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.


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



Another On Line Card Class – Sheer & Clear

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Sadly, it was a short class.  They wanted to introduce people to the new web interface.  I’m not quite used to it yet, I’m sure I’ll adapt.

The class made me smile.  I thought – what more can they show us with vellum or acetate that we haven’t seen.  I’m so silly.

Shari Carroll taught me THIS technique.  I will say it looked easier (to me) than it turned out to be.  But this is going to be a Mother’s Day Card.  Nina Desert Storm paper, Ellen’s Mondo Hydrangea, heat resistant acetate.

Kim Sharabba Hydrangea

Have a wonderful week, everyone!  Spring should be coming to the Northeast soon.  It’s already hot and humid down here in Florida.


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.


Color Burst Microfine Powder Ink

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Holy Moley.  So between the Online Card Class – Watercolor for Card Makers (Exploring Mediums) and Sandy Allnock and her Go for the Gold Class this week, I decided I had to try and play with my new and unused bottles of Color Burst Inks.

I decided to start small.  I cut 2″ squares that will fit in to the coin pocket pages that I use for my sample colors.  After watching the Online Card Class video today by Lydia Fiedler made me realize that I might need to samples for each – one wet on dry and one dry on wet.

So, I started out with 2″ DRY squares, puffed some ink on and then spritzed with water for the first row.  For the second row, I WET each card and then poofed the ink on.  I tried hard NOT to blot.  I wanted it to be “natural.”  Not all of the inks spread the same.  It was very odd.  The colors are so vibrant it’s crazy and all of them aren’t just “a color” … the Yellow Ochre has red and blue and green in it.  It’s just beautiful.

Colorburst Chart

Now I have to go try to make a real background for a real card.  Sigh.  EVERYONE should go watch Sandy in the Go for the Gold – she mixes these with different gold mediums.  So beautiful.

Have a lovely day!


Online Card Class Background Check

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Let’s be clear.  I attend the Online Card Classes because they’re there.  Period.  I went into the Background Check class with no heavy expectations.  I’m an idiot.  In this particular class, I’m not sure I can even say which instructor’s cards I liked more.  The backgrounds?  Yeah, making a background (for the most part) is easy.  Then:  WHAT DO I DO WITH IT?  THAT is what this class showed me.  Laura Bassen — holy moley.  I tried to replicate one of her methods here.  I’m not thrilled with the card.  I’ve put it together 15 different ways.  This is the end game.  I’m still not sure I like it.  It’s a sorry you’re under the weather card.  I just couldn’t make the front LOOK RIGHT with clouds or an umbrella ….  I just don’t know.  That’s why I’m not teaching this class, right?

This is a Papertrey Cover a Card Die.   And I love it.  I love everything weather-related.  I’m now madly in love with Press’N’Seal – thank you Jennifer’s husband for inventing it.  I popped each one up and then Copic colored them with B000, B01 and B02 after they were popped onto the card front.

Under the Weather

Under the Weather

Another Really Fun Online Card Class

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As I said in my last post, this one is Stretch Your Dies.  There has been some fun stuff in here, let me just say.  And even though class is (sadly) over, you can still take this – or any – of the Online Card Classes!  I’ve taken several and all of them have been worth every penny.

On my Happy card, I used lovely glossy accents idea from Jennifer McGuire on the MFT Die-Namics HAPPY die.  The background is made with the MFT Floral Fusion Cover Up Die.  I stretched this die by cutting it twice and swapping the papers.  I made the background paper with some Tim Holtz distress colors and cut it once from that and once from white and then swapped the pieces to create two separate backgrounds with no waste.  I use micropore tape (sticky side up) under the base and it’s a real breeze to just pick up the pieces with the sticky tool and move the pieces back and forth.  Micropore tape is acid free, very very thin and just sticky enough so that you can reposition something if you need to.  Not to mention it’s alot cheaper than washi tape – AND is handy if you need to put gauze on a cut!


I now have another Flower Fusion base where the background is colored and the flowers themselves are white.