Some woodgrain and a heart...

Today is my last guest post over at Neat and Tangled for the month of January.  Here is my fun little Valentines card...


I used On the Strip 2 to make the background.  Then I die cut a circle from a piece of 4" x 5 1/2" card stock.  I popped that piece up on foam tape directly on the card base.  I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx.  Next, I stamped a cut a heart out, from the same You+Me set, and then stamped the end of the sentiment on it.  I attached it to the card front with adhesive.


Hope you are all having a great Thursday.  Thanks so much for coming by!


More of the fabulous hello die...

Since my Stitched Rectangle dies were lost....I am making up for lost time.  I want to use them on everything.  So I am, really!  


I also used that amazing little Hello from Simon Says.  The big hello is so fun...but the little hello is equally as fun...so you need both!  :)


I layered 2 rectangles together with foam tape and then added in the middle parts to the sentiment also with tiny chunks off foam ape.  The card base is made with neenah and a piece of paper from Echo Park Hello Summer.  I added in a splash of color with the ribbon and the enamel dot.

Hope you are all having a great day!  I am off to work!  Thanks for stopping in!


a happy (stenciled) card...

I loved Kristina's splatter card the other day....I am off on what day is what...but relized I didn't have any stencils with large spaces.  So I made my own. (I'll show you how below)...and then I made this card....


I used Big Bang Confetti and The big, the Bold and the Happy sets from Winnie and Walter.  They are PERFECT for this stencil technique.  I also added in stripes from Be Cool from Avery Elle.

If you follow my blog you may have seen me do this before.  I made THIS card last year using this same vellum technique.  So I took a piece of vellum and die cut 3 stars.  I was able to move the stars around on the card, so I could see right where I wanted them  placed and then stamped on top of them.  I took a makeup sponge and added in the color around the edges.

So that is it for today.  I am learning a ton in this class.  Lots of fun techniques!  What is your favorite  technique so far?


Happy stenciling...

One of today's topic over at the Stenciled class is using embossing paste.  I love this technique and have used it several times in the recent past.  So I was happy to dive in to this assignment.  I do have other stencils.  Lots.  But I kinda love this Ring Cluster from Simon Says.  So here we are again....


I used Amuse Slate Ink Reinker to add a little gray to the white paste.  Then I simply added in a sentiment and some faux enamel dots.  Easy peasy!


I really love the texture this brings.  And for someone who is generally CAS and a no mess kind of gal...I love this stuff.

I know I have shared this before too....but this is the tool I use for putting down the embossing paste...

I knew my old Cricut spatula would come in handy!  It works like a charm! :)

This class has been so fun so far and I love seeing all the gorgeous cards in the gallery!  Thank you all for stopping by to see my card too!


Pretty sure I like this stenciling thing...

(Scroll down for my Retro Sketches card....)

Today has been one of those days that is so productive, you have no idea where the energy came from.  As I mentioned in my Retro Sketches post, I woke up ridiculously early.  I typed up that post....and then the cleaning started.  The kitchen....done..  Floors...done.  Sliding glass doors...cleaned.  Beds stripped.  Then what do I next?  I go to the gym.  An hour of an amazing work out.  Then home again....and some more cleaning.  Where is this all coming from?   I wouldn't normally share this kind of stuff but....these days are few and far between.  And I must document all that I accomplished or I might forget.  lol!  With the kids playing with their cousins today, a quiet house had been a productive one.  

So now I am stopping in to share my first stenciled card.  If you are not taking the class...you should.  So much great info in one place!

I loved Debby's video and card so much, I had to give her technique a try....and of course, CASE her card!


Instead of making the tag, I used a Lil Inkers square to cut the vellum and then heat embossed that amazingly gorgeous sentiment with white embossing powder.  


Then I sewed it down.  Yes.  I sewed again.  I may sew on every card ever now.  Not really....don't hold me to that but right now it feels like I might.  There is just something about that easily accessible sewing machine now.  So handy!

Ok. I am off to switch the laundry.  And maybe fold towels.  Yay!  I am thinking now that I sat down the motivation is wearing off.  A nap maybe?  :)

Have a great day!

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Greatest Blessings...

How come on the days where you have to get up, you could keep sleeping and don't want to get out of bed?  But on the days where you CAN sleep in, you wake up at 6am?  I hate this.  It's Saturday.  I could still be sleeping.  Everyone else is.  So I got up and here I am!  Typing up my post for Retro Sketches.  This week's sketch is so fun.  There are so many possibilities and I really can't wait to see what you do with it!  Here is what I did with it....


I used a Lil Inkers Rectangle die and a Lil Inkers Circle die to make the top layer.  I do love that stitched look.   Then I added in a sentiment from Simon Says Absolutely Delightful set.  I popped up the little envelope on foam tape and added in a little heart.  I layered this all on another piece of white card stock and then attached it all to the card base covered with Aqua Mist striped paper. 


Here is this week's sketch.....

You can see Michelle's original card by clicking HERE.  Next stop over to the Retro Sketches blog and see what Michelle, Kasia and Arielle have made up using today sketch.  Also, don't forget to link up your own card!  We are approaching our 100th sketch!  Stay tuned for a fun week!  :)

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