Sunday, February 15, 2015


Today's card is a combination of many decorative pieces:  The base card is embossed;  Then I die cut with my favorite two piece set;  One more die cut piece of which I stamped with a non Two Paper Diva writing stamp (need one Mel and Gayla - hint hint hint!!); Die cut one last layer of which I stamped the floral by Two Paper Divas on!

First Layer:  Base card (SU Vanilla) I ran through my Big shot with a vertical floral vine embossing folder.  I distressed it with SU Pixie Pink ink on just the edges.

Second Layer:   I cut piece of vanilla card stock 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 and ran it through my Big shot with the Mama Elephant Creative Cuts Femme Frames.  I have kept my set together and hence I cut the two pieces each time I use this die.  I save which ever piece I do not use (sometimes I do use both pieces on a card).  In the case of this card, I used the larger outer piece.  I lightly distressed the edge with the SU Pixie Pink ink on the edges.  Then I used a light run of Tombow Aqua Mono Liquid Glue and adhered this piece to the embossed piece.

Third Layer:  I cut another piece of vanilla card stock to accommodate the larger die from Avery Elle (Pinked Die) and then die cut it with my Big shot. This time I put down pieces of Eclipse Tape on the edge of the pinked card stock.  I wanted a definite straight edge along the inside edge of the pinked edge which would be left vanilla.  Then using my round distressing tool, I first picked up the SU Blushing Bride ink; then the SU Pretty in Pink and finished with a light coat of Pixie Pink in the center of this pinked edge card stock. Once again I used SU Pixie Pink on the distress tool and carefully edged the color on just the pinked edge. Now I stepped out of being a TWO PAPER DIVA DESIGN TEAM MEMBER and used a Hero Arts Stamp K5344 La Letter script stamp and stamped in SU Early Espresso Ink.  I think that it is in French but at any rate I cannot read it but it has been a go to favorite for about 5 years when I want this background.  It measures 2-3/4" x 4" and I love this size.  So now I send a message to Melissa and Gayla - Please brush up on your foreign language and design a stamp so I will be "legal" if I want to layer with a stamp like this!!!  To add this layer to the building of this card, I used dimensionals after the final layer and the ribbon have been added.

Fourth and Final Layer:  I have a full series of these lovely dies (?) and I used Distress Watercolor card stock this time because I wanted my Tombow Water Color Pens to be more true color.  I Die cut this piece first and without removing the die, I did a light coat of SU Pretty in Pink ink around the inside of the die cut piece.  Then I removed the die and love the white edge which is left.  Then I stamped the TWO PAPER DIVAS stamp of the Floral in the Milk jar from the set called  "Happy Mother's Day" and once my coloring was accomplished I stamped the Sentiment from that same set.  For the water, I used my light blue Copic Marker (B000).  This layer was applied to the third layer.  I colored my piece of cream color seam binding with the SU Pretty In Pink Ink and then tied the ribbon around this third and fourth layer.  One final step, I applied Glossy Accents to the flowers and the leaves.

So, now my afternoon Class will be making this card on Tuesday.  Happy Creating to ALL!!!

Monday, February 9, 2015


Today's card is actually a three part photo to show how I created this card.  This is another TWO PAPER DIVA'S card.  I decided once again to showcase a Gatefold card to basically tell a story.  One of the NEW stamp sets from Two Paper Divas is the Canister set.  Now, I do not know about you but these Canisters could rest on my Counter.  I would have to recreate the color because I am a RED person but that is beside the point.  They are just way too cute!!  Bo Bunny has a darling 6 x 6 paper pad called " Rose Cafe' Collection" and right away I saw this grouping to go together.  Do not ask me why I chose to do glitter - I just did.  It is like follow the yellow brick road ..... but in blues!  I also had just received these flat sequins and decided they needed to be there as well.   Now once inside the card, one of the papers reminded me of a hand written recipe;  one looked like hand painted tiles; and next one the Cupcake Wrapper - looked like a Wrapper.  So that makes four of the Design Papers from Bo Bunny - with the one I used on the Canisters on the front of the card.  Sweet Collection of papers!!  It is fun when they just fall into place.                                    

The three stamp sets from TWO PAPER DIVAS were the following:

From My Kitchen to Yours
Happy Birthday Cupcake
Birthday Greetings

To all who have a February Birthday ...... Have a Happy Day!!

Saturday, January 24, 2015


Once again Melissa and Gayla, owners of TWO PAPER DIVAS, have designed some great options with this cute set of stamps titled "Lucky Me" for St. Patrick's Day.  Check it out on their website, TWO PAPER DIVAS.COM and click on "Shop", Clear Stamps and then on the category Holiday.  You will find it nestled in among some other really fun stamps.  In this case, the Hat with the Shamrocks; the single shamrock which I stamped four of them - once on the card face and then on a scrap of white card stock I stamped the four of them again.  All of this was colored with Tomball Watercolor pens (love the way that they color - so smooth and you are able to do some shading to get a similar effect like Copics).  Once all of it was colored then I cut out the four shamrocks from the scrap paper.  I formed them to give them a little life and set them aside for a later time after the card was built.

I decided on the Sentiment from the "Lucky Me" stamp set of Two Paper Divas but it still needed one more playfulness on the card and I pulled out a new die set I have from Simon Says Stamp called "Color and Sunshine".  I die cut this lower area with the die which gives the area for the illusion of a rainbow.  Simon Says makes a companion stamp set by the same name "Color and Sunshine" and they have three curved bars that fit this die that can be individually colored (however) and then placed behind this die.  BUT, this is a TWO PAPER DIVAS card and my stamps must be Divas only.  So I cut a piece of glossy card stock and decided to be playful with the Distress Inks and color in a non-conformist way.  This "could" be a very large rainbow and it does not fit the die ........ whatever one might gleam from this ..... it adds the spark of color .... and the pretense of the "Gold at the End of the Rainbow".  After all it is MY LUCKY DAY or is it YOU THE READER OF THIS???

Once I built the card and layered the different card stock, I then applied the four extra shamrocks with Glossy Accents over the four that are falling out of the hat (because I tilted the hat on the card - funny me!!). With my Glossy Accents still in my hand, I applied a coating over the face of these shamrocks giving it a wonderful glow!!  Not leaving the card alone at this point, I just had to apply some gold star sequins falling out as well.  Part of the "GOLD" don't you know!!  These stars are a new arrival from Pretty Pink Posh!!

So, now that I have played with this card ....... HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY in March.  It will be here before we know it.    

Thursday, January 15, 2015

TWO PAPER DIVAS DESIGN TEAM CARD - Hot Air Balloon, Mts., and the Sentiment "Simply the best"

Another Clean and Simple card from me this week.  We are having a perfect winter day in Pagosa Springs, CO. today.  So, it reminded me of how normally we see our Balloons up taking the tourists around to see what beautiful countryside we enjoy!!  But, today I have not seen a Balloon up, so I decided to make my own scene.  As I have said before, I love this new set of stamps by TWO PAPER DIVAS - "You are my Sunshine".  So when the balloons are out flying around, I see them against the Mts. out my windows at our home.  This scene is truly "Simply the best".

I used the Mama Elephant "Clearly Creative Cuts" die to allow the focus of the Balloon and the Mts.  We always see some very colorful balloons, especially during our Colorfest each year ..... so, I decided to sort through my large clear container holding my Washi Tape to use for the balloon.  I stamped and cut the balloon and then applied the tape and colored the basket.  Then it was popped up to show it in front of the Mts.  Speaking of the Mts. ..... this is a wonderful stamp, CREATED by TWO PAPER DIVAS.  The name of it is "Mountains".  What else and you need it in your stash!!  Along with these Mountains is a tiny two "extra" tree grouping ..... not used here but would be good to have in certain circumstances.  Thanks Gayla and Melissa!!!

TWO PAPER DIVAS has this awesome Sentiment only it actually says, "you are Simply the best".  Well I performed "surgery" again and separated it because as I said above ...... we have "Simply the best" view!! AND, we always have a camera ready or our binoculars handy!!

The card base and the die cut is with the Robyn's Egg Blue card stock from Ellen Hutson.  A few punches of the clouds and the card is done!!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoying My View!!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

TWO PAPER DIVAS Card / Valentine with White Sketch Heart Die

Hey one can never have too many Valentines!! Will be back to finish my post .....gotta go eat!!  I am back and have actually eaten a "few" times since I started this.  Never fails ..... other projects get in the way.

We had a lovely snow storm which cancelled my card classes yesterday.  We got about a foot of snow but it is waiting for the county snow plows to come and then we have to clear out the berm to the driveway that they make!!  Card classes will now be on Friday but I was ready on Monday so these couple of extra days have allowed me to get some other important things done!!!

I somewhat "cased" this card from Lime Doodle Design that I recently saw on the internet.  Debby has a lot of fun with her cards and I had bought this Simon Says Sketch Heart Die and decided to play with her concept.  Using my Craft Sheet I squiggled several of the Distress Ink Pads onto the sheet.  Then I used my mini mister to get some beading of water on the sheet in these colors.  Once that was accomplished, I dragged my Tim Holtz watercolor card stock through the color and let it run down.  I also dipped it in areas that I wanted a specific color or intensity.  If you need to add more color, or vibrant color to some areas on the sheet than repeat that process. But, the task is not to completely cover this piece of card stock (or at least it was not the look I was going for).  Once satisfied, then I used my heat gun to dry it (both sides).  My intention was not to saturate the card stock, so I did not tape it down to a piece of scrap card board and paint water with a brush before I went after the colors.  Although this could be done.

Once dry, I stamped the heart in the lower right hand corner with a TWO PAPER DIVAS stamp set "Sending Love".  Look closely at it on their website because it says "Be Mine" .... too cute!!  I also used a little outlined heart stamp from that same set which I used the Golden Glitz Delicata pigment ink to stamp around the card.  I love this Delicata gold metallic look ink and I got started using it because of one of my favorite people (card maker) I like to follow, Julie Ebersole.  I used glossy paper to die cut the heart and I used both pieces that came out of the die (cool aspect).   I used the Glue n' Seal glue by Ranger to glue the outline part of the heart to my card.  I did not realize it until just a few minutes ago, that my Sentiment is actually a really old one from TWO PAPER DIVAS and now it is not available (am I right Melissa and Gayla?).   Oh well, if you like it......send them a note that you want it back!!!  HA  I used the ZING white embossing powder to do this Sentiment.  Then when placing the black banner, I had to decide which edge of the card to follow ..... hate these decisions sometime ..... but I chose the red card base!!

As you can see, the base card is red and I used a coral color card stock for a layering paper under the Distress Watercolor paper.  Inside the card, I used a piece of Solar White card stock so what I want to say can be visible on the red.  But, I used the Die and cut out a section so the red card stock would show through.  I also used one of the new Bo Bunny Stamp Stickers in the opposite corner with a couple of the Delicata Gold hearts I used on the front.  It leaves just enough space to sign.........

So there you have it ......Happy Valentines Day (in a month) to all of you!!!   Hearts!!!

P. S.  Have you ever just kept looking at a card and felt it needed "one more thing" ...... down at the lower section of the card it needed that "one more thing" ...... a gold sequin and two little crystals!  Now Imagine!! Right there in the middle of Dried Marigold splotch!!  Does it need to be rephotographed .....Nah .... trust me ..... it worked!!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

TWO PAPER DIVAS CARD / Chocolate says "I Love You" 2015

Welcome to another TWO PAPER DIVA CARD but this time about "Chocolate".  Oooh!  Do we love Chocolate........It is a really simple card but I wanted the Sentiments to stand out not ribbon and paper!!  Using a Solar White card stock, I first scored the three lines at different lengths down the right side of a left side folded card (this is an A2 card).  I then stamped the two front Sentiments in Early Espresso (Brown) ink by Stampin' Up and what you do not see is the inside Sentiment "Give Me Chocolate  please .....

I love to use my "inches" when I can and in this case I used two different sizes.  These are basically, for those who do not know, pieces of the matting that framers use.  The material is usually just scraps and is so often thrown away at a frame shop.  Make friends with the owner and trade cards for him or her to make "inchies" in all sizes for you.  I have had some with straight sides and some with beveled.  These are straight on the card.

I stamped the two cupcakes in the Early Espresso ink and then I used marking pens in Early Espresso and Close to Cocoa to just color the cake and icing.  Once dry, I used my clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen on the Cake, Icing and the Paper Wrapper.  I think that I went over it twice to give it a real glittery look ..... hard to see except in a bright light.  I popped up the small inchie but used score tape on the larger inchie to securely hold these.  Next I added the silver sequins on the front and three of them on the inside.  For the centers of these sequins I used Silver Stickles helps to finish the look - no hole!!

The "Really?" of the Sentiments on the front is from the TWO PAPER DIVA clear stamp set "Sassy Sayings" and the other two Sentiments are from the clear stamp set "It's all about Chocolate".

I am currently working on cards for two classes this next Tuesday my morning and afternoon classes.  Some cute cards are being created and I hope to get them photographed and added to my BLOG ..... so stay tuned!!  Happy 2015!!!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

TWO PAPER DIVAS / Happy for a ride in a Balloon / 2015

Grab your ticket and hop in for a fun ride in a Hot Air Balloon.  This is something I admire nearly every day here in Pagosa Springs, Colorado BUT the closest I have ever done this was once when we lived in Calgary, Alberta, Canada back in the '70's!!  I climbed into a balloon which was 'tethered' and only went up so high (not very) above the ground.  That was it for me!!!  I will go for a walk to enjoy watching them up by our house.  Every once in a while, we will hear the "wooooosh" and one is coming down around us.

Base Card Stock:  Solar white
Trim Paper (Outside and Inside):  Fresh Asparagus from Gina K. Designs
Sky Paper:  Here it is again ..... repeating some that I had laying around my work area from the last card
Printed Paper:  From a wonderful Paper Pad - not sure of the name
Basket:  A trimmed piece of Jute Ribbon
Stamps:  The Balloon & the Sentiment from a January 2015 set by TWO PAPER DIVAS
              The Ticket from the TWO PAPER DIVAS SET called "Tickets"
Window Plastic:  From Judikins
Embellishments:  Silver Sequins and Rhinestones to cover the hole in the Sequins

What is hard to see is the fact that the first covering on the card is actually the Window Plastic.  I cut a base card 8.50 x 5.50 and scored it at 4.25.  On one side I trimmed it down leaving 1" from the scored line.  This is the fold over white that you see.  The window plastic is attached to this fold over piece.  The plastic then can be lifted to reveal the Balloon which has been stamped on the sky piece.  I then stamped the balloon onto a small piece of the printed paper and cut it out and instead of paper piecing, I popped it up to give it some interest.  I could have colored in the basket but I remembered that I had some jute ribbon left on a roll and thought it might add some fun texture.  I colored in the ties from the basket to the balloon.  The ticket was a fun after thought for "me" to go along for the ride and "match" the sentiment!!!  When the sky paper is lifted it reveals a matching piece of sky on the back side of the sky piece of the card.  I will be able to write my words on the inside of the white card base.

I had wanted to use an Acetate Card to make this card but it was bulking up ...... so the Window Plastic created the look that I wanted.  Sometimes our first creations in our head do not actually work out in reality.

WATCH FOR ALL THE NEW RELEASES FROM MELISSA AND GAYLA THE CREATORS OF TWO PAPER DIVAS.  Hint, Hint ......I understand there are some awesome stamps to come for 2015!!!
Sure am glad that I am a DIVA!!!