Monday, May 25, 2015


Amazing tho it may seem, I actually created a card for the Merry Monday challenge on a Monday!!!  The challenge this week is newsprint.  I have had a digi poinsettia (no longer available) from Jane's Doodles on my Mac forever and printed it in different sizes on "Dearest Jane" paper from PTI (hope this counts as newsprint 'cause I really didn't have anything else that would go thru my printer).  I think this is my one and only success with a digi stamp!!

After fussy cutting three sizes of the flower, I took my new Hero Arts pink to red ombre ink pad and just smudged it over the papers.  For the leaves I used ripe avocado and simply chartreuse inks from PTI.  The card base is Neenah astroparche and the "merry" die is from Hero Arts.  The pearls are champagne colored from Michaels.

Thanks for visiting today and your kind comments.  Betty

Sunday, May 24, 2015


I recently bought some of the new Hero Arts products from their new summer catalog - so today was the day to create with Color Layering Hibiscus.  After I figured out the layering positions and used my MISTI, the process was pretty easy and I tried out all sorts of color combinations.
I had Fusion's latest challenge in mind for the colors - couldn't quite bring myself to make the aqua that bright tho.  The leaves are die cut from Memory Box Fresh Foliage.  The clear gems in the flower centers are from Hero Arts but no longer available (they're similar to PTI's rainstones).  I am also entering this in Stampin' Celebration sketch challenge.
Thanks for stopping by and always enjoy reading your kind comments.  Betty                                             

Saturday, May 23, 2015


This week's challenge on Merry Monday is "non-evergreen trees".   After a bit of a search I settled on the Meadow Leaf die which I thought looked like a little tree.

 I die cut it three times from glitter paper and then snipped to create three sizes.  Cut the peace sentiment from PTI gold foil paper.  The base is Neenah white gold metallic cs.

Thanks for visiting and your kind comments.  Betty

This week's Muse: Christmas Visions inspiration is a card with pine cones.  I used an old Technique Tuesday stamp as my focal point.  I colored the stamp with distress markers and then used my MISTI to repeatedly stamp until the colors were what I wanted.   Stamped an extra set of pine cones so that I could layer them over the edge of the frame.

The base of the card is SU crumb cake embossed with an old HA embossing folder.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts die cut from Neenah metallic cs.  The frame was die cut from MFT stitched rectangles.  The looped gold thread bow is DMC thread.  Although it's not apparent in the photo, the greens and pine cones are accented with Wink of Stella.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy reading your kind comments.  Betty

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


I had Fusion's latest challenge in mind when I started creating this card a few days ago - unfortunately I procrastinated too long and missed the deadline.  So on to plan B - Paper Players has a "girly thanks" challenge and The Challenge colors are the same.
I have succumbed to buying more watercolors - this time it's the Kuretake Clear Color Brush Pens - love love love them - so easy to use.  The flower is Divine from Penny Black stamped in Ranger Archival ink.  The watercolored piece (die cut with MFT stitched rectanges) was mounted on HA wet cement layering paper and then on PTI soft stone.  The sentiment is from HA Messages with a Flourish stamped on PTI vellum in HA black dye ink.  This is my first attempt in watercoloring with these pens and finally feel quite successful in watercoloring.

Beverley suggested I add this to the challenge at Uniko Studios which is "flowers" - thanks, Beverley!

Thanks for stopping by and love to read your comments.  Betty

Sunday, May 17, 2015


Another Christmas card for some more challenges today - Freshly Made Sketches #186 and CAS-ology.  After a suggestion from Hazel I am also entering this in MUSE : Christmas Visions (didn't even know about this challenge when I designed the card - is that serendipity??)

The poinsettia from Jane's Doodles Vintage Christmas was stamped and fussy cut.  The "joy" and little sentiment are from Ellen Hutson's Brushstroke Christmas.  Card base is Neenah Astroparche and enamel dot is from MME.

Thanks for stopping by and your kind comments.  Betty


The challenge this week at Merry Monday is to use a stencil.  I have had this Hero Arts stencil forever and have never used it as the tree - only to stencil circles.  So decided this was the perfect time to give it it's rightful use.
I used gold HA ink for the stenciling on Neenah metallic white gold paper.  The large "sending" sentiment is from SSS cut from Neenah gold metallic cs and the smaller is from Jane's Doodles embossed in Ranger gold tinsel powder.  The little gold star is from Teresa Collins.  Am also entering this in a2z Scrapbooking's May challenge.

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

Saturday, May 16, 2015


The Hero Arts scramble today is to use numbers in some way.
Used Hero Arts stamps embossed with Ranger liquid platinum.  The background paper is DCWV foil vellum and the card base is Hero mocha layering paper.  I die cut the trio openings from PTI's Take Three.  The sequin and sparkle enamel dot are from discontinued Teresa Collins.

In my rush to finish, photograph and post in 90 minutes, I forgot to put a sentiment on the front (had already layered it with foam tape).  Oh well...

After suggestions from some of my friends, I am entering this in Muse Challenge #117 - I think maybe their design was in the back of my mind when I created my card and didn't realize it - loved the dark neutral color of Michelle's inspiration with the gold accents!

Thanks for stopping by and your kind comments.  Betty

Friday, May 8, 2015


About a month ago I met up with Becca Cruger while visiting in Fargo, ND.  We spent two hours just talking and enjoying a latte at Starbucks.  Vast age difference and in the style of cards we create but I think stampers can relate no matter what!!  Anyway, today I am her featured Friday stamper so hop over there and check it out.  We each cased a card that I had made - had never done that before on one of my own cards and it was really fun - and Becca's card is fantastic.

Here is the CASE of my card that I did - used Neenah white gold metallic card for the base, retired Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society flower, MME “Fancy That” pp, Ranger liquid platinum embossing powder, PTI Keep it Simple: Wedding Stamp Set, Hero Arts black dye ink, DMC gold metallic thread.

THANKS so much Becca - I really am honored!  Be sure to check out Becca's complete post at The Damsel of Distressed Cards and also the rest of her creations!

Thanks for stopping by today and your kind comments.  Betty

Sunday, May 3, 2015


I think I'm sort of fixated on gold and vellum this weekend!!  So here's a card for CAS on Sunday (white with a color),  Happy Little Stampers (die-cuts) and CAS-ology (flight).

The background is Neenah white gold cs which was splattered with HA gold shimmer spray.  The layered strips are PTI striped vellum and DCWV "Foiled Vellum".  The large butterfly is a die from PTI, the next two are MS punches.  Used Neenah gold metallic cs for the base and center butterflies and a bit of the PTI striped vellum in the center layer.  DMC gold floss and a Teresa Collins gold heart were the finishing touches.

Thanks for visiting and love reading your kind comments.  Betty

A last minute card for Merry Monday where the challenge is pine cones, greens and "believe" - also my first Christmas card for 2015!!
Stamped the pine cones from an old Technique Tuesday set using my MISTI - had colored the greens and brown with Memento markers and sometimes I miss spots so it was so easy to reink and stamp again.  The card base is Neenah white gold metallic paper and the overlay of striped vellum is from PTI.  The "believe" is from a Jane Doodles stamp set embossed with Ranger liquid platinum powder.  I cut the overlay with MFT's stitched edges die. 

Thanks for stopping by and your kind comments.  Betty

Saturday, May 2, 2015


Today Kanan gave us three cards as inspiration and we could choose one of them for our creation in 90 minutes.  Have some new patterned papers - the two used for the background are from MME "Fancy That" and the butterfly was cut from "Vellum Foil Papers" from DCWV using a HA butterfly die.  Sponged a little ink around the edges of the plain pink paper as it was embossed on the other side so the pattern was brought out a bit.  Also put some foam tape on the back of that section to raise it up a bit.  Added some DMC gold thread behind the butterfly and some gold confetti on the body.
The first card is mine and the next one is the inspiration card.
Thanks for stopping by and always enjoy reading your kind comments.  Betty