Saturday, September 15, 2018


I love fall.  The crisp air, the pretty colors, the smell of bonfires in the air.  Hard for me to imagine, when it's is 90+ degrees and very humid in Ohio today!!
I used a Spellbinders die in positive and negative ways.  The stamped background is Winnie & Walter and the plaid paper is Lawn Fawn.  Not sure which one I like better!!

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I used the positive and negative of the leaf die.  

Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By, where our prompt comes from F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

W2CB #57 - Crispy Fall

Here in the Midwest, there's almost always a crispness in the air when the calendar turns to September. To commemorate the change in seasons, the Words 2 Craft By quote come to us from F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.

I love making fall cards, my favorite color pallet is derived from fall colors.  I love the deep reds, purples, golds, and oranges I see on the trees around me.  
I started with paper colored with  alcohol ink and gold mixative:
I cut the leaves with old Marvy metal punches, and curled the leaves around a pencil.  Added a fun die cut background and an old SU! sentiment and done!!  Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By and show us your crispy fall creation!!!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Black & Yellow

Cards in Envy has a black and yellow color challenge.  Those colors make me think of bumble bees, but I wanted to go in a different direction. 
If you follow this blog, you already know that i give away mot of my cards.  Some to friends and family, but most of them are donated to Cards for Soldiers (you can find them on Facebook).  I try to make cards that can serve multiple purposes.  These, for example, can be used for a birthday, get well, good luck, etc.  Stampin' Up Dandelion Wishes, Oxide Inks. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Happy Birthday!

The Color Throw Down Challenge this week really had me stumped. 
Then I remembered that I have the fabulous Echo Park Getaway pad, and almost every page includes the challenge colors!  Here's my very simple card:
My navy card base looks black in the photo.  Unity sentiment. 

Fun Tree Card

Thanks to challenges like The Jingle Belles, I am right on track with my goal of having a handmade Christmas card for everyone my list!  Their challenge this week is to make a shaped card:
Sizzix die, silver Stickles, various rhinestones, star brad.  

Friday, August 24, 2018

Baby Swing Card

I love this Echo Park baby paper.  So much that I bought every pad from our area Tuesday Mornings!!  I use it most often to make the shaped baby books, but it is perfect for this baby card!!

Sizzix swing card dies.  Sharing with The Male Room - Wild & Free and The Paper Craft Challenge Crew's Fancy Fold challenges.

I have been missing from the blogosphere for a while - even neglecting my Words 2 Craft By i-team privileges.  All is well.  I was able to spend a long weekend with my brothers and sisters on Lake Erie.  The very next weekend, my husband, son, and son's girlfriend left for a week at the beach in South Carolina.  A few hours after our return home, our son left to go back to college.  In between, I tried to work as much as possible to make up for the time I was spending away.  What a whirlwind!!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Christmas in July

Shopping Our Stash has a kraft challenge this week. I love the look of kraft and white or eggshell. Since I always find myself short of Christmas cards, I thought this was a perfect opportunity to add a few to my stash.
The embossing folder was a Tuesday Morning find from Richard Gray, and the texture reminded me of warm winter sweaters.  I mounted the textured kraft on matching paper, and popped up both panels with dimensional tape.  While I like the eggshell color paper and proportions better, I like the twine on the white card better than the twill tape.  Option are good, learning is great!!!