Thursday, February 22, 2018

sweet birthday


It's been raining for the last few days....
but the sun is just now peeking out!  YEA!

Here's the card I made to play along with this weeks challenge 
 a closer look:
 I used a digi stamp from  From The Heart Stamps for the sentiment
and the stamp is from the Ice Cream Dream set by Simon Says Stamp.
Colored with copics and embellished with a few tiny sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

'till next time,


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Using die cuts

It's sunny out and 73 Ohio!!!!
Lovin' it!

Today I'd like to share with you a card I made to play along with 
this weeks challenge over at CAS on Friday.
The challenge is to use die cuts.
Here's what I used:
MFT Die-namics Blueprints #13
Lawn Fawn -Lawn Cuts-Picket fence border 
Simon Says Stamp - stitched circles
Simon Says Stamp - hello
Paper Smooches- spring fling stamp set
foam tape 
Copic markers

I also did another card using die cuts:

This card was made by following step by step instructions from Jennifer McGuire.
You can check out her post HERE!
 Her post is 2 years old, but I just got around to doing it!! lol
I like the results, I'll have to do more glittered die-cuts!
Thanks for stopping by.
'till next time, 

Saturday, February 17, 2018


Hi !
Time for a new code word from Addicted To Clean and Simple.
I have the honor of being the hostess this time and I chose the word - CAT.
Here's my card:

I had my daughter cut me a cat head stencil from some 
sticky back foil:
She loves her Silhouette!
Next I stuck it to some watercolor paper...
since it was foil I figured the water wouldn't
 hurt it and being stuck down the water wouldn't leak underneath it.
( I did think ahead and made sure I could remove it from the watercolor paper!) lol

Then I did a plain water wash on the cat head and then dropped some color
 and watched it cool! look what happened:
I had nothing to do with that!

Looks like a cat face to me... so, I was smart enough
to let well enough alone!

I hope this inspires you to play along with this challenge and maybe 
even get out the watercolors!
'till next time,


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Sending you Love

Valentine's Day is next week,
so I made this card to send to my Granddaughter
who's away at college.

I love shaker cards!

Here's what I used:
Image-  Stamping Bella
Sentiment - Simon Says Stamp
Cut-Out - Elle-Ments Die(Avery Elle)
Foam Tape
Acrylic  and sequins
copic markers

Thanks for stopping by.
Stay warm.

'till next time

Saturday, February 3, 2018


It's time for another challenge at Addicted to CAS 
and our hostess Susan has chosen the word "TEAL"
Here's my take on it:
He's such a cute bear!
He's from My Favorite Things and the sentiment
is from The Cat's Pajamas.

Hope you can play along with us during this challenge.
'till next time,

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Magical Dragon

Hi ! 
I got a new stamp today.
 OK , it was released in August of 2016 ...
( My Favorite Things - Magical Dragons)
but I just got around to getting it, so it's new to

I'm going to enter the card I made with it in these challenges:

1.  Color Throwdown
 colors Hot PinkLime GreenYellow and Pale Blue
2.  Less is More

3.  Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Anything Goes

Here's the card:

It meets the requirements....but I wasn't quite happy with it .

So , I made another one:

 This one is 4 1/4 inches square.

The inside says:
Heard your Dragon...get well soon!

'till next time,

Monday, January 29, 2018

Big Hugs

Today I made a card to enter in CAS(E) this Sketch.
 This is my take on it:

what I used:
Memory Box - Stitched Rectangle Layers
Simon Says Stamp - Quadrangle Fames
Simon Says Stamp - Scripty Big Hugs 
Foam tape
Black, white and colored cardstock

Thanks for stopping by.

'till next time,

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Lawn Fawn Treat Box

As January winds down, I find myself looking 
forward to February and that means Valentines! 

Here's what I made:
A valentine treat box.

I'm entering this in challenge #21 on the LAWN FAWNatics Challenge Blog.
Here's the inspiration board:

I was inspired by the pinks and the reds and the heart shapes.

I used:
Lawn Fawn -Scalloped Treat Box Die
Lawn Fawn - Tiny Tags Sayings ( stamp and dies)
Lawn Fawn - Jump for Joy stamp set
MFT Die-Namics - stitched rounded rectangle stax
( to cut out the window ) 
plastic packaging scrap ( also for the window)
foam tape ( to pop up the critter)
 and pink baker's twine
colored with Copics (YR18, E09)
and filled with red Hershey Kisses!

It was all I could do to NOT eat those kisses!!

'till next time,

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Thinking of you

Hi !
Time for a new code word from Addicted To Clean and Simple.
Our hostess for this challenge is the terrifically talented Barb and she 
chose the word "Ombre"
Here's my card:
I began by stamping the sentiment ( Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set)
 from Simon Says Stamp with VersaMark and sprinkling on 
white embossing powder.
 I used My Favorite Things Layered Heart Die-Namics
to cut a stencil and then centered the heart over the sentiment.
Next came Candy Apple Distress ink . 
I started blending at the top and when I got to the sentiment , all this white stuff got all over my blending tool!! Duh...I had forgotten to heat emboss the lettering! 

So, I started all over again! this time it went a lot better, 
 except there was this little tiny speck 
right above the heart. 
Of course your eye went right to it and it really bugged me,
so.. a few tiny sequins from Pretty Pink Posh were needed to hide the speck!
Whew! Calling this card done before  I have time to mess it up any more!  lol

Thanks for stopping by.

'till next time,

Friday, January 19, 2018


I'd like to share with you a card I made for
  Here's the sketch:
Here's what I used:
Hero Arts - stencil
Distress Inks- cracked pistachio, Peacock Feathers, 
Tumbled Glass, and Blueprint Sketch 
Spellbinders - classic diamonds
My Favorite Things - Die-Namics(celebrate)
I layered the celebrate the celebrate (3 layers- 2 white, 1 blue)
and offset the white a little behind the top blue.
 I think it added some much needed dimension.

I'm also linking this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
While I had my brain in the Blue mold...
I made this Baby shower card for my great niece's  shower tomorrow.
I had done a card like this awhile ago 
with different colors and flowers for a bridal shower.

Can you tell she's having a boy?! lol

Thanks for stopping by.

'till next time,

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

with Sympathy

This morning I'm playing along with
Less is More (challenge #62- purples)

I turned the sketch upside down
and this is what I came up with:

Here's what I used:
Flowers- Pretty Pink Posh (wild rose) 
Sentiment- Stampin' Up (Rose Wonder)
Background- Sizzix Thinlits Die
Copic Markers (BV02,BV17, YG93, YG67, YG99)
and a tiny bit of purple Stickles in the flower centers.

Thanks for stopping by.

'till next time,

Friday, January 12, 2018

Love is in the air!

Another wave of bad weather is sweeping across Ohio again.
This morning I (and about a million other people) went
to the grocery store !  So now that I've stocked up enough to keep me and the 
two cats well fed until about April.....
Now I get to craft myself silly!

This is what I'm working on:

I used a Essentials by Ellen stamp set
a sentiment from Art Impressions
and patterned paper from a 6" Glitz Paper Pack
I'm linking this up to
Thanks for stopping by.
Stay warm!
'till next time, 

Saturday, January 6, 2018


It's time for our first challenge of 2018!

Stephanie is our new designer, so it's only fitting that she 
is the hostess for the new year's first challenge.
She chose the word 'MUSIC'.
Here's my card:
 This cute little guy is a digi stamp 
from Sassy Cheryl called 'Don't stop the music'.
The sentiment is from Purple Onion Designs.

After I  got him the size I wanted, I printed him once on white 
cardstock and then again on scrap paper which I then fussy cut 
 and used as a mask.
Then I sponged ripe persimmon and mustard seed ( Distress Inks)
and then removed the mask.
Then colored him with Copics.
( E01,E41, E42, E44, E47, C2, and C7)

Thanks for stopping by!
'till next time,

Friday, January 5, 2018

Color Throwdown

Playing along with Color Throwdown today.
Here's the card I made:
Flowers are from Pretty Pink Posh 
Sentiment is a die from Avery Elle
'till next time, 

Saturday, December 30, 2017


It's time for the last cue word of 2017 from CASology.
Here's my card:

I used Lawn Fawn Stamps and Copic markers...easy peasy!

Jump for joy stamp set for the words 
and I found the heart on the Push Here stamp set
The colors are R17, R29, and R59

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge 
this week is featuring Lawn Fawn stamps 
and the challenge is "anything goes" so
I'm linking up there also.

Happy New Year!

'til next time,

Saturday, December 16, 2017

silver butterfly

This is the card I made to link up to CASology  this week.

In real life the center butterfly is embossed in a glittery silver 
and what in the picture looks like a poor stamp job really is the background
texture weave pattern showing through.

I think on the inside I'll put slots for a gift card and have it say Happy Birthday.

'till next time,

Friday, December 15, 2017

Merry Christmoose

Today I'd like to share with you a Christmas card I made
to play along with challenges at 
Here's my card:
and the sketch:
I used stamps from Sugar Pea
Because I wanted a silhouette of the larger moose head,
I stamped the large moose on white cardstock and then colored in
just the head with Copic 110 (black) and fussy cut it out.
Then popped the silhouette and the rectangle up on foam dots.

The SSS Wednesday challenge was " Stitch"
so I added black stitch lines around the white rectangle
(MFT stitched rounded rectangle stax dies).

Here's what it looks like:

I think I like it better!

Thanks for stopping by.
'till next time,

Monday, December 11, 2017

one layer & Christmas tag

Monday ...and I love being retired!
I have nothing that I have to do today...yea!
Free time, so I'm playing in my craft room.
Scroll down if you're looking for the Christmas Tag.

Here's the card I made for the challenge over at Less is More.
I used the digi stamp from "From The Heart Stamps".
I love this little guy. His name is Birdbrain.
After I printed him, I also printed another one to use as a mask.
After I masked the image, I sponged some distress ink on the background.
I was going to spray some water to add some interest to the background,
however... I grabbed the wrong little spray bottle
 and squirted glimmer mist instead.
Oh well, a happy mistake !

On to my next project:

Tags for all my nieces.

I'm also entering this at Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge.

Here's a better picture of just one of them:

  I used the scallop circle tag die from Pretty Pink Posh
and the Merry Christmas circle frame from My Favorite Things.
And used the computer to print the message.

'till next time,

Saturday, December 9, 2017


Hi !
Time for a new code word from Addicted To Clean and Simple.
This weeks challenge is hosted by Kylie
 and she chose the code word Sparkle.
Here's my take on that word:

a closer look:

I used sparkle gold and silver washi tape
that I could easily cut to the width I wanted.
I put the tape on cardstock and then used that to die cut the ornament.
 I used the My Favorite Things Christmas Ornaments Die & Stamp Set.

The sentiment is from The Cat's Pajamas. In hindsight,  
I wish I would have stamped the sentiment in white ink rather than embossing it.
I think it would have been easier to read.

Hope you can play along with our Sparkle challenge.
Our sponsor is Happy Little Stampers
and they are offering a $15 gift certificate as the prize.
'till next time,

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Merry Christmas

I'm making good progress on my Christmas Cards this year!
Here's the one I made  today:
No stamps on this one.
I used all die cuts:
oval -nestabilities
snowflakes - My Favorite Things
sentiment - Quikutz

I used this weeks colors from Color Throwdown
(black, silver, gold and white)

and the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches 
I'm also going to link it up at  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
( anything goes)
Thanks for stopping by!
'till next time,

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Gingerbread Man

Hi !
Time for a new code word from Addicted To Clean and Simple.
This weeks challenge is hosted by Ceal
 and she chose the code word Sweets.
Christmas isn't Christmas without a gingerbread man.
So, here's my card:
The gingerbread man is from a stamp by The Cat's Pajamas (2012)
I stamped him on white and colored him with copics
(E33, E35, E37)
White embossed the face and trim
and added a green bow (SSS-cuddly critters accessories) and red sequins
The sentiment is embossed with brown embossing powder
The scalloped panel is from W Plus 9 (Sunshine Layers)
and the whole panel is popped up with foam tape 
onto a darker card base.

Hope this inspires you to stamp something SWEET!

'till next time,