Saturday, April 30, 2016


Online Card Classes this week was all about using vellum and acetate.  One of the things I learned was to use vellum as a way to soften bright dsp.  These little flowers are layered over flowers die cut from scraps of the dsp, more to provide contrast than softening in this case.  However, before taking this class I would never have thought of using the vellum as I did here.

The dsp, triangle and green leaves are from Lil Inker, and the flowers are from the SU Botanical Blooms dies.


What a wonderful Psalm of encouragement!  When the Lord is on our side, we have the best help of all.

Here's an example:

The other night as we traveled home on Rte. 80 the tire pressure light went on just before the exit.  Since I was already in the right-hand lane (I have poor night vision) I was able to exit almost immediately.  By the time we got to the end of the exit ramp, the tire was flatter than a pancake!  I was able to pull well off the road a few feet ahead, thankfully.  As we waited for AAA to arrive and mount our spare, I could only think of how much worse it might have been!  The Lord was truly gracious in getting us safely home.

Friday, April 29, 2016


This is one of the cards I made with the borrowed set and the repurposed envelope liner featured in a previous post.

After embossing the image with clear ep, I fussy cut around the blooms to fit the corner.  It was then layered over the dsp and watermelon wonder cs.  I added green embroidery floss and embellished with a sequin and some pink (gasp!) gems.

Thursday, April 28, 2016


This little stamp set from My Favorite Things goes a long way, and worked perfectly with this dsp.

After stamping and watercoloring the tulips on a large scrap of white cs, I stamped the greeting and mounted the panel on black.  Then I attached the tulip dsp from SU! to a card base of watermelon wonder and added the stamped panel with dimensionals.

I've used this stamp set several times, and really like how it turns out so well every time.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Although the Paper Players sketch shows a circle in place of the triangle I used, I just couldn't resist using the new triangle dies from Lil Inkers again.

After cutting down a scrap of ldsp from a previous card, I chose the other colors and triangle pattern from that piece.  To brighten the card up a bit, I used some metallic silver embroidery thread and some Wink of Stella on the gray triangles.

This was a fun sketch to use!


Our assignment today at Online Card Class was to make a card using vellum.  Since I also needed a graduation card, this is what I came up with.  The trick with using vellum is in hiding the adhesives used.

First I glued the dsp to the card front.  Then I white embossed the saying on the vellum.  Next, I used the triangle dies I just got in the mail the other day from Lil Inker, choosing cardstock colors used in the designer paper.  No subtle colors here!

After adhering the triangles and sequins to the vellum, I turned it over and placed mini glue dots behind them.  Then I turned it over and pressed it onto the card.

For a final touch, I added some tiny red gems that matched the red in the dsp.


This card was inspired by the dsp and gold medallion from the 2016 Paper Pumpkin calendar set.  Combined with the Botanical Blooms dies, this card was created.

For additional contrast, I  used an envelope liner that was in a card I received recently.  After removing it carefully from the inside of the envelope, I cut it down to use on two different cards.  For this one, there was only a narrow strip left, so I used an edge punch, then cut it down for the strip on each side.

Not all of my scraps come from the Scrap Drawer!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Ever since I saw fields of wild poppies growing in Tuscany, I've loved stamping and coloring them.  Their bright red petals and black centers make them seem so dramatic.

These poppies were first dry embossed, then colored with chalks.  After mounting the white panel on black cs, I used dimensionals to attach them to a watermelon wonder cardbase.  For embellishment I added the black twine and black gems.

Poppies always bring back fond memories of our trip to Tuscany many years ago.

Monday, April 25, 2016


This card started out with two strips of dsp and no idea of how to use them.  After gathering some additional scraps in the same color family, I mounted the two strips side by side as shown.

Using my SU! bird punch for the leaves and stem. I used them to "connect" the two dsp strips.  Using the flower punch, I lined up the dsp so that the flower image would be in the center.  I curled the petals back and mounted it to the card front with a dimensional.  The butterfly was punched from a scrap of silver paper and mounted with a glue dot.

To fill in the space below the left strip I added a small greeting.   Next, I added a pearl in the center of the flower and two smaller ones on the butterfly.

For the final touch, I tore the right side of the cardfront and sponged it with warm gray ink.  I love how this card just evolved from a few scraps!

Monday, April 18, 2016


This card started out with stamping the bird image, cutting it out and coloring the bird.  I set that aside and then proceeded to "build" a background for the Bible quote.

After die cutting the light blue piece with a rectangular stitched die, I cut it again with a smaller die to create a frame.  Then I glued it over the  darker blue and added the verse at the top and mounted the bird with dimensionals.

For a final touch, I tied a silver cord around the bottom right of the frame and made a knot.