Saturday, July 31, 2021

Black and white

 Our next challenge was to use black and white with just one color. I picked yellow as my other color.  We would get extra point if we used splattering.  A friend got some bad health news, hoping this will cheer her up.

  • Memory Box - Jasmine Frame die
  • Gemini - Butterfly stamp, colored w/markers and Hello stamp and die
  • Black soot distress ink splatters
  • Stickles - yellow
  • Me & my big ideas -  yellow gems

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today,


Thursday, July 29, 2021

Bit of Glitter

 I had colored this image after my surgery and forgot about it, when going through my things yesterday I found it and thought that would make a good Christmas image.  All I did was add a bit of glitter to the center of it, cut out a die from glitter paper along with  the sentiment and I was done, that was a quick one.

  • Coloring for calm - 2017 daily coloring calendar, colored w/ pencils
  • Paper studio - Glitter card stock
  • Spellbinders - Lacey Squares  and Holiday Sentiments dies
  • Stickles - xmas red

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today,


Wednesday, July 28, 2021

New Goodies

 The next challenge was to use something new.  I have recently bought a few new things from 49and Market, so I went with these pretty rub ons.  The image in the middle with the butterfly and words is the rub on and I placed it onto some of their papers, I had a slim piece left so I made a little banner and sewed it on with a button.

The bits in the corner were from another die cut that I had cut and I saved all the inner parts and found they were a neat touch for the corners here.

  • 49andMarket - natural Mini collection 6x6 papers and Vintage Artistry- Wedgewood rub ons
  • Innies from another die cut
  • button and thread

Have you tried something new lately, time to bring them out and create :)

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today, and say Hi,


Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Camping Birthday

 My cardmaking group is having a week of challenges since we are celebrating 7 years of the group being together.

Today's challenge was to make a watercolor background.  I did the water and sand/dirt with Daniel Smith watercolors and used watered down distress inks on the sky and sun. My brother always goes camping around his birthday so I went with that for this years card.

The stamps are from a cardmaking magazine, there are so many in the set that you can make all kinds of scenes with many different critters.  I colored those all out with markers, the camper and sign had dies for them the rest I had to fussy cut.

  • Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine - The great outdoors stamps, watercolors for background, stamps colored w/markers, dies for camper and sign, the rest fussy cut.

It was fun putting this scene together.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today,


Sunday, July 25, 2021

Crinkle Christmas

 We did a few projects in our zoom meeting that I had with my stamp group just before we went on our trip, and I am finally getting around to making them into cards.

She had us stamp on a piece of cardstock using waterproof ink. Then she had us mist both sides of the card stock and then crunch up the paper, open it up and then crunch up the other way open up.  Then we were to take watercolors or sprays that we had and spray the stamp image. I used some sparkle sprays that I had that I haven't used in some time, thank goodness they still worked. Then we set them aside to dry, I fussy cut them out after I came home from the trip and boy do they have some great dimension.

I used the left over pieces to die cut some smaller snowflakes and stamped my sentiment.

  • Inkadinkado - Holiday Silhouette stamp set
  • Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist, Blue skies
  • Sizzix - Christmas set embossing folder
  • Simon Says stamps - Tiny words Christmas
  • Pink & Main - Sentiment strip die

I used a Christmas tree stamp on the second card.  The paper I used behind it is from a Thank you note I received, I loved the gold dotted background.  I thought the tree Christmas paper went nicely with the gold spray I used on this one.

  • Inkadinkado - Holiday Silhouette stamp set
  • Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist, gold
  • Spellbinders - Oval, A2 matting basics A and Labels trio dies
  • My Mind's eye - O Christmas tree paper
  • Simon Says stamps - tiny words Christmas sentiment stamp
You can really see the dimension that crinkling the cardstock gives to these on the side view.

With just our things we worked on in our zoom meeting I should get caught up in my Christmas cards this month so that makes me feel good :)

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today,


Friday, July 23, 2021

Sparkle embossing

 There are quite a few challenges out there right now for embossing, and one of them asked for sparkle. I hadn't played with my Twinkling H2o's for ever, they have a lot of sparkle in them and they needed to come out and play again :)  I found this Video on you tube for those of you that have not heard of them.

  • Darice - Flourishes 3 pack embossing border folders
  • Twinkling H2o's for sparkle and watercolor
  • Poppy Stamps - Stitched Bloom Trio die
  • Tim Holtz - Metallic sticker book sentiment and frame
  • Gem

It is funny the older you get the more your eyes deceive you, while painting the embossed areas I thought wow I am doing a great job with this, then when I download the pictures and see them close up on my computer I see it wasn't as good as I thought, but you can see the embossing so I guess that is the most important :)

I will be sharing with the following challenges:

Double D Challenge color of summer  - In this challenge I used the colors in the drinks at the bottom right

That was a lot of challenges so why not join along with all the above challenges, some will be ending soon so get creating :)

Hope you all have an enjoyable weekend,
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today,


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Stained Glass window

 When I saw this die in a craft magazine I thought it would make a beautiful Christmas card.  I had recently purchased the stencil so that it could be a nice backdrop for the window.  

  • Die Cutting Essentials Issue 70 - Shine Bright die, colored w/markers
  • Tim Holtz - Bricked Layering stencil
  • Simon Says Stamps - Tiny words Christmas
  • Black Mirri cardstock
You can see the shine in the black Mirri cardstock in this picture.

I actually remembered to take pictures along the way with my phone while I was creating this, the first picture shows how I cut out the die but left it all inside the die cut so that I could more easily color all the pieces. Before cutting out the die I applied double sided tape to the back so that I could easily move the pieces to my black Mirri card base.

The next picture shows how I moved the pieces one by one to the other card base.

As you can imagine this whole process took a very long time, it didn't all happen in one sitting, so for my next card I tried a very simple approach that didn't take nearly as long.  I used Glitter cardstock on this one.

As some of you may know the Tim Holtz stencils are smaller than an A2 size card but he made them so that you can line them up  and continue on with your stenciling and I like that since I don't do many tags, as you can see it lined up very well.

  • Die Cutting Essentials Issue 70 - Shine Bright die, colored w/markers
    • Tim Holtz - Bricked Layering stencil
    • Simon Says Stamps - Tiny words Christmas
    • Glitter card stock
    I have been away for 5 days and am trying to catch up on everyone's blogs.
    I am still trying to figure out my follow it and why you only see words for my post with no picture, I thought I had it figured out but what I did didn't seem to make a difference so I will still try to figure that out :)
    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today,


    Monday, July 19, 2021


     I have been seeing a few Topiary's used and I remembered that I had bought a set at a garage sale a few years back I hadn't tried yet.  They came in a plastic container that said Close to my heart, but there is nothing on the actual stamps so I am not sure. If you happen to recognize it could you let me know. I couldn't find it on their site but I think it may be too old.

    • stamp possible Close to my heart stamp, colored w/markers
    • Cosmo Cricket - Everafter paper
    • Spellbinders - Resplendent Rectangles die
    • Hot off the press - 130 Tiny words & phrases sticker
    • Pearl drops

    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today, Hope your week is off to a great start,


    Saturday, July 17, 2021

    Acetate Frames

     I have shared cards from this set of acetate frames a few times, I think the set came with 3 or 4 different patterns and 2 of each, I think I use one each year.  This is another 5 x 6 1/2 inch card.

    I know this has a bit of a dark tone for the background but I tried it up against different colors and everything just seemed to pop nicely against this darker background, reminds me of some of the old brick buildings in England.  I love those little round epoxy tags that came in a different set but match these acetates so well.

    • K& co. - SW Floral acetate frames and SW floral Icons
    • Art C - Patterned Cardstock
    • Penny Black - Sprinkles and Smiles sentiment stamp
    • Nuvo - Crystal drops, pale gold

    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and say Hi today, hope you enjoy a great weekend!


    Wednesday, July 14, 2021

    50th Sunflowers

     My brother and sister in law are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and I was stuck on what to do, I sat there in my room thinking and finally I came up with using the pattern on her bridesmaids dresses 50 years ago.  The dresses were covered in Sunflowers, so I covered the bottom of the card with stamped  sunflowers and to tie it in with the top I colored an extra one and fussy cut it out and put it onto my Gingham background.

    • Hero Arts - Sunflower stamp, colored w/markers
    • Pinkfresh - Classic edges die
    • Spellbinders - Captivating squares die
    • Taylored Expressions - Whimsy #s die
    • Impression Obsession -  Sentiments II stamp sentiment
    • Queen & co. - Twinkle goosebumps

    I will be sharing my post today with the Double D Challenge blog with the challenge to use Summer Gingham.  I started making cards this way over 16 years ago and do you know this paper was one of the first papers I bought, guess it is about time I use it :)

    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today.


    Tuesday, July 13, 2021

    Christmas Lantern

     My stamp groups Christmas challenge for June was to use a candle on our card.  I first thought of this pretty lantern die cut Esther had sent me when I had my foot surgery. I thought it would work perfect for this challenge, I just needed to make a candle to go inside.  I just cut a rectangle shape, inked the edges to give it more of a cylinder look and then punched a leaf for the flame and did some inking on it.  Of course we needed a little embellishing to give it a Christmas look and I just loved how it turned out.  Esther if you stop by maybe in the comments you can say who makes the lantern :)

    • Lantern die cut
    • My Mind's eye - O Christmas tree paper
    • McGill - branch punch
    • Martha Stewart - Leaf punch for flame and flower punch with brad center

    I am finally getting caught up with Christmas cards, hoping to finish up July this month too :)

    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today,


    Sunday, July 11, 2021

    Vintage Artistry

     I am trying really hard not to buy anymore papers, I have plenty but oh my when I saw this set I just had to get it and a few goodies to go with them.  I stitched the sentiment that I stamped onto a piece of die cut that came in one of the packs onto the card base, added the plastic leaf die cut and the pretty butterfly, I love how you can see the papers through these.  A few bead rub ons were place above a strip of scrap from the paper pack.

    • 49 & Market - Vintage Artistry Essentials 6x8 paper pack, Vintage Essentials Foliage Plastic die cuts and Rub ons
    • The Greetery - Thinking of You sentiment stamp
    The leaves were popped up with some clear dimensional adhesive dots, I don't know if they sell them anymore, I need to look out for them because there are a lot of different style of leaves that come in this set.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today, 


    Friday, July 9, 2021

    All Star

     Today's card was a bigger size, 5 x 6 1/2 inches.  My great nephew is into a lot of sports and so I thought this all star tag would be perfect for him, but it couldn't fit on a smaller card base.  I broke out some stamps that Connie from Crafty home cottage sent me when she was cleaning out her stash of stamps, luckily there was one of every sport he is into and they worked perfect. I stamped them onto kraft cardstock to go with the look of the papers and colored them with markers and then cut them out with circle dies.

    • Recollections - Awesome boy papers
    • Sport stamps - Unknown, colored w/markers
    • Memory Box - Stitched Circle Layers die

    Hope you all enjoy a nice weekend, we are getting rain starting this evening, with conditions that could pop up Tornadoes so hoping that and flooding doesn't happen.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today,


    Wednesday, July 7, 2021

    Wildflower sympathy

     One of the ladies in my cardmaking group husband has passed away. I decided to just do a simple wildflower bouquet for this sympathy card.  Colored the die cuts with ink blending.

    • Tim Holtz - Wildflower Stems #1 dies, colored w/ ink blending
    • PPD - Stitched Mini Scalloped Borders and Stitched Curvy Coved dies
    • Stampendous - Sincere Sentiments stamp
    • Twine
    • Scrap of paper and cardstock

    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today,


    Monday, July 5, 2021

    Watercolor Christmas

     The Christmas challenge in my stamp group for May was to use watercolor on your card. That reminded me that I had these watercolor panels that I haven't used in awhile.

    • Taylored Expressions - Jolly Holiday 3x4 watercolor panels
    • Daniel Smith and Spectrum Aqua markers for watercoloring
    • LilyBee designs - Jingle paper
    • Gemini - Frosty Christmas for candy cane die

    • Taylored Expressions - Jolly Holiday 3x4 watercolor panels
    • Daniel Smith and Spectrum Aqua markers for watercoloring
    • LilyBee designs - Jingle paper
    • Recollections - Christmas snowflake die

    • Taylored Expressions - Jolly Holiday 3x4 watercolor panels
    • Daniel Smith and Spectrum Aqua markers for watercoloring
    • LilyBee designs - Jingle paper
    • K&co, - Smitten white paper ribbon
    • Gemini - little snowflake die
    • Poppystamps - Valley snowflakes dies (2 bigger ones)
    On the snow and the snowman I used  Daniel Smith Pearlescent White paint, I might have to get a tube of this, I used a sample piece I had, it gives pretty shimmer to it.

    Both of my groups are having Christmas in July challenges so I hope to get more done this month :)

    I did get an update with my blog on Follow it yesterday, there are no pictures of my card like I see on other peoples Follow it posts so I am not sure if I did something wrong or maybe that is all you get with the Basic (free) version but it is coming through so if you want to follow me through email you can click on top right of my blog where it says get new posts by email.

    Thanks so much for stopping by today, hope you enjoyed a nice 4th of July weekend.  It sounded like a war zone around here until after 1:00 am I think there should be a certain time limit of how long you should be setting them off, it started off around 8:30 so it was way too much by the end.


    Saturday, July 3, 2021

    Vintage Bird

     I love this paper, it has so much going on already you don't need much to add to it but I did think it needed a vintage bird, I first stamped it with inks and just didn't think it stood out enough so I broke out my Spectrum sparkle markers and colored in the bird and the berries, that was much better :)

    • Stamp unknown, colored w/inks and Spectrum Sparkle markers
    • Paper Studio - Kirby Teesdale 
    • Kaisercraft - pearls

    I am not sure if I set up my blog correctly because I have not had an update of my post about changing over to Follow it, if not I will have to go back in and see if I can set it up again.  If you are following me through Follow it now can you let me know if you got an update through your email, thank you!


    Friday, July 2, 2021

    New Follow me

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    Thursday, July 1, 2021

    slimline watercolor

     I was lucky enough to win a gift certificate from Simon Says stamps recently and I knew just what I wanted, they had recently had a new release of this big stamp set and there were so many gorgeous cards made with it I just wanted to give it a try :)

    I heat embossed with white embossing powder onto watercolor paper, then using a mix of Daniel Smith watercolor and my Spectrum Aqua pens I water colored the image, I forgot to take a picture to show what the whole panel looked like but I did take a picture of the two cards together to give you an idea of what it looked like before I cut them in two to make two cards.

    I don't have any slim line dies so I used my regular dies and just cut them twice making sure not to cut the ends so that I could flip the card around and cut the opposite ends, if you want to see how that is done I think you can google extending size of dies, I am sorry I can't remember where I saw the the technique just remembered seeing it somewhere.  As you see I had to cut a little off the panel on the right in order for it to work with that die.

    • Simon Says stamps - Flower Garden stamp, embossed in white and water colored
    • Cosmo Cricket paper
    • Tim Holtz - Metallic Sticker book TH94134 sentiment
    • Die unknown cut twice to make slim line card

    The second one I went with a little darker colors, sure does change the look of it.

    • Simon says stamps - Flower Garden stamp, heat embossed w/white embossing powder and water colored w/Daniel Smith water colors and Spectrum Aqua pens
    • Lawn Fawn - Outside in Stitched Scalloped Rectangle die, cut twice to make it fit for slimline 
    • Leisure Arts - Savor the moment paper
    • Hero Arts - It's your day sentiment stamp

    I would like to add my cards to the Simon Says Stamps Red white and blue challenge.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today,