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AAA Card Challenge – Game 23 PLAY with Watercolors!

The challenge over at AAA is to “play” with Watercolours. Well that is exactly what I did…play. I tried to create a couple of fall trees, and what fun flicking watercolours with a toothbrush on the moistened watercolour paper from Tim Holtz. When I was done, I added a base, and some blue sky. After drying, I die cut two tree trunks (SSS and Memory Box) out of the watercolour paper,  and cut two additional trunks brown cardstock, and inlaid them. The sentiment is from PI, and the leaf was leftover from my Encaustic cards from the previous post.

treesI also entered my card into the following challenges:

CASology – Splatter

Craft-room Challenge – Seasonal Colours

City Crafter Challenge Blog Week 232 ~ LEAVES

Cuttlebug Mania Challenge – So Thankful

Cards in Envy – Autumn Leaves Challenge

UPDATE:  I won double with Cards in Envy with my card. Wow! My card was selected with the Top Honour as First Class and well as Three of the DesignTeam members Favorite. See Cards in Envy – Autumn Leaves Challenge

Autumn Leaves First Class Autumn Leaves Mailbox

Fall Encaustic!

One of my favorite card artists (because she is more than a card maker) is Birgit. In one of she latest blogs she die cut some leaves using encaustic backgrounds. Well that got me thinking…. I haven’t used my encaustic waxes  for a while so I broke them out.

I used six pieces of 4.5 x 6.5 encaustic cardstock with white, black, bronze and gold  finishes. I used yellow, oranges, reds, gold, and brown waxes which I randomly smeared on the card stock. I polished the wax finished and put a clear sealer on it and let it dry over night.

On day 2, I pulled out a variety of leaf dies and cut out dozens of “fall” leaves. I used:

Paper Smooches – Leaves 1 Dies

Lawn Fawn – Stitched Leaves

MFT – Die-namics Falling Leaves

Memory Box Dies – Leaf Silhouette Die

Papertrey Ink – Leaf Prints Die Collection

The Sentiments are from SSS – Thanksgiving Table (Small Thanks),  Winnie and Walters -Big, Bold You (Large Thanks) and Paper Wishes – Seasons (Thankful for Fall).

When making the cards, I pulled a neutral cardstock pallet. I decorated the cards with burlap ribbon (Michela’s), assorted gems, twine, and distress stains. In total I made 17 various cards. I tried to switch them up, so no two cards are identical.




I entered this card into “Less is More” challenge – Autumn’s Bounty.



I entered this card into the Little Tangles -Anything Goes Challenge




I entered this card into Stamping Sensations – Warm Autumn Colours


 I entered this card into Pile it On – Autumn


I entered this card into Quirky Crafts Challenge – The Quirky Falling Leaves



I entered this card into Allsorts Challenge – Autumn and The Male Room – Sketch Challenge



aut3I entered this card into Sweet Stampin’ Challenge – Autumn



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I entered my card into Jellypark Friends Challenges – Fall/Autumn


I entered this card into Brown Sugar Challenge – Autumn/Fallautl1


Less is More Challenge – Metal Week 160 – Recipe



Less is More Challenge recipe this week is “Metal”-this was my entry. I cut three hearts using dies from Paper Smooches. I created the backgrounds with encaustic waxes, then added glossy accents for a metal look. I also added a small chain with metal circle disk and glass gem. To learn more about this a future challenges check out this website

Girl’s Crafting Weekend.

Last fall, my BFF Pearl and I took part in a crafting retreat with SGD and it was awesome. We stayed at a luxury resort on the shores of Lake Huron, were feed fabulous food, and were allowed to craft all weekend. The downside was that we had to haul all our supplies (and you always forget something), and the long drive (3-4 hours each way).

In the spirit of that weekend, we decided to have our own mini craft/girls weekend. We stayed at my place, ordered in, rented movies, and made cards-over 80 between the two of us. We experimented with encaustics, tried some new stamping techniques, and played with the Cricut machine.

Last week I downloaded the MFT Get Sketchy PDF’s from 2010-2014. For our first card, Pearl selected the die cut and the sketch and we created a card. It was challenging, and while we both used the same materials, but the results were different. The die is called Love Birds from Cottage Kutz and I used various dies from MFT’s Blueprints. Here is my version.

My Sweet Friend

My Sweet Friend

For our next project, we were inspired by the Cricut cartridge – Life’s a Party and a card made by Amy @ While I have made this vulture numerous times, it was the feathered collar that Amy thought that put the card over the top.

Birthday Vulture

I have been wanting to make a tone on tone card for some time, so I found some  kraft card stock with text /or musical notes. I stamped my Hero Arts - Large Blossom using cup o’ joe for a tone on tone effect. I added the Serene Bird from Memory Box to some of the cards. The sentiments are from various PI stamps.

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When I was selecting my cardstock, one selection choice  had some beautiful embossed roses. It was far too pretty to just cut up, so we each had a piece and opted to make a special card featuring the card stock imagery. (I am sorry, but I did not keep the paper pad info). At this time I did not add a sentiment, but will when I have a special card to send.

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Pearl loved my  encaustic cards, so we both tried our hands at creating some special note cards. All these cards can be adapted to any occasion. I created some marine backgrounds, some landscapes, and some abstracts. Here are some of my wax paintings.

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We had so much fun, we are doing it again next month. I can’t wait!

Making Cards using Encaustics

I was turned on to Pinterest by my girlfriend’s daughter, and I might say that she created a monster. If I see something on Pinterest that interests me, the internet easily allows me to research the technique. I first saw a card using encaustics made by artist, Birgit Edblom from Sweden. Make sure to check out her website to see examples of card making perfection. I wanted to learn more about the encaustic wax painting, and found a number of great tutorials on youtube. From there I found and from there discovered a wonderful local area artist, Cathie Hamilton and was able to take an intro course and get my encaustic starter kit.

Cathie showed me the basics and I made a number of wax paintings on specialty card stock. I had a great time..thank you Cathie. Here are samples of my first creations and how I adapted them to my greeting cards.

I made two different card sizes 4×4 and 4×5.5. All cards were left blank, but I could add a sentiment at any time.

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The four cards above are 4 x 4. I created a square window using Sizzix Framelits SQUARES Wafer Thin Die Set 657565. The polar bear stamp is from Stampin’ Up - Zoo Review. The Penguin stamp is from Papertrey Ink – Winter Penguin Mini Stamp and Dies. The snowy tree is from Dee’s Distinctively – Snow Covered Tree Small Die 49520. The butterflies are from a Hero Arts digi file from Two Peas in a Bucket.

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For these two cards, I simply mounted them like a framed print because they looked like a simple landscape. I used Spellbinder’s –  Spellbinders Card Creator 5×7 Matting Basics A S6-001

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For these cards I added die cut trees for that extra focal point. The Birch tree is from Memory Box Tall Birch 98-336. The bare trees are Memory Box – Bare Sapling Die 98-666, Simon Says Stamp SMALL FOREST TREE Craft DIE S129 & TALL FOREST TREE.