Friday, February 26, 2016

LEAP Blog Hop

Welcome to


Have we got a hop challenge for you today.
Take the letters L-E-A-P and create any paper crafting project; a card, a scrapbook layout, a journal page, etc.  Here is the trick....whatever you make must use L-E-A-P in it somewhere.
For example:
A lavender (L) card with embossing (E) and angled (A) with prills (P).

Get it?

So who is up to the LEAP challenge. Throw a frog into your project and you've leaped right off the lily pad.  Now on with the projects...


For my L-E-A-P, I chose the following:

L = Leftover Paper.  I used the pieces of scrap to punch out some circles to add to the shaker well…OR…L = Letters.  The letters for my sentiment -“hey there”- are cut from paper using my Silhouette Cameo.

E = Elephant.  Pretty obvious, lol.  I stamped my elephant and colored him with my copics.  Isn’t he a cutie.

A = Acetate.  I will be honest, I had a hard time with this one, lol, but then I realized that the window for my shaker is a piece of acetate.

P = Pink.  Again, it’s pretty obvious that I chose pink as my focal color for this card.


I’m probably the only one in this hop that hasn’t used a frog, lol.

Up next is Amanda. Can’t wait to see what she’s been inspired to do.

Today's hop is kindly sponsored by

who is generously giving away a class of the winner's choice.

Be sure to comment on each blog on the hop by Friday, March 4th to be entered.

Winner will be posted on Theresa's blog on Saturday March 5th.

Here's today's line-up in case you get lost along the way.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Revived Rejects…

The other day, as I was making my cards for the Ink Layering Techniques Blog Hop, I had sponged a couple of pieces of cardstock with several colors of ink but they weren’t really doing anything for me so I set them aside and continued on with some other techniques and came up with several cards I was happy with.  But, probably like most of you, I hate waste so I was racking my brain trying to figure out what to do with those leftover rejects.  Still nothing was coming to me so I set them aside again and decided to take some FB time to catch up on my groups.

embossing toolIn my groups, someone shared a product called the Wonder Blox .  It’s used to apply ink to embossed surfaces.  And there it was … an idea began to form. SAM_2273

With a little brainstorming, some adhesive, a couple of pieces of fun foam, and an empty wooden block (leftover from the collection I had after removing my rubber stamps from them) I had my very own Wonder Blox.  Then, I took that boring piece of sponged cardstock, embossed it with one of my cuttlebug folders, and began rubbing some white pigment ink over the top.

It worked like a charm!

  It’s much better than a sponge tool because it just glides across the top, leaving the sponged background free from ink.








Here’s another one I did, except this time I debossed the cardstock and rubbed the pigment ink over the top of the card, leaving the debossed areas ink-free and thus creating a more muted background.








Finally, I had one other reject from the splattering technique I used.  I had splattered a piece of cardstock with various distress inks that I had spritzed with some water.  Then cut it in half on the diagonal.  My original intention was to make 2 cards.  Unfortunately, on the first one I didn’t wait long enough to wrap my string (that I had colored with copics to match the colors of the card) around my card and it smudged all over.  Yes, I’m impatient, no shame here!  The ink smudged on my 2nd card when applying the sentiment so it was a no-go as well.

reject 1

reject 1-1
reject 2 reject 2-1


But like I said earlier, I don’t like waste so instead, I took one of the splattered pieces off the cardstock (and set the other piece aside for a rainy day) and came up with this card…




That’s it for me today.  Make sure to keep checking this blog because there are lots of great things coming your way and I don’t want you to miss out!

Friday, February 12, 2016

February Technique Blog Hop–Ink Layering

Welcome to


It's month two of our year long adventure into different card-making techniques,
folds and paper crafting products. Join us the second Saturday of each month in 2016 for a new hop filled with great cards.

This month we will be focusing on ink layering techniques and OMGosh have we got some cool cards for you. We really love feedback so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop. Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a prize drawing for a $25 gift certificate at the end of the year.

Don't worry, if you missed January's hop, you can still hop and comment by starting
HERE.  Now on with the projects.

I have to admit, I had a hard time coming up with some ways to implement this technique, but, with a little encouragement from my hopping buddies Kim & Claudia, I managed to come up with a few examples.

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My first card is filled with tons of pretty colors thanks to the Tim Holtz distress ink pads.  This image was stamped onto a piece of white card stock and then masked with a post-it-note so that I could create that background behind the image with out messing up the image.  I colored the elephants in with my Copic markers.






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The 2nd card is using the same technique.  I messed up a little with the orange behind the owl, so I decided to make it into a big ‘ole orange moon .. yes, I know that moons are not orange but it was the easiest way to fix up my mess, lol.







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Next up is a technique I saw that really intrigued me so I decided to give it a go with this card.  I always have a lot of trouble coming up with masculine ideas for cards but I think this one would work for such an occasion.  It is supposed to have a wood grain look to it.  How’d I do?  It’s a little bare but I’m not quite sure what to add to it to finish it off.

Woodgrain1_inklayering_apieceofheartblogMy daughter thought maybe I should add some greens to it but I don’t think that worked out so well, lol.  Leave me a comment and tell me what you would do.




Card #4 was created using a handmade stencil.  I used my Cricut Explore to cut the hearts out of a piece of cardstock and using the negative piece, I sponged some Tim Holtz ink onto a piece of white cardstock.  Once that was dry, I dabbed some more ink over the hearts and the rest of the white cardstock.  The baker’s twine is made from a piece of white string and a copic marker.  You can check out this post for more details on how to do that.  I had this little bronze embellishment in my stash and thought it was just perfect for this card.


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Remember participating in Art & Creativity time in kindergarten and dropping blobs of liquid paint onto manila paper and blowing through a straw to move the paint around.  Well, that’s what inspired my last card for today.  Isn’t it pretty?!


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I hope you enjoyed my shares in today’s hop. I have a couple more cards to share with you that I’m really excited about and those will be posted on Sunday so please be sure to come back and take a look.

Up next is the lovely & talented Lisa!

Here's today's line-up in case you get lost along the way…