Friday, August 24, 2018


Here's a card that was not made for any challenge, I just needed to make it for someone.

Catherine Pooler stamps again.  I'm just loving everything from her. I used Close to my Heart ink for the sentiment and water,  Tim Holtz distressed ink for the flamingo outlines (because it's the only black I currently have that has any ink in the pad!!) and I colored the flamingos with Copics.

Hope your day is going swimmingly.

~La

Thursday, August 23, 2018


My card for Color Throw Down.

I found my way to Catherine Pooler Designs a few months ago and fell in love with a plaid background stamp she had. Since then I have become a big fan of her stamps and inks. I made this card using stamps from the following sets of hers: Leave me in Paradise, Fearless Pursuit and Tropically Yours. I also used the following Catherine Pooler inks: Aquatini, Lime Rickey, Eucalyptus and Royal Treatment.

Monday, August 13, 2018

CTD 505

This week's colors from Color Throw Down were pink, teal and gray. I thought they would work nicely for a sympathy card I needed to make.

I used an image of cherry blossoms which I bought while living in Taiwan and a sentiment from the SU set "Thoughtful Branches".  For ink I used Versamark, SU Smoky Slate and Versa Color's turquoise (with which I stamped the sentiment and did a bit of a watercolor background around the cherry blossom branches.) I used a copic marker to color the flowers and highlighted a few of the petals with Spectrum Noir's Crystal Clear sparkle pen.

All paper is from Stampin Up. I added a few simple accents with Liquid Pearls.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father's Day

The colors in this week's Color Throwdown Challenge worked well for a Father's Day Card. I looked first to my new favorite Catherine Pooler inks from which I pulled Lime Ricky and Aquatini. I also used two Stampin' Up inks: Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight.

I wanted to keep the stamping simple, since this was a masculine card and was already going to be quite colorful. So I chose just one image from SU's Mosaic Madness stamp set and, using my MISTI stamp positioner, I alternated the colors across a piece of CTMH white cardstock.

Next I chose a stamp from Verve (one of my favorite companies which has, sadly, recently stopped producing stamps) which simple said "Father's Day". 

For "Happy" I used a die cut from Our Daily Bread's Happy Birthday die set. I cut it out 3 times from scrap black cardstock and glued all 3 together.  Then I covered it with Crystal Effects both to make it glossy and give it a little extra dimension.

I finished by simply adhering the decorated panel on to a folder piece of Stampin'Up black cardstock.

Thanks for looking!

~La

Thursday, March 22, 2018

CTD #485


Above is my card for this week's Color Throwdown.  Their inspiration photo is below.


I love the current trend I'm seeing of black and white gingham in farmhouse style.  One local home builder actually did a tile floor in it, and I was over the moon in love with that floor!

I immediately thought of using my favorite new stamp from Catherine Pooler Designs; it's plaid rather than gingham, but the two seem closely related to me.  I didn't end up leaving much of the background showing, perhaps I'll make another and adjust so that more of the background shows.

I then stamped some poppies from another new-to-me company, Marij Rahder for Krazy Kreations  (the stamp set I used is currently on sale for $2.00!), using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Using my limited selection of Copic markers I tried to color them coral; I'm afraid they went a little too far into orange territory, but I don't have anything lighter.

The verse is from Verve Stamps; inked in SU's Calypso Coral.

I sewed around the edges, then resisted the urge to fill the white space with... something.

Thanks for stopping by!

~La

Saturday, January 13, 2018

First time making trifold cards

I actually HAVE been making cards recently, just haven't taken time to blog.  Honestly, the only reason I put them into a blog post anymore is so that I can upload them to challenge blogs.

Yesterday I wanted to learn how to make tri-fold cards.  I LOVE how they look, although thus far I'm finding it difficult to include a sentiment.  That's okay, it gives me something to work toward!

Yesterday I made 2 tri-folds; this was my second.  I used the colors from Color Throwdown: navy, aqua and pink.  I used several of my new dies from Our Daily Bread Designs, and some old SU stamps. All of the patterned paper is from one pack from Stampin Up.



Friday, October 20, 2017

Autumn hello

I realized recently that part of why I haven't made cards in forever is that I was trying to design my own and generally being unhappy with the results.  So I decided to find cards I liked that others had made and copy them.  "Quit trying to reinvent the wheel."

This card is a compilation of at least 4 sources of inspiration.

1. Case This Sketch #244, for the general layout.
3. Unfortunately, a blogger I don't know and can't remember to credit.  Someone posted a tutorial about new SU alcohol pens in which they colored leaves on Kraft paper.  I liked her colors so much that I copied the idea with my Copics.
4. My all-time favorite card designer, Andrea Ewen.  Sadly, she disappeared from the blogosphere quite some time ago.  I miss her beautiful creations and I worry that something awful might have happened. Pinterest has lots of her cards and I've pinned a good number of them because they are each a work of art.  

Here is the sketch from Case This Sketch. I started with a literal interpretation in a clean and simple card, but that evolved considerably!



Here is my card.  I had a lot of fun making this!