Online Card Class Rainbow Maker – Day 3

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I wasn’t going to make a card to submit.  Really.  I wasn’t.  BUT I was watching a video of Jennifer’s and inspiration (in the form of TOTAL case’ing) hit me.

This is a very very simple card.  Simon Says Stamp Floral Burst Collage Die in  Rainbow order (okay, I used RV’s instead of R’s, YG’s instead of G’s and BG’s instead of B’s).  And I used Gina K’s lovely little trick of scoring a line at top and bottom and one of Gina K’s sentiments.  The flowers are all stacked 3 high and covered with Wink of Stella.

This has been an awesome class.  I’ve enjoyed every day of it.  I’ve made tons of panels and a couple other cards, but they’re flat out copies of class cards.


Art Impressions Glitter and Shimmer

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Can I just say how hard it is to photograph “glimmer and shimmer”?  That’s the challenge this week.  Glitter & Shimmer.

That said, this gave me an excuse to get out my new Halloween Try-Fold.  I decided to make it a single layer cardfront with some masking.  Wasn’t bad at all.

Then I decided to watercolor instead of copic color (although I stamped two, I can now attempt the copic one).  On top of the watercolor is so much silly sakura glitter pen and wink of stella that it’s ridiculous.  I wish the photo did it justice.  I also did glossy accents on the sweet pumpkins.

Hopefully this week my local Tampa store will have the two new sets in – the barn and the covered bridge.  I can’t wait for those!


Have a wonderful weekend everyone! -k

Online Card Class – Heatwave

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Well, here I am again.  At the mercy of Jennifer and Kristina and Laura.  Did I think I NEEDED to learn about heat embossing?  Not particularly.  But it’s an online card class.  So – yup, here I am again.

Please note – for the record.  I haven’t looked at Day 3 yet.  But I did learn a couple nifty things on Day 2.  And I just love listening to Laura chatter on.  She makes me smile after a very long day at work.

I had a plan to make a very good friend of mine (who shares my love of a nice glass of wine – or two – after work) a birthday card.  I had NO idea what.  But it had to do with wine.  Here’s my submission.  Embossed background on Gina K. Edible Eggplant (looks like a dark red wine, yes?) with a lovely Impression Obsession wine glass that I colored with copics and then TRIPLE clear thick embossed over the whole thing …. to make a wine glass.  Okay.  I’m silly.  But it makes me happy.  I hope it makes Sonya smile when she gets it.  Last year?  I gave her one of the new Tervis wine glasses.  You know – the ones that hold 1/2 a bottle of wine at a time.


Have a lovely evening.  I’m looking forward to Day 3 of class while I’m relaxing in my tub – with a glass of wine! – k



MFT CampCreate – Day 2 Sliders

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Okay.  I have to say.  Without Jody Morrow from My Favorite Things, this card wouldn’t exist.  She’s a great instructor and comes up with some amazing, amazing cards.  I’m putting this under “Sliders” although (in actuality) it’s a pivot.  I’m absolutely tickled at how it came out.

Inside you can see a sweet living room scene from LJD Make Yourself at Home (which is one of my most favorite sets EVER) and Birdie Brown’s Cool Cat.


But look!  The kitty has snuck up and is peeking out the window!  There’s a little lever on the side to make him peek up or have him hide.


Next time, I think I’ll use the Classic Window DieNamics instead.

Have a great weekend everyone.  I’ll be squirreled away in my craft room after I take one of my fur-mosters to get groomed tomorrow.  I have another Father’s Day card to make!

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Catherine Pooler’s SOA Beautiful World

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I really tried not to want this.  I REALLY did, but two days in I knew I was sunk.  I love Gina K’s work.  And I’ve been actively looking for beautiful, classy sentiments that do exactly what these do – go on the front of a card.

My sister in law sends a lot of cards.  Just hi, thanks, dinner was great, loved seeing you.  She’s a card sender.  And she’s busy.  So I try to make her little sets of cards for Mother’s Day.  This year 2 of the 3 sets I made her used stamps from the new SOA Beautiful World.

The Just-a-Note?  I wanted it to be single layer.  It’s a 4-bar size.  I took a hero arts flower background stamp in Gina K’s white pigment on her 120# heavyweight weight.  Let it dry.  Then I used some MFT Cornflower dye ink and stamped the corner stamp from the Gina K. SOA set and an old old sentiment from PaperTrey – I love how it fits perfectly tucked into the corner.


The other set is a CASE from the SOA blog, but I went looking thru old Gina K. sets and ta-da … Sun Kissed Autumn has a same-size flower.  I used the Sending Birthday Wishes sentiment from the SOA set.  It is just beautiful.  All of the colors I used here were hero arts neon.  I don’t use them often enough and I thought they were perfect for a bright, cheery Happy Birthday Card.  These two are single layer on Gina K 120# heavyweight weight and are 4-bar size.  Have I mentioned I love 4-bar size cards?  I ordered a box of envelopes from Amazon.  250 for $20 Prime.  Who can beat that?


This is my first SOA kit and I’m not sure how it works – in the future.  The kit sold out within the three days so is now no longer available.  I believe that the individual sets will eventually be sold by the maker.  I BELIEVE.  So hopefully the Gina K set will be available on her site in the future.  It absolutely is a must have.

The third set of 4 cards is an Art Impressions water color set of their Windows to the World. I have to say, loving those too.  Maybe I’ll post them this week.  Right now, I need to get into the kitchen and do dishes so I can continue my Mother’s Day Cards.

Have a good week everyone!  Be safe.  -k

Online Card Class Holiday Style Here I Come!

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Class starts Monday.  I’m so excited I can’t wait.  I’ve made a couple Holiday Cards, but pretty much I’ve just been experimenting.  Although I’m having fun, I’m not sure what I’m going to do … and time is running out quickly.

This card is a very quick and simple one layer card (if you’re good at random keep on truckin’, if you’re OCD just move on).  Blues and Silvers and the beautiful CC Design “Celebrate” embossed in silver.


These two I did with last month’s MFT background stamp called Candy Stripes Background Builder.  I’m madly in love, I must say.  On one card, I used MFT Birdie Brown set Santa’s Elves, on the other the beautiful Hero Arts Color Layering Christmas Trees (which DO have matching dies).  Both pretty darn easy too.

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Finally, I love window cards.  Almost any kind.  I made this one from the November 2014 Card Kit Stamp Set Winter Jubilee.  Not quite as easy.  Quite a bit more time consuming.  But oh so beautiful.  Inside I stamped a little stand of trees in the bottom left corner.


Hope to see you all in class!  I know it’s already starting to snow out West.  Keep warm everyone.  It’s a balmy 65 here in Florida.


Happy Halloween

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Holy Moley.  November tomorrow.  How is that possible.  Work has been stressful.  A good friend is having a hard time.  I’m sending her a card …… Just Breath.

Background is all kinds of dark blues and black soot on watercolor paper.  Then I did sprinkles of some pearly white paint.  White embossed a Cas-ual Friday stamp set called Breathe on the front.  The inside is very simple … It will be okay.


Halloween cards are sent.  Now, on to Autumn/Thanksgiving.  And, of course, the newest Online Card Class, Holiday Style, starts on November 9th.  I can’t wait.  Yes, I succumbed.  I ordered Tim’s Scribbly Christmas stamps.  And yes, they’re sold out already.  What a surprise.  This is a long class and I’m very excited.  Sad, though, that Jennifer isn’t one of the main teachers this time, she’s listed as a “guest” instructor.

Happy November, everyone.  Here’s your Christmas Countdown link — 54 days and counting.



Hogs & Kisses

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Okay, I had a dream about this card.  It was very quick.  Very simple.  MFT Stamps set The Whole Herd (Birdie Brown) has a sweet little pig.  Hogs & kisses.  Makes me giggle.  The black mat underneath is from one of my favorite Blueprints #20.


Okay, time for a bubble bath and then bed!  Thank God tomorrow is Friday … the new sneaks from the My Favorite Things October release start in the morning.  I need my sleep so I can get up early and start making a list.

FSU Birthday and Go For The Gold

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I’m totally hooked on Sandy Allnock’s free class this week called Go for the Gold.  A million different kinds of beautiful rich ways to use gold products in upcoming holiday cards.  Or – birthday cards!

This class couldn’t have come at a better time.  I was struggling with a birthday card for my best friend’s son.  He’s in his second year at FSU.  I wanted to try to make some kind of college-color based theme and masculine cards are hard for me at the best of times.

After watching Day 1 of class, I had a brainstorm.  FSU colors are black, garnet and – wait for it – GOLD!  I used Amber Gold and Graphite Ferro by Viva, smooshing it around to make a random mix and then after letting it dry, I ran it thru my We R Memory Keepers Next Level weave embossing folder. If you haven’t seen how these emboss in person, you’re missing something amazing.  The “happy” is a die from Winnie & Walter (covered in glossy accents), the small birthday tag is from the latest My Favorite Things release.  I smooshed Gold Delicata ink on an acrylic block and painted with a wet brush around the tiny birthday panel and then cut it out with the matching die.  I admit I cheated and used plain old gold paper that I had in my “shiny” drawer to mat the red.

There.  A masculine, school-color based birthday card – using GOLD!

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Have a lovely day everyone!  Looking forward to Day 4 of class and hoping I don’t have to go BACK to Ellen Hutson and buy more product.

Happy Birthday

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My best friend’s birthday is today.  We had lovely day at My Favorite Things In Eustis, Florida.  Sarah and Rusty were there today and we spent a good 4 hours wandering around the new (huge) store amazed at what we already own and – gasp – what we still need.   Yeah, let’s just say we both got the 15% discount.  We had breakfast at a sweet little cafe in downtown Eustis called Magnolia’s (very sad that their latte machine was broken).  After shopping we were very hungry – just plumb worn out – so we ate a very late lunch at a wonderful Mexican place called Cabana Mexican Bar & Grill.  Leese is doing the no gluten thing and Mexican is very non-gluten friendly!  Rounded the trip out with a visit to Beautiful Bamboo because she’s thinking of buying some for her front yard.

I made her a card (yes, of course a la Jennifer McGuire) using the fuse.  I simply couldn’t put a real gift card in it – she would have had to cut it open and I knew she never would.  So I put a (wait for it) MFT Gift Certificate in it.  I had such fun making it.  I’m considering making another for a wonderful woman who owns a scrapbook store in Lutz, Florida.  Her name is Denise and her shop is Scraporium.  She needs more samples – I so understand that — Lord knows I copy everything.

I took a stamp storage pocket and made a card with my fuse (you can see Jennifer’s instructions for this here).  I covered it with My Favorite Things Birthday Wishes & Balloons DieNamics.  Fused it with a bunch of glitter and glass beads inside (did I mention we used to have a bead business?) and the MFT gift certificate inside.  Tim Holtz made an appearance with the Happy Birthday greeting.  I absolutely love it.

Alisa Birthday 2015


Have a wonderful week everyone!