Sunday, December 15, 2019

Holiday Pines

I am getting a few last minute Christmas cards done.  For this one, I used the Global Design Project Challenge for inspiration - O Christmas Tree (#GDP219) along with THIS picture from LTD Commodities ( Inpiration Challenge this weekend).

 I used the trees in SU! Wonderland and inked them in various shades of green and a few in a little black. 

The sentiment is from DRS Designs because I couldn't find my SU! sentiment like this.  Sponged the bg before stamping.  The gems are CTMH.  A super quick card.

Hope you are all doing well.



Sunday, December 8, 2019

Good Morning Magnolia Wedding Scrapbook Page

I just love the Global Design Project Sketch this week (#GDP218).  I posted a card using it earlier, and here is the scrapbook page I did.  I used the SU! Good Morning Magnolia set (colored with watercolors and stamped with Versafine Black Onyx. 
This is the fun sketch:

Hugz and thanks for stopping by!

Inspired Pine Cones

Hello crafty friends.

I am popping in my blog to post a fun card inspired by THIS fun Mackennzie-Child's Christmas tree (IC Challenge on and the Global Design Project #GDP218.
I used a fun plaid Close to My Heart paper as the base, scraps from my stash for the other papers.  The images are the Pinecone with Bow image from DRS Designs and the sentiment is the Deco Peace and Joy Christmas Greeting also from DRS also from DRS. 
I water-colored the images and then added Snowtex and Stickles for texture.  

I love this sketch!  I did a scrapbook page using it too that I will post soon.

Hugz and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Napkin Fun

Hello crafty friends.  I am still around!  With work super busy, it has been hard for me to keep up my blogging and card-making, BAJ, and scrapbooking....the blogging fell off but the crafting has been going well.  In the last week and a half, I have made two fun projects using napkins. 

This card was really fun to make, I played with a new set of Tim Holtz dies that I received for my birthday (Merry Moose).  I have loved every card I have seen with this set, and I am so glad my daughter bought it off my Amazon wish list.

I started my card by spraying watercolor paper with water and then sprinkling on some Brushos powder.  Next, I sprayed more water until the powders all blended.  Don't you love how Brushos change and move and turn into something wonderful?

The trees are cut from eight layers of a folded napkin.  I watched a video this week by Dave Brethauer (Graphic Designer for Memory box) on using die cut napkins in your art, and I really wanted to try it (I really recommend you watch the video - his examples are stunning).  Once the trees were cut, I water colored them with brown Brushos and let them dry.  I cut the moose from some malted milk paper and water colored all the pieces.  The gold pieces are from a left over facial cream package I have been saving (I love a good up-cycle).  I hand cut the snow bank and added some watered down black on the edge.  For my sentiment, I stamped the DRS Designs Small Merry Christmas Greeting and cut it out like a banner.  After the moose was assembled and added to the scene, I flecked on some Snowtex.

Sounds like a lot of steps but it was really pretty easy.  I made another one for my Pop's birthday card - what hunter doesn't like a card with game on it? LOL.  

I also wanted to share one of my favorite BAJ pages I have done lately.

I know, it is a bit on the scary side, but the Seven Seals (Revelation) are a bit on the scary side too!  This was also made using a napkin.  It was a left over Halloween napkin.  I cut the skull out and in half and used gesso to stick it and seal it.  Once it was dry, I went over the edges with a marker.  I then went into the words with the marker the depth of the skull on the other side.  Using my finger, I added some Tim Holtz Black Soot on the other side to do matching shadows so I had a similar left side in the words without covering them up.  

I wrote the seven seals in the cracks and crevices of the napkin side.  Uber frightful and super fun.  It was easy and looks sooooo cool (to me).

Hope you are doing well and creating tons of fun stuff for the holidays (or for any day :)).   



Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Acrylic Block Fun

Last night, I had a little time so I played in the technique challenge. The challenge is coloring an image with your acrylic block.  You actually place your acrylic block on top of an acrylic block with your image and color over it. Then you mist it lightly and then stamp it over your previously stamped image.

I struggled with it because I was too lazy to get my watercolor markers.  After I finished up, I swiped my acrylic block with ink, splashed on some water and then pressed it onto the paper as well.  I did that with three colors.  I covered up most of my issues.  Fun!

The image is from the To a Wild Rose SU! set and the sentiment is from IO and designed by Dina Kowal.  I love that sentiment.

I had another Dina sentiment and the SU! leaves out so I made another card by just stamping all around an ink, spray, smash bg.
I used this same sentiment on a card this weekend for the SCS Inspiration Challenge:

I sponged the mountains and added some pine needles to the side and snowtex to the top.

Hope you are all doing well.  Thanks for dropping by!


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Mixed Media Scrapbooks and some Inky Cards

A few weeks ago, I started a new scrapbook.  It is a cross between a mixed media journal, an experiment, a scrapbook, and a journal journal.  It probably has a trendy name - please let me know if you know it.  I have been basically taking a thought or Bible verse out of my head, matching it with a picture, and doing a mixed media background.  It has been so fun!

Here are a few of my pages:
On the page above, I am celebrating a few answered prayers (I have a bunch more since then and plan to do another page).  I did and ink/spray/smash bg with a lot of stenciling and doodling and then covered it all up with my super large journaling panel - lol.  I sponged the journal panel and then stamped on the tree ring from DRS Designs.
On the page above, I did an ink/spray/smash bg followed by some stamping, and then some stenciling.  I used SU! ink, Distress ink and Dina Wakley scribble sticks.  The lady stamp is also from Dina Wakley. 
The background on this page was also ink spray smash and the zombie male from DRS Designs was colored with Dina Wakley scribble sticks.  The pictures on the photo strip were from our recent trip to Great Wolf Lodge (love that place).
Another ink/spray/smash background, but then I dipped a circle stencil in some of the ink and slapped it on the page too.  I outlined a few of the circles with Stickles too.
This was a page I embossed with some white bricks. Then I dipped in some inky water and scrunched it.  I was inspired by a great artist on, Cook22.  When it dried, I coated it with modge podge.  I added on some gold beads for fun.

Lastly, here are few fun cards with the same basic techniques as above.  The first background was made by dipping multiple stencils inky water and pressing them on the paper.  I used the Trick or Treaters Last Stop and Fall Leaf with Acorn stamps from DRS.

This one was also made using several stencils dipped in water.  Then I did some extra stenciling as well.  The birds are from Dina Wakley and the sentiment is from Dina Kowal (IO).
Hope you have been having as much fun as I have!

Many hugz


Friday, September 6, 2019

Some Coffee and Crystals

Fun stuff to show you today my friends.

I made a card this past weekend using a fun new technique (to me) to celebrate my first bottle of pumpkin spice creamer for the season (I bought two - one for home and one for work - lol).  I took a piece of kraft paper, squirted on some acrylic paint and then scraped the paint across the surface using a piece of cardboard.  After it dried, I stamped the DRS Designs' Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice greeting (multiple times with a Misti since the paint added a lot of texture).  Next I stamped the Paper Coffee Cup and Fall Leaf with Acorn images on the leftover kraft paper.  I fussy cut them and then sponged the leaf with some Distress Inks.  It still needed some color so I splattered on some orange water color paint.  I also stamped the coffee cup on some white and paper pieced the cup.  I had it all assembled and sitting on my counter when my Grandkids dropped by to visit.  My card making Grandson, Lewis, was sitting at the counter with me getting ready to make some cards and he took my sponge tool and added some circles when I was not looking.  Worked for me.
I have finished up Crystal's Birthday Scrapbook too.  Here are a few of my last pages.
I did some stenciling and some water color splatters on this one.  I also used the DRS Designs' Happy Holly Days stamp.
I used the same paint scraping technique on the wedding picture background (looks like icing to me), and the DRS Designs' You Are My Sunshine greeting. 
The picture above is of Crystal in Jr. High (an old glamour shot - she will not like I put it in the book but the book maker gets to pick!).  I painted the checkered background with a thick brush and white acrylic paint. 
The page above was so fun to make.  I did ink, spray, smash background and then stamped the background with the DRS Script Font background.  I did it for a few challenges on SCS.  One was use script and one was a scrapbook challenge requiring three pictures, three dps, three embellishment groups.  I also used the DRS Designs' Love You To the Moon and Back greeting and the Fall Leaf with Acorn that I used on my coffee cup card.  
This last one was fun to do as well.  I sponged on some color, then sponged on some animal print using a stencil.  I stamped the DRS Barn Door and Walk on the Wild Side greeting. 

I am starting a Journaling Scrapbook next - thoughts and things I need to get out of my brain.  I am doing it all mixed media.  I can't wait to share it!!! 



Monday, August 26, 2019

#GDP204 - Casing Kerstin Kreis

I took a quick peak at the Global Design Project today (#GDP204) and felt instantly inspired.  So much so that I walked quickly into the craft room and made a card right away. 
I just love her card and saw it in blue in my mind.  My base panel looks black but it is Night of Navy (it is raining outside so my lighting is distorted).
I changed the base panel and embossed it in white ep with the magnolias buds from Good Morning Magnolia (Kerstin used dp). Then I stamped my top panel with the buds in Memento Black and Happy Birthday from Seaside Notions.  I then stamped the buds on another sheet of paper, water-colored them in blues and browns, and fussy cut them.  I splattered a bit of the paint and glitter on the top panel too.  I popped up another layer on the flowers as well so that one is one layer, one is two layers and one is three layers.  It still needed something, so I added in a bit of silver thread and a bit more glitter.

So fun!

Thanks for visiting! 



Sunday, August 25, 2019

Sun and Stars

I am under the gun to get my current scrapbook project done before 9.8.19, when my daughter turns 29. I used the Global Design Project (#GDP203) theme of Sun, Moon, and Stars to get another page done tonight.

In my SU! sets I had some stars in and old set called Background Basics and I did some sun rays too.  I sponged on some ink in the shape of sun rays using a scrap paper. Then I decided to write a letter to Crystal about how she is such a ray of sunshine in my life using a SU! Basic Black Marker.  To tone it down, I stenciled on some circles of white paint (bunches of moons).  After that dried, I stamped on the stars using the black marker as my coloring tool.  I added on some glitter to each star. 
Next, I put on the picture using some black paper as a backing.  I stamped one of the sentiments from SU! Rooted in Nature and popped the lines up separately.  I added a few flowers from SU! Tea Together to add interest and a bit more touch of color since the sun rays are hidden.

Thanks for visiting!



Saturday, August 17, 2019

Crystal Memories

Hello friends.

Have a few more scrapbook pages to show you - more pages in Crystal's Birthday Scrapbook where I am celebrating her 29 years of life.  I am having so much fun going down memory lane!

I used and old SU! set, Natural Beauty, to make this page.  I used every stamp in the set and kept a neutral pallet. I think I covered 13 DTGD challenges at with this one page!  This was Crystal's first time seeing snow.  Not sure where my coat was!

This next page was for a sketch challenge for VSBN = Virtual Scrapbook Night (month) at  I love the sketch and may do it again!  Crystal was the flower girl in my Sister's wedding and she was sooooo cute!
This was for another VSBN challenge on SCS - this was to use two pictures and case a page done by one of the active scrapbookers on SCS.  My craft room is still not put back together so my embellishments are ones that I found the quickest.  These were two of Crystal's Senior Year pictures.
Hope you enjoyed running down memory lane with me. Hugz, Nancy

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Some Recent Cards and DTGD

Hello friends.

The last few weeks have been busy around here as we are trying to put our house back together after installing new flooring, hubby had three tables in a Militaria show (boys showing off guns, military memorabilia, knives, etc to each other selling, buying and trading), family visiting, a major project at work, back to school for the Grandkids, and Dare to Get Dirty at (DTGD).  I look so forward to this week of mega challenges, but I had a bit too much going on to participate in all the challenges.  Here are a few of the cards I did.  

This lighthouse card was my favorite. It was done with the salt technique.  Apply wet ink to your paper and cover in salt.  Once dry, brush off the salt.  I think you are supposed to use sea salt, but all I had was table salt so I got a very fine pebbling.  I loved it.  I had a bunch of left over salt so I mixed it with some white acrylic paint and made the waves.  The panel on the right is the inside of the card.  I really like this new set from SU!
I was still in a beach mood so I dug out my silhouette Palm Trees image from DRS Designs and tried another DTGD challenge.  This one was supposed to be photo paper, distress oxides and a baby wipe.  I only had a little photo paper - see the small panel and also only one color of distress oxides.  I really didn't like it so I just used all the colors and made the card to the left instead.  Ink, spray, smash technique and some of the left over salted acrylic paint - lol.
 This next card was for a paper flower card.  I had to use Good Morning Magnolia from SU! as that is my favorite flower set.  Added in some Stickles to the middle.
This last challenge card was for a Christmas Challenge using old stamps.  I used some painted and distressed cardboard for the base panel and then the old Lovely as a Tree stamp from SU! and an old sentiment stamp as well - I heat embossed them with white embossing power.  Added some lace and bakers twine to add a bit more of an old fashioned Christmas feel.
Thanks for stopping by.  I really appreciate your visits and comments!

Hugz, Nancy

Friday, August 9, 2019

The Start of a Birthday Journal

My oldest daughter turns 29 at the beginning of September.  We have planned an early morning pedicure and lunch at a favorite restaurant to celebrate.  I thought I would make her a quick 6x8 scrapbook featuring some pictures from her life - I am showcasing some fun things about her.

She loves jewelry and make-up so on this page I focused on this fun picture where she is wearing jewelry and a red dot on her forehead.  Her pre-school did a musical program where they had all the babies dressed up like someone from around the world and they had the flags of those countries on their baby walkers.  Then they played Its a Small World.  The babies all ran around in circles - it was sooo fun.  Crystal was from India.  I love this picture.

To make the page, I used the colors from the Global Design Project #GDP201:
I stamped the Medallion stamp from SU! (I think it is retired) and then added the other colors a little bit with an aqua painter.  I then added in some gold embossing powder and heated underneath the paper.
I stamped You Are Wonderful from the leaves from Rooted in Nature (also SU!).  I colored the leaves with the challenge colors and fussy cut them.

I can't wait to finish this little book and give it to her!



Magnolia Buds Three Ways

Hello friends. 

I am addicted I am to the new Good Morning Magnolia set from SU! I knew I liked it but I was worried that it be overdone and I would run out of fresh ideas for it and soon tire of it.  NOT.  I have three cards in this post that have fun ideas for the little magnolia bud.

On my first card, I made my bg by water coloring on a new stencil from Altenew.  Then I spattered on some left over water color.  Next, I took some white acrylic paint and painted on a few white circles in two of the corners using a bubble stencil from Altenew.  I sponged the edges in Distress Ink (Vintage Photo) because I was going for a vintage look. Then I stamped a sentiment from the Beautiful You set and the flourish from the Good Morning Magnolia set (in Pacific Point).

On another sheet of paper,  I stamped the lovely lady from Beautiful You and then six buds from Good Morning Magnolia.  I water-colored the flowers a few pretty shades of blue.  After some fussy cutting, I layered up all the flowers making a dress and an umbrella.  I outlined all the flowers in some silver Stickles, and then added some punched flowers. This was for a challenge on involving umbrellas and Shabby Chic.  The card is to cheer up a sweet fellow stamper who is going through some very tough times.

I used the same Altenew striped stencil to make my next card. I used a different water-color color to make the background.  I then stamped the script words from the SU! By the Tide set in Memento Black.  I cut the panel up and sponged the edges with distress ink.  I stamped the Good Morning Magnolia bud six times, water-colored them, then fussy cut them so I could tuck them in a little folded piece of paper torn from an old hymnal.  The sentiment is from the Beautiful You set - I knew the friend who received this would love it - she has recently lost 50 pounds (Keto Diet) and she looks great.
This next card is a case of a THIS card done by a fellow stamper.  The card is going to  her as well - she is struggling through some very rough times.  I water-colored the flowers lightly and added some very light sparkles (Stickles).  A cool way to use these lovely flowers and it was a quick and easy card.  
Thanks for visiting and seeing my fun cards made with the Good Morning Magnolia bud.  Hope your week has been wonderful and you have great weekend plans.



Saturday, August 3, 2019

Lavender Inspiration

I was inspired to do some lavender/purple cards this morning.  I was inspired by a lavender enamel pin on the SCS inspiration site, Wool and Honey, and by Janneke De Jong's beautiful butterfly card everyone is casing on the Global Design Project challenge (#GDP200)
I made two cards for the IC challenge.  The card on the left is for the GDP200 challenge.

I painted the stamps on my GDP card directly with the watercolors (I did them thick).  I used the SU! Soft Spring and Enjoy Life sets to make the card.  On the second card to the right, I stamped the images with Memento Black and then watercolored them.  I added a lot of sparkles (they didn't show up in my picture very well but there are tons of them) and did a fun epoxy sticker to go with them.

Thanks so much for visiting - I really appreciate it.  I have had some major projects at work and have struggled to find time to create.  I was thrilled to get some time this morning! 



Saturday, July 13, 2019

GDP197: Terracotta Pears by the Seaside

The colors in #GDP197 challenge are fabulous this week, and I used them to get some more scrapbook pages done in my Random Thoughts and Memories Book.
Yummy colors aren't they?  The terracotta reminded me of a picture I wanted to scrapbook that had terracotta tiles in it.  Two of my young friends (I actually consider her to be a daughter since she is my oldest daughter's best friend and spent so much time in our home) went on a missions trip to Honduras recently.  They worked at a orphanage and gave as much love as they could - you can see they gave a lot!
I started the left page first.  To make the bg, I stamped some little hearts from the retired SU! Tiny Tags set using watercolors.  Then I sponged on some white acrylic paint and did watercolor washes with the seaside spray and pear pizzazz colors. I did a little sponge of white paint over that as well.  I didn't have any terracotta paper so I painted over some colored paper with watercolors and that is how I got the cool colors on the frames.

You can see it a little better on this close up but I used all the colors on this rose with some light splattering and very watered down coloring.  I also added more petals to the flower by coloring up another flower, cutting the petals and tucking them under the original flower.  I love the extra size.

Thanks for stopping by!!



Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Fish Again?

Hello friends.

I am still in scrapbooking mode, so I have another scrapbook page done.  It kind of reminds me of a card which is why I love these smaller 6x8 pages.  I ordered a travelers journal with very skinny pages to try next.

The Love to Scrap Challenge for July is Anything Goes.  DRS Designs is sponsoring the challenge so I thought I would play along and do a scrapbook page.  Most people do cards in the challenge - using scraps works too.
This was a super easy page, I just typed up the title and the journaling and printed the page out.  Then I did an ink, spray, smash technique using some Distress Ink.  I stamped, colored, and fussy cut the fish from the DRS Designs 4 in 1 Ocean Designs stamp.  I have used most of the images from the stamp on creations previously - I love this particular fish.  I printed out the picture on my Sprocket and then matted it with a scrap that I sponged in the ink from the ink, spray smash section.

This is my daughter's lovely view from her new house on the lake.  I am happy for her (and kind of jealous).


Hope you are having a wonderful week!


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Some Weekend Projects

I had a little extra time to craft this weekend so I did the featured stamper challenge on Splitcoaststampers and also played in the VSBN Scrapbook challenges too.  It was a fun and crafty weekend.  

The Featured Stamper challenge was to case Lee Ann.  I cased THIS pretty card. I kept close to her colors but changed the image, sentiment, the sketch (a bit) and added acrylic dots.  I am still loving the Good Morning Magnolia set - I promise I will take a break from it soon!

I stamped the main flower, colored, then masked and stamped the flower again.  
There were a few challenges on SCS involving stripes and this is the page I did for those challenges.

The stamp is from the new Sailing Home set and the paper is from the matching dp.
I used the same stamp set on this two page layout (it was from a sketch challenge).  The fish are from an old SU! set - Very Punny. I masked over a strip in the pages with a torn paper so I could make a little river for the fish to swim in - lol.  The dp is left overs from the page above. 
Hope you had a great crafty weekend!



Saturday, July 6, 2019

Dream It, Do It Scrapbook Page

I am still having a fun time working on my Random Thoughts and Memories book.  This morning, I did a page focusing on a vintage junque flea market booth we had for a few years.  We really enjoyed that booth but it got to be too much when people started stealing things and damaging things in other booths.  We may try it again in a higher end flea market when I retire.

Two things inspired this page - the first was a picture from Hometalk showing a R/W/B garden table:

My other inspiration was the Virtual Scrap Book Night challenge on - the first challenge was use red, white and blue on your page.

The striped paper is from the new Sailing Home dp at SU! as are all the flowers.  The other papers are from my stash.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!