Saturday, July 30, 2016

Little Love Birds

For a wedding, for an anniversary, or just for fun, these darling  Elizabeth Craft stickers have been filled with Dazzling Diamonds micro glitter and mica pearl dust.  The textured flowers and swirls behind the birds are touched with  Tim Holtz enamel dots, and are all punches except for the swirls which are by Cheery Lynn.  The card is edged in black lines from Pop Ups Etc. The cardfront is diecut with the beautiful die- embossing folder by Marianne Design Designables (DS0907), and backed with black cardstock on the inside. The card was inspired by Joan Fricker on her Joan's Touch blog 

Off this card goes to Australia to Alyce Keegan and her groom Mr. Clowder for their Wedding Day.  The inside sentiment reads: Wishing you joy, love and happiness on your wedding day and as you begin your new life together.  May the love and happiness your feel today shine through the years   I included a picture of one of the roses that I colored with Prismacolor pencils for her.  Alyce sent the line drawing to her Kit and Clowder students with a color scheme for pencils, copics, or any coloring medium so that friends and students could be a part of the decorations for her special day.   Happiness always, Alyce.  Thank you for all the fun and the skills your have given me.
Font is Adine Kimburg

And on Sept 21, what a sweet and special acknowledgement Alyce posted on Facebook  They made the trip to Oz in perfecct condition.
She said:  Priss Steelman - oh my gosh what a beautiful card!!! you went to so much effort on this, I can tell <3 thank you sooo much I just adore it and I love your beautiful roses as well. Thank you!!! :) 

Friday, July 29, 2016

Christmas Start UPs _with Holtz and Black

This is a gorgeous Penny Black Die, called "Holly Berries" coupled with a  Tim Holtz  "Merry Christmas" stamp. Some of the cards use stickers for the Sentiments (Pop Ups Etc).   These have been the start of several cards I have enjoyed doing.   Some I tried coloring the holly branch with Copics, another with Prismacolor Pencils, and finally I created a green paper in Photoshop, spritzed it with sparkle and used that because I wanted the color intensified and that would do it.  Borders and washi tape, ribbons and Tim Holtz enamel for dots also are used on these cards.  I will do several more of these I'm sure and each one is just so different from the others. I'm waiting for micro brushes to paint the multi medium glue on the back of some of these extremely fine lines to adhere and embed them in the project.

Stickles and holographic lines with Washi

Top  Cut

Bottom Cut, both over Real Red cardstock by SU

Grey Black Red and White with enamel dots

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Detailed Floral Thinlits--

This thank you card is created with both of the dies in the  Floral Thinlits set from SU.  These intricate dies are absolutely stunning. This is Very Vanilla Cardstock showing through to a mat of  Pacific Point --spritzed with Sakuro Sparkle.  Thank y ou is f rom SU Lots of Thanks stampset

This top fold card is done with Very Vanilla on Tip Top Taupe.   The Sentiment embossing is a stamp by Just  Rite Stamps.

This pretty little gate fold uses the smaller of the floral thinlits and celebrate die (AveryElle)
It is tied closed with a piece of Kreinik Metallic  Fine Braid wrapped around a rivet on the  top piece.

Monday, July 25, 2016


I love how the Avery Elle SEntimental die's embedded  "Congratulations" came out cut with Tempting  Turquoise paper brushed with Wink of Stella.   The white artpiece is mounted on Pacific Point Paper card base.  Branches and embellies are in both colors of paper and are from SU Dieset Rose Garden Thinlits.  Sequins and blue Stickles are added and the Bow Easy organza bow completes this S&S card.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Miss Sunshine---Get Well Soon.

Little Miss Sunshine was sent to wish DD a speedy Recovery from recent surgery.  The graphic is by Mir An and was my pick for a prize from her store for a recent contest.  She's colored with Prismacolor Pencils, and worked in Wink of Stella, glitter, and enamel on Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise paper by SU.
See, also the double flip card I made for her too--it's on my Pssequimages Photopossibilities Blog

Monday, July 18, 2016

Diagonal Gate Fold Card

This was just a blast to make.  It's a diagonal Gate Fold.  To envelope this card you need to straighten the RIGHT side of the card  and fold it in but it WILL fit in an A2 envelope if you do.

The card is created with designer paper by  Graphic 45 in the Botanical Tea set. The inside stamp (embossed white) is a Penny Black Stamp "Friendship"

Basic Cardstock is SU Blushing Bride, cut  5 1/2x 8 1/4  S&F at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2
Diagonally score top left to bottom right on the outside panels from top center and then outside left of the card. S&F back.  DP is diagonally cut 2 1/2 x 5 1/8 (two pieces)  Create tag or magnetic closure if desired.  The tutorial that inspired this card is HERE at Barb Stamps.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

RX_ Just the Tincture of Time and a Speedy Recovery

Our doctor was injured in a mountain biking accident and won't be back to the clinic for a while, SO I made a very special card for him.  This Get Well card was created with papers and graphics designed by Karen Schulz (Snickerdoodle Designs by Karen) in her retired kit "Take Me Away" and is designed in Photoshop.   The note in the bottle Prescribes "Tincture of Time"  "Virtue of Patience" and "Wisdom of Hope"

The inside sentiment says   "We wanted to write something cheery and fun on this  Get Well  Soon Card for you, Dr.   But there's nothing cheery or fun about your accident.   So here's all our support for you today.  And he're's what's left of the doses you've prescribed for the  Tincture of time to heal.  Handle yourself with the patience and care you give to all your patients, and accept our best wishes for a very Speedy  Recovery!"

Monday, July 11, 2016

Vannessa Pinwheel Card

This card also uses the Little Schoolgirl Vannessa by Miran, and was created for the July Progressive Challenge on Facebook  She is colored exactly like the other Vannessa's I have created for the Rattler girls at RMHS where our Granddaughter will start her Senior Year in just a few days.

The Pinwheel Fun Fold Tutorial is by Dawn Olchefski at Splitcoast Stampers, and is created out of Stampin Up Designer Paper from the Neutrals Collection.

Vannessa is colored in Prismacolor pencils in school colors and finished with colored glaze pens, Stickles and stickers  (Good Luck, silver) from Pop Ups Etc.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Miss Sunshine_Miran Jung

I was so pleased to have been chosen as one of the top three Challenge winners at the Facebook Art by Miran June Challenge.   My prize was one of her delightful graphics and I chose Miss Sunshine.  This is colored in Prismacolor Pencils, and the birthday sentiment is a Memory  Box curved Happy Birthday.  Stickles and a little vellum butterfly finishes this card.

Thank you Miran!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Miran July Progressive

This little Miss Vannessa, the is the top scholar for the July Progressive at  the Art by Mi  Ran Facebook Challenge.  She is colored in Prismacolor Pencils.  This card is quite different because the Graphic is popped up off of an embossed acrylic cover (Tim Holtz Carnivale #657847,)  It shows through to a gray textured marble paper I made in Photoshop, and the logo for the RMHS Rattlers fussy cut inside. Under the books is a maroon heart with Good Luck This Year on it for my Granddaughter.

Miran July Progressive_ Vannessa

This little schoolgirl is colored in Prismacolor Pencils and finished with glaze, Wink of Stella and some stickles and stamps.  The sentiment is diecut from hot pink cardstock and is an Avery Ella Die.
The black an white background are designer papers from  Stampin up.  She's prepared for the Challenge that is HERE. 

The card is for my granddaughter who is a Senior this year in Palm Springs as Rancho Mirage High School (Go Rattlers).  I can't believe they're less than 4 weeks away from the start of a new school year.

Fold Out Book Card---Good Friends

I created this card (ATC sized Book) using Karen Schulz kit Good Friends, and six little stories of hope and caring.    It is especially for my good friend, Karen!

Expanded inside
 Expanded Outside


Friday, July 8, 2016

Challenge 32 at Aurora Wings Peony

These beautiful peonies were drawn by Mitzi Sato Wiuff and you can find them in her Aurora  Wings Store.   I printed the image on vellum and used dry pencilling technique (Prismacolor Pencils) on the blossoms and leaves.  Then I mounted the vellum which I fussy cut onto a clear acetate window cut into a A2 top fold card.  I lined the card inside with diamond glitter paper by  SU.  The sentiment will either be printed on vellum and overlaid inside, OR I will use a (silver) sentiment sticker on the clear acetate on top.  This is  absolutely beautiful, but the dazzing diamond glitter paper is glimmery white, not creme as the bottom photo shows. Lavender Rhinestones finish the elegant card.  It is created for the "My Favorite Color Challenge (#32)  at Aurora Wings .

The traditional floral symbol of China, the state flower of Indiana, and the 12th Wedding Anniversary flower, peonies are the flower of riches and honor. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Columbine Sprite

This precious little blue  Columbine Sprite drawn by Mitzi Sato-Wiuff (Aurora  Wings) tells the story of her namesake. Columbines come in a wide variety of colors one being the true blues.  She is colored in Prismacolor pencils and touched with Liquid Pearls.  She is created for the Aurora Wings Blog Challenge #31, My favorite Color.  Dark and Light Blue!

I love knowing the symbolism each flower shares--and here's the Columbine's:

The root of the name Columbine, columba is Latin and means dove. But the Columbine’s true Latin name is Aquilegia which translates to mean eagle. It was so named because the spurs of this flower reminded some observers of the talons of an eagle, and like the eagle the Columbine has evolved to survive perfectly in its unique environment whether it be southwestern United States or the mountainsides of Colorado.
Columbines have been mentioned or depicted in the Christian religion over many centuries. Christians believed that the columbine had the meaning of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and these included: wisdom, intellect, reverence or piety, strength, advise, knowledge and fear (fear of god or fear of doing wrong in the eyes of god).

The Celtics believed in the world of dreams and visions and that columbines were the portal to this world. Austrians believed the columbine symbolizes five doves in a circle. It’s funny what you can see in a flower.