Saturday, February 17, 2018

I'm Obsessed!

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!
Yes, I am - with Impression Obsession products and (as you know) mermaids! I love some of the new products that have from Impression Obsession, especially some of the sentiments, and will use some on future projects. Today I decided to combine some of my favorites for an ocean-inspired birthday card to submit for the current challenge at  the IO Blog.

I'm not sure what the name of this type of card is (half gate-fold?) but I haven't made one in a long time and thought it would be perfect to highlight this delightful mermaid.

Impression Obsession products I used are the mermaid by Lindsay Ostrom D19179 which I colored with Copic Pens, Wishes stamp set MC657, and my all-time favorite shell die set, DIE 077-W. I added an embossing folder by Darice and an older heart punch from Stampin Up and lots of Wink of Stella for sparkle.

Isn't she swimingly adorable? Hope you are having a great weekend. Thanks for the visit,

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Concord & 9th

Hello, Bloggin' Buddies!

I admit to having my favorite stamp companies. And, yes, they have frequently changed a little over the years (remember, I've been stamping and making cards since 1969!). But in recent years I have added a new one to my list of very favorites - Concord & 9th! They have some of the most innovative and unique designs I've ever seen in stamps. Simply amazing! I love their "turnabout" line of stamps = big fun.

Have you see the newest Concord & 9th release? I think I NEED it all. I've already placed an order, but.......I do have a budget (tell that to my patient hubby - ha!).

Since I haven't done much watercoloring in the past few months, I decided to take up the current Concord and 9th "Where Creativity meets C9" challenge, which is "watercolor". I used an old favorite, "Hello, Lovely" and clear-embossed the image onto watercolor paper. I broke out my Distress Markers to layer lots of watercolor richness and had so much fun.

I tired several basecard colors and settled on a deep green that brings out the darker colors in the card. I added a white heat-embossed sentiment which is part of the stamp set.

Please explore this great company and have fun with some of their amazing products. Thanks for the visit and have a wonderful weekend,

Eye of the Tiger

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

As you know, I am a big fan of the Hero Arts Layering stamp sets. I will admit that some are easier to layer than others - some of the designs are a real challenge!

We have a dear friend who is crazy for tigers, so I had to get this set and use it for a card from him and a couple other fierce friends (ha!). I'm happy to say that this wasn't too tricky to align and I love the results. Haven't had a sunny day for photos, so these colors are not as brilliant as they are on the actual card.

The background is the "Flamingo Foliage" Kite Stencil with Nuvo Mousse and Wendi Vechi Embossing Paste. I'm trying several different products with my beloved stencils. I added some Nuvo Drops as embellishment.

Hope you are having a great week. Thanks for the visit,



Saturday, February 10, 2018

Year of the Dog

Hello, blogging Buddies!

I have a few special friends (including my fellow stamper and blogging pal, Cindy) for whom I make Chinese New Year cards. I love the challenge because each year features a different animal and because I have a fascination with the rich and colorful traditions of the culture. It is all good.

Laurel Burch
February 16th is the big day and this is the Year of the Dog! My card features a wonderful Laurel Burch image by Stampendous. I was a big fan of Laurel in the 1960's and 1970's. I wore her jewelry (still do!) and carried her beautiful bags. She is probably most well-known for her cat images. She died in 2007, but her unique art lives on! I love it that Stampendous has a new line of terrific products featuring her designs.

I watercolored the "Tail Run" dog with Gansai Tambi paints and assembled the card using the traditional red and gold colors. I used a Sizzix  embossing folder for the background, some gold-printed vellum and some gold foil paper that I die cut (Memory Box "Parker Numbers" & Die-Namics Border).

Do not remove this vinyl!
There is something worth noting about Stampedous cling stamps. Unlike most clings, they come with an additional "cling vinyl label" which you do not remove from the stamp; it is mounted directly onto your block or stamp positioner along with the rubber stamp. Here is a tip sheet to better explain this feature: https://www.stampendous.com/tips-techniques/stamps/cling-rubber-stamps/.

Wishing you a Happy New Year and lots of stamping! Thanks for the visit,





Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Longing for You!

Howdy, Bloggin' Buddies!
It's that time of year - love is in the air! I am a huge fan of hearts (but only one fella has mine!), so I use them throughout the year. Needless to say, I have a hefty stash.

One of my best pals is nuts about giraffes, so when I saw this adorable Impression Obsession stamp set, I knew it had to be mine. I've used this company's products for decades and I've always thought that their artists are terrific!

I colored this guy (aren't the eyes wonderful?) with Copic markers and added a small heart that I die-cut from some fun foam and some sequins from my stash. The sentiment is cut from a Tim Holtz/ Sizzix label die.

I'll be submitting this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog, "It must be love". Check it out and play along!

Thanks for the visit and wishing you lots of love,

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Still Crazy

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!
I've been traveling a bit, but I'm happy to be home and crafting again.

Here is a card made with one of my favorite sets - Tim Holtz's Crazy Birds. Those guys simply make me smile. A simple design colored with Distress Inks and Markers. The Paper Smooches sentiment is mounted into a bottle cap embellishment from somewhere in my stash.

Sure hope you are all healthy - stay that way!

Thanks for the visit and have a great weekend,



Sunday, January 7, 2018

What's Goin' On?

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!
So, we used to say "what's goin' on?"; in fact, there was a great song in the early 1970's by Marvin Gaye that used those very words. I have learned from our young nieces that it is now said very differently.

Hence, this fun and colorful (aren't you tired of holiday colors?) card featuring one of my favorites - the Hipsters by Tim Holtz. Even though they've been around for awhile, they still make me smile! Although (as I have shared with you previously) the romance was a long time coming - at first they sort of creeped me out. Love grows. This guy kind of reminds me of my 8th grade English teacher.

I haven't played with my Distress Oxide Inks in far too long, so I had great fun with this blended background for which I also used a stencil and lots of splatters. It was so rewarding to get inky fingers once again.

Here's hoping you have a super-great Sunday and a terrific week. So sad about the terrible cold many of you are dealing with - it must be impossible! Stay safe! Every winter I rejoice that my parents moved me to California from Erie, PA when I was very young.

Thanks so much for the visit,



Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A New Year filled with Creative Potential!

Happy New Year, Bloggin' Buddies!

I hope that all of your holidays were filled with loving memories and that you are once again ready to get inky! I thrive on my "normal" routine, so I am READY.

Here is a little gem to start the year with a sparkle. I made this card for a dear friend who shares my love of mermaids. The sentiment is from Reverse Confetti's "Shine from Within" set. Love it!

The mermaid is an older stamp from Unity designed by Suzi Blu called "Elena Seaside". I watercolored her in an ombre style with Zig Clear Color Markers and a water brush and I added lots of Wink of Stella and Stickles for extra sparkle. Super-artsy, eh? She is mounted on a panel that was watercolored using an emboss-resist technique for which the Impression Obsession "Shells" background stamp was used. Cold press watercolor paper was used for stamping both pieces.

I think this card represents a perfect tone for my New Year - I plan to try to keep it in mind every single day.

Thanks for the visit and welcome to 2018,

Friday, December 22, 2017

Kisses and a Card!

Hello, Bloggin' Buddies!

One last Christmas post before I pull the plug and relax & celebrate with my sweetie.

This is another gift card holder, but this time it also includes some sweet kisses! Several sites show how to create these little gems (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWrs7U2sBRE) and I took a little bit from several.

I used Paper Smooches snowmen stamps and Hero Arts snowflake stamps. The gift card slides right in (and out!) where the semi-circular punch was made.

A fun little way to present a card, especially for the kids.

Since our home is decorated for Christmas in true 1950's style, here is a little way in which I will share our cheer!


Wishing you a wonderful holiday season filled with love, peace and good health! Thanks, as always, for the kind visit,

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Fa-la-la-llama!

Hello, Bloggin' Buddies!

A friend mentioned to me that I hadn't posted in some time, so here I am! While I have been creating, sometimes getting things photographed and posted is another matter!

We don't wrap a lot of gifts during the holidays, but we DO write checks and share gift cards. This gift card holder is made with a cute "Prickly Pear" set from Close to My Heart. I colored the silly guy and his cactus pal with Copic markers and used a Santa hat and candy cane from the "Bear Ware 2" set from  Essentials by Ellen (designed by the incredible Julie Ebersol). The scale works perfectly and they add such a jaunty holiday touch, don't cha think?

The sentiment is die cut from an old Sizzix set, probably long retired (like me- ha!). I used my "We R Memory Keepers" Envelope Punch Board to create the holder.

Unfortunately, our beautiful state of California is still burning - such a sad loss.

Take good care and thanks for the visit,

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