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It’s Graduation Time!!

Here are some graduation cards I’ve made in recent days.  I helped some friends to make some too, but I forgot to take pictures!

 First off is for a young man – masculine card


His school colors are purple and gold, but he also went to a magnet school with blue so ci added them to the sentiment.  The circle stamps are Tim Holtz, and the 2016 are Unity Stamps.  I also added some gold sequins.


I also a Unity Stamp for the inside quote.


This one is for a girl.  Her school colors are red and blue.  I cut the balloons out with my circle dies added some yarn and the black cap with the a red tassel.


I got my inspiration for this card from a card I saw at  My Creative Time blog hop.  I  used a torn piece of paper in the shape of clouds and using a sponge, I colored them with Broken China distress ink.  I then added the embellishments on the base.  The Celebrate stamp is an older Stamp’n Up stamp.  I also added yarn for the balloons’ strings.  I also stamped inside the balloons.


On the inside I stamped this new stamp by Unity Stamps.  I received the set just in time to make my cards!

BA inside

This one is for a young lady who is graduating from college.

I used a Julie Nuttig doll stamp and a brand new face stamp to fit these girls from Peachy Keen.  It firs perfectly!  I used watercolor paper I then colored the face with watercolor pencils, and pieced together her dress  and shoes to match the background.  Her aunt said she likes purple, so I made purple the accent color.  I then added a small ribbon around the waist and a graduation cap.


Close up of the graduate.


The face


the sentiment along with her diploma.


Last, but not least, the card I made for my grandson.  It had to be special!

I used black and gold because those were the colors on his Graduation Announcement and the invitations.  The stamp on the left is a Unity stamp.  I didn’t have anymore graduation paper so I stamped the diploma, caps, words, and stars on white cardstock with gray ink.


I got this quote from Scapbooks.com and added it to the inside of the card.


As a gag gift, I enclosed a small envelope with some graduation embellishments  I found at JoAnn’s.  It had a small driver’s license and a set of keys in heavy cardstock.  I glued them on a piece of cardstock and glued a miniaturized graduation picture of him.


Then I put it inside another small envelope with gold chipboard sentiments and stars.

CongratsEnvelope Yay

I’m waiting to see how he reacts to it.  I also added on the back of the small envelope under the flap:  “Patience is a virtue.”  Just saying!

Looks like I’m caught up with all my graduation cards!!

Thanks for coming by and until next time,

happy crafting!


Unity Stamps Photo Challenge April 7 – 14.

Since I didn’t have to make a project for this week’s Life Book 2016, I spent my time making cards for a couple of challenges.   I hope you read my previous post about the projects I created for Club Scrap.

This week’s photo is open to interpretation as you can see by the image.  I’ve seen a few of the cards people have made for this challenge and many involve rain drops.


I chose to concentrate on the colors instead of the raindrops.

I went to Hobby Lobby and found a Spellbinders Stained Glass die cut on clearance.  I think this was an excellent purchase and will make great use of it.

I used the You do This stamp which has several words you can insert in the banner.  I chose “amaze.”  I then cut out the letters and the banner individually so the “stained glass” wouldn’t be obscured.  I used silver cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot.

I die cut another piece using white cardstock and used it as a mask, then used inks, colored pencils, and markers to add the colors on the photo.


Here’s a close-up


I really enjoyed making this card although had to take my time to color each segment of the “stained glass” and fuzzy-cut each letter.

I hope you enjoyed your visit here, and until next time,

make some art!


Unity Stamps Color Challenge

Coincidently, this week I made two cards for some friends and they matched the colors of the challenge at Unity Stamps, yay!


I was actually going to make them for the picture challenge, but I ran out of time.  When I went to the challenge page, the information for the next challenge was already up so I went with what I already had!

I made a banner and added some butterflies and a flower group.  I used the Wish With Your Heart Sentiment Kit which just happens to be on sale this week!  I stamped the wish sticks on a doily also and the round circle in orange and black.


This one is for a friend who is a little under the weather. I used the same stamp kit, but stamped the wish sticks in black only.


This week I’m working on a baby mixed media project and I’ll post that one soon!

Thanks for stopping by!


Life Book Lessons 50 and 51

Week 50 –  Celebration and Play with Effy Wild

Sunlight and Roses

This was such a lovely project, but I did not want to take the time to draw every flower and draw doodles all over because I’m running out of time. Effy Wild, really took her time to create her project and I loved it.

Instead, I got one of my flower stamps and using distress markers I made a frame for my journaling.  I like the soft colors in this one.


This is a close up of the top of the page…


…and a little bit more close up.


I also used Sakura jelly roll metalic pens and outlined the flowers with my Sharpie pen.

Week 51 – Celebration Gratitude and Learning

with Jeanne Oliver – The Big Picture

 Jean Oliver shared a video about her gratitude exercises with us and a PDF to remind us about the little things we want to see clearly, especially at this very busy time of the year.

Tam also included a painterly face project and we got to write all the things we were grateful and that made us happy.

She had us take a selfie and then copy it to our paper and see what would come out.  Ha, the only things that look like me is my eyebrows and my short hair.


I really like the face, especially the color.  The neck is kind of weird and I was wearing a t-shirt, so the bottom is not too fancy.  Here’s a close up.


And instead of a lot of embellishments I just wrote the title of the painting on the front of the t-shirt.


I have a lot to be thankful for and I could just keep writing on the back of the page.

I have one more lesson in Life Book 2015, and then I will be binding all the projects I did during the year.

I will post that next.

Thanks for stopping by,

Make some art today!





OnlIne Card ClassWatercolor for Card Makers – Exploring Mediums

I’m sharing a few cards I made yesterday for the online card class.  This is the second class I’ve taken and I’m loving every minute of it.

Here are the cards for day one – Using Markers

After heat embossing with gold, I used my markers directly on the watercolor paper.


 The leaves on the right are the ones I practiced embossing and colored with distress markers.  The image on the watercolor paper are markers on the stamp and stamping on the watercolor paper spritzed with a mist of perfect pearls. The die cut leaves were colored with distress markers on the sheet and gold mist.  I also used a bit of washi tape and an old book page.  The background is a background stamp.  I used a distress ink pad.


My take on Kristina’s masking and adding a blue glow on the paper.  I noticed after I cut the watercolor paper that it was a little off center.  I still like it!  The You’re so thoughtful is a Unity Stamp.


Day Two – Traditional Watercolor

Laura Bassen gave us an introduction on Peerless Watercolor.  I tried several washes on watercolor paper and this is the one I liked the most.  She used a beautiful layering stamp, but I didn’t have one.  Instead I used the distress inks and rock-and-rolled several colors to achieve the variations.  I fuzzy cut the flowers and the butterfly and used the free flowers stamp from Unity Stamps


That’s all I’ve had a chance to create.

Until next time, happy crafting!


More Cards for Family

I’ve been working on my Spring Challenge over at SVG Cuts and hadn’t had a chance to post the cards I made for my kids.

For my grandson - The Sports Enthusiast
For my grandson – The Sports Enthusiast

I used DCWV High School Paper, and Unity Stamp stamps

For my son - new job, new life!
For my son – new job, new life!

I used DCWV masculine paper, brads and Unity Stamps

Made for anyone - just playing around.
Made for anyone – just playing around.

I used the Reason Someone Smiles March kit stamps.  The blossom was stamped with distressed markers and spritzed with water on watercolor paper.  The background paper was embossed with clear embossing powder, inked with distress inks and ironed off the embossing. I also used DCWV corrugated cardstock in purple.



Part Two of Strolling Down Memory Lane

In the previous post I posted the projects I have created up to 2010.

My creative journey has taken me to wanting to learn new techniques so I took a class on line on how to draw mixed media faces with Suzi Blu Gypsy Art School where I learned to draw these faces:


Using graph paper as a guide to draw a face
Journaling page and drawing my niece in the hospital after brain surgery
Journaling page and drawing my niece in the hospital after brain surgery

One of the mediums I’ve always had trouble with, but tried my best to learn is watercolor.  I bought some classes from My Frugal Crafter, Lindsey Weirich.

Beginner Watercolor Class
Beginner Watercolor Class

I also took a couple of Tim Holtz online clases Creative Chemistry 101 and 102.

Distress Resist Tags at Creative Chemistry 101
Distress Resist Tags at Creative Chemistry 101
Creative Chemistry 102 Stamping Through Stencils

Creative Chemistry Tim Holtz – stencils and alcohol inks

These are some of the  canvas girls I created after taking She Art Girls class with Christy Tomlison.

I'm a Beautician Not a Magician for Pleasures Hair Salon
I’m a Beautician Not a Magician for Pleasures Hair Salon

I made this canvas girl for Christy at Scrap Chick

Canvas for My Scrap Chick
Canvas for My Scrap Chick
Sisters Mixed Media Canvas
SVG Cuts Spring Challenge – Mixed Media Girl with Cage
Wide Eyed Girl Mixed Media Canvas
Wide Eyed Girl Mixed Media Canvas

I took a bangle class with Christy Tomlison and learned to make beaded bracelets, and leather and lace bracelets.


I learned to sketch and journal with Junelle Jacobson’s The Art of Wild Abandonment



I had some issues going on so I joined My Crazy Life workshop lead by Art McCraken and created canvases to clear my soul and validate others.

Devotion Mixed Media Canvas for my sister who was taking care of her sick daughter in the hospital.

I wanted to learn to learn to draw more than faces so I took a How to draw Fairies class and made a few of these:

How to draw a fairy
How to draw a fairy
How to draw hair

Then FACEcinating Girls class was next on my agenda.  I learned to make whimsical girls on canvases and journal pages.

FACEcinating Girl
FACEcinating Girl

I also loved working with tile and vinyl and this is what I came up with:

Charro Tile For Brother-in-Law
Charro Tile For Brother-in-Law
Estrada Family Wedding Tile
Fishing Tile
Great Spirit Vinyl on Tile for brother-in-law

And lastly, I’ve taken several online classes and made more cards with SVG Cuts files and my digital cutter.

Missing You Houses Online Card Class Stretch Your Stamps
Missing You Houses Online Card Class Stretch Your Stamps

Sumper Camp Online Card Class
Sumper Camp Online Card Class
Online Card Classes Learning Techniques Inspiration Showcase

Inspiration Showcase

Inspiration Showcase

You Rock Guitar Card SVG Cuts Guy Cards

You Rock Guitar Card SVG Cuts Guy Cards

Little Peeps SVG Collection - You Rock Card

Little Peeps SVG Collection – You Rock Card
Window Lever Card SVG Cuts File Breezy Backyard Lever Cards
Window Lever Card SVG Cuts File Breezy Backyard Lever Cards