Wednesday, August 5, 2020


I've got a new challenge up today at Cookin' Up Creations. This month's theme is Game Shows. Each challenge will be based on a game show. For this challenge I chose Tic Tac Dough. I've created a Tic Tac Dough grid and you must choose across, down or diagonal and then use all three items on your layout.  Stop by Cookin' Up Creations to see the grid. I hope you'll join us.

For my layout I chose to go diagonal and use bling, ink and die cuts. I've used some black and gold bling around the flower and some gold bling along each side of the photo. The ink is in the stamping behind the photo and the die cuts are the corner pieces and the title.

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MFT Summer School

I've got two new cards for the MFT Summer School to share with you.

The first is for the Day 4 Class - Ombre

The 2nd is for the Day 5 Class - White Space

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Monday, August 3, 2020

It's Time to Celebrate

It's day 3 of the MFT Summer School. Today's lesson is about symmetry, which refers to positioning your elements mirrored across an imaginary line that divides your project into even segments. 

Here's my example

I started with a piece of white cardstock and blended several different colors of Distress Oxide Ink across it and then spritzed it lightly with some shimmer mist. Once it was dry I die cut the mandela using the MFT Captivating Mandela and placed it on a black piece of cardstock. The sentiment is from the MFT Bitty Birthday Wishes collection and stamped on an MFT banner die cut. I also added some glitter Nuvo Drops to the Mandela just for some sparkle.

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Hello Card

We've got a new card sketch up at Atlantic Hearts Sketches. We post a new sketch every Monday and reveal all the DT members examples on Wednesday along with the winner of the previous weeks sketch challenge. Stop by and play along with us!

Here's the sketch

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Just For You

It's the second day of MFT Summer School and today's lesson was about Rainbows or more specifically using the ROYGBIV arrangement. Basically you can't go wrong with that color arrangement. 

I started with a piece of white cardstock and stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in the center. I then stamped the butterflies all around the sentiment. I colored them in with watercolor pencils and then applied water with a water brush to bring out the colors. I decided to use a black card base to really make all the colors pop.

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Happy Birthday

I decided to play along with the MFT Time to Hit the Books Summer School. I've played along the last couple of years and really enjoyed it. There's always something new to learn. Today's lesson is about creating a visual triangle on your card. I thought I'd give it a try and I really like how it came out.

I started by brushing on some Distress Oxides and blending them together. I used Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemon and Twisted Citron. I die cut the flowers in a teal cardstock and then stamped them with a french script stamp and arranged them in a visual triangle. The Happy Birthday was die cut 3 times and glued together in a darker teal cardstock. I then added some black nailheads to the flower centers and some dark teal colored gems to create 2 more areas of a visual triangle.

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Holiday Wishes

It's a new month so that means a new card challenge over at Cookin' Up Creations. You never know what kind of card challenge it'll be, but you can play along all month and make as many cards as you like. Just be sure to post them in the gallery there and in the Monthly Card Challenge thread. So for this month I thought it would be a good time to start working on Christmas cards. I know if I don't start early I won't get them all made and then I have to go buy some. And then I get complaints from friends that they didn't get a handmade card. So I thought I'd start now....who's with me?

Here's my first Christmas card for 2020

I just got this Santa die at Tuesday Morning and couldn't wait to use it but couldn't decide how to use it. I finally decided the only way was to use it as a silhouette. So I decided to create a nighttime scene in the background with some Distress Oxides for the night sky and then die cut the birch trees and hills of snow. Then I decided to put a frame around it like you would be looking out a window and seeing the shadow of Santa going by. 

I hope you'll stop by and play along with us. By the way, this month's theme for the layout challenges at Cookin' Up Creations is TV Game Shows. It's gonna be a lot of fun! Hope to see you there!

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Kohr's Custard

I've got a new challenge up at Cookin' Up Creations today. This month our theme is all about Game Shows and each challenge will be based on a specific game show. I picked the game show I've Got A Secret for this challenge and you must have some hidden journaling on your layout.

This layout is my granddaughters eating some Kohr's Custard in Ocean City, NJ. The hidden journaling is behind the photo. You can see part of it sticking out on the left side. It says "Every night as we left the boardwalk, we would stop at Kohr's Custard for a sweet treat. Tonight we had an extra treat....we got to meet their mascot.

I took some watercolor paint and smooshed it on the white cardstock and then flicked some black Dylusions mist around. Then I just dug through my stash and added all sorts of ephemera and stickers. I used a lot of really old stash!

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Monday, July 27, 2020


This month at Cookin' Up Creations we are focusing on the color white. Each challenge will be a white plus one additional color. No other colors can be used. I've got a challenge up today and since it's Monday it's a sketch challenge and you must use the color coral with white. You can use black as an accent only, the layout must be 75% white and coral.

Here is my layout

Here's today's sketch from Bev Code

This has been quite an interesting month at Cookin' Up Creations. It's been quite a challenge to use only one color plus white on our pages.  I hope you'll come join us!

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Sweet Birthday Wishes

We've got a new card sketch up at Atlantic Hearts Sketches today. We have a new one every Monday and then on Wednesday we show all the DT members examples along with the winners from the week before. I hope you'll stop by and play along with us.

My take on this weeks sketch

Here's the sketch

For the floral part of my card I used some MFT flower silhouette stamps and stamped them with Versamark ink and heat embossed them. I then took several different colors of Distress Oxides and sponged them over the embossed flowers. Then I wiped the flowers off with a paper towel. The polka dots behind the images were done with a stencil and Distress Oxide. The birthday sentiment is also from MFT.

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