Monthly Archives: March 2012

Mix It Up…..Just for You!


G’day mates!  Our good friend Lauren from the beautiful land down under is hosting this weeks Mix It Up Challenge.  Her challenge for us this week is backgrounds.  To use ink (any ink) to make a background for our card, no pretty paper, just ink.  Booya!  I’m excited about this one cause there are soooo many background techniques that I’ve been dying to try, and just never seem to allow myself the time to go and play……….well, this week we can all have a go at it!!

So, the technique I decided to try was the “Joseph’s Coat” technique, which you can find here over on SCS. So, because I don’t have a Spectrum ink pad, what I did was take three colors of my Tim Holtz Distress Ink’s, and because I don’t have any re-inkers for any of my stamps (I know!!!  I really have to start changing this) I used a piece of a baby wipe and applied the inks to the baby wipe directly from the ink pads.  I chose Peeled Paint, Broken China and Concord Grate.  I applied as much ink from the ink pads as I could and then rolled my brayer over the inked up baby wipe and then across my sheet of glossy cardstock.   I did this a couple of times to get as dark a covering as I could using this method.  I made sure it was completed dry and then took my Hummingbird stamp and my Versamark and stamped random Hummingbird images directly onto the piece of brayered glossy cardstock.  I covered the stamped images with some clear embossing powder and embossed them under the heat gun.  I cleaned off my brayer, grabbed my black stamp pad and covered the whole piece of the embossed brayer colored glossy cardstock, with black ink using my brayer once again.  Once it was all covered in black, I took a paper towel and wiped off as much of the black ink as would come off and I was left with colorful little embossed Hummingbirds showing through the black ink.




Isn’t it a beaut?!  I trimmed the sheet down, cropped it onto a piece of bright blue paper and pop dotted it onto my card front.  I then re-inked up my babywipe ‘ink pad’ I’d made and took the Hummingbird stamp and stamped three more random Hummingbirds to the exposed white area of the card front.  Added a sentiment, some bling and a sheer ribbon and TaDa!!!  One card done…..  ?? to go with this challenge!!



 So that’s it for card #1 for this challenge.   I really like the subtlety of this card.  Hmmm…..what to try to tackle next??

Thanks soo much for popping in for a peek…..I love to read your comments!!


Yvonne   😉



I love trying new techniques and this one grabbed my attention as soon as I saw it.  I have this nice little collection of  Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks.  I lucked out with this bundle from a girl who was getting out of scrapbooking (I know!!  Who get OUT of scrapbooking??!!) and was selling all her stuff.  She had this bundle of  10 bottles of the alcohol inks, three different mixatives, the blending solution, a full package of the felt applicators and an applicator tool……for $20!!!  Cha Ching!!  Sold!!  Anyway, where was I……(sooo easily distracted …… squirrel…  Okay, so here’s what I decided to do with these inks the other day.  I was surfing You Tube videos and came across this awesome number…..check out the results…..



This is sooo easy peasy to do.  Take a piece of glossy cardstock, your alcohol inks in a range of colors of your choice and start applying one drop of a single color at a time onto the glossy cardstock and let it spread out a bit.  Take another color and put a drop close to your first drop and let the colors bleed together!  As each color bleeds into the next a new color is created.  Continue to do this until your piece of cardstock is covered  as much as you need it to be for your card.  The alcohol ink dries very quickly and in no time at all you can trim the cardstock down to your desired dimensions.  I trimmed this one down to a little over 1 3/4″ and attached it to my piece of black cardstock.


Check out the finished card…..








I really like how colorful and bright this is.  I decided to just stamp a simple flower design onto the card from my Close To My Heart ‘Treasure Life’ set and emboss it in white.  I added the ‘because I CARE’ sentiment from my Stampin’ Up! set by the same name and embossed it in white as well.  Pretty darn cool and very easy!  And no bling on this card??!! 










That’s it for tonight.  My pillow is screaming at me to get to sleep……so, again.  Thanks so much for stopping in to take a peak….I appreciate it and I love to read your comments!  Till tomorrow…..


Yvonne  😉



It’s funny how I know that I dream most nights as I sleep, but I rarely remember what those dreams are about once I wake up.  There’s probably someone out there that could interpret that for me……however…’s really not that important to me that I remember what I dream about! 

Miss Lynn (FMcrafter) is hosting this weeks Mix It Up challenge and she challenged us to use glitter.  LOL……I was pretty sure I could handle this challenge as I’m adding the bling and/or glitter to allot of my cards.  For this card however, I was dying to try out a glitter embossing powder I’d received as a hostess gift from an Embossed Cardstock swap I’d hosted last fall.  I just love the look of this stuff against a black cardstock…..check it out!!









Check this out!!  The butterfly stamp is from one of my favorite sets from Close To My Heart called ‘Find Your Style’ and I’ve used this swirly butterfly alot!  That glitter embossing powder is by Stampendous and is called ‘Blue Tinsel’.  I tell you, it’s very stricking in real life.  I just had to add some extra bling…..the matchy matchy bow and the little Dream sentiment which is from my Close To My Heart ‘Live Inspired’ set.  It was stamped with a Versamark and then heat embossed in black.







That’s it for my challenge cards that I did up for this week…..I think I may post one more card and then call it a night.  Thank you so much for checking this out!


Yvonne   😉


Hello Strangers…..Just for You!


Holy cow my long lost blog friends!!!  I tell you, life can sure send you a curve ball every once in a while.  I have a few projects to catch up on…..I’ll do a couple tonight and then finish them off tomorrow!  Our lovely Lisa (Ashdale) over on SCS has taken over the hostess job of our weekly I Spy Challenge.  As it was Kathy’s (muscrat) birthday last week, she had us all make Birthday cards for Kathy to send out to her.  I asked Kathy what her favorite color was and one of them was blue… off to make a blue card I went.


I love this stamp image.  It’s from my Close To My Heart ‘Find Your Style’ set.    I stamped it in Rich Cocoa Memento Ink and then painted over it with my Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Picket Fence to give it a muted and aged look.  I added the bow and inked it with the Memento ink as well. 








I added a strip of bling from want 2 scrap along the right edge to add to the vintage feel of the card.  I die cut and then embossed the edge of the card with my new Stampin’ Up! Edgelets Adorning Accents die cut and the scalloped edge Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. 










Here’s a view of the whole card.  I stamped a journalling stamp twice on the background of the card in Tim Holtz Distress Ink ‘Peeled Paint”, added some half pearls and the sentiment is from one of my favorite sets which is made by Hot Off The The Press and their ‘Tiny Words & Imagews’ set.












Off to post the next card.  Thanks so much for stopping by, I appreciate it very much!!


Yvonne  😉