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Breathless Sunset

>> Friday, July 28, 2017

Happy Friday!
I hope your week has gone well! Does this island scene look like THE place to be, or what? I'm pretty sure there's a nice breeze, seagulls calling, & a tall umbrella drink nearby. This reminds me somewhat of sitting at Barbers Point in Hawaii. Except that the further row of palm trees obscures the runway to the airport, lol. It's a little weird to be sitting there gazing at the sunset on the water, then a plane rolls by on the line where the palm trees are...almost like it's landing on water. I have a picture of that exact thing...somewhere. 

Minus the plane, I really like how this scene turned out. This Palm Tree Line looks awesome & I see a lot of use in their future. I immediately pictured a water sunset scene & here it is. I started by masking off a circle for the sun & a straight mask for the horizon & sponged on the water. Then I reverse the the horizon mask & sponged the sky & sun rays. After removing these masks, I sponged on the yellows for the sun. Then the fun began! I put the sponged panel into my Misti & stamped the palm trees & greeting. The seagulls were added & I used a white gel pen on them & here & there on the water.
Here's a look at the inside.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

stamps: DRS Designs -  Palm Tree Line Seaside Dock Life is Measured  (inside: Birthday Wishes)
paper: Staples 110# white, black
ink:  Versafine onyx, Distress inks salty ocean, mermaid lagoon, squeezed lemonade, ripe persimmon, spiced marmalade
accessories:  Misti, Spellbinders A2 matting basics  A & B dies, white gel pen


You brighten my day

>> Thursday, July 27, 2017


I'd love to say I have another quick and easy card for you, but I have to admit that this card was neither.  If I had to re-make it, it might not be too bad, but some aspects of it gave me nothing but trouble :)

So, lets start with the easy parts.  The sponged sunset (which kinda worried me) was pretty much a dream to make - yeah!!  There are a couple of extra colors in real life, but it came out pretty much exactly like I wanted.  Next, I worried a bit about stamping our new Silhouette Palm Tree Line - I'm kind of picky when it comes to stamping a silhouette image - I like them as black as black can be.  Again, I worried for nothing.  A well inked black pigment pad and I'm happy to say it stamped perfectly the first time - yeah again!!  Since I wasn't going for a glossy embossed look, I set it aside for the pigment ink to dry for a couple of days and when I came back to it that's when it all went bad. I'll spare you the ugly details, and just tell you that after 2 hours of trying this and that, in the end I added just the top portion of a nestie frame and pieced together 2 stamps for the greeting and die cut it with a smaller version of the same frame (again modified).  The You is from Our Thoughts are with You and the bottom line is from You Brighten My Day.  It took a couple of tries since I didn't cut up my greetings, but once it was all together and attached to a folded black card I decided it was worth the effort :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!!


Cowboy Boots Christmas

>> Wednesday, July 26, 2017

You know how I like to do surgery on an image, and I did some serious surgery on my card today!

I cut a BUNCH of boots from the new Lasso Cowgirl plus some lassos (to use as my rope twined around in the wreath.  I cut out a bunch of the greenery from the Holly Jingle Bells image and glued them together to make the wreath.  Then I did some surgery on two sentiment images to make my sentiment:  Christmas Especially to You and Better in Cowboy Boots.

Such a fun card to make and I have a lot of friends that would love this.

Many hugz,




>> Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Hi Everyone,

I have a tropical card to share with you today.  If' you haven't had a chance to go on vacation (that would be me!) this card will take you on a virtual one. 

I colored up Pretty Bird Odie Parrot and the flowers from Three Flowers and Butterfly , fussy cut them and set everything aside to work on the background. 

Sponging up a piece of cardstock with pink, orange and yellow ink, I then misted it with water to get the effect that you see.  I stamped the sunset with the Silhouette Palm Tree Line and also the Palm Tree stamp, cutting it to fit inside a die cut photo frame.  It had a die cut sentiment already, so I placed a piece of black paper behind to make it pop.

I attached a die cut border to an embossed flower background, and then finished the card by adding the photo frame, along with the bird and popped up flowers. 

Thanks for checking in on the blog today!


Dropping you a Line

>> Monday, July 24, 2017

Hi Everyone,

Hope you had a great weekend! Today I am on my way to VA to visit with family and celebrate some birthdays. It's always fun to celebrate with family. My card today features two new stamps from DRS Designs: Dropping you a line greeting and the Silhouette Palm Trees. I just can't get enough of this new palm tree image. It is so fun to use!

I started with some watercolor paper, stamped the silhouette palm trees with Versafine Onyx ink, heat embossed with clear EP and then used various TH Distress Oxide inks to create the sky and water. Once the inks dried I stamped the greeting with Versafine Onyx ink. The proud fisherman was stamped into white CS with Memento black ink, colored with Copics and fussy cut. The frame was die cut with nesties and sponged with the same distress inks as the sky. Before attaching it to the card base I stamped the fishing pole with Verafine Onyx ink. The fisherman and his catch were added with foam squares.

Here's a look at the inside of the card:

The big mouth bass was stamped with distress ink and the Good things come greeting was stamped with Versafine Onyx ink.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to check out all the new images at DRS Designs.



Piggy's and Palm Trees

>> Sunday, July 23, 2017

Good morning all.

This week I needed two cards, the first one is a get well card for a very sweet lady the broke her foot and needed surgery.

I thought the little piggy's were the perfect chose. I stamped the Pig in Puddle  then masked him ans stamped the new Brick Wall. They were colored with Copic markers. I stamped the Leonard the Pig Billboard and I used the Get Well Prayer to stamp the sign. Then fussy cut.

My second card was for my grandson Saturday was his 17th Birthday.

I started by sponging the circle die cut with it still in the die. then I stamped the Silhouette Palm Tree Line, them I sponged the card front with some of the same ink. The Small 1 Line Happy Birthday was stamped on a strip of white paper that was layered onto orange card stock.

Have a wonderful day,



Oxide Rainbow Water Stamping

>> Saturday, July 22, 2017

Good morning!

I was trying the Jennifer McGuire water stamping technique this weekend
so here are a couple of sample I did with DRS stamps.
I think I should have left the stamps on a little longer but this was my attempt.
The first background is stamped with background stamp Script Font Bg. 098P
after sponging Oxide Distress inks onto white card stock.
I stamped the Three Butterflies 744F on white, colored then fussy cut adding pearls for flight trails. 
The sentiment actually says the same thing as the background, Life Is Measured 216F and die cut with a pieced oval.
The border die is from Heartfelt Creations.

 My next card was basically done the same way but I used the World Map Backgroud 572P to water stamp (mist stamp with water and lay it on the Oxide Ink for a few minutes). I then stamped Pretty Bird Odie Parrot 207G, Flower Border 1076H, and Life is Measured 216F onto white and colored then fussy cut, die cut sentiment. I found some Cheery Lynn leaves to use for a jungle effect.

Rainbow colors always show up better on black to me so I used black card stock for my card base on both cards.

Thanks for visiting today!


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