Saturday, August 29, 2015

Blue is for Boy

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to Clean and Simple.
Joanna is our hostess and she has chosen the code word -BLUE.
I hope you can play along and see what BLUE inspires you to make.
 This challenge's sponsor is CAS-UAL FRIDAYS STAMPS and
the prize is a $20 gift certificate to their store.
My stash is in need of some baby cards, so...Blue to me means boy!
Here's the card I came up with:
I used Paper Smooches Stamps, Lawn Fawn stitched hillside borders die,
and Simon Says Stamp holiday shapes die for the little hearts.
The thing I liked best about this card is the way you can get a straight sentiment
to curve and follow your own design.
Here's how:
I did this on the inside of my card. 
First, place a acrylic block over the card.
then place your stamp ( with the smooth back side up) on top of the acrylic...
curving the words to match the curve of the paper underneath.
This sentiment was rather thick,
so I cut small notches along the edges so that it would bend better.
Next you place another acrylic block on top of your curved letters:
Lift this top acrylic block and your stamp is ready to stamp!
Looks like this:
I first learned this technique from watching a Jennifer McGuire video.
Cool Beans...right?
Hope you'll give it a try.
'till next time,

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Birdbrain I'm a few days late!
Monday on Splitcoast Stampers the Try a New Technique Challenge
 was to use a digital image on your card.
This cutie is BirdBrain and you can find him on
I kept it clean and simple.
Colored with copics
Line work around the edge with a zig millennium 05 pen.
I'm linking this on Splitcoast and on
where it's an "Anything Goes" week.
Thanks for stopping by.
'till next time,

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Paper Smooches

It's a designer draft challenge over at
 Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge blog.
You can join in the fun HERE.
I made a Halloween card:
I used the paper smooches stamp. set called Halloweenies.
The witch, pumpkin and bat were all stamped with memento tuxedo black ink
on x-press it  paper and fussy cut . The pumpkin and the bat were raised up a bit with
adhesive foam.
The inside says;
Hope your Halloween is full
of all your favorite things!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
'till next time,

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Blue Houses

While I'm in the mood, I made some more houses. These two are blue.
 My sister-in-law stopped over and ordered six to give as Christmas gifts.
Looks like I'm going to be busy for awhile!
OK...I'm off to make more!
'till next time,

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Hi! With school starting can the fall craft fairs be far behind?
I've signed up for two shows .... so I thought I'd better get some stuff made.
I have made these houses before (see them HERE)
They were lots of work but still lots of fun and they make great gifts!
So...I made three more...
Here's a back view:
...and the roof lifts off so you can stash a small surprise inside.
Cookies or candy would be nice. In the ones I gave away, I tucked in three hand knit washcloths.
The fences are new this year. My friend Diana cut them on her silhouette
and my daughter Jennifer showed me how to put them on a larger base so that they
stand out away from the houses.  I love a team effort!
Thanks for stopping by,
'till next time,

Saturday, August 15, 2015


Another two weeks have flown by and it's time for another
challenge at Addicted To CAS.
This challenge is hosted by Barb and she
has chosen the code word - SCHOOL.
Here's the card recipe:
grey cardstock ( with a shine and a texture to it)
white cardstock
Doodle bug designs (stamp) by Hampton Arts
Paper Smooches  - sentiment sampler
Copic Markers - R27, R29, G05, G09, E35, E39
I hope you can play along with this challenge. The sponsor
is Stamplorations and you have a chance to win a $10 store voucher.
Hope you have some fun this weekend!
"till next time,

Saturday, August 1, 2015


Hi! Welcome to my blog...can you believe it's August already?
Over at Addicted to CAS 
Bhavana is hosting this challenge and she chose the code word
Here's what I came up with:
I thought this bright bold greeting would appeal to the men in my family.
This is a totally die cut's what I used:
MFT Die-namics - Mini Wavy Pennants
MFT Die-namics - Happy Birthday (used the negative space from Birthday)
Memory Box Dies - abc soup
and some Bakers Twine to hang the banners.
I hope you can play along with us at Addicted to CAS .
You have two weeks to link up your entry and a chance to
win a $5 voucher from this challenges' sponsor... Scrappiness Designs.
Thanks for stopping by.
'till next time,