Sunday, May 20, 2018

Encouragement Card

During the Great Craft Room Clean Out of 2018, I am ashamed to say that I found a whole stash of stamps, dies, and embossing folders that have never been used.  I am on a mission to used them all before I buy anything new!  Here is a card using a new-to-me Stampin' Up set:
I layered the image with shades of green from a long forgotten Luxury paper stack.  I originally colored the image, but I couldn't get the greens to coordinate properly.  Fussy cutting took care of that problem!!!

Sharing this with The Color Throwdown:
and with Try Stampin' on Tuesday's sketch challenge, with shades of one color:
Be sure to play along with the Words 2 Craft By "If You Can Read This" challenge!!

Silly Gumballs

The parts I need to fix my Big Kick won't arrive until later this week, so I am still limping along without die cutting or embossing.  During the Great Craft Room Clean Up of 2018, I came across these images from Lawn Fawn that I stamped and cut using my stamping buddy Diana's goodies. 
I colored the image with Derwent Inktense pencils, I used a leafing pen on the silver bits, and covered the gum balls with faces Glossy Accents.  Sharing with the Shopping Our Stash For the Kids challenge.  Be sure to join us for our current Words 2 Craft By "If You Can Read This" challenge!!

Try Stampin' On Tuesday

TSOT sketch challenge #365:
My craft room is a complete disaster from an unintended redo.  My Big Kick has a stripped gear (new gear coming next week - thanks Sizzix!), and I can't find anything.  That's what I get from "organizing".  K & Company stickers.  I stuck them to white cardstock and fussy cut so I could pop up the wings.  The border strips are also from the same pad.  I will post photos of the redo as soon as the room is presentable!!

CAS-ual Fridays

CAS-ual Fridays sketch challenge: 

My craft room is still in disarray from an unintended redo.  And I broke my go to tool - my original Sizzix Big Kick.  I actually cried.  It was one of the early ones with rollers, and was very heavy.  I didn't realize how hard it is for me to make a card without die cutting or embossing some element!!
I found these fun Ikea stars while cleaning, and added them to the slick white card front.  Sentiment heat embossed in silver, silver mirror card base and stickers.  Not my favorite, but loved how I had to stretch my creative effort!

I will post some before and after photos of my room soon.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

W2CB #52 - April's Promise

Welcome back to the Words 2 Craft By April challenge!  Our words this month are:
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SPRING!!  Such a wonderful promise.  
The flowers of spring in Ohio can come as early as crocuses in February, or s late as May.  I will take Spring flowers any time!!  Ellen Huston Bold Blossoms die cuts, stash washi tape made the polka dot layers, the hello from SU! Watercolor Wishes.  Please come join us at Words 2 Craft By for our April is a Promise challenge through May 2!

Sunday, April 1, 2018


The City Crafter Challenge is to make a tag.  I am a bit behind in making my Christmas tags (I give 100 or so as gifts throughout the year) so this is perfect!!
The silver snowflake is from Stamdendous, the tiny trees are hot fix from Crystal Eye Candy, stash ribbons and baker's twine.  Not many, but a good start!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Stamped Background

Fall to Layout has a sketch challenge:
My interpretation:
SU! Delicate Doilies stamped in Worn Lipstick Oxide ink, layered on a grey mat and white card base.  I didn't have the right pink paper for the sentiment, so I inked a scrap of white with more Worn Lipstick, and highlighted it with Wink of Stella.  Last post of the day - I promise!

Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Phenomenal Women challenge through April 4!!

Cardinal in Winter

I broke out my Inka Gold and colored an embossed image:
I heat embossed the Hampton Arts sentiment, rounded the corners, and mounted it on a black card base, leaving only a small edge showing.  Sharing this with Addicted to CAS #132 - Birds, hopefully it is CAS enough!  Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Phenomenal Woman challenge - it closes April 4. 

Chocolate Bunny

Try Stampin On Tuesday has an Easter sketch challenge:
Here is my version using a Gina Marie die and Simple Stories papers:
Also sharing with Shopping Our Stash Peter Cottontail challenge and the Creative With Stamps Bunny challenge.  Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Phenomenal Women challenge, ending April 4!

Defining Vintage

The Jingle Belles' challenge is Spirit of Christmas Past.  I am not really a shabby chic or traditional vintage person.  My favorite vintage period is the 1950s and 60s.  No one said vintage had to be a specific time frame!!
I layered the Hot Off The Press die cut on to some funky paper and popped it up with foam tape.  I fussy cut the sentiment and added a bit of Wink of Stella for depth.  The black ribbon is silk moire trimmed from an old wedding invitation liner.  I think this is my favorite Christmas card so far in 2018!!

Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft by for our Phenomenal Women challenge, through April 4.

Saturday, March 24, 2018


This week's Color Throwdown looks like this:

Here is mine.  
Swirly Bird die cuts.  Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Phenomenal Women challenge. 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Acetate and Alcohol Inks

I combined the CAS Mix It Up Chalenge for Acetate + Stamping + Your Choice, with the colors for The Color Throwdown

I used Purple Twilight and Lettuce Adirondack alcohol inks on acetate, stamped the older CTMH sentiments in Staz On, and layered it on a white background framed in black.  I sandwiched the die cut between the acetate and the white background, since I struggled to glue the die cut to the acetate.  Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Phenomenal Women challenge!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

She Blinded Me With Science!

That 80s song has been running through my head since I saw The Male Room Space/Science challenge.  While the music came easily, the project did not!!  I was trying to make some donations for Cards for Soldiers, love but not girly.  Here is my first attempt:
 I really like this one, but not sure it is masculine enough for The Male Room challenge.  For my next attempt, I tried to make the background look like outer space. 
While the second is not girly, I still like the first one better.  Image and sentiment from Unity, stash paper on the first card, and Distress Oxide in on the second.  What do you think?  Would a man send the first card to a woman?  Or a woman send it to a man?  Let me know in the comments. 

Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Phenomenal Women challenge!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Happy Birthday!

I am back form my latest trip.  I loved spending down time with my family, especially since these times are fewer and further between as my son becomes an adult.  So, back to crafting!!
Provo Craft embossing folder, Core'dinations paper sanded, Hero Arts stamps and dies, stash ribbon. 

Sharing this with: 

Try Stamping on Tuesday (Sketch Challenge with Green and Embossing)

Come play along with us at Words to Craft By for our Phenomenal Women challenge!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

W2CB #51 - Phenomenal Woman

Welcome to the Words 2 Craft By Challenge!  This month's inspiring words are:
Some of the most phenomenal women I know battle health and financial issues every day and continue to care for their families.  Here's to the women who persevere! 
Very simple card, but this Concord & 9th die have more than enough detail for the card.  I only added the ticket corner punch from We R Memory Keepers.  I made a bunch of these for Gilda's House. 

Phenomenal women (and men!), join us for this Words 2 Craft By Challenge through April 4!!

Friday, March 9, 2018


The Creative With Stamps challenge is:
I use my favorite paper - Lawn Fawn plaid, added a doily, baker's twine, and a chocolate bunny.  I like these smaller cards - 5" x 3.5" - for this background. 
Check back on Wednesday for our new Words 2 Craft By Challenge!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

This week, the Jingle Belles have challenged us to make a card using inchies.  I love paper pad covers almost as much as I love the paper inside.  There are often miniature images of the patterned paper, perfect for inchies or banners.  These are 4.25" x 5.5" cards. 
I embossed the 3.5" x 5" card, but the sentiment was hard to read.  Looks pretty good in the picture, though!
Just a few more days to join us at Words 2 Craft By for our Blizzard of Kisses challenge!!

RIP Karli

I had to make a card for my friend who lost her beloved Westie. 
I don't use digis very often, and printed this one a long time ago.  I layered it on a strip of paw print paper, and accented with a metal heart tag and resin bowl and hydrant.  I embossed the envelope flap with a paw print folder.  Sharing this with Cards in Envy Give it Some Heart.  Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Blizzard of Kisses challenge through March 7.

Saturday, March 3, 2018


I have been away for a while.  I went on vacation with friends (more on that to come), and have been sick ever since.  I'm so happy to be back in my craft room!!
I broke out this stencil that arrived before my vacation, but didn't get a chance to use.   I had to try both of the sizes of the same pattern with Oxides Inks, and added sentiments from The Ton.  LOVE!!  Sharing this with the Shopping Our Stash Stencil and the CAS-ual Fridays Beautiful Rainbows challenges. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

My New Ficus!!

If you follow my blog regularly, you know that I am super selective about doing product reviews.  I won't do them unless it is something that I really like and use.  When Commercial Palm Trees contacted me, I was skeptical.  I not normally a fan of artificial plants because they usually look so fake and plastic.  I poked around their website, their stuff looked really nice, so I agreed. 
Wow!  Super nice!  Check it out:
 Look how real the leaves look, even close up:
I am pleasantly surprised at the realistic details, like the different shades on each leaf for veining and the wood trunk.  There are not our mothers' plastic plants!  While the pot is pretty, I will probably replace it with a fabulous ceramic planter from the 1950s I have from my mother. 
*Full disclosure, I received the tree in exchange for reviewing the item.  If I didn't like it, I would have sent it back and not posted anything.  

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Watercolor Poinsettias

Poinsettias are so pretty for Christmas!  I stamped them on Strathemore paper, and colored using Distress Oxides and a water brush. 
 I layered them onto Lawn Fawn Perfect Plaid paper, and created a gate-fold card.  The Recollections sentiment I used has a gap in the "s" of Christmas that I didn't think looked right, so I filled it in using a dental pick.  Even my smallest brushes were too wide.
Sharing this with Jingle Belles challenge is "A Coloring We Will Go".   Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Blizzard of Kisses challenge!!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

W2CB #50 - Blizzard of Kisses

This month's challenge is drawn from these words:

Image result for If kisses were snowflakes, I'd send you a blizzard.
This wonderful background die is a blizzard of kisses in my mind!!!
 Spellbinder die background, Hero Arts Prayers stamp/die set.  

Can't wait to see how you interpret these words!  Please share your creations with us at Words 2 Craft By!!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Make a Wish

Where Creativity Meets C9's challenge is Watercolor.  
I made a background using oxide inks, stamped the bold sentiment is jet black ink, and layered with a black card base. 

Valentines for Family

I like to send Valentines to family and friends, not just to my husband.  It can be hard to make a love card that isn't romantic.  The Color Throwdown color challenge is perfect for this!
The pale pink parchment background contrasts well with the grey overlay cut with a Spellbinder Shapeability Cascading Hearts die.  The red lettering cut with an older Sizzix die didn't show up very well, so I cut a second set out of the pale pink as a shadow.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Love is in the air...

I am sure you are tired of my obsession with Oxide ink.  Get over it :) because I can't help myself!!! 

This is an older Sizzix embossing folder that hasn't loved.  Mainly because I struggled to highlight the embossing without smearing.  Thus my love of oxide.  Since it is between a pigment and a dye, you can still move it around after it is on the paper.  So forgiving!!
I used Offray white ribbon, SU! Rose ribbon, and added a hand cut heart.  Sharing this with the Shopping Our Stash He Loves Me challenge and the  Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sponging challenge.  Only a few more days to play along with us at Words 2 Craft By!  The linky will be open through February 7!!

CAS-ual Fridays Hearts

The CAS-ual Fridays challenge is Hearts, Hearts, and More Hearts!
CAS-ual Fridays sentiment.  I bought the die secondhand, not sure of the creator.  This is a  smaller (5"x3.5") card.  Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our New Beginnings challenge through February 7!!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Black & White Challenge

Cards in Envy has a black and white challenge.  
Sizzix die cut sentiment, stash doily and paper, Divine Swirls embossing.  Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our New Beginnings challenge - through February 7!

Soft Spring Colors

This is a pastel variation on yesterday's Bright Spring Colors post.  
I used the same Oxide inks as with yesterday's background - Salty Ocean, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio, and Pickled Raspberry - but with a much lighter touch.  Love how the doily made the card even softer.  Love this color combo suggested by The Color Throwdown: