Saturday, April 30, 2016


When I hear the word plaid, I think of school uniforms.
Lots of years working at Magic City Lettering 
where we lettered Varsity jackets and sold school uniforms! lol!

Now, there are lots of pretty plaid printed papers so I was excited
when I saw that Anja chose  Plaid as the code word for challenge #87

Here's the card I created:
card recipe:
white card base 
plaid paper from doodlebug 
white cardstock
Memory Box stitched rectangle layers-die
Simon Says Stamp stitched circles die
craft foam sheet
mini crazy birds stamps from Stampers Anonymous
mini crazy bird things from Stampers Anonymous 
Happy Birthday from Happy Little Stampers set called mix mash
Copic Markers

I hope you can play along with this great challenge.
our sponsor is Create a Smile.

Thanks for stopping by.
'till next time,

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

goofy dragon

This week at Less is More
the challenge is to include Saints, Dragons or Heroes on your card.

My very favorite Dragon is named "Clueless" and he was created by
Susana's custom art and card design.

I paired him with a cute sentiment from Funny Bones
by Riley & Company.
He's colored with Copic markers. I masked him off and did a little
background sponging with salty ocean distress ink by Ranger.

I hope he made you smile!
'till next time

Monday, April 25, 2016

feel better birdbrain

Hi! Happy Monday!
Monday means a new sketch challenge at From The Heart Stamps.
Card Sketch 149 
Here's my card...No twist this time and I switched the image left to right :
I used a new birdbrain image. You can find him HERE.

Thanks for stopping by.

'till next time,

Friday, April 22, 2016



This is the card I made using Faith's new image 
which is April's Stamp of the Month.
Check it out HERE.
Be sure and follow the link to the rules...
where you see that you can get a free digi stamp every month!
When I first saw this image I thought of this really cool designer paper 
from BoBunny with clock faces.
So, since the paper is neutral tones, that's how I colored the image
and just for something different, I used my long neglected Prismacolor pencils.

To finish it I added tiny sequins ( from Simon Says Stamp),
used glossy accents on the clock and even though you can't tell on the picture,
I used  Wink of Stella (clear) on the largest flower.

I hope you can play along.

'till next time,

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pop of Color

Today I made a card to play along with The April Challenge 
to use black & white with a pop of color

I used the Paper Smooches stamp "Healthy Vibes"
You can find it HERE.
It's hard to tell from the picture but the black panel
is popped up on craft foam so the circle with 
the germ is recessed.
This was the second card I made this morning.
I had black & white with a pop of color on my mind,
so when I made the  first card I forgot to use a Paper Smooches stamp . Duh! 
This stamp is from Impression Obsession - Zentangles.
Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you take some time to have fun today!

'till next time,

Monday, April 18, 2016

Cardinal and Winterberry

Happy Monday!
Time for FROM THE HEART STAMPS sketch challenge #148.
Card Sketch 148
This is my take on the sketch:

For this challenge I used both the sketch and the twist.
I alternated black plaid washi tape and narrow red dot washi tape
on white cardstock , cut a strip of it  and placed it behind the focal image
which I changed from the square shape to one I liked better.
(...and I have no idea what to call it! lol)

The shape is a die from Papertrey Ink.
 The sentiment is from Verve -Joyful Blooms.
Colored with copics : R14, R29, R39, C0, C3, C4.

You can find the Cardinal and Winterberry  image HERE.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Rain, Rain, go away!

Time for another challenge from Addicted to CAS.

Our sponsor for this challenge is:
Prize - $10 voucher to the store

I know April Showers  bring May flowers....
however, most of the time I just wish the rain would go away!'s my card:

 Here's the card recipe:
white A2 card base
light teal cardstock
dark teal cardstock
Nestabilities - classic ovals large
designer paper (unknown source)
Freckled Fawn Wood Chips-Clouds
Copic Marker- BG75 (to color wood chips)
Computer generated sentiment

 Can't wait to see what "Rain"  inspires you to create!

'till next time,


Monday, April 11, 2016

Emboss resist

Scroll down if you're looking for the FTHS sketch Challenge card.
I just got the  stamp set Spring Flowers  from Simon says Stamp,
so I've been playing with the emboss resist technique with all theses pretty flowers.
So, first one up ...
I embossed the flower and sentiment with VersaMark (watermark stamp pad)
sprinkled with gold embossing powder and hit it with the heat gun.
Then I used a brush and clear water to wet the entire surface
so that  I could color with watercolors using the wet on wet technique.
Love how the embossed lines stop the color!

and since I still had all this mess  covering my entire desktop ( neat I'm not!),
I made this second card using the same emboss resist watercolor technique,
only this time I fussy cut the flowers.
Next I stamped the design arrangement using
Hero Arts Unicorn white pigment ink on black cardstock
then added the colored flowers on top....added a few doodlebug sprinkles .
Cut to a smaller size and the matted with black & white polka dot paper
and then popped the whole thing up using black craft foam onto a black card base.
Here's how it ended up:

Hope you like them!

'till next time,

Birthday Candle Birdbrain

Happy Monday!

Monday means it's time
 for another sketch  Challenge from From The Heart Stamps.
Here's my card using both the sketch and the twist ( use lots of patterned  paper):
I used the Birthday Candle Birdbrain ...
you can get him HERE.

I started out by printing the Birdbrain on the orange background paper.
That way his feet  and the candle wick would not have to be fussy-cut.
Next I printed him on white cardstock and colored him with copic markers,
then did the fussy cutting. (when your done cutting run a black brush marker around the really makes a big difference!)
Then I adhered him to the image printed already printed on the orange paper
...that made positioning him really easy.

Here's what I did on the inside:
Gota love it!
Hope you can find time to join in this week's challenge.

'till next time,

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Jack's Birthday

My youngest grandchild, Jack , will be eleven years old on Wednesday.
Wow...where does the time go!
Today I made his birthday card and I used the challenge
 at Simon Says Stamps to give me some direction.
Here's what I came up with:
Here's the stuff I used:

The paper is from doodlebug ...called cake & ice cream . It's from 2011.
I guess it pays to never throw anything away, because I love the way
 the little images fit inside the circles. 
The die was a little large to fit with the "you" so I trimmed off a circle or two.
I think Jack will like it....mostly 'cause there's gona be money inside! lol!
Thanks for stopping by.
'till next time,

Monday, April 4, 2016

FTHS April Blog Hop

Full of Beans
If you arrived from Cammy's blog,you are in the right place,
if not why don't you start on the From The Heart Stamps blog, 
so you don't miss anything.  
Sweet Stuff ! That's the theme for this month and I can't think of anything 
much sweeter than jellybeans unless its Birdbrains with jellybeans!
So I chose to use Full of Beans.

It's a 4 1/4" square easel's another view:

and the inside:

  If you have not made an easel card before, 
click HERE to find a really great tutorial.
The little directions are a free printable that I found HERE!
Read down through her blog and you will see where to download these.
Thanks for hopping with us today.
Don't forget to leave comments, one random person will be
selected from each blog to win an image of their choice from the From The Heart Stamp store.
Now head on over to Imke's blog and see
what she has created.
The hop will end on Monday April 11th at 6am EST.
Winners will be posted on the From The Heart Stamps Blog
on Wednesday April 13th.
'till next time'

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Inlaid Thanks

Happy Saturday!
It's time for a new Challenge at Addicted To Clean and Simple.

Here's what I came up with:
 Thanks to Sarah for choosing such a great code word!

The sponsor for this challenge is Happy Little Stampers
and the prize is a $15 gift certificate.
I hope you'll give this a try.

'till next time,

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


I love polka dots and this week on Less is More
the challenge is ...yep, you guessed it...polka dots!
Here's my card:

The first time I saw this little guy I totally fell in love with him.
You can find him HERE.  
His name is "clueless". I can so relate because most of the time I'm clueless!

Thanks for stopping by.
'till next time,


Monday, March 28, 2016

Wishing you Sunshine

Happy Monday!
Time for this week's sketch from From The Heart Stamps.
I used both the sketch and the twist ( use sponging).
Surprise...surprise, I did a one layer card...without it being a requirement!
I love this sweet little digi stamp. You can find her HERE.
Hope you find time to play along with this challenge!
'till next time,

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Nice to see you Petunia!

This is the card I made for the sketch challenge 

and the inside:
You can check out my Splitcoast gallery and get some details HERE.

Thanks for Looking.

'till next time,

Monday, March 21, 2016

Mice Surprise!

Happy Monday!
Here we go with this week's sketch from FTHS.
 I just did the sketch this week. 
The twist was to make a masculine card and I think mine is more gender neutral .

I used the Mice Surprise image that you can find HERE.
I colored the image with copics, and used the brush tips
 from the different colors to create the plaid in the balloon.
Thanks for stopping by.
'till next time,

Saturday, March 19, 2016

ATCAS #84 - Delicate

Welcome to Addicted Clean and Simple Challenge #84.

This great code word was chosen by the talented Sweet Kobylkin.

I thought for a long time about what would convey the idea of being delicate.
Butterflies kept popping into my head , so I went with it!
and here's the inside:

I got on a roll and did lots of cards in pretty soft pastel colors.
Card recipe:
white card base 
pastel cardstock color of your choice
Memory Box Die - Levenworth Butterfly trio
MFT Die-namics - Blueprints#13
VersaMark watermark stamp pad
Detail White Embossing powder
Flourish stamp (unknown source)
My Sentiments Exactly-little prayer stamp

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you play along with this challenge.
Our sponsor is Happy Little Stampers 
and the prize for the winner is a $15 gift certificate.

'till next time,

Friday, March 18, 2016

flower delivery

The Free- 4- All Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers
was to use a "pot" or container on your card.

Here's what I made:

'till next time,


Monday, March 14, 2016

A Little Something

Monday means a new sketch challenge at From The Heart Stamps.

This week I did both the sketch and the twist..use an embellishment from your stash.
Check out the sketch:
I used this new image -A Little Something.
It wasn't till I was coloring that I noticed the little mouse under the party hat.... 
now I understand that look on the cat's face!  lol
I hope you'll play along with our sketch challenge!

'till next time,

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


Citrus...that's the color for this weeks challenge
 over at Less is More.
I love these colors and I love the cute little characters 
from Paper Smooches  (all of them!)
 ...and the challenge this month at the Paper Smooches Blog is Birthday !
So here's my card for today:

Card Recipe:
BoBunny- Buttercup Double Dot Cardstock
scraps of orange and green printed cardstock
white cardstock
Paper Smooches-- Birthday Buddies Stamp Set
My Favorite Things- Say What Die & Stamp set
Lawn Fawn- Stitched Hillside Borders Die
Craft Foam
Bakers Twine

Thanks for stopping by.

'till next time,

Monday, March 7, 2016

Faith, Hope, Love

Welcome to another sketch challenge from FROM THE HEART STAMPS.
This week I did both the sketch and the twist (Use a BIG Sentiment).

Here's the inside:
You can find this cute Birdbrain HERE.
Thanks for stopping by.
'till next time,

Saturday, March 5, 2016


Today we have a new code word at Addicted to CAS.
I happened to have Tim Holtz's Crazy Bird Accessories Stamp sitting on my desk
and I noticed that  there was a package that's what I used and came up with this card:

I stamped the packages  with Versamark and then used detail black powder to emboss them.
Then I masked off a vertical panel ( used post it notes to do this), in which  I 
did a little rainbow sponging.
I did a really cool inside which I liked so much I kept it 
for the front of another card ( see below)...anyhow I made another inside.
Here it is:

Here's the second card : 

Getting the box to appear open was achieved with a little masking trial and other words, quite a few gift boxes got trashed before I got the top to meet the bottom right!  LOL!

here's what I did for the inside:

I think I actually like the second card the best!

I hope I've inspired you to join our "GIFT" Challenge.
This great code word  was picked by Deepti 
and the sponsor is:

The prize is a $10 voucher to the STAMPlorations Store.

Have fun today!

'till next time,