One seed can start a garden, one candle can light a room, one step can begin a journey, one conversation can start a friendship, one smile from a handmade card can lift one's SPIRIT!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Seize the Birthday with RAINBOWS!!

I think this is going to be one fun Challenge at Seize the Birthday!
It is all about RAINBOWS and I can hardly wait to see all the rainbows popping up!
I chose to use a flower stencil and brush on the colors of the rainbow starting with red in the center.

This is what I used:
Ranger Letter it Stencil: Flower Burst
Catherine Pooler Inks
Golden Glossy Gel Medium
Hero Arts butterfly Die: Delicate Butterfly Fancy
Avery Elle:  cake & candles (sentiment)

After the ink was dry, I laid the stencil back down and applied the glossy gel medium.  I think it adds a nice shine to the flower and texture too!

And then I just had to add a butterfly, but I didn't want it to distract from the rainbow flower, so I cut it out in vellum.

That's it friends!  I will look for you in the gallery and don't forget to check out the rest of the team and see the clever ways they used a rainbow on their BIRTHDAY CARD!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

CAS Christmas July ~ snowflake

We are half way through the month and we have reminder SNOWFLAKE cards to inspire you to play along at CAS Christmas ~ July
 I used Whimsey Snowflurry Background stamp on kraft with white pigment ink.
I die cut a snowflake out of vellum and white cardstock.  I stamped my sentiment in kraft ink too.
Simple and easy and I love the kraft and white.
I hope you will join us and make some snowflake cards.
Heart Hugs, friends!

CAS Watercolour Challenge ~ July

Wasn't the first half of the month for CAS Watercolour Challenge a fun surprise celebrating Darnell's birthday with bouquets of flowers?

Guess what?  We have another fun surprise for the second half of the month...our sweet friend Bonnie has a birthday today, the 16th.  I have another bouquet of flowers for her too!  I hope you will play along and for sure, go visit Bonnie and give her some love on her birthday!

I white embossed and then used zigs to water color the image.
Penny Black:  Fragrant
The Greetery:  Just Mason Around (sentiments)

Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Seize the Birthday ~ Hello Sunshine

Welcome friends to another Seize the Birthday Challenge.
The challenge is "SUNSHINE"  I guess you can interpret that any way you want and make a BIRTHDAY CARD FOR THIS CHALLENGE!

I used the sunshine stencil from Tim Holtz and blended three different yellow oxide inks, when it was dry, I laid the stencil back over it and used Golden glossy gel medium to achieve the awesome shine on this card!  It does take a bit longer to dry, but worth the wait!

I will look forward to seeing your card in the gallery!
Have fun with this sunshine!
And before you go, please welcome SUE who is our special party guest for the next two months!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

CAS Christmas July Challenge ~ Snowflake

Less than 6 months till Christmas friends!
I hope that you are inspired to make a Christmas card with a snowflake on it...if you want to get out of the heat, than try some snowflakes on your card!  Bonnie is our hostess for this CAS Christmas Challenge.
I die cute a couple of snowflakes and from the base card stock I colored some purple copics knowing that the die would cover all but the shape of the snowflake.  Then over the copic I spread some Nuvo glitter paste (moonstruck).  When it was dry I adhered the die cut paper over the top.  I embossed the sentiment with HA silver ep. I saw this technique HERE.
I hope you will go check out all the fabulous snowflakes over at CAS Christmas and be inspired to make a Christmas card!  I look forward to seeing it in the gallery!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

CAS Watercolour ~ July

Special Event


One more part to this special event.
The team has made special cards for Darnell's birthday,
along with our Guest Designer Leslie,
and several Featured Designers (friends from the retreat).

During our retreat, Darnell (Dolly to us) was up early one morning
and decided she wanted some frozen blueberries.
Some how she spilled almost the whole, Costco-sized bag of
blueberries all over the floor.

Bonnie snapped these pictures.

See the swipe of blueberries on the right photo??  Dolly couldn't find a broom so she grabbed a large piece of card stock to pick up the berries.  As they thawed, the blueberry juice "smooshed" on the cardstock in a lovely design that looked perfect for card making.

Well, without Dolly knowing, we kept that piece of blueberry smoosh and cut it up.
Each Designer has used one piece in making Dolly's birthday cards. :)

I am SO HONORED to be a featured guest this month on CAS Watercolour Challenge so I can be a part of celebrating DARNELL'S BIRTHDAY!
  Happy Birthday TODAY, July 2nd,  Darnell!  I am over joyed that I can call you friend!!

I used WPLUS9 Beautiful Bouquets: Dahlia for my watercolour bouquet.
I stamped and embossed it with clear powder, then I used my Inktense colored pencils to color the bouquet.  I used the technique Darnell shared with us at the ESCR retreat in May.  
Water brush TIP to colored pencil TIP...what a great way to color and have some control!
I fussy cut the image and placed it on my card.

Friends, I hope you will join us this month and show Darnell some love with your Bouquet of Watercolour Flowers to celebrate her birthday!
Heart Hugs, friends!