CAS Mixup Challenge with Smooshed Flowers

Hello again and back with the card for the March CAS Mix up challenge.

But first let me say a warm welcome to some new followers:

Lynn in IN. of Ruby-Dooby-Doo Crafts
Chantal of Chantal Hobby Blog
Ladies thanks so much for becoming new followers, and I hope you will find time to visit whenever you can.  I encourage my old friends to check out the work of my new friends, and enjoy some fine inspiration with these talented bloggers. I know they'll be happy to get to know you as well. 

Rules are easy, and shown in the badge. Remember, the card must have white (and don't forget to stamp something, as I've done on occasion!) I hope there is enough white to be eligible...

- smooshed with Brushos and Color Burst in Orange, yellows and some tangerine (Color Burst). I just sprinkled the products onto a craft mat, spritzed water, some gold spray, and smooshed away until I got results that I liked. Did several of these, and die cut one to use for the flowers. The green stems are a snippet left from this card.

Lil Inker Diamond Lace Coverup Die used to emboss the background, and of course Debossed the pretty side, but it looks nice either way.

- Paper Smooches Dainty Flowers. Replaced the stems, leaf insets, and the flower petals with snippets of other smooshed pieces. No difficult inlay, just glue!

- Penny Black clear Garden Friends set for the sentiment, using DI Spiced Marmalade and Abandoned Coral, with the Misti. Not sure if this stamp just doesn't give a sharp emboss-- if it was the water color paper OR if it was using the DI inks. It's a bit fuzzy, but we're gonna go with it! Fishtailed the ends, added some Nuvo crystal drops...and that's it. Happy Spring!

There's a couple of new cards added to the Cards by Friend page, so if you've time, please to enjoy these with us.

Don't you want to try some smooshing of your own? There's still time over at the March CAS Mixup Challenge. 

Thanks for joining me this evening, and don't forget Blog Candy #2 is still available, but you must be a follower, and have the thumbnail picture on your blog.  Big Hugs.

CAS Watercolor - Spring Tulips

Good afternoon, and welcome. Today's card is another watercolor effort, so that I could join in with the Spring Celebration at the CAS Watercolor Challenge. Also Blog Candy #1 winner will be revealed later in the post!

- Stacy Stamp tulips inked Direct To Rubber with Tombow markers, spritzed and stamped the outline image. Then used a brush to pull the color out towards the center. This was the 3rd effort. Looked at it for a day or so, decided to try to use it, but alas, no background, no grounding...just 2 blooms dancing in the air. Cut a mask using effort #1 which was pretty rubbish, covered these stems, and inked up an old wooden script stamp with Memento Desert Sand very lightly. Thought for a second and decided Summer Sky (blue) might be better to suggest a sky background, so just inked the blue over the Desert Sand, and Voila. Because the mask was water color paper, of course there was a big space around the image, what to do? Got a finger dauber, used the blue ink, rubbing off the ink a bit on a scrap and tried to lightly smudge right next to the image, without getting it too heavy. What do you think?
Die cut with a set of Sizzix dies that came with some magnetic plates, don't know the name. Then used a piece of 'failed brusho' experiment to cut the skinny mat, with the next size of the same die set.
The Brusho piece was made at an earlier effort, just testing colors when trying to use the cling wrap. Started with sprinkling different colors of the crystals, nothing was working, and I had the brilliant idea to use a little black. Nah, not a great idea...looked awfully dark. So just stuck a piece of the cling wrap over it, left it (forgot it is more honest!). When making this card, I spotted that piece, pulled off the cling wrap. Yeah, it's still pretty black looking, but the Gotcha - was that you could see some color and sparkle where some gold spray hit the colors. It doesn't show in the photo, but IRL, there is quite a sparkle that just hints around the frame. So don't just toss the mistakes into the garbage...Look at a few days later.
- CTMH clear set inked with blue Versa Fine ink for the sentiment, tied the baker's twine and scored a top edge line. I hope this will be considered CAS enough to fit in with the CAS Watercolor Challenge which is open for a few more days!
NOW: for the winner of the Blog Candy #1 which ended March 19:

Winner 230: (which turned out to be Rita, who is also on my Christmas Card Club team! ). I really had to work to get a winner, as the names that kept coming up, either didn't have the blog candy pic posted on their blogs OR had previously said they didn't want to be considered for the give-away! So Rita, please contact me by Saturday(3-25), with your information, and I'll be sending the first set of blog candy on the way to you!!!

Don't forget there is another blog candy draw - so if you are interested, do place that picture on your sidebar! I don't want to have to work so hard next time!!! LOL

I'll be back later this evening with another post, and I will be sharing some Cards by Friends, AND have some Welcome Shoutouts to a couple of lovely new followers.

Thanks for joining me, and big hugs.



Regular post below

1. Winner(s) must be a follower, who visits when you can...please don't follow just to get the goodies, and thanks. I will mail internationally too.

2. Please post the candy picture(s) on your sidebar (forgot to add this!)
3. Will add a few more surprises with each post I can do during the time from March 12 to March 19 when the candy is won. So watch the picture in the sidebar for updates.
4. All items are new, but depending on mailing costs, may need to take out of original packing to keep down the postage.
5. Please leave comments if you'd like to be considered & if you don't have a blog, please say how I may reach you if you're a winner. Comment moderation is on, so your info will stay private.

Christmas Card Club Challenge 6 - Quilts

Hello & Welcome once again to our Christmas Card Club Challenge. This week Margaret selected our challenge theme to be Patterned Papers. Received an order from Gina Marie with a quilt die that I wanted to try, and it seemed perfect for this challenge. First time I've used a quilt die, and the piecing is just as tricky as it can be with actual fabric quilts.

My first try was in progress when I realized I'd made the card base as usual: 4.25x5.5 while the die is a 4x4. Already had the frame adhered to the card base when the light bulb went off. So had to cut some more card bases, in a square format. Another realization was it's a good idea to use double sided paper, and you don't have to cut the die but once to get the 2 patterns. Of course if one was skilled at pairing colors, more combinations would work, but since it was my first effort, I tried to stay with just 2 patterns per quilt. Ahem...onwards:


Gina Marie 4x4 Quilt Block stitched Flower Burst die - using 2 different pattern papers. This was the first try. Cut the die 2 times using different papers to get the 'quilt blocks'. Another tip is to keep each paper's block all together before cutting the block a 2nd time. Saves time separating the quilt pieces! Embossed the card base on this one with an EF.

The 2nd card with the same die, different arrangement of the pieces changes the design. This is also a 4.25 x 5.5 card base. Embossed the sides of this one with a border EF, trying to place the pattern of the embossing so that it overlapped correctly. Then once the sides were trimmed, the side embossing doesn't show anyway....

- This card base is 5x5 and fits the square in a more pleasing manner, I think. This time I selected a double sided pattern, which means you only need to cut the die once to get the 2 paper patterns. (If I'd given any thought before cutting at the start, I would have realized this! DUH!)

Also 5x5 card base. You can see that some of the pieces & frames of the different papers were interchanged. Outline stickers were used for the sentiment, and perhaps a larger font would show up better. I wanted the quilt to be the focus, so the small sentiment is ok with me. Another option would be to add a circle piece in the center, or a decorative button.

Aside from the rather tedious 'piecing', which I did while watching tv, this is quite a fun die to use. Thought I'd gotten the pieces inlaid quite well, but the camera picked up some flaws that the eye didn't catch. I was inspired to collect some of these quilt dies by my friend Carol L, who makes exquisite paper quilts. So thanks Carol for enabling and also telling me about Gina Marie dies!!

Please do go visit my fellow teamies, whose blog links are on the side bar. Don't forget that tomorrow will be: TA-DA: Random Generator thing-y for Blog Candy 1. So check back to see if you're a winner.

In the meantime, have a lovely Sunday. Big hugs & prayers to those in need of them.

Edit: Thanks to one of my CCC team members I'm reminded these quilts will fit into the Snippets Playground, where I have been too long absent. I didn't say in the blog, but quite a few of the bits used in the 'quilts' _were_ snippets. So I shall be linking in with Mrs. A & Parsnip at the Snippets Playground, Week 273 & 274!


Happy St. Patrick's Day

Top of th' Morning to Ya.
Thanks for visiting so I could wish a Happy St. Patrick's Day to ye, whether you're Irish or not!

Just to share a wearin' o' the green and post the last of the St. Paddy's Day cards. Hope your day is just spiffy, and that you're going to have a marvelous weekend.

Some snippets and papers from the very old stash (VOS - and some of those are snippets too!)

Created this background with an old wooden stamp, and the loopy die is a Gina Marie die. Impression Obsession shamrock is one of my favorite shamrock dies because of the texture of the leaf, and don't remember what company the lucky die is...but the Horseshoe in the first card is part of the same set.
Now let's get ready for Easter!! Hugs & come again when you can. Don't forget to keep checking the sidebar.


CAS Water Color Challenge with Brusho Background for Spring

Good afternoon & welcome.Still sorting, storing, etc, and have quite a mess here, but progress is being made. Thanks to the advice of a sweet blog friend, I am trying to think of this effort as 'bites in time'....set a time goal as to how long to work, what to accomplish in that space of time, and rest when the time is up. Good advice, because this is certainly a daunting task.

Hope that anyone in the path of Storm Stella has shoveled out, kept their power going so there was heat, and nobody had any serious problems during the storm.

Check in the sidebar for another blog candy of now, TWO giveaways. Since the first week expires on the 19th, and I've not done a post until today, there will be a 2nd blog candy. Who knows, maybe another one??? Perhaps I can do one weekly and find loving homes for some good NBUS. And YAY I finally got to 350 followers, so another cause for celebration!!

There is still time to join in with the March CAS Watercolor Challenge. I've been trying to carve a bit of time to make something, and last night, on a little sort break, decided to try the brusho-cling wrap technique done by my sweet friend Loll on this card. Tried the first stage of this last night, so the background could dry overnite. I'm happy to say my 2nd effort turned out better than when I tried the cling some time ago. Think the fact that I used more intense colors this time made the difference.

- Lemon Brusho crystals sprinkled onto dry mixed media (90# canson), sprayed with a silvery/pearl spray - let that bloom. Added Emerald Green brusho, spritzed again with the pearl spray. That didn't seem to spread the colors as much as water does, so then sprinkled Color Burst Turquoise powder, spritzed this with several sprays of water, keeping about 12" above the piece. IMHO, the brusho crystals are easier to control than the C/Burst powders.
When this color started to spread nicely, used a cling wrap larger than the background size and just bunched & scrunched it over the wet color. Left overnight. IRL the pearly spray added a nice silver look to the scrunched patterns, but the photo doesn't show this.
Die cut with a Gina Marie Double Pierced Oval (and the negative has a nice row of double piercing too.) This die came from Gina Marie site - but couldn't find to link there. Probably just overlooking.
G.Marie Spring Flower layering set cut from white snippets...the flower has 3 layers, the leaf has 2.
Adhered together, edged with some Distress Inks. We will soon have dogwood blossoms in our area, and this shape made me think of the dogwoods.
- stamped the sentiment from a clear set, cut the snippet into a fishtail shape, scored 2 lines to add a little emphasis, and called it done.
Sharing at CAS March Watercolor AND at the Snippets Playground week 271-272, where Parsnip may say "You are a stranger". (but I hope not).
Thanks for joining me this afternoon. I'll be back to the Craft Salt Mines once I find some lunch.


Easter Eggs and Blog Candy

Hi Ya, and Welcome to a Fifth Blogaversary post. YAY! that time sure passed quickly. And how many wonderful friends I've made during the past 5 yrs, and even got to meet a few of you IRL.

First, though, let me welcome 2 new followers:

Donna S of Donna 4 Papercrafting
Cheryl B.
Thanks so much for becoming new followers. I couldn't find a blog for Cheryl either, so if Cheryl visits here again, and you have a blog, please do let me know! I'll add the link, so that my friends might be able to visit & enjoy your work too!'s today's card, and we'll talk about the blog candy after the card:
 -Inky Antics Rabbit & Cart - colored with copics and WoS. Check out the cotton tails on these little bunnies. Eggs came from this set and another clear Easter set.

- various Impression Obsession grass dies cut the layers of grass from differing shades of green snippets.

- used an Inky-licious brush to do some clouds (definitely could use some more practice with my clouds!)

My cleaning & sorting is still ongoing. It's amazing how many duplicate items I've run across...but I hope they can find a home where they can be loved & used (and not forgotten!)
1. Winner(s) must be a follower, who visits when you can...please don't follow just to get the goodies, and thanks. I will mail internationally too.

2. Please post the candy picture on your sidebar (forgot to add this!)
3. Will add a few more surprises with each post I can do during the time from March 12 to March 19 when the candy is won. So watch the picture in the sidebar for updates.
4. All items are new, but depending on mailing costs, may need to take out of original packing to keep down the postage.
5. Please leave comments if you'd like to be considered & if you don't have a blog, please say how I may reach you if you're a winner. Comment moderation is on, so your info will stay private.
As anyone who has ever won blog candy here can tell you, I include a few little extras when the package is mailed besides what is shown in the picture. I like to appreciate my followers who visit here. Depending on how many items I add to the picture, I may do more than one Random Generator draw (since I don't know how to use the Linky, I'll use my followers spreadsheet names).

We got our little snow flurry this morning (I was asleep so saw no white stuff. DH said he did). It was quite frosty today too, with a very chill wind. Tonight & the first days of the week are predicted to be colder, rainy & foggy. Don't think we have to go out anywhere, so will be good to stay cozy inside.

Took some pictures of what I can see in our yard today, thinking what crazy weather we've had.


Daffodils coming up by an old plow we have in the front bed
Flowering Cherry Tree, with a white Bradford Pear behind it. You can see that our grass is starting to green up.
Tulips coming up by our front steps. These bulbs were planted about 15 yrs ago. Guess I should plant some new ones next Fall, as we only have a few that are still sprouting each Spring.
Thanks for joining me this evening. Ya'll come back, now heah? Big hugs, and stay warm if it's cold & stormy where you are.


St. Patricks Day Frogs & Organization too

Good evening, and welcome. We've had a lovely sunny day, warmish according to the temps, but such a wind that howled & chilled. Tomorrow the prediction is for a wintery mix, and may get snow flurries. What crazy weather! We've had snow in March before. I can remember seeing the tulips peeking up above the snow. However, flurries don't stay on the ground, and we should not have to go out in any 'weather'. Hope it will be nice where you are.

Back again with another St. Paddy's card. Got most of them in the mail. Still have about 3 more to finish up. This afternoon, Mr. was waiting on me to go out and I was hurrying to finish up, so this  one  just has pattern paper and a design from a 6x6 pack + some die cuts.

Lots of snippets on this one too. The wonky stitched  outer frame is left from another project, as is the green one. The DP also a snippet - from VOS. The center motif is a page in an Irish themed 6x6 pack, so just cut one out. Impression Obsession shamrocks were cut from a snippet from some created background done who knows how long ago. It's left over from die cutting a Christmas tree, probably early in 2016. The photo doesn't show it, but there's some gold mica in the striations of color. I like the shamrocks best of all on this card. It truly is one of the fastest cards I've ever made. (being told "if you want to go get something to eat, you better get a move on" can speed up the process. I just happened to remember having this 6x6 pack and that it had a page with squares on it, that can be used for motifs).

Here's another project I've been working on - off & on. Debated on sharing, since it's so messy (embarrassing really). Last year we got some Ikea Alex cabinets. Mr. put together for me, put castors on the base so these can be rolled to wherever. Been trying to sort through wooden and clear stamps, get them together as to 'themes'. I had stored previously more by companies, and that's definitely not a good organization. Didn't realize how many flowers, birds, dogs, frogs, leaves & trees I have. Also tried to sort the Christmas themes as to Santa, wreaths, Snowmen, Poinsettia, Christmas animals, religious, sentiments & keep those together; ditto for other holidays too. I can already see that some of the drawers I've labeled, will have to be changed as I'm finding more stamps & I wanted to try to keep the drawers consecutive with the theme (say 2 drawers of birds and then not have a 3rd one in another cabinet). I'm open to any organizing ideas you care to suggest. Also I'm stacking stamps on top of bottom layer, so I foresee I'll still have to search. At least hopefully it will just be in one place, not all over the room. (I'm hanging my head in shame at this mess and  how long it's taking me to get things cleaned up. My friend Hazel, has spurred the incentive to get cracking on doing this, as she has been doing some hard work at reorganizing her space.)

the plastic 3-bin drawers look sad, and I'm trying to think of another use for these. They're still in good shape, so don't want to just toss. Behind the door on the right of the picture, there are 2 double wire paper racks. Got these as a 'bargain' when a store closed. It's great storage if you have 100 sheets of the same pattern. Not so efficient if you have a couple sheets of many different color patterns. I want to eliminate these, and perhaps put 2 more tall file cabinets, or some more tall Alex cabinets (or something similar). Behind the 2 chairs are the big plastic bins you pack stuff in & it's adventurous moving in that space. One day I hope to move the chairs to the back wall, where the sofa is, maybe put the sofa in place of the chairs. You can just see the dark recliner (hand-me-down from a neighbor who redecorated) and that's where I sit to watch tv, color & doze at night. The plastic bins in the dark bookcase hold small dies, which I have sorted by theme, and also embossing folders. I don't like the look of the bins in the bookcase, but where to store. These bookcases used to hold books, dvds and things that looked 'nice'...not so messy. I'm lucky that DH doesn't fuss at me for the chaos I've created in his tv room!

 the narrow bins on the floor are from Harbor Freight (a guy's place! and used for storage in garage. They are inexpensive, hold clear stamps in a standing position, you can flip through easily, see what you have. I'm trying to separate these by sentiments, flowers, etc. Hopefully I can get all the stamps & matching dies together in a labeled clear envelope so I'm not hunting for the die to go with a stamped I do presently. You can see the ground level window that lets in little natural light. In the next picture you can see another Ott light - and there's a fluorescent hanging light above the desk. Also lights on the ceiling fans, but these just give room light, not good work light. You can't see the recliner I'm usually in at night, but there is a floor Ott light by that chair, just as there is one by the sofa.
Desk is on this side of the room. The table shown is the same height as the desk and has way too much mess. Shelves above the desk and this table are loaded. The tall Alex cabinets in the previous pictures were along this back wall. Decided to move the shorter cabs to this wall, and put the SU stamp bins where they are easier to swivel if I'm looking for a color. Across from this area, is another table that has the cameo & laptop, but you can't see it just now because of all the mess piled on top of everything. It's daunting, but I've been trying to work a few hours each day. Nobody but myself could possibly see that I've made any progress!!! Please tell me I'm not the only card maker who has this kind of mess! You can be sure that IF/WHEN I get this all sorted away, I will share pictures of a clean, straightened up room. Of course I still may never be able to find anything :-)
Just added a new card to the Cards by Friends page, hope you'll have time to enjoy it with us. And perhaps go visit the kind person who sent it to us.
Thanks for joining me - hope your weekend is going to be just swell. Hugs & Prayers.