Saturday, June 14, 2014

Happy Father's Day!!!

My husband loves birds and since I make and send all cards for my son to DAD, thought the crane would work well. The base card is a light cream, as is the first layer which I stamped with 'Oriental Clouds' #3342J by Judikins, then die cut, embossed the 'Bamboo' #60020230 by Joy which I colored with Copics on top of the lime green 'Silk' card stock; the crane and cattails (colored with Copics) are die cuts by Tattered Lace out of cork...very delicate...I tried cutting with my Big Shot, but it tore apart - then successfully die cut with my CrossOver by Cheery Lynn Designs - no problem; the water is an 'Asian Cloud' die by Hanko #DD004. I layered with pop dots, glue and a prayer in the order listed above....ENJOY!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Black Plus Shades of Green Challenge

This was a fun card to make...the challenge was to only use Black and shades of Green. Sounds easy enough, but definitely a challenge!

The card base is Black Perle card stock. I used Lime Green Silk card stock to cut a rectangle frame using Spellbinders Matting Basics, and cut the focal Lime Green piece with Taylored Expressions Label Stacklets 8, then stamped with Great Expressions #G168 using Archival Black ink. I added Stickles applied with a stylus on the water areas (sorry this does not show in the picture), and placed black gems in the corners.

Paper Hugs,

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

Happy to be almost back to normal after the total knee replacement!!!! Here's a card I made for a Black plus Shades of Coral challenge on Oriental Stamp Art (OSA).

My card base is Black Perle card stock, topped with a coral shimmer card stock die cut by Taylored Expressions Quatrefoil Die. The oval is Matte Kote sponged with Rose Coral Fluid Chalks and die cut with Spellbinders oval. The Love stamp is by Penny Black and stamped using Archival Black ink. I stamped the Penny Black Water Lily #4307H three times on  shimmer vellum using Brillance Pearlescent Coral ink and embossied with clear embossing powder, fussy cut the lily to layer them - finishing with a jewel in the flower center.

Hope you enjoy my card and have a special Mother's Day!!!

Paper Hugs,

Sunday, December 22, 2013



Merry Christmas to All....hope you enjoy my Geisha Girl card. I made this for a special friend, and also posted as a Thank You and Merry Christmas to the wonderful OSA members that sent well wishes and cards while I was recovering from total knee replacement surgery (Oct. 16th). Am finally released from Physical Therapy as I purchased a recumbent bicycle to use at home. Still unable to sit at my desk for very long and creating in a recliner does not work too well. This is my first card since surgery. Made 12 others for family with a smaller tree to replace the geisha girl.

Still owe you a recap of the Oregon State a future working slow but sure - LOL!

Paper Hugs,

Saturday, September 28, 2013


Hi All,

Decided to enter the September 2013 Challenge at making a card using red, orange, and yellow. Here's what I did:
My card base and flowers are 'Neenah Classic Cream' card stock. Using Michael Strong's 'Cloisonné Flower' (large and small), I stamped one set of flower pieces (1 lg. and 1 small) with 'VersaColor Camellia Red' and one set with 'VersaColor Orange' and embossed with clear embossing powder...then colored with Copic Markers, and fussy cut the flowers. So the cream cardstock edges would not show, I tipped the edges with corresponding Copic markers, then tipped all edges of the flowers with 'SmoochGlitz Frost' for glitz when the light hits the flowers. The yellow center swirl is a die from 'Build A Flower set B181' by 'Cheery Lynn Designs' and cut from the 'Stardream Gold' card stock. I used a gold brad for the center when putting the flower together and used more of the 'Smooch Glitz Frost' on the brad and swirl.

The leaf swirl is a 'Fanciful Flourish'  by 'Cheery Lynn Designs' B117 (medium size) die cut out of 'Stardream Gold' cardstock, and the leaves are tipped with red or orange (can't remember which, and then lightly rubbed off - left them looking bronze; also used a little of the 'SmoochGlitz Frost' on the leaves.

The background piece is 'Burlap Border B312' by 'Cheery Lynn Designs' and it cuts like butter! I cut it out of 'Malmero Perle Red' cardstock.

To finish I stamped the 'Smile' stamp by 'My Sentiments Exactly' with 'VersaMark' and applied 'Chinese Red Embossing Powder' by 'The Peddler's Pack' in Beaverton, OR and heat set it...this embossing powder has red/orange in it - although it does not show up well in the picture, it matches the flower exactly.

It was a fun card to make! Michael Strong has some wonderful Cloisonné stamps made of deeply etched rubber on thick EZ Mount...they stamp beautifully! Great pricing and low shipping - in case you are interested:
Cheery Lynn Designs dies are so versatile and cut well - you can check them out here:

That's all for today...
Paper Hugs and Happy Autumn,

Thursday, July 25, 2013

OSA Brush Stroke Mingle

I participated in an OSA (Oriental Stamp Art) Brush Stroke Mingle with 3 of these cards. My photo has a gray cast for some reason when in fact the card is white. The oval overlay is edged in brown and sponged with pink. I colored the birds and flowers with Copic markers and used Smooth Glitz Frost as well as a bit of Stardust Stickels on the flowers. This stamp is by Penny Black #2946K 'Love Blossom'. 
Until next time...Paper Hugs,

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July 2013!!!

A full year later to the day since my last post - LOL- my intention is to post a bit more frequently in the future. Trust everyone has been enjoying good weather, family, friends, food, and fireworks this Fourth! We have much to be thankful for. God Bless America!

My card looks a bit orange, but it is an orangeish red, white, and blue washi paper background, fish embossed with gold embossing powder and fussy cut.

Paper Hugs until next time,