Tuesday, June 27, 2017


I am taking the Altenew Academy's newest class (Muse) taught by Carissa Wiley and what a fresh way of designing cards - these classes are all taught by well-known designers and are so reasonably priced - highly recommend!!  Whenever I take these online classes tho, I'm horrible about doing the homework.  This time I decided to be a good student and get something done.

The first day of class had the theme of using fashion as inspiration.  Carissa gave many tips on ways to look at fashion photo and pull out elements that could be used in designing a card.  Here's my inspiration photo:

Love the soft colors in the flowers and the black on the bottom edge of the dress along with all the white space.

I first tried doing the composition with the flowers and black on the bottom right, but it was too heavy.  So just inverted the design and liked it much better.  I colored the flowers with Altenew markers and fussy cut.  The centers of the flowers have black seed beads for a little texture and dimension.  Rounded the two corners to reflect the slope of the model's shoulders.

I've started my own "muse" board on Pinterest to use as starting points for colors and design - after I add the photo to my board, I take a pic of it with my IPhone to keep on my desk.

So the homework is finished and I'm handing it in!!!  Am entering this in LaVon's summer celebrations challenge and Virginia's summer blog party.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017


Addicted to CAS has chosen "white on white" for the their current challenge.  Have always loved this look, but find it difficult to execute to my liking.  Just bought the Altenew "Bamboo Rose" stamps and so decided to give them a try for this challenge.

For my background piece, I used some striped vellum on which I stamped the roses in Versamark and embossed with HA white satin pearl powder.  Added the sentiment and a few clear dots - done and dusted!  Since I moved the craft room to my main floor, I don't have the good window with natural light anymore - also my leg in the brace doesn't like to stand for very long - anyway you can see the pretty shine from the embossing powder on part of the card.  As for white on white, I'm happy with the results.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017


Arlene is hosting a 24 hour scramble today - started at 11 am CST and will end tomorrow (Sunday) at 11 am CST.  We are asked to create and post a card in 90 minutes with the challenge to use a die cut and pop it up - also use Hero Arts products. 

While I was in rehab, I had lots of time to wander through blogs and gather ideas for future cards.  One that I loved for it's simplicity was this one by Yana Smakula. The brayered background was so fun to make - I just pulled out various HA inks (pale tomato, and several other pinks that were in the monthly kits) and brayered them on.  Used the same colors for stamping my hibiscus flowers,  The sentiment was stamped in HA black and clear embossed for some shine.  Added a soft grey mat and popped it up with fun foam.  The larger flower is also popped up.  Some black dots were added - and done!  Think it would be fun to create a set of these for a gift!  I am adding this card to LaVon's LOVE challenge (summer celebrations theme).

Thanks for visiting today and also for your kind comments.

Thursday, June 22, 2017


The challenge theme this month at A Blog Named Hero is "interactive".  Since I usually just make regular A2 cards, this was a real challenge for me.  Was going to make a shaker card, but then saw this video by Dawn and this one by Erica on how to make a slider card and it quite intrigued me.  The idea by Erica used an MFT die (which I didn't have) but I did have the zipper die from Essentials by Ellen which looked like it might do and so my card began.

The base of my card is a piece of watercolor paper on which I used distress oxide inks in worn lipstick, fossilized amber and a little water.  Next I added the greenery around the bottom of the piece and then die cut with the zipper die.  Had to use my exacto knife to slice through the perforations on the die.  The little notch where the ribbon is attached was made with the second smallest HA circle die.  Colored the flamingo, did the scoring according to the flamingo proportions (I didn't use the scoring that Dawn or Erica used) and added the sentiments on the inner piece.  Put it all together with scor-tape, stapled on the little ribbon (colored with worn lipstick), added a few sequins - and an interactive card was created.  A first for me!!

Be sure to follow the challenge rules and enter your card here for a chance at a lovely prize from A Blog Named Hero!!

On another note - I have been home from rehab for two weeks - it's going ok, but have 8-10 more weeks of the full leg brace.  My physical therapist says I should be great by Christmas!!! Not only does the quad muscle have to heal before I can exercise that left leg, but then I have to have p.t. for the new left knee - right now I can only bend it to 45 degrees (doctor's orders!!). I was at 125 degrees bend when I fell on 2 May.

Cards will be sporadic as it's rather difficult sitting at a desk with my leg propped up.  It really felt good tho to get the creative juices going again with this card. 

Since Erica's card inspired me to create a slider card I am entering it in MFT's Camp Create challenge.
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Sunday, June 4, 2017


UPDATE!!!  I get to go home on Tuesday.  Tomorrow the OT and I will go to my house for a "home safety" check - make sure i can do everything by myself when I'm home.  Then Tuesday morning my son will pick me up and take me home.  I will have home health services for a few weeks (PT, bath aide and nurse).  Don't know how long i will have full leg brace on - Dr. is being super cautious and that's OK.

I have managed to keep busy coloring with watercolor pencils and a few copics.  A friend gave me some SU papers - called "inside the lines" which are really cool for coloring - so I have some good card starters going - plus several others of my wonderful stamping friends sent me stuff to color and make a few cards as I sit here with my leg up in a recliner - not the ideal position but it works!!  Have also managed to read about six books.

Finally, I want to thank all of you who have sent cards - the staff here is amazed at the number of cards I've received this past month - you all have been so fantastic and it certainly has kept my spirits up the past 5 weeks!!  I am truly blessed!!

I am going back to my house today for a fun project - my two sons and granddaughter are going to work on my new craft room which is being moved from the lower level of my townhouse to my second bedroom on the first floor.  New desk, chair, plastic pad under my chair (we think the chair was part of the cause for my fall) - so when it is still neat and tidy I will take some pictures to share. 

Again, thank you all for your thoughts and prayers as I have recovered from this "big bump in the road" of my life!!  I have always liked this little saying "Man plans and God laughs" - I will still plan and hope God doesn't play any more jokes on me!

Hugs, Betty

Friday, May 5, 2017


Hello, friends.  Just a note to say there won't be any cards from me for awhile.  I had a knee replaced on 18 April and last Tuesday, fell and tore open the knee where the stitches were.  Fortunately the new knee was ok, but tore the quad tendon and am in a full leg cast.  Had to have emergency surgery to repair it all - am in the hospital until tomorrow and then will go to a rehab facility for don't know how long.  Since I live alone, I'm pretty helpless when it comes to getting up.  Cast will be on for 4 weeks - a real bummer.  I am good - a little down at times - my kids are coming the end of the month to help me celebrate my birthday (even my son from England and my granddaughter) so have that to look forward to.  So I guess you'll see me when you see me.  All for now.  Betty

Thursday, April 27, 2017


"Anything Goes" is this month's theme at A Blog Named Hero and you still have until 29 April to get in your entry.

Played around with some gray inks today and my new MISTI creative corners - love how easy these make stamping off the side of the card.

My flower came from the Hero Arts May monthly kit from 2016 - one of their prettiest flowers ever.  The first flower was stamped in dark gray and clear embossed.  Then did the other two progressively lighter.  Used a Heidi Swapp stencil and sponged on some random light gray stripes.  Stamped the greeting in HA black and clear embossed.  After coloring the one flower with copics and shading with colored pencils, I die cut the piece with a MFT stitched frame, put it together on a white base, added a few Nuvo rosewater dots and done.

Hurry and get your entry in here - it's not too late and you'll be eligible for a lovely prize.

Thanks for visiting today and love to read your kind comments.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


I am so honored to be one of Ellen Hutson's Pinsights designer this month.  When Laurel sent me the challenge photo, I was so excited to start creating with these gorgeous colors.

The center flowers in the pinks and yellows were the inspiration for my card using Julie's mondo peony.  I used distress oxide inks in worn lipstick and fossilized amber to watercolor a background piece. Die cut with the stitched rectangles and kept them together with some washi tape on the back and stamped the peony on the bottom right - used my Misti and stamped it several times to get a nice black impression.  I also stamped the peony on a piece of vellum.  Then I adhered the watercolor piece with a bit of non-permanent adhesive to the center of the card base.  Placed the vellum over matching it all - then put the stamp over the piece of vellum for just the right placement in my Misti.   Removed the card and vellum and stamped the peony on the base.  Put some thin adhesive dots all around the frame and adhered that down and then put the center piece in - and voila!! it all matched up!!!  Added the clear drops, some Spectrum Noir to just the center and the Nuvo dots and done.  This will be one of those cards for my stash to add a sentiment when needed.

I hope you'll play along with the Pinsights Challenge this month  and fun with these gorgeous colors!  You must use Ellen Hutson products - and there's a random drawing for a $50 gift certificate.

All the info on how to enter are on The Classroom blog, so have a go!

Thanks for visiting today and love to read your comments.

Sunday, April 16, 2017


The photo for this week's Inspired by All the Little Things really is so gorgeous, I just had to make a card.  In fact, every week they have such lovely inspiration photos - I just don't always get around to creating something.

Since Altenew is celebrating their 3rd anniversay, I decided to use the first flower stamp set I ever bought from them - it's still one of my favorites and it has been a bit neglected lately.  I used some of their striped paper from the Reflections kit to mimic the stripes in the model's cape.  Then just used colors and the vertical design from the photo - added little raindrops too.  There is Spectrum Noir on just the flowers for some shiny prettiness!

I don't know how I was chosen by Altenew to receive this darling stamp set, but it came in the mail quite by surprise a week or so ago.  Love it!! 

So will add this to Inspired by All...and also Altenew's anniversary celebration.

Thanks for visiting today and love to read your kind comments.

Thursday, April 13, 2017


It's "Anything Goes" for this month's theme at A Blog Named Hero!  And you know me and my flowers so...

Today's card is totally inspired by Yana Smakula's card - I have always been total rubbish when it comes to making a background - have never liked what I've made - somehow it always looks off kilter or I screw it all up when I'm almost finished!!!  So using the hibiscus stamps I carefully did a similar placement of stamps and I'm finally happy with the results.  Now that I have this background placement technique down pat, I just might be making more of this design in various colors!

I used only the first and second layers of the flowers and picked some pretty HA colors.  Since I wanted perfect coverage, used my Misti in case I needed to stamp several times.  Added some little dots to fill in the blank spaces. When I was finished I embossed around the flowers and leaves using the dies.  This is the sandwich I use on my Cuttlebug to emboss with a die - A plate, B plate, tan Spellbinders mat, paper, die (face down), B plate.  Cut down the size of the piece with one the larger infinity rectangles and put it on a soft grey base adding some fun foam underneath.  Embossed the little sentiment on some HA layering paper (sorry don't know which color it is) using HA white powder.  Finally a few Nuvo crystal dots in rosewater.

HA inks used - pale tomato, a pink from Lia, butter bar, pastel blue, sea glass, soft granite - the light grey is  london fog and the pale yellow is dandelion - both from Memento.

Have a go with any Hero Arts stamps in your stash, create a card and enter it this month's challenge!!  

Thanks for visiting today and love to read your kind comments.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


The challenge at Merry Monday this week is to "create a scene" and it prompted me to make my first Christmas card of the year.  Also the challenge at CAS Mix-Up is "inlaid diecutting" and since I cut my scene apart and then inlaid the the center part back into the frame, I thought this might qualify.

I first smooshed some Tsukineko white frost ink onto a piece of white cs (5.5x4.25) using some cling wrap.  Then stenciled the trees with Altenew evergreen ink and where the white ink was it sort of looked like snow and gave a varigated color. Next I die cut the frame, made the shaker and put it all back together on a soft gray card base.  Added the IO deer trio on the top and done.  Sentiment stamped inside.

Inlaid die-cut, stencil

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Sunday, April 2, 2017


I have had this piece stamped with antique linen distress ink on my desk for several weeks - wanting to do some no-line watercolouring - but kind of reluctant to even try it.  So when I saw the challenge today on CAS Watercolour, decided it was time to take the plunge.

The image is from a Concord & 9th set - Happy Words.  Colored the flower with distress worn lipstick, the center with scattered straw and the leaves with peeled paint and water.  I used some watercolor pencils to add a little definition.  Finally used a light gray Zig and water to do the shadow around the flower.   Die cut it with a stitched rectangle and put on a soft gray base popping it up with some fun foam.  Couldn't decide where to put a sentiment, so just left it as is.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017


First of all I would like to announce that Sue LD is the winner of my sequins from the A Blog Named Hero hop celebrating their 5th anniversary.  I am amazed at the number of comments I received and am grateful to every one of you who took the time to comment on my card and celebrate with us.  


No card in this post - just a funny little story.  This past week one of my Misti magnets was missing for several days and even tho I looked all around my craft room, it was nowhere to be found.  Wasn't too concerned 'cause I still had two more.  Then this morning when I went into my freezer part of my side by side frig, there it was just inside the door.  How crazy is that!!!! - and at first I couldn't figure out how it got there.

Here's the only solution I can think of.  I wear an IWatch with a stainless steel band and also the watch has a magnetic back that is used for recharging.  It must have somehow attached to the watchband and then hopped onto the frig door and I just didn't notice it for several days.  Gonna have to be careful with that watch from now on!!

Thanks for stopping by today - have a great rest of the week.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


In February I was lucky enough to win one of the March 12 Kits of Occasions.  This month the theme was "out of this world"  and the kit was put together by Jeanne Jachna.  I received a box full of papers, stamped images and sentiments, twine, die cuts, embellishments - honestly I was overwhelmed by all she included.  It must have taken her ages to put this all together for all the participants!!  The other part that was a bit daunting is that I really don't ever use little astronauts, spacehips, etc. - so huge challenge right there.  But after having a think about it all, once I got going I made four cards.

I'm not going into detail about each card.  On the first card the background was done with Brushos and the astronaut was colored with Zigs.  The background on the second card is a piece of patterned paper.  Smooshed some distress inks for the background of the third card and embossed the stars and sentiment with liquid platinum.  Made the background on the fourth card by blending distress oxide inks on black cs and spritzing with water.  

Every month these gals give away kits to someone who leaves a comment.  I have been following them for ages - I think they started out with kits about Christmas and since then has changed to holidays and now occasions.  So check out their blog and enter.

I've already mailed off my "congratulations" card to my DIL who was just made head teacher (the principal in USA language) of St. Joseph's Primary School in Kingston on Thames, London - I'm so pleased for her and so proud - lucky staff and really lucky kids to have her!!

Thanks so much Jeanne for this wonderful kit that made me go way out of my box - or maybe I should say way out of space!!!

Sunday, March 26, 2017



To CELEBRATE, present and former DT members are all taking part in a huge blog hop - and today is the second day.  I am currently a member of their Facebook team and am also a past DT member.  

Jess and Lisa asked us to celebrate with our favorite Hero Arts products.  I had a hard time deciding, but finally went with the original hydrangea as it has been my favorite "go to" stamp for years. 

Since this is such a long post, I'm just going to list the main supplies as it is pretty straightforward - used just a damp brush with the Zigs to do the shading on the flower.  The main flower was stamped in black and clear embossed, colored and then fussy cut.
Zigs - tea rose, light carmine, mid-green
Misti - to get a good crisp black

Even though the hydrangea stamp I used is discontinued, Hero Arts has some new ones complete with matching dies (yay!! no more fussy cutting!!)  Be sure to check them out here, here and here.

A Blog Named Hero is so thankful for our wonderful sponsors and collaborating companies!  Several companies decided to help us celebrate our fifth anniversary with giveaways and they were so generous that we decided to spread the love over both hop days with different prizes to be won each day!  Giveaway prizes total more than $500!  To win, leave a comment on each hop stop.  We will select winners randomly from different blogs so the more blogs you visit each day, the greater your chances of winning!  And be sure to visit the Saturday post from A Blog Named Hero for the list of Saturday hoppers and prizes!  Comments must be left before 11:59 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 28th and winners will be announced on March 30th.

Today's prizes are:
$50 gift card to Simon Says Stamp
$50 gift card to Gina K Designs
$25 gift card to Winnie & Walter
$25 gift card to Lawn Fawn
$20 gift card to Avery Elle
prize pack from Mama Elephant
gift card from Studio Katia
one Online Card Class of your choice
one set of distress oxide inks from Jennifer McGuire Ink

In order to win prizes from today you need to comment on today's hop participants who have posted cards. 

Your next stop on the hop is Danielle Walls from Neat and Tangled.   You may find the complete hop list for Saturday and Sunday here.

I am also offering a little prize to one of my commenters - it's a small bag of each of the new Hero Arts ombre sequin colors - five varigated colors (ocean, blush, sunshine, purple and blue) in various sizes.  So fun to use in shakers or for just some bling!!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Hopping!! 

Thursday, March 23, 2017


This month the challenge at A Blog Named Hero is bling.  The inspiration for the design of my card was this post from Jennifer McGuire - she always has such unusual techniques and this one really caught my fancy!

Received my order of some new HA products last week and had to try out the new Color Layering Poppy.

I stamped the smaller poppy and stems directly onto the inside card and the larger poppy was stamped, die cut and popped up (just a little bit!).  Then stamped the sentiment in black and clear embossed on the vellum.  Added a few sequins and some clear Spectrum Noir on the poppies both on the inside and out.  These new Hero Arts poppies are so easy to layer and stamp - used pale tomato and a pink from the HA Lia inks.

You can see the clear glitter on the closeup a bit better.  Be sure to check out Jennifer's post for the complete technique - and be sure to enter the challenge here at A Blog Named Hero.

This weekend on Saturday and Sunday A Blog Named Hero is having a huge blog hop to celebrate their fifth birthday - big prizes and big names in it - like Hero Arts, Simon Says Stamp, Winnie and Walter, Jennifer McGuire, Yana Smakula. My post will be on Sunday so be sure to stop by.  Each day has special prizes so make sure to check everyone out and comment on each post!!  The pic below shows all the great companies who have sponsored us in the past and some have offered generous prizes.

Thanks for visiting today - love to read your kind comments.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


The main theme this month for CAS Mix-Up challenge is smooshing and I had some fun smooshing my new distress oxide inks onto watercolor paper.  

Put some worn lipstick and fossilized amber inks on my craft sheet, added lots of water and played.  My paper was pretty warped by the time it dried and just ironed it between two sheets of copy paper and it was fine.  Stamped the peony quite a few times in black using my Misti - bumpy watercolor paper is so hard to get a nice crisp outline - then added clear embossing powder for darker black and die cut it. Did the same stamping and embossing for the leaves and the sentiment.  After I had put it all together and added the black dots, decided it needed something - so using my clarity brush added some of the worn lipstick around the flower.  In retrospect, I should have done that last step before stamping the leaves and sentiment - live and learn!!
Smooshing + stamping+embossing is my formula for the challenge.  

Thanks for visiting today and all your kind comments.