Monday, March 31, 2014


Amber at Damask Love calls this "inside out stationary.  You can see how to do it on her blog here.
I had lots of fun making a set of these as a gift.  Used a variety of dies and matching stamps so that I had 6 different cards.

I used a distress pen to color the butterfly.  These cards are fast, fun and easy to make.

Stamps: HA "Antique Butterfly"; PTI "Turning a New Leaf"; Technique Tuesday sentiment
Ink: Memento "Tuxedo Black; PTI "Simply Chartreuse"
Other: dies that matched the HA butterfly; TH distress marker "Spun Sugar";  BG enamel dots

Thanks for looking and your kind comments.  Betty

Sunday, March 23, 2014


My stamping friend, Jacqueline, has inspired me to dig out my Hero Arts shadow stamps and use them again.  Added impetus for making this card was a request for masculine sympathy cards with no sentiment - a real challenge for me!  Hope this fills the bill.
I used a HA shadow stamp with silver shadow ink - I took all my wood stamps off the blocks so don't even know which stamp I used.  The flower was embossed with liquid platinum.

Stamp: HA shadow
Other: MB chloe stem die; HA shadow silver ink; Ranger embossing powder.

Thanks for looking.  Betty

Saturday, March 22, 2014


Today's scramble challenge by Debbie was to create a card using mint and navy - only other colors could be neutrals - and of course to use Hero Arts stamps as main image.
I stitched a strip of Graphic45 paper for a background after embossing the hydrangea in white on navy paper and adding some little punched flowers and pearls.  Another card to await a sentiment.

Stamps: HA hydrangea;
Other: HA white embossing powder; MS hydrangea punch; Graphic45 "Sweet Sentiments" paper

Thanks for looking and your kind comments.  Betty

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Just a couple of Easter cards I made to send to friends.

Card 1
Stamps: Wplus9 Fresh Cut Florals; Paper Studio embossing folder
Other: PTI die;

Card 2
Stamps; Inspired by Stamping
Dies: MB vivienne butterfly and fresh foliage; MS punch

Thanks for visiting my blog today!  Betty

Saturday, March 8, 2014


It was scramble time again today with the theme picked by Heather Maria - use neutrals, three other colors, and of course, a HA stamp.  I received some new stuff this week - feather dies and patterned paper - so was happy to have a chance to play with them.  I used a small ball point end of a stylus to draw feather lines in the die cuts to give them some dimension.
Stamps: HA sentiment "Celebrate Everyday" CL498
Paper: IBS
Other: W R Memory Keepers feather die; Stampendous aged aqua embossing powder; MME enamel dots from Chalk Studio line; broken china distress ink to color ribbon

Thanks for looking.  Betty

Thursday, March 6, 2014


Made this card for a friend who wanted an Easter card without bunnies, eggs, etc.  On the inside is stamped "He has Risen!"  I thought the butterfly would be a good symbol as I didn't have any other Christian stamps.
Stamps: Inspired by Stamping (Australian company)
Ink: HA soft granite ; Memento tuxedo black
Paper: Graphic45
Other: Tim Holtz stencil; Memory box vivienne butterfly; Sizzix leaves; PTI twine

Thanks for looking and your kind comments are so appreciated.   Betty

Sunday, March 2, 2014


Virginia Lu has created a new challenge on her blog -
to use watercoloring on a card.  So today I created some watercolor backgrounds with distress inks - mostly by just stamping the inks on my craft sheet, adding water and then smushing the watercolor paper into the inks.  I dried the paper with my heat gun and then ironed it on the back with a dry iron to get it flattened.  The first one is my favorite.
I purposely offset the leaf cutout to give it a bit more definition.

I had the colors from Fusion's latest challenge in mind when I made the Easter card.

Card 1 Supplies:
Stamps: HA Italian Poetry; Technique Tuesday sentiment; PTI Meadow Greens
Inks: Ranger Distress victorian velvet and pumice stone: HA cup o' joe
Paper: HA layering paper PS697

Card 2 Supplies:
Stamps: PTI Mum's the Word: HA sentiment
Inks: Ranger Distress victorian velvet
Other: HA layering paper; HA embossing powder; Doodlebug enamel dots;

Card 3 Supplies:
Stamps: PTI Year Round Happiness
Inks: Ranger Distress broken china & tumbled glass
Paper: PP from MME In Bloom; HA watercolor paper
Dies: PTI Beautiful Blooms II #1; Provocraft leaves: PTI Happy

Thanks for looking and your kind comments.  Betty