Saturday, August 19, 2017


Hi !
Time for a new code word from Addicted To Clean and Simple.
This challenge is hosted by Susan and she chose the word FRIENDS.
Here's my card:

I used Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs. 
The sentiment is from a stamp set from Jane's Doodles.
I hope you can play along with us.
is offering a prize of a
$15 gift certificate to the winner.

'till next time,

Monday, August 7, 2017

Mix it Up

This sounded like a fun challenge. 
To play, all you do is combine any Essentials by Ellen product 

So, I did that and came up with this cute card.
 I used:
Essentials by Ellen - All Inside by Julie ( hi, there)
Avery Elle - Furry Friends
Copic Markers
foam tape

Thanks for stopping by.

'till next time,

Saturday, August 5, 2017

One Layer

Hi !
Time for a new code word from Addicted To Clean and Simple.
 Here's my card:

Ya know, I just cannot leave a one layer card alone...
so I just HAD to do this:
 The stamps came in a gift bag that I won at the last scrapbook Crop I went to.
The packaging says distributed by Firefly.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sea Friends

I just got a cute stamp set from Pretty Pink Posh
 called Sea Friends.
I went to their blog and found this really cute shaker card 
with great how to instructions by Yoonsun Hur.
So I followed the instructions and made a card exactly like hers.
Here's mine:

This was so much fun, That I made a 3-D Box Card using the same stamps.

Here's a closer look:

I used the Lawn Fawn custom craft box die .
There are a ton of videos on you tube that show you how to put it together.
I used my computer to print the message.

On the shaker card I used a die from Mama Elephant called 
Framed Tags.

All these sea friends make me want to go to the beach!!

'till next time,

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

with sympathy

I´ve received the sad news that my online friend , Faith Skrdla,  Illustrator and Owner of From the Heart Stamps has passed away.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Swirly Birthday


 I came across this monthly inspirational challenge based
 on a Pinterest-inspired photo that is located 

A random challenge participant will receive a
 $50 gift certificate 
to the Ellen Hutson store.  
To be eligible for a shot at the prize, 
you MUST use Essentials by Ellen products 
and the photo badge as inspiration. 
and here's the inspiration board:
I loved the colors and for some reason it all registered as swirls of color.

So here's what I came up with:
I hand cut a swirl design stencil from acrylic 
and then used distress inks in all the pretty colors to sponge in the swirls.

I used the Essentials by Ellen stamp set called All Inside by Julie.
  Colored the bear with Copics 
(E50,E53, E55, R20)
Tucked in a party hat...I just love the way he can hold things!

The cute speech bubble is from Lawn Fawn-chit chat

Thanks for stopping by. 

'till next time,

Thursday, July 27, 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch

 Here's today's sketch:
and here's what I did with it: 
Can you tell I need a baby card for my great niece who's expecting?

I used the cute little rattle from Lawn Fawn- plus one stamp set 
and the sentiment from Paper Smooches.
I used wink of stella and Glossy Accents on the rattles.
Here's a closer look:

Thanks for looking!  
'till next time,

Saturday, July 22, 2017


Hi !
Time for a new code word from Addicted To Clean and Simple.

Kel is our hostess this time and she chose:

Here's what that word inspired me to make:

Here's what I used:
red top folding card base 
white cardstock
MFT Die-namics stitched rounded rectangle stax 
Lawn Fawn -Wheelie like you (stamps & die)
Copic Markers
foam tape
Simon Says Stamp - holiday shapes ( little heart)

I hope you get to play along with us on this cute challenge.
'till next time, 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Blue Foot


I just got the cutest new stamp from Impression Obsession.
This is the Blue Footed Boobie Bird and yes, there is an actual bird named that!

I'm entering this in a joint challenge between 


Man, these girls really know how to torture a person!
One layer  with a colored cardbase! 
Totally not in my comfort zone!

So, little Miss Boobie Bird is stamped on a Kraft Cardbase
and colored with Prisma Color Pencils.
The Yippee! came from a stamp set 
called Monsters Ink by Technique Tuesday.
I'm making this card for a friend who is taking the three day 
Bar Exam. I figure she'll feel like this when she's done!

'till next time,

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wednesday Challenge

Hi there!
This is the card I made for the 
The challenge this week is to use plaid and
  they are are showcasing Lawn Fawn Products.

Earlier this week I spent a rainy afternoon coloring a bunch of images
 from Lawn Fawn 
 while binge watching Face Off on Hulu.

And I had just watched this really great video by Nichol Spohr 
on You Tube on how to make a shaker card
( you can watch it HERE.)
So, that's how my card came to be. 

'till next time,

Saturday, July 8, 2017


Hi !
Time for a new code word from Addicted To Clean and Simple.
Ceal is our hostess for this challenge and she has chosen the code word:
I have to admit, I'm a stay in the air conditioning kinda girl...
but I do love birdbrain and so I made a card using this cute digi stamp 
of him floating in his cute inner tube totally enjoying his summer.

I colored him with copics and then added the water with watercolors
using only as much water as I had to because I did not use watercolor weight paper.

Thanks for stopping by.

'till next time,

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Kylie!

And welcome to my little part of this special blog hop.
Here's the card I made to help celebrate this day:
I used the Happy Little Stampers stamp set Butterfly Birthday. 
(find it HERE )

I stamped with Memento tuxedo black ink,
colored the butterfly with copic neon colors (FYG2,FRV1,FY1).
Then I used Wink of Stella and when that was dry, a thick coat of Glossy Accents.
Here's a closer look:
That butterfly really shines and glitters!

I hope everyone is enjoying this blog hop.
Next stop is Jaydee's Blog and you can find it HERE.

'till next time,

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.

I was looking through  my Pinterest Boards for some inspiration
and I saw a card with a black butterfly and hot pink and vivid orange
That I liked, so I went with those colors.

Here's what I ended up with:

 here's the sketch:
As you can see I made a horizontal card because
 I wanted to use the "happy looks good on you" and it wouldn't fit on a vertical card!

And because , even when I try, I can't make 2 cards exactly alike  
there's these:

I kinda like the one on the right best.
 I had cut a strip of orange from the bottom front of the card
because I wanted to stamp the sentiment on it for the pink card and I was 
too lazy to go get a scrap of orange.
Strange how creativity leads you sometimes.
 The stamp set I used for these cards is 
called Choose Happy from Simon Says Stamp.

'till next time,

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Magical Day!

Today I made a card to play along with 

Here's the sketch:
 I used lots of sparkly stuff, you can see it better IRL.
Here's the card recipe:
grey cardstock for card base 
white cardstock for focal panel
Lawn Fawn - Fairy Friends
Lawn Fawn perfectly plaid 6x6 paper
Black cardstock for die cut 
Die Cut- foliage border by Darice
Distress Inks- pickled raspberry and dusty concord
Copic markers 
silver glitter
tiny glitter stars (source unknown)
Wink of Stella - clear

Whew, no wonder my desk is a mess!!

Thanks for stopping by.

'till next time,

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Color Throwdown

I'm playing along with  Color Throwdown today.

I  was lucky and got picked as Featured Stamper for Challenge # 447,
so that means I'm the Guest Stamper today!
I'm super excited!  Here's  the colors for this challenge:

This inspiration picture was so stunning that I could not get Poppies out of my head!!
So I went with's my card:

Here's a close look:

I used the no line coloring technique ( stamp the image with a very light color ink).
I used Hero Arts Shadow ink - soft sand. 
Then I used a fine brush and water and gave water coloring a shot.

Here's what I used:

The doodle lines around the edges are a stamp from rubbernecker.
The pretty poppies are also a stamp by rubbernecker.
The sentiment is is from the Doodle Buds Stamp set by W plus 9.

Hope you have fun playing with this week's colors!

'till next time,

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Welcome little one

I'll soon need a baby girl card, so here we go:
Here's a closer look:
you can see how he's popped up!

I followed this weeks Less is More sketch challenge.

I used dies from Lawn Fawn - stitched hillside
the congrats is from Lawn Fawn - Plus One
the cute bird & balloon is from Simon Says Stamp - Cuddly Critters Accessories

Thanks for looking.

'till next time,

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Uncle Jim

My cousins are trying to get everyone to send 
Birthday Cards to their Dad for his 80th Birthday.
They're aiming for 80 cards! 

Here's the one I made for him:

I'm going to link up to  the June Challenge over at Paper Smooches.
 Thanks for stopping by.

'till next time,

Saturday, June 24, 2017


Hi !
Time for a new code word from Addicted To Clean and Simple.

Here's what I came up with:

It's definitely white on white!
I used a diamond design embossing folder from Darice and a 
word die from Impression Obsession.

To give it some interest I went a little nuts with the dimension factor!
There are 5 Congratulations die cuts glued together to give the word lots of depth,
and then the flat panel that the word is on is put on the card front with foam tape. 
Like I said ....lots of dimension! lol

Hope you have time to play along with us on this challenge.
The winner will recieve a $15 gift certificate from our sponsor- Happy Little Stampers!

'till next time,

Friday, June 23, 2017

Soak up the Sun

It's 90 degrees in Ohio.
I think summer has arrived!
I'm very thankful for my air conditioning.

Today I'm playing along with CAS(E) this Sketch.
It fits the bill, so I'm also linking up to Work it Wednesday 
Here's my card:

here's the sketch:
I found a piece of this paper in my stash. I'm not sure where it came from,
but it kinda looks like it might be Doodlebug.
Added a sentiment from a MFT stamp and die cut sunglasses....easy peasy!
I did add vellum to the sunglasses and  glued 4 layers of them together to add some dimension.

This is going in the mail this afternoon to my Sister-in-Law.

Thanks for stopping by.

'till next time.

Thursday, June 22, 2017


I really do love my friends.
There's a few of us that hang together so much we're more 
like a small gang!

Anyhow, I thought I'd send a few cards to them.
I'm also linking them ( the cards, not my friends!!) to Freshly Made Sketches

Here's the sketch I used. You can see that I flipped it on it's side.

Here's another one. For some strange reason, I have a hard time making two cards the same.

The stamps are from Technique Tuesday, the 
sentiment is from My Favorite Things- Tickled pink set 
and the cute plaid paper is from a Lawn Fawn 6x6 paper pack called perfectly plaid.

Thanks for stopping by.

'till next time,

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


The theme at CAS on Friday
is Animals. 
This was a fun card's what I came up with:
I can just imagine that rat wishing for the biggest cheese ever!
These cute rat stamps ( there's 8 different ones in the set) are made by
Katzelkraft . Problem is they're in France...too much charge for shipping!!!
Good news is I found a supplier in the US...check out Frantic Stamper, Inc.

I hope you are enjoying your summer.

'till next time,

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Akron skyline

Time for a new sketch over at
Here's my take on it:

This is Akron's skyline. I bought this stamp last year 
at the Adventures in Stamping convention in Akron.
It's made by a company called Li Wee Ones.

Thanks for stopping by.

'till next time,

What's Shakin' Bacon?

I'm playing along with Freshly Made Sketches today.
Here's my take of this sketch:

I used the cutest stamp set from Sugar Pea Designs called This Little Piggy.
The printed paper is from a 6x6 Pebbles paper pad.
Embossed the sentiment using detail white embossing powder.
                  Colored with Copic markers: R81, R83 and R85,  C1 and C5, Y18 and YR68.

This was a fun challenge...give it a try!
I'd love to see what you come up with.

'till next time,

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Color Throwdown

I'm playing along with  Color Throwdown today.
I used Distress Ink 
twisted citron, chipped sapphire, mermaid lagoon and antique linen.

A friend requested that I make her a sympathy card to send, 
so here's the card I made today:

Thanks for stopping by.

'till next time,