Friday, May 29, 2015

Blooming Flowers Blog Hop May 30th

Welcome to the 

Today's hop is sponsored by Card A Day Challenge Blog

and the prize package you could win 

To win just comment on the blogs in the hop today.  That's it! It's that simple.

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Now on with the hop.

Have you ever found yourself with pieces and parts of cards laying all over your table?
When I'm learning (playing with) a new technique or die, product, etc.  I tend to make several pieces at the same time.
If you are a follower of my blog you may have seen when I was playing with crumpled wax paper and inks.  Well this inked piece was laying in the basket on my desk along with the grid die cut.

I layered them with a little yellow card stock on a white card base and added a layered fabric flower
and the banner sentiment.   It is different but I think I like it.
 The next three cards all cards that I created while in a class at Mega Meet Scrapbooking Expo in April.  The class gave you a card kit and directions but none of these cards follow the directions as written.  I'm not good at that.  I like to be unique and create my own cards with the supplies given.

Thanks for stopping by today your next stop is Ashley at

Thanks for hopping with us. Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered into the prize drawing.
Happy Crafting 

In case you get lost along the way, today's blog line up is:

  1. Theresa Knopf
  2. Ashley Walker
  3. Denise Soffa
  4. Anna Lentz Carpenter
  5. Alicia O'Bryant
  6. Created Unique Haidee
  7. Daphne Shreiber
  8. Sarah Pederson
  9. Rhonda Helm
  10. Jessica Douglass Wilson
  11. Angela Corcoran
  12. Silvia Haynes
  13. Kim Venezia
  14. Card A Day Challenge Design Team
  15. Tristan Dawes

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Mask-erade - Online Card Classes Day 3

Day 3 of Mask-erade by Online Card Classes was all about liquid masking techniques and products. I don't own any of the frisket or liquid art masking products but I do own good ole Elmer's Rubber Cement and as Jennifer McGuire says it works just as well if not better than the rest and is CHEAP!

Gotta love cheap!

So I got busy with some Elmer's Rubber Cement and Ranger Distress Watercolor Paper and Ranger Distress Inks and my Copics.

For this first card, I hand drew a balloon and used the ERC to mask around the outside and water colored the inside using my Ranger Distress Inks. I added a little Copic marker around the balloon once it was dry and added the string with Copic Black.  I finished it off with Crystal Effects.


For this second one I used a bird from Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy and colored it with Copic Markers then masked it and created the background with Ranger Distress Inks.   

For the other four I used a Plaid stencil and the Rubber Cement to create the butterflies, then used Ranger Distress Inks to create the watercolor backgrounds.

I used Heidi Swapp Color Mist in White on a couple of these cards.

The stamp sets I used include: Simon Says Stamp Absolute Delightful, Hero Arts Thank You for Being My Friend and My Favorite Things New Beginnings. 

Happy Crafting

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mask-erade - Online Card Classes Day 2

Today is Day 2 of  Mask-erade by Online Card Classes.

I can hear you thinking, "Why would I pay for a class, when there is free content on YouTube and Pinterest?"   Let me tell you why.  Yes, you can find free content all over the net, you can even watch these wonderful teachers (Jennifer McGuire, Kristina Werner, Debby Hughes, Laura Bassen and Shari Carroll) on YouTube and their blogs, but by taking the classes, you get a concentrated dose of the same subject by each of the teachers with their spin on it.  You get wonderful PDFs to support the videos and you get the opportunity to interact directly with the teachers in the forums and you get to see the work of your classmates in the gallery.  You get feedback and encouragement, education and inspiration all in one place.

I'm not getting paid for my endorsement.  I just believe in sharing what I find helpful with you.

Okay, on with today's projects...

I made three different cards for today's classes.

Card 1:

I used Ranger Watercolor Paper and Ranger Distress Inks to create the background.I also sprayed the background with Heidi Swapp Gold Color Mist.  Stamp sets include MFT New Beginnings for the bottom sentiment and Hampton Arts Vintologic for the rest.  All the black is stamped in Versa Fine Black Onyx Ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  
I created the circle mask that I used to stamp the feathers with
MFT Blueprints 12 Die-namics.  After I stamped I used my fine line pen to make the dashed lines around the outside of the circle. 
 Card 2:
I used the same circle mask for this card. I used the negative die space first to color the circle in using Ranger Distress Ink Mermaid Lagoon and Tumbled Glass.  The sentiment is from Wplus9 Spring Post stamp set.  I used Delicata Silver Pigment Ink for the flowers which are from Inkadinkado Flowers stamp set and I added dots from the MFT Bokeh Builder stamp set.  
 Card 3:
I used the Stained Glass Stencil by Clear Scraps with Dreamweaver Translucent Embossing Paste that I colored with Pearl Ex #682 Duo Green-Yellow.   The mask for the double end banner came from the same MFT Blueprints 12 Die-namics set that I used for the other cards.   The sentiment is from a stamp set that I have no idea what the name is or brand is,
but I use it all the time. 

Hope you like them.  I'm really happy with how they turned out.

Happy Crafting

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Mask-erade - Online Card Classes Day 1

I'm participating in the Online Card Classes Mask-erade Class that started today.

It is not to late to participate in the class.  Since OCC classes never expire, you can access the class content forever once you have purchased them.  The only things that go away after the actual class is over is the ability to add to the gallery and the prizes.

So today's lesson was on using masking paper to create a card.

I used Inkadinkado masking paper along with two stamp sets, Doodle Flowers by Inkadinkado and Delightful by Simon Says Stamp.  I used Stampin' Up cardstock for my card base and Memento Tuxedo Black Ink for the stamping and Copic Markers to color in the flowers.

And here is a cautionary tale too...
Don't change coloring mediums after you have stamped your images, unless
you know the ink you used is good for both mediums.

I stamped these cuties in Memento black ink with the thought of coloring them in with Copic markers, which Memento ink is perfect for. Then I decided I didn't have  the perfect marker color for sky, so I grab my Ranger Distress Inks.  Ok, with the black ink masked this wouldn't have been a big deal...until...I sprayed it with water to get the colors to blend better.
As you can see the ink ran and now my poor little chick, has a black eye.
I guess life in the barnyard isn't as easy as everyone thinks. LOL

Happy Crafting

Waffle Flower Challenge

StampNation's challenge last week was sponsored by Waffle Flower Stamps.  Design Team Member Heather North found this great image as the inspiration piece.  It was just too funny to resist.

Can you believe that? Flowers made from waffles on a challenge sponsored by Waffle Flower Stamps.  LOL 

Here is my submission to the challenge:

I used a pre-printed ombre pink card base and stamped the flowers and bug and colored them with Copic markers.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day! 

May your day be filled with love and remembrance
of those who sacrificed everything that we should be free and safe.  

Happy Crafting

PS: Today is the last chance to get True Scrap II classes for the discounted price of $29 before they go away forever at the end of the month.  Tomorrow the price goes up to $47.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Do you need scrappy inspiration?

This weekend Lain Ehmann, Scrapbook Superhero, is having a close-out sale on True Scrap 2 classes.

These classes are retiring as of May 31st, so this is the last chance to take advantage of these wonderful classes and at a really great price.


Get All 15 Classes from True Scrap 2 — for Only $47 $29 Through May 25*!
(That’s a Savings of Over $100!)

*after May 25, the price will be $47 for all 15 classes

Dear Scrapbooker:

On June 1, we’re saying goodbye to all 15 classes from True Scrap 2. This event was the second in what turned into an essential element in many papercrafters’ schedules, the True Scrap events! Now that we are in the midst of planning True Scrap 7 for October, it’s time to some of our older classes fly on.

The content in these inspiring classes is as pertinent and motivating as it was when it was created. But the interface has changed, and they no longer fit our True Scrap format. So let’s give them a great send-off… at a great price!

Now through the end of May, you can get all these video sessions – including classes from Jennifer McGuire, Noell Hyman, Shimelle Laine, Nic Howard and more — for the last time, for a huge discount!

2015 lain small roundI know you are going to love these classes. I go back and watch them again and again – and you can, too! But if for any reason you aren’t absolutely thrilled, just let us know. You can email me at! So act now – it’s your risk-free opportunity to own over 20 hours of scrapbook instruction from some of the best, most talented teachers in the industry.

Lain Ehmann
True Scrap Producer

Yes, it’s true… you can get over 20 hours of video content from True Scrap 2 for only $47 $29 through May 26!

You’ll get these classes:


Album Flow with Shimelle Laine


Photo Composition with Katrina Kennedy


Super Stamping Secrets II with Jennifer McGuire


Ready, Set, Distress! with Nic Howard


Mixed-Media Scrapbook Pages with Erin Bassett


Freud on Scrapbooking with Kelli Crowe


Photo Templates with Paula Gilarde


Stamping on Scrapbook Pages with Nichol Magouirk


Going off the Grid with Lisa Dickinson


Phoning It In with Tami Morrison


Designing with Embellishment Gatherings with Noell Hyman


Quick and Easy Digital Pages with Renee Pearson


Stitch It. Dot It. Edge It. with May Flaum


De-Mist-ifying Spray Inks with Francine Clouden


From Pages to Cards with Kristina Werner

If you would like to take advantage of this great offer just click the button below and you'll be on your way to a great learning experience and lots of inspiration.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Watercoloring + Action Wooblers = Stinkin' Cute Cards

Just had to share the cards I made this week for a card swap.

They are for a Pop-up Card Swap, so something on the card had to pop up when taken out of the envelope.  I choose to use Action Wobblers to create my pop up element but Jennifer McGuire has a great tutorial on how to create your own pop up element on YouTube.

Here is are the cards I created.  I used Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy stamp and Ranger Distress Inks to create the backgrounds on Ranger Watercolor Paper.

The birds were stamped in My Favorite Things Hybrid Black Ink and were either watercolored with distress inks or colored with Copic markers.  Most of them also are coated in Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen.

I hope my swapper buddies like them as much as I do.

Happy Crafting

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Winner Announcement

The winner from the Around the World Blog Hop/200 Follower Giveaway is

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Fabulous pages and amazing photos!!

Silvia, you have 48 hours to email me with your mailing info.

Thanks to all of you who are followers and those who commented on the blog hop over the weekend.

Next blog hop is May 30th. We would love for you join us.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Corner Challenge

So a couple of weeks ago on StampNation, Maureen's challenge was to create a card that had a corner focus.

This was the inspiration photo.

Here is my card for the challenge. 

This is a one layer card, created from a StampNation sketch, using masking to create the "layers."
I used Ranger Distress Black Ink for the stripe and the I used the new Ranger Distress Ink color Cracked Pistachio for the background. Isn't is pretty?!?  I cut the label element from Inkadinkado Masking Paper and placed it before I inked. The hearts and sentiment are inked with VersaFine Black Onyx Ink and clear heat embossed. I sprayed the card front with glimmer mist. 

I really like how it turned out.  I stamped a birthday greeting on the inside and mailed it off to my BFF whose birthday was last week.

Happy Crafting

Friday, May 15, 2015

Around the World Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us on the adventure of a lifetime! Pack your bags! Get those passports ready!
We are about to embark on a trip Around the World!
You should have arrived from Madge (Ireland)-
If you would like to start at the beginning of our tour, is the first stop on the Around the World blog hop.
This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment for all of these talented crafters who are here sharing their ideas and creations. We hope that we can inspire you with culture and creations from around the globe.

We have a fantastic sponsor this month, ConnieCanCrop!
She will be giving one lucky winner a $10 gift certificate to spend in one of her online stores!

What do you need to do to win? Easy... become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.
You will have until 12:00 am Monday to finish this hop and leave your comments.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave your blog love along the way!
Your destinations await you! Bon Voyage!

Welcome to Mexico! 
My layouts are from my cruise that I took with a wonderful group of crafty friends in November. Our last port of call was Cozumel, Mexico.  We spent the day visiting the Mayan Ruins.  If you ever get the chance to go be sure to wear comfortable shoes and lots of bug spray. This is not any easy walk around the block. You are hiking over hilly (and on the day we visited...muddy, it poured rain that morning and it was a slip sliding good time) and rocky terrain. If you are a history buff though it is well worth the trek.

Up next is Sandy (Africa)-
Happy Traveling

Here is our complete line up in case you get lost along the way:
1. Connie (Greece)-
2. Madge (Ireland)-
3. Theresa (Mexico)-
6. Sarah (England) -
7.Silvia (Scotland) -
11. La-Vie (Bahamas) -
13. Angela (USA)-
14. Shawnee (France)-


Make sure to comment on today's blog hop.  

I'll be giving away a few goodies 

from my recent trip to Mega Meet to one lucky person.