Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Thinking about squares and rectangles, here's another early Christmas card. 
I would like to enter into the Lawnscape Challenge "Geometric!"

Hello Friend

I'm back! I have one more entry for the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #299.

For this card, I used MFT "Spring Wreath" Stamp set, creating a wreath with various stamps from the set and different inks in my craftroom. I colored and cut out the "Harvest Mouse" for inside the wreath and used a bow from a Stampin' Up stamp/die for a little accent in the right bottom portion of the card. The sentiment is from MFT "Wavy Greetings."

I was inspired to create this design after watching a video of Jennifer McGuire creating a card with a similar look. I was also inspired by this patterned paper design and colors.Thanks for visiting my blog today.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Nice List!

Hi Bloggers. This will be quick as I am getting ready to watch the debate... but I wanted to post this card so I could enter it in the My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #299. I am getting a jump on my Christmas cards as you can see! The products used are from MFT. Along with my card, the sketch is below and a close up of my card with the little X's on the side. I think it's a nice touch!


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Perk Up Soon

I hope everyone had a good weekend. My Favorite Things Challenge has a few more days, so I decided to use their sketch for "Get Well" cards today. You'll see the sketch below and the two cards I made. I'm entering the first one in Wednesday Sketch Challenge #299.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Cup of Tea

Today's post offers one more card for the Reverse Confetti September Sketch to Try - #40.
Check out the sketch and my version of it below. I used the"Be a Barista" stamp set. I was very happy with the coloring of my tea cup! I think my practice with copics is finally starting to show!


Stars Gift Card Holder

One more gift tag holder done for the holiday! I know I'm early, but I like to get a head start! This one uses the Gift Card Holder die set from Reverse Confetti. It hard to see in the picture, but the yellow paper is behind the red, allowing it to show through where the stars are cut out. The stars were made with a Martha Stewart punch, the large star is from Spellbinders, and the gold embossing powder is from Ranger. I am entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge GIFT IT!

Oh Yum!

Good morning. It's Friday! Lots of folks are happy about that! I have another card for the Reverse Confetti Sketch For You To Try - #40 for September. The sketch uses multiple rectangles to frame out one central image. In this case, it's an ice cream cone. To be honest, I do not own the Ice Cream Die from Reverse Confetti, but that didn't stop me from drawing it myself! I DO own the sprinkles from the Donut set, so those are the ones I used to embellish the scope of ice cream, chocolate jimmies and light blue stars! Thanks for checking out my card.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Gift card "Oh Snap!"

Hi peeps! I thought I would dig out my gift card die set from Reverse Confetti 
and get started early for the holidays! Yes, this is way early for Christmas, 
but I enjoyed playing with my Christmas paper and stamp sets! 
Here's the final product... and I am going to enter it in the 

As I said above, I used the Reverse Confetti gift card die set. You can see the slit where the gift card slips into the gift holder. The set makes it very easy to create this "holder." I also used Lawn Fawn's gingerbread men set (which I adore!) and part of a brick wall which I created with a stencil I made from the MFT die of the same name. A sparkly snowflake from Lawn Fawn in red, a little patterned paper with holly, and a few stamped snowflakes across the top finishes off the gift card holder. Thanks for checking out my blog today! 

Perfect for Each Other

Hi Bloggers! I created a card for the Reverse Confetti Sketch #40 for September. 

You will see the sketch below along with my card. I used one of the Reverse Confetti card panels and the stamp set with the cutest little doggies!! They were stamped and colored with copic markers. The rest of the patterned paper was from my craft stash.


SSS Wed Challenge

Today I have a little treat box which I want to enter in the 
The box die and stamped images are all from Lawn Fawn!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

First Kiss

Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge this week is INSPIRED BY MUSIC!

I recently bought a stamp from Rubbernecker at the Scrapbook Expo in Somerset, NJ called FIRST KISS! I needed a few wedding cards, so I broke out this new stamp for the first time last week. After I made a few cards with the stamp, I realized that many songs are about kissing. I specifically thought of the song "Kiss a Girl" by Keith Urban ... especially since his "girl" is his "wife" Nicole Kidman, and there's a line in the song, "cause baby tonight it could turn into the rest of our lives." So it fit my wedding card perfectly! I'm entering this card in this week's challenge.

For those who are interested, the back ground of this card was created with several steps. Below you can see six panels which I made with this process. First, I cut water color paper into rectangles; they don't have to be exact because you usually cut them down before making cards. Second, distress ink is smooshed on a craft mat, sprayed with water, and then "lifted" using a piece of thin plastic (like the kind stamps come wrapped in.) Touching the plastic on the water color paper several times gives you the first layer of color. You can see I used different colors of distress inks. (blue & greens, oranges & yellow)

The third, fourth, and fifth steps for the back ground use large stamps and different color ink pads. I had two stamps from Just Rite - "crackle" and "script" - and one other large stamp with very small hearts close together. I used some gray ink from MFT, and the gold and silver Delicata inks. It's hard to see all of these designs in the photos, but in real life they work together to create a unique look.
 Because I was planning on stamping the "First Kiss" in black, I also added some black accent pieces such as the "Love" from Reverse Confetti and the "twine" from Pretty Pink Posh's "Twine and Bows."  Lastly, I framed it in black, added some gold hearts, and adhered it to pink card base.


I have been working on Christmas cards, on and off, for months! Here's a simple one I created with one of the cutest Santas on the crafting market! Since the sentiment is "Jingle All the Way," it goes with this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "Inspired by Music!"

This little Santa and the sentiment are from MY FAVORITE THINGS. I colored the Santa with copic markers and used some of the patterned paper from my crafty stash, along with a few red sequins to highlight the sentiment. The panel was die cut with MFT Blueprint 26, which I find myself using all the time. Now that I am looking at this card again, I am asking myself why I didn't use any glitter? I may just have to go back and add some Wink of Stella on this little red guy! Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog!

Get Well Wishes

Well! It's been a while since I posted a card! I 've been busy making cards, but just not entering many challenges lately. I do have one today which fits the LAWNSCAPE Challenge #138 - GEOMETRIC!

For this card, I used some stamps which were new to me. Lil' Inker "Unscramble This" stamp set gave me the stamped words. Technique Tuesday provided the rectangle with the arrow die called "That Arrow Card." The geometric design is from Catherine Pooler's Stamp of Approval Kit - "Geo Builder."

I put them all together and came up with this interactive card! The inside is below. It has a "window" which opens to reveal the unscrambled sentiment! I made a pink card, too.

Get Well Wishes 
with Hugs & Kisses

Thursday, September 8, 2016


Good morning! Today's card for the Simon Says Stamp challenges is a water colored image from Penny Black. After I finished my coloring, I compared it to the same image which I colored with copic markers. What a difference! It might be the colors I chose, but I like the copic coloring image more.

I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and Wednesday Challenge.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Warm Wishes

Here's a card I made to cheer up a crafty friend.  I started with the sun burst, but then added different up-lifting sentiments on each of the "rays." I thought it turned out cute, and with lots of stamping it sure fits into the STAMPING challenges for Monday and Wednesday at Simon Says Stamp.

Most Wonderful Time

Christmas? Never too early! I'm working on cards for a "drive" for holiday cards which will be sent to sailors in the US Navy. The card below was made with the following products: Inky Antics, The Ton, Lawn Fawn, Stampin' Up,  and My Favorite Things. The main image was stamped and masked in order to place the trees in the back ground. This week's themes for both Monday Simon Says Stamp Challenge  and Wednesday Simon Says Stamp Challenge is STAMPING! Plus, SSS is celebrating STAMP-TEMBER, a month long celebration of stamping!

Good Luck

Today was the first day of school for my grandchildren and many children on the east coast. I made them a personalized card to wish them good luck for the new school year. The name bubbles are from Simon Says Stamp, the bus is from Mint Owl studio, and the brick wall is from MFT.
I'm submitting this card for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and Wednesday Challenge. Both Challenges focus on stamping because Simon Says Stamp is celebration STAMP-TEMPER!

So Huggable!

Hi crafty friends! I'm going to post a few cards which haven't been posted yet and enter them in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and Wednesday Challenge. Both challenges this week focus on STAMPING since it's STAMP-TEMBER at Simon Says Stamp, a month long celebration!

This card combines several scallop dies with an older image from Stampin' Up, colored with copic markers. I masked it and used a heart stencil for some light pink detail in the back ground. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp "Talk Bubbles Two."

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Just Rite Cards from Expo

     These are the cards I finally finished up which were left over from the Scrapbook Expo class sponsored by "JUST RITE" focusing on layering back grounds. The class was fun and informative. I decided to add some embossing when I got home using gold and silver embossing powder to enhance the gold and silver in the back ground designs.

I am going to enter a few of these in the Simon Says Stamp 

A Harvest of Blessings

Another card for My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #296. 
And, might as well add it to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes!


Here's another of my favorite sets from My Favorite Things "Harvest Mouse." I colored the images with copic markers and used the matching dies to cut them out. For the back ground I used MFT "Chunky Chevron Cover Up" die and some patterned paper from MFT. I took out some of the chevrons and substituted some yellow paper for a few of them. The colors in the stripes match the colors in my mouse! As you can see, I have "fallen" for the "fall" colors and images now that it's September!

Be Happy

Welcome September! It's been a week since I posted cards, but that doesn't mean I haven't been crafting! My crafty friend Cindy Rapson was here for a whole day of goodness. We finished up some cards from the Scrapbook Expo classes we took, and we worked on some unfinished projects. What fun to have a crafty friend a little over an hour's drive away. I am so lucky!

So today I have a card for the My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #296.
I'm also going to enter this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes!


I used one of my favorite MFT sets: "You Gnome Me!" Some other products I used - MFT Stencil "In the Woods;" MFT patterned paper cut with Traditional Tag Stax; Sentiment Be Happy from "Pearls of Wisdom." Images were colored with copic markers and inked with distress inks.