Clear & Sheer Class – Day 3 – Acetate Techniques: Transforming Window

Well, I’m squeaking this in at the end of a long day, so I’ll try to be brief. I’m closing up my current projects from the Online Card Classes Clear & Sheer class with another of Day 3 Acetate Techniques… the transforming ‘magic’ window. I hope this video link works. If not, check it out on Instagram! I could play with this all day! : )

I wanted to use the Power Poppy Orchid stamp for this to make an impact. I quickly looked up the current challenge on her blog…


It was to use only three markers to color an image. So I toodled off and colored my image with just three markers… THEN, as I’m posting this, I find out that the challenge ended Sunday. Brain fog moment! lol! It was still interesting to challenge myself. : )

Here’s the image before it was put together to make the special window:


Fully open (showing the 3 markers used)




Partially open:


It wasn’t all that hard, so I see more of these fun cards in my future!

Materials used:

  • Power Poppy: Orchids Rock stamp set
  • Spellbinders A2 Curved Matting Basics
  • American Crafts: The Color of Memories acetate
  • Worldwin Papers Translucent Vellum
  • Recollections white cardstock & shimmer cards
  • American Crafts glitter cardstock: carrot
  • Copic Markers: R24, Y17, and YG63
  • Staz-On solvent ink – Jet Black
  • Versamark Ink
  • Recollections Detail Embossing Powder – Ebony
  • EK Success corner rounder punch
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Butterfly punch
  • Sookwang Skor-tape 1/4″ adhesive
  • Aleene’s Crystal Clear Tacky Spray

I’m going to enter this card into the following galleries, hops and challenges – You can click on each one for more information:

It’s been a great week playing with these new techniques – what a terrific class! There are many more I want to try in the future, but that will have to wait. I’ll be away next week, but hope to be back again real soon. Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your kind comments!



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Neon Be You Dragonfly Postcard

Welcome back for a quick post.

It’s after dark here and I’m going to be playing on black paper inspired by a song (The Sounds of Silence… Hello darkness my old friend…. )  I pulled out some long neglected Neon embossing powders and Inkadinkado stamps I’d never used and made a postcard, which is today’s challenge for Creative Live’s #28tomake. I’ll make a blog post after it’s over showing several of the projects I did for this creative course, but for now here’s the postcard I made for my dragonfly loving amazingly strong friend:


What’s super cool with these is how they glow in black light (in the flash of a neon light, that split the night…):


I’ll take my friend a black light pen the next time I see her so she can have fun watching it glow.

Materials used:

  • Inkadinkado Gemstones Insects stamp set
  • Power Poppy Orchids Rock stamp set – sentiment
  • Versamark ink
  • Recollections neon embossing powders
  • Core’dinations black cardstock

I’m playing along with the following challenges:

I hope to be back tomorrow with a card for the Papertrey Ink monthly Blog Hop. See you soon!



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Watercolor Orchid Card with Eggshell Mosaic Tiles

Hello again, sweet peeps! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. I have a card that is one of my favorites to share with you today:


I love orchids and this terrific stamp by Marcella Hawley at Power Poppy captures the Paphiopedilum orchid (also called the Lady’s Slipper orchid) quite well. I think I like them because they’re so different from the typical orchids you buy in the store. And those cute, dumpy, wide ‘chins’ they have (the lady’s slipper) – I often see the coolest faces in them!

Pareidolia  the human ability to see shapes or make pictures out of randomness.


This Paphiopedilum orchid is in my Shutterfly photo album of flower pictures that I took last spring. I used it as a model for coloring my card. It was at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden near Charlotte, NC.  Someone asked if those are aphids on his side petals. Nope, they’re part of the petal!

This card was inspired by several challenges going on right now. I chose the green palette to go with Marker Pop’s Challenge #88: Greens. Power Poppy’s Power & Spark Challenge is Switch Up Your Shades, which asked us to use a coloring medium we don’t normally use, and Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday challenge is to Shake It Up, so I decided to see if I could watercolor this using Glimmer Mists… shaking them up and spritzing some onto my craft mat and picking it up with a brush. (I heat embossed the image in clear, first.)


Look at that incredible glimmery shimmer!


After it was done, I felt it needed a little more color on some of the clear embossed areas, and some shading, so I added some Copic Markers.

Now for the most interesting part (to me anyway). When I’m perusing the craft blogs, I often bookmark cool projects that I see and want to try some day. This year I have a goal of actually TRYING some of these. So it was that I was browsing my Mixed Media folder of bookmarks and came across Gabrielle Pollacco’s blog post on how to make your own eggshell mosaic.You can find it HERE.) It’s a great way to up-cycle those eggshells after making an omelette and any cereal or cracker boxes, too.


Gabrielle explains the process in much better detail, but here’s the short version: You can cut 1″ squares of the cereal box and prime them with gesso. Then, after removing the inner membrane, you can cover the squares with glue and press a piece of eggshell down on the square.


Once dry, you can add color with alcohol inks and while they’re still damp, you can add some Perfect Pearls for shine. For my card, I then cut a square into four using Tim Holtz micro serrated shears by Tonic Studios. They cut just fine with hardly any chipping of the eggshells. I didn’t sand my edges, just trimmed off the extra eggshell with my Tim Holtz shears and then ran a copic marker over them to cover the white edges.



Materials used:

  • Power Poppy Orchids Rock stamp set
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: Crushed Shells, Fairway, Forest Green, Gold, and Mustard Seed
  • Copic Markers: YG61, 63 and 99
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent chalks
  • Ranger Adirondack alcohol inks: Lettuce & Stream
  • Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold
  • Perfect Medium
  • Core’dinations 110# white cardstock
  • Recollections Craft It gold card
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Tombow Xtreme permanentadhesive
  • Red Heart Stellar Super Bulky yarn – NOVA
  • Misc eggshells & cereal box

I’m playing along in the following challenges in case you’d like to join the fun:

I hope you enjoyed today’s project as much as I did! Thanks so much for stopping by!!



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