Thursday, May 21, 2015


Can I say it again...this was so much fun! The images are pre-printed from a Flower Soft card kit.   Flower Soft  is a 3 dimensional product that adds dimension and color to where you apply it.  It has a rather spongy texture to it.  

The pieces are very tiny, about the size of sesame seeds.  When applied in quantity to an area of flowers, it  brings them to life and adds a dimensional aspect to the card.  You can see the Flower Soft on the card below in the orange and yellow flowers.

I have seen Flower Soft in two sizes, one is regular and the other is ultra fine.  The Flower Soft used on these cards is the regular granularity.

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The kit comes with pictures on cardstock to cut out and layer.  The curtains are two layers and the valance is a layer.  Before I layered them onto the window, I ran them through an embossing machine with a textured embossing folder to give them a look and feel of fabric.  The embossing folder is called square lattice and is made by Stampin Up although it may be retired now.

Note that tiny pink and lavender butterflies.  I cut those using the Brother Cut 'n Boss.  I was amazed that it would be capable of cutting something so tiny, but it did a wonderful job.  It cut several different colored butterflies that did not have a black outline.  However, it does not cut yellow.  It seems that yellow just doesn't register.  I don't' know if the size had any bearing on that or not.
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Flippin for Flip-its!These

I started designing these cards in February wehn the Stampin Chix were supposed to meet.  Unfortunately, the weather was bad on the day that we were to meet and so I didn't get to make them that day.  February was so dreary that I think I was yearning to work with some bright and cheerful colors.  I got my chance in March when I made a trip to Florida and had a little extra time to put these cards together.  They are made with the Sizzix Flip-its die cuts and Graphic 45 paper.  I like that the Sizzix dies not only have a die to cut out the card itself, but they also come with dies for the layers on the card.  Fabulous!!  Now if they would just add another layer or two, they would be perfect!  My chicken is looking kind of streaky here.  Not sure why and I don't recall that it looks that way in person.  I will have to take another look at it and maybe do some blending.  That is one of the reasons why I like to blog.  Seeing the picture on the computer screen helps me critique my work.  The Copics are really great too in that you can go back long after you have finished a project and rework the blending.

The images and sentiments are from Artistic Impressions and are rubber stamped with Ranger Archival ink.  The orange daisies across the top are a Martha Stewart Punch.  Those were not on the original card, but some adhesive ran amuck and I had to do some damage control.

I picked up the dimensional embellishments at Joanns.  I'm not sue what the brand is.

Love this cute little owl guy!  Overall, I give the Flip-its a thumbs up and five stars.  These cards went together very quickly with no measuring.  They also come in a little plastic durable pouch so that you don't have to worry about losing all the little pieces.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Mother's Day Card for a Very Special Lady

Hello, today's card is for my sweet Daughter-In-Love's First Mother's Day. .  What a special day!  She is a world class mother to my lovely little granddaughter.  Each day, together, they discover new adventures around every corner.  Kaydence is the delight of our lives.  I am so thankful for the gift that Kim has given us.  Being a grandparent is just great!

The image is a rubber stamp from Stampin Up.  Stamped with Distress ink.  I airbrushed white flowers with Copics.  The image and scalloped oval were cut with Spellbinders frames.

The greenery is an Impression Obsession die and cut on some colored velum cardstock.   I was pleased with the light airy look that it gave.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Bugs Hugs for Hubs!This wee

This week my husband and I celebrated our 41st Anniversary and I made this card for him.  He has always been fastidious when it comes to his wardrobe and when the business offices moved to casual dress, he instituted his own dress code known affectionately as "Dress Up Monday".  Dress Up Monday is topped off with a bowtie and matching sox.  So, the bowtie was a perfect embellishment for his card.  We had the day off work and went to see a movie.  It was a wonderful day with a wonderful man.

Rubber stamps are from Fiskars set Vintage Jar.

The cardstock is a premade card by The Linen Closet available at Joanns.

"with love" stamp placed in stamped frame and airbrushed with Copic markers.  Embellishments are from American Crafts Do It yourself embellishments..

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Scotland Forever!

Today's card features a stamp from Highlander Celtic Stamps.  The Vintage Scottish Highland Dancer.  She is airbrushed with Copic markers, surrounded with a wreath of Rubber Stamp Tapestry flowers and foliage in blue and then wrapped in a Spellbinders frame.  The frame is mounted on Graphic 45 paper.  She's a beauty, Aye!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Laughter, Family and Good Times

I have two cards today that were made using Graphic 45 paper and stamps.  I really like the sentiment on this card, it states a real truth.  A fond memory that I have is from when I was a little girl.  My parents had bought a camper and we took it on a trip into the Unaka Mountains of the Smokeys where my ancestors are from.  We camped at a campsite near a log cabin that was built by my great great grandfather, Arch Stewart.  It is in the Cherokee National Forest and the cabin is maintained by the Forest Rangers.  I understand that there was a silent film made that was filmed in this area called "Stark Love" and that some of my musical ancestors were included playing blue grass music.  That night I met a lot of my North Carolina family.  I remember that they had a big campfire and had a very large tree turned on its side with one end laying in the flaming fire and the other stretched out on the grass.  As the end of the tree burned and turned to ashes, they simply pushed the tree further into the fire.  It was a magnificent campfire and lasted all night and longer.  There were many aunts and uncles there along with my grandparents who hadn't seen each other in a long time.  They were truly enjoying each other's company and as I lay in my camper bed listening to them reminisce about their earlier times, my fondest memory is of laughter and how they joked and carried on with each other.  I had occasionally seen this sense of humor in my father, aunt and my grandfather, but to have the whole family together, it was easy to see that this prankish humor was a characteristic carried in the DNA of our family.  They teased each other and laughed it up into the wee hours of the night.  The pictures below are of my grandfather's parents, aunts and uncles and grandparents. If they were looking down to earth that starry night, I'm sure they had a big laugh with us.
James Archibald "Arch" Stewart and Katherine "Kate" Ash Stewart.

Cabin built by Arch Stewart near Stratton Meadows in Graham County NC.

J. Arch's son John Fane Stewart with his cousins.  He is the one wearing the boots.

Dollie (Self) Stewart, John Fane Stewart's wife.  Nice fur.

Siblings, Laura (left) and Rhoda Stewart with Grant Stewart.

Grant and Elva (Carver) Stewart

Archibald Benjamin "Ben" and Mary (Carver) Stewart and Family

Dave Stewart, Sis Odum and Dave's wife Brass (Odum) Stewart.

John Wayne card made with Graphic 45 paper.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Clothes Pin Fun

A sweet little backyard scene. 
 A clothesline filled with colorful baby clothes and fun little critters.    It was embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder, then colored and airbrushed with Copic markers. The sentiment is from the Cloud 9 Baby collection.  

Our curious little woodland friends are stamps from the Art Impressions try-fold collection that were fussy cut and pop dot mounted.

The card was mounted on two layers of solid color coordinated cardstock.

Open the card to find more furry friends inside.