Comments are welcome and very much appreciated!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Cheery Lynn Challenge 82-Roses

I used Cheery Lynn Designs Corner dies, Lattice die, Decorative oval die, Decorative circle die and Decorative swirl-leaf die.  Flower die set is from Heartfelt Creations, plain oval and circle from Spellbinders.
The stamp is from Paper Parachute and the embossing folder is Sizzix (on plain oval).  I colored the image with Copic Markers and added some blue chalk to the background.
It's really fun trying different combinations when using these dies from Cheery Lynn,  I love florals and lace so what better than to combine all my favorites together on one card!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Summer time

Just playin with some dies from Cheery Lynn Designs.  They are all so fantastic!
Stamp is by Northwoods, colored it with Copics and made some cute little roses from Memory Box dies. Reminds me of summer time!

Monday, May 27, 2013
enter for a chance to win all the new stamp line!


A Splitcoast weekly favorite! 6-2-13

 The colors in this challenge reminded me of stormy seas so I picked this stamp(old PSX Stamp).
I added the rope (cord) to amplify the nautical look!  Used a white Painty Pen to add white caps to the sea.  I wanted the sky to look more menacing so I added some of the khaki color to it!  The die cut was made with a die from Heartfelt Creations.  I used Tombow adhesive (tape runner) and foam tabs to pop up the teal oval and the first teal/turquoise square panel.  Also added some Ivy green to edges of base card and to die cut to distress a bit.
won this color challenge! yahoo!!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Saturday, May 25, 2013

OWH BLOG HOP sketch #35

This is based on sketch OWH #35  It is the Poppies stamp (clear set by Penny Black).
I used Copic Markers to color.  Border punch is from Martha Stewart (around the page single loop punch).

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Challenge 81 Make it Manly

I used a Cheery Lynn Die for the frame, Copper, then used 3D paint and sponged it to distress.  Turquoise paper under frame was sprayed with various colors of web spray.  The car was colored with Copic Markers and mounted on turquoise.  I embossed the next layer with a Cuttlebug embossing folder, painted it bronze then put patina color paint on it.  The gears are out of brown shimmer.  I added some screw brads on each corner and wrapped it with brown and rust fibers.  The card base is white with sponged "Tea Stain" distress ink.

Window dies

Just posting something while I work on my next project.  This is a card I made for a class in December.  We did 3 window cards, all different windows.  One had a window box with flowers and the other was a stained glass window (using alcohol Inks on glossy card stock) with a beautiful charcoal "lead" lines on top (part of the die).    This card uses a Martha Stewart punch for the leaves, and Spellbinder dies for the Poinsettia.  The window dies are from Poppystamps, it is the French door set.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Hero Arts

Melissa and I had a great time at the Hero Arts factory!  We got a tour of the factory and had classes all day!!
What a day, it was really fun but the traffic on the way home!?!!... OMGosh!  Thankfully Melissa was driving because it would have caused me heart failure I think!  My hat is off to you who have to drive in that every day for work!
We did take a break from driving to visit Ikea.  I have never seen one before, now I just want to gut my house and start over with all their wonderful storage!!
Oh and of course, we stopped in Tracy for In-n-Out burgers!! Yummy!! We don't have those in Oakhurst.  We waved at Angelica Turner from Heartfelt as we left Tracy!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Canadian Scrapbooker layout challenge

Made these pages with the new BoBunny patriotic line. It definitely made me think of our road trips and the song, "America The Beautiful" ..."Oh beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountains majesties above the fruited plain!...and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!"
I just love it!  I will be doing a scrapbook class in June using this paper.  The layout is different though.  Come see it at the Cat's Meow!
I also used Heartfelt creations corner die, EK Success border punch, and Sizzix nesting star die set.

Friday, May 17, 2013

A couple of Asian cards done awhile ago, both for a card sketch challenge.  I actually have 2 large drawers full of Asian stamps because I just really love the look.  My mother loved Asian art and had it on her living-room walls when I was growing up so maybe that's why I like it?? Who knows!  I have often made Asian type Trading Cards for the Great Yosemite Stamp Escape and once I decorated a lunch box Asian (Published in the Stamper's Sampler O/N 2006), and sewed together some french-fry bags to make an Asian book with tags for the pockets...(also published by Stampington & Co. A/M 2006)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

This was a sketch challenge card.  I love the cute little girl rain boots and the sweet little bird checking them out.  Used a Martha Stewart lace punch behind the boots and Spellbinder dies to cut out circles and scallop circles.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Stampendous flowers.

 Flower cards, stamps by Stampendous.  Colored with Copics. Added a variety of border punches and dies.  These stamps are quite large so what you see is only part of them.  They make great stamps for projects like boxes/paper, etc.

Penny Black Cards

Three cute Penny Black stamps.  Colored with Copic Markers.  Spellbinder dies.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Penny Black "dad" card

This is a really cute "dad" stamp by Penny Black.  I used Copic markers and added a bit of white with a painty pen.
 This card is a Penny Black Family Challenge winner!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Cheery Mother's Day Card

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! I used Copics on this Northwoods stamp then used a Spellbinder die to cut it out.  The layers below were created by Cheery Lynn Designs dies and Sizzix embossing folder.  The butterfly is also Cheery Lynn.  Added one pearl for the butterfly head.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

This is another Stampbord card.  I stamped the Stampbord with Staz-On then used Adirondack Inks and sponges to color.  I used a brush and inks to color the shell and flowers,  then used the Ampersand Stampbord tools to add detail.  I glued silver braid around the edges (the board is about 3/8" thick).  Because the board is heavier than card stock, I use thick glue to adhere it to the card or it would eventually just fall off the front.
Here's something for Father's Day coming up.  Did the ink-press thing on the car card by inking one side of an embossing folder and running it through as usual.  I really like this effect.
I used Copic markers to color.  Stamps are by Penny Black (Fisherman) and Hero Arts (Car).

Friday, May 10, 2013

June Class

Here are the samples for my June 2013 class. The stamps are from Penny Black and Northwoods and the words are from Paper Smooches.  I used embossing folders from Cuttlebug, Sizzix and Lifestyle Crafts.  Dies are from Cheery Lynn Designs, Spellbinders and Memory Box. I used a border punch from Martha Stewart on the green and white card.  I used Twinkling H2Os on these cards.
The class is on June 15th, 9:30 am at The Cat's Meow in Oakhurst. (559)642-6611
Call or go on-line ( to reserve your place in class.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Penny Black

A Splitcoast weekly favorite! 6-2-13
This stamp (from a  Penny Black clear set) of poppies was done with Twinkling H2Os and water.  I used a Spellbinder Nestabilities die to make the poppies panel, some SEI  decorative glazed paper and 2 different sheer ribbons tied together for the wrap around and bow.

Cheery Lynn Designs dies

Here is a little Magnolia Stamp that I did with Copic Markers.  I used Cheery Lynn dies stacked on top of one another for a nice frilly look.  Also used the inside of two Cheery Lynn ovals for the flower and stem (extras they add to the die).  I used a Sizzix embossing folder for the white background to give it even more texture.  I also used a Bow Easy to make a triple bow with sheer yellow ribbon.

Asian flair

This is a card I did for Ampersand Stampbord.  I used a stamp by Kodomo, Inc. and watercolors then I used the tools by Ampersand to detail it. (Stampbord is a type of scratch board).

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

More cute little girls...can't resist.  These are Stampavie and colored with Copics. Used some Cheery Lynn Designs dies as well as Spellbinder Nestabilities dies.
This photo is from a past class.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Looking back over some classes, I've found a few favorites that I will be posting over the next few days.
I hope you will enjoying seeing them.  Most are done with Copic markers but occasionally I watercolor with Twinkling H2Os or inks and water.

Light House

I love the colors in this card, it makes for a good man card.


 Ok, these are NOT the birds for June but I really like them.  I did them for another class.  We cut out extra pieces and used glitter glue (of course...our ladies favorite!) and painted everything with bright colors.  Made for eye-catching cards.

Monday, May 6, 2013

another store sample I made for The Cat's Meow.  This is my son, Jake at a competition.  I was sitting on the dock where he took off and when he came by on the first pass, I could barely get all of him in the shot because he was so close.  The air was smoky due to a fire miles away but for the most part, I really love this pic!
I covered chipboard letters with paper and used a little ink on the edges of the large "S".

June birds turned out really nice.  Bringing them to The Cat's Meow tomorrow but probably won't post them until after my class on Saturday...don't want to confuse people.
I will say that I used embossing folders and several dies to complete each one.
Made a page of my Andy's Ranger boys...another store sample.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

My super cute niece, Bailey and her wish list.
Sample I made for the store last year to show off some in stock paper.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

May Class at The Cat's Meow, May 11 @ 9:30 call 642-6611 to reserve a spot
These are done with Twinkling H2O's and heavy weight watercolor paper.
Stamps are a clear set by Penny Black.
Another fun page for the Cat's Meow of my son, Jake.
Used a circle template (which I love) and another circle template with holes for eyelets, brads, whatever.

Working on some Birds right now for my June 2013 class.  I'm using heavy watercolor paper and Twinkling H2O's again.  My thinking is that doing watercolors in my class 2 months in a role will help the ladies to really get in the watercolor mode.  I love using my Copics but sometimes I get in a little rut.
July I might even do the Tombow watercolor technique.
Watercolors can be done with pretty much any water-based inks or paints (I sometimes use re-inkers or even pads as well).
My husband and grandson are out mowing and weed-eating right now making it a perfect time to create so, I'm off and back to it!
This is my dear mom...made this sample for The Cat's Meow in Oakhurst.
Feb. 2013 class.  Used Stampendous Herb set and stamped on tissue paper then colored in with Prisma pencils.  Also used Mod Podge, acrylic paints and clay pots.

April 2013 class

April 2013 class using Penny Black  and Stampendous stamps and Copic markers
March 2013 class.  Copics.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Hi all,
Just figuring out this blog stuff.  Yesterday I started out by telling you all about The Great Yosemite Stamp Escape created by The Cat's Meow in Oakhurst.  The Stamp Escape is at Bass Lake, Ca.  which is a beautiful setting.  You can come and bring your family too.  They can go to the lake or drive up to Yosemite while you are having fun in class with lots of other crafty ladies.
This is a picture of the ladies at the end...waiting for the drawing of door prizes!!!  There were plenty to go around!
Not only that, we got goody bags at the beginning full of stamps and other prizes.