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ski and hat

Although I live in Florida now I have many wonderful memories of skiing.  I grew up in New England and learned to ski in Vermont.   When I moved to California Orvil and I took many ski vacations where we saw some of the best and most scenic areas.  I think our favorites are Lake Tahoe, Jackson Hole and anywhere in Colorado!

So here is a Christmas card to celebrate those great times!

Ski and hat

The image was colored with copic markers and is from Flourishes (no longer available).  I used a Martha Stewart punch for the snowflake and cuttlebug embossing folder.

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embossed watercolored background

Hello crafty friends!  Here is another watercolor card – a little different technique this time.


I stamped the background with versamark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder.  Once that was set I sprayed two colors of Zia Color Wash Sprays over the embossed panel and let dry.  The same technique was used for the sentiment panel a swell.  Crochet thread was wrapped around the back panel before adding the sentiment.  If you look closely, there are tiny pearls on the scalloped portion of the sentiment.  The background is from Rubbernecker and the sentiment from Papertrey.  I used Canson 140 lb watercolor paper.

Having a fun time with my watercolors!

Christmas? Oh no….

Yes, a Christmas card!!  Don’t hate me!!  I know it is so very early to even be thinking about Christmas but this card was so quick and easy to do and I thought I would share it now.


The base card is Cranes Lettra letterpress paper – love this paper because of its wonderful feel and look when either letterpressed, or as shown here, embossed. I used my all time fav cuttlebug embossing folder.

The ornament was made using Spellbinders 2011 Ornament set.  I used the next to smallest die and cut 3 shapes from the Midnight Frost collection from Bo Bunny.  Note:  if the paper you are using is patterned only on one side you will need to cut 4 shapes and combine two to make the middle layer since the back of the paper shows.  The sentiment is from Papertrey.

Here are the three easy steps to make this:

Place the first layer down flat.

Take the second layer and fold it in half.   (Since the back side of the paper will show this is where you will have to combine two pieces if your paper has a pattern on one side only.)  Run a thin line of glue on the fold and attach it to the first layer.



Take the third layer, fold it in half and glue it together.  Run a thin line of glue on the fold and attach it to the second layer.




Then attach the entire piece to the front of your card.

For this card I wanted a little more “sparkle” so before I attached it to the card I lightly sprayed it with adhesive and sprinkled some glitter on the ornament.  Here is a closer look.

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Autumn Subway Art

A stamped sentiment along with a digi background makes a quick and easy card!


I just LOVE this background!  The typography, layout and colors all work so well together.  And guess what – it’s FREE!!  A free file from Pink Ink Doodle found HERE. This style is called  “subway art” and  she has several on her blog so be sure to check them all out.  This particular fall subway art looks good on a card but can also be used for decorations for a Halloween or Thanksgiving party.  You can also google “subway art” and find tons of images.

Once the card was assembled (I used SU cardstock) I wanted to stamp a simple sentiment in white.   Now, I have always had “issues” with white ink and embossing powder.  Without the embossing powder white ink is too opaque.  And I could never find a really bright white powder.  Sometimes, especially with smaller sentiments the embossing looked blurred, not crisp.    I gave up for years when I stumbled across some white EP in one of the craft stores, (I think Hobby Lobby) from Zing so I thought I would give it a try.

I am so glad I did!   I used versamark along with a Papertrey sentiment and the Zing white embossing powder.  It came out true white and the letters did not look blurred, but nice and crisp.

One other nice thing about this card is that it was made with scraps. I had a half sheet of card stock for the base and was able to print the digi art on a scrap piece of white cardstock. The mats are scraps from my stash. Not too long ago I went through my solid color scrap pieces and tossed anything that was smaller than a quarter of a sheet. That really cut down on the smaller pieces that never seemed to be used.    My intent is to go to the scrap file as much as possible before cutting a full sheet of cardstock.

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fly away

Hello friends!  I hope your week is starting off well. Summer is in full swing here..we have family coming in this weekend to spend a week with us and next week will be filled with lots of beach time.

This card was created for Impression Obsession’s Fly Away challenge – details shown HERE.

This clean and simple card uses three images from IO’s clear set #CL112 called Flowers.  It has several wonderful floral and leaf images.  I used one to make the butterfly!

First I stamped the two flower images on white cardstock and lightly colored with copic markers.  To make the butterfly, I stamped the image on a scrap piece of paper, colored it in and then cut it out.  By turning the image on its side I created a side view of the butterfly wings.   Here’s a look.

All I had to do was draw the body in with a black pen and I was good to go!  The sentiment was handwritten on a scrap of Basic Grey paper.  I think it’s nice to handwrite sometimes instead of using a stamped sentiment.

The base card was embossed with a cuttlebug embossing folder.

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