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Painted Fancy 2


Here is my next card from the Painted Fancy stack:






Recollections 5×6.5 pre-scored white card base

Recollections “Painted Fancy” 12×12 stack

Woodware “Georgina” clear flower stamp #JGS186

Stampendous “Friend Bouquet” wood-mounted sentiment stamp #47019

Versamark ink

Wow! Opaque Bright White embossing powder

Purple Wink of Stella glitter pen

Cabochon embellishment (unknown)


  • Cut a 5×6.5 panel from purple DP from the stack and mount it to the card base.
  • Stamp the flower stamp and sentiment with Versamark ink.
  • Emboss with white embossing powder.
  • Color in the petals and center of the flower with Wink of Stella.
  • Embellish the center of the flower with a lavender cabochon.


This card did not turn out as pretty as I hoped it would. I tried to cut the paper, which is a solid sheet of purple in a watercolor style wash, to show off the gradation of color in the wash – but it’s much more evident in the whole 12×12 sheet than it is in the card front. I had originally intended to stamp a group of smaller Woodware flowers in a bouquet style, but decided they were too small and one larger flower would be better. But given the Bouquet reference in the sentiment, I probably should have gone with my original impulse.

The white embossing is also not as pretty against the purple background as I imagined it to be.

So I decided I needed to bling it up. I remembered I had a dark purple Wink of Stella pen I bought for another project. That worked well. And I glued a lavender cabochon in the center of the flower. I almost always put a rhinestone, pearl, or some other bling in the center of a flower head or medallion if I use one. It centers the design to me, and adds some shine and light.

So, the card is fine, it just fell short of my original vision. It’s not my favorite card I ever made. But it’s alright. At these times, you have to remember that the person who will receive the card has no idea what your original vision is – they just know you made them a nice purple flower card. And they will like it fine.

The Woodware stamp and the cabochon are NBUS.  Always feel triumphant when I use something for the first time.



Patterned Paper 4: Painted Fancy




Having moved on from the Abrianna stack my last projects were from, I dug through all my 12 x 12 stacks and selected my next project: a stack from Recollections called “Painted Fancy.”  This stack was obviously published to cash in on the recent hot watercolor trend in papercrafting.  Not a bad call, as the trend was incredibly hot for a long time, but many crafters, not trained artists, are (like myself) afraid of the unforgiving nature of watercolor paints.  The stack has a mix of painted-looking patterns and colored washes, many with glittered elements.  It’s nice, in soft pastel colors.

Here’s the first card:


(Which you can see I have placed upon the stack itself so you can get a glimpse of it — aren’t I clever?)   🙂

I used a 5×6.5 Recollections pre-scored card base and mounted a section from a page with random colored washes and soft printed text as a background.  I used a larger sized card base so you could see more of the DP.  The greeting is a stamp and diecut from the first Catherine Pooler Stamp of Approval kit, from CAS-ual Fridays.  I highlighted the “friend” diecut with Glossy Accents, which you can’t really see in the picture, but looks cool IRL.

I embellished it with some unusual square sequins from Doodlebug Design — square, because I am intending to send this card to a male friend of mine.

And that’s it.  Watercolor effects, as reproduced in this paper, are usually colorful and interesting enough that you want to let them stand on their own.

Patterned Paper 3B: The Last of Abrianna


This week I made three more cards from the K&Co. Abrianna stack I’ve been using.  That makes ten cards to give away as a set, and while I’m pleased with all of them, I’m glad to finish with this stack and move on to a new one.


Here they are.  All using chipboard, layered stickers, and diecuts from the collection.  No stamps!  The sentiments are stickers.


These are some acetate diecuts, and the sentiment is a Momenta sticker.


The sentiment on this one says, “Leave a little sparkle wherever you go,” and it’s from the Tim Holtz “Small Talk” sticker pack.  The diecut butterfly is indeed covered with a layer of sparkle — wish you could see it better in the pic.

This one is my favorite of the batch:


Isn’t it cute?  I don’t usually do cute, but this card certainly is.  This one followed one of the sketches from the CARDMAKING AND PAPERCRAFT article that I based this project on, with the corner accents and the flower cluster coming forth from the bottom one.  I’m really pleased at how the flower cluster turned out.  It’s a mix of diecuts, printed chipboard, and stickers.  The sentiment is from that Momenta sticker pack.

I’m glad I completed this project, but I am ready to move on.  Novelty is a big part of crafting for me — always wanting to try a new stamp set, a new medium, or a new technique.  Working within the constraints of one collection, even for a little bit, is a challenge for me.  I stopped buying kit subscriptions because I realized that I got bored with the coordinated materials in a kit long before I had made any appreciable dent in them.  I abandoned them and it wasn’t cost-effective for me.  This might be a weakness, being unable to stick with a project or a theme, but I think of it as a feature, as the IT guys say, not a bug.  Look, it’s just a hobby, I should be able to do what I want.  Pleasure.  That’s the whole point, right?  Not obligation.

Patterned Paper 3A: Abrianna Again


Here are some more cards I made with the Abrianna stack.  Simple, but I’m quite pleased with all of them:


No stamps on any of these cards, but paper, die-cuts and rub-on sentiments.  The sentiment on the lower left says, “Best Wishes,” and on the lower right, “On Your Birthday.”  These were die-cuts I got in a pack of freebies from one of those British crafting magazines.  No relation to the Abrianna collection at all, but I was delighted to see how well they fit with these cards.

Almost done with the set of ten. I will give them away as a Christmas gift.

Patterned Paper 3: Abrianna


My next patterned paper project is a series of cards done with an old 12×12 stack from K & Company called Abrianna.  I bought this stack back when I first started papercrafting, and along with it I also bought for the first time a lot of the accompanying embellishments: layered stickers, diecuts, chipboard. (They were on sale.)  So many, I never realized I would be hard pressed to use them all!  Back then I would buy a lot of stuff at one time, because I didn’t know then that every paper and craft company came out with a whole new line every six months.  I thought I had to stock up.

I bought the embellishments because I wanted to see what it was like creating with a coordinated suite of products, see if it was any easier or better.  It is easier, as everything is designed to go together, but I enjoy the creativity of bringing disparate products together for my work.  If you are pressed for time, or are feeling creatively dry for a while, working with a collection is a good fix.


I have actually used this stack, Abrianna, rather a lot, but I found a project to use it some more.  These cards are based on an article in the January 2015 issue of CARDMAKING & PAPERCRAFT magazine. (Bowman, Nikki, “Forest Friends,” CARDMAKING AND PAPERCRAFT, January 2015, Issue 139, pp. 74-75.)*

The article is about how to use a paper collection and the accompanying embellishments to put together some quick cards.  I have followed Bowman’s lead — square kraft card bases, two layers of patterned paper, and finished with the diecuts or other embellishents.  Her collection had sentiment diecuts, but I have had to go elsewhere for mine.  The card with the peacock has a stamped, embossed sentiment, and the other three are stickers.

The “True Friends” collection from Fancy Pants in the article, which has a more autumnal palette, geometric shapes, and animal diecuts, and the Abrianna collection here could hardly be more different in style or color palette, but this is a good template to follow to work with many themed collections, I think.  If you’ve followed my blog at all you know how much I enjoy contrasting bright colors with kraft cardstock.

The lower right card is kind of a hot mess — I wasn’t thoughtful about where I put the word stickers.  But there’s no dismantling it now, so I’ll live with it.  A little girl might like that card.

The peacock card didn’t work with the double-matted squares of paper — he, the peacock, is just too big and overhung the paper and it looked unbalanced and messy.   So I modified it and I think it works well.  I would have liked to use a stamp that said “Congratulations,” (you know, proud as a peacock) but I didn’t have one that fit.

The sentiment on the upper left says, “Sending my very best.”

These are supposed to be quick cards, but they haven’t been quick for me.  I have been struggling lately to find the time and the inclination to craft.  I plan to make ten cards in this set and give them away as a gift.  But it’s been taking me so long I figured I’d better show you what I have.

I would like to enter these in Darnell’s NBUS Challenge #5, for although I have used the Abrianna collection a lot, the sentiment stickers I used on three of the cards are new. Hah!

*I am a librarian by trade, so you know I have to cite that article correctly!

Patterned paper — or not …


I determined which paper pad I wanted to use next for my Patterned Paper series — Spice Market by Basic Grey.  Except now I can’t find it.  It’s a six by six pad, and I’ve looked through ALL my 6 x 6 pads, and my 12 x 12 pads, too, and it’s nowhere.  It’s got to the point, I have so much stuff, I can’t find things when I want them.  Which is one reason why I needed to go on a buying moratorium.  To use some of this stuff up.

So I was all pissed off and disgusted, and I was watching some YouTube videos to soothe myself.  And I found that Katy Racoosin over at her Daily Marker blog is running a 30-Day Coloring Challenge.  It started on June 1.  The first project was a lovely butterfly shaped card, colored with Copics.

Oh, I thought, coloring.  I can do that.  Just ten minutes a day, she says.  Butterflies are one of my favorite decorative motifs.  I have a big butterfly stamp.  I can do that.

Well, Kathy Racoosin is an experienced Copic colorist, and I … am not.


I have to admit I half-assed this coloring while watching Kathy’s videos.  I just thought it would be fun to give it a try.  It’s far more blotchy than it really should be, if I had paid more attention.  And the fussy-cut image is smaller and thinner than it seemed while stamping, and the Copics bled through the paper pretty bad (Neenah Solar White).  The shaped card wouldn’t do it.

So I mounted the butterfly on a kraft card and added a sentiment and called it a day.  You know I do love the contrast of bright colored images on kraft paper.  The sentiment is kind of hard to read in the pic — it says “Believe in Yourself.”  It’s a Mod Podge rub-on.

Oh, to give the butterfly somewhat of the iridescence of a real butterfly’s wing, I sprayed it generously with Dazzling Diamond Glimmer Mist.  And I put a spritz of Pewter Distress Stain on the card behind it for some interest.

So that was 30-Day Coloring, Day 1.  Days 2 and 3 … no. No-line coloring is too advanced for me.  I’ll check back in with it later.

Just wish I could find that Basic Grey pad.  Where the hell did it go?

Patterned Paper 2 – Paisley


So here is the second card from that Craft Smith paper pack.


This is a 5×7 card.  I wanted a bigger card to showcase the paper.  Love that silver foil!

The sentiment, “Love,” is from the cut-out sheets of the paper stack.  I rounded the corners, and popped it up on dimensional adhesives.  While working on the card, I remembered I had some silver-foiled epoxy paisley stickers that might go well with it.  Man, I had to turn practically my whole embellishments stash out to find them! Embellishments are my weakness.  So many fun fiddly little things to play with, rhinestones, stickers, metal charms … and each pack only costs a few bucks, so I keep buying them and buying them …

Anyway, I first mounted a couple of the paisley stickers on some of the more neutral, B-side papers from the stack, in matching colors, but when trying them on the card they just looked too busy to me.  In the end I went with the plain stickers on the white cardstock, and I think that was best.

This is not the greatest card I ever made, but it’s OK.  Thanks for visiting. 🙂

An Update, and Patterned Paper 2, finally


I haven’t made a card in quite a while.  Not by my choice.  Life has intruded.

My mother is seriously ill, so I have been spending many of my evenings with her, just being with her, and also running errands.

Work has been harsh this last month or so; we hag a big initiative at work which required all hands — and I do mean all hands — on deck, but which has now been successfully completed. But beyond that, these last couple weeks were just really rough — almost everything that could go wrong did go wrong — a fire alarm, a leak in the roof, angry customers, you name it.  Came home pretty exhausted every night, which is my usual crafting time.

On the weekends, I have been devoting myself to my other creative pursuit, fiction writing.  I am preparing a novel I wrote to publish with Amazon for the Kindle.  And I had a short story published in a paperback anthology of urban fantasy called Dirty Magick: New Orleans — here’s the link!  Ha-ha! Self-promotion!  If you are interested at all, my writing is blog is here — Atlantis Falling.  I will add it to the sidebar.

But today I had some down time, and I finally made a card!  Still going to try working with all my patterned paper stacks.  The stack I’m using now is from a company called “Craft Smith” and the stack is called “Pattern Medley.”  A color scheme of royal blue, olive green, pink and turquoise, with a sort of Indian, paisley pattern vocabulary, and a lot of silver foiling.

The first page of the stack was a very elaborate, decorated, foiled all-over pattern.  Looking at it, wondering what to do with it, I saw after a bit that it was kind of mirror-imaged, and could be cut easily into quadrants.  I did that, took one quadrant, fussy-cut to one part of the pattern, and mounted that one a card.  Again, I went with my favorite technique of pairing bright colors with kraft cardstock:


The color repro is a little off on this pic — it’s brighter than that — but I like the way it highlights the silver foil.  I also like the unexpectedly craftsy composition, with the paintbrushes on the top right corner balanced by the cord-wrapped hot glue gun in the lower left.  Good thing for photo cropping!

The sentiment is embossed with Wow! Ultra High Silver powder.  It got a little ragged on the “thanks,” but this was actually the better of the two attempts I made, and you can def still read it, so I’m good with it.

It’s just nice to be able to play with my crafts supplies.  I should make more time for it.  It’s so relaxing.  It’s like a kind of meditation — while I’m making a piece, my mind doesn’t go anywhere else.  It’s wholly focused, and I can forget my troubles for a little while.  Not that I really have that many troubles, really my life is pretty chill, but you know.

Dazzles & Patterned Paper 3


In addition to patterned paper acting as background for Dazzles stickers, the stickers can sometimes act as accent for patterned paper.  Like this:


I love, love, love this card.  It turned out exactly like I imagined it would. (You know that doesn’t happen very often.) I may not be able to give this one away.  In fact I may frame it. 🙂

Here, a sheet of red and gold Asian-themed stickers become decorative elements enhancing a patterned paper scene.  This paper is from the DCWV Far East Stack, and I have wanted to use it for a long time. I’m so happy I finally did.  It’s beautiful.

Asian themes were all the rage in crafting several years ago, and I have confidence that eventually they will be again.  It’s one of my favorite motifs, always has been since I was a little kid and watched SHOGUN on TV. 🙂  When they do, I plan to go on a buying rampage and stock up for the future.  Like I’ve said, if a trend resonates with you, invest in it.  But don’t follow a trend just because it’s a trend.

Oh, and if you can’t read it, the English word at the lower right reads, “Friendship.”  Which I assume is what the large ideogram says, as the English word was right below it on the sticker sheet.  My brother might be able to tell me, if he deigns to visit my blog.  He knows some Chinese, as he studied Oriental medicine.  He is an acupuncturist and registered nurse.

The little heart charm is from Bead Landing at Michaels.

What are some of your favorite design styles?  What trends do you think are worth investing in?

Dazzles & Patterned Paper 2


Here’s some more examples of Dazzles-type stickers on patterned paper:


This sticker sheet is from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  All of these stickers come from the same sheet.  On the left I backed them with a soft blue floral pattern, and on the right with hot pink.  I wanted to show how, by differing the patterned papers used under the same stickers, you can end up with something soft and subtle, or something big and bold.

I don’t now where the blue paper is from — it was in a blog candy prize I won from the Simon Says blog a while back.  The pink paper is from an American Crafts 6 x 6 pad that doesn’t seem to have a name; it’s birthday-themed papers.  I got it at Michaels.

Both sentiments are from the Fiskars “Make a Wish Quotes” set, stamped on the left with VersaFine Onyx Black and on the right with Hero Arts Neon Pink.  I added some bling to the center of the flowers on the white card, and Glossy Accents to the center of the flower on the kraft.