tulip Time 
Stencil- Prima
Paste- Martha Stewart 'Sparkle' Texture
Paint- watercolors 
Cardstock- Stampers Select White; Watercolor heavy weight White; Pale violet

Friday, July 1, 2016

Creative With Stamps

On the first day of each month, there is a new challenge posted from Creative With Stamps.
The month of July is to create a card with
Ink Splatters.

 You can head over to the Blog, HERE and check out what the fabulous Design Team has created, then add your entry there for a chance to win some fun prizes  :-)

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My Card ~
Stamps:  Hampton Art "Birthday"
Markers:  Spectrum Noir
Ink Splatters:  watercolor paints
Cardstock:  Aqua card base, White watercolor cardstock from Recollections