Archive for March 29, 2014

New Technique – Caught in Crystal

UPDATE: I received word today that my Caught in Crystal Tree was Showcased for the Technique Tuesday Challenge. I thank everyone who was involved. I had a great time learning this technique.

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I am always one to try a new challenge and the gals over at Technique Time Tuesday showed a technique on adding a crystal effect to your card. Vs me trying to explain the tehnique, I would suggest checking out their tutorial at While I was on their site, I loved the card posted by Cazro’s Crafty Corner and she used the same technique using floor wax vs crystal accents. This is the technique I tried as I did not have any crystal accents on hand. Cazro referred to a great Youtube tutorial by Sheena at I made 5 cards. Here are my results: IMG_0018



I used a stamp from JustRite – Floral Thank You stamped on acetate with Staz-on Black Ink. They were framed using MFT – Oval Stax 1 and 2. These cards are very pretty with the glitter, but they are very hard to photography and show the shimmer because of the glossy surface of the acetate. The close-ups below, I tried to capture the glitz.

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IMG_0025   The “rain man” image is from Tim Holtz – Life’s Possible Visual Artistry Collection.



These cards used Penny Black – Snow Dust. The card on the left has glitter added, while the one on the right does not. Again I tried to show the full glitz effect in the close-ups below:

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Challenges: Technique Time Tuesday at

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CAS-ual Frdays at

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The Card Concept Challenge #6


For the challenge you are to make a birthday card using the image below as your inspiration. When I looked at the cake, I homed in on the mushrooms and flowers. I checked through my stock of dies and stamps and could not come up with a mushroom I liked so I brought out my Cricut and the “Freshly Picked” cartridge and cut out a mushroom in solid white and coloured it using Copic markers. The vines are from Memory Box and the flowers are from a McGill punch. For the sentiment I used Hero Arts – Many Birthday Messages stamp.



For information abut this and other challenges check out the Card Concept site at

With Sympathy

It is really sad when out of all the cards I have in my stash, I have run low on Sympathy cards. Yesterday I set out to make up some Sympathy cards, and hopefully I will not need them any time soon.

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If you would like the particulars on materials used on any of these cards, drop me an email.

It is Jungle out There


Just for fun, I made up a “Jungle” Birthday Card using a cute stamp I got from Whipper Snapper Designs – Jungle Animals. I added multiple dies for the sentiment  and foliage from PI, Memory Box, MFT, and Impression Obsessions.

UPDATE: This card was selected as a favorite in the general stamping forum for the week ending March 30, 2014. See post #59.

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Lucky Duck!

It is funny that last week I entered a challenge over at the Addicted to CAS website for the word Luck. I automatically thought of “Lucky Duck” and designed my card accordingly. This week the folks at CAS-ology have “Lucky” as their Cue Word. Well I couldn’t use the same design, but I did use the same concept! I combined my “lucky duck” with the card sketch from Mojo Monday and here is the results. Which one do you like better?

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For the CAS-ology Challenge, I made the card design as simple and clean as possible going for an almost white on white with a pop of orange. The duck stamp is called Quack? by Penny Black. The circles were created with the MFT – Stitched Circle Stax, and the letters were MFT - Die-namics Bright Lights Alphabet.



I also made this card with added colour for the Mojo Monday #338 Card Sketch Challenge.