Saturday, April 23, 2016


Here's my take on the sketch.......I was thinking about when I first started out making cards (other than in school!) and being "guilted" into having a D.O.T.S. Demonstration at my house because I missed the one at my cousin's.  I just didn't think it would be something I was interested in, remembering the little rubber stamps I used when I was young....they never stamped an image that was worth coloring in and I never really played around with them much so I was not looking forward to this evening at all.  Much to my surprise, quality really does matter and I was hooked.  This focal stamp was in the first order and was always my favorite so I decided I needed to use it no matter what, it had been too long.  My wooden stamps are in a Sterlite chest of drawers and I rarely use them only because it's much easier to go through my stash of clear and cling stamps to find what I want.  The wooden stamps I use a lot have been transferred to cling mounts just for that reason.  So, this stamp did not lend itself to a circle since it would be huge and blot out the panels so I just went with a rectangle instead.  The background paper and panels both come from a CD I just got from Tattered Lace.  The background is actually yellow with tiny little GREEN leaves although they show up kind of tan in the picture.  The card is 5 X 7 in black CS.  I think the black just pops the bright colors when you mat with it and a real thin mat doesn't detract much from the overall look.  The focal stamp is called Springtime Spray and was stamped 3 times so I could 3D the little bow.  I layered it with some little pieces of heavy CS instead of foam so it wouldn't jump out too much.  The banners are just some scraps I had on my work space.  I may add some little jewels in the 2 opposing corners but the jury is still out on that, I kind of like the simple look.  The inside of the card is the full panel that I reduced the opacity so I could write in it.  Not sure what it will be used for yet but you can bet it will be for something Springy.  I also used a Nuvo glue pen and added some glitter I also got in that first order called Prisma glitter.   Super, super fine and kind of transparent although it looks a little pink on the paper and shines iridescent.

So that was my Mojo Project this week, Stay Crafty and have a great Weekend.
Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, April 17, 2016


I ordered some printed vellum paper made by Kanban and I have to say that they are the prettiest vellums I have ever seen.  They have this pearlescent sheen to them, I hope I captured even a fraction of it in the pictures.  I got a new camera for Christmas, it's a Canon EOS and is pretty fancy - takes good pictures....outside.  I spend my extra (Ha Ha) cash on papercrafting but will have to eventually find an economical way to make a light box.  I have seen a few examples on the web but need to do a little more research.  My manual talks about bounce lights and such but I won't even look at the price for those!  I'm getting really tired of not being able to capture my cards the way they look to the naked eye.  OK, life is too short to whine.  This is has some cheat elements on it......I took the round picture of the roses with it's frame on put it on here as the focal point.  It is from Kanban's Antique Florals kit.  Sorry, but I really like the artwork and pictures and want to use them.  I started out with Mojo Monday Sketch, but ended up with something a little different so there's a little me in it...same with the card, I may have started out with something but had to build something around it so it makes  I refuse to think of it as cheating as some would say.  My inspiration was the vellum and I went from there.  Everything is Kanban (paper) the butterflies are Bo bunny (the swallowtale, my favorite butterfly die) and Hero Arts.  I also used some Vintage Photo Distress Inks to do a little distressing and some Offray ribbon.  The frame is popped with some dimensional tape from Scotch.  there isn't any sentiment on it yet because I haven't decided what kind of card it is.....Birthday, Thinking of you, Sympathy, what have you.  I'm leaning more towards sympathy.  What do you think?

Here I used a flashlight to try to highlight the "sheen".

Here is a little closer up.

Thanks for stopping by,
Have a great week, see ya tomorrow for another sketch.

Saturday, April 16, 2016


Here's my take on this weeks sketch...I must go downstairs and cook for my boys so I'll leave the recipe to your imagination.  If anyone is interested on what I used or how/what I did, leave a comment and I'll reply.  Have a great week and Thanks for stopping by.



Thursday, April 7, 2016


This week's Mojo Monday card

I may have gone a little overboard here, but I like it.

I started with all Kanban papers from the Madison collection except for the gold, it is also Kanban but I just got it the other day.  It's called Gold Silk and it is gorgeous, not that it shows here but it has a more brushed look than the other foiled CS I have and not as brassy.  The stamp is a Teresa Collins set, the lacy butterfly is a Martha Stewart Punch, the two small are from a Hero Arts Stamp and Die set, the bling is from Hunkydory.  I used an embossing folder for the gold CS, it is from Cuttlebug designed by Anna Griffin. I put the inside together but left it out to get a pic, it's all Kanban.

Here's the inside

I'm not going to put up all the details on these cards...most of the stuff is from Hunkydory but it's a couple of my valentine's that I didn't get a picture of earlier.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Weekend!

Sunday, April 3, 2016


Here is a card I've made for Molly's passing.  She was not a regular kind of personality, she had a unique sense of the world but she had a huge heart which served her well as a caregiver over the years.  I'm sure she is enjoying the freedom of breaking the bonds of the mortal world but she will be sorely missed by the many friends she left behind.  Spread your wings and fly Molly.

With Love,