Online Card Class – Holiday Style – Day 1

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Yes, already I’m in love.  I will admit that Debby Hughes is a talented crazy lady.  She has the most beautiful cards that she calls clean and simple – but holy moley – they seem complicated to me.  But.  She came up with idea that I absolutely LOVED.  I purchased the SSS Circle Sayings and when I got them when – um, what do I do with these?  Well, Debby CUT the circle and molded it to a “swoosh” … brilliant.  I’m so glad I have a MISTI.  I had to laugh at Laura Bassen this week – she finally caved and got one.  They’re SO awesome.  Okay, done rambling now.

My card is a loose take off of Laurie Willison’s from class today.  Just beautiful (hers….) ….. I needed to send a friend at work a thank you card.  He makes the most wonderful eye of round fresh jerky.  I’m going to send it to my son in Greenland – and believe me, I’ve had to put them in a bag and put them in a box.  I want to eat every piece …. delicious.  So this is my thank you card for my friend Paul.  I kept a theme.  Everything I used is from Gina K.  Stamps are Basket Additions by Melanie Muenchinger.  I love the fact that you don’t NEED the basket to put them in.  The journaling is from Gina’s Harvest of Wishes Mini Stamp Set.  I colored with Copics and used background paper from Gina K from I think 2 years ago.


Thanks for stopping by.



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.

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.

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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!


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.

Greenland, Here We Come

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My son is in the Air Force.  Has been for a very long time.  When he joined, they evidently gave him a “pick where you’d like to be stationed” questionnaire.  He picked Greenland.  The base is in Thule.  Yeah, I think he didn’t know the named it Greenland as a trick.  Should have been named Iceland.

Anyway.  I’ve decided I’m going to do an OWH “thing” … when I send him cards, I’m not going to write in them.  I’m going to try to “theme” them and he can give them to fellow Airmen who need to send cards home to their loved ones.  Yeah, I’m a one person show (although Sandy Allnock is all in if I give her his address!  I just love her.)

This particular card went in the second box of “surprises” I sent him.  The next one will contain – of course – Halloween stuff – they’re supposed to have decorations for their rooms.  He’s just going into “night all the time” there … I can’t even imagine how it would be — that cold and night all the time.  I guess I’ll find out when he sends me pictures (that I WILL be scrapping).  There’s no high speed internet.  No cable TV.  I may be sending him all of my dvd’s so he can leave them there when he leaves and they can put them in the library.

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Okay, off to make another card.  Have a wonderful week everyone!

Oldie But Goodie

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I needed to make a birthday card for a very old friend who I think of often, but haven’t seen in a very long time.  I’ve always love the Who’s That Girl sets.  My husband is confounded – she has no head.  Honey, none of them have heads.  He just shakes his…..

This is the Bunches of Birthday Wishes set.  I used several different dies, double stitched circles, the matted panel was from a Blueprint – I absolutely love how the piece/parts of the Blueprints are so versatile.  I love them all.

I colored the balloons and paper pieced her dress on top of a piece of water color paper that I had in my stash from when i was trying to make “sky” – I think it just fits the bill here.  I confess, the “floating by” comes from a set from another company – it was just too perfect though – for the image.


Have a wonderful week, everyone.

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!

More Watercolor-ish Trees

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I finally did get the two stamp sets that Sandy Allnock used.  But they’re giving me fits.  I’m going to have to practice ALOT.  But this beautiful Stampin’ Up set – which is called LOVELY AS A TREE, not Sheltering Tree as I put in my last post (SMH) – came out just beautiful and I thought it would be lovely as a Happy Retirement card for a co-worker.

Just as a note, I get all of my Stampin’ Up supplies thru Darlene DeVries sister – there’s a link on Darlene’s home page.  She donates money from every sale to charities that support foster children.  I think that’s a nice thing.

Happy Retirement