Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Hot Mess Success......

Hi today is the day the Hot Mess Success group posts their creations and what fun it is to check out what everyone creates. I have learned new techniques from watching Kelly, Jeanette, Barb. Terry and most recently Darlene  create for the last year. This month I am honored to be able to join these wonderful ladies in making a hot mess. I'm no stranger to "messes" however, being creative being messy....hmmm. I can't wait to try. 

For my card for this month I decided to make an alcohol ink background. I set out to watch a few you tube videos and get some pointers. Lately I have tried some paint pouring and it seems like this works on the same basis to a degree. So...I set up my table with paper underneath my project. In one of the videos I saw the instructor crunch up paper and add alcohol along with ink. Rather than crumple the paper I chose to use a diamond patterned embossing folder to create the folds. I chose 3 different kinds of paper to try this out on, Shiny white paper, shimmer white paper and prism paper. To be honest I liked both the shiny and shimmer paper better than the alcohol ink prism paper. 

I tried a couple of techniques in applying the alcohol ink and ended up using the apply directly to paper with additional alcohol added to spread out the ink. The top left is striping the ink over the paper (I need way more practice with that and the center lighter paper was using alcohol -ink- and paper towel and dabbing-smashing the ink all over the paper. This was pretty but again more practice to get a better effect. I did decide to use the purple paper under my hand for my card. I also used a silver fixative on this to bring in some shine. I die cut a piece of white paper with a flower garden type die and place the purple, blue, green diamond paper behind it. 

I tried to take the picture at an angle so you could see the diamond pattern in the back with the ink accent. As most of you know I'm a fan of sparkles and glitter so I added rhinestones to the center of the flowers and I used iridescent silver sticker tape around the outside of the die cut to set off the whole thing making it the focal point of the card. The rest of the card is pretty plain. I did have a mess once I was done. Ink on my fingers, ink on my work station and paper towels that are pretty messy as well.


Here is my finished card.. Thank you so much for stopping by. Stop by the rest of the hot mess crew's blogs and see what they have created. I am sure you will not be disappointed 

Until next time,



Saturday, August 1, 2020

DDD August "Party Time" challenge

Welcome to my blog. Today were challenged to create a card using felt banner strips. Kelly sent each of the 16 duelers 3 banner shaped felt pieces in different colors. I got purple, yellow and my favorite blue.  We also got a piece of string with the pieces and were told that we could create our cards using the string or not using the string but the banner pieces did need to be used. We could cut them and use them however we wanted to but we did need to use all 3. The banner pieces represent a banner that is tied together in crafty friendship. Which would be all of us. This amazing group started 10 years ago and has seen members come and go but we have held tight to the group. I remember when Jeanette asked me to join....I was over the moon excited but I didn't have a clue what a blog was. Thankfully Jeanette guided me the right direction and walla I was part of the group and I now had a blog. I don't post as often as the others but have posted ever since.  The other stipulation of creating our card for this particular challenge was to only use a sentiment. We were not to use images. This in itself was a challenge for me as I don't usually make cards highlighting a sentiment. Most of my cards have images....but, I was up for the challenge. When I went down in my craft area (I am currently trying to organize...) I lucked out and found the sentiment I was looking for right away. BONUS....Then I tried a new technique to me using a random water color back ground created on water color paper with refills and water. Now I must say the 1st try was a flop...I threw away the background and started over. This time I picked different refills and they actually looked more like what I was trying to create. I dried the background and did another sheet of water color paper background using the same colors for my sentiment. As I mentioned craft room....I couldn't find the red tape. After some time searching I found it, (The tape runner was not laying down correctly and pulling up the paper as it went). Then came the die cut....oh my finding what I was looking for BIG CHALLENGE.(I can't wait until everything is back in its own spot) It would have been much easier to do this card in Barb's craft room.....Well at least I got the card made. I cut my banner pieces in half and cut the other side as a banner so both sides looked the same. I mounted them on my back ground and popped up my sentiment in the middle of the banner pieces. Not the most creative card but I did meet the challenge.

Here is my card. 

I must add that I have blessed to be in this group in many more ways than one. I feel honored to be able to call these amazing ladies my friends. I have been able to meet Barb, Jeanette, Kelly, Terry L, LJ, Darlene and Shelly in person. Thanks to our gracious friend Barb who has hosted us at her home.
This truly is a  group of creative, kind and wonderful friends.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I do appreciate your visits. Please take time and stop by the other duelers and see what they have created. I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Until next time.


Monday, July 20, 2020

The Paper Shelter Challenge #436 Occupation/Profession

Hi all, I'm back for the Paper Shelter Challenge #436 Occupation/Profession. In the post different occupations were mentioned and lifeguard was one of them . I purchased this cute lifeguard in one of my first orders from The Paper Shelter. I thought she was adorable and since I haven't used her yet, I colored her right up. I thought about how to highlight her and went with plain and simple. I really am enjoying playing along with the challenges each week. The design team has some awesome cards to help you come up with ideas and they are amazing. Pop over to the challenge Occupation/Profession Challenge and see some fun cards and then pop into the store and check out the wonderful images.

Here is my card:

I colored this image with copics and colored pencils. The background was done with distress ink and a sponge. The sand was made with a sand stamp I got several years ago and this is the first time I have used it. The little embellishment in the lower right hand corner is from a sticker pack I purchased at Archivers when they were open.  I've been trying to use up some of the old/new things I have found while trying to organize my craft room.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I do appreciate it.

Until next time,


Wednesday, July 15, 2020

DDD July 2020 Humor

Hi all, I'm a bit late to the party this month. Not because I didn't get my kit early (cause I did) but because I forgot today was the 15th. I knew it was wednesday I just didn't connect the date to the day...eeekkkk. I'm not used to working from home. Today we are posting the kits that our wonderful hostesses Tracie from the Dazzler's and Barb from the Diva's ( my group) sent to us. They decided that we needed humor in the summer of 2020....can we say...."so true". It certainly has been a weird year. My kit from Barb included the following:

The sentiments and images sent were from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps .

The patterend paper  are  Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby. (Black and White patterns...Can I just say a Big thanks Barb. I love this color combo....

Various embellishments: Ribbons=SU black grosgrain along with black cordelette-white and black twine, white twine and black twine.
Black Buttons, Black bling, white pearls and rhinstones

Well needless to say I was in 7th heaven when I received my kit. 1st of all Black and White color combo... be still my heart. Then bling and funny sentiments. This is the best.....everything about this kit reminded me of my mom. (who has been gone for 16 years) from the papers to the sentiments she would have loved this card. Mom was a letter writer and a good one. She also, liked the phone, chatting with friends and family and having people over for coffee and conversations. I remember she had a black and white checked dress she loved and wore often. The checked paper I used on my card reminded me of it. She also liked secrets (had a hard time keeping them but loved them).

i colored up the image with my copics and cut out the image with stitched ovals. I backed this with a black stitched oval and used mounting tape on the back. I picked the cute sentiment " I don't repeat gossip so listen carefully" as it seem appropriate. I really liked the black check paper but thought it would be fun to break it up a bit with the polka dot paper. I created an X back ground and used the black gross grain ribbon to border the different papers. I then cut the sentiment in half and mounted each strip on a piece of black paper and I mounted them with mounting tape as well. You can barely see this but I put the tiny black rhinestones on the dress of the gal in black to use as buttons.

Inside my card I layered a strip of left over black check paper on black and taped it to the bottom of the white paper.

Thank you Barb for the amazing kit and memories.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my card. Please take a few minutes and check out the other creations by the rest of the deulers. I am sure you won't be disappointed.

Until next time.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Challenge #435 - Holiday Time

Hi all, I'm back for the newest Paper Shelter challenge "Holiday Time" which you can find Here, I chose the image Holiday Shopping for my card today. I also chose to make a long and skinny card rather than an A2 card. I think this image is so dang cute. I made the image larger so she was easier to color and I used copics and colored pencils to color her up. For the base of my card I used a basic black and Christmas dsp from DCWV mat stack called Very Merry. I loved all the different papers in this mat stack They were double sided and i chose one sheet to do both of the front layers. In the back of the mat stack they had a sheet of sayings printed on little labels (6 to a sheet). I picked out one of the labels and cut it down to make a saying to add to my card. I fussy cut my image and used mounting tape to pop her up off the layers,  I then took a gold glitter gel pen and added some gold dots to both of the layers and colored in the buttons on the coat.

Here is my card.

The sun was quite bright today when i took this picture. I hope you like my version of the holidays.

Thank you for stopping by. Please stop by the Paper Shelter and check out the cute images.

Until next time,

Monday, July 6, 2020

The paper shelter challenge #434 Use a Sentiment

Hi all, I'm back today for the paper shelter Challenge. #434 use a sentiment here. I did a little buying when Paper Shelter was having a buy 5 get one free. Well I did get my 5 but oh boy was it hard to stop at just 5+ 1. I colored up all the images as I was on a roll. Loving each of them and couldn't decide which to use for my challenge card. While I was shuffling through my craft room looking for paper that I had thought I was going to use, I ran across a paper pack I had purchased a while ago at JoAnn's to make a card for my son in law. This was an at seas paper pack and since he is in the naval reserve right now I thought it would be appropriate. Once I got the paper chose I thought...hmmmm  I'll use the "where are we going" stamp and work around that. In the middle of the paper pack they had some sentiment cards so I picked one for the front of the card. I colored the image with copics and colored pencils. I then fussy cut the image out and mounted it on the front of the card so the cutie would stand apart from the background. I just love these images and love joining in on the challenges to see the beautiful cards people create with them.

So here is the card I am submitting for this challenge.
Stop by the challenge blog and take a look at all the wonderful creations. While you are there take a peek at the store as stuff.

Until next time.

Monday, June 15, 2020

June 2020 "A heart full of roses"

Hi all welcome to our monthly duel. Our hostesses this month are Darlene for the Dazzlers and Judy for out team the Dazzlers.

This is what Judy wrote explaining their kit:

Darlene and I have chosen “A Heart Full of Roses” for our June 2020 card kit theme. We know that Roses are the flower for June birthdays. Yes, Roses have been chosen for past June card kits. We love our flowers and roses, especially, are so fitting for so many occasions whether it be for a birthday, weddings, an anniversary, get well wishes or just thinking of you. Another reason for this theme is that Darlene and I both agreed that we could find many items in our current stash of stamps, papers and embellishments to include in this kit without having to leave home to purchase. I’m hoping you enjoy creating with the items I’m including in this kit:

Stamped Image: retired rose stamp by Inkadinkado ( 2 stamped in Tuxedo Black Momento, 1 embossed with Black Detail embossing powder)
Designer Paper: “Beautiful Dreamer” Imagine Collection by Graphic 45;
2 Pink/green papers from Premium Stack by DCWV;
yellow rose by Maggie Homes “Bloom” by Crate Paper;
embossed pink cardstock by Cuttlebug “Once Upon a Princess” embossing folder

Embellishments: sequins and buttons from “Rose Garden” by Lilac Lane; green pearls by Kaisercraft; white pearls by Studio g; pink rhinestones, paper roses , ribbons and baker’s twine from my long-time stash.

When I got my kit from Judy I immediately took out the image and started thinking about what colors to color the rose. I colored up a couple of the images and started thinking about how to make my cards. I made my first ever tall and skinny card. I looked for measurements and card sketches and found one I liked. This is the first card I made.

I colored my rose with colored penils and gamsol. I used the strip of rhinestones to add an extra pop to the angled layer on the front.  On the inside of the card I used one of sentiment images that were included in the kit as you can see here:
For my second card I chose to make a regular A2 card. I really liked the dsp on this card. I had dsp and embellies left over from the first card and I had already colored the 2nd image with colored pencils and gamsol. I fussy cut the rose out and used a layout that had an angled split in the dsp. I mounted the image with mounting tape and tried to center it in the middle of the card. Here is my second card.

Judy had included some pretty white specialty ribbon that I used to trim the cutting lines in the dsp. I used two of the pretty pearls to accent the rose. Pretty simple but I was pleased with how it turned out.

Thank your for stopping by. Please take time and stop by the duelers blogs and see what they have created. from their kits. I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Until next time.