Backgrounds, Tree, Snippets

Happy Sunday afternoon. We're having a gorgeously sunny & most pleasant afternoon after an overcast & rather gloomy day on Saturday. Today I'll share a couple so-so cards, finished from salvaged bits (snippets) and  boo-boo.

Here's the first - the boo-boo

- Background created from mica products(Mineral burst, color burst, pearlized sprays) using #140 watercolor paper. This was the first try with the liquid mineral burst, and I was quite happy with the results here.

Used several sizes of snowflake dies and glitter paper to layer the medallion. Cut the Penny Black die from the same paper, but letters of this die were very tricky to handle. There's 3 layers, and each layer was difficult to get adhered together straight. After it was placed on the background, it didn't look at all as I wanted. After looking at it, took a gold gel pen and outlined around the words, and decided 'that's it'. I hated to toss the pretty background.

Tried this as a square card, and it didn't look right. Used the 5.5x4.25, added a border of gold glitter paper top & bottom, and some SU sequins to cover the join. This is one that may stay in the stash box and get cannabilized for something else. Not real happy with this die either...too fussy to have to work with (for me anyway!) It's a very pretty font on the die though.

- this one is the Snippets one! The tree was cut from a ?Hero Arts? die that cuts the tree shape and the little branches, which are then lifted out from the surface. Used a mica created background for this, then rubbed some Nuvo Mother of Pearl mousse around before lifting the branches. The Nuvo MoP. had been closed properly, still has the inner seal, but it had dried out quite badly. I'm wondering if spritzing a little water into the container might rehydrate...anyone have any thoughts on this? I'd only used it once before, but it's been a while. I had a problem with the small pots of Inca Gold old formula some years back.Wondering if the mousse is going to give me similar problems. It does give a nice sheen though.

A snippet that had a circle die cut from it, was handy and another piece that had some embossing paste....used the cut out as a stencil atop the paste piece, and sponged various shades of dark blue to create a night sky. I was trying to create a way to use the tree, as that was the jump off point for this card. Added some white gel stars. Torn paper with Sparkle n Sprinkle Twinkling Clouds spread over liquid glue to create some snow drifts. Decided to add 2 little Art Impression birdies, and the sentiment. Done!

Now for just a couple of the Thanksgiving cards that got made, but not mailed in time.

The next 2 were sponged DOX & embossed background. The image is an old Art Impression cling that I have always enjoyed coloring.

Still have a couple more Thanksgiving cards I may share, where I was experimenting with the Whitewash technique.

Thanks for joining me this afternoon. Hope that you had a good weekend, and ready to tackle the  seasonal rush that is beginning! Hugs & Prayers.


  1. They are all so beautiful, Mary!! I love your designs!! The tree on the second card is awesome and I love the little birdies!! All of the cards are gorgeous!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. A fabulous collection of cards Mary, you have created some beautiful backgrounds - I especially like the first one, the gold and blue go so well together.
    I have candy on my blog if you would like to take a look.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  3. What a wonderful array of pretty cards! So sorry you didn't get the Thanksgiving cards mailed in time, but hey! You're ahead of the rush for 2018! LOL I love all the golden accents on the first card along with that sequin trim! All I can say is WOW!!! And that blue tree is so cute with all the ends of the branches curled up! Great job on everything!! (take a well-deserved bow)

  4. Beautiful selection of cards, Mary. My favourite is the second one, the tree is amazing and I love the background you've created for it. xx

  5. Gorgeous collection Mary, they are all stunning. Loving the delightful colours with the white wash effect and sequin trims.xx[aNNie]🎄

  6. Wow, what an array of wonderful cards Mary. I love the background and pretty gold star and sentiment, and then that fabulous die cut tree with another great background, and your thanksgiving cards with the oxide ink backgrounds are super too, and all really gorgeous colours. TFS. x

  7. Hi Mary, Lovely cards. That first one is so lush.

    Hope you have a good start to the week. Sue

  8. A lovely array of cards Mary! I think the sentiment looks great on the first card. Wouldn't have thought of layering a sentiment, I think it works really well, especially on that gorgeous background. Love the moussed tree. I spritz my mousses with water to rehydrate them. It works perfectly well. Those little bears are adorable and I particularly like your coloring along with the pretty backgrounds. Super sweet!

  9. Brilliant selection of cards Mary, all beautifully designed and coloured, I especially love the tree and little birds, it's so sweet, Kate x

  10. Fabulous collection of card designs Mary and wonderful backgrounds.

    Hugs Diane

  11. Such a lovely selection of cards Mary, I love the wonderful background on the first one and the tree on the second is beautiful, it has lots of wonderful dimension. Hugs, Anne xx

  12. Such wonderful array of cards! The thanksgiving set look great with the cute mice couple and your sponged backgrounds! The first one has fab vibrant colors and you have achieved a beautiful result with your snippets to make the snowflake! Clever way to use your snippets! But I' especially impressed by your fab blue tree in he second one, WOW!! Love it!

  13. Hi Mary,
    what very beautiful cards and your designs are so wonderful.
    Love the first as it's soooooooooooo! opulent looking and the colours are so rich a pretty.
    The beautiful inking is excellent and such gorgeous shades.
    Sweet images too.
    Love and big crafty hugs from my house to yours. Jenny L.

  14. A wonderful array of beautiful cards Mary. I love your style.

  15. Fantastic selection of cards Mary! wonderful details and designs.
    Hugs Pam x

  16. What a brilliant set of cards Mary.
    Love the gold and the background they look so great together.
    A lovely tree and such cute little robins.
    Three lovely Thanksgiving cards with a super image and again great backgrounds.
    Have a good week.

    Kath x

  17. Mary, you have been busy making some beautiful cards. I LOVE the background on the first one! So interesting seeing the products you used that now I have to have. Your coloring is always tops too. Always a treat to see your work!

  18. All beautiful cards Mary and the boo boo looks fine to me-fabulous backgrounds too
    Carol x

  19. You have been busy, my friend! Love those backgrounds! The mineral burst and color burst sound intriguing. I love the look! All the gold on the first card is so elegant! Love the paste embossed stars in the background of the second and that gorgeous tree! As always, you color so beautifully! Doesn't it feel good to be ahead of the game for next Thanksgiving?

  20. WOW beautiful the vibrancy in each one
    Dr Sonia

  21. Your cards are all beautiful!!
    I love the Thanksgiving cards, so so cute!!
    Such an adorable image.

  22. Lovely cards Mary. It's great to see you marking cards and posting more regularly. Your first card is really beautiful. The background is amazing. I'm in awe of your experimenting with mixed media products. I have never heard of mineral bursts, but will be checking those out! xx

  23. So so cards? You're too hard on yourself. The first card is a real eyecatcher with all that sparkle! The others are lovely too.

  24. Love the first one, Mary, think we’re always more critical of our work than any others.
    I’d not ditch any of them, amd snippets Card is wonderful,
    Re Nuvo drops this post might help..
    Thanks for sharing your inspiration... sorry haven’t popped by in while, life is so busy these days.
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

  25. You call these cards so-so? Maybe you need new glasses...? The first one is a sparkling beauty with that gorgeous background. The tree on the second one looks so majestic and the birds are adorable! And it looks like you got a head start with your Thanksgiving cards for next year, yay!

  26. Wow! These are fabulous, Mary, and so cute! It’s hard to believe that you made them from snippets. Each one is wonderful and I don’t see any boo boos. xx

  27. Great set of cards Mary, I really like the Christmas tree one. I know what you mean about a card not looking right but strangely at times I have discovered that even though I don't think my card is any good someone else usually does!!