Monday, October 31, 2016

Merry Christmas

Hi everyone, I have another card for the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #304.. The sketch is shown below. I decided to make a Christmas card with MFT "Sending You a Little Christmas" - water colored with Zig Clear Color Real Brush Markers and mounted on some MFT Fresh Squeezed Chevron Patterned Paper. Isn't this little girl so sweet with her mini tree?

For the snow, I used the Molotow masking pen  - dotted it on the paper, water colored the back ground, then removed the masking fluid. It worked great! For the snow on top of the image, I used tiny drops of  Imagine Craft's Irresistible "Wedding Dress"texture spray.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Hello Fall

I'm loving the cards I see all over the internet with fall leaves. I decided to use some of my leaf stamps and the Hero Arts Autumn Ombre' Ink to create this background. Then, I chose one of the MFT Pure Innocence for the focal point.

Here's my card for this week's My Favorite Things Weekly Sketch Challenge #304.

I sent this one to my sister knowing she is raking lots of leaves in her yard right about now! Thanks for checking out my card.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Happy Birthday

"Scented Garden" by Penny Black was one of the first stamps I ever bought. 
I loved it then and I still love it. I used copic markers to color the image this time 
and a vertical sentiment from Verses. Here is the completed card, which I am entering into the 

Thinking of You

Hi Bloggers, I wanted to create another card for the Essentials by Ellen Pin Sights Challenge for October because I love the colors of Autumn right now. So here's my card using Bohemian Garden and the sentiment from Mondo Hydrangea. I'm also entering this card in SSSWednesday Challenge.

The panel is made with water color paper  on which I added several colors from my Peerless Water Colors. The flowers were created with Distress Inks and Toffee Versafine Ink.


Feeling Down

Simon Says Stamp's weekly challenge for Wednesday is ANYTHING GOES. So here's my card.
Feeling Down? Isn't this the cutest! I decided to make a few of these with slight variations in colors and patterned papers. The birdies stamp and sentiment are from Great Impressions; the image was colored with copic markers directly on the card panel. I added one flower from My Favorite Things Flashy Florals which was stamped and die cut, then popped up with dimensional tape. The leaves are from a Margaret Stewart punch, and the patterned paper came from my collection. Do you like one better than the others? Thanks for reading my blog today!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Water Color Tree

I wanted to try my hand at water coloring the Art Impression way. Art Impression is a stamp company who makes lots of stamp images which can be used for water color scenes. I don't have an Art Impression tree, so I used one from Stampin' Up and then stamped all the leaves and water colored them using several fall colors. The sentiment is from Sugar Pea Design. The dove is from an old stamp sent whose name I have forgotten! I mounted the water color panel on orange first, then on gray with rounded corners to create this fall card. Thanks for viewing my blog today!
I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Autumn."

Fun Fall card

Today I have a fun card to post using a new die set from Lawn Fawn. It's the vertical tree/frame. I decided to make it green rather than brown and then die cut the leaves with different solids and patterned papers to reflect fall colors. The sentiment is from Sugar Pea Designs and the little owl is from Purple Onion Design. I colored him with copic markers and popped him up on the polka dot hill! The card base is ivory.
I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "AUTUMN!"

Friday, October 21, 2016


October may be known for Autumn, Halloween, and my granddaughter's birthday, but it's also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To celebrate this tremendous cause, Simon Says Stamp's weekly challenge is THINK PINK!

Here's another card to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness. It was created with Rubber Necker Stamps and water colors. The sentiment is from Altenew and the sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh.

I love this stamp set and the "look" you can achieve with Rubber Necker Stamps on water color paper. Unfortunately, the photo does not really depict the vibrancy this card has in real life. Thanks for checking out my blog.

Very Pink Birthday!

Lucky me. I had time to craft today! Here's a simple birthday card for the current My Favorite Things Weekly Sketch Challenge # 303. I am also entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Think Pink." I used MFT "Things With Wings" stamps and dies and DieNamics Grass Die on a pink panel cut with Blueprint #27.  The images were colored with copic markers.


Cupcake Day

Hi Bloggers, I haven't entered the Pin Sights Challenge for a few months, but the October Challenge reflects the gorgeous colors of fall so I wanted to play.  Here is the inspiration - 


Here's my card for Ellen Hutson's Pin Sights Challenge for October!

My inspiration came from the colors throughout these photos and specifically the cupcakes and banners. I used Essentials by Ellen stamp sets: Warm Fuzzies, All Inside, and Bear Wear for my images and colored them with copic markers. The panel was created with blended distress inks in wild honey, mustard seed, and spiced marmalade. I used some patterned paper cut with a tag die to highlight my birthday bear. One other element I added was the flag banners across the top of the card made out of orange and white.

Thanks for checking out my blog today. I hope you are enjoying the colors of autumn!

Penny Black Flowers

Penny Black's October Challenge focuses on Autumn Colors, which I am loving right now. So here's another card for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge for October. - Autumn/Fall Colors.

I bought the Penny Black flower sprig stamp set this past summer, not that I need more flower stamps!! But, this stamp makes it easy to create a "bunch" of flowers without using masks, very time consuming!

The flowers were colored with copic markers and dots were added for some extra detail around the sprig. I have been practicing with the copics to achieve some depth and dimension in my images. I was fairly pleased with these flowers. The scalloped rectangles are from Lawn Fawn and the sentiment is from Echo Park.

If you have a minute, check out the other beautiful cards on the Penny Black Challenge Page. Thanks!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Wedding Day

Below is my second card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Think Pink!" SSS is honoring Breast Cancer Awareness month for this week's challenge.

This wedding card was built around the Rubbernecker "First Kiss" stamp. I bought this stamp during the summer and couldn't wait to try it out.

I found some patterned paper with a white lace-like pattern and die cut it with a Spellbinders circle die (with the hearts around the outside.) I also die cut a black card stock "doily" using Lifestyle Quickutz Sunrise Doily. The sentiment I selected was from Taylored Expressions In & Out Wedding Stamp. The pink panel for the base was cut with MFT blueprint 27, a scalloped rectangle. To finish the card, I added a few black sequins. Thanks for reading my blog today.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Gear Up Pink Birthday

Simon Says Stamp is highlighting Breast Cancer Awareness Month so their challenge this week is creating projects with PINK! Here's my card for the SSS Wednesday Challenge "Think Pink." It's a birthday card for a little girl, some patterned paper, a stencil, and a pink robot holding a flower!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Thanksgiving with Stacked Leaves

Hi again! I created another Thanksgiving card with these beautiful fall colors I am enjoying so much! I am entering this card in The Heart Desires Challenge #5. You can see the inspiration to the right of my card.

For this card, I made my own patterned paper for the back ground by stamping two different leaf designs. The sprig of three leaves is from Clearly Besotted, and the pale oak leaf is from Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves. ( For the oak leaf, first I made s stencil out of the oak leaf die and then used distress ink and a dauber to sponge the color directly on the panel through the stencil.) 

I wanted to use the stacked elements for the Heart's Desire Challenge, so I stacked three large Lawn Fawn maple leaves in the center and highlighted them with a brown scalloped circle from Spellbinders. The leaves themselves were die cut out of Neenah Solar White and inked up with Distress inks in several colors. Then, I applied Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint to give them a rough (yet shiny) texture. 

The back ground panel was die cut with My Favorite Things Blueprint #27 and the sentiment is from Lawn Fawn, white embossed on brown card stock and adhered on top of a piece of gold ribbon. The close up photo shows the shine and rough surface of the leaves. I like how this card turned out!

Sending Thankful Thoughts

Hi Bloggers! Today I have a card for the Penny Black Sketch Challenge - Autumn Fall Colours. This is a new challenge for me, and I'm so glad I found it because I have quite a few Penny Black stamps now. I love their adorable animal stamps, especially cats! Penny Black also makes beautiful flower stamps and nature scenes great for water coloring.

I used the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to water color the images in my card. The leaves are from My Favorite Things "Harvest Mouse" set and the porcupines are from Penny Black. The sentiment is also one of MFT stamp sets. I thought it fit perfectly here with the guys holding onto letters. It's hard to see but I added some color to the sky and the ground as well. My phone doesn't take very good pictures! There's a close up below. OH, I added the die cut rake as a little accent on the side. I believe it's from Impression Obsession. Thanks for checking out my blog today!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Grateful, Thankful, Blessed

Another cool week is coming to a close here in NJ, and I have to admit that I am enjoying the temperature and colors of fall. Here's a card I created for the Sugar Pea Mix It Up Challenge #18. See below for the challenge details.

For this card I used the new stamp set "Fall Fox"from Sugar Pea Design. I also used an older Stampin' Up set called Wondrous Wreath on a distress inked back ground with some water splashes. Two sentiments and a ribbon finished up the card. "Grateful, Thankful, Blessed" is from Fall Fox and "Happy Thanksgiving" is from Hero Arts.

I hope you are enjoying Autumn, too. Thanks for checking out my blog today!


Celebrate with Cake

Hi Blog land! I have a terrific card to share with you today. 
I used the new My Favorite Things Weekly Sketch Challenge #302 
and their Color Challenge #55 and applied them to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge 19.
Here's my card for three challenges:

 I followed the Tic Tac Toe Challenge across the top three boxes, a color inspiration, polka dots, and birthday and created this card using the following products: MFT "Celebrate with Cake," MFT "Mixable Stencil Polka Dot," Gumdrop Green solid card stock and Nuvo Crystal Drops in the color Bottle Green to embellish the cake. Below is a close up of the cake.



Friday, October 7, 2016

Cute Halloween

This last Halloween card is hardly spooky! I think it's kind of cute, perfect to send to a friend just to let them know you are thinking of them! This is my last card for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge for Halloween this week.
Check out all of the entries by going to Monday Challenge for Halloween.

Autumn Greetings

I saw a card on Pinterest which inspired me to get out my stamps and dies with different leaves and create a grouping which would reflect the colors of fall. Here are two of those cards. The products are listed below.
I am entering this card in the 
Lawnscape Challenge 139 and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

So Thankful

Hi again! Another fall card I created recently using Gina K Design solid paper and some patterned paper I created with Hero Arts Ombre' Ink and Hero Arts stamps. The flowers which are popped up on the olive green panel were created using a Ellen Hutson stamp/die set and leaf punch from Martha Stewart. I guess you could say this was a card with "many products!"

I am entering this card in the Lawnscape Challenge #139 using the pinterest pics below.


Happy Thanksgiving

Check out this collage of pics from the Landscape Challenge! Don't you just love the colors of autumn after a hot and humid summer. I know I do!

I started making some fall cards weeks ago, but I hadn't posted them on the blog. Today I am posting one of my favorites so far.

The patterned paper for this card came from Gina K Designs. If you haven't tried her patterned paper, you probably don't know that it has a wonderful smooth texture which feels elegant and looks fabulous! This is the first time I used it and was so happy with the results. The colors are vibrant and the patterns are gorgeous. The pictures here don't really show the full effect of this beautiful paper. Of course I had to use one of my favorite critters, Harvest Mouse from MFT, and the flourish is also from Gina K Designs. I am entering this card in the Lawnscape Challenge 139 Pinterest Inspired!


This Halloween

Yes, I know another Halloween card! Not to worry. This is almost the end of them for me this year! I needed a witch - and I found the perfect one in my Scan N Cut machine as one of the patterns. This witch was cut twice, once in black and once in buff. Then I made a few adjustments to the buff witch so it would give the appearance of a shadow. The patterned paper was an almost perfect match, so I used it for the background. I am entering this card in two Simon Says Stamp challenges for Halloween this week: the Monday Challenge and the Wednesday Challenge! Thanks for checking out my blog today!


Another Halloween card...why not! I have been trying to use my distress inks more and practicing back grounds. This is an example of applying distress inks with a sponge and blending them together down the panel. I used a circle to mask off the shape of the moon. The spooky house is actually a pattern in my Scan n Cut machine! I haven't used very many pattern in the machine, but I thought this one would work well with my card.
I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp challenges this week, 

Batty for You

Halloween is around the corner, so here is a really cute interactive card. There are three windows on the front, so when the recipient opens the widows, he or she will see a witchy ghost, a bat, and a Frankenstein ghost! I am entering this card in both Simon Says Stamps Challenges this week. Monday Challenge and Wednesday Challenge.