Thursday, May 30, 2019

Graduation time

This is a grad card we made in our Stampin' Up group. It is folded to look like a graduation cap and gown, You could do it in the school colors and make the tassel a school color too. I thought it was a fun take for a graduate.

Be kind to one another.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

The Greatest Spectacle in Racing

Today is Race Day and I just saw the cutest thing on TV. There is a long row of tiny houses at the track. They are in the Clamping part along with the tents people put up. I guess they are rented but what a great way to spend several days at the track.

This is a fun card we made at my Stampin' Up group last week. I love the simplicity of it and the sweet butterflies. Have a wonderful weekend.

Be kind to one another.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Sort of stained glass

I tried a different way than my first card with baby wipes. This time I tapped DOX on glossy cardstock using wilted violet and candied apple with a baby wipe. My first card was dry and when I wiped it off with the baby wipe all the ink came right off. Was I surprised! So I decided not to do that again, I wasn't born yesterday. Second time I tapped the ink on and left it alone. I die cut a Spell Binders stain glass window with SU woodgrain c/s and took  a piece of acetate and glued it under the die cut and then glued it to the inked glossy c/s. I cut around the window and it was popped up on a lavender card base.  Prayers was die cut with a SSS die and embossed with black sparkle e/p by Ranger. Then I stamped the rest of the sentiment, also from SSS. It was hard to get a good picture of it because of the shine on the acetate so I had to stand it up on my desk. I wanted to play again in

Be kind to one another.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Tea for you

This is another teapot card we made at Stampin' Up class. I really like the purple and that quilted embossing folder. We are in for some really rough weather this afternoon. so I  hope everyone in this storm path is safe.

Be kind to one another.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Coloring on a stamp

I would like to share my new follower with you. She is Sathya of Sathya is from India and she is a wonderful card maker that I hope you can visit.

The other day Bonnie posted a card where she colored on the stamp, then moved the color with a waterbrush.  Every one of you that has done that impresses me and I finally tried it.  I need to practice but I "get it". Maybe a little less ink and more water. I'll keep at this because I like the watercolor look with this technique. This is a Penny Black stamp and a sentiment from Mama Elephant stamped and embossed on vellum.

Be kind to one another.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

A yard of bricks

 It is the most perfect twofer for me this month. The prompt is Wheels and I am in a city known as the racing capital of the U.S. My first card uses wood mount stamps from Good Stamps, a race car and checkered flag.  The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has bricks inlaid in the track known as the Yard of Bricks. Using a sheet of white brick paper from a Recollections 6x6 paper pad I sponged Aged Mahogany Distress Ink and Fired Brick and Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink to look like worn bricks.  I stamped, fussy cut and embossed the race car and colored with Copics. The wheels are done with a  Mercury Silver Galaxy marker. The car is popped up going across the finish line.

The second card had me in a frenzy. I made the card and knew exactly what I wanted to say but had no stamp for it. Die cute a red foil heart and popped up the race car. I intended to print the sentiment out on the computer. The printer apparently has had a bad day and would not print. That happened on the very first Twofer Challenge and I hand printed the sentiment.  After working with it for hours I uninstalled it and was going to re-install it. NOT.  My granddaughter's boyfriend is going to come and install it for me this weekend. So, when in a frenzy we improvise. I went through every stamp set I have and found a sentiment that says "you make my heart happy" by My Favorite Things. I just covered up the happy and stamped and embossed it. Then I dug out my QuickKutz metal dies and cut the word race in black and red card stock to make a shadow. The moral of this story is "be flexible and able to change your mind before you make yourself crazy". I did not do that.

Be kind to one another.

Saturday, May 11, 2019


I'm happy to welcome my newest follower Carol of She is in the UK and I think you will enjoy dropping by her blog and saying hello.

I have a card today made in my SU class that I'm sharing in the
 and Darnell and Christine  told me about the rhino challenge. We are to make a card for a child in watercolor. The rhino was outlined with a gray water color pencil, then used a water brush to pull out the color. I don't know why I can't seem to do that with Zigs. I still need to practice with them. The green piece was embossed with leaves and a black frame added around the rhino. Die cut leaves were glued behind the white piece. Watercolor, dry embossing, die cuts and stamping were used.

Be kind to one another.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Merry Go Round

You're never to old to ride the merry go round. I have a girlfriend who loves carousel horses so I'm sending her this birthday card. I'm also sharing it at May CAS Stencil Challenge. I didn't realize how hard this was going to be because of the stencil I used.  It is a Memory Box and I sponged DOX in Candied Apple and Fossilized Amber. That wasn't hard. But, then I started adding glass bead paste. That's when I realized scraping it off each individual star was going to be the real challenge! I wanted a clean card so I only used some of the stars on the stencil. This might not be clean and simple after all. The stamp is Altenew stamped in red ink and the glitter on the carousel is Stickles. It's done and here it is.

Be kind to one another.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Christmas Stocking

Trina is the host for the  CASchristmascardchallenge for May. The prompt is Stocking and this is my card. I used a Lawn Fawn stamp set and colored with Copics.  I dry embossed a Die-Namics frame and departed from my vow not to use glitter by adding Rock Candy Distress Glitter to the top of the stocking. Since you glue it on I didn't get it all over the dog and floor. And since I have many jars of it, I need to use it!

Be kind to one another.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Baby Wipes

It's been at least 47 years since I've needed baby wipes! But you know what they say, "what goes around comes around" and that's what has happened.

The challenge at for May is to use baby wipes on your card. There are videos on their site to use them several different ways. I couldn't wait to try this. This is my first try and I didn't use dark enough ink. I wanted a yellow sunny sky and sort of a dirt lawn so I used fossilized amber and vintage photo oxide inks. Smooshed them one at a time on glossy c/s and dried. Then wiped with baby wipe. It is so cool when you do that but it didn't come out vibrant like I wanted.  The tree is my new Lavinia stamp and the sentiment is Altenew embossed in Zing vanilla. I learned from this one and will be doing this technique again. Thanks, Bonnie, this is fun. This card used stamping, baby wipes and embossing. I hope you will visit them and try this fun technique. Because of the glossy c/s I have a glare on the picture.

A funny little tidbit. The mini marathon run is going on right now. They have a new thing at the Finish Line. As the runners come across there is a booth giving out wine! It is wine in a can and they are calling it Finish Wine. That cracks me up and thought you might get a kick out of it.

Be kind to one another.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Welcome to May in Indy

This is the month of May in Indy. Exciting events going on all month long. The mini marathon, the Grand Prix, choosing the 500 princess, the 500 parade and the race. Downtown has events going on all month and lots of celebrities in town. It is a special month for our city. People come from all over the world and the hotels are full, the restaurants are full and the traffic is a nightmare. We see lots of out-of-towners even in the suburbs at restaurants and hotels. Everyone is friendly, happy and we meet the nicest people. I have an extra bed if anyone wants to come!

This is another great card we made at SU class. It is an easel card and was so fun. We used the Tea Together stamp set and decorated the teapot and cup. This would be a sweet Mother's Day card for a tea drinker by changing the sentiment.

Be kind to one another.