Monday, September 29, 2014

Stamp Camp 2014

The Cardologists are at stamp camp in Vermont this year.  The colors are gorgeous!  For once we timed our vacation to peak season instead of first snow.

Here is the first card from camp.  We used the Sizzix flip card dies that Mollie got for her birthday and Bob's Halloween dies from Impression Obsession.  Jules contributed the diecut Boo that we glittered. Melba contributed the patterned paper.  It was my Big Shot, so you can see this was a group effort.

Friday, September 19, 2014

One Layer Simplicity and NBUS

I am posting late because it was the night the Cardologists get together.  We have a rule that we do not get dessert before everyone has finished a card.  Lately all our cards have been so complicated  we have given up and had dessert at 10 just to go home and finish the card.  But tonight I had an idea for a card I wanted to do that would meet the one layer challenge.  When everyone saw how easily it came together, and knowing there was delicious Lemon Meringue Pie waiting, they wanted to make it too.  I can't show you the beautiful pie, but here is the card:

I am entering in the One Layer Simplicity challenge.  I hope you follow the link to check it out because Ardyth, a stamper I admire, is hosting the challenge this month.  I am also entering in the second NBUS Challenge hosted by the talented Darnell.


 Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)

I started with Soft Sky ink on a (NBUS) Hampton Art Stamp with squares.  I have had that stamp for ages and never found a use for it until now.  Two colors of Distress inks went over the corners and then the squares were stamped on the card.  The flower and greeting came from Stampin Up's Simply Sketched; the flower was colored with pencils.  The only embellishment is Wink of Stella over the flower which doesn't photograph well.

I hope you have a wonderful day.
 PS: We had to bring the second card home to finish - lots of coloring. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Color Throwdown 309

I was intrigued by the challenge at Color Throwdown this week since blues and greens are my favorites.  Here is a card that I am going to submit made with a Hero Arts stamp that I love. 

I have to tell you that I actually saw a blue Queen Anne's Lace flower this year.  It was sitting all by itself on the side of the road away from all the other white ones. Here I gave it some company.

I added the embossing on the grey layer because it reminds me of the edge of a quilt that my grandmother had.

If you like this color combination, head over to the Color Throwdown site to see more.

You will see some Stampin Up elements on this card: paper, ribbon, die, embossing folder, inks. The sentiment is from an unknown company.

Thanks for stopping in.

Sunday, September 7, 2014


I hope you are having a lovely weekend. Since it was raining Saturday I volunteered to help my sister clean out some of the "stuff" they have been hoarding.  It is never easy to get three people to agree on each item to let go, but we had a productive day. 

Today was my idea of perfect weather.  I did manage to catch a few minutes indoors before dinner to make a card.  I saw this layout on pinterest but had to go with  my favorite color blue, starting with this scrap DSP that was in my bag. 

I am liking the Apothocary Accent die set now that I found a youtube video (don't remember where) showing how to cut it down to make a layer.  The Pansies started out on pink paper but I sprayed them with glimmer mist that turned them orange.  Sigh. At least I found a ribbon to match.

Inspired by Pinterest

I found a beautiful technique on Pinterest at The Cardologists used it as inspiration for their cards on Thursday.  I tried using a blender pen and inks to color the flowers because I have no copic pens.  Unfortunately the pen is drying out, so don't look too close. 

The technique is stamping with a very light ink and then tracing over the lines with a sparkly gelly pen.  The stamps are Stampin Up's Peaceful Petals; the die is from their Apothocary Accents set.

Check out Susanne's take on this technique over on her blog at Keep in Touch.
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