AAA Cards Game #103 – Celebrate

I’m very happy to be back with you for Game #103.


AAA Cards is a challenge blog for Clean and Simple (CAS) Cards. Unless otherwise stated in the blog post for a particular challenge only players who submit cards will be eligible to be a winner.

I’d like to welcome our guest designer, Ros of

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with a $20 gift certificate.

Here is my card. I used the smallest “Happy Birthday” sentiment from Happy Little Stampers’ Mix Mash.

I also used a tiny flower from HLS’ retired Bold Birthday Sentiments.

Bold Birthday Sentiments

I masked off a frame and stamped the tiny flowers in red and blue.

I hope that you are inspired to play along. Make sure you stop by AAA Cards to visit all of the design team members’ blogs.

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,

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Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge – February 2017 – Dies

Hello! I’m very excited to be here with you for our second HLS Watercolor Challenge.

As always at Happy Little Stampers’ challenges……..we have a prize for you!

We would like to extend a huge welcome to our Guest Designer, Ingrid!

Here’s my card:


I used the emboss-resist technique to create a panel with heart stamps, clear embossing powder and….

Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi 24-Color Painting Set

Then, I did some die-cutting with a heart die and then inlaid some CUTplorations ‘hugs’ word dies. I matted the hearty, huggy heart by attaching it with foam tape to a white square of cardstock. The white embossed hearts make me think of the “Os” in “XOXO”. So this is a “hugs & kisses” hearty card. Don’t you think?

img_4015_edited-1Next, I made another rainbow panel to frame the white panel and attached the entire thing to a white square card base.


the finished card with it!

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What do you think? Is this a Cleaned and Layered card? I’d like to play along at The Card Concept #66: Love & Romance.


Lots of white…… hugs, hearts, the card and a rainbow heart and panel peeking out?! Oooo. I like it!

img_4013_edited-1My teammates and I are excited to begin this new year with a fun new monthly challenge and by the number of you who played along last month, we think that you will enjoy it too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

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I am inspired by the hearts and all of the white at TCC 66:

My card is Layered, Clean, Mixed Media?

Simon Says: The Color Of Love

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Happy Little Stampers January 2017 Mixed Media Challenge – Layers

Hello and Happy New Year! I’m very happy to be here with you today with a card for Happy Little Stampers January 2017 Mixed Media Challenge.

Our  challenge:

Also, please welcome our Guest Designer for this month’s challenge!
Zelda (Guest Designer)
Here’s my card. Lots of mixed media layered goodness on this one!img_5265_edited-1
Stamping, stenciling (homemade heart stencil), embossing paste, silver ink, sequins, vellum, die cut snowflakes and patterned paper.img_5268_edited-1img_5305_edited-1

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

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P.S. Here’s a fun video for your encouragement. Happy New Year!

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Challenge #74 Theme: Winter

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The Mixed Media Card Challenge #19 Reminder 2 – January – Beginnings

The Mixed Media Card Challenge

Hi! Thank you for spending some of your time to visit me. 🙂 I’m very happy to be here today with a reminder for The Mixed Media Card Challenge’s Challenge #19 – January – Beginnings.

Here’s our January Challenge Graphic:

The card I have to share with you today makes me happy. I salvaged a panel that I thought I had ruined and it turned into one of my favorite mixed media cards! Yay!IMG_3279edited

I have added this card to my new Mixed Media Gallery page. If you have time, I’d like to invite you to please visit it here.

 How I made the card in this post:

  1. I used a embossing-paste-slathered stencil to stamp/create a print on water color paper. Here’s the card that I originally stenciled.

    IMG_3141editedI used the left over embossing paste from the above card to create the beginnings of the panel in today’s post.


2. I set the panel aside and let it dry for a few days. The embossing paste was very thick.IMG_3293edited

2. I replaced the stencil onto the panel, sponged embossing ink through the stencil and added white embossing powder.


3. Here’s where I almost ruined the panel. I sponged black ink through the stencil and hated it!

4. So, I wiped it off with a paper towel and then heated embossed with more white ep on top of the black ink.IMG_3300edited

5. Not quite satisfied, I got out my acrylic paints and repainted a rainbow on top of the now muddied embossing paste.IMG_3301edited

6. I dabbed the paint off of the white embossed areas and reapplied the heat tool to brighten the white.IMG_3310edited

7. I die cute a square for my sentiment. That resulted in my embossing paste getting a bit squished, which was disappointing, but quite a bit of texture did remain.


What about you? Do you try to fix your mixed media boo-boos? Or do you do what I normally do with big messy mistakes? Chuck ’em?! 🙂 I am glad that I didn’t do that this time! I’m very happy with my result.

         I’d like to play along at at STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge, Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog’s: Best friends (Doesn’t this verse describe the kind of best friend you want to have and be?), Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge #217 Anything Goes and CASEplorations January Challenge: CASEing the incredibly talented and fun Laura Bassen.

Please stop by the challenge blog and checkout my teammate’s wonderful creations. We have quite a variety of cards for you to enjoy this month. I had a lot of messy fun making these cards.  I hope that you are inspired to play along!

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace

1. Create a mixed media CARD based on the theme, with or without the optional element.
2. Display the challenge graphic on your blog post and link back to this challenge post.
3. You may enter as many times as you want, as long as each entry is different.
4. You may combine a maximum of 7 challenges (6 other challenges plus ours).
5. Submit your projects by January 25, 11:55 p.m. Pacific (GMT-8).
6. We’ll announce the winner and highlights on January 31.

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Hi! I am very happy to be here with a card inspired by this week’s CASology Week 180 cue card:


My colors were inspired by “Just Us Girls” Color Week #326.

IMG_3240editedI partially die cut the snowflake so that the front panel has an opening. (It’s been a while since I’ve played at CASology and I’ve missed it. So, Yeah! Yes! I AM playing!)

IMG_3251editedSince snow falls from the sky, I’d also like to play along at  One-layer Simplicity Challenge #23 The Sky’s the Limit and Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge #217 – Anything Goes.


I’ve had some snow at my house during the past couple of days. It’s been beautiful!


It’s been a good time to stay inside and get some after Christmas house cleaning taken care of. Speaking of cleaning house, I’ve been organizing my blog a bit too. If you’d like you can visit by CAS/Nearly CAS and Mixed Media gallery pages. Click on the links or look at the top of this page.




Thanks for stopping by!

Grace and Peace,



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